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Pardew – Big Decision On This Striker In Summer

2:13 pm, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 276 Comments

Alan Pardew has talked to Sky Sports today,  and he has admitted the club are going to have to make a big decision on Papiss Cisse in the summer, about whether to sell him or whether to keep him at the club.

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Papiss Cisse – Newcastle to make decision on him in summer

We had an article out yesterday saying we thought it would be a big mistake to let him leave in the summer, but he’s hardly played for the side this season, and has only scored three goals for the side.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports today:

“He needs to have a big second half of the season for the summer.” “We are going to have to make a decision with Papiss: whether he is going to stay at this club and be a big player for us like he was two years ago and last year to a degree, or whether it’s going to be pastures new.”

“I try to be consistent through the ups and downs of the emotion that is in this city at times. Some of it is over the top, there’s no doubt about that.” “For me, it’s very difficult to sometimes to isolate myself and concentrate on what’s important.”

“But usually, nine times out of 10, it’s the next game and I’m pretty good at focusing my mind. I have got pretty narrow vision when it comes to the job at hand.”

We don’t even think that if Newcastle decide to keep Papiss,  he will necessarily stay at Newcastle.

It only takes a club to come in with a £10M bid for him, and even if Newcastle want him he would be on his way – just like Yohan Cabaye was on his way last month, even though it was hugely inconvenient for the team.

So to an extent Newcastle don’t even control their own destiny in the transfer market – because they sell any player if a bid comes in that matches the club’s valuation of that player.

There’s something very wrong with that somehow – especially if we are trying to build a top side.

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276 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SuperShearer // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Re-Post: Was just about to post that AP seems markedly upbeat since Kinnear’s departure and was wondering if that was because he had been promised more say in transfers. Could still be the case. How would people feel about that? I have genuinely no idea how AP is in the transfer market although there were rumours he wanted to buy both Lambert and Lallana for us when he first arrived….let’s be honest those two would improve our current squad immeasurably.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    “But usually, nine times out of 10, it’s the next game and I’m pretty good at focusing my mind. I have got pretty narrow vision when it comes to the job at hand.”

    yeh we know, you do the same things every time

  • 3 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Oh dear. “Sometimes it is over the top”. Even though he is 100% correct that fans emotions can go over the top (smashing up our own city and pinching horses is a prime example), thos said fans are going to go ballistic over it.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM


    i knew you’d make some joke on the ‘narrow vision# quote and you didn’t let me down.

  • 5 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Punching horses.*

  • 6 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Wasn’t Pardews mind made up 6month ago cos he ain’t had a sniff in that time.

  • 7 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    @supershearer- Pardew in the transfer market at first glance is that he likes what he knows. He looks to sign players he has previously coached. No surprise in the past hes apparantly wanted Tomkins, Lambert, Lallana, Jose Font and Carroll back. I know at West Ham he was accused of zero knowledge of european leagues and there was a feeling he favoured solid shift working english players over flair from the continent

  • 8 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    not to mention his over blown romance with Darren Bent….

  • 9 cjtoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    i’m trying to catch up here and have just skimmed through quickly but i need to say:

    MA wouldn’t have bought NUFC for free advertising, under no circumstances! how would that be good business practice!

    Yes the fact he doesn’t pay for the advertising is wrong morally but its infuriating to keep hearing we only buy french players because SD is expanding there etc….

    We buy french players because they are cheap!

    And regarding cisse, what a waste of a very good player!

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


    come on,, how could I miss that one

    I actually had a good laugh at the whole quote..

    im not quite sure if he is having a dig at us, its worded that way,

    and I feel sorry for cisse, I know you think he is not a good player, but im sure pardew must see that too, andy cole was a crap team player, ruud van the man could only score goals in the box, I wonder what pardew would have done to them

  • 11 daztoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    daztoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    No H2o


    We established yesterday your a WUM and a very poor one at that and not very bright at all.

    If Adam Sandler has seen your posts i`m sure he`s got enough material to do a sequel.

    I won`t reply again as like i said you aint worthy of one and bore me.

    Now run along before i make you cry again.

  • 12 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    The decision is quite simple really it doesn’t matter whether he has a great second half to the season, it will depend if Mash gets the right offer for him. Too low he stays right price he goes.

  • 13 70TWO // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    To make a decision AP needs to see Cisse and de Jong in partnership playing in a 442.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM


    I wouldn’t have cisse in my team if i had the choice (think players need to bring more than just one thing to the team) but if you have to play to your strengths as a manager and use what you have to get 100% out of it if you are unable to make changes in the transfer market.

  • 15 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Last season season wasn’t doing too bad even with the dodges off sides and goals disallowed.
    Since Wonga it’s like he’s been sin binned or something as I can’t see how anyone could bring Shola on when were trying to get a goal.

  • 16 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Toon kk

    He might pick his game up and put himself in the window for a half decent club. Who knows, Pardew plays him more and he strikes up a partnership with ldj, he might stay.

  • 17 Ben3arfa // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Cisse has been so sh1t for so long i forgot the last time he had a good game . A season and a half is enough for his form slump, either pick up his performances or get out .

  • 18 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    If MYM,Remy,Sissoko, Mr T,Gouffran and Cisse have any ambition they should be queuing up at the exit door as working under imposter Pardew is a backward step.

  • 19 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    The days of just being a fox in the box are gone, a modern CF does more than just score.
    So I agree with you on both I wouldn’t really want him if I had a good choice but a good coach should still be able to get him on pitch and get best out of him.

  • 20 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Sell him,from what i remember the season after we finished 5th he kept his place up front but didn’t score,Ba scored a few goals from the left so he put him through the middle because he was in form,i could be wrong.Imo the form he was in when he came was a fluke,he came into a team high in confidence creating plenty chances although he created a good few of the goals himself and lots of them were worldies and he was unknown to the Prem.Last season defenders marked him more tighter and he was found out,his 1st touch was mostly terrible,offside most of the game and when he did get chances he more often than not missed the target.You don’t have a divine right to be in the team and if your a striker you better be scoring goals.I think he’s tried everything and he works hard but come to the end of his road.I just think the Prem isn’t suited to him.

  • 21 daztoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I`d like to see a De Jong and Cisse partnership and what better time to try it out.

    Rather play one of our own strikers than a loan one who is already looking for his next club

  • 22 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM


    id love to see some of these guys FB profile or linked in profiles

    its easy to hide behind the screen

  • 23 cjtoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I think we should go back to 4-4-2 the problem is Pardew is unwilling to leave Sissoko on the bench. He has been really poor for a while now and shouldnt be in the team on the right wing or as a number 10. Play him CM or dont play him ffs!

    Sammy has been our best performer in the past two games and deserves an extended run on the wing although im sure he will get dropped for gouffran immediately upon his return.

    I’d like to see Sammy and HBA on either wing with cisse and LDJ up top. If pardew told Sammy and HBA to get lots of crosses in and only occasionally cut in off the wing we could provide the strikers with a lot more to work with.

    Id like remy on the left wing too but he is far too greedy to do that job without cutting in and shooting all the time. He has poor vision.

  • 24 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Bye poon.

  • 25 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    How many players to you all think well lose in summer?
    Remy, got to go back to QPR or elsewhere
    Shola, no contract
    Gutierrez, looks like he’s gone.
    Colo, wants to go.
    De Jong, ???

    There’s just who I can think of, if we don’t have a really good summer in the transfer window next season could make the rest look brilliant.
    If we lose all those and don’t replace were in deep deep trouble.

  • 26 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    think this is spot on as said earlier ! play cisse untill end of season so he has chance to impress but if little or no improvement get him off the wages but thank him for last season and the half season before.

