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No Chance Of Newcastle Signing Kolo Toure

12:45 am, Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

There have been a couple of readers who have sent emails suggesting that Manchester City’s Kolo Toure would be a good signing for Newcastle in the summer, when he’s a free agent.

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Kolo Toure – free agent this summer

The 32 year-old former Arsenal center-back probably has at least two or three seasons left at the top level, and he has indicated he’d like to stay in England – so maybe if QPR miraculously stay in the Premier League they could sign him – but not Newcastle.

He’s a player that Freddy Shepherd probably would have been after prior to Mike Ashley buying the club in 2007.

But Mike Ashley will not pay out huge wages for a player past his prime – and Kolo gets massive wages at City.

So we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in Kolo – who has played 96 times with 3 goals for Manchester City and before that he played 326 times for the then mighty Arsenal, and scored 14 goals.

And if Mike Ashley was ever going to change his mind, his experience in signing Sol Campbell back in the summer of 2010, after being persuaded by then manager Chris Hughton, who knew Sol well from his Tottenham days.

But Sol Campbell was a disaster at Newcastle for the one season he was on Tyneside, and he was getting £40K/week.

The other thing is that Newcastle’s wage bill is now close to 70% of revenues, and Derek LLambias has already said it must be reduced this summer.

So maybe Kolo would be a good buy, and he’s certainly got massive experience, but we just cannot see it happening at Newcastle.

Kolo has played a massive 103 times for the Ivory Coast with three goals.

What do you think?

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Apr 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Sturridge is very good and Captn Cnut will doubtless have his usual stormer, but we are capable of much better than we’ve shown and usually turn up against the Bindippers.

    Oh no! I’m anticipating another game. I really have no control over it.

  • 2 Beattie25 // Apr 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Reckon he’ll end up at Everton.

  • 3 jonobbad // Apr 25, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Cmon ed get rid of the stupid adverts.
    Go back to the old ones.
    You can’t be that hard up surely.

    I can’t sleep, I just had a nightmare in which we had to put up with Alan pardews s*** tactics for another 7 years..
    No wait

  • 4 89Norcal // Apr 25, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    him and Eboue were excellent in their Arsenal days.

  • 5 p // Apr 25, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    waste of space article to be honest, no chance.

    too old, break wage structure and no re-sale value

  • 6 toonbrother // Apr 25, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    I’d rather have Titus Bramble back if im honest

  • 7 roshan MAGPIE // Apr 25, 2013 at 5:10 AM
    some really good stats here I want pardew out what do you people think about these stats in this article

  • 8 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    getn this adds

  • 9 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 25, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    This is a Non – Starter i think?

    Why would Toure want to come and play for Newcastle?

    Pardew,s one half of a game tactics would not fit in with this players style of play ! Shame really coz with another trainer he would shine?
    Totenham,West Ham or Everton will end up getting him?

  • 10 Dannyo // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Just run a freekin adblock and stop moaning.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    No chance on Toure. Too old, too high wages. Never going to happen.

    On the young Nigerian, he doesn’t sound like he has enough caps to qualify for a work permit…. Does he have European heritage? Or are we expecting this to be ruled as one of the exceptions for undoubted ability? ie. Piazon at Chelsea. If that was the case, he will end up at a bigger club than us, sadly.

  • 12 jonobbad // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Ok tell me big man how the f*** do I do that on a phone eh?

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    How do Crewe constantly produce top youngsters, yet we, and several other bigger clubs can’t? They reportedly have a few more youngsters who are ready to step up to top end championship/premier league, just 1 year after selling 2 prospects to premier league clubs. Unfortunately, Powell hasn’t managed to break through into a first team regular. But the lad at Villa has been one of there better performers.

    On Powell, given that Pardew claims to have good links and relationships with Lord Ferg, I would love to put a cheeky bid in for him this summer, hell, put a first option clause in for Man U if it sweetens the deal. The lad can cross, shoot, run at people, is English, young, and needs first tam football.

