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Time To Give James Perch A New Contract At Newcastle

10:34 am, Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 127 Comments

James Perch has already played 33 times for Newcastle this season,  and has also scored his first goal for the club, and after a very tough first year at Newcastle, James has seemed to blossom under manager Alan Pardew.

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James Perch – Perchinho – has come good at Newcastle

Last season he made 28 appearances for the side, and a large portion of those appearances were in the second half of the season, when he really started to come through with some solid performances  for the Magpies.

And this season he has continued to be a key player for the side,  and because of his versatility he has been used a lot by the manager and he’s played at full back, center-back and in defensive midfield – and he can do a solid job in all of those positions.

James reminds us a bit of Nobby Stiles in the England World Cup winning side – he’s not as good as other players technically, but his temperament, solidity and consistency adds a lot to the team.

This is what James Perch said today in an exclusive interview he gave to the Newcastle Journal:

“Things have changed a great deal for me since I’ve been here,” “I can’t really complain.” “I feel it has changed a bit for me. When I go out there now people aren’t groaning.” “I think before, if a supporter saw my name on the team-sheet they’d think ‘Oh no’.”

“They were doing that. I hope now it’s not the same reaction, or not as much anyway! I think that’s a fair reaction.” “I have to be honest with myself and say that people probably were saying that when I first came but now I hope they don’t.”

“It was what I always intended to do a year ago when I got my opportunity. There’s no better feeling than turning people’s opinions round. When I first came it was tough and the fans didn’t take to me, but that was because of  my own performances, not through any fault of theirs.”

“It’s good to go out there and enjoy it now. When you enjoy it, it’s better and you do get a sense of achievement.” “I love the city, my family is settled up here now and I’ve been here two and a half and I’ve loved it.”

“Even when things weren’t going my way and I got some stick. I absolutely loved it from the start – Newcastle is such a nice place.” “It is the friendliness of everyone that gets me. I lived in Nottingham where it is a bit rougher.”

“There’s gangs and everyone has to be a bit careful,  but there is a freedom about this place that I love. You can go anywhere and in some places it’s not like that as a footballer. “People make you feel welcome and whatever happens you’re part of it.”

Those are great words from the unassuming Perchinho – who has become something of a cult hero on Tyneside.

James signed on in the summer of 2010 on a four year contract, and that will run out in fifteen months time – and we think the 27 year-old former Nottingham Forest player has earned an extension to that contract.

We would expect James to get a new deal soon, before he starts his final year of his current contract – we think he deserves it.

And he’s not been a bad buy for around £1M either.

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127 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Captain Perch.

    …reading between the lines on the injury front, Haidara, Krul, Colo and Debuchy will start.

    in all seriousness though, i’m really looking forward to seeing Tim back in goal for us. Elliot has been very good, superb at times, but Tim offers a great presence, and is my favourite Newcastle player along with Cabaye and Debuchy.

  • 2 IrishToon009 // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I just love versatile players like James, dead handy to have, must be a managers dream!

  • 3 Byker Boy // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Never thought I’d be saying this about Perch but he’s an ideal utility player Newcastle would be foolish not to extend his career at The Toon.After all he’s progressed from “That Bloody Perch” into “Perchino” not seen the likes of this transformation almost reincarnation for many a year.

  • 4 estechco // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    About as honest an interview from the lad as you are likely to see. Reads more like a blog post on this site.

    I like it when players turn the crowd’s opinion around (much like Wazza did under KK) and Perchino just goes from strength to strength.

    Top fella

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Perch Out! Who does he think he is, changing our opinions? I shall not accept it. Good performances, good attitude, general improvement. Disgusting, this is what is wrong with the modern footballer.

  • 6 beddersmag // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    Yeah good call was about to say its like Barton. Always helps win favour with the fans if you can nail some big tackles too 🙂

    Well done perchinio. Theres an arvument for him to play ahead of the more physical but sloppy tiote in dcm at the minute

  • 7 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I’m over the moon he has been given authority to have Perchinho on his back next season.

    Pards was a bit dubious with the idea at first but the players have apparently swung him into thinking it would be a good publicity stunt for the club.

