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Pardew – Simpson Can Play For Us Next Season

10:39 am, Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 149 Comments

We all know that Danny Simpson, the Newcastle right-back,  has turned down a very good contract from the club, and the negotiations have been going on with the former Manchester United defender and his representatives,  for over a year now.

Danny Simpson in action against Sunderland

And just like with Jose Enrique last year, Newcastle are not even close to signing up the 25 year-old,  and therefore there is a likelihood this summer that Newcastle will sell their right-back, like they did with left-back Jose Enrique, who went to Liverpool for £6M last August.

Simpson will attract interest from many clubs, if he is put up for sale this summer, and QPR, Aston Villa and Fulham are thought to be interested.

Danny will return to pre-season training a week come Thursday, so we may hear more at that time,  about what he wants to do, and whether he really wants to stay on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew, like any good manager, wants the lad to stay with the team, and Alan left Simpson’s position open, when he talked to the local Newcastle press corps this morning:

“He’s got a year left on his deal.” “He turned down a new contract and that’s where we are.” “Danny could play the whole season next year. We’ll have to see.”

The Simpson situation is eerily similar to Jose Enrique’s position last year at this time, and apparently if he had signed the deal Newcastle offered him, the Spanish U21 defender would have been one of the best paid players on Tyneside.

Jose was signed for £6.2M from Villareal in August, five years ago by Sam Allardyce.

And it shows that with players who have proven their worth to Newcastle, owner Mike Ashley is willing to reward them with some big bucks.

It seems that Jose questioned Newcastle’s ambitions, and he moved on, but if he knew where Newcastle would be last May – in 5th position in the Premier League and above Liverpool – he may have reconsidered.

But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we are still hoping Danny Simpson will stay at Newcastle.

But we are hoping that Danny will have an almighty fight on his hands for his right-back position next season, if Newcastle are successful in getting Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Danny Simpson · Jose Enrique · Newcastle News

149 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM


    Worst news ever

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Come on now Beattie…Calm down. Don’t make me list other news that is far worse than Danny Simpson staying at Newcastle for another season 🙂

  • 3 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM


    If he stays I doubt we’ll invest in another RB until next season which means the whole tower of cards will come toppling down.

  • 4 markmac // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    That sounds like a if we cant get our 1st choice RB in [debuchy?] then he will have to stay

  • 5 jesperfuglsang // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I gotta hand it too AP he is very pacient with Simmo; if it was be I had transferlisted him a long time ago 🙂

    Not because I don’t rate him, but because he won’t sign his contract. AP need to showhe means business and signing debuchy would do that 🙂

  • 6 jesperfuglsang // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    * me

  • 7 jesperfuglsang // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Beside that fact that Simmo doesn’t want to move to a CL club this has Enrique written all over it…thought NUFC had learned!

  • 8 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Troleibusiukas_LTU // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM




    ——————–BEN ARFA——CABAYE———


    *Ba is off at the end of summer-agents are too powerfull these days.

    What do you think?

    34Troleibusiukas_LTU // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM






  • 9 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Have to agree with Beattie. Im grateful to Simmo for all he has done for us but I think his contract offer fairly represents his value to the club. As I said on a previous post I’d put him in the same bracket as Willo. On his days can be very dependable but when he has a shocker we tend to ship 4 or 5.

    These two need to be replaced as first team players if we need to keep progressing. Quite honestly I think this comment from Pards is just out of fear that we may not get a right back in. Planting the seeds to dampen our disappointment. Won’t work on me..think it would be embarrassing after all our obvious moves on right backs if we can’t bring one in.

  • 10 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    As demonstrated last season..our problem isnt scoring goals..its out defense on certain days..boost of quality and reducing Simmo and Willo to squad players for less important games will only benefit us. This is the priority first and foremost above attacking options for me.

  • 11 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM





    ——————CISSE—————DE JONG————–

  • 12 Oldgit1 // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    If he sits out his last year of his contract he then goes for a freebie. Cant see the sense in that.
    We need to get some money for him. Get rid

  • 13 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    We need to get rid of Simpson and Williamson urgently as they are just not good enough. They are costing us too many goals/points. I’m surprised Alan Pardew can’t see it.

    Arsenal have just signed Giroud, so we’ve got some catching up to do if we want to compete with them.

    I’m surprised we haven’t signed anyone yet. What the hell is going on?

  • 14 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Agents have no power at all.

    If a player doesn’t like what they can sack them.

    The reality is a lot of players who can’t get top clubs and top wages negotiate moves all the time so they and their agents can pick up a nice signing on fee.

    If Ba levea it is his and only his decision. His agent might recommend a nice but Ba doesn’t have to sign or agree to anything.

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    In other words. Nobody wants hiim, so we have no choice but to keep him. I’d just release him. That will be more positive than keeping him. We can’t be doing with liabilities in the squad. Raylor is miles better defensively and far more technical.

  • 16 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I love the panic we get off all of your posts ketsbaia.

    You must be going through hell every transfer window.

    Just sit back and let the club do the work then enjoy the football come August

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Yeah, well hopefully they sign the essential required. Maybe we’re looking at some German players at the moment and waiting until next week to make a bid.

