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Players’ Careers Now At Stake On Tyneside

8:45 am, Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Alan Pardew will be without Fab Coloccini, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran and Cheick Tiote for the game at Chelsea tomorrow, so the chances of Newcastle picking up anything out of the game at Stamford Bridge are remote at best.

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Cheick Tiote - injured in training earlier this week

It seems that Newcastle will have a clear-out of players this summer, and bring players in to replace those who leave – something we failed to do last month.

And because of that, an awful lot of players will now be playing for their futures at Newcastle. through the end of the season.

This is what Alan  told the Shields Gazette today:

“We’ve lost Cheick this week, which means we have no Coloccini, no Gouffran, no Papiss, probably no Cheick Tiote and no Cabaye, obviously,”  “We’ve got some big players missing.”

“But between now and the summer we need to have a look at some players, and find out what they’re about. We need a reaction on the pitch in terms of a real purposeful performances.”

“The chances of winning there are slim – Mourinho’s never been beaten at home – but we need to show our fans we’ve got a bit of purpose and intelligence about what we’re doing.”

“That’s what we’re going to try to do. If we do that well, maybe we’ll get a result.”

It’s going to be very difficult to win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and if we do win – it will be the first time any visiting team have beaten a Jose Mourinho side there in the league ever.

Newcastle have been breaking records this season, some good, some bad,  with our first win since 1972 at Old Trafford and our first three defeats in a row to Sunderland since 1923.

There’s very little chance for Newcastle tomorrow, but we still need to see a good performance from the lads, and hopefully we’ll have at least Yoan back next Wednesday night against Tottenham, and we should have a better chance of getting something out of that game.

But we cannot afford to get another hammering tomorrow – not after what happened last Saturday.

What do you think?

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Okay, Cabaye has been sold. Get over it and stop counting him as a missing player. Otherwise we are also still missing Ba, Carroll, Nolan, Barton, Enrique etc etc.

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Toonarmydownsouth
    4 mins ago
    Still the best blog going for number of comments/banter/football chat

    Let’s not forget Ed has been through a lot the last couple years which probably has a huge impact on the amount he comments

    Basically, leave off the lad!!!!

    Toonarmydownsouth
    0 mins ago
    Just catching up on the last few articles and posts

    Lilo
    Very interesting post on the UEFA stadium sponsorship ruling
    Can you remember if it applied in the Europa league?
    Is it a case of they would just have to have the inside of the stadium sponsor free or would that monstrosity on the Gallowgate have to come down, and are the SD signs still either side of the St.James park sign?

    Also on Donnie, was it Pardew that suspended him?
    It’s very confusing over how much say/power he actually has at the club!

  • 3 jayphoto // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Think Carr and Charnley have split the D of F role between them for now so i’d imagine legal and financial things such as suspension would fall under Charnley?

  • 4 martoon // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Repost:
    Cyprus & Jesper – I agree some of Ed’s articles are a bit driveley (if that is a word) but I suspect he has to keep his advertisers happy and produce a certain amount of articles a day. It is probably also the reason for some of his sensational headlines – again to keep advertisers happy he probably has to generate a certain amount of hits from Newsnow. A bit irritating but I can live with it for the best blog on all NUFC matters.

  • 5 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Repost
    There really are some ungrateful people on this blog.You can go anywhere on the net and find the same stories about Newcastle so why do we come here?,for the craic right?.So it’s really not about the articles,it’s about the comments so imo most people who come on here and slag the article off are jealous point scoring tw@ts who wish they had a blog as popular as this.Plus it’s well documented the guy has cancer ffs,how the f@ck do you know what he has to go through in everyday life?,yet he runs the blog 24/7.Ever heard of the phrase”Biting The Hand That Feeds You”?

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    I’m taking a wild guess that purpose and intelligence for this game is going to be contain, contain and more contain with a dash of Hatem, get us a goal…. but make sure you track all the way back after you’ve had a go.

    But hey, what’s new?

