Newcastle Must Be In Hat For Tomorrow’s Europa League Draw


Ryan Taylor joined his manager Alan Pardew at the press conference for our important game tonight against Atromitos at St. James’ Park (8:00 pm KO), and it comes just over 24 hours before the transfer window finally closes, but the odds are that no player will leave and none will come in before 11:00 pm tomorrow night.

Alan – cheer up – Ryan scored our goal!

There is a chance Newcastle could lose some players, but the news is that Mike Ashley has placed fees of £25M on both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, and we don’t think clubs will come in for them at that price – but you never know.

There’s also a chance Newcastle can negotiate a deal for Andy Carroll, and at least that would be good, because we definitely need another striker in the ranks, and it would be good to have big Andy back on Tyneside, he’s a charismatic player and could become an England regular on Tyneside – and he’s as good as he ever was.

Alan tried his best to concentrate on tonight’s game yesterday, and this is what he told the reporters:

“I’m just going to put out a side which we think can win. We’ve got 24 pros here and they’re all going to get used, whether it’s in the Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup or League Cup and they all have to be good enough because we’re paying them good money to be professionals here.”

“We have to get our worth out of them for the club, because it’s the club that comes first and the club want to win.”  “For me, the bonus would be to get through into Europe and to be in that draw on Friday for those games. As players and coaches and managers and as a club it’s a great vehicle for us.”

And Ryan Taylor had a great game last Thursday night in Athens, and he reminded us all all of when he came to Newcastle in January of 2009 with Kevin Nolan, after both Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia had jumped ship – and of course we ended up relegated that season.

But Ryan stayed and helped us get straight back up and he’s become a much better player at Newcastle, and  he signed a contract extension earlier this year.

This is what Ryan said yesterday:

“It’s amazing, I’ve seen it all.”  “I signed four months before we went down, so I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen quite a few managers in short space of time since I’ve been here and the club is great now. We’ve got stability, we’ve got the fans and we’re playing good football and winning matches which is the most important thing.”

Ryan’s right that we now have stability at Newcastle, and that’s good, but wouldn’t it be even better if  we get three more good players through the door? 😀

It isn’t going to happen.

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38 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    25 million for both Tiote and Cabaye???

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  • achtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    and whos going to pay that?

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  • obatoyou

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets get into Europe!
    Though stranger things have happened :S

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal and chelsea will pay that

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    If we win tonight, and we’re not in the hat tomorrow, serious questions need to be asked.

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  • obatoyou

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    What will be interesting is what team we field on Saturday, assuming all our first teamers will be used tonight.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost
    Check,
    I will always get behind the team as I always have done,and as I have stated quite a lot over the past few months I am reserving judgement until the window is closed,but its hard not to react when people are coming on here and are saying we don’t need any more players in when a striker was sold early in the window and yet to be replaced,does anybody really think it was fair on Cisse to be asked to play in the sweltering heat on a Thursday night and then be expected to do the business 48 hours later,and if a CB isn’t brought in after the continued promises it beggars belief.

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  • obatoyou

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    if we win, we will be in the hat, of course, it’s only 1-1 atm

    another 1-1 and we go to extra time and penalties, let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Well HBA wont be playing for starters and we’re playing sunday not saturday. So we should be ok.

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    £25m valuations on BOTH Tiote AND Cabaye !!!! Not for the both of them!!!!

    I need a lie down…

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  • achtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    done a quick search for “debuchy” on the internet about real madrid move and mourhino interest. all sites are saying “according to reports from france” no quotes from Mourhino or Real and no actual reports. I wonder where those reports in france are coming from, Lille maybe??

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Achtoon – I wouldn’t be surprised mate!! Trying to force the price up!

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  • obatoyou

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    HBA won’t be playing tonight?
    3 days to recover hm, wonder if that is enough.
    Still, it will be very interesting to see who is first on the waiting list for some positions.
    Guess Tiote and Cabaye might start both games..
    Who’s injured atm I wonder

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  • steveno7

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    £25 mill each you bunch of pillocks .

