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Here’s One Newcastle Player Keen To Stay On Tyneside

10:23 am, Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 105 Comments

There’s some local reports today that Davide Santon is not interested in returning to Serie A this summer, and he wants to stay on Tyneside, and battle for his place in the side, and wants to see out the remaining two years of his five year contract.

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Davide Santon – wants to stay put at Newcastle

A big reason for that is that Davide has a young family on Tyneside, and a Geordie girlfriend, and he has no plans at all to move from New castle.

The Chronicle is reporting that sources close to the 23 year-old say he has talked to manager Alan Pardew, who assured him he will be allowed to fight for his place in the Newcastle side next season, with local; lad Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara also looking be the starting left back at Newcastle.

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Davide Santon with baby girl Sienna and girlfriend Chloe Sanderson

Injury has interrupted his season, and after a good start to the season when Newcastle managed to get to 6th place after Boxing Day, he had a couple of disastrous games, which saw Alan Pardew replace him with Paul Dummett, and Davide is out for the season with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle will already lose a number of players this summer, some who are only too quick to get to the Newcastle exit, but we will need to retain a good core of the players and then bring in maybe six good players in the transfer window.

With our terrible form and results this year, if we don’t do that then Newcastle could be fighting relegation next season, so the summer is now going to be a critical transfer window for Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Tags: Contracts · Davide Santon · Newcastle News · Premier League

105 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    The walk out is a fantastic idea in principle. However not on 60 mins! Realistically we will beat Cardiff with the full team back and I should think we’d be at least 1 or 2 up by 60 mins. That means that no one or very few are going to stick to the plan and walk out, you just know it. Hardly anyone in the stadium will have the resolve to leave if we are winning.
    What would send a superb message though, would be a mass exodus at 60 mins even if we are winning! That would force it in to Pardew’s thick skull that he’s not wanted here and that one win will not paper over the cracks and he won’t be able to act as if nothing has happened in his post match interview.

  • 2 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM


    Not wildly speculating at all are you? It’s not like his Geordie girlfriend might consider moving with Davide to the likes of, say, Milan or London or Paris or AN Other exotic city because Geordies never leave Newcastle do they?

    Written by a Geordie on another continent. So remind me again Ed, why exactly is Davide definitely keen to stay in Newcastle? Because ‘sauces close to the player’ say so?

    Ok….if you say so.

  • 3 BeeGuy // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Santon is gold for this team.

    If you want to make the owner see the kight. Boycott the away games. If the “fanatstic support” does not show up, the national media will paly that up.

  • 4 Smokey // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    If he isn’t tried out in midfield next season by whoever the manager may be then I give up. It’s so glaringly obvious that this lad is not a defender that it is literally painful to see him playing there.

  • 5 hibbit // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    newcastle will get all the support it needs when you pack your little box and head down the a1 for the last time and never come past watford again thats when newcastle will get the support not because you ask

  • 6 toonbrother // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    A team needs to defend properly to stand any chance of winning – mourinho

    A simple truth that has clearly evades the incredibly stupid pardumb and the equally stupid fans who support coloshiitty the sewage pipe

    6 games 17 goals conceded and we’re bemoaning lack of strikers. . Smh

  • 7 Blofal // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    That one game he started midfield he looked shakey in the first half but really nailed it in the second.

    Playing RM in a 4-3-3 is where I would like to see him.

  • 8 nut meg // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    G @ 7 previous thread
    I couldn’t see anything about Pardew getting sacked after the Cardiff game but I got this from Paddy Power.
    Quite funny I thought.
    Alan Pardew Specials Next job after Newcastle Manager to be ‘Anger Management Expert’ 66/1 top STATUE OF PARDEW ERECTED OUTSIDE ST JAMES’ PARK BY THE END OF 2015
    Alan Pardew Specials Statue of Pardew to be erected outside St James’ Park by the end of 2015 40/1 top ZINEDINE ZIDANE TO REPLACE ALAN PARDEW
    Alan Pardew Specials Zidane to be the next permanent manager of Newcastle 66/1 top

  • 9 toonbrother // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Santon used to be the fall guy for coloshiitty until he got injured now poor dummett has taken his place

  • 10 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Lovin the fact that Pardew is calling on the fans for great support to help us beat Cardiff???

