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Magpies Still Need To Strengthen Defense This Summer

4:58 pm, Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 187 Comments

Former Newcastle United left-back Frank Clark played for Newcastle from 1962, when he  signed on from FA Amateur Cup winners Crook Town, and stayed until 1975, when he joined Nottingham Forest.

frank clark

Frank Clark – while at Newcastle United

Frank played 457 times for Newcastle in those 13 years, and in  total appearances for the club he’s only behind goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence (496 appearances 1904-1922)  and left-back Franck Hudspeth (472 appearances 1910-1929).

Frank of course played in the Inter-City F airs Cup winning side in  1969, and today he had this to say in the Shields Gazette about the current Newcastle defense:

“They are all very good Premier League players.” “They are all center-backs, so unless you play three at the back, you can’t get them all in the team at the same time.”

“Williamson has done very, very well, and has surprised me a little bit.” “Taylor is a local boy, whose heart and soul is in the club.”

“Coloccini is a top, top defender, so I think if they keep those three together, they will be OK there. They obviously need to invest elsewhere in the squad.”

We had these three center-backs at Newcastle last season, and we didn’t do too well, and we conceded 59 goals, the 6th most in the league,  and in the previous season we conceded 65 goals.

Maybe if we can keep these three on Tyneside and bring in another top center-back – maybe like Celtic’s 22 year-old center-back Virgil van Dijk –  we should be OK in central defense, and we have young central defenders like Curtis Good and Lubo Satka coming through too.

But our defense just isn’t up to scratch, and it’s hard to argue with the statistics of goals conceded.

We still think we need to strengthen our defense this summer – what do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – I was on a local Tyne Tees TV football discussion program way back in February 1970 with Frank, and was representing Newcastle University football,  and the discussion was centered on how we bring young players through in the area – does that sound familiar even for today?



Tags: Curtis Good · Fabricio Coloccini · Lubo Satka · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor



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187 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Frank Clark demonstrating exactly why nobody is willing to employ him as a manager anymore.

  • 2 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Curtis Good should be ready for prime time, either as a CB or LB. The only area that we need to strengthen is probably the RB position.

    um, Raylor?

  • 3 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Agreed Lilongwe!!

    AC i find your contribution helpful mate, in fact everyone’s contribution is helpful whether we agree or disagree

  • 4 roblee7 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I9oI0SNLyg

    Anyone ever seen this? Fer V Anita Rap battle! Haha. Next up, Williamson V Colo :)

  • 5 roblee7 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    What on earth have we done to Anita? Some of the stuff he did at Ajax looks great, not seen an ounce of it here. Some good goals on youtube too :(

  • 6 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    We need 2 or 3 centre backs. Micah Richards is available on the cheap.

  • 7 roblee7 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I’d personally walk to Manchester and back if it meant we got Richards! :)

  • 8 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    croftus5678
    I agree that Ba best position was as striker. However, Ben-arfa and Cisse both hit their form with him on the wing.

    Regardless it’s long time ago. So let’s not dwell on the past.

    We have now finally signed proper number 10. And hopefully we will sign few more exciting players.

  • 9 roblee7 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Anyone heard anything more on any striker deals?? That main priority for me, Cisse isn’t even half decent and hasn’t been for 2 years now, I so want hime to come good again but how he is still wearing the number 9 shirt is beyond me

  • 10 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    If Richards costs 2m, yeah. Otherwise, MA wouldn’t sign.

  • 11 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    roblee7
    Yes I saw it when we signed him.

    Wait until you hear their steamy “baby making” song Sweet Sweet:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnNLRP_l0us

  • 12 roblee7 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    HAHAHA, what is that song about Sazzer??!! :D

  • 13 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I believe we would be prepared to pay £6m for Richards. Debuchy is gone. We need to sign Richards or Corchia. I would also take Nathan Redmond and look at replacing Tiote with Leroy Fer.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    lilongwe @1 spot on – the three defenders Frank Clark mentions – not to put too finer point on it last season were not very good (anyone in doubt please check league table).

    toonicle – why were you objecting to my repoly to expatmag earlier on?

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    error repoly = reply

  • 16 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t know roblee7. I understand as much as you do.

  • 17 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    There is also this video of Alan Pardew singing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomkssQel8g

  • 18 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Ketsbaia9
    Corchia have moved to Lille.

  • 19 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Kets, I am afraid that Nathan Redmond would be Sissoko’s replacement if we ever get them. Don’t forget that Sissoko’s now the RM for us, not Ben Arfa.

  • 20 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Genoa have announced they have today completed the signing of Sevilla forward Diego Perotti.

  • 21 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Juventus have signed French prodigy Kinglsey Coman on a free transfer after his PSG contract expired.

  • 22 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Well the one day I don’t check the blog we actually sign someone :) . De Jong is a good player as well, I remember watching him destroy Man City in the Champions League and wondered which big club would go in for him .

    ————Sissoko————-Tiote—————

    —HBA————–De Jong———-Cabella—

    —————Lacazette/Aubameyang————

    Still a possibility .

    Also I watched the USA V Belgium game last night and was impressed with both the American centre backs and the right back Yedlin . Could be worth a try as squad players ? .

  • 23 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Sazzer, I thought Kingsley Coman can’t be transferred for free… or free + some tribunal fee because he’s too young.

  • 24 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Yedlin is good, but do US players require any visa playing in Europe?

  • 25 Thump // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    @Pizzicato: The same as other non-Euro players. Generally if they’ve played for the national team it’s a little easier to secure a work permit.

