Alan Pardew Happy With His Five New Signings


Alan Pardew seems to be happy enough with the way the squad is taking shape this summer.

Alan Pardew happy with the five players he’s signed this summer – five?

And Alan is right to say Newcastle looks to have five new players this summer, since Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa between them made a low 5 first team appearances last season.

And they will be just as new as Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba are next season for the side.

Both have now recovered from long-term and serious injuries, and it would be really great to see both youngsters do well next season.  In fact if they both do well, then Newcastle will probably do very well too – and that would be terrific.

Newcastle fans are excited by the skills galore shown by the 24 year-old French Intentional, but Dan Gosling is also very highly rated at the club, and was more than a good player at Everton.

This is what Alan Pardew, who is preparing to welcome back the squad on American Independence day, had to say today:

“I am really pleased with the way the squad is taking shape. I’m excited.” “You could say we have got five new players who we didn’t have last year.”

“We have obviously lost Kevin Nolan, but we have gained Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux – and then there is Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling.”

“Hatem could be the best signing if he stays fit all year, and we are looking forward to seeing what Dan can do as well.”

Alan is a positive and down-to-earth guy, and that no doubt will stand him in great stead, for what will be a challenging time as Newcastle manager, to say the least.

The 18 months Chris Hughton spent in the job on Tyneside, seems to have given him some great experience, and the way he handled his initial press conferences at Birmingham with such aplomb, he seemed to be so confident, and even appeared a seasoned pro at management.

Well there’s nothing quite like the Newcatsle United manager job to toughen any manager up, and that seems to have done the job with Chris Hughton, although he always handled the Newcastle job well, and it never seemed to get to him.

It seems to have done the Stratford, London born former Irish International full back the world of good, even though he was so unfairly dismissed.

But Chris took that like he did the Newcastle job in general – as a perfect gentleman with great dignity – and we give great credit to the 52 year-old for all he did at Newcastle.

Chris Hughton is the salt of the earth, and we’re not embarrassed to keep saying that, because it’s true

And that toughening up will be going on with current manager Alan Pardew too, although Alan is a lot more experienced than Chris was, when Chris took over the Magpies’ job two years ago.

Comments always welcome.



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87 comments so far

  • Milner

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    As i see it, we’ve got Prem standard players:
    Harper
    Colo, Saylor, Jose, Simpson (just).
    Cabaye, Marv, Jonas, Barton, Tiote.
    Ba, HBA

    That’s a full 11 side, plus Barton, tho I’m sure he’ll be gone by Sept.

    Anybody else being subbed in, has got to be considered Championship/Potential:
    krul, forster,
    tavernier
    willo, perch, kadar
    lualua, rtaylor, abeid
    ferguson, sammi ameobi
    gosling (unproven/injured), guthrie, smith, vukic
    best, airey, ranger, shola, lovenkrands

    So as it stands, any time there’s a sub/injury to well known crocked player, we bring on Sub that’s poor quailty or a hope for future…for potentially 90mins!

    Personally, I think 1/2 is not enough, but 3/4 quailty PL players – and if Best/smith/ranger/Barton get sold, then I’d want 3/4 PL players and extra 2/3 future “Starlets”….

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  • Baro

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    1st!

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  • Baro

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3

    ah crap!

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    milner – most of them r proven prem players so ya talking rubbish

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  • Baro

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Sturridge:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Jonas:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Ben Arfa::::::::::::::::::::::Barton
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Tiote::::::::::::::::::::Cabaye::::::::::::::::::::::
    Enrique:::::::::::::::::::::Colo:::::::::::::::::Tayls:::::::::Tavernier
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Krul:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    n we wont sign proven prem players maybe nzogbia n thats it, all r signings will come from abroad

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    baro – we wont sign sturridge, n barton will not play ryt wing next season

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree BA/MARVEAUX/CABAYE plus HBA and Gosling is promising but we still need another two strikers (Ameobi and Best on bench). As usual with a Pardew interview its full of negativity eg( IF Hatem stays fit) ffs Pardew take some positivity pills.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    HO HO HO! geeing us up for lack of signings by copping us off with Ben Arfa and Gosling being new signings is he? I think not Mr Pardew! That just isn’t good enough, as much as they may seem like new signings, they are not and should not be factored into the equation as being so.
    1 – 2 more and i’ll be thoroughly disappointed (unless of course they are fantastic signings) 3 – 4 decent signings a la Cabaye ( good value, good players) and a couple Mehdi Abeid youngster knocking on the first team door style and i’d and I think we would all be satisfied.

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  • joppadoni

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    @2 lol Baro

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  • connor_nufc

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    NZOGBIA!!!!!!!!!! Hurry up and get.him!!!

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    we havent made 5 signings, we’ve made 3 and a young prospect, you can try and sugar coat it all you want Alan but Ben Arfa and Gosling arent new signings

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I would like another 2 to come in, but agree with AP that with what we’ve already got it will be like having 5 new players….hope they make it 7 though and buy another Striker (Erding my choice) and a right winger.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    nick 69 – yes hba n gosling arnt nw signings but they r like new signings bcoz they never played last year

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  • What a load of BS, 5 new signings, taking us all for mugs tbh.

    and those of you that think you are ITK, we know you are not so shut up!

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    erdinc, a right winger n a left back maybe 2 depends on jose sorted

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  • Jan Stavik

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Gosling is a decent full back, he’ll do as backup for Simpson. I’m not convinced with S. Taylor, he’s exciting to watch, too exciting sometimes as he causes a mess in defence.

