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Newcastle Not Yet Finished In This Transfer Window

9:39 am, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 173 Comments

We expect Newcastle to announce their seventh signing of the summer, when Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk is announced  tomorrow,  or at the latest on Tuesday – since the deal is already done and dusted.

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But we don;t think that will be it for Newcastle in the transfer market, and we could see a striker and a central midfield player arrive before the transfer window ends on September 1st.

Two Lyon players Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette are still on Newcastle’s radar screen, but any of these signings will probably take place late in the window.

Newcastle need a central midfielder to take over from the departed Yohan Cabaye, and we need a player with skill, flair and creativity if we are to replace Yohan for the this coming season.

And another striker that Newcastle are still monitoring is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has recently said he doesn’t want to leave the German club – but Dortmund may be willing to let him go before September rolls around – and we was our top transfer target last summer.

And the Loic Remy situation is still a fluid one, and if no big club comes in for him and it gets late in the transfer window, don’t be too surprised if Newcastle make one more attempt to sign him.

But it’s also true that a number of Newcastle fans have been (completely) turned off the French International, because he simply doesn’t seem to want to join Newcastle.

And Newcastle looked poor in defense in the first half yesterday in the 3-1 defeat by Malaga, and we need to bring in another defender, maybe a center-back to solidly our defense, which has been a Newcastle weakness over the last two seasons.

So even though we have successfully brought in seven good players so far this summer, we don’t expect Facundo Ferreyra to be our last  summer signing.

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173 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonarmyhk // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Is it just me or are we seriously lacking a decent CB more than anything else… we have the players to cope with a couple hits to the midfield and striking department now but I am not reading enough about us being linked to CBs…

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Expatmag – Im not missing your point at all, those are all valid excuses for any manager, my point being is that when allor most of those things are crossed off, wil l we see any difference in the tactics, style and effectiveness of Pardews game? I say based on his time here, no. And I dont hate the guy, I just think he is inadequate for nufc.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Lilongwe…WC players do not need to be away this long unless they are injured or fatigue is a problem.

    We don’t have the luxury teams like Man Utd have; if the coach wants to rebuild alot and try out new stuff, we need our players back and they need to sort out our goal scoring and goal leaking problems before August 3th.

    This look like we are going to start this campaign like we ended it last season.

  • 4 expatmag // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Tsunki

    I agree he is inadequate but he will hsve to play a more pass and move game due to the personnel he now has at his disposal. We no longer have the players who can play to a longball game

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    The logic of the pre-season planning must now be cast in doubt – flying to New Zealand and then almost immediately a torno in Germany with 2 games on consecutive days.The tourno format surely is not conducive to establishing a mode of playing/tactics (viz -all the changes that will have to be made to complete these games).
    After today there are only two friendlies left to get things sorted out.

  • 6 Stephen Keegan // Aug 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Toonarmyhk lacking 2 CB, collo, Taylor and Williamson are all average, not the type of players which will help us push for top 6 and m’biwa still not comfortable. Shame we don’t have a solid experienced CB anymore as you could pair him with one of our any younger CB’s!

  • 7 geordie1892 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I actually think pardew gets labeled with this goofball tag far too often. If u watch our games, yes we do play long balls, but we also try to knock it around a bit.

    Our biggest flaw IMO is that we have so many player back defending when we get to the halfway line we have no options other than to hot a hopefully 30-40 yard through ball to the lone CF.

    As i was saying yesterday Pardews 4-2-3-1 is really a defensive 4-5-1 with very little attacking threat

  • 8 geordie1892 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Goofball – goofball (although goofball could be accurate in some games last year)

  • 9 geordie1892 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I’m going back to bed. Hoofball!

  • 10 geordie157 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    A commanding no nonsense centre back is priority. Striker can wait til Jan if need be.

  • 11 Toon1978 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I don’t think we can wait until January for a proven striker. A team is only as good as the strikers you have. The game is all about goals. We nearly won the the league with that philosophy under KK and SBR had the same idea. Play MBIWA at CB not FB because he will never make a FB as long as the planet keeps spinning. We need a striker NOW with the back up of Cisse, Rivierie and our young ones. Yes, another CB would be a good thing because Steven Taylor is past his best but IMO, a striker of proven quality is imperitive. STILL waiting for Ba replacement. How much longer do the club carry on without a top striker at the club permanent?

  • 12 Newcastleforlife // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    what needs to be done b4 transfer window closes…

    Sell:
    1. Jonas
    2.Shane Ferguson
    3. Gabriel Obertan
    4. Steve Taylor
    5. Ryan Taylor
    6. Hatem Ben Arfa(i like him to stay.. but)
    7. Sammy Ameobi
    in this order

    Buy:
    1. Fabian Schar
    2. Sertic(if sissoko is used a winger) or andre ayew

    give cisse, riviere and fayerra chance till Jan
    Pardew’s target – top 8

    out on loan:
    1. Campell
    2. aaron
    3. gillinghead
    4. birigana
    5. good

  • 13 expatmag // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    1892

    The two things which annoy the shit out of me regarding the way we play are the total lack of movement by players ahead of the player in possession and the total lack of pressure put on opposition players in possession

    These are the basics of the game and should be practised every single day at training

  • 14 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Newcastleforlife @ 12

    How big would you reckon our squad would be if we sold and loaned out all the players you have quoted ?

