Things Continue To Look Good At Newcastle


Newcastle haven’t been placed as high in the Premier League at this stage of the season since way back in 1995, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.

Things are looking up at Newcastle!

Newcastle are 4th top at the moment and  in a Champions League position, and we are hoping after the game at home to Spurs on Sunday afternoon, that we will remain in 4th position, and we definitely will do that with a win against the top London side.

With Tottenham doing so well under Harry Redknapp,  we often wonder how Newcastle would have fared if Harry had accepted the offer to manage Newcastle United  in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce had been fired.

Harry accepted the position on a Friday evening but then overnight changed his mind and turned the job down.

Kevin Keegan was appointed the following Wednesday,  and Kevin’s second management stint at the club ended in disaster and his untimely exit at the club was partly responsible for Newcastle being relegated that season.

The players simply didn’t produce that season, and we have to remember Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill in the Premier League that season.

We don’t have the 6th highest wage bill any longer, and we don’t have the star players we had then, but Newcastle are nevertheless a much better side now than three years ago.

It’s sometimes hard to give any praise to owner Mike Ashley, but since we were relegated he seems to have done most things right at the club, in retrospect, although he is still disliked by an awful lot of Newcastle fans.

Even the sacking of Chris Hughton and the selling of Andy Carroll have not turned out to be the absolute disasters we thought they would be at the time.

To be fair, Mike has put the club on a much more solid financial footing, although the club owes Mike a lot of money he has loaned at a zero interest rate to Newcastle.

And there’s every chance Newcastle will soon actually make a profit on a financial basis,  and wouldn’t that be something.

Fabricio Coloccini epitomizes the new thinking at Newcastle, and the Argentine is not getting carried away at all with Newcastle’s high position in the Premier League.

This is what the Newcastle captain said today:

“We are not looking too much at the table now as it is still early in the season. As long as we are not losing matches, that’s what counts.”

“We just want to keep working the way we are,  and play the way we are playing – that’s all we can do.”  “I think if we keep it this way we will get a lot of good results.”

Coloccini seems to be almost the perfect  captain for this new Newcastle side, and we should see a very exciting game on Sunday afternoon, with both sides having some very good players and both sides playing attacking football, which is good to watch.

We may need some luck on Sunday, but we are looking for an outright win against the  top North London side.

And then we can talk next week about Newcastle still being in 4th position in the league, as unbelievable as that may still seem at this stage of the season.

Comments welcome.



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56 comments so far

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Oohhhhhh Coloccini…..

    A win is imperative on Sunday. Everyone will believe we can finish top 6, if we indeed do grasp victory!

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Yup, if we grab that win, we’ll be a top 6 side all of a sudden, altho, there’s still 30 league matches left then…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    A win would be fantastic and I think most people would be happy enough with the draw,as for a top six finish theres still a long way to go,I just dont know how Ashleys mind works,if were still doing well in January is he likely to splash the cash so that we can push on or will he say that were doing alright as it is and keep his hands in his pocket.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #4

    @3 > no matter what happens between now and January, whether we continue this cracking run of form, or drop a few points, i am fairly possitive that Ashley will look to invest in more players. I dont think he will go out and buy big names, however a few £3M frenchies and a couple of 36 year olds on a fr££ is probably on his mind. I am confident we will bring in at least one out-n-out striker and hopefully a defender or2!

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Is the pre-match presser today?

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6

    It will be little miracle if we beat Tottenham this Sunday but I love it !

