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Remy Makes Noises About Leaving Newcastle

3:06 pm, Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

Just in case Newcastle fans get too positive about Loic Remy maybe signing for us full-time in January or in the summer, the French striker has come out and said he may even return to QPR in the summer – but why would anybody want to play for QPR when they can play at one of the great stadiums in England every other week –  St. James’ Park – and in front of 52,000 mad screaming Geordies? :D

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Loic Remy - unsure of his planes in the summer

Remy has again been asked about his future and this is what he said today:

“I’m sorry, I don’t know. At the moment I don’t know.” “The President of QPR may want to keep me next season.”  “I miss the Champions League. It is a very special competition.”

“Next season I can play the Champions League again.” “We will see what happens, if I stay here or if we play in the Champions League.”

 “Maybe it is the stadium or it is magic, because since I arrived at Newcastle I feel very confident.” ““When I arrived people said I would see in my first game I would be surprised because the atmosphere is so loud.”

We have a feeling that his agents have told Remy there will be no decision made on his future until the summer, and like they did in January – they could simply take the best offer that comes along at that time.

In January, QPR were bottom of the league,  but in order to ambush his move to Newcastle, which had almost been completed – the London club offered him ridiculously high wages (what else could they offer?), and he amazingly went to QPR.

And we may have to face the truth that if Remy doesn’t want to join Newcastle United, with all our history, the bast fans in the country, and more of a decent side the season – we simply have to accept that.

The truth is that we are not the club we once were, when Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan managed the club – we’ve been left behind over the last eight years or so – there’s no doubt about that – but there have been some signs over the last two or three seasons that we may be coming back.

QPR were bottom of the league when Remy arrived in January, and they remained bottom of the league through the end of the season and were relegated, in spite of the six goals Remy scored in just 14 appearances.

QPR certainly have a decent chance of coming back to the Premier League in May, but we’d be shocked if Remy went back to QPR – for whatever reason this time, but we wouldn’t be shocked at all if he ends up at a club who will play Champions League football next season.

That may or may not be Newcastle United.

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83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonbrother // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    My starting line up v Westbrom




    ABC = Anybody but Coloshitty

  • 2 Mattroge // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    From previous thread:

    By my calculations we have 15 full internationals: Krul, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Cisse, Ben Arfa, MYM, Jonas, Ameobi, Tiote, Debuchy, Vukic (out on loan) & Ferguson (out on loan)

    Apologies for any errors or anyone I’ve missed! Probably a bit cheeky including the two loan lads especially seeing as Vukic only has one full cap. This isn’t a dig at Pardew or anything just something I thought I’d throw out there, I’d say we’re well on the way to having a very decent squad if we can retain what we have & add to it.

  • 3 bills-son // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    The situation with Remy is totally confusing.

    Redknapp has said he had a release clause if QPR got relegated and now Remy says they might want him back. Work that one out.

    He wasn’t going to get Champs Lge with QPR so why sign for them in the first place? Remy obviously thinks or knows Champs Lge teams will be in for him and its absolutely clear if the are he will be off. Unlike Lukaku, Remy has given no indication he’d like to sign permanently.

  • 4 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Up there with the best away fans but the atmosphere at home has been poor until the last 2 games.
    Unfortunately, players don’t play for clubs just because of the fans/fanbase.

  • 5 Ancientcoptic // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Ben Arfa likes playing against West Brom… he really should be playing in this game.

    It was not that long ago he ran the ball from the half-way line and scored against West Brom, and set up another goal. That was away to West Brom too, which adds weight to his claim. Some highlights of another game (last season) he had against West Brom.

  • 6 cyprus // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Isn’t Remy and all forgetting a small matter?

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    He had a release clause, no one activated it, it’s not that confusing

    Of course if they get promoted they may well want him back, who wouldn’t, the lad has ambitions, he’s not our player and is attracting attention from clubs in Europe

    As for Lukaku, doubt he’d be making those noise’s if Everton weren’t on course for Europe, he certainly didn’t make the same comments about West Brom, only that he wouldn’t mind going back on loan

  • 8 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Not really bothered whether this money grabber stays or goes. Every time I’ve watched him, he’s done damn all in terms of his work rate. He rejected us once for the worst team in the league, he’ll do it again. Would much rather see the Gouff scoring the goals for the toon! Remy is a good finisher don’t get me wrong, but what was it Bobby Robson once said? “Don’t just sign good players, sign good men”.

  • 9 chuck // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Why would he want to leave fifty thousand mad screaming Geordies.
    Because he is looking out for his best interest, as we all do and living in one of the worlds most desirable cities London, as opposed to a city with hardly a decent restaurant where you freeze your cojones off most of the year., after all he’s still a young man and has a life outside of football.

  • 10 roe997 // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    This was an old interview from sky sports news last week. And is certainly out of contest. He also talked about st.james park being magical.

