Newcastle Are Now Buying Good Players With Good Characters


On Sunday, it’s going to be a fairy tale ending to the Newcastle career of Steve Harper, who will play his last game for Newcastle against Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

steve harper at Everton 2-2

Steve Harper – 20 years at Newcastle – phenomenal loyalty

It seems that Steve will now not make the 200 appearances at Newcastle as it seems he has played 1908 times for the Newcastle first team, and Sunday’s will be his 199th and final appearance for the club he joined in 1993, when Kevin Keegan was manager.

Steve has a lot of credibility with the fans – and he has come out today and said the reports of a split in the camp, first reported in the Daily Telegraph, were far from true.

This is what he said to Sport Direct News today:

“It has been a difficult season with injuries. It is the away form that has been the difficult part of it. Compared to last year that is where the points have been dropped.”

“When you have two bad results at home like that – the Sunderland and Liverpool defeats – the knives are going to be out, that comes with the territory. I think too many times in the past this club has bought good players that weren’t good characters.”

“But now there is a lot more homework going into recruitment, we are not just buying good players, we are buying good people as well.”

Steve will be remembered most for the Championship winning side of 2010, when the club was so brilliantly managed by Chris Hughton and we came roaring back into the Premier League with a massive 102 points and 30 wins that season.

Newcastle can finish off the season in some style on Sunday – which was hard to even imagine some weeks ago when were struggling against relegation.

But the relief from the 2-1 win at QPR last Sunday was huge, and maybe Newcastle can surprise us all and finish with a win against Arsenal on Sunday in front of another sold out crowd – otherwise it will be the second worst season ever for Newcastle In the Premier League.

3 points would be a great ending to what has been a terrible Premier League season.

Comments welcome.

Note – there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – so please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.

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409 comments so far

  • cyprus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope we go for it vs. Arsenal, don’t know how many more drab displays I can take! Jes, these were the entertainers, come on

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  • Rainrix

    May 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Hm this story has come from sports direct news. Fake no doubt. Bloody media whores 😉

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  • cyprus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve seen Steve on TV a couple times, he seems an intelligent guy. He’ll probably do well on TV or even in coaching.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah ruddy i think we would be more successful with our squad than wigan. It returns me to my point about mental demons in the dogfight situation and being scared to play it that way. Arsenal knew wigan would keep attacking, and just kept hitting them on the break. The arsenal fullbacks were frighteningly good particularly the lb. Tradationally the team who plays football when it is the dogfight is usually the one remembered as “brave bumchester utd are relegated” 

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus, i have seen Steve in the pub a few times. That lad can handle a pint or two!

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    We are doing that as of now, ED? OK.

    Well, I think Arsenal will give us a bit of a hiding actually. We have absolutely nothing to play for, and I include pride in that assertion. Its a farewell wave for a Manager, CB and GK. I sincerely hope Alan has finished that Sudoku he’s been trying to do all season before he has to give Mike his SD Jotter pad back.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    cyprus
    totally agree
    bollocks the score – the toon should just go out and enjoy themselves lets see if they can entertain us. Pas move and at speed and if they can then there is hope for next year.

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  • micbush

    May 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Repost from previous thread…

    Good afternoon lads.
    Dunno if anyone has seen this, but there’s some interesting player stats on http://www.whoscored.com/Teams/23/.

    Without a doubt our most important player, and best performer this season(despite being below average recently) is Yohan Cabaye, both in attack and defense.(apart from the obvious goals/assists stats 6 goals 2 assists)
    In his 24 games this season he averages 2.1 key passes per game, although is pass completion is only at 79%(he does look for the killer ball though).Defensively he averages 3 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game.
    That’s more kep passes per game than Man Utd’s Robin van Persie/Wayne rooney/ashley young who average 1.8 key passes per game.
    Also Man utd’s top defensive performer is Rafael with 3.1 tackles per game and 2.1 interceptions per game.

    Point of this? I’m not sure really, ha.
    I guess that in a failing team, Yohan is still playing as well as he can, and his is performing at a similar level to the best players in the league (statistically at least).

    But stats can be misleading, According to this website, in his 19 appearances this season, Mike Williamson has been our best player.

    Hmmmmm

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza,

    Aye he has wrapped it in. 20 years playing at the top level. Probably the best passer of the ball I’v ever witnessed.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics lol

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    99% of statistics are misleading, .5% are partly informative and the other .5% are true indicators of a trend.

    Source: Tweed Tailor & Woollen Millers Monthly

    FACT!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Markaccus

    Got to love plucky old bumchester united, they were a cheeky bunch 😉

    They did love the p.ass and move, hoho

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Ian
    perhaps we do need to get better coaches, but that isn’t what your post was about, it was a slant on poor coaching which has not made our players fit enough, that isn’t right, circumstances have got to be taken into account, what it boils down to is too many people looking for and creating reasons to have a go at Pardew and his team, there is no need to do it, he has made enough genuine mistakes without us inventing others to try and make him look worse than what he already does.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki

    They’ve done studies you know, 60% of the time, it works everytime 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    stats are fine, they do show us some things

    unless you include every variable and actually put them through proper analysis (not just look at them) then it’s difficult to give a definite answer from them.

    they can be useful and back up an idea, but you still must consider other issues.

