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Ashley Not To Replace Kinnear – Not Yet Anyway

10:27 am, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 143 Comments

According to the Press Association this morning,  Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is in no hurry to replace the departed Director of Football Joe Kinnear, and there’s  no real need to do that,  with the next transfer window being this summer.


Chris Mort thinking – what do the fans want?

Lee Charnley has been involved with all transfer dealings over the last few years, and he’s experienced enough, and it could be that manager Alan Pardew will have more say in what happens on the transfer front,  as he had said over the weekend, if he had been in charge of transfers,  Yohan Cabaye would not have left the club.

Mike Ashley has to realize at some point that money isn’t everything in football,  and Yohan’s departure has ruined the season for Newcastle, and why couldn’t it have waited until the summer?

The only reason we can think of is that Yohan could have bought out his contract for £6M – which is the two years left on his contract – and of course PSG would have been willing to pay for that – Newcastle would have lose around £14M – maybe.

But somebody at Newcastle needs to be working on possible new recruits before the summer rolls around, and we would expect Lee Charnley,  Chief Scout Graham Carr and Alan Pardew to be in close communication  in the coming months on possible transfer targets.

It would be great to have Chris Mort back at the club, but he’s far too successful as a lawyer to want to do that again – however if it did happen he would be an excellent choice as the new Chairman of Newcastle.

Chris used to do something which is very strange at Newcastle these days – he used to talk regularly with the fans and then tried to do his best once he knew what the fans wanted.

That’s a novel approach.

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143 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BandB // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    new thread while typing. Repost.


    Two transfer windows have been negotiated. Ashley can afford to let his friend step out of the firing line now, and become yet more invisible himself.
    Will he come to matches now, without Joe at his side?

    The heat now falls soley on Mr Pardew.
    Think back to Saturday’s press conference and Pardew’s answers.
    Joe is now out of the picture.

  • 2 cbtoon82 // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I’m not sure why everyone keeps going on at Ed about writing facts. Who knows what the facts are? The club don’t tell anyone anything. If he only wrote facts there would be no blog.

    On subject, I’m not holding out hope, but let’s all stay positive and think maybe Ashley has turned a corner. Yes there have been many corners and he’s never once changed. But maybe he’s going to fire pardew and get a good manager in who he will back in the transfer market. Maybe he’s going to keep pardew and back him. Maybe he’s going to finally sell up. I would be happy with either of those three scenarios. Fingers crossed :D

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Mort was the man that brought Keegan back to the club, when he left and Llambias stepped down, it all started to go downhill.

  • 4 Coach // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    One possibility is that Ashley will take charge of transfers himself. Look what happened last time he did that.

    It’s his mess he might, just might, feel he has to sort it out.

  • 5 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Instead of a new DoF. Why not do what we all wanted in summer….i.e. employ a top notch technical coach to control and obersee training, leaving Pardew as the manager, who will pick the team based on the advice of the coach. In summer, pardew can then buy the type of player both he AND the tech coach think we need.

    We all wanted some kind of coaching change in summer, it was a compromise reached by most of the bloggers that if pardew stayed, a coach was needed. Instead we got JFK. Time to put it right properly.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    new manager and new owner please

  • 7 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    We shouldn’t get hung up on a new appointment. The DOF is not the be all and end all of football and surely Charnley, Pardew and Chief Scout can work things aout between them. At the end of the day, its Ashleys principle of making derisory offers that is holding us back, as I pointed out when I highlighted Ashleys Purchasing Model a few seasons ago.

    1. Young talent – green light
    2. Player with heavy discount but resale value ( eg Cisse) – likely green light, just like the retail world.
    3. Player coming towards end of contract – possible green light
    4. Player in mid contract worth over 5 million – prevaricate, unsettle player, make low offer, wait a season for value to drop ( Debuchy, Gomis etc )

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I’m looking forward to seeing De jong when he is up and running, he seemed to find himself a yard of space and hold the ball well, I think he can do a good job for us, great link with Remy.

  • 9 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I don’t think Pardew has to worry about the spotlight. We will get back on track, albeit not performing as well, because of Cabaye. Cabaye isn’t his fault and he cant be blamed for this. He’ll be glad to get back on the training pitch IMO. Its very unfair on him that he has to be a PR man for the club’s terrible transfer dealings , aswell as his normal job.

  • 10 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Maraccus. I agree re a good coach needed. pardew is a clever boy and his skills as a politician would suit well in a broader manager role.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Pardew should have no role at the club, bang average and covers for his boss every chance he gets.

    Ashley needs to go for any good change to take place, otherwise we will just continue to hire average people in key positions.

  • 12 BandB // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM


    The hacks had Pardew by the nuts on Saturday.
    If he said one thing he implicated himself, if he said another, he implicated his boss.
    They were telling the press officer, “okay, it might be unfair to ask him questions about transfers, but who else can we ask?”
    Pardew wasn’t the real target.

  • 13 geordiemark // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    ill only be happy when pardew has gone and Ashley sells up you can never trust this guy again that’s for sure

  • 14 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM


    Yeah i think it would suit that way. This blog is actually the ONLY place i see pardew getting panned for all aspects of his life, let alone his management. Most of the media seem to rate him, as do many of the fans, or so i hear My son says there is very little in the way of anti-pardewness at the games (there will always be a bit, for almost any manager). He definitely has weaknesses, but they are certainly managable.