  • 26 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie
    Nothing about it in the announcement but limited space on twitter so there probably will be agent fees, development etc.

    Anyhow we missed out. Looks like Juve working on snapping up Rabiot as well.

  • 27 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    1 ST
    1 LM
    1 CB
    that’s all what we need .
    there is no need to sign 2 Strikers
    we have Gouffran who can play as a Striker
    Abeid could be a good replacement for the main LM
    and I hope 2 or 3 U-18 players come too
    maybe a center back and an attacking midfielder .

  • 28 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Man, Rabiot for 3m Euro is soooo cheap.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    We need another striker -a main striker. Gouffran although a hard working player is not the answer. His career average is about 1 goal in 3-4 games. Really not enough for anyone partnering de Jong -or for us to do better this season compared to last season.

  • 30 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Thump
    I thought it was something stupid like they had to of played 75% of there countries competitive fixtures over a 3 year period for a work permit from outside the EU?
    That’s why Stoke have struggled so much with Shea? And think there’s another player too, plus why Campbell hasn’t previously featured for Arsenal

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Pizzicato
    Wow really? Where’s he gone too? Great prospect that lad

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Thump
    Explains it a bit better here

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2415140/FA-tighten-work-permit-rules-limit-foreign-influx-Premier-League.html

    Doubt we’d get a work permit for Yedlin

  • 33 bladeuser // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Frank clark is going senile all our centre backs r championship class at best colo was very good but has lost it taylor do i really need to say anything and willo to many people have been taken in he cannot pass dribble shoot score any headers at the right end he is a plodder who was the best of a very bad bunch

  • 34 Thump // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    @tads: I wasn’t aware of some of that, actually. It could be argued that he’s young and hasn’t had the opportunity to shine yet. If City or one of the big clubs wanted him, though…

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Thump
    Aye mate, that’s what the mail article was saying, you can appeal on certain grounds, obviously helps if your a media favourite…..
    Knowing our luck we’d end up with a points deduction!

  • 36 Kebabacus // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    As it stands:

    ————Cisse

    ——Ben Arfa–Siem

    —Colback-Tiote-Sissoko

    Haidara-Colo-Yanga-Debuchy

    ————Krul

    Not too shabby. Left-footers on the left and right-footers on the right. Good balance.

    We are crying out for a big, fast Lukaku-type striker, a bit of pace on the wings and a young defender or two to keep the old guard on their toes.

  • 37 Toon Tang // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Kebabacus, that’s probably the most perfect looking crimbo tree formation I’ve ever seen. Big ups

  • 38 bladeuser // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Dont get me wrong any signing is most welcome but please siem do not insult our intelligence by stating
    Two outrageous points 1st the reason u came was mainly pardew and that champions league football is the goal nufc make me puke is this why our best right back is going and now sissoko wants out and all our targets othet clubs r interested who was in siem de jong or were nufc so fast off the mark nobody wad aware of it lol lol lol lol

  • 39 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    I am just wondering whether there could be a “reprieve” for Benny seeing that we’ve signed de Jong. Due to the lack of poor forwards recently having a player who might do clever runs, has a bit of skill might tempt Benny to pass to them. In some situations if I was Benny -I wouldn’t pass to some of the players on the basis that nothing productive would ensue – thus I might as well do it myself.

  • 40 Kebabacus // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Toon Tang: Thanks! It could do with some lights and a 6 foot 4, 20 million pound angel up top ;)

  • 41 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I really want Ben Arfa to just get his head down and train hard and work on his team play. Doing that is simple enough and would pay dividends with a couple more intelligent players around him.
    I also pray that we actually find a good system next year and work to it, individuals knowing their roles and working hard in them. I’m sick of seeing us look entirely devoid of tactical awareness and team play. God I’d love new coaches.

  • 42 lesh // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Roblee7…..

    What on earth have we done to Anita?

    Ever heard of Alan Pardew but it’s no good asking him, he hasn’t a clue how he ruins talented players.

    He modestly claims that it ‘Just comes naturally’.

    Such modesty, what a hero, errre well

  • 43 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I want another pacey Remy like striker (Lacazette,Doumbia,Aubameyang) as a target man would just encourage Pardew to play hoof ball .

    Especially when Pardew played Ba & Ameobi up front . Dear God that was awful to watch although id did produce one memorable result against Man U .

  • 44 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Big pappa cisse

    It wasn’t a pretty sight but at least it was effective. And we were still attacking

  • 45 clinath@ed // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Do you think Pardew is setting us up for a 3-5-2 formation next season?

  • 46 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Kebacus

    For attacking players we need Aubameyang, Lacazette and Cabella. Cabella is more of a creative winger but can play in the hole. As for defenders Caulker would be good and Yedlin but it may be difficult to get him a work permit. If we can’t get caulker then perhaps a left footed centre back in Eder alvarez balanta? Again it would be tough to get a work permit

  • 47 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    clinath

    at the moment our team is well suited to play 4-3-3/4-2-3-1, but i think 3-5-2 could be a good formation as we have good attacking wing backs, de jong can play in front of tiote and sissoko.

  • 48 Kebabacus // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think having Messi and Neymar up front would make Pardew produce anything but hoofball. He would probably bench them and put Krul and Sammy up there anyway.

    My thinking is we are going to play that way, so why not do it well? Besides, most teams at least have the option of the big man, and we should replace Shola. Doesn’t mean we can’t get a Lacazette type as well.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Geremi – it is quite evident watching the Toon play that there is no system, regular situations learned in training -applied on the ptch. As many on here have remarked in the past we look like a team of blokes who have just recently met and have no idea what teamates may do. Getting de Jong and hopefully another striker may put an enphasis, or more of an emphasis on attacking play.