  • 27 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    if he has a great run to the end of the season, Do you think MA will hang on to him if the right price came in? I dont think so. Same goes for any player, its MA business plan.

  • 28 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Remy, Coloccini, Saylor, Marveuax, Obertan, Gosling, Cisse, Shola, Benny,Elliott and De Jong all off in the summer along with Pardew hopefully.

  • 29 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Transfer Sage

    I think that is very harsh

    the season we finished 5th, ba scored a lot of goals from long balls missing out our MF
    cisse scored a hat full being the focal point in front of HBA and cabaye
    next season, cisse was asked to be a right winger and expected him to score goals, we went back to hoof ball football, because that worked for Ba,

    this season, its been every man for himself under pardew, anyone within 40 yards is having a dig,

    how is this pardew helping the team,? or helping any player

    we have total abandoned the final 3rd of the pitch

  • 30 daztoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    catchy in norway

    Facebook would be a step to far have you not seen the film Adam Sandler made of his life story.

  • 31 Markaccus // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Toon kk

    you are 100%, absolutely, positively correct. If a big bid comes in, bye bye cisse! It would be nice if we could have 2 scoring strikers (provided ldj finds his scoring boots) at the club, instead of relying on one and hoping our midfeild get the rest. Ashleys gambling nature.

  • 32 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM


    show me your FB page or linked in page

  • 33 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    @25 rebecca

    imo outs are:

    shola (shouldnt be in squad anyways unfortunatly)
    ober (no use at all)
    gos (lower league player)
    remy (qpr player and will want more money)
    colo (not long left for hi now and wants to see his carrer out)
    guti (utility man at best not missed imo)
    marv (not enough impact for me and wasted his chances)
    tav (dont think he’s upto prem standards but an ok rb)
    abied (suited for slower paced football)

    i hope luuk stays and newton may get a squad place.

    would love to say i wouldnt mind losing arfa but tbh with so many outgoings we will struggle to replace them all even if we was top notch at signing players (which ofc we are almost the reverse of)

  • 34 SuperShearer // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    If Ashely is planning a recruitment drive in the summer, which let’s be honest we need, then he could be in serious trouble. It’s notoriously hard to get players in a World Cup summer as everyone’s waiting to see what people to on the World Stage. Mind you that’e me making the stupid assumption we’ll be going after international players.

  • 35 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Troll In Norway
    Did you end up in Norway by accident or was it your birthright?

  • 36 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    One of the worst side of MA business plan a player is more likely to stay if he’s under achieving. He ain’t gonna loose money threw a sell on they will stay a member of the squad whether they weaken it or not. Saves him spending.

  • 37 Ben3arfa // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    On the Comolli issue,

    To be fair to the bloke. players like Downing, Adam and Carroll were all Dalglish’s choices and he just negotiated the deals for them. Liverpool had just sold Torres and were DESPERATE for a replacement to keep the fans happy.

    His Spurs record wasnt that bad, and he hardly “splashed” big money there, floppy chopps never wanted a DoF there though hence the reason he ended up leaving

    He would appeal to Ashley and Carr because of his knowledge in the French game in particular. I’d be happy if Carr continued with the bulk of the scouting and leaving the negotiations to a suave person like Comolli.

    What yall reckon?

  • 38 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    BandB – I read that article you posted the other day -had not read it previously. It was revealing that Mr Tubbs’ initial reaction when we were relegated was not tears of sadness about the club going down but that he had lost money. Although not a shock but is was nevertheless quite revealing.
    I really do think that there is an argument when companies are expanding that every ounce of assistance/PR/exposure helps to cement those expansion foundations but also that when a company gets’ to a certain stage in its’ development -very powerful/wealthy then it can probably steam ahead under the weight of its’ own power/size/wealth.
    It will be interesting if Mr Tubbs sells’ up – whether there will be lots f different companies paying for ads – I suspect there will be.

  • 39 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Can comolli play centre mid?

  • 40 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Any predictions on the score tomorrow night? Or should I say what we’ll get beat by.

  • 41 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    toon kk

    i’m going for 1-1

  • 42 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Newcastle United to win 2-1 and De Jong to score!

  • 43 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    @Ben3Arfa – his record at St Ettiene was catastrophic though! Really did a number on them. Definately shouldn’t be given control of which players we sign.
    Thing I don’t like about him are he’s very prone for taking credit for things that he had no part in. For example he often Claims the berbatov and carrick deals as acheivements for Spurs but in truth Frank Arnesen arrranged those transfers, comolli just didn’t pull out of them and let them happen when he took over

  • 44 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Croft us
    It’s a worry, especially the way we fart on in the market.

  • 45 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    hoping a toon win but i think a 1-1 draw! Spurs aren’t playing well under Sherwood but they are however grinding out results! No idea why he plays Bentalib over Capoue though. If i was sherwood I would be doing everything in my power to help Erik Lamela adjust to english football! That lads got the talent to be a top 5 player in the world, Spurs seem to have written him off so quickly, but it always takes foreign players a while to settle

  • 46 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    mark ass and troll hunter =

  • 47 hadthetshirt // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    ” I have got pretty narrow vision when it comes to the job at hand.”
    first time ever you been right pardwho.Take your blinkers off from your best buddies and look around you.Play Cisse and DeJong if you want to score goals and someone to pass the flaming ball to them.I cant believe the crap Marveaux got for a 6 minute pee take cameo,that’s all pardwho did it for.he’s a tosser of the highest order.

  • 48 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    My opinion on his reaction to the relegation could be further proof Jabba will spend money if he is going to lose money,he bought a Premier League team that got relegated it was in his best interests to get back to the Prem asap so he spends money on wages to try and keep near enough the same team went down,he’s not going to sell players when there is a chance we might have stayed in the Championship a while and the value of the club probably have been halved,and we all saw what happened in January when he thought we might be going down.Got personally involved in the deals didn’t he?.

  • 49 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    water boy

    you should also try and leave Newcastle, get out see the world,

  • 50 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Sack Pardew For all the bickering!

  • 51 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I wish I felt more positive, but with key players out l expect us to struggle in any game. Sure we’ll pick up soon.

  • 52 daztoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM


  • 53 BandB // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM


    I read it at the time and it was the first thing that ever cast a shadow over my optimism about where we are headed. That was before BandB. I could never find it after I started posting, so was really pleased when Lesh found it.
    As for the PR thing, I am kite flying. I have a wee bit of experience in the field, and probably have a different perspective. It is always interesting to see what others think. Must crack on….

  • 54 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    daz thats class,, omg I nearly piss me self

    my little pony

    are you couldn’t write it

  • 55 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    problem is if you sack Pardew, the bookies list of favourites for the Toon job is frightening…. Di Matteo, Kinnear, Clark, Lennon, Bruce, McLaren and Southgate are the top 8 names… wouldn’t take any of them over Pardew (though bruce and mclaren are doing good jobs where they are)….

  • 56 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    What about the manager at burnley? I don’t want to try and spell his name incase it comes up as a rude word.

  • 57 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM


    but it is the same names for every job 🙁

    at first pardew wasn’t even on the list for the Newcastle job

    so we can only hope

  • 58 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    catchy this director of football, does he hate pardew ???

  • 59 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Would take Mclaren over Pardew like, And Bruce has done a good job where ever he’s been, apart from Sunderland obviously.

    To be fair to him, there’s not many managers who have done a good job with them lot.

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM


    i like that ventaleb, looks a good player

    they are in good form under sherwood, just stuttered the last couple games, banging in goals for fun and winning before that, 3rd in form guide with 13 from last 18 points…just 1 defeat.

