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Pardew In Meeting To “Secure Premier League Status”

3:18 pm, Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 167 Comments

It’s good that the Newcastle Board and Alan Pardew are taking our precarious position in the Premier League seriously, because after being relegated four years ago, we know it’s so easy to get dragged into the relegation battle and find it tough to fight our way clear of it.

derek llambias up close

Derek LLambias – in meetings with Alan Pardew

The good news is that Mathieu Debuchy’s signing should be announced shortly, and that’s a good start because full back has been a weakness at Newcastle for the last three seasons, so it’s good to have a top class International right back  joining the club – and Mathieu should be able to help us big time with his vast experience and professional attitude.

Alan Pardew will be meeting with Derek LLambias, Mike Ashley and others in order to put together the targets they will pursue in the next few weeks, to try to strengthen the squad, so at least we can survive in the Premier League – which is job one.

This is what the Newcastle manager said today:

“We have a meeting and we will be discussing options in front of us. I don’t think our policy will change too much. Money is tight here in terms of how we spend it.” “We try to get the best possible deal for the club but we do take into account where we are.”

“We are in a battle to secure our Premier League status and make no bones about that.” “The trick really is to get our injured players back on the pitch. We need one or two of our senior players back in the dressing room. But one or two reinforcements will help.’

Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are back in training, but the game at Norwich a week on Saturday may come too early for them, and we certainly don’t want to rush them back as we did with Ben Arfa and he’s not yet returned to training, and if was a gaffe made by the club to play him at Fulham – and we’re paying the consequences of that now.

But when Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez all return, and Mathieu Debuchy’s in the side, we would expect Newcastle to put up much better performances than of late – we hope Newcastle to put up much better performances than of late. 😀

But some of our top players – like Coloccini and Cheick Tiote to name only two, also need to show some of the form they were in last season, and help drag Newcastle to safety – and the sooner the better.

Keep the faith – and we know that’s not easy – not at Newcastle.

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167 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    think a few people will be surprised with Debuchy’s actual ability! I’ve seen him lots and hes a good player but hes been massively over hyped on here! In the euro’s he had 1 excellent game but was very poor in others! He’s a strong lad though, good in the air, good with the ball at his feet and has a good delivery from crosses, corners and free kicks! However he’s often caught out of position too far up the field and he has been known to be absolutely massacred against pace! Hes an up step for Simmo but he’s not the world class full back some are expecting!

  • 2 matty-toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM


  • 3 Qatar NUFC fan // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

  • 4 p // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    For me cb is the priority

    Defence is leaky right now

    On ba, knowing ashley, his knee will probably go a week after signing for chelsea

  • 5 matty-toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    damn it

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I will be very surprised if the Remy deal goes through, unless Ashley decides to pay higher then his own figure that he dreamily plucks from mid air. We want to pay 10mill, their chairman said 15mill. We are now desperate for a striker, so clubs know they have us over a barrel.

    I would quite like to see him give Campbell a run out against Brighton, unless we get an attacker in he will have to get game time soon, and better starting him off at Brighton in the cup then in the premier league where points are a must.

  • 7 matty-toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    sorry but Williamson is cronic and painful to watch, hes not just slow but actually immobile, he cant turn slight angles to tackle etc and has been shown up this season by the terrible team displays.
    we need Saylor back asap and even get a CB like Douglas in also who can move

  • 8 p // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    @6 i think we are more desparate for a cb – we have 3 senior ones; 1 is injury prone, one is sh@#3 and the other is pretty good

  • 9 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Why do we hoof it more at home and pass it more away?!?!

  • 10 jayphoto // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Think people saying Maiga can’t get in the west ham team for Carlton Cole really really don’t know anything about football! Maiga cant get in the hammers team because he really doesnt fit into the high long ball game allardyce plays, he plays on the ground, is pretty pacey and looks to go beyond the last defender….. not sure but i thought a striker who didnt suit long ball is what every one wanted?…… Maiga is a good player, he’s happy to play wide, actually think hes better out left of a 3 than central! Despite his supposedly failed medical also hes got a damn site better appearance ratio than Loic Remy! Don’t get the Remy hype, true hes bloody quick but truth be told hes not a first choice striker these days at Marseille! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be my first choice to be honest, though he dreams of Man Utd and has often stated this, but Maiga is a better choice than some give him credit for! If we’re back in for him, Graham carr obv rates him highly

  • 11 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    2 cb’s pls…but who am I kidding?

  • 12 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I’ll probably get slaughtered for saying this but the cup game on saturday is a distraction given our league position as is the europa league when it starts up again.
    Put the kids out and save what little fit 1st teamers we have left to rest up for our next league game

  • 13 TOONALE // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    They will talk and talk because it costs nowt.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Centre half is a priority, if not 2 of them, maybe one established one younger who can grow into the team and become 3rd/4th choice. Although we do have Streete for that as well.

    Other then that we could do with 2 attacking players, be they 1 orthodox striker, and 1 wing forward/inside forward who can compete and rotate with Cisse Ben Arfa Marveaux etc.

    I think midfield could be okay when we get people back fit, but would still like to see a central midfielder who can add steal and a touch of guile to that area. If they bring in 2 Cb’s and an attacker to go with debuchy though, I will let them do this last one in the summer.

    Then, the overhaul of the “development squad” that we were told would happen in the summer needs to happen between now and pre season training in the summer.

    Over to you Gents.(?)