  • 15 whatsup // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Transfer sage – totally agree -LDJ looked composed and movement was good – think he’ll link up well with a pacy forward like Remy

  • 16 geordiemark // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    cabaye is an excellent player theres no hiding that fact but cabaye is not the whole team that’s for sure without cabaye we should still be wining matches and that solely is down to pardew and the coaching staff its as simple as that really

    the way I see it theres no turning back Ashley does have to sack pardew and sell the club I think theres to many fans now really annoyed with Ashley and co even after kinnears gone

  • 17 lesh // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Have we forgotten that Chris Mort was complicit in the events that led to Keggan’s second walkaway and court case?

  • 18 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    T sage

    I could be wrong, but i am pretty sure you were an advocate (not a dark green pear :D ) of the tech coach in summer. Do you not think it would work now?

  • 19 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    cabaye would have forced himself into a move after all the trouble of last time and them having to keep him sweet to not sell him 6 month’s ago so you cant blame them for him going now.

    replacement should have been sorted though no excuse for that.

  • 20 estechco // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    And the Press Association know what exactly about MA’s thinking?

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    I don’t get how Ashley gets the credit for the signings last year, if I was a company boss and I sent my assistant down to the shop for sarnies for everyone but didn’t give him any money then watched him squirm while everyone gave him shit while they went hungry, then the next day went to the shop myself but with money this time, I’d be some type of cretin to take the plaudits.

  • 22 estechco // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Assuming this story has any truth whatsoever (which I doubt), MA will doubtless employ someone mid August who will then have ample excuse to say he wasn’t up to speed in time to get deals over the line?

  • 23 oldbobaycliffe // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    watching the sky transfer shows the ex director of liverpool has been on quite a bit and he impressed me perhaps we could sign him up as we seem to need someone at the top with football experience

  • 24 wattos // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    “According to the Press Association this morning, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is in no hurry to replace the departed Director of Football”

    True because Denis Wise is on a 3-week cruise around the Carribean…

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM


    Not anymore no. I did in the summer though.

    My opinion has changed as I have seen us play some very good football in spells under Pardew this season. The problem I have with him is that he must see we look more of a threat when playing attacking football and seen to concede less, yet we keep going back to defensive rubbish too often.

    So I think pardew can set the team up to play well, just he doesn’t seem to want to as much as I think he should. (just my opinion of course)

    Although a good technical coach could improve him and give him confidence to play that way more I’m not convinced it would work……but under Ashley I think it’s the best we could hope for as he won’t hire a better manager (going off past records).

  • 26 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM




  • 27 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    with JFK leaving or getting sacked or whatever still shoudnt alter the fact that Ashley must still go. people should not be fooled that he will change for the better of the club-he wont . We must still proceed to do everything in our power to get rid of him and find a suitable owner who can turn our club around.

  • 28 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Lesh, from previous – I haven’t examined it all myself, no. It was raised by someone else who had started to research it, more info was provided by people from here who checked NUFC Accounts to verify it. They then checked the Land Registry to verify Planning had been sought – it has, by a Manchester Company for Student Accommodation.
    There doesnt seem to be any doubt that the land in question was transfered from NUFC to Mash Holdings. There is confirmation that a planning application has been submitted for Student Accommodation.
    The land above the Metro station “Is for sale” – It was proposed to be a casino when MA first bought the club, but that seems to have died a death!! Maybe its something the Local Press could research – they have the contacts, the resources!!!

  • 29 LocalZero // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Jesus! Just managed to wade through all the news since I was last on.
    I refuse to take anything but a positive from Kinnear leaving and the speculation around it is driving me up the wall.
    The only thing we know with absolute certainty is that he’s gone. GET IN!!! I can’t bring myself to spend too much time thinking about why, because we’ll probably never know. What I do know is: I’m 100% sure he couldn’t pronounce the names of half the players and that he came across as a loose cannon, whose arrogant pronouncements about signing people and phoning any manager he liked resulted in sweet FA as regards positive transfer news. Therefore I’m 100% happy to hear that he’s gone. You have to take the few positives that come along with NUFC!….. now as for MA’s dismal record in appointing people…….

  • 30 geordiemark // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    the way I see it this is how Kinnear got the job in the first place, Ashley rings Kinnear and asks him if he can take over as DOF and just to sign season long loan players so he can take the whole amount of sky tv money out of the club ie 60 million then tells joe to sell cabaye at a profit so theres 20 million and this is what they done and now kinnears gone and that’s 80 million in ashleys back pocket

  • 31 wattos // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    stuart no9

    Here’s the link to the Forbes Billionaires list:

    Start writing bud…

  • 32 banjax // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    For someone who is allegedly successful with his Sports Direct business, Mike Ashley is a total disaster when it comes to running a football club. If he had treat his retail customers like he has treated us Newcastle supporters he would be a busted flush by now because his retail customers would have walked out the door and never returned, unlike the loyal Toon followers put up with his cranky, spiteful habits. The best thing for all of us would be for Ashley to sell up. The next best would be to bring in a Chairman and Manager who are highly regarded, give them their say and some money and keep us all up to date by talking to us all on a daily basis. Some would think this is not much to ask, it certainly is’nt rocket science, but to Mike Ashley it’s the equivalent of giving an arm and a leg or losing some weight.

  • 33 geordiemark // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    what land does Newcastle united own ?? I didn’t know we owned land as well just apart from the training ground

  • 34 LocalZero // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Oh, I’ve got some other positives as well:

    Most of our internationals still need to put a shift in to play at the WC, so can’t be down in the dumps for ever for their own sakes.

    De Jong has half a chance of being decent.

    We’re almost 100% safe from relegation after only 24 games!!!

    We’ve got the rest of the season and the summer transfer window to steady the ship and get back on course.

