Transfer Plans Hit By Relegation Fears – Put On Hold


It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle’s transfer plan for this summer have been held up until the club can ensure they will be in the Premier League next season.

alan pardew stern unsmiling

Alan Pardew – can he secure Newcastle’s safety?

And the other thing our relegation fight does is not make it easier for Newcastle to attract top players to Tyneside – if we survive it’s going to be that much more difficult to get top players through the door.

The Newcastle Journal is reporting that some early transfers were planned  in the transfer window – but that will not happen until Newcastle get to safety, and it could all hinge on the last match at home to Arsenal.

We hope it doesn’t hinge on the last match at home to Arsenal. 🙁

Once we are safe there are a couple of things that need to be decided fairly quickly:

  • Can we keep Fabricio Coloccini at the club for the next three years?
  • Is Alan Pardew the right person to take Newcastle forward?

We have no idea if Newcastle can keep Colo, but it’s now obvious he’s a big cog in Newcastle’s wheel – and his absence in the last 12 games has been a major factor leading to our current demise.

It’s touch and go about Alan Pardew, but it could be that Ashley will keep him.

It’s  in Alan’s favor that Alex Ferguson and David Moyes are in the news at the moment – because in their careers at Manchester United and Everton respectively – both managers struggled in the their early years and could have been fired.

But we’ll have to wait and see, and of course we need to be safe first – that’s all that matters right now.

Maybe on Sunday at QPR?

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107 comments so far

  • cyprus

    May 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Jayphoto,
    Sports, importantly, is not racist. The better players, wherever they are from, go up to the next level… This argument, that homegrown players miss out because of imports, is one that I’ve heard in many countries.

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  • Santon03

    May 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    If I were a scout for this club, I would go to Italy for defenders and DM, Germany for attacking Midfield, and Holland for strikers.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Fray,
    That is exactly what Ashley is trying to implement, but initially he needs to supplement the young talent with signings who are 17/18/19. His entire vision is based on the club producing its own players. Unfortunately, so far he has either been ill advised, or didn’t realise the extent to which he needs to re structure. It doesn’t help having coaches that can’t coach, but tell him what he wants to hear. Beardsley needs shipping out, Stone Pardew, I could go on. It is a wholesale backroom change, and a change in method of development. Hopefully he will realise and implement this summer.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Santon,
    Holland for strikers? May I ask why? Van Nistelrooy did well in the UK, but I can’t think of many that have come from a dutch club that have successfully made the transition to the Prem.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Fray bentos

    I hear what you’re saying and I agree. We are suffering an identity crisis.

    Cyprus

    Football may or may not be racist, but it is a business. And as in any business, if a product can be purchased cheaper from a foreign market, then it makes business sense to buy the product from there. But it doesn’t always make football sense.

    A football club should never forget what made it special in the first place.

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  • Santon03

    May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilong

    Suarez, RVP, Ruud, Bergkamp, Huntelaar, Ronaldo not Christiano, etc.

    They seems to produce great strikers especially with long shots ability.

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  • Generic Commenter

    May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    We always here about struggling to attract the top players, I don’t think this is an issue if the scouts are clever, which they have proved time and time again. Swansea got Mitchu for a fraction of what he would cost now, and he’s proving to be a top player. And QPR apparently attracted the ‘top’ players like Remy and Samba and they were bottom of the league. Just because a player has a price tag of £30 million- £40 million doesn’t make them the worlds best

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    was working france coincidently, talk is everywhere there that Rene Girard has been approached by a premier league team to begin work next season. Girards main focus is to develop young players and to play attacking technical football aswell as to make do on a shoestring budget. Don’t know if its nufc that have approached him but he sure would fit the Ashley blue print! Made a title winning team in Montpellier out of absolutely thin air practically, i know it’s only Ligue 1 but it’s a massive achievmement, it’s the equivelent of someone taking over say Blackburn or Leeds and winning the premier league in 3 seasons!

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  • Rainrix

    May 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe… Van persie? 🙂 Yeah i know what you mean though a lot of them aren’t huge successes but then you get the occasional van persie or nistelrooy who are brilliant then you get a lot of average ones like kuyt and bad ones like kluivert 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    jay

    that’s interesting (villa story), just way too many clubs sacrifice skill for size…why england has been poor for 40 years in international football and only ever made 1 final.

    Fray

    Yeh I know what you mean, but we can only scout local kids as with only 2nd class academy status we cannot bring kids of a certain age from all over the country..limits us.

    The thing with developing and taking a long time is you need a settled owner who plans to invest a lot of time and money in the academy and bring in the best coaches.

    I think it’s a great idea and something done well in other countries just in England it doesn’t seem to be the way to go. The problem is that if you have lots of managers, each with their own style some kids coming through are discarded. We need to be like swansea and decide on a style of play then get the academy going, scouting going and then look to bring in a manager who uses those players well..and if he leaves get a manager cut from the same cloth/.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #11

    1. Colo was playing when we were on that record losing streak in Nov – Jan.
    If he’s under contract he’ll have to honour it.

    2. Pardew needs replacing. He’s too defensive. After 2.5 seasons of his coaching we can’t pass the ball or keep possession.

