Pardew Keen To Keep Barton and Enrique At Newcastle

One of the things we’ve liked about Alan Pardew since he’s come to Tyneside, is that he’s made a big effort to sign the good players at the club on extended contracts – those that form the core of the successful  Newcastle team – we hope – of the future.

Jose Enrique – vital that he stays on Tyneside

Since he’s come to Tyneside, Alan’s bought Ben Arfa, and made the great Frenchman’s move to Newcastle a permanent one, and he’s also persuaded Steven Taylor to sign a contract through the summer of 2016 – a player he obviously admires a lot, and who’s played well since he returned from his long term injury.

And Alan has also got some of the young stars signed up, one of them being 18 year-old Haris Vuckic, who looks to us very much like a great player in the making at Newcastle.

And the big two that are left are Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, whose contracts run out in 18 months, and Joey of course is already a target of some of the Premier League’s top sides.

We’ve said before that we think the Newcastle goal is to sign up both players on extended deals after the transfer window closes, and what Alan says today seems to support that.

This is what Pardew said when he talked about the January transfer window today:

“I had a meeting this week with the owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and the main thing that emerged from that was a desire to keep our core players.”

“It’s nice to be able to bring someone in, but it’s proving difficult because it’s a time when everyone is looking at deals and thinking, ‘Is it really right to go overboard in this window and upset the balance of your squad?’”

“The most important players are the ones that are doing well for us right now. That’s been my focus. We’ve obviously secured Steven Taylor, Joey’s Barton got 18 months to go and we want to look at him and we want to look at Jose Enrique as well.”

“The only thing I’d want to say is that Jay is a player I admire. I wouldn’t want to add any more to that.”

There’s a hint on Bothroyd that seems to support the fact that Newcastle area said to be in talks with Cardiff about signing the striker, and he would be an excellent addition to the squad, and of course another bargain buy for the club, since he becomes a free agent in the summer.

If Alan Pardew can get Newcastle to sign both Joey and Jose to long term deals, then he’s doing all the right things to ensure Newcastle can indeed have a really good team in a season or two.

What’s missing are say three or four top players coming in, and if we can get just one of those in January that would be good, since most transfer business is conducted in the summer months.

Comments always welcome, but please be civil to other readers.

43 comments so far

  • Sinner

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    No to Bothroyd! 🙂

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    there is no point signing bothroyd he isnt the sort of player tht is going to takes us further up the league he isnt really any better than best and best is summit like 4 years younger… cant deny bothroyd is a gd championship player but for us in the premire league no thanks

  • roitoon1

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    He an English call up can’t be bad for under 2 mill and willnacore goals

  • roitoon1

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Will score goals even

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Although I do like a lot of Ashley’s business model, I hope to god we get taken over soon and I hope the first act of the new owners is to sack Pardew for all of the following reasons:-

    1) Pardew’s long ball football, makes Allardyce and Kinnear look like Brazil

    2) Wants to keep ” cheerleader ” Smith and will play him tomorrow regardless of all other options.

    3)Puts on an injured Tiote when we’re 2-0 down and chasing a game.

    4) Is interested in buying journeymen donkeys like Bothroyd.

    5) Slags off young keeper Krul in public

    6) Slags off Jose for going on twitter, then announces to the world we won’t be playing Carroll!

    7) His top achievement was finishing 9th. Even Roeder finished higher with the hammers !

    8) He’s not looking to bring in any mobile, quick and skilful players who aren’t always playing with their back to goal. Ben Arfa is not a striker. Harewood and Bothroyd are Pardew’s level

    9) Plays Perch before Kadar and Ferguson.

    10) Managed to upset Tevez and Mascherano and played Harewood and Mullins instead before the hammers were rescued by Curbishley and Tevez was restored to the team after fan protests.

    Rant over. I just want Pardew gone as he is simply not good enough and like the Joke Kinnear, should never have been here on merit. However, would be chuffed to bits if we won tomorrow and I’d take it all back, well some of it !!

  • Davey_H

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like to see both Joey and the Bull signed on long term deals.
    Does anyone know how long Tiote signed for us?
    Should we also be looking at extending his contract, as lots of clubs I bet are keeping an eye on him.
    As for Bothroyd, I dont feel like he will give us any more than Best.
    So why not start Best and Shola up front tomorrow lets keep there defenders busy.
    I now feel that Ranger although we have got him to sign a long term contract needs to be sent out to learn and make the mistakes for other teams and when he has learnt to improve and hone the talent he undoubtably has, then bring him back.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    emile heskey has had many english call ups and to be fair look at the state of the english team at the moment

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree. No to Bothroyd!

