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James Perch Now In The Spotlight On Tyneside

11:47 am, Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 235 Comments

As we reported yesterday, James Perch has become a key player for Newcastle through the end of the season.

James Perch – Newcastle’s official photo of the Mansfield-born player

Captain Fab Coloccini gets  a scan on his injured hamstring today, so we will shortly get some idea on how much damage there is, and how many games the Argentine International will miss.

Of course Fabriicio is  a hugely  influential player at Newcastle, which is one reason he’s now the captain, so we will be a big miss.

James Perch is the player who will come in and he can certainly play well at center-back, which he did in the second half on Sunday.

And he was Man of the Match in that position at Brighton in the FA Cup earlier this year,  when we were beaten 1-0.

James Perch talked to the local press today:

“It’s a massive blow for us that Colo is injured.” “He’s our captain and one of our best players.”  “I had to go and fill in at centre-half, and I really enjoyed it.”

“He’s massive for us – he has been for a number of years now.”  “I think everyone at the club was delighted when he signed a new contract.”  “It was a massive win.”

“It’s a huge 10 games for us if we’re going to achieve what we want to achieve, and we’ve started off with two wins.”  “This one was the better one of the two because its away from home.”

“We always seem to struggle against West Brom, so to go there and put in a performance like we did was a massive credit to the football club.”  “Obviously, Colo’s come off the pitch, and that’s a massive blow for us.”

“I was just happy to get the 90 minutes out of the way and head back to Newcastle with the three points. It worked perfectly for me. I played left-back because we moved Jonas into midfield.”

“Then we got an injury to Colo, and we needed a centre-half, so I went there and we brought Davide on.”  “We’re all just sticking together and working hard.”

“When he’s injured, though, we all know what a big miss he is. But with the quality, togetherness and team morale in the squad, we should be able to cope if he isn’t fit.”

Perch didn’t make the squad that made the tour of America last summer, and instead he was part of the Reserve team squad that toured Holland, and which contained a number of our Development players, including Sammy Ameobi.

It says a lot about the personalty and character of James,  that he’s been able to come back and play 20 times for Newcastle this season, so far.

All teams need players like Perch, who are the ones who work their socks off for the side, while other players get all the headlines.

But it’s hard-working professionals like James Perch who become the unsung heroes of any successful side.

There will be some focus on James Perch while Colo is out injured,  and if we are able to rack up the points in the next few games,  it will be because of players like James, who are getting the job done for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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235 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    good for him! taking his chance and gaining fans

  • 2 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    He’s going to be subject of big money bids this summer…mark my words :)

    Really happy for him and of course the club. Great to see players making good progres

  • 3 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    So…a side thought…As Pardew is doing so well getting results out of so called bad players, if xisco can’t be offloaded, let Pardew have a crack at him?

  • 4 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    yeah id try out xisco, he scored on his debut and got injured which was unfortuneate, in spain he was tipped to be the next big striker before he signed for us, hence the big fee for a young striker. i remember when he came on against villa he went left wing, played well and got a assist for the last goal setting up carroll. id give him a chance, its an extra player for our squad aswell. he just hasnt been given a fair chance and was looked negatively upon by the fans as people blamed him for keegan leaving which wasnt his fault, id give him a chance.

  • 5 Teamstoof // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Off topic!

    I live in sweden and are surrounded by liverfool fans. For me one of the most importent game of the season is on sunday, and I wounder if we have any good chants about our JUDAS?
    pls help me::)

  • 6 Les Grossman // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    XISCO IS SH!T
    The end!!

  • 7 spitfire_ // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Obertan also have some highlights but I still doesn’t like him… just like… Perchinho (why… o why!). The abuses for Perch is over the top sometimes but only sometimes. He still is mediocre player which gave me a heart attack everytime when he touch the ball… or try to win it.

  • 8 Les Grossman // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Dont even go there with the all he needs is a chance sh!t.
    He is indeed Sh!t. Look at his record in spain!

  • 9 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    obviously lack of playing and injuries may have made him poorer but he wouldnt have been terrible if he played for spain under 21′s with the players who have won the euro and the world cup…

  • 10 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Les…I do agree, however, isn’t that what we all said about Perch. Pretty sure I read an article recently about how well he’s done under Pardew…can’t remember where and when though :)

  • 11 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    CODARM

    so you wouldnt give him a chance?

  • 12 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    @codarm pardew can have a crack at me if he wants

  • 13 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    i’d sign:

    eric pieters – solid lb, young dutch international, friends with krul and apparently wants to come, can switch santon to rb.

    benjamin corgnet – cm, french and attacking, would be perfect for the 3 in the middle, can replace gosling or guthrie.

    douglas – big cb, can push for first team, no nonsense

    drenthe – fan of him, on loan at everton and shows he has fight and determination, fast powerful and skillful however he is a bit of a hot head

    jordan rhodes – up coming top striker, just what we need.

    also perch has tattoos, ive never noticed them in a game

  • 14 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Lewy…Xisco? I’d say give him a chance if we can’t get rid. Why not?

    Hovis…..Dreaming never hurts :)

  • 15 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Lewy…i’d be delighted with those in’s

  • 16 ToonDownSouth // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Xisco’s wages are the issue though. We can’t be paying £40k+ a week to a bench warmer. Else Guthrie, Raylor, Perch etc all deserve it.

    That’s why we’re getting him out on loan every season.

  • 17 Yohan4 // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    anyone see ted billy bob square pants on the blog since our game on Sunday?

  • 18 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen

    I apologise for the slight delay in today’s doom mongering but I had to sign on this morning and there was a bit of a que.

    Anyway if you haven’t heard already judgement day is this Friday at 5 and you will all face Armageddon when he returns to cleanse the blog and blah blah blah.

    Have a lovely day everyone and I hope you are not banished into he’ll for all eternity.

    Btw what does everyone think of offering Watford £1 million and mike williamson for Mariappa in the summer. Still think the deal has got legs.

    Your all going to die

  • 19 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    no, i dont want marriappa now, williamson is just as good and is already settled so no need to make a swap for no reason

  • 20 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    id sell:

    gosling – done nothing, had 2 years, he hasnt really made a impact at all and by him playing he is hindering abeid and vuckic

    forster – good keeper but cant offer him first team, take the money

    lovenkrands – getting old, wont improve the team, 5th choice striker, wud do better at wigan or someone.

    simpson – if he doesnt sign contract, however could keep as a squad player but may become annoyed at lack of first team if we sign a new rb

  • 21 Eyeball81 // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Mariappa….No thanks…Williamson is Settled and is a good back up player, I’d prefer to bring a centre-back that will be first choice alsongside colo or someone who will push them to perform better or face losing their place in the squad…don’t think Mariappa is the player we should be looking at!!