    The club made a brief announcement; James Perch has been given the green light to have his surname changed for next season to Perchinho. The FA have reviewed the proposal and have filed no objections. We are aware Perch has be one a bit of a cult figure with the fans and almost 1 in 4 shirts we sell in the supporters shop have Perchinho printed on the back.
    This is a trial this season and certainly a first of its kind that the FA have had to face for a British player.

    Of course, this is commonplace for foreign players, particularly Brazilians but a first for an Englishman, said the club.

  • 8 RedMissionBells // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    James Perch is a very simple player who always goes for the safe options. If he sees an opportunity to release an attackers, he will pass it. Else, he will play it safe. He is also quick and jumps well. I enjoy having him on the bench as he is the type of player who can bring stability to the last 20 minutes of the game. We should definitely keep him. In fact, I think England needs a player like that in its national team too.

    Anyone who is able to out jump Carroll or mark Suarez should not be under rated.

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Troy…It’s astounding how many exclusives you break. I’m very impressed 🙂

  • 10 Bambams // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Open a window……

  • 11 estechco // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Troy – Are you getting in some practice for next Monday?

  • 12 yo-yo // Mar 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Red Mission Bells

    As long as Perchinho doesn’t out dive Carroll and out kick Suarez I’ll be happy.
    He is a key part of the team and has earned a new contract.

  • 13 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    Next Monday?


    You want an XXXL ordered? 🙂


    I’ve got a hotline to SJP. Bloody murder though when they answer and pretend to be from the ticket office.

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Troy…Sounds like a right ordeal. Have no idea why people pretend, it’s such a waste of time 😉

  • 15 Bambams // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I hear you are one of the few who are allowed to use the lift to get up to level 7.

    Although I am also now aware extra handrails are to be fitted below the existing ones to help small children as they climb the stairs. …. No need for the lift next season fella ….

  • 16 toonincheek // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    “almost 1 in 4 shirts we sell in the supporters
    shop have Perchinho printed on the back”


  • 17 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    One of the most improved players i’ve ever seen in English Football. Just over a year ago we were saying he’s championship standard at most.

    And right now, he should be walking into the team ahead of Tiote. One of our unsung heroes this season, and has consistently outperformed Tiote and Anita.

    Premier league top 10 standard player at the moment. Very solid and reliable.

  • 18 WWYCD // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Good for Perch average for NUFC imo

  • 19 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM


    Do they still let you bypass the turnstiles cos you keep getting stuck and let you through the fire exits? 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • 20 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM


    Honesty is the best policy. I agree. 😉

  • 21 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    PERCHINHO – Savour of the ordinary footballer… he a good’un – get him signed… Nice fella too.

  • 22 robin // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Perch is the sort of player, that people who know nothing about football latch onto and delude themselves that he is a good player rather like they delude themselves that Pardew, is a good manager. When really neither are up to the required standard of top flight football. Perch cannot nail down a first team place, much like Pardew, cannot nail down a top five place, un-like the flukey season he had last year, he has over- achieved and now is returning to his usual level, fighting relegation.

  • 23 lucasnufc // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I’d rather have him than Tiote in the team right now, far less error prone and I actually think that technically he’s a decent player. Sign him up.

  • 24 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Boo ROBIN…. Boo….. Come on… it could be worse… Someone else could have a Perchinho… he was captain at Notts Forest so couldnt be that bad – plus I will add he makes Tiote’s tackling look amateurish and wild… he is cool and calm and what this club needs…

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Robin…Bravo. Took a post about how far Perch has come on and managed to put him and Pardew down. Top stuff.

  • 26 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Perch is someone who has been slaughtered by everyone on here, myself included, but……………….as a squad player he has been nothing but professional, has always given 100% when called upon and has improved so much over the past few season’s I’d love to see him rewarded with a new long term deal

  • 27 Doomsayer // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Robin…. Completely agree dont pay attention to what these little minded people have to say pardew is nothing but a puppet who’ll drive our club into the ground. We’re doomed as long as he’s in the job.

  • 28 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Must admit i still get a little apprehensive when perch starts, don’t know why he never lets us down. Admittedly i don’t think he’s as got as tiote or anita but form-wise he is atm

  • 29 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM


  • 30 TorqToon // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM need a hobby!!!

    And pardew hating doesn’t count!

    Anybody who’s actually watched Newcastle play wI’ll see the improvement and importance of James Perch. The lad deserves a new contract.

