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Newcastle Linked With Top French International Midfielder

8:53 pm, Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

There are some reports out that seem a little strange to us, that Newcastle have made an offer for French International midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, who stands 5’6″ tall and turns 30 in September.

Mathieu Valbuena

Mathieu Valbuena – 29 year-old experienced midfielder

We’d be surprised if this news is accurate, since we would expect Newcastle to be after younger players, and this would certainly go against the profile of players Mike Ashley usually brings into Newcastle, which are 26 years old or younger.

At 29 he would still cost around £10M, because he still has three years left on his Marseilles contract, and he will not come cheap, that’s for sure.

And it’s probably also true that Valbuena is at or near his best right now, and therefore would not exactly improve on Tyneside, and his value would go down – not up.

Mathieu joined Marseilles back in 2006 from Libourne, who are in the sixth tier of French football, and he’s now played 318 times for the French club with 36 goals and 57 assists, and this season he has 27 appearances, a couple of goals and 7 assists.

He can play in central midfield, but when we’ve watched him at Marseilles he’s usually played out on the right wing, and he’s an extremely skillful and talented player, there’s no doubt about that, and he’s also very creative too.

The news that Newcastle are interested in him, is probably being generated because Marseilles are trying to unload some of their older players this summer, so they can build for the future, and Valbuena will be available in the summer at the right price for Marseilles, so maybe Newcastle have moved quickly, knowing he is available.

But there are younger players with potential and who could be even cheaper than Valbuena, and one of them is Clement Grenier who we tried to sign from Lyon in January to replace Yohan Cabaye.

Clement is a terrific player, and he’s only just turned 23 and has huge potential – and plays very much like Yohan Cabaye – and is great at free kicks.

And another thing which seems to go against Newcastle being interested is th right footed 29 year-old, is that he’s always played in the Champions League with Marseilles, and wouldn’t take kindly to joining a club like Newcastle, who couldn’t offer him Champions League football any time soon.

Mathieu was capped for France when 25 years-old back in May of 2010, and he has 30 caps for France over the last four years with five goals, and he was in the 23 man French squad for the last World Cup in South Africa, and is expected to make France’s World Cup squad for Brazil this summer.

We’d be very surprised if this news is accurate – and we’d much rather Newcastle go after players like Cement Grenier and Remy Cabella of Montpellier, who are young and emerging French midfielders, and who have massive potential for the future.

And after watching the really pathetic performance from Newcastle today on the south coast – if we were going to bring in six or seven players in the summer – perhaps we should bring in more than that, and unload players who are fringe players at the club – and there seems to be a lot of them at the moment.

And it’s now looking more and more like Luuk de Jong is just not good enough to get a permanent deal this summer on Tyneside, and Newcastle will need to bring in at least seven good players at least this summer.

Of course, that’s always assuming we want o build a team that is better than just finishing in the top ten next season, which we’ll just about mange this season – if we can get a couple of wins in our last six league games.

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Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    No chance .

    He is valued at £12.5 million on transfermarkt .

  • 2 manxpie // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    to old never gonna happen!

  • 3 spitfire_ // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Yeah they will came… especially after a few more games like today’s.

  • 4 jazzyp // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I bet there cueing up to sign on the dotted line after that performance today

  • 5 matias // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Wasn`t him and Ben Arfa straight alternatives for France in Euro 2012? Not sure if he`s exactly what we need.

  • 6 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Well as I predicted we could get beat by 3 or more goals but that was actually worse than I thought it would be we were totally outclassed by a team with a proper manager and attacking philosophy and they had our team figured out by the first seconds thank god for Elliot our that could have went into double figures!

    People were saying to me the other day be careful we may get someone like a Pulis or Curbishley are you honestly telling me they would be any worse??At least they would make us hard to beat !!

