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Newcastle Striker Returns Early – It Could Be A Bad Omen

4:44 pm, Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

Alan Pardew said that if Newcastle couldn’t get another striker through the door before next Monday night – then he would need to recall Adam Campbell from Carlisle United,  and add him the strike force at Newcastle.

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Adam Campbell – back from short loan spell at Carlisle United

Adam went on loan to Carlisle United only two weeks ago on a month’s loan spell, but has now  been recalled by Adam Pardew.

And while it’s true that Carlisle’s Lee Miller has returned from injury,  there has been discussions with Alan Pardew and Carlisle officials, and it has been decided to recall the 18 year-old England U20 striker.

Adam joined Carlisle just two weeks ago and made his debut for the League One club as a second half substitute in the home game against Coventry City.

Now it could well be just a coincidence, but it could that Campbell has been returned because things don’t look too bright on the chances bringing in a new striker.

And we suppose Adam could always be sent out on loan again after the transfer window closes,  if Newcastle are able to bring in one more top striker in this summer’s transfer window.

But Campbell returning early is at least consistent with Newcastle having problems  in bringing in a striker before the transfer window closes.

We hope that’s not the case.

What do you think?

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53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    It would certainly be consistant with Pardwho giving up on JFK fulfilling his role of recruiting needed staff!!

    You really couldn’t make it up – its that bad.

  • 2 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Well that’s that then.

    I really don’t know what people expect though. Chant ‘fat bastard’ throughout games and call Kinnear a clown and then say – right, pay 10m out on this player and 10m out on that player. He just isn’t going to listen!

    It’s no good comparing ourselves to other clubs spending money when we are actively trying to get rid of our owner. Those clubs aren’t.

  • 3 DokToon // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    i choose not to think about it.. it drives me to drink, these so called professianals failing miserably… one loan player… ONE!

  • 4 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM


    We haven’t chanted for the previous 8 weeks of the transfer window and he hasn’t signed anyone on a permanent contract.

    I really don’t think you can blame restless fans for that one.

  • 5 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    They were chanting and booing last season.

    Morecombe wasn’t the first time we have seen restless fans having a go at Ashley.

  • 6 geoff777 // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    It’s all very amateur.
    You’d have thought Ashley would want us to be competitive.
    It’s embarrassing for the city and the fans.

  • 7 Felipe // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    You’re wasting your time with this lot Fatman. They’ve made up their minds and they ain’t for changing. It’s all Ashley’s fault, it’s all Pardew’s fault or both and that was before the season started. One minute it’s ‘we’ve got a great squad but Pardew can’t coach’, then the next minute ‘Tiote is rubbish, Cabaye is rubbish, Debuchy is rubbish. There’s no rational debate just hysteria on here I’m afraid.

  • 8 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Afay77, very good posts today. It is indeed clear as day that it is coaching and tactics well above squad quality, although it does need a few additions.

    The lack of movement is astounding for these international players. That is coached and planned out of them.They are international players for a reason. They have been recognised as playing good enough football to represent their county. Now they all look lost and misguided. That is down to Pardew and his staff, not the whinging of not having enough English players, tiredness, grass length, injuries, tiredness, tiredness, injuries, tiredness Etc.

    Good players with good management will produce good football, regardless where they are from.

    Pardew is on a downward spiral of failure, like in his previous jobs. On his descent he is looking for as many excuses as possible to keep himself in a salaried position for a bit longer. Nothing more. Well, along with his arrogant ego, which has no substance of course.


  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    See, I don’t think you need to go so far as to call them “clueless”. I think that’s why there are so many arguments on here, because people go to extremes with their views.

    We don’t know the ins and outs of the situation. As far as we know there were good signs in training that they could play together or perhaps Pardew thought that if we could get into Europe again then having 2 players capable of leading the line would be a good thing.

    I don’t think it should have been Pardew’s job to get rid of one of them, he should have been the one asking for more players to create chances for them. Then if Llambias or Ashley turned around and said if he wanted another attacking player then he had to get rid of Ba or Cisse then it should have been Pardew’s choice.

    And I’m really not sure how Berbatov would have gelled with Cisse or Ba. I think it would have been the same scenario…2 number 9s wanting to be the main man.

  • 10 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM


    Instead of blaming fans for being restless which you claim is the reason we aren’t seeing new signings, how about you flip the perspective. Why are they restless? The lack of signings, coupled with the dreadful football on display.

