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Newcastle Target Dumps Barcelona With Vital Goal

9:42 am, Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 166 Comments

Granada surprisingly beat Barcelona yesterday 1-0 at home in the Spanish league, and it was a goal from Newcastle attacking midfield target Yacine Brahimi, that won the game for Granada.

Yacine Brahimi celebrates scoring against Barcelona

Yacine Brahimi on left scores only goal of the game

Yacine Brahimi scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 16th minute yesterday, and this is the second successive defeat for Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid beat them 1-0 in the Champions League quarter final tie in mid-week, to win by an aggregate score of 2-1 and Atletico play Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Barcelona are now on 78 points and one point behind both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in a tightly contested Spanish League this season – Granada are in 13th position with 37 points.

Here’s some information on 24 year-old Brahimi, and he has been linked with a possible Newcastle move by the Spanish press.

Brahimi is a very good technical player, and would fit in well at Newcastle with our other French-speaking players, and he only moved from Rennes last summer to Grenada.

He started his career through various clubs in the Île-de-France region of Paris, and finally joined Rennes back in 2006, after attending the famous Clairefontaine academy for three years.

He went on loan to second division side Clermont and played 34 times with 8 goals for them in the 2009-2010 season.

While at Rennes he played a total of 51 games with 9 goals, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez is also keen on the Algerian in the summer.

Brahimi would cost around £3.5M – something even Newcastle can afford..

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


166 responses so far ↓

  • 1 the truth will out // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    giz a bag o tudur

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    What do you guys think it will take realistically for Mike NoNuts to sack Parsnip?

    …is there anything us fans can do to make it clear we want him removed? How can we hurt NoNuts the most?:

    - stay away from SJP?
    - don’t buy seasontickets?
    - not buying merchandise?
    - not going fo SD?
    - feed the media stories that are bad for business?
    - demonstrate?
    - have NUST and so forth involved?
    - not even watch the games on TV?

    What will it take and can it be done? I am game!

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Lets get this started shall we?

  • 4 the truth will out // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    lets get the party started

  • 5 Kamikaze Koala // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Well his value just went up and out of are league!!!

  • 6 Peter Beardsley // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    The 10 players that Pardew said were missing were:

    David Ginola, Faustino Asprilla, Gary Speed (god bless), Rob Lee, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Laurent Robert, Philippe Albert, Nolberto Solano, Les Ferdinand….and of course the MIGHTY Darren Peacock!

    We really missed these guys yesterday and you could see it in the performance.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM


    As long as fatty’s in charge his puppet is going knowhere mate

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    AC…I refuse to think we are powerless and all we can do is come on here and complain! I don’t buy that mate ;)

  • 9 lesh // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM


    C’mon, wakey wakey, was on the table where you left it last night.


  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    lesh…can we complain on there as well? ;)

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Feel free to add so ideas – we need to get this started!

  • 12 Patoon // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Started the game yesterday with Ameobi and Cisse up front, Cisse plays better when he has a to quality player like Ba doin all the donkey work, Cisse is not a target man, how Ameobi finished the game is beyond me, Gosling was out best player and he was took off, need 2 start the next game with Arma and Ben Arfa up front and spring Gouffran from the bench for a full half, long ball isn’t working, why not even try Ben Arfa, Arma and Remy up front with Tiote, Gosling and Sissoko in midfield with Anita at right back, any defence in the country is bound 2 b laughing seeing Ameobi and Cisse starting against them, my team for swansea would b

    Anita Mbiwa Williamson Haidara
    ——–Gosling Tiote Sissoko——-
    ——-BenArfa Arma Remy———-

  • 13 BuckLuck // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM


    Use all the energy on singing “Pardew out” for 90min. Make his life a living h3ll in those 90min. Maybe, just maybe Pardew break after a while, although he is so full of him self that I’m afraid he doesn’t.

    Ashley sack Pardew? Maybe if we loose every match until the season is over. It’s worth it in my eyes.

    Where we finish this season is just a result. It does nothing for us as a club in the future.
    A philosophy that can make us entertain and build a squad is what I want, and I’ll gladly loose som matches to get it.

  • 14 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    @ Jesper, get the Sunday Sun to donate a load of copies, so that fans can hold up the back page at the next game.

  • 15 daztoon // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Only Pardumb would change the formation to play with wingbacks when our two and only natural wingbacks are missing from the line up.

    The man is a genius

  • 16 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM


    Unfortunately 52,000 turn up every week, coupled with the fact that it would take fatty to have a cardiac arrest or sell there is no chance!

    Fatty’s the problem his puppet is merely the symptom and that’s not me defending parsnip because he is clearly out of his depth and I cannot stand the poor excuse of a manager

  • 17 anthc // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    It will be interesting to see how the season ticket sales are going. Im still waiting for another letter with a 30% sd flyer stuck to it.
    I’m really struggling to justify spending my hard earned green queens to watch that drivel. Although I usually love match days I find they spoil my weekend at the minute but it will kill me not to renew. But if needs must and pardew gets sacked before the deadline I may reconsider

  • 18 Patoon // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    the only time long ball has worked at NUFC is when we had Carroll and Nolan up front and Barton playing the ball in, can’t believe we’re stil trying it with Amanobody

  • 19 JAMSHA // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Pardew Sacked In My Dreams….. Hope b4 my Birthday On 10th nxt month his sacked along with M.A sellng the Club

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    AC…to me Pardew is not a symptome but a huge problem. I believe we can impact the outcome, but not by going to SJP every second week or by coming on here and only complain.

