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Manchester City vs Newcastle – Match Preview

11:56 am, Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 440 Comments

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We have to tell the truth and say we have no idea how Newcastle will fare tonight against a very good Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium in Newcastle’s first game of what is an extremely important season.

And Newcastle have never won at the Etihad – and Manchester City have yet to taste defeat against Newcastle in the last 13 meetings.

Newcastle have had a mediocre preseason and these are the results of those games:

DateOpponentsLocationResult
Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pmMotherwellFir Park W 4-2
Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pmRio Ave Estadio do Rio Ave L 3-1
Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pmPacos de Ferreira Estadio da Capital do Movel D 1-1
Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pmBlackpoolBloomfield RoadW 1-0
Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pmSt. MirrenLove StreetW 2-0
Tue - 6 August, 7:45pmRangersIbrox StadiumD 1-1
Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pmSC BragaSt. James' ParkD 1-1

Bur pre-season form and results usually mean nothing – and Arsenal had a great pre-season, yet lost their first home game to Aston Villa on Saturday – and that was the first time they had lost their first home game since 1995.

This is what Alan Pardew about Newcastle’s lack of recent success against City:

“I don’t think there is a mental barrier. We’ve beaten all the big teams or at least taken points from them. ”

“City are the one big team we have never done well against, so it would be fantastic to bury that one as well.”

It seems that Davide Santon is indeed injured, so that Yanga-Mbiwa will get the start at left back and we’re assuming that Jonas has recovered from his leg injury – so this is the likely side for tonight’s game:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Sissoko Gutierrez
Cisse
Subs: Elliot Dummett Anita Marveaux Ameobi (S) Gouffran Ameobi (Sh)

One surprise in the section by the Newcastle manager could be in goal, where it’s possible that Rob Elliot could get the start, since Tim Krul has not played too much in pre-season.

The key to the game tonight is that the Newcastle defense can play very well and not make any daft mistakes – like giving away a penalty for instance.

There’s no doubt our defense has been our big weakness over the last three seasons, and we have to do better this season – but the two French full-backs are new arrivals this year.

And we don’t have too many goalscorers at the moment, and we’ll have to rely on Papiss Cisse scoring a few goals for the Magpies, while Loic Remy is out for another three weeks or so – but Shola has looked in good form in pre-season and scored four good goals – so there’s some hope there.

And when Yohan Cabaye plays well Newcastle generally also do very well, so the French International is again a key player for Newcastle tonight, and Yohan has looked sharp again over the summer.

Any result Newcastle can get tonight, be it a draw or a win, would be great, but the very last thing we want to see is a defeat – a big defeat. :(

That would not be good to say the least – and it would quickly bring further levels of depression to Tyneside.

Let’s know what team you would start tonight, and also how you think we’ll fare tonight.

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440 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Very hard to predict for sure. I was intrigued to see what people really think as there were several people very vocal about us being in relegation trouble but actually only 3 people have predicted that our of about 30, 2 of those had us surviving and 1 admitted he was “depressed” when he made the prediction…

    Most people have us finishing between 8th and 12th.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Tds

    I am personally unhappy as I believe with 2/3 more signings and a better manager (I know a touchy subject either side of the fence) the I think we aren’t too far away from a strong challenge on the top 4-6 places.

    But I really doubt well get those signings or a change in manager so I am predicting 10th as we have quality just lack consistency and good around team play, we do have a few match winners though who can turn a game alone.

  • 3 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I reckon Pardew will play this team tonight :

    ——————————Krul——————————–

    –Debuchy——–Taylor——–Collocini——–M’biwa–

    —-HBA———-Cabaye———-Tiote————Guti—-

    ——————————Sissoko—————————

    ——————————–Cisse—————————–

    Not what I would play but what can you do ?

  • 4 sparky55 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Only with the caviat pardew is replaced.

    If he doesn’t get sacked then same as this year…17th if we’re lucky

  • 5 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Lets give a good showing tonight, we can’t sit back and try to contain them or they’ll rip us apart…………..time for Pardew to step up and show that he’s leant his lessons from last season

  • 6 Jamiemac // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    He better not play bloody Elliott in goal

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    On tonight’s game…no idea. Going to find a nice sports bar abroad to watch it in, even a thumping won’t ruin my time away.

    I think we will lose but no shame in that against a league contender and home. As long as we put up a good fight that’s all we should ask, any points are a bonus.

  • 8 Rainrix // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    TDS… I dont think we’ll go down. I think people that do are hypernegative or a bit oblivious to other teams, especially after this weekend. Hull and Crystal palace were really poor in their opening games. I know they played good teams but the ease at which they were taken apart was telling. Defoe pretty much strolled past 5 palace players without breaking a sweat.

    Quite simply there are much worse teams than us in the league. Im not expecting much else other than survival but tbh something would have to go apocalyptically wrong for us to go down.

  • 9 marc // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    think i see how we play tonight againest one of the big teams before jugding

  • 10 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    When Pardew says something optimistic, people moan and call him deluded.

    When Pardew then says something like “We haven’t strengthened well”, people say he’s making excuses and “admitting defeat before we’ve started” and being negative.

    When he says we have a strong squad, he’s a liar and he’s deluded and he’s a puppet.

    I don’t want the guy as our manager, not one tiny bit, but the comments on here from certain people are just so pathetic. It’s reminiscent of picking on people in the school playground, and it’s sad that people spend good portions of their days reading interviews and finding ways to twist it.

    There’s so many issues with our club that you don’t need to make them up. Doing that, to me, just undermines the real issues – and I’m sure Ashley won’t care one little bit as long as all the abuse is directed at the manager on internet forums, rather than at the root of the problem.

  • 11 sparky55 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Sissoko played DM for tolouse FFS…why does everyone have him as an attacking midfielder or no 10…does my head in!

  • 12 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    sparky55

    Try telling that to Pardew as he see’s him as a No#10 and a right winger

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Transfer Sage

    I think we’re some distance away from the top 6 sadly. I think we’re about on a par with Everton and there are lots of clubs with new players who aren’t too far behind us either. Clubs like Saints could either completely bomb or their new players could just be amazing and they could finish above us. Sadly there are several clubs in that position…

    People are always saying “with a better manager” but that’s always the case…I’d love to have a manager who is actually a truly world class manager who can pull the club up to meet his ambitions and status, but sadly there aren’t too many managers willing to meet that challenge. If only there was another SBR around…

  • 14 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    @ Sparky

    If you look I said team that Pardew will play, not how I would line them up. Most people know he isn’t a number 10 or a winger but Pardew seems to know something we don’t .

  • 15 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I would go for:-

    ————————Krul

    Debuchy——-collo——–m’biwa——–santon

    sissoko——–tiote———-cabaye——–jonas

    ————–ben arfa
    —————————-cisse

    We need guiterrez to help protect santon when gets forward, same with sissoko and debuchy, and ben arfa can have a free role around cisse

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Sparky/butler
    Maybe because its not pardew it’s sissoko that has said on countless occasions he’s a CAM
    And no he didn’t play solely as a CDM for Toulouse he varied from a box to box midfielder and even played a fair few games RM/RW

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Rainrix

    I agree. Relegation is a real long shot! Some people are just plain miserable. I wouldn’t even accept a bottom half finish, Pardew would have to go if that happens.

    Just interesting to get people’s predictions for the season. A couple of people last night were slagging off the manager and the club but refused to make an actual prediction.

  • 18 RooneyToons // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Sparky 55

    Because he can’t tackle for toffee something essential for a premiership defensive midfielder.

    Don’t forget his performances from AM when he first joined. He looked exhausted near the end of the season

  • 19 Jonty // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Having read this blog on a regular basis over the summer I have been put off contributing due to the vast amount of comments which I can only describe as juvenile and abusive on a daily basis. Some no doubt from rogue mackems but the majority will be from fellow Newcastle fans. I am no mad Pardew fan but I do not support getting rid of him. What ever he says he’s criticised. He can’t win. I mix with loads of toon fans and can honestly say the vast vast majority support him.

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I would probably pack the midfield today and go with:

    ——————————Krul——————————–

    –Debuchy——–Taylor——–Collocini——–M’biwa–

    ———-Sissoko———–Tiote———-Cabaye———-

    ——————-HBA—————Marveaux————-

    ——————————Cisse—————————–

  • 21 gazzaforever // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Spark55 , agree, not only Pardew but many lads here put Sissoko CAM or winger (not big papa cisse who were just guessing pardew’s stupid lineup). i would play hba cisse marv against City. Best defense is attacking.

  • 22 gazzaforever // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Perfect lineup , big papa cisse. Wont happen though.

  • 23 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    tads

    I don’t see him as a defensive midfielder as he’d be wasted or a No#10 has he’s simply not creative enough. He needs to be box to box, covering the defence when we don’t have possession and backing up our attacking play

  • 24 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I’m predicting 12th/13th.
    All depends on what type of start we have. Anything tonight is a bonus like. If we where to lose the next few games it could set the tone for the whole season.

  • 25 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    i’ll bet anyone that this is the line up. no chance it will be something else

    …………………krul…………………
    deb…..sayls….colo………MYM
    HBA…..cabs….tiote…..sissoko
    ………..gouf…..cisse…………….

    but it should be:

    same back 5, if santon is injured

    ……….sissoko….anita……….
    ……………..cabs…………………
    HBA…….cisse………….goof

  • 26 martoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I think tonights match will be similar to yesterdays Chelsea Hull match: we’ll be completely overwhelmed in the first half and go a couple of goals down then hopefully City will take their foot off the pedal and we’ll come back into the match but unlike Hull maybe we can sneak a goal or two.

  • 27 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    JB
    I’m not disagreeing mate, just saying its hard to solely give pards stick seeing as the player says he sees himself as a CAM and its his preferred position, just like Benny and Marv have

  • 28 Mint // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    We played mint when it was a front 3 of Ba, Cisse, BenArfa

    So, why not put Shola on for the departed Ba? Surely that would make us as good in attack as our 5th place season?

    Man City – they are already under pressure to win to join Chelsea and Man U at the top. They will be cagey, we can nick a 1:1 draw!!!

  • 29 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    TDS, I think you’re being simplistic mate. I used to like Pardew – fopr good reason. He analysed teams well, tactically he decided what he wanted and prepared the team each week accordingly. All good. And he man manages well. But he was badly expsed last season as an over defensive manager with a ready line in excuses, and his players didnt seem that bothered for him. Southampton will stroll past us this season I think ( new striker for them yesterday might help ) and Norwich will possibly be better too. Main main beef with Pardew is that he doesnt get enough out of some very good players . Thats the bottom line. Re my “simplistic” comment , there has to be a half way house between a Pardew and a Bobby Robson surely? I know u wont confuse me with some mouthy young fella slagging people off here. I’ve supported NUFC for about 38 years . HTL.

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Martoon
    Agree that it will take us a while to get settled into the game tonight, but I still simply can’t see where the goals will come from this season, we still look unbelievably lacklustre in the final third with no flowing play or creativity linking the midfield and attack

  • 31 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    mint

    are you serious??

    how would shola provide width? pace? attacking impetus? the obvious choice would be gouffran. shola??? really dude? as a LW?

  • 32 martoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Jonty @19 – Completely agree most fans think he is an OK manager who is severely hampered by MA’s lack of spending. As I’ve said before Pardew is obliged to give several interviews before & after a match with reporters who are constantly trying to trip him up and say something contraversial – he is bound to slip up sometime.

  • 33 Jamiemac // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I like that team BPC

  • 34 Macas // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    How is Sissoko suited to be a DM? Does anyone saying this actually watch him play? I can’t remember him making a tackle since he got here.

  • 35 SuperShearer // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Final position in league 11th
    Number of points in league 54
    League Cup round Quarter Finals
    FA Cup round 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 3
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 1
    Top goal scorer – Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 15
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked – Kinnear

  • 36 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    ToonDarnSarf

    That prediction thing’s a good idea, cheers for making the effort.

