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Newcastle Give Up On French Striker

7:24 pm, Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 147 Comments

It looked like with Alan Pardew’s comments of a day or two ago that Newcastle were going after Loic Remy of QPR, after his move to Liverpool broke down last Monday in Boston.

loic remy at hull

Loic Remy – has Pardew given up on this player?

And there were even reports out that Newcastle officials were meeting with QPR officials in London today, over a possible Remy deal.

But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems to have squashed those aspirations as he has said this today to BBC Newcastle;

“I think Loic Remy has had plenty of chances to come to us.” “We made it very clear that we would like to have had him and it had not really happened, so sometimes you have to say where is the line drawn for us as a club, as we have our own respect and professionalism.

“So maybe that’s one that’s got away but like all transfers – they are never ever over, so we will keep our finger on the pulse.”

Maybe Alan has been told to dampen down his comments about Remy – because he was very bullish when he last talked to BBC Newcastle a day or two ago – and said of course he would be interested in signing Remy.

So you never know what’s really going on – and maybe this is a communication to Remy himself – and it’s at least consistent with an earlier report that said that Remy would need to be keen to come to Newcastle before the Magpies made another approach for the striker.

And what Alan Pardew is really saying is that the club is bigger than any one player, and if Remy doesn’t really want to play for Newcastle permanently, then we’ll not (waste our time and) bother going after him – and that’s fair enough.

Newcastle United have to maintain their respect and professionalism – as Alan rightly points out.

We only want players who are keen to come to Newcastle and put on the famous black and white striped shirt, and who knows – Loic Remy may even find himself playing at QPR for next season.

That’s not as good as playing for Liverpool – or playing for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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147 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM


    Pardrew breaks his silence on HBA…

    “It’s a simple situation. We have a professionalism and a level of commitment to our work that he needs to fall into and until he falls into that he won’t be part of the first team.

    “He isn’t at the moment and he’s injured today, ironically, but he’s still part of the club.”

  • 2 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    If Remy choses to stay at QPR then I have lost all respect for him and hope he is booed for 90 minutes when QPR come to St.James .

    Can’t believe he would rather play with their lot than the likes of De Jong, Cabella, & Sissoko (most of them he is good friends with) . Blows my mind .

  • 3 Levi // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Well put pardew. I would love to sign Remy but i don’t want us pleading for him to sign. I take it or leave it offer is what is needed now.

  • 4 swisstone // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Hang on, boo Remy for 90 mins if he stays at QPR?

    Why? He’s doesnt owe us anything he served his loan and 9 times out of 10 was the best player on the pitch.

    You may not agree with his decision, either do i, but to boo him after he served us well as a LOANEE just shows how fickle football fans have become.

  • 5 pedro // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM


    Agree that both Kranevitter and Vietto are talents.

    I think Vietto just signed for Villarreal though – which is a move I think he needed. His career at Racing had really started stagnating and still only 20 he needed to get out.

    An obvious one and which I am surprised hasnt moved already is Eder Alverez Balanta. Valencia are said to be close to a deal but for only $6million that seems like an excellent deal

  • 6 p // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I think he may still end up at the toon. A mate of mine used to refer to the watershed moment when we were out at a nightclub at which point his aspirations would take a sharp drop. This reminds me a bit of that. There is no one better open to him than us and time is running out.

  • 7 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM


    Does it really blow your mind if he stays at QPR? If he comes to toon hel be on at least 20k less. Money talks, it’s that simple.
    I hold no grudges against the guy.without his vital goals god knows were we would have finished.
    He never once said He’s here to stay, he didn’t try to pull the wool under anyones eyes, the only person guilty of that is Padrew.
    We have no reason to ever boo him. If anything we should thank him

  • 8 lesh // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Pardew’s become very manager-like all of a sudden. Has hr taken a leaf out of Van Gaal’s no nonsense tolerated book, I wonder?

    Not before time too!

  • 9 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Taking a step up for more money is acceptable (but also everything wrong with modern football) , however taking a step down for more money is a joke .

  • 10 p // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    my sentiments exactly dannyboy

    and as I said the other day, my enduring memory of the lad is scoring and going up and hugging someone in the disabled section

  • 11 Lost Plot // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    The ambition the club has shown over past few weeks .. And way the players have settled in together (both new & old) should be a sign for any prospective footballer to want and join the current squad!

    I may be sounding very optimistic here BUT this gotta be a BUZZ I ain’t had legally in a long while!

