Pancrate, Hall And Best Likely To Leave Newcastle This Summer


Chris Hughton will soon start to make some important decisions on his squad in the next week or so.

Fabrice Pancrate – will leave Newcastle this summer

And news today that Chris met with Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias yesterday as part of ongoing transfer talks – and he could well make announcements soon on the futures of Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate and on-loan QPR center-back Fitz Hall.

We don’t expect either Fabrice Pancrate or Fitz Hall to be on Tyneside in August.

Pamcrate is too inconsistent in his play, although we’ll always remember the goal he scored at St. Jmeas’ Park against Watford on December 5th last year – what a terrific goal.

The lad has ability but doesn’t show it enough, and in some games for Newcastle this year he’s been almost anonymous, and he’s not done enough to warrant a new contract at Newcastle.

And while Fitz Hall has been good when he’s played,  it seems he’s been out far too much with hamstring injuries and at age 29, that will not help him either.

Pancrate, signed as a free agent back in November, just hasn’t been able to make a big enough impact, since Wayne Routledge moved to Tyneside in January.

Finally, there is also mention in the Journal today that Leon Best’s time left at the club may be a short one, since he hasn’t looked too good since arriving from Coventry City in January, and is unlikely to look much better in England’s top league.

If Newcastle do bring in another striker, which seems likely, they may unload Leon to a Championship club, to ensure 19 year-old Nile Ranger’s progress is not impeded by having too many strikers at the club.

A season long loan for Leon may also be considered, and there would be a number of clubs interested in taking Best for next season.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I think that may be wishful thinking in moving Best on but let’s hope not. I know Coventry fans were delighted when he moved on as it stopped them playing route 1 all the time.

    It was absolutely criminal paying 2m for Best when for another 500k we could have got Moses who looks better with every match.
    An example of our transfer policy at it’s craziest.

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  • Kevin Nichol

    May 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    I hate to be too negative about newcastle united players; but Leon Best has to be the worst footballer i’ve ever personally seen play for the toon! His touch makes me shiver; god its awful and infront of goal he is about as threatening as silvio maric and andreas anderson put together!

    Even Bob moncur and Justin lockwood came out on the radio during the QPR game and said the standard he sets each time he plays falls far short against every other Newcastle player on the field…and justin lockwood is the most optimistic newcastle supporter there is!

    I completey agree that his signing has put nile ranger’s development on the back burner (although from what we hear personal issues and to much partying may also be to blame for his dissapearance from the first team over last few months).

    To be honest i’d keep Fitz Hall! He looks composed; has PL experience and as a squad player to back up Collo, mike and S.taylor he wouldnt cost to much!

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  • Doha Mag

    May 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    What about Xisco; did he have a good season on loan and is he likely to return?

    Wish we’d spent the extra 500K and bought Moses as he’s one for the future……

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  • ToonArmy

    May 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    I think ameobi should go too. Good lad but has proven time and again that he’s nowhere near PL class.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Xisco hasn’t done well this season at all. Apparently he just doesn’t look interested.

    Best should be moved on, shame he’s not good enough but it genuinely looks like he’s not. Sell him, possibly along with Shola, loan Ranger out and buy the nearest thing to a goal machine we can find!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    May 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    According to Wiki, Xisco has played 21 games and scored 3 goals. There was an article some weeks agoe that he wasnt in Hughtons plans.

    And as for Pancrate and Best, I think they be releast/transfered. Hall though, could se him stay as a backup. But Kadar should be in the team before him.

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  • BeeGuy

    May 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Well for every new body that NUFC bring in, someone has to leave. The easiest ones go first. But later it could be some fsn favorites that have to hit the road. We have to keep in mind that some of the last windows purchases were made by a small staff, since then staff has been added, so we should see wiser buying. The demands of the game mean you take your risk mostly on the future and drop those who no longer clear the performance bar that has been set.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    May 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    XISCO – has been awful this season. Seen him play quite a few times. No pace, no interest, and no first touch to be proud of. Won’t be coming back.

    PANCRATE – He left Newcastle yesterday. No longer one of our players

    HALL – On his way back to QPR

    BEST – According to CH is not going anywhere. I believe he’ll be here until Jan to cover injuries and then he’ll be gone

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  • peterktoon

    May 5, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Get rid of Shola

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  • alan shearer

    May 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    shola keep..cause he is willing to be benched..sell best and loan out ranger..
    get 1 prolific striker and playmaker or attacking midfielder..plus we have loven and carroll..

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  • Jamesthefirst

    May 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree – Shola has scored some big goals this season but is far too slow for the PL. But seems quite happy to sit on the bench.

    Front two next season:

    ANDY CARROLL —–CARLOS VELA—–

    🙂

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  • countrylad14

    May 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #12

    VELA is a cracking shout id love to see us bring him in even if its just a season long loan. He will be desperate to show wenger what he can do with a run in the team and he is the just the type of player we could do with!

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t understand the criticism of Fitz Hall, he is so much better that some of the clowns we have had in recent years at the back. Perfect cover when injuries hit, and hopefully Taylor and Colo can redevelop their solid partnership anyway. Verdict: MAKE QPR A CHEEKY OFFER @ £500k-750k.

