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Newcastle Are Playing A Dangerous Game

7:05 am, Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 144 Comments

Newcastle have again upset their fans by allowing captain Kevin Nolan to leave for West Ham, and the deal is said to go through today.

Kevin Nolan - captain and one of Newcastle’s best players

Of course West Ham are getting not only a very good player, but a leader both on and off the field, and Kevin can also score goals.

So he’s a good player in more than one sense, and unfortunately Newcastle’s loss will now be West Ham’s gain, and Kevin can lead the London side back at the first attempt, now he is again partnering up with big Sam Allardyce.

It’s a massive coup for big Sam and for West Ham too, to get a player of Kevin’s undoubted class and leadership ability, and he’s simply been terrific for Newcatsle over these last two seasons, when in 92 appearances for the Magpies he’s scored 30 goals.

Why Newcastle are selling him we have no idea, other than his wages are high, and Mike Ashley is trying to cut the wage bill and bring in younger players on Tyneside.

The news yesterday was that Newcastle were after Birmingham’s Craig Gardner, who scored 10 goals for Birmingham City last season, and he’s a somewhat of a similar player to Kevin, although of course not as experienced.

The leaving of Kevin Nolan has come as a shock to most Newcastle fans,  because Kevin made it clear he wanted a new five year deal on Tyneside, and was a huge favorite with the Newcatsle fans.

And anybody who can score a hat-trick against Sunderland, which he achieved last year in the 5-1 humiliation of local rivals Sunderland at St. James’ Park, is a hero indeed.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what Newcastle do to compensate for the loss of Nolan, and the likely loss of both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, two more of our very best players.

But Newcastle do have two players who featured in total only five times for the club last season, in Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, so they will be like two new players next season.

This releasing of  top players reminds us of a certain Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 1997, when Newcastle had just finished second in the Premier League, after Kenny had taken over from the departing Kevin Keegan.

But Kenny then demolished the side in the summer, by selling key players like Lee Clark, and bringing in new unproven players.

And  Newcastle struggled the next season, even with a relegation threat – and finished in 14th place – a disaster and of course Dalglish was sacked in the August.

The only surprise was that Kenny was surprised when he was finally fired.

You cannot change the heart of your side all at once, because that becomes a very dangerous game, especially when you are replacing top experienced proven performers with younger players.

But Mike Ashley is not a footballing person, as he keeps proving to us, and he is now clearly running the Newcastle club, and decides who comes and goes, and it’s certainly not manager Alan Pardew.

Trying to look on the positive side of things, which is sometimes difficult in times like this, if Newcastle can bring in Demba Ba,
Neil Taylor, Craig Gardner, Charles N’Zogbia (or Tranquillo Barnetta), and PSG striker Miralem Sulejmani., things may look a lot better.

But it’s a dangerous game Newcastle are playing this summer, by unloading their best players.

Clubs usually unload their fringe players in the summer, but of course this is Newcastle United.

We just have to hope the powers that be at Newcastle, namely Mike Ashley, knows what he’s doing.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Joey Barton · Jose Enrique · Kevin Nolan · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





144 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lewis.1989 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    BEST THING FOR ASHLEY IS DEATH

  • 2 Eyeball81 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    is I first?

  • 3 Eyeball81 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    nope, cheers lewis hahah

  • 4 Toonboy_84 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Thanks for everyting big kev. Will always remember the chicken dance and hat trick against the scum. Best of luck for the future.

  • 5 Brand New Carr // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Why the persistent doom mongering? As many have suggested Nolan offers nothing much except the opportunistic goals he was able to get through AC. Keep the faith!

  • 6 geordiescamp // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    this article is missing the point ‘Why Newcastle are selling him we have no idea’

    because he wanted a 5 year deal that would take him to 34!!
    Look i like Nolan and has done well but hes no Beardsley, hes slow, plays well at home but anonymous away from St James. 4 years was enough and HE didnt want the deal.
    Time to move on….

  • 7 dak76 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    ‘We just have to hope the powers that be at Newcastle, namely Mike Ashley, knows what he’s doing.’…..

    Highly unlikely Ed, proved this over and over during his ownership that he doesn’t. Trying to run a football club like sports direct/casino ain’t gonna work..

  • 8 pavel // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Geordiescamp. I take your point about the contract and if it was an isolated case then perhaps I would agree, but when all of your players with any kind of resale value are supposedly making unrealistic demands, you eventually can only conclude that the club have unrealistic expectations.

  • 9 Crawfordladd17 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I think Keegan is rite

  • 10 cyprus // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Good comments Ed, regarding Dalglish. It was he who dragged us to mediocrity (e.g. he brought in mates Rash, Barnes as 50 year olds!) and we are still trying to recover from that.

  • 11 pavel // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    When Pardew arrived he said he had been guaranteed funds. Let’s say that was 5m. The Carroll money was guaranteed to him: 35m. We will sell at least Barton, Nolan and Enrique for another 15m or so for the three. Anyone see us spending 55m this summer? (not to mention the fact that if nobody had been sold you would expect to spend something in the summer)

  • 12 geordiescamp // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    if he players are young enough they will get long contracts and good pay-
    Cabaye – 5 years
    Tiote – 6 years
    Its about time this club stopped being a meal ticket for ageing players.
    Alan Smith – VFM??

  • 13 spitfire_ // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Why for the most of the fans, Ashley is guilty by presumption… It’s ridiculous.

