Danny Guthrie Expects To Keep His Place Against Wolves

Danny Guthie has done well since he has come in for Cheick Tiote a few times this season.

Danny Guthrie – still hasn’t signed a new deal at Newcastle

Danny first came in when Cheick suffered a knee injury and since the Ivorian has been at the African Cup of Nations since early January, where the Ivory Coast were finally beaten by Zambia 8-7 on penalties in the final last Sunday, Danny has again performed well for Newcastle.

And of course French International Yohan Cabaye is available again,  since he has now served the three game suspension he received for violent conduct in the FA Cup tie at Brighton.

But  it seems that Danny expects to keep his place for the next game at home to Wolves a week on Saturday:

“It’ll be interesting to see what the manager decides to go with, obviously on my current form I’d expect to be playing and I’m match fit, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens,”

“It hasn’t surprised me having a run in the team, the main thing has been to stay fit because I’ve had a lot of injury problems over the past couple of years.”

“I’ve managed to stay fit most of the season and played very well so if we’re going on form I’d expect to play.”  “I’ve put my marker down and the manager has got choices to make.”

“But that’s been a bonus for us this season, because the competition for places has been part of our recipe for success.”

“We’ve already seen this season that the manager has kept faith in players that have played well and hopefully he’ll do the same with me.”

“Spurs wasn’t a nice result and it doesn’t look great on our record, but with the points we’ve picked up in previous games, it was a game we could afford to lose although we didn’t want to lose it obviously.”

“A win at home against Wolves going into the Sunderland game would get us back on track and we could be in a great position in fourth.”

“We’ll look to bounce back again, we’ve got a little break this week because of the cup so it will give us time to regroup and get over the Spurs result. It’s a nice game to come back to against Wolves at home.”

“There’s a few months left, the run-in will be interesting and we’ll see where we are with five games to go.  “It’s been a brilliant season and we want to finish it off in the right way and continue what we’ve done in the first half.

“But the next season is always the hardest to top that again.”

Guthrie was speaking at a Newcastle United Foundation event at Newburn Leisure Center and of course Newcastle have some work to do since Danny’s contract runs out in the summer.

Other clubs are now able to talk to the Shrewsbury born player and the Tyneside club seems to labor to get new contracts signed these days and the negotiations seem to drag on and on.

They are currently working with Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, as well as Guthrie on new deals, but even on Sunday Alan Pardew had suggested the club may shelve those negotiations until the summer, but why they would do that we don’t know.

And Danny is even suggesting that  it will depend on the number of games he plays between now and the end of the season – there are 13 league games to play – as to whether he will stay on Tyneside:

“How much football I play between now and the end of the season will possibly be a factor, but I’ll get the season out of the way and I’ll have an open mind at the end of the season.”

Being a free agent in the summer, we’re sure some Premier League clubs will be interested in him, and maybe he will get offers from other clubs, such as Aston Villa for example, which are better than the offer he gets from Newcastle.

But Danny has also said he is happy on Tyneside and would prefer to stay at the club, but we wish Newcastle would move more quickly to sign up some of the fringe or squad players – because for one reason we need a much improved squad next season.

And it needs to be a bigger squad too.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    120 hours community service and a stern talking to about strength in depth is probably good enough for Ashley.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    i would have him in a 3 man midfield, with HBA at the top of the diamond

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    damm. dillying and dallying cost me the first place

  • Eyeball81

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    the only way I’d see him kepping his place is if we go 4-3-3 with Guthrie-Tiote-Cabaye in the midfield and Ben Arfa-Cisse-Ba upfront

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    buteveryone knows pardew does not have the balls to budge from the medieval 442

  • Eyeball81

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Possibly spurs was the kick up the back side he needed Indian

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    The Wolves lineup has got to be:

    ___________________ Krul ____________________

    Raylor _________ Colo _____ Willo ________ Santon

    _________ Cabaye ____ Tiote ____ Guthrie ________

    _________ HBA ______ Papisto _____ Ba _________

    This for me is based on past experience and current form and for the obvious, to avoid another 4-4-2 blunder.

    AP can always revert to 4-4-2 later on in second half when we’re safe as long as he avoids a high line defense.

    I for one, would prefer HBA to make an impact in the begining of the match in stead of being an impact sub, because he’s not really going to make an impact in our current 4-4-2 – simply for the reason that he doesn’t fit in, and neither does Obertan and to some extend Jonas.

    I know some would disagree, especially about the 4-4-2 problem and about Jonas, but Jonas doesn’t really add much to the last third of the field mainly because he spends most of his time doing the fullbacks work.

    And because Jonas is not a LM he is a winger and his main threat in going forward.

    But knowing AP, he probably hasn’t learned anything from past expirence so he’ll just start where he left of, with Tiote and Cabaye in the middle in stead of Perch and Guthrie; will it make a difference? we’ll be stronger in the middle, but it won’t solve the problem which is the 4-4-2.

