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Local Newcastle Player Was Man Of The Match Last Night

5:36 pm, Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 374 Comments

Paul Dummett knew he had to have a very good pre-season this summer, if he was to get back into the first team squad at Newcastle for this season, otherwise Paul would be sent out on loan again to get first team experience elsewhere, with a number of Championship clubs only too willing to take for next season.

Paul Dummett Motherwell

Paul Dummett – had a great game last night

But Paul is now probably one of the most improved players at Newcastle since last summer, and his double loan spell at St. Mirrren, where he played 36 times for the Scottish Premier League side, did him the world of good.

And certainly Paul has so far had an excellent pre-season and has impressed Alan Pardew in training so far this summer.

And then last night Paul was outstanding at left back for the Magpies in our first pre-season game at Motherwell – and certainly his manager thought he was good – Pardew thought he was the Man of the Match.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game last night:

“I was happy with that. I want our levels to be super high and it has shown tonight that our fitness levels are high. We also had a few bonuses.”

“Dummett is knocking on the door of the first team. He could not have done any more, he was my man of the match.”

We thought one of the battles that would be taking place in the first team this summer, would be between Italian International Davide Santon and Frenchmen Massadio Haidara, as to who would be starting at left back in the coming season.

But now we need to add Newcastle-born Paul Dummett to that competition, and of course Paul first impressed two years ago on the American tour, when he came in for Danny Simpson, and played very well for the first team.

Paul will be hoping to build on his excellent performance last night, and he will have done well if Alan Pardew elects to keep him on Tyneside for the coming season.

What do you think?

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374 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    gonz

    exactly right it was the same thing with ba when he came to us during ramadan he didnt look anything special after the fasting was over he lit up the prem :-)

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Luke,
    Wonga don’t want this type of publicity? Why not? If you are on the bones of your arse and need to get cash asap from somewhere, you aren’t exactly looking for a company with a great name, you just pick one you have heard of.

    Their requirement for publicity is merely a brand awareness type, not a positive or negative. All publicity is good publicity!

  • 3 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Lilongwe

    It’s not on their website anyway, so I’ll chalk this down to another communication issue. Maybe Sage heard something like it on TV, then he naturally interprets is his own way a little, then he chooses what words to portray the way he interpreted it, then you interpret it a certain way. By this point the message is all distorted…

    From the message you sent, I could interpret that he wasn’t “allowed” to travel because of his religious beliefs, not because the club didn’t allow him to travel.

    Anyway, as others have pointed out (in fact me too!), it could all be a storm in a tea cup.

  • 4 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    i think ED likes to stir things up a bit form time to time haha

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Danno,
    So the solution to Cisse’s lack of fitness is to leave him out of a pre season training camp where fitness will be one of the main aspects, and will have our top fitness people there. Instead leave him to train with the kids and development group who, in reality will train at a slightly lower intensity at this stage of the year. Leaving Cisse further behind when he does join up.

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    ATTENTION ALL BLOGGERS!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t believe the tripe the media are trying to sell you, IT SELLS PAPERS AND THAT IS ALL!!!

    Cisse hasn’t been made to train on his own because of the Wonga sponsor. He’s fasting. It isn’t a coincidence the other muslim players: Bigi, Haidarra, Abeid aren’t on the plane to Portugal. They are doing the right thing by staying in Newcastle and building up their fitness whilst fasting.

    Simples!!!

    Ummmm tiote sissoko marveux Ben arfa mbiwa……..

  • 7 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    *from

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    TDS,
    I’d always stated it was a storm in a tea cup up until now, but why else wouldn’t he be travelling? Danno’s reasoning just doesn’t make sense, nor does the fasting as he did it last year, and others are doing it/have done it.

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Mick Lowes
    Reckons Toon caught in Middle between Bongo Bank and Cisse.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Sorry that didn’t come out right!!!
    Gonz
    16 mins ago
    ATTENTION ALL BLOGGERS!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t believe the tripe the media are trying to sell you, IT SELLS PAPERS AND THAT IS ALL!!!

    Cisse hasn’t been made to train on his own because of the Wonga sponsor. He’s fasting. It isn’t a coincidence the other muslim players: Bigi, Haidarra, Abeid aren’t on the plane to Portugal. They are doing the right thing by staying in Newcastle and building up their fitness whilst fasting.

    Simples!!!

    Ummmm tiote sissoko marveux Ben arfa mbiwa……..

  • 11 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    People

    You do realise muslims cant even drink water during daylight hours while fasting dont you? Wouldnt fancy training and playing in the heat of portugal without water

  • 12 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    actually if he was sold i wouldnt be bothered id rather have demba back tbh

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Markaccus,
    But as Tads correctly points out some of them are, and both Ba and Cisse did last year…..

  • 14 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Like how some think this is some kind of media conspiracy, yes they’re turds in the most part, but A) He isn’t staying behind because he’s fasting, HBA among other Muslim players is flying out. B) If he was staying behind for that reason, I’m sure the club would nip it in the bud and just say so. C) The club has already refused to comment citing a ‘sensitive issue’.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Wolfshead,
    But would Demba want to come back, and would MA want to cough up cash and the wages. Would be just our luck to re sign Ba, on bigger wages and or a highish fee, only for his knee to go and us not to have the get out we had last time!

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Listening to total sport now and there IS a serious issue with the shirt sponsor ship.

  • 17 Goodfella // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/newcastle-target-begs-his-club-to-lower-transfer-fee/?

  • 18 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Lilongwe

    It is hotter this year. And ramadan came later last year. It was still ramadan when the regular season started. As for the players who have gone… maybe they are not as strict as the others, after all, lots of methodists drink alcohol but they are not supposed to. Just theory of course

  • 19 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    lilongwe

    good point

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Markaccus
    Think the point is several other Muslim players have traveled and are training

  • 21 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Surely as has been stated already, certain Muslims have different beliefs to other Muslims. So perhaps Marvs, tiote, mbiwa, sissoko etc don’t have quite as strict beliefs ‘re finances and the Muslim faith?!

    Could that not be what is happening? I’ve never read a direct interview / quote or anything from cisse himself.

  • 22 Goodfella // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Sorry wrong link

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Lilongwe

    I don’t believe the Ramadan explanation either. I think it must be related to Wonga. But hopefully there will just be another day or two of negotiations between the parties and they’ll find a resolution. I don’t need to put 2 and 2 together and come to the answer that Cisse is a money grabbing so and so and we’re better off shot of him like some people seem to want to do…

  • 24 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Cisse will get one to one sessions. His fitness levels are miles behind rest of the group

  • 25 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    wolfshead
    Ba wouldn’t come back – he is also a devout muslim.

  • 26 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Tads

    Like i said… the muslims who have travelled may judt not be as strict. They cant ALL be total fanatics :D

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    According to Mick Lowes Darren Bent is nailed on just the contractual issues to sort out which is easier said than done.

  • 28 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    charlie

    oh yes that as well bugger :-(

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Markaccus,
    Both Ben Arfa and Tiote reportedly fasted the last 2 years while at the club. The club have said they won’t comment further as it is a sensitive issue. I think that tells us it has nowt to do with Ramadan, otherwise they could just say it, and show how understanding they are of other faiths and cultures, Beardsley would probably be photographed in front of a mosque as part of the good news story! :-)

  • 30 Yorkgeordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I wonder if this could end up, Cisse out and Ba back in? Just a thought

  • 31 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    PROTEST ON FRIDAY OUTSIDE ST JAMES PARK!!! LETS GET OUR CLUB BACK!!! IM SICK TO DEATH OF MIKE ASHLEY! CANT TAKE ANY MORE MISERY!! LETS GET HIM OUT!! WE MUST STAND TOGETHER!!

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Jail,
    “nailed on” and “just the contractual issues to sort out”. I like Mick Lowes, but surely he realises that if the contractual issues aren’t sorted out then it is in no way shape or form “nailed on”.

  • 33 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Versace101

    Meet you there….

  • 34 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Lilongwe

    Well in that case it could be something as simple as cisse and the others that didnt travel do not feel they can cope in the heat without water, and maybe hba et.c do. Like i say these are just thoughts.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Talk about Ramadan and fitness all youselike it has just been announced as the headline news on Newcastle radio that Cisse has pulled out of thd squad flying to Portugal on religious grounds.

  • 36 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    YEAH LETS GET THE PROTEST HUGE!! WE NEED TO GET THINGS WILD!! BANNERS THE LOT… AND GET OUR CLUB BACK!! ITS A MUST!! UNLESS YOU NEED MORE HEARTBREAK OVER AND OVER!

  • 37 Will_Camp // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Christ, first time I have posted since I was 17 when Ed first started the blog! Love this kid, cracking attitude and willing to go on loan to learn. Him and Haidara would be perfect for the LB slot, and Santon can play RW/LW as defensively he is poor!

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Markaccus
    Yeah yeah stick ya effin thoughts pal
    ;)

  • 39 DevonToon // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    So what we think of the new home kit, im glad they did the wonga in black + white. I think the kit looks mint

  • 40 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    i thought we were in for aliadiere not remy anyway? can anybody shed light on this

  • 41 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Even if it is to do with wonga, strikers get the ball less than other players on average, so really its no big loss if the other players are wearing it. The sponsor should not dictate who plays and who doesnt.

  • 42 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    @Yohan Kebab

    It’s all made up – nobody knows nowt

  • 43 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Oh, I thought we were being sarcastic Versace101, excuse me and apologies for getting your hopes up :D

  • 44 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Tads

    Yeah??? Think ya summik like, eh?
    Fancy ya chances? Come onnnn thennnn.
    Its on! Lets go! Etc etc :D

  • 45 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    JFA

    I tried telling them this, but there always has to be a big conspiracy behind every story nowadays.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Markaccus,
    I know what you are saying, but I’ve just searched through some of Freiburg’s pre season tours – one to Turkey, Greece, Spain… Cisse was on at least 2 of these, not exactly the coolest of places.

