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Moussa Sissoko In Trouble With Toulouse

2:12 pm, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 197 Comments

The Toulouse’s chairman, Olivier Sadran, has suspended Newcastle target Moussa Sissoko, as Toulouse seem very upset that their star could join Newcastle for nothing in the summer.

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Moussa Sissoko - in trouble with Toulouse

But that’s one of the possible scenarios with Moussa – who is expected on Tyneside today – and he could sign a pre-contract deal today to join Newcastle in the summer, when his contract runs out - although we’d like to seem him arrive this month – but Newcastle would need to pyr around £2.5M to get the player through the door.

Moussa  was withdrawn yesterday from the squad to play at PSG tonight in the French Cup, and it’s hard to blame Toulouse too much for being a little upset, because they could use some money from selling one of their best players, but it still seems unreasonable to suspend the player.

The Toulouse coach, Alain Casanova has told the French daily L’Equipe that the French club stand behind the Chairman’s decision (who pays his wages again?)  to suspend Sissoko:

“The whole club shows full solidarity to the chairman’s decision.” It is really a shame that a player educated by the club could leave as a free agent. His absence is a big loss for the team but that decision is correct”.

We may hear some more news on Sissoko if not today – then tomorrow – but we would expect Newcastle to try to sign him this month – and Toulouse would then receive some compensation from Newcastle.

He’s worth £2.5M now – if it means keeping Newcastle in the Premier League for next season.

If Moussa does stay at Toulouse until the summer when his contract runs out,  the club may not play him again in the first team.

Let’s sign this lad this week on a permanent basis at Newcastle.

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197 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    There’s no time Tolouse. Oh all right I’m sorry.

  • 2 AndyNUFC // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    ToonBano on Rickie Lambert – “The more I think about this possible move, the more I like it.”

    So forget this news with sources mentioned based drivel, get over to ToonBanal blog to see what flavour cheese he likes on his toast and how Alan Pardew is so wrong for not looking at his Excel stats spreadsheet…

  • 3 Tsunki // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Parc St Etienne? Non?

    Tout le monde est plus heureux? Damn my French is Chronic.

  • 4 Santiago Munez // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    sissoko, van Wolfswinkel, and okore or another young cb surely too much to expect from MA and DL. would be amazing

  • 5 Bambams // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Of all the players we have been linked with THIS is the fella i always hoped we would get.

    Powerful, good footballer who is much better than Tiote. (Tiote on current form)

    Would boss the midfield and has pace.

  • 6 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Its my view that the failures of this season are down to 4 things, they are;

    Lack of investment in summer
    Injury problems
    Bad managment by Pardew
    Certain players not peforming (perhaps due to lack of investment and problem in dressing room)

    Which of these is the worse? i don’t know and i want to claim im completely right ie Bano

    But is it unfair to possibly only single out Pardew, i think so, there are many other factors involved which could be more of the cause

    Did we play poor before the injuries mounted up, yes but the dressing up and players could be just as accountable as this as Pardew, and besides managers will make mistakes but its whether they learn from them, in the seasons case maybe the injuries stopped him from solving the problems, who knows.

    As for the reading game, i definately think we lost due to Pardew and him changing tactics after we scored to a more defensive tactic and taking Marveaux off who in my opinion was the best player alongside Anita on the day

    For me the jury is still out on Pardew but it would be really backward sacking him now, but why don’t we use the rest of the season to rank him accordingly based on what he does with the new players and Ben Arfa back.

  • 7 Offkey // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Why are we still arguing about whats the main cause of our decline?

    We have had many issues this season including recruitment, management, playing and injuries and most accept that. Some think one is more predominant the others (I do also) but I think its fair for everyone to say………

    i think its mainly injuries……..or
    I think its Pards…………..or
    Its MA and DL…….

    Whats annoying is when someone says, if you dont think its ‘x’ or ‘y’ you’re a fool, sheep etc.

  • 8 woolerbill // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    This needs to be done now,the players and fan will get rush from all these new players. If we leave till the summer he will end up elsewhere.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Anybody gonna be watching Swansea – Chelsea tonight?

    …Go Laudrup!

  • 10 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM


    The “Marv mistake” wasn’t even a massive mistake! He subbed Marv instead of Cabaye and then suddenly and unexpectedly, Cabaye feels a slight tightness which forces Pardew to make another change, a change he didn’t want to make.

    His hands were tied due to the poor bench we had, and if you turn around and say “why did he bring on Bigi and not Obertan” my response would be that Obertan has been slated as not being good enough by NUFC fans from the day and hour he got to the club, and if he is the best attacking threat we have on the bench then that surely is an indictment of how poor and threadbare our options are?

  • 11 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    jesper @228 previous post re Percy learning French. I think he has been. I’ve got a link if you are interested.

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”…no?

    Oh alright, you miserable lot.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Tuff…sure mate :) bring it on!

  • 14 aidantoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    get him in now!!!!!
    get cabaye on the phone to sort it out!!!!
    sissoko is twice the player that title is and likes to get forward!!!!

  • 15 aidantoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    oops tiote not title lol

  • 16 geordiesteve520 // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Jesper – I for one will be watching it. Laudrup was one of my heroes as a youngster – just loved his style and swaggerm that he is damn cool too!

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    No Tuff…have a cuppa instead :)

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Tuff…just look at Laudrup at Swansea (he speaks a bit Italian, German (Dutch) and i fluent in Spanish)

    …helps him alot when he brings in foreign players (especially the Spanish players) Plus he’s knowledgeable about the continental playing style!

