Some Good News For Newcastle Fans

Yes, it’s hard to find any good news about Newcastle United at the moment, but there was some on Saturday, as young Adam Armstrong had a good game when he came on in the second half as a sub, and the Chronicle are reporting today the 17 year-old local lad, who has great potential, could start his first game for the club against Swansea.

adam armstrong shoots over the bar

Adam Armstrong in action on his debut at Fulham

Lee Ryder is reporting that news today, and that Alan Pardew has been  impressed with the lad from Chapel House estate.

In fact the two best players in our Man of the Match poll for Newcastle on Saturday were Dan Gosling and Adam, and it could be that the manager relies on more local lads in the side, as he did last Saturday at Stoke.

And it was interesting that it was the local players – Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett – who made themselves available for interviews after the game, which was another defeat and mediocre display (at best) from the team.

The fans would love to see young Adam get a game on Saturday, and we hope he starts, as the manager keeps saying he gave debuts to young outstanding players before he arrived at Newcastle.

With Adam Armstrong looking to be one of our very best youngsters on board at Newcastle at the moment, Pardew could do a lot worse than giving the lad a start – and Armstrong also provides some creativity to the side, and he’s a goal-scoring threat too.

And if they are good enough – they are old enough – it would be great to see young Adam start on Saturday afternoon.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    no disrespect to the kid by all means but , is that the best news we have ?????

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Stuart…The best news I can think of is that the season is almost over.

    Sun and laughter on a summer holiday….

    All together now…


    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    best news would be parfewd sacked n ma sellng the club

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    ibizatoon — yep bang on kid— holly wolly woos ,- could be an early one to your wonderful island this year .

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Stuart..Did you book that Es Cana trip? The sun is already out and waiting!

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Mighty moussa has tweeted “back soon” with a picture of him in the gym! Hopefully it’s very soon my dear beast

  • dannyhunt

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    v interesting impromptu interview with rob elliot, what do you think?

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    ibiza—no didnt in the end . It was a good deal but we thought it was too early , not sure if the weather would be good enough, and i think you said it maybe a bit quiet . No doubt it is a lovely place , but if we are going back , i would prefer a bit later on and to go back to our normal hotel ( bergantine) on San Ann Bay.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    What makes everyone think Ashley will bring in another yes man. His four choices so far have been Keegan, Shearer, Kinnear, Hughton , and Pardew.

    Kinnear takes no shit from anyone, Keegan is his own man, and so is Shearer. That’s three people who are the least ‘yes-man’ types in the game.

    So that leaves 2 yes men out of 5 appointments, and he never really choose Hughton. And he sacked Hughton because he was too soft or too much of a yes man.

    This myth is as stupid as the Pardew gambling debts. Why the hell would Ashley (the tightest man around) lend a league 1 manager he barely knew £14m to lose.

  • Graeme

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Playing Adam isnt really the problem, good luck to the kid.
    The problem is where and how Pardew chooses to play him. If its out on the wing again, then its a complete waste of his talent, surely?

    The kid is an up and coming striker, therefore he HAS to be played as a striker if he’s going to play. Hopefully, players who have no interest in being at SJP or are well past their “sell by” date (Bambi, Remy) can be dropped to make way for “The Future”

    Surely Pardew can see it – he is. allegedly, a Professional Manager!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s easter vacation here in Denmark – I am staying home and watching Peter Pan with Villads 😀

    …now that’s good news!

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart…I know the Bergantine well, I manage a couple of properties just down the road, towards Port Des Torrent beach.

    Early season can be hit and miss with regards to weather, so probably a safe call.

    The next Mike…There is some mileage to your point, other than Pardew (the yes man) has managed to last longer in this job than all of the others you mention…possibly just a strange co-incidence?

    As for JK, well, he may be vocal, but he couldn’t get any further up Ashleys rear end.

    Graeme…Isn’t playing a player out of position on his debut the way to build his confidence? You have lots to learn mate.

    Jesper…Have you seen any of the Community season 5?

  • Graeme

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper – is the version you are watching much better than the fairy story being played out at SJP? I hope your version has a happy ending – somehow I dont see a happy ending at Toon!!!

