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Newcastle’s Future Now Looks Incredibly Bright

11:03 am, Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

Our next home game is on Sunday, 24th February against Southampton, and that’s two weeks come Sunday – and before that game we’ll have played the two Europa League ties against Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv.

moussa sissoko scores winning goal

Moussa Sissoko scores winning goal Saturday

And the surprising thing now is that the final 13 games of the season and the Europa League look like big chances for Newcastle to save this season, by climbing the league table as much as we can, and even getting as far as we can in the Europa League.

And that’s a huge change from what things looked like two weeks ago when we had just been beaten 2-1 by Reading, our worst result of the season,  and Loic Remy had decided not to join Newcastle but to take the big money at small London club QPR – certainly he didn’t go down there to play in front of big and passionate crowds – like we have at Newcastle – that’s for sure.

And Remy is now out of action for two months with a groin injury – and we think there’s a good chance he’ll look back on his decision to move to QPR, and regret it big time – even if QPR can avoid thee drop this season.

Of course owner Tony Fernandez is continuing to spend big money to try to save QPR, and he has now brought in over 30 players by one count,  since he took over the London club a short eighteen months ago – pity he didn’t buy some good players among those 30.

But back to Newcastle, and Steven Taylor has talked today about the club’s  electric fans:

“It was exciting. It was just electric from our fans. I hadn’t had that feeling in a long time in the last few minutes.” “You heard the roar with everyone behind us. And that kept us going.” “We’ve got players coming back from injury.”

“I think it’s a good start. We’ve got a winning mentality back.” “We couldn’t do anything about the goals – you’ve just got to hold your hands up and accept them.” “My block near the end was as valuable a goal, but it’s not good for my family allowance!”

“It was a painful one. We knew that with the players we’ve got, we just needed a bit of luck.” “We got that. And now hopefully it continues in the last 13 games.” “It was a touch of class from Mata for the second.”

Newcastle fans have  gone from fearing relegation to actually looking ahead to the final 13 games of the season, and also to the Europa League – because that at least gives Newcastle the chance of playing a very strong second team in that competition.

And with so few games remaining in the season, and the games being spread out, Newcastle could even play their first team in some of those European games.

Things are now looking incredibly bright for Newcastle United – fact!

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93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Falling into the bear enclosure at Edinburgh zoo with his fresh trout supper in his pocket is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  • 3 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    The future’s bright if Ashley buys in the summer.

    He needs to realise he has to show his ambition to the squad.
    An impressive early buy each window is the way to go.


  • 4 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    A- Spurs
    H- Southampton
    A- Swansea
    H- Stoke
    A- Wigan
    A- Man City

    Out of that we must get at least 10 points. We should win against Wigan, Stoke and Southampton. We can’t lose to Swansea and a draw at either Spurs or City would be nice.

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Earlier blogs like you Nottingham forest- thats another reason I don’t want foreign owners.

    McLeish just left/sacked

  • 6 ajcrawfs // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    when Saylor got hit in the balls at the end it reminded me a while back when he hand balled it on the line against villa and started clutching his face! absolutely hilarious!

  • 7 RonVanDam // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I agree with Taylor. If he didnt take lampards shot to the nuts in injury time, the game wouldve been a draw. If seen last weekends game three times. Havent enjoyed a match so much since we beat Man Utd 5-0 back when KK was in charge

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Taylor looking fat – maybe he’s puffing out his chest – Proud To Be A Geordie !!!!

  • 9 wolfshead@toon // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    yeh mag i think saylors put on some suet

  • 10 Somerset Mag // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    It certainly feels great with two wins under our belts. However, we still lack a reliable goalscorer and are well within the relegation zone, so things can still get hairy…

  • 11 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Previous thread (fast and furious this morning)

    Got to set up for the win at Spuds.
    It’s no coincidence our very best attacking performances have been against Gooners, Manure, Chelski, Villa – all fixtures where we needed to attack, needed the three points. Now we’re solid at the back it liberates the midfield to look forward and not over their shoulders.
    Totally agree TS we are a match for any side now – even if they are playing well themselves, whereas before we had to be on form and them not.
    Citeh are in some disarray and we could take them too.