  • 35 geordiemark // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM


    ill be a lot calmer when we get to 46 points

  • 36 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Don’t agree with that entirely

    Look at spurs when they lost Bale
    Where would Everton be this season with out lukaku?
    Or Liverpool with out Suarez?
    Or Manure with out Rooney?

    Not saying were a one man team but almost all our play went through Cabaye, the team was built around him, all our counter attacks went through him
    He’s a massive loss there’s no doubt about that for me and think it will take time for the team to adjust to playing with out such an influential player

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM


    that’s the difference between customers and fans though….Ashley needs to keep customers on side to buy his products, fans will come and back their team no matter what he does.

    He is taking advantage of a very loyal fan base.

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Local zero,
    If your going to change user names can you stick to it to save confusion and to let other people know there’s not more than one person with the same views as you.
    Back on track, for what that exciting top ten finish how he’s going to lift those without WC aspirations in to more than just showing face on a Saturday I don’t know.

  • 39 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM


    I think when pardew lets the players play we look good, I have no doubt in my mind about that,

    and when we do play well , it nearly always is the first half,

    so I tend to learn towards a good manager can get average players looking good, (SAF poyet ) and a poor manager makes good players look poor PARDEW take a bow please,,

    I know I do go on, but most of our wins are down to individual displays , not team displays

  • 40 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    T sage

    Fair enough. I agree pardew should attack more. I think over caution is one of the weaknesses i was refering to. Another is he is too much of a yes man these days. Maybe it is too late, maybe not.

    All in all, we just have to wait and see what the Fat c*ntroller does next.

  • 41 JARRAMAG // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    The rumour that 4000 fans have cancelled season tickets would definitely get Ashleys attention so maybe this is correct and Ashley has thrown Kinear to the wolves hoping we renew.Sell the club you crook

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    local zero

    We’re almost 100% safe from relegation after only 24 games!!!

    And that sums up the ambition of our owner….now we are safe he recoups all the money the club spent last year (18mil transfer fees) to keep us up by selling his prize asset.

    The man has had a few chances to develop the team and really kick on…we came 5th and only got anita (missed a chance) and now we sit 8th and he gets 1 loan player and sells our top man…..sums up his tenure for me.

  • 43 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    wattos @ 31 ?????? don’t get it !

  • 44 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM


    I know you keep saying it but like you agree, when he lets them play they look good.

    This adds more to your argument than just saying he is a bad manager and can’t get the best from them. What it shows is he can get the best from them but he hasn’t got the bottle to keep going like that for 90 mins.

    This to me is worse as it’s difficult to change sometimes approach to something but you can improve people’s technical/coaching skill by bringing a good assistant in.

    To me it shows why he will never make it at a higher level, his mentality.

  • 45 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    T sage

    Fair comments. I agree Pardew is over cautious. One of the weaknesses i was refering to. Another is that he is too much of a yes man. Is it too late now? Maybe, maybe not.

    We just have to wait and see what fats does next.

    This is the second time i have typed this, no idea why it failed the first time

  • 46 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM


  • 47 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM


    Yeh it’s just a wait and see with ashley, although he is becoming quite predictable. He seems to hire yes men that he knows, spends only when we need to and sells when the team can get by.

  • 48 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM


    yes a vibrant ambitious forward looking owner after seeing what a gem he had in cabs would have thought i can build a great team around him using the money i saved when i got him and make a name for myself and the club as bumble is none of those he thought if i keep my nerve i can quadruple my investment cue eyeballs showing £ signs spinning around

  • 49 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I don’t get this “attack in 1st half defend in second half” argument,do people expect us to control the play for the full 90 mins of every game?

  • 50 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Transfer Sage

    lol I know, his biggest problem is fear, it plain to see

    I bet pardew has killed/set back more young footballers carrers than he has helped move forward

    he needs help

    oh wait

    we would need a guy to help on the training ground
    we would need a guy to help with tactics and subs
    we would need a guy to help with his press confrences

    im sure there is a guy who can do all three

  • 51 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM


    you carnt have it both ways

    you either treat everyone with respect, Ashley included or stop whinging when some calls you,

  • 52 LooneyToon41 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Good managers – subjective. Oh, Poyet is brilliant isn’t he? Let’s not forget De Canio was in charge last season when we lost 3-0. And we know what happened there.
    Fulham sacked Jol to bring in Meulensteen and Curbishley… hmmmm.
    You can’t judge a manager over 3-6 months.
    Pardew got things badly wrong on Saturday, and I still feel the pain. But we are still 8th in the league. With the resources ‘at our disposal’ does any real fan expect much better? We will see how the players react.

    Re : Ashley Most fans want him out, yes. The clubs been up for sale twice, and we’ve had no takers. This ‘SELL UP ASHLEY AND GO’ line is all well and good, but just not realistic if nobody wants to buy the club.
    Also, let’s not forget the likes of Leeds Utd! Yikes.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM


    It’s not about controlling the whole 90mins, I know that isn’t possible, especially with us.

    It’s just the mentality, we sometimes commit men forward, really look to get at teams, go for a few goals. But then a lot of the time we get 1 goal, camp in our own half and leave who ever is up front 40 yard from any support.


    What about we take pardew to a hypnotist show but instead of getting him to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken they tell him to be brave and bold in team set up….a simple £30 ticket could solve all our problems.

  • 54 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM


    well its not like you say,

    it is more like get a goal and defend it
    get to 60 mins and defend a 0-0,

    just watch his subs, they just as much tell you that

    how many games has pardew over turned from a loosing position ?

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    looney toon

    But with the players at our disposal should we be doing any worse? i don’t think so.

