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Has Coloccini Walked Out On Newcastle?

1:45 am, Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 193 Comments

We had reported yesterday that San Lorenzo had given up the chase to sign Fabricio Coloccini, and they posted on their web-site that Fabricio would not be coming home to Argentina.

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Fabrico Coloccini – refusing to play for Newcastle again?

And we thought that was that, and we were waiting for an official announcement from Newcastle – since the other club involved – San Lorenzo – had already made the announcement from their end.

But then the Independent is reporting, in what they are calling an exclusive, that Fab Coloccini has played his last game for Newcastle, and that he doesn’t want to play for Newcastle again – and still wants to return to Argentina – because of what is termed a personal situation.

Without knowing what that personal situation is – it’s hard to know exactly what’s happening – but Coloccini will be in breach of his £60K/week contract at Newcastle, and this could turn into the same kind of bizarre (and unwanted) situation that happened with Carlos Tevez and Manchester City last season.

And all this is going on with the Newcastle captain, while the Tyneside club are in danger of being relegated, and  Newcastle are desperately recruiting new players in January to try to avoid the drop.

This is certainly bizarre, if it’s true, and while we don’t know what Coloccini’s personal situation is – this is surely not the way the Argentinian would want to end his Newcastle career, after almost five years on Tyneside – with a situation that has nothing at all to do with Newcastle.

From a legal point of view and always assuming the Independent report is correct,  Newcastle hold all the cards from a legal standpoint – as Colo still has three and a half  years of his contract to run, and maybe this is another attempt by him to be released by Newcastle.

We’ll just have to wait for an announcement from Newcastle – but this is hardly a good thing at the club when new players are arriving,  and Alan Pardew is getting his players ready for our vital relegation 6 pointer at Aston Villa next Tuesday night.

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193 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Just me then?

  • 2 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Its easier this way……. Less confrontation

  • 3 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    All together now…… Ohhhh Colllllocccccinnniiii…….

  • 4 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    You are the love of my life

  • 5 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Oh Collocini I let you sh@g my wife

  • 6 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Oh collocini, and now ya wanna go home

  • 7 daztoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Nick
    Are we building a squad or just replacing the likes of Simpson,Ba,Colo etc

  • 8 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    On the back of this window it seems like were trying to turn it around and build a squad, but i would hate to speak too soon. Ba was always going to be hard to keep once Chelsea matched his clause. If nobody else leaves other than fringe players and a few more come in then i cannot fault the club this window other than i would have liked them sooner because weve only gained 1 point from three games in January. If colo leaves i will be gutted and suddenly the window looks poor losing your best striker and cb and replacing them with players untested inour league

  • 9 PhillNUFC // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    if this is true then i have lost a lot of respect for collo. Obviously without knowing what the personal situation is with him its difficult but you cant attempt to walk out on a club that you’ve been at for five years, currently captain of the club while the club is in a relegation scrap

    he developed a lot while at Newcastle (especially since he was pretty shocking when we signed him) it would be sad to see him leave in such a negative way

  • 10 daztoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    We need 16 min purples in the squad of 25 not just a first 11 and then fill in players.

  • 11 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    haha stupid excuses of injuries!!? how about you look at the roeder interview (whos been there and got the tee-shirt)
    but he must be covering for pardew too hey?
    its not just the 1st team players but the players that replaced them last year that is the major problem as we’ve seen this year with the benches we’ve been able to put out
    the raylors,goslings,vuckics,besties and notr having another CB to cover for the annual staylor injury
    the board are well ahead of pardew for the blame game this season
    shearer said you have to spend 20 mill just to stand still and he’s right (maybe not with carr on board) but the manager and team weren’t supported in the summer for there hard work last season (the best season we’ve had since sir bobby!!!)
    now thats a disgrace! lets hope the good work over the last few days can pick the team and manager up for the last part of the season!!

  • 12 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Phil – It would be sad if he left on bad terms, he’s a fan favourite and one of the best cb’s we have had in a long time.

    Daz – I like the idea of two good players for most positions but we are well off that. When we registered a 25 man squad back in September we was only able to file 22 players over the age of 21 and that included 3 goal keepers, Amalfitano, Gosling and Xisco so you can see their is no real strength in depth. Since then we have added three players and lost ba so we only have room for one more unless someone leaves.

  • 13 noladonna // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    if he goes on strike then f him no way should the club let him leave if we recieve a fee then let him go but if not its tough shit i dont like the way hes not put in a transfer request either trying to keep the fans on his side cause we dont really know wtf is going on

  • 14 daztoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Of course Ashley and lamearse have to be blamed too but when Pardew was asked he said he was happy with the squad he had going into the season.As he hadn’t lost any of his best players and added a few.Manger of the year takes off Marv and goes defensive with 30 mins to go knowing he has Cabaye on who has just come back from injury who isn’t fit enough to manage 90 mins sheer class

  • 15 noladonna // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    colocinni wind your neck mate you signed the contract you aint going nowhere theres no way he should be allowed to leave for free if we get what we want then fine sell him but not till the summer im sure ashley has put him in his place yesterday at the meeting hence all this strike talk

  • 16 daztoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Lets face it players like Amalfitano who is what 23 was brought in because he was a free signing and Gosling.At that age they should be getting first team games if good enough,or a least regulars on the bench

  • 17 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    how is making a tacticle sub when reading were getting on top of us going defensive?
    cabeye moved further up and very nearly got another before he came off
    and when was the last time marveaux played well for 90 minutes? every game he’s played he fades
    and again look at the bench we had available?

  • 18 Barton // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Jesus H Shiste,everywere reporting the indep. Collo story,i do hope its all make believe reporting,how ever the Club must make a statement today/tomoz to clarify this situation,its always seems to be 1 step forward and 2 steps back at the club we all love.

  • 19 Sawbuck // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    One of the rumours going around when Ginola wanted away was that some mackems broke into his house and did unspeakable things. Understandably him and his wife were appalled.

    Maybe they did the same to Colo.