  • 14 radge // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    I think the better comparison is Keegan rather than Dalglish. Kev never had any sentimentality towards players…a few weeks after Ned scored at Grimsby to take us back to the promised land, he was gone. So was Cole a few years later. Keegan’s rationale was that he wanted to upgrade the team at every opportunity. That’s what we need to do. Moving on the likes of Nolan and Barton who are close to their peak, arguably past it, and therefore on the downward slope makes sense to me. Replacing them with players who are a few years younger, a yard faster, perhaps better and definitely cheaper also makes sense. The whole “team spirit” thing is a smokescreen…winning games creates team spirit, nothing else. Is Ashley’s strategy a risk? Absolutely, but so was buying Owen, Smith, Boumsong et al. There’s no guarantees, but at least he has a plan (time will tell whether it’s a good one or not). Wait till the season starts and Cabaye slips a perfectly weighted ball for HBA to run on to, who then bursts the net from the edge of the box…Kevin who?

  • 15 pavel // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    None of us know what Nolan’s demands were, but it hardly seems like much time was taken in negotiating. All we know is that the club’s offer was was turned down by Nolan and the next week he is out.
    Without knowing the details we can only judge both sides on their track records.

  • 16 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    @Brand New Carr // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Its not about what Nolan’s offers ON the pitch. Its what he’s capable of off the pitch. He’s a leader. And the last time we got relegated we had a quality teamsheet but we had no leader who could keep players in check. We might go down that slippery road again, if there is no leader to keep the new players in check.

    Nolan and Barton has formed a team spirit in the dressing room. If they are no longer around even if we get quality players its USELESS.

  • 17 Jarra_Mag // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Would have been wise to let his contract run another year to have him nurturing the incoming players and let them know what the toon is all about before offloading him. He still had 2 years on his contract after all

  • 18 Tom4Nufc // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Ed,

    The PSG striker is Melvut Erding- Miralem Sulejmani is a winger for Ajax!

  • 19 geordiescamp // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    great point radge, KK had no sentimentality at times it was also a policy Liverpool used to do in there heyday – move on players just before they were on the slide.

  • 20 Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Ilovetoon,
    What Nolan and Barton bring on the pitch can be bought, but what the bring to the club and the dressing room……priceless!!

    The Maggot apologists on here think his blue print is right….and his blueprint is nothing more than one huge gamble and he likes it that way!!

    Thing is, ask the Jabba apologists what good he has done for this club in the 5 year he is in charge??? and they do a better sidestep than that tw@ anton du beck!!

  • 21 keyser soze // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Tranquillo Barnetta and Matudi are the names being mentioned.

  • 22 Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Jarra Mag
    On the money!!!
    Hard to believe that the Vast Majority, if not all posters on here wanted to have Nolan a new contract, but soon as the club dump him…..’oh too old anyway’ thats not backing the club thats backing the owner!!

    Supposedly statement out today….

    I would wager that it would be along the lines of , we tried with new contract, asked for transfer, wish him all the best…..bla bla bla…..

    Save it fat mike and your little bog brush dorty derek…..

  • 23 Fenham Boy // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Nolan is a journeyman pro who was captain of the least skillful team we’ve had in 20 years. This idea that he is a leader of men may be true but the idea was as a result of his own cultivation of the media. His transfer is not life-changing get over it.

  • 24 radge // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    If Nolan and Barton were such great leaders, how come they led the team to relegation in the first place? And if they’re such a great influence on and off the pitch, how come one of them’s back in the championship and the other’s struggling to get a new club? Move on…

  • 25 cla5hb0y68 // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    This crack about Keegan having no sentimentality towards players is a fair point. However, Keegan moved players on for footballing reasons and to benefit the team, Ashley’s doing it for financial reasons. He’s trying to apply his business model at chav direct to the running of the club. Minimum in, maximum return out.

  • 26 Angryman the (totally p!st off with Jabbas mismanagement of our club) Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    FenhamBoy
    Football is not life changing!
    Whats you point??

    The majorities point is we were carried through last season on team spirit. Not skill, Not flair, pure spirit.

    That spirit was generated from a team captain who was Proud to wear the strip. Who instilled into his fellow players what it was to wear the strip. Who almost single handedly destroyed the scum, because of his pride in playing for the toon.

    Who else will brign that to the table in the current squad??

  • 27 ChicagoToon // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    To whoever mentioned Marco pappa coming in to Newcastle, I can tell u as a chicago fire season ticket holder, he’s not our answer. Love the guy and easily the fires best player but I would be extremely surprised if he could make it in the prem. He’s championship at best. If true tho I wish him luck cause he’s a good lad and will give his best. He gets lost on defense at times tho.

  • 28 roshan MAGPIE // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    i think this is a dangerous games that ashley is playing but he is trying to bring in good young players with high pedigree not the likes of Pearch from english second tier

  • 29 Angryman the (totally p!st off with Jabbas mismanagement of our club) Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Radge…
    Did Nolan and Barto lead the team to relegation did they??
    Nolan was signed arse end of the january tranfer window the relegation season when we struggled terribly and looked on a one way ticket into championship…caused by the wonderful Mr Ashleys mismanagment of NUFC!!

    Barton hardly played a game that season, mainly due to injury!!

    However, the both of them were very instremental in keeping us in the prem last season….Nolans goals, and Joeys creation, without these 2 we would be back down in the championship, no arguments……

    So if your gonna post something man, at least try and get the facts right!!

  • 30 tynesidetommo // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Think we also need to look at the role of the manager in all of this. Remember he attended the summit the other week to finalise transfer targets. Surely they would also have decided which players would be surplus to requirements. Find it hard to imagine the manager is clueless in all of this and that just Mike Ashley is making all the decisions.
    Nolan was a true grit player for the Toon but knowing the club’s new buying policy cannot understand why he supposedly held out for a five-year deal.
    But what’s done is done. I’ll make a final judgement on our dealings when the window slams shut.

