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If New Strikers Come In I May Have To Leave

1:58 pm, Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 174 Comments

31 year-old Nigerian international Shola Ameobi has an ambition to make the Nigerian squad for next year’s World Cup in Brazil,  and to do that he will need to be playing regularly next season.

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Shola Ameobi – has looked sharp in pre-season

Newcastle have already brought in QPR striker Loic Remy for a season long loan deal, and Joe Kinnear will bring in another striker before September, with Lyon’s Bafe Gomis being our top target.

And if that happens then Shola will be 4th or 5th striker at Newcastle, and will probably not see much playing time.

This is what Shola Ameobi told Sky Sports News today:

“This year is a big year for me,” “I am in the final year of my contract and got the World Cup at the end of the year as well so it is important I put myself physically in the best shape I can.”

“For Newcastle I always give 100% like I always have, and if I am here that is what will happen.” “If they bring in strikers I might have to see what else is out there, because I need to be playing football – that is really important for me this year.”

“I have played here all my career and I love this club to bits, but I have put myself and my family and my situation first now – and make sure I am getting the games in because that hasn’t happened in recent years.”

As it turns out Shoal has looked in top goal-scoring form this summer so far, and he’s  been Newcastle’s top marksman with four very good goals in pre-season.

But if he is to make the Nigerian squad then Shola  must play regularly somewhere next season, although on his current form maybe we should try to keep him at Newcastle this season, and then he will be a free agent come next summer.

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174 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Should leave anyway. Enough of the leeching

  • 2 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Indian Magpie
    he can.. if da,lad can sit whole season an
    earn.. he could take up any job dat doesnt
    involvd rung n hardwork lol

  • 3 hotdog // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    JAMSHA – Is dat English!

  • 4 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    leavn newcastle mean a pay rise at another club… he needs money to support his familia… earng 25k a week is peanuts

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    don’t let the door hit you on the way out Shola. Nice guy and all but which other PL team would have him.

  • 6 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    nope.its jfk’s language

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Honestly, he is worse than XISCO

  • 8 Ben3arfa // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    The three remaining “mediocre” players in our squad are Shola, Mike Williamson and Jonas.

    Once all three are moved on or kept out of the first team picture we will be more assured with our squad and not be too worried if they have to come in and cover

  • 9 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    No one coming in for a 31 year old. Just cant see it happening. And why wait for another signing? He is well down the pecking order already.

  • 10 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    crystal palace… they need players… n shola is the man

  • 11 geordiesteve520 // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Best news all summer.

  • 12 Mr Robson // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    He is a Gent and a true Geordie. He’s served longer than Shearer and deserves more respect from posters on here. He isn’t the best player we’ve had but he’s put as much effort in as Stevie Harps did, albeit 7 years shy of his term, but still… The lad is the Mackem Slayer!

  • 13 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM


    he thinks scoreng 4 goals in pre season has earnd him a startng 11 spot … but that might change if we get gomis

  • 14 Fostino // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    go while you can fetch a decent contract shola. give sammy the chance. a loyal servant to the cause but injury hinders him

  • 15 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Anyone else think he would be perfect for the Smoggy’s ?

  • 16 Rooster // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Cheers Shola, a fresh outlook would be great for u and us, get another striker in, pretty please wi sugar on top!

  • 17 Graeme // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Is this it? Taxi for Bambi time??

    He has been a loyal employee; to call him a “Striker” would be an insult to those players who put themselves in the front line, week in – week out.

    The chances of Sholla being offered a role with any half decent premier league club must be about ZERO. What are his stats? Something like 4 goals per year, on average, over his career?? Hardly what would be classed as Prolific me thinks.

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    When thinking of 100%ers Shola doesn’t spring immediately to mind. Great he scores against the mackems 2 times a year!

  • 19 Sir Braveheart // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    If Shola leaves for someone like Hull or Palace and notches 20 goals next season I will laugh until I cry. You just know its inevitable.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    mr Ronbson

    it’s true Shola probably does as much running as Harper.

  • 21 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I’ve been baiting a bloke at work over Shola, saying because of his pre-season scoring run, and because he’s been a great servant to the club we should let him wear the number 9 this year. His responses cannot be published on the blog as they would never pass moderation.

  • 22 pawl250 // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Interesting to see what Arsenal have spent and sold under Wengers rain.

    People say he has lost it. But getting a team to compete for the league title, cups and still finishing in the CL places with a rough net spend of £21.5m since his reign.


    Shows that if you have a good manager, buy the right type of players you can compete for the CL.

    I feel we are not far off in terms of quality of players, especially the potential. We need a handful of additions.

    1) Full back
    2) Centre back
    3) Centre attacking midfielder
    4) Wide attacking midfielder
    5) A striker

    If we sign (5) Bafetimbi Gomis, (4)GeorginioWjnaldum, (3)Siem De Jong, (2) Mamadou Sahko, (1) Luke Shaw

    Arguably 40m?

    this summer and January we will compete for top 6 next year.

    Let Obertan, Gosling, Shola, Amalfitano, RTaylor go. (5-7m)

    33m net spend.