  • 22 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    however id keep ranger suprisingly

  • 23 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    eyeball i agree

  • 24 Neil // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Not one for Carroll teamstoof post 5 but for Suarez it’s got to be:

    He cheats, he dives, he hates the Jackson 5 Luis Suarez

  • 25 Toon_Tom // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    lewi – Williamson is shi+e.

    he is scared on and off the ball. Terrible Terrible player

  • 26 Neil // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    One for Carroll could be “Your just a fat Peter Crouch”

  • 27 Toon_Tom // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Neil @24 (regarding Suarez) = Brilliant :)

  • 28 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Lewytoon

    Such an angry response.
    You were one of his favourites but now…

  • 29 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    lol @ neil

  • 30 Neil // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I think it’s the weather lads – I’m in a jovial mood!

  • 31 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    williamson isnt terrible, if you remember last season we didnt know who was better, saylor or him and he was keeping saylor out of the team, he is just short on confidence, such as against wba normally he wudve cleared it but ended up colliding because he had no confidence, he is scared of making a mistake. make him captain on sunday and the 52000 geordies cheering will make him feel on top of the world and the fact he is english will help him understand the huge honour of newcastle more than a foreign player.

  • 32 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    honour of newcastle captain*

  • 33 Eyeball81 // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Lewy….agreed mate, Simpson…wont go to a better club

    Looked at News Now yesterday bout players who thought “the grass was greener”…pretty interesting, made me think about players that have left (good &bad)

    1- Bassong – Good player -Anxious to stay in the league and moved to spurs….currently fighting relegation with wolves…FAIL.

    2. Habib Beye- Good RB – Wanted to leave for the sake of his career…currently fighting relegation to League 1 with Doncaster….FAIL.

    3. Barton- Good player (bad attitude) – Currently fighting relegation (and being jeered by his own fans)

    Anyone see my point….players like guthrie and simpson should be chomping at the bit to stay…IF/WHEN we get into europe they’ll see more playing time due to rotation of the squad!!

  • 34 Teamstoof // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    @neil
    haha love it! anyone else have something?

  • 35 Toon_Tom // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    yes Lewi – I agree last season he played well, he was solid. I am not judging him on the mistake at WBA, but his performances this season.

    Off the ball, he hates to receive it even when in space. He always points back to Krul to say “give it to him”

    If he receives the ball he either gives it to Krul or hooofs it up as far as he can.

    I am not one for slating our players, but i honestly think Williamson is the weekest link

  • 36 chris_g // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    eyeball – totally agree. The only reason we were looking at Mariappa was because our main targets weren’t available in January. They will be available in the summer, so there’s no point in pursuing our interest in him.

  • 37 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    If there is a song for Carroll, I hope it includes the 35mill fee. Just to rub there noses in it.

  • 38 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    williamson is currently the weak link due to his confidence, however simpson is also a weak link aswell.
    next season if this is our defense it will be much stronger

    santon — colo — saylor — pieters

  • 39 Neil // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    He’s big he’s fat,
    He’s such a greedy twat
    Andy Carroll

    I’m pretty sure he’ll get the one greedy b*stard treatment as well. He certainly will be from the Milburn paddock where I sit :-)

  • 40 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    mariappa was only ever going to be a stop gap. in the summer i bet we pick up some top boys. hazard!!!!! now that’s optimism.

  • 41 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    hazard hahahahah pardew even said in januray we wont be buying him ‘the guys worth about 36m’ hahah :P optimism valley resident :P :D

    id love holiett, drenthe or winjaldum

  • 42 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Hope to see a banner saying.

    “Thanks for the 35mill!” when we play them.

  • 43 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    anybody else think Liverpool are a side of above average individuals with no team spirit?

  • 44 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    then again, how does he know they want 36m ;) must have enquired hahah

  • 45 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    id like to get hazards brother from ligue 2 though

  • 46 John // Mar 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Perch is no centre back its not doing him any favours being asked to play their with a box of nerves Willo can see sunday being a day to forget bcoz of our makeshift bk4.

  • 47 Eyeball81 // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Hovis…I do

  • 48 martoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Anybody notice Perchinho is rather fond of the word ‘massive’ he must have used it about 5 times in that one quote :) Lets hope for a massive performance against the bin dippers.
    He Will Rise Again has he a message for his 3rd disciple?

  • 49 lewytoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    whos the disciples

  • 50 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Are we all agreed that 6th will be enough for Europa League?

    I think, that as long as any from Chelsea, Spuds or Liverfool get into the FA cup final then 6th gets Europa….?

  • 51 ConnorJNUFC // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Read this blog for ages now but just started an account. Perch in my eyes has been a revelation this second half of the season, they lad shows commitment in every game he playes and has not made one mistake since he has been moved from centre half. Cant wait to see HBA embaress Jose this sunday and for Pappis “scores when he wants” Cisse to move us into touching distance of a european place. HWTL!

  • 52 Toon_Tom // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Wor Shearer – yes thats right. 6th should do it

  • 53 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    On another point, to those saying they don’t want Champs League “because we can’t compete” or “our squad is not big enough”….YOU ARE PATHETIC!

    Even if we had a team of Pie makers and Pony trekkers i’d still want to see us playing Barca, Real or Milan at 7:45pm on a weekday!

    Only the weakest supporters don’t want the team competing with the very best.

  • 54 davybtoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    wor shearer it has to b liverpool v spurs/chelsea fa cup final not just one of them, bolton, everton or scum get to the cup final they europa league win or lose, which wud mean 5th wud b needed, if the cup final is the one we want we wud b able to finish 7th behind liverpool n still get europa

  • 55 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    …..grow a pair

  • 56 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    @davybtoon

    (that wasn’t aimed at you)

    I thought both finalists get a spot?

  • 57 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I would love us to sign thorgen hazard (edens brother). He is going to be MEGA

  • 58 IPToon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    If Perch was a bit taller he would be starting ahead of Williamson, unfortunately he is not so he will have to be our centre back / full back / centre mid cover and credit to him when ever he plays he gives 100% and runs around like a greyhound.

  • 59 geoff777 // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    As soon as Saylor was injured Kadar should have been training with the first team squad.

    Kadar should have been put through a boot camp style training regime to get him fit and ready for this moment.

    It’s not like we didn’t know this would happen.
    Lousy planning … who’s going to be the CB on the bench?

  • 60 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    It’s getting negative on here today and HE is not impressed!

  • 61 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    @geoff777

    Agreed, It feels like we’ve been saying the same thing for years…..”too weak at the back!”

  • 62 Eyeball81 // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Wor Shearer a bit harsh like mate….Yes I’d love to see us playing Barca et al… However we’ve got a strong team spirit and Would you really enjoy the weekday footy if Barca or Real were hammering us 8-1 like they did against Leverkusen? I wouldnt could damage moral and lead to us slipping in the league

  • 63 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    …..probably because we have been saying for years….

  • 64 IPToon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Also credit to Pardew for Sundays formation. He has stuck with his 4-4-2 nearly all season and to be honest we havent been the most exciting team to watch (not to worry) but he had a little experiment Sunday and it suited both Ben Arfa and Gutierrez perfectly. Gutierrez in my opinion would make a great centre mid. So comfortable on the ball, rarely gives it away and great work rate to match.