    We are pampered and spoiled and don’t want to put anything one the line – NoNuts knows that! We need to show him he has got it all wrong ;)

    I don’t buy Ruddy and your version of it all, but I respect your stand point and good luck with that mate!

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    BuckLuck/Cool Hand Luke…valid ideas mates – would prefer that was done at away games and that we didn’t go to SJP at all!

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    What other fanbase have forced the hands on its owner?

    …and can we learn anything from them?

  • 23 catchy in norway // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    pardew is only trying to prove the 5 in a row losses were no flukes, he wants to do it again, and maybe this time go for 6 or 7,

    only one in his way are the chronicle , journal,and sunday sun

    shame on them

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Lads you are not very talkative today!

    …are you all licking your wounds?

  • 25 BuckLuck // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Jesper @21

    I agree, although it’s easy for me to say that a boycott is a solution. I’m not a season ticket holder and I’m living in Oslo.
    I have cancelled my 4-5 yearly trips to Newcastle with my sons(they agree) though. Just out of principle.

    The last time we were at SJP in our 1-0 win against Fulham last season it was dead quiet. My 12 year old son asked why it was more quiet at SJP than in a norwegian Tippeliga mach with 10.000 attendance. “Pardew happened son”.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    BuckLuck…I agree it’s easier to give up season tickets when you are not even a ticket holder (that goes for me as well). But that may well be. It will always hurt some more than others.

  • 27 johnymac // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    As stupid as it sounds a proper petition stating how many supports want pardew out would add that little bit more pressure on the man and that coupled with chants and media coverage would be too much for anyone to cope with. Ashley wont sack him so make him walk. Even knobs like pardumb can only take so much!!!!

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    The problem is here if those who are going to hurt don’t really want to hurt. Then is is up hill. I am already:

    1) not buying tickets, nor season tickets
    2) I don’t buy merchingdise
    3) I don’t even watch the games on TV
    4) I am willing to sign any partition removing Parsnip as manager
    5) I am even contemplating joining NUST or some other fanbase group who work towards the goal I think is right.
    6) I have even toyed with the idea of writing article about it.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    *partition = petition

  • 30 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM


    The use of 3 centre backs was a good idea particularly against Stoke, but the choice of players was questionable. I would not say the formation was a ‘shambles’ as others have said, as it worked sufficiently to withstand Stoke from dominating the game and with some development could offer something for the future. However, it looked like Anita was being asked to play in two places at once, so he could pass to himself up the wing. There was a definite lack of width, the two up front played into their strengths plus allowed their full backs to bomb forward and score their goal. At least when we did attack there were a number of players in the box, which has not always been the case and with more quality could have got a result.

    It was dissappointing to see Gouffran almost disappear on the pitch, I wondered why he was being asked to play in midfield and why Gosling was more often seen further forward. Also Dummett who does not lack energy and a good touch, tried his best to provide attacking width but it was obvious to anyone Haidarra would have been more suited to the role required. The lack of a goal raises questions about the front pair, but I would say it was more due to a lack of supply which they also did little to contribute to. Having gone to the match expecting a heavy defeat, I was not disappointed in the team but underwhelmed and thankful Stoke were equally apoplectic.

  • 31 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    apoplectic = apathetic DOHH!!!

  • 32 Blofal // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Jesper the only way to do this properly is with the support of the papers.

    If the NUST or another group organises a boycott you need the papers to double the pressure and put the word out. I have a feeling Pardew is on his way out anyway but we will need the papers to give MA the flick in a Lazio style snub.

    Maybe we should invite Freddy back but on the clause that any great financial blunder is covered by his estate :)

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Blofal…I agree and I did bring that point up in post 2 :)

  • 34 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM


    naw – it is apoplexy on here and a fair bit of apathy

  • 35 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    In the first half I was a little disappointed in the lack of support being vocalised towards the players in the hope of boosting their performance. Having witnessed the moral boosting pre-match singing, the solidarity was initially overshadowed by the expectation of defeat until coming back in calls for HBA and “Pardew out!”

    The majority of fans will always return to watch the team out of loyatly, but in the conversations I had their is definite dwindling in pride due to the ‘cheapening’ of the club under Ashley. From the lower quality of the shirts, to the players and manager.

    IMO the Fans Forum needs to be seriously questioning these issues and not just accepting ‘white wash’ answers without any out cry. A signal of no faith from this carefully selected forum would be a major irritation along with any other direct action that can be used to show fans discontent.

  • 36 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    yo-yo @34 – I would go along with that.

  • 37 Barton // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Pardew are you Man ? ,have you a bit meat n 2 veg dangling down there ? Take some bloody responsibility,stop blaming the press,lord lucan and bloody Elvis, its your team,your tactics,your bloody Responsibility………Grow a pair and F£%cking do one

  • 38 toon kk // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    People must boycott SJP for at least one game, I understand that most have season tickets and want there money’s worth but if people want press coverage and send out a massive message it’s the only way. Nothing will ever change by just complaining.

