Newcastle Manager Much Happier Than This Time Last Year


Most Newcastle fans were just happy we got through yesterday without losing some of our top players.

Alan Pardew – much happier than last year

And although Newcastle failed to sign any defensive cover, which was their number one priority going into the window, fans are fairly pleased at the January window, since we brought in Papiss Cisse from SC Frieburg for £9M,  and that was a great deal for Newcastle.

There were no big offers yesterday for the club’s top players Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba or Cheick Tioté, and that’s very good.

And Alan Pardew was a relieved man at the end of the window,  as he didn’t have to go through losing one of his best player this time around, like when he lost Andy Carroll a year ago:

“It goes down as a success for me, yeah. If someone had offered me at the start of the season, I’d have taken it,”

“This time last year there was a danger that momentum was going to be sucked away, but that isn’t going to be the case. And I do feel buoyed somewhat by Perch’s performances at centre-half. He’s done particularly well.”

“He was one of our best performers at Brighton – Coloccini is back, by the way and will play – but that has buoyed me going into the season’s second half.”

“I am smiling and I wasn’t smiling last year. Our big players are going to stay, which is important. We’ve had enquiries, but not for key players.”

In retrospect Alan Pardew took a hammering when Andy Carroll left,  and he had only been at the club less than two months, and told anybody who would listen in January that Newcastle would not sell big Andy.

But then Liverpool came in with a £30M offer that was turned down, and it wasn’t until the offer was raised to £35M and paid for in cash up front,  that Mike Ashley accepted the bid.

Most people now think that was a very good deal for Newcastle, and the club now have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisee as our two main strikers,  and we paid only £9M for the pair.

That’s good business by Newcastle, let’s face it.

We’re still short of defensive cover,  and if Mike Williamson or Fabricio Coloccini get injured or suspended,  we could be in trouble, but the way James Perch played on Saturday afternoon at Brighton, where he was the best player for Newcastle, gives us some hope.

Coloccini is fit from his groin strain and will start tonight at Blackburn,  in a game wee are wondering where the goals will come from for Newcastle.

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49 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    FIRST,

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    BOOM BOOM

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    i have been supporting toon for 11 years now, the same amt of time Shola has ben raping the paying SJP/SDA faithful

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    if Cisse brings his form over here, and Ba picks up where he left off, then there is no reason why we cant push on for Europe. If Mariappa had signed last night would people still be as pesimistic? Who is to say that Mariappa would have done a better job than Perch at CB? or Streete/Kadar????

    Mariappa wasn’t the answer to our push for Europe, but the fact we secured our number9 and didnt let our main goalscorer (Ba) leave this window is a much better achievement than not bringing Mariappa “over the line”

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpMvrI1n9Bw

    thats the video of cabaye kicked this brighton player if no one seen it. It’ the first time i’ve seen it and there’s nothing in it at all!

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Indian Magpie –

    Your comments are boring enough without copying them on every thread.

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    *kicking

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s be positive.
    We could be in 5th place tonight.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    @Toon_Tom

    Agreed!

    Mariappa was never going to be the single player to push into the Euro spots…..He would have probably used as cover anyway…..although we do need CB cover, it’s time for Kadar to prove Pardew wrong.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    indian the less i say about this the better surely u know what this says about urself!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Indian you’re like a gargoyle hanging over the blog waiting to post FIRST it’s getting really old. And, to match your copied comment, my reply last time was that you’re overstepping the magic line of death suggesting that we start tentatively adopting SDA as a reference to SJP. Don’t go there mate.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Just watched the ‘incident’ again…

    Can you imagine the ban Cabs would get if he had tickled the bastard afterwards?

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    wish there was a spam filter to filter Indian out! That boy has no clue about football or what the toon is about! Hopefully when India have there premier league he’ll disappear!

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  • barkerslovesnufc

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Tendo—
    Deffo sending off, if reff n linesman see….. Love Cabaye! He a lil pitbull!
    Just hope we get the win we need tonight……

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  • ToonHero

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    @India
    Never call st James’ park the fat mans arena.

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  • sephir0

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Did anybody hear jim white on ssn last night just right after the clock struck 11pm, and there was a picture of Djbrill Cisse and then he said he’s signed for “Coons Park Rangers”…and then there was that 3 second awkward silence in the studio?

    wonder whats guna happen about that!

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Couldn’t Perch and Kadar be given some intensive coaching from a defensive specialist to get them ready for when they have to step into the team? Just a thought.