  • 12 RonVanDam // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Has anyone else notice Guti playing with more fire since the Villa game after Weimann pissed him off? He’s showing more aggression but his crosses 8/10 still suck

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM


    I saw that. He promised investment in the club and then refused to buy a player due to an eye test and him not having 2020 vision. Has he not heard of glasses, contacts or laser eye surgery.

    I think he is just another clown who has a bit of money but not enough to do what he talks about.

    I may not agree with ashley all the time and think he should spend more at certain times but at least he has some idea on how to run a club sensibly.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM


    I think cisse is still a proven goal scorer and the key thing is he is still getting himself in the right place to score even if he is missing so hopefully he can get the touch back. The rest of his play improved a lot the last2 games.

    Gouffran could also offer goals, very good record the past 18 months, looks like he will get chances for us too.

  • 15 RonVanDam // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    In order to break into the top 10, we need to win our next three games and hope a few results go our way. I just hope player exhaustion doesnt become a problem with International call ups and Europa games taking a toll on our players

  • 16 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM


    We could win all of those fixtures.
    The sides that sit back and let us attack would have been harder to break down but with HBA, Sissoko and Gouffy in the side we are looking rejuvenated – and if Cisse hits one on two then great. IF he gets on a roll then we coulc be in for a good run.

    Drop 6 opts out of that list Magpies and we’re still 12 up

  • 17 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    It’s difficult not to put on weight if you have an active lifestyle and you get laid up for a few months.

    I thought he had a blinder. As did everyone bar Cisse who was better but not scoring.

  • 18 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    HBA back in the side *

  • 19 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I just read a piece on the new Financial Fair play Rulings and it seems that dear old Mr. Platini’s son, Laurent Platini, is employed by QSI (Qatar Sports Investments) who own Malaga and PSG and who have flaunted the ruling more than anyone,
    Platini has openly criticized Man City and Chelsea for their spending but conveniently ignored what PSG have done.

    So my question is do you think he will allow us to get around the new rulings seeings as we have half of the French 11 playing for us now???

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM


    FFP will never be fair.

    UEFA wont risk losing their sponsors if man utd, madrid, barca, etc over spend.

    They might punish teams like man city as they dont have a huge following and wouldn’t really be missed.

  • 21 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Quite a few players are coming back from injury or from the slower French league..

    They are just starting the season.
    This could mean we have a great chance of climbing the table and doing well in Europe.

  • 22 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM


    Someone on previous thread said the big clubs would continue to flout the rules or they’d be lax in turning the screw and what if there are court challenges.
    The tail is wagging the dog.
    PSG is def a case in point.
    I can’t believe QPR can NOT be in breach of the rules

  • 23 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Does anyone know if Jonas has ever scored with his head before? He was a most unlikely centre forward.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM


    UEFA only have power over the teams in european competition. They just ban clubs from UEFA contests, this won’t worry QPR haha

  • 25 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM


    I honestly think that these new FFP will see the formation of a European Super League in the not too distant future

  • 26 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Sorry for McLeish.
    He is a decent man and a decent manager. Not top drawer but neither is AP (yet).
    I do think that MA showing patience and getting us through the bad spell by working with the manager instead of just sacking him has shown more wisdom than any of the foreign owners. Only Whinger seems to get the same tolerance of ups and downs.

  • 27 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM


    Don’t we have ANY fair play rules applied to national competitions as well ?
    Is it really that narrow ?
    We all know the big EPL clubs boss the FA too.

  • 28 JP...from The Rock // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I have never doubted Saylor’s ability nor determination. He is another leader in the team and we now have at least 4 leaders in Colo, Cabaye, Saylor and Mbiwa and maybe even Sissoko.

    If he weren’t so injury prone he would have starred for England now ahead of Cahill.

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM


    A solution to the super league situation would be to create one with UEFA’s blessing.

    Replace the champions league with say 12-16 teams, they play each other once only in a league format like they would on a champs league night. That way you have more money in it as the top teams all play each other once.