  • 50 clinath@ed // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    We never seem to get the 2 centre half combination right, so perhaps Colocini in there between two others may offer a solution. Shouldn’t need 2 holding players in the middle either.
    His fear of not letting fullbacks get forward, or insisting forwards track back should, if it was worked right, be eliminated.

  • 51 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    I just find it Hilarious that Klinsman has the USA playing better build up play than Pardew can for NUFC .

  • 52 Kebabacus // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    JamesToon:

    With you on Caulker and Yedlin. Caulker gets goals and Yedlin is super-quick. At one point last night he reminded me of a young Bellamy, chasing down lost causes and somehow getting there first.

  • 53 scout // Jul 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    ASHLEYS GOT HIS BONUS I SEE

  • 54 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    We need to keep Debuchy if we are going 3-5-2. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it considering Colo get crushed in the air and Willo on the ground.

    Lamine Sane would be great addition regardless to our defense his fee said to be around 2.5 m € cause his contract is running out. Basically nothing.

    Sell S.Taylor get Sane in please.

  • 55 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    B&B
    from a while back, I was a season ticket holder for over 20 years so don’t ever accuse me of being a square telly viewer, I gave my ticket up last year out of protest and it is killing me but I will persevere, that does not make me a good or a bad supporter, we all protest in our own ways bonny lad so take your self rightious pompous attitude and stick it as far as you can.

  • 56 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Want to see Remy Cabella, Grenier, and Lacazette signed by the end of next week. That’ll just leave us in need of a centre back and a striker.

  • 57 Toon Tang // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Kebabacus40 Haaaa indeed it could mate.

    We will probably get the 6ft 4, but more likely closer to 2 million eh.

  • 58 colwell // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Stating the obvious???

    We had one of the worst goals conceded last year if we sell Debs our best defender we are fooked. Santon plays everyone onside and will again be a weak link. As it stands we still don’t have goals in the team and still have the same defense that played so w@nk last year.

  • 59 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Kebabacus
    For the cheap option I would love Zouma on loan for a season and hopefully Satka or streete could step up to the plate.
    I think Kouyate will be an excellent addition at west ham for 7 mill as well. Virgil at celtic aint worth 8 mill and I would have thought we would have been able to strike a good deal for him as well

  • 60 colwell // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Stating the obvious???

    We had one of the worst goals conceded last year if we sell Debs our best defender we are fcuked. Santon plays everyone onside and will again be a weak link. As it stands we still don’t have goals in the team and still have the same defense that played so w@nk last year.

  • 61 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Still on about Pardew spoiling the worlds best like Campbell(failed in Scotland), Abied who was so wonderful that an offer of £500k would be tempting enough, Ferguson who is now a Birmingham reserve, Tavernier has megger clubs like Rotherham and Wigan looking at him, ffs sake people wake up and look at who want this Pardewed lot, not a premier club in sight, ffs behave .

  • 62 Toon Tang // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Sazzer, we could never have a toon player with ‘Sane’ written on their back surely !

  • 63 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    “Santon plays everyone onside” since whenever has Santon been back far enough to play anyone onside, you must be watching a different Santo to me, if he ever played anyone onside I would be relieved as it would show a sign of learning how to defend.

  • 64 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Toon Tang
    True.

  • 65 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Toon Tang

    having Sane written on your back would not be good, but it could be worse, it could be Wonga.

  • 66 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Swansea busy again…..Emnes from Middlesbrough on a 3 year

  • 67 colwell // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Spoof

    I lost count on how many times Santon did that, Colo would step forward with the others Santon didn’t click on until it was too late. He was also very weak in the challenge and time again lost one on one’s something Debs did rarely.

  • 68 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    jazzyp

    Emnes, I would rather have Shola

  • 69 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Zouma on loan would be a good signing.

    We need to clear out the following:

    Obertan
    Dummett
    Williamson
    Bigirimana
    Saylor

    We now have the following players who can play up front:

    Cisse
    Gouffran
    Siem De Jong

    Only signing 2 strikers would be enough for that department for a while.

  • 70 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Spoof
    Agree mate on that one. Who’s upset you tonight lol !!

  • 71 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Be interesting to see Siem’s shirt number when announced. Will be take the number 10 from Ben Arfa (Siem wore 10 at Ajax) or will he be handed number 4 who’s former owners include Kevin Nolan and Yohan Cabaye in recent years.

  • 72 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    We did say the cogs were turning on Tyneside and lots of work being done. Fully expecting Cabella to join once World Cup finished #NUFC#Soccer sauce

  • 73 OhSholaAmeobi // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Coloccini getting slow? He’s faster than all our other centre backs bar Mbiwa? Anybody actually watch the games?

  • 74 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    rather have shola than emnes, i take it you haven’t seen emnes play for swans.

    Dear me

  • 75 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    jazzy

    he will get the number 10 as benny will be sold I think they have the offer from Qatar, think there waiting to see if there are any other offers if not they will pack him off there

  • 76 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    colwell

    forget it m8, even though I want Pardew out I will point blank refuse to blame him for everything which happens at the too, yes we could do better with someone else, but I get sick of hearing about Wenger, Moyes(at Everton), Simione ect, yes they have done well but with some backing, they sell but then they buy, we sell and Ashley keeps the money but still Pardew gets the blame, Pardew may not be a good manager, but anyone blaming anyone other than Ashley really has got to be very very sick, I do apologise for this as I am normally restrained, but enough is enough, ffs wake up you sad little specimens and look at what he is doing to us, stop being the school bully picking on the weak who is Pardew and be a man and stand up to the bully who is Mike Ashley, there is no hiding, are you going to be a school yard wimp and fold with your constant slander of the already bullied Pardew, or will you be a man possibly for the first time and hound the cancer away from our club.