    A side note to some, who will diffidently comment on the 4-4-2 issue – No there is nothing wrong with 4-4-2 as long as you have the right players for it. It’s very British, but we didn’t really buy British in the summer did we. We bought continental players, so play more continental.

  • LewSpi

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8


    At least your opinion of him is improving.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Eyeball81 – May be,

    onthe spurs game,

    they had a midfield of modric, parker, bale and kranjcar and our 1 first choice midfielder was worse than their reject kranjcar

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10












    That’s the strongest 11 we have, for me.

    Jonas not good enough on the wing but very good defensively, and have a good control of the ball. Guthrie is one of our best players this season, must be in team along side Tiote and Cabaye. Hba is most talented player in the squad, simpson is left out because jonas is better option then attacking and does more defensively closing down opposition’s wingers. The best tactics is to play on the ground and go throuh the middle or put the short or low cosses from wide from the box (not outside). Subs: Fergie, Gosling, Taylor or Obertan (more as a striker).

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    everyone seems to think 433 with the aforementioned tiote, cabaye, guthrie behind Ba Cisse and ba. It seems so damn obvious, but sadly with pardew he’ll never go for it.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda, I still have hope he will….

  • ash-out

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    @Jail for ashley

    Ha Ha, I can’t believe it you have crumbled mate.

    What next. A pat on the back and a pint of Diesel in the centurion is probably good enough for Ashley.

    We must be on the way back.

  • solano

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    JFA @1 …community service and a talking to? You’ve gone soft 😉 The bloke deserves to be tied behind an elephant and sh*t to death- and that’s just for changing the name of the stadium!
    I keep reading about all the signings we’ll be doing in the summer…unless Fatboy Slim has changed his “masterplan” and really does see a need for strength in depth, then we will see more horsetrading and some big names leaving. A constant state of flux/forever rebuilding isn’t conducive to longterm stability, nevermind improvement. The retention of some very average players sitting on contracts dished out by the current regime will compound the fans’ frustration at seeing “favourite” players leave.

  • LewSpi

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16


    I completely agree, just give HBA a free-roaming role, so many dynamics in that team. The one thing we’ve lacked this season is team goals (despite Demba being a hero), our biggest league win so far is 3-0 against ManUre.
    Last season we had:
    Villa 6-0
    Sunderland 5-1
    West Ham 5-0
    Arsenal 4-4
    Wolves 4-1

    We haven’t scored more than 3 once in the league this year, and I think it’s down to the formation, we play with wingers, as we did last season, but if you play wingers you need to cross the ball, and our wingers can’t cross (whereas Barton could). You need to cross the ball because 442 doesn’t create the triangles required to play it on the floor, ala Arsenal. This leaves us flat and uncreative. Using the formation @10 would improve things considerably IMO.

  • drongo

    Feb 15, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    I have to agree – 3 central midfielders got to be the way forwards.
    My choice for 3 attackers HBA, and the Dambae. But when needs must switch HBA with Shola/Best if we need to take pressure off the backline and need a focal point.
    Or HBA with Obertan if we’re chasing the game and opposition is pressing up.

    Like the idea of Jonas as an attacking fullback, although to be fair he was pony doing that in the world cup.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    drongo, the comment about Ameobi/Best most be a BIG if 😉

    I would rather sub HBA with Jonas, because he adds something defensively and he adds pace and movement up front.

    And he has shown he can score if needed 🙂

  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Even though I’ve not always aligned myself with those who see Pardew..lets say unfavourably, even I have to admit the 4-3-3 formation with those players seems to work best. However I will argue for Pardew on this one, playing 4-3-3 before our near full strength side was/would be suicide (best on the left of a 3 did not work in any way) so give the guy a chance, don’t slate him before he makes his move. Also i’d say don’t neccesarily slate him if it doesn’t happen in the next game or even the one after that, it doesn’t neccesarily mean he’s not thinking about it, just a whole new formation can cause problems especially given how new Cisse is, however I can see little harm in trying in for a full half against wolves as i doubt we could be 4-0 down at half time against them either way…but we’ll see!

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    If we play 3 up front and 3 in midfield we will get beat as we will have to play up the middle and will have no protection down the flanks.

    The last thing that we want to do at this stage of the season is give away points by being too positive like we were at Totenham. Every teamin the PL knows that our defence will crumble if pressured therefore the midfield needs to be balanced so that we control play and dominate the game. If we do this we will very likely win the game however don’t make the mistake of writing Wolves off as they have everything to prove and nothing to lose.

    I would like to see AP start with the following formation


    Simpson Willo Collo Santon

    Guthrie Cabaye HBA Tiote Jonas


    This gives us plenty of presence in midfield and would allow HBA to have a free role. If we are dominating the game it would be easy to revert to 4-4-2 and pile the pressure on in the second half

  • josh

    Feb 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Indian. Krancjar is a quality midfielder, just has more quality in front of him. We weren’t at the races at the weekend but you have to step back and admire the way spurs play. Best football in the league as far as I’m concerned. They tore us a new one

  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry he’s been in good form,but he’s no cabaye and tiote,we need are best players on the pitch…,,,


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