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Progress Being Made To Improve Communications With Fans

10:04 am, Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 239 Comments

There’s some good news today that Newcastle United are at last trying to improve the relationship between the club and the fans, which has been almost non-existent since Mike Ashley bought the club over six years ago.

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Newcastle fans getting into better communication with club

News today that the club will recreate the Fans Forum, and that was scrapped in 2009.

The club have announced this on their web-site:

Three of 15 new supporter seats will be offered permanently to established fan groups – Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), NUFC Fans United and Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) – while all fans can apply directly for the remaining 12 individual seats which represent different segments of the Magpies’ diverse fan base.

So if you want to apply for a seat on the Forum – now’s your chance.

Board members John Irving and Lee Charnley (Newcastle Secretary) will be among the seven club representatives, with an official from Wonga also set to be on the Fans Forum.

This is what Lee Marshall, PR and supporter liaison manager at Newcastle United said about the Forum:

“Supporters are the lifeblood of any football club, so introducing a new Forum which will enable Newcastle fans to share their views and ideas with the club’s decision-makers is a very positive step.”

“Direct, structured communication is vital to building a strong, sustainable relationship with our supporters and we are looking forward to working closely with them for the benefit of Newcastle United.”

This is how Newcastle will select the fan representatives – and this is taken from the web-site:

Unlike many forums at other clubs, which are voted in by a panel or elected by fellow supporters on the strength of written applications, applicants to the new Fans’ Forum at Newcastle United will be required to select an individual seat for which they meet criteria – that is Milburn Stand representative must hold a valid season ticket in the Milburn Stand.

They will then be selected at random from all qualifying applicants, enabling every Newcastle United supporter to stand a chance of being on the Forum.

From our communications lately with NUFC Fans United it seems that group has been key to getting this stuff completed behind the scenes and Steve Hastie, of the group had this to say:

“The introduction of a Fans’ Forum at Newcastle United is an important step in developing a positive two-way communication process between supporters and the Club.” “The challenge as always is to ensure that such forums produce positive outcomes and NUFC Fans United hopes that all those who participate do so with the aim of ensuring that it is a success.”

We’ve been impressed with Media Relations manager Wendy Taylor and the newly appointed Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall, in their attempts to get a good relationship going with the fans.

This is an excellent move by the club and it’s long been needed – and we wanted to help to get the word out about it.

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239 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magicbus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    About time too

  • 2 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Also everyone it isn’t £10 million, it’s €10 million.

    €10 million = £8.6 million.

    Anyone who thinks Gomis is not worth £8.63 is just blindly justifying an unwinable standpoint in this inarguable situation.

    The club is shortchanging us all and still people follow it religiously enough to not understand the absolute truth, this club is a joke.

  • 3 Rainrix // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Yeah but nowt will change. The only true way we can affect the club is by protesting and emptying the stadium. Alas the latter wont happen, and the former will probably just end up finishing with some bloke punching a horse.

  • 4 toon22 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    We aint gettin a striker.

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Woooo hoooo
    Thank god this is exactly what we wanted this window

  • 6 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    8.6 million for a player with 12 months left on his contract is taking the p**s, I’m no fan of Ashley or his sycophantic minions but I agree with us walking away from this one.

    they still need to get their arses in gear as without at least one proven striker we are doomed to a season of misery

  • 7 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Best way to appease fans is for Kinear and Ashley to bugger off.

  • 8 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM


    In today’s climate and going of market values of other footballers and the individuals expereince, Gomis would be worth £12-15 million if he didn’t have a year remaining on his contract.

    He does and so is worth £10.5 million (according to transfer market) we can get him for £8.63 million and yet pull out of a bid because Lyon won’t accept £6.9 million.

    Defend that.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    As long as they scheduled the meetings for around the same dates as the games I would look to go to, I’d let them off with the transport costs, although I may book into a suite at a fancy hotel, instead of a mate’s spare room/sofa, at their expense! Maybe the one next to Barnetta’s. 🙂

  • 10 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Toon avenger

    I think 8.6m is too much for a player who is out of contract next year. French players are generally cheaper than tjat at the best of times never mind when they want away and will walk for free in a year! Thats not blindly arguing anything. Thats just the way things seem to work in football these days.

  • 11 toon22 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The problem is the whole Gomis affair,our problem is we have a few people who we are interested in.
    It seems if they aint from France we arnt interested.

    Maybe someone should post them a map of Europe.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    How much did van persie cost again?

    Contracts mean nout in football anymore how much would it potentially cost not bringing in a goal scorer?

    It’s simple, we need a top CF, top CF’s aren’t normally kicking around the bargain bucket unless you have a first rate global scouting network, which we don’t

  • 13 yorkymag // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Make your mind up how much is he worth 8 10 12
    Pick a figure
    Easy when its not your money
    Lets see when the window closes

  • 14 magpie6699 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    People seem very able to know exactly how much Lyon want for Gomis, how much we have offered etc. How do they know what has actually been said??

  • 15 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    Is barnetta still stuck in there?! Three years now isn’t it?

  • 16 joeinthecheapseats // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    We can’t walk away from the deal because we need two strikers in to keep us away from trouble.
    No strikers and Cisse injured would spell disaster.
    Just get them in and stop messing about Mr Kinnear

  • 17 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    Why is it taking the piss?

    He is a striker and scores goals. Proven in the Champions League, a full French international and commanded a transfer fee of £12 million a few years ago.

    Other clubs around us are spending a fortune and we are haggling over £1.5 million.

  • 18 yorkymag // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    He is not proven anywhere
    He may have potential but certainly not proven

  • 19 toon22 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Paying over the odds has been tryed by us and it all ended with MA.
    I will be happy so long as they get someone,if the current targets arnt playing ball its time to chase “other”people.
    How much did Benteke cost?

  • 20 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    yorky mag

    You’re an idiot and don’t understand numbers, don’t talk to me please.

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    We have absolutely lucked out in the French market, clubs wise up there not stupid
    If they have more than one club intrested of course they will hold out

    Ben arfa is in the last 2 years of his contract so if we get to next summer would we be happy taking say £7 mil for him?

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    before you jump on me, I’m not saying we can attract world class players because we can’t….our one chance left last summer to do so….but the calibre of player we’ve been after for quite some time is worrying.

    Erik Pieters, Gomis, Bent, Amalfitano, Douglas. What happened to this recruitment drive searching out young and hungry players? has it been abandoned? was it ever even in place?

    it’s just such a sad state of affairs. I’ve been off this site and most for six months or so and things have only gotten worse. I’m over griping about what a p!ss poor manager pardew is, what an insolent, spineless coward he is. I no longer have the energy to attempt to fathom JFK and his appointment and our owners disrespectful behaviour lacking any inkling of ambition.

    we have the best players we’ve had in a decade. and for some reason they can’t even pass the ball to one other.

    I want a new manager but then what? We get in a Laudrup or whathaveyou, the next cause of discontent will be our egregiously distant and unambitious owner. this is just cyclical, and I’m sick of it.

    we don’t have to spend the world to play good football. I don’t even care if we win anything. of course i want us to. but at least entertain us ffs. the past two and a half years have simply been theatre in one man’s sad attempt at occupational preservation. from his team selections to his post match interviews and everything else he has done, it’s always been about him, pardew, no matter how much he attempts to convey to us, the fans, that it is for the club. ashley could care less about us, and pardew couldn’t care more about himself than anything else.

