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Newcastle Made Big Progress In Last 12 Months – Tenerife Awaits

1:40 pm, Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 216 Comments

When you think back to Andy Carroll shockingly leaving Newcastle last January 31st – Newcastle have made some significant progress since that time.

Alan Pardew – great progress in last last 12 months

Andy hasn’t done too well at Liverpool in his first year there, but when he left Newcastle he had 11 league goals and looked to be the new face of the England team.

But it hasn’t turned out that way, and it hasn’t helped that Liverpool have not played to Andy’s strengths – which is what Newcastle United did.

It was good coaching from Chris Hughton that took advantage of Carroll’s ability in the air,  and his overall physical play in kind of beating up on the opposing center-backs.

We played Fulham at Craven Cottage on the Wednesday, a couple of days after Carroll had been sold,  and we were beaten 1-0,  and most of the players were still  upset at Carroll leaving the club, and the lads didn’t play well at all.

Carroll leaving is why we think Jose Enrique made up his mind to leave Newcastle, and Joey Barton held back on signing his new contract because of that  too – and in the end Newcastle withdrew their offer of a new contract to Barton in early June.

And in fact we lost Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in the summer, but this season Newcastle are a better side without those three very good players.

This is what Alan told the local press today on what has happened over the last year:

“You have to remember the environment we have created here in the last 12 months.” “Under the environment here Kevin Nolan did really well.”

“Joey Barton did really well – Jose Enrique did great for us.”  “But new players have come in and done well in the environment.”

“We’ve got an environment in which people can excel and do well.”  “Do we miss the players who have left?”

“Of course we do, we would love Enrique to be in the team, we would love Kev Nolan to be in and around the team and nicking us a goal – they were great players.”

“Now we have different players.” “We have Cabaye having a tremendous first season, Santon has found his feet and looks a real promising talent and a future Italian international, but we have to be on our guard.”

“We have had to work hard as staff.”   “Graham Carr, Mike, Derek and myself, and all my staff under me, John Carver downwards.”

“Everybody has done a terrific job.”  “We just need to keep it going, that’s the most important thing, you keep going because any kind of slip of concentration, it costs you.”

Newcastle have done just great since Alan arrived, and he’s turning out to be an excellent manager on Tyneside, and Alan quickly hired a top coaching staff, within a couple of months of the Londoner arriving at the club.

The news is that the lads are going away for about a four day break after the Fulham game, much like they did last year when they went to Portugal, and the destination this time is  Tenerife, and it’s for a team bonding trip and a sunshine break.

The average temperatures in the winter in Tenerife are 68°F to 72°F degrees (20°C – 22°C), so the weather hopefully will be a lot better than it was last year in Portugal when it was raining and damp.

Newcastle’s next game after tomorrow is at Brighton a week tomorrow, in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

It would be great if we can win our next two games.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours

216 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ponderous Pardew // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Nah, we don’t miss them.

  • 2 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Why anyone would want a break from this weather is beyond me 😉

  • 3 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    No mention from Pardew of us missing Barton.

  • 4 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    GG – I noticed that too mate, says a lot for what Pardew thinks of the lad does it 🙂

  • 5 GarageFlower // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Getting John Caver was a masterstroke by Alan Pardew.I have to pinch myself how well things are going and long may it continue!

  • 6 jayphoto // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    1 centre half in and i’d happily have the window slam shut! Can’t wait for february/March games! Cisse and Ba playing, Marveaux back fit (think he’s gonna be a huge player if he can get fit) Ben arfa getting better every game as he adapts, same with Santon! If we can keep our players fit and at the club theres no reason an optimistic push for 5th is out of the question!

  • 7 GarageFlower // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Carver oops!

  • 8 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    JackButler, probably as Pardew enjoys having something to say in the dressing room now that Barton is gone.

  • 9 jayphoto // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    we’re not missing Barton at all! He creates negativity wherever he goes! Hes a talented lad, but can anyone say, in the 4 years he was at the club, all we had to show for it really was 5.8m lost in transfer fee, 60k a week lost in wages, the clubs name constantly dragged thru the mud and perhaps 25 good first team performances!

  • 10 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    It’s strange to see that out four of better players that left on Jose is performing anything like we new he could.
    Barton has been quiet poor, Carrol seems totally lost and Nolan is slumming it in the Championship. The money may be better but the grass is definitely not greener from a footballing point of view

  • 11 martoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Presumably they are not expecting to sell anybody if they are all going away (or buy if Pardew is also away).

  • 12 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    martoon – Pardew does not have to be present for deals to take place and anyway its only a two hour flight in skinny Mike private jet

  • 13 OoAhDembaBa // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I have a question to raise, it’s opinion based but id just like to get people’s view points

    As we are finivacially wary and sound nowadays thanks to the efforts of Ashley as well as the income generated from players over the seasons would you keep the current stature and foundation we current have in charge with Ashley in charge being wary of his money and using it for success and proving to be influential with outcomes SMS not fork out these 20 odd million bids for players OR

    Let’s say Sit Richard Branson wanted to buy the club and would fork out larger sums of money in transfer windows etc under the current managerial team in place as well as the current scouting network we have.

    It’s just a thought and was seeking people’s views aboit it

  • 14 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    That was a cause for great delight on Tyneside, but O’Neill said: “News was filtering through here that he had turned us down – I’m afraid we hadn’t made any enquires for the player at all. Good as he is, we hadn’t done so.”

    On the prospect of closing the gap to the high-flying Magpies, O’Neill admits his side are focusing on their own battles rather than what their neighbours are doing.

    He said: “Newcastle are doing brilliantly and of course, that might not please every Sunderland fan – it might not please any of them – but we can’t do anything about it at the moment.

    “We have to look after ourselves, and we will try to do that as best we can in the next couple of months.”

  • 15 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    OoAhDembaBa – Like him or loathe him, Ashley’s plans are working. We’re 7th in the league, paying good money in wages and transfer fee’s but not being held to ransom or signing primadona’s that want massive money but have not passion for the shirt they wear.

    If there was more communication between the club and the fans and no more players were sold for profit purposes, I think most people would be happy with Ashley at the helm.

  • 16 Rowan Milsted // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Bloody ‘eck Ed, I pop down the train station to buy a ticket to London (I’ll be at the Fulham VS Nufc game, can’t wait) and there are 2 new threads! The man’s on fire!

    re Perch, I’ve never thought he was good enough but someone pointed out to me the other day that he has potential as a CDM. They may be right. Obviously Pards sees something in him, and those comments he made were really good to read. Sounds like a committed Toon player, and that’s all we really ask. Hopefully he’ll improve over the next few months, if not then I wouldn’t be surprised if we sold him in the summer.

