Message to Newcastle’s £74M Squad – We Can Be Heroes!

Our overpaid and under-performing stars can still be heroes next Sunday evening.


David Bowie – “We Can Be Heroes”
David looks worried – obviously in case Newcastle go down

But to be sure and to be real heroes the lads would need to get a win, and that would be only their 3rd away win of the season. That could be difficult at Villas Park, but when you think the safety of Newcastle United depends on it, surely it will at least be possible.

As we said earlier today Alan has to be very careful with his team selection and we think he should play those who have some attachment with Newcastle, and have shown before they can over-perform when it’s necessary.

One of those players is Gateshead born Andy Carroll, who has always looked good when Alan has given him a chance.

Nest Sunday the defense will need to be very solid, and it will not have helped that Bassong got himself sent off yesterday.

We think Andy Carroll, David Edgar and Kazenga LuaLua could come into the reckoning, and replace “stars” like Gutierrez and some others who will remain anonymous.   Gutierrez has proved he’s not someone to have trust in vital games as he has no end product – and yes, we know, that’s going to upset Jonas fans

We’d also hope Alan Smith is fit to play, since his dead leg seems to have last quite a time, and Alan is just the type of player we need next Sunday.

But we don’t need to tell Alan anything, but he said today that he will; not let the lad’s heads drop in training as Newcastle approach the most important game in their recent history.

This £74M Newcastle squad could still be heroes next Sunday – at least some of them can.

We expect Alan to be playing “(We Can Be) Heroes:” in the dressing room at Villa Park before the game next Sunday. We have to try everything we can this week and on Sunday to inspire and motivate our players.

If they can escape relegation next Sunday they will be heroes on Tyneside – that’s a certainty.

Then Alan will need to start selling some of them because they haven’t been good enough this season. 😀

Note – I was listening to “Heroes” by David Bowie as this piece was being written –  great record!

Thinks – if we don’t make it next Sunday Alan could always play David Bowie’s “Changes” after the game. 

125 comments so far

  • tdt

    May 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    hull r not going 2 get a draw from man u.

    A toon draw will be enough imo.

    If r defence can be solid – unlike when fulham scored their goal – and the strikers put a major shift in, we can do it.

    Villa have nothing 2 play 4, we r playing 4 r lives. Neutralise their wingers, hope barry aint playing again, use the power of viduka and the pace of martins 2 open them up.

    Keep the faith, its nowhere near over yet.

  • Widowmaker

    May 17, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #2

    I rekon I am one of the Jonas fans but I am not upset at all with your comment. 🙂

    To get end product in football, imo, you need more than personal skills. Jonas’s game is really based on shot pass and movements of other players and I do not think our current squad is good enough for that. Having said that, I must admit that he is poor in shooting and that has to be an area Jonas must work on in the pre-season next year no matter who he plays for next season.

  • komfort

    May 17, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #3

    i’m as sick as a b/stard on fathas day..

    just can’t see us getting out of this mess..

    it’s a disgrace to say the least..

  • Ross

    May 17, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Never thought i’d hear myself say it but im actually nervous about Hull/Manure. The title has already been won and they have the champions league final to think about. Its widely thought that they will put out a second string against Hull next weekend as they dont really have anything to play for. Within recent weeks Hull have shown that they have a bit of fight about them, hopefully even a group of man u youngsters can get a job done. Villa are having a terrible time at the moment, but god knows what team will turn up to play us next week. We’re pretty certain what team of ours will show up, unless some vast improvements are made midweek. I am still however furious about yesterday. We deserved a point, the disallowed goal was fine. Just a real shame that we couldnt make any of the pressure really pay off. Not over till its over however, and i wont be letting up until 5pm next saturday afternoon, im sure the rest of the toon army will be exactly the same

  • Pons Aelius

    May 17, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Well lets look on the bright side…

    If we do go down we should be able to look forward to actually winning some matches haha!

    I would say Jonas has been our biggest dissapointment this season. So much obvious talent, so little end product. On top of that an extra £5,000,000 spent on his transfer more than we expected. Uuuh.

