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It’s Time To Sign Up This Striker For Newcastle

2:10 pm, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 352 Comments

28 year-old Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis didn’t sign for Inter-Milan after all last month, and we have to think there’s a very good chance that Newcastle can sign him as a free agent in the summer, and there’s no reason why he cannot be signed up now to  a pre-contract agreement.

bafetimbi gomis - pink

Bafe Gomis – sign this man up

But it looks like that’s something he hasn’t done yet,  as he had this to say to L’Equipe today:

“I have not signed any pre-contract with anyone,” “I can pretty much go, as I can very well stay.” “I play with the mindset of a player who loves his club and respects his contract.”

“I would not want to give the impression that my head is somewhere else.” “I’m still proud to wear these colors, and I have a lot of ambitions with OL [Lyon]. So don’t expect me to give up.”

That’s a nice PR statement from Bafe, but that’s all it is, and we certainly expect Bafe to respect his five year contract at Lyon and give them 100% while he’s there, which is until the end of June, and then he can sign for any club as a free agent.

And there have been quotes coming from the French International striker’s Twitter account, that he would like to sign for Newcastle, and that he is already learning English for his new career in England.

We just hope that’s going to be with Newcastle United, because as a free agent this lad would be a good signing for Newcastle.

And he could potentially link up well with 23 year-old Dutchman Luuk de Jong, who we hope will earn a deal on Tyneside in the summer, by scoring some goals for us through the final 14 games of the season.

You never know – maybe there’s some good things about to happen to Newcastle before the end of the season, and also in the summer.

That would be a complete shock – but also a very nice change. :D

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352 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Ed – Why??


    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.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Only seen bit of this lad, not hugely impressed but if the club want him why was he not bought in january or at least signed up to a pre contract to join in the summer.

    They clearly don’t fancy him.

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Great hold up striker,

    but the main thing is

  • 4 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    soon be 29yo but agree he would be an improvement to the squad but i would rather have luuk/cisse/goofy as our main strikers untill a better quality striker comes along.

  • 5 Ben3arfa // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM


  • 6 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Pardew is the elephant in the room and until he is removed nothing will change he’s had three seasons and it’s not happening for him time for change.

  • 7 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    T sage

    maybe it was jfks job. We know how good he was at doing what he was meant to :D

  • 8 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM


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

    its still a slur , if you want everyone to be nice, you should too

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM


    haha maybe. I think he walked as he didn’t want to be seen a the scapegoat, something llambias also did.

    Even Ashley’s own pals are abandoning him….his time is coming.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:21 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.

  • 11 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM


    hahaha I think it might just work

    get paul MC in, pay him a couple of hundred, get him so laid back , and acting like a PIMP, furr coats on the touch line, walking into the media room with his pimp stick and bendy wendy his public relations BIATCH

  • 12 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    The writing is on the wall for Pardew a good hiding of Chelsea and he will be gone.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM


    it really sucked that no one else was even interviewed for the job at the time. History shows that Pardew’s one top 6th finish in nearly 20 years was clearly a one off dependent on so many factors that season.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM


    sadly I think there’s more misery to endure yet, but to get rid of JFK is at least a positive start.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Why? The lads nearly 30, well outside the transfer policy and really doesn’t look that great

  • 16 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Rotonda Ashley took a gamble with Pardew that’s what he basically is a gambler and it’s gone arse up on him Kinnear was pardews excuse for pardews cock ups and Ashley has removed his excuse and so pardews on his own.

  • 17 nightfa11 // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    gomis? wtf? we need a profilic striker..not someone who scores a goal every 3 their french 29..

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Well Done Kinnear But What About Alan Pardew?

    1 hour ago by Adam Morrison
    Well what can you say about the Kinnear resignation?

    I say thank you Joe for doing the decent thing and going. This is more than I can say for the pathetic puppet that is our manager.

    kinnear resignation People need to remember it was job success for Joe. Does anyone really think the job description was to go out and take Newcastle to the Champions League?

    Joe has helped ensure that Newcastle are around £60 million in the black this season thanks to increase in tv revenue and transfer dealings.

    Kinnear has done everything that was asked of him yet will not give more time to cover up the horrendous job being done by the other two cockneys at Newcastle.

    People can say what they want about one game not defining a season but the pure humiliation on Saturday was like nothing I have ever experienced at Newcastle. That I’m afraid is someone’s fault and that person is Pardew!

    The constant lies and excuses are driving me away from the game I love. We still had 11 players who should have been able to compete with a team that was bottom of the league for most of the year.

    The words ‘we were probably too hyped up for it’ nearly made me put a wall through in my house when I heard it. Is this the sort of guy you want as our manager!?

    Kinnear has again done his job and took the heat off Pardew for a few days but I just hope by this time next week we are talking about Pardew growing a pair and taking responsibility and resigning.

    Hey, maybe without a DOF and manager even Ashley might consider walking away……

  • 19 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Old Carr should be lining up top young strikers anyone could scout established internationals.

  • 20 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    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.


    last night Chelsea played man c , I would expect some counter attack football

    but you pick the best teams in the league, im talking about playing Cardiff west brom stoke sundeland Fulham, these types of teams at our home, we do not set out to attack, with our better quality, we sit and wait, score then defend,

    we only beat stoke at home because they lost 2 men, we were already a goal down and looking poor,,

    but you can highlight the games v the top teams if you like

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM


    Pressure in mounting on Ashley, fans back against him, his two chums llambias and kinnear walking away from jobs he gifted them….pardew will walk before the end of the season (just a hunch, keep his stock high)

    Even the media now say “mike ashley has brought stability to the club but….” and some say nothing much will change til he leaves.

    Everyone is figuring the man out for what he is.

  • 22 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Is Carr accepting responsibility for scouting Anita?

  • 23 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM


    the only player that looked hyped up was dummet when he went into bardsley
    other than that one time in 90+ mins, we let them do what they wanted

    now that’s sad

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM


    whats wrong with anita? nothing special but was only 5/6mil

    No scout gets everything spot on

  • 25 70TWO // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    “It’s Time To Sign Up This Striker For Newcastle”


    And just whilst I am being ever so slightly critical; I very much liked the idea of a ‘Mission Statement’ but did not get to the end of the ‘bullet points’ as they became very descriptive and rambling. Any chance you (Ed) could revise and make them proper targets which I may then be able to agree/disagree with?

  • 26 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I like anita, he has ability , can spot a pass, and generally gets stuck in

  • 27 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Old Carr has scouted Anita,Marveuax Amilfatano Abhied De Jong

  • 28 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM


    quick whip around for the tickets then? haha

  • 29 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Did you watch Anita against the Mackems enough said.

  • 30 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM


    3 of them are doing ok

    1 untried
    1 not that good

  • 31 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Transfer Sage

    deal ;)

    we can give a good tip too :)

  • 32 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM


    I can point to 10 others that started the game with him that where just as bad

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM


    can’t judge de jong yet

    Also i dare bet he has recommended much better players but when the owner shops on the freebie bin or damaged goods it’s hard for him.

    I bet if you look through his lists there are some amazing players.

  • 34 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    @30 ha ha! They can’t get into the team and Anita is always the first one subbed.

  • 35 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    That stat was ridiculous and you repeated it quite a few times,i was just setting the record straight.

  • 36 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Why do you question the least relevant point?.I used Chelsea as an example because they went a goal up and played counter attack,when we go 1 nil up away and try to play on the counter it looks like were being too defensive because our counter attacks are not working. Chelsea have world class players everywhere

  • 37 lesh // Feb 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    It’s a bit worrying to see the sack Pardew brigade are on the prowl again.

    OK, get rid of him and then what? Neil Warnock? Joe Kinnear?

    Get a grip and try and think sensibly.

  • 38 oldbobaycliffe // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    if i was carr i would resign as well he keeps putting players up to buy and we keep trying to buy them on the cheap he would be an asset for any other pl team

  • 39 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM


    but that is manager not the player

    anita has been man of the match many times

    marv, looked one of the better players , I think he normally does

    mhendi is doing very well in Greece undere a new coach, also did well in scottland

    LDJ, does not look a bad player, but lets see how he does with no service

    RA is the only one who has not shown us anything, but I did watch a reserve game on MUTV , they beat us , but I thought he did ok up to about 60 mins, but that is a different level

  • 40 mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    @37 Kinnear is gone or haven’t you noticed?

  • 41 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM


    You said this on a previous page

    … 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” –

    OG writes ….

    This is not to put you right so to speak, its just so’s I can address it and have it in front of me ..her goes..and I will update later

    The Land has not been bought by Ashley, It has not been sold by Ashley or Nufc ,

    The last planning item was for an extended drinks licence at lane 7 ..numbers 80 to 90 ..that covers the new number nine bar .

    The planning application that was submitted just last August was by a company called G-Casino …not happening !

    So there is nothing on the system about mash holdings

    There is nothing on the system about a Manchester based student accommodation company ..nothing at all on the system ..and that’s from me and just been checked and verified in the last 20 mins .

    None of the afore mentioned have even applied or are know of….I’m amazed at your initial “story ” seems like you have been fed a line mate.

  • 42 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM


    you really miss the point

    it has been said we have very good players. not as good as Chelsea b but better than the teams I mentioned,

    so for us to play counter attack football against poor teams is madness, for us to sit back on a 1 goal lead v them teams is madness

    but im sure you just say things to be awkward

  • 43 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM


    I think its you that needs to get a grip ,,

    we wont go away

    there were 3 , now there are 2, pardew is next

    he needs hounded out as soon as possible

  • 44 cyprus // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Did you watch last night’s game? They ‘gave’ them the ball 2/3 of the time but hit City on the counter. Mourinho loves to set his stall that way and has difficulty when the opposite happens to him as his slow CBs get caught high up the pitch, as happened many times with AVB too.
    If we have a game plan, it should include containing Hazard, he was behind everything good they did.

  • 45 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I would swear blind i have just seen JFK twin in Haymarket Bus station (the part where M&S is) He was in a beige trampy coat and was eating some greggs i think. I would have taken a picture bit there were loads of people around.

  • 46 Greebol1892 // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Yeah let’s jump on the bandwagon and judge a player on ONE GAME. Anita is class but is under the misdirection of our current manager.
    How many other games has Anita PROVED to be quality? The answer: ENOUGH!
    Yes we are all feeling the pain of yet another mackem humiliation BUT the fact that f*cking Strolla is still leading our line is nothing short of a total disgrace!!!!

  • 47 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    “so for us to play counter attack football against poor teams is madness, for us to sit back on a 1 goal lead v them teams is madness”

    That statement is madness,you don’t get many easy games in this league and you want to attack teams all game,even some games at home we come under some pressure for spells in the game.To attack all game away from home is idiotic.

  • 48 Greebol1892 // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    This is a test. None of my last 7 comments have been posted so I am blocked?

  • 49 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM


    you have been using naughty words. :D

  • 50 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    There are a few ways to attack teams all game away from home,get a squad like Chelsea or play Fifa 14.Now you may think Fifa isn’t real life but you wouldn’t think that with some of the comments on here.It won’t be long before somebody comes on to complain that Pardew doesn’t use his keeper to take on the full opposition team and score very often.

  • 51 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM


    we wont get a better manager while bumble has the club in his grip even if we did and we made top 5 how long before he would have the rug pulled from under him not that anyone isnt wise to cashley by now

  • 52 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM


    i once passed jonas in fenwicks i was too shy to say hello lol

  • 53 BandB // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    The Official Website is running the following headline.
    Is there anyone up there with an ounce of self-awareness?