    Final position in league 14th
    Number of points in league 46
    League Cup round Quarters
    FA Cup round 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) None
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) One more
    Top goal scorer Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 14
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked Lee Clarke

  • 37 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    i’ve been talking to a lot of friends lately too

    it’ll only work into Pelligrini’s hands how underrated he is. not many ppl i’ve spoken to think city has a chance at the league. i thoroughly disagree. he is a top, top manager, and unlike Mourinho, has proven he is capable of working at mid-table football clubs with significantly smaller budgets. he’s got them ready to go, i’m sure of it.

    meanwhile, down at Ibrox…..

  • 38 Mint // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    @ mattyNUFC

    not as a left wing, but playing off Cisse. Ba wasnt to fast was he? But that three tore up defenses

  • 39 numba9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    It will be more ooof ball with socks doing the job of supporting sisse but not being able to get up there in time as we will be pinned back

  • 40 Klatoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    So has it been confirmed that Santon’s defo out of this game?

  • 41 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    TDS

    I don’t mean a world class manager, that’s near impossible with the clubs restrictions and how much they get paid by rich clubs worldwide now.

    I just haven’t seen much team play under pardew, to me everything is individual brilliance…either krul has a blinder or cabaye, ba, cisse and hba show magic.

    Very rarely do I see our goals as great team play, which I think is a problem the manager should resolve, we are always too deep in my eyes which means that players are too far away from the opposition goal to exploit misplaced defenders when we win the ball back, we also lack much ove so difficult to counter quick as well.

    I think pardew should be replaced because we can attract better, maybe not a much bigger name but certainly equal quality but equal quality in a more modern style…which I think suits our lads more.

    Just my opinion of course, if it happened it could be a disaster, but I just think we should aim higher.

  • 42 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Macas

    you could say the same thing about yaya. Sissoko is a beast, though, contrary to what you believe. not a dm like tiote, but deeper lying CM, you know, the exact opposite of cabaye really

    it makes me wonder the people who put him in at acm as to whether they’ve actually seen him play. he’s played the majority of his career at dm

  • 43 stuart no9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    i am going for a man c vicory tonight, maybe 3-0 at best 3-1. nothing has changed since last season so trying to justify a win is pretty much impossible.
    Looking at the results of the poll – 70% are predicting a loss , which is sensible and only 12% predicting a win, which i find very high considering there is no foundation to acheive that – only hope., realistically- we havnt a hope in hell.- i hope i am wrong,

  • 44 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    there would be no shame in parking the bus against city in fact it would be common sense given our lack of firepower but pards last season was like a fanny in a fit tactically when it came to the big teams which bred a loss of confidence in the players

  • 45 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    tads

    It just frustrates me when he plays Sissoko at 10 and leave’s Marveuax out constantly, give the lad a run of games as from a creative point of view he’s proven that he can do the job. We have the squad, for the most part anyway so just play to it’s strengths and allow them to play and not hold them back. We are far better than last season results and performances

  • 46 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    matty

    He has a higher pedigree than Mancini did when he took over in my opinion. Malaga were the last kick of the game away from the Champions League Semi’s last season, after selling a few of their best players the previous summer.

    City terrify me to be honest, I think Pelegrini’s City may well turn out the most blood and thunder attacking side we’ve seen in the PL, maybe since Keegan’s Newcastle – except they have a world class defence to back it up. They’re going to score one hell of a lot of goals this season, if nothing else. Wouldn’t surprise me if they put 5 past us today.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Macas

    He was a very good DM in France. He’s not an out and out DM like tiote but a one like viera…box to box, can tackle, pass and score…he just needs to be allowed to start from further back in midfield as he needs to run forward, when a number 10 or AM he has his back to goal too often.

  • 48 low fell mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Tough game, wish I was going, .
    Lets get behind the lads.
    Hoping we can get a point.

  • 49 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Correct me if i’m wrong but from what i have read of the pre season, we dont seem to be creative at all and HBA is overweight? Is this true? Is he fit to play? No way will Pardew play him away from home against a team like City…

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Final position in league 12th

    Number of points in league 49

    League Cup round QuartersFA Cup round 3rd

    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) None

    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) One more

    Top goal scorer Remy

    Number of goals for top goal scorer 13

    Month that AP is sacked (or not) December

    New manager if AP is sacked Kinnear

  • 51 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    mint

    so in a 442?

    Ba has plenty of pace. more than cisse, that’s for sure. Ba was perfectly suited to that LW role. I can understand him wanted to be the focus as he can obviously get goals, but he could have had just as many the second half of that year, he was just unlucky. shame our manager succumbed to player power rather than the good of the club. spineless

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    What id play tonight

    Krul
    Debuchy, colo, saylor, mbiwa
    Sissoko, Anita, cabaye
    Hba, cisse, gouff

    Happy to see Marv play the advanced centre mid role but prefer cabaye there and not a fan of Marv out wide

  • 53 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Munster Mag

    Nope, no confusion.

    But I think our star has somewhat fallen since SBR joined us. We’re not on the verge of the CL places any more because clubs like Citeh and Chelski have spent huge money while Man Utd and Arsenal have gained loads of money from constantly being in the CL. That top 4 should be unassailable barring mistakes Liverpool are a massive club and have failed to establish themselves in the top 4 when they should certainly be there.

    The club we should have been able to match is Spurs…and that’s sad.

    Sorry, that’s a little aside. Of course we ‘could’ get a better manager than Pardew but it’s all a matter of timing and interest. I think the most realistic shout was Girard but he made an early decision to go to Lille.

    From Mike Ashley’s perspective, I don’t think he should have been thinking about alternative managers, he should have been thinking about whether Pardew met his targets or not. I think he just clung onto his job by the skin of his teeth, but he’ll go in a few months if he’s not doing better. At least I hope he will if things are looking bad!

    I think a lot of the problems last year came from injuries and loss of form to key players. When we finished in 5th our top players were all on fire. Totally the opposite last season.

    Hopefully he will learn how to use his players a bit better too.

  • 54 catchy in norway // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    for what its worth

    I have us finishing 12th or below

    this is not down to the players we have right now as I strongly believe we have a squad very capable of a challenge of top 6, 1 or 2 new players would only make me more sure of this,

    my view is based on our football we have played since he has been with us, this pre-season has only my views on him stronger,

    pre season has been shocking IMO, the teams we played were there for the slaughter, Braga the only tough game, yet we struggled, and in a few games got lucky with last minut goals to get a draw,,

    HE SHOWS TOTAL LACK OF FATH IN US AS AN ATTACKING THREAT,

    more concerned about us not conceding than scoring

  • 55 stuart no9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    martoon- @ 32–’ ‘ Pardew is obliged to give several interviews before & after a match with reporters who are constantly trying to trip him up and say something contraversial – he is bound to slip up sometime’
    ——– not if he is telling the truth. You cant slip up being honest.

  • 56 Blofal // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I would play

    Debuchy—-Saylor—–Colo—–Mbiwa
    ——————Tiote—————–
    ———-Cabaye——Sissoko———
    Ben Arfa———Cisse———-Gouffran

  • 57 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Final position in league 15th

    Number of points in league 43

    League Cup round 4th

    FA Cup round 3rd

    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) Closed for business

    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) Cabaye, last week of transfer window, PSG or ManU. If season is last year on repeat, Krul, HBA, and santon all susceptible to bids. Anita will be gone by January I think.

    Top goal scorer Cisse

    Number of goals for top goal scorer 11

    Month that AP is sacked (or not) February ( :( )

    New manager if AP is sacked – Poyet/Kinnear

  • 58 Mint // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Well, i bet Shola comes on from the bench to replace Goofy on 75min, when we are 2-0 down

  • 59 Rainrix // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Munster…. On HBA see for yourself.

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/shock-photos-of-hatem-ben-arfa/

  • 60 low fell mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Toondownsouth ‘@ 46 .
    By your a barrel of laughs, wouldn’t want to be in the trenches with you mate.

  • 61 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    ToonDownSouth

    No problem. I thought it would be interesting to give those people with extreme views a chance to put them on record! I’ll be posting on who actually made the best predictions as things happen. It’s all recorded…

  • 62 Nufc-83 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Mint think you need some fresh air thinking that having shola playing behind Cisse will be the way forward christ!!

    Wolfshead parking the bus is what pards done in almost all games last season regardless of the opposition. Inviting city to attack us for 90 mins will end up in complete disaster i would rather we take the man u game as an example and go out and be positive.

  • 63 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    blofal

    two acms will kill us

    i harp on it all the time, but to anyone who thinks anita is not good enough or that a 433 with two dms will not work, go back and watch us in the EL v Bordeaux during our first meeting. Best 35 minutes we’ve played all year (oh, and we scored 3 goals too!)

    the air was too thin with such a large margin, one I can’t remember holding onto with AP. so, naturally, we switched to a 442 again and never saw tiote and anita and cabaye play in the middle of the park together again

  • 64 catchy in norway // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Jonas name first on team sheet

  • 65 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Transfer Sage

    You see, I’m not a Pardew fan and I can see where people are coming from. My view is just that the decision has been made to stick with Pardew, he clearly has the support of the players, and I’d rather see him do well for the sake of my club.

    I wish everyone would just hold fire on the manager speculation until at least October. I’ll happily join in the “Pardew out” shouts come November or December if we’re not looking like we’re going to get top half at least.

  • 66 Mint // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    @ mattyNUFC

    Pellegrini wont be expecting it though. cant be worse than last season

  • 67 stuart no9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    low fell mag @60———–
    ———————–Toondownsouth ‘@ 46 .
    By your a barrel of laughs, wouldn’t want to be in the trenches with you mate.—————- hes right though!

  • 68 Wiz // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    We could finish eighth, we could finish eighteenth. A lot depends on how we start the season. As for tonight, we will astonish everyone by putting in a sprightly showing in the first half, when the score will be 2-1, and then utterly crumble in the second, losing 5-1. There might then be a couple of decent results, and we don’t buy anyone. Alternatively we might be crushed and lose a couple of games, and launch into a panic buying spree, spending as much as two or three million on four players, none of whom are much cop. One thing is quite clear – our next signing should be good enough for the first team straightaway, without question.

  • 69 Novocastrian66 // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I’ll be happy if we do not get battered like Levante. We were terrible at the end of last season and we have not done anything to improve the situation. Same manager same group of players.
    I cannot see any other outcome than a heavy defeat.

  • 70 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    downsarf,

    what do we win if we are closest to correct? an all expense paid trip to mackemland, the happiest place on earth? :)

  • 71 low fell mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Catchy I was at the Braga game .
    We were not lucky ,it was the total opposite.
    They were not in the game what so ever in the 1st half, and the soft penalty they got, on the stroke of half time was totally against the run of play.
    The second half was a little mixy due to all the subs made by both teams.
    Not arguing ,just telling you like it was.

  • 72 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    mint

    it very well can be worse than last season. we’re banking on no injuries. that’s inane. all teams suffer a spat of injuries, both long and short term. so what do we do? we sell all our fringe players and fail to bring in even subpar reinforcements

  • 73 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    read that as darnsarf, translation of american english to geordie isnt a sure thing :)

  • 74 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    DokToon

    You win the opportunity to brag on this blog! There are some really cocksure people on here, but it’s funny how some of them haven’t bothered to take the opportunity to prove themselves!

  • 75 stan anderson // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    What match did we play mint? Mint,cant remember that.Shola to start for us,scary is,nt it haha.

  • 76 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    TDS

    My issue is I have pardew all last year, and judged him at the end. I understood the issues with injuries, extra games, lack of signings…all working against him.

    My main issue was that we just tried the same system week in week out even when it wasn’t working with no sign to even try anything else, the best we did was vary players in the same system, I’d have liked to see more progression.

    Given he is here to stay he has my support on the pitch by not my offfield backing for now, although the ownership regime never will unless he drastically changes his tune.

  • 77 low fell mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Stuart n09 he,s not though

  • 78 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Final position in league 9th
    Number of points in league 58
    League Cup round Semis
    FA Cup round 6th
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 2
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 1
    Top goal scorer – Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 17
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked Peter Beardsley

  • 79 Wiz // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Actually it occurs to me that the likeliest scenario is that we finish around sixth. We are around fifteenth at Christmas and Ashley sells to an American billionaire who spends a load of cash in January and we perform like wizards under new manager van Gaal. I do hope that has cheered a few people up.