  • 15 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Betting odd’s on what striker we ‘Could’ get

    11/8 Loic Remy
    4/1 Nicolas Anelka
    4/1 Bony Wilfried
    5/1 Ben Yedder
    6/1 Wilfried Zaha
    6/1 Bafatembi Gomis
    7/1 Vedad Ibsevic
    7/1 Danny Welbeck
    9/1 Peter Odemwingie
    12/1 Rickie Lambert
    12/1 Peter Crouch

  • 16 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    MA’s time is costly and he probably charges it against the club! Well that money out the tfr kitty! Same language – same approach – same results…..if you carry on doing the same thing what happens to the result?

  • 17 matty-toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM


  • 18 Super Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Don’t worry, the return of Saylor, Cabaye and HBA will be like new signings…

    How can money be tight? We had a -£3m net spend last summer. We have one of the lowest wage:turnover and will be making a lot more money from the new TV deal that starts next season. This is why it is important that we bring players to give us a greater chance of staying up.

  • 19 p // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    12 – agree, focus on league with second priority europe (experienceand raise club’s profile in europe)

  • 20 TOONALE // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Talk costs nowt.
    They must spend some cash.

  • 21 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Super Magpie

    Saylor and Cabaye were poor before their injuries!

    Regarding the transfer money, Pardew isn’t going to come out and say we have plenty to spend as any fee would increase straight away

  • 22 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    About £30m more in TV rights nxt yr on top of what it is now….reckon club should be speculating to accumulate but that’s not the Sports Direct way……could be another uninspiring window.

  • 23 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Money is tight? Be a whole lot tighter in the championship fat lad or have u forgotten that? Missing out on the huge pot of green at the end of the rainbow and having no wonderkid to flog for 30+million again

  • 24 ToonDownSouth // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Super Magpie

    And *whisper it quietly* the £35m never really got spent, did it?

  • 25 rivettCatcher // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Great article on Ba.

    Good luck to a guy who’s really earned his move to a big club! Hope he gets a good reception on his return to SJP as he’s been brilliant for us.

  • 26 ToonMauritius // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM,-not-demba-ba?cc=3888
    lads interesting comment by King Kev

  • 27 HullMag6 // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Hmmm, would budget stretch to the following

    douglas or sakho
    And Maiga

    Probably not but they plus Dirk dastardlys purples should get the job done with interest

  • 28 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Oi! Cabs has never been poor! How very dare u!

    Tbf to him he played crocked early season by all accounts. Saylor is a average defender to begin with but atleast he opens his gob and gives some grit to our defence

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM


    Good point about relegation.

    Also if we go down there is no way we will keep our top players. They will all want a club in the top leagues as its a World Cup year, and not just a regular World Cup, a World Cup in brazil.

    There will be no players like smith, butt, Nolan, Carroll and Barton to save us this time.

    Other players like colo and kruls stick has risen so could see then going. Then everyone like cabaye, Ben arfa as cisse would want out to ensure they get selected for the World Cup if their nations qualify.

    I am 100% confident we won’t go down, too many good players who will fight to keep us up. Not like before whee we had players like Owen who weren’t up for the fight

  • 30 JAMSHA // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM


  • 31 ToonDownSouth // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM


    That’s a good point, true about Taylor. We currently have 4 players (Colo, Santon, Williamson and Simpson) who all respond to conceding in exactly the same way.

    They all sigh, shrug, and look at each other. It’s painful to watch.

  • 32 Ian Toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    jay- Debuchy was voted the best French player in the Euro’s by L’Equipe . He was outstanding against England and Ukraine. He was played out of position against Sweden and had a poor game. He’s not
    world class but is a currently better version of Santon. That is he’s better both defensively and as an attacking full back. In a 4-2-3-1 formation he would look for defensive cover at times from CDM in the 2. He is a vast improvement over Simpson!

  • 33 Super Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    They were poor. Cabaye’s poor form could be put down to the fact he was carrying an injury and that he was constantly being bypassed by the constant long balls we played.

    Saylor is very much overrated. He shone for the early part of last season but this season has been no better than Williamson. He can’t be classed as a starter because he can’t stay fit for more than 10 games.

    I do think when they do come back they will definitely benefit the team but not the sudden change of fortunes people are predicting.

  • 34 scrotty // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I really don’t like what’s happening with HBA. I have an awful feeling he’s been sold and it’s just not public yet. I’m probably just scaring myself though.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    We need a top CB and a forward who can play out wide as well…then I am happy (then we can continue the season and listen to people complaining about our lack of transfer activity) 😉

  • 36 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    Sorry mate it hurts to say that about the Great Cabaye :(

    But people seem to be pinning their hopes and Cab’s and Saylor coming back in blistering form which is unlikely to say the least.

    I’ve been looking at the Ben Yedder lad, only 22, small lad but looks one hell of a prospect

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Give Campbell a game in the FA cup.

    It’s the only way we will know if be is good enough. Playing with quality players not reserve players will help his game and if he can overcome the opposition then we can use him more.

    He is ten times the player of ranger. His goal record shows that at all levels….ranger only has a few senior goals so hardly good. Plus ranger is a grade a ……… A total waste

  • 38 nightfa11 // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    1. off:

    williamson must be sold…ASAP..i cant watch this guy anymore..he cost us over 10 points this season..sell him now..seriously..

    pardew out..good man, but nufc is too big for him…his tactis, subs, etc..simply horrible decisions.. he defends against poor teams..goes all out attack against top teams.. takes HBA off (cos hes not ready to play full much, yet is the most active on the pitch) instead to tell him to just wait up front for usefull balls, YET keeps shola on for 90 minuts, when hes already out of breath after 20 minutes.. always plays jonas, whos only good at running & falling down in front of oppostions penalty area.. & pardew finds an excusse after every match.. im tired of him.. give him job as a psychologist or sth, but get a MANAGER IN FFS..

    shola playing for 90 minutes is a joke.. ok guy..good as a sub..but… comment..

    get a quality CB in & then follow steps above

  • 39 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    More of this needs to happen to stop the racist fool involved in our game!

