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Are Newcastle Still After A Center-Back?

5:12 pm, Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 368 Comments

Sky Sports reported yesterday that several Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United, were tracking 19 year-old Leicester City defender Liam Moore, hut of course we have no idea if that news is true.

Liam Moore - talented young Leicester defender

Liam was born in Loughborough, and can play at center-back or right back, so he is the kind of young versatile defender Newcastle are on the lookout for. Of course Newcastle have signed 19 year-old Curtis Good from Melbourne Heart, and the young Australian comes highly rated and can play at center-back or left back.

Liam Moore has only recently become a first teamer at Leicester under their manager and former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson, and has started all three games for the Foxes so far this season.

The youngster spent some time on loan at Bradford last season, where he played 22 times for the Yorkshire club, and he has been capped at the England U17 level, but we done’y know if there’s any truth in this report.

Moore is in the final year of his contract and therefore could come at in a cut price deal, which is something something Newcastle are always on the lookout for, and if the news is to be believed, WBA are also interested in the defender.

And if the recent news is to be believed, then Newcastle and Fulham are both  after FC Twente Brazilian center-back Douglas, and earlier this week a fee was agreed between Fulham and Twente, but we wonder if that news was true?

Newcastle have only three experienced recognized center-backs at the moment in Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Williamson, and we were short of central defenders last season when first Mike Williamson was about for almost five months, and then in early December Steven Taylor injured his Achilles, and was out for the rest of the season.

But with the acquisition of 19 year-old Australian Curtis Good, and the good form of  of the very solid James Perch as a stand-in center-back for Coloccini so far this season,  Newcastle may feel they have enough cover at center-back for the season.

What do you think?

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368 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    umm already signed Curtis Good?

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    No Tiote.

    Let’s all stand up and applaud the Hazard Show on saturday.

  • 3 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I lived in Leicester throughout my teens and my parents are still there. The news from home is that Moore is an excellent player already and will only improve. However, despite his off performance yesterday I think tav has a big future and i can’t see this having any substance.

  • 4 toon1707 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I don’t think we will sign a centre back this window I think we will get a full back and striker and that is all my prefered 2 would be remy and van der weil although everyone will have there own opinion of who they would like to se signed

  • 5 rainrix // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Dont see the point of signing another young CB . We need experience dammit! :)

  • 6 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Am i the only one waiting and hoping for ssn to say adam johnson snubs sunderland as nufc come in with a 10mil bid, adam is on his way to newcastle for a medical

    Seriously if we wanted to pay 12mil for carrol, 10mil for johnson is an absolubte bargain. And he is a nufc fan, it will be unfair for us o let him go to the unwashed.

  • 7 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    ilovetoon

    Source?

  • 8 Indiesinc // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Missed out on Azpilicueta, lets hope that means we are actually going to make a proper offer for the frenchman who shall not be named. I wont hold my breath tho……..

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I don’t want any signings. Couldn’t stand everyone to be happy for the season. How boring would that be and what would we discuss?

  • 10 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ibiza I’d go one step further and hope we start shipping out our internationals. I love pure rage and frustration, especially on here.

  • 11 bollance // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    No harm in signing development team players. If we have too many send the surplus out on loan. Loan club pays the wage, we get a loan fee and the player get vital experience and returns a better player.

    Every season arsenal have over 10 players out on loan most in football league, some in prem and the rest in top euro leagues. Don’t know for a fact but they probably bring through the most players from their youth team in prem yet maintain champions league every season. Very difficult achievement!!

  • 12 lukes26 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    adam johnson did get playing time at mancity because he failed at defensive duties. No chance newcastle would be interested.

  • 13 adwend // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    every body in the top six last year has spent over 30 million on comings and goings newcastle 4 million so much for kicking on

  • 14 rainrix // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Tds …. The provis squad was realsed earlier tiotes not in it apparently. Dunno where it came from lyk

  • 15 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    A week ago, so many of you were saying “Bale is going to tear Simpson to pieces! We’ll lose 3 or 4 nil!”.

    That didn’t happen – infact, completely the opposite happened.

    Now it’s all “Hazard will tear Simpson to pieces! We’ll lose 3 or 4 nil!”

    *face palm*

  • 16 Super Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Lukes 26

    He hardly got any playing time, but your right about the defensive part.
    Mancini didn’t play him because of that. Then again, does silva and Tevez come back and defend?

    FatmanJoe
    There would be a monementous meltdown on here. I can only imagine how bad it was when we sold Carroll.

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Fatman…I like the way you think. Hmmm…topics of rage for this evening folks?

  • 18 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    rainrix

    It was from the Daily Mail mate – but the official site says this:

    Newcastle – Hatem Ben Arfa is available for selection, having sat out the midweek Europa League qualifier due to a European ban. He could be joined back in the squad by captain Fabricio Coloccini, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who all missed the Magpies’ trip to Greece through knocks. Manager Alan Pardew is likely to make a host of changes to his starting line-up from that fixture, with only striker Papiss Cisse expected to remain.

  • 19 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    @lukes26 ben arfa didnt defend for half of last season and pardew changed him… He know defends and attacks

    ………——krul—-
    Simmo-colo-saylor-santon
    ——-anita–tiote-cabs
    ——hba—ba/cisse—johnson

    Come on, thats a great first team, u can even make it more attacking by pushing cabaye and anita foward or more defensive by bringing tiote and anita back.

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Super…Everyone was happy when we sold Carroll. He is after all a useless one trick pony….or is that just now?

  • 21 stephen1971 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    why would we want him, he,d only warm the bench coz hba is far better imo, johnson is terrible defensivly where hba works his socks off getting back now, makes no sense to me, 10 mill get remy in

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Ibiza
    No drama no fun!!

    TDS
    save that face palm for kets on saturday when simmo has another good gane as he did vs spuds!

  • 23 rainrix // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Tds… Ah right so people over reacting again :).

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    tads…that’s what they say. Can you imagine a happy blog full of optimism? Yuck :)

  • 25 bollance // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Spanish prince

    We could discuss Amalfitano cameo yesterday. Couldn’t watch any preseason game as no proper Internet connection so first glimps of him. Watched el Classico after toon game and Amalfitano is a poor man barca player. Looks like he has excellent skill on the ball, quick thinking and can pick a pass. He did more in 10 mins then goslin for 70 mins!

  • 26 stephen1971 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    adam johnson that is

  • 27 Super Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    TDS

    Hazard and Simpson are different players. Tbf Bale never has a good game up here, so there was no surprise that he continued that trend last week.Bale is very direct and does what obertan should, run at oppenents and cross the ball.

    Hazard is much for technical and epitomises Chelsea.
    - A good player but a cheating Tw@.
    That’s why he’s won 2 penalties already.

  • 28 mattnufc // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    £12m rising to £14m for Fletcher?! Joke of the day.

  • 29 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    bollance

    That’s a good description haha. Hopefully we could introduce him to the PL slowly, because if he can impose himself in PL games then he could be some player.

    He didn’t really show it yesterday, but he’s ridiculously quick as well! He was giving defenders 5 metre head starts and just breezing past them.

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Bollance
    Amal is an animal!
    That lad oozed class and was unlucky not to score on 2 occasions!

    Ibiza
    It doesnt bear thinking about!

  • 31 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    @stephen he plays LW & RW…
    Ben arfa RW
    Johnson LW

  • 32 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    OK I have a Rage Topic for you all.

    I noticed on my bank statement that the DD for my season ticket has the reference “St James Park” ok ok hang on this is going somewhere stay with me…

    Have we all been eroded by the charms of our great benfactor and forgiven him for renaming our ground, or have we sold our souls to the cockney mafia?

    …AAaaaaaang GO!

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Amal looked pretty decent. Obviously needs some time to adapt and grow in to the team / league, but looks promising. I think he should have scored last night (after a good move from Obertan).

    Though Gosling looked overwhelmed, which is a shame. I expect big things from him.

    I missed the El Classico, shameful being in Spain I know. In fact, can someone tell me the score? :)

  • 34 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Super Magpie

    My main point is just that despite all the criticism of Simpson, I can’t recall a single occasion where the game ended and I thought ‘[Opposition Player] absolutely terrorised Simpson today!’.

    We’ve seen Hatem run full backs absolutely ragged – and even Gutierez did a couple of times last season. I never think that about Simpson, no matter who he faces.

  • 35 quitesimple // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    It was 3-2 to barca

  • 36 Super Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Ibiza

    We have a Mr.Daglish to thank for that.

  • 37 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Tsunki…Can I add something to your great rage topic. I prefer the new name :)

    And with that, I am leaving….muhahahaha

  • 38 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    BTW I think HBA’s passing ability is being overlooked, ok he’s not 100% on the killer pass thing yet but with game time I think he will be noted for it, he’s showed a good eye for a run on a number of occasions, plus he is really good at creating space when he really wants to.

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Tsunki
    Noooooooooooooooo
    Why tsunki why

  • 40 lukes26 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Super Magpie

    Yeah, I know what you’re saying. Johnson would be like a Ben Arfa. Hatem didnt get games until he showed that he fit into the team concept. He doesnt have the hold-up play necessary to be considered a FWD.

    I think you just answered your own question with Silva…If given the choice in ‘flair’ players, Silva wins over Johnson all day long.

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Tsunki

    Seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GfBl3jQ5WU

  • 42 bollance // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Amalfitano has been brought in from obscurity for free too. I doubt that many had herd of him before he came. Surprised he didn’t make the step up with a French 1st div team.

