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Arsenal Now In For Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote

11:22 am, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 317 Comments

The news from Newcastle lately  is that the powers that be on Tyenside are more interested in keeping their top players at the club before September 1st rolls around, rather than bringing additional players in, and there seems to be some late bids about to  be lodged for some of the Magpies’ top players.

Cheick Tiote – in action for Newcastle on Saturday
We have to believe that Newcastle have already been contacted by some top clubs inquiring about our players, otherwise Alan Pardew wouldn’t keep saying he’s worried he could lose some players before the transfer window slams shot on Saturday 1st September.

Chelsea are after Cheick Tiote and Manchester United are said to be preparing a bid for Yohan Cabaye, and Arsenal are now reported to be interested in Cheick Tiote, as a replacement for the recently departed Alex Song.

Song went to Barcelona earlier this week for around £15M, and if Arsenal do come in with a bid for Cheick in the next 9 days,  it will be interesting to see what price Mike Ashley is willing to accept for the Ivorian,  who cost only £3.5M from FC Twente a couple of  years ago.

Arsenal were expected to bring in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila as a replacement for Song, but the deal seems to have got bogged down.

But it still seems that Tiote is  second choice for Arsenal and their first choice is the Rennes 21 year-old – after all he is French – and this is what Rennes Director Pierre Dreossi told the French press today about where Yann M’Vila could end up:

“Arsenal? Maybe, you would have to ask Arsene Wenger.” “But with Song leaving, it means that Arsenal are going to reinforce that position.”

“I think that it can be settled by the end of this week or the start of next.” “But it is complicated because some clubs are not agreed within their clubs about the deal, and there are clubs where Yann does not want to go.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems a little worried that some late bids could come in – even on the last day of the transfer window for stars like Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye and possibly other too, and this is how he expressed that yesterday:

“We are on our guard in case some really big bid comes in and we need to react because if someone goes out, another player will come in.” “But success for me in this transfer window would be losing none of our stars.”

We don’t expect Mike Ashley to accept any bids unless they on a scale of the deal we made with Liverpool for £35M in January of 2010 for Andrew Carroll, but that still left us short of a replacement for Andy for the rest of that season, because there was not enough time to bring in a suitable replacement for the Geordie striker.

That cannot happen this time around.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye


317 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RonVanDam // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Not happening. Please dont let him leave

  • 2 rainrix // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    More believable than city and utd coming in for him seeing as they just lost song. But still reckon we’ll hold out for stupid money for him if an offer does come in.

  • 3 toon1707 // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Tiote won’t leave he is one of the only players who is very open with the fact that he does not want to leave also if Allen is worth 15 and henderson 20 million then Tiote has to be worth up to 30 million so can’t see Arsenal paying it

  • 4 davybtoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    This interview is from like 2 weeks ago n the media all of sudden goin crazy with saying players leaving bollocks

  • 5 geordie157 // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Tiote out and Fellaini in then.

  • 6 SuperShearer // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    No way Arsenal will pay what Tiote is worth. They’ll want to pay less for him than what they sold Song for and Tiote is worth more than that IMO. Those saying we’re only a few injuries away from disaster need to look at other teams. It’s true of them all. Utd had Carrick at centre back on Monday night.

  • 7 toon smart // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    It looks like we are in for a game of brinkmanship, over the next 9 days of the transfer window – squeeky bum time!!

    As i stated yesterday i think we have only made 4 bids:

    1. Luuk de Jong
    2. Mathieu Debuchy
    3. Vurnon Anita
    4. Andy Carroll

    All other “bids” have come from newspaper speculation or our club just registering an interest in a player.
    I personally feel that the probable siginings of this transfer window will be:

    1. Mathieu Debuchy (long shot)
    2. Erik Pieters
    3. Andy Carroll

    Expect alot of last minute transfer madness from us if these signings don’t happen.

  • 8 martoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    This is so obviously made up. Arsenal have sold Song and are looking for a replacement, who is a similar type player? Tiote so lets invent a story.

  • 9 Grafton83 // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Slightly off topic but did anyone notice Tiotes passing was a bit hit and miss against Spurs. I thought he struggled a little bit which lost us posession a few times. Is he just rusty after the break?

  • 10 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I’d be worried re United, with their seriously old central midfield, and Cabaye would do well there, as would Tiote. At the end of the day, Ashley either wants to build a big club, or hover on the outskirts, forever trying to make money on transfers and good scouting, whilst forever flashing Sports Direct all over the TV screen, whilst we apparently wait for Sony etc to come in and take over the stadium name. A bit of real communication about the latter issue would be nice.

  • 11 woolerbill // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Sorry but you should not believe par dew, he know,s who is going and there replacements are in

  • 12 sholasupporter // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    @Grafton, yes, tiotes distribution on Saturday was woeful! He sometimes goes through periods like that if he is a bit short on match practice. He did it early last season and when he has came back from injuries or suspensions. Give him another game and all will be well again!

  • 13 bazrazmataz // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Backpage on Twitter claim man city say us as well as several others have bid for Adam Johnson

  • 14 Szarka // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Tiote wont leave under 19 mill, but Arsenal wont pay that much. Song for 15 was a bargain, worth almost double that figure.
    I think they will get Mvila later, hes easier to get.

  • 15 TorqToon // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Grafton – Just lacking that match sharpness mate. Same with Cabaye. Both very much off the pace but they will come good mark my words !

    And everybody needs to relax – I personally don’t think anybody will leave ! But…should they go…it will only be for a riduculous amount of money!! Nobody wants to see any of our stars leave – however we can demand WHATEVER we want for our players. They’ve all stated they don’t want to go so we arent in danger of upsetting our own players.

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I hope all these rumours about Tiote are just that -rumours. I think Tiote is a great player -the opposition must hate facing him -you just cannot shake him off. These two Greek games may be a bit of a blessing (apart from Chelsea game being so close) to try out some of the other players. After the Chelsea game I think we will be able to assess our seasons prospects a bit better. Chelsea will want to close down Cisse straightaway which may provide opportunities for Ba -Ba is such an akward player to play against and he does know where the net is even with his back to goal. Next important test will be Everton -I’ve always thought to be a bogey team -in order to do well in the league we should be beating Everton – I do fear Fellaini’s height and don’t think we can thwart him getting onto lots of crosses -he always jumps with his wings out so I expect someone to get elbowed in the mug. I agree with AP telling a few white lies so as not to allow the opposition to know what his plans are the downside is that it causes some confusion and panic amongst the fans.

  • 17 Phatoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Man Utd’s midfield isn’t that old….

    They have the right formula going on, in age order:

    Giggs – 38
    Scholes – 37
    Carrick – 31
    Fletcher – 28
    Anderson – 24
    Kagawa – 23
    Cleverley – 23
    Powell – 18

  • 18 eastend toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    if any of you thought tiote’s passing was woeful as someone said, you clearly have no idea

    his passing was the best on the field… fact

  • 19 brian kilclines pony tail // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    @9Grafton83 no9 – he is like that every game.

  • 20 JARRAMAG // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I think that the leaders of our club are just spreading rumours so that when the transfer window shuts and we dont sign anyone else Pardue will tell us he is happy with the size of his squad and Mike and Derek have done really well to hang on to our best players.

    In reality we need a cb.fb and striker and if we had signed a cb last year i feel we would of been in the CL.

    Are we going to make the same mistakes again this season?

  • 21 5Danny94 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I think if we fielded a team like this against Atromitos, we’d be alright.

    Tavernier Perch Williamson Raylor
    Anita Bigirimana
    Obertan Amalfitano Marveaux

    Harper in goals sounds like a given.
    Tavernier is the kinda young player that Pardew will want to push in the cup games, while Raylor has proved himself to be a fairly capable left-back.
    Perch and Williamson are solid (at times) and with Anita and Bigirimana protecting them there shouldn’t be too many problems.
    Obertan and Marveaux as wingers – although I’d maybe have Jonas if Marveaux is still MIA (any news about that?)
    Amalfitano can play in behind Campbell. It would maybe be a risk to play both of them as neither have first team experience, but I can’t see Cisse or Cabaye lasting the entire game. Gosling could be picked about Amalfitano.