  • 15 Ethiotoon // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Either s.tay or willo has to go and replaced
    By one of these:
    B.Stambuli
    G.Pezella
    B.kone. (my dream)
    M.Richards
    We need back up for siem as we saw clear yesterday we don’t have creative MF:
    We should add one of these:
    Grenier. (My dream)
    Shelvey
    Payet
    Fofana
    Sertic
    Clasie
    Hadzic
    We also need big strong forward that can trouble opponents the whole 90min
    Add one of these:
    Lacazatte(my dream)
    PEA
    Zaha
    Muriel
    Welbeck

  • 16 catchy in norway // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    expat and all you other haters,

    your making excuses for him already, you can blame the WC ,injuries , and the fact it’s just a pre season all you like , but the fact is nothing has or will change ,

    forget about who played in the game yesterday , and look at where pardew said the problem was, he tried to shift the focus from the defenders and MF to the attackers,

    in 90 mins of football we scored 1, yet in the same 90 mins we conceded 3 ,

    pardew just sees the game differently,

  • 17 colwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I see QPR are signing Isla, Harry has realized he defense is useless and has gone all out and bought a new one in.

    We were up there with most goals conceded last year and have let arguably our best defender go. How is Pards expecting s to stop conceding with the same average at best defense?

    Yesterday showed again that we have NO supply to the attack Perez and Riviere never had a shot in either half and we rarely ot the ball up there. This is against a mid table Spanish side who should have won by at least 7.

  • 18 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Ethiotoon

    Zaha and Welbeck are not big strong forwards that can trouble opponents the whole 90min.

    It is arguable that if they were they would play 90 minutes in every game but as we know that has not been the case. Perhaps Sir Alex didn’t know what he was doing ?

  • 19 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Colwell

    ‘Yesterday showed again that we have NO supply ‘

    I would say that yesterday showed again that if you put 11 players out who have never played together as a team there is every likelihood that they will not gel and not perform anywhere as near the players who always play together week in and week out.

  • 20 same old shit // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    all good things cost money FACT. papering over cracks with signings that are very very cheap in todays market wont work, yes we may have bought good players but the FACT is they wont be good enough. Man City win league why? because they spend money.

  • 21 south coast toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    watched a video of cisses goals yesterday and they were all great goals when he first came there seemed to be alot of quick accurate passing and plenty of bodies forward, hba and cabye or ba were always about, pards had it right there and needs to look back at whats gone wrong and learn from the good bits, i think cisse can hit form again if hes got supply and surrport , we were in the top six till chrimbo last year, our defence was really good for the start of one season, we need to sign greiner and aproven animal striker to put teams on the back foot like we did when cisse first arrived his goals looked effortless and natural he hasntv lost his ablity to do that he just hasnt had the service, we cant overhaul our defence now, lets carry on with what we are doing and go all out for attack we have a new right back to bed in , get a centre back or 2 come jan ,just an out an out striker and get cisse his mojo back, pards has to go then if we arent to far up the table but only for a top top manager

  • 22 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Keeping the ball more on the floor can be taught to children and they will adhere to it. It’s hardly ground breaking when professional players do it more.

    Keeping the ball on the floor doesn’t miraculously make people improve their movement and when a players should receive the ball.

    Apart from a handful of games, the general movement of our players when linking with others is nothing short of appalling. That includes when we finished fifth. My dad would regularly come away from games in that season saying to me the standard of football was poor and I’d agree.

    I was always saying to hold off until the following season to see if it would improve than just nicking points and defending for our lives.

    Sure enough, just scraped relegation and last season we broke more records.

  • 23 colwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Slank

    Not at all, i’d expect them not to be performing to their full potential of course, but these are professional footballers to be completely lost out there is ridiculous.

  • 24 toontime // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Does anyone on here think that Cisse may come good again? I was watching clips on Youtube last night of the 13 goals he scored in his first half season with us. I just really hope he can find the form that he showed us back then. He’s clearly a confidence player and I’d love to see him hit the goals trail again.

    If that is the case, then we could have a reasonable attacking force with the players that we have brought to the club in the summer as well as the few that we already had. And therefore, it is clear that the priority must be the defence. We need a commanding centre half. A Brian Kilcline. A Darren Peacock ?!? A Jonathon Woodgate…

    Yes, even with the players we have got, we may need a new manager to allow them to play to their potential, but I’d rather have our squad than most of the other squads in the Premier League… I just hope that we can go back to the season we finished 5th and even the first half of last season (both of which were under Pardew) and start playing decent football, bringing results and enjoying ourselves again both on the pitch and in the stands.

    Let’s start the season in a positive manner… I think we all must realise now that being down about things and expressing our displeasure really doesn’t seem to get us anywhere. It could be a lot worse… We could all be Mackems?!?!?!?

  • 25 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Even in 5 a side I pass and move or make runs of the ball .

    Why under Pardew can’t our players even seem to do the basics ? . One or two players maybe but the whole fcukin team ? .

    A lot of people saying “oh, its only pre season” can’t see the bigger picture that nothing has changed .

    1) We still have no clear game plan

    2) Our defence keeps collapsing and Pardew just stands on the touchline looking lost

    3) After three years he persists with knocking set pieces long to Willo despite him having the worst set piece conversion rate I have seen at NUFC .

    4) Plays players out of position and wonders why we are disorganised .

    Fair enough we get beat pre season, I can take that . But when I see us playing no different than the run where we lost 14 out of 19 games is beyond worrying .

    Pardew said he had changed and he wanted to play on the front foot and “frettn” teams more, yet it took us 6o minutes to have a shot on target yesterday .