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    While I am on percentages, I think the blog is behind Alan Pardew 37%

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki that sounds right. I am a 37%er but am still open to an upgrade, as long as it isn’t a nobody. Also not martinez. Thats replacing one guy who is in relegation fights a lot with another lol

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki
    37% behind him, 43% oppose him, so where do the remaining 62% stand

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #19

    On that note, I think I am going to watch Anchorman 😉

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Haha ruddy, i just seen what you did there….. smart ASS!

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Spoof…. hopefully in mathematics night classes! 😀

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Ruddy – were there horses, a man on fire… ? 🙂

    Markaccus yep the Martinez job trial went badly the other day didn’t it 😉 Can’t believe he was being mooted as a desirable alternative to Pardew dear oh dear.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    tsunki, I would certainly be behind pardew, if we were both at the edge of a cliff, then i could push him off for playing this thing he calls football

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #24

    About coaches; Citeh has just released 5 of theirs I think 🙂

    …maybe we should take them on?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #25

    With all that I have said, I do understand that injuries play a part to consistency, but every single manager in the league has to be subjected to this. It’s how you manage it through player choices and tactics which will help set you apart as a good manager. This is where he fails at most weeks.

    Tactics, and philosophy are the foundations of how you get any team to play. Good and effective coaching can turn average players into good players and good into great. The same can be said i reverse of this with poor tactics and a poor setup.

    In my opinion his mainly defensive coaching during the week, for one, isn’t working, and you can see it with how the players react, or don’t react to certain movements, that it is not being shown to them in training.

    Regardless of who is fit or which bumpy pitch you play on, he shouldn’t be harping on about it after almost every game. It’s ironic really and he doesn’t advocate pass and move anyway, so a pitch won’t make that much of a difference anyway.

    At the game you get so much more of a better view than on tv, you can see who is making runs off the ball, who isn’t. Not everyone is fortunate enough to go to games, so not everyone can see it. It is possible on TV, just not to the same extent.

    At that Liverpool game it was highly noticeable that when one of their player touched the ball there were two others instantly opening up space by attacking certain areas which are pre-coached into them in training. It is a far cry from what we see with stagnant players watching others.

    If they’re not practicing it each day in training, they won’t do it in matches, thus management issues which I’m so angry at.

    Also, Markaccus, I fully agree, that I would be very worried at which manager would come in next. Names like Curbishley et al. I’d prefer sticking with Pardew, and that is saying something!

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Jesper. Nah, we dont want to finnish second to man united do we 😉

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Markaccus
    and Just what are you trying to imply lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki…are we being sarcastic about Martinez? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #29

    NBA – entirely possibe, seeing as Alan has proved he likes staring at the drop. 🙂

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Alien@23
    I’m on Pardew’s side, but that is a goodun, heh heh heh

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  • Ian Toon

    May 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Spoof- I am all for retaining Pardew. Given a full pre
    season and the January signings bedded in plus the
    addition of a CB, a fast/tricky winger who can get the
    ball into the box. A ST and an attacking midfielder
    to alternate run past Cissee. 4-2-3-1 just a variant
    of a 5 man midfield. This can be attacking. Pardew
    will have more time to sort out on training ground.
    I would not want to lose Cabaye but happy to see
    Tiote move on. Sissoko to slot in and give us more
    attacking presence.
    Catch you later.

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper, no just me. I don’t think Martinez is anything special at all, never have. I would be completely underwhelmed if we replaced Parduncle with him. Well ok 99% underwhelmed, 1.5% overwhelmed. Or thereabouts. He would be like a trendy younger Spanish Neil Warnock without the slyness and the ignorance. In other words nothing like Neil Warnock but I am sure you know what I mean.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Laurent… yes i have managed only about 10 games at sjp in my life because i am a rugby man… but youre right you can see better where the short comings are when your there. Mind you, a blind man with a blindfold on a galloping horse looking the other way would have spotted our total lack of defense v liverfool.

    Realistically, who would you see as a good replacement for pardew?

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  • beefman13

    May 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    There is still a lot of money to play for, but the pressure is completly off, that can make such a difference, maybe the players can show some pride in the black and white badge! They owe is thos season.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Spoof…me? Nothing whatsoever honest. 😀 i am 55% unanimous in that, and 77 percent unsure.

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Beefman…. arsenal need to win to be sure of cl. Will that work for ormagains them do you think

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki…you are operating above the 100% mark today my friend 😉

    …Martinez is actually me preferred choice since we cannot get Laudrup – I am completely sold on that 3-4-3 style formation.

    Got to admit I am a bit weary about going into another season of 4-5-1 (or as Pardew calls it 4-3-3)

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Im optimistic for the Arsenal game. I’d love to see us get a win, it’s all I want before we start a fresh for next season.

    Does anyone know what the injury status is at the moment? Do we have Marveux and Sissoko available. Who is in contention this weekend?

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  • Spoof

    May 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Markaccus
    Thank you for that, its nice to know that I can rely on you for complete certainty without any doubts whatsoever ?
    I’m now off to the night classes you recommended, not that I need them, but I’ll see you later

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  • Markaccus

    May 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Ormagains????? Wtf? Or against* is what it should have said lol

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