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Forget The Negativity – Newcastle Will Do Just Fine This Season

10:55 am, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 258 Comments

We’ve seen headlines recently about whether there are three clubs worse than Newcastle in the Premier League next season, and other similar headlines – and yesterday there was some daft news being reported by some newspapers that Mick Harford turning down Newcastle was a big blow to the club – give us a break – please.

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Alan Pardew – hoping for good news this week

We could be wrong, but as long as Newcastle can get at least a couple of good strikers through the door this summer, we think we’ll do just fine next season.

One reason for saying that is Newcastle signed five good Frenchmen in January, and we will soon start to see the best out of such players as Moussa Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy, to name just three.

And apart from striker, we are have a good strong squad in all the other positions, with a positive that Tim Krul could well be fit for the start of the season, at Manchester City on Monday night 19th August – which is four weeks yesterday.

And injuries and those European games just overwhelmed the squad last season, and the squad simply wasn’t big enough to compete in Europe – so it should all be a lot easier in the league next season.

We hope it will be a lot easier tin the league next season. :D

And Alan Pardew seems to be cool enough about the fact we haven’t yet brought in a senior player to the club this summer, but Manchester United have only brought one U20 player through the door this summer.

This is what Alan Pardew said today to the local press:

“Some clubs have brought in players that I wouldn’t bring to this club,” “I wouldn’t read too much into that.” “Strikers are the hardest deals to do.” “I’m hoping for some good news this week.”

There are two strikers Newcastle could be getting though the door very soon and maybe even this week.

They are 29 year-old Darren Bent from Aston Villa, who said yesterday he was very near a move away from Villa, and 27 year-old Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon, and if reports are to be believed then Joe Kinnear has meetings arranged this week to try to bring those two strikers (and maybe others) to the club.

Keep the faith, as we’re sure things are not as bad as some of the newspapers would have you believe, and always remember that bad news sells newspapers – sensational news is even better .

Sorry for coming across so positive about Newcastle’s chances  for next season, but please keep the comments civil,  as I’m sure not everybody will  entirely agree with these views. :D

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258 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Pardew is a moron

  • 2 Tyldesley Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    A few quality strikers then we could be challenging for a top 6 finish

  • 3 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Toon tom lol. You know nothing. Claire actually told me that an inial bid of 8.5 had been made but nothing had come of it. Ie it was quickly rejected

  • 4 Tyldesley Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    It would be nice to see us make an effort in the cup competitions next season since Europe isn’t an excuse. There were quite a few seasons years ago when we got to the final of the FA Cup but for some reason recently the club show no interest. We have been knocked out at round 3 by so many lower divisions teams

  • 5 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Dario – no being completely serious mate! Nice to see.

    Jeff – and your source is? Not being pedantic but I dont know you, so I don’t know whether you are itk or just causing argument.

  • 6 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    We do tend to generate our own negative press headline’s with the half-arsed way we run the club though

  • 7 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    So Kinnear blocks the transfer of Douglas, sells up all our quality players and has failed to bring any players in half way through the window

    then we have this moron justifying his shitty squad that nearly got relegated last season

    How are the morons in this club not considered infuriating ?

  • 8 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Some of what he says is true.

    Some clubs have brought in players he wouldn’t bring to the club, other clubs have brought in players who we couldn’t bring to the club.

    I would rather they got the right players in rather than just make knee jerk reactions and be left with a wage bill for a complete flop. (a’la Guivarch, Kluivert, Cort, Xisco, Owen, Smith, Viana, Luque)

  • 9 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Has Pardew, the idiot not been sacked yet? NUFC, are odds on for relegation.

  • 10 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    Which quality players has he sold?

  • 11 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Ben arfa – pipe down you fool!!

    Which ‘quality’ players have we sold?! I truly hope you aren’t talking about gosling, perch etc al.

    If so, you REALLY need to look up the meaning of the word QUALITY!

    And WE are the morons?? Nice one, idiot!

  • 12 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    JEFF, don’t tell me your a guy who is ITK!?!?

  • 13 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM


    sorry typo was supposed to be “squad” lol

  • 14 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    NUFC, the Titanic, of football!

  • 15 Tyldesley Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I agree with Richy

    There have been to many players over the years who have been brought in for the sake of it. We need another player like shearer with a proven goal scoring record, the problem is though, a club like us hovering around the bottom of the table and the strange transfer and wages policies will never go for or attract them type of players

  • 16 fatman // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM


    “Some clubs have brought in Managers that I wouldn’t bring to this club,” And guess what your top of my list closely followed by your pikey boss.

  • 17 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    JFK junior

    ur name itself is stupid, so id go easy if i were u tiger lol

  • 18 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Ben arfa – Read your post incorrectly. Realise you weren’t calling US morons, so I apologise for the idiot remark.

    However the rest of my post stands. :)

  • 19 John Tudor // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    to the tune of jilted john pardew is a moron

  • 20 DarloGeordie // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    It’s genuine, cant wait to get to a game, I’ve been two years cold turkey. My dads just retired n I’m gonna enjoy his retirement money by letting him buy himself, my brother and me a season ticket. Happy days if the old fella can still enjoy the toon then so can I

  • 21 thai-mag // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    pardew says joe has some very important meetings this week, the first one is to meet up with kate and wills to discuss what they are going to call the new royal baby, the other one is with his travel agent, with all the hard work he’s been doing getting players in the poor blokes knackered and needs a couple of weeks break

  • 22 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    lol where the hell is JFK anyway ?

  • 23 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Ben arfa – go easy??

    What would happen if you didn’t? Would I have to come to Sunderland to meet you?

    Like I say, pipe down little man!

  • 24 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Jeff. Who or what is Claire? Could it be Claire da Loon?

  • 25 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Oh the machismo has begun, time to depart!

  • 26 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Richy – Jeff speaks directly to Pardew’s receptionist on numerous occasions. He was told that Claire overheard Cisse once become angry with Pardew as he was playing out wide.

  • 27 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Mick Harford on Joe Kinnear and Newcastle.

  • 28 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM


    Nah, its Claire Fontaine.

  • 29 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    plana. If as you say we’re odds on for relegation, that’ll not be because of Pardew.

    Are you forgetting the mayhem caused by friend Kinnear?

  • 30 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Old Joe, should have an important meeting with the job centre, along with gormless Pardew.

  • 31 Klatoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Just read that HBA has been timed at his quickest since he’s been here. Surely that cant be right, this bulkier #10 cant beat the nimble #37 that was floating around at Goodison park in 2010!

  • 32 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM


    Is the bulk fat or muscle though?

  • 33 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    The reason we are odd’d on for relegation is because in the eye’s of everyone else we are in self destruct mode with Pardew, Kinnear and what are seen as cheap option signings from France.

    We are stuck smack in the middle of a media circus but it is a circus of our own design

  • 34 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Lesh, Kinnear wasn’t here last season. Pardew, is the loser in charge.

  • 35 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM


    how do you know claire? how does a 13 year old kid in india get that contact?

  • 36 ArtyH // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Is the Pacos game on tonight at 8pm our time? Can get this on Sport TV1 apparently.

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Whether people like pardew or not it cannot be denied he is trying to implement changes, whether his own design or forced on him. change is happening so lets just see how it goes.

  • 38 Klatoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Richy, either way, #37 was quick, the de jong assault took away alot of that

  • 39 Sav // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Harford’s rejection is not the blow. The fact JFK is turning to the likes of him is the blow. The fact he turned us down is merely insulting – or significant – take your pick.

