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Blanc – I Hope Cabaye Will Be At A Big Club Come September

11:03 am, Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 221 Comments

In the same way that Lyon have complained to the French Professional Football League about Marseilles attempts to derail that Gomis transfer to Newcastle United, maybe Newcastle will have to protest some of Laurent Blanc’s rather unprofessional and uncalled for comments today about Yohan Cabaye.

yohan cabaye in blue

Yohan Cabaye – in action this pre-season

It’s not the first time Blanc has openly talked about wanting Yohan Cabaye at PSG, and he has even had the cheek to say that Tottenham are also interested in the 27 year-old Newcastle central midfielder.

In early July Alan Pardew complained bitterly about Blanc doing his transfer business in the media, but then unfortunately in the same interview Pardew went on to say that Newcastle were after Remy, Gomis and Bent this summer. 🙁

Here’s what Laurent Blanc has said about Cabaye today:

“He is a very good player, I have not changed my mind.”I read that Tottenham are also interested.” “I hope he will be at a big club come September.”

It’s always bad when a club does their transfer business in public, and unfortunately that is what Newcastle have done this summer, and we hope that will change in the future.

Blanc’s comments are nothing less than a clear attempt to unsettle Cabaye at Newcastle, not to mention his insinuation that Newcastle are not a big club, even though we finished 5th last year in the Premier League – the best football league in the world.

Newcastle have every right to complain about the new PSG manager trying to unsettle one of the club’s very best players.

But Yohan Cabaye will cost £25M, so if Tottenham or PSG have that kind of money to dish out for Yohan, then we suppose Mike Ashley would let him leave, but if that happens Newcastle must bring in a suitable replacement.

Cabaye was an excellent Graham Carr capture from Lille two years ago, and he cost only €5M (£4.25M at today’s exchange rate), and since joining Newcastle he has been capped 23 times by his country and become a regular in the French side.

Yohan has improved immensely while at Newcastle, and in two season he’s played 73 times for the club with 11 goals and 11 assist, and he has also been linked with a possible move to Manchester United this summer.

But we would still be very surprised if Cabaye leaves Newcastle this summer.

What do you think?

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221 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Bloody Hell Ed….I’m trying to have a conversation here mate!

  • 2 Rainrix // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Ooooo just had to stick the knife in at the end there blanc didn’t you?

  • 3 cyprus // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    The fitness guru is still fit though 🙂

    On Jonas and others always playing. AP has to rotate the team so that there are like 18 ‘first-teamers’. Crap players in the first half should be substituted, with one – Shola? 😉 sorry Indian, that’s for you, I know you are reading 🙂 for the last 10 min.

    I think it’s more of a ‘flexible’ 4-3-3 at Spurs, but I see your point.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    who cares…very inconsistent for us during his time here.

    If a big offer comes all the best and move on.

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Hey……blanc……….fcuk you!

  • 6 cyprus // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    25 mil?? Done! But bring in three 8 mil players…

  • 7 Brutooon // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    its the world cup year,

    if we are still relegation battler by dec, he will move by jan

  • 8 Spellcheck // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    What a T**t

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Ha, I won’t tell a soul! 😉

    Yeah, Tiote can’t play that style. That for me was one of the reasons he was so poor last season, he was trying to do too much and change his game. He should break up play, and play the simple pass. He is outstanding at that, and has a superb pass completion record despite his poor season because of it.

    Discipline wise, I think people overstate it. Less yellows (only 7) than Cabaye last year, and just the 1 red. That isn’t a bad record for a tough tackling DM.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    cabaye is our goalscoring midfielder and he should be getting 10 goals per season !

    sissoko/anita are more than capable of replacing him but we will lose that extra few goals a season imo but saying that i’ll tempt a hammering and say if its goals then gosling ^^

  • 11 Rainrix // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Sage…. But you have to ask would Jk be able to bring in replacements within the window if we did sell cabaye? Even if we got say £25mil from cabs to invest with players i imagine we’d still be haggling over agents fee’s and odd 500ks for god knows how long.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Fine Monsieur Blanc, you can have him. We will take Menez Sakho and Rabiot plus a few million.

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    For me Cabs is a bit like Benny
    On his day he’s simply fantastic but those days are few and far between, although he has had a bit on mind

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Just to be clear, I have no problem with a formation using wingers. I just don’t see the point in Pards using wingers when we don’t have any out and out wingers that are Prem class available to pick.

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    So every club owned by a billionaire is a big club.

  • 16 Graeme // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    A copy of the story:-

  • 17 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    If we play TIOTE only when a “disruptive player” is required against a particular team, then he can let his hair down and do his thing. Yellow cards wont be as worrying, or a disruptive even the odd RED!!

  • 18 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    lol 25mil ????? fk u 50 mil.or fk off

  • 19 G.unit // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Here is the full article from the Laurent Blanc interview: –

    In no way is he saying that Newcastle are not a big club!! Selective editing by someone!!!

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM


    totally agree…good comparison there.


    not too sure, doubt it but we have a lot of CM players anyway….sissoko, tiote, anita, bigi, marv…plenty cover

  • 21 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “I hope he will be at a big club come September.”

    Yes, that big club is Newcastle United.

  • 22 roe997 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Psg are not a big club.dick

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM


    for me a big club is man utd, liverpool, arsenal, madrid, juventus, barca, milan, inter…etc etc

    A big club must have a great history, a period of dominance in their respective league and also some european experience/trophies too.

    People seem to confuse the term big club and competitive club these days…city, chelsea, anzhi etc are competitive as they have the money but they dont have the rich history of man utd, liverpool, madrid.

    Still big compared to some clubs and they may be 10/20 years down the line but currently i dont count them as big clubs.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    IM…it seem so in some peoples eyes!

