Things Starting To Look Up At Newcastle

It was tremendous news this morning when it was announced that Cheick Tiote has signed a new and lucrative six and a half year deal to stay at Newcastle United.

Cheick Tiote – a huge favorite on Tyneside – a smashing lad!

And then within the hour, it was also announced that coach John Carver had signed a new five and a half year deal, the same length as Alan Pardew’s contract, to stay at Newcastle as Alan’s number two – and that was more good news for Newcastle fans.

And it seemed like Alan Pardew came out this morning, and let it be known that owner Mike Ashley wanted to build the Newcastle side, and that Alan would indeed be signing new players in the summer, and that Ashley was trying to make as much money available to him as possible.

But some of that £35M from the Andy Carroll,  could also be used to help keep some of our top players at the club, specifically Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, and we’d like to see both of them sign long term deals before too long.

That would be a welcome relief to Newcastle fans, because these two lads have been great for Newcastle this season, and have actually earned new contracts – what a concept.

Cheick Tiote is already a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he was appropriately  interviewed today, after signing his new deal,  and says the team are trying to win every game (and why not?), and that it’s possible for Newcastle to finish quite high up in the Premier League come the end of May.

This is what the  Newcastle’s 24 year-old midfield dynamo said today:

“We try to win every game. I don’t think about anything but that when I go into any game – especially at home.” “I try to win the midfield battle in each game and come out on top.”

“It’s about doing my best for the team.” “But I have to keep working because nothing is assured, you can’t just expect to be picked.”

“It’ll be the same against Bolton. If we want to stay a Premier League team we must look to win every game.”“If we do, we will be safe sooner rather than later.” “Who knows where we can finish?”

“My family come to watch me play, which is great. When we play at St James’ Park they are always there.” “I really enjoy life here.”

It may be very important to the teams’ future success that the lads can put a very good run together in the final 11 games of the season.

Because if we do well and finish high up in the league , that could well persuade Joey and Jose to sign up – and then Alan can bring in a few new players in the summer, and we’ll be in very good shape starting next season.

It’s certainly a far cry from where the club was a short 20 months ago.

And of course we have to thank the departed Chris Hughton for that, but it looks like he left the club in really good shape for Alan Pardew to pick up the baton.

And for his part Alan has kept things moving forward and looks a very savvy manager for the club.  Things are starting to look up at Newcastle, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Congratulations for the signing of Tiote and John Carver! It’s great to see us making good decisions for the future of the club. A top half finish this year would be fantastic. The improvement over 2008-2009 is also great to see. Now we need a good run in 1 of the Cups!!

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    never realised how much of a tank tiote actually is. he is massive haha

  • dave 1961

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #3

    What Ashley is doing with the statement that the money would go on contracts as well as fees, it takes away the likely hood of us being ripped off so now we only have £15m for 3 players, forget about anyone you read about they will be red herrings. we need to get the right player for the right price, it’s crazy to pay £30m+ for a player it creates disharmony within the squad that’s why we were relegated to many greedy, thieves taking the crazy money the taking a sick day (every Saturday). let’s have a team with a point to prove.

  • hadthetshirt

    Feb 25, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Great news but no doubt the ashley haters will see it differently.
    Waits for the insults

  • ryannorm

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #5

    apart from the sale of andy carroll, i’m kinda starting to take to what MA is doing, he’s being sensible with the money which isn’t what we have had in the past with sheperd. even if we do have £15million for players in summer, we bought Ben Arfa for around £5m and Tiote for £3.5 so if we can pull of the same sort of players in the summer then great but i think before any signings we have to get Enrique and Barton signed up! i heard tiotes’ wage is around £50,000 now!

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Lets not count our chickens. After the everton game we’ll have a better idea of where we stand. 2 vital games coming up.

  • Sawbuck

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Another ploy by Ashley to drain the club and a sign he is a goner.

    It’s like telling your vintner to put your bottle of wine into the Mouton Rothschild rack — anyone that wants it out then have to pay the Mouton Rothschild rate.