    *hence why we need a foreign (French) coach I think :)

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    jesper – this is the video link it was taken last year when Percy Parsnip was on a cycling holiday in France. It also shows him trying to “tap up” the female serving refreshments. (Percy is best known in the football world as a shagger) Link:-

  • 20 hadthetshirt // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Vive Le Toon Army

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    geordiesteve520…Michel Platini once said about Laudrup “that he had everything, but he was just too unselfish”!

    …I actually think that trade has proved to be a pros instead of a con in his coaching career!

  • 22 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    So then lads do we all reckon Gouffran and Mbwia will be starting against Villa? Or are we expecting them to be slowly introduced? I know it depends on how they train with the team (and they certainly have enough time to blend in fairly well Id say if they are adaptable

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    ibiza -don’t spoil it he obviously doesn’t know.

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Mister…You have shares in PG Tips or something?

  • 25 tequilamag // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Jesp, most of the foreign players speak English and the ones that don`t generally pick up the language fairly quickly(compare that to Barton who picked up the accent but I bet has made no effort to learn French)

  • 26 sirtoongospel // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    ToonBano is a complete prick. And his “blog” (I use that term extremely loosely) is a joke. People only go on to tell him what a tosser he is!!!

    As for Sissoko, we will win this one. They want to bench him but will have to pay his wages for another 6 months. Another 750k minimum. As well as not getting a fee. Or, they accept a nominal fee from us for around 1 million, and get him off the wage bill.

    Sissoko wants to play with Cabaye. We want him, so he will come. Even if he signs a pre contract, there is still room for manoeuvre before Feb. 1.5 million to the club and the same to the player should see us get him now.

  • 27 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Sorry *hangs head in shame*

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Ibiza…you prankster :D lol

  • 29 true toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    We need a new cb with siem de jong and ricky van wolfsfinkel to stand a chance of beating relegation. oOtherwise no chance..

    Once we survive , here’s what nufc have to do.

    1) sack pardew ( this season have expose his lack of tactical ability)
    2) sell shola
    3) sell obertan
    4) sell jonas
    5 ) sell tiote
    6) sell williamson
    7) sell sammy ameobi
    8) sell ryan taylor

    In addition i would buy christian benteke and a good cb

  • 30 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Really? Are u using a PG tips advert to mock Pardew? Or have I misunderstood

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    tequila…I know :)

    …but we all know sometimes things get lost in translation! It probably wouldn’t hurt for Pardew to know a bit French or having a french coach beside him!

  • 32 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Sirtoon…Hang on a second…he has his faithful army of three odd posters. What were their names again???

    Anonymous was one. Ermm….the others might have been called that as well thinking about it. Quite a popular name on the bano blog it seems.

  • 33 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I wonder if, where ed puts ‘comments welcome’ on his article, Bano puts ‘agree with this article in no less than 100 words’

  • 34 G // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    For what it’s worth, if Toulouse want £2.5M now for Sissoko, then he’s worth it. He is one of those players who can drift in and out of a game, but just one touch can change a game significantly. I would give them some wedge and have him now.

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Tuff… :) lol

  • 36 TorqToon // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    True toon – That was tongue in cheek I assume??

  • 37 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Wwycd. If they’re read, play them. We have to change the dynamic of our game somehow. Might shock some of the other players into picking their form up if they’re dropped.

  • 38 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I just cant help imagining Mbiwa bombing forward with his power and then passing the ball to Sissoko to bomb even more forward and then passing it to HBA to unleash one of his thunderbolts into the to corner. It could soon be a reality!! I still can’t believe Mbiwa is ours, I am chuffed :D

  • 39 Toon73 // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Let’s get this guy through the door and over the line ffs

  • 40 tequilamag // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Jesp, I agree up to a point but even at Arsenal who are years ahead of us at playing a largely French team , Wenger still communicates to the squad in English.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Tuff…was post #23 directed at me?

  • 42 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Yeah very true but surely Mbwia is a huge step up for our CBs Id be tempted to put him with Saylor (if fit) to start against Villa

  • 43 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Willo has to be benched for our next game with either Mbiwa-Colo or Mbiwa-Saylor.

  • 44 daztoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Load of bull taking off Marv was a mistake which Pardew admitted afterwards.It was his mistake going back to negative hold a 1-0 for 30 mins.Any other club would have sacked him by now for the run we are on.Our Manager of the year didn’t have the foresight to see a player coming back from months out because of injury wasn’t going to play the full 90 mins

  • 45 Macas // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I see the bullies are out in force again

  • 46 AndyNUFC // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Ideally we will: sign Sissoko, let Pardew guide us out of relegation, back him in the summer for at least 4 first teamers, then if by next January we’re below mid table, let’s show some real ambition and get in Moyes. For me, he’s the ideal candidate, anyone agree?

  • 47 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    jesper – no post 23 was for ibiza – I posted the same thing the other day and he obviously viewed it so realised it was the PG tips advert ie his reference to “cuppa”.

  • 48 toonluvva // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    @True Toon
    Not so sure about your wish list of what needs doing when we avoid relegation.
    If MA wanted Pardew out he would be gone by now.
    Also can we really sell players like Shola, Williamson, Jonas & Ryan Tayllor, I doubt even the mackems would take them.
    We might get something for Obertan, possibly as a makeweight in a transfer deal, but probably not much in the way of cash.
    I would keep Sammi for a while and see if we can coach him into a better player.
    Notice you neglected to include Simmo on the list too, or are you assuming that he’ll just go on a free in the summer?

