Are Newcastle On The Up – Yes – If We Can Keep Best Players

Since Alan Pardew took over from Chris Hughton in December, Newcastle have played 10 games and amassed 13 points.

Alan Pardew – building a good side at Newcastle?

That’s not a bad return, but you can hardly say Newcastle have been lucky in those 10 league games either, since in two of them we were leading in injury time, and the other sides (Sunderland and Tottenham) equalized. 🙁

And in other games, like last Saturday at Blackburn as just one example, we could have easily picked up all 3 points.

The record is won 3, drawn 4 and lost 3 – which is not too bad at all.

We are told that the luck in the Premier League levels out over a full season, so we have to hope for more luck than we’ve had so far – and maybe we’ll score the winner in injury time tonight at St. Andrews with a penalty?

Andy Carroll leaving the club has come as an enormous shock and surprise to all of us, but he’s gone now and is not coming back.

Who exactly was responsible, or what exactly happened, we may never know in full, but each fan will make up their own minds on that one.

And Newcastle still have some excellent players in the side, and maybe the pick of the bunch are Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa. Other good players are Mike Williamson, Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.

The fans will have their own choices, but there’s little doubt that Enrique, Tiote and Barton are huge players for Newcastle United and consistently play well for the Magpies.

Newcastle got £35M for big Andy, and we are told that will be spent on players this summer, for both fees and wages, so if that happens that would be very good, and it’s only right to   invest in the squad.

We  probably need a couple of top strikers coming in, and we also expect Newcastle to troll for free agents – to get some good deals – maybe Swedish Internationals Elmander and Larsson could still arrive – but in any case there’s every chance Newcastle will bring in some good players this summer.

But of course the one thing Newcastle fans are scared of  is losing some of our very top performers this summer, like Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote for example, as we see that top clubs with lots of cash are interested in these two players.

We are told that both players are very happy on Tyneside, and as soon as Newcastle are safe in the PL, then Jose will open negotiations on his new contract to stay on Tyneside.

But the way Liverpool came in for Carroll at the very last minute in January, and were successful too, worries us, and worries us a lot about what may happen in the summer.

Alan Pardew wants to keep hold of his best players, because we are building quite a decent side, and wasn’t that the major reason why Alan was brought in – to build a good side?

Newcastle  have Steven Taylor, Stephen Ireland, Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling all coming back from injury in the next few weeks, so with eveyrbody fit, the squad looks quite strong if a little weak up front – but than can be taken care of this summer.

If Mike Ashley ever wanted to get in the good books of Newcastle fans, he would come out and say Newcastle will not sell their top players in the summer, and then follow that through.

Mike will never do that of course, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we for one, will be shocked and disappointed if we lose even one of our top players this summer.

We even see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting brighter too. 😀

Let us know what you think about all of this, but please give some civility to other readers, who may not share your opinions.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • dave 1961

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

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    This is the reply I received from the FA after accusing them of attempting to re-introduce slavery, over the ranger affair, with a bit of luck they might of got the message, it works when you accuse them of being racist’s they just refuse to comment, normally I would have passed it over to my mp but I am too busy at the moment.

  • Irish Geordie1

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    what ranger affair???

  • NorseMag

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    This has to be the 27th article in a row Ed has mentionend AC’s departure.

    Regarding Pardews luck, lets quote Eisenhower: “I would rather have a lucky general than a smart general”

    Lets hope for some luck tonight, I really think we’ll need it.

  • toonhamu

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Another AC mention! he really doesn’t deserve all these mentions!

    As for Pards, under him we look solid defensively, and the team appear happy to fight for the cause under him (I feared the team spirit may have evaporated when CH left)

    I know a lot of people are speculating over summer signings, should we stay up, but my honest opinion is that if we add two or three decent attacking players to our squad in the summer, we’ll not be doing too bad at all

  • Markaccus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Dave, I think that reply amounts to a big FU from the FA. It just goes to show they believe that they alone own the game in england, even though it is the national sport, and therefore the”peoples game”. I’d be livid at that response, since the issue you raised was a very valid one, and was worthy of a proper reply. I believe players should play for their country if selected, but on rare occasions (like newcastles predicament) the country should allow leeway.

  • andre29

    Feb 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Birmingham City FC – Newcastle United FC live on

  • dave 1961

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I have caused a few problems for the FA as usually when they fob me off I get my MP to force them to answer, this might happen yet, just i have a few things more important, that need doing.

