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 To Sign Up This Director On Long Term Deal

6:44 pm, Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 158 Comments

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

faye downey

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.

Comments welcome.

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



Tags: Coaching · Europa League · European Competition · Fitness · Premier League



<


158 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    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.

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    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.

  • 3 Bambams // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    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…..

  • 4 Graeme // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

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

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    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.

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    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?

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    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.

  • 8 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    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.

  • 9 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    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!

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Ciaran..Chasing him down in pubs?

  • 11 IITianToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    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? :)

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    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.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Make that 4 pros

    NUFC pros

    Stadium
    fans
    Good side
    Faye

    Cons

    Pardew
    JFK
    Wonga
    Ashley by virtue of appointing the above.

  • 14 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    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?

  • 15 IITianToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

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

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    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.

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    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.

  • 18 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Ibiza

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

    No it was on twitter. Not best pleased though.

  • 19 BandB // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    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.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    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?

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    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.

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

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

  • 23 nufc7lad // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    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

  • 24 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

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

  • 25 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

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

  • 26 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    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!

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    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?

  • 28 IITianToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

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

    Guys any suggestions on how to deal with Yaya Toure?

  • 29 BandB // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Ibiza,

    It was my dad who didn’t like smileys :)

  • 30 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    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?

  • 31 IITianToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

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

  • 32 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    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

  • 33 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    BandB…In that case…well played :)

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

  • 34 Ben3arfa // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    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

  • 35 Shadow_Shearer // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Faye Downsley, the unsung hero!!

  • 36 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Cabella doing stepovers already

  • 37 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

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

  • 38 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    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.

  • 39 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Ibiza

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

    Including the ridiculous baiting.

  • 40 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    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.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    It’s a bit like a fascist regime at Newcastle these days with a Director of this and a Director of that…what’s Pardew Director of? :)

    …it’s a bit like Oliver’s Army if anyone remember that song ;) lol

  • 42 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Mark

    Is that not true? In what sense is it in any way arrogant?

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    tds -the UEFA guidelines suggest various types of groups such as disable, under represented groups etc etc. Clearly this is right and proper. Without getting into a laborious “yes he did no he din’t “debate. How about you stating whether you are happy with all aspects of the Forum. I am not as I think the club are just doing it to tick the UEFA box.

  • 44 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    It makes me annoyed because it’s stupid angry young men like Ciaran that contribute to the poor relationship between club and fans. He’s one of the minority of loudmouths who shouts off about things to get a rise and has absolutely zero intention of understanding why the club does certain things. He simple wants Mike Ashley out of the club, regardless whether or not others believe that is the best result.

  • 45 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Ciaran

    If you want me to respond to you, I suggest you use some decent blog etiquette and address me by the name I have chosen on this blog. Thank you.

  • 46 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Mark

    I asked a question of Lee Marshall, and he failed to provide the answer. I am a fan and it is his job to liaise with fans. I suggest you stop being so sensitive and wind your neck in.

  • 47 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Yup, we do need to sign Faye up, PDQ and why not give the job of DoF as well. She couldn’t be anything less than an improvement on Kinnear!

    And Mister Tuff // Jan @ 4

    Good post on previous thread about the intro to UEFA’s view on fan participation. It reads like owld Bobby’s ‘what is a football club’.

    It’s as though UEFA’s picked it up from him – bless him and rest his soul.

  • 48 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    TDSarf…Well, we can discuss arrogance another time, but where is the fault with that comment?

    Is his job not to honestly answer fans questions and do you not believe that he “spins” things on behalf of Ashley / the club?

    From what I’ve read of the minutes (both sets), they hardly give a proper answer. TBH, I am of the view that these meets are somewhat pointless and a somewhat empty gesture. I can completely understand why people are pissed about the whole thing.

    It falls under that communication discussion again.

  • 49 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Mark

    Mark my words Mark, I will make a greater effort to address you with your blog name Mark.

  • 50 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Mister Tuff

    I’m not happy with all aspects of anything and I never am, nothing is perfect.

    So what is actually wrong with the make-up of the fans forum?

  • 51 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    TDSarf @44…It is probably good to remember that the young man Ciaran didn’t always feel this way about Ashley. It has come around based on Ashleys actions or lack thereof.

    Depending on whether Ciaran would prefer to be a chicken or an egg…we know which came first in this scenario.

  • 52 ochytoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Ciaran
    Grow up mate, it’s people like you who’ve ruined this blog

  • 53 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Ibizatoon

    But certain fans are demanding answers to questions that they simply have no right to know the answer. Lee answered the question regarding the bottom line which makes complete sense and then Ciaran just kept badgering him. And dialogue is a two way street. Telling a representative of the club that “he’d do well to remember that” is arrogant and highly unlikely to build a relationship with him.

  • 54 DokToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    id wind my neck in, but i misplaced the key and now look like a giraffe…

    ive no idea what that means, but i make fun of that which i do not understand…

    anyway all neckwinders and tossers and beerdrinkers, im off to my local, and heres hoping monday morning brings us celebrating a UNITED win…. :)

  • 55 BandB // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    TDS,

    But that is his opinion. Sometimes represented in democracies through the power of the vote, but not in this case.
    You represent him constantly as a vocal minority, when that is only your assertion based on a shared intolerance of each others’ views.
    Earlier today, you deployed an odd argument against JFA, that if people were not misled by a possible attempt to mislead, then no harm was done.
    I am pleased the law does not see it that way, regardless of how the “business community” and would prefer it to be.