    Can’t wait for next Sundays game against Real Soci .. Who up for getting on it? H’way
    Gotta be a full house like Harpers last stand 🙂

  • 12 WLtoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Maybe now we can actually start looking for a CF who wants to play for us.
    If we do get one in ,he.ll be playing in front of crowds 3 times bigger than Remy. .

  • 13 lesh // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    dannyboy, he never did say he’s with us for keeps but if you remember, he came over to sign for us before being seduced by QPR’s lucre and Rednapp’s charm!

    I think that spoke volumes and enough is enough.

  • 14 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    What’s the chance of Newcastle or QPR winning anything next year? Very slim

    He’s not taking a massive step up if he comes nor is he taking a massive step down if he stays at QPR.

    I think he owes QPR a good season. If I moved abroad and didn’t love a club or have any loyalties, I would move to the club that pays the highest

  • 15 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

  • 16 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Pedro and Wandering Geordie
    How is Tagliafico doing these days? Remember him being named along side Facundo? Especially after reading that old post about scouting going on in South America.

    I see Rodrigo Battaglia moved to Braga.
    Ezequiel Cirigliano move to Hellas Verona.

    Germán Pezzella no longer on your list Wandering?

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Can somebody tell me what times the kick off tomorrow

  • 18 toon kk // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Regarding Remy, our loan deal is a far cheaper option, deal done transfer business probably closed.

  • 19 WLtoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    the games are on Quest, and the coverage starts at 2.15pm i think.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM


    We have a professionalism and a level of commitment to our work

    No mention of headbutts!!!

  • 21 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I think we’ll sign another player, whether it is a marquee signing is another question.
    If we were to sign another striker how are we going to accommodate him, rivere,cisse, the new loanee in a 4-2-3-1 formation? With Armstrong, Campbell and perez pushing for first team action. I’d happily sell cisse to accommodate another new striker

  • 22 lochinvar // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    So Pardew talks about HBA and professionalism and a level of commitment to the club – does that include chinning opponents on the touch line ?!

  • 23 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Time to move on me thinks.

    He did do a good job for us last year, so I wish him well.

  • 24 pedro // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM


    Tagliafico is still regarded highly. Was part of the Banfield side that comfortably won the Nacional B so we will see more this season back in the Primera.

    I think Ezequiel Cirigliano is back with River as it was only a loan deal to Hellas Verona. Will be interesting to see how he fits in or if River will try and ship out again. He would be available I am sure, as River need the cash

  • 25 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Percy’s full of it. Ben Arfa dug Percy out in front of everyone after the man utd defeat apparently. Well according to Ben Arfas agent anyway.

    Bruised ego i’m guessing.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Shame if true our striker options are shrinking fast…does sound a bit like brinkmanship though so we will see

  • 27 MonkseatonMag // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM


    We shouldn’t need to sell Cisse to accommodate another striker. We should be building a ‘squad’ not just a ‘team.’

  • 28 geordie157 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    It looks like Mbiwa is staying, we could still do with another CB and a striker even if the loan move goes through. But happy to strengthen those positions in Jan if need be.

    I would however add another attacking midfielder to help ease the pressure on the lone striker. And yep that man should be Wijnaldum.

    Oh and give the unwashed 5mill for Wickham and chuck in Jonas for free.

  • 29 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I agree with Belfast… Seydou doumbia would be great if we can pull it off….

    and if we cannot get grenier…. maybe this player

    Grégory Sertic has delivered 7 assists in Ligue 1 in 2014, more than any other player.

  • 30 WWSBRD // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Have we actually signed this Football Manager wonderkid from Argentina?

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Talking about professionalism – was watching the news today -there was an interview with Ronald Koeman – he was asked about Morgan Schneiderlin – his reply was that he did not dicuss individual players – and that was it.
    Good display of what professionalism is.

  • 32 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Haha I agree padrew may not be professional but he’s committed.
    He tries his best but unfortunately alot of the time it’s not good enough.
    Ive never heard many bad words come from players that pardew has managed.
    HBA has a long list of players and managers he’s upset. I love him on his day but those days aren’t too often.
    Hopefully he takes this public embarrassment in the right way to make him a better player. I’ve got a feeling hel take it the wrong way though and act like a child sitting on the naughty step

  • 33 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    hopefully we will get grenier

  • 34 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Cisse won’t be going anywhere, simply because nobody will be interested.

    Don’t think he’ll be seeing much game time next season.