    To me pardew is average, not able to get the best from the type of player we have but not so bad we lose every game.

  • 56 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM


    not sure what you mean there tbh. I dont think i reffered to having anything both ways. I was simply going back to last summer when many people were on about having a tech coach.

  • 57 jayphoto // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Might be wrong, but sometimes I think Pardew has set the team tactics up to lose. To prove a point maybe? Especially last season with his team selections! I got that feeling on Sunday, actually think in the back of his mind he’d be happy with that loss as its really now emphasised in the press that hes working under difficult restraints, lost his best player, wasn’t backed etc
    Not seen many in the press talking about how out- thought he was by poyet, how unmotivated the side looked (his job) or that even without cabaye we lined up with 8 international players with further international players on our bench! Player for player on paper we were stronger than the mackems in 8 or 9 out of 11 individual battles

  • 58 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    If we’re 1-0 away from home what are we supposed to do?defend all game going for the 1-0?,keep attacking and leave yourself open?.What most teams would do is sit back and counter attack hoping to catch the other team out but if you don’t score it looks like your defending too much,Chelsea were perfect last night,got the goal early and played on the counter but they have world class players all over.I bet the performances your talking about were mostly away from home.

  • 59 ArtyH // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I’m almost at the point where I just don’t feckin care, breaks my heart to say it but after nearly 60 years of support I can see the black years of the 70′s and 80′s coming around again! I haven’t got enough time left to live to see us successful again if the cycle is repeated. FMG I would be in my 80′s or 90′s ( if I lived that long ) before they hit the mid 90′s success cycle. I am emotionally drained by the club now, is it worth it!?

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    That’s easy for pardew to say if he’d been in charge cabaye wouldn’t have left the club. cabaye had wanted out for ages!

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    chelsea went on the attack too though, they played with ivanovic right up the pitch and just had the left back sit in so always three back, 2 good holding players as well.

    I have no problem with count attacking football we don’t do it right, last night chelsea were getting 4/5 forward on the counter…our counter involves 1/2 players…we struggle to commit men forward.

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Couldn’t see Chelsea ever hitting 194 long balls in one match.

  • 63 G // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Yesterday morning a mate of mine suggested that a complete new structure for the club, as well as a new hierarchy (including owner) was going to be in place at the end of the season. I dismissed this as pie in they sky, however, the timing of JK’s departure has got me wondering now.

  • 64 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM


    we don’t hit many long balls often now though, it’s rare for us to do it

  • 65 theartfuldodger // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I doubt we can get a DoF over the line :-P

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM


    who realistically apart from johnson would get in our team and bridcutt was making a debut just signed from brighton!

  • 67 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM


    so why do it just cos one player leaves!

  • 68 outside the box // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    The Club will be making no further comment……
    says it all…..
    lambarse leaves nothing
    hughton leaves nothing
    joe kinnear leaves nothing
    imagine they have all been gagged…
    ad sales manager …sorry couldn,t get £5bill a year so have to keep those sports diirt ads up …
    oh where is news of the world when you need them

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Somebody did a breakdown the other day, think it was Band B, of the up and coming matches. The next four games are Chelsea, Spurs,Villa and Hull.
    The chasing pack are more or less 12 points behind us – so if we do not make any progress over the next four games we’ll find ourselves in amongst the real rubbish teams. Cannot see us getting anything in the first two games and it would appear that Hull and Villa are getting better (slightly) -so I’m not 100% confident there.

  • 70 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Without Cabaye v Norwich,good performance,without Cabaye v Scum terrible performance.Without Cabaye v Norwich the transfer window was still open,without Cabaye v scum the transfer window had been shut 15 hrs.Coincidence?

  • 71 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM


    pardew has had 3 years and if anything we’re going backwards. Players like Cisse, marveaux, MYM, ben Arfa etc have been shunned rather than developed. Cabaye had already won everything in France and played CL regularly.

    12th, 5th, 16th, 8th probably soon to be 9th with a squad like ours 8 should be the absolute bare minimum. At this rate the unthinkable could happen and Poyet could catch us up! 5 losses in 7 games (with / without cabaye) with only 3 goals scored. Hmmm…

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM


    we didn’t against norwich though

    we were missing cabaye, remy and gouff, thats over 80% of the team goals and a massive part of how we play.

    It’s not an excuse, but it does explain it a little.

  • 73 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM


    id like like to know what our home/away stats are i think we are doing better away this season

  • 74 mindshaft // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Lets face it, nobody wants to buy Newcastle for 230 million or whatever it is that Ashleys in for.

    Am sure Ashley would love to find a buyer but he isn’t just going to write off the 100 + million debt we owe him to appease the fans, think we need a reality check here

    There are NO buyers out there at that price

  • 75 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM


    oops disregard i forgot im following chelsea for the rest of the season lol

  • 76 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Didn’t you see this yesterday?

    You are making yourself look stupid again with your 194 long balls stat so i thought i’d post something that proves your stupid to help you along.

    316 total passes,10.8% long.

  • 77 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM


    Well i’d take 2 years of just getting by with him taking 50mil out of the club a year if it meant he’d drop the price to 100mil

  • 78 martoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    TS @5. The one positive I took from the debacle on Saturday was De Jong. You maybe could not see it on TV but his movement and positioning were pretty good – yes he was obviously not match sharp but that will come. I saw more potential in him in one half than I have in Cisse all season.

  • 79 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM


    Yeh i said that earlier, thought he looked very good, just lacking sharpness and confidence to take the shot on his weaker foot.

