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Pardew Issues Caution On January Transfers

9:24 am, Saturday, January 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

With just thirteen days left in the January transfer window, Newcastle fans are hoping the club can get one or maybe two players through the door before February rolls around.

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Mathieu Debuchy – joined just over a year ago

Last year at this time we were playing Reading at home and after the terrible 2-1 loss, Mike Ashley brought in four Frenchmen, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara, and Mathieu Debuchy had already joined earlier in the month, and we won our next two games at Aston Villa and at home to Chelsea.

Those five Frenchmen are all playing well for Newcastle now, but they took time to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.

Alan is still hopeful of some player(s) coming through the door in the next couple of weeks, as he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“Joe’s in charge of that department with Graham and Mike, and as the manager, I’m hoping that I get a player or maybe two to bed in, really.”

“Whether they would make a big impact on the first team this season, I’m not so sure, because it’s a funny time to come in. “That first six months for Vurnon Anita was tough, I thought.”

“We’ve seen the benefit of it now.”  “We’ve had a lot more discussions this week, as there’s been a lot more movement in the market.” 

“It sounds like clubs are going to make some moves. We need to be on our toes in terms of clubs coming for our players, or us going for them.”    “The market’s moving. We need to be on our toes.”

Joe Kinnear is currently said to be in Germany trying to arrange a loan deal with Borussia Monchengladbach for 23 year-old Dutch International Luuk de Jong.

So we probably shouldn’t expect too much from any new players coming in during January, although Papiss Cisse made a huge impact when he first arrived two years ago, with a fantastic 13 goals in his first 14 games at Newcastle.

Wonder if Luuk de Jong can do that – if we can get him in on loan of course.

But a caution – since that first season, Papiss Cisse has played another 65 times for Newcastle, and scored only 16 goals.

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104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rivettCatcher // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    West ham tickets.

    Might just turn up down the duke around 12:30.

    I’m at Canary wharf working ATM, so to Mr Mile End (Anita), I may grab a pint at the ledger building around 11:30 if you fancy it?

  • 2 Belfast // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Lot of drivel as usual. Lets hope none of the big clubs come in for a our players. Yawn……….

    Then lets fannnnnnk the wonderful Mike on the 1st of Febuary for standing firm and not selling any of our crown jewels. Yawn………….

  • 3 Kris // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    My team for today:
    Santon, Willo, Saylor, Haidarä
    Tiote, Cabaye
    Benny, Ameobi, Remy

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Belfast, that line will be trotted out in February I’m sure.

  • 5 Anita the Legend // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:57 AM


    Ah mate, I would definitely have joined you, but I’ve desperately got to get to a friends house over in West Kensington at about midday, bloody nightmare, the opposite direction to where I want to be today. I’ll be sitting on that District line a lot today. Next time though mate.

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Graham Carr must be quite frustrated about the lack of signings, being a toon fan himself.

    Some of the players who he knows could come in and do a great job for us under a good manager and ambitious owner. It must be really annoying to either not get them at all, or look for near cost free option instead.

    Albeit we’ve got some good players in this way, it still highly limits our capability. That is down to Carr’s eye for a player, not the constant of Ashley providing almost no money. He is very lucky that Carr can attract these players in and even see a glimmer of their skill once and a while when they’re not defending for most of the game.

    I dread to think the workhorses that Pardew would fill the team up with. It’d be like the usual Sunderland teams of yesteryear, and even they would be limited, due to a lack of budget.

    Nice one, Mike. Not.

  • 7 shearer and the duchess // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Mr Pardew is an absolute diplomat. He’s done a good job on the pitch but he is in it up to his eyes when it comes to supporting Mr Ashley.

    I’m sure he would love to have more players but by jove he doesn’t half tow the party line. He must be so indebted to the owner.

    Unless the rotter is banging Mr Ashley’s wife. He’s a scally for the ladies that fellow. I hope Mrs Downey doesn’t find out.

  • 8 rivettCatcher // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    No worries… I’ll wander down WH around noon.

  • 9 stan anderson // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Same usual BOLLOX spouted off by the puppet Pardew.
    But we keep on buying the tickets off these CON MEN.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    same stuff we always hear but it’s irrelevant. I thin it’s clear pardew wants more players, not his fault, wish he didn’t tow the party line so often, but at the end of that day he knows he needs to really to stay in a job.