    Ship out Shola and Loverboy, Ba and Best is our two best strikers as of today. We still need a striker and a couple of defenders. And Zogbia, bring him in at 8m!

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    They cannot count Gosling and Arfa as new signings, they may feel like one but they aint we have got rid of 3 and brought in 3

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  • niafron

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    What’s ITK?

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  • joppadoni

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    no point being negative, we have some decent players and the real test will be can they gel as a team if we went out and bought 11 proven prem players they may stil have a shite season… im optimistic of a top half finish and then the following year seeing about getting in to europe

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    mactoon – it is like 5 new signings, hba n gosling r like ew signings bcoz they never played last season

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  • joppadoni

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    if you dont know im not telling you

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  • NewcastleMole

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    In order to push the N’Zogbia deal through we should offer R.Taylor back to them as a part ex. £8m plus taylor seems fair.

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  • joppadoni

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    @19 but heres a clue ‘dans le savoir’

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  • Milner

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Davbtoon @ 4

    My list of Players may have played in the PL before, but i’m suggesting that really, they’re Championship standard, or unproven youngsters:

    krul, forster,
    tavernier
    willo, perch, kadar
    lualua, rtaylor, abeid
    ferguson, sammi ameobi
    gosling (unproven/injured), guthrie, smith, vukic
    best, airey, ranger, shola, lovenkrands

    Would any of those names shock you in a Champsionship teamsheet? NO. Would they shock you in a top-6 Prem Team like Liverpool? YES.

    (tho i admit, Krul, Ferg, Gosling should hopefully make that step up this season).

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  • joppadoni

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #26

    id rather keep ryan tinker tbh. hes a decent enough player, true cant say ive seen him defensive like ever.. but hey he can bloody shoot.

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  • Eastander

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #27

    niafron, itk is in the know, people who think they know what is happening, and also how is ben arfa not a new signing? we signed him in january and unless i’ve missed something he hasnt played since

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  • wynsleap

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh yes, it’s the old “like having new signings” trick again.
    Thought it wouldn’t be too long.
    It wouldn’t fool Penn and Teller and it doesn’t fool any sensible Toon supporter either.
    Ashley, Lambias and Pardew – for God’s sake just get out – the lot of you!

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #29

    have we got enough home grown players to meet the criteria now in force isn,t it 8 out of 25 have to be english we have got rid of campbell and nolan with barton and smith likely to go all to be replaced by overseas players.

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  • DJM TOON

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    jesus cries… how many retards support NUFC?

    i dunno, but lots of them come on this blog!

    none of them have any idea of what they are talking about, they clearly cannot see the bigger picture and the direction that the FCB is trying to take the club, and no, thats not to fleece it for all its assets.. .which cannot happen, simple as… own a business and you’ll know what i mean. everything is accountable. you cant just dip your hand into the NUFC coffers and expect no-one to notice when the financial records come out.

    the other thing most of you are forgetting is that we are still in debt… so where is the logic in spending all the money that comes into the club on transfers when business acumen dictates that you should manage your debts responsibly… not just sit on 110million pound of debt just because our owner has decided to give it to the club interest free… its still owed to him.and to all those people that think he’s fleecing NUFC… how so? he’s not charging us interest on 100mil for starters… at 17.5apr thats a fair bit he’s righting off straight away… but yeah… course he’s stealing our money to gamble it with the owl

    jesus… some of you are so stupid and should really be back at school

    hell… how many times have i posted the same bloody thing…. copy and paste from now on!!

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    i think some of u r forgeting that some of the reserves have to step aswell vukic, airey, tavernier sammi

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    bring back kugi……….haha

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    old boy we hav more than enough home grown players
    harper, krul, forster, rtaylor, staylor, willo, best, shola, guthrie, smith, barton, simpson, kadar, fergie, n more

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    i think theres a surprise striker lined up…& i cant see it being dumbaia…hes another african..& we can rely solely on shola to get us through januar.

    but overall…i know we didnt spend any money this summer & i dont mind..our squad is way better then it was in may…so even if we dont spend any money..& that this is it..id be more then happy with our TW.. it doesnt matter how much we spend as long as our squad is better then the previous season.

    as for sturridge..he would be nice…but i wouldnt pay 15 mio for him to be honest.. loan with an option to buy.. best deal for everybody…

    but i really think were after a better striker..

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #35

    we hav at least 6 or 7 youth players ready fergie, lualua n sammi looked more than comfartable last season plus abeid, vukic, tavernier, kadar, airey n moyo

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  • BASSKING-FUSE

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    what I don’t understand is why everyone on here seems to think HBA will play centre attacking mid, he’s a winger, right or left.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #37

    mario gomez with jose goin the other way

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  • niafron

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Ahah!

    @joppadani

    Thanks for the enigma, but eastander have give me the answer!

    In French we say “être dans la confidence” or “être dans le secret des dieux” (being in the secret of gods).

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #39

    bassking – its bcoz pardew has already said he will use him as a striker or jus off a striker next season

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  • samag

    Jun 30, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #40

    What quality forwards are out there for 10million that MA will spoil us with. or are we going to get average forwards. why sell off best without giving the man a chance if u want to save money. but don’t lie to the fans saying ur going to reinvest the money in the squad, nice plural there. We could prob keep all the reserves happy and some benched players for that caroll money.

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