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Pardew Reveals Transfer Plans For The Summer

9:06 am, Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Newcastle fans have had to put up with two disasters in a row –  first Yohan Cabaye was sold last week without being replaced,  and then less than 14 hours after the window closed last Friday night, we played Sunderland at home and lost 3-0, and that was our third successive defeat for the first time since 1923 against the Wearside  club. :(

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Shola Ameobi – will be leaving the club in the summer

Many fans have said they will not renew their season tickets, and the attendance in our next home game against Spurs on Wednesday night could be the lowest league attendance at home this  season, and other fans have called for a boycott against the club.

And we are even considering whether it’s worth carrying on with this blog, and all the work that goes into it, including daft things like getting up at 3:00 am in the morning, after it seems the leaders at the club have no real ambitions for our once famous club.

But Alan Pardew has tried to remain upbeat through all of this,  and he even talked yesterday in his press conference about moving the club forward, and bringing in three or four top players this summer – because this club deserves it:

“My message is always the same, it’s about taking the club forward.” “We can’t stand still, we have to go forward, so it gives us an opportunity to do that.”

“Let’s be honest, it was an emotional game and the fan running on the pitch with a season ticket and all that, that’s what our fans are and they will never take that away from them.”

“They are passionate – they love the club – and the best thing I can try to do is get the best team I can out there to get results for them.”
“I have no problem with that passion. It comes to the surface. There was a bit of frustration this week with season tickets going forward.

“But two years ago, we finished fifth. This year, are eighth, and we have done a brilliant job.” “We have lost a great player, we know that, and in the summer hopefully we can bring three or four great players in, let’s hope so because this club deserves it.”

It does look like we could bring in four top players this summer, but other players like Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan will definitely be leaving the club.

One important man in all of this is Chief Scout Graham Carr, and we hope Graham has some very good players lined up for Newcastle this summer, as it looks like we’ll need to have a very good summer transfer window.

That’s after getting no permanent players through the door during Joe Kinnear’s disastrous 8 months tenure as Director of Football at Newcastle.

And if anything, it was even worse than Dennis Wise’s time in that same position a few years ago.

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    This blog would we a much nicer place (and this has nothing to do with Ed) if some poster would be more forthcoming towards other posters opinions and stop taking the moral high ground!

  • 2 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    That last paragraph translates as “for f#cks sake, mike, buy me some players!!!”

    It will fall on deaf ears. Fats wont buy 3 or 4 top players.

  • 3 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    It will be interesting to see how West Ham’s Andy Carroll appeal goes,for me it’s the same sending off as Remy,intent but minimal contact.I can’t see it happening though,the FA won’t want that can of worms opened.

  • 4 TurkishFan101 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    This guy is fu*king clueless, 5 first major players out of the squad and hes still debating with himself whether to start Marveaux or not…

    “And Sylvain’s another player that might get an opportunity on Saturday to say ‘come on then, I should be in the team’.”

    Might?? toss off you cockney pleb!

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:22 AM


    It annoys me, i don’t want to see players having punch ups but it annoys me little things like that are a red card.

    The over reaction from the norwich lad and then chico at swansea is worse for me.

  • 6 Rainrix // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Even if we did get 3 good quality players in we’d still be horrifically short. The big 3 that need replacing are remy cabs and colo. But taking into account other players potentially leaving i.e cisse marv gosling ameobi (LJD his probable replacement but thats not set in stone) and obertan we’re going to be in worse shape than we have been in a long time.

    Those are ifs and buts, but a likely scenario. Need a lot more than 3 or 4 players coming in.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I personally wouldn’t start Marveaux against Chelsea. Maybe give him the last 20minutes if we are level at that point to try and unlock the defence. But if we are to get anything we need players that will give everything for the entire game, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Marveaux give more than 75%, if he has, then he doesn’t cut it at this level.