    BUT who cares about Blanc or PSG. If they want Cabs then pay up or shot up (they are starting to sound like Barcelona when ever they want a player but don’t want to pay up)

  • 25 wynsleap // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Blanc is obviously a disrespectful idiot and if Cabaye was genuine in his affection for the club he should publicly put him in his place.
    Does Blanc know the fabulous history of this club and the fact that it has a bigger average attendance than either PSG or Spurs?
    Grow up Blanc – you’re making yourself look stupid, childish and pretty ignorant.
    (Having said all that it doesn’t stop me agreeing with the posters on here who would be happy to replace the disappointing French midfielder with three cracking signings if we could get around £25m for him)

  • 26 jimBOB // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    He has already stated he is quite happy at the toon…….Blanc needs to pipe down. Kinnear will actually swim the channel to smash him up, apparently he has swam it before………there and back.

  • 27 Rainrix // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Sage…. Plenty of players at CM for sure, but truly creative CMs we lack. Sissoko anita bigi and tiote dont have that ability to unlock defences like cabaye does. Marveaux does have that ability but is a tad inconsistent (no less than cabaye though really) and i get the impression pardew doesn’t really favour him. Vuckic could probably do a job but he’s a man of glass as we know.

    I reckon we need a actual no 10 now as we are, considering the amount of chances we dont create. If cabs went we’d need one even more.

  • 28 Scottiedog // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Benny & Cabaye out – Sinclair & Ince in!!

    From what I have heard from the reports over the last few pre season games Gosling has wiped them off oh the field!! Do Benny & Cabaye actually care or want to fight??

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    So what Blanc actually says is “I hope he will STILL be at a big club in September”

  • 30 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    People will probably take a hissy fit to this bit…

    Newcastle are not a big club. Won nowt in decades. We do not attract world class managers. We struggle to get really big name players in. We are not attracting the positive media coverage that we used to.

    I know people will cite tje passionate fan base and the fact we hover around 20th in the richest clib table, but really it takes more than that to be a big club these days. We were once… we could be again. But we are not at the moment

  • 31 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Just Read comments

    So tottenham are a big club!

  • 32 G.unit // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Crikey, I think people should read the FULL article before calling him every name under the sea.

    Anyhow, beats the constant Pardew bashing for at least 10 Minutes.

  • 33 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has lodged a complaint to the French Professional Football League after seeing Marseille potentially scupper a deal with Newcastle for the sale of Bafetimbi Gomis. The French PFL have since released a statement.
    Mr Aulas says that during negotiations between the representatives of Bafetimbi Gomis and Newcastle, Olympique de Marseille intervened to make contact with the player and his agents without warning Lyon. As a result, if the negotiations with Newcastle should collapse, it would be Marseille’s fault.

  • 34 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Cabs can go we will have Ibrahimovic and Verrati done deal 😀

  • 35 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I was going to agree with comment # 30 until i realised who had made it.

    NUFC are not a big club, yes potential is there but neither are PSG. looking at the basics of a club only.

  • 36 dan5679 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    should be looking to sign players like this instead of wasting money on high wages and transfer fees on old players ..his name is Iker Muniain Goñi i think he will end up at one of the top 4 teams in a few years

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM


    we would create more than enough if we played as a team and not 11 individuals…no link up play, everyone too rigid, sit too deep.

    the team is poorly managed and can’t see it changing anytime soon…would love pardew to surprise me but from pre season i cant see our style improving at all.

  • 38 Toon1978 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I think as much as there is respect for our great club NUFC in France, I also believe there is an element of jealousy and animosity towards us in France also. Not only Blanc but can anyone remember the nasty comments from the Montpellier hierarchy not so long ago in regards to Mbiwa? Some believe that we are not a big enough club for these players which stinks of arrogance. Maybe a closer look in the mirror is required by Blanc as after all, he did bugger all for France and ultimately failed. He is now manager of Psg so therefore feels superior. Psg are what they are for 2 reasons, one is because they play in a poor league hence the reason they qualify for CL on most occasions and secondly, they are backed with unlimited funds. Blanc needs reminded that a truly great manager wins silverware at a mediocre club with very little funds. Mr Blanc, get off your high horse you arrogant pit sniffing garlic munching plank. Rant over my apologies. HWTL.n

  • 39 brian kilclines pony tail // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    we’re in a good position with cabaye, i dont think he suits our league, he’s very petulant at times. He is not worth 25 million from last seasons showing and because he is in his prime age bracket now so his value wont get much higher.

    I dont hope he leaves because he is a good player, although i will understand if he does go, and i think all parties will benefit from the transfer.

  • 40 Le tooooon // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Sneaky editing. He actually says “I also read that Tottenham are interested in him. Newcastle, Tottenham, or Paris — I hope that he’ll still be at a big club in September.”

  • 41 spitfire_ // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    There should have some penalty for managers who comment players of other clubs… especially if there is some kind of hint for transfer.

  • 42 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    read the full report lads….it does put a slightly different slant on it.

  • 43 geordie157 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I like cabaye and think he’s a good player, but I also think he’s over rated. He like many others was poor last season, but that could have been down to personal issues and tactics etc. 25 mill though would be too good to turn down, if psg money plus Sakho would do nicely.

  • 44 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Le toon

    It is Ed’s fault

  • 45 naptoon // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Blanc has now replaced redknapp as the person I would now like to slap in the chops.
    Worry about ya own team nob head

  • 46 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Thanks for the links to the full article – puts those comments in context. I was also a bit peeved after reading the edited version but that’s actually quite misleading.

    So, the Gomis saga takes another twist. Meanwhile orrible arry tries to get Defoe. I hope he fails in everything he does.

  • 47 Ben3arfa // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Gomis deal looks dead as it stands since Lyon have just sold Lopez to Al Gharafa


  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I would love Iker Munain at this club, but Man U were quoted 20million last summer for him, and I doubt he would come to us even if we were willing to match the fee.

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    for me a big club is all about history like liverpool and man utd.

    When people say they want to join a big club like city, psg, monaco…they mean a rich club that is going to compete in the league.

  • 50 wolfshead@toon // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM



  • 51 Rainrix // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Sage…. Yeah everything sounds so hopeless when you but it like that. He’s too stubborn nothing will change sadly.

  • 52 geordie157 // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The big club debate is always a funny subject. Leeds fans think they are a big club based on their history.

    For us i think the minimum aim should be top ten every season.