    Anyway, he made the right choice and came to us. Looking forward to seeing him play again. Especially after being disappointed by marveuax, gosling and obertan. All about the same age too. Know marv can and will do better not sure about the other two

  • 43 Super Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    TDS

    Very true, it his attacking ability that most people complain about- except Kets. The only game where I can think where he was terrorised was the 4-0 loss at Wigan. Moses completely ran him ragged that day, but the rest of our team were awful as well so it wasn’t just him.

  • 44 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    SM

    Let’s hope Chelsea don’t sign Moses in time for the game tomorrow haha.

  • 45 Brettoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    TDS – Totally agree about Simpson. He has so many critics but have saved a load of points for us from off the line clearances and is rarely TERRIBLE like some full backs..

    People always forget that…

  • 46 GeordieGeorge // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    My team for Chelsea …….
    Krul
    Simpson. Sayler. Colo. Santon
    Anita. Tiote
    Ben arfa. Cabaye. Marveux/guti
    Ba

  • 47 SupaToonKid // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Sylvain Marveaux > Adam Johnson

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Tsunki…I tried, but no takers. I am off now, enjoy your evenings.

    Thanks for the Classico score quitesimple :)

  • 49 GeordieGeorge // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    My team for Chelsea …….
    Krul
    Simpson. Sayler. Colo. Santon
    Anita. Tiote
    Ben at fa. Cabaye. Marveux
    ba

  • 50 Super Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    TDS

    Luckily, even if moses signs before we play he can’t play anyway.
    Not that Chelsea really needed any more wingers.

  • 51 GeordieGeorge // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Arfa sorry

  • 52 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Just read that post in the previous thread Ibiza…

    Wonky penis…I heartily Lolled at that :D

    Also El Classico second half was brilliant to watch, 3-2 to Barca but you obviously already knew that :P

  • 53 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Can Ben Arfa & Johnson not play on both wings?

    They could of both played in the same team.

    I like Marveaux,but very unlikely he’ll be able to stay fit.

    Defo should of been In for Johnson,in my opinion.

    Maybe Man City didn’t want to sell to one of the top clubs like us.. ;-)

  • 54 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Mackems are w@nking over johnson they will come out with we will get top 5 with him and fletcher

  • 55 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    TDS sorry got distracted by something called testosterone boosters for a second, yes it was a crying all the way home day for the spuds ha ha. I remember thinking when I was there watching it how quiet HBA was when most of the play was down the left. When Jonas and him switched it destroyed them. I think that video illustrates just how a bit more match time will yield better pass completion results for our little beauty. I think he will be one of the talked-about players this season.

  • 56 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Also, just to contribute on the AJ topic:

    I don’t think we should be in for Johnson, we’ve got a number of wingers already, and Marv has put the injuries behind him I think so 10mill on a position we don’t really need to strengthen is not really high on the agenda in my opinion.

  • 57 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Also for people claiming that Tiote didn’t look “match fit” on the weekend here’s an interesting stat.

    Tiote covered 5.93 miles against Spurs, Gutierrez covered 5.64 miles. So considering Tiote covered more ground than Guti I would reckon he is pretty fit at the minute, yes his touches were a bit loose and his passing needs to sharpen a bit but he is definitely fit!

  • 58 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Yep AJ is a luxury we don’t need and he’s been cameo a long time. Lets see how his form continues when the mackems desperate team is floundering around crimbo time.

  • 59 JP...from The Rock // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I would have loved Marvin Martin this summer. That can’t happen now as he’s moved to another club so I’ll settle with Adam Johnson or Remy. That and/or Debuchy or Mbiwa and it will be a brilliant window.

    Bring on Chelski!
    HWTL

  • 60 Marzy // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t feel it necessary to have another up and coming young CB, I feel we need a quality experienced CB like a Dawson or maybe Douglas because if we have an injury to either Taylor/Colo we will struggle, as lets face it Willo is not top 5 material but thats not to say he is not a good squad player.

  • 61 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Seems like Sunderland are after some top talent. Apparently they’re about to sign John Guidetti and Adam Johnson. I don’t care what people say but Steven Fletcher was a good signing. They’ll be a threat to us this season if they land their targets.

  • 62 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Ruddy tiote plays in the hardest position and played the whole game how can people think hes not fit ffs hes just rusty that sorts its self after a couple of games.

  • 63 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Kets… 14million… He scores 1 in 3….

    Ba scores 1in 2
    Cisses 1in 1/2

    Ben arfa almost has a better record and he is a winger… Fletcher is worth a max of 5million

  • 64 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Haha £5m? Don’t be silly. I’d say £7-8m as he was in the championship. He’s 2 years younger than Ba and Cisse.

    I’ll be really annoyed if we don’t sign another 3 first team players before the window shuts.

  • 65 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    eaststand

    I agree with ya fella, he’ll be his usual robust self in a few games, the man is a machine, one that we cannot do without. There is a bracket of players in our squad that we cannot sell, whatever the price and for me those players are:

    Colo
    Krul
    Tiote
    Guti
    Cabaye
    Cisse

    Every other player in the squad has a price but for me these men are priceless.

  • 66 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Kets wash your mouth out suggesting scum will ever be a threat ha ha theres no way they can assemble a top squad because basically nobody but the desperate and overpriced want to go there. Fact. Fact!

  • 67 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Ruddy agreed but i would deffo put HBA on that list this is going to be his season hopefully he plays 30+ games

  • 68 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    @kets imo we dont really need 3 players we have a solid 11 already

    I said 5mil because he is in the champ, that makes him worth less. By the time cisse and ba are too old we will already have campbell and replacemets. No need to worrt about there age. Tbf we shudnt really worry about the transfers either AP knows what he wants and MA probably already knows who we will/wont get

  • 69 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    And ba

  • 70 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Eaststand
    Definitely meant to put him in that list too! A momentary lapse of concentration there! haha

    If he does get a decent run in the side then there is no doubt that he could be quality for us, that goes without saying. This season could likely well be the first season he properly asserts himself in the side and I for one am really looking forward to it!

  • 71 Toonboy_84 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Tsunki @66

    Spot on!

  • 72 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Gary Gardner out for the season…

  • 73 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Oh why oh why do ppl bother responding to Kets.
    He’s a horrible and filthy mackem and u all know it.
    Just put the 12 year old on ignore.

  • 74 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Boys quick question,am getting tickets for the home leg in the platinum club,what’s it like what else does it have,is it as good as the sports bar??

  • 75 BigKirky // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I’m praying we get our two or three more targets ‘over the line’. Good mental boost as well as for the depth and quality of the squad.

  • 76 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Dannyo just read that about Gardner, it’s the second time in three years that he’s done his ACL, once in each knee. Have to say that I feel for the lad and wish him a speedy recovery.

  • 77 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Ruddy i cant wait to get in full swing and rip teams apart

  • 78 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Eaststand

    We’ve got a midfield full of creativity and flair, technical ability and industry as well as centre forwards capable of scoring outrageous goals and the individual brilliance of HBA. I think we could well see that we play some teams off the park this year!

    Bring it on :D

  • 79 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    My indispensable list:-

    Colo – Not just Captain but die-hard loyal and will be a future legend.
    Krul – even after a short time, possibly one of our best ever GK’s.
    HBA – Because he just…is. He will become the stuff of tales for the grandkids.
    Cisse – ridiculously naturally-talented striker.

  • 80 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    @Ruddy
    It’ll certainly weaken Villa.
    I’ve actually tipped them for a relegation struggle this year, might even go down.
    They have the owner to thank for that tho, hiring bloody Alex McLeish.
    There are few managers worse than him imo.

  • 81 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Daz Fletcher dont hit me but I once got a free seat there and it was pitchside comfy seats, very nice bar and better than bar1892. but that was when NTL were the sponsors so it may be even better.

  • 82 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    @Tsunki
    I wonder who’ll be the bigger player tomorrow.
    HBA or Hazard.
    Very similar players….
    Doesn’t matter which FB Hazards up against, u know he’ll be giving them trouble.
    Simpson has his work cut out for him.

  • 83 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    McLeish is championship quality. At best. ;)

  • 84 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Dannyo

    I would love to know what possesses an owner to hire a manager that has just relegated a team. McLeish had just went down with Birmingham what made Lerner think he would do anything positive for Villa?

    The same applies to teams who sign defenders from relegated sides. Blackburn and Wolves signed Scott Dann and Roger Johnson respectively from Birmingham, for outrageous sums of money and both were key in their teams subsequent relegation.

    Any team that signs a CB from a team that has just been relegated needs to shake their bloody heads.

  • 85 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    They could do with 11 new players actually. I’m really surprised that we’ve only signed one player this summer. As a fan it’s frustrating. We need to build on our success last season. Arsenal and Tottenham are doing it. It’s really annoying that we aren’t showing any ambition as a club.

    Mike’s too tight, but he needs to spend a small amount to take us to the next level. Not signing a left-back back and a centre back last January cost us Champions League football and probably cost him £50m.

  • 86 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Ruddy i hope we kill teams off this season when we are 2-0 up in the first half just need to keep going at them, but there will be times when we are gash.

  • 87 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Tsunki, lol,there free from work,I look on the Nufc official site,and the tickets are only £20???

  • 88 IITianToon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Terry out with neck injury??? Or just a ruse by RDM ala Mr. Pardeww? :P

    Watching Ben Arfa dribble past people.. I guess thats what they call “pure happiness”!

  • 89 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Kets weve signed more than 1 bigi and amal will be in and out the first team all season

  • 90 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Eaststand

    Like every season there will be times when we just aren’t at the races, the better sides make those moments few and far between but there is no such thing as the perfect season (with the exception of les invinciblés :P )

    Take last season for example, we were 1-0 up away to Fulham after playing a flawless first half and then were trounced in the second half and were beat 5-2, those are anomalies that we have to account for but let’s hope there aren’t too many of those moments.