    You could replace the europa league with a tournament that has say 2 winners and them two teams move up into the top league and the 2 bottom teams drop out and have to qualify through the tournament next season.

    Makes the champions league more entertaining as you have the best teams in it.

    Makes the Europe league more entertaining as there is serious reward for winning it.

  • 30 5Danny94 // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I was reading Ed’s article about Bigi and decided to look at his wiki page. Some comedian has edited his personal life!

    “Bigirimana was born in Bujumbura to a Burundian father, although rumours have it that his father is actually Chiek Tiote, and a Rwandan mother.”


  • 31 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM


    The government is imposing rules on spending within our own leagues after the amount of clubs that have gone into administration. The report they delivered criticized the FA claiming that the Premier League clubs have far too much influence over the FA

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM


    The football league are looking to bring it in but not sure of that includes the prem league.

    A lot of prem league sides would be against it though as they are financially better off spending above their means in the prem league than they are struggling for money in a lower league.

    Something needs to be done about it though. Owners don’t seem to understand they aren’t just losing their money they are ruining over 100 years of tradition in these towns and cities if a club goes under.

  • 33 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    All of these organisations are inherently corrupt.

    Just going to the European draws means first class flights, 5 star hotels, cars, restaurants always in nice cities.
    This is all legitimate, the corruption begins with all the invitations to other later events, parties, yachts and private islands.

    Accept an invite from a Russian billionaire to cruise the Med next June … then the small favours start the other way.

  • 34 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM


    If the big clubs of europe form their own league it would be worth billions to them in revenue, tv rights etc and it’s something that most fans would welcome as well although most games would see stadiums full of home supporters.
    Lets say it happens, Man UTD fan would see AC Milan, Barca, Madrid and Munich at Old Trafford rather than Wigan, QPR and West Ham

  • 35 geordiesteve520 // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    TS – I live in Nottingham and am friends with the fella who’s company is the shirt sponsor for Forest and have been to a few matches with him this season. he speaks passionately about the owner and says he is determined to make the club a success and bring them back to the top – personally I think he is bats@@t crazy but only time will tell. He bought the fans a Christmas present of two new giant screens for the stadium so he must have a bit of passion and ambition. There is confusion down here about what actually happened too, club wanted Chris Burke but Mcleish apparently knocked that back and insisted on Boyd, perhaps that was too much for the owner, pretty sure we’ll never know. My best mate says that he followes him on twitter and he’s honest and informative (as well as entertaining) @Fawaz_alhasawi

  • 36 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Just read this on news now;

    Newcastle defender Danny Simpson very nearly ‘did an Odemwingie’ on transfer deadline day.
    As Sportsmail reported last week Simpson was close to a move to Wigan Athletic, but the move broke down with the player on his way to the DW Stadium.
    Fortunately for Simpson his mad dash and U-turn was not caught on camera, unlike West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie’s visit to QPR.

    Is Simpson mad!! Wigan? That can’t impress Tulisa!

  • 37 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Troy Stavers

    Players will drive anywhere as long as there’s a pot of gold at the end of the journey

  • 38 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM


    Thought I’d seen something about our beloved government getting involved.


    I think its a shame Pompey went under, okay in a blaze of glory but their fans must be gutted now and would exchange the FA Cup for being soundly run.
    It does put Mashleys approach into perspective.
    Glazers are a case in point on dodgy financing too. Isn’t it £800m loans being serviced from revenue ?

  • 39 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    geordie steve

    Hate owners on twitter, they are really just there for their own gains, they don’t seem to help the manager or players much on there.

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM


    It would be good. I think keeping it seperate from domestic competition works well too.

    You could always have 2 leagues of 10 where the bottom league team drops in the Europe league tournament to get back in and then 2 come up.

    That way if a big team like real had a shocked they would drop into the 2nd level and not out of the super league system.

  • 41 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    @Jack Butler

    I know Simmo was disappointed with the contract he was offered at the Toon but I would be surprised if Wigan were ever going to offer more.

    Wigan are the most unfashionable football club going.

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM


    Apparently we had agreed a fee and let him travel down there. We then pulled the plug at 10:45 as we asked for more money and wigan wouldn’t pay up.

