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Pardew – I’ve Earned My Spurs – Proud To Be Newcastle Manager

4:27 pm, Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 370 Comments

Newcastle manager has been interviewed in the Journal today and he talks about how he knows he’s managing a big club, and one of the biggest in the Premier League.

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Alan Pardew

And Alan reminds us a bit of when Chris Hughton was the manager, and he cannot believe he is actually managing Newcastle United, and it will be the biggest job he will have in football, and it seems that Alan wants the fans to know he is trying his utmost to bring success to the club:

“I’m very proud to be manager of this club, and I don’t say that lightly,” “There’s so many things that excite me about being here.”

“When things have happened in the past,  and you might question certain things that have gone on, the overriding strength of this club is that I know I am the manager of a very big club, I think one of the biggest in the Premier League. Therefore, my vision and my philosophy must be to bring success, and I must drive that regardless of what obstacles get in my way.”

“If there’s an obstacle in my way, I just have to jump over it. I think I’m the second longest-serving Premier League manager, and longest-serving manager at this club since Sir Bobby Robson. I’ve kind of earned my spurs, and sometimes in adversity I think the fans admire you more.”

“I like to think last year I didn’t buckle and wasn’t negative about the players, the fans or the club.”  “I just got us over the line, and I think that was very important last year. I’m hoping I’ll get the rewards of that this year. I like to think the fans understood I was honest and respectful when we finished fifth, and when we finished 16th.”

It seems that Alan is trying to persuade the fans who don’t rate him, that in fact  he’s good enough to be the Magpies manager – surely he hasn’t been reading the blogs lately? 😀

And maybe we are the only ones,  but if we can get Bafe Gomis through the door, we’ll have our best squad since the great Bobby Robson was in charge.

But it’s also true that the competition in the Premier League is much more fierce than it was when Bobby was around, and there has been some big money spent by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City since Bobby was manager.

Both those clubs have spent almost £1B on their clubs, since their Billionaire owners took over – that’s just ridiculous.

What do you think?

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370 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Oh dear shut up Pardew.
    Why manage our expectations down so much.
    Are you saying one thing to the fans and another to the players?
    Or are we all getting the “we can´t compete with …” speech?

    Everyone repeat after me … you too Loic …

    We have no ambition … we can´t compete,
    we have no ambition … we can´t compete,
    we have no ambition … we can´t compete,
    we have no ambition … we can´t compete,
    we have no ambition … we can´t compete,
    we have no ambition … we can´t compete …

  • 2 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Stroking his own ego much? If us fans had a choice, he wouldn’t even be here any more.

  • 3 Tommyy // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    No, no you have not earned your spurs. To do that we need to see progression on the field, and we haven’t. We’ve seen regression if anything.

  • 4 JackButler // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Oh God…………….please make him stop…………….please get him to just shut up

  • 5 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I had to stop reading that article half way through, i just cant stop laughing xD

  • 6 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    maybe he means hes earned his tottenham spurs?

  • 7 JackButler // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Not sure about earning his spur’s, wish he’s f**k off to them though

  • 8 Rowan Milsted // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM



    Fair enough mate, I sincerely hope you’re right! Bring on a season of fitness, ambition, attacking football and a top 8 finish! OK, I’ll scale it down a bit… let’s just finish above Scumberland 🙂


    Glad it’s not just me! I’d love it (in erratic Keegan voice) if that happened. Not the rich-but-sensible clubs like Saints who are good for football but those mega-rich types who don’t have a financial care in the world… I’d love to see ‘em crumble.


    Ha, I do agree with you that Swansea and West Brom could have very good seasons – I definitely expect them both to be pushing for a top-half finish and I was saying recently that I can see Swansea becoming a top 6 team soon. Saints are also making great strides forward and I expect they will be mid-table at least, though they do need to sign a striker. If Lambert gets injured they’re up the creek.

    I’m considering putting a bet on Man Utd dropping out the top 4 but if they do it won’t be for long and I feel that Moyes is a very good manager. But as for Swans & Saints usurping Man Utd… I would be very surprised to say the least!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I would like to learn a little more about his philosophy…surely there has got to be more to it than just wanting to bring success 😀

    …not that I disagree with that I am just a bit curious about what sort of football philosophy he’s got and how that is going to bring us success???

  • 10 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Poor Alan would get the shock of his life if he had a look a these forums

  • 11 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    just the fact he used the word “I’m” in the same sentence as sir bobby made me throw up in my mouth a little just now…

  • 12 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Kets from previous thread


    You are serious m8, seriously though, you may be right about the sides you mention, but we do not have a good side, Krul is a top keeper, Debuchy and Santon are both very suspect defensively, Colo is slow and cannot head a ball, Taylor is injury prone, Mbiwa lacks a bit of height but is generally good, Tiote is great if he concentrates on stopping the opposition rather than trying to play football, Cabaye is nowhere near as good as some of us make him out to be, Sissoko cannot trap a ball and is always played out of position, Ben Arfa is great when he plays his usual 10/15 games, Cisse is hit and miss, Gouffran no comment just yet, he needs more of a chance, Marveaux is inconsistant, Jonas is past it, Remy could be a god send, we aren’t that good m8, too many of us are getting carried away with the hype surrounding some of our players..

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I t would be hard to resist giving this guy a smack if you ever met him.
    Earned his Spurs hahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nearly relegated 3 different clubs
    2 record losing streaks in 2 different clubs entire history
    Took Charlton from the PL to the bottom 3 of the championship.
    Finished Top 8 in the EPL only once in 14 years.
    Wants people like Bent and Tomkins.
    Got the job because he was a pal of a failed casino owner with no other interviews given.
    Still dining out a 5th place finish in between a 12th and 16th!

    Oh enough already, it’s groundhog day and I’d easily be another half an hour!!

    Basically yes Ash could spend more but we still have a great squad who aren’t allowed to play by a p..s poor manager who is only here by default and 52000 have to like it because everyone’s scared of the alternative.

  • 14 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM


    He isnt even worthy of speaking his name.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM


    fair points but why not play to your player’s strengths?
    no way is this squad a 16th place finish

  • 16 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    “sometimes in adversity I think the fans admire you more.”

    Hm Alan, could I put forward an alternative angle to that statement? – they don’t.

    Spoof – actually marrer hate to disagree but I would say we have the players of a very good team if they were played and positioned correctly. Abilities take a nosedive when the coaching is bad and the tactics are shoddy.

  • 17 valle // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Tow best signings we could have made this season was Laudrup as manager and David Dein or someone simelar as DoF… Thats not how things turned out though.

  • 18 lesh // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    He may think he’s earned his spurs but if the horse doesn’t get fed enough, then Pardew’s gonna be trying to make a champion runner out of a pit pony!

  • 19 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    should have went after the Reading game, still maintain this.

  • 20 JackButler // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I have never known a manager in football to achieve so little yet think so highly of himself

  • 21 toon kk // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    If pardew love’s his job its time he starts doing it better. We have a decent squad which struggle with fitness, f..k knows what goes on in training. Good players come in then seem to deteariate. Not alot to be proud of.

  • 22 sparky55 // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Earned his spurs????? i wish he’d get on his fcuking cowboy horse and get the fcuk out of here.

    Nothing like a bit of pardew self promotion is there?

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Valle and oh shola ameobi

    true and true

  • 24 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Narcissistic egomaniac … wot a nob … he really believes that?

    I can’t stand you Pardew, … as memories of the end of last season coming rushing back 0-3, 0-6, 0-1 all the sickening excuses …

  • 25 BandB // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Dok ….how’s things in the Lone Star state?
    We’re in a bit of a state here too…….
    Rodgers and Hammerstein once asked, “What’s the use of wondrin’?” I that’s how I feel. I’m sure something is playing out behind the scenes, like an invisible planet exerting a gravitational pull.
    Everyone wants to talk about positive football. And I will. When I see some to talk about.

  • 26 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM


    if you can remember just a few threads back I was saying exactly that, Cabaye in front of Tiote and Sissoko with Benny on the right of a front 3 would in my opinion get the best out of what we have, are we better than a 16th place finish, yes I believe we are, anywhere from 12th to 8th depending on injuries and fortune, but some people believe that we are only 1 or 2 top class players away from being a top 4 side, were miles away from that.

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    How could anyone admire him in adversity? is that when he ran down the tunnel after the liverpool and arsenal games?

  • 28 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    To be fair to Pardew, I think its a misquote, probably said ‘burned at Spurs’ and was taken out of context. 🙂

  • 29 winnynufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Forget when we finished 5th & last season.. This season is the tester. As i guy i dont mind AP he comes across & speaks well but for christ sake pleeeeeease stop starting with Jonas man he’s shite & please play the beast (Sissoko) in CM. If he dosent then the writing is on the wall!! HWTL

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    fair point again spoof but right now I would settle for just watching some decent attacking football for a change with people in their right positions and getting played on merit

  • 31 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    yeah lets not get the whitewash brush out for those mackem and scouse results just yet Al. Thats going to take some living down. Just had a cave dweller remind me of that this very day. 😐

  • 32 ciaran-ne // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Pardew did well in finishing 5th, and last season had a season absolutely plagued by injuries. Last year some of his substitutions were a bit dodgy to say the least, but I think he should get the benefit for the doubt and we should judge him between the season starting and Christmas.

    Alot of moaners on this blog imo.

    Who else would you bring in?

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    JB @ 20

    spot on. Wish pardew came on here and read what people actually think not his bizarre perceptions.

  • 34 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    Have to agree with you on some points. The squad is over hyped, i think some people have been using FIFA to get a reference of how they rate players. I think it’s a decent squad, and can be good when they are on form, but i think some of our better players are suffering because Pardew insists on playing the dead wood too much and his negative tatics seem to be having an effect on the players. I think a younger manager with better tactics could turn it into a good squad and with a few changes in personel could even challenge for one of the Europa League spots.

  • 35 JAMSHA // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Get French Football
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    will sign for Tottenham on Friday
    according to @Pepite92 . #THFC #TFC
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    so bales replacement

  • 36 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    what ed didnt add, as part two of this interview:

    “i’m the luckiest SOB to not have been fired for my performance last year, Ashley and the supporters have placed their faith in me, yet it doesnt really matter,as long as i keep cashing cheques. all of the doomsayers can p1ss off, and i have a 7 year contract, so who’s really the moron? i dont care if we end up in the MLS, or ligue 10, as long as i get paid, ill run my system how i see fit.”

    “newcastle is a massive club, and im glad i signed the deal with the devil for my soul, otherwise id probably be the manager of the womans natl club in samoa”

    “i guess im tellign the supporters, that, as a fan of american football, theres no reason we can throw of hoof the ball down and not be successful”

    thank you for your time, and one last note, jonas will start, just to annoy people, and i love him like a son.”

  • 37 toon kk // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Apparently HBA looked totally unfit last night and struggled. Is he eating too many pies!???

  • 38 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Not sure if has been mentioned on other threads but apparently OM have signed a striker, so surely that should make the Gomis transfer easier now?
    Also said OM could be hit with two year transfer ban if they are found guilty of wrecking our deal with Lyon.
    Alan pardew is Alan pardews biggest fan! Was this grass excuse actually real or made up?

