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Positive Meeting With Ashley – Kinnear Hopeful Of New Signings

9:23 am, Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Even though Newcastle made an absolutely terrible start to the season on Monday night, the St. James’ Park crowd on Saturday against West Ham will be a full house of around 52,300 fans, such is the passion for football on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – judge us after next two games

The lack of firepower up front caused manager Alan Pardew to check some targets  in France on Tuesday night, and he also met with both Joe Kinnear and owner Mike Ashley on the status of the transfer pursuits.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“Really and truly it is about the next 37 games – particularly the two at home. We need points on the board.” “It will be a better measure for us after West Ham and Fulham. Judge us after that.”

“On the positive side, Hatem looked sharp in front of the goal.” “I thought Cheick Tiote looked more like his old self.” “Going forward we would be better judged after the next two games.”

Sources to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle have said that Director of Football Joe Kinnear indicated there was a positive meeting with Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew in the south of France following Monday night’s debacle at the Etihad Stadium.

After the meeting Joe Kinnear said he was now hopeful of new signings, after both Alan Pardew and Joe himself urged the Billionaire owner of Newcastle to allow them to bring in new players.

Newcastle have been linked with Lyon’s central midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, and a possible new bid to get Lyon striker Bafe Gomis to Newcastle.

And we have also been linked with Blackpool’s Tom Ince, but it may be that Gourcuff is too old, and Tom is of course an unproven commodity in the Premier League.

But hey, nothing is certain in the transfer window, but uncertainty and hesitation is not what Newcastle need right now.

The club must show some ambition and initiative, and get players through the door soon, as time is quickly slipping away, and we have only 11 days left in this transfer window.

And a new signing before Saturday would have a very positive impact on both fans and players before the West Ham game.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tommyy // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Tiote looked like his old self? *facepalm*

  • 2 andrewsneill // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Does anyone know what happened with the Alderweireld story. Available for £4m and can play both centre back and fullback at a high level he would seem the dream signing

  • 3 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM


    +1 Tiote was dreadful

  • 4 Dekasalya // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I note the line

    “Kinnear emerged from the meeting to indicate he was “hopeful” of new signings after both Pardew and the DoF put forward their cases to bring in new blood.”

    Can anyone explain why they were having to make that case?

    Surely both JFK and the spinless one have spent the summer suggesting there would be signings. If Ashley still had to be persuaded, it was just so much spin to sell season tickets.

    And, besides blatant greed, did Ashley not think some investment might be worthwhile?

  • 5 magfly // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Ashley is draining the passion from the fans we have had enough but nothing we can do

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Kinnear, Ashley and Pardew can all die. Useless morons .

  • 7 numba9 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    What game was he he will be saying debauchery was solid and Taylor was assured at the back !

  • 8 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Let’s not forget that if Cabaye goes, which is looking like a formality, along goes his half a dozen goals as well. Those half goals, bearing in mind Pardew has us languishing at the bottom of the league, are all the more important as they’re hard to come by anyway.

    When you spend most of your time panic defending, you’re going to have even less chances to score. Less chances means less goals.

    Bleak is an understatement.

  • 9 Santon03 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I thought gomis is older than Gourcuff

  • 10 Tommyy // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Tiote for me has had his day, just doesn’t offer enough and isn’t mobile. Not to mention he can’t pass. The modern day DM needs to be agile and box to box helping with the attack.

  • 11 jokinoot // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Same old stuff getting boring now really fed up just buy a body in any1 all the way to Nice for what absolute waste of space ,as for Tiote jez sell him as well useless

  • 12 Tommyy // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I don’t want anymore cheap Frenchman with no passion. We need a leader, if he’s French fine, but we desperately need a captain who does exactly that. Not Colo who is quiet as a mouse.

  • 13 JAMSHA // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Gourcuff is too old,???? ed n is cabaye 20 yrs old? both are same age so makes no diff if cabaye gets replaced by Gourcuff

  • 14 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Debauchery 😀 AHHAHAAHH sad but true :-/

  • 15 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    With a clued up manager I’m sure we’d see a marked improvement across nearly all of the players.

    The system and tactics are making good players seem lost and sub-standard. Organisation, understanding, positivity and confidence are needed for these same players to show why they are picked as international standard footballers.

  • 16 The puppy formerly known as prince // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    If the meeting was that positive they would have just gone out and lodged some realistic bids for players rather than spout of to the media.

  • 17 numba9 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Need a right back with simo and perch leaving both could do that job so who have we replaced them with ? Obviously need to sign two strikers as Remy isn’t ours plus he does have a rep of being a bit of a Owen . But I expect us to get what we are gettin used to ….. Sweet f.a

  • 18 Greebol1892 // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Of course JK is hopeful of new signings; especially in January when he is manager.

    Ashley WANTS Pardew out and WANTS Kinnear to take over.

    There will be no new signings because of this. Ashley does not support Pardew, has realised he is not good enough and made a mistake with the long-term contract, and is trying to force him out.
    Expect more emotions from AP like pre-match Monday night.
    If AP doesn’t walk by October/November, expect him to be sacked because Ashley will have had enough by then.
    btw this has nothing to do with the result on Monday night, it’s just the same crap from Pardew….. I mean Sammy FFS??? Taylor better CB than Mbiwa??? Howay man!!!

