My Players Have Been Magnificent To A Man

Newcastle were outplayed in the first half at Everton today and were 2-0 down at the break.

Nikica Jelavic scores this afternoon against Newcastle

But Alan brought on both Ryan Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux at half time for Perchinho and Davide Santon, and both played well and Marveaux looked particularly good and is topping out Man of the Match poll at the moment with 57% of the vote.

Alan was not too downbeat about the defeat today – hey it’s one game and Everton were great in that first half.

This is what Alan said after the game this afternoon:

“I can’t fault the players.” “They have been absolutely magnificent to a man. All my staff, everybody – we’ve had a real good go at it.”

“You look at the quality of teams like Everton and Chelsea who have finished seventh and sixth respectively and you say ‘how have we finished fifth’? It is amazing really.”

“We are very pleased with that and we look forward to next year.” “We have got a great spirit in there – never-say-die,’

“Even against an Everton side who were fabulous today in the first half, at 2-0 down we still gave it a right go.” “Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

“But I’m pleased Arsenal and Spurs both won today, because it would have hurt more. I congratulate those two, because they probably deserve to be above us.”

It was just a pity Newcastle couldn’t have got a goal back after  half time and at 2-1 it could have brought us back into the game – but it wasn’t to be.

We’re not too upset about the defeat – we are just happy we are back in Europe again, and that we have a very good side in the making, and this season has had some great memories  for Newcastle.

Now we have to build on that,  and having heard Alan Pardew and John Carver interviews on BBC Newcastle on  Friday evening, they seem to know exactly what they are doing.

The last thing they will be doing is resting on their laurels,  and we’re now going to watch the Montpellier vs Lille game, and see if they bring off Mathieu Debuchy near the end.

Lille did that with Yohan Cabaye in their last game last season, and he ended up at Newcastle a few weeks later.

We think Debuchy could end up at Newcastle in the summer too, and join his friend Yohan on Tyneside – and Alan gave a huge hint of that last Friday.

And the Montpellier captain is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is playing center-back tonight, and it’s another chance to take a look at him, who has been linked heavily with Newcastle this season.

Comments welcome.

88 comments so far

  • ToonAndy

    May 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Here’s my 10 pence on incoming and outgoing… Sorry if I get carried away … Lol.

    Simpson – 4 mill
    Guthrie – 4 mill
    Smith – Free
    Ba – 7 mill
    Tiote – 28 mill
    Frazer foster – 3 mill
    Lovenkrands – 1 mill
    Ranger – 1 mill
    Best 2.5 mill
    Xisco – free
    Abeid – loan
    Vuckic – loan
    Gosling – loan
    Tavernier – loan
    =51.5 ….. Too many players sold???

    Vertoghan – 8 mill
    Alderwerield – 4 mill
    Debuchy – 6.5 mill
    Marvin Martin – 6.5 mill
    Diame – Free
    Hoilett – 4 mill (compensation)
    Hazard – 14 mill
    Luuk De Jong – 10 mill
    Hooper (Celtic)/ Rhodes- 4.5 mill

    =57.5 …..







    Subs: Elliot, Alderweireld, Saylor, Diame, Hoilett, Marveaux, Hooper/Rhodes…

    Top 4 team?? Yes

    Will it happen?? …… 🙁

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Reel yourself i andy, u’ve gotten horribly carried away… Not carried away, i think u’re dreaming.

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #3

    So lads, silly season soon… Will we be getting some announcments June 1st?

  • ToonAndy

    May 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #4

    All of my targets are very realistic … Except maybe Hazard… But there won’t be as much activity as I have put down..

  • yorkshireToon

    May 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #5


    Love rands and Guthrie have both finished tere contracts so we won’t get anything for them

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    everyone calling for Debuchy where is he going to play?

    Santon should be right back next season as he is right footed!!

    its a left back we need!! although Debuchy could play in midfield…

  • nufc786

    May 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #7

    all depends on who leaves and who doesnt the we will start to buy

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #8

    ToonAndy – you also seem to have put Jonas and Obertan in the back of a van and chucked them in the tyne.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #9

    santonthenewmaldini – if he is to live up to your name he will stay LB. When have you seen santon on the right?

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #10


    Isn’t Guthrie on a free ?

    Beattie OV

    An excellent summary of how our players have performed and pretty even handed. Nothing I’d disagree with there.

    Rich TF

    Another good synopsis of our season. Far too many goals against and that can only mean we need to strengthen the defence first and foremost.

    I do have faith in Pardiola. He is honest in his assessments and open with the fans as to what the restrictions are. I’ve no problem with him on Shola. I expect he’ll become one of the backroom team when his supersub role finally ends.

    We can pitch for CL next season. We just have to do it all again, concede 15 less goals and score 10 more., and a couple more clean sheets.
    Be nice to win a cup though.

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #11

    So let silly season begin with this:

    Debuchy has signed for £6,5 mill, done deal. Source: twitter

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Sausage sandwich in the morning £2.10 deal
    Source: brown

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #13

    MFH – Pards doesn’t need anyone to tell him this season has been about what if – big lesson is depth of squad. Saylor epitomises what happens to a thundering side when a key memeber goes down without backup. I expect that will be adjusted for next year.