    Pochettino , Laudrup or Martinez would have done a great job with our squad and would have brought through youngsters properly we look like we should be bottom of the league they would also be on a similar wage

    I honestly hope Ashley watched that game today thought that he seriously needs to get the chequebook out in the summer and get a new manager and coaching staff in because next year the teams that play the dinosaur football are going to be the teams that get relegated and we will be prime candidates with this squad and manager especially with no Remy

    Worst bit is we have Man Utd next and they could pound us really badly dont think I can take that cause its been good watching them struggle this season but Rooney will destroy us next week

  • 7 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    As for Valbuena NO CHANCE !

    If the guy leaves it will be for a Champions League or title chasing team in top league he is fantastic would be exactly what we need but that would mean showing a bit of ambition so its not going to happen

  • 8 Graeme // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Until he’s on the steps of SJP, in the Black & White stripes, its just more bovine excrement!!

  • 9 Graeme // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Santon – and Rooney is coming in to great form at the minute, unfortunately!!!

  • 10 kimbo // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    We have one useless £6 million dwarf in midfield already. Please no more French with no heart.After 50 years of highs and lows today was one of the worst, the players should donate all their wages to SBR charity. PARDEW please go enough is a enough.

  • 11 jimmysmith // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    It must be slowly dawning even on on Ashley by now that the squad beyond say 9 players really are pretty ordinary and that we need at least 4 genuine first team signings in key positions, and he surely must be thinking he also might need a new manager. This is a dangerous period with so little to play for and perhaps our best 3 and perhaps only real quality players either sold or unavailable. The rot can set in real quick in this league. Has set in?

  • 12 jimiley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Keep the faith in Mashers to lead us to the Champions League.

  • 13 jimiley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    He is available to buy so we will not be interested. Loanees and freebies only at our BIG club. Focused on winning nowt. Only 6 more years of Pards.

  • 14 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    We need 3 strikers, a winger, a replacemt for Cabaye and a replacement for colo.

    Ashley needs to spend 40-60 million if we are to challenge the top 6.

    We should recouop that with outgoings and the sake of Cabaye.

    This is the most important transfer window ever for Newcastle.

    Pardew is doing an ok job considering he’s constantly undermined.

  • 15 jimiley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Harley, Are you for real? Or just delusional?

  • 16 Blofal // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Pardew claims we have the backbone of a very good team…

    But honestly the only players I would keep would be Krul, Sissoko, Willo, Tiote and maybe Gouffran as a squad player.

    We desperately need strikers, pacey wingers, attacking midfielders and fullbacks.

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    AGAIN Newcastle get battered and here’s another thread AGAIN about Newcastle being linked with a player!

    will this never end!

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Harley @14,
    How is this window any more important than the one where we finished fifth and the players were buzzing and seemingly happy.

  • 19 wynsleap // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Harley @ 14 – You think Pardew is doing an OK job do you?
    This team has no faith in their manager and we have no faith in him or his employer.
    The whole bloody place is a shambles and is going to get worse unless:
    a) We get new ownership
    b) We get an owner who suddenly realises that the only way to run this club is to employ a top new manager and coaching team and give him some decent investment in players.
    c) The fans start acting on behalf of the club they supposedly love and put pressure on the current regime to sling their hook.
    The alternative (ie more of the same next season) doesn’t bear thinking about and actually turns the stomach.

  • 20 toon kk // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Speculation speculation absolutely no chance of any top players coming to Newcastle, no ambitious player would even consider coming.

    Fans still turn up to SJP in there thousands and pay to watch sh.te so why should MA spend?

  • 21 Sazzer // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Few reports in Germany says that Besiktas is winning the Aaron Hunt race.

  • 22 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    the best way for MA to have the fans on his side is to sack Pardew ASAP, to hell with the transfer window I would rather see Pardew gone than bringing in any players

  • 23 wolfshead@toon // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    its funny when ppl on here say we have a great squad mis managed by pards and then when pards says we have great players they say he is delusional lmao

  • 24 stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Did not see any of the game today,but reading some of the comments on here it seems i missed nowt,
    If the truth was told we were lucky to get a point at home against the Saints they were much the better team.
    Also Stoke were better than us when we hammered them at home,thanks to the referee.
    We have flattered to deceive this season and i think our true class is on show now,2nd rate really.
    Without the good results we had early season we would be i deep relegation trouble,unless the fatman was worried and got the cheque book out again,like last time.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    104toonking // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    welsh has shown himself up and is crying with enbarressment now that he has acted like a troll himself.