    If Ashley is so sensitive that he would see his investment suffer because of a stadium full of boos then he clearly isn’t as thick skinned a businessman as people would have you believe.

  • 11 nufcursed // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    could be a good thing though if we’re forced to play campbell..
    the lade deserves a proper chance to show what he can do!
    he can’t be worse than shola or cissé!

  • 12 Spoof // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM


    so the club have no intention of buying just like last summer and blame the fans because they are letting the club no that they aren’t happy about, so if it’s our fault this summer, what pathetic excuse do the club have for last summer, don’t forget the fans were in good spirits after a very good season

  • 13 jokinoot // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    All the hype more coming in ba Gomis etc nowt against Campbell he’s just not in the class of player we need .looks like JFK has given up idle promises this is the way forward it’s a disgrace all the loyal fans ,Ashley’s a joke

  • 14 Bearsize // Aug 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    442, 433, 4231 however it gets set up it will turn into a dross 451. If no midfield ever get into the box then thats the formation and its all because shola is poo! Hope the crowd start turning on pardew and ashley it really cant get any worse whoever takes over in the dugout, even kinnear. Remember pardew was the biggest problem at the end of last season. Kinnear and MA have took the pressure off him but as soon as pardew is removed we can then work on MA

  • 15 Premiership Manager // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    When the transfer window opened Pardew quoted that would bring one player over the line and then when he realised what he had said stated one, possibly two players.

    When we signed Remy I was concerned that would be it and unfortunately that could be it.

    If Pardew, Ashley and JFK believe that the current squad is sufficient, they are deluded because the flaws are there for everybody to see.

    I’m sure that Remy will change the way we play and have a positive effect on the team as he has a great deal of talent however if he is charged and Cisse gets injured we will only have an over the hill striker, (Shola) and a 5ft unproven stiker in Campbell to keep us up.

    Add Cabaye or an injury to HBA and we are in a great deal of trouble.

    We are short up front, and creatively we are very lacking we needed at least three players and for me if JFK wasn’t bought in to bring in players he should have never been given the position. If he was bought in to buy players he has failed and should be sacked.

    Only an idiot cannot see the trees for the woods and Ashley should at least invest some of his money in a white stick because at the moment we have the blind leading the blind.

  • 16 Sazzer // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    According to BeinSport, Mamadou Sakho will go to Liverpool. €23 million fee + bonuses agreed they say.

  • 17 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM


    Well that’s where we differ, but we’ve done such a good job in agreeing today so let’s not spoil it 😛 haha

    Well I think that Pardew should have went to DL and MA and said that he can’t accommodate the both of them in the same team and that one or the other should be moved on and a more suitable replacement should be found, that is Pardew’s job as a manager, to tell them what players suit his tactics, and what players don’t.

    As for Berbatov, it may have caused more problems, but he sure as hell would have scored goals, and his status would leave no one in any doubt that he was the main man, but seeing Berba at Fulham, he is a much better team player than Ba ever was for us, so who knows, it may have worked. We’ll never know now, because the club passed up the opportunity.

  • 18 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    It’s not the only reason but I am suggesting it doesn’t help. I don’t think it’s anything to do with Ashley being sensitive or having a lack of thick skin. In fact he’s shown his ruthlessness as a businessman – he has quite simply had enough and is cutting his nose off…

    I don’t think anyone in their right mind would continue to pump money into a club where the fans are lining up to protest and degrade them in public. Do you?

    And question two – will the anti-Ashley campaign stop if a couple of players are brought in?

  • 19 A monkey is better then Pardew // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Its like a new f@cking signing.

  • 20 Tinman // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Because Shola is off to hammers

  • 21 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Spoof – last summer he just didn’t think he needed to coz with spending little he took Newcastle to the brink of top four.

    But let me make this clear – we need signings and I’m bitterly disappointed we haven’t made any. Our club is going down the toilet because of Ashley and Pardew.

    BUT back to my original point. I don’t think the chants will encourage our owner to buy players. He’s past caring about our feelings.

  • 22 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM


    Short answer – no. If all it takes to keep you sweet is a few signings then I’m afraid our ambitions for this club wildly differ.

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I think when we’re chanting and booing, we should consider what has happened to the likes of Leeds, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Wolves and Coventry in recent seasons. They have all plummeted below where they should be. Look at the Championship table and there are several teams who have been there for a few seasons that have spent several seasons in the Premier League.