  • 80 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    If Blanc likes Cabaye so much, why doesn’t he pay the money rather than unsettling the player? Absolute piss taker.

  • 81 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    TS

    The problem I could see is that the creative players were really poor last season. Given that Cabaye and Ben Arfa were either rubbish or injured for most of the season, it didn’t help. At least we now have Debuchy, Goofy, Remy and Sissoko who should help from a creative perspective. So I think he was just trying to grind out the results.

    I’m not saying that I was happy with it, I wasn’t, but I understand. I do think a better manager would have planned for it and would have had more varied tactics to account for the thinness of the squad.

    I just don’t find the Pardew debate interesting. Can’t we all just leave it and pick it up again in a couple of months at least?

  • 82 catchy in norway // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    low fell mag

    I thought the braga game was our only tough game,

    the pen was soft for sure,

    my point was all the other games,

    very poor teams, where I would have thought a few strong 90 mins would have been good for the fans,

    right now we go into a new season, on the back of a poor pre season, on the back of a very poor season,

    plus points dummet and vuckic, but we wont see them in real games in there best positions

    which is a shame,

  • 83 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Final position in league 11th

    Number of points in league 45

    League Cup round 5th round

    FA Cup round quarter final

    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 3, 2 on deadline day (possibly after pardew sacked) Thauvin or Ince and Gomis

    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 2 Cabaye and Shola Ameobi

    Top goal scorer Cisse

    Number of goals for top goal scorer 16

    Month that AP is sacked (or not) By September first after heavy defeat vs Man City, poor scraping win at morecombe and 1 point from west ham and fulham games ( )

    New manager if AP is sacked – Kinnear for upto 3 months, Lee Clark or Gus Poyet when Kinnears health declines due to stress

  • 84 mattyNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    we could lose 5-0 and there will still be people defending the set up and performance and putting the blame down simply to city’s financial superiority

    until Pardew is either deservedly sacked, somehow is magically able to change his archaeic ways, or a real modern day footballing manager is brought it, we’ll never be able to know what this squad is capable of. unfortunately i think the squad will be dismantled by the time it (hopefully) ends up is safer hands

  • 85 Twatter // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I think Ben Arfa would play better on the left wing than the right. It would give him more space to take on the fullbacks, He cuts in too much on the right wing because he’s so left-footed, which leaves us lacking width and service from the wings, especially if Jonas is in the starting line-up.

  • 86 Diggedydaws // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Supporter…Someone who contributes to the fulfilment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.

    Not too many of those on this blog, doom mongers and nay sayers a plenty though.

    It’s the beginning of a new season man, howay lads, back the team, manager and club to at least try to get it right this year!!

  • 87 catchy in norway // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    ps got 45 points on my premier league fantasy

    how is everyone else doing?

  • 88 Car Toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    How are we due a win at Ethihad when we haven’t won there for ages? More realistically we are due a major 5-0, 6-0, 7-0 etc. hammering….

  • 89 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Got a feeling Kinnear will be banking on Man City doing us for 5 or 6 tonight! By not signing any players fit to play the first few games, he’s giving Pardew the least amount of chance to get off to a good start! Really wouldn’t surprise me if we lose 2 or 3 from the first 4 that Kinnear pulls the trigger! It is his call according to him afterall! My bet is that Pardews gone by the sunday the 1st and on deadline day monday the 2nd 2 or 3 players are signed that have been lined up and agreed for weeks

  • 90 Twatter // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    @Diggedydaws

    As much as I appreciate your optimism, backing the manager when he’s clearly not up to scratch is pretty nonsensical. As supporters of course we can back the team (and I don’t think most of us have any problem with that) but we don’t have to back this manager or this board or this awful set-up.

    It’s because people love this club so much that they get angry. It’s not necessarily doom mongering, just a helpless reaction to the sh*te we’re forced to watch, you see.

  • 91 Diggedydaws // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Catchy,

    65 points with 2 to play tonight/

  • 92 JaxtheMag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Jonas is not startin tonight,goffy is.

  • 93 geordiemark // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    2-1 toon

  • 94 Jackel001 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Here’s the top 3 & bottom 3 Prem League spenders

    Man C £89m
    Spurs £59m
    So’ton £36m

    WBA £0m
    Newc £0m
    Arsenal £0m

  • 95 catchy in norway // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Diggedydaws
    not bad :)

    still got Chelsea on Tuesday,

  • 96 Novocastrian66 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Diggedydaws; my problem is the club isn’t trying hard to improve things.

  • 97 low fell mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Catchy, hopefully Pardew has learned from last year and hopefully it starts tonight.
    I know we cant go Gun Ho tonight but but at least give it a go.
    We will see the real Newcastle when Remy is in the side ,because that kid is top draw,and with Cisse @ Ben Arfa along side him ,that would frighten the mighty Barcelona.
    I could manage that side, so if Pardew cannot make that work ,well his time is up.

  • 98 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    whats the blog fantasy code?

  • 99 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Honestly, is anybody expecting a win tonight? I’m certainly not. Christ, anything other than an absolute hammering and I’ll be happy.

    This is the best time to play them, though. New manager, new lads still integrating… never know.

  • 100 CullysFinest // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    anyone supporting gutierrez to start can do one, recipe for failure

  • 101 sparky55 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    aresenal just bid for cabaye

  • 102 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I still think we need to bring in another right back, who is more of an out and out defender, as against the top sides two attacking full backs is a bad idea, and aparently newcastle have accepted bid off arsenal for cabaye

  • 103 Crow59 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    News is arsenal have put a bid in for cabaye :(((

  • 104 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Diggedydaws
    I get what your saying mate, but I can safely say I’ve never felt so pessimistic heading into a season!
    The problem is its hard to expect the fans to fully back the club when the owner can’t be ars3d!

    I’d be more optimistic if pre season had thrown up a few challenging, fixtures, perhaps seen a few experimental formations/tactics but we played the same set up which failed miserably last season and to be honest we’ve had the same issues pre season, still look suspect at the back and toothless up top!

    Add to that the lack of transfer activity despite the need for strengthening being acknowledged by pundits, fans, the manager and the players with the board not delivering its hard to get really fired up!

  • 105 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    …I had to open my gob.

  • 106 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    breaking news on SSN Arsenal have submitted a bid for Cabaye……………….and so it begins

  • 107 Novocastrian66 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Oh well bye bye Cabaye.

  • 108 toonarmy1985 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    any idea how much and from where

  • 109 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Adios cabs look forward to seeing your replacement arrive next summer!

  • 110 Noah Another Ameobi // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    here is another match preview for tonight that i think you might like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y-PYtjFito&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKRhfECH6yJkLF5vxoFYy7w

  • 111 BiffBaffBoff // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It seem’s Pardew will get his wish, he’s been talking Cabaye up for the past few weeks and now someone has finally bid for him. Nevermind that it’s too late to replace him etc.. we’ll accept it and tonight will probably be his last game for us. Sadly.

  • 112 JaxtheMag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    blofal 56. that is the team.

  • 113 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    12m apparently, nowhere near enough to accept

  • 114 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Catchy
    I also got 45 with Navas to play tonight. Also mbiwa but he’ll probs b on minus points by full time :(

  • 115 Novocastrian66 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Arsenal have made the offer. Not sure of size of the bid.

  • 116 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    @geordielad880: Where did you hear that, mate?

  • 117 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    how much was the bid?

  • 118 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    hmm HBA LOOKS drunk in the pic… looks like a poor chap no money to shave

  • 119 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    my mate text me before, hes pretty clued up with newcastle, sounds about right for what wenger would offer

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Hardly a surprise, we’ve had him in the shop window all fcuking summer

    Look at Everton, said from day one Fellaini and Baines are absolutely not for sale……..Us?
    “We’ll if a big club come in we’re powerless”

    Time for Ashley’s ambition to be laid bare, if he rejects a bid, fair play he may have an ounce of ambition after all, not holding my breath though

  • 121 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I really hate being an NUFC supporter :( . He is bound to leave now.

  • 122 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Ah right. Fair enough. We’ll sharp find out, I suppose!

  • 123 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    69 points with Sissoko and yanga-mbiwa to play tonight! (might end up with deductions there like tho)

  • 124 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    an the forearm of his looks like a tatto lol

  • 125 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I would not sell him unless they go above 20m, and we have a replacement sorted, as we will sell and get no-one

  • 126 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    12 million :D HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • 127 JaxtheMag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    gosling will tke cabayes llace when hes gone

  • 128 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    FCUK YOU WENGER . could he not have waited till Tuesday like the di*k head. I guess if Cabaye doesn’t play tonight we will know his decision.

  • 129 richyg01 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Gonna be a cricket score tonight – well embarrassing, but at least it will highlight where we are lacking in the squad (not that anything will be one about it)

    Whats the word on Arsenals bid for Cabaye?

  • 130 Klatoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Arsenal? FFS go to PSG cabaye

  • 131 BiffBaffBoff // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I wouldn’t laugh at £12m for Cabaye just yet, thats £7m profit in Mike Ashley’s eyes..

  • 132 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    if Wenger and Arsenal have bid 12m for Cabaye then the press are going to pull Arsene to pieces for submitting another frivolous bid guarenteed to be rejected! Got a lot of arsenal supporters as friends and clients and theyre sick to death of Wenger bidding half of what clubs want for players (sound familiar). The Suarez debacle made them look really bad and they’ve missed out on a lot of players becuse wenger didn’t think they were worth 5-10m that have gone on to be worth 3 times that! (the famous ones last season being Benteke who they offered 2m for and Michu who wenger said wasn’t good enough for PL when offered him)

  • 133 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Arsenal are under pressure to buy following the weekend lets ask for 20-25m and get 2 or three quality players. Well that’s what I’m hoping will happen but doubt the latter

  • 134 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Goodfella

    i have dzeko n hart n my squad + santon…. so wont be getn any pts for santon..if his out no – :-D

  • 135 richyg01 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11670/8878529/transfer-news-arsenal-are-trying-to-buy-yohan-cabaye-from-newcastle

  • 136 Jackel001 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Well Ashley will have a fantastic end of the month pay!

  • 137 richyg01 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    What was said by Pardew re. Cabaye, it would need to be a bid over £25M?

    Arsenal will have bid £25M + 1p

  • 138 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Reckon cabs will go for around £15 mil tbh, tidy £10 mil profit for the fat git upstairs

  • 139 Assam Toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    It may be true that Ashley is actually freeing the club of all debts by saving all the earnings and paying off debts (including his own soft loan) so that we have a solid financial base. Once we free ourselves of all debts we can use our own earnings to buy players.
    Its only a matter of time before the big boys get bored of their toys (city, chelsea etc), maybe we will thank heaven that day for being prudent. looking at the bizzare financial side of world football these days, i think staying afloat in next 10 years will be a big achievement.

  • 140 LooneyToon41 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Any idea where the £12m came from?
    That’s laughable to be honest.

  • 141 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    swap walcott for cabaye

  • 142 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Cabaye is a player under the tight FIELD position and a decent manager is worth 20 m easy at least…. if we do sell him fine if we dont find a replacement before win closes….

    I will not support NUFC until the right people are behind the club. its just very obvious that loonies are holding the club hostage.
    I am not from NUFC but I feel its like my own child this club, seen it up and down way to many times. I really do hope a proper custodian comes and buys us off…Ashley is a tight anal twit, who could not care about us. Its an investment and a little foreplay with cash. Its sickens me. After last season if anything we should have had serious buys this summer….

    we have one LOANED player…disgusting.

  • 143 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    personally think we’re a better team based around Anita than Cabaye, problem is chances are Pardew would play Gosling ahead of Anita!
    Won’t be too sad to see Cabaye go! He’s a great player but not in our side, we don’t play to his strengths, he’s a xavi like player that would be more consistent in a tiki-taka style team like Liverpool, swansea or Arsenal! Players like HBA, Tiote and Jonas will never be able to play like that, think Cabaye would have been a better player in a deep play making role in a midfield diamond alongside anita, marveaux with HBA the head of the diamond and Remy and Cisse upfront which could then be adapted with remy and HBA drifting the wings to make a 4-5-1 when needed, Pardew would never play such a side though, I think Anita and Cabaye are tenacious enough and aggressive enough to make sure we’re not overrun in the middle!

