It’s Been An Absolute Nightmare At Newcastle

It’s hardly surprising that Stephen Ireland has said today that he’d just love to sign permanently for Newcastle United.

Stephen Ireland – still to appear for the Magpies

And we suppose that’s good, because Newcastle should only want players who want to come to Tyneside, and will take on that Geordie pride, that is so important for the Newcastle players to have.

And it seems that Alan Pardew, so short of strikers, may even look to play Ireland as a second striker, depending on who’s fit to play next Tuesday night against the Red Devils, and we’ve heard nothing yet about Ameobi’s knee scan yesterday.

The club hopes to hear something solid about Shola’s swollen knee later today.

This is what Stephen told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“This is a good place for me to settle in the next few months, and who knows what could happen in the summertime.”

“It could turn out to be permanent.” “We don’t know, or it could turn into a loan again.” “We will see what happens in the next two months.”

That’s a good point Stephen makes – if he is not able to prove himself this season to Newcastle, it could be the Magpies can take him on a season long loan deal next seaosn – that would make lots of sense.

And we do feel a little sorry for Ireland, with all the injury problems he’s had on Tyneside, and it must have been very frustrating for the Irishman over the last 10 weeks or so, and he last played a first team game back on December 6th, in the 3-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield.

Stephen is honest when he says it’s been a bit of a nightmare at Newcastle so far:

“It has been an absolute nightmare – it feels like I have not kicked a ball for so long.” “I have not played competitively for so long and it has been difficult.”

“When the new manager came in at Villa, I was left out of eight squads in a row – and that hurts.” “The lads were going away to hotels and playing games, and I felt really isolated at home.”

We really hope Stephen gets a run out next Tuesday against Manchester United, but it will take a few games for him to get up to his full form and fitness.

But Ireland could still play part for Newcastle this season, if he can reach anywhere near the form he is capable of, and if he can score a few goals, that would be good too.

It would help him and it would help Newcastle too – a win win situation hopefully.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • 619nufc

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    If you think back to how good he was at City, and how he was the link between the midfield and strikers, he’s almost identical to HBA, on his day

    —–Ireland (on form)—–HBA—–

    I wouldn’t be unhappy with that

  • toonturtle

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Best of luck to him, hopefully he can get a run in the side before the seasons over and chip in with a couple of goals.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    he will sign for us next season. he is a good player, trust me.

  • G

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    We’re that short of bodies, if he wants to play, let him play, and lets see what he can do. If he can recapture his form from Citeh, I will be delighted to see him kick a ball for us. A friend has suggested playing Jonas up front in the next match. Against Manyoo I would say was a bad time to experiment, but given the performance at Villa, it sounds like it might just be crazy enough to try?

  • 619nufc

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    @ G

    I don’t see why not, he showed against Wolves that he can certainly finish



  • JGreaves

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully he will be fit for Man U and can stay fit for the final 5 games..

    He was amazing for Man City before they signed bigger players, excited about Ireland and HBA playing in Att Mid together. He played so well with Robinho. Hopefully he’ll grab the goals we need to get a win or 2.

    Only thing i can see as a negative is were going to HOPEFULLY have Tiote,Nolan,Barton,Ben Arfa,Ireland and Jonas fit for a few of the last games all at once who do you leave out ? :S

  • cartoonie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    He doesnt even like Newcastle. He just wants games so he can move elsewhere. Would like to see him come to us but it wont happen apart from loan moves i reckon

  • lewman

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #8

    if we get in that situation then we should play nolan as a striker with shola with the other 5 in the middle.

  • ytz

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    If he doesn’t make it for Man Utd, im not sure i will laugh or cry….

  • lewman

    Apr 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    duh, just worked out that 5 in the middle wouldnt fit but i am sure we wouldnt want to play ben arfa too much as it would be a bit of a risk.

  • JGreaves

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye, i wouldnt play him unless hes 110% fit, i could see jonas being dropped n becoming an impact sub late on but he has a good partnership with enrique it s a hard decision…

    maybe a midfield, attack of

    Barton Nolan
    Ireland Ben Arfa

    with Ireland and Ben arfa drifitng around behind Ameobi, think thats a frightening midfield

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12


    Barton–Ireland–Ben Arfa


    I’d love to see that team for our last 3 games, perhaps. Chances of that happening? 😉

  • normag

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Just a thought:

    When fit


    Simpson. Colo. Willo. Enrique.

    Barton. Tiote. Nolan.
    Ireland. Ben arfa. Jonas

  • pearceet

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed are u sure his time at newcastle has been a nightmare, i thought it was his time at villa he was referring to…..

  • Klatoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Just been watching his youtube videos,and ve gotta say that on his best form,he’s a real asset. A keen eye for the through pass,willing runner on and off the ball,clinical finisher and most surprising,the zeal to track back and cover the defence (surprising because Houllier branded him “lazy”)
    And there couldnt be a better game for him to debut than Manure at SJP and my gut feeling tells me we’ll win and he will play brilliantly

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Who else thins we should try to steal Matias Fernandez from Sporting in the summer??

    He moved from Villarreal to Sporting for £3 million… If we made a big for 8-10 million it would be hard for them to knock it back… He is pretty much a right footed version of Ben Arfa, immense dribbling skills, great vision and a free kick specialist!… Worth a shot!