  • 31 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Always liked Perch, went through a bad period when he first came !

    Some of you on here hated him even sitting on the bench !
    On the strength of this season and the second half of last year he deserves a new deal? Sign him up !

  • 32 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM


    Jeez! I don’t believe anyone doesn’t think we over achieved last season. The players we had all excelled and over achieved themselves. However, credit where its due. Pards did it. 😉

    We are now left with a team that isn’t top 5 standard. Do you expect Pards to get in the top 5 with a team that isn’t capable. ? Is that not the clubs fault ?

    Perchinho has done fantastic from being utter shite at right back to adapting to a holding midfielder and is still learning and progressing in that position.

    Anything constructive to add Robin?

  • 33 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM


    Out of curiosity who would you like to see as our manager in place of Pardew???

  • 34 carl // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Not you as we’ll! Courage is the most important of the virtues. So playing scrabble with more than 3 letters and writing plain English makes me guilty by association. I had you down as a normal poster not a neurotic extreme or just mischievous type. I bought into Ibiza (Back By Popular Demand) request not to seek to score cheap points .
    I do not know Pushy. I went to the same uni as IT and I got him part time work whilst he was studying. We have not met up for around 18 months although we correspond from time to time as were in the same line of business. You can take whatever line you wish but for me IT remains inviolate. He’s not at all like his 3 critics portray him but great company, great fun in a quiet sort of way( IT you can send me the £ 20 you promised). The poster with two names( the one with the elasticated waistband and Indian background) and an elderly poster
    mate constantly abuse me when I come on line hence the I am owt. This derives I am told from Duncan Bannatyne and was used by Ruddy. I will persevere on here but my patience is not endless. Just ask yourself wouldn’t you prefer quality football chat than the inane endless tedious drivel some dish up! The lecture is over. Phew!

  • 35 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM


    He won’t be able to give you a sensible nomination. Anyone who wants Pards sacked can’t name a realistic proposal.

    We would all love Morinho, Pep, et al but we know that any manager would have to work with a budget which balances the books and the managers contract would be a low basic and based on bonuses. Forget any top names. Pards is doing fine under the restraints he has.

  • 36 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Dont interact with robin guys. He’s essentially the blog equivalent of the westboro baptist church, completely insane and so far away from mainstream thinking he might as well be on neptune.

    At least kets is funny, robin is a humour black hole 🙂

  • 37 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    @Troy Stavers

    Was thinking the same thing mate!

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Rainrix…I suppose there is no point interacting as there is hardly any interacting done on his part anyway.

    Where has Kets disappeared to recently?

  • 39 geordiemark // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    yeah id agree with a new contract for perch hes always done very well where ever hes played and always handy to have a utility player like him on the books

  • 40 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Ibiza… Im sure robin use to interact back? Obviously “interacting” is stretching it a bit, its more incoherent rambling than interacting 🙂

    Kets is probably in hibernation until the transfer window opens, that or he’s compiling his transfer wish list under an effigy of paul scharner. 😉

  • 41 Shot Bru // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Perch reminds me of Darren Fletcher. Derided by fans early on but has grown in confidence and has proved himself to be a key squad member.

    Plus Perchino scored at at the theatre of wet dreams!

  • 42 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Rainrix…You’re right, I did not include Robins criticism of other posters…silly me 🙂

  • 43 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Interaction on here is slowly being killed off by ‘holier than thou’ attitudes and those who only look to descend everything into arguement

  • 44 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Ibiza… Its ok, my minds numbing rapidly just talking about the fellow. Any further and i might just go back to making pardew jokes 😮

  • 45 AndyNUFC // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Its great that Perch, Raylor and Saylor aren’t the most talented, but as British players put their bodies on the line and always give 100% great example to the kids.

  • 46 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM


    Rainrix…Then we best change topic quickly…has the weather improved?

  • 47 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Did anyone notice it was Perch who jumped in at half -time at Wigan and stopped John Carver chinning someone?

    Top player, get him signed!

    As for all the critique on Pardew! There is not one person on here calling for his sacking, who is naming a Realistic replacement!