  • 144 richyg01 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Cabaye out.

    Ince, Sinclair + Striker in.

  • 145 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Bang out of order though bidding for a player 7 hours before a game

  • 146 richyg01 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    When we loose tonight, it is almost certain that Hardpoo will say we lost because the players heads were elsewhere because of this bid

  • 147 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Jamsha
    Santon not playing could be a blessing for your team atleast he won’t be on minus

  • 148 alext109 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    TADS agree with you 100% there! They could of at least waited until after the match tonight or tomorrow to submit their bid. Now there is a chance of cabaye being affected by it and not having is head where it should be, on the game!!!!

  • 149 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    richyg01

    jesus dont even joke…I bet you he will the spineless twat.

  • 150 geordie157 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Cabaye out, new signing will be dan gosling.

  • 151 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    i jst hope ashley asks for 40 mil… so wengers shuts his phone

  • 152 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    My reaction to the Cabaye bid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc

  • 153 Klatoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Oh bless him Arsene, he’s just earned Fat mike an extra 10mil of PSG’s money. Maybe this will stop that gob Blanc talking and actually put up!

  • 154 LooneyToon41 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    SSN also reporting that Arsenal have made enquires to Sevilla about Geoffrey Kondogbia.
    This is all ‘arrive at work Monday morning, and start leaking stories to press to appease fans’ after horror show against Villa on Saturday.

  • 155 LooneyToon41 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    @151 Big Pappa! ;-)

  • 156 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    lowfel

    Sorry, not right about what? Pellegrini being an outstanding manager?

    Explanation please?

  • 157 JaxtheMag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    will 12mill bid blow us out the water.

  • 158 cjtoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    @ TDS

    If Pardew stays all year:

    Final position in league 17th
    Number of points in league 38
    League Cup round 3rd
    FA Cup round 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 6 (Gomis & 1 other) & in jan (gk, cb & utility winger)
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 2 Cabaye £20.5mil PSG & B Arfa (Jan) £12.5mil liverpool
    Top goal scorer – Tied – Cisse & Remy
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 13 each
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked – Steve Bruce :p

    What i actually think:

    Final position in league: 9 th
    Number of points in league 47 (W10 D15 L13)
    League Cup round 3rd
    FA Cup round 5th
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 6 (gomis & 1 other) in jan ( new manager brings in 3 new players)
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 1 cabaye to psg before deadline £20.5mil
    Top goal scorer – Remy
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 17
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) December 28th after losing to arsenal and being on 18points after 19 games (17th in the league at the time) (W4D6L9)
    New manager if AP is sacked – Frank De Boer (I wish).

    Either way its going to be an eventful season

  • 159 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Expect PSG to now come in as well, but we’ll not see him leave unless we are offered in the region of 20-25million

  • 160 felling mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Swap Cabaye for Walcott then we have our winger and forward if not piss off Arsenhole. If he wanted to stay Cabaye would of said so by now. its the start of a bidding war. PSG will out bid Wenger. It needs to be done now if its going to happen, not that the fatman will give us the coin that he go`s for.

  • 161 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Alext109
    Should be rules about it!!
    It’s put us in a lose lose situation
    Either cabs plays, but possibly not in the right frame of mind, or he’s dropped which will send the media speculation into overdrive!

  • 162 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    We will know by 7 o’clock when team is named what the clubs stand is because they won’t risk him tonight if they want to sell.

  • 163 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I wouldnt be bothered if Cabaye went as long as the money we got for him was reinvested in the squad, but I think we all know that would never happen :/

  • 164 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Get French Football
    @ GFN_France
    15m
    Sky Sports: Arsenal have contacted
    Sevilla about Geoffrey Kondogbia.
    #AFC

    is a mid or a cb???

  • 165 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I can see it now: “Dan Gosling is like a new signing for us”

  • 166 walker_lad // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Newcastle have a good team which is possible of a top 8 finish But only if we play our best and personally I would like to c a 4312

    Krul
    Deb colo mbiwa santon (when fit)
    Tiote cab sis
    Arfa
    Cisse remy (when fit)

    But If cabaye goes i would like to c a strong midfielder put there preferably not French

  • 167 toontillidie // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Arsenal Make Bid For Cabs !!! SS breaking news

  • 168 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    @JAMSHA: He’s a midfielder, mate.

  • 169 alext109 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    TADS

    Exactly. I realise that such a thing as loyalty from players to their clubs is dwindling but I thought clubs would at least have enough respect for one another to submit a bid at the appropriate time. Given this evidence I am obviously wrong

  • 170 toontillidie // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    cant believe that we are getting a bid for cabs and we havent brought anyone in apart from an injured remy This is gonna be a long day it sucks

  • 171 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    reckon Man Utd might have a look at him too! Specially if theres a chance he’ll sign for a rival premier league team!
    He’s a rolls royce player, no doubt about it, but our current set up uses him like a 1992 ford fiesta, no point having a player like that if you’re not going to build a team around his strengths! No doubt he’ll be the heartbeat of a top side if he leaves

  • 172 Papiss9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Arsenal have bid for Pogba too.. they are desperate.. Newcastle don’t need to sell.. If he goes I think it will be more than 30 million.

  • 173 geordie157 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    12 mill bid has been rejected.

    12mill is a pi$$ take.

  • 174 martoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    stuart no9 @55 – So what is Pardew supposed to say “I wanted 5 players but MA the tight b*st*rd wouldn’t stump up and anyway that drunk, incompetent JFK couldn’t organise a p*ss up in a brewery. The truth but he wouldn’t stay in his job for very long.

  • 175 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    In all honesty we can’t be that angry arsenal are bidding NUFC style!!!!!
    Wonder if Wenger will give the ” we couldn’t get one over the line” speech?

  • 176 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Lets get hughes in from derby cracking player

  • 177 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Used like a 1992 ford fiesta lol, quality m8

  • 178 Papiss9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    can’t be angry.. but finances are solid, and arsenal have said they have this 70 million warchest.. Cabaye wont be cheap then..

  • 179 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @alext109 167

    Clubs will stab each other in the back in a heart beat, it’s all about mind games and unsettling other clubs players, just look at the Rooney situation. There’s no such thing as respect in football any more.

  • 180 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/333440/Arsenal-make-bid-for-Newcastle-s-Yohan-Cabaye-

  • 181 cjtoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I think if true, arsenal have done us a favour. It will get PSG to act now rather than in a couple of weeks time.

    I think we will get just over £20mil if both are genuinely interested in him. We have to many central midfielders anyway in my opinion.

    Anita Sissoko and Tiote is a great midfield trio. We wont lose any attacking creativity as it will make room for Marveaux or HBA to play as the number 10 also.

    Anything above £20mil has to be accepted i think.

  • 182 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Get French Football
    @ GFN_France
    56s
    According to Sky Sports’
    @GraemeBailey , Arsenal have enquired
    about Paul Pogba’s availability. #AFC
    #Juve

    so m.sure we rejected cabaye bid… n nw they gona test every club lol

    . . @ thump… den they are jst tryn for every mid player if dey can get any1

  • 183 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Derisory low offer bids that won’t be accepted, well there’s a bit of roll reversal going on here – surely that’s an NUFC speciality.

  • 184 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    @geordielad880

    That article made me laugh, £12 million xD.
    Wenger is such a tight arse.

  • 185 geordie157 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Eaststand unfortunately we are more likely to sign lee Hughes than will Hughes.

  • 186 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Is anybody surprised by this little stunt from Wengar because I’m not this will be aired every half hour on ssn for the rest of the day easing his own fans criticism of himself. CANNOT STAND HIM AND HIS ATTITUDE!!!

  • 187 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if they get a decent amount and reinvest it by paying Pardews contract off!

  • 188 spitfire_ // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Who kill the blog?

  • 189 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Let’s face it, Cabaye is a wonderful player, but the way Pardew uses him we may as well replace him with Dan Gosling – we probably wouldn’t even notice the difference.

  • 190 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    bid turned down

  • 191 PennStateToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Gotta guess a 2-1 loss but I think the lads will play well

  • 192 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    One thing you must give Ashley credit for is that he wont sell our players on the cheap, Arsenal will have been told to f#ck right off, if a bidding war starts between Arsenal/ManUtd and PSG we might get some stupid money for Cabaye. Who i must say hasnt really controlled many games fron the centre of our midfield.

    Granted most of the time he has watched the ball sail over his head mind. Wonder if we could throw Jonas in as a double deal, just take a couple of million off the price.

  • 193 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Bid was 10 mil

  • 194 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Lads lets be honest, the price only matters to fat Ashley
    Couldn’t care if we sold him for £2 million or £32 million, we won’t see it reinvested in the squad before the window shuts

  • 195 ERER // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Hopefully PSG will actually bid now.

    I think a thing we should keep in mind that Cabaye is Mike Ashleys favourite player and Mike Ashley is a spurs fan so this could turn into quite a good bidding war

  • 196 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Bid Turned down but we didn’t say he wasn’t for sale

  • 197 mecannylad // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Just look where the club have erected the refurbished old gates …. right infront of a bloody brick wall. Typical !

  • 198 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Whey least someone’s bid for Cabaye after all the for sale signs have been stuck on the bloke…even if he is just being used as a veil their moves for other players

  • 199 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Is Wenger really doing anything different that us or Barcelona for that matter?

    Cabaye is under contract here so I cannot see the problem; if MA is not satisfied with the offer he’ll just decline!

  • 200 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    WWYCD
    Reckon we’ve had cabs marked up like a used car!!
    Ashley’s had a steering lock stuck round cabs ankles and has left him by the bobby statue since the braga game!!
    Two previous owners, good mileage, nice little runner comes with free air freshener and Right Back
    £20 mil O.N.O!

  • 201 Carryingcoals // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    My checklist of what to expect for tonight, hopefully Newcastle surprise me…

    http://www.carryingcoals.com/?p=601

  • 202 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Howay man that money will be Cabayes legacy to the team, we will use that money to fund our next 2 seasons and cover our huge costs! Bread line mate the er PL money cheque bounced and there’s all that debt plus renaming the stadium twice cost a load of money then there’s the gates being painted looking at a few billion just on that

    We can’t compete with even mid table championship sides unless we squirrel away all our incoming money! U fans just don’t fully understand

  • 203 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Earlier today there were rumours that Man Utd. had bid £28M for both Fellaini and Baines!

    …is that really any different?

  • 204 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Jesper
    Do you mean bidding well under value or bidding 7 hours before our opening game of the campaign?
    Because the latter is out of order end of

  • 205 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Haha I can’t see Debuchy handcuffing himself to Cabaye as he tries to get on the copter and screaming “not again u git! I have just moved all my stuff HERE!”

  • 206 Mancgeordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Reckon it will take at least 20m to get cabaye, Then use that towards Thauvin or Eriksen, Gomis and Alderwield.

  • 207 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    jesper
    Those aren’t bad prices for Baines and Fellani and Everton don’t have a game tonight?

  • 208 geordielad880 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    carryingcoals, love the list, everything is spot on, i will add one, if tim krul plays he will miss-kick at least 2 clearances

  • 209 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    WWYCD – You should rename yourself WWJGD or WWSAD and then we may get bids in for them. Highly unlikely but its worth a try.

  • 210 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    WWYCD
    LOL!
    Aye forgot about re hanging the gates, must of set Ashley back at least £100 mil
    Plus he still needs the skirting boards in his office re painted, looking at a good £60 mil for that!

  • 211 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    tads…bidding under value was what I was referring to :)

    …bidding just before a game is tacky! No doubt!

  • 212 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    …But If I owned Newcastle I wouldn’t even look at a bid for a player on match day! Period!

  • 213 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Arsenal have bid for 2 CMs Cabs at 10mill and Pogba at 20mill and enquired about a CM with a 20 mill release clause…our price tag on Yohan is 25mill

    All in all the Cabaye bid is rubbish compared to the others

  • 214 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    £10 million is a joke…………..Wenger desperate to quieten the native’s down

  • 215 Jackel001 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    @lee_ryder: #nufc will want at least £30million for Cabaye . Player has refused to comment.