  • 39 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM


    The use of 3 centre backs was a good idea particularly against Stoke, but the choice of players was questionable…….in the team as a whole.

  • 40 Slank // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM


    Taking your points one by one:

    - stay away from SJP? :- Visually very effective but only if the vast majority stay away but if they have already paid for their season tickets then they may be the loosers not Ashley. It would require a considerable amount of organisation and todate that hasn’t happened although no reason, other than below, why not.

    - don’t buy season-tickets :- The complete opposite of the above. Season tickets are not the major revenue stream anymore.

    - not buying merchandise? :- Probably will have little or no impact as it’s a small revenue stream.

    - not going fo SD? :- Probably will have little or no impact as SD has the market share in the UK with customers throughout the UK and Europe who couldn’t give two hoots about Newcastle United.

    - feed the media stories that are bad for business? :- Disgruntled Newcastle fans, unless they are shareholders in SD, have little or no influence. Why try to punish the employees of SD? What have they done to feel that their jobs are at stake because of some disgruntled Geordies?

    - demonstrate? :- It’s been tried before and failed. It will fail again as there are too few people willing to demonstrate and therefore a significant impact would not attract the wider media. Also the wider media want ‘headlines’ and not yet another demonstration by a small group of disgruntled Geordies outside SJP which is packed to the raffters.

    - have NUST and so forth involved? :- They are well meaning and like to blow their own trumpet but have a negliable impact on the club and probably zero impact with the owners.

    - not even watch the games on TV? :- That will shake the world of football, not.

    It would take an unprecended seismic shift for the 50,000 fans to abandon SJP for a prolonged period as a one off demonstration would be news but a lengthy period would be damaging. However, the downside is that Ashley could rightly claim that the club is no longer a viable concern and therefore close it down.

  • 41 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Listening to Martinez talking football and attacking avenues and the need for creativity on Goals on Sunday is a different world to Pardew The Terrible.

  • 42 AaranD // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Martinez hitting the nail on the head right now on Goals on Sunday, so much respect for the guy.

  • 43 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Slank, you are completely correct, but the financial damage is not what I think the aims of demonstration should be. Ashley is never going to be destitute so demonstrations need to focus on making a laughing stock of him, all the suggestions so far would to some extent hurt his pride.

  • 44 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Teflon Pardew, the clunking fist of the premier league, has signed his resignation letter by attacking the media, his position is now untenable.

  • 45 stuart no9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    go on to the sunday sun website and answer the 3 questions on the pardsometer. it askes you if you are happy with the regime , then this reflects on the pardsometer. —- its a start.!

  • 46 RUNAWAY777 // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Season ticket holders don’t want to stay away from matches but sit through hell all being mugged PMSL

  • 47 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Pardews showing all the signs of losing the plot, rambling blaming others for his failings the end is near.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Looking back sometimes clarifies things in the present. We’ve heard the latest idiotic rave from Professor Paranoia, aka Ned the Narcissist, or more commonly known as Percy Parsnip in blaming the North East Press for problems at the club.
    The historic event I initially referred to was the boarding up of the training ground -nearly a couple of years ago – Percy had declared that his team selection and tactics were being identified by those observing training -hence the ground was boarded up. With the passage of time and the weekly excuses by Percy -always blaming others and not accepting blame himself – it reveals that the ground boarding up saga is yet another example of Percys’ personality problems -he ticks all the boxes for being a narcissist. ( Narcissus – from Greek mythology -was a person who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water).
    When you look at all the traits of being a narcissist Percy ticks all the boxes, as such -there is no way that Percy will throw the towel in at SJP. He will have to be sacked.

  • 49 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM


    Hope so! if he doesn’t get sacked in May he will never get sacked.

  • 50 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Southampton Beat us 4-0 (could have been 10)

    Anyone know what happen to them yesterday at home?

  • 51 stuart no9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    slank @ 40 ———so what do you suggest then ?? jeez talk about pessimistic with a doom and gloom attitude. so as far as you are concerned there is nothing we can do.?????so thats it then , the end of the world is nigh !

  • 52 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Pardew will go without doubt, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of his management at NUFC.

  • 53 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I actually think it would only take a drop of 25,000 for one game at SJP to make the point that punter power ought not be ignored.
    People like Mash hate bad publicity. It does affect business confidence and therefore his other activities.
    The first thing you do with bad publicity is try to suppress it – which is why the local press are losing out – the classic is to ‘shoot the messenger’ first then the very last thing you do is something to tackle the root problem. Inertia rules.
    Honestly if anyone can orchestrate even a 50% boycott for one game then they will sit up and take notice – because the fear will be if it can be done once then the paying punters can do a lot more to damger the business – which is the only thing he is interested in, apart from personal reputation and ego.
    The smallest drop in attendance that might get a response would be say 10,000. imo

  • 54 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    * damage

  • 55 LeedsMag // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Just back to the blog headline – can we please stop speculative links with all sorts of players – its a complete irrelevance as there is no plan regarding recruitment – other than last minute bargain basements and loan deals
    What happens if we finish below 10th – which,I believe is possible – Pardews target

  • 56 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Season ticket renewal boycotts can also be powerful tools.
    Dave King is trying to take over at Rangers (not Mash) and he is asking the fans not to renew their season tickets – gives him much more negotiating power

  • 57 toon kk // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    there’s a lot of truth in everything you say,
    Most want change but are just happy turning up supporting the team and keep hoping for that win. Once they’ve paid Mash for their season ticket they want there money’s worth.