  • 56 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I don’t think anyone can doubt I have an agenda. I will not be satisfied until Ashley has sold up and left this club. His employees are complicit in the poor lines of communication, and given how Lee Marshall had deliberately misrepresented the Time4Change march, I have preconceived negative notions regarding his sincerity to honestly represent ALL fans – not just the ones who happily agree with Ashley.

    He also deliberately decided not to meet a selection of fans who had agreed to meet with him to hand over a selection of questions. Yet another slight.

    Now he has refused to answer a straightforward question, which he has the means to answer, is it any wonder I lack any trust and confidence in the man who is supposed to represent us and honestly provide us with answers pertaining to the running of the club?

    As I said in my discussions with others, pardon me for thinking that the Supporter’s Liaison Officer should liaise with supporters.

  • 57 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Ibizatoon

    No, I know. And the shift makes things even more ridiculous. Not that much has changed with Ashley and our club in the last few years to make someone make such a dramatic U turn. In fact, I’d suggest that his angry young man attitude is more to do with changes in his own life than at the club. Some young people just seek out battles to fight, especially when they can align themselves with similarly angry young men. In another decade, he’s have been a hooligan to take out his anger. These days they have keyboards, blogs and Twitter…

  • 58 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Dok…You must make fun on a lot of stuff then…

    Sorry, couldn’t resist…right back to read the rest of the posts and try and make a somewhat serious contribution to the blog.

    Ha, there’s another funny…what form!

  • 59 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    My Opinion of Interest free loan from ashley

    He makes up his interest and more from free advertising.

    ashley is a cancer to NUFC

  • 60 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    ToonDarnSarf @2

    What the Forum needs is continuity of presence. 12 from 15 at random from applicants is the best way that the club can control and manipulate opinion and input to proceedings.

    I’d prefer to see fans’ groups being permanenantly presented by two or three reps plus a smaller number of observer individuals selected at random to attend.

    That way, fans can have a concerted view and collaberate to influence things.

    But, that’s working in the spirit of UEFA’s aim and Ashley wouldn’t be happy to go with that – after all, it may affect change in the club’s thinking and approach to its customers!

    Just a thought.

  • 61 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Cabella playing Brilliantly

  • 62 north east lincs toon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    DJ Campbell is available on a free transfer anyone? Uuuuuuggggghhhhh!

  • 63 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    TDSarf…You say not much has changed, but one major thing has. Belief.

    This is my stance on Ashley….I don’t actually know for sure what his intentions are or were. What he planned or is planning for the club.

    Both Ciaran and I grossly supported Ashley a while back, but over time HE has knocked that belief out. That’s not ridiculous, other than it is ridiculous that Ashley can show that much disregard to fans that they would feel that way.

    I guess you’ll now mention the death threats to his family etc, but as we’ve cleared up, that was a minority…one which Ciaran was not part of…so why has he had to pay for their mistakes? Because Ashley’s a sensitive soul or because he really just doesn’t care?

  • 64 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    BandB

    Hardly an odd argument…if you were negotiating to buy something, wouldn’t you drop into conversation that you’d seen something similar that you like in order to try and drive the price down? In both cases there is an element of truth but it’s how you word it.

    Sky Sports reported something like Ashley had authorised the purchase of up to 4 players…would that be a shock? Ashley may well have said to JFK, “Go out and buy a first team striker, a young defender, two other youngsters and then try and sell 2 of Obertan, Shola and Marv”. Would that surprise you?

    I don’t actually have an intolerance of his views, I speak perfectly well to others with his views. I have an intolerance of his intolerance and his inability to open his mind and consider other perspectives – manifested in such a way that if someone responds to him and accurately disproves one of his points, then he will completely fail to acknowledge the correction and plough on.

  • 65 DokToon // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    ibiza,

    god forbid we ever meet up for beers, we’d both be knowing less than zero…

    off with me, play nice everyone, remember, we ALL support the same club, no matter of differences of opinion, and each is no more right than the other…

    sometimes, you guys have no idea how lucky you are, to be so close to the club we ALL support…

  • 66 cbtoon82 // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    From watching this match cabella is exactly what we need! Looks like a cracking player. Needs to stay on his feet a bit more though…

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    “Oliver’s army is here to stay
    Oliver’s army are on their way
    And I would rather be anywhere else
    But here today…”

    So how’s everyone tonight? You can feel the tension from where I am sitting;)

  • 68 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Faye Downey is a MILF .

    That is all ;) .

  • 69 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Ciaran

    He answered the damn question! You have no right to be asking for more and more detail to satisfy your insatiable appetite for dirt against Ashley!

    And if you will not be satisfied until Ashley leaves, stop damn well engaging with “Ashley’s cronies” and just keep banging your stupid drum demanding he leaves. Pretending to be a concerned supporter is just driving more of a wedge between club and fans and I am fed up with anyone doing that, whether it’s you, MAOut, Time4change or Ashley himself. All of you just need to get a grip and support this club.