  • 49 Bambams // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    We need a coach, Pards can do his thing, media, interviews, touchline antics but we are missing a footballing coach.

    Carver was well thought of under Bobby when we had pace in the team, Steve Stone is supposed to be doing well as a ‘buffer’ type and Pedro is doing well with devlopment squads.
    Our first teamers dont seem to play with any purpose, most of the balls are sideways then back and we create so few chances. I know its Pards way of trying to be difficult to beat (not working) but attack is still the best form of defence.

    Who would i bring in……….No bloody idea, just wanted to share my thoughts.

    Toon toon

  • 50 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM


    “Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    I agree. I actually made that point a little earlier, that he still should have brought on Perch when he did but instead of subbing Marv it should have been Cabaye but it is understandable why he made that decision given how well Cabaye had been playing and that he was operating under the assumption that he would last 90mins.

    He made a gamble in an attempt to keep his most dangerous creative player on the field and choke out the midfield but it backfired. He admitted that he made a mistake and I accept that.”

    I know he made a mistake, I never said he didn’t. I just accept the reasons behind his thinking around it.

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    so hope you’re right re – sissoko

  • 52 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM


    And who might they be?

  • 53 one Tony Green // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    True Toon gan canny on the crack pipe mate. Although I do agree that we need a clear out. Maybe it is me who is on the pipe but hey ho lets just ge Sissoko and laugh at Sunderland

  • 54 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    AndyNUFC- Yu I agree with that and your choice in Moyes. To sack Pardew now would be a bad decision and a shock to our new arrivals. It would cause more unrest and what we need now is to stick together. But as you see if we see ourselves below mid-table next January then we have to change manager to progress. I like Pardew, he’s a decent manager that works his socks off for the team and trying to communicate with the fans as honestly as he can without annoying the board. He has done well for us in the past and we should not forget that. People say it was the players on form that got us 5th last season not Pardew but Pardew has to instill that confidence in the players and pick the team and keep everyone happy even those that weren’t playing and performed well.

    After these acquisitions his hand will be much stronger. Though all this should have been done in the summer as we all know and it will be hard to get us out of this mess we now find ourselves in. I expect us to play better now but not instantly as the new guys have to gel with the team and the league.

    It will be tough but I think we’ll just make it. Then in summer we can really push on.

  • 55 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    WWYCD @30 -it’s called humour with the hopeful expectation of giving people a laugh – even if they may not want to say they had a laugh or a chuckle.

  • 56 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Gouffran and Haidara have both PASSED their medicals! Expected to be announced in a couple of hours! Wonder what numbers they’ll get? #excited!!

  • 57 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    sissoko for a couple of mill, we’d be mad not to get that deal done…, I’ll book his flight

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Aye now gimme your lunch money or i’ll set ibiza on you!

  • 59 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I just dont see how a monkey riding a bike talking to another monkey about tea is humorous or how it relates to Pardew or NUFC in general for that matter

    But hey maybe its just not my taste in comedy

  • 60 catchy in norway // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    sorry its late,, busy days lol work gets in the way

    im not going to say we were good v reading on sat for one reason

    we lost the game, and only played good for 45 mins

    for me you can play good for 45 mins and win, the its a good result,
    but if you play good for 45 mins and lose , then what was the point, its an even worse feeling

    for me, that game was like the fulham game last year, playing fine, looking good , in front, then bang we lose control

    on sat there was 2 teams fighting relegation playing,, 1 had fight, it wasnt us,,

    if pardew is ever going to win me over,, he has to get the team playing football for 90mins,, none of this shut up shop stuff

    to shut up shop you need to learn to hold onto the ball not just kick it away

  • 61 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM


    I must say I am really enjoying the more balanced approach you’re taking, it is really refreshing :D

    I would say that Pardew made the decision to add a CDM to try and choke them of the possession they were enjoying in the second half. Had Cabaye not felt a tightness he would have been moved higher up the pitch, probably making it more likely that we would nab another goal, but as it stood he had to be taken off and we were left with next to no options.

    With better players we can play better football, at least the players he is looking to sign it seems that he wants players that are comfortable on the ball, which can only be a good sign for the football he is looking to play in the not too distant future.

  • 62 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    WWYCD – indeed we all have differing tastes in comedy/humour – I suppose just like football where all differing views are important to those espousing them.

  • 63 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Where will RVW play if we get him? According to his wiki he can play behind the striker.

  • 64 tannerabag // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    It’s clear that NUFC have changed their transfer policy. Now we must have ‘un bleu’ for each position instead of a purple ;)

  • 65 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    No hard feelings mate I have no issue with people bringing laughs to the blog I merely didnt get it haha

    Maybe replace Cisse in the starting 11 until he finds some form/goals then rotate with him or rotate with our CAM/ST or play up front along with Cisse when we fancy 2 up front…or force him out wide just for the giggles ;)

  • 66 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Don’t understand how people thought Cabaye has a great game, if it wasn’t for the free kick, i would say his performance would have been poor, from what i saw he twice went to shoot and missed the ball and also remember him misplacing a few passes aswell, i really don’t remember any great throgh balls by him but please remind me if he did?

