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If We Beat Stoke – Arsenal Game Will Be Really Really Interesting

2:55 pm, Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 92 Comments

We watched the Arsenal Chelsea game last night, and quite honestly neither team looked particularly great, and Arsenal in particular seem to have gone off the boil a little bit recently, so that may be good news for Newcastle, because we welcome the Gunners to St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, in the early kick-off game in the final game of  what has been a turbulent year for the club.

arsene-wenger-train

Arsene Wenger - brings his Arsenal team to Tyneside next Sunday

And we suppose the game on Sunday is between the teams managed by the two longest-serving managers in the Premier League – and one is Arsene Wenger, who has seventeen and a half years with the Gunners after being appointed in August, 1996 from  Japanese club Nagoya Grampus,  to take over from the sacked Bruce Rioch.

And Alan Pardew is the other with – would you believe – just over three years with Newcastle, after he was appointed on December 7th, 2010 to take over from the fired Chris Hughton.

Alan Pardew talked today about his players this season, who are doing everything he asks of them at the moment:

“The type of manager I am, I’ve always been super positive with my teams. I had to build their ego in terms of what they can achieve.”

“We did that brilliantly and you need great confidence to do that. We also went to Man United and played a different game and got our reward.”

“This team is becoming a team that can handle different platforms and therefore as a manager it gives you great confidence.” “We have got great collective confidence.”

“If we can beat Stoke I do think that Arsenal game will be really, really interesting for a lot of people.”

Winning is always important in football, however teams  can achieve it, because it gives  players confidence, and it also creates the right mind-set that winning each game is the ultimate goal, whether things are difficult or easy during a game.

And heaven knows what would happen if we manage to beat Stoke City and then beat Arsenal in our next two games, but at least that’s a possibility –  if Newcastle can play as well as the lads played in London last Saturday.

Wonder where we’d be in the Premier League if we did get six points from our next two games and we’d have won eight of the last ten games. :D

But we mustn’t get carried away, otherwise we’ll have Alan Pardew after us. :D.

What do you think?

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92 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Last boxing day 4-3 against MUFC
    2011 – 2-0 against Bolton

  • 3 jazzyp // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Afternoon all
    Kevy I understand a bit of frustration with remy but we know of no true facts yet regarding whether he will or wont sign for nufc. Do you really think a player reading comments like yours is in the best interest of the club.
    Im not having a go pal but telling somebody to f off back to London where hes raped people I find bang out of order. If the bloke has committed a crime then fair play hang the dude but innocent till proven guilty ????

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    So a great run of form in WC year and a lot of people start forgetting how Mike Ashleys idiotic attitude towards his paying customers nearly had us relegated last year, but then again if it wasn’t for that flirtation with the drop we wouldnt have the players we do now ie Mbwia, Sissoko etc

  • 5 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    we should beat stoke though it will prob be a bruiser against arsenal who knows though it is usually an entertaining open high scoring game maybe a last minute winner from mr t :-)

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’m going for a 4 -1 win to the Toon. If we play as we did at the weekend we’ll have too much power for them and Remy should get back into scoring form.

    Jail -afternoon – you posted earlier :-
    Jail for Ashley @5. Dec 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    Bills, deserves Vincent Tan

    I think, especially as we are in the festive period, promoting goodwill to all men, that your post was a bit excessive. I mean what have you got against Vincent Tan -even he does not deserve that fate.

  • 7 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro 1m
    PSG Jan shopping list: Cabaye, Mata, Hazard, Pogba. Cabaye most likely after Blanc convinced Qataris he’s worth splashing out on (L’Equipe)

  • 8 jazzyp // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Vincent tan looked like he belonged in a bond film in the stands at the wkend !!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Would be happy with four points out of the two games and see Everton slipping up, one of the very rare occasions I want to see the mackems win on Thursday, really hoping Mashley proves me wrong and spends a few quid in January as I want to go to a game.

  • 10 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    tuff

    Jail for Ashley @5. Dec 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    Bills, deserves Vincent Tan

    i missed that it deserves a lol :-)

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Mr Tuff,
    Good afternoon, ha ha.
    Jazzyp,
    Vincent Tan looks more like a James Bond villain than any actor before him. Most excellent observation.

