Time For Joe Kinnear To Step Up To The Plate For Newcastle


It would have been great if Newcastle could have beaten Arsenal yesterday, or even if we could have got a draw, which we deserved on the overall basis of the play – it was an extremely close game – but it wasn’t to be, but Newcastle are still very well placed in the Premier League and we could still do even better than the 5th place we finished in the season before last.

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Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear – can they get the job done next month?

Newcastle are doing well and now is the time for Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley to fortify the squad, to help us finish as high  in the league table this season, and it will also be a good start for next season, when we need to have our squad be even stronger than it is at the moment.

Newcastle did not do well in the summer transfer market, when we failed to bring in any of our transfer targets apart from getting Loic Remy in on loan for the season from QPR, and Loic has 10 goals in the first half of the season, and he’s been a huge success on Tyneside.

And with Newcastle flying high, we think there’s a chance, maybe  a small chance,  that Loic may throw in his lot with Newcastle next month and sign for us permanently.

But it seems these days with some players – Demba Ba was another example – that they seem to go by what their agents tell them, and we’re sure Remy’s agents want to wait until the summer, when there could be bigger clubs than Newcastle after the French International striker.

Newcastle were after striker 28 year-old Bafe Gomis in the summer, and it would be good if we can him on Tyneside next month, especially since his transfer fee is now around a quarter of what it was in the summer, since his five-year deal at Lyon runs out in June, so he would be a great deal now for the Magpies.

If he was a target for us in the summer – why wouldn’t he still be a target next month at a quarter of the fee?

And maybe if we can get in an Englishman like goals-scoring winger Tom Ince of Blackpool, the 21 year-old could be another fine signing, especially since his contract also runs out in the summer.

But it’s when Newcastle are doing well that it’s very important to improve the squad – so we’ll see how we do next month – but two good players brough in would be very good.

What do you think?

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65 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Ashley’s too good for jail?

    Ok, we could’ve snatched it yesterday, but in truth, that was a reality check: we are not in the Arsenal category yet; our star MF is worse than their sub MF (e.g. we saw Rosicky right opposite Cabs, there was only one winner).
    The good news. We are a good team, our position right now, below ALL those teams, is about right. With two or three additions, we could shine next year.
    On the match:
    Gouffy looked deflated when he was subbed, I guess he’s not willing to just give up his spot to HBA. Good for him.
    Remy is blowing hot and cold right now. Cisse instead of Shola ahould’ve come on.
    Cabs 22 mil? Bite their hand off! (PS. It won’t be Wenger’s)
    Santon can play RB equally well! Congrats to the lad.
    Our MOM? Tough, as we were second best . Maybe HBA, although he made mistakes too. Probably Debuchy, once more.

    A bit of a shame, really. A win would’ve kept us in the headlines and the outsiders title. Now we are probably considered best of the rest. Still, another run and we could be in it again in a few weeks.

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  • Geordiedownunder

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    How sad, JFA, if your main aim in life is to sit there waiting to bring your acid wit to this site…
    Get a life…

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  • magicbus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Freekin too true about Joke stepping up to the plate. What was it he said when he was unfortunately re employed by Ashley “ Judge me by my signings “ well if nothing happens he really needs to be sacked asap and sod off back down south.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Of course, Ed,
    Asking JFK to ‘step up to the plate’ is a trick statement! In football, there are no ‘plates’, that’s in baseball 🙂 So, here’s some football cliches for you to draw on:

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/football-cliches/2013/oct/31/talking-language-sunday-league-football

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Roy and Fu Manchu. As you’re both obviously a little lacking in grey matter, please let me explain. I described Roy as a mackem rather than stoop to his gutter level of foul language. Now why don’t you both get back to playing with your Christmas presents.

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    arsenal are a class above us and that is for sure but !
    it also shows at full strength we are not very far from that step up imo.

    strongly believe an un-selfish striker who can score and ince to bring more consistancy than arfa not to mention a cb in for collo.

    i tend to think we are playing collo to keep him happy again when imo mbiwa plays better with williamson.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    As impressive as our recent run has been there was something rather inevitable about yesterday’s outcome.

    It is matches like at Swansea when they had no strikers and had played 3 games in 6 days and yesterday against an Arsenal side without Ozil and Ramsay and us coming off a game against only 9 player where we crucially stumble and ultimately fail, undoing all the positivity of beating Manu away etc.

    Pardew has improved but if the criteria for Hughton being sacked was that he had taken us as far as he could where is Pardew’s glass ceiling I wonder?

    Realistically Pardew does not nor never will have the smarts to match up to a Wenger / Pellegrini,/ Rodgers / Mourinho / , even if he had superior players.

    So what is the ambition now? Is 7-10 the aim? That being the case we have a squad eminently capable of that somewhat modest goal who could achieve that in spite of Pardew, not because of him.

    Yesterday I found it sad that the last 15 mins apart, which in fairness was just hopeful hoofball, albeit in the opposition half, was solely about containment, little else. League leaders yes but at home I think we had 3 shots in 94 mins!