    I’m actually crying with laughter, as for manxpie it’s pointless answering any of his questions tonight because he won’t be on here until next match day

  • 26 Sazzer // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    And Firmino signed a new contract. So that’s another player that would have been decent Cabaye replacement gone.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Please do tell, why are you here ?

  • 28 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    if pardumb is still here next season we will be relegated FACT!

  • 29 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM


    Which bit?


    Because this window will see us losing more players than any other window. Remy, LDJ, shola, hba, obertan, marveaux, gosling, cisse, jonas, santon, colo, Taylor. Plus Cabaye already gone.

    Ok not all definite but probable. Thus making this the most important window for many a year. Obviously you disagree though.


    Yes I do.

    A lot of the points you bring up are my own reservations. That Ashley is to blame.

  • 30 toon kk // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    B and W
    Getting rid of Pards would be a good start but with no new players the lethargic crap we have would have us relegated before next season was half way over.

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Black and White with an army lol
    March 29, 2014

    So if we sign a couple of forwards, replace cabaye and who ever else leaves do you still think we will go down

  • 32 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM


    simple answer YES with pardew at the helm

  • 33 Ciaran // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Ed, do us all a favour and relent with this endless stream of copy and paste nonsense, it is ever so tiring especially on a day when we’ve been royally trounced by the club who is directly ahead of us in the table, thus showing exactly what a chasm we must close to have any chance of cracking the top 8 in the league.

    Chase the actual news stories that are breaking surrounding around NUFC, such as, I don’t know, the Time4Change march that you were informed about last October, or how about the story about the ground sale that I personally informed you about on more than one occasion – both stories were infinitely more important than any of this ‘Newcastle linked with…’ bull****

    Though I do think you are more interested with chasing hits than you are with reporting actual news surrounding our club.

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Good evening Ciaran and how are you this evening

  • 35 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM


    if we signed world class players for Newcastle Pardew would still get us relegated, he’s an disgrace to football coaches in the UK including myself

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    It might not be as boring as the last couple but it certaintly wont be that important for our quest for forty points and a then on to a great top ten finish.

  • 37 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    toon kk

    we have attacking players who are told to play defensive, we could have a top notch manager working with the players we have now and we could of been in the top 5

  • 38 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I think Stoke will go above us coming end of season

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    What makes you think we’ll be able to off load Marv and Obertan, Cisse will not be sold at a loss and unless someone offers STaylor what he’s getting here for eleven games a season he’s not going anywhere either.

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Well at least we have had good news today

    Swans beating Norwich 3-0

    Oh my beloved swans

  • 41 stuart no9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Black and white @ 17 , — yeah I think they have a group of players lined up so after every shocker , a new player will all of a sudden be on our radar. That’ll keep them happy until the shock and the trauma of seeing NUFC playing non league stuff wares off . But you know what ??? Some people on here still think it will happen !,hahahahahahahaha

  • 42 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM


    Surely you must agree that this is a vital window.

    Previous windows have proved fruitless but this one will most likely see an exodus like never before.

    Imo we have only needed 2 or 3 players in previous windows but this time I think major surgery is needed.

    Ashley needs to show intent like never before.


    I’m still waiting for your response.

  • 43 Thump // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Surely you must agree that this is a vital window.

    Every single window is vital for Newcastle United. The following season (or the remainder of) is defined by how well we perform in the window. Unfortunately, you’re absolutely right. This is the make or break for the club, and I think that we’re either going to ship out the underperformers (read: most of the team) and see a new-look Newcastle, or we’ll do as we usually do and spend as little money to claim mid-table and make it our own.

    I hope Sunderland get relegated so we don’t get another hiding from them next season.

  • 44 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM


    mate you can’t just blame MA for everything, Pardew picks the formation and players not MA.