  • 70 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Dok…Have a good one mate.

  • 71 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    lesh

    But that would limit representatives to fans in fans groups. Many of which already have an agenda of some sort and they are structured in such a way.

  • 72 BandB // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    TDS,

    I can’t and won’t argue with you any more. There is no “you” to argue with. Just a constant series of self-serving ultimatums to supply a level of proof you have no intention of ever accepting.
    You are a businessman,and buy whole-heartedly into a world where misleading and cheating the customers is a really rather clever and admirable way of doing business.
    Imagine a world where the Parables were designed to show that greed, cheating, doublespeak and selfishness were cool as owt, like. And that is the world you inhabit.

  • 73 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Ibizatoon

    Things change. And it’s pointless crying over spilt milk. Ciaran is complaining like the miners when unprofitable mines were closed (although I will say the government should have done more to help regenerate mining communities), he’s complaining like the IRA for Northern Ireland being part of GB and he’s complaining like the BNP for our British culture being diluted with immigrants from all over the world. Things change! And they always have!

    People like Ciaran would have complained when Sky came on board, would have complained when we went all-seater, would have complained when it became 3 points for a win, would have complained when footballers started earning a lot…blah blah.

    Mike Ashley is not the best owner of a football club in the PL, but neither is he the worst. He made an almighty screw up by managing to cross 2 NUFC legends in 1 season and he hasn’t recovered from that in many people’s eyes. But he has no reason to sell up so the only way for that relationship to be improved is for both Ashley AND these fans to build it up. I don’t blame Ashley for not wanting to stick his head above the parapet knowing that a few fans are just going to try and shoot it.

  • 74 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    ToonDarnSarf – not defending Ruddy but this chap who is employed by Ashley to handle the flak I would assume is well paid and suitably thick skinned. You have chosen a redundant crusade leaping to his defence mate.
    You would do well to remember that.
    :D

  • 75 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    BandB

    That is the world we all inhabit. I don’t lie, in fact I’m a very moral person. But I expect that when someone wants to sell me something that they are very likely to overvalue and oversell it. That’s human nature. So I will counteract that to get the right deal that we are both happy with.

    It is incredibly refreshing to come across someone who is honest in negotiation but this is incredibly rare.

    As for the NUFC 4 signings thing. Like I said, I reckon there was truth in it and the wording was very very vague. Marketing and PR happens from every company, I don’t see why our club should be slated for doing it.

  • 76 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Tsunki

    Hehe. :-)

    I’m not leaping to his defence as I reckon he can handle himself, or at least I certainly hope so!

    However, fans like Ruddy certainly don’t help build the relationship with the club, that’s what really gets on my nerves. He tweeted him and had a good opportunity for decent dialogue but he blew it with his petty insults and arrogance. Shame…

  • 77 cbtoon82 // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    TDS – quick question, how can u compare a guys views on a football club to the IRAs view on Britain? Not wanting to start an argument by the way, but that was a bit extreme.

  • 78 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Anyway…I’m off to do some things away from the keyboard. Hope everyone who’s going out for a drink has a good one.

  • 79 Thump // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    @Tsunki: this chap who is employed by Ashley to handle the flak I would assume is well paid and suitably thick skinned.

    bills-son? He’s fairly thick skinned, not sure about how well he’s paid, mind.

  • 80 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    TDSarf…Did you really make that post after your “What’s and if’s” post, from yesterday (I believe)?

    You have missed my point of today completely regarding Ciaran. Yes he can be argumentative and sometimes stubborn…we all can. However, this image you have that he will simply argue any change in life is based on the past 12 month or so of his postings on here…probably less than 50% of the time he’s actually been on this blog.

    He was even still “supportive” of the club after Ashley had mistreated those legends you refer to. That is not the only catalyst in this and I think you know that.

    He, along with many others, are simply not satisfied with the answers the club have provided. I said yesterday it’s not really an open dialogue, the club may as well just send out a newsletter and drop the charade.

    I’ll just go back to my pondering and ask myself why, if everything is above board and honest, why does there need to be so much secrecy and indirect answers…it doesn’t add up to me and picks away at that belief.

  • 81 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    cbtoon82

    I wasn’t actually thinking about him being Irish to be honest, so I could see how that could be misunderstood.

    My point is that there were (are) many who simply can’t accept that things change. The very nature of football keeps changing. Maybe the Norwegians should come over here and say that actually, they owned this country before the French invaded, or how about the Italians? Sometimes we just need to embrace change not attack every element of it.

    I’m getting off track here… :-P trying to get away…going now…

  • 82 Ciaran // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Mark

    You have very deliberately chosen an analogy that would resonate with an Irish nationalist – not as soft as you look, though your attempt to bait me into an argument has failed.

    You’ve made yourself look pathetic and petty – ironic given as that this crusade was designed to make me look like that. Once again, Mark, you’ve failed.

  • 83 BandB // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    TDS

    You assume too much about the world. That is not the world I inhabit, or the moral code I have taught to my children. Your human nature,is yours.