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I’d like to think that the penny has dropped, and he would make no money dropping out of the prem and miss out on the bumper TV rights deal. Hopefully this will see him spend…(I know, very wishful thinking)….even he must see the false economy of not strengthening this window.


    Maiga doesn’t fit into the long ball football at West Ham, no point us signing him, we have played more long ball than anyone else in the prem this season.

    Play Streete and Campbell on Saturday, transfer dependant they may be needed in the league over the coming months, and would rather let them get an introduction in the cup than when vital points are up for grabs.

  • 41 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    True mate fact is if we go down our current squad is gone none, all the ones people want shot of currently would be the ones who stuck around for the scrape imo

    Fact is the quality we have relegation shouldn’t even be a thought but where we are its a creeping thought that isn’t getting further away.

    Its pathetic to watch mate Colo should be going nuts with our defence as should Krul but they don’t even open their gobs

  • 42 Munster Mag // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    The unfortunate fact here is that Pards has been using injuries as an excuse all day long. In that way he’sn like Roeder and Souness. Reality is, almost every player has got worse with his training, his tactics are off, his formations contrived and the players are starting to look a bit lost. Did you see Kruls body language?? His classic was blaming the Senegalese FA, when in realuity Cisse was in poor form anyway ( and on the wing!) . I was a big fan, but I’m beginning to wonder why. Also, he either doesnt know what type of football he wants, or is not in charge of player selection, because our style and our purchases dont marry up, especially once pressure is applied. At least with managers like Livepool’s yuou get consistency, and this must surely hinder our players??

  • 43 toonheroes // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    What’s happening with Ba? He isn’t confirmed yet so what happens if he fails his medical?

  • 44 Crow59 // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Wheres douglas on the cb popularity chart on this blog??

  • 45 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM


    I have a good idea for racist chanting.

    Any club where it is reported on more than one occasion has to pay the full cost to have a large number of FIFA personal and additional police at the game.

    Arrest any fans accused of doing it, give then life bans from football grounds and force this to continue until the problem is solved.

    Make high levels of CCTV compulsorily at football stadiums.

    If clubs have to keep paying for this they will find a way to clamp down on it and punish players seriously.

    If it continues and isn’t just isolated individuals but whole groups force clubs to play their next game behind closed doors, opposition fans only and make then refund all paying ticket holders

  • 46 Zimbabwean_Toon_warrior // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    7/2 Cisse to get more goals then BA for the rest of the season! easy money #10 was actually watching Maiga’s games and he would do well in wide areas and feed Cisse better. Santon is good going forward dont get me wrong but im begining to feel that’s all he’s really good for :( he may need to take it down a notch and improve on defensive duties

  • 47 matty-toon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    willo and jonas must be gone and replaced by better models. jonas has had his day and is stale now. not so sure about pards off though. if they dont get 2 wins out the next 3 league games (norwich,reading and villa) then he should gan

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    JB…how did you post a video link like that 😀 cool

  • 49 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Good call with Campbell….lets see what this lad can do? Perhaps he could link up with Cisse?

  • 50 the1willy // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I must agree with Matty. Tiote might have been a rock last season, or part of it, but he has become a danger to his own team. He is constantly giving away cheap and dangerous balls and is always a safe bet for a yellow or worse. We know he has it in him, but he needs to either get his act together or be replaced while he’s still worth something.
    Are current situation is partly due to lack of investment, partly due to injuries, but more importantly due to some very strange/poor tactical work from our management team AND the poor form/lack of interest of some of our senior players.
    Last year we didn’t always play ‘beautiful football’ in fact were often played off the park, but had grit, determination, and desire and that got us some important results… I don’t see that this year.
    We need someone to instill the fight back into this team. Aren’t John Carver and Steve Stone of that mold?

  • 51 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I have no faith in investment, no faith in our form, limited faith in our tactics, worried faith in our manager, limited faith in our squads form…Cabaye coming back is all I have

    Saylor I can take or leave with his wondering elbows but if Cabs doesn’t start brinign us points am off to a dark hole to hide

  • 52 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM


    Have no bloody idea mate 😀


    I’m pinning everything on Benny’s return so I now how you feel mate

  • 53 Zimbabwean_Toon_warrior // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    lol @ toonheroes was actually thinking that WHAT if BA fails medical? knowing RA he may just offer him £45k

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Yo…and now you have Dreamboat #2 as well 😉 lol

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Spread the toon

    Campbell runs in behind and has pace. If teams push up he will get in behind, we have good players who give good service.

    If they drop off it gives more room for cabaye, Ben arfa and cisse to work informer of them and cause problems.

    Has to be worth a punt….look at sterling…never got a sniff under dalglish..he can’t have improved that much over the course of the summer since Rodgers came in

  • 56 GeordieToon89 // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    If Maiga was available for cheap enough we should defo take him!! He would be perfectly suited to partner Cisse or play out wide, hes quick and can score goals, Allardyce cant use strikers that dont like the long ball.. Hence why hes only started like 3 or 4 games.. Get a £4/5million bid in and hes ours BUT are Mali in this years acon?

  • 57 JazzMag // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Ed, It should be Llambias not LLambias. You don’t need two capitals. Cheers matey

  • 58 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Transfer Sage

    the only thing that’ll hurt racist fans is to dock their teams points

  • 59 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    if this were an actual meeting about maintaining premier league status, surely AP’s performance and whether or not he can see us through would be one of the main talking points?

    people harp on about injuries, but Man U was our best performance with a “depleted” squad. Have injuries hit hard? Of course, but only recently. Man U and, before we tried to salvage a draw at Arsenal, prove to me at least that it is very much down to tactics.