  • 11 Bearsize // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Move to toon last jan = more money
    Move to qpr last jan = more money get relegated = more money again with transfer fees = mercenary. These players have bad people around them. He has crooked redknapp for a start. Something stinks about this whole remy deal. Lets not get to attached. No-one bigger than the club. His court date kept getting put back seems iffy too plays right into qpr hands. Possible dirty handshakes anyone??7

  • 12 cyprus // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    London one of the world’s most desirable cities?

  • 13 nufcalex // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Maybe he just wants some peace and quiet back down south

  • 14 bills-son // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM


    The only way Redknapp and Remy can both be right is if the release clause is only for a season or less.


    Agreed, thats the same reason why I doubt we’ll be bought by someone like Abramovich or the Sheik. There just isn’t enough going on in Newcastle to attract the mega players they’d want buy.

  • 15 Sav // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Any side too daft to insist on a purchase option doesn’t deserve to be joined.

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Could be just for that season or could only be an active clause all the time there out of the top flight

  • 17 toonbrother // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    we dont need any one player. but losing cabaye and remy in one fell swoop could hurt us badly if not properly managed.

    we need to start putting in place contingency measures now. And that does not necessarily mean spending big. We need to resurrect the NUFC careers of Marveaux (our most creative player after cabs and HBA) and Cisse.

    Then perhaps move in for the DeJong brothers in the summer. I like the look of Finnbogason but i suspect Sam Allardyce will beat us to the punch in January.

    Finally we need to phase out coloshitty by banishing him to the reserves. Chelsea has a fantastic young prospect in Omeruo. Plays centre back and right back exceptionally well. A bit injury prone but outstanding quality for a 19 year old. We should go after him

  • 18 geordiemark // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    well if we can get a couple of strikers in during the jan window then for me remy can go back to qpr, I watched him v arsenal and apart from getting his head in the way of the goalkeeper kicking the ball that was about his all he done very little to impress me yes hes scored 10 goals but so what he either signs for us or he doesnt either way i dont really care one dot, other players would gladly take his place

  • 19 toonbrother // Dec 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

  • 20 Jonny // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Bridcutt is a good player, in talks with Sunderland.

  • 21 geordiemark // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    heres a snippet from the good old days when i first went to watch the toon

    remember it as though it was yesturday and were in our brazil colours haaha

  • 22 scout // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Bridcutt would be a decent signing for the Mackems. He’s no tiote but streets ahead of anyone they have at the minute

  • 23 geordiemark // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I would like to wish everyone on the website a very happy new year lets hope its a good one, come on the toon 2014 :)

  • 24 scout // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Get the lad from palace under 21s big centre half plays for England

  • 25 scout // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Ryan Ennis he’s great in the air, with the right coaching he will be a huge success. Surely Kinnear could snap him up

  • 26 jackostoon // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    afternoon all,
    wont be on much, as you can tell, i cant type, i usually use my phone but for some reason i cannot get on, lovelinks stops me, anyways, just wanting to wish everyone a very happy new year, even the ones with the world is nigh on their backs, i take it they’re still here, all the best folks and howay the toon

  • 27 jasper // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Just remember that anything said by Remy or on behalf of Remy must be taken in the light of the likely negotiation between him and NUFC.
    No one knows for sure but if he had a release clause like Ba’s then he holds most of the cards. If a team offers 7m (?) then QPR can’t stop him any more than we could stop Ba.
    As with most players Remy wants the best deal that he can get. So he is hardly going to say ” I love it in Newcastle, pay me peanuts, I just want to stay”. He’s going to be the reluctant bride, “I’ve got all these others suitors you know, have to think about it. 80k x 4.5 years? That’s a bit better, but We’ll have to see. You do know that AC Milan have been on to my agent….?” (Or for AC read any other top club you care to think of).
    No pronouncement from him necessarily means exactly what it says…..

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Wow how football has come on! Look at the state of that pitch!!!

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Hmm according to the rags Marveux has rejected the chance to join Olympiacos

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

  • 31 Marty-Toon // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Best fans in the country is about correct but our history as a club?
    We really haven’t much history in comparison with the “big” clubs of the league
    Forest have way more history than us

  • 32 lesh // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM


    That old WBA clip takes one back eh. I too remember that strip and the way we always seemed to play like Brazil when we wore it.

    Some class play in the clip too – Jinky doing his bit and two cracking goals out of the three.

    Arise Sir (or should’ve been) Joe Harvey, he had an eye for talent.

  • 33 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Romain Alessandrini of Rennes looks a class act. Been watching him this past couple of weeks and based on what I seen, he’s like a left footed Cabaye with a bit more pace. Also, Yoan Gourcuff is a sensational player, if we were to go out and nab him, it would be a real statement to those “big boys”.

