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Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Match Preview

11:31 am, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 390 Comments

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We had a relegation 6 pointer against Reading last time out, and after dominating the game in the first half at home, when we should have been more than just the one goal up at half time, we managed to collapse again in the last 20 minutes, and that allowed Reading to win a game at St. James’ Park for the first time ever – after seven previous defeats – and it was also their first away win of the season.

The mood of Newcastle fans after that game was doom and gloom to say the least.

But Newcastle have since brought in four French players in four days – in one of the most hectic transfer weeks in Newcastle’s long and glorious history,  and the mood on Tyneside is now decidedly upbeat, and credit goes to Mike Ashley for personally getting involved with the transfers, after the disastrous home defeat against Reading.

But we must start picking up some points, and if we play well in the first half tonight – we don’t want to watch a different Newcastle side in the second half – which has happened far too much this season, and we have to hope the new French players will have buoyed the dressing room and given the Newcastle players a big lift mentally.

There has been criticism in outside quarters about Newcastle signing French players – but most of it is utter tripe – and we don’t care where our players come from as long as they are fully committed to the Newcastle cause – and anyway I love French food. :D

And judging from the comments that have been made by our new French recruits – they are just simply delighted and proud to be at Newcastle United Football Club, and that’s good enough for us.

And tonight’s game is huge game for the club – make no mistake about that – and his is what the Newcastle manager Alan pardew had to say today:

‘This is a big occasion, make no bones about that. A win is imperative for us both and we’ll both be pushing for it.” ‘The importance of the fixture is hard for the new players to comprehend and what happened at Aston Villa four years ago is a message that will be difficult to portray, but one or two will remember it.”

With the new recruits that have been brought in and players like Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor ( and soon Ben Arfa) returning to the fray from injury  - the mood for the final 15 games of the season is decidedly upbeat, and Alan Pardew has that even his secretary was very pleased yesterday:

“My secretary was very, very pleased to type up the list of players who are travelling. She said it was the first time she had not had to put any young reserve players in there, so it cheered her up, if nothing else.”  “It is very important because we have had to play good young players before their time and it’s been unfair on them too.”

Pardew has already revealed that former Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko will make his starting debut for the club, but it’s difficult to know what starting eleven Alan may choose  - but here’s our shot at it:

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor(S) Santon
Marveaux Cabaye Sissoko Obertan
Cisse Gouffran
Subs: Harper Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Anita Perch Ameobi (Sh) Gutierrez

Notice there are no youngsters on the bench – and it seems harsh to have Vurnon Anita out of the side – and he may start in place of Obertan, but competition for places in now huge with the four new players brought in last week, and the manager will have lots of different options on the bench for substitutions – depending on how the game goes tonight.

That’s something Alan hasn’t has for the last three months.

Newcastle have to start picking up some wins, and we’ve only two wins since early November – so a win is certainly due – and we think the new French players will be fighting hard to get the side a win tonight  in their very first game in the Newcastle squad, but Newcastle also have to end their terrible ability to give away sloppy goals.

It looks like around 80% of readers think we’ll win the game tonight — so we hope it’s not another terrible let-down – like the Reading result.

Let us know how you think the game will go tonight.

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390 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Obertan over Anita? Nee chance :)

  • 2 daztoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    If we start with a high tempo it’s a win

  • 3 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Somehow i doubt obertan will come back into the side considering he didn’t even show up at reading and norwich

    I hope for






    Although in reality it’ll likely to be jonas in for gouffran and stevie t in for mbiwa. Still even then its a decent looking side with some quality on the bench.

  • 4 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    torq RE previous thread. when you said it seems inevitable (what your hearing / impression your getting) that something firm will happen with PEA soon did you mean specifically NUFC or could be any team? I REALLY want this player in black n white!

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM


    Thats the team I want to see as well.

  • 6 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    any money on jonas being in the starting 11?

  • 7 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM


    it let me post

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM


    It wouldn’t surprise me…nor would it greatly disappoint me.

    I think jonas has had a poor season but I don’t think pardew will want too many changes to disrupt the side which is understandable.

  • 9 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I would start 4-3-3 then revert to 4-5-1 as the match goes on depending on pressure, score.

    ———————- Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ——– Cabaye – Sissoko – Anita ——–
    Gouffran ——— Cisse ——- Marveaux

    Reverting to:-

    ———————- Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ————– Sissoko – Anita —————
    Gouffran ——- Cabaye —— Marveaux
    ——————— Cisse ———————

    Pardew will play:-

    ————————— Krul ———————–
    Debuchy – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon
    —————— Sissoko – Perch —————–
    Anita —————- Cabaye ——- Marveaux
    ————————– Cisse ———————-

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Catchy…I’d put money on him starting Jonas.

    Has Ed been censoring your posts?

  • 11 clinath@ed // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Where you been Catchy?

  • 12 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Mat Thai – It’s my pleasure. I always only try to post what I feel is accurate and reliable. And pray that nothing happens to get people on my back. Have been called a fake ITK, a dreamer and a bullsh1tter in the past when I mentioned we were in for Yanga and Sissoko (when spurs/arsenal etc were in the papers wanting them!) but look where they are now.

    And those bloggers have been very quiet of late.

    I’m weird in that I love my job and meet lots of people. This blog and 99% of the people who contribute to it make it a great place to chat and air views…the other 1% just try to bring it down and are probably from Wearside if truth be told!

  • 13 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Transfer Sage

    i looked at a site today, jonas 19 games. 1560 mins 0 assists 0 goals
    half of those games he has played as a left winger or left of a front 3 ,

    i remember him as captain v man u pointing to, player J evens, telling ppl to pick him up , he had no one, he ran past him and scored,,

    not the player i want on my team

  • 14 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    This is my interpretation of what we are going to do to Villa tonight,via the medium of music.

  • 15 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Mat Thai – all I know is our interest in the player was real and genuine….not merely paper talk.

    We stand as good a chance as anybody – the money is right and I can’t see the need for him at the bigger, richer clubs where 1st team opportunities would be slim.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM


    You get a nice crowd on through the day, views on either side but generally more accepting and willing to engage.

    You get some people later on who just seem to be here to state their point and insult everyone else.

  • 17 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    When people say these plays need time to gel my god!

    Mbiwa has played CL football, against Arsenal! This is against Villa. He has Debuchy who can speak French on the right of him.

    Sissoko AND Cabaye who can speak french infront of him.

    If he plays Williamson or STaylor then why buy a quality CB. Villa is perfect to let him get used to the team.

    Best against Villa then Chelsea/Tottenham does that not mean we will not see our new boys until late Feb?!

  • 18 G // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I think the new lads will give the existing lads a lift, and even though Villa will have the cup hangover, I think wor lads will come out fighting tonight. I reckon this one is a banker. 3 points, back of the net.

    Off subject, just seen on .com that it’s Lovenkrands birthday today. Anybody notice his stats? 55 appearances with 29 goals. I didn’t realise just how good he was for us, even though most of those goals are in the champo.

  • 19 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    i think ed has done something :(

    in the last 3 days, i have not been able to post much :(

    i think we have 3 great signings, and the other 2 i know nothing about,,

    just for the record, im in the camp that says pardew will f it up,

  • 20 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Catchy have you read Colos interview today? kind of blows your theory out of the water that he does not rate Pardew.

  • 21 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    it did it again

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM


    I agree he isn’t offering a lot. I just think Pards will go with him as he doesn’t like to change too much too quick.

    I would rather see gouffran but think we will do better now we have a more solid team behind jonas.

  • 23 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Haha, according to polls, optimism rules the blog once again.

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    pawl…When people say “need time to gel” they don’t mean learn to play football. Systems and players are different at every club, so there does need to be a period of time to work things out.

    For instance, the new guys might now know about our secret weapon that is Mike Williamson.

  • 25 Krul Blow // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Rainrix – right on the money there pal.
    What a team!

  • 26 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Sage – Very true mate! Daytime bloggers are my better ! :-)

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM


    Agree on PEA.

    Man utd have 4 forwards and 4 wingers….cant see him going there.

    City have 4 forwards (Platt said if balotelli leaves then guidetti might get a chance) and they dont really use proper wide men.

    I think we have as good a chance as others for him like you say.

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Tequila…Ah yes, but if you see the live footage of that interview you will notice Colo has a gun pointed at his head. Not saying he was forced to say those things but….

  • 29 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM



    and to be honest,, i wouldnt believe it, no one ever says anything bad about the manager, not even joey barton,,

    so i would exect him to come out and say the right things

    wouldnt you?

  • 30 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Jonas will start, well im 99 per cent sure he will, i think Colo had that in his contract that jonas must be in the team alongside him.

    AP again having a go at the younger players but no mention of his senior players who have been pants, then only mentioning sammy n fergie as two who may make it?, he feels sorry for Campbell who has looked very good in training, well Alan you have not the bottle to give the lad a chance and it looks like he may have to go out on loan now, how the other youngins feeling with no mention that they may be able to step up, and weather fans think they can or not, it still must be a dent in their confidence. also haidera is being left out of the squad tonight, yet again a younger player that Pardew can cope with telling your time will come. you better get it right Pardew, beacuse every day you wind me up with your comments.

    I support the regime and owner but i do not like his manager.

  • 31 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Ibiza, haha yeah I did see him muttering something about Pardew being a cabron.

  • 32 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Don’t you know that the blog moderates crap?

  • 33 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Transfer Sage

    it is this reason pardew will lose his job, :(

    right now, its time to ditch what hasnt been working, and try a new approach

  • 34 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Ibiza – I know what it means, I am just saying any quality player doesnt need it!

    Cisse anyone? Last year took us on a wild ride. Play him now while confidence is high within the team and fans after signing our new players.

    Let them prove their worth against Villa. If they arent good enough against Villa why bother against bloody Chelsea and Spurs.

    We need to get them into the team playing competitive football. Sissoko and Mbiwa must start ASAP. I understand that Haidara and Gouffran may not.

    I would accept Jonas on a wing, I understand he is more defensive than attacking therefore adds security over Gouffran or Marveaux.

    I just dont understand why you would not play a quality CB when Williamson will most likely play instead. I hope I am wrong, Mbiwa would be a welcome start.

    If we ever get £6m+ for Williamson I’ll show my butt in Fenwicks Christmas window later in the year! Seriously, he is gash!

  • 35 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Well I am off for now. Catch you all later for the game. HWTL.

  • 36 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Krul… Yup a nicely balanced team with 2 solid holding midfielders who can are capable of attacking and pushing on when needed as well as defending when needed. A pacy and creative front 4 and a decent back 4. How much do you want do bet it wont be the team that starts though :)

  • 37 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    then how do you get on?