  • 77 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Beermonkey
    You happy with the signing of SDJ mate. Think he could turn out to be a cracking player to have on our books.
    Still think we need at least 2 out and out forwards brought in this summer.

  • 78 Sliema // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Well said Spoof.

  • 79 Rotonda heights // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Spoof

    Get over yourself. Pardew is the luckiest man alive to get this gig and he knows it.

    For someone who wants him out you make more excuses than the man does himself.

    After the 6 payers we bought in the other January we got worse not better. Please don’t tell me Sunderland had a better squad than us.

    As for calling people pathetic specimens – nice!

  • 80 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Noswaith dda welsh.

  • 81 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    how are you this evening Belfast

  • 82 Rotonda heights // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    You know fine well it’s not the taverniers, fergusons etc we’re talking about, but rather the Ben Arfas, MYMs etc, ie full French internationals, a bit like Tevez and Mascherano who were obviously nowhere near as good Mullins and Harewood !!!!

  • 83 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Da Welshie da

    Diolch yn fawr.

  • 84 clinath@ed // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Debuchy on the rh side of a 5 man midfield would be superb. As long as it’s OUR midfield eh?
    Santon, Haidara or Goufron on the left…..anyone know?

  • 85 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Belfast what do you think of de jong signing

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    by the way are you trying to talk welsh, i give up if i was you

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Does anybody on here want France to lose on Friday so we can get our players in.

  • 88 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Poor old Percy – he is obviously being bullied by that gros scumbag Mr “El Gourdo” Tubbs. Is there no limit to this scoundrels base behaviour. Percy is terrified to leave his post
    Poor old Percy is so terrified of his boss Mr Tubbs that it now appears that Percy is showing symptoms of succumbing to Stockholm Syndrome (sympathising/showing empathy towards his captor).
    This was evidence clearly last season when Percy dedicated a result to his captor Mr Tubbs.
    Fans need to get together and form a squad
    of able men to scale the outer bastions of St James Park to rescue ol’ Percy.
    I hadn’t realised things had got this bad.

  • 89 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Le Welsh.

    Ydych chi’n siarad ?

    De Jong is a good signing, but useless if it’s not followed by more 5- 6 more good signings.

  • 90 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    RH

    you miss understand me, he should be gone but this witch hunt is pathetic m8, it really is, I’ll give you an example,this is what I responded too

    Arsenal, they’ve always had the money however it’s Wenger who has decided that it shouldn’t be spent, he seemed content with his team and yet they achieve 4th every year and dont revert to hoofball. AMAZING CONCEPT I KNOW

  • 91 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    jazzy

    yeah happy I think he is a good signing,
    and I think he will get better good age and good leadership skills and not bad goals and assists c
    I would still bring his brother in if he were cheap enough
    we still need a 15 goal striker in and a couple of wingers

  • 92 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    this was my reply

    So Arsenal don’t spend even though they have money because Arson doesn’t want to spend it, Ozil £43m, Podolski £11m, Giroud £13m, Cazorla £20m, Monreal £8.5m, Gervinho £10.5m, Chaimberlain £12m, Santos £6m, Arteta £10m, Mertersacker £10m and they are all within the last 3 years, look at all the £10m+ signings, Pardew has never had a £10m signing and Ashley has only done it once with Colo, and how long ago was that, but yes Arsenal just like us show no ambition and they don’t spend nor reinvest like us so I suppose it is a fair comparison………………..the ridiculous lengths people go too to try and make Pardew look poor is astounding, do people actually realise what they are saying ?

    in all honesty can you really argue against my claim that it is pathetically over the top, I know that we tend to disagree but howay, at times yoiu have to say fair enough that is way over the top ?

  • 93 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Quiet day compared to yesterday. Not just for Newcastle but for transfermarket as a whole.

  • 94 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    alreet lads, been a while since I last posted but feel the need to add a little clarity on our new signing… the ‘once’ mighty SDJ and his spontaneous pneumothorax!

    It is a fancy name for a collapsed lung, caused without injury/trauma, I have suffered this same problem in 2004 with the only medical explanation given was that due to my height my lung ‘popped’, this can also happen when in a pressured environment ie. underwater or at a height (flying).

    Basically what I’m rying to say is that this will affect SDJ’s fitness as it did mine as the lung capacity is reduced in the affected lung. I think that’s why we have got him at a reduced fee – circa £6m.

    He is a top player and hopefully won’t hold him back from developing further – as the silver lothario has told us he is an intelligent player (this is very hard to argue with) so does not rely on physique/fitness as much as Sissoko for eg.

    I only seen the news tis afternoon about is signing and quite honestly it has blown me away and given me a spring in my step (probs only temporary until the next pr disaster occurs)!!!

    onward and upward
    HWTL’s

  • 95 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Welsh
    what’s happened to Jail ?? You hounded the poor chap off the blog lol !!