    Ashley seems to have little pattern to buying players (other than last jan when relegation loomed) he just buys when he can get the player we want for the price we want….so we could get anywhere from 0 to 5 lads in depending on how talks go i imagine.

  • 11 breno95 // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    G Carr is a scout LR. End of. Carr does nothing more than identify a player. The ‘attracting them in’ part then shifts across to JFK in his role as DOF to begin negotiations with the respective club first and then agents. Thats why we are being told JFK is currently in Germany working on getting LDJong.
    Things would be better on here if alot of posters had a slightly better concept of transfers and accept that securing a deal is rather complicated. its not just a case of saying “we are NUFC” and the deal is done!
    As for today i expect to see the same drive and effort shown against City. That being the case we should win comfortably. I would personnally make changes and go with
    Ben Arfa


  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM


    I’m not 100% sure what JFK does though, some say he has gone to germany to speak to people but from what the club said recently

    Carr identifies players and discusses this with pardew, whats needed, who he’s seen, etc

    Lee Charney actually discusses the finances of the deal due to his experience in such matters with finances

    Ashley makes final approval and signs off the deal

    Really not sure what JFK actually does as i’m sure the incoming player would like to speak with the manager not JFK as it will be pardew who will use him in his system.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Also this tough negotiating is good short term but bad long term, if clubs re giving in to our demands, especially if players push for the move to they might void dealing with us in the future when they realise we are getting good players for low prices…..there will be no good connection built up.

    The opposite problem was there with previous owners where clubs loved to deal with us and sell us duds as we didn’t scout properly and paid well over the odds.

    As with many aspects of the club the current owner and the previous made bad mistakes but on opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    On today’s game I think it will be really tough but we need to go for a win.

    We are in a position not where we are safe from 10th and trailing 7th by a good way. So really one point doesn’t do much good to us, so we might as well gamble on going for the win.

  • 15 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Breno, attracking was the wrong choice of word… highlighted or identified would have been better.

    The point is, without Carr, the players probably wouldn’t be as good.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    should read ‘in a position now being safe from 10th’

  • 17 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    i watch as much french football as i can via bt sport. watched cabella v monaco .he played quite well but is predictable stepovers all the time and goes down more than any other player i have seen .makes janujaz look a clear penalty . gomis played well against marseille and got his normal tap in .scored 4 in 4 i have seen .his goal ratio must be getting better.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM


    same can be said of any side though, if you don’t have a good scout it is difficult to identify lesser known players or players who have something but haven’t fully shown it yet

    anyone can pick out the best players in the world but a good scout can identify those who may have potential or not shining currently but who would suit our side.

    take any clubs scout away and they will sign worse players

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM


    dedicated to the cause aren’t you….or are you graham carr? haha

    sounds better on gomis, i have criticised his record but it does seem to be better the past year or two, must be maturing into a better player

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Pardew issuing caution , surely not !!

    Today brings together 2 of the last remaining dinosaurs in English football in Pardew and Allardyce, Pulis being the other.

    Fat Sham and Pardew are true exponents of ”Containing” football and try and nick a goal approach. Mouthwatering prospect for the fans.

    It’s funny looking back and comparing

    Manager KK Manager@ Pardew

    Hislop Krul
    Barton Haidara
    Beresford Santon
    Batty Tiote
    Peacock Willo
    Albert MYM
    Lee Cabaye
    Beardsley Ben Arfa
    Shearer Cisse
    Ferdinand Remy
    Ginola Gouffran

    Asprilla Marveaux

    Would be refreshing to see Pardew put out an attacking side for a change. One that will manage more than 3 shots on goal and hopefully score more than 1 goal in 4 games!!

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Breno, we know deals are complicated, but that is towing the party line.

    We make it hard for ourselves because of our thrifty owner. Lowest of the spending pile.

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Depends which Toon team turns up today, but I’m going for a 3 -1 win to the Toon. I do hold reservations though as we usually slip up in these types of games. Good duel today will be Andy Carroll v Willo. Willo might not get an easy run today. If we get beat the bog will be eventful this evening.

    Ian Toon – I see you are down in London -and will be partaking of the broth in a local hostelry. Perhaps returning to the scene of previous “crimes”. So please no post match fables about bumping into Hammers fans who love Percy. We won’t believe you. You need to behave, you know it makes sense. Enjoy the match.

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM


    Trouble is Carr has spotted genuinely good technical players who with proper coaching could be sensational.
    but with JFK, Pardew, Carver and Stone etc, will never happen.

  • 24 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    TS, yes I know.