  • 38 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    @transfer sage – that is perfect for me if the daytime bloggers are the best, living in Thailand means im 7 hours ahead and very unlikely to be online when it is later over there!

  • 39 nufc 11 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Everyones blaming willo for the sloopy goals of late , mbwia could replace santon tonight think he has been very poor of late although id give him 15/20min on RM depending on the score, taylor for willo becoz his dangerous frm corners and villa are poor at defending them, think wel play anita instea of obertan or jonas on the LM, everyone is very opp that wel win but what if we lose? does AP get the door?

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    Whilst I want to see jonas replaced with better I think that chucking 4/5 new lads into a big game is a difficult thing to do.

    Maybe 2 or 3 but more than that can disrupt the team…not that we have had much flow to our play but people know whats expected of them.

    Hopefully we get sissoko and mbiwa (on top of debuchy) in at least then see others from the bench.

  • 41 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Krul blow, of course that should be the team, put up by rainrix but i would give you A HUNDRED TO ONE ON A TENNER THAT IT WONT BE!!!

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    mat thai

    later bloggers are ok too, a lot of the same just get the odd idiot who comes on to just insult people and talk rubbish….either kids or mackems haha.

  • 43 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Catchy yet you were very keen to jump on the supposed argument in the dressing room between them. Being a bit selective there about what you believe there. I suggest you give it a read before jumping to conclusions.

  • 44 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM


    i typed out a long reply earlier, but it did not post,,

    but i compaird jonas shola fergy sammy,,

    jonas had no goals or assists 19 games 1560 mins

    shola 1 goal 3 assists 12 games 550 mins about

    fergy 9 games 1 assist 9 games mins 342

    sammy 1 assist 250 mins ( fluky assist. bad shot hit cisse on the back and went in, both didnt really do anything)

  • 45 Crafty-NuFc-2013 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    _______________ KRUL _________________

    Debuchy ___ Mbiwa ___ Collo ___ Santon

    __________ Sissoko ___ Tiote ___________

    ______________ Cabaye ______________

    Ben Arfa ____ Cisse ____ Gourfran

    tht would be my team if no injuries

  • 46 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I dont think Pardew should be sacked. Its important to realize although our team has been lacking depth it is not actually Pardews fault.

    You could clearly see he was upset with the lack of support from the board in the summer window.

    I think without our starting 11 players we had no quality behind them. We have been without alot of our starting players this season, we even top the injury list! Hell most of our backups (RTaylor, Gosling) have been injured too.

    I think given the investment Pardew should see out this season, what is the point in sacking him now. It would only upset the team morale.

    Give him time, support him and be positive. Even a loss tonight does not mean the end of the world.

    Lets get some stability, although yes someone should have a word about his substitution choices. But beyond that he is probably as good as we will get, who else would come to us these days?!

  • 47 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM


    Very much a PR stunt. Some people will buy it.

  • 48 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    ________ KRUL _________________

    Debuchy ___saylor ___ Collo ___Mbiwa

    __________ Sissoko ___ Tiote ___________

    ______________ Cabaye ______________

    santon ____ Cisse ____ Gourfran

  • 49 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Craft – I would let Gouffran be a backup striker, I would prefer Marveaux on the left, his NATURAL position not this central malarky people keep mentioning.

  • 50 nastynorm // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    team 4 2nite krul
    debuchy mbiwa collo santon
    anita cabaye sissoko marveaux
    cisse gouffran
    wud av mbiwa b4 taylor hes bn out 2 long mbiwa fit & ready finaly we get jonas out 1st team hes bn rubbish 4 2yrs lookin 4ward 2 match now, 2-0 2 the mags

  • 51 saxonfenken // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I agree with you 100%, if you play in the CL against our top teams, players are bound to get experience.
    We have seen poor Teams from Europe play this year against us and make us look silly football wise. So how cn they be not as good as what we have got.


    I always read your post with great interest, a wonderful insite to the players on the continent who interest NUFC.
    I can assure you that I consider you ITK, and I certainly would not chastise you for getting things wrong occasionally. Please keep the info coming

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    Marvoux said himself he is more comfortable in a central role and enjoys the game more. But I do agree he has played left side a lot in his career which is where we should play him tonight.

    And I think you are right on pardew, why sack him now? at least give him the chance to show what he can do with a good, technical squad.

  • 53 mohdazel // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    No Haidara on the bench?

  • 54 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM


    Torq is definitely the best person on here for reliable information. Has become one of my favourite members this past few weeks of chatting.

    Still I like Ibiza, complete buffoon but in a loveable way….happy to make fun of himself and has some good opinions too.

  • 55 Crafty-NuFc-2013 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    ______________ Krul ________________

    Debuchy ___ Mbiwa __ Collo __ Santon

    __________ Sissoko __ Anita __________

    Gourfran ____ Cabaye ____ Marvz

    _____________ Cisse ________________

    HWTF 3-0 WIN ^_-

  • 56 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Saylor Colo mbiwa
    Debuchy Anita santon
    Sissoko Cabaye marveaux

  • 57 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    tequilamag //


    this is killing me,, it wont let me post,, just typed a longish reply, gone :(

    colo f’d up,, he is making the best out of it,, i think if colo wanted to go for family reasons he would be gone,, his buy out is 7 million, family v money,, only one winner,, he chose to stay, which to suggests, family was just a cover 11

  • 58 toonbrother // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    with colocinni involved we will always concede goals like when we conceded 4 against manu, 7 against arsenal and 2 against reading. You can take that to the bank. Now we have signed MYM and theres no williamson, perch or tiote to blame i wonder who the fans will scapegoat for the next abysmal defensive showing

  • 59 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Rainrix team looks the best, think most of us have posted that team somewhere this morning. I still think jonas might start in place of goofy, because I don’t think pards quite trusts santon. Front 3 will probably be (r-l) marv cisse jonas. Goofy on later for jonas. I think he will start with mbiwa and colo. Taylor bench and willo can clean the kit, although he’ll probably lose the shirts at the last second, and they’ll end up nestling In the back of his own washing basket.

  • 60 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Pawl… I agree pards gets far too much stick. Its always going to be the case with managers. They’re generally the beacon of hate when a team isn’t doing well.

    Of course pards isn’t completely blameless either. Some of his team selections and tactics have been questionable. But theres so many factors for this seasons downturn, injuries, europa lack of summer investment, ba acting like a prepubescent korean girl. It all adds up to one big problem that we’re in now. Of course pards gets the entirety of the blame from most

  • 61 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I think pardew could suprise us 2nite with a very energetic and experimental side

    I’m going for

    Debuchy. Collo. Mbiwa. Santon
    Anita. Cabaye. Sissoko
    Marveaux. Cisse. Goofy

  • 62 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I get on fine cause I don’t spout crap. Well, there may be the occasional crap, but at least I’m not a broken record.

    I think it picks up that too. It’s quite evident that you actually have that problem, so I don’t really understand the question…

  • 63 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Saxon / sage – Thanks to you both. And this is what I was saying, you guys, Ibiza, proud, jesp, spread and many many more make this blog a great place to come. Yes you get the idiots from time to time – but true fans are able to air their sometimes differing points in here, without the need for insults and name calling etc.

    There’s a LOT of love in the room today…! :-)

  • 64 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    TS – Dont forget…Ibiza is our ITK for all things Spanish!!!

    I think he had the scoop on Xisco before anybody else!! :-)

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM


    I don’t think colo is the main reason we ship goals….he was the rock in our defence when we kept the 3rd most clean sheets in the league last year.

    I think that our problem is that to be solid we really needed these players


    We needed that block of 4 last year….when colo, tiote or cabaye were missing we were weaker.

    Now we have sissoko, anita, mbiwa we can probaly cope much easier as we have adequate cover for these key areas.

    Spurs away we let in 5….no tiote or cabaye
    norwich away let in 4… colo or saylor or willo
    man utd this year… cabs or tiote
    arsenal this year… cabs

    no we have good players to cover for these guys I think we will do much better

  • 66 Crafty-NuFc-2013 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM


  • 67 alienhunter // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Mat Thai – where you based in Thailand? I’m working in Bangkok but originally from Heaton. Usually watch toon games around Nana. Good regular crowd of us if you live in BKK and want to watch the match with likeminded souls.

  • 68 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM


    Ah yes…Ibiza is a top ITK…shame little happens football wise in ibiza.

  • 69 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Sage – Yeah but he KNOWS that….! :-)

  • 70 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    mat @ 37

    i feel your pain slightly… match is at 130pm my time, and i am at work.. but i do have it taped…


  • 71 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM


    Haha true. He is wise…..maybe i should hand him my title of sage.

  • 72 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I’d know if anyone from wideopen, westmoor or killingworth was going to sign. Am I an ITK?

  • 73 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM


    do you have a silly rumour you can start?

  • 74 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Markaccus – You dark horse!!!! What’s the latest scoop??

  • 75 aidantoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    would like to see Jonas on the bench but agree that pardew won’t want to change to much to early.
    really looking forward to see new French boys!!!

    torq in your view out of all New French boys who would benefit us the most in the long run?

  • 76 toonbrother // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    colocinni supporters always talk about last season. This season is already underway. In fact were past the halfway stage. Guess what, colocinnis performances this season have led us into a relegation dogfight How about talking about this season for once

  • 77 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Ok, one of the checkout staff says her son is going to sign as a winger before thursday. Apparently he “runs really fast for the bus, and never misses it’ and ‘he once scored five goals while he was playing footie with his mates next to the lake’. You heard it here first.

  • 78 barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    i swear if williamson starts tonight i will personally go to pardews house and shove a pineapple up his ass!

    Pardew should do this:

    debuchy mbia collo santoon
    Anita sissoko
    marvs cabs gouff

  • 79 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I think we should play:
    Debuchy Saylor Mbiwa Santon
    Coloccini Sissoko
    Anita Cabaye Marveaux

    Because we don’t have a great deal of cover over the back 4 when anita/perch play at DM. Plus taylor seems really fired up for this one. Gouffran, shola, obertan to come off the bench, Gutierrez, perch or bigirimana if we’re closing the game out.
    However i can see jonas probably playing, or perch.

  • 80 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    That’s the checkout staff at morrisons

  • 81 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    alienhunter im based in chachoengsao which is about 40 mins to an hour away SE from BKK. Never actually been to nana but would be up for coming to watch a game there sometime if i get the chance! how long you been here for?

  • 82 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    From what I have seen of Marveaux he is very similar to Ben Arfa. His career has been played on the left wing, I would personally like to see him out wide tonight. He can cross, he can move down the wing.

    I feel if he is played central he does not do the hard work and dirty track back that Cabaye, Tiote, Anita and Sissoko will do. By giving him the ball out wide he can come in central like Ben Arfa, which also allows space for Santon down the wing.