  • 18 Hatem's better than Messi // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Sure he can do a job and it will be in his interest to play well to put himself in the shop window.

    But ideally we need to sell him and move on.

  • 19 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM


    As shown last year with Cabaye, Ba etc..most of the time deals are wrapped up before the window and then anounced officially when it opens. Either we are being really secretive to match the attention on us from previous success in the market…or we are struggling to close deals because of it…I along with everyone here can only hope its the former…or at least that we conclude who we want over the summer. Just got to sit back and wait I guess…

  • 20 grumpy_old_sod // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Really hope this doesn’t mean we’re not getting debuchy.

  • 21 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    We should be signing Cissokho anyway. We don’t even need Debuchy. We have Raylor, Santon, Perch, Saylor and Tavernier at right-back.

  • 22 OoAhDembaBa // Jun 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Any rangers players we should consider?

  • 23 Shiremagpies // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    alright guys, would anybody care to update me on whats happening with this debuchy debacle?? is it on or off??

  • 24 benarfa23 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    my opinion on france at euro 2012
    for me blanc made some very serious mistake like:
    1. rely to much on ribery, france only focus on left side of the pitch
    2. late on making decision (subtitution)
    3. don’t trust his player ability (on ribery and hba he have two of 5 best player who can dribble past defender)
    4. benzema playing way to deep
    5. france player seem to ignore ben arfa on the pitch and more focus on ribery
    6. use the same player as subtitute (hba, giroud, marvin, menez, mvilla)
    7. treat some player different than the other
    8. have a mole on his team (have a bust up or furios debate is okay what not okay is that it made public)
    9. and so on
    mistake number three is imho is his blunder, he don’t trust his player can match spain ability, spain player is master on keeping possesion but on dribble they are no way near ben arfa & ribery not to mention nasri menez benzema even clichy is a good dribble. he should use that advantage again spain.
    but blanc choose to use defensive tactic (using 5 defender) altough we all know that france defend is one of the worse on euro

  • 25 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    It’s being made out like Williamson and Simpson are the worst defenders in the premier league. Ohhhh woe is us. 5th place in the premier league Ohhhh how tragically awfull they are. I agree we could do with competition as we have a long season ahead, but thelevel of ungrateful is Everest esc. Would of hated to see some of the bashers at Christmas. Every toy you open is one you’ve always wanted and met with a cry of “next” and on to the conveyor belt it goes.

  • 26 seantoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Wouldn’t say get rid of Simpson and Williamson to be honest. We need a bigger squad this season not smaller. What happens say if we get the like of Bradford, Northampton in the cup. We need these players to play in the games and give our best 11 a rest. It’s going to be a very long season!

  • 27 G // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    100% agree with josh @ post 25.

  • 28 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    They are the worst defenders in the league and people need to realise this. We’ll need to sign better replacements. The replacements can then be used for the league cup matches etc. I’m still hoping that we’ll sign Vertonghen. Alan has said we’re looking for a goalscoring centre back, so I expect us to sign a centre half for at least £7m.

  • 29 G // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Ketsbaia9 – 2 words for you mate – Titus Bramble.

  • 30 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Hope Simpson fcuks off sooner rather than later. I repeat fcuk off Simpson stop fcuking the club about, just find yourself a new club and go, nothing worse than being in limbo.

  • 31 G // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    That was a reference to a worse defender in the league btw, not a reference to a goalscoring centre back (unless you want an own-goal scoring centre back?)

  • 32 phoonck // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    why do people keep saying we should get players signed before the start of euro2012, and now its our incompetency that we failed to sign anyone and now players prices wld have soared?!

    think, people, and think hard. if u are the club owners of the good players who are gonna play at euro2012, why would u wanna sell before the tournament then? no one’s gonna sell their players before big tournaments unless offered silly money, not the kind of business that we’ll be interested to deal in nowadays..

    so sit back and relax, enjoy euro2012 while it lasts..

    howay the lads!

  • 33 spitfire_ // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Ketsbaia9, not everything what Pardew said is happend. I’m almost sure that we will not bring goal scoring CB… and not only this one… Yanga what was his name and Douglas are not an options anymore… just like last summer hunt for striker after first few options was gone. If we bought some CB this summer it will be some young player… only for the count.

    And Vertonghen will not come to us… be realistic.

  • 34 Klatoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Forget Debuchy, Rosales etc we should sign a LB, there I said it !

  • 35 09nufc09 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Its not that simpson and willo are bad defenders its that they are bad technically and too slow, i was watching the liverpool game again a couple of days ago and after we scored the second goal and reina had been sent off we started to play keep ball and kept it for a while with cabaye, tiote, jonas, perch all passing it to each other then it went to willo and he took too many touches and nearly lost it before passing it to simmo who had and easy ball to cabaye but instead hoofed it long and lost possesion. If we want to be competitive all our players have to be comfortable on the ball and not loose their composure under a little bit of pressure.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM


    If we had Saylor or another top CB instead of Williamson and another top RFB instead of Simpson, we might have made CL this time around.

    The point is if they are still first teamers next season we will not progress because no way on earth would those 2 get in a top 4 team.