    What I’m saying though is that Ashley is pushing his luck by hardly shelling out a thing on players or a good manager.

    In my opinion we are getting by on the strength of Carr’s players. As Rotonda rightly says, in spite of Pardew, not because of.

  • 25 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    thanks t s watched last nights game not bad st et v lille but anyone who thinks we play defensivly ought to watch the average french game,their opinion would probably change.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    What time are we playing today?

    …not sure if I can make it 🙁

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM


    i used to watch a bit of italian football, mainly highlights when that was the big league in europe…..that was defensive rubbish, the highlights basically consisted of tackles not chances.

    I do think we play too defensively though, although it may not be the right word….cautious possibly. It’s hard to say, we attack often but don’t get enough numbers into the final third and the box to make the attack worthwhile and as a result often shoot from distance, so lots of shots but few chances.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Mister tuff

    Pardew is untouchable . We could finish 16th (imagine doing that with this squad ) and nothing would change,
    as has been proved. He won’t walk and Ash won’t pay out.

    Pardew has set records for the worst this that and the other not only with us but at West ham, so despite losing 4 in a row and only scoring one (ok should have been 2) goal it will hardly cause a ripple if we lost again. Mid-table Mediocrity looks here to stay sadly.

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I think ash quickly removed all incoming transfers from pardew’s grasp after the obertan fiasco. Thank god, if left to pardew we would have had bent and tomkins by now!

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM


    That’s partly what I find confusing about our ‘self funded’ approach of not spending more than we earn.

    The policy is ok, but we don’t implement in correctly I feel. For me Pardew is an average manager, just not fully suited to the players we seem to buy.

    Look at Klopp at dortmund, he has a yearly salary of 1.8mil euro (1.5mil pounds) and he is a top top manager in germany and europe.

    If he is on such a wage then surely instead of signing a player for 4/5mil and paying him 20k a week that money would be better spent on getting a higher calibre of manager to work with what we have….after all it’s only the cost of 1 player.

    I feel we have a squad which is around the 8th best in the league, just need a couple of players in to add to it. So we could even take a gamble on a promising younger manager knowing even if he failed he still would have to fail in spectacular fashion to take us down.

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    TS…sometimes going from what I hear on here some make it sound like it doesn’t matter if we have a manager or not. 😉

    …when as you say it can be what makes the difference

  • 32 rivettCatcher // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Sorry for repeating myself again :p


    I’m tubing it now & will be in the Duke about noon.


  • 33 Rake // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I’v seen a few people suggest West Ham do well against us. I would suggest that a reason for this is simple. Pardew often tries to nullify the opponents strengths and contain the opposition. Trying to do this to a team that go from back to front quickly will cause problems. The correct approach today would be to go for a similar team to city and really move the ball about keep possession and dare I say ATTACK West Ham.

    I think we could see Benny start today, not sure I want him too but at least it makes the game more interesting.

  • 34 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    “We need to treat the Hammers like a top team.”
    No Alan, we need to approach it like we are a top team. You are at Newcastle United, not Reading.
    Containment works well against the top clubs. It frustrates them and robs them of confidence and resolve, while ours grows.
    Against the poorer teams, exactly the reverse happens.
    West Ham will be dangerous if they get some wind in their sails.
    We need to win games like these. This second half of the season is tough. So have a go.

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Rotunda – I think you are probably right about Percy being pretty secure in his post at the moment. If we started flirting with relegation again it might change. Currently I hold no fears about a repeat of last season – might change if we get beat today (team confidence) but it appears there is a natural split occurring in the league – the top nine will probably remain the same -so we will probably achieve our aims -sorry the clubs aims of top ten finish.
    As for anything to shout about or aspirations -clearly not a lot here to excite Toon fans. We will be reduced to talking about our efforts in individual, probably meaningless games as a substitute for cheering on a cup run or fighting for a Europe spot. In effect the season is a write off -again.

  • 36 Ben3arfa // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Pretty sure Breno95 is Lee Marshall’s NUFC blog account . Ashley suck up

  • 37 jasper // Jan 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Is this the first time Saylor and AC have come up against each other competitively? Not a lot of love lost there. What are the odds of a red card – or two- today?

  • 38 wolfshead@toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    why is match day neg day lol

  • 39 mattnufc // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Agreed BandB.
    For me, the problem is Pardew hasn’t implemented a style of play in his three years, here. So it makes it very difficult to impose his team on the opposition. Almost by default, an approach focusing on the opponents’ strengths results.