    This is the first time I have actually thought the Wonga Cisse stories could be true, didn’t believe any of it before, but Cisse would be there if it was just a ramadan issue, or the club would have said.

    As for Haidara, why isn’t he there? He has been in training since the start, so no fitness issue, unless we have picked up our first injury….There goes my mone yon Vuckic first out… ;-)

  • 47 Yorkgeordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    NUFC.com are saying that this is a smokescreen put up by his agents who want more money or out.

  • 48 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Anyway, this blog is much more pleasant without certain folk. Actually some enjoyable, coherent reading.

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    BBLR,
    Haha.

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Markaccus
    Okay old bean i didn’t want fisticuffs but by Jove you’ve asked for it!!

  • 51 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Blow Cisse out he’s not bigger than the club.

  • 52 lukes26 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    You might be right.

    Union Carbide was certainly happy about all the attention they got from Bhopal .

    oh, and who can forget how people were standing in those lines at the zepplin dealerships after the hindenberg

    Wonga just loves how the media is telling people how their interest rates ruin people’s lives.

    You’re right.

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    York,
    That is just supposition on the part of Niall and Biffa. They may be right, and it has been suggested before, but no evidence to back that up.

  • 54 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Plana
    Rather blow Bongo Bank out – parasites.

  • 55 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Quick question. I am staying in a hotel on holiday. Can I take birds back to it without asking or is it too risky? Will I get kicked out of it?

  • 56 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    @ lukes26
    spooky – Union Carbide was exactly who I was thinking about . .
    I wonder if they sponsor cricket in India?

  • 57 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Lilongwe

    Further complication to this is that some muslims believe you cant cross salt water during ramadan :s

    Also hes other pre season tours it would depend on when ramadan fell. I went out with a muslim girl for a bit (didnt end well) and she said it can fall any time between july and the beginning of september depending on the moon. My brain hurts

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Luke,
    What are you going on about? People who get a line from Wonga have no other option. It is a last desperate resort 9 times out of 10. What you are talking about has no relevance.

    Okay, so you don’t use Wonga, which pay day lender has had such great publicity that you will go and use them?

    If you are desperate for cash, and have no other option than a ‘payday lender’ / legalised loan shark then you know they aren’t going to have had great publicity, none of them have. You go with one you recognise the name of. Brand awareness.

  • 59 Novocastrian66 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I think we should sell Cisse. He is being manipulative and is putting the club in an awkward position. Chase him.

  • 60 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Ketsbaia9

    That made me crease. You’re one of the last on here I’d expect to come out with that.

    Yeah, it’s fine. :lol:

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Kets
    Your a big boy, take them girls back, enjoy yourself
    Out of intrested would they be
    IN
    Beyonce
    Shakira
    Rhianna
    Cheryl cole

    Out
    Susan Boyle

  • 62 lukes26 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Ed

    Could you do a detailed profile of Ketsbaia9?

    He intrigues me like no other poster.

  • 63 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Markaccus,
    I think the point which fixes it for me (other than BBC Newcastle and Sky announcing it) is the fact that if it was anything other than a Wonga issue it can be cleared up in one quick snappy press release. I’ll even draft them free of charge, as i know the club won’t do it.

    ” Pappiss Cisse will not travel with the squad as heis unable to train at at the intensity required in the heat of Portugal due to fasting for Ramadan”

    If it is fitness,

    “Pappiss Cisse got fat over the summer break, and as such has no chance of keeping up with Steven Taylor, letting alone get past the tugboat paced centre half.”

  • 64 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Its simply not on, if he refuses to wear it then we have to sell.

    I think people may as well come to terms with it now – Cabaye is off. Too much interest from too many big clubs. His form has been ‘meh’ this season anyway. Easier to replace than some people think.

  • 65 2_goal_tino // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    @56 Markaccus – That’s wrong Ramadan can be at any time of the year, it is always 11 or 12 days earlier than the year before. So every 33 years it completes a 12 month cycle.

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Kets,
    Do it! If the hotel give you bother send the staff to the blog. We will get Tudor on them!

  • 67 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    tads

    im disappointed j lo didnt make the list haha

  • 68 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Lilongwe – Tudor will be able to bore the hotel staff to tears, allowing Kets to sneak through uninterrupted!

  • 69 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I reckon Kets is a clever, funny bloke who enjoys constantly winding people up on this blog. I can do nowt for laughing at some of his posts

  • 70 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Tino

    Was just going off what i was told of the lass. I might have remembered it wrong lol.

  • 71 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Union Carbide killed more Indians than John Wayne.

  • 72 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Kets, you could just go for a member of staff

  • 73 Mister Tuff // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    kets – I hope you have a good holiday – do not get lead astray by ladies of the night.
    I have attached an image of a couple of ladies on holiday. which one would you prefer. (you cannot have both).
    http://deantaylorimpersonator.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/fat-slags.jpeg

  • 74 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: SHOLA AMEOBI HAS MARRIED SHOLA AMA… NOW THEY ARE BOTH GOING TO BE CALLED SHOLA AMEOBI

  • 75 lukes26 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Being this is Kets, i believe what has happened here is he has purchased some caged birds.

    He probably has a few cages of chirping birds he needs to very discretely sneak past the lobby

  • 76 Markaccus // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    One of the birds will be called sharner

  • 77 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    it all went tits up when we sold leon best! bring him back! stupid mistake was a good back up striker

  • 78 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Wolfshead
    Come on mate I was trying to be realistic!!!! ;)

  • 79 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Laurent Robert….

    u disappoint me we shud demonstate with a protest outside st james! if Bolton can do it a wee club in the north west then im sure a fanatical football city like ours can also get the fat man out with a mass protest!!! aswell as get Wonga out!

  • 80 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    It’s situations like this whole cisse wonga thing I’m glad the clubs run to highest of standards

    Hopefully our Managing Director will have this sorted in the next couple of days
    Oh wait………

  • 81 scout // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Swop cabaye for nani and a bit of cash, good deal all round. Then with the money get this de Jong in everyone I raving about.
    Or maybe just buy Gervinho from arsenal, surely the lad could get in our side?

  • 82 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Mister Tuff, I’m afraid the last 2 words in that link prevented me from clicking on it ;)

  • 83 scout // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Krul
    Dubuchy Yanga colo santon
    Benny tiote Anita nani
    Gervinho Remy

  • 84 WWYCD // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Haha JFK talking to Cisse about religion…aye that’s gonna end well

  • 85 scout // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    That team would beat most at home, maybe away a little caution

  • 86 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    scout theres no out and out striker there and no sissoko? would be like 4 wide men at times with no focal point

  • 87 WWYCD // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    scout
    Why would Nani come to us, out of curiosity also how would his 6 figure wage request fit into our set up?

  • 88 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I will try it. Will check the security guards first and then decide. I’ll need a contingency approach. Will jot down a few cheap room only hotels just incase.

    I’d do Beyonce, Rihanna and possibly Shakira. Cheryl Cole isn’t my type.

    Hopefully we’ll snap up a few strikers before I go away. I’ll be on fire then.

    Purchase my kamagra. Well ready for it.

  • 89 toon22 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I wouldnt trust JK to collect dog shit from the park.

    If Cisse claims religious etc its time to start saying he isnt for sale.

  • 90 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    YO
    Lol would be hilarious!!
    Ere pissy cissy what’s all this b******s about religion and those c***s at wonga or some shite everyone knows that I created the mother f*****g universe
    Now put that f*****g shirt on ya bleeding gobshite!

  • 91 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Will have a chest wax just like Cabaye. Think that’s the norm these days. I don’t care that older women prefer men with hairy chests. I’m not after haggered lasses.

  • 92 Mister Tuff // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    tinman – the image is still worth a look. I bet there’s load of lads on here who have had ladies of a similar standard when they’ve been on holiday – -obviously equipped with beer goggles.

  • 93 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Ketsy
    Howay lad surely you don’t need those magic pills!
    Lol

  • 94 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Kets,
    Where you going?

  • 95 Klatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Kets predicament makes me wonder, maybe Cisse ditched the tour after AP told the team they couldnt bring portuguese birds back to the team hotel? :-)

  • 96 WWYCD // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Almost word for word how I saw the script going in that situation…are u in my head?

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Chaps, how are we all today?

    Journos making crap up is all par for the course when it comes to NUFC, they seem to revel in stirring things up but we all know this Cisse Wonga thing is either paper rubbish or Cisse using a terrible excuse to force a move from the club.

    Either way we should draw a line in the sand, the silence regarding the issue is deafening.

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Mister Tuff
    How did you get your hands on my holiday photos!

  • 99 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Yeah, I will be on the lookout at dinner and by the pool. Might have a cheeky perve from the balcony whilst smoking a cigar and listening to a bit of Phil Collins and Gloria Estefan.

  • 100 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Actually, just noticed Kets having a mental breakdown. I’m off.

  • 101 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Tuff,
    No Comment *whistles while looking away*

  • 102 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    My Newcastle United SUPER 11…

    srnicek

    Dabizas Albert Collocini Venison

    Gillespie ROB LEE (c) Beardsley Ginola

    Shearer Ferdinand

  • 103 SeanNufc87 // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Shola must be rubbing his hands together in glee. Nee signing and cisse not wearing the strip, must be in the squad now!

  • 104 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Krul
    Debuchy – Colo – Mbiwa – Santon
    Sissoko – Anita
    HBA – Marv – Gouf
    Cisse

    That would be my team if Cabaye leaves.