    You and the team have had great support for the past two seasons Alan and you need to give us something as we had nothing from you while you have everything from us

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM


    39 defeats in last 76 under Pardew

  • 12 G // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Thanks for the feedback nm. Statue of AP at SJP bet? Hilarious. I once made a giant Penis from snow outside of the mackems old ground. That’s pretty much a statue of AP in my opinion.

  • 13 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Himanshu Dhingra

    I know mate, it’s pathetic, I’m sick and tired of this club always asking for something from us but they never give us anything in return.

    Think it’s gone to far now and there’s no way back for Pardew with the fan’s as he’s used up his “Woe is me” quoter.

    A walk out protest is trying to be organised to get the message across that enough is enough

  • 14 cyprus // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Of the 3, Dummett is the worst, easily. Haidara is probably a better left back and Santon is by far the better footballer. As soon as the current manager leaves, we’ll see a difference in this quality player. Same with MYM, HBA, even Marveux, probably Sammy etc.
    Note: New manager

  • 15 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    He’s just deflecting the abuse and trying to turn it into a positive to cut himself some slack. Pathetic man. Calling for the loyalty of the fans to paper over his Grand Canyon sized cracks.

    No more papering over cracks.

    Ashley and Pardew out.

  • 16 bobby mango // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    6 players? Get real.
    4 senior players at best.

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    You’d have seen more anti Ashley and Pardew banners at St. James’ but like the Kinnear the Clown one, the stewards are on it in a flash taking them down.

    Pardew is a very fortunate man who needs a very big wake up call.

  • 18 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Laurent Robert 32

    Banner’s are removed on “Health and Safety ground’s”!!!

  • 19 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Jack, and the government lead you to believe society couldn’t function without them 😉

  • 20 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    going back to the previous thread— support the team on saturdat?– that hasnt changed all season . a newcastle fan will always support the ‘TEAM’ , what we wont do anymore is support Ashley and Pardew. Ashley has had 7 YEARS to get us on his side , 7 years produce a team to be proud of 7 years to show us fans that HE was the man to make us a force again , not just in england – but europe , in 7 years he has shown year after year after year – HE IS NOT INTERESTED. Pardew was brought in to take us to the next level – Pardew has to be the worst managerial appointment in the history of NUFC. Newcastle were warned by 3 ex players who played for pardew at various clubs, what we were letting ourselves in for, how right they were.
    There has to be no more feeling sorry for these guys , they have had the chance , they have been warned . they have ignored every thing a fan would want, not just from NUFC , but any fan from any club ,and that is ambition, without that there is nothing. I really hope we get a good hiding on saturday simply coz it will look bad on pards and ashley and hopefully things might change .
    Another thing that comes to mind on saturday is the lap of honour. This could be one of the most embarrasing moments of the season – even more embarresing than some results, that is why pardew wants the full support for this game , he fears for his job, – too late ,he has had 3 1/2 years to put a team together, and that was it on monday night. If anyone stays behind for the lap of honour , they need their head testing. Show them we dont want them running our club next season . boycott , wave banners , walk out , vocal anti pardew /ashly chants , anything but show them they are not wanted . It is down to the supporters to get rid of them or we will have to endure this all again next season .

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Last game,

    Krul: Holland
    Debuchy: France
    Colo: Argentina
    Anita: Holland
    Tiote: Ivory Coast
    Sissoko: France
    Remy: France

    Gouffran has played for France U21 and M’Biwa who came on is a full international too.

    Internationally honoured players who don’t just play for Egypt, San Marino etc.

    Yet, we played scared, containment and clueless football whilst one of the most gifted players to ever join the club was left at home. Disgusting misuse of players.

    Ashley and Pardew out.

  • 22 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Laurent Robert 32

    Are you saying we COULD survive without the Government???