    We need to get rid of those not good enough in our starting 11. Williamson, Simpson, Obertan and Jonas this season come to mind.

    Therefore I feel the obvious solution is ….. Mbiwa, Gouffran, Debuchy and Sissoko start.

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Anita Sissoko
    Gouffran Cabaye Marveaux

    I would have Gouffran and Marveaux stay higher up the pitch to support Cisse and we would actually have a pacey counter attack.

  • 83 DanRo // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Bit of transfer news – Cordoba have agreed a loan deal for Xisco.

  • 84 barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    shut up toon brother! if we didnt have collo we wouldbe rock bottom!

    imagine having williamson partnering anyone else? taylor injured, who would he partner? Not event he best cb in the world could stop other teams from scoring, willow has to be one of the worst players to put on the shirt!

  • 85 DanRo // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Sissoko and Gouffran to start.
    Yanga-Mbiwa on bench.


  • 86 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    can be a nightmare trying to catch games – today’s game at 3am or something. Being an english teacher in thailand allows for this tho such a care free country my students will totally understand… i hope :)

  • 87 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Toonbrother are u a mackem? Colo is no way to blame. Don’t agree with the way he went about his transfer but only one man to blame. Pardwho. Cisse/Shola right wing? Negative negative. He has his squad he must now deliver

  • 88 markmac // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Cant see AP dropping Anita, he’s been in good form ober the last month or so, not sure about defense but id guess at this midfield
    marv — cabs — jonas

  • 89 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM


    you say im repeating myself,, fair enough

    when will you say pardew repeats the same mistakes ,,

    he does the same stuff over and over, hoping it will work,, but normally dosnt,,

    what you have is pure blind faith

  • 90 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    if pardew drops marveaux, or plays jonas on the wing, or fails to drop williamson, i may well cry.

  • 91 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I think as you go through the day people’s alcohol intake increases. Therefore you get more arguments at night and weekends. I sometimes have a few drinks if a match is on and I definitely get a little more wound up because of he booze.

  • 92 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    I dont get that, a few people have put Marv on the right. The guy is left footed, he doesnt have a right foot.

    I think its important not to play people out of position and Jonas was actually right midfield on arrival as he is actually right footed, although like Santon can use his left which is why I dont mind him out wide left so much.

    Look we bought players to stop players playing out of position. Unless you plan on Marv coming in constantly for a shot which he can do on the left anyway his crossing will be severely hampered, its very noticeable when Santon gets in the final third he prefers his right foot for a cross and allows the players to close him down when he adjusts his body to hit the ball.

    Marveaux is a left midfielder who can play central. He is doesnt like to work hard though so is more liability in a central position.

  • 93 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    I agree colo has been below par this year but in all honesty how many can claim to have played well.

    Also our team struggles to defend when we miss tiote or cabaye or both…they have fight and break play up.

    Cabaye has missed a lot and was carrying an injury, tiote has been off form…that has exposed our defence to high levels of pressure too often.

    Colo is not playing as well as last year individually but the team around him are meaning any mistake is also punished.

    Now we have some quality around him we will look much better.

  • 94 toonbrother // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Okay. Now that colo is partnered with £7m MYM im guessing we wont be blaming williamson for poor defensive displays will we?

  • 95 josstoon time // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    sorry to change tack everybody but does anybody know if any of our new signings are eligible for the europa league ? thanks

  • 96 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Catchy,all this Pardew hating is having a negative effect on you,pretty new to this blog and you sort of get mental representations of the people who are posting based on their posts,my mental picture of you is you in a room,curtains closed,surrounded by candles with pictures of Pardew all over your walls with the eyes scratched out.

  • 97 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Ohshola, out of those three things, only one will probably come true. Jonas out wide to cover santon. Pards doesn’t trust santon yet. I’d rather have a more attacking player, but in some ways I could see why pardew might opt for jonas. Santon has been out of position a few times.

  • 98 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM


    Marv is fine centrally if played just behind cisse….unfortunately for him we have two players who play that role better, cabaye and HBA.

    Marvoux should therefore be stuck on the left of our attack like you say…but I’m happy to see him just off cisse if others aren’t playing.

  • 99 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    what i do not want to see is the headlines tomorrow is les misrables

  • 100 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    pardew isn’t a good manager but lets be honest, we can’t really get anyone better with mike in charge. he has the players though, so all he has to do it set the right tactics, and not start sitting back after 60 bloody minutes. i want us to pound villa so badly they will be practically down. 5-0.

  • 101 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    there are some days i take off work to see the toon, which drives my boss insane, but my 6 year old son loves it, because i take him out of school early for them… gotta raise him right!!

  • 102 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    We cannot afford to bring our new players in slowly they have to go straight in, this premiership survival depends on it. half our team that Pardew normally puts out will see us down if he continues with them them. no more chances for them they have buggered mine and all our supporters season, It has pulled me from being such a positive person were the toon are concerned to a a depressive person, that manager has buggered my season up with his team selections and his gobshiterry, we have new players we all want playing, bugger off with your daft ego and play them, and for god sake bin all the usual suspects.

  • 103 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM


    Obviously willo can’t be blamed if he doesn’t play. But he has made a lot of individual errors which have cost us.

    I think that it’s not just the CB pairing which will help us….its having a settled anita, sissoko and now cabaye back in the team.

    As well has having debuchy in and right back.

    Defending, like attacking, is done as a unit and each player has a part to play in different areas of the pitch so one player wont change too much but will help, the main benefit is now we have strength in depth to cover for the big players when not available.

  • 104 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Toonbrother. Willow is garbage but he was last season too. This season all blame rests on pardew. Yes he had injuries but the teams we’ve played at home we should be safe now. But to keep ba happy he went negative. Ba could play left like he did last year but he spat dummy so Cisse was pushed wide where he can’t play. No wonder the lads no confidence

  • 105 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Feel Pardew needs to give us fans what we want and its pretty obvious most fans (70-80%) want to see

    ————————– Krul —————————
    Debuchy — Mbiwa —— Coloccini — Santon
    ——————- Anita — Sissoko —————–
    Gouffran ———– Cabaye ———– Marveaux
    ————————- Cisse ————————–

    I think out of that team the only one I would maybe ok with not seeing start tonight is Gouffran, for perhaps Jonas which is a slightly more hard working, defensive player given its away from home.

    Sissoko Cabaye and Anita can rotate when one moves forward the other two pull back given us defensive cover as the wing backs provide wing support.

    Look its simple, we need to boss midfield, we need to keep a clean sheet. Do that we get 1 point away from home after our form, its acceptable.

    We need a win and want one but 1 point is not the end of the world, its most likley an extra point that QPR, Reading and Southampton will get playing the big boys.

  • 106 joeinthecheapseats // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Team for tonight should be
    Debuchy Colo Mbiwya Santon
    Gouufran Sissoko Cabaye Anita Marveaux
    4/5/1 formation with Cabaye Gouufran and Anita bombing on

  • 107 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Just worried that without tiote we don’t have anyone to mix it up with benteke and n’zogbia. zog always raises his game against us. hopefully sissoko is a bit of a battering ram on the pitch and can cover as well as starting attacks.

  • 108 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    If things turn around drastically, I can still see the pardew haters saying the following…. “Pardew had nothing to do with our last 5 good results, the players rebeled and played 4231 when pardew wanted to play 631. He picked williamson and shola, but mbiwa beat them up and forced his way into the team”

  • 109 markmac // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    @ 89 PAWL, i realise what your saying but im going simply from the fact that
    1] theres no room in the centre for him whilst cabaye is in the side
    2] AP always likes to have jonas in front of santon
    3] he’s been in good form and wont want to drop him,so will ‘make space’ for him somewhere

    all imo of cause, just how i see it from a pardew point of view :]

  • 110 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM


    are u spying on me ?


    im not botherd what ppl think of me,, im not here to make a new best friend

    i believe stats back me up, when i say pardew is 1 of our all time worst managers

    and i dont understand why ppl chose to ignore it,, just because they dont want to change a manager,, they would rather him take us down,,

    look at his former clubs and see what state he has left them in

  • 111 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Mbiwa will own Benteke, I have faith in that its simple he is a beast, a defensive beast that eats average players like Benteke up for lunch!

    Williamson on the other hand……

  • 112 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM


    how many points out of the next 3 games?

    villa tonight,, 2 teams strugling, we have not won away all season



    if we are lucky,, 3 points

  • 113 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    off topic not to mention newcastle

  • 114 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

  • 115 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Catchy, having said that you want us to lose games so Pardew will be sacked I don`t think your in any position to lecture the blog on what is best for Newcastle. You would rather see us relegated to prove a debating point.

  • 116 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    where do you see points coming from in the next 5 games?

  • 117 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM


    No doubt pardew has a bad record…..he has the 3rd lowest win % over the past 20 years.

    I think that it’s a question of whether you can look past current form and decide if pardew will improve or stay the same or get worse.

    I think that pardew can and will improve, no real evidence to say he will, just an instinct from the bits i see and hear.

  • 118 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    N’Zogbia for me is the one to watch tonight.

    Will Debuhcy/Santon cover his inside runs effectively am not sure. Sissoko, Cabaye and Anita have to boss the centre of the pitch tonight.

    They can all attack and defend. Its a good balance.

    Cabaye is more effetive on the offence, and less on defence.

    Sissoko all rounder, equally powerful in both offence and defence.

    Anita is more effective in defence, and less offence.

    They are all good passers of the ball allowing us to contain the ball well I hope.

    When Ben Arfa comes back, Marveaux and him will make such an impact out wide if given players like those 3 to spray the ball about.

    I am excited, the midfield is just packed with quality, time to us it! Not bypass it with a Williamson, Simpson HOOF!

  • 119 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Now catchy what happened to the renewed balanced approach? Surely the signings should have made you happy not drove you into a fervour of anti-Pardew spiel.

    Not to worry. Pardew one of our all time worst managers? Simply put, that’s a statement of epically ludicrous proportions.

  • 120 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Really really can’t see williamson even being on the bench. I think the bench will be: harper, staylor, perch, biggi, obertan, shameobi, goofy/jonas depending who starts. No need for 2 cb’s on the bench. Perch can cand cover in an emergency.

  • 121 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    113 tequilamag

    i have never said i want us relegated

    i said , id be prepared to lose games if it ment he would be sacked,,

    but backing him after every loss, is madness,, esp when its the same mistakes

  • 122 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM


    I think we can get 3 points tonight.

    Chelsea are off the boil and I think the fans and team will be up for a game against demba ba….I expect us to give them a good game and think at least a point.

    Spurs are on a good run so it will be difficult but I think we can also stop them and get a point.

    so thats 5-7 points I see us getting.

