This Season Is All About Moving Newcastle Forward

Alan Pardew will have all his players together today at the Benton training grounds for the first time this week.

Alan Pardew – can now make his mark on the team

Pardew had had a staggered approach to the training this summer, with different groups of players reporting over the first three days of training, but today all the lads will be together for the first time.

So they will be getting to know each other, and hopefully starting to build that team spirit  for next season, which will be  very important.

Last season was all about Newcastle consolidating their position in the Premier League and they did that, even though Newcastle changed their manager half way through the season, just to make it that bit more difficult.

But to Alan Pardew’s credit, when he took over from Chris Hughton,  he  didn’t try to change things too much, and he immediately gained the confidence of the players, and the supporters too, to some extent.

And as we all know, with any luck at all, the lads could have finished in 9th place, if they hadn’t conceded three goals at home in the last 30 minutes of the season.

Pardew told the local Newcastle press  today:

“For me, it makes a massive difference for a manager to be in charge at the start of the season. It is unlike coming in mid-season like I did last year.”

“I can tweak the way we play from here on in, add discipline to our shape and see how the players respond to that.”

“It is very much going to be about how we play this season.”  “We believe we can have a successful season and move forward.”

“Last season was very much about stability and making sure we stayed in the division.”

“This year will be about getting a reputation and moving forward in the right direction as a football club.” 

“This is the first day we will all train together. I am very excited about it and it is nice for all of the guys to be together again with all of the staff.”

“It is the day we have been waiting for and we get a chance to get the footballs out for the first time.” 

“It is always a day when you can begin to put your dreams into practice and start working ahead to a season you hope will be successful.”

Newcastle will leave for their American tour in about 11 days time, so there’s not an awful lot of time to get fit.

However. we are upbeat about the coming seaosn, because we think Pardew will have Newcastle playing some good attractive football this coming  season, and he’s brought in some talented players to do just that.

And the Newcastle Journal are reporting today that Newcastle don’t expect to sign any new players until the start of the season, but that cannot be true – surely?

We hope not, and we still need around three new players brought in this summer, and more if Enrique and Barton are moved out.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • It’s about striking fear into the opposing teams Defence with our Fancy French Flair.

    F.F.F is the way forward!, Vive la révolution de Châteauneuf!!

    Toon French Army.

  • Andy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree and hope he can put it in to action. I mean he’s talked about it enough!

  • geordie_boy89

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    07 Jul 2011 08:55:55
    oshea having medical at sunderland today ssn


    With all the transfers sunderland are doing i can really see us challenging for a champs league place FTM
    so funny sunderland fans lmao

  • Just Sign Menez for the right wing and Nolan Roux as our Number 9 type Striker (Not saying he should get the number 9)

  • Andy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    English/British defence French strikers/midfield. Maybe that is the way we’re trying to do things. Makes sense

  • cousto

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6


  • StuW

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I have to say the signings give us a sexy looking forward thinking team. We just need another forward to finish the moves off, and some cover in certain positions.

  • 09nufc09

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Im very pleased sunderland are signing oshea because everytime jonas has come up against him it has been like watching a man against a boy lol jonas turned him inside out and put him on his arse countless times. Cant wait to see it again in the first away game. Older players that leave man u go on the decline very quickly, look at smith.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    This will end in disaster……It will be like a bad arsenal side on a really bad day.
    No balls,No Spine,No Thanks.


    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I hope his motivational speeches to the players are a lot more positive than the drivel he feeds the supporters.

  • JackButler

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    toonruz mark ruz
    some 1 just told me that nufc is intrested in signing menez from rome in part ex for jonas watch this space it makes sence ?

  • Andy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    09nufc09 i totally forgot that. Jonas was absolutely quality against him at SJP last season and he was the reason for our good start. If O’shea starts 2nd game of the season Jonas HAS to play! Also he should play anyway as he understands derby better than SM will

  • ToonAndy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I reckon we shud chuck a 18 million bid in for MARIO GOMEZ…. He isn’t happy at his club and wants out… Twice the player of Erding and Sturridge….

    Barton: 4 mill – 50 k week
    routledge – 1.5 mill – 20k week
    smith – Free – 60k week
    Jonas – 6 mill – 45k week
    enrique – 9 mill 40k week

    = 20.5 Mill – 215k week

    GOMEZ – 18mill – 60k week
    N’ZOGBIA – 7mill – 55k week
    MENEZ – 6.5 mill – 50k week
    CANALES – Loan/opt buy – 35k week
    TAYLOR- 1m – 20k week

    -32.5mill – 220k week

    32.5 – 20.5 = 12 …

    Which leaves us around 15 mill for the January window!