    Simpson and Willo do a job for a mid to lower end of the table team and no more than that. We need to keep evolving with better and better players.

  • 37 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    No no no no no!!

    Simmo cannot be aloud to stay.

    He has pissed on his chips and now must lives with the consequences.

    He isn’t good enough to take us forward and if he is first choice RB next season it’s a backward step.

    If he remains behind Another RB he is stifling th progress of Tavernier and doing a job that Raylor or Perch could do.

    Plus we should not miss out on a transfer pay day by letting him leave on a free.

    He has to go

  • 38 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Wow lads if he leaves you’ll just have to find another scape goat at the back to complain about next season…could u bare to moan about Saylor, Colo or the fabled Santon? Could just go back to the Perch bashing I suppose

  • 39 benarfa23 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    what we need the most is a tallisman like gerrard, a player can boost the lads moral, has never die attitude
    if we had one last year we would play in CL this year. (none of our win is coming from behind, is we concede first we either lose or draw)

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Josha gain

    Why do you think simpson and Williamson get singled out so repeatedly by so many people. People aren’t stupid, we can’t all be wrong. We’re all happy with the likes of Cabaye etc. It’s easy to spot the better players and the consistently worse ones and if one more person says Simpson does goal line clearances, well if he got tighter and closed down quicker he wouldn’t have too.

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    That’s the whole point, we don’t moan about Saylor, Colo or the fabled Santon as they’re good and when Perch got his act together we stopped moaning at him too. You may think Simpson and Willo have perfume scented farts, but most can see they’re really not all that.

  • 42 09nufc09 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    With colo saylor and santon it is very rare you see them loose their composure and hit an aimless ball when they have an easy ball to keep possesion, whereas with simmo and willo it is seen nearly every game, the are limited technically and often loose composure when closed down.

  • 43 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Whether or not you like Willo and Simmo or hate them both I think we can all agree that if they were in the starting 11 at the start of next season then something will have gone horribly wrong in the transfer market.

  • 44 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Colo and Santon feel comfortable playing the ball to each other but you can see how uncomfortable they are playing it to Willo and Simmo. It unsettles the better players.

    I am not being rude or a hater just god damn honest.

  • 45 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Steven ‘never seen a season out’ Taylor who often loses his head and tackles when he doesn’t need to, Colo who regularly can’t deal with a simple ball over his head and Santon who plays like a winger and doesn’t like to get back into his LB spot….yeah see ur point faultless defenders

  • 46 G // Jun 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    WWYCD, to be fair to S Taylor, until his injury he seemed to have cut-out those mistakes for the most part. He also seems less likely to think he is playing rush keeper and use his hands in the box these days too.

  • 47 Oldgit1 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Re-Willo and Simps they have a good mindset, who is to say the players replacement will latch on and play to their potential. Maybe a year before they settle in.

  • 48 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Fair one and ur right but tbf was only half a season constantly playing alongside Colo…and he did give away a stupid pen against Spurs I believe. Not saying I don’t like him just pointing out he isn’t faultless

  • 49 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Yes if we want to keep our current position or move forward we need l sign a better player than Simpson and Williamson but hey are far from the worst in the league.

    Also other defenders have been at fault for goals too which people seem to forget although I do agree simpson and Williamson are the biggest culprits

  • 50 OTP // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I believe Simpson is actually under rated by a lot of people on here. Without him, Ben Arfa would not be as effective as he has. We can’t get rid of Simpson without a good attacking replacement, which doesn’t look like it will happen. Again we can’t get rid of Williamson until a suitable replacement has been found. If he goes and Taylor is injured then there’d be no aerial defence at all. People need to stop panicking; remember we need a bigger squad this year, not the same size of smaller.

  • 51 09nufc09 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Wwycd… Colo saylor and santons faults can be rectified by not playing a high defensive line (colo) or saying stay on you feet (saylor) or saying stay back dont attack (santon). You cant say to willo or simmo today you are going to be better technically or today you are going to be quicker, They are things that are difficult to teach.

  • 52 cyprus // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Some legit points, everyone is patient with mistakes by those two and the fact that one of them almost never plays… And, he held out big-time on contract negotiations, lest we forget.

    I’m not blaming him back then or Simpson now, loyalty and money don’t always work together, but I admire Simpson for getting on with the job the best that he could. Today, money rules the sport, hence our player disloyalty (or easy transference of allegiances – from hero to Judas) is also logical. In fact, loyalty in general is on the decline… how many of you are loyal to your boss?

  • 53 cyprus // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    or your wife/girlfriend 😉

  • 54 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I agree if we want to play a better passing game we need to start from the back.

    Simmo and willo have little composure and struggle to pick a pass, so yes we need a better technical defence as it is important to keep the ball as much as possible.

    A big problem is also krul. He needs to work on his distribution. If he had 4 defenders he could give the ball to this would help but he also need to work on accuracy of longer kicks as they are often wasted.

  • 55 cyprus // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    or boyfriend 🙂

  • 56 geordie157 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    If we sign clyne, we would have him plus, santon, raylor and perchinho that can play rb/lb. Plus tav and fergs, gives us plenty of options and cover.

