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Newcastle Given An Opening For Top French Striker

12:27 pm, Monday, July 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 337 Comments

There are reports in France that Marseilles are ready to let their striker Andre-Pierre Gignac leave the club this summer, to ease their rather large wage bill.

 andre-pierre gignac clenched fist

Andre-Pierre Gignac – doesn’t want to leave Marseilles

It seems that Marseilles want to move Gignac out this summer, and with Newcastle reported to be interested in the player, that may be good news for Newcastle.

But it seems Gignac does not want to leave Marseilles, and he’s already indicated that he’d like to join a bigger club than Newcastle. :(

Gignac is 27 and is coming off a good season with 18 goals in 39 total games for the French club, and he’s also a physical type of player who could do well in the Premier League.

Willie McKay has been asked to look for a club for Gignac, and Willie had this to say to Le Parisien about potential interest in England:

“They’re interested in his profile. With his power, he’s made for the Premier League.”

However his agent Jean-Christophe Cano has made it clear his client does not want to leave Marseilles, and Cano said this in Le Parisien:

“We’ve got a lot of time to think together about what comes next,” “I’ve not mentioned the slightest offer from abroad for Andre-Pierre, because he simply has not envisaged leaving this summer.”

“Finding a better project that OM’s right now is immensely difficult. He’s looking forward to enjoying another great season at Marseilles.”

It seems that Gignac is a long shot for a move to Newcastle United this summer, and probably the main reason for that is he just doesn’t want to come to the Tyneside club – so why bother?

What do you think?

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337 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    This guy has ambitions above his station, he doesn’t want to come here as we are not a big enough club for him and if you read what the Marseille fans have said about him we need to steer clear

  • 2 plana // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Get on before Jfa, the conspiracy theorist leaps into bullshit mode.

  • 3 Goodfella // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    From last post

    So Harford has turned us down (sigh of relief) and now I guess JFK will let another week go by without signing anybody or sorting the sissy situation out, while his search for a person to blame his future mistakes goes on.

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    No thanks.

    Let him go to his “bigger” club.

  • 5 plana // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    A large lumbering buffoon, is how one french journalist described Gignac, i thought he was talking about Head the ball.

  • 6 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    But that’s exactly what the rumours were. He was going to be brought in to scout the lowers leagues. We’d love to have some more young British talent right? You and I don’t know his skills or experience so why do people get negative so quickly!

    As far as we know, MA told JFK to do more in the lower leagues while Carr does Western Europe, JFK said he’d like to bring in a guy he knows could help because he knows those leagues really well, and then Hartford was interviewed. If that did happen, as far as we know, we turned him down because he didn’t impress.

  • 7 Wowhatawhopper // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    He is not worth a ‘tommy tank’ this is one player I’m hoping we are not in for!!

  • 8 stuart no9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    i wouldnt get to excited about getting any players ” over the line” we cant even get a scout over the line . haha ,god , we are so sh.te.

  • 9 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

  • 10 low fell mag // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hopefully we can sort out the Cissie situation,then Remmy and Bent along with Sinclair.
    That will do for me

  • 11 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    If we were ever interested in him then I for one would be gobsmacked.

    I seriously doubt that Carr would recommend someone this sh*te.

    Non-starter, move on. Next!

  • 12 jayphoto // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Would steer clear of Gignac! Im not a huge gomis fan but he is a good character and works hard for the team at least! Gingac for me would be buying from ligue 1 for the sake of it! Hes not cheap, hes already on huge wages too (40-50k pw) and there is better british strikers for 10-12m! Id rather Gary Hooper for 5m! Jordan Rhodes, Vydra, would cost less and are i think better players!

  • 13 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 54s
    Dan Gosling is set for a medical with #cpfc #nufc

  • 14 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Gosling undergoing medical at Palace – Good luck with that

  • 15 winnynufc // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Low fell mag! I love your optimisim but what you been smoking???
    We aint got a hope in Hell of signing them 1 at a push!

  • 16 low fell mag // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Looks like that bloke that played against us in the championship for Preston.
    Im sure they called him the Beast and was he not.

  • 17 JAMSHA // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    we dnt need this fat twat…. why dnt we say that on his face… coz he thinks clubs like livefool… chelsea,madrid will bid for him

  • 18 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    he looked like a striker with potential a few years ago but just hasnt improved, not consistent enough and doesnt really offer much to the team,

  • 19 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Faye Downey ?@FayeDowney 11m
    Really productive camp in Portugal! Lots of changes and the players have bought into it! Everyone working very hard on their fitness!

  • 20 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    The Ashley years have seen an evolving process for fans of Newcastle United largely because of the poor communication from the club.

    We all have our areas of relative expertise but we now have a lot of people who could be expert witnesses on football finance and fair play. Providing an insight, as they see it, of details of the money side of things. So far so good if you can read a balance sheet and understand financial accounting. But there are a growing number of fans who have turned into tactical masters and insist that if only Pardew would listen to them we would be playing CL football. I exaggerate but you get the general idea.

    It was blatantly obvious that last season as a team, we were abysmal and whilst it was not solely because we got the tactics wrong it did nevertheless impact and contribute to a poor season.

    Tactics are part of a successful team and going into a new season Pardew will have a number of formations that the squad are to train with and use depending on forthcoming opposition. Of equal importance though in any formation/ system is that players give total commitment which was not always the case last season. Very noticeable when Pardew is signalling a closing down game when we don’t have the ball only for it obviously not to be a feature of our play.

    Fitness levels do need to improve as do individual player performance. Tactics are only part of winning football matches,
    no formation could compensate for poor individual play over such an extensive period. The squad lacked depth to wring the changes and even with a shipload of January signings it took time to bed them in. Tim Krul is a top draw player but he far too often cleared the ball straight to the opposition . This requires individual responsibility which he has had ample time to rectify. And our players failing to find a fellow player with a 5-10 yard pass, no amount of coaching can sort that out. Individual players have to sort it out and spend more time in training working on their distribution. Also working on levels of concentration and disciplined defending. Motivation comes from within.

    Much was made of the 4-3-3 system employed in our 5th placed season. It was good to watch and we really opened teams up with it, but we also had players in that formation who were bang on their game. We had Ba up to Xmas scoring for fun and thereafter Papiss Cisse scoring instinctively. HBA individually opening up teams on his own. Cabaye displaying a range of passing not seen by the toon for many seasons and being influential in the best of a very good season.
    Fabricio Coloccini being the orchestrata of the defence and behind him Tim Krul showing that he is one of the very best goalkeepers in the PL

    All of which leads me to believe that it’s not down to tactics but player performances that win football matches. Pardew claims to have instilled lessons into the squad. Time will tell.

  • 21 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Shola trained this morning and is fit for Pacos de Ferreira game – Jesus when will the bad news end :(

  • 22 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    We’ll be signing Cameron Jerome, Carlton Cole and Amr Zaki.

  • 23 skipwallsend1977 // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Of all the strikers we’ve been linked with, this Gignac excites me the least.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM


    thats fine with me…i just naturally don’t trust this mob running the club and when anything is mentioned i always presume it’d because its a cheap option and not necessarily the best for the club in footballing terms.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Ian toon

    I think players performances are key but if they are set up badly and told they must sit deep, they must invite pressure into our half, they must go long etc etc…tactics are at fault.

    But if the basic set up is right, or near enough right it will be the players fault more.

  • 26 richyg01 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Overpaid, Overweight, Overrated – no thanks

  • 27 Toon1978 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    And still all talk and no action. NUFC supporters being led along the garden path. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • 28 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    If we sell Cisse and replace him with Gignac I’ll be well slashed off. Cisse is a class striker.

  • 29 thai-mag // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    it’s been reported we are close to taking nelson oliviera on loan from benfica, only 21 but he scores less goals than shola does

  • 30 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM


    You’re going to have a miserable time supporting this club for a while then mate…

    Some good moves this summer so far IMO:
    – appointment of new Performance Director
    – appointment of a DoF with a football background (although I wouldn’t have picked JFK)
    – none of our first team players are kicking up a fuss about leaving
    – only injury concerns I’m aware of are Raylor (out for season) and Krul (will hopefully be ready soon though)
    – confirmed links to several top strikers
    – we’re clearly looking to expand our scouting network to include young British players in the lower leagues

    Only negatives as far as I see them:
    – JFK spouting off rubbish
    – Cisse situation still not resolved

  • 31 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM


    With you on that.
    Ashley has no interest in the club. He’s stuck with a business he doesn’t want and can’t sell at a profit.

    Cheap, cheap, cheap everytime.
    It might work with strips and shoes but not with footballing clubs where quality and class matter.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM


    Agreed when Raylor got injured and Obertan was poor, Pardew had little option but to finally give Ben Arfa a game and was forced to accommodate Cisse, Benny and Ba in a fantastic 433 which everyone loved, me especially, it was happy days..

    Nobody forced Pardew to change that but at Wigan that season he threw it out into the long grass never to be seen again.

    Last season if Ba wouldn’t play left he could have rotated ba and Cisse and kept them fresh for our europa campaign and played marveaux or even Obertan out left in the positon Ba vacated.

    This never happened, we ploughed on regardless with ba and cisse in a 442 that was never going to work for club or country. Subsequently Cisse was deployed as a winger and then a target man. Go figure!

  • 33 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM


  • 34 lesh // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Let’s stop adding or recycling striker names – Joe’s got w problem remembering names at the best of times, so maybe we should keep things simple for him.

    Joe, forget all other names and just concentrate your attention on getting Gomis signed up.

    When you’ve done that, you can go on a nice long holiday. They say Somalia’s nice at this tine of year!

  • 35 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Rotonda- I have over a period addressed a number of your ongoing issues. Going int a new season we should all have an open mind and
    maybe borrow one of Muslim players prayer mat.
    Despite what you may think I do rate your football expertise and knowledge.

  • 36 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM


    Negatives would be

    Employing Kinnear (again)
    Trying to employ Harford
    Retaining Pardew
    Not adding to our coaching set up
    Not signing anyone
    Selling players without first bringing in replacement
    The Wonga sponsorship
    Failing to deal with the Cisse situation

    Bringing Faye Downey to the club

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    At the very least we need to sign Gomis, Remy, Alderweireld and Siem De Jong.

  • 38 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    It really gets on my nerves when sites publish things like “Newcastle United have amazingly signed Mick Harford in what can only be seen as an attempt by Joe Kinnear to oust manager Alan Pardew.”

    1 – it wouldn’t be amazing
    2 – he hasn’t signed
    3 – there is no way that the “only” way to see it is to get rid of Pardew!

    Sites publish trash like that and then some stupid gullible fans come on here and slag off the owners for doing this.

    Most of the stuff that MA has been slagged off for isn’t even true!

  • 39 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    several top strikers?
    remy on that list the rest are average

  • 40 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Rotonda @32
    This is a long running saga I recall between us. HBA has now acknowledged that his biggest concern returning from a bad injury was mental not physical. Pardew nursed him back which was good management.
    I am signing off as I am running late.