    Think simmo would be happy being near his manchester pals though.

  • 43 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM


    The government have set up ‘The Football Task Force’ that has been tasked with how the FA governs the game, it covers everything form financial rulings to racism. The FA have been warned that either they get their house in order or the government will do it for them

  • 44 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM


    The government have set up ‘The Football Task Force’ that has been tasked with how the FA governs the game, it covers everything form financial rulings to racism. The FA have been warned that either they get their house in order or the government will do it for them

  • 45 geordiesteve520 // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    TS – ~ I completely agree, the best owners (much like the best refs) are the ones who you never hear from (Steve Gibson from Middlesboro, was the best example of this, backed managers to the hilt both financially and time-wise but you never heards from him).`

  • 46 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Simmo seems to like the NW still.
    Perhaps it’s more about going home?

  • 47 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    The only control the likes of the FA, UEFA could have is to ban all players invovled in a Sper League from international football

  • 48 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Simmo is reported to want to move closer to London the be with his misses

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    When you get owners like fernandes running his mouth every other day you just think if he talks to the press this much how much of the managers time is he wasting wanting to know things.

    Like poor steve keane at blackburn, given the chance he was always going to take it and do his best, but getting dragged to india to report to the owner directly wouldn’t help anything.

    Sometimes you just think the owner should make himself manager and cut out the middle man.

  • 50 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    Hope they’re more successful with the football powers that be than they were with the banks then.

  • 51 robin // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    A midfield of Tiote,Cabaye,Sissoko and old AVB must be dreading, Saturdays lunch time mauling at the hands of Le Toon!

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM


    They could, and I think it’s something they would do but if enough teams and players joined this league they would have to embrace it as they would do themselves more harm than good.

    And simmo did say London but pretty keen to get back home and be with mates too.

  • 53 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    @T Sage

    If that’s true then its taking the piss out of Simmo and humiliating him. We complain when other clubs do that to us.

    Even if he did want to be near his Manc mates, as I say, Tulisa is fit and she would stand out like a glamour model in a Gala bingo venue.

    Wigan has the same Kudos as Scotswood.

  • 54 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM


    Football definitely need some outside control as they struggle to govern themselves. So many organisations competing for money basically, prem league, football league, English FA, UEFA, FA, other national FA’s, other league bodies.

    They are all in it for themselves and not the good of the game therefore they need to be pressured from outside.

  • 55 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM


    If he really drove to Wigan … then was in Manchester a the weekend, his actions indicate otherwise.

  • 56 bills-son // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I disagree with STaylor that the french lads are like a breath of fresh air…

    More like a breath of garlic air me thinks.

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    It was on the bbc site and they are usually a bit more reliable that the daily mail so might have some substance.

    If that happened I am disappointed as it’s not fair messing people around.

    Maybe they said he could travel for talks but any final transfer would depend on the fee, maybe we never agreed to start with just to let him go and talk and if agreed a fee he could sign but they never coughed up.

    Read we rejected 750k which is good business for a player in last 6 months who clearly has no future here, would be saving his wages plus getting a nice bit of cash upfront.

    Suppose pards wants him for europe or for cover though so not real financial loss to keep him until the summer.

  • 58 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    The only way that UEFA would embrace it is if they were to govern it and seeings as it would most likely be formed because of sanctions that they put in place I don’t think the clubs would allow them to be involved.

    The big clubs will never allow a inherently corrupt organisation to dictate how they should be run, especially when it could cost them money

  • 59 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM


    If he went to Manchester to meet his mates it looks like they abandoned him.

    They were no where when he got filled in.

    Sounds like he was being a right diva and deserved what he got.

  • 60 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Time to walk the dog.

    I think I need to get a life … WWDSD no!!!!

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    I didn’t mean for UEFA to run it but they might have to accept it is there.

    Otherwise you would have international games with effectively B or C teams of players and it would totally discredit the major international tournaments.

  • 62 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Jonas’s better than Messi

    I have no idea where he was or where he was going mate, all I know is that it was widely reported that he wanted to move to London to be closer to his misses

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM


    He was meant to have been out with cleverly and wellbeck but left them to go get takeaway by himself.