  • 12 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    https://twitter.com/TNC_LaLiga/status/415499323615350785/photo/1

  • 13 jimiley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    If we beat Stoke and Arsenal 4th spot is nailed on. I do not know what Ashley has done to deserve that. Wonga, ground renaming, gagging the local press, Shearer saga, selling Rangers stuff in our shop, copping all the transfer money and SKY millions, buying nobody in the summer. The guy is a bandit. It seems he can land in poop and still smell of roses. I will stay away until he has gone. The problem is that at this rate of spending nowt and copping all the tens of milions of profits each season, he might just decide to stay and not abandon ship for Rangers. Nightmare scenario!!!

  • 14 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    id have ronnie at no1 :-0

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Mike Ashley sitting in the stands looks like the main villain from Return of the Jedi.

  • 16 roy // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Arsenal, looked very average last night against Chelsea, apart from Man City, most teams look quite beatable this season.

  • 17 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Jail,

    You sound like an old broken record continually repeating that Januart panic buy nonsense.

    The January five were fantastic buys not panic buys.

  • 18 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    yeh they were he had them lined up for the summer when they would be cheaper/free

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Bill’s,
    Excellent buys but none the less bought from a very real threat of relegation not from the misconception that it was a master stroke by Mashley, no way of proving or mis proving the fact but those players simply wouldn’t have been bought had we been in tenth, and had we finished tenth would things have been any different.

  • 20 cyprus // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Would you take 3 points out of the next two games? Probably not, right? :)

  • 21 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Jail,

    We tried to sign Debuchy in the summer and Sissoko and M’Biwa were targeted for this summer when they were out of contract but were brought forward to Jan.

    You call it panic buying I call it reacting to a situation and good management. We also signed Gouffran and Haidara and genuinely tried to get Remy as well.

    Slagging Ashley for everything and giving him no praise at all goes down well with a faction on here but it is becoming tedious to just as many if not more.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Bills,
    We made a right arse of signing Debuchy in the summer and I understand we couldn’t get Mbwia and Sissoko but Haidara and Gouffran could have been brought in, in my mind that summer of contempt and negligence completely outweighs any good Ashleys has done at the club, you may find my views tedious Bills, but so do I find Mike Ashleys utter disregard for our club.

  • 23 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Merry Christmas Mike Ashley. You’ve done a sterling job sir. Can’t believe people on here still moaning, were absolutely flying.
    If we got 6 points next 2 games and anyone moans ill chuck the towel in altogether with this blog

    Ps Merry Christmas Ed to you and your family

  • 24 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    He disregards it so much he’s pretty much the blueprint this season of how to run a football club. Look at spurs they sold bale, we will probably sell cabaye if the right offer arrives. Get things in perspective, everyone buys and everyone sells.
    Like I always said I can’t blame him for keeping a few quid after all he bought the club.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    scout,
    His complete disregard nearly had us relegated man, he went into this season with the same team bar Remy that almost had us relegated, luckily for us it’s a WC year and players have upped their game, a good run of results and all of a sudden Mashley’s a genius for not buying anyone in the summer and we’ll see the extent of his ambition AGAIN this window.

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Scout
    Better chuck the towel in now – could win the Premiership Champions League and some will still find something to moan about.

    Lets make the most of it because when we get beat this blog turns miserable – moan moan whinge whinge

  • 27 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    charlie

    true story ;-)

  • 28 Ciaran // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    It was Gouffran who was brought forward, not M’biwa.

    January was not a methodically well thought out plan, it was a reactionary move due to the fact that MA had so badly screwed up through his lack of investment in the summer of 2012. We were threadbare, fighting a relegation battle (one we most likely would have lost had we not made those signings last Jan) so any talk of it being a master stroke is ludicrous.

    He isn’t a calculating businessman, he’s a reactionary maverick.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I would think just about everyone who supports the team are more than happy with how we are performing and there seems to be slow signs of progressing. So as far as the team goes at this moment in time -things are good.
    What happened last year is exactly that -it happened last year -done and dusted. Percy has accepted they (collectively) made mistakes in not strengthening the team and has also said the five signings were brought forward from the summer. One can argue now with the argreement of Percy’s comments that they mismanaged the team last year. How this can now be twisted (because of personal vanity) to “reacting to a situation and good management” is clearly twisting history to suit one’s own opinion – when we now have facts from the horses mouth about what happened.
    boohoo Bills – you are clearly supping from the sherry decanter already -or quoffing your Babychams or pink gins could I suggest you slow down a bit and your mind may be able to process fact and not mix them up with opinions.