  • 41 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM


    You condescending uppity so and so.

    “Going int a new season we should all have an open mind and
    maybe borrow one of Muslim players prayer mat.”

    What is that supposed to mean exactly? By the way, did you see the picture of Cisse in the casino?

  • 42 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Rotonda- I was at the Wigan game. It was a shambles.

  • 43 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Would love MA to be on twitter like Tony Fernandes and David Gould. They respond too fans and tell them wahts happening with transfers.

  • 44 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Jack Butler

    I’ll respond to those:
    Employing Kinnear (again) – agreed. But a DoF is not a bad move
    Trying to employ Harford – why? What do you know about his skills in scouting players in the lower leagues?
    Retaining Pardew – disagree. Just as I disagree that he was going to be tapped up by England or Utd when we finished 5th
    Not adding to our coaching set up – still time
    Not signing anyone – still time. Can’t be a negative yet!
    Selling players without first bringing in replacement – we’ve barely sold anyone and we already have cover with youth players and those in January. We currently have 26 players we would need to register, and we’re only allowed 25
    The Wonga sponsorship – didn’t happen in Summer. But yes, I don’t like that.
    Failing to deal with the Cisse situation – agreed. But there may not be a resolution if Cisse and Wonga dig their heels in. Cisse is most likely contractually obliged to wear the strip and NUFC are most likely contractually obliged for all their players to wear the strip too.

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM


    you say none of our first team players are kicking up a fuss about leaving

    and then later mention Cisse who is our only goal scorer

  • 46 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Ruddy – Your ignoring me remember .

  • 47 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    How much would Cristian Eriksson cost?

  • 48 JAMSHA // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    playn fm13 6 more games 10 pts clear to win the epl… euro cup semi final… n fa cup semi to … i clearly see once ma leavs just like n fm13 wit new owner we may win trophis in 2015-16 season

  • 49 headtheball // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I hope you read the whole article by that French journalist because he later said”plana n’apporte rien de positif au blog”. He got that right didn’t he? I think I prefer conversing with adults so adios.

  • 50 jonobbad // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    As its all just opinions and nobody knows except cisse and the club, i dont think cisse is trying to engineer a move.
    I understand people who think otherwise and thats their choice.
    But to see some fans so against cisse without knowing if its true is a bit worrying.
    Wait til the truth comes out and then judge.

  • 51 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Is Cisse demanding to leave? No.

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM


    Yoiu should be a politician

    you never actually explain or give any answers to what I consider are very valid points and concerns.


    Faye Downey
    Squad (minus deadwood)
    52000 home fans
    Great stadium



  • 53 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    It means we need all the help we can get.
    Not in the class of Ibiza humour but i profess other qualities.
    Incidentally ” Let he without sin cast the first stone”. We don’t know what to believe as Cisse has not commented. I like him both as a man and a player. I want him to stay.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM


    No just refusing to play if you hadn’t noticed, so about as much use as.

  • 55 daztoon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    You forgot to add we play exciting football,we play on the front foot,We have another 7 years of Pardew and Mike Ashley saved the club from extinction from your positive list

  • 56 Rotonda heights // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    Would you say most people are happy with the situation.
    Woul that be your take?

  • 57 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    don’t forget Williamson, Ameobi, Obertan and Tavernier as also cons.

  • 58 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Urgh you’ve just reminded me why I don’t talk to you. Kiss ass.

  • 59 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Is it just me or does he look like an overweight messi in that photo?

  • 60 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM


    Not refusing to play. Refusing to wear a strip that is against his strong beliefs.

    Sure, it should have been sorted out ages ago, but we don’t know the ins and outs. Maybe he was fine with it and then some religious leader told him that he shouldn’t and he changed his mind. We shouldn’t be so quick to leap to conclusions here.

    Sounds like he’d happily play if he could play without the Wonga logo.

  • 61 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    A Director of Football is a position that we need at the club but that position is rendered useless by it being given to Kinnear.

    If we are looking at people like Harford to add to our staff then thing’s are going down hill faster than I thought as he has done nothing to warrant a position at this club.

    The youth players we have are simply not good enough for the first team other than Biggie so selling Perch who could cover a multitude of positions was stupid.

    Retaining Pardew when he turned us into a relegation threatened side and expecting things to change next season is a move of a man that is best suited to selling clothing and not running a football club.

    We are employing people on the basis that they are simply glad to be offered a role in top flight football, no one else would touch the like’s of Pardew and Kinnear and yet we offer them an eight year contract and one of the most important and influential roles at any football club.

    Any positives that Ashley brings to the club are rendered useless by the people that he employ’s

  • 62 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    we have the worlds best DOF

  • 63 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    We’ve got fans constantly threatening to boycott the club and fans tearing up season tickets and not turning up for games. Do we assume that they want to support another club just because they are protesting on a point of principle?

  • 64 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM


    Many people are not happy with the situation, but I think we help to create the media circus around the club ourselves. Other clubs make controversial decisions but they aren’t as highlighted in the media as with us. We’re such a highly strung bunch of fans that no matter what the club did, there would always be a minority being really vocal about how bad it was.

    If we spent £100M on new players there would still be people on this forum saying it’s ridiculous, that MA is gambling on us getting into the CL and if we don’t then we’ll “do a Leeds” and he’ll put us into administration and disappear…

  • 65 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    He does look like Messi in that pic. We could sell Cabaye for £25m and sign Eriksson, Alderweireld and Denswil from Ajax, then sign Gomis, Remy and Mcmanaman for a net spend of £20m.

  • 66 Ashton // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Gignac was very good last season and was one of OM best players. Have any of you idiots even seen him play in the last year or so?

    He is miles better than the donkey that is shola and last season’s Cisse and Gomis.

  • 67 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    More positives to add -

    Pards is living on the his last life now,

    Kinnear is not exactly a young, healthy bloke if he was too take over he won’t last long before the stress f**ks him again.

    Gosling going is great stop Pards putting him on ahead of Bigi and Anita.

  • 68 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Ruddy- you’ve got to be able to recognise talent. Ibiza is one of very few posters who can change the mood of the blog within minutes of posting through his quips and humour. Without meeting him I can see him working a room.
    I read the blog and noticed a lame comment referencing Solano. I am not embarrassed by recognising quality and talent in many forms. I don’t feel threatened by it!
    I will see this time as a brief truce-LOL

  • 69 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Jack Butler

    You don’t know how well JFK is going to do yet until he does something. The only thing (positive or negative) that he’s done so far is open his gob too much in the media.

    Harford is a proven coach in the lower leagues and could be just the right type of person to assess some of the players in those leagues and recommend some to bring to the club. Not much point in bringing an internationally renowned French scout to scout League Two for us is there?

    We barely tried any youth players after January. But we have a few promising ones: Bigi, Campbell, Vuckic, Dummett, Sammy, Fergie, Tav, Haidara.

    Moyes nearly got Everton relegated TWICE. And he did alright after that.

    “The likes of Pardew and Kinnear”? So you just mean Pardew and Kinnear? I agree that Kinnear is an odd appointment, but Pardew wasn’t an odd appointment for a mid-table/bottom half team that we were at the time. We’re not going to attract a CL level manager at the moment.

  • 70 AndyNUFC // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Ketsbaia9 @ 65.

    Cabaye won’t go for £25M.

    We will never sign Eriksson, Alderweireld or, quite obviously McManaman – the latter you constantly bring up like you have no idea what the relationship between our club and his is like.

  • 71 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Team for next season:


    Debuchy Alderweireld Mbiwa Santon


    Ben Arfa Eriksson Marveaux

    Cisse Remy



  • 72 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM


    Do you support Newcastle?

    Do you post shite to be funny?

    How much would you pay to sleep with Alderweireld?

    Eriksson and Alderweireld won’t touch us with a brage poll.

  • 73 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM



    yes he scored goals last season, hes 27 and isnt that prolific, not the player i would like imo but each to their own, if you like him the fair enough i think there better quality out there

  • 74 AndyNUFC // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    My top transfer target: Shane Long.

    Last year of his contract, only 25 yrs old, proven Prem goalscorer, homegrown, fast and good in the air. £4.5M

  • 75 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM


    It’s pointless arguing with you as we are both stood on opposite end’s as to how we view what is happening at the club.

    So good luck to you and I hope you enjoy the season

  • 76 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Or this team:


    Alderweireld Mbiwa Coloccini

    Debuchy Anita Santon

    Ben Arfa Eriksson

    Cisse Remy

  • 77 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    photo has been circulating Twitter over the past few hours, supposedly depicting Newcastle United striker, Papiss Cisse, in Newcastle’s Aspers Casino: a clear infringement on his religious beliefs.

    The photo, first cited by @Lyall_c, seems to show an incognito Papiss Cissé

  • 78 North Atlantic Magpie // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We really need to move out cisse asap.

  • 79 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Nowrich made a bid for Alderweireld, so I can’t see a reason why we can’t. Great player. What we need. We need goals from the back.

  • 80 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM


    Because you see every single possible negative about the club and none of the positives at the moment. You’re the same kind of fan who (when times were good) was probably saying that the likes of Chopra were going to be world class.

  • 81 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Real Betis signed Denilson so anything can happen.

  • 82 welshgeordie9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    The way our strikeforce is at the moment perhaps we should have signed harford.

  • 83 welshgeordie9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM


  • 84 mindshaft // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Gignac has already said he doesn’t want to join toon, his agent has said he will stay and fight for his place yada yada – lets see, don’t really rate him to be honest

    Re: alleged Cisse pic – could be basically anyone, trolls saying they hang out with him and have seen that jacket before … pffff yeah right!

  • 85 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM


    Yes Norwich did bid,which was accepted but he didn’t want to go there. The same would be with us also. Norwich also finished above us.

  • 86 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM


    I see the positives of the club but unlike you I can also see the way that they are rendered useless by Ashley

    And as for the Chopra quip, Really???

  • 87 Ashton // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM


    He isn’t prolific? He scored 18 goals in 40 games last season. Yet there are people here who think he is worse than Sholadonkey.

  • 88 Levi // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM


    So if Norwich made a bid dont you think there might be a reason why he didn’t sign for them. We could make a bid for messi but dont mean he will sign

  • 89 Indian Magpie // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

  • 90 Levi // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Andy nufc

    i like shane long would be a good signing i feel

  • 91 JackButler // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM


    Shane Long would be a very good signing for us

  • 92 Toon73 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Kets is Alderweirrld your father???

  • 93 headtheball // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Article from Sportinglife
    Pardew waits on Transfer News- Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has left the pursuit of a new striker in the hands of the clubs TRANSFER TEAM. Ha! Ha! You didn’t believe we had one did you? This is the team that is responsible for signing ……?