  • 23 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

  • 24 Toon_Army // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Enough of the negative attacks on pardew already, the guy has proved he can manage a football club/team and when he had funds available our team was generally performing well. Not buying a single player in the 1 year, 3 months and 5 days would dishearten any squad and I am sure HBA has voiced his opinion more than once. I’m surprised we are not in the relegation zone this season tbh so plaudits to him considering the money the teams below us have spent, the loss of cabaye was the nail in the team morales coffin in my opinion. There are certainly higher profile managers out there, but could they work on a shoe string like Pardew has? No manager will ever be good enough for some fans at the club!!! We have a shrewed owner who in the summer will either need to sell the club or pump finances into the purchase of players, he likely would not want to lose out on all the Premiership gold or lose his egotistic tag as a premiership team owner. Bottom Line support the team on the Pitch and stop looking for people to throw eggs at, he helps no-one, and least of all the club…

  • 25 firebug666 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Pardrew’s Managerial Career so far:

    At Reading he managed 212 games won 102 Drew 52 lost 58 a win % of 48.11.

    At West Ham it was played 163 won 67 drew 38 and lost 58 a win % of 41,10

    At Charlton played 90 won 28 Drew 26 lost 36 a win % of 31.11

    Southampton Played 64 won 34 drew 17 lost 13 a win % of 53.13

    So finally we come to our beloved Newcastle, and as we know he has already broken a host of records here and all for the wrong reasons, but here is his stats to date.

    Played 160 won 60 drew 36 lost 64 a win % of 37.50 add this lot together and you get his overall manager ability.

    Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
    683 290 165 228 42.46

    Stats are from wikipedia but I assume they are correct.

    So after the obvious question of, Why was he appointed in the first place? Looking at his form. It has to be asked, Why is he still here?

  • 26 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM


    Near enough any manager can manager a club when they have the funds available, it’s when things are tight you find out just how good a manager is and thats where Pardew fails.

    Pardew is reliant on individual brilliance rather than solid and proven coaching. Yes he’s backed into a corner by Ashley but the man simply cannot motivate a team/squad……………………it’s time for him to go!!!

  • 27 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Just for some perspective –

    The last 28 Premier League manager to be sack have all had better records than Pardew’s latest run of form

  • 28 G // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    JB @ 27, I suspect (and I haven’t checked it, so could be wrong) that Ossie Ardiles disastrous stint in charge at Newcastle had better records than AP’s current run of form.

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM


    Are you a fully paid up member of the BNP.

    What a load of little englander xenophobic b——ks you talked last night.

    Cabaye etc, etc

    and the Robledos back in the day. All great players. It doesn’t matter where you come.

    Back to Pardew, which good player would come here where their skills won’t be honed and will be trained out of them.

    Moyes is an upgrade on Pardew for sure but he is not a modern manager and Bruce is a bit of a hit and miss journeyman. Someone like De Boer has to be the way to go and Ashley would get so many people back onside.

  • 30 JackButler // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    If you haven’t read this piece it’s well worth a look

  • 31 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    toon-army @24 my wife is a psychiatrist, she has a 1 hour slot available tomorrow for you if you feel you need to talk to someone.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Toon_ Army

    You are joking aren’t you.

    This has been Pardew’s default position his whole career. Give him world beaters like Tevez and Mascherano and he’ll play Harewoood and Mullins.

    He’ll play people out of position
    He’ll drop people on form for his favourites
    He’ll banish any technical playmakers with flair

    Pardew bleats about everything but he gets a sell on cut from any sales (Carrol, Cabaye) so wouldn’t feel too sorry for him.

    Basically Pardew’s team selections, tactics, use of subs, excuses etc have been the case at every club he’s been sacked from.

  • 33 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Spurs have not made contact with de boer

    Imagine if he can be lured here, Him and Bergkamp

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    We’ve been cutting him slack for three years now despite his horrendous records, if we knew he was at loggerheads with the owner over this shambolic organisation then we might have a bit of sympathy for him, but the fact that not only does he constantly defend the regime he openly grovels to it, this coupled with his dire football and the breaking of every unwanted PL record not to mention his calling the regions youngster stupid means the slimy fuskers
    time is up.

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM


    I would forgive Ashley everything if that happened. Absolute dream team who aren’t high maintenance either and can actually coach and improve players.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM


    She could do a roaring trade with manic depressive NUFC fans !!