  • 80 LocalZero // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Jail @ 38

    Carrying on the theme from my previous post about being bored of speculation that’s based on very little fact:
    You and I are both 100% certain that we don’t really know who the other is (you know, like when there are 2 people in a lift and somebody farts), and presumably everyone else, (if they care at all, which I’m sure they don’t) can also be nearly 100% sure that we don’t know each other. Therefore, by assuming you know who I am we’ve learned something else about you: that you jump to rash conclusions that suit your interpretation of things and make statements based on little but your own paranoia. Maybe you can tell me why then, should anything else you post have any credibility whatsoever?
    Maybe you should just accept that there’s more than one person with a view that you disagree with, even if you try your best to bully those people off the blog.

  • 81 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Yeah we hit a lot of long balls on Saturday but where does 194 long balls come from – thats over 2 a minute and what classes as a long ball??

  • 82 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM


    Aye Carl said De Jong looked canny when he came on. Lets hope the lad can start firing in some goals.

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Markakkus at 5

    torq had us thinking that was a possibility before JFK pitched up. Wires crossed sadly.

  • 84 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM


    yeh mata hits long balls and no one complains lol

  • 85 LooneyToon41 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    @54 Transfer Sage. Fair point, but considering we haven’t spent any money in the last 2 windows, and the likes of Perch,Simpson,Guti etc have departed?!?

    The majority of posters on this blog (as per the vote) wanted Darren Bent in the summer! – madness

  • 86 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    It was one of Rotonda’s “facts”.

  • 87 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM


    yeah it was wishful thinking. However, i also hrard JFK was offered the job while drinking with ash, and that ash was so p1ssed he didnt remember doing it, but jfk anounced it the following day and maybe ash didnt want to go back on it. After all they are a couple of diamond geezahs together :D. Maybe he did originally plan to get someone better. This is just yet another rumour of course!

  • 88 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM


    yeah but it was a vote between Darren Bent and No one :D

  • 89 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM


    I just think it’s more the style of play…look at poyet, i know its early in his sunderland career but same can be said of rogers at liverpool, martinez at everton, pochettino at southampton…all of those sides have appointed a modern/continental manager, and all those sides have not just improved results but also improved the entertainment factor in games and the style of play.

    That’s all I ask, none of them are world beating managers, none big names, none have madrid/barca/etc competing to sign them….that’s what we need but something Ashley won’t give us.

  • 90 fray bentos // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I doubt very much Rotonda will respond to that

    I think the main reason of our 3 consecutive losses to Sunderland is that most of our players couldn’t give a toss about the derby

  • 91 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM


    i voted for darren bent only because i mis read the question i thought it said darren brown :-)

  • 92 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Llambias will return!

  • 93 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Sack Pardew for giving the Mackems the bragging rights!

  • 94 daztoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Maybe Pardew couldn’t give a toss about the derby games as well as some players.He certainly can’t motivate the players for said games.

  • 95 naptoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Imo charnley is part of the problem not part of the solution and did I really see darnsarf trying to use what has happened to give some credit and more “wait and see” time for the fatman? Unbelievable … I rekon this is nowt more than throwing the fans a bone to stave off sit ins, pitch invasions etc sadly it’ll work and I expect the apologists like bilson and darnsarf to be out in force with “wait till after the summer” nonsense. They’ve already got a perfect excuse for no signings as without a dof who will be out working on deals (or pretending to) leaving the old ” we just didn’t have the time to get em over the line” excuse ready and waiting.
    Be interesting if JFK came out and said it was all out of his hands and the fatman wouldn’t release the necessary funds for the supposed targets …

  • 96 Mr Funk // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I hope someone has suggested Nicolas Cortese. He can definitely run a football club.

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    TDsarf/ local zero,
    You’ve completely lost me in your farting in lifts scenario, we’ve had too much carry on with multiple posters, fair enough changing your user name because it sounds like tedious when you say it out loud, but posting under two names gives the impression that more people back up your ideas and as for me bullying, if people are going to blatantly post shit just to get a reaction then they are going to come under fire, does Catchy complain, he just calls me a pr!ck.

  • 98 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Don’t mind long balls as long as long as we mix it up.

  • 99 lesh // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:28 PM


    Thanks for coming back @28….. Maybe you should put it to the press for investigation by forensic accountants.

    As I’ve said, if this has happened as you’ve described it, there’s nothing unusual about it. However,there is the morality of what happened to any money raised from a sale, if any sale at all.

    And the sale of what? Freehold? Leasehold?

    Incidentally, the planning application I posted for the Pitt Street Magpie Ckub site, came ftom the City Council – not the Land Registry.

    The Regisrty can be interrogated on line to verify the ownership history if of the properties mentioned. It’d cost a few quid but it’s the definitive source to clear any matters of doubt.

  • 100 The next Mike Williamson // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I’ve got a feeling Ashley will approach Cortese and Comolli who are both out of work.

  • 101 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Llambias is coming back!

  • 102 jayphoto // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    @rotonda – i would have on saturday taken Ki as the only player i’d have at Newcastle as he creates and we don’t have much of that! Johnson had a good game but hes so inconsistent! The game was lost to the battle of the managers and Poyet was streets ahead!
    For next season i’d love a new manager and a new owner but if it was a choice of pardew or ashley id get rid if pardew, we still have a top 6 squad signings or no signing and pardews getting mediocrity from it far too often

  • 103 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Pardew will be the next one out of the club.

  • 104 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Stupid clowns over at @nufcfans on Twitter at it again…

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans Feb 2
    I know people don’t believe in “sources” / “ITK” but I’m telling you – JK is waiting in the wings. #NUFC job is unfinished business for him.