    HBA will almost definitely start, so if Marveaux did as well, we would for the most part be carrying 2 players for the game, which we certainly can’t afford to do away at Chelsea.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    One big positive for tomorrow is that Lawro has us down to lose…

  • 9 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    For me the Carroll one was worse.Remy was never going to hurt Johnson with the force he put into the forward movement,but if that arm had caught Chico properly he would have been star-fished(Local Hartlepool term for KO,don’t ask me why),Carroll lands from his jump then brings his other arm round in what can only be described as “Windmill Technique”.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Personally I think if we are going into the Chelsea trying to defend us out of trouble…trouble is what we are going to get!

    …we need to try and keep the ball out of our defense as much as possible and try to inflict danger on them as well!

    How do we do that? Well we need to stop this defensive brand of football we are producing where Krul needs to be some kind of superman for us to get a point (or three if we are lucky)

  • 11 TurkishFan101 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    He’s never given 75%? which of the players have ever apart from Gouffran???

    You think like Pardew, he always puts Marveaux in for 12min or nothing at all. Did you not watch last season??? Without Marveaux we would have been relegated 100%, he is our main creative playmaker whom deserves the number 10 role. Next time before slating players you need to come up with proof rather than thinking what ever Pardew did was correct as he never gives “75% or more”.

    Which number 10 role in todays standard even gives more than 75%? do you even know what that means? defensive duties as well as attacking, nowadays you look at Oscar, Mata do they give more than 75% or you saying this cause Pardew drops Marveaux for being a flair player??

  • 12 thai-mag // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    same old rubbish, 3 or 4 players at the start of the window, then its 2 or 3, then we need at least 1 player, then when nobody comes in he’s telling us we are strong enough and don’t need anybody, nobody will be falling for that one again

  • 13 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM


    I agree with what you say. I think
    we need 3 top players AND another 3 squad players. Add in the players who have been out on loan, we should be in decent shape squad wise. Its still a lot of players to bring in.


    Two luxury players against a team who dont play any! PAAAIIINNN :D

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM


    yeh i guess, neither should be reds but letter of the law the ref called it right, so don’t know why they are appealing.

  • 15 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM


    Oscar works his ass off. Thats why Jose kept him and sold Mata.

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    The Norwich players over reaction was ridiculous

    But not as ridiculous as taking legal action against the FA for upholding the ban

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    as usual i think we’ll sign enough to get us by, safely mid table, we wont sign players to improve on what we have/will achieve this year which is the sad truth under ashley.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I’m not advocating defensive football from us, but we need work rate in bundles to press higher up the pitch and regain possession, as well as work rate and movement when we have the ball. Marveaux doesn’t offer that, nor does HBA, so it has to be one or the other playing for me. I’m not HBA’s biggest fan, but between him and Marveaux, HBA gets the vote for me.

    I’m not sure if he is injured or not, but I would rather see Bigi come in for Tiote then Marveaux. At least Bigi has been getting games regularly at reserve level, whereas Marveaux hasn’t.

    I think I’d go

    Debuchy MYM Willo Haidara
    Anita Bigi Sissoko
    HBA Santon/Sammi

    On balance I’d prefer Sammi, but Santon may help combat Ivanovic’s forward runs better.

  • 19 TurkishFan101 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM


    Jose Mourinho know’s a plan B though, he can revert to 433 from 4231 perfectly as he trains with the team doing so, so it makes Oscar drop back and them dominating midfield. Pardew is not capable of this, Mata was not going to be sold but the money was too good to reject as Mata can play either flank as well. Pardew never has a Plan B and even when he has it always been bring on Shola and switch to Hoof Ball.

    Look at Ozil as well, the manager makes a big difference, look at Arsenal’s squad and how much Wenger is squeezing at of each individual.

  • 20 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Expect Online Guy to be on your case again today,he was on earlier calling you out.

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Fully agree, all the players need to put a shift in and we need the forwards to pressure from the top of the pitch
    Can’t let Chelsea get into our half before we start putting the players under pressure

    The problem is with no Tiote no Remy no Goofy we only really have Willo and Debuchy and Santon who can play full pace for 90 minutes

  • 22 mindshaft // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Vidic leaving Manure in the summer when contract ends – They’ll be in for Steven Taylor for sure so thats another one of our best players gone!
    said no one ever!