  • 53 nut meg // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Gorgonzola @ 34
    On a previous post you mentioned Dusan Tadic. I’d be interested in your opinion of him if you’ve seen him play live.

  • 54 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Newcastle are a big club but not a successful club.

    In Premiership only ManU, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are big and successful clubs based on trophies won and positions in the league over a number of years, although both Liverpool and Arsenal are going through a lean trophy spell.

    Man City haven’t really got a trophy track record over the last 10 years but are coming up fast.

  • 55 kt97toonarmy // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Blanc is a knob for saying these type of things about our club. We have the very best fans and support filling st James park every week. We have some brilliant players. More then capable of a top ten finish this season maybe more. I really hope PSG go into debt nd go bankrupt leaving this tosser out of a job.

    Oh I forgot PSG can’t even fill half there ground. Hmm how loyal are ur fans blanc? And if it weren’t for this billionaire PSG would have no money and wud b out of business like a French Plymouth or Portsmouth it makes me laugh.

  • 56 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    We really need to get a move on with these transfers like, the season is getting closer by the minute. I am glad we have brought in Remy but we are still short of a Left footed winger and possibly another striker.

    If Cisse gets injured in training that means we only have Shola & Gouffran for City.

  • 57 potski // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Omg! Read the article, he says:

    – he doesn’t expect to buy any more players
    – they are not pursuing Cabaye
    – Newcastle are a big club

    Much more interesting is his comments that Sakho might leave. Get him please Joe.

  • 58 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Ha, that’ll learn me for not reading all the previous articles before posting. That was hardly breaking news @33!

    On Cabaye, he was poor last season and almost anonymous in some games but I think the combination of many poor individual performances, fatigue and missing players were to blame. Our entire team under performed for various reasons; even Krul was far from his best. I think we lost a lot of confidence.

    It looks like we’re going to keep him this summer and that’s a good achievement. We need another 2 or 3 in, which we almost certainly won’t get, but keeping the likes of Cabs, Krul & HBA will be very important should we do so. I’m hoping that a pro like Cabaye, ahead of a world cup, will be busting his gut to be back at his best this season.

  • 59 geordiemark // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    dear mr blanc the price is £50 million for cabaye either pay up or shut up can see a case brewing between us and psg here with fifa involved for tapping up players and theres only one clubs fault here ———— psg and mr blanc ( really your wife told me mr blanc ) haha

  • 60 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    geordie157 @ 52

    Yes, it’s a strange and never ending debated.

    Newcastle fans often quote the size of our ground and its capacity to justify the club being a ‘Big Club’ but Queens Park is possibly a bigger club than ours and a bigger club than all the English Premiership grounds except Old Trafford and The Emirates, but no one would ever rank them among the elite of the UK.

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Hell yeah sahko is a beast!

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    QPR? Come again? Reasoning?

  • 63 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Nut Meg

    No but I know of plenty of guys from my country that rate him very highly quite a buzz about the player…surprised nobody has gone in for him.

  • 64 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Al Gharafa announced the signing of Lisandro Lopez from Lyon on their website. Which probably means Gomis ain’t coming.
    Not really that bothered, we were getting absolutely ripped off for a 28 year old in the last year of his contract. Hopefully that money now goes towards a young striker other than Bent and a winger.

  • 65 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    We have QPR beat in almost every aspect other than owner ambition.

    Stadium – Newcastle
    World wide fan base – Newcastle
    Local fan base – Newcastle
    Better team – Newcastle

  • 66 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM


    I didn’t say QPR. I said Queens Park. Capacity 52,500.

  • 67 kt97toonarmy // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Big pappa cisse

    U forgot something

    History- Newcastle

  • 68 cyprus // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I honestly don’t think Cabs will be gone. His poor last season guaranteed that. Same with Tiote and some others. Thanks for that trick lads! Now on for the CL!

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    For the record we are the ninth most successful club of all time, take away Abromovich and the Mansours we’d be sitting in seventh, we have the third biggest stadiumbin the country with one of the biggest fanbases , we have in the past broken the world transfer record and are currently the 20th richest club in the world from a list of thousands despite one of the meanest owners.BIG CLUB.

  • 70 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Don’t delude yourselves into thinking we’re a big club. We’re on par with everton. The top 4 has constantly changed throughout time, just because we were in it for a period doesn’t mean we’re big.

  • 71 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Ha, okay. Still, I wouldn’t say ground capacity is indicative of a big club anyway. Although I guess that is the point you were making!

  • 72 kt97toonarmy // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM



  • 73 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    If Lyon need money couldn’t we go for one of their other forwards?

    How do people rate either Lacazette or young Benzia?

  • 74 Belfast // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Definitely time to move on from this Gomis deal now.

    I would make an enquiry for Jelavic at Everton, nearly sure I read he’s looking to leave.

  • 75 cyprus // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Jail for Ashley,
    9th most successful?! Where? In the North 😉 Don’t forget your A.Villas and Forest who have actually won the big one….

  • 76 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    @ Shola

    You don’t have to be in the top four to be a big club. Outside the top four the bigger teams IMO are Liverpool,Spurs,Everton & Newcastle.

    Some people are forgetting that Cabaye was suffering from depression last year as well. That has to affect your performances.

  • 77 potski // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM


    May be he is dangling Sakho as a carrot to get us to talk about Cabaye:)

    I think I would do a swap. I don’t think Cabaye is irreplacable. Get the lad from Wigan.

  • 78 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I’d agree with that but let’s be honest the only thing really making us big is the fan base and stadium. We’ve flirted with success but never quite crossed that line and won a cup or the league when really we should have.

  • 79 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM


    Ha, yeah, most of our players playing badly last season does help us keep hold of them! all part of Pardew’s genius plan…


    For me there are so many criteria for labelling a club as a ‘big club’ and a lot of it is so subjective that I tend to avoid the debate but you have managed to put it quite clearly and concisely there. I’m surprised that we are the 9th kost successful club of all time though… based on average league standings? I’d be interested to unpick that one a bit.

    I’ve always reasoned that our stadium and fan base makes us something of a big club. We have a global fanbase, too. It would be nice to cite some trophies though…


    I read ‘QPR’ too somehow!