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    We dont we give a striker we purchase some incentive that they will play and develop by getting rid of some of the dead wood that over the years has not moved us forward.

  • daneevz

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    totally disagree with u both!! JayBoth is a very good intelligent player hes strong and hold the ball up and got great arieal and shooting ability as i live in i seen him play alot and he’d be great for us and at we should get him at a reasonable price. All Behind Bothroyd to the toon!!!

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    bothroyd is 28 and unproven in the premire league he isnt going to improve us we need a short arse who is quick and can finish not another big lad

  • dougski

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Absolute ridiculous that you write this story with all your experience of writing on here and y
    Everytime u mention boothroyd u say would be an excellent signing? U give me any evidence in his whole career he would be a great signing? He same build and characteristics of beat but 4 years older and his goal scoring bar this season was one in 5 games baring in mind most of that has been spent in lower leagues! Absolute rubbish! He wouldn’t give us anything extra and it’s not like he’s got massive potential as in 2 years he’s 30 and past his best so your talking absolute garbage here! Stop getting excites about pathetic unproven players like him and llandra from Southampton however u spell him! Buzzing cos he’s scored 20 goals from mid in low league football and u think for the same price as Ben arfa he is a good buy? Seriously need to start thinking about getting excited over these stories ED as you look like someone who knows nothing about football! Everyone else laughs at us get excites over these kind of players! Pfft! Kranjcar yes pienaar yes but these other ones not in same league! Got too much time on your hands it’s pretty obvious! Next you’ll be wanting smith to sign an improved contract for 5 and half years! Jesus!

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s incredibly rare for a player to suddenly make the step up to the top level in their late-20s. They’ve generally been snapped up before then if they’re actually good enough.

    This whole Bothroyd situation reeks of “last ditch ideas”, just as Best’s transfer did last January. We couldn’t afford Keane, Bentley or Larsson (for various reasons) so we panic and go for a lower budget player who is no better than what we already have.

    Lazy option, and he’ll become nothing more than a squad player at the very best.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Ive just worked it out he has a worse goal scoring rate than shola and shola has scored his in a higher league no thank you bothroyd

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Looks like Martin O’Neill is going to West Ham. SO we sack Hughton and employ Pardew, West Ham, who are bottom of the league, and struggling go and get a manager who took villa to three consecutive top 6 finishes?

    Sometimes I hate being a NUFC fan.

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    O’neill to replace Avram Grant at west ham. All over the news

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    JohnnyBrookes you beat me to it lol

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed spot on as usual .. we need 3 or 4 players plus more importantly keeping enrique, then barton … as for bothroyd, not a bad player but theres other top strikers available .. djalo would be an interesting one never mind mervlut erding etc .. think this window will show if ashley wants to push on or just stay in the league.. so far we’re very light on key players, LB for instance, DM cover is another, stiker and RW the other..

  • Sinner

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Some facts:
    Apps† (Gls)†
    Cardiff City 96 (36)

    An average 0.375 of scoring a goal in a match.Niceee
    And that in the prime of his career.

    Im sure Ameobi would have a better scoring ratio had he not been used as an impact sub for over the last 10 years.

  • Toonmania

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #20

    can we have avram then?? he’s better than pardew

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    talk of Youssef El Arabi seems to have calmed down .. also Ziani has signed for turkish side .. some of our options are disappearing

  • ginkoh

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Sometime I don’t know what the owner and board are thinking. They know who’s better in term of quality but they always choose the cheper one and keep on saying they want success.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    in his whole career ameobi has a better scoring rate than bothroyd

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Toonmania .. probably right , my only problem with him now is he’s a defensive manager and west ham were really poor defensively so I’d stick with Pardew right now .. then get Klinsman in in the summer 🙂

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Haha, I’m not sure about Avram!! But Martin O’Neil I would have been happy with!!

    Its just bemusing how we sack hughton to bring in someone who is on a par, probably not as good, as Hughton, when Martin O’Neill is considering West Ham, surely we would have been in with a shout?

    Also to Bothroyd, we don’t need him, he is championship, at best, definitely not worth spending money on.

    Can’t Pardew use his Southampton connection to bring in that Cahmberlain lad who everyone is sniffing around?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26


    Southampton hate Pardew. he’d be the last person they’d want to sell to..

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    JohnnyBrookes .. problem is don’t the owners of southampton dislike him ..