    Adam Hilless ?@AdamHilless 5 hrs
    @nufcfans still stocking by this??

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans 5 hrs
    @AdamHilless 100%

    Joe Kinnear was never bought in to replace Alan Pardew, its a very big risk due to his heart issues and his doctor advised him, if he takes a managerial place here, the doctors warned him that he was ought to die next time if he had a heart attack so that ruled him out. He was bought in to undermine Pardew to make him resign, but it seems like the opposite happened and Joe Kinnear failed. Mike Ashley gave him 8 months but he failed so it was a mutual consent to resign.?

  • 105 LocalZero // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Jail @ 95

    It doesn’t help the blog, or NUFC if you try to belittle or discredit anyone with an opinion that you disagree with. In that case this place is just a bunch of people preaching to the choir. I get that I’m in the minority on here with my ‘still-not-totally-run-out-of-patience-or-hope-with-MA’ thoughts, but I’m afraid if you think I’m whoever else you think I am then you’re wrong. And just think, if you drive me off here, along with anyone else who disagrees with you, then you’ll never be able to change our minds and have me join your revolution.

  • 106 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Six thousand season tickets cancelled since the Mackems hammered us. Pardew dead man walking.

  • 107 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Anyone who is looking to get rid of Ashley look to contact fan groups and also look into doing some of your own work.

    Contact journo’s, local and national, contact the club’s press officer with as many questions as you can, look into creative ways to protest, look how fans have influenced change at other clubs.

    What Ashley will never realise is that he isn’t NUFC, he doesn’t own NUFC, the fans are what own it. They will be around long after he has gone and no matter what he does to the club it will still be there.

  • 108 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    wolfshead @89 -mis read a post -aha -poor eyesight – that does explain some of your posts.
    I see your new team won last night -must admit I thought Man city would win. Old Jose is a tricky customer. Did you see him on SSN talking about small horses -very clever.
    Managed to trawl through the net and found an image of you causing some excitement to a small horse:-

    Not so sure about your red hat.

  • 109 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    in fairness i think against scumderland it was the fact we missed goofy the most more than cabaye as the lad oozes determination and quality going forward and in defence and is very underated imo.

    arfa as exciting as he is doesnt have too much of an end product and is not in the same class as goofy as far as the team is concerned.

    marv imo is the only one capable of creating as much as cabaye did but doesnt offer much in reguards to hard work like cabaye did and sissoko offers the workrate but not the vision or passing skills (anita is just a link man imo)

    whatever happens i wont be going to games anymore this season if my will power holds out (even if they do play well and i really hope they do) and thats just my personal statement to the club that i’ve had enough ! if and its a big “IF” we sign players before next season and they show ambition i may buy a season ticket next season but i wont do it untill i’m sure.

  • 110 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Zombie Pardew, with his lifeless offensive ideas.

    Maybe he does have an offensive idea…

    It is very irritating and offensive to keep finding a first team place for Mr. Ameobi, whilst the creativity and finishing of Ben Arfa, Cisse and Marveaux has been left to rot on the bench (if Sylvain actually makes it there).

  • 111 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM


    on marv

    i think you sum it up well, offers the pass but not the hard work, sissoko offers the hard work but not the pass. Cabaye had both.

    For me we need to go with marv, no point in having 2 DM’s behind somebody if they just work hard but have no end product, need to get marv in the side and playing the killer balls.

    Ideally you want somebody like cabaye who does both, but if we don’t have it need to make the most from what we do.

    At chelsea i’d select.

    debuchy, wilo, mbiwa, haidara
    anita, tiote
    sissoko, marv, gouffy (hba if not fit)
    de jong

  • 112 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Pardews being hung out to dry by Ashley, Kinnear has gone so pardews all on his own to take the flak and the next two games are just the ones to put the final nails in his coffin.

  • 113 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM


    it gets to a point with shola where you need to drop him, why go with experience if it isn’t delivering…go de jong, cisse, even armstrong from the bench (norwich was perfect chance to get him on when he subbed the left back on instead).

    Shola was doing ok in the side in games away to spurs, had 3/4 good games but after that he has gone back to his usual self.

  • 114 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Transfer, yes. It’s just a sad state of play when Shola is ‘playing well’ yet he still can’t score.

    To other players, that is a poor run of form, even if they are contributing to the team. Just shows how low everyone rates him.

    Contributes well for a few games, then goes back to normal, which is over/underwhelmingly poor.

  • 115 beefman13 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    financially for MA of course we are a well run club that is agreed, we know he likes to play the bargain game, he likes to sell dear and buy cheap as possible, its his money hes playing with not financed money, it boils mine and no doubt yours and many many others that we are not seizing this moment to push further forward, MA just cant seem to help controversy and it affects all supporters, the stadium renaming hurt all of us, the fact that he does not pay for advertising his sports company everywhere horifies us, the previou two transfer windows have sickened us and brought me in particular down to most fans levels concerning MA, but praising Steve Gibson who over financed the Boro, like Manadric did and ridsdale did and Shepherd did here was just downright dangerous, all of the aforementioned clubs got their bit of success through this over financing but they are all stuffed now havnt a pot to pee in, i cant have this Steve Gibson being called mr nic guy, he is a high power businessman and a ruthless one at that, even i would not bat an eyelid if MA went tomorrow but weather he keeps us afloat for himself or not, we are still holding our own in the toughest league in the world, and this season have had some mighty as well as horrible results, but if you can honestly say you would be enjoy going to macclesfield or crewe or port vale or many other of those types of teams (no disrespect) just because you hate the owner then that is to narrow minded, i dont like the way MA does things, in fact its maddening as hell, but im still happy the fact that all top teams dont like coming to SJP even in this current climate of recent games, just please dont make Gibson out to be some sort of saint, hes just a Freddie Shepherd in disguise and certainly not a poor unprotected lamb!!!!!