  • 23 IITianToon // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Cabaye: ““The manager wants us to take one or two touches on the ball and move after the pass.”

    Pardew is trying guys. Keep the faith!

  • 24 yorkymag // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Your last comment in a nutshell defines you
    Grow up and accept there is always two points of view
    No need to get personal my dear

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    How can you say he’s not proven in the CL????
    He has a great scoring record in the CL

    Yeah it’s not our money, but it’s not MA’s personal piggy bank either
    It’s the clubs money, to be invested into the club for the progression of the club

  • 26 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM


    Deffo not re Ben Arfa. However, if we do not extend his contract in time, then we will be in that unfortunate position. I am not saying it is right, but this is the state of footy at the moment.

  • 27 martoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I’d love to see some of you lot buy a second hand car when the salesman adds a £1000 to the price. “Oh that’s fine I’ll take it” – I don’t think so.
    Lyon are taking the p*ss – however we are at fault for letting ourselves get into this position where we are so desperate for a striker that clubs know they can demand stupid prices.

  • 28 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    toon avenger

    i agree with your points, but again, gomis is not that great of a striker. average player, above average team in a below average league. he will struggle in the prem. he’s not fast, he’s not lethal, and he will do little in linking the MF with attack.

    PEA was the one we shouldn’t have haggled over back in January when we had the chance. just like when we could have signed Arshavin for 5mil in his prime, or countless others. Gomis is not worth it. 8mil could be spent soooooo much more responsibly than on an average striker who doesn’t strike it that often, ha

  • 29 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Here’s a communication …

    Just sell up and f### off.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Lyon want 10million plus 2 million (euros). I’d guess that works out around £10million in total. I personally, don’t think he is worth that from the times I have seen him play. Seems to be very inconsistent with a goal record of around 1 in 3. I’ve seen him look unplayable, and I’ve seen him unable to control a ball, or hit a barn door from a couple of yards.

    If the fee was just the 10million euros, so £8.6 ish then at a push, and given how close the season is, I would say okay. But with add on’s it is too much.

    If we can get Remy on a season long loan with first option, then we should do that immediately. That gives us a great bargaining position on Gomis, and as Lyon are in a very weak position then we should be able to do a better deal.

  • 31 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Paying over the odds?

    They wan’t £1.5 million more than we are offering.

    Why not offer another 750k and see where it gets us instead of pulling out of the deal?

    Like somebody says every league position is worth 800k, Gomis could be worth more to us than the £1.5 were a stopping the deal over.

    And people still buy this foolishness.

    It was the same with Debuchy and others last season. We had to wait until January to get the players for the price we wanted rather than what their teams wanted and that cost us massively in terms of league positions.

    If we came back in with an offer of £8.6 million how many of you would be up in arms because you believe this figure is too expensive for our club? You’d all be lapping it up calling it ambition.

    Most of you are no longer fans, you’re accountants and care more about balancing the books and getting a good deal than actual players ‘over the line’.

  • 32 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Breaking News

    Joe Kinnear takes all the credit for after NUFC score from a corner

  • 33 yorkymag // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Down south
    To be proven you need to do it consistently
    I don’t think you can say that about gomis I accept he has potentaial thou
    By the way It is mikes personal piggy bank
    He owners the lot
    I hate the fact but unfortunately true

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Heard from a good source last night why Kinnear wanted Hartford – because he can’t drive at the minute he needed a chauffeur to drive him around the country in his talent spotting role.
    So Hartford was going to be his driver!!!!

    If correct – then you couldn’t make it up

  • 35 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM


    Of course it´s Ashley´s piggy-bank.

    He can stop all transfers, sell players and take whatever money out of the club when he wants.

    He hasn´t , yet, but he could if he wants to.

  • 36 sirtoongospel // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    To be honest, why do fans care what the cost is? If he is a good player and we want him, then it is irrelevant to an extent.

    So many fans have the mindset of a financial director now!

    If Gomis can help us finish 8th instead of 16th, he will have made us an extra £4m or so in prize money straight away. If the manager and the scout feel he is the player we need then the board should get him. But get him in time to start the season and feel comfortable here. Be prepared for once.

    We need a player like Gomis, and we need some speed (Remy?) and players are hard to come by. When you identify who you want, go and get them. The manager deserves that. Then he can be judged fairly if he is the man for the job……………..or not!! 🙂

  • 37 Phatoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    @Toon Avernger

    Transfermarkt’s values do not take into account contract length. Just the players “value”. So if they reckon he is worth £10.5m, then that is his full value, then you apply the “last year” modifier.

    That’s why all the free agents have market values (even they cost nothing)

  • 38 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM


    Spot on!


    Look at me and Tads… we differ in opinion, yet we have managed to express this without any insults or bad feeling. There is a lesson to be learned..

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    But Lyon haven’t added anything on, the price has always been €10 million euros

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Jack I agree with you the most part.

    We need a proven striker in. I’v said since the end of last season Pardew will want to play two upfront next season, especially with the pressure he is under to hit the ground running. He wouldn’t rely on one up top. We need that extra quality forward in without a doubt.

    Gutted at the performance in this window though so far. Beggers belief really. I really think if JK didn’t come in we would of did alot better so far at this point with Carr and Pardews hitlist.

    Bringing him in threw a grenade into the works which suggests are original plans were scuppered to me.

    Just have to wait it out and hope we at least get these two in.

    Not what I wanted or expected but I’ll take it now considering who is left and available. And also being three weeks away from opening day.

  • 41 cestriasteve // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Avenger, I actually think it is a good idea to walk away from this one, thats a lot of money for someone who wants away and in his last year.

  • 42 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM


    Terrible analogy.

    If you went to a car dealer and he offered you a car for a fair price in comparison to lots of other dealers would you continuously offer him less then he asked for?

    They haven’t added anything, they told us their price and we have tried to bring it lower. We are trying to buy a Renault Clio for the price of a Ford Escort.

  • 43 nut meg // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Can you see your self recommending talented young players from your part of the world to the toon anytime in the near future ?

  • 44 RonVanDam // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Just finished watching Lyon vs Marseille. I want Gomis signed. He is big, menacing to the opposition, fast, calm in front of the goal, excellent ball control/skills and a lethal strike.

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I think it’s fair to say we have had a fair few disagreements in the past, but your absolutely spot on there lad

  • 46 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Lyon will lower their valuation and NUFC will sign Gomis. Ashley is a master at holding his nerve.

  • 47 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Ashley has no reason to be penny pinching now. The five year plan is finished and the books are sorted.

    We shouldn’t be messing clubs about over a mil in our position.

    It does make you wonder like if it’s all a big con haha.

    Reet am off to kip for work tonight.

    Later folks.

  • 48 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Let’s look at the positives

    Someone bring in the positives

  • 49 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    tads/Toon Avenger

    8.6 million for a player that would cost half that amount in January or nothing at all next summer, a player that is decent at best, who is being sold by a club that is in serious financial trouble.

    If we were not so desperate for a striker every man and his dog would be saying that we should walk away from this deal as Lyon are taking the p**S.