    @ JackButler

    Spot on. More communication, less Llambias and no more top players sold, eg Tiote, Krul, Colo etc, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find a Nufc fan who still hates him!

  • 17 alec6247toon // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I personally think that the way MA is running the club at the moment, is the way every other club will end up doing over the next 10 years. Football is evolving, and clubs are beginning to have to be self sufficient. The financial fair play rules come into effect next season, and that is going to damage a lot of the ‘bigger’ clubs all across Europe. The only way that clubs can go is become more self sufficient, and we are leading the way to do it, so I say keep going the way were going, it’s working for us. Why fix something that isn’t broke?

  • 18 ToonDownSouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM


    We’re 6th mate 😉

    *Pinches self*

  • 19 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM


    🙂 So we are 🙂

  • 20 Rowan Milsted // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    @ alec6247toon

    Yeah I fully expect all PL clubs to adopt a ‘buy young and cheap’ philosophy, battle to keep their wage bills down and even possibly consider selling their stadium naming rights. I think it’s the way modern football is headed, and it’s nice to see Newcastle at the forefront of that (bar the bloody stadium name). As I’ve said before, I just hope to see a balance – eg not being a selling club for years to come. The way we’re going there’s no reason to presume we will be. I just want to get out of January without losing a great player or a fan’s favourite. After all, Llambias said that selling the naming rights would prevent us from having to continually sell top players, so I’ll be disappointed if we do both.

  • 21 ToonDownSouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Does anyone actually believe UEFA are going to enforce the ‘fair play’ rules?

    Seriously, like UEFA are going to tell some of the biggest clubs in Europe that they can’t enter. That’s how UEFA make their money!

  • 22 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Mark Schwarzer, Moussa Dembele and Orlando Sa all out of Fulham game

  • 23 Zebras4Life // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    If Tiote leaves at $25m+. Shaqiri ($10m), Cisse ($9m), Cloyne ($2m) and mbiwa($5m) in. That about balances the books and I would be in much favor of seeing something like that. Jonas, Guthrie, Abeid, and Gosling all have ample ability to fill the void in the middle. Thoughts?

  • 24 ToonDownSouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM


    To be fair we haven’t actually managed to sell the naming rights yet – as far as we know anyway

  • 25 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    TDS – I think it takes around four years for all the rules to come into effect as they are being implemented bit by bit, but according to one sports financial expert, there are dozens of loop holes that clubs will be able to work around, which he states makes the rules pointless

  • 26 Rowan Milsted // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    @ TDS

    True. Getting ahead of myself there! So what exactly is going on there? I assumed Virgin Money would get it. Hope it’s not a devious ploy to take Sports Direct on for the foreseeable future.

  • 27 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Nightfa11 – I genuinely believe MoN when he says they didn’t even try bidding for Cisse – the player himself said he turned down ‘Bigger Clubs’ to come to Newcastle. That DEFINITELY puts the unwashed way down his travelling plans. The only reason Cisse would turn up at 5under1and would be to ask how to get back on the A1 northbound.

  • 28 Rowan Milsted // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    @ JackButler

    Like Man City have you mean? With that ridiculous £400M they managed to get. You’re probably right, teams will exploit all the loopholes. UEFA will have to put their feet down firmly.

  • 29 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Zebras4Life – Shaqiri would be closer to 20mil if not over 20mil. all the top clubs in Europe are monitoring him.

    I cant see Ashley paying out 10mil on Cisse to take us forward only to sell an established player which would take us backwards.

    Come the summer I think there will be quiet a few fringe players leaving which will free up money on wages and generate some money on transfer fee’s

  • 30 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Strong rumours linking us with Samba and Reece williams

  • 31 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    UEFA have to be seen to be doing something but at the same time they are worried about a break away European League, so it’s a case of telling the world that they are doing something but in fact nothing much will change

  • 32 Rowan Milsted // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Off to work. Hoping for all 3 points tomorrow, howay the lads!

  • 33 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Jack / TDS –

    We are actually joint 5th guys :p

    “pinch yourselves”


  • 34 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Toon_Tom – I’m black n’ Blue from pinching myself so much 🙂

  • 35 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    haha me2 – i have had to up my Valium doseage by 100% just to be able to sleep at night!!!!!!

  • 36 Sgt. Heagerty // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    When the silver fox arrived as just Alan pardew 12 months ago, I, as well as 90% of the toon army was pissed. Hughton had just been sacked unceramoniasly and shortly after Ashley sold our top player, a Geordie center forward the pride of tyneside. We were at rock bottom. Nobody wanted pardew and every key wanted Ashley gone. But we were all wrong and I’m man enough to admit it. Ashley has made mistakes but sacking hughton and bringing I’n pardew was not one of em. Pardew can take us where hughton couldn’t. Hughton will turn out to be a great manager and will alwYs have love from us but he didn’t have he experience. Pards has experience, tactics, man management, he doesn’t let players run him over they know he is the gaffer and so does Ashley for that matter. As for Ashley he has saved our club. I hate to admit it but he has. We were on the brink of financial collapse thanks to Freddie Shepard. Ashley has balanced the books and has let Pards and graham Carr build us a top 6 side and he deserves Alot of the credit. I am only 28 and fell I’n love with the toon back I’n 2004 so I never got to see the European nights at sjp. When a little Iraqi kid introduced me to the toon we were already sliding down. This is by far the best year of my life seeing the toon doing this well. I know 8 years isn’t along time supporting the toon but it has to prove my loyalty since most of those 8 years have been tough to deal with and included a relegation. Anyways we need to show mike Ashley all the support the too. Army has so he will continue to build our club. Same with Pards Hwtl

  • 37 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty – that is quite an emotional post mate and well written.

    I have to agree that I was part of the MA lynch-mob last year, but i can see what he has been trying to achieve now and he has put us on an excellent finiancial level and Pards is creating a historic team!!!!


  • 38 Itoons // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    This is great, only live 40 min away from tenerife, gonna hope on a plane and go find them 🙂

  • 39 Sgt. Heagerty // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I see the unwashed are trying to say they weren’t I’n for our number 9 to try and save face…. Laughable….. What’s the latest news mates?