  • 65 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Wor Shearer…If that was based on my comments earlier re Europe….Not saying I don’t want the competition, just wouldn’t expect to get too far with our current squad. of course I want to compete with the top teams. I actually started with the idea of saying that I would rather CL this season that Europe. Dislike Thursday games and would rather play against the top sides. Europe is difficult, as we’ve just seen with Bilbao and Manchester, might as well get more money for CL?

  • 66 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    It seems nobody gears Armageddon on Friday.

    Just after a bit of feedback as to why? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated!

    Xxxx

  • 67 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Fears?

  • 68 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    @Eyeball81

    Tonight, Apoel Nicosia will play Real Madrid!

    What do you think the fans care about? the score or THE game?

  • 69 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Do you think the Apoel Nicosia fans are getting ready to go to the stadium thinking….”damn it! I just wish that we weren’t playing Real Madrid tonight!”….”they might well beat us…!”

  • 70 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    …..No, they’ll be saying “I hope I see Ronaldo score an overhead kick from inside his own half!”

  • 71 ToonDownSouth // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    The main challenge of the Champions League would be getting through the qualifying round.

    Once you’re in the group stage, you’re guaranteed 6 fantastic nights, a massive increase in the clubs stature, and one hell of a lot of money.

    I’d be delighted if we scraped in this season, because it’s not going to be this easy next year. Liverpool & Chelsea will continue their financial doping until they succeed.

  • 72 Dannyo // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Bugger, Tavs out with a knee injury, that makes it impossible to recall him aswell…

  • 73 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Damn you I phone

    Ibiza you are correct with fears!

  • 74 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    @ToonDownSouth

    I totally agree. We have to go into these last few games ‘Butch Cassidy’ style.

  • 75 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    He will rise…will that win me any points with your mate?

    Friday 5pm? Is that GMT?

  • 76 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I reckon the Americans will want to sell liverfool in the near future and they will go the same way as Rangers.

    HE predicted that they would have a shite team and they do, regardless of who they are or what they cost!!

  • 77 martoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    He Will Rise Again @63 It is difficult to be frightened of somebody who can’t even use predictive text correctly let alone reap mass destruction!

  • 78 check the toastie // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    TDS – I honestly believe that Liverpool are going nowhere under dogleash, we will remain above them next year as well however much money he throws at his squad, he is clueless and still totally relies on gerrard to get his team ‘at it’. Next year their talisman is one year older and will be tired and no doubt injury prone after the Euros, the bindippers are about to have years of frustration IMO.

    Chelsea also seem to be continually pressing the self destruct button, but to be fair they still have some gud quality players, another sacking maybe for Roman next year?

    Next year we hopefully might be pushing for 4th, remember floppy chops will be leaving Spuds as well, looking forward to next year BIG TIME.

  • 79 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Martoon

    I am but a messenger, he is deliverance

  • 80 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Howdy lads, sat her reading this thread and must say that it has me in stitches, “He’ll rise” aka Beattie25 i’m loving you reincarnation man, can’t wait for 5 on friday.

  • 81 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    *here*

  • 82 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    why don’t we buy the Belgian national team?
    always had a soft spot for belgians. i remember a guy called gert verheyens. he could whip in a cross that boy

  • 83 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    He will rise..answer on 72?

    Check…Think you’re spot on. All of those teams seem shaky, reminds me of us before we went down. They do however have some good players coming through, so don’t think it will be such a disaster as with us. But could see us getting higher up that table next season. Obviously dependent on this summers transfers, by all clubs

  • 84 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Hovis…I’d rather the Spanish national team. Maybe the Argentinian, we already have 2

  • 85 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Toastie@75, This is all well and good and the more help the better but i’m firm believer in making your own destiny and want us to build on this season progress and push on regardless of what other teams do around us.

  • 86 ToonDownSouth // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    HOVIS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqU9Q0FPjgU

    Agreed!

  • 87 ash-out // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Just to throw my two-peneth in. I would much rather have Champs league than not. Even if our squad is thin, we could make 30-40 million and invest that on players we couldn’t currently attract. Our five year plan would be more like a three year plan with the unexpected revenue.

    Armageddon occurred when we lost against the great unwashed of wierdside in the play-offs. Still here.

    Wor shearer – Why would apoel fans want the grease bag to score an overhead kick from inside his own half against them?

  • 88 Brutooon // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    we start with two of the best Centre Backs in the league

    currently we are with two championship quality Centre Back

  • 89 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Ash out….Agreed on all counts. I think someone mentioned the monies received from last years CL competitors and for those not progressing from the group stages made circa £10m. Would be nice, but not really cutting years of the “Big Plan”. Certainly be great to be back in the comp though

  • 90 martoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Irie-Magpie @77 I think it is Beattie also. Some posters get upset by this non-football joviality but like you it amuses me too.

  • 91 check the toastie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    IRIE – i agree, just saying think that Liverpool are going nowhere so shouldnt worry about them for next year, we have already past them in terms of quality, a couple of defenders and a winger who is lighning and can actually cross and we will match anyone in the league, as in my opinion Man Utd lack quality currently as well. Come on Scholes and Giggs still playing last night, surely next year will be the end for them two.

  • 92 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Martoon…I can’t stand people going off topic and dicussing silly things. Football only for me.

    So what’s everyone having for dinner?

  • 93 Dannyo // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    They’re not Championship defenders ffs, Willo is allot better than he’s currently playing, Simmo is average, not a top 6 club, but certainly too good for the Championship.

  • 94 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I may have a salad “Codarm” seeing as the weather is nice.
    But on a serious note “Toastie” you right all we need is to strengthen our defense which as always being a problem for us, and our team will no doubt mix it up with the top 4/6 next and consequent seasons.

  • 95 joe // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Doesn’t necessarily need to be spurs chelsea and liverpool in the final for us to get Europa. If the final is between Chelsea and Everton, and Chelsea win, Chelsea qualifies for Europa through the FA cup and the league position for Europa goes to 6th place. It’s only if one of the finalists already qualified for the Champions League that the FA cup spot goes to the other team.

  • 96 joe // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    This is assuming that Chelsea finish fifth. Say if Tottenham meet Everton in the final, and Tottenham have already qualified for the Champions League, then Everton get the Europa League spot regardless of the result. So it’s not all doom and gloom if Liverpool fail to beat Everton! Just need to hope Chelsea play in the final instead of Tottenham, since the Europa League spot will then go to 6th spot.

  • 97 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Irie…Sounds nice.

    If we can sort out the defence (CB and FB) and we’re laughing our way up the table…ho ho ho ha ha ha.

    Joe…I was told that say Chelsea and Everton played and Chelsea won (and we’re already qualified for CL) then the runners up (I.e. Everton) would get the Europa spot? I honestly have no idea

  • 98 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    CODARM extra points are yours if you assasinate ruddy from the inside!