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    ginkoh > if we told you at the start of the season that we would be unbeaten going into our 8th game and in a champions league position, would you say that a miracle would be needed for that?! It is the season of miracles my friend!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m not saying we *will* finish top 6, but with another win, the belief will spread further amongst fans. First you have to believe, in order for something to happen. I think the players know they’re capable, it’s now about rallying the fans, making us realise and putting the silly shenanigans behind us.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m going to SJP this weekend for this game. if we win watch the east stand, i’ll be the person spontaneously combusting 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Last season our home match against Spurs we should of won and we played very well however we are a very different beast now and they are a very settled one with a striker who is scoring with a smile (yes his fitness is a issue if you believe ‘arry but I dont trust him at all)

    Honestly I think we will lose (enter me getting slated) however it may well be a blessing as it will allow Pardew to introduce HBA, Santon and maybe Marv into the starting 11 without dramatically knocking players confidences

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  • brownrob

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Re: jail for Ashley

    I can see something similar to our Championship season, we got the likes of Simmo, Willo, Best + Routledge in, players we needed to keep us comfortable in 1st.

    Depending on where we are in Jan, if we are 5-7 then I can see one or two young value for money signings to come in to strengthen and consolidate, 8-14 then cant see anyone coming in as the players coming in wouldnt justify us financially, cant see us being in the bottom 5 come Jan.

    I think we are set for slow but steady improvement, how good would everton be if they actually didnt make a profit in a transfer window!

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  • derekm

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    With regard to Redknapp – he has had a bucketload of dosh to play with during his time at Spurs, a luxury he would never have enjoyed if he had come to the toon!

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  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m rather disappointed by the lack of belief that we can truly finish in the top 4 this season. We have the best central midfield paring in the league. two top central halves great attacking wingers and there’s santon marveux and Benny who haven’t even been unleashed. Think about it, we’re not even playing our best football yet we’re still unbeaten, by the time we fully gel and a team we’ll even be better. I predict we won’t loose more than 4 games this season and any team that only looses 4 games during an entire season will most likely finish in the top 4. Plus there’s even the likely hood that Ashley will add some reinforcement in January, Things will only get better. The team will only get better. Everyone must start believing in a top 4 finish. I’m sure the players are secretly aiming for that.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Wont lose more than 4 games this season? Thats ambitious and I would say rather unlikely

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  • Thump

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #15

    @derekm: Utter tosh mate. He’d have sold Shola and Smudge for £15m a piece haha

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    chiefone30 sorry to disagree but lose 4 games? We could lose 3 in November alone. We aren’t ManU or Man City so I think a realistic season would be 12-14 losses and middle 50’s in points. A good start is one thing but top 4 is another all together. I think Blackpool was 4th early in the season last year and got relegated! We are much stronger than them but nothing like what you are considering.

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  • ganiyu

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    expect one thing in the future is that nufc will sell some players and buy their cheaper replacements.

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  • Thump

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #18

    @GeordieTwo: I think that’s optimistic tbh mate. Remember that it would only take a striker to get injured for us to be up the creek.

    And yeah, Blackpool were riding high early last season as they were #1 at the end of the first match day if you remember.

    http://www.skysports.com/opinion/story/0,25212,12038_7225664,00.html

    Now this is a record we should be looking to keep up.

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  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #19

    @GeordieTwo, we won’t loose 3 games in November. The only team i’m slightly worried about in that 3 game stretch is Man u, we can beat Chelsea, and all our players will be pumped to play against Man city because of the Ben Arfa De Jong incident. I’ll go with maybe 1 loss 1 draw 1 win

    Blackpool where not 4th at this stage last year. I think they were around 6th or 7th and like you said this team is miles better than the Blackpool team of last year

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Beating Chelsea? Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal is one thing to aim for but Chelsea, City and Man Utd are much bigger ask

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s between us and Spurs for 4th place. We are more than capable of giving them a thumping on sunday.

    Vs Spurs in 4-1-3-1-1

    Krul.
    RTaylor, STaylor, Coloccini, Santon.
    Tiote.
    Guttierez, Cabaye, Marveaux.
    Ben Arfa.
    Best.