  • 61 toon kk // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    If Pardew is ever sacked, which I can’t see happening, no top manager will come and work under Mashley rule. They would be strict regulations to sign to before anyone took the job.
    pardew isn’t doing a bad job with the restrictions he’s under. Although we could do better.

  • 62 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    spurs have also won 5 out of last 6 away and drawn 1.

  • 63 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Stuart 09
    I think I heard that somewhere they didn’t get on.

  • 64 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    mister tuff———- thanks for the advice on my computer. worked a treat.

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    we are 16th, losing our last 3 home games

    still think a 1-1

  • 66 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Rebbs——- sign him up.

  • 67 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I seem to remember that Comoli bloke, spunking a lot of money on shite players at Spurs and Liverpool.

    Probably best to stay clear in my opinion.

    Though he’ll probably not get any money to spend with us, so we might be fine lol

  • 68 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    On Bruce, I’m not a big fan of his and I have a few mates who are SMB’s and since he left a fair few wanted him back and I’d say nearly the majority. When ever you spoke to them after he left when Oneil DIcanio and even with Poyet they all say same thing, it’s only Bruce’s players that are performing. If they hadn’t gorgeous poyet the fans would have took Bruce back a few would moan but overall they have took him back.

  • 69 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Hadn’t got poyet

    Gorgeous wtf

  • 70 jayphoto // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    @catchy thats true Pardew was down at 40/1 before being given the job!
    The name i fear, and he’s close friends with Ashley ala Kinnear is David O’leary.
    Steve Bruce is a geordie and it’d be great to have a geordie in charge, exsunderland manager or not. McLaren is doing a fine job at derby (my current homes local team non the less) but i can’t see him as a step up

  • 71 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    David o dreary please no not even in jest

  • 72 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    rebecca @ 15,

    great great point

  • 73 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I’ve always thought he was a decent manager Rebecca.

    Done a good job with Wigan and Birmingham, now doing well at Hull.

    O’neill came in after him at Sunderland and didn’t do any better tbh

  • 74 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Fat mike give Pardews job to a Premier league manager!

  • 75 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I think if we are going to look for a new manager which 50% of the blog are already doing I think I’d look in championship and div1 maybe even SPL and I’d be looking for a manager who nurtured young players had a set style and a football philosophy that we could implement through the club.

    Someone with a bright future who was hungry and looked at us as a opportunity to make himself and the club great, not someone who comes here and thinks he’s made it just by walking through the door but someone who wants to improve everyday not only himself but the players coaches and club.

    Find me that a owner that’s willing to back him and I’ll show you 52000 happy fans at SJP

  • 76 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Mclaren has done great at Derby Jay.

    I’d like to see them and Forest come up with Leicester, Rather than Qpr.

  • 77 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    DOK @72
    Was about Cisse lol

  • 78 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Fat mike has already trawled division one and caught Pardew.

  • 79 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I’d go them 3
    Love to see QPR miss out in the play offs just cos of Harry

  • 80 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    The Qpr squad is a complete joke like.

    I’d love to no what their wage bill is ?

    One of the only teams I can ever remember, getting relegated and signing more and more players.

  • 81 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I know that Percy is the only PR outlet at the club -so it falls upon him to satisfy the insatiable appetite for information -there is nobody else.
    I also understand he has to introduce something to keep the players interested for the remaining part of the season -so he has suggested that getting higher in the league than Man U is the goal. This is utter shite. Man U playing poorly -new manager not yet found his feet- certainly to me does not show genuine ambition – just a false hurdle.
    As for player improvement. I’m not always sure about this -at most clubs. Do young players who want to do well naturally progress anyway -they may learn more about tactics -but they could get that anywhere. Increasing a players profile because he is at a bigger club, which is in a good league and therefore viewed by more people -is not really evidence that the club (any club) has improved a player.
    Percy sees the oncoming period to do a bit of experimenting -in reality -whilst he might establish if the likes of Armstrong shows promise -the deck he is shuffling now -has quite a few jokers in it.

  • 82 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Rebbs @ 75—— you don’t want much do ya . hahaha

  • 83 70TWO // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM


    There are plenty of Internationals, coming to the end of their contracts and not playing in the World Cup. Can only hope the lack of DOF means Ashley will take the wheeling and dealing into his own hands and whilst everyone is distracted, do the business for NUFC. Whether or not prices are high he will certainly need to buy some replacements and that is the result of employing the Joeker.

  • 84 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    becca @ 77,

    yes, i know it was abou tcisee, was a great point with the wonga dispute.. sorry to have agreed with you 🙂

  • 85 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Sack Pardew for ruining Cisse at fat mike and wongas expense.

  • 86 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Just for you I’ll expand 😉

    Cisse for me isn’t as bad as people make out his troubles are easily fixed it just doesn’t suit how we play now so he’s left to rot.
    His trouble started beginning of last year playing out right when in reality I can’t play any other position other than striker. So after half the season out of position he gets his chance to go back up front but is rusty and not firing like he was in the previous season yet he still scored 11 I think in all competitions he also had 12 ruled out of which 8 goals should have stood but were wrongly chalked off so in reality he should have finished the season closer to 20 than 10 .

    Obviously the off sides had a massive affect with the crowd on his back a lot the moaning etc, but for me a lot of the offsides where down to the midfield not moving it quick enough the amount of times Cisse went checked back went again before the ball was passed is what caused most the trouble, where as in his 1st season the ball went 1st time and he was catching the defenders asleep.

    He isn’t a hold up man or a playmaker he’s a goal scorer end of and he isn’t scoring because he isn’t being used properly and the team isn’t set up to suit his style, so I disagree when people claim cisse is rubbish.
    I feel sorry for the lad.

  • 87 G // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    @56, Sean Dyche, I would take him as our next coach in a heartbeat. Always overachieved as a mediocre player (Part of an excellent cup run with Chesterfield circa 96ish), totally overachieving as a manager, having to sell players to keep the club afloat, yet somehow achieving a credible crack at promotion to the prem. I don’t know if he would be one of those coaches who simply cannot make the step up, but I think he will be worth the risk. For example Danny Ings has been an average player at best for a lot of years. Put Dyche in charge of him and he simply cannot stop scoring goals, and his work rate level has increased exponentially. Imagine what that sort of motivation could do for Cisse, HBA, etc? Only problem is that AP isn’t being replaced any time soon.

  • 88 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Is that to much to ask for? 🙁

    Mister tuff
    Ye I knew what you meant think we sorta mis understood each other’s reply so to speak.

    Wasn’t sure if you knew as I hadn’t said and it looked really random

  • 89 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM


    cisse isnt rubbish but hasnt done his job properly for a long time for whatever reason so i dont see the point in keeping him and i think if the 9mill offer from the saudi club was genuine he would have been sold

  • 90 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    That’s him glad you spelt his name right I couldn’t.
    What about the lad at Dundee there playing decent stuff with kids.

    There’s plenty managers if your willing to take a risk and the fat man likes a gamble so why not, if your looking to improve players and sell for a profit it makes sense to try for best coach you can get.

  • 91 G // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    @90, didn’t exactly disgrace himself at Watford either as Asst Manager / Manager. I think he has a good future.

  • 92 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Rebbs @ 86—- no its not., in fact it is the perfect scenario , however, taking into consideration the present situation – chalk and cheese come to mind. the horizon is a long way away.?? don’t know if that makes sense or what ?

  • 93 G // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Burnley fans call him The Ginger Mourinho

  • 94 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Have you got a link for those Cisse stats?,12 goals ruled out?,seems a lot.