    I hate MA with passion but what he has done with Newcastle with finance I think is fantastic and deserves alot of credit for it, whilst every other team are losing money we are probably the only team that are gaining money.

    but my one and only concern is team performance not results just performance.

    and saying that Pardew has done ok with Newcastle I think it’s laughable, think of it this way we deserve to win against Chelsea, Man U and Hull because our performance was epic ( these brought back the Entertainers memory’s) whilst the other game we won we were extremely lucky and if you think we weren’t extremely lucky please tell.

  • 45 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    stuart no9@41

    aye mate true ;)

  • 46 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM


    Of course all windows are important but this one IMO is “the” most important one in recent years.
    I would go along with your latter statement that we will just buy enough to scrape through.
    We need 60 million, we’ll probably get 20 million.
    Sad, sad days for Newcastle.

  • 47 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    stuart no9

    we have been linked with so far this season 14 players, 15 after the Man U game ;)

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I can’t understand all this doom and gloom on this blog, god there are some drama queens on here.

    I could understand if we were down the bottom fighting our lives, looking over our shoulders, we are not going to get relegated this season or next season, we are in the top half, like I said wait until next season get a few players in and then take it from there.

    So stop chucking your toys out of the pram

  • 49 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM


    even with 20 million we could improve the squad even better there’s a few good players out there with there contracts running out soon and I’m sure someone will mention them ( hint hint ;) )

  • 50 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM


    probably because there’s nothing else to talk about mate, unless you want to talk about Mathieu Valbuena? this should be a short conversation lol ;)

  • 51 Schwefelberg // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    There’s not much more to say about Ashley that we already not said. I said 100s of times: he’ll always put the Club to some new Low.

    If he sold sports Clothes that stink of Piss he’d lose his Business fast but he’s happy to do it to the Club. He pockets the Money and serves the Crap. Just bad Days for us.

  • 52 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    good read this

    An honest review of Southampton’s victory over toothless Toon

  • 53 toon kk // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    B and W
    a better manager may have got slightly more out of our squad, but do you really really think our squad is top five material?
    We were doing ok for the players we have but no replacement for Cabaye was a massive blow then with us having only one goalscorer (remy) injured we simply not strong enough. But alot of our trouble at the moment is the players don’t care.

  • 54 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    toon kk

    honestly mate it all depends if we had a new manager at the start of the season better yet half way though last season, I think we could be a top 5 team we have cracking players but they are being let down by negative tactics better still tactics that don’t even suit our team.

    the way Pardew goes is that he want’s the players to suit his style instead of making a tactic out of the players we have.

    he plays an 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 this alone he shows he hasn’t asses the team at all simply because we have no wingers BUT if any other manager came through and asses our team he would immediately go for either 4-3-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-3-2-1

  • 55 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Black and white

    Things could be a lot worse but they could be a lot better. It’s unfortunate because I think our business model is almost perfect. The fact that we are the lowest net spenders in the premier league is disgraceful for a club our size.

    I love the fact that our finances are in order but what is to stop our billionaire owner using sports direct to fund us an extra 10 million a year through advertising (like man city) to improve the team.

    It’s chicken feed to him and it’s sad to think that a little more investment could see a major difference to our team.

    Pardew is always pissing against the wind so to speak.

    Football is a massively emotional game. Something Ashley just doesn’t seem to get. Selling your best player and not replacing him sends a disastrous message.

    What motivation will the players have when they see that happening to an already small squad. They will think “what’s the point” and then it’s up to pardew to sort it out.

    Pardew has his faults but he’s not a bad manager. Whenever he’s had a settled team with no interruptions we’ve always played well.

    To be 40 million net spend behind teams like Sunderland and Stoke is disgraceful.

    And I’m not saying we should be 40 million negative, I’m saying just 10 million extra a season and we’d be flying.