    At the end of the day all of these signings mean nothing if we still have this moron in charge and I still maintain the best move the club could make is to bring in a new manager .

  • 26 stuart no9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    mister tuff —-i think , and im sure you you realise , that the NZ tour was not so much of a pre season tour in a football sense,but a chance to advertise SD in that part of the world to celebrate the opening of the shop there , but yeah , madness , for a couple of games that, to be honest didnt learn much about the team, tactics, i dont think anything was achieved for such a treck.

  • 27 Newcastleforlife // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    at slank,

    according to transfermarkt we have 31 players who are 21+
    if we let 9 21+ years go we will have 22 remaining, if we sign the 2 i mentioned total 24:)

  • 28 Blofal // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I know there will be a lot of people that disagree with me but I have a feeling that Kinnear was doing Ashley a favour by coming in and coping the flak for bringing in no permanent transfers for 18 months.

    I honestly think it was Ashley’s plan all along and he knew the fans would erupt so he got his good mate Kinnear to come in and basically make a fool of himself.

    When you think about the things Kinnear did, not bringing in any players, not doing interviews except initially where he seemed to make every conceivable effort to antagonise the fan base. He didn’t actually do anything and wasn’t even seen to be trying to. He went on holiday in the middle of the transfer window FFS. I don’t think he was meant to do anything but give the fans a target for their anger over lack of signings rather than the heat being directly on Pardew and Ashley himself.

    And if that was the plan for a large part it worked.

  • 29 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Rumour mill
    Connor Whickam could be following Colback to the TOON?????
    and we were joking in the pub yesterdasy about it – would sic the Mackems off even more

  • 30 Newcastleforlife // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    ethiotoon

    grenier is a no.10, not a number8

  • 31 toon kk // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    It’s strange or should I say typical of MA, spending money but trying to cut a few corners by not getting a proven striker and CB in.
    personally its a gamble our defence is poor and without the goal scorer we could play well and end up with no end
    product.

  • 32 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    After about 15 mins in yesterdays game the Malaga players realized that they only needed a barebones defense to cope with our attack, after that until halftime they just poured men forward at times there was 5 Malaga players in and around our box.
    Pardews comments were spot on and he fixed the prob at half time

  • 33 Bambams // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Blofal
    You are not the only one who thought that. I was at a football talk in just last year and a former toon keeper said that was the reason JFK was brought in….to stop transfers.

  • 34 Average_Contents // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Slank

    Sorry but I disagree mate as it doesn’t matter who is on the pitch be it new players or the same as last season the footballing style or lack of it is still evident to see,shite containment football which we are shit at by the way with the hope we can nick the odd goal! Pre season or not it’s still the same and under the puppet it’s highly unlikely to change anytime soon!

  • 35 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Charlie @ 29

    I have been saying for weeks that we should go for Connor Whickham.

    He is proven in the Premiership. Is the right age. Has lots of talent enough that the club were reputedly looking at him a few years ago. He would have no problem fitting into the club and relocation would obviously not be a problem. It would also be another two fingers to them down the road.

  • 36 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I rate Shelvey. Can’t believe we’ve signed Colback. We need to get rid asap. If Pardew plays Colback ahead of Abeid and Anita, i’ll go ballistic.

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Facundo Ferreyra is a great signing for us. If we sign Lacazette, Grenier and Alderweireld, i’ll be pleased.

    Don’t be surprised if we sign Denswil. I have already recommended him to Graham Carr.

  • 38 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Newcastleforlife

    Well that’s settled then.

    Sell 7 now. Buy 2 now. Loan out 5 now. Sell 3 in January if no improvement.

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Slank
    I throw a curve – ball – would you swap him for HBA?

  • 40 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I’d be satisfied if we signed Adam Johnson, Shelvey, Nathan Redmond and Micah Richards.

  • 41 nufc_eire // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Slank

    Great shout on Connor Wickham. If our forwards are Wickham, Riviere, Ferrerya and Cisse its not bad. If its not working out we play out the loan deal for ferrerya, sell cisse and try again for someone like Aubameyang next year

  • 42 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Kets

    ‘..i’ll go ballistic..’

    Never to be heard of again, yes please.

  • 43 Pardews Prolific Boys // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Kets maybe if you go ballistic to Ashley you can get pardew sacked? Or do your club contacts not go beyond scout level?

  • 44 nufc_eire // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Even if wickham signed were still shy a CB, RB and a winger (2 if Benny leaves)

    So we need
    Kaboul
    Byram
    Konoplyanka (if Benny leaves)
    Redmond

  • 45 BuckLuck // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Our biggest problem is movement with and without the ball. Pardew does not value this aspect of the game it seems. He sees every position as a static one, and therefore we are predictable and easy to play against.

    Our closing down, or lack of it, is criminal. The first 5sec after loosing the ball are the most important seconds to press and try to breake their play again. We use all our energy on getting back in position. It’s plain and simple stupidity.

    Pardew and your followers… You know nothing about the modern game. You really can’t see the whole picture.

  • 46 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Charlie

    I think I would.

    We know from rumours that a number of the senior players had a right go at Ben Arfa.

    The question is – is he a disruptive influence in the dressing room or does he bring the players together in their dislike for what he has done / doing. ?

    Better to have someone who wants to be at the club than someone who doesn’t. Yes, I would go for Wickham.

  • 47 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Buck Luck, just what have you achieved in pro football ?

  • 48 BuckLuck // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Nothing, but every semi fan of the game can see that Pardews setups are more often wrong than right. He has no philosophy son.

