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Another Newcastle Player Leaves The Club

12:30 pm, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 113 Comments

Get French Football News is reporting that Ligue 2 club Dijon have signed 24 year-old Newcastle midfielder Romain Amalfitano, after he had two seasons at the Tyneside club, but simply failed to make the grade – but he wasn’t given many chances either at Newcastle.

Romain Amalfitano dijon

Romain Amalfitano – signs three-year deal at Dijon

This is what the French publication has reported:

Earlier this morning, it was officially announced that Newcastle’s Romain Amalfitano has signed for Ligue 2 side Dijon FCO. His contract will last for 3 years, keeping Amalfitano at the club until the summer of 2017.

Midfielder Amalfitano, 24 years of age, was a flop at previous club Newcastle. Only playing in a handful of Europa League games, the Frenchman never broke into the first team. After impressing at Dijon on loan last season, the club have decided to sign him permanently. He leaves Newcastle on a free transfer.

For one reason or another Romain didn’t make it at the Magpies after signing on as a free agent from Reims in June of 2012.

Romain spent a season on loan at Dijon, and he seems to have done quite well, and he is the younger brother of 29 year-old midfielder Morgan Amalfitano of Marseilles, who was on loan at West Brom last season.

We wish Romain every success at his new club.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Romain Amalfitano · Transfer News and Rumours

113 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Re Post

    Trying to say this whole mess isnt MA faults ridiculous.
    Imagine he had bought Manu while Fergie was there and proceded to sell every top player the instant they showed promise.And spent years not buying players while scraping around the bottom of the French barrel for dregs.

    DO you think Fergie or anyone else whould have been successful or have remained as manager?

    MA is the root cause for our decline,not some patsy.

  • 2 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM


    I really cannot fathom out what they are trying to achieve, people say the parachute payment would help him survive so relegation would not be a problem, what a load of rubbish, last time it cost him a fortune and he definitely would not like that again I’m sure, so why are they doing what they are doing, I cannot see any logic in it.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Ed…you are too slow today mate 😀

  • 4 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Imho there are two ways this will go,he sells up after selling the tea lady to the highest bidder.
    Or he gambles again and gets 5 french players to plug the gaps.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM


    The last relegation 5 years ago had nowhere near the amount of TV money that is washing about now so the parachute payment would cover Ash’s losses unless crowds drop significantly.

    I think a better manager than Pardew could still succeed even under Ash. Not all good managers are high maintenance but can get more than the sum of the parts of their team. Diego Simone being a key example, ie Ath. Madrid cost less than Bale!

    Pardew never showed strong management with Ba and we went downhill ever since then. Equally Pardew brought back Colo and dropped MYM when he had formed a really good partnership with Willo.

    Nobody forced Pardew to play Gosling instead of HBA and put Cisse as a right winger, Gouffran as a defensive left mid, MYM as a RB and Dummet ahead of Haidara etc, etc!

    Yes we need more investment for sure of course we do but Pardew has made our squad look a lot worse than it really is and with a decent manager I don’t think there would be this same level of unease within the camp.

  • 6 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    What is going on ! .

    The one window we need to sign more players than ever and all we are doing is selling FFS .

    I give up 🙁 .

  • 7 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM


    no, Fergie would not have had that success, but somehow some people see it differently, I accept that another manager could possibly have done better, but like yourself I agree that there is one man only who is to blame for this sorry mess, Mike Ashley.

  • 8 cyprus // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM


    btw, read your comments, lil and jesp…

    So the Ashley – Pardew who’s the biggest villain debate rages on.

    My questions:

    who chooses the players to buy?

    who decides on tactics?

    who ‘develops’ players?

    who decides on set plays?

    The answer is somewhere there 😉

  • 9 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Who sells players as soon as they show promis?
    Who sells players and not replace them?
    Who says we have no money after trousering tv/player sales?

    Who hired AP/JFK etc?

  • 10 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM


    there has always been parachute payments, which do help but relegation always proves to be an expensive experience.

    I’m sorry but if the owner sells your best players and refuses to replace them then it is impossible to succeed, no matter how good a manager you are, what you and jesper are asking for is impossible m8, a different manager may not fail as spectacularly as a poor manager but they cannot succeed, it just cannot be done.

  • 11 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Who decided that Wonga is a fitting sponser?
    Who tryed to rename SJP?
    Who is trying to sell the plot of land not giving a jot about future expansion to make easy profit?