  • 40 rwpoynter // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Ashley has always been an enigma to me. One has to ask why a successful businessman would want to buy a struggling premier league club? The few successful ones usually have a big ‘sugar daddy’ (Chelsea, Man City etc:) for whom money is no object, but Mike is not one of those. Did he want to prove to the world that he could run a successful team without spending obscene sums, which would satisfy his ego as a businessman? Did he just want a club as a plaything? Was he just football mad and wanted to be part of the huge media hype and razzamatazz, which would bring as a side effect free publicity to his existing businesses? There could be an answer ,yes, to all of these. But if he really wants the yes to be to the first question, then if he pulls this one off, and the signs are good if he doesn’t ruin it by selling any of our best players for a big sum, then it could just be that the prize of Platini’s or Blattners jobs in FIFA could come his way in a few years. Football has come a long way since the removal of the maximum wage, but has gone hideously over the top in the opposite direction. The real question is what does Mike want to do? Does he want to recover his losses asap as he made a mistake in getting involved in the first place, or does he want to take the long term view and sell the club for a huge profit once his policies have made it very successful which means winning something (or several somethings). I sincerely hope it’s the latter because if he does this ‘bete noir’ will become the toast of the town(or should I say toon).

  • 41 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    All the issues with Ashley could have been avoided if only he or the club offered more communication, the media and fan blackout leaves so many unanswered questions which quickly become negative rumours that split the fans.

  • 42 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty – Just more rumours and speculation regarding Rhys Williams and M’Biwa, also one news paper is saying we have gone back in for Tomkins with a 5mil offer

  • 43 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Pardews just a grinning frontman Carver and stone are the brains pardew didnt even know we were signing Cisse and he thinks HBA is a defender instead of the most gifted player at the club who can turn a game in an instant old pardew worries about him tracking back good job Ginola and robert arent at the club as they’d be on the bench as well!

  • 44 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    planb – See you still haven’t managed to get a grip?

  • 45 dmac // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    If we all just ignore plan b he may go away

  • 46 Jimay // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    See ya there mates!

  • 47 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    planb – You sooo fuuuunnyyyy! You crack me up the way you wind everyone up its ingenious. I just hope you don’t somehow end up being right that’s all.

  • 48 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Pardew the guy who had Tevez and macherano on the bench when westham were struggling yeah hes a top manager alright hes only used to championship players he cant handle big players.

  • 49 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    planb stop please my sides……

  • 50 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Looks like you’ve cleared the room mate.

  • 51 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Winnings not in pardews DNA hes a nearly man as player and a manager time will tell

  • 52 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Planb your really are a numpty your the only puppet round here

  • 53 Yohan4 // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Plan B- if you cant be happy with the manager when things are going so well there is something seriously wrong or are you have just for arguments or to try and tke the gloss of the good felling around the blog?

  • 54 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    planb – i agree with your comments on Carver & Stone – however once they do their homework and help bring in the players, it is then up to Pardew to man-manage these guys and give OUR team their winning mentality.

    To go on a mad run of games unbeaten at the start of the season, to boss Man Utd and win 3-0 takes a tactical genius!!!

    He is doing a grand job so stop your wining and bad attitude and get behind the team……. unless ofcourse you are a mackem??? i am still 50-50 on that!

  • 55 cyprus // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    I don’t take sides in this stuff but his points are legit, why the bullying? Respond with stats or whatever, not with abuse.

  • 56 Yohan4 // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Tsunki – oh i see, thought it would be something along those lines. well im off have a good in!

  • 57 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    If Fulham turn us over all the happy clappers on here will be on moaning about pardews selections the hypocrites they dance till dawn because we sign a striker but when it goes tits up they cry like nuftas and phoney outrage!

  • 58 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    also planb – can you see Tiote’s face in the banner at the top of the page????

    = That is his reaction to all your comments! Beware of the Tank my friend!

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    51planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Winnings not in pardews DNA hes a nearly man as player and a manager time will tell
    @ cyprus how is that a legitement point? You dont get to 6th in the league by losing games P21 W10 D6 L5 hows that a losing mentality??
    Also scroll over his posts over tge last few months he doesnt make ANY valid points just bad jokes support the team dont drag them down

  • 60 Tiote4PM // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Real concerns that Tiote will be leaving. Looked over all Pards comments in recent weeks and he is talking about Cabaye being a strength and being on guard.

    Tiote not mentioned once.

    Will be gutted to see him leave as on his game he is unbeatable.

  • 61 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Where’s the stat in saying Pards thinks Ben Arfa is a defender? Maybe he realises that HBA will be another nearly legend like Robert (and I liked him) who hardly ever tracked back. (except against Arsenal when the non-flying dutchamn got him sent off). To me it looks like he is tryiing to get the best out of the lad so he doesn’t end up nearly good instead of fantastic all round. I dont think he will start him agaiinst Fulham either, and y’know what – he will be right not to, it’s not the game for him to start. We are away at a tough mob so we will field the big lads I dare say and repel all invaders, maybe nick one. I expect to lose all the same but it won’t make me phone Cisse up and tell him not to bother coming over we aren’t winning any more.

  • 62 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Tiote4PM – Tiote wont leave this month now so dont worry, we will have his services for at least another 6months to help guide us into Europe, and if he goes in the summer we will have to sort out a worthy replacement or someone else will step up.

  • 63 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    planb you are like a brokn record, your posts are boring and your clearly a mackem scum.

    How was school today btw?

  • 64 cyprus // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Agree about @51. I meant 43 + 48. Yes, it can’t be denied that he hasn’t got much PL on his CV and he’s learning how to deal with superstars. This doesn’t mean he won’t succeed of course. That’s why I said his points are legit… Anyway, not here to defend anyone, it’s just that it’s easier (for me as well) to insult rather than respond with good points.

  • 65 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Tendo your a sack so i wouldnt worry to much about your mutterings just because i dont buy into this hysterial crap that pardews the messiah whats he ever done? hes 50years old never won a cup of any merit the easily pleased like yourself might buy into all that drivel but until he wins something im a cynic!

  • 66 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    planb – So if we finished 5th/6th this season wouldn’t that be a massive achievement for Pardew and the lads?

    We obv won’t win the league, so if we have a decent cup run and finish high up in the table wouldn’t that please you, without any silver in the cabnet????

  • 67 Zebras4Life // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Zebras4Life – Shaqiri would be closer to 20mil if not over 20mil. all the top clubs in Europe are monitoring him.

    Fair enough – a couple of articles suggested $10M but I believe it to be higher too.

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    PlanB you do realise that Newcastle United have not won a major trophy since 1969? I for one hope that Pardew is the man to change that, but even the late great SBR couldn’t win a major trophy at the Toon and he is a legend. I for one won’t be judging Pards on whether we win the FA cup or whatever, but whether he takes us forward as a club. And at the moment he has done that in his first 13 months in charge we have rocketed from relegation candidates/mid table team to European contenders and top half team on merit so give the guy a break

  • 69 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Ruddy – totally agree, see my response to mr PlanB (#66) and we are basically stating the same thing to him!

    good reply!