  • 39 valle // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Rotonda… Shola? You lost me mate 🙂

  • 40 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    BandB its hot here, 108F on heat index yesterday..

    heres soemthing positive for you…

    you could be a mackem 🙂

    but youre not, youre NUFC, and thats a very positive, wonderful thing 🙂

  • 41 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    @ OM_Officiel: Saber Khlifa transfer is subject to successfully passing the medical examination at the end of week # MercatOM

    My apologies it’s subject to a medical end of week

  • 42 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    paul – but this is virtually the team that DID get into Europa, and since then we HAVE had additions. This team should be able to go for Europa why not? Well, I will tell you why not, no sorry I’ll let Alan field that one.

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    ToonandGloom….The comment re the grass length was…

    “The pitch was a bit long for our liking,” “It meant we had a slow pass out there.” “I didn’t think we were great, but we have really worked the guys hard this week, both on Sunday and Monday.”

  • 44 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Rotonda @30

    I totally agree, someone pointed out earlier (it may have been yourself, I’m not sure) that when we finished 5th Pardew was forced to play a 4-3-3 which did bring some good football, hopefully Remy will be taking Ba’s role on the left and we will get it again, fingers and everything else crossed on that one, if I see a 4-4-2 with Jonas and Sissoko supplying the width I will break down and cry.

  • 45 JAMSHA // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM


  • 46 jimBOB // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    @Jack Butler – I have never known a manager in football to achieve so little yet think so highly of himself

    Joe Kinnear!! lol

  • 47 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    @42 – would that have been the long grass that allowed sammy to nick the ball for our goal?

  • 48 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I know Cabaye is overrated. He doesn’t do enough in games. Players like Sissoko, Cabaye, Mbiwa and Ben Arfa need to be played in the right positions.

    Anita is a great player and needs to be utilised more. We definitely need Toby Alderweireld as Coloccini and Mbiwa are too similar. They are only 6ft max.

    To progress, we should sign:


  • 49 naptoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Managing a big club ?
    Not as big as the saints and Swansea eh Alan?
    Talks more shite than owt … Shut ure trap ffs

  • 50 JAMSHA // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Adilson abral ??

  • 51 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Cheers Ibiza
    So it was blown out of context a bit then by everybody at my work today, who were furious at said comment.ha
    Gotta love Pards never makes it easy for himself he sets himself up everytime.

  • 52 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM


    That’s my point mate, he keeps using s**t players like Shola and Jonas when we have better players wasting away on the bench. And he’s said before that they are working with a tight budget, well why not sell the s**t players and buy better ones, the man f*****g infuriates me!. I’m gonna go for tab and calm down, just talking about him boils my p**s 🙁

  • 53 BandB // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Pardew makes a fair point, that other clubs have strengthened and we are making heavy weather of it again.
    He can hardly be blamed for that.
    But I wish he wouldn’t talk as if we are in that group with Sunderland, Villa, and the newly-promoted clubs.
    I honestly think he has a yo-yo club manager mindset he can’t and won’t ever break.
    I quoted the club’s season’s expectations earlier. Is he talking these down under instruction, or to cover his own bottom?

  • 54 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    is that the smell of a burnt sausage? Or is it snake hehe

  • 55 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    kets, you forgot messi, and rvp… oh if we had them, theyd be our CB and GK, lol…

  • 56 coastalboy // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Will someone wake this dreamer up

  • 57 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Looks like Alderweild is interesting Everton and there preparing a bid.
    SHAME! he’s going to become a great player we could have done with

  • 58 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM


    I doubt we’d even get a look in with Coutinho.

  • 59 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Hotdog, good stuff with the ticket of the McCoist game. They’ll have been loud. Old Firm game is on the cards for me at some point. Looking forward to experiencing it.

    Andymac, cheers, it’s plain to see on the pitch in my opinion. Awful stuff.

    All this Jonas needs to backtrack malark… Santon can’t go forward as much nonsense. Bez was basically left to fend for himself with Ginola in front of him and he himself used to overlap loads. Wasn’t bad that combo now was it?

    Same with Bernard and Robert.

    If we keep possession, we are defending. A lot better than the panic defending which just consists of clearing the ball early and waiting for the next wave of attack from the opposition.

    I heard from a friend who knows a coach at the club and they said that Pardew was like a part-time manager. Flies up here later in the week and most of the coaching is down to Carver and Stone and what they’ve been instructed to do in the time he’s not there.

  • 60 Rowan Milsted // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    According to Chris Burton@SkySports, Adam Campbell is a winger.

    On that bombshell, I’m off.

  • 61 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I’ll give it 6 games before JFK is ‘interim Manager’. If we are growing roots by the time of the Everton game Pardew is in the taxi.

  • 62 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    We’re a bigger club than Everton. I’m not sure about Saylor and Willo is non-league standard, so we definitely need Alderweireld.

  • 63 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM


    Coutinho isn’t gonna come from Liverpool, and Boudebouz is overrated shite! I agree with other two though.

  • 64 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Pokat…I don’t think he claimed it was impossible to score a goal on it, but the long grass slowed their passing down.

    ToonandGloom…It wouldn’t be my place to say whether it was blown out of proportion or not, but yes, yes it was 🙂

  • 65 hotdog // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Did somebody mention burnt sausage. 🙂

  • 66 toon kk // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Our downfall is we’re a poorly run club. We have a owner who just wants to fill his pockets. We have a half decent squad who have a poor fitness level, f..k knows what goes on in training then there’s JFK and our manager who would struggle to get Barcelona to play well.

  • 67 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Ibizatoon what I meant was, was it the same long grass he was blaming for our short passing that made their defender pass short so sammy could nick the ball off him for our goal? He doesnt make any sense, it was the same length grass for them as well I believe although I could be wrong.

  • 68 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I’m off,looks like the fun machine took a s*it and died.

  • 69 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Pokat…I think it is fair to say that all players on the pitch had to deal with the same length grass.

    I have no idea as I haven’t seen the goal…could have been.

  • 70 Jackel001 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    @NUFC_Stats: Gomis saga quite literally a case of the proverbial ‘tapping up’ – OM/Anigo offering Gomis the world via. Contract ready for Jan when he…

    @NUFC_Stats: …would be ‘free of transfer cost’, but no contact via the official Lyon lines. Etienne Mendy, a right hand man of Anigo and also Gomis…

    @NUFC_Stats: …slightly rogue agent at the heart. Requesting astronomical agent fees off NUFC to complete transfer, deliberately delaying until end of..
    @NUFC_Stats: …window! Anigo/Mendy known in France as ‘mafia’ apparently, very corrupt! Lets hope it all gets sorted! #nufc

  • 71 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM


    Obviously I hope your right and I’m wrong, but I just don’t see the ability which gets mentioned on this site, Cabaye is over rated but a decent player none the less, but when both he and Ben Arfa were injured we had no creativity at all, people harp on about Marveaux, they must be watching a different player to me, so inconsistent and even on a good day he is still no world beater, two or three times he linked up well and thread a few decent balls through for Cisse, but they were the exception and not the norm, so without any creativity how could Pardew possibly put out a side which would create and play decent football, Pardew gets critisised for the long ball, but without Cabaye and Ben Arfa who are replaced by the like of Sammy, Shola and Perch, what else could he do, the criticism he gets for last season is ridiculous, he had no choice and by the time the French invasion came the rot had set in, without confidence you don’t want the ball, and if you don’t want the ball then good football does not get played.

    However, what is concerning me is this insistence of Benny central and Sissoko right, that really is pathetic, now some will and already have said, every one believes that they know best but he is a professional and he knows better than us, bollocks, at times you don’t need a coaching badge, all you need is a pair of eyes to see when something is simply just not working, and this clearly isn’t, if he continues with this then as much as I have defended him in the past I will be calling for his head.

  • 72 Wowhatawhopper // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Ketsbaia9 you sir are a moron!!

  • 73 t00ntime // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    so are you guys gonna back off pardew anytime soon and give him a chance? If not, have fun complaining for the next 4/5 months, because MA has decided to give him another chance and you can bet he wont fire him till decemember at the earliest. You can either sit here and complain which time and again has proven that MAdoesnt care. Or you can support the team and AP and try and make ATLEAST the next 4months as enjoyable as possible. Everyone was complaining about JK (including me) yet he got a player DL couldnt get. We havent done anything wrong in the Gomis deal either. JK even coninced MA to pay an extra 2mil to get him (something dl couldnt get him to do for debuchy). Unfortunatly OM are messing it up atm. Point is maybe we overreact sometimes? (yes I know AP+team was sh1t last season, but players/AP have said that we’re practicing passing more so maybe it will be different.)

  • 74 Ben3arfa // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Aulas is a w@nker for dragging the deal but in the end Marseille have done a very dirty move by tapping up the player without telling his club

    not even JFK would do this, not that he is smart enough to think of tapping up players lol

  • 75 isleofmanman // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Top Tips

    Premiership Managers – if you have two lofty centre backs, try sending them into the penalty area every time you get a corner. Then, instead of being creative get the corner taker to aim for their heads all the time and fox the opposition

    A Pardew ex- Player/Manger Barnet FC

  • 76 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    So who would like Gomis and who would like Bent? A don’t want detailed answers, just put the name of the player u would prefer.

    Lets get our own blog poll underway!

    Mines Gomis

  • 77 sparky55 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    come on Gus…throw your hat in the ring!

  • 78 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM


    Wow, calm down m8, he is entitled to his views as much as you and I are to ours, disagree by all means that is what debates are for, but we can still be civil, and in fairness to Kets I have never been aware of him ever making an inflammatory remark to anyone.

  • 79 hotdog // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Ooh come on burnt sausage…….

    Ibiza – alreet bonny lad. I posted a link of the game in an earlier thread.

  • 80 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The goals from last nights fantastic game

    Drink in the fantastic sammy intercept.

  • 81 remember69 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    To be fair to Pardew, I’m sure he is doing all he can with the tools/budget he is provided. It’s easy for fans to criticize the lack of signings etc, but I find it hard to believe that any manager would refuse the injection of quality players.
    Am I staunch Pardew supporter? – no. But I do recognize the fact that he got us to 5th place in our previous season on a very limited budget and I feel he did last year what he could noting the players he had at his disposal. It’s easy to criticize when things do go as you’d like (there weren’t too many when we finished 5th….)
    We are all passionate fans (have been so for 45 years) but sometimes we have to disassociate emotions from the facts as we know them.

    Here’s hoping we can drag Bafe over the line….


  • 82 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    hotdog…I saw mate, but in my current summer apartment I am running off pay as you go 3g internet….oh the pain 🙂

    Might need to call Wonga to keep my internet going to September.

    Re the burnt sausage, did you catch Kets’ holiday diary the other day?