  • 95 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    im still fond of cisse, he can indeed score, and just needs playing time… which is hard to get since shola is embedded into the squad… not that im slating shola, just saying….

  • 96 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    but what does a yank know about the sport anyways ? 🙂

  • 97 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM


    cisse went off the boil when he lost his feeder demba hes had a lot of play time since then i think pards has lost faith in him esp as remy hit the ground running and seems to prefer playing with gouffy or shola

  • 98 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Stuart 09
    Yes it does

    No a lad phoned in talksport few months ago and went through them all, I thought the same at 1st, they weren’t all PL goals he had 1off against the SMB that was a goos goal 2 against Anzhi I think it was.

    I doubt there’ll be a link to see it the only way would be to read match reports or the people on here remember them,

    But my point was even though he wasn’t at his best it wasn’t that bad and he didn’t really get the cold shoulder until the wonga thing when he didn’t want to wear the top with it on.

  • 99 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I was teasing a American lady the other day as she was telling me that cheer leading was one of the best sports around and when I told her it was just dancing and not a sport she wasn’t very amused.

  • 100 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Didn’t he give himself the cold-shoulder refusing to wear the top when everybody else did?,and after he did that surely he can’t expect to walk straight back into the team with his previous seasons form.I brought the disallowed goals up because some teams don’t get 12 disallowed goals a season never mind an individual player.i’ve found a link that say’s he had 6.

  • 101 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM


    im surprised no one has chimed in with the cisse has been ‘pardewed’ mantra yet haha

  • 102 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Mr mojo
    Like I said I’doubt you’ll find a article with it on..
    If you read that it says since January alone.

  • 103 Malta Mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Always preferred Cisse to Ba but something’s not right. We can’t rely on Remy staying so let’s hope the goals start flowing soon? By coming out with this statement it suggests he may start tomorrow?

  • 104 valle // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Regarding Comolli… The positive is that no matter who they get in now, it is going to be a HUGE improvement on what we had before. Besides, a french guy with the right connections isnt that bad a shout in my book. He might have made some bad signings before, but at NUFC he will be asked to let Carr do the scouting and his job will just be to get the players over the line.

  • 105 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I have nothing against Cisse,if he goes on a scoring run i’ll be the 1st to admit i was wrong and thank him for it but i can’t see it happening.The only reason i would bring Shola on as sub before Cisse is Shola will be more motivated because he wants to play in the World Cup.

  • 106 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    It was wrote in July though wasn’t it?,at the end of the season.

  • 107 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Mr mojo
    Me either I want them all to do the best they can.
    There’s a time and place for everyone of them I just think some get the 5hitty end of the stick quite a lot and it’s not all black and white if you catch my drift.

  • 108 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Mr mojo
    Yeah looks that way but the lad in the article says since January alone Cisse has had 6 ruled out and hit the woodwork.
    I’d rather see a full list of the season in all competitions who ever wrote tha article was a bit half arsed in his research really.

    Like I said between the people on the blog they’d remember them all with a little persuasion lol, it maybe more fun than the doom and gloom. We as a club had way more bad decisions than anyone other club at times last year I couldn’t believe it at times. The Wigan game alone when Haidra got chopped then they ran up other end and scored a offside winner. We had a rough ride all in all last year in more ways than one!

  • 109 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM


    i think we, as nufc supporters, have all been pardewed…

  • 110 south coast toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    paedew must know if we cant get a buy a player in 2 transfere windows theres not much hope for this summer, he needs to hang on to cisse , remys gone,
    play cisse every game now and give him every chance and ldy , why put remy in the shop window whe he has no intention of joining us
    we aint gettig relagated get cisse back on side if ldy is a flop we are in big trouble come the summer remy cisse shola ldy
    my god pardew get him on the pitch and give him ago that goalscorer is still there

  • 111 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM


    im off to watch the womens curling in the winter olympics its one sport we are better than the usa at lol 😉

  • 112 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Maybe a bit sloppy,you’d think people writing articles for the public to see would research their half-assed facts before banding them around.I would hope so.

  • 113 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Women’s curling?,is putting cameras down the ladies toilet an Olympic Event now?,disgusting.

  • 114 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:49 PM


    wel, that woman is a great reason why americans are thought of as morons….

    ive been watching soccer aka football my entire life… and weekends even the wife knows not to disturb me during the toon… ive trained her rather well i think lol

  • 115 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM


    was a stunner on the swiss curling squad v the usa yesterday lol… she was quite handy with the broom as well 🙂

  • 116 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM


    what about this lad , scores goals for fun , very cheap too

  • 117 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Would it be cheating to spike the other competitors with laxatives in the Mens Curling?

    Is that where 2 girls 1 cup came from,they were professional Curlers?

  • 118 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

  • 119 hibbit // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    was told this morning that the qatari delagation are back in toon tomorrow for the game are they here to buy cisse or just maybe buy the club i wish from a very good source in the hotel trade

  • 120 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    You can’t say trained over here regarding your missus unless you wanna slap ;). But good play

    Mr mojo
    Just off the 1st few articles on google I found west ham goal not given
    Mentalist 2 called offside wrongly and the SMB one that wasn’t given. There’s four straight away that where wrong decisions I’m going to message ED see if he has a easy way to filter through his articles as I’m sure he’ll of mentioned most if not all in a article about the match.

  • 121 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Not clicking any links from you bud,especially when they are directly for me.

  • 122 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I just want everyone to see you like my little pony

  • 123 toonking // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    when Pardew decided to start playing Cisse out wide it does seem stupid of him to do that, the problem for Pardew was that Harry Redknapp had just Announced in the sports media that Demba Ba had a release clause in his contract which enabled Ba to use player power and get his own way.

    Pardew and Ba both know that getting replacements for a lost player is always going to be hard, So what Ba did was he took advantage of his release clause by demanding that he is used as the main CF if we still wanted to keep him and pardew has no choice really because he will know from the carroll sale that a loss will not always guarantee a replacement, at that moment in time ba and cisse were the only two strikers we expected goals from.

    What we didn’t know was ba probably wanted to be played as a CF just so he could attract even more attention from other teams now that he would just cost £8.5 mil and to make matters worse we again didn’t get a replacement.

  • 124 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Why don’t you like pony’s?,bad experience as a child?,is that why you limp?,they don’t do that to all kids you know.There are people you can talk to.

  • 125 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM


    you seem to missing the part where Ba and a few other senior players like colo and cabaye had to have a talk to Percy about the style of football we played

    ba wanted out from then , colo has tried to leave , cabaye wanted out , hmmm very strange

  • 126 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I grew out of it

  • 127 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Dok…I definitely feel Pardewed st times!

    …and I know of one poster on here who has been pardewed to the point of no return 😉 lol

  • 128 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    sorry Jesper 🙁

  • 129 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Just message ed see if he can search the blogs articles, but I’ve just thought all the goals Cisse had chalked off weren’t just offsides.
    Maybe that’s why it doesn’t come across right, for instance west ham and Sunderland goals weren’t given as officials said it hadn’t crossed line when it had. A lot of these things are never shown again on motd or sky etc so there never really questioned unless it’s a major talking point.

  • 130 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    wolfshead – MMMMmmmnnnn -interesting tv schedule your settling down to – ladies curling —–Mmmmmm -interesting.
    In order to assist you I think there is some ladies hockey (USA v Canada) and some ladies snowboarding on the telly tomorrow.
    I cannot find any ladies rugby or netball televised anywhere -so cannot help you out there -you may be interested to know us Toon fans will be watching the Toon v Spurs tomorrow.

  • 131 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Catchy…lol it is not you mate you are fine !