  • 67 StuW // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    This surely more incentive to get him. If he is suspended, come July he will have played no football, coming as rusty as a Volvo. If we don’t get an agreement or sign him this window, we can forget signing him.

    Sissoko is the missing link in midfield. Likened to Gerrard, box to box, something which we don’t have.

  • 68 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Lee Ryder?@lee_ryderArgentinean sources saying that San Lorenzo have failed to come up with an acceptable fee for Fabricio Coloccini#nufc

  • 69 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Lee Ryder?@lee_ryderArgentinean sources saying that San Lorenzo have failed to come up with an acceptable fee for Fabricio Coloccini#nufc

  • 70 Ian Toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Jesper- Chelsea to get through.

  • 71 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Wwycd, sorry late reply, been on a break. Yes mbiwa is a massive step up on our cb’s. (Mind, I’m a step up from williamson) so he’s a no brainer. Have haidara on the bench, ready to replace debuchy or santon (santon switches sides if debuchy needs to go off) and gouffran comes on behind cisse, or as a wide forward with 20 mins to go, after he has watched how the other team defend (solskjaar was awesome at that, I think all bench strikers should copy him) if we do have sissoko by then, he has to play cm from the start, as long as he’s fit.

  • 72 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    If 3.5 million would get Sissohko to us during this window it has to be done, it is very, very rare to see someone of this quality wanting to come to us for what in footballing terms is a penitence,

  • 73 KINGNUFC // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    @fray bentos

    Cisse’s header ..Great great through ball from cabaye

  • 74 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Catchy… :) Why wont you answer the question I’m asking? :) You know where I’m going with it I think…come on, you know you want to answer it…

    Forget everything else for a minute…were the first 45 minutes against Reading good?

    Tads….You still owe me your lunch money pal, you best pay up!

  • 75 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM


    Are you aboard the happy train yet my friend???

  • 76 sirtoongospel // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Rotonda, me too.

    I heard from an agent of one of our current players that this was what they were trying to do; but Sissoko wants a payment as he would get one in the summer. The club clearly want him gone now. NUFC are trying to find some middle ground.

    I got told that even if he signed a pre contract for the Summer, it could still be brought forward of an agreement can be found. Toulouse will want him away and will get more and more desperate as time goes on. Also, Sissoko doesn’t want to sit on his arse for 6 months as that is damaging also.

  • 77 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Is boudebouz out of contract in the summer?

  • 78 bemba da // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM


    Not remember his great through ball from deep that landed right on cisses bonnet

  • 79 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Wonder if sissoko could become another Vierra. That would be fantastic.

  • 80 LooneyToon41 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Difficulty with Sissoko (i’d imagine) is like most players with 6 months left on their contract. By seeing out their contract, they can negotiate their signing on fee, as basically a free agent. It’s ‘unlikely’ that Sissoko (plus agent) will be able to get as much if they are still contracted to Toulouse, and the buying club NUFC have to pay a transfer fee too.

    For example, it’s very unlikely that Danny Simpson will be sold this January, for the same reasons. It’s not in the players interest!

  • 81 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Mr biza
    Ive only got food stamps :(

  • 82 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Fray…There were some lovely balls from Cabs in that game. For a man that’s been out for a little while I though it was a great first start.

  • 83 Sazzer // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Tsunki – great start of this thread.

  • 84 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    AndyNUFC – My blog is a site in which I express my opinion. That is all. I don’t churn out any news you can read on any football site.

    sirtoongospel – You may use term blog loosely but if you need a definition: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis. Which part of that does not comply with my site? I’ll also say this perticular site gets a lot more stick than mine and I have my fair share of complimenters.

    Like it or loathe it, my blog splits opinion strongly either way. Which is a good thing.

    Keep smiling : D

  • 85 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    @KingNUFC and Demab Ba

    Oh yeah, remember that now, still because of all the mistkes i regard Anita and Marveaux as the best performers, no idea why Pardew had to sub them!

  • 86 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Tads…Well hand them over. Are those new trainers you’re wearing? Look pretty trendy…hope you’re wearing socks.

  • 87 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Id go along with that mostly though 3 questions
    1) would u still play Colo all things considered?
    2) Who of Cabs, Marv and Anita do u drop for Sissoko?
    3) would Gouffran not be a better option to start over Shola (on the wing), Obertan or Jonas? Id argue not Jonas but the other two certainly even with my limited knowledge of him

    I am at the station best I can do until we start picking up points

  • 88 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Looneytoon, on the other hand, if he’s not going to get a game due to the french being, well,…french, then it is in his interest. If he’s only in it for money, do we want him? (I know he’s a good player, but mercenaries just never seem to perform)

  • 89 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    ‘San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad’


  • 90 catchy in norway // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    i thank you :)

    im trying lol

    i think you said a key point ,, with better players,, i think we had better players already on the pitch, but our attacking players where dropping deeper, which is no good,,

    all he did, (which he has done lots of times) was surrender midfield,,

    ppl kep saying perch is now a good player,, he isnt, he can tackle,, but he is still a poor footballer,,

    bigi at times looks like a headless chicken

    for me there was no reason to make a sub on 64 mins, none at all , we were still 1-0 up,, he just needed to tell them to move up the pitch,, like they were in the first half

    then it would have been a good game

  • 91 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM


    Im not dissing him, i realise hes just got back, i just thought it strange everyone saying he has this amazing game when i saw plenty of mistakes, its easy how much peolpe forget the mistakes when somebody scores an amazing free kick (Robert springs to mind), don’t get me wrong though, the free kick still warrants him a good performance just not an outstanding one

  • 92 Dutchmag // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    No se logró que el Newcastle libere al jugador para este torneo y por lo tanto el club buscará otra alternativa para reforzar la defensa. Muchos Gracias.