  • 83 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Having been sat watching that match last match in amoungst the Rangers supporters I can only say I will never waste money travelling to see an away game again, we were awful. A complete lack of options up front and the players looked clueless, Ben Arfa was awful and I was pleased he didn’t come out at half time, Debuchy jogged back and didn’t look interested in catching his man, who then played in the pass that led to the penalty. Cisse was back to his clueless self and, to be fair I normally slate Jonas – he was the brighter player in the first half getting in behind his full back and being constantly industrious. Cabaye and Sissoko looked out classed at times not by Rangers midfield but we had possession but not a clue how to use it. They were outclassed when Anita and Gosling were on the pitch together in their places at least they make sensible timely runs as well as good passing and move into space. Sissoko just runs and is all about power, he has very little guile (at least not last night), he moved to right wing after the break and was pretty much obsolete. Pardew looked on from the side lines as clueless as the day he was born. He really needs to go, he is not whole problem but he is where the foundations of the problems are built from. He has no idea how to motivate, organise or tactically use players. He is awful.

    On the plus side I have to say the Rangers fans were as hospitable as any set of fans I have drank with, the atmosphere pre and post match in The Louden Tavern was outstanding and would recommend a visit to anyone.

  • 84 sparky55 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM


  • 85 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    To be fair to mr whopper up there, he probably didnt know the ketsbaia guy is probably still suffering from his casseroled python (or grass snake) he got on his ‘hols’. The hols in his mind.

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Ibiza…do you switch apartment when summer comes?

    …can have yours when I come to visit? 😉 lol

  • 87 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM


    with all due respect critising doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy, I have been critical of Mike Ashley for years, but I have still enjoyed supporting the team, assuming that a critic can’t enjoy what he or she is being critical of is wrong and unfair.

  • 88 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Tootime, he’s been a manager nearly 15 years or something, what more chance does he need?

    I went and supported the club last night in an away friendly and once again we made extremely hard work of a side in the lower divisions of the Scottish League.

    Tank and a half of petrol to get there plus tickets and food etc. The support is not being reciprocated in the organisation on the pitch and hasn’t been all last year either. Poor.

    Lay off Pardew? No chance. Do you get a flat tyre and keep driving just because the engine still fires and the car moves and u can get to your destination, albeit a bit slower? Ah well the car is driving ok, look i can go 15 miles an hour… No, you change the cause of the problem!

  • 89 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM


    I agree with what your saying. My biggest beef with pardew is the fact he plays Jonas, Marv may not be the best player in that position, but in the two seasons he’s been here he has scored more goals and has more assists. And as for Shola, well, he just shouldnt be here. But i totally agree on Cabaye, the whole supposed Barca interest just got to peoples heads i think. As far as wor Benny is concerned, i think he is talented, he does show flashes of brilliance, but hes lazy and seems to think he can use his skill to make up for his lack of fitness, it would probably be best to get rid while he still has some value. I agree you cant blame Pards for all that is wrong, he inherited a squad full of dead wood that was based around 1 formation, so he doesnt have much choice. I just cant understand why alot of these players are still here, maybe i’m missing something.

  • 90 Jackel001 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Toon and gloom

    Neither, Cardozo he’s transfer listed!

    But if I has to choose…Gomis.

  • 91 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Can see Wigan beating Man Utd on Sunday. Going to put a bet on.

  • 92 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Jesper…I rent out the house I normally live in for July & August and rent a less expensive apartment 🙂

  • 93 hotdog // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Ibiza. No enlighten me please!

    Fibre optic mate the future 140mbs 🙂

  • 94 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Underwhelemed but Gomis, change is as good as arest. Bent would be another ball and chain.

  • 95 WWYCD // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Aren’t Southanpton owned by a rich man willing to spend? Or is that someone else?

  • 96 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Ketsbaia no dont mate you might get burnt

  • 97 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Pardews talks well, but his tactical nuance is almost non existant.

    Good manager to stabilize us around the mid table, but no further then that.

  • 98 mattnufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Oh no, Kets is back.

  • 99 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    hotdog…No need to rub it in mate, it can border on 3rd world here at times 🙂

    As for the holiday diary, it basically gave us a list of the various nationalities of his conquests whilst on holiday and ended with that he had managed to burn his sausage…oh yeah, and there was a comment about a kets sandwich….I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions….

  • 100 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Ibiza…what a fine merchant you are 😉

    …so where am I going to sleep? lol

    By the way take a look at this article especially the comment below; it really sums up our situation I think:

  • 101 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    So is OM going to be guilty and we will have Gomis finally?

  • 102 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Jesper…See an opportunity and all that…

    How do you feel about top and tailing? 🙂

    Read the article….what surprised me the most and it probably shouldn’t have, is that we only won back to back games once last season!

  • 103 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Haven’t read the comments yet but I’d imagine he’s set himself up for a barrage of abuse after tis interview

  • 104 Munster Mag // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    How can pardew claim this and then serve up the sort of cowardly defensive rubbish we have seen last season????

  • 105 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Tads…Good guess.

  • 106 SecretSausage // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Laurent Robert 32
    I was in that stand at the other end and I can see myself on your photo hahaha.

    From where I was sitting the pitch altho it looked nice was far too long and as they passed the ball it was slowing down as if on a water logged pitch. you would never see grass that long in the premier league. I commented on how bad it was during the game. They just couldnt get a fast pace to the game because of it. It really was that bad.

  • 107 hotdog // Aug 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Ibiza – kets really! Seems such a quite lad 😉

  • 108 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    “earned my spurs” , What, getting trashed 6-0, 7-3, 5-0, and 3-0 of the Mackems ? . Gimme a break .

    Anyone else heard Anzhi are selling some of their big players ? . Jucilei would be a great buy

  • 109 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM


    the season before last Jonas when covering for Raylor was superb, but that was 2 years ago which is a long time in football, the Jonas of 2 years ago would be great especially for Santon who is so attack minded, but this is now and Jonas cannot do it anymore, but for whatever reason Pardew feels that his experience will compensate for his lack of legs, it doesn’t, what we now have is an exposed left back without any attacking threat down the left.

    With Benny I think the problem is that he is expected to track back and help the defence, this has always annoyed me, put Benny within 20 yards of Tim Krul and I panic, he cannot and will never be able to defend, however, tell him to come no deeper that 10 yards into our half and their fullback will be very reluctant to try and attack us as he will be aware of how dangerous Benny is, as a defender Benny is a liability if he is within 20 yards of our keeper, 30 yards further up the pitch he is an asset as he is keeping players away from our penalty area.

  • 110 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    How is capoue a replacement for bale???
    He’s a defensive midfielder

  • 111 WWYCD // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Bloody hell what’s happen to Anzhi haha I missed that! They have some decent players JFK to the bargain copter! AWAAAAAAY!

  • 112 t00ntime // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    @laurent robert the point is you cant change MAs mind. No matter what you do MA will keep AP here. like him or not he is here. I didnt mean dont complain, I mean theres no point complaining 24/7 cause it wont solve anything if anything it will make the situation worse.

    spoof pointed it out, you can be critical but still enjoy it and thats what i meant (tbf didnt say it well like xD).

  • 113 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Yeah Cardozo would be a great shout, what about kalou ex Chelsea apparently his release clause is only 2.6m from Lille, he knows the prem so would settle easy. Always thought he was a bit lazy mesel

  • 114 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    🙂 i have powers mate!

    Haven’t seen any highlights of the game last but following the txt commentary Ben Arfa was, as many predicted, absolutely woeful in the number 10 role
    Really hope that little experiment has been put to bed because Benny has played for some top managers and none have ever played him there, he is simply not suited to the role

  • 115 Indian Magpie // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM


    Bale is a LB, Think outside the box 😉

  • 116 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    West ham were in for kalou and walked away due to his wage demands

  • 117 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM


    your dead right I did say that, on second thoughts though, can I change it to “try to enjoy it” at times words are easier than actions. lol

  • 118 valle // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    WWYCD… Whats with Anzhi?

  • 119 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Apparently there owner took a hit with some company share to the tune of £350 mil

    Won’t be getting many bargains though the bloke wants to recoup some money and we’d have to negotiate there players down from about €200k a week to £30 odd k a week!

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Indian Magpie
    Ah so he’s there new number 9! 😉

  • 121 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM


    Chuffed you get my monicker. !

    The Pardew mindset is pretty much determined by the guy pulling his strings. If MAsh was giving out ‘onward and upward’ vibes then we’d be getting that from AP. He is just telling it like it is

  • 122 Indian Magpie // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    or # 11

  • 123 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM


    £200k down to £30k, don’t forget we have the best DOF in the world who has so many wonderful achievements to his name, I’m sure this would be a piece of cake to a man of his standing ?

  • 124 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Our new number 9 is Dan Gosling.

  • 125 WWYCD // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Their owner lost a wedge of money and that loving feeling he had at buying footballers

    Article I read said he wanted them off the bills rather than transfer money so fees could be low and am not talking Eto mate haha that Traore(spelling) is meant to be a good player and a Brazilian CM I think they have is good am sure they aren’t on the huge huge wages, having said that I have no idea…can we not just get Willian? One Marquee signing?

  • 126 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    When you put it like that I fully expect to see eto and willian at the toon next week!

  • 127 ToonDownSouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM


    How is Capoue a Bale replacement? The guy’s a defensive central midfielder…

  • 128 Ashton // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    He actually thinks that he should be rewarded for what he did last season. I just don’t know what we’ve done to deserve this abominable retard.

  • 129 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM


    heh, heh, heh, you must be drinking the same stuff as me.

  • 130 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Evening chaps/chapettes. How are we all now?

  • 131 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    @ Spoof

    Some good points there mate. I’ve often wondered if Santon would be better off being converted into a winger, i saw him play for Inter a couple of times and he looked very good at LB. In the Premier League though he looks out of his depth at LB sometimes, but looks pretty good going forward. I cant see Pardew even giving it a go though.

  • 132 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM


    we are Ruddy marvellous ?

  • 133 ToonDownSouth // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM


    Pretty sure the blog’ll die soon, when everyones heads explode from the news that Pardew thinks the fans admire him. So make the most of it while you can!

  • 134 Jackel001 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    @nufcfans: French football pundit Rolland Courbis has told @RMCsport he thinks Bafetimbi Gomis to #NUFC will be completed in the “next few days”

  • 135 Toon1978 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Watching the scum hoping they get a beating but tbf they are pretty decent. Not liking what i a seeing from them. 🙁

  • 136 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Secret, it may not be exactly what we have, but it’s not the length of stoke’s grass which in the corners is very noticeable, nevermind the lower league clubs. Plus it’s far away from being a reason to publicly complain about it. I saw your other post, yes.

    We don’t play super slick football anyway, so that alone shows Pardew should not have banged that excuse in Post-match.

    Pitch was easily good enough for international players to far and wide put the game out of sight against the opposition of just promoted from the lowest Scottish division, Rangers. But we made it hard work, yet again. With Pardew a helpless spectator once again.

  • 137 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM


    Very good 🙂


    Ahh I’ve just gotten to a stage where I no longer listen to a single thing Pardew says. He’s doing the bidding of Ashley, he’s the real problem.

  • 138 Toon1978 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

  • 139 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM


    you hit on a sore point for me, in all honesty the only time I have seen Santo play and say to myself that the lad done really well was against Wigan last season, when he was on the right wing, the lad cannot defend, I don’t say that as a criticism as I feel that it is in his nature, players can start as a fullback but then develope their game, Gareth Bale is an obvious comparison but our own Supermac started out as a fullback, I would really like to see Santon as an out and out winger, I really do think he would be great.