  • 91 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Don’t engage with him he is just fishing, don’t take the bait people.

  • 92 IITianToon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    My new roommate I had gone insane when Ben10 scored the penalty last time. Poor lad! Will have to try to keep my emotions in check a bit more.. but wont mind waking up the nighborhood if we win tomorrow!!!

  • 93 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Daz I wondered about that when I saw tickets at a flat rate for euro games. Maybe the Platinum area has let itself go eh? :)

  • 94 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @Ruddy
    Well, signing a CB from a relegated team, where did Gary Cahill come from?
    I dunno mate, a player can’t carry a team on his own. Look at the team we went down with, we failed in every way, on and off the pitch, inside and outside the club.
    U have to be careful yes, but as long as u’ve done extensive scouting, like Carr does, it matters little what happens to the team.

    I like the mentality of players we’re signing.
    Cabaye, Anita, Tiote, Amalfitano.. Maybe i’ve missed some. But all players with accolades and winning mentalities.
    There’s certainly something in what u say, how heavily it weighs, i dunno.
    Will be interesting to see how well Fletcher and Jarvis does then :P

  • 95 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Stefan Ketsbaia is more than 14 and used to be a big collector of Panini footballer cards and do swapsies. That is the level he still thinks at, when it comes to transfers.

  • 96 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I think Abeid will be in the first team quite a bit. Amalfitano and Bigirimana were signed as development players. Anita was a great signing but one isn’t enough.

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Dannyo

    Firstly, Cahill signed for Chelsea in January, there is an argument that could be made that Bolton may well have stayed up had Cahill finished the season there. Also I really don’t rate Cahill at all but that is just my personal opinion.

    Don’t get me wrong I am not questioning Pardew or Carr, I am questioning managers that think it is a good idea to sign a CB from a relegated side as it usually is the defensive mistakes that ultimately lead to a team being relegated. However, if Pardew saw fit to sign a CB from a relegated side you would have no complaints from me as you said it would be a diligently made signing.

  • 98 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I would be happy finish 15th this season.

    To be in 3 cup finals????

  • 99 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Eaststand

    Bold statement. I totally disagree.

  • 100 stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Why aren’t we pushing for more established players? Linked to another prospect….this isn’t good enough. So frustrated at this transfer window.

  • 101 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    @Ruddy
    Good point on Cahill.
    If we do well this year, i have a feeling MA will tie AP to a new, better and longer contract.
    It’s been that way with players and staff, i don’t see that MA would do that differently.

    I saw many betting agencys have big odds against us winning, but still, many are recommendig betting for us.
    People are starting to take us seriously.
    Amazing that.
    Even Lawro, who has us in for a loss tomorrow, says we’re in the race for the CL.

  • 102 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Stu.toon

    As Pardew said in a closed door Q & A session with fans, around 90% of players we are linked to in the media is made up journo rubbish. In all likelihood the club are trying to do deals for established players and we are just not hearing about it.

  • 103 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    t00ntime
    With you about Johnson. Unfortunately he’ll not be coming to us.
    As for this defensive duties rubbish, Mancini talking out of his arse.

  • 104 stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Ruddy I hope you’re right, we need a solid CB and FB

  • 105 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Dannyo

    Lawro has massively changed his tune, I would prefer if he constantly slated us because it was the times he thought we’d win or get a draw that we usually got hammered so I’d be happy if he doesn’t back us! haha

    Being the underdog suits us I think but it is nice to finally get some recognition.

  • 106 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Stu.toon

    Couldn’t agree more mate, I think Tav will be a great player in the future but in all fairness I think he is still short of challenging Simmo for a first team place in the league. If we signed a ready made RB and used Simmo as a squad player as well as a recognised CB to challenge Colo and Saylor then we will be in a really good position going forward.

  • 107 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    I think out lack of transfer activity is really getting to people now. The fact that all other clubs are buying now as well, surely we muust bring players in

  • 108 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Tsunki, there free from work so can’t be bad,but u deffo think better than sports bar?

  • 109 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Ruddy what if we won all 3 and finish 8th :-)

  • 110 stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Ruddy that touches a point I made this morning I claimed that tav wasn’t strong enough for what we need right now. But some people started saying I was slating him and he was young. When all I meant was send him on loan to develop and use simmo as a squad FB like R.Taylor on the left. We could put ourselves in a strong position with 2 signings.

  • 111 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    @Ruddy
    Ye, being underdogs is good, it relives a massive ammount of pressure.
    But success as come to us, and now we have to deal with that pressure aswell.
    It’s up to us to excell with that and cope with the pressure.
    It’ll either break us, or give us that extra edge.

  • 112 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Amalfitano was not signed as development player ffs he’s 23 year old he was bought for the first team idiots

  • 113 Toon1978 // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Mackems look as though they might be getting Johnson and that Guidetti. Few good signings there mind. I really hope we are not finished in the transfer market mind.

  • 114 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    @Nico
    We might be waiting to see what happens to the Lille and their CL adventure.
    We might be waiting to see how Pieters fares on his scan on Monday.
    We might have already agreed everything on Douglas and are just waiting for him to get his dutch citizenship.

    Those are my likely scenarions and they’re all late in the window mate. Next week has it all for us, if anything.

  • 115 Sazzer // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I hope we bring in Isco from Malaga for the money we tried to get De Jong and then Debuchy or Mbiwa.

  • 116 jasper // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Some months back a foreign based supporter asked for programmes. I once spent four years in USA, pre-internet, i know what it’s like to be a long ways from Newcastle. Happy to send mine, the further off the better.
    Usually get one or two per game. anyone interested Contact on patsyjasper@gmail.com.

  • 117 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Eaststand

    I think I wouldn’t mind that one fella, wouldn’t mind that one little bit :P

    Stu.toon

    Maybe a loan to a Championship side would do him the world of good, but that would all depend if we brought in a first team RB to push Simmo down the pecking order. AP has claimed that Tav’s future is at CB but I’m still not sure, I think he is a future RB or he could be being trained as a versatile defender.

    Dannyo

    It is time to either sink or swim fella, assert ourselves as a top team or to be consigned to nearly men and pretenders. It really is an exciting time to be a NUFC supporter :D

  • 118 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Carroll debuchy Douglas b4 next Friday am gonna keep saying it will happen until it is no longer possible

  • 119 MacToon // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    “bought for the first team idiots” :lol: Sure they can’t all be idiots in the first team!

  • 120 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Sidetracking here but;

    Lance Armstrong, what did u do….? How can a man build such a career on such lies.
    Lifetime ban from cycling and lost all titles.
    I dunno wether to clap cause they caught him or cry since he drugged himself.

    It must be the biggest scandal in the history of sports.

  • 121 Rossy G // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I work in Mayfair London and saw Obafemi Martins off Bruton Street. QPR to continue their spending? iD take him back although another one for the ACON he would provide pace and trickery to left side of a three man front line….

  • 122 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Sunderland made a move for Guidetti on a loan, wheres the recent links saying they are going to sign him, i know they expressed intrest at the start of the week but the sunderland echo are reporting they have given up on him

  • 123 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Dannyo

    Jumping the gun there a bit fella, he is the most tested cyclist (sportsperson) in athletic history and he has NEVER failed a drugs test.

    The USADA have perpetrated a witchhunt against him based on hearsay and fabricated testimony, he says he will not contest the charge because he fears he will be unable to pursue a fair and just hearing as the USADA are out to get him.

    They claim to be able to prove that he has used drugs as far back as 1996…if that’s the case then how come they didn’t ban him then? IF he is guilty then the ban and stripping of his titles is just, if he is innocent it is the greatest injustice ever heaped upon a sportsperson.

    Sad day for sport regardless of what take you have on it.

  • 124 stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I can’t see Tav at CB he doesn’t look too bad going forward and if we sign some1 I hopenfor his sake that we can get him a loan spell somewhere for experience. On another not I really hope we do not sign Andy Carroll back….

  • 125 stu.toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I can’t see Tav at CB he doesn’t look too bad going forward and if we sign some1 I hope for his sake that we can get him a loan spell somewhere for experience. On another not I really hope we do not sign Andy Carroll back….

  • 126 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Ruddy hope we do give all cups a go this season, hope we dont cone out and say we are going to cos everytime we do we go out that round strange but true, can i put a fact on that???

    Cant wait for sat thens its 2 home games in 4 days to goto.

  • 127 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    @MacToon
    Hahaha, made me laugh that, first team idiots…lol.

    @davy
    He may have been bought for the first team mate, but they anticipate a 6 month bedding in before he can really challenge players for the first team.
    Knowing Carr tho, it’ll probably be faster than that. He has said he had no clue Tiote would bed in and become the player he did so quickly :)

  • 128 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Over qualified wonky penis brat…glad you liked it :)

    What’s this about Lance Armstrong?

  • 129 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    And perhaps more worryingly….Are the scum going to win the PL now?

  • 130 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Eaststand

    Yeah it would be great if we really pushed for a cup, even if it’s the league cup it would be amazing to finally win something. Top teams win trophies and we haven’t won a domestic cup since 1955…a crime if you ask me!

    We have Villa at home next weekend don’t we? Could be a chance to show a statement of intent!

  • 131 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    @Ruddy
    Well, u are perhaps right that he has never failed a drugtest, but he has actually now been stripped and banned.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/24/lance-armstrong-stripped-tour-de-france?CMP=twt_gu

  • 132 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Ibiza

    Stripped of his Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban…

  • 133 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    I always loved Oba, wouldn’t mind him back cheap. So unimpressive for Birmingham though.