  • 48 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Ibiza… No its gotten worse in fact. Still not as bad as you southern daisies make it out to be. Its been worse in recent times but its still badish. Has your little island imploded under its own heathenism yet? 🙂

  • 49 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    NewExPat…I’ve seen the pictures of him holding Carver back 🙂 That is my issue with the people who want Pardew out, they don’t seem to get that it’s not that we think Pardew is excellent at his job, but he does okay and we don’t think we’ll be getting better, so why kick off? Support the manager, the team and see where it takes us. Revolving door of okay managers hasn’t and wont do anything to take us forward.

    Rainrix…Sorry to hear that. You’ll be pleased to hear the white isle is still ticking along nicely 😉

  • 50 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Love the people who sight Roberto Martínez as a replacement for Pardew, he’s such a top class manager that Wigan have been involved in a relegation fight every season but at least they play some great football FFS (for around a month of the year)

  • 51 G // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I must confess if I see Perch starting at Full Back postion, it’s squeky bum time for me! But old habbits die hard. Regardless of wether you rate him or not, it cannot be argued that he has been our most improved player this season. That in itself deserves and improved / extended contract.

  • 52 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    JB… I also love answer to that point of “Well, it’s better to fight relegation with stylish football”. So what, accept a relegation battle each year but watch “some” nice football. Hmmm…

  • 53 toonincheek // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    robin has gone quiet.
    All he wants is 23 purples
    and a manager who can keep them all happy.
    That’s what we all want, isn’t it?

  • 54 G // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Is it just me, but when somebody puts ‘Wigan’ and ‘Attractive Football’ in the same sentence, it’s a bit like seeing the words ‘Port Stanley’ and ‘Heatwave’. They just don’t seem to go together to me.

  • 55 toonincheek // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    The team needs players like Perchino.
    He knows well enough that he’s not likely
    to become first choice, but he’s happy to
    work hard and fill in when required, doing
    a commendable job in various positions.
    He knows the players and how the team plays.

    Just as valuable as a purple who doesn’t always
    turn it on.

  • 56 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    G…No, it’s not just you.

  • 57 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM


    Totally agree. WTF is it with Martinez. He’s done sweet bit all and his predecessor Steve Bruce did better and he is shite.

  • 58 carl // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Why would anyone want to replace the current PL manager of the year. And furthermore the LMA manager of the year. To be recognised by your fellow managers is the highest accolade. Long may he reign at the toon. Onwards and upwards.

  • 59 toonincheek // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    G –
    These things are relative.
    16° is a heatwave in Port Stanley.

  • 60 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM


    Exactly mate, lets play football thats so stylish we fight to stay in the league every year

  • 61 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Ibiza… Damn im sure my strongly worded letter of complain would’ve worked. Time to have a look at the nuclear bomb option again 😉

  • 62 G // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    True toonincheek, but you don’t often see photo’s of the islanders lying on the beaches do you?

  • 63 carl // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Martinez appeals to the formation nerds. More style than substance.
    Thoroughly nice guy but lacking in ambition. In my opinion.

  • 64 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    JB…I should say that I quite like Martinez or at least have some respect. He doesn’t get a great deal of financial backing and does fairly well with what he has…however people stating he would do better than Pardew are simply guessing. If we’re not going to upgrade manager then why bother?

    The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

  • 65 estechco // Mar 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Troy @ 13 – 1st April 🙂

  • 66 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Rainrix…Did you translate the letter? Do let me know if you want me to put up some flyers for you. Be a good excuse to get the shorts on and work on my tan 😉

    Carl…Why do you think he’s lacking ambition, because he hasn’t left Wigan yet? I don’t so much have a problem with that, it could be he’s just biding his time for now. People just frustrate me with this foresight that he will be brilliant. What is that based on?

  • 67 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Ibiza… Sure i’ll just sit here and passively agressively hope you get sunburn 🙂

  • 68 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM


    Pardew isn’t someone who exactly has the pleasure of throwing money around in the transfer market either (the last window being an exception). And under Martinez his side can look good going forward but concede for fun all year round.
    If people call for someone like David Moyes then I can understand as he’s done an amazing job at Everton with very limited funds, but the simple, honest fact is that we will not get the likes of Moyes here.

    The days of throwing money around and only looking for the ‘Big’ name managers like we did under Sheppard are long gone, but it seems that some people can’t accept the truth of where we are now under Ashley.

  • 69 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Was ROBIN a Mackem?