  • 94 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    If we sell Cisse, we should try use the money to bring in Lukaku and another PL experienced Striker. Especially if Chelsea manage to sign Rooney.

  • 95 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    The very fact that you refer to posting on a blog as “talent” is indicative of how pathetic you are. We are not, and never will be, in a state of truce. You really are a piteous human being.

  • 96 christoon5369 // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM


    career stats 75 goals in 246 appearances so no not prolific
    although he is better than shola i can see him ending up like luque,

  • 97 evildick // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    well at least joe has set up some meetings

    Might have a signing by January

  • 98 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Lukaku is my first choice signing if Cisse leaves.

    Le Fondre is my ideal impact sub player Shola replacement.

    I understand going abroad for cheaper talent… but sometines you just gotta knuckle down, pay the extra few million for a player that has PL experience.

  • 99 mattnufc // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Breaking news: Royal baby named Alderweireld Penelope Windsor.

  • 100 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    In all fairness Lukaku would cost about 20m, and there is no way Ashley would sanction a signing at that price.

  • 101 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    mourinho also said he was impressed with lukaku..if they get rooney or another forward and lukaku asks to be loaned out we should definitely go for him.

  • 102 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM


    Don’t see how he could possibly be worth that much… he was good last season… but not that good..

    But then it all would really boil down to whether Jose has plans for him especially with their persuit of rooney… who knows they might decide to off load him off at a discount price ;x

    If anything, we should at least attempt to get him on loan…

  • 103 Goodfella // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Breaking news
    Wayne Rooney agrees to join Chelsea after his wife finally agrees terms with John Terry. ;) :)

  • 104 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Not sure what you’re doing with the x.x

    And because Lukaku was bought by Chelsea for 18m, so why would they sell for less than that? Especially since he is an extremely young, extremely talented player.

    At most, they will simply loan him, and we don’t do loans.

  • 105 colwell // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Lukaku has said he won’t go out on loan again, with Torres and Ba he is going to be 2nd/3rd choice.

  • 106 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Do you think Mourinho would let him come here knowing he would lose the ability to score from a corner or remain onside.

  • 107 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM


    Sounds like JK is getting his psychiatrist meetings mixed up again..

    Howay Toon give is a signing!

    Remy and Gomis please.

  • 108 Thump // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    First no Harford and now no Giganc?

  • 109 LEROI // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Wait a minute, one second marseille are trying to pinch our target Gomis but the next second there supposedly trying to off load Ginac to lower there wage bill because there in some sort of financial strife. How would this work exactly?

  • 110 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Remy and Gomis please, all will not be forgiven or even forgotten but it will liven the place up a bit.

  • 111 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM


    i get that was sarcastic but in all honesty mourinho doesn’t care about the future and development…..he is only interested in players he can use right now.

    it wouldn’t bother him in the slightest if the became a flop as he’d just buy somebody else.

  • 112 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Nice shout whoever said they would take Shane Long, given an extensive run in the team I believe could be prolific.


    Kets your transfer targets are unrealistic!

    Eriksson?! REALLY? You clearly play to much Fifa or FM and select the inevitable dream team in the process.


    Would be happy with De Jong, Remy this window. I clearly am not greedy.

    Would prefer Long over Bent.

    De Jong 8m
    Remy 8m
    Long 4m

    Obertan 1m
    Gosling 1m
    Shola 500k

    NET 17.5m

    I feel this team would do us wonders providing injury free.

    ———————— Krul ————————
    Debuchy — Mbiwa — Coloccini — Santon
    ————— Cabaye – Sissoko —————
    Ben Arfa ——- De Jong ————- Remy
    ——————— Cisse ————————-

    Elliot, STaylor, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Marveaux, Long

    Top 10 team easy!

    Also for those that say the pre season games matter…. wrong its all about fitness.

    —————— ALNWICK ——————-
    Santon – STaylor – Mbiwa – DUMMETT
    ———– Cabaye – ANITA ——————
    ————- GOUFFRAN ———————-

    All in CAPS should not be in the first team come start of the season. Perhaps Marv and Gouffran could be if no signings are made.

    Hardly starting 11 material to make any form of judgement whatsoever!

  • 113 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Lukaku will be first choice at Chelsea by December! He may start the season on the bench.

    Ba will be 3rd.

    Mark my words!

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Glad we’re not owned by an ambitious billionaire if that’s there attitude :(

  • 115 Toon73 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    You gotta laugh at the names that get bandied around here.

    We’ll probably end up with Bent on deadline day.

  • 116 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    I agree most names are hilarious Erkisson, Lukaku! People think we are a massive team, those players will never see a Newcastle top! Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd maybe?! lol

    Remy, De Jong are realistic targets, feel that may be asking abit too much though!

  • 117 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    I think these big clubs need to look at themselves. They are ruining the career of many young players buy signing them but not letting them play.

    I know players dont have to join them but at that young age its not easy to turn down a big club if they tell you that you will get games, money, win trophies etc.

  • 118 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    When I read that verse from SBR about what a club is, it is no exaggeration to say my whole body fills with goosebumps and the hairs on my neck stand up, after reading some of your early morning ramblings about our dreams and aspirations I bet you simply dismiss it as the writings of a romantic old fool from a bygone era.

  • 119 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    I do believe we’ll be a proper football club again. I think within the next 5 years we’ll see the back of Mike Ashley, it then depends on who takes up the mantle.

  • 120 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM


    Words of inspiration, from a forgotten time. Despite not being that long ago!

    NO WAY will Newcastle United win the PL. WHY? Because we do not have the infrastructure to do so. Any player worth having in our team i.e Bale like for Spurs, will move to a top 4 side, reducing the quality of Spurs and increasing the gap between them and the already better teams.

    This is the world we live in, the game we love.

    I love Bobby, I love his passion. I hated the club and SHEARER for many of his antics leading to Bobby getting sacked in a disgusting manner. People worship Shearer but he never deserved it in comparison to Bobby, someone who has walked away and still loved the club.

    Every now and then Shearer likes to open his mouth and spout his professional opinion on the club like he is the fountain of all knowledge when it comes to management!

    He is bitter, not that I blame him for that, but he had his chance. He also was paid well for that chance in management, something if it were me given the amount I received over the years, would have gladly done for free. I mean 8 games, chance to fulfill the dream managing the boyhood club.

    NO I WANT PAID! with bonuses for keeping us up, if I do……

    Yet he is a god!? No sorry, Bobby is the one that people forget about, he is the true legend of Newcastle in the recent years.

  • 121 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM


    Shearer is the all time top goal scorer for this club. His player power at the time of Bobby’s dismissal contributed but to claim that Shearer doesn’t deserve the hero status he has at our club is wrong.

    SBR is the greatest manager we’ve ever had, but Shearer is the greatest striker we’ve ever had.

  • 122 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM


    Do not dispute his stats, amazing player.

    BUT he attitude over his stay with us, it was all big headed power trip syndrome,

    We lost wingers, strikers, managers all because of Shearer, and well Bobby for me was 10x the man and hero Shearer will ever be.

    He is a legend, but does not act like it.

    A true gentleman like Bobby keeps the affairs between the club and himself to himself. Shearer likes to broadcast it, cause problems etc. the margin in quality of being a human being between the two is the size of the grand canyon!

    I will forever adore Bobby, his words and contribution.

    I appreciated Shearers but simply do not like him as person or his attitude in general thinking he is more than he is, he was a player that was more powerful than the chairman, and he knew it and abused it!

  • 123 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    Think you’re exaggerating to a massive degree. There were far more volatile players than Shearer in our dressing room during his time with us, especially during the Dyer, Robert, Bowyer, Bellamy era.

    Strikers like Shearer are once in a generation.

    Managers like Bobby are once in a lifetime.

    I prefer not to compare their legendary statuses, as they are both worthy of our unwavering reminiscence.

  • 124 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    For pawl, TDsarf etc.
    What is a club anyway.
    Not the buildings but the fat contoller who owns the club.
    It’s all about the TV rights and the get out clauses, especially the marketing and the selling of executive boxes.
    It’s the figures, the noise of the tills, the feeling of being associated with sp@+ts D!re (t, a pride in tatt..
    It’s a small boy running to the letter box to fetch the Finacial Times, gripping his fathers hand as he turns to the share prices and gawping at that healthy balance and without being able to do a thing about it losing all interest in the beautiful game.

  • 125 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Somebody please tell me why we havent part exchanged Cisse for De Jong?? Cisse holds alot of value, so rather than go for Gignic, swap for somebody alot better!!

  • 126 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM


    I agree he was not the most troublesome in terms of who was at the club, but really in comparison Shearer abused his power and manipulated fans whenever he was not happy to get what he wanted at the club, whether it was more money, a player to leave, manager sacked ….. list is endless.

    He will always be a great player, but never a great man, or not as great as he likes to think he is.

    Their is a reason he is a match of the day pundit instead of a manager in a PL or any club for that matter!

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    You slated two of the biggest NUFC legends and claim we’ll never win the league and make it sound like you don’t want us to, are you sure you support the Toon.

  • 128 Slank // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM


    It is arguable that Sir Bobby may have been our greatest manager. He never won any trophies, so perhaps it’s the word ‘greatest’ as opposed to ‘successful’.

    IMHO, Joe Harvey was the most successful manager since I first started supporting the club (mid 60′s). He is possibly one of the most successful players ever at the club having won the FA Cup twice as captain.

  • 129 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    No Pawl, not forgotten. Not by me and thousands who were there. And as you say, not so very long ago.
    The conditions were in place because the ownership willed it so and the management had talent. Because we did not think of ourselves as only fit to sniff around the scraps of the “big boys” tables.
    That we cannot compete with the best is because there is no will to compete. We are no longer a sporting enterprise, but an accounting exercise.
    The management doesn’t devote screes of text to explaining or defending this. It doesn’t need to, as it has round-the-clock support from you. Your argument is that we are and never have been a big club. These are southern press talking points. I do not see it as a “positive” view point at all.
    It is bad enough that we may have to accept this situation, without you finding such contempt and hilarity in it.

  • 130 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM


    I can copy and paste,

    a club used to be the fans, now its the SKY MONEY!

    all the players used to play for pride, honor the badge back in the day now its the pay check!

    Anyone who says otherwise does not understand the modern game…..

    250k a week players are just the beginning in this now corrupt game were money is king.

    Fans are simply bystanders watching and hoping for glory!

  • 131 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    ruddy and pawl

    I know plenty who have met shearer who think he is arrogant, rude etc etc.

    My view is he is a footballer, he did a lot for the club and was well rewarded for it, everybody won.

    It’s nice if players are great people too but not essential (as long as they aren’t criminals). It must be tiresome getting mobbed by fans no matter where you go, never getting a moments peace must be awful.

  • 132 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    Think you’d appreciate this

  • 133 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM


    That’s why I used the words greatest :D


    Just stop lad.

  • 134 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    If you care to read it, it is not copied and pasted, I wrote it myself.