  • 134 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    @Ibiza
    Did u just put SAFC and “win” in the same sentence?
    *Slap*

  • 135 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Dannyo

    I know he has been stripped, I just think it is unjust. I could be wrongly defending a drug cheat but they are wrongly punishing a man without any evidence of wrong doing.

  • 136 Dannyo // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    @Ruddy
    U can say they’ve had a witchhunt, but there are said to be a good ammount that would testify against him, some very close even.
    I can’t see him dodging the bullet, but it’s far from over just yet.

  • 137 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Obafemi Martins is over 50 years old. Probably not in keeping with our transfer policy ;)

  • 138 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Ruddy

    Aye villa on the sunday hope we rip them a new one.

    Ibiza

    Have you had you potch and gravy :-)

  • 139 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    TDS i thought he would be about 68 now, what seats did you get for thur?

  • 140 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Dannyo

    Apparently there is talk of conspiracy, that the USADA have promised certain perks to those that agree to testify against him, uncorroborated of course but there is skulduggery afoot, I am sure of it.

    The man was a hero of mine, I just hate to think I’ve looked up to a sham.

  • 141 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    The world has gone to potch mate. Potch is everyewhere….it’s all just potch!

    POTCH POTCH POTCH!!!

  • 142 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    So noone got a link not older that 48 hrs for the Sunderland Guidetti transfer?

    Seriously think Kets is a Sunderland troll or does he not care whos signed just numbers?

  • 143 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    CHOSS!

  • 144 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    No evidence?!?! I would reconsider that!!

  • 145 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Rodgers has played his hand now with carroll. He can’t come back after what he’s said this week – in response to the poster thinking it’s going to happen. I really can’t see it now. But the fact that pardew has admitted his interest shows that we are in the market for a striker.

  • 146 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Kets could b a Mackem ha he was trying his hardest to convince us fletcher is good player b4, if Nufc had signed fletcher, Saha n cuellar everyone would b goin nuts on here saying wtf we playing at signing this crap yet Mackem r in dreamland haha inbred twats

  • 147 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    eaststand

    East stand (;

  • 148 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Let’s all laugh at 5under1and hahaha hahaha

  • 149 NUFCarter // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Has any 1 brought reading away tickets for the match on the 29th

  • 150 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    davybtoon hes probs changed to support them because they are signing more players lol

    They are in the same age bracket as Scharner arnt they so maybe thats why he thinks they are awesome lol

  • 151 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Davy they are fcking stupid i honestly believe if they get johnson they will think they will get in the top 6 thats how thick they are.

    Tds

    What seat, row and tier?? And have you sorted a stadium tour out followed by get pissed in the strawberry?

  • 152 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    @Dannyo
    Yes you may be right mate about waiting for various factors. If however we’ve signed nobody at the end of the transfer window I will be well sick so I’ll reserve judgement until then.
    I have never been the type of fan to want big money players coming in and like the way the club is being run. The problem for me is we haven’t progressed since last year when we have a great chance to do so.
    Yes we have a better team than this time last year but in terms of how far I would rate this team compared to other teams is about 7th. That’s because other teams have strengthened.
    A quality centreback and right back are a must. If Pards is happy with Campbell then so am I.

  • 153 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Davy they are fcking stupid i honestly believe if they get johnson they will think they will get in the top 6 thats how thick they are.

    Tds

    What seat, row and tier?? And have you sorted a stadium tour out followed by get pi55ed in the strawberry?

  • 154 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Scharner would’ve been a good signing. Maybe his lack of resale value is why Mike didn’t sign him?

    We could’ve got Scharner, Konate and Debuchy all for £8m. That would’ve been a good transfer window in my opinion.

  • 155 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Cuellar used to be a good player before he went to Villa.

    Dont think I ever seen him play cb for them,for some reason.Always rb & lb.

    The year Rangers got to the Uefa cup final,he was outstanding that whole tournament.

  • 156 bob // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

  • 157 Santiago Munez // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Anyone else think Gosling and Marveaux were useless in Greece?

  • 158 bob // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Simpsons crap get shot of him Carrolls overated tiotes on his way by monday

  • 159 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Thanks bob

  • 160 ted // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Williamsons crap as well cabayes on his way out obertans hopeless!

  • 161 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    what construct posts bob thankyou for your contribution to the blog…

    Kets i think im going to copy and paste your comment and use that as any comeback to your pointless posts. Again LINKY LINK LINK you carnt spout shite and not back it up ive found 4 different sources stating the Guidetti move is off as he hasnt recovered from a virus yet, may still move but only if he shows improvement.

  • 162 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    F@ck off bob u mackem twat

  • 163 Mackem Slayer // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Hey,ive read for a while now but this is my first post! Regarding the talk about Armstrong, he was found positive of EPO in 2001 I think it was, but it was kept on the quiet. The majority of pro cyclists back then were doping and it wouldn’t surprise me if most pro cyclists today are on something, but are not found due to new ways of evading the doping tests. Not really football related but saw a couple of posters posting about the subject before. :)

  • 164 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Good use of words there Bob, really getting good at it now.

  • 165 bob // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    darrenfletcher88 your a knob who i would like to smack in the gob! oh and cabayes on his way out!

  • 166 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Bob are u a poet??? Nee need for it champ. All doom and gloom nee reason for it

  • 167 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    This blog is getting a tad silly now.

    Ed – time for some bans, non?

  • 168 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Bob u durty makem scumbag, now go!

  • 169 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    You lied to me,
    Even though you know I’d die for you,
    You lied to me,
    Yes, I cried, yes, I cried
    Return of the Bob
    It is return of the Bob
    Come on, return of the Bob
    Oh, my God, you know he’d be back, Here he is, here he iiiiiisssss.

    Welcome back mate. I’ve missed you x

  • 170 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Scharner would’ve been a good signing. Maybe his lack of resale value is why Mike didn’t sign him?

    We could’ve got Scharner, Konate and Debuchy all for £8m. That would’ve been a good transfer window in my opinion.

    I am beginning to understand why Kets was banned from the other blog and their moderator totally lost patience.

  • 171 bob // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    darrenfletcher88 are you a gobshite? And taverniers a poor copy of simpson!

  • 172 Sholadona // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Hello again bob, back to spout more rubbish again? Are billy and ted on the way?

  • 173 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Am not the slating are club a d players,do the maths bob bob

  • 174 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    darren is a gobshite but hes a geordie gobshite which makes him alright in my book, you sir bobikins are a vile waste of space not even deserving of the hole that you call Sunderland now go do something constructive and repaint all the pink seats in the SOL red so it actually looks like you get regular crowds

  • 175 ochytoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Ibiza
    Nice Mark Morrison reference there haha

  • 176 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I actually can’t think of anything to write. The iq level on this blog has dropped significantly and it’s numbing.

  • 177 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Zero I suppose there’s a complement in there somewhere, lol

  • 178 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Bob has had to much potch

  • 179 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Ochy….Cheers mate. Just felt right. Although, copy and paste let me down a bit, or perhaps I should have proof read it first, therefore, one little change:

    Oh, my God, you knew he’d be back, Here he is, here he iiiiiisssss.

    Knew, not know. Tut tut Ibizatoon.

    On to more pressing matters. I just found a joke I’m sure you all know very well, but it is new to me and has tickled me.

    How do you confuse a mackem? Show him a bar of soap! :) Oh my, I may need to sit down.

    You dirty little so and so ;)

  • 180 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    I bite – what is potch?

    I like it. I might use it at school, even without knowing it’s meaning.

  • 181 bob // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    See who they bring in before the deadline carroll looks a cert and debuchy i still think we need another striker as well as carroll with the Afrian cup and all the European games coming up so lets see.

  • 182 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    darren zeroitti is not sure of this and would not like to be quoted on complementing a fellow blogger, however one thing is certain he himself meaning myself is a complete and utter gobshite.

  • 183 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    eaststand….He certainly provides a fair amount of it.

    Anyway, I shall leave you all to defend the honour of the blog. But remember, we could provide a welcome relief for the poor soul. On this joyous day of signing the £12m saviour that is Fletcher, he decides to come and see us. Something tells me now all is ok at home. Has Daddy taking a shining to your younger brother? Have you fallen down the pecking order mate? Don’t fear, your Geordie neighbours will look after you, there there.

  • 184 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Daz – sorry I’ve been busy, but yeah afaik Platinum club is the top area Unless they let you in the seats and shut the bar lol.

    Hooray! Bob’s back! Wisdom, insight, humour – just a selection of words with too many syllables for him. Oh, syllable theres another one. Hows sis then bob? expecting again? what are you going to name it? Rover?

  • 185 Jayden // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I fear I picked a bad time to start posting on this blog..

  • 186 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    @bob, u have a split personality??

  • 187 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    You need to learn how to spell cannot in an abbreviation. ‘Carnt’ isn’t a word. I suggest you get an SAT English Language book.

  • 188 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Jayden…Not at all. It’s always a bad time :)

  • 189 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Fatmanjoe it was a convo last nite mate ibiza eats it with gravy, potch has alot of meanings one is poo.

  • 190 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Tsunki, probs mate, just be my luck, I’ll be able to get a beer from somewhere,

  • 191 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    If it means poo I’m definately going to use it at school. Ta

  • 192 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Fatman…It came from a misspelling of pitch fork. Someone asked what potch fork was, so I responded a fork for eating potch. It all ran from there really. See what you miss when you leave the blog?