  • 105 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Yo
    Yup scary isn’t it!!!

  • 106 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Klatoon,
    Pardew couldn’t stop himself from bringing birds back, the dirty dog.

    Also, Kinnear has gone on the Portugal trip, must have enjoyed it so much last week that he decided to go back. Not sure where that leaves the him signing off on transfers thing though! Charnley left holding the fort!

  • 107 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Kets is now dangerous, he’s become self-aware!

  • 108 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Sean
    Number 9 next season??

    Rumour has it even shola’s offski !!!
    Maybe we’re going Spain style who needs a CF!

  • 109 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Turkey. I only need them when i’m slashed up. It’s known as whiskey sword. Haha it’s a common thing and nothing to be ashamed about.

    Just gotta make sure it goes ahead. You don’t want the lass to get kicked out the hotel, otherwise you’ll end up with red eyes and a rotten headache.

    Once the deals sealed, there’s no need to take them again as the pressure’s off.

  • 110 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    There’s nothing worse than pulling a quality lass on hol and not being able to get it up.

  • 111 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    You have to love this blog!!!

    Religion and morality to erectile dysfunction in ten minutes!!!!

  • 112 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Kets,
    haha, I’m fairly certain hotels in Turkey will be used to that sort of thing! Some places I’ve been you have to pay a ‘sex’ tax, the bloke on the desk wants a bit of cash to turn a blind eye.

    Enjoy mate!

  • 113 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Can imagine Kinnear spending time in strip clubs shouting out c*** and smiling.

    Pardew is definitely a playa.

    Will walk passed reception with a lass and if I get knocked back, it’s just tough. They’ll be a cheap room for a tenner somewhere.

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Never thought Kets and Pele would be used together in a sentence.

  • 115 Klatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Hope the fasting Tiote and ben arfa’s rooms are not near Cab and Deb’s, those portuguese lasses are ‘loud’.

  • 116 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Tads,
    Erectile dysfunction has as much a place in a football blog as anything! Pele advertised viagra! (and allegedly uses it)

  • 117 WWYCD // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Increasingly haha

  • 118 kevymartins // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    @Kets please don’t spread your std’s on here after haha, wreck bar street and act like a millionaire :D

  • 119 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Reckon the playa’s on our team are:

    Saylor
    Coloccini
    Haidara
    Ben Arfa
    Bigirimana

    Debuchy, Santon and Cabaye seem like loyal chaps.

    Simpson was a definite jack the lad. That’s why he put in all those dire performances.

  • 120 SeanNufc87 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Kets

    Scarred. ..

    Kinnear went with? Ahhh I get it now! Pardew was giving us a hint “I expect a deal to be up the road” he was referring to the porto cb he literally meant that while they are training kinnear will be “up the road” signing the player.

    God you guys are idiots its perfectly obvious!
    Cheers pardew!

  • 121 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Kets,
    Ican say for certain, knowing a few lasses Saylor has been with, and some he has tried to get with, that he fancies himself as a player, but isn’t.

  • 122 Klatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Kets, U forgot Shola

  • 123 kevymartins // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    @Lilong Him and carroll both, He got his jaw broke for trying to be a playa haha

  • 124 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    I wonder which team Viagra would sponsor?

  • 125 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Kevy,
    True, I knew one of the girls that they both got with. Proud to say I know some classy ladies!

  • 126 SeanNufc87 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Arch

    A one on the up?

  • 127 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    archaeomag,
    Probably Boro, as they struggle to get up

  • 128 Spahndirge // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    @Kets Alanya, Turkiet?

  • 129 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I’ll probs get collared at reception. If it’s an extra £20 i’ll pay it. Will get chatting to a few members of staff whilst i’m there and make sure it’s ok to bring tarts back.

    Hopefully I’ll come back to an nufc squad capable of challenging for the top 4.

    Has anyone been to Talinn? Supposedly it’s the place to go to capture quality gash? Estonia and Fiinland would be an experience.

    I will hopefully splash the cash and come back with just a yeast infection.

  • 130 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Cisse’s agents will be all over the place looking to get a new team for him and all make a ‘buck in the process. I don’t think he wants to be here!

    Cisse + Cabaye = Rooney + Nani

  • 131 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    darren Bent #9

  • 132 kevymartins // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    @Kets whatever you do, do not say the word peach over there.

  • 133 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    http://thespectatorsview.com/2013/07/17/official-puma-release-newcastle-shirt-designs/

  • 134 Klatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Wonder what the arsenal players wil come back with from Bangkok

  • 135 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Kets,
    Never been to Tallinn, but have a few friends who enjoyed some extremely attractive ladies company over there. One ended up bringing one back and they are now engaged.

    Finland is very expensive. If you are looking for cheap nights out, I’ve found that it is best to avoid Scandinavia….

  • 136 izzyb1991 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    @3 TDS made me think of something…

    Something quite massive has just dawned on me which I completely overlooked and could be the real reason, or at least part of the reason why Cisse hasn’t travelled. A Muslim is exempt from fasting when he is old, ill or…travelling. When a Muslim misses a day of fast they must make it up and fast an extra day after Ramadan. It could be that for Cisse his faith is very important to him and he doesn’t want to miss a single day unnecessarily and would rather take this month for what it is- a month to focus on Allah and on prayer instead of football which is nowhere near as important to him as his Creator.

    Or it could be the Wonga thing too but either way, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions on matters of which we know zero about.

  • 137 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I won’t tell you exactly where. Hopefully don’t come across some jealous turks whom prevent me from dipping my pork sword into you know where.

    I know it’s ok to do it in apartments, but hotels have rules. Had to pay an extra tenner for a private room last time.

    Yeah, I’ve seen Shola, Perch and Gutierrez out a few times.

    Can imagine Carroll’s more of a bleeder than Saylor.

  • 138 viv // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    NUFC, are in talks with Batafemi Gomis!

  • 139 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Toon Tom,
    Cisse+Cabaye +£200,000 per week in wages+fantasy land where Ashley pays that much = Nani+Rooney

  • 140 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    . . And the points go to Lilongwe Geordie

  • 141 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Cool, yeah apparently all the Finns travel over to Talinn for cheap beer. Eastern europeans are very attractive. I have a lot of female contacts across europe. Mainly russians and lithuanians, but you get them in Turkey/Cyprus etc.

  • 142 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Sorry, that should have said £200,000 extra per week in wages

  • 143 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Next round; unlikely things to hear at a JFK press conference . .

  • 144 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Lol that’s definitely a Kinnear signing. I’m sure Gomis was available on a free this summer. Too be honest, I think Demba Ba and Cisse are better player. Rather pay an extra £6m to sign Benteke.

  • 145 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    izzyb1991

    Pretty much right mate. We don’t know enough about Cisse’s faith to judge his motives. Last year he did train and play during Ramadan though, I’m not aware of any reasons why they shouldn’t do that, albeit to a limited degree.

    But some imams suggest that sportsmen should be partially exempt anyway as it’s very unhealthy for them to do their job (play sport) without drinking any liquid.

    It’s all down to interpretation anyway, and the point of the fast is really a personal one for Cisse and how he feels. If he feels that he’s following his faith, then he’ll be feeling happy inside.

    The same thing goes for Wonga.

  • 146 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Mackems have inquired about Lorezo insigne, He has refused

    Still good ambition

  • 147 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Kets,
    Some Eastern Europeans….. Look at their olympic representatives for some of the other ‘women’

  • 148 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    My mate’s Danish and he always goes out later on because the beer is around £6-7 per pint over there.

  • 149 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    @Archeomag

    The proper pronunciation of names.

  • 150 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Kets

    The Estonians hate the Finns because loads of fat men with money come over to Tallinn on the ferry, drink loads of beer and try to sleep with all the young attractive Estonian women. It’s one of the few occasions that a British man can go to a foreign country and they have a better reputation than another European nation!

    I’ve been there several times and my mate moved over there several years ago after being in a relationship with an Estonian for some time.

  • 151 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Archaeomag,
    “You are all quite correct, there are no signings in the pipeline, except my pay cheques. I also would like to apologise profusely for calling Mr Simon Bird a c*&t. He is a scholar and a gent, and I it was appalling of me to say such heinous things.”

  • 152 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Wonga would pay Rooney’s wages for Cashley!

  • 153 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Thauvin “gone on holiday” after his request to leave Lille was rejected!

    Where is Torq! He has met the man himself and was working pre season with LOSC !

  • 154 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    It could be worth doing a scouting mission at Wimbledon next year. Lisicki, Cibulkova, Azarenka and Kirilenko could be worth looking at. For £20 a day, it’s worth going.

  • 155 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbUGGIPPHSU

    I’m pretty sure Vuckic could replace Cabaye, really would rather have Vuckic behind the striker/strikers(?) An absolute talent he is..

  • 156 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Kets,
    I’ve been to Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, and they are all hideously expensive. I remember one bar in Stockholm charging me £70 for 6 Sambuca’s. (The barmaid was pretty though, so I didn’t complain)

  • 157 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Lilongwe

    You do realise that you missed out the part where Rooney and Nani would want to join a club that isn’t in the CL in your equation right?

    I know some people say it tongue in cheek but even thinking that we could get players like Rooney or even Benteke is cloud cuckoo land

  • 158 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    JFK,
    Really? He only joined at the end of Jan.

  • 159 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    @Ameobi,

    to do that he would need to get over his glass legs syndrome..

    every time he begins to push for a spot he gets injured.

  • 160 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    TDS,
    Yeah, I missed that point. There have been some ludicrous suggestions for swap deals with Man U today. Not a single one of their established players would join us unless they were so far on the wane they had no real choice like Brown and O’shea to Sunderland.