    However, think I might shred the telly licence and ditch the box. Who needs to pay to watch soaps when you can always rely on Ashley & Co for some real life drama? I’m keeping the faith for now.

  • 31 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Roshan
    Do you know that good young players replacing all the older players in one fell swoop will work?
    Has it ever worked??

    and if so, where??

  • 32 Nufc_mo // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    The morning after the night(mare) before. NUFC will release a statement on the Kevin Nolan sale this morning. Full details in the Chronicle
    51 minutes ago

  • 33 Danj_008 // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Oh No its the end of Newcastle, its the end…. Oh NO!! please!! how old are some of you?? 12..

  • 34 NathanH NUFC // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Sorry to be a dick and all but, Miralem Sulejmani plays for Ajax.

    However, we should sign this lad instead of Barnetta. Just saying.

  • 35 shear-class // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Its Absolutely Ridiculous the over reaction to Newcastle selling Nolan i am not that fussed hes over weight to slow and i ask the question why arent there any premier league clubs in for him

  • 36 Davidelder888 tweet // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    We employ Alan pardew ( who everyone says is a great man manager ) to build a team and team spirit. This is not a players responsibility. How many people had Nolan or Barton in there “likely line ups” for next season? Im not happy Nolan has left he was a great servant to our club from what I gather even helped with the sale of judas. There is no point crying about this or blaming Ashley, maybe he wanted to go? As someone said judge this window when it’s closed not now! No one wanted Andy Cole to go but I think we seen why he did shortly after.

  • 37 Southern Pride // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Well there is an undoubtedly clear difference here. We finished 12 as opposed to 2nd this time around so a complete overhaul isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    Our so called core got us relegated, we played shocking football this year albeit some good games, finished 7 points from the drop and here we are complaining because things are changing.

    With a mediocre core we aren’t gonna get anywhere. Ashley is building around Collo, HBA & Tiote and we have a problem with that? Sorry but our so called premiership experienced players and squad camaraderie didn’t really get us anywhere.

  • 38 jim // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Jeez have u seen the way the villa fans are goin on? lol-worse than us lot when Keegan went! Is Alex mc Leish that bad like? I know he was brum’s boss but their on about burning their shirts etc, hahaha…..

  • 39 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    listen guys… stop this bullsh*t.. the last thing this club needs is turmoil … and radge.. in my opinion, nufc fans are the ones who got us relegated that year and not mike ashley .. ofcourse some players played their part and some didnt .. but fans were the major reason .. some stopped attending matches .. some sang negative songs at St James park.. some returned their season tickets .. THATS WHAT GOT US RELEGATED.. not mike ashley .. we arent the first club to sell our star players .. get over it.. i know nolan was probably our best player .. and i love him and wish him all the best.. but we need to support our club no matter what .. the only way for us to improve and gain stability .. is if we all just shut up and support newcastle

  • 40 toonruz // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    for the fans that have been slagging j barton off and all so all so slagging k nolan off have been brain washed by ashley and co , a lot of people need to wake up and smell the coffee

  • 41 PHOENIXNIGHTS // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    This ownership/management team really do amaze me.I hate Ashley with a passion (ok he is putting us on a sound financial footing – its just the way he goes about things. I have been watching the lads for 42 years and Ashley is less popular than Westwood and Mckeag(Am I showing my age) Pardew is a fool and is constantly undermines by Ashle and Lamarse.As positive as I am do I honestly feel these arseholes are going to bring in 5 or 6 quality signings to improve a threadbare squad (before the likes of Routledge/Cambell/Kuqi/Nolan departed) A great season ended with a lot of optimism for next year.The squad and the feelgood factor are being dismantled daily. I really do hate Ashley with a passion and we will never have any stability with him in charge. I am waiting to hear Pardews lame excuses for Nolan exit and the next few weeks will be filled with heartache. Do not be supprised if we see Reo Coker and Cole arrive in August and we will have to live with it.

  • 42 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    lets live with it then..

  • 43 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Newcastle had been in the bottom half for a few years prior to being relagted, we have on season down there, come back up and look where we are again, bottom half of the league! that position is never going to improve much with the team we have, changes HAVE to be made if we are going to push on up the league and those of you who dont welcome it obviously lack ambition.

  • 44 thepict // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Who’s to say Nolan and Barton would get into the team next season? Hopefully the days of Newcastle United paying players ridiculous wages are over.

  • 45 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Toonruz
    at last. we agree and you are talking sense!
    Too many on here dont have a grasp on reality!

  • 46 cousto // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Phoenix, where’s Routledge gone?

    Wayne Routledge (Twitter):
    Football world Is going crazy! As for me, all I know is I report for pre season on the 5th in the Toon atm!!! #thatisall

    Toonruz, make sure you have some of that coffee too.

  • 47 lesh // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    “Of course West Ham are getting not only a very good player, but a leader both on and off the field, and Kevin can also score goals.”

    Of course, but at a price – the Sun’s extimating a total of £16.5m for the duration of his contract with WHU!

  • 48 geordiescamp // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Heard on Talksport (matt somebody journo)
    Nolan – @ 50k a week and 500k bonus on promotion
    Thats alot of money over 5 years!!

  • 49 Nufc_mo // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    craigcoozy craig
    Just to confirm the player did arrive last nite and still here now! Am hopefull of getting at least a name but bare with is!its still early
    2 minutes ago

  • 50 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Some people on here have obviously never been in a team dressing room in their life.You do not want to go back to a fragmented dressing room.If you fill the dressing room with foreign players who dont understand each other then it is hard to form team bonding.KN & JB do.When the bad weather comes you will find out who have the mental strengths to lead the team.Also when the going gets tough,you will find Jonny foreigner disappearing during these times.I fear the worst!