    If and it is a big IF we do actually sign Remy on a year long loan deal I’d happily see us turn our backs on Gomis and Lyon for good

  • 50 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM


    Yeah but the clio is left hand drive… worth a grand off in anyones book.

  • 51 Levi // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I just cant wait to the premier league kicks off again

  • 52 cestriasteve // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Remy, in my opinion is a way, way better player for our structure however he is an absolute knob jockey… has anyone seen that youtube thing with him dancing. Jesus!!

  • 53 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM


    Not true.

    The market value is reflective of the contract length.

    Those without contracts have market values based on the value of the player before they left the club and were still in contract.

    Hence why Flamini is valued at £4 million.

  • 54 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM


    You are the biggest hypocrite on this blog.
    You have tried to insult me by claiming you haven’t insulted another blogger.

    You are a shit stirring little goon and I know a lot of bloggers agree but few will verbally say so.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I have got 1 question for everyone


  • 56 Scouse_geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    That analogy is not the best. It’s like a sell by date on food. …… You must have seen the whoopsi Isle. 😉

  • 57 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM


    we’re financial advisors now by default. we know that we buy players based on a very miniscule transfer budget, rather than being based on necessity. we blow our kitty for one average player and there’s hardly anything left for the other glaring deficiencies in the squad

  • 58 Toon Avenger // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Jack Butler

    You are not taking into consideration the fact that by January we could have lost out on £4 million in terms of league position and that by next Summer someone else could take him for free when we end up in the bottom half of the league again.

  • 59 martoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    sirtoongospel @36 – The trouble is if you pay over the odds for a player then when you go after other players you will be quoted stupid prices also. Prime example is Liverpool with Carroll, Downing & the mackem reject – look how well that worked out.

  • 60 blew // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Do we need forums to communicate?
    When the manager makes a statement
    would it be good communication if he
    spoke the truth, instead of insulting the
    fans with either bulls**t or lies.
    We now have JFK and AP, a pair of
    pathological liars.

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    What I was trying to to say before I hit the send button was what would mike Ashley call himself if he was on the blog.

  • 62 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Toon Avenger

    What you are not taking into consideration is that Lyon are in vserious financial trouble and need to sell and they will sell this window has they have no other option now, the player has been ordered to trian with the reserves and as a result of what has happened with both the President and Manager both coming out saying that he will leave, that he has to leave their valuation of the player will drop and they will take out last offer and more than likely he will end up playing here. We are now playing the waiting game, Personally I’d much prefer to see Remy come here as he’s a far better player and more along the lines of what we need and want

  • 63 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM


  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Nut meg,
    Unless the Academy get some serious funding then it is very unlikely. Even getting players to trials in South Africa is expensive, and difficult for an academy that is effectively run on goodwill of a number of people, and some donations. The other big issue is for actual permits/visa’s. Unless they were able to claim some sort of refugee or persecution(none of which is possible for Malawian citizens at the moment, very peaceful) then they wouldn’t be able to come to the country.

    Ireland is a much more likely area for us as Malawians don’t require visas to get to Ireland, and it will give them a good grounding in Europe. Still, unless funding comes, or clubs pay these costs it will be difficult.

    The local top flight is a poor standard, and players are too poor to get to most of the countries with bigger leagues and get trials, so development stagnates. There are some great players at the academy, but until we become more established (only a year old) and build our links then they will end up with domestic clubs, playing for peanuts with little chance of a big (relative) move.

  • 65 marc // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    @ toon avenger

    Lyon want around 10mil for this unproven player who i get a general feeling from everyones post that his only average anyway. your saying just add 1.5mil to get him over the line WHY? when we could of added about that or .5 more to get PEA or BONY
    imo – we should walk and concentrate on getting remy his the one who’s proven also think what he could do with the better players around him compared to at qpr

  • 66 Scouse_geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Toon avengerI think the club is trying to impose this image of not bending to selling clubs demands so that in future transactions the club doesn’t get held to ransom.Now I’m not saying I agree with the policy as a general rule as I think each deal we do is different, but with regards this gomis deal o think the club are right. Any player in their last year is always cheaper, and lyon are pushing their luck thinking they can hold out for more.And in all fairness we are not privy to all the info anyway, we hear reports of what money is involved but we can’t be certain of the figures. I myself have heard ten million euro and ten million pound.

  • 67 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie @9

    Your commitment is commendable and I’m sure the Forum will note and act on your thoughts in the timing of meetings. Furthermore, it’s most generous of you to offer to waive travel costs and that will be noted too.

    Staying over in a good hotel would be the norm for travelling delegates such as you, but I’d counsel against going for the same on as Barnetts’s using, that’s Fawlty Towers!

  • 68 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Would anyone be that bothered about Gomis not coming if we signed Remy on a year long loan with first option to buy???

  • 69 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Ashley knows the score the frogs won’t do him out of his cash. Gomis and Remy will be here before the business end of the season starts.

  • 70 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM



    so long as another striker came in after Remy (a la rhodes, austin, long, le fondre, etc)

  • 71 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM


    is the business end of the season, like the season? like, when it starts? since that’s the season and all…

  • 72 alex84 // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    TalkSport Journo has said he believes Remy in Newcastle today!

  • 73 The puppy formerly known as prince // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    The guy has 1 yr left on his contract and wants to move, Lyon reject a respectable bid (IMO), the club are right to move away. There is no guarantee we’ll get him in Jan as the cheaper he is the more clubs will look at him, but at least we’re still not mugs in this one transfer. For me the worry is taking this long to get this far! and no other options really. Considering we’re meant to have a top class scouting network and targets for every position, you can only presume Lambeezee was better at his job than Joe!!!!!!! The talk of Remy on loan is good and you can understand that being a complicated transfer, with his history last window, his wages, QPR looking to promote straight away and his surprise sex allegation; There are 3 weeks left and we’ve taken twice that to get no where. Though to be fair the one thing that really bugs me is Pardew sucking through his teeth in every interview, someone has to tell him to stop that.

    Still after all the complaining got my train tickets and hotel for Glasgow….TOON TOON

  • 74 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    The only problem with having a first option to buy on Remy is that if we don’t do all that well or he has an exceptional season, he could just say no and go elsewhere anyway, putting us right back in this situation this time next year.

    Agree the deal now, with it all to go through if he is innocent on the 1st of Jan. If he isn’t innocent then we don’t sign him, and QPR will be able to bin him for gross misconduct anyway.

  • 75 toon kk // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    We’ve pulled out of Gomis deall according to ssn. Wonder if we will go for Bent now.

  • 76 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Look at it logically two players Gomis and Remy both a financial burden to their clubs. NUFC cash buyers who can afford to wait until the clubs have to sell.

  • 77 Twatter // Jul 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    All these positions (media relations, supporter lliason etc.) have been created because of Mike Ashley’s own personal deficits. He wouldn’t need to bother hiring these people if he had the balls to risk it every now and then or had the balls to speak to the fans directly. Forget the idea of a marquee signing, this is his cheapest option of appeasement.

    Giving seats to supporters’ trusts? Load of b*ll*cks really. Total peacemeal. Absolutely nothing of any substance.