  • 54 Irie-Magpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    @MRMojo So you’re saying that Mouriniho was idotic in his tatics lastnight when chelsea beat Mancity?? we should have stuck with 4-3-3 on saturday.

  • 55 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    OG @ 41 – the original comment, posted on “The Mag” that started this is below:-

    “Wish an investigative journalist would dig into MA as not only is he selling our playing assets but he is selling the land he inherited with the Club. This is all in the accounts and Mash Holdings (no prizes for guessing who this is) took the Pitt Street site out of the Club and it is now being built on as a hotel. This is not on the radar compared to the fact that the land above the St James Metro Station which the Club at one point was going to develop with MGM for a casino was also stripped out. This is now also up for sale and with it goes the chance to extend St James Park.”

    I think Lesh then found some info on the Pitt Street site obtaining PP for a Student Accommodation block. You now have as much information as I do.
    If the land belonging to the club has been transfered to Mash Holdings why isnt the procedes being used to reduce the alleged debt that the club owes Ashley?

  • 56 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Chelsea were class last night,players,tactics everything.I think you have jumped to a wrong conclusion bud.

  • 57 Irie-Magpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    They say attack is the best form of defence and if we were setup to play like that on saturday i think the result would’ve being some what different. If when we go away to teams we shouldn’t get intimidated i’m just rueing that we should be sitting on 42 pts and still in with a shout for europe.

  • 58 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Graeme . I will update you later ..the info I give you is exact

    I read it straight off the system…and relayed it to you .

    I will give you more later . there has been no mention or application from anyone you mentioned .

  • 59 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    OG, cheers mate, look forward to it. Thanks.

  • 60 LocalZero // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Graeme / Online Guy

    Interesting. I’ve heard any proof of this land deal either so interested to get a bit more info. Presumably there would be info in the Mash accounts?

  • 61 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Catchy, i have now had enough of pardew. He’s not the man to take us forward.


  • 62 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM


  • 63 Spoof // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    How can we expect Alan Pardew or any manager for that matter to succeed when he has to sell to such an extent as what this table shows

    basically we are weakening our squad by £9m per season when others such as Sunderland are strengthening their squads by £10m, Stoke by £18m, Southampton by £12m and so on, taking that into consideration how on earth can we expect Alan Pardew or whoever the manager may be to succeed, granted Arsenal and Everton have done well but they have not by a long way weakened to the extent that we have, it does put into perspective just how far behind the rest of the league we are when it comes to giving ourselves a chance, so how on earth can we possibly blame the manager ?

  • 64 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    WORTH A GO !!!!

    Ever thought of trying to contact Paul Allen(Seattle Seahawks Owner)?.

  • 65 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Yes mate! Spot on! Swansea look great with there 1 win in the last 10 exactly what we need to take us forward

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Band B – checked out that link on the official site -wht a set of wallies.
    For those that have not checked it out -the Toon are selling tickets for an event at SJP. (It’s a comedy evening).
    The first line describing the event states :-
    “Join us for our debut comedy event at St. James’ Park on Saturday, 1st March, featuring Gary Delaney.”
    I think a few supporters would say there has been a long history of comedy events at SJP.
    The other thing I spotted was that they have included some reviews of the performers -including one from the Evening Chronicle – bit of a cheek I thought.

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Tads…yeah! The table never lies ;)

    …I remember how bad Martinez was at Wigan and Rodgers at Swansea!

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    …or should I say how average Rodgers was at Swansea

  • 69 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Mordashov , who’s he ? Anything in this ??
    Re Pardew, I think the time to cry for a new manager was last year. This season our football is much better, as we requested. Outside of Everton, we are the best of the rest of the division ( for now! ) . yes we have been awful in cup ( possibly due to pressure from Ashley to get a higher league placing ) . And we have been awful v makems. But we also beat Man U away and had good results across the season. yes Pardew could be better, but he could also be worse. Incidentally Solsjaer the hero of some screamers on here, doesn’t seem to be ripping up trees so far ?

  • 70 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    are some people diconnected from reality or just wums take us forward to where exactly?? bumble has stated he doesnt want to be involved in cup competitions or europe so that also precludes us from a top 5 finish this is us ffs

  • 71 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I like Laudrup but hasn’t his team struggled this season with Europa as pardew predicted when Huw Jenkins and Laudrup mouthed off last season? Yes I like his football, but if he was up in 4th or something I’d give the argument more credit .

  • 72 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    toonarmydownsouth, he is the perfect manager for us. He’s got swansea playing the best football in the league (on their day anyway) they’re currently going through bad form, but europa league has impacted on their season.

    Winning a major trophy in your first season in the PL is not the sign of a bad manager. He can bring a philosophy to the club, give us a huge breath of fresh air. Attractive, attacking, passing football week in week out. I’d take him over pardew any day, wouldn’t you?
    It looks like he’s gonna leave swansea, so we HAVE to sack pardew and sweep in for him by this summer. He’s someone who can bring back the entertainers. And he will have much better players at his disposal at newcastle, and him and his coaching staff will be able to get the best out of every player and adapt every player to play his way. Whether ashley sells or stays we have to replace pardew with laudrup.

  • 73 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    anyway fvck this im gonna find a chelsea fan site :-)

  • 74 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Münster mag, alexei mordashov was a season ticket holder at newcastle from 1999-2002, and graduated at northumbria uni. he’s now a billionaire, worth around 14billion. Go on twitter there’s loads of people talking about him, and also emailing him to buy NUFC!

    And also on laudrup, he’s the perfect manager for us, he will bring mouthwatering football and i think he’s been very unlucky with swansea this season, with michu getting injured and him not getting on with jenkins. Whether we’re with ashley or not we have to get laudrup in

  • 75 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I’m sorry what?
    HE has got them playing the worst brand of football Swansea has played in years, a brand that was well and truly installed and adapted by Martinez and Rodgers
    As for Europa how come that wasn’t an acceptable excuse for Pardew

    Perfect, no chance, fully backed spent record fee’s and has undone there style of play and they look poorer than ever in the league

    The difference being Martinez and Rodgers have there own style that they implemented at there clubs, as proved solely at Swansea and both have managed to transition that to there current clubs

    Laudrupp used the summer to get his targets in (fully backed btw) to implant his style of play and has failed…….miserably

  • 76 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Swansea have looked poor, boring and negative this season

    Last season that wasn’t his football, that was football using a squad and ethos that had been drilled into the squad since the lower leagues

  • 77 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    LOL worst brand of football ever….i’m sorry toonarmydownsouth, i don’t think you’ve ever watched swansea play

  • 78 mattnufc // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    And yet Swansea still dominated Newcastle when they played..

  • 79 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    THREE times Laudrup has hammered pardew

  • 80 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM


    Europa doesn’t seem to have hindered spurs too much and before the weekend swansea were 11th which is exactly where they were last season.

  • 81 Sazzer // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    We should sign up Remy and De Jong before Gomis.

  • 82 stan anderson // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    How is it Gomis is still being named.He cant be much good as nobody else has moved in to sign him.
    1 Down 2 to go

  • 83 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Still somewhat early days for Laudrup, however, I think it’s clear he’s no messiah and has struggled with similar issues to Pardew…issues like Europa and injuries.

    Nothing against Laurdrup to be clear, but after some of his comments last season I imagine this season may have been a somewhat humbling experience.

    Yes Swansea do play a better style of football than us (not that I watch loads of them), but then they did before too.

    Bottom line for me, at this stage of the season, he’s not doing any better than Pardew did last season.

    Might be prettier, doesn’t make it more effective.

    Does anyone know what problems he’s having at Swansea? Problem with the owner or is it more the owner not happy with their position…maybe there isn’t even a problem :)

    Anyway, back to our club…So we’re in no rush for a DOF or senior management replacement figure?

    Funny that. What? No explanation as to why?

    They’re either the absolute worst at PR or think we’re the biggest mugs going. Likely a bit of both.

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


    I think last year laudrupp brought swansea what they had lacked under previous managers and that was a cutting edge to their nice build up play…Michu definitely helped by scoring a lot but they improved their passing in the final third.

    He has made a few signings this year which aren’t great but some have been good. I think if you coupled that with a good scouting system then you might get over that problem.

    As for this year, there points are a lot different, 24 points after 24 games compared to 46 last year, so yeh they have dropped off. A lot of that could be the internal politics which seems to be laudrupp not getting on with certain higher ups at the club…he looks a bit broken.

    I think with our squad he’d do more than pardew does with it, but obviously I can’t prove that, just my opinion on it.


    Soljskaer is in charge of one of the worse teams in the league, difficult to judge him, especially after 3/4 games.

  • 85 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Must have mis-read this

  • 86 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 4:59 PM


    don’t hold your breath on him buying newcastle

    ‘When I bought a steel company in Italy, almost on the first day I was approached by the local football team manager. Our specialty is steel. If you want to sell me something in steel or mining, let’s discuss it. But not football.’ ” In a more recent Telegraph profile, Mordashov said, “Building companies involves creating great wealth. If that means I am an oligarch, OK, it’s fine. But if being an oligarch is about buying football clubs, it is not for me.”

  • 87 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Rotonda…I saw that the other day too. Mis-read what though, it does say “194 long balls with 20 minutes to go of the game” – That can’t be right?

  • 88 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM


    most of those aren’t even long balls

  • 89 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    And that is one game only

    this shows we make the 4th least long passes a game, after liverpool, man city and arsenal

  • 90 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Our ability to play football is not a problem, our problem comes when we are over cautious when we don’t need to be…it’s not about being full throttle on attack for 90 mins but we need to be more aggressive than we are.

  • 91 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    TS…Mojo posted a link to Sky Sports stats of the game and it was nowhere near that figure.

    Mind, there figure looked a little on the low side.

    Who can we trust? Who I ask? Bring back Kinnear, at least I knew not to believe a word!!!

    Only joking.

  • 92 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    The general point was now Laudrupp has had time to stamp his mark on the team, I don’t think they look as good as the did under Rodgers or even Martinez
    The pressure i think comes from the big deal Jenkins and Laudrupp made about Europe the board expected more from him

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    So what is the next move for the head Clown Ashley? He must have another crony lined up surely? Kinnear being gone is good news but I’m concerned about what comes next.

  • 94 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM


    if you just look at the graphic some of those long balls go 5/10 yards if that….how is that a long ball.

    I never worry too much about those stats as they are misleading. I remember one game last year bbc sport had us having 52% possession and sky down as 65%…how does that work out.

    From what I saw of the game I think we went long too much, but we did try passing as well, just couldn’t break them down.

  • 95 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM


    I never saw them under martinez so can’t comment on that but under rogers i never liked them, lots of good passing in their own half/just over half way but had little in the final third, they got a lot of 0-0 nad 1-0 results that season in the prem league.

    It shocked me he got the liverpool job but with better players he has shown he can get that quality in the top end of the pitch.

  • 96 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Here’s that link:

    Not sure about 316 passes each…seems odd.

    If you read the stats only and not the score, it seems a fairly even game…with us possibly even being the better team. Shows how good stats are!