  • 80 Belfast // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    We could be a big club if we had the right owner In my opinion. We’ve just went backwards under the current great leader.

  • 81 Bearsize // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I like the fact nufc runs at a profit now, especially with the fair play rules coming soon. Has anyone noticed how these rules have been ‘coming soon’ for ages but nothings been enforced?? I could be wrong. Have a feeling now the french teams have billionaire owners, platini and co might cool off on the idea of fair play. We’ll see though. I have a feeling it wont change anything anyway, it will just make smaller clubs be more desperate to sell their players to the bigger clubs for cheaper fees to balance the books. Win win for the big clubs (the important ones, with the most money 😉 )

  • 82 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    When I say that things are shaping up well, I know there are a few areas that could be improved and I hope they will be. But I’ll wait to see how we’re playing in the PL before I judge style and so on.

    I still think we’re in a better place than we’ve been for years. We do have 2 goalies good enough for the PL, but I’m not sure if 3rd choice will be Alnwick or we need to bring someone in.

  • 83 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    How much do you reckon it would have changed us for the better had we won the league in 96? Okay blackburn also have and look where they are now…but I firmly believe that we would have gone on to be challenging year in year out like Arsenal.

  • 84 Belfast // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    It won’t matter bearzize. All the big clubs will just sign huge sponsorship deals. It will actually make the bigger clubs even stronger than the rest.

  • 85 Ginger // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    When will people realise this?

    A few signings and we’ll be flying.

    A few signings and well be top eight.

    No we wont. It doesn’t make a difference about our signings, because Pardew will more then likely play them out of position if at all and have the team on a constant negative tempo.

    We’re continuing to defend 1 goal leads and then losing them, we’re also continuing to play the likes of Gutti and Tioté.

    All the signings in the world wouldn’t change that.

  • 86 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Lilongwe & Rowan

    Yes, the point I was trying to make was that the size of the stadium and it’s capacity doesn’t make the club / team that plays in it a ‘Big Club’.

    It only means the club has a big stadium.

    West Ham will have a bigger stadium than us at 54000 when they move into the Olympic Stadium but whether they get those numbers I doubt.

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    If we bring in a third choice keeper I’d prefer an experienced player at the top level, someone who is coming to the end of their career. Ship Alnwick out on loan, as we did with Krul and Forster. For me the crucial thing for backup keepers is experience. Coming on with 30minutes to go I’d be much more confident knowing the player has been on a pitch at the top level numerous times and won’t be fazed.

    Plus an older keeper allows room in the squad for when Alnwick and Woodman are ready for first team football.

  • 88 Bearsize // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Lol belfast yeah those loopholes fifa will claim they couldnt see. In that case MA should just plunge a 100 millon of SD into…….wait a minute what am i thinking lol

  • 89 low fell mag // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    For a club , who have never won nowt since 1969 it is amazing that we still fill that stadium with over 50,000 fans ,says enough.
    We are a Massive club.
    Do you think Man utd or even Barcelona ,would have that fan base after nearly 45 tears of nothing but heartbreak @ tears.
    I think not !

  • 90 Jail for Ashley // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Not on league standings but trophies won.

  • 91 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    low fell mag

    you haven’t taken into account that we are a one club city though

  • 92 Newcastle Brown Alien // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Imagine if PSG got hit with a 2 year transfer embargo like what may happen to marseille. I would laugh so much as that is one free spending team to not worry about

  • 93 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM


    Yeah, I’m all for an experienced keeper. I heard there’s a good lad at Hull we should think about…Hooper is it?

    There must have been a reason we let Harps go though. Many clubs are in our situation and just hire an experienced goalie on an emergency loan if one of the first 2 get injured.

  • 94 Belfast // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    It was stupid rule dreamed up by Platini because he was jealous of the English clubs success in Europe.

    He’s been very quiet about it since Psg started spending all the money, and now Monaco are doing the same.

  • 95 martoon // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned this morning but Anzhi have put all their players on the transfer list. I seem to remember they had a couple of good players including a decent winger – might be worth a look Joe.

  • 96 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    low fell mag @ 89

    Newcastle supporters would say how loyal we are to support a club so much that has won so little.

    Fans of other clubs would probably say of us that we are delusional.

    Wiki “delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary”. Says it all really.

  • 97 deano9988 // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    blanc says ” i hope cabaye will still be at a big club come september” not i hope he joins a big club. selective editing

  • 98 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM


    All their players?

    Any reason why?

  • 99 Mister Tuff // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Whats all this earlier on about the blog being a “wolves den”. The inference being I suppose you get savaged or ripped to shreds. Oh dear me,I had better twed with caution and I won’t be fwightened off. However, just to be on the safe side I had better give a howl.
    There now preliminaries over. Anybody got any thoughts about the results of the SC Braga game and the City game.
    Braga have recently drawn 2 -2 with Norwich and beaten West Ham 1 -0. They finished fourth in their league so look to be doing ok. My punt for Saturday is a draw 1-1.
    City -game – if they get first day nerves we may get a result. If they click -we may get a walloping. Sticking my neck out whilst I want us to get a result I fear a 3- 0 lesson.

  • 100 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    ToonDarnSarf & Lilongwe

    Julio Cesar, very experienced keeper and without a club

  • 101 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Yeah, I have mentioned that in the past. I really think there are more important areas to focus on then Keeper unless Krul’s injured shoulder is looking like it may not be a one off. We did the emergency loan twice in the past during the Prem years, Budgie came back, as did Tommy Wright.

    As for Harper, I was under the impression that he chose to not stay as he wanted to end his career with more opportunities, rather than being third choice?

    Yes, they are all up for sale, but matching there generous Anzhi pay packets may not be doable.

  • 102 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Julio Cesar is still at QPR. Available to buy, but at a club. He has also said that he will not take a pay cut, which is the only thing holding up a move to Fiorentina at this point in time.