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    ‘Manage’ is also another term that requires definition. Pardew is employed, effectively as a head coach, not a manager. He doesn’t have total control, but this is no different from many club set ups around Europe. The set up isn’t what is wrong. It is the execution of the set up, and the wrong people in all key positions within the club.

    On the field, Pardew shoulders (or doesn’t given his fondness for excuses) the blame for tactics, deployment of resources, getting the maximum from them and style of play.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I am not going to repost my thoughts on this matter 🙂

    …go back if people wants to read ’em!

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Lilongwe…it’s not that I disagree with you it’s just that I need to be sure what we are actually discussing and what our expectations are 🙂

    …but I think we agree on most parts – and that is good enough for me! lol

  • 15 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Yes AP decided tactics and i agree he is utterly hopeless but who exactly would put up with MA?
    Are we to beleve a decent manager would be with us for a year once he sees the way our club is run?
    Would any decent manager put up with the player sales and zero investment?

  • 16 toon22 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Who decided to keep AP after he head butted a player live on national televison?

  • 17 JackButler // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Will the last person out the doors please turn off the lights

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I don’t think relegation would be as financially damaging this time to Ashley. He put £20million in last time around, to cover key costs, I think that would be more than covered by unspent profits this year. I am firmly of the opinion that relegation would only damage his advertising prospects of SD, but then it would allow for income of selling advertising space as he isn’t getting exposure for himself.

    I hope we get some players in, but I do think that with Pardew at the helm whoever comes in won’t be used to their full potential.

    All in all, it is not a great time to be a Newcastle fan.

    On that note, I am off to do a bit of coaching and remember why I love football, instead of the depressing life of a NUFC fan.

  • 19 cyprus // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    do you really know the answers to your questions? I don’t. For instance, how much money did MA ‘trouser’? The club’s annual statement says nothing. Are they fixing the books?

    AP has said that MA lets each person do his job. Maybe it’s not true.

    btw, I don’t know the answer to all my questions either. e.g. if the players are so poor then Carr must shoulder some blame too.

  • 20 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM


    I wish some bugger would turn Ashley’s bloody lights out !!!

  • 21 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Okay so it looks like we are trimming the fat before we sign anyone

    Felt sorry for Romain never really got a chance to show what he could do and when he did get a game was played on the left wing, which considering he was right footed and not a left winger was another Pardew special!!!Seems to be a recurring theme with our younger players that Pardew rarely plays them in their proper position that they play in the reserves or youths and then wonders why they look a bit clueless !!

    What we should have done when we signed him was loan him out for the first year to an english team

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    That Columbian players we are linked with can play in three positions – he would be ideal for Pardew, and then he could play him in his least preferred position 😀

  • 23 richyg01 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    WHY is it being reported that we HAVE TO SELL BEFORE WE CAN BUY?

    WTF is all the money???

  • 24 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Assley runs his businesses as though he was back in the early 20th century under a stalinist rule. He is a despot, a tyrant whose word is gospel and woe betide anyone who crosses him.

    His rule is that everyone who works for him does so with the only aim of making his personal fortune bigger whilst working under pauper type conditions in comparison to similar businesses.

    Criticism of any decisions he makes is met with the perpetrators hung drawn and quartered publicly never to be seen or heard if again.

    Customer service is an unknown term to him and he fails to understand his responsibilities to the wider community.

    His staffing choices revolve around the downright cheap nasty desperate and untalented usually on contracts way way below their market value.

    I simply cannot understand how this man continues to rake in the money.

    I can only conclude that he is a total unmitigated bastard who cares about noone but himself.

    These types usually get their comeuppance in the end and hope the day rapidly comes when one cold wet and misty sunday morning, police find his body swinging from the tyne bridge by his buster browns

    Rant over

  • 25 shearermania // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Newcastle United reminds me so much of my wife…weve been through so many ups and downs and witness so many high and lows, but the last decade we have stagnated a fair bit.
    everyday i look at her and she seems a bit older and a tiny bit uglier, like she lost her glow, her aura and her sex appeal.
    weve started to just accept each other and with each day the time ticking away it seems our passion fades.
    unfortunately im too loyal and would never dream of finding someone else and will always stick with her.
    my club – my wife…until death do us apart

  • 26 JamesToon // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    Jorge Sampaoli and Gerardo Martino both “disciples” of Bielsa, would be able to get the best out of our current squad and would bring a new exciting philosophy of high pressing and attacking football.