    Speaking of which, I’m outta here (unless I am compelled by any posts between 186 and this one) :)

  • 193 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Lads an going to take one for the team,after my name gate last week, now there is a fletcher who’s a mackem player, why o why did I have to be born a fletcher???lol

  • 194 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Bob has turned up after a mouthwash and glue session from the celebrations of their ahem “club” buying two rocking signings (one who helped his team to relegation, the other a perennial supersub) which will undoubtedly propel them to 13th place and within sight of us, albeit distant. Some good news though bob – you wont be wasting money on a passport in your lifetime so theres a result.

  • 195 USToonRaider // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    While a 4th CB (one that can defend in the air) seems a worthwhile target, I see no reason to take on another project/developmental type. The Toon already have Good to develop and Perch has shown well.

    Moreso, the RB situation must be addressed IMO. Simp would be better served as a reserve to a new starter and Tav showed he is still a project.

    Debuchy seems a perfect fit, and really does 1mil more in transfer fee matter over a 4-5 year contract? Plus Cabaye would be well satisfied reducing any chance he is a transfer target.

    The skill set and potential of all out MF is certainly the strength on the team with Cabaye, Tiote, Anita, HBA, Jonas and the potential of Mav, Bigi and the rest

    Certainly a 3rd quality striker would be a need, someone with the skill set to play off center/to the wing. That would allow the team to alternate Ba/Cisse at center striker. Without this type of player the best formation seems to be 4-2-3-1

    Thoughts?

  • 196 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    kets the spelling police, really you feel the need to go to those dimensions on a blog, i pity you; not for bashing one out every night over scharner, that lack of transfer knowledge or even your unwarranted hatred of willo and simmo. These are pittance to the fact you fail to argue any point, any statement or in fact anything at all and lending of these you sir are a plank.

  • 197 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    er anyone check “bob” on the mobile site he may be fake ruddy/beardo going on another hilarious one.

  • 198 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I missed POTCH talk!

  • 199 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Tsunki

    Yea I noticed he’s not the same bob. Bob was a small minded tool, albeit a real one. This is someone who feels the need to imitate. Worrying really.

  • 200 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I think it’s a reflection of the confidence we have in Pardew and our players, that everyone is talking shite!

  • 201 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    USToonraider – succinctly put. I would be willing to stick my head on the block and say that third striker for me could still be Carroll. I said it and I don’t care. He would add a dimension that unlike the scousers, Pardew could reshape quickly for to break a tough defence down. Shola and Carroll on with 20 minutes to go? think about it people.

    I will also say that, on record, we will still sign Debuchy. This is where you heard it. Unless we dont and in that case forget I said anything.

  • 202 Zero // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    We will sign Debuchy…of course we will Lille want to sell now, and we are the only punters at the market

  • 203 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    FatManJoe – yep he would have been right back with his fantastic teen patter well before now after those insults. Unless he’s gone to belt another one out over the fletcher signing.

  • 204 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Gutted the mackems have signed Johnson mind

  • 205 north_country_boy // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Team for tomorrow:
    KRUL
    SIMMO SAYLOR COLOCINI SANTON
    ANITA TIOTE
    BEN ARFA CABAYE GUTIERREZ
    BA
    Keep Cisse on the bench until they tire and he can come on for his usual wonder goal to win it in 90th minute

  • 206 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Anybody else thinks Bob has a younger brother who keeps posting for him?

  • 207 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Fletch

    Hes a cracking player

  • 208 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    So has anyone started to think of a special chant for johnson? One pointing out that if he really was a nufc fan he wudnt of signed for the scum?

  • 209 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    He is pal.run off games for them lot he will be a great signing

  • 210 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Krul.
    Simpson,STaylor,Collocini(c),Santon.
    Cabaye,Tiote,Guttierez.
    Amalfitano,Ba,Ben Arfa.

    HAWAY THE LADS

  • 211 colwell // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Are we the lowest spenders so far in this window? Hopefully we won’t be come the end of the window.

  • 212 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Great player Johnson but remember how poor he was in a poor boro team that’s what he will b like at Sunderland

  • 213 Indian Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Jarvis for 10.75 million and Johnson for 10 million, some should feel hard done by.

  • 214 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Say what you will about the scum, they’ve shown a desire to strengthen in the window and improve their team.

    I would say that only we and Man City have failed to show any level of desire thus far in the window. City will go mad this week after reading Mancinis comments leaving us as the only team to sign 1 first team player or less.

    I still have faith but it is pretty disconcerting when all your rivals for European place, the promoted teams and clubs in mid table obscurity show an investment strategy and we spend £4.6 million (reportedly).

    I still have faith but like many others I’ll be horrified, angered and on the verge of pure hatred if we fail to sign anyone else.

    It seems to be continuous failures regarding certain positions every window. ‘we tried’, ‘couldn’t get one over the line’, ‘its the markets fault’, all things heard several times before.

    We’ve needed a CB since relegation in my eyes unless you would actually count Fitz Hall or Sol Campbell.

    The only thing for sure each window is a statement that our top players aren’t safe from the clutches from others.

    Again we shall discuss this in more depth in what should be an exciting Friday next week. Let’s hope for the sake of us all it’s exciting for all the right reasons.

  • 215 colwell // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Surely getting Smith,Best and Guthrie off the books, finishing 5th has given us some money to spend?

    An outlay of 3m is not what you would call a team with aspirations would stop at, is it?

  • 216 Tyneside // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I do hope we buy Debuchy and Carroll and not let anyone go

  • 217 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    @Beattie25
    My thought exactly and I’m sure there will be a lot of others who feel the same.

  • 218 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Why wouldn’t you count sol? We signed him in his prime and he showed us not only class, but dedication, mental strength and physical prowess.

  • 219 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Still shocked that Sunderland have bought Adam Johnson

  • 220 colwell // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    The teams above us have done great business and are pulling away again, whilst the teams below are getting closer.

    Either way its still going to be an exciting season especially with a fully fit HBA!

  • 221 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Regarding Johnson’s wage at the scum:

    ‘Sunderland cannot afford to cover Johnson’s £80,000-a-week wages, but the player was willing to take a pay cut of about £30,000 a week as long as he was compensated with a lump sum from City to do so.’

  • 222 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Adam Johnsons a quality signing.

    Fletcher will score goals,but they paid way over the odds for him.

    12 goals for Wolves last season,was a good return,considering how crap they were lol

  • 223 Beardsleys Love Child // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    outspent to the tune of 20m by the unwashed r’tards down the road..chasing pack everton…scum…..scousers all spending in an attempt to catch up…how utterly depressing…then again…even if sunderland signed pele there team is weak as pi55

  • 224 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    How come all the neggars all just come on at the same time? Chill winstons…

  • 225 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Did we ever have any concrete evidence that Adam Johnson is a Newcastle? Because joining Sunderland are certainly no action of a Newcastle fan.

  • 226 colwell // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Sunderland – Polish a TURD it is still a TURD!

  • 227 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Fatman

    I must admit I might have been rather ruthless on Sol. The 3 games he played he was immense.

  • 228 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Lee Clark is a Newcastle fan and he joined the scum.

    I still think Johnson is a MoTD player and will disappoint the scum. Maybe being played regularly will do him some good,

    Fletcher is decent but they paid well over. Wolves are laughing all the way to HSBC.

  • 229 NUFC FOR SALE // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I find it amazing that we’ve been bleating on about how we have the best scout in the business but we haven’t brought anyone of real note yet. This window is looking more and more like a cheap cop out yet again. We’ve been lead to believe it was more important to keep our current players than bring anyone in. Nice deflection by the club to get fans more concerned about players leaving than who were bringing in.

  • 230 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Sounds daft but I would love some breaking news on a signing,7-10, just show a sign off intent! Teams above a d below us seem to be investing and we are doing nothing

  • 231 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Blunderland was not Johnson’s first choice. Spurs then Liverpool were his prefered options and if he’d of had the chance of coming to the Toon he would have. Beggers can’t be choosers. He’s also taken a large wage cut because he wants to play football and progress with England. Surely we have a couple of players lined up, can’t take another ‘couldn’t get them across the line’ statement.

  • 232 colwell // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I am not bothered at all that we didn’t try to get AJ he’s not HBA.

    Just annoyed all other teams have the excitement atm signing players left,right,centre.

  • 233 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Lee clark signed for them hes a toon fan

  • 234 steve // Aug 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    7 days lads. A RB and a ST and we are laughing.

  • 235 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Fatman

    I would usually join any anti neggar brigade but I think from some of the comments it’s a fair representation of the current situation.

    My main worry isn’t about the squad itself as I thinks it’s good enough to finish top 8 again, my worry is concerning the lasting legacy of non investment and the knock on effect it may have on the mentality of the group and should they perform well again this season, how long will their loyalty to a club failing to deliver in terms of investment last?

    Anyway as I shall repeat once again I think we WILL sign 2 players at least but I am worried like when I sit on a plane. I don’t think we’ll crash but if it did happen then I’d be pretty pissed off.

  • 236 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Ah I see what’s going on. People found out about Johnson and now they’re having a massive hissy fit that we’re not signing big money players. Anita is far more important to us than Johnson will be to them. Can’t see Johnson pulling strings and improving players around him whereas Anita has already shown the impact he has on others.

  • 237 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    magpiebop – its HOWAY the lads. ‘haway’ as popularised by the peanut president is daubed on the stadium of utter sh*te’s seats.

    Just FYI.

  • 238 TorqToon // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Everybody seem to be forgetting we’ve signed som quality players who were deemed back up – but could well step up – in Alfi and Bigi. Plus keeping all our players! Are you forgetting these lads took us to 5th in the league last year!!??! Stop the negativity fellas!

  • 239 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Beattie

    Point taken. I do think we’ll sign a decent defender and shuffle the pack a bit. We’ll be ok. Have faith in people with silver hair. I always have and always will.

