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Allardyce Admits He Can’t Stop Diame Moving – To Newcastle?

10:41 am, Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 329 Comments

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has come out today and said he is powerless to stop Senegal international midfielder Mohamed Diame leaving in January if some club (like Newcastle for instance) come in and meet the £3M release clause.

Mohamed Diame – A Newcastle player in January?

That’s exactly what Alan Pardew has said this morning about Demba Ba leaving – since there’ nothing he can fo if a club meets his £7M release clause, and then that club will attempt to negotiate a wage packet with Ba – and if they do that he’s gone.

The 25 year-old Senegal International is reportedly attracting attention from a number of clubs, and there have been reports that Newcastle are interested in bringing him to Tyneside.

Sam Allardyce refused to talk about the contract of Diame, but West Ham co-chairman David Gold confirmed the fact via his Twitter account:

“Diame does have a release clause in his three-year contract. He joined us from Wigan on a free transfer.”

When you look at the financials should Diame move in January, the London club have made a quick £3M in profit on the player, which is why it’s not bad a deal – at least from a financial viewpoint – and with clubs being businesses that soon have to balance their books, that;s how the Boards will look at deals.

And notice also that his agents will be making money on the deal, which they did last summer too, when Mohamed moved to West Ham on a free transfer from Wigan. These release clauses are put in by agents – so they can make money when a club comes in and meets the release price.

Big Sam never will not talk about players contracts to the public, and he refused to do so on Dame’s contract,  but he did have this to say:

“I don’t disclose players’ contracts publicly – there’s always a situation where you’re powerless to keep a player because of the size of the price.” “You can’t turn it down.”

“The chairman says, “Look, we can’t turn that down, Sam – we’ve got to move him on”.” “I think there’s always a chance that you lose football players when they start getting attention – because everybody is searching for better players.”

Alan Pardew has again said today that Newcastle will have a stronger squad come the end of January – so we wonder whether Newcastle have already tied up at least one signing for January – and there’s a chance it could be Diame – who we think would be a terrific buy at £3M.

What do you think?

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329 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    not sure how pardew can say Ba has loyalty towards us,, if so he would take the clause out,
    just a thought,
    before he signed for west am, , i bet he had never heard of us,

    i was talking to a fan of newcastle from iceland last night,, he made a great point,, all these top players we have, when they signed, they said they want to take us back into europe, not many of these players got a chance to show there tallents in the competition for us, with pardew chosing the kids over them

    he was also ov the same opinion as me, it dosent matter who pardew gets in to play for the club, his philosphy wont change on how he wants the game played,

    there for will not move the club to that next level, and is looking more likely to take us backwards

    with 10 men wigan attacked us,
    us against sunderland, just sat back,,

    best form of defence is attack,

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t think we have signed up Diame just yet Ed!

    …we sadly don’t work like that. New players will come mid or late January as usual…the big question will be if we’ll sign any at all un less someone leaves?

  • 3 ToonDownSouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM


    Please, please give it a rest!

    Do you not get tired of posting the same things every single day?

    Pardew is going nowhere. He has the backing of the vast vast majority of fans, he’s on an 8 year deal, and Mike Ashley has not got ambition other than to see us stable.

    There’s no point wasting your whole life moaning on a blog about it.

  • 4 ToonDownSouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Also, Wigan were 2-0 down. We were 1-0 up.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Jesper- Good Morning and happy holidays. The Sunday Sun mentions that Cabaye had a double hernia operation.
    Catchy- Found something to agree with you on. The best form of defence is attack.
    Have a good one.

  • 6 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    Just for you Catchy

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Ian…that’s news to me 🙁 have a nice sunday!

  • 8 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Tequila- LOL . Your wicked- enjoyed your comment suggesting that they aren’t on here after a defeat.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Ian…and how was the musical event last night with minced pies and mullet wine (or what it is called :-D)

  • 10 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Jesper, remember the Cabaye and Ba deals were tied up as soon as the transfer window opened when we bought them.

  • 11 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    It was good. Got to meets lot of former school mates and chat over what were doing. It’s mulled wine. Preferred the pint in the pub afterwards to be honest. Then I am a heathen.

  • 12 rahulmagpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    indian magpie, i am doing my M.A FOR DELHI UNIVERSITY, STAY N NORTH CAMPUS

  • 13 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Good morning Ian , not staying long got a busy morning.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Tequila…but that was summer signings (but I guess you are right)

    …we will see I guess 😉

  • 15 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Jesper , w live in hope mate.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I bet they weren’t pleased to see you !
    Anybody keen for us to sign Diame could you explain where he would fit in or do you see him as a replacement for Tiote.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Ian…now I know what mulled wine is 🙂 I remember it from when I lived in the Uk. It’s more or less the same as what we and the Swedes call Glögg 😀

  • 18 nobby sol // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Diame is class like, puts tiote to shame

  • 19 nobby sol // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    tiote is way overated and if we can get shot for 7-8 mill and get diame (the far better player) for 3.5 thats some great business id say

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Tequila…what’s going down this morning mate? showling snow 🙂

  • 21 woolerbill // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Desperate, that’s what we have become, We Do Not Want Anymore African, enough is enough, they are more trouble than that are worth.

  • 22 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    No snow today mate, quite sunny outside. Meeting friends for lunch and need to take Lola the Lurcher out first. will be back later for the Sunday football.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Nobby sol,
    That poses the question of who would want Tiote for 7/8M or even 25M if earlier reports aren’t taken with a pinch of salt when they could get as you say the better player for 3.5M.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Tequila…have a good one 🙂 It is snowing like crazy here!

  • 25 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Cheers Jesp will do.

  • 26 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Diame and Sissoko are more are less the same players. Just think that Diame edges it! 🙂 Sign Him Up!

  • 27 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Hey rahul,
    Let me know if you wanna catch up for a NUFC game. MA in what

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Please answer,
    Why would somebody give us 7/8M for Tiote when this guy is available for half of that,and one thing is certain if nobody is sold then Diame or any other centre mid are coming anywhere near us,so lets concentrate on that CB and fullback.

  • 29 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    hope we get this lad he’s mint and very strong, he could easily take over tiote for first team role.

  • 30 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM


    Yes you can LOL

    I started posting here for the first time then. not that i took a break.

  • 31 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Would be a great signing.

  • 32 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    I said in the summer we should get diame n the response from people on here was why do we need him, well if u seen him at sjp a few weeks back u will see why we need him big strong can play him next to tiote would b immense

  • 33 RONNIE147 // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Has any1 seen in chronicle lee Ryder saying 95% of toon fans are behind pardew despite that not actually being a question in his recent poll?? Made up Bullshit, Ryder must be on ashleys pay roll to come out with this.

  • 34 blew // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Nolan went to WH for a better contract, they also pick up Carrolls tab, which indicates WH pay more than theToon. Why then would Diame leave WH, who are also in a much healthier league position, we are a couple of defeats from a relegation spot.

  • 35 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    West Ham are in exactly the same boat with Diame, as we are with Ba. We agreed the clause when we signed him because we thought it was good for us to do so – it’s not unusual.

    The problem seems to be that we are not prepared to pay him the “going rate” for a top Premier League Striker to get him to remove it.

    Our Owner / MD seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. They are trapped in the “never mind the quality – feel the width” mindset of the bargain basement wheeler dealer, which is effectively what they are!!

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Some people on here say that Mike Ashley is a business genius, I tend to disagree would a genius have overlooked a 130M pound debt, or hired Dirk Llambias, Dennis Wise and JFK.

  • 37 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Greame – yea we should pay 100,000 aweek to ba to keep him but it then wages could spiral out of control bcoz you then have cisse, cabaye, tiote, santon, colo, hba, Anita all wanting 100,000, u then also have any new players coming saying we want 100,000 n b4 you know it your wage bill is sky high again, ba won’t pass a medical anywhere

  • 38 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    The thing what gets me is toon fans think we’re some mega rich club that can compete with any club on wages, when the reality is we don’t even make a quarter of the income some other clubs make in the premier league 52,000 seater stadium dosent make u mega rich, man utd just signed 450mil shirt deal we signed a 30mil shirt deal, man utd Dhl training kit deal is bigger than our new shirt deal

  • 39 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM


    i will never stop until he is out 🙂

    and where does it say he has the full support,

    it says they believe he wasnt backed in the summer, which is 100% right, carnt argue with that

    Geordie punters do not feel that the Toon boss can be blamed for the Magpies’ slide down the Premier League table, with 92.3% of the club’s followers who voted feeling Pardew was not handed a “fair amount” of money to spend in the summer transfer window

    where did it ask are you happy with the football you watch,
    did not see that question,,

    where did it say the fans are right behind him from a football point of view,,
    it didnt

    you and your cronies, use this crap like the league table last year,
    and if you want to believe its all ok, then fine,,

    but i have my views, and until he starts playing football with our players, i dont wnt ji at the club


  • 40 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM


    That’s funny I don’t recall being asked !! How dare they do a survey and not include me!! Don’t they know who I am !!! I live down South these days and every NUFC fan I meet seems equally depressed at how we’ve morphed in to a long ball team.