  • 49 Ethiotoon // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Relax guys,it’s too early to judge the mgr.
    May be todays game will show us whether
    We can improve from yesterday and may be what the new additions can add extra spice.yesterday we show some sign of improvements in the 2end HF,some promising signs and build ups.
    I believe we do need to see strong eleven today and hopefully it will mean sthg.
    But IMO we definitely need playmaker, if something happens to siem, we will be in serious trouble…

  • 50 Edd Case // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    We seriously need a top CB.
    As great as the new signings are, AP is deluded if he and his staff think Colo, Taylor, Willo and Mapou are going to not leak goals again like last season.

    Start from the back…

  • 51 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Konoplyanka’s a great player. Would love to see him here. He’s well worth £12m. We need pace in the side.

  • 52 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Average @ 34

    We will just have to agree to disagree.

    But I maintain that 11 individuals who have never played together as a team will never perform better than a team of 11 who play as a team week in and week out.

  • 53 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    haha, so although you have never played or coached you have a better insight than people who work at the highest level.

  • 54 BuckLuck // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Ethiotoon

    I think you’re right about Siem. Without him we are in trouble. We will be rigt back at the second half of last season. No link between midfield and attack.

  • 55 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Ethiotoon @ 49

    Our biggest weakness is not the defence but the playmaker. If we lose De Jong we really don’t have a replacement other than Anita who has his limitations.

  • 56 swisstone // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I know its very early days but that Aarons looks a real prospect.

    If you’d been in a hole for the last few months and came out and watched that match yesterday and were asked which one is the £12m french international, it would have been him all day over Cabella.

    I know Cabella’s first game blah blah blah, but you can tell a lot on a first impression, and he really needs to cut down the fancy sh*t, grow a pair and toughen up. He will not last the EPL if he goes on like he did yesterday, rolling around like a right pansy off hardly any contact

  • 57 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Slank Cabella and Riviere preferred position is the one occupied by De Jong. It.s the one position we have plenty of cover.

  • 58 BuckLuck // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Tequilamag

    As I said… Every semi fan of the GAME can see that Pardew is holding us back.

    Personally I do not have the personality to lead a club with these kind of players. My man management would be poor at best ;)

    But the 5-10 matches I watch every week both in EPL and other leagues makes me at least se how a team should be set up and how they should work together to achieve what they and the fans want. Then there are aspects within the club we as fans doesn’t know much about, but Pardew is doing the same wrong things over and over again even though it dosn’t work. Cisse as a winger is comedy at best.

  • 59 Mag52 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Jeff@32. Good point, which has been missed, or rather deliberately ignored by the anti Pardew brigade.
    It’s a truism in sport that the best form of defence is attack and with a stronger attacking formation in the second half against Malaga, AP changed the balance of the game to the extent that we had the better of the second half.
    Pre season games are all about looking at formations and combinations. It’ll always take a few games for a team of new players to start to play together as a team.

  • 60 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Buck Luck, in your opinion. Not knocking you for having an opinion but that is all it is. It`s not an informed opinion because you like me knows nothing at all about what is happening in training nor do we have any first hand experience of what it takes to play and coach at a pro level.

  • 61 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Can someone remind me of the team we played in pre season in the championship who hammered us ?
    It was hardly a guide as to what was to come that season.

  • 62 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Ethio, relax? Relax any more and we’ll be down the trap door next year and Pardew will break his own joint record of worst number of runs in a row in the history of the club.

    Only a relegated Cardiff saved him from this last year, just as Bosingwa’s carefree attitude did to keep us in the division.

  • 63 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Cabella needs to put 2 stone on have his legs broken and extended 4 inches.

  • 64 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Slank
    yeah I would swap him and agree with your points about disruptive tendencies and wanting to be at the club

    tequilamag
    pre-season – and did we not win a pre season tournament in Portugal and was that not the year we were in the relegation battle?

  • 65 swisstone // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    My view of the season ahead is that we will be on the end of some heavy defeats without question. Yesterday highlighted how weak we are in defence and the better teams will expose that.

    But where we do get more of a chance to control the game against some of the poorer sides we SHOULD be more effective going forward based on what he’s brought it.

  • 66 BuckLuck // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Tequilamag

    I agree. My opinion.
    But I’m pretty sure we all can agree that Pardew is not a modern manager? That is what’s bothering me most at the moment, besides Ashley of course.

  • 67 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Charlie, kinda proves the point pre season is about fitness and experimenting not as a true guide to what the future holds.

  • 68 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    After about 15 mins in yesterdays game the Malaga players realized that they only needed a barebones defense to cope with our attack, after that until halftime they just poured men forward at times there was 5 Malaga players in and around our box.
    Pardews comments were spot on and he fixed the prob at half time

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    If I hear a player is too lightweight one more time I am going to flip out . A lot of the best players in the PL are small but the system they play suits them .

    Its everything that is wrong with the English game .

  • 70 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    I love how people still to this day try and defend the manager.

    Apart from breaking so many negative records, bringing the club into disrepute and continuous mishandling of players he still has one of the most alarming statistical nightmares of any manager.

    During his time as NUFC manager he has a competitive win ratio of 36% which is the worse of any NUFC manager in history (even worse than Joe Harvey).

    In his time we have scored 206 competitive goals and conceded 240 giving us a score difference of -34 goals.

    In fact 21% of the times we play we concede 3 or more goals over a 90 minute period and have done so 40 times in 3 1/2 years.