  • 56 JP...from The Rock // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    yo yo-

    I agree we are mediocre and it seems we always will be. Our team is in a sorry state, but in fact we do have decent players. I still think Ben Arfa is a great player that can find that consistency if he is given a decent run in the side like 10 games + in a row which in all his time here he never has had that chance.

    these last three games he’s played he has played superbly yet is only given 30 minutes in each match to perform, even after doing well he still gets subbed. That must be a huge blow to his confidence and commitment for his next game. He probably questions the manager’s bizarre decision and feels let down.
    Then he usually becomes the scapegoat when things go pear shaped by no fault of his own. I feel sorry for him as he is clearly our biggest player and much better than Lallana on his day. It’s all very poor management from Pardew. It makes me sick if I am honest as he then sticks with his best chum Strolla fcuking Ameobi to trod around the pitch as the ‘big man’ to make an ‘impact’. He loves a big presence up front and still hasn’t realized that quick passing, possession football is what our players are all about. He insists on outdated 4-4-2 in a team that is not suited to it. He really is blind. I thought he made some good decisions in the past but it’s clear now more than ever that it was pure luck he got it right at times.

    Pardew is clueless and today leaving a knackered Gouffran on for the whole match showed how out of his depth he is. Gouff was clearly fatigued and not his usuall hardworking self but what does Pardew do?.. he subs Ben Arfa who was doing his best tracking back and getting up the field when he could. I bet Ben Arfa my left nut Benny won’t start next match either, that’s how predictable and useless our manager is.

    Pardew did great do get us to 5th but that was before he really got a hold of the team and fcuked everything up. Now we are a shadow of the famous Newcastle United I grew to love as a kid. I am 32 now and it’s really depressing as we are so acceptable of the fact we are get thumped by teams we would have thrashed not so long ago. For a team that was so close to reach the semi finals of the UEFA Cup a couple of times and CL footie, we never seem bothered in bolstering the squad to become a genuine contender.

    When you watch our games and it makes you sick to the stomach and wanting it to end or regretting the fact you wasted your time watch that shite, that’s when it hits you and you realize how far down we’ve gone to what was once a fabulous club players died to be a part of.

    This summer is make or break time when really we should never have been in this situation to start with. Poor boardroom decisions have led to this and poor management by Pardew also. It’s make or break to get the right players in the holes that need filling asap, though with the WC upon us we will once again struggle to get any decent ‘players over the line’. I can see the excuses already and I dread them.

    I fear for the direction of this historic club which is massive in British football and Big in World football. The sleeping giant that we are never seems to wake up, in fact now we look half-dead or in a coma with no signs of ever waking up!

    Sorry for the very long post rant over (for now!)

  • 57 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Black and white

    20 million will not improve our squad. Taking in to account we are most likely going to lose Remy, LDJ, cisse and shola.
    Plus Cabaye gone and probably jonas, hba, obertan, marveaux obertan, gosling, Taylor, santon and colo.

    I’m all for free transfers but that’s probably 50 million of talent gone.

    If you think 20 million can replace that then you ate a better talent spotter than me.

  • 58 Ginger // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    For me Pardew needs to go. We have a squad that is at least in the top ten of the league yet ever since Cabaye was let go we’re the worst playing team in the league.

    For a team that used to be referred to as the entertainers we are the most boring team in the league to watch. It’s shambolic. The team have no idea what they’re doing out there.

    We rely on Sissoko counter attacks and individual moments of brilliance. If we go behind we’ve lost. We’re getting dominated match after match and it’s really depressing to see. We have little to no movement off the ball, our passing game is predictable and half the time we just long ball it up to the other team. Not to mention the set pieces.

    Regardless of whether Mike Ashley is investing in the summer, Pardew needs to go. God knows what must go on in training as tthis team is dreadful.

  • 59 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM


    good point mate, but on Pardew though he is a bad manager probably one of the worse we have had in my view read my post @54 this alone proves how inept Pardew is when it comes to tactics and like I said on my post any other manager would see this and use the tactics Iv’e typed down, Newcastle in my view are made to play a 4-3-1-2 we are deadly through the centre but for some reason Pardew doesn’t see this.