  • 140 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    If Pardew actually understands and believes the pish that his gob wobbles then he’s gone totally wrong in the pea head!

  • 141 santonthenewmaldini // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Could not go to the game last night as was at the Edinburgh Festival as decided I could not be bothered going to watch us play because we are terrible!

    Pretty much summed up by my mates text who said that he really worries about us this season as we played exactly the same way as we have done last season

    Thing is I have watched a few of our pre season games and we only look decent when Anita, Gosling, Vuckic, Gouffran and Dummett are on the field !

    I dont think we will go down as I think Remy , Cisse and Gouffran can score enough to keep us up but we really need to get the finger out

    Arfa looks terrible does he really want to be here?Should try get 25 million of Liverpool when they will be desperate after Suarez leaves and buy 3 or 4 quality players for that money because we just dont look like a proper side

  • 142 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Toontime, I’m not enjoying it though. It’s cringeworthy how the team is playing, with more than capable international players.

    It is so obvious that there is no common coaching goal and aim of how to play and why. It is cobbled together and based on the hope that something will drop to a player where we can score from. Like the fortune of last night’s goal. Wasn’t based around slick passing and movement, but this is the norm.

    I can’t just enjoy what I’m seeing. That doesn’t make sense. If it’s bad, what enjoyment is there? I show my support, but I still see rubbish. I don’t blane anyone for not going at all until Ashley is gone or there are managerial changes.

    Staying until after the Liverpool game to clap the 3 or 4 players who had the bottle to come to the crowd and clap the fans, wasn’t nice. Thousands had gone home after even 3 nil.

    It was dreadful to watch, as was the notorious home game before that one.

    It’s good that you can stay positive about what you see, but I can’t unless I see changes in movement, passing, ideas and chance creation. Until that occurs, I will not believe a word of the talk which comes out of Pardew’s delusional mouth.

  • 143 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM


    I’ve never been bothered about what he says, its what he does which matters, I don’t know if you have looked back at today’s posts, but considering my previous stance on Pardew you may be surprised to know that I am now a bit dubious about him, Ben Arfa in the centre with Sissoko on the right is giving me sleepless nights.

    Its often said that the older you get the less sleep you need, with what Pardew is doing to me I should be 147 years old rather than just the 47, for pitties sake I hope he realises that he is on to a loser, but I am starting to doubt.

  • 144 Mister Tuff // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    All these shenanigans surrounding the Gomis deal will materialise into nothing. Historically I cannot recall anyone having to pay the price for “tapping up”. From my understanding the practice occurs all the time. I’m sure OM will deny any malpractice, as will Gomis’ agents as will Gomis. All equates to no evidence – therefore kicked into touch.

  • 145 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Mister Tuff

    I could be wrong but did Chelsea not get into trouble for tapping up Ashley Cole from Arsenal.

  • 146 JAMSHA // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM


    if bale goes the r in deep shit… dey will need to defend coz no.more attacking without bale

  • 147 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Jean Bearsejour would be a sufficient signing. At least he canwhip a good ball in.

  • 148 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM


    I don’t necessarily disagree with trying HBA in the middle, but Sissoko is not a winger, he may have played there a few times but for god sake he is not a winger.

    I’d try HBA in the middle, sign a specialised winger to play RW and drop Sissoko deeper alongside Cabaye.

    Or play Sissoko, Cabaye and Anita in a midfield three and play a front three of Remy, Cisse and HBA.

    Doubt Pardew will listen though

  • 149 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM


    I actually agree, Beausejour is a very good at crossing a ball, but he is 29.

  • 150 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I have a question for you lads . How many teams under Pardew have we completely played off the park and deserved the result in his 2 plus years here ? .

    I can remember 5

  • 151 SeanNufc87 // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I don’t know why I bother reading these comments some times, I know a lot of Newcastle supporters personally and not one of them are anywhere near as excessive in the bashing of our manager as most on this blog.

    Creative criticism and not one call for his head, granted one of my mates hates him and is giving him 3 games.

  • 152 VanToonMan // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Is anyone else not DEVASTATED that Cardiff signed Caulker? – Top quality young English Centre-Back – He would have been a future dream partnership at centre-half with Mbiwa – honestly that would be a solid pairing for years to come!

    I am more annoyed with our team for not snapping him up (as I didn’t think Spurs would in anyway let him go) – than not signing others atm.

    Gomis, a LW, an ACM and CB – MUCH NEEDED!!!

    My team for City (assuming all are fit):




    ——-Ben Arfa————-Cisse————Remy————–

  • 153 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM


    People have wide ranging opinions. Can’t really say I understand the premise of your point. The fans you know like Pardew, whereas many on here don’t.

  • 154 carl // Aug 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    It was Newcastle supporters who held aloft a banner reading “Support the team not the regime” — it has been doing the rounds at pre-season friendlies since Mike Ashley’s startling decision to appoint Joe Kinnear as director of football — but it was a rare demonstration of rebellion and discomfort.

  • 155 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM


    the problem is what we now have is probably all we will have, so we have to make the most of what we have got, the biggest debate surrounds Benny Cabaye and Sissoko, between them we need one as a no. 10, one as a right winger and the last as a deep lying midfielder, Sissoko’s first touch is average (I’m being polite) but his pace and power from a deep position was well known to us before we signed him, so realistically which of the 3 should he play, Benny could possibly adapt to the no. 10 role, but if he play’s there who plays on the right, Cabaye, surely not, Cabaye is the closest we have to a no. 10, Benny could adapt, but why bother when playing in the middle would leave either Cabaye or probably Sissoko on the right, I realise from previous discussions that you believe that Benny could be a great no. 10, I have my doubts, but what is more important is what we currently have and I really do believe that Benny should on the right with Cabaye doing his best as a no.10

  • 156 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I want Pardew sacked if he keeps putting Anita and Marveaux on the bench and playing Gutierrez, Saylor etc.

  • 157 gaz 44 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    The team for me would have to be

    deb. Taylor collo mbwia
    Sissoko tiote
    Hba. Cabaye. Remy

    personally if we could get gomis in and he’s as brute-ish as he looks I’d like to see him in place of cisse, I love the likes of cisse. Santon etc as they give everything but for me they just fall short of the grade

  • 158 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I have two theories for his selections.

    1) He is a total coward and won’t drop big personality players.

    2) He is clueless.

  • 159 SeanNufc87 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM


    Didnt say they liked him…

    And once again your either trying to wind me up or you haven’t got the message in my post, I think its more than likely a bit of the former as I know your an intelligent fella.

    What I was saying is it seems pointless reading the comments when I can just read yesterday’s comments with them all generally being the same.

  • 160 gaz 44 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Cabaye went no.10 when we ripped it up playing 4-3-3 or4-5-1 whatever you want to call it at the end of the previous year

  • 161 ToonandGloom // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Toon1978 post translate to English

    Member of the Dream Team RMC Sport, Rolland Courbis believes that the Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis well join Newcastle this summer. As a reminder, the striker who does the one-year contract in the Rhône is pushed out by Jean-Michel Aulas. The same Jean-Michel Aulas accusing yesterday Olympique de Marseille have hindered the transfer of the player to Newcastle. “I do not see the transfer Gomis derail Newcastle. It was just maybe a little complicated for a phone call but from the moment Khlifa going to Marseille, I think Gomis go to Newcastle, observed Courbis. There will be a small effort Gomis on his salary and a little effort Newcastle and Lyon for the transfer amount. I see this transfer happen in the coming days. “

  • 162 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Santon’s awesome. Probably the best left back in the league.

  • 163 gaz 44 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I think Jonas will be employed more as a sub this year to park the bus on a 1-0 lead lol

  • 164 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM


    or how about number 3, its pre-season and he wants to get everyone physically and match fit.

  • 165 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Not sure why people keep saying ‘If we get Gomis’ we got a striker, we aint getting another one. In fact given the look of things we’ll be lucky if we get any more players in any positions, hope i’m wrong, i just cant see porky spending the way people hope he will.

  • 166 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    @ Spoof

    Were you in a coma last season ? . Anita never got near the team, same with Marveaux . Both better than the players that Pardew was starting.

    We won 7 games on the spin playing 4-3-3 yet have never tried it again. What kind of logic is that ? .

  • 167 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM


    Winding you up? What? People have different opinions. The vast majority on here don’t like him. If I was to guess what people’s over riding opinion of Pardew, I’d hazard that majority of NUFC fans don’t like him too.

    But yes I agree, comments can be somewhat repetitive.

  • 168 gaz 44 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Anita isn’t physical enough for me so would still be behind tiote for a dm, tiote was terrible some games but his physical presence is missed when he’s not there..
    Anita should be before guttierez at dm thou lol

  • 169 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    I’m waiting til the end of the window to pass judgement on the transfers though i keep thinking surely they can’t let us go into the new season with an under-prepared squad again,i also keep thinking that there is no evidence this regime learns from it’s mistakes so time will tell.

  • 170 DokToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:18 PM


    til hba gets fit, or use him as a super sub.. could play either side of cisse imdo….

  • 171 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    @ gaz

    But how is Anita supposed to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League if he never plays in it . Apparently he has been bulking up in training so that can’t be an excuse. Players like Mata,Hazard,Silva,Cazorla,Oscar are all about 10 stone soaking wet and they seem to do alright .

    The Premier League has changes over the last few years and you don’t have to be a 6’1 powerhouse to be successful.

  • 172 Mister Tuff // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    spoof @143 – that might be so but I cannot think off the top of my head anyone getting into trouble for tapping up -especially as it’s happening all the time.

  • 173 Toonbyblood // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I don’t know why I read this blog.

    The “supporters” moan more about the team and the club more than sunderland supporters – their banter is more amusing than most on here.

    If I was a player and read this blog I’d quit the team in a second.

  • 174 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    The more I read on this blog the more I think that many of the posters on the forum don’t have a clue.

    A recent article in the Independent stated that according figures released by Deloitte showed that the debt owed by the club to Ashley are in the region of £267 million and that is what it would take for him to sell the club so that he can walk away scot free.

    This is why many clubs in the PL are in a better position than NUFC as correctly stated by Pardew in a prior article.

    We have the second highest owner debt with Chelsea owing Abramovich £895M.

    Pardew was one of the best things that had happened to the club when we were 5th, however last year we were lacking yet Pardew has shouldered the blame.

    What about the team??? Where were they in the blame stakes because in some of the matches I watched they didn’t turn up, surely they were as much to blame as the manager. You could have put Alex Ferguson in charge for some of the matches and he would have struggled with what we turned out.

    Yes Pardew is accountable but the blame should have been shared.

    As for Ashley everybody was singing his praises in the last window, yet now despite being owed £267M he is still putting money into the club.

    Player wise almost everybody on here sings the praises of HBA thinking if he is in the team we will be a better team. Even more laughable is the 4-3-3 formation everybody shouts about.