  • 96 mindshaft // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Some of the non stars playing for smaller World Cup teams have looked really good, reality is that some of those Chile, Armenia, USA players have already tried a better standard of football and failed – commitment to the cause over 4/5 games is different to a 45 game season ( providing we get past first round of cups) – they play for pride when playing for country, would they do that for toon …. Doubt it, you may get the odd game but effort only takes you so far

  • 97 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    BTW lads, we aren’t that far off stoke – the most active EPL team in the window with 4 signings!

  • 98 mindshaft // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Saying that, I guess that’s the pards way so I expect us to sign few

  • 99 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    mindshaft

    got that spot on buddy, that’s why WC’s and euro’s are a false economy!

  • 100 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Krul its all academic m8, on here they believe he is fantastic, a world beater, £6/6.5m for a world beater hehehe, they are having a laugh, his fee was that high for a reason, that being that’s what he is worth, but when the reality comes through that he is not good enough it will because he has been Pardewed, sorry all but he was well and truly Pardewed before he got here, and well before he got here ?

  • 101 Spoof // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    mindshaft

    look at Diouf for Liverpool, a WC wonder who was a waste of space at Liverpool, how many times does this happen, fringe players could be a bit hungrier.

  • 102 scout // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    France will get tonked friday and brazil will wipe colombia 3-0 you heard it here first

  • 103 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    scout spoof

    we have a club that’s to tight to get involved with bidding on wc stars
    so it will not affect us

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Krul…it doesn’t have to affect your lung capacity according to the missus whom is a cand.scient.med :)

  • 105 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    94jazzyp

    well people on try to wind me up but it backfires on them big time

  • 106 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Jazzyp…so that’s why it’s so nice being on the blog again ;)

  • 107 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    those who said we would not buy new players are looking a bit sheepish now.

  • 108 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Jesp

    I went from semi pro to amateur level at best within 1 season, took my fitness away!

  • 109 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    when i got insulted last week because i said Debuchy wasn’t worth 12 million, he’s been very quiet with me, and he’s been on here today, and then you have got the other clown on here trying to insult the welsh but like i said it always backfires because they haven’t said anything to me since.

    Ha hs ha

  • 110 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Krul…sorry to hear that mate!

    ….and I have no concept of what you can or cannot do after you have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax! :)

    Just going by what the missus tells me!

  • 111 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    we will get 12 mill for welsh

  • 112 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    i know we will get 12 million for him i just don’t think he’s worth it

  • 113 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Now don’t start beermonkey

    Ha ha ha

  • 114 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    hehehe

    speaking of starting where is geordietwo hiding

  • 115 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Evening all,

    I see we’ve got another one over that line…I can’t see how S.De Jong is anything but a decent signing for us.

    He may not be “world class”, as his price tag confirms, but we were hardly expecting any of those were we?

    Still, whilst I was pleased to see some sort of progress being made, I still can’t get over this depressing feeling of does it actually matter?

    We can go on about players, managers, tactics, whatever, the clubs aims, as set out by the owner are beyond pathetic and that is the problem with our club, in my humble opinion…of course.

    Yes, we can address other aspects which would take the edge off, can’t argue with that, but until the owner actually wants to try and achieve something..where are we going and what is the point?

    We’re actively not competitive, unless it’s making money. Everything else is secondary.

    Ugghh. I best go, doesn’t appear that I have anything cheery to say :)

    So, yeah, welcome to the toon Siem.

    P.S. Anyone else a little worried that we’ve paid out cash for a player before offloading Benny, marv, Mbiwa, etc? I hope we don’t go skint in the meantime…

  • 116 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Ibiza…go back to your sangria will ya ;)

  • 117 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Jesper…That sangria brought me here mate…might need to change my drink :)

    How’s things?

  • 118 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Spoof

    I ask again seeing as you blatently refuse to answer the questions: What has Wenger spent over the last 6 seasons compared to what he has sold?

    You made an excuse for Pards saying that he can only play hoofball because he doesnt have the SQUAD to play the ball on the deck. I made the Sunderland comparison and you shut up and ignored that debate, same as the Tevez debate….i provided you with proof a few weeks back when you called RH on it and your response was “I don’t need to read that”

    Personally I feel you are a closet Percy fan which is good for you mate, but please stop saying you don’t like the guy…..you make more excuses for him than pards himself. Before you ask us to stand up against the regime instead of the manager maybe you should ask yourself what the manager is doing in all this INJUSTICE AGAINST HIM….Ahh thats right F*** All

  • 119 Graeme // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Greetings Ibiza – are you having a jolly time over there??

  • 120 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Still hiding from the NoNluts hit squad. No, actually just finished the big house move. Should be back online more often to annoy everyone soon. Not sure SdJ will be good enough. Hoping for a young CB and 3 strikers. Sort out Benny as well Pardew. We need a lot more to come in and a few to leave soon. Beermonkey I will be back to deal with you soon mate. Harrumph! You as well welshie.

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Ibiza you wild Spanish Stud Muffin what have you been up to? We have much to discuss. What happened to Spain in the World Cup? And England? Dazzling displays by both of them. Huzzah!

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Ibiza…it’s summertime so I am happy :)

    …how about you?

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Danish Dazzler I hope you’re staying out of trouble this summer. The NoNuts hit squad has no chance against me have no fear. My honey badger is eager to taste hit man flesh and I’m currently training a chupacabra as backup.

  • 124 p // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    SDJ did not make the Dutch squad for the WC so that says something, on the other hand, he was Ajax captain which is a decent feat.

    I still expect Cabella to come in after the WC but we will see. Maybe even Grenier.