    Re: Gomis debacle, anyone who cannot accept that this is bad planning in any case are deluded. Whatever your take on the price (and yes, I agree that it is extortionate) as many have rightly said – you need to plan things better. Had our desperation not been publicised so thoroughly you have to wonder whether Lyon’s men at the top would have bothered playing hardball as much as they have done.

    It’s shambolic, but what isn’t in the upper echelons of the management of this club? You say you hate Kinnear, but Llambias wasn’t much better – in fact he was similar in many respects. Kinnear certainly wasn’t responsible for this disgraceful Wonga deal anyway.

  • 78 martoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Toon Avenger @54 and so the blog descends into childish name calling – my cue to leave me thinks.

  • 79 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM ?@NUFCnewsnow 49s
    Loic Remy is in the North East today to complete this switch to Newcastle United. (@BroadcastMoose talkSPORT reporter) #NUFC

  • 80 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    @71 that’ll be the beginning of the season smarmy.

  • 81 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    another one bites the dust

  • 82 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Shola out injured again with dead leg

  • 83 colwell // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Nufcnewsnow seem to jump the gun a tad, Broadcastmoose said he is led to believe Remy is in the Northeast.

  • 84 Twatter // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I wouldn’t trust the Moose with anything though. Until it’s confirmed by an actual journalist and not just some wannabe, I’ll remain sceptical. This is the same “Moose” who makes up quotes and gets roundly ridiculed by everyone at Talksport on a weekly basis, lads.

  • 85 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Remy is at the Marriott hotel Gosforth

  • 86 numba9 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Think we need strikers and quick 3 needed so get gomis in and do it quick

  • 87 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    Yes, well, ok. I suppose there is some sort of deranged logic in that statement. Never mind, looks like the football has been put aside for another day of trolling. I am a big hypocrite and a little goon. therefore i deduce goons are bigger than hypocrites. I suppose i should leave now since i am so offensive to the blog, being a big blind hypocritical little goon. Sigh.

  • 88 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    Frogs? Tut tut.

    It’s the naughty step for you melad!

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

    Nothing at all to do with the thread, football or Newcasltle United but……

  • 90 Ibizatoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Hello all,

    Is there anyone out there that is still somewhat sane?

    Ed, perhaps a poll is needed?

    Still no real news? In the words of the mighty Muse…time is running out.

  • 91 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Again, nothing at all to do with the thread, football or Newcasltle United but……

    if anyone’s interested, J J Cale died yesterday…

  • 92 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    a poll of lovers and haters

  • 93 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

  • 94 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Hoping for Remy COME ON!

    Gomis, overpriced, think the club was right to walk away.

    NO CHANCE will Lyon sell him for their asking price. We will go back in January and get him either free on pre arranged contract OR half the amount we offered….

    Fools. Simple, a player clearly not wanting to play for them going AWOL, high wages for them, 11 month left on his contract!

    Why should we pay £8m+ for him? Insanity!

    Much, much, much better players available for £10m these days.

    Lyon will be Lille of last year and lose money over 6 month, atleast Debuchy was professional and played throughout (probably on less money too). Silly boys!

  • 95 Twatter // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    @89 lesh

    Good to see that article, thanks for sharing. I always thought it was too good to be true and it turns out it was!

  • 96 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Remy is not at the Marriott hotel Gosforth.

    He’s booked in at Fawlty Towers, in the room next to Barnetta!

  • 97 ToonDanno // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Welcome Remy to nufc 🙂 happy days! Great signing by the jk

  • 98 jonobbad // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    As much as i cant stand ashley and JFK, i dont blame them for walking away.
    €10m is too much for an unproven striker in the premier league, who only has 12 months left on contract.
    Id also take remy over gomis any day of the week.

  • 99 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM


    If true I apologize simple. Quality player, wanted him and De Jong more than anyone!

    If not, then you need a cold hard raw fish slap.

  • 100 Toon73 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM


  • 101 Rainrix // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Speaking of the daily mail did anyone see the article the other day voicing their absolute fury and surprise that last weeks top gear featured actors and set up scenarios. Always worth a laugh is the mail.

  • 102 alex84 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Danno, do you know if it is a deal that is a view to permenant deal?

  • 103 Toon73 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    It’s always been about Remy and Bent.

  • 104 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Really hope we don’t miss out on your man Gomis.

    Badly need somebody who can hold up the ball, especially with Pardews crap football.

  • 105 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    @96 according to my window cleaner Terry. Remy is in town.

  • 106 james589 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Can’t help but feel we missed a trick last summer. Having finished 5th in the table players would have been queued up to sign for us.

    Now our problem is not only does the world and his dog know exactly the type of player we’re after- any club will charge a higher price for their strikers because they know we need one, but players will be less motivated to sign for us because of our poor position last summer. As things stand, Lyon are pricing us out of Gomis and his preferred move is to Marseilles. If he wanted to sign for us really badly then I think the story would be different as both he and us would be putting pressure on the club to reduce the asking fee à la Debuchy last year.

    Really want to see some progress on the striker situation this week because otherwise we’re risking not bringing in anyone or binging in someone who doesn’t have time to integrate with the squad. Nothing worse than trying to break a player in during the season- that’s why January signings can be so hit and miss. Signing Kinnear was supposed to solve this problem but it’s worse than ever. Sort it out!

  • 107 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Markaccus… Given that toon avenger’s in the bad books too, could you provide some guidance on what constitutes a post of acceptable standards, please.

  • 108 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I thought that was going to be my room! I’ll not have Remy stealing it!

  • 109 ToonDanno // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Alex84 it all depends if qpr get promoted next season or not

  • 110 Toon73 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    NUFc sign Remy.

    Lyon CEO goes into the fetal position.

  • 111 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    just seem remy in tottenham court rd signed me shirt

  • 112 nut meg // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Listening to him on you tube as we speak,nice easy listening.

  • 113 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    sh1t that says rennit

  • 114 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM


    Markaccus and his alter ego

  • 115 nufcursed // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    we should be signing ezekiel or batshuayi from standard de liege!
    both are only 18, relatively cheap and superb talents who will become world class players in the future!
    cannot believe these newcastle scouts.
    batshuayi and ezekiel are miles better than gomis, remy or bent!
    this club does not know what it’s doing!

  • 116 Rainrix // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Just spotted remy suckling a pig outside chinatown, part of our extremely intense medical exam no doubt. Expect an announcement later.

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  • 118 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Can’t see us signing Remy on loan unless we have the right to buy irrespective of what QPR do next season, Ashley will see it as nothing more than dead money and keeping another clubs player happy in a world cup year while they try to bounce back

  • 119 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    £8,6m for Gomis, if that’s the price Lyon is asking for, is nothing for us given the circumstances. We desperately need attacking options, and the price difference between Lyon and Newcastle is easy to justify by finishing two places above in the league.

    The club is run by clowns. What are we using Carr for these days? If Carr walks out on us I’ll back him 100%, as a fan.

  • 120 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    gomis iss off to cardiff
    as i said another one bites the dust

  • 121 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Well we need to hope QPR stay down! Can’t see that happening but we really need to get him on a permanent deal as of Jan when the whole picture of his court case has been resolved.

    6.8m I believe is his release clause no?! The chairman has no option to accept if he is happy here!

    Time will tell.

    Hope its true, hope we get him through the door!