    Mash knows the club has a large fan base so he runs it how he likes, as long as he’s getting there money which he always will.

    Imo the only way is to boycott one game that would send out a massive message world wide but it would never happen so there’s nothing we can do apart from a few banners and hope things change one day.

  • 58 Slank // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Cool Hand Luke

    One of the major problems some of the fans have with Ashley is that they believe, because he owns the club, that he therefore must share the same avid interest in the club as they have.

    And therefore actions by the fans is going to distract him somehow from acquiring all or a major stake in The House of Fraser, Debenhams, Rangers Football Club and I’m sure other schemes that we and the smart suits in the City don’t know about.

    Why should he be concerned? The club is safe from relegation, the team have reached their target, it’s now financially secure and the ground is always full.

    If the manager is replaced it is because he has decided and not because the fans want the manager to go. He has wrong footed so many clever and well informed people before and walked over so many people that he isn’t going to be pushed over.

  • 59 Sav // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Ben Arfa substitution called for from 20 minutes in yesterday did a heap of good. Were we surprised? The Mashley policy of make-do, borrow and sell on for profit is really biting now. Frankly, I don’t see what the manager- any manager – can do about it. You can’t polish a turd. We have one or two decent players, albeit demoralised after a tough season in many ways and the knowledge that, like Cabaye, all are ‘for sale’ if the right offer comes in. But I’m fairly sure the muppets with the bedsheets haven’t a clue what to do between now and May. You can’t deliver a Churchillian speech every week without results on the pitch. There may be 11 players but it is clear now that Cabaye was ‘key’ and without him, we are a like a marionette with no strings.

    By the way, can anyone tell me which genius manager would come here and transform this club while Monster Mash still holds the keys?

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    The first thing I asked when I got off the plane this morning was yesterdays result, when I heard it was 1-0 my first thoughts were, that’s not to bad, then I had a rain check, if our first thoughts are being happy with damage limitation, how far have we slid.

  • 61 stuart no9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    yo-yo- @53 the most sensible post you have written on this blog , lol

  • 62 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    @59 It’s idiots like you that allows rubbish like Pardew to ruin the club. Hopefully he’s gone along with all the dross clogging the squad up. Pardew has proved beyond doubt that he’s out of his depth rather like yourself and the guff you post.

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I get the feeling people on here either don’t want to put something on the line or are just plain negative about any change? It can’t be done; it won’t make any difference and so on and on…

    …some of you sound like my 3 year old son ;)

  • 64 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    @60 get on the first thing you said is where am I.

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Who are the muppets with the bed sheets ?

  • 66 Slank // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM


    I didn’t say ‘doom and gloom’. I pointed out that if all the 50,000 fans stayed away for a number of games (one is no good) and they never bought their season tickets than that would have an impact.

    Now whether that would have such an impact that Ashley would react positively is arguable because Ashley has shown time and time again that he is a very ruthless operator and has outsmarted so many people in the past as he is a maverick and is very hard to second guess. There are lots of bodies in his wake. I suspect he wouldn’t loose any sleep if he killed off the club which is something he is quite capable of doing.

  • 67 catchy in norway // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    now with the season spluttering to an end,
    what do the fans that go to the match have to lose ?
    we don’t look good to watch
    we don’t look like we can score
    we don’t look like we can win,

    so what would they miss ?

  • 68 MosesNUFC // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM


  • 69 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Anyway, on a lighter note

    Remy, yes the same remy who parsnip can’t wait to get back who isn’t our player and isn’t staying, is in talks with several clubs about a summer move.

    No big shock there then, but I believe it shows a total lack of respect for NUFC, he clearly doesn’t have any interest in signing for us so why the fcuk play him? Give someone else a chance instead of helping HIM get a place in the French squad, what have we to lose? We’re already on a abysmal run with no goals and to be honest what harm could it do playing Armstrong?

    If we lose, so what? We’ve got nothing to play for and who’s even arsed anymore when we do lose? The passion and love for NUFC has been systematically ripped from us ever since fatty has been in charge!

    Sorry rant over

  • 70 wolfshead@toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    i cant understand why people are still shouting for pards to be sacked fattys policy is clear if we are near the bottom 3 players will be bought if we are near the top four players will be sold – with a decent market value that is although we have virtually run out of those and if by some miracle fatty bowed to public opinion the cost of sacking pards and hiring a new manager will take up the summers miserly budget so the new man will be a cheap option brought in to ‘do a job’ i.e someone desperate to get work so expect to see the players running around the pitch anti-clockwise

  • 71 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Sav a muppet with a keyboard!

  • 72 catchy in norway // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM


    them muppets are getting there message out

    where is you message
    ohh yeh, on your post it note

    that was 3 different groups that where at least doing something , and pardew noticed

  • 73 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Sav can now join tskunki jail wolfshead manxpie as the blog numpties.

  • 74 bobby mango // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Why would any player want to join us? We’re a f’ing joke

  • 75 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Has Alan Pardew ever gone to other clubs to scout our opponents in coming weeks?