  • 57 WWYCD // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Not saying Simmo/Willo are better than other defenders merely pointing out that they all have faults

    Though teaching Saylor to stay on his feet isnt as easy as it soundsits hard to alter how a man thinks and training a winger to be a defender isnt that easy either 😉

    Oh aye I forgot about him wanting out of Newcastle not so long ago though I recall a lot wanted shot of Saylor then and now most wouldnt be without him…how times change haha

  • 58 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Camn I just say I love you guys.

    It’s been ages since we had a simmo debate and I’ve missed it so much.

    Thanks everyone


  • 59 cyprus // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I must say that I don’t talk directly to you because of your vitriolic side, but, definitely I enjoy many of your posts – agree with some too 🙂

  • 60 Beattie25 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Is the Forster deal off??

    I hope we keep him to be fair.

  • 61 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Im not ungrateful to Willo and Simmo Im just being honest. Simmo doesn’t think his deal is good enough and should therefore move on. Willo should be retained as hopefully a forth choice CB..I also agree about Taylor and will reaffirm this. Great player..injured too much. We need a first choice center back pure and simple. Anyone who disagrees clearly has no ambition to actually move forward.

  • 62 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Or doesn’t see where most of the mistakes came from last season during the games that we fell apart…

  • 63 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Statistically Simpson was the best RB in the league last season (however reality syas he is average). I have not blogged for 3 weeks and return with the same old Simpson debate, its like i’m stuck in a time warp or something. I can predict his goaline clearances wil soon be mentioned, oh my god,

    Simpson is a championship player and the sooner we get rid the better, anybody who doesnt see that is a be11end, he must be improved upon if the team is to move forward, would swap him for a bottle of My Mums Cherryade meeself, people will see how cack he is when he returns with his new team (rose tinted glasses some folk).

  • 64 Minato // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    We should definitely retain Forster. I’d trust him over Elliot any day if Krul picked up an injury.

  • 65 Sazzer // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Have been looking into Ajax transfer history and turns out our bid on Anita wasn’t that bad compared to other transfers they made. They are bit irregular though.
    Around 1,5 m £
    Urby Emanuelson
    Hedwiges Maduro
    Nigel de Jong
    Around 5 m £
    Demy de Zeeuw
    Maarten Stekelenburg
    Tom de Mul
    Rafael van der Vaart
    Around 6 m £
    Frank De Boer
    Ronald De Boer
    Marc Overmars
    Around 10 m £
    Thomas Vermaelen
    Jesper Grönkjaer
    Johnny Heitinga
    Andy van der Meyde
    Around 15 m £
    Christian Chivu
    Dennis Bergkamp
    Ryan Babel
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Around 20 m £
    Luis Suarez

  • 66 tunney92 // Jun 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Alright lads,

    I’m at uni doing Sports Journalism and some of the people I know who are closely related to Nufc have heard that there could be some news on Debuchy in the next week or so…

    I’ll let you’s know if I hear anything before hand.

  • 67 outsidethebox // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    whats the story on curtis good …rumours say we have agreed fee of 400,000 …just rumours or is it fact

  • 68 Sazzer // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I don’t know.

  • 69 tunney92 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Not too sure on that, I’ll get back to you when I find out.

  • 70 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    But we need Simmo for his goal line clearances.


  • 71 Sazzer // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Our transfers is likely to be happening within 3 weeks so that they can become ready for Europe league qualifications. Anita agents have been told that we are looking to sign three players and Anita is one of those.

  • 72 redondo77 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    hopefully AP learned from watching Italy play 3-5-2, so next season we will see NUFC play 3-5-2.
    3-5-2 works.

  • 73 chris_g // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    outsidethebox – it’s probably still just rumour at this stage. There was a story in one of the aussie papers several days ago that a bid was imminent, but I haven’t heard anything since. Reported fee in the article was $600.000 (Australian) which is where the 400k pounds figure comes from

  • 74 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    So how does Anita’s agent know how many players we are after?

    Certainly he would not be privileged to that info since he doesn’t work for Nufc

  • 75 tunney92 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Yeah there’s been a lot on Anita lately but I was told that we are apparently unsure about going in with an increased bid until we assess other transfer targets.

  • 76 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM
    why toby why??????????

  • 77 outsidethebox // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    curtis good is a nineteen year old left footed centre back …which is a position we have been looking for …has been on trial so must have shown some promise ….. if terms have been agreed ???? should go into first team squad as cover …hope it comes off…

  • 78 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Marveaux wasn’t going to sign for us, but he did. The same could happen with Vertonghen. What’s the difference between us and Spurs? I hope Modric and Bale leave before Vertonghen signs. If we can snap De Jong, Anita, and Debuchy up soon, I reckon we could have a chance of persuading Jan to sign for us.

    Bramble is definitely not the worst centre-back in the league. He has more pace than Williamson and can kick the ball properly. He also offers greater physical presence,

  • 79 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    greater physical presence on the pitch or off it????? if you know what i mean 🙂

  • 80 redondo77 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    really? bramble is better than williamson?
    bramble mistakes are way too many compares to willo

  • 81 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM


    Bumblebee is also good at forcing himself onto other’s.