  • 51 jonny_ringo13 // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    i think as long as we sign a good replacement, we will be fine.
    Also keep joining facebook group

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toon-Army-Transfer-Talk/156508691081965
    Over 200 new members yesterday, load of nufc news and banter

  • 52 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    who do u guys think our captain would be next season …. harps?? staylor?? collo??

  • 53 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    CLOIN… how arent they going to understand each other? they are all french!

  • 54 PHOENIXNIGHTS // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    cousto – yes you are right however he will be off.
    chieck and bake – I will do mate – thats what we do.
    All i am saying is that our owners run a dour organisation and any signs of optimism are ALWAYS removed ten fold.
    keep the faith

  • 55 Nufc_mo // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Seriously why are we (if true) after Matuidi. Makes no sense really… especially at his price.

  • 56 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I just hope whatever the lot at NUFC are trying to do they dont bottle it because people are complaining and end up getting some mediocre players just because everyone knows them

  • 57 toonsonlyrealisticfan // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Every Newcastle Fan needs to get a grip were all suckers apart from me, cant you see the whole country just laughing at us, when are you lot just going to learn that what the owners at St James are doing it for the good of the team. Ok Ashley is looking out for himself in the process but who wouldn’t its his money that these so called MUST have players are abusing. Ashley bought the club when no one would because of the previous owners calamity spending. We were trying to be one of the big boys when we didn’t even have the honours to back it. Why the heck should we have to bow down to players like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton. These are two players who don’t own the club, I start with Joey Barton. Firstly he’s a thug, if i had done half the shit he did i wouldn’t be able to get a job, no one wanted him but we stuck with him even when he was in jail. Ok he got us back in the premiership and kept us there but we don’t owe him anything

  • 58 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    cloin .. feel worse somewhere else please … this matuidi guy looks class .. him and tiote as holding next… CLASS if we can get him from under arsenal’s noses ofcourse

  • 59 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Two quick question for those who are so desperate for nolan to stay…
    1) Where exactly would he play next season?
    2) Whats the point in having this mazing dressing room morale everyones talking about if we are going to finish 12th

  • 60 solano // Jun 16, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    cyprus (comment 10)…howay kid, give your head a shake…Dalglish was shit for NUFC but “still recovering” from his tenure…..did you sleep through the SBR reign? You missed some Champions League games…was that not a healthy recovery?

  • 61 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    The way it is going we look like losing about 6-7 players therefore we will need 6-7 just to get back to last years numbers.So we are going to need about 12 players just to make us competitive.Will we sign 12 players? not on your nelly!

  • 62 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Cheick and bake

    Matuidi in 10 mill+ keep taking your happy pills and get real,you muppet

  • 63 gorskino10 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Rumours:

    Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is being linked with Newcastle United.
    The London Evening Standard says Reo-Coker may go to Newcastle as a replacement for Kevin Nolan.

    The Scottish Sun says Newcastle could step up their interest in Scott Brown after Kevin Nolan quit to join West Ham yesterday.

    Scott Brown and Nigel Reo Coker, really replacing our great player with average ones.

  • 64 cla5hb0y68 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    “nufc fans are the ones who got us relegated that year and not mike ashley .. ofcourse some players played their part and some didnt .. but fans were the major reason .. some stopped attending matches .. some sang negative songs at St James park.. some returned their season tickets .. THATS WHAT GOT US RELEGATED”.

    Really? I thought it was because we finished in the bottom three!

  • 65 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I’ll actually pay for either of those 2 not to come to newcastle! although its on ssn that theres nothing in the scott brown one

  • 66 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Eaststander a more shallow statement i have yet to read.

    Point 2, can you even imagine where we would finish if we kept the moral boosters AND added 3 ro 4 top notch players to an already harmonious dressing room??

    Then i would say, well done fat lad, youve eventually grasped what makes a successful footbal team.

    I posted weeks ago.
    Manure, take Gary neville everywhere with them, into the dressing room.

    Not a very successful ploy that, is it!

  • 67 gorskino10 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    cla5hb0y68@

    Also i though it was Ashley we started the season so well with a draw or even beating Manchester United, we should of built on from there but we didnt Ashley went behind KK back to buy and sell players, he left and Ashley brought it the wrong manager to keep us up it was mostly Ashleys fault.

  • 68 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Why would we need blaise matuidi anybody?
    Exactly the same player as chiek tiotie??

  • 69 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    cloin .. so what if he costs 10 mill .. average players cost 10 mill these days … We all know by now .. what mike ashley wants, mike ashley gets.. all im saying is stop crying about it and grow up .. we are not lfc or villa fans … we dont cry and protest at everything thats happens.. we did that once .. and look at where it got us … if you dont think pardew has 10 mill to spend then you are the muppet

  • 70 Cardboy // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    It’s like .. cashing in your chips at the casino , all this. What did West Ham pay or are willing to pay? Any further news?.. maybe we are getting Parker as part of a deal, after all he is an England international and will want to figure in that squad next year so presumably without being seen to be disloyal to WHU but would prefer to stay in the prem.

  • 71 Ollieh51 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Cloin – Like Collo, José, Fab and Tioté have done?

    Silly statement… The players will pick up teh language soon enough!

    There’s a video of Diarra whilst at Chelsea with Drogba and a few other lads having a bit of banter about him not speaking English. Watch it…

    Tioté speaks french, the french guys all speak english and when a team starts winning games, the morale will come.