  • 116 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    @109 ts

    cant fault that line up bud its exactly what i would pick also.

    still <3 dummett and santon at lb also but not much between them and think santon has got sloppy lately so hairdryer has edged it for me also.

  • 117 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Shola should gone five years ago but for some reason he manages to hang on in there he’s seen eleven managers out the door.

  • 118 Blofal // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Apparently we got including addons £23.3 million for Cabaye…

  • 119 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Lesh @ 97 – I emailed the info to the jnl.newsdesk yesterday – they have far more resources, contacts than we do – hopefully they will do something, but I havent heard from them.

  • 120 wattos // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Stuart no. 9 @42

    You said “We must still proceed to do everything in our power to get rid of him and find a suitable owner who can turn our club around.”

    So I suggest start writing a ltter to the top 500 billionaires…The Sultan of Brunei (estimated worth $22bn) is a Newcastle supporter who once gifted NUFC a team bus but then asked for it back when KK left the club…sounds like an excellent first letter to write!

  • 121 Ultra Mag-ness // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I have to disagree with the idea that now isn’t the time to get a replacement. I think now is exactly the time if we are to proactively improve the situation for next season.

    A Director of football should be in as soon as possible to start looking at the players we need for next season and tie them up now. Grenier and Cabella didn’t want to leave their teams now but appeared open to the suggestion in the summer. Discussions between clubs can take place and have deals in principle lined up (before they spike after the world cup)

    The players would be motivated to show their places were adequately covered and replacements not needed – I mean how good would it be to know players were coming in 1st July and could acclimatise to their new surroundings prior to next seasons kick off.

    It’s not rocket science but the even common sense is evading the upper echelons of the Club’s hierarchy

  • 122 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    done a little number crunching just for play :-)

    under ashleys charge (purely on transfers inc/outgoing) we are 45mil in the green.
    ofc its the prem which bumps players value’s up ect and is including cabaye sale but not luuk’s loan fee as i have no idea what that cost !

    we may have lost some due to ofc relegation and bad running costs for the team ect which may have interfeared with this though.

    interstingly though through ashleys reign we have bought 3 more players than we have let go over his time with us according to “transferleague”

  • 123 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    It’s not the DOF that puts the Cabellas and Grenier of its the thought of working with Pardew. The other french players will be texting each other all the criac MYM was montpellier captain and he’s benched so what message does that send out?

  • 124 stan anderson // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Is it a fact about season tickets being cancelled.
    Hope so,really need to let the FATMAN know how PI–ed we really are with his running of the club.
    FFS. we are just into Feb. and our season is over,provided we can pick up 4 points,safe from the drop.
    No cup matches to look forward to,(Wembley)day out.
    No Eufa Cup qualification,he dose,nt want that does he.
    I would want my money back to,if i could afford 1 in the 1st place.

  • 125 Milner // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    House of Broken Promises,
    Northumberland State Circus,
    Sports Direct HQ,
    4th Feb 2014*

    Re: Covering Letter for ‘Director of Football’?

    Dear Mick Ashlies,

    I was really surprised recently, to read a statement from Newcastle United, that Joe Kinnear had resigned from his role at the club as Director of Football. The surprise came mainly that the club had released a statement, as until now most communications are shrouded in a Soviet era blanket of suffocating silence, hence I’ve taken to relying on the ramblings of the homeless (and their pigeons), to keep me fully up to speed with the clubs progressions and aspirations.

    So it was great to finally get a peek behind the black and white curtain, even if what I saw looked like a patsy being oiled up and fed to the baying masses.

    However, I’m not one to dwell on past floggings, and instead would like to eagerly nominate myself for the ‘hot seat’.

    I can provide a full CV upon request, once I’ve written it, but for now I’d like to lay out my skills and objectives in nice neat bullet points (unfortunately ‘bullet points’ are only a grammatical figure of speech, you can’t actually fire me with these later down the line):

    • I live in London, which makes me a bit of a cockney geezer, so we’ll ‘ave a bubble and a laugh together.
    • One of my eyes is a little bit wonky, which is a talent Joe was never able to replicate of the previous geeza Mr.Wise. I can confirm it is a great advantage, as it allows you to scout two players at the same time; how else do you think he managed to land Xisco and Gonzalez?
    • I’ve been out of the game a long time, in fact, I’ve never really been in it – but if you want me to, I’ll regale you with tales of Cup Victories, Club Victories and Escape to Victory (my favourite film).
    • I shop in Sports Direct quite regularly, not because they’re the only people left selling high street sporting goods, but because I love the Feng Shui of the shop’s lay out – I can lose myself for hours in there, just wandering about, sometimes bumping into someone that works there, and gazing in amazement at the logos of long forgotten brands, that hark back to an era of an open market. I also like to do my bit for the Chinese economy, and they have truly mastered the art of making cheap white socks.

    But what role will I occupy at the club? – I hear you shouting, which is a fair question, and perhaps something you’ve not fully considered until now, so here goes:

    • Sack the players. They all want so much money these days! I’d start with the really good ones, like Jim Cruel and Charlie Tiptoe.
    • Hire players from your factories in China! We can surely get them on them mega-cheap, just don’t tell Alan Carr’s dad, as I’ve got a bad feeling he’s got a real eye for talent.
    • And don’t tell Pardew. In fact, don’t talk to him ever again. He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
    • Season Tickets should be sold in Tattoo form – then people won’t be able to change their minds once we instigate the great Chinese takeover. Just imagine it, all those smiling Geordie faces looking back at you, with SPORTS DIRECT tattooed all over the grinning mugs.
    • Shut down ALL communication. I’m thinking SPORTS DIRECT security guards standing on each corner, if they hear a whisper of discontent, they fire – or get fired.