  • toonwardo

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #8

    This is great news! Watched the Press conference and he was smiling and looked really happy, that´s what I like to see!



  • Dai

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    There’s such a mix of sceptical views on MA on the blog. Some say you simply can’t trust him. Others say he’s actually completely in touch with the modern business model in the premier league (in fact better than most).

    Personally, I think we are all too emotional about what we regard as “the glory days”( a la KK). Big money signings. Big money wages. Lots of razamataz !! Always in the headlines. Always satisfying the fans desire for constant information on every single thing that is going on with the club.

    Yes, we are the fans and we pay our money as season ticket holders and we have some rights. However, lets not allow the press to use us as their tools to generate false headlines and negativity towards the club.

    We all support the club and there is a good general belief that we have turned a bit or a corner. We were all against MA when he came. He made lots of mistake, but in business it’s true to say that making mistakes makes you more experienced, wiser and stronger. Perhaps this is what is happening with MA?

    You will always find the sceptics saying that whatever MA does is in his own interests. He likes to gamble and therefore anything he does that is positive …is a gamble. If he improves the club…it’s only to bump up the price he can sell it for, etc, etc.

    Let’s, perhaps, look at ourselves a little nit closer. Whilst it would be nice to know what is going through MA’s mind and it would be nice for him to tell us absolutely everything he is doing or thinking of doing, it is not realistic to run a business that way. Particularly when a lot of the business that you do involves doing things before someone else gets wind of it.

    The recent business model appears to be just great: Tie down our good players. Those that want to go, can go, but the fans will clearly understand that it is the players choice, we will get a large fee, which will be reinvested. We cannot stop players wanting away (perhaps as Jose does), but we are led here y the London press and their games. But if he does want to go, let’s get the best fee we can, don’t use it as an opportunity to criticise MA and give the player the grief.

    Lets not follow the London press on this constant “wages cap” thing. Who would be surprised on old saggy cheeks Harry was behind all that ( after all, he does control the London Press).

    We are doing well.

    AP has done VERY WELL since he came. Lets move on from CH….we are where we are.

    Key players have done well and it would be great to keep them, but if they want to go, lets not allow them to blame the club through the media.

    The contract for Tiote today shows that we are prepared to pay good wages. If players still don’t stay, then it is not the club’s fault and we, as fans, should not blame the club or MA, we should blame the players and their agents (together, not just the latter) for their greed and we should stop idolising their images instead of the reality.

    If Joey and Jose refuse to discuss contracts until the summer, even when we are safe, then we as fans can interpret that as we should….the players are only interested in money, not the club, and any statements given to the press are just lip-service.

    I think given what has happened in recent months, we owe it to MA to start always referring to him as Mike, because he appears to be getting to grips with things a bit more, and perhaps we should not expect detailed information as a right.

  • GAZ09

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Tired of all the negative people saying we will still sell Tiote. Carroll wanted OUT and we was offered an obscene amount of money

  • nufctriple3

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11

    well it doesnt mean well still have him in 6 years. look at carroll a month a go 5 year contract – it meant nothing, at least if a club wants to buy tiote now ashley can use the contract to get more money for him.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes i think we’ve all had enough of moaning, perhaps this is the time to start looking positively at what is going on at the club, the southern press are always going to try and put us down, but we don’t help ourselves by always following the press stories that we all know are bull.
    ED from now on no more bull stories please from the southern press.

  • Thump

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Tioté continues to impress me. I’ve a feeling he’s one of the few who really want to play in black and white. Touching wood, he seems to have a good idea of loyalty too.