  • 70 DokToon // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    the grass is greener on the other side.. when the neighbor is spray painting his lawn ibiza…

    hope everyone, with the exception of robin the mackem, had a great weekend…

  • 71 DokToon // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    lmfao, great minds ich, great minds!!

  • 72 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I never saw stylish football against us last away game. Two poor footballing sides IMO.

    But I don’t think there are any good footballing sides outside the usual top 5 sides.

    If someone mentions Swansea then they are no better than mid table crap who play the odd bit of keep football but on the whole average.

    Anyway, off to check out my bucket seat which I’m getting installed today on the 7th tier.

  • 73 Tsunki // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I have my benfica home tickets ha ha not many left in the bar areas lads get yer trainers on! 🙂

  • 74 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Arguabley should be in the starting 11 in the heart of midfield! On performances hes been miles better than tiote and anita! ( i knw hes still adapting) thing with perch is he offers less going forward, i think against the bigger teams he is very important, a good player to bring on when preserving a lead!

  • 75 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    If we don’t give Perchino a new contract I will be madder than a midget with a Yo-Yo 🙂

  • 76 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM


    Got mine and my son’s for the Platinum club. Cheap as chips. If you are there I will be wearing my usual. Cape, wrestling trunks and wrestling boots. The youngun gans mad but I’ve done it for years now! Bloody freezing in the winter! My nipples are like HGV wheel nuts!!! 😉

  • 77 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Also, perch is possibly the hardest fair tackling player of seen! Goes in 100% but his timing is impeccible! After tiotes showing in previous vs the mackems id love to see perch vs cattermole in the derby

  • 78 carl // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    He’s had offers and is too easily persuaded to stay. You might argue he’s building but that’s highly questionable from constant relegation battles. He’s footballs answer to Terry Wogan. The females choice
    they just love him in Wigan. He is not very good at adjusting when things don’t go to plan. Nice guy though compared to Pardew who’s
    a bit of a poser.

  • 79 beefman13 // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    James Perch has a good chance of a new contract, I have on quite a few occasions had a pop at the lad during this season, but in his last three appearences for the toon I have been quite impressed with the lad, and have to say that the tide has turned regarding him.

    Utility players like him are of course needed in any club, a top professional by all accounts as well.

    My mind will remain open regarding any player or manager who may improve or visa/versa.

    The manager has taken quite a bit of flack of me this season, he has been stagnant in his approach even considering the horrendous injuries we have had, I have not enjoyed his brand of football this season, I still say even though we are not out of the woods we would have been for sure back in the championship but for the new signings in January, he has made a lot of noises regarding us shooting up the table over the last couple of months, and we have moved but its a tough league and its one game at a time.

    A real hard game on Saturday v man city and we arnt expected to get owt? who knows? if teams win below us then the pressure is certainly really on.

    On the shola contract issue, I would not be surprised if he gets another contract as they love him at the toon, but it would only be a rolling contract from me, a year at a time, we do have to move on from wor shola at sometime surely, we need to get Campbell involved more and shola seems to be the block, were that is concerned at the moment.

  • 80 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    How long do we think Bigi will take to be 1st team player… I like him… he has something…

  • 81 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Cant find any tickets for 2 for the match vs benfica…. arse…

  • 82 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    @ Jay

    He sure is. I remember a cruncher he put in on that little rat Suarez when we beat Liverpool 3-1 at home last year 🙂 . Made the day even better than it already was

  • 83 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Think bigi needs a year at a top championship league team that will play him each game! Would like to see him, sammy and campbell at boro next year, think they are a good club to send our young players too as mowbray plays attacking football on the floor and gives youth a chance! Plus its close enough to keep an eye on them!

  • 84 Transfer Sage // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    On perch

    He is a solid squad player. For me he is the type you want to hold onto, man utd are masters of having average players playing above themselves when around good players, lads who don’t shy away when needed. They had o’shea and brown for years, never amazon but when needed could cover w few positions and do it well enough. You can’t have a team of 23 world class players no matter who you are…you need a few youngsters or players happy to be squad players.

    On pardew

    Is he a good manager? Not sure, seems sold enough and does a decent job but never will have us in the top 6/7 consistently with such defensive football. Sitting on 1-0 leads means there will inevitably times you concede and drop points, more often than if you keep attacking in my opinion.