  • 14 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM


    usen opera mini .. so no chance for a add block… its fkn annoyn nw .. some time i getn loged out of the blog auto

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I’m pleased Inman went there, he will get a better football education there on loan for 6 months then his last 2 years in our “development squad”. I’d love Campbell and Streete to go there next year. Okay, s maybe Campbell would be better served in the Championship at Middlesbrough who have a pretty good record with developing players, but Crewe seem to have players every year ready to step up. I don’t know the figures, but I’d imagine the Crewe academy in the last 15 years has produced more Premier league players than our academy. They have certainly produced better quality.

  • 16 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Get French Football
    @GFN_France 56m
    An agent closely connected with
    Lyon has claimed that Kevin
    Gameiro has entered discussions
    with #OL . #Gameiro #PSG

  • 17 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Any mileage in this little lot?

  • 18 Ian Toon // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    roshan Magpie- I prefer looking at life through my own eyes. Far too simplistic as a means of determining sacking the manager. In practical terms the work of a statistician can be divided into collection of data, preperation, tabulation and analysis of results. A stats table needs to be read along with the notes which should indicate the assumptions used in compiling. Only then can legitimate processes be claimed and figures not misused . Otherwise it’s lies,lies and statistics. Given the source is not the ONS I will stick to my own judgement.

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Any football stats, and stats in general can be argued/twisted to suit a persons own needs. Always take stats with a pinch of salt.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Possibly, although Arsenal are expected to pick up Corchia. I heard rumours from people who went to school with Fraser that we have got first option if he leaves Celtic. Would take a big bid to take Timmy away, I can only see that happening if it is a double swoop for Timmy and Santon.

    PEA, Carroll and Douglas, anyone of us could have put those three in, although I think Douglas could have been pushed down the pecking order now.

  • 21 estechco // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Surely the extra TV revenue coming into the club will mean the 70% wages ratio will come down naturally?

    That plus the loss of Xisco/Smith’s wage packets this year plus the potential loss of Colo’s next.

    Has DL been scare mongering again?

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Good Morning Ian Toon ,
    Sometimes when I read your posts,it reminds me of the chapter in The grapes of wrath where the entire chapter is about a turtle who tries to cross a freeway.

  • 23 Dannyo // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Did I call you a tit? Put it back in your pants and calm down lad.
    Switch to mobile view then, how hard can it be?

    Can you not convert to mobile view though? I know it’s no fun, but there are no ads.

  • 24 Toon Tang // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh the grapes of wrath. sounds like our pegs piles

  • 25 Ian Toon // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Lil- We could use Dario Gradi as a consultant. He’s in his 70’s but is a superb judge and developer of young talent. Probably the best known product from the Crewe academy is David Platt. Although he had been released by Man U as a kid of 18-19 and the rest is history.

  • 26 Toon Tang // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    i actually remember reading it at school, that and ‘of mice and men’ – classics

  • 27 Ian Toon // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Jail ( the original) – Good Morning. Always good to be up close with a giant of the modern game.

  • 28 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM


    Mobile view is crap.. i cnt even see comments, even clickn on show comments it does ntng bt reloads the page

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Morning all,

    Just read through that .org article about Pardew and his excuses that “don’t make sense”.

    Just thought I’d check out some of the information and I’ve hit a stumbling block at the first hurdle….Birmingham City.

    They say that they lost “Fifteen of their players, mostly the best ones” after the club departed the PL.

    How reliable is

    According to that site they lost 6 players in the 11/12 season (the season they were about to start playing EL games).

    I note in the 10/11 season they did lose 9 players, would this be in the count of 15 then? When did they get sold, I assume some at the start of that season and maybe in the January window, but not sure as no dates provided.

    Also, they didn’t make it out of the EL groups, so in December they were back to domestic duties only, so the majority of those games were championship games, as per a normal seasons calender.

    Not saying this article doesn’t hold merit, but I’d like to see the information used, as frankly it’s fairly easy to throw some quotes and stats about that are perhaps misleading.

    For example, I could find quotes of Pardew saying something that you would say he was lying. Can the same not be argued of some of the used quotes in that article? Shouldn’t we check before just assuming they’re correct and not just being used to fit an argument?