  • 40 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    TS – why would Jeff be in India?

    Or that what he professes?

  • 41 croftus5678 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    amidst all the heartache going on team wise we are heading the the right direction !

    players out would not have been used (perch may have but imo anita/bigi as good if not better)

    “if” we get gomis/remy or bent we will have improved a lot but i do think we have goofy who is half decent when played as cf.

    think the pre season has proven we need wingers though (tonights game will tell us more) but ober/sammy who arnt the best made a huge difference when they came on !

    and take collo/mbiwa out at cb and we may aswell just give the points to the other side and stop wasting energy.

  • 42 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    JFK – yes, Jeff claims to be a 13yr old boy from India!

  • 43 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM


    I agree.

    The difference between the team that finished 5th bottom and the one that finished 5th top was goals and confidence.

    We looked lost in midfield last season as there was no natural outlet to go forward and score – this resulted in a lack of confidence, not to mention the number of injuries and enforced changes we had to cope with.

    We need someone who can lash the ball into the net at any given opportunity, this will breathe confidence into the players around him/them and then in turn the whole team.

    Heads dropped last season when we conceded a goal, because we all knew we were struggling for someone to pull one back for us.

  • 44 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM


    Changes are taking place but he’s running out of chance’s, the first 10 games will decide his future at the club in the eye’s of the majority

  • 45 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    plana…. The job centre’d need to come up with a very special programme for Kinnear.

    God himself might be looking for a Director of Earthly Affairs and Joe would be just the man to do it!

  • 46 viv // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Pardew, went through last season in auto-pilot, the guy is not up to the task. The Sunderland game and the Arsenal, showing up should have brought that home to even the most wooden headed Pardew, die hards.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM


    why he hartford a bad move? as a coach maybe…but his role was to scout lower leagues and look out for talented players.

    surely somebody with experience and contacts in the lower league is good for that job?

  • 48 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    JFK – why are you Junior?

    Is Kinnear your father??

  • 49 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM


    25 days to go before PL kicks off. No one is even thinking 10 games down the line yet.

  • 50 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    plana. No Kinnear wasn’t here last year but he is now and rocking a very unsteady boat!

  • 51 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    TS – Is that the very nest he could come up with?

    And this 13yr old Indian boy, has true and serious links with a club in the north east of England?!

    Hmmm….yeah that seems legit!

  • 52 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM


    Everyone is younger than Kinnear lol

  • 53 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Ben arfa – yes he is.

  • 54 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM


    Of course it seems legit, he is officially the clubs’ director of Bull $hit

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM


    i’m not a fan of pardew but i do feel he had some problems last year…not enough to account for the poor season but he was let down. He should have done better though, top 10 really.

    i just think he is here to stay, at least for now, so the fact he is making changes at least shows he has seen that things last year didn’t work and he isn’t putting it all down to bad luck. At least the guy is trying now.

  • 56 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM


    Isn’t Kinnear everyone’s father?

  • 57 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM


    Pardew will not and cannot be judged on what happens with transfers as he has little to no say in that side of the club. If we fail in the window than blame lay’s with Ashley, Kinnear and Charnley. Pardew has to be judged on what happens on the pitch and thats why he will get around 10 games as if he continue’s with old favourites who do not perform or players our of position then he would have failed

  • 58 HullMag6 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Im sure Faye will be worth her weight in gold. Last season we weren’t at the races. Lacklustre and un fit, hopefully its now the case the squad will be at maximum possible fitness and condition. The team should get less injuries and perform better. It would be criminal if we didnt sign at least one of not sytiker

  • 59 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    when Kinnear’s mother was born, he was holding his grandma’s hand to comfort her.

  • 60 doonundertoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    how can he say that some of the players he wouldn’t bring to this club when swansea signed bony, liverpool have signed aspas, even sunderland have signed altidore..

    and he has stated that he wants to bring in 3 players, one of which is under suspicion of rape lol, and a down and out less powerful version of cisse..

    i don’t understand what type of players he exactly wants at newcastle lol but the man just spouts none stop shite, the club should just put a media ban on him during this season so it isn’t as blatantly obvious to the rest of the football community as it is to us the man has gone full-retard lol

  • 61 jeff // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    What lol. My stepdads first wife was claires sister. Family conections. The nufc runs strong in my bloodline

  • 62 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM


    no idea, i just remember reading him say that. I have no problem with anyone here or people having two accounts, people having made up lives etc etc….i just would love to know how he got this contact he says he has.

  • 63 blew // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    When you read some of Jeff’s posts he
    obviously knows Claire Voyant well

  • 64 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM


    You sneeze at the end there HullMag6?

  • 65 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM


    As long as he doesn’t make the same stupid mistakes as last season i.e. playing players out of position, picking players who do not deserve to be in the side

  • 66 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Transfer Sage ….. Kiting Harford in to scout was a provocative move in itself.

    Scouting’s Carr’s patch and it would have been politic to involve him in and make any decision. Maybe Kinnear did but more likely he didn’t.

    It strikes me that Joe’s drunk with power and thus a very dangerous type to have in any business.

  • 67 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    he said some he wouldnt bring in…not all. he may have taken those players but might be holding out for other targets he prefers to those you mentioned

    also pardew cant make transfers go through….thats ashley who needs to do the deal.

  • 68 HullMag6 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Striker even

  • 69 jimmysmith // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Those players and the manager were emotionally drained in those last few games of the season. Literally not up for the fight and little wonder as they had been under the cosh all season. We could easily have gone down and I wouldn’t have blamed the players or the manager, it would have been squarely the fault of Ashley through his man Llambias and the lack of investment this time last year.

    This squad is way better equipped for the rigors of the coming season and with one or two astute buys could go super, anywhere outside of sixth to eighth would surprise me.

  • 70 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM


    we have more than one scout you know. Clubs usually have a fair few scouts to cover different regions.

    it makes good sense to have a man scouting the english lower league for players who slipped through the cracks or good youngsters.

    Carr will continue in france and holland….we really need more people in germany, spain, poland, czech rep, croatia…etc etc.

  • 71 Galtierez // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Is Jeff really called Jaffrey?

  • 72 Spreadthetoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Hasn’t this transfer window got all the hallmarks of last summer…..but worse! Didn’t Dekka and Ashley claim they had learnt their lessons about inactivity…………….!
    I can only make from this that MA was compelled into action last January transfer window to prevent the club being relegated. That AP’s brief is to keep NUFC in the premiership…….that’s it, nothing more. I feel that this behaviour is abhorrent and disgraceful to the people who truly follow and support this club. We deserve so much better than this!

  • 73 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    blew, maybe I should have seen Claire Voyant coming!

    Jeff, you related to the new royal prince by any chance?

  • 74 Iain Dowie // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Some of the fans on this blog are embarrassing and deluded , I’m sick of seeing pardews clueless and a joke all day everyday usually by the same people. Do you have nothing better to do.

    The fact we had the most injuries last season along with one of the smallest squads playing in Europe is not pardews fault, he had nothing to work with. One striker for half a season after demba ba left, tell me another manager within our reach that would of achieved a much better league position? Don’t start saying its his fault we didn’t sing a striker bladyblah , he identified loic remy and left it in the hands of Derek lambias and lee charley who didn’t sign him.