  • 97 UpAndHatem // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Wouldn’t expect to affect spurs much, they have quality in depth and have had several campaigns in Europe

    As for them being 11th given how poor the bottom half have been I’d wager there points difference compared to last is quiet different

    Even if not he’s had 2 mid table finishes much better managers around working with smaller budgets

    Ever in Swansea’s recent times compared to the 2 previous mangers yes they are, the question should be do you watch them

  • 99 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    what a tosser pardew really is, Instead of blaming himself and the players for Saturdays disaster, he decides to blame 3 men who wernt even there . He blamed cabaye, Bradley Johnson, and collocini. how? god only knows. why dosnt he blame the people who WERE there ? tosser.

  • 100 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    The only reason they looked better in the final third was Michu, a move that paid off much like Cisse or Benteke
    The difference being Laudrupp got the credit for Michu

    Bony is starting to look good but Rodgers not Martinez had that sort if budget available
    For what they spent this season has been poor for them

  • 101 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    G2…What comes next is what it’s all about…your concern is more than understandable.

    TS…Well, I guess for Anita 5/10 yards may seem long ;)

    I remember you raising that possession stat before…no wonder we get as many arguments about football…they can’t even track the stats properly.

    I would agree with you in the Sunderland game. There was a mix and match of approach (I’ve avoided the use of “style”…). Little worked on the day and I hold every single one of them accountable, from the owner, to the manager, to the players (in particular Santon…he really wound me up at the weekend) to our recently departed, fans fav, Mr Joseph Fing Kinnear.

  • 102 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Stuart…You need to stop your Pardew love in mate…he’s just not in to you!

    How’s your sons music going these days?

  • 103 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Btw I just want to make it clear I’m not by anyway supporting Pardew here!
    But if we get a new manager i hope some severe thought goes into it!
    Not just hiring a manager because he won the league cup, so did Alex Macliesh!
    For me clubs like Cardiff/Swansea can afford to take a gamble on a more unproven manager but for me as a club and a fan base i don’t think we’d afford a new manager the time if an immediate improvement wasn’t seen

    Let’s take Laudrupp
    Since leaving Brøndby he’s averaged just over one season per club, if he was a player still with that record he’d be a journeyman!

    Where as managers like Martinez, Rodgers even Makay have shown at the very least steady improvement season after season on the pitch

    If we get a new manager, which i do think we need as there’s to much history now with Pardew the board and the fans then I’d prefer to see one who’s proven he can do it over an extended period not just a flash in the pan
    Remember it wasn’t that long ago people were calling for Steve Clark…

  • 104 Ancientcoptic // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Laudrup, 7 wins in 34 games?

    As for the mouth watering football, the only thing Swansea do well is hold possession, that is trained into them since before Laudrup arrived, not of his doing.

    The Europa league is no excuse either, he won only 1 of the last 10 Premier League games last season, if anything Swansea have improved since being in Europe.

    Swansea look clueless under Laudrup… I would rather keep Pardew, at least he gets it right some of the time.

    For anything thinking that Swansea did well to win a cup, they did not beat any good teams to win the Capital 1 cup.

  • 105 scout // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Stupid comment above you can only beat what’s infront of you pal.

  • 106 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Carroll is turning out to be a cracking signing for WHU, finally returns and immediately gets a 3 match ban

  • 107 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM


    michu’s finishing and movement definitely helped make them look better, considering before him it was danny graham an luke moore, but i still think he added a bit more, guess that’s also down to pablo hernandez and his quality passing in that area. I still like him though as a manager but he isn’t the best around, prefer pochettino.


    Stat’s are meaningless unless given fully and properly analyzed really. I mean you could have 50 shots on target all from 40 yards, probably less like to score than having 5 shots from 10 yards.

    That’s the problem when people quote stats, i know i do it myself at times, but unless you analyze them in a bit more detail, like that article i posted does, then they aren’t always meaningful.

    Need to see where the passes were made, what kind of long ball, were people around to win the 2nd ball etc, did the shots happen close to goal or miles away etc etc

  • 108 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Ibiza – hows tricks ? thanks for asking . He had a new track out on the 1st of jan called ‘ traffic in souls ‘ on the Nueva-deep record label . he goes by the name of ‘ what is true by lamplight’ and you can hear it on – beatport and facebook. his real name is Jack Cameron if you want to hear is tracks on soundcloud or just type in what is true by lamplight . how is Ibiza this time of year , pretty cool I bet ??

  • 109 Ancientcoptic // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    scout // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    “Stupid comment above you can only beat what’s infront of you pal.”

    Which is why Swansea only have 7 wins in the last 34 Premier league games.

    The quality of the teams you DO WIN against, is a factor in the quality of the team/manager!

    If West Ham played 10 games against League Two teams, and won them all, would that mean that big Sam is a great manager? Sure he can only beat what is in front of him, right?

  • 110 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM


    swnsea beat liverpool and then chelsea over 2 legs

  • 111 Ancientcoptic // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    scout – would you like to specifically point out which part of my comment is “stupid.”

    If I have something wrong, I am always willing to be corrected and be put on the path of wisdom & truth.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • 112 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Stuart…Will take a look, pleased to hear it’s going well.

    Ibiza will likely be cold right now (although probably better than the NE of England)…However, I’m not back there until next week….been chasing the sun in California.

  • 113 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:41 PM


    carroll was unlucky with the 3 match ban, got 2 assists to win the game though.

    Also I agree on getting a different manager. I don’t think he needs to be massively proven though, as long as you can see from his time managing he has potential and the right sort of style then I’d be happy, obviously prefer somebody like hiddink but happy to also take a calculated gamble.

    As for steve clarke, i like him, he lost his best player in lukaku and they never brought anyone in to replace him really, not of anywhere near the quality so was always going to be hard or him. the team did drop off a bit though, so guess he is responsible.

  • 114 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    “As for steve clarke, i like him, he lost his best player in lukaku and they never brought anyone in to replace him really, not of anywhere near the quality so was always going to be hard or him. the team did drop off a bit though, so guess he is responsible.”

    Please tell me you see the irony! ;)

  • 115 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM


    Steve Clarke in from 150/1 to 16/1 to be next NUFC MANAGER

  • 116 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM


    Just had a listen to a few tracks, seems really good. Refined his style a bit more since I first heard, i like it.

    I work with a few people into house music and they go around with a few DJs, mind if i pass on a few links?

  • 117 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Aye he did get 2 assits to win the game
    Oh wait against Swansea!!! Does that mean Big Sams a better manager than Laudrupp Moses?

  • 118 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Yay I’ve started a rumour!

  • 119 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM


    Yeh i know it’s a lot like pardew, Clarke wasn’t given enough time to find a new system that worked though. I just think from the good things he did the year before he should have hd longer than 10 games or whatever it was.

    Pardew had a whole season to get it right when things were going wrong, then continued this year.

    I’m not saying I’d take clarke, just think he is a decent manager.

  • 120 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    @ toonarmydownsouth

    Grrrrrr had me going then

  • 121 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM


    that’s a tricky one…for all people hate big sam I don’t think he’ a bad manager. Not a one you want at your club but does pretty well, he knows his style and buys the players to suit it, I’ll give him that.

    He’s been very unlucky to miss his CF all year and to have most of his back 4 out for chunks too. He hasn’t been able to adapt to suit what he has though.

    Pardew suffered last year to injuries as well to be fair, but think his set up made matters worse too.

  • 122 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Not sure on that, think Pardew did change it this season, we tailed off over Xmas and now looks like we need a new entire system given that it was set up around Cabaye

  • 123 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Wonder how much Evertons new Umbro sponsorship is worth

  • 124 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM


    I think the issue I have with pardew, although I didn’t notice it until a couple months ago, is not so much how we play, it’s where we play.

    This season we have passed the ball really well, cut out the long balls that were wasted and focus on short stuff more, looks a lot better. The problem comes playing like that in the final third, we get near there box and struggle to make the right runs, the right pass etc.

    I know that’s the hardest part but we do struggle with it. Sometimes when we let the handbrake off we look a lot better, but too often we are very static and didn’t have that killer ball.

    I know we can’t attack for 90 mins and dominate, and some teams will get the better of us but if he was just that little more adventurous we’d be fine.

    It’s why I said earlier to markaccus here that i didn’t think a good technical coach/assistant would help him as it’s not he can’t get us playing well, it’s more his approach/mentality…..although a coach helping may improve us that little bit and give him the confidence, i really don’t know.

  • 125 Sazzer // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Here are stats from April:

  • 126 Sazzer // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM


  • 127 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Well I didn’t find out that JFK Had been shot from the grassy knoll by Wor Bobby’s statue until I was on my way to work this morning, so forgive me if I repeat anything said in previous articles, I am not sorry cause here’s my tuppence ha’penny bit :-

    So, has Mike been genuinely disappointed by his DoF’s performance, or was this pantomime always on the cards? Did Pardew point the finger of blue fir the third successive face ripping loss to the freaking dirt bags directly at Ol’ Joe, so he had to be taken behind the barn and put to sleep?

    I don’t know, does anyone? I still think that although he is a shrewd wholesale business supremo, Mike knows Jack about running a football club and probably never will, but this time I think he knows it, I certainly hope so. Because that will mean he finally realises that ticket sales, far from being peanuts, represent the public profile of the club, that popularity (of rather lack of it) dimishes the stock of NUFC, SD By extension. If for no other reason than it hurts his pocket, Ashley needs to heed the call of his manager and his players who coincidentally decided to throw in the towel when the transfer window closed and no new talent came in. Player power is not unknown in such circumstances.

    Ashley needs a proper Head of Footballing activities who has the remit to tell Ashley the full caffeine version, demand a budget, and ironically, go out and find a decent manager (the best are still cheap in comparison to the average player) before the end of the season and get a proper negotiator, who doesn’t misrepresent the club as clueless drunk OAP’s, as soon as possible.

    This next three months is the perfect window of opportunity for Mike to get his shirt together and make this club as good as it deserved to be if for no other reason than it would be the perfect symbiosis.

  • 128 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    transfer – thanks for the compliment , I will pass it on . Yeah his style has changed a lot since then He done more on the djing side back then when he was younger , now he is more into producing, and as he got older he got more into chill house , more your ‘ café del mar and café mambo house. but yeah please do that .he is already getting more recognition fromhis last few tracks and got a job with ‘ global most wanted as events promoter and artist manager , so your mates getting in touch with him could work both ways . check him out.
    Ibiz —- WHAT YOU DOING THERE ????

  • 129 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I agree a top coach would improve us massively, which is why I was screaming out for one when it was clear Pardew was going nowhere

    But I still think the lack of natural width has an impact on our performance in the final third
    That’s my biggest issue with not replacing Cabaye, he was a specialist in midfield, the players were looking at to step up maybe good technical players but like an increasing amount of our players they seem to be utility players rather than mastering one role

  • 130 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    tads…when do you think Laudrup started coaching and what brand of football do you think he implemented back then?

    …have you really seen Swansea play regularly over the past 2-3 years or are you mostly just watching highlight! Cause I have no idea where you are going with this!

  • 131 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    That was some essay mind. :)

    Sage – I’m not the only one to think that about our lack of presence in the final third. It’s worse now than ever, and I blame Cisse’s lack of form squarely on this. We ‘attack’ like we don’t belong there, there’s defending to be done. The only risk taker is Ben Arfa, but he is hopelessly exposed because we can never afford someone technical to play it forward with him. It’s a joke that he does his job as an AM, and when he loses the ball in the final third we contrive to ship a goal and blame him rather than our all at Sea defence. I think Pardew sets his team up to be got at.