    Nolan would have been told that he would have had less playing time and he’d rejected a contract extension.

    HE chose to leave the club, he wasn’t forced out.

    Remember what he said about Carroll leaving too?! Yeah, REALLY sad he’s left now especially with the younger, quicker players coming in.

    Pards has said COUNTLESS times, HBA will be playing in Nolan’s role next season!

  • 72 gorskino10 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Also seems Arsenal have fully signed Gervinho for 10.6M today.
    Also loosing out on Gamiero too and Selling Nolan, these past few weeks (after Cabaye news a while back) has been bad!

  • 73 OttersPocket // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Radge – 14, great post. Some fans cants see the wood for the tree’s. Everything Ashley does is seen as a nagative. If KK was in charge and Nolan had been sold nothing would of been said. Players come and go thats football, lets wait and see who comes in and how they gel together and then we can see who was right/wrong. Interesting/exciting 2 months ahead.

  • 74 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    i agree with al of you on here tbh even angryman lol (god help me) i agree nolan was 2 important to let go of for his influence but look nolan is a starter not a sud, wud it be fair to see him and barton windleing away in the twilight of there careers on the bench NO!!! we are after
    gardner,
    matuidi,
    barnetta
    we already have
    tiote
    benny
    cabaye
    guthrie
    gosling
    do you reli see nolan starting lol
    still its a huge gamble but it cud be the best or worst gamble we make,,, i know 1 thing tho if we had a choice of nolan, matuidi, cabaye or gosling starting in the middle with tiote then for pure talent reasons it wudnt be nolan lol

  • 75 terencelim // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    @ Cheick and Bake,
    Villa and Lfc finished above us for years. I always thought their fans are doing pretty well protesting. At least they have the balls to see the truth and make things right.

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    I think if the club was run by some of us on here with our wish lists, we’d be bust within weeks.

    People see everything as black and white and won’t consider anything other than their own rather jaundiced and one eyed views. In some people’s eyes, theirs is the only opinion that counts. Far more damage was done to this club by one of our own, ie Shepherd.

    Ashley is not everyone’s cup of tea, but apart from his lousy selection of managers, I see a club now emerging and evolving and it’s quite exciting with players of the calibre of Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Abeid etc.

    Boot boys: Smith, Nolan (Anichebe) and Barton are not exactly top drawer or star quality and were only ever going to be in a mid to lower end of the table side, but they are / were on huge wages and wanted extremely long contracts. West ham are mad putting a 29 year old on 5 year contract @ 55K a week. Look around, clubs are dying in the global recession.

    I know I would rather have a good hard headed businessman like Ashley, despite all his social inadequacies and lack of charm than a Shepherd. There is no evidence that Ashley has pocketed any of the incoming transfer funds and people seem to forget there is still a lot of debt to pay off to Ashley personally. Maybe some cash is been put towards making us debt free within a certain time frame.

    Sentiment has always killed us at this club.

  • 77 Eastander // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Yeah, because Nolan’s joined a championship team because they have offered him more money rather than being captain of a potentially top half premier league team.
    Obviously really commited to the cause :)

  • 78 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Cant believe some of the comments slating ashley for wanting better younger players on cheaper wages!!! Is that not a good thing for the club. And because barton says he ” loves the club” people automatically think he is right and the owners are at fault. Well if he loves our club that much then why doesnt he shut up and leave twatter alone instead of feeding the press with more negative headlines about our club and get on with what he is paid 60k a week to do and that is play football. Players move on, managers have there own ideas so lets wait till 31 august before going all negative. Because ashleys plan seems to be working so far. Heres 3 examples 1- tiote 2- Ben arfa 3- cabaye(hopefully). Also u dont see man utd’s big stars having ago at fergie or their owners for the sale of ronaldo. Not sure how many of you would pay a 32 year old nolan 50k a week and a 500k bonus. Coz lets face it he not the fittest or most energetic players now never mind in 3 yrs time and also dont give me team spirit because although it was good last season it does not win u anything alone. Man city players were hardly the most tightly knitted group last season but they ended up fa cup winners. So if our new team starts winning they will build there own bond and spirit

  • 79 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    as patrice evra once said .. you have to pay the musician at the end of the show…so lets just wait untill the season starts before crying about ashley .. we might be surprised …
    so what if we play with two defensive midfielders .. it might work .. ffs .. give the manager time before saying that he his a shitty manager ..

  • 80 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    C & B
    do you really think we will pay 10mill+ for a midfield player get real.By the way im not crying i am only posting what i believe what will happen based on MA record.You lot have rose tinted glasses on and will be very upset when we kick of this season

  • 81 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Cheick and Bake,
    Have we been surprised in the past like?

    I suggest you read the boys on NUFC.COM post.
    They have the place off to a tea……

  • 82 ENNYOUEFFSEE // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    What did we get for Nolan 3M?. In this current climate what can that buy you a below average player at best. I agree his legs have gone but he and Barton were still the backbone last year. Why not let him sit on the bench for 2 years being club captain. He would at least keep the dressing room and allow the new players to bed down. We need to strengthen this squad not weaken it.

    WE needed at least 6 new players to build this squad. Cabaye a good start. 5 new players. Sell Nolan possible Barton and if the rumours are true Enrique and then even Gutierrez. We now need 9 new players.

    where is the sense?