    Someone else brought up a very good point earlier; for all Pards’ amazing man-management and motivational skills, why has he yet to rally our team to come from a goal down in over two calender years? Does the board really trust him to rally the players with more than half a season gone and the team in free fall? Me, personally, no. The optimists will say ‘let’s just wait til we get HBA and cabs back’ sure, perhaps things will improve, but even with both of them in the side, we only had three games where we picked up maximum points out of a twelve league matches. by the time february rolls around, will it be too late?

    I had faith in the board even through the start of the season. I believed our squad was good enough even with only Anita signing. I felt it would be down to AP and JC’s coaching abilities. I think both sets, the board and the management at this point in time, are completely inept at their positions

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Inman extends loan until 11th of February!

  • 61 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM ?@nufcfans
    “@KHeneage: Nolan Roux (Lille striker) confirms Debuchy’s #NUFC move to RMC Sport: “He’s coming back soon to say goodbye.””

  • 62 Jamiemac // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Last night Tiote, Santon and Shola were sh*t. Marv and Cisse were good and everyone else was somewhere around average

  • 63 spennymoor-mag // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    There’s only reading and Aston villa who have conceded more goals than us! Worrying statistic when u think about it like. Ashley stop been a prick and get your cock out dels derrière and buy us some GOOD players ffs

  • 64 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’d rather have Cabs personally haha but each to their own 😉

    Aye Debuchy is a handsome lab though I don’t want any modelling from the two of them. As a player though I have limited knowledge of him I just know he attacks a lot which worries me because we have no on in our defence who controls the full backs runs…also the tendancy for attacking FBs to play players onside worries me

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM


    Maiga has played 16 times this season, scoring 4 goals. (According to Ed’s earlier article.) I very much doubt we will be in for him though, and personally, I wouldn’t be interested in him.

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM


    Docking points wouldn’t be fair I don’t think.

    2 reasons

    1. You could easily buy a load of tickets for a Sunderland game, chant racist stuff and have points docked, which could have a huge impact on a side.

    2. It could result in one team being relegated which costs 30+ million where as if it happened to a mid table side it would be almost irrelevant finishing 12th or 13th.

    I think having more stewards and police at th clubs cost and banning these idiots is the best and fairest way to deal with it.

    Especially in this country where it is a small minority not a full stand

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Does anybody know who conducts the medical? is it an employed physician or someone from the hospital?

  • 68 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Here’s a look at Wissam Ben Yedden who we are being linked with. He’s only 22

  • 69 stretchintoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    @mattytoon-17,spot on m8,exactly what ive been saying for a while now

  • 70 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM


    Did it again 😀

  • 71 Tonytoon73 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Some things never change. Pitch fork time of year. LOL

  • 72 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I guess the worry about Campbell is his physique and his height…..but lets face it our team is verging on diminutive players… why not….he’s got two gr8 feet, pace and he likes it along the ground like the Cisse and the rest of our midfielders… do not understand the long balls…..yeah give Campbell a punt ….why not? We’re this far in the shlte and the same language is spewing from AP and MA about money……so lets look at what we have got.

  • 73 fray bentos // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM


    Good point

    Ive not seen enough of him to pass judgement but i sort of expect that he isn’t this world class rb everyone rates him as, surely if he was he would be going to one of the big clubs and would be going for more than 5.5m, considering he has had the exposure to those big clubs with the world cup.

    But lets hope he proves us wrong

  • 74 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM ?@nufcfans
    “@DamianSpellman: AP on Ba replacement: “I’d like to have a player with real power and pace, who is going to threaten at set-plays.””

    Carlton Cole on speed then

  • 75 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    ….and on the Maiga issue….Big Sam hasn’t exactly been playing long ball this season. it’s been a steady mix of both, but well more passing. look at the stats for yourselves and see where they lay in the ‘long-ball table’.

    Maiga is nothing special and nothing at all to get excited about.

  • 76 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    If true, then I do wonder why we couldn’t tie him down (ohh and the Sky Sport thing is just funny :))

  • 77 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Yedden when have we been linked with him? Haha

  • 78 ToonMauritius // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Demba Ba was bought was Chelsea as replacement for Sturridge,

  • 79 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    Liverpool didn’t worry too much about Michael Ow*ns height or size when he burst on to the scene. He is never going to be a big strapping burly striker, so why not throw him in. Can he score less than Ranger? Unlikely, can he give us something completely different with a goal scoring threat, most definitely.

  • 80 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    Post 15 mate. Latest betting odd’s on who we will sign

  • 81 Indian Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Wissam Ben yedder is a bit of a bad boy, currently suspended from french National team till 2014 coz of a late night out.

  • 82 Edmundinho // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Alan Pardew has proved this season that he was tremendously lucky last season.
    He inherited a good squad left by Chris Hughton & inherited a world class scout in Graham Carr.
    Yet with a few injuries & a few extra games, Pardew goes to pieces: poor ancient tactics, bizarre substitutions, questionable line-ups & formations -Pardew has made a bad situation worse!

    It’s time for him to go. This great club belongs at the top, not in the Championship…

  • 83 Super Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Team for Brighton
    Tav Streete Colo Ferguson
    Anita Bigi Marveaux
    Obertan Campbell Sammy

    The FA cup no longer matters. The league is the priority and we might as well play most of our younger players.

  • 84 Novocastrian66 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Matty. You’re wrong about our squad being big enough. It is worse than last season’s and that had glaring holes in it also.
    The lack of investment in the summer is killing us.

  • 85 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    LG / TS
    Lets see the lad this weekend then :)

  • 86 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Welbeck 7/1 haha get him in!