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    santon – not much value in Holland though, suarez cost over 22m, ruud was 19m after a career threatening injury, even Alphonso Alves cost 14m! Think the trick to scouting Holland is the same as Scotland, you can’t let yourself be impressed by goals or assists, it takes a better scout to get it right there, looking at players actual attributes, movements etc because it’s shown, second rate players can really look world beaters there i.e.: Alves, Samaras, Dost, Kezman

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    cyprus

    it’s often an excuse as why england don’t do well…too many foreign players etc.

    we were rubbish in the 70s, rubbish in the 80’s…if anything we have better players now..just other teams around us have improved even more.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    OSanton,
    Okay, Suarez, yes. RVP, eventually, took him 6/7 years to really look good, prior to that he never looked more than a squad player. Bergkamp came from Inter not a dutch club Ronaldo never played in the prem, and time will tll on Huntelaar if Norwich stay up, although again he won’t be coming directly from a dutch club.

    You missed Jimmy floyd Hasselbaink.

    Kezman, Tomasson, Boogers,Babel, Collins John, Reuser, Van Hooijdonk, Vennegor of Hesselink, Wijnhard. All of these players scored lots of goals in Holland but flopped in the UK. For me, the leagues don’t match up in terms of scoring ability. Personally I wouldn’t look at strikers from Holland, except in very rare cases where they have the attributes, rather than a scoring record.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    NUFC will NOT be relegated unless Pardew proves even more incompetent than I know he already is. The reason for this has to do with a certain crafty Cockney manager – but not our dumbo Pardew.

    ‘Arry will not want too much opposition in the Championsip next season, and with an eye on immediate automatic promotion I cannot see him risking those overpaid QPR unfaithfulls whom he hath convinced to stay on for another season being in the same pond as a squad like ours – as theoretically we should book one of those automatic places from day 1.

    So a couple of messy mix ups at the back (or a daft penalty in which the defender or goalkeeper is sent off) on Sunday means 3 worthless home points gifted to NUFC. This would be ‘Arry’s very best first result for the upcoming 2013-14 Championship season!

    SO the dice are loaded, the table tilted – and how will Pardew respond this gift-horse? I shudder to think, actually. Which is probably why he has those gambling debts in the first place!

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    T-S yea, there was one lad there is particular, was the captain, was a class above! Seen this lad show up a lot of players who went on to play at the higher levels, was a centre midfielder, problem was he was only 5″6, he’s a mechanic now, playing semi pro! Remains the best player i’ve seen at that level (after Matt Etherington), he pissed all over man utd and Evertons youth sides (who were the best around at that time)

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I forgot about Alves and Samaras!!

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  • Harley

    May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    My answers to Eds 2 questions.

    Yes I’d like to keep colo. I know he was present in the bad run but for me that was a team thing not one individual.

    No pardew isn’t the man to take us forward. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Even last season we didn’t play good football, just ground out results. And this season has been the worst football I’ve ever witnessed by Newcastle. Even worse than souness.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe

    What mike ashley is wanting to do is produce players and them sell them on for a profit. He has no respect for our history, heritage, culture or past.

    He was worked with two nufc legends in keegan and shearer and treated them like they were muck. He changed the same of st James park to an email address. Unforgivable.

    When I was watching sky sports news yesterday, David Beckham was being interviewed about his first meeting with sir Alex in his office at old trafford. Beckham said he could still smell sir Matt busbys cigar smoke. That’s fantastic. And backs up what I was saying the other day. Fergie was a master at this. Making sure the new players know exactly what it means to pull on the shirt and what legends have been at the club before you; what it means to represent the badge, the city, the fans; what you have to live up to if you are to be successful at the club.

    Now, I’m not saying we have been as successful as man utd have been in the past, but we have our own history, culture and tradition. And this is being forgotten. I honestly don’t think any of the ew lads have a clue who jackie milburn, Joe Harvey, supermac is. They probably think beardsley is a bloke with a bad haircut who trains the kids rather than the utter f****g genius he is.

    And instead of smelling the sweet scent of sir bobby when new players go to pardews office, all they will smell is the wafted of gambling and beer from ashleys office.

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Saying that, the absolute, donkey of a worst player i ever played against was Marlon Harewood! Absolute donkey is the only way I could describe him, and he’s gone on to have a few good seasons in the premier league (think he got 15 one year with west ham) and have a decent career!

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  • donkey

    May 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    strange to think but if messi was english would he have ever made it man u turned him down and a lot of other team suprisingly. Barcalona were the only team willing to gamble on his hormone tablets need to take a leaf out of ajax and barcalona academys thats the only way nufc can compete with the chelseas and man citys by having a super cutting edge youth system the talent has allways been there just got to give it a nudge

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    jay

    I had a mate who was in newcastle youth set up from around 10-15….they let him go not because he was too small but because they predicted his height by age 20 (using family height and other factors) and then said he probably wouldn’t be tall enough.

    It annoys me so much and it makes england look a laughing stock.