    In fact someone on facebook just put something about NUFC buying Carroll back and said …..I know Pardew is a long ball 442 dinosaur and Rodgers is the opposite (lucky Liverpool fans) but why would NUFC be stupid enough to pay anywhere near 17m for a non – scoring, very one dimensional, injury prone dark age target man?

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    And the thing that gets me are the Toon fans that believe the spin and think were on the same level as Stoke and Swansea .

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    i would say sell ba because there no way in hell he’s worth 70-80k a week, he’s been good for us not great despite the goal scoring.

    players like HBA and SANTON deserve these wages because they give 100% each game regardless if we win, lose or draw.

    ba’s demands are pathetic same goes his ego if he gets what he wants then the toon would once again be push overs.

  • 43 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Still hoping for Sissoko as he gives us a great box to box player. Do wonder if him and Diame might come in with Tiote leaving to give us a bigger transfer kitty?

  • 44 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM


    i dont think we are a rich club , like the top 6 in this country,, but we are not a poor club,,

    we need players like ba, but how stupid was it putting that clause in the contract,, its like a gun at your head,,

    didnt they learn from how he treated west ham??


  • 45 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Davybtoon – WHY? Why do we have to go down that route? There is room for moderation in all things.

    We have absolutely NO IDEA what, if anything, the club have offered Ba. It is pure conjecture in the press to whip up a frenzy to sell papers.

    We don’t even know what Ba is on, but there have been some very strong hints to the effect that its £40,000 a week, but we dont’ know for sure – it could just as easily be £30,000 or £60,000.

    The bottom line is, any of those numbers is well below what a top striker could expect to achieve – if he can find a club WILLING TO PAY IT!!! NUFC are not that club, probably never will be.

    This is why Ba’s parasites are agitating for a transfer; plus they of course will do extremely well out such a move!!

  • 46 stuart no9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    woolerbill@21 ooh careful what you are saying there mate , someone might just take that the comment the wrong way, and the next thing – a racist charge!.. sometimes thoughts need to be kept to yourself.

  • 47 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Catchy – think it was basically put it in or I won’t sign but yea stupid bcoz u knew he would b good player

    Jail – were not on the same level as stoke n Swansea, were bigger than that but man utd, man city, arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea n spurs all make more money than us a lot more money even villa make more I think

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM


    This is where I am coming round to your way of thinking. M.A is a fantastic businessman, the stats don’t lie, he’s nearly a double billionaire and has applied some good business principles to the situation. We can’t really argue with that.

    But I think football is a different animal to his other business interests. He was obviously cocky and arrogant in not doing due diligence and the hiring of Dirk Llambias, Dennis Wise and JFK was simply atrocious and you kind of think why did he get involved
    in NUFC without knowing anything about the game and then surrounding himself with his tainted cronies.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    A couple of interesting topics appear to have been revealed over the last day or two.
    1. Demba Ba’s tweets about Pinnochio and lies. Very intriguing I wonder who has been telling him lies. The three suspects are Ashley, Dastardly and Parsnip. I’ve checked out some of their photos on Google and all three seem to have big hooters anyway -so no clues there.
    2. Ian Toon – you appear to have made a fatal error last night -announcing you were leaving the blog to attend a Christmas function. In your absence an opportunist and scurillous fellow has made you an award – unfortunately it is the non thinking end of a pantomime horse. Clearly he took advantage of you not being here to defend yourself -sharp practice indeed!

  • 50 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Greame – I would go as high as 80,000 aweek bcoz I personally think that’s what are wage limit should, but you have just said yourself its all speculation we don’t know what are wage limit is so u can’t exactly slate the club for not paying wages when you don’t know what wages there on, colo rumoured to b top earner on 75,000 so if true we do pay the wages

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM


    3 of our best players are African

  • 52 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Geordie 157 – would love diame n sissohko

  • 53 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    few months ago there were reports that all PL teams went under net gross except from newcastle who made a profit of over 30 mill, so how are we not rich????

    we are a rich club because we dont spend alot of money we are basically bargain hunters and its worked well so far.

    despite daft wages for stupid players like xisco for example our other players are on fair wages so our wage budget will be very good.

  • 54 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Black n white – of course we make a lot of money but the other clubs I mentioned make a lot more

  • 55 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Catchy the thing that really bugs me about your crusade is that it can only succeed if Newcastle fail. Why would any Newcastle fan want that ?
    Mr Tuff, the Pinnoccio comment could just as easily be a reference to journalists making up stories to sell papers.
    And with that I am out for lunch.

  • 56 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Black and white

    Don’t we still owe a lot of debt though?

  • 57 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    and also you all got to realize that players dont get the full amount they ask for in wages like for example collo gets 80k a week but with tax taken off, he receives around 55-60 a week or even less

  • 58 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Was reading an article the other day that said although ba has a release clause of 7.5 any deal would cost a club around 30million bcoz of wages fees him n his agents want n u also have to take into account ba won’t pass a medical didnt at stoke, didnt at west ham but they signed him anyway n I’ve heard he didn’t here either

  • 59 bills-son // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I dont know why fans, or Pardew for that matter, use the word loyalty and Ba in the same sentence. Why on earth would Ba be loyal to us? Are we saying that Ba, in just over a year with us, has developed such a love for the area, the fans and his paymasters that stayimg put on lower money is more important to him that exercising his clause and trousering the cash? Not a chance, whatever he might say that implies the opposite. Ba will wait until January and see what offers come in, and if it doesnt pan out he’ll wait until the summer and listen out again. The only way he’ll sign a new contract with us is if we pay him whatever it is he is asking for. Then he’ll be ‘loyal’.

  • 60 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Black n white – it’s less than that they pay 50% tax so they only get half of any salary

  • 61 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    top teams will always make more because of sponsor’s and are always in the champions league, liverpool lost 1 or 2 sponsorship’s because they didnt make it this season as they ended up in euro like us, if we ended up in champions league our income will boost dramatically and can compete against the top boys, but saying that if all this did happen in a few season from now we will be richer than the top boys simply because we dont spend a shit loads of money on players well over there valuation

  • 62 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Having the club on a stable financial footing, I’m sure all will agree is a good thing. Also I think most will agree that some of the money earned by players these days is obscene. In the real world of supply and demand, fuelled by TV money, wages and transfer fees will be set by how much a party is willing to pay. Fixing a “relatively” low ceiling on weekly wages will have an effect in that “in demand top players” will not sign for Newcastle. The low wages will be acceptable, initially to youngsters breaking their way into the first team (already employed by Newcastle) and to younger players bought in who have not yet reached their full potential.
    We will not see a “super team” at Newcastle with the likes of Cabaye, Benny, Ba, Krul, Mr T and Santon playing with recently acquired stars. They will -one by one be sold off. My dreams are shattered.

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM


    Why do you automatically assume getting a different manager would necessarily fail? We supposedly replaced a worse manager in Hughton with an allegedly better one in Pardew and it worked last season. Who’s to say another manager couldn’t come in and get us to another level now, playing watchable football?

    What constitutes NUFC failing if what we have at the moment is deemed success? The fear of change can really paralyse and stagnate a club if you don’t ever change because of the fear of who comes in could be worse. My great fear is the likes of Cabaye and Benny, a once in a generation players will want to go and play for an attacking footballing and progressive manager.

    Great if we can get an M’Biwa or Alderwield and then we may start playing from the back and to be fair I would reserve judgement to see who we bring in in Jan.

  • 64 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Bills son – Loyalty goes into the bank at the end of every month, no problem.

    If somebody else wants to pay you more loyalty, thats where you move!!

    Its the same the world over in every walk of life lol

  • 65 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM


    i can apply the same logic and say how can you sit back and just let this happen, if you where in a car, would you let it crash if you new you could just turn the wheel???

    i never back anyone to beat us, regardless,

    this has the same stink around it when JFK took us down, shearer was left 8 matches to save the club,

    ppl are starting to turn this into the board didnt back him,, and they did, but not as much as we would hope, but the fact is, for the first 10 matches he had a good enough squad to pick a team and go out and win games,
    DL nor MA pick the team, or set the game plan,,

    its this area im most concerned about,,

    say what you like, but us and sunderlan play the worst football in the league

    we have very good players,, dont you ask yourself why so many are out of form??

    remember SBR first game,, bang 8-0, shef wed because he had the players, and they played for him, yet those same players, were sitting bottom of the league before he came,,

    managers do make a difference

  • 66 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    rotonda, i think we have a loan dept of 138mill but it gets paid on monthly basis, this is why Cashley cant sell the club because he wants other owners to pay this of first then offer him his asking price for him to sell the club

  • 67 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Mister tuff – you n other toon fans say we won’t pay top players top wages so we won’t see any top players sign
    Am I missing something here bcoz tiote cabaye ba hba santon colo cisse were all top players b4 we signed them so clearly we do pay good enough wages n we do sign top players

  • 68 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM


    100% right

    pardew pipe dreaming again

  • 69 bills-son // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Jail, re Ashley’s business nous. I read an article today about Francis Lee, top footballer and very successful multi-millionaire businessman. He was saying how many cock ups he made as owner and chairman on Man City, appointing useless managers and funding big money on useless players. And this from ‘football man’.