    Do I want him sacked? No, let him see if he can develop and improve his style. Then if in a couple of years he hasn’t then look to replace him. Now is the first time he has had a very good squad of players but its still lacking to be genuine top 4 challengers.

    Give him time….what’s another couple years without a trophy anyway.

  • 85 Transfer Sage // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Big pappa

    That tackle on Suarez was what finally convinced me on perch

  • 86 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Bony going this week to PREM prob West Ham or Everton…. and RVW already coming to Norwich… where is our new striker option coming from?

  • 87 Transfer Sage // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    Well Ashley was in the crowd watching PEA play so may well be him. Some talks must have started for him to travel. Either that or he wants to see what the fuss is all about with him if Carr and pardew are asking him to dig deep.

  • 88 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Hahahaha, I remember being one of those people that used to moan when he came on, now I chant loudest I possibly can ‘we’ve got perchinio’.
    The lad has changed people’s opinion with his own performances and deserves a contract extension, it’s well earned. 🙂

  • 89 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Sage – How much do you reckon we would need to pay – I’d say seeing as they turned down what we offered a while back – 12m…

  • 90 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM


    Dok…Ah yes, of course.

  • 91 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Sorry for changing the subject, but have a read of this

  • 92 ichrishaldo // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Change in name inspired by the almost-brazilian Mr James Perch…

  • 93 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    If we could PEA and Cisse with Sissoko sitting just behind and Cabaye playing the ball about – we have the makings of top6 team easy…

  • 94 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    give him a 2-3 year deal, he’s earned it as much as the likes of Cabaye and Krul.

  • 95 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Give him a new contract
    Reason- he can fill a number of positions on the field in defence and midfield and does the job in hand well

  • 96 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    …and to add to Charlie in the Gallowgate’s comment

    …he does so with a smile on his face and with passion in his heart. He’s the most valuable type of football player you can get. Give me Perch over Tiote, any day!

  • 97 ichrisho // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    LYF – Bravo… Tiote would be doing well to see how Perchino attempts his tackling…

  • 98 MacToon // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Many congrats to the Bobby Robson foundation, over £5 mil raised in its 5 years.

  • 99 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    could not of put it better

  • 100 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Why are so many having a go at Tiote, he has been a great player for us but this season just like, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Colo and Gutierrez he has failed to match his performances of previous years, good players do not become bad overnight, and even now, although not at his best we are still a better side with him in it than what we are without him in it

  • 101 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM


    That,s a sweeping statement about Boney ?

    Reported in the Dutch Press this morning that no offers have been made for Boney since the January Window! Most of the Vitesse support are resigned to the fact he will leave, but the bets at Vitesse are that he will be going to a German club.
    Big page spread about it in The Gelderlander this morning!

  • 102 Troy Stavers // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM


    I think its a great idea for the finalists of the Europa league qualify for CL the following season. It would give the competition much more credibility however harder to win!

  • 103 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I agree Troy, it certainly would, however, on the other hand it means that next season we could be playing Champions league football whilst in the Championship, to me that just doesn’t seem right, I don’t for a minute think we will go down, but theoretically it could happen

  • 104 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM


    i wasn’t having a go at Tiote at all, i was comparing him to Perch, as he does play in the same position afterall. I just think Tiote could learn alot from him regarding how to operate in a professional manner whilst maintaining the raw passion. I like Cheick, but the man is a liability and that’s a straight up fact.

  • 105 beddersmag // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM


    Think you are showing how little you know about football. Perch us exactly the type of player who is appreciated by those who have played competitive football. While the newbies and those who cant play football prize the tricks and silky stuff, those who understand half of football is defending will admire what he does. Simple, effective, ball retention, commited tackling, great attitude, play anywhere. Whats not to like?

  • 106 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    LYF, I was speaking generally, and many are having a go at Tiote, players in his position always have disciplinary problems whether its Tiote, Cattermole, Batty or Keane, it goes with the type of job they have to do, yes at times I also feel that he does make unnessesary challenges but generally he is superb at his job, Pardew taught Ben Afra how to work hard, if he can get to grips with Tiote’s over exuberance then I doubt there would be a better player than he in his position, certainly we could not afford to buy anyone better, so lets make the most of what we have got, and back him rather than knock him

  • 107 Transfer Sage // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM


    No idea on the price. Varies massively on form, interest from others, willingness to stay, his relationship to the club etc etc.