  • 20 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    “tactical”

  • 21 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Daz i was there and it p155ed me off no end. Just looking at the squad though we aren’t far off having a good squad so he will have more choice in those situations and knows he is on thin ice with the fans.

    GK: Krul, Elliot, Harper

    Left Back; Debuchy, Simpson
    Cb: Colo, Mbiwa, Taylor, Williamson
    Right Back: Santon, Haidara?

    Left Wing: Ben Arfa, Obertan
    DM: Tiote, Bigi, Perch
    ACM: Cabaye, Anita
    Right Wing: Marveaux, Jonas

    St: Cisse, Gouffran, Shola

    If Ashley wins the euros i think if we signed another cb like Mirin, Sissoko and another striker then our squad would be very well rounded with plenty of competition for places. I would love whilst he is here to see ben arfa play in the middle in an attacking role.

  • 22 noladonna // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    if he wants to leave he should man up and put in a transfer request

  • 23 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    nick 9 do you know your left from your right lol?

  • 24 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Manxpie – was you at the game? We took off Anita, Marveaux and Cabaye for Perch, Bigi and Obertan. Thats three good players in my book for three who are hit and miss (they try i give them that much). Cabaye was understandable but why Marveaux and Anita when Shola and Jonas were absolutely dire and offering so little. Obertan should have come on for jonas, perch and bigi for cabaye and stroller giving us a 4:5:1 formation. It was absolutely shocking, its one thing to try and sure the game up but its another to gift the opposition the win. We ended up with Shola, Perch, Bigi, Obertan, Jonas and Willo all on the pitch together.

    Anway lads cant we forget about that for a while?We’ve just signed two good players and colo hasnt gone anywhere depsite this gossip

  • 25 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Manxpie – It appears not. Thanks for the correction haha, not sure how i did that, might be due to it being 2:30am

  • 26 Novocastrian66 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Collo has let himself down. You would think that if was a tragedy in the family it would have been made public, so he would get the sympathy vote. This leads me to think that it is relatively trivial.
    Reported in the Mirror that he is due to join the Argentina squad. Not sure if that can happen when he refuses to play for his club. It will be interesting to see whether he links up with them, especially as the game is in Europe.

  • 27 shamsoftabriz // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    If you leave me now, you’ll take away the biggest part of me…
    If you leave me now, we won’t have any more Coloc-cini…
    oooooOOOOOOOOOOooohhh Baby Please don’t go!!!

  • 28 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Realistically what would be an acceptable offer for colo to return home if he does have a genuine cause for unrest? I would say it depends on the targets we have lined up. Mirin is rumoured to be 4m euros so that could work.

  • 29 Novocastrian66 // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    He probably wants a loyalty bonus as he has not asked for a transfer.

  • 30 noladonna // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    nick9

    i wouldn’t sell him now not for anything less than 7million i mean we are in the shit hes our most experienced player and captain we need him more than ever

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 24, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Daz,

    Pardew screamed all summer for players. It was only when he knew he wasn’t going to be backed that he quickly bigged up the youngings and said we would be looking at finishing 10th.

    He was let down. We all were. We finished fifth and we deserved to push on and invest. That affected the players, manager, coaching staff, fans. Everyone connected to the club. It was a ridiculous gamble.

    Truth is we were very lucky with injuries last season. We fielded a consistent 11. Thats the major difference to this season.

    We have had 56 injuries since july pre-season in six months. With extra games and suspensions. The board take the bollicking for me kidda.

    Pardew ain’t blameless though. He’s just had to deal with a lot of sh1t ppl on here don’t give him credit for.

    Even now. The Sh1t is still going on. Carry in with Ba and now Colo.

    I very much dount Colo has any personal problems. He just wants to go home. He no longer wants to be here it’s that simple really.

    If his wife was so ill, don’t you think she would want to be with her husband and kids? Why leave for Argentina? Perfectly good health care here. They both want to go home and he can’t because he has a contract to fulfill. So, he plays the personal problems card hoping NUFC look leniently, feel the guilt and let him go. He hasn’t got that, because i very much dount the ppl upstairs would fall for such a story.

    Now, he has threw his toys out the pram and has what looks like, stating he will never play for us again.

    Some Captain mind. (Obviously if this is true). I believe it is though, it’s his last throw of the dice, all he has left.

  • 32 Alan_Pardew // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    He wants to move because his Barber has moved his shop to Argentina. Now he cant get a cut and perm for his next photoshoot.

  • 33 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Loyalty bonus? Haha didn’t Ba get one of those? Absolute shambles.

    I think if colo wans to leave and we’ve said no then it’s more than likely he is unhappy and does have it in him to strike. Our best bet would be to contact or hope either boca juniors or river plate come in for colo. Both are capable of spending a decent amount on a player and also if we wanted a part ex we could find a real gem. Higuain, saviola, mascherano, falcao all came from river plate and gago, tevez and even colo came from boca.

    Colo started at boca at the age of 17 and moved to AC Milan, Wikipedia states the following – Coloccini was at the centre of a controversy between Boca and Milan, because the transfer from Argentina to Italy wasn’t agreed between the clubs. Instead, Milan arranged terms with Coloccini’s father

  • 34 Peter // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    5 straight wins and everyone loses we are 7th. If only eh

  • 35 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Hold out for enough to buy a player like Mirin or raid a club like boca or river plate for a few academy players.

  • 36 jimmysmith // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Ed, for a while now, each time I’ve visited the blog I’ve received risque invitations from what appears a right old slapper who claims to live only 5 kms away .

    I recently moved 1500 km’s from one city to another and the crazy b@tch seems to have followed me.

    Can you please have a word to encourage her to stalk some other vulnerable, balding, middle aged chap in her vicinity as my wife I’m sure won’t understand.

  • 37 Alan_Pardew // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Strikers from Boca Jr and backs from R/Plate

  • 38 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    jimmy – there’s a few on here will be salivating at the mouth because of your description in using words such as risque,right old slapper. You’ll probably get loads of messages asking if you’ve got a contact number.