    My point is none other than Ashley isnt alone in making bad football decisions, you only have to look at QPR for evidence of that. By comparison Ashley IS a football genius.

  • 70 stuart no9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    catchy – your spot on. no ,matter who we buy , pardew has not got the “know how ” on how to make us a better side . his style is very negative for a club like nufc, hence the reason his cv looks like old mother hubbards cupboard. (nowt in it ) . pards is to blame for the shambles occurring. he is the man in charge.
    Having lots of players out is an excuse , not a reason. If it wasnt that, it would be something else. Yesterday wigan had 8 first teamers missing for the game against QPR. wigan destroyed them with attacking football and only drew because of an error at rhe back, if wigan can do it WHY cant we. the answer is simple , martinez sent a team out to win- pards sends a team out not to get beat. that is the difference between a positive and a negative manager, oh and by way, not one mention from martinez in his post match interview that he was missing all his players. the man is class , i hope pards was watching.
    TEQUILA @ 6 – as for your poll mat, sorry but its rubbish, 92% of people who voted voted in favour of pards. how many voted ? it may have only been 100 and 92 of them may have been pards fans. i didnt vote! did anybody on here ????? to get 92% of the votes, then they should have asked 52,300 fans to vote somehow i dont think they did,

  • 71 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    It’s joke fans blaming pardew for long ball football when clearly Williamson Simpson n krul are to blame, when colo n santon get they always play on the ground as do the rest of the team, when willo simmo krul get it they all just pump it long

  • 72 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM


    i think he was trying to say we dont pay top wages,, not that we dont paye good wages

    these players, are using us as a steping stone, if we want to keep them we have to compete, on the pitch and in the bank,,

    these players want to be seen chalenging for something and getting good money,

    some are just mercinaries, always wanting a bigger pay day, because tevez gets 250k a week, and they see them as him,
    simpson, 20k a week, come on, he isnt even good enough for the prem,,

    this is cripeling the championship and lower leagues,

    one club at the bottom of the championship has a wage bill of 18 m per year,,


  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Graeme…I have to jump in here; if nobody comes in for Ba then clearly it is not the going rate 😉

    …Spurs and Arsenal have a similar wage cap like us. Prices are inflated in the UK and so is wages which people gets confused about what’s the going rate for quility these days.

    Clubs who buys these so called best at there position players and pay them the so called going rate are stuck with them when they either get older or just doesn’t deliver anymore.

    Look at Citeh or Chelski for that matter. What are similar clubs like us who are not regulars in Europe pay their top players?

    Now that’s the going rate for us mate 😉

  • 74 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Didn’t here kno fans complaining about pardew last season when we were 5th, players are to blame for this season just as much as the manager they arnt playing anywhere near the standard we kno they can

  • 75 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    davy @67 you make a fair point -but all the players mentioned were relatively “unknowns” playing in leagues where the wages are lower than the PL. The EPL is the most popular/watched league in the world – the TV money has attracted lots of stars to come and play here – the downside is the runaway effect on the wages bill.

  • 76 bills-son // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Davyb @ 71, I remember when Bramble used to win a great tackle and then lose the ball time and again trying to hit a Beckenbauer 50 yard crossfield pass. I could never understand why Sir Bobby didnt tell him to pack it in and just give it to the nearest guy in a BW shirt. Same goes for Pardew with Wilo, Simmo and Krul.

  • 77 Novocastrian66 // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Dec 09 – 11:30 AM
    In fairness, the poll question was; “Are you happy with Alan Pardew?”
    Most people responded positively although the majority was a cautious content but want an improvement. Seems to be a fair comment that he has the backing of the fans for now.

  • 78 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Trying to enjoy a pint here but.
    Rotanda I never said another manager would fail,I was making the point that Catchy would only get his way if Newcastle were relegated, why would anyone want that ?
    Catchy, I don`t think the picture is anywhere near as bleak as you paint it.
    B and W army we are no making no payments to reduce the debt. It`s all owed to Ash and he has taken no payments.
    Stuart 9 The Chronicle says the poll was responded to by thousands.

  • 79 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Catchy – we could never afford wages of 250,000 aweek n if u think we could your mad we would struggle to pay our players 100,000 grand aweek without building up massive debts
    N catchy hate to break it to you n other toon fans but we have always been a stepping stone for players this isn’t something new under Ashly we have always sold are best players under every owner under every manager

  • 80 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Mister Tuff- Just seen your post . I’ve always wanted to be in panto. You’ve got to start at the bottom! What a lovely autumn day.

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    He definitely not alone in making errors and there is no denying he is a good businessman but I think the term genius is very loosely used.

  • 82 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Mister tuff – fact is there should b a wage structure worldwide in football but they won’t do it bcoz bigger clubs like having the power

  • 83 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Jesper – If we were to sell Ba it doesn’t follow that any new striker would hit the ground running. Would prefer to bring players in before any sales. Priority remains 2 defenders then we could play 4-2-3-1 and
    dissenting voices would be silenced.

  • 84 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM


    enjoy your pint 🙂

    i think we are not far off that, but hey hoo, time will tell


    i have no problems with the wage structure right now, would i break it to keep Ba,, no way

    i have no problem with us being a stepping stone, but what i would hate to happen is for a top club to spot the potential , lets say cabaye has, and get him for a bargin, because he never had a good season, we lose 2 ways then
    ars come along pay 10 mil for him, and turn him into a 30 mill player, by playing him in the right position

  • 85 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Catchy – the one thing u can garentee under Ashly is no player will leave this club cheap no matter how bad there they may b playing

  • 86 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    davytoon @82 – spot on – wage structures are fine as long as everybody else is doing the same -otherwise clubs with a low ceiling will inevitably attract lower calibre players or those who have no yet made names for themselves. Clubs like Newcastle will get out muscled by oil sheiks and Russian fraudsters.

  • 87 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    @Ian you don’t make a horses a**e of yourself so why be one? even if i is just a panto lol. just be yourself and continue sense.

  • 88 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    85 davybtoon

    i think in that case we could have unhappy players 🙁

  • 89 Novocastrian66 // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Dec 09 – 12:39 PM
    I think a wage cap is not the way to go. I think there should be a budget cap. The way I see this working is that every club would have to work with a maximum budget each season. This would factor in the wage bill and transfer funds. If a club is paying big wages then their transfer fund will be reduced. Have sensible wages, more money available for transfers.
    This in my opinion would give a more level playing field. Chelsea and Man City would not be able to pay someone £150 grand a week to sit on the bench. If they did they would not have the funds for transfers.

  • 90 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    @Davy true ash will wring as much cash as possible from every transfer.

  • 91 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM


    The new defenders doesn’t mean we would change formation.

    4231 or 433 is probably what we should be doing now.

    It is not just bette for our forward players but its much more solid defensively as we keep should keep the ball more, offer an attacking threat so we won’t be on the back foot.

    It annoys me our defence is the weakest area of the team yet that’s the area we look to play on more.

    By defending too much we expose our deficiencies more than they need to be.

  • 92 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    PPB- Must be a case of mistaken identity-LOL. Thanks I think!

  • 93 stuart no9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    davey b @74Didn’t here kno fans complaining about pardew last season when we were 5th, players are to blame for this season just as much as the manager they arnt playing anywhere near the standard we kno they can – the question is WHY arnt they playing as good as they can???? that is down to the manager to get the best out of them ,- if he cant , who can ???? which players do you actually refer to ?

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM


    catchy wants pardew out now before we get relegated.
    The guy does have form.

  • 95 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Transfer- I am at my parents for lunch so posts are short. You’ll be pleased to hear. I was an exponent back in August. Simpson and Williamson made it difficult because their not comfortable with ball@ feet.

  • 96 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    surely pardew can spend time coaching Willo Simmo and Krul to do 5 – 10 yard passes.

    If pardew cant’ get the same players to do what they did last season then the buck stops with him

  • 97 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Rotonda/ Catchy. Should that happen this season it would almost certainly mean we would be going down along with QPR and the Mackems. Accompanying the latter would be no consolation. Thought you might be displaying some goodwill towards Alan. I am proposing a toast to him and three points tomorrow as I type. Enjoy your day.

  • 98 stuart no9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    tequila @ 78 so it could be 2 or 3 or 4,ooo even , but was it 52,300.?

  • 99 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    stuart no9 – every player apart from santon who imo has been the only player who has played well every game
    my only real problem with pardew is he picks players then the formation he should b picking the formation n putting the right players in it ie not putting cisse or ba on the wing just to keep them happy

    santon willo colo ferguson
    anita tiote
    obertan hba marveux
    that should b the team for fulham very attacking but we all know it wont b

  • 100 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    can i say

    YES the players are as much to blame as pardew, , but we have 3 options to put this right

    1 the players start playing better,

    2 sack all the players and get new ones in

    3 ssack the manager and get a better one in,,

    no 1 is an option, but this will only work if the players believe in what he is trying todo
    there isnt one player out there that will come out and say his tactics are wrong,

    no2 will never happen

    no3 i say better manager, but that is what pardew was to CH, wasnt he,, ??

