No Time For Doom And Gloom At Newcastle

Ryan Taylor and Danny Guthrie launched a series of free football Fun Days for local children in Newcastle yesterday.

Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor at the Newburn Leisure Center

The two Newcastle players visited 50 young players,  who turned up for the free football program at the Newburn Leisure Center, which is during the half-term holiday for the school kids.

Danny spoke about hoping to keep his place in the Newcastle side to face Wolves a week come Saturday,  and Ryan Taylor has spoken of Newcastle still being high up in the league table.

We are still in 6th place a clear 3 points ahead of Liverpool, and this is not the time for doom and gloom,  even though we were hammered 5-0 in London last Saturday.

Ryan should be fit to resume his place in the Newcastle side, and we think he will be played out on the right wing against Wolves.

Ryan Taylor was upbeat about Newcastle:

“Our aim now is to stay in that top six.” “We’ll be living a dream if we can get in those Champions League spots, but I think now with the position we’ve put ourselves in, Europe is the target and anything else is a bonus.”

“We’re that close to the Champions League spots but there’s 13 games left and we’re going to be playing teams who are fighting for their lives and others who are fighting for the title, so no game from now until the end of the season is going to be easy.”

“I know Wolves are having a bad season now but we played them early on and to go there and beat them 2-1 was a big result for us because they’d started well,”

“I remember that day well. We had to stick in there because they threw everything at us.” “I know they scored late on and they had a goal disallowed which did or didn’t cross the line through Kevin Doyle.”

“We’re going to expect another tough game, especially with a new manager. It’s going to be like QPR all over again – they’re going to want to impress and do well because they’re fighting a dogfight.”

“I’m hoping to be back training on Monday and play in the Wolves game,” “But I’ve got to take each game as it comes. It’s not nice to be injured but you can’t rush these things.”

Newcastle were very lucky to come away with all 3 points in that game after being 2-0 up at half time, but as often happens,  Wolves came storming back in that second  half.

Wolves fired their manager Mick McCarthy on Monday, following their 5-1 hammering at home on Sunday to WBA, and it seems there are three managers on the current short-list – Steve Bruce, Alan Curbishley and Neil Warnock.

And Wolves have said there will be a new manager in place for their next game at Newcastle.

Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock have already been fired by their former clubs Sunderland and QPR this season, and Alan Curbishley is said to be interested in the Wolves job.

It will be a similar situation to when Newcastle played QPR last month, when it was new manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of QPR,  and we managed to win that one 1-0.

And another win against Wolves is what we are looking for in the game that  follows the thrashing we took at White Hart Lane last Saturday.

Newcastle are still very well placed in the league,  and a win could even see us move up to 4th in the league table,  if Arsenal cannot beat Spurs at the Emirates,  and if Chelsea cannot beat Bolton at Stamford Bridge.

That would be terrific,  and there’s no doubt that if Newcastle can go on a decent run in their last 13 games of the season,  it’s not impossible for us to even end up in 4th place.

But we’ll be happy enough to end up in the top six, although somehow it would be good if we can still somehow qualify for Europe next season.

But it’s certainly not the time for any doom and gloom at Newcastle at the moment – in fact the opposite is true – and we could still shock a lot of people in where we can end up in the league table.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah we should beat wolves and the mackems and all should be hunky dory

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie has no pace so cannot play on the right wing. Agree with drongo on the last thread…Raylor should come in for Simpson at RB. Santon at LB. Then we either play 3 midfield with Guthrie Cabaye Tiote and three forward Ba Cisse HBA or….play a diamond formation….Tiote-Guthrie-Cabaye-HBA with Ba and Cisse up front.

    This would be an awesome team against Wolves…but something tells me Pardew wont do it

  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    re post from last article. ed types to quick for me

    incentive based contracts are great for the club but will the players accept them compaired to what othey clubs are offering.

    the end of the season is now massive to us if we want to push on. finishing in europe will allow us to move for better players

    we have a great spine in the team but our depth is missing. we knew this before a ball was kicked so no point in complaining.

    we went down with a squad which was to good to be religated. No it wasnt. too many players who had no fight. we shed some in the championship and then last summer we lost good players who didnt want to be here.

    If colo, simpson and guthrie cannot agree they go. simple as that. We evolve as a team. If we can hold the nucleus of this squad and improve it then in 2 – 3 years we should have a very strong squad.

    personally i dont care if the players we sign are 20m or frees. As long as they are an improvement on what we have. i feel we currently need players for every position which will be impossible to do in 1 window. could well see 6 or 7 both in and out in the summer

  • toonincheek

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    No time for Doom and Gloom
    or, to put it another way –
    Neggers keep off this thread!!