    Not entirely sure the club will allow a massive exodus. I think they may allow a few to go if they want shot of them or there is a good offer on the table and they either have a replacement in mind or, feel they can cover for that position.

  • 125 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    GT…the danish dazzler always stay out of trouble ;) lol

    …so how’s Burnaby?

  • 126 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    well with Debuchy on his way out I hope Santon plays at RB and Haidara LB and now with SDJ hopefully in the number 10 role this will give HBA a chance to fight for his place instead of playing on the wings plus I think Anita would relish SDJ in that role because both were superb for Ajax.

    the only thing I’m dreading is that no balls Pardew will still have Sissoko playing RW even though he’s been a beast for France in CM.

    take note Pardew because we all are gonna watch you!

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Are any of you familiar with the Pacific Northwest Chupacabra? Very feroucious. Loves to chew on tiny scrotums such as Mike\s. Beautiful!

  • 128 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Graeme…Oh aye, never a dull moment! How about yourself?

    G2…I’ll be quite honest, it’s been a pleasant break not having to listen to the locals go on about how wonderful they are. England, well, didn’t really expect much else. Thought they did okay, always room for improvement of course.

    So, this house move, same area or have you moved to a completely different location?

    Oh…and who do I talk to about my MM inc monthly newsletter that never arrived? Has this been some two bit business you run for your loft space mate?

    Jesper…The sun always helps…been really busy, pretty tired. At least Newcastle are a welcomed distraction. Ha!

  • 129 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Burnaby is good so far jesper mate. It’s only 2 days so far. The house is great and the weather was perfect for the move. Now I have to unpack and set everything up and paint all of the rooms. Other than that I’m a free agent. Huzzah!

  • 130 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    my line up

    Krull

    Santon, Collo, MYM, Haidara
    Sissoko, Tiote, Anita
    SDJ/HBA
    Cisse/?,Gouffran ?

    4-3-1-2 for this season since again we have no wingers at all, so when pre-season comes and Pardumb uses a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 in every match we will be certain for relegation

  • 131 scout // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    12 million for debuchy, id take them off at the shoulder for that sort of cash.
    Whats he done since hes been here, he even believes his own hype. People saying he keeps sagna out the team, maybe its because the manager picks teams to win games not like Hodgson who picks the best individual for every position. Clearly this approach is failing.

  • 132 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Manly Man Inc. is far from two bit Ibiza mate. We have a world wide workforce of 287,000 now. Chest hair is doing a very brisk business. Your newsletter was held back pending your payment for the rest of your purchases. The man tassels were not free. Nor was the solid gold snuff box. I may be able to let you have a deal on the Banks of the Nile Stud Sandals but we’ll have to see your cold hard cash first mate! Harrumph!

  • 133 scout // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Puzzled with the credit given to our defenders, goals coceeded column chaps LOOK @ it

  • 134 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    scout

    here here mate, even though he’s probably one of the best RB in Europe he would only get worse under Pardew.

    I think we should go for Sergie Aurier just to piss the Arsenal fans off ;)

  • 135 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    GT…did you finish the hardwood floor?

    Ibiza…you don’t work – you sit around fancy big houses all day drinking coffee and watching football ;)

    …just kidding!

  • 136 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    well it does look like debuchy will be off
    will we reinvest or will the club play santon at rightback and let dummett and haidiara fight it out for the left spot

    do we have any one in the development squad that can play right back?
    with Richards going on the cheap I would like us to invest in him

    I have not seen a lot of dejong the odd champions league game, is he the sort of player that will help get the best out of cisse

  • 137 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    GT…how’s the area north west of Port Moody? Would that be a nice place to settle down? :D

  • 138 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Jesper the hard wood floors are done and look great. But so much work left to do! I’m missing a lot of the World hat do you think of SdJ? I’m not so sure. We’re muddling along but the team needs a huge amount of work and money invested. If it doesn’t happen I may have to pay Mike another visit at the castle with my full attack force.

  • 139 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Jesper…You forgot the bit about the bikini girls…never forget the bikini girls ;)

    G2…Ah, I see. Remind me again about your returns policy?

    Scout…You lost me with the whole Sagna bit in the middle and picking Debuchy as the manager wants to win…if the manager picks players to win and he picks Debuchy, wouldn’t that indicate Debuchy is the better player and keeping Sagna out of the team?

    Sorry if I’ve missed your point, it is quite possible :)

  • 140 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    GT…SDJ on his own won’t change much! Basically we are sending out the same team that finished last season (only real change will be the first name of de Jong ;) )

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Debuchy and probably Sissoko as well beermonkey. Not to worry. I can play left back at a pinch so no need to use Dummett. Haidara may be good enough. It looks like we’re going to find out. The goals allowed was a shocker of a stat last season. How can anyone say our defense is good enough? Madness! Madness I say!

  • 142 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Ibiza…how can I forget the bikini girls of Bikini Bottom ;)

  • 143 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Returns? No returns allowed Ibiza! I thought you were a serious purchaser of manliness mate! No returns! No refunds! Never I say! Unbelievable cheek! Harrumph!

  • 144 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    beermonkey

    Richards would be a good signing for us but I think his wages would exceed our limits, he would probably be asking for about 70-90k a week, probably why other teams have looked the other way

  • 145 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Running down the battery on my daughter’s laptop so I best be off for now. Stay wild, wooly and manly!

  • 146 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Jesper…How indeed :)

    Did I read somewhere recently on here that we’ve finally hired another youth coach? Something like he was one of a small amount of Elite coaches in England? If so, that is somewhat encouraging. If as a club we insist on being cheap, I mean, maximising profits, then we at least need to get our youth set up right…let’s at least give Pardew decent players to ruin….