    Gus Poyet is currently doing this at Sunderland and as much as i hate to say they are slowly becoming better than us and we are falling behind, they have an owner who may not have the resources but is ambitious and a young modern manager with modern ideas and a determined team.

  • 27 Markaccus // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    Is there also a fat bloke selling off all the best parts of your wife? 😀

  • 28 Bambams // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I can honestly see Debuch, Sissoko and Tiote being sold this window. The money generated will be used to sign five players all for undisclosed amounts of money.

    The club will tgen spin ALL the money has been spent.

    At the end of the day ash is just a waste of a fat skin bag and he will have to live with legendary status of being the worst premiership chairman who did not have a clue. The other chairman must laugh at this clown. Why the hell did he buy our club.

    I no way agree with any form of aggression but ashley will be hated even more this coming season, the stewards will have to keep watch for the ‘drunken idiot’ who may take things too far.

    Just wish he would come out and say once he makes the profit he wants he will sell up. When that will be is anyone’s guess.

  • 29 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM


    Great anology but I am assuming the missus is still screwing every drop of…errrrr…optimism out of you?…….lol

  • 30 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    James Toon

    Considering Sunderlands second half of the season in comparison to ours which included a cup final appearance and not forgetting they took us to the cleaners TWICE ubder Poyet, I would say they have already sped past us at a huge rate of knots

  • 31 shearermania // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    i used to be very active in this forum but honestly these days – yes i read the comments but i just cant be bothered anymore…i cant even muster an eff this and eff that…i have become numb….its sad but i have no optimism anymore, we have gone through this so many times in past transfer windows about whos coming in and its all just a huge let down… in my previous anology – everyday the passion fades a bit more and i now just hope that something will happen one way or the other.
    but im now beyond getting upset, mad or dissapointed – i have accepted our current fate.

  • 32 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Sunderland are already way ahead of us

    we lost to fulham for ross maccomark.

  • 33 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM


    Cialis will solve the problem with the missus. A labotomy us the solutiob to the NUFC problem.. lol

  • 34 shearermania // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    expat…..Cialis i had to google that…..might do the trick 🙂

  • 35 Markaccus // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    The only way Pardew will be sacked is if he somehow gets a good run of results. If we look like going on a cup run, or qualifying for europe, Ashley will sack him instantly! It would cost him too much!

  • 36 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM


    No worries mate. Take one tablet 30 minutes before the deed, shut your eyes, think of england and…….wallop… you go mate…

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    shearemania – I usually view the blog each day with that initial feeling of optimism -then get brought back down to reality
    After reading your post -my God – it will take me some time to get my spirits up today. The care free days of youth sadly never ever return and beauty rarely improves with age. We will all end up in carehomes -sitting in a Queen Anne chair mumbling and slavering -and singing along with the grannies to Knees up Mother Brown played on a honky tonk piano with broken keys. Now where’s that revolver.

  • 38 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM


    Assley wont sack Pardew or his cronies because they all have 6 years left on their lucrative contracts and it would cost the fat twat millions.

    We are stuck with the lot of them

  • 39 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I don’t understand ??
    are they joking ? what they are doing for now ??
    selling selling selling ? and no quality comes in !!!!

  • 40 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM


    Oh my god, I am on the phone to C as I type

  • 41 Markaccus // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM


    wallop?? doesn’t stella have the same effect?

  • 42 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM


    Yes. She is a canny lass too….lol

  • 43 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    this is a very depressing site today, I going to take the dogs for a walk, with a bit luck we may have signed someone by the time I get back.

  • 44 JamesToon // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    FFS a european club has already bid for Jefferson Montero, we NEED him, a winger who can actually cross.

  • 45 shearermania // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    spoof…i suggest you go for a longer walk than usual

  • 46 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM


    More likely to have sold another one mate

  • 47 JamesToon // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I can just see this being our transfer window in terms of selling players:

    – Krul
    – Debuchy
    – Tavernier
    – Yanga-M’Biwa
    – Amalfitano
    – Anita
    – Ferguson
    – Vuckic
    – Ben Arfa
    – Marveaux
    – Jonas
    – Obertan

    So from there we need at least 8 players, and i mean at the very least.

    who the hell are we gonna replace them with??? Charnley already looks like the new Joe F***ing Kinnear

  • 48 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    So let me guess this right

    We need to sell before we can buy.

    So the following have left

    De jong

    We have brought in


    We made a profit of 10 mill last season, got an extra 30 mill from Sky and over 20 mill in transfer fees plus estimated salary savings from the above of 5 mill.

    Can someone tell me why we have to sell to buy?