    Although I’m sure Pardew will spring one or two surprises on Thursday…

  • 22 bambams // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I wonder how many times each week Ed’s family shout ‘ you on that bloody computer again ‘
    just a bit of light humour

  • 23 pardews plan B // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    @toonsmart wasn’t the Douglas bid real? I.might be wrong.
    I think we make quite a few enquiries

  • 24 Tyneside // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    If we don’t want to lose any of our players stick a £30mil price tag on all of them, easy fucking peasy

  • 25 Tyneside // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    If we don’t want to lose any of our players stick a £50mil price tag on them all

  • 26 Rozzy // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Even if Arsenal did offer £20m I would rather keep him. We are not a selling club we are in europe now and just as good as arsenal so why would he want to go. Maybe if was man city or united it would be a different story but arsenal now look a weaker club than us without van persie(haven’t been able to say that in a while). Tiote has said over and over again how happy he is on Tyneside and he doesn’t want to leave so that looks good unlike Enrique who avoide saying what his future was at the club. Hope we keep our big names and bring in Debuchy and another CB for cover and in my oppinion Remy instead of Carroll as he is to similar to Ba and Cisse.

  • 27 nufc7lad // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Barca getting song for £15m was a bargain. Wouldnt seel Tiote for anything less than £20m, lets be realistic guys, thats a great price for us a swe only got him for £3.5m. But only sell if we can bring in Blaise Matuidi for around £10m

  • 28 t00ntime // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Anyone else think ba and tiote arent really injured? It sounds like he said they were so that the greek team dont get angry thst we sent a Bteam. Like ben arfa’s 2week injury that healed in 1 day -_-

    I hope i’m right :S dont want to play chelsea without them.

  • 29 walton1984 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    East End Toon

    i wouldnt say his woefull but it wasnt the best

    and if ur saying his passing was the best FACT……Perch had 100% pass success rate so cant beat that

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Songs contract was running down and he wanted the move.

    Tiote has said he is happy and he is on a long contract so entirely up to us hat we do with him.

    Also so was a ball playing midfielder. Tote breaks up play, a different style so not a direct replacement although arsenal do need a tiote style player I can’t see arsenal paying what Ashley would ask.

  • 31 eastend toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    the fact is based on tiote made more passes than any other player attempted, and out of those, he also completed more than any other player attempted….

    The Ivorian been continuously hit with speculation for a long time now on his Newcastle future, a quite complementary gesture considering the clubs linked and rightly so after some superb performances for Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.

    No player made more passes than Tiote on Saturday – he completed 67 (more than any other player on the field attempted) of his 81 passes, over double that of midfield compatriot Yohan Cabaye. Just 21 of his passes were played backwards and all 21 of those were successful.

    Furthermore, 38% of those passes were forward, which was the highest of any midfielder of forward in the game. Tiote also produced attacking half & final third passes than any player on the field as well as a 100% aerial duel rate (5/5) and joint most shots at goal for Newcastle alongside Demba Ba.

  • 32 TorqToon // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    East end – It wasn’t the best mate!! Be real! It wasn’t god awful but several passes went astray especially early on! He took a while to get Ito the game and improved steadily as it went on. Perchinho = statistically the best passer on the park!! And in the prem (…that day! Lol )

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM


    Tiote is perfectly fine at passing, the odd stray ball but no worse than any one else really.

    His problem is his range of passing. He can play a simple ball fine, the problem comes when he tries to be more expansive, it isn’t as accurate.

    He is at his best when he feeds he ball to cabaye, Ben arfa or Jonas and leaves them to do the damage

  • 34 Szarka // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    transfer sage: Didnt Song got 3 years of hes contract?

  • 35 eastend toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    i’ve posted the facts lads, believe them or not, i odnt care

  • 36 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    According to news on Twitter, FC Twente’s chairman has said that Douglas is NOT close to joining Fulham. Please be true

  • 37 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I thought his passing in the first half against spurs was awful.

  • 38 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

  • 39 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Come on Ed.

    It’s one thing to report rumours, but then there’s promoting and exagerating them.

  • 40 martoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    bambams @22 – Ed seems to post most of his blogs at stupid o’clock in the morning so his family will probably still be in bed.

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Perch completed 100% of his 46 attempted passes against Tottenham – no other player in the PL managed as many at 100%.

    Interesting – that may highlight a change in emphasis by Pardew. We were clearly tryig to play the ball out from the back more – but Spurs pressed so much that it was tough.

  • 42 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Couldn’t see Arsenal paying 20 million for somebody like.

    Probably promote one of their kids..

    Think when he leaves it’ll be Man Utd he goes too..

  • 43 JTOONJ // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    If tiote does go, i reckon anita would step up to the plate. Also i think we’d get 25+ easy if we mimic the sale of AC.

  • 44 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Any player playing in that position should always have a good pass rate anyway.

    You dont really have to make to many hard passes.
    Just simple ones most of the time.

  • 45 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM


    Are you talking about Perch? If so, your missing my point – usually our CB’s lump the ball up field and lose it, at least ten times a game. The statistic indicates that Perch didn’t. It’d be interesting to see Taylors.

  • 46 Batfastard // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Net spend 3m what a joke don’t expect to spend like man city where’s the ambition forget champions league we won’t lose any of our best players until this time next year hope some oil tycoon comes in and buys mashley out everton & fulham will be strong this year mid table finish this season here’s hoping.

  • 47 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    No mate lol

    Was talking about Tiote and the dm position…

  • 48 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Do we know who’s on the plane? the entire list that is?

  • 49 sholasupporter // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    @eastend The stats just show that the passes he made were successful, e.g. the man on the end got a touch! It doesn’t highlight whether or not the pass was a good one! It is difficult when you are actually there to count good vs bad but all I remember is that his QUALITY of pass was not up to it’s usual standard! @TDS yes it did “feel” as though we were trying to control possesion a lot more and play “football” very tough task against a crowded midfield and organised spurs side.

  • 50 Rozzy // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Tiote “I ain’t gettin on no plane fool”

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM


    Personally I love our system and am v grateful we haven’t wasted fortunes like in the past.

    I could never have dreamed of us having these players before.

    Anita, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba, Cabaye, Colo, Krul, Marveux just to name a few.

  • 52 sholasupporter // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Couldnt agree more!

  • 53 Toon73 // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM


    Saylor was 45 from 46 completed.

  • 54 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    marv not on plane on bog

  • 55 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM


    You’re wasting your breath mate. It’s far too easy to spend other peoples money.

    Out of interest, would you be happy if the window closed today? Or are you keen on a striker & another defender?


    Ah, sorry mate. To be fair, you can be a DM and be an exquisit passer of the ball – think Alonso! Big Cheick doesn’t really have that in the locker unfortunately.

  • 56 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    If Marv is not on the plan what’s the deal with him then?

  • 57 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM


    Oh wow.. That is quite impressive. We looked pretty uncomfortable with passing it out from the back at times, but I’m hoping it’ll get a lot better as the season goes on. Tough opener against an AVB side that press high up the pitch for 90 minutes.

  • 58 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    We need a track-team to track down Marv; who’s on it? ;) lol

  • 59 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Why would he not be on the plane?

    Maybe saving him for the Chelsea game now Ba is injured?

  • 60 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Sorry. No way Tiote is better than Song. There’s a reason why Barca were in for Song and not Tiote if they wanted. Song is worth 15million than Tiote is worth 13-15million as well.

  • 61 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    and i dont understand what’s going on regarding marv. he seems to be slowly drifting out of our team for whatever reason.

  • 62 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    TDS…saving my ass; Pardew might as well just admit he’s lost him ;)

  • 63 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Wasn’t he supposed to be on the bench against Spurs?

    …it’s not like he doesn’t need the match fitness ;) lol

  • 64 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM


    Yeah… I’m trying to be optimistic. He wasn’t meant to be on the bench – but Pardew wanted to add him to it when Shola got injured.