  • 123 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    i bet n’zogbia takes at least 5 shots tonight and none are on target…he will also have the option to assist but shoot instead.

  • 124 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Willo cost 1M.
    He regularly plays against guys who cost 20-50M.
    He’s had a few okay spells in the side.
    Always gives 100% and he’s a lot better than me!

    I hope he doesn’t play for us again … but thanks Willo for trying your best every match.

  • 125 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    one game at a time please

  • 126 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM


    given the players he has,, i think he is the worst

  • 127 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I’d like sissoko to be the one to do a job on Zog tonight. Anita as the DMF, cabaye AMF and sissoko box to box in attack, but all over Zog when they have the ball.

  • 128 chris_g // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    DanRo // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Bit of transfer news – Cordoba have agreed a loan deal for Xisco.

    If that’s true it could be quite significant. At the moment, because of our recent transfer activity, we have completely filled up our allocation of players for the 25 man squad. If we manage to send Xisco out on loan for the rest of the season it means that we don’t need to name him in the squad, which also means that there will be a space available to bring in one more player in this transfer window who is aged over 21.

  • 129 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Catchy it amounts to the same thing, we are in a relegation battle every game is a cup final if we want to stay up.

  • 130 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Apparently some dude from SkyItalia is using advanced Twitronics to suggest nufc have successfully put a €13m bit in for Billy Bony is that right? What’s the thinking?

  • 131 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I would be over the moon kind of happy with 7 points and through to next EL round come end of Feb.

    3 points v Villa (a)
    1 point v Chelsea (h)
    0 points v Spurs (a)
    3 points v Southampton (h)

    I would be happy with that!

  • 132 Robson Wonderland // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM


    Gouffran will be cup tied as he already played in Europa agaist us.

    Sissoko will be available in Europe so will Haidara

    You are only allowed to select one player who has played in the CL to play in the Europa so we will have to make a choice between Yanga and Debuchy. I guess Pards will go for Debuchy as we have more cover at CB?

    If anyone knows that I’m wrong on this then feel free to correct me!!!

  • 133 KINGNUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    still think jonas will start tonight…Pardew love him more than other player…

  • 134 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Catchy – a quick edit of your post, just changed a couple of words, hope you don’t mind

    When you say Pardew repeats the same mistakes you’re repeating the same stuff over and over, hoping we will listen and acknowledge your superior opinions but we don’t.
    What you have is pure blind hate.

  • 135 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Chris that’s how I looked at it (Xisco loan), otherwise it makes virtually no sense.

  • 136 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Tequilla, catchy feels so strongly about how crap our manager is and not for one minute would i agree if he had that train of thought were just to prove his point he could say i told you so if the worst came to the worse.
    This situation we are in is bloody breaking my heart, a lot of it has been caused by the way our manager has picked and set up our teams, i can totally see catchys point of view regarding Pardew, the stats this season are there for everyone to see, they dont lie.

    HE being Pardew has continually done the exact opposite of what virtually every fan thought wee should be doing, over cautious over protective over defensive throughout the wholw season, he really does blame anyone but himself and usually the one he can get away with it with and i have said this before but i have heard many times he dosnt say boo to the senor players, that stinks the place out. Get it right or GET OUT.

  • 137 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Paw1250 sure Ben arfa is left footed and plays only on the right. Think it would work nicely while bunny is out of the team. Goofy coming in from the left. Scare the shite out of them lol

  • 138 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM


    I vehemently disagree. I think we overstate the quality of the side. Take HBA, Cabaye and Colo out of the team and there were a surprising few good players. Cisse and Tiote were off the boil, Jonas isn’t good enough, Marv didn’t work hard enough, Santon can’t defend and Willo and Simmo are….Willo and Simmo.

    Aside from Ba who was being a selfish git to try and get the best possible move away from the club, how did we have this amazingly strong team? Or are we deluding ourselves? I thought we had a great team but on closer inspection we had a decent team with a few great players.

    That’s just how I see it.

  • 139 alienhunter // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Mat Thai – been here for 4 years working for PWC . Really like it out here. How long you been in Chachoengsao? Think i have been there.. has a famous temple?

    I dont post so much here but read a lot. if you ever head into Bangkok to watch a game, head to Soi 4.. I am usually in Hilarys bar .. look for a big baldy bloke with ‘Shearer 9′ toon top on!

  • 140 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Hatem @122

    Very generous, totally agree with your sentiments there.
    The best thing you can say is he is a trier, give his all, the worst that his standard of play isn’t top EPL.

  • 141 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Benny sorry lol

  • 142 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Xisco loan means we’ll get a small part of his wages back and that he’ll not be seen in b&w again.

    We didn’t have to list him in the squad.
    Krul is classed as home grown too.

  • 143 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Beef every man and his dog knows Pardew has not had the options he would have liked. He now has those options. Not saying Pardew has not made mistakes because he has, Pardew will be judged now on results with a full deck to choose from. If he screws up by all means get your lynch mob out. If he turns it around I hope you will have the good grace to cut him some slack.

  • 144 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I heard that too, on the other hand simpson is nearly back and ryan taylor won’t be far behind, i’d just rather not have williamson having to play in a europa league semi-final!

  • 145 josstoon time // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    thanks robson : )

  • 146 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I really REALLY hope, now that we actually have some options to play with, tactics start working, results start coming, confidence gets higher and everything gets generally better. Then certain people might, just might, shut the hell up about wanting to sack the manager now, just after all the new players have come in, unsettling them before they get bedded in. Mentalists!

  • 147 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM


    We have been a mediocre side with a few really good players. On here guys mostly either over-rate the players or give them a good slagging – no halfway.
    Doesn’t help reasoned debate.
    But with another 5 new upgrades we must be getting near the side AP really wants – take Beattie’s and others point that we do need a proper left sided winger/forward to strengthen Jonas’s old position as he is in his declining years.
    And I agree that we’ll have a side with a starting 11 that can compete against anybody, even if we still will lack depth in some positons.
    An Alderweireld and a PEA would do the trick

  • 148 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Xisco was listed in the squad though, last man. Even though Pardew never had any intention of playing him imo.

  • 149 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Aidantoon – If you ask who I feel will benefit the most for NUFC I would have to say Gouffran.

    Yanga and Sissoko can play at their peak at ANY club in Europe (imo), Massadio Haidara will develop into a hell of a player…

    But Gouffran will thrive at this club. He is underrated in France and has never really gotten the recognition he deserves for his play, his goals and his work rate. He is a cracking player and a truly decent person. He was desperate to come here (as were all the new lads!) and as long as he feels loved and valuable – he will do big things for this club.

  • 150 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    qpr1 man city8

  • 151 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Ruddy – I completely agree, I said from the start of the season we have a good starting 11, but an average squad. I always knew Krul, Colo, STaylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Arfa, Ba and Cisse get injured we have no where near the same quality to replace them.

    I though top 10 finish but by that I suspected a 9th, 10th but always openly said it could even be as low as 12th give EL can knock us.

    I feel now we can still acheive the 10th – 14th area with a few wins but only because the players like Jonas, Simpson who were first teamers are now back ups to better players.

    NortherIrishToon – Benny has a very good left and right foot, Gouffran is heavily right footed I have been told. I feel if you want the best out of the system you would play Marveaux on the left and Gouffran/Jonas on the right.

    Its important for defensive cover on the left side as Santon is not the strongest LB. BUT we give Anita the task to double up and play him left sided DM, make sure he is aware and bring Cabaye in centre DM should Marveaux start being lazy and not track back.

    We need Mbiwa, Sissoko to start tonight, its almost a given for a new manager to replace his worst CB with now arguably his best one (Mbiwa for Willo) and yes he is better than Colo.

  • 152 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Tequilamag why should people praise parade if he gets a win against a relegation pile of shite when he has a team worthy of CL. He has no tactical brain and as much as I want him to turn it round I’m affraid it will be the players not him. Imagine SBR with this squad. Possibilities are endless

  • 153 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Of course the bad thing to come out of this is the possibility of demoralising those younger players who were asked to step up a bit earlier than they could manage. I hope that being thrown back into reserve life doesn’t take the fight out of them.

  • 154 magsie // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Seen This On Newcastle Rumours Page And Thought It Quite Funny :-)

    28 Jan 2013 19:57:36
    Just spoken to Harpers neighbour who lives around the corner from me. And he said Harper has been linked with a move to Sutherland Sharks. Emigrating to Oz.
    So where does harper live?
    Wouldnt that mean Harper lives round the corner from you?


  • 155 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM


    I agree that with the players we have signed we now not only have genuine quality in most of the positions in the starting XI, but also a strong standard of backup to keep the starting XI on their toes.

    I imagine Tiote will come back from the ACON with a renewed vigour as he now knows that the CM berth that he has held so comfortably despite his mediocre performances is no longer a certainty for him and he will have to up his game, the same is true for Santon at LB where he has been woeful to say the least.

    LW is where we are really lacking and it depends whether Gouffran can play there or not, some say he can play as a winger, others say he is used solely down the middle, my own take on the limited info I have on the lad is that he is best used down the middle which leaves us a little short at LW but we can still muddle through with Jonas/Marv/AN.Other until the end of the season and sort it out then.

    Alderwield and PEA would literally make me faint, we’d have an awesome team then!

  • 156 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Harry Redknapp has tipped Moussa Sissoko to make a major impact at Newcastle.

    The midfielder recently moved from Toulouse to St James’ Park in what Redknapp believes will turn out to be an excellent signing by the Magpies.

    Redknapp was interested in Sissoko while Tottenham boss and made an enquiry about him after taking charge at QPR.

    “Sissoko’s a fantastic signing. I’d liked to have got him but Newcastle have absolutely nicked him,” he said.
    i hate this tw@

  • 157 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Don’t understand why people think 20/21 is an age where they have potential. Rooney at 16 was doing it n he is far from world class. So our crop of white need shipped on n never seen again

  • 158 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I see Pardew is already not getting the credit for turning it around….even BEFORE we have actually turned it around.

    Some people are unbelievable. It’s the manager’s fault if things go wrong, but the players credit if things go right.


  • 159 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    *shite not white

  • 160 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Leeb so what your saying is when we play bad it`s the managers fault but if we play well it`s only because of the players? Not sure I see the logical consistency in that argument.

  • 161 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    gomis on his way?

  • 162 Carryingcoals // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Definitely voted for a Newcastle win tonight. Really excited for this one actually, Sissoko in particular is the one I want to see. For a look at transfers, players, lineups and tonight’s game, have a look at my latest article:

    Going for a 2-1 toon. Allez allez!!