    30 mill is unrealistic!

  • 216 Mister Tuff // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Low Fell Mag – come on what is your prediction for the game tonight – you can operate your gob well enough about other people – come on put your money where your mouth is. Do I detect cracks appearing in your blind faith attitude about Percy.
    You stated early on you could manage Barca -well ok if you say so. Could you explain how your experience at running a fruit and veg shop in the Heed will have prepared you to be a football manager.
    You had an earlier exchange with another poster who stated he would not be prepared to be “in the trenches with you”. I would have now such fears -you could be an asset. A quick punch in your gob you restrict it operating -then presuming that you speak to your customers as you do to the folk on here – I expect you will have lots of unsold fruit and veg. Another quick punch in your gob to get you to make some nice vegetable soup and then a couple of nice pieces of fruit for desert. Yes you would be welcome in my trench.

  • 217 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    check
    U have just reminded me that my current moniker will need changing soon…bollux

    toonarmydownsouth
    Aye mate paints not cheap these days I reckon there could be donation buckets out for our first home game

    Christ am sick of being a toon fan

  • 218 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Carrying
    Lol sadly though I can see everyone of those things happening!

  • 219 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    WWYCD

    Cheer up buttercup, he hasn’t gone yet so no need for a name change as no one will pay what Ashley will want for the lad

  • 220 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Jacke
    Why? We are dealing with clubs who have huge amounts of money to spend and have a player under contract for another 3 years we can charge whatever we want tbf

  • 221 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    @WWYCD reckon 28m for Baines and Fellaini is scandalous! 14m each? Baines created more chances than any other player in any team or position last year, best fullback in the league by a mile! Fellaini is a 25m player! If Cabaye is worth 20m then Fellaini is easily 25m! Dominated every game i saw him play last season! Is as good in attacking mid as he is in defensive mid, scores goals, had fantastic hair ;-) and is still a couple of years off his peak! Think with everton is, if you take those 2 players out of the team they would drop about 10 places in the league, without fellaini there midfield is Gibson and Barkley (who struggled on loan last year, good game on sat but he’ll find it hard to keep that up) there fullbacks would be Hibbert and Jon Stones…. their squad is very average without Fellaini and Baines

  • 222 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    JB
    There’s no cheering up to be done mate am well and truly expecting the worst this season. Sick of the season already and we haven’t kicked a ball yet

  • 223 boater // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    If Cabaye’s transfer money were re-invested in the likes of Thauvin, Moses, Ince, Martin, Gomis, etc. etc. it would be one thing. But history is screaming out we’ll sell our best midfielder, without so much as a shrug of the shoulder, and the money won’t see the light of day.

  • 224 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    WWYCD

    Ah, you had a good run with the name though mate. I’d go with Alan Pardew next, you’ve got a good 7 years left with that one.

  • 225 oldbobaycliffe // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    while reading newcastle need only one player it came up that my browser had been locked and i cant get off this page can anyone help

  • 226 Rainrix // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Well if thats the price we set i cant see arsenal paying that really. It might spur PSG into action who probably would pay 30mil especially with blanc in charge.

    If we sold him i honestly dont think i’d have the faith that JK could identify a replacement and get him in within the transfer window. I dont see him leaving.

  • 227 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    WWYCD

    Did you expect anything different???

    We are a sinking ship and Ashley is already in the life-raft laughing his cockney arse off at us.

    The sooner he pi**es off to Rangers the better as I’m sick and tired of him and his minions trampling on our once proud club

  • 228 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Yo…Have Arsenal bid £20M for Paul Pogba?

    Juve didn’t really pay that much for him did they? Guess Cabs is worth £35M then :D lol

  • 229 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    jayphoto
    For an opening bid I don’t think it’s too bad LBs don’t go for all that much so 10-12 mill for him (el toro was on of the best in Europe and we got 6 mill for him) and Fellani is good but I don’t think he’s world class. Just my opinion like but I think Sissoko won’t be far off him quality soon

    Still 28mill to a team who always have real money issues isn’t insulting imo

  • 230 Bambams // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Wonder is Cabs will play tonight……

  • 231 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    boater

    Have you been asleep for the last six years???

    When have we ever reinvested any money coming into the club when it was actually needed???

    If Cabaye goes this window any replacement will be in just in time for the 2015 season

  • 232 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I’m sure the mini accountants will be out in force saying that £20 mil for cabs is a master stroke from cashley, despite non of it being reinvested into the squad!
    They will then pull out something along the lines of cabayes replacement has already arrived in the form of sissoko!

  • 233 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    TDS
    Haha more likely JFK mate job for live

    JB
    I don’t disagree mate but I don’t see him selling up anytime soon

    jesper
    According to twitter and sky sources (same as the Cabaye news) they have. Juve got Pigba on a free didn’t they?

  • 234 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Jack

    Isn’t that pretty much exactly what boater said? :/

    WWYCD

    Didn’t Everton pay about £17m for Fellaini in the first place though lol?

  • 235 Mancgeordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    @ boater I know what you mean but the position of the club financially now to when Carroll was sold is different. We don’t need to sell so I believe we won’t undervalue anyone so if we could get 20-30m for cabaye and used that money for 3 new players?

  • 236 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    tads

    Haha, like yesterday – “Cisse was Best’s replacement, the club was prepared for Best’s departure and signed a replacement 6 months earlier”. Good stuff.

  • 237 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    boater

    I apologise my friend, nerves are frayed today ;(

  • 238 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    reckon PSG might bid 30m if there is competition! They’ve overpaid for Lucas Moura, for Javier Pastore and i’d argue for Cavani (though it was a release clause)
    Truth is Cabaye could realistically captain and be the star of the French 2014 World Cup team! A tournament that France has the players to win if they get things right with morale and attitude! If you go through the top nations starting centre midfielders,under 28 years old, you’ll struggle to find one for under 20m! Wilshire, Fabregas, De Rossi,Montolivo, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Hernanes, Iniesta etc would all cost you north of 20m! Even unproven centremid youngsters like illarmendi and thiago alcantara are going for stupid prices! In france many people think Cabaye is the most important player for the national side! His value should reflect that of someone like Jack Wilshire or Luka Modric for me! We don’t need to sell, it’s disruptive to our side and season, and the players got 2 or 3 years left on his contract! that should all be reflected in the price

  • 239 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    cabaye is our best cm and yes we do have close to his quality allready at the club but that extra bit of quality means the world of difference !

    to me he’s worth 25mil imo with that theres no doubt we could do what we did with carroll and get more than 1 quality players in to replace his outgoing but i would not even consider anything below that and esp to another prem team.

  • 240 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    TDS
    16 mill wasn’t it? Still 18 for him and 10 for Baines is not chump change is it

  • 241 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Are we going to have that discussion again where the two fronts are drawn; the “mini-accountants” on one side and those who have the missus doing the finances on the other once again!

    …dreadful times in front of us I see!

  • 242 Slatymag // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Well at least this might spark some incoming from PSG in a player + cash deal. £12m and Sahko? I’m sure Carr knows of a suitable replacement for less than £12m. How much was that Marvin Martin talk? Any good?

  • 243 Carryingcoals // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    geordielad880 / tads

    I hope none of it comes true, lets see how far we’ve come from pre-season…

    Saddened by the Cabaye bid and probably departure but I think we all knew it would be inevitable. Having said that, perhaps he’ll stay, you never know with this crazy club! I am looking forward to tonight’s game regardless of the probable defeat!

  • 244 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Gosling will replace Cabaye – JFK in a few days time

  • 245 hdavid23 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    It’s been well known for at least a year now that Cabaye’s asking price is 25 mill… now this arsehole offers 40% of that… tell him he’s yours for 50, but if anyone comes in with the original asking price, sell him

  • 246 TorqToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I can only imagine the panic set upon this blog at the ssn breaking news! Even before we heard a fee, statements or anything, some in here immediately wish goodbye to cabs!

    Relax for God’s sake!! You will end up in a padded room. £12 mil was NEVER going to be accepted. And arsenal were NEVER going to bid the kind of money MA will accept for his top player.

    Cheer up lads!! :-)

  • 247 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Yo…dear lord! Did he really do that well for Juve?

    ..great piece of business by Juve if that’s true :)

  • 248 Jamiemac // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I like that team BPChttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHkidTEEjEs

  • 249 Jamiemac // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHkidTEEjEs

  • 250 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    On last seasons form, we’d be lucky to get £15 million. He’ll probably want this move (Champions League football) and I don’t begrudge him it.

    Take the cash, move on. Get relegated. Gonna be a great season.

  • 251 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Heard from a bunch of people involved with football that Anita was Cabayes replacement in anticipation for a massive bid on deadline day that never came! Hence why Anita hardly played when cabs was fit! My guess is he’ll still be the replacement this season!
    Shame theres no local lads that are good enough to make the grade at the moment, would love to see some geordies in the side! I’d put up with some drubbings early on in the season from playing with inexperienced players if it meant Dummet, Newton and Campbell and even Sammy were competitive premier league standard by November time! Sadly doubt any of them are beyond championship level

  • 252 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    TorqToon

    Having done nothing other than one loan so far the last thing anyone wants to hear is that someone has come in for one of the fans favourites it just adds to the misery

  • 253 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    arsenal are putting very low bids in for players they know they wont get to say to there fans they are trying to sign players (a bit like we did at the begining of last season) dnt worry if anything he will go to psg.

  • 254 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    jayphoto…If that’s true then at least we bought his replacement early for once ;) lol

  • 255 hdavid23 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    arsenal bidding 12 mill for Cabaye is disrespectful to:
    1) Newcastle, as it is well known that the asking price is more than double of that;
    2) PSG and Monaco as they both want him and even if Arsenal sell the Emirates, they still don’t have enough money to outbid any of them…

  • 256 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Jesper
    I think so didn’t Man Utd hit the roof about it all? Still only 19-20 as well

  • 257 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    thing is with NUFC, we’ll sell Cabaye and not replace him. Gosling will come in, have a 12 goal season, break into the england side and then go on the storm in the world cup in Brazil, then he’ll leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next july! Sods Law, i’m calling it now!

  • 258 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    @ TDS

    Final position in league 7th
    Number of points in league 57
    League Cup round Winners
    FA Cup round 5th
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 2
    Top goal scorer – Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 20
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) He won’t be
    New manager if AP is sacked – He won’t be

  • 259 TorqToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    JB – I quite agree mate! But why the panic and the automatic assumption that he will be sold and not be replaced?!

    If somebody bids a fee that is accepted, then yes, the worry regarding replacements etc is valid, but not before, surely?!

    We all knew a bid was coming from somewhere, so it’s no real surprise. But surely the rejection shows some ambition to either keep the player, or bring in more money. It wasn’t just about profit otherwise we would have sold already!

  • 260 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Yo…you might be right :) I’ll have to have a look at the kid this season (whether that is going to be in the PL or the Serie A time will tell I guess)

  • 261 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    sod it, i’m going against the grain! No matter whats going on, or how bad the game is tonight! I really can’t wait for us to kick off the new season!!! Supporting NUFC is like a curse, you can’t turn it off or ignore it!

  • 262 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Torq
    I think we all know this will spark a bidding war
    And we know we’ll sell with no time to replace him

  • 263 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    oldbobaycliffe – disconnect your internet, use task manager to shut your browser down then do a system restore from a couple of days ago, then get yourself some virus detection software, this blog is corrupted with all sorts of shite, if you dont have decent virus detection you could be in trouble.

  • 264 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    jayphoto…so Sod’s law is basically what we call Murphy’s law?

  • 265 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Torq – you heard any news on Thauvin!? Got a feeling the big Ligue 1 clubs will begin to circle, saw Aulas speaking about him a while ago! Surely theres no way he can leae for 8m and no1 but Newcastle will bid? Hes an unbelievable talent! Got a feeling it will be like 3 seasons ago when only NUFC was talking to Varane and then out of nowhere madrid walked in and took him

  • 266 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    at Jesper – yeah exactly the same mate!