  • 87 hotdog // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    If he wants player like Gabby then we are F**ked

    I woke up in a cold sweat last night – I think it was a nightmare – it involved David Santon in on goal with a 5 yard pass to get a 2-2 draw, he shot at the keeper ffs!

  • 88 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    JB…I gotta try that 😉

  • 89 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    YES! I DID IT 😀 lol

  • 90 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    i d on’t think mali qualified this time

  • 91 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Toulouse have a habbit of selling their young players to fund the club so he could be a real possibility.

    But, Pardew has said he wants a fast, powerful striker, which is how Didier Deschamps described Remy 😉

  • 92 ToonMauritius // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM
    Transfer ITK ?@ITK_TRANSFER
    Newcastle are looking at controversial move for ex sunderland Forward Gyan. #nufc

  • 93 blog buster // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    on and off long time reader

    i have to say, last season was a strange season for us, while pardew never set the world alight he got results, i think both liverpool and chelsea having poor seasons also helped us

    there were time last season that i thought pardew had lost the plot,
    in dec / jan poor results followed by poor team selctions when the boys went to the AFCN, he played us aultra defensive,

    when they came back , he played , cabaye, who was starting to look very poor, back up behind the forward, cisse through the middle ba left hba on the right,, ba did nothing for the rest of the season, but played left wing, the other 3 where amazing,

    this season,, i think he has bent over backwards to please BA, i think this has back fired on him,

    when i watch the games now, i feel im watching a man not in control, and i feel this way because of questionable starting line ups and subs,,

    are we playing long ball, ? pardew said no, his formations said no, the stats said yes,,

    i love spiderman, he is a crowd pleaser, his hard work unquestionable , but do we get very little from him in defence or attack,

    cisse, why try and turn him into a winger, when you have wingers at the club

    perch,, zero to hero, but he is not a utility man, his best position is DMC,

    why is pardew buying ( the club) players and pardew playing so many out of position,, i guess we bought them because they were good at there job in the first place,,

    i have to admit my pet hate,, shola,, i carnt help feeling he has gave up his sream to help pardew out, and i have to say if this is true , its wrong, this is sholas 1 chance to play in a big tornament, i feel in return for dropping out of it, he will get games, now i dont know , but i feel that after pardew has said cisse will play through the middle now, i feel shola will be in the starting 11, i may be wrong,,

    and if this is true,, you have to start asking yourself, is pardew doing whats best for the team

    this season has been a massive let down, and yes the 2 above have to take there share of the blame, i feel very let down by pardew, 21 games in, we have only been with out cabaye and HBA for a few of those, and we are not a 2 man team, pardew shows no faith in others, slates them on tv, im wondering if he isnt the cause of the low moral,
    our players are not stupid

  • 94 Mister Tuff // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Attacking fullbacks going forward should be “covered” by team mates they overlap. This is elementary coaching. It was highlighted yesterday by Piennar covering Baines when he got forward. Also we need someone on the pitch to shout out orders -remind others of positions,repositioning. Santon did get caught out last night ball watching a bit/wrong side of Anichebe for Evertons second. Somebody posted earlier that he needs a bit more defensive coaching which I would agree with. Now then who is the defensive coach …………………arg no – I think you all know who it is. Crap.

  • 95 BelfastMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting

  • 96 WWYCD // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Is that where Sissoko and Mbengue is from?

    I do hope we get Remy but I highly doubt we will get him or that bling bling kid with the diamond boots 😀 teach Ranger a thing or two about being gangster

  • 97 Indian Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Who puts this kind of thing on club’s official site

  • 98 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Yes mate so no doubt old Mr Carr has been watching 😀

    He’s got 9 goals in 13 starts this season.

  • 99 tequilamag // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Blog Buster , surely not, that carnt be Catchy .. oh yes it is

  • 100 ToonMauritius // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    lads, don’t you think if AP can’t convince the board that he can the club in EPL, he will get kicked

  • 101 hotdog // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Mister Tuff – Agreed but you gotta wonder why a pro Footballer at 21 does not take one look to his left to see where Anichibee is, frightening really!

  • 102 spitfire_ // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Jeez… I wanna vomit on this pr!ck face so bad.

  • 103 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    blog buster, or as we normally know you Catchy,this name changing is getting boring now

  • 104 cestriasteve // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Wissam Ben yedder and ranger on a night out!!! scary.

  • 105 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Found it hilarious when Baines just walked passed Williamson in the area towards the end of the game yesterday.

    We should’ve beat them. We had enough chances and hit the post. To be honest, we should’ve got 9 points out of the last 3 games. Now Ba has gone, we will struggle to score. We now need 2 strikers, 1 centre back and Sissoko.

  • 106 nick_9 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Agree with JB on a few points. The cup game at weekend is now a burden, league is the priority so if we risk collo, Anita, cisse I won’t be happy but hope if will pay off. Also cabaye and Taylor weren’t that great in our games earlier in the season but hopefully with Anita stepping up and Debuchy coming in the team should be more rounded. Don’t forget we have lost tiote now for a good few games and Ba is off. Early reinforcements or replacements are essential. As for our European game if any racism occurs i fully support the lads to take a stance and walk off.

  • 107 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM


    what is it with people on this blog plucking unsaid utterances out of thin air? where did i say our squad was ‘big’ enough? I said ‘good’ enough, and I still believe that to be the case.