  • 93 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Sissoko could be our New French Kevin Nolan. Ever since he left we have been crying for more goals from mid-field.

  • 94 sirtoongospel // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Fray, so now a performance is based on through balls? He was absolutely everywhere on Saturday. Constantly wanted the ball and was the trigger for everything good that we did.

    With confidence on our back 4, we will play even higher up the pitch and his influence will be even greater.

    But to watch that game and not see how good he was is bizarre.

  • 95 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM


    Well get on board mate as no doubt we’ll crash hard at some point so enjoy the happiness while it lasts :D

  • 96 south coast toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM


  • 97 LooneyToon41 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad”

  • 98 blew // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Bambams @ 49
    David Ginola

  • 99 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Lee Ryder?@lee_ryderSan Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad”#nufc

  • 100 mindshaft // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder

    San Lorenzo have now confirmed on their website: “Finally, after long negotiations,we announce that Coloccini will not join the squad” #nufc

    Great news – Collo and Mbiwa will make a great CB pairing!

  • 101 RooneyToons // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Errrr JP you do realise he’s scored 1 goal this season??

    He’s nothing like Nolan

  • 102 no1magpie // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM


    HE IS STAYING!!!!!

  • 103 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Dutchmag – Quillo de que ablas?

  • 104 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM,,10278~3050969,00.html?

  • 105 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Haha fair point scary prospect agreeing to be positive about NUFC again though

    On the Colo topic its a sad state of affairs that I am not happy he is staying

  • 106 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Can someone cofirm if I’m up to date … missed the news yesterday .. thanks

    M’Biwa – signed and across the line. YES!
    Haidara – Here having medical
    Gouffran – Here having medical
    Sissoko – Has signed agreement to join in summer.
    No news on Colo.

  • 107 mindshaft // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Pards subbed Marv as Reading were starting to boss the game and he wanted someone to add a bit of bite to midfield – sadly 5 mins later Cabaye had to come off and we had jack all on bench…. he should of put Marv back on !

  • 108 JP...from The Rock // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    RooneyToons – I have a feeling he will score from midfield as he will be a tank for us bombing forward. EPL defenders would not know how to handle him.

  • 109 catchy in norway // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    i have said , for 45 mins we were good,,

    but that could be said in many games we have had good 20 min spells

    it means nothing if you lose

  • 110 KINGNUFC // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    will collo retire form football after san lorenzo failed to bid collo..? I hope collo will make up his mind soon whatever stay or go..

  • 111 Sazzer // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Boudebouz will arrive next winter =9

  • 112 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Fray…Fair enough. For me, regardless of the goal, he looked like our biggest threat on the pitch. Wanted everything and took it upon himself to drive the team. Marv did some great link up play and one or two promising runs, but Cabs hands down the best player for me against Reading.

    Bano….Do you smile? (attempt at humour…honest).

    As for the Colo thing. Sounds about right. If they don’t want to pay, he shouldn’t leave. I do wonder how Colo feels though and where his head is at. It might be detrimental to the sqaud, but who knows with the information we have.

  • 113 steveno7 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Could anyone tell why daddy colo keeps flappting his gums, hes really getting my back up now , all hes doing is making it harder for colo jnr,
    colo really needs to grow a pair and explain .I have lost all respect for the man now. harsh yes but i dont care.i wouldnt let him go for nowt either . get the tapping f”#ers to pay up .

  • 114 ajcrawfs // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Looks like San Lorenzo’s awful haggling technique has failed!

    I know San Lorenzo we will pay you nothing to Feck off, you have until Tuesday or we are pulling the plug on the whole deal!

  • 115 Tekkers29 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    sometimes you have to laugh at some of the members on here saying if we buy him where will he play. We need a squad to cover injuries and loss of form.

    Like last night people were saying we don’t need Sissoko as we have Tiote. First of all Sissoko is 2 or 3 times the player Tiote is and he can pass the ball but im not saying get rid of tiote as we need a big squad. The youth players that Pardew thought would step up are still a long way away from the squad and that is why the club have now realised that they need a bigger squad then start to think about the youth 2 or 3 years down the line when the team has a good first team and squad.

    look at chelsea who now have ba and torres to play in one position and manu who have 4x strikers to play in the 2 starting positions.

    I have to say if we stay up this season then next year will be a big difference. I still think Pardew is the wrong choice as manager but while he is there he will have to do and stop holding the players back and making stupid mistakes.

  • 116 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Colo staying is massive news, with M’Biwa along side him we look so much stronger

  • 117 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Wwycd. I’m assuming colo will go, so mbiwa and staylor. My depending on formation, I’d fit sissoko and goufran as follows (4231) dm’s sissoko and anita, cabaye as the creative link man, wingers would be marv and notsurebutnotshola, with gouffran coming on as a wide forward later.
    (433) Anita cabaye sissoko
    Marv cisse againnotsurebutstillnotshola.

  • 118 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    San Lorenzo have announced on their website that NUFC offered them Williamson with a small fee included instead.

    They declined the offer.