    Evil laugh time

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 99 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It’s no secret that Simmo and Willo have being our “Achilles Heel” this season and like everyone else I’d want better but i think the coaching staff and a few disgruntled fans/supporters(posting via twatter and whathaveyou) have maybe help them to lift their game a bit in the last month or so..
    Our midfield is getting better but lacking that threat that Chelsea or Manu midfield has and no doubt that next season Cabby’ and Marveau?? if stays fit should provide this (Benny is off and running).

  • 100 check the toastie // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    People saying they dont want champions league are totally mental, it is the holy grail for us and will kick start years of big time footy, dont think we will get it though, would be nice to start pinching Spurs best players sometime in the future, Pardew starts tapping up some of their players and the like.

    What a beautiful day it is, and here is a prediction for the weekend 4-3 to the TOON, i wud luv it if that happened, last minute Shola winner, wud pee in my pants with unbridled joy.

  • 101 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    He will rise…Think you need something more along the lines of Muhahaha. Straight up Ha Ha isn’t very Evil.

    Assasinate Ruddy? Never. Quick question for you good sir, what’s Ruddy done to upset “HE”, as you refer to him? Is it that he’s seen as leader of optimism valley and therefore should be removed? Does he fear Ruddy’s influence on the blog?

  • 102 martoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Ibiza @89 Let’s hope Liverfool don’t have roast Perch on Sunday :)

  • 103 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Roast Perch…sounds delightful and full of hard work :)

  • 104 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Does anyone know if Obertan is injured or whether he’s just been dropped? Pretty sure Pardew never mentioned him when discussing injuries etc?!?

  • 105 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Fat Mike…Not heard a thing mate. Seems odd that Pardew would just drop him completely unless injured

  • 106 ToonDownSouth // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Parew said he likes to rotate his bench. I’m sure that’s all it is – Obertan’s barely missed a match day squad since the season started.

  • 107 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    TDS…would seem a logical reason. Not very exciting though. Can you spice it up a bit?

  • 108 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I thought the same, just didn’t think there was any word from Pards at the press conferences etc.

    Maybe no one cares enough about our Squidward to ask…

  • 109 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Squidward…brilliant

  • 110 joe // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Codarm/Ibizatoon

    If Chelsea finish 5th and meet Everton in the final and win, they will take the FA cup European spot. Cups always take precedence over the league, meaning if they finish 5th and FA cup winners they qualify for Europe through the FA cup, leaving the league spot open for us =)

  • 111 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    How many times has Simmo saved us this season with crucial goal line clearences? Pretty sure you can’t count it all on one hand.

    He is one of the most underrated players this season.

  • 112 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    HE is upset because HE preached that healthy debate was goodness, that critique was a kindness and that hope was a blessing that could unite us all.

    HE was made to be a laughing stock, he was hounded and forced out by those that do not understand, those that select which Band wagon to jump on without ever making a concise decision.

    HE believes optimism is accepting disappointment so that when good happens we feel jolly about it. HE shall rid us all of that and let us see that only hope is our salvation.

    With hope we can accept that Willo is dump but we hope he can improve, with hope we can admit that 4-3-3 was the correct tactic all along and hope Pards uses it more often and with hope we can be sure that the summer may be a damp squib but we can hope for the most exciting time in our clubs history.

    Basically optimism and hope are the same thing but HE would like to steal your thunder!

    Muwhahahahah

  • 113 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Joe…thank you good sir. What happens if then win the cup but finish 4th? Tell me to do one if you don’t fancy explaining it further :)

  • 114 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    @CODARM

    I too have trudged through today’s threads and must say you have upheld the Constitution of Optimism Valley well young Padawan, great power I sense in you hmmm. :P You made some excellent points, we are optimistic with a grounded sense of realism as to not appear delusional. I agree that our PL form may suffer if we were to get CL footy but our club is so well run now that if we managed to nab it then we could well see as many as 6/7 maybe even 8 new faces to bolster the squad. How is that for Optimism!! :D :D

    Ah…my nemesis He…who shall not be named :P

    The dark side is strong in you. Look towards the light…it’s really quite nice :)

  • 115 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Such a pain to have to cheer on teams in higher league spots for the Cup just to get into Euro. Hope Liverpool doesn’t comeback all inspired after being disgraced by Wigan, Williamson needs a good game to regain form.

  • 116 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    So what you are saying is…that you’d like to join us in O.V and be under my leadership then? :P

  • 117 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    He Will Rise…You’re quickly becoming one of the funniest posters here. Good show.

    Glad to see I had some input on the evil laugh :)

    P.S. I’m not going to be left disappointed on Friday am I? I’m taking the whole day off and organizing a gathering for this event. What does “HE” prefer, mini quiches or sausage rolls?

  • 118 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Ruddy…(I don’t call you Ghosd as I’ve always liked your Ruddy Marveaux-Lous name :) )…I was on yesterday and everyone turned, so I ran. Glad to see i’ve managed to rectify that today :)

  • 119 beefman13 // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Let us not get to upbeat about james perch( he does actually look like a perch dosnt he ha ha) he has improved but he has a massive test coming up at the weekend, our result last sunday was down to the attacking display of our team, perch was the best of the starting defenders on the day but if it had not been for benny i think we would have came away with a draw, perch has shown a good attitude but for me he needs to go on a run of good games until the end of the season before i will start calling him perchino etc, he has beeninvolved in a few to many stinkers for me to change my mind right now, but i wish him all the luck.

  • 120 Toon_Tom // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    beefman – I have had that conversation regarding Perch the perch many times!!! Classic

  • 121 joe // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    If CHelsea finish 4th, the FA Cup spot will go to Everton regardless of the result unfortunately. It’s ok I’ve tried explaining the Europa League qualification process to my mates who are Manc supporters, and they’ve told me our situation is too complicated for them to comprehend and that theirs is much simpler.. Just get more points than Man City!

    PS. this blog is getting a bit geeky with all the star wars and harry potter references! What happened to good old beer drinking banter throwing Englishmen! :D

  • 122 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    And Perch looks more comfortable when he’s not the last line of defense, if he’s got colo ready to back him up he gets more of a backbone. Strange that he’s got no back bone given that this is what wikipedia had to say on the matter: “The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes”

  • 123 martoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Ibiza @113 If the FA cup winner has qualified for CL then Europa place goes to losing finalist. Which is why we want it to be the bin dippers who have aleady qualified via League Cup (or whatever it’s called) and then it will go to 6th placed team (us hopefully). As I see it the worst case scenario would be if the mackems were losing finalists to a CL qualifying team – they would steal our europa place – unthinkable :(

  • 124 inceptoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    my team for liverfool:
    CISSE BA
    CABAYE
    GUTTI BEN ARFA
    GUTHRIE
    SANTON PERCH WILLO SIMPSON
    KRUL

  • 125 check the toastie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Must say this Optimism Valley thing is getting a bit wierd, i’ll slap your back and you slap mine, makes me a little naucious if the truth be known. Making friends is nice and all but please less of the mutual c0ck sucking its a bit needy for me, not that im saying anything is wrong with getting your c0ck sucked mind you.