  • 70 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    jesus christ you are a cynic…just keep it to yoursel, nobody on this blog wants to hear from you. You don’t have anything but negative things to say so just leave off it. If you don’t buy into it all why do you keep coming on here? No one had said Pardew is the Messiah but he has done a great job….you are clearly not an NUFC fan

  • 71 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Jeez if Ashley was to read the posts on here. He’d be having sex wee’s in his pants.

    Can someone tell me how to spell Tw@ correctly? Is it P.L.A.N.B. ?

  • 72 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Toon_Tom great minds think alike I’d say 😉 haha

  • 73 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Indeed > “I was about to say the same thing” 😉

    (did you see what i did there) haha 🙂

  • 74 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Some people are just more cynical than others, they find it harder to find joy in things that are happening at the club and that is sad that they cannot enjoy this period of development like the rest of us. Instead of slating him perhaps we should be asking planB why he is so sad? Were you not loved enough as a child? 😛

  • 75 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Aha Toon_Tom your wit is not lost on me!

  • 76 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Ruddy – that made me laugh. He is still a child so the question is just are you not loved?

  • 77 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    A 5th or 6th finish would be a brilliant achievement, but will it be built upon thats the 64 dollar question has pardew got staying power all his previous history shows flashes of greatness followed by catastrophe or Boom and bust. I would love him to succeed he doesnt look the part of a winner.

  • 78 Toon_Tom // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Ruddy –

    I think he is simply Sunderland in disguise. Not a mackem, not a sad nufc fan, not an arrogant young school kid ………. but simply SAFC in human form.

    As i have previously stated, Tiote’s face in the banner at the top of the page is directed towards planB, so we dont have to worry, the TANK will sort him out!

  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    @GG thats how im gonna spell it from now on mate that blokes such a b3ll end cant believe that if a manger hant won a league/trophy by the time there 50 then there career is over and they are just a puppet never heard any1 spout so much sh1te!! He makes brutoons shola bashing sound like logical conversations!!!!

  • 80 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous @ 74, it’s probably because he’s 5,3 weighs in at 7stone, Got a bad case of acne, goofy teeth, inch thick glasses, wears an anorak and the keyboard is the only thing that he can bully.

  • 81 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Don’t get me started on Shola…lol

  • 82 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Planb why are you basing an opinion of him based on something that may or may not happen in the future! Ffs man just enjoy the good times while they last every club has its ups and downs man we have had plenty of downs over the past few years niw it looks like were building a top class outfit and we couldnt of done that with out a good man manager like pards has turned out to be (think most of us thought he would flop) sometimes he gets tactics wrong all managers do but he always makes big changes at half time and 9/10 times it works for us you dont just win a league title you buikd a squad and earn it

  • 83 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    PlanB that made no sense whatsoever.

  • 84 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Here we go……

    Anyway, the title of this post is a stat, isnt it? If you look at the facts, we have made severe progress this year, and those who were rolling in pessimism (including me) at the start of the season are now enjoying the digestion of all those lovely statty facts n figures that say ‘Wahayyyy – 6th!’

  • 85 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Oh and GG that made me chuckle 😀

  • 86 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Tsunki…”Wahayyyy – Joint 5th!” 😉

  • 87 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    toonarmydownsouth you seem like a football knowledge wasteland do you jump about like an imbecile when we win a corner or a throw in? what a plug it must be like Disneyland in your head try time sharing it with an idiot
    Planb and your basing my football knowledge on wat? Cos based on your opinions about football if thats what you can call tgem shows you know littl to sweet f**k all about football or about wat newcastle are trying to build

  • 88 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Ha ha – you’re right joint 5th, see I slipped up on me stats there 🙂

  • 89 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The negatives have been proved to be positives and if you are 58 years old like me and have dispaired at the ineptitute of our leaders it is becomingevident even though I may not get a ++++++ on about it that we are indeed a top and big club. THANK GOD
    It looks like sanity is returning to our world and silly boy’s can be told to not be so silly and not go into a tantrum.
    Its only football after all, but I suppose I may leave this world one day in a state of glorious ignorance and underachievement if we achieve. .

  • 90 Toonboy_84 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Is it that time of the month again is it planb?

  • 91 ToonIcon // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    so lads after yesterdays hillarious 12m baines transfer (still laughing now ) whats todays big twitter signing ??

  • 92 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Rabid defence of Pardew? Well he has done an excellent job since becoming manager. He has managed a difficult period of players leaving and new players coming in and he has been able to, as he put it, “create an environment where players can excel”, and they have done. We are not level on points with Arsenal and ahead of Liverpool because we are lucky, or because we are a bad team, we are there on merit. I am proud of what we are trying to achieve here at this club, I am proud of each and every one of the lads that pull on the shirt for us, I am proud of the staff here who help our manager try and achieve what he is setting out to build for us the fans, and I am proud of Alan Pardew and what he has done so far since becoming our manager. And lastly I am proud to call myself a fan of NUFC. Just let the cynicism go and be proud of your club.

  • 93 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    94planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    ITUNDERASHELL and it took you 58years to reach that conclusion no wonder we havent won a cup for 43years
    U make NO SENSE such a tool

  • 94 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous, Hear hear.

  • 95 ToonIcon // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    well said Ruddy

  • 96 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Well said ruddy

  • 97 planb // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous Thanks for that rousing tirade i seem to remember Gordon brown making the same sort of defense of his useless term in office just before he was kicked out!

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Planb you have to be the only toon fan in the world who wants are manger to do badly wats wrong with ya? Mackem

  • 99 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Seriously, i think the only way to stop the cretin that is planb…..just ignore his posts. If we don’t acknowledge him….maybe the little school kid will go away (fingers crossed)

  • 100 Dannyo // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    planb = Mackem scum

    Don’t worry tho lads, at 5 o’clock he won’t be commenting anymore. He goes to bed then.

  • 101 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    PlanB I have no plans to rouse you with my “tirade” as you so aptly put it. I am merely stating how proud of my club I am. If you’re not proud of the club just because we aren’t competing for the league and aren’t challenging for trophies then that is entirely your call, however it is also our call if we want to be happy with how things are going. You have no right to be telling fans that we have no right to be happy with how things are going. Who do you think you are?