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Spoof…that’s going to a long walk mate 😉

  • 50 Our Toon // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I think both MA and Percy are to blame, there are plenty of managers around the world that have to deal with this kind of owner, they don’t employ hoofball and pick players like Gosling and Shola even though they are leaving. For me the blame lies solely with Pards on this though, Percy is very happy being a YES man.

  • 51 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    expat – we learn new things each day sometimes I am astounded. What’s all this about cialis and wearing ladies lingerie. It seems to me that you really should not offer “advice pertinent to the boudoir” to fellow bloggers.
    As has just been pointed out why do you want to wallop a lady as part of this process – do you use a whip or a cane for this brutality.

  • 52 stuart no9 // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    shearermania—– if i was you , id get rid mate. and give your seat up as well , or you will never be happy any more. haha

  • 53 stuart no9 // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    shearermania—- i feel the same about my mrs — just yesterday she shouted ‘ you think more of newcastle united than you do of me , i shouted back ‘ i think more of sunderland than i think of you . could be a solicitors letter coming shortly after that one .

  • 54 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    Unlike the usual staid british form of lovemaking you are used to, having a russian beauty 22 years younger than me for a wife brings its own wide ranginf form of excitement and intimacy to ensure a longer lasting pleasure cycle whilst instilling a sense of satisfaction for both parties…

    In other words, I last much longer than your boring 5 mibute grope…….so I have heard.

  • 55 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM


    Brilliant. Fell off my chair laughing at that

  • 56 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    That should be aimed at Tuff…

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    expat – why are you addressing blogs to yourself. First we hear about your dubious boudoir advice and now we learn you are also riding a cycle at the same time.
    Man – please revert to beer googles.

  • 58 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM


    Possibly blame the minor error which incidentally I rectified, on the nice bottle of south australian cabernet savignon recently consumed with great vigour

  • 59 martoon // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    shearermania @25 – Good analogy but I hope for your sake that your missus doesn’t read this blog – otherwise it is going to be very quiet in your house for a while 🙂

  • 60 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM


    Last tine I will be on the blog for a week or so. It is 11.15pm here and this time tomorrow night, we will be departing melbourne for the sunny beaches of fiji.

  • 61 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Exciting Breaking News from NUFC

    A new high quality restaurant for match day hospitality.

  • 62 JamesToon // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Laudrup now manager of Qatar club, he says that it may be his final phase in coaching. What’s he gonna do after that then?!

  • 63 Average_Contents // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM


    Just seen that! Exiting times indeed although I don’t think that’s what the fans want somehow!

  • 64 Thump // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Best of luck to the lad. He just wasn’t good enough here, but what were we expecting from a free transfer from a relegated team?

  • 65 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Exciting Breaking News from NUFC

    A new high quality restaurant for match day hospitality.

    what now? a restaurant is like a new signing?

  • 66 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Ok guys. The long wait could be over soon. Someone is saying the imminent arrival of SiemDe Jong followed by Cabella soon.

    Will believe this when I see photos of them in a newcastle shirt on the steps of sjp

  • 67 Phatoon // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM


    who tells such fiction???

  • 68 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    expat -have a good holiday – when you get back send me a couple of pics to prove you were not wearing your bush gear, corked hat, boots and socks.

  • 69 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Some bloke called joe made a comment at the end of a malcolm douglas chronicle article about the last time the club spent 10mill on a player.

  • 70 expatmag // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM


    Board shorts, singlet, zinc cream and the obligatory tinnie, mate.

    Thanks and see you soon

  • 71 Average_Contents // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM


    Joe…….. We’ll leave it at that lol

  • 72 70TWO // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM


  • 73 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    that is liken to a pit canteen

  • 74 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Seem to have a hell of a lot of players leaving on free’s, what happened to the club saying they wouldn’t let players run down there contracts?

    Thread bare squad with no one bought in and pre season fast approaching
    Top class planing right there!

    And what’s all this BS the journos keep printing about us have to sell before we buy to free up funds, we must of netted the best part of £70 mil last season ffs!

  • 75 martoon // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    expatmag @69 – Anybody can write a comment on the Chronicle articles – it doesn’t mean there is any truth in it. Normally there would be some rumours on Twitter as well if there was any substance to it.