  • 163 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It would be insane to not start M’biwa and Sissoko, and personally I think Gouffran should be in there too. Steven Taylor is nowhere near match fit, whereas M’biwa has captained a team every game for the last 4-5 month. Sissoko, as he says is built for this league, and against a fairly lightweight Villa, away from home is the perfect place to start. Gouffran, simply because he can be no worse than what Jonas has been this season – diabolical. As for the people saying starting too many new lads will disrupt our flow….what f-ing flow? Do you’s watch the matches?

  • 164 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Ruddy are u having a laugh. 20 odd games into the season and u tell me one time when pardwho has mad a game changing sub. N by that I mean we win not lose

  • 165 tannerabag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    If we play 4-4-2, we will lose. This is what happened in the second half against Reading.

  • 166 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Techilla, i hate the lynch mob mentality, i have defended MA for ever on various websites, i am desperate for Pardew to get it right, do i like him, not really he has sickened me this season, and although he has not had players at his disposal for large parts of the season he still said he was more than happy with his overall squad at the start of the season.

    I just dont get how you can play a team that has been involved in something like 10 defeats in 13 games and continue to play the same team and tactics, it has been mind boggling, yet again this morning he gas dismissed all our yopungins as not good enough, the ones that were head and shoulders the best reserve team in the country when they all played together, he has not given them any decent chances and dosnt play any obver available senior players, and some of those seniors are seat of the pants poor, i dont think he is strong enough as a manager. hope he proves me wrong he has the players now at his disposal. NO EXCUSES NOW ALAN?!?!

  • 167 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM


    Now you’re going onto an entirely different point. I will propose an alternate point of view.

    In the Reading game after Marv was subbed and he was forced into making another change for Cabaye, how inspired do you think Pardew was when he looked towards the bench? The players he had on the bench were as follows:

    Rob Elliot, Saylor, Bigi, Obertan, Sammy A and Ranger.

    Are any of those players game changers? Hard to make a game changing sub without game changing players isn’t it?

  • 168 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    ToonLYF – Totally agree mate, not starting Mbiwa in place of Williamson is lack of confidence in a player who Williamson should bow down to as a defensive god!

    Or atleast comapred to his own standards!

  • 169 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    shola v qpr

  • 170 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Exactly beefman. Even with oh injuries we have lost at home to no less than reading hammers swans. Should I go on

  • 171 Robson Wonderland // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM


    he made 2 game changing subs last week!

    Joking aside though – I think he’s good manager but his efforts to change the direction of games just hasn’t come off this year whereas last year he was making really smart tactical decisions. I can think of several games last year when he changed the shape at half time and we ended up nicking points (usually by bringing on perchinio/shola). This season it just hasn’t worked. He’s having a rough patch just like some of the players (eg Jonas / Tiote) but it doesn’t mean he’s finished any more than it means they are.

  • 172 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Ruddy, I agree but the argument stands why did he take Marveaux off to begin with?!

    1-0, try and get the second goal. By adding a more defensive player to the team we got punished allowing Reading to have more possession hoping to park the bus.

    If anything Shola or Cisse should have come off, a second striker not needed for a MIDFIELD player not play one of them in midfield and therefore be a defensive liability!

    It was a very very bad decision, in fairness one in which he acknowledged himself.

  • 173 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Exactly ruddy look at the last ,3 names from ur last post. They are not world beaters but they are alot more positives than what he put on???????

  • 174 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Carrying… Ah those villa banners, i completely forgot about them, classy. Hopefully pards/colo can use that to inspire the team a bit more. Christ i hope villa get relegated. ;)

  • 175 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    Yeah, I agree. Naivety on Pardew’s part where he thought that Cabaye could have lasted the 90mins. He shouldn’t have taken the risk but Cabs was playing so well and Marvs tracking is horrendous so he made the gut call of taking Marv off for a tracking midfielder and then the rest is history.

    He made a judgement call and it backfired. I understand why he made it though. Perhaps Shola should have been the one subbed as well.

  • 176 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Ruddy it’s not just the reading game. He has done nowt all season. No tactical nowse. I hope he turns it round I can’t bare another R word. Been there too much. After last season all was looking good then mister no idea ruins it

  • 177 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Beef, you can only play the cards you have been dealt. Of course he said he was happy with the squad at the start of the season what else coul he say ? That Ash was a tight get and had not backed him? He nor anyone else thought we would have the injuries he have had and I am sorry but the youngsters have had plenty of chances and have not played anywhere near as well as we would have hoped. I am not writing them off btw it is much harder for young players to come into a losing team than a winning one.

  • 178 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM


    Are you being serious? Ranger, Sammy and Obertan.

    Shall we dissect them one by one? Ranger is a halfwit who has no future in the game let alone at our club and is only anywhere near the first team because we are woefully short of options. Hopefully the signing of Gouffran sends that little runt back down to the doldrums of the reserves never to be seen again.

    Sammy. Well he was single handedly the worst player on the pitch against Brighton, the lad has ability and tons of it but work rate he does not have. When he was taking off Marv for his inability to track back, why would he take on a player of lesser quality than Marv who also doesn’t track back? It’s a like for like with a worse player coming on in his place.

    And finally Obertan. Obertan has been the subject of torrents of abuse from fans both on blogs and shockingly at the games themselves. He doesn’t have confidence and lacks the edge to beat his man and whip a cross in. Eventually he did come on in that game but even if he had come on earlier I doubt he would have swung the game in our favour.

    Pardew committed to bringing on a ball winner who would track back when he brought Perch on for Marv, when Cabs had to go on he had no other CM than Bigi so that’s who he went for. Hindsight dictated he made an error of judgement but the error was not taking Cabaye off, not the fact that he brought on Bigi.

  • 179 Mo Drysdale // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM






  • 180 gazzaforever // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Sissoko is not the new viera, those who think that we ll be disapointed. He s a good cdm but not as good as his teammate capoue which we should recruit cause he s a beast. Gouffran is exactly obertan, you will see that probably tonight. I m with catchy about pardew, i think he s a bad coach and we should give beardsley a shot at least till the end of the season.

  • 181 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Beardsley? So in a relegation battle we sack our manager and put a Newcastle icon in his place despite the fact that he has no managerial experience?

    Sound familiar anyone?

  • 182 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Agree ruddy no world beaters but there more positives . For f sake we were at home to reading. Are u looking to tactical decisions to win these games. If u are……. Where doomed

  • 183 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM






    no excuses Mr. Pardew, a little more faith will be lost if i don’t see this team tonight.

    Howay Pards, and Howay the lads, let’s turn this downbound train around!

  • 184 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Groundhog day ruddy :)

  • 185 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Afternoon chaps
    On colo’s statement
    Good in him thats all the fans wanted now get your head down and help drag this team up the table!!!

    Definatly a win tonight were going to smash villa!
    Still dont get why people are putting taylor in front of mbiwa, would be a shocking decision if that happens!!!
    Got a great looking squad for tonights game and hopefully AP will utilize it to full effect! For once this season a full squad if senior pros!

    Keep up the good work mate i want too see a full on caps lock post if you hear anything on PEA ;)

    As always, save it until after the match mate cant believe anyone would be so miserable before le toon play!!!

  • 186 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    rainrix, catchog day

  • 187 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM


    I disagree that they would have been more positive. Sometimes bringing on a holding midfielder who can disrupt the opposition and get your team in possession is a positive move.

    That is what Pardew had tried to do when he brought off Marv for Perch. Had Cabaye lasted the 90mins I think we would have went on to win that game, but there is no way of proving that. Had Pards brought Perch on for Cabaye instead of Marv maybe we would have won the game but I don’t think he single handedly lost us that game at all, we just had no options (please don’t refer to Ranger as a positive option again he is tripe)

    You seem to have your mind made up about Pardew, and even if we go on a ridiculous streak from now to the end of the season you have stated you will give him no credit for it so why am I even bothering? People like you who can “see Catchy’s point of view” are often very hard to reason with.

  • 188 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM


    Would aptly describe it…. haha

  • 189 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    ToonLYF most are pretty much hoping for that. I said a couple of times already today that I think he’ll play jonas left side to cover santon, and bring goofy on later. I’d only accept that change on those grounds, because jonas as an attacking force is average.

  • 190 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I loblve it when people say put beardsly in!
    Yeah canny idea put a lad with NO MANEGERIAL experience at all in charge while in a dogfight for survival!!!!
    Plus theres no fcuking way any of the french lads would have a clue what he’s saying!!!

  • 191 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Tequila… Neggarblog day :| or at least it will be come match time :)

  • 192 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Obertan, seriously? There’s no luxury to be carrying players these days

  • 193 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    TADS – You can be assured I will CAPS lock the hell out of my keyboard if I hear of anything concrete mate! :-)

  • 194 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Rainrix, the hystericals usually log on for their shift about 30 mins before kick off and put in a good 12 hours.

  • 195 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Ruddy we were at home against reading. Take the game to them. Get the crowd going

  • 196 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    Mental isn’t it? I thought it was a great idea when we put Shearer in as manager in the rele…erm that season, but in hindsight, it was the worst thing we could have done. I love Big Al, as a player, but he has shown on MOTD he hasn’t a clue about anything football related that doesn’t involve putting the ball in the back of the net (and he didn’t really get that across to the players in the season that shall not be named)

    Sacking Pards would be mental enough, but putting Beardsley in is a bridge too far in the insanity stakes.

  • 197 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Reet not going to read all these comments so whats going on?

  • 198 Robson Wonderland // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    How’s pedro getting on with the kids this season?

  • 199 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Markaccus – It’s a fair point, and whilst i’d be scratching my head, i’d somewhat understand that change. Although saying Jonas is average at attacking is being very complimentary!

  • 200 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tequila… Half a neggarblog day then :)

  • 201 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    You’re not quite getting what I am saying. If your bench has no quality, how can you take the game to them!? Obertan wasn’t going to do it, Ranger wasn’t going to do it, and Sammy wasn’t going to do it. Who else had Pardew available to bring on?

    His hands were tied but some of you are so blind to this fact that you leech onto any morsel of “truth” that lets you hold onto the view that Pardew is a rubbish manager and that our squad is brilliant.

    Open your eyes, before we signed these players last week we had a dreadful squad, now he has some options so how about you cut the guy some slack and see if he can manage to win games with some decent quality players?

    If he doesn’t, then by all means. Fire away.

  • 202 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Ruddy u have just said shearer has no idea. What about parse. At least his hearts in the right place

  • 203 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I would rather have Joe Kinnear back than Beardsley!

    FFS do people never learn?! Shearer?

    Pardew is as good as we can get right now. The only person I would have taken would have been Harry Redknapp as he is a very good manager, shame he is a tw@! Still I believe he would have guided us into a top 7 team.

    Pardew can do that, but I honestly think he needs to sort his tactical awareness of a situation out. Please no more strikers as midfielders, and no more parking the bus against READING!