  • 84 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Ibizatoon

    Show me a club that behaves differently…

    Another time…night!

  • 85 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    The core of the problem regarding liaison between NUFC and the fans is that as far as NUFC is concerned, it is doing it merely to keep the noise down. MA would clearly prefer it if the fans just paid and kept quiet so he could get on with business. If he really wnated to have dialogue with the fans he would surely say something himself from time to time. The clubs PR department is a firefighting division whose remit is to keep bad publicity to a war cry, literally.

  • 86 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    TDSarf…Ughhh :) Ok, so change is expected, but because other clubs do things a certain way we should just accept the way thing are and just get on with it without trying to bring any change as fans?

    I really do need a drink.

  • 87 cbtoon82 // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    TDS – I had no idea he was Irish. I get what you mean about change, but that wasn’t a good comparison. Although maybe where I come from makes me a bit sensitive to that. Most people on this blog would take that comment with a pinch of salt.
    Anyway back to football…

  • 88 Mister Tuff // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    tds – good plan -limit the scrutiny to just one question -on the proviso that the enquirer has to be satisfied with the answer given. No supplementary questions will be allowed.
    The obvious next stage in the process would be for no questions to be allowed at all and that the only information available would be dictats from the regime. must dash as I have to strip some wallpaper, maybe back later. In the meantime good evening to you Comrade TDS.

  • 89 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    By jove chaps. Life is too short to be falling out with one another.
    From the outside looking in, you are both toppers. Real spunky boys.
    There’s no doubt there’s rotters in the sales world but TDS comes across as an honest chappy who wears his big heart on his sleeve.

    We are all black n white brothers and are stronger if we are United.

  • 90 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    @Bambams

    I do not trust that Mr Kinnear. I bet he knows some undesirables in the murky world of prostitution.
    I do not think Miss Downey could ever be put in that bracket. She seems a really respectable lady. I wouldn’t mind a dabble myself.

  • 91 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I say Shearer & The Duchess, whats all this nonsense about life being too short? Brrrrrr damn outrage if you ask me! Its because of miserabe showers like you spouting poppycock about being united and so on and so forth, that makes the lot of us appear absolutely awfully frightful cads!

  • 92 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    S&TD….And don’t forget the sisters!

    What is it about this blog that always takes me back to “Life of Brian”?

  • 93 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    My goodness Mr Tsunki. I bloody hope I haven’t upset you my good friend. Maybe we could meet up and chill out together.
    You’re different from my usual type of chappy. You seem like a rough around the edges chappy. A bit of spunk. I like it.

    I’m finding this too and fro , almost rough and tumble kind of men’s banter quite exciting. It reminds of the time my father took my to the Ponteland Freemasons House and I drank a few glasses of champers with the boys.

    I hope I’m fitting in your club. Does Mr Pardew ever drop in for a chat. He seems a real spunk.

  • 94 Tsunki // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hmm. I wonder if Pards has a post monicker on here? I bet he does and he probably picked some of his disastrous teams after a few suggestions on here.

  • 95 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Tsunki…I bet it’s Catchy. It all fits, comes on, disses himself and hopes people jump to his defense.

    Bit sad really. Come on Pardew, you’re better than that. Damn it, I fell in to his trap again.

  • 96 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Paul Merson back on the booze….

    “This is a hard game for Man City after another disappointing away game against Blackburn last week. A lot depends on Yaya Toure who, in my opinion, is the most important player – along with Sergio Aguero – when they play the top teams away. They will be fine at home with the squad they’ve got, but they need those two to play well in the hard away games – and I think this is a hard away game. Arsenal only just nicked a win at Newcastle and I was shocked to see them go out of the FA Cup last week. I think this will be a draw because if Newcastle can get rolling and get their tails up then they have enough matchwinners in the team to do some damage.

    PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1″

  • 97 geordieboy83 // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Evening guys and gals
    My 2 pence worth. I’ve said lots of times ciaran and Tds are both the same. Both stand by there views.
    Tds my personal issue is that you are very confrontational and always starting a heated debate and letting things get you wound up.

    Ciaran you’re a pain in the arse : ) and difficult and wind the hell out of me when reading, but I respect your stance. The mark thing is tedious though.

    Lee Marshall I see where TDs is coming from with this. In a sense it was a chance to openly debate and not let passions and agendas wade in. Ask the questions but in the right way. It sounded like an attack in a way rather than grasping the opportunity.

    The guy gets paid well no doubt, but Ciaran you may see where I’m coming from in a way as you study law. I think lee Marshall has the same problem as a lawyer, I.e a defence lawyer who knows his client is probably guilty still has to appease his client (Ashley) by spinning some lies, whilst trying to stay respectful to prosecution family (fans) so is stuck in a rock and a hard place.

    Signings
    There is one I would love , forget BEnteke if we are spending 10 Mil plus, I would go for Stefan kiesling. He is just shearer reborn to me. Cabella, yes please, and gomis will do a job.

    Ibiza I’m with you the belief is slowly sapping from me, I keep telling myself Ashley is ok and I think he is, I’m clinging on hoping to see signings but deep down I’m resigned to the fact I’ll be clutching my phone in vein.

  • 98 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Lawro gives me hope mind….