  • 161 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie .. your running away with it
    How about
    “Wayne and Luís had always wanted to work with me, so it was the logical next career for them both”

  • 162 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Lilongwe – yep.

    He signed for them over us as he was concerned about home sickness and an apparent illness in the family. Last I heard from torq was he wanted out and wanted to come to us?!

  • 163 jazzyp // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    evening all-kurt zuma’s supposed transfer to wolfsburg has not materialised. I wonder if we were actually in for this player in the first place.
    my question is if everyone is willing to accept remy as an nufc player with all his past history + his on going fight to clear his name, how come if ba became available for the same fee nobody is willing to give this guy another chance ???.
    we all knew of his release clause,chelsea only did to us what we did to west ham !!!!

  • 164 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Yet, I met an Estonian doctor the other week, but it’s early days yet. Got to date around and choose which one I prefer. No point in rushing into things. My mates’ just stole this blokes lass and is now spending every day with her. Haha it’s no good spending too much time with someone you’ve just met. Once or twice a week is enough for a start.

    Yeah, I’ve read a review stating the Estonians get on well with the english. Definitely worth a 3/4 day break.

  • 165 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    It’s easy to get thrown out of a hotel for being rowdy, but you shouldn’t get thrown out for bringing women back. It should be a small fine at the most.

  • 166 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Rooney, in my opinion, is the type of player who strives to be loved ad adored (worshiped) and he will know all about the fans, support and loyalty amongst us Geordies!

  • 167 kevymartins // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Come on Cliftonville.

  • 168 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Archaeo,
    That sounds almost like something I could believe joe saying! After all, he did sign them for Man U and Liverpool!

    Jazzy,
    Kurt Zouma (through his representative) and the club have both said he is staying for another year. They don’t need to sell, he is happy to develop there.

    As for Remy, I would accept him on the proviso of a full refund if he was convicted (be that through suing the player, or QPR returning the money) and we signed 2 other strikers as well. If we signed just him, and he was convicted, we are left in the same situation we are in now. Not a gamble I see Ashley taking.

  • 169 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    One of the minority of world class footballers who still have huge passion for the game and are not only spurred on my cash!

    He would quickly become an iconic legend up here, would help attract other top CFs to play along side him and would help us aim for the sky once again!

    Crazy theory but not impossible

  • 170 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I’ve met scandinavians, but never been there before. Got to watch out for that on hol. These fitty’s tend to rip people off. Haha £70 is ridiculous. I remember refusing to pay £7 for a bottle of strongbow in Zante.

    Poland, Riga, Estonia, Bulgaria etc seem the best places for cheap booze. I have to visit Russia as well. Can imagine it being expensive over there. St Petersburg and Moscow is a must. Maybe even Magnitogorsk.

  • 171 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Toon Tom,
    I agree on that, Rooney needs to feel loved and wanted. A lot of top players are like that. I think he would thrive with the adoration of the Geordie public, That still doesn’t negate the fact we don’t offer him European football or trophies, and the other 200,000 reasons (a week) though.

  • 172 jonobbad // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Doesnt matter how good of a pre season he has.
    massive task to get ahead of santon and haidara.
    Might as well go on loan again.

  • 173 archaeomag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    @Lilongwe
    JFK ” I got no problems with the muslim lads – you forget I managed a team for Mohamed”

  • 174 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Toon Tom,
    Not spurred on by cash? Other than him wanting to leave Man U 18 months ago until he got a pay rise to 150,000 per week.

  • 175 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Like I said. I’m sure Mr Wonga would contribute at least 100K per week for Rooney on the back of our shirts ;-)

  • 176 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    joke innear,

    Yeah i guess you’ve just gotta hope it doesnt happen again.. other than that the guy will easily top Cabaye, Vuckic could be the best CF in the league imo

  • 177 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Archaeo,
    haha, I like it!

  • 178 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I said not “only” spurred by cash. Money is a big factor in any profession

  • 179 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Kets,

    Russia was a fortune mate, booze is expensive

  • 180 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Ameobi/Joke innear,
    Vuckic could be great, let’s hope this Faye Downey is up to the challenge. The promising thing with Vuckic is that he hasn’t suffered recurring injuries, so it is more a case of bad luck or preparation, mainly luck for him. it is when you get recurring injuries, or continuous niggles that it is time to worry about being injury prone.

  • 181 jordijohnty // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    funny how if you allegedly commit a very serious crime at this p+s5 poor club, you run down your contract before being shipped out, but, if you do not like aspects of a club sponsor, well, they can’t get you out of the doors quick enough or so it would seem

  • 182 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Chances of Shola ending up at Hull?

    Bruce in charge

    Harper just signed

    Danny Graham about to sign on loan

    They want another ST and were obviously after a target man with Austin.

    Both teams currently in close proximity in Portugal.

    Hmmm!

  • 183 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Wasnt it in year 2010, russia doubled the likes of vodka and most spirits due to alcholic problems? I went to Moscow was very expensive 2 weeks

  • 184 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Toon Tom,
    “Not only” wouldn’t we offer the cash, but we don’t offer the success either.

  • 185 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Toon_Tom

    £100k a week from Wonga is almost what they pay for sponsorship – relative pennies when you consider 2 top earners will wipe that out!

    Don’t understand why we don’t have more commercial clout, we’re never out the news!

  • 186 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Guessing that faye was that chick the fitness brunette? I didnt get to read article but seen title hah. Yeah well if shes the preparation fitness then boom hopefully it’ll be his season, i mean i’ve admired the guy for a few years i knew he was the big thing when AC milan and UTD wanted him.

  • 187 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Lilo
    Just for you
    http://youtu.be/s32uMiY0HGY

  • 188 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Thought so. I bet prices will be the same as scandinavian countries. Its best to go to Talinn/Turkey etc to meet the Russians. Love the look at Saint Petersburg though.

  • 189 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    What was it like in Russia anyway? Has anyone been to Belarus?

  • 190 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    BBLR,
    Shola would do well at a club like Hull. I honestly think he could have done well here if he hadn’t spent his entire career as back up to Shearer/Owen/Martins/Carroll/Ba/Cisse. Was never given a proper run due to the talent we had up front, but was rated by every manager he had.

  • 191 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    BBLR,
    Rarely for good reasons though. Top paying sponsors probably want good publicity….

  • 192 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Lilo
    Now I’m not saying we’d go for him, or he’d be intrested,
    But players like Rooney I think is the kind of player that a board would smash a wage cap for with there eyes fixed solely on the increased publicity, shirt sales and maybe even sponsorship which could bring in a fortune

  • 193 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Tads,
    Haha, I can’t stand Pele so I enjoy the fact he became the face of erectile dysfunction.

    Just to qualify that, I was sat the seat behind him at the Euro 96 final, and I asked him to sign my program, the t*at just gave his minder a look who then just pushed my program back, without ever saying a word.

  • 194 lesh // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Repost below but it looks as though it’s a bit late. Versace’s man must’ve put him to bed!

    Versace…..

    Calm yourself down and knock the caps off.

    You’re working yourself into a right little tizzy and you know you’ll have trouble sleeping when your mammy puts you to bed. And that’ll be without a story too!

  • 195 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Anyone ever been to the Icebar in Oslo? Really dear, but great for the novelty factor – entire interior is made out of crystal clear ice, drinks served in ice tumblers etc. Given a thick kagoul/overcoat and wooly gloves to wear.

  • 196 roe997 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I would love rooney at newcastle. Play st,ss,num 10,hes played wide and even cm. Would never happen in a million years.those days are gone

  • 197 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Tads,
    You are sounding a bit like Freddie Shepherd there! ;-)

    Yeah, I know, but does that fit with anything Ashley has done? I’m not saying I wouldn’t welcome Rooney, I just think if we are to break the bank it would be someone younger who will be wanted by the world’s top clubs in the future, someone like Luka… I think we have already been there. :-)

  • 198 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Kets, not going to lie but its shocking haha the idiots around the streets/roads unbelievable its like putting your life on the line such a risky place. The hotel we were at was a belta all exclusive bar which i have no idea how much it cost. But i’d not go again. Greece and Egypt are the places i’ve enjoyed

  • 199 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    TADS – my sentamence exactly

  • 200 roe997 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Just think,he would live being the big fish in a smaller pond.he would cherish being the big name.its a world cup year so he would star every game and give his best. A club ours would suit rooney to the ground.just like another shearer.wage and transfer would be a massive problem. Well we can all dream haha

  • 201 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Lilo

    Maybe, but I doubt very many people chuck the company in with the club on football related matters, guilt by association type thing, not on a conscious level anyway. Usually more just for exposure and we like exposing ourselves…..(?) shouldn’t have worded it like that, giving Kets ideas now.

    As for Shola, he’s one of the most maddening players ever, he can come on and score absolute crackers out of the blue, like the one against Spurs with his left-peg, or be as lethargic and limp as Pele’s piece (allegedly). I hope he leaves, for both parties.

    Look how Harps said, yesterday I think, how much he was enjoying training at Hull as it was “new and exciting…… something I should have perhaps done years ago.”.

  • 202 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Ok, I know there’s a lot of problems in Russia. Trouble can happen anywhere though. Wouldn’t mind trying Oslo for a weekend break. Cheap and quick flight but need to locate some cheap bars.

  • 203 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Kets,

    Didnt think you were that old mind haha

  • 204 kevymartins // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Poland is suppose to be the dogs balloz for going on a bender.

  • 205 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Osaka for me this September. Getting a flavour for the place before I decide whether or not to move there for a few years to teach English. It’s supposedly grubbier, seedier little brother of Tokyo, although probably pristine compared to urban UK.