    HBA is one of the problems for me. Not only does he give away possession cheaply, he is not a team player and he unbalances the team. Personally Pardew has it right in leaving him on the bench as I’d sell him however it seems that bids are lacking but that is for good reason as most managers can see past the blinding runs and realise what a liability he can be, something that seems to escape all of the fantasy football fans on here.

    If we play 4-3-3 it is easy to shut down, easy to go around and leaves us exposed at the back making our defence look abysmal, however if you look at the league stats Newcastle were 8th in defence, it was our abysmal midfield and lack of ability to retain possession and create goals that left us struggling for survival.

    Pardew should get some blame however in his defence he was playing with limited resource and new players who had not adjusted to the PL and as QPR found out an injection of too many new faces can have its own consequences.

    As matters stand we are stuck with what we have got. Pardew has to make the best of it. If the fans get what they wish for JFK will be in charge by Xmas and everything will go downhill from there.

    The slagging off of Taylor, Jonas and Shola is unacceptable as they will do what they can for the club. Pardew knows his job is on the line and Ashley know we don’t want him however if half the people on here were real supporters that would get behind the club and accept where we are, what we have and get on with their lives.

    we all want the club to do well however football is a business and in any business you need control and regulation and although many will disagree and do not like the ethics that is what Mike Ashley has done and is trying to achieve.

    I’m not a fan of his or Pardews but before we are crying for blood we need to get the season started and see where it goes.

    More than anything we need to stop slagging the players. management and each other off before the league has even started.

    I hope that Pardew can prove the doubters wrong as the thought of JFK running things is more than I could bear so lets get behind the club and see what happens

  • 175 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM


    last season is history, the only team selections which count are the current ones which are pre-season friendlies.

    For your information I have constantly wanted the 4-3-3 back

    But regarding your original post of team selection, it is pre-season, you are aware of that aren’t you or are you in some sort of stupor which makes you think that it is the middle of February, and he has got to get all players physically and match fit, and the reason he does it now is because losing a game now means nothing so he can play who he likes to get them prepared.

  • 176 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Because I love being told what’s acceptable…

  • 177 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM


    Go back and see your mates on the Scumderland blogs if you dont like then 😛

  • 178 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    So where’s the Kalou rumor from? I saw that on Facebook.

  • 179 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Ketsbia why do you go from making some half decent points to being a total imbecile:

    We would have absolutely no chance for coutinho as he had a storming season for liverpool and is arguably their best player now behind suarez. Liverpool are also a much bigger and more ambitous club than us willing to pay more in wages and transfer fees. Do you think he would take a massive pay cut to come here? Do you think Ashley would pay 25+ mill for him? The answer is NOOOOOOOOOO.

    Also Everton are a bigger club than us as they have been so much more stable and consistent in the last 5 or 6 years. I do think we have the potential to finish higher than Everton though and overtake them relatively quickly if we can play to our potential over the next few seasons – however with Pards at the helm i cant see this happening.

    Again you are a FM playing imbecile.

  • 180 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    and Kets, Scharner is rumored to be signed by Hull City.

  • 181 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    @ spoof

    Do you think Pardew has had some amazing epiphany and will suddenly start playing Marv & Anita, or using different formations other than the 4-2-3-1 that completely isolates Cisse ? .

    This is the same guy that after not scoring from 400 corners was still using the same tactic.

    I get some people are sick of anti-Pardew comments, but they are made for a reason. And its not as if it is a rare occurrence, a lot of people on here think he is a poor manager. Pardew is a nice enough bloke but I really feel for the likes of Marv & Anita who can’t get a game despite outshining others, only to be benched as soon as Pardews fave’s are back.

    I am just worried that is all. No shame in that

  • 182 Spreadthetoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    “Ah Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhaaaaaaaaaaaaah” in the words of John Wayne. What a cowboy…….did he have the spurs to manage NUFC as well! LOL

  • 183 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I Coutinho is a quality player. Got him in my dream team.

  • 184 Spreadthetoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    btw is there a fantasy footy league for the blog this year?…I wanna earn me spurs 🙂

  • 185 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Premiership Manager
    I agree with almost everything you said apart from HBA,it is an honour to have a player of his talent at our club,people tend to forget he has had his leg snapped and fought back from it,when he was in the team last season most if not all the time he was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch,you need somebody in your team like that who is willing to attack almost every time he’s on the ball,when he 1st came to the club he was on the bench because he wasn’t willing to track back if he lost the ball,he started games only when he worked for the team and we started seeing him track back if he lost the ball(something Marveaux is getting to grips with recently).He can go on as many runs as he likes for me as long as he works hard when we haven’t got the ball and a player with his genius it will work out good more than bad.It’s not his fault he is injury prone.Anybody who says we should sell him needs their head looking at

  • 186 colotheclown // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Hi guys,

    First time poster after many years of reading…

    Nice to see someone has faith in Pardew, personally I give him until xmas, if we’re struggling by then, get rid.

    I’m still hopeful on Gomis, we do love our drawn out transfer sagas, he obviously wants to be here so just a matter of time. Any thoughts??

  • 187 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Premiership manager

    I read the first 2 paragraph’s of your post and then I stopped reading as it was obvious that it is you who is clueless so I refused to waste any more time reading.

    Newcastle United are a privately owned club with an owner who did not have to take a loan to purchase us, as a result we and our owner are debt free and pay no interest to anyone, so all of these debts and interest payments are a load of rubbish, any debt which we may have had in the past have been added to the purchase price which someone would have to pay if tey wished to take the club off Ashley’s hands, you are talking crap m8, end of, or are you now going to suggest that Mike Ashley’s Newcastle owes Mike Ashley £135m, we could all say that couldn’t, yeah I’m well off I’m owed £1m, sadly its owed by myself so you no what, I’m still skint.

  • 188 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM


    It seems Pardew is still struggling as to where to play Sissoko, almost as if he’s decided who the DM/deep lying midfielders are.
    I remember an interview whereby he said he was waiting for Sissoko to tell him where he should play and that made me cringe a bit to say the least, unless he meant telling him by showing him ie. trying a few positions in preseason.
    I think we can safely say his best position is and still is box to box. It could just be a case of giving people semi competitive match time so positions aren’t the top concern.
    I would suggest that the Braga game must see the starting line up for Citeh barring injuries of course and hopefully players will be in their best positions.

  • 189 Harley // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Unlike a lot on here I really like pardew. I think he has a lot of dignity, he’s great with the press and I genuinely believe the players like him.

    Unfortunately I just don’t think he has the tactical capabilities to coach these players.

    Sissokho at right wing, Jonas left wing, cabaye holding midfielder, HBA I really don’t think he has a clue what to do with him, cisse last night again played isolated upfront on his own.

    I was optimistic when we signed remy and I totally believe we are after more but I fear pardew will not have a clue what to do with them.

    There’s no Europe now and when everyone is fit we have 11 internationals from major countries on the field. If we get gomis and ince eg I think we’ll have maybe the best squad we’ve ever had. There are no more excuses for pardew, he has to deliver. We have to be up there challenging the the top 8 minimum.

  • 190 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    IMO Sissoko is a box to box midfielder. Not a number 10 or right winger.

  • 191 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    @171 what gives you the right to say most posters don’t have a clue get in the real world they all have clues they are all entitled to opinions

  • 192 gaz 44 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Kets I like Anita but when deployed as dm looks out of his depth IMO , the players you named we’re playmakers Anita can pick a pass but won’t win a game like they can.. His best position for me is full back but don’t think he wants t play there

  • 193 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Cabaye as DM,wasn’t a bad shout imo.His strengths are his vision,passing and he loves a tackle.If you can use this from deeper on the pitch it might pay off,like a quarterback.He’s not the type of player that can go past people often so i wouldn’t like to see him CAM.

  • 194 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    @ Gaz

    What about Thiago Alcantara ? He is only about 5,7 but is still a world class DM. Yes size may be a factor if both players are small but I would pair Anita with Sissoko if we wre going to play 4-2-3-1 :



    However I would play :



  • 195 Spreadthetoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Absolutely correct, your one of the few posters who realises what Sissoko’s strengths are. He’s not a no. 10 by a long way. His threat of socring goals always comes from being very deep. He has pace and strength in abundance. I’d like to see him playing alongside Tiote and freeing Cabaye.

  • 196 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Gaz i dont think Anita looks out of his depth at dm at all. You dont have to be a tough tackling strong player to play that position. Anita has good pace and necer stops running and pressing opponents. This alone leads to opposition players misplacing passes and losing possession. Anita alongside Tiote or Sissokho if he was told to restrict his attacking runs would be excellent in my opinion allowing cabaye or Marv to split open the opposition defense with their vision and passing.

  • 197 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Spoof there is a fine line between a well ran business and one that goes into liquidation. If Shepherd and Hall had continued that is what we could have been looking at.

    Ashley saw a business opportunity took it and invested in it however most business models are based on a ten year plan.

    We have financial stability but the debt to Ashley will remain until his investment has paid off.


    I’d be surprised if we received an offer for HBA, he does offer options and creativity however how many times last year were you sat on the edge of your seat when he was in possession shouting “pass the ball”

    I lost count and the truly good footballers are those who do the simple things well.


    You’re right however when the Mackems refer to the blog and posts as a comic, it does make you wonder about some of the posts.

  • 198 wolfshead@toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    if pards read these posts he would be shocked? hardly it doesnt matter who the manager is he gets it in the neck when things are going badly – der and then there are those people who live in fantasy land who were disappointed when ashley chose pards over pep oh dear 🙁 pmsl

  • 199 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    6’1’s the average height nowadays. A powerhouse would be at least 6’3/6’4 plus. Height isn’t important in the DM position. Anita is far better on the ball than Tiote.

  • 200 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM


    no I don’t think he will but that has nothing to do with using pre-season to aid fitness and match fitness levels, what do you want, the same 11 playing every pre-season game so we then have subs and squad players who are six weeks behind with their levels, think about it, its a squad game not a an 11 men for the season game.

  • 201 Spreadthetoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    How many people are going to leave out Gouffran………..the guys got heaps of potential and plenty of pace.
    How about this………….
    ————–Cabaye/ Sissoko or Tiote——-

    HBA———–Marveaux or Cabaye—Gouffran

  • 202 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    all post should be welcomed apart from the downright crap verbal diarreaoh and bitching

  • 203 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    BPC @ 190

    I like this mid 3 but hate 4231

    Better to play Anita deeper than Cabs and expect Sissoko to do the box to box work so more a 4-1-2-3 if that makes any sense

    Also @169 – there is no logical reaosn why a small skilful guy cannot excel in the EPL and you’ve more than proved the point

  • 204 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I think we can play different players and formation in midfield this season, but I would really like us to start with Anita as a DM with Cabs and Sissoko as a classic #8 and #6. I think that makes for a solid base and leaves out all the interruptionsTiote gives!

  • 205 Spoof // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    Ashley admitted that he bought us for a quick profit, he had a buyer lined up to sell to very quickly, but Ashley was so greedy and desperate for the quick profit that he failed to do the due diligence which scuppered the quick sale due to a £65m debt, this is common knowledge.