  • 82 outsidethebox // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    chris_g ta for that hope it comes off…as from last year when saylor was injured we were woeful ..remember norwich

  • 83 ToonDownSouth // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Simpson is a championship player?

    Are all players either ‘world class’ or ‘championship quality’ then? That’s the impression I’d get from some of you on here.

  • 84 davybtoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    i know everyone wants debuchy but this rosales is quality easily as good as debuchy if not better

  • 85 davybtoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    tds simpson isnt a championship player he is prem quality but someone like debuchy or rosales is class above simpson n will take us to another level

  • 86 ToonDownSouth // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM


    I agree with that, because it’s a sensible comment. (;

  • 87 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Bramble is more composed on the ball than Williamson. I’d rather have Bramble as our fourth choice centre-back than Williamson.

    You’re right, Simpson isn’t a championship defender, I think he’s more like a league 2 defender. Got nothing good about him, apart from the occasional goal-line clearance.

    Just think about Simpson and Williamson’s performances against Wigan. We took a battering there and it shouldn’t have happend. It’s cost us signing the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Marvin Martin, Giroud etc.

  • 88 toonincheek // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    davy & TDS –

    My feelings entirely.
    Why do Toon fans see everything in black and white?

    Ah yes . . . . I think I understand.

  • 89 outsidethebox // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    everyone seems fixated by the need for a fullback …centre half is the position we need a signing for …in my opinion collo is only decent back we have …taylor is fine but backs off too much and is easily beaten …williamson is ok but ..panics in possesion ….perch is a utility player at best…without a decent centre back at times we will get ripped apart by the big teams …

  • 90 shearermania // Jun 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    only difference between willo and bramble is the raping…

  • 91 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Simmo did a job but we have to upgrade, same at centre back.

    Also Simmo did well with goal line clearances but when he was injured at the end santon cleared 2 in 3 games.

    To me that shows its Pardews tactics not just Simmo using initiative. I the ball is in te box he seems to want somebody I drop back and cover the goal. So Santon could do that or the other full back could.

    And ketsbaia

    The difference between vertongen and marvoux signing is that the only reason he didn’t sign for Liverpool was because they dropped the deal after his medical, we took the risk.

    Can’t see any reason vertongen would fail his.

  • 92 Sazzer // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I don’t know how he know that more than it said so in an article. Could be completely made up but maybe they felt they had two other signings more or less ready and could say that Anita would be the third. If they count Amalfitano. That leaves one more player that could be Curtis Good. Could be Debuchy. Or it could be that Anita is one of three players in his position that we are looking for. These players could be Ajax players and therefore they know.

    Or he just speculated.

  • 93 ToonAndy // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    How many people here watch Dutch football ? If so… Who would you feel was the better signing…. Vertonghen or Alderweireld?

  • 94 ToonAndy // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    How many people here watch Dutch football ? If so… Who would you feel would be the better signing…. Vertonghen or Alderweireld?

  • 95 davybtoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    honestly were not going to sign just 3 players it will b atleast 7/8 bcoz weve already lost 3 not to mention best, xisco, ranger all look like leaving

  • 96 davybtoon // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    alderweild is better than vertoghen imo

  • 97 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    We will get ripped apart by teams like Wigan again.

    Is Pardew frightened of Simpson or something? Can’t understand why he wants to keep him for another year. Does he want to lose his job?

    Nah, there’s a huge gulf in class between Bramble and Williamson. In terms of ratings, I’d give Bramble a 6.5/10, however, I’d have to giv Williamson a 4.5/10.

  • 98 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    ok ok relax mate we have the idea tht you rate bramble more than willo we hear you..
    just be happy we did have a rb… yes he might not be the best but he did play his heart out for us and i respect that…

  • 99 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    We’ll be signing around 15-20 new players. We have lost 9 players from the reserves. 3 players have left, but I expect Forster, Williamson and Simpson to leave, however, I want the former to remain with us as I think he’s a decent keeper.

    So in theory that’s 15 players that we need to bring in. As we have a small squad, I would like to see an additional 5 first team players signed. Our priorities should be:

    Left back
    Centre back X2
    Attacking Midfielder
    Defensive Midfielder
    1 right-footed winger (Barnetta)
    2 Strikers

  • 100 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    i reckon im gonna get the blog killer role permenant now….

  • 101 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    maybe not thank you ketsbaia

  • 102 nufc786 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    when you refer to former please refer to him as steve harper

  • 103 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    If Simpson is starting for us next season it means our transfer Window was a failure.

  • 104 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Ketsbia think your being extremely harsh on willo he had a very shaky start after coming back from his injury but had some solid perfomances towards the end if the season especially the liverpool game he bossed suarez out the match, as for rating titus bramble i can only assume you never saw him play he could of been our top scorer 1 season purely on own goals he raped our goal diiference like it was a 19 yr old girl on a night on wearside

    As for simmo there our worse rb in the league but he simply doesnt have the ability to play in a 443 and has no composure on the ball, plus any player whos fcuking us about over a contract should just be given the boot fcuk em!