    THEN I know he stated he does not want to come, but De Jong focus attention on that bad boy!

  • 122 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    You have to wonder why we wasted our time on the Gomis deal if they new the price was 10 million euros, and they wouldn’t budge from that.

    Think the days of us mugging French clubs are over tbh

  • 123 Toon73 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Relegation will be character building for him.

  • 124 Chris // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    “In the days when Newcastle was run by Sir John Hall, he would talk of building a “Barcelona on the Tyne”…….

    Under Ashley it has become not Barcelona but Benidorm. The Wonga deal merely extends the cheapening of Newcastle United seen in the renaming of St James’ as The Sports Direct Arena and the appointment of the foul-mouthed Joe Kinnear as director of football.”

  • 125 wolfshead@toon // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM


    read that article on TF very interesting and the malawi coach is a bit of a hunk according to my gf tehehe

  • 126 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM


    Lyon will back down soon enough as they are in serious financial trouble and are desperate for the money, they are trying to squeeze every last penny from this deal but Ashley is a stubborn old got and wont budge,

  • 127 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The Independent newspapers are for hanging in the crapper.

  • 128 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Gomis can go to Cardiff, I was not really that excited for him anyway….

    I believe my words were something along the lines of this earlier last week

    Remy YES PLEASE, Gomis MEH, Bent MEH, De Jong YES PLEASE!!

    I have never changed my stance no matter how close/far we are from signing him.

    Gomis can be a player that goes 1 of 2 ways. He suits the PL and becomes a renowned striker, or and the more likely is and always has been a donkey that is playing at his level in the French league.

    I would sooner see Chamakh at our club…. personally anyone who argues against that he was immense at Arsenal in his first 6 month then VPersie got fit then suddenly was dropped.

    Never understood that, and something similar happened to Giroud last season, despite scoring 17 goals, he was on the bench alot!

  • 129 Rotonda heights // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The thing is if you are stuck with an apparently unambitious owner then the next best thing is to at least have a manager who plays good football.

    Quite often good coaches are not made by mega signings but by the sum of the parts they get to gel
    as a team.

    Ash can be very frustrating at times and JFK and Pardew shouldn’t be anywhere near our club but with Remy on board we still have a heck of a team that only a Pardew could wreck with his appallingly negative hoof ball tactics, favouritism and players out of position.

    But seriously this team below would be awesome in the right hands.


    Debs Colo M’Biwa Haidara

    Sissoko Cabs Anita

    Benny, Cisse Remy

    Subs: Santon, Tiote, Marveaux, Jonas, Vuksic, Saylor,
    Eliot, Campbell, Bigi.

  • 130 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Simple, Lesh

    One where you dont call people blind just because you have differing oppinions.

    Your oppinion is that we should not quibble over 1.5m, i respect that. I do not agree though, as i believe we are being held to ransom. I do not think you are blind for differing from me, nor do i think that i should be called blind for differing with you.

  • 131 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I’ve only seen him a few times, but he can hold the ball up. Something we desperately need when we play Pardews sexy brand of football.

  • 132 jonobbad // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Gomis is not worth it.
    11/12 season he scored 14 league goals… the same as gouffran.
    12/13 season he scored 16 league goals… gouffran scored 8 in half a season.

    Yes i know they are different kinds of strikers but their goal scoring records and age is very similair.
    But look at the difference in value.
    If we had signed gouffran for €10m, what would the fans have said?

    Stupid? Crazy?

  • 133 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Pardew is actually the worst manager in football.

  • 134 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Dangerous game Bulter if there’s other offers on the table

  • 135 Rotonda heights // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    can’t really argue with that independent report

    sickening being linked with wonga and JFK

  • 136 JackButler // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    It’s the only way we seem to operate these days Mr. Belfast

  • 137 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    If we needed a person to hold the ball up we should have went for Carroll, he is arguably the best in the PL.

    Clearly this is not the reason we wanted Gomis.

    I mean 6m in difference, but in terms of quality the gap is immense. Carroll is arguably the best player in the air in the world. Not many players get their own way against Carroll.

  • 138 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Going for no-one
    Powers that be reckon we have enough strikers since Cisse has resolved his Wonga problems and Shola has scored goals in Pre-Season.
    Shola Cisse and Goufran

  • 139 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Pardew is a Manager?

    Monger more like.

  • 140 welshgeordie9 // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    what nickname would mike Ashley call himself if he was on the blog.

  • 141 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Probably and he would just keep posting this all day every day.,d.d2k

  • 142 hotdog // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    About time we moved on from Gomis to the next target. If a player really wants to join this great club, it should not take months and months. Next!!!!

  • 143 jonobbad // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    Hes already here.

    ToonDarnSarf i believe is his nickname.

  • 144 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I think it is a good thing if we have ended our persude of Gomis (hope the case is the same wirth Remy)

    …we seem to linger on way too long without any real progress. It is almost August and I wonder what we have been doing the whole month?

    …actually what have we been doinng since the season ended?

  • 145 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Exonerate me

    Why always me

    Black and white Satan

  • 146 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Whats with all the name calling? bashing the team and the season hasn’t even started.

    Indian how would you liked to be called chief or an Asian a gook for that matter it’s not nice.

  • 147 Belfast // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Eds blog would probably end up with a sports direct banner as the background

  • 148 Indian Magpie // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM


    What did i Do?

  • 149 SecretSausage // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I spoke with a player last night who said they will bring in a creative forward and mentioned remy and de jong.

    I know we are linked heavily with remy and I was told by a players wife last week that he would be coming but I thought de jong was staying at Ajax.

    Watch this space. Either of those 2 would be great.

  • 150 toonfan76 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Greetings fellow Toon fans.
    Have to say I am hoping a deal can be reached with QPR over Remy. Like most would agree, Loan deal with the option to buy. Come Jan, If things are going well and he is happy to stay and the issue of the court case has had a positive outcome, We simply activate his release clause and sign him perminently. Also the sooner we sort that deal out the stronger our position will be with regards to signing Gomis. We can only hope someone is trying to get Remy “Over the Mythical Line!”

  • 151 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    another tacky sponsor on board

    Ashley needs to jump

  • 152 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Belfast – JB

    I would doubt Lyon will receive their asking price of Gomis.

    Just not going to happen if you ask me.

    12 month left, they will be extremely lucky, and the other club must be brain dead to pay that amount of money.

  • 153 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    One think I don’t really understand is why does at Newcastle doesn’t play on more than one horse when trying to get a player?

    …it seems like they take forever and when it doesn’t pan out they move on to the next target (when there is one)

    Dare I say it! We are a Amateur club run by Amateurs!

  • 154 hotdog // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    jesper – it does make you wonder what roles people have in getting the transfer over the line. Seems like a canny job. Two busy periods of a month each during the year and if you do not achieve anything your still employed!!

  • 155 pawl250 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM


    I heard Siem De Jong is staying put…. Perhaps they mean Luuk?

    Of course if we managed to bag Remy/Siem De Jong I would think it would have been a pretty successful window.

  • 156 wolfshead@toon // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM


    dont mention horses or michael chopra will be asking you for tips 🙂

  • 157 Toon73 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Watch Mr Lyon turn to water once we announce Remy.