    People saying he’s tactically inept and doesn’t know how to change a game with bench players, now looking at the bench last season which consisted mostly of players like ameobi,obertan,perch,Simpson, Williamson etc how can he massively change a game with that lot!

    Give him a chance and stop getting emotional over losing preseaon friendlies etc, we as newcastle Fans are the reason our club is massive however we are also a factor in why we are labeled a laughing stock. Who do we really think we are, we are a mediocre team with a big fan base and big stadium that is it.

  • 75 viv // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    This Gomis and Gignac, their records aren’t any better than Gouffrans. And he has been prolificly bad as a Striker for NUFC.

  • 76 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM


    You cant judge the window now, it can only be judged when it closes.

  • 77 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Every club as multiple scout’s.

    In the 80′s my uncle worked for Villa and Spur’s and his remit was to scout lower leagues for young players, if/when he saw someone who he thought had potential he would pass that players name onto the clubs chief scout who would then watch the player and it was the chief scout who made the decision whether or not to pass that info onto the manager.

    We need someone scouting the lower leagues whether or not Harford was the right man for that job though is a different matter

  • 78 wolfshead@toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM


    i like your posts one of the bloggers who have balanced views but im puzzled why you say jfk is a corrosive influence at the club? he is not popular with the media and a lot of the fans but nobody knows how his relationship is with the staff at the club

  • 79 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    why do people even entertain certain peoples comments on this blog.
    its quite obvious with the info he spouts he is nothing more than a wind up merchant. Just look at his team selections he puts up and I’ll rest my case.
    my stepdads sisters aunties uncles brothers pet dog knows clare !!! didn’t you all know.

  • 80 Galtierez // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Viv he hasn’t played as a striker for us though, and without the goals he scored we would be in the championship.

  • 81 Spreadthetoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Fair enough….but it was exactly the same last year. I’m not holding my breadth…….

  • 82 the truth will out // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    excuses, excuses ,excuses, one day they will run out.
    in fact they already have.

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    pre season means nothing anyway…all about fitness and getting link up working, not results, they are a bonus.

    I do not blame pardew fully for last year but i do think he made mistakes. I think he dropped anita for tiote too readily just after anita began to look settled and tiote was out of form.

    he played cisse wider instead of ba to appease ba even though it was worse for the team.

    he continued to used jonas when we had options in marv/fergie who were offering as much.

    there were reasons for what he did, but i think he should have tried to change things a bit more…he left us struggling doing the same thing too long…was important to change it up, even if it made us worse just to see if it would help.

    I hope he has learned and kicks on now.

  • 84 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    @70…… Transfer Sage You’re right in scouting far and wide but the point I’m making is that it would be politic to in love Carr in choosing who and the scope of his/ her responsibikities.

    But, I guess Joe’s not bright enough to manage people properly, to get the best out of them rather than get their backs up.

    The man’s a danger to himself let alone the Club!

  • 85 Jakenufc // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I hate all the friggin sarcasm on here. It drives me mad. If somebody has an opinion, then appreasiate it and don’t mock them. Jeez.

  • 86 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Don’t want to label myself as ITK but…….
    I have it on good authority that Hess creeps Clair out and sends her pictures of ” baby jeff”
    She said its like a button mushroom……

  • 87 croftus5678 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    @75 viv

    hehe he’s only played for us as a winger (apart from the friendly’s and he’s scoring in them)

  • 88 gus3232 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    match is on the first row website for tonight

  • 89 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Isn’t Kinnear everyone’s father?

    Government offers free blood tests to allay any fears!!

  • 90 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM


    No me neither, but there is time yet…

  • 91 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM


    maybe they had ran it past carr? you never know.

    I wasn’t keen when i first heard as i though it was going to be another coach but when his role was scouting based i was ok with it.

  • 92 south coast toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    we have a damm good squad now just lacking the strikers and there not easy to sign as everyone wants the good ones and they tend to go to clubs playin in europe id be happy with gomis and remy,never thought we had a chance with the others, a winger would be nice,we have sissoko, debuchy,arfa,grouphon, yanyer,and the rest who will be so much better now they have got use to the pace of pl and tiote and cabs have alot to prove this season they were the best midfield pairing the season before, we have a team of internalals who will all be wanting to go to the wourld cup its a different season lets keep our chins up and fordet about kinner harford and the rest and surport the team until they give us reason not to in the new season as for cisse pards should have told him straight get on the plane thats what you been paid for or get no wonga till you put shirt on

  • 93 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM


    Isn’t Joe top dog in the government though??

  • 94 the truth will out // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    if he could not change the game with what he had palced on the bench that was down to him, if he felt he had no other players thats down to him.
    if i worked driving a flt truck and its working lift capacity was under what i lifted, i would not use it.if the company would not get a larger capacity truck i would not do the job

  • 95 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    We need to add to our coaching staff imo, Pardew, Stone and Carver is nowhere near enough to cope with everything that needs to be covered

  • 96 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    2 strikers and 1 or 2 wingers and we are good to go really.

    The rest of the team is pretty good and will continue to get better.

  • 97 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM


    Remy, Gomis and Sinclair would be nice

  • 98 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    im still not convinced our defense is too good. Our flying wingbacks in Debuchy and Santon both need to defend and both cause me worry. Both quality players but need to be a lot more defensive minded

  • 99 Rooster // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    without any signings it will probably be the worst sales of shirts in living memory?!? as it is they are not going to be anywhere near our best for sure, they look really good home strips, the Wonga logo is a real problem for quite a few I am sure of that! (not just our main striker at the moment ha ha) news is imminent, my sources have been on the hotline to rooster HQ, keep believing, yea I know, its flippin tough though isn’t it.

  • 100 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    Two completely different worlds there mate.

    There is no transfer window for trucks.

    The trouble we had was we had all the large capacity trucks parked in the workshop needing fixing, why would we go out and buy new ones?

  • 101 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    the truth will out

    only so much you can do though, mid season you cant bring more in and if the club wont do it what more can happen?

    he cant just walk out or boycott games.

  • 102 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Agree, especially with the wingers, we have no width whatsoever and it constantly shows and has made is very limited in terms of creativity and creating goal scoring opportunities, we have become very one dimensional in terms of attack

  • 103 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    perfect really….except i wouldnt touch remy until we knew whether he will be charged or not. not worth the risk and bad press.

  • 104 stuart no9 // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    nothing changes does it ? pards hasnt made many interviews since the summer break , but when he does , out comes the garbage again – sack him now before the season starts and we have to listen to all that rubbish again . pards out .

  • 105 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    a good wide player not only creates chances but the big thing he does is stretch the play and create space in the middle for the likes of cisse, cabaye, marv to operate.

  • 106 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    wolfshead@toon…. Thanks for your kind words.

    Why is Joe a destructive presence you ask?

    Shall we start with his media outburst before his appointment was even confirmed?

    He insulted fans, announced Llambias was leaving, he was in charge of scouting, coaching, transfers etc.

    Now that was before he’d even got through the door!

  • 107 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Ed, it is always good to stay positive, but it is not healthy to delude one self!

    …basing our chances on a okay season on the possible signing of two strikers counds like a long shot! And lets be fair; if we look out side our best 13 then it is starting to look kind of weak isn’t it?

  • 108 Rooster // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    We simply have to get consistant quality in from the flanks, obertan and Jonas, its bordering on the pathetic, surely it has to be looked at, surely they will say it has, surely they are about do something about it then???????