    About linkedin…I have seen Ibiza’s and I am hid only contact in there 😉 …reminds me I really need to have a word with that guy!

  • 132 Rotonda heights // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Just a tad more qualified than JFK!!

  • 133 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Ok bud,like i said,most teams don’t get 12 disallowed goals a season.Been trying to find a link for a stat to prove this but i couldn’t find one.

  • 134 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM


  • 135 toonking // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    well well you have provided even more evidence that you are not actually newcastle fan but just a troll.

    cabaye and colo wanting to leave because of pardews style of play is absolute bollocks ESPECIALLY COLO.

    the reason they wanted to leave was colo had lots of personal issues with his family back in argentina FACT.

    as for cabaye he has shown this season that he was very happy with the current team set up and had a very good partnership with tiote. the thing which got cabaye to leave was he knew that the chance of champions league with newcastle are very unlikely especially when they don’t bother to buy players when they are in the perfect spot to do so FACT.

  • 136 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Ye I kno it’s crazy.
    That link was only league as well as he only mentioned his 8prem goals, he was only saying 6 offside so if you count the west ham and Sunderland not seen over line and the against mentalist in Europa league there’s ten straight away.. Shame the lad writing article didn’t list them.

  • 137 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Ps I think it’s probably all had a massive effect on him maybe he’s screwed up now but last season he got kind in the nuts over and over again. Who knows maybe he’ll never get it back or maybe it’s there just waiting for the right spark. I’d love him to start banging them in and I hope he gets a chance with de Jong.

  • 138 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM


    sometimes a slap is a good way to start the evenings festivities pmsl…


    youre not alone in that…i wonder if we can gert webster to enter that into the dictionary…

    pardewed (par-dewd) verb,

    defintion anyone, one that webster will accept? 🙂

  • 139 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I got slapped so many times off my EX I’m deaf in one ear 😉

  • 140 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM


    anyone is more qualified than JFK, including myself, pllease dont make me go on tv saying im interested init as well, dont want the blog to hate me, more than they do already lol…

  • 141 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM


    what?? i cant hear out of my left ear either 🙂

  • 142 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Even the JFK who got shot in Dallas would have been better qualified and done a better job than our JFK. Couldn’t have done worse in the transfer window and he would have been unavailable to sell Cabaye 😉

  • 143 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Can’t you go back through the Talksport archives for the bloke on the phone you got your info from?
    It’s such an extraordinary event Strange that when you google “Papiss Cisse 12 disallowed goals in a season” nothing shows up.What are the ten again?

  • 144 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    It was Rotonda who posted that comment bud.

  • 145 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Cisse? In normal circumstances, I’d want to see him shipped out and replaced with better quality.

    Under Ashley, given how 2 of our strikers do not belong to us, and the only other one who does is useless and due to leave the club in the summer I would say he’ll be retained in the summer.

    I would hardly expect Ashley to sign 4 new players to replace Shola, Cisse, Remy and De Jong if all 4 were to leave, that is unless he took a massive blow to the head.

  • 146 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I don’t know the 6 offsides the guy in the article talks about but he implies their all prem league. The goals against west ham and Sunderland were over the line but not seen, then against mentalist in Europa league he scored twice both disallowed.
    I don’t know if you can re listen to them but there’d be hours to go through I generally listen whilst doing something and take a mental note, like you I’ve looked for a link with a definitive tally but there’s none. When the lad said them everyone was agreeing he must make notes or keep tabs or something, but if that article is correct 6 offside after jean then the 4 goals I’ve mentioned were not that far out without even trying so there must be a smidgen of truth no matter how crazy it sounds.

  • 147 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Why does my pc say I need to update flash player to view this site?

  • 148 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    What big decision?
    Since the end of the 5th place season he’s a record of 1 goal every 5.5 games

    And Ed We’ll be lucky to get £1mi let alone

  • 149 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Spot on Ciaran @145. Possibly he will forget to duck down as he enters his helicopter. That could be a tremendous improvement to his looks. 🙂

  • 150 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Everyone were trying to work out how many goals Cisse had disallowed last season, so far we have
    West ham, goal not given
    Sunderland goal not given
    Metalist 2 goals not given

    Those 4 where all wrong decisions can anyone add to them?

  • 151 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Cisse will be gone if the bid is high enough. Given his current run of form that would be about 7 euros. I still like the lad but his all round play has been shocking for months now. How can we risk playing him more than a few minutes in a game when he’s been such crap?

  • 152 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM


    If that were to happen I’d like to think the new owner would organise a charity match; A Keegan XI vs Shearer XI with Ashley’s head being used as the ball!

  • 153 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM


    Wrongly disallowed goal against Sunderland in last year’s derby defeat at SJP.

    Granted, he was unlucky, but he is still an average striker who makes very poor runs, has no aerial ability and cannot hold up the ball.

    He has no redeeming features other than the fact for the first 4 months of his career he was banging worldly after worldly.

    If he had had an OK-ish start to his NUFC career other than a blistering one, everyone would be calling for him to be ditched.

  • 154 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    If the owner doesn’t act like a proper and spend this summer as well as getting rid of the dead wood the consequences will be very nasty indeed for the club. We’re hanging on with loan players now and several of the players we do own have been shockingly bad. And I won’t even talk about the Sunderland match.

  • 155 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Nasty but nice if you know what I mean Ciaran mate @152? 🙂

  • 156 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I think he means he scored 6 times but he was offside 6 times,it’s not the same as a disallowed goal because he was flagged offside before he scored,anything after the offside decision is irrelevant.

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    act like a proper owner above 😳

  • 158 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Mister tuff

    The sports direct websites store locator shows stores in various foreign countries but none in the far east. Wiki mentions none in the far east. I’m not saying the ones you mention don’t exist. However, they could only form a small part of the SD empire. I just think its barmy to buy a club with all the risk when you could simply purchase the advertising space in an arms length deal, which wouldn’t be too expensive.

    In all the recent talk of the clubs finances and criticism of Mikey’s running of the business, I’ve not seen any mention of the financial fair play rules.

  • 159 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM


    I’m not a violent or sadistic person but I would great pleasure in seeing Ashley’s head booted the length of SJP – possibly the only time I’d enjoy hoofball haha

  • 160 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    The problem with looking at Cisse’s disallowed goals is you would have to go and look for everyone else’s. Disallowed goals happen to every club. Cisse has to learn to get his timing exactly right more often. His shooting has been crap for months as well.

  • 161 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I’ll see what Ed says if nowr comes up I’ll have a look later as I’m off out in a bit.

    I’d be happy with anyone who’d score a goal.

  • 162 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Ashley should just sell up and then we wouldn’t have to come up with these wonderful dream scenarios Ciaran. 🙂 Take the hint Ash. Get out.

  • 163 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM


    From your post on previous thread, you’ve got to love an auto correct that has Blackley as “blab key”. Class! Hahaha! I think I prefer it.

  • 164 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    blackley – @147 – you now have the fake Adobe Flash Player installer and redirect virus.

  • 165 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM


    Dream scenario? I’m taking my helicopter licence now so I can worm my way into Ashley’s trust so I can then become his copter chauffeur (or whatever they are called) so I can perfectly engineer a tragic accident…

    I mentioned I’m not violent or sadistic already haven’t I? Haha

  • 166 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    You can’t go on and on at a club doing nothing, having your manager spout bollocks, refusing to spend. It won’t work Ashley. Hire a proper football man to take charge and actually consider listening to what he says. Either that or sell up and go back to selling your crap gear

  • 167 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I also like the idea of getting a mole into Ashley’s castle staff to listen to his brilliant conversations about football. We could have them put on YouTube for comedy relief.