  • Graeme

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza, I’m just a simple Engineer mate; The convoluted logic of Pardew’s positional play is beyond me. It was just so much easier building the Tsing Ma suspension bridge by comparison lol

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Graeme…I think it’s even beyond Pardew tbh, but I’m guessing him appearing that way is all just part of his master plan.

  • Graeme

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza – well, if he doesnt know, or understand what he’s doing, what chance do we have? More importantly, what chance to the poor players have – lets be honest, some of the players are not the sharpest tools in the box!!

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    So Press banned cause they reported the MAOC campaign.

    So if Ahley doesent like anyone spreading negativity about the club, why the hell is Pardew still here.
    He may not be the cause but he sure has fuelled so much of it.

    Whers the consistency..

  • Graeme

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Artful – when he stuck that wimpy head on Meyler, he became a cause of huge negativity towards the club. In fact he took the major back-page headlines all over the world, by his own actions alone.

    He is undoubtedly a major cause, but he has achieved the mid table mediocrity his boss was aiming for; he doesn’t cost much; he toes the “Party line” – whats not to like as far as MA is concerned??

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Graeme…Make no bones about it if we had some smarter middle class players, we’d be sorted! That and no injuries or pesky reporters of course.

    Artful…We’re consistently inconsistent.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    danny hunt @7——for years people have been saying what the intentions were of ashley and pards . some got it- some didnt. The intentions were clear , keep repeating something, they will gradually believe it.
    Ashley knew this was the best way to make money for SD, and at the same time CONVINCING the fans that what he was doing was right.
    We have to balance the books,- We can not compete. We have a 5 year plan .— keep repeating it over and over again untill we believe it ourselves , coz the minute they have been sussed out , his plan starts to fail, that is what is happening now – pardew has been sussed , so has ashley , the fans have started to protest , and that will not be good news for ashley becausethings are starting to go a bit tits up for him now that he has to think of a way to steady ship, how he does that remains to be seen , but expect some thing happening soon .
    His 5 year plan has worked by way of brainwashing , fans and players by thinking they are only good enough to finish mid table , hence the lack of form and perfornences and goals lately . they believe they are not good enough ( elliot in that chat with him comes to mind)
    When cisse came he was a good striker, now hes is not because without actually saying the words , sub consciously they have been told they are not good enough and this is your level your at now, dont even bother going for europe , youve no chance , the displays suggest that.
    My wife is a psychiatric nurse consultant, she watches derran brown and the likes perform their amazing talent on unsuspecting members of the public ,by repeating things to them through out the night on his live shows , things that we wouldnt realise he was repeating , but it is registering in the brain. My wife has studied this method on a lower scale but the end result is the same. That is what ashley is doing , simply conning 52000 people every week. clever eh ?

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #21

    armstrong getting a full debut is another lightbulb moment for pards unfortunately his light bulb is a low energy one it takes a while to warm up

  • hadthetshirt

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    The only reason pardwho will start young Armstrong is to stop the crowd getting on his back from the off.We will be too busy cheering for the youngen.If the Swans score early then the shit will hit the fan.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Stuart…I would agree there has been a lot of work put in to to lowering everyone’s expectations and belief at NUFC. I think for some of the players, it also comes down to that even if they do manage to achieve something, the club wont then push on from it, so don’t push themselves.

    Rewarded for mediocrity and hung out to dry when they overachieve. Great plan, must create a wonderful atmosphere.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Where has this Armstrong will be starting come from? It’s Tuesday, how do we know who will be starting?

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    ibiza —– also , how will they adapt to joining another club ?? going from nufc with 0 ambition to a club full of it , must be a massive transition period for them and something they personally have to adapt to. their head must be mashed, lol

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    The news everyone was dreading. I think most people have just had enough of him now. That article listing potential replacements was fantastic and has whet the appetite for what could be!
    Just imagine having someone in place who has a vision, ambition, intelligence and most of all talent that can take us to the next level. Sick of listening to Pardew’s thick simple press conferences. He’s dull as dishwater and has no spark or charisma, and even less passion.

  • Ian Toon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    So the money is on it all ending in tears. History will not recall Ashley as a great owner. It admittedly didn’t take long for fans to be disabused of the notion that we were better off avoiding the wealth of oligarch’s and oil royalty. So much for moral superiority.