  • 83 toonsonlyrealisticfan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    he should be putting in 110% every game anyway which player should , it doesn’t mean Ashley should increase his wages or contract length time . if it doesn’t make sense then why do it , we should just look at Coventry fans on M.King

    now about kevin nolan ok he scored a hat trick against sunderland and does his distracting on the keeper, sure he rally’s the team but if he was true to Newcastle United he would of continued his current contract like a true captain and see how he could prove he’s a great leader by winning a cup, it looks as if all we look forward to is personal play achievements, this is the same player who helped the move of andy carroll to liverpool, if he was our captain he would of tried his upmost to keep him instead. On the same subject that was all joey barton was good for supply a long ball to carroll yer thats great but he aint their no more so he cant survive on his yellow cards anymore

    for me these player can leave at the own wish, and i cant be ars**d with people replying that the have done loads. Im sorry but they are expected to play well in the championship, it wasn’t just the players who got us up it was the funds for guess who Mike Ashley. We dont need players who dont want to play for the winning of cups, we dont need players who are only going pick up more and more injurys as the are getting to that age. When we got relegated i was the only one happy as i knew we had a chairman that didnt want to lose his investment and we got rid of the players playing for a pay packet, ie DUFF OWEN BEYE and so on

    Wht we whould be dont is kicking off about why we havnt of loaded AMEOBI by know i swear i will quit being a fan if i see him play for us ever again . how is he still in our squad never mind first 11 how he takes the embarrassment i dont know

  • 84 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    angryman, tiote wil mis 8games thru ACON he’l get suspended, we cant rely on him for every cup n prem game, also at games such as away to chelsea itd be good to have 2 holding players, it also adds competition for tiote, why do man utd need phil jones wen they have smalling, evans, ferdy, vidic its al about competition n being able to say “o.k we rest tiote n we have sum1 equaly as good” swnds a great signing to me

  • 85 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    rotonda – leeb 1982
    spot on ….
    the same people who were mad that we sold milner to villa are the same people laughing at his transfer to man shiteh .. saying hes the most overrated player

  • 86 cousto // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    So who do Barcelona have as their court’s jester? And who will Manure have as their player cheerer upper now?

    If I was on £40K a week I would be f**king ecstatic, all the time.
    All this don’t sell them because they cheer the lads up is pathetic. They are PROFESSIONAL footballers, not a sunday league/pub team. It’s up to the manager, not the players to keep them motivated.

  • 87 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    cloin – angry fan
    ?!?!?! didnt mike ashley buy collo for 10 mill .. smith and barton and enrique and nolan and guti and benarfa and viduka .. geremi .. there seems to be alot of players mike ashley spent his money on .. i know im forgeting a few names .. anyways this is for the idiots that dont know what they are talking about

  • 88 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    n duz any1 think it hilarious to hear scott brown talking as if hes too good for newcastle lol,, the thing is scott, your not even a target bud lol also youd struggle to get into durham county fc lol,,, HAHAHAHA

  • 89 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Mr T
    15m for matuidi to warm our bench?

    Fat Mike is really generous after all!

  • 90 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Cousto
    you obviously have never played the game mate.Players make everything happen due to friendships on and off the field

  • 91 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    @ennyoueffsee so u would pay nolan 4.2 million 2 sit on the bench for 2 seasons. Take the 3 mill we got for him then the money you save in wages and u have 7.2 million. And cabaye only cost 4.5 tiote about the same and HBA about 5 so if we can get a player of their calibre for around 5 million then yes i can see why we would sell him rather them pay him to warm the bench!!

  • 92 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Cloin

    What a load of bs. Barton went missing for years and Nolan missed his fair share of matches. Remember there is no Z in xenophobia. Doesn’t seem to have harmed Chelsea, Arsenal etc having in your words ”Johny foreigner”

  • 93 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    cloin — this isnt football manager

  • 94 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    angryman were after him for 9mil also we played close to 50 games this season tiote played what 28 hes not a bench warmer at all, your just trying to twist everything to make it swnd bad, if he cums your gunna tell me you wnt be happy we cud play this next season for all we know m8
    tiote—-matuidi
    —-cabaye—-
    then a front 3, personaly think itd be a perfect signing for us imo

  • 95 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    You cannot compare NUFC to those 2 due to the fact that they are on a different planet to us on the standard of players they have

  • 96 cousto // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Matuidi won’t be a bench warmer.
    I would love to see Newcastle playing 3 at the back and 2 holding midfielders.

    ———-Krul————

    Saylor–Colo–El Toro

    —–Tiote–Matuidi—–

    ———Cabaye———

    Barnetta–HBA–Jonas

    ———Striker———

  • 97 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    cloin — you dont make sense ?!?!?!?!

  • 98 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    C & B
    What is your point ?

  • 99 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Cheik and bake
    Okay, first of all, i get sick of tossas like you on here saying i personally attack them and I am condescending and patronising.
    BUT if you people who have a go look at ALL my posts, I only patronise and call any person who draws first blood.

    And you my friend, cheik and bake, calling people idiots because they dont agree with the hap hazard way our club is being run shows your menatlity alot more than it shows mine

    I would do due dilligence on any company i wanted to buy…..makes me NOT and idiot

    I would tell the fans the truth, and actually speak to them regularly, that makes ME NOT an Idiot

    I wouldnt just pluck out the players that Fat Mike has bought and say ‘hes great, hes bought some players’ when hes sold at least one of our star players every sing;e transfer window at a profit and bought cheaper less skilled players than those…that means I am NOT and idiot!!

    For every Collo that fat Mike has bought, theres been a Perch

    For every HBA fat mike has bought theres been an S.Ireland loaned

    get where im going?
    I wish some frigga on here would only talk about my good points, as I know they are minimal compared to my bad points…but hey….im not taking the P!ss out the fans bonny lad, or my paying customers!!