  • 109 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    so long as we got some sort of deal on our terms and not Remy’s then I would have him over all current strikers we are linked with, even with the baggage he carries.

  • 110 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM


    Remy is a questionable choice given the allegation of rape, but as a player his exactly type we need.

    But we need pace, width and goals to stand any chance of moving in the right direction (that and the right tactics of course)

  • 111 bollance // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Plana suggested we are odds on for relegation. The bookies have us odds on to finish mid-table and most likely 9th. That sounds about right. Why is so much rubbish being spouted by our own fans?

    Since I have been reading the blog the only rubbish used to come from the trolls bob etc. But now our own fans are doing exactly the same.

  • 112 lesh // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    richyg01….. You’re right.

    Joe’s Advisor to Cameron’s Strategy Advisor. How’s the power behind the throne!

  • 113 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Maybe Mash needs to roll up his sleeves and get ratifying these deals again. Looks like Joe is just as ponderous as Lambeezy.

    What was it, 5 signings in a of weeks in Jan? Suppose we’re not in a perilous position, looking like we’re going to go down and lose out on the TV dosh, just yet.

  • 114 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    *couple of

  • 115 the truth will out // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    he has not voiced any concerns for this season, he has lost more players,and now has a nut job to contend with.
    to me he has no spine

  • 116 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    “Forget the negativity, newcastle will do just fine this season…”

    Almost as if spoken by Mike Ashley himself. Don’t be getting angry folks we will do “just fine”

    Define “just fine”. If “just fine” means not bringing the players we need, playing an unexciting brand of dross football while stumbling over the line in the majority of our matches and limply finishing around mid table then yes, we will probably do “just fine”

    Boo freaking hoo to all you who say “I’m sick of all the negativity…” Newsflash people, supporting Newcastle United isn’t exactly a positive experience right now!

  • 117 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Bollance – plana isn’t one of us mate!

    Hence the lies he writes on here.

  • 118 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    just remember guys remy has not been charged with anything.he simply has to answer bail in September to see if there is to be a charge he has to answer to.personally I think it will end there and then and his career can move on.
    im not sticking up for this guy ,for I was as pissed off as the next fan for what he did in January.But we excepted mapou when he clearly wanted arsenal. we are willing to except gomis who has had the same accusation thrown at him.
    sometimes we are easy to judge someone but not so easy to forgive !!

  • 119 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM


    Did you click your fingers in a zig-zag motion after typing that?

  • 120 wolfshead@toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM


    maybe we were too quick to accuse lambo of being a ditherer more likely its just ash being a tight fisted asshole :-)

  • 121 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Nope. I thought that was implied.

  • 122 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    JFK, if that means i’m not a dozy mug that gets aroused by every rumour, like yourself. Then get in!

  • 123 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    the truth will out

    he said they are working on new players, there is a new fitness coach, pardew has said he will get more involved on the pitch, restructured the training….so some things are happening..might not be enough but its a start

  • 124 headtheball // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    check some of plana and viv’s posts and you will see they are either identical twins with fantastic empathy or they went to the “Stick commas everywhere except where they belong” school. He is a WUM and not very good at it.

  • 125 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM


    i think 2 striker and a wide player is ok…gives us what we need for a good 11 and solid bench.

    no team around the top 6-10 has that many options anyway.

    We have 4 CBs (taylor is ok for 3rd choice and willo not terrible for 4th choice…as well as streete, good and mbabu developing)

    we have 4 fullback…debuchy, santon, haidara and dummet

    we have a lot of cm’s…tiote, anita, cabaye, sissoko, bigi, marv

    then we have ben arfa and cisse too…plenty people there really.

  • 126 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Plana – No it means you are a makem who makes up lies such as your ‘betting odds’ to try and stir up sh1t on this place.

    No such odds existed, and you got found out.

  • 127 wolfshead@toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM


    what is a wum and is it trolish? haha

  • 128 JFK junior // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Head the ball – completely agree!

    So obvious! WUM!

  • 129 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM


    Smoke and mirrors, that’s all I think it is. Can one fitness coach transform the entire squad? I have my doubts. Restructuring training? We were led to believe that Pardew took 4 days defensive training and Carver took 1 day attacking training, yet Pardew is saying he will be involved more in training this season, which gives the impression that the 4 day defensive training didn’t happen last season, so I really don’t know what happened re training last season.

    I’d rather the news was a few signings, rather than this placatory nonsense.

  • 130 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    bollance – you were always talking about the developing academy players. What are your thoughts on Stone now handling the development, of the development squad as Pardew describes it.?

  • 131 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    As for top 10 being a “healthy finish”, are we beaten and bruised from this constant abuse that we actually think 10th is a good finish?!? West Ham finished 10th last season and they were terrible.

    What has happened to the ambition of this football club

  • 132 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The Nerds are on the attack!

  • 133 Toon73 // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Wind Up Merchant

  • 134 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM


    would be better to see people coming in but people did mention that with our system last year we could have any players and still do bad…so surely it’s important to address that as well?

    and a fitness coach can make a huge difference, our players couldnt manage 2 games a week or even 90 mins…they barely made it through a match without getting injured.

    See how much andy murray has kicked on this past year/18months with a very good fitness coach…he has built talent up with power, strength and endurance…its what some of our lads need.

  • 135 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Transfer – I don’t think we’re that short of having an extremely competitive squad. Play 4-3-3 with pace and widemen/ wingers getting the ball into the box for Cisse.

    JK has now been on board for 6 weeks mind and were no further forward in getting the 2-3 needed.

  • 136 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM


    Something needs to change on the training ground as most of our injuries were picked up there last season so that show’s that something is wrong with the players fitness, conditioning and the methods that Pardew is using and it also throws our medical teams competence into doubt

    Faye Downey has come in and that can only be a good thing but we are still very short on quality coaches and that needs to be addressed asap

  • 137 wolfshead@toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM


    thanks you saved me going to urban haha

  • 138 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Ashley, sacks people with ambition. Look at Keegan and Hughton, as ambiton costs too much.

  • 139 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    TS…I am not so worried about our width in most areas, but more so about the quality!

    …and I am not even sure you are going to see two new forwards and not to mention a new winger!

    Most of our gringe players need to be upgraded and the youngsters need to go out on loan (not just to any place but to somewhere that will progress them in the right direction)

    I am a bit worried about this season to say the least! And I am quite worried about who we will sign eventually!

    We are a amateuer club run by amateurs; even this blog for time being is occupied by amateurs ;-)

  • 140 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Doing just fine is finishing 8th which is where WBA finished last season. Certainly not overly ambitious and within our transfer kitty.

  • 141 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM


    it’s a rollercoaster ride anyway for us….at least our season is never predictable.

    we though relegation 2 years ago and got 5th, we thought top 8 and just survived last year, now we think relegation/low down so surely 5th again? haha

  • 142 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM


    Murray is in an individual sport, a fitness coach working on him individually day in day out would no doubt help him, what I am asking is can a single fitness coach have the same impact on an entire team given that they won’t have the ability to focus on single players for a sustained period of time.

    The training set up clearly was wrong, however my argument is that we were led to believe that Pardew conducted most of the training, and now he is saying he is getting more involved, which contradicts what we, or at least I, thought.

    It’s all very deflating if this is what we’re seeing as good news.