    95% of the crowd are behind pardew, that 5% were the 10000 missing at wigan game,, shit my maths arnt what they used to be,, im sure that is nearlly 10% voting with there feet


  • 101 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    and while am on here any noticed how biggie cant put a foot wrong in pardews eyes, dont get me wrong i think he is a very good young player just really annoyed me when pardew said the young players were bad v bordeaux which they were but biggie was not much better n gets praised

  • 102 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM


    But surely Simpson and Williamson are poor with the ball no matter how the team lines up in front of them?

    With 442 they just good it long 80/90% of the time anyway so not sure how that would be worse in 433-4231 or anything else really.

    At least with two deeper midfielders in 4231 they have 2 midfielders closer to them so they should, in theory, have an easier option for the short pass?

    In the game against Wigan we looked better as Anita, tiote, bigi and marv kept dropping deep in our half to collect the ball of the defence and play it out from the back.

    We all know Simmo and willo can’t play good passing football so in my opinion pardew needs to be making sure he has 1 or 2 midfielders dropping deep to collect the ball and then have then distribute it to our attacking players instead of leaving those at the back to do it when they simply cannot.

  • 103 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    by joe you have got it lmao

    he has done this since he got here,, its one of the main problems we have
    players out of position
    HBA great on the wing, could be much better through the middle
    cabaye, is not a DMC nor is jonas, but that is where he likes them
    to many changes in any one game,, you hear comentators all the time say,, they have not panicked (other team) there a goal behind but they have kept there shape, we dont have any shape at any time, players are switching positions like its a kids game,

    jonas normally plays 3 in game, anita is doing the same,,

    14 games in and these 2 have played 5 different position in the league

  • 104 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM


    pardew was bangout of order saying that about the kids,, when his first team are not doing any better

  • 105 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    catchy – no matter how bad the team is or how bad things are on off the pitch no fan should ever turn there back on the club bcoz thats not a real fan
    a true fan supports the club through good n bad times not just when there happy
    id still b rocking up at sjp even if we were relegated 5 leagues alot of toon fans would b with me but theres alot who wouldnt n they are your fake fans

  • 106 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM


    I just have this sinking feeling that Wigan was a one off to keep the natives happy when we were massively assisted by the same same woeful ref who did the Arsenal game yesterday. Some truly shocking refereeing yesterday in at least 3 matches

    You say pardew has no favouites but we all know Guti will be back in a 442 tomorrow. I suspect all the other 19 PL managers know exactly what we will do too.

    Goodwill has to be earned, ie by not losing 4 on the bounce playing shockingly negative and uncommitted football. Wigan was a glimpse of better days but I suspect Bordeux was more of a real benchmark. Still we shall see.

    Would love to see Obi, Benny and Marv let loose behind Cisse / ba. Now that would engender a lot of goodwill.

  • 107 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Ian Toon,
    You should spend more time at your parents having lunch.

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM


    It’s not just about loyalty though. It’s a lot of money to watch something you don’t enjoy. Doesn’t make you a fake fan.

    Also staying away might harm team in the long run but if the goal of the fans staying away is to replace the manager you could argue it is good for the long run of the club.

    Saying that, I don’t think pardew needs to go yet, just trying to justify the view of some fans.

  • 109 WWYCD // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    A thread about Diame is now about ‘Pardew out’ I’d like to say am surprised by this

    If I turn every thread into ‘buy Falco’ reckon it’ll happen?

  • 110 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    catchy – on the kids i agree pardew was bang out of order bcoz although abeid tav n fergie sammi n ranger werent great they were still better than the senior players on the nyt

    as for the formation the reason wigan was good was he started with the right formation (still had players out of position ie cisse)
    4231 433 will work but u can only hav one of ba or cisse starting, jonas shouldnt b anywere near the team atm
    were pardew has gone wrong this season is starting games 442 then changing to 433 4231 after 20 mins which is what we should b starting with in the first place

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    I don’t think the fans staying away is an organised fingers up at Mashley but people generally fed up with the football on offer and the fact that no matter how much we put in the fat mans coffers he seems unlikely to reinvest our money.

  • 112 Rotonda heights // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think Spurs pulled a masterstroke getting AVB. Maybe Chelsea may just have done getting Benitez. These 2 guys’ Cv’s are stunning.

    When you look at our managers over the past 20 / 30 years, it is a depressing read punctuated only by KK’s first spell and SBR who was on his last legs.

  • 113 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    transfer – pardew dosent need to go, if the we let the fans run the club we would have a new manager every 3month
    the fans calling for pardews head aint got a great track record remember when comes to things what they think is best for the club

  • 114 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    rotonda – if we got a manager with a cv like benitez or avb it wouldnt matter the fans would turn on them as soon as we had a bad run of form like they always do bcoz are fans answer isnt to ride it out n see us improve its sack him n get someone else always has been n always will b

  • 115 stuart no9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    davyb@99 obviously agree with you about ba and cisse , but a lot of the players in question , are players HE brought in. he should be telling those same players , that he had faith in them when he bought them, he expects better. maybe motivation is a quality he just dosnt have,???????

  • 116 woolerbill // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    We will be fighting for our premier ship live in January, you can’t let your best players go for what can be six weeks. I know we will only be without one this time.

  • 117 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    stuart no9 – pardews biggest problems is he is trying to keep cisse n ba happy by playing them both which means we have played 442 most of the season a formation that is dated n sees us out numbered in midfield every game bcoz most teams play 451 4231, until he gets the balls to drop 442 n one of ba or cisse to bench we will probably continue to struggle, bcoz we need to play the formation n players i mentioned b4 n yes i agree with you pardew does worry about other teams more than making them worry about us which is what they would do with that attcking line up

  • 118 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Ian…I don’t think Ba will be leaving in Jan, but I still think we need another striker.

    A CB is of course a priority and we need to replace Simmo.

    We will probably need another CM if one of the cheap can be found.

    I would rather we ran down Ba’s contract – he has not cost us much and he has earned our money back. A striker like him costs alot.

    For me a wage cap is needed and I don’t think any player playing at our level and only in Europe sometimes can justify a wage of £90k not even closely.

  • 119 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    We should go for Kim Kallstrom, Stefan Selakovic or Peter Hansson.

  • 120 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Yeah, Kets, we should.

  • 121 rahulmagpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM


  • 122 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    kets talks sense. any or all of them would be amazing

  • 123 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I’d rather have Sissokho than Diame. I think Sissokho is more valuable. Alderewerield is what Pardew is looking for. We need a Phillipe Albert type centre back (someone who can add a bit of flair and get forward).

  • 124 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM


    Couldn’t agree more. Such astounding knowledge.

  • 125 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    you’re the man ketsy

  • 126 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    So quiet on here. They’re all probably watching their secret real teams – Man City v Man U.

  • 127 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    anyone seen inmans goal for crewe good finish, involved in all 3 goals he should stay there for the season with good at bradford for the season aswell, i know we are trying to get dummitt to a championship club in jan

  • 128 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    They would’ve been good signings a few years ago.

  • 129 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Davybtoon @ 99 That would be perfect in our current predicament; great in defence, lots of pace, guile and skill up front

  • 130 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Ruddy – Shitty 0 Rooney 2, half time lol

  • 131 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM


    i think it is unfair to say fans would be calling for the guys head as soon as we hit a bad patch,,

    if we go back to KK to right now,, i have only really dissliked 3 managers

    first was kanny dogleash, and that was the only from the start of his full season. in the same week, ginola went for 2,5 mil, went on to be player of the year, we bought des hamilton, we where shocking under him,
    he was as arrogant as pardew

    then JFK, just a joke no more needs to be said

    now its pardew,,

    for a number of reasons

    he very rarely tells the truth, this is for 2 reasons, the 2 numties he tries to cover, and the shit he comes out with around transfer time,
    im thinking season tickets are down, so lets say we are going to buy,, ppl fall for it

    the football is bad, and it has been since he got here,, im yet to see the step up in class from CH, and i 100% believe if CH had this team, he would have us top 6, 2 great strikers, and great attcking midfield tallent

    his tactics links to the above, but you say he starts off 442, yip, but i think this is to see how the other team are lining up, then he tries to combat that, instead off having a game plan and let them worry about us

    i mean he even gets the long ball game wrong,, with that you play with 3 forwards, and at least 1 midfielder rushing in, we play it with 1 winger and 2 forwards,

    he constantly plays players out of position,, it is ok to have one utility player, but he likes about 4/5 all out of position,

    he sticks to the same players regardless of what formation he plays,,

    how does this make a good manager’?

    he seems very affriad of upsetting any senior player, take your pick, BA,CISSE,JONAS SHOLA, WILLiAMSON SIMPSON,

    his ater match comments are wide of the mark, he is iether taking the piss out of the guy asking the questions or us as fans

    martin jol put his name forward for the job, but pardew got it, jol is an attack minded coach, pardew is defensive,

    it was luck last season, ppl even think the chelsea game was great because of the 2 goals cisse scored, but it was a poor game, they where miles better, but could not score,, that dont make it a greta game

  • 132 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Kets @ 123 – perfect, but where is he playing, how much will he cost us?