    And that’s about it really, aside from the obvious, like installing Martial Law, declaring Northumberland a Communist State, curfews after the final whistle, blood thirsty hounds released for our mutual titillation, and the gradual and continual crushing of human spirit – until our biological hard wiring for progression and prosperity, has been replaced by a voodoo mantra and the burning of people who we believe to be a witch.

    Many Thanks for your consideration,

    I’m goose stepping off to the nearest Casino,

    Yours Dutifully,

    Dere’lic Mi Balls

    *I know this date means I’ve missed the Transfer Window, but hopefully that shouldn’t matter.

  • 126 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Dennis wise is being touted to take over from Kinnear.

  • 127 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM


    you trawled through the internet looking for midget bestiality? everyone needs a hobby i suppose :-)

  • 128 Ancientcoptic // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    It must be bad when even Joe Kinnear resigns and forgoes 2 years wages.

    Whilst we are all happy, it sure makes Mike Ashley look the clown, not even his chuckle brother sees the funny side anymore.

    Btw: If you think Kinnear was forced out, that would mean you think Ashley has not been getting what he wants out of the transfer windows, that is not what most people on this blog have been suggesting. If Kinnear has been forced out then he will be compensated, that money will be coming out of NUFC and would be announced.

    It is what it is, Kinnear has walked.

  • 129 Greebol1892 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM


    I agree


    I agree, as I do with 99% of ur posts. Good sense.

    I also thoughf it was obvious that some sh!t would fly after the mackems match and closure of Jan window.

    So in the real-life big picture & without the blog/internet hype, we will continue as a mid-table/top-six hopeful with a successful businessman as our owner (a happy fatcat lapping the cream) and a mediocre manager….. until both the above-mentioned are out on their arse.
    Howay the Toon & FTSMB!

  • 130 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    JFK for whistleblower anyone?,is their not a Geordie embassy we can get him to?

  • 131 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I can’t remember who, but yesterday somebody posted they did not like the chant “you fat cockney b***tard, get out of our club” as it refers to him being a cockney.

    After some thought I agree. It might make us look like we don’t like him just cause he is from down south, when we have actual grievances against him.

    Any thoughts on a new chant.

  • 132 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM


  • 133 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Whether the ‘resignation’ has been culled in order to hault cancelling of season tickets which is now on the go, who knows.

    The “sanctioning”of 4 signings just before the promo for season tickets came out was no real surprise.

    There will be lots of theories, I suppose.

    The sooner The Inflatable Man leaves the better. He’s a real life blooper hero.

  • 134 Sav // Feb 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Could it be simply that Mash has seen the model of Poyet who seems to do his own transfers in the old style and decided to save himself the wage and hassle of covering up for JFK. He can probably afford to sack the Press & PR girl, too, now Joe has gone.

    “To lose JFK once is unfortunate, to lose him twice….”

  • 135 70TWO // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I would hope for another press release this week setting out what they plan to do and show that they have short term plans, otherwise they will be repeating the same mistakes. I will be very annoyed if it is again left to Pardew to field / duck questions about the club when the focus should be on the game against Chelsea at the pre-match press conference.

  • 136 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Mr Mojo @ 130 – simply get JFK in a hostelry, feed him a few beers, turn on the recorder and ask your question – as long as the beer is flowing, so will Joe. I doubt you would shut him up, once he was in full flow.

    It wouldn’t take too long to get the info you wanted – your bar bill could be a bit steep though!!!

  • 137 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    bumble needs a new patsy lamb knew nowt jfk was out of touch the problem is finding the right candidate to swallow his fiscal prudence bullshit the the obese illegitimate londoner

  • 138 martoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Although JFK resigned – I would imagine some deal will have been struck to keep him quiet involving a payoff. So I don’t think we’ll hear anything from Kinnear.

  • 139 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM


    I could take losing a few games if it got rid of pardew. Let’s face it the season’s over and even pardew couldn’t relegate us from here.

  • 140 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM


    comedy gold, mate. Cheers for that.

    When do you start? :D

  • 141 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM


    It is a shame you always feel the need to resort to personal insults when quite a lot of people actually share my views.

    It’s usually a sign of somebody who is very insecure or is somewhat cerebrally and intellectually challenged. Either works for me.

  • 142 usmagpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Wow maybe I should change my name to Nostradamus.
    This is what I wrote February 1st.

    usmagpie // Feb 1, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Well then Well then, I said this last summer in this blog when we received promise after promise about summer deals. We will not do anything now and would probably sell some of our best players in January and get fed BullSh#@ for the whole of January. Does this not feel familiar, didn’t Ernie little fellow WISE talk the same bull. Well here we go with the conversation over the last three years. MK: I’m a Londoner and Dennis your a Londoner so I will pay you so much to piss people of for me then move you and bring in another. JK you will take over and do what Dennis has done and then I will fire you and it will make me look great to the fans and pay you a healthy chunk of change for aiding in my plan. Now say MK, I wonder what Vinnie Jones is doing?

  • 143 isleofmanman // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Surely the plans to secure target players for team building and improving begins in earnest from the second a football season begins

    On the other hand no point in planning without the brass

    If by some miracle meaningful expenditure is allowed then bring in Damien Comolli. At least he is highly intelligent, honourable and energetic

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