  • 168 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    And i bet that match would set a never to be beaten world record of passes,power shots and long balls to no-where in particular.After,If he isn’t too beat up and out of shape,i’m thinking Polo,we get to hit him in the head with a massive wooden mallet and tread on his face with a horse

  • 169 GeordieTwo // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Have to go and do some work now unfortunately

  • 170 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    only time i think no one would whine about kruls lack of spot on distribution either…

  • 171 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    The argument I was using for his disallowed goals was to point out he hadn’t really been that bad last year he’d had bad luck things weren’t going right but he was still getting game time.
    Then the Wonga thing and he doesn’t get a sniff, people can say if he doesn’t want to wear the shirt but Cabaye didn’t and he still played.

    Personally he doesn’t suit how Pardew wants to play so should be gone I don’t think he’s a bad player and everything since start of last year has gone against him and I reckon his confidence is shattered.

    If were as good as safe now I’d rather use the players that are definitely going to be here next season or we own before Remy or De Jong unless there’s a commitment from them, so yes I’d rather have Cisse on pitch than Remy. Why cos he isn’t ours won’t be and I don’t give a stuff about him if he scores I jump up and down then call him a mercenary!

  • 172 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Mister tuff
    That sounds bad. Tell me what I need to do? I haven’t updated but do you reckon I’m now infected. I won’t be happy if Ed is spreading diseases.

  • 173 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    I have strong opinions but I like to think I hate no one – no one other than Ashley that is. I despise the man and cannot wait for the day he vacates this great club.

    Anyway, I must go do some work of my own, chat soon lads!

  • 174 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    blackley – @158 -your doubts about the Far Eastern SD Stores existing despite my posting their addresses is somewhat annoying -and if I may be so bold I detect a slight suggestion of disbelief.
    So I’ll see if I can get links:-
    First one Malaysia:-

  • 175 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Haha, yip
    Had one before meant to just and it came up gorgeous, which didn’t help when the next word was a players name.

  • 176 LGFUAD21 // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I don’t think his toon career is completely over. He has bags of ability but teams have always had to play to him. He only works when he has fast paced teams with wingers creating space for him. Would do well at Dortmund guarantee. Would arguably have done well for us in the first half of this season.

    My issue is that he doesn’t fight enough for the ball hit the majority of his flaws could easily be ironed it by any good coach.

    Would hate to see him and de Jong together. We’ll start playing good balls and would. Create zero as neither have the work rate, composure and creativity to drop into the whole. It’s just not who they are.

    Carbella, Grenier, sissoko, gouff and jab between them there is the potential for a lethal attacking force behind a player like cisse or de Jong.

  • 177 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Jesus,if you thought we were having it bad as Newcastle fans surely we have fans who work in SD.Imagine,Jabba pay’s your wages but ruins the team you love,poor b@stards.I would have to take a dump on his tracksuits on a regular basis just to cleanse my soul.

  • 178 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    In that case get me a application form too.
    Maybe that’s it , genius plan young man if all NUFC fans got jobs at SD and just give his stuff away etc, bankrupt him in a couple weeks..

  • 179 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    That sounds brill but on the bad side there would be a massive queue for the tracksuits.

  • 180 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Yes but it would be worth the wait.

  • 181 JAMSHA // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    any1 playd the new newcastle game ???

  • 182 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Mr tuff
    I don’t know why you’d be annoyed. I’m just saying that country is not one on the sports direct website. However, that website may simply cover Europe. My point still stands. A couple of stores in the whole of the far east after so many years since buy out and statement from sir john hall ain’t great.

  • 183 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Blackley -I may have to withdraw my information about the Hong Kong store -there is an outfit called However upon researching further I note the hyphen within the name -whereas SD usually is—— ie no hyphen -so it may be a totally different company -sneakily using a near name to Mr Tubbs company.
    I will now have to embark upon extensive internet enquiries to find another SD store in Asia.

  • 184 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    GT…did I get a Harrumph! from you today? 😉

  • 185 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Sack Pardew for his general walliness.

  • 186 IITianToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Looks like it will be the same lineup again barring Gouffran for Ben Arfa maybe 🙁
    Santon continues at CDM :((

  • 187 IITianToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    At CDM you need to have bite. Santon is just too pansy for that role.

  • 188 DokToon // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM


    how you like this houston weather? 🙂

  • 189 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Snowing in Benton!

  • 190 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    blackley -do a google search on “fake Adobe Flash Player installer and redirect virus” – you will get suggestions as to what to do. I have not been affected so haven’t needed to explore further.

  • 191 toonbrother // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Under Pardumb everything including on-fire strikers turn to crap. Cisse had never had a barren spell before Pardumb waved his magic wand. They should Pardumb the anti-midAS.

  • 192 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Pardew out for Cisse misfiring!

  • 193 Yohan Kebab // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    santon, the defender with bright boots, gloves, and a fancy hairstyle

    hardly screams ‘strong in the tackle’

  • 194 mag // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Peddle Pardew for playing Santon the right footed leftback as playmaker.

  • 195 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I actually think Sissoko givent a bit of time,the right coaching “one on one with Pedro Beardsley”, and a bit of encouragement from the rest of the squad could end up a better playmaker than Cabaye, he has a better engine than YC and his stats for this season are great.

  • 196 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Mag are you a full time kn+b or do you just help out whn the other kn+bs are busy !

  • 197 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM


  • 198 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Just seen you are from Benton
    That explains so much !!!!!

  • 199 welshgeordie9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Evening ladies are you all in a good mood

  • 200 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM



    i get the same thing usually when theres a lot of posts or on match day if you havent downloaded it your ok if you have or are worried look at this

  • 201 jazzyp // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Malta mag@103…….Prefered Cisse over Ba, Are you out of your mind mate. Cisse had half a season where he was a success, Whereas Ba was a consistent big hitter for the toon and we should never have let him go.

  • 202 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Can I point out that posting
    Like that
    Still does not neccessarily make it a fact

    Just saying like

  • 203 wolfshead@toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM


    is that a fact? lol

  • 204 welshgeordie9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I wonder if gosling plays between now and the end of the season that he may turn into surprise player of the season like what perch and Williamson have done

  • 205 welshgeordie9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM


  • 206 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM



    Knocks this blog

    into a cocked hat

  • 207 Yohan Kebab // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    moussa sissoko lacks one very basic thing to be a good midfielder

    he cannot pass

  • 208 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Sissoko should be dropped. His performances haven’t been good enough. His best game was against Chelsea last Jan.

  • 209 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Can any body help ? — Got the fake ‘ adobe flash player’ virus. Downloaded and ran the ‘malware bytes anti malware ‘ through my computer and deleted the threats . Then Ran the mcafee anti virus which came up no threats detected , however can still not get on the blog as a message is still appearing to ‘ download adobe flash player ‘ even though I have scanned it twice and it is ‘ clean ‘ Any ideas on what to do next ??? Really getting on ma tits now

  • 210 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM


    install this

    It blocks Ads, since using it i’ve had no problems on this site, when you click the link select which browser you use on the right hand side.

  • 211 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM


    sissoko has created more chances than any of our other plays and one of the most in the league also…not doing that bad, surprised me seeing that stat.

  • 212 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    stuart…it may be a bit long, but that’s life:

  • 213 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Transfer – thanks for that will do

    Mister tuff — downloaded that malware . Thought I had cracked it but it came back. Will try something else. Cheers .

  • 214 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    stuart…you just got to do the job!

    NB: and remember never again to install something you are not sure about! Never!