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda heights .. you beat me to it .. something to do with wives wasn’t it 🙂

  • Spiderman92

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #29

    Why is everybody ripping into Pardew ?
    in my opinion he’s done nothing wrong…
    he’s signed Ben Arfa on a Permanent deal
    Got Taylor to sign a new deal
    Has expressed his ambition to get Barton and Enrique new deals

    bar the stevenage game , he’s been a good manager.. There was 11 players on that pitch capable of hammering Stevenage.. but we got cocky and thought that we’d walk it.
    Seriously it’s fans like you’s that get us a reputation of being deluded! … we’re sitting 8th our MAIN goal this season was to stay up.

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Spiderman92 .. can’t complain so far but theres always a worry as he’s not everyones first choice .. like most managers we’ll back him unless he messes up .. glad to say he hasn’t done too much wrong .. although ashley does need to back him and quick .. I was hoping for good RW cover for sunday .. nevermind a new striker..

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    one test for pardew is getting guti back to his attacking best .. hope we see this on sunday ..

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    also for pardew to stop picking smith and perch ..

  • Spiderman92

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    I would also like to have seen some cover
    Barton should be playing in the middle and until Ben Arfa gets back we have only Routledge ( who is soo frustrating to watch ) if he learnt how to cross a ball or shoot he’d be quality! we only need 1 more signing to get us through the rest of the season then we can build from there

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34


    Completely agree with your comment about Pardew!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeah forgot about that!!! Never mind. Listen I will back him as he is the manager but some of his decisions are baffling to say the least, Playing Barton on the left of midfield, playing any of the players he thought were knackered, risking tiote in a game that meant nothing.

    I just don’t particularly like him, as a bloke, or a manager, the Ben Arfa signing is good but not exactly difficult considering we already had him on loan, and he has a broken leg.

    Hopefully I will be proved wrong but I’m not so sure, he has a habit of being disliked at clubs.

  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Spiderman92 and Palmertoon .. you have to admit he was at fault for stevenage .. pretty major blip if you ask me, also publicly critising Krul .. nevermind him playing perch and smith .. come on he’s not the greatest manager .. thats in the past .. only thing that counts IMO is the team

  • indianmagpie

    Jan 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37

    There r certain things which we shud consider….as much as i like to see players coming in, this transfer window is really bad for buying cos most of teh players we buy will b redundant by the end of the seasosn depending on the season finish…

    Look what happened to us last year, best, routledge…buys in january…absolutely redundant wen we made the step up…

    What newcastle managemnet is doin the right thing…wen all our players come back, we have quite a team to put out….wen hba and gosling r back, we have 2 new signings….we r doing the best thing by tying down our best players in the long terms which is a good sign….by the end of the season, we can analyse where we r and spend accordingly….if we manage europe, we need better players than bothroyd who will be another ameobi…if we manage safety also, we would be aiming hig next season, again bothroyd would not be that impressive…

    When HBA is back, we will go back to teh preferred 451 fdor most matches with shifts to 442 when required…what we need most is cover for fullbacks which poadrew might bring in as loans….i think loan window is open after the transfer window (correct me if i am wrong)…

  • Spiderman92

    Jan 15, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #38

    I agree that Pardew was part of the blame for stevenage , but the fact of the matter is Stevenage wanted it more! the thing is , and i’m probably going to be hated for this ; i never liked the style of Football we played under Hughton , everything was revolved around Carroll , yes he’s having a wonderful season and yes he’s England’s next best thing but the team shouldn’t revolve around one man! it’s a team effort , you seen the joy on lovenkrands’ and best’s face’s when they scored against West Ham it was like a look of relief that they got their chance and they took it. Pardew gave them a chance , Hughton wouldn’t of , he would of played Lovenkrands upfront on his own with Nolan just behind him.
    off topic.. im dreading tomorrow!
    my head says we’re going to clinch a draw my heart says we’ll scrape a win
    Simmo Williamson Coloccini Enrique
    Routledge Barton Guthrie Jonas

    the scum will probably play 4-3-3.. we put 5 in midfield and control the game..
    then on attack switch to 4-3-3. i hope!

  • warwick

    Jan 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Am I reading the first rumbles of discontent from the usual pessimists?
    I even heard the first call for pardew out!… really couldn’t make it up…god knows what’l happen if we don’t get anything tommorow, touch wood.
    Support the club ffs!

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    If bothRoyd was any good he would have still been at arsenal or playing in the prem years ago just look at beckford done sod all we had a lucky escape there just hope bothroyd wants to stay at Cardiff and says no thanks wright Phillips on loan please and a better striker the bothroyd and start tomorrow with harps simmo hopefully Taylor colo bull rout/gosling Barton Nolan gut shola best


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