  • 240 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Think we may have to break the glass and sound the optimism alarm…….

    Anyone else not wonder what effect Johnson would have in our dressing room? There’s more to this than meets the eye.

  • 241 Indian Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    if not now when then, we are on the crest of a wave

  • 242 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I really believe if we don’t sign anyone and get injuries and end up 10th with no Cup runs, our top players will leave. They will realise that they’ve done all they canb for us and go on to a team to win silverware.
    With a little investment now this potential problem could be avoided.
    The other way to look at it would be if we had limited injuries and finished top 5/6 with good cup runs.

  • 243 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    FatmanJoe
    I have faith and have for a long time. I so don’t want to loose it.

  • 244 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    They mite have a few good players up top but in the middle and at the back they are fcking useless mid table again for the spastics

  • 245 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Fletcher is a bum, especially for 14 mill. Slightly gutted about AJ but I would take HBA over him any day of the week. So by my count the Mackems have two decent players (Sessegnon & AJ) only 9 more to go then ;)

  • 246 Tyneside // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    nico

    You couldn’t be more right mate, it’s good to see that others feel the same way

  • 247 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    TorqToon
    I just want us to improve and I really thought we were going to go for it this transfer window. De Jong, Debuchy, Douglas etc

  • 248 Indian Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    May be by not spending we will finish lower players will leave and mike will fill his coffers again.

  • 249 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    We did really well last season, haven’t lost anybody and signed some decent players.

    I remember when we signed players like cabaye, tiote etc everyone including our own fans were writing us off.

    Like George Michael and limp bizkit – you gotta have faith.

    Pieters would be my choice for next in.

  • 250 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Are we not all over reacting? Come on people we have a good/great squad of players who want to play for the team. We have great scouts and a working buisness model… Who cares what other clubs spend/buy concentrate on our club. Its more important we get the right players then random buys just to keep fans happy.

    According to transfer sage (if i remember right) we had a medical planned for monday, i dont believe itk peeps but last 2 times he was right

  • 251 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Toontime

    Good points well made. I love our current squad, mentality, manager, backroom staff, groundsman.

  • 252 NUFC FOR SALE // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I think what we all need to realize is that the scum needed to spend 40 million + just to make a dent in the squad we currently have. We definitely need to sign players. Personally I think 3 debuchy Douglas and another striker like Carroll. Bit lets not go overboard at what the scum is doing. Just ask yourself would you swap our squad for theirs ?

  • 253 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Ha ha

    PSG are apparently in negotions for Debuchy!!

  • 254 magpiebop // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Ner it’s Haway the lads and that’s what it had on my scarf the one I bought at the Haymarket supporters club shop over twenty year ago. Just look at the scarf round Keegans neck when we won promotion at Grimsby.

    HAWAY THE LADS.

  • 255 Tyneside // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Toontime and fatmanjoe

    We all love our Squad etc… But we do need a full back and a striker before the window shuts

  • 256 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    We need a decent versatile defender agreed. We only really need a striker if something catastrophic happens but unfortunately you can’t plan for – and subsequently pay for – that to happen.

  • 257 markmac // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    beattie if thats the case theyl blow us out the water transfer fee n wages wise then, off topic how much av scum paid 4 AJ any1 no?

  • 258 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    10 million mark

  • 259 markmac // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    reasonable at 10m then 2 b honest bet hes on a few bob, u wud av 2b to go there tho.. ha ha

  • 260 spitfire_ // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Jeez… this transfer window are total farce… even the unwashed put some money for new players… Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to spend a big money but at least to make our team stronger… By now we have one Anita and the others youngsters with bags of potential but without any kind of experience… We need a first team pleyers… with experience… PL IS NOT A SCHOOL FFS! Pardew should get at least some top CB… not even mention one striker bcoz we have only three.

  • 261 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Still think we need a CB to just propel us and give us added assurance that if Colo or Taylor gets injured we will have just as good or nearly just as good replacements.

  • 262 Beattie25 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Chelsea’s reserve team is looking strong.

    Azipeceulta and Moses in one day. Tasty.

  • 263 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Chelsea fans have written us off. Some of them predicting 5-0 and stating we are a really over rated squad

    Hope this boils the blood in some of you. Anyone got predictions for score, performance etc?

    I’m thinking 2-2, similar t our game against spurs when shola scored near the death.

    I hope we don’t lose 5-0…

  • 264 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    We have bought 2 first team players not one Anita n amalfitano so get it right lads
    FFs Sunderland signed Johnson but he’s no hba Christ marveux will even b better than him, not mention fergie n Sammi got the potential to b
    Fletcher is a championship player at best

  • 265 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    John terry could b missing tomorrow

  • 266 APBWA // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Anyone reckon O’Neil is just doing exactly what he did at Villa, however he has inherited a much worse squad. He just over spent massively on decent players and as soon as the money dried up he left…

  • 267 Krul to be Kind // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Right lads, right bunch of neggars on today, 7 days to go and I’m happy enough with the squad, last summer we were talking about a 5 year plan and at the beginning of year 2 folk are frantic that we haven’t bought bucketfuls of expensive players to ruin the dressing room… Who really knows anything about Good, Bigi, Amilfitano (whos older bro @ Marseille is quality), Campbell and Anita (a post earlier about him ‘improving others around him’ was bang on), they could be as good as Santon, Tiote, Cabaye et al from last season! I for 1 am happy to wait whilst we progress and get better not necessarily our position because there is some quality teams around us further into their plans, we will improve our playing style with sustainable, affordable, quality. Rough diamonds are the way forward with the very odd large financial signings in the price range that Anita and Cisse where and we will get there, get behind what we have got ie. Obertan, Simpson and Williamson, because the beautiful game is also a game of confidence!

  • 268 bills-son // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    If we dont sell a top player this window I wont understand how any fan could question Ashley’s ambition. It will prove for the third consecutive window that fans who believe Ashley is in it purely for profit are dead wrong. For those fans criticising only one first team signing you need to realise two things; the window doesn’t close for a week and we aren’t as desperate to strengthen as we were a year ago. I bet DL and AP know exactly who they want and what they will pay. They’ve surprised us before and they could well do it again with signings none of us expect.

  • 269 nico // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    markmac

    AJ to Sunderland for 11-12 million. He’s also top earner at thye club but dropped 20-30 Grand a week in wages. Might have to shop in Aldi and get rid of his Mclaren sports car now

  • 270 Krul to be Kind // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    7 days to go and I’m happy enough with the squad, last summer we were talking about a 5 year plan and at the beginning of year 2 folk are frantic that we haven’t bought bucketfuls of expensive players to ruin the dressing room… Who really knows anything about Good, Bigi, Amilfitano (whos older bro @ Marseille is quality), Campbell and Anita (a post earlier about him ‘improving others around him’ was bang on), they could be as good as Santon, Tiote, Cabaye et al from last season! I for 1 am happy to wait whilst we progress and get better not necessarily our position because there is some quality teams around us further into their plans, we will improve our playing style with sustainable, affordable, quality. Rough diamonds are the way forward with the very odd large financial signings in the price range that Anita and Cisse where and we will get there, get behind what we have got ie. Obertan, Simpson and Williamson, because the beautiful game is also a game of confidence!

  • 271 APBWA // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    The only reason the mackems have a decent defensive record is cos they just sit behind the ball and defend for the game- cant do that very well with AJ and sess on the pitch at the same time… they will be found out

  • 272 Sholadona // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    @Fatman Hope their predictions blow up in their faces. Bloody hate Chelski fans

  • 273 markmac // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    nice words krul 2b kind, bigi looks like hes good enuf 4 the 1st team already also, havent seen anything of good yet so cant comment on him but who knows,only time will tell!

  • 274 Krul to be Kind // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    7 days to go and I’m happy enough with the squad, last summer we were talking about a 5 year plan and at the beginning of year 2 folk are frantic that we haven’t bought bucketfuls of expensive players to ruin the dressing room… Who really knows anything about Good, Bigi, Amilfitano (whos older bro @ Marseille is quality), Campbell and Anita (a post earlier about him ‘improving others around him’ was bang on), they could be as good as Santon, Tiote, Cabaye et al from last season! I for 1 am happy to wait whilst we progress and get better not necessarily our league standing, but playing style, and we will with sustainable, affordable, quality. Rough diamonds are the way forward with the very odd large financial signings in the price range that of Anita and Cisse where. Get behind what we have got ie. Obertan, Simpson and Williamson, because the beautiful game is also a game of confidence!

  • 275 Krul to be Kind // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    7 days to go and I’m happy enough with the squad, last summer we were talking about a 5 year plan and at the beginning of year 2 folk are frantic that we haven’t bought bucketfuls of expensive players to ruin the dressing room… Who really knows anything about Good, Bigi, Amilfitano (whos older bro @ Marseille is quality), Campbell and Anita, they could be as good as Santon, Tiote, Cabaye et al from last season! I for 1 am happy to wait whilst we progress and get better not necessarily our league standing, but playing style, and we will with sustainable, affordable, quality. Rough diamonds are the way forward with the very odd large financial signings in the price range that of Anita and Cisse where. Get behind what we have got ie. Obertan, Simpson and Williamson, because the beautiful game is also a game of confidence!

  • 276 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Krul to be kind. Excellent name, excellent points.

    Billson – bang on. When teams do better than expected one season the big boys start snooping. If we can keep our players we are showing ambition.

    Sunderland need to buy 7 AJ’s to catch up with us.

