The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

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

1:35 pm, Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

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.

Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear-6139216

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?

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    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.

  • 3 Geordiedownunder // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    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…

  • 4 magicbus // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    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.

  • 5 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    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:

  • 6 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    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.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    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.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    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.

  • 9 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    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.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    @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.

  • 11 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Rotonda heights,
    I see what you mean.

  • 12 Ancientcoptic // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    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.”

  • 13 Slank // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    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.

  • 14 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

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

  • 15 Douglas // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    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.

  • 16 Douglas // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

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

  • 17 croftus5678 // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    @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.

  • 18 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    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.

  • 19 Slank // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM


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

  • 20 Moe // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    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!?

  • 21 cyprus // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    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.

  • 22 veto // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    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

  • 23 NUFCarter // Dec 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Bye bye Obertan!

  • 24 colwell // Dec 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    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.

  • 25 Ultra Mag-ness // Dec 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    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.

  • 26 beddersmag // Dec 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    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?

  • 27 stuart no9 // Dec 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    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.

  • 28 Ron Knee // Dec 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    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?

  • 29 lochinvar // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    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.

  • 30 stuart no9 // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    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.

  • 31 Rooster // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    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)

  • 32 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    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.

  • 33 toonicle // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    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.

  • 34 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Isn’t Bendtner signing for Barca or Real Madrid?

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    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:-

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

  • 36 Ancientcoptic // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    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…

  • 37 TorqToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

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

    You never know. :)

  • 38 TorqToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

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

  • 39 Zebras4Life // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Lacina Traore is an ideal signing

  • 40 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

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

  • 41 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Do you know anything of Nathan decoke a young 17 year old centre back from st Etienne who we have made an offer for ??

  • 42 bollance // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Team mate of the very impressive Oliver Kemen in the French youth setup. If this lad is of the same calibre as Kemen then we have another hot prospect for the future.

  • 43 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    @33 no wonder we haven’t won anything for years, with retards like yourself and the best is i bet you have never been to SJP in your life. Pardew is totally out of his depth yesterday we could have cracked the top four but bottler Pardew plays it safe and loses to an Arsenal team without Ozil or Ramsey their best players. The cockney muppet is terrified of success thats why Westham, Charlton and Southampton sacked the idiot in the fullness of time even idiots like @33 will realise what most Newcastle fans already know is that Pardew is an over promoted league one manager at best.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    torq @37 – must have missed that one.I think it illustrates the many conflicting (or apparently conflicting) comments from SJP.
    Having said that, after the prior debacle with Remy -I think the Toon will be very secretive about who they are interested in – and quite rightly so. I do think however that we will be signing up a couple of players this window. Hope it’s not loan players – but if it’s Luuk de Jong -for 6 months -well it’s better than nothing -but does not resolve the obvious lack of forwards at the club -temporary measure is not a fix.

  • 45 TorqToon // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Nathan Dekoke is one for the future. Not what I would say quite ready for the prem, but an excellent acquisition if we snap him up. He and remi streete could well be the future of NUFC at centre back.

    But obviously very early days. I expect it won’t just be future stars we will try to bring in.

  • 46 Malta Mag // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    What’s with this knobba JFA?
    Also with the constant obsession with buying in? Get Cissee firing again and why bother? We are doing great so why rock the boat and why the constant mention of Tom Ince? Stick with Wor Sammy, much better bet.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I am not sure Mr. bendtner has kick started his career just yet and I am not sure I would take that chance!

    …He has plenty of talent and that has been very evident from an early are – been a regular for our National since the of 18, but something is not right in his head!

    …sadly ????

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I am not sure Mr. bendtner has kick started his career just yet and I am not sure I would take that chance!

    …He has plenty of talent and that has been very evident from an early are – been a regular for our National since the of 18, but something is not right in his head!

    …sadly ????

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM


  • 50 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Would sooner get cisse back up and running again rather than take a chance on bendtner, Clearly thinks he’s better than what he actually is.

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    When ppl right Benny is a luxury we cannot afford I tend to think that’s the dumbest I have ever heard ????

  • 52 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Roy @42. You’re a mackem. Mackems don’t understand irony.

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM


    Disclaimer: just got a new phone and it is not going so well ????

  • 54 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    @42 keep touch with yourself oddball!

  • 55 Sazzer // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France
    Gabriel Obertan: ‘Obviously I won’t stay if I am to sit on the bench the whole time. I will talk with the club.’ #NUFC

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Sazzer…does he need a ride anywhere? ???? lol

  • 57 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Tell him not to let the door slam him in the face on the way out of the nufc door. Never fulfilled any sort of promise while he’s been with us. And to be quite frank has been utter tosh at a lot of games he has been involved in. Think we will be lucky to get £2 millfor the guy tho

  • 58 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Pardew obviously thinks HBA, is A luxury as he won’t play him preferring Anita who’s as much use as one of the queer tailors moronic posts.

  • 59 Sazzer // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    It looks like things are about to heat up otherwise it have been quiet rumour mill so far. Not just for us, but overall. It seems like the clubs that can afford to buy are satisfied, and those that aren’t, are the teams that can’t afford to make any moves.

  • 60 Ron Knee // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    HBA is an immensely talented player, but better managers than Pardew have struggled to integrate him in their teams. When did he last represent his country?

  • 61 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    @60 why ask the queer tailor the moron has a unhealthy mackem fixation to occupy him.

  • 62 Sazzer // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Jesper – yeah a taxi for Obertan would be nice.

    He’s waiting on the the bus to have a word with Kinnear.

  • 63 remember69 // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Roy @ 43
    Just because someone expresses an opinion that doesn’t match your own does not make them a retard.
    Feel free to enlighten others on your football background & experience (please include all coaching badges….) if you’d like to be taken seriously.

    I don’t know what game you were watching yesterday but the lads competed on every front and had chances themselves to snatch the all important goal.
    If you look at what Arsenal paid for their squad vs the funds AP has been made available you have to give him credit for the way he has the team playing and our current position.
    Again, you don’t get voted manager of the month or even manger of the year by your peers (and that includes Sir Alex) if you don’t know what you’re doing. Of course you may know better………..

    We should all be proud of the team and what they are achieving – and that includes the back room staff.

  • 64 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Keeper @53

    Stick with your Lumia and you’ll find it’s very easy to use. Suggest though that if spell-check’s getting on your nerves when you’re posting, take the time to re-read and correct any ‘corrections’ before you send. It can be a pain so have patience.

    Dunno if you know but you can get the BBC (live scores etc) football page, Newcastle Evening Chronicle and others added to your Favourites by following the guide I gave you. Let me know if you can’t find them and I’ll send you a link or two.

  • 65 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Roy. You’re a mackem.

previous post: We’ve Been Terrific In The Second Half Of The Year

next post: He’s A Lovely Young Boy And We Can Sign Him