  • 132 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Very well said
    Sadly the club seem to of decided JFK’s DOF role will not be filled this season
    Which is ludicrous tbh, surely we need someone on deals for the summer
    And a DOF to continue the continuing work at the academy
    Or like everything else at the club does it just go on the back burner halting any continued development and left to just tick along half finished

  • 133 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    This was what was written about Laudrup before the season started, when he by some was tauted as the second most exciting new manager around:

    Expert Views:

    Brendan Rodgers propelled Swansea into the Premier League and then secured an impressive 11th place finish on their return to the big time – how do you follow that? Simple. Just sign the bargain of the season, play more exciting attacking football, finish 8th and lift the first major trophy in the club’s history to cap off the club’s centenary year.

    These were the feats of the Great Dane Michael Laudrup. Laudrup has not made wholesale changes to Swansea’s style of play just subtle tweaks to sharpen the Swans attack. For example, Laudrup has the Swans playing with a very narrow 4-2-3-1 with the attacking three, usually Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Pablo Hernandez, behind the striker perpetually rotating positions. Laudrup has retained Swansea’s much lauded passing game yet unlike Rodgers, Laudrup places more emphasis on the ball getting up the pitch quickly.

    You cannot fault Laudrup’s efforts in the transfer market either, signing a whole host of quality players on a relatively small budget. Of course, his biggest coup was the jaw-droppingly cheap signature of Michu – a measly £2m for a player who filled two roles at times and scored 22 times in all competitions. His exploitation of the Spanish market has been brilliant – for me, Chico Flores is still one of the most underrated players in the league and it’ll be interesting to see how Laudrup’s latest Spanish recruits, Canas, Pozuelo and Amat, fare in the Premier League

    He may not have the same personable feel with the fans (or certain players apparently) that Rodgers and Martinez possessed, but you cannot argue with the results he is getting. Laudrup has a reputation of not staying at clubs for too long and leaving clubs suddenly; Swansea have already endured a mass amount of speculation surrounding Laudrup, but it appears the Dane is here to stay for the 2013/14. As for the 2014/15 season – personally, I can see him being elsewhere by then.

  • 134 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM


    It is almost like we have been let into the VIP area by mistake and constantly looking over our shoulder waiting to be lynched when we approach the final third.

    Or like back in the day when the local sweet shop would only let 1 kid in at a time, that’s what we look like.

    We just never get numbers forward, then when ben arfa looses it people get on his back but in reality he might have one pass on which is only 20% in his favour anyway.

    Sometimes though everything clicks and we get men forward in numbers and run riot, like we did in the first half at west ham or norwich, just never converted our chances we created.

  • 135 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Ashleys got to do something about his advisors. He can’t run the club on skeleton staff like his shops. Is he going to run out and buy players himself like going down the Spar for a loaf?

  • 136 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM


    I think he has struggled this season, he hasn’t managed to adapt to losing players as well as I thought he would.

    By no means a bad manager, just not quite as good as I thought he was.

  • 137 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM


    could be the end for ashley soon…people are turning on him and walking out, keegan, then llambias not even kinnear has walked away from his poison.

    The man needs to go soon, he is losing the last drops of support he has in any fan and to top it all off even some national media who praised him are turning on him.

  • 138 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I have no idea what you are talking about

    2-3 years, what are you talking about Swansea started to develop there style of play when Martinez took over in 2007 it’s taken years to get there style of play and has nothing to do with Laudrupp so more to the point what are you talking about and where are you going with this

    7 wins in 34 PL games, if Pardew had those stats he’d be hanging from the Gallowgate end

  • 139 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    email this guy, always on sky sports, not too happy with mike ashley and he might try to unite with local press to get rid of the man…at least it might mean out protests get national audience

  • 140 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    tads…what has Martinez to do with how Laudrup plays football?

  • 141 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Written by who

    You can trawl the internet and find write ups on any manager after a good season
    Christ you can find numerous articles like that on Pardew after the 5th place finish
    He isn’t living up to the hype and is looking a flash in the pan

  • 142 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    tads…sometimes I just don’t understand your points! I get you don’t rate Laudrup, but just say that instead of drawing conclusions that are not really there!

    …would make it most more pleasant reading and easier to debate football with you!

  • 143 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Jesus can’t out it any clearer lad, MARTINEZ implemented SWANSEA’S style of play, with was then adopted by Rodgers

    Laudrupp adopted a team and style of play that was working, since his first jan window he started putting his stamp on the side and they look worse for it

  • 144 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    tads… no one has adopted Martinez’ style of play. You are seeing three different managers playing a brand of football based on the same philosophy, but they are as different as Pardew are to Pulis or Hughton!

  • 145 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    ….there is a reason why I asked if you really have watched Swansea regularly or you are just watching highlights!

    *I don’t mind if that’s how you see football, but maybe you just just say that! We all see football different just don’t try and make it so.

  • 146 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    If you don’t understand the points frankly that’s not really my problem

    I’ve been debating it just fine with Sage with both putting points across

    What conclusions am I drawing exactly because to me that makes no sense, there’s no conclusions being drawn

    As for debating, it would be easier if you were debating something instead of just saying i don’t understand stop talking about it

  • 147 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    tads & Jesper…You two do make me laugh…both reasonable posters imo, but you can’t seem to have a discussion with each other about anything without it becoming tense :)


  • 148 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM


    if you don’t mind me weighing in with my bit

    I think what people mean when they say he adopted a system and then adapted it, it’s more the playing squad. They have a type of player they go for (much the way barcalone like to, with only slight changes between manager) and that the club’s passing philosophy is always the same.

    Laudrupp inherited a very well drilled team which kept possession and had a very tight defense. Laudrupp added his own players to try and bring them out of their shell a bit more and be attacking with the possession.

    The point tads is making i think, if that now that laudrupp has his own players (not just a squad he inherited) he can’t get them to play as well, the good work left by rgers, which helped them last season when combined with laudrupp isn’t there now so its 100% laudrupp style now (not maybe 70% laudrupp, 30% rogers from last year) and as such he is struggling.

    Much like how arsenal had a great defense when wenger arrived but as he brought his own players in and turned the clubs style around the solidity suffered but the attacking play improved over time.

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Just seem highlights? Watched Swansea a lot over the last 7 years have you mate?
    I didn’t say he was using Martinez style, Martinez and Swansea took a long path to implement Swansea’s style of play, a style in the lower leagues they became very very well known for, them Rodgers took over and bought into Swansea’s philosophy and now Laudrupp

    Laudrupp has tried to put his own stamp on Swansea, not Martinez’s style and it isn’t working
    The stats fully back that up, there possession stats are worse this season and there form is dire
    7 wins in 34….

  • 150 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I may be way off with assuming that’s what you think, feel free to correct me

  • 151 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    It’s beginning to look conclusive that the financial prudence set in place to consolidate NUFC was no more than expediency on Ashleys part

    I admit to being a founder member of Optimism Valley. But mike has had the full length of rope and has proceeded to hang himself with it. Never mind the raft of insults toward the fans, his continued arrogant silence betrays his intransigence and outright contempt for the man in the street. Straight from his SD ethos. I just hope he doesn’t call it a day when he breaks even and trashes the club, drains the coffers covertly to SD through advertising, sponsorship and franchising, makes us insolvent and has the club wound up. Sell the stadium to mackem businessman and let him build a mall with a S*nderland FC shop pride if place in the middle of it. You will all have nightmares about that now, like telling a toddler ‘goodnight, sleep tight, and keep still in case the shadow beast under your bed stirs’ :)

  • 152 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Does anyone know if this is true:

    It seems the fee for Cabaye indeed was £20M with addons of £3.23M

  • 153 Sazzer // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    The future will tell whether or not Kinnear was a plan or a mistake by Ashley.

  • 154 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM


    i don’t even think the mackems are dumb enough to build a club shop in newcastle.

  • 155 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Tsunki…I do hope someone remembered to turn the lights of at OV…we might have a huge bill to pay.

    I guess it’s only reasonable that it should be passed on to Ashley though.

    Jesper…Do we know if anything to do with NUFC is true? :)

  • 156 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Tsunki…argh Optimism Valley how a drag that was ;) haha

    …who was the culprits again: Ibiza, Ruddy, pBB and you?

  • 157 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Ibiza…when it comes to NUFC I don’t know anything anymore :(

  • 158 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Transfer…They may have done the triple over us, however, never ever overestimate a mackems intelligence.

  • 159 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Transfer – I am trying to open your link @138 but every time I try , it takes me to google chrome for some reason , any idea why that’s happening , and not getting on the link??????

  • 160 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    That’s exactly the point mate

    It’s only a debate when there’s a counter point
    Copying and pasting an article based on one persons opinion doesn’t make it a fact, like i said if you look for pardew interviews the season we finished 5th you could find plenty of similar articles with some even linking him with the England job!

    I’m not saying he’s a poor manager just he’s not as great as being made out with better managers out there certainly suited to us who operate with a smaller transfer budget but that point seems to of been missed entirely

  • 161 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Jesper…Except that Benny is a luxury? :) Sorry, probably not the best timing, but couldn’t resist.

    Remember people…relax, smile, put on your fat trousers, there’s no judgement here…well, maybe a little judgement.

  • 162 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Ibiza, no worries, the gas and electric were cut off ages ago. There are no buildings there any more. Just a museum dedicated to Champions League and Derby winning NUFC sides of days gone by, you know, so the young people don’t forget.

  • 163 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM


    sorry, it wasn’t meant to a link…just copy and paste it into the sender when writing an email if you are trying to contact him.

  • 164 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Ibiza…we can afford ;) bazinga

  • 165 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Tads…This is where I need a press officer.

    In the absence of one, I issue a “no comment”.

  • 166 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM


    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been named LMA Manager of the Year, after guiding his side to fifth place in the Premier League.
    The award is voted by LMA members, including all managers from the four professional leagues in England.
    Newcastle, who had been expected to struggle, won 19 of their 38 league games, recording 15 clean sheets.
    Pardew was also named Barclays Premier League manager of the year at the ceremony in London on Monday.
    LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Alan Pardew’s achievements at Newcastle this season are there for all to see and it is just reward that he should be named as LMA Manager of the Year.
    “I’m often asked, ‘where are all the English coaches?’ My answer is ‘We have plenty of them, they just need an opportunity’. I am delighted for Alan that he has taken his opportunity.”
    The award comes days after the former West Ham and Charlton boss was also named Barclays Manager of the Year .

    that’s doesn’t prove pardew is good….just being a bit cheeky now

  • 167 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Pardew said: “There’s a good chance I could win French Manager of the Year. It’s something I have got my eye on.

  • 168 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki…For real? Does that mean all my Mike is #1 memorabilia is gone?

    FFS…that’s my retirement down the toilet.

    As for CL and derby wins…how old are you? :)

    Jesper…. :)

  • 169 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM


    Remember the article i posted about kevin pietierson and england not liking mavericks and prefering hard workers?

    well after a review of the tour KP has been sacked and let go by england…despite being the top run scorer on tour

  • 170 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Ahhhh yeeeeerrrrrrrr forgot to say, Mike didn’t think anyone would need the OV headquarters anymore so he was putting ol’ Joe up there rent free

  • 171 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Tads…I thought you were joking there until you mentioned the free part.

    Robbed once again.

    About time we go and reclaim what is ours…anyone remember the directions to get there?

