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No Way Newcastle Want This Player

9:00 am, Sunday, July 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

There’s a report from Alan Oliver in the Sunday People today,  that Newcastle have made inquiries about Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley, who has been allowed to leave Sunderland this summer by new manager Paolo Di Canio.

phil bardsley

Phil Bardsley – Sunderland full-back

And the report says that Joe Kinnear is lining up his first signing for Newcastle – Phil Bardsley – and that he has also expressed an interest in Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Connor Whickham.

Alan Oliver, the former Chronicle reporter for Newcastle, must be pulling our leg – surely.

All three players can leave the club, and while the People’s reporting is not always accurate on north-east matters, we just cannot believe Newcastle would be interested in the 28 year-old Scottish International and former Manchester United player.

Phil is simply a mediocre player who’s played 167 times with 7 goals since being signed from the Red Devils in January, 2008 for around £1.5M, and he’s not a player Newcastle should be interested in.

Newcastle have full-backs like Mathieu Debuchy, Davide Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett for the full back positions, so we just don’t think Newcastle are interested in Bardsley.

And Lee Cattermole is too much of a loose cannon on the field, and he goes into late tackles far too often because of his lack of speed, and picks up too many yellow and red cards, and we  have a central midfielder who picks up too many cautions already on Newcastle’s books – Cheick Tiote.

The report says Newcastle have made tentative inquiries for Bardsley – so let’s hope they are very tentative.

Newcastle were interested in 20 year-old England U21 International Connor Newton two years ago when he was at Ipswich, but the £8M signing just hasn’t come through at Sunderland as expected, and he has played only 31 times for Sunderland with two goals in two seasons, although he’s still only 20, and could still develop into a top player down the line.

What do you think?

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71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I dont get the bardsley links either? We’re pretty stocked with full backs.

    Plus hes a slow and lazy defender

  • 2 IITianToon // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Ed.. thats shud be Wickham instead of Newton shouldnt it?
    PS:DokToon.. mate you’re contact info doesnt show up besides ur name..

  • 3 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Cattermole aswell? No chance I would ever have him here like. I’d be ill with that. No makums brought in here thanks.

  • 4 IITianToon // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Next article Ed please!! Even commenting on a Mackem article makes me want to throw up.. (no offence please!)

  • 5 geordie157 // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Conor Newton rated at 8 mill after a great loan spell with st mirren, we best play him then haha.

    If we need another right back byram from Leeds would get my vote, plus we can loan him back this season

  • 6 WWYCD // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Cattermole? Oh aye Tiote and him in the same team would be interesting I suppose, Bardsley also tried to break Colo in half more than once and Whickham? He was great for their under 21s but crap in the PL

  • 7 jazzyp // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    totally agree-next !!

  • 8 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Check Sunderlands record when catterm

  • 9 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Cattermole plays, he’s a good defensive midfielder. Much better than last seasons tiote.

  • 10 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Don’t forget Ryan Taylor. Well, maybe forget him for this season.

  • 11 JAMSHA // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    cooner newton or wickham lol

  • 12 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Bardsley, Cattermole no thanks, not good enough, not wanted, not needed, not gonna happen

  • 13 Bearsize // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Is it april 1st?

  • 14 Luque // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Connor Newton, haha. Slow down Edward!

  • 15 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

  • 16 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Byram is rated at over 5 million, you reckon we would pay that as cover? No chance. Cattermole and Bardsley would be good squad players if your doing it on a shoe string like we obviously are now. We couldn’t afford bony and we are creeping up the Gomis bid in hundred grand increments by the look of it.
    I seriously can’t believe he hasn’t signed any wingers. The team have no natural wide men and even JK said this.

  • 17 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    People on here kick off when Pardew says top 10 now Kinnear says long term goal is champions league and people will rip the Ass. One think I will say is “Taylor a rock”
    That’s made my day that Joe

  • 18 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Gomis was caught offside 17 more times than Cisse last season. Probably because Lyon had a functioning midfield mind you. But a cause for concern perhaps.

    Van p was caught offside more to though, but look how many chances Manu create.

  • 19 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    A very informative article comparing Cisse, gomis and remy…

  • 20 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Lol I laughed at that comment aswell.

    “Taylor is a rock”.

    He’s a funny guy Joe like.

    Reet it’s past my bedtime.


  • 21 geordie157 // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Scout, if he was available for say 5-6 mill I’d buy him. He can play right wing too, plus he’d be a great long term investment.

  • 22 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Kinears articles are really childish and naive. Where’s the intelligent insight? We have some talented players but we need more. No sh*t Sherlock.