  • 37 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM


    Their Youth coach Alfons Groenendijk is leaving the club too at the end of the season. Good Pedigree.

  • 38 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    No point picking on Ed for just reporting what others have been writing about.

    Anyone with half a brain knows that 90% of the news around our football club is complete rubbish so sadly that means 90% of Ed’s articles are based on complete rubbish. Still…would you prefer he picked which articles and topics to report on or just covered everything?

  • 39 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    rotonda — shes only got 1 hour , not 12 months …

  • 40 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    any one watch the goal by by Rayo Vallecano

    they kept ball moving for 93 secs and kept moving it b4 scoring.

    Helps that most of their players are former Barca and RM players

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM


    I’d be a client if she could drown out the last 43 years (KK first time and SBR apart !!!?

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    From BBC sport,
    And the result will increase the pressure on manager Pep Guardiola amid the growing feeling that, despite winning the Bundesliga in record time, he has not delivered the progress his employers were expecting.
    Let the speculation and disappointment begin.

  • 43 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Boring banging on about the owner. Nothing has changed there since JFK was sacked so there’s nothing new to talk about.

    The squad we had at the beginning of the season was perfectly good enough for a solid 8th place and should have been finishing a distance above the likes of Stoke and Palace. If we’d had a player like LDJ (but one who can actually score) at the beginning, then I’d say that squad was pretty complete.

    For sure, losing Cabaye was a big loss but a better manager would be able to compensate for the loss of 1 player and we’ve barely competed since he went.

    On the pitch is Pardew’s responsibility and that’s what I’m more interested in. I can’t see how he can justify keeping his job any more

  • 44 cyprus // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    If I had paid to attend the game, would prefer to come in late and watch the last hour, instead of the other way round. It would still make the news and I’d get to see our 91′ winner 🙂

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Boring eh !

  • 46 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM


    Ok…at the risk of being accused of insulting people…anyone who genuinely thinks that Guardiola would come to manage us is absolutely off their rocker. If he does leave then Utd are surely a prime option or maybe one of the leading Italian teams. Maybe PSG will change managers again. Failing that, a stint for Spurs before moving into one of the bigger PL clubs. But never gonna be NUFC.

  • 47 cyprus // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    @43, agreed.

  • 48 cyprus // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    So we could get Guardiola? 🙂
    Think we were interested in him as a player at one time?

  • 49 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM


    Yup. Because nothing has changed, nothing at all. He’s a good businessman and a clueless football club owner.

    If people want to campaign for something useful regarding the club, it should be demanding that we get someone to run this club who has experience at the top level.

    But I’m much more interested in what is going on on the pitch…which is absolute drivel…

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    HD @33 – I think you may be wrong about about Spurs and de Boer. Spurs deny contact but de Boer confirms they have been in touch. Pity as he would be ideal at the Toon.

  • 51 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    rotonda— shes a good psychiatrist, but after 43 years , ill tell you what she told me .’ its my own stupid fault’ no sympathy there then .

  • 52 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    The vote of confidence from someone like De Boer has really lifted my spirits as Newcastle fan. If a manager of his standing and philosophy makes a conscious effort to mention us when talking about another job it’s promising.
    There are still quality managers out there who would take the job if they see it is a project and a club where they can build a legacy. Pardew has been given ample time and other suitors must recognise that.
    The press furore and pressure is growing increasingly on Pardew and a couple of the nationals are beginning to cover his position quite closely. I cannot see Ashley allowing this atmosphere to fester into next season. As, when we get beaten by Liverpool, the crowd will again turn on him despite winning at Cardiff (which i think we will). I reckon Pardew is hoping that we all just forget about this year if we beat Cardiff and things will just go back to normal as if nothing ever happened. That’s how he will act anyway. We cannot allow that to happen, and i don’t think it will after the Liverpool game.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I’m officially not going back to SJP until something drastic changes.