  • 277 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Adam johnson keep him off his left foot n hes useless same cant b said for our benny bcoz he’s just beat u n beat till he can use it love it

  • 278 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Think we seen the first time mate good points tho

  • 279 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Boltons manager Owen coyle is a right nob end

  • 280 davybtoon // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Krul well said

  • 281 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Did any of you’s see Notts forest first goal? cant spell his name lol Lewis m something ;-)

    Great goal.

  • 282 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    If we get two bluechip players in the next week I’ll be more than happy.
    Even if we don’t I might not be that unhappy.

    It looks as if the young guys – Amal and Bigi in particular are going to be brought into the first 11 the same way as Benny after his injury and Santon.They’ll be more than squad players surprisingly quickly.

    I also have a feeling in me watter that our 17 year old will eclipse the other AC within three years and will turn into our 3rd/4th choice striker this season.

    Glass half full

  • 283 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I know how to say it,just dont have a clue how you spell it lol

    Magoogan :-)

  • 284 APBWA // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    lewis mcgugan?

  • 285 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Mcgugan.

    Hate forest.

  • 286 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    We were meant to be after him a while back

  • 287 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Yes thats him Haha

    Go check out his goal 2nite,if you can find it.

  • 288 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Owen coyle is pretty wank. Can see a double relegation if he stays in charge.

    Shame because I love football teams that substitute pure class for brute force.

  • 289 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Yea We were linked with him before.

    I thought he’d actually signed for Reading,but it was the other kid Mcleary or something.

  • 290 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Brendan rodgers nearly sends me to sleep when he talks hes a boring fcker

  • 291 toonLYF // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    SAFC complete £24m swoop for Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher, despite a late £86m bid from Kenny Dalglish’s nursing home.

  • 292 Tooooon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I just came on here to voice some of my concerns… Although we have a fantastic starting 11, and all but a couple of improvements in defense we are true top 4 contenders; I do fear that the lack of investment in new players will have a detrimental effect on our CL chances. We desperately need a RB of Debuchy standards, a striker and also a winger as Obertan proved on Thursday that he is no where good enough… I believe that if we were to sign just 3 player, at an outlay of £15m max (half what the mackems just spent) then we could definitely challenge for top 4, and even make a massive profit on CL football while also keeping our capital investment on players; we’d be fools not to invest now.

  • 293 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Lads y’know what I just realised/came to terms with. It doesn’t matter if we the fans are happy with the signings in or out, it doesn’t matter if the club sign the RB we THINK we need, or the CB we THINK we need, or that extra striker we THINK we need.

    The only thing that counts is whether Pards is happy with the squad or not, if the transfer window closes and he says he is happy then I in turn will be happy too.

    The problem is that we as fans think we know more than the manager and the men in charge when in reality we haven’t a bloody clue, if it was up to us Alan Pardew would not even have got the job in the first place!

    So regardless what happens I am putting all my trust in Pards, whoever he signs or does not sign is fine with me.

  • 294 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Belfast just seen it what a hit

  • 295 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Magpiebop thats as maybe but since the mackems use it as a slogan and put it on their stand is there any nufc merchandise beng ssold these days with ‘haway’ on it? Anyone?

  • 296 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Aye mate it was a cracking goal like.

  • 297 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Ruddy great point there do i stand up and clap??

  • 298 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I don’t think the top 4 is a reasonable aim, even with these players we’re beinglinked with.

    Harmony in a squad is more important anyway.

    But I think manc blues and manc red are going to be fighting it out with chelsea for title with arsenal claiming forth spot. We’re not cl quality yet and that’s fine.

  • 299 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Tsunki

    I am not a Geordie but I was always under the impression that “Howay” was the NUFC way of saying it and “Haway” was the 5under1and way of saying it.

  • 300 Tsunki // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Thanks Ruds they’re all falling to pieces in here.

  • 301 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Eaststand

    I was under the impression that everyone stood up and clapped after every single one of my posts…was I misinformed? :P

  • 302 Tooooon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    FatmanJoe – I actually do think that our starting 11 is better than Arsenals, but the reason why we wont finish 4th and they will is because of our lack in depth.

  • 303 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Haha just on posts like that mate :-)

  • 304 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I completely agree with that but I think bog teams like arsenal get the rub of the green more than pretenders like us. Never under estimate how important official’s decisions are in affecting how a team finishes.

    Liverpool won about 10-15 points thru dodgy decisions against lesser teams and whilst I think arsenal are weaker than us they will get their fair share of favourable decisions whereas we won’t.

  • 305 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    5-6th would b fantastic and a good cup run.

    Both realistic targets with these players.

    I love my crystal ball.

  • 306 toonLYF // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    one thing to say…

    Agent Johnson.

  • 307 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Eaststand

    I may have to re-evaluate my position on the blog then…

    Don’t worry people, the OV have returned to the blog and sanity shall soon be resumed. We are on hand to deal with people’s concerns and queries over the ensuing transfer madness, we will handle complaints such as “why could we not defeat a Greek team in 30 degree heat with a second string XI” to the tried and tested subjects such as “Obertan and Simmo are shit, Pards is a puppet, Ashley is asset stripping our club”

    Just call the hotline 0800 NegNegNeg and our helpful operators will tell you to wise the fcuk up :D

  • 308 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    You’re the real ruddy. I can tell. We had a village hall meeting in OV back in the day.

  • 309 IFC.Toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Pardew- like myself rates Marveaux if he got some game time he could be quality low centre of gravity nicer ouch and eye for a clever pass
    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/marveaux-handed-chance-to-push-for-chelsea-spot-1-4857298

    Dunno about anyone else but much rather play him than pay inflated price for Johnson

  • 310 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Ruddy @ 292

    Pards follows Kets posts on signings and strategy.
    But then he doesn’t listen and goes and does his own thing :-)

    thankfully

  • 311 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    FatmanJoe

    I am glad someone has the nous to know the real thing from some wannabe, good lad! Yes I do recall something of that sort, we were all carried away with the wave of positivity that a lot of stuff went on, twas a tad crazy and now some people really hate us.

    C’est la vie! :D

    IFC.Toon

    I said exactly the same thing earlier on, 10mill for a winger we don’t need when we have Marv would have been absolute madness, I am only gutted because the scum have got a half decent player in AJ.

    MFH

    Yeah Pards has a subscription to Ket’s posts on this blog, follows him on Twitter and has him on speed dial…

    #Delusionaldoesn’tcutit

  • 312 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Kets is an oddity. I think he’s on a wind up though. No one, not even Wigan Athletic fans think Scharner is a top transfer target.

  • 313 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Let’s not say his name too many times, he’s like beetlejuice…

  • 314 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    toonLYF

    Haha, brilliant. We’ve needed a new mole ever since Agent Bruce got discovered.

  • 315 IFC.Toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Ruddy-

    The scum must have got a bank loan for those big buys ( Johnson, Fletcher) so when a big club comes in for sessengon then they will have to sell. Admittedly Johnson is a quality player however Sessengon is twice the player he is and my gut feeling is that he is on the way out.

  • 316 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Or candyman.

    I think I’ve mentioned his name 3 times on this thread. Him and Paul scharner are going to appear behind me tonight in the bathroom mirror when I brush my teeth,

    Terrifying.

  • 317 Tooooon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    £15m for Johnson, would anyone have him for that price?

  • 318 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    IFC.Toon

    Yeah I don’t understand where they have got all the money from, it seems like MON is up to his old tricks, spent a fortune on players when he was the manager at Villa and when he failed to get them into the CL Lerner refused to bankroll him anymore and then he threw his toys out of the pram and Villa have spiraled ever since.

    When Sunderland inevitably fail to finish higher than 11th/12th the Unwashed will realise that the plan to buy European football has failed, MON will not get anymore money to spend, will spit the dummy and 5under1and will tumble out of the league.

    Sad…but true :D

  • 319 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Well played Sunderland two good players in one day pretty impressive…wouldnt mind if Newcastle made some moves in the market

  • 320 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Never say the words ‘well played sunderland’

  • 321 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    I actually disagree with the assessment that Stephen Fletcher is a good player….

    I have, always will, and moreso now, think he is dreadful. They have been well and truly mugged for 14 mill and I love it.

  • 322 IFC.Toon // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Ruddy- yeah spot on about MON

    We have employed a model that is somewhat brilliant. Carr valuates the player and they come in just below this… Often this is too low for clubs so MA and DL raise offer to Carr s valuation. If the club declines they leave the money on the table and the offer open. The club eventually will have to be forced to sell (hopefully this will happen with Debuchy). If anyone read into the Cisse deal then they will know what happened and that was quite brilliant in its own right.

  • 323 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Boyata completes his loan move to Twente, so Douglas definitely on his way then?

  • 324 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Nah fletcher is decent enough but only for 6m tops.

    He would make our bench. I actually thought we’d be in for him as a third choice striker.

    But for 14m. Altogether now…PAHAHAHA!

  • 325 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I have no issue saying when Sunderland have done well and imo Fletcher will bag them a fair load of goals and Johnson will be the star of their team (along with Sess who they have kept so far)

  • 326 Zebras4Life // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    New kit, field jacket, and other goodies finally arrived stateside. Just in time for a nice W tomorrow :)

  • 327 toonLYF // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    ToonDownSouth

    aye Johnson is being slightly disguised to avoid the same thing happening….he’s going in as “Secret Agent Johno”

  • 328 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    But have they done well though? Banking on fletcher to be their main man up front. At least wolves had Doyle too. And that didn’t work out too well for them.

    aJ is ok but not better than what we have.

    I bet 33% of my testes we will finish above them still.

  • 329 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Sunderland must of really bankrupted themselves, the photo if andy johnson he seems to be wearing stokes kit from last season with a scum badge ironed on!!

