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Ashley Gets Involved And We Sign Four Players In Four Days

10:46 am, Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

I cannot be the only Newcastle fan who has been astonished at the pace at which Newcastle have brought players into the club this week – and it comes after we lost Remy to QPR and lost a relegation 6 pointer to Reading last Saturday.

mike ashley thinuibs up smiling

Mike Ashley – four players in four days – not too bad

But with top new signings Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and today hopefully Moussa Sissoko, who is tasking a medical – Newcastle have very quickly lifted the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed that after the failure to get Remy in, that Mike Ashley took a hands on approach in the transfer market – and if this is any guide about Ashley’s skill in the transfer market – he should be getting involved a lot more form now on.

With all the Frenchmen coming to the club – the rumor is that Greggs the Bakers are looking at opening some pâtisseries in the city, and we see there is a French bakery already in the city center.

And it hasn’t stopped journalists from reporting about how all the Frenchman will cause problems in team spirit at the club, but the four players we have signed all come across as excellent team players and first class professionals and delighted to be joining a club as famous as Newcastle - their words not mine. :D

The journalists simply hope that it will cause a problem in the Newcastle dressing room.

Of course we still have to win games – and we must start to pick up points soon – starting at Villa Park next Tuesday night – which is another vital game for the lads and another relegation 6 pointer – which we cannot lose.

But there’s also no doubt that Alan Pardew has a lot more options to choose from in his squad, and it’s clear the new players all know what is expected of them and the team, through the end of the season.

This first step is to avoid relegation which would be simply catastrophic for the club, the second  is to climb up the league table to a respectable ending position come May – and the third step is to launch an attack on the top six next season.

As long as we can keep our best players this summer – the squad will be the strongest it’s been for many a season.

This week has been a great week for Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 casmag // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Repost from previous thread…Tiote has looked poor this season but look at the defence he has had to perform in front of so far this season.One mistake from Tiote and our defence has not done it’s job mopping up hence conceding goals. New defenders more solid at the back = less pressure on tiote. Plus he always plays better when Cabaye is playing.

  • 2 Sawbuck // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Ashley don’t hold kind to losing!

    Lets hope he dont sell somebody.

  • 3 outsidethebox // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    1) GET OLIVIER BERNARD ON BOARD or ano..lad can act to convey messages ..knows the fans and toon and games..

  • 4 Toonbyblood // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    ED you spelt the managers name wrong – it’s spelt ALAIN DE PARDUE!

  • 5 Crafty-NuFc-2013 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    bout time the fat f^ck got involved lol …. things looking up thooo xD HWTL

  • 6 BelfastMagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Sack Llambias, problem solved.

  • 7 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Repost: this blog is moving fast today…

    @ Jesper. Nyborg, really? I’m a big fan of Birgitte but never put two and two together…

  • 8 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Big bob – I agree that every player has his price – the problem for arsenal, or any other club, is Cabaye is the lynch pin of this team and it would take £30-40mil to by him. And when you think Eden Hazard was bought for £32 mil – people won’t pay that.

    In the summer – as long as we are still top flight, I don’t think he will go either, we just need to get away from the drop zone.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM


    something about hitting a nail on the head springs to mind there

  • 10 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    @toon its pardieux
    @cas i see it the other way around. tiotes poor play made our defence look worse by exposing them to a lot of pressure.
    this is the same defence he looked so good in front of last season. its no coincidence that our defence looked better with perch in front of them (minus a few costly errors). certainly flapped less.

  • 11 beefman13 // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Belfast, with respect DL and LC have spent a lot of time setting up these deals, am sure MA would have stepped in with remy but that kid thinks he saw the bigger picture and he did see 80/85k a week so MA would not match that anyways. i think a wee bit of credit must go to DL and LC.

  • 12 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Ashley has the wallet, he can go that extra yard.
    Its only a few days intense activity twice a year, hopefully he’ll take charge of closing these deals every window.

    I’m hoping we’re not finished.
    There are a couple of Dutch lads I’d like to see join us.

  • 13 blew // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Good for Mr Ashley and hopefully the playing side of the club, it shows what can be done with the correct attitude and manner. I will not comment on DL, what has happened in the last 4 days speaks in volumes.
    Lets hope the newcomers bed in quickly, should do they are internationals, and we get away from the bottom.
    AP has no excuses now to play Willo, Shoala and Jonas.

  • 14 yo-yo // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Nyborg Cyborgs

    Tiote’s farm team

  • 15 toonluvva // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I have long expressed my opinion on this august blog that most of our problems stem from having LLamarse as our chairman.

    With MA getting involved so directly, & note efficiently, with recent transfer dealings has he woken up to the fact that DL is a liability and should be sacked.

    If so, I hope he appoints someone with some background in football and not just another one of his Cockney Mafia.

  • 16 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    llambias is the heart and soul of the club. sack him and morale drops massively

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM


    whats your take on thauvin?

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Llambias didn’t have the authority to do deals had to go through Ashley so could not make a decision on the hoof – so deals tended to be dragged out pissing off players agents and supporters.

  • 19 yo-yo // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM


    Ginola ?

  • 20 surreytoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Question is, are we going to sign another striker?

    I read Gouffran was meant to be a summer signing but it was bought forward due to the Remy snub.

    Thauvin is not a striker from what I understand but his club Bastia have confirmed our bid. Their chairman did a Q&A and said their decision will be imminent on our bid of Euro3m +15% sell on +loan back. But he also admitted he had Arsene Wenger on the phone twice in the last week but no formal bid (rumours of E5m bid from Arsenal false) so we may force Arsenal’s hand into bidding.

