If Enrique And Barton Stay – Newcastle In Good Shape


Next week could be a much better week for Newcastle fans than last week was.

Jose Enrique – any chance he’ll stay?

Of course that’s not saying too much,  because last week was a complete disaster for the Newcastle club and its fans, with it being fitting yesterday that the game was washed out with Fiorentina, after just 64 minutes.

We’ve heard that Joey Barton and his representatives will be meeting with Derek Llambias next week, and there’s a chance that mess will be sorted out, and Alan Pardew has already said that Gabriel Obertan should be arriving in Toon tomorrow.

It’s a little strange, but it could be that Gabriel may be just the player we need to raise the spirits of Newcastle fans, because he has loads of skill and speed galore, and adds to the skillful French contingent on Tyneside.

There are more financial constraints at Newcastle than we had thought, and it seems we need to have Chief Scout Graham Carr do a stellar job if the team is going to become good again, in the next couple of seasons.

Manager Alan Pardew is even refusing to predict how Newcastle will do next season, until he sees which players Newcastle can get in before September.

Alan said this to the People today::

“I am not going to make any predictions about the new ­season until I see what ­players we get in.”

“I am fairly confident that we will get the players in that we need. I would like one or possibly two in before we play Arsenal.”

“The fans have had so many ­broken promises in the past not just from this ownership but way before that.”  “But we have added two or three very good players to the group ­already and we are going to add to that.”

“Once we see the team settle down – and I don’t think it will be in the first three or four games if I am honest – I think we are going to see a very strong side.”

It’s not a complete disaster at the club, and Yohan Cabaye looked good again yesterday, and we have Dan Gosling playing well and we also have the mercurial Ben Arfa, if we can keep the lad fit.

It’s a pity that Derek LLambias didn’t also invite Jose Enrique to meet with him next week too, but it looks like he will be out of the door soon.

If Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley could only sit down and persuade Joey and Jose to stay on Tyneside for the next several seasons, that would be a tremendous lift for the fans and the club, and we’d look to have a decent team too – maybe even improved over the side of last season.

But of course the two top men at the club – Ashley and LLambias that is – are not the greatest communicators in the world.

And I’m dreaming again, to think Jose and Joey would want to stay long term on Tyneside, but if that did happen we really would be in decent shape long term.

Here’s how to contact the players if you want them to commit long term to Newcastle.

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63 comments so far

  • NuFc TuRnEr

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    1st……………………….

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  • geoff777

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    No we’re not … we need a quality No9.

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  • maverickman1979

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew will be getting knuckles rapped off Ashley for the “broken promises” comment. Lets be honest both players will be away before 31st August.
    We now need to know who is coming in to replace Jose as Obertan looks like Joeys replacement, whether that is good we will have to see the lad has ability but is a bit rough around the edges. 1 week till our first game and its all up in the air !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • geoff777

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Obertan is Routledge’s replacement.

    As soon as Swansea paid for Routledge we moved for Obertan.

    Shows those fans waiting for August 31st to judge Ashley that it could be long month.

    They aren’t going to spend the AC money.

    Keegan was spot on.

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  • magpie4ever

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    However Jose is sure to leave along with a couple of others knowing how we do business at the end of transfer windows! And the small matter of needing a quality No 9!

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    “broken promises”!!!
    Even Pardew knows that this regime is a farce!
    No manager in the world would work under Ashley unless he owed him something…
    Gambling debts maybe?….

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Enrique and Barton will not be here come 1st Sept my worry is that neither will Tiote and Colo.

    I also see reports that Simpson is unhappy and wont discuss a contract extension.

    There must be player unrest and its obviously not just Barton.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    dont think ENRIQUE will stay and i think barton will see of his Contract

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Fcuking puppet!

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Who is going to score the goals to keep us up?

    We have had over 6 months to scout and secure a striker and the money and here we are 1 week from KO with BA as our strikeforce.

    What the fck is going on.

    Can anybody see where our goals are going to come from because i cannot.

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew is punch and Carver is Judy

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    I actually think both Enrique and Barton will both be here. If someone wanted Enrique by now surely they would of bought him already. Obviously teams dont value Jose as much as we do.

    Barton is “being let go on a free” but its just to get the interest there. Once several clubs come running Ashley will staet a bidding war for who wants him. Also Barton said he will only leave if a big club comes in but i dont think that would happen.

    HWTL!!!

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Notts
    Why do you think Liverpool have not yet signed a LB
    Because they are going to sign Enrique.A blind man on a galloping horse can see that

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    We scored 5 against west ham with out Carroll. We scored 4 against Arsenal without Carroll.

    Best scored 6 in 9
    Ba scored 7 in 12

    Both better than a goal every game so why cant people trust are own strikers over unproven french players?

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Notts
    Are you happy with our strikers?because if you are i hope MA doesn’t think like you cause we’ll be relegated

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  • Toonboy_84

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Are people confident that Ba can get the goals? What is everyone’s opinion of him?

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Would rather go against arsenal with last season starting 11. We need a striker. All off season our strikers have looked poor with only Shola stealing a solitary goal.
    AP has said it will take 3-4 games to bed players in, I was under the illusion that’s what pre season was for. Clearly pre season is for broken promises, desasterous trips abroad, in house fighting and forgetting about the fans hopes and dreams .
    How naive am I !