  • 23 santonthenewmaldini // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Is this actually going to happen ? Will we get rid of Shola!!??

    Maybe just maybe we might do well this season if we get Ince and Gomis as well !

    So many games last season bringing Shola on actually cost us the game as he is shite would be so much better if we could bring on Gomis, Vuckic or Gouffran from the bench

  • 24 DokToon // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM


    i think wenger is a slightly better manager than ours, with all due respect…

  • 25 Scottiedog // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    The guy needs to given respect for the amount of time he has spent with us. The guy has scored 4 pre season goals when the rest of the so called stars have gone into hiding!! TBH looking at Gomis’s record for missing and off sides I would rather have Shola on the bench.

  • 26 catchy in norway // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    pardew fav to be sacked first!paddypower_publication_event_iphone.t?eventId=5378962&typeId=7483&classId=115

    now thats good news,

    lets all prey

  • 27 Graeme // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Pawl @ 22, a highly valid argument mate, with one fatal flaw. You identify the strengthening required to get the team to where you want it – most would agree with positions, if not all your selections.

    The fatal flaw? You have made no effort to engage someone capable of blending the talent you have assembled into a cohesive football team. Unfortunately, the man in charge at NUFC has clearly demonstrated he is not equiped to do it; Pardew is not the man for the job.

  • 28 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Great news. The sooner we get rid, the better. Mike Williamson must also go.

  • 29 Sir Braveheart // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Lets be honest, Shola is in the last year of his contract, he’s 31, he’s not going to get another contract with us so it makes sense if he were to go now while we could still get a couple of million for him. That said the sentimental side of me likes the fact he’s been a servant to the club. Same with Harper, they should both finish their careers with us.

    Not actually play you understand, but as back up for the back ups.

  • 30 Ben3arfa // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    NUFC Stats ?@NUFC_Stats 5m

    Aulas says if Gomis is going to stay at Lyon, he must extend his contract! (Le10Sport) #nufc

  • 31 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Interesting to see Sky reporting that St. Etienne are continuing to be linked with CARLTON COLE as they seek to find Aubmeyang replacement.

    lol or what?

  • 32 Finnbad The Sailor // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Shola is so incredibly shit at times it’s criminal.

    Popping up with goals in pre-season and the odd one or two against the mackems don’t make up for years of slow and lethargic play.

    he’s a waste of a squad number and stops the progression of the team and our young strikers.

    Forgot the poster who named the other two holding us back in jonas and williamson but he was spot on. There’s a couple of others that I would add to the list but for me last seasons those three were the most disheartening players to appear on teamsheets or as subs.

    heres to a better season this year.

  • 33 Rooster // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Sir Braveheart, Shola has had a lovely ride on the back of nufc, nice kid and all that but is it something like 35/40 premiership goals in 14 years, time for a new challenge for the lad, bit sick of looking at him playing for us as well, hes done very canny out of NUFC.

    And if he scores 20 goals in a premiership season then, we will surely be visited by little people from other planets as well, not a cat in hells chance son.

  • 34 catchy in norway // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    shola is a liverpool fan

  • 35 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Shola is not going anywhere whether we want him to or not. With his goal scoring record (trying to keep a straight face when I type that!) and his injury history, the fact that he is 31 years old and still under contract….he is here until next summer at least.

    As for Pardew, I am so tired of the excuses. Real managers aspire to European football. They use it as incentive to encourage players, and to attract new players. Only Pardew blames Europe for a side underperforming. Yeah we had a fair few injuries, but as someone else pointed out, so did Spurs and it didn’t seem to phase them. Pardew tactics (again…trying to keep a straight face) and man management are second or third rate. Time to move on.

  • 36 catchy in norway // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    why do you think the players like pardew so much? or say they do,

  • 37 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Catchy – Whether a man is likeable or not has nothing to do with his abilities to get the best performance out of his team. And of course, what player is going to come out and say that the gaffer has lost the plot. The lads want to be on the pitch so they curry favour.

  • 38 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Even if Shola wants to move. I highly doubt anyone will even come in for him.

  • 39 blew // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Shola has a very healthy business in the area,
    and outside of football. It is in his interests to
    to be here where he can control matters. After
    all these years and nearing retirement, he sees
    fit to be ambitious in order to play for Nigeria
    in the World Cup. Without being cynical, has
    he been loyal to the club or has it been
    convenient for him to play a minor role here?

  • 40 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Lets hope the door doesn’t hit him on the way out and injure him – hate to ruin that world cup dream!

  • 41 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Though to be fair he’s probably on his best scoring form ever for NUFC (I don’t actually know what his best form is), he’s never had a stronger bargaining hand – especially as we still don’t know if Remy will be around after his court case!

  • 42 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Why can’t we loan him once we have cover – I really don’t care if he leaves for free next year, he’s probably earn’t that at least. Then if the worst happens we can always recall the speed demon whose terrorised all those defences down the years.

  • 43 scout // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    The programme seller ran further than you in the cup game at Brighton

  • 44 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Suppose Palace could come in for him on a season long loan. His four goals a year average might make him second leading scorer there….behind owngoal.