  • 40 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Just worry we go 442 with Shola and play ping pong with West Ham we should play the same team 451 that we played against Palace as they are a long ball team and we dominated possession

    Would not mind seeing Sissoko getting dropped today in place of Arfa but think it will be Anita who drops out which is undeserved

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Trust me

    I’m a winner

    My teams all play on the front foot

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM


    maybe 4 losses on the trot and only 1 goal scored, pardew back in love with saylor etc etc

  • 43 Tsunki // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Wolfshead – always a sense of impending doom mate that’s why 🙂

    Pretty sure this is a cup final for flotSam A, facing the club that binned him from the washed part of the North East. If Alan insists on the usual game plan of forwards making their own luck and bringing Hatem on for a desperate push for the last 10 then doom laden predictions will be justifiable. They have a shaky defence and rend to give a lot of room so let’s have at them and get the first proper smash up we have had for a long while. Benny to start and 4-0 to us. 😀

  • 44 wolfshead@toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM


    you wouldnt have jose as manager then chelsea arent great to watch

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Ben Arfa

    No containing BS, this isn’t Barca or Milan it’s a team on the verge of sacking their manager, like Cardiff and WBA !! Go for Goals.

  • 46 lesh // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Maybe Ashley ought to read this and follow or better still upstage Sunderland by doing the best think for Newcastle United and get rid of Kinnear!!

  • 47 70TWO // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM


    Any comments you can make about Clément Grenier & Gueida Fofana at Lyon?

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM


    I freely admit I love watching Pellegrini, Martinez, Rodgers and Wenger teams as they guarantee entertainment and an attacking philosophy every game.

    You are right maybe Mourinho isn’t quite as exciting to watch in that regard but second time round with Jose, the 4 Brazilians in the team make them a more expansive team these days.

    If you’re top of the league then ”containing” defensive football is way more acceptable I guess. When you’re just making up numbers, trolling along in a safe mid- table position and not really threatening to do any more than that, entertainment then becomes a premium.

    ye are ns tha tmay them a good watch

  • 49 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM


    Genuine question, not a dig…..

    I like the line up you chose, but what formation are you suggesting?

  • 50 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    don’t know what the hell that last line was about!!

  • 51 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Rotonda, yes, it’s the simple approach to why love football, trying to score a goal and play good football.

    If we don’t have that as a focus, what is the point, right?

    It is a game, in its purest form. Which should be enjoyed. Containing against anybody and everybody, doesn’t constitute excitement. It indicates fear, lack of confidence in the managers ability and lack of understanding into how to win a game of football whilst also providing maximum entertainment.

    That is my philosophy of football 🙂 being ‘positive’ about it and enjoying it.

  • 52 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Drinking before the game? 😀

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM


    I was going a bit retro here back to a KK team formation years back where Beardo (Benny ) played in the hole behind Shearer (Cisse) and Ferdinand((Remy)

    So I guess a midfield diamond with Batty (Tiote) sitting at the back, and Lee (Cabs) and Ginola (Goofy) wider. So essentially a fluid 442.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM


    when pardew said ”we contained cardiff well”, I nearly did my nut!!

    Such a negative approach with the players we’ve got. We should be striking fear into the opposition not always worrying about them, which is what pardew and allardyce do almost exclusively.

  • 55 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM


    I think benny is better suited to a central role so i quite like that idea. Be interesting to see how cabs would play in a wider role.

  • 56 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    TS @ 30

    Nailed it. I would much rather than give pardew more players to ruin, spend money on a proven top level manager or up and coming one with a good CV

    You would see the change in style almost overnight

  • 57 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM


    Beckham / Rob lee role?

  • 58 70TWO // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The consensus would be that Ashley and Pardew are not going anywhere for the next couple of seasons. If you read about Ashley as a business man he likes to employ friends, hence we have the Joeker as DOF who is not likely to be replaced due to not making any signings. To me, fans and general football pundits this would be a missed opportunity and would represent a failure of ability, despite the financial restrictions. I hope the Joeker can put NUFC money where his mouth is for the benefit of my club and cut out the deadwood as he promised.

  • 59 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Rotonda, as did I when I heard it. Just more of the same from him though, as many of us on here know.

    When I watched Kevin Keegan talking to Harmison on that Sporting Heroes program, it was an an absolute weight off my shoulders, temporarily. Listening to how he spoke about football and the enjoyment he can bring.