    ” And we have Sammy Ameobi, Shola’s brother.”

    Yeah, and? He’s championship quality. Are you sure he’s not amemobis brother? Thanks for the insight joe.


  • 23 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Bedtime lol
    Must have been a good night

  • 24 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    No way that Kinnear was gonna come out and say that Taylor is erratic, unpredictable, all elbows and makes everyone a nervous wreck is he

  • 25 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I know a Leeds fan, I said do you reckon we could sign him for 3 million? I had to pick him off the floor, he laughed so hard.
    Need ince in aswell

  • 26 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    We also have no recognised wingers who can cross a ball or strikers who can stay onside and covert clear cut chances.

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM


    Im a night owl! Work nights, laters ;)

  • 28 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Taylor is a comical genius. No matter where he gets hit his balls bruise.

  • 29 Luque // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Damn, look at Cisse. 97 mins per shot on target. That is outright dreadful

  • 30 geordie157 // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Out of all the youngsters he goes and mentions Sammy. There’s no doubt he has ability but he’s got a long way to go to make it as a decent premier league player.

    Glad fergs got a season loan, can see just from the pre season games that he’s enjoying it and making assists.

  • 31 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I was in a pub yesterday watching that city v Mackems game and the picture on the screen was terrible. A man was standing there says “I’m just trying to work out the year, city v Sunderland, look at the pitch and the tacking this was when it was a mans game. Must be 73 or 74″ lol

  • 32 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM


    Those stats from last season?
    I bet it would be far better reading if you were to look at what his ratio was from January until May the season he joined?

  • 33 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I see toon, take it easy pal

  • 34 Toonfan8 // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    How many times was Pipo Inzaghi caught offside? Ferguson said, that he was born offside :D :D but what a player he was, very hungry, always wanted to score…

  • 35 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Maybe if our midfield was functioning properly then Cisse wouldn’t have been caught offside so often, our final pass was so slow last season. He’s a striker that works on instinct and we were so slow to release him it’s no wonder he was caught offside so often……………..and just wait till Gomis is playing for us as he’s ten times worse

  • 36 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    How many times was inzaghi 5 yards offside is the main point?

  • 37 Fostino // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM


    we kind of had one but we loaned him to leicester. i think jonas comments about a lack of intensity in training should open up alans eyes that this lad is past it (jonas)

  • 38 Patoon // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Think Bardsley could b a good player 4 us, he’s as good a defending full back as wot we hav cos Debuchy and Santon are not good defenders, as 4 Taylor being a rock, i suppose he is, he’s big and can’t move 4 shit

  • 39 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    What’s worrying me is it’s no good having two strikers up front (pards said he wants to play this was this season) with no decent wide men to deliver the ball and our corner record doesn’t exactly inspire.

  • 40 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    Inzaghi holds the record for the most off side calls in Seria A history

  • 41 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I’m surprised arfa can release breath, how greedy is he. He put on a one man skills show against arsenal to show wenger what he can do. If I was manager that day I would have been going mental.
    Why can’t he pass a ball and then move?

  • 42 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I like reading your comments, whoever you are.

  • 43 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    We are the only team in the top 4 divisions not to sign a first team player.

  • 44 Tubai // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Just tired of baseless rumours.. Please sign some players quickly before these rumours gets more weird!!

  • 45 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    So again they’re gonna have to integrate DURING the season!

  • 46 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Agreed Ed. Why buy a 28 year old from the scum as back-up? Some hack has thought that all the news has been about various strikers so he wouldn’t get any coverage there…and somewhere down our list of priorities would be a right back…so let’s make this up!

    If we do sign a right back (and we have Santon, Saylor, Raylor, Anita and Tav to cover here) then it will be a younger player.

    I can imagine the Sunday headlines…”Bardsley seen in Newcastle – expected to sign tomorrow!”

  • 47 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Anyone off to Blackpool today, boy has that place changed in the last 10-15 years.

  • 48 Spuggy // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM


    Totally agree on HBA. with his talent he could easily be a world class no 10. But he need to play with his team mates a lot more to do that.

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    To be honest, as cheap squad cover, I’d have Bardsley. Solid enough, and has played at Prem level on both flanks. Would prefer to have kept Danny, but with Raylor out, Danny gone and Tav out on loan we are a bit short there.

    Wouldn’t mind Wickham either at the right price, I’d say 4 million for the pair is about right. Wickham still has potential. He was chucked in at the deep end at Sunderland and sunk, a lower profile move now as a squad player may work in his favour. Better than Sammi…

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Mind you, that Mbabu plays right back as well, so he is potentially the future for that slot and he may be integrated this year although I’d prefer a loan for him.