  • 39 GeordieAnt // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    So….controversy in his move from Boca Juniors to AC Milan, controversy in which he threatened to walk out of Deportivo to join us, and now this…as much as I hate to think that this is all true…maybe our “great captain” isn’t the great professional we thought he was…2…possibly 3 controversial exits…wonder if the other two were “personal reasons” too…maybe Colo has a few curly haired love children that we don’t know about…

  • 40 Kyo // Jan 24, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Cabaye for Captain.

    Colo has lost the right to wear that armband.

  • 41 mecannylad // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    The King is dead …. long live the King.

  • 42 shielsy_83 // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    i have this off a good source this colo refusing to play for us again is bull however his head is in a bad place so he might be givin sum leave by the club to sort it out and also ashley said he won’t leave unles there a fee

  • 43 shielsy_83 // Jan 24, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    look at it this way it the independent that running with this no other newspaper is its a toff nose london paper ffs so if ya don’t play for top london club ya on the move so i am hoping my inside source is right and it looks like it coz this the only paper running with it believe me he will leave but on compassionate leave to sort his life out.

  • 44 anirudh175 // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Come on GEOORDIEEEEEEEEESSS!!!! WIN the PREMIER LEAGUEEEEEE!!!!!!

  • 45 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Let him go keep his registration so he can’t play for anyone else till his contract ends and don’t pay him another penny.get lescott on loan till end of season ,he has only made 3 appearances for city this season,and has vital experience.as much as I like saylor he has only played 39 times in last 3 seasons might be worth getting rid of him and Williamson in the summer

  • 46 true toon // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Colo can go .. Get Ashley williams in ASAP !

  • 47 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Don’t think Williams would want to come he has a chance of winning league cup medal and playing in Europe next season.would be interesting to see how Swansea cope next season if they do win cup.

  • 48 SeanNufc87 // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    If this is true is it not worth loaning him out to San Lorenzo until the end of the season with a recall clause in case things get dire? Can’t be good having a want away captain glumming the dressing room. Gives him time to apologize to his missus.

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    This is why it is so important that the club makes a statement asap!

    …we are all making up our minds based on what we know and that isn’t fair to either party.

  • 50 melbourne geordie // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Lots of southern muckraking in the papers about our ‘divided dressing room’ with all the French speakers at the club. Given that we can now field ten French internationals, four more I think who speak the language (not including the cunnilingual Nile Ranger) and a couple of Dutchmen who can get by, then f the dressing room. All I care about is them speaking the same language on the pitch together, having all grown up at similar academies. And our very own Stephen Taylor would be as misunderstand by a non-north-east Englishman anyway! SO STUFF LE DIFFERENCE. United we stand.

  • 51 cyprus // Jan 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Don’t know the full story, but it sounds to me that his wife (not his dad) has him by the bxxxs. Colo himself isn’t the type of guy to desert anyone, his actions at NUFC have proven this. So, fans, don’t be so selfish and have a heart. His wife has deserted him, with his kids. If you haven’t experienced this, then you can’t know what he’s going through.
    Having said all that, Colo, dump your wife.

  • 52 cyprus // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Crazy how quickly fans turn on someone whom they adored only yesterday. And then we question players’ loyalty.

  • 53 cyprus // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    That ballboy doesn’t seem like a rosy cheeked innocent boy!

  • 54 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Ball boy wants sacking

  • 55 keeganjr // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Iam ballboy player manager tonight and will be playing myself behind the home goals each half…. The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed# for timewasting# Charlie Morgan swansea ballboy… Never seen anything like this… Idont know if i should laugh or cry… But Hazard may be suspended against us.. Thats a good thing

  • 56 Toon_Tom // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    keeganjr – he has gained around 70,000 followers over night. I think he is a legend.

    If i was a ball boy for the Toon I would be our 12th man and assist in time waisting where possible to get us to Wembley!!!!!

  • 57 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Not the clubs fault
    but
    Let him go and sort it out -and hold on to his registration

  • 58 keeganjr // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I know… He had 500 followers 1hour before match, 76 000 now..

  • 59 DarloGeordie // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    coloccini too old, short and slow… he can go now

    sorry

    as people have said have said before we only want people in the team who want to play for the great Newcastle United.

    Enrique – do 1 but thanks for your efforts
    Coloccini – thanks but your past it mate do 1 as well
    Carroll – no comment

    viva la revolution

  • 60 Beardosfacedouble // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Bonjour! Ca va?

    A new day, a new French player me hopes.

    Welcome to the French Foreign Legion.

    Funny caps with a flap at the back for next home game??

  • 61 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    On the matter regarding BallBoy and Hazard, I would like to quote 1 man.

    “He could have died” – SAF.

    Anyway’s in all seriousness, it was pretty clear what the Ballboy had in mind, and that was to time waste by refusing to return the ball. However… Hazard shouldn’t have taken the matter into his own hands. If he had not touched the boy and pointed out what he was doing to the officials… everything could have been sorted out.

  • 62 check the toastie // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Tricky one with Collocini, i imagine he needs to get out of Toon, for some ‘personel’ reason, we should be tring to sell him to any team that wants to match our valuation, Argentina or on the continent, Spain.

    Running away from problems never works though, seems like hes been a naughty boy to me. Bit of responsibility and all that.

    Probably Pardew organising a swingers night or something.

  • 63 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Poor ballboy -he looked so much like an angelic young fellow – NOT.

  • 64 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Let him go keep his registration keep his wages get lescott on loan till end of season then go for sahko in summer both are left footed so can play left side of central defence to complement mbwia who is right footed,although Toby lad highly rated he is right footed that’s why I suggest sahko

  • 65 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    From a legal stand point, for him to go he would have to retire. That would mean he would pay back money received from this contract so far, which is over £3m and he could never kick a ball again or it would trigger the remainder of his contract being owed to NUFC which is close to £11m.

    If his problems mean he thinks retirement is the only answer then that’s up to him, but because he isn’t injured then NUFC will be owed money and more if he ever played again before 2016.

  • 66 Toon73 // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    “He could have died” – SAF.

    Gold Jerry ! :lol:

  • 67 89Norcal // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    sirtoongospel

    I was wondering if litigation would be involved. Sort of a sad way to end a relationship. He could just wait 5 months.