    A lot can change in a few months but I’d imagine you not get him any lower than say 8mil.

  • 108 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    …sorry, it was just directly after my post, so assumed it was aimed at me. I assumed wrong.

    …but i disagree with what you have said, if Tiote was going to learn, he would’ve done so by now. He cost us a derby victory this season, and surely Pardew would’ve bollocked him for that, yet nothing has changed.

    It’s not a case of not backing him; of course i back him, i pay over £500 a year to do exactly that from the stands, i back every player wearing our colours, no matter what. I’m not by any means saying i want rid of him, as he is very valuable in alot of games, usually the ones against the big teams; but i don’t see him as one of the first names on the team sheet for us, as he is very irrational, and once things don’t go his way on the pitch, the mood swings come out, and he puts the whole team’s hardwork at risk. Particularly in feisty games, he gets carried away, and seemingly cannot help it.

    Also, i don’t think it’s true about players in his position always having poor disciplinary records. I was going to come up with a few different examples…but you need not look no further the man this article is based on. The 4 you named are reckless players, and would be no matter where they were playing.

    In my opinion, anyway.

  • 109 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    no doubt about it though, that there’s a quality player in Tiote, sadly it is hidden behind his aggression, too often for my likings.

  • 110 Marty-Toon // Mar 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Top professional this guy
    Obertan and Willo n the likes could learn loads off him.
    Keep it simple and do your job right.
    A good steady player

  • 111 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Lads and Ladies, am I the only person who thinks Cabaye has been better in the games hes played this season than he was last?

  • 112 Mister Tuff // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    spoof @90 -checked out your suggested post. I had no idea that EUFA were considering allowing the finalists of the Europa League to compete in the Champions League Group stages. Makes sense when you consider the reverse is allowing the “lesser” CL teams
    to enter the EL.
    Whilst most fans will probably write off this season (apart from progressing further in the EL or winning it and PL safety) there is a potential that we could be in the Champions League next season, if we get to the final of the EL. This would clearly be a godsend -giving our present players something to achieve and acting as an attractor to potential new signings who want to play at the highest level.
    So with the obvious signs at the Toon that progress/improvement is now under way – viz all the January signings and the further anticipated influx in the summer (and the clear out) -things are certainly looking up -despite it being
    a season we all could probably forget. Clearly NUFC have learnt lessons which will not be repeated.
    So I am looking forward to next season.

  • 113 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Your never to old to learn, Ben Arfa did in his mid twenties so why can’t Tiote, to put things into perspective, Tiote gets slaughtered off some fans for a lack of discipline and Perch gets praised for being disciplined and many wish Tiote could be more like Perch.
    James Perch has received 9 yellow cards in 23 prem games, six of those 23 are when he came on as a sub, a total of 1602 minutes played {1 card every 178 minutes]
    Tiote has received 6 yellow cards in 19 games, 2 of those coming on as a sub, a total of 1366 minuetes played. [1 card every 228 minuetes]
    So why do so many use Perch as such a good example, as I said, it goes with the role, but comparing the facts between Perch and Tiote, only proves to me that there is an unjustified witch hunt for Tiote

  • 114 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Spoof….Interesting stats.

    I think a lot of it comes as Tiote is seen as a better player or perhaps the potential to be better would be a better way to word it, so it leaves fans frustrated. Not many people expected much from Perch so he constantly exceeds expectations, hence the better reputation.

    Back on to the stats, I wonder how many of those yellow cards were completely unnecessary? It seems Tiote does pick them up at times where a challenge was not needed or at least not to the extent that he throws himself in, but that may just be a wrong assumption.

    I do agree that we should keep Tiote though. People saying Tiote should have learned by now, well he is a year younger than Perch, so no reason to think he can’t adapt his game…question is, does he still bring enough to the table if he looses his aggression? I’m not so sure.

  • 115 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Mister Tuff, most would class this season as 1 to forget, yet we still have a chance of winning a Trophy for the first time since 1969 and we could even end up qualifying for the Champions league, if both or even one of those do happen, it will end up being a season to remember rather than one to forget, what a strange sport this is, its why we all love it though, isn’t it

  • 116 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Also interesting news about the EL winners possible qualifying for the CL. Obviously a few things to work out but in principle it’s a great idea. We already have teams that fail in the CL group stages dropping to the EL, so why shouldn’t a team that wins the EL be promoted up, it makes complete sense..well to me at least.