  • 206 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    BBLR,
    I think it depends on the sponsor. Many don’t want te bad press, some just want brand awareness. We offer that in abundance, hence Ashley buying the club to promote SD and make it a global brand. Would Wonga have chucked lance Armstrong like the rest of his sponsors did? Unlikely as his misdemeanours keep them in the news, more often than when he did nowt wrong.

    On Shola, I’m hoping he gets picked for Nigeria, I’m contemplating wasting £1000 on going to watch him play my country of residence in a vital world cup qualifier. He, like Harps, gave great service to the club, at the expense of furthering their personal careers. Lack of ambition, or just loyal, I couldn’t care less, they are both fine with me, and I wish them all the best.

  • 207 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Lilo
    True almost forgot for a minute we were run by Scrooge McDuck!!

  • 208 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Off to Zanzibar for Christmas, other than that, I live in a place that is pretty fantastic, so no complaints!

  • 209 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Would be brilliant if Wonga pulled out and we could start to repair the damage Llambias did.

    I know it’s only youtube but Gomis looks way more skilful
    and mobile than I had imagined. Would be quite happy if he and Remy came in, but please not Bent.

    If Faye Downey can somehow keep Vuksic fit and it’s a big if and yes it’s a cliche but he really would be like a new signing.

  • 210 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Lilo

    I was born in tanzania and went to zanzibar a couple of times, awesome place.

  • 211 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    gotta be loving a bit of the haris vuckic

  • 212 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    sentamence ???????????? grammar police

  • 213 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Rotonda,
    Will be my first time, wanted to go there for ages. Really looking forward to it! Staying in Stone town a couple of days and then going to head north for Xmas, and then down to Paje for New Year.

    You realise we signed Gomis weeks ago, Proud said so. ;-)

  • 214 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Sentiments :-@

  • 215 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Toon_Tom
    Great now you’ve woken up the blog police!

  • 216 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    toon tom

    only messing

  • 217 josh // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Egypt is bliss ameobi. Been to sharm twice now, I’d go back every year if I could. One of the only places you can drive miles into mountainous deserts and yet still see a taxi cab mind.

  • 218 AMEOBI // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    josh,

    exactly haha its mad! great place i love it

  • 219 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Cisse is angling for a move even a mackem, could work that out.

  • 220 LGFUAD21 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Anyone know why bigi, fergie and haidara aren’t on the tour.

    Bigi is Christian not a Muslim so it’s not due to fasting.

    I’m pretty sure fergie isn’t a Muslim but can’t be certain.

  • 221 Cool Hand Luke // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie @193, you should have carefully fashioned your match program into the shape of a flaccid penis and handed it to him, with a cheeky smile of course.

  • 222 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    LGF,
    Fergie is virtually a done deal to head to Birmingham on loan or permanently which explains him, as for the other 2 i have no idea. Bigi had extra time of, doubt that would affect him going, although the U20’s finished later then most internationals, so is he still away? Haidara is the one i can’t think of any viable reason for.

  • 223 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Cool hand, unfortunately I think it was before he did the adverts. Incredibly rude though, I’ve met plenty of other players who are supposedly arse holes, but were nowhere near as rude as that. if he had just said no, the fair enough, but just to shoot a minder a look and then him to push me away riled me.

    It is a “bone” of contention between myself and my South American girlfriend now though! :-)

  • 224 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Footballers aren’t the brightest of people stereo typically except of course Joey Barton, according to local rumours Cisse is a regular in a local gaming house so is not devout as one would think, if this is true then imo this whole issue would boil down to money and Cisse thinks that bringing the moral high ground is the way to press it, again imo our leading scorer being told that his five and a half year contract would be reviewed after a season and a half, and Cisse who probably thinks he would have scored more if the team had of been strengthened, rightly or wrongly thinks he is due a rise to bring him in line with the top earners, Mike Ashley who is clueless has had Media Joe tell him to pipe down as he only scored thirteen goals last season, This however is only my opinion and hasn’t been told to me by Toon Danno.

  • 225 Cool Hand Luke // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    JFA, perhaps he just goes there to play virtua racer 2

  • 226 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Jail,
    I’d say that if Cisse was told that his contract would be reviewed on how he does, which is what we are led to believe by various media outlets, then he deserves the pay rise. He may only have got 13 last season, but is still on a goal every other game record in the Prem. Worth a little more cash probably, in my opinion.

    Danno says he is just not fit enough. Makes sense then just to leave him out of a training camp aimed at improving fitness levels….

  • 227 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I would say Cisse’s agent has seen or heard the money he would be on if he moved to the moneybags club in Russia.

    This is probably all a sneaky ploy to get his move to Russia.

  • 228 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Lil,
    Not being rude about ‘ Danno’ but I listened to BBC Newcastle tonight who aren’t trying to sell papers and it was headline news, there was also a feature from Mick Lowes who is the match day commentator and has all the access to player interviews, why would he put his neck on the line if it was just a fitness issue ?

  • 229 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Mick Lowes = Respected commentator.
    Toon Danno = ????

  • 230 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Jail,
    I completely agree, I like Mick Lowes, and he is pretty well connected, I remember someone on here posting taking the p*ss out of him as after Remy turned us down he said he had word there would be at least 4 arrivals. He knows his stuff.

    Torq is the closest to a reliable ITk we have, and he is just passing on what is effectively industry gossip. He has been pretty accurate, but Danno and Proud have not fared too well in results.

  • 231 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Evening gents, I see I’m topic of debate. Time will prove whose right :)

  • 232 low fell mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Rotanda, I see you don’t rate Bent . I think you are going to be disappointed ,as a friend of mine lives next door to a coach at the club and according to him Bent @ Sinclair are nailed on.
    That’s what he told me today, and Sinclair cannot wait to get going.

  • 233 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Jail,
    Although for Mick to say a deal for Bent was nailed on subject to contractual negotiations is blog standard ITK.

    I will happily forgive him one slip, as long as he is wrong on Bent signing! :-)

  • 234 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I’m not sure who said it on here but I liked it, a broken clock gets the time right twice a day !

  • 235 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    If Danno said that it must be true lol

  • 236 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Danno – what’s the Craic?

  • 237 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I would have Bent I just hope he is not Ba’s replacement, as he is no where near as good. I would be more than happy if we brought in Remy as well and then we have a strike force of:

    Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Bent

    Get rid of Shola and let Campbell get the starts Ameobi would.

  • 238 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Possibility of Ameobi and Cisse leaving kind of gets me excited in a weird way.
    It gives us the oppurtunity to totally rethink our attacking line up. Unfortunately we probably wont fully utilise this, but we can live in hope eh?

  • 239 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Low Fell,
    There will be a lot more disappointed then Rotonda if Bent signs. Which coach/what level?

  • 240 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Tinman,
    We would utilise it, but near at least a year to think about it before signing anyone.

  • 241 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    *near = need

  • 242 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    WTF come on here thought i’d typed in a travel blog by mistake.

    Anyway good too see City signing Negrado, they were lacking up front. They need to take a leaf out of our book sell your best striker do NOT replace him, then let your other only real striker miss pre-season.

    Hopefully in 10 years (hopefully much sooner) we can look back and laugh when we had MA,Pards and JK in charge. Then say how good our new 100m striker is and we will win the league.

  • 243 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Bent would make an adequate squad player but would Ashley spend 5/6M on a bench warmer who is on the wrong side of 20?

  • 244 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Cisse fitness is so miles behind the rest of the group he wouldn’t be able to take part in most of the sessions. It was reported couple days ago that he was forced to train on his own!? When in actual fact he was just having a personal fitness test. North press need story’s to fill back pages

  • 245 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Lil,
    He did say at the end of it ,a lot easier said than done, which has cost us a lot of players over the last six years ,I’m not the biggest fan of Bent but would rather him than being told it was a difficuwt window and nobody.

  • 246 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I’d take Sinclair. The lad has a point to prove and is at a good age.

    Bent is just a quick fix in covering the cracks. This is the case even as a Shola back up. He will be here 2 years max.

    I can’t see Bent having two excellent seasons at NUFC considering he is 30 in February, thus, not worth the gamble for me. This money could be invested on a different forward.

    We should be out looking for a 10-15 million striker in his mid twenties and tie him down on a fiver year deal.

    Ideally someone with pace.

    My opinion of course.

  • 247 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Danno – enough if Cisse’s fitness and tell us what we want to hear ;)

  • 248 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Bent and Remy would be ok like.

    I’m not even that bothered about Cisse leaving to be honest.

    I’m worried that he won’t be replaced, but certainly won’t be crying if he leaves.

  • 249 bills-son // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Jail, great craic, This is only my opinion I haven’t been told it by Toondanno.

    One of the best lines written on here ever :-)

  • 250 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 12m
    LATEST: We understand Newcastle have made an enquiry regarding Bafetimbi Gomis: http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/both-newcastle-and-aston-villa-enquire-about-gomis/#.Ueb_UNf_whM.twitter … #NUFC #AVFC #OL

  • 251 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    All these blokes saying they know a person at the club, unless they are particularly high up, they won’t have a clue about who we are negotiating with, it is as much chinese whispers as this blog. I know coaches at youth and development, educators and scouts, and 99% of the time they don’t have a clue about incomings unless the scouts were involved, or it is at a coaches level. So that would mean Low Fell’s mate is either Carver, Stone or Pards…..

  • 252 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    TD,
    What pages would BBC radio have to fill, it is a licence funded radio station and as I said earlier Mick Lowes has got a lot more to lose than you to talk shite.

  • 253 HullMag6 // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Let cisse go, sign thauvin and both DeJong brothers as well as bent and Sinclair and we’re rockin.