    As for Di Niro and Stallone…geezers :)

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25666378

  • 99 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Mr Tsunki

    I’m a big admirer of Mr Pardews conduct since he arrived at Newcastle United. He might be a rotter with the female species but he’s certainly got some spunk when it comes to team selection.

    He seems to have coped awfully well by maximising the limited resources he has at his disposal and achieved some spiffing results against some mighty teams.

    It is no surprise to me that he keeps his team happy. He does it with the ladies. As far as I’ve read in those dastardly tabloids, he is still with his wife despite all those awful infidelities.

    The chap certainly impresses me and Mr Ashley has certainly shown him some loyalty. He’s worth learning from the chap to enhance our own lives.

  • 100 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Team for city -
    ————————Krul—————-
    santon/anita—-taylor—willo——mbiwa
    ————sissoko————tiote————-
    ———————–cabaye——————–
    ——-gouff————————remy——–
    ———————-ben arfa——————

    Would like to see this team with sissoko/tiote covering the fullbacks and trying to hold off toure/fernandinho, acting like a brick wall to citys attack, relying on the quick breakaway through ball from cabaye to counter.

    gouff,arfa and remy acting as an interchangeable front three trying to pull city’s defence back and pull their team out of shape as this is the only way I can see of beating them, concede possession in the middle as we cant compete with them, and just try and force them into playing a game they simply arnt used to, keeping the back 7 back as a solid, compact unit, whilst ensuring city cant commit men forward and play to their game by using the other 3 high up the pitch, relying on cabaye to ‘open them up’ as pards would say with one of his balls, and catching them out of position and by surprise, 3 on 4 up their end and hoping to score enough goals to get something from the game. If theyre defence arnt getting up to support, and we cans top them performing as a unit, we might just get a point from this one!

  • 101 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    83…No idea who Stefan Kiesling is tbh…but Shearer 2.0 sounds good!

    On the blog frictions, it is a shame that we can’t have differing views and debate them reasonably. So much gets lost in these petty arguments. However, as for seeing TDS’ view…what you have said is pretty much Ciarans view. He knows that lee is between a rock and a hard place and is merely trying to
    show that.

    Ashley puts these barriers up for a reason, we either just accept that or challenge it. Asking a question, getting a half arsed answer and going oh ok is not doing anything to bring change or a somewhat honest dialogue.

    Tsunki gave a good synopsis of the fans forum…although it pains me to say it :)

  • 102 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    This Mr Ciaran chap seems to be a real spunky chap. I’m so looking forward to exchanging views on football issues.
    I’m just off to open a bottle of champers and read the posts by that spunk Mr Ciaran.

  • 103 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Cabella destroyed Monaco’s defence tonight like .

    Is this too much to ask for:

    —————————-Krul——————————-

    –Debuchy——–Willo——–M’biwa——–Haidara–

    ————–Cabaye———————Tiote—————

    ——HBA—————Cabella—————-Remy——

    ——————————Ba——————————–

    That team would smash the PL IMO .

  • 104 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    S&TD…You come across as a mix between GeordieTwo and Beattie25…albeit without the angry viewpoint of Beattie.

    Oh Beattie…where art thou?

  • 105 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Mr Ibizatoon
    Who are these chaps?
    Do they come on this forum?
    They sound real spunk boys.
    A combination of the two spunk boys really excites me.
    If they come on and i’m not here, will you kindly inform them I’m just having a glass of champers and will be back shortly.

  • 106 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    S&TD…The spunkiest of boys! Now there’s something i didn’t think I’d be writing today.

    Beattie no longer chats with us. G2 is usually about. Enjoy your champers.

  • 107 aidytoon9 // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Cabella and de Jong in would be a decent window.

    take a point of citeh.

  • 108 aidytoon9 // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    If we showed some ambition in this window from the position we are in the top 4/5 not out of the question!

  • 109 jazzyp // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Good evening gents
    Any news in the mad house today……….Ruddy and tds still going at it ??
    Im trying to stay optimistic for this window guys but I have to say that is fading fast. I know were only a third through the window but there it just seems a repeat of pre season all over again.
    Even hull are getting there targets over the line in the shape of evertons jelovic

  • 110 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Can’t believe Joe Kinnear is getting paid by NUFC, what on earth does he actually do .

    I reckon his day consists of :

    .Arrive at 1 (was supposed to clock on at 8am)

    . Fire up the computer and head straight to Xhamster to knock one out

    . Nap till 5 and then go home .

    When is the slob going to actually get on the phone and speak to any manager he likes? .

  • 111 aidytoon9 // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Wouldn’t take gomis as think he is now on the older side for signing and don’t think he is that good.

    We are doing a lot better than I thought we would at the start of the season but let’s build on this now and really give the fans something to
    Get excited for.

  • 112 jazzyp // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Big papa
    If we were to go through 2 transfer windows without a single signing…..not loans it makes you wonder what exactly the guy is actually doing for nufc

  • 113 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Ciaran. You’re clearly a very angry young person who’s clearly frustrated at being unable to get whatever sheets you want from the club.

