Newcastle Could Still Lose Players To Champions League Teams

Alan Pardew gave a number of interviews yesterday, including his press conference for the Tottenham game at St. James’ Park late tomorrow afternoon, and one of the points he made was that he was pleased he had so far kept all his players at the club this summer – that he wanted to keep – and is still hoping nobody leaves before Saturday, September 1st.

Demba Ba – true to his word and stayed on Tyneside

And of course the major player we could have lost was Demba Ba, but his release clause in his contract  ran out on August 1st, and Newcastle dodged a bullet there, and the top Senegal striker was also true to his word, and stayed at Newcastle, which he had said he would throughout the summer, to anybody who would listen – good for him.

Alan talked yesterday of the Europa League,  and it seems we will follow Stoke’s example of last season, when they largely played a second eleven in those games.

This is what Alan said:

“I noted how Stoke played a complete second XI in one of their Europa games last season and left senior players behind,” said Pardew. “I can understand that. We have to be very intelligent in what we do.

“The scheduling of the Chelsea game is a bit unfortunate as, with the Notting Hill Carnival being on in London that weekend, the police more or less dictated it had to be played on the Saturday which gives us a really tight turnaround. It gives us a disadvantage.”

“We’re vulnerable to a Champions League club and the salaries and fees they can pay.” “But Mike Ashley  does not sell cheap so they’d have to pay a lot of money.”  “I might possibly leave some senior players in England.” “But we’re really pleased to be in the Europa League and, if we can, we’ll try and give it a real good go.”

There’s one way Newcastle can remove the threat from Champions League clubs,  and that’s by finishing in the top four next season, which we did twice under the great Bobby Robson, and we noticed that new boy Vurnon Anita made clear that was one of his team goals at Newcastle.

The Magpies can field players like Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigiriamna, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux, Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Perchinho, Ryan Taylor,  Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and James Tavernier in Europe,  so there’s twelve good players right there, so we should still be able to field a top side and hopefully make good progress.

But first things first as always, and we need to get through that two legged tie against Athens-based side Atromitos over the next couple of weeks, that’s the first item on the agenda in Europe – and it’s vital we reach the group stages of that competition.

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22 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I love Alan trying to keep us Geordies grounded by saying we still may lose players.

    Give it a rest Alan, were all delusional!

    Were going to win the league!!!!


  • Edmond

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think we would lose anybody this transfer window and if we did i wouldn’t mind if it was for stupid money so we could strengthen even further

  • dave 1961

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    before we go with those we need to look at how our reserves did last season, if i remember we hardly won one of our last 10 games loosing most, yes we have some good kids but unproven so we need to protect them and not just throw them in at the deep end. if we adopt a game of sink or swim we could spoil these players before they start.

  • charlee71

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I have a good feeling for us. Its been a long time coming. We as geordies are bloody delusional, and a do hope this season we do win the league Beattie!

  • stu.toon

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Why didn’t we just snap up Bosingwa on a free transfer? Decent enough RB better than Simpson

  • Londtoon

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6



    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Looks like Kets is a goner from the blog Simmo seems set to start tomorrow

  • t00ntime

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Hahahhahahahhahahha stu hahahhaha what?

    Bosingwa was awful last season… He was never in postion and pulled the defense all over the place,
    hanson+dixo even named him worst RB in the league multiple times… I know
    hanson+dixon aren’t the best pundits but they know abit about defensive postioning

  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Agreed. Even on a free transfer he cost too much!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    This, what I would describe as a fenzy to sign Debuchy or similar RB is completely overshadowing the fact of how important signing a CB is,when it boils down to it Simmo for all his detractors certaintly isn’t the worst out there and we have at least four players who can cover him if anything goes wrong,whereas the CB position is unbelievable in any level of football,but what do I know the best I ever done was take Scarborough from the fourth division to the Premiership,before taking over the Toon and only managing third before I decided management wasn’t for me.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    The important thing is to get to the group stage after that Pardew can gamble with a different XI 😉

    Remember pride goes before fall!

  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12


    Looking at things from a purely footballing perspective I can really see Newcastle finishing higher than anyone predicts if we sign a few more players.

    It’s something I’ve been saying for a while and has no relfection on the fact im a nufc fan.

    We have the

  • Beattie25

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Do any women ever post on here?

    It’s too full of testosterone and testicles.

  • markmac

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Bosignwa wouldnt have been released by chelsea if he was still a decent player… injury prone i think aswell

  • ashwin say's

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    anybody care to sing with me for our beloved(sarcastically)Totanham

    Buddy you’re a boy
    Make a big noise playin’ in the
    Gonna be a big man some day
    You got blood on your face, big
    Kicking your can all over the place
    We will, we will rock you (ha ha)
    We will, we will rock you( cmon)…..


    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Bosingwa’s a useless c*** i wouldn’t want him anywhere near us, as for pardews interview there i cant believe it all the players left behind are going to be sold he doesn’t want them to be cup tied it’s digusting im throwing my jersey in the bin,we’ve been shafted once again when will people wise up to Ashley and this London based mafiosa im standing on the edge od my roof writing this b4 i jump can i just say it was nice knowing you all……………now thats sarcasm

  • Scouse_geordie

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    numbers for the squad released… number 7?

  • markmac

    Aug 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    @17…. might have ‘retired’ number 7 in honour of Joey Barton


  • charlee71

    Aug 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Cheeky get! (puts the hoover away)

  • chris_g

    Aug 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    dave 1961 @3 – you can’t really draw any conclusions from the reserve team results last season because the teams were largely made up of development squad players (several of whom have since left the club). It’s a very different group of players to the one that Ed was suggesting in his article.

    Just to give an example, here’s the team that was selected for one of the reserve games last November:

    Newcastle United Reserves: Rob Elliot, Alex Nicholson, Remie Streete, Tamas Kadar (c), Davide Santon (Michael Riley 75), Michael Richardson, Ben Sayer (Adam Campbell 46), Bradden Inman, Samuel Adjei (Brandon Miele 62), Joan Edmundsson, Haris Vuckic
    Subs not used: Alex Baird, JJ Hooper

  • dave 1961

    Aug 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    you seem to have included kids that are in the under 19 team that are not even proven at reserve level to bring kids on you need to surround them with established 1st team players if you just play them all together they will fold like a pack of cards, yes they show good promise for tomorrow but they are at a level below reserve team, they need to get a chance on an individual level one at a time, a drubbing could finish some good players.

  • solano

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #22

    With Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea all restructuring under new managers, we have an almost unique opportunity to take a great leap forward and break into the top 4, IF we invest in another 3 quality players at rb, cb and centre forward AND manage to keep hold of all our star performers. I just hope and pray Mike and Delboy (with an admitted limited knowledge on football matters) realise the true potential of NUFC…given Pardew’s continued harping on about possible departures, I don’t hold much hope of that….but hey, it’s the start of the season and we should all carry some optimism (or at least until September 1st) 😉


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