  • 143 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM


  • 144 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM ?@NUFCnewsnow 48s
    Tottenham Hotspur have contacted Lyon to know what terms Bafetimbi Gomis is asking for. (L’Equipe) #NUFC

  • 145 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Jesper- Vuckic does not provide pace but craft. If he can stay fit I could see him making a real contribution. Capable of scoring from midfield.

  • 146 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Let Spurs, buy Gomis and we’ll have Defoe.

  • 147 bollance // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM


    So, Steve stone has been tasked to bridge the gap between the Development Squad and the 1st team.

    My initial take is that Pards was not on the training ground enough last season but has realised this and is putting it right. That has meant that SS is now pushed down to DS.

    In my opinion we don’t have enough ‘hungry’ players in the DS. The only two (which I could be wrong about) are Campbell and Vuckic.

    Realistically a club setup like ours can not have a golden generation of players come through. There is too much pressure to win and win now. Therefore the risk will never be made to throw in 4-5 youngsters. The fans are too hell bent on us signing players who need to play to justify their fee etc.

    If we get one young player come through every season I would be happy because that is significantly better then we have achieved of late.

    There are though some good players in the youth teams who have the ability to make it but the mentality is very important.

    As always my solution is to get all of the players out on loan. I saw today a fan complain Fergie is going out on loan again. Realistically he is nowhere near out bench. Good move, he will come back stronger for the experience!

    In answer to the question, SS has a tough task, I doubt things will dramatically change.

  • 148 jimmysmith // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    If he’s good enough for Spurs, he’s good enough for us. Or is that, if he’s good enough for Spurs, he’s too good for us. Mmmm….perhaps the latter.


  • 149 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM


    I agree it will be harder and more work but still possible.

    If she assesses each one’s fitness doing various tests they do and then gives each a training programme to follow (say to do after standard football training sessions) then it could work out fine.

    Need players willing and wanting to push themselves though, not all will but move them on…most will embrace it.

  • 150 kevymartins // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    @Ruddy sure it’s not positive but why do you think we’re considered to have one of the best supports in the world? Because no matter what happens we keep on going cheering our team every week no matter what, Just think it could be worse look at qpr, look at west ham about to go bank rupt after paying AC wage, could be worse my friends , keep it toghter ;)

  • 151 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    TS…It would not surprise me one bit if we fouled everyone ended up in the top flight :-D

    …then again I would not be surprised if we were relegation fodder either lol

    But for the first time in a long long time I don’t see us moving in the right direction (maybe we only moved slowing before but it was forward)

    …now we are moving backwards if you ask me!

    We are an amateur club with the best fanbase in the UK (it is sad :-( )

  • 152 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Reports in Spain claim that Bale has asked to leave Spurs and that Madrid have agreement over a six year deal

  • 153 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Damn! I thought Bale, was joining Toon!

  • 154 kevymartins // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    @Plana he’s not good enough, what’s the point in us paying 80 million to keep our bench warm while bennyboy and jonas tear up the premier league haha

  • 155 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Ian…if Pardew keep persisting playing 4-5-1 I don’t think Vuckic will help one bit ;-)

    …but I really hope he can stay fit because I do rate him very highly mate :-D

  • 156 plana // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Right on kid.

  • 157 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM


    Well Faye’s priority should be Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Marveaux and Santon, too often these players were either injured or fatigued, but I agree, independent work needs to be done by all the players.


    That’s part of the problem, should we be applauding ourselves for going to SJP every week despite being served utter tripe from a mediocre manager, hired by an owner who hates us? I’m not so sure any more.

  • 158 kevymartins // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Anyone remember ronaldo said he was touched by tbe hand of god messi replied ”I touched him” classic

  • 159 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I think Bale moving will be a huge loss to the EPL.

    Very classy and entertaining player.

    Didn’t SBR pass up the opportunity to sign him?

  • 160 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    bollance – I can actually see a slot for a Harford type to cover the aspiring talent in the Uk which has long been neglected by us. It’s not as sexy a patch as Carr’s. but the secret is surely to find them when they are 16 to avoid the massive British premium.

    The likes of Ferguson are really late developers and are nowhere near PL standard. Campbell has pace but has not displayed the impish style of a Beardsley that many fans talk about. I hope we can get Sammy out on loan because he’s way short as well. I am personally disappointed that Inman could be on his way because he has talent but again is of an age where he should be in the squad . Maybe his level is
    Ist division and Championship with progress.

    I saw Vuckic in our Motherwell game and he is certainly a talent who has clearly worked on his rehabilitation.

    Hope life in Spain is good.

  • 161 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM


    Got to remember though that many fans go through their whole lives without seeing their team in the top flight, let alone europe and the champions league.

    I just think you enjoy it when you can and try not to get too down when things go wrong…but if you see an owner ruining your club you stand up and fight for it.

    i dont think ashley is doing much good but i also dont think he is doing any long term harm….at least we are a solid prem team (well i hope so anyway).

  • 162 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    So still nothing going on?

  • 163 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 44s

    L’Equipe are reporting that Spurs have now made contact with Lyon over Bafetimbi Gomis. #NUFC #THFC #OL

    Well thats another one Kinnear has muffed

  • 164 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Jesper – he doesn’t have much choice. Blame Joe for not getting ST’s through the door. Uncle has been sunning himself for the last 6 weeks.
    What’s happening?

  • 165 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM


    Nothing mate other than reports that Spurs are now said to be asking about Gomis?

  • 166 spudzzz // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    this blog is starting to turn to the dark side of the force….anger and hate , down the wrong path it will take you.

    it use to be interesting to read the comments and opinions of fellow fans, but now its just completely depressing….name calling, negativity….A new dawn is needed :)

  • 167 Spotlight Kid // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    ‘…we think we’ll do just fine next season.’

    And who would ‘We’ be here, Ed?

    For weeks and weeks this blog has been banging on about getting players in, which is not the core problem. As some of the more enlightened posters keep pointing out (between the tedious wish-listers and ITKs) there is nothing wrong with the squad (or wasn’t until Perch, Harps and Simpson were stupidly dumped).

    The problem remains rooted in the tactics and coaching – end of. This summer should have been about exploiting the managerial merry go round at the top clubs in Europe and aggressively identifying and bringing in a true winner. OK, I know, winner is such a strange foreign word in these northern parts – but surely one from Laudrup, De Boer, Villas-Boas, Mancini, Jurgen Klopp and Jupp Heynckes etc. might just have taken up the challenge?

    Only then would we see what these players are capable of. Under Pards they might as well be pumpkins. Under JFK they will be….

  • 168 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    If Gomis ends up at Spurs that will be the final straw for me!!!!! Unbelievable

  • 169 richyg01 // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM


    He would not be a very ambitious player if he chose us over them.

    They are in Europe – we ain’t.
    They will be pushing at the top of the table next season – We won’t,
    They have a class manager – we don’t

  • 170 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Is it Kinnears fault we haven’t got players?

    how involved will a footballing man be with club finances? surely it will be ashley and charney who go and discuss the actual deals from a financial stand point.

    ashley won’ let kinnear lose with a blank cheque.

  • 171 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Haha brilliant we could actually start the season with Campbell as our only striker

    I wonder if we completely fail in our “striker search” will NUFC/Wonga cave and allow Cisse to stay?

  • 172 LEROI // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    There will be alot less negativity if we buy a few reinforcements! Just get ya bloody finger out ” transfer team” and get us a flipping striker NOOOWWWAAHHGG!!