  • 135 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    No Pawl,
    Without the fans there wouldn’t be any SKY money.

  • 136 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Quite emotive.

  • 137 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I slated Keegan for running away, and saying he was never good enough to manage us in his 2nd tenure…..

    I slate Shearer for his ego and his power drive believing he can say and do what he wants whenever he wants, relating to club matters simply because he is the greatest (and probably will be forever) striker to play at the club and PL for that matter.

    Bottom line, would love club to win something but I do not expect it to win anything.

    I am realistic, I have no grand illusions of winning the PL anytime soon, because I know how the game is played and abused these days.

    Its not the game we fell for years and years ago, and kids today will never understand what we did back then.

    Kids will only know a game of money, and the bottom line money is king.

    ALL players will leave for an extra £100k a week in todays game, we have no loyal players anymore…. Carroll being a prime example of that!

  • 138 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Not ashamed to say, I shed a tear. What makes it more emotive, is to see how our club has fallen.

  • 139 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Jail its on the top of this page, on this site!

    “What is a club in any case?”

    “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”

    “It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”

    “It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    Bobby Robson.

    I have read it many times, if you think football is what Bobby said back in the day (despite it being what less than 10 years ago) then you are mad!!

    The most expensive player back in the days Bobby was our manager was Rio Ferdinand? 30m?

    In comparison to today 80m Ronaldo, 40m Fabregas bids, and 60m Bale bids….. different game. FACT!

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    You say KK wasn’t good enough second time round yet he managed to transform a team who couldn’t beat Derby, still the worst ever PL team to a team that put four past Spurs at WHL starting the season after with a fantastic draw at Old Trafford and as for running away regardless of what he done in the past it was constuctive dismissal.

  • 141 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    Jail’s version is re-written to reflect the way he sees how Ashley treats the club at the moment.

  • 142 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM


    You are right without customers of Sky their would be no Sky money, but bottom line is, its getting worse not better.

    The game played today is not about pride, or putting on the local jersey and be an honour to play for the club….

    Its like U21 England players, they are all paid thousands £ a week, why should they care win or lose?

    They are not playing for England, they are playing in hopes of a bigger pay check! Its why foreign countries are producing the best talent, its only when they experience the money they also stop caring!

  • 143 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Cisse straight swap for De Jong
    Gomis 4 million
    Scott Sinclair 4 or 5 million
    Thats three quality players for less than 10 million

    Leaving the team to look something like this
    Debs – colo – yanga mbia – Santon
    Sisoko – Cabaye
    HBA – De Jong – Sinclair

    Surely thats looks a much better attacking force. Then u have Anita, Tioti, Bigi, Marv, Vuckic, Goffy, all sqaud players.
    On the bench – Elliot, STaylor, Haidira or Drummet and Steven Mapou.

    We can even put Santon father up field as we have to young left backs, But against top 5 teams leave Santon LB.

    Maybe a young powerful striker like Lakaku, but we mite not even need him as De Jong, Goffy and Vuckc can all player striker.

    Kinnear claims to be smarter than da toon army, we shall soon find out!!

  • 144 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    If you care to read it I never copied and pasted it I wrote it myself.

  • 145 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    people complain about money ruining the game but that ship sailed long ago.

    amateur football used to be brilliant, got amateur sides playing top teams in cups, got amateur players filling in at top division sides when short….it was a great game.

    ultimately money ruins sport…gets brilliant stuff at the very top level but all below that is made worse (not ruined all together, but worse than it was)

    it’s beginning to happen in cricket and rugby too.

  • 146 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Jail he also managed to make us mid table come the appointment of our beloved Joe Kinnear ….. What about the team that won Man Utd 3-0 a couple of years ago, or Chelsea 2-0 …. oh wait that was Pardew, people slate him!

    Keegan is and always will be a has been…. like Joe Kinnear.

    Constructive dismissal …. or more to the point “I cannot get what I want I will leave because this is harder this time round…. I have an excuse get in!”

    Keegan was never good enough in his second tenure…. his record shows that!

    You lot expect to compete with the big boys, will never happen in this day and age.

  • 147 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    it could happen though with clever investment

    spurs dont spend huge amounts more than they bring in but they are pushing around the top 4 for 3/4 years now.

    I agree it’s unlikely to challenge the league but we can push around the top 4 if we invested properly and at the right time.

  • 148 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM


    Do you regard Spurs as one of the “big boys”.
    If so, how did they get there? Because it’s not so long ago that they didn’t seem out of our league.

  • 149 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    You’re making stuff up if I remember rightly he was constructively dismissed after three games I think four points three games in might be slightly higher than mid table.

  • 150 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Again Pawl I am basing my posts on fact where as you are basing yours on assumltion and lies.

  • 151 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    sunderland have bid for ally cissoko….interesting

  • 152 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Haha, you need to believe that we’re a big club. We have a greater history than Norwich and much better players.

  • 153 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM


    I agree we are a big club. Maybe not in terms of success with trophies but during the past and also during the prem league years we have challenged for titles, made cup finals, compete in the champions and Europa league, we have done a lot compared to most.

    We also did that stuff with an exciting brand of football.

  • 154 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Don’t forget Phillipe Albert will put a word in to Toby Alderweireld and Benteke etc.

  • 155 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM


    LOL let me show you something about Spurs

    1. 2012/13 – 5th

    2. 2011/12 – 4th

    3. 2010/11 – 4th

    4. 2008/09 – 8th

    5. 2007/08 – 11th

    6. 2006/07 – 5th

    7. 2005/06 – 5th

    8. 2004/05 – 9th

    Its pretty consecutive top 10 apart from 1 year in 8 seasons! They have also been in the PL longer than we have in a row.

    Also net spends

    Present – 17m

    1. -1m (sold Modric for 30m and VDV 10m)

    2. -27m (had the team needed to do it finally)

    3. 17.5m

    4. -1m (sold bent 16.5m)

    5. 19.5m (also includes selling Bebratov for 30m AND Keane for 19m)

    6. 34m

    7. 23m (including selling Carrick for 24m)

    That is alot of money, something it has taken 7 years to do ….. and alot of money!

  • 156 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I mean they spent 61m last year, they should be top competing for the top 4 spots!!

    Yet they sold their better players to do it! People would have a fit if we sold out better players!

  • 157 toon252 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Here are some facts for Pawl and his Army…

    Pardew in bottom 3 nufc managers since premiership started in terms of win % – Souness, Gullit and Dalglish all have a better win % for us.

    Bottom 3, that is a shambles – Only 2 people worse, Kinnear and Sheaer – Shearer only had 8 games, Kinnear about 15!

    Another fact – Pardew career win percentage is 35% – Another shocking FACT, wins about 1 in 3 games..

    Another FACT – Sacked from 3 clubs, 1 in premiership, 1 in Championship and 1 in League One!

    One good season in a career blighted by bad seasons doesn’t make him a good manager, like one bad season in a career full of success doesn’t make someone a bad manager!

  • 158 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Yeah, LOL,

    Your argument is entirely circular…they are bigger than us therefore they invest more than us, therefore they are bigger than us.
    It will lead you, a year from now, to arguing that we cannot compete with Swansea and West Ham.
    You construct logical arguments based on fallacious premisses. Rubbish in, rubbish out.
    You sound too much like a Talksport presenter having a bit of a larf at the DELUSIONAL Geordies.

  • 159 Yohan Kebab // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    nufc will suffer until both pardew and ashley go

    we are being used as a pawn in their games and stubbornness

  • 160 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Toon 252

    Where have I defended Pardew to the point I am a fan?

    I am simply saying give him a chance this season as hes had 2 seasons 1 bad, 1 good.

    Wait and see what a 3rd season is like to compare….

    As for previous clubs you can list other managers easily who have been sacked or not won this or that.

    His winning percentage we actually about 45% before last season, and Keegan the great man he is only has 54%, Bobby 46%

    Its minor differences, but last year people still complained about him.

    I am just giving him a chance of stability before I get my pitchfork out. Last season was pretty unique in injuries, we will see how it goes this season. Come January expect top 10 places otherwise I will be expecting him to be replaced.

    BUT ask yourself this Pardew or Kinnear because that is the ultimate outcome should he leave…. and Kinnear has 22% win ratio! compared to Shearer (same team) at 12% LOL

  • 161 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM


    spurs do it right…dont have a sugar daddy so sell well to buy

    when we sold carroll in took an eternity to spend that money

  • 162 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    BandB we will always be behind,

    We spend 20m this season like Swansea, West ham we are arguably in a level playing field with them, yet Manchester who are already in another 2-3 levels above us in terms of quality spend 60-80m every season how can you compete?

    It would also be worthy to note Man Utd do not sell any top players to spend that amount normally i.e. Chelsea also and City.

    THEN you have Spurs sell 1-2 players, (the model we should attempt) for 30-60m then buy 3-4 players of the same value but level talent just perhaps unproven i.e. Modric, Bale, Vaart etc. and do it for 3-4 seasons in a row….

    you will have a potential to take on top 4, but take Bale out Spurs are still an average side…..

    Of course it depends how they re invest 60m when they inevitably lose Bale this or next season.

  • 163 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Sage when we sold Carroll it offset a 32m loss the season before!

    We balanced our books.

    We never spent it ever…..

    Who did we spend it on? Everyone we buy pretty much until Jan was brought in to replace.

    I.e Santon > Enrique, Cabaye > Nolan, all for the same money, it pretty much stayed that way then Virgin Money paid for Cisse.

    We are trying but fans are impatient.

    Last season was really the only time we spent money in Jan without really receiving for a player leaving.

  • 164 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Carrick has to be one of the worst midfielders in the prem. He gets caught out all the time and is well slow.

  • 165 G // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    The ambulance driver who took me to the RVI this morning claimed some inside knowledge of 3 player arrivals this week for the toon. I decided that if this bloke came within a meter of me with any kind of medical equipment he was getting a size 9 in the chops. Somehow I suspect this ambulance driver may be a regular ITK poster from the blog?

  • 166 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM


    You begin your argument about Spurs from a point that suits you narrative. The end of the Robson era.
    You use one of your premisses (that Spurs have always been more successful than us) to prove your conclusion (that Spurs have always been more successful than us.)
    That is logical garbage, and based on a highly selective premiss anyway. Circular.
    Spurs have moved on. With shrewd dealing and good management and a will to see themselves as a FOOTBALL club.
    Of the years you quote, six have them have been under the auspices of Mike Ashley.
    Is this just a coincidence? Or are you arguing that we became systemic also-rans in the intervening couple of years?

  • 167 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM


    You’re off your rocker if you think I care more about balance sheets than I do about the players. It’s you lot who are constantly going on about MA being a tight git, our squad being too thin and we need to but loads of players.

