Newcastle Need A Shot Of Real Ambition


The signing of Loic Remy a week last Monday was a real shot in the arm for the Newcastle fans, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to follow that up with the signing of Bafe Gomis or Darren Bent, and it now looks like Bent will go to Fulham on a season-long loan deal.

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Loic Remy – a great signing but the only one

And it seems Newcastle players last week were buoyed by the arrival of the 26 year-old top French International striker, who seems to be quite a character, and Tim Krul has talked to the local press about the only senior signing so far this summer:

“Loic Remy’s given everybody a boost – that’s what everybody has been waiting for,” “They’re the kind of players we like to sign.”

“Newcastle is such a big club, and those are the kind of players that are going to make us better. “We’re definitely delighted with that.”

“Everybody looks fit and sharp.” “Pre-season’s not all about the results – it’s about fitness and confidence.” “It’s nice to get the chance to play behind the boys again and have that feeling.”

“Three and a half months is a long time out, and I’m looking forward to the first game.” “It’s going to be a season where we have to take it game by game.” “I think we belong in the top 10 – 100%.”

“Like the gaffer Alan Pardew said before, we’ll look where we are in January and February.” “Hopefully, we’ll do what we did two seasons ago.”

Newcastle’s goal to finish in the top 10 is hardly earth shattering, after we finished 5th a short 15 months ago, but we suppose that’s a conservative goal – we hope that’s a conservative goal. 🙁

And Newcastle could be a lot more ambitious and think more about how we can become a top four team in the Premier League, rather than bickering over transfer fees of our top transfer targets every summer.

We had the excruciating non-transfer of Mathieu Debuchy last summer, and the same thing seems to be happening with Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon this summer – why is it always so hard for Newcastle to sign their top targets?

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Stewart Downing – signed for West Ham yesterday

That doesn’t seem to be the case with other Premier League clubs, and West Ham just signed Stewart Downing yesterday – with lightning speed..

There are bigger things possible for Newcastle in football,  than just getting good deals on players in the transfer market – and Mike Ashley and company would do well to get an injection of real ambition for the famous Tyneside club.

Are there any of those types of injections on the market yet?

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61 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    What is real ambition should be?

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  • alex84

    Aug 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I am going to go for a 1-2 win to the Toon on Monday!
    Cisse brace.

    Can’t wait, bring it on!!!!

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  • Scottiedog

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    re-post –
    West Ham are trying to get rid of Modibo Maiga!!! Worth a shot!?!?!?!?

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  • G.unit

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Alex84 – Looks like you’ve had a shot of optimism today. Ha. However, I hope your right.

    Bit off subject, but see that Laudrup has come out and said even a ‘ridiculous’ bid for Michu wouldn’t be enough to prize him away from the Liberty Stadium but on the other hand you have Pardew, who all but is inviting teams to sumbit bids for our players. Crazy, I tell ya!! I really do think that Ashley is waiting to sell Cabaye for a canny fee before any funds are made available for transfers. I hope I’m wrong but it sure looks that way.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Modibo Maiga? Really!

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  • alex84

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    G-unit, Yeah screw it, I am annoyed we haven’t actually bought anyone, but when Remy is fit, can’t wait to see him play for the Toon. It’s the start of a brand new season, with new hope and I actually think our squad is strong, with a fit 1st 11 we are a match for anyone I believe. I am sick of reading such negative dross, thought id offer a bit of positivity.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    No chance. We don’t do ambition. Last summer proved that to everybody.

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  • Phil K

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    F*****G AMBITION ???????????????????????
    Pardew ? A manager no-one in the top 2 divisions would touch with a bargepole ? And effing Kinnear, no-one in the top FOUR divisions would touch with TWO bargepoles ?

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    One thing for sure if Tiote plays, he should be playing ball-winning role, not Pirlo’s role. He doesn’t have the skill to play like Pirlo and he often lost the ball in dangerous area.

