Here’s Some Good News For Newcastle

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was not expected to make the start of the season at Manchester City on August 19th, because of the dislocated shoulder he picked up in the second half in the (extremely) embarrassing  3-0 defeat by Sunderland at St. James’ Park on April 14th. 🙁

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Tim Krul – should be fit for two pre-season games

But Tim was interviewed last week and to make the season start, and that he was coming along just fine, and in Portugal the Dutch International was put through some intensive training and the shoulder stood up to that work very well. and now Tim is expected to be able to play some games in pre-season.

Here is Newcastle’s pre-season schedule.

Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pmMotherwellFir ParkW 4-2
Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pmRio AveEstadio do Rio AveL 3-1
Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pmPacos de FerreiraEstadio da Capital do MovelD 1-1
Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pmBlackpoolBloomfield RoadW 1-0
Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pmSt. MirrenLove StreetW 2-0
Tue - 6 August, 7:45pmRangersIbrox StadiumD 1-1
Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pmSC BragaSt. James' ParkD 1-1

It seems that Tim will probably be involved in the game at Rangers next Tuesday night, and the final warm-up game at St. James’ Park on 10th August against SC Braga.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems confident Tim will be fully fit for the Manchester City game, as he said this in the Mail today:

“Tim’s had a tough week,” “He’s come through that, and we’ll have to see where he is. But I’ve got no worries about him at all.”

Rob Elliot has done well in the four warm-up games so far, but Jak Alnwick got only one half in at Rio Ave.

And the defense was all at sea as we under-estimated the opposition, and conceded three goals in the first 26 minutes, although that was not Jak’s fault, as Alan Pardew was quick to point out after the game.

Newcastle are still linked with Dutch U21 International goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, and if reports are to be believed we have bid around £2M for the 22 year-old PSV player.

The news on Tim Krul is good, and it’s in a summer that hasn’t brought much good news to the club – not yet anyway.

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30 comments so far

  • Toon73

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    It might be just him taking the field against City. We may have sold and loaned everyone else out by then.

  • evildick

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Howay the toon!

  • stuart no9

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    he’ll be like a new signing !

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    less than 3 weeks to season start, and we have let go 3 players and no one signed.

    i didn’t expect our transfers to be this pathetic when the previous season ended. i was actually hopeful of some incomings. but i don’t mind having a wager on us not signing anybody this window.

  • mindshaft

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    What with Krul, Cisse and Shola – it’s like 3 new signings

  • mindshaft

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    who said JFK is doing jack all

  • jackostoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    whey heyyyyy
    that’ll do, thanks ed

  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Nine years ago we were offering 20+ million for Rooney, today we are scrambling round for loan deals and knock down fee’s due to contracts running out

  • bills-son

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    This ‘new signing’ thing has been milked to death.


  • stuart no9

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    bills — ashley doing a great job has been milked to death with his 5 year plan and balancing the books , has been milked to death . yawwwwwwwwwm -zzzzzzzzzz.

  • Toon73

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t forget Cabaye has stated he is looking forward to playing this season, so there’s another new signing.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    For anyone interested, I set up a NUFC Blog league for fantasy football.

    The code is 3178-173427 and the site is if anyone wants to show off their football knowledge…

    We have 10 in there so far but I only started it yesterday evening. Feel free to join!

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Just where is this “line” they keep talking about?
    Maybe they need a new one.

  • JackButler

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #14


    It’s the line between Ashley’s hand and his cheque book

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Will the game have a stream link tonight lads

  • Klatoon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Amazing how people forget the 3 big signings we’ve made already. JFK, Wonga and…

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    The other thing done to death is the wonga joke: so and so will give 410%. (or whatever amount)

    Quite relieved if we’ve missed out on Bent. Very good 2/3 years ago or 7 years ago when SBR first wanted him.

    Now too old, too injury prone, has lost his pace, is on big wages and has a poor attitude.

    tbf we made 6 signings in January even if it was reactive, not pro-active. I think we only really need a Remy type who can play left in a front 3 to set us up
    very nicely.

    Pardew is so predictable he will play Saylor over M’Biwa centrally so maybe the need for a CH isn’t so urgent either. M’Babu can play RB too.