    Bankrupt, so you believe everything that Ashley and Llambias spins to you, even though they were proven to be liars by there peers in a court of law.

  • 206 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Premier Manager
    He was the only player we had last season who was able to turn a game,with the teams we had to put out i would rather see him go alone than lay it off to Perch or Obertan,can’t remember too many times when he should have passed to a player in an obvious goal scoring position.He didn’t start many games but i bet he was still up there for assists for us at the end of the season.

  • 207 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    yo-yo…it makes perfect sense (I usual just call it a 4-3-3 – it’s how Ajax play)

  • 208 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM


  • 209 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Pardew’s one of these people who thinks he’s far better than he actually is.

    Up his own arse, is the best way to describe him.

    Be interesting to see what new excuses he comes up with next season. Now that the Europa League excuse can no longer be used.

  • 210 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    @ Spoof

    Pre season should be used to get players fit yes, however t is also used to test out game plans you will use in the coming season against competitive opposition rather than on the training field.

    If it were me I would have kept the back four the same in all of our pre-season games so they get used to playing with each other and it should be :


    But all I have seen from the friendlies is the same stale 4-2-3-1 formation, Cisse as lone striker, Sissoko right wing and Gutierrez left wing.

    Is this Pardw earning from his mistakes like he said he had ? . How does hat saying go ?,

    “A leopard never changes his spots”

  • 211 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    we should get shot of him now before he cooks it up again

  • 212 Jakenufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Can people shut the hell up about which team is better to play who. People just dont know what there talking about and dont know football at all. Its all about player development and how they perform as a team and in training. Not up to some dweeb on a friggin blog who thinks they understand football.

  • 213 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM


    He got 4 goals, 3 assists

  • 214 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    we all know pardew is picking the team and they do not perform well under him he tries nothing new its repetitive and boring and a lot of supporters are sick of it

  • 215 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Ok lads, from now on Jake says you can’t post unless you are a qualified football manager .

    Get a grip man FFS, this is what a blog is for.

  • 216 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Premiership manager,

    It worries me somewhat that you are concerned what the mackems think about this blog!!!

  • 217 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Jake have you been eating some of popeyes spinach ?

  • 218 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Who got the most and how many?

  • 219 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Jakenufc so its not about what we see on the pitch week in week out?

    If i go on the lash every week and walk into the same bar with only lads in i will quickly realise that the place isnt for me.

    I bet pards would walk into the bar time after time.

  • 220 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM


    Sorry, are we allowed to talk about other stuff instead? xD

  • 221 Jakenufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    So posting your squads on a blog is gunna get attension then isit? Alan pardew is going to see it is he? No one cares and there is no point doing it. I think I know abit more about management than most people on this blog. Not being big headed, its just having a degree.

  • 222 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM


    I’m having a look through them now mate, i’ll post the top 5 or something up

  • 223 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM


    Not happy about the very fabric of what this blog is all about/for. Might be moral in that story!

  • 224 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    i have 90 degrees its a right angle
    is your degree in lets me see home economics

  • 225 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM


    I think Gofran will be one of our best players next year as he tracks back, can tackle, create and score goals and last year he was still acclimatising like the other new players.

    With Hadara and Mbiwa I’d play Santon either on the wing or in the middle distributing the ball as he has all the attributes of a world class midfielder.

    If you played:


    Debuchy ———————————————-Hadara





    We would have the versatility to switch playing formations to suit and strength in all areas as one midfielder can drop back to cover for another.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if gosling works his way into the squad this season if he can stay free from injury.

    Jonas, Anita, HBA, Bigi , Tiote and Vucik + the players benched would all create healthy competition and if a player is unfit or not playing well he’s have to work for his place and that is something that we didn’t have last year and I think that will make a huge difference this term

  • 226 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Haha Jakenufc unfortunately having a degree in Art does not make you any more informed than the rest of us – one word: TOOL.

  • 227 roe997 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Apparently theres transfer news about to break in next 24hrs

  • 228 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    PM haha Gosling in the squad what ahead of cabaye/sissohko/Tiote/Anita/Marv/Hba/Guti/Vuckic – somehow dont think so.

  • 229 Jakenufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    No. Its football BA hons and management is my carear path. Last year I managed a group of young lads from south africa which I trained for one season and they ended up winning their devision.

  • 230 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Top 5 Assist Leaders for NUFC 2012/13
    Sylvain Marveaux = 5
    Moussa Sissoko = 4
    Hatem Ben Arfa = 3
    Gabriel Obertan = 3
    Davide Santon = 2

  • 231 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM


    Jakenufc told you to stop that @208, you rebel!

  • 232 tom68 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    You sir are a complete utter pillock.

  • 233 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    so my pro licence counts for nought

  • 234 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM


    If you dont like what people are posting and talking about why dont you just, you know, go away?.

  • 235 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Cheers paul24,not far off the top with 16 games last season

  • 236 Jakenufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I like to read the latest rumours and transfer speculation. I dont like reading people who would play 4-1-3-1-1. Tragic.

  • 237 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I think I managed the same team for ten seasons on championship manager back in the day. So I can understand where Jake Is coming from.

  • 238 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM


    No probs, i was pretty suprised Obertan made it on there, i cant remember him doing anything last season.

  • 239 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Jake that course looks excellent and i considered taking it myself however i am in a predicament in that i have an excellent job that is well paid and has very good career prospects or i could quit and take up that course looking for a job in football that i would love doing. The head wins everytime though i am afraid- Good luck!

  • 240 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I never do the team line up thing anyway tbh

  • 241 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Uncertain toon

    Oops, I forgot he has a degree but the problem is I don’t know any manager worth his salt who would tell somebody that he had a degree to make them listen to his opinion.

    The best managers I know are those who work their way up from the bottom and develop into managers picking up and learning skill sets on the way.

    I had a team of graduates working on engineering solutions and when I did a practical experiment and gave them a set of extending ladders to assemble and extend it took them 10minutes to work it out.

    So much for their degrees

  • 242 tom68 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Go somewhere else then you arrogant p#ick

  • 243 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM


    Blog polis ?

  • 244 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    its pardews job and he is sh1te at it

  • 245 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    To be perfectly honest i’d rather see someone from this blog manage the team instead of Pardew, at the very least we would get some variation.

  • 246 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Premiership Manager

    So how easy do you find IKEA instruction booklets ?
    (assuming all the bits are there)

  • 247 Jakenufc // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Well that was a nice comment. Unfortunatly for you, you are stuck with that ‘job’ for the rest of your life where as I have targets and aspirations of being a proffessional manager and am currently working with mk dons youth team as part of my course. So please dont undermine me as I will be much more stable than you are. Im done. Goodbye fans, put in a good word to mr.pardew and he may even use your crazy ideas. Heres to hoping 😉

  • 248 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    What a c**t

  • 249 nufc1984 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I don’t normally post very often but felt the need to tell jake what a plonker he sounds with his “I have a degree” give it a rest. Do you think your better than the rest then as you have this “degree”?? Most others will have qualifications but aren’t insecure enough to shout it from the roof tops on a wait for it…….football blog. Tool!!!!

  • 250 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM


    If you insist on being in football, learn tp spell ‘division’. Not ‘devision’ as you said earlier. Also, how dare you come here and lay down rules for peoples posts. How arrogant.

  • 251 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Mr Roe is it Gomis must be sorted by now

  • 252 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Yoyo never seen them but with other flat packs it sometimes easier to look at the photo of the finished article and work out how it goes together referring to the instructions if you need to.

    If I was running Ikea’s marketing department I would put an assembly video on youtube but that’s forward thinking for you and something they may not have considered.

  • 253 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    That’s Jake not being big headed apparently lol

  • 254 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Evening guys

    Don’t know if any of you guys have seen this

    Just shows that even if you are considered to one of the worlds big spenders it can go Pete Tong at any time…

    Talking of scaling back though… wouldn’t it be great if we had to scale back to a £35m – £42m budget!!! and these guys are in a mediocre league at best!

  • 255 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Someone stick a pin in his inflated ego. Bell end.

  • 256 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Just ignore that Jakenufc’s s***e, he was probably talking about the team he coached on FIFA 13, and his ‘degree’ is probably in how to troll, badly.

  • 257 nufc1984 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Belfast – if that’s jake not being big headed then I can see why he has deluded himself into thinking he’s a good football manager. Helping a bunch of kids win a title in Africa doesn’t exactly make you the next mourinho. Desperate to put himself on a pedestal. Hope he doesn’t fall and hurt himself!!

  • 258 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I have a btec national diploma in electrical/electronic engineering. So dont tell me how to wire a plug, mo fos! 😀

  • 259 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Really hope that degree is still above the mantelpiece in 10 years time. When he’s stuck in a dead end job like us normal people

  • 260 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I wonder how much Eto’o will go for, i know his wages are way to big for us, and he wouldnt want to come here anyway, but he’d be quality signing, if only.

  • 261 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I have a black belt in origami, so i will fold your ass into a swan

  • 262 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I actually didn’t mean that as to undermine you. Unfortunately for you I actually have a good job but for you it’s all a pipedream. Do you know how many people want to be managers it’s almost like saying you want to be a footballer u idiot. You would probably need to manage at minimum league 1 level to be earning more than me and I doubt you could ever call football manager a stable profession. You are a complete imbecile and you should go and sit on ket’s table.

  • 263 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM


    It will hang there until he cant afford any more toilet paper. Then he will have to use it.

  • 264 nufc1984 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Markaccus I have a btec national diploma in computer studies. So by jakes standards I should be running Microsoft once bill gates hands me the reins. Think of me while your all in your rubbish jobs won’t you??????

  • 265 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM


    he is only on 130k (I say ‘only’ very, very loosely! lol)… I thought he was on 1/4m weekly… that’s why he signed, or so the media made out when it happened anyhoo!

  • 266 Bedsmag77 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Just seen this on Twatter:

  • 267 Markaccus // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    He must have left. Cant face the comments from the people he has angered. What a total toss-peice

  • 268 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Belfast @235

    Speak for yersel m8, surely you knew shouting ‘TELE… TELE’ in the city centre had no prospects before taking the job! 😉

  • 269 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM


  • 270 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    See, arguments happen when I’m not here too. I knew I wasn’t crazy…lol

  • 271 Belfast // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Well Downing’s an upgrade on Jonas, so I’d probably be happy with that one. Doubt It will happen though, unless he takes a massive pay cut.

  • 272 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    @Krul To Be Kind

    Bloody hell, so did I. Do they have massive taxes in football over there, like in France?

  • 273 scout // Aug 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Evening chaps, does anyone know why you can’t buy tickets for level 7 for the west ham game on the site?I’m back in the region and wanted to get a couple of tickets for my dad and I??

  • 274 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Where would Downing play? LW??? LB??? That doesn’t sound like a good fit.

    …unless we are playing 4-4-2 or 4-5-1

  • 275 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Paul – no idea buddy, There is all this provibcial crap and former state shite in Russia for what I know and I think the state Anzhi are based is a war torn one… dunno though… he’s 31 now and didn’t look that great against the mighty toon last season in the EL!!! 🙂

  • 276 lesh // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Pardew haters, just be careful what you wish for.