  • 117 Rainrix // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Spoof… Its not just disciplinary records, its his general play that makes him a liability at times. Holding onto the ball for too long in compromising positions dangerous back passes plus his occasionally reckless fouls.

    Dont get me wrong i think tiote is a better player than perch on his day. Its just he really hasn’t played well this season and has been a liability at times. i dont agree with the fact he’s become the new scapegoat for some people as he has improved recently but a lot of the criticism levelled at him are justifiable

  • 118 toonLYF // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    i echo the words of Rainrix @ 115

  • 119 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    If the Europa League winner’s get a place in the Champions league it will be the first sign that Platini does actually have a modicum of common sense. Now if he would just stop failed champions league side from dropping into the competition most people would be happy with UEFA

  • 120 Spoof // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ibiza, it would be interesting to see how many could have been avoided as you say, from both players, and even though Perch has recieved more I would not be suprised if Tiote could have avoided more than Perch, if thats the case then all that proves is that Tiote can read the game better and put himself into better positions, so he can break opponents down without getting booked, so who is the better player, its got to be Tiote, don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking Perch, and I would give him a new contract, for me he is good backup to Tiote, but he is not as good as Tiote, in fairness to Tiote 6 in 19 is a marked improvement on previous seasons, lets give the lad some credit, we forgave Alan Shearer for missing a penalty against Sunderland, its about time we forgave Tiote for getting sent off against Sunderland, as stupid as his challenge was

  • 121 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Michael Owen wants to become an agent………..well there’ll be no one better at getting players money for nothing as he did it for most of his career

  • 122 ajcrawfs // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    off topic but has anyone seen Cisse’s bird! Lovely Jubbly! on twitter as well

  • 123 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Spoof….Most people generalise when talking about football and I do feel that Tiote has somewhat fallen victim to that. You’re right, his disciplinary record has improved, but it doesn’t take a lot for it to seem like “Tiote is back to his old tricks”.

    I’m not sure I think Tiote reads the game better than Perch but when each are at their best, for me Tiote is the better player.

    All in all having the options is great and can only spur the other players on to improving aspects of their game. If Tiote can sort out a few key areas to his game he is some player to have in the team. I do agree with others mind that he is no longer the guaranteed starter he was, but that can soon change.

  • 124 Bambams // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I think it would be a good idea to have the winners of the Europa league to qualify for CL but cannot ever see the powers that are allowing it.

    Off to the gym now Troy….. Hows the stretching rack coming along !

    ( For those thinking we are trying to cause aggro within our comments to each other, chill we know each other outside the blog )

  • 125 JackButler // Mar 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Reports suggest the Roman Abramovich has been detained in the US by the FBI, some are denying the reports but seems strange

  • 126 SupaToonKid // Mar 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Referring back to the Samuel Umtiti link, I noticed a couple people seemed concerned or were suggesting we would sell Santon as a result of such a transfer. Ed seemed to be touting Umtiti as a LB however this is not true. Umtiti is a CB primarily but has versatility to play LB too.

    Carr is scouting us a CB as this is the main defensive are we require to strengthen as Coloccini is definitely leaving and I can see Williamson leaving too hence a purple CB e.g. Douglas is required as well as a back up/development player e.g. Umtiti.

    Of course I am not suggesting this rules out a sale of Santon to AC Milan because I’m sure anything around £10M+ will see negotiations begin. I am suggesting however that Umtiti is a very notable purchase if we can get him in but with him so highly rated and at one of the more prestigious French sides it would hard to see him coming in at bellow £5M.

    If a deal can be strook I will be very happy as we will be signing a very capable, young CB with bags of potential to be one of the best. I’d even be willing to suggest this lad has potential to be recognised on the same sort of level as Kurt Zouma etc.

  • 127 RedMissionBells // Mar 26, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Now that the great Queens Park Rangers’ sale is about to happen, who would you like to take from their team?

    Looking at their squad list, I would be interested in:

    M’Bia or Samba

    Thoughts anyone ?

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