  • 65 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    How do you know for sure he’s not on the plane?

  • 66 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Belfast…I’m hiding in the luggage hold. Have checked all the baggage labels and not one says Mr. Marv

    Will bring you further updates during the flight

  • 67 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Got to go…turbulence is pretty intense….are they sure Tiote aint upstairs?

  • 68 toon smart // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Someone posted earlier that Marveauz son was ill – taken to hospital, thats why he wasn’t on the bench against spurs. Whether this is true or not we will have to see. Hopefully a journalist will ask where is marveaux?
    I think at the moment no one knows the full team that is on the plane to Greece.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Belfast…we don’t know anything ;) we’re just suckers for any news really :)

    …someone said Marv wasn’t on the plane and panic spread lol

    But to be honest, I haven’t heard anything regarding Marv since the Spurs game; I know some say no news is good news, but in this case I would say it’s the other way around ;)

  • 70 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Toon-smart…if that’s the case I wish him and his family the best of luck; hadn’t really heard anything!

  • 71 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    thrashy journalism at its very best!

  • 72 tiotely footy mad // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    1. Tiote has stated before he is happy at the club and he loves our support.

    2. Arsenal would not pay more than £20 mil as he is worth this and more

    3. Nuri Sahin is close to agreeing a deal, so why would they want Tiote, doesnt make sense

    Next thread please….

  • 73 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Espanyol targeting Danny Simpson. Interesting…

  • 74 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    mature dating =man in wig dressed as tart

  • 75 Shane // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    QPR – Definition;

    How not to go about transfer business when you have the money to potentially create a great team.

  • 76 drongo // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    afternoon folks

    My thoughts are in line with APs public statement – successful window is hanging on to everyone.

    I think we’ve a 1st XI that is as good as any. Spending big bucks on a non ACN striker would seem daft, as they arent going to want to be 3rd choice for most of the season. We would have needed someone like a Bellamy wanting one last hurrah, or a Dzeko / Adebayor on loan.

  • 77 martoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    toon smart @67 – Yes that is the type of question you would expect a proficient journalist to ask but unfortunately we are talking about Lee Ryder :)

  • 78 toon smart // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    @ Jesperfuglsang

    Regarding marveaux – i haven’t heard anything else either.

    Seems like the transfer window is starting to pick up. When thinking about our transfer stratergy it seems we are playing like in casino – bluffing and upping the stakes etc. I guess quite appropriate for a casino owner like Llambias

  • 79 toon smart // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    @ Martoon

    I wonder journalists like Ryder, who try and keep close to the club avoid asking akward questions or they could be out of the loop (if they were in the loop in the first place)

  • 80 howway geordies // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Arsenal won’t be in for Cheick Tiote, they’ve just spent £18m on the Albanian Zef Kolombi!

  • 81 WWYCD // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Tiote to replace Song? Different players for one and Ashley would command more than what Barca payed for Song which Tiote isn’t worth (to Arsenal atleast)

  • 82 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I guess Pardew’s pre-match pressconference will be from Athens

  • 83 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Right this has gone on long enough, from the previous thread this fake Ruddy thing is really starting to tick me off, I just wish to inform you that I will be contacting Ed in order to have you removed from the blog.

    It is embarrassingly pathetic how you feel you have to copy my name because you are so brain dead you cannot even come up with one of your own.

    You are an absolute bottom feeder and should be sterilised to protect future generations from the inevitable moronic offspring you would produce.

  • 84 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Nuri Sahin is a different type of player ( as far as I know ? ) from Tiote ? I’d be more worries about Man U. Phatoon, the midfield main men are averaging 35.3 yrs old between them. Wouldnt Man u love either an enforcer like Tiote ( Like Keane, only not as good ) , or Cabaye ( like Scholes , only not as good ). At least we have them under long contracts , so hats off to Ashley and Co for that.

  • 85 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Ruddy, I’m not sure if you are suggesting that I’m flapping dude …..I’m not. I’m making a patently clear statement about NUFC’s position. Again, it comes back to whether we want to really take on the bigger clubs, or hover behind them, strengthening our finances, and boosting Sports Direct.

  • 86 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    @84 who what where when

  • 87 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM


    How does NUFC not investing heavily boost SD’s finances exactly..?

  • 88 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Ignore the ‘finances’, but the point still applies.

    We could invest £100m,ad the SD signs would remain.

    I don’t see how that’s relevant at all.

  • 89 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Are we still discussing the sports direct thing??

  • 90 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    How does ‘hovering behind the big clubs’ equate to ‘boosting Sports Direct’? Surely Sports Direct would get maximum exposure if we topple a few of the big teams and gain CL football, the only difference is, some like you want us to fecklessly spend, where as the approach we’ve been taking and that has worked in our favour and is still gathering momentum, is being shrewd, measured and cerebral about our business, no cases of ‘ok we (allegedly) need, NEED this player, so let’s just cave in to the demands of the seller’.

    I’m fully confident in our methods and how we’re assembling our team.

  • 91 Super Magpie // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Are we ever going to get a stadium sponsor?
    I’m sick of all the tacky sports direct signs all over the ground.

  • 92 drongo // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Cabaye is the one I am most concerned about losing. And in my view the hardest to replace

  • 93 WWYCD // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Marv not on the plane and throwing his toys out of the pram? Reminds me of HBA early last season…pretty sure everyone of those stories came out as BS end of the day his first season he spent injured lad needs to earn his chance and wait his turn if he is kicking up a fuss but I don’t actually think he is

  • 94 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Sports direct as a company would benefit from having their advertising in the champions league I imagine.

    What i see Ashley soon with nufc is sensible. We might want champs league now but there is No harm in taking a while to get there. We could easily throw 30million at players this year and not make it.

    From what pardew has said Regards to having a busy end to the window I think we have a few offers an negotiations in place and are just trying to finalise things.

    Ideally players would be roughy in early but we already have a good enough team/squad to wait for players at the end of he window on or terms and integrate them into the side.

  • 95 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM


    Where have you seen that lol? :| I don’t see it anywhere…

  • 96 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    TDS, whats at issue is MA’s willingness to spend sensible, but necessary money – if he wants to take on the bigger guns. I dont want to see us spend money we dont have, especially on” star ” players who may not deliver. What I would like to see is the first team strengthened, and now is as good a time to strike as ever. Like plenty of other fans, I dont like MA hijacking the name of the ground , waiting for magic Sony etc to appear. If we are to be fair and ethical about this, I would hope that MA is paying NUFC for this free advertising.

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Munster Mag

    Your insistence that you’re not flapping, is contrary to how you express your concerns.

  • 98 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Stop using my bloody name you prick!

    Munster this is the fake ruddy!

  • 99 Frank pingles come sock // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Just heard throught the grapevine

    Carrol deal is 100% on.

    Watch this space – deadline day

    Source: Ray Thompson – Kit man

  • 100 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:35 PM


    I’ve asked this quite often, but I assume no one actually knows – does anyone know is SD is actually contributing money?

    Part of me thinks that it would be an easy way for him to inject a few million into the club whilst adhering to the FFP.

    However, my brain says that it’s just Ashley using SJP to advertise his crap for free. If so, the way they went about it was disgraceful. I’d rather he just came out and said ‘I’ve got £200m+ of interest free loans invested in this club, and so I’m going to pinch some free advertising.’

  • 101 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Frank pingles, I’ll bet u a £100 that it dosent happen????

  • 102 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    frank pingl what a throw back id almost forgot u

  • 103 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Can I just get this strate, the kit man told you that Newcastle would sign Carroll on deadline day?? Please I can’t be the only one… Am going insane

  • 104 Ruddy Marveaux-lous® // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Fake Ruddy, beat it, shoo, go away! At least have the courtesy to change your alias.

  • 105 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    i heard it too

  • 106 martoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    ToonDownSouth & Munster – I’ve often wondered this myself – if we are getting money from SD for advertising then fair enough but I suspect not – surely this has to be in the company accounts? – I know there are some posters on here who are accountants.
    Of course you could also argue that as MA has given us an interest free loan of £140m he is entitled to some free advertising. But then again the loan is from his personal money and not SD.