  • 173 oldbobaycliffe // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    jack butler-i agree with you about the 10 games but i also think that it will be at the end of the transfer window so when we appoint a new manager he won,t be able to spend money.seeing it always takes an eternity to buy a player takes me back to when carroll was sold to liverpool a helicopter was laid on how quick was that deal

  • 174 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Kinnears sole purpose at our club is to get players in…lets not try and defend him mate he’s not worth it

  • 175 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM


    We could possibly be looking at

    PEA – Dortmund
    Gomis – Spurs
    Bent – Fulham
    Gameiro – Sevilla
    Cole – Palace
    Remy – Jail
    Barnette – Still locked in that bloody room racking up a massive room service bill ;)

  • 176 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Haha pretty sure Barnetta now resembles jabba the hut by now, of course that could just be Ashley ;)

  • 177 brian kilclines pony tail // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    @71 Galtierez – ive often thought that.

  • 178 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Strange how easily other club seem to manage to get their targets ‘Over the line’ while we dither to the extreme of being in a coma

  • 179 swisstone // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I dont believe stone and carver are the pinnacle or cutting edge of 21 century coaching. And now pardew joining the mix.

    My view one of our best signings this season would be a quality technical coach.

    We all seem agreed that our current squad with a couple of additions looks good. But it was far from good enough last season as the perception of our players is higher than the actual performance of our team.

    For me that has to be a coaching issue. Too many of theback roomstaff have been brought up on old fashioned english
    Football, the game has moved on

  • 180 Tommyy // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Us fans should just found another club called Newcastle who play in black and white, if we all put money into it we could shoot up into the football league and grow from there. That way Ashley would dissolve the club and we can have it back. Boom sorted.

  • 181 Toon_Tom // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    richy – I am not arguing over the difference between us and spurs – it is the fact that we should have had him signed weeks ago!

  • 182 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Ian…I have no clue what’s going on mate!

    …I still don’t know what Joke is doing at the club and why Mike thought that was a clever move (people say he is suppose to be smart?)

  • 183 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Aye but we will be laughing when they all do a pompy remember we are financially quids in!

  • 184 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Could Wonga be gone sooner rather than later???

  • 185 kevymartins // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    We should start an organisation, how about every gameday at sjp we get all the fans to donate £5 each so that’s around 53,000 £5′s every two weeks, and at the end of the season we can go out and buy a player of the fans choice.

  • 186 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM


    We may be financially stable, but are we strong enough to stay in the league as I’m not sure Shola and Campbell will score enough to save our asses

  • 187 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:27 PM

  • 188 WWYCD // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Haha ur still thinking like we are a football club mate! Get with the times we are a business

  • 189 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Quote from Jose Mourinho:

    “The sooner you have the players, the better. You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time for that.”

  • 190 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Kevy – great idea it would raise around £4.9 million. But what happens whenAshley refuses to pay agent fees and the players wages.

  • 191 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    It’s a good job we signed our players in January then eh?

  • 192 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Jesper – Ashley could not have orchestrated taking pressure off Pardew any better. Uncle Joe is getting the majority of the flack.
    For Pardew out of sight is out of mind. He’s probably having a great time.

  • 193 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Of course it’s kinnears fault, it’s his sole purpose of employment!
    It’s his job to not only green light our targets but to convince Ashley to part with the cash
    I’m sorry but there’s no defending the incompetent idiot
    He’s held this position for 7 weeks now and the only thing he’s done is embarrass himself

  • 194 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    it is to try and get people in but do you really think ashley allows him to negotiate deals with other chairmen? i doubt it

  • 195 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Kevy – I’ve e mailed my direct debit details to you .

  • 196 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM


    If he isn’t allowed to negotiate deals that why is he Director of Football?

    Thats their job

  • 197 Galtierez // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Quote from Joe Kinnear

    Where am I, I thought it was the Alzheimers meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month. I am in Morrisons! Who did I say I was going to sign? Where is the drinks aisle,slobber.

  • 198 Galtierez // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    BKPT @176 We are ITK.

  • 199 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    I massively agree. I don’t think Pardew is a blundering dunder-head like some but he is certainly no tactical genius. I like carver; the man has fire in his belly but as you say he is not a cutting-edge modern coach.

    Last season the main problem was injuries and fatigue but we often didn’t get the best out of the players who were available as they were played out of position or to tactics that didn’t suit them. We need to play to our strengths and adapt our tactics if we are to see the best from our players this season.

    Having said all that, I think these areas will improve. Pardew isn’t a fool, and he isn’t blind. He will never be a master tactician but I think he knows that things didn’t work last season and I expect to see a marked improvement in the quality of our football.

    Well… I bloody well hope so, anyway.

  • 200 kevymartins // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    @Ian you start off by getting permission from the club then moving on to building the foundation, put a few stalls up around sjp let the people know what their paying for.A lot of people would get satisfaction in know I helped buy that player. Even if it’s youth players for the future. Can keep dreaming ey.

  • 201 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 44s
    OFFICIAL: Sevilla have announced the the signing Kevin Gameiro on a 5 year deal. #PSG fee €8m and €2m in bonuses

  • 202 belgrade fan // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I asked you yesterday- do you people really think that JK, man with mental issues who cant control his mouth, is able to bring players in?? I think he isn’t. And his only purpose is to force AP out

  • 203 Rooster // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    We need new blood in and in now, MA/JK/Pardew we nearly went down, sure those players have a point to prove but we need more force and power up front, don’t let them frigan spuds steal another player from under our noses, its getting crunch time, no more bull or excuses, come on GET SOME NEW FACES IN.

  • 204 christoon5369 // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    jfk couldnt organize a p1ss up in a brewery, does that make me ITK?

  • 205 mindshaft // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    It’s always going to be tough signing players cheap and hoping to balance wage bill by offering lower wages than our rivals – potential targets will always wait until the last few days to see if they can get a better offer – lets face it we were barely above relegation places last season, don’t seem to have a vision of where we want to be, offer mediocre wages (in comparison), two of our better players may be leaving in Cabaye / Cisse all of which might be okay but the final straw is having JFK talking to them

  • 206 brian kilclines pony tail // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    scouting at NUFC

    when padrew signed
    “That’s not so easy, so where do you focus on, where are your strengths? My strengths would probably be League One, the Championship and the Premier League. I know those three leagues very, very well.”

    when kinnear signed
    ‘I can pick up the phone to any manager in the league and ask him about a player’

    just what would mick harfords job have been? to look at league 2 players maybe. is this the standard that we are wanting to improve our scouting knowledge base? is there a massive glut of talent about to come through in league 2?

    i highly doubt it, perhaps joe has built a delorian with a flux capacitor and they are going to go back to the 1955 to sign stan matthews.

  • 207 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Kevy Where there’s life, There’s hope, and where there is hope, there is…

  • 208 belgrade fan // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    JK CAN NOT sign a player. He doesn’t know their names. Nobody take him for serious. Man is an idiot without normal behavior. He can call every manager in the world…. Total idiot

  • 209 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    belgrade fan

    That is also my concern – JK is a deterrent rather than a lure. I’m not sure about the whole ‘push Pardew out’ conspiracy theory though. I’m not ruling it out but MA won’t want us to go down and incur financial losses, and neither does he want any of his business or affiliates to reflect poorly on him. After all, he is connected with NUFC and everyone knows that. It doesn’t make business sense.