  • 45 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I’m sure that Shola will find a way to eek out another season with us

  • 46 Noah Another Ameobi // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    i agree with this season preview for the toon

  • 47 Jamiemac // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Anyone seen the newcastle-mad article on our best 11?

    Have to say I agree with his choices and reasoning.

    Personally i’d also have Saylor in for the City game and ease Yanga into the team with an easy home game. Yanga is my most exciting signing in years but showed far too much inconsistency at CB last year so I’d go safe with Saylor vs City.

  • 48 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Shola has been a very good 3rd/4th striker over the years. I shall miss him when he’s gone.

  • 49 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    If Mapou isn’t used in the centre against City then he has to start at left back.

    Just hope to god that Pardew doesn’t continue to insist on playing Sissoko as a No#10 or on the right wing and that Cisse is used as a out and out striker not a target man

  • 50 Yohan Kebab // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    yanga and colo simply has to be our first choice cb pairing, however with two attacking fullbacks i feel it imperative to play anita, who has the experience to cover them and also the short passing skills to keep our game ticking over in the middle of the park

  • 51 Jamiemac // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Also agree with that youtube vid Noah posted.

  • 52 Yohan Kebab // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    i dont agree that we have to have a certain best XI though, we need options, different styles for different opposition

    for example against stoke, west ham i would have tiote/sissoko every day of the week, but against city, arsenal, swansea, i would have anita/marveaux

  • 53 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Mr Robson @12.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head when you referred to some folk showing a lack of respect for Shola.

    Like him or not, superstriker his isn’t but few could argue that he has never bust a gut for Newcastle United. He’s a willing guy who’s scored some important goals for us and should be shown the respect he deserves for being a true professional.

    He is a human being with a family and should be afforded respect – not be the subject of abuse that many of his critics could not take were it directed at them!

    Much the same applies to Pardew and this barrage of abuse and criticism that’s been apparent before the season starts is, in my opinion disgraceful and potentially damaging to our players’ morale.

    Best supporters in the world eh? Think about it when you’re being negative.

  • 54 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Well said Lesh…

  • 55 Belfast // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I’ll be glad to see the back of him. Hasn’t been anywhere near good enough for years, yet still gets new contracts every few years for some really strange reason.

    Maybe he’s blackmailing Ashley….

  • 56 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    scottoon @ 37

    I’m not sure your comments would register with some posters who seem to be so obsessed with slagging off Pardew that they probably don’t realise that undermining him is very unhelpful when he’s trying to get the best from his players.

  • 57 Belfast // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Catchy has re charged his batterys I

  • 58 Belfast // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Catchy has re charged his batterys I see

  • 59 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    or maybe you just wouldn’t no a footballer when you saw one. Let me think about this. About a dozen professional football managers have continued to select him as a 3rd/4th striker. A few so called supporters have abused him mercilessly throughout that time. Nothing is black & white but who might be right..

  • 60 mindshaft // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I doubt Shola will be too worried about what people on here say, I doubt more than 10% have even been to a toon game at St James Park
    He’s scored some important goals but a lack of consistency and lately his injury record hasn’t helped his cause – still he’s done more than Steve Harper ever did (i.e. sit on bench 90% of his career)

  • 61 Mister Tuff // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    What a boring day for football news. All quiet on the Gomis front – still cannot get my head around what is holding the deal up -is it us being too tight with his personal agreement, is the the OL Chairman or is it Marseille tapping up. A bit worrying. At his age I would have thought Toons offer to OL was very good -especially as his contract ends in the summer. I wish I knew a bit more. Oh I know who will be able to answer all these questions -if he comes back on the blog- after being chased away. -Yes Secret Sausage will know all the details, he’ll know all the background information. Come back Secret Sausage we love you, you are a hero.
    (Do you have a relative called Furtive Frankfurter).

  • 62 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM


    Pardew has been publicly criticised by Jonas for the poor training sessions that he used last season, and thats after they players complained to him themselves, as for him trying to get the best out of the players? well if he had done that last season we wouldn’t have had to rely on Wigan loosing their last two game in order for us to retain our premiership place

  • 63 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Lesh – the issue is not about whether the slagging undermines him. It is about his actual ability to get the best from his players, and I for one don’t think he can do that now. The effort was just not there last season. For whatever reason, in the 5th place season the lads workrate was second to none. Unfortunately, too often last season they resembled the side that capitulated at Aston Villa in the relegation year – no heart or desire. I can only blame Pardew for failing to instill those qualities.

  • 64 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    and what does undermining him the week before the season starts achieve exactly?

  • 65 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Do you think that anything that is posted on here actually gets back to the players?

    The only thing that undermines Pardew is Pardew himself

  • 66 Belfast // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I have it on good authority that he reads the blog everyday.

  • 67 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    There’s a lot of people on this blog who seemed to find it amusing that Pardew is favourite for the sack. They can’t see the irony in that their own undermining of Pardew is largely the reason for that. I think most of them are willing the team to struggle just so they can come back on here and say I told you so. How sad is that?