    You want rid? Who’s gonna replace him? Be realistic and cast your minds back a few weeks.

    Ok, Hiddink’s available as is Poyet AND so are Kinnear and Mick Harford!

    Suggest you guys support Pardew, much as is it hors against the grain, otherwise you might just see a partnership of the Dynamic Duo – Kinnear and Harford.

    If you want that, carry on shafting Pardew but….

  • 277 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    they putting mike ashleys bargain cream puff stall in there

  • 278 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    lesh it does not matter if we get rid of or not its the regime that needs to be removed .but saying that who cares any more ashley has the club and us by the nuts

  • 279 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Pizicato @270

    I’d say he would be playing on the bench regularly with himself if he came… I hope that rumour is a nonsense!

  • 280 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Just offer Anzhi £ 25 million for Jucilei & Willian. Then we can have:





    Worth a shot anyway 😉

  • 281 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Ruddy…Let’s not get carried away now 😉

    However, congratulations, 24 hours in and so far no biting. I’m so proud 🙂

  • 282 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM


    That is nice… willian is special mind but not at all fussed on Jucilei… Tiote the better of the 2 when he comes back to his former self… seen flashes of him in the 2nd Portugal game and he looks hungry again when the game got a bit tetchy, which I thought was the most promising thing of this pre season!

  • 283 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    @Krul To Be Kind

    I thought he looked pretty good at SJP, i was on the edge of my seat anytime he got near the 18 yard box.


    Thats what i said yesterday, if Pardew go’s we’ll end up with old Joe at the helm *shudders*.

  • 284 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Go Ruddy!!! 😉

  • 285 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    BPC, really? If Willian is available, he should be lured by the other bigger teams unfortunately.

  • 286 Patoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Kno i’l prob b shot down for this and i absolutely love watchin Ben Arfa but for a player that is so good on the ball he has little end product, imo he is far 2 greedy and doesn’t hav enuf assists for my liking, he holds on 2 the ball 2 long then ends up losing it cos 2 many players surround him so my starting 11 would b

    Debuchy Colo Yanga Mbiwa Santon
    ———-Cabaye Sissoko Marveaux—–

    Ben Arfa

  • 287 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    @Krul To Be Kind, Downing on the bench does not help the bench at all. He’s a left-side midfielder and that’s it. Where else would he play? Man, I just wish he wouldn’t come.

  • 288 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    @ Arizona

    I know wishful thinking 🙂 . You never know till you ask though, they might be willing to sell with their financial problems .

  • 289 catchy in norway // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM


    are you saying , we should stick with this tried and tested negativity that we get week after week from this guy,,

    right now, id be happy to see Ronald mccdonld take over for pardew, at least then id understand why we played sh**,

    every week pardew talks a good game, before the game, then sees it in a totally different way to what the fans see it, and then tries to put a spin on it to make it our fault for expecting to much,,

    he has started already with his mind games, southamtom are a bigger club than us ,ehhh is this guy for real,
    fair play to them, there a great club, but come on, in every way we are a bigger club, punching below our weight,

    he is the problem,, full stop , from a playing point of view,

    yes there pratts above him, but he sorts the playing side out

  • 290 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Krul…Good lad, it’s good to know he has the support of the blog.

    Ruddy…We’re here for you mate.

    Lesh…Easy, have tried that recently and people don’t like such unambitious thoughts….

  • 291 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    BPC, if we want him, we would really need to do everything silently. I think Willian is in high demand if he’s available.

  • 292 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    catchy…I trust you’re having a good summer?

    Not to start off with disagreement, but I don’t think he said they were a bigger club than us.

  • 293 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    Yeh – would make sense.
    I wasn’t taking the P but I have more than one higher level qualification and am currently building my own house so having an education and being practical aren’t necessarily opposite unless maybe … its a BA in Football Management and you can’t spell division

  • 294 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Seen some twitter stuff about te makems from morodor going crazy about a pre season win and trying to wind up Toon fans which got me thinking is anybody worried about the movement going on in mordor… the only player I think they have done well with is Gaccherini the winger, he s tasty but I don’t think PDC could manage his shopping tbh

  • 295 Ibizatoon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    In fact, here is the direct quote…

    “In particular, Liverpool and Spurs have spent a lot of money, and other clubs such as Swansea and Southampton have coordinated their financial strength really well.” “You look at a club like Southampton, and they’re in a much stronger financial position than us in terms of purchasing players.”

  • 296 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM


    Welcome back … just don’t know what we’ve done without your cheery and positive outlook since the end of last season

  • 297 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM


    So we got to worry about Mackem Orcs as well as Trolls ?
    Oh that’s precious….

  • 298 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    @ Krul

    I’m not worried really. Like you say the only player that would get in our team is Giaccherini, although him and Marveaux are pretty close IMO . Altidore maybe but personally I don’t think he will get anywhere near the goals he got in Holland.

    Their biggest problem is integrating them all together in such a short space of time. We saw how hard that was with 3 players in January. Let alone near enough a full team.

  • 299 noladonna // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Worst bit about the interview is the fact he mentions being the second longest serving manager in the premier league, like that’s an achievement, what a clown this guy is wish he’d just shut his pie hole and put the best team on the pitch but that won’t happen I’m not falling for the Pardew mind fcuk!!

  • 300 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM


    v. good! My money is on them to really struggle, without Fletcher they have nothing… he’ll break like dawn at some stage!

  • 301 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM


    If I remember right watching Altidore when he was younger and more raw at Hull he was nothing to get excited about… Didn’t he struggle in Spain too?!

    Defo for bottom 5 for me

  • 302 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Just had a look at the Mackems squad list and i have to say its pretty ropey, even by there standards. The only decent players they have are Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessengnon and Emanuele Giaccherini. I think Giaccherini’s agents must have lost something in translation, when they said do you want to play football in the north east of England he must of thought they meant the Toon, poor bloke.

  • 303 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Paul – didn’t sessegnon have a fall out with PDC season end and get touted around… think we were linked with him too… decent player but think he will go off form under PDC

  • 304 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    How anyone can watch this video and say Gutierrez deserves to start over him knows nothing about football IMO .

    Such a silky smooth player with bags of talent. Feel so sorry for the guy wasting away on the bench.

  • 305 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    And you are too true with the ropey statement, think we have it bad with Pardew… PDC is also a Neanderthal!

  • 306 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Sad to see that the vocal minority still see fit to throw petty insults at our manager and seek to undermine his ability to manage our team.

    I’ll support our manager and players unless I see them not trying hard enough for my club. I’ll reserve my insults for that crazy Italian and his bunch of misfits down the road…

  • 307 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I actually feel sorry for Jake as the lad is trying to do well for himself but he’ll soon realise the sign of a good manager is one who doesn’t need to boats about it and is somebody who learns by his lessons, puts it down to experience and then comes out fighting after having learned from the experience.

    It is a slightly hypocritical statement because you would think that Pardew would have got it by now, would have new ideas and a new approach for this season.

    I hope he can prove his doubters wrong for the sake of the club however he is up against it and having JFK waiting in the wings doesn’t bode well for the future.

  • 308 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I know we can all be sentimental at times but I really hope PDC does take them down.

  • 309 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM


    He’s still there, not sure if he fell out with him or what. Wouldnt be suprised if he did try to ship him off, given PDC’s a racist Mackem scumbag.

  • 310 lesh // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    catchy in norway….. So you’d be happy with Kinnesr and Harford? Get a grip man!

  • 311 Back Door Man // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Pardew, like most so-called managers, hasn’t really got a clue. Good teams consist of players who have tactical awareness and apply it during the games and the only influence these dicks who manage have is subbing (often an ineffective tactic unless by chance it works then we don’t hear the end of it), shouting/gesturing. Fools, the lot of them!

  • 312 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    @Big Pappa Cissé

    That was something i was talking about earlier, Jonas got 1 goal last season, Marv got 2 goals and 5 assists in less than half the number of games jonas played.

  • 313 yo-yo // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM


    Yes I agreed with pretty much all of your post @174.
    AP does have certain very irritiating personality traits that get up a lot of peoples’ noses – but you can hardly blame him for the owner’s personality traits too

  • 314 Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM


    I hope that both Marvaux and Goufran get a good run in the first team as they bring other players into the game creating space, linking play and making goals.

    Hopefully the whole French contingent will have acclimatised to the PL as there can be no excuses.

  • 315 TorqToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I see the mood on here is back to normal again! That didn’t take long!! 🙂

    Evening gents!

  • 316 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM


  • 317 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM


    I don’t normally watch youtube links posted but I took a chance on that Marveaux one and it was WELL WORTH IT! He was something special that night, his fleet of foot is so good his flair is class too, if we could consistently get 90 mins regularly from him then that would be a start, I say it’s his fitness that lets him down mostly… watching that he was as good as HBA on his day with more footballing nous and vision

  • 318 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Torq ya legend… welcome back…

    Christ you were sadly missed!

  • 319 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Hi Torq! Good to see you back. I’m not sticking around, just popped on to see what the vibe is and I see we’re back to Pardew bashing…

    I do like the Mackem bashing though, that seems like a much more healthy hobby for a Geordie!

  • 320 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    @ Krul

    Yeah I really hope he stays fit. We really lacked service to Cisse last season and Marveaux is the key to unlocking that service. His end product is on par if not better than HBA but for some reason Pardew doesn’t see this.

    I honestly think HBA,Cabaye & Marveaux could be our version of Hazard,Mata & Oscar. Cisse will score with the right service

  • 321 TorqToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Krul – Evening krul. I doubt that is true across the board, but thank you, my friend.

    TDS – So I see. Makem bashing I can do all day long and not get bored, pardew bashing bores the heck out of me! 🙂

  • 322 NewcastleMole // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    It it worth pulling out of the Gomis deal and put in a cheeky £10m bid for Lacina Traoré?

    Anzhi want to sell top players.
    He has same agents as Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Sissoko so we have experience of dealing with them.
    He’s Ivorian so Tiote could play a role in persuading him to come.

  • 323 TorqToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Tudor – Think your clock is wrong, sir?!

  • 324 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Makems from Mordor

    AKA – Orc’s… as Yo-Yo put

    Marveaux needs to get a RUN of games in LM/LW and persevered with, he can unlock defences I think Remy will play as a wide AM in that balls of a 4231 job we play… I think he will do well in our side, tricky, pacey, and an eye for goal 6 in 13 for a struggling side was a good return for someone coming in on January

  • 325 TorqToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Most importantly…

    Mr Harrison. Fantastic news re your latest set of results. More important than transfers, Newcastle Utd and football as a whole.

    Your health and continued recovery should be In the forefront of everybody’s minds any time your log onto this forum.

    Thank you for all you do, keep up the good fight and continue to win your battles, my friend! HWTL

  • 326 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    @ NewcastleMole

    Gomis deal seems to be going nowhere so might be worth a go, though he would be on ACON duty along with Cisse, which would only leave us with Gouffy and Shola, maybe Remy if we get him long term.

  • 327 Unbelievable Tekkers // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Pardew out! Torq out! 🙂

  • 328 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM


    Although effective he is, he’s also terrible to watch with that big gangly frame, crouch on roids!