    …and don’t click on links you are not sure about either – even if friends sends them to you!

  • 215 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM


    or click on every link nd download everything so your computer is so infested none of the viruses can take over

  • 216 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    stuart – Ive always used Google Chrome and also use the Adblock and or Adblock plus – from their extension store. I’ve been running both for about a week , as a test -but there appears to be no difference -ie currently they are each blocking 7 items on this site.

  • 217 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Possibly the most boring night of fixtures in the premier league ever tonight?

  • 218 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM


    if scores stay the same we are down to 9th

  • 219 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Anyone else think this blog is dying a death? It just seems to be full of people making insults and threats. And a few people making balanced arguments against them. Very little of substance…

  • 220 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Some of you may or not be aware that the Mike Ashley Out Campaign are intending on having a presence outside St James’ Park before the Spurs game tomorrow night.

    Anyone making their way to the game who is looking to join in in an active campaign against Mike Ashley should meet some of their representatives opposite Shearers, around SJP and by the car-park of the Strawberry.

    They will be there from 6.30pm so plenty of time before the game. Anyone wishing to join in protesting/activism will not need to bring any banners with them and their representatives would like to remind anyone wishing to join in that the protests will be peaceful, dignified and most importantly, law abiding.

    Now is the time we stick it to Ashley so hopefully some of you can come and join in, or at the very least say hi. Now is the time to stick it to Ashley!

  • 221 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM


    I think it’s being dying a death for a year or so now…think a few things really

    1. ads on the blog can get overwhelming

    2. form of the team, some lose interest

    3. from friends i speak to off the site they are less enthusiastic about the club either here, in person, going to games etc…all down to how the see ashley having detached the club from fans, just drained people

    Just my thoughts, might be wrong

  • 222 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    It would appear I really want to stick it to Ashley…Freudian slip or a really long day? 😛

  • 223 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    stick it to him brother, the revolution will be televised this time

  • 224 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    via skype

  • 225 jazzyp // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I think mate people are fed up of having there opinions rammed back down there throats, Or stupid petty arguments that grind you down to the point where you cant be bothered anymore.
    As Ts said lads in the milburn have noticed a massive decline over the last season in support and atmosphere

  • 226 Yohan Kebab // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    need a bit of OV back in our lives

  • 227 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM


    Transfer has a point there, when I started reading over two year ago it has changed a lot.
    You still had your critics of Ashley or Pardew but there was still loads of transfer talk banter about were we where heading who peoples fantasy signings or line ups would be.

    I think the blog lost a few good posters Torq Toon was always sensible and I liked his little tit bits as it was better than a lot of the negative stuff. Beattie another one I found fun and enjoyed his posts I’m sure there’s others I missed as I didn’t directly engage with them.

    Over last couple years I’d say the attitude of most fans has changed in one way or another and very few find themselves talking about the football and instead it’s something else. So they don’t want to speak or visit as the blog is a reflection of the fans and club were divided what once united us separates us and people are finding that hard to take.

  • 228 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM


    Ads are frustrating. I have resolved the issue on my laptop with the Ad Blocker but I’m not happy having to do that for this site alone. And I still get damn jelly game pop-ups on my iPad.

    It’s daft, but partially true, that our fans seem to be most engaged when we are either battling relegation or fighting for the top spots. We’ve been spoiled for drama. Maybe we need a few decent seasons like Everton have had!

    Detachment is definitely a shame…but a similar thing has happened at other clubs like Man Utd, Villa and Arsenal. We own the spirit of the club, not Ashley.

    I think many have been chased off by the constant negativity. Those people seem to post most often.

  • 229 valle // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Make him squeal like a pig!

  • 230 martoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    ToonDarnSarf @219 – I wouldn’t say it’s dying a death but certainly the craic and debate is not as good as it used to be. While I’m not

  • 231 martoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    ToonDarnSarf @219 – I wouldn’t say it’s dying a death but certainly the craic and debate is not as good as it used to be. While I’m not quite as pro-Ashley as you I am certainly not anti-Pardew or Ashley but I get fed up being de-cried by some of the bloggers on here (you know who they are).

  • 232 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM


    I think opinions are one thing but sadly a lot of comments have deteriorated into insults and extreme statements. Every day virtually every one of our players will be described as rubbish or useless. It’s pretty miserable having to come on a blog to defend your club’s players and manager…

  • 233 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    The blog only stalls when the nastiness starts. We talked rubbish all evening Sunday, not a problem.
    I agree the lack of anything positive coming out of St James’ doesn’t help.

  • 234 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM


    I miss Torq too. It seems our fans are only happy when there’s something extreme to talk about…stability just isn’t interesting enough…

  • 235 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM


    I agree we own the spirit of the club but I always feel it’s pointless discussing where i think we will be in a few years, possible players, etc etc…it’s ok but recently so little has happened with the club it’s a little dull with everything with ashley in charge, it is the same away from here with my friends, less go to games, talk about us in the pub, etc etc


    Yeh the negativity is a problem, sure i’m a bit negative at time but i’ll try and take others views on board and see the positives where i think they are too.

    Too many things results in arguments.

  • 236 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    theres nowt worse than opening a fresh loaf, and the first piece of bread out the bag is proper tough and cardboardy, and knowing that the rest of the loaf is only going to get worse. A similar situation to us when the hierarchy rolled in to town. The upside is though, the next loaf may be soft and well made, but equally it could be another dud loaf.

    We are what we eat

  • 237 Marty-Toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Hughton just got beaten by Big Sam
    Feel sorry for him as his Norwich team have played alright this year but been unlucky.
    Not a good game tonight,Hammers playing the long ball and got a bit lucky in the end.
    Hughton could be walking on thin ice though,he’s spent big money and brought in 4 strikers or so.
    He will defo need some wins to keep em happy or he’ll be out

  • 238 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM


    I know who they are…

    And I definitely don’t think of myself as pro Ashley at all! That’s an insulting badge that some like to give me because I don’t agree with their ridiculous anti-Ashley statements. I agree he’s done well to stabilise the club, as any good businessman should have done, but he’s made mistake after mistake regarding the football side of things.

  • 239 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I don’t mind people slating players, but i like it backed up and for people to see the good they do….some players may make a lot of mistakes and it’s better to criticise here than at a match but people sometimes just see the negative.

    I’ve noticed the atmosphere at games dying a bit too, crowds slightly down….our away fans are superb though.

  • 240 stuart no9 // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Jesper —-will give it a go , but it’s over my head mate . Really is .

  • 241 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    the ‘loaf theory’

  • 242 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM


    I still think there is a lot ashley has to answer for regarding out finances….true he may have stabilised us both financially and now back as a prem club.

    His challenge not is to develop of financial, commercial, and most importantly playing side of the club.

    His secrecy is a big issue for me, if the club was transparent it would be so much better and I think then fans would be able to at least see the method behind what appears to many to be madness.

  • 243 Marty-Toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Van Wolfswinkel has looked hopeless at Norwich so far yet I reckon he’s a quality player who just needs a goal or two.
    Looks a little lightweight but it seems that he’s joined the wrong club and it’s just not workin.
    Shoulda joined the Toon Ricky but ya probably saved yourself loads of grief

  • 244 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    should read now, not not

  • 245 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:55 PM


    But before it was always drama! Every season for good or bad. We don’t need that drama to love and be passionate about the club do we?

    Or considering our attendances before SJH…maybe we do…

  • 246 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM


    naturally highs and lows have more interest than mediocrity as most of us will either enjoy the positive chat or like to discuss the problems/how to improve us.