  • 35 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    3.15 prog starts

  • 36 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Yeah, I answered on previous, your right he needs to practice what he preaches. I think Pardrew has a nerve making such a statement given his track record. It’s a case of “You don’t do as I do, You do as I say”. Personally I find him totally disgusting.

  • 37 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    And I just don’t think cisse all round game is good enough.
    Poor touch, lacks pace,poor in the air, hold up play poor, can’t beat a player, no skill,plus he was born offside.
    He’s a good finisher but you need something extra to play for the toon

  • 38 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    If we sign Grenier, the Argentine, Lacazette/Benteke/Remy and Alderweireld, I’ll be satisfied.

  • 39 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM


    what is your view on gregory sertic bordeaux cm

  • 40 bladeuser // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I think we missed the boat with hangerland he still has a couple of good years left and is better than anything we have

  • 41 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    He’s a fairly good player, but we can do better. I think Grenier would fit in perfectly with us. We might need another winger as we only have Ben Arfa, Sissoko and Cabella. Usually each team needs a back up in every position. Gouffran is not a winger. He’s better as a striker.

  • 42 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM


    what about seydou doumbia for a striker if we cannot get remy

  • 43 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes.

    Above all, Pardew is the manager of this football club and he is doing what he is paid to do, manage. He can’t just not manage the players and all of a sudden set a low level of standards because he has made mistakes himself. The club would turn into a shambles, players taking libertys everywhere at any given opportunity.

    You cannot let a player misbehave and act so unproffesional as Ben Arfa has and let him get away with it.

    His attidude has been a disgrace for a while. He has caused problems in the dressing room, his attidude on and off the field has been shocking for a good while.

    I say good on Pardew for making sure Ben Arfa cannot carry on behaving as he has been. Quite frankly and honestly, I think Ben Arfa’s attidude has been disgraceful.

    Any excuse with some people to have a dig at Pardew.

    He is in the right this time round. And so he should be.

  • 44 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I know it’s probably been done to death about what parsnip has said about benny not being professional and the other tripe he spouts everytime he opens his vile gob but
    like your professionalism parsnip?

    Hmmmmm where to start….shoving a linesman, calling another manager a Fcuking old kunt and telling him to shut his noise, argy bargy with wenger and O’Neil not to mention the meylor incident! Cheeky kunt practice what you preach you bullshitting twatface waste of spunk!

    If I seen the pretender in the street I’d do serious time for him! Beggers belief!

  • 45 toon kk // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    If we don’t get a top striker through the door, I wonder who’ll be our top goal scorer? Any thoughts?

  • 46 nufc_eire // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Could be an oppurtunity for us to unsettle Belhanda and get him over here. He semi wanted to jion us and is probably itching to get out of the ukraine

    If we sell Ben Arfa the Konoplyanka would be an amazing replacement too

  • 47 anthc // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    This smells of pardew being told to pipe down imo. There’s legs in this saga yet as remy went from 2/1 to 4/7 to join us.
    Regardless of what floppy chops says they need to sell remy to ease the pain of a potential impending financial penalty due to their silly spending and also in order to buy new players. Whether he comes to us or not I dont think he will be at qpr. Although we’ll win the same as qpr nowt, we are by far a bigger club we have 3x the crowds they get for gods sake. We just run a water tight ship under ashley. Qpr are a good example of throwing money about doesn’t get you success.

  • 48 toonboy1111 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    hi lads – sorry if this point has already been made….BUT on remy – he played well last season as he was putting himself in the shop window. – my thought is that if he had joined us “as there was nowhere else to go” then he wouldnt play with the same urgency and wouldnt be the same player. personally i loved watching him, but even tho the vast majority of footballers are mercenaries, we need someone with a little bit more loyalty and he would be looking to be off asap .

  • 49 nufc_eire // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Top goalscorer = DeJong probably with 9. If we dont get a striker he’ll operate as a lone frontman in some of the bigger games, a nice attacking 4-6-0 formation

  • 50 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Toon prodigy

    The club would turn into a shambles? Way too late for that mate! Shambles of a manager, shambles of a boardroom, shambles of a communications team and worst of all a shambles of an owner who couldn’t give a fcuk as testified by his quite frankly bizarre management decisions….need I go on?