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  • redondo77

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    i think Love will play tonight, because he wants to stay and he wants a new contract. He will go all out. He might show AP that it’s better to give him a new contract and more chances than Shola ,and maybe just maybe i know this is a long shot, Ameobi will learn and start to work harder.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    just saw that SDA comment that makes u the 2nd biggest wnaker on this blog a smidgen behind planb/bob.sirfreddy.plonz dont know what the f u c k hes callin himself now well find out when he gets in from school

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #20

    reet happy with the transfer window! Would have bitten someones hand off if they had offered me smith gone and Cisse in as our only bit of business! Admittedly we’re light on centre halves but Perch is getting better every game he plays and Tiote won’t be gone too much longer (protection he gives to the back 4 is vital) Looking forward to seeing us with a full strenth line up, any1 who’s seen the toon this year will have seen how desperate we’ve been for a pacey striker! it’ll mean defenses can’t push us up so high now!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    #strawberrysyrupforperch

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    I would start with Lovas tonight with Best, play HBA thru the middle so that he can feed the balls through to Lovenkrands as we all know he is good at his runs, playing off the last man, and unlike Best, remaining onside most of the time.

    ___________________Krul___________________

    Simo___________Willo_____Colo_________Santoon

    Obertan/Gos________Guthrie_______________Jonas

    __________________HBA___________________

    _____________Lovas______Best_____________

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    @toonincheek

    Nice to see some optimism on here. But best part is even if we lose we are still in 7th. 2-1 to us. Best and HBA.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Boom – Indian could also be planb – they both seem to be unwashed/from the darkside/SMBs or they could also quite easily be a generic computer based ANI (artificial none intellegence)

    – worth a thought ‘)

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    hope Ameobi DOSENT play i would like to see OBERTAN as striker than Ameobi simply because OBERTAN will give us pace work rate and most importantly he will not be lazy

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Repost

    Someone said in an earlier post that you should never have a plan b because it could get in the way of your plan a…

    Well lets assume for a moment that AP’s plan a is as I described above – then who wouldn’t want a plan b

    Here’s my plan b, or should I say plan a:

    ____________________ Krul ___________________

    Simpson _________ Colo ____ Willo ________ Santon

    ________________ Abeit _____ Guthrie __________

    Jonas _______________ HBA _____________ Vuckic

    __________________ McLoven _________________

    I think it’s about time to play to our strength and stop playing people out of position.

    And about time to rest some of the players who have underperformed lately.

    Another way to go about the game could be:

    ___________________ Krul ___________________

    Simpon ________ Colo ______ Willo _______ Santon

    ___________ Gosling ___ Abeit ___ Guthrie _______

    ____________ HBA ___ Best ____ Jonas __________

    This it how I would like us to play. No more 4-4-2, hoofball style. Just simple attacking, passing style with a solid defense.

    @FloridaToon

    I dare you either explain to me or to AP how you field a 4-3-3, because there is no way in H*LL we played 4-3-3 the last two games.

    Ed, even tried to convince us it was 4-2-3-1 against Brighton.

    Al AP did was transforming his beloved 4-4-2 a bit and playing more people out of position.

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  • redondo77

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Toon_Tom

    It could also be like this:
    ___________________Krul___________________

    Simo___________Willo_____Colo_________Santoon

    Raylor/Ober_________Guthrie______________ Love

    ____________HBA________Jonas___________

    __________________Best__________________

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #28

    did u see the makems got russell brand on loan from wolfsburgh till the end of the season.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Apologies for SDA remark

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    ameobi still a 3 legged donkey though

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    @redondo77

    If you push Ober and McLoven forward then it’s more Barcelona style 🙂

    and I like that!

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Redondo and jesper agree with both of ya…I just dont think we are fielding a strong enough side for tonigh for a 4.33 or a 3321….

    But Loven over Strolla ANY day

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  • richard

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #33

    sephir0 i heard him but i thought i was hearing things. morrison on 65k a week and we wouldt let man u have a buy back clase no wonder we didnt sign him

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #34

    A asshole
    M moron
    E enemy
    O ogre
    B bastard
    I idiot

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #35

    sorry 4321

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #36

    dont u just h8 that dogs leash c u n t smarmy faced little f u c k .and look at harry redknapp goin in to defend him and rosies honour wearing ronni barkers glasses.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #37

    Well a must admit im disapointed not to have wrapped up a cb but well at the end of the day weve still got all our best players ave weve added to that by getting a new number 9 and hopefully he can form a formidable partnership with Ba and fire us into europe this season because we’l struggle to keep our better players if we dont get it this season..UP THE TOOOOON!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #38

    This time next year:

    1) Demba Ba and Demba Cisse will scores at least 20 goals each
    2) we will be in Europe
    3) we will get a decent run at the cup (not yet capable of winning but maybe semi-final)
    4) James Perch will be back at the championship – where he belongs
    5) Shola Ameobi went to the non-league club and played 200 games and without a single goal.

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  • redondo77

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #39

    Jesper
    Barca is 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1?

    gorgonzola
    we definitely not strong enough for 2 strikers. Especially if AP insist on playing Shola for full time, he just doesn’t have the stamina to make runs and chasing the ball for full time.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #40

    The Important thing about a 4-2-3-1 formation is to keep possession and always close down your opponent.

    Simply keep the ball out of your own backyard.

    I think we can do that if we crowed the midfield. The lone striker is more a false #9 tracking back leaving room between the oppositions defense and midfield for our three ACM’s.

    At times it will look like a 4-6-0. It’s the new black my friend 😉 hehe

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