    When plodding along there is little to comment on really, it’s just natural i guess

  • 247 martoon // Feb 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    TDS – Sorry I didn’t mean to insult you. I understand why some people don’t rate Pardew although I personally think he is ok – not the best but certainly not the worst. But to continually post Pardew out just becomes monotonous and stupid when we all know he is going nowhere.

  • 248 Yohan Kebab // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Completely agree with recent posters, like it or not ashley and pardew are here to stay

    that means the whole club ethic has to pull in the same direction

    no point carr scouting little technical players if pardew wants big workhorse englishmen

    if that is what he wants then club should back him and failings be on his head

    either that or get a modern european manager who can manage the technical players

    all that worries me with that is if it all goes belly up will we have the minerals to stave off a relegation fight

    despite last season i am confident we would never get relegated under pardew, but am i content for us to sit in midtable for the rest of my life, no way

  • 249 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM


    Ashley has always been secretive. I believe he was described as the British Howard Hughes when he bought us.

    Just look at where stability has taken Everton. Are their fans negative about their seasons and future I wonder?

  • 250 Transfer Sage // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM


    got to go so won’t be able to reply to your reply…sorry, will try tomorrow

    I think that with everton (fans did protest against their owner last year, he went on goals on sunday and explained the full situation which was good).

    For me we are different, when we have had a chance to kick on we haven’t…look at everton, sold a big player in the summer but through buying and loans, then getting a good manger to replace another good manager they have kickon on…..we just seem to miss every chance to kick on.

    just my view anyway, could be coincidence but it’s happened a few times

  • 251 Marty-Toon // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    The strategy of stability is a decent one but as TS said,it’s all ok until it’s time to kick on and you find out that the owners interest isn’t there.
    Well it seems that way(mainly because he doesn’t talk to the fans through any of his goons).
    Having the club debt free and mid table is great and safe,but where do we go from here?
    MA has worked his businesses in a way that returns and profits increase on a yearly basis with a good working model.
    He surely wants the same with nufc but doesn’t gave the know how.
    The costs to get us to compete for top four could be colossal but also the benefits of CL on a regular basis would benefit him greatly.
    Packed games,shirt sales,pie sales,Tv rights etc etc

  • 252 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I understand where your coming from regarding stability but were no where near like Everton, every other week there’s something crazy happens. A lot of it probably wouldn’t make the news but because Ashley has previous some won’t believe a word that comes out his mouth and everything that happens people are looking for a stick to beat him with. I do think a lot is down to his my way or the high way attitude, if he could find someone or someway to get everyone united it would be a lot different. I think most fans just think he doesn’t care and enjoys pi55ing us off, I doubt that’s the truth but some people see it that way. I don’t believe fans are unrealistic and want fortunes people just want the club to try, they don’t understand why he bought us if he isn’t a fan and doesn’t have any intention letting the club flourish.

    He may have a master plan but his stability leaves a lot to be desired.

  • 253 stan anderson // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Everton at least try to win a trophy,we dont want that if it gets in the way of making our PL position secure.

  • 254 stan anderson // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Mid Feb.and our season is done if we can collect 4 or 5 more points.Nothing more to play for is there.
    Shocking situation if you have paid loads of money for a season ticket.

  • 255 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Ah toon tang that good old biblical parable of the cardboardy loaf! Who says this blog is going to the dogs?

  • 256 jimmysmith // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    The Everton fans haven’t had to endure anything like the nonsense we have over the past 7 years, or even the past two weeks.

    Stability doesn’t seem the right word to describe the way the club has been and is being run, by an owner with far more financial clout than Bill Kenwright.

    Kenwright’s a fan, with the best interest of his club at heart, who has been willing to step aside for as long as I can remember.

    You’d need to be willing to take yet another giant leap of faith to believe that we will achieve success under Ashley on the back of the “stability” he’s given us so far.

  • 257 stan anderson // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Relegation dog fight would of kept the season alive at least.
    Fatman is content with what we ,ve got.
    Mid table security.

  • 258 BandB // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Two senior executives have left. Our top goalscorer and our most influential player have been sold. And we have escaped relegation by a gnat’s whisker. All in little over a year.
    Is this stability?

  • 259 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM


    Exactly. Pardew is ok. Hardly the man to bring out the best in every player abs have us pushing for the top 4 like a SBR, Fergie or Mourinho would, but hardly the man to see our strengths wasted like a Gullit, Dogleash or Souness. He’s not going anywhere while we hit targets.

    And Ashley is going nowhere until he wants to sell. Bored fans protesting won’t have much effect other than to make the club less attractive to potential buyers…

  • 260 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I’ll go in mu bikini to matches if we can have a new owner.

  • 261 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM


    I hope your peaceful revolution proves cathartic to you and helps you to get respite from the depression that mikey causes you.

  • 262 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    They wouldn’t no the meaning of the word stability.

    It’s been car crash after car crash, with Mikey at the helm.

    Sticking with the same manager because you don’t want to pay him off isn’t stability.

  • 263 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM


    You should start a fund!

    But I can’t be convinced a new wonder would be an improvement…we’ve seen several worse owners in the PL. Our previous lot weren’t up to much…

  • 264 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    blackley, i only ever drop the heaviest knowledge nuggets mate, you know me.

    Im here all week…

  • 265 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Team for tommorow.





    ——————————–de Jong————————————

    Not sure who I’d put in AM no10 role maybe Marv or Gosling, not sure if Goof Tiote are back so it’s make do. But I’d give that a go and see how it works out I’d probably start with Marv and see how it goes but we have nothing to lose, except 3pts might as well have a go!

  • 266 jimiley // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    We need to give Cisse another two years. If he cannot score we should dump him. If anybody would buy him. I do think he is crap but we should give him the benefit of my doubt. We need to keep him coz we will not buy anybody for any position and we have nobody except Shola who has not scored before they invented fire. De Pong wants to stay after the Chelsea and Mackem games which indicates that he is crap as well.

  • 267 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    What do you look like so I can recognise you tomorrow? I’d love you to meet me in the flesh.

  • 268 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM


    Post of the day, take a bow!

  • 269 jimmysmith // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    I think Cisse should be given the opportunity to fight it out with De Jong to play centrally in a front 3 with Remy and Gouffran wide, now that Sissoko is likely to be playing in the engine room to cover the loss of Cabaye.

    He did wonderfully well in that role when he first arrived and has been treated pretty shabbily since for a variety of unfortunate, perhaps questionable reasons, it seems to me.

  • 270 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Blackley @267- no please -keep your clothes on.

  • 271 jimiley // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Thanks for that Rebecca. You can probably tell I am a big Ashley fan. After 50 years of watching, I stopped going (from London) two years ago. I wonder why? Well it might have something to do with the club being dead from the neck up. But I could not possibly comment.

  • 272 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Ciaran looks like the guy who used to present Crystal Maze years ago.

    Richard somebody, can’t recall his second name.

  • 273 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Let’s do the time warp again

  • 274 Belfast // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Richard O’Brien

  • 275 jimiley // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I try to focus on the cancer at the club. Until the fat controller is gone, any change of personnel is pointless. The only way to get rid of Mr Tubby is to stay away. An empty ground would cause serious embarrassment. It has nothing to do with money. He ha sfar too much. JFK went because of the lack of season ticket sales. Nothing to do with Cabaye. He cannot promote Sports Direct in a half empty ground. Supporting the team and not the regime is pure bollocks. The regime is the team. We need to deny the regime oxygen by staying away. Cut off the oxygen supply.

  • 276 Ciaran // Feb 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks Belfast. If I didn’t love the Rocky Horror Picture Show I might have taken offence because Richard O’Brien always weirded me out when I was younger.

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