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Mr Mojo
    He can prattle on all he wants mate, he won’t get a bite, I’ve said all I’m prepared to say to the obviously bored chap

  • 24 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM


    Starfished (adj)

    Lying unconsious with arms and legs splayed out in the form of several bottom dwelling marine animals

  • 25 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Lol, that was a nice little rant from you. I assume you don’t regularly read my comments, as I am not a fan of Pardew.

    Yes, I watch games, in fact pretty much every game NUFC play is shown over here. Marveaux has never produced when he has started, regularly disappears from games.

    We would have been relegated? Behave, Marveaux got 4 assists from the bench. Obertan got 2 in far less game time, in fact Obertan got the most assists per minute played for us last season, maybe he should play more??

    Oscar and Silva both work very hard, as does Hazard. As does Cazorla. If they didn’t they wouldn’t be where they are. Over in Barca, Xavi and Iniesta both work very hard off the ball.

    My opinions have nothing to do with what other people say about players, it is based on having watched the player and having worked as a scout and a coach. I can make my own mind up. Many flair players also work very hard.

    Too many people seem to equate work rate and defensive duties to tracking back, it has nothing to do with that.

  • 26 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM


    You said oscar doesnt give more than 75%. How has this suddenly changed to a comparison of tactics between pardew and jose?

  • 27 jimmy3knees // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Does anyone know what the maximum transfer war-chest should/could be next summer. Obviously, there’s no way all the profits would be spend on transfers! But still, including money not spent last summer, then this january, the Cabaye money, then the extra TV revenues …

    My best guess should be 100m + swilling around, but i’m sure someone out there has a better idea than me …

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Arsenal have been carrying Ozil since 6/7th game

    He’s been very unimpressive recently and has started getting some stick off the fans

    As for Mata, he was always going it was a case if Chelsea saying we want x amount and knowing Man Utd would pay because they needed a big money signing to appease the fans

  • 29 Slank // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    9MrMojoRisin @ 9

    I think West Ham are making a big deal about Carroll not because of what happened but more about their precarious league position and the possibility of not being able to move into the Olympic stadium. They need all their players on the pitch.

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    “Too many people seem to equate work rate and defensive duties to tracking back, it has nothing to do with that.”

    Spot on

  • 31 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Chelsea are in an awesome position because all of their flair players also work hard. Nufcs flair players (hba and marv) do not. In the modern game, you do not get away with playing 2 in the side, and as Gary Neville would agree, you rarely if ever get away with playing one out wide.

  • 32 Rainrix // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Markaccus…. Here here i have doubts we can get 3 in never mind 6 :)

    On the loanees, do you reckon they’ll be good enough? Im still not convinced personally. Tavernier seems to be the only player who’s really excelling apart from abeid. Vuckic and Ferguson seemingly can’t get a game. Doesn’t fill me with confidence. unfortuntly i think that’ll be ashleys reasoning not to spend money similar to the europa season. Get the youngsters to plug the gaps when they might not be ready/good enough.

  • 33 heyholetsgo // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Same old drivel every time after empty transfer window. We should have made 3 or 4 signings to take us forward when we were 5th at the start of that season and bought again in the last two windows like all the other “big” clubs! Agree with previous post that we need even more players with lots of hangers on who won’t get any game time next season.

    There’s just no ambition and the aims just get worse with every passing season. At first we will be trying to go for everything, then top 5 or 6 now no cups and top men’s good enough. Good for your wallet MA but not for any fan…. if you’re not interested in our club say you’re just getting your loan money back before you sell up and go and buy Rangers. That would suit you… inferior players, knock down prices, loads of fans and pretty much guaranteed champions league in a couple if seasons bingo!

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Lilongwe…I think Bigi might still be injured – there is Gosling for you ;)

    The discussion about work rate, possession and ability is one we tend to view very differently on here so I am not starting that one again. But I will give you this one though – the way Pardew plays football you are
    probably right it might be dangerous to play to many flair players!

    …but then again I have seen us without any flair as well and boy what a drag that was :(

    This one is for you TS ;) It’s a case of clash of football cultures!

  • 35 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM


    Vukic is a strange one. Shows promise but then he dislocates his sock or something and he is out for the season.