  • 267 WWYCD // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    jesper
    Meant to be cracking but I don’t watch Italian footy so don’t really know haha

    Any way lads since that Torq is about again am off! Can’t have my heart broken again

  • 268 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    My team for tonight:

    Krul
    Debuchy Taylor Colo mbiwa
    Tiote Anita
    Sissoko Cabaye Jonas
    Cissé

  • 269 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    TorqToon

    We can only go on what has happened before.

    If Cabaye is sold for and we reinvest that money during this window then I honestly have no issue with him leaving, but under Ashley we simply do not replace outgoing players in time and their loss is inevitably felt.

    Big clubs with big money will always try to get our best players, it’s how we will and have reacted to losing that player regarding reinvestment that worries everyone

  • 270 Spellcheck // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Does anyone in the know Think they’ll be the usual links up this evening for the match? HWTL

  • 271 Mister Tuff // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    We’ve been spoonfed the line that nobody leaves unless its for a massive fee. So it should be easy to say £35 million please. It will either frighten them off or they will pay up -easy. hope there are no tales about Cabaye having a slight knock in training and is therefore not going to risked tonight.

  • 272 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    ok ok ok so errrrmmmm

    TOOOOOOOON AAAARRRRRMMMYYYYYY
    COMON BOYS YOU CAN DO IT !

  • 273 TorqToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Miss you already, Yo! ;-)

    Jay – The one big thing regarding thauvin that is in our favour is the fact we aren’t French. Lille do not want to sell him to Marseille, Lyon or anybody else in ligue 1. The player would prefer to stay in France as he us a young lad and will be near his family, but if they sell, I believe it will be abroad.

    He is a true Gem, and would be a fantastic signing. And at €10mil, its a bargain. Anybody that says otherwise couldn’t have seen much of this lad play.

    Tads – Bidding war…maybe. But unfortunately. That’s nothing we can control. Yes we have Anita, who can do a job. But unless big money comes in, Cabaye won’t go.

  • 274 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    my team

    ——————– Krul

    Debu———Salo———Colo————-Mibwa

    —————–Tiote–anita/Sissko————–

    Hba——————-Cabaye———-Marvo/gofo

    ————————Cisse———————-

  • 275 Zebras4Life // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    For the record – Tiote will be immense again this season!!!

  • 276 TorqToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    JB could be worse my friend!

    Arsenal fans want Wenger to leave and big Sam into replace him!!

    And I thought some toon fans were bad! :-)

  • 277 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    That’s a bit harsh Jack. With Carroll who could blame us for selling Carroll for £35m at 5 to midnight on deadline day when he’s barely worth £12m. With BA we had Remy all lined up as a replacement until QPR offered him silly wages. Can’t think of any other examples.

  • 278 HBA Blood Twister // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I have a feeling that the reason this has been made public is to encourage PSG to wade in and push the price up. Why else would we not have rejected it out of hand?

  • 279 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Was Cabaye that good last year I would sell for £15-20 Million
    as long as we get someone in first – not leaving it till the last day to sell him so we get know one in – but I’m not Ashley.

    In my eyes not playing Cabaye would give Sissoko a free role to do what he does best.
    Might go for a 4 man midfield – HBA Tiote sissoko and Anita or Marvo wth Goufran playing behind Cisse

  • 280 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Mister Tuff

    It’ll be interesting to see. You’re right, we’re constantly told that “Mike won’t sell unless it’s a crazy offer” – that’s pretty much the sole positive of the board, so it would be amusing to see them bail on that too.

    I say interesting and amusing, as the club has beaten us down so much that I no longer find the crap we’re put through shocking or upsetting. In fact I applaud the club for lowering our expectations to such a degree, it really is remarkable.

  • 281 BuckLuck // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Sell Cabaye for £25m+ IF the money is reinvested in the squad minus agent fees.
    Pardew doesn’t know how to exploit Cabayes ability, and if we can bring in a left winger and a striker I think that would benifit the team. Even though Anita isn’t Cabaye calibre he can do the job under Pardew as it’s kind of limited play to be honest.

    Cabaye will flourish in a better team and under a better manager. He’s class!

  • 282 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Pardew out —– Wenger in

    you’s seen it coming lol :)

  • 283 jayphoto // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    at Torq – I saw him for for Bastia a couple of times live (beautiful place to watch football by the way) and he looks immense! heard he was the star of the recent u20′s tournament too? that’s why I can’t believe that an Arsenal, or a Milan will not come in for him?? Surely he would favour a move to a team like Genoa, Milan or Juventus as it keeps him closer to Corsica?

  • 284 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Felipe

    The point you are missing is that other clubs, well run club’s, only sell AFTER they have their replacements in and not before.

    Selling Carrol (no matter how much the offer was) and Ba without having a replacement already in through the door was a sure sign of the fact that we are very poorly run from the top down.

    If we do sell Cabaye for big money any target we go for will see their fee raised by 20% at least simply because they know we have the money and are desperate to replace him

  • 285 pawl250 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    LADS!

    We rejected bids for Andy Carroll up to 30m before he put a request in and we sold him for 35m.

    Why do people think we are a selling club (translation would sell any player for any price)

    We have held our own in previous transfer windows in terms of not letting players go….. Carroll and Ba are the only players fans were upset to see leave in recent times.

    Carroll went for 35m, we got the deal of the century and Ba who had a release clause!

    Cabaye wont leave unless its STUPID money, people clearly being proved wrong showing Ashley has SOME ambition! otherwise he would have sold to make this much talked about instant profit!!

  • 286 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    @276

    We have rejected it out of hand!

  • 287 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    is it me or is there something disheartening about hearing we are competing with Crystal palace for a player? are things that bad really? we have to compete with a recently promoted team!!!?!?!!? i know its been said a million times, but where is the ambition??? If we are talking a bout players we wont be signing, id rather be reading about the fake rumors of us compete with liverpool for willem. Thats more humorous than depressing….

  • 288 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    TorqToon

    Wenger would be a dream manager for Ashley as he never spends a thing and always sells his best players

  • 289 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    @Jack

    With respect, I don’t think I’m missing any point. Any team outside of maybe Chelsea and the Manchester clubs would have sold Carroll for £35m with (unfortunately) no time to replace him. With Ba we had a replacement (Remy) all lined up. You’re not telling me that every other premier league club buys a replacement and has him on the payroll before they sell surely.

  • 290 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    He isn’t worth 25 million like. We’ll be lucky to get 20 million for him. He’s worth 15 million and no more in my opinion.

    And people moaning about Arsenals offer, we do the exact same thing all the time.

  • 291 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    @285

    Unfortunately like most on here you are confusing ambition with the heady days of Shepherd and co when we constantly paid over the odds for showcase signings, still won nowt and nearly went bankrupt.

  • 292 pawl250 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    If Cabaye goes, I would use 20m, buy Thauvin (8m) and Wjnaldum (8m)! MA can take 2m! haha.

    Then I would buy this striker we are clearly missing! 10m pot.

  • 293 AMEOBI // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I don’t think negativity is the word.

  • 294 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    You probably would of mugged Psg/Monaco for 20-25 million though. But the likes of Arsenal and Man United will never pay that much for him.

  • 295 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Belfast

    What he’s worth is subjective to many things though – we wouldn’t replace him, nor do we have a midfielder who can replace him like-for-like (imo). So to me, he’s worth a lot! He’s a starting French international midfielder, tbf.

  • 296 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    @285 taco

    swansea signed bony/ qpr got remy ! so doesnt matter where the team is good players will go to any prem team.

  • 297 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    so who would want wenger as our manager ? proven track record ect ect hehehe

  • 298 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Felipe

    I completely understand taking the 35 million for Carrol, and it was hard to replace him during that window as it all happened on the last but we did nothing to replace him in January and waited until the end of the season before we brought in Ba.

    Regardless of Remy going to QPR we did not replace Ba and as a result we struggled and were almost relegated. The way we are run if Cabaye is sold he will not be replaced this window and as a result we will be weakened as a squad.

    And yes well run clubs do find replacement before they sell, all transfer fee’s, wages etc etc will be sorted before hand whereas we sell then try to replace

  • 299 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    @295
    No thanks. Happy with Pardew and stability…

  • 300 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Aye that’s why it’s a no win situation for us tds, because we all know he won’t be replaced.

  • 301 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    croftus

    Given that all most on here want is for a manager hwo will get his team to pass the ball on the ground and actually try to play on the front foot, I think everyone would give a nut to have Wenger as a manager!

  • 302 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I wouldnt be so relaxed Torq. Of course we know Ashley is a big tough guy and will demand daft money. But we got lucky on Carroll ( Dalglish a fool ) and I dont think we have been tested that much on our “purples” ( whom we overrate anyway ) . I would hope for 16-18 mill. Thing is , we do not have a good history of fast re-investment. Also, there is the problem that Pardew’s choice of player and Carr’s may be different , in terms of style of play. No point getting another Anita etc….

  • 303 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Ok. Jack. Will just have to agree to disagree on that one.
    Every other team is perfect and we are rubbish. I’ll try and remember that. :-;

  • 304 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    MA never learns from his mistakes and joe hasn’t show his class,,this is getting very sick and tired…i certainly think that our current team is good but if HBA and few other guys get injured then its going to be a disaster…OMG!!! ashley show some ambition and put us back in europe..

  • 305 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Torq, havent been logged in last few days.Whats the story re Thauvin. Is there substance here?

  • 306 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    It’s funny the way we always make these shit bids for players and it’s ok, but when another club does the same thing to us everybody’s furious lol

  • 307 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Felipe

    No not saying that every other club is perfect at all, what I am saying is that we have failed to replace outgoing players when needed and as a team, squad and club we have struggled because of it

  • 308 BandB // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Last summer Tiote was ripe, after a good season. He was for sale at £20 million. The price tag was laughed at. What would we get for Tiote now? Less than half that.
    I doubt Mr A will make the same mistake again. The consideration will be, “will I ever get this much for him again.” Turning down £12m doesn’t mean he won’t take £15 to £18m.
    Unless, of course, he’s the foundation stone of Ashley’s ambitious plans for the future. In which case, we’ll be saying that plainly any minute now…won’t we?
    Today, I don’t care. It is match day and I’m going to enjoy it and support.
    It is my birthright, and no bugger is going to take that away.

  • 309 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    There is no doubt in my mind I would play five at the back

    Debuchy – mym – colo – staylor – drummet

    In holding midfield I would have tioti and sissoko, the two monsters guarding the defence. All u need from there is 2 wingers and a striker. Hba, marv and cisse.

  • 310 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    @304 belfast

    were biased bud ;-)
    its why i ask my mates what they thought of us playing before i start posting stuff based on my own team as i know i’m far too emotional to be realistic.

    only “we” think we play longball (other fans dont) same with our opinions on jonas and pards and ashley ect ect ! ask chelsea or manu ect ect fans and see what they say ? most laugh at us over reacting tbh.

  • 311 p // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Yes, I would sell cabs for 17m (if he wants to go) or more and bring in Thauvin

  • 312 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Felipe, you’re living in an optimism cuckoo land. We dont have good transfer history in terms of replacements etc and could easily have competed for the likes of Bony. But I have explained our transfer policy here many times before and will do so again if necessary. It is very clear:

    1. Young player – get him fast
    2. Expensive player at a discount , and if we need him – get him ( Cisse )
    3. Injured, talented, affordable – Get him – HBA, Gosling ( not talented though ! )
    4.Ask for crazy money for our players, but offer daft money in return
    5. Player of 7-12 mill …drag our arses, blame agants , and watch guys like Bony sail off to massive club like Swansea.

    How long did it take us to replace Carroll. Why did we not get the dominant centre back we needed? Probably cos he costs about 10 mill and is under contract for 2 more years or more.

  • 313 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    few days back we were linked with besiktas manuel fernandes for 3m move..that guy is a world class player and his skills reminds me of hba but he is more success rate is more and now the whole crap has gone..what have the nufc officials done……complete bullshit!!!

  • 314 Rainrix // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Needless to say this cabaye lark is going to add another annoying dynamic to tonights match. It’ll be fun no doubt to watch redknapp and Carragher drone on like a pair of braindead buffoons about cabayes every move and glance.