  • 76 wolfshead@toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    the little drummer boy of the pards out army your two line posts of stating the bleeding obvious or recycling other posters comments are becoming brentesque in their cringe worthiness well done son :-)

  • 77 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Pardew doesn’t know the meaning of preparation he’s a complete Chancer who has been found out.

  • 78 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Palace are now only 9 points behind us.

    Since pulis took charge they have conceded only 18 goals!

  • 79 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Wolfshead from the guy with a shlong,Gold!

  • 80 Slank // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Yo-yo @ 53

    ‘People like Mash hate bad publicity. It does affect business confidence and therefore his other activities.’

    Not our Mike I’m afraid. He has always had bad publicity, especially from The City, and has not only survived but he and SD have thrived.

    Do you honestly think disgruntled Newcastle fans will influence people in other parts of the UK and in Europe to reconsider whether they should buy from Sports Direct, House of Fraser or Debenhams. I don’t think so.

    If Sports Direct was based and operated solely in the North East it probably would have an impact but it is an international operation. Would the wives and girl friends boycott House of Fraser and Debenhams because their menfolk dislike Ashley? Some might, but I guess the overwhelming majority wont.

  • 81 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Gosling covered more ground and created more goal scoring opportunities than anybody else, yet Teflon subbed him.

  • 82 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Since January 1st NUFC have scored only 9 goals the worst in the premier league in the last five games conceded 12 goals.

  • 83 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    The crazy thing is that Ed is posting end of season threads with titles like:

    “Newcastle target…..” as if we are going to sign any of these fariytale players

    But in the comments section the only Newcastle target is Pardew :)

  • 84 yo-yo // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM


    So we can add Pulis to your short list of new managers ?

  • 85 Mister Tuff // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I did not have any idea what a schlong was and had to checked it out using the online urban dictionary. the definition was :-
    “A penis which is a fairly good length”.
    Wolfshead my good man —-Respect.
    Guvnor – how did you come by this information.

  • 86 Toon Tang // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    more looking forward to this man shitty game today than the last half seasons worth of toon games. Merciless times

  • 87 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    He bragged about it so really he’s hung like a hamster.

  • 88 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM


    Just saying even if we don’t have all the attacking players. we must make ourselves difficult to beat.

    Which pardew can’t.

    We are shipping goals.

    As bad as our defence surely it must be better than Palace’s

  • 89 Novocastrian66 // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Pardew has to go. The bloke is an embarrassment, he has lost the players and the supporters.

  • 90 Ian Toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    BandB- Like many I feel little pleasure in my support of the toon at present. Having fast forward read the posts pre and post match I see that many are seeking self comfort by stomping on fellow bloggers in order to feel better about themselves.

    Torn between, never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you AND
    Fair words butter no parsnips – I decided to give my public display of private grief.

    You offered a peace offering in the form of your Chuck line which most of the more advanced types of humanity would have seized upon in a desire to create and restore order( This Mr Tuff is whether on a football blog or in the real world). It’s the less advanced who seek to smash everybody else’s carefully built house of cards down.

    What followed which was perceived as a potential mountain out of a molehill became a clear case of cold calculated manipulation, impulse control issues, emotional immaturity, glibness, lack of empathy etc. It is not a sign of weakness to admit your wrong and say sorry- in my opinion.

    Whilst you could argue that I am merely looking to make trouble by fanning the flames I don’t go along with what can’t be cured has to be endured. As you frequently state does anything said on here change opinions or the mindset – maybe not but some things are worth saying. In my opinion.

  • 91 wolfshead@toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM


    unfortunately i dont i lied in order to illustrate a point that people can type things online which arent necessarily true

    so where do i start in my apologies for another faux pas? lol

  • 92 mecannylad // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Pardew is ‘on the ropes’
    We can knock him clean out next Saturday with some well directed good old fashioned negative/vitriolic Geordie chanting.
    Let’s go for it boys.

  • 93 Tayls // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I call boycott, clearly the team feels the seasons over so why are we still turning up??

  • 94 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    There you have it Mr Tuff, hammy has been exposed!

  • 95 wolfshead@toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM


    grief ? has someone died? my condolences

  • 96 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Alan Pardew played from 1980 -1998

    Played in a 442

    That’s why he can’t think of another formation. He bleats same stuff what his managers told him at lower leagues, which certainly does not work in Modern day PL.

    He is a manager who plays players whom he can Boss or shout at, a la Sammy, dummet saylor or shola.

    He has fallen out of favor with many french players, yet worse offenders like Colo have gotten away. Why? because Pardew can.

    Does pardew even have a philosophy? 4 days working on defence 4 goals conceded.

    Same set piece every single time. Well it must be a superstition as the first goal under his reign was like that. Barton-Carroll-Nolan against Liverpool.

    If Pardew starts Next season as Manager we Will get relegated.

  • 97 wolfshead@toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    im off to the pub why dont you go play on your bmx till your mam calls you in for dinner :-)

  • 98 guvnor // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Ok wolfshead have a shandy to calm your nerve.

  • 99 Mister Tuff // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Ian Toon @89 – can you run that post past me again so I have an idea as to what the hell you are talking about.
    Please include any details of your post match chat with Parsnip ( that’s the manager and not the buttered variety).