    Gues its because im just an IDIOT!

  • 100 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    So all you negative people out there want a great team spirit like the stokes and boltons of the PL. Well i want a winning mentality like Man U and the other top teams. Team spirit got blackpool admirers but it did them no good in the end. Team spirit is important but u need players with skill, pace and an eye for a good pass to start competing again. So thank you kev grateful for what u gave but its time to take us up a level

  • 101 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    well you just contradicted yourself Cloin…

    surely if there players are so much better than ours, we need to start selling some of our current squad and bring in better quality..?

  • 102 wynsleap // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    leeb1982 (77) – Have to agree.
    The Toon fans (and I’ve been one for over 50 odd years) consistently react far too much over outgoings. We seem to get too sentimental over our “stars” without seeeing the bigger picture.
    Nolan is slow now and will be even slower in a couple of years time. His goal tally will diminish and he’s probably not guaranteed his place anyway if the signings we expect do materialise.
    And where’s the value in a great dressing room if you’re only going to finish 12th? leeb’s comment about Man City is right – sometimes you have to play a good game rather than talk it.
    This team has been too pedestrian for far too long and I think Pardew should be given some credit for wanting some pace, energy and passing ability in the side.
    As far as Barton goes he’s had one good season, shouts his mouth off too much and is a ticking time bomb.
    I’m sure we could put his £60k a week wages to better use.
    Quite frankly his negative over-reaction to everything and that of some fans just fuels the flames for journalists up and down the country.

  • 103 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    angry man –
    dont tell me you werent happy that we signed ireland .. it just did not work out for us .. if you say ur an idiot .. then my friend .. you are

  • 104 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    *their players

  • 105 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    you do not dismantle a team to go up a level you build on what you have .This is not happening at our club!

  • 106 ENNYOUEFFSEE // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Leeb1982 Nolan had 12 goals last season he would hardley warm the bench. Even if his legs have gone he is still good to bring on for the last 20 Minutes. He will always be a goal threat.

    My point is can anybody see us bringing in 9 new players in the next two months.

    We need to concentrate on areas that we are weak ie RB wings Forwards LB

    You cannot expect 9 new players to gel. The only way that could happen is if they were all brought in before pre-season. Thats 9 new players in two weeks.

  • 107 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    they are bulding no what we have.

    Just because our captain is sold doesn’t mean we’ve just scrapped our whole team. We’re just changing our team from mediocrity to actually having some skill by getting rid of a work horse like Nolan and hopefully bringing in some pace and technical ability.

  • 108 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Okay Mr T / Cousto
    We can all speculate on team selection. But three at the back??
    Not seen it work for anybody in this league!

    I think the fee for Matuidi is quoted at 15m, and thats from his club….if you can tell me NUFC are gonna just pay 9m coz you have inside info then fine.

    2 world class defensive players, exactly the same players?

    WHY not buy a cheap up and coming defensive midfielder? Learn of Tiotie?

    save the 9m-15m

    Put the money towards a decent proven striker or winger or creative midfielder.

  • 109 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    @angryman yes he made a few bad buys but perch cost 1 mill max and ireland was a half season loan who never got fit. But he has never made an expensive mistake like owen, boumsong….. You want me to go on. Lets just wait and see what happens and then judge. My glass is half full not half empty

  • 110 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    ffs .. its not like he was a shearer or a beardlsey .. let alone emre .. ben arfa will play in his spot .. SORTED

  • 111 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    C & B
    Thanks for proving to all what a moron you are.
    Makes your statements re Maggot and his cronies make more sense!

    Totally p!ssed off with myself today as i promised myself I wouldnt get dragged into any more slagging matches with anyone on here and yet i allow a 15 year old dimwit to wind me up!!

    Here endeth the biting!

  • 112 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    tiotal football

    no they are not.They are selling our best players and reducing the size of our already paper thin squad

  • 113 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    @enneyoueffsee nolan only scored 2 goals after carroll left. He relied on his knock downs and pardew aint wanting to play that way hes wanting the ball on bottom in to feet

  • 114 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Cant believe people on here think Steven Ireland was a good signing for us!!

    He was signed crocked and left crocked….though he was free spose!!

    and he enjoyed the toon….

  • 115 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    leeb 1982
    How many goals did Nolan score with his head?

  • 116 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    that’s what they’ve done so far, but we’ve still got 10 weeks left of the transfer window…

    Plus I wouldn’t class Nolan as one of our best players, sure he motivates the team etc but everyone has been saying how they want Smith to go and that we shouldn’t just pay him to boost the team’s morale from the bench.

    Won’t that be exactly the same for Nolan when he isn’t in the First XI next season..?

  • 117 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    angry fan–
    go play some footy manager you child

  • 118 Nick 69 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I was gutted Nolans went, and really hope Barton doesn’t follow – hes my favourite player, however whats done is done!! its no good arguing about it now, its not as if we’re going to turn round and buy him back so time to move on and hope we get a decent replacement

  • 119 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    angryman personaly i wudnt have 3 at the bak id play
    simmo collo saylor new lB
    ……..tiote…….matuidi
    …………..cabaye……….
    benny……..new striker….new winger
    the only problem ad have is theres only 2 english players starting which is y i think we shud TRY and get baines for LB n welbeck fot the new winger lol
    highly unlikely i kno but we need a english feel n havin 3 english defenders and an up n cuming english lad wud set us up nicly n tbh i think even if matuidi is 15mil hes only gunna be on 30grand a week n a reckon ashley wants a ‘marque young and low wages’ signing so thats why a think we cud get him

  • 120 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Angryman i dont care what he scored them with my point is it worked when carroll was there to knock on for him now carrolls gone and pardew wants to change our style so why keep square pegs to fit into round holes

  • 121 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    The Apologists on here are comiong on and slagging the realists off.
    Ive noticed some facts about the Apologists.