  • 254 Spuggy // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Hard to get excited about Darren bent unless we are bring in another with pace who can play left of a 3.

  • 255 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    You see what I’m saying though.
    It means we could bring in a Target Man, a Poacher and someone with a bit of Pace.
    Ameobi – our Target Man
    Cisse – our poacher
    ???? – our roadrunner

  • 256 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Danno do you and secret sausage use the same sauce ?

  • 257 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Gomis, Remy and Hooper ;)

  • 258 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Anyone know out about Olympiacos striker Rafik Djebbour.
    reported Toon are after him.

    The Olympiacos man has enjoyed a successful season scoring 20 times in just 24 matches.

    The 29 year old is under contract at Olympiacos until 2016 but that hasn’t stopped clubs from trying to obtain the players signature.

  • 259 low fell mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Liongwe,sorry mate I don’t know who the coach is ,but there is a chance I probably do know his face, if I was to see him as he lives very close by.
    My friend is his next door neighbour, who I just see now @again as he works funny shifts at Dela rues,and he is a straight up kid,

  • 260 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Obviously don’t get out much :)

  • 261 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Jail,
    Mick is generally not far off.

    Danno,
    So far behind? Why? I assume you/the club are fining him for turning up out of shape? Of course he spent his first day or two not with the main group, didn’t believe a word of that, but to not go on what is essentially a fitness camp with our first team fitness coaches with our entire first team coaching staff and JK? If he couldn’t take part in training sessions, then he could train on his own out there under their supervision while still being part of the first team group.

  • 262 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I don’t know secret sausage

  • 263 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Low Fell,
    No worries, I’d be careful. You don’t want to become an ITK. I know coaches and scouts from stuff I used to do. Unless they are directly involved they rarely know jack. So if he isn’t a first team coach, Beardsley, Donachie of Kinnear, he is just as likely to be in the dark as the rest of us.

  • 264 martoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    On the subject of Cisse & Wonga – according to my son Cisse is a regular in the Casino – go figure?

  • 265 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Why the funk would they leave Cisse at home to catch up on his fitness? Makes no sense at all, training on his own won’t help him catch up, training with the others will.

    If this whole story was bullshite Newcastle would have spoken out about it but when the local rag is reporting it it must have truth. They very rarely go against the regime.

  • 266 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Yep seen pictures of him in a casino a few months ago.

    He probably thought It was a mosque no doubt lol

  • 267 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Colwell,
    Bang on.

    Danno,
    If he does go out on Saturday I will apologise on here to you. I f he doesn’t will yoube willing to admit you don’t know you’re about as ITK as Colin?

  • 268 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Martoon, Cisse used to play pool with Ba all the time downstairs drinking coke. I never saw him upstairs once.

  • 269 low fell mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Liongwe ,totally agree with you about coaches not knowing not much more than Joe public.
    I was told not so long ago to get down to the bookies and lump my money on Steve McLaren to replace Pardew..That was supposed to be inside info,thankfully I never.
    The lad I spoke to,is a good kid , so I rate it myself ,fairly good.

  • 270 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Cisse has not travelled because of the Wonga sponsor issues.

    What is the argument here?

    What conspiracy is floating about?

    I don’t want to get into a faith argument, but personally, I find the whole thing rather pathetic myself.

    At the end of the day it’s a shirt.

  • 271 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    If ToonDanno is wrong then he should be forced to change his name to ‘ToonDanno KFA’
    (Knows F$£% All)

  • 272 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Lil- I see your point but its a decision the club has made. Could also say why hasn’t raylor gone to be with the lads and continue his treatment out there? Just doesn’t work like that

  • 273 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    If Cisse doesn’t fly out Saturday Danno will then say something else blah blah blah like the Remy deal was done 2 weeks ago. They need attention, only way they can get it.

  • 274 HullMag6 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Cisse – agent and press effluent flowing here. He isn’t irreplaceable.

  • 275 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Colwell Remy will sign

  • 276 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Low Fell,
    Yeah, every snippet with a dose of salt mate.

    Danno,
    Could you really use a Raylor comparison? A bloke who has a cruciate injury and at best won’t be fit till the New Year, at worst will miss the season compared to someone who isn’t suffering an injury and is lacking a bit of fitness? Howay, that is a ludicrous comment.

  • 277 Tinman // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Hull, as much as I love Cisse, no he is FAR from irreplaceable. I would go as far as saying he will be easily replaced. Will miss his passion though.

  • 278 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    ToonDanno

    Errrm bit of a difference Raylor can’t actually walk and is out the whole season. Cisse is our main striker lacking fitness so lets keep him away from the team. So whilst they get fitter Cisse will be …….. FURTHER BEHIND.

  • 279 HullMag6 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Cisse – agent and press effluent flowing here. He isn’t irreplaceable.

    Offer BMB Cisse +6mil for Luuk DeJong then go for Siem.

  • 280 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I seriously wasn’t expecting to read what is in this thread from Kets: “quality gash”, “pork sword”, “eastern european birds”…. Not what I expect to hear from a thick rimmed glasses wearing fifteen year old who has alserweirelds posters all over his wall…..

    I hope the girls don’t have a problem with that paul scharner mask they have to wear….

  • 281 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    ToonDanno

    IF and its a big if Remy signs I will of course apologize. If he doesn’t I’d either expect an excuse or you too disappear like all the other ITK who knew nothing.

  • 282 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Colwell- Cisse is still training and working on his fitness. Ok so lets turn this so your right…..like you said cisse is our main striker so lets not take him away to camp because he won’t wear a shirt that has a wonga logo on it? Yea that sounds good I think your right. Makes perfect sense

  • 283 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Toon Danno

    I am skeptical why?

    1. You magically appear when you are the topic of discussion, several times.

    2. You magically disappear when you get any hard questions to answer!

    3. You never give any solid details, just vague guesses, i.e. Remy will sign by Friday was it last week or week before?! THEN change your mind

    4. You avoid answering questions

    5. If you are someone in the know, i.e. I KNOW about certain things i.e. contracts then I get defensive in a way about what I do know when someone calls me a liar, I do not just say I’ll prove you right, its human reaction.

    Basically I feel you are all talk – smoke without any fire if you will.

    And at first I really hoped you were right, no doubt this deal will hit a issue and it will be called off when it inevitably does not happen, just my two cents.

  • 284 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Danno/Colwell,
    Remy may or may not sign. Given it has been widely reported it doesn’t merit any sort of ITK treatment.

    Like I said, if Cisse flys out on Saturday I will apologise to you. I have always held my hands up if I have been wrong. I will, however, then question what the club are playing at. He isn’t going to catch up on fitness over three days training alone/with the kids. So it still would make no sense. :-)

  • 285 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Toon Danno,
    I will put my eggs in the basket after your RTaylor comment and say that you are a Walter Mitty type.

  • 286 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Pawl- I work Si the timing of me being on this blog is here and there I can’t spend hours non stop on it. I believed the deal would happen last week yes and I was wrong but deal is still going to be completed.

  • 287 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    ToonDanno

    Its not a case of not taking him he woudn’t go????
    Why is his fitness bull shite only coming from you???? if this was the case why have Newcastle not commented to say he is working on his fitness? That would stop all of the rumours dead but no its because the Wonga issue has truth.

  • 288 jazzyp // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    evening guys.
    toondanno- could you inform me of any impending transfer news regarding nufc, and don’t say remy ffs.
    if you are proven to be correct which I hope you are, how come you haven’t released any other names in to the fold to excite the fans.
    transfer gossip is of gomis at present I see for around 10 to 12 mill. im sorry guys but this player is kenwyne jones in disguise and of no where near the quality of bony who we let go to Swansea for the same price

  • 289 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    TD.
    He has pulled out of the squad not been left out !

  • 290 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Toon Danno IS Remy!

  • 291 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Pawl,
    The fact Danno gives vague answers and doesn’t answer hard questions says t me he might work for the club, and hear the same snippets anyone with social media hears, but doesn’t actually know anything for certain.

    At best he is a newish employee at the club who hasn’t realised that most stuff is kept at higher levels and what he dribbles down is chinese whispers, at worst he is an attention seeker.

  • 292 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Danno –

    If you truly do know, surely we are after more than 1 player, surely.

    I find it hard to believe we would simply be after 1 target at 1 time.

    It also annoys us all when you say it will be complete, when? Next year? Surely you will know the rough ins and outs.

    I will be first in line to apologise, I will.

    I was also first in line to believe you, but now feel the way you post, the vague non committing responses or lack of further info you may well be making it all up.

  • 293 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I’ve actually lost count of the amount of ITK’s that work at the club come on here. Annoyingly they’ve all be funking useless lying trolls.

  • 294 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Gomis is simply a ‘good’ Ameobi!

    Gomis and Bent would be bench warmers so Ashhley will not blow a large portion of HIS budget on these types. He will, I’m still sure, finance a big move (20-15M) for a quality forward and let Carr and JFK pick up a couple of bargains on route.

  • 295 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    To be fair, some news reports said the club refused, some have said Cisse refused to go. Neither really makes any odds to us fans, as both end badly for us.

  • 296 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    (10-15M) ^

  • 297 jazzyp // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    ooooooohhhhh look well if danno is to correct in the info he releases on here. shovel-dig-hole !!

  • 298 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I think your find he was left out of the squad not that he pulled himself out

  • 299 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    LG

    I feel the vague responses are more timed and calculated to keep the interest of the blog.

    Its not vague as in he is hiding information, its almost like he genuinely does not know, and the updates are just the same recycled comment, re worded.

  • 300 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Jail,

    Where have you got the info from that he pulled out?