    I guess this will always be Pardew’s style. Extreme caution and hope for moments of inspiration to sneak something here or there.

    Sure it will work now and again and has done significantly in the majority of the last 10 games, but it makes me very nostalgic for the days of KK.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Despite we did well. Let’s not 4get ozil wasn’t Even on the pitch for Arsenal. Joe kinnear, your up next, show us all what you have bein employed for. Show us your magic.

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    @8 rotonda

    i personally can not comment on pards after looking closely through my past “wisdom” or lack of >.< ! in the past i'v rated avb/di-canio/moyes as far superior managers to pards but looking at there choices and the way they manage i realise i was too eager for change that i just wanted something different thinking the grass would be greener.

    with the money we have to spend/ the wage cap/and all the other niggling things we dont like i struggle to think of any other manager who could do better tbh and atleast pards is getting better imo.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda heights,
    I see what you mean.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #12

    I would disagree that Remy is blowing hot & cold, he has looked consistent to me.

    Any player that goes on spells of scoring a goal per game, is always going to have games they don’t score goals in… a player simply cannot score in every game they play, nor is it fair to be called inconsistent/indifferent if they don’t. Remy is making the same runs and his play is similar in every game…

    Just to add ”step up to the plate,” is an ‘idiom,’ I am certain Ed does not need English lessons – especially terminology from ‘Sunday League Football.”

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  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Putting the match into perspective, we lost to a single goal to the league leaders who have been leading the table almost from day one, so there is no disgrace especially when we knocked them from their normal swift passing fluid style. Apart from the very soft goal they had only one serious effort. It is praise indeed when Wenger said we were a good team. He rarely praises opponents.

    Also, this time last year we conceded seven goals to them. We have improved enormously and can take heart from our performance to improve yet more. Hopefully Joe can bring in a quality striker in January although there often isn’t many good buys in January.

    Bring on WBA and a winnable game.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Ancientcoptic,
    You saw the smiley face?
    On Remy, I get your point. I hope you’re right.

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  • Douglas

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    SELL: HBA, Obertan, Marveaux, Anita, Santon, Cisse, Gosling, Amalfitano and Gutierrez – in the coming two windows and get in 2 forwards, a winger (or plan Sammy A), another midfielder and some developement squad players.

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  • Douglas

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Game vs WBA: Crunch game, I fear we will run out of energy. Pardew needs to plan other “assets”.

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    @12 anchient

    i agree with you

    remy is awsome (but greedy) which makes him prone to look bad some times

    arfa is very good (but greedy and inconsistant) again made to look bad when he loses the ball more often.

    both great players and game changers and def worth keeping but if they could learn to be less greedy they prob wouldnt be playing for us.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Douglas,
    would disagree on a couple names there!
    Agree that WBA is a crunch game. We’ve been outplayed by them often in past few games, despite victories. I think now is a good time to play them though. They got rid of a good coach.

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  • Slank

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Douglas,

    Sell 9 players and bring in 4 players, great thinking Einstein!

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  • Moe

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t help but feel we ran out of energy in that 2nd half vs. Arsenal.

    Pards will have to rotate squad and instill some confidence in the squad players. Players such as MYM, Haïdara, HBA, and Cisse should get more starts because we’ll need them at the top of their game if we’re to compete for something this season.

    Maybe Pards can do that starting from the West Brom match!?

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  • cyprus

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    For me HBA is way more important to stay than Cabs. He began the ‘French revolution’. He is a uniquely talented player who, if he can be ‘trained’ to do (and not do!) some things, will be Barcelona level. If.

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  • veto

    Dec 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22

    HBA is a luxury , a luxury that isn’t delivering , to say he’s more important to keep hold of than cabaye is the dumbest thing ive read on this blog

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  • colwell

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda Heights

    Pards has taken us as far as he can I agree, problem being as this really is about how far we will ever go. Will a world class manager come here? No will we have the funds to compete at the top for the league No.

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  • Ultra Mag-ness

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Croftus@7 I have had similar thoughts about Collo playing to keep him happy. i remember a couple of cases in Italy – Pandev being one of them, where the courts ruled that if he wasn’t playing then the club was not adhering to the players contract and therefore Pandev was free to leave, he did and signed for Inter for nothing. If Collo still wants to leave for Argentina then it is possible something he could argue if he wasn’t in the team.

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  • beddersmag

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #26

    rotonda @ 8

    what makes you so sure pardew dosnt have the smarts to compete with the other top managers. He is competing with them, even with a weaker squad and imo has won the tactical battle with mourinhio, rodgers and wenger. We have a lot of top players who seem to respect him. Not sure why you lot dont?

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #27

    i would say the chances of strengthening in the jan window are pretty slim to be honest. In august ash could have brought in a couple of players as back up to give our bench a bit of bite . – he didnt , so my guess would be why buy now when we are having a decent run , when he wouldnt buy when we needed them? bringing someone in now may give us that edge we need to finish 6th spot, however , ash does seem content to finish 7th or 8th . that to him would be the ideal position.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry, Quasimodo, I’ve just seen your earlier post.
    My argument is that there was no necessity for any substitution at that point in the game. We had them contained. Why change a plan that was working?

