Delicate Time For Newcastle Team Spirit Right Now


Danny Simpson had been given leave by Alan Pardew to dash back from the United States for the birth of his daughter, but the baby was born before he arrived back in England.

Danny Simpson – looking forward to next season

Oh well, the baby was six weeks early, so she didn’t exactly cooperate with things, and what’s that saying about the plans of mice and men?

The baby was named Skye-Lorena, and Danny is getting to grips of what it means to be a father for the first time, and he talked today to the local Newcastle press corps:

“I was up in the sky when my daughter was born, so she’s called Skye-Lorena.”  “We came up with the name the night I saw her.”

“She was six weeks early, and it was a nice surprise, but obviously I had to dash back from America. It was the longest eight-and-a-half-hour flight of my life!”

“But the focus is on both being a father and football now and looking ahead.”

Right now is not a particularly  positive time for Newcastle fans, to be sure,  and it looks like we may lose both Joey Barton and Jose Enrique before the weekend.

Who would have thought last January that in a short eight months we would lose arguably our best four players in Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique?

But even if that happens, which looks very likely now, life goes on and so does Newcastle United, and we have to hope that some of our current players can come through big time, and assume some leadership at the club.

And we have to remember that things were a  lot worse two years ago at this time, and Newcastle still came though big time with players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith stepping forward to assume the leadership in the squad.

So it can happen again next season.

Danny Simpson needs to continue improving next season, but he seems to have the right attitude and temperament to do just that, and he had a very decent season last year in the Premier League.

Danny continued:

“There were a few errors from the lads, and they’ve held their hands up.”  “You can look at it in a positive way as it’s better to do it now in a friendly, even though you don’t want to lose any game, whether it’s in the Premier League or not.”

“Hopefully, we won’t do it on the big stage. We’ve been trying to work on quick passing and movement on and off the ball, but a lot of the lads are still new.”  “Yohan was in Amsterdam and I’ve missed a bit as well.”

“We’re still learning each other’s games, and there’s Demba Ba as well.”  “We’ve got a couple of weeks until it kicks off, and there’s a lot of hard work still to be done.”

“It’s not been anyone’s fault, but we’ve not been together.”  “We’re all back together now, and we’ve got a full week before the next game.”

We have to hope that the spirit in the squad remains high, although with Joey Barton’s tweets and both Jose and Joey likely to leave the club soon, that could be  difficult.

But that’s what manager Alan Pardew, new captain Fabricio Coloccini, and other senior players can put right.

We’re hoping some of our players will now step up to the plate, and of course a couple of wins against Fiorentina and Arsenal will do wonders to lift the spirits of both the Newcastle players and the Newcastle fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!



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39 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Skye-Lorena?!
    Oh footballers and their strange names for children

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    are newcastle acctually looking inthe tranfer market now?? pardue seems to be doing sweet f a!!!

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    i cant waaaaaaaaaaait until jose is gone!! im tired of his moany face being at newcastle!! dont want tools like him at our club!! please go 2day jose!! adios!! wud much rather have a left back in like feguson who is keen to learn and plays with a smile on his face!!

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  • malcolm the awesome

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    ross armstrong
    I think its time to give up on the transfer window, there will be no more players coming..

    I don’t like being pessimistic but big Ashes history speaks for itself..

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  • solano

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    The only spirit left at Newcastle is the Meths the Happy Clappers are drinking!

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Ferguson is no left back, he’ll get turned over by decent wingers. Would rather have Jonas playing there coz he can tackle and has experience playing that position at international level.

    Talking of which; what do you reckon about a straight swap for Insua? Hasn’t exactly been a regular at Pool but a capable LB.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Whats happening with Tiote? Will he be back for the Fiorentina game?? That is a very important game for the team to gel one last time and important Tiote and Cabaye get to see eachtohers games properly…

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew is doing sweet fa because he has nothing to do with transfers imo he should be know as head coach not manager

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    people keep bringin insua in2 the deal , has there been any kind of source that this would happen or is that what people are wishing?

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  • dmac

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Id want cash and insua if im honest mate.

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  • thai-mag

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #11

    toonandy starting to think all is not well with tiote how long does it take to sort a visa, if thats what it is

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Ross,

    I’m just speculating. Insua hasn’t really worked out at Pool and a new LB brought to the club would push him further down the list. We need a LB but we’re allergic to spending money so it seems to make perfect sense. Unless the player wouldn’t come here of course.

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  • magpigeon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Got Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports and Sky News but not that channel.
    On a positive note, remember how good we felt going into the season 2 years ago – Keegan was our manager, we were going to make Europe etc. Then look what happened! At least this season we have no hopes or expectations !
    “And lo, through the dark clouds a voice spoke to me, saying ” Smile, things could be worse.”
    So I smiled – and behold – they got worse.