  • 103 low fell mag // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    OH SHOLA, I have certainly taken that into account.
    When you are a club that win trophies year after year like your Barcelonas @ Man utds you accumulate supporters from all over this country @ the world .
    Just in the small world of Low Fell, there are numerous people who support Man utd , Liverpool even Chelsea @ Arsenal.
    No doubt where you live ,you will know people.
    They are called glory hunters.
    Would these people be supporting these clubs if we were successful .
    Again I think not ,they would be Black @ White .

  • 104 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Mister Tuff @ 99

    I find it difficult to predict the Man City score as they will have a new manager and possibly a new style of play even with many (but not all) of the same players.

  • 105 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM


    That would make sense regarding Harper and I wouldn’t begrudge him that. I’m perfectly comfortable with the emergency loan option.

  • 106 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM


    Pavel sernicek also came back for a game or 2 in 2006-07

  • 107 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM


    I thought he was a free agent, maybe not so free then !

  • 108 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM


    The chairman was so p1ssed off with the bad start they have had to their season hr sacked the manager and listed all the players. Kind of an over reaction really 😀

  • 109 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Morecambe in the league cup away.

  • 110 WWYCD // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Blanc is trying to unsettle Cabaye no two ways about it. Should keep his thoughts out of the media

    And I take it Gomis is no longer available? Again I wonder who is in our second list of strikers? Any guesses?

  • 111 Toon1978 // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I see Pards has mentioned Sinclair again. All talk and no action once again. Instead of flapping gums about him go and get him. Remy,Gomis and Sinclair would be a great summer. Come on sort it lol.

  • 112 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I don’t think QPR are asking much for him mind, but wages would be the issue.

  • 113 la pie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Laurent Blanc said in the press: “Newcastle, Tottenham or Paris, I hope he will still be at a big club comes September”.
    So he is actually saying Newcastle are a big club.

    And let’s hope Cabaye stays here in NCL.

  • 114 vipgreek // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Why dont you pay the amount Newcastle request Blanc , then shutt your smooching

  • 115 WWYCD // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Morecambe away eh? Standard away defeat haha least it’ll be by someone new

  • 116 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    We have never beaten Morecambe in a competitive match…

    (We also haven’t lost or drawn with them though)

  • 117 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM


    Its not up to pards to go and get him. Maybe he is hopping if he talks about him enough, jfk will take the hint.

  • 118 nut meg // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Gorgonzola @63
    Thanks for that reply,it’s really just what I wanted to hear.I don’t normally go overboard about any player unless I’ve seen them live & never judge them by you tube BUT,I ‘ve sort of hung my hat on this guy & feel he’d be a great fit for us. Siem De Jong would’ve been my first pick but he’s staying at Ajax for now. Tadic is my choice now.

  • 119 ToonDownSouth // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I’d be very surprised if we’re seriously interested in another striker.

    Is a midtable side managed by Pardew really appealing enough to have an £8m striker sat on the bench? Because Remy, Gomis and Cisse will not all be on the pitch – in fact given that Jonas has a guaranteed starting spot, we’d be lucky to see 2 of them simultaneously.

  • 120 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM


    Yeah, cabs is going to find it hard to play with Blancs mouth wrapped around his dick!

  • 121 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM


    Blimey. More than OTT.

    I wonder what their fans think.

    Many fans on here have wished for a very rich Russian billionaire to take over from Ashley but they are assuming that the new owner would be sensible and rational. I bet the fans of Anzhi and nearer to home Hearts of Edinburgh think differently.

  • 122 WWYCD // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Cheerful bugger! Ull get told off mind!

  • 123 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Cabaye out for £25m, De Jong, Alderweireld, Boudebouz and Gomis in.

    We also need to get rid of Gosling, Shola, Willo, Tavernier, Amalfitano and Obertan.

  • 124 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    We could also go for Cristian Eriksson.

  • 125 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Morecambe in the league cup away.

    Need to be wise about this one

  • 126 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    No chance on Cesar. Why would he join us as backup when he wants to play for Brasil next year? He will join a club as first choice.

  • 127 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Yes slank, most of these oil billionaires are…erm…. shall we say eccentric, to say the least…… others would say down right psychotic! Hanibal Lecter was origionally from that part of the world, and look at that mad bast**d

  • 128 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM


    Everyone I think would like quite a rich owner like cities…spends big, builds a huge world class academy and looks set for the long hall.

    But for every owner like that there are 10 more who havent got as much money as they say/lose interest/etc and do much more harm than good.

    I quite like our current situation…still get some good players in, never know how we will play on the weekend, never know where we will finish, never expect too much…it’s more fun I think that watching a win every week…probably just me who thinks it though haha

  • 129 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Boom boom! 🙂

    How was the holiday? Did you have any trouble getting girls in to your hotel?

  • 130 Bearsize // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Fifa are so corrupt. Especially blatter when he was last elected. That guy try to oppose him for the presidency and before u knew it, that guy got done for taking bungs for his world cup vote. Blatter said he was shocked lol cant wait for him to retire but there is always someone there to take his place

  • 131 adwend // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    LOW FELL MAG you are spot on no club in the world would fill a 50000 ground if nothing was won for fifty years

  • 132 martoon // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Thankyou Markaccus for answering Slank’s question. This is quite a good explanation

  • 133 tiotal football // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I agree that we should sell Cabaye if a two million bid comes in however I cannot see why everyone is so amazed by Anita.

    Yes, I think he is a good standard and a brilliant squad player, but haven’t seen anything near the ability to outshine Tiote and Cabaye in their natural roles.

    Personally, I think he is in between the two and better at both positions overall. As in, Tiote is better than him at breaking up play and cabaye is better at him at passing but in opposite roles the two aren’t good at all, whereas anita can play both equally well.

    But to say he can step in and replace them is not true, he doesn’t have the build to do a tiote role and doesn’t have the vision or ability to fill cabaye’s either.

  • 134 tiotal football // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    that should say £25 million not two!

  • 135 DEEB0rider // Aug 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    The difference between what Blanc has done and Pardew stating that we’re interested in Bent, Remy, and Gomis is that all those players were put on the market by their clubs and/or wanted out of their club already. Furthermore, we actually made bids for each of those players. Blanc hasnt made an offer and is talking about one of the most important and influential players at the club, one which we want to keep. What Pardew said to Blanc was basically put up (a bid) or shut up….he’s done neither.