    Add to that the losing streaks, the flirtations with relegation, the haedbutts, the pushes, the spiral downwards of proven internationals, the miserable cup runs, the poor tactics, weird team selections, stuffing’s from Sunderland , the 6-0’s, 5-0’s, 4-0’s and the god forsaken 3-0’s, the blatant lies, the sherking of responsibilities, the blame game, the excuses and taking into account the former clubs he has managed I think it is safe to say that Pardew isn’t a good manager.

    But yeah, it’s too early to say for sure whether he is good enough. He has been here 3 1/2 years and I see no progression, no improvement and a steady decline.

    Even though he had a good spell in league 1 with Southampton his overall league record win ratio is 46%. Well below average for a top manager who has had very strong teams in the PL, Championship and League 1.

    Why should we give him a chance? Because he got us 5th once and won the LMA manager of the year.

    Well former LMA managers of the year include Joe Kinnear, Frank Clark, Peter Reid, Danny Wilson, Dave Jones, Alan Curbishly, George Burley and Steve Coppell.

    A whose who of top flight football.

    Ha ha ha ha

  • 71 mindshaft // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    We have a lot of signings to blend in, some of them look poor such as Perez, Riviere – Colback looks a squad player, Cabella lightweight and prone to falling over and our CB pairing is at best league 1

  • 72 swisstone // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    BPC

    Agree you can be lightweight, but Cabella yesterday looked alarming – rolling around on the ground off the slightest of touches then straight back up etc.

    Don’t like to see that from a Toon player.

  • 73 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    shirking

  • 74 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Beatroll, you started with a hahaha and finished with a hahahaha. yet you don`t sound very happy?

  • 75 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Mindshaft, watch out for the BPC flip out @69

  • 76 wolfshead@toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    i love the doom mongers on here they make me lol i suppose if you predict relagation every pre season you will be proven correct one year

  • 77 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    tequila

    I laugh at the mindsets of lesser beings as they amuse me

  • 78 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Beatie
    I’ve missed you man!

  • 79 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Beatroll, nice to see you are on the upward curve of your bipolar journey.

  • 80 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Tequila

    Nice to see you’ve remained a cock.

  • 81 colwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I woudn’t worry about Cabella he is a hugely talented and has more skills in his locker than HBA ever will. He may get pushed off the ball sometimes who cares we don’t want a team full of big strong players otherwise just call us West Ham.

  • 82 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Poor effort Beatroll, you are capable of so much better.

  • 83 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    One must lower himself at times so that the primitive minds with which he talks to can fully grasp his intentions.

  • 84 geordie157 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Can’t believe some people are moaning about Cabella!!

    Just hope we get a centre back in before the window shuts, Vlaar will do. Taylor can go play for Boro, i’ll drive him there myself, although knowing our luck he’d fail the medical.

  • 85 wolfshead@toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    be a troll bit obvious isnt it?

  • 86 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    tequilamag @57

    ‘…Cabella and Riviere preferred position is the one occupied by De Jong. It.s the one position we have plenty of cover..’

    So what you are saying is that you agree that the playmaker is our weakest position because if De Jong is not the playmaker who is ?

    Unless I have got it completely wrong (and not for the first time) but Cabella is essentially a winger who often wanders into the middle and Riviere is a forward who often drops deep but neither of them are a central midfield playmaker like Cabaye or Grenier.

    The priority should be a midfield general like Grenier and not a central defender as we have four and backups.

  • 87 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Oh dear talking about yourself in the third person. That is a good sign Beatroll

  • 88 Mr Magpie // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    mindshaft@71
    I think its a bit harsh to say both Perez & Riviere are poor already, they have not had great service as strikers.
    Colback could be a great help in cm this season & Cabella appears no more lightweight than most flair players he just needs educating about staying on his feet more in the premiere league or diving accusations & bookings will quickly get attached to him.
    All in all they have all just signed for us, played a few pre season games so lets just try giving them a chance before we write them all off.

  • 89 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Slank I am pretty sure they all see themselves as a number 10 for want of a better label so I would suggest we do have a lot of options for that position.
    We had a terrible defence last year and although Janmaat looks like he could be an improvement on Cabaye I don`t see where the improvement is coming from the rest of the defence. Broadly I am quite happy with the transfers this Summer but that good work could be undone without improving the defence

  • 90 Spuggy // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Top striker needed but with additions of colback, Siem and cabella can’t see why we need another CM.

    A starting CB has to be the next priority!

  • 91 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Janmaay improvement on Debuchy

  • 92 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Janmaat grrr

  • 93 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Stop being positive tequila it stings my eyes

  • 94 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    From Sky Sports

    Newcastle United are on the brink of announcing the signing of Facundo Ferreyra.

    The striker played for Shakhtar Donetsk last season, but he has refused to go back to Ukraine due to the political strife in that part of the world.

    The Argentina U20 international has joined up with the Newcastle squad in Germany and is set to join the Magpies on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer worth a reported £6.5million.

    Ferreyra made just eight appearances for Shakhtar last season, but managed six goals for the team.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: “Facundo is a good presence on the pitch, a big guy at 6ft 2in, a player who has gone to the Ukraine and has been OK.

    “If we manage to secure him, he would be a player who we’d expect to do a lot better here.”

    Ferreyra would become Newcastle’s seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback.

    I like this bit:

    The Argentina U20 international has joined up with the Newcastle squad in Germany

  • 95 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    why all the transfer gossip? it doesn’t matter who we bring in because they will be wasted away under Pardew.