    Time to go out and do what we did at the start of last season, get some form and momentum! I feel Villa tonight has to be the start of the form. Chelsea could well be up for grabs if confidence is high, and then Tottenham just as much should we push forward rather than HOOF it forward.

    Confidence is massive in this league, a few losses its hard to find a way out of the form you reluctantly start. Wins however, they influence you into a force! Confidence is key, we need some wins, we need some confidence!


  • 204 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Just talking about how stupid it would be to sack pardew and give the job to wor beardo

  • 205 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM


    Discussing whether Nile Ranger can be described as a “positive” substitution…

  • 206 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    I am metaphorically banging my head against a brick wall. Thank You.

  • 207 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Oh the Beardo fantastic reserve team management myth is up again? Barca of their league no?

  • 208 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Paw1250 sorry mate I slightly disagree

    Putting a left footer on the left and right footer on the right will not work for us

    Our record from crosses (corners also) is probably the worst out of every team in English football.

    I honestly think we would be best suited to a marveaux/benny on right and goofy on left nothing cutting in and threatening the goal

  • 209 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Ruddy ur not getting me. We are NUFC at home to flipping reading. Ur next sub should be the one to create another goal

  • 210 bills-son // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Hatem’s better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM
    If Ashley had done this in the summer he’d have looked ambitious. Doing it when you are two points above relegation looks like panic buying to protect his investment.

    Debuchy, Mbiwa and Sissoko ‘panic buys’ – are you having a laugh??

    Those three in the summer would have cost £20M+ because of their contacts. I’m convinced Ashley had sounded the players out, knew their contact situation would put their clubs under pressure to sell in January, and bided his time.

    The only problem has been that injuries and loss of form have hammered the squad – but panic buys, never!

  • 211 boater // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Betcha this is what Pards will play:


  • 212 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Ranger and positive should never be used in the same sentence….unless its “I am positive u are guilty and ur sentence is 5 years Mr Ranger”

  • 213 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Its seems whenever a manager gets more than 2 mins air time on SSN’s then a certain few want him! Im suprised there have not been any calls to sack pardew and replace him with paul dickov!!!

  • 214 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Yo @209

  • 215 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM


    Man City at SJP. Nasri subbed for De Jong. A CAM for a CDM, surely that a negative move? NO. Yaya Toure moved from CDM to a more attacking position and scored 2 goals and won the game for City.

    Pards thinking behind taking Marv off for Perch? Playing Perch deep can afford a CDM who can win the ball and free up Cabaye to push further up the field to either get on the end of the ball to put it in the back of the net or to have our most creative midfielder in the final third so he can put something on a plate for Cisse or Shola.

    Simple tactics, just backfired when we had to take Cabs off.

    Just to clarify, I am not trying to “get you”, make me out to be some sort of blog predator…

  • 216 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    Last season, just to make that clear

  • 217 boater // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    People are over egging the Cisse/confidence omelette. He was missing sitters last season too in between the wonder goals. You need to build a team which isn’t reliant on him scoring to win – hence the 4/4/2 or Shola playing (hopefully now Gouffran – Shoals off the bench if need be).

  • 218 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Ok then a few of u seem to back pards. So if we have 2 points from the next 5. Name ur next move. ….. Give him next season????

  • 219 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    NorthernIrishToon -

    Ever occured to you that our crosses to goal conversion is so low is because we play wingers out of their natural position. And then the wingers we have played Obertan, Simpson, Sammy, Jonas they really do inspire creativity, they all are just awful at doing it.

    I seen a 2 decent crosses this year Ferguson and Marveaux, both ended up as goals.

    Arfa and Marveaux are techincally great players. And with likes of Sissoko powerhousing forward and Cisse the fox in the box type of player they would thrive on service.

    You cannot complain about cross to goal conversion rate if the crosser is utter gash! Simpson anyone….. ROW Z!

  • 220 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    A little soon considering his recent trouble? I wasn’t too sure haha

    Ah ha but Mancini did that and Pardew did this! I say sack them both ;)

  • 221 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    We look like we have brought in some more CARR gems, great scouting yet again, the manager comes out and says they are not replacements but players who will have to fight to get in to the team, how is that then, they all should walk straight in, after viewing what we have this season, every single one of them should be in the team, maybe hadiera, a sub at this moment ,but the rest should be straight in there all fit and chomping at the bit, all want to prove a point, various posters have posted the team it should be, pawl, rainrix, AP new players in, players who have put us in this god forsaken situation off and out.

  • 222 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM


    Haha with you on that one! Hopefully the signing of Gouffran finally sees the end of that cretin’s unfortunate return to the first team squad.


    What do you mean? Do you think Dickov is a bad manager? How could he be, sure his Oldham side just beat Liverpool, surely they are in line for back to back promotions and get into the PL snap Dickov up now!

    What? What do you mean Oldham are fighting relegation from League One…

  • 223 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Ruddy last season we were flying. This season we are sinking. Do u like Blackpool or Brighton……. Wake up b4 its too late

  • 224 boater // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    On the subject of Pards subs – which have been pounded to within an inch of their life by the mob – I subscribe to the belief you’re better off bringing on an excellent defensive midfielder – and asking players to to push on – than a woeful attacking player.

  • 225 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    As far as I am concerned we should only consider sacking him if we are relegated.

  • 226 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    If in the next 5 games we take 10+points what then? Back him?

  • 227 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Leeb that is a massive if, do you think we will only get 2 points from next 5?

  • 228 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM


    Your name would suggest you are 31 but your mentality suggests otherwise. Just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean I am wrong. Nor does it mean I am right. It just means I can think one thing and you can think another and like adults we can both discuss the merits of both trains of thought reasonably and rationally.

    They call it “debating”. Was that too condescending? Apologies :)

  • 229 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Aye I hope so Id imagine Gouffran is 2nd choice striker now surely must push Ranger down to 5th or so?

  • 230 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Wwycd I’d say 5_10 games too late

  • 231 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    So nothing from this point on can sway u to back Pards?

  • 232 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ruddy never said u were wrong. But judging by ur comments u only want him gone if we go down. Is this ur ambition. I don’t care about quality I want a positive team who will die for nufc

  • 233 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    I’m pleased it’s all part of the master plan.
    You’ve pasted that from an article about Ashley Ed posted 6 hours ago.

    You missed this bit …

    Add the summer window to this and the investment isn’t that fantastic for the 20th richest club in Europe.

    I do think the signings are great … I said this about four hours ago …

    “I’m a big critic of this board.
    SA- KK- JFK- AS – OMG
    Sacking CH –
    SDA – SJP
    Plenty to moan about, but when Ashley is involved and the deals get done, we’re usually on the right side of the deal.
    Lots of great players at very cheap prices.
    Congrats for getting five players in. Not easy to do.”

    Cherry picking parts of my posts … naughty naughty

  • 234 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    The above isn’t the type of conversation to be had, not now! But, wait till we’re relegated to sack the guy? No way! Give him five games, if he gets fewer than 5 points, goodbye. The other guy, or AP’s secretary for that matter, will then have 10 games to save us…

  • 235 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Alan, just for god sake get more positive and stop worrying as much about how the opposition is going to play, especially at home, you go for it at st james park, you dont need two holding players, we now have players who can cause some serious damage, use them to there best ability, dont stifle them let them express themselves, we have been beaten 6 times at home, nobody would have said that not a single person at the start of the season, you have been getting more cautious and defensive as the season has went on, you need to turn it around now, nobody would blame you for having a real go, you get blamed when you are defensive minded and it goes tits up, we were brought up attacking especially at the Cathederal, dont waste a golden opportunity right now.

  • 236 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    U are here slating al who inherited a squad of mercenaries yet back a team built by pardwho

  • 237 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Leeb – Personally think its fans like you that dont help the team.

    You also contradict yourselves by slating Pardew and yet if he delivered the EL final or god forbid won it you would be signing his name!

    I dont think it would do any good sacking him now, wait until the summer re evaluate then, relegation – sack, below 15th – sack, 10-15th give more time. 10th or above shake the guys hand and apologize.

  • 238 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Some journo has said Gouffran is starting on the right tonight (have no idea about reliability obviously)

    So if true must be 433

  • 239 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM


    You are right there are far to many (questionable) fans who are to quick to point the finger on why the club is doing to shiz. Everyone needs to back the team 100percent now. Mike Ashley has shown his passion for the club and we quality players. Honestly though Pardew really has no excuse now. He has to deliver (career defining moment for him).


    barkintoonfan9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    shut up toon brother! if we didnt have collo we wouldbe rock bottom!

    imagine having williamson partnering anyone else? taylor injured, who would he partner? Not event he best cb in the world could stop other teams from scoring, willow has to be one of the worst players to put on the shirt!

    questionable fans indeed 100% support for ballerfan2 aswell.

  • 240 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Paw it’s my opinion I appreciate urs. So we go down. How many would back him. We don’t have time. We must change results now

  • 241 geordiesteve520 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    @Transfer sage comment 16 – that’s because alcohol and ASBOs kick in at night.

  • 242 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Maybe paw I can’t help me age but as long as I can remember I’ve been toon daft. Me paper wages used to pay me admission

  • 243 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    do we drink stella artois durnign the match today

  • 244 Wandering Geordie // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    If Colocha does decide to return home in the summer.His replacement should be fellow Argentinian defender German Pezella.I can’t stop raving about him.He is so talented and a natural defender

  • 245 bills-son // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Hatem’s better than Messi – soz matey I was just having a quick scan during my dins break so missed your other posts.

    I’ve said for two years on here that Ashley has a proper plan for NUFC but like all plans they rarely go exactly to plan.

    One thing MA won’t do is sign players just for the sake of it or simply to appease the fans – thats why we didnt sign more in the summer. If he cant get who he wants at the price he wants he backs out. Thats frustrating for us and potentially dangerous for the team when the squad is weak – as he’s found out.

    Five signings in Jan has put us where MA wanted to be in a perfect world six months ago. If we don’t get the top class CF this month we’ll get one in the summer I bet.

  • 246 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM


    Give the guy 5 games despite the fact that he’s just signed 5 new players for the first team and has injured players coming back into the fold? And give a new manager only 10 games to save our season?

    That’s absolutely mental!!

    And yes Leeb I am criticising Shearer’s managerial ability, he hasn’t a clue about managing a football side, as amply demonstrated by his incoherent ramblings on MOTD. I loved the guy in the black and white and I am not slating him as a player but as a manager he was pants, as a pundit he is worse, and he doesn’t even be remotely biased to NUFC on the BBC, which is the least I expect from him!

    Personally I think anyone advocating sacking Pards before the end of the season is wrong in my view. Given how badly this season has panned out I want survival, but is that my long term ambitions for this club? No, catch yourself on. Is Pardew 100% to blame for where we are? Absolutely not, so he should be given the benefit of the doubt with these new signings to get it right.