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #29

    We just need to be a bit more “street savvy”. Arsenal players fell over and were in the refs face every time it suited them to break up play or take the heat out of the tempo we had. Reminiscent of Rugby Players these days who always sit down and need the trainer on just as the attacking side challenges their try line. Wenger says no to Cabaye ( how very gracious of him ) but wants Remy for £12m – double faced tactics all round.
    Rodgers and Liverpool, Mourino and Chelsea, Moyes and Man Utd employ similar tactics both on and off the field – all acting like spoilt brats to get their own way – and that is just about the difference between winning/drawing and loosing some games. Is the exception now Man City who just have the players and nouse to power their ways to wins. We just need to up our tempo and score goals before the opposition know whats hit them and be prepared to learn how to take heat out of moments so that WE not the opposition are in control and dictate the pace of games on our terms. They are all trying to emulate Ferguson and Man Utd of old – its blindingly obvious and painful to watch.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    rotonda– i see what you are saying regarding pards.
    Looking back over the 3 years pards has been here, the negatives fully outweigh the positives. over the 3 years he has managed a couple of ‘ great’ results per season= some being ok- some being nothing short of shocking, looking at the ‘ great results’ their arnt that many ‘in 3 years’ The football has been better this season- not great- better than previous and we have beaten some good sides., however the spurs game even though we won did not instill any confidence in me as far as pards goes . lets be honest we got a good hiding from a team who have become the whipping boys in the prem, that was mainly down to pards having no bottle and parking the bus at half time. Swansea was there for all to see- best forgotten . stoke came to newcastle and dictated the game , lets not kid our self , but for the 2 sendings off , we would have been beaten by a very poor stoke side. Arsenal wernt at their best . without ramsey and ozil i thought a point was possible , however not to be. we go on about the great players we have , and we have , we ave a team who ould finish in the top 6 no problem – with a few recruits we could even dare say CL- BUT , we would also need a mansger to ‘guide’ us there and compete at home and abroad at the same time. Pardew is not that man. CH was sacked , took us as far as he could , another man was brought in to take us to the next level- he has done that , now is the time to start loking for the right guy to take us the next step up or we will forever be hovering around anywhere from bottom 5 to 8th at best.

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  • Rooster

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart, we really need a couple in, beacuse they are draining every last drop out of the current squad, its a bloody long season, we do seem to do our better business in the winter beacuse the last two summer windows have just been cloak n daggers smokescreen anoyences.

    Surely they have to see we need a few in to take it on further, but as you say if they are happy top 8 with no European place then its a shocka, AP mentioned the Europa league again yesterday and how it affected us(yawn)

    We so need new faces in especially up front, Cisse n Shola just are not scoring, (penalty apart)

    Is JK going to give it the old excuses concerning dealing with agents etc for the reasons we havnt bought or have we got a few sewn up, they have had plenty of time to work on it since the summer if they really want to do the deals (if)

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Ronnie. Surely I don’t need to tell you that substitutions are made for various reasons. Gouffran probably covers more ground than most of our players, and he looked shattered when he came off to be replaced by HBA. A tired player is more likely to strain a muscle or ligament. HBA is a game changer, one of the very few that we have, and perhaps Pardew saw an opportunity to win the game. It’s always easy for us to be wise afterwards and claim we would have done things differently. Not many would argue that HBA is a worthwhile substitute to bring on around the 60 minute mark.

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  • toonicle

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #33

    We need a strong, tall CF that Remy can play off of. He does well playing off Shola who can hold the ball up and give little flick on passes, so we just need a Shola who can score goals. Someone like Bendtner wouldn’t be bad.

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Isn’t Bendtner signing for Barca or Real Madrid?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    I see Percy is now saying we have the finances to sign Loic Remy. -will be decided at the end of the season. Link to story:-
    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/pardew-newcastle-have-the-finance-to-sign-remy-on-permanent-deal-1-6343197

    I thought it was just a short time ago that the club said we had no money.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36

    veto – how can Ben Arfa not be delivering, if he is not playing games?

    The last game he started he won MOTM – sure he was a bit greedy against Arsenal, but lets be honest, he carved Arsenal up to create that chance in the first place.

    Ben Arfa isn’t always going to make the right decision, but what he will do, is tear other teams apart… if Ben Arfa starts a game, and does not score or get an assist, he will have came mighty damn close…

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Think the quote was “at the end of the year”. So would that mean 2013?!

    You never know. 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Tuff – and didn’t pardew say we wouldn’t sign a centre forward a day before we signed cisse?

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  • Zebras4Life

    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Lacina Traore is an ideal signing

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Toonicle
    Im sure there’s better suited CF’s out there for nufc that a certain Mr Bendtner

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