When Newcastle Start Doing This – We Can Build A Great Team

We put out an article late last night on Manchester City’s interest in signing Cheick Tiote in the summer, and of course it’s not surprising that top clubs could be after Cheick in the summer, because he’s had a good seasons for Newcastle, and he was fanatic against City in the 2-0 defeat at St. James’ Park in January, when he obviously impressed City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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Cheick Tiote – Manchester City interested

It’s obvious that Alan Pardew will not – for the second transfer window in succession – want to lose one of his best central midfielders, after Yohan Cabaye left last month.

But Alan has no control of transfers, or very little at best, and both Andy Carroll and Yohan have been sold in January transfer windows and nobody brought in to replace them.

And we surmised in the article that if Manchester City came in with a £25M bid for Cheick on August 31st this year, Newcastle would sell, whether or not we could replace him.

So the thing that’s very obvious at Newcastle right now under Mike Ashley, is that money rules almost everything, and that makes it very difficult to build up a really good side –  when money seems to rule everything.

Newcastle can start to build a top side if and when Mike Ashley gets a huge bid in for one of the Newcastle players – something that even meets the Billionaire’s own valuation of the player – and then decides not to sell, because it would hurt (weaken) the team.

There’s no doubt selling Yohan Cabaye last month has hurt the team’s chances in the league this season – nobody would argue with that.

That’s when Newcastle can really build up a good side, and it’s really when the team becomes more important than the money.

Not that we don’t want to balance the books every financial year, but the club have to think a lot more about the strength of the team, than has been done in the last seven years.

Whether that’s ever possible under Mike Ashley we don’t know, but that’s what the top six clubs do in England – and why they have very good sides every season.

It’s also one big reason why Newcastle will never consistently finish in the top six in England, until we start doing that.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Himanshu Dhingra

    well I wont admit that in here 😉

    but I would love to have a little chat with him about his thinking on football,
    he says one thing and does the complete opposite,

    and people like Hayley manx toonk sit and lap it all up

    our goals for is truly shocking

  • 70TWO

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    “The Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has said that the success the club enjoyed under Malky Mackay was due to luck rather than good management.”

    Pardew is always saying about having ‘a bit of luck’ to win games. I suppose he would say you have to be a good manager to orchestrate that ‘bit of luck’ to take place. I certainly think Pardew was lucky to finish 5th and it would appear ManU were lucky to win the title last season ….. or was that good management?

  • beermonkey

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3


    played really well with the captains armband
    dunno what the stats are but seems to have not picked up so many yellows this season

    cant see city buying him
    he is no good as a bench warmer always seems to take him a game or 3 to get back into it when been out with suspension or injury,

    but were always going to be vulnerable to champions league teams buying our players
    the same as everton Southampton any1 out the top4 so never say never

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4


    U mean Harley?

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Williamson pass completion ratio is only 76 %

    we play every free kick and corner to him and he has no assists

    taylor has 91%
    colo has 87%
    MYM has 83%

    and I also don’t get that HBA is poor at decision making he is our second best midfielder
    1 Tiote 87,1 %
    2 HBA 84,3 %

    to many believe the words pardew tells them

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Himanshu Dhingra

    harly is Hayley 😉

  • Blofal

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think that they will sell Tiote unless he demands to go or we get an Andy Carroll like bid. Without Tiote we leak goals and would be relegation fodder. They dont want to be relegated.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8


    last season I said man u had a poor squad, some world class players, but dross in other places, I said I would not swap many from there team into ours, I said fergy was the difference

    I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

    Alexander the Great

    which is pardew and which is fergy ???

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9


    pardew will have Willamson over Beckenbauer!

    That is what defines Pardew!

    Not saying William son is that bad but just relatively speaking

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    At the other end of the pitch Tim Krul won all the plaudits for his show-stopping, and Spurs-stopping, goalkeeping display last weekend, as he managed a Barclays Premier League record high of 14 saves in a single match. He is second in the total saves chart, however, 11 behind Cardiff City’s David Marshall, who has denied opponents on 51 occasions so far.


    Player Saves
    David Marshall (Cardiff) 51
    Tim Krul (Newcastle) 40
    Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) 39
    John Ruddy (Norwich) 37
    Asmir Begovic (Stoke) 36

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Wish we had an army of Lions lead by a lion

  • 70TWO

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Cabaye really was the hub of the team and he made it look better than it is, everything was played through him and any good piece of play was generally generated by him. When Cabaye didn’t play well Newcastle didn’t play well, removing him exposed the truth about the team. The responsibility for that truth belongs to the players , the manager and the owner.

    Selling Cabaye was individual the responsibility of the owner as NUFC did not match his own personal ambitions. It could be argued that the team was already weak prior to his sale, but certainly the lack of planning and action to minimise the effect of his leaving has cost the club. The experience highlights the need for a credible and dedicated person to be singularly in charge of NUFC business.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    It was a good time to sell Cabaye. We were out both cups, couldn’t go higher in league, and couldn’t go much lower. It also gives us a chance to play Anita – see what he can do & if we’d sold him in summer it would have demoralised our start to next season.


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