  • 34 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Slovenian international Haris Vuckic great winning goal v Bradford City

    anybody see vuckic’s goal for rotherham

    both tavernier and vuckic getting rave reviews from fans there.

  • 35 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    dead blog…

  • 36 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    here’s tavernier’s goal

  • 37 AlwaysTOON // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Hey guys, long time since i have been active on this side. But I always read the great stuff ED writes, and I really enjoy it.
    - But on to something else, I have been thinking about asking any betting side to make a special bet for me. Willo on the national team, hehe. You can never know, Roy have made some wierd disicions in his time with England.. And they way Willo has played in the past year or so, it is not unthinkable.
    What’s your say .. ?

  • 38 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Willo used to be slaughtered to death on here. but to his credits he has been putting in solid performances time after time..

    he could get a call up but perhaps in a friendly… but willo is 30 and his style of defending is not in todays style of how the mordern game is played but it is effective when needed

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Sadly both Tav and Vuckic get rave reviews on loan, but Tav’s review are always at league 1 which tbh looks very much his level (22 now I think?) and poor Vuckic normally pulls a hamstring pulling his socks on in the morning!

  • 40 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Lol won’t happen but tbf when you look at how poor Cahill Lescott Smalling Ferdinand etc have been this season you’d have to say he’s certainly been one of the best English CB’s in the league this season

    And his record when they read the stats out is actually very impressive!
    Also read on Twitter some where earlier that going off the stats Debuchy was actually one of the best RB’s in European football on current form!

  • 41 AlwaysTOON // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    nufc786 #

    hehe yeah funny how things turn arround like that.
    - but yes, maybe a friendly game, he put Paul Lambert on the team, and he is a old fella who playes the good old classic game, you never know

  • 42 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    nufc786 – I see your powers are undiminished. Let us combine forces to stamp out the blog for 2013! HA HA HA HA urgh that hurt my throat….

  • 43 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    If as the pic caption says, Remy is “unsure of his planes in the summer” then may I suggest a trip to australia for his hols? Qantas are very reliable I hear.

  • 44 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    @Newcastle_FC: Rotherham have reached agreement with Newcastle to extend the emergency loan deals of both James Tavernier and…

  • 45 Marty-Toon // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    England could do much worse than Willo in the team.
    Remy doesn’t wanna commit to us as with the way he’s playing this season he may get a top club coming in for him.
    Hopefully we can get him,if not then it’s up to the Fat man and his Joke to bring in a goalscorer of the same pedigree but that’ll cost a lot more.

    We’re in need of a couple of top end players to take us forward so it could go two ways.
    1We get those players in and keep Cabaye and possibly Remy
    2 We lose Cabaye and Remy without getting our top targets and take a step in the wrong direction

  • 46 Thump // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    @Marty-Toon: I have a strong feeling #2 will be the net result. Can’t trust the fatman.

  • 47 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Its New year in India.

    So, all of you a Very happy new year.

    For me torrid year has come to an end. May be a fresh start.

  • 48 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    If New year resolutions last till 2nd january only than My New new year resolution this time is not to criticize Shola Ameobi.

  • 49 bishopblaize // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Let’s focus on replacements, get firing and working together .. Push up that table and worry about NEXT season in Summer!

    AND while we at it give QPR our under achieving Cisse with a canny loan clause.

    Simple :)

    Bring on 2moro :)

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Happy new year Toon fans!
    Let’s hope the 2014 brings lots of highs and exciting football to SJP, maybe even a bit of silverware!!! ;)

    And Happy new year Ed!
    Another great year of the blog! What would we do with out it, here’s to looking forward to another year of good health to you mate, keep up the great work and get some rest mate, your going to need it the window opens in a few hours!!!!

  • 51 Harley // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM


    I’d be lost without the blog. I don’t post on every article but I read them all and the comments. Even on holiday.

    Happy new year to all on the blog and well done Ed on a fantastic read.

  • 52 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    @TaylorR1984: Right I’ll get mine out the way now before it goes crazy later, have a great new year everyone, I’m m looking forward to seeing the back of-
    @TaylorR1984: 2013 as it was a terrible year on the pitch for me, but I cant wait to be back playing at some point in 2014 All the best everyone, be safe!

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Exactly that mate! I know there are some heated threads and a few Barneys on here but it’s always a great read with some great banter and some great fans, it’s a great place to keep update with all things toon especially if you no longer live in the area

  • 54 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    blog up and running it is lonely when you kill the blog..
    My New Years resolution for 2014: more tiote banter and bloody get myself down the country for more away games….

  • 55 nufc786 // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    spoke too soon….

  • 56 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:39 PM


    U are under arrest for killing Ed’s blog.

    You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you.