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    tads and lilo

    exactly…not all about tracking back but working hard

    Also if the manager wants you to track back for his game plan, rightly or wrongly, you need to do it.

  • 37 Ben3arfa // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM


  • 38 john_g05 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    lets be honest Newcastle fans claim to be the best in the world… it is times like this when fans need to pull together and get behind the players. Ashley screwed up with kinner, hes rectified that .. a bit late albeit but kinner is gone now. Pardew isnt in charge of signings he uses the players he is given…. and he doesnt do the selling either…. boycotting games only hurts us as fans, stopping your blog will achieve what ? nothing all your short of doing is turning in to a plastic city fan follow the money i know fans who have supported 4 different teams in the last 10 years, newcastle fans are not those type of fans… we are all bout the Toon through thick and thin. if we have faith it will get better … our day will come… moses spent 40 years in the desert… hes a pussy !! we are the toon army we have been in the desert 60years and we are still marching strong

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Not sure I agree with you on Tavernier
    The lads nearly 23 and never played above league 1, has always look very lost when I’ve seen him in our senior team
    For me I think the lad has found his level

  • 40 Markaccus // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    If we play 442 on saturday, hba has to play in the hole. Not on the wing. If we play 433 then hba can start as a wide foward because there are 3 mfs behind him (probably anita socks and probably a defender (mym?)). Marv can only come on when hba goes off for a pie.

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Marveaux has started 29 games for NUFC out of 52 appearances. 2/3rds of his assists are from the bench. That would indicate he is better suited as a late impact player when opposition are tiring and their is greater space to pick out a pass.

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Exactly mate
    I don’t want to see Remy and HBA playing RB/CB but when you see the opposing Full Backs and Centre Backs having the freedom to knock the ball around without pressure then the forwards aren’t working hard enough

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM


    saying that though liverpool this weekend just gone had cissoko bomb forward and then sturridge sat in at left back (the lad has 28 goals in 34 games, must be still attacking)

    I often see aguero or negredo helping out the fullbacks.

    I don’t want to see our attacking men sitting in our own half like jonas had to, but still think they should cover when the time is right.

  • 44 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I’ve tried stating before that just because these lads aren’t in the starting line up doesn’t mean the don’t have a role to play

    The importance of having impact subs is huge, if we started with every being called for to start our bench would horrendous!
    Pardew would of essentially said we going for broke if were losing after 20 mins then that’s it, we have no options on the bench no plan b nout!

  • 45 Rainrix // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Tads…. Oh no i actually agree with you there i was just saying he was the only player on loan who seems to be doing well. I don’t think he’s good enough either maybe he’s a decent championship player at best. I remember him being torn a new one against reading away last season and it was hardly a world class attack.

    Markaccus… Yeah injuries have hampered any progress he could have made really. He did get a run of games in our 5th season and looked good but it was ruined by yet another injury. Such a shame as he has talent.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I don’t view it as a clash of cultures. Pardew likes his players to work hard and track back. I’d prefer attacking players to stay in forward positions and work hard to win the ball back in the opposition half.

    Watch Barca under Guardiola, or his Bayern side now. The work rate and pressing is done when they lose the ball high up the pitch. They don’t wait until they are deep in their own half. That is how we should be, so it is hardly British culture clashing with european culture…

    That is the difference, and the bit Pardew doesn’t seem to be able to work out.

  • 47 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Ahhh.Cheers bud.You have “starfished” me with enlightenment.

  • 48 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Is this a dream mikes selling the club and we have transfer plans, Waahay wahay wow, free cuddles and milky bars on me.

    Ibiza I see the required info on the CL is out there now, I didn’t want to post rules so glad someone else picked up on it.

    Online no I’m no longer active but I understand being shared, the marines loaned me once or twice. Used to be a engineer.

    Everyone seems to be talking about Pardews tactics team selection etc all of which everyone has a opinion.
    For me the biggest problem is squad rotation we never see a fringe player given a chance unless injury or suspension force it. Surely giving these players a start whilst the first team is playing well would be beneficial for everyone and it’d be easier for the fringe player if he had nine or ten regulars playing at same time.