    Iv’e only got 2 coaching badges so far and I can see this and if Pardew can’t see this he needs to walk out now

  • 60 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:10 PM


    we paid less than 20 million for Debuchy, Sissoko, MYM, Haidar & Gouffran, 4 of them have become our first team players whist Haidara hasn’t had enough games to prove himself.

    so @57 it can happen

  • 61 stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    We the fans,who make this club what it is (was) have a totally different agenda to the fatman and his cronies.
    We would like to compete with the top teams and try to win something.
    Not just survive in the premier league for the financial rewards on offer.

  • 62 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:11 PM


    spot on mate

  • 63 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    stan anderson

    I would like 30+ entertaining games a season but so far I have counted 3 :(

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    We were obviously outfoxed by some middle class intelligence today so we can’t blame pardew.

  • 65 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    don’t forget guys clocks forward at 12.00

  • 66 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Black and white

    That’s 5 good players for a great bit of business and I’d live to see that quality coming in.

    But we need to replace double that for the players going out next season.

    And I just can’t agree that pardew is the worst manager we’ve ever had.

    He has the 3 highest win ratio in the top flight behind keegan and robson and IMO has had the most adversity to deal with.

  • 67 Marty-Toon // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    @ welsh
    Drama queens,it’s seriously damaging for a mans health watching Pardews team ATM
    10 losses from last 14 and no goals from those ten.
    It’s a ridiculous set up,the players looked lifeless today.
    It’s just not good enough,you accept that your team doesn’t show up with the lifestyle and wages they get,not to mention having a career that most of us only could dream of.
    I think it’s perfectly natural to complain and be unhappy with the drivel we’ve been dished up.
    If you’re happy enough with that then you’ve no ambition for this club.
    Did ya see the passion and work rate that palace had today?
    Even Stoke city are playing the ball in almost Swansea style,it seems to be ourselves the hammers,Fulham and the unwashed that are playing like Dino’s

  • 68 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:19 PM


    how long has our other Managers been at the club for?

  • 69 Toon Tang // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    another day, another dollar in the crazy world of arthur brown.

    We should just stand up and openly rejoice the fact no men got pregnant today, I dont know if i could have handled that as well as the scoreline.

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    You can’t blame pardew when he gets lumbered with crap players like tevez, mascherano, ben arfa, marveaux. Teams can’t afford luxury players like this at the top level.

  • 71 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM


    if you check the wiki page with Newcastle Managers you will notice most of them have lasted 1 year and a couple only 2 it also shows win%

  • 72 jimmysmith // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I think we can’t attract top talent or keep the ones we have under the current model and Ashley won’t allow himself to end up like Fernandez, so little is likely to change. It’s looking increasingly like relying on bringing on the youth through the Academy and astute buys and hoping like hell it works. Which it won’t in the short term. Can’t see any realistic challenge for the top six for quite sometime, if at all, under Ashley.

  • 73 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:25 PM


    also it seems that managers that lasted 1 year have a better win% for 1 year than Pardew has for 3 years

  • 74 Ginger // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I’d honestly be tempted to drop the full team. Next match only play youngsters aside from Elliot, and maybe Williamson and Anita. Although the team would get absolutely slaughtered the younguns would be buzzing and they’d try a hell of a lot more than this team does.

    The main positive it would bring is showing the players that they can be dropped. Majority don’t give a crap and think the seasons over. Well it’s not for the fans that pay good bas**rd money to watch shit like that. What a shocker that would be to our “first team players”.

  • 75 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Black and white

    Cant be bothered to start checking wiki.

    Change of subject.

    If you could sign any 3 players from the premiership who would you sign? A fantasy 3 and a realistic 3.

  • 76 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Pardew has the 3rd highest win ration in the premiership ? Its not exactly great considering how gash all of the other managers he has also broke records (ones I remember)here is some of his best work

    Most home defeats in a row
    Not beat Sunderland in over 4 games in a row
    Biggest losing streak in Centuries
    Pounded off so many teams who are worse than us
    Have only came from behind to get a result in a handful of games in under 4 years
    Can not play against teams who press high and play pass and move football its 3 years and we still cant play against them
    Cant organize set pieces as only scored 3 or 4 in 4 years !