  • 105 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Ketsbaia….Mate, can I get your dealers number? You must be smoking some primo stuff.

    The reason we haven’t singed Jan Vertonghen, Marvin Martin, Giroud etc is down to Williamson and Simpson?

    Get a clue mate.

    We are a team on the up, but we were in the second tier of English football not that long ago and aren’t in the champions league. Right now, on an international level, Spurs are probably perceived as a “bigger club”. Mainly due to their CL run 2 seasons ago.

    Also, how do you know why we aren’t signing those type of players? If we even enquired about them, do you know how much we were told we’d need to pay? WOuld that amount fit in to our policy? Does the management team think their attitude will fit in with our team spirit and ethics?

    I too, would love us to go out and buy lots of top class players, but it won’t happen just like that. We are “building”, we are not Man City (which incidentally, took loads of money and a few years to build up).

  • 106 Spellcheck // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    So what happened 2 Indian Magpie?

  • 107 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    On the article. Isn’t it smart of Pardew to come out and say this? It’s not really down to him whether he stays or goes. It’s down to Simmo and Del Boy.

    If he stays, he needs Simmo on side to get the best out of him. He’s just doing his job. I’m sure he’d like an alternative in, but it’s somewhat out of his control

  • 108 G // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Have to dissagree with you Ketsbaia9 over Bramble being better than Willo. Asside from the lapses in concentration which happen often, and the already mentioned ‘surprise love’ accusations, Bramble for us was an out and out liability, whereas Willo, whilst not the most technically proficient player, certainly puts in a good shift over 90 minutes. Bear in mind, that had Taylor not got injured Willo would have only got cup-game matches. He is excellent back up, nothing more, nothing less. We definately need to strengthen, but that doesn’t mean there isnt a place for Willo.

  • 109 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    If Simpson is starting for us next season then my faith in Pardew is dwindling. Harsh but its how strongly i feel about Simpsons contribution. He is dog poo.

  • 110 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Spellcheck…He turned in to a scouser! Some dweeb has been creating accounts similar to others already on here and trying to cause grief…and amazingly, it worked 🙂

    The real Indian generally saves his bashing for wor Shola and England.

  • 111 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Would everyone prefer we terminate Simmo’s contract and risk not having a new RB come in? Was he really that bad, that we’d be better with no alternative? Perhaps we could rotate Tav and Perch, now that would certainly make me calm ahead of the new season. Oh yeah

  • 112 rich_toonfan // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Why terminate simpsons contract when somebody would pay a couple million for him?

    Would be paying him his contract up front and having nothing for it.

  • 113 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Well said G. He’s a “great” back-up player. Not a starter, unless absolutely needed. Plus he has put in some good shifts too, but hey, why don’t we all focus on the mistakes only.#

    Whilst we’re at it. Everyone remember Cisse missing that shot? He needs to go, can’t have someone not doing their job every minute of every game….league 2 player…phhh

  • 114 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Rich…If that was in response to my post, I wasn’t saying that’s what I wanted. It was me trying to put a point across that perhaps people are being a bit harsh on him and the situation.

    He is premiership quality. Maybe not top 4, but certainly not championship.

    We could do a lot worse than him, but I certainly would love us to bring in someone better, but in case we can’t or don’t get rid of him, isn’t it worth keeping him on side, somewhat?

  • 115 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    P.S. Sorry everyone, having a stressful day. Probably shouldn’t vent on here, but hey ho, saw the opportunity and took it

  • 116 Sazzer // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    On Vertongen vs Alderwiereld
    They are kind of even.

  • 117 Spellcheck // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Hey hey hey, Shola(iconic mackem slayer) basher a scouser,what on earth?

  • 118 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    No It’s true. Any fool can see that. Simpson and Williamson were to blame for our defeats against Wigan, Everton, Fulham, Arsenal and Tottenham. If they wasn’t playing, we would’ve picked up at least another 8 points, which would’ve got us into the champions league, thus we would’ve been able to attract big names.

    I hope I’m proven wrong and we do sign some quality players, but It’s not looking good when Pardew makes silly comments about Simpson playing for us all through next season.

    In order to progress, we need to sell or release our poor performers.

    Yes, Coloccini had a poor game against West Brom, but that was it. One bad game is acceptable, not 38.

  • 119 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Tav and Perch over Simpson any day of the week. Simpson moves like a crab, however a crab is technically better.

  • 120 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    It has been proven in lab tests that a crab in fact can do more Keepy Ups than Simpson.

  • 121 check the toastie // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Simpson has the same disease most of the English players have, no application in getting himself 100% match fit, carries too much timber and thinks its his given right to earn oodles of cash for less than maximum effort, needs to pull his socks up if he has a future at the toon.

    Towards the end of the season he had let himself go, get on the treadmill fatboy and apply yourself correctly. You should consider yourself an athlete and thus behave and train like one. This is why i love Perch he is 100% professional and gives 100% in training and in matches, lacks a little bit in class, but is worth much more than Simmo to the squad.

  • 122 Cool Hand Luke // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    The title makes me envision Pardeiu knocking on Simpsons Mam’s door “can danny come out to play?”