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Ed, I’m a Bowie fan too. You could’ve gave a shout out to The Stranglers too though, although “No More Heroes” may not have been as fitting.

    Hopefully we won’t be on a Low next weekend, and everything will be Hunky Dory. You don’t have to be a lad insane to be a TOON supporter, but it helps!

  • Doocey

    May 17, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Brom gone – 2 to go.

    Hopefully it’ll be Boro and Hull taking the drop.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Ross- 5pm next saturday i gaurantee we’ll be 18th!

    Because evrybody plays on sunday :L

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    1 thing, it’s now 100% there’ll be a NE team in the prem next year

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #10

    hopefully our game will be shown on sky next week, 3 from the next lot of fixtures will be shown live.

    i am soooo nervous, today i feel really down like i have lost something, we will stay up i believe though, everone stay positive please, we have all had our moans, but please everyone on here stay positive, and keep a light mood around the place, anyone agree?

  • beyethegreat

    May 17, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #11

    if i am completely honest i have necer heard the song but its true that we need heroes

  • beyethegreat

    May 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    turk mag lets just hope 1 of them is us

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    …and how ironic that we also need Villains to be our own Heroes!!

  • beyethegreat

    May 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14


    and devils

  • beyethegreat

    May 17, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15


    and devils

  • Big Dave

    May 17, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I think if jonas went to one of the top 10 teams you would have seen a different player, we know he has skill and speed as nearly all the pundits said he could turn out to be one of the best new players of the season. I admit he needs to improve on the end product but this is his 1st year and with a team that are lost at the Mo, same goes with Colo i think he would have done better. imho

  • batty

    May 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17


  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree Big Dave, this blog has an abundance of Jonas “no-fkn-end-product” haters. The simple fact is he’s played in a patchwork team from the start. NUFC, with their poor transfer decisions have made him look sh1t. Chuck a diamond into a pool of cack, and it will sink.

    …as for Colo, I’d definately (boater) keep him on board unless we can recoup full price. Try him at RB and DM next season. As for next weekend it’s:

    Loving Grans-Guthrie-Butt-Spidey

    …for me.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #19

    IMO Jonas is still a good player, but evry time someone calls him rubbish i agree also

    At the start of the season evryone called Jonas amazing, and great and if i’m not mistaken Alan Hansen said he had the most impressive debut of the season. Jonas hasn’t changed. he still does the same running, taking on and shooting as normal. The reason we now call him rubbish, WE GOT BORED! His constant running, running and more running with no passing and a poor end product makes us sick. if i remember rightly jonas had no end product at the begining of the season. Jonas is a great individual and with ALOT of HARD work, could become a great player. I beleive Alan Shearer can provide that work and acheive that goal.

    NO 1 PRIORITY- STAY UP!!!!!!!!

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    batty, *$%*$%&Y@&$*%@$*@$%* off ye $%$*%$@*!

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #21

    SS1 now lads!

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 17, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we have a chance of a clean sheet if we put this team out




    but seriously- (Colo is the only option 🙁 )


    ——-Beye————STaylor—-Colo——-Enrique IF



    Subs- Carroll for Viduka
    Smith for Guthrie
    LuaLua for Duff

    IF= if fit

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if the score was 1-1, the match is into the 6th minute of injury time, the news comes in that Sunderland and Mboro have lost and Hull have won and Newcastle now need a win to stay up, there’s a last minute corner, Harper rushes up, LuaLua takes, Andy Carroll flicks it on to the back post, STEVE HARPER VOLLEYS IT IN!

    NEWCASTLE STAY UP, thanks to 3 local hero’s that would be amazing, thinking of it, it’s still possible

  • Toon_Factor

    May 17, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #23

    On the Jonas ‘no end product’ debate, well when we played tottenham away, he was playing more of an attacking midfield role and created more than enough chances for our strikers to score with little through balls, but on the wing it is much harder and considering he cant cross properly it becomes much harder to give the strikers chances and with the rest of our crap lazy players its like we expect him to play LB, LM and ST at the same time.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Rodzilla – what is happening on SS1 mate?

