Pursuit Of N’Gog Shows Newcastle Could Be Relegated


In yesterday’s press conference for the Reading game, Alan Pardew warned us that we have less than two weeks to sign players, including a striker to replace the departed Demba Ba, and the very fact we are supposed to be after David N’Gog shows Newcastle could be in big trouble.

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Alan Pardew – we could be relegated

Will we be as good a team with David N’Gog replacing Demba Ba – we think now – in fact we’ll be a lot worse.

Yes – we are on a better financial footing under Mike Ashley – and all those good things – but it will mean very little if we are relegated for the second time in four years, and if we cannot get a decent striker in to replace Ba, then relegation looks more likely – that’s the truth.

This is what Alan said during his press conference yesterday:

“We definitely need a player or two in this window to make sure of our Premier League status.”  “We’re going to need to invest in our team. We’ve got to be conscious of where we are in the division; we’re in a precarious position, we’ve lost Demba Ba to Chelsea and we need a replacement striker.

“There are better teams than the one I manage who have gone down. It’s a six?pointer against Reading, we can’t hide from that. If we don’t match their fight, we don’t win. I think we shouldn’t be lost to the fact that we could be relegated.”

And then Pardew talked about the loss of Loic Remy, but we cannot keep crying over spilled milk, and we have to move on, and quickly, but the reality is getting to be that there are just no top class strikers available in January – that’s the problem.

If there are no other top strikers available in January – bring Gateshead-born Danny Graham to the club – he would walk to Tyneside from Swansea to sign for Newcastle.

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225 comments so far

  • sir_norman

    Jan 18, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #1

    if Mike Ashley is too precious with his money, then try to look for loan options then..its too stupid for us to continue this French First transfer policy

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 18, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Ngog – has got the pace and power pardew seeks and would be a good addition. Also the lad can be registered for the uefa cup games..not bad

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #3

    How long is Carroll out injured for???

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  • sir_norman

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #4

    and i still think we should give Xisco a chance..even if Carroll is not injured,he already played for two teams this season,so he wont be allow to move

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh joy…

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Everything depend on the result on the pitch. Whatever reason, We can’t get it that’s why everything look bad for us. If we’re in good position now, I don’t think it will be too much criticism in transfer market like we are now.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #8

    http://www.eurosport.fr/football/n-gog-pour-remplacer-remy_sto3571790/story.shtml

    This is all I can find about N’Gog and Newcastle. Nothing about us at all. In fact, all I can find is news from some Twitter ITK and message board rumours.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #9

    I rather give that chance to Campbell than Ngog!

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  • noladonna

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #10

    other clubs can see the clubs in turmoil right now so i wouldn’t be surprised if arsenal came knocking for ben10 but if anybody else leaves in january then that should mean protests by the fams outside the ground before and after every game just like liverpool done to force out gillett and hicks

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  • geordie_upon_tyne

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #11

    its the same old story every transfer window is the same. we”l end up with a free transfer 🙁

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  • thai-mag

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #12

    what happened to 3 or 4 players last week to a player or two this week, some of the players getting linked to us are rubbish, no better than what we have now, championship here we come

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  • YankToonFan

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Modibo Maiga

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Please, please make this just paper talk and completely fabricated.

    It’s like they are purposely trying to make this transfer window an embarrassment for all other fans to laugh at.

    I just can’t understand it at all, especially with what’s at risk at the moment. We all knew in the summer how badly we needed to get players in who were real improvements for their position (RB, CB, Forward to play on the left of a front 3, possibly a CM) and now they don’t even seem to be really trying to make up for their serious mistakes.

    We all said how much we needed a few signings in the summer- this proved patently true- and now we say it again and just to compound their poor summer they’re having another PATHETIC transfer window (Debuchy excluded) with last gasp bargain basement ‘space fillers’.

    Long Live Shefki Kuqi!!!

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  • hugenufcfan

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #15

    All you Cashley and Dumbias fans out there. What do you have to say now??
    It’s obviously very clear, the owner does not give f**k about this club. All this is for him is a cash making and marketing machine to promote his stores.
    News coming in that arsenal are readying for a bid for HBA.
    God save us, rather some saudi/qatari petro billionaire save us

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #16

    My god Hail storm in Delhi and looks like black clouds circling over NUFC.

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  • SpaceGhost

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #17

    If the the great Carr says Ngog can do the job, who are we to argue? C’mon Ed. You are not helping this situation. I personally would love to have Danny Graham on our books. It’s a big change from this whole sorry Remy saga this week. One striker wants to play for money, another striker wants to play for his childhood team because he bleeds black & white. Stop moaning. I know which one I want

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think this is MA’s or DL’s fault.
    Not many teams want to let go their top players in the middle of season, not many choices out there.
    The only way we can get top players in this window is we have to offer crazy silly money like QPR, which I wouldn’t want.
    Even Remy wasn’t Marseille #1 choice. 2 years ago you guys complained when we let go AC, it’s the same thing. The only difference is we are the other end now, I would rather get players on loan, but then again many people also complain about that. So I imagine it’s not easy to be MA, everything he does seems to be wrong by many people, some of us judge him without knowing the truth or before he does anything, unless we become like Chelsea or MCity.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Santon

    We should have strengthened in the summer, that Was a GLARING Mistake. That was their fault

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Santon 03

    do u recall the pardew excuse saying we did not do much business in summer becuse

    Vurnon Anita’s deal took a lot of time and we were Too focussed/ Concentrated on that.