  • 68 Belfast // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Think he’s favourite for the sack due to the whole Kinnear situation tbh

  • 69 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I like Shola, he’s a very personable guy but I have friends who support other teams and the over riding comment they always make whenever they seem him play is how lazy he is.

    Do you think for a moment that Pardew takes on board what we think.

    We are not undermining him or the players’ confidence. Pardew is doing that all by himself and he doesn’t need to look any further than himself yet still always look for other scapegoats.

    Pardew never accepts the blame for anything and is always full of veiled comments covering his own backside and apportioning responsibility elsewhere.

    Pardew makes football hard work when it should be enjoyable.

  • 70 DokToon // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    i support NUFC, all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly… opinions are one thing, but gametime, its us toon vs the world…

  • 71 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM


    I hope he is sacked and it has nothing to do with me wanting to say ‘I told you so’ it’s simply because he’s not good enough. We will never see the best of the players we have while this man is in charge.

    He may be a gentleman and a really nice bloke but he’s simply not good enough as a manager

  • 72 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    If I was a Newcastle player I would be reading it, why not. We all found it, why wouldn’t the players, they’ve got plenty of time on their hands. But it’s not just on here, it’s not for nothing that we are called ‘deluded’ fans. A large number (I would hate to say a majority) live in cloud cuckoo land thinking it’s just a matter of signing their latest list of favourite players off the telly and coming up with their own team on paper. There’s very little connection with the reality of injuries, schedules, coping with the opposition or a multitude of other things. It’s embarrassing on here sometimes.

  • 73 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM


    So if you’re hoping he’s sacked you must be hoping we do badly this season. WTF?

    I rest my case…

  • 74 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM


    I know for a fact that he does…

  • 75 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM


    “Alan Pardew has been sacked following the revelation that he has lost the support of the nufcblog. Reports have confirmed that trouble has been brewing on the blog for months, and this is yet another example of ‘blogger power’ forcing the manager out.

    “Our sources have told us that a few of the senior bloggers voiced their concerns about results last season, and held a secret meeting with the other bloggers to discuss the club’s future.

    “With news being reported that Pardew has lost the support of both the senior and younger bloggers, Mike Ashley had no choice but to sack the Newcastle manager”

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM


    Doesn’t that say everything that some fans would want us to lose to get rid of such a p..s poor manager.

    Most fans aren’t stupid. Well ok some may still want to see the endless mediocrity and dire performances that
    have been served up but the majority I suspect have had a gut full .

    Pardew has been very lucky the crowd has never turned on him despite some of the worst performances ever seen.

    I think I’ll scream if one more person days we finished 5th 2 seasons ago (sandwiched between 12th & 16th.) Roeder got us Europe one year and he wasn’t good enough either.

  • 77 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM


    My basis on wanting Pardew gone is based on the players we have at the club and not on a fantasy list of who I’d like to see us sign.

    The pro Pardew brigade will always throw the 5th place finish in there to justify his position as manager but then amazingly absolve him of any fault for last season’s debacle.

    Our injury list was atrocious but then our training sessions were very light and had no intensity so the players fitness levels and conditioning was not where it was supposed to be which means we picked up even more injuries. That added to the fact that he constantly played players out of position is it any wonder we were almost relegated

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM


    YAY party time ….!!!!!

  • 79 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    I will never hope for us to do badly, never mate. He should have been sacked as soon as the last ball of last season was kicked, if not before then.

    Wanting him replaced is simply admitting the obvious and that he will be sacked sooner rather than later, better to do it now than when the season has began

  • 80 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM


    Dalgleash got us second and he was not good enough either

  • 81 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I’m not pro Pardew, I’m pro toon. We’ve a week to go until the start of the season and as always they have my support. I hope Pardew proves everybody wrong and we finish in 4th or 6th, just not 5th ;-)

  • 82 Mister Tuff // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Ruddy @75 – my God that is shocking news – feel a bit sorry for poor old Percy -being undermined by the bloggers on here. You do not have to provided any proof/quotes that El Gourdo and the players read the blog as I think what you have reported has been corroborated by another blogger.

  • 83 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM


    You and I both know that he is not going to get sacked now…if we’re bottom after 6 then maybe, but we’re not going there right?

  • 84 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    With respect you do seem to show a remarkable talent for totally missing what’s in front of you.

    We have a great squad. One or 2 more players and it would be phenomenal. But you don’t seem to grasp you could give Pardew Messi, and Ronaldo and he’d still play 10 men behind the ball and tell them to hoof it.

    Yes one good season based on some many extenuating circumstances but overall in 14 years Pardew’s record is abysmal nearly relegating 3 teams etc etc. He is only here because he is a pal of Llambias. No other interviews for the job were given.