    I don’t understand how millions of Newcastle fans can see the major problems at our club but MA can’t see it!?

    Pardew is no good here in fact he’s no good anywhere, he ain’t a coach or a manager, he’s an waste of space.

    I predicted Newcastle will be amongst the relegation candidates this season and I’m going to stick by it and I hope MA will see sense and get rid of Pardew after 6-7 games into the season because MA has brought in very good players ( about f@cking time too ) so if he wants to make a profit on selling players Pardew is not the man to do this.

  • 96 catchy in norway // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    tequila

    whilst I would normally agree the pre season is all about fitness, try a few new things , I carnt help thinking this one is different for pardew,

    he has had 2 very poor seasons position wise, 3 poor footballing seasons In my opinion , luck got him 5th and luck kept him in the prem

    this pre season, I believe he should have been going out with the sole mission of trying to build confidence for the fans he lost over the last 3 seasons , he seems to think he will just roll up at the start of the season and it all will be ok,

    the way he diverted the problem by not spotting the problem area, trying to accept the blame by saying the players he picked weren’t good enough ( not his words I know but that’s what I got from them ) tells me it’s the same old same old,

    I read a few numpties in here trying to say it was the attackers fault we conceded because they didn’t defend , really ? and that it was put right at half time ,

    I seen it as they got there goals , won the game by half time then tried to use the game as a fitness boost

    any way , regardless of the pre season , time is a luxury pardew does not have, he needs to be winning home games against the teams that finished outside the top 6, and be at least competitive against the top 6 teams at home , or the home fans WILL get on his back,

    I can tell you his tactics for the new season right now ,

    1. Defend
    get as many behind the ball as possible
    2. shoot
    shoot from between 20-30 yards away from the goal
    3. free kicks and corners
    aim them to Williamson

    yippee

  • 97 HoboToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Like what i heard about this ferreyra guy, and has a decent amont of pace and skill for a big lad

  • 98 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Hopefully Ferreyra will give us a new target to aim free kicks and corners at other than Williamson.

  • 99 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    The end of our transfer business?

  • 100 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I think Percy is on his last legs anyway. A bad start and he’ll be gone.

  • 101 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Done Deal

    Newcastle United have completed the signing of Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk.
    The 23-year-old Argentine striker joins on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign, and has joined up with Magpies’ squad in Germany as they take part in this weekend’s Schalke 04 Cup.

    Ferreyra came through the ranks at Banfield in his homeland and spent four seasons in the first team before earning a switch to Vélez Sársfield in the summer of 2012.
    An instant hit at Vélez, he was their top goalscorer and the league’s joint leading marksman in his one and only season, netting 17 goals in just 24 games.
    That attracted the attention of Shakhtar Donetsk, who signed Ferreyra in July 2013, and he represented the club in the Champions League and Europa League last term, scoring six times.
    Ferreyra said: “I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United.
    “I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make.
    “I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the Club, I didn’t need to think twice.”
    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.
    “This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina.
    “He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United.”

    Official site

  • 102 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Catchy so you would normally agree pre season is about fitness but as it is Pardew this time you wont.
    I would have been happy if Pardew had gone at the end of last season as we needed pretty much a huge overhaul of the squad so it would have been a good time to get a new manager as well. But as he is staying he will get my support as will all the players because guess what I actually want my team to do well and am not so blinded by hatred of one man I would rather see my team fail to get rid of him. The fact it drives people like you made is something of a bonus.

  • 103 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Ferreyra coming to Newcastle will cause more concern to us but not Pardew, he will be utilize as a Target Man and we all know how Pardew loves his tall strikers.

    so prepare for the worse guys HOOFBALL is the num1 style now so don’t expect a colourful season.

    don’t believe me? well ask yourself this why is Sissoko playing on the wing and gets utilize as a wide target man?

    didn’t Pardew learn anything from the world cup with France?

  • 104 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Ferreyra will give us that height option in the box that we desperately need. The lad know where the goal is. We still need another good striker granted, but for me a CB should now be priority.

  • 105 lesh // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    According to Gouffran, ‘…. It is a different squad with new players and a different style of play.’ Really?

    Some different players yes but having watched the first half of the Malaga game, I couldn’t see a different style of play.

    We seemed to sit back and when Malaga did come it us, the defence was disorganised, seemingly not watching the game, disinterested!

    Did we really have eleven players on the pitch? Where were the full backs? Nay, who was bossing the defence?

    We seemed to treat the first half as an afternoon kick-about in the park!

  • 106 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    tequilamag

    “I actually want my team to do well ”

    your gonna have to wait a very long time for this to happen mate.

    like what Catchy says and many others on here Pardew has kept his same style for 3 seasons now and he won’t change it, the only thing he has changed is having attackers defend that is all and that alone is a bad thing I mean C’mon look at Chelsea style with JM boring defending hit on counter, Pardew is using the same style

    don’t believe me ask Chelsea fans them themselves will tell many of us that JM style is the wrong way to go.

  • 107 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Black and white, the season has not even started yet. If you want to write us off before the a ball has been kicked in anger that is your choice. For me it is a blank page.

  • 108 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    lesh

    the WB’s was the only position that impressed me Haidara and Mbiwa I thought we very good against Malaga.

    the defence was shocking and Pardew want’s Taylor and Collo sarting there first and he want’s to sell Mbiwa?