  • 30 Ben3arfa // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    mike ashley fan boys back on here eh.. did santa calus get yaz a pair for christmas or are youz gon grow some over the new year?

  • 31 sweendog // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Scout what did you think about the decisions last season not to reenforce in the summer .. Also the stadium renaming etc etc .. Just because we are having a good patch doesn’t mean everything is rosey .. Still its Christmas and we are were should be top 8/6 .. Merry Christmas

  • 32 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    But what about the season before when we finished 5th JFA?
    The Uefa bollocked last year mate, oh and players bedding in of course. Get ya Mike Ashley coasters out for ya newky broon lad

  • 33 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    ben

    dont be shy name names :-)

  • 34 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Jail,

    Same stuff again about players only playing well because of the WC – wrong.

    We had so many injuries and suspensions last Jan and Feb that all the new signings had to be introduced into a team playing poorly. We had almost half a team who hadn’t played in the Prem. Thats why we still nearly got relegated.

    This season the signings have got Prem experience, a preseason and Cabaye and Tiote are fit and back on top form.

    That’s why the team is performing well.

  • 35 Ciaran // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Scout

    Had Ashley bought those players when he should have ie in the summer, they would have had a whole pre-season to bed in, instead of being thrown into the deep end of relegation scrap. Had he invested properly in the summer we could have capitalised on our 5th place finish and build on it, instead he let the momentum from our 5th place finish die because he wanted to save a few quid.

    Sound like a man interested in football or interested in money?

  • 36 sweendog // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Ciaran .. Well said except I wouldn’t say maverick .. Being Christmas Scrooge is more like .. Suppose he’s like all owners money first .. I just hope he gets smart as well and invests in Jan for the right players .. Based on the last 5 years he’ll stay true to form and mess up again

  • 37 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    wolfshead
    In KK words ‘I would just love it’ if we can beat Stoke and Arsenal.
    Last nights game looked as if the pressure is getting to Arsenal – be nice to beat Arsenal at home for the first time in donkey’s

  • 38 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Tuff,

    How old are you?

    Your boohoo bills and pathetic attempts at being funny smack of a spoilt little pansy bairn.

  • 39 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    charlie

    defo the gooners are being found out against stronger teams :-)

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Merry Christmas everyone to you and your loved ones here from little DK :-D

    …and Thump…thanks for all youer help regarding my phone – and yes it works ;-) the mike sometimes plays trixs on me but beside that everything wrong as it should!

  • 41 sweendog // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Goof bit about Christmas is we can now enjoy watching our team again .. The pressure is off

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    *works

  • 43 Ciaran // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Now now Bills, I sincerely hope your reference to a ‘pansy bairn’ is not reflective of some ill thought, and socially unacceptable prejudices.

    After all, it was you who got all high and mighty about the laws of libel, lest you forget.

  • 44 wolfshead@toon // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    jesper

    merry xmas i think your phone just likes making freudian slips haha :-)

  • 45 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Pathetic.

  • 46 jimmysmith // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    A note of caution. We probably don’t have the depth to keep this run going through the busy Christmas period and beyond. We have a terrific settled core group of regulars all of a sudden, but injury, suspension, or weariness will likely slow us down sooner or later. It’s unrealistic to think the wheel won’t turn and then it’s guys like Cisse, HBA, Obertan, Jonas, Sammy et al to come in. All decent players, but you’d have to wonder if they’re up to the speed of the unit they can’t currently get into it.

    Approaching this next week or so with hope, excitement and a little trepidation.

  • 47 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Whoops – the creche has been vacated.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Ciaran – you just beat me to it -bills now showing a homophobic attitude to “pansy bairns” – clearly a reference to gay children. A disgraceful prejudice at this time of the year.