    Seeing how Hughton is doing at Norwich we’ve actually managed to go backwards

  • 85 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    @76 “Most fans aren’t stupid”, and yet the evidence on the blog would suggest otherwise! Seriously though, valid points, and I can honestly say I have never known a manager at the club divide opinion so much. The nearest I can think of was Glen Roeder, who whilst the fans were never fully for or against him, they all conceded he was an excellent coach who simply shouldn’t have been given the managers job. Next season will be interesting to see, as far as I am aware AP has never been given a 3rd full season in a job, so for all we know it might be like seeing Alex Fergusson in charge. I strongly suspect it won’t be, but we live in hope.

  • 86 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM


    If you support the toon you want the best manager / a better rmanager, not just someone who is here by default and sitting on a pay off.

  • 87 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Mister Tuff

    I’ve now got that wistful reminiscence that one gets after a major news story like this.

    One of the senior bloggers had this to say,

    “I’ve always liked Pardew, never once thought he was a poor manager. However, myself and some of the other bloggers here thought that a new manager would be in the best interest of the club, and the owner agreed.

    “We’ve always had a good relationship with the owner here on nufcblog, and we are glad Mike took our views on board. Everyone knows that a football club cannot function without its blog, and Mike understood our frustrations”

    There you have it folks, seems like this blog is influential after all…

  • 88 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    At any other club that has a modicum of ambition Pardew would have been sacked at the end of the season, at most he would not have survived the Liverpool/Sunderland results.

    Its not about whether I want Pardew to succeed or not, I love this club and I only want Newcastle United to succeed and with Pardew at the helm we will never do that

  • 89 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM


    Dalglish didn’t get us second, he took over midway through that season.

    In his first full season we finished 13th.

  • 90 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    To be honest I was all for sacking AP at the end of last season, but now JFK has got the DOF job, I live in fear of him being sacked, as we know who will step into the breach should he go don’t we, and we all know that wont end well.

  • 91 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Dogleash, the man that sold Ginola, Ferdinand etc and brought in his son, Des Hamilton and Paul Clement

  • 92 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Sacking Pardew would be hugely positive thing because there is no worse manager in the Premiership or Championship than Pardew and that certainly doesn’t mean for one second I am not supporting my team because I want the toon to prosper…not fall into oblivion and even if we did fall into oblivion I would still be there whereas Pardew wouldn’t.

    We have a great squad and a useless manager who took them to the brink of the championship…so do we blame the team or Mike Ashley or leaves on the track before we blame Pardew…course not…the blame has to fall at pardew’s duck feet

    Change can be a positive thing…why the hell wouldn’t it be a positive move to sack Pardew after last season and pre-season playing a formation that run out it’s course in the 90′s.

    One things for sure…if you gave the managers job to any of the players in the team, there’s no way they would set up the team like pardew does because they all hate playing that way.

    there’s so much footballing talent in our squad we could very easily challenge for 5th or 6th again with the right manager so why fcuk about…sack the tw@t now and be done with it…bring in anyone cos anyone would be better than that self righteous tw@t.

  • 93 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    I can’t see Kinnear taking over because of his heart problems

  • 94 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    @93, didn’t he say in one of his many needless interviews that he was now 100% recovered? For what it’s worth, I hope you are right though.

  • 95 Felipe // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Cloud cuckoo land… adios

  • 96 G // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Just to add to that, not wishing Heart Problems on JFK, just meant that I hope he isn’t after the managers chair.

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    The blame falls at Ashley’s feet man. Yes Pardew could have done a better job and should have been sacked following the disaster last season, but one of the main reasons we suffered was injuries and we had no one of substance to fill the gaps, that was Ashley’s fault.

    Also, the only reason Pardew is still in a job is because he is the cheap cockney mouthpiece that will do Mike’s bidding, spend little and won’t complain when we fall limply over the line into anywhere between 10th and 15th season after season.

    The fat man is to blame for everything wrong at this club, Pards is but a symptom.

  • 98 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    There a video out there where Laudrup is talking about Swansea playing in Europe this season.

    He states that players love to play and love playing twice a week, that tiredness is only an issue if you allow them to use it and that if you train them correctly and motivate them in the right way fatigue is not an issue.

    All Pardew did last season was complain about the players being tired, how they were fatigued and how injuries were killing us off, everything that came out of his mouth was negative and all things were of his own making with his inability to coach and motivate our players

  • 99 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM


    Pardew managed to tun europe in to a chore rather than a joy. Spurs got europe again but we didn’t hear a peep from them about extra games and injuries even though dempsey defoe, dembele, bale, esso ekoto, huddlestone and dawson were all out long term injured. The difference – a proper football manager like AVB.

  • 100 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I think if Shola was the no. 9 for a decent championship side then he’d score quite a few. He CAN have a great touch, it’s just so erratic. 1 first touch in 10 is beautiful, the other 9 bounce anywhere.

  • 101 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM


    He said that he was 100% fit and healthy to take hos role as DoF, taking over as a premiership manager is a completely different mater though.

