Newcastle Turned Down Bids For Carroll, Taylor and Nolan

Chirs Hughton recently almost assured Newcastle fans there would be no other players leaving the club this summer, and he turned out to be good to his word.

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Chris Hughton -said we’d lose no more players

Only Xisco was moved out, but since young Nile Ranger is already ahead of him in the striking pecking order, why we’d want to pay out £50K/week to the Spanish U21 International,  is a good question.

The deal was good for the player and the club, and we wish the lad all the very best – we think Xisco can restart his career in the Spanish League.

Despite not reinforcing the squad as we had all wanted to see, Hughton is pleased there have been no further departures.

We are being told there was interest yesterday fin Andrew Carroll, Steven Taylor and Kevin Nolan, and those offers were turned down.

So we did something right yesterday, and that’s good to hear.  It will also be good for local lads Carroll and Steven Taylor, and also Nolan, to know that Newcastle want to keep them at the club this season.

Certainly that will a huge relief for Steven, since he made it clear to anybody who would listen, that he wants to stay and lead the Magpies back to the Premier league at the first attempt.

And we have to assume it’s Hughton who’s behind his players 100%,  because how he’s managed to build the team spirit to what it is, under the cloud of uncertainty and incompetence that exists above him, is a mini-miracle.

And that starts to become a major miracle when you see that Newcastle under  Chris, have won 5 of the first 6 games and we’re 2 points clear at the top of the league.

Is that amazing or is that amazing?

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • toooooonfan

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    it really is amazing

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    the other teams don’t need to beat us the only have to wait until the times we cant field a team and when we loose points for it we will slide down the table we could be the first team in history to be relegated with -points, the future fills me full of excitement. no it doesn’t it fills me with fear.

  • premier

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    wonder how much of his wage Xisco still drawing from Toon– a true pay as you go deal


    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Didnt expect anything in the transfer window-so unlike previous years not disappointed.
    In terms of numbers we are clearly short in 2 positions-centre back and left back-the fact we have 2 strikers injured is just one of those things.
    Ever since the club was put up for sale i havent expected any money to be spent on permanent transfers.
    In the short term results are going well but there is no long term future until the club is sold.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice one, Ed – good to see someone picking out some sign of sense at the club.

    Shame we didn’t get any bids for Asbo, Geremi or Colo – but the club have actually done a pretty good job of trimming the wage bill given that they gave themselves so little time.

    And in a week’s time the loans market re-opens and I honestly think we’ll see several new faces then.

    Don’t panic – we could be ok.

  • Solaidback

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Dave 1961 you-re such a pesimist mate 😉

    To get to that point when we are unable to field a team of min 14 players will never happen due to the fact we can always recall our loaned out players & use the reserve/teenages, so stop trying to wind up the rest of us because you’re a misrable git!!!

    Yes it’s good to hear we didn’t sell off those players but it would have been better to get a few more loanies in before the window closed but it doesn’t stop us bringing them in over this month, even if they’re just squad players who’ll sit on the bench while our current crop of players perform as they did on Monday 🙂

    As for the interview with Keith Harris yesterday, that guy doesn’t have a clue what is happening at the TOON, either that or he’s keeping stum about what he knows due to the NDA in place 🙂

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Premier, I hope Xisco has a good season with Racing and gets into the Spanish World Cup squad. I then hope he can come storming back into our strengthened but sustainable Premiership squad, under Hughton & Calderwood, in 10 months time and help shoot us up the table and away from relegation worries long before Xmas 2010…

  • DevonMag

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Chill out Dave man, think about how we all thought the start of this season was gonna go and look at us now? I hold me hands up and admit that I predicted a 5-0 thumping at the Hawthorns on the opening day and a steady decline from there on but we’re top of the league! We’ve already had key injuries and we’ve already dealt with them quite well, despite the lack of size our squad has by far and away the most quality of any championship side, and although the transfers were minimal (to say the least) I’m personally totally chuffed we managed to get Lovenkrands back, who to be fair should be the best striker in the league! Once he get’s match fitness/sharpness I genuinely believe he’s gonna be almost unstoppable (think about how good Shola is at this level)
    Surely now is not the time for blind pessimism but perhaps a forlorn hope; two more loan signings and we should do it. Maybe even remain top of the league till Christmas!