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    wolfs… lol ;-)

  • 50 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Ben3arfa
    Yes the Ashley boys are back. After everything that’s happened he’s proving us all wrong. Do people think if we invested after the 5th place we’d actually be top? Common lad, think about it.
    Pardew has the lads playing very well and maybe Kinnear has worked well behind the scenes. It could be worse, he hasn’t changed the colours yet……

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    People where is the Christmas spirit?

    …come on let is go for just one day :-)

  • 52 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Off subject
    Anyone remember the bill episode when burnside was up in the toon. Absolute quality, I watched it today amazing how much the place has changed in such a short time.

  • 53 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Lemon crew

    Good call, gonna crack open the port

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Bills,
    I know fine well it was injuries, suspensions and an increased fixture list not to mention a big dose of demoralisation, good management as you say would have seen players brought in before the sh1t hit the fan.

  • 55 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Scout – bit early for port. It always gives me a blinding headache. Mind, it might have something to do with only having it after I’ve quaffed a bottle or two of red wine and an Irish Coffee.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Scout,
    How is he proving us wrong ?

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Oh yes, please forgive me, he proved bills very wrong last summer, if that’s the us you were on about scout.

  • 58 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Panic is the wrong for our january spending spree(if it was that).

    If they were already going to be brought in then we can hardly call it panic.

    Desperate is the right word.

  • 59 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Haha if you like Port you could travel further and fare worse than a bottle from lidl it’s 9.99 but its the best I have tasted.

    JFA look though the team
    Krul, santon, dubuchy, tiote, cabaye, sissoko, Ben arfa, cisse.
    Every one would sell for double figures, we spend nowt and were flying. I’d say he’s proving the doubting Thomas’ wrong 100%.
    Now look at Sunderlands team there average wage bill is the same as ours

  • 60 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Pardew deserves a knighthood, he’s turned Mike Williamson into Jack Charlton

  • 61 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Scout,

    Those signings are nowt to do with Ashley and they are only playing well because its WC season.

    Acoording to some. ….

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Scout…good call mate :-)

    I have a Colheita and a Case do Conego 1982 in the fridge :-)

    I prefer them chilled!

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Scout,
    Excellent team, but if you remember Dirks purple statement, the only reason we now have competition for places is because of our avoiding relegation by the skin of our teeth.

  • 64 Douglas // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I dont like the fact that Pardew is already looking at the Arsenal game. Lets make sure we beat Stoke first. Players need to be focussed. Suppose we lose to Stoke, the Arsenal game will look mountainous

  • 65 DokToon // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    well i wish all of you, proMA, or antiMA, a wondeful, and safe xmas holiday… all the best to all of you…

  • 66 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    1982!!!!
    That’s impressive, do you have servants ?

    JFA
    A point well made

  • 67 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Jail,

    Why did Ashley sign Cisse for £8M when we were 5th?

    Was that a panic buy?

  • 68 Ciaran // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Anyway, I’m off for this evening, and the next couple of days.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Bills,
    Because he was valued at 15M a few months earlier and we were desperately short of strikers.

  • 70 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Scout…I am a man of the people ;-) I can serve myself lol

    …I just like my port!

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Scout…the Colheita is the same one I buy every Christmas – £ 9.99 in Aldi. It is a scoop my friend :-)

  • 72 jazzyp // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Gomis available for less than a million to pay off his contract in January.Personally if we had ambition would sooner go for greneir as this is a much more exciting talent

  • 73 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Haha like it lemon crew
    Armilar is the one from lidl. Ill get a aldi one give it a go.
    The Missus has some mince pies in the oven, must be Christmas

  • 74 John Tudor // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    im gonna open the port crack then the starboard

  • 75 Ted Bundy // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Always thought you were on something John Tudor, didn’t expect crack mind you.

  • 76 geordieboy83 // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Bloody hell man lads, Ashley has made some right cock ups no doubt about it. But he’s done some good. Stadium name utter crap, getting relegated utter crap, failure to buy naively but crap. But best squad I can renember in the last decade, a 5th place and a very good 6th place so far, standing by his manager. Cheapest tickets which we should be happy about, as he us apparently only about money. IMO it’s swings and round abouts at the minute it can’t be all his fault when shit hits the fan and none of his doing when all is good with the toon.

  • 77 Ted Bundy // Dec 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    geordieboy83

    Quit being sensible! This is the season to open old wounds and let emotions spill over after all.