  • 68 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Not sure about legal small points just know no play no pay.60k a week to spend elsewhere

  • 69 Newcastle Brown Alien // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    no quote so may be journo bullshittaki mushrooms. but if true, dont throw your toys out the pram just because there was no way san lorenzo couldn’t afford you an you were under contract. just grow up. we need you

  • 70 nufc1984 // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    David Craig was on ssn saying that reports colo has walked out are false. Can’t believe everything u read!! Did someone say something about a 10:45 press conference today?

  • 71 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    This is a simple situation….he should not play for another club unless they meet his valuation.

    If there is an illness in the family give him a months compassionate leave and take it from there.

    If it is because he has been cheating on his wife, then tough, he knew what he was doing and the risks involved.

    If he just fancies a move back to see his family and friends then tough again…signed a new contract only last year.

    There are plenty of people in jobs where they can’t afford to get time off for family reasons or they simply don’t have the wages he has had to retire at the age of 31 or be jobless for a while. So whilst he has my sympathy if it is genuine family matters he has no sympathy if it’s anything else.

  • 72 Toon73 // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Haidara confirmation possibly?

    Or

    Coloccini closure?

  • 73 catchy in norway // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Sack Pardew ,

    Good morning

  • 74 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    I’d still like to see a new captain though…but might cause unrest changing it now and we don’t need any off field problems so maybe it’s best to leave colo as skipper.

  • 75 Toon73 // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Until some info is forthcoming on what is actually happening, I’m not gonna bother throwing names around for the armband.

    The Club has to release a statement sooner than later.

    Thanks in advance.

  • 76 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Press conference today, not sure if it is for signings or the Colo saga, or both. Colo and the club need to make statements to clear this mess up. One newspaper broke this “exclusive” The Independent….seriously, have they ever had an inside scoop on the club before? Not as far as I can recall, so lets treat it with disregard and wait for the facts.

  • 77 Ian Toon // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Mister Tuff @ 37 . Bang on.
    Sissoko + ST and CB if Coloccini leaves. Enjoy your day.

  • 78 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    catchy

    Good to have you on board today.

    Genuine question for you. Do you think Pardew has improved at all over the best month or two.

    We have played some better football, kept it on the deck a bit more, then he acknowledge that he didn’t want cabaye and marv off and that maybe it was too defensive.

    Now he has a full team of ball players do you think this can continue further and we all might see the team we want.

  • 79 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    There is a preset today but there was one yesterday for Mapou so one for Gouffran wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.

    The Colo thing is a difficult one. No one knows what’s happening as he stopped doing anything with the press in November. Not a solitary interview. Strange from a club captain, and not a good example anyway.

    Lets be honest, it doesn’t look good for us. But the club deserve to be compensated so we can bring in another player. It’s a step backwards but if Tayls stays fit (big if I know!) then we will be better for it.

    So another CB, Sissoko and maybe that extra striker will have to wait till the summer now?

    Ashley seems to be trying to put things right and I hope that he can get some more business done. Sissoko looks important now.

  • 80 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Looks like Willo will be alongside MBwia….I feel sick

  • 81 dubzy // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    CABAYE FOR CAPTIAN PLZZZZZZZZZ……………

  • 82 89Norcal // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Would like another striker for security, even if we have Gouffran (I’m assuming he can play on the wing and will asap?).

    I’m surprised some of the targets we are after, making me second guess that Ashley will get tight fisted at this point, so maybe we can bring someone in.

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    TS

    Spot on with your thoughts on the Colo situation. The alternative is he buys himself out, but I doubt he has 10million+ available to do that.

    On the captain issue, changing captain can cause unrest, but surely no more then keeping a player as captain who doesn’t want to be there. Give Cabaye the armband, he is well respected, captained Lille, and would probably help our new signings as well.

  • 84 bills-son // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Jimmysmith @ 35, belter!

    I’ve got one of the awld slappers following me around – fancy a double date at Shearer’s?j

  • 85 bills-son // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Absolutely essential that the club makes a statement to clarify the Colo situation.

    There is obviously something serious going on and it is starting to damage the club and Colo – we need to be told.

  • 86 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2267338/Newcastle-producing-local-Toon-talent-foreign-legion-Jamie-Redknapp.html

    On another note, I had a read of this, and felt like emailing in. I agree that the production of young players is important, but does he forget that we have had Sammy, Ferguson, Bigi, all play in the Premier League, as well as having Streete, Campbell, Newton and Dummett in the squad for large parts of the season.

    Oh, and Shola, Taylor, Raylor, Gosling, Harper and Elliot, are all English and have played for us this season. So 10 have played and 3 more have been in the squad.

    Come on Jamie, we have less foreign players than most clubs, the difference is we have lots that are French rather than a variety. But a foreign player is a foreign player. We have a 50/50 split in the squad, but the best players are foreign, Saylor aside.

  • 87 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Ian Toon -morning – please resist the temptation to contact jimmysmith to obtain the phone number of the old slapper -you may be labelled Collo Mk11.
    Resist ye temptations from Lucifer and ye will enter the promised land.
    Hallelujah. Amen

  • 88 check the toastie // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Transfer – i agree we have tried to knock the ball about a bit better lately, however his insistence on playing Shola is really grating and shows he still needs his big man in the team, just in case we go a goal down and he needs to revert to the Hoof.

    I still need some convincing, especially after that substitution at the weekend.

  • 89 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    lilongwe

    Possibly yeh, if colo did have the captaincy taken off him them cabaye has to be the man.

    He gives his all, is a key player, in the middle of the park so close to all the players, can easily chat to the ref and has respect of the players being a main man in his national side.

    I suppose colo does want to leave otherwise he wouldn’t have met with club officials to discuss it.

  • 90 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Oh, and dare I say it, shamefully we have had Ranger in the squad constantly. Not sure if the country of Gangsta is in Europe or not though???!!!

  • 91 josh // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Is there actually a press conference called at 10.45 or was that someone being a tit?