  • 109 Newcastle for alltid // Aug 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    We do need a new “main” striker, as I can`t see anyone in the squad fill those boots right now. But even though, I wouldn`t make the striker hunt the top priority. The players we already have in place will get goals between them. De Jong will score, Riviere will have a couple, Ferreyra might, Cabella etc… still, what we do in front of goal won`t matter at all if our defence is as incapable as it was yesterday, especially in that first half. Which is why one, if not two, CB`s should be the top priority.

    We look OK in the fullback positions. Janmaat will get the job done, Haidara is a good prospect, Santon has his days, Anita can chip in if needed.
    Still, the CB-pairing in a 4-man defense is the most vital, and I feel like it`s been neglected for years. The fact that Williamson gets to play and actually looks decent at times compared to Saylor is remarkable says a lot about how little money is invested there. Coloccini is still top-class in some games, but overall he`s too slow and old. I still see him as a player who can get the job done though. Still, it amazes me that we still have Saylor and Williamson playing. They`re not good enough. The only time they look good is when they make a vital last-second block. The only reason blocks like that are made is that the defenders are out of position in the first place.
    I would get those two replaced sooner rather than later. I still want to see Yanga-Mbiwa one more season at least though. He`s played far too often in the fullback position. Like in Montpellier, he should be used exclusively as a CB. He captained them in the Champions League, remember. Give him a chance to grow in ONE position, and then I`ll judge him.

    The fact is that we won`t even have to invest a lot to sign players who could improve out defense, which speaks volumes of what we already have.

  • 110 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    tequilamag

    not in anger mate but in facts, in fact watch our style against Huddersfield’s next week and you will see what I mean.

  • 111 Sliema // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Tequila

    I bet you wanted us to win v Liverpool last game of last season didn’t you?

    It’s the short-sighted small-minded morons like yourself who are doing more damage to the club they love than anyone else.

    I don’t think it’s purposeful, I don’t think you understand the damage that your unconditional support is doing to the future of the club, but I hope you realise and change your mind someday soon.

    The truth is you do love the club, but you just can’t see the wood mate.

  • 112 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Well Pardew has layed down his own challenge by promising a better performance today against imo anyway a very good technical side but a side with a fair few players missing

    West ham managed a result via penalties and he’s promised a more senior side
    The second half was most definitely an improvement on the first but that’s not really difficult
    As stated by most fans since last season, a CB is priority, the defence is f**king awful
    We needed Dier tbh but spurs were quicker to the punch but a CB in a similar mould to partner MYM is a must

  • 113 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Black and white, nobody has a crystal ball. If we beat Huddersfield 5.0 would that make us world beaters ?
    Of course not. Pre season means sfa.If we are bottom 3 after 10 games then you are correct. Let`s have the discussion at that point. Until the season actually starts nobody can say for certain what is going to happen.

  • 114 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    tequilamag

    I agree it’s a blank page mate, But to be fair the fans are worried after the performance yesterday. What we saw was a carbon copy of how we were playing at the end of last season. In essence Pardrew is playing the same old formation with the same old tactics, nothing seems to have changed.

    Like you I still have a bit of optimism for the start of the season, that we may get off to a good start. but on the evidence of yesterday it’s hard to figure out where it’s going to come from.

  • 115 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    jeff and 52

    yeah blame 2 kids while so conveniently missing the atrocious defending by the very experienced colo and saylor,

    Didn’t malaga’s young lad not score 2 goals

  • 116 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I think people got to take into account the way we play over the last 3 season

    1 – Deep line

    2 – Direct/long ball

    these alone ask to be put under pressure by the opposition but wait what’s this

    my style

    1 – High D-line

    2 – quick/short passing

    pick one which you think would do better against all the teams in the PL?

  • 117 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Sliema yes I did want us to win at Liverpool. I bet you were one of those calling people who did not want to boycott morons as well.

  • 118 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Sliema &111
    Sorry don’t agree with that at all
    Fan opinion plays no part in the actions taken by MA
    There was plenty of ill will towards the coaching staff last season but no action was taken
    I don’t think supporting the club in a different manner than you makes him a moron

    For me the morons are the idiots like the wum from Norway who not only openly admits wanting us to lose but actually seems to bask and revel in the wake of our defeats
    Proper c**tish that imo

  • 119 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    tequilamag

    I’m not judging by the pre-season games I’m judging by the way we play not the scoreline

    1st season hoofball, 2nd season hoofball, 3rd season hoofball, 4th season hoofball ( this I can guarantee )

  • 120 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Tads

    that last line on your last post is the nost accurate thing i have seen written on this blog this weekend :D

  • 121 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Same Pardew bashers, rolling out the same tired opinions. It’s getting really boring. That’s all they are opinions, which, you are entitled to. You are not entitled to your own facts though! If Pardew is so bad, how did we finish top five ? Oh that’s right it was the players, but when the manger was not backed and players sold off it’s his fault when we underachieve. I have seen many managers at Newcastle and ican safely say there have been many bad appointments. I for one would not like to see yet another manager brought in only for some of the same people here to call for their head a year from now because we did not make champions league…

  • 122 tequilamag // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Black and White, essentially the difference then is you have already pre judged what the season will bring. You may of course be correct. but then again you could be wrong.

  • 123 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    sliema

    what’s with all the aggression calling people morons. So if everyone doesn’t share your view you call them morons or mackems. Very mature, well considered contribution.

  • 124 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    link for todays game? what time uk?