    It’ll be harder to attract good players this year as we struggled in the league, scraped relegation and have no European football to offer. I also fear that the JK factor has made it even more difficult for us as he he is a loud-mouthed fool. However, I believe some signings will come and that a lot of work is going on unbeknownst to us fans. It always happens. It’s very rare that we can predict who’s coming or going and often new signings appear out of the blue.

    If I’m wrong and we sign nobody then we will struggle for sure. If we get the 3 or 4 we need then, as swisstone pointed out, it’s down to the coaching.

  • 210 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I seriously think we could be in another relegation scrap.

    It’s between us, Hull. Palace and at the moment perhaps Cardiff.

    Pardew thinks we are stronger than last season? How is this possible when our opponents have all strengthened meaning we have yet again gone backwards by standing still.

    We have 11 players to challenge for the top 10 but a manager that will nullify that, so I truly believe its going to be another scrap.

    And for anyone wom says “chill out, we still have 40 days left in the window” you were saying EXACTLEY the same last season too.

  • 211 belgrade fan // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Only way to sign somebody is MA to get involved. Like in January. 4players??? LOL. Not gonna happened. 1 in mid of August. And I have never said MA wants us relegated. Mid of table is fine for him.

  • 212 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    *when I say always… well, not always. But we rarely see a new signing coming.

  • 213 belgrade fan // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:02 PM


    Yes. Like last summer when we rarely saw Anita is coming.

  • 214 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM


    not really…thats not their job always or even most often. Read the wiki article on it and you will see roles of DofF vary massively club to club.

    I very much doubt JK has been let lose with money, surely Ashley wouldn’t do that.

  • 215 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM


    But surely using JK to force Pardew out isn’t going to help us cement a mid-table finish? NUFC would look bad, MA would look bad and JK would probably get us relegated. I just don’t see that being MA’s plan.

  • 216 Jamseyd24 // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Everyday this Micky Mouse club of our lets us down more and more. really starting to get me down. I really am starting to believe we will not sign anyone of worth. We wait and wait until someone like spurs just nips in and buys the player without the delays that always seem to hold our signing up. I hope im wrong but its looking this way folks.

  • 217 pawl250 // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    According to M Hartford himself during an interview with TalkSport.

    The only reason he turned down the job was because it was a scouting role and he wanted to be in and round the training/matchday pitch.

    He stated his role included scouting ALONGSIDE G Carr and working with the other scouts.

    Worrying, but still dodged that bullet!

    I would hope Kinnear starts focusing on players rather than backroom staff!

    Need a couple of strikes, and Cisse/Wonga ordeal sorted ASAP.

    I hope this is the team to start against Man City (never in a million years but we can hope)

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

    Would be amazing to see the above, but requires alot of “ifs” to do so i.e. IF everyone is fit, IF Pardew selects this team, IF Remy signs, IF Cisse stays, IF Cabaye, or any other player is not sold.

  • 218 Ian Toon // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Jack @ 186
    It was more than 5 years ago. So much for the long arm of the law.LOL

  • 219 mindshaft // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    so I guess this is the team we’ll play


    subs: Jonas, Marvs, Anita, S.Taylor, Shola, Cambell

    If we sell Cabaye then Anita or Jonas will play in mid


  • 220 belgrade fan // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    MA knows our manager is crap. And regretting for giving him 8 yrs contract. He would like to change him but not when he needs to pay every penny of his cont. I really think AP would like to be sacked and to take all money and return to London. That man cares only about money. Spineless like a worm

  • 221 mindshaft // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    so I guess this is the team we’ll play


    subs: Jonas, Marvs, Anita, S.Taylor, Shola, Cambell

    If we sell Cabaye then Anita or Jonas will play in mid

  • 222 mindshaft // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    woo feckin hoo

  • 223 eltoon // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Bookies normally get it right and there are 11 teams with worse odds than us to go down. Toon are between 8 and 10 to 1 depending on bookie and only 2 teams are odds on to go down – Crystal palace and Cardiff. Hope yet

  • 224 mindshaft // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    surely thats a top ten team….. oh hold on a minute, bottom 5 team

  • 225 swisstone // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    The other thing to remember is signing a CF who can hold the ball up can change the whole aspect of our game

    Too many times last season the ball came straight back or there was no option, which meant a long ball. Immediately puts the defence under pressure and can make what should on paper be a strong back line look very suspect.

    I agree with pardew that our DEFENDERS look strong, but in my view our DEFENCE will be weak until we put out at team that can keep possession and take some pressure off

    And key to that is someone who can hold the ball up. A rickie lambert maybe.

  • 226 toon kk // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    So we’ve got the club on a sure footing??
    Well I hope they know what they are doing, the way I look at it is all this penny pinching and lack of knowledge from so called professionals working??
    We were nearly relegated last season, so if that isn’t reason enough to pull there fingers out. Well! MA is gambling with our premier league status.
    The whole club is run and owned by idiots.

  • 227 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    No way Pardew will be brave enough to play a non English 11.

    Steven Taylor will be a starter along with which other Englishman he brings to the club (Benr).

  • 228 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM


    Marveaux, Cisse, Tiote, HBA, Gouffran, Haidara and Cabaye were all reasonably unexpected signings, or at least not known about for weeks in advance (unless I’m just always out the loop…).

    I see your point about not wanting to pay all of the ludicrous 8 year contract he gave Pards but using JK to force him out… well, that’s like releasing a tiger into your house to get rid of a rat. I’m not sure about him being spineless and obsessed with money either… I don’t know how you could know that without knowing him to be fair.

  • 229 JackButler // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    He is responsible for getting the players and their agents to the negotiating table, he will be involved with the talks to agree a transfer fee and wages, whether or not he has final say is something none of us knows.

  • 230 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Well I am on holiday and I am not counting on us to sign any players this week either!

    …said when Joke was anounced that we would not be signing any players before August and we won’t sign more than a few!

  • 231 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Oh my god.

    People are wanting a target man so that we can successfully play long ball?

    As I always say Ashley gets the blame but someof the fans are even worse for this club than he is!

    Ricky Lambert! My effing god

  • 232 pawl250 // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I have a feeling in my loins that this week is the week we sign a player, by week I mean from today right now, until 7 days time so basically by 1st August I feel we would have made a signing or 2.

    My guess would be Bent, and Remy…..

    I hope its Remy and someone better than Bent personally.

  • 233 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Joke is a tosser who is hell bent on destroying our club

  • 234 Transfer Sage // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM


    from what i read i thought he was more taking the players to ashley and then he would negotiate or get charney to do it?

    as well as recommending who leaves etc.

    No idea though.

  • 235 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Toon Avenger

    If that was aimed at swisstone then you’ve missed the pint entirely. The point was that a CB who can hold up the ball allows us to go forward without playing long ball as there are other options. It also takes pressure of our defence and makes the opposition chase the ball as we can keep possession. I think that’s why Pards kept playing Shola so much – he was pretty much the only player who could play with his back to goal and hold up the ball. I’d like to see a strong CF who can do that but I’d also like to see someone with pace so we have good balance up front. We definitely need two strikers.

    Apologies if that’s not what you meant though!

  • 236 toon kk // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I think JK is struggling in his new job. Mr know it all doesn’t know as much as he thought he did.