    When the programme ended, I came crashing back down to earth.

  • 60 jazzyp // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Fofana has just signed a contract till 2017, So you can count him out mate

  • 61 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    “Judge me on my signings…”

    Errr OK… sooooo………

  • 62 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM


    So not quite wingers, more right sided mf who can put a good cross in when needed, but can also create mayhem in the centre. I see where you are coming from now. Newcastle dont have any real wingers so i cant see why this wouldnt work. Unfortunately, even I cant see pardew playing only 1 holding MF.

  • 63 70TWO // Jan 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Rotonda heights

    The same formation but I would look back to pre-Shearer, as I am not sure Beardo was still playing when the ‘happy slapper’ arrived. Was it:
    Ginola – Beardo – Fox
    ——–Batty – Lee
    ———Back four

  • 64 Blofal // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Mackems under siege atm! Soton look lethal!

  • 65 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM


  • 66 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Cant watch it. I dont have bt spurt.

  • 67 70TWO // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM


    I thought all 3 players mentioned were on contracts to 2016, so was under the notion none would be brought in until at least next season. However if Fofana must have extended by a year, which would put extra on his fee as Lyon are cash strapped.

    I like the stats on Roberto Firmino (Hoff) & Aaron Hunt (Werder) from the Bundesliga, so hopefully the Joeker is not just munching pretzels on his glad back side (very tenuous joke).

  • 68 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM


    Roberto firmino is The Hoff??

  • 69 Blofal // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Mackems 0-2 down!!!!

  • 70 Offkey // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Good goal by Lovren there

  • 71 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Looks like a bad case of Makem-Spanking

  • 72 Offkey // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    they got a quick goal back though

  • 73 Blofal // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    We could really do with Rodriguez. …

  • 74 Offkey // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    the Scum play really strangely – press high and then as soon as the ball is in their half they back off and Southampton just run through em……

  • 75 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Llanna is awesome if only Pardew had been allowed to sign him for us …. similar player to Arfa and Marveux except has heart skill desire and works hard oh and better decision making as well

  • 76 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Anyone want to tell me what is wrong with this article from newcastle united mad?…….

    Newcastle midfielder …… Gael Bigirimana is facing up to five weeks on the sidelines after suffering an injury playing for Newcastle United’s Under-21s.It wouldn’t really effect Alan Pardew’s first team plans because the former Man City player was expected to be loaned out this month, having made just one first-team appearance so far this season.

  • 77 mag // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Cabellas joining!

  • 78 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Newcastle united mad is a cr@p site. It gets loads of things wrong, and jumps to stupid conclusions.

  • 79 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Someone already tried that one, mag.

  • 80 mag // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Cabellas father says joining NUFC this winter!

  • 81 Offkey // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Mag – just seen that as well. Lee Ryder has tweeted something as well apparently. Will believe when I see

  • 82 Offkey // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 12m
    Remy Cabella to join Newcastle United THIS winter – according to his father via @EveningChron #nufc

  • 83 mag // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    The french are saying its on too!

  • 84 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    This is my whole point.

    We are roughly on the same amount of points as Soton.

    Neither we or them are going to threaten the top 5, but Soton play some great stuff to watch and if you’re not going to win anything the next best thing is to at least enjoy what you’re watching.

  • 85 mag // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    15 million fee agreed!

  • 86 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Forgive me for my pessimism. Too many of these have collapsed. I would love it to be true but until he is in black and white kicking a ball around sjp i will pretend i havent even read anything. It saves dissapointment.

  • 87 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM


    Now i am almost convinced its b*ll*cks

  • 88 Rotonda heights // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM


    Yes Andy Cole happy days. He and Beardo were as good as it gets



  • 89 Sazzer // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    A fee of €15m is being reported for Remy Cabella.

  • 90 theartfuldodger // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Will trust the cabella stuff when its done. Till then its just rumours. We have heard lots of them debuchy gomis etc. We have 2 strong links this winter. Cabella is one and is being played on. Expect something on De Jong too.

  • 91 Ginger // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Honestly don’t believe it’ll happen, Newcastle United paying 15 mill?

    Can anybody say he warrants this price tag as well? He’s young and has time to improve I suppose.

    Additionally, where will he play? Packed in CM, we don’t really play CAM’s and Pardew doesn’t look like he’ll drop the wingers any time soon.

    Hope we get him regardless.