    Flamethrowers at the ready, fingers steady…

    Well done Citeh for taking the title and in mind-numbingly stylish fashion, leaving the spectacle of Man U fans in stunned silence in the grave of the stadium of endless plight amongst the B.O. – impregnated rabble drooling on their betting-slip rag shirts in desolation at being 20 points away from N E Top Dog.

    I know the concept of ‘2nd Favourite Team’ may seem like an unforgivable one, but I am happy for City, my boyhood team before puberty knocked sense into me.

  • supatoonkid

    May 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Man ToonAndy you be crazy & Santonthenewmaldini we should keep Santon at LB as he has done well there & Debuchy at RB will be a quality fullback duo next season

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Cool so what is the Third kit next season as the maroon is bad luck

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Just seen Eden Hazard come out of Morisons with four cans of LCL and a box of Bensons and check into the travelodge.

    Done deal.

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Despite the fact that i wanted Man Utd to take the title today, considering City has virtually bought it, seeing the celebrations after the 3-2 goal does bring a smile to my face.
    Now that is real joy right there and it’ll probably only make them stonger for next season.

    Congratz City, altho i didnt like the way u got it.

  • belgrade fan

    May 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Wikipedia- Debuchy is Newcastle United player! Did y see that?? He is going to sign in early June, deal done

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #19


    Okay so you can buy anything if you’ve enough money. However, the last two minutes of injury time – what incredible drama…never say die… good on Citeh

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Dannyo – don’t get you mate – what team has won the title without effectively ‘buying’ it? Haven’t they just played the big lads at their own game and done it better?

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I know u’re aiming to the likes of Utd, but they have done it over the course of 25 years. They didn’t use 1 billion pounds over 4 years to get to the title. Same with Liverpool pre 2000.
    Only one who’s done the same as City is Chelsea.

    One cannot say otherwise.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I think gorgonzola may be on to something – we psychologically can’t seem to link up our play unless we are in black and white – any other strip seems to knock out our recognition and the passing goes to pot.

    Therefore I think that the first strip should be black with white stripes, the second white with black stripes and the third a mixture of both.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #23


    Manure have been big big spenders over many years. Any team playing catch up has to invest big time over a short period.

    Aren’t you glad that our old friend Barton is no longer with us ?

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #24

    OK so that’s three of them. Do you need more/ i am not advocating that they should be allowed to do it mind – in fact it shows the absurdity of being able to monopolis a competition by sheer weight of cash available. Chelsea have been a rich mans toy for years and I can’t stand the idea that Abramovich may actually be at the brink of buying his own CL trophy to superglue to the front of his QE3-sized yacht or just to put it in his Kharzi to put his used cotton buds in. So City did the same in record time – perhaps the fair play rules will somehow address this absurdity but in the meantime fair play to city for seeing Man U and Chelski and going all-in. See how they like it I say.

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Man U have spent the money they need to spend to keep the distance to other clubs in the current economic climate.
    Man City has bet hugely on sucess via money, Man Utd has bet on success via Fergy in their time. We bet our success one structure and moneyballing.

    I’ve always been disgusted of Barton and wish he had gone down today.

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #26

    I am with Dannyo on this one.

    For me this is the day football died 🙁

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #27

    jesperfuglsang – glad you aren’t a dramatic personality. 🙂

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Tell me this. Which fighter do u enjoy more.
    Drago or Rocky?
    I know which one i like, the latter, cause he EARNED it, over time, through talent and work.
    Drago used money and substanence to get there.

    Hows that of an analogy for ya, lol.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #29


    It’d be great if skilful management and sound finances were the foundation for success. We’d be in with a shout if they were.
    Can’t see the fair play rules being interpreted that strictly sadly.
    Abramovich parked his yacht off Gigha a couple of years ago and it is massive – helidecks etc. He is a loathsome human being and I’ll be shouting for the opposition next week.

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #30



  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyway – how do you think real and Barca have been doing it all these years? I don’t recall much but admiration being touted about those guys.

    Don’t worry – the recession is catching up with everybody, it’s just the very rich who will feel it last.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Dannyo – see @27 and put ‘dannyo’ in instead of ‘jesperfuglsang’ ha ha.

    Anyway I don’t like any fighters they are all mean and should know better. 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki, football is about fun and there is just no fun at all in the likes of Citeh and Chelski.

    For me it would just have been good riddance if Citeh didn’t win the title and if Chelski loose to Bayern 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #34

    MFH yeah I said after today may as well shout for the English team then but thought about what I said the other day and dammit no will shout for Bayern!
    FC Bayern, wir fahren nach Athen.
    Schalalal lala lala…

    errr 😉

  • Dannyo

    May 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Lol, u cheat, not allowed to wriggle your way out like that 😛

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    May 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #36


    Would you rather the Gooners won the title then ?

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Jesper – if they didn’t win it this year they would spend more next year and then win it. Anyway, I actually enjoyed seeing the likes of Kompany being player of the year – most expensive signing? Er, no. 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #38


    Rather than Citeh? Of cause 😉 who wouldn’t?

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Having said all that, there could be no sweeter feeling on this good green earth fashioned for men than seeing our shoestring wizards lifting that trophy next year. The dreaming must not stop, and with that I bid all a very good night. Great season, great times, looking forward to more.

  • jesperfuglsang

    May 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #40


    Konpany very exciting indeed 😉

    Wouldn’t want them to win next year either 😉


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