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14

    spirit? fortunately the team team are fine actually. the only lack of spirit is int these blogs and the neggers bitchin! haha

    seriously though what news is this… sent back from the USA? they have been back a week or more. his kid? we all know shes been born and her names beautiful if you ask me.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Alex Ferguson says Berbatov likely to join PSG…. Erding anyone?? Haha!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Come on guys. Don’t moan at Pardew doing “sweet f#ck all”, when we honestly have no idea what he’s doing.

    If there’s evidence that he’s sat in his arm chair at home, sipping a cold one, then fair enough. But getting yourselves worked up over guess work is dumb.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Also, do we even know that Tiote isn’t back? :/

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Tiote put a reducer in on a 747so got red carded from flying he is currently tied up and gagged on a boat heading towards England as not to have anymore issues

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Tds

    i wasnt saying pardew is doing nowt, but it would seem he has no control in transfers or contracts, probly why certain players question his authority.

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #20

    intersting one that toonandy

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #21

    maybe they’re keeping tiote out of the way and are going to unveil him as a new signing later this week?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Tiote supposedly has an issue he needed to sort out at home, personally and was allowed to go back as AP and JC knew that the next three weeks were not going to be pretty – he is their and as we know our golden nugget.

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  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Aug 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    @Joppadoni 14

    ‘fortunately the team team are fine actually’

    Could you back this up please?

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Joey made the N Y Times sports section today! Who says we are not a “big club”?

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Thought we’d get a new RB with the £35m but apparently not..

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    @24 lol, sweet 😀

    @23 GBS the only people moaning are those without contracts, decided are not required anymore or a real proven desire to stay at the club and ofc some fans wishing we fall apart..

    Also being a fan is to watch the football and enjoy the love of doing so. not to think we should be running it and trying to demotivate the team. we are the 12th man to coin a phrase, we make the difference on the pitch. we have to be strong.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Tiote in talks with PSG!!!!

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    @27 huh, really.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #29

    @28 Yep… chiek it out… Erding deal in place with Tiote going other way – supposedly and you can have this confirmed with Lee Ryder… Tiote has been very distressed with what has been going on and asked could he return to home to Ivory Coast to get his head together and go to Paris to see his family…

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #30

    @29 – lee ryders said nothing about that to me

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 3, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #31

    @29 and tiote is at least 8 million more.. hmm. i shall dig.

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  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Joppadoni

    You still didn’t back up why you think the team spirit is fine when all the evidence signals otherwise. JE and JB have expressed their desire to stay at the club but only if the owner shows some ambition and invests appropriately rather than selling the better performers. I like the idea of youth development, i don’t begrudge free transfers, i don’t desire 20m plus signings but simply a desire to compete which requires some level of investment-that level is growing by the week as more and more of our strongest players are being ushered out of the door and turned into criminals so as to justify their sale/release. Before you jump on my back about Joey’s criminal past-this is irrelevant and I hope you realise this unlike Davies who seems to believe that a man who has done is time should be condemned for life.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Guys Joey’s a mouth… and he knows what he is doing. Let him leave – if he really cared for the future of NUFC – he would have accepted as an ADULT and Professional that he was not Captain and to be honest Cabaye is a better dead-ball taker – FACT!! Look at the stats… he needs to shut up and get back in the team or p*ss off!!! This is doing us no good…

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  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #34

    No fan wishes we would fall apart why would they? The anger and frustration is down to those who wish to see this club progress-it simply hasn’t progressed since MA took over. I personally do not pay to watch football for the sake of watching, i pay in the hope for glory-hope that quickly dwindles when I see that money is being taken out of the club but not put back in.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #35

    If we as a Geordie Nation sit back and take this… we will forever be seen as all mouth and no guts… come on now – we must have something that we can do. Does anyone know where MA stays when he is in toon?

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  • craftymagpie

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #36

    i cant but somehow see what NUFC are paying pardwho to do…..he’s supposed to manage these footballers,thats his job…does fergie or wenger have to deal with revolt everyday….what it boils down to is this simply that the players do not and will not respond respectfully to a man who simply cant keep his gob shut or keep his cards close to his chest and just man manage…we have just lost another 5-6 million pound player a first team player in joey Barton…its getting ridiculous what this club puts itself through….i cant see us staying up next season,the damage has been already inflicted,the pressures on these new recruits is now huge….simply the task they have now in attaining a top 10 finish is even out of their sights….the other thing that annoys me is this,the Boltons,fulhams,birminghams,astonvillas of this world are never in the press with problems,hell even west ham are being managed well…..but this monkey in charge couldnt manage a piss up in a brewery…..delicate time my arse

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 3, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Long will join!!!

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I was just going to say I like Simpson but now I’m worried about Tiote… but not too worried as I haven’t heard anything about thsat from any other source. We must keep Tiote! I’d rather go for a player like Long than do a Tiote/Erding switch. As for team spirit, you have to give it to our boys, they somehow stay positive and dig in together. The worrying part is that surely the man most resposible for keeping us together in spirit – Nolan – has now sadly departed but I’m pretty sure there are other members of the NUFC dressing room who make a big difference in terms of morale. I’ll say it one more time though – we must keep Tiote.

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