    You’re too young, I would suggest to have a clue how business works. Of course Ashley has an agenda and we haven’t a clue what it really is. You and all fans can speculate till the cows come home and we’ll only get a straight answer when he’s prepared to give one.

    You can badger the company’s officials as much as much as you want, but all you’ll do is annoy its representatives to the extent that you’ll be seen as vexatious.

    Ciaran, you can continue to be an irritation to the club’s officials as much as you wish but there may come a time when you’re perceived as a liability to NUST,’s cause. I’m surprised the Trust hasn’t made moves to distance itself from you. If you’re challenging club officials under the banner of NUST, I’m surprised it’s tolerated you for so long!

    Might I suggest you back off and get some experience of life, and the way business works.

    Back off and let the wiser members of NUST take hold and have it reinstated to the Fans Forum.

  • 114 martoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Hi Ibiza long time no speak – I’ve got a sneaking feeling that S&TD could be the rebirth of Beattie – his writing style is very similar.

  • 115 martoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    I see Hull have agreed a fee for Everton striker Jelavic – I’m not sure what to make of that?

  • 116 martoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Looks like I’ve killed the Blog!

  • 117 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Big Pappa…I think you may have missed out his lunch break…come on, be fair.

    Aidy…Whilst I do understand parts of the clubs approach, to some extent, I can’t help but feel they miss opportunity after opportunity to push on or show a bit desire to get everyone fired up. Just seems short sighted to me. Not asking to spend stupid money, but as jazzy points out, if we don’t sign anyone that will be 2 windows passed with 1 loan signing in…like it or not, new players is part of the excitement of football for football fans…I never really appreciated that before, so I guess I can be thankful to Ashley for that :)

    Lesh…There is a line. Whilst I hear what you’re saying that sometimes a point can be pushed so forcefully that it’s counterproductive, the idea of sitting idly and doing nothing and just letting it take it’s course is totally nonproductive.

    As a fan, do we have the right to be upset that the club have banned a supporters trust from a forum which was supposedly designed to bring fans and club together? I think so, even if they did post the minutes early and had been asked not to.

    Hmm…”there is a line” may well replace my “middle ground” ideals. It’s a new year and all, got to mix it up a bit.

    martoon…Hello, long time indeed. How’s things? Similar indeed…a certain whimsical way about it….watch this space.

  • 118 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    martoon…How much have Hull paid for him?

  • 119 70TWO // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    I had forgotten about using Anita as RB and with Cabaye back in you have certainly made some decent suggestions. I would however prefer Mbiwa in the middle and use Haidarra at LB. Despite his own statement about preferring to be further back I think Cabaye needs to be in front of the holding midfielder(s), as he is the best playmaker we have that can link with the forwards. I like your ideas for the front three and that they can all take opportunities to play through the middle, or pull defense out of position. However, I do take issue with interchange just for interchange sake as, in the case of the West Brom game, it seemed to dampen the flames of any attacking ‘fret’.

  • 120 martoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Ibiza – I dont think the amount has been revealed – I read it here
    http://www1.skysports.com/transfer-centre/

  • 121 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    martoon…Cheers. Obviously price dependent, but probably a good buy for Hull. Other than the idea they’re actually signing someone, can’t say I’m envious of whom.

  • 122 70TWO // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    ManC game:
    - revised due to injuries etc, it keeps Saylor out for the benefit of himself.

    Remy — Shola/HBA — Gouffran
    — Tiote — Cabaye — Sissoko
    Haidarra – Mbiwa – Willo – Anita

  • 123 aidytoon9 // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Ibiza

    I know we don’t need to spend daft money, say 20 mil on maybe 2/3 players and rid of some dross and be won’t be far away from 4/5 I feel.

  • 124 geordieboy83 // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Ibizatoon

    Kieslling is a prolific striker from Bayer Leverkusen and in my opinion is the closest to an old fashioned number 9 he is a cross between Klose and shearer a great player.

    It us a shame that the arguments escalate as they do. It’s a good debate to have it just turns petty unfortunately and I’m forever to-ing and fro-ing between sides lol. Got spelks in my arse due to my fence sitting.

  • 125 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    70TWO…

    Agree with the defense completely…also the 3 man midfield, except being pedantic I’d have Tiote in the middle, slightly withdrawn from Cabaye and Sissoko.

    On the strikers, I’d order them:

    Gouffran – Remy – HBA.

    You’d have Sissoko just off from HBA so he can cover when needed. Don’t think HBA is best used as a ST as a big part of his game is running at the defense.

  • 126 70TWO // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Can anyone recall a decent bit of interplay between Cabaye and HBA during a game? They have only played from the start together this season against Liverpool and Stoke. I often wonder what goes on during training and also wonder if they get on?

  • 127 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    83…Sounds decent…any idea how much he’d cost? Not that I expect us to be bidding of course.

    The splinters are just one of the many perks of being a fence sitter :)

    Aidy…Well, I can see where £20m starts getting in to big money with our recent financial position and not wanting to spend what we don’t have.

    They have done it in the past, with Cisse in the January window. That was a purchase that wasn’t “needed” due to impending relegation or anything. It was a great boost. But since then…all very negative and reactionary windows. Not exactly progressive or much to get fans and players excited.

