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Another Urgent Call To Sign Up Loic Remy At Newcastle

2:51 pm, Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

Newcastle fans would love to have the club sign up Loic Remy, who not only is looking like a top class player for Newcastle, but he also seems to like things at Newcastle, and has only very good things to say about Newcastle United while he is on International duty for France during the International break.

He has called Newcastle a great club – so yes – wait for it – he’s also a very intelligent lad. :D

loic remy in training

Loic Remy – in training at Darsley Park

And today Cheick Tiote, who is in Abidjan with the Ivory Coast squad as they prepare for the first leg of a vital two game World Cup qualifying playoff, and the Ivorian has today called on the Newcastle United board to sign the club’s on loan striker.

Remy has made an instant impact at St James’ Park with five goals in four games and The Journal understands the club are now considering trying to broker a permanent deal in January to avoid any other Premier League clubs trying to tempt him away at the end of the season.

This is what Cheick said today in the local press:

“Loic is very important for us. He’s a great player and he scored two fantastic goals.” “I hope he will continue to score because we need him and we need his goals.”

They are so important for us and at Cardiff they were the difference between winning and losing.” “He’s going to be important for us this season and if he continues to score and play like he did we will be able to finish in the top ten.”

“I hope the chairman will buy him. You never know, but he’s already shown how important he is for us and it would be a big loss if he didn’t sign at the end of the season.”

Loic has not only been an instant hit with Newcastle fans – who wouldn’t be with five goals in his five games for the club – but he is also already very popular in the dressing room.

And he has also talked in complimentary terms about the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and says he thinks the Newcastle manager can make him into a much better player.

We have to hope that’s a hint that he wants to stay at Newcastle long-term.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

You can also reach Ed at admin@nufcblog.com



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Premier League





77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Repeat Post

    In respect of season 2012-13 Supporters of Newcastle were arrested more times for football related offences than those of any other club in the country. ( Source The Guardian).

    Beware of Unintended consequences that could frighten off any prospective buyer of OUR club.

  • 2 Korean Magpie // Oct 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Ian Toon
    However we are one of the most heavily supported teams in England and has a very loyal fanbase so I doubt that it would put any buyer off.

  • 3 Spoof // Oct 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Totally off topic, but have a look at this

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2451738/Away-Fans-Fund-What-Premier-League-clubs-spending-200k-on.html

    it appears as if we are only prepared to help the disabled which represents the tiniest % of the Newcastle fans, hopefully the club will be embarrassed by the actions of other clubs and will bring in further deals to aid all of the Newcastle fans and not just the smallest % of them.

  • 4 Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    15Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The Time4Change March – No mission statement beyond, it’s claimed that this is to promote what is good about NUFC and the city to any prospective buyer of OUR CLUB.

    16Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Repeat Post

    In respect of season 2012-13 Supporters of Newcastle were arrested more times for football related offences than those of any other club in the country. ( Source The Guardian).

    Beware of Unintended consequences that could frighten off any prospective buyer of OUR club.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Solano- have you given the march your seal of approval?

    Are you marching?

  • 6 OhSholaAmeobi // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    1 & 3

    Of all the tabloid papers to be quoting, dinnit be picking the guardian and the daily mail. Howa.

  • 7 catchy in norway // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    who is our chairman ?

  • 8 Rooster // Oct 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Not a hope in hell of signing Remy until he is cleared of his rape charge, after that if he gets off then I do believe we will sign him in the summer.

  • 9 MosesNUFC // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    IanToon just shows how passionate our supporters are.

  • 10 G // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I would hope we would sign him (And hopefully, as Ed says, we have already negotiated a fee) as soon as it is apparent that he won’t be jailed. He has proved his worth as a player already. I believe with him next season, and a few other tweaks in the form of a couple of defensive players, and Adam Lallana, then we will be set for a very good season indeed. I am also assuming we have a competent manager by then too.

  • 11 bishopblaize // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    We back to selling club again?

    Ash won’t sell .. He making Club stable just like Arsenal have done over past 10years .. Only we be engaging the dizzy heights in less the time its taken them.

    Watch

  • 12 G // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    “He making Club stable just like Arsenal have done over past 10years .. Only we be engaging the dizzy heights in less the time its taken them.”