    They all want big name players!!
    They all say Mike will do us good!!
    They all say Wait until sept 1st !
    They all say get rid of the old guard bring in the new!!

    Okay
    Quick point, The realists say, historically he has done freak all for this club, and has proven that he never ever spend more than he brings in any 1 transfer window!! Correct?

    Have we actually improved the squad since the end of the season??

    Therefore, who is nearer the truth here? The apologist chiubby chasers, or the realists???????

    Just a thought guys before you all start calling be an idiotic patronising moronic fool! to name but a few ;-)

  • 122 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    It’s funny how no premiership teams came in for Nolan and no one is exactly beating down Barton’s door after all his bleeting.

  • 123 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    C & B
    whats that? Footy Manager?
    Oh no, thats where you get your info from!!
    Its all making sense now!!

  • 124 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Rotonda
    Whats your point?
    Are you saying Nolan and Barton are not premiership players?

  • 125 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    lol and you have sources working @ St James park .. lmao .. im done arguing with this kid.. u dont like what i say .. then dont read it .. go support man shiteh .. they have good owners .. you little glory hunter

  • 126 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Angryfan

    spot on mate couldnt put it better myself.MA has a profit of £49 over his running of NUFC! As you all like to say FACT!

  • 127 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Mr T
    personally i think Matuidi is a waste of money.
    He is not needed.
    More pressing areas! We have just lost 12 goals a season, will matuidi get us those??
    Please please dont come back and say Nolan Mightened get 12 goals next season, as he may not, but he may also get 14 goals next season….we wont find out now will we ?

  • 128 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    SORRY 49 MILL

  • 129 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    surely @Angryman your opinion of a realist is the next man’s doom and gloom merchant..?

    Just as much as our optimism can be seen as blind faith.

    I disagree with the slagging off but until that transfer window closes then we won’t know who’s right. We might not even know until the end of the season when we look at the EPL table.

    You saying that currently the realists are nearer the truth is like at Half time saying arsenal won the game…

    It’s the end result that matters!

    all this talk of realists and apologists… it’s like a bl00dy civil war!

  • 130 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Are people forgetting that these players who we dont want to see leave(barton and enrique) although they performed well they were not so keen on committing when we were hovering just above the drop zone

  • 131 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    C & B
    We know as much as you mate, and thats diddly squat re the goings on at Newcastle, but we do quote is history. Historically and self admittedly, the fat maggot has Royally F**ked up our football club.

    We seen nothing to suggest he has improved anything son.

    And atop keep spitting your dummy out man, your calling everybody children, but we arent saying stop talking to me bla bla bla had enuff.

    I seem to recall alos that you have plenty to say on other peeps posts, so touche…if you dont like what they say dont read or comment…..sorry, your just making your self look silly again

    Jeus, yer mam not put enuff milk on your cornflakes or summit!

  • 132 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    tiotal football
    Come the revolution when we parade the streets with a big fat heed on a flag pole…we shall seek out the apologists, and stone them within the walls of the temple aka St James Park.

    I enjoyed that!

  • 133 Anton // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Nolan wudnt get 12 goals next season sitting on the bench ben arfa mite get 12 cabaye mite get 12 our new strikers mite get 15 wingers that we need mite get 6 or more!
    Why go for CM players weve got 6 ffs 6 doesnt go into 2 we need fullbacks wingers and strikers

  • 134 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    angry man— i called you a kid and an idiot .. not everyone one here except cloin maybe .. and you are btw/tbh
    ben arfa will score goals next season hopefully .. hopefully the new striker will too ..

  • 135 mr.T...iote // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    angryman am not saying hes a goalscorer lol but look at it this way
    we scored wat the 3rd or 4th most goals in the prem but ended up with minus 2 GD now i think a second holding midfielder wud help keep out those goals,, now we are getting ba hu showed he can finish, weve got benny hu graham carr obviously saw a good finisher in him as hes adviced pardew to use him as a SS then we have cabaye hu has shown (albiet in france) he can assist an score then theres the possiblity of mayb barnetta, zoggy or erding hu cud score a fair few goals each n thats not even mentioning a certain 21 year old hu has a very good scoring record already
    so to cut to the point am making is selling nolan IS a HEEUAGE risk, but to me its a pretty calculated 1 lol

  • 136 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    i just heard nufc have won the race for demba ba .. let me get the link

  • 137 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    http://www.skysports.com/football/transfer_clockwatch/0,23710,14896,00.html

  • 138 tiotal football // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    @Angryman

    good luck stoning us – we’ll just crawl back inside Ashley’s behind…

    on another note… looks like that’s 2 signing down. 8 to go was it..? :)

  • 139 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    according to skysports sources .. we will be signing demba ba… hes alot better than what we’ve got .. woudnt you say so angrykid??

  • 140 CLOIN // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    c & B
    its not my fault you are a muppet?and cannot understand honest point of view.

  • 141 Cheick and Bake // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    cloin — lol .. same to you

  • 142 YellowMag // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Everyone at the club wanted hom out because he is out on the lash every night like throwing his money around with his pikey family. Setting a bad example for youngsters and that. Inside source.

  • 143 Angryman the baffled Fan // Jun 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    C&B
    Angrykid is busy sh@gging your mum!
    Oh dear see…….you gotta bring out my worst!!

  • 144 sillygeordie // Jun 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Miralem Sulejmani is NOT a striker




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