  • 158 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    @Indian lol oj pardrew is a mongol fire away

    Alan Pardew has told his Newcastle United players to forget all about the club’s new sponsorship deal with

    He’s told them to just get on the pitch and give it 4107%

  • 159 Markaccus // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM


    Hahaha thats a good one

    Apparently the way they got cisse to wear the wonga shirt was that he was threatened with a 20grand fine. Wonga said if he didnt pay in 2 days it would go up to 30 grand!

  • 160 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Sacking Chris Hughton and appointing Alan Pardew is like divorcing Cheryl Cole and marrying Susan Boyle.

  • 161 DannyH10 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Has anyone seen much of Gomis?

    I haven’t but what I have seen of him, wasn’t that keen on, seemed a bit of a Donkey.

    Would much rather Remy, having said that there is the issue of him potentially being a filthy rapist.

    To be honest I would rather a couple of young strikers, plus a left sided attacker.

    Having said this, In Carr We Trust! If Gomis comes highly recommended by Carr, well he knows a lot more than me.

  • 162 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    @Danny Remy has been spotted in boots buying 500 condoms.

  • 163 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    i like the shopped sign
    direct rot .com

  • 164 toonfan76 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Remy spotted in Gills in Wallsend trying out their secret recipe garlic sauce. One taste of that stuff will seal the deal for sure.

  • 165 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    When Ben Arfa joined Nufc it was Newcastle lads lock up your daughters, I wonder what it will be when Remy joins.

  • 166 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Mark Douglas ?@MsiDouglas 1m

    #nufc sources say Remy NOT on Tyneside today. Strong interest in the striker though.

    To the naive fools / liars on here ….

  • 167 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Its weird really, many people on here have had a bluey about being sponsored by Wonga, however some of these people are fine with signing somebody who is currently accused of Rape,

    Funny old world eh….

    Dont let a Rape allegation get in the way of improving the team. Plus the Pr1ck messed us about in January.

    F#ck Remy, should wait until he is just about to sign on the dotted line, then produce some MegaBus tickets and tell him to F#ck back off to London.

    Just go and offer West Brom 8 million for Shane Long, Honest Hard working links up great and has no edge, think we do need to stop just signing French players personally, they do go into there shell a bit when they are up against it.

  • 168 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    @Check the toastie They said it was a gang rape, I reckon it was Remy, Ranger,Barton and Redknapp 😀

  • 169 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Actually swap out Barton for Kinnear, he fits the bill more.

  • 170 Twatter // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Yep, the Moose is wrong yet again, lol. Don’t trust what he says.

  • 171 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    But in all seriousness

    My daughter walked in last night and said, “I’ve been raped.”

    I said, “When did it happen?”

    She said, “The second I found out he was a professional footballer.

    If he gets cleared of the charges I would take him, great player only thing telling me that I don’t want him is that he turned us down for £

  • 172 SeanNufc87 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Afternoon lads!

    Working up in Scotland so might pop over for the friendly tomorrow.

    As far as a can tell according to all these reliable and tasty sauces regarding remy’s whereabouts, the lad is omnipotent, which is a fantastic quality in a player, its the kinda technique that cant be taught on a training ground. Sign him up!

  • 173 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    My bad for poulting the blog with that rubbish but once I enter this site I get such a gitty head and can’t help it 😀

  • 174 MrMojoRisin76 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I’m seeing this Gomis situation in a different light,it’s widely reported that Lyon need money,and a few days ago i read that Gomis didn’t turn up for a meeting with the president of Lyon.If he really does want to join us he isn’t going to be happy with the president for ruining his chances of signing for us so by us pulling out of the deal we are driving another wedge between Gomis and the boss so his position becomes untenable and has to join us.Just a theory.

  • 175 martoon // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Off topic it is beyond me how Boswinga manages to continually find new clubs – he must have one hell of an agent. He has to be one of the worst fullbacks I have ever seen in professional footbal – however he did single handedly keep us in the premiership 😉

  • 176 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    boo f****** hoo. he turned us down for money. what about all the other players who’ve passed through our ranks who turned down other clubs because we offered more money

    get over it. that’s the only things it’s about. not because we still, in light of awful football, a horrible manager and an even worse owner, show up and pay our money.

  • 177 toonfan76 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    You have just given away the secret of some of the darkest Jokes ever written. Watch out anyone who is easily offended. Sickipedia is not for you!

  • 178 Transfer Sage // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM


    I guess they will sell him anyway but are in rush and don’t care of he goes not or next month.

    I bet they will hold out for 10mil or whatever they like until the last week of the window then as the deadline gets closer accept the fee we have offered.

    They may even think that for 6/7mil he is worth keeping and losing on a free of he can help get then champs league and the 20mil or so that brings into the club.

  • 179 Transfer Sage // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM


    That is a good quality. It means when he plays left side he will be allowed to attack unlike jonas as he will also be able to appear at fullback at the exact same time

  • 180 MrMojoRisin76 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I don’t think they will keep him,they have to make some money to put towards the new stadium,they want to sell Jimmy Briand aswell.

  • 181 gazza85 // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM


    The thing is that situations similar to that have occurred (not just with footballers) which is why the investigation can take so long.

    Its frustrating both for those legitimately claiming rape but also those falsely accused.

  • 182 low fell mag // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Remmy is the man we need .
    Cissie and remmy would forge a great partnership.
    Shola to call it a day,and Bent to replace him.
    That will do for me

  • 183 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Wonder how many positions Jonas plays in next year. So far i think his record is probably 6 in one match, good old Pards he knows his stuff.

  • 184 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I’m sorry anybody who disagrees, but we should not pay out €10m for Gomis when he’s in the last year of his contract. I honestly can not see any1 bidding that much. Clubs with unlimited money will already have much better than him.

    Yes it is frustrating loosing out on another target, but in January we can get him at half that price. Its not like he’s gonna sign a new contract.

    Meantime we should be looking at a LW, as the Remy deal might not go ahead. Sinclair would be my preferred choice. And someone 2 play in the hole behind Cisse. If we want 2 save money Cabaye could do a job there.

    One player in summer and the other in january.

  • 185 mattyNUFC // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    you know what would be an interesting stat….

    who made the most amount of substitutions in the PL last year at half time. has to be us.

  • 186 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Honestly… its one thing after another with that tub of lard.

  • 187 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    We all out our best back four so midfield to attack should imo look like this

    Sisoko/bigi – anita/tioti
    Hba/merv – cisse/goffy/vuvkic – new recruit/goffy

    Every area will be covered twice over, if we bring a new LW. Need a little more quality 2 replace Cisse, shola can do the job time bein till January if we get Gomis
    We certainly look like we have much better depth than last year, cambell and sammy sent on loan

  • 188 low fell mag // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Chris @ 124 blog.
    I am not wanting an argument (had enough of that yesterday).
    Could you please tell me why Sir John did not finish this fete he wanted to do .
    People can talk the talk ,that’s quite easy to do, but to back it up is another thing.
    Please also remember ,this was the man who sold the club to Ashley while his business partner was lying in a hospital bed at the time.
    In my opinion he took Ashleys cash ,knowing we were financially f@cked and ran as fast as he could to cash Mr Ashleys cheque.
    As I have already stated im not arguing ,just what is your response to that.