    Could give any team a game wii this line up!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Thump and WWJBD yes I think I’m being optimistic with the 12-14 losses. A lot will depend on injuries. An injury to Ba, Tiote, or Colo (especially Colo) would be a killer with our lack of depth. I would like to see us end with a record of 15 wins, 12 draws and 11 losses for 57 points. If the owner brought in a decent striker and centre back cover in January I think this would be achievable but we have to be realistic. chiefone30 if we get a win a draw and a loss against the big 3 I would be thrilled but don’t count your chickens yet.

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  • Thump

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah we definitely need extra bodies in defence. Does anybody know how long Willo is out for?

    Our problem isn’t so much with an issue of depth up front, it’s an issue of quality. If either Best or Ba get injured, we might be in trouble – I mean Shola is next in line and that’s only if he’s fit. (Otherwise it’s Lover…)

    I would love to finish with that record though, GeordieTwo, don’t get me wrong!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Spot on Thump. I think Willo is out for another 3-4 weeks. Originally they claimed 6 weeks but it looks like more now. Even when he returns he has his problems. and yes by lack of depth I mean lack of quality. Every team has 21-25 players in their squads but most have 10-11 quality players at best. We have some good quality but most of it is in midfield. Why did we let it end up this way? Why no replacement for Sol Campbell? Why give Shola a contract extension at his age? It’s all about the money of course.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #25

    GeordieTwo
    I would love that finish mate truely I would but those who are saying top 4 is achieveable are being unrealistic imo top 10 is the target and top 8 is a hope

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    I have to agree WWJBD. We have started well but the season is long and we lack quality in depth. I will continue to hope for a high finish but would be happy with anything above 10th. If we nipped a Europa league place I would be thrilled.

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  • stephen1971

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #27

    lol if we only lose 4 times i,m sure we,ll win the league, that would be a miracle, i would,nt be one bit suprised if we beat spurs then got beat off wigan, thats the toon for you, its not a good club to support if you have a heart condition lol

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  • boater

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Loosing only 4 games!? That’s title winning form, never mind 4th place. I’d be delighted if we picked up points away to stoke, fulham, everton, arsenal, spurs, liverpool- and that’s before you even look at chelsea, man utd, city home or away.

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  • boater

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    4 losses all season? Presumably away wins at Craven Cottage, Stoke, anfield, emirates, Goodison, white hart lane, etc, are merely a formality nowadays?

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  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    the way I see us playing we’ll draw a lot games loose very few, W19 D14 L5 perhaps? 71pts = top 4 finish

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  • colwell

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Abeid`s goals yesterday were awesome, watching the highlights his touch and skill are second to none. His 1st was from 30yds out off the bar and in his 2nd was a 360 degree turn and from 25yds top corner. He looks some player.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    @chiefone30
    Cmon man, be atleast a tiny bit realistic? That is some headless chicken thoughts right there to be honest with u. Typical carried away type thing.
    We are far too weak to in-depth to manage something like that and u know it. We’re not gonna be injury free all season.

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  • Weezertoon

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Howay lads, I know we’re doing well so far. A little luck and a lot of effort. But let’s not get carried away. We will not finish 4th. We should be happy with 9th or above. Don’t wanna kill the buzz, but i don’t want to see you all whinging when it happens saying ‘Typical Newcastle, Ashley Out’.

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  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #34

    @colwell any links to view the highlights?

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  • chiefone30

    Oct 13, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Our first loss of the season will come Nov 26th away to Man utd. Before then we’ll go 12 premiership games unbeaten, you read it here first!

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  • woodsee

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Said it on an earlier thread,stop Bale and you stop Spuds,get him clattered early doors oh and a 50,000 plus crowd as well

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37

    71points this season? Only 4 defeats? Christ fella

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Speed is threat to our defence.

    Colo, Rtaylor and even Simpson sometimes cant handle speed.

    Remb QPR captain “Ttrabt” our defence esp Colo cant handle him..running out of position and expose the defence..maybe we got to get alot of help from the midfield and attack to defence well.

    Hoping for a “lucky” win or a draw..

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    True, with the currently team we are still not strong enough.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    It is already a job very well done if we can keep improving from here this currently team

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