  • 107 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    horses mouth

  • 108 AshtreeKid // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    any one else heard that adam johnson was a newcastle fan even though he lived in sunderland – if thats the case you really think he’ll sign for sunderland? I dont really think we’re in for him just think that that comes from that mackem journo so that when/if they sign him they can say ohhh newcastle were interested but he chose us!

  • 109 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    TDS I agree completely. Ruddy, I’m not sure where you are with your twin mate? :) You may not be reading my posts correctly. I’ve never asked for mad spending or Michael Owen type purchases etc etc. I’ve also said that I will, and have ( Anita signing) , praised the top brass when they act. I want to see us develop more now, and strike whilst the iron is hot. I’m not asking for 30 mill etc. But do you think for one minute that Pardew wouldnt agree with my point – ie lets spend 15 mill on two players who will really push things on , whilst not killing the finances of the club? This isnt flapping Ruddy, its making a fair and balanced point. Of course, if we buy no-one ( and lose no-one ) , its not the end of the world. I also like and respect many aspects of how the club is run, and like our transfer approach – would just like to see more of same.

  • 110 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Okay, I need to ask this cause it has been bugging me for a while ;)

    When you write “Frank Pingles come sock” are you kind of referring to the Danish striker who have played for Newcastle?

  • 111 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Frankie Pingel , lovely .

  • 112 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Rob Mc Donald, sweet.

  • 113 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Stephane Guivarch . U gotta love Dalglish eh ?

  • 114 Ruddy Marveaux-lous® // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    It’s flapping, because I and others expect us to do just precisely that and are just biding our time along with the club, while you’re fretting about it.

  • 115 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    If so then take a look at Munster Mag’s post; His name is spelled Frank Pingel and not Frank Pingles ;)

    and I am not even English but here is a free grammar lesson; Your name should be “Frank Pingel’s come sock” ;)

  • 116 nobby sol // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    my mate bill slideshaft reckons moussa konate deal is close.
    mind ive never been to sure about wor bill, very queer surname

  • 117 Ravensd // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Yes ashley did give interest free loans which entitle him to advertise, and I have no problem with that as long as the proceeds are subtracted from the outstanding loan. But who knows if they are

  • 118 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    yes he is a mag fan

  • 119 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    worst centre forward i saw block of wood

  • 120 davybtoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    mackems paying 15mill for fletcher haha

  • 121 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I don’t get why people are panicing about the ACON and a lack of striker replacements for Ba and Cisse. Chances are Senegal won’t even qualify and if we rotate and play 1 up front , with shola as an impact sub and campbell as the new kid on the block. I think it would be madness to spend 12M on carroll to cover the ACON when he may not even be needed.

    I would be much more concerned with the upgrades on Simpson and Williamson at this point. Maybe Good and Tav may surprise us when Saylor gets injured again.

  • 122 rainrix // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM


  • 123 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I cannot wait for this window to shut.

    Ed will stop fueling stupid rumours about players leaving, and everyone else will stop inventing nonsense about players signing.

  • 124 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Nobby sol

    Fabulous name slideshaft!!

    Would welcome Konate but what ever happened to Koura who scored 2 goals on trial? I know he went back to Le Mans but never heard any more.

  • 125 davybtoon // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    tds agree about ed fueling stupid rumours about players leaving, but i love the rumours about players coming its all part of the fun in the transfer window

  • 126 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Rainrix- what about him?

  • 127 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    The Mackems are in desperate need of a forward – to them, he may well be worth £15m. A half decent forward could genuinely be the difference between relegation and mid table.

  • 128 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Tds, are u coming over to my side? Annoying isn’t it?

  • 129 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Michael Krohn-Dehli has just signed for Celta for less than £1M ;) I guess good deals or out there to be made!

  • 130 tony green // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM


    …is that Fletcher out of “Porridge ” or our very own

    blog legend

    darrenfletcher88? :-)

  • 131 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    No one’s really spoken about Vuckic being injured again.

    Is it because it’s too depressing?

  • 132 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Well TDS, I might be a cheap ass, but £15M ;) common…

  • 133 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Tony green, abit of both

  • 134 steveno7 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Not so bothered about losing tioteas we have bigi coming thru and also little vern.nether the less wud rather keep him .we cant be selling our top players to teams we will be competing forthe top four with can we

  • 135 rainrix // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Magpies… Nothing there hasn’t been an article about him today i thought i’d just throw his name back into the fray :)

  • 136 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Vuckic? isn’t he always injured? ;)

  • 137 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Jesper, might i respectfully advise that one should say “Frank Pingle’s cum sock ” . Would seem more accurate. Any more suggestions readers?

  • 138 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    TDS, sad and annoying about Vukic. I’m still not convinced by him tbh

  • 139 Jamesthefirst // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    @drongo – completely agree. He is our engine. When he plays well, the whole team plays well. Every attack goes through him. He is Newcastle’s Gerrard.

    Tiote loss would hurt, but Cabaye loss would kill our chances of top 4

  • 140 jesperfuglsang // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Munster Mag…now it is just dirty ;) but point taken

    …still his name is Frank Pingel and not Pingle ;) there is a slight difference lol

  • 141 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    sports direct have never paid a Pennie for advertising, last accounts showed a £14,000 bill for sports direct advertising artwork, i don’t have a problem with this but on the other hand i expect a bit of investment, i paid for 4 season tickets, this is my contribution to the club, a £3m spend in the transfer market is taking the p**s.

  • 142 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Fletcher – 12-15mill
    Cisse + Ba = 9mill

    Just wow.

  • 143 Ruddy Marveaux-lous® // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Oh, hello Dense Darren, how are you today? Any pent up rage you’d like to incoherently vent today?

  • 144 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    That Aubameyang would be a good signing, Surely Carr would have spotted him!

  • 145 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Just got my tickets in the post for next thur night and im still waiting for 1 season ticket wtf is going on.

  • 146 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    what could have been a remarkable season last year was thrown away because we did not have a good center back we needed to change 1 defeat to a win and 1 defeat to a draw and we would be in the champions league, right or wrong that’s how close we were and we seem to be taking the same risk again. we have the money we don’t need to spend a fortune, we have shown we can make a little go a long way.

  • 147 Jamesthefirst // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    It is no coincidence that with Cabaye struggling on Sat, the whole team struggled to find its rhythm.

    We are fortunate to have a lot of excellent players at the club now, but I still think Cabaye is our best signing in years.

    He makes us tick.

  • 148 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I think that Pardew is a genius! He’s saying that Tiote, Ba, Ben Arfa etc. are injured to keep big teams away from making bids! That would have worked with Carroll, but then Liverpool decided to be stupid! :)

  • 149 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM


    Did sort your tickets out mate??

  • 150 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM


    I’m literally just in the process of it. Recommendations on where to sit? (;

  • 151 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    My mistake Jesper mate. We’ll put those nasty socks away now !

  • 152 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Pardew has not made a bad buy- Obertan is work in progress.

  • 153 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    James, without Cabeye and Ben Arfa, the teams attacking ability is seriously compromised unfortunately. And same with Collo, with all due respect to the Perch. Of course that isnt unusual, but is something worth strengthening. I am beginning to wonder if Marveaux is turning out to be a mistake, and a bullet dodged by the numbskulls in Liverpool?

  • 154 Ravensd // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Thought clyne looked pretty good against city on the weekend. Buggered aguero without taking a yellow, quite a feat!

  • 155 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Why do people assume investing in our squad means buying stars? I think 3 players in the Anita price range is fair to expect as a supporter. Especially since we finished 5th last year and recieved a large chunk of cash from the Prem. At a minimum, reinvest this into the team/business. So in our case £5M from the sales of players and the £14M from Prem prize money = £19M – All other profits can go into MA’s FAT pockets! Too much to ask?