  • 189 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This season is about bringing in attackers, next season I can see it being about bringing in defenders, as Coloccini could be away, and Williamson will defies need upgraded

    Also replacing players we sell on. Not replace them with youngsters. Da team can start looking a force again, and hopefully a trophy is on its way!!

  • 190 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Why are a “tacky sponsor”. What is your knowledge of them?

  • 191 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM ….. Remy hasn’t got your room – he’s merely testing it for woodwork!

    Your room’s the one with views of the sea, the hanging gardens of Babylon and of course, herds of wildebeest just to make you feel at home when you’re in the UK.

    Enjoy your stay

  • 192 toon kk // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I know we shouldn’t pay over the odds for Gomis but we’re a joke club ran on saving the last penny. I can see alot of disappointed fans next season watching us play sh.t football.

  • 193 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    On this day 17 years ago our manager was Kevin Keegan and we signed Alan Shearer.

    Today we have Joe Kinnear running a transfer circus and a manager who constantly lies to the fans .


  • 194 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    toon kk
    been saying that for years

  • 195 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Evening lads.

    My god, never a dull moment with this club, is there?

    I just got this nagging feeling deep down that we are being set up for a sale of the club.

    Any thoughts?

  • 196 lesh // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Nut meg @ 112.

    Cale’s so easy to listen to and this one’s with Clapton and worth a look:

  • 197 kevymartins // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    @Expat I’m praying where bought by someone like Mark Zuckerberg youngest billionaire in the world.

  • 198 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Well, someone came on the blog about 6 weeks ago saying Ashley was negotiasting with the Prince of Suadi Arabia.

    Never saw the blogger again after that.

  • 199 GeordieDan // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM


    Why have you set yourself up for even more backlash claiming Remy’s here, signed and done and dusted?

    He’s not even on Tyneside let alone signed!

    Now I’m away again. This blog has been left to mainly nutcases and liars over the last few weeks.

    Not even worth reading. Sick to death of reading stupid arguments and bullshit “transfer” rumours. No wonder the likes of Torq and Ibiza dont even bother either.

  • 200 clinath@ed // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Expat…said the same to wor kid last week. Everything stripped to the bone, lots of potential in a thriving market…perfect for growth.

  • 201 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    i heard it was
    elvis ..
    lord lucan..
    and bob maxwell

  • 202 geordie157 // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    But worried that if we don’t get gomis or next target well be gignac. Surely there are better options out there, even someone like hannovers diouf would be better than gignac.

  • 203 toon kk // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Imo there’s too many fans that think we have a strong squad, well think again! Yes we have a few talented players but I reckon we’re a lazy bunch with a sh.t manager.
    I got sick of watching us play last season, it was a case of I wonder what we’ll get beat by. Such a shame for our great club.

  • 204 Sir Braveheart // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Im pretty sure we’re simply playing a game with Lyon. We put a bid in, they decline, we put a second improved bid in, they decline, we put a third improved bid in, they decline. If we went back now and put an improved offer in what do you think the likely outcome is?

    At some point you have to call their bluff. We’ve supposedley said we’re walking away but I can guarantee you Lyon know who to call. In a few days after Gomis’ agent has rattled the cages I expect we’ll get a call saying add another million euros and he’s yours, which Ashley will do.

    You cannot be perceived to be desperate, or that you’re not willing to walk away from the table otherwise clubs will rip you off left right and centre. I think Ashleys playing it smart, if, IF, we do get a strike target through the door this window. If we don’t then he’s got his strategy wrong.

  • 205 Scouse_geordie // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I know im severely in the minority and probably opening myself up for some of the recent name calling that’s rife throughout this forum recently, but I honestly think Pardew can do a decent job here if he gets the strikers that we need this season.

    People say he is tatically nieve but I think alot of his decisions last season were mostly down to having too many Square pegs for round holes. We just didn’t have much in the way of options, I mean we only had one recognisable striker for most of the season. And if it wasn’t for perch’s flexibility we could have seen alot worse.

    Now I am not saying he is the best thing since sliced bread and I’m not saying there aren’t better managers out there, I’m not even saying that he doesn’t make mistakes, but I do think he gets alot of un fair criticism.

    We have the benefit of hindsight so it’s easy for us to judge, but at the same time we don’t see wha goes on in training or behind the scenes,whether players are mentally or physically fit and ready, in order to truely say slections are wrong. and i know some people will refer to cisse playing wide but at the time he was on fire and taking him out the team completely would probably have received just as much if not more chriticism.

    any manager who isn’t backed correctly financially or with getting in the correct players is gonna struggle, so if we are determined to point fingers it should be at the board. But you dont go from a manager winning both managerial awards two seasons ago to someone who doesnt know his arse from his elbow.

    Oh and before anyone mentions the recent long ball tatics we predominantly saw last season, would you want to playvtye short game with taylor and williamson….

  • 206 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    We scored six goals in our last 10 games of the season and have had seven monthsto scout and sign a replacement yet we won’t pay the asking price of a player because we’re no mugs in the transfer market, might be feeling a bit mugged off if were sitting on 17 points come January and Gomis decides to go elsewhere for 5M.

  • 207 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    These takeovers seem to happen so quickly too. Look at Fulham recently.

    The thing that I find suspicious is that they readily admitted mistakes last summer and wouldn’t repeat them and lo and behold, we are 3 weeks from the start of the season and not a signing in sight.

    Also, why did Llambias really resign or sacked?

    Why has there been no purchases?

    Why have squad players been sold to thin the squad out?

    Could it be prospective buyers have said no sale of “purples”? This would reduce the value of the club.

    I know. Probably clutching at straws

  • 208 clinath@ed // Jul 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    JFA…bit of fkn Deja Vu methinks…!

  • 209 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM


    I am stating to think the only singings we might get are loans for the likes of Bent and Sinclair maybe.

    I don’t see us spending big on Cignac, Gomis or Remy now

  • 210 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    you have the right to your opinions as much as anyone
    even tho 1000s would disagree

  • 211 clinath@ed // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Expat…you put it a lot more eloquently than me….its like MA is saying “give £270M (or so) and you’ll get a company that can grow to “double” that!!! All the rubbish has been cleaned out, just bring in your own management team and get on with it.

  • 212 IITianToon // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Let the witchhunt for TOONDUNNO begin!! 😛

  • 213 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    J4A…I don’t mind they they don’t won’t to pay more than they think is a reasonable price; what I do mind is that Carr and Pardew don’t seem capable of compiling a shortlist of players that fit into what MA wants to pay for a certain player.

    …at the end of the day that is all that mattera and maybe then we wouldn’t be in August and still not signed a forward!

  • 214 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Remy’s having a look around the quayside, before deciding whether to sign or not.

  • 215 Mister Tuff // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I’m surprised more people have not picked up on the Cabaye quote -that we are now wanting to play a couple of touches then pass. Well isn’t this at the cutting edge of modern day football -my god -rocket science.
    As a kid many many years ago, if I recall correctly, a phrase in football was “pass and move” -we learnt this in the playground at junior school. Quite astounding that this appears to being coached now. It is the elemental concept in football.
    On the pass and moved front – the best player for us in the second game in Portugal was Mr. T. Whilst in the second half four or five of his passes were intercepted -despite that he was moving all over -making himself available all of the time -he stood out from the rest in this aspect.
    As for the new communications forum -I’m sure all those involved have the best of intentions – but I note there will be a representative from Wonga on the forum -really do not want to hear their input in respect of the club.