  • 54 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    If Pardew goes, then Moyes would surely be the most likely replacement. Maybe it would be a good time for Bruce too. But neither play particularly inspiring football so I can’t see either being a hit with the fans…

    Would have been great to have got Martinez or Rodgers but both were seen as risks at the time. Both have paid off handsomely so far though…

  • 55 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    De Boer would be ideal to give a go to. If it didn’t work out, then it didn’t work out, but as Pardew is now joint level with the worst ever run of losses in the history of the club, I doubt he’d do much worse as a worse case scenario.

    I’m going to dream about it a little, just cos…

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Who would even give Pardew the dreaded vote of confidence, himself ?

  • 57 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    It was a very nice quote from De Boer as well wasn’t it? Saying Liverpool and Newcastle are like sleeping giants. Out of nowhere. Good stuff.

  • 58 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    But those top managers would only take the job if they were allowed to work the way they need to to bring success to this club. The day we hear a prominent manager (not Redknapp) say that he would have loved to manage NUFC but couldn’t do so under Ashley, then there will be something solid to latch onto.

  • 59 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    JFA—– here-here.

  • 60 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    We all just know it.. A poor scrappy win at cardiff will be enough for Pardew to keep his job till next season..

    Shameful shameful…

  • 61 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Of course the last game of the season is going to be a cricket score for Livepool.. whose betting against a 10-0 scorelines..

  • 62 mindshaft // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    No wonder other fans call us deluded when we’re on here discussing Guardiola and De Boer, no way would those guys come to manage toon, even without Ashley and his two bob a week wages they’ll have much better offers

  • 63 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM


    When you say ‘United’ @46 you mean to say ‘Manchester United’ surely? Or have you forgotten that the club you supposedly support is also called ‘United’?

  • 64 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Even if all the top teams win their remaining games, Liverpool are at the moment 7 goals behind on GD I think?

    Therefore, if they really wanted to go for a record Premier League score there is absolutely no other team to do it against than an Alan Pardew side under this run of results.

    That record double digit score could bring them the title, but correct me if I’m wrong.

    A result that would not only be broadcast round the world on the day but will be repeated and repeated and repeated for years to come.


  • 65 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    If we lost against Cardiff then we likely finish 11th…if we draw then we can still finish 11th if Palace draw at home against Liverpool (possible). Of course we could also lose and still finish 9th…

    Chances are, we’ll finish 10th, behind Stoke and Southampton…although way off relegation.

  • 66 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Also, note how he has come back to the blog, spent a day and a bit hammering at Pardew, but is still ardent in his defence of Mike Ashley. Mark, you’re a truly sickening individual you know that?

  • 67 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM


    Don’t be so pedantic. And if you want me to respond properly, I would suggest you don’t start your post with an insult.

  • 68 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Goodbye Ciaran…enjoy the blog while pulling the wings off flies…

  • 69 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    @Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    We are the ideal club to play for at the end of the season if Liverpool need to rack up a huge huge win by goals. Match made in heaven fixture. That’s how rubbish we are. If they need 7 goals or more, we are the club to face.

    Well done Pardew. Everyone is saying Livepool have a great last day fixture to rack up goals. I’ve never quite seen anything like this.

  • 70 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM


    You haven’t responded ‘properly’ in the last year or so I’ve had the displeasure of reading your nonsense so that ship has sailed buddy 🙂

    Ouch, got me where it hurts, my penchant for abusing insects…zinger.

  • 71 Ancientcoptic // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Currently: we cannot defend, keep possession, play through balls, attack the flanks, take corners, hit shots on target, take set pieces and play any kind of game in the opposition half.

    I am curious, apart from shooting from stupid distances, what exactly can the current coached side do.

    At our very best under Pardew, we were able to score goals against the run of play, by playing through balls, or the long ball forward. I guess that style of football is pretty easy to shut down as soon as the opposition knows it is coming.

    Once teams started playing the offside trap against Cisse, we were done. We have not recovered since… not that we were deserving to win games playing that way in the first place.

    I understand why Palace were interested in Pardew… when your have an inferior side, you need to attempt to thieve wins from sides that have better players.

    Pardew seems like a nice guy etc, but he is a pickpocket manager – he is out to beat teams by taking a short-cut and getting a sneaky win. This is why our goal difference has always been so poor.