    And if Niall Quinn is commentating i swear to god i will drag sunderland into the sea :)

  • 315 Indian Magpie // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    10 million, that would not even buy James Mccarthy

  • 316 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Coftus, I dont give a monkeys what other fans think. I know whats right about NUFC , and wrong, and dont care what they say. We played a lot of long ball last year – the Sunday Times had loads of stats on it. But even without that, how many times did we see the final pass being hit by a centre half ? Too many…

  • 317 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    for gods sake i dont want to see shola starting todays game…

  • 318 bollance // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    First MNF of the season and Cabaye has been bid for..

    Who reported this first.. Non other than sky sports

    Don’t believe everything u hear

  • 319 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Munster Mag

    there are some who will defend this regime and everything that goes with it regardless of what happens

  • 320 tom68 // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    BandB

    Top class post as usual. It’s match day lads.

    HWTL

  • 321 bollance // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    In fact, not even Ed has reported it – he ain’t daft!

  • 322 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    4 hours til kickoff, lets all get in a positive mindset :)

  • 323 Belfast // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    15 million would do nicely but we won’t spend it.

    We’ll probably buy some unknown French player for 2-3 million

  • 324 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    You just dont sell your best players, end of discussion really, price is irrelevent, should be investing 25 million before Cabaye is sold. All the players we have bought over the last 2 years could have been got without the Carroll money.

    Big Andy should still be here, he would have been lethal with Cisse, and would have suited Pardew’s style.

  • 325 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    it would be nice if people discuss about todays game

  • 326 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    BandB,

    your posts are always quality, im my book :)

  • 327 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Looking forward to Jonas and Shola being on the teamsheet. ):

  • 328 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Munster

    I agree with you, but it’s important to note that the long ball stats are very very misleading.

    Weren’t Liverpool and Wigan 3rd and 4th? Teams who we can all agree certainly do not play Pulis-ball.

  • 329 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Rainrix 312
    No doubt Quinn will be commentating tonight that’s the only job he can get now blabbing on about shitty, I’d rather have Neville he tells it how it is.

  • 330 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    what happ to the revenue that we got for finishing 5th and last year we were 20th richest club and ashleys firm has also marked some 65% profit but when it comes to spending money we are misers…..LET THE GHOST OF PAST<PRESENT AND FUTURE TEACH OUR SCROOGE SOME LESSON…

  • 331 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    The difference between Liverpool and Wigan’s long ball was that for the most part they found their intended targets and weren’t just hopefully lumped up there ;)

  • 332 NUFCarter // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Are arsenal taking the p’ss. First they offer Liverpool £40,000,001 and now they uabe bidded a pathetic 10 mil for Cabaye.
    They’re gonna be the laughing stock of the premier league soon. Who do they think they are.

  • 333 toon kk // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    10mil offer off Arsenal for Cabaye thats just what MA has been waiting for a offer coming in, a few more mil’s and Mashley will be rubbing his hands together.
    If we sell him he’ll not be replaced and we’ll struggle. Typical

  • 334 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    @314 munster

    i agree we did play far too many for my likeing and our attack was worse than avg once ba went.

    but we are by far not the worst team in the prem and i’m not scared at all of us going down this season however i dont think we will be challenging for europe either and tbh we dont deserve to as we should be buying those few players we need “now” to capitalise on what we have allready.

  • 335 Irie-Magpie // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    A bit off topic (who am i kidding) http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2013/he-who-laughs-last/ good read in light of all opposed to things taking time.

  • 336 Rainrix // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Goodfella… Yeah i like neville. He seems a lot less catatonic than the rest of Sky sports’ ahem “experts”. Quinn however, i swear they just enjoy winding up newcastle fans by having him commentating on our games. So much for being impartial.

  • 337 ochytoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    This will have no doubt unsettled the team for tonight. If I had any feeling we could have got anything, it’s long gone now.

  • 338 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    i hope mbiwa/collo are cb’s and dummett starts at lb ! i’d love to see how dummet fares against the big boys.

  • 339 valle // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    That offer from Wenger is laughable. I would send an offer straight back of 10 million for Wilshire.

  • 340 petesull // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Sorry lads… Just wondering did any one of ye bid for the shirts on eBay from the match against braga… I got MYM shirt… Ben afraid went for £900

  • 341 CullysFinest // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Arsenal come back in with £15m bid which is accepted by Newcastle
    Alan Pardew morning statement:
    Yohan is a big loss for us but the good thing is we already have a ready made replacement in young Dan Gosling, this lad has everything Yohans got and we can use the transfer money for Paul Scharner in defensive cover and a new back up keeper in Roy Carroll

  • 342 petesull // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Sorry Ben arfa

  • 343 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    @jack 317

    Only in response to those who slag off the regime, manager and half the team regardless of what happens :-;

  • 344 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    It’s soooooooooooooooo boring Jack

  • 345 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    @342 pete

    you jk ^^ omg kinear’s on the blog theres no wonder we havent signed anybody >.<

  • 346 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    334
    Every time Quinn is on ssn I switch channels but that goes with anybody with ties to the scum ;)

  • 347 Goodfella // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Sorry that was for 336

  • 348 petesull // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Predictive texts on iPhone mate :)

  • 349 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    arsenal gone in for michu and ashley williams aparently also lol even though swansea said they are not for sale at any price ^^

  • 350 p // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    @322 I think you do. If they want to leave and a bigger club (i.e. more successful currently) offers a fair price, let them go liek we did with Woodgate.

    I just think Liverpool & Spurs are being dicks about Suarez and Bale.

    If Cabaye wants to go, let him but, make sure the price is right and like what most French clubs seem to do, a suitable replacement is acquired

  • 351 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    We never buy anyone until we’ve sold someone – so officially we are a selling club & smaller than Norwich, Swansea, Southampton & Cardiff. Be prepared for Cabs jumping ship in next 10 days & then the usual excuse of ” We tried to get quality players over the line without success!” Never mind Remy coming in on loan (now injured before kicking a ball in Prem for us) our squad is now weaker than last season as we have not replaced Perch, Harper & Simmo. We still need another good striker, a CB & a FB without any departures unless they are called Gosling, Obertan or Williamson. So splash the Cash Ash or we will all be looking to finish 15th at best.

  • 352 L.ARAVIND // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    cabaye is like an asset to our team,,don’t ever think that cabaye will be replaced by our own players or any others we will definately get relegated.

  • 353 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Don’t sell Cabaye Yohan Cabaye I just don;t think you understand, and if you sell Cabaye Yohan cabaye your gona have a riot on your hands :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbXm52JnQ7Q

  • 354 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I agree P but we never get a replacement in first & McCarthy at Wigan would not be the answer at £15M Can’t see why we havn’t gone for Ince for £8M. He’s got Prem experience , he’s young , he’s got goals in him AND he’s English. Forget Montero – it’s been rumoured he may be coming , so he won’t.

  • 355 OneAlanShearer // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    If Cabaye is sold it won’t be for less than 20 million. We will probably sign Gomis and Thauvin and that will be that. Anita is Cabaye’s replacement.

  • 356 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Croftus, looking forward to game ( ish ) , with jersey on…..but see us being very much a bottom half team.

  • 357 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/mackem_defender_mocks_sunderland_defeat_803679/index.shtml?

    hehehe we should sign phil bardsley he’s obv a toon fan :-)

  • 358 fatman // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hear’s my take on this season i can’t see goals in the team or at least not as many as we lost with ba, i see us hovering around the bottom 3 all season, then Parade will be sacked and jfk becoming manager just to keep us in the same position, then i see jfk die of the pressure, then Ashly looking for someone to blame it all on.
    also i have been told that every player has a price on their head as Ashley intends to asset strip the club, and i don’t care as its the only way to see him go, just hope the next owners try for middle ground and give us good football that’s all we expect not someone to blow there cash, we are close we need a couple of players and a decent manager, I could pick the bones of Pardew all day but whats the point, i hate what Ashley has done to the club, but i don’t hate Ashley as he has done some good, but i could have done better with less money, i would have done it the way he claimed he wanted too, buy young players, sell them when they peak, then sell them to get the wages you paid them back, just like the arsenal model, and hears the big difference they have the replacement in the club waiting, just like the great Liverpool sides. Easy to do with forward planning, we just ruin talent as we are so amateurish and do little right. lets see how car’s players do at Norwich and see how bad we really are at playing the arsenal game. I don’t care how much profit Ashley could make, if done the right way the club would be the benefactor why do we always do things at a snails pace when forward planning is cheaper.

  • 359 p // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    one Alan Shearer, I think I would take Gomis and Thauvin for Cabaye

    Even sweeter if we got Sinclair on loan

  • 360 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    sell cabs for 12 mill buy pirlo for 8 mill happy days :-)

  • 361 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTWCesRcFqc&feature=youtu.be

  • 362 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    @Wolfshead did you not watch the first video I posted there? The Geordies making it pritty clear on cabaye. Why on earth would we want to sell him.

  • 363 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    davis luis / samuel eto’o and frank ribbery and i’ll be happy :-)

  • 364 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    @wolfshead@toon

    lol do you think he’d leave the defending Italian champions and Champions League football to come here?. No chance ;)

    And if they sell Cabaye for £12 million I’m gonna blow Ashleys house up, we could get at least 20 plus if we pull PSG’s pants down over the price.

  • 365 Thump // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    @kevymartins: Haha that video is f’ing brilliant.

  • 366 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    kevy

    its my fantasy pirlo as player/manager id get a lazy semi haha

  • 367 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    kevy

    Hope Ashley doesnt see that video, he would sell him just to p*ss us off even more xD

  • 368 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    No way lads, Cabaye is world class, Cabaye is the next Pirlo hes 27 coming into his peak. And I bet if you put him into a passing team like Arsenal he would become one of the best in the world. Could be better than Fabregas imo. I would keep him.

  • 369 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Final position in league 11th
    Number of points in league 54
    League Cup round one before quarters
    FA Cup round 6th
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) 2
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) 1
    Top goal scorer – Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 16
    Month that AP is sacked (or not) Not
    New manager if AP is sacked Mick Harford (head coach)

  • 370 Rotonda heights // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Fatman

    So true, sickening we have a good squad but I know Carr has also had a lot of his player suggestions like Wanyama and Fer rejected by Pardew.

    There is no respect for JFK, Pardew or Wonga and the sooner all 3 are gone can’t come a day too soon.

  • 371 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Sell Cabaye for £25m, sign Willian and Eriksen for £25m. Sell Tiote for £15m and sign Alderweireld, Gomis and Siem De Jong for £21m. That’s £6m net and we’ll have a tremendous squad.

    We have 5 players who can play defensive midfield (Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Debuchy and Coloccini). The first 3 are NATURAL defensive midfielders. We have plenty of cover at right and left back.

  • 372 lesh // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    A rejected bid implies an invitation to offer more.

    Surely the reaction to a bid from an Englsh club should be like Liverpool’s to the Suarez offer – we do not sell to our competitors!

  • 373 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    kevy

    It’s not a case of would you or could you keep him, most people would keep him no question. But he’s wanted by a number of bigger clubs and hasnt said nowt to the media about wanting to stay, which is always a bad sign. I think he’ll go, especially if PSG offer up a big bid for Ashley to shove in his wallet.

  • 374 wolfshead@toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    @paul

    probably true ash is thinking about it right now sat in his big chair stroking a persian cat

  • 375 Rotonda heights // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    @295
    No thanks. Happy with Pardew and stability…

    ——- Is that the stability that comes with finishing 16th?

  • 376 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    @Paul we will never be a top team if we don’t keep a hold of our best players. So were just basically a selling team then. We don’t have to sell him so I would put a 35 million price tag on him. If they want him that bad they would pay it…And because he is simply a World class player and worth it.

  • 377 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    @wolfshead@toon 374

    lol xD

    “Yes, once Cabaye has gone to PSG there will be no hope of Newcastle surviving in the Premier League and my plan will be complete MUWAHAHAHA!”