    I care about my club continuing to exist and I want it to be in the PL for a long time again, rather than yo-yoing down to the Championship again. I want us to spend money but not beyond that sustainable level. pawl has expanded on my point about Spurs which I have made several times. They have had consistent improvement and growth for about 10 years, yet you somehow expect us to do the same thing in 2 or 3 years???

    There is simply no realistic way to make some fans happy because they like being miserable. In the last 20 years, the only times when we were genuine contenders were 3 seasons under KK and 3 seasons under SBR. Out of the other 14 years, probably the 2 seasons I enjoyed the most were our promotion campaign and the season we finished 5th under Pardew.

  • 168 toon252 // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    He is still in our Bottom 3 ever managers in premiership – Spin it how you like!

    You slag off Keegan/Shearer yet you get on your knees for Pardew..

    So what he win percentage was 45% the season before, shall we discount last season!

    Shall we discount this remark in his 1st interview since Kinnear took over!

    “Last season was hard, Thursday-Sunday, Thursday-Sunday, it killed us, this year will be different, I’m a Saturday, Week-Off to prepare manager, I can make my teams perform well on that regime”

    So he is saying that in Europa he’s out of his depth and he can only get teams to perform if they have a week off – We will never progress under Pardew because any progression is used an excuse for any failings he may make in that progression!

  • 169 wolfshead@toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    im surprised at the doom merchants being happy at the news harford isnt joining doesnt it mean we have less chance of being relagated? hahaha

  • 170 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Spurs have not always been more successful than us. I remember working with a keen Spurs fan about 7/8 years ago, at the time we were very similar. Spurs had an awful season and were looking in relegation trouble but Redknapp managed to steady the ship and then they kicked on from there. We could have done the same, but we got relegated instead.

    Why did we get relegated?
    – disjointed, demoralised and overpaid squad
    – KK should never have been hired – pandering to the fans
    – bad appointments of JFK and Shearer

    The first point was mainly the fault of the previous regime, Big Sam was fired (and KK hired) because I believe MA wanted to be one of the lads (at the time he was sitting with the fans and having fun), the latter appointments were just plain bad decisions. The problem was that there were no senior people at the club who understood football, so he listened to experienced football people who happened to be his mates too…

  • 171 pawl250 // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM


    First I have seen that quote, totally wrong of him to say it, or think it! nevermind say it.

    All managers are expected to manage games no matter how quick they are after one another.

    I feel Pardews has his last chance year.

    Shearer had 8 games, and failed with bemusing tactics at times.

    Kinnear was like Keegan past his best (whenever that was) to manage us.

    Pardew is our manager deal with it, I never get on my knees for him never have. I will await judgement as my logic suggests he has 1 season to prove which season in the past was a fluke and which was not.

    My opinion.

  • 172 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Bloody hell TDS, In a nutshell.

  • 173 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Where did you read that quote about Pardew? Can anyone send me a link. It sounds ridiculous the way it’s worded so I’d be shocked if that was a direct quote.

  • 174 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Don’t want Gignac at all. Get Gomis in and then Sinclair or another english winger. I saw that there’s talk about Wickham going out on loan, why aren’t we looking at him?

  • 175 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I remember him saying something very similar to the first bit, but I don’t remember him saying he was a “week off to prepare manager”. That sounds like a ludicrous thing to say when even in the regular season there are often midweek games.

    He would have no chance managing here in Malawi, clubs can have to play 2 games in a weekend sometimes.

  • 176 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    Glad you approve!

    The thing with Spurs is that once they had a run of several top 10 finishes they could consider themselves an establish top 10 side knocking on the doors to the European places, so they would be in a much better place when it came to negotiating contracts for players, staff and sponsors. It also means that they could be a bit more ambitious as the chance of relegation got slimmer every year. We need to be in that position. Frankly, I’m amazed that we managed to get players like Cabaye, Tiote and Cisse to join us when they did.

  • 177 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Wickham? Seriously? I’d rather we used Campbell then progress another clubs young centre forward on loan. (Unless that young centre forward happens to be a Belgian contracted to Chelsea or with a view to a permanent deal that is set a la Nelson Oliveira)

  • 178 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM


    I remember the first bit too. The second might just be the kind of embellishment that so called fans like to create in order to Pardew bash a little more.

    Who needs Mackems to slag off our club when we’ve got the NUFC Blog…

  • 179 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM


    Are you a mackem in disguise???

    You are suggesting we take a striker on loan that the mackems don’t want??

  • 180 nightfa11 // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    is there any chance to get ba back? sell cisse & buy ba + remy..

  • 181 Foxworth // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Every day I think:

    “This is the day we sign someone”

    I thought the same today. There’s still time I suppose.

    In other news Hiddink has resigned as manager of Anzhi & Liverpool have apparently bid £18 million for Christian Eriksen.

    Wouldn’t life be good if we got those 2 :-D

  • 182 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Would people stop talking about selling players! We don’t want to sell any of our players at all, why would we? I’d have happily kept Simpson, Harper and Perch too as long as they were happy to stay.

  • 183 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM


    no issue with selling players for big money as long as it is then spent quickly and wisely on new players.

    ideally keep our better players but if we can sell one to bring in 3 then its worth it.

  • 184 G.unit // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM


    So you don’t want Gignac (French Internatioanl) but you will take a Sunderland player on loan, who by all accounts is not wanted by the scum and has done nothing since signing.

    I just give up, I really do!!

  • 185 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM


    I dislike Ashley mainly because he has conducted vendettas throughout his career. The latest being his refusal to give his “cry baby” SD shareholders a dividend because they defied him last year.
    I think a man of his undoubted success could afford to be a little more gracious and it should be beneath him. Did he not understand that fans are demanding, loud and sometimes unfair? He deals with us like some kind of Norman overlord at times.
    But he has brought in some good players, sometimes a little too late. Not everything in black and white land is black and white, and I love it when a post like yours just cuts to the chase.

  • 186 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I’m no fan of Pardew though. I think had we shown sufficient improvement in style after Jan last season then I would have given him more time, but even with the added players the style didn’t change. I didn’t expect miracles from them, it is tough to adapt to a new life and league.

    I would have been happier without him at the helm for the coming season, but we have him now, so I find all of the abuse and Pardew out stuff a bit pointless. He is on his last legs now, so he either succeeds, which is great for everyone, or he fails, in which case prepare for lots of I told you so’s from numerous people.

    Next season will be good if we cement top 10. But just to do that we need to bring in players. Something which we are seemingly struggling to do. On 2 of the past 3 Mondays we have been told (By Kinnear and Pardew) a signing is expected by the weekend, and those weekends have come and gone.

    I am all for having someone in to scout domestically, but from Joe’s own admission he can open doors at all levels of football, Mick Harford is not the best we can get for that role, regardless of his years spent doing very little of note in the lower leagues.

  • 187 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    I don’t mind us selling players for big money, but I don’t understand fans calling for players to be sold. Again, I think it’s the Championship Manager mentality.

    Clubs don’t progress by actively trying to sell their top players. We need to fight to keep our top players and if they want to go AND a club is willing to pay big money, then they go. Actually wanting to sell a top player in order to fund 2 or 3 inferior (but presumably with potential) players, is not the right message to send out.

  • 188 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM


    Ashley doesn’t exactly seem like a warm man, he seems like a hard-nosed businessman. It’s sad, because his initial interactions with the fans made out that he wanted to be one of us and I thought that also meant that he would be putting his own money into the club to take us to the next stage. Sadly that all went wrong and he’s gone back to running the club as a business, which I don’t suppose I can blame him for.

    As least I think we know where we stand with him now, and I think we should at least trust that he’s not going to grind the club into the ground behind the scenes.

    I’m not best pleased with some of Pardew’s tactics, I’m not best pleased with JFK opening his mouth when he shouldn’t and I’m not best pleased with the number of injuries to key players last season, but generally I think we’re in a good place to kick on.

    Like you say, it’s never gonna be black and white with the black and whites!

  • 189 lesh // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Kinnear’s approached Hiddink to ask if he’d care to be his assistant.

    Hiiddink was honoured to hear from Joe….. “Joe? Joe who?”

  • 190 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM


    I agree there…if you sell at the drop of the hat it shows the squad that you are a selling club and they have no faith in progressing. Putting up a fight at least lets them think you are trying to push on.

    I think out selling policy is spot on actually, can’t fault Ashley on that. My issue is the buying policy…not so much the personel, more the timing of bringing players in and the amount we bring in.

  • 191 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I don’t think anybody would like to see players sold but with six years of the fat man in charge people have come to realise that’s the only way we’ll see players coming in, in an ideal world we’d like our best players kept and the club to spend about 15 to 20M on transfers the 384 th richest man in the world can afford.

  • 192 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM


    I’m maybe a bit more sensitive about these things than most I guess. It looks like an elephant seal mating ritual to my eyes.
    If he wants Pardew out, why doesn’t he just pay him off, instead of getting all Al Capone about it?
    We should be in a good position to kick on, as we were last summer. I don’t get the whole “spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar.” thingy.
    It’s odd on this blog. Argue with Pawl, but quite like his team, pull my hair out at Bills, but hope he sticks to his guns. What would Neverland be without Captain Hook?
    I wish the “idiot”, “delusional” and particularly “like a woman” barbs would go away though.
    Football tomorrow.

  • 193 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    I agree that Pardew is in last chance saloon this season, but I think it’s a little unfair to judge him based on the incomings in January. Debuchy, Sissoko, Goofy and MYM played quite a few games last season and it’s not easy for players coming in from a foreign league with limited language skills, and just adapting into a squad.

    There’s no SBR waiting in the wings either, so I don’t think the potential instability would be a good thing for the club. Saying that, if we’re drifting and outside the top 10 in December, he needs to go as he’ll have used up his chances.

    I don’t see why Harford would have been bad though. He’s well travelled in the lower leagues, JFK obviously thinks he could do a job and why not? Whatever you think of JFK, he’s here now so we have to let him get on with the job, sink or swim. Who better to scout the lower leagues than someone who has played and managed there for a long time?

  • 194 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM


    If you remember under the previous owners, they regularly left it until the last day as they actually believed that it meant they would get bargains…whereas they ended up overpaying quite often as the selling club knew that we were desperate. Stupid.

    I’d have liked us to have a few in by now, but we know MA wants value for money and he’ll be hunting for it. There must be at least a dozen strikers in the world that are about right in terms of ability, value and availability, so I’d rather they take their time to get a good deal on one of those rather than rushing someone of lesser ability over the line.

  • 195 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM


    Well, it’s odd coming from someone who accuses me of going on about the balance sheet all of the time…but I’m expecting us to spend £10-15M net this Summer and get the striker in.

    We signed quite a few in Jan didn’t we?

    And why don’t people like you accept that there are very few owners who subsidise their clubs? And they would be in breach of the FFP rules if they did it too much. The £10-15M that we should spend on transfer fees isn’t MA’s money, it’s NUFC’s!

  • 196 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM


    I don’t think he does want Pardew out though, I think that’s a daft conspiracy theory that the media created.