  • 92 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Check, I think he puts him in so that he has a presence from set pieces defensively as we are woeful in the air. The problem is it sacrifices our overall play when he should just focus on our strengths.

    Hopefully the new additions plus the return of Saylor will see a big improvement and the removal of shola.

  • 93 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    check

    Yeh the reading game was disappointing but in fairness to pardew he did that last year and it worked…through a combination of good defending, good goalkeeping and the bit of luck you need.

    He seemed to acknowledge that he made a mistake so hopefully he will learn.

    I think this is the best bunch of players he has ever managed so if all he has ever known is one way to manage it might take him time to get it right.

    I am happy to judge him at the end of the year…if we string some wins together and finished mid table and have shown signs of playing a better style of football (not just more attractive but its how top teams play, no top sides play long ball, just solid mid table teams) then it’s good and hopefully a tough season will make the players, manager and owner never want to make the same mistakes they have this year.

  • 94 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    http://www.thefootballnetwork.net/main/s70/st180868.htm?

    PRICK

  • 95 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Does Mbiwa get the number 2 then? He should….

    Ok so a search for another CB continues

  • 96 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Josh, according to the written press there is one, but there was one at same time yesterday for Mapou so it might just be for Gouffran.

  • 97 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Has my lovely lady been trawling the blog again?

    She promised she wouldn’t do that anymore. Little disappointed that Ed continues to help promote her, we had something real special.

    Ah well.

    So what are we expecting today then people? Good, bad or a mixture of the two?

    Phone in* now and let us hear your thoughts

    *Calls will be charged at an unknown rate, calls from mobiles will be approximately 10 x** the cost than from a landline, we highly recommend you use your mobile. Get your mobile out…now.

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  • 98 one Tony Green // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I like Colo but he has had 18 million pounds in wages and signing on fees in just over 4 years at the Toon if his wife is really ill why does he not buy his contract out himself and leave the club head held high.
    I also find it strange that he has all these supposed family problems yet he wants to go back to play football in Agrentina not sort his family out.
    There are thousands of British Servicemen who have had marital problems yet still had to serve in war zones away from the family being paid a 1/3 in a year what Colo earns in a week.
    The players don’t really give a shit about the club or the badge or us mugs the fans.

  • 99 estechco // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    cyprus@49 I have it on good authority that Colo’s kids are still with him on Tyneside…or at least they were a week or two back after this all kicked off.

  • 100 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Ibiza @95 -you need to get your missus reined in -she is causing some disruption on the blog. she needs to stop smoking as well I’ve managed to find her photo on the web so you can judge for yourself.

    http://media.beta.photobucket.com/user/WorldCommander/media/uglywoman.jpg.html?filtersterm=ugly%20woman&filtersprimary=images&filterssecondary=videos&sort=1&o=19

  • 101 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Mister….Ah yes, one of our wedding photos. What a magical day that was. Hard to imagine that was just a couple of months ago. I ask, where did it all go wrong?

  • 102 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Sage

    I would really like to believe that but I honestly think there is something in Pardew’s DNA that ain’t quite wired properly to really have us a consistent top 6 team.

    I obviously hope the new players being acquired will
    see us to safety and it is very exciting with the arrival of M’Biwa and hopefully Sissoko to follow.

    However, after Saturday it was difficult to detach myself from the memory of a man who took Charlton from the premiership to bottom 3 of the championship before been sacked by Charlton, along the way in his managerial journey which also embraced sackings at West Ham and Southampton where morale at the latter was very low.

    Obviously it is too late now I think after the new signings to change manager, but if Laurent Blanc, Di Matteo, Rijkard or Adkins are still available in the summer, I think we should be open minded.

  • 103 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Hope the rumours aren’t true as to why she left. Because let’s be honest, if they are then he didn’t love his wife that much did he? Can’t see her being unwell as being the reason, as we have better treatment etc here. His kids are settled and by all accounts speak with a Geordie accent.

    Colo has pi55ed her off, and is trying to sort it out, but that’s not our fault and the club deserve better.

  • 104 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Morning gentlemen. :-)

    How’s life on the blog this morning? Anything exciting happening.

    Nice to see Gouffran with the shirt and also nice to know that the people I spoke to at Bordeaux were being genuine. So when I wrote at 2pm that it was a done deal – they weren’t having me on.

    Next up – Announcements of Haidara due today and I feel the Sissoko saga will be tied up as well.

    As for Harry Redknapp having people watch Capoue – non starter I feel.

  • 105 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    sirtoongospel

    good points but we’ve not really had anyone since to compare to beardo, waddle and gazza

  • 106 dubzy // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    IS THIS SOMETHING COLO WILL DO……..

    http://sportwitness.ning.com/forum/topics/sissoko-says-he-s-moving-to-newcastle-now-or-he-ll-play-with-the-

  • 107 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    i worry about harry and capoue though as that might scupper sissoko coming here. toulouse won’t let both go

  • 108 G // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Lets be honest here, Colo’s dad says he wants to leave and play for San Lorenzo, and a couple of weeks later, he has ‘family problems’, resulting in his missus and kids going to Argentina. Within minutes San Lorenzo anounce to the world that they are trying to sign Colo but can’t afford him, but are hoping we will let him go for nowt (even though he must be worth at least £7M). Reeks of convenience, there are no family problems, you are contracted to the club, so do as you are paid to do, or return evey penny you have leached out of us.

    P.S. Las Malvinas est Anglais.

  • 109 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    rotonda

    I know what you mean. I need some convincing from Pardew in the 2nd half of the season that he is the right man to lead us for years to come. He now has the players to play an attractive and positive system and with injuries clearing up it’s now down to him.

    I still believe the best thing we could do is bring in a continental style coach to work under pardew who can teach him the ‘modern’ way to play.

    Even Alex Ferguson benefited from having Carlos Quiros at the club, probably when they played their best stuff really.

    I think if pardew has had no or limited experience working with more technical players then it will take time to learn…a good first team coach/assistant will help him get their faster in my opinion.

  • 110 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Morning Torq,

    Never a dull moment and if there is, you just know excitement is around the corner.