  • ben-nufc

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    although iam dissapointed we didnt bring in more faces im still not too worried because there are still a few teams in the championship with smaller squads than us.

    –simpson–s taylor-collocini–enrique–
    (r taylor)(morris)(tozer)(kadar)
    (geremi)(barton)(butt)(lua lua)

  • Stardust

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    One more positive – The non appointment of Shearer has to be taken as a positive – it would have perpetuated the mentality many of our fans have had for years – also it is undeniable when Shearer was sailing on a wave of euphoria surrounding his appointment – he had zero impact on the squad and results.

    Chris Houghton has shown he is a great man – a strong man who is to be respected in every way.

    I am with Jinky – I would love to see him push on and take us all the way – I will not prejudge him – he has earned our respect and the right to the opportunity.

    When the going got a little bit hard KK walked (whilst on 3m a year) – Chris (no doubt on a pittance in comparison) has endured 1000 times worse in the aftermath of KKs walkout – yet he sailed through with his integrity intact – he put NUFC at the top of his list of priorities when at a time when many others, managers, players included put those same priorities bottom of their lists.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11


    Did I really just see you compare us and the youngsters to Manchester Utd back in the 90’s?

    You’ve woke up in a great mood and I think I now know why- You’re still high on something!

    Not one of our kids are anywhere near anyone of that ‘golden generation’ from Man U. Beckham, Scholes ect… went to on to become world class players. Others like Neville and Butt went on to play for England more than 50 times.

    Really like the enthusiasm but wow you really need a reality check sonner!

  • premier

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey Jinky started on the drink early today aint ya!!–lol

  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Neither Beckham or Giggs are part of this “Golden Generation” people speak of. Both were brought in after their talent had already been on show. They continued to develope well at Man United, but are far from products of their youth academy. The only world class player to come from Man United’s youth is Paul Scholes. Neville, Butt etc may be highly regarded in this country, but they raise no eyebrows anywhere else.

  • Stardust

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Stuart – when those players broke through no one knew them – they were nobodies – they were no different from Ranger, Kadar, Vukic etc.

    You comparison is unfair as they have completed their journey whereas our young players are only starting theirs.

    Time and time alone will see if they step up – I am looking forward to watching their development.

  • tuka

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    isn’t it strange stevie taylor never once said he wanted to stay at the toon,until yesterday or the day before i just wonder what would have happened if someone HAD come in for him.I think he and a few others amif*ckinobi,jonas & geremi have found there level toon fan for 44 yr season ticket holder 17 i bleed black n white so dont give me any crap about gettin behind my team i’m sick of MY club taking the piss:

  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #16


    Were all looking forward to watching their development I agree(unbelievable)

    I thing it’s unfair to throw them in at the deep end but we don’t have a choice.

    I will hold one club up as a negative example – Middlesbrough

    They have a fantastic youth set up – Better than ours(proven) Great chairman who loves the club and have lived within their means as a business and a club recently.

    They got relegated with us.

    Doesn’t always work!

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #17

    JinkyGenius & stardust is Ashley & Llambias and they know nowt about football they just, pour excrement all the time.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    yes we can use the under 18 that have leaked 10+ goals in 2 games <just hope its not a defender we need.

  • Stardust

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Stuart – cant believe I find myself agreeing with you.

    Q – Is the CCC really throwing them in at the deep end? I would say not and to be fair Chris doesnt seem to be throwing them in from the off.

    Accepted on all fronts re Borough – but you cant blame the success of their youth policy for their relegation – I have posted that it requires a blend of youth – and experience – if the balance is wrong (either poor experience or poor youth) it will fail. I dont see us poor in either of those at present.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #20

    the reason its different with us is if they fail we dont have a plan B there failure is the clubs failure to much pressure on kids they could be world beaters, if they are introduced carefully, but the squad is to thin, so we will have no choice just to dump them in and hope for the best. not the best way to develop anything.