    Wasn’t it something like, close your eyes, go to your happy place and be a complete and utter naive fool?

  • 172 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    tads…Swansea highest finish in the PL is in the 2012-13 season when they finish 9th (despite loss of form) and they won the first trophy in 100 years when they won the League Cup and qualified for Europe.

    …they have also been playing the most exciting football ever. Now I watch Swansea almost every week and have done so for the past three years!

    I accept you have your opinion, but say you don’t think he is all that and you don’t think we has is own style (he apparently have to use Martinez’) I creates results and exciting football – so what this season has been poor on results. It happens to every team.

  • 173 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    *he creates

  • 174 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM


    By the law of averages you’re going to have one good season in 20 !!!! That single top 6th finish due to so many extenuating circumstances don’t mask all the failures at3 different clubs.

    Do they give a wooden spoon prize for nearly relegating 3 different clubs, having 2 record losing streaks at 2 different clubs, conceding a record number of goals in one season etc, etc, etc, plus the fact he has never actually won anything. Let’s have a bit of perspective here!

  • 175 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    transfer— ah rite mate . technology not my strong point .haha.

    Ibiza — what you doing in California then ??

  • 176 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    TS…yeah I enjoyed that article very much so :)

    …that is just sad mate – sad for the sport and the fans I think :(

  • 177 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Sky Sports taking us on a trip down memory lane…

    Some right crackers in there…

    “The only players we will move on are the ones that are coming up short. You can’t have that at a massive football club like this.”

    “I heard a silly comment of ‘what can I attract?’ I can open the door to any manager in the world, anyone, that’s the difference. I’ve spent my whole life talking to Alex Ferguson, week in, week out, what would you do?”

    “To all the fans who don’t agree with this decision, shall I bring (Derek) Llambias (former managing director) back in?. What do you want? What do they want?”

    “I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that’s for sure.”

    Don’t know about you guys, but I kind of miss him already…

  • 178 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    “so what this season has been poor on results. It happens to every team.”
    But it’s unacceptable when it’s our team right ?

    As I’ve said it’s not his style, last season was the adopted philosophy of Swansea, this season it’s his style and it’s ineffective

  • 179 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    TS…I am not sure what to tell about Pardew and LMA award.

    He deserved it that year. My point still stand about Laudrup and I still don’t get tads argumentation!

  • 180 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM


    i think there is more to it than his style though…he is meant to be a bad influence with senior players, they don’t like him, but all the new lads and kids say he is so good with them and helps them a lot. Sad to see him go.


    was just trying to prove a point that the media latch on to anything and big people up, don’t always look at the detail. i don’t like pardew, think he is too cowardly in his approach to games.


    no problem, happy to help

  • 181 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    You had to go and mention the CL, git me all nostalgic now!

  • 182 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Did we ever find out who the real culprits behind OV were?

    …we want names (and their OV names)


  • 183 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I miss the way the sun dances off his silver silky hair in the early morning sunrise

  • 184 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    TS…well I don’t know him so it will be difficult for me to judge!

  • 185 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Good evening guys. Woke up to the news this morning and instantly felt like we had just reached a cup final or something of the sort! Trouble is the feeling soon evaporated. He is gone that is the main thing, but does it really change anything, depends on how he went, but as usual we are kept in the dark as to what happened.
    As being a southern toon fan i was hoping someone might be able to inform me as to what the word is on the street up there as to how he came about leaving.

  • 186 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:06 PM


    Have a read of what i posted to you and tads at 147…think that might help explain it.

    People saying that swansea did well last year as laudrupp made only slight changes to rogers style (so maybe 70% laudrupp, 30% rogers) but not he has got his own style in place 100% and eveything rogers coached into them has been removed he hasn’t been as successful.

    Whether right or wrong, that’s the argument, hope it helps

  • 187 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Jesper…I think tads’ main point is not that Laudrup doesn’t have a style of his own, but he inherited a team that already had a somewhat similar philosophy, so the task at hand was perhaps lesser than someone who arrive at NUFC to a team with pretty much no footballing style anymore.

    I guess yours and most others point is, if we’re not going to achieve greatness, why not at least enjoy some better style of football. Which is absolutely fair enough…back over to Mr. Ashley.

    Stuart…As my current neighbours would say, I’m vacationing. I’m not sure there is anything I could say at this point to make anyone feel I have any justification needing a holiday from Ibiza, so I wont even try…I just like the sun :)

  • 188 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    tads…if you knew me you would know I almost never bring up results, the league table! I talk about performance and where it will take us long term when I speak about Newcastle!

    …I am not the table watcher here ;) that is your department!

  • 189 HullMag6 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The only reason pards is still with us is because he is cheap, the debt according to a contact has been paid off a while back.

    I think Pards is trying to prove 5th place wasn’t a fluke but with cabs gone, big mikes sabotaged the remainder of the season for profit, safety and stability. I hate the fat chancer ……

  • 190 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Yes ibiza, the ‘I heart Cuddly Mike’ tee shirts are crated up and stored in the same warehouse as the Ark, Mel Gibson’s cryogenic chamber, Fonzies’ ‘sit on it’ baseball jackets, It’s a Knockout videos and Jim’ll fix it gongs.

  • 191 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM


    if you didn’t waste all this money on holidays then surely you could buy newcastle, move them to ibiza and invite us all out for games?

  • 192 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    not much sun in California right now

  • 193 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Ibiza…I am just commenting on what he brought up earlier!

    …his opinion his fine with me (we all have one) Still just don’t agree ;)

    …not back to the OV! Can we have names?

  • 194 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Tads…I miss the way his snores sound like him muttering c**t.

    Jesper…All I remember is i ended up with something along the lines of codarm…I’d love to be able to blame drugs or something, but they don’t effect me that way today ;)

    Out of context that comment is extremely weird.

    Daily Mail – “Man in Ibiza suffers from a nasty case of Codarm after a night of drugs”

  • 195 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I also miss the way he used to playfully beg for change round the Metro centre with his little hand made sign
    ” please donate to the NUFC transfer kitty”

  • 196 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Jesper…Whilst some perhaps look to tables too much, I can’t help but feel that you’re disregarding it too much.

    At the end of the day, it’s there for a reason and is the ultimate judge of success or failure.

    p…Have to say it’s been lovely weather for me. A hell of a lot better than the UK or Ibiza.

    TS…Not sure what type of holiday you think I am on :)

    Tsunki…Thanks, that actually makes me feel a lot better. Good to know those wonderful pieces of history aren’t lost forever. I mean, what if in 100 years time people looked back and only saw Ashley as a money grabbing so and so? That would break my heart.

  • 197 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Not in the least bit interested in the table, someone else bought that up, 7 wins in 34 games was the counter point, but put that in context as to where it would take a club in the long term, if that was over one season given you play 38 games, that would take you to the championship!

  • 198 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    TS…I read your post, but I still don’t agree. Swansea is struggling this season because they are both not the underdogs this season, keyplayers are injured with have caused his way of playing football alot of problems and certain new players have not been ready to take over!

    …this is my honest opinion. We will see where they are at the end of the season and how next season goes!

    TS…Laudrup played alot more attacking football last season than Rodgers and more direct. He moves the play high up the field, but also uses a lot of long passes. It is actually very different from Rodgers if you look deep into the core of it :)

  • 199 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    well I was in the California high desert all weekend watching kids football and I was f%$^ing freezing

  • 200 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Ibiza…maybe! but what has that really got to do with Laudrup? He has not really been doing bad in terms of that (this season is still not over)

    …and why are you all bringing Pardew up – I am not even talking about him

  • 201 kikgras // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    woke up to -6F and JFK was gone…the weather didn’t seem so cold.

    regardless of why he is gone, he’s gone – it does feel better to be a Toon fan. does everyone really believe MA will let Pards go? I can’t see it, he won’t payout the contract or even the buyout if there is one. Pards will have to resign. If he does, get a PROPER DOF and bring back Shearer. He may have been hard done, but with proper backing, his passion for the club will raise the play level just a that much more.

    I may be dreaming…probably am. But its a thought.

  • 202 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Didn’t he like to sleep in the St James metro station with his little dog, Pards attached by twine to his ankle, with a cardboard sign which read ‘ will phone Sir Alex for drink’?

    I also think he was misquoted, I think he actually said ‘Judge me on my singing’ before going into a verse or two of ‘my old man’s a dustman’.

  • 203 Milner // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM


    Thanks for ur message on earlier thread – my pleasure…. still no response from the club though, i guess i’m over qualified.

  • 204 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Ibiza…Codarm that is right :)

    …what about Tsunki, Ruddy and pBB? …and speaking of pBB where is the little buggar?

  • 205 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    p…Football or pretend football? :) I’ve been floating between LA and Palm Springs mainly and it’s been great.

    Even if it wasn’t, come on, with a large proportion of European based posters it’s our duty to highlight their suffering!

    Little things like, back in a second, just need to turn up the A/C.

    Jesper…What does Swanseas placing in the table have to do with Laudrup? I agree the season is not over and to be able to judge properly, we will have to wait.

    As for why Pardew is being mentioned, mainly as last year there was a lot of “fire Pardew, hire Laudrup!” Plus there was of course his backhanded comments about the EL and transfers aimed towards Pardew.

    For me, I think he’s a decent manager, but hasn’t really done anything that amazing for me to think of him that highly tbh.

    Opinions…who needs ‘em!

  • 206 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    People might shoot me down here but I am starting to wonder how much Ashley even knows what is going on with Newcastle.

    Though it is big to us, it’s a mere slice of his business empire. Last weekend for example, he was said to be in Ireland trying to buy an ailing Irish sports retailer. Likely burning the midnight oil in long negotiations.

    I wonder whether he just delegated all to JFK and Charnely and occasionally metaphorically pops his heed in.

    As I have said before, I think it is clear he wants to run the club on a budget with the “Arsenal model” (the Arsenal pre-Orzil and pre-Emirates paid off that is) but I think it is bollox that he does want the club to do well.

    As I say there is easier money to be made for him elsewhere so, I see this as something he owns for “fun” and the cache.

    I am starting to think more and more he is pi$$ed of with what has gone on in the last month or so with signings and a string of bad results.

  • 207 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Girls U11 football mate, more heart, passion and aggression than at St James Park at the weekend. That says it all.

  • 208 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Time for Mike Ashley to start making the right decisions, sack Alan Pardew hire Mchael Laudrup!

  • 209 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Ibiza…opinions are fine as long as they stay just that!

  • 210 wolfshead@toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    shearer as dof ? great the guy who extended rangers contract even though he had shown f all gets us relagated then decides management isnt his gig then fvcks off to a cosy motd sofa

  • 211 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Jesper…I honestly don’t remember anymore…it seems a lifetime ago now.

    As for PPB…I imagine he’s busy trying to think of a new meaning for his initials :)

    Milner…You just reminded me of your post…bloomin’ funny read sir!

    You’re mistake however is actually writing your own letter…big no no at NUFC. Over qualified indeed…and perhaps somewhat arrogant to think you know better than Ashley or his delegate ;)

  • 212 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    You were right it was singing

  • 213 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Was it ppB? I thought is was pBB ;)

    …but you are probably right (that or he has run out of rhum ;) )

  • 214 Dragon64 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    here’s one for you all. cashless like the idea of having a d.o.f so who would you like to see there?
    here’s one keegan now that would be a surprise?
    at the end of the day don’t see the point of them just getting money for nowt. think it should always be managers choice of who he wants then if the team are shite it rests with him and no one else

  • 215 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Jesper..Written opinions can often get lost in translation somewhat…a little leniency with the way others word things can often help avoid too much aggravation.