    I’ll try and keep digging.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Dario is now the head of the academy, and Director of Football at Crewe.

    Platt probably top, but you also have Ward who scored lots of Prem goals, Lennon, Murphy, Savage (Similar to Platt, although released at 17) Ashton, plus a number of others who haven’t been as successful, but have played prem/top end Championship. An incredible feat from a club like Crewe. Also, they have the same academy rating as ourselves, tier 2.

  • 31 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Carroll only if the price drops significantly
    Forster not this summer as Krul won’t be leaving imo
    Corchica going to Arsenal
    PEA dont think he will end up with us bigger sharks want him and they can offer more to him
    Douglas don’t think the club want him anymore after last summers attempts ended

    On a side note I just watched the 5-1 derby game highlights good lord we were good that day Nolan and Barton outstanding Carroll unplayable and Shola with his tail up then Hughton loving life and deserving of a new contract how times change

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Beattie produced some danming stats on our worst managers after fifty and a hundred games,not good reading for anyone still stocking up for Pardew.

  • 33 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Damnit man taking things at face value is just easier!!!

  • 34 Ian Toon // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Jail (the original) -Alternatively you could always view my posts as a means of increasing your life expectancy by cultivating boredom.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Ian Toon ,
    Or I could just cut out the drink and tabs.

  • 36 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I take it u are in the “Pardew out” camp now

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Yep mate,a three nil drubbing didn’t help,then driving home on Saturday and John Anderson announced on the radio that Haidara was coming off and Jonas slotting into left back and he sounded just has flabbergasted as I was and I just thought this guy has truly lost the plot.

  • 38 Ian Toon // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Jail- Just out of interest were you force fed The Grapes of Wrath.

  • 39 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Jail…After a season like this, no chance of cutting down on drink and tabs :)

    I am not going to try and say that his stats have been great, nor that a better manager couldn’t do better, however, we knew a better manager would / could / should do better than Pardew when he first arrived, so whilst an upgrade would always be better, does it justify his removal from the club, when considering what he did last year or what he’s had to deal with this season?

    I get he’s not the most inspiring from a fans perspective and would like him to update some of the aspects of his approach. From the sound of things, I know it could also just be rubbish, the club have learnt a lesson or two and will look to make some changes and see what it brings.

    It would seem that Pardew is not being fired, I would guess that is because the board don’t blame Pardew completely and would like to judge him after they support him properly. If that doesn’t work, I fully accept and would support a change.

    I just don’t think Ashley has any intention of bringing in a top notch or up and coming manager any time soon, so why beat Pardew to death?

  • 40 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Yo…It certainly is :) Let’s take everything else on face value, but not anything from our own club 😉

  • 41 ErnestHemingway // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    On Crewe, what a fantastic academy they have. As well as who’s been mentioned, they’ve produced Craig hignett, rob Jones, jermaine wright, Seth Johnson, rob Hulse and two recent goal scorers against us; billy Jones and David vaughan.

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Morning all!
    If your feeling down this morning, or worried about the bin dippers at the weekend, simply watch the highlights of the Dortmund game last night and fcuk around with your colour settings on your TV until your watching the game in B&W! It’s great 😉

  • 43 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    In the 11/12 season Mourinho used 25 players in La Liga, a 25% increase of what he mentioned in that quote. 24 players in the CL. 27 players in the Cope Del Rey.

  • 44 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Hmm am still not convinced either way tbh a lot has gone on this season not all of it Pardews fault but he has done his fair share of things wrong imo

    The players should be taking a lot of blame as well

    If someone better came up in summer and they wanted to come I would be against it but I won’t be hounding Pardew out for the sake of it

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Ian Toon,
    No I’ve read most of his books,is Pushy Lenny or George :)

  • 46 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    It’s not a bad plan lets be honest makes for a easier life

    U mean that wasn’t newcastle playing last night?!

  • 47 hotdog // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I’m still backing pardew, you won’t take me down. Where has chopping and changing got us, absolutely nowhere.

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    “I know one year that Barcelona played with 19 first-team players, as well as a few younger players, and they played every three days. It is possible.”