    Best was a desperate signing, but Nile is partly to blame as he wasn’t hitting the net, Shola was out and Harewood was crocked so any port in a storm I guess. Luckily Carroll go his act together. Cut losses and move him on quickly, Chris. It doesn’t matter now, we are promoted. He does nowt when he comes on anyway, so it’s hardly cover. You got it wrong with this guy, so don’t compound the error by hanging onto him. Verdict: REJECT/RECYCLE ASAP!!

    As for Shola, who’d buy him anyway? Seriously, he’s a very useful substitute to throw on and rattle defences, and he always seems to score from the most unlikely of positions. Verdict: WRAP HIM UP WARM IN A BATH CHAIR.

    To be honest I can’t see Ranger ever making in the Prem, he’s a lightweight and lacks dedication to his craft. Time to look to the next lot of youth players instead – but not before bringing in a real forward. Verdict: LOAN SPELL UNTIL XMAS WITH STRICT CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    May 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    @Captain Beefheart – Hall is fine but he’s gone back because his loan has ended. That’s not to say CH will know try and buy him. A lot of the players seem to like him too

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  • henok

    May 5, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #15

    The reason he bought best in the first place was he was Irish …and Pankrant he is a usless trash bag a disgrace to french players…hall That is when I decided nufc needs to let go chris …look at what kind of players he brought
    Simpson ..rejected by Blackburn
    Hall…usless
    Pankrant …rejected by psg,monteplir
    best …WTF ..az a tip tell him to change his name
    routledge ..un wanted by epl teams
    williamson…what kind of coatch takes a risk on bringing a player who was injred fo half of his life in football
    so u see how he have lack of quality I don’t want this players to play against Mackems …

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  • darryl burleigh

    May 5, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    HENOK you aint gota a clue about newcastle utd or football, have you. you probs dont even live in the country and have never seen the toon play.

    who were you gunna play at right back if simpson hadnt been signed on loan at the beginning of the season???? hes done what was needed.

    hall….not useless, a very good back up to the CB’s, when we needed him he played well. you probs wanted us to get JOHN TERRY in!!

    agree that pancrate and best were actually pancrap and worst.

    routledge was to young when he moved to spurs from palace and never really giving the opputunity, he has been awesome for us the right, finally brings balance to the wings. he has got pace and he could do well for us next season.

    williamson, bargain of the season!! have you seen him play? very copmposed and very reliable!

    remember we where in the championship this season, not the “EPL”, mainly called the premier league in britain!! we won it with no money, we have a budget for next season, see what hughton can do with no money, itll be interesting to see what he does with 15 million in his backburner!!

    stop being so negative man!!

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  • henok

    May 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #17

    darryl burleigh…dud I know about football more than u atleast my major is sports mangment so in a way I am better than u …but when we come to the point why did we bring simpson? cause beye went why not dive the place for Edgar u remember him ya … Hall why not kadar…pankrant why not donaldson …williamson why not calum Morris …best why not Ben hag …and ya I have seen nufc play..

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    can’t argue with that henok

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  • darryl burleigh

    May 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #19

    you have having a laugh. stop playing football manager and get back to reality!!

    first of all your american so that says it all!!

    secondly, there is no way we would have been promoted if we fielded that amount of youngsters!!!

    david edgar was absolutely shite, yes he gave his all but nothing, he jumped ship and went to burnley and he couldnt even get into their team.

    kadar was on his way back from an injury which had him out for 8 months last season, can really go and through himn into the deep end. so we need the likes of hall, van aaholt and williamson there! without them we had taylor x2, colo and enrique…….not very back up for defence!!

    again with donaldson, no 1st team experience, he got his runouts in the cup games, which is more than enough for a young lad wanting to aply his trade. how can you put donaldson ahead of pancrate? they play different positions!!

    caluim morris ahead of williamson?? you must be in your 8th season of FMX to rate morris better than williamson!! are you thick in the head???

    wesley ngo bahang has also been with injury, and has just got back to full fitness, hes getting released at the end of the season anyways!! show s you how much hes rated!! yes he did hamper nile rangers development a bit, why not mention him? probs cos he dosent get a shout out on FOX sports!!1

    and you say i know nothing about football mate???

    think you need to re-read your post and delete it pal!! oh by the way, i follow the toon home and away, so i do have some foundations of where im coming from!

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  • henok

    May 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Paul Dummett can handle simpsons place …donaldson cam also play In wing position he was faster tHan pankrant ….but sorry about the whole dick thing u were being racist and ya I have sky sports …lol

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  • darryl burleigh

    May 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #21

    mate im not being racist, i work with americans at this moment. but how can someone in america give such opinions as yours when you dont reside in the area. im all for the toon having fans aboard, its brilliant that we have them all over the world and we are gratefull! but if i was an basketball fan or whatnot i could never have views on a team that i support in america because im not there and dont hear or see whats going on! can you see where im coming from? lol plus sky sports does rule the world!! lol (shake hands)

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Darryl that’s very decent of you to allow people from overseas to support us. And actually yes you are being very racist.

    I think Henok seems pretty well informed to me.

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