    For instance, reading your posts on Laurdup, it’s quite clear you believe 100% in what you type, should we perceive that as only your opinion or you forcing that ideal of fact upon us?

    It’s open to interpretation, hence my earlier call for people to relax :)

    p…Perhaps you could bill Ashley as part of a scouting exercise?

  • 216 Milner // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Cheers E’bitza,

    I thought my arrogance might prove a winning attribute – unfortunately i must have fallen just short of the required level of stupidity/illusions of grandeur.

  • 217 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    After a 12 hour shift from hell, to come home and read the news that Kinnear has gone has really brightened my day.

    So thats one down and two to go :D

  • 218 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Lads, now is our time to improve and get rid of Pardew!!!

    Swans and Laudrup part company

  • 219 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Laudrup has just left Swansea

  • 220 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    laudrupp left swansea

  • 221 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Jesper…I think I may have to give you that one! As for running out of rhum, I wouldn’t even wish that on my worst enemy.

    Dragon…Keegan as DOF under Ashley? Come on, don’t be greedy, share the goods my man, we’re all up for a good time!

  • 222 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    If Alan Pardew gets sacked, I would not be shocked if Laudrup is his replacement, here’s hoping..

  • 223 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Ibiza…well when I write “in my opinion” you should interpret it as my opinion – if I don’t specify that, then you probably have to go with your gut feeling based on how you know me ;) or ask!

    …it’s true I believe in what I say especially if I make a fuss about it. Do I try to force with ideal on others is for others to decide! I do tend to change my tone to fit to the one I am debating!

    I don’t like it when people are talking in absolutes!

  • 224 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Milner…Don’t get down, may I suggest you pop along to this charming little pub for a drink one night…you’ll have the job in no time…

  • 225 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM


    it ties in with what I am saying…last year swansea had the benefits of still having the organisation rogers ingrained into them but also had the new approach of attacking with the possession with laudrup.

    this season more has changed, laudrup has drilled the last bit of rogers mentality out of them and I think that has left them to open.

    just my take on it

  • 226 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Phone him quick lad!!!!!!!

  • 227 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    TS…then we will never know ;) lol

  • 228 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM


    you can say the same for rogers in that he had the benefits of what Martinez and the previous managers had done there

  • 229 Dragon64 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    if ashley wants to get the whole of newcastle for him whats the one person who would change the way we all think about him ya never no!
    would love it,love it if that happened lolllll

  • 230 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    tads…why? I am not calling for Laudrup to be our manager (or for us to sign any Danish players for that matter)

    …do you like being cheeky or can you just not help it?

  • 231 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Jesper…Bad example maybe, it’s just that online, people wont always write “imo”, it doesn’t mean they are insisting on something. Anyway, you’ll all deal with each other as you see fit. Please don’t think I was accusing you of anything, I wasn’t :)

  • 232 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Just hours after they promote Gary Monk to the coaching staff

  • 233 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM


    I think the difference was the team were constantly improving with rogers, they may have gone backwards if he stayed but under laudrup they have gone backwards this season, in my opinion anyway

  • 234 Unbelievable Tekkers // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Swansea are struggling because they have a very small squad whilst in Europe and also because their best player has been injured the majority of the season.

  • 235 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    “The club will be making no further comment at this stage, but will endeavour to keep our supporters updated with any future development.”

    What’s that about? Clubs keeping fans updated? Madness.

    Dragon…Ashley would actually have to change the way he runs the club though. If he did that, with or without Keegan, we wouldn’t have as many issues as we do now. Ashleys problem isn’t really personnel, it’s his philosophy imo (See! See! IMO!!! ;) ).

  • 236 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM


    I hate to say this put Pardew was 100% correct, the Europa cup has decimated the Swansea squad, which was small to begin with. He is still a very, very good manager and given the right club he will prove to be a class manager

  • 237 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM


    same thing as us last year and pardew was blasted for it.

    not disagreeing with you though

  • 238 Readingmag // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Laudrup sacked

  • 239 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Christ Jesper chill out
    How come you can dig people out but not vice versa?

    Or do you just not know what banter is

  • 240 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM


    not saying he is a bad manager, i like him, but i dont agree with some people, especially in the media who think he is proven just yet, need to get some consistency (although it is near impossible with a smaller club)

  • 241 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    TS….but we can always say if the next manager is doing bad, maybe it’s because he inhered the leftovers from Laudrup ;) lol

    …sorry that was bad humor!

  • 242 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Laudrup sacked…..

    Let’s go back 6 month ago and all those worshipping him saying he is amazing!

    Shows what half of you know!

  • 243 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    laudrup yes please, couldn’t get that lucky could we. JFK and pardew gone would make me delirious ?

  • 244 Unbelievable Tekkers // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM


    Exactly the same as us. Our best player was injured for 3 months and the europa league killed us. If swansea had no europa league and had Michu fit they would be challenging us and southampton for 8th.

  • 245 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Tbh you have more chance of being invited to a 3 way with Jessica Alba and Megan Fox than you have of Ashley offering Keegan a job

  • 246 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM


    I’d love the guy with NUFC, think he’d show just how good a manager he is.

    We’ve seen Kinnear kicked to the kerb, could we be about to see Ashley finally pull his head out of his arse???

  • 247 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    tads…because I honestly just make fun (why is it I don’t feel you are doing the same?)

    …you are just being cheeky on others expenses (even about a point one has never made)

  • 248 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM


    He’s not good enough for Swansea why should he be good enough for us?

    Sorry but he had a flukey cup win with decent draws and has done nothing since.

    His signings are questionable, he let Ki go to Mackems who is a brilliant player …..

    One word – OVERRATED

  • 249 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM


    wind your neck in lad, Laudrup has left because of uncertainty of his long term future, if you think he’s a bad manager then it shows just how much you know

  • 250 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I understand some people may not want Laudrup here but people retweeting this shit must be the same people that will keep going to matches and not boycott anything at all, not even the food. They are happy with the current regime, pathetic…

    NUFCfans ?@nufcfans 7 mins
    So, Laudrup’s been sacked by Swansea according to @SkySportsNews. Would you have him at #NUFC? JB

    Anth Coulthard ?@anth198484 4m
    @nufcfans @SkySportsNews why would we want him??? Have a perfectly decent manager in pardew. Working under shit conditions!!!!

    I don’t understand what fans dont put into there head or they cannot understand themselves. Comments like “His a perfect decent manager working under shit conditions”. Pathetic comment that is, how does conditions affect the tactical decision of a manager? let alone three in a row loss to our rivals and even in our Home ground which hurts me so much.

    If fans comment like this and do not boycott anything, then they are the minority that let the majority down to getting the cockneys out of our club.

  • 251 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    So Joe Kinnear or, as some Newcastle fans took to calling him, Jokin’ ‘Ere, is no longer the Director of Football at Newcastle United.

    Joe Kinnear, Just try saying the name and try not to smile. Or else just call him JFK. Harry Pottymouth. None of the names are the reason that ‘Ere resigned seven and a half months after being drafted in to reinforce the squad by drawing on his vast knowledge of football and other words beginning with f. Life at the toon wasn’t easy for our very own, instead, he had to consider such names such as Bafétimbi Gomis, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Darren Bent, Florian Thauvin, Rémy Cabella and Clément Grenier, all players that the Toon tried and failed to lure during ‘Ere’s eventfully shy signing- tenure. Maybe it was on a relative personal high for JFK, if not the toon fans, that his departure should follow after the club had lost its most influential player, Yohan Kebab, to PVC.

    ‘Ere has so far resisted the temptation to talk to Talksport and explain his decision, even by way of an explicit gesture, so we can only surmise that the frustration at missing out on so many targets has forced ‘Ere’s hand. Being derided by supporters is unlikely to have bothered him – after all, he has “got far more intelligence than us, that’s for sure” – so his decision may have been motivated by the impression that he seemed to be making Alan Pardew squirm, and even Mike Ashley may have been uncomfortable. Still, given the esteem with which ‘Ere claims he is held by even the biggest names in football, it surely won’t be long before he is offered another high-profile job.

  • 252 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    TADS & JESPER…Go to your rooms now! I told you to play nicely and no, you can’t watch tv…

    …and tads…no thinking about Jessica Alba and Megan Fox in your room…that’s not the sort of punishment I had in mind.

    Rotonda…Both hands on your keyboard please…

  • 253 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    If your making fun it’s the same thing
    To get upset when it happens back is a bit hypocritical

  • 254 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:54 PM


  • 255 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I guess there is no word on the street up there, or maybe some are just as ignorant as they accuse Ashley of being.

  • 256 Dragon64 // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    alba,fox and kate beckinsale yes please what a way to go lollllll

  • 257 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Ian…To quote the dear man, I’m sure the name calling was “water off a duck’s a***”

  • 258 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM


  • 259 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Soz mate Laudrupp didn’t walk out he was sacked

  • 260 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    People hating on Laudrup, compare him to Pardew and his success.

    He won Carling Cup in less than 2 years, what has Pardew won??

    He had a side from the Championship, signed couple of players but the squad was much smaller than ours from last year.

    We had a side full of players with flair but even if we had players that weren’t injured, I would like to remind you Aston Villa at home, we could not score and create nothing!!

    Michael Laudrup would be a huge upgrade from Alan Pardew.

  • 261 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Well it has been fun, but I have to work :(


  • 262 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM


    Cos you are the fountain of all knowledge lol

    Overrated manager.

    And he was sacked look it up will you!

  • 263 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM


    I know mate, Huw Jenkins terminated his contract because of the constant uncertainty with Laudrup’s future and they could not tie him down long term. It’s been going on for a few months now with chairman and manager stuck in a Mexican stand-off. Continued investment has also been said to have been an issue

  • 264 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM


    I know he was sacked. See post @261 for why he was sacked.

  • 265 Dragon64 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    do you all honestly think we are that lucky to get rid of the joker and par dew in the space of a day or so come on. look what the bin dippers done to us at home let alone the scum and still in a job so you have no chance.

  • 266 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Swansea were playing good football before Laudrup came!

    They have had two decent managers before him to start that mold in Martinez and Rogers both as you can see have the same passing mentality in their current teams.

    Anyone saying Laudrup made Swansea amazing just look at his 2013 stats beside the cup win how many games has he won?

    Sorry but no.

    Hope MA ignores all of you, same people who wanted Shearer and Keegan, look where that got us!

    Here is a fact, YOU do not know what is best for the club. You only think you do!

  • 267 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    LOL some people on Twitter haha

    Tayek Moreira Miah ?@TayekMiah 41s
    @GraemeEccles You have phycological problems pal, do you understand how good pardew is?…point fingers at your fat owner.

  • 268 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM


    The comments show a good mix of both sides of the coin tbf

  • 269 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM


    thats actually very funny, as a lot of people believed that Roger’s was over rated while at Swansea and was very, very lucky to get the Liverpool job, the same was said of Martinez while he was at Wigan

  • 270 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Turkish…I’d be eager to learn what Laudrups problems with the board were at Swansea. As far as I can tell they have a model much more suited to flourish under than ours…even if he did arrive, how long would he stay?