    I think you will find that Arsenal started their thing longer than ten years ago, they started it in 96. By 98, they had won a league / cup double. Your prediction of us doing it in less time than them may have missed the boat a bit.

  • 13 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    im in Trannyvan

  • 14 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Cheick Tiote, who is in Abidjan

  • 15 G // Oct 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    @13, is that something to do with the Ladyboys that were in Time Square last week?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Lesson in how to pick a pass and move inside the box ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG5TqmDfjuw#t=380

    * would love for Benny to play in that position!

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Jesper…Not sold on the soundtrack mate.

    Oh wait, Cher is playing now, I take it all back, saved! :)

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Ibiza…peeew!

    …I know Madonna was along shot ;) lol

  • 19 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Oh and a cheeky bit of Whigfield to end it…nice

    So, I bet some of you are a bit gutted at the prospect of not getting to hear too much from wor Alan over the next week, but fear not, good news time….

    http://www1.skysports.com/watch/tv-shows/goals-on-sunday/news/8966602/alan-pardew-joins-ben-shephard-and-chris-kamara-on-goals-on-sunday

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Ibiza…that is good news mate ;)

    * Now I am just looking forward to the next insight from our very own JFK lol

    That Whigfield bit was all for you mate…

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Jesper…All joking aside, I’m starting to get a bit angry now that I can’t seem to shake the shoop shoop song and saturday night out of my head. This may prove to be an annoying evening :)

    Maybe Alan will take Joe along with him?

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Ibiza…We can always hope!

    * not that you will get an annoying evening that is ;) lol

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Ibiza…did you ever get into that Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros?

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Jesper…Indeed. If there is one thing Joe instills in me it’s hope!

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Listened to, have yet to get into :)

    The Lumineers certainly left me wanting more.

    There you go, back to the music list to rid my brain of the shoop.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It seems we have the blog all to our self :)

    …we have to enjoy the peace and quite when we can!

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    It would seem that way…it’s quite spooky really.

    Is there anybody out there…there…there (that’s an echo in case it’s not clear).

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Ibiza… the Lumineers is a really great album :) Of Monsters and Men is a really good band as well!

  • 29 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    bananas in pyjamas

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    And here JT comes to wreck the day! lol

    *just kidding mate!

  • 31 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Are they coming down the stairs?

  • 32 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    been on ages matey hwtl

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    “Bananas in pyjamas
    Are coming down the stairs
    Bananas in pyjamas
    Are coming down in pairs
    Bananas in pyjamas
    Are chasing teddy bears…” lol

  • 34 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    How anyone can claim that the international breaks are boring is beyond me… :)

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Beats me :D

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    So Ibiza…what are you going to be doing with all your spare time now that the season is over at Bikini Bottom? ;)

  • 37 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Jesper…Just closing up shop for the winter. Planning some works etc, then going on holiday in search of bikini girls…I get withdrawal symptoms you see.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Not easy being the Barnacle Boy of Bikini Bottom is it? ;)

  • 39 Ibizatoon // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    It’s not easy being called Barnacle Boy if we want to get to the bottom of the issue :)

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    True ;) HAHA

  • 41 lesh // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    You deserve the rest Ibiza – you can give your team and the blog your full attention.your

  • 42 Toon Tang // Oct 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    im interested to see what lesh’s last sentence was going to be to ibiza. your …. ?

  • 43 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    This is ridiculous. We have a break of 2 weeks and all we can do is churn out articles and comments about signing our on loan striker???

    Firstly where is the urgency? We’ve got him on loan until the end of the season anyway.

    Second, have people forgot HE’S AWAITING A POSSIBLE TRIAL FOR RAPE???!

    Now, I don’t know about you but I’d have some harsh words to say about Ashley and JFK if we paid £8M+ and signed Remy on a 5 years deal for £60kpw+ and then he went to prison for rape.

    Seems that some people will find any excuse to complain…

  • 44 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    And yes…on the time4change march I am still very nervous that 5,000 pissed up scousers (who made jokes about the Munich air disaster at their annual party) and a bunch of pissed up (and pissed off) Geordies will not be a peaceful affair. No matter the intentions, it’s a perfect opportunity for a minority of idiots to spoil the occasion.

  • 45 Krul To Be Kind // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    TDS @ 44

    100 % agree… booze fuelled riot on the cards for that one, after all they still want their £35m back!