  • 100 Rotonda heights // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Chant of the day at Stoke

    ” it’s never your fault, it’s never your fault, Alan Pardew it’s never your fault”

  • 101 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Rotonda heights

    I couldn’t get this one off the ground but it could probably now do with revising:

    Don’t blame it on Cisse
    Don’t blame it on Benny
    Don’t blame it on Marveaux
    Blame it on Pardew.

  • 102 BandB // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Ian Toon,

    Sorry to have had a gratuitous jibe at you.
    You come onto the blog to snigger about how you have lurked around unseen and unknown by Jail For Ashley and MacToon, teasing them that you knew them but they didn’t know you. Do you not see that this kind of Creeping Jesus behaviour, for which you have a reputation way beyond me, invites the type of comparison I made? Even yesterday, you could not ingratiate yourself with Lil without taking a swipe at “posters with agendas”.
    You yourself have an agenda. It is a mile wide and constructed out of what your imagination will run too.
    Most of us do. It is opinion. Not treason.

  • 103 Ian Toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Himanshu- we have played 4-2-3-1 against:
    Villa, Everton,Liverpool, Stoke, Arsenal,WBA, Man City, W.Ham, Norwich, Sunderland, Chelsea, Spurs , Southampton and ManU.

  • 104 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Well reasoned article:

  • 105 Ian Toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Mr Tuff- Not speaking to the fans – conveyed by Carver.

    BandB – jail just does not recall the context of our meeting. Or maybe he does and does not want to admit it publicly. Rob- is well known as being Rob I am told by others. Always popping up in defence of others but not having his own identity. A little like parents at the school gate being parents of the children. I confess to not having an interest beyond making an observation.

  • 106 roblee7 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    jesper – I don’t underastand what is so complicated about a protest. I’m a big fan of every fan bringing a toilet roll to hurl on the pitch! Its cheap and anyone could afford to bring a loo roll. PLUS, is loo roll not quite an appropriate method of protest given the performances of late? Would speak volumes IMO! on the other hand, white handkerchiefs like Madrid would send a clear message, although bit of an old school item, I’d guess a lot of fans would have to visit M & S or something to buy one, far more expensive than the old bog roll! :)

  • 107 BandB // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM


    Thanks for clearing that up. Have a good day.

  • 108 Rotonda heights // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM


    The guy is such a narcissistic egomaniac it probably wouldn’t even register

  • 109 roblee7 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    i think if put out an article to promote an idea like that there’d at least be a few thousand who would participate, given that I would guess it is the most popular NUFC site after ( sorry Ed!)

  • 110 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    An article on Linked in about Alan Pardew

  • 111 Ancientcoptic // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    ^ For anybody needing a good HD link to watch the Liverpool – Man City game.

    I am supporting City today, if Liverpool win the league, we will never hear the end of it.

  • 112 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Ian Toon @103 – Still he is not a dynamic and adaptive manager in the sense that he can create a system of play that allows players to flourish in positions that suits their natural talents. How is it that defensive players are allowed the opportunity to reach match fitness whilst attackers are continually undermined and judged on their defensive contribution?

    Admittedly with the first touch HBA had yesterday he gave the ball away and the whole team had to track back to retrieve it in our own half. But we both know HBA is a liability to himself.

  • 113 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    “The local Press up in the North East has been damaging for us. They have come for us. They have been banned from the stadium, that has been reflected in the fans.”

    What is being reflected Alan is that we are all fed up and sick of the BS and general way we are being run………………..but whatever you do, don’t allow the truth to get in the way of your pathetic excuses and usual attempts to blame everything and everyone for your failings and those of Mike Ashley

  • 114 70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Himanshu Dhingra @110

    I would say that describes Mike Ashley, hence no apology for hiring the Joeker as DOF (or even admitting hiring him in the first place).

  • 115 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I wish pardew do us all a favour and just leave I don’t know who’s the most annoying him or manxpie

  • 116 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM


    manxpie is only annoying because he’s ALWAYS right and the rest of us all always wrong ;)

  • 117 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Well folks it looks like it’s going to be Liverpool this season, and to be honest they deserve it.

  • 118 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Good afternoon Jack Butler I’m glad that you are back on this blog

  • 119 Ancientcoptic // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    It is early days yet, Welsh.

    Once City get into their flow, they should be good for a few goals. (Hoping so anyway)

  • 120 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM


    Afternoon mate, it’s nice to be back :D

    How’s things???

  • 121 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    It’s managers like Brendan Rodgers that would do a brilliant job with our players like Ben Arfa and marveaux, like he’s doing with saurez, sterling and sturridge

  • 122 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I’m alright Jack Butler thanks for asking

  • 123 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Sterling is absolutely killing Man Citeh
    Great game

  • 124 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    A little bit of ambition and the right manager at the helm goes a long, long way

  • 125 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Yet again you feel the need to qualify your own opinion IanToon by referencing others and funnily enough if you don’t have others to refer to you make them up. You are one mixed up individual. As you’ve stated you do not know me and as asked previously, do not use a non-blog names here, thanks. Afterall Ed is only a short e-mail away.