  • 102 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Guys….don’t know or care what yers are arguing about, BUT every time i come on this blog now its poisoned by petty arguments, more often than not that drift past anything to do NUFC. Dont get me wrong, nothing wrong with a debate, i enjoy it, but all this name-calling – its like schoolboy stuff like, very little debate! a request from me and probably a few others, even if you get wound up by some tool, try not to kick off, just ignore it, but please…. – PACK IT IN

  • 103 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    PARDEW has done exceptionally well, but some of decisions have been lets put it mildly POOR

  • 104 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    oh, and has anyone ard anything from craigcoozy? he used to be the guy in the know but not seen or heard from him in ages, heard he had to stop posting….he been back on at all in this window?

  • 105 Level 7 Hero // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I cannot understand how anybody can fail to absolutly delighted with where we are in the league, and the players we currently have in the team.

    Pardew wasn’t the fashionable manager of choice, I wasn’t excited by him, but howay, no one surely can say a word against him at the minute. If we lose against Fulham I’ll be disappointed, but I don’t expect to go there and win by any means. We arn’t Tottenham or Man Utd quite yet. If we finish 7th it will be amazing, the best of the rest. Fulham v Newcastle is till a Premier League MID TABLE clash. We’ll do well to win with Demba, Demba and Cheik out.

    If we were hovering around 8th and 9th all season, then got 7th and Europe on the last day of the season the buzz would be unreal, but just coz we’ve been doing well alll season, comfortably top 7, people actually think we should be doing better, unreal.

    Concerning Ben Arfa, I don’t know how people can questions Pardews judgement with not starting him, especially when we’re winning. He has talent, but against QPR it was obvious his workrate is not there yet, we cant just have 10 strikers on the pitch, in a 442 every midfielder has to work, Ben Arfa would suit 451 more. I dont like Shola like, but if Pardew trusts him to start, I trust Pardew.

    Lastly, if Cheik goes, I like Mohammed Diame of Wigan, probs an unfashonable choice again!

  • 106 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    @roblee7 dont think he has mate

  • 107 nufcfoxy // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Dannyo – 5 o clock is mackem incest time. hes having his sister with his mother for desert haha

  • 108 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Diame is an animal, maybe not as natural a footballer as Cheick is, but his workrate and ball winning abilities are immense. Would rather keep Cheick though 😛

  • 109 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Level7 aye would love diame here

  • 110 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Nufcfoxy @ 112

    Not done

  • 111 RobertNufc25 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Neil Warnock saying I talk to much. Now that is funny #mikebassett
    11 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    If I talked about Neil, he’d do well to get another job. Twitter cost him his job???? I can think of a million other things! #shutitwarnock
    8 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Looking forward to the game against Wigan tomo. 1st time in a while we actually have a plan and seem organised. #3ptsneeded
    7 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Some how I dont think Barton will ever change like…

  • 112 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    level 7 hero – agreed on all – even the diame suggestion. not reckon krankjaer (wrong spelling i think) would be a nice player for us? certainly a ‘on the floor’ type player, could link up nicely with Cabaye, Arfa, Ba, etc?

    Also, I’d take Jelavic from Rangers, even with Cisse…coz remember, Lovenkrands is off in summer. iv been impressed each time iv seen him play and cheap coz rangers need funds big time

  • 113 nufcfoxy // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    planb – that wasn’t me and my ‘dog’ that was your mother and brother, should have went to specsavers mate.

  • 114 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    if tiote goes we should go for XAKHA

  • 115 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    toonarmydownsouth….thats a shame….honestly, iv been reading this blog for around 3-4 years and in all that time I think he’s the only one who’s ever had anything genuine to say on rumours…he knew about quite a few signings like

  • 116 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    @117 think bartons just proved warnocks point he really is a vile little thug who rates himself much higher than any1 would ever rate joey thinks he something special but in truth he just a c**t

  • 117 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    indianmag….sorry, who’s Xakha? what you think on Diame / Krankjaer suggestions???

  • 118 RobertNufc25 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I actually really liked him when he was here,but thank f*** he’s embarrasing somebody else

  • 119 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Thank the Lord that the vile cretin that is Joey Barton is no longer associated with our great club. Anyone who misses him as a “personality” at our club should perhaps review their defence of this fantastic role model.

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    @roblee7 aye he was normally spot on maybe he got in trouble with the club

  • 121 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    if Tiote goes, we’ve already got a replacement….Smith! Haha, only messin, shame he’s garbage like coz back in the day he was some player

  • 122 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    toonarmydownsouth….i seem to remember him saying something like he can’t come on anymore coz of something like that. surely he could of just changed his name though….HOLD ON….unless he has?! COOOOOZZZYYYYY…..ARE YOU OUT THERE????

  • 123 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Granit Xhaka, of BASEL, 19 year old midfielder, dont know much abt diame, never paid Much attention, Kranjcar, is not like for like

  • 124 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    A man goes into a bar.
    Customer. “I’d like a glath of whithky barman.”
    Barman. “What thort of whithky would you like thir?”
    Customer. “Hey! Are you taking the pith?”
    Barman. “No thir. I alwayth thpeak like thith.”
    Customer. “well thatth all right. I’ll have a large thingel malt.”
    Barman “right you are thir.” ……. “There you go thir.”
    A second man comes into the bar.
    Second customer. “I’d like a gin and tonic.”
    Barman. “Righty oh sir, straight away.”
    First customer. “Hey you! come here!”
    Barman. “Yeth thir?”
    First customer. I thought you thaid you weren’t taking the pithout of me?”
    Barman in a whisper. “I’m not thir. I’m takeing the pith out of him.”

  • 125 RobertNufc25 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Very disrespectful comments about Warnock like..

    After Warnock taking him to Qpr.

  • 126 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    @roblee granite xakha is a young midfielder?
    Plays fir FC basel
    @robertnufc yeah you read what hes spouting and just think thank f**k he doesnt play for us anymore also seeing that snappy ott iutburst makes me think warnock was right bout joey helping him out the door seems like a right weasel now

  • 127 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    We last won anything of any great importance in 1955 which is 57 years ago by my reckoning although l did see the toon win the matches against Rangers and Ujpest Dosa in 1969, I stood on the stands in the Leazes end, the bit to the left as you walk onto the pitch.
    The people in those day’s before Thatcher decided we were individuals and not a community were good, we did not own much debt and we generally respected other peoples views even if we did not agree with them as long as they did no harm to the majority.
    That collective spirit when missing allows vultures to rule as we see at the moment with the banks and politicians, it also allows some people a platform to abuse others as is the case on this blog.
    Not a great sign of our intentions to unite behind the TOON is it lads.

  • 128 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    indianmag, i dont mean krankjaer as replacement for tiote, just mean as cover on wings….never gunna happen like. So this Xhaka is pretty good then? Basle have some quality at the mo like

  • 129 Tsunki // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Have you noticed that Tiote for one reason or another hasn’t been as ever – present lately, and lots of midfielders are getting a runout, to no real detriment of the team. Tiote is a very good player, but he is already replaceable. I for one wouldn’t be too heartbroken if he moved on, we would manage ok. Maybe get someone who does a little better in finding a decisive pass straightaway?

