Time To Sign Up This Director On Long Term Deal


If you watch Alan Pardew’s press conference on nufcTV today, at the beginning you will see Fitness Director Faye Downey taking the training.

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Faye Downey – Newcastle’s Fitness Director – has made a difference

And we’ve got to say it seems like Faye has made a huge difference, and we’ve had very few injuries this season, especially compared to last season.

And it was only in the West Brom game that we had some important injuries to top players – Fab Coloccini and Yohan Cabaye.

But Yohan is back on Sunday for the tough Manchester City game and Colo should be back with four weeks. although he will miss the home game against Sunderland on Saturday, February 1st.

This is what Alan Pardew said after Faye had been working with Newcastle for a few weeks in the summer:

“Faye’s come in to oversee us as a Performance Director, and we’ve worked harder than we have under my management anywhere. We’re really pushing the boundaries here.”

“She’s making sure that we do it in the right manner.” “I’m very pleased with what she’s added so far.” “It’s for the whole season.”

Faye’s made a huge difference this season, and of course she came with a tremendous reputation for her work preparing the England rugby team for the last two World Cups, and also trained British athletes before the Athens Olympics in 2004, and has worked with some Rugby clubs as well.

Newcastle need to sign her up on a long term deal, before other clubs realize how good she’s been at Newcastle – that’s assuming she’s only on a season long deal at the moment.

And if we can get back to our winning ways in the league – which we hope we can – then we’ll have a shot at making the Europa League for next season, and she’ll be needed then more than ever.

Sign her up Alan.

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158 comments so far

  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    That dastardly Mr Pardew is a real ladies chap, or so I believe, having read the tabloids. Please don’t think for one moment I am a tabloid reader, I am actually a broadsheet chappy.
    I dare put a darn good wager on that rotter banging the buttocks off her whilst on the telephone to his loyal wife.
    Don’t bloody care for infidelity. I do not know if you chaps feel the same about Mr Pardew.
    He’s a jolly good manager though.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Mister Tuff

    According to the official NUFC website:
    “Three of 15 new supporter seats will be offered permanently to established fan groups – Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), NUFC Fans United and Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) – while all fans can apply directly for the remaining 12 individual seats which represent different segments of the Magpies’ diverse fan base.”

    And

    “They will then be selected at random from all qualifying applicants, enabling every Newcastle United supporter to stand a chance of being on the Forum.”

    So how do you suggest 12 out of the 15 were selected when they didn’t necessarily belong to any group where someone could just be nominated? The whole idea was that any fan could be on the board, not just those that decided to belong to a particular group. They’ve got disabled people, ethnic minorities and elderly people all represented I believe. The point was to get a good mix of views.

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  • Bambams

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    You can just hear Pardew in his interview when Faye is snapped up by another team !
    “We tried very hard but just could not offer her the two year contract she wanted, we offered just above the basic wage and an extra £20 for every extra million we receive above £20 million for our purples…She was after a company car and we arranged for a top of the range Hybrid bicycle but her head was turned by the offer of a Ford Ka from the ‘poaching club’. We just cannot compete, however Joe knows a lass who gives cracking ‘rub downs’ for £25 an hour so she is going to come in with her pimp..ehm agent to see if she is cheap enough…..

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  • Graeme

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    S&D – Is that what they mean by “Telephone Sex” then?? I obviously wouldny know, being the quiet, shy, retiring type!!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Ibizatoon

    Yes, you’re right. I definitely don’t want to get into the Ashley and relegation topic again!

    I’d say that even attempting to close the gap on the top 6 is ambitious as they’re a long way ahead of us in several ways.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    S&TD….That comment is Twitter worthy 🙂

    Bambams…I like it, except perhaps on the company car. Being a fitness coach, surely it’s only reasonable to expect she sets a good example and runs to work?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #7

    TDSarf….It is a tough subject. Some would argue that when Ashley arrived, we weren’t that far off where we are now, so did it need to be this hard?

    Anyway, I’m certainly not looking for that debate today…think we’ve all covered it well.

    Where we’re at now is that we have a club that is self sufficient. Is that ambitious? Debatable…of course.

    I would say some of what Ashley does is smart, but is it to do with ambition or money saving…perhaps both?!? Truth is, we don’t know for sure…all we’re left with is belief and for me personally, Ashley doesn’t fill me with much.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Lee Marshall once more up to his usual game of ‘Spin the Truth’ – refused to answer the question relating to commercial revenue being down. Instead repeated the line that ‘bottom line is up’ due to outsourcing of catering and used that as an excuse as to why revenues were down.

    When he was asked to clarify to what extent SD’s failure to pay for advertising had on commercial revenue, he refused to provide an answer, and took the unprofessional approach of saying he was on the piss and unavailable to answer.

    The man is an idiot, incapable of representing the fans in a fair, impartial manner.

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  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    So she’s worked with the England rugby team, several rugby clubs, she’s working here for the season, bet she’s been rodgered bloody senseless!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Ciaran..Chasing him down in pubs?