    I do not blame this solely on Pardew either, our whole coaching team is shockingly bad. I could almost excuse Pardew if he came out and changed the coaching staff. It would not shock me if Pardew was there to be a man-manager, and did nothing apart from pick the starting 11 and make press statements.

    If Pardew was wise, he would pass the buck and bring in a new coaching team… it does not seem apparent he has the foresight to do this; therefore let him dig his own grave. I don’t think even Ashley will stick with a manager that has proved to be in relegation form for half a season.

  • 72 Edd Case // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I want Gary Neville to be our new manager…

    Hated him as a player but my god the man knows what he’s talking about.

  • 73 stuart no9 // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    laurent——if arsenal can tear us apart and score 3 without getting out the dressing room , imagine what liverpool could do to us IF they had to ?????

  • 74 wolfshead@toon // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    ive seen names like pep and de boer bandied around this blog this morning time for a dose of reality i think
    the dream team of mccarthy and warnock is more likely with fatty in control lmao

  • 75 lew // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    no sack yet?

    aiight, seeya!

  • 76 wolfshead@toon // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM


    re coaches we have a team? again it comes down to fatty giving the yay or nay on hiring and firing i would imagine

  • 77 BandB // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Toon Darn South,

    During our brief break from your contributions I think a degree of unity and consensus has at least begun to break out.
    It revolves around the possibility that Alan Pardew is neither Ashley’s patsy nor his curse, but a willing and irreplaceable accomplice. A realisation that the two men could just be two sides of the same coin.
    There has been every reason to sack him. He has not been sacked.
    Ashley owns that decision.
    I am not surprised to see you back and still pushing your old arguments.
    If it splits the debate back into two feuding camps, I imagine it will be job done.

  • 78 Average_Contents // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Pretty good read on wor benny

  • 79 wolfshead@toon // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM


    dont let the blog bullies get you down mate 🙂

  • 80 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM


    Exactly. It suits TeDiouS’ agenda to have the ire focused on Alan Pardew, much in the same way that some fans blamed Joe Kinnear for our lack of signings (as if he had any real power for God sake!) Pardew is now doing the job that Kinnear did during the 2 transfer windows – act as a lightning rod for the abuse so Ashley escapes lightly in relative terms. It could well cost Pardew his job in order to create some breathing space for Ashley and those same tunnel-vision fans will be out the “let’s wait and see if Ashley invests for this new manager.” Maddening.

    I think you described it as a ‘symbiotic’ relationship – encapsulates it perfectly.

  • 81 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    You never know though, it may take someone like De Boer to come in, talk to Ashley and show him how a football club can be successfully run on a budget. Earn his trust and show him what a proper footballing man with clear vision and ethos can do. Help rebuild the relationship with the fans and show more commitment to the club. It’s not impossible I just feel we need a professional with passion who can help steer it.

  • 82 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund.

    No. Just no.

  • 83 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Pardew’s real problem is that he constantly sided with Ashley to the point of dedicating wins to him. He’s too close and too much of coward to sit Ashley down and say what needs to be done to get everyone pulling in the same direction again. I noticed after the Arsenal game he was asked whether he felt working with no investment has hindered him and he applied more spin to it than a bowler. We need someone who would stand there and say yes it’s been difficult and that he needs to talk to the owner to rectify the situation.

  • 84 Go toon gooooo // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Average player.Bring Shane Ferguson back.

  • 85 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Ashley is pulling in the direction he wants to pull in, and has hired a manager who will work hand-in-hand to achieve that end. He is not interested in taking the club in the right direction with regards the football product of NUFC so please stop deluding yourself.

  • 86 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM


    I appreciate your views but you have no idea what goes on in that boardroom or within Ashley’s head as much as you strive to think you do. It’s unlikely granted, but not impossible.

  • 87 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM


    As has been stated more times than can be counted, Ashley has had ample opportunities to sack Pardew – following last season’s debacle, following ‘Nut-Gate’ or simply for breaking negative record after negative record – 3 consecutive derby defeats, 12 pts since Boxing Day, largest home defeat in something like 30 years.

    The balance of probabilities is in my favour with regards this one I feel.