  • 156 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Gallowgate for noise mate but for a great view the east stand, im near the halfway line cracking seats first row of the upper tier

  • 157 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Ian, Obertan certainly has not been a good buy either. And those who think he can be our answer to a brilliant player like Henry are very optimistic….

  • 158 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I’m still hoping to get over to Shearer’s box , hopefully for the West Ham game. Did any of you see Allardyce with the West ham fan who won at the Olympics? Guess who was wearing the medal ……!!!

  • 159 Jamesthefirst // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    @Munster Mag Marveaux is a great player but injury prone, so Pardew bought Anita who will be used in the same way.

    Maybe we can be cheeky and offer Liverpool Marveaux as part of the Carroll deal £12 million plus a player. They might even take Ryan Taylor who’s a scouser.

  • 160 rainrix // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Does anyone actually know where marveux is? all I’ve heard is here say and rumours. If anything I’m sure pards was just resting him for thursday

  • 161 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    For those of you who dont know…
    Newcastle brought in £54.2M
    Every club got £13,788,093 as an equal share of domestic TV income, plus £18,764,644m as an equal share of foreign TV income
    5th place paid roughly £13M

  • 162 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    james – don’t you dare say that about Marvellous Marv! I wouldn’t even offer Williamson for that money grabbing donkey!!

  • 163 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Given that Marv looked handy all pre season, I think now is a pretty dumb time to start writing him off…

    Write a player off whilst they’re injured – not whilst they’re fit and playing well!

  • 164 JAMSHA // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Arsenal Line Up £11.8m Bid
    for Spanish World Cup
    Winner Jesus Navas

    £11.8 mil ????????????

  • 165 Rich Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Marveaux is in Greece.
    Squad is Romain Amalfitano, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson – off

  • 166 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM


    The clubs income is completely irrelevant without the outgoings…

  • 167 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Marveaux and Anita used in the same way? Dont think so …..

  • 168 JAMSHA // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    looks like messi

  • 169 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Payout Info

  • 170 aemagpie // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    when is kickoff for the match tomorrow?

  • 171 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Cabaye’s in there? Strange one that… maybe Pardew just wants to keep an eye on him in training, as he’s clearly not match fit yet.

  • 172 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Toon Down South…would you like to see our annual operating income for 2011/12?

  • 173 VanToonMan // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Has anyone else seen the QPR – Real Carvalho loan deal on skysports and thought….maybe we should have done that. I know he is old but if the powers that be would rather spend the money on a fullback and striker then Carvalho on loan would have been a decent option. Obviously not permanent signing.

  • 174 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM


    You’ve got to wonder what his wages are though. Huge, I’m guessing.


    You decided, for some reason, to post the revenue that NUFC earned from the PL last season. I’m simply stating that that’s completely and utterly irrelevant without context.

  • 175 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Can we not save the criticising of the clubs transfer activity until the window has actually closed?

    People are saying we should expect at least 3 £6m (or thereabouts) players as we finished 5th. What if we have news via our scouting network that come January one of our top top targets, unknown to us all, will be available come January? Should we blow the budget in this window?

    There is obviously 2 sides to every argument, I however take the view that over the past 3 years we have seen our club return to the big stage. One great season should not change the plan set out, it is working after all.

    Can’t believe I’ve read today that MA is lining his pockets again. We have had several hundred million pumped in to the club by MA, even if he sold off the whole team he would not be lining his pockets.

    I appreciate we’re close and want to bridge the “gap” between us and the top 4 even more, but let’s keep some perspective.

  • 176 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    6pm kick off uk time 8pm local

  • 177 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    well after a day out dong volenteer work i come back check the blog for any news and again it is about other clubs linked with our stars. sometimes it feels like we part of scotland with cockey media in the south because all we ever get is negative news as if they don’t want there to b a stong north east team.
    if it’s not failures with contracts it’s false stories about players link with us.
    if the story is true and we did sign a player they then make up stories about players linked with a move away.
    and finally if we aren’t in a transfer window the media and pundits (except J.rednapp) go negative and say we will collapse after so many games.

  • 178 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I also want to add, Chelsea, Man U, Man City and Arsenal to an extent have been spending money for years and we’ve still managed to get this close to them. One season of slow and steady progress wont see them rush off in to the sunset to a land where we cannot catch them again.

  • 179 JAMSHA // Aug 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    so looks like he’s,stayng

  • 180 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    i have seen nothing that looks like Ashley being criticized its just people no how close we got last season and it could be the right time to go for 4th place, without spending daft money, we still have not replaced the squad players that left yet, or the 9 kids that got dumped. its not about vast sums but we don’t get our season tickets for free maybe if you went to games and had to pay you opinion might be different.

  • 181 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    TDS -
    Its a privately held company so there is no way to add that info – But from a cash flow perspective…You cant count on bonuses when you were recently relegated. Just saying it is icing on the cake and the funds should be readily available to be reinvested.

  • 182 Zebras4Life // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Total revenue according to ESPN was $151M

  • 183 DraperNUFC10 // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95 and I’ll follow back :) HWTL!

  • 184 Dannyo // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Many injured for this one :/ And then that probs goes for Chelsea too.
    Dunno, but this should get DLs ass moving.

  • 185 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Ibiza- the voice of reason. Why is it that so many of our fans suffer from such mood swings. It’s always a rollercoaster ride being a fan and too many are always looking for the
    wheels to fall off. The fact that Liverpool have been given a sake or leave it offer suggests that we have a few irons in the fire.
    Jesper- I’ll explain irons and fires next time we chat- LOL

  • 186 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Dave1961….Apologies mate, I thought I had read comments about lack of signings, money in to MA’s pockets, etc….not sure how I took that to mean criticism.

    Maybe you are also right that if I went to games and paid money I would be disappointed in not seeing progress to the team and having to watch the likes of Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, HBA, Santon, Anita, etc.

    I’m really not trying to be a pr*ck, honestly, and you are entitled to your opinion.

    As for replacing squad players. The only 2 of any merit that could be considered “a loss” for me would be Guthrie and Best. Guthrie = Anita. I agree, we need to replace Best.

    The others barely touched a ball last season.

    The youth set-up is another issue altogether and I have no idea why more players haven’t been provided yet, although I imagine this will happen in time. Is it the same for youth players that we can only buy them in official windows?

  • 187 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    i would add myself this year could be the year where top 4 has changed into a top2/3 because arsenal (who are now always selling big names) and liverpool (who are spending big money on players who have turned out to be more like luque xisco but to a lesser degree) so there4 are both do the same thing which i think caused us to change from a european contender into a relegation team although i they will at worst probably become a mid table team.

  • 188 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Ian….That’s really the main point I was trying to make, thank you. The window hasn’t closed yet. By all means say it’s concerning that it’s getting close, but it’s not panic time quite yet.

    However, I wouldn’t be devastated if no one else arrived and we kept what we have. But I clearly lack ambition :)

  • 189 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    how many days noo

  • 190 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Toonking…Sorry, not completely following your post. Are you saying that we should be buying to keep up with the new top 3?

  • 191 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Debuchy has clearly been staying at Lille for a long time now. The only people continually talking about it have been you lot.

  • 192 phillyg // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    just seen the squad list for thursday night, bit gutted that abied isn;t down for going. Thought he looked really good in pre-season and can score a goal if needed.

  • 193 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    phillyg…Had forgotten about him…seems odd. Pardew has taken a lot more first team players than I expected. No excuses for an embarrassment then :)

  • 194 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM


    Doesn’t the fact that you refer to them as ‘youth players’ answer your own question. The ‘development squad’ should surely be filled with kids from our own academy, plus a few gems from outside.

    It’s mental to suggest we should replace all of the kids that got released, because most came through our own academy in the first place!

  • 195 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    what i am saying is this year is probably or best year for a top 4 as arsenal liverpool and spurs all are slipping further down the table.
    it really follows my first point on this media who i think try to unsettle us as we re looking more like a threat every year.

  • 196 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM


  • 197 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Dannyo- the senior players injured with the exception of Shola were unlikely to have featured anyway.