    Whilst stability for the sake of it is not advisable, going in to something thinking it unlikely to last seems ill advised to me.

    Still, this is all based on speculations.

    Jesper…Take it easy mate!

  • 271 pottsclock // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Alan Pardew has a 38.5% win rate as NUFC manager. Laudrup has a 34.5% win rate as Swansea manager.
    Why would Laudrup be a massive improvement? He’s been sacked because Swansea are only 2 points above relegation with teams around them improving.
    Upgrade. Yes, please. Laudrup, no.

  • 272 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    A mate of mine from dahn sahf who remembers stuff , was saying yesterday that Ashley used to like to get footy “personalities” to open his stores in the 80′s (the 1st one in Maidenhead in 1982)
    He distinctly remembers JFK and D.Wise doing the honours and vaguely A Pardew but the one that sticks in his mind was a certain Glenn Hoddle who opened several for him.
    You heard it here first.

  • 273 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Turkish – Do you approve the toon army attending away matches?
    For the Chelsea game it’s a category A game.
    Prices are a little steep @
    Shed Lower Away Visitors £52
    Shed Upper Away Visitors £55

  • 274 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    He’s a better manager that Pardew pawl, in my opinion.

    Far better actually.

    Would suit our players a lot more also. It will never happen though.

  • 275 Dragon64 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    never said wanted keegan was a joke question wouldn’t want him either as manager or as d.o.f still blame him 12 points clear and bottle went simple as that.
    manager should always have the say of who comes in and who goes then he is the only person to blame when a team are playing shit.

  • 276 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM


    I agree mate, but Pardew simply cannot move us further from mid-table. He has no ability to get the best out of players as well, as you saw once Cabaye left, whole team were told to hoof it from back and hope for the best… This makes me think, Pardew focused on one player for the past 2 years and thats Cabaye, to get best out of him. While, you got other managers that can multi-task and get the most out of multiple players!!

    I just hate when fans say Pardew has his hand tied to his back or its down to Mike Ashley. Sorry but who selects the team, the tactics and does the training? I am sure 100% Mike Ashley doesn’t as he barely gets out of London Westminster. When fans have statements like these it makes you think, we will never move forward because Mike Ashley has the perfect man made for him for the puppeteer job…

  • 277 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    rodgers only got swansea to 11th in his first PL season, and he got the liverpool job and they look real contenders for top 5.



  • 278 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Jeff- Glenn Hoddle as DOF!

  • 279 catchy in norway // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    busy reading all the good banter to night , ( been learning more Norwegian :) )

    got to say TS I’m well pleased you now see what I have been saying about where we play football , long ball or long shots , it = the same , he is afraid to comit , always in fear of losing, no matter who we play,

    I don’t think the guy has sat down with the other coaches and really looked at his squad, he has a system and will fit players into that system, rather than play to his squads strengths , he needs players like HBA but is afraid of there ability, come 80 mins he sets him free to do his stuff, which in turn is miss read by the fans as HBA being greedy, all caused by pardew

    the simple fact is he is out of his depth, big time

    the argument about laudrup , and Clarke , there both good managers that would move us forward , Swansea is not a great squad , and finished ninth last year , they could still finish 9th this year , they whoped us 3-0 with no strikers clocking up 700+ passes

    both Clarke and laudrup play the game right, and with our squad , I think they could do wonders ,

    cisse is not a bad striker, he just gets no service , he is not a winger , he is an instinctive striker , put the ball in and watch him go

  • 280 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM


    It is funny as neither were sacked.

    Martinez had a much bigger task than managing Swansea with Wigan …..

    And Rogers brought and sustained Swansea in the PL not Laudrup!

    He inherited a solid team, with a decent mold of passing football.

    I think we can do better than Pardew, but Laudrup is not that much of an improvement if any!

    Laudrup may have won a league cup, but it doesn’t make him a great manager!

    If it does why did no one run for Mclaren? Or McLeish oh wait Villa did and look what happened!

    League cup can be won by any team given a bit a of luck, including Sunderland as seen recently against Man Utd and Chelsea, bell they came back from 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go to get back MK Dons!

    Winning a cup is an achievement but it doesn’t make you a great manager!

  • 281 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Jeff…Pretty sure someone mentioned that already.

    Something about a dinner meeting with Ashley last week which Hoddle was in attendance of.

  • 282 TurkishFan101 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM


    Chat alload of bollocks saying Laudrup has 34.5%, he has 44.41%. You another one of those Pro Pardew hippies?

    Ian Toon

    I do not approve anything that pockets Mike Ashley in any way as it will only make him stay longer. I see a change whilst people that agree to the current regime and manager continue to sprout crap about “You dont support the team then you daft C*NT, go to the match and support the team not the regime!!” How is that possible when you go into the stadium, buy tickets, buy food, drinks and you are telling me I do not support the team because I don’t want the fat c@ck to pocket money and stay in??

    If you are going to boycott properly do it it right way, and its going to be hard with the likes of Mike Ashley.

  • 283 scout // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment 110
    The stupid statement was saying that Swansea won a cup without beating anyone GOOD as you put it. It’s absolute bollocks. You beat who you get drawn against and then lift the trophy, somewhere along the line your GOOD teams got knocked out.
    Also found your comments on Laudrup slightly strange as the Newcastle squad is on a different level to Swansea, tactically ML is on a different planet to pardew. He would have us on more points thi season easily.

  • 284 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Not Just About Ashley Out, More About Good Management In

    3 mins ago by Waseem Shakoor
    Joe Kinnear has never been anything other than a pantomime villain at Newcastle United, who we could all boo and jeer at for the failure to bring in reinforcements to the squad.

    Getting rid of him however, does mean that we become a more serious outfit. Why Mike Ashley ever thought it was a good idea, I don’t know, but I guess a decision like that is fairly typical of the kind of brain freeze that the owner has from time to time.

    ashley outI don’t want to talk any more about Joe Kinnear – frankly, he’s not worth it and has always been an insignificant figure at the club. We have a far more serious problem at Newcastle but one which can be similarly fixed fairly easily if the right decision is made.

    Alan Pardew was fully exposed on Saturday as he was shown to be tactically inept, embarrassed by Gus Poyet – a man who has a philosophy over how the game should be played and will empower his players to express themselves.

    In contrast, Pardew has occasionally played some very good football this season (probably forced to do so by Cabaye!) but it’s against his nature. When under pressure, his default setting is always restored – long ball to Shola, bypassing midfield and all the French guys, whose technical ability he doesn’t really trust.

    The players we had on the field and on the bench against Sunderland were perfectly capable of playing proper football and I have no doubt that, if we had swapped managers for the game, we would have won comfortably.

    We have a wonderful asset in the form of Chief Scout (and effective Director of Football) Graham Carr and Kinnear’s exit can only help placate the man who has saved Mike Ashley’s investment in recent years.

    Personally, I don’t care whether it is Ashley out or in – I just want him to hire some decent people to run the club effectively and sit back and let them get on with it. We don’t need him to inject any more money into the club – we just need him to stop embarrassing it and to make some sensible appointments.

    Pardew isn’t a top class manager and, contrary to media nonsense, he wouldn’t ‘walk into’ another leading Premiership job.

    I have a plan, which is relatively simple.

    1. Sack Alan Pardew, either now or at the end of the season.

    2. Give Graham Carr the title of Director of Football, but have him do exactly the same job he is doing now.

    3. Hire Nicola Cortese as Executive Chairman, a job which he performed spectacularly well at Southampton.

    4. Hire Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who has transformed Southampton’s playing style with limited resources, whilst also making them believe that there is no limit to what they can achieve. He plays great football and never has an inferiority complex against ‘better sides’.

    That’s it. As for the rest, let them get on with it.

    You will note that none of the above requires Ashley to commit huge amounts of money or net spending on transfer fees – our balance sheet is strong enough for the club to ‘wipe its nose’ but it’s time to put it to good use and empower the right people to make good decisions on moving us forward. Kinnear was always a joke appointment but Pardew is not the man to trust with spending any money – if left to him, we’d now have players like Bent, Tompkins and Downing. He has to go.

    Ashley doesn’t want to put more money into the club, but I doubt he would be averse to seeing the club grow as a global brand, and his investment increase in value. I think he may even start enjoying himself if he puts competent people in charge in the way that Marcus Liebherr did at Southampton.

    Cortese took enormous flak from the British media for sacking Pardew and Atkins at Southampton but he showed conviction and a belief that has subsequently embarrassed all those people that doubted he knew what he was doing. His hiring of the relatively unknown Pochettino was inspired and again demonstrated that his knowledge of the game was far beyond that of his detractors.

    Newcastle United is a club in need of leadership, focus and a philosophy over what it represents. I think a combination of Cortese, Pocchetino & Carr can provide that.

    You can follow Waseem on Twitter @WShak1

  • 285 pawl250 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I would take Hoddle as a manager personally.

    I think he is a great coach, and he seems in the right frame of mind.

    If I were Levy he would have been my choice.

  • 286 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Turkish…I agree and disagree…of course :) As TS has been pointing out, it’s not that Pardew can’t, it’s just he’s horrendously inconsistent.

    A lot of it will be down to confidence, that will likely not be helped with the regulations Ashley has in place.

    Personally, I don’t believe Pardews instruction is to finish as high as possible, as backwards as that sounds. All he needs to do is grind out results and he has a job. Is that his fault? To some extent of course. However, for things to actually change and not just for one season, Ashley is the one who needs to change first imo.

  • 287 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Ibiza you seen nothing, you heard nothing….

    See no evil, hear no evil.

  • 288 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Hey i no

    Pardew DOF AND Laudrup as Manager

  • 289 HullMag6 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    As long as Ash is in charge we’ve got problems whoever is manager

  • 290 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Belfast…As usual I have no idea what you’re talking about :)

  • 291 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM


    I’m not saying he is a great manager, but he’d be a big upgrade on Pardew though and the job he’s doing with Swansea is very, very similar with the one that Martinez had with Wigan and yeah you are right Martinez wasn’t sacked but he did relegate Wigan.

    And the main reason he was sacked was due to the uncertainty over his future that Jenkins believed was now effecting the players and staff at the club

  • 292 9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    For heaven’s sake: we think we have a “bad” owner in Mr Ashley – take a look at what’s going down elsewhere: I genuinely used to think Mike Ashley was the worst possible owner, then along came Venky’s at Blackburn, anyone you care to mention at Pompey; anyone you care to mention at Leeds (Good Lord!); look at Birmingham; look at Man City’s previous owner!! That’s not to mention the (now almost extinct) MUFC’s fans’ fury at the Glaziers; Liverpool’s adventures with the two Yanks.

    At least our lad is English. How about that nice Mr Tan changing his club’s colours? Or that nice Mr (Hull owner) changing his club’s name??
    Good grief, what a pickle Premier League clubs have ended in as a result of, initially, Sky money.
    So, there’s an off-hand list of worse owners than ours. Now you can quote me better (current/very recent) ones, please:

  • 293 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM


    I’d love hoddle as our manager, bets english manager by a long way

  • 294 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    My god
    people here compare laudrup with a manger who picks shola as a main striker , chooces s taylor ahead of mbiwa and in the first game with no cabaye wins the long ball football rates
    are you ok?

  • 295 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Just the way I like it big son :)

  • 296 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Transfer- I remember that’s something we agree on.
    Currently watching Nantes v PSG -

  • 297 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    He generally doesn’t spend that much time at the one Club Laudrup.