  • 329 Ben3arfa // Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Is Gomis really worth the fuss ??

    I dont think he’s worth the saga currently going on . We need to move on to a new target !

  • 330 TorqToon // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Tekkers – That must be some kind of a record!! Only been back a day!

    Couldn’t have possibly upset anybody already?! Haha

  • 331 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    @ Ben3arfa

    He’d be a good signing i think, but the saga going on to get him is just taking the piss, we should have a go at getting Seydou Doumbia instead.

  • 332 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM


    We need to stick in there… he will be worth it

    We could have the French international squads 5 integral players HBA (if he ever makes up with Deschamps), Sissoko, Cabaye, Remy and Gomis… if they click then we could be on to something imo

  • 333 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Evening lads!

    Have anybody heard anything new on the transfer front? Any rumors?

  • 334 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Can’t get me swede round this Gomis fiasco!
    That Lyon Aulus bloke strikes me as a real wrongun.
    Does anyone know what the issues are stopping this goin through? Surely the only spanner OM can put in the works is better personal terms, but Gomis seems intent on joining us does he not? whats the hod up?

  • 335 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Paul – would be interesting to know Doumbia’s wage with CSKA given that CSKA have the lowest operating budget in their league out of the big 7 in Russia. He might be more affordable than has ever been thought… they also have wagner love and im sure he is on some packet

  • 336 Sazzer // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I would take René Meulensteen from Anzhi …

  • 337 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Uncertain Toon…we actually had a debate about that earlier today and frankly we are non the wiser 🙁

  • 338 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Sazzer…he has been fired!

  • 339 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Sazzer – he was sacked after 16 days! he’s out there now doing nought!

  • 340 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    Around 3.5 million euros a year

  • 341 catchy in norway // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM


    I have had a very busy summer, a good one though, moved into a new house, ( old one really needs loads of work ),
    been on here only a few times, very disappointed in how its all shaping up, “if im honest”


    if you ask me, this is all a ploy to get pardew , I think his 8y contract is water tight, so bring in a guy that will mess everything up, enter mr joke K,

    already I see the brinkmanship going on between them, who will last the longest ?

    I see JK pissing many ppl off, I think Mick H said no because this could damage his carreer as a young coach,

    pardew doing the same as last year, not coming out and saying we need players, totally botteling it, pardew is digging in as he knows he will never get a job like this again,

  • 342 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM


    Was it on the previous post? Cos i refuse to read it! I won’t read anything/talk to anybody that suggests that Southampton are stronger that the toon in any regard mate.
    And that’s no disrespect to Ed.

  • 343 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    paul – 68k pw is nothing for that class of player, and it’s warmer in the NE haha 😉

  • 344 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Uncertain Toon…I think is was before midday so may an earlier post 😀

  • 345 cestriasteve // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Torq, welcome back, hope you dont mind me asking you some tactical stuff:

    Do you reckon our 2 FB santon and Debeuchy are actually the right FB’s to support a 4-3-3 formation?

    What do you do with Sissoko and how do you put him with do you go Tiote, cabaye, Sissoko. You see I only see him as working in a 4-4-2 formation or 4-4-1-1.

    Both these 2 areas worry me, not the the platers arent good enough but how we play them.

    Our best FB performances came from Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson in a clear 4-4-2 formation..

  • 346 Unbelievable Tekkers // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Torq – Im still angry from when u scuppered the PEA deal and for bringing JFK in!

  • 347 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM


    Aye, totally forgot about Doumbia till just then, would be a great signing given his pace and strength, and his goal record is 121 in 199 appearances, wonder if he’s mates with Tiote 😛

  • 348 Sazzer // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Yeah I heard there are chaos in Anzhi. A William steal woulnd’t hurt.

  • 349 richyg01 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Earnt his spurs!?

    I wouldn’t let him manage my dream team!!

  • 350 Krul To Be Kind // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    richy – v good

  • 351 John Tudor // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    still on deli time tyvm

  • 352 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    cestriasteve…I think both fullback would work great in a 4-3-3 which is setup the right way (not the Pardew way) and for me Anita would come before Tiote any day of the week.

    Anita as a DM safeguarding the defense when one of the fullbacks go forward and Cabs and Sissoko in mid as a classic #8 and #6 combo.

    TS and I had a great discussion about this earlier (I think it was TS lol)

  • 353 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM


    Just had a skeg through and found it, too early for me that. Got a bit stuck on John T’s maths sum!
    I reckon Marseille are trying to do what floppy chops did to us with Remy.
    By all accounts the lad wants to come, Lyon have accepted the offer so you’d expect it to get forced through. I think it was you that said Gomis should give his agents a slap, my sentiments exactly. It’s like the tail wagging the dog with agents, they’re nobody without the player!

  • 354 cestriasteve // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Captain I think you know I favour the choice of good old wingers but its not obviously our strategy, 3 up front with Remy especially sounds really, really exciting its just those 2 FBs ability to defend which give me the jitters.

  • 355 BDin9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    48 years old, No degrees,2 kids, My own house, Jake I need your help….toss…

  • 356 aidytoon9 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Play Anita as a deep lying play maker with sissoko and cabaye either side with more freedom.
    Remy and benny either side of cisse.

    Jonas, shola, Orbertan, gosling out.

  • 357 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM


    I like your thinking. Especially Jonas, shola, Orbertan, gosling out.

  • 358 Pokat // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Cabs is a receiver and distributor of the ball in AM but has rarely been able to play there. Sissokos strength is really in his ability to spot a channel in deep midfield that cuts right through to the opposing defense, but he has been played too far forward to get the necessary momentum, he too is stranded. Tiote is a rotating loon who is dead keen but cannot time a boiled egg let alone a tackle. HBA does not get enough games in one position and Pardew continues to experiment with him, also he is ludicrously indisciplined as regards to fitness. I am beginning to think we have already seen the best of him. Santon is ok as a LB, OK as a winger but not good as either and crap at both (which is what he normaly attemts to do. Debuchy would be even better in a better organised team, but normally has a vulnerable player who loses possession in front of him so is reticent to get forward as he likes to. Jonas has had his game surgically removed by trying to nursemaid 2 positions, his and the left back, also drifting in to assist the dragged-back Cabaye or the lost sissoko. Cisse is a great instinctive striker with a deadly accurate first time attemt from virtually any direction or angle, but who gets lousy service from the abovementioned poor formation.

    I like Pardew for having a go, but I wouldn’t let him put a 3 Years and under jigsaw together. Other than that, Howay the Lads ha ha ha

  • 359 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Uncertain Toon…there is just something about this Gomis deal that bothers me…something just doesn’t add up! I cannot put my finger on it, but if he have agreed a deal with Gomis and Aulas says we have met their demands then who is not satisfied and why?

    …there seems to be a problem yet again with agents and I am getting fed up with them to say the least; maybe Torq knows something?

    cestriasteve…I think Pardew’s task at hands this season is to try and find some balance – now sitting to deep and not going all gung-ho.

    I honestly think we can accomplis more in a 4-3-3 than a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 with the players we have and I we would always be able change between formations. Formation doesn’t really worry me, but we seem to lack real wingers to pull off a competent 4-4-2 🙂

  • 360 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    *now = not

  • 361 Bearsize // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Pardew is so in love with his favourites. I keep saying this has a big effect on the players not just us fans. Hence dire performances. I have experienced this myself at a much lower level and it sucks. You lose heart before a ball is kicked. Any players on here will know what i am talking about. Carrying guys who are terrible does nothing for morale, especially when the quality is on the bench

  • 362 cestriasteve // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Pokat, whats the cure? do we have the midfielders and how do we play them with those 2 at FB? Does Anita take the place of the Tiote mr. 360 degree… oo shiote ive lost it… kick him!!!

  • 363 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    One sentence that caught my attention

    I’m the second longest-serving Premier League manager, and longest-serving manager at this club since Sir Bobby Robson. I’ve kind of earned my spurs, and sometimes in adversity I think the fans admire you more.”

    Just like when he said we always play football on the front foot, now we all admire him?? Your either deluded or just talk pure pishhhh!!

  • 364 paul24 // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I think Santon could make a good winger given the chance, and to be fair to the lad he went from Serie A and not getting that many games to being thrown in at the deep end in the Premier League. As for Tiote, the more i watch him and the more i look over his stats, the more i think he is just a liability and isnt cut out to be a defender. I’d much rather see Anita get more games, sure he’s small, but he is more skilled and reads the game better than Tiote, and to be honest size doesnt make that much difference as a DMF, if you can time your tackles properly you can dispossess anyone, regardless of size.

  • 365 jimmysmith // Aug 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    How does a scrapping battling side like Newcastle use a guy like Marveaux in the cut and thrust of the Epl when he can’t play effectively on the wing and can’t defend effectively anywhere. He’s a bit part player despite his obvious talents unless he ups his work rate and learns how to contribute when the opposition has the ball or unless we magically start dominating the opposition.

  • 366 jimiley // Aug 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    We have to be patient and give Percy time. He has an 8 year contract. I am pretty certain that if he sees his contract out, some time in the next 7 years he will get us relegated. Keep the faith in Percy and Big Mike!!

  • 367 Uncertain Toon // Aug 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    Agree totally mate, but how come we don’t here of any unrest. I know Ba, Colo and someone else had a word with him about the way we were playing(tactically), but while Colo was team orientated obviously Ba was a bit self serving there.
    They must have talks with senior players especially when it’s not working on pitch, however things don’t seem to change which worries me mate.
    I don’t dislike Pardew as a person, but he appears to be very rigid. I think he’s a likeable bloke and the players respect him and that’s how they follow his tactics.
    But ultimately you can only take so much and it’ll go south with the players.
    I sincerely hope i’m totally wrong and we hit the ground running and more importantly that means Pardew has adapted and he is the right man!

  • 368 tdyson // Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I am not Alan Pardew’s biggest fan. But I will always back him whilst he is manager. Yes he has favourites, but it seems everyone has very short memories.

    Does no-one remember when we finished 5th?
    Narrowly missing out on a CL place?

    No one becomes a bad manager over night!

    And whilst he is the manager of Newcastle I will back him till the cows come home.

    Everyone will slag him off all they want, but can you imagine if we finished 5th again with a good cup run this year?

    Where would all the Pardew haters be then?

  • 369 lesh // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    @ 174 Premiership Manager /Aug 7, 2013 at

    Prem, you wrote a lot off sense in 174.

    The way some are working up the anti-Pardew hysteria, there’s a danger that their negativity and frustration’ll have a negative effect on the players. At the start of a season, that’s a recipe for relegstion. Then who woud they blame, Pardew?

    Wake up before this negativity gets out of hand.

    174Premiership Manager // Aug 7, 2013 at

  • 370 mindshaft // Aug 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    To be fair to Pards I think he has something in his contract where he has to do media duties at least twice a week, allegedley one of the reasons Houghton was sacked was that he wasn’t media friendly

    However why can’t he up expectations instead of playing us down, seems like he’s thinking we’ll do well to get in top 12 which is hardly exciting the fans for the new season

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