  • 119 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Catchy….Fair enough. Next question then. Were those 45 minutes not similar to how we played last season when we were playing well?

  • 120 John Tudor // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    simpson to fulham hangeland to us makes sense y/n

  • 121 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Nice tbf I have no argument to that line up haha

  • 122 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM


    No ofcourse not, but it doesn’t matter how much ground you cover if you make mistakes then it doesn’t matter, i saw plenty. i don’t think he was the trigger for everything at all, in my opinion Marveaux and Anita were so tidy, constanly getting the ball, bringing it forward and not losing it. Also i thought Cisse’s overall game was great, he just didn’t have his shooting boots on.

  • 123 RooneyToons // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I’m not doubting he’s a good player and what we need but he’s never gonna be the answer to our lack of goals.

    There’s no way French defences are better than English… If anything he’ll score less

    De Jong on the other hand scores on all levels… He’d be an amazing signing

  • 124 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM


    We don’t get many times when we can enjoy supporting this club as you know, so we have to grab on with both hands and enjoy when it does happen :D

    With who we have brought in/ trying to finalise, we look so much stronger and Pardew now has to get the best out of these guys and get us moving up the table

  • 125 cheddar // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Argentinian club San Lorenzo have confirmed that after negotiations, #NUFC captain Fabricio Coloccini will not be joining them.

  • 126 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Ibiza – always smiling believe or not. I am only responding to abuse and criticism on here. Doesn’t bother me as I sit here. I run a blog for crying out loud. Abuse and criticism is part of the course!

    : D

  • 127 cheddar // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Apologies it helps to read previous comments.

  • 128 LooneyToon41 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    @115 Jack. Colo staying is indeed good news… but only if his heads right and his hearts in it! We have a fight on our hands, and we need everybody up for it.

  • 129 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Colo isnt going to San Lo-big brass balls-renzo but that doesnt mean his personal issues have gone away just means he may well stick around unhappy and probably annoyed that he has to be here

    Id honestly strip him of the captaincy (takes some pressure of him and allows him to concentrate on playing football)

  • 130 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    JB….Back on the positivity? Question is lads, do we want the negger back? :)

  • 131 LooneyToon41 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    @126 Cheddar. Done the same many times myself fella ;-))

  • 132 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Getting Sissohko in would free up Cabaye to be more influential and creative

  • 133 spudzzz // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Tiote has been immense and a massive integral part of what we have achieved in last 2 seasons…All top four were after him and talk was of a figure of about 20million GBP…..
    Some of you fans are so ungratefull and have such short memory….YES i agree he isnt having a very good season but to dismiss him as a bad player is nothing short of shocking….the only problem for us about Tiote having a bad season is that when he does eventually leave for a bigger team, we might only get half the fee we would have year ago….This guy epitomised the dogged defending and fighting spirit we had the last 2 seasons….He deserves a lot of respect in my eyes

  • 134 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I was sh*t scared right up until trendy! Better luck next time!!

    So looks like colo’s staying glad its sorted, hope he gets his back in the game and starts playing like we know he can!
    BUT should he keep the armband?? Not for me he’s our leader and i feel he’s bought uncertainty and unsettlement to the squad during a vital time of the season with no statement at all, hope theres a public apology regardless of personal reason and he should of told his dad to shut up weeks ago

  • 135 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Wwycd, yes, I took inspiration on my wing selection on an idea employed by the couple of managers who managed jean allain boumsong. The ABB formation, which stood for ‘anyone but boumsong’! Hence I am patenting the NSA formation ‘not shola ameobi’ although its ok to bring him on later, he can do a job off the bench.

  • 136 belgrade fan // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Colo stays… great news. now I can go to the gym with peace..
    and about Sulejmani, I know several people here call for him- he is not even in our nacional team, he plays 1 game superb after that he is 5 games shit..
    von Winkelstafen will be superb. But still want Lisandro Lopez, superb player

  • 137 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM


    To be fair to Colo he’s looked nothing other that on form since all this San Lorenzo stuff broke, his performances have been solid and I hope they continue to be as God knows we need him now more than ever. (still seriously pi**ed at him though for putting us in that position)

  • 138 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Ok ok ok stuff it we are very much moving in the right direction and points are surely going to follow. Reminds me of a certain song.

    (ps one of the best things on youtube if u ask me)

  • 139 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Toon Bano…I have no doubt you’re thick skinned. Wont mind me pointing out that it’s par for the course then?

    Come on then, lets turn this day round.

    List 5 positives about Newcaslte United, it would help everyone to connect with you a bit more…you know breathe some life in to the man that is toonbano.

  • 140 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM


    Here here!!! agree totally, daft fickle fans with the memory of goldfish

  • 141 catchy in norway // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM


    no,, not a chance,, i think last year it was more indervidual performances,

  • 142 steveno7 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    ive been thinking folks and dont you think ashley shood sack mr lambolocks and do the dealings himself .a soon as he got involved everything was rushed and went through .
    oh and gouffran will be quality ,two footed very fast and dont mind playing on the wings unlike mercenary ba

  • 143 catchy in norway // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM


    im off home :(

    i will read it later

  • 144 John Tudor // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    interesting read dunno if posted previous today but interesting all the same

  • 145 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Tiote is going to look so much better without Simmo and Willo playing behind him.

    Now the whole team will be more confident in their passing.