  • 51 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    so we aint buying remy
    not to unhappy about that but will miss his goals

    will we sign a named striker now or go with what we have
    cisse chucky goofy perez dejong

  • 52 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM


    It’s OK coming on and having a go at those including myself for bashing Pardrew over the head with this last statement, and I agree with you he is doing his job, (to the best of his limited ability), Players should not be allowed to take the mickey. If Pardrew had said he had made mistakes and he was not going to let the players take advantage of those circumstances then I would have more respect, If he had given HBA the same opportunity he has given MYM and Obertan to show his worth I would have more respect for him. But the truth is Pardrew always has and always will paint himself in the best light his ego will not allow anything other. Yes he is right to keep the players in order, but he needs to understand his shortcomings are far worst than HBA’s.

  • 53 dannyboy // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM


    Good shout on de jong being top scorer if we don’t sign a top proven striker.
    Bit sad though that were already relying on a midfield playmaker being the top scorer 🙁

  • 54 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Seydou Doumbia

  • 55 Dennis Twice // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • 56 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Sertic certainly is an interesting cheaper option to Grenier.

  • 57 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Remy will not come here for the very same reason that he decided to join QPR in the first place – We will not pay the type of wages he wants, yes he’s a great player but he’s a player who would rather take a bigger wage and play at Loftus Road rather than take less for the honour of playing at St James’.

  • 58 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    You forgot Riviere.

  • 59 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Looks scarily like we won’t be signing another striker if this Argentine comes in. For all those saying he’s a kid etc he’s 23! He should be ready to hit the ground running and be up to standard.
    If we can’t score goals we are going to be in serious trouble, massive massive gamble if that striker isn’t brought in. But who else is there?

  • 60 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM


    I’ve said all along let’s move on, he doesn’t want to be here and our “efforts” to bring him here on a permanent basis are/was quite frankly embarrassing after being turned down on multiple occasions! Saying that what viable options are out their first similar money? Still, I don’t like him and never have

  • 61 toonicle // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Good words from Pardew. He’s turned us down enough times, good luck with that relegation battle Remy. Let’s move onto someone who would be happy wearing the shirt.

  • 62 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    It is being reported that we are still looking for another striker even if we get this loan signing. I will remain optimistic until we either here the words, “our transfer business is done” or the window closes.

    I still think we are in with a shout of a couple of more signings yet. Just hope I’m right.

  • 63 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Ferreyra, Riviere and Perez are all gonna need time to settle and all are unproven, throw Cisse into the mix and………………………oh dear God!!!

  • 64 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I’m not disappointed at all if we’ve missed out on Remy. Did a good job while on loan, but clearly did not want to be here, and if he did come here, it would have been his 3rd/4th choice.

    How are we all feeling about the upcoming season? Will we build upon last season’s 10th? Or is it more of the same this season?

  • 65 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM


    here is a clip of him

  • 66 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM


    oooooops defo no more strikers for us

  • 67 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM


    the problem is that strikers are premium players and cost over the odd’s, whereas we can do great business under Ashley’s policy when it come to striker’s we are always gonna come up short.

    We missed out big time on Bony, PEA was a non starter and the like’s of Dumbia are out of our price range, so I’m expecting another loan and the cycle replaying itself over and over until we stump up the cash

  • 68 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM


    With what we have now I have us pushing for 7th or 8th, with a good striker, (and we may yet have one at the club who knows yet) I think we could realistically go for the 5th or 6th spot.

  • 69 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM


    he can strike a decent shot too

  • 70 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Doumbia’s a good player but he’s valued too high I think. We haven’t been linked with him once. Looking forward to watching this Argentinian.

  • 71 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    We seem to be running out of options on the striker front.

    Our top two targets Remy and Lacazette both have no interest in joining us lol

  • 72 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM


    Defensively we are still weak and up front we have too many unknowns, but with two quality signings we could push for 7th, without them 10th could be our lot

  • 73 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    how much is doumbia worth? i was thinking 12.5 mil bid might be enough

  • 74 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM


    you are looking closer to 20 million for the lad

  • 75 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Ruddy you’re free !

    How was it in the hole ?

  • 76 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Lets rephrase that one.

    Ruddy you’re free !!

    How was it in solitary confinement ?

  • 77 toonicle // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Would love to see us play this next year, not too worried about getting another striker. CB would be better.
    Cabella—–De Jong—-Gouffran

  • 78 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM


    6th or 7th? Interesting, who can you see us finishing ahead of in the current top 6/7?


    We have a forward line that has no PL credentials, that does not mean they won’t get goals but I’m a little sceptical. I think another centre half is an absolute must, but there has been no word on that score.