    G2…Did I say returns? I meant to say how do I change my mailing address and update my payment details? I’m no longer at my old address, so it’s all gone a bit crazy. Please don’t look for me at the old address, I’ll send over my money soon…honest.

  • 147 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I was using my welsh phrase book earlier welshie.

    I actually thought I done very well.

  • 148 Graeme // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Jesper, do you wear the “string Bikini” or still in the knitted ones??
    Its not a great thought, at all.
    Maybe you could borrow Ibiza’s flourescent mankini!!!

  • 149 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Not bad for my first attempt.

    Da very da

  • 150 beermonkey // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    g2

    our def has been woeful for a while and needs to be sorted we need to bring in a top centre back and bring in maybe good and try and get some of the top kids we got into the team, we wont we will just carry on with wilo and colo

    Richards is on 60k I would ask him if he is willing to stay on the same or lower maybe its either that or he can sit and rot on the bench for another season
    if we don’t ask we wont know

  • 151 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Well keep learning Belfast mate

  • 152 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Spoof

    My point about my being a season ticket holder was simply that I can judge de jong first hand because I’ve not given up my season ticket. Mikey’s bought some new players and i’m looking forward to seeing them in the flesh. You give up your ticket if you want to; it doesn’t bother me; it’s your loss.

    You reckon we could or should have kept Carroll, Ba, Cabaye and Remy. If the fans owned the club, those players would have gone for the same reasons. Much bigger clubs than ours lose their best players. You never answer these points. You just blame Mikey.

  • 153 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Graeme…I simply go all commando :)

  • 154 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    On my behalf you can use them at the muppets who put stupid pictures insulting the welsh

  • 155 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Ibiza…an Elite coach at Newcastle? Surely that most be one of Lilongwe’s wishful thoughts right? ;)

  • 156 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    on seconds thoughts i can do that

    Ha ha ha

  • 157 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    GT…what’s wrong with Port Moody? (I didn’t mean to imply something was wrong with Burnaby you know)

  • 158 welshgeordie9 // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    You not going to moan about pardew tonight are you, please say no.

  • 159 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    It’s a good job de jong is an intelligent player because science is against us and we need intelligence to get science on our side. But the players don’t understand the process and it might not help them to understand the process when they hear that this new striker is a replacement for Cabaye.

  • 160 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Welsh

    You only got me to talk to? I’m off to bed shortly so make the most of it.

  • 161 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I was using my welsh phrase book earlier welshie.

    Ha ha ha…Most of what you write I take to just be rubbish, but I honestly believe you own a Welsh phrase book.

    Did you buy it to try and pick up some Sheepish females Belfast mate? :)

    Graeme…I don’t know about borrow. I offer competitive rates to hire it out though.

    Blackley…Poor misunderstood Mikey…He’s trying his hardest to make us competitive. I don’t understand why people can’t see that. From the squad he “builds”, to the people he hires, all the signs are there of a man who has the clubs progress in mind.

    I wonder if these new players we’ve signed, that you’re looking forward to seeing in the flesh, have a really good season or so, will be here very long? Building only works if you keep some of the infrastructure at least. We are building a nice bank balance though, I’ll give the man that. I do wonder what it’s for mind. Any answer for that point?

  • 162 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Jesper…Lil is usually pretty spot on with info, I see no reason not to believe it…other than normal common sense and logic that is :)

    Would have thought the club would be making a bit of a song and dance over it though…mind, common sense and logic time again…Newcastle and PR…maybe not.

  • 163 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Ibiza…yeah well I find it a bit hard these days to be optimistic about anything Newcastle related!

    …so who’s winning the WC you think/hope?

  • 164 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    The welsh phrase book in question was brought home from a hen party in Cardiff, by my missus ages ago.

    Probably trying to brainwash the tourists into reading it.

    Very confusing, glad I’m not Welsh to be honest

  • 165 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Ibiza
    Mikey is crucifying the club by sticking with Pardew who is a disaster. The club is being badly run which means we’re not as good as we could be in the transfer market. However, mikey has done well in the past to pick up some good players at bargain prices.

    I don’t know what you were saying but I was one of the few who was saying as recently as yesterday that mikey would buy some decent players. Most people were writing him off. De jong fits that bill of “decent”.

    If the fans or someone like delia owned the club, it would have to pay its way. We would always lose players like cabaye and carroll because money and players ambition always comes into it. We would need a sovereign state to buy us for that to change.

  • 166 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Jesper…I know what you mean. As I said earlier, I keep finding myself going “So? What’s the point?”

    Not the way it’s supposed to be.

    As for the World Cup, not really that bothered. Half supporting France, due to our, at least for now, players. Not sure I think they’ll win it though…but they have looked decent.

    How about you?

  • 167 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Knowledge is power Ibiza

  • 168 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Ibiza…Brazil will probably win it all…or the Dutch will pull a fast one on them ;)

    …hoping for Argentina! It’s a long story, but it has been my team since I was a kid!

    I still have a shirt – Villads was wearing it last night when we watched Argentina vs. the Swiss

  • 169 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Ibiza is preparing one of his long posts

  • 170 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Jesper

    I used to love watching Argentina and Mario Kempes in particular. My favourite player in 1978 WC.

  • 171 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Belfast…Surely you didn’t need to read that book to come to that conclusion?

    Blackley…I’d be surprised if you did know what I was saying…I don’t most of the time.