    Sure he has plenty other mates there from when he was younger and mates at old trafford. I like simmo, not good enough to take us forward but been loyal and seems a canny enough guy.

  • 64 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    @T Sage

    Who knows, we might end up keeping him. He’s a good pro, (bar his latest indiscretion) and gives everything on the pitch if not the most gifted footballer. He’s a good stand in.

    Then again, he will get a signing on fee and first team football if he leaves, so its in the balance.

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM


    I think he wants first team football and also more money than we offered him.

    Plus a move to manchester area or London would be his preference, not so much staying in newcastle.

  • 66 boater // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Transfer Sage – Somerset made a good point. I am scratching my head as to how you could refer to Cisse as a reliable goalscorer. A scorer of wonderful goals at his best – but even last season he was missing easier chances – in between rocketing in his pearlers.

    Gouffran looks like a livewire but not a goalscorer in black and white so far. We do lack a reliable finisher with all this midfield silky possession and creativity – should have had Chelsea beat by half time based on midfield dominance.

  • 67 bollance // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    The fear of relegation took away the feeling that we had last season that the club had a bright future.

    We have signed 5 players and won two games an the feeling has returned.

    Will Ashley play a bit safer in the future? We gambled at the start of the season by not buying. Sure we can all see that the value of sissoko even after two games must be more or less what we paid for all 5 players.

  • 68 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    2003–2004 Douanes Dakar 26 (23)
    2005–2009 Metz 95 (36)
    2005–2006 ? Cherbourg (loan) 28 (11)
    2008–2009 ? Châteauroux (loan) 15 (4)
    2009–2012 SC Freiburg 65 (37)
    2012– Newcastle United 37 (18)
    2009– Senegal 22 (11)

    Cisse has scored goals at all levels and consistently throughout his career. All strikers miss easy chances, they miss more good chances than they score unless they are exceptional like messi, ronaldo, falcao, van persie, etc

    A goal every other game is a very very good record and its what cisse has.

    Gouffran has the same record for the past 2 years in france, difficult to say if he can replicate this in England but he has a chance of doing that.

  • 69 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM


    I dont see how you can say somebody who has 1 in 2 record is not reliable. You will do well to find a player with a better record than that unless you spend 30/40mil.

  • 70 obatoyou // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Hey, we really can field players like tiote cabaye Ben arfa in europa because we have sissoko marveaux obertan Gutierrez for the prem… Tho our prem might suffer, if we win the Europa league, I’ll run across the tyne bridge in me undies

  • 71 ross armstrong // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    my european team





    that gives debuchy , stevie t , santon , cabaye, tiote , ben arfa, gouffran and cisse all a rest and i havent even mentioned obertan , sammy , fergy or willlo!!

    alot bigger squad now !! happy days

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM


    not trying to keep ranting but got to go for a bit so will make this point.

    Cisse has scored consistently for the past 5/6 years.

    Therefore he finds a way to get a goal whether its a tap in or a insanely good strike.

    He did get a good half of his goals as tap ins last years as well which would have been around 6/7 out of his 13 goals in 14 games so thats still a decent record if you take the world class strikes out.

  • 73 ross armstrong // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    oh s hit i forgot the main man mr sissssssssssoko!!!

  • 74 bollance // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM


    Don’t worry. I have not suggested that but my opinion on Cisse is that he needs to be as close to goal as possible and he will score. We now have the creativity in the team which will make chances for him every game. I can see him scoring 10 in his last 14 games.

    That is what he is the team for. My only criticism is his link up play which was exposed as being limited while on the wing.

  • 75 ross armstrong // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    13 games left!! if we can win 7-8 out of the remainder that would do me nicely!! as long as we arent in a relegation scrap i will b happy

  • 76 obatoyou // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Hi transfer, Cisse is da pimp bra~

  • 77 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    cisse scored at Villa, not agin Chelski so is due a goal at Spuds.
    I’ve chalked him down for 10 till end season before Villa so 9 more will do !

  • 78 Levi // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    If some one said to me at the start of the season newcastle will finish 12th and WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE! I would count that as a very good season.