    Seriously though if fletcher and johnson had signed for say villa would we even be batting an eyelid? Who cares what the scum have spent there still shit and 2 players isnt going to change that, especially as fletcher, for me, is nout special

  • 330 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Of course the chelsea fans have written us off, we dont have a great record in london. But i’m 100% sure chelsea players+manager havent written us off. We have a never give up attidtude and even when we go down 1-0 we keep at it (normally ends up in us beeing spanked lyk :P). Hopefully cabaye, colo, ba and tiote are fit (all rated doubtful) if so we can hopefully give them a run for there money :D
    Ba on form and cisse wanting 1 like never before.

    I’m going for a sneaky win 0-1/ 1-2 like against spurs

    Tbf i was hoping for 3 points ant expecting 1 from our first 2 games so its all ready going well ;-)

  • 331 toonLYF // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Ruddy, what do you think of Boyata mate? Might sound silly after the whole Douglas Saga, but if he’s available (i know it’s just a loan deal) i think i’d take him over Douglas, he’s look like a naturally gifted centre back everytime i’ve watched him and he’s a tank, yet still very composed. Plus, at 21 year old, he’d be happier to sit behind Colo and Taylor in the pecking order for a few seasons, however he can do a job when called upon.

  • 332 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    There can be no doubt that the 5under1and side is miles off our squad, even with AJ and Fletcher.

    Fletcher has no technique in his feet, sure enough he can head a ball but surely you need more than that to be a top striker. AC is a much better header of the ball than Fletcher is, if we nabbed him for 12 it would be a pinch, as he has much better feet than him too.

    Just cannot fathom the money being spent on fairly average players, AJ is pretty good but it depends if he can adapt to 5under1and’s style or they adapt their style to suit him.

    Sess is overrated too.

  • 333 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    toonLYF

    I did rate Boyata, I watched him a few times for Bolton last season and thought he was very average, I know he is a young kid and will only develop but I was less than impressed with what I saw from him.

    I have no doubt that if we got him in Pards would mould him and he would probably do well but I am more excited with Curtis Good’s potential development in the club (and Remi Streete’s) than thinking we need to buy another young CB. I think we need a 3rd recognised CB rather than a young one which is why Douglas could be a good option

  • 334 nufcjohn // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Anyone seen daily mirror on twitter. That nufc are planning a improved bid for ANDY CARROLL. believied to be 14 million plus a further 3 million based on apearences

  • 335 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I reckon Fletcher will be good as their main striker tbh Campbell and Saha as back up with Sess playing off them and Johnson on the wing

    Tbf Johnson would only be behind HBA if he had signed for us I would say. They lacked goals last season and now they will get more so as a team they are a lot stronger

    Am really not bothered if they finish above us as long as we finish in a good position

  • 336 nufcjohn // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Anyone seen daily mirror on twitter. That nufc are planning a improved bid for ANDY CARROLL. believied to be 14 million plus a further 3 million based on apeare
    nces

  • 337 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Villa fans have been warning sunderland fans all day on twitter, they said
    -MoN comes in and gives everybody hope
    - spends lots of cash, the team moves up, givmg everybody more hope
    - spends even more cash and over pays for average players
    -get to the best postion u have been in for a while, everybody is happy
    - wants more cash for more average players, gets denied, leaves the club behind with debt and average players
    - slow fall down the league

    So according to villa fans in 5years time sunderland will be in a relegation dog fight. Villa fans also agreed thay even though our buisness is slow its the best way and in 5years we cud be a certified top6 team and fighting for CL every year (arsenal) +silver ware

    I agree with pretty much everything the villafans were saying

  • 338 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    WWYCD

    …I can’t comprehend what you’re saying. The blog king is supposed to lead by example goddammit!

  • 339 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Hope thats wrong about Carroll lol

    Way to much.

  • 340 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    t00ntime

    Lad great minds think alike, if you scroll up a little you’ll see that I pretty much had the same idea.

    It’s what he does, he spunks away all the club’s money and pisses off when the shit hits the fan. Man’s a mercenary of the lowest kind, he comes out smelling of roses and the clubs he leaves behind are left in the shit.

  • 341 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Belfast

    If AP thinks he is worth it should we not just happily agree? After all Carr and Pards have rarely steered us wrong have they?

  • 342 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    @wwycd fletcher isnt much better them bendtner imo and he only bagged 8, AJ+ses are there best and only good players (only players that wud get in our team/bench) (shola>fletcher lol) i agree they are stronger now but surely we are aimong for europa again which means top5/silverware and if sunderland finish in the top4 :O i think o might have to kill myself lol

  • 343 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Ruddy
    Haha only thing I could have against Sunderland is geography which at the end of the day is f all to me have never seen them as a direct competitor

    Swansea bagged Michu who I think is a good signing so well done to them should I not say that either?

  • 344 ToonDownSouth // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    WWYCD

    Been on the funny tobacco mate? What’s happening?

  • 345 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    @ruddy haha didnt see ur post lol was almost exactly the same xD
    Lets hope o’neil strikes again, villa are still feeling the after shocks now and might even be relegated

  • 346 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Dont think Oneill spent anything last year?

    I would say Villa fans are bitter c**** lol

    Seriously ever single manager out there would spend huge ££££ if it was available.

  • 347 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    t00ntime
    Mate just because I think Sunderland have done well doesnt mean I think they will finish above us or are better than us

    Sunderland are aiming for top 10 and I think they have a good chance of getting that we are aiming for top 6 which we should be able to get

  • 348 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    A couple of points

    Was in oz for a couple of months this past year and Good is as highly rated as they come. No one in Oz really cares about ‘soccer’ but those that I managed to engage think he could be a top player in the premiership. I don’t think he’ll be top but I don’t think he’ll be Craig Moore either.

    Secondly. Fletcher is decent but 14m is a huge gamble and I don’t think he’s going to add goals for them. The problem I’d their midfield. It’s awful and I don’t think AJ has improved it that much. He’s another English player to forever show promise but never fulfil.

  • 349 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    TDS
    Nothing wrong with giving credit where credits due

  • 350 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    WWYCD

    It was the comment that you wouldn’t mind if they finished above us comment that really got me! haha

    If they were finishing above us then surely we would have to consider them a direct competitor…although I would be surprised if they came within 7/8 places of us

  • 351 Jail for Ashley // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I think there’s a fake WW… knocking about a rational and not under torture or duress WW… wouldnt say he didn’t care if the mackems finished above us,something’s not right.

  • 352 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I think 17 mill for big andy would be top business!! Sell for 35,by back for 17

  • 353 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Think 17 might still be a bit much but if the club are willing to pay it then I have no problem with it, we have the money to spend after all.

    There was a reason we were all gutted that AC left in the first place, I don’t remember a single person saying “35 was a good deal” because we were devastated.

    So remember why we were so gutted to have him leave in the first place. I for one would be chuffed to bits to have him back.

  • 354 t00ntime // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    @wwycd i agree, just saying that surely they wont finish above us

  • 355 darrenfletcher88 // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Here here ruddy,we need Geordie blood in the side

  • 356 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Ruddy/JfA
    Haha look if we finished 3rd and Sunderland finished 2nd does that make our 3rd spot meaningless? Does it f*** ud love every second of it

    And I dont think Sunderland will finish above us as I dont consider them a direct competitor I said IF they did lads

  • 357 ToonAndy // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Got my new Newcastle top today lads! … Love the texture, feels so smooth against my nipples xxx

  • 358 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Belfast Magpie

    Even on wednesdays?

  • 359 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    WWYCD

    It would cheapen it a little now let’s be real, we would be delighted with finishing 3rd but having them finishing above us would hurt a hell of a lot.

    Even in a hypothetical world you’re not meant to say those things though! Like I said…the king leads by example :P

    Andy…

    Think you’re enjoying the new top a little too much…

  • 360 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    t00ntime
    I would be shocked if they did would mean they way overachieved and we way underachieved

    We have better strikers, better wingers, a billion times better CMs and GK, better FBs and much better starting CBs

  • 361 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Belfast

    Little bit of personal bias in favour of MON?

    He spent a fortune at Celtic, spent a fortune at Villa, has he ever achieved success without breaking the bank to do it?

    He isn’t a good manager, checkbook warrior.

  • 362 Sazzer // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    We use to think your talents was afraid of the dark
    because they could never be seen on St.James Park.
    But now we know
    they where never there
    Thanks to the stadium of light!

    Oh dear little blue boy Johnson
    Keep on fooling those Mackems
    Keep on ripping them off

  • 363 WWYCD // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Ruddy
    It wouldnt hurt me at all tbh mate Id be over the moon about finishing 3rd. We finished 5th last season and in 15 years time I wont remember who came 1-4 but I damn sure will remember we came 5th

    Haha guess that means am no king eh :D

  • 364 FatmanJoe // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I grew up in Leicester. Unfortunately MON is a legend there. BUT I know a lot of Villa fans.

    He ain’t a legend there.

  • 365 Sir Asian Magpie // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Wouldn’t want us paying 17m for Carroll, I liked Carroll when he was around, but abit like Torres, don’t think he’s ever gonna return to what he was…

  • 366 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    WWYCD

    No matter how hard I try I can’t be mad at you…even Kings can lapse :P

  • 367 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Ruddy

    Im a Rangers fan too & hate O neil lol

    I just dont buy the whole he’s only a good manager when he’s got money to spend.

    If that was the case,you could say the same thing about Ferguson & many other managers who spend loads of ££££.

  • 368 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Ruddy….Beautiful, just simply beautiful.

    Now I tackle my day with the inspiration needed.

    Watch out negativity, seems you have awoken the beast




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