  • 102 JackButler // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I have a 12 hour night shift to go to so unless anyone wants to step in and take it off my hands I’m off lads…..have a good night

  • 103 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I do not wish Pardew to be sacked. In fact, nothing would please me more than for the performance of the side to perish the thought. But I cant see the man getting that commitment out of the players. This is a guy who told Cabaye that we were going to play European football – passing and moving. Instead he mandates hoofball. Is it any wonder Yohan went into a bought of depression. Lord knows it depresses the hell out of me watching it week in and week out.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Tuff…The Gomis deal is a bit of a mistery, but from what I can gather then the problem seem to both that OM have made contact with Gomis and his agents with the concent of Lyon and his agents seem to want the best deal for them self.

    I have tried to ask Torq, but I am non the wiser :-)

    But I have said for a while now that we should move on and that is still my opinion!

  • 105 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Yes we shall miss 1 goal in 31 games shola!!

    well actually i will miss him as a person not as a player sadly

  • 106 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Laudrup and AVB…proper managers treating Europe as a reward rather than a burden.

  • 107 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    And without all the type-o’s ;-)

    Tuff…The Gomis deal is a bit of a mistery, but from what I can gather then the problem seem to be both that OM have made contact with Gomis and his agents without the concent of Lyon and his agents seem to want the best deal for them self.

    I have tried to ask Torq, but I am non the wiser :-)

    But I have said for a while now that we should move on and that is still my opinion!

  • 108 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    ruddy @ 97

    Same team except for Anita replacing the scouse lad who’s name escapes me went from 5th to 16th.

    check the stats from the good season v’s the bad season and see how many games the stars missed in both seasons and/or how many games HBA started and you’ll soon see the blame has to lay at Pardews feet.

    Ashley has put together a very good squad for the toon so how can you apply all the blame to Ashley.

    Did Ashley pull off an attacking midfielder against Reading to defend a 1-0 lead, did ashley pick the team and formation against liverpool, did ashley decide to play 4-4-2 all season and eliminate any constructive midfield play, did Ashley bring back HBA too early, did ashley drop Anita for most of the year, did ashley pick Jonas all year, did ashley decide to play cisse as a lone striker, did ashley decide sissoko was a No 10 when it’s plain to see he isn’t.

    No…Pardew did all that and that’s exactly why he should go

  • 109 DokToon // Aug 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    ruddy @ 75

    good stuff there, almost had me for a second, lol

  • 110 stu mel // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    What to do with pardew, I don’t think he the worst manger ever but, he isn’t showing sign of improvement, I fear he will not change that got awful style of football we play we’ll suffer for that. Great first 11 is at are disposal but bad formation and player playing in bad places plus no one to cross the ball, we also have lost something in defence by losing Simpson listen hear me out, not one of are defender push player out away from goal like he did. Yes better players but they play a game on fine ice by not doing this. Danny did a good job as he was great at making it more Likely to not have to defend cos he was woeful at that bar being on the goal line.
    Plus how do we get to replace pardew
    Not who’s there to get, who would mike Ashley give the job worrying

  • 111 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Mr Pardew – I am your football fairy godmother – here to grant you one wish.

    AP – tough one! Not to be Champions of Europe, that’s for sure. Blimey, wouldn’t wish that on anyone……

  • 112 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM


    We had an added competition, players going into the season unfit but had to play due to lack of incoming signings. We went into the season with 3 strikers, one of whom was useless, and another that didn’t want to be there.

    We’d needed a LW, a new CB (for 3 seasons), a RB replacement as Simmo wouldn’t sign a new contract, and better back up for fringe players who weren’t good enough.

    We’ve assembled a good XI, we have not got a competitively strong squad, and we certainly were not well enough equipped for last season.

    Yes, Pardew is rubbish, I accept that and want him gone, but Ashley is the true villain of the piece.

  • 113 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM


    I dunno about you, but I had a little chuckle to myself as I wrote it. They say self praise is no praise but I don’t care haha

  • 114 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Whatever people’s misgivings may be I think Poyet could do a job. Certainly it would be a better style football to watch.

    Really missed an opportunity with Blanc, Garcia and Girard.
    Maybe still others like Solksjaer, Rijkeard etc available but then again who will work for Ashley?

  • 115 Mister Tuff // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    jesper -ref Gomis – to me there seems to be an element of this story missing/not revealed. I understood that OL had agreed a fee and that we had agreed terms with the player -I think. Therefore just a signature required. But then we hear that the price kept on going up- and then illegal approach by OM. Gomis could have killed the speculation by signing and/or telling the agents what he wanted ie no input from OM.
    So has there been some fake bids put in by OM to jump the price up -thus the Toon lose interest and then OM scoop him up for next to nothing in January. We hear JK is working on it today but Aulas has quoted if things are not resolved by 30th August he’ll be back in their team. Why 30th August -is this a date which allows the enquiries to be made by the French authorities. I’m now slightly moving towards the viewpoint about Gomis – if you do not want to come FU.

  • 116 Rotonda heights // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Sparky @108

    the pro pardew lobby never give us the answers to those

  • 117 Greebol1892 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    No chance of him leaving – Pardew loves him (as does every Toon manager!)
    He will be offered a yearly extensions til he’s 35 and then the door will open for his brother, who will play for us til he’s 37. By which time there should be another Ameobi coming along.