    Everything I’v read has suggests he wanted to go but has been told to stay until the matter is concluded.

  • 301 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Regarding Cisee,

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/papiss-cisse-not-travelled-newcastle-5119653

  • 302 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    ToonDanno IS Ed??

  • 303 jazzyp // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    toon tom.
    bang on, hes not the answer to our shortfall in hitting the back of the net in the pl on a regular basis

  • 304 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    If correct – I will apologise, openly and bemused that we signed Remy at the same time.

    If wrong – it takes a very sad individual to seek attention, and well clearly needs some kind of counselling. Its pointless, sad, annoying and not only wastes our time, but ironically his aswell.

  • 305 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    TEAMtalk ?@TEAMtalk 5h
    Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle United’s Portugal tour after refusing to endorse the club’s sponsor http://www.teamtalk.com/news/2483/8828289/Cisse-misses-tour-over-sponsor … #NUFC

  • 306 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    SSN reported that Cisse himself pulled out.

  • 307 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    TP

    Because the Chronicle is the source of truth.

    I feel though if it was simply all fabricated by media, the club would have rubbished it, much like Chelsea did with the offer for Rooney stating player exchange.

    If not the club, the player himself as although he has his reasons it does peeve off the Geordie nation, why not simply train with no sponsor on kit, not like we see it!

  • 308 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Pawl,
    I haven’t paid enough attention to what Danno has said, I just picked up on the vague thing. I get vague comments from people I know, it is generally nothing whatsoever, which is why I never bother mentioning. Most staff will tell you they know nowt other than rumours, they get that from being shouted at for the first few months when they get it wrong.

    Prodigy,
    Sage said earlier, I haven’t seen myself, that David Craig reported Cisses agent said he wasn’t allowed, the club said he refused. I saw someone say the beeb followed suit. No one (except Danno ;-) ) knows which one is true.

  • 309 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Pawl,
    You are giving our media department too much credit!

  • 310 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Like you say I have better things to do with my time than write rubbish on a blog, benefits nobody

  • 311 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Also you notice how Danno has suddenly done his magic act now the seed has been implanted allowing us to think what he wants…..

    Like I said its getting to the point where its looking obvious he is just infact seeking attention.

  • 312 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Ah hes back, yes better things to do than now and then pop up like magic and simply say

    deal close….

    then a week later

    so close remy.

    Its been what 3 weeks since your first post regarding it?! Really takes 3 weeks to sign 1 player? Sunderland have signed 10!!

  • 313 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Look North news.
    Cisse has pulled out of squad but offered to wear unbranded shirt, luckily we don’t have to believe that tripe as we have our own reliable news source.

  • 314 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Whether it was Cisse, his agents, Pards or the board who decided on Cisse not travelling – it will be the same reason either way so why are you all concerned?

    I dont think WONGA is the only reason he isnt getting involved. It could be Ramadan, injury, sponsors or simply he found out about our new Fitness employee and pulled his own groin ;)

    It is worrying that he hasnt travelled, but it doesnt matter who made the decision realy does it?

  • 315 JackButler // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Just a quick question.

    How many of these ITK have actually come out and given info on any aspect of the club that isn’t already common knowledge or somethings thats been widely reported by the press???

  • 316 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Seeking attention from people I don’t know on a blog? Please

  • 317 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Toon prodigy,
    Total sport, Mick Lowes and Look North.

  • 318 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Toon Danno,
    Just stop.

  • 319 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    You could quite easily take my posts with a pinch of salt and get on with it

  • 320 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Toon Tom,
    Both the reason and who made the decision matter. If it was the club that didn’t take him, then we are damaging our own preparations. If he decided not to come then chances are, he is away, in which case we need 3 strikers “over the line”

    JB,
    Torq did report Sissoko, which wasn’t widely covered, and said MYM when several media outlets said he had turned us down.

  • 321 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Pawl,

    The Chronicle, even though their information is limited, is probably the closest we get to the the club living here in Newcastle. (Im not sure where you are from).

    Im not saying there information is invalid or 100% spot on everytime. (Which reporters are?)

    But they know more than any ITK on this website that’s for sure. Personally, I don’t read about ITK’s. That’s just me.

    On Cisse, I find it pathetic, I really do.

    My thinking is Wonga have put their foot down on this and have demanded NUFC make Cisse wear the kit. Afterall, as much as I dislike them, they have paid an awful lot of money. This is an NUFC problem, not Wongas. The contracts are signed.

    With NUFC being in touch with the PFA and the like, this suggests this is the case. For me anyway.

    I do agree though. This should of been resolved by now, as pathetic as it is, wear a charity sponsor or none at all. Sorted.

    I do think WONGA are digging their heels in though and rightly so. If one person gets away with it, that will open a door for anyone else on the subject.

  • 322 JackButler // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Lilongwe

    I’ll give you Torq is pretty clued in, but the rest are just spouting shyte

  • 323 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Danno,
    I do! :-)
    Hey, if you work for the club, fair enough. How long have you been there? If you are new I am happy to write you down as naive on things. But I, and many others on this blog, have been around long enough not to believe someone wh hasgot nowt right sincetheir first post!

  • 324 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    TP,
    Which bit is pathetic?

    The Ronny are clueless. Ryder reported the date Kinnear was off on holiday as 2 weeks before the actual date, caused hoohaa here! He also reported Pards back at his desk on 2 separate dates. The bloke is an ex gremlin who is clueless about actual journalism.

  • 325 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Torq has a credible past, still he handle his last visit with John Tudor wrong. 10 people said the like hearing what he has to say, John didn’t so Torq said he isn’t coming back.

    Or that was my take on the situation, I hope I am wrong, Torq is a good guy, with credible sources.

  • 326 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Ryder is an ex Gremlin?? Is that true?

  • 327 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    TT

    He is a gremlin (I know what he mean’t the hooligans but I prefer my interpretation), he is the lowest of low and well causes writes any tripe.

    I could ring him tomorrow and say Bent is in Newcastle he would write it.

  • 328 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Toon Tom,
    There was video footage of him involved in various things prior to his employment at Thomson House which has since been removed from various sites. However, if you get a chance to buy him a drink, he may tell you a tale or two,

  • 329 JAMSHA // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    marveux is not muslim so he should be fit

  • 330 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Lilongwe – good piece of info there (do we now call you ITK) ;)

    I never knew that!!

  • 331 kt97toonarmy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Look alot of you may disagree with me but i think we shud sell cisse and bring in 3 good centre forwards anyway i think these forwards would do the job

    D.bent- hes got a lot to prove with becoming an aston villa reject nd with world cup around the corner he will b trying every game too make a goal tally gud enough for the england squad.

    Y.benzia- this kid is only 18 nd he plays for lyon. Hes got a great eye for goal nd got very quick feet i think we could sign him for 4 to 6 million he wud b a great option from the bench for couple of seasons then b in the team every week

    L.remy- remy is a proven goalscorer in the premier league with qpr whom had a bad midfield nd very rarely had an oppurtunity infront of goal. So his shot accuracy is high and very clnical so we shud get him

    Outcome
    Cisse 10 mill

    Income

    Bent 5 mill
    Benzia 4 mill
    Remy 5 mill

    Its only 4 million out for ashley so it aint that bad

  • 332 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Bent will be a Toon player tomorrow – signature iminent apparently.

    Just been given this piece of ‘intel from my source.

    Ill dig my grave now just incase but you heard it here first

  • 333 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Toon Tom,
    Ha, no need to call me ITK, just buy him a drink, or argue with him face to face and he shows his colours.

    kt97,
    We are struggling to sign 1 first team player, let alone 3 centre forwards…..

  • 334 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Pawl,

    Im sorry, but I can’t believe all that.

    All your NUFC interviews are did by this paper, your Llambias interviews, Pardew interviews, player interviews. The big Toon Survey. They have access to alot more than your red tops or anyone on this site. This is the local media along with the Shields Gazette.

    I stand by my thoughts, this paper is the closest you will get to NUFC.

    It may get things wrong, which every other paper does also, but it is the paper to go to for information regarding the club.

    It’s up for debate whether you believe strangers over the internet, or prefer a newspaper with access.

    Each to their own I suppose.

    As for Lee Ryder being a gremlin, I’v just fell off my chair. I hardly doubt the Chronicle would employ such a character.

    But again, each to their own.

  • 335 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I wonder why non of the other Muslims in our team are having this much of a problem with Wonga as Cisse . Does Papiss think he is a better Muslim or something ? .

    I wonder how Ben Arfa or Sissoko feel about Cisse doing this ? .

  • 336 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Soory Pawl, the above post was meant for Lilongwe.

  • 337 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    some of the comments on here about cisse and his conscience are just plain ridiculous.

    personally, i decided months ago when wonga became our sponsor that i wasnt even gonna contemplate wearing that on my chest, no way. advertising legal loan sharks is morally bankrupt, there is no way that these companies should be given this platform during times of austerity, all they do is prey on the poor.

    some of you are happy when cisse bangs in the goals but as soon as he has a conscience, religious or moral, he has his beliefs about this, just as i do and i fully support his stance. saying the contracts have been signed and he should get on with it, yea ok, lets all lie down and let our blind faith guide us in this sick corrupt world we live in.

    there is a real problem with this sponsor. Bolton got rid of theirs, no reason why we can’t discover our collective consciences and do the same

  • 338 kt97toonarmy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Lilon miricles can happen m8………….sometimes even at newcastle united but very rarely i think the last miricle was the fact shearer joined newcastle nd didnt want too leave

  • 339 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    as soon as he has a conscience to disagree with the club, you vilify him

    that’s not right

  • 340 Galtierez // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    John Gibson was suspected of being the Yorkshire Ripper.