    I had the joy of watching him in the 5-0 shafting of manure, he really was a sublime player lol

  • 133 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM


    Not seen Inman’s goal but heard that he played well, pleased for him, he’s another a bit like Newton and Vuckic who’s progress has been hampered by injuries.

    Not heard anything about richardson this season, would have thought he would have been loaned out so guessing he’s been injured.

  • 134 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    catchy – dont speak for everyone, i dont dislike pardew n i certainly dont want him out

  • 135 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Alderwiereld seems pretty settled and loyal to Ajax, think he’d cost more than we’d be willing to pay. Would love him to sign though.

    I think we have a chance of getting Tom Ince in Jan, although as always even with 6months on his contract they want a big fee.

  • 136 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Catchy- you certainly don’t speak for me. Your an absolute disgrace.
    Hang your heed in shame and you a Geordie!

  • 137 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM


    these are my views on him

    but can you please explain to me,, why ppl would not give fat sam a chance,, and why pardew has your full backing,
    is it only the 5th place last year, that was built on no foundations ?

  • 138 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Ian Toon
    you should hang your head in shame hust for bein a donky
    but hey hoo

  • 139 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    players we should b looking at in jan are

    douglas cb 6month left on deal
    diame dm buyout clause 3.5mill
    sissohko dm/am 6 month left on deal
    ince winger 6month left on deal
    remy striker availble for 10million euro apparntly bargain
    rb/lb needed aswell

  • 140 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Ian Toon

    where are you in the toon?

  • 141 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM


    if he got all those players on your list,, would the football change ?

  • 142 ToonDownSouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM


    You appear to be continuously confusing me with a different poster.

    It’s getting tedious reading your insults, when they don’t even make sense.

    You keep talking about me backing Pardew – so either you’re genuinely mental or you’re confusing me with other posters – ‘toonarmydownsouth’ maybe?

  • 143 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Catchy- Regarding Chelsea last season . Your goalkeeper can keep you in the game that’s ideally what someone as good as Tim is inclined to do. You almost suggest it was incidental!

  • 144 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    catchy – pardew has my full backing bcoz despite some of the poor football weve played this season there is enough signs for me that hes trying to play good football but is being hampered by some poor players who just end up lumping it ie simmo n willo
    all the players seem to love him n all rate him which is a good thing
    pardew has made us harder to beat n that is something that needed to b done

  • 145 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM


    that was you having ago at me at the top 🙂


    keepers do that, we have 1 in a team, and 10 outfield players, most of the time, we dont even need a midfield its completely bypassed,,

    whats your point,,

    where do you live?

  • 146 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    catchy – we dont play bad football yea weve been poor this season but theres times when weve looked great n you seem to b just ignoring that
    played some great stuff v wigan even b4 they had a man sent off

  • 147 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Really really hope we start Marveaux instead of Jonas on Monday, him and Anita added some much needed quality passing to our midfield and created more than Jonas has all season. Always liked Jonas, but this season he has declined quite rapidly, maybe like Shola he’s now suited to a 20-25min role off of the bench. Plus Marv and Anita seemed to help Tiote in that he players around him that retained possession and therefore he could play his natural game more.

  • 148 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    TDS – That’s nothing he ‘s continually confusing this site with the Mackem blog. At least Rotonda is interesting and not so repetitive. Just as well I am around much – cue JFA- Lol.

  • 149 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM


    how do you know the players love him??

    the players at chelsea lob AVB,, I HEARD FRANK SAY IT MANY TIMES,, who was he kidding

    who are the poor players ?? why dont he just play other ones?

  • 150 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Would anyone like to see Tav given the rb spot until Jan? just to give him a run of games and see what he can do.

  • 151 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Ian Toon

    ian im over in jan or feb,, il meet up with u if you like,, try callins me a mackam then

  • 152 ToonDownSouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM


    I wasn’t having a go, I’m just urging you to stop wasting your time posting it every day!

    Nothing’s going to change – we have an owner who doesn’t appear to care about football, so there’s no chance of Pardew being removed.

    The only way I can see it happening is if we’re fighting relegation, but even then there’s no decent managers out of the job.

    I think the only option is to just live with it and hope things improve – which judging by the Wigan game, they may well do. If we beat Fulham on Monday – no easy task, but we should have Hatem back – then we’re well on our way.

  • 153 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Catchy- Why do you want to know we’re you planning to send me a Christmas card .

  • 154 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    geordie157 – if someone like tav got giving the right back spot i really think he would grow into it n make it his own

  • 155 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Ian Toon

    naa i just want you to say it to my face,, or are you a chicken

  • 156 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM


    your missing the point,,

    wigan was only a result, not a better performance, against 10 men and we looked poor,,

    there will be managers out there, they even may be in a job,,

  • 157 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    catchy we played well v wigan

  • 158 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM


    who are the poor players,,

    il show you the poor manager

  • 159 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM


    do you honestly believe that,,

    take the goals away from the game, it was a poor game,,

    the pen was harsh

  • 160 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    ian,, why wont you meet up???

    il come alone

  • 161 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    catchy every player but santon has been poor this season, if everyone had played at santon standard all season we would b right up the table

  • 162 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    catchy yes i do some of the play from anita n marv was top class, anitas best game

  • 163 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    The Wigan game was by no means a great performance, but we looked much better, the passing was better, players playing in their more natural positions helped.

    Just think Pardew needs to be brave and 1. either move Ba out left again or stick him up top and Cisse on the bench and 2. be prepared to drop Jonas and give Marveaux a chance, yes we lose out defensively but the pluses outweigh the negatives, as we get a better passer in the team, another playing who is decent at set pieces, more pace and vision.

    Would like to see the following Monday

    Tav/Simo, Willo, Colo, Santon
    Anita, Tiote, Marveaux
    Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

  • 164 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Catchy- Just out of interest was there a golden era an epoch when you thought manager and team were just great ?

  • 165 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    davybtoon //

    i agree

    but why are so many out of form? there is even lack of effort by lots

    how does this show they are behind the manager, im thinking the total opisit,,

    jonas went from my fave player to one of my worst players, all in one season

    and the fact is


    are all very good players, top intrnationals for top countries

    how can any manager not get them playing

    1 or 2 out of form is one thing,, but its nearly our whole team

  • 166 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    geordie 157 – jonas needs benched you say we lose out in defence his job is to attack not defend n he dosent do that so we lose out with him on the pitch anyway
    put marveux in the team with hba n obertan n watch them play some great stuff with tiote n anita holding n ba up top

  • 167 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Anyone but Man U.

  • 168 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Ian Toon

    what do you mean,,

    i dont have a fave era,

    i like football, newcastle is my team, i like the way some managers play the game, dont like others

    KK was great,, but i think we had better ballance with SBR

  • 169 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    catchy – the manager does not control if a player is in form or not
    jonas is just a terrible player n the only bad management from pardew is that he picks him to play every week

  • 170 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM


    i agree with that,

    but it wont happen

    it will be any 2 of shola ba cisse, jonas will start

  • 171 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    catchy how great was kk really we won nothing with him which is what most fans bang on about on here saying we will never win anything

  • 172 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM


    so in the last few mins you have agreed that tav should be playing instead of simpson
    i agree
    you say mave should play instead of jonas
    i agree
    ba or cisse
    i agree

    thats 3 things that woould change our team straight away,

    why wont he do that?

  • 173 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    City 2 Utd 2 at the moment, not that i care, i dislike them both.

    Davy, fair point on Jonas, the only thing he does do that Marveaux may struggle at is tracking back to help Santon, but i’d rather we had the attack first mindset.

  • 174 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    gave it a go, but he was out foxed every time by the best manager on the planet,

    he was banging on the door, but the board went PLC and he knew he would lose control of spending,

    im not saying that was right or wrong,, but the fact is, he did come second,

  • 175 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM


    if you watch the games properly , jonas dosnt even cover LB that much,, its been tiote and cabye helping out mostly this season

  • 176 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    ive said it all season pardews biggest problem is trying to play ba n cisse imo its gotta b one or the other with obertan hba marv around them

  • 177 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Catchy of those 3, if we only have one of those changes, then i hope its Marv in for Jonas. Simpson to his credit is solid enough and helps cover Wilo’s mistakes. Cisse needs better service which Marveaux can help provide.

    Get a decent run going then try and ease Tav in if possible.

  • 178 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    catchy dont kno why he wont do it but i wish he would still dont want him gone

  • 179 davybtoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    marv has to b picked everytime he jus has a abit of class abit him on the ball

  • 180 geordie157 // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Properly?? even when we play poorly and are getting stuffed i’ll see it out til the end. I agree that Jonas doesnt cover as much as he did, but he still tracks back better than others.

    I just think that he’s in decline so its time for Fergs and/or Marveaux to get a chance in the side.

  • 181 aarronkimber // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    i want to see these following players come in

    sissoko – 3-4 million
    diame – 3 million
    debuchy – 6-7million ( wishful thinking, dont think he will leave lille half way through season)
    douglas – 3-4 million
    + maybe a winger/striker ( depending on whether ba leaves

    thats only 18 million and would improve the squad massivly and you could even get rid of simpson for 2m so therefore 16m to spend is nothing to make such an improvement to the sqaud.