  • 237 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    What was the point in the Harford story hitting the airwaves in the first place.
    First we learn that he has been approached, then nothing from “the club” – everybody is up in arms, then at the eleventh hour we hear he has turned us down. Sometimes we get to know about managers who may be going to certain clubs, or done deals for other
    persons below manager level, I cannot recall another one of these “yes he is -no he isn’t”
    type scenarios previously. At a professional outfit – we would probably never have heard anything at all about a prospective”lesser” employee being interviewed about a job. I can really only conclude it is intended mischief making to rattle Percy. I do note Harford saidit was not the right time for him to consider the role -leaving his options open for the future.
    Another shocking PR disaster for the club.

  • 238 luxogeordie // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Why is everyone putting Remy as a winger? He’s a striker. This shows that a winger should be the top priority, not a striker.

  • 239 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    You’re a bigger moron than he is.

    Read his post again idiota

  • 240 TurkishFan101 // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Hi lads, haven’t been on for a while since I am fasting as its Ramadan.

    How can anyone be calling Cisse a hypocrite if its not known to be him in the first place. That could be any black man in the North East as Cisse is not the only one. During Ramadan, and how it was put out wide he gives most of his Wages back home to Senegal. It disgusts me of how people quickly go to assume that it is Cisse. These media outlets have brainwashed people allot to believing whats actually correct and whats gossip.

    People mention how he wore the Virgin logo with the shirt, but he only just came to this country and he wouldn’t of known what sponsors are and what Virgin Money even was.

    I see many fellow NUFC fans being so disrespectful with the amount of comments and how racist they are on Twitter. There is no proof that is Cisse. Cisse is not the only black man in the North East. I am disgusted by the comments I have seen and this is from our own fans.

    When he was scoring for us you lot were quick to jump on the bandwagon and praise him as our next “Alan Shearer” but when he refuses to wear the shirt for religious beliefs and then accused of gambling then this is just… wow just no comment.

    If it is indeed to be proved as Cisse himself then, he has used religion as a way to hide and disgruntle and has given us Muslims a bad image.

    I will say this again, the “MEDIA” like to stir allot of sh!t circulating about us and they love creating huge propaganda as well.

  • 241 catchy in norway // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    well I been away a while

    first time reading about what is going on, yeh I heard about joke coming back, total joke

    my take on it is , he is here to piss pardew and lame ass off and get them to leave rather than sack them,

    I can see no logical reason for him to be back,, his conections in football must be all around the 90,

    the horse shit at the top say a couple of strikers and we will be fine,, YEH RIGHT, we had them last season but the supply line was shit,

    yeh yeh yeh

  • 242 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Harford turned down JK at Forest to stay in his role at Luton. Within 5 months he had changed his mind and was at Notts Forest. History repeating itself?

  • 243 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Toon Avenger

    I read the post back before making that comment. I still think you have missed the point. I also said ‘apologies if that’s not what you meant’ out of politeness and the fact that I’m not a child who throws insults around the internet. ‘Bye.

  • 244 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    A move to Russia appears likely for Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse.

    The People says Cisse is set to move to Russia after branding the club’s Wonga shirt sponsorship was ‘immoral’.

    Russian club Rubin Kazan are ­leading the chase for the Newcastle striker, who refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour to Portugal.

    Zenit St Petersburg, Anzhi ­Makhachkala, Borussia Dortmund and several French clubs are also keen.
    spurs will only go for gomis if soldado falls through imo.
    remy is the one for nufc over any other striker we are linked with as he is world class and has already proved he can cut it in the pl with qpr.
    pawl @229-i agree mate I think signings are gonna come in this week, and hopefully will be the start of things to come.

  • 245 swisstone // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Rowan has picked my point exactly as intended

    Big difference between having an effective target man and advocating the long ball!

    I mean a CF that can hold the ball up and link play that allows us to build progressive possession, rather than just lump the ball up a la mile williamson and simpson to someone like cisse or gouffran

    The other key is having a forward with movement to give the back players options. We currently have neither and so invite pressure on what should be a readonably good defence

    Why would i push for a technical coach in one post then suggest long ball in the next???

    And we could do a lot worse than lambert, he is good on the ground and an intelligent player.

  • 246 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Crikey! Catchy has returned.

    Throwing gasoline onto the fire that is this depraved blog! :lol:

  • 247 NUFCarter // Jul 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    WTF seriously? Is that really Cisse

  • 248 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Both of you are morons who are talking about contradicting ideas and thinking they mean the same thing.

    God this club has the single most unintelligent buffoons as supporters in the history of football.

  • 249 curlywatts // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Can’t wait to see HBA in action tonight. Got a feeling he’s out to impress.
    Any news on Gomis/Bent/Gignac today?
    Things are way too slow, but I have faith.

  • 250 Rowan Milsted // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM


    Ha, not only does he completely fail to understand your post and hurl abuse around but he can’t even admit when he’s wrong! Pathetic. Another one to the ‘ignore’ list.

    I like Lambert a lot. Strong, combative and a proven goalscorer. I heard that Adkins wants him back but I don’t see him leaving S’ampton; he’s very loyal and they have a great project going on there.

    Would you be happy with Bent as a CF to hold up the ball and bully players? I can see him getting a few goals in and around the box. The sort of player who is there at the right time to poach a vital goal. I want someone quick with good movement (as you said) like Remy to play wide attack too. I think that Cisse (I really hope we sort that out), Goffran, Remy (assuming he’s innocent – big question mark there) Campbell and a Lambert-type striker would make a well-balanced and potent attacking force. Here’s hoping…

  • 251 nut meg // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Lilo @ 242
    I think that’s a strong possibility when he get’s sacked from Millwall. Also he’s spent all his coaching & managerial career in the lower leagues,do you know of any promising young players he helped to get to his clubs that turned out to be stars ?

  • 252 Toon Avenger // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Looks like we have our very first couple on the blog now these two are in love,

  • 253 Rotonda heights // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    spotlight at 167

    Possibly one of the best comments ever

  • 254 Ben3arfa // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    That pathetic old geezer is dragging us down to the Championship next season .

  • 255 browny // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Totally agree with this 2 good strikers and if we could get that sinclair from man city and keep our team think we definitely will challenge top 7 ! But why are people so negative about pardew I am 100 percent behind him we need stability all the stupid decisions from above have nothing to do with him he is keeping the team spirit together you all hear all the good comments the players have to say about him why don’t we all just back him he is not the bad person in all this he loves our club come on the black and white

  • 256 Felipe // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    @Turkishfam101 (post240)

    You say that picture could be any black man in the North East. Are you therefore saying that all black men look the same? This particular picture looks a lot like Cisse. It might not be him but it sure as hell looks like him.

    @Catchy (post 241)
    You say the supply line was shit but the supply line is the same as the one that finished 5th two seasons ago without the injuries or all the extra games from the Europa League. In fact as far as I can see the only difference from that 5th place team is we lost Best & Ba and gained Debuchy, Anita, Mbiwa, Gouffran, Sissoko and Haidara. Now if we can replace Ba which we are clearly trying to do in the next couple of weeks we’ll be in good shape. Any more than that is a bonus.

  • 257 thepict // Jul 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Toon Avenger, was there really any need for the blasphemous comment at 231?

  • 258 isleofmanman // Jul 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Club Christmas a run couldn’t

    I love this club ; will support whoever wears the shirt; but I draw the line at backward ownership

    Fortunately, sooner or later they’ll be gone. They always are

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