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    If Ashley sold either tiote or Enrique which one would you choose to lose? Just a random on what the fans think

  • Mags

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Dave1961 – Lucky you, I am still awaiting their reply from my original email of the 11th and subsequent reminder on the 14th!

    I know what to expect now.

    Although I did raise another point insomuch as a reminder regarding my email to them over the kid who jumped on Harper’s back and whether they were going to take action against the unwashed.

    I received a standard response from Birwood informing me they were writing to both clubs, since then – DEAFENING SILENCE.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    I suppose since we have lots of CM the logical choice would be tiote, but I wouldn’t be happy.

  • Mags

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed as to whether we will keep our best players, well after the sale of someone I am not meant to mention again – ANDY CARROLL – I think sadly not.

    The ramifications from his sale are yet to be fully felt.

  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    The sense of discontent among the players echoes the fear of the fans. It seems the sale of Carroll – whatever about it being a good price – has signalled to many a lack of ambition, rather than a professionally-run club aiming to rebuild. I think the way the sale was swiftly qualified by ‘ the fee will go on transfers plus wages’ did some damage.
    And for the fans, a summer of nailbiting, knowing we have an owner liable to scupper our plans in favour of a good business deal at any moment. As Gerard De pardew says, if you keep on selling your best players, how are we ever going to achieve and compete with the clubs at the top? Or has Ashley no faith or interest in doing that?
    Ashley himself should have come to the fore after Carroll’s sale, which embarrassed his manager who’d been denying it for weeks, and stated it was too good an offer to turn down and all the money will go into our summer rebuilding programme. We all know about Sky money coming in, about Milner/Martins/Duff etc. transfer profits and full gates at SJP so we don’t expect to be told that Carroll’s money will go towards running expenses. Its that sort of thing that makes Ashley such a despised figure on Tyneside.

  • pa3zoon

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Again the same article. Atleast come up with some new topics.

  • pa3zoon

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    And guys please stop talking about candy aroll

  • Mo Drysdale

    Feb 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Attack is the best form of defence.





    Bench: Krul, Perch, Loven, Kuchi, Fergie, Best

    1. 3 Big lads to cover the ariel threat of the Brum Freak.

    2. Simo and Jos’e working as wingbacks and covering back when necessary, Jose will put Bentley in his back pocket, and get forward at every oportunity.

    3. Jonas with free role and can go to either wing when required to create threats all over the place.

    4. Steel in the centre with Barton, Tiote & Nolan. B & N supporting Ranger when neccesary.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    lads I can promise you one thing the sooner you put the Carroll saga to bed, the sooner you will see the back of José, what could keep the pressure on is not to stop the criticism of the regime, Ashley is our Saddam, the only way to make him keep his head down & look for cover is to keep on & on about it, until Ashley & Llambias realise that these controversial moves will not be tolerated, and if you don’t like the word Carroll, we can call him “Shirley temple” or whatever, but the sooner its forgotten about makes the next, shall we say calamity happen sooner. we need to make it plane to Ashley that we only sell a player when we have his replacement first, and by that I mean ready to go into the team.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    sorry ed , dont agree with you on this topic.
    firstly, you are very generous if you are going to credit AP with the win against liverpool.AP didnt start till the thursday before the game. the tactics had already been discussed before he his own admission he said he didnt have to say anything to the lads before the game , all he had to do was find out where his seat was and watch the game, sorry ed that win was down to CH. that brings his points tally down to 10 from a possible 27 , what i cant get my head round is how is that ok? that is relagation form better managers would be sacked for that.Lets not forget AP was brought in to take the club forward, as ashley ( with his outstanding football knowledge) decided that CH has taken the club as far sa he could, a decision, that in my opinion, come end of season will live to regret

  • stuart no9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #18

    sorry 10 points from a possible 30
    if we carry on with that average, we are down

  • callie9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19


    That is the stupidest thing I have possibly read on here, and there is some stupid stuff on here. 10 points from a possible 30 is 1 point per game. If we continue that average we will finish on 44 points – that’s 1 point from 12 games, as we are currently on 32.

    Therefore, if we carry on with that average, we are up, comfortably.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #20

    well spotted and quite right , i missed 2 games out somehow, 44 will probably be safe , however on 10 games , if still @32 a point a game will not be safe, hope this has cleared up the confusion


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