    We bash on about 50,000 fans but there are usually at least half a dozen teams in the PL that have lower attendances than half a dozen clubs in the lower leagues. Maybe we should feel sorry for them…

  • 24 Sazzer // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    CentralSources ?@centralsources
    Fellaini to #MUFC. Done deal.

    No Mccarthy then even if Cabs leave.

  • 25 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Chants might not help to bring in new players, but I’m of the belief that there is no chance of him bringing in new players anyway so we need to say enough is enough and stop walking on bloody egg shells because we’re afraid to bite the hand that is feeding us scraps, actually less than bloody scraps so let’s show a little more pride in ourselves and our club.

  • 26 Mark // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    ToonDarnSarf @9

    Berbatov is a different forward to either Ba or Cisse, he’s a playmaking forward and seems to relish on creating chances as much as scoring. I would love to have him here, he would provide sharper passing in and around the opposition area which we have been craving.

  • 27 cyprus // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Would Adam be like a new signing?

  • 28 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    My ambition is to win trophies and be successful so I’m sure our ambition is fairly similar no?

  • 29 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    How do the players respond when crowds are booing?

    We want success on the pitch, are we agreed on that? So how does booing make our players work harder?

  • 30 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM


    Now you’ve gone and done it, yup because it was chants that led to Portsmouth, Coventry and Leeds’ demise, nothing to do with the fact that they were financially run into the ground.

    And Blackburn is a small club that was constantly punching above its weight and they had poor ownership who appointed a poor manager, relegation was always on the cards.

    If we can’t compare ourselves to the likes of Spurs and Liverpool and Chelsea and Arsenal when it comes to ambition, nor should we compare ourselves to smaller clubs who have fallen on harder times.

  • 31 cyprus // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Sorry Monkey,
    just saw it’s your line. Incidentally, would a monkey be better than Pardew?

  • 32 Mark // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM


    Meh, I’ve always aimed to be mediocre

  • 33 Bearsize // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Berbatov would have been class like! He supports NUFC too which makes it worse 🙁

    Hi mate, you writing anymore articles?? I enjoy reading them 🙂

  • 34 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    Differing only in terms of semantics I think.

    In an ideal world, you’re completely right. But I think than a lot of our fans are inclined to look at the negative angle rather than the positive at the moment. If we’d had a decent season last time around but Ba had still left then we’d be saying that Pardew was right to give them a shot as they’re both quality strikers and they would be awesome if they could play together.

    We’ve been lacking a top strike partnership really since Shearer played with Ferdinand and then Ferguson! I think that’s why we were sad to see Carroll go, despite the £35M Players like Carroll and Shearer score goals but also bring others into the game. Players like Cisse are purely finishers.

  • 35 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I mentioned earlier that I don’t want to create an atmosphere that is detrimental to the players, but they are professionals who should go out to win. Chants and banners against the owner should not concern the players, but it might. If the owner is that worried about player performance however, he would have done more to ensure that he has done the best he can to ensure the fans are going into SJP happy and satisfied, as it stands we are not, and we should be making this point very clear to Ashley.

  • 36 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM


    Berbatov might bring others into the game more than Ba and certainly Cisse. But he’s a number 9 striker who leads the line. Do you think he’d be happy playing out wide a bit to accommodate Cisse? I don’t think he would have to be honest.

  • 37 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM


    Taken a break at the moment, have plenty I could write about but I think I’m going to wait until the transfer window is closed and we’re a little further into the season and have a real run down on how I think the window has went as well as an early assessment of where I think we’re heading this season.

    Hope you like horror, as it won’t make for pretty reading! haha

  • 38 Toon1978 // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    It seems some folk on here can’t deal with other’s opinions. I mention no names. If that is the case and you can handle the so called “hysteria” then go blog elsewhere. Why come on here to bitch about other bloggers. Bitch about what is happening at the club. IMO this blog is all for opinions, hence the name “NEWCASTLE UNITED BLOG” it is not called “KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT COS SOME CANT HANDLE IT BLOG”. We live in the western world and we are supposed to have freedom of speech. My advice to the munter complaining is to move to Afghanistan were freedom of speech is no prohibited.

  • 39 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM


    With Berbatov being a different type of player than Ba or Cisse I actually happen to think that you could play both Berbatov and Cisse up front together.

    Any manager who would consider putting Berbatov on the wing is an idiot, although Pardew did put Cisse there….