  • 46 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    hmm last time on the way to away end in liverpool my mate got a roof slate in his head durty little scummers

  • 47 BandB // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Which will it be TDS?
    Will it be two men and a dog, or every alcoholic north of Watford Gap on this march?
    You can’t have it both ways.
    Perhaps you should raise an objection to Northumbria Police, who have given the march the go-ahead.

  • 48 wolfshead@toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    remy thinks pards is a good manager the haters must be seething lol

  • 49 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    remy thinks kinnear is the gaffer and pardew is the coach

  • 50 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    driver

  • 51 lesh // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Toon Tang
    You’ve won the the for spotting the standalone ‘your’.

    Now, if you could complete.the sentence and interrupt the peace and quiet that.Ibiza and Jesper had looked forward to!

    Into tge real world and taking Mr Cardiff Tan’s enterprise, what’s the chances that Ashley’ll recruit a 15 year old to get some work experience over Christmas hols and subject to performance, a full time job as Technical Director.

    That should put our coaching weaknesses right!

  • 52 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    not at all remy may be away in summer window to palace a big london club

  • 53 lesh // Oct 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Amusing and we’ve got our very own role-model in Ashley!

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/features/agony-aunt/i-was-shocked-to-discover-i-am-thinspiration-2013100380049

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    TDsarf,
    A night out with Ian Beale and Mark Fowler would be more preferable to a five minute conversation with you.

  • 55 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    hahah pmsl

  • 56 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    even a night out with cashley

  • 57 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    BandB

    My objection wouldn’t carry much weight considering I don’t live in Newcastle so it won’t disrupt me! My concern is that if they do get the numbers then it could easily be trouble.

  • 58 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    BandB

    And never said it would be two men and a dog. They claim to have 5,000 scousers turning up. I do wonder how many Geordies will join them and I do wonder about their motives too.

  • 59 BandB // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    It seems that some folks actually believe they can get away with arguing that one worst case scenario allows you to conjure the perfect storm by lazily conflating it with another, mutually exclusive, worst case scenario.
    You can’t throw heads and tails at the same time.

    Isn’t the march at 10.30am or something? I’ll be setting the alarm for 5am and leaving a bottle of vodka by the Teasmade. As per usual.

  • 60 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    JfA

    Why? Because You’d rather back every angry young man and anarchist as long as they’re slagging of Ashley, JFK or Pardew?

    The best thing for out club isn’t just to rant and rave about the problems, it’s to do the right thing to improve things around the club.

    I don’t have any problems with a march as such, but…
    – I think having 5,000 scousers join in is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen
    – I think that despite the time4change message, there will be loads of people with their own agendas which will be heavily anti the ownership
    – I don’t see how it will show the club in a positive light
    – I can foresee trouble occurring from a minority of idiots who join for the wrong reasons

    I’d love to be proved wrong on all points.

  • 61 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    BandB

    Too much word play for me to grasp your meaning there!

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    The march imo, is about people tired of moaning about Ashley and doing something about it, if he hadn’t of deceived us into thinking he was selling up after we went down when the protest had momentum , he would be gone by now, instead of people denouncing the march before it has started why don’t they wish it well and see what happens.

  • 63 geordieboy83 // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    TDS

    Hey mate, I agree with a lot of what you say but damn boy you just killed the feel good vibe on the blog. There doesn’t always have to be a conflict dude . Whigfield, Cher, barnacle boy, bikini bottom, then all serious again.

  • 64 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Krul To Be Kind

    Have you seen the video from the Spirit of Shankly’s annual bash? Singing songs about Munich…great…

  • 65 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    geordieboy83

    There was a feel good vibe on here?! Sorry! That’s actually quite shocking… :-)

    I did just scroll up and found that people were talking music…so I think I should take back my apology for posting a football related post!

    I just commented on the article and on the march. Didn’t mean to cause an argument…

  • 66 geordieboy83 // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    TDS

    You sarcastic sod : ) but aye was a proper feel good vibe nee whinging, mr Tudor with his random off the cuff 1 liners lol was all rosey.

    And aye your taking the Micky trying to talk footy on a footy blog ; ) all I meant was it was light hearted then boom heavy debate again.

