Newcastle’s Problems Opened Up Wounds Last Season


Steve Harper has given a lot of interviews in the press today, before he plays in his testimonial tonight,  when a Newcastlke United eleven will play an AC Milan eleven for charity, and it looks like the attendance will be over 40,000 for the game.

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Steve Harper – some open wounds last season

Steve has talked about what it takes for a player to be successful at Newcastle, and one thing is for them always give 100% effort, which is what the fans expect:

“I’ve said to an infinite amount of players when they signed, just make sure you give everything you’ve got,” “It doesn’t matter which country you’re from, what color your skin is, they want you to be committed to the shirt.”

“That’s the minimum they ask for, but you also have to have a certain character to succeed.” “I think a few players got a shock last season. It’s not only British players who get this club.”

“It’s not a case of ‘you’re foreign and don’t understand’.”   “Look at Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, they get it the same way Kevin Nolan did.”  “Last year was a struggle and whenever you lose home games 3-0 to Sunderland and 6-0 to Liverpool, it’s going to open a few wounds.”

“And it did. It made a few people realise what’s needed to play here. It made a few players realise the size and the scale of the football club, as well as the situation we were in.”

“I think it was a huge wake up call for some people. Like others before them, it’s now up to the players who have come in over the last couple of years to show they can handle the weight of the shirt.”

“When you’re here, you have to give 100% to Newcastle United, not worry about whether you are going to get a move elsewhere.”

All the Newcastle players will hopefully have benefitted from what happened last season, because they will have seen how things are when things go well on Tyneside, they’re great, but also how things can quickly deteriorate when things go badly.

Hopefully one thing they will have learned is that it’s much better when things go well – and will bear that in mind on Saturday afternoon – when a win at Villa Park will definitely lift the spirits of the Newcastle fans.

A win is exactly what the doctor ordered on Saturday – and hopefully we can get all 3 points.

What do you think?

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102 comments so far

  • count

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Mike Ashley’s sports direct to enter the FTSE 100 thanks to Ed’s free publicity. Wongas profits soaring also, all thanks to Ed’s endless free publicity.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CEoV5rzCAbw&feature=c4-feed-u

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  • James RS

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Harps is a brilliant ambassador for the club; talks so much sense and rarely says a word out of place..He should be given some sort of role within the club…how about Director of Football 🙂
    Keep chatting to Shearer Mr Harper… we need people who understand and want the best for Newcastle United within the club.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Count

    What on earth are you taking about?

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  • gus3232

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    oh no shola be starting saturday,he scored for nigeria last nite,pardew will say he our new international class striker

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  • count

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m being over dramatic of course. Doesn’t mean I am not, in some small part, correct.

    Ashley bought Newcastle for free publicity for his evil empire and some people totally play into his hands.

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  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    James RS @2 Harper occasionally does the phone in on Total Sport BBC Newcastle – always talks sense. I’m hoping once tonights match is over with he might spill the beans about what is really going on behind the scenes – he must know things.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Harper coming out with some great stuff. I think we can piece more of the story together now.

    Players (at least some) did feel let down with last summers lack of investment / willing to push on and reward the team for their excellent efforts.

    There are players who are more interested in getting their bigger move who have not been doing their bit in the meantime to help Newcastle, their current club.

    Neither shocking news, glad to hear it come from someone who I do trust when he talks about the toon.

    Is it interesting that nothing has been said about Pardew or is that still to come?

    Count…Ed’s free publicity of SD and Wonga? Behave.

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  • nufc 11

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Cant belive we didnt move for Shane Long for 5 million was a snip hes an out and out work horse, closing down (ALA Tevez and Bellamy in his hay day) making runs and gets the odd goal too at a better club he could improve alot were crying out for that type of player wen it doesnt go for cisse he looks disinterested that boils my blood 100% or notting or ship him out alot of our players need to wake up.

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  • Coach

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    He isn’t impressed by Cabaye’s behaviour is he:

    “When you’re here, you have to give 100% to Newcastle United, not worry about whether you are going to get a move elsewhere.”

    One day Harper might just make a top class manager.

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  • PorsgrunnMagpie

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Good words from a great man, should definately get a job within the club if he wants it.