  • 79 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Best season:
    Cisse 22 goals in 32 games (Bundesliga)
    Chucky 16 goals in 22 games (Primera)
    Ayoze 16 goals in 34 games (Segunda)
    Gouffran 14 goals in 34 games (L1)
    Cabella 14 goals in 37 games (L1)
    De Jong 13 goals in 29 games (Eredivisie)
    Riviere 10 goals in 30 games (L1)

    Loic Remy best season in L1 – 15 goals in 34 games

  • 80 nufc786 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM


    oh….. moving on….

  • 81 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM


    I know mate the could potentially score goals for fun, but we will not know until they are in competitive games.

    It is worrying me that nothing is being mentioned about any potential centre half’s coming in. Willo, Saylor and Colo are not enough if we hope to push on

  • 82 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM


    Totally agree mate its a vicious circle of stop-gaps until we get a long-term target who’s contract is running out or pushes through a move to us! Then and only then will we get the frontline striker we desperately need.

    Boils my piss when the money’s there to aquire something but we “bank it” in order to muddle through or make do to save a few quid!

  • 83 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM


    I think its a difficult one to call

    were better of now as an attacking unit I think there are goals from midfield and not just from1 player but from 3
    if we can get them to gel strikers will get chances

    but the defence is a concern we leak goals
    but if we can attack and retain the ball with purpose it should relieve the pressure on the back

    while overall we are better off than last season its only in certain areas well midfield
    we have an injured cisse and the rest of the strikers are unproven but they will get chances created
    also if we change our set pieces and pick up goals from them lol

    10th minimum if it all goes well 7th – 10th but the windows not shut yet other teams can still improve

  • 84 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM


    Haha, I know mate, he’s a great striker but he’s scored goals for fun his entire career and is now at a club that simply don’t need the money.

  • 85 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Anybody know why you call him Chucky ?

  • 86 p // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I think we are one of the clubs that are a unpredictable this season.

    When you have the number of new players we have – many of them unproven in the EPL but regarded as good – it’s a tough call.

    Also, for the same reason, teams have limited data on us to analyse so, may be a little less prepared to exploit weaknesses and mitigate strengths as they may not be obvious at that point in time.

    It all depends on whether those new players perform, compliment the team and stay fit.

    I personally think we are good for 8th if we can replace Cabaye and Remy sufficiently.

    Defence is still a worry at the center there and I am not really convinced by anyone who’s played at RB for a while.

  • 87 martoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    beermonkey & scout – the match kicks of at 3.30 local time so that is 2.30 here – the coverage starts at 2.15 see:

  • 88 Ethiotoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Gregory Certic is wonderful player,never saw him in action but according to what I read back in June,they picked him up to succeed cabaye.but for me its always be Grenier, perfect player,has all qualities that
    any playmaker should have,dribbling, skills,dead ball specialist,wonderful crosses,killer passer,can play left and right wings,so on so on..
    My dream signing….

  • 89 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM


    Not quite as solitary with you keeping me company. We’ll leave discussions of my hole for the other blog eh?


    Where do we have goals in midfield? Cabella De Jong and…? Who else? Colback? I’m not convinced to be honest.

    I’m surprised that people think we will actually improve upon last season’s 10th place finish. Not to mean that they’re wrong, just surprising.

  • 90 Novocastrian66 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Frank Lampard to Man City on loan.

  • 91 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM


    With a good striker I can see us edging out Spurs and Everton, I think we now have a lot of goals in the team, with plenty coming form midfield this time around. If we have a more attacking mentality it will relieve the pressure on our back four, and I also think this could be MYM season. We have a decent start to the season after the MC game so if we can start getting points on the board from that start it will build confidence. We have a bit more depth in the squad this season so I don’t think it’s un-realistic to look at finishing 8th or above. Sorry for the long post mate just trying to get my thinking down.

  • 92 p // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Ciaran well I am not sure Southampton will finish above this year nor Stoke, I know they have strengthened by I am not 100% convinced with Hughes.

  • 93 pedro // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Belfast – its a family nickname apparently. Being a naughty kid they called him chucky.

  • 94 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    He closer to Cabaye than Grenier as well.

  • 95 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Anyone seen the clashes between our fan’s and west spams? Quite violent by all accounts

  • 96 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    The biggest variable we have is Pardew – Capable of flirting with the big boy’s at the top or having a sordid affair with the relegation boy’s

  • 97 Sliema // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    6th is absolute best case scenario this season.

    Anyone who thinks we can finish ahead if manure, citeh, arse, chels or the bindippers are not being very realistic.

    Spurs, Everton and Saints are our competitors. They have been for a while and will continue to be.