    I don’t disagree, as aforementioned already (!) that the board is just as incompetent as the man they are continuing to back as manager.

    this whole thing smacks of unprofessionalism and seems more like a boys club between MA, DL and AP more than anything else. I fell for it last year and hopped on the ‘five year plan’ bandwagon but if they are this egregious when looking at the league table and finding no fault either in themselves or the manager they appointed, than the only thing it points to in my mind is that they are happy to wallow in the lowest echelons of this league so long as we survive.

    utterly painful. was at the pub with a bunch of supporters yesterday and i’d never seen a group more dejected, downtrodden and utterly dumbfounded after a match. it just summed up everything. the performance was awful, the team set up inhibitive of it being so and from the second everton took the lead, every single one of us knew we were consigned to defeat. yeah, it was everton, a superior team, but this is like groundhog day if you ask me. over and over and over again

  • 108 Mister Tuff // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Ref the meeting – I think Ashley will authorise a load of extra cash (within reason) but enough to allow for replacements for the obvious deficient positions. Perhaps also for the big centre forward/target man that Percy will want.
    I reckon at least another three in through the door.

  • 109 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Mario is my hero

    Mario Balotelli ?@MarioBaloltelli
    Warning: Aggressive homeless man in Manchester area, if spotted do not approach!!

  • 110 Indian Magpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Nile ranger ?@NilePowerRanger
    Lol da amount of Haters I got… Be proud 4 a young man trying to play some football and make a living.. Gosh..!!

  • 111 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

  • 112 Tsunki // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Howdy all. Didnt stay up for last mights pants-wetting session. Everything drying out now a bit?

    OK its ITK bashing time again – who was the mystery guest or wasnt there one after all? Is it true DB2 WON’T be available for Brighton game as predicted? Sorry to be a pain abut ITK’s but they are not benevolent informants they are self-publicists. So its ok in my book to scorn them until they have a decent track record.

    We wont go down, even the mackems wont and we are better than them, even with the thin team we have now and them at full whack. Those of you who barracked the likes of Jonas & Willo failed to see that we did no better and mostly worse without them defensively. Learn from the days of Ober-bashing and think about whats happening on the pitch before rounding on players. We are hoping these guys are going to pull our club out of the mire so why not support them?

  • 113 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    how do you fit it in between all your other nefarious activities Nile?

    Another weak message from NUFC – this guys continued employment

  • 114 VTnufc // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    We need to establish a passing rhythm in the final third, rather than hoof the ball to a foward. The direct style that we are liable of playing cannot be the basis of our play… we simply cannot control games this way.

    I would also say we do not need to model our game after a barcelona or arsenal. no death by passing. Too many times they are shifting the ball laterally when they are near the 18, too afraid to make a decisive pass, frustating supporters and making the game boring, imo.

    I would prefer a system that fuses the continental style with the blood and thunder of typical english play. >70% direct, goal-oriented passing using wingers who can cut in centrally allowing through balls to played between the opposing defenders and <30% long diagonal PURPOSEFUL balls that are played to feet to catch opponents sleeping.

    We have players with potential (oberatan, marveux, bigi) who I think can play in this manner. It's just a matter of the conditions being right for these players to prosper. Pardew has stated his desire for an attacking style and, with the departure of Ba, has an opportunity to return to the 4-3-3 that has brought us success in the past.

  • 115 lesh // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    For crying out loud, if the powers that be have just decided it’s time to engage with and take seriously our current plight, then and sorry to labour this but what the hell’s the Managing Director been doing for the last few months?

    Has Llambias decided it’s time to employ some deft footwork to distance himself from repsonsibility for lack of spend in the summer….. again?

    He’s the MD of the football business and given his performance to date and if I were owner, he’d have been ushered to the departure lounge long ago.

    When will Ashley recruit an MD who knows and understands business in the world of football?

  • 116 thespecialone-ameobi // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    People need to back off ranger. He’s young and made mistakes when he was younger. Didnt we all make mistakes when we was young. Give the boy a chance he has raw talent

  • 117 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM


    holy hell!

    that’s the best thing i’ve seen in ages. can’t believe he’s the balls to post that!

  • 118 BelfastMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Catchy is dead man walking.
    I would bet my life on it.

  • 119 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM


    I literally pissed myself laughing at that, and thats why I love the guy so much

  • 120 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    That Sissoko is a cracking player. Just the player we need. Miralem Sulejmani would be a cheap option. Maiga looks a decent player, but would rather we went for Sulejmani, Zarate and/or Remy.

  • 121 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Belfast he’s also now known as blog buster

    Sad little man that he is

  • 122 tequilamag // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Belfast , check how Blog Buster spells carnt and then read the content of the post. Classic Catchy.

  • 123 Mister Tuff // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    hotdog @100 -agreed -if he had only looked around he could have blocked Anichebes’ run -or if someone else had shouted out to him -“behind you”. Some of the basic do appear lacking – Good coaching however should improve that. But I think Carver said the other day that Percy does the defensive coaching.
    (with mention “behind you” please no panto gags.)

  • 124 lesh // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Mr Tuff @107, I’m sure I’ll not be alone in hoping you’re right and that they stop pi$$ing about during negotiations, cut the crap and just get the players we need!

    Llambias must remember that whilst there’s no real hurry in say a game of poker, there is where the club’s Prem survival’s concerned!!!

  • 125 Novocastrian66 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Matty. Ooops sorry. You’re wrong our squad isn’t good enough. The owner / board have not backed the manager.
    He deserved a bit more than he got in the summer after last season’s efforts.
    Pardew has stated publicly that mistakes were made in the summer. who made them is open to conjecture.

  • 126 lesh // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Novo @126…. who made the mistakes in the summer? A clue…. his initials are D and L

  • 127 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    JB, Matty – that’s a parody account.


    Bore off you tool. Nobody wants to listen to you as one account never mind 3.