  • 136 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM


    I’m probably one of few who doesn’t have a hang-up about Ashley. I support the team.

    I look at Glasgow Rangers, Hearts, Leeds, Wolves, Portsmouth, Forest and I’m sure others that have fallen from grace and I think it could have been us.

  • 137 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM


    Yeah i answered for you because i know you often have to disappear for a while, so slank could have been waiting for hours in theory 😀

  • 138 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    very few leagues have anywhere near enough tv and prize money to make it worth while spending hundreds of millions, only really the prem league really.

    The spanish league has 70% of money going to madrid and barca so others dont make much even when doing well.

    Germany doesn’t make a fortune, nor italy….so difficult to justify spending 200mil to win league when you might only get half back.

  • 139 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Hello, didn’t even get any girls back into my hotel. There wouldn’t have been any trouble anyway. The bloke at reception was sound. Had a threesome with 2 english lasses, met 3 dutch lasses, 1 russian and 2 swedes. This dutch lasses mate wouldn’t let me bang her so that was the only disappointment really, but all in all, it was a sound holiday. Thanks for asking.

  • 140 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM


    (raises one eyebrow comically) Really!!?? Trophies won?? I’m, well… I’m just… surprised.

    Transfer Sage

    Well said! It would be great to have an owner who is absolutely minted and genuinely passionate about the club but in reality there are many out there who would use a club as an expensive toy for a while and potentially damage the club beyond repair.

    So, a quiet day on the transfer front so far. Is anyone else surprised that Scumberlad have let McClean go? I wonder what the fee was.

  • 141 low fell mag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Adwend ,could you imagine how many we would get in a stadium if we did win something.
    Maybes even JFA @ RML.?

  • 142 tenpointnine // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM


    I think I heard Henk Potts yesterday on the Alan Brasil show saying thet Anzhi’s billionaire owner was cutting back on unnecessary expenditure, as his company had lost out on state-awarded contracts. Or words to that effect.

  • 143 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM


    ‘LOW FELL MAG you are spot on no club in the world would fill a 50000 ground if nothing was won for fifty years’

    Did you forget to add ‘except ours’ !

    There can’t be many clubs with that capacity that have our unique, albeit embarrassing, record of having not won anything for 50 year.

  • 144 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM


    I dont like mike ashley and think he doesnt spend the money we make in the right way, think we are far to slow on deals etc and always left one or two short. I dont like how , in my eyes, we seem to be nothing more than a huge worldwide bill board for his company.

    But at the end of the day he isn’t going to take the club bankrupt, but then again not many do go that way these days, especially in prem league, only when they fall out of league like pompey and leeds.

    i’d love an owner who’d invest heavily in youth and in the area as well like man city have but although we could do a lot better than ashley, we could also do worse….still dont like him though.

  • 145 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM


    Blimey, I better buy another shirt at Sports Direct then !

  • 146 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Low Fell

    I’ve been to SJP thanks very much 😀

    Also, anyone claiming Mike has saved the club, I would ask you to look through the accounts. Look at the accounts thre 2 seasons prior to Ashley taking over, yes we made a significant loss in 2006, but that was the only serious spike in the period prior to Mike taking over.

    Yes he had to plough money into the side when we got relegated, but he contributed to our relegation, and it financially benefited him to pay the wages of Colo, Enrique, Barton and Nolan so we could get back into the PL.

    He didn’t save the club, he protected his investment. There is a difference.

  • 147 low fell mag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Slank, we can only dream.
    Maybes just Maybes ?

  • 148 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM


  • 149 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Tenpointnine and slank

    Bugger that, i better get Wonga tatooed accross my arse and SD on my dick…of course when its errect it will say Sports Direct LTD 😀

  • 150 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM


    ‘ The bloke at reception was sound.’

    I’ve never heard it described as that. Must be very wary next time I check into a hotel in Brighton !

  • 151 martoon // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Markaccus – I wasn’t having a go – yes unfortunately this damn company makes me do some work sometimes and I don’t have time to post – unlike yours by the look of it 🙂
    Was it Anzhi who had the tricky winger or am I getting mixed up with Metalist thingybob?

  • 152 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM


    I say exactly the same about the finances and relegation year.

    The club is worth more to him in the prem league so paying some big wages (good chance those players wouldn’t have left for a pay cut too) for a one year gamble to get back to the league was common sense.

    Same as the 130mil loan he gave us…seeing as NUFC is his business if that business kept paying the 8mil a year interest that mean either we have less to spend or we spend the same and he has to fun the 8mil himself. At least with the loan he gets it all back where as interest would have gone to the bank.

  • 153 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    tbh if cabaye went to spurs he would get proper coaching under AVB, a modern progressive manager who doesn’t just make it up as he goes along

  • 154 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM


    ‘..Is anyone else surprised that Scumberlad have let McClean go?..’

    I get the feeling that the mad Italian is getting rid of almost all the players who faced us in the last derby. It doesn’t bode well for them with all these players leaving – GREAT !!!

  • 155 low fell mag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    RML ,not that old chestnut,gets a little tedious after the 100th time ,sorry 1,000 ,
    Going for 40 winks.

  • 156 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    low fell mag

    Yep, one day it will happen.

    We cannot remain one of life’s great mysteries like where does the Universe end, is there a God and why do men have nipples.

  • 157 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM


    Yeah its ok i know you were being genuine, just thought id explain my butting in 😉 I read the link, seems theres more to it than just a bored oligarch looking to sell his train set!

  • 158 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Whilst I agree pardew is inept cabaret should need much coaching, he is an established international player.

    He shouldn’t need help to take a corner or to make a simple pass. These are things the lad should be able to do and work on himself.

    Whilst the team is Parsees fault I think a lot of these plays simply aren’t good enough and vastly over rated, they can’t even string a few passes together most weeks.