  • 378 thai-mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    match starts 2am here, if I see Jonas in the starting line up it will be straight to bed for me, I will know Pardew has learned nothing from last season, not worth stopping up half the night to watch another drubbing

  • 379 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Change my points tally to 51

  • 380 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    i’d be happy if we went for any of these :

    Joel Pohjanpalo
    Nagoya Grampus
    Mohamed Salah
    Emmanuel Mayuka

    decent young lads that would def improve us imo

  • 381 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    JFA

    That’s strangely optimistic mate! Been drinking early today? ;)

  • 382 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    @kevymartins

    Totally agree with you mate, if Fabregas is worth 40-50 mil I think thats the kind of price we should put on Cabaye. I dont want to see him leave, I think we’d be fooked in the middle of the park if he did, but I just cant see him staying, Ashley wont turn his nose up at a bid given what they got Cabaye for.

  • 383 outsidethebox // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    kevymartins @361….
    good video …from gladiator ?
    i am waiting for end of window …by then should have better view of season to come….at opening i said we need defensive leftfooted centre back and a striker goalscorer centre foreward …two weeks to go

  • 384 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    croftus

    Nagoya Grampus is football club.

  • 385 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    *is a

  • 386 kevymartins // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I have a feeling the league will be a lot easier this year. What is Crystal Palace even doing in the Premier League? There terrible.

  • 387 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    TDS,
    No mate I wish, somewhere between Norwich and Holland atm :(

  • 388 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Japanese club. Would like to see some brazilians signed. Willian and Luiz Adriano would be ideal. Daniel Agger and Coutinho from Liverpool would also be good signings.

  • 389 Nufc-83 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Ketsbia why do you continue to post these championship manager scenarios. We cant even sign 1 player ffs let alone 5 you absolute imbecile.

  • 390 marc // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    10m arsenal have bid cab
    go away and try doubling that you may have a chance
    lol
    only playing us at our own game tho

  • 391 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I’m expecting Man Utd to come in with a £15m bid for Tiote. They need a replacement for Michael Carrick. Rooney will sign for Chelsea so Man Utd will be in for a tough season.

  • 392 Nufc-83 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Agger and Coutinho WTFFFFFFFFF why would they come to us ffffsss.

    Why not sign Ronaldo, Bale and Messi you idiot.

    Go back to your PC on champ man you tool.

  • 393 aussiemag1987 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Im not sure if this has been mentioned yet but there is a rumour on nufc.com that MA is looking to sell soon and with the money buy ownership of Rangers. Apparently some American company are very interested. Probably a load of crap though

  • 394 croftus5678 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    @383 paul

    oops was looking at a young striker from that club lol

  • 395 Mancgeordie // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    If cabaye were to leave I would like us to sign Thauvin, Gomis, Ince and a centre half then look to get rid of willo.

  • 396 Sazzer // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    croftus5678 /
    Southampton bought Emmanuel Mayuka and he’s like their 5 th choice striker at moment.

  • 397 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    @croftus5678

    lol, though to be honest I wouldnt mind signing there whole squad, better than what we’ve done so far ;)

  • 398 Transfer Sage // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Not read everything but don’t worry on cabaye

    Typical arsenal, bid for 2/3 players a year, well under the asking price to sell season tickets…nothing happens as they don’t come close to the value and arsenal are left without…most of the time anyway.

    And for the record, I think 15-17mil would be enough for Ashley to part with cabaye, especially if he wanted the move too

  • 399 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    @aussiemag1987

    I think thats an old story someone has dusted off and put back on the web, could be wrong like, hope to god he does bugger off, I’ll be dancing in the street if he does.

  • 400 HullMag6 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Wildly optimistic

    Never a better time to play at the Etihad I think.

  • 401 aussiemag1987 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    @Paul24
    I hope its true too, they would probably sack pards and show a ton of ambition. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

  • 402 brian kilclines pony tail // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    we will be taught a lesson tonight.
    6-0 wouldnt surprise me! gutting.

  • 403 paul24 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    That article about him selling first appeared on winnersports.com.

    http://www.winnersports.co.uk/ashley-to-sell-newcastle-and-buy-rangers-80200

  • 404 DokToon // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    im with you hull

  • 405 Sazzer // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Come on guys why are do you keep linking to that obviously fake winnersports article. It doesn’t deserve any more clicks.

  • 406 lesh // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    The Arsenal bid should flush out PSG and Cabs going there preferable to English club

    Since it’s moving, then friend Kinnear’s got some work to do before Cabaye goes what with a replacement for him. And a striker and a winger before selling prices go through the roof. If he doesn’t do the business, he should be sacked!

  • 407 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I’ve recorded full or partial predictions from bosamuelson, Sydney Toon, Ruddy Marveaux-lous, Black and White with an army lol, Indian Magpie, mattnufc, ToonDarnSarf, JackButler, DevonToon, cbtoon82, Jamesthefirst, 89Norcal, Beattie25, toon kk, bzak12, breno95, Bearsize, sparky55, Papiss9, Sazzer, JAMSHA, Jarra, martoon, magicbus, Noah Another Ameobi, Husky Harris, DokToon, Jamiemac, bri, Offkey, Transfer Sage, toontillidie, felling mag, Munster Mag, Belfast, SuperShearer, ToonDownSouth, toonarmydownsouth, mattyNUFC, Lilongwe Geordie, jayphoto, cjtoon, Felipe & Jail for Ashley

    I’ll put them into DropBox at some point so they’re visible to all. For the record, only one person (Indian Magpie) has us getting relegated and only 2 people have predicted under 40 points. Sadly only 2 people have predicted top 6…and one of them must have been on something good because he tipped us to win the thing!

  • 408 Zero // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    @TDS
    Final position in league: 12th
    Number of points in league: 46
    League Cup round: 4th
    FA Cup round: quaters
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) total 3
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) total 2 (cabs)
    Top goal scorer: Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 16
    Month that AP is sacked (or not): if sacked December…. but he wont be sacked
    New manager if AP is sacked: Joe Kinnear… god help us

  • 409 aussiemag1987 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    @sazzer
    dont blame paul I enquired about the story on nufc.com and he told me its probably just a dusted off old rumour. I’m new and was just wondering

  • 410 Mac // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Let’s see how Newcastle do. Liverpool have resisted selling Suarez so far Spurs have resisted selling Bale. Clubs seem to be digging their heels in. Lets see what Newcastle do

  • 411 sparky55 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    liverpool and spurs have ambition…we don’t…Cabaye is gone for sure and the price will be 18 million

  • 412 Zero // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    @Kets we would all love our club to sign five players but we wont simple as…. Willian this is just more BS, yes he’s apparently going on the cheap, but that cheap is 15million, with wages of 100K so yeah ticks all the boxs for us doesnt it!

    We didnt even offer that for our main striking target!

    There was a guy on one of the other forums spouting we wre in for Willian and Eto, i nearly pst myself laughing…. was it you Kets under a different name?

  • 413 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Howay the TOON.

    Let the battles commence.

  • 414 geordie157 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    @TDS
    Final position in league: 9th
    Number of points in league: 49
    League Cup round: Quarters
    FA Cup round: Quarters
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) total 2
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) total 2
    Top goal scorer: Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14
    Month that AP is sacked (or not): Jan
    New manager if AP is sacked: Lee Clark or Poyet

  • 415 SuperShearer // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I’ve been speaking to some Arsenal fans and they all seem to think that £15 million is reasonable for Cabaye due to what we paid for him! I’ve told them that I don’t think Ashely will sell for anything less than £20 mill + add-ons. They’re laughing at me. I hope I am proved right on this.

  • 416 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Sell Cabaye, Tiote, Willo, Shola, Tavernier and Gosling, sign Benteke, Gomis, Coutinho, Willian, Siem De Jong and Agger. Job done. 6 in 6 out.

  • 417 scout // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Hope we sell cabaye, can’t recall one game where he bossed the midfield. I’d take 15 million all day long. Sell him and sign anyone who can boss a game.

  • 418 sparky55 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    kets…you need help m8!

  • 419 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Spurs were selling players until they finally managed to dig their heels in over Modric when they were on the verge of the CL places. They held onto him for one season presumably hoping that CL football would keep him, but then let him go.

    I’d love to say that MA, JFK and Pardew tell Cabaye that he has to stay for one season as we need him to get into the CL…but Cabaye will probably just laugh!

    I’m hoping he stays but if he has to go, they absolutely have to have a replacement lined up from now. This could go down to the wire and we basically need to be able to pull the trigger and bring in 1 or 2 players to replace him.

  • 420 Wayayman // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I like the way we’re all ‘spending’ the Cabaye money in the same way we were spending the Andy Carroll money. Like we’ll buy a replacement for him when the one place in the squad we have enough players is midfield.

    That’s how the fact hunt will see things anyway. The twat.

  • 421 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I agree. He did well in the euro’s and he played well against Villa away 2 seasons ago but that’s it. Marveaux is much better and more influential. Sylvain would get in Man Utd’s team easily.

  • 422 SuperShearer // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    See Kets is off his meds again. Brilliant.

  • 423 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Why does anyone bother replying to kets? He just spouts rubbish because he’s bored and that’s what he’d do on Championship Manager…

  • 424 ToonDownSouth // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Kets

    Please give it a rest. You’ve been going for over a year now and it’s getting boring.

  • 425 Zero // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Kets your a troll, at least thats what i hope, either that or your on something/living in a parallel universe where Newcastle sign transfers in a transfer window.

    Seriously though your posts were becoming sane, i think the lack of transfers has finally broke you!

  • 426 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Rumour circulating Ettihad – Cabaye not playing – had his head turned by Arsenal bid

  • 427 Yohan Kebab // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    TDS

    Final position in league: 8th
    Number of points in league: 52
    League Cup round: Quarters
    FA Cup round: 4th round
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) total 2
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) total 2
    Top goal scorer: Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 16
    Month that AP is sacked (or not): not sacked
    New manager if AP is sacked: Poyet if sacked

  • 428 scout // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    You can’t compare us to spurs and Liverpool, they spend 10-30 mill on a single player. Our MO is buy cheap and sell on. You’re only going one way with our tactics that’s why you can get in for 15 notes. Think fish and chips isn’t much less at the emirates

  • 429 tom68 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    @TDS

    14th
    44 points
    Win
    4th round
    2
    2
    Cisse
    18
    November
    Poyet

  • 430 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I’m just being honest and to be honest, I think I’m right. Marveaux had a much greater influence than Cabaye did last season and Marveaux didn’t play enough games. I still think Abeid is a great player and he will excel in Greece.

  • 431 Yohan Kebab // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Predict a massive gap between 6th/7th and the rest

  • 432 scout // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Rumour in city’s ground, there’s ne one in it yet lol

  • 433 Sazzer // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    aussiemag1987
    Fair enough. You can find articles on “Ashley involvment Rangers” and “Ashley being prepared to sell if price is right etc. from this June and last year” if you search on google on it. It will be from somewhat more serious websites that at least write something about it.

  • 434 JaxtheMag // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I think pardew new this was going to happen. we must be the most pissed off fans in the world.

  • 435 scout // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Abied ??? Did you see Brighton away? The game didn’t pass him by, it slapped him in the chops.

  • 436 JAMSHA // Aug 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    wat time is the kick of in india 12am or 1:30am????

  • 437 curmon // Aug 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Final position in league: 15th
    Number of points in league: 40
    League Cup round: 4th
    FA Cup round: 4th
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) total 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) total 3 (cabs)
    Top goal scorer: Remy
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14
    Month that AP is sacked (or not): November
    New manager if AP is sacked: Joe Kinnear

  • 438 aussiemag1987 // Aug 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    @sazzer
    thanks mate, I still really hope he sells though I think it would be the start of a massive turn around

  • 439 Felipe // Aug 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    @Jail

    54 points (or even 51 for that matter) would have had us finish in 8th place last season. You must have been taking the positive pills since I last saw you online. Keep on taking them mate, they’re good for you.

  • 440 check the toastie // Aug 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    @TDS
    Final position in league: 10th
    Number of points in league: 53
    League Cup round: 4th
    FA Cup round: 3rd
    Number of 1st team signings this season (currently 1 – Remy) total 3. Gomis/Moses on loan
    Number of 1st team leaving this season (currently 1 – Perch. Harper and Simpson left when contracts expired) total 2 (hopefully Shola)
    Top goal scorer: Cisse
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 13
    Month that AP is sacked (or not): November
    New manager if AP is sacked: Dave Bassett




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