  • 130 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Bet warnock regrets signig the little git now!!!!

  • 131 nufcfoxy // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    lads who you think will be out next new signing?

  • 132 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    ITUNDERASHELL – well said, its embarrassin this blog at times! just hope no mackems read it….doesnt look good like! 😉

  • 133 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    nufcfoxy….i think we can’t guess anymore like in the past….the signings just seem to come totally out of the blue!! would love Cissokho myself

  • 134 Dannyo // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Aaaaand planb is gone, what’d i tell ya 😉

    And the Joey Barton comments. I’m LOVING that we got rid, absolutely LOVING it. The man is just a giant upset waiting to happen.

  • 135 Dannyo // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Impossible to tell mate, recent transfer tells us that nufc is excellent at holding their cards close to their chests.
    Only one i can figure out that the press knew about is Maiga, and we didn’t sign him in the end…
    A CB will be our signing, i’m hoping or Mbiwa personally, but in Carr we trust 😉

  • 136 nufcfoxy // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    yeah same Rob. looks the business. fits the bill but i also like simpson. wish he would sign a new contract. i think once pardrew has done all the deals he should sit down and start dishing out new contracts to ba and co. what yous think?

  • 137 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    i reckon we should put in a cheaky bid for Torres 5 mil or so should do it i reckon 🙂

  • 138 GeordieGesus // Jan 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Dannyo, don’t wait he’ll be back as soon as he’s put money into his bedsit electric meter.

  • 139 nufcfoxy // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Dannyo – Yeah I really like Graham Carr he knows his players, hard to believe that’s Alan Carr’s Dad.. I think there will be no more big signings but young with potential. which I don’t mind but I also like to see players that push 1st team football from day 1.

  • 140 achtoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    According to planb logic gullit daglish and souness have been our best managers as they had a history of winning trophys were as keegan and pardew are the worst as they havent won anything as managers

  • 141 Dannyo // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Hehe, ye, but both Carrs are good at what they do imo, Alan Carr cracks me up 😉
    On the defender, Pardew was quoted yesterday on talksport and today in the journal. Both seemed different interviews.
    He said we are DEFFO getting a CB, and one who could slot straight in if need be. They have their eyes on one he said, a very, very good one.

    So we’ll see, but yes, i’d like to think it’d be a young one, perhaps 20-22. Mbiwa is 22 i belive 😉

  • 142 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    nufcfoxy – yeah, i think the contracts situation is as important as any signings to be honest. Primarily, get Colo n Ba contracts sorted out ASAP….then yes, Simpson, dont think he’s a world beater but is decent…reminds me a bit of an Aaron Hughes / Andy Griffin / Steve Watson type…even if we signed new right back, Simmo would be great backup. After that, CB please…not many out there that i can think of would be good value. If I could get anyone, obvious choice would be Samba, but also would take any out of Bassong, Alex, would even love Distin back!! That guy Vertoengen (think thats how spell it) from Ajax, would be me number one choice though….think 10 mil would do it but cant see that either….any other ideas??

  • 143 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    As I read some posts on the previous threads, I saw many people keep asking where have the naming right money, AC money, Virgin money has gone to?. who gives the Sh!t, we are doing well as a team and in transfer market. Stop asking questions which you will never get answer.

  • 144 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    i say get Phillippe Albert out of retirement 😉

  • 145 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    redondo77 – i hear that, i’m so sick of hearing about the ‘Andy Carrol money’ and we’ve onl spent this much of the ‘Andy Carroll money’. Surely fans should know by now that we won’t be spending beyond our means which is very sensible. And the other day proved that if a quality player becomes available….they will spend the cash

  • 146 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I hope Perch don’t start tomorow

  • 147 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM


    Those negative questions are really anoyed me, heheheh. It’s like they are trying to provoke people to be negative.

  • 148 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Redondo77 – i Hope no shola Please, nt even in the 18

  • 149 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Indian Magpie

    I actually don’t mind Shola hehehe. As long as he doesn’t play the whole game, he doesn’t have the stamina, but he did well last time, he gave it all his best for 60-70mins after that it’s like he almost collapse.

  • 150 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    yeah i think you’re right. It is annoying…just like planb, at least he’s gone to bed now

  • 151 Indian Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    BACK 5

    Taylor (Gosling) Guthrie
    HBA Jonas Vuckic

  • 152 davybtoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    team v fulham
    simpson willo colo santon
    ben arfa guthrie abeid jonas
    best shola

    but gotta feeling rtaylor will start instead of abeid or drop shola put ben arfa off the striker n put rtaylor ryt wing

    if we want to win ben arfa has to start

  • 153 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Anyone seen Bartons latest tweets???

    Glad the Muppet isn’t our problem anymore

  • 154 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    just watching the man u game on sky plus, i can’t delete it! 🙂 made me think, would you swap their forward line n midfield for ours? I honestly don’t think I would, especially now we have Cisse! Think ours is as good as most of prem outside of top 4 tbh, think only man city and perhaps spurs r better….

  • 155 davybtoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    jb thats why we let him leave for free hes a muppet

  • 156 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    davybtoon – Why anyone would bring him into their club is beyond me tbh. Talk about someone destabilising the dressing room. Glad we got shot of him

  • 157 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I find it difficult to understand the mentality of some people although i do make allowances for those who are disabled in someway.
    I work with children with emotional and behavioural problems and you would not believe the lives these poor children have to endure and make me endure supporting them, they are full of hate and jealousy and deeply bitter and full of envy for what they don’t know.
    I will help you if you ever want my help because i am a human being and respond to deep pain and suffering in others.
    You must however meet me half way and wish to be helped, you may have heard the old but very true saying, you can lead a mackum to water but you cannot get the critter to drink.
    Even if you are not a mackum and are suffering from these heavy loads I think you certainly need some help. I can help you and guide you towards psychological treatment, if you leave your details with Ed and I will do my best to help you.

  • 158 ToonIcon // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    wouldnt swap our midfield or forwards for the spuds our forwards definitley better parker/modric vs tiote/cabaye i’d take our two centre lads as well

  • 159 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    ITUNDERASHELL….if you dont mind me asking, where do you work? I’ve just cam out of the Merchant Navy and want to do an MA in Social Work but need 3 months experience so I can apply….I would love to help those less fortunate in society, especially kids, some people just dont know they’re born!