  • 40 cyprus // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Shearer Bellamy wasn’t too shabby. In fact, Bellamy resurrected Shearer. And incidentally, Bellamy leaving Sounness staying was the beginning of the big slide.

    BTW, did you see Bellamy squirt that water at the ref a couple days ago? 🙂

  • 41 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM


    Oh dear…now you’ve just misinterpreted one of my comments again…

    I’m not suggesting that it was chants that led to those clubs falling through the leagues, although in the case of Blackburn there actually might be a case.

    What I’m saying is that there are several clubs with a case to say they should be in the PL who haven’t been for several seasons now and that there are clubs with 20,000+ fans turning up week after week who haven’t had top flight football for several years while clubs with fewer fans are currently enjoying it.

    What I’m saying is, it could be a lot worse…

    As for comparisons, the closest to us in the PL would be Everton and Villa. Our realistic target should be Spurs.

  • 42 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    It is creating a hostile environment though, clearly! Players played much better when they were being cheered, that was clear to anyone watching the Morecombe game. Players don’t know when they’re playing where the hostility is being directed.

  • 43 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM


    While the opening statement may have been a misinterpretation, the rest of the statement still stands.

    Just because you have more than 20,000 fans does not entitle you to be in the PL, but having a stadium that has 52,000 fans on a weekly basis kind of does given the revenue that is now involved.

    It could be worse, but it never ever should be. We are a PL club, and in my eyes always should be. Now it’s a matter of where in the PL we should be, not a case of simply being in it.

  • 44 moonraker // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    That’s it ! Campbell coming back so soon means only one thing ! No more signings!

    So we’ve waited all summer for a permanent signing and what have we got ? A loanee who’s only here cos he wants to impress his national manager and a midfield playmaker who doesn’t want to be here at all but, Arsenal only wanted a bench warmer and wouldn’t pay the money so he’s totally confused!

    What really annoys me is that we have some very good players and just need 2 or 3 to really make an impact.

    Joe Kinnear should hold his head in shame with all his big talk bullshit! and Pardew if he had any balls at all would tell them both to stick the job as he has been totally betrayed!

    I am ashamed of this lot running our club with all the money sloshing around an we are poncing around like a second rate Nationwide club!

    What a freakin disgrace !!!

  • 45 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM


    If we’re chanting “Fat cockney b*****d get out of our club” I hardly think the players think it is being directed at them.

    They may not be the brightest, but give them some credit.

  • 46 FatmanJoe // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    That’s when you can make out the chants but have you been to a football game where you can distinctly hear everything around the ground? I’ve been to many games where I haven’t heard the distinct chants until I’ve been watching the game later on TV.

  • 47 woolerbill // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I think we will hear soon of a potential sale this year, why would he spend if he is going. The TV money will help to pay the loan and he can move up to Ibrox and repeat his plan.

  • 48 jokinoot // Aug 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    It’s ok the on loan window stays open zzz

  • 49 sticklebricks // Aug 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    This is possibly because he wasnt getting games, the point of him going out on loan… Might not have anything to do with who we are/arent signing…

  • 50 Howden Mag // Aug 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    If you want to show pride in yourself and the club, turn up and support the team that is picked. It is our team. We are supposed to make the stadium a hostile area for the opposition, not our own players. It does make a vast difference to players, being jeered by the opposing fans can inspire you when playing away. Playing and hearing negativity from the home support, be it for the owner, manager or DoF has a direct impact on the confidence of players. No confidence results in poor performance which again gets the crowd on their backs. If we had bought the eleven or so down the road would you be happy now? It’s easy to stir up things when sitting on your backside in far off places, if your not happy just press the off button.

  • 51 miggy // Aug 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Patdews a c@nt wen u all gna realise u clueless f ckers

  • 52 Davies // Aug 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Maybe we’re showing a little faith in our academy products and trying to blood the talent we already have. If this lad’s good enough he’s old enough.

    I honestly hope to see a lot of Adam Campbell this season. Perhaps it’s time to get the lad out there and stop screwing about with the reserves.

    Good luck to the lad. Let’s hope he’s the next Rooney, like everyone said he would be a couple of years back. Maybe we should have young Richardson on the bench from time to time; start making the most of these local lads and get a bit of home grown talent in the side.

    It’s not all doom and gloom, y’know.

  • 53 Quasimodo's tailor // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    You’re a brave lad behind a keyboard , aren’t you?

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