  • 57 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Willo won’t play for England. A couple of months of decent form doesn’t make him an international class defender. Mind you, I’d rather have him than someone like Wes Brown.

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Tiote can win a game of connect 4 in 3 moves

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    It’s not a couple of months though, he’s played to a decent standard when ever he’s played
    As for international class, look at England’s choice’s for CB, none of them are international class

  • 60 Marty-Toon // Dec 31, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Very happy new year to all,
    Here’s hoping that the Toon can have a great year in 2014

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    All the best toon fans everywhere, a win tomorrow and a Willo call up would be a great New year.

  • 62 Marty-Toon // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Let’s all just hope that some of these young uns come through in the next two years as that might be our height of strengthening the team

  • 63 Marty-Toon // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Anyone think we should’ve gone after Heitinga?
    He’s a decent defender,especially if Collo is gonna want away

  • 64 clinath@ed // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Happy new year to my fellow TOONADICTS out there, even you loons!!
    Wishing us all the best for the forthcoming year. HWTL.

  • 65 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Happy new year JFA, were you home for the holidays or were you stuck offshore?

  • 66 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Would love to see the back of Pardew, Ashley, Kinnear and Ameobi in 2014.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Not offshore for the next couple of years, got a contract in China but home till beginning of February

  • 68 Tsunki // Dec 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Well its been a year of lows and highs, unmissable stuff on the best toon blog going, the best craic, the best arguments and all the usual zeniths and nadirs of being a Mag. Here’s to 2014, a cup, CL qualification, and the filthy trap-blockers going down to the championship. 1 out of 3 would be more than OK.

    HWTL :D

  • 69 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    We should go for ravel Morrison. He would be an upgrade on Cabs. IMO

  • 70 martoon // Dec 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers – even the neggars :)

  • 71 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM


    Takes one to know one ;)

  • 72 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM


    Considering loads of people on this blog were saying he’s not good enough over the summer, are you suggesting things have changed drastically or (shock horror) loads of people on this blog talk crap?

  • 73 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM


    You talk more nonsense than it’s possible.

    Was he any good? not one bit. He has improved and surprised everyone.

    He also made a bad mistake against cardiff, thankfully only one I can remember

  • 74 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM


    Well coming from you, that means…well…absolutely nothing.

    I said he’s not good enough for England. He’s been good for the last 2 months and he’s had good performances for us before. I’m happy with him in our squad but he’s not a starter for England or for a CL team.

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Back again but don’t know for how long. Computer nightmares for weeks now. Just had it fixed again. Spyware and viruses. Does anyone understand this stuff? At any rate Happy New Year to all of you. I hope we finish the season well. Disappointed with the Arsenal game. We looked like the away side for much of it. A good last 15 minutes but too late.

  • 76 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    What you post can be easily be classified as

    Blabbering of a delusionist

  • 77 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Bye HD. Have fun in your strange world and all the best for 2014…

  • 78 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM


  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Don’t think i was saying either was i?
    No, I plainly said given the standard that is and has been available to the England national team for the past few years then i see no reason why Williamson shouldn’t be amongst them
    You say he’s had a good 2 months, that’s your shout, i think he’s had a decent career here and when ever he’s played he’s played well, almost carrick like in the sense he does nothing special but does the basics very very well

    I’m not sure how the standard of the National team has any bearings on whether or not he should play in CL, not sure where your going with that, as for people talking sh*t, so what it’s a blog everyone including me and you have done there fair shair of that, there’s a reason were all on a blog and earning hundreds and thousands as top scouts

  • 80 jimmysmith // Dec 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Pardew has consistently said that when we fished 5th it was ahead of plan and I’ve always felt that was quite possibly an unwanted distraction by a club who did not want to spend outside of budget to compete in both Europe and the EPL.

    But that experience perhaps actually forced the owners hand with the 5 excellent French men we brought in, when otherwise we might not have reinforced so boldly. We may actually be ahead of schedule as a result.

    You never know with Ashley, even after 6 years it’s difficult to see a clear pattern in his ownership. But if you see the 5th place finish as essentially a spanner in the works, I think you could piece together enough evidence to say that the club is restructuring, and progressing at essentially its own pace and with a set plan. Only obscured by the confusion incurred by the qualification in the Europa League.

    Pardew has said he’d like to strengthen, but that he’s also happy with this group of players. I expect to see a signing or two in January, if they can find players on agreeable terms, if not, I expect we go with what we’ve got, but regardless continue to push on as planned.

    The decision to rename the ground was a deplorable one. There have been a catalogue lesser stinkers too, but I think there is enough reason to go into the new year with genuine pride in the side and also a cautious optimism about the overall direction the club is heading in.

  • 81 Dennis Twice // Jan 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • 82 Dennis Twice // Jan 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM


  • 83 thebionicMAG // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Fraid not.

    Sorry couldn’t resist…

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