    I will not dwell on relegation in 2009, other than many fans thought we would fall through the divisions with spiralling debt. Or name changing our historic stadium
    but simply say that Ashley is reviled by the many who starved of communication are left to write their own revised mission statement.

    Let’s not forget though that a couple of years ago we were flying high in the league amidst talk of financial self sufficiency. I wrote on here of fan owned clubs. Certainly
    If an owner could manage the running of a club without contributing to it’s running costs, then why not a fan owned trust. Let’s not get side tracked by talk of the purchase price!

    Looking back and considering today’s PL increasingly there is a necessity to increase spending on players merely to standstill. With the academy not producing the conveyor belt of talent once hoped for we have had to resort to the policy of buying low and selling high. This has a limited life span before you get it wrong. In our case by not optimum buying.

    However, on the back of the £ 45 million loss permitted in any 3 year period under Fair Play Rules our so called model received a lot of media attention. Easy to admire but difficult to replicate.

    Looking back to recent windows we really didn’t need to overspend merely to keep the momentum of team and fans going onwards and upwards. You know it makes sense.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Stuart….You can see it, after say 5 wins in a row at a new club…

    “So boss, we chuck this next game in right? Getting pretty close to achieving something”

    “No no, we try and win every game here!”

    “Come again? Let me get my old boss Alan on the phone, I don’t think you understand how things work”

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Ian..Have to say, it doesn’t make sense to me. Are you advocating that we didn’t need to spend in the past few windows?

    Geremi…No surprise really. If he’s meeting his targets why would Ashley care?

    I don’t know what to think anymore tbh.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #30

    ibiza— hahahaha yeah thats it , — new boss’- ‘ cisse how the f,k did you miss that?? — cisse’ just trying to keep you in a job boss ! new boss- ‘ but that would have put us in europe , cisse ‘ exactly boss , think of the money ive saved the club , new boss’ we want europe here son, cisse ‘ wow, are you lot on drugs or what,??

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart….I’m sure there has to be a Farage joke about not wanting Europe and NUFC. There just has to be.

    Either way, jokes aside, perhaps we should approach him to be our new DOF.

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    And that’s exactly why I want us to loose every single point until this season is over. Tough love, but Pardew must be sacked as soon as possible.

    Just the thought of him building a new team. It will hunt us for years to come.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #33

    ibiza —- i’m sure you could think of one , lets start it off—- newcastle playing a friendly in brussells. the team bump into farage in the foyer of thne hotel , hello mr farage what you doing here ? i’m here on a convention to insist we pull out of europe, pardew ‘ see , for 3 years ive been telling fans this , they just wouldnt have it .

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Nature will take its course against Swansea.

    I just hope we do not get dominated and snatch a lucky 1 goal win, parking the bus for the last 30 minutes. A lucky win would probably be enough to save Pardew – then we go into next season in a relegation scrap from day one.

    Hopefully Remy can do us all a favour and stay injured.

  • toon kk

    Apr 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #35

    The whole club is owned and run by a con man, like Stuart said Mashley has spun his tales to brain wash people, a lot still are brainwashed but most are seeing the light now.
    MA is business man not many make that kind of money honestly. He has staff abroad making his tat on less than a £1 a day.

    I’m sure he set off with good intentions but his greedy business side of him and his lack of football knowledge took over.

    He could make the club a success but simply chooses not too.
    He’ll end up with a massive mess and we’ll end up with a club in the championship.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #36

    toon kk and that is probably the saddest thing of all , in that , he could make us a great club again , he could with a bit of help fvrom someone with a footballing brain, and a few bob spent in the right place, make himself a hero in these parts quite easily , the fact he chooses not to , for me, is the saddest outcome possible . its all in place.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Graeme…much better version I am sure 😉

    Ibiza…check your goggletalk

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Ian…I would really wise you would see the difference between playing good football with a clear red line and flying high in the table.

    …if you really want to watch tables, then try and make a objective analysis of why we finished 5th that season.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39

    *wise = wish

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #40

    …take everything in to account, but be fair and reasonable


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