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  • maverickman1979

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone heard the rumour where trying to get Chris Samba (Blackburn) ????? Strange one as we needed strength in other areas really maybe just a rumour but Samba is a top player

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Notts I agree that if no more strikers come in we will be alright and stay in the league

    I think Barton staying is purely down to him now in all honesty

    But Jose is leaving imo the bid just hasent been lodged yet

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    CLOIN

    Really, and you think this why? Because of some made up story in the sunday sun? A bit gullable….

    And no im not happy with our strikers but i wouldnt be going mental if Ba and Best was our starting 2 next year. I think we need maybe another striker thats better than Ameobi and Lovenkrands but thats it.
    Also, next season we are only going to be playing 1 up front so its not like we need 4 world class strikers.

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Toonboy
    I think if he can play a full season he will score some goals but its a big if

    Maverick

    Samba @ £12 mill + wages what do you think?

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  • geoff777

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Ba might be decent.
    Ranger could be good.

    Best, Shola & Lovenkrands are average to poor.
    Their combined value is about 3M.

    We had England’s most promising striker come through the acadamey and reserves.
    We got 35M for him.

    Surely the season ticket holders and fans world-wide deserve to see at least 15M of that invested in a replacement No9?

    I really don’t get these smug book-balancing twats that come on here pretending to be fans.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    notts geordie

    no one has exactly come rushing in for joey !
    No bididng war, he’s on a free !

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    The 35m is long gone, dont think we will see any serious investment now. To be honest i dont care about the finances anymore, it does yr head in, however we need a striker, not at the end of the window, now !

    Trust me shola is our best striker and we will struggle to score unless we pay for a decent striker.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Samba is rated at 12million and wanted by bigger clubs than us.

    Dann is a better option imo but again won’t happen because of the asking priceof 10mill

    I think Upson in the last week of the transfer window will be a target

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Seeing the young lads at Fiorentina yesterday excites me, Gosling looked composed in the wet and looked solid and Cabaye loved the battle and the challenge, he was always the one to receive the pass and play it through. As for Vuckic he never stopped running and he nicked the ball of the defender a few times. The only player who looked out of sorts was Simpson, he looked tired and out of shape. Krul was outstanding in the first half making three excellent saves. I think Jose will stay – I think he wants to move but I think he’ll stay.

    Genuinely excited and we haven’t played a team with Tiote and Ben Arfa in it either!

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Notts
    We scored the lowest number of goals last year away from home and if that repeated we will be in the s**t

    BA is not bad but the rest are pedestrian at best and are rubbish including Best

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda

    But what im saying is that they just said he was on a free so clubs would get intrested then raise the price. And how do you know clubs havent come rushing in? Another thing you heard in a newspaper?

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    UpTheRoad // Aug 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Seeing the young lads at Fiorentina yesterday excites me

    Hahaha sorry but had to point out how bad that sounds

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  • Chaz

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #30

    IMHO these two are a big IF. I suspect that there is already too much water under the bridge tbh. I will feel gutted when these two go out of the door.

    This time next week I’ll be in France and hopefully we’ll have our first point(s) on the board – looks like Les Arse have their own selection problems!

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  • geoff777

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31

    @UpTheRoad

    Just a question of time before we play a team with Tiote and Ben Arfa in it, problem is they’ll probably be wearing red.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 7, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    I don’t think the club will put a price on Barton regardless of clubs coming in for him would be pathetic to do so

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  • kilcline

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Sell Enrique but not to them effin scousers! Give him to Bayern for 5-6m! How many other clubs sell their best players to prem rivals?

    If we had an ounce of intelligence we would have lined up 3 quality left backs to replace him and sorted this months ago.

    If we actually got a 15 goal striker for £10-12m and a left back to replace Jose we would be competing with Liverpool, instead we are going to struggle to score goals and finish bottom half.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t worry WWJBD I was taken off the register last month!

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Shefti Kuqui after the windows shut anybody after all he was an international is as quick as Ameobi and Best and is cheap.

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  • CLOIN

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Kilcline

    Spot on mate.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Our midfield is fantastic. Tiote – Cabaye & Gosling could be amazing together.

    We just need Ashley to buy a real goalscoring No9 to bang them in for us.

    The annoying thing is the cash is there and they promised it would happen.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Lol WWJBD i know how you feel. Sometimes it feels as though the kids are the only glimmer of hope.

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  • StevieGee

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    To be fair although we dont like it Ashley is trying to stabilise the finances of the club and I think we need to be thankful that the club is not going in to administration.

    I do think they have been too severe in their cautious approach however. I definitely think there is a middle ground where we can add to the squad while still keeping the finances in a sensible state.

    Going back to the Joey situation. You should be glad that there are players in the team that are honest and speak their mind. We as fans cannot do anything significant to influence the owners to make changes. If Joey has managed to kick something off by making a stand or having a tantrum then isn’t that something more than we expected to happen before? You should be glad that there are players in the team that care and want the squad to be improved and have the balls to stand up and say it. They are in a position to have a say and put the views of the fans across where we cannot.

    Jose and Joey making their statements publicly may have been the reality check that Ash&Lamb needed?? Just a thought.

    But if they sign the new players they’ve been talking about and (in an ideal world) this can convince Jose and Joey to stay on as well surely the short term unrest has been worth it and the team will be much improved.

    Stop bashing Joey and slagging him off. He’s always said he wants to stay here. He’s not the typical dumb footballer there is usually method in his madness and if we get the new players and Joe and Joey to stay then we’re all winners!

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  • kilcline

    Aug 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    @Cloin

    Who would you buy mate? Surely we must have about £7m set a side for a striker given the Erding saga (although i know Ashley “has bid” for players out of reach before to appease fans)

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