Newcastle Following The Arsenal Model To Success


Mike Williamson is currently keeping Sol Campbell out of the Newcastle first team, and the £1M buy from Portsmouth could well turn out to be a terrific signing for Newcastle United.

Mike Williamson – we’re getting the job done

Certainly since Mike came to the club last January, he’s played very solidly at the back for the Magpies, and his no-nonsense type of play has made him an instant favorite with the Newcastle fans.

With Newcastle’s more than decent start to the season, there is a growing confidence on Tyneside that Newcastle may do a lot better than anybody expected this season – but like manager Chris Hughton – nobody is getting carried away with anything at the moment.

Williamson explained:

“Within the camp, we set our stall out from the start, we had our ambitions and we are sticking to that.” “We are achieving what we set out to achieve at the minute and it is just a case of keeping the momentum.”

“‘The boys knew we were going to be one of the favorites to go down and we haven’t exactly gone out and spent millions in the transfer window.” “But what the manager has done is added quality, and that’s one of his strengths.”

“The club has made a statement that we don’t need to do that, we have got a blend between young and old and youth and experience, and that is going to stand us in good stead.” “We know that by sticking together with the quality we have got, that we will be fine.” “We don’t look too far back and we don’t look too far ahead, we just look at the next game as the most important.”

‘We will attack this game like every other game, wanting to take the three points from it.”

Those are good words from Mike, and indeed Newcastle are following the Arsenal blueprint to success, and it’s maybe even fitting that the lads will host Arsenal in the 4th round of the Carling Cup.

Arsene Wenger has not spent too much money, but he has brought through some top youngsters at the Emirates Stadium, and only yesterday manager Wenger said Arsenal would continue along that path.

There’s something more legitimate and exacting about a team that builds up that way rather than  say a club like Chelsea or Manchester City.

The Eastlands club  have gone out spent half a billion pounds in transfer fees on their team in the last couple of years – there’s something that just seems wrong about that.

But Newcastle’s youth policy already seems to be paying off big time with youngsters like Andy Carroll, Shane Ferguson, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger, Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar and Haris Vuckic, amongst others, all coming through very nicely at the Tyneside club.

But it’s got to be one step at a time, and the next team up for Newcastle at home tomorrow afternoon is Stoke City, and a win in that game would be what we want to see.

Comments welcome.


31 comments so far

  • Birts

    Sep 25, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Am not expecting nothing less than a win with all the big lads we have to defend against any of stokes set peices. Hopefully we come out firing from the start and don’t take our time to settle into the game.

    Howay the Lads

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  • rknufc

    Sep 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    any links for arsenal game?

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  • burnsie

    Sep 25, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    BTW lads…where is kadar atm???

    anybody know???

    for a 2o year old lad his fitness seems to be shocking as much as i think he is a great player.

    everytime weve wanted to call on him this season, both in the cup AND in pre season friendles hes been missing from the squad!!!

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  • john_cena163

    Sep 25, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Wer is brad innman?

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  • i Toon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Arsenal down 2 – 0 to west brom bring them on in the Carling Cup 😀

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    lmfao.!! Arsenal 0-3 West brom

    hope they play this shiite away to us shola will hav a field day

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  • MOONDUST

    Sep 25, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #7

    where is Richietoon these days

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  • i Toon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Tozer scores for Northampton Town

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  • mattnufc

    Sep 25, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Why are people happy West Brom are winning? Surely we want them to go down

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  • john_cena163

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Ass2-3wb. If wb can beat them then v can beat ass 6-2 .

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  • i Toon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Mattnufc
    Stoke City
    West Ham United
    Everton are @ the bottom of the table who cares who go down once it isn’t NUFC

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  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    That is the perfect model to go after as they Arsenal have one of the best academies in the world. We need to buy some top youngsters.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #13

    a dont really care if wba go down tbh they can win the league all i care aslong as 3 teams except us go down =]
    av gota 5a on Wigan, Blackpool, Wolves not in any particular order mind

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  • xfer

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Didnt want a West Brom win. They are over us in the table and doing really well atm. I dont want West Brom ahead of us by the end of the season.

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  • mattnufc

    Sep 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #15

    @i Toon
    I agree, but the more teams below us the better aye?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #16

    aw yeah agree ther but jus sayin not bother whos below wa aslong as at the end of season ther is atleast 3 teams below wah =] i personally think we’l be safe by xmas and that we’l finish in top 10 possibly 7th/8th then build on tht next season with couple people leavin and couple coming in

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    also think we are guna win the league cup against man utd and that would allow us to get into europe haha.! finish 7th or 8th win league cup and get into europe. PERFECT!!

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #18

    I was always envious of teams such as Everton and Villa for picking up gems like Williamson – £1m for a solid CB who is holding down a deserved 1st team spot! Well done Chris Hughton on bringing him in and Mike on surprising so many (including myself)!

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  • gozzie4

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Question….. is it true that sky sports 1 is free tomorrow to virgin media holders?! HOPE SO!!!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #20

    yes its free for everyone except like freeview which yah cant get it anyways

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    thats the link gozzie4

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  • gozzie4

    Sep 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #23

    wicked-cheers mate…. just hope it’s the right result for us. u reckon CH will go with perch or raylor for RB?

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  • Thump

    Sep 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24

    I think (hope) he’ll go for Raylor. After the performance against Chelsea I think he deserves a shot in the starting XI.

    Are any of you lads going along tomorrow? I’m sitting on Level 2.

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  • i Toon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    @ mattnufc true but Everton or at the bottom so look @ it this way WBA may have taken Everton place lol & @ the start of the season i didnt think we would be ahead of Everton & no one please tell me there are to go to go down people said the same thing about us

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  • i Toon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #26

    my bad that should be to *good* to go down

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  • toonster88

    Sep 25, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    thump
    im taking my dad.he got family area seats.to be precise ll7d(milburn)

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  • Oleg G

    Sep 25, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    What a day !!!

    how many teams lost points today!

    Arsenal, Cheski, Tottenham, Liverpool.

    WBA with 10 points.
    Liverpool with 6 points
    Everton last place
    Man U are in the best position right now, still without a lost.

    After tomorrow we can be Number 5 or number 12

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  • chuck

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed. I think you will find that Wenger like most EPL managers has spent big time on players, more in fact than most teams other than the top six or eight.
    It`s a fallacy to suggest he has brought players through the system, that is to say the few that have come through the youth system are numerically the same as that of most clubs.
    The difference with Arsenals success is in their management system, which includes a pretty astute group of scouts.
    But their financial success is based on a very experienced and knowledgable footballing management team.
    Now that`s something this club could emulate,
    of course our owner may have a differing approach, but it never hurts to take a look at why certain clubs are successful and others not.

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  • chuck

    Sep 26, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #30

    As for Williamson being a gem, not the same Williamson i have been watching, his distribution of the ball leaves a lot to be desired, something i would have thought an old defensive coach and ex-player like CH would have worked on, as for Perch, a lightweight who has to bulk up or constantly be pushed around.
    I would trade them both for Beye, a real pro.

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  • John

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    keeping sol out, he should be keeping colo out, he failed a big test yest. I can see why he was big success in la liga, bt as we know PL is very dif jones murdered him yest.

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