    I mean FFS

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #21

    hugenufcfan

    “God save us, rather some saudi/qatari petro billionaire save us”
    What happen if they turned NUFC into Chelsea or Mcity or PSG then left? who will pay the the wages? There will be nomore NUFC after that.
    Look at Portsmouth, Leeds, Glasgow Rangers, etc.
    Leeds and Rangers was competing in CL, where are they now? If that happened you would still be complaining and then saying we should have stucked with MA.
    Even giant like AC Milan letting go their best players and start again with players they can afford within their budget. Milan is smart, they changed their way before they become bankrupt.

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  • cndrbrown

    Jan 18, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #22

    this had better be a hoax. I seriously question the teams motives this year. Can a business man like ashley really throw 90 million down the tubes? Im all for a good buy/sell. perhaps getting 20 mil for ben arfa wouldnt be a bad stroke of business. But the problem is, and we have seen it with carroll, is the money is not reinvested. can you imagine where we would be if they had invested that 35 mil

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #23

    Indian

    why are you keep going back to summer 2012? it’s in the past, let it go FFS. It’s not you can travel back in time.

    Geez, you really not moving forward, aren’t you?
    You can say those things if this summer they do it again, then I’m with you.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Santon

    I learn from my mistakes, why cant MA & DL

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s not like you can travel back in time*

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Like I said there are not many teams want to sell their top players in January unless we are going in with crazy money like AC. Do you want that?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Santon, you can’t travel back in time but there failings in the summer directly relate to this Jan. We all new what we needed then, we still do. They admitted they messed up and said they would put it right in jan. They have 13 more days, and N’gog for me, isn’ putting it right.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #28

    I want Survival, david is a NO go

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  • chris_g

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #29

    gonufc
    yes, it’s just paper talk, from the ever reliable Daily Mail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2264189/David-Ngog-transfer-news-Newcastle-interested.html

    This is the same reporter (Simon Jones) who wrote the article a couple of days ago about us making a £9m bid for Siem de Jong, where he wrote:
    “Pardew is planning a push for the Champions League places next season and wants to pack his team with more quality………..with QPR winning the race to sign of French forward Loic Remy from Marseille, the move for the much-wanted De Jong is Pardew’s next move”.

    So a couple of days after saying that Pards wants to pack his team with more quality, he writes an article linking us with N’gog 😉

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Next time if you can predict things in the future like Colo wanted to go back to Argentina and break the contract, you really need to inform MA.

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  • tweaked

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #31

    now we getting desperate FFS, go for Danny graham then rather and bring him home to the toon…

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe

    I have said this many times before, I don’t think you can blame it all on MA, I don’t think it’s fair.
    The situation we are in now, how we are so poor in the league is because the way we play.
    Honestly, the teams that beaten us like Stoke, Soton, etc. Are they better team than us?

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #33

    Forget Colo we needed a Center half since Fitz hall left

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #34

    The fact that we have been unable to strengthen our squad this week is a disgrace. Forget the Remy affair that happens but there are other areas that required strengthening and we’ve made no progress.
    We’re going down. Newcastle don’t do relegation battles. They just go down.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #35

    The club has become desperate with limited choices available in this window. Ngog is one example.
    Remy transfer is not something we should forget, it shows that the club was trying to get players in.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Santon,

    I’m not solely blaming MA, I also blame DL and AP. Each takes their share of the blame as each has repeatedly failed to deliver since the end of last season. The players also have not reproduced their form. The caching staff have failed to prepare and develop our youngsters, some who aren’t that young anymore, for the step up.

    My biggest fear if we go down,is that every year we aren’t in the prem, the spending power of those there increases significantly following the increased revenue from next year.

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  • p

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Drama queens are about tonight

    Feb 1st is the time to press the panic button if we have got no one in and we have not picked up a few points

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Santon,

    Yes, Remy was one player we tried for. However we were told that he wasn’t the only option. If N’gog was anywhere on that list someone at the club needs to give their head a wobble.

    Ben Arfa, and I’m sure the others want to see ambition shown by the board in transfers and new players, we might as well let him go now if N’gog is the type of player on his way

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Last January were trying to sign a centre half and failed. We were told it would be sorted in the summer window. Pardew went as far as to give a extensive description of the type of defender he wanted. Hinting there was someone lined up. Nobody signed.
    We were told at the start of this window we had players ready to sign.
    The quick breakthrough with Debuchy was promising, since then nothing.
    We have 12 days to land 2-3 players.
    I cannot see it happening. Why? Because of past performances in transfer windows.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 18, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #40

    P

    Better be safe now and start reacting then be sorry

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