  • 146 bemba da // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    As it stands

    Debuchy. Mbiwa. Colo. Santoon

    Cabaye. Anita

    Benny/marvin/gouffran in any random order


    Surely good enough for three points at villa?

  • 147 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Haha yeah I love Shola but only off the bench these days or if we are completely without other options bless him

  • 148 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Its got to be said just because San Lorenzo cant get him in, doesn’t stop him going to Argentina anyway. I hate to even breath Colo in the same sentence as Tevez but if he feels THAT strongly about it, how can we stop him?

    This story is not over.

  • 149 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Listen you moron down south, hand over the shoes now or I’ll set Dekka on ya….and he’s one nasty bit of work I’ll have you know (plus he has a lot more free time on his hands at the minute – I hear he’s applying for a job as a Wonga debt collector, but this is yet to be confirmed as even Wonga don’t want to be associated with him).

  • 150 Sazzer // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France

    “@RBairner: #Montpellier owner Louis #Nicollin has told AMKSpor in Turkey that he has accepted a €14m bid for #Belhanda from #Inter.”

    “@RBairner: #Inter sporting director Marco #Branca has denied his club have moved for #Montpellier’s Younes #Belhanda.”

  • 151 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Catchy…Spoiling my fun :) Have a safe trip home.

  • 152 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM


    Like everyone else on here I want nothing but the best for my club and emotions always run high as football is all about passion and I would love nothing more than for Ashley, Llambias and Pardew to shove my negative ways down my throat by getting everything right at the club.
    For now Mr Pardew will get a reprieve from me and we’ll see what happens over the coming months, but, I’ll be keeping a close eye on the old fox as he bloody well better get it right between now and may

  • 153 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    is there any room left aboard the happy train now???? im happy to stand if needs be.

  • 154 John Tudor // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    or sit on the roof ala india style

  • 155 LooneyToon41 // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    @136 Jack. Totally correct mate. Hopefully, he himself can draw a line under the whole thing and focus 100% on the job in hand.
    If he does, we’ve probably got one the best back 4′s i can remember! And i think not conceding goals is where the difference will be regarding the teams in relegation trouble!

  • 156 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    JB…Only playing with you mate, I’d love nothing more than to have you back…just as long as you don’t bring that Belfast with you…no one wants that.

    Big few months for Mr. Pardew, no doubts there.

  • 157 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    The big difference with Colo and Tevez situation is that if Colo does leave we will not pay him to have a golfing holiday like City did with Tevez

    If he went Awol could guarantee Ashley would cancel his direct debit of wages right away and so he should if you decided to not turn up to work i would not get paid either

    Do not really want it to end messy as Colo and Mbiwa in defense would be unreal

  • 158 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Really don’t expect Sissoko to sign, but if he does, it’s a bonus!:)

  • 159 SuperShearer // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    So Colo’s staying but you have to ask where is head is at now? Is he fit to wear the armband? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a class player but he kept very quiet during the whole fiasco. Now he needs to come out and say “I want to be at Newcastle, I want to fight to keep us in the EPL and help this great club back to where it should be”.

  • 160 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM


    You better reinforce that fence you’ve been on for so long as I eat far to much at Xmas and I don’t think it’ll hold bth of us :D

  • 161 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    5 things Ibiza? Ok.

    1) We have some genuine top class players. I will resist ‘world class’ let say ‘European class’. Certainly Champions League regulars. J’adore Benny.x
    2) Our financial situation makes us all sleep at night sucking our thumbs not worrying about some of the issues 90% of other clubs go through.
    3) We are still in Europe and have that to look forward to very soon. Favourable draw in my eyes.
    4) We are making a shed load of new signings plus Colo (for now) is staying. Massive news.
    5) We are not Sunderland. Easy one that should never be forgotten. Can you imagine waking up a mackem? I’d actually contemplate suicide.

  • 162 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM


    That’s about where I’m at.
    I’m not sure how many more “Get Out of Jail Free” cards I’m prepared to let Pardew have.

    He needs to win something to get his stock back up.
    I hope we really go for the Europa League, I’ll be unhappy if he puts out a weakened team.

  • 163 Sazzer // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Who’s next? Balotelli. I heard he’s selling his house.

  • 164 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

  • 165 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I Farted!

  • 166 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

  • 167 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    So, using only available players. Team for villa?

  • 168 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    So ud rather with the Europa league than stay in the PL?

  • 169 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    JB….Don’t you worry about the strength of my fence, I recently had Ashley up for some tea and biscuits and no noticeable damage don……”aaaaaaaahhhhh” *thump*

  • 170 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Magpies-till-death. If it stinks I will kill you! :D

  • 171 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    oh sh*% my little daughter is still in the bath……

  • 172 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Bano…Lovely and couldn’t agree more…especially with point 5…just thinking about it though makes me a little queasy. Suicide would be the only option :)

    Talking about financial stability, what’s your thoughts on the next stage? From where I’m sitting, next summer is the first real time where Ashley can show his real intentions with regards to progress, there can be no arguments about money being available (surely?!?), I’m really interested to see what happens.

  • 173 daztoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    at Villa i would go with Krul then 9 dm and Shola

  • 174 Kazzy // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Colochini not goin boing boin :)
    on there twitter page

  • 175 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Williamson is now FOURTH choice following colo not leaving…..GET IN.!!!!

  • 176 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I’m thinking 433,

    Deb colo mbiwa santon

    Perch cabs anita

    Marv cisse gouffran

    I’d rather not star goofy (got to be his nickname) but we’re light on available and in for forwards.