    Not to dwell on things but:

    Baggies players didnt scarper off the pitch
    Chelsea players didnt scarper off the pitch

    NUFC players bar Beye & Taylor scarpered!

    Whats the worse that could happen -0 they get boooed – not so as beye nd tayls names were echoing.

    That pissed me off and still does!!

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Exactly my point TF.

    Ashley took a BIG gamble with his tight pockets. I’m sure he realises this now.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Rod – Ashley’s gamble with both player recruitment and shearer didnt pay off!

    Hope he is crapping his pants!!

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #27

    TG, just had Big Andy G’s final word mate. He said ‘we was robbed’ anyway.

    I wasn’t at the game TG, and going by your past post history I know you’re ‘die-hard’. Maybe the players were just ashamed……….?

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #28

    …”didnt pay off!”

    …let’s make that “hasn’t yet” eh?

  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Zilla – good point – Im still bitter as you can tell. Will try to get some optimism by Sunday.

  • Big Dave

    May 17, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30

    I dont know how anybody else feels but I think the main priority after next Sunday is to keep big Al as he is the only one that will get the time needed to built a GOOD team. he might be a novice but like so many off our players he has great potential giveing time to settle in.

  • Partizan

    May 17, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Our biggest mistake in the last couple of games was playing Duff as a LB.

    We need to attack for f__k sake,and Duff should be used as a LW or RW ONLY!!!

    from defensive point of view, Jonas knows how to play as a LB even better than Duff,but the difference between him and Duff is that Duff can shoot and knows how to cross properly…..and most importantly….SCORE GOALS FOR US.

    My team against Aston Villa would be


  • Toon Graeme

    May 17, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #32

    The lads look lost once they get into the oppositions area.

    FFS i need to switch off.

    Can anyone lend me a nytol of blunt plank or somit.

    PS – lost is sh*t tonight – just thought Id tell ya.

  • Big Dave

    May 17, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #33

    I was just checking the prem table after my last post saying that Al needs time, and the top six teams have had longterm managers except for chelski which is basically still jose’s mega bucks team. and & 7th is villa with martin oniell who has been there only a few years but in the epl is long term.

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #34

    …yeah Big Dave, I honestly can’t see Al moving now – regardless. For all people that pull out the ‘no fkn experience as a manager’, ‘no tactics’ boll0cks cards, we need to re-instill a philosophy at this club. That starts with someone who actually understands the club, the city, the people, and let’s face it, football. Yeah, we might go down, and I might stab myself in the eye with a biro, we MUST hold on to the Shearer mentality.

    …and fu<k anyone that comes back with the “no experience” card. FFS.

    (speaking of which, Bilic for the mackems?

    ….I’d have had ‘im before Big Al

  • Doocey

    May 17, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Unfortunately Jonas doesn’t have a finishing product as of yet but that can be worked on, especially over the summer providing we’re still a Premier League team.

  • jim

    May 17, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #36

    partizan-il second that but with ranger on instead of nolan- and juggle it somewhere to accomodate it

  • Rodzilla

    May 17, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #37

    jim/partizan, thej young lads ain’t gona get a look in now. In hindsight, Kazenga, Edgar and Xisco (yes, Xisco) could’ve helped us out of this mire.

  • Big Dave

    May 17, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Rodzilla ( Yeah, we might go down, and I might stab myself in the eye with a biro,) that is the best laugh i have had today m8. To be honest in my opinion going down wont be the worst thing to happen as i think the long term is more important as even if we stay up i think without Al we will be in the same sh*t next season

  • Partizan

    May 17, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Jim….I forgot to mention that i put 4-3-1-2 and Nolan as a AM 🙂

    If only we had Nacho fully fit,iwould have placed him over Nolan straight away.

  • scrotty

    May 17, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Just to chip in on the Jonas debate I think his biggest problem is his runs leave the rest of the team behind.

    Only Duff has enough pace to keep up and reads his intentions but he has to be playing LB for it to work.

    How many times have we seen him standing with one foot on the ball and his arms out looking for someone to pass to.


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