  • 126 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Without Ya-Ya City are average, expect Liverpool to run away with this now

  • 127 Ancientcoptic // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Can you imagine Sterling playing under Pardew?

    Starting on the bench and having the life trained out of him – doing 4 days training a week learning how to track back.

  • 128 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    roblee…like I said earlier I would prefer we didn’t go to SJP at all. But it could work when we are playing away from home ;)

    …from what I gave gathered about NoNuts he doesn’t like to get involved and he doesn’t like to be hands on at Newcastle. I think we need to force him to be so if we want him to leave eventually :)

  • 129 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    JB @ 116…that will be the day mate ;) lol

  • 130 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM


    Good afternoon my friend

    Manxpie is always right, you only have to come on here after the game and he’ll tell you, me and everyone else that disagree’s with him that we know nothing that that he is the font of all knowledge and the rest of us are clueless :D peasants

  • 131 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I work with a few Liverpool supporters and I used to wind them up because I would all ways say without Gerrard and Suarez they not very good but this season I hold my hands up Brendan Rodgers without shadow of a doubt has been excellent this season.

    They are the new champions

  • 132 BandB // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Those folks at Liverpool need to get real.
    Isn’t the sensible way to break into the top four to steadily lower for finishing target season after season?
    Clearly, it only LOOKS like they are succeeding and we are failing.

  • 133 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Looks like Liverpool are well in the title challenge!

  • 134 roblee7 // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    jesper…i agree. Ideally fans would just abandon one game entirely. Imagine last home game of the season (Cardiff i think?) if the ground was empty? Ashley would be livid. However, i also think something like the white tissues or bog roll would be enough to send a clear message of discontent as there’s a lot of fans who simply won’t abandon any match as they’ve been going so long its literally a huge part of their life, no matter how good the team is

  • 135 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    How can any club spend billions and STILL have Martín Demichelis in their squad??????????

  • 136 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    JB…nice to see you back mate :)

    …well he keeps telling the same and he always turns everything in to a potential argument – I merely come on post match these days. How have you been?

  • 137 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM


    I’ve been good mate thanks, tied up with work while battling my disillusionment with this club :(

  • 138 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    roblee…I think NoNuts knows that which makes it all difficult. But I am all for action in stead of just talk! Can it be done? How do we set this in motion?

    …personally I still think if the majority of fans are not willing to give up something for the greater good – if we are that pampered and spoiled – then nothing will really change :)

  • 139 BandB // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Is this the same Liverpool that finished three places and 12 points behind us less than two years ago?
    What are they playing at?
    These things take years. Years and years and years of steady “building.” It must do. I keep reading it on this blog. Even now.
    They have forgotten to lay their foundations. Yeah, that’s it! No patience. What rotten fans.
    I bet those fans wish they had Ashley and Pardew to put them right.

  • 140 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    JB…yeah it is not fun these days is it?.

    …it has been hell in here with people turning on each other – I haven’t even been watching games since January :(

  • 141 Big B // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    anyone have a link for Liverpool game

  • 142 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    How much did Liverpool pay for sturridge I wish we had him.

    I’m sure he was one of our targets before he joined Liverpool

  • 143 welshgeordie9 // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Try sky sports 1

  • 144 Ancientcoptic // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    This is about the best quality I can find, but it isn’t in English.

  • 145 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM


  • 146 Ancientcoptic // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM


  • 147 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM


    No mate, it’s no fun at all………………..sad thing is I honestly think next season will be much, much worse as we are only going in one direction and thats backwards

  • 148 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    First time commenting after yesterdays shocker

    The 3 5 2 idea could actually work if Pardew knew what he was doing!! Santon and Haidara should have been the wingbacks

    Gosling , Anita and Tiote would actually be good in the middle and Gouffran and Cisse up front

    It ended up being 6 or 7 at the back the whole game it was Stoke we were playing not Bayern Munich!!!

    The sooner Pardew goes the better but its not going to happen if the fans keep going every week to games they have to make a statement even just for one game people say it wont work well everything else that has been tried has not worked so might as well try something new

    Watching Liverpool makes me sick they play with the swagger that we used to do under Keegan the first time except they might actually win something we will never play like that with Pardew in charge even if he is in charge for the next 20 years its not good enough

  • 149 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

  • 150 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

  • 151 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Santon…if you play with wingbacks are you not basically playing 5-3-2?

  • 152 Ian Toon // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    70TWO // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM
    Pardew really is drowning not waving. He certainly played a side to contain. I didn’t enjoy the trip because there were a number of our fans looking to make trouble – it was an assisted away trip. Pardew is looking increasingly lost tactically and Gouffran needs a rest. Problem is we do have a small squad and HBA is more of a liability than most of our fans would ever admit. He isn’t a panacea for a lack of creativity. Gosling worked hard and should be persevered with Anita needs to be lifted out of his comfort Zone.

    Mactoon – you are plain boring – never adding to anything of remote interest. In my opinion. I only mentioned you because I was prompted to clarify a point concerning you. I repeat you are an appendage.

  • 153 toon kk // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Wish we could play half as well as Liverpool. Sad thing is Mash doesn’t understand a change of manager would help.
    trouble is if we had Liverpools squad MA would have a field day putting them on the market.

    Forget ambition at NUFC it will Never exist under Mash.