  • 160 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    It could be like this :
    Best never play the whole game, so probably for 70mins and then Shola for 20mins

  • 161 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM



  • 162 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    When warnock was talking about tweets i assumed he meant what Fernades said ‘ no one’s job is safe’ somehting along those lines anyway. He doesn’t mention Joey once but now he is slating Warnock….looks like someone has a guilty consience

  • 163 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    toonicon….id probs swap our wingers for theirs like….obertan/lennon gutierez/bale cant really count ben arfa in their yet like coz still dont know if he’s gunna be a winger or not

  • 164 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    or maybe i’m wrong and he did mean barton…

  • 165 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    is HBA play better as free-role?

  • 166 RobertNufc25 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    I officially lost the last bit of respect I had for Joey Barton today.

    Hope they go down & he ends up playing for some other second rate club.

    Rant over. 😉

  • 167 -Tendo- // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    RobertNufc25 – have to agree with that. His tweets were annoying but always respected him….but he’s jsut childish.

    Just had a thought….anyone reckon planb is Barton?

  • 168 JackButler // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Mark Hughes will kick Barton from one end of London to the other, he will not tolerate his captain acting like that. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke

  • 169 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I can’t see we are playing 2 up front next game especially away. QPR game we started as 442 then Best switched to left flank and we got better. QPR game as 442 we almost conceded number of goals.

  • 170 toonpanda18 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    wont their minds still be on holiday at the brighton game.
    bad idea i think

  • 171 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Roblee7, the thing for you would be to join an ageny, there are many off them in Newcastle and work for them for a short period before you decide to go fulltime.
    Be aware though society does not generally speaking look after children in care properly and you may need to reassess your career path due to a deep feeling of betrayal towards our kids in care, be prepared to be shocked.
    You have a good heart and make sure you live your life with it. RESPECT.

  • 172 GAZ09 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I also think thats the formation and team we should go with on saturday

  • 173 seantoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Pardew is set to jump on the bandwagon with Fergie and Wenger and bring back a club legend. Rumour as it were bring Warren Barton out of retirement! Good times

  • 174 roblee7 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    ITUNDERASHELL – i have seen the agencies, are there any in particular you could recommend?will they be able to help though saying as I have no experience? I have been thinking about it long and hard and this is definitely what I want to do with my life, just want to do something that helps others if I can.thank you so much for the advice, really appreciate it 🙂 you are obviously a good heart yourself! 🙂

  • 175 Rosted Pork // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Lee Mason is the ref for 2moro’s game + we need to mark Dempsey tyght. his the danger man

  • 176 Dannyo // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Didn’t see Streete in this weeks training ground pictures, but saw Tav there.
    Hope he gets on the bench soon, want to see him in the first team.
    Too bad he can’t participate in the cup.

  • 177 toonpanda18 // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    and remember lads were unbeaten with the white premier league ball this season, so when it come back we need to be ready 😉

  • 178 Toon_Jock // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Barton at it again! he doesn’t just bite the hand that feeds, he rips it clean off 🙂

  • 179 ToonIcon // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    The only good thing about Barton’s latest attention seeking twitter posts is he’s not mentioning our unambitious club so glad were no longer associated with him and his twitter

  • 180 bambams // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I have seen the barton tweets, he is one hell of a wind up merchant and i know its wrong but the mike bassett remark had me in fits…..I know its not very grown up but it was funny-imo

    Been having a look at cisse on youtube…..Reminds me of a certain Andy Cole. Would certainly settle for a similar goals to games ratio as coley.

    See the press are reporting Forster will be signing for Celtic, anyone know the fee ?

  • 181 mattyNUFC // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    speaking of Marveaux

    he should be back in training sometime in February, is that correct? anyone have a better assessment/timeline?

    Which means he should be in contention by March, yeah?

    Can’t wait til he’s back. I’ve always said Pardew had it wrong; Give HBA the free role on the right and put Marveaux in behind the strikers and we have one of the deadliest attacks in Europe, never mind the EPL

  • 182 mattyNUFC // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    i’m just spitballing here cause a full squad would be capable of so many possibilities (just midfield and attack):


    you could do:

    ….anyway, this is gonna be a great dilemma to have. Just hope HBA can cement a place between now and the return of everyone else. He more than warrants it.

  • 183 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    roblee7, sorry I thought you had some experience but don’t worry, you might have to do some unpaid work first if you have no experience, but that is available. Speak to the Social work department at the University/College you are going to join and seek guidance. They will help you and see you are genuine and a suitable candidate. Good Luck.

  • 184 redondo77 // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    does barton has any brain in his head? he doesn’t seem to think before he speaks. He just made a lot of enemy at QPR, his new home. Now Mark Hughes definitely won’t play him, next thing you know he will attack Mark with his tweeter. he is like public enemy#1 now

  • 185 Irie-Magpie // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Tenerife.. The lads deserve this, and a win tomorrow would make it even more enjoyable.

    As for Benny not getting the free role, his time will come, just a few more performances like what he put in against QPR and then he’s a starter.

  • 186 check the toastie // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Looking forward to watching the back 4 having a blinder 2moro, sneaky winner from besty, 3 more points. Easy

  • 187 check the toastie // Jan 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Barton is a complete bellend, thick one at that.

  • 188 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I was a supporter of Barton while he was here but I wonder if other fans looked at us the way I am now looking at QPR. I dont think he is doing them or himself any favours.

    I also wonder if it is true, he disrespected MA for getting rid of CH but then SEEMS to have influenced QPR to do the same to Warnock………..I see him very differently now……..would swap him and 3million for Obertan any day.

  • 189 mattyNUFC // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    irie mag

    still don’t understand the logic though for not letting him start and dictate the tempo of the game and then bringing him off if pardew (inevitably) sees fit

  • 190 mattyNUFC // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    in reguards to barton

    he will be found out. not for the knob he is as everyone already knows it but rather for his shining lack of ability. He took the early-season plaudits while Faurlin sat quietly in the peripheral. Faurlin was the rock in that foundation. Unfortunately for them he’s now gone and Barton has no one and nothing to longer rely on. What little pace he had is gone, his passing has always been erratic with flashes of brilliance but everything crumbles away without pace and a cool head

  • 191 magpie6699 // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    I see that Fulham are favourites tomorrow according to the bookies – and a bit of a bogie club for us. I’d settle for a point.

  • 192 TemuriKetsbaia // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Cabaye starts tomorrow.

    Pards has exaggerated injuries to Best and Obertan already this season to surprise the opposition.

  • 193 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    ^^^ Agree with both comments above

  • 194 mattyNUFC // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    def be happy with a point tomorrow. away from home against an unpredictable team with undoubted quality…

    …so know one knows any more about Marveaux’s return than I do?