  • 128 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    70TWO…Not off the top of my head tbh. I guess that’s mainly due to not actually playing that much together, as you say, only 2 starts together?!? I guess with Benny getting more of his time from the bench it’s possible Cabaye has come off or when he is on, he’s usually tiring so not in the think of the action.

    As for what goes on in training…the mind boggles.

  • 129 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Mr Tuff @ 71.

    Apologies for the late response to your point which makes a valid point.

    If there are views among fans which are not embraced by any of the fan groups, then they must be heard. Perhaps the fans groups need to do something which makes most fans be attracted by their aims.

    You’re right in that some fans groups seem to have their own agenda and not being familiar with the aims of NUST, for example, then perhaps it us those aims which do not readily sit with the average fan.

    NUST seems to have rubbed Ashley and his crew up the wrong way – has it been hijacked by ideallists who can’t see that it’s aims, however laudable are unachievable without the financial support if millionaire?

    Might it not be an idea if all NUFC fan groups met and agreed some common aims and endeavour to increase their membership thus representing all fans rather that loose cannon firing off salvos which do nothing more than discourage constructive dialogue with the club’s representatives on the Forum? Equally, the club needs to be persuaded that Forum fan reps seek that dialogue, rather than confrontation.

    Surely constructive dialogue can only do good.

  • 130 jazzyp // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Montpellier manager Courbis on Cabella: ‘If an offer comes in we will calmly discuss it. If it happens we will sign 2 or 3 players.’ #MHSC
    I think as soon as a team come in for this lad he will be gone, Hopefully it will be us along with the 3 other signings that are supposed to be happening in this transfer window

  • 131 70TWO // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Ibizatoon

    I was thinking of it becoming a 4231 with Tiote and Sissoko as the two holding midfielders but your way works as well.

    Much prefer to see HBA running at defenders and getting in behind, rather than attempting to carry the ball from the half way line. He is very good at taking defenders on both in & out side coming in from the wing. Would think he should be able to receive the ball with his back to goal, turn and burst past a defender but he looks a bit timid in the middle.

    Any way Pardew will probably play Shola(60min) and then blame HBA for a late ManC winning goal. Can someone tell him you are only in control of a game when 2 goals up.

  • 132 geordieboy83 // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Ibizatoon

    Couldn’t tell at mate precisely but I’d say 10-15 million bracket and I could as good as guarantee goals from the lad

  • 133 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    lesh…Constructive dialogue…what a novel idea! :)

    jazzy…Haven’t seen much of him, but he seems to have a high rep. I do wonder about these calm talks mind…isn’t the Montpellier owner that raving lunatic?

    70TWO…The 4231 works fine for me too. I think a big part of Sissokos game is his charging runs, but he can do that as part of a central pairing with Tiote…as long as Tiote knows he’s to stay back.

    I always thought HBA would be great in the middle, but he often fails to impress. Perhaps from the wing he simply has less opposing players to swarm him out.

    As for your prediction…a late winning Man City goal…could be a lot worse…there, that’s my positiveness done.

  • 134 jimmysmith // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    There has been a marked improvement in the way we pass and move and in our shape. I think it might be down in large part to our seemingly excellent new fitness coach. We look much sharper and fresher.

    I can imagine what it used to be like and probably still is at pro clubs up and down the country.

    Bit of a jog round the park to find out who shagged who and where, and a guffaw at someone’s expense for their latest 100 quid haircut, followed by the skipper leading the lads in some half hearted stretches, probably doing more harm than good.

    Pards throws a few cones down and goes through the same handful of drills he picked up on a course somewhere, probably on the continent, in the sunshine, on holiday, only having forgotten their real purpose and precisely how to do it, but the lads expect it, so here we go again.

    Bit of five a side or first team against the reserves, bit of dead ball stuff, with half the lads not involved and looking on and doing some serious disassociating, the rest in a group off to the side, with a ball rolling around between them. Then some random shooting practice until they drift away in dribs and drabs like Browns cows to the change room where Pards drones on a for a bit, and then some more, in front of the tactics board and an increasingly glassy eyed group. Until finally after 3 hours that more resembles 6, off they roar in their flash cars to their flash apartments to watch the afternoon soap reruns.

    The whole lot of them are probably besotted with her, for saving them from their mind numbingly dreary lives, at least for a short while each day.

    Now for a real coach, Pards can still be manager, just need to keep him away from the training ground at all costs.

  • 135 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    83…Just Googled him…seems unlikely at 29 that Ashley would ever splash that sort of cash on him. Get back to work, you need to find a younger model…cheaper wouldn’t go amiss either!

  • 136 jazzyp // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Ibiza
    That he is……….As raving as living in san Antonio-whoops slip of the tongue

  • 137 70TWO // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Ibizatoon

    I cling forlornly to the 0-0 draw for the first 90 minutes of the League Cup match, without Collo, Cabaye and with Cisse!

  • 138 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Hi Ibiza and a belated wish that you and all associated with you have a happy 2014.

    May I apologise for not picking up on your post at 117. You make a valid point and I wonder if your concerns have been covered in it.

    I dunno the answer but I do get the impression that some folk are being too aggressive in their approach to the Forum.