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul
    Tav-Willo-Colo-Santon
    ——-Tiote-Anita—–
    Obertan—–Cabaye—–Marv
    ————Cisse————

    Subs: Harper, Campbell, Good, Vuckic, Fergie, Bigi, Amal

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Steve 7 – It’s painful isn’t it mate ?!?! Christ !!! This blog just boarders into madness sometimes!!

    Read the bloody article properly before posting!

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    That team will win comfortably.

    Bring on the group stages and the draw tomorrow night.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon73 “If we win tonight, and we’re not in the hat tomorrow, serious questions need to be asked.”

    The first question being ‘how come we are not in the hat after winning a cup tie on agrigate?!’

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #19

    The international break is after the Villa game?

    Rest up boys. Get a win over the Greeks and these Villa clowns.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    People who say we need to invest in general I believe aren’t saying we won’t finish 5th again…

    Yeh it seems less likely now others have strengthened but this group of players are brilliant and I think with a bit of luck they could do that.

    What people are saying is if we did invest an extra 12 (15 in total) which is nothing for a club our size! Imagine where we could be, we would put ourselves in a very strong position to grab that 4th spot up for grabs.

    I’m spending 15 mill and possibly getting that 4tg spot we could make 25 mill from champions league! This is what people are saying and 15 mill won’t harm us if we don’t make it.

    I personally think its criminal to not take this opportunity to bridge the gap but what do I know…

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Oba – Ben Arfa is suspended for European games. It will be interesting to see what team we put out on Saturday, but even more interesting when we play Villa on SUNDAY!

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t like AC but I’d even be happy if we signed him. This hasn’t been our worst transfer window but is easily the most underwhelming.

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  • steveno7

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #23

    @torqtoon
    its common sense realy buddy something alot of these children are without.
    As MAwould se cabs and tiote for a combined total of that .
    If it wer me i would have said £30 mill each .
    I cant see them leavin atm.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #24

    So, people getting tiote and cabs value mixed up, people thinking we can win tonight and not go through, and people thinking we play saturday when its actually sunday. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY 😀

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Is it snowing?

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  • Les Grossman

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    If Ba and Cisse do get through to the ACON……..oh dear!

    We are reliant on a 17yr old !!
    We are playing a very dangerous game here. Very dangerous!

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #27

    I can’t see though why AC would want to return as he’d be 3rd choice here just like at Liverfool. I suppose he’d get Europa starts but would a supposed top striker want that?

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  • toon smart

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #28

    @ jimmymagpie

    I would like to ask you a quick question – who do you know on the medical team – is it one of the docs/physio/nurse etc?

    Just curious

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Prediction tonight

    Newcastle 3 – 0 Atrocious

    Goals:
    Obertan (gulp)
    Campbell
    Dan Gosling !

    The end

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Markaccus – It doesn’t appear so mate!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Jimmy

    Ben arfa only han a one match ban that her served for the first leg I thought.

    Or was it longer?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #32

    KYO, if your still around, amalfitano is 22, roughly same age as anita, hardly development age. By rights, after a few reserve games he should be fighting for first team games, at least bench.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #33

    @Markaccus

    I was being faeticious in my comment about being in the draw 😉

    We’ll win 3-0 tonight 🙂

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  • peterktoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Can some one please tell me how his reception is gonna be next time he comes to St James’ Park IF he’s still a Liverpool player? Last time he was booed but would it be wise to boo him next time if he’s gonna come back to Newcastle in a years time..

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Fair enough toon73. I was probably a bit unfair with you before, I was caught up in tearing down all the negative twonks who keep coming here and mistook your coment for sarcasm! 3-1 tonight, not sure we will keep a clean sheet.

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Sage – it was a 3 game ban mate. Dating back to 2010

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  • leefire

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #37

    I think we will win 4-1 tonight. Cisse or Cabaye first goal. I really think Pards will put a good side out and hopefully bring Ba or Cisse off after there hatricks and let young Campbell on for 25 mins or so would be nice.

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  • Persian Geordie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #38

    here’s my team for tonight.
    Harper
    Perchinho- willo- colo- Raylor
    Obertan- Bigmama- Anita- Marv
    Ba & Cisse

    lets get the job done quick then take the big lads up front off and put Campbell and Mehdi on to finish the game in style for the fans.

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