    Great to see us tie up Gouffran, what’s that our third confirmed signing of the window? Nice.

    At this rate you may find yourself inducted into the ITK hall of fame, to date no one has made it and lasted, so you might be a bit lonely :)

  • 111 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Exclusive – Newcastle United Return To The Top 20 Rich List The Mag 08:35

  • 112 ajcrawfs // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Gary Jacob ?@garyjacob
    Sissoko late interest from QPR but expects NUFC deal. “QPRattracts me less. The situation is much more complicated I do not close doors.”

    doesn’t sound too good! especially with the whole remy situation!

  • 113 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Dubzy….Isn’t that exactly what the club said they would do with him, go or play with the kids? He’s just calling them out and challenging them, no?

  • 114 ajcrawfs // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    NUFCfans.co.uk ?@nufcfans
    “@RichySouthern: David Craig of @SkySportsNews confirms Colo HAS NOT walked out on Newcastle. Too hasty @martinhardyindy #NUFC”
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  • 115 josh // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Cheers sirtoon

  • 116 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Rotonda, completely agree, but to be fair, the England team as a whole doesn’t have a solitary player fit to lace any of their boots!!

    Shearer was extraordinary, Waddle and Gazza as good as we have produced and Beardsley is the best player I have ever seen in our shirt.

    All England legends. The nature of the Premier league now means that if you get 2 or 3 from your youth ranks in the 1st team squad, then you have done well. The only way that will change is if you have a restriction on foreign players, but then that takes away freedom to work abroad which is a fundamental right for anyone, so football finds it hard to enforce.

  • 117 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    http://www.themag.co.uk/tyne-talk/exclusive-newcastle-united-return-to-the-top-20-rich-list/

  • 118 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Morning Ibiza –

    Not sure I’d want to be inducted to be honest! It seems it only takes a L*** R€my money grabbing situation to ruin a blogger – I’m happy staying in the shadows! :-)

    Besides – I heard YOU were our new ITK for all things Spanish?

    On Moussa Sissoko – I know people are looking over their shoulder at floppy chops’ pursuit of Capoue but I can’t see it happening. Sissoko himself has told rep’s at the club that he won’t play for the first team again – he loves what Newcastle are trying to do and the AMBITION (…that’s right!!) that we are showing by signing big names like debuchy and Yanga.

    He WILL be a Newcastle player – I hope this window – but even if its in the summer (which I’m doubting), Toulouse FC aren’t prepared to lose BOTH players this season – which in effect, would happen.

    Obviously QPR could offer ridiculous money and that all could change – but it’s unlikely to affect our dealings with Sissoko.

  • 119 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    http://www.themag.co.uk/tyne-talk/exclusive-newcastle-united-return-to-the-top-20-rich-list/

    Boom !!! Gotta be said – well done Mike Ashley.

    20th richest club in the world!!

  • 120 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Sage

    I’ve always thought we would benefit from some continental coaching input like Coerver coaching or futebol de salao to improve technical skills and passing and moving. You can’t really picture pardew showing them how to do a step-over or sole roll or tikki takka !!!

  • 121 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I hope we can get sissoko tied up today as well as haidara.

    would be a great window then…if a striker arrives as well then it would be perfect.

  • 122 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    sirtoongospel

    nice to hear that because for me beardo was something given to us from the footballing gods. Most people always say shearer, but it was always beardo for me

  • 123 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Torq….I understand your predicament, I really do, but there is little you can do about it. I already have the press booked for Feb 1st and have purchased the picture frame for your official pic, there is no turning back now.

    I’m safe as an ITK, as my inside info is that I know nothing about transfers, which I don’t, so all’s good.

    Good news on Sissoko and it seems to make sense, however, we all know the drill, so will remain calm. That is until there’s a twitter picture of him maybe at Benton or any other building made out of bricks :)

  • 124 G // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    @122, I hate to say this but Beardo was number 2 on the overall list, but number 1 on the English list. Ginola was without a doubt the best player to ever grace our shirt in my lifetime. If only he had Beardo’s work ethic he would have had a statue built.

  • 125 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Morning Torq!

    …do you know by the way if Gouffran is left or right legged?

  • 126 catchy in norway // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Rotonda heights

    pardew has tought them to roll over ;)

    and i agree,, beardo is my fave footballer ever,, not just ability, he worked for the team,

    i watched an interview with gary lineker,, he was asked who his fave footballer of all time was , and he also said peter beardsley, he said he would not have been the international footballer he was without beardo

  • 127 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    “The biggest help in moving Newcastle into the top twenty was of course the excellent 5th position which as Deloitte report;”

    “An increase of £7.1m (15%) in broadcast revenue is the main reason behind Newcastle’s return to the Money League.”

    Does it still add up that Ashley doesn’t care where we finish in the PL, as long as it’s above 18th?

  • 128 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Sole roll??? Is that a type of sushi?

  • 129 Tony // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Beardsley was brilliant his vision was second to none the amount of goals he handed andy cole was remarkable.unselfish seemed to get as much pleasure for setting up a goal as scoring himself,obviously knew there was no “I”in team

  • 130 archaeomag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    @Capt
    “He can score with both feet”
    James Perch of final third – as someone said last night.

  • 131 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Ibiza…does who believe that Mick doesn’t care about where we finish in the PL are deluded my friend :)

    …our revenue show that the only way we can increase our earnings are either by expanding SJP, growth of brand abroad, commercial/sponsor and CL football.

    So why wouldn’t he want that? :)

  • 132 catchy in norway // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    why dosnt colo just buy himself out of his contract?

  • 133 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I always fine it strange how you get a lot of skillful players from south america and france mainly…..maradonna, messi, zidane, ben arfa…that type of player…totally graceful and a joy to watch.

    We have had gazza and beardsley….we haven’t had one for such a long time.

  • 134 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    If we’re the 20th richest team … why haven’t we got the 20th best team in Europe?

    Answer: Ashley.

    He has no ambition other than EPL survival, and he only ever spends to protect his investment.

  • 135 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Any development on the RVW rumours?