  • 76 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    And tbh the state of the squad and who’s fault it is is now null and void

    Could a different manager of got better out the squad last season, no doubt
    But as the squad stands, not a manager out there that could keep a team with no goals in it and no cover in the PL

  • 77 weg // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Pardew and Ashley are two dastardly villains in the same sick play! One, an inept manager with no tactical nouse, no understanding of modern football, and no concept of how to tell the truth. The other, an owner who doesn’t see players – only dollar signs, thinks the fans are irrelevant, and only sees the club as a notice board for his tatty sports retail empire.
    Arguing over who is the biggest problem is pointless. They both need to sling their hooks. The only thing we should think about is who is the easiest to get rid of. Pardew, for me!
    He needs to be given grief on matchdays until he can’t bear in anymore!
    Maybe if he goes, we can then focus on protesting against the owner!

  • 78 Belfast // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    We signed the wrong ferking brother…

  • 79 Belfast // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Yeah it’s a bit strange getting rid of all these players. The so called underbelly of our already small squad.

    There gonna need to make a lot of signings like.
    I have absolutely no faith in it happening though.

  • 80 Sazzer // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Will Hughes ?@willhughes44
    Delighted to have a signed a new deal at Derby! Hoping for a big season this year.

  • 81 Kebabacus // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    More dead wood gone, hopefully clearing the decks for a veritable orgy of signings!

  • 82 Slank // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM


    ‘…bit strange getting rid of all these players. The so called underbelly of our already small squad…’

    Not strange as the fans on here over the season have been demanding that the club get rid of players like Amalfitano, Gosling, Tavernia, Ameobi etc. I’m sure there is more to come or go. The club is doing what the fans want.

    The players who have gone were never in the squad as most were out on loan except for the odd cameo from Gosling and Ameobi every now and then.

  • 83 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    assley go rot in hell

  • 84 Sazzer // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Southampton have agreed a 6 m £ fee with Twente over Dusan Tadic.

    WTF TWENTE – You are the same club that demanded a ridiculus fee for Luuk De Jong. Now you let Southampton with a 50-70 m £ transferkitty pay almost same fee that Twente bought Tadic from Groningen for in the first place.

  • 85 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    assley,parclott and co
    best go skip ratting for cast offs

  • 86 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Nufc is all about an affordable day out with the lads.
    Football is secondary.
    True fans have grasped this profitable point.
    And good riddance to the rest.


    Uncle Mike.

  • 87 nut meg // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    FC Twente are in financial difficulties & are having to sell players. Dusan Tadic is the one player I wanted us to get now it looks like he’s on his way to S/hamton.I’m off to have a good F#####G cry.

  • 88 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Band B -what’s the matter with Ben Sherman shirts?

  • 89 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    assley will sign no-one of note
    keep telling yourselves he will and you will crack

  • 90 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM


    I love Ben Sherman shirts.
    I just wish they made a wider range of them.
    Perhaps ones with interesting talking points embroidered on the cuffs.

  • 91 the truth will out // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    navy blue gingham button down collars sta-press and loafers

  • 92 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    BandB -I have quite a few Ben Sherman shirts -decent quality stuff. Don’t get the embroidered on the cuffs bit! Not firing on all cylinders today.

  • 93 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM


    I made the remark in support of a comment I made about “routine men with routine thoughts.”
    It’s a girl thing.
    I knew a man who wouldn’t have been seen dead in a Ben Sherman shirt.
    However, he was seen dead in a wetsuit, his ability to look like a strong swimmer somewhat outstripping by his ability to actually swim.
    At least you are still around to make conversation.

  • 94 Average_Contents // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM


    As you say many have wanted them gone but on the premise that replacements are brought in to erm..well replace them! Not got a problem with getting rid, what I and many others are worried about is there isn’t going to be any player’s lined up and the squad or underbelly of it is just going to get left then the old “we’ll make do with what we’ve got” bollox will inevitably get spewed and it’s us who have to suffer watching complete and utter dross! That’s the issue here!

  • 95 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Couldn’t disagree more
    Fans didn’t want them got shot of full stop, they wanted upgrades to improve the quality of the squad
    We’ve been clearing the decks for 18 months now with no quality coming in
    Nobody coming in full stop actually until Colback popped up on a freebie, shame it’s in a position we really didn’t need

  • 96 Average_Contents // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    If your fine with that then good for you but it’s starting to bite us in the arse big time and by the club being “savvy” in the transfer market not many are holding out hope for a major overhaul, infact not many are confident we can actually get a couple of quality players over the bastard line

    We’ll just make do with the bare minimum instead!