  • 118 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    JackButler, Ruddy.

    You guys do make some very valid points, many of which I agree with.

    Maybe Pardew is not yours and others’ preferred choice of manager but face facts, he’s there like it or not. If he was to have been replaced, then that should have happened at the end of last season. As is, he wasn’t and if he is relieved of his duties, then we all know who’s gonna run the show don’t we.

    What the guy needs at this stage is support and not the constant sniping that is the product of a lack wisdom which you and others display.

    Of course, others who are less enlightened will doubtless draw fun from booing him and his tactics while posing as supporters. That is the mindlessness that is undermining and demoralising.

  • 119 stu mel // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Do not think maybe Ashley cops it cos he dose it all on the cheap which work with graham carr get cheap excellent players, but pardew and JFK have a scent of lack of knowledge and being cheap ideas to a problem. For both these to I feel don’t have the knowledge and backing need to get there jobs done and the blame has to be Ashley’s, but blame dose nothing when try to improve what we have. I feel more going on like fitness coaches and back room staff need to happen and that is down to Ashley.
    I do have the hope that Newcastle can over the next couple of season start to show that there making world class player as well as getting Carr to hunt them down on the cheap

  • 120 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Ruddy…None of the first team played in europe til February, we were out of both domestic cups by january..the striker that didn’t want to play for us still scored a dozen goals before he left whereas the one that did scored 2

    we’ve needed a left wing for years but that was the same in the good season, simmo still played til debuchy came so nothing different there, and our fringe players were exactly the same as the good season

    Wake up and smell the sh!te rather than the guinness…Pardew is a lot more to blame than you think… IMO

  • 121 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM


    Well many of us suffer from not being as ‘enlightened’ as yourself.

    No doubt you will show us the error of our ways and lead us to true ‘wisdom’

  • 122 lesh // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous @ 75.

    Enjoyed your breaking news and it sums up the reality, people can whinge and criticise as much as they want but there’s only one man can make the call on Alan Pardew’s position.

    When will some folk realise that?

  • 123 check the toastie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    If Pardew had any decency he would have walked after the Liverpool Game, he didn’t as he is intent on destroying any enjoyment in following the club I love. This without doubt is the most frustrated I have ever been as a toon fan. I didn’t mind us being shite, but I cant accept being shite with the squad we now have.

    Graham Carr must be well and truly f#cked off. No wonder they have allegedly fallen out.

  • 124 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I take it the cod season is over and so returns Pardews number one fan !

  • 125 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM


    Pardew is rubbish and I want him gone, or have you missed that point?

    If Pardew gets sacked our problems will not be solved, because Ashley is a terrible owner, that is my point.

  • 126 check the toastie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    lesh, the crowd should start singing ‘you don’t know what youre doing’ after we inevitably get beat off west ham at home, hopefully Ashley gets the message, it is in the fans hands. I for one wont be going whilst the dick is still in charge.

  • 127 stu mel // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Mate come I think pardew problems is he doesn’t listen to fan how are going out there minds at watching him make the same mistake, criticism is a good thing, bully someone isn’t but the more he hears fan constructively tell him well it is not working do something about it the better. Critism is something we all need, not to destroy someone but to point out are mistakes

  • 128 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    i want him gone ,no improvement crap tic tacs but ashley wont sack him sackless git

  • 129 paul24 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Hope he does go, sure he’s a top bloke and all that and he gives 100%, but it just isnt good enough.

  • 130 Bearsize // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Shola is poo! Geordie but poo! Would love to see shola at the world cup for nigeria. Imagine he was the man? Imagine him scoring a last minute pen against us in the quarters aaaaagggghh!!!

  • 131 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    ruddy…fcuk me…we agree on something then! ;-)

  • 132 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    This Willian guy becoming available might let us keep Cabaye.

  • 133 scottoon // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Lesh – with all due respect, I fail to understand how blindly following and accepting the substandard performance of Pardew is a better path for us to be on. Presuming that his replacement is Joke as an excuse not to demand more as fans gives Pardew licence to perpetuate the complacency.

    This squad of players deserves more. We fans deserve more. Yes, change can be scary and intimidating, but it is less so than the prospect of another season like last.

  • 134 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    How can nobody understand the simple point that Ashley is to blame?
    There is only one person who can decided who he wants managing the team and one man who has the power to change that

    But he hasn’t, which suggests he’s more than happy with pardew

  • 135 noladonna // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  • 136 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    TADS…so you don’t think paying out the remainder of the 8 year contract has anything to do with it

    surely Ashley can’t be happy about his performances…surely it’s because he’s a businessman who doesn’t want to give pardew 5 million for failure…surely

  • 137 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

  • 138 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    sazzer…he’s used to playing in front of big crowds then! :-)

  • 139 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    pie in the sky dreams

  • 140 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Capoue to Spurs

    How many CMs do they need?

    Sandro, Parker Capoue, Huddlestone, livermore

  • 141 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Tuff…I hear you mate!

    …I have been voicing my concern regarding this deal as well the last few days – something just doesn’t add up. Something is missing in this picture!