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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Oppsss…. Take Barton out off the subs bench and put Abeid on!! haha

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    haha,john m8s a united fan.
    he calls him john

  • P.I.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #16

    You’re living in a complete dream world dude.

  • Nevermind the B0110cks

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    We havent had it on here since the articles in all the press this morning regarding Mike Ashley not giving a T055 about his shareholders and going over their heads to buy companies etc. So my open question, in particular to the Mike Ashley supporters out there is this. Do you think Mike Ashley gives a T055 what the fans of NUFC think, or is he just in this for his own personal gratification?

    Interested in both sides of this argument.

    Also intersting seeing that in a poll he has been voted the worst football club owner in the EPL.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    DamianSpellman Damian Spellman
    Nottingham Forest have made an approach to #nufc for Wayne Routledge, PA understands
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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #19

    cwarrshole also saying bid for Wayne accepted… So, again, he’s probably staying.

  • Mr Books

    Jul 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    @Nevermind the B0110cks.
    a) Ashley does not give a flying toss about the fans.
    b) Its hard for him to go over the head of his shareholders – he owns 71%, so he is the shareholders. That article in the telegraph is normal tabloid sheit. If it was accurate report it would say Ashley takes yet another gamble – which is why i) he is very rich and ii) nowhere near as rich as he used to be LOL

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jul 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Totally agree with post 17,we have a BILLIONaire in charge of the club and he’s got us all bickering over the carroll money,why aren’t people asking why we haven’t we got a summer transfer budget on top of that ?,90% of the teams in all of the leagues get money to strengthen their squads in the summer,he’ll spend 7 million no problem on businesses that will earn him 20m a year,i’m tempted to vent my fury yet again but i’m going to wait til the last day of the transfer window then act accordingly.

  • dave 1961

    Jul 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    history shows we will be in a relegation struggle Pardew always fails second season, surly their will be 3 worse team than us. if we don’t get extra forwards in it could be a tense season, surly we have target who can get goals, i’m having an awful day and nowt to cheer me up. I have decided if I die I will haunt all opposition goal keepers, a good hard kick in the nut should do the trick, if you don’t see goalie’s constantly holding there nut ghost don’t exist.

  • Mag52

    Jul 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    There’s 35 million to go,
    Still 35 million to go.
    We’re waiting to see
    Who the big names will be
    As there’s 35 million to go.

    (With apologies to Popeye)

    I’ve been cheering myself up for some time now with this little ditty, but it is becomming more and more likely that the 35 million to be ‘spent on players’ will not be ‘spent on players’ (i.e. replacement players in the transfer market) as anyone hearing this promise could reasonably have expected.
    My hope now is that no more of our key players will be sold between now and the end of the transfer season. We have brought in a few players of some potential, but they are, with one exception, untried in the Premiership, a particularly physical league, and I’d be very surprised if they all settled down to play their attractive football, and remained injury free, for at least this first season.
    The experience of the old hands, Joey, Jonas, Colo and Enrique alongside these guys will be invaluable if we are to put up any sort of a show in the coming season.
    It can’t all be about sweating over the frigging balance sheet, can it ?

  • seanodinho

    Jul 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    cant believe we didnt put a bid in for wes or john

  • ocorious

    Jul 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m super excited about the team moving forward. I worry about the grit that has been so much a part of the NUFC side for so long but I’m excited to see this new skilled side.

    I’ll be at the first game of the USA tour. First chance to see this new side. So I’ll try to come back with some amateur analysis of how the side looks. I can’t wait!

    Howay the Lads!

  • max

    Jul 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #26

    it should be barton play behind the striker,, ben arfa plays to the right wing..

  • solano

    Jul 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope everyone had a good look at our brand new state of the art copper piping when they returned to Benton this week – it really will take us to the “next level”. I know it’s cost a fortune, along with the agents fees and wages, but this is much better than “spunking” the money on proven quality players. Thank God we have just a little bit left for the January window as that is the “worst time to buy players” – who said that? Yip, it was Delboy Llambias not so long ago – he obviously forgot that when he gave his Times interview the other day.

  • solano

    Jul 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Where are the happy clappers today? There seems to be the gradual dawning realisation that the plan we are following is relying on there being 3 worse teams than us ( which there probably is) – but progress is something else, when we seem to be hauling back spending expectations (again). It looks like we could be getting lined up for another farcical end to the window.


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