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  • Phil K

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    >>West Ham are trying to get rid of Modibo Maiga!!! <<

    To say he hasn't done anything for WHU is a MASSIVE understatement. He's not a Prem player.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    We’ll be thrashed on Monday night by a far fitter superior team. Pardew saying we’re fit is a joke, I didn’t see a fit squad in pre season. Also not strengthening is only down to penny pinching, another joke.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    unless we sign a winger then guti/sammy are our only options as goofy is not winger and def a cf.

    the only way we will beat city imo is by outscoring them and to do that we will need goofy alongside cisse and (i really dont feel well) but shola (sigh) may even be some use to us against there back four for the last 30mins. god i wish i didnt have to say that

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    croftus

    or maybe just do what chelsea did to barca = ultra defensive and counter attack.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    i have a great idea guys !!!!

    —–cisse———goofy—–
    ————shola————–

    ^^

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I really hope that the club prove everyone negative on this blog wrong. Dont get me wrong, it’s not so I can point and laugh or anything, I just really hope we sign a few players, play some canny football and after 38 games land at the top part of the table where we belong.

    Up the toon!

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  • paul24

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    “Everybody looks fit and sharp.” “Pre-season’s not all about the results – it’s about fitness and confidence.”

    Not sure what team he’s been looking at but it aint ours xD

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Has anyone seen the Sun wrap round today for the start of the new season?
    The front page shows a race (obviously for the title) with a player running forwards in a line of players. Van Persie for Manure first followed by Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal etc.
    The palyers get smaller as they go backwards and we are shown (Cabaye) as a tiny player fifth form the back. Only the Mackems are below us followed by the three promoted teams.
    This is what we have been reduced to under Ashley.
    Disregarded and inconsequential.
    Bloody sad isn’t it?

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    @Croftus.
    “The only way we’ll beat City is by outscoring them”. Oh, really?

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  • runheed

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Attack, attack, attack…. That’s necastle. Anything else is sh*t

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    @13 santon

    aye was thinking that myself tbh ….then i remembered we are not great at defending lol

    mbiwa/collo cb’s
    deb’s/santon attacking wb/wingers
    tiote/guti dm’s
    cabaye am with options to help out the back when needed.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    We’ve just missed out on relegation, got less players than last year, and everything will be rosey in the garden will it?

    It should be with the standard of first team which we possess, but with Pardew making it look exceptionally harder than it is to simply coach us how to play as a fluid, positive unit, without relying on moments of magic by our talented players to nick a goal, then I’m far from optimistic.

    I’ve never felt so underwhelmed and frustrated at a manager, owner or situation at the club than I do now.

    Football should be about trying to win, trying to have your team overcome the other through positive play and smooth interlinking of passes and good movement off the ball to create space.

    Watching us camp round the edge of our own box whilst Cisse plays piggy in the middle up front by himself chasing down the ball, is an awful way to go about winning a match.

    Then for Mr. Propaganda himself, Alan Silver Tongue Pardew, to state we play on the front foot and always go out to win is flat out lies.

    “We need goals.” So the next game against Liverpool he leaves out Gouffran and Ben Arfa and we get thrashed. Tell us Alan, how do we score goals when you don’t set us up to create chances? Major fail.

    If you think he’ll magically start coaching us good football, you’re in dreamworld. He had all year to do it and failed at it. He continues doing what he knows because it’s above is level to manage these technical players to do what they’re good at.

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  • numba9

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    West ham can sign players and they were in a right old financial mess 18 month ago . Only thing stopping us signing players is the tight UNambitious owner that would rather employ jobs for the boys tactics to squander so called tight money on .. joke

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Ashley is here until he recoups the money he (stupidly) overpaid for the club. Until then, the club (wrongly and dubiously) is saddled with his overpayment in the form of a a £100m debt to him. It’s ludicrous and ultimately debilitating.