    Does anyone know if his testimonial tonight is shown on NUFCTV or any other streaming site online? any information would be much appriciated.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Yo-Yo,

    You say, “10,000 people putting in £2,000 is £20m and probably getting on for 10% of NUFC value. Swansea have (I believe ) 10% supporter ownership. A number of Scottish clubs have more than that.”

    I have nothing against wider share ownership, but I think its benefits are greatly exaggerated. Do you seriously think 10,000 fans will put in £2,000? And for what? What does it buy them? Even if they spoke with one voice, they’d be a minority shareholder with no powers. Mikey wouldn’t have to listen to them. Most importantly, it would be a bad investment financially. Can you imagine telling your lass, you bot only buying your season ticket, but also shares in NUFC costing £2,000?

    And, it not like it hasn’t been tried before at NUFC at a time when football clubs were thought to be attractive investments. I bought a few at the launch and more later when the share price fell. I made a tidy profit, and made sure I got out before they bombed.

    Isn’t Barca’s success funded by enormous debts? As for the Bundesliga clubs, isn’t their success built on home grown talent and not the big money signings that NUFC supporters demand every window?

    I do believe in employee ownership, the John Lewis Partnership being a good example. If only players would accept a share of profits instead of enormous wages.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Count…In a small part we’re all responsible. All publicity is good publicity.

    We all talk about it, hype up the hysteria and give coverage to those companies.

    What is it you want Ed to do? Not report on these two aspects of Ashleys ownership?

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  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    count @5 – I get the sarcasm but don’t understand how it is Ed’s fault. He just summarises and gives his opinions on current rumours & stories.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Blackley…Saw your response to me from yesterday. £2-3m profit was from the last published accounts. We are now looking at an increase of around £20-30m a year, or so I understand.
    The discussion we were having was about what happens after the loan has been repaid, so that £240m, reduces to what, nearer £120m (rough figures)?
    So, £120m investment (not a small figure I know) in a company which produces a £20-30m a year profit is a return of about 16-25% on his investment p.a….plus free advertising for SD?
    Although the figures are more than likely somewhat off, I’m sure you get the point.
    If that were to be the case, I imagine there would be extremely few fans willing to sit by and let him continue. My point was why does everyone thinks he will just simply go once the “debt” aspect of the purchase has been repaid unless the fans are a thorn in his side and make him consider whether it’s actually worth it to him?

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  • count

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    We should come up with code names for Ashley, SD and Wonga… 😉 never speak their names again.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    count…There you go 🙂

    Cheap would be a good one to start with, but it applies to both the first two. Hmmm….

    Cheap Tw@
    Cheap Tat
    Thieves

    ??

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  • James RS

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Good words earlier Martoon yes lets hope Harps spills a few beans after the testimonial. On Pardew I do feel sorry for him somewhat, and also Graham Carr. I still think Pardew’s a decent manager the team finished 5th under him and looked good in all matches in the Europa league too he did get his tactics about right in Europe. Pardew also asked for certain players after the team finished 5th in the league and only got Anita; and look what happened. He again asked for players end of this season and got none…very worrying. Ashley and Kinnear are the problems not Carr or Pardew. Pardew does try hard under restrictive Ashley conditions; and does Kinnear really listen to Carr.

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  • James RS

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Call him “C A S H LE Y” 🙂 notes in front of his eyes blinkering everything else. Give don’t take from NUFC Mr Cashley we are a football club not Sports Direct.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    James…The jury is still somewhat out for me with regards to Pardew. For now, I can see he is not a great manager, but nor do I think he’s as bad as many make out.

    He has been hung out to dry, but more importantly he is doing at least what Ashley wants of him, otherwise he wouldn’t be here imo. Therefore, it goes back to Ashley again.

    I hope Pardew relaxes a bit in his approach. With an almost full team available, with the addition of Remy I want to see a return to the approach we had near the end of our 5th placed season.

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  • James RS

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Agreed Ibizatoon… It’s Cashley at the end of the day

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  • Belfast

    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21

    The blog is dead these days. The transfer window depression seems to have killed some people lol

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  • Blofal

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Just looking at the team line ups post. I noticed Sparky had placed Colo as a defensive midfielder.

    Funny that because of course we need Colo at CB. But the man can pick out a pass and is very good one on one, I’ve often thought given another chance he would have been a world class Defensive Midfielder. I’d rather have him there than Tiote thats for sure. Then again I’d also rather play an attacking formation were DM’s are not required.