  • 123 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Ok then, I stand corrected. We’d probably have been better playing with 9 men and a crab last season then 🙂

    So Willo and Simmo played 38 bad games last season? I’m certainly not claiming they’re great players, but I honestly can’t accept they’re as bad as you’re making out. I guess we’re all entitled to our own opinions. In mine, you’re wrong.

    The basic idea of getting rid of non top class players and replacing them with top class is great. In reality, it isn’t that simple in one, two, three or even four windows. We need to have a team in order to play. If you think we have the funds in place to purchase 10 – 15 players that could walk in to our first team you are seriously deluded. As in, go and see a doctor and get a bloody good prescription or a padded cell looms kind of deluded.

    As mentioned earlier, just my opinion, which is worth as much as used toilet roll.

    Spellcheck…No, the shola basher is an actual Newcastle fan (i know, i know). The scouser Indian is the one who generally bashes the whole team and our results against Liverfool in the past. Why? Your guess is as good as mine 🙂

  • 124 SupaToonKid // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM


    You remind me do much of this Arsenal fan at my school who is extremely delusional, he’s a nice guy but when it comes to talking football he pisses me off do much with the garbage he spouts. We will not sign as many 1st teamers as you think we will (5 maximum).

    You as well need to get off Willo’s and Simmo’s backs. Yes they are not super defenders but they do decent jobs but are prone to mistakes that unfortunately usually cost us goals. Willo needs to stay as our 4th choice CB however despite my defence of Danny Simpson we need to get rid as we need to upgrade whether this is bringing Debuchy in or switching Santon to the right & signing Cissokho (as two examples).

  • 125 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Ketsbia im sorry but you a tool there is absolutly no fcuking way your telling me that mike williamson or danny simpson cost the game against wigan tottenham or fulham those were games where the entire fcuking team fell apart in fact blaming tgem is like blaming krul for not saving the fcuking goals get a grip man also by your logic you faukt your own arguement as simmo made 5 goal line clearences thats 15 points so with your logic we shouldnt of finished in the top six your an idiot

    But do agree he cost us 2 points against aresnal;)

  • 126 Nick 69 // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Simpson is not good enough, simple. I agree however, that he is not the worst, and is better than Championship level, probably mid – lower Premiership standard, and could have been good back up.

    However when you couple the not being good enough, with the fact he thinks he is better, and knocked back a new IMPROVED contract as he wants more money, then for me that means he has to go, and that’s that, he’s made his bed as far as im concerned

  • 127 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Nick…For sure. He should be replaced. But whether or not he will be, is not solely down to Pardew.

    Supatoon and Tads…thank you. I was starting to question my own sanity for a minute.

  • 128 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Check the toastie aye your right the lad was carrying a bit of excess baggage towards the end of the season remind me of wor chunky nolan!

  • 129 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I will also add, that yes, it does seem Simmo has already checked out and is looking to bigger and better things. You know, like the best English midfielder of all time…Joseph Barton.

    So it is best if he moves on.

    Have I said that enough now? Simpson should go, but not the end of the world if he stays.

  • 130 SupaToonKid // Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Of course as well what Pards saying is quite misleading as him and Simmo have a good relationship as Danny’s a nice lad who gets on well with Alan and provides no trouble. Though remember Pards said throughout last summer we would try keep Nolan, Barton & Enrique but at the end of the day their positions were untenable so we got rid. As well I reckon Pards only really wanted to keep Enrique. Similar situation with Simmo as I reckon Pards wants a better RB like Debuchy but isn’t going to just come and say: “well Simpson’s a pile of sh*t, greedy little mug and were going sell him” is he? Pards knows Simmo is off and is just playing with the media so we can get Debuchy over the line secretly while Simpson is sent out the back entrance to QPR, Norwich or Fulham.

  • 131 julidog // Jun 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Sell him in January if we get Debuchy, Perchinho can play there as back up aswell.

  • 132 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Aldereweild was our top choice centre back. Will be disappointed if we don’t sign Vertonghen or Aldereweild.

    There’s teams who have finished 17th and still have better right-backs than us. Boyce is a lot better technically than Simpson and is also a better defender.

    Caldwell and Alcaraz are more influential than Williamson. I rather us retain Xisco and Ranger than retain Williamson and Simpson. I think those strikers show a bit of potential.

    Yes, Ranger has been in a few problems off the pitch, but he is a promising player. Xisco had potential but was never given the chance.

    It just annoys me that overrated players like Simpson, Williamson and Shola Ameobi get in the team whilst Ranger and Xisco have to suffer.

  • 133 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Ketsbaia….Was he? Where did you get this knowledge from? I only know of one genuine target and we’ve already signed him. Just because we’ve looked at a player or even mentioned a player, doesn’t mean they are a target, especially our main targets. That’s not the way the club is run.

    Pretty sure Ranger has been given some chances and from what I understand his attitude is sh*t, nor have I seen Xisco say anything, ever, about wanting to give it a go at Newcastle, so I think it’s safe to say his attitude isn’t wonderful either.

    Williamson and Shola may not be world beaters, but they do try for the team and are obviously doing something right in the managers eyes or are you seriously suggesting Pardew has a personal beef with them and that’s why they’re left out.