  • 128 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    well, looks like he’s available now….we need a striker

    *this was a joke*

  • 129 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM


    Mario on loan 😉

  • 130 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Ranger should of came on atleast 15mins earlier last night hes just what we need someone that will get in the other teams face he caused more problems in 5 mins than most did all night.

  • 131 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Sissoko reminds me of Yaya Toure.

  • 132 roblee7 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Seriously, as a few others have mentioned, what does happen if Ba fails his medical? He has failed 2 in the past, one at Stuttgart and also Stoke….what makes it more likely he will pass this one? Did we even give Ba a medical? I know West Ham didn’t as he was on a ‘pay as you play’. Not trying to suggest he’ll stay or anything, but could put him in an awful situation if he really wants out. I would have thought Chelski wouldn’t have even given him a medical as its well known he most likely will fail it…they would just sign him in good faith having looked at how many games he’s played for us, and how he’s trained every day, scored goals, etc….just a thought!

  • 133 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Right chaps, seems like we’ve found the reason why Pards puts up with Nile Ranger, they both can relate with each other over the amount of “haterz they got…” 😛

  • 134 BelfastMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Ano I caught on he was dead man weeks ago.

    Blog buster is a new one.

    I carn’t work him out.. :-)

  • 135 Spreadthetoon // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Transfer Sage
    Don’t look like we’ll be bringing Campbell along. AP’s gonna field a strong side against Brighton.

    But Pardew said: “We know he’s a natural goalscorer at this football club.(referring to Cisse).

    “We’d set the team up for him to play on the side last night but he’ll go through the middle from now on and hopefully we can create a team that’s going to create chances for him.”

    That could mean he leads the line in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie at Brighton on Saturday, with Pardew set to name a strong team against the Seagulls – but the boss has hinted that a couple of fringe players could be handed an opportunity to impress at the Amex Stadium.

    “We’ve got one or two young players that we’ll bring in and I might change one or two of the faces to freshen it up a little bit but I think for us it’s trying to win games and get some momentum, and obviously that will start at Brighton,” he said.

  • 136 Edmundinho // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    I’d love to see Mauro Zarate at the Toon as well. Fantastic player & just what we need: a fast, creative forward who can play up top on his own or on the wing.
    Lazio value him highly, but Mauro wants to go..

  • 137 JackButler // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    I asked that earlier, I wouldn’t have him back now and there is a chance of him failing it

  • 138 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    I am saying our squad is good enough….? unless you are saying it’s not good enough? anyway, i’m not contesting that our defence is a shambles. past that, we have a pretty solid team. another winger and striker and we’re there i feel

    but, AP was the one who said we’d be able to cope with the EL and injuries, not me….AP was the one who said he was happy with what we had and it would be more than enough to get us through. AP was the one who said we’re aiming for fourth spot (DEF not me). So, who is more to blame? the board or AP, or do they deserve an equal share of the blame? i think they do

  • 139 Novocastrian66 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    lesh, probably but we’ll never know.

  • 140 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM


    it’s just amazing the people in denial over pardew.
    He had one good season but that’s history and Pardew’s history is 1 good followed by one terrible. Initial bit of joy then found out. He’s proving much worse than allardyce and thats something i never thought i’d say.

    We haven’t been any better when our injured players have played.

  • 141 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM


    was wondering that after reading through a bit. english seemed too good for an italian having been here only a few years, much less balotelli

  • 142 roblee7 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    jackbutler….i’ve posted it on 3 different posts now with no real reply. i am guessing even if he fails it they will take a risk, which †hey can do (I think!), as in I don’t think theres any rule to say a player must pass a medical to sign with a club…wonder if we ever gave Michael Owen one? 😉

  • 143 roblee7 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    on another note – am i the only one who wishes Anita was just a bit taller? There was a moment in the game yesterday when he was trying to get the ball off Fellaini and I swear it looked like a 5 year old pick pocketing for sweets…

  • 144 toonLYF // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Modibo Maiga has always looked absolutely awful when i’ve watched him play, can’t even get into West Ham’s team ahead of Carlton Cole, so no f-ing thank you, would quite literally rather play Nile Ranger (although last night he looked like a fat basketball player)

  • 145 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM


    don’t speak for everyone. not everyone loves Pardew!
    catchy is hardly alone is he

  • 146 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Matty – yeah if you look at his twitter name aswell it’s ‘ba lol telli’

  • 147 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM


    Well given that Cabaye is one of those players injured and he was terrible (due to the fact that he was carrying an injury that was untreated following the Euros) I would say that we will play much better with a midfield 3 of Cabaye, Tiote and Anita. Cabaye’s injury coupled with Tiote being unable to play the role of midfield creative dynamo has seriously disrupted our midfield, which was the key to our success last season.

    Pardew, in my opinion, has spotted that we are weak in midfield without a fully fit Cabaye and an on song Tiote and has tried his best to muddy through, by playing long ball tactics or trying to get Tiote comfortable with passing the ball but neither will produce any truly fluid football, as long ball didn’t suit the strikers we have/had nor is Tiote in any way competent on the ball.

    The problems of this season go far deeper than the supposed ineptitude of Pardew and to suggest it is purely that factor is incredibly short sighted.

  • 148 Edmundinho // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM


    I think our squad is big enough & good enough. But unfortunately, we’ve got a manager who is completely unable to deal with an injury crisis…

    The are better (& realistic) managers out there who could do far better with this squad in my opinion.
    Roberto Martinez for example. He’s the perfect manager for this club. But we’re stuck with Pardew, for better or for worse.

  • 149 Novocastrian66 // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Matty our squad isn’t good enough. what makes you think it is? We have a decent bunch of midfielders, the rest of the squad is severely lacking.
    If your saying the squad is good enough then you obviously think the manager is culpable for our current position.
    You reckon we need another winger and striker as well as more defenders as our defence is a “shambles.”
    So given that how is it good enough?