    Has anyone an idea of whether the Forum has an agreed constitution and agreed aims?

    They’re always a good start and provide reference points and define protocol.

    Good to see you’ve relinquished your fence – was that by choice or did you realise that a lot of posters had jumped on it over the Christmas period?

    Get it back Ibiza and see the mayhem in the world of Newcastle United supporters, from above. You’ll could almost be like Zeus in the original Clash if the Titans – observing events and quietly influencing their outcomes with your wisdom.

  • 139 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    jazzy…. Tell me about it :)

    70TWO…That a boy!

  • 140 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Lesh…And the same to you and yours.

    I believe for those that may be perceived as too forceful, are simply at the point where they just don’t believe any of it and expect absolutely no change. For them, it isn’t about getting in one or two players this window, it’s addressing a much bigger problem…and I have to agree, this barrier between the club and it’s fans is soul destroying…for whatever the reasons.

    As I said earlier to TDSarf regarding Ashley / the club…if everything is above board and straight forward, why make it all so hard?

    As for the actual fans forum, you would have hoped they may want to be seen to try and bring peace, but they seem more interested in proving a point. The only point I can see being made though is that ultimately they’ll do as they please, so do as we say. Hmmm…

    With regards to my fence….Just missed the lump of wood…

  • 141 Mister Tuff // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    lesh – I think it would be a good idea for the fans reps to meet independently – to discover/work out some common ground. I hope it is not against the “protocol” or they might be in bother.
    It would appear that initial reports that the fans reps can only be contacted through the club appear correct. If you try to make contact with any of the reps (via the contact pages on the clubs website) you get a message of thanking you for emailing the club. This does suggest any club reps message via this system will arrive at some central point (prying point) to be then divvied out to the respective rep. Certainly form the outside appears like big brother surveillance on what the reps are up to. If it appears the way it looks it further erodes any thoughts of confidentiality.
    I have asked the club about this matter and to date have not receive a response, or even an acknowledgement of the receipt of my correspondence despite asking for one -but it is early days so far.

  • 142 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Wise words Ibiza. Can’t call you Zeus yet but when people stop throwing lumps of wood at you (what’ve you done to bring that on?) and you get the interlopers off your fence, then maybe.

    I trust you’re enjoying a nice Spanish gin or brandy after a hard week at the office. It’ll not be long before the pretty young things arrive to bring life’s summer on!

  • 143 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    By jove, those bodies below are spiffing. Fine examples of fitness! I could spank her buttocks indefinitely.

  • 144 Mister Tuff // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    ibiza – evening how’s things?
    You pose the question “why make it so hard” -typically the answer to this is that there is something to hide.

  • 145 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Lesh….Calling me Ibiza is fine for now :)

    I am currently in California, so very little work to do…bliss.

  • 146 shearer and the duchess // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Sorry, I was on the wrong bloody website! I thought I was on pornhub!
    Sorry chaps.

  • 147 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Tuff….Pretty good, how about with you?

    It would certainly seem that way. Not sure why that doesn’t make other fans nervous, but each to their own.

  • 148 lesh // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Jazzy @130

    • Montpellier manager Courbis on Cabella: ‘If an offer comes in we will calmly discuss it. If it happens we will sign 2 or 3 players”

    Not with the pittance Ashley’ll offer he won’t!

  • 149 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    S&TD…You had me frantically searching the page then…

  • 150 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    @ Duchess

    Don’t worry m8, happens to the best of us ;)

  • 151 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Makes you wonder how many people actually have porn open in the other tab while typing a comment on the NUFC blog, raging boner in the other hand.

    Actually I dread to think :) .

  • 152 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Maybe thats the reason for so many spelling mistakes ;) .

  • 153 jimmysmith // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Surely we could do a deal involving Marv, Obertan, even Jonas in exchange for this lad, those three alone would probably get them in the top six by the end of the season in that league.

    Ah yes, of course, wages, wages, wages, and contracts, the other side of the coin when reshaping a top EPL squad.

  • 154 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Big Pappa…I think that was more an attempt at humour :)

    But now you’ve said it….both hands on the keyboard scallywags!

  • 155 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    @ Ibiza

    I’ve had one too many Koppaberg’s me thinks ;) .

  • 156 Ibizatoon // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Big Pappa…Perhaps not, your logic is as likely, if not more so than mine :)

    Anyway, what is one too many? Seems a ridiculous comment.

  • 157 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    @ Ibiza

    I blame Kinnear.

    If he actually pulled his finger out and helped with some signings I might not find myself drinking alone at home on a Friday night hoping to hear some transfer news :) .

    Alas, time to crack open another ;) .

  • 158 JP...from The Rock // Jan 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    She has mad a huge difference to our fortunes concerning injuries. It is essential we sign her on a long term deal.

    Just watching ManUre match v Swansea and all their threat comes from their latest superstar Janezaj. It shows how low they’ve gone yhat all they seem to do is depend on the youngster to save them feom embarrassment.

    I really hope he moves to another club like City as ManUre seem to be doomed if he ever left it got injured. We need a player of similar il to take us to another level.




previous post: Pardew Not Worried About Keeping His Star Player

next post: Newcastle Manager Wants New Recruits In January