  • 216 clinath@ed // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    At the sake of repeating myself, I do not think we will bur anyone (no capital outlay…!?).
    MA will look at who was bought in Jan and tell AP to get on with it.

  • 217 colwell // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Just seen that Christian Benitez has died in a car crash.

  • 218 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    G/day Tuff

  • 219 the holy grail // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I have been reading the blog for a while and I thought now is an appropriate time to write this post.I have very good contacts with current professional footballers as well as 2 licenced football agents and through my time speaking to them I am going to tell you how football transfers work through the answer I got from question I asked.

    firstly I read a lot on this blog about people complaining that we should get to you tied up straight away unfortunately in football that is not what happenes. normally clubs make the first contact with the player through he agent months and sonetimes years before they actually buy them. Close to each transfer window those clubs aswell as others put the feelers out to tell players they are intrested and these are called ‘core clubs’ who the player and agent know are intrested. What complicates things is a players natural ambition to get the best deal possible in both money and club stature. At this point an agent can use a clubs intrest to negotiate a new contract or declare their intention to wqnt to speqk to higher standing clubs. Nearly always players use the core clubs as a safety net and hold out for a bigger move. Its natural to see what the market is doing before moving as clubs will loose players that are unforseen and will want to replace them so it makes sence to hold on and see what happens.

    If a club wants to make a bid they do so normally by what is ccalled an open ended offer meaning we want player x, we value him at 5mil and are willing to pay in 5 equal installments and would like a response by next week. Clubs normally use the time to reviee the offer and sound out replacments. Nearly always clubs use the time before responding as not allways clubs are prepared for the offer recived. No1 ever wants to get held to ransom by selling their star striker before buying a replacment as both clubs and agents take advantage of this. Clubs send back written response either accepting it, rejecting it, ask for time to find a replacment, ask for more money or diffetent payment terms. Again the power is with the selling club if a player wants a transfer or is aquard a club will hold on to a player as a way if getting their own back. There are many ways of keeping clubs waiting as they may want to arrange a meeting with player and agent the following week. Ask for time to seek a replacment and 2 weeks later reject the offer ect and they can use other clubs intrest in the media as a wqy of increasing the price not just once but many times. Even if the offer is accepted agent play on other intrest and ask for crqzey amounts of money and sugn on ect.

    In terms of clubs drawing up a short list its mainly becase unless you are owned by a gulf state you dont have a blank chek book and a buget is needed. Please dint think because we didnt offer 200 grand more we could buy gomis for example as there are so many variables, another target mite accept a longer contract, accept less money, agent mite want a stupid sign on fee so it goes from 7mil to 9.5 ect. A budget will be set and a team of people will seek to fill in the variable gaps of the full transfer from fee, payment terms, agent fee, loyalty bonus, sell on fee %, image rights ect. Then they find out about the player and the ins and outs of previous transfers and if they settled ect and their personality. Then they will make moves through their list meeting their criteria.

    Please never say we should buy him he is only woth 5mill. A price in the paper is either put out there by the selling club to alert intrest if the want to sell, an agent on a hugely discounted price again to spark intrest or by a buying club to put pressure on a selling club and what looks like 5 mil coukd easily more with the fees mentioned above.

    Please remember this principle an agent acts in the best intrest of his client not the club or fans. An exampke of the above would be benteke hu was bought in for around 8mil and payed comparable like a premier league novice with potential. He has a good season and hears villa want 20 mil for him. His agent acting in his intrest says well he now wants to be paid comparable to a premier league 15 goal a season striker who is worth 20mil or wanys to leave to further his ambition and get paid at the level you value him. Milner moving from newcastle was another.

    Ed feel free to makr a post of this or ask questions ect as it will make this forum a better place if people know what is going on

  • 220 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM


    The ;ad from Ecuador who used to play for Birmingham? Chichu or somethong like that?


  • 221 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    complications to bad guts

  • 222 colwell // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM


    Yes mate that’s him.

  • 223 nut meg // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Mr T uff
    Pass & move,that’s one of the first things I was taught at school almost 60 years ago,it still apply’s to this day. Some people learn quicker than others I suppose.

  • 224 expatmag // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    Hell, that’s sad. So many players seem to be dying in car crashes in recent years.

    Feel for the lads family

  • 225 geordie157 // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Just read about Benitez, sad news. He’d just made a big money move to Qatar too. Was linked with spurs a few Weeks ago.

  • 226 colwell // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Very sad, He only just joined a Qatari team but hasn’t played a game yet.

  • 227 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Stotting down in Benton, still no sign of Remy or Gomis.

  • 228 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Christian benitez died of a heart attack not a car crash

    either way RIP

  • 229 colwell // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    Reports are saying both, car crash,heart attack and heart attack cause by the crash. Who know’s but it don’t matter.

    RIP Chucho

  • 230 Le tooooon // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    @Sir Braveheart

    I 100% agree with your comment.
    But if indeed that is the case and we are in fact calling Lyon bluff then it’s one hell of a gamble, considering we will be up shit creek without a paddle if a striker isn’t signed.

  • 231 viv // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Surely there are better alternatives than Gomis. If NUFC, have 10 million euro waiting to be spent. Gomis could be picked up for a fraction of that in January, as he only has a year left on his contract. They should be looking for a young gun.

  • 232 Ben3arfa // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    What a dull day this has turned out to be

  • 233 JAMSHA // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    rip Christian Benitez

  • 234 toonaids // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    i think Vydra looks absolutley lethal, stupid not to pick a 4 mill striker at 21 who got championships best player. if Czech make it the world cup he would be a fortune next summer.

    then again rumour has it Kinnear has put in a bid for Christian Benitez, lets hope we get him through the door, hed be better than shola, we play with ten men anyway when he comes on ho ho ho

  • 235 John Tudor // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    burst appendix

  • 236 Tommyy // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    So we’ve wasted weeks on Gomes, that’s done. Who the hell are we going to go for now? Gignac? We need Remy and another striker minimum, aswell as a winger. If we bring in just Remy this window I’ve had it.
    I hate the way this club is run and everyday pushes me further away.

  • 237 toon22 // Jul 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Imo we should sign Jonny Wilkinson,his style of play suites AP

  • 238 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jul 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    If there’s no players signed before the first game then I think we should go


    Debuchy ———–m’biwa —————-collo —————–santon

    Ben arfa ——————–tiote/sissoko——————Jonas/sammy

    ———————-Cabaye —————-marv————————-




    Debuchy ———m’biwa —————-collo ——————santon

    ————————–Tiote/sissoko/Anita —————————-

    Marv ——————————————————-Jonas/sammy


    ————————-Cisse ———-vuckic/gouffran—————-

  • 239 ogalaga_toon // Jul 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Everyone is saying we only need 2 strikers, but thats bs. Jonas is getting old and crappy, so unless we put santon in midfiels, we need someone new on the left. Moving up Santon is better, because its cheaper, and that leaves a bigger chance for dummet and haidara to play (probably behind mbwia)

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