    But, if Saints spend their huge income well, and if Martinez keeps Lukaku fit, then we’ll struggle for top 8.

    Bearing in mind that Spurs have Pochetino now too.

    I’m worried.

  • 98 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Not really sure where I see us finishing, probably be easier to judge come September the 1st.

    With the current Squad probably 10th, if we don’t have an injury crisis. May even jump a place because Southampton have lost most of their team.

    Also hard to judge with Pardew at the helm, who seems to be an expert at ferking things up.

  • 99 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM


    I can’t see us coming anywhere close to Everton, I think they will only go from strength to strength under Matinez. I actually don’t think we are much further forward in terms of the quality of our starting XI.

    I’m not convinced that any of the strikers we have will get more goals than Remy.

    I’m not convinced that Cabella/SDJ are better than Cabaye, or will get more goals than him.

    I’m not convinced that Janmaat is better than Debuchy.

    Nor am I convinced that Perez, Riviere, or Colback are much improvement on the players we released. I think they’re just squad filler.

    We are still weak at the back, with Colo on the wane and Willo and Saylor still being as good as useless. Unless M’biwa steps up to the mark we’re in dire need of another centre half.

    I don’t mean to piss on anyone’s chips, but that’s just how I see it.

  • 100 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Cheeky kunt practice what you preach you bullshitting twatface waste of spunk!

    If I seen the pretender in the street I’d do serious time for him! Beggers belief!

    I know you are probably an overweight spotty Herbert sitting in your bedroom in your mummy’s house
    But even keyboard warriors like yourself should be careful putting that sort of stuff online in this day and age.
    You could get this blog shut down issuing threats like that.

  • 101 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Agree Butler.

    Pardew seems to be ok if the team gets on a good run, but if the team goes on a bad run he doesn’t have a clue how to stop the rot.

    In fact the rot gets worse and worse.

  • 102 p // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I reckon Spurs and Everton will have a decent season. Saints will have too much to do with a depleted squad and will fall away a bit. Swansea will likely be so-so.

    That leaves us good for 8th

    Man Utd

  • 103 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM


    He’s an expert at snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory. He has a plan A and nothing else and is holding us back so much it’s not even funny anymore.

    After his pathetic behaviour last season he now has the nerve to talk about standards of professionalism at the club – This from a manager who nutted a player FFS!!!!!!

  • 104 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM


    thanks just checked the planner and I was on quest +1 so a big thanks to you

    i thought sissoko got more goals he ad 3 and 7 assists overall but i do think if allowed he will score more
    but he is a good creator

  • 105 firebug666 // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM


    That’s fair comment mate, Not pissing on anything mate I like a good debate, In my defence here, I do have a bit more faith in our new signings and believe we can get the best out of them. All they have to do is ignore everything Pardrew says in his set up and team talk, play to their strengths and we will win.

    However when I read this back tomorrow if my thinking is flawed it’s because to day is my birthday and I have had quite a bit to drink and still not finished yet.

    I still think we can make 8th or above though.

  • 106 Ethiotoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    For me spurs,Everton,saints and Swansea
    are our competitors.If we double them,I.e
    home and away, job done…
    And AP will be flying like magic horse…
    That in return will show how much homework has been done in this window..

  • 107 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I think the top seven is already locked out and we will be left fighting with Stoke, Palace and Hull and one surprise package for whats left of the top ten

  • 108 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM


    your not wrong i think with us at the moment we are very much an unknown quantity i don’t expect to see our starting 11 together this weekend but it should provide us with a good test and we can see where we are to point its still a preseason game

  • 109 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Oh look it’s the blog troll police….do me favour you wum and worry about your own posts and I’ll worry about mine! Deal? Excellent news now you can go back to thinking up more tripe to post using multiple names

    Why do I get drawn in!!!!

    Really like a good debate too but can’t stand wankers!

  • 110 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Oh look it’s the blog troll police….do me favour you wum and worry about your own posts and I’ll worry about mine! Deal? Excellent news now you can go back to thinking up more tripe to post using multiple names! Get a life you saddo!

    That is all

  • 111 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Evening all. Havent been on the site in ages. Pleased with the transfer work . Feel a bit sorry for Pardew with some fans on this blog. He has called it 100% correctly on Remy, and HBA too, from what I can see. HBA will finish his career as a wasted talent, and people will laugh at him for putting his name in the same breath as Messi etc. Pardew is a limited manager, but there are worse, and some of our fottball last year was absolotely fine, and we shoukd see that again. When we make good signings, he gets no credit for his input on the players ability or suitability, but when a tool like HBA plays his usual tricks, Pardew gets hammered. Some very narrow minded fans on here.