  • 198 phillyg // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    ibiza – I really like the look of Abied I think he is very technical, good passer and can score a few goals. I rate him better than vukic. I’d play bigi, abied and gosling in the middle.

  • 199 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Ibiza, are your criticisms aimed at me? No panic here mate, just a clear realisation of what is likely to move us to the next level.

  • 200 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    TDS….No no no….we must spend! Come on local boys, get out there and show ‘em what you’ve got :)

    Toonking…Not being difficult, I promise :) Do you therefore think we should be spending (not saying big, but spending all the same) to secure this 4th spot which in theory is easier to achieve this season?

  • 201 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Phil, i’d agree . Though Abeid loked a nice player – though peerhaps not a direct rival for Vukic. And I luuurve Bigi. What a start in the making – a brilliant signing.

  • 202 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Who knows, Abeid could be slightly unfit, or he could be in line to play against Chelsea.

  • 203 lesh // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Gawd forbid, we aren’t jumping back onto the Ashley/ Sports Direct bit again are we?

    As far as I know, cash injections into the club were interest free loans with no fixed repayment date; they were loans made by him not Sports Direct.

    Furthermore, we’ll not see any reference to advertising revenues naming specific sources (eg Virgin Money, Sports Direct etc) in the accounts and more to the point, the relevant accounts won’t be published until next year.

    And, I’m sure Ashley would ensure that Sports Direct paid for any advertising and if there was a fee for [SD] stadium naming rights, we wouldn’t see it specifically identified in the Clubs accounts.

    I stand to be corrected on the above but whatever, please stop the Ashley bashing – there’s no need for it and what’s more, it’s counter-productive.

  • 204 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    How many days since we signed Anita and already fans are getting restless.

    There are still several options available that we know our club may have expressed intrest in such as Pieters, Cissoko (sp?), Remy, Guidetti even carroll (shudders)

    FFS Mancity are looking to loan out Guidetti back to Feyenoord hed be an excellent cheap signing.

    Then theres all the other players that have expressed their intrest in leaving their clubs e.g. Sakho, Mbwia etc…

    And dont forget our youngens Bigi, Ami, i mean come on we got one of the brightest future stars in Campbell and noone is excited about it.

    ….and breathe…. Zeroitti Bangoloate …. breathe

  • 205 phillyg // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    going off the squad i can see pardew starting with:-

    ————bigi – anita

    I can really see campbell getting the nod. with shola and ba being injured and only cisse the other 1st teamer I can see him starting capmbell. imagine if cisse was injured, who will score the wonder goals against chelsea on sunday.

  • 206 lesh // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    And… totally irrelevant to the thread……

  • 207 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    another reason could also be the fact we finally have got a team which is high in spirit and and a settled manager who is surely our best one since this league began (after the great sir bobby himself who is always going to be the greatest)

  • 208 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Zero, completely agree re Campbell – potentially Michael Owen without the miserable attitude :)

  • 209 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    If Campbell did burst onto the scene, at least he’d never dream of leaving.

    After seeing the treatment Big Andy got, little AC would be far too scared to go anywhere (;

  • 210 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    phillyg…Agreed. Looks like we’ve got quite the player in Abeid.

    Munster….Not aimed at you in particular. Just a message to anyone questioning the ambitions or motivations of the club. They’ve set out a plan and are ahead of schedule, I don’t think this means they will or should alter the plan. I also think they have been trying to get players in and may still do so, so let’s leave any major questioning for when the window closes.

    I hope you know I’m not one to start fights on here, it’s not my intention. Perhaps I view things to positively.

  • 211 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Apparently a PL club has agreed a fee for Remy last week, im looking for a decent link atm but anyone got a link to it? that could be us if they havnt disclosed who has made the bid since thats how Newcastle usually like to operate.

  • 212 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM


    I often feel the need to remind everyone that, 3 years ago this summer, we had just been relegated.

    3 years… Has a club EVER risen from the ashes in quite so incredible style? I can’t think of a single example that comes close…

    Maybe Juventus, but they did invest hundreds of millions.

    3 Years :O

  • 213 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    too positively* Slap on the wrist for me :)

  • 214 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    in terms of how we spend i would say spend some money on 1 young but talented CB and bring in carroll and we should wait until january before we sign a fullback for the starting 11 because we should know by then if simpson is worth keeping or not (this is all to do with his contract NOT HIS PERFORMANCE).

  • 215 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    ibiza toon

    not your intention to start fights??

    your unruly happiness gets my back up all the time ASHLEY OUT!!

    why were people saying marveux wasnt on the plane?? complete b****x no one had a clue who was on the plane

  • 216 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM


    Simpson had a very good pre-season, and had one of his best games against Spurs. Who knows, he could ern himself a new contract by January.

  • 217 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    TDS erm how about Borussia Mönchengladbach who managed to do the same as us aswell as getting CL play-offs….they screwed it up but they got them lol

  • 218 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    TDS….It does amaze me. At the same time they wonder why Pardew keeps trying to lower expectations. We have just had a wonderful season, so now we should be competing with Chelsea and the Manchester clubs.

    Next summer we’ll see the team strengthened again and the summer after that and so on. This should keep us up there. After a little while, will I be happy to be the new Arsenal (always near the top but never quite making it)? It’s a start and what we should be aiming for as a minimum for now imo. As you say, we were a relegated team 3 years ago. Top 6 consistently sounds pretty decent to me.

  • 219 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Simmo should definitely be kept. I would be annoyed if we just let a player of his quality just run down his contract, if nothing else he would be a tremendous squad player.

    The position that we most needed to improve last summer was ST and we didn’t and everybody panicked but we did more than ok until January when we got Cisse in. I’d rather wait 4months to get the right player in than spend a fortune getting an “alright” player in. Look at Man U they are panic buying all over the place, as are QPR.

    Could it be that NUFC have the smartest transfer policy in the entire league (perhaps second to Everton) who’d have thunk it?

  • 220 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Hyphen…All I’ll say is go do a Liverpool.

    For those who don’t know what that means, go f**k yourself! :)

    P.S. That was a translation of what it means not an instruction if you didn’t know what it meant.

  • 221 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Ruddy…I don’t even want a cheap “alright” player in. Counter productive to what we’re doing. That cheap/alright player could get in the way of us bringing in who we’re after.

  • 222 Jayden // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM


    I always though Gos was a defensive player.. :S

    Abeid would be my choice there, or Amal with Gabby on the right.

  • 223 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Todays’s suggested transfer targets with a £20m net budget:


    Douglas – £5m
    Cissokho – £5m
    John Guidetti – Loan (£2m)
    Konate – £2m
    Debuchy – £6m


    Simpson – £3m
    Williamson – £1.5m

  • 224 Ruddy Marveaux-lous® // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    That reminds me of a joke, Ibiza.

    Two men walk into a bar, the barman asks “what would you like to drink?” The first man replies “I’ll have a glass of H20.” The second man says “I’ll have H2O too.” The second man dies.

  • 225 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Dave…Are you still about? I’m interested to hear your views. Have been called out for bullying people off the site before, so just want to make sure I haven’t done it again.

  • 226 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM


    Yeah I think the “spending a fortune” on an alright player was moot because we don’t want alright players being brought into the club, what would be the point bringing in an alright RB that Simmo would be as good as if not better than or an alright ST that Shola would be alright as if not better than?

    Patience is a virtue.

  • 227 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM


    why do you say todays targets??

    asif there different to the ones you put up yestaday hahaha

  • 228 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM


    Please don’t entertain him. That isn’t a command merely a suggestion.

  • 229 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Dannyo- the senior players injured with the exception of Shola were unlikely to have featured anyway. Given Pardew’s comments prior to Spurs game on injuries I am not convinced. The opportunity to give Cabaye much needed match play would be a bonus. Will be surprised if side is not at full strength against Chelsea.

  • 230 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    If Ba had of got injured first half off last season,we would off been f*****.

    It was a gamble that paid off,but it could off been far different.

    Wouldnt want to do it

  • 231 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM


    Were BM relegated recently? I genuinely didn’t know that. If so, fair play to them – no one can claim that the German league is an easy one.