  • 159 toonaids // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    i would sell cabaye, maybe not right now unless the right offer came in because come the world cup his fee could double depending on enfrancais performance and that sureoly will affect the whole teams price as we now have 11 possible french internationals.

    sooooo personally i would buy tom ince for 8 mill and let blackpool have him on loan until at least january just incase someone wants to buy cabaye.

    cabaye is good and would get in any team, think with our team he shouldnt be a CDM so offloading wouldnt be such a bad idea as we wouldnt have such a dilemma when picking the midfield, anita sissoko can play a more effective role and we have the young promising bigi who will definitley feature alot more next season.

    wadda ya reckon

  • 160 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM


    I mean, I’m not saying the accounts were healthy when he took over, because they weren’t, we did make a loss of 11.4m in 2006 and a loss of 26m in 2007 when he took over, but it was simply the high wages that were driving up our expenses, the club was still making a lot of money.

    Yes he has subsidised our losses, but as you said, it was either subsidise them through a bank loan and pay interest, or subsidise through personal interest free loan, which he has done.

    Now the issue of wages has been addressed, the club is making much more money through TV deals and is upping its commercial revenue streams, so I cannot imagine it will take too long before the club is in the black on a yearly basis, but Ashley is not the man who saved the club, I’m pretty sure Freddy would have offloaded the high wage earners rather than see the club go into administration, which would have been a long way off.

    He was a pr!ck, but not a complete moron.

  • 161 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Low fell

    Then pass me by my good man, pass me by.

  • 162 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    G/Day all

    How are things in the madhouse today?

  • 163 OhSholaAmeobi // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Spurs aren’t gonna sign another centre mid for christ sake, they have about 6 plus Capoue is signing (who i think will play centre back).

  • 164 Transfer Sage // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    Totally agree there.

    Hopefully once Ashley has is in a solid financial place and gets the loan back he can sell up.

    Sports direct is becoming a global brand so won’t need to hitch a ride with Newcastle much longer.

  • 165 nut meg // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Slank @155
    It might be alright for you saying “one day it will happen” but I’m an old codger ,you can afford to wait a bit longer than me. lol

  • 166 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Mathieu Debuchy & Moussa Sissoko have been called up for France to play Belgium in August – No Cabaye/Remy/Mbiwa/Ben Arfa

    Not a single PSG player

  • 167 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    The squad are off paintballing. Make sure everyone is aware that shooting at Vuckic is not allowed!!

  • 168 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM


    The very fact that it’s been claimed it will take 267m to buy the club off him (to see him get the club’s value+the loan h has put into the club) makes me think he will not sell the club until he gets every single penny back, because no one in their right mind will pay the guts of 300m for our club.

    In terms of sponsorship compared to the top 4, Liverpool, Spurs and oddly enough, even Sunderland, we’re falling short.

    I predict a couple more hair brained “money making” schemes from Ashley still to come…

  • 169 Slank // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous @ 159

    We would have never known what would have happened had Ashley not bought the club. It could have gone under but it also could have thrived, we just don’t know. It’s all under the bridge now.

    The club looks in good shape. It could be better but it could be a lot worse. Steady as she goes me thinks.

  • 170 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM


    If somone shoots him, he will burst like a paintball, however the actual painball will remain in tact!

  • 171 surreytoon // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    No Mbiwa, Cabaye, Remy, Ben Arfa, Gomis in the French squad v Belgium. Sissoko and Debuchy in there.

  • 172 Wowhatawhopper // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Laurent blanc u would give james blunt a run for his money!!!!

  • 173 Indian Magpie // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth 8m
    Don’t think Laurent Blanc’s ever forgiven #nufc for that game at St James’s Park when Craig Bellamy ran him ragged.

  • 174 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM


    I’m nigh on certain we would not have went under, at worst we would have consistently made losses which would have been subsidised by a bank loan, our relegation cost us 20m in TV money alone as well as 10m match day revenue, and I hold Ashley largely responsible for our relegation.

    We might have tried off loading some of our high earners when we got relegated but couldn’t shift them, so MA probably felt he had to subsidise their wages rather than wanting to do it.

    I just think this saviour complex needs to be challenged because it is blinding some fans as to MA’s intentions for us as a club.

  • 175 Mister Tuff // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    It looks like when we get Gomis through the door that will be it for this window. I was hoping for a winger and a centre back.
    I note the JK said some time ago that he was organising with GC which games they were going to attend this season.
    So I see it they the other players which we need will be delayed until January. The Toon jigsaw in my opinion is not yet complete -so I think it’s going to be another limp along until January -hope I’m wrong though.

    Expatmag -g’day possum ya liddle reepa.. I do not want to appear cheeky but you do realise that this site is in respect of Newcastle United – an association football team and not Newcastle City Football Club which is an Aussie Rules club.

  • 176 Rowan Milsted // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    I feel that what he’s doing right now reeks of what Bruce did – very unsuccessfully.

    It’s a massive overhaul of the squad and it’s exciting times for them but I’d also be bricking it if I were a fan (perish the thought). I would say that only 2 of their signings are decent – though I could well be proved wrong there – and I would also question the fact that there will be an awful lot of new players trying to gel. Perhaps too many. One can only hope.

    I always thought McClean was a very good player on his day so I’m surprised (and delighted) that he’s gone. If Di Cannio gets this team relegated it’ll be bloody hilarious. Personally I think he’ll find some reason to quit (or be fired) before that happens. He’s madder than a mad thing.

  • 177 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Anyway, I’m not an accountant, just a curious Toon fan who looked through the accounts to try and formulate an opinion.

    I’m off for a while, chat to you all later!

  • 178 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I read something interesting today and it made me think back to that piece on Pardew where we says “SOTON is in a better financial place than us” and he also talks about other teams who have spend more than us and who are in a better place than us.

    I just read Laudrup saying the exact same thing about the same teams and he included us in that list of teams who had invest big sums (well we did invest alot in January)!

    Funny how different managers see their situation 😉 He didn’t talk about the grass being too long though lol

  • 179 Rooster // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Joe Kinnear, please just go and get Gomis, the fee is agreed, you said to MA apparently if i go after someone i get him, not in the winter boe but now in the summer window, back youe words up and u may earn some more respect, just get the bugga, stop clartin about.