  • super bartooon

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #14

    @Dai you’ve hit the nail absolutely spot on mate,Mike Ashley is one of the if not the only practical owner in this league.
    He has this vision I guess where the club can stand on its feet on its own,he doesn’t buy into the furore of big money spendings,he wants Newcastle United to be supported financially by Newcastle United and not from Mike Ashleys pocket which I think will benefit this club in the not too distant future.
    Although the wage cap should be revisited and maybe a flexible wage cap rather than a rigid one should be implemented,all in all Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew are doing a super job long may it continue.
    PS am not MA nor Derek llambias and I don’t work for either I’m just the few whose buying into this vision if it is a vison of MA.
    Best,Nolan 2 0 to the lads against Bolton let’s have it.

  • baro

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Great news! Cheik Tiote is like the heart of our midfield. He will use his domination to get the ball. He wins every single ball in the midfield which is very important because that is where everything start in a football game. Very important player to this squad.

    For John Carver that is also good news! He knows Newcastle very well and has was a manager on Tyneside before in the legendary Sir Bobby era.

  • CheikandBake

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #16

    I go through phases of thinking Mike Ashley is doing an ok job and thinking that he is the devil incarnate. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

    Very happy with Tiote’s new deal, hope that Barton is next. I absolutely love Jose and think that he is definitely in the top 3 full backs in the league, but at the end of the day he is a full back. If he wants to go and we get a decent fee (£10 mil) then I don’t think he is irreplacable. Van Arnholt looked pretty good when he was here, and we could prob get him for 5mil or less.

  • G

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Why oh why do so many fans think MA’s ownership is some great conspiracy? I love it how they tell us repeatedly that Ashley is fleecing the club. Before you post any more garbage like that, learn some rudimentary maths, go to companies house, get the accounts, and then tell me exactly what MA has fleeced the club of? I can tell you, up until April last year, it was zero. What he has done, is stabilized a rapidly sinking business, and is working towards making it a financialy viable business. In other words, he’s doing what Fat Freddy Sheppard should have done several years ago. I still do not like, or trust MA, but you have to respect his business plan.

  • G-Man

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #18

    The summer transfer window will tell us which direction Ashley is taking the club, that is when all will become clear…….

  • Sawbuck

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d agree Ashley’s business plan is outstanding — for himself.

    WUM the purpose of accounting isn’t to give a clear picture but to obfuscate it.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Wth tiote signed new contract, then alan smith can hang up his boots forever.

    While Dan Gosling would be a good backup at the DM position.

  • Mat Nufc

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Hadtheshirt…true! And there you goes..Sawbuck has started it..i guess for them, whatever MA does would never be right..

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Great player for us,amazing that we got him so cheaply.
    Graham Carr is doin a great job and i for one am looking forward to the summer trading 🙂
    Quality buys at half the price…..the TOON are shootin for the stars next season 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Mat Nufc….yeah it didn`t take the doubters very long did it 🙂
    Maybe TIOTE can get Drogba to sign on a free and half his wages 🙂

  • ogm

    Feb 26, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Dai, thank you for a well rounded and considered comment.

    I agree with you 100%

  • bills-son

    Feb 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Sawbuck – I’d agree Ashley’s business plan is outstanding — for himself.

    What nonsense …

    So MA bought NUFC to make loads of money eh?

    His plan – as you and others believe – is to keep selling our best players, trouser the cash and swing in a Hawaian hammock while the lads and the fans settle for fighting relegation battles or scrapping for promotion from the Fizzy.

    That is either the plan of an idiot or an idiots idea of MA’s plan.

    Don’t think too hard on the answer …

    To sensible people its pretty obvious.

    4.1 to the Toon today & 2 for Besty.

  • Dai

    Feb 26, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Sawbuck, should try not to live your life blaming and criticising people all the time. Such negativity will only eventually lead to you sliting your wrists. Try to get some therapy with the psycological problems that you have. You clearly always have an axe to grind, always a chip on your shoulder. Lighten up bonny lad.

  • andre29

    Feb 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle vs Bolton live online on

  • amaze

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #28

    wow MA just spent 15 mil of the 35 mil from carroll’s sale.
    looks like we’re getting at most ireland or another winger and a striker.
    seb larsson and gervinho anyone?


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