    I don’t believe for one second that he would work with Ashley like. I think he fell out with the Swansea chairman for not spending, so the last person he’ll want to work with is Mike Ashley.

  • 298 HullMag6 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Heard via a Facebook conversation an nufc delegation has taken a private jet to Cardiff.

    If true – very interesting

  • 299 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Belfast…I guess you get used to people not understanding you…I imagine you’d be fairly popular in Sunderland, with like minded individuals ;)

    asenski…Not to take away from your point, but technically Norwich was the first game without Cabaye.

  • 300 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Hull…Is Ashley selling to Vincent Tan? :)

  • 301 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Ian….Is Cabaye playing?

  • 302 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Hull mag, facebook is the root of all evil.

    It should be banned, and then Jeremy Kyle will be on the dole.

  • 303 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM


    yeh, he is a top top manager and if not for his stupid outburst about the disabled i think he might have gotten england closer to a trophy, maybe not won one, but certainly closer

  • 304 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM


    I wouldn’t read anything into that mate as I’ve read that Roberto di Matteo is now 15-2 to take over as manager with Pardew being moved to the role Dof – So many stories and BS going about right now

  • 305 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    do not believe we are so accurate but let’s hope that’s true
    ashey would have brilliant chance to sack pardew after the upcoming trash at stanford bridge
    just sack pardew after chelsea game and hire laudrup imo

  • 306 mattnufc // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I agree, but Mike Ashley has a penchant for terrible signings, Kinnear x2, Wise, Llambias, Pardew, getting rid of Hughton, Keegan…

  • 307 outside the box // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    does glenn hoddle have any spurs connection …yes
    is he unemployed …yes
    is he slightly off the wall…yes
    does he have any geordie mates he can rope in waddle
    would they upset toon fans …yes..
    got to be a shoe in

  • 308 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Strange time to sack him, considering they play Cardiff on Saturday.

  • 309 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    outside the box

    What does Hoddle having a Spurs connection got to do with anything???

  • 310 archaeomag // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Swansea have sacked their Manager !

  • 311 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM


    Nothing surprises me with this game anymore mate

  • 312 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    There’s no way Pardews ego could take being moved upstairs like lol

  • 313 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Outside the box

    Hoddle would be a vast improvement on the s—e we are seeing now.

  • 314 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    do not remember but checked and you are right mate
    i’m not sure how successful pardew is when it comes to an even games , when we should create the game and dictate the tempo then we simply fail and don’t win , tha’t one i will never accept from this manager

  • 315 padthemag // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    I don’t buy this joe kinear rubbish Ashley has done this to take flack and try and appease us as he knows the window I
    Is shut and it’s his only move! Don’t get me wrong I’m happier than I was on sat but the blame lies with Ashley you can’t tell me he’s stupid enough to know the ramifications of selling Cabaye and not replacing him just like Carroll and ba he calls the shots the buck stops with him, he soon got the signings in last jan and I’ve no doubt if we were on 20 points he’d still be at the club agreement or not !!!!

  • 316 pottsclock // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Hoddle for DoF please

  • 317 archaeomag // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    What a stupid time to do it – who would sack someone after the Window closes

  • 318 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Wouldn’t mind Pardew being employed as the DOF, just don’t want him as manager anymore, he stupid and shite, proven it many times, this weekend for me was an improvement on the Liverpool game last season which has to go down as the worst display of football I have ever seen, and that includes all levels.

    He should have been sacked last year, Laudrup would be great but would probably want a bigger say on transfers, but to be fair he would probably have a say in 30 million to be spent in the summer.

    Swansea as a squad are nowhere near the squad he would have at his disposal here, wouldn’t be surprised if he robbed Swansea of one or two of there ‘purples’ if he could.

  • 319 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Apparently Kinnear resigned as he felt he was underpaid for his sterling work. Word is Ashley will bring him back for his 3rd spell by end of next week on an improved contract

  • 320 martoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Anybody noticed that Lee Ryder seems to have grown a pair since he was banned from NUFC press. This is a pretty good article:-

  • 321 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Does no one on here know what makes Ashley tick?
    It’s out there for anyone with half a brain to see !
    He does not like to employ strangers and prefers people from his own area and background.
    The only time he has veered from that philosophy he has been let down big style.
    He appointed Chris Mort a trusted lawyer he had dealt with for many years , as NUFC Chairman
    then D Wise
    then JFK
    then A Pardew
    then JFK for the 2nd time
    Allardyce,Keegan,Shearer,Hughton he was never comfortable with .He will either stick with the status quo giving AP more autonomy with transfers or bring in another person he trusts from the past.
    The more people give him a hard time the likelier he is to do this.

  • 322 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    PARDEW OUT – he’s worse than standing in dog shit in your brand new trainers.

  • 323 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I bet you he wanted the ground to swallow him up, when the fans clapped the pitch invader on Saturday.

    Would have been nice to get a picture of his face at that exact moment.

  • 324 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    asenski…I understand, it’s frustrating as hell to see him get it right in some tough games, but seems scared to take on what should be inferior teams.

    At first I understood, there were a lot of changes going on and he had a big task on his hand imo. I have seen some improvements this season over last in his approach.

    I guess for me, I’m happy enough to give him a chance whilst Ashley is still about as I don’t believe any replacement will do much better.

    I’d say I’d love for Ashley to make me eat some humble pie, but as soon as I mention pie Ashley will do his utmost to make sure I don’t get any ;)

    My pie!

  • 325 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    once ashley missed benitez last summer he should not repeat that mistake with laudrup
    that’s know for sure
    pardew will never overjump himself and he proved that last 5 games vs sunderland

  • 326 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    hoddle the next swansea manager 25/1 ..get on it

  • 327 outside the box // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    jack butler @306 ….graham carr …joe kinnear…have spurs connections seems to trust cockneys hughton was ex spurs …i think hoddle is a well respected coach ..but couldn,t stomach waddle back at toon

  • 328 dubzy // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    this is what happens when u don’t win football matches….TAKE NOTE MIKE ASHLEY AN DO THE RIGHT THING…..PLZ

  • 329 Belfast // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Yeah Lee Ryder has certainly grew a set lately lol

    Pity he’s about five years to late.

    All those local journos seemed to have grew a set.

    Rebels, now that they’re all banned.

  • 330 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    outside the box

    I think that people are getting carried away with Kinnear’s sacking and the likelihood of Ashley pulling the trigger twice in quick succession is very, very, very slim

  • 331 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    i wonder what happens if mourinho comes to ashley and tells him i want to lead nufc and money is not important
    will ashley still keep his favourite pardew , because it seems to me that no matter of the results and performances he sticks to pardew !
    unbelievable does he think pardew is the next mourihno

  • 332 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Even after they were banned it’s still taken a good few months!!!

    Although Douglas has been going at the club a lot harder than Ryder the last few weeks

  • 333 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Ibiza — enjoy it mate. have a gud -un .

  • 334 outside the box // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    jack butler to be honest was thinking of hoddle as d o f…
    would much prefer the southampton link as per rotunda heights @284

  • 335 martoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    asenski @333 – I believe Ashley thinks Pardew is an adequate manager good enough to keep NUFC in the premiership and work under his tight financial constraints -oh and be the lowest paid manager in the premiership – understand now? ;)

  • 336 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    What Ryder is doing is taking cheap shots at the bully now he knows he can’t get hit back.

    I would have far more respect for him if he showed the balls to stand up to Ashley when things 1st started to go wrong and when he actually had something to lose by taking stance

  • 337 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Kinnear wasn’t sacked he was given a congratulatory handshake and a huge bonus for a job well done

  • 338 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    is pardew really the lowest paid manager in PL.. wow ?
    why doesn’t he want to leave then ;)

  • 339 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Phoning Ashley?
    Offering his services for free?
    Ashley turning him down because Pardews better?

    What the hell are you talking about!

  • 340 stuart no9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Swansea sack laudrup or is that old news ?when did that happen????????

  • 341 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    outside the box

    We wouldn’t need a DoF if we had a chairman worthy of the position and thats where Ashley needs to change his approach as hiring people that are his friends has got us no where and he needs to employ the right people for the right position

  • 342 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM


    He should have been kicked out on his drunken old arse with a slap for good measure – But I can’t get away from the fact that he has been made the fall guy to deflect away from what has been a sickening few weeks

  • 343 9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    outside the box @327: you’ve cottoned on to it. Mr Ashley belongs in the south of England and worships the Spurs outfit : nowt wrong with any of that, unless you’re the sort of ignorant t**t who thinks anybody born south of the watter is therefore inferior; so he trusts people he knows. who share his background -so do all of us, this is normal human behaviour. Why, then, did he buy NUFC when, I’m pretty sure, he’d never set foot in Newcastle in all his born days? We know he famously failed to do due diligence so, as a self-made multi-millionaire he was clearly indulging himself, following his mates at Spurs and thinking he’s spyed a bargain – a “Sleeping Giant” for £130m. He likes football, he’s got a few squillion quid lying around, why not indulge himself in what seemed a “steal”? And weren’t those Geordies meant to be fun, football people? I’m sure I could sink a pint with the best of them… Anyway, I digress: he got it wrong, his motives were undoubtedly, to profit from making NUFC a success (there really is no credible alternative motive) and, my best guess is, that’s exactly what’ll happen : he’ll leave NUFC in a massively stronger position than it was, and he’ll make a profit.

    How this affects us: we crave NUFC success on the field; Mr Ashley has no result unless he can sell NUFC at a profit – wehich means, NUFC success on the field.
    I really don’t think any of this is mysterious. Please see earlier post re alternative “Ego” owners from foreign parts.

  • 344 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    toon army DS
    you cannot possibly know that – the guy is 67 with a history of heart disease.
    why because somebody connected with your club does stuff you don’t like do you have to be such a cnut about him.think about the elder people in your family and show some compassion you winker

  • 345 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM


    So anyone over the age of 65 takes a job to retire after 7 months solely due to ill health?
    If that was the case the club would if made a statement

    It’s also not being a Cnut about him dipshit it’s a pop at Ashley
    And it’s wanker not winker

    You the same jeff that thought he was a 12 yr old Indian boy?

  • 346 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    It’s a pop at Ashley you thick fcuk
    If it was ill health there would if been a statement

    So shut about having compassion for my family you tw@

  • 347 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Jeff from Benwell

    I reported yesterday that Ashley was at dinner this weekend with Clive Allen at the York and Albany, Camden Town . Glenn Hoddle arrived a little later and sat at next table ..they where deep in conversation ..this is not the first time he’s been there with Glenn ..I know the head ..well I hesitate to tell you as a write reports are exact. That place btw is owned by GR

  • 348 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM


    Just seen you comment to Jeff from Benwell

    “It’s a pop at Ashley you thick fcuk”

    Your a nasty Little Bast*rd . IN fact your a disgrace.

  • 349 toonicle // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    If Shola is leaving and we don’t have to pay a fee to get him as he’s out of contract, why not? Decent hold up play from what I’ve seen

  • 350 Sav // Feb 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Apart from his being free, what is the qualification for this guy Gomis to be the striker we pin all our hopes on next year? If we are going to rely on one main striker, I hope to heaven he’s better than THIS.

  • 351 sirjasontoon // Feb 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM


  • 352 musomag // Feb 5, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    What Nightfall said @ 17

    …..absolutely spot on pal

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