  • 97 Mister Tuff // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    BandB – cheers think I get it now. Years ago Ben Sherman shirts were associated with the skinhead culture/ white working class racist types. I don’t know if the “association” still exists today or not.

  • 98 lesh // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Great signing for Dijon – especially as he couldn’t cut the mustard with us! 😀

    And, will we be able to name a squad that stands half a chance of surviving next season?

    And, we were gonna bid £9m for Lasogga eh? Always easy to say after the event.

    Ashley’s behaviour is becoming boring now and it’d be better if they all just kept their traps shut about transfers.

    And, so much for Pardew’s big transfer kitty he led us to believe he’d been promised. How many more times is he to be made to look a fool this season?

    Might be worth setting up a sweep?

  • 99 stuart no9 // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    mister tuff —- did you buy the real shermans or the fakes ???

  • 100 Sazzer // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    nut meg
    It hurts even more since there is no excuse like he went for a lot of money or to a CL club.

    Saints now have manage to get more money for Lallana than we got for Cabaye and managed to find to find a quality replacement in before us despite us selling in January.

  • 101 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Time to watch my favorite nationalteam after my home country of course 🙂

  • 102 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I said as soon as they made the remark that “all our business will be done before the World Cup starts” that it was one of those little in-jokes the club loves.
    I also said the “budget” for transfers would show a healthy profit when the window closes.
    We will, I promise, claim that the World Cup inflated prices so much it was just impossible to compete. Having previously claimed that it was impossible to sign players with their minds focused on the World Cup.
    Charnley is already copping the blame. Who could have possibly foreseen that?
    A club with a billionaire owner and a 50,000 gate is pleading poverty again. It needs to sell to buy. And it will sell. But if it buys at all, the signings will be opportunistic ones made on the basis of future returns, rather than to meet on-the-field needs.
    True fans will claim these are the facts of modern football. Or, with a miserable failure of irony, that this how it has always been.
    The truth has been spelled out on this blog.
    Football is secondary. To the owner, and to too many “fans.”

  • 103 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    lesh…I don’t think Pardue is being made to look like a fool – he is doing that on his own 😉 lol

  • 104 Bambams // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    What ash is doing is financial suicide. To not replace the purples we have lost and the purples we believe we are going to lose will without doubt relegate us.

    What the hell is he doing. If we get relegated it will cost him millions……

    He must have plans…..mustn’t he ?

    Fed up.

  • 105 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    BandB…and to the manager as well (it’s all about his job security, taking care of his wife and two daughters and still have enough money to go to the casino 😉 )

  • 106 nut meg // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I’m going to have a look tomorrow,if he signs for Southampton I’ll be interested to see what are the odds for Rodriguez to be leading goalscorer in the PL. Tadic creates goals by the bucket full & chances for fun…….OH…the F*****G pain.

  • 107 Spoof // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Still not signed anyone, well what a surprise ?

  • 108 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    I don’t distinquish between them.
    Punch and Judas.

  • 109 Slank // Jul 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Average Contents & ToonDownSouth

    Yes I agree in a perfect world it would be great if we had the incoming before the outgoing but if a club comes along and says they would like to have one of our lesser players do you say ‘hang on a minute’ or do you say ‘thank Christ for that’ and take their money and let the lad go?

    In the current situation none of the regular first team players (excluding part timers Gosling and Ameobi) have been sold. Of the two new boys, Colback is destined for the first team. I’m hoping the departures of some of the lesser lights will give others a greater opportunity.

  • 110 Rotonda heights // Jul 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I agree with Pardew on 2 things.

    1) English players are way too expensive
    2) May be some middle class, supposedly more intelligent and academic players wouldn’t be such a bad thing

    Where I differ is how anyone can fail so spectacularly in one season with

    Krul, Debuchy, Sissoko, Tiote, Mbiwa, Ben Arfa, Colocinni, Haidara, Cisse, Remy,


    Anita, Gouffran. Jonas, Marveaux, Armstrong, Obertan etc, etc.

  • 111 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM


    Thank the Lord we replaced Cabaye.
    Sports equal opportunities employer.

  • 112 Tsunki // Jul 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    We only have to cast our mind back to two blank transfer windows to see what s horrific lack of foresight this club has. Or more likely, leaving the squad to go stale right up to the world cup has all the hallmarks of wilful negligence. It’s a deliberate act to batten down the outgoings and tread water until it’s under the chin again. What a funny, funny game they are playing, has me in stitches.

  • 113 BandB // Jul 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM


    Hold my sides, Chuckle Brothers.
    I think they’ve just split.

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