  • 232 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM


    We’re in a much better position in both RB and ST, so it wouldn’t be disastrous is one of our strikers got injured or Simmo got injured.

    Understand what you mean though.

  • 233 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Hyphen…Was just about to comment something similar, but thought “nnnnaaahhh, let it slide” :)

    Ruddy….Patience seems to be in short supply. Is that what virtue means? ;)

    On the striker, I think we need a youngish striker with room to improve (I know we have Campbell), but someone under 23 who can offer something if needed. Doesn’t need to be “better” than Shola yet (i know I’m going to get some grief for that comment :) ).

  • 234 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM


    ah dont worry mate i dont take him seriously he makes me smile, i see people bite all the time though

  • 235 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    any1 know where you can watch press conference as its about to start

    apart from athens hahaha

  • 236 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM


    I wouldn’t expect you to understand what virtue means, you heathen :P

    I would be wary of all the hype that is being put on young Campbell’s shoulders, we are all understandably excited about the prospect of yet another homegrown striker. Seem to be breeding them in good supply these days but we should go easy on the lad and hope he continues to grow and develop his game with as small an ego as possible.

    Any possible comparison to Owen or Rooney should be saved until AFTER he has played a single first team match shouldn’t it?

  • 237 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    when it comes to first team signing it is examples like simpsons and guthrie which make me feel we will be wasting money ATM on starters.
    here is it explained better-
    although we are in heading in the direction of challenging for top 4 it mainly i think down to the slip ups of them 3 i meantions.
    interms of top 3 we are way behindle manure and city and probably now chelsea again which is why i would say it is now a top2/3 then a group of 4-5 for 4th
    so it is much harder to bring in high quality players if it just means dropping another top class players to the bench, unlike your chelseas and machesters who are already league challengers and already have lots of income from champion league, for high wages.

  • 238 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM


    what is Ganso not good enough now lol, also you know nothing about values, transfers for Guidetti are going to be considerably higher than 2 million or are we going to loan him for 2 million which wouldnt make sense either… Kets do you even know who Guidetti is? have you seen him play? have you seen his stats?

    Kets… really getting rid of both Simmo and Willo really with two completely unrealistic replacements listed… yeah sure it makes total sense (-.-)

  • 239 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Bout much going on the day like

  • 240 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    And we have a biter….

    Seriously if no one talked to him I think he’d get bored.

  • 241 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Any news??

  • 242 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    We’re after Guidetti according to Sky Sports,.

  • 243 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM


    really?? i think he lives in his own little world and this is the only place he gets to talk at real people

    i think hes lonley

  • 244 Novocastrian66 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Aguero only out for a month. The tabloids will have to find / make up another club who are going to sign Cisse or Ba.

  • 245 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM


    Not sure if you’re real Ruddy, or just Beardo. But I agree on Campbell. I wouldn’t like to see him thrown in when we’re depsperate for goals (ie, if Ba & Cisse did go away in January). The pressure of a few hundred thousand people desperate for him to perform, may be a little too much for his confidence.

  • 246 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM


    You could be right, although talking to him and about him are probably enough to fuel whatever idiocy inspires him to post his ridiculous comments so I intend to do neither :D

  • 247 MacToon // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Kets, do you think Guidetti would be a good purchase?

  • 248 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM


    Argh this is the real Ruddy, it is really annoying that Beardo (or whoever is doing it) is posting genuine comments under my name, the lack of originality is shocking. Flattering though.

    Bring the lad on with 20mins to go if we’re level to maybe try and pinch it or if we’re a few goals up see if he can add to it and boost his confidence playing in front of 52,000.

    I have no doubt that he will be a very good player in due course but “the next Michael Owen…” (hope not) or “the next Wayne Rooney…” isn’t half putting pressure on a 17 year old lad

  • 249 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Ibiza- one man’s meat is another man’s poison. The very thing that attracts your undying optimism and cheerfulness is condemned. Your Yossarian from Catch 22.
    I digress but you and also Ruddy(never sure which one) have done remarkably well defending your corner- I have been dipping in and out this afternoon. I always draw comparisons with Arsenal in terms of building
    the club from the grass routes. Pardew is the perfect manager for us because he has bought into the project. It would be madness
    to put the planning at risk by bringing in players at high cost for short term gain.
    We could only for them to be taken out of many fans thinking by long term injury. A conveyor belt of talented youngsters is s better solution supplemented by shrewd acquisitions.

  • 250 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    they are paid well enough to withstand pressure and perform

  • 251 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Kets us and about 5 other PL teams are intrested, one team have already had a loan deal turned down by the player. Guidetti wants first team football and stated he doesnt want to go back out on loan and would prefer a move to Spain or Italy (i dont remember which one) both major stepping stone to pass in signing the lad, i think its achievable but i think itd have to be a lucrative offer with a permanant transfer.

    I think hes a great player (abit like you and Scharner) but i want to see how Campbell plays and would prefer him to have an oppertunity to make it big in the team before really hounding down a transfer for guidetti

  • 252 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM


    I am pretty sure Adam Campbell, at 17 years of age, isn’t on any huge wages. So I think the crux of your point is fairly flawed.

  • 253 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM


    He will not respond to reason with reason. You are flogging a dead horse mate.

  • 254 ToonDownSouth // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    MacToon & Kets

    Doesn’t the lad want first team football? Hence his reason for wanting to leave Manchester City…

    I’ve only ever seen him play once, so I’m no expert.

  • 255 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    i perform and withstand pressure for buggar all

  • 256 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    In front of 52,000 die hard Geordies at St James’ Park? At 17 years of age? All of whom are desperate for you to be the next Alan Shearer?

    Don’t answer because if you feel you can compare yourself to the situation I have described then you are indeed very delusional.

  • 257 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    i think he would be substantially more than me and after all hes local lad

  • 258 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    been there dunnit

  • 259 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    This conversation has been disrupted due to lunacy, sorry for any inconvenience caused.

  • 260 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    im sure he does not want to be the next shearer he wants to be himself

  • 261 MacToon // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I’ve got no idea TDS what we’re doing, if we’ll buy anyone or sell anyone.
    I do know there are plenty of players out there who’d improve our team and squad. Not long until the window shuts so we can see then what we have to compete on four fronts this season.

  • 262 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    guyes like kets treat transfers like they done on football manager games. where stress of always sitting on the bench as well as age and wages don’t matter too much with how happy he will be.

  • 263 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM


    Are you fricking kidding me?

  • 264 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    one is not delusional but a realist hed be playing in the away leg if at all any game

  • 265 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    in front of 12000 geeks

  • 266 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    In the words of Duncan Bannatyne:

    I don’t think you know what you’re talking about, you’re a lunatic, you haven’t a clue. I don’t like the idea, I don’t like you.

    I’m oot.

  • 267 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    any1 know where you can watch press conference??

  • 268 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    and you the great impresario have to the right to sprout out u like

  • 269 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    John Tudor….I think that’s a bit harsh. Yes, footballers are paid a gross amount of money, but it is being offered to them.

    Read an interesting article earlier, not completely relevant as it’s not about a young lad or in fact the pressure of performing, but it does highlight that at the end of the day players are people and are prone to the same vulnerabilities like the rest of us.

    Ruddy….Heathen? I think you spell it Heaven and whilst I am wonderful, that’s taking things a bit far :)

    Ian…..I will always fight the optimistic corner. When things aren’t going well, we should discuss it and perhaps even criticise what is happening, but things are going well, in particular the building of a great squad. Don’t need to tell you that though.

  • 270 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    God I’m off the pace today…can’t keep up.

  • 271 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    if the lad has balls he do ok in greece the manager will see to that as my gaffer said get stuck in lad youll do it fine tommy cavanah

  • 272 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM


    In a word. Yes.


    Your wit knows no bounds… :P


    I wouldn’t listen to that eejit, spouts nothing but optimism, it make me sick! Willo is League One standard, Simmo should be shot. Pards is a puppet! Ashley Out! We only beat Spuds 2-1! We’re getting relegated!!