  • 88 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    That said Ashley out is the ideal course of action, but until someone with a viable proposal comes in what can be done? It’s shown this season that fan groups don’t hold the key, hell they don’t even know where the key is.

  • 89 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM


    Calm down now, don’t be retaliating simply because I disagreed with you. Perhaps if more people got off their arse as opposed to sitting behind their keyboards whinging these fans groups would have more of an impact?

    Food for thought.

  • 90 beefman13 // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Flog the bally lot of them, (sell) and flog the manager, owner, at the monument. copper wire is a good one!!!!!!

  • 91 the truth will out // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    no boardroom all the business is done in a cupboard or the lavvy

  • 92 the truth will out // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    fcukin boycott cut his pennies off

  • 93 beefman13 // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Bloody hate the fact that he pays nowt for advertising at NUFC and changing the name and it not costing SD nowt AS WELL, JUST FREE WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY, YEA I KNOW OLD OLD NEWS BUT IT SICKENS ME.

  • 94 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM


    I’m not debating the probability here, i’ve quite clearly stated that it’s highly unlikely. So yes, well identified that the balance lies within favour of your viewpoint. But it is not impossible.

  • 95 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    And it’s not impossible that he will suffer a blow to the head and give the club to the fans for free, but I think in the balance of probabilities we can say that will pretty certainly not happen, but it is as likely as Ashley allowing someone like de Boer to tell him how to run the club.

    Both hypothetical scenarios are bordering on the ludicrous and are not worth discussing.

  • 96 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM


    Oh Ciaran, Ciaran. Calm down? I’m as chill as a cucumber sir, ironically it appears as if you are the one who needs a little soothing. Touched a nerve with the fan group talk have I? As it happens I’m a member of MAOC and fully support the effort, but what has been done? Nothing.

  • 97 martoon // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    It may surprise some of you but there are probably quite a few bloggers on here who agree with TDSarf – myself included. Ashley is going nowhere so the best we can hope for is that Pardew is replaced with a half decent manager and given some funds. You may not agree with TDSarf but the name calling such as TeDiouS is quite frankly childish and pathetic!

  • 98 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    We live in hope do we not? Until I get an email saying there is a united plan in place to make a statement then we can only speculate.

  • 99 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM


    A number of protests has been organised this year, countless demonstrations where MAOC has had a presence, in terms of handing out leaflets and engaging with the fans. They are making an effort and need boots on the ground to help, not sympathisers not so silently criticising from behind the screen.

    Other than click the ‘like’ button, what have you done?

  • 100 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM


    I’m sorry you disapprove, I’m even more sorry that you align yourself with TeDiouS, and even more sorry still that you erroneously believe that changing our manager will make any difference on the long term security, ambition and direction of our club.

  • 101 daztoon // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Pardew just doesn`t understand and never will that retaining possession of the ball and going forward is the best form of defending.

    The man needs to go and take his book of excuses with him.

  • 102 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I’m aware, and appreciate them. Unfortunately for me I travel and cannot make a two bit passing protest. What I can do however, Is keep my ear to the ground and maintain networks in the hope that groups can come together and something large scale and meaningful can be organised. In which case I will grab my rifle and march to the front line and make it worthwhile.

  • 103 martoon // Apr 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Ciaran – I’m not aligning myself with TDSarf but I can see the logic of his arguments. Ideally we want a new owner but that is not going to happen no matter how many meetings you go to or how many leaflets you hand out – sorry but that is the blunt truth.
    As I say best case is Pardew is replaced with a decent manager who wins Ashley’s trust and gets some money to spend. You will never force Ashley to sell but he could be persuaded to be a better owner.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Ruddy…I am not sure that was what BandB meant (not entirely) – well maybe I misunderstood her 🙂

  • 105 Ciaran // Apr 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Well, respectfully, I disagree. 1 small march and he banned the press. MA is more susceptible to criticism than some would believe and I will not relent in calling for more people to get off their backsides.

    “We won’t get a new owner, let’s persuade MA to be better” Cut the Stockholme Syndrome or beaten wife syndrom bullshit and stand up and be counted for the love of God.

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