  • 247 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Dok…. I do

  • 248 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I wouldn’t start with Saylor tonight, he’s been out for too long and will be no where near match fit, M’Biwa has to start for me as he’s played all season and has the strength and calmness that we are going to need

  • 249 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    @dok because we have a massive Belgian contingent in the squad?……

  • 250 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    So ruddy imagine 5 games on from now n we have 2 points. Wat wud u do

  • 251 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM


    I’ve told you what I would do! This is what I mean about the metaphorical brick wall.

  • 252 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    kronenberg would be more appropriate

  • 253 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Only reason Mbwia wouldn’t start is because he doesn’t understand English yet so wouldn’t be able to communicate though since no one in our back line ever opens their mouths I can imagine that not being a issue

  • 254 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    Doesn’t explain corners though mate or free kicks from wide positions

    Fact is we don’t (or didn’t have up to now) any decent aerial threat hence the infamous Williamson routine

    Hope that changes from now in though

  • 255 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    only thing is pards has came out and said some transfers have been brought forward so i think there may be some appeasement after reading and a change to plans that may have been failing.
    either way glad they re here and kudos to ash for it.

  • 256 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    How long do u wait tho ruddy.

  • 257 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    lol fans are fickle because it’s results that matter.
    I didn’t want Pardew.
    Last year I was pleased with him.
    This year disappointed then infuriated.

    You’re only as good as your last performance.
    He needs wins, then people will be quiet.

    Eventually he’ll mess it up and he’ll be sacked, that’s football.

  • 258 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    oops, i mistakenly thought stella was french… pass the froglegs and escargo then…

  • 259 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM


    Hahahaha Agreed mate, plus he’ll have Dreamboat 2 too his right and Sissoko and Dreamboat 1 in front of him :D

  • 260 aidantoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I think we should look at pardews future in the summer as he Will of had the chance to field a strong team with new players coming In and players back from injury.
    yes he has made mistakes in his tactics but nobody would have said anything if we beat reading.
    look at the bench we have had, very poor!!!
    now he hasn’t got that excuse.
    toon to win 2-0 tonight.

  • 261 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    stella is … is it not.

  • 262 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    @ruddy sod discussion. im right. any anybody who disagrees is wrong

  • 263 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I think I’ve answered that one too. I would only consider sacking him if we got relegated. How many teams facing relegation have sacked their managers with 10 games to go and survived?

    It’s suicide.

  • 264 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    naptton to be fair there should have been the signings we have just made in the last summer window, we are now all set up to go forward, and if we survive this fight tis season we should also without doubt bring a fewq in in the summer and loose others, these signing cant be said to be signings brought forward as we should have had maybe three of them last summer, Pardew covering his back again he just cant help it. gets on my nerves at least once a day with his statements.

  • 265 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Aye true but am not overly comfortable with them talking french on the pitch

    Did u see Colos interview today btw mate? Opinions?

  • 266 toonking // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    @216 i think myself you have got it spot on their and this TBH is why i hate this current formation of 4231
    4-2-3-1 give the opposition so much room out wide it also means it’s easier to close us down and basicallyour players them selves are lost with where they are meant to be
    what i find is we end up having this as our line up during play itself

    we might have european players but this league is not the french league or la liga it is the premier league and in the premier league lots of teams play 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 if they defending so we our selves should play mainly 4-4-2 as a defensive line up and 4-3-3 when facing the likes of reading

    as for hoofball well if we want to cut down on it well we should not play this stupid 4-2-3-1 as we have been playing that during this formation as players are just lost with their position so just see one other option hoof it

  • 267 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM


    Not sure what you’re driving at. Is that mimicking my supposed approach? If so then you are ridiculously off the beaten path.

  • 268 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    @nap its Belgian. trust me. i know my beers

  • 269 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    i wont be satisfied unless we get three points and a good stuffing for qpr and blunderland is dished out

  • 270 hdavid23 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    the sports newspaper here always summarizes the transfer activity of the past week, and they did one today as well… the whole article is 7 paragraphs, 4 of which are about manure signing Zaha and some rumours about them, one is about Everton and two are about Tottenham… absolutely NO word about us signing 4 players in 4 days… i’m right to think this is bloody ridiculous right?

  • 271 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    personally am ganna’ be on the une brune during the match with a few croissants at half time so i’m not too depressed when we’ve been substandard and are 1-0 down :D

  • 272 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    So ruddy ur happy to go down as long as pardew has the job

  • 273 cndrbrown // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Bloody hell. Get rid of Jonas already. Surely the qpr donkey duo will pay 5mil

  • 274 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Replacing Pardew with a quality manager who can take us forward while we are hovering around the relegation zone is going to difficult as there would be fewer managers willing to walk into a club that could go down.

    We need to stick with Pardew until the summer then any new manager coming in has a fresh start with this squad. I just hope that he does get the results needed between now and May

  • 275 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    cherry coke n blueberry muffins 4 me

  • 276 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    PPB, thank you for putting me back on the straight and narrow… hopefully i am stumbling in happiness no matter the brew with 3 points in our pockets come game end…

  • 277 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Personally i’ll be drinking paint stripper, industrial strength paint stripper, especially if mbiwa doesnt start!!!!

  • 278 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    @ruddy shut it with you’re trying to be sensible. you always bring too much logic into things. just let everybody be negative or dislike pardew. we’re miserable and happy about it

  • 279 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    That letter felt contrived and forced, unlike the letter to the San Lorenzo fans which was from the heart, as long as he performs to his standard from now until May then fair enough but come the summer we should cut him lose and move on. No matter what I’ve lost all respect for the lad

  • 280 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    if the unthinkable happens tonight,, and he loses

    then what

  • 281 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    think the plan was for sissoko in summer thats the way i picked up pards interview nd like u say beef shouldve got at least 2 in summer (debuch , mbiwa)

  • 282 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    Yes, that’s exactly what I am saying. You have encapsulated my long standing secret beliefs. I am actually not a Newcastle United supporter at all. I simply support whatever club Alan Pardew happen to be managing.

    When he was Crystal Palace manager I was a huge Crystal Palace fan.
    When he managed Reading I was a huge Reading fan.
    When he managed West Ham I was a Hammer
    When he managed Charton I was a big follower of the Addicks.
    When he managed Southampton I followed every game.
    And now he manages Newcastle United this is where I hang my hat as a football supporter.

    Oh and any time he was unemployed I was a HUGE fan of unemployment.

    You have me rumbled sir. Well done.

  • 283 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Jack my question is how long do u wait

  • 284 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    i drank a pint of varnish last nite, and boy, was i lacquered…

  • 285 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    @dok. i hope so. ill be on the Stella like.

  • 286 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM


    The answer is it depends on who would come in to replace him???

  • 287 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    if he looses tonight llambarse might as well be manager

  • 288 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    John Tudor, giz’a blueberry muffin man, i love that sh*t!

  • 289 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Haha fair enough mate I think am more fickle than u, still not overly keen on him at the moment but if he pulls out top draw performances from now until the summer and keeps his neck wound well and truly in the forgiving process may begin

  • 290 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    jokin council pop and rich tea x2

  • 291 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM


    After too many years of supporting this club forgiveness and i are no longer on speaking terms :(

  • 292 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    How long do we wait? Until the owner sacks him and hires someone else Id imagine realistically fan unrest doesn’t bother Ashley so I doubt he cares how long the fans decide how long they can wait

  • 293 leeb1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    All have valid points. Sure we all love toon. HWTL

  • 294 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Ull have to let the sunshine in at some point mate

  • 295 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    didnt know we could have had sammy klingon

  • 296 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Alan now is the time you have been bleating on about a full squad since september, you now have it bar benny, but even more strong beacuse of who we have brought in.

    If alex ferguson had his man utd team half way down the league at this moment he would get the sack, They have won 41 trophies since we last won one, but he would still get thew push, you have talked the talk about the full squad, go and deliver and i will say well done, no problems. if you continue with your excuses if it goes tits up then you have to go, im praying you get it right.

  • 297 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

  • 298 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Cant be true Mario Balotelli is actually leaving the PL? I am gutted hes pure entertainment

  • 299 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    newcastle united fc have my support, but unless pardew can start winning games from tonite thats it for him from me

  • 300 Robson Wonderland // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM


    Great response. Made me chuckle

  • 301 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    he should have a plan to win a plan to come from behind and a plan to close out the game and another to get him out of the crap

  • 302 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Kronenburg 1664 is French

    Prefer bitter myself. Who’d have guessed?

  • 303 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    AV only scored 8 goals at home this season. Can’t defend set plays either.
    Come on lads.
    Curbishley and Dowie predict a 0-2 score.

  • 304 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Who’s the guy to the right of AP in the banner?

  • 305 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM


  • 306 robcstar // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM


  • 307 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM


  • 308 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM


  • 309 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Id like to see 4-1-4-1 tonight krul debuch saylor collo santon anita in front of them then gouffran sissoko cabaye marveaux with pappisto up top when we have it marv and gouff puh on to make 3 up top

  • 310 Wandering Geordie // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Was talking to a guy in a bar last night about pubs in Newcastle and was wondering if the Market tavern is still open near the greenmarket?

  • 311 // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    my team for tonight
    sissoko cabaye Anita
    if santon goes forward Anita can drop in and cover and Marvoux is better centrally

  • 312 // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    actually I’d swap saylor for mbiwa

  • 313 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    4-1-4-1 works for me too

  • 314 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

  • 315 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Two players linked:
    Haris Seferovic

  • 316 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

  • 317 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

  • 318 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Boom Boom
    Have to ask because i just font get it!
    Why stevie taylor infront of Mbiwa????
    Im mean taylor hasnt played in over 2 months and probably hasnt looked match fit in a single game this season (the boy is def carrying some additional weight), why pick him over a CB we’ve wanted for over a year, a full international and the captain of his last club who he successfully lead to a title!
    I seriously dont get it! Top class CB whos just won a league title and has CL experience who’s been scouted by some of europes best or a slighty over weight injury probe CB who’s just missed 2 months of football
    Am i the only person who thinks there should be no question who starts????

  • 319 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Hiram Mier

  • 320 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

  • 321 check the toastie // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Would be gutted if Parsnip leaves Anita out tonight, the lad has been one of the only positives whilst we have been on this totally shitty run, if he drops Anita then that is it, my abuse will go off the richter scale.

    Catchy will be deemed to be a resonable blogger if this happens.

  • 322 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  • 323 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    He’s 20 now.