  • 341 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    TP,
    Ryder is a clown, and will openly admit being a gremlin if pushed. It was a source of contention just after he was employed.

    As for them being close to the club, I assume you are old enough to remember Alan Oliver, you only need to be mid 20’s, he was ‘close to the club’ and worked for the chronicle. Apparently we signed Brazilian Ronaldo and del Piero while he worked their.

  • 342 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    TP,
    I got it was for me. So which time do you think Kinnear went on holiday, or has he been on 2 week long holidays in the short spell he has been at the club. Either Ryder knows his stuff, or he has no idea. I know which I believe.

  • 343 kt97toonarmy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Look el sleeve wonga are going too put money into newcastle over the next for years nd also hav re instated our stadium back too its rightful name. So what more do u want. If this religious thing was such a problem tiote nd ben arfa wud of reacted also.

    Besides months ago there was talk of a stall in contract talks with cisse cas he wants more money so too my mind hes looking for a way out nd hes using wonga to do it

  • 344 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    TP,
    It is odd that you continually slag off the running of the club, but then think that they will be open and honest with a local journo. He gets access as he doesn’t argue with what they tell him. Do you think he would get the access if he printed stuff about how piss poor Ashley has been, which is your standard mantra on here?

  • 345 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    money they got from the poorer members of society via astronomical charges.

    we may get some academy players through, but you have to acknowledge the moral stance on that. it is wrong. very wrong.

  • 346 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    TP,
    Closest to the club, closest to the lies?

  • 347 beddersmag // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Cisse wants more cash. Cabaye wants more cash. Hba wants more cash. Everyone wants more cash. The club has ?m extra income. Players and agents want their 70%. They will all look to renegotiate or move on. I hate what football has become and the sooner something is done about it the better. These idiots generally have one fundamentally pointless talent yet earn more in a week than the prime minister. Theres something wrong with this picture

  • 348 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Hey, I make 60 grand a week for kicking a ball around, live in a multi million pound mansion, drive a 100 grand car but this Wonga company seems immoral in regards to money . Ah the Irony :)

  • 349 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    im so glad so many of you are ok with having our good club sponsored by these morally bankrupt idiots. good job

  • 350 9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Boys, it just doesn’t matter who is responsible for Cisse not on the plane.

    What does matter is that we need a strike force of 2 + 1 reserve, and any team sent out without all of these strikers is just not a viable football team. I am absolutely sure the club will sign one extra striker (Christ, Bent would be great,considering!) (I was initially strongly against the thought) and, obviously, Remy is our main target. But to go to a match without any of these (or other) 3 strikers seems truly ridiculous

  • 351 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Lilongwe,

    Im 33.

    Im not defending any newspaper here for their wrong misguided judgement. There is not one Newspaper out there which has not made stuff up, or tried to grab an exclusive before all the facts were presented to them.

    The point im trying to make here, and it is my own personal opinion, is that the Chronicle is the place to go for your NUFC information (from every other source that is out there).

    They are the closest.

    They will get you your exclusive interviews with the issues that really matter. Surveys, interviews with players manager and coaching staff. I read it on a daily basis.

    There is no other paper that could come close regarding NUFC.

    Unless your mates with Ashley, Kinnear or Pardew, this is the next stop. That is my belief.

  • 352 kt97toonarmy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Yes el sleeve i do personlly disagree with these payday loans but u have to c my point aswell

  • 353 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    cisse’s employers pay him a wage for a highly skilled job he does.

    wonga prey on poor people.

    massive difference

  • 354 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Bedders,
    Yeah, the Prime minister earns too much for the shoddy job he does! :-)

  • 355 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    i do see it. but im afraid my conscience won’t let me support it.

  • 356 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Lilongwe,

    Haha, yes!

    On a deeper level, closer to the hidden agenda ;)

  • 357 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    El Sleeve

    Far from it. I would rather be sponsored by Al Qaeda than a legal loan shark company. But the clue is in the name “legal” loan sharks. If you want to blame anyone blame the government, they seem to think it is ok. Mind you they probably take a slice of the profit to keep them legal.

  • 358 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    pulling my hair out here.

    many things are legal, but that doesnt mean theyre good!

    in a free market, instead of going for the best deal, use your conscience and morals

  • 359 9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Bedders @347 and PPC @ 348 : True, all true, but this is what is really happening. We have to roll with it: you both have to, I have to or, otherwise, wash our hands of English professional football and, therefore, thr NUFC.
    Stick or twist, boys.

  • 360 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    @ El sleeve

    Does Cisse need to drive a supercar ?, no but he does because he can.

    Should Wonga be allowed to charge astronomical interest rates ? , No. But they can

  • 361 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    they prey on the poorest and most needy in society, but its ok, its all perfectly legit.

    no thanks

  • 362 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    TP,
    Like I said above, you constantly berate those in charge at the club. Ryder rarely says a bad word. Why? Because that is why he gets ‘exclusives’. You know the ones, JK is joining, oops, Sky. Okay, then a signing before JK went on holiday, oh, nothing…

    He has as much insight as the rest of us, maybe less, as he is fed half truths to keep us happy when he prints them.

    There are no real decent sports journos. None do anything investigative anymore. We could do with someone getting into the nitty gritty at our club, but Ryder, Douglas and Wilson won’t (although Wilson isn’t bad for big horse meet tips)

  • 363 El Sleeve // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    not sure i have the energy for this.

    they can because successive govts deregulated the financial sector. that is a whole can of worms not to be discussed here, mainly coz this aint the place for politics, but being legal doesnt suddenly make it right

  • 364 beddersmag // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Ha ha lilongwe yeah i agree, politics aside though there is constant debate on mp salaries but these guys put it into perspective. Not as bad a ripping off the disadvantaged but two ‘wongs’ dont make a right though :-) Imagine what we could do at grassroots if we took say 80% of players salaries away and they only had 12k a week or so to live on, poor guys. Would need to be global though which is why it will probably never happen :-(

  • 365 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Lilongwe,

    I do think the club is run very poorly on the footballing side of the club. The last five years speak for themselves. That is a different topic all together.

    We are talking about the Chronicle newspaper here though and where is the best place to get your information regarding the club.

    My belief is it is the Chronicle.

  • 366 darrenfletcher88 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    @toon_tom.about the bent deal what and whos ya sourse? Sorry mate but what aloud of crap.dig that grave deep pal because just a total lord of crap!!

  • 367 p // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Aye, these ITK’s know f-all. At best they know people clos’ish to the club who have heard rumours.

    At the end of the day only the top guys know who certain targets are and they do not tell their neighbour over the garden fence.

    If they were happy to give it up, then Pardew would have said exactly who he wants to sign.

    The odd airport, hotel worker etc may see someone but you never can sort the wheat from the chaff there.

  • 368 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Maybe some of these footballers should have a thought for the poor souls that make the football boots they wear in third world countries getting paid pennies a week.

  • 369 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Bedders,
    Not a chance, sadly. Although it will hit a point, whether in 10, 15, 50 years it will implode. The global economy will only pick up if Africa serves it, and that is a long way from coming to fruition all thanks to these sh*tty aid programs. Hand outs don’t help, opportunities do. Anyway, that is a debate for a different site.

  • 370 manxpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    big pappa have a look at hiadaras twitter profile pic and you’ll get ya answer lol
    el sleeve where do you buy your clothes i suppose its from charity shops
    and your coffee is fair trade??
    or you dont watch sky sports or any advertising firm
    do you no the moral ethics of big companies?
    look what happened recently at a sweatshop in bangladesh?
    most big companies in the world use near enogh slave labour including adidas n nike do you own any of them?
    or do you just choose which morals that fit in to your life?

  • 371 jimmysmith // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Cisse is off to Russia cos Mike didn’t cough up last off season and still won’t now in the form of a few extra bob per week for our only genuine top class striker and Joe is currently lying face down in a pool of his own vomit in a grimy hole in the wall bar down the quayside. Trust me on that.

  • 372 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Lilongwe,

    To us, what does it matter what Ryder does or dosn’t do to get exclusives? So long as he gets them. This is of no importance to me, nor should it be yours as an NUFC fan.

    The truth is without the Chronicle newspaper we would be far less in the know.

  • 373 RossNUFC // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Lets be serious Ed, Dummett’s gunna be nowhere near the first team mext season. He’s behind Santon and Haidara. The only way he’ll be more than No.3 is if we sell Santon or Haidara.

  • 374 potski // Jul 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Oh dear, it’s starting to dawn on a few that Cisse may actually have a genuine problem with Wonga. Tried to put their head in the sand that this was a made-up media story, couldn’t possibly be true, didn’t have a problem with Virgin, other Muslims seen wearing the shirt, blah blah

    Stop the Ramadan/fasting nonsense. Both him and Ba trained last year, and played pre-season games, and Ba even played three PL games two years ago. It must be incredibly hard for them, and Ba didn’t look great when he played those games. On a 15:00 kick off they will have gone more than 10 hours since having anything at all to eat or drink. Nevertheless, they did it before, and would this year.

    I’d be prepared to accept that might have been an issue when he came back to training on his first day in the gym, last week. But Collo only arrived back in UK on Monday, came back to training this week, and according to Pardew was three days before he was expected. So this trip must have been planned to go without Collo, but he has been included and has gone with the rest of the squad.

    And Cisse would clearly be better off with the coaches, and the rest of the squad, including his fellow Muslims. Even if he is not in great condition.

    It’s clear to me that the club won’t have him in a public position, training out in the open, sitting with the rest of the squad watching games they are not playing in, doing publicity stuff etc if he is not wearing the new kit. It would stand out like a sore thumb if he is still in last years kit.




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