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Tads,
    Europa league is a bit more complicated. Clubs are allowed to sell their own advertising space in Europa League group games and qualifiers, however they must provide UEFA with a minimum of 5 clean boards.

    After the group stages then UEFA take control of all advertising, similar to the Champions league.

    http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/Regulations/competitions/Regulations/01/94/62/40/1946240_DOWNLOAD.pdf

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Jayphoto,
    Surely Financial would fall under our only active director, John Irving Director of Finance?

  • 9 catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    tads

    really great flu he gives u this place to chat about all things NUFC,

    I fully understand he has been through a lot in the past 2 years

    BUT

    if he spent less time posting meaningless threads on who we are linked with( knowing we arnt buying) he could spend a bit more time engaging with fellow fans about the real topics we talk about, cos let’s face it, the threads don’t often get discussed,

    in the old days he was more active with his thoughts ,

    I kind I get a bit sick of reading what he found on caught off side

    the comment I posted earlier from him, 2007 shola in last chance , he still saying thT now :(

  • 10 jayphoto // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Actually think Pardew has a rare opportunity in this half of the season to actually see if the younger lads can make it! We have nothing to play for!
    For me De jong is a must for every game! Lets really see if hes worth buying?
    Sammy and Dummett should also get a run in the side as they seem the closest to first team!
    Would have recalled vuckic as him and marveaux are our only #10′s and pardew obv doesn’t rate Marv!
    Would also give Ben 10 an actual run of games to build some fitness and let sissoko play defensive mid like he has done internationally and for most of his career! Sorry Pardew but just because hes big, black and speaks french does not make him pat vieira or yaya toure!!!
    My team for remainder of the season or until tiote is back : krul, Debuchy, Willo, MYM, Dummett/haidara, HBA sissoko, Anita, Sammy/gouff, Marveaux De jong

  • 11 BandB // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I’d like to thank Ed for the blog.
    It would be missed if he decided to quit.

    On the debate about whether Ashley is “making mistakes” or following a deliberate policy which occurred yesterday.
    Surely the answer is both.
    I suspect he is following his chosen policy and mistakes occur because the policy itself is often mistaken.
    For example, the decision to set a lower league target for the following season after we finished fifth was deliberate, along with the failure to strengthen the team that resulted from that decision.
    That he couldn’t foresee a catastrophic collapse in moral, confidence and trust leading to a horrible season that left him in a genuine funk was a mistake.

    Ashley seems to believe, as Caesar did, that his elan, audacity and willingness to go where others fear to tread will get him out of any scrapes he encounters. Another historical figure dubbed his own similar inclinations, “Custer’s Luck.”

    Both mens’ luck ran out when they were eventually out-numbered and surrounded by enemies whose mood they had fundamentally misjudged.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Jay,
    I say something similar to that in my True Faith blog I did yesterday.

    Anyone who wants feel free to read.

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/true-faith-africa-black-white-2/

  • 13 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Catchy
    Was that meant for me?
    If you don’t like the headline fair enough,but why feel the need to publicly criticise the guy?,most of the articles are sourced from somewhere else on the net anyway with Ed’s views and opinions about them.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    martoon…I agree this is by far the best NUFC blog around ;)

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    mojo

    exactly

    I’d say most of my time here is reading/commenting on what others say, Ed’s articles gather all articles and you can chose to read them or not…the comments for me are what makes the blog special.

    Ed does a great job and will never please everyone, I am very grateful for what he does.

  • 16 nastynorm // Feb 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    No chance 2moro get on Chelsea 4-0, they’re not a team anymore no leaders no 1 talks 2 each other it’s pathetic they just don’t care the worst derby team performance I have ever seen & I’ve seen sum bad 1s, I agree with bringing sum of the fringe players in & drop the flops, Taylor, santon,shola, Anita & obertan. Wot is the point of supporting a team that just wants 2 survive in the prem lge they’ve no ambition at all mayb time 2 follow gateshead !

  • 17 Zebras4Life // Feb 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I think we get hammered 5-0




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