    Time for Pardew to go we apparently have a golden generation of talent ready to come through he is not the man to bring them through I am sorry I used to be on the fence but he is not good enough

  • 77 toon kk // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Without a shadow of doubt if any manager with pardews recent record at any club around the world would have been sacked by now.

  • 78 stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Welshgeordie you should wake up and take a look at the real world sonny

  • 79 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM


    Fantasy 3 I would go for Oscar, Coutino ( spelling ) and Aguero ;)

    but for realistic I would go for Lukaku, Lallana and Luke Shaw

  • 80 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    And why is that then Stan the man

  • 81 jimmysmith // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I doubt Ashley could be bothered with the sort of shakeup that is needed at the club, much less prepared to fund it.

  • 82 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Never mind change the manager I wish you lot change the bloody record

  • 83 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:35 PM


    spot on mate

  • 84 stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    But you are a Swansea fan as well are,nt you.
    Not just a toon fan eh.

  • 85 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    All this relegation talk oh wait a minute we not down there are we

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Yep that’s right I support the 2 why that’s not against the law is it

  • 87 Harley // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Black and white

    Bloody hell your realistic ones were my fantasy ha ha!!

    I like your choices.

    My fantasy – Suarez, kompany and toure

    My realistic – Ba, welbeck and lescot

    I’d love lalana and lukaku but don’t think they’d see us as a step up at the minute but they’d be cracking signings if we could get them.

  • 88 jimmysmith // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    It would be great if Newcastle developed a great academy. That would be a logical most plosives outcome to all this. But it could so easily be pie in the sky stuff and for long suffering success starved Geordies at least another 5 probably ten years to really see results. Sad dose of reality, if that’s the case, and probably best case scenario.

  • 89 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Why do you ask stan

  • 90 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM


    you must go crazy when putting bets on for Newcastle against Swansea, I can only imagine you watching the game and go ” get in Newcastle scored and then get in Swansea scored ” this must be the perfect time for you mate ;)

  • 91 JP...from The Rock // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I would love to see this little magician sign for us as he’s in his prime and a rate him very highly. Though he will cost too much and won’t get any better. I think it’s a fabricated story but a player I would love to see here, if only we could get him for say 5M, not a chance though :/

    If Menez is available on a free then I would go for him as he’s also a very very good Frenchie and one that is younger than Valbuena and just as good.

    If he’s not a free transfer I would go for him anyway. Menez, Cabella, Ben Arfa and Gremier all in the same team and we would be in fire.

    Sadly I am dreaming as no one in the board at Newcastle has that sort of ambition :(

  • 92 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Black and White with an army lol
    March 29, 2014

    For me it’s a win win situation

  • 93 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM


    aye mate true, I guess this is why Football Manager and Fifa are Fantastic when there’s no game on lol ;)

  • 94 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Stan I’m still waiting for the answer

    Why do you want to know

  • 95 Black and White with an army lol // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM



  • 96 stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Only 1 team for me mate always was and always will be.
    I was born and bred in Newcastle and am proud of the tradition and history of my club.
    Not like these Spivs who are only here for the money they can rip out of the gullable among us 50,000 or so.

  • 97 usmagpie // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    HOT OF THE PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Newcastle have been linked with every French speaking player in the world, this includes Platini who is only just past 50 years old. If only we can get him, ( Tongue in cheek comment)

  • 98 Sav // Mar 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Look on the bright side, we dodged a bullet paying 12 million for LDJ last year. Its not looking too clever now, is it? Lets hope this summer’s ‘targets’ (ie. essentially free players) are a bit better than that. There’s as much chance of signing Valbuena as …but then, he’s not what we want either.

  • 99 Sazzer // Mar 30, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Not sure we can afford any good players from the other teams in Premiership.

    If you put yourself their shoes why would you come here?

    I think most of them feel that they can stay put and skip this the middle step since it can’t be that much different wages wise these days.

  • 100 south coast toon // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    we need goal scorers, this guy doesnt score many
    its a good job we had remy on loan,
    quality players who score goals cost money

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