    If we played like Bayern Munich I wouldn’t care if we lost 3 nil every game. That’s what I want from my club. No respect for the opposition no matter who they are, Chelsea, Barcelona – have a go at them all. Put them on the back foot and keep pounding the goals or die trying. Remind them that playing a NUFC side that plays from the heart is just as dangerous as some oligarch attacking you with $90m worth of players.

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  • VanToonMan

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Seeing as Porsgrunn Magpie’s question seems to keep getting ignored, I take it the testimonial is not televised tonight? Or people are unsure?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Afternoon ladies and gentlemen, how are we all today? Good words from Steve, hope he gets the send off he deserves and that SJP is absolutely rocking tonight!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Not on tv mate.

    I’m surprised Bt sport didn’t want to show it tbh
    They done Gerrards and the Petrov game

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  • BandB

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s an interesting insight into the modus operandi of Sports Direct that arises out of today’s FTSE story.
    It is a reference to the company’s historic investment in gross margin being key to its success..
    Gross margin, as I understand it, is the difference between production costs and revenue. It is an extremely attractive signifier to investors.
    The emphasis is on driving down production costs to maximize the margin. There is reference to expanding the range and availability of SD products.
    Investment in improving the quality of the product is nowhere mentioned. It is literally “buy ’em cheap and stack ’em high.”
    Where does this leave us if this template is applied to a football club?
    Steady re-investment and development of the product, leading to an improvement in its quality, was widely-assumed to be the purpose five-year plan.
    Is this, or was it ever, the case?
    It makes me wonder whether there is any currency in believing that a financially strong Newcastle United will ever be of any benefit to the fans.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    BandB

    Name me a successful football club that runs in the black. Even those with much higher revenues than our own. Sponsorship deals, ticket prices, CL TV money that we could only dream of having. Yet these clubs still do not run in the black or would be what you would call “financially stable”

    If the whole house of cards came tumbling down, and the football economy imploded much like the recent banking crisis, some major players in world football would come crashing down along with it. Perhaps football’s economy doesn’t have a bust?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #28

    That is, with relation to the bigger players in world football. I am sure plenty of Portsmouth, Leeds, Coventry, Hearts fans would assure me that the football economy can indeed go bust…

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  • PorsgrunnMagpie

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Belfast, Cheers mate 🙂

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  • Mint

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #30

    ! Cant believe MA has not signed a deal with ITV for a DocumDrama tv show of life at NUFC – Would get 8mil plus viewers easy

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  • shirtonapole tinooo

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #31

    The chronicle website says it’s on there. Quote: ‘so if you want to see shearer partnering Ferdinand…’
    Emphasis being on SEE. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if those idiots just mean live text 🙂

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  • BandB

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy,

    Maybe Ashley strongly believes it does have a bust. I’m not an economist. My point is that folks believe that one day they will see an on-field dividend from all this financial prudence. And maybe they won’t.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    I think MA will buy in jan, he’ll have to if he wants to keep us in the premier league.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Bandb…Trying to bargains with a view to maximising profits is Ashleys bread and butter, as you say, quality doesn’t even come in to it. I imagine a little more care is taken in the approach for Newcastle, in the form of Carr, but the quality aspect will always come second.

    Doesn’t mean there won’t be any, just that’s it’s more by chance than intent.

    Sounds fun.

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Trapattoni sacked

    get him in our new sr bobby

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Trying to get bargains*

    Full sentences Ibiza, you can do it!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s basically just the same as sports direct.
    Buy and sell for profit.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #38

    ruddy

    Difference between financially in the black and stable though.

    Man utd has 500mil debts but is financially stable.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    belfast

    sports direct buy big brands who are struggling for a low price then turn something what made good quality products and sold for say £30 and drop the quality, keep the name and sell for £10…people think its great as they buy the brand not the product.

    Ashley got a bit of stick on national radio today for having 90% of his staff on zero hour contracts.

    They also said share prices have gone from 40p to £7 over the last 6/7 years and that his company is now valued at £4.25billion

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  • Nufcjoss

    Sep 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Hello! does someone know when the tickets against Liverpool (19.10.13) enter the home page?

    thanx! –

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