  • 195 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Mattynufc – Heard nothing new on Marveax apart from the 3-4 months from before….would have hoped for some positive news on his recovery. Think he could play a big part in the run in.

  • 196 Brettoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I have officially lost respect for Barton. I have to admit that I really liked him and was sad when he was chucked out..

    However – I totally agree with Ashley now. He’s a whiny sulky prick. I met him at a work event a few months ago and wish I’db stubbed a cigar in his face now!

    HWTL tomorrow – 2 nil – optimism!

  • 197 rknufc // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    my friend peter was doin work experience and he was in a puma warehouse and he saw newcastle jerseys.. i dont know if theyre for next year or not but ill put them up later to show yous

  • 198 rknufc // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    oh and theyre all not that good jerseys with collars that look bad

  • 199 ochytoon // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Or put them up now so we know your not a lire

  • 200 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    rknufc – 🙂 ……..naming sources….. we just need a surname and postcode and I have a new identity.

  • 201 rknufc // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    @ochytoon no im not lying haha im looking for my usb cable for my phone to upload them but i cant find it anywhere

  • 202 ScootBags // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    was having a bevy with one of Ashleys “casino buddies” last year on me jollies & he told me that in less than 12 months the toon would be transformed, i nearly choked on me pint!! i’d happily buy the smug twat a drink now, providing we can keep the spine of the team…

  • 203 TemuriKetsbaia // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM


    Probable Fulham line-up. Duff scored against his old club last week. Hopefully not this week. Always seems to do well against us.

  • 204 gonufc // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Can’t believe Barton- it was pretty obvious from what he said on the day Warnock was sacked that he was delighted- now he’s just being vindictive.

  • 205 brobrotwins // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    i regularly see people put there teams on here so here’s my go with everyone fit and the current squad we have ( just trying to pass the time hehehe )

    that would only be in home games though, id change it for away games id put jonas back on the right marv on the left and take benarfa off until he learns to track back a little more ( i thought he was doing it much more against qpr though ) whats everyone think ?

  • 206 brobrotwins // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    sorrry guys that was supposed to be 4-3-3 at home ^^^^^

  • 207 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    brobrotwins – I think it is more likely Ba would be on the Left of the three. He has played LW and I think he can play a bit more than Cisse who is an off the shoulder finisher. (Pardew referenced this aswell)

    Probably fake but here are a couple of things I have heard.

    Apparently he is second highest if you average the amount of offsides per game, that is out of all the major EU leagues.

    He is also up there with the amount of shots he takes per game.

  • 208 brobrotwins // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    what would your team be with our full strength team offkey ?

  • 209 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Also, I dont think I would drop Jonas, he played really well in the middle last game. I would drop Simpson and put Jonas at left back before dropping him.

  • 210 brobrotwins // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    i think jonas is great away from home but i think at home we have enough quality to play through the middle and last time marv was fit i thought he tracked back when he had 2 and he looked imense going forward

  • 211 ToonFly // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Re earlier comments on financial fair play rules. I think you’ll see then scrapped or with the aforementioned “holes” very evident. One reason is this….PSG have now got lots of cash (a la Citeh and Chelski) and who has a vested interest? Why none other than Platini – hater of the Premier League and any club that has too much cash. Now PSG have cash, watch the “rules” get watered down. Platini has influence and every reason (now) to quash the very rules he dreamt up.

    Shame for the Toon, because we WOULD do well if financial fair play rules were introduced.

    Having been livid at some of Ashley’s decisions and comms in the past, I am also a convert. We are in the press for the right reasons (football, not Joey and his effin Tweets), the club has a sound and proven transfer policy and we are turning the club around financially. So at the moment, MA has my support (whilst recognising previous f-ups) and I’m overjoyed to see the back of FF Shepherd and his gravy-soacked cuffs, JB and every other over-priced lazy-arse player who took our club for a ride.

    Haway the Lads!

  • 212 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I wrote the above before I read your comment, this is what I would do.

    In other words your team with Jonas and not Marveaux, as its his job to try and take Jonas’s place in the team right now. Alot of people think Jonas ups his game with a bit of competition as well and him and HBA seemed to link up very well.

    If a goal down but dominating then switch Jonas to let back and santon to right, bringing Marveux.

    I agree we will also need 4-4-2 – but I would Play HBA before marveux and switch Jonas to LB again if I thought Marv could change things.

  • 213 Toon Tang // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    i think this is timed wrong with money having been spent. Some media still uses the proper name from what ive seen.

  • 214 brobrotwins // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    i see your point offkey but i think jonas apart from qpr the most part of his game is hogging the by line i know he played well there against qpr but i just think marvo when he was fit had alot more to his game, its great that we actualy have a squad when fit that we can dispute over as fans been a long time since we had enough decent players to do that

  • 215 Offkey // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    @brobrotwins – Definitely nice to be able to discuss team preferences instead of everyone having the same first 11. I also rate Marv and thought he looked decent in the centre when he went in there as he is very tidy, but Jonas would be one of the first names on the team sheet for me.

    @Toontang – Although not pleased about the name change (long live SJP) it seems there is a section of media who just likes to stir it up, and the council seem to have acted too late in the day………. 🙁

  • 216 NUbilly // Jan 21, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Lads we need to be a bit realistic here when talking about Mike Ashley. We spent 10 million out of the 35 for Andy Carroll. And yes we got Pardew in and he has us in 6th, and we got players like cabaye and marvaux santon obertan. But they were all balanced out by the sale revenue got from nolan, and Co. Have a look bakc on the finance. Mike ashley didntspent any of is own ectra money really.
    The one time he did was at the start where nobody really noticed it, but he cleared the millions shepard had borrowed from the banks. Which I credit him.
    But how could mike ashley know pardew was going to be better than houghton, and if wed be beter off after the Andy carroll sale? Anser is: he didnt. I love newcastle, and supported them since Kev Keegan when I was 8 or something but Ill hold back my forgivnes on ashley even untill we have a centre back and no players go. If no players go it will prove mike ashley isnt buying one player to keep us happy and then selling another a while after.
    PS . My opinion of why houghton was sacked is because the fans were behind him and he was getting more power of the run of the club than mike ashley. Im happy with things as long as mike ashey spends some more cash on a centre back anddoesnt sell anyone to balance himself out like last summr. *Remember 25 mill is sitting in his pocket so he shouldnt need to sell. He only will if hes just trying to make more money for himself, cuz we all know the last thing we need is players going out. Prove yourself Mike and all will be forgotten. Sorry for long post. Hi everyone

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