  • toonincheek

    Feb 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    VanToonMan –
    Yes, an exciting formation.
    But – Wolves will be set up defensively, 10 men behind the ball.
    HBA wouldn’t find much space.and in the past, he hasn’t performed too well in that situation.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    HBA is MUST for NUFC for all games until the end of the season obertan has to sit on the bench

  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Wolves will not play 10 men behind the ball.

    Maybe 2 months ago but not now.

    They will attack us as defense is our weak spot.

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I hear what you’re saying toonincheek…but the only way he is going to get better and better is by playing with our other first-choice players and the only way he is going to get good enough to play against big teams is by getting in as many games as possible against lesser opposition.

    For me…with Cisse, Ba, Cabaye and Tiote all back…HBA has got to play in order for them all to develop an understanding attacking wise and hence improve them all.

  • Wendall

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Wise words from Ed.

  • hrocks

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10


    not being a negger here but

    HBA has show flashes of brilliance and lots of mediocre. he has struggled to find space, time and passes for long periods. for me the jurys out on his abilities to play at the top level

    is that down to him and his attitude??? i only see him on the pitch and its not like hes had a good run. With tiote back we have some steel in the middle who destroys then gives and goes. Him and Cabaye should keep us ticking. Demba 1 and 2 both look to have good movement and i hope this creates holes and space to allow HBA to play more of the football we hope he has in him

    we then need some bravery from the player and manager. Fingers crossed we get both

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    exactly hrocks…HBA can only play when we have our other top class players in the team…which we have not had for a while. I mean playing against brighton and blackburn with the likes of ameobi best perch raylor…is not going to get the best out of him.

    I like obertan and think he still has a lot of potential…however…HBA has not been given anywhere near the opportunity that Obertan has been. Obertan had the first 12 games of the season in a team with Tiote Cabaye and Ba…..i honestly feel that if HBA got that…he would be producing the goods for us.

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Unrealistic! Deluded! These were terms levelled at the Newcastle supporter just a short time ago. When we were relegated a number of those who made those accusations smirked mockingly at the downfall of our club. And you know what – a large number of Toon fans only had themselves to blame. There are many who are only too willing to blame Freddie Shepherd alone for the sacking of SBR, conveniently forgetting the part they themselves played after Newcastle United had plunged to the depths of 5th!!!!. Sir Bobby was accused of having lost the dressing room discipline and “fans” demanded his “retirement”. Enter Souness and the fan led revolving door into the manager’s office, and consequent downward spiral of our club, culminating in the eventual embarrassment of relegation. And all mainly caused by unrealistic demands of supporters.

    Relegation at least seemed to have a sobering effect and the attitude of the fans became much more sensible. With promotion came a more realistic feel with targets much more modest and attainable – and with it came relative success AND a much greater respect among fans and media outwith our club. Pardew and the powers at Newcastle have brought in a team of talented and hungry young players while Ashley has put the club on a stable financial footing with the LONG TERM plan of putting the club permanently back on the big stage. A high league position seems to suggest that those plans are taking shape.

    Re-enter the childish “ but I want it NOW” mob, just when we seemed to have lived down the “deluded” tag. Despite all the bricks being gradually put into place it is not enough for some. Those who demanded SBR’s retiral are back – maybe not the same faces but certainly the same spoilt “gimme now” type that was responsible for making our club a laughing stock among supporters elsewhere as well as in the national press. NUFC is a work in progress and is in good hands, despite protestations to the contrary by those who for some reason believe they know better than the professionals. The club is now the envy of many other premier league teams who would love to be where we are just now. We are not the best team in the league but are far from the worst and we are heading in the right direction. We will not win every game and may even lose games against teams we shouldn’t lose to, but that will happen to the very best too.

    I would encourage those with negative thoughts to get a greater perspective on what is happening to Newcastle United and get behind the team even when things go “pear shaped” as they sometimes will. If that is too difficult a concept to grasp, it’s another way of saying – GROW UP!

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    guthers looks like he could be one of the kids in that photo haha. baby face guthers

  • toonincheek

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #14

    VanToonMan & hrocks –

    I’m definitely an HBA fan – the only ‘bums off seats’ player we have.
    But -I do understand the difficullty fitting him in.

    And Yes, for sure, it’s not fair to judge him much, in fact not at all, on the last few games with the strike force we had had to field.

  • Andymax

    Feb 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    @ ballerfan2

    Spot on mate!


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