  • 177 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Shire….Not sure that’s a confession to make on the blog….plus shouldn’t that be something you type about once you’ve retrieved her from said bath? :)

  • 178 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    I still think Pardew will go in the summer as Ashley will want a serious return on his investment, but as he’s here until at least then we have to back him, but he has to understand he’s all out of excuses now and we need results quickly

  • 179 Kazzy // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

  • 180 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM


    Every European game we win will increase confidence and let the new players get minutes together on the pitch.
    I think it’s very important to go as far as we can.

  • 181 surreytoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    @Toonbano – I agree about Colo, I don’t think it is the end of the story either – not quite Tevez territory but I see what you are saying.

    BTW – well done for not escalating and resorting to insults here earlier. Someone is always spoiling for a barny, and on this occasion I think your point about a Blog being about opinion, and therefore a blogger may come across as opinionated is fair.

  • 182 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    ibiza….. shes been in there since monday. i put her in the bath to give me some peace on monday when we started this shopping spree… no panic shes still there. shes gone a shade of Les Bleu though,

  • 183 JackButler // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Don’t think any of our new signings can play for us in the Europa league as they will be cup tied

  • 184 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Ibiza – unfortunately I can see this sudden spending spree being justification for another slow summer. Pardew cant say he hasn’t been backed or has a lack of squad now. Although he will probably try.

    With the massive injection of extra cash from the TV money their are no excuses to sit quiet again. The money will defo be their even after this window.

  • 185 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Equally every Europa league game is another chance for star players to get injured and we have been ruined by injuries all season. Not saying I don’t want us to field a strong team and go for the cup but its all relative to our PL survival

    If we bow out with the kids and focus fully on the league which ensures our survival and leaves us with a top 10 finish then am golden with that, hell if it leads us to a 10th-15th finish I don’t have much in way of complaints

  • 186 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Surreytoon – Thanks for that. I am a bloke who runs a one man blog. I cant see how that can be criticised or broken down. It is what it is.

    Exchanging insults solves nothing.

  • 187 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Shire…Well, at least she must be clean.

    Bano…I would hope this summer brings the chance to remove the last* of the deadwood, which will need to be improved upon.

    * I say last, but does a club ever get rid of all deadwood?

    Depending on this windows activity, I’d expect in the summer a Ba replacement, plus some serious building of the development squad…that is after all the master plan, or so we’re told.

  • 188 tequilamag // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Bano, re Summer signings, that is my fear that we have had our summer transfers 6 months early. I would say there is a gulf in class between the foreign players and homegrown.I would like us to see some major upgrades in the homegroen talent available,

  • 189 El Sleeve // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    on sissoko for 2.5 mill…. yes that is excellent value but we all know we have an owner that will try and get an even better deal, and the ball is in our court esp because they still have to pay his wages, regardless if he plays or not. Silly decision by toulouse, they knew they were gonna lose him for nothing or something nominal so why ban him, its in his right to do what he’s doing and this move will only play into ashley’s hands even more, esp now he’s involved.

    2nd, on our predicament, we have 4 factors, recruitment, mgmt, form and injuries.

    injuries – happen to everyone, get on with it
    form – drop the ones like shola and jonas who we have all known for weeks have been underperforming. this actually is pards problem
    recruitment – hopeless last summer, but still, you make do with what u have
    mgmt – pards has been tactically found out and should be shown the door between now and august.

    i have a sneaky suspicion that if we survive, he still wont be shown the door, which is really ambitious and then it will be ashley’s fault and not just pards.

    another point, to blame young players when they were playing is shockingly poor man mgmt and i wouldnt want to be near him again if that was the case.

    as i said yesterday, to be in europe and say its an unwelcome distraction is very poor from pardew. the tactics, the subs, the ego, the man is not right for us and he really really really needs to go. should’ve gone back in november after losing 4 to whu, soton, stoke and swans.

    pointless man

  • 190 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    European football is a reward for success.
    We should go for it and try to win it.
    Then we can be in Europe next year too!

    When will be the next time we have this chance.

    If we get these lads in and another striker/deJong then I’ll be really confident we’ll survive. With Tiote, Cabaye, HBA, Anita, Marveaux, Cisse we have a decent midfield.

    The defence now looks good on paper. Hopefully a quality LB & CB will adjust fairly quickly and it’ll look good on the pitch too.

    I might take my clothes off, wave my hands in the air and streak through OV I’m so confident we’ll survive. I predict 8th and above the Mackems of course.

  • 191 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Not sure who it was that said Cabs did not do much in the Reading game …. The ball he played to Marv to win the free kick was sublime only saying and he put another on a plate for Cisse ….

  • 192 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Are our new signings eligible for Europe ?

  • 193 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Blaydon…Next thread mate…come on over.

    Hatem….It’s been a while since we had some nudity in the valley. Yeah there was new years eve, but other than that it’s been non-existent!

  • 194 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    If they played in the Europa League then no.

    If they were in the CL then I believe they can.

  • 195 Mister Tuff // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    ibiza @169 – well that was very nice of you PG Tips I hope!

  • 196 Marty-Toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM,,16497_8417215,00.html
    Think these lads talked a lot of sense about the toon situation

  • 197 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Mister…Is there any other? Pardew does get them on the cheap after all, something about a previous business connection?!?

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