  • 324 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I see no reason whatsoever that we shouldnt fueld a midfield of anita sissoko and cabaye tonight

  • 325 robcstar // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    From talksport on Xisco ‘And while a temporary switch to Cordoba seems likely, Pardew will push for Xisco to be sold at the end of the deal’

    That would be good if we could finally sell him after 5 years of being unable to and even better being able to sell a player out of contract! Amazing stuff! haha

  • 326 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    check the toastie

    players like marv and anita and santon, have all been our best players this season,,

    i feel these are the ones to make way :(

    he has proved that jonas is his blue eyed boy in the last few matches,

    ppl on here seem to forget,, his mistake wasnt taken cabaye of,, but marv,, i read he loooked at the bench and what else could he do,, well he could have left marv on,, he did not need to make a sub, and esp if he didnt have better on the bench

  • 327 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Is it something wrong with me when I fail to be entertained by blockheads like Balotelli?
    Maybe I’m getting to old. I just cannot stand him and his antics.

  • 328 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Man this whole time thing is sucking today. Why can’t it be KO? I’m like a little kid on Christmas eve….I want to see my new presents…now!

    Have I missed anything this afternoon?

  • 329 olivant // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Hello gentlemen, predictions for the game tonight ?
    I voted for a win, but then again, I also voted for a win against Reading

  • 330 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM


    yehhhhh we agree

    i have not seen a thing in blotelli, its all about his offfield stuff that gets him a name

    shola with an attitude

  • 331 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    U miserable so and so! Hes a maverick (mental one) but footballs built on them plus he is so talented, hes brilliant imo

  • 332 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Rumours say bid accepted for Bony with Sky Italia as source. I can’t find link so maybe just twitter bs.

  • 333 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Yo just looooves a bad boy :)

  • 334 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    i voted lose

    just because we have not won away all season,, and i have no faith that pardew will set the team up to attack

    he didnt when he had ba :(

  • 335 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I prefer the anti hero tag but ur not wrong though Balotelli is a sociopath tbf

  • 336 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Ranger is different before someone jumps on me (no doubt its coming) he isnt a fun loving rogue who brushes with the law hes a criminal who consistently flaunts it…not to mention the gap in talent

  • 337 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Catch, are you still coming over in Feb?

  • 338 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Yo…I can see why you would prefer to label it that way, but I think you’re splitting hairs. I don’t mind a bit of theatrics, but at least make sure it matches your input to games.

    Yohan has a good balance, plays well and only roughs up children once a season. It’s all about balance. Mind, i’m not sure balance and sociopaths are two things that go too well together….a bit like catchy and voting for a win.

  • 339 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Hehe. I just….He goes too far for me. I’m happy he’s out of the league. Ship out Tevez too, how he’s playing footy with the same team he left and was gone from for ages I dunno.
    And take Suarez too. I cannot stand the racist diving lad.
    Pushes all my buttons him.
    I’d happily take a 12 match ban if that ment i could give him a good one on the nose.

  • 340 gazzaforever // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Rudy, regarding your last post, i hope pard will be sacked and you will support his new team and stop posting your stupid comments here. I didnt like the way you answered to my post, show respect to other people opinion you tit.

  • 341 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM


    hoping to,


  • 342 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Haha yeah makes me sound a little less light on my feet

    Aye true I wouldn’t be so happy with Mario if he played for us obviously but having him in the league is a highlight

  • 343 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM


    oh now i think he is one of the best in our league right now,,

    his goal against us was out of this world

  • 344 catchy in norway // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    not ignoring you

    im logging off , and on my way home,,

    match to watch tonight

  • 345 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Again I like Tevez when hes on the pitch and hes had a hell of a life obviously it was terrible him walking out on City but hes a fantastic player

    Suarez I cant stand either mate but again league isnt as fun without him in it gotta have someone that brings everyone together in order to hate Liverpool!

  • 346 olivant // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Hello catchy
    I usually vote Loose, because they tend to do the opposite of what i vote, but not this season, so tonight they will and must win. Othervise we are in a Deep pile of sh1t

  • 347 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Yo…Agree with that, it’s far easier to remain light hearted when it’s not a Newcastle player.

    Has Ruddy been upsetting people again?

  • 348 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    No particular reason, hope you get to SJP and see some cracking football while your here. You could be our lucky mascot for all I know.

  • 349 jim // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Areet lads-anyone kna which bars in toon or jesmond have the villa game on the hooky box for definate? ;-)

  • 350 boater // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    @Catchy – Marveaux our best player this season??!?!?!?!? He’s started like 4 games – and against Everton looked didn’t kick the bloody ball. There are flashes of skill which fuel the mob’s obsession that he should replace proven 90min workers like Jonas – who admittedly is struggling.

    You like players who hardly play because they haven’t done anything wrong in your highcourt of blame. Remember the clamour for Ferguson – then a bad game and oh no we like a different player who hasn’t played now.

    Santon!?!?! When Fifa change the rules so teams win games by running 50 yds infield then giving the ball away you’ll be spot on – until then, the small matter of defending and creating and scoring goals is the name of the game.

    You are a fantasist – Cheick n’all.

  • 351 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Can’t wait to get to VIlla Park. So excited to see Sissoko

  • 352 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Aye, i acknowledge that Suarez is one of the best in the league, there’s no doubt about that. That doesn’t mean I have to like him, lol.
    I enjoy fair play, Suarez is everything but for me.

  • 353 Bowzer912 // Jan 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Anyone think Gomis would fit the bill for us?
    27 years old
    Out of Contract in the summer
    Means he’ll be cheap
    Normally valued at 12-15mil (like Sissoko)
    He’s French
    And so 7-8m should do it on deadline day

  • 354 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Oh yes, I’m not saying any of them are poor players, far from it, all of them have shown qualities to be the best of players.
    As i said to Catchy. I can enjoy the banter and the odd incident. But these guys are copy paste characters of unjustifiable crap.

  • 355 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    If we put the right team out we’ll get the win. Want to see us beat Villa in style. 3-0 would be a nice win. Benteke, Wiemann, Agbonlahor and N’Zogbia are their danger men. Apart from that they’re a very poor team.

  • 356 rainrix // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Boater… To be fair mate the entire team didn’t show up against everton in the 1st half. Marveaux has been in good form the last few matches undeniably although to say he’s been one of the seasons top performers is obviously a stretch. I feel like you aren’t giving marv enough credit

  • 357 Jackel001 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Sky Italia reporting we’ve had 13mil bid accepted for Bony!

  • 358 cndrbrown // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    lets hope! we’d give the league a right good bonin

  • 359 geordie157 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I’ve watched gomis three or four times this season, at times he looks class, but for long periods he looks uninterested. To sum up, he reminds me of kenwyne Jones.

  • 360 geordie157 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Win tonight, stay up this season, villa go down and we get weimann and benteke in the summer, sounds so easy!

  • 361 geordie157 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Waffling now, but on the subject of relegation, if QPR go down and Remy can leave for nothing, would we want him?

  • 362 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Sky Italia has reported no such thing.

  • 363 Jackel001 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    @ Dannyo just a report. Don’t shoot the messenger haha

  • 364 89Norcal // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    If Remy can be had for cheap fee and cheaper wages maybe. I sort of like our other targets better though.

  • 365 DokToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    i wouldnt want remy, geordie @ 359, he wanted the money, let him enjoy the relegation that goes with it, in my opinion…

  • 366 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    DAVIDE AZZURI is a fake twitter account claiming to be in the sky team.
    I won’t be shooting you mate, I’m just saying it’s fake. I’m not guessing it is though, I know it is.

  • 367 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Just been on Sky Italia site, can`t see any mention of a bid.

  • 368 toonboyjake // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    hate to burst the talksport bubble but xisco wont be sold in the summer, he’ll be released as thats the end of his contract. Xiscos agent works out at the gym i work at and has said several times that the mls is the most likely destination, assuming he is going to cordoba im guessing he’ll be off to america in the summer or march when thier season starts. ill be seeing his agent tomorrow or thursday so ill see if he’ll let me know anything

  • 369 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    i hope ruddy didn’t leave because of my abuse. i was being sarcastic. i feel a tad guilty :(

  • 370 Phoenix // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Gomis contract actually runs out in 18month time,read that article myself and checked up,so don’t think he would be cheap

  • 371 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Aye, Xisco has been sitting here sucking up as much money as he can due to Wises’s inability to spot talent.
    Thank you for nothing, I won’t even wave when you’ve gone.
    He could’ve gone to other clubs, he just didn’t want to take a pay cut.
    50K in wages is a massive ammount for us these days.

  • 372 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Bony would be a great signing. Konate and Zarate would also be good additions.

  • 373 hatem786 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    ed new banner plzzz

  • 374 hatem786 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    we will kick villa 3-0 today…


  • 375 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    friday maybe

  • 376 Jackel001 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM


    Ahh right. I just saw it on twitter and got a tad excited.

    Sorry Chaps!

  • 377 Dannyo // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Hehe, no worries, I think we all want that lad to play in the black and white stripes.

  • 378 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Ed can change the banner on Friday. We still need to get at least 1 top striker in.

  • 379 jim // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Areet lads-anyone kna which bars in toon or jesmond have the villa game on the hooky box for definate?

  • 380 Zero // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Kets what will you do if scharner moves to the mackems?

  • 381 Zero // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    @jim most spoons will have it on, the percy arms will almost certainly have it on

  • 382 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Another striker would ease my worries.

    Cisse – Gouffran new to the EPL – Shola

    This just isn’t adequate cover. An injury to Cisse and we could be depending on Shola to score our goals.
    Which would mean relegation.
    This is too risky.
    Tell me we’re planning to get another striker? Please.

  • 383 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I’d be very jealous. His style of play is suited to our team. Alderweireld should be our main choice replacement for Coloccini in the summer.

  • 384 Zero // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Kets id rarther have Sakho than Alderweireld, isnt he abit injury prone, could end up like staylor

  • 385 Phoenix // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Sakho is left footed as well which would be suited to lcd

  • 386 toonicle // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Hoping to see this tonight


  • 387 breno95 // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Shola, williamson and perch do not need to be anywhere near the match tonight.
    AP spewing out rubbish in saying the new boys dont understand importance of the game. Thats an insult imo.
    Wish he would also pack in talking more about the opposition than his own team.
    For me 3 of the 4 new boys should be starting. Haidarra gets a place on the bench along with elliott, saylor, obertan, jonas and bigi.
    Tonight will really show the credentials of Pardew and the team selection will reflect his managerial abilities.

  • 388 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Well excited about the new signings!!


  • 389 frogonthetyne // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    First time blogger. Hoping for a positive result tonight. Memories of duffs o.g. keep flooding back though. If the lads are up for it tonight we should hopefully have enough to see us through especially against a young villa side. HWTL

  • 390 jim // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    cheers zero-i decided to just wing it local or on the laptop lol- cheers again ;-)

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