    Looking forward to the return of Beattie, i thought his discussions were well thought out and spot on at times, please please please beattie when you come back can we set up our own little place on Reality Drive and condemn anybody who doesnt agree with us. Especially those TEACHERS PETS in Optimism Valley.

    Apple for Mr Pardew again oh my god, he must be getting sick of being left Apples, Mr Pardew. Yes Mr Pardew, your the best Mr Pardew, another apple Mr Pardew, no problem Mr Pardew. Anything for you Mr Pardew. I want your babies Mr Pardew. hee hee

  • 126 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    check the toastie

    :D

  • 127 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    CODARM ruddy calls you his padawan yet you are a founding member of optimism valley. In HOPE all men are equal.

    Ruddy, my eternal enemy, may you dine in sadness and feast upon the tears of your optimism and I hope you are enjoying this lovely day.

    Perhaps HE has built himself up too much now and a wave of dissappintmet will wash over us all like a wave hitting rocks in a storm but this disappointment is exactly what HE wants.

    Praise go unto him for HE shall rise like Bramble in a night club.

    Muwhahahahahaha

  • 128 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Joe….So If I can get my head around that I’m smarter than a manc? Phew…

    Cheers for the info

    Didn’t you know we’re all geeks with ideas that PL football is as easy as FIFA 12? Just ask our good friend who goes by many names :)

  • 129 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    To return the compliment then Ibiza I shall refer to your civilian name also :P

    You put up a good show this morning and fought the good fight. ;)

    Beattie mate (I am going to refer to your proper name too :P ) we may have had our differences in the past and on occasion had debates and even clashes, if one would use such a strong description, but I always liked how you worded things and always say you as an excellent adversary. A well reasoned, well put argument is very difficult to dispel even if one believes it to be completely wrong, that my good sir, you are excellent at.

    By your post @112 it seems we have found some common ground at last, and it is the common ground we should have established from the very very start, as it is the simplest but most fundamental stance of all of us who post on this blog. And that is that we have the best interests of NUFC at heart. One can live in hope or live in optimism depending on what phrase you wish to use, but we all want what is best for our club.

    As an eternal optimist I will even go as far to say that I think instead of being adversaries we should dispel this doom mongering and kick on on the same side (after the Armageddon on Friday of course :P )

  • 130 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Cheik the toastie

    I know not of this beetle you speak off but you will have a place in his army that will take down the valley!

    Freeeeeeeddddddoooooommmmm

  • 131 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Check…If a nice post back equaled a blow job to any of us these pages would get 1,000+ posts each.

    I can see where the whole thing may be a bit much for some, obviously you included, but I don’t see how it’s hurting anyone. As Ruddy has pointed out, it was a response to all of the over the top negativity been thrown about the place.

  • 132 Irie-Magpie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Martoon “As I see it the worst case scenario would be if the mackems were losing finalists to a CL qualifying team – they would steal our europa place – unthinkable :( ” Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Fat mans laundry,
    Obertan is in fact in America undergoing head reshapement surgery apparantly its anvil like appearance was affecting his ability to run in a straight line.

  • 134 lukes26 // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I love how everyone is celebrating Perch for being average. I say that without a hint of sarcasm.

    Shows how committed we are as fans.

    That being said, I fear Perch as a CB.

    Hopefully Jonas’s new role will relieve pressure and we wont have a repeat of what happened when williamson and colo were out.

  • 135 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    @ Cheick the Toastie

    It must be tiring being so bitter all the time. If or how people get on with each other on this blog should be of no real concern to you because amidst all the banter we are having, and that is all this is mate, banter, we talk about football too, and all things NUFC and if you cannot relate to the banter then surely you can relate to the football side of things.

    I am a self professed Pardite, I make no bones about that. I remember how gutted I was when we got relegated a few short years ago and I am not ashamed to admit that I have never cried so hard in my life and hope never to be in that sorry state of affairs ever again. So with that in mind I am eternally grateful for the position we are in in the PL. Unlike the deluded fans who applauded Fat Freddy when he sacked SBR for failing to reach the CL I can see a good manager when we have one, and I hope for your sake Toastie that the club appreciate him too because if they don’t and they sack him for the same frivolous reasons that Freddy sacked Sir Bob, then it may take another decade and a relegation for us to ever have it this good again.

    I know this post is uncharacteristically stark and a bit harsh, but I just want to get across how strongly I feel about this. We need to support and appreciate the gaffer because he has worked nothing short of a miracle, let us enjoy it, savour it and not demand and demand and demand. He has planted the seed of success, let’s just wait for them to sprout! :D

  • 136 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    @ 126. No words, just a big smile and a thumbs up.

    @129…”Beetle” – great way to throw people off. Genius

  • 137 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Ruddy

    This is exactly what he prophisised.

    He said the serpent will offer friendship only to bite back with venom. Trust is a bond to be broken by friends and not enemies. So basically what he is saying is that he likes your debating skills but if he agrees with you how can he debate anymore? Also who is beetle?

    He also prophisises that Chelsea will get beat but Torress will score! Put your bets on, it’s a steal!

  • 138 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    @check the toastie
    ”Making friends is nice and all but please less of the mutual c0ck sucking its a bit needy for me… please please please beattie when you come back can we set up our own little place on Reality Drive ”
    Ah irony…

  • 139 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Jail…Very good.

    Luke…Does seem a little like primary school –

    Teacher: “James managed to write his name down everybody”
    Class: “Yay! Go James!”

    That said, he has improved greatly, so where’s the harm in praising him?

  • 140 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    This optimism is getting infectious on this blog, I could only join this movement if: Xisco gives us our money back, Ranger enrolls in daycare or Shola runs for an entire 3 minutes consecutively.

  • 141 Dannyo // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    @Jail
    Haha, where do u come up with this stuff….
    Being serious, he’s a ridicoulusly poor header of the ball. I never would’ve known…

  • 142 He Will Rise Again // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Will people stop calling HE beetle! This is not a diversionary tactic
    or maybe it is….

  • 143 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Infectious optimism. Nice.

    NewEnglandGeordi…First, it’s not a movement, it’s a choice. Secondly, the point of optimism is belief. We’ve been shown some positive signs, therefore we’re optimistic, your list (which may have been sarcastic and I’ve missed it) would be like saying i’ll be optimistic when there is nothing wrong at the club and we win everything every year. It will never be perfect, there will always be under performing players, some flops etc. Shouldn’t change how you feel about the team as a whole

  • 144 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Beattie if that is you and you do return, you do realize most will call you Beetle now?

  • 145 stk85 // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    lads tell me i’m running away with it here but the next 5 games are all very winable:

    liverpool, stoke & bolton at home
    swansea & wigan away.

    swans and liverpool are the hardest games, but everton proved you can nulify swansea, we got tiote to mow em down, and liverpool, well, they’re just rubbish at the moment.

    can’t wait until see what reception judas gets on sunday. 3-0 to the lads

    HWTL!!!!