  • 78 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    geordieboy83,

    Exactly,

    You’ve just distilled all of my posts for the last three years into one simple easy to understand statement.

  • 79 Munster Mag // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Bills, happy christmas – hopefully we will have a better Christmas program than we normally do. The optimism is great. However, logic alone would suggest that the massive purchase if 5 players was a reaction ( panic, or just swift, hard to know ) to looming potential relegation, as we have never done anything like that before or since. Re Cisse, I have always felt that Ashley buys when discount is available, not that that is automatically a bad thing. I would rather see the 1-2 mill extra paid when we need the player, rather than waiting 6-12 months for the reduced value. What feels good now though, is that we can have so much confidence in our scouts although Santon is never the full back that Mourinho claimed. I’m afraid Mourinho will have to bow to my superior footballing instincts in this regard :)

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Well off out, so if I don’t make it back (on here) tonight, Merry Christmas everyone.

  • 81 scout // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Merry Christmas JFA
    Have a good night

  • 82 bills-son // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Munster, and a happy xmas to you. I agree with all of your post :-)

    Off for a pint so I’ll bid the seasons greetings to all on here. We all want the same presents on Boxing Day and against Arsenal. Lets hope Santa looks after us.

  • 83 geordieboy83 // Dec 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Ted sorry mate season of good will and all that, so trying to bring some calm.

    Bills cheers mate I just hope you and JFA stick to your guns. You both are entitled to your opinions and neither 1 is right nor wrong.

    To the rest of the blog hope it’s a mint Christmas and all your partners and bairns get everything they desire.

  • 84 Munster Mag // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I’m logging off now so Happy Christmas to all and Howay the Lads.

  • 85 JAMSHA // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Its 25th

    MERI XMASSS TOON ARMY & MR ED N FAMILIA … HOWAYS :-D

  • 86 IITianToon // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Happy christmas to one and all. May the New Year prove to be a succesful one for all of you and of course are beloved Newcastle!

  • 87 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    In the words of Mariah Carey:

    “All I want for Christmas……. is Mitroglu”

  • 88 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    don’t understand why people still think ashley is gonna cash in on all of our players. when has this ever been done? we’ve kept our squad for the past 2 years!
    enrique – 1yr left on contract.
    ba – agents and clause (and money/trophies).
    carroll – ridiculous sum of money.
    nolan – wanted 4yr contract at age of 29, cabaye replaced for same amount of money.

    we might well not get anyone at all, and the likelihood is we will receive a bid for someone at some point because our players are on form!
    personally i think we’ll get at least 1 signing in but i couldn’t tell you who on earth it would be.

  • 89 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    oh yeah and enrique can’t get back in the liverpool team, carroll has a long-term injury, ba is stuck on the chelsea bench, nolan’s goals are drying up in a poor west ham.

    players notice these things, the idea that the grass isn’t always greener. not many have gone on to do better recently after leaving.

  • 90 BDin9 // Dec 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    We all have different options but we all have the same goal. Merry Christmas lads.

  • 91 BDin9 // Dec 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Opinions not options. Kindles going in the bin

  • 92 Jeff from Benwell // Dec 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Jazzyp @ 72
    Doyou mean Clement Grenier from Lyon ?
    I could not agree more , even Gourcuff , altho Grenier fits the NUFC template better as regards age etc.
    I have been thinking about the Toon’s midfield playmaker situation for some time now and have come to the conclusion that Cabaye while brill at the mo’, is not the long term solution .He left Lille straight after they won the French league for the first time since 1954 (and the double for the first time ever) so his ambition far outweighs any feelings of loyalty.
    Playmakers are about the hardest type of player to get right , we got real lucky with Yohan (well done Graham Carr).
    It’s fairly clear the club are exercising their collective minds about this.
    Shane Ferguson at Birmingham
    Haris Vuckic at Rotherham
    Conor Newton at St Mirren
    Mehdi Abeid at Panathanaaikos
    All these clubs have been told to play our young ‘uns in midfield ,throw enough shit at the wall and some will stick seems to be the philosophy.
    Our coaching staff are so forward thinking and switched on it leaves you breathless sometimes, it makes me think what has NUFC done to deserve such whiny twisting knowledgeless berks as so called fans like some who post on here.




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