    There have also been stories that Pardew ‘only’ gets £500kpa basic salary, yet when it’s convenient the pay-off increases to £13M or something ridiculous. So either it’s £3.5M pay-off or he gets paid more than £500kpa. Besides, I think there must be clauses in his contract. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had to get a top 10 place to guarantee his stay.

    It makes sense to have different views on the blog, but the barbs at our staff and ourselves do get a bit overboard at times..


  • 197 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Bugger me. I just typed 4 proper posts in 9 minutes…

  • 198 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    There are plenty of people who have played and worked in the lower leagues and been better at it then Mick Harford. How about scouts who have worked the lower leagues, it is there job to do that, rather than employing a man who is a coach/manager to do a role?

    I am yet to see any evidence of Kinnear improving the transfer dealings or processes at the club as well. He also made a huge statement that there was no way Cabaye will be leaving. I feel those words could come back to haunt him just like Pards words re Andy Carroll did. I’m not arguing the right or wrong of selling him here.

    I said that I just wanted to see an improvement in style, not necessarily results. As I say, it is difficult coming in to a new league, but people who defended Pardew used the fact that he had to pick inferior players, after the incomings, he didn’t. He had a stronger and more technical squad to work with, but style did not improve. It was still overly defensive, and lacked creativity. That is my issue. That is why I don’t see things changing. Improving the coaching set up would maybe have helped, but we haven’t so far.

    Results in friendlies are not important, I said this after the win, I will say it now following defeat. But the way we played demonstrated many of the same failings we had the previous season. That, for me, is a big issue. Particularly as Pardew has talked about them, yet still can’t work out how to correct them.

  • 199 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Interesting and civil too TDS.
    And as for YOU, Jail for Ashley.
    Are we writing on the bleezer or what?
    You’ve got another woman.
    I can sense it.

  • 200 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    I don’t really follow the friendlies at all to be honest. The only positives I really want to take from them is that we have as many players fit as possible and maybe one or two youngsters shone brighter than expected.

    I agree with you on the style though and I think Cabaye will have a big input this season, assuming he stays.

    We have 2 attacking fullbacks, several dynamic midfielders who can play box to box, a couple of really creative attacking players and a top striker. Add another striker to that mix and another really creative attacking player and we have all the potential in the world to play good football.

    I can’t believe that any manager would want to sign Santon and Debuchy and not give them some freedom to make runs down the flanks. That’s what they excel at.

    I’d love to see a central midfield trio of Tiote/Anita, Sissoko & Cabaye with Tiote holding, Sissoko being the dynamic box to box midfielder that I believe he is and Cabaye pulling the strings. Then 2 attacking midfidlers/wingers higher up the pitch (our best options now are probably Ben Arfa and Marveaux with Goofy also an option) and then a striker (Cisse) up front. With the option of playing 2 up front, or playing one of our strikers as a wide attacker instead, there should be plenty of attacking options.

  • 201 Markaccus // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Busy day today for nufc i see…….

  • 202 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM


    Ideally get the player in as earl in the window as possible but like you say if a few extra weeks gets us a better player then that’s for.

    I don’t mind taking time during the summer window. My main point about timing of incoming is that instead of doing it this summer he does it in January or next summer. He takes months or Ben years to get players in sometimes…a few extra weeks I can deal with fine.

    Hope he doesn’t leave is short again this summer.

  • 203 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Band B,
    Bleezer, another woman :0

  • 204 Markaccus // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I dont like to be negative, but it seems that all our striker targets want to be elswhere. Gomis and gignac dont want to be at nufc (if reports are true) remy might but has a legal matter to resolve. We couldnt even pull in bent (dodged a bullet i think, mind :D ). I am concerned we will be scraping the transfer barrel at the end of august.

  • 205 JAMSHA // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM


  • 206 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The reality is that we are heading into the final week of July and we’ve made no real progress in finalising signings.

    Whatever way you look at it, it doesn’t look good.

  • 207 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Well, that is if he bought/wanted them… :-) Conspiracy theorists on both sides seem to view that the same, and yet still argue about it.

    I don’t think we have any natural wide attackers, so I would have the 2 attacking mids playing as support strikers/no.10 type roles. I think Vuckic, if he can stay fit, will excel in that role. I like tiote, and think he gets some unfair flack on here, but for me the starting midfield trio would be Anita Cabs and Sissoko. Three tecnically able players who are all equally comfortable in most roles in that midfield. With game time together they would learn to seamlessly rotate those roles as and when required. Anita is more able to cover the full backs though, who will be required to provide width for the attack, however they to need to learn when it is right to go and when it isn’t. That is Pardew, and the coaching staffs job. I personally don’t feel anyone above the Under 16/17′s coaching staff are any great shakes, and that is a little worrying.

  • 208 Markaccus // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM


    I dont get it???

  • 209 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM


    When you say we still lacked style and were still too defensive when the January lads came, as correct as that is, is if fair too put all the blame onto Pardew, initially only 3 started regularly Debuchy, Sissoko and Gouffran, Mbiwa and Haidara getting there chance’s a bit later, but they came into a side with zero confidence so could we realistically expect instant results, and lets not forget that at times we had 3 new lads in the defence and as we all know they have to work as a unit, so could we expect instant understanding to be there with them, yes the initial adrenalin from joining a new club did help but could we really expect an instant solution, now that they have had a pre-season under their belts I would expect a lot more, we should only judge them from now imo.

  • 210 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    BBC Newcastle Total Sport could have a interview with Pardew Live from Portugal

  • 211 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM


    I totally agree. I don’t want us to be playing catch up again. We should have kicked on after finishing 5th but we didn’t sign the centre back or strengthen in any meaningful way so I don’t want us to screw up again.

    We’ve got the best squad that we’ve had since SBR’s days I believe, so now is the time to fill in a few gaps and really establish ourselves towards the top of the PL.

  • 212 Transfer Sage // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM


    Yeh exactly. Don’t want to lose ground again.

    We have a good squad I feel but we lack forwards. All good. Teams have at least 2 if not 3 very good forwards. We need more goal scoters to make this squad up their with sir bobbys I think

  • 213 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I know what you are saying, but yes, I think Pardew complained about not having the players prior, and once he had them failed to alter the set up. I appreciate the team were low on confidence, but we took the lead in numerous games, and actually seemed to start like we wanted to go for games. But if we scored early the team retreated deep to defend. There were numerous times Pardew was visible shouting and waving at players to drop deeper. If we conceded early, we would drop deep to prevent further damage as well.

    IF it wasn’t Pardew’s plan or intention to defend a 1 goal lead then he should have been screaming at them to push up, yet he was doing the opposite. That with a poor team is understandable, with a team boasting some very good technical players and a wobbly defence is asking for trouble.

    One final point, it is generally harder to defend when you are new to the league, so surely it would make more sense to try and attack and be on the front foot?

  • 214 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Also, I’m not talking about individual performances. I am talking about evidence that Pardew can adapt his style or change. Not results either. Just style and intent.

    I’m sure the players will play better this season, it amy even be well enough to mask over some of Pardews faults, but unless the style and intent changes then he won’t have learnt a jot, and it is merely papering over cracks that will eventually be exposed.

  • 215 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Not exactly breaking news but thought i’d share

    Bent telling villa fans he’s leaving

  • 216 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    *amy = may

  • 217 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Best thing that could happen to our club is for Kinnear to have another heart attack before the season starts

  • 218 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM


    Pardew does get a lot of stick for his tactics but again I feel a lot of it is unfair, if you look back at when we came 5th with pretty much a settled side where only one or two changes were made were we adopting different tactics depending upon the opposition, Swansea we sat back and let them play until they got into the last 3rd of the pitch and then we were on them like a rash and we then hit them on the break, same with West Brom, whereas Stoke it was the complete opposite, we were in there faces and refused to allow them to settle, Man U due to the absence of Vidic we adopted a long ball game, Liverpool we decided to keep the ball down and play, almost telling them that we were a better side, we didn’t sit back nor close them down, we were just better, so for a manager to get accused of being tactically hopeles when he has adapted his tactics so successfully is rather harsh, last season was too much long ball, but again when you have the Ameobi’s, Perch, Williamson and Obertan’s of this world, what we need to do is ask ourselves if those lads are capable of anything other than long ball, so was it tactics or a lack of ability.

  • 219 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Seriously lads, have a bit of respect for your fellow man. Coming from someone who has had a family member take a severe heart attack in recent weeks I for one would not wish that on another person, ever.

    Some of you need to take a long hard look at yourselves.

  • 220 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    I find the best thing to do is to just ignore those type of posts.

  • 221 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Afternoon lads

    What hav i missed today?

  • 222 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    I can’t and won’t. If we are to temper our tongues when it comes to politics, religion and contentious topics of debate, then surely it isn’t much to expect that we are not to be subjected to messages that hope another human being suffers a serious illness, and I am sure Ed would agree, having been someone who has battled a serious illness.

    A bit of respect goes a long way, so when I read messages like that, I won’t simply ignore it.

  • 223 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM


    well we haven’t signed anyone, now I bet that has surprised you lol

  • 224 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Told u all signing is around the corner

  • 225 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM


    Respect does go a long way, sadly I find replying to them to be futile as most of them can’t understand how their posts come across, if you choose not to ignore them, then good luck to you, but the chances are you will be banging your head against a brick wall.

  • 226 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM


    I find the discussions that I usually have with people I disagree with as mostly banging my head against a brick wall so nothing new there then haha

  • 227 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM


    it could be a long corner, remember de Jong and Debuchy last summer and Aubameyang this summer, the offer if it has been made has not yet been accepted, lets not get carried away.

  • 228 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM


    No need to mince your words, tell us how you really feel.

  • 229 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM


    I know the feeling, but for some of us we can still be civil, sadly not enough of us, but never mind, that’s today’s society for you.

  • 230 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Im not building me hopes up on this matter. But gignac is some1 i dont want. Id prefer remy. His pace and ability to play on the left wing somic we need as gutierezz is useless nd marv is gud. But inconsistant

  • 231 FatmanJoe // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Whilst I agree that some comments on here are stupid and ill conceived, I think some people on here are a little sensitive.

  • 232 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Ruddy’s always been a delicate petal, Fatman, let him be.

  • 233 viv // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Ruddy, do you actually have anything interesting to say?

  • 234 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Hmm this is interesting the greatmreligious papiss cisse who is a very strict muslim. Isnt poker against his religion

    Lets c what u all think of this

  • 235 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM


    I can be somewhat abrasive at times, I can fall out with people and be a right git at times, but I draw the line at wishing harm on another person.