  • 146 G // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Sorry to go off subject, but just read this on Statistics365, and thought it worth sharing:

    Hatem Ben Arfa’s 90 minutes v West Brom featured one goal, two assists, three dribbles and an 88% pass completion rate

    Makes me smile lots.

  • 147 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Optimism Valley was a moment of levity that also served it’s purpose of focussing not on the dream world but the realities of NUFC and this blog, namely stuff like eradicating the random insult nonsense, the stupid arguments of players being ‘championship’ quality, mackem insurgents under multiple identities, and actually talking sense without necessarily agreeing or even conceding on opinion.

    But this He Who Will Rise chod is getting me spooked, Beattie – why not just cut it out because half of each post is taken up with this turgid semi-religious blather. It’s ok when you make proper observations but y’know, joke over an’ all.

    Still chortling from the luis Suarez chant hopes that catches on Sunday. I know it’s ridiculously simple but what’s the harm in waiting for the inevitable Andy Caroll slip up then chiming ’35 Million, He’s only 35 Million, 35 Miiiiillion, he’s only’ – you get the idea. It would be funny see because he cost 35 Million and he would be falling over ha ha ha ha

  • 148 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    …or do you think that would make him score a hat trick? (GULP). :(

  • 149 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Now STK85…Loving the optimism, but that could be mistaken for being delusional. Granted it is possible we could win those 5 games, not likely though. Before the last game we were showing some poor form, hopefully though scraping through the Norwich game has turned that around.

    I hope you’re right…would be amazing

  • 150 G // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Tsunki, Liverfool have lost every game since the dropped Bellamy, and we just know that KD will start with Bellers and Carroll. I think if he starts with anybody else, then it’s winnable, but if that is his front two, then we might be in the klarts!

  • 151 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Tsunki…well put. It certainly seems to have upset a few people out there :(

    Hattrick for Carrol? I’d say Williamson has as much chance.

    On He Who Will Rise….it’s pretty harmless really. It’s slightly better than name calling and such that has populated the blog recently. Also, he only seems to dislike Ruddy, who’s more than holding his own, so no real problem :)

  • 152 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    G – exactly and I don’t want them to turn up with fire in their belly just to upset our party. We need to get at them like WBA but don’t let up. I do fear that our back four may be there for the taking if they spot a weakness so they really need to step up for this one. Bellers owned our RB side last time out.

  • 153 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    @CODARM

    Yes, ’twas sarcastic in nature. Doom&Gloomers are generally what have kept me from posting, although I’ve read the blog for awhile now. Plus, if there was nothing wrong we wouldn’t be the Newcastle we all know and love.

  • 154 stk85 // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    i too have been rather dissappointed by some of the games and form since we thumped man utd in january, but u know, a win a win and norwich win spurred on the wba win.

    i think with this 4-3-3 formation we have found a new way to get at them that they don’t expect.

    i’d like to reign in my unbridled optimism and tone it down a notch.

    now, i’m a cautious optimist :D

  • 155 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Well if everyone else is ok with it I guess I am. Who am I to moderate weirdness? :)

  • 156 lukes26 // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Does Tiote deserve a starting position? He hasnt been nearly as effective as last season, it must be said.

    Ba, Ben Arfa and Guthrie cannot be effective for more than 65 minutes on the pitch. It would be nice to have decent substitutes on the bench.

  • 157 check the toastie // Mar 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Fat Mike – hope you havent missed the point my friend.

    Ruudy – i agree Pardew has done gud, and although you may think it i am a bitter and twisted individual, in fact i am an open minded generally gud guy (IMO). I can accept your arguments regarding pardew, however for me he has made mistakes and it is this blog that provides a foru to discuss them, this questioning is what drives the team on and improves performance.

    Optimism Valley needs to stop breeding narrow minded doctrine and start accepting others peoples beliefs.

  • 158 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    N.E.G (Not very fitting acronym there then!)…Got it. It would seem that some positivity has returned, although that is now being met with great negativity, funny old world. Keep posting away, as long as you’re respectful in your posts no one should stop you

  • 159 Wor Shearer // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    After all is said and done, 5 points from Champions League with 8 games to go….Haway!

  • 160 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Cheers for the support there Ibiza I’m glad someone believes in me ;)

    Was that a thinly veiled compliment He Will Rise/Beattie? I know it is you, everyone else knows it is you. Just admit it is you and we won’t make fun of you…much :P

    I do not have the foggiest as to why you have such disdain for me? I am a pretty reasonable guy who has had much worse debates against people with half the intellect as you brilliantly showed on more than one occasion. We do not agree totally on all things NUFC, there are a few of us here who share the optimistic slow and steady approach and believe Pards is doing everything right. There are those who love the direction the club is going but are still sceptical about tactics and subs and want to wait a while longer before giving Pards too much credit and there are those who think the world is an awful place, that this is a false dawn that will inevitably lead to relegation and an implosion of epic proportions.

    Whatever side you are on my friend, as long as you cheer with the other 51,999 on match day, get behind the team when you’re watching it on telly, or spread the good word of NUFC across the globe then you’ll still be a mate of mine ;)

  • 161 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Tsunki…I can’t speak for everyone, just my opinion on the matter. You criticize away :)

    stk85…sounds like a healthy level of optimism.

    Luke…You want Tiote on the bench? With Colo out?

    Check…Enjoy to no end how much OV is bothering you. Pretty sure we’re happy to accept others thoughts, beliefs, etc.We too will debate any thoughts we may have, which will differ between all of those who are now in the “OV” group. It is a blog and everyone has a say. What I can’t stand is people coming on and abusing certain players and just spout “Championship Quality”, “Pardews useless” etc etc etc. That’s not debate, it’s just moronic. I will happily agree not all is wonderful, nor have I / we ever said it was.

  • 162 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    CODARM – I’ll probably be posting fairly often as it’s far too lonely being a Newcastle fan here in the US. For whatever reason watching overweight people jog in circles (baseball) is far more popular than the PL here. :(

  • 163 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Wor Shearer. Howay indeed.

  • 164 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    NEG…as John Cleese once said “It is not reasonable to host an event called the world series when no one outside of your country is interested”.

    Where about’s in the states are you?

    Ruddy…No Problems mate. Anything I can do to bolster your apparent low self esteem :)

  • 165 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    @toastie

    I get your point but sharing someone’s opinion doesn’t necessitate ‘c0ck sucking’ as you so eloquently put it. Regardless of whether you share others views or are alone with your proverbial hollowed out melon.. your methods of supporting your point were shall we say interesting…

  • 166 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Toastie

    We are many things, but narrow minded is not one of them. If anything I am suggesting a more open and positive view on things and surely that can only be a good thing.

    I say Pards can do no wrong, but that is not necessarily true. Yes I accept he can make mistakes, but after all he is just a man and he is not perfect and will c0ck up now and then with tactics or team selection. If he does something wrong he holds his hands up and admits it, which is refreshing considering how Dogleash deals with criticisms which is making him and his club look foolish.