  • 150 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    definitely an amalgamation of both the board and AP, without doubt

    i don’t buy into the whole ‘shola was a direct replacement for Ba and i didn’t wanna change the team up too much as we had planned for it for the past few days to be set up that way’

    as aforementioned by another poster, these are professional footballers, supposedly. they should be able to switch tactics at a moment’s notice, as AP does about five times a match anyway. i mean, for anyone who watched the match on TV as i did, do you not recall after we went a goal down pardew holding his hand up with four fingers, then switched it around with four fingers, and then two fingers??? he switched it at a moment’s notice, in-match. he had hours to prepare a new game plan. the commentators started joking and said something like ‘well, we all know what that means. time to get it up the field’

    will be interesting to see what happens v brighton. not expecting a win down there. they play football

  • 151 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Rotonda – I don’t have a problem that he doesn’t like Pardew,

    I have a problem with the fact that he is boring an posts the same repetitive uninformed drivel every day, and now seemingly under alias accounts aswell.

    I couldn’t care less wether you love or hate Pardew whatever, as long as there are reasons for it that you can back up with fact and opinion.

  • 152 JARRAMAG // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I have just heard Pardue say we need 1 or 2 in during this window-is he having a laugh?

    we have lost our top striker,need a cb ,fb,box to box am that makes 4 players needed just to stay up.

    I have a bad feeling that we will only sign Debuchy and maybe a forward because Ashley wont spend any money(DO YOU REALISE IF WE GET RELEGATED AGAIN IT WILL COST £60 MILL IN LOST TV REVENUE-he probably does but will just add it to the debt again as he added it on the last relegation

    Pardue has totally lost the plot-Ameobi through the middle instead of Cisse should of got him sacked alone-very similar to the Gullet saga

    God help us-please strike the 3 wise men down

  • 153 BelfastMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Ba wouldnt pass a medical at any club.

    7 million is peanuts to Roman, so they’ll sign him & take the risk.

  • 154 mattyNUFC // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM


    for the umpteenth time i’m saying the blame rests with both AP and the board

    every team has weakspots. some teams and their management crew work on rectifying those weak spots. ours obviously do not

  • 155 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    i have stuck up for catchy a lot but having 3 user names, if it is him, is perhaps a step too far!

  • 156 roblee7 // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    belfastmagpie….it is a big risk like if he’s on 70k a week on top of the 7 mil…how long is his contract, 4 years? but yeah, Romans a billionaire so probs not that bothered. one player i wish we’d gone for would be Snodgrass at Norwich, always impresses me and has a bit of the Rob Lee about him (sorry, not being biased with the name!). Also think we may make a couple of loan signings but not sure who!

  • 157 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    These suggestions of “Cisse on the wing should have got Pardew sacked on the spot” are just incredible. I think we will undoubtedly see Cisse play down the middle between now and the end of the season so just chill out.

    I had said to myself that if we got one point out of Man U (a) Arsenal (a) and Everton (h) I’d be happy enough, well we got none but it isn’t the end of the world. I’ve said long ago that I think this season is a write off in terms of the PL (as long as we stay up) and have a go at either the FA Cup or the EL would be the only other options this season. It may make signing quality players harder in the summer, thus justifying the calls made to sign the quality last summer (yes Munster I am belatedly agreeing with you, I’m not a happy clapper though) but sacking the manager will only serve to put the nail in the coffin of relegation, you either do it early in the season or not at all, so not at all it is (not that I agree with sacking Pardew in the slightest)

  • 158 Mister Tuff // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    lesh @124 -agreed.I hope Percy has told Ashley and Dastardly that it is the January window and not the January sales and that they are completely different things. They probably could not understand why sellers were not offering discounts.

  • 159 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM


    Yes cabs is out but we have 2 super technical midgets in anita and marveaux.
    why not keep them in the game and stop bypassing them with hoof balls

  • 160 BelfastMagpie // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    It wont matter to Roman Rob.

    It’s still peanuts to him.

  • 161 Rotonda heights // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM


    we still have half a season left

  • 162 Toonfan8 // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    We need RB,CB,CM,Winger and Striker…
    but if we can get 3 through the door i will be happy enough…

  • 163 Toonfan8 // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    remy–marveaux—ben arfa

  • 164 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM


    It’s a write off in the sense that pre-season predictions of a finish of anywhere from 6th-8th is looking increasingly unattainable, that is not to say that a drastic run of good form could see that situation improve, but we are nearly too far behind to claw that back (11 points behind 8th placed Liverpool) so that is what I meant.

    Anita is still finding his feet but is looking increasingly like a proper player and Marveaux plays either on the wing or in the “10” slot, so not exactly a midfield player. Cabaye is an essential cog to the NUFC midfield, which was my point, I was commenting on your belief that it was “only” Cabaye and Saylor who are injured, which, given the criticisms of Williamson and the ineffectual midfield we have been showing this season seems to me to be two pretty big injuries to our side.

  • 165 Transfer Sage // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    The only way Chelsea to Ba will fall through is over something other than his knee shows up on the medical

    They all know his knee condition so that won’t be a problem, wouldn’t have started negotiations if it was

  • 166 blew // Jan 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I am surprised the gang of 3 decided to have a meeting today to discuss signings this month. I thought, due to the desperate state the club is in, that a meeting would have taken place a month ago and signings brought in this week. A pathetic non football regime. 4 new defenders should be ready to come in now.

  • 167 Jinky Jim // Jan 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I think the Norwich manager {who’s that?} will be laughing his socks off.

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