  • 136 FloridaToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    From Mark Douglas:

    They are also set to table a second bid for Florian Thauvin of Bastia, the France under-21 striker they envisage as playing back-up to Papiss Cissé

    Read more: Journal Live http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2013/01/24/61634-32666923/#ixzz2IslT6aCi

  • 137 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Jesper….As he only wants to advertise SD? Increasing profits elsewhere are of no interest.

    Snarkyness aside, I do agree that he will only chase these other revenues if the initial outlay makes sense to him, but still, to say he’s simply not interested is so far off the mark it borders insanity….as always, imo.

  • 138 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    archaeomag…another utility player :)

    Who is Swansea playing against in the League Cup finale?

  • 139 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    So Haïdara announcement today presumably. Has anyone seen him play? Is he first team or squad player?

  • 140 archaeomag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    @Capt.
    Curtis Good ! [on loan at Bradford]

  • 141 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    …bradford of course :)

  • 142 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Jesper…Bradford. Got to say, really happy with the results, not that Swansea aren’t doing well or are bad (they’re clearly not), but do good to not see one of the usual suspects in it.

  • 143 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TaylorR1984/status/294354509629636608

    Taylor seems pleased to be meeting the new boys! Glad he’s back in training top pro think we’ve missed him this season tbh

    Apparantly butland is now up for grabs as brum desperatly need the cash would be a great bit of buisness to nab this kid and do a bit of a hart with him, loan back to brum then a prem team next season!!

    Torq toon
    Do you think arrys there to throw bundles of cash at sissoko? Anymore word on his pre contract?

  • 144 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Jumped the gun a bit there me thinks…

  • 145 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Ibiza…can only agree mate!

  • 146 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Ibiza…I think Swansea is going places with Laudrup (hope they can keep a hold of him)

    …a manager like him is good for the PL (no arrogance and no excuses)

  • 147 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Ginola was good to watch but in my opinion as an all around player he wasn’t in Pedro’s league. He did a session for our kids once. Went in nets, and as he cleared it he dropped his shoulder, 18 kids went the wrong way!!! Swear to God that’s a true story!! All of them stepped the wrong way!! Funny as owt!

    Torq I hope you are right about Sissoko, that’s what I heard last week. Desperate to play with Cabaye.

  • 148 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    tads

    would be great…reports say 3.5mil which would be top business.

    finish the season back with them then try to gte him loaned out to a team like southampton, reading, if they stay up etc

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Did colo turn up for training today? According to the transfer clockwatch david craigs camped our waiting to see if he turns up

  • 150 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Hatem….This is obviously a tough one to debate as it relies on a lot of faith, however, Ashley has said that he wants the club to be self sufficient first. Whilst achieving that we have seen improvements being made, although we would all have liked to have seen more already. We’re now at that point where we are making money, so I’m led to believe. This summer for me is the first real opportunity to see what Ashleys ambitions are.

    It’s quite easy to criticise the past and not trying to be an accountant, but we’ve done pretty well given that the aim of the game has been cost cutting. Now that’s done, let’s judge him on what he does next. I can also see the other side of the argument that nothing will change, so not saying it will or wont happen, just a thought. What do you think?

  • 151 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Sage
    Completly agree mate no harm in having a top young keeper on the books especially as i’d imagine harper will be retiring at the end of the season

  • 152 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Jesp – He is more than comfortable on either foot – but I prefer him wide left as that’s where he is most dangerous.

    Ibiza – hope you kept that frame receipt as a lot can happen between now and feb first!! Ha ha

    TADS – I don’t believe so mate. I think it’s more to snatch Capoue. Sissoko isn’t a fan of QPR, what they stand for and how they went about the Remy saga. I know money is important in all these deals – but hearing that we have him 99% tied down in a pre contract – means that Harry can’t even approach the player.

    I guess we all just have to watch this space…

  • 153 archaeomag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    @Conaldo
    Squad I think., LB cover

  • 154 toonbrother // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    its best to let him leave. this cant be good for team morale especially for the players who only recently joined.

  • 155 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Jesper…I haven’t kept a close eye on them tbh and whilst I think Laudrup is decent and will be around a while (whether at Swansea or not) is there much difference in their play from last season other than getting a constant goal scorer in Michu?

  • 156 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Did anyone smile as much as I did when Arsenal beat WHam 5-1? :D lol

  • 157 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    tads

    It would be great. He wants first time football though (butland that is) which is understandable for a keeper as you don’t get many games off the bench.

    I don’t think we will get him, see him going to liverpool and reina leaving.

  • 158 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Torq…When i said purchased I meant stolen, so no biggy really. But that will be little consolation for a broken heart…don’t let us down Torq…we believe in you! No pressure though buddy ;)

  • 159 Ian Toon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Mr Tuff- I am holding out for a better offer. You know the fueling of a French love affair I keep hearing so much about. We need to get another
    starting CB if Colo goes. I am mindful of Williamson having to start if Taylor is not fit.

  • 160 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    jesper

    yes, it was beauty and the beast !!

  • 161 naptoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    colo at training

  • 162 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Ibiza

    I think he lost all interest when the crowd turned on him after KK.
    He’s using us for free advertising and would sell us today if he could get a decent price.
    He has to keep us in the EPL, hence all the panic buying now.

    I really hope I’m wrong but I don’t think I am …

  • 163 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Ibiza…I think there is a big difference. They still play 4-3-3, but as you have witness with us there are different ways to set it up (and the outcome is very different ;))

    Laudrup plays more direct and Rodgers and have moved the ball further up the field. Rodgers was passing the ball around endlessly on his own half, Laudrup tends to do so on the oppositions half.

    For me Swansea is a completely different side this season.

  • 164 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/8429897/Mapou-Yanga-Mbiwa-admits-he-shunned-other-offers-to-link-up-with-Newcastle

  • 165 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    really hope we can get sissoko and thauvin.

    Torq

    any thauvin updates?