  • 236 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Long balls is a different debate. For my part, there is a difference between a long ball and a direct pass over 20 yards. In the stats for long balls there is no differentiation. For example, a swept 30 yard cross field ball from Cabaye would be a long ball in the figures. Here are the top 10 “long ball sides” and how many long balls per game.
    1. Newcastle 69
    2. Fulham 66
    3. Everton 64
    4. Norwich 64
    5. Stoke 63
    6 – 10. Swansea, Wigan West Ham, Villa, Spurs 62

    Swansea and Wigan such fine exponents of technique played only 7 less long balls per match? And played more than Sunderland, Reading and QPR? Utterly meaningless.

    It is the setup that was overly defensive, and lacked the opportunity to be creative further forward as we didn’t press higher up the pitch.

    As for the previous season, I would argue that Swansea and West Brom dominated those games, not because we allowed them to, but because they kept the ball better We beat Swansea thanks to individual brilliance. However, Pardew did come across a style that worked, Ba out left Cisse central and HBA on the right. So, you have a formation that worked, why change it? because one player wants to? That is weak management in itself, and not what any Premier league team should have.

  • 237 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Changing the subject to JFK, apart from telling Douglas to bugger off of causing us and himself much embarrassment, what else has he actually done in the time he has been here, if anyone answer’s this could I have your version and not JFK’s, otherwise we would have a multitude of world class player’s, we all know about his over-active imagination.

  • 238 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Kinnear would never resign nor be fired by Ashley , hence thats the only logical way he’d be forced off the job . Am I wrong here?

  • 239 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    If it’s sensitive to think that it is wrong to wish a heart attack on another human being then yes I am sensitive. I make no apologies for that. I’d rather be sensitive to the human condition than be one of these people who live their lives with a “no holds barred” mentality.

    Each to their own.

  • 240 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM



  • 241 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Ruddy can we end this heart attack talk its depressing like adelle or the plague!

  • 242 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I apologise if I offended you Ruddy

  • 243 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Sammy Moore, Darren Ambrose and Matt Derbyshire would be good loan signings for us, since it’s too difficult to attract the likes of Alderweireld etc.

  • 244 FatmanJoe // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Like I said stupid and ill conceived, but no need for the soap-box, finger wagging.

    I’m going through a heart condition myself at the moment but I took no offense to what he said. I just thought it was a bit idiotic.

  • 245 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Ben3Arfa – He might be annoying from a fans point of view but there are many ex players who have come out and said they like Kinnear. He may well be a nice bloke so its pretty disgusting to wish something like that on somebody because you dont want them working at a football club you support.

  • 246 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I think BBLR’s comment was tongue in cheek about you being sensitive! You are bang on though, whether you dislike someone, think they are inept at their job, or are just occasionally “a right git” ;-) wishing harm on an other is just downright bad taste, and there is no place for it on the blog.

    You are very wrong here. No place for it at all.

  • 247 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Phil Bardsley and Stephen Hunt could also transform us.

  • 248 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM


    I ‘m not sure that he did change it to be honest, I feel it was forced upon him due to a lack of ability to his squad, however he can no longer use that as an excuse, as for swapping Ba and Cisse’s role, I totally agree with that, trying it by all means, but when it was obviously not going to work he should have reverted back, that was poor management.
    As for the Swansea and West Brom games, I have to disagree, I could see from the first whistle of the game what Pardew was trying to do, and he done it very well, credit were it’s due, same for Stoke and Man U, it was obvious what he was attempting and he succeeded, like him or loath him I think it’s only fair to give credit when it’s deserved.

  • 249 toon kk // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    JK will only be in the way as far as signings go, he thinks he knows everything but clearly doesn’t. I bet alot of uther clubs or players don’t want to do business with him.

  • 250 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I never wished him a heart attack , I merely stated that the only way he could leave is if he suffered another one . Which sounds horrible but is most probably true whilst Ashley owns this football club.

    I do apologise to anyone offended by what ive said though

  • 251 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM


    Lol ur getting bullied now for wanting to hurt kinear

    Is it because he called u ben afre and ur french freind a cabab Lol

    Honestly lads just forget bout it n move on plz

  • 252 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM



    Have you never seen a bleezer? Like that Viv says, you are a woman!
    People used bleezers for the fire and as a means of communication. When Geordie and Wor Lass fell oot, Geordie wrote on the bleezer, in chalk. “Wake me at 8.30am.” When 8.30 came roond, Wor Lass duly wrote on the bleezer, “It’s 8.30am.”

  • 253 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    He can have credit for Man U win and Stoke as I think we went about that spot on. However I will still disagree on the Swansea game in particular. They passed us off the park, and were it not for this painful trend of trying to walk a ball into the goal by passing opponents to death could have comfortably got points.

    As for the lack of ability, the players he didhave are better at playing offensively, so to tell them to drop after taking a slender lead will regularly back fire. We will see how he does this year, I’ll be more than happy if he demonstrates he has learnt from his mistakes and gets the team playing this season. Personally, I can’t see it at the minute. Although Joe isn’t making this any easier at the minute.

  • 254 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Ben3arfa has apologised for what he said, he meant no harm so I believe that a line should now be drawn under it and we should all move on, no harm was intended or done.

  • 255 FatmanJoe // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Agreed 254

  • 256 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Ruddy…Had a read of your articles…good job and not half as dark and angry as I may have expected ;)

    Keep ‘em coming and I too hope you have something cheerier to write about soon.

  • 257 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM


    Just an update.
    Are you still coming to the celestial city?

    Auntie B

  • 258 viv // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    If Kinnears, ticker goes its his problem the guy should retire. He is a pensioner who thinks he’s a spring chicken.

  • 259 RooneyToons // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Something smells fishy here…….
    So Pardew never says anything about who we’re after even when he had more involvment and now he’s telling everyone and there Nan.
    Some people are saying its because he’s trying to force our board to push through the move but everyone knows that is not the way to do it even Pards.

    Whats the betting that we haven’t made a bid for any player he’s mentioned??
    smoke screens galore… we’ve done it before and i think we’re doing it again.

    que signings of Ryad Boudabouz, Siem De Yong and Seydou Doumbia

  • 260 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    BandB…I have a great Aunt in Newcastle called Auntie B…a bit of useless information for you.

  • 261 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

  • 262 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Ben3Arfa – Didn’t offend me at all just thought it wasn’t a very nice thing to say as it didn’t sound a like a joke

  • 263 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Ben3arfa et al

    No real offence taken and you’re not alone, many people have wished harm on JFK and while he is frustrating, I just think it’s a step too far, but I agree, we should let it rest now, the point has been made :D


    I thought they were pretty dark, especially the first two but perhaps your sunny disposition has just saw them in a favourable light haha

    Thanks for the feedback though lad, much appreciated.


    I’m working through the logistics at the moment, spanners being thrown into the works left, right and centre trying to de-rail my plans so it’s 50/50 at the moment unfortunately, but hopefully I’ll no more in the next few weeks. Thanks for asking.

  • 264 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM


    I have an auntie E who lives in york….. a bit of useless infomation 4 u

  • 265 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM


    Is she coming into her prime and a bit silly about football?
    Have you met her?
    Just wondering.

  • 266 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM


    it just goes to show how differently we can see the same things, I was enthralled with the Swansea game, I just couldn’t see them scoring in a million years, pass, pass and pass again, but they got no where near us, the slightest hint of danger and we were on them like a rash and closed them down, for me it was the best performance of the season.
    Did we sit back or were we forced back ? again different people can see things in a different way !

  • 267 FatmanJoe // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    The way things are at the moment I really wouldn’t object at all to Bent coming here.

    I have hopes that we would sign Sinclair, Moses and Remy but I don’t think it’ll happen.

  • 268 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Unfortunately lads, Siem de Jong is going nowhere this summer.

  • 269 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    This is a shame

  • 270 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    BandB….I think it’s fair to say you are not the same person. I have met her and she’s not that football mad to comment on here…let alone computer literate :)

    kt…Thank you for sharing.

    Ruddy…Well, in relation to the darkness of reality, they weren’t really dark. Give it time though lad, give yourself a good pre-season as a negger and I’m sure you’ll adjust to the new league ;)

  • 271 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    I doubt we were ever realistically in for Oscar Cardozo.

  • 272 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:04 PM


    I missed the word “great” aunt.
    Clearly not me, ahem.
    It’s just some of your slipperiness………………..

  • 273 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I agree, I couldn’t see them scoring, but I feel that is more due to them overplaying and being rather toothless up front, not our command of how the game was played.

    Anyway, I’m off, fingers crossed for something, anything to actually happen!

  • 274 Ibizatoon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    BandB….I was raised well enough to know not to pass comment on a womans age, or slapped around the back of the head hard enough to learn…whether that be in person or over the internet.

    As I said, I think she’d struggle to turn the computer on, let alone comment on here.

    Now, about this slipperiness? :)

  • 275 toon kk // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    The way this club is being run and the obvious penny pinching could cause another season of struggling at the wrong end of the table next season, all it takes is a few injuries and it will be a case of here we go again.

  • 276 IITianToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Everyone AP JK have been shouting striker striker.. and if they fail to get a quality one over the line come Sep 1st, I feel the majority of us will still be accepting it with just groans and sighs. Its like the regime can talk whatever shit they want, and not deliver, and then just walk all over us.

  • 277 Ian Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Ruddy – Dont get all high and mighty – you can’t carry it off. You contacted me and I closed on ” a brief truce” ie it’s over.

    It’s certainly not my ambition to aid your attempt to reach and improve on your, daily fall out with posters, rate. Your fast running out of ” next best friend”. Your what the toon army call a plastic football
    fan, great on the theory!

    It’s not difficult for me to ignore your contributions and you should please refrain from leaving me waggon wheel welcome messages.

  • 278 G // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Regardless of the frustration for us fans, we have to accept that manyoo et al are throwing megabucks from the prem (the TV deal is well publicized in Europe), and all the euro clubs want a piece of it. I cant say I blame the foreign clubs for not accepting smaller offers for players, when they know we have (comparatively anyway) money to burn.

  • 279 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM


    You really are the plankton of blog life forms.

    I’m not a plastic fan, never have been, never will be, but whether you believe that or not is of no consequence to me. As for “carrying off” high and mighty, only someone as arrogant as yourself would think that being able to carry off that demeanour is a good thing.

    You do seem incapable of ignoring my contributions, do they grate on you?

    I constantly ignore yours because a) they are usually 1000+ words and b) guaranteed to be full of BS.

    I don’t need a truce from you, as I rather enjoy jousting with you, stick with it, you might learn something.

  • 280 IITianToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Whats saddening is that Bolton fans, who no disrespect, are a fraction of Newcastle fans, can have such a big say on sponsorship deals; and here we are who cant even get to meet the people that run our club.

  • 281 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    no news whatsoever on signings. this is truly pathetic and depressing

  • 282 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM


    Is that not more of an indicator of how badly treated by our owner we are, despite the fact or maybe due to the fact, that we are one of the most loyal fan bases in the country.

  • 283 FatmanJoe // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    It has been a while since I’ve commented but what’s the beef between Ian and Ruddy?