  • 182 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Alderewerield will be about £6-7m. Great player but he’s not the tallest at 6ft 1.

  • 183 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Catchy, have you been drinking, why don’t you meet up with Fletcher 88 he’s mad for fighting in car parks.

  • 184 aarronkimber // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    since we are playing away to fulham ( hard game away from home)

    simpson colo willo santon
    anita tiote
    marveux HBA cisse
    4-2-3-1 and alternate ba and cisse if its not working

  • 185 ToonDownSouth // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM


    Wigan didn’t have a shot from closer than 25 yards in the entire 90 minutes.

    We were not poor. We weren’t amazing, but certainly not poor.

    I feel that your obsessive hating of Pardew is blinding you to certain things, just like you claim that people are blind to the bad things.

    If you weren’t so stupidly over the top in everything you say, it’d be a lot easier to have discussions.

  • 186 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM


    Catchy has been threatening fisticuffs – brilliant – got to love this blog. 🙂

  • 187 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    About time Jonas was benched.
    He’s been awful this season.

  • 188 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM


    The Wigan comments annoy me so much. We weren’t Barcelona but we were so much more threatening that Wigan. If take less possession and 5/6 good chances over more possession but no real chances like Wigan had.

    At least we can see it.

  • 189 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Why would alderwerield be 6-7mil when vertongen was 10.

    Ajax won’t sell their best full back for 6mil.

    Also why would he give up champions league football for us?

  • 190 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Meant CB not FB

  • 191 darrenfletcher88 // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Diame looks a beast, wud slot nicely in a 3 man midfield I think!!

  • 192 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    What’s Happening on here?
    Santon’s capable of the Johnson type goal . He’s getting ever closer.

  • 193 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    See we have a laundry list of signings!

  • 194 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Kyle Naughton is he good enuf for NUFC

  • 195 Santon98 // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Diame would be a quality signing

  • 196 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    As if never knew, been same for years.

  • 197 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Bordeaux’s first team could not beat a promoted team today. nailed us

  • 198 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    You mean like West Ham and Southampton did to us. But Liverpool are beating West Ham and looking good. But we drew with Liverpool away. What exactly are you saying?

  • 199 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    But we beat Bordeaux at home 3-0 they only beat our reserves 2-0.
    What exactly are you saying?

  • 200 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM


    The results are important but the performances worry me. all i am saying is we should have done better in terms of performances that we have dished up.

  • 201 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Indian is just another c**t amongst many, across the spectrum of beliefs, on here.

  • 202 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Vurnon Anita left Ajax to come to us, so I wouldn’t rule it out. Anita will also speak to Toby about a move. Vertonghen was more expensive as he is slightly better and more experienced. £6-7m is about right. Vertonghen is a grreat player.

  • 203 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Normal services will be resumed. as soon as possible. Don’t forget to switch the lights off when you go.
    Ian Toon/ Ibiza
    Speak after the Fulham game sorry t have missed you both.

  • 204 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Ruddy don’t forget your Medicnes

  • 205 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM


    Don’t forget you’re a irretrievable c**t.

  • 206 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Kets is right,

    Why did cabaye come to us, Why did Verthongen go to spurs

  • 207 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM


    Take them quick, you are hallucinating

  • 208 davis_toons // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Bro PushPush…Westham have equalise. 1-1
    Diame is having a good game. Power run, resulting a yellow to SteveG.

  • 209 davis_toons // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    wstham 2-1

  • 210 daztoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    What about getting pieters in at left back and moving santon into a midfield 5 of marv hba and santon behind ba with Anita and tiote sitting

  • 211 Nufc-83 // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    We are crying out for a lm like jarvis. Tormenting Liverpool with his quality delivery into box the box. Fergy is similar but doesnt have the pace to cause the fb too many problems.

  • 212 JAMSHA // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    get him.plzzzz his a fkn beast

  • 213 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Good night People see ya Tomorrow

  • 214 89Norcal // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I know quality African players can be bought for cheap, but aren’t we pushing it with all these ACON participants..

    Let’s find someone from the continent, there’s plenty of great options there.

  • 215 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Ruddy you are the weakest link please leave. Anyone disagreeing with this decision please raise your hand. Carried unanimously.

  • 216 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Everton 2-1 Spurs

  • 217 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM


    Unfortunately for you, this isn’t a democracy that you’re the (tit)head of. 🙂

  • 218 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM


    Hopefully you pass peacefully, in your sleep.

  • 219 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    185 ToonDownSouth
    and ruddy

    i never threatend anyone,,

    just get sick of the little prick,, if he wants to call me a macham, then he should have the bottle to say it to my face,,

    id take marv first, too,,

    kids should be eased into a team not thrown in, then blamed for the loss


    what i remember about the game WIGAN
    we got a pen early, got a goal and sat back, passing was better for sure, but the only 2 good chances other than the goals where long balls with half chances

    your right, they didnt have much of a threat up front, but must of the football seemed to be in our half,,

    may be im wrong,, but they play good football, but dont have the best players, we should have been camped in there half,,

    the way sunderland was with us, with our forwards, we could of had a hat full, and sent out a msg

    the game was slighly better, but it was against 10 men,

    i felt ashamed that they had the confidence to come out and try and outplay us with ten men,, and for the most part i think they did
    in the end it was 50 50 possesion wise
    54.6 1st Half Poss. 45.4
    47.6 2nd Half Poss. 52.4
    they put 21 crosses, mainly from stam , who for me was the best player on the pitch, he had quality,, and he was up against santon

    we had 22 crosses

    we had 1 man more, and the stats look very even,, for me this is not good reading

  • 220 Indian Magpie // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Ruddy, That’s the hope, in a few year’s time.

    I hope your car Runs into a truck carrying sharp Iron.

  • 221 catchy in norway // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    infact,, if we could move HBA into the center,, then get stam from wigan,, marv on the left

    we need defenders first and formost, but he is quality

  • 222 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    That would be difficult, given I don’t drive a car.

    Love bringing out the worst in people 🙂

  • 223 daztoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Stam would be a good call but to attack minded for pardew and no sell on value for cashley

  • 224 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    So your not content with insulting one of the best bloggers on here Ian Toon and Catchy you today go out of your way to spread further unpleasantness . Your a real barrel of laughs. But worst of all your a drama Queen when a strong character like Ian sorts you out. Your a coward who’s just a bully boy.

  • 225 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  • 226 LGFUAD21 // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I get everyone satin Santon on the right but ATM he is looking like he could grow into a significant creative and attacking threat from his left side berth.

    If we can get a lw playing that can deliver a solid ball into the box then that trait to cut in will be very useful.

    If we move him to rb without a lb that is also attacking minded in the same way we will essentially place all our threat on one side of the pitch. We need that balance.

    And no I’m not inviting a “Simmo is cr@p no attacking threat debate” the lad does his job as far as I’m concerned by being solid at the back.

    I think Anita is a good shout to play in an advanced position. For what he lacks in ability that Cabaye has he more than makes up for in attacking ambition to get forward. Can really seeing him sneak a few this season from loose balls. He also the type that will thread nice short balls to our strikers.

  • 227 LGFUAD21 // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    And for all his mediocrity I would like to see overran get a full game in the prem under his belt.

    We only ever see him as a sub late in the game and it is difficult to get into games that late in the day.

    I really want to see what he can do given time which he hasn’t since the beginning of last season really.

    And Marveaux for that matter.

  • 228 LGFUAD21 // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Also, not saying i want it to happen but if Ba leaves, cisse will be so much more effective, he is always more energetic and threatening when a leading the line. The goals are bound to come back

  • 229 MacToon // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Pushy, did you go to the same school as Ian as your misuse of certain words appear to be very similar!

  • 230 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Pushy ,
    Why don’t you and Ian Toon get your own personal blog so that you can fill each other with your sycophantic ramblings without anybody else having to offer it.

  • 231 daztoon // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Anita and Marv are a must only players who offer movement to a static team

  • 232 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Mactoon ,
    They both turned up at exactly the same time Im thinking it could be the same person hmmm the plot thickens …..

  • 233 MacToon // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    J4A. we’ve turned up at the same time too ha ha!

    Sycophant lol not sick elephant, what was I thinking yesterday!

  • 234 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I am giving you an open goal. Do you not find Ruddy an unpleasant

  • 235 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Nobody would bid £ 7-8 million for Tiote with his card record and poor season to date. I can’t see him moving on.

  • 236 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Me either,so I don’t see where Diame would fit in unless Bigi was sent on loan or at least Gosling sold,and Im still not sure what type of player he is anyway.

  • 237 Rake // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM


    Diame’s hamstring went.

  • 238 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Diame’s just gone off injured :S

    judgin from west ham league position and this game, can’t imagine why he’d want to move from West Ham, they’ll be top 6, beating Liverpool convincingly~

  • 239 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I agree. We have waiting for 18 months for two defenders. How about answering my other question please ?

  • 240 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Gosling I mean.