    What I was asking, probably badly, is what is it we’re actually building towards? What are Ashleys real aims. Self sufficiency? We are now self sufficient, is he paying back his “loan” or are we pushing forward? I can’t listen to anymore “we can’t compete”.

    I actually think we’ve done okay in the transfer market…when we’ve been active. 18 months without 1 proper signing was a bit strong mind.

    Of course all teams sell players, it’s part of the business. It’s just the cheap and underhand way we seem to go about things. Association with Wonga, all that rubbish.

    I just don’t believe for a second Ashley has the best intentions of the club anywhere near his heart, other than where it may cost him money.

    Make money by all means, but this is an supposed to be entertainment and a competitive sport. Neither of which we are since Ashley saved us and showed us the light.

    Trust me when I say that I see a lot of the sense in his approach to running a football club, I championed it to death on here…i just don’t believe him to be such an idiot that he keeps making the same mistakes again and again.

    Why if we’ve been chasing Siem for over 2 years supposedly, who granted is a decent signing (as I said earlier), are we only buying him now? It takes time to scout for sure, but I would guess it’s because he’s available cheaper.

    Surely we don’t always have to put the footballing side of things on hold? It’s not like the club is on the brink of going bankrupt, is it?

    To be clear, I’m not saying go out and spend it all on overpriced rubbish.

  • 172 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Belfast

    Are you and ibiza in bed together like Morecambe and Wise? Can you see him on his p.c.?

  • 173 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Belfast… Ha ha, did you feel something in the air?

    Knowledge is power indeed. How do you say that in Welsh?

    Jesper…Before the WC started I was thinking Brazil or Germany, neither has impressed me that much tbh.

    Holland aren’t a bad shout…basically we’ve listed half of the teams that are left, so we have a good chance of being right :)

    Well, I should be off. It’s been a pleasure as always, well, most of the time, well, there was this once time when it was alright…

    Night

  • 174 Ibizatoon // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Blackley…He best not be…took ages to get rid of him last time.

  • 175 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    B & B…Argentina has always been a great watch even though they do seem to be more limited in the Messi era!

    …shame cause if Argentina did win this WC, Messi would be bigger than Maradona!

  • 176 Belfast // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    I’ve got a sixth sense Blackley, when it comes to Ibiza and his story book posts.

    I can see the tumbleweed blowing past me. :-)

  • 177 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Ibiza

    I think mikey is just trying to run the club as a business that wipes its own nose. He’s no sugar daddy billionaire. He wants to maintain top flight status but realises that champions league, where the big money is, is not realistic on that basis.

    If I with no personal wealth owned the club, I’d wait 6 or 12 or even 18 months if I was going yo get the same player so much more cheaply. I’d do the dame in my personal financial dealings. It makes good finsncial sense. The trouble is fans want signings and the bigger the better. It’s only natural. Most aren’t interested in the financial side.

  • 178 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    …that’s sick senses right Belfast? ;) lol

    I am off too!

  • 179 Belfast // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The welsh phrase book is back in the junk drawer, until the next time.

  • 180 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Belfast

    Goodnight and say goodnight to ibiza from me.

  • 181 Belfast // Jul 3, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Goodnight blackley.

    Ibiza is deep in another long post, but he said to tell you goodnight.

  • 182 kww // Jul 3, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    most fans here wear rose-tinted glasses

    the problem with fans like laurent robert and stu 9 is that they are always cherry-picking the best-performing clubs in europe every season as a benchmark

    2014 season is athetlcio madrid, southampton, 2013 was dortmund swansea etc etc..
    of course when these clubs have poor seasons they will conveniently look for clubs that are having good season and go on whinging about us

  • 183 Santon03 // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    The players that we have now and I think they will stay:
    Def:
    Debuchy, Willo, Colo, Santon, Haidara, Dummet, Anita, Raylor.
    Mid:
    Tiote, Sissoko, HBA, SDJ, Abeid, Perez, Jonas, Colback, Bigi, Gouffran, Sammy.

    Att:
    Cisse, Armstrong, Campbell.

    Not sure about Krul, I think he will go to Juve.
    Debu and Sissoko will stay at least another season because MA will ask insane price for them.
    Saylor will probably go as well and I think Jonas will stay, I hope he stays.
    Players I didn’t mention will go somewhere or loaned.
    I think we need 1 CB, 1 MF, 1 or 2 strikers.
    If Debuchy goes then Santon, Anita, and Raylor can fill in RB position.
    For MF, I prefer Grenier than Cabella.
    I still think we need one experience striker (I don’t mean premier league experience), I like Huntelaar. We already have 2 young strikers waiting for chances to prove themselves.
    If we buy 5 or 6 more players, I don’t know how they can fit in the team and keep them happy because I don’t see pardew using rotation system.

  • 184 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    kww…I have never heard of companies who want to improve itself who compare itself to other crappy companies! Have you?

    …in my line of work constructive criticism is alpha omega – you don’t improve otherwise and you will close down very fast.

    If all you want is a pad on the back then you are in the wrong sport mate!

  • 185 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Join the Olympic team of synchronized chess!

  • 186 Santon03 // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    kww

    I think they comparing with Dortmund, Swans, Athletico with us is about the manager.
    They didn’t buy expensive super stars but they were doing great at that time and we have pretty much the same quality players but doing badly.

  • 187 kevymartins // Jul 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    At the start I said Brazil or Argentina but now I’m leaning more towards France there working well as a group and if they do the Germans they could well go all the way.




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