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    see weve been linked with another of cheick tiotes pals midfielder romaric from sevilla can only be good bringing in fellow ivory coast players for tiote ie gradel, gervinho, romaric

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #18

    If Barton leaves, I’d like Adam or Ramsey (I’m sure Mr Speed can advise him) to replace him.

  • daneevz

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19 produce some of this an we on a winner

  • jarra geordie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #20

    I hope he doesn’t go join Fulham to team up with Sparky. i think Ireland was the best player ( along with Bellamy) at city but so called *bigger* names like Robinho took priority. I hope he can rediscover a bit of form but while in the black and white

  • jarra geordie

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21

    @ davybtoononly thing thatworries me is if we depend to heavily on African players we will be left short mid season when the f***k off to play in the African cup of nations

  • chuck

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #22

    We coulda used him against Villa, worst side we put out all season.
    What i want to know is what took Pardew so long to give Ranger the hook in that game, complete waste of space, as was Guthrie, Raylor and half the team.
    What are we doing with these losers, we need a clearout of deadwood and bring in some quality.
    BA and Ireland are the quality players we need in the side, along with a fit Gosling and a Tiote who is more selective in who he puts in the stands.
    Perhaps add a Kranjcar (who can play across the midfield) introduce young Ferguson on the left wing every so often.
    That plus a good LB to replace Enrique, maybe Taiwo or Izaguirre and a quality striker (No not Cole)
    So thats a LB a Striker and someone like Kranjcar a good utility man.
    Not a lot to ask !

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23


  • geoff777

    Apr 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    The elephant in the room played well last night.

    Cheers for that Mr Ashley.

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    The Formation against Man U is obvious… as I previously stated





  • jackdnufc

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #26


    I’m a big admirer of Fernandez but I don’t get the impression he wouldn’t suit this division. His football is very Mediterranean/Latin American. Think he would be good but would take a while for him to settle if at all. Very good attacking footballer though.

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    What about – Markus Henriksen… One of the best young talents.. 18 year old central midfielder… I think he would love the opportunity to ome to Newcastle and would easily make our first team already!!

  • Andy

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Cristian eriksen is a quality player aswell. Watched him against englad and he was sensational first half
    tore england to absolute shreds! Plays at Ajax so the opportunity to play EPL could be an attraction. Only 18 as well so potential sell on value for the fat man up top (not Kuqi)

  • Klatoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #29

    does any1 know of any LB’s we have scouted to replace Enrique?

  • boztoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #30

    worth a look its the fairplay league table u have to scroll down a little to find our boys but if u actualy read how the points system works its a joke

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    klatoon we hav supposedly held talks with oscar wednt who is a free agent in the summer also looked at taiwo if not one of them id say we will sign sum young lef bk around 22 from europe jus like we did with jose who know one knows of

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #32

    That photo of Ireland is so disturbing. He looks like a manic gay pedophile!!

    We should sign him if the price is right. If not a loan deal with first option to buy in January or the End of next Season. Form is temporary and class is permanent (especially if still young like he is). He will come good again no doubt, I just hope it is with us. A midfield of Ben Arfa, Tiote, Barton, Nolan and Ireland will make any team worry. I just can’t wait to see them all play on the pitch together.

    Howay the Lads!!

  • arfa chance

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #33

    If We do get that much for Enrique sell him as davytoon said wendt or pvh or even taiwo will dibs job. Jose didn’t look like he was playing for the team on Sunday. Even though he made mistakes, fergie helped us look better Jonas bombed on not waiting for the overlap.

  • jimiley

    Apr 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #34

    The lad is laughing all the way to the bank in his pink car. Only loony Toons would sign a crock and then think about extending it!!!!!!!

  • gorskino10

    Apr 12, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Hope we dont sign him we dont need another injury prone player along with Gosling,Arfa etc….
    Plus he isnt talented like Arfa nor Free like Gosling!

  • applepine

    Apr 12, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #36

    @ ToonAndy

    Henriksen would make the team????? sry, but that is a CRAZY statement..

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Henriksen is a hot prospect, but he’s not ready for EPL yet. Give him a year or two to grow in Norway.

    We’re short in numbers as usual, when will this stop… We are relying on players like Nile Ranger and Danny Guthrie! I really can’t see how we can get any points when playing Man Utd in a weeks time, we are simply not good enough.

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Next season line up I’d like to see:


    Saylor Papadopoulous Colo Coentrao

    Jonas Barton Tiote Nolan Benny


    Sub: Krul, Gervinho, Gosling, Ireland, Willo, Ameobi, Larsson

    Forster loan out to a Premiership team for exp.
    Ranger loan out to a Premiership team for exp.
    Ferguson loan out to a Premiership team for exp.
    Campbell on a 1year contract (mostly helping out with rookie defenders & strikers)
    Ireland on a season loan.

    Fabio Coentrao – Benfica (23 yrs old)
    Kyriakos Papadopoulos – Schalke 04 (19 yrs old)
    Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea (22 yrs old)
    Gervinho – Lille (24 yrs old)
    Larsson – Birmingham (26yrs old)

    Andy Carroll
    Jose Enrique

  • Dyer8

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #39

    vs ManU


  • Brutooon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Ireland been wonderful in his 2-3 seasons in Man City and people forget how good he is because they based their opinion on his half season with Villa

    This guy can play right midfield, centre and supporting striker


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