  • 241 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I can see West Ham falling away in second half of the season.

  • 242 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    What’s the west ham score somebody said it was 2-1 but BBC has it at 1-1

  • 243 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Liverpool 3-2 now lol

  • 244 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    3-2 bin dippers

  • 245 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    its 2-2 on sky!!!

  • 246 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    west ham were up 2-1. then cole scored a nice one,
    and shelvey scored one he didn’t know much about

  • 247 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Liverpool go 3-2 in front – Shelvey

  • 248 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    maiga comes on for west ham, see how well they can attack with 3 to go in normal time

  • 249 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM


    When did Ian ‘sort me out’? Last I saw of Ian, he fled with his tail between his legs, when the other Ruddy, who I think you’re mistaking me for, chopped him and his sneer down to size.

    I’m a barrel of laughs, right now, thanks to your piousness. Keep it going, it’s entertaining, in a tragic way.

    “I’m jolly well cross with you, Mr Cyber Anonymous, I don’t like the cut of your jib!”

  • 250 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    o man, maiga almost got one

    west ham pressing

    need a liverpool win for me tipping comp tho 🙂

  • 251 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Oba – where you watching?

  • 252 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Pushy Pardew

    And now you’re trying to brown-nose JFA. He isn’t interested, dingleberry, shoo!

  • 253 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM


    His free kick was shocking

  • 254 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Lol O:-)

  • 255 obatoyou // Dec 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    in Australia on fox sports,

    full time liverpool 3-2 west ham

  • 256 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    F*ck sake!!!!!! Liverpool and United both win. Urgh!!! Hate both of them with a passion!! To see them happy makes me physically sick!!

  • 257 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Nothing better than seeing the smirk wiped of fat sams face.

  • 258 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Seems like Pushy has had enough frissons for today. Think he must be getting wrapped in a comfort blanket about now, in his rocking chair beside the fire, bemoaning this generation of ‘yoofs’.

  • 259 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Not convinced there are two of you and I am sure any forensic posters will agree. Gotcha!!!!!

  • 260 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Hopefully JFA’s got a mind of his own. Only you see yourself as a controlling puppet master. Gotcha!

  • 261 Pushy Pardew // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    The Venga Bus
    Fat Sam he cost us a fortune for an ageing side. Jose aside.

  • 262 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    1. It’s well established there are 2. I’m affectionately known as ‘Jiz’, to some. A quick glance on the mobile site would verify it with your own eyes, due to the individual icons.

    2. No, just apparent that after addressing him multiple times in an obsequious manner, with no reply, that he didn’t welcome your sniffing of his ars*hole, despite you being quite adept at it….. wait, you’re not Llambias are you?

  • 263 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Diame out for 12 weeks, article closed. Lol

  • 264 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Hamstring tear. That should put a stop to the rumours.

  • 265 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    I’m starting to agree Jonas could do with at least a spell, but honestly who do you replace him with if you do and what formation do you play? I’m afraid considering the numerous limitations of the squad, in form or not Jonas has to play.

  • 266 Marty-Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    We’ll sell BA and MA will get in one CB.
    He’ll be expecting our Ranger or Campbell to take his place 😉

  • 267 cyprus // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Did Enrique play all over the field or was I confusing him with the other baldy up front?

  • 268 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Enrique went of injured first half.

  • 269 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Diame is out for up to 12 weeks which means he is defo on our radar

    You know how much we like to sign an injured player!!!

  • 270 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Sounds like the usual spiel will soon be forthcoming in December – Ranger has made such good progress – “It will be like having a new signing” on the pitch!!

    So, there is the striker people were looking for – wonder how they will conjure up a RB & CB!!!

  • 271 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Marty toon ,
    Although that wouldn’t surprise me,I don’t think its a case of us ‘selling’ him if somebody meets the release clause,but if he hasn’t signed a new contract by next summer I think he will be persuaded to move on,we’ll all be blogging like mad thinking somebody substantial will be brought in only to be told that’s why Cisse was bought and those in the building will have to step up to the plate still leaving a lovely profit from the AC sale.

  • 272 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Graeme ,
    Wait and see pal,STaylor was the new CB this summer and will probably be again in February.

  • 273 Marty-Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I agree,there’s no point in gettin our hopes up like we usually do.
    It’s better IMO to expect to get dumped on by MA and hopefully be pleasantly surprised by the outcome of it

  • 274 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Expect nothing and any thing we get is a bonus I’m talking about our tranfer policy not my sex life 🙂

  • 275 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Don’t quote me on this as I haven’t Googled it,but I think No Danger has something like a 1 in 59 scoring ratio albeit a lot of sub appearances ,I would wager that Pat Jennings had a better record than that.

  • 276 APBWA // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    what we need to do like is sell BA he is so greedy scoring all the goals, we play hoof ball from krul to BA so bad to see sell tiote buy diame/sissoko and akkaz

    Sign up remy debuchery douglas colback vorn pardew ouootttt steave keen in! SKBWA SKBWA

  • 277 Graeme // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Jail, agreed mate. However, Saylor has already done the “like a new signing” role and cant do it again – its the law of “Like new Signings” you can only do it once each lifetime!!

    The other problem with Saylor taking on the role is that he is unlikely to be fit by the end of January, so cant count as any sort of transfer (Until Summer??) but that would be stretching credibility somewhat lol

  • 278 Marty-Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Well if that was your sex life you’d be doin ok /-)
    Most of us wouldn’t mind that in reality lol

  • 279 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Just read this thing about Simpson.
    Please let him leave, he doesn’t seem to want to play for Newcastle (as has been the case for some time) and seems to think he is far better than the ‘just about adequate’ he is for us.

  • 280 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I’m not sure on how the crowds will vote this season,if anybody was going to take up the season ticket offer it would have been sooner rather than later and looking at the Wigan game not a lot of people took up the deal,and the fixture list in January doesn’t look like a lot of people will,so unless we see some money spent in the next window I can see a few more crowds of 44K or less,especially for the televised games.

  • 281 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Lionel messi has just broken Gerd Mullers record and has up to now scored 86 goals this calendar year.

    He must be good, anyone heard of him? 🙂 Have we been linked with him? Ashley are you paying attention?! Get your wallet out. About 300million would do, or a straight swap for Xisco and simmo.

  • 282 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Forget about Messi, Paul Scharner is still on course to sign for us and break his new record next year.

  • 283 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Conaldo ,
    No shit that’s fairly incredible.

  • 284 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Im going to the pub to watch the game tomorrow night.

  • 285 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Im not including any big games in that prediction,just as a disclaimer

  • 286 The Venga Bus // Dec 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    If anyone hears from Ibiza toon, could you tell him he’s no longer welcome on the bus please. Thanks.

  • 287 carl // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    What has happened to Ibiza ?

  • 288 willowdalerez // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Wow some anti Demba feeling on here… Well what did you think. He’s on 10 goals, not local or a product of our system (there was a reason to think Carroll might have had loyalty to our club) so why stay when he can make real big bucks while he’s healthy enough for a big club to gamble on?

    The real issue is what we do if he leaves or gets re-injured. As I noted once before he’s notched over half our goals and we don’t have great options at the striker position if he goes!

    Couple of things that give me hope he might still be here come February, first any team coming with deep enough pockets to pick him up won’t be likely to make the mistake Liverpool did betting on Carroll… both score if you play the long ball ( a style we have come to epitomize), neither has great finesse with their feet, they are big lads, big targets and each has a great header and powerful finish (boot). Any team coming in will also play the long ball… to my mind that eliminates all the teams with deep pockets so not to worry unless a smaller club gambles on Ba to keep them up… Any thoughts on that?

  • 289 blaydonracist // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    he’s out for 3 months with a hamstring tear, we have too many injured players without buying some more

  • 290 carl // Dec 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    I would be worried if we had to depend on current strikers. Campbell is going to be a big star but he needs time. Certainly do not want AC
    It would be a backward step.

  • 291 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Blaydon racer,
    A few people don’t like my user name but don’t you think yours can be toned down a bit,as im sure you don’t mean that.

  • 292 carl // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yes your right. You could just be JAIL.

  • 293 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM
    Ksi at his absolute best!!!!!!!:D

  • 294 Marty-Toon // Dec 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    You’re putting BA and Carroll in the same category?
    BA is quite decent with his feet and control
    He’s not a big target man like Carroll or Shola
    He’s not as good a header as Carroll was but he’s way better with the ball at his feet

  • 295 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Not sure what we will do in january…a lot in the pipeline from the bits I hear…seem busier than normal under ashley but nothing anywhere near agreed yet.

    The problem we have is that saylor and cabaye will be due back in fed and will be “like new signings” which might mean we don’t spend much.

  • 296 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    to go further into my previous post

    I’ve just had a catch up today with my friend in the club and there is a lot of talk of who we are looking at…got a long-ish list so don’t expect all but these are who we are supposed to be interested in.

    mamadou sakho (only 1 appearance for psg this term)
    debuchy (again!!!!)
    erik pieters
    douglas (yet again)
    llana (cost much more than 5 mil so not likely)
    victor wanyama
    gary hooper
    tom ince
    nathan redmond

    not sure if any of these will come off but i’m hoping that 2/3 will come in…ideally 2 defenders more than other players.