    …as you say Gomis took tell OM to f off; he knows just as well that OM is not allowed to make contact without Lyon’s consent.

    So what is really going on here I ask? But I agree with you it is time to move on to pastures new :-)

    Who’s our next target? de Jong would be my preference!

  • 142 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    who cares indian

  • 143 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Sacking pardew?

    Ashley can make money in the prizemoney. may lose more money if we get relegated.

  • 144 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    indian…we’ve got too many too…we need wingers and defenders

  • 145 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM


    Just was wondering

  • 146 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Parker is rubbish, Huddlestone isn’t good enough for them and Livermore is a work in progress. They need more CMs for a top 4 push.


    We do…but in the same sense we don’t. I want Pardew gone, but I am afraid of who he will replace him with.

  • 147 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Too be honest. Parker, Livermore and Huddlestone are all below average. They still need 2 strikers. Vertonghen and Bale are their best players.

  • 148 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    not having a go just not relevant to us

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    And who’s the fcuking idiot who gave him a 8 year contract?
    It’s the stupidest decision in football ever, even SAF never got 8 year contracts ffs!

    And if he was stupid enough not to put a clause in then it’s even more blame to Ashley for pardew being here because we all know the blokes to fcuking tight to pay it and to fcuking arrogant to admit failure by appointing the wrong man

  • 150 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM


    Woah, breathe friend, you’re in a safe space.

  • 151 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    ruddy a corner flag maybe

  • 152 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    or hawkeye

  • 153 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Ol’ floppy chops is desperately trying to get Parker to QPR and there’s a big rumour of huddlestone to Cardiff
    Maybe spurs are doing the unthinkable and making sure they have players in place before selling the driftwood *shudders* who would want to run a club like that!

  • 154 check the toastie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Indian – don’t deviate from the Pardew bashing, stay focused :)


  • 155 Indian Magpie // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    and paulinho

  • 156 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Haha yeah.

    He doesn’t look like next Neymar though. He reminds me more of Robinho or own Sissoko.

    Wierd to see us linked with a Brazilian player.

  • 157 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    bottom by november
    he’ll be gone

  • 158 Ben3arfa // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Evenin’ lads! So no new developments at all today , I see the most exciting thing on twitter re: NUFC is Robe lee creating a profile lol

    pathetic haha

  • 159 Jamiemac // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    There’s no way in hell that there are no clauses in the 8 year contract. If Ashley wasn’t happy with Pardew then he’d be gone. I think he’ll give him one more season (which is fair enough) then if we under-perform again he’ll be gone.

  • 160 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Home beckons! Arrivederci fella (and ladies)

  • 161 John Tudor // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    if we under perform we are goosed

  • 162 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m busy atm keep up the good work !

  • 163 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    @voetbalshirtjes: #Newcastle United yellow 3rd kit 2013/2014 #Puma #yellow #away #third #NUFC #RT

    3rd kit?

  • 164 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    JFA :)

  • 165 cyprus // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    So what have I missed?…

    Shola may have to leave? Hmm, o kay, no comment.

    HBA looks good in a bra? Well, yes, but he’s also our Messi. Thanks for the reminders there ED.

    New Neymar from Brazil in our sights? Now we are talking! Have nothing against France (in fact the future France team will be… Newcastle United!) but we need that Latin American skill-grit-magic. Bent-style players are a bit old school these days.

  • 166 JAMSHA // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM


    Huddlestone is goin to sunderland

  • 167 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Indian Magpie
    You forgot two more Lewis Holtby and Tom Carroll.

    If the get rid at least two of Parker, Huddlestone and Livermore then I guess there is room.

    Capoue Paulinho Cabaye
    Sandro, Carroll, Holtby

  • 168 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Forgot Dembele. Capoue might replace Caulker at CB or Holtby is seen as winger.

    Anyhow, not the most likely scenario.

  • 169 ONLINE GUY // Aug 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Heard a whisper of Huddlestone to the armpit of England..The Stadium of Blight

  • 170 ONLINE GUY // Aug 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    How Much did the Mackems pay for Danny Graham?..I posted on here that he was signing for Blunderland a month before ..he did the Huddlstone info from same ex player…HUddlestone might have been ok for us at a push .

  • 171 ONLINE GUY // Aug 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Snodgrass is a real grafter and decent winger imo…If you want honest reliability and ability he’s a decent shout , dontcha think ?

    Shane Long is from the same school of grafters with half decent ability..the afore mentioned are stayers who wont let the side down . solid bloke’s. would’nt say no to the pair.

  • 172 sparky55 // Aug 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    tads…I think you’ll find that was lambias

  • 173 John PK // Aug 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Guys, I know this is off topic but thought I would post this as some of you may be interested in this Newcastle United memorabilia from 1924 (fa cup winners) . Cheers

  • 174 Rowan Milsted // Aug 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Such a shame to read so many disrespectful comments. If Shola goes I wish him the best – loyal servant, dedicated pro, mackem slayer. No, he was never a great striker. That’s been the case for some time now. You’d think people would have got used to it by now.

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