    Instead of slating him for making mistakes we should be proud of him for taking positive action in rectifying them. He had probably wanted to play 4-3-3 with that system all season and only recently got to try it out because he has played the waiting game with HBA and it has paid off big style for us, HBA and Pards. Masterstroke.

    I respect your opinions and in no way am I trying to silence your voice, even if I see it as a dissenting one :P you are free to express your opinion however you see fit. As open are you to express yours I am open to trying to offer a different perspective.

  • 167 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    CODARM- John Cleese is my hero, but that’s unrelated. And well New England as my name suggests, but Massachusetts to be more specific.

  • 168 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    NEG…I could benefit greatly from reading properly :)

    John Cleese is a legend

  • 169 ScreamingTree // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    6th in the league,joint points with Chelsea @ 5th and 8 points above Liverpool in 7th………..Probably the most happiest ive been a Newcastle suporter since the heady days of Sir Bobby(2002 win against Feyenoord tops it)..
    I bleed nufc and i know and understand our fault’s and we have allways had them, but this season is by far the most unexpected and exciting times we have had for a while.
    We cant compete with the teams above us with massive salaries and attract big names signing anymore(We Know)
    But F*****g hell we are doing it,and you can Bum Love Pardew, Carr, Ashley, Hatem,Bloody whoever you want……..It;s been a team effort and i for one am thankfull……..Im proud of my Club again………..

  • 170 lukes26 // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I dont want Tiote out….I want Guthrie in. why change a winning strategy. let jonas play his sweeper role.

    tiote is out of form, it must be said. at his best, there are few better Def. mids than him though.

  • 171 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Luke…Fair enough. For me I’d take tiote over guthrie all day, but that’s me. However, if Tiote is 100% then I would consider resting him. Liverpool is a big game, but Tiote for the other 7 is more important

  • 172 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Adriannnnnnne

    We will be 11 clear

  • 173 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    CODARM – I thought it best to include the disclaimer right in the name, so that way it can explain the fact that I may stumble around some of the more localized references. I get very limited exposure to football fans, I know a liverpool fan (who I hope I can mock after this weekend) and a Senegalese friend who’s uncle knows the Senegal national team personally, but that’s it.

  • 174 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Guthrie was not that great on Sunday so I would slot Tiote in for him

  • 175 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    N.E.G, so are you a born american? If so, what got you in to the toon? Besides them being great and all that

  • 176 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Got a feeling Guthrie will keep his place with Tiote coming in and Jonas moving to LB

  • 177 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Ruddy…pat pat…i’m with you.

    Fat Mike…Could be something in that. Jonas took over from Colo pretty well Sunday. Wouldn’t shock me to see:

    Simmo – Willo – Perch – Guti

    —Cabaye—–Tiote—-Guthrie

    —-Arfa—–Cisse——Ba

  • 178 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    …………….. Krul…………
    simmo…..willo…..ameobi…..santon

    …………….. …….tiote……………………
    …..jonas ………………………..cabaye…..
    …;.………….arfa…………………….
    …………….cisse……..Ba……………

    What u think?? I fink ameobi would do do a better job in defense than perch and also willo and he shud b captain and that will spur him on to play even better. Opinions PLZ

  • 179 davybtoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    If Chelsea finish 5th n win fa cup v everton or Sunderland we do not get the Europa league spot for 6th, Sunderland or everton do as chelsea will already be qualified n so the cup spot goes to runners up, also swansea are to qualify through the fair play route

  • 180 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Just seems like Pardew doesn’t trust Santon all that much atm

  • 181 bollance // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Stoke are 4 points from Liverpool, what place are stoke in league?

  • 182 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Does anyone know if the FA cup games televised tonight?

  • 183 bollance // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    12th

    Yet another reason to crush them on Sunday. They will start to slip down the league!!!

    HWTL

  • 184 bollance // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    The pressure is all on them!!

  • 185 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Bollance…12th. Was that meant to make a point? If so, I’ve missed it

  • 186 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    CODARM- Yup, born and raised here. I have loved football, and so decided that I needed to pick an appropriate team. Wanted a team with class and some real history behind them, but without having the whole ManU, Liverpool, Arsenal arrogant vibe and the NUFC fans were said to be the most loyal in the world. So Newcastle it was, watched every game I could since. :D

  • 187 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Ahhh…sorry bollance, too slow with my reply

  • 188 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Fat Mike….Indeed. Can’t argue that without Colo he’d be a risk with lack of defensive cover.

    NEG…Good man. You can always be guaranteed drama as a Newcastle fan, that is for sure :)

    On the loyal thing…don’t let the silly disputes you see on here make you think that’s not true. The Geordies in general are a wonderful bunch of people…and the accent is the best going :)

  • 189 davybtoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Scum on itv
    Spurs on espn

  • 190 FatmanJoe // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    13

    go back further than that mate… Dyer, jenas, duff, owen, luque.

    Come to think of it, struggling to think of many players who leave the toon and improve their circumstances.

    On another point – I was saying at the beginning of the season I was excited and had high expectations. I couldn’t understand why so many people were against cabaye, ba and santone joining – however – I think we’ve got a tough run coming and I think we have to be prepared to drop some points.

    I’ll be happy to eat my words but colo will be a big loss and I can see the Bin dippers catching up in the next few games. But 7th is progress!

  • 191 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Cheers Davy

  • 192 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    What u think of ameobi covering at CB??

  • 193 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Fatman…We have to drop points. I do hope we can keep Liverpool at bay though. Would really like to finish above them and it is possible in fact likely, but wouldn’t be completely shocked to see them overtake us.

  • 194 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Rozehnal….It’s been mentioned before on here and holds some merit. He’s a big lad, wouldn’t have to run up and down so much. Can’t see it happening though, unless Pardew is training him up for it this weekend.

  • 195 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    CODARM – I’ve heard legend of the accent, hope to go over there and catch a live match someday. (Or NUFC could do me the courtesy of playing the New England Revolution “shitty mls team” during a friendly over the summer instead of playing in Florida.)

    And drama for sure, my singular (sadly) newcastle jersey, from just a few years ago, is of then captain Alan Smith, which shows just how much has changed.

  • 196 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Would normally be cheering for Bolton tonight, especially to see them get one over on old saggy chops (who seems to have lost his ‘midas touch’ the last few weeks) and the whole Muamba situation…
    but gonna have to go for Spurs, would love to see european football back on Tyneside next season and whilst I’m confident we can keep the league form up we need all the help we can get

  • 197 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    NEG…Sorry, had to laugh at that. Alan Smith. Brilliant. If you do go to a game, you’re going to need to get a new one first!

    Sorry, they wont be touring near you…I’ve booked them to tour the Balearic islands so I can get a look :)

  • 198 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I fink he would make a better defender instead of a striker could b another samba in the making pardew shud consider using him in defense could save us a lot of money too

  • 199 FatmanJoe // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Might work in our favour to finish 7th anyway. Correct me if um wrong (it’s been known to happen) but aren’t we in a better chance of getting Europe finishing 5th and 7th. Doesn’t 6th make hard work for us?