    We don’t have the biggest squad but we could easily fill each position twice except the forwards and even then we could do something to refresh and rotate players, instead we really on the same eleven or twelve and run them into ground then when injuries come along we put Sammy in for instance who’s had maybe three starts in six months.
    Mbiwa Benny bigiramana Haidra Dummet Cisse all of these should be getting a game very now and again a lot more than they are.

    I’m not sure why this doesn’t happen but it’s a major flaw in Pardews man management.

  • 49 TurkishFan101 // Feb 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Clearly you didn’t watch last season then, with the crucial last minute win at stoke with the wonderful vision of Marveaux and other games where Cabaye did not even get an assist if I remember was 1 or even 2 and Marveaux was on the bench all the time coming back from injury so that goes to show you did not watch all the games. Without those assists Marveaux provided we would of been relegated, look at the last 5 or so games of the season for last season. Look at the highlights.


    I am saying this because Oscar was converted into a number 10 role, originally a winger was reverted to Number 10 role by Jose Mourinho, the duty from his previous experience and building on top of it and Mourinho wants a very young side as he has mentioned many times.

    Because individual player training is Managers problem, a very good manager like Wenger, Mourinho can get the best out of there players.

  • 50 nufc 11 // Feb 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I never in my whole life heard more shite coming out of one man’s mouth. We needed 3 or 4 players now the league is wide open teams taking points off everyone with the right players added in Jan we could have been top 5 or 6. What happened to all the preparations to buy other players if Cabaye moved? Bulllshit Bullshit Bullshit blah blah blah a bunch of idiots running the club they have ripped the heart and soul out of the club. Cabaye was the draw for other players to come here didnt they know that? and now he has gone what player in his right mind would join us for what? they would only be joining to move elsewhere in time. Were gone from a top club to a selling one I curse the day I heard the name Mike Ashley.

  • 51 Ancientcoptic // Feb 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    There is nothing in those quotes about transfers!

  • 52 croftus5678 // Feb 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    first of all the blog has to continue !

    just because we are upset with the club doesnt mean we are like manu fans and can change our loyalties so easily.

    we are toon through and through and belong to this club and wont be forced out of it because of problems out of our control !

    we may stop going to games to force the owners hand but we will always support the toon.

  • 53 beermonkey // Feb 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    on our youngsters

    traviner is getting on a bit but I wouldn’t write any of them of most have shown some promise at times
    but as a club we have never done the best for any of our up and coming youngsters, with game time at the club or out onloan some of that is down to the club having paper thin squad and some down to pards

    look at Sammy started last game will start the next how many times has he been used as a sub this season, I aint sure but not a lot, so the poor kid with no game time behind him is expected to come in and perform,
    pards inability to kill games of instead of getting a goal up sitting back we kill teams off then we can bring on some of our kids, u cant have them in the squad not give them any time then cos ur faves are injured bung them in and expect them to perform

    pards needs to learn how to use the squad

  • 54 toonicle // Feb 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Don’t leave us Ed! I come every day to read and comment and since I’m overseas you keep me better Connected than anything else on the web.

  • 55 MassiveG // Feb 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    I think it will give us a massive boost if Adam Armstrong actually is the next Rooney. (Especially considering the legend that we had a deal for Rooney before Sir Bobby was sacked ). It’s incredible that every single fan on here picks Haidara and can see a bit of spark about Marveaux and even that Cisse just needs better management (FITCIPermanent) but Pardew cannot see these things. I was especially incensed at the Wednesday night collapse to Swansea as he picked an unchanged full strength team from the previous weekend even though we had Manure coming up and had hungry players like cisse saylor Ben arfa and Marveaux on the bench, instead they’re all left wandering when they’d be picked

  • 56 solano38 // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Ed, the blog must go on!

    Ed, how are you so sure that Remy will leave in summer? He’s not top four league.

    As for Pardew’s comments, why doesn’t he just shut up instead of spewing the same crap nobody believes?

    The last decent manager NUFC had was Bobby Robson : even though we never won anything with him, he did bring Champions League football here.

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