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    lilongwe georgie- I can’t forget samaras! I put my dream team hopes on him one year! lol, he scored 9 goals in 10 games, and 6 goals in 6 games consecutively when man city signed him in the january! I thought he was gonna destroy the premier league, came back after pre season a shadow of the player…… just realising i could be describing cisse here……

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  • Harley

    May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Huntelar to Norwich?!!!

    Jesus, they’ve gone up in the world!!!!!

    Van wolfswinkle maybe.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #25

    jay

    hardwood was a big lad though and had a powerful shot….if you get enough chances you will no doubt have one or two purple patches in your career.

    The difference is good players keep the consistency up.

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Theres a couple young english lads that might be top players! Saw Gary Gardner a few times from villa, he’s kind of their Vuckic, expected to move mountains this season but got a nasty injury! Very talented player, much better than his brother! Southampton got a few good youngsters aswell. Problem is 3-4 years ago Chelsea pretty much signed any 14 year old that was worth signing at the time, they’ve got a youth academy full of world class potential that will never get the playing time to develop!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    harewood even

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Right, have to go, need to go pick up 2 crates of beer for the after match celebrations tomorrow night, and set off on the journey down. Big away game against Cape Maclear tomorrow, on what is a shambles of a pitch.

    Unfortunately, it means I may miss the toon match on Sunday, but hoping to be back. Prediction is 2-1 to Newcastle. Cisse and a Cabaye free kick.

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  • Santon03

    May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Jay, Lilong

    I know some of them never played in England or didn’t go to England from Dutch teams, but they are good strikers.

    You can’t always get a Ronaldo or Suarez, some may flop. Just like any big teams buy superstars, they will not always work perfectly (like Torres or Sinclair) or Carr with amalfitano, but I still think they are producing great strikers better than any European countries.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Harley,
    Ha, yeah, my bad!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #31

    jay

    southampton always produce great talent

    walcott, bale and chamberlain. Then players now like luke shaw look great…would love us to go for him.

    I think we should maybe raid their academy for coaches/scouting.

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #32

    to be honest, regarding Pardew, he has pretty much the best squad any NUFC manager has had since Keegan! If we get relegated then surely relegating this team makes him the worst manager in our history? I see catchy on here say that even when we finished 5th the football was awful, and I agree, it was! But that 5th place was an achievement, we had nowhere near the team then we do now! Players like Cabaye, Cisse, santon etc are fully adapted to the premier league after a full season, sissoko and MYM are top level players, debuchy is a french international!we’ve had Steven Taylor available a lot more games! unfortunately the blame has to come to the manager and coaching staff. Players are in wrong positions constantly and the tactics have cost us points numerous times! I’ll actually support Pardew as long as he’s manager, I think the NUFC job is possibly the hardest in EPL, but i’d be shocked if Ashley and LLambias don’t pull the trigger! An awful lot of money at stake and there has been zero encouragement on the pitch that things will change!

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  • Santon03

    May 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #33

    TS

    West ham also produced gret players like Lampard, Cole, Carrick

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Colo will stay, if pardew (The winner) goes

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #35

    jayphoto

    I agree, the football was thye same then and is the same now. we just don’t have the luck any more

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  • jayphoto

    May 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #36

    TS- Hearing great things about James ward-prowse aswell! Not sure it’s solely their academy, but the first team manager, Pardew included has always been willing to give a 17 year old a chance! Theres a lot less pressure at southampton mind, and the whole club is built to develop young players! No point an academy developing youngsters if a first team manager won’t take the plunge and give them games! To be fair to pardew, bigirimana and sammy have played alot of games this season, and Campbell has made appearances despite not long being 18! Think Vuckic would have notched 20 games off the bench this season too and I think 3 from those 4 might turn out good players for us!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #37

    santon

    maybe it’s easier being a london/south east club?

    if you can only bring kids in from a certain distance away then being in a more densely populated area would help surely.

    Jay

    Agree there, manager should be to blame. I have said numerous times last year was very good, he did what he had to do with the team he had, and it worked. Where he failed was adapting when things went against him like injuries.

    Can’t expect 5th again but all those losses should have a had a few draws and maybe a win or two in there. As a manger you have to overcome problems. He was never going to get 5th again with the problems but i don’t think 17th is good enough for what he has had available and some problems are his own doing.

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  • John Tudor

    May 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #38

    and managers pardew is consistently crap

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  • catchy in norway

    May 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #39

    31 jayphoto

    last season

    5th was fantastic, could and should have been higher

    i think luck did play a huge part,, who would have know chelsea would of had the season they did, looked shit , but still won the CL
    liverpool, spent fortunes, these 2 , on papaer were ment to finish above us,
    thats a whole lot of luck without kicking a ball,

    im hoping i will be as lucky and have pardew replaced 🙂

    this squad now can go places, really challenge,

    i predict man u will not win anything with him guiding them

    large stake on chelsea if jose goes there

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  • Santon03

    May 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Jay#22

    Maybe there is too much pressure on Cisse, he is being put in the situation where he is the only goalscorer. I thought when we bought Gouffran, he was going to be Cisse’s competition, but he’s being played as winger. Cisee tried too hard imo, that’s why caught off-side too many times.

    TS
    I don’t know if location can effect creating talents.

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