    I bet Simmo and Williamson buy him gifts and that’s how they get in the team.

    All I can say mate, with your expectations of what me must or mustn’t do, be prepared to be disappointed

  • 134 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    All our fans will be disappointed as well then. Aldereweild is a target. Alan has been to plenty of Ajax games. If he just went to one, it would be understandable that he isn’t a target.

    Carr informs Pardew about potential targets, and then Alan goes to have a look at them himself.

    By the end of next week, I expect us to have at least another 2 players signed (Maybe Debuchy/Cissokho and Anita/De Jong).

  • 135 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    @ ketabia. You make out like simmo and willo are hungover Sunday league footballers. We were 5th in the prem ya paranoid dingbat. Jesus man not even HIV positive could get by your negativity. Some people. Couldn’t be pleased if they were locked in a room with a 50 wet and willing sweedish blondes!

  • 136 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    No, not all fans. Some of us would love to see the players you mentioned, but understand there are other factors that will dictate what happens…such is life.

    Is that how the scouting system works? Cheers for that 🙂

    He may have been someone we were actively looking at. Maybe we even made an enquiry, but the prices were not the same as our valuations so we moved on, thus they are no longer a target.

    Perhaps my brain doesn’t work anymore, but I really don’t see this as clear cut as you. Oh well, remember it’s only football and not to let it ruin your summer

    P.S. I honestly am not trying to start a personal battle with you 🙂

  • 137 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    P.S.S. Yes I am, bring it on :p

  • 138 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    @rotonda. What’s to say they both don’t get even better like perch has? Perch was total guff then out of nowhere boom. Willo came from the bargain basement of pompey for peanuts and has established himself as a more than capable premier league defender who previously couldn’t get near the pompey first team. Who is to say either of them are at their full potential. You could ay the same thing with Scott parker about his blocks and if he was quicker he wouldn’t need do it. Point being, he’s done the job. As I say we need competition but who knows, th
    ey could end up keeping their places if they want it that bad.

  • 139 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    @ ibaz. Spot on. In recent years our fans have been deluded in expectations. Championship woke us up. But now we know where we are we can enjoy it. There’s just the odd fan left out there that thinks we should be winning titles that ain’t even been invented yet.

  • 140 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Josh…to be fair, we probably have more chance of winning titles that haven’t been invented 🙂

    I don’t think we’re a million miles of some success, but howay, we’ve only had one “good” season. Perhaps the lads need a bit more time.

    I still feel that season in the Championship was one of the best things to happen to us in a long time. Sounds stupid and getting relegated was obviously a nightmare, but it certainly shook things up around SJP for the better

  • 141 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Totally with you on that one mate. If we didn’t get relegated we could have just carried on as we were and she shit would have hit the fan that little bit more. I’m not worried about titles just yet. Last season I was just happy to listen to talksport and hear everyone praising Newcastle for a change driving to and from work with an undeserving sense of self smugness 🙂

  • 142 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Williamson plays like a pub player. Simpson is more like a semi-professional. He’s got an ego as well (i.e. thinks he’s bigger than the club by rejecting a contract).

    If these two players weren’t in the team, we’d be 3rd of 4th.

    Bring back Boumsong and Habib Beye.

  • 143 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Pardew’s probably noticed my comments and has just said this to wind me up.

    Alan, if you’re reading this, offer Simpson to Fulham, Villa and QPR for £2.5m and get rid of the liability.

    They’ll probably reject the offer anyway.

  • 144 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Mate I’m sorry but your talking bollocks. Were not ready to compete in the champions league anyway. I’d seriously Lower your expectations cause next season is a long long long season. We are at the moment on paper or pitch, not a top four club. The more you believe we are the more the Kleenex boxes will stack up. The way your talking the seasons over before its begun. Live in the moment.

  • 145 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jun 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    That comment is as fitting as the rest of your delusional ramblings. If Pardew read your comments he’d probably just want to give you a big hug and let you know everything is going to be ok

  • 146 josh // Jun 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    You snuck that comment it while I was typing. Now I’m not sorry, your just plain and simple talking bollocks.

  • 147 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Us fans need to show more ambition. I have always said that a few key additions will turn us into a top 4 side. This would be a top 4 side next season:


    Debuchy Coloccini Vertonghen Santon

    Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Marveaux

    Cisse Ba/De Jong

    I’d also sign up Mbiwa as Coloccini’s future successor.

  • 148 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    We’ll obviously be rotating the side, so someone like Hoilett is required. It seems like we’re going to sign a defensive midfielder, but I also think we’ll need an attacking midfielder.

    What’s the difference between our squad and Man United’s?

    I’d only take Vidic, Nani and Rafael in order to improve our team. The others aren’t good enough or passed their best (i.e Rooney/Scholes/Carrick/Ferdinand)

    Man U would want players like:

    Ben Arfa

    The list is endless. We beat them 3-0 last season, so a few good additions will hopefully see us finish above them next season. Chelsea and Man City will run away with it. Tottenham will sell Bale and Modric. Arsenal might be dangerous next season.

  • 149 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    past their best* Sorry.

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