    If Pardew and Kinnear perform to their usual standards we will be relegated and the Prem golden goose TV moneys (which Ashley is currently back-pocketing) will vanish. The best players will be sold off and Ashley will try to cut his losses.

    If P&K keep the team in the Prem then it will be more of the same next season until Ashley’s personal mistake is paid back to him by the club and he can sell at a nominal profit.

    There is no room for ambition until a new owner is in place with new management. Ashley, in simple terms, is a parasite.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Santon

    If celtic can do it then surely we can? I know everyone is wanting attractive attacking football but teams like city and the other top 6, sometimes you just have to try and grind out a result.

    I think if pardew does this however and we lose, everyone on here will spit their dummies out blaming him for everything as per.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    santon

    tiote and pirlo do have one thing in common they both play in black white stripes other than that pirlo is in a different league/world/universe haha

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  • paul24

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #26

    @wynsleap

    The guys at the Sun must be smoking something if they think Man Poo are gonna win the league this year.

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Hopefully Ashley realises that he can’t rely on Kinnear, or any director of football, to get deals over the line. He’s much better being hands on and getting the job done himself when it comes to transfers – look at January, quick business, good players, good prices.

    Ashley is a businessman, and a very good one, there’s no one better for negotiating transfers. By all means if he must have someone in place to identify targets and price ranges then so be it, but when it comes to the negotiations Ashley has to get his hands dirty because the reality is he’s damm good at closing the deal.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    croftus

    put more defensive players, we are bad at defending because we have more attacking minded players doing defensive duty.
    Let’s say we do:
    Debuchy——–Saylor——Colo——Mbiwa——Santon
    Anita———Tiote————Cabaye———–Gouffran
    —————————HBA———————————–
    ——————————-Cisse—————————–

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #29

    or
    Debuchy——–Saylor——Colo——Mbiwa——Haidara
    Anita———Tiote————Cabaye———–Santon
    —————————HBA———————————–
    ——————————-Cisse—————————–

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    @18 quasi

    yes m8 and its true i have evidence !

    look at any result last year and you will notice every team that won outscored the other team ^^

    another fact is that if you dont concede any goals you will not lose the game but personally i’m a bit sceptical on that one 🙂

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    I forgot Sissoko, replace Haidara with Sissoko then

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    we need a new owner then because this owner has never ever had any ambition at all

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    @28/29 santon

    no gk lol and an extra outfield player 🙂 love it but i dont see it helping us keep a clean sheet.

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  • Rooster

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #34

    It would be madness for Gomis to sign an extended deal with Lyon, unless he truly loves the club?!?!, they are in the champs league of course, but miss out on a potential 3 million sign on fee and wages 30k less than he would get here and the fact the French government have slapped 75% tax on high earners, still madness if he resigns, I think we are still in with a squeak, but this is all driving us to madness ha ha!

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    paul24

    my top 4 is

    chelsea
    man city
    arsenal
    man united

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #36

    wolfshead

    They both defensive midfields, but Pirlo is also playmaker

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    @35 geordie

    i’d agree with that with liverpool just behind manure

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #38

    i wonder why a lot of you support NUFC. the fans deriding other fans for being less than optimistic about the season ahead and future of the club is absurd.

    All of us want a top 7 finish minimum, but Pardew has already voiced to high heaven that the Europa League is such a burden, an unncessary distraction, but that we’re so far off the top 4 or 5 clubs we simply can’t compete with them. So, our only real aim then is to finish either 8th, 9th, or 10th place. what is the use? Sure we’ve an owner with little to no ambition, we all know that. There’s nothing we can do. But to look forward to the season ahead knowing we have a man at the helm who is not only incapable but inept and deluded with regards to working within those confines is overwhelmingly disheartening

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  • Santon03

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #39

    croftus

    Lol sorry, you are right. then take off HBA

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Aye Croftus. I also reckon if we go one goal up, the chances are we’ll win providing the other team doesn’t score.

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