  • 112 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Jack 107, wouod tend to agree with that, but we will be comfortably better than the teams you have mentioned there IMO

  • 113 JackButler // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM


    I don’t see how simply because our back four is still full of holes and our striking options are all unknown quantities at the moment, with a centre half and proven striker we could have a very good season but without those two positions being improved it could be a long haul again

  • 114 Lost Plot // Aug 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    You fresh looking team .. Plenty of goal scoring opportunities if leg to net work pulls off!

    I’ve slapped a score each way on us for top two!!

    Listen to everyone’s minds wrecking away .. A bit more positiveness within the ranks .. We just need to hear it in the stands!

    This gotta be a good / better / belter of a Season

    It gonna be tough with ALL (well the majority) being geared for the run

    Some quality spread over the league BUT at of day it’s the Best Team that Wins

    I don’t know who been sprinkling the Happy dust on our squad but for a new bunch of guys they’ve got the morale right up there which is good to see . Just hope they focused on the long haul

    On Pards standing his ground with Benny Arfa. (Me missus does that wi me when I’m in da dog house .. Uze all must know) it works

    Good luck Remy .. I wouldn’t change jobs for less .. If Primark PAY more than Prada .. Then you don’t have to shop in ya own Shop .. Just don’t f@&@/n score in oor net 😉

  • 115 Sazzer // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Frederic Guerra had the following to say to Calciomercato about Grenier:

    “Until the end of the window, there exists a possibility that he leaves. The possibilities, there are several. We shall wait and see if they become concrete or not. For the moment, there is absolutely nothing.”

  • 116 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Jack, the defence was partly due to the mess involving Cabaye, Colo etc. Colo should be more stable now, Mbiwa may improve ( although he doesnt have a football brain that I can see ) , but Pardew now knows that Santon is utterly rubbish, as I said having watched him play in his firts 2-3 games! I think we can screen that back four better with Colback and Tiote together, and hopefully Colback and the new , talented players will keep the ball better, and protect in that way. I agree we need a new striker in a big way, and ideally a centre half , but think our playing personnel are better than Palace etc.

  • 117 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    It’s not that I don’t have faith in these new signings, it’s more that they are exactly the sort of signings I expected – like for like replacements for the quality players we let go. There does not seem to be any commitment to squad building, rather a repeat of the cyclical nature of our recent transfer policy.

    If we finish higher than 10th, it will be more to do with Stoke and Southampton not being able to maintain their standard, as opposed to us improving upon our standard.

  • 118 JP...from The Rock // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Javier Hernandez anyone!?? We should really up our interest in him as he is quality, fast, clinical, young and proven in the EPL.

    Chicharito for me all the way seeing as our other options have failed to materialize.

  • 119 Ethiotoon // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Very surprised no one is after Grenier..
    What’s AP and co.doing? Carr and specially AP should push and push the board to get idea what the problem is but this is a player we don’t miss out,he still is in our hands.didn’t Everton smash out £28m on one player? we are in the same mold,but a lot less than that we can squeeze him…

  • 120 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    So which muppets on here think that we are not going to do well this season.

  • 121 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    From Grenier’s agent tonight….

    It may be well documented that we’ve signed six players with a seventh due in on loan next week, but what isn’t is that the squad is still light in various positions. Attacking midfield one of them.

    The attacking midfielder in question that relates to the agent is Clement Grenier and the agent, Frederic Guerra, had this to say to Calciomercato tonight.

    Until the end of the window, there exists a possibility that he leaves. The possibilities, there are several.

    We shall wait and see if they become concrete or not. For the moment, there is absolutely nothing.

    Not really anything earth shattering there but not an exact statement that the bloke stays either plus with a net spend of absolutely nowt, there’s still plenty in the kitty.

    Read more:

  • 122 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM


    do you think we will buy him

  • 123 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    We won’t get grenier so why do people keep on.

    He won’t be signing no will remy

  • 124 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Just NO!!!!!!!! Can you imagine it? Just been a little bit sick in my mouth 😮

  • 125 Harley // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Ok everyone you heard it here first.

    If we do well next season it will be because other teams are rubbish. But if we do bad it’ll be pardews fault.

    Only on this blog!!!