    Anyway, Thauvin is not I would suggest our back up striker option, so who is, or will we wait until summer?

  • 21 alf // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Joey Barton must be an annoying twat, he has only been in France a few months and all the French players want to sign for NUFC!

  • 22 colwell // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

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  • 23 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    See arse on vengor wants to scrap the January window sounds like sour grapes to me!

  • 24 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I think a budget is set for transfers and a wages pot has a limit too.

    Llambias has to negotiate multiple deals and try to stay within these limits.

    Ashley can break these budget limits.
    Not keen on DL but I’m sure his hands are tied.

  • 25 John Tudor // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    arsene venger sad git slating ncle

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    You said it better than me

  • 27 Yorkgeordie // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Question for Houllier: If the majority of players in a dressing room speak English does that cause a divide?

  • 28 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    TS – I like him. He is young still, but has truly world class potential.

    What fits for Newcastle united is his desired position of wide left. He is rated very highly in France with view to replacing ‘the old guard’ of les bleu at some point. A left foot to die for and skill to match.

    Not prolific when it comes to scoring goals, but I feel with better players around him he will score plenty.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM


    Wayayman…who’s Birgitte Nyborg?

    …the only one I can think of is the leading female from the Danish drama serie “Borgen” :-)

    yo-yo…wouldn’t we be Chateaunouveau sur Tyne?

  • 30 Premiership Manager // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Very happy with the signings Sissoko providing he is signed will be a very big player for us as he can play anywhere in midfield or even as a full back if need be. He is an excellent crosser of the ball and a true box to box player possibly better than Cabaye which is just what we need.

    Gouffran is another good player, I just hope he’s not too similar to Cisse.

    Providing Colo stays with our new midfield line up, new defence and options up front there is plenty of competition for first team places and we should no longer need to rely on the kids.

    All we need now is pardew to produce the goods and get the team heading in the right direction

  • 31 John Tudor // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    who parked that car there haha what a load of crashes

  • 32 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    That’s the one, Jesper. Great show! Learned a little Danish from it too.. (not really, except realising that us Geordies say ‘yem’ for home too)

  • 33 geordiesteve520 // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade here but I think this needs pointed out. It is amazing that we have signed these quality players and that the club seem to have found the ambition to match our but and here’s the BIG but; our next two games are against 2 teams that have pretty much been embarrassed in their respective semi finals, I am sure a Villa – Chelsea final was odds on when the draw was made. They are two teams that have a massive point to play, the game with Villa is dangerous, it’s never a place we do well at and they’ve got the same battle on as we do. Chelsea are gunning for the two Manc clubs and will have a strong team out (even with Hazard suspended), look what they did to us last year when we were over-confident. I am constantly hoping and praying that we fly out of the blocks from now on, but we’ve got cocky before and that blew up in our faces, lets make sure we are realistic in our expectations – 4 points would be incredible but by the same extent so would 2 at this stage. Personally though I think we can smash them both ;)

  • 34 carl nufc // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    nile ranger, i wish this low life bum would pissoff and go back down south with the rest of his “brothers” ..
    why cant we just sack him?

  • 35 last minute window lies // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Now Nile Ranger being questioned about rape, how much longer until we can get rid of this clown

  • 36 Toon73 // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    ok actually it’s Alain Pardieu

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Wayayman…actually alot of Geordie words come from the Scandinavian language ;)

    …do you have that show in the UK?

  • 38 Burni // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I’m happy with the signings and normally I would be as happy as they seem to have made everyone. But, maybe it’s because not aware how good these guys are, I’m still shitting myself at the thought of being relegated. I think we can be happy now but we have some difficult games before the end of the season and I still worry we will not survive.

    Soz for the negativity lads

  • 39 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    PM, I can’t see Gouffran being too similar to Cisse. One is rapido, and loves the ball at his feet while the other is a totally instinctive finisher who drifts naturally into the right positions to make chances. it could actually be a dream partnership. Let’s face it, Ba and Cisse didn’t exactly work wonders!

  • 40 ajcrawfs // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    cabaye won’t leave, unless stupid offer comes in

  • 41 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Geordiesteve – Those are very real concerns, that every Newcastle fan is sure to have. However bringing these players in now – during the break in fixtures is a clever move. We have more time to bed the players in, get them trained and adjusted to the style of play we wish to play.

    But yes – 2 big games coming up beginning with a huge game against Villa. Truly huge game.

  • 42 Wayayman // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Jesper, yep, I’m just starting Series 2. It’s on BBC. We also had The Bridge last year which was amazing. Now THAT’S a hot female lead…

  • 43 Wandering Geordie // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The final Nile in the coffin for him…bye bye

  • 44 last minute window lies // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    @43, :-) should have been a long time ago

  • 45 Sav // Jan 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Great effort by the club at last. Y-Mbiwa a certain starter. We have hardly had time to get excited about his arrival as the other players have kept coming but surely this lad is the pick of the bunch.
    Sissoko and Goufran presumably squad players – Moussa to pressure Tiote, Cabaye and Anita. Goufran presumably on the right until Ben Arfa is fit again or to give Cisse an occasional change.
    Haidara will most likely understudy Santon and together they will allow Ferguson, Ameobi, Tav and Dummy the chance to go out on loan which they badly need.

  • 46 geordiesteve520 // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Jesper, I would imagine there would be many similarities to many Scandinavian and Geordie phrases, not solely Danish, due to the impact Viking settlers would have had on the area.

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