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    It is a masterstroke by Ashley to appoint Faye Downey from a Freudian perspective. I mean imagine being outrun by a girl, no wonder everyone is trying harder!

    @Ibiza How are you? 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #12

    With our stunning successes in recent years in the domestic cups who can doubt the football ambition of Mike Ashley? Well who of you dare speak now? Harumph. I mean the only word I can think of for our play in the cups other than stunning is ….. well terrific. And in my opinion Pardew is right to focus the way he has on the cups. It lifts the supporters spirits no end. Harumph.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Make that 4 pros

    NUFC pros

    Stadium
    fans
    Good side
    Faye

    Cons

    Pardew
    JFK
    Wonga
    Ashley by virtue of appointing the above.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    So now its established Pardew was not so experienced a coach in the field of fitness training, what about a technical director for the other thing he’s not so good at?

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    @S&D
    So that’s how Faye Downey will be “Pardewed” 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    In fact I would not hesitate to wager on us beating Rochadale 2-1 if we were given a 2 goal head start and their keeper was blindfolded. Harumph.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibizatoon

    We’ve got to look at where the club is compared to other clubs, not to where the club is compared to where it used to be. The likes of Leeds, Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn, Wolves, Ipswich, Charlton and others have seriously fallen from where they have been before.

    A lack of ambition would be saying that the top 6 is out of reach forever. Simply targeting the top 6 is ambitious.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza

    Tres droll (or did it come across like that haha)

    No it was on twitter. Not best pleased though.

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  • BandB

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Williamson,

    Yep, that’s how it works for professional women in a mans’ world. You just can’t avoid being overcome with an overpowering girlie urge to lie down and take what’s coming to you.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Why is it such a surprise that NUST gets short shrift from Ashley, when it was set up in the first place to devise a way to get him out of the club?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #21

    How about Joe Kinnear for randiest DoF in football? He would shag a pile of rocks if he thought there was a hamster hiding in it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #22

    IITian…All well, thank you. How about you?

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  • nufc7lad

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.hqsport.tv/bt_sport2.php

    Montpellier vs Monaco

    You know who to look out for 😉

    Julien Laurens says he expects us to sign him, but in the summer

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Williamson I think you just typed out what you were thinking and then accidentally hit ‘Submit’ 😐

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Didn’t pick up on that grossly inappropriate comment until there now. Not on.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #26

    You really are a tosser Ciaran. You complain about people at the club being distanced from the fans and now you complain that someone at the club was friendly?

    I’ve just seen the thread on Twitter and you were being a prick to the bloke who was giving his time to help answer a few questions. You’re a rude ignorant little man when you have a keyboard in front of you.

    Is it any surprise that he sought to extricate himself from the conversation on a Friday evening? He answered your question already!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Ciaran…You know, you being Irish, I just assumed 😉

    It is a joke, I really don’t see how he represents fans if that’s what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s nothing more than a controlled middle man…so nothing new there.

    BandB @19…Can I submit a smiley?

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #28

    @Ibiza Yeah good good, grad school is intense but fun.

    Guys any suggestions on how to deal with Yaya Toure?

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  • BandB

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza,

    It was my dad who didn’t like smileys 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #30

    BandB and Williamson

    Yeah, because we all know that every woman confronted with wealthy, stupid and fit young men just drops her knickers…or is that just the stupid ones?

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  • IITianToon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #31

    @TDS WHy why did you have to call someone a tosser! Just be the bigger man and let it go alreasdy 🙂

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Mark

    Wind the neck in son.

    Ibiza

    Well he’s showing me up if he’s off to the pub already, it will be an hour or two before I’m off haha

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #33

    BandB…In that case…well played 🙂

    IItian…Glad to hear you’re having fun, aren’t you in Texas now? Poor soul.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    I said last time that Lee Marshall was a sneaky smoggy basturd working for the cancer of NUFC Mike Ashley.

    Too bad Dannyo was so offended since they had a pash at the last meet.

    ps. Is Kinnear in charge of signing Faye? If so she could take him and Ashley for a run get the old ticker up to speed

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Faye Downsley, the unsung hero!!

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Cabella doing stepovers already

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Ciaran..Do you have a link to the twitter comments? Be interesting to read.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #38

    IITianToon

    Because that biased and ignorant tosser just keeps spouting off complete garbage as truth and I know some others actually believe him. He puts an absolutely obscene amount of spin on things, routinely ignores facts and adds falsehoods to try and prove his ridiculous points.

    Someone has to call it as it is so hopefully fewer people buy his obscene rantings.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza

    Read them here: https://twitter.com/LeeMarshall9

    Including the ridiculous baiting.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #40

    NUFCDailyBlog ?@NUFCDailyBlog 1h
    @LeeMarshall9 Your job involves honestly answering fan’s questions as well as spinning facts for Ashley. You’d do well to remember that.

    Clear evidence of just how much of an arrogant prick Ciaran is with a keyboard in front of him.

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