  • 166 naptoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    like i thought bs rumour started by independant

  • 167 blew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Colo is at the training ground at this moment

  • 168 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Torq
    Really hope we get him think he’s the key to allowing cabaye push up in a more advanced role! Tououse seem to be throwing the toys out the pram about this surely knowing we’ve basically signed him on a pre contract they’d be on the phone begging for us to take him now for a couple of mil!
    Someone posted that douglas is claiming we’re tabling a 2nd bid for thauvin but had heard arsenal had bid £4mil for him heard anything?

  • 169 JAMSHA // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Footy
    Accumulators
    @FootyAccums
    Swansea #ballboy recovering in
    hospital… pic.twitter.com/OVXRv3s3
    4:46 a.m. Thu, Jan 24

  • 170 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Hatem…I can understand that, it’s hard to have faith in Ashley, it’s hardly been an open and honest relationship since he arrived. I don’t really know what to believe, but from a commercial sense and using the idea that it’s great advertisement for SD it seems to make sense he’d want us to do better than just stay in the league. I suppose we’ll see.

    Jesper…Fair enough, as I said, I haven’t watched them closely this season, nor did I last season either tbh. Thanks for the info, whatever he is doing it’s getting them further than Rodgers did so fair play.

  • 171 Rotonda heights // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    catchy

    i think it would cost him upwards of 10M +

  • 172 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Sage
    Could be although there are rumours (suprise suprise) that manure milan and the bin dippers could all be in for krul who’d apparantly we listen too offers of £15 mil for, all rumours though thats the fun of tge window?

  • 173 shear-class // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    This story is Rubbish Collocini is at training confirmed

  • 174 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Ibiza…just a little reading – nothing fancy :)

    http://translate.google.dk/translate?hl=da&sl=da&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsporten.tv2.dk%2F2013-01-24-olsens-om-laudrups-finale-fantastisk%3Fforside

  • 175 beefman13 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    As we go on we generate more money in to the club thats correct meaning if we survive this season we can go on and aim a wee bit higher on the transfer front, we are already judging by this window doing good business, and as my pal has said while winding me up(hes an MA hater) were are all Carr`s gems this window (two weeks ago) now the phone has stopped ringing, he could not get enough of the wind ups when we are struggling, its still a fact that there are an awful lot of supporters who say they are toon fans but hate the thought of MA being succesful, and get the buzz when we are getting beat.

    .

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  • 176 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    TADS…why would Krul want to go to the bindippers? (he has been in England long enough to know they are crap)

    Man Utd have Lindegaard (SAF rates him highly)

    Milan don’ have any money!

    Krul loves it here :)

  • 177 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    tads

    true…just have to see how things pan out I guess.

    I really rate krul so would be annoyed to see him leave but butland would be a great replacement for him.

  • 178 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2013/01/24/nufc-keen-to-tie-up-moussa-sissoko-deal-61634-32666923/

  • 179 FloridaToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Celtic will listen to any offers of 8 million or more for G. Hooper. A bit steep I think.

  • 180 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    jesper

    Sir Alex isn’t that keen on lindergard…he doesn’t seem convinced by de gea but has made him the number 1 now.

    I think if he could get a top keeper he would.

    I imagine after the failure (not that bad but no van der saar) they won’t go for young keepers again. Can see them looking at 28+ year old with experience and get a good 5-10 years out of them.

  • 181 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Jesper…Thanks for that, you know I’m not a fan of excessively long pieces of writing…

    Looks like he’s got a good future ahead of him. How long have Swansea tied him down for?

  • 182 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Jesp
    Milan will always have money mate!
    Manure i dont think really do rate lindegaard or de gea wouldnt still be getting game time
    Bin dippers, hate them but there on the up

  • 183 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    TS…where have you heard that about Lindegaard and SAF?

  • 184 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Ibiza…it’s only a 2 year deal (sadly for Swansea)

  • 185 archaeomag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    @Colo

    All this talk of Collocini has produced an advert for “Coloplast” that’s a first for me
    [Conveen – free samplesare available]

  • 186 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    jesp

    Just on football shows on sky, discussing after the game SAF doesn’t know which to go for betweent lindergaard and de gea as he doesn’t feel comfortable with either. But over the past 2 months he chose de gea to be the main man.

    I don’t think he sees lindergard as long term number 1, possibly de gea but he isn’t convinced and hear he will off load him if he can get his money back.

  • 187 numba9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Might be twentieth richest club but he doesn’t spend enough on quality or at the right times. These should have been signed in summer with another few still needed. Big striker amdta cb next in for me

  • 188 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    TS…for me it’s only the media speculating because of a few mistakes standing in for De Gea (if SAF would only choose Lindegarrd instead of switching between them so often he’ll see Lindegaard is the better choice)

  • 189 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    tads

    milan are very much skint at the moment

    They have had to sell top players and replace the with cheaper options or the academy players.

    there is a real chance they won’t get champs league this season too.

  • 190 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    TADS…it’s a big pill to swallow when you have spend that much on De Gea!

    …that is the problem for SAF (plus Lindegaard have made a few mistakes lately)

  • 191 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Ibiza – No pressure no??? On this blog – pressure is an every day occurrence! :-)

    Rotonda – I’ve not heard much about Thauvin to be honest. Bits and bobs but nothing that I would stick my neck out and post on here. I’m at valenciennes tomorrow for their game with Lyon and Saturday I’m off to work again with Sochaux (who play Montpellier) so will try and find out what I can about any possible business. Bastia play on Sunday this weekend – not sure I’m going to be able to get to it but as they play St. Ettienne, and a friend is in with the club – so at the very least will get him to do some digging for me! :-)

    TADS – I’ve lost a lot of respect for Toulouse FC over how they have treated Moussa, he is a player who wears his heart on his sleeve, battles for everything and is one of the hardest working players in Ligue 1, you’d think that would carry some weight – but it seems not. Shame.

  • 192 Transfer Sage // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    jesp

    can continue on next page

    I do think de gea is far better….but thats only going off what I have seen in prem league.

    Neither look good at claiming the ball or commanding their box to me. But de gea is a much better shot stopper and has first class distribution.

  • 193 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Numba9 – Whilst i agree you are right, I think we l agree that he is new to this football club running thing – but is hopefully learning his lesson.




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