    Can gouffran play in the europa league?

  • 79 valle // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    A European super league would be dead in a couple of years… If 18 from Europe keep playing each other over an over with no cups, no qualification to europe to play for an so on, how exciting would you find that as a supporter? Not to mention the travelling required. People would lose interrest fast and pick a new team to follow from those left in their domestic league.

  • 80 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM


    Cisse on the wing was useless, I agree there.

    I think he linked up play centrally much better in the chelsea game though. held the ball, drew terry out and play gouff through for the equaliser.

    If he can continue to do this and it doesn’t impact on his goal scoring then he could become even better for us.

  • 81 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM


    Thats why I like the idea of replacing the champs league and europa league with a two tierd league of 12 in each with promotion and relegation, where relegation from bottom division results in you dropping in to the new europa league tournament and the winner of that gaining promotion into the league system.

    Makes the europa league competitive as you have a real reward for it and makes the top teams play each other once a year without losing out on a domestic league in each country.

  • 82 valle // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Sage… Im not sure that could work although it sounds great… Allot of matches as well. Also, we dont want to much power to go to the top teams, so as long as they have to obey to UEFA the rest of us have a chance to catch up.

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I often talk about a similar type of format but nobody seems to know how the relegation and promotion or qualification would work for such a set up.

  • 84 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM


    It could be a UEFA tournament where teams still follow UEFA rules. Clubs could get some of the extra money but a percentage could be filtered to other teams as well.

    The new europa league would have more tv coverage and therefore more revenue too as teams would put out a string side to try and get in the league format.

    And if you just play each other once it’s not too much, just 11 games. Be less than winning champs league.

  • 85 ToonMauritius // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Romain Alessandrini
    scoring goal like Laurent Robert
    he is the missing link in our team
    Wish in Summer, Pardew will go for him

  • 86 yo-yo // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM


    cheers for the links 🙂

  • 87 Markaccus // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Lots of questions arise fron that TSage. Like how do new teams qualify for each league? If we finnish second in the domestic league, are we only able to go into the europa league, and only if english clubs have finnished bottom and second bottom?

  • 88 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Laurent Robert was the most exciting player to watch. He definitely had the best shot in the world. Better and more powerful than Roberto Carlos.

  • 89 check the toastie // Feb 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Laurent Robert had magic in his boots, however he matched Shola for Laziness, wouldnt have got out the starting blocks for Pardew.

  • 90 hatem786 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    While on international duty with Argentina in Sweden, Fabricio Coloccini has been interviewed yet again about his situation at Newcastle United.

    What Colo had to say to Fox Sports in Argentina is almost all positive with regard to Newcastle, apart from the fact that he has confirmed that once this season is out of the way he still needs a permanent return to Argentina.

    Website SportWitness were the first to bring reports of the Coloccini interview;

    “I had found a home to live in to be with my family in Newcastle. I had already prepared everything so I could spend the four years I had left with Newcastle.

    After this though the problems arose and I asked Newcastle to let me go as I needed to be in Argentina.

    I’m not thinking about what happens in May/June because I want to totally concentrate on Newcastle. I owe them that for the trust they have placed in me for five years and I want to give my best on the pitch, then we’ll see later.

    Newcastle have treat me in a great way and I am grateful to this day to the people, the fans and the club. The only situation was that I needed to return to Argentina for personal reasons.

    That need though to return to Argentina, still remains”.

  • 91 tonetastic // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Someone must have thought of this already… You wouldn’t bet against NUFC’s away strip for next season being just about the same as the French Home Strip. It’s got to be a great idea.

  • 92 DJEVUK // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    All we really need is another 1/2 cb’s depending if Colo goes, and a class fwd like Doumbia, Bony or Van Wolfswinkel. Genuine top 4 contenders next season.

  • 93 samuelwongsl // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    Reading all the comments, I feel that we might be too optimistic. Yes, it was two wins, and we should be glad and celebrate. But we are still not too far from the bottom three (though not too far from top 10)… Anyway, I would rather be down to earth. Hoping to climb up the table as much as possible. HWTL!!!

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