    May well be true, one year. How did they do? How many “few younger players”? Did they play every 3 days, or was that only over certain periods (say Man C, Benfica, Fulham, Benfica and Sunderland in 15 days, what’s that a game every 3 days?).

  • 49 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Now, none of this is conclusive, but people want to debate without being hypocrites…well how about they judge and pull apart “facts” that suit their argument.

    Morning world, may the madness commence.

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Anyone seen the pic of the old SSN article on Facebook? Apparently fat sam almost signed lewandowski for Blackburn!!!!! But he couldn’t get a flight from Poland because of the ash cloud a few years back!! Lol

  • 51 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    tads…Amusing, but I guess even if he had got him he would or Pardewed him and made him cr*p anyway.

    Get the feeling today may be filled with sarcastic cynicism, oh yeah, that’s the same everyday :)

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I know what you mean and if he does go in The summer he’ll never have had the chance to have been judged by being backed when he was on the crest of a wave,personsonally I don’t think he will be sacked so we’ll just have to put up with him.

  • 53 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I agree in him not being sacked specially with the new coach being touted I just hope there is more than one coach coming in a few medical staff and fitness coaches wouldn’t be a stupid idea…but no chance in Ashley spending that much

  • 54 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Cynicism? Sarcasm? On here?
    I’ve not encountered that on here yet!!!

  • 55 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    tads…Well brace yourself :)

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I was looking at when our new players were signed our ambitious owner waited until after the Norwich game and the disastrous result against Reading before springing into action,foes anybody think more than two players would have been bought had those two results been more favourable.

  • 57 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Jail…I don’t think we would have got in too many more tbh, as if we were coping they wouldn’t think it justified, especially in January, which is deemed a bad time to buy.

    Still doesn’t prove or disprove that they then wouldn’t push on come summer, but I do get your point and I am eagerly waiting to see what they do this summer.

    A bit like Pardew and his excuses, the same applies to the board this summer.

    By all accounts, we now make a profit, we have extra money coming in from the PL deal, so I expect them to fulfill what they promise. That doesn’t mean loads of silly money purchases, but it does mean covering the areas everyone has identified and not pulling out or having no back up due to £1m here or there. They have to find a way to push on.

    Huge summer.

  • 58 hotdog // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    JFA – I was going mad at that time because the window had been open for weeks before we moved. If we had those additions in earlier we would have picked up important results and been well clear of this scrap.

  • 59 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    West Ham have given Carlton Cole a final-
    day-of-the-season deadline on a new
    contract – THE SUN

    That Could Give Pardew A boost

  • 60 ichrisho // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Morning All… I think there is flash behind the comment box and when you click into it – it triggers the malware… anyway… Seems like UEFA are going for an all German final in Wembley (They do love themselves for that) to say sorry for Chelsea beating them last year… (Anyone ever see Platini’s face when handing over the trophy – he is raging)

    Anywho… Just a question – If we had finsihed 13th last season and were known to be rebuilding – would we have had such an adverse reaction to this season… did we all genuinely think that we would build on the top5 finish and move up…?

  • 61 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Ibiza. You’re a reet stirrer lobbing the pebble into the pond and ……. Enjoy your day

  • 62 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Lesh…Seems only fair to assess that information the way people do anything positive :)

  • 63 Ancientcoptic // Apr 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Toure is only a few months older than Colo, and I would be willing to bet he would be cheaper in wages too, he knows he is going to have to take a cut. Remember this guy was a 16 million pound defender, he is still in his prime, and… he would cost nothing.

    You cannot compare Kolo to Sol Campbell who was overweight and basically retired before we signed him.

    I see no negatives here.

  • 64 Ancientcoptic // Apr 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    And to anyone talking about resale value, resale value is important ‘IF’ you have pay a transfer fee for a player, that is because their value drops and you lose all that fee if you do not sell.

    If you do not have to pay anything for the player in the first place, the club is not losing any money. Why would resale value be a problem? especially if we are not actually buying the player. You cannot resell what you did not buy.

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