  • 51 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Tbh Debuchy has a lot to prove this season as he was off the pace last season and very erratic when caught out for pace

  • 52 Patoon // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM


    Ha i like 2 say it the way it is, sum shit wrote on here all the same, some bloggers on here would rather we’d sign a 5 or 6 million teenage full back 2 sit on the bench rather than sign a decent full back in his late 20′s 4 around 1 million, i kno which i’d b going 4, i’m just another Irish Newcastle Mad fan, the blog has took over my summer lol

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Jesus lads ffs
    Wickham? Bardsley? Clattermole????
    Give yer heads a shake 2 of them can’t even get in a shite mackem squad and as for clattermole……. Can’t believe someone’s even mentioned having this **** in a toon shirt

    Get a new topic up sharpish please Ed!!!
    Maybe one remind JFK that “rocks” don’t wobble like jelly when they jog!

  • 54 niafron // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Bonjour messieurs.

  • 55 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    You think the fans will accept sub-rate ex-mackems in our squad? Why would we want them if they don’t?

    We don’t need a 28 year old low PL/championship level RB as cover instead and if the mackems don’t feel Wickham has potential to be a PL striker then he’s hardly likely to get any games for us.

    No thank you…I’ll stick to 1 top striker and another striker/attacking midfielder please.

  • 56 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    Good morning, what is the latest news from France on the Gomis deal

  • 57 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I can’t believe that some fans are so desperate to sign people that they’re wanting sub-rate players and sometimes for huge money! First it was Rhodes (for £10M!), then Austin, now this lot!

    I really want us to sign some players, but honestly, I’d rather stick with Cisse, Goofy, Ameobi and Campbell up front and keep our powder dry for January than sign any of these players.

  • 58 Patoon // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    Def wouldnt take Cattermole cos he’s a complete cnut and we hav enuf in his position, def wouldn’t take Wickham either cos we need better strikers than him but i’d hav Bardsley in a heartbeat, look at any game we’ve played the Scum and he’s been playing, he’s always put in a solid shift and would b cheap back up 2 either flank

  • 59 Fostino // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    anyone thinks signing bardsly need their head examined. id be reluctant to take him on a free. hinders the development of players we already have here…..but he’s a jfk type of signing.

  • 60 colwell // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 9m
    Confirmed: Lyon have rejected an €8m bid for Gomis from Newcastle. Negotiations continue. #NUFC must offer €10m. #OL

  • 61 JackButler // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM


    We can’t wait until January as we desperately need strikers in now, but we need quality strikers in. Just hope our penny pinching ways don’t see us miss out on the likes of Gomis, or Remy on loan as going through till the next window with Cisse, Gouffran, Shola and Campbell is no where near enough

  • 62 Patoon // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM


    Don’t u think that Jordan Rhodes would b a good signing? He’s a real goal machine, can’t believe he hasn’t been snapped up by a premiership team, Blackburn paid 8m or so 4 him so he prob would b around 10m but if he’s gonna score 15 to 20 goals a season he’d b worth it

  • 63 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Bloody cheek
    Just logged on to see wht’s being said in the last hour – scroll down and got a bloody add for Wonga along with Find Football tickets.

    Are they trying to say something: take out a Wonga loan to buy to by football tickets.

    A no its a free country but find it rather sad that Wonga are advertising on this site after all the stink that has been kicked up lately

  • 64 nut meg // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Jack Butler @ 35
    Regarding Cisse & the MF…. ….my thoughts exactly.

  • 65 niafron // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    Answer on the next post.

  • 66 mauritius island // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Code to join this league: 630599-153227

    Fantasy Premier League

  • 67 vibroguy // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    If we sign leet Cattermole then I am hanging up my stripes and not watching a single match again.

  • 68 ScottyCovNUFC // Jul 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    As a defender Bardsley would be a good cheap signing as back up. Last season we were exposed a hell of alot at RB due to Debs getting forward, he hardly pulled up any trees and this season he has to prove himself imo.

  • 69 scout // Jul 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Post 55
    Why do we want them if they don’t?
    Urm maybe because there manager has blown the squad apart and he will take them down IMO. Cattermole is a boro lad, has no connection to the Mackems apart from taking the cash from them. He’s better than tiote. The lad has been terrible.

  • 70 Greebol1892 // Jul 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Ed you’re doing a good job but do we really need this?

    Utter tosh.

  • 71 The next Mike Williamson // Jul 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The article linked us with Bardsley and said Sunderland have interest in Cattermole & Whickham from championship club QPR. I initially misread it too as Toon interest as it’s not wrote very well.

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