  • 92 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Anyone else thought the reason cisse may not be scoring is because weve not played the same style of football pardew magically forgot when we went unbeaten and finished fith? we had:

    So why not go back to this system swapping remy for ba and sissoko/anita in for guti? I firmly believe cisse hasn’t scored because in all of the games hes played since, hes either been on the right wing to accommodate ba, a lone man infront of a 5 man midfield, where he’s strayed offside and looked lost because we never have any players in the box let alone the ball, or when weve played 4-4-2 which in my opinion weve looked poor as a team. Also find it interesting that Cisse has never seemed to be able to form a strike partnership, he was playing a lot of those games with ba in a 4-4-2 which clearly never worked, as ba was too greedy amd wanted to be the main man, whereas cisse thrives on chances, but hes always looked poor when playing with a partner up front. So this has had me thinking, to get cisse back to form do we need to play with 3 men up the top, and I don’t mean coming back to cover the fullbacks as wingers, as this is the DM job I mean up the top, attacking, like ba and arfa used to, use ba as the outlet out wide for cabayes long pass, knock to arfa, pass, cisse, boom!

    I think the reason for all this is because its almost like playing 4-3-2, leaving cisse to roam around and find an opportunity and space in the box to score, he doesn’t need to take it past a player, put it to him in space he can hit it first time, I think this defensive winger and team system is whats holding him back truthfully, were trying to involve him too much in the game and expecting him to create chances, were also sitting back to much as a team and we get nooone into attacking positions, why cisse looks lost, and also why arfa runs the ball into dead ends, because theres simply no one there that’s lost there man and available for the pass, itd be interesting to hear anyones thoughts?

  • 93 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Ok its €15mil. I dont what the current pounds-monopoly money exchange is, but it still seems too high.

  • 94 theartfuldodger // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Yeah thats the next question. Where does he play ? Our CM is packed and we need wingers or strikers. Is cabella the hardworking type who tracks back. Thats the kind of players Pardew wants on the wing.

  • 95 Tsunki // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    The flaw in this story for me is where the sentence “Newcastle are willing to pay whatever it takes” comes in. Ashley does not pay whatever it takes for anything. When he has the won a shirt on and he is holding a Balti Pie then I will start to believe it.

  • 96 Crawfordladd17 // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    No surpise there is the negative Newcastle fans, always crying. I bet you lot are the ones that “rate” Hughton higher and Hughton is a good CHAMPIONSHIP Manager.

  • 97 Mister Tuff // Jan 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Boys -we need to be careful about the Remy Cabella -story. Might be true -but his agent, his dad Hector Cabella has got “form” in this respect. He recently suggested Remy was going to join OM. So no applause for JFK just yet.

  • 98 county down magpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM


  • 99 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Cabella can play on the wing can score and create which is what we need can also play as a no 10 which might be the idea

    Would love us to get him and De Jong with a young winger would be a pretty quality window

  • 100 Markaccus // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM


    Who exactly is the target of your rant, and what the f|_|ck are you on about??

  • 101 Sazzer // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Montepellier sold Giroud around 12 m £ so I can see it being a price they would accept…more doubting we would pay it.

  • 102 Douglas // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Cabella in, bedding in until next season, Cabaye sold in the summer. Cabaye will be nackered after the world cup, so all round a smart move and a good profit (assuming Cabs goes for 20 mil, and Cabella (Cabs II?) in for 12 mil.

  • 103 70TWO // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    I generally go along with what you are saying and definitely support the idea that the DM pair should be covering the WBs, rather than the wingers. This allows them to concentrate more so on attack, crossing in balls and trying to get in behind.

    I differ from you slightly when you suggest Cisse can’t play in an two man attack. and needs to be in a three. When he first joined and scored all those goals, I think it was with Ba in a 442 and HBA on the wing. The following season Pardew was attempting to change things around and asked on of Ba/Cisse to play on the wing, which niether were happy with, then one up front. Which Cisse is not happy with and his form consistently dropped throughout the season.
    In addition at the beginning of this season Pardew started with Cisse in the middle of three forwards, everything happened around him and he was unable to regain form. I am sure he would be happiest in a 442 playing closely with a strike partner and as he actually belongs to us I suspect he will be played today with Shola.

  • 104 Crawfordladd17 // Jan 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Markus basically even fan on here, they just say Pardew is crap, bad, awful. Like wise up 8th is pretty decent. And lots of Newcastle fans say “Why did we sack Hughton?” because he is a Championship manager

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