  • 126 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM


    deep breaths deep breaths
    we wont resign him

  • 127 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Oh yes that’s what I’m talking about

    Shola to the rescue

  • 128 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    He would be like a new signing

    15 million sounds about right

    Ha ha ha

  • 129 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    What a strike force that would be

    Big shola up front with obertan

    boy I can’t wait for the season to start

  • 130 Average_Contents // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM


    No chance now we’ve got siem (not that I think he’s a Cabaye replacement but I think the club do) but I do think if he becomes available i.e cheap enough in the near future then they may make a move as they tend to track targets over a few seasons then strike so to speak

    Your thoughts?

  • 131 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM


    u ok

    how did you feel about the remy deal and us not bothering did you want him back

  • 132 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM


    I’m very well thanks for asking mate, reguarding remy he can bugger off

  • 133 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM


    Not quite what I said. Such is my belief that the squad is not capable of cracking top 8, I stated that if it was somehow achieved, it would not be down to the inherent quality in the squad, rather because others have underachieved – the same reason we finished 10th and not 13th/14th.

    If we do badly next season it will be a combination of fatty flogging our best players, new signings not being up to scratch AND Pardew being a completely inept manager.

    However, feel free to boil down a complex point into a rather snappy, illogical sound bite.

  • 134 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM


    i don’t think we can claim like for like, cabs is a hard player to replace he was a good all rounder better in attack but for france he is there holder and not bad at it

    but i think in cabella dejong and colback we have in essence a cabaye but it looks like were going to play differently and have bought players to suit the way it seems we want to play so do we need a like for like no

  • 135 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    At the moment I’m happy with our strike force, I know they haven’t got a any experience playing in this league buy neither did remy before he came here until qpr signed him, it’s a gamble sometimes it pays off sometimes it doesnt I’ve got a funny feeling they are going to do well. There’s more pace in this squad than ever i think.

  • 136 Harley // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Ahh ciaran

    You forgot “and the whole squad have obviously been pardewed”.

  • 137 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM


    hows things over at nust

    at the end of the season there was a lot of anger towards the manager and club have nust noticed dwindling with the new players we have signed

    on the whole the blog is a cheerier place at the momment

  • 138 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    I’m more of an Ashley critic than a Pardew critic in all fairness. With a decent, and full squad, he’s easily a mid-table manager. Not the most inspiring, but solid mid-table. His inability to handle purely flair players has been exposed on numerous occasions, and will be exposed again.

    As for the concept of being ‘Pardewed’, I have never really bought into it. Santon is a poor defender, always has been, however, seeing the fact that M’biwa was a title winning centre half who has been shafted into right back, and Vurnon Anita was highly rated from the very talented Ajax academy, I can see where some would suggest Pardew has a negative influence on players development at times.

    My overriding point was the two teams who finished above us Stoke and Southampton – if they finish below us this season, it will be more down to their ineptitude, as opposed to our strengths.

    But once more, try and boil that down into a logical fallacy.

  • 139 Graeme // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Average @123 – there was no excuse for putting up that nightmare mate – there are youngsters reading this blog and that comment was XXX rated lol.


  • 140 beermonkey // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM


    i think a couple of our new boys have better records than remy before he went to qpr
    so here is hoping ido think we will create lots of chances now so the strikers wont be feeding of scraps

  • 141 jazzyp // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    So slowly but surely our CF targets are dwindling down.
    Ba-Remy-Pea-Lacazette ?? all of which would have made so much difference to the goal threat we would posses..
    that A4 list of forwards we had at the beginning of the transfer window must now be down to a note pad

  • 142 Ciaran // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:10 PM


    Things at NUST are going well, would be going better if the club would actually engage in dialogue with us, but it’s not for the want of trying.

    Well if these signings are off the back of fan pressure and dwindling numbers then at least some good has come from fan unrest then.

  • 143 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Ciaran I’ve really missed your positive comments.

  • 144 welshgeordie9 // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    To be honest Lacazette goals stats is pretty crap

  • 145 dcdick // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Is he still here ?

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 146 Mister Tuff // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Sometimes you can get decent players -playing together -but they just do not click.
    If the new lads click -are aware of their teamates game -well you never know –just might be a better season than expected.
    We really need a big commanding CB -otherwise we are going to ship goals -we’ve had a shocking defence the last 2 seasons -so that is an area which needs attention. The primary focus should be going forward not looking after our poor/ageing defence.
    However, bearing in mind Mr Tubbs is tight -the signing (so far) look very decent.

  • 147 Belfast // Aug 1, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Ruddy I can’t help but notice how much great friends you’ve became with the nufcfans twatter account.

    Beautiful stuff.

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