  • Alex

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Throwing them in at the deep end could very well make them . If they have the talent then they will grow up and learn fast . No matter how young they are , talent will always shine . One season of first team football in the ccc will set them up nicely for a crack at the big boys next season . We have been calling out for years to loan the young boys out so they get thier chance , well thier chance has come at thier own team . Lets enjoy 🙂

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #22

    one other thing about Chris Hughton can he recover from a bad spell, we don’t know, but lets say he can’t, then we run the risk of loosing a good coach, and anyways we know that if he is not given the job, then its kinnear’s. if worst come’s to pass. i will never blame Chris Hughton for it. the blame lies with the two cretins.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope you’re right Alex

  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    its the pressure they will be under, that could cause them to fail, and if they do then what.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree with stardust, why cant we compare them to the golden generation? i dont think well end up with so many talented international stars mind but we do have enough experience in the squad to start one or two youngsters every match and see how they cope. keeping say 8/9 of the squad full starters and start two/three youngsters. look at simpson, hes done fantastic in the circumstances and it would be nice to see lua lua start a few matches same with vuckic and ranger.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #26

    kinell dave – did you see your arshavin when you got oot of bed this morning?

    cheer up your grumpy bar steward! 🙂


    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Nothing wrong with a bit of pre-judgement, i pre judged Souness as crap and it didnt take a genius to work that one out.
    Hughton as Manager-not for me , it will be a Roeder scenario again. Caretaker fine but Manager nope just cant see it.

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s noticeable that Stradust can talk sense and contribute to sensible discussion – at times.

    There are other occasions when he/ sh/ its alter-egao kicks in an we get provocative drievl pouring forth.

    Stardust, just step back now and again, look at yourselves and decide which one you think you (and others) like best and work hard at it.

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #29

    he/ sh/ its = he/ she/ its

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Whoops… another bloop…. for Stradust read Sawdust!

  • Bill F

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    We probably do have a big enough squad to carry us through to January and the next window. Surely if we are still doing well and there are big gates, Ashley (if he is still here 🙁 )will open the purse strings a little.
    Oops did I just see another pig fly past my window.

  • ObaMartins

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Ashley would most certainly of sold Taylor had a decent offer come in, i for one dont believe for a second he turned down offers….

  • localhero95

    Sep 2, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    We just need bodies at the club and why can’t anyone at newcastle see that! Here’s a list of free agents at the moment, I know they arent great however i’d rather haven some of these than have no-one or Geremi! Here they are:

    Michael Ball (LB)
    Quincy Owusu Abeyie (ST)
    Andy Van Der Meyde (RW/LW)
    Nuno Valente (LB)
    Moritz Volz (RB)
    Michael Bridges (ST)
    Didi Hamann (CM/CDM)
    Danny Mills (RB)
    Henri Camara (ST)
    Lauren (RB)
    Noe Paramot (RB/CB)
    Vincent Pericard (ST)
    Dwight Yorke (CM)
    Gilberto (LM/CM/LB)
    Ricardo Rocha (CB)

    I wouldn’t sign all of these as they are obviously too old and not good enough however there is some i would take just to use a cover. We need to get rid of Nicky Butt, Fabricio Coloccini, Xisco and Geremi as they are high earners but are not up to scratch! Howay the Lads! 🙂

  • NewcastleMole

    Sep 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d take Van Der Meyde for the wings but he’s injury prone.

    I’d also take Moritz Volz for RB because he isnt any worse than Ryan Taylor.

    I wouldnt touch the rest. I was suprised to see Xisco moved out he’s never really had been given a chance by any manager when he has played he’s done alright.

    There’s 1 plausible theory in that Xisco is a good player however when we signed him we paid £5.7m for him and a further £1.3m once certain contract arrangements are met. Could it be appearance based and they’ve done everything possible to prevent paying. Remembering against Leicester we only had Ranger in attack can anybody honestly say Xisco would have been out of his depth?

  • ganiyu

    Sep 2, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #35

    up sir ashley.building the team from a scratch.chris as newcastle manager no alan 4 buying scraps


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