  • 154 Transfer Sage // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    We need a manager like brendan rogers, somebody who wants to play attacking football and knows how to do it. Even if not challenging for titles/cups it still sends fans home happy having seen there side play with attacking intent, it’s entertainment.

    Currently Pardew basically says we cannot score without Remy, mainly due to his total ineptitude in setting up a team….the man must go, especially regarding his recent comments blaming the media.

    Unfortunately I don’t think ashley cares how we play at all, just that we sit safely around mid table, which pardew will probably continue to deliver providing he has the players to score the individual goals again.

    It’s a real travesty the way the club is going at the moment, the longer this stagnation goes on the more and more young kids will be looking elsewhere for teams to follow, man utd, man city, liverpool, arsenal etc etc.

  • 155 Transfer Sage // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    The formation is ultimately a non-issue, it doesn’t really matter.

    You can play 541, 442, 433, 4231…anything you like, its the style, tempo, intent, etc that you play with.

    Can have as many attacking players as you like but if they don’t have a license to get forward in numbers, if they don’t work together in both attack and defense and if players don’t follow the defensive responsibilities to fill in gaps all around the pitch then you will never score goals and always concede them….very much like we do now.

  • 156 Malta Mag // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    What a load of utter crap! Stay away from SJP, don’t buy the merchandise etc? Only a part time supporter would even consider that. If there is to be a consertive effort to oust the manager/owner then turn up in your numbers and at a certain time, say on 9 minutes everyone stand up and turn your back on the action for 2 minutes. Or how about staying away from the ground till 5 minutes after kick off then causing mayhem by entering late? It would have the desired effect without effecting t he clubs reputation for its loyal support. I for one am proud of the fact that we have average gates of over 50,000 and a boycott simply makes us look like fair weather fans.
    On the same note I’d like to give credit to the 2,900 fans yesterday whose support, regardless of its theme was fantastic and in total contrast to the support of late at the home games which has been embarrassing. Well done lads and lasses? Our loyal support is all we have left……….

  • 157 Rotonda heights // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Band B

    Stability is great if you start with the right people in situ in the first place.

    Keeping failing or unqualified people in a position on the back of just one good season in the name of stability just breeds complacency and ultimately we have regressed spectacularly with someone who patently just ” does not have the goods”.

    Brendan Rodgers’ type of football was always going to pay off given time and though it pains me to say it Liverpool are a great watch.

  • 158 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Success breeds stability but you can only have either of them if the right people are involved

  • 159 Rotonda heights // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Malta mag

    You miss the point. Seeing a half empty stadium would show a far more potent message and statement of intent than just about anything else.

    All Ash cares about is the bottom line, ie bums on seats. No one is saying it has to be long term. 1/2 matches max would be enough to concentrate the fat controller’s mind.

  • 160 JackButler // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Malta Mag

    do you think that Ashley is worried about fans turning their back’s or chanting about him or Pardew???

    the only thing Ashley understands is money and bad publicity and an empty SJP would hit him on both points

  • 161 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I know you responded to an inquiry Ian Toon and thanks to B&B for that but you are continuing to push, I’m sure Ed is sick of hearing your name tbh.
    You lie on a constant basis and I hate being associated with such a devious, mixed up individual and compulsive liar . You confess to not having an interest beyond making an observation yet you found it neccesary to seek answers from the Toon Army. As If!
    I repeat you are a devious, mixed up individual and compulsive liar.

  • 162 Transfer Sage // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    A boycott will never work as you simply won’t get enough people staying away to have an impact…it just doesn’t happen, not for any cub.

    Vocal protests before, during and after the game as well as other creative ideas is the way to go.

    Personally I don’t think it will bother ashley, I think he will go in his own time…but what we have seen from the fat man is that when he get’s put under pressure he will make a change to take the heat off himself and calm us fans down.

    He’s done it with sacking kinnear and he may well do it with Pardew…whether it helps us much or not is another issue as nobody with sense makes appointments at the club, but the quality if the football can’t get much worse.

  • 163 Rotonda heights // Apr 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    mactoon @ 161

    who are we talking about ian Toon or Pardew?

  • 164 Mike's Iron Curtain // Apr 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    All this club needs is a modern manager and backroom staff. A total overhaul. No use investing in youth facilities if you don’t have the coaches to instil a culture and style in them. It’s as crucial, if not more so, than the eleven players on the pitch.

    I’m sure MA realises that he’s paying players that values will have significantly lessened over the last few months, because they’ve had their talent strangled, are uninspired and inhibited. If they play attractive football, their values will rise again, we’ll win more games, those we don’t, the fans at least will be entertained which is the bare minimum we ask.

    MA should really be asking himself the question, what’s 4-5m on a top manager and staff a season, when that manager will promote a style of play that will allow the players to express themselves and become more attractive to other clubs, raising their price, not to mention the prospect of placing better in the league and cups.

    Get this sorted now and give the new man the £50m+ we should have sloshing around to begin shaping the new look Newcastle.

    Or is MA just hell bent on shrinking the size and profile of this club, whilst making a comfortable profit?

  • 165 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Rotonda heights :-) I refer to mensa man of course.

  • 166 thepict // Apr 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Jesper very easy to talk about not attending games when you live abroad.

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