    I’ve had people explain it to me several times and I still have a blank look on my face!

    Part of the reason that I want to finish above Liverpool – Europe or nay- is that I know loads of Liverpool fans ad they’re all c***s

    I kid u not. I like manure fans more.

  • 200 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Does anybody know why they’re not showing the game in Helmand province this weekend ?

  • 201 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Fatman….Can’t clarify that one for you. I know the face you talk of, as it’s a similar one to mine when having it explained.

    I have one friend who supports Liverpool and is actually a good bloke. Be great to wind him up though. Well, wind him up more than I already have over the seasons positioning and there amazing business model of paying £35m for Carroll.

    Rozehnal…You could be right. Have seen Shola getting back and doing his part in defence. Time will tell I suppose

  • 202 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    JFA…Rained off?

  • 203 davybtoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Ryt European qualification

    4th we get champions league
    5th we get Europa league
    6th we get Europa league if the fa cup final is Liverpool v spurs/chelsea only
    7th same as 6th but if Liverpool finish above us in the league

  • 204 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Davy…thank you for helping out us slow folk :)

  • 205 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Ibiza,
    Its because of the Telly ban !

  • 206 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Yeah I remember samba being used as a striker before and I’ve watched Shola play loads of times n fink he’s a great tackler wins the ball a lot and also on set pieces he would easy mark out Suarez also would give Carroll a really hard time if he played defense on Sunday I’d b more confident in us winning that game and hopefully b 5th and 11 clear of liverpool

  • 207 davybtoon // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Nee bother ppl think we get Europe If scum or everton get to cup final we don’t no matter if they win or lose they get it instead

  • 208 FatmanJoe // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I’m sure nice Liverpool fans do exist. I read it in a book once!

    The way I see it, I reckon they’re going to try and exploit our weakness in the full back position and look to put balls in the box (as good as perch has become, balls in the box.. Hmm)

    with that in mind – team for the weekend elliot GK, Simpson, williamson, santon, perch, tiote dm, cabaye, guthrie, 3 at the front ben arfa, ba, cisse.

    433. Let our forwards go mental on the

  • 209 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Jail…Of course :)

    Davy…Noted.

  • 210 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Fatman…why Elliot in goal?

  • 211 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    One of my best mates is a Liverpool supporter and he shows true class that the idiot Dalglish is betraying. He idolises the guy but is having his boyhood hero destroyed…by the man himself and he says it is very painful to watch.

    Having said that, by and large, Liverpool fans are terrible,delusional idiots who think they are a top 4 team even though they haven’t been there since 2008/9 season, is that right?

    It would be great if by finishing 6th gets us European football but the most important thing is that we finish as high up in the league as we possibly can. It will be our league position and league position alone that will determine if we are a big club or not, I’d rather finish 6th and be ahead of Liverpool and miss out on European football than have them finish above us and get it.
    (Although for that to happen they would have to finish 5th, us 6th and Chelsea 7th without Chelsea getting to the FA Cup final for that to happen…)

  • 212 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Also think samba is a fool fOr going Russia what a idiot , I’m sure he sed he wanted stay in prem and play for a English team competing for Europe. He must really regret it now!

  • 213 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    What if Bolton reach the final but are relegated?

  • 214 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    CODARM- Balearic Islands? And I thought I was off the map in terms of football. And yes Alan Smith is a bit of a laugh, especially now that the numbers have come off there’s just a big white patch and so the most common responses to the jersey is that I’m a referee by the name of “Smith”, or even worse, that I support a team named “Northern Rock” -sigh- My silly American countrymen.

  • 215 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry

    Bolton would still be in the Europa League much like Birmingham were in it for winning the FA Cup. Relegation does not remove your right to play european football

  • 216 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Carling Cup my apologies :S

  • 217 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Wouldn’t mind finishing sixth and losing out to Everton but we’ll never here the last oF it if the mackems beat us to it,for me best case scenario is that Lpool get absolutely destroyed in the final off of Spurs.

  • 218 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    @ruddy
    True, just had a feeling they’d changed that this year… Maybe it was a dream…

  • 219 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    N.E.G…Not many Americans I know have ever heard of the Balearics.

    Smith the referee, brilliant

  • 220 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I pray to god the scum don’t get in to Europe. Before anyone jumps on me for being religious, I am praying to the god that is Wor Shearer (the real one, not the poster on here – although I’m sure he is godly himself :) )

  • 221 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Fat Mike’s Dirty Laundry

    I think there was some speculation that Birmingham would not be allowed to enter the Europa League because they had been relegated but UEFA said that regardless of what division they were playing in they were eligible for entry as they had won the Carling Cup so perhaps you are remembering the rumours about them not being allowed to enter?

  • 222 FatmanJoe // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I wondered if anyone would bite at that.

    I love krul and wouldn’t drop him at all but his goal kicks are awful. Most of the opposition attacks come from his goal kicks. That has to improve.

    That being said he’s pretty much the first name on the team sheet.

    I would change my team tho. No way jonas can be dropped after his performances. Perch at lb out and jonas in for me

  • 223 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Hang on a minute. Say we get 5th, Europe secured for us. Is there a scenario where the scum get in too? Would love to have the chance to knock them out of Europe as well as nicking points off them in the league :)

  • 224 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I fink if we beat Liverpool we still in running for 4th as spurs will slip up some point we need to aim for 4th and in doing that we will sneak 5th and no need to rely on other teams, I hope we beat it’s a big big game we need to go all out

  • 225 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Totally disagree with a losing finalist taking the place of a team wHo has played 38 games to reach where they are..

  • 226 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Fatman…I’d take bad distribution from Krul over Elliot any day.

    Jonas was great on Sunday and has worked his neck off for us as he always does

  • 227 rozehnal // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Liverpool..

  • 228 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Yeah Ibiza if the Scum beat Spurs in the FA Cup final and we finished 5th then yeah we would both be in the Europa League :P

  • 229 Fat Mikes Dirty Laundry // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    If we get 5th the scum can qualify through the cup…
    :D imagine

  • 230 GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous) // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Very VERY unlikely turn of events for that to happen though!

  • 231 eric // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Pardew will sign who hes told to going in to the last half of the season with only two fit centre halves criminal and amateurish

  • 232 bollance // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    If we beat Liverpool on Sunday they will be closer in terms of pointa to 15th placed Aston villa then us!

  • 233 bollance // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Somebody should tell Enrique that especially after he sighted his reasons for leaving us

  • 234 Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I also think that out of the three Europa slots two should be for league standings and a playoff between the two cup winners,the it reason a european spot is available for the league cup is so that teams take it a bit more seriously.

  • 235 NewEnglandGeordie // Mar 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    CODARM- I had a feeling but, not gonna lie I had to google it to be sure, and if only Smith was a referee, he wouldn’t possibly think to give himself that many yellow cards.




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