  • 19 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Anybody see the goal Atletico scored against Barca….

    thats how newcastle used to play with KK…I think there was one goal vs Wimbledon it was like 15 16 passes to the goal…..makes me sad…

  • 20 bobby mango // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    WBA reportedly close to securing Scott Sinclair… what the fuck is wrong with our board?? Why didn’t they sign him a month ago? (This doesn’t need to be answered by the way)

    Every f*****g club is strengthening and doing it well. Not breaking the bank but cleverly adding to what they have. We just go backwards.

    I just want them out the club and replaced by a decent board, manager and coaching team. Not asking for a oil rich billionaire or Ancelotti to be manager. Just a nice setup like Swansea, Southampton, Villa even Norwich.

  • 21 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Would that be the Tiote who cant pass the ball consistently?

  • 22 Magforlife // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    2 games to judge us ! so what exactly have we been watching all last season you muppet !

  • 23 geordiemark // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    if I was pardew i wouldnt budge until ashley sacked me 8 year deal for a manager was a crazy act by ashley in the first place but you can expect all our transfer budget will go to pay for pardew when he does walk thats for sure

  • 24 mattyNUFC // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    may i posit;

    would you rather have:

    a new manager with no new face in this window

    or new players with the same manager?

    I’d go with the former, personally

  • 25 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    It was painful to watch Bony score in such a calm relaxed fashion for Swansea. I guess his fee came into the nosebleed territory of 8-12 mill where we prevaricate and lose out.

  • 26 geordiemark // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    ashley your time is up youve failed big time your a failure simple as that please sell up and take ur cockney bum chums with you

  • 27 mattyNUFC // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    new faces*, obviously

  • 28 geordiemark // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    just imagine if ashley took over rangers, he does the same there as hes done here can you imagine what the rangers fans would do

  • 29 QUIRKESTER // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I thought one of the sharpest and positive players on the pitch against Man City was Anita. Looked up for it, took his opportunity and was confident and positive with the ball, sharp passing and good vision and commitment. A possibility to step into Cabaye/Tiote’s shoes this season alongside Sissoko?

  • 30 numba9 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    At 23 we deserve more than what we are gettin from the owner that’s for sure a so does parsnip then again with players he wants we might see slightly better football but owners and Muppets buy players for clubs now rather than managers choosing who they need. It works against itself both ways

  • 31 james589 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Tioté looked back to his old self? I thought he had a terrible game. Cannot remember a pass he made that didn’t either needlessly out us in danger or wasn’t a hopeful long ball forward.

  • 32 Santon03 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM


    I think any rangers fan will appreciate anyone buying their club atm

  • 33 Santon03 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM


    the question is, what will we do if they played much better football than us?

  • 34 Sellemall // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Naingolan.. cm to replace cabye bye.
    Marvuex cm to feed fws
    Tom ince to replace jonas. Jones to bench
    Luis muriel fw who can play wing if and direct can take on cb without loosing ball, unlike cisse who is poacher and needs direct feed.
    Sakho to replace tailor. Tailor to bench

    Debuchey sakho collo santon

    Tiote nainggolin

    Muriel cisse ince

    Play two cm ahead of cb with offensive cm in front of them to feed fw,

  • 35 jimBOB // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    judge after that??? wont that take us up until the close of the window, thanks but al judge now……………………… your a prat.

  • 36 Lil-Geordie // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Same old story day in day out from the club and quotes are getting a bit boring now about meeting and signings….Sick of this S**t coming out every couple of days we will sign no one and struggle all season,time to change my sport!

  • 37 nufc 11 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Bony also mised a blind sitter 2mins beforehand def not worth the 12million, were seriously short at the moment we keeping refering to replacing BA goals the man is availible why arent we moving for him? weather a loan or perm he would give the team a lift and much needed goals if we sell Cabaye very important we get a goal scoring midfielder to replace him the goals contibution frm our midfield is a joke, Jonas, Tiote even Mousa not a goal scorer thats a concern, we need a leader to lead these men too and Colo dosent do it for me I wudnt respond to him anyway need a prober leader like Shawcross, our bk four is going to cause us alot of trouble this season if not addressed Santon and Debuchy are wingers not full bk they dont know thwe 1st thing about defending, Taylor a major liability, wen we finished so 5th wasnt Willo Colo’s partner and Raylor at LB and Simo RB? You need British Steel at the back not overseas flair.

  • 38 ronjohno // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I realise that for some reason there are still fans of Pardew out there but the answer to me is get rid and quick whatever it costs to tear up his contract
    Those players are actually good but need a “FOOTBALL”” manager who can put players in their right positions and vary his tactics as the game goes on.
    Also does that man love to hear himself talk- he should look at his interviews and cringe-problem is if he was chocolate he would lick himself to death he is so arrogant.
    It is obvious I despise the man but I have had more than enough of him.

  • 39 fatman // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Pardew should only have 2 games if we win the first one if we loose we need to act before we reach the point of no return. this 10 game crap is what it is crap in 10 games we could be down, lets not forget did Pardew not go 10 games without a win last season and we just survived.

  • 40 Sav // Aug 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    British steel?? TAYLOR?? We want a big, bold, quick CB who isn’t afraid of having the ball and I don’t give fiddler’s what nationality he is. Colo and Yanga are good but together they make the shortest CB pair in the 4 divisions. We need to invest in our poor defence.
    Taylor can pump his fists and beat his chest just as effectively on the bench. We need quality, especially if we are going to persevere with Debuchy..

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