  • 284 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Wickham wouldn’t be a terrible winger, I already said i’d rather have Sinclair. Or get Campbell some starting time out on one of the wings, but I don’t see Pards doing that at all.

  • 285 Spoof // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I’m not bothered if we here from them or not, I just want them to give us a decent team ?

  • 286 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Hello Ian,

    You and Ruddy would be an interesting conversation if you’d engage in one.
    I’d read it… a doubtful loyalist against an uncertain “traitor”.
    How funny these terms are.
    I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts. Ruddy’s too.
    It’s just “baxath-in” as Joe Frazier would say.
    Have you any idea what happened to Sack Lambias?
    He didn’t like me.
    Usually on your account.
    Though you and I are chums. Aren’t we?

  • 287 jazzyp // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    evening all-ive got a feeling this week this is make or break week for nufc.
    the gomis deal should be sorted out this week one way or another. remy I do believe will be given an ultimatum to choose a deal that’s on nufc’s terms this time. gignac personally I hope it doesn’t come to fruition as any player who is constantly spouting that he doesn’t want to come here, should be left well alone.
    on a personal note am gutted about siem de jong as this guy is a special talent !!

  • 288 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Will see you chaps in 2 weeks. Hopefully we’d have signed at least 3 players by then. Alderweireld, Gomis and Remy.

  • 289 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Band B,
    I’ve only got eyes for one woman on this blog and I’m not looking in the mirror :)

  • 290 Toon1978 // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Few sources on Twitter saying we have agreed a fee for for Gomis.

  • 291 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM


    Ian fancies himself as some sort of intellect, and because he thinks that this is what I am trying to be he feels threatened, despite the fact that I only want to have the craic and chat about football.

    It’s interesting that since the whole furore over the multiple posters came to a head, that only Ian has survived the purge, yet Pushy, Carl, Sack et all have all but vanished.

    We’ll never engage in discussion simply because there is too much bad blood between us.

  • 292 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I know you’ve been ignoring me.
    Folds arms. Pulls face.

  • 293 IITianToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    toonicle I’m sorry but can you give some justification as to why a fast, instinctive and out and out striker like Campbell should be deployed on the wings?

  • 294 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    IITian- Cause he’s not going to get any starts up front this year and we need someone on the wing. Guti certainly doesn’t cut it.

  • 295 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM


    Think we’d be better served signing a winger rather than shoving an untested youngster on the wing. He’d be much better served going out on loan to a lower league club, getting his confidence up, and getting used to scoring on a regular basis don’t you think?

  • 296 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM


    It would be box office. Without any rabbit-punching.
    C’mon champ, offer the man out.
    Queensbury rules.
    I’m off to hide behind the bouncer, where I can get a good view.

  • 297 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Ruddy- Very true but I don’t see us buying a winger. We’ve needed a striker for more than a year and we’re 3 weeks into the window with one official bid so far. I’d love to see us go after Sinclair though.

  • 298 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM


    You might see it as box-office, I’d see it as kicking Bambi in the gonads haha

    Far too unbecoming of me to be seen to be offering another blogger on ;)

  • 299 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    afternoon all,

    its hot in texas, but even hotter on the NUFC transfer window… (tumbleweeds roll thru the street)…

    hows people today? :)

  • 300 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM



    Just trying to start a fight while flirting with Jail.


  • 301 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM


    I’d love to see Sinclair signed, if I could only sign two players this window it would probably be Scott Sinclair and another striker. I’ve yet to decide who that striker may be. Ideally I’d have loved Gameiro, but I think there is word that he will be replacing Negredo at Sevilla. Remy would be a good shout because he’s a striker who can operate on the channels, and I think Abel Hernandez would be a great shout, as a complimentary player to Cisse.

    If we don’t strengthen that department we’re royally screwed.

  • 302 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM


    I couldn’t possibly comment, after all, I thought you were looking rid of the sexist barbs :P

  • 303 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    i do like the sound of shane long… just an opinion.. (ducks before i get something thrown at me)

  • 304 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    Lad how are ye! The transfer front hasn’t exactly been the most exciting we’ve seen in years has it?

  • 305 Jail for Ashley // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Band B,
    Why ever would you think that after all the nice things you’ve said about me x

  • 306 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Sinclair would be great i’d be over the moon with that signing. Remy i’m kind of cool on, not a huge fan myself especially after he snubbed us in January. don’t get me wrong if he’s the only option i’d snap him up! What ya think about Charlie Austin? I’d think he would be a good buy for 3-4 Mil myself.

  • 307 toonicle // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I was really hoping we’d give RVW a shout this window though, got a good feeling about him.

  • 308 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM


    hows things? ive seen more movement in a 100 year old orangatangs’ bowels than us… other than that, ill be seeing stoke play on wednesday, look for the one good looking guy wearing a newcastle shirt….

    it wont be me… i borrowed mine out, lol :)

  • 309 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM


    What was the fee that Hull had supposedly agreed on for Austin? Didn’t he fail on a dodgy knee? If they turned him down it wouldn’t look too good.

    Remy is a talented player, if the price/wages were right I’d be happy for him to come. As for the legal case, he hasn’t even been charged yet. Sinclair would be a cracker though. I’d be happy with Bent if the price was right too.


    Shane Long is a cracking player, I follow the Irish national side and he is by far the best player on the pitch, think he’d be an amazing signing, we missed out badly when he went to WBA for 6m!

  • 310 AaranD // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Gomis, Remy and Cisse are good striking options as they all provide something a little different. If Cisse leaves then Bent would be a good replacement if Villa lower the fee as he is a proven Prem player. But all that is easier said than done…

    It’s also going to be very hard to get a top CB this summer as we can’t offer them 1st team football. Colo and Yanga are our 1st choice and thats how it should even if we do bring in an Alderwield as im a firm believer you need some solid prem experience at the back to calm things down when times are rough. This season our back four will be much more solid.

    Pardew probably does deserve another year but if he can’t get the best out of this group of players he has to move on. Many are international standard players and we shouldn’t be scrapping at the bottom with a team like ours.

  • 311 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM


    I had a long haul with Pawl this afternoon. Far more time than was justifiable.
    I’m just playing now, trying to keep it light by mocking myself.
    A man once lifted me far into the air in the Leazes, and held me far longer than was creditable. He put me down and said “did ya see then?”
    I like men. That’s why I’m here.

  • 312 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Lads big news weve signed some1 eventually hahahahaha yes guess what his name is jo king

  • 313 toon kk // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    We’ll be getting the same excuse in January saying we made a mistake and should have strengthened in the summer.

  • 314 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM


    Haha was getting confused when you said “good looking guy” before you explained yourself haha

    So are Stoke over in the States? You going to watch them? Make sure you get on the phone to Pardew, give him some tips on how to play the long ball game properly ;)

  • 315 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    i missed that… im an idiot… (smacks head with my hand)

  • 316 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Dan gosling is leaving. What a shame(jokes)

  • 317 IITianToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM


    Hi mate! Where in Texas are you from? I’m actually moving to Houston this August. Are there many NUFC fans there.. please let me know!

  • 318 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    yeah stoke is playing in houston wednesday nite, ill be there with my family… i dream of the day the toon come here, il be takign that weekoff if it ever happens…

  • 319 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM


    I started a discussion with pawl and soon realised that it was a road to head-banging frustration and quickly bowed out, I admire your staying power though.

    Who knows how many women are on this site, perhaps more than we realise and we’ve made the basic (erroneous) assumption that only men like football, although I’ve yet to actually meet a woman who genuinely loves football, except for exes who have claimed to love it until a few months into the relationship haha so it is refreshing to know you do genuinely love it, and without trying to sound sexist and condescending you’re far more knowledgeable on the subject than a good many men.

  • 320 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    im in houston suburb IItian… and as far as i know, im the only one…

  • 321 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    we can meet up on match day, i do have all the channels necessary to watch the toon and do know some bars that will put it on for us as well…

  • 322 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM


    No, mate, he currently plays for WBA he signed 2 seasons ago and we were linked with him then, so I think we should have signed him then, that’s what I was referring to.

    If we were to go back in for him, I’d agree with you that he’s a great player, I’m not sure how much it’d cost to get him in though.

  • 323 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    isnt long in the last year on his contract then?

  • 324 kt97toonarmy // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I was reding some of pawls comments last nite honestly what a duck egg i think hes lived the wwhole ashley era under a rock

  • 325 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM


    You’re right, he’s in the last year of his contract, we could get him in on the cheap, would be a great signing if we managed it, but with Lukaku back to Chelsea he might get more playing time.

    A Long/Anelka partnership could be very good indeed.

  • 326 IITianToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM


    Okay then maybe we can get together sometime!Approximately how far from Rice university do you live?

  • 327 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    send me an email, its listed on my profile, and i will def help you get sorted out when you get to houston… btw, no need for your winter garb…. lol…

  • 328 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    IItian.. about 30 minutes… not that far…

  • 329 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    but i wish all of you a good afternoon, and IItian, look forward to hearing from you!!


  • 330 wolfshead@toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM


    are you an ex pat or a native? haha

  • 331 BandB // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM


    I got engaged in the Strawberry “garden” before a match (which we lost…and I don’t even recall which one it was ….87/88).
    It seemed dead cool. My dad thought it was the most romantic thing that had ever happened.
    We taught our kids two things. “Always ask why”. and “support the Toon.”
    It was the remaining passion that linked us together, as a family.
    We chucked that in this summer. End of an era.
    But if it puts a few extra quid in Mike’s fat, bulging, arrested development pockets, who are we to argue?

  • 332 DokToon // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    im from nyc, and never a native of tex-ass lol

  • 333 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM


    It’s sad that even the most ardently die hard fans, the fans who on a weekly basis still soldiered on to SJP and to further afield, have said “enough is enough”

    I don’t think Mike Ashley appreciates that he has forced many fans to the end of their tether regards his ownership.

    Hopefully his pocket will be hit badly this season and he either a) changes his approach or b) decided it’s time to move on.

    We live in hope eh?

  • 334 geordie157 // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    French woman just did a mcmanaman challenge. A few of these players are better than Obertan too.

  • 335 Ben3arfa // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Another day and yet NO BLOODY SIGNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 336 jimiley // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    We have to keep the faith in Big Mike and Joe K ably supported by Alan Parsnip. They came 5th bottom last season and probably think they do not need to sign anybody. No Europe games means we should come about 10th. These boys know what they are doing. Where is all the extra SKY money (50 million) and gate receipts going? Come on Percy, just one signing please, even if its only Darren Bent. He could propel us to a top 6 finish. I think we might win something soon. The club is on firm foundations, is well led and managed, it exploits commercial opportunities eg games on the outer Hebrides (what on earth are the big boys doing in China and America?) and with a litle more luck we could challenge for Champions League.

  • 337 Sav // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    That’s two stiikers to turn us down today. Things is looking up.

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