    I’m pretty happy with the squad overall . I just don’t have faith in the manager to stop picking his favourites regardless of form (Saylor, Tiote, Jonas) or to play people in their right positions (Cabaye, Cisse, M’Biwa etc.)

    Plus it’s very alarming if Pardew is only now (aged 52) contemplating giving ”pass and move” football a go as if it’s a new fangled thing. This coming on top of his favourite player telling him his coaching sessions suck!

    JFK seemingly after all his bluster hasn’t impacted on anything at all much. Not sure if that’s good or bad!
    A technical adviser was what was desperately needed before any signings and that’s obviously not going to happen either.

    However, this squad with a good manager = top 7/8 or higher.
    With Pardew = 10 – 13. A good manager can = 5 places

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18




    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Cabaye expects to be playing in black and white next season, Cisse staying out, Krul back to fitness, Vuckic (at time of writing) is fit, Colos focused on us and our January signings are bedded in now not all thunder clouds and lightning atm

  • Toon73

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #20


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Good news I cannot see any good news at the TOON….

    Ashley ain’t just happy with the club being sponsored by money lenders – Wonga now we have signed up with gambling in the newly-launched global online gaming brand


    20,000 part-time workers at Sports Direct, are employed on zero-hours contracts – no holiday or sick pay, and cannot be sure of how many hours they will work each week.

    I find it sad that our owner Ashley seems only to worry making money, not forking out on transfers, and fleecing people.

    No wonder we are hated by the rest of the football nation.

    But like many other TOON fans, The TOON is in my blood and I can’t walk away.

  • Toon73

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    It will be if we don’t 2 of these 3 in: Remy/Gomis/Bent.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #23


    Sweat shops, Loan sharks, Gambling … we´re only short a few Hookers …

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24


    I think you’re right that only 1 striker is a vital signing, but I’d like us to sign one striker and one striker/attacking midfielder/winger. For those positions we have Cisse, Ben Arfa, Goofy, Marv, Ameobi and Campbell and that’s just not enough to fill 3 or 4 positions throughout the season. I guess you could still count Jonas as a winger at a push too…maybe Vuckic will push on?

    I’m not bothered about Bent to be honest. He might regain his form but I wouldn’t be upset if he goes to Fulham. I’ll leave that to those who know more than me.

    I think Pardew was right to play Saylor last season. An instant starter in a relegation battle for a young new signing is a bit much to handle so I think it was best to go for what he knew – and Saylor is a good enough player to play for a PL team and so it proved. Depending on how things go this summer, I would prefer to see Colo and MYM play, although it might mean no Brits in the team most weeks!

    I disagree with your placings though…I still think that we’ll finish top 10 and if we’re not looking like it then Pardew will be off. 7th or 8th is my prediction. As for getting any higher, we’ve really got to have a very good season and hope that another club or two slip up.

  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Colo Sus, almost spot on mate. Tiote is a huge liability, get Anita in there instead with him and Sissoko sitting deep and Cabaye pushed slightly more forward. That’s literally a top 6 team easily. The chance of Pardew playing that is absolutely 0%. He is clearly insistent of having a number 10 play behind Cisse. 442 boring football, Anita appearing once every month. This Joke of a transfer window is gonna give Pardew so much ammunition when we are near the bottom of the table playing rubbish football and its because we didn’t sign who we wanted…I’m in despair.

  • geordiemark

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #26

    so 20,000 of ashleys workforce at sports direct are not on job contracts there we go lads our new signings right there wouldnt put it past the tight git

  • geordiemark

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #27


    aye ive been in dispair with the toon for over 50 years now man always the same old story

  • geordiemark

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #28

    at this rate we will sign no one you can see it on the wall, like last season ashley in january had to buy or it was relegation we just escaped that does he think we will again this season without spending money he best think again, ive faith in the players but no faith in pardew,kinnearbasher and certainly not ashley at all

  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Geordie Mark
    My 20 years feels like nothing now haha. Disaster after Disaster, soon as it looks positive something has to happen to ruin it. Same old

  • wynsleap

    Jul 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #30

    The Express is running a piece speculating as to whether Ashley may be about to quit the Toon and put all his interest in Rangers.
    Now that WOULD be what I call great news.
    Can’t wait for the moment this bloke slings his hook for good.


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