  • 67 BandB // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    TDS

    I wasn’t talking to you.
    Sttt!
    I am listening to Whigfield.
    Top tip chaps:)

  • 68 geordieboy83 // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    And I know how you feel about the march, I’m in some peoples eyes I’m sure the worst kind of fan, as I see merits in the for and against arguments . This perch on my fence is delicate and I can’t decide which side to jump into.

  • 69 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    im watching my bananas my blood sugar just went to 28.00

  • 70 Ian Toon // Oct 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Well we certainly have numerous fan groups who agree that when it comes to Ashley you just can’t defend the indefensible. There is undoubtedly a wide range of views as to what should be done.

    Having examined at relatively close quarters what the various groups and their composition entail I go for the NewcastleUnited Supporters Trust(NUST) which has been working methodically and diligently talking to all the right people. Namely, investors and working discreetly in the community. They claim to be a responsible supporters group determined to create the right impression to any prospective new owner. The vast majority will not be joining the forthcoming march as they are concerned about the likely outcome which would not demonstrate that the fans should be an integral part of NUFC going forward.

    Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust has organised a conference which will examine the case for greater fan involvement in the running of clubs.

    The event will be on Thursday, October 24, at Newcastle University Business School from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

    The conference will cover football finance, the difference between running a football club and running other types of business, the case for fan involvement and community ownership.

    Speakers include Sean Hamil, a director of Birkbeck Sports Business Centre; John Hays, of Hays Travel and previously vice-chairman at Sunderland AFC; and Antonia Hagemann, Head of European Development at Supporters Direct.

    Guest speaker will be Jens Wagner, from Hamburg SV who will talk on ” how football clubs in Germany involve fans.”. Followed by discussion and questions.

    Places are limited and you must book a place in advance by emailing conference@nust.org.uk with your details.

    Norman Watson, Chairman of Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust will commence proceedings.

  • 71 John Tudor // Oct 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    he should be invited into a small room with a pistol on the table and told to do the honorable thing
    ……….shoot parsnip

  • 72 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Geordieboy

    Sorry…I do think this is a crap article though. And I was responding to someone else about the march.

    I’m not against it really, I just don’t think it will have any positive effects and I think there’s a fair chance of a negative effect sadly…

  • 73 5Danny94 // Oct 10, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Ambitious, I know, but Juve apparently need to sell Pogba. Worth a shot? Phenomenal player, especially at just 20 years old…

  • 74 jimmysmith // Oct 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Applaud the commitment of those that will take part in the march. I’m sure any thinking person will have some reservations about it, not the least how well it can hope to represent different views. Even so, a stronger more unified fans voice is I think a good and necessary thing for the club. All the best.

  • 75 lesh // Oct 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Aye 5Danny94

    Joe’ll be on the Pogba case already – a half season loan!

  • 76 solano // Oct 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Evening Sports fans. I have some observations on this planned march and some questions for our more frequent posters.
    1) Where is the confirmed source of this claim of “5000 scousers marching through Newcastle”. Surely Liverpool don’t get that allocation? Is this just scare mongering? Surely, Liverpool have their own team to support?
    2)I have just read True Faith online (a fanzine I used to always buy) and the q n a with these march organisers made quite a lot of sense. So much so, that the editor, (who is no fool,)Michael Martin, has backed it.
    3) For Ian T : I too am a member of the Trust and it maybe misleading for you to claim that they are not supportive of the marchers or any other activist groups. As I did some work for them a while back, I can tell you that they are bound by constitutional rules so they cannot be an active ‘protest group’ themselves and this may explain a quieter stance on the issue. The few trust members I am still in contact with seem quite chipper about the march as some trust members are involved apparently.
    4)As I have now returned to the country and am to some degree of better health, I think I may well be getting my sticks out and joining the march en route at some point, but i don’t fancy the incline up to the ground.
    4) I just cannot understand how a simple march can evoke such a reactionary response from some…I’m old enough to remember a few politically charged ones on far more controversial issues than a football club being ran abominably by an arrogant owner. It seems a rather mild form of protest given the list of crimes that Mr Ashley has committed during his tenure of the club…but hey ho…if it leads to more fan unity and a real effort to change the downward direction of the club then I will hobble along.
    I hope all the other ambitious possers do the same!

  • 77 solano // Oct 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Oops two number 4)’s! I’m out of practice on this keyboard and this counting lark. I’m back off to semi retirement on the blogosphere.
    Less talking more walking for everyone would be good (especially me)
    ;-)




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