  • 180 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    hi expat…been good reading today, you’re just in time as Ashley+selling has been raised.

  • 181 SeanNufc87 // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM


  • 182 Greebol1892 // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Cabaye is a class act but playing under a tactically naive manager who does not know where or how to play him in the team.
    Phenomenal work-rate.

  • 183 Do the shaka hislop // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Ricky lamberts just got a call up for england vs scotland on wednesday, big thing for that lad but a dire shout on english football at national level.

  • 184 SeanNufc87 // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Cant wait for the new season! Come on lads!


  • 185 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    First of all, if Gomis arrives and this seems to be now dependant on Aliadidere transfer to Lyon apparently, I think we are well equipped to take is through to January as in my opinion, Pardew should be using 433 and already has the necessary players at the club.

    And yes, you are a cheeky chappy and I am pleased to see you are studying up on aussie culture and lingo.

    Did you ever check the website regarding diving with great white sharks, by the way?

  • 186 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM


    Not that old white elephant again………………

  • 187 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Sean…be careful what you wish for mate!

  • 188 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    It’s a slow news day! Talk to you guys later 😉

  • 189 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    french squad lol

    the twat plays wingers as strikers

  • 190 Mister Tuff // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    expat -I confess I did not check the link out -can you post it again. I’m doing some roof repairs so I’m up and down off the roof for the rest of the day -just checking the site when I have a break.

  • 191 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Didier Deschamps = Pardew

    Benzima is sucha waste

  • 192 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    I actually think the mackems will do quite well under di canio and not a million away from where we finmish

  • 193 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Jelavic? Your joking right? He aint all that. Won’t score 10 goals this season.

    Brown Ideye is a much more exciting prospect all together

  • 194 Thump // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Anzhi’s arse has fallen out. The entire squad is up for sale.

    Get on it, Joe!

  • 195 Markaccus // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    On the down side… we would have a player who may as well be called Browneye.

  • 196 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    I will email it to you later.

    You take care up on that roof. You are no spring chicken anymore

  • 197 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM


    Like who?

  • 198 JackButler // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Have no problem with Cabaye leaving for a big offer tbh

  • 199 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    expat, I have looked into diving with great whites before. Something I have always wanted to do. Had the chance in South Africa, but when we went out the water was too cloudy, got a full refund though, but had to leave the next day so missed out on there free half price next day offer.
    Would love to go to Guadalupe in the future for 4 days diving all inclusive. Its not cheap though!

  • 200 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Markaccus, its a risk I’m willing to take 😉

  • 201 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Brown Ideye

    is worst than shola

  • 202 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Thump, is that right is it?

  • 203 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Jamsha, he has all the materials to be a quality player. How many times have you watched him? Pace, power and breezes past people

  • 204 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM


    A totally amazing experience to see these magnificent but deadly creatures up close. If you get the chance, go for it.

    Also, other fantastic experience was swimming with dolphins at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. What fantastic creastures as well

  • 205 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I would have enquired about Bolasie as well, but with Palace coming up they won’t want to sell.

  • 206 Jail for Ashley // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Yes ninth most successful clib in England due to trophies won, take away City and Chelseas trophies since their noveau rich and we’d be seventh, also eighth in all time PL standings, chuck on an extra 50 points for the season we missed and 10 each for the two disastrous seasons under Ashley and we’d be sitting in sixth two points of of fifth, so you can tell ya Ashley loving propagandists to stick tha mid table club and always will be up there ar$ es.

  • 207 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    i dnt think mate… nt at all impressiv

  • 208 Tinman // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Jamsha, have to agree to disagree.

    expat, one day mate, one day!

  • 209 JackButler // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM,,10278~3341710,00.html?

  • 210 SuperShearer // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    What grates me about managers who do this is it is nothing more than a mind game. They want Cabaye, fine make an offer. Don’t spout off about wanting him to unsettle him, Cabaye is a pro, he won’t hand in a transfer request, which is presumably what this is intending for him to do. Fine, you admire him and want him in your team so I say again MAKE AN OFFER. Put your money where you mouth is or SHUT UP!

  • 211 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM


    G/Day mate

    On form today, I see………………lol

  • 212 Thump // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    @expatmag: Wish I knew as much about Anzhi as I did when we played them to give you a decent answer, mate. I’d give my left bollock for Willian but we haven’t a chance in hell of getting a player of his calibre in.

    @Tinman: Certainly seems it!

    The [Sports Express] said that Kerimov held a meeting with Anzhi’s players after the Rostov game and promised them the club would meet its financial obligations and help them find new clubs.

    Would hate to be an Anzhi fan at the minute like.

  • 213 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    link is broken

  • 214 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    With unlimited funds available, I doubt making an offer is the problem. It is more like testing the ground through the media first to gauge a return response by club and player,

    He will make an offer, Cabaye will go and we will sign a replacement in July if Marveaux or Anita fail to fill the hole

  • 215 JackButler // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM


    Newcastle United FC ?@NUFCOfficial 13m
    Pic Special: Remy In The Running: Exclusive photographs of new boy Loic Remy on the training pitch, as well… #NUFC

  • 216 expatmag // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM


    Yeah. Rostov beat them 1-0. They are my Russian team because that is where my wife is from and her family live there.

  • 217 JackButler // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    It is official, Di Canio is a nutcase as wants to stop his players having their meal as a punishment for having a ‘Poor attitude’

  • 218 John Tudor // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    woot jfa

  • 219 JAMSHA // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    hope remy is fit for the man city clash…

    ooo a cheaky bid for Lacina Traore…. we need sum1 who cn head the ball in the net

  • 220 Thump // Aug 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    @expat: Ah, really? Must be a lot of doom and gloom around the place at the moment, eh?

    @JackButler: I see his point, but starving your players is not how you go about it.

  • 221 FrankfurtMag // Aug 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Blanc –

    “I also read that Tottenham are interested in him. Newcastle, Tottenham, or Paris — I hope that he’ll STILL be at a big club in September.”

    Seems this article is very misleading. Blanc said nothing wrong there at all.

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