  • 297 APBWA // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Striker we get will be unknown or
    Charlie Austin
    Glenn Murray
    Gary Hooper
    Wilfried Zaha
    and the likes

    we will get a CB and not a RB, so if we sell simpson we will be in trouble

  • 298 Rake // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    If Ba does leave a nippy striker who can play out on the wing would be essential. We could go from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 with ease and we know Pardew likes to have fiddle during a match.

  • 299 carl // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Just how reliable is your source, please?

  • 300 ToonAndy // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM


    Out…. BA, SIMPSON…






    With WIJNALDUM knocking on the door for 1st team as he is amazing!!

    Try breaking that team down… And if u do… We’ll score more than you!!

  • 301 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 9, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    @ Sage

    Sakho or Alderwireld would be my CB choices. Then Debuchy, Sissoko and a young pacy striker

  • 302 chris_g // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    ToonAndy says:

    Out…. BA, SIMPSON…

    I presume you’ve never heard of the 25 man squad rule? If we brought in those 5 players (who are all aged over 21) and only got rid of Ba, Simpson (and Xisco) then we would end up in the summer with 31 players aged over 21, ie:

    Goalkeepers (3) Krul, Elliot, Harper
    Defenders (10) Debuchy, Coloccini, Douglas, S Taylor, Williamson, Santon, R Taylor, Perch, Dummett, Tavernier,
    Midfielders (14) Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Jonas, Anita, Amalfitano, Obertan, Marveaux, Gosling, Ferguson, Bradden Inman, Conor Newton
    Forwards (4) Remy, Cisse, Shola, Ranger

    You can’t fit 31 players into a 25 man squad, so you would need to decide which of the other players you want to get rid of.

  • 303 The Venga Bus // Dec 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    People need to get real. Do you honestly think Ashley would pay 14million for Remy ?. Cast your mind back to previous windows. The days of the big money signings are sadly over lads. It’ll probably be just another frustrating window, like they normally are.

  • 304 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Dec 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    As irritating as it’ll be I expect the only thing we’ll buy in January is a shiny new Sports Direct sign for St.James’…

  • 305 nick_9 // Dec 10, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Chris, toonandy wants a net of plus three players. You mentioned fitting 31into 25 but how do we fit 28 into 25 currently then? I’m lost. The likes of Dummet, Inman and Connor Newton should be nowhere near our 25 man squad and that just illustrates how poor our squad is. Two good players for each position is 22 players, looking at that squad there is only around fifteen I would keep if I was being ruthless. Far to many average players in that squad and I’ve ways maintained its a large but weak squad. I’m not trying to disrespect the lads but at the end of the day all I have to go on is their performances and some just aren’t making the cut for me. I don’t want us to carry players like we used to.

    Bad news regarding Diame as I like many others was hoping he was a target, every time I have seen him he made more of an impression that tiote did and we all rate tiote very highly. Come on Graham get us some more gems this window and get our season back on track. Massive game tonight, the gap between us and tenth is getting bigger and tonight is one of the easier games we have left this year

  • 306 chanedw // Dec 10, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    This is our 25 man roster:

    1 Amalfitano, Romain No
    2 Ameobi, Foluwashola Yes
    3 Anita, Vurnon San Benito No
    4 Ba, Demba No
    5 Ben Arfa, Hatem No
    6 Cabaye, Yohan No
    7 Cisse, Papiss Demba No
    8 Coloccini, Fabricio No
    9 Elliot, Robert Yes
    10 Gosling, Daniel Yes
    11 Harper, Stephen Alan Yes
    12 Gutierrez, Jonas Manuel No
    13 Krul, Timothy Michael Yes
    14 Marveaux, Sylvain No
    15 Obertan, Gabriel Antoine No
    16 Perch, James Robert Yes
    17 Simpson, Daniel Peter Yes
    18 Taylor, Ryan Anthony Yes
    19 Taylor, Steven Vincent Yes
    20 Tiote, Cheik Ismael No
    21 Williamson, Michael James Yes
    22 Jimenez Tejada, Francisco No

    There is also a young players’ list of players 21 years old or younger, who are not included in the Premier League 25, which is 22 in Newcastle’s case.

  • 307 Indian Magpie // Dec 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    Good morning,

    I have a good feeling for today, i don’t think we will loose. going for a 2-0 toon win

  • 308 Ian Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Indian- Good Morning . I certainly hope your right.

  • 309 Ian Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Jesper- Good Morning. Has the NATO training Camp ” Operation
    Danish Bacon” caused any controversy in Denmark ? Some see it as the definitive Surgical Trauma car Unit . It involves the shooting of pigs . Just wondered what the local take and your thoughts were . If your not familiar just forget it. LOL.

  • 310 Indian Magpie // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Yes Ian,

    a win today and top half beckons

  • 311 Ian Toon // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Indian- I can ‘t make the game but will be watching it on television.
    Just hope that we play in a positive way. With HBA back I do fancy our chances.

  • 312 carl // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    Ian Toon
    I just happened to read one of your posts on Saturday. The one that got the Ruddy rude brothers knickers in a twist. The quiet football day, living and the dead and the writing style made me think of an article in When Saturday Comes a few years ago now. I have been reading the blog off and on for a few weeks and think you are the same person .
    I assume you’ve finished your studies now and might be interested in writing on an occasional basis. You will know who to contact
    and we hope to hear from you. Hope you do consider.

  • 313 toonbrother // Dec 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    this is a baseless article.We have no connection to Diame nor do we need him in my opinion. In any case if he were to leave West Ham he’d be Liverpool bound. We need to focus on replacing spoilt brat Demba Ba and strengthening our defence. I say we sign Insigne from Napoli and let Ba go and get a central defender like scott dann from blackburn

  • 314 JAMSHA // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    50% chance of Ba Startng today….

  • 315 darrenfletcher88 // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Looking forward to the game,high tempo,press them in there own half,and I think are quality will win us the game, Fulham are a good side but I beleave we have a stronger side, Lady Luck on are side and I see a strong 3 points tonight,set us up for city at the weekend.cissie 9-1 to score first worth a daft £3. So prediction 2-1 to the toona,

  • 316 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Good morning. Well, it’s not good. I am homeless. Give me back my bus “Venga Bus”.

    Kicking someone out of their home using pitch forks is criminal. I will find you, granted it will be hard with no home or transport, but I will find you.

    So….game day. How’s everyone feeling?

    Pushy….I can 99.99999999% say with confidence that the two Ruddys are different posters. I think you need to let that one go.

  • 317 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Morning Ibiza…sad to hear about your living situation!

    …as always you are welcome to sleep on the couch (mind you Villads wakes up early) 😉 lol

  • 318 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Cheers Jesper, you are a good man 🙂

    What happened on here this weekend? Only skimmed the comments, but seems there were a few battles.

  • 319 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Morning Ian…operation danish bacon you say? I’ll have to get back to you on that on 😀

    …some of you need to lay of the bacon I think lol

  • 320 aarronkimber // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    i want to see these following players come in

    sissoko – 3-4 million
    diame – 3 million
    debuchy – 6-7million ( wishful thinking, dont think he will leave lille half way through season)
    douglas – 3-4 million
    + maybe a winger/striker ( depending on whether ba leaves

    thats only 18 million and would improve the squad massivly and you could even get rid of simpson for 2m so therefore 16m to spend is nothing to make such an improvement to the sqaud.

  • 321 aarronkimber // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    since we are playing away to fulham ( hard game away from home)

    simpson colo willo santon
    anita tiote
    marveux HBA cisse
    4-2-3-1 and alternate ba and cisse if its not working

  • 322 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Lay off the bacon? What is this madness. I can’t participate in a blog that is anti bacon.

    With that, I announce my retirement. Goodbye 😉

  • 323 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Aarron…Like the line up, probably something along the lines we’d all like to see.

    Any update on Guti? I imagine if fit, he will start.

  • 324 Indian Magpie // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Fare well for Ibiza,

    You are all invited for an open Venga bus parade

  • 325 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Ibiza…it’s a story about danish and foreign army doctors doing surgery on pigs the army shoot (they are still alive)

    It’s allowed here in DK for the purpose of saving real life (one can argue whether it serves a good course or if it’s animal cruelty)

  • 326 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Ibaza…you can have bacon as long as it’s ‘Danish’ 😉 not that fancy stuff from Canada lol

  • 327 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Carl/Ian Toon /Push Pardew
    Or whatever you call yourself could you all please stop commenting on my posts and I will do likewise with yours,we have nothing constructive to say to each other and the blog can do without petty spats .

  • 328 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Jesper…Whoa. That might be a bit much for a Monday morning. 🙂 Interesting stuff though.

    Indian…Thank you, thank you.

  • 329 aarronkimber // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    ibiza toon

    i believe that team will have the best chance of winning however i believe pardew will play gutierez (which i dont think is right, as he doesnt offer us much)
    as much as i dont want it, this will be the team

    simo willo collo santon
    anita tiote gutierez
    hba ba cisee


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