  • 273 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    John Tudor

    Very poetically said…

  • 274 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    im not tommy he was my gaffer

  • 275 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    dunno why im listening to talksport

    theyve just proved everything i already knew

    they have a section called the daily arsenal!!

    london media dont half bum arsenal

  • 276 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Ruddy….I’m glad you’ve finally realised this. I pride myself on my wit and being an eejit :)

  • 277 toonking // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    this game tomorrow.
    anyone heard of a channel premiersport because when i had a look throught my sky sports guide to check if espn had it and i noticed it was live on a channel called premier sport yet i thought only espn and itv were going to show them.
    something else i noticed is ITV don’t have highlights wether it is just a one off i don’t know but we will have to find a stream if want want to see it.

  • 278 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Ibiza did you star in Father Ted :P

  • 279 Ruddy Marveaux-lous® // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I’ve taken this step so you can all distinguish between me, the real McCoy (or Ruddy as I prefer), and that upstart impostor.

  • 280 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

  • 281 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Zero….Maybe, why do you ask? :)

  • 282 Hencha Boii // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Does anybody know if the Game is on the tv tomorrow and what times kick off???

  • 283 Mo Drysdale // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Team for tomorrow?

    ———————————–Tim Krul—————————–




    Subs: Harper, Obertan, Perch, Simpson, Cabaye, Campbell.

    1. I would play Krul, lets face it Goal keepers aren’t tested as physically as outfield players, keep him playing.

    2. I no that Cisse played on the weekend but I would give him the first 45 to try and play himself into some form. (He isn’t playing well at the moment, confidence player)

    3. Would bring on Cabaye for the second half as he is out of form and needs the game time.

    4. Would replace Cisse with Campbell second half. see what the young lad can do.

    5. As long as we come home with an away goal I think we will be fine for the second leg.

  • 284 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM


    I really don’t care. If you didn’t realise how laced with sarcasm my comment was then there is little or no hope for a sustained conversation, your argument was flawed to begin with and has went steadily downhill since.


    Now that Zero has mentioned it, there is a touch of Dougal McGuire about you :P

  • 285 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Adam Campbell has to make his debut at some time.

    I’m sure pardew will only play him if he is physically and mentally ready.

    Some players can handle it at that age, some cant. It all comes down to the individual.

    All we can do as fans is support that lad whether he has a good or bad game.

  • 286 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    God fake Ruddy you really are pathetic…

  • 287 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    If your with virgin media you dont get premier sports.

    Next weeks leg is on Itv 4 anyway.

  • 288 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Transfer Sage

    Surely then the same ethos should be applied to players like Simmo, Willo and Obertan?

    Fickle and selective bunch it seems.

  • 289 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Tomorrows game is live on

    Free to view

  • 290 Gateshead-Mag // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    mo drysdale

    whos this campbell you have at cb??

  • 291 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Ruddy (the real one)……Not sure if that’s better or worse than being compared to Sheldon Cooper…

  • 292 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM


    Could you imagine the two of those having a conversation? That is something I would like to see :P

  • 293 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Ruddy…..That would be entertaining to say the least :)

    Next thread here we come…..

  • 294 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Also, fake Ruddy, did you have to change the name a little given the fact that I have contacted Ed about your mimicry? The gigs up I am afraid you sad pathetic little boy.

  • 295 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    is it fake or just scitzoid tendencies

  • 296 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    simples use his ip addy

  • 297 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    If you’re going to try and insult me at least spell the insult right.

  • 298 Transfer Sage // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM


    What do you mean about those senior players?

    That they should be supported?

    I agree if that’s what you mean. But can understand a fan frustration when you see them make the same mistakes week in week out. At their age you need to take a bit more responsibility and make sure you win the fans over.

    I would support them and never boo them during a game but Can understand why people get annoyed.

  • 299 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    it is a blog and trolls appear if only sland was in scotland they could play berwick

  • 300 John Tudor // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    and jealousy is the biggest form of flattery

  • 301 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM


    Every player regardless of age deserves our support, any fan who deliberately doesn’t get behind a player is no true supporter. Every time HBA gets the ball the place erupts into life, but get Obertan on the ball and he is greeted with groans and cries for him to just give it, which can hardly build his confidence.

    Obertan is not exactly what I would call a “senior player” either, the lad is only 23 years of age and is desperately short of confidence.

    I don’t understand fans frustrations at him because he has the potential to be a very good player, Pards gets behind him so why can’t the fans?

  • 302 pardews plan B // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Ok I’ve gotta ask. Have i got a voice? Or am i just an also ran in the blog stakes

  • 303 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    John Tudor

    Are you drunk? You seem so. We’ll sweep this little episode under the rug if that’s the case.

  • 304 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Argh fake Ruddy seriously were you bounced on your head at birth?

  • 305 Zero // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    ppb you have words that can be more powerful than a voice, more meaningful than love and most importantly can be typed from a keyboard. Alas you have no voice but words that can never be forgotten. lol

    off to the new thread :D

  • 306 Dondatta13 // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    People… Tiote WILL NOT LEAVE FOR LONDON. How many times does the tank have to state London is not a place he wishes to live.

    Now Manchester on the other hand does have me slightly nervous.

    £30 Million and not a penny less!

  • 307 pardews plan B // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Fake ruddy is a chap who once went by the moniker beardo then beardo ameobi. A wum who can actually contribute well when his head is screwed on

  • 308 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Zero…Beautiful :)

    PPB…..You really want a voice put to your words? I was far happier to fly under the radar. So far names that have been applied to posters.

    Sheldon Cooper
    Dougal McGuire

    Oh yeah, you’re really missing out :)

  • 309 Mo Drysdale // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Gateshead, Thanks for pointing that out mate, I should have put Good? in there (Australian lad) but had young Campbell on the brain.

    Cheers mate.

  • 310 Ian Toon // Aug 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Transfer Sage- the difference is that Obertan has good technical ability; the one thing missing is a lack of confidence. The constant criticism of him only makes the problem worse. He is frighteningly fast and has only to believe in his ability. We’ve always had a scapegoat but he has a chance to prove the doubters wrong in Europa.

  • 311 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM


    firstly i wasn’t having a go at you as I’m well aware no local bus passes through Ibiza and i think its wrong for any poster to treat another poster disrespectfully, you are entitled to your view as i am to mine, i also think being disrespectful to Ashley just for the sake of it is a poor loos of you’re argument, personally i have contacted the club and offered to do volentry work for the club, just to be totally ignored, a very foolish thing to do as i have ideas for making the club money, and i offered to do it at my own expense, for the love of the club my club i feel that i own it just as much as Ashley does, and finally i will never launch personal attacks on other posters, and i will defend anyone i see being picked on, whether on hear or at a game. i will try to catch up later as i have to go for a while.

  • 312 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Dave….Sorry, did I say you had a go at me? I thought I had said I hope my post didn’t come across as having a go at you :)

    Surprised to hear what you say about the club turning down volunteer work, what reason did they give?

  • 313 mot7 // Aug 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    players are people they are paid well BECAUSE they can withstand pressure and play not that they are well paid therfore should not feel presure ive seen average players look like world beaters in training but infront of a crowd revert to being a average player the very best thrive on the pressure and perform well in big games others are just happpy to get through the game without making a mistake and having 52000 fans on there backs

  • 314 dave 1961 // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    just did not reply Ashley’s loss my brother knows Llambias but i would not use that route as it would leave me beholding to someone i might send him a presentation of some of my best ideas if i can get the time to do it, too many illnesses to work around.

  • 315 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Dave….Interesting. I imagine you can’t share any of your ideas on here? If they’re good and benefit the toon, send your presentation in :)

  • 316 ToonXI // Aug 23, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Although Songs left arsenal, Wenger has already said hes got a range of options in midfield to replace him already, Arteta Carzola Diaby Chamberlain Wilshere Ramsey Frimpong

  • 317 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Why on earth would he want to go to Arsenal? They are a selling club big time!

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