  • 125 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Mickalonius

    the season we came 5th was mostly luck on our half, not many teams where expecting Pardew to play hoofball since Newcastle have a record of quick attacking style, but the second season Pardew was in charge he got found out and look what happened ever since.

    now with an improved squad you will still see the same style hoofball from Pardew.

    still not convinced ah well look at fat sam what he did at Bolton same old hoofball tactics that other teams weren’t prepared for and he had success then he went to another team with the same style and now he’s on the verge of getting sacked and many WHU fans don’t want him there

  • 126 Ethiotoon // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Many thanks firebug666,you made interesting statements since yesterday, we don’t have to go back and forth to read latest news ….

  • 127 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Markaccus
    I get why people want him gone, imo he’s not up to it and his relationship with the fans is beyond repair
    I think in the past he’s shown with the right players he can have us playing good football
    We’ve bought well in some areas but still failed imo to address the key area of defence but i don’t think, with the exception of SDJ, we’ve really bought Pardew players if that makes sense
    Think he’s under real pressure this first 10 games but even with that surely as fans it’s more beneficial for us to be proved wrong and see him and the squad excell rather than be proved right and see us in real trouble, which we could well be given MA’s history of employment?
    Not saying the signs are there he will do well, or that we shouldn’t sack him in fear of who could be next, but i sure as f**k won’t celebrate each loss as some sad individual victory over a bunch of people on an internet site!!!

  • 128 Siremre5 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

    Few links for the Match

  • 129 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    tequilamag

    in all respect mate I really really hope I am wrong about this season but putting my own knowledge in with me being a coach myself I just don’t see it happening.

    like the old saying ” you can’t teach an old dog new tricks ) ;)

  • 130 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    6″2’s around the average height these days. 6″2.5+ is tall.

  • 131 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Henry’s 6’2 but he’s not a target man. Ferreyra is more like an Henry type.

  • 132 Siremre5 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    As expected, Newcastle have completed the signing of Facundo Ferreyra on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

  • 133 Novocastrian66 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Our midfield and forward line are unrecognisable from the team that got promoted, yet our defence is virtually the same. We have not made any significant improvement in the centre of defence in four years.

  • 134 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Tads

    Pardew plays the wrong tactics for nufc. We all know that. Doesnt mean i dont want him to get it right, no matter how unlikely. Its the snivvely gloating when we lose i find pathetic. Fans and followers should not behave that way to other fans and followers. We all supposedly support the same tame after all.

  • 135 Mr Magpie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    We have talented midfielders who can pass the ball well but we need to play through them to their strengths & not bypass them playing long balls up for the likes of Perez & Riviere to hold up play as this is just not going to happen.
    I can’t believe Mbiwa is still being played as a fullback, this is the former captain of a league winning team who played at cb, who we i presume scouted in this position, purchased him to play in this position & now Pardew plays him rb….really!!!
    It is early in the season but Pardew needs to implement this new front foot attacking strategy quickly, intergrating & getting the players to understand the new formation & what he demands from them as players.
    This is what Van Gaal has done at Man Utd but unfortunately Pardew is certainly no Van Gaal!!!!

  • 136 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Black and White ! Luck! C’mon listen to yourself! What followed was a European campaign and summer recruit drive that never materialised and guess what we struggled! Like I said you need to look at all the variables, the manager is only one factor. With the right players we will play a more attacking style. I agree with you with regard to Big Sam, a complete bluffer who plays awful football regardless of players.

  • 137 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Mickalonius

    tell you what, there’s absolutely nothing more boring than someone wheeling that one out again, while totally ignoring all the records broken and club demos at West ham and charlton, as well as not being able to leave his own dug out here.

    The year we came 5th all the stars aligned, raylor got injured so benny finally got a game and pardew had to play ba, Cisse and ben Arfa in a front 3.

    Happy days as those 3 scored amazingly individual brilliant goals while we also got a lot of reffing decisions. Then Pardew ditched it and we blew 4th place.

    Pardew has one top 6th finish in a near 20 year managerial career, but has nearly relegated 3 different clubs and had the worst losing record at WHU and us.

    Pardew like Souness, has always fallen out with top players from Tevez and Mascherano to Ben Arfa. Good managers like SBR get the best out of them.

  • 138 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    If Pardew and that’s a big IF want’s the best out of Newcastle he should get the lads to play like they against Manure last season with a 1-0 away win.

    this was beautiful what he did there, high pressing quick attacking style he also used this against Chelsea in a 2-0 win at home when Sissoko scored 2 goals.

    if Pardew want’s the fans back he got to play this style every game

  • 139 toon kk // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    We’re clearly going for quantity not top quality as far as strikers go.
    pards is obviously happy with our defence. Very risky!

  • 140 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Mickalonius

    how can we play attacking style when Pardew has them playing defensive all the time, the season we came 5th he had them playing defensive and hitting the teams on the counter.

    its good to hit teams on the counter when against big teams or playing away but at HOME?

    C’mon you listen to yourself!

  • 141 jeraziah // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    We are delighted to announce the signing of Facundo Ferreyra on a season-long loan deal from Shakhtar Donetsk. #WelcomeChucky #nufc

    Done and dusted!

  • 142 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Siremre5

    tnx for da link

  • 143 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Pleased with that signing, but we still need a top class striker (i.e. Benteke, Remy, Lacazette, Doumbia, PEA etc).

    Clement Grenier needs to be signed.

  • 144 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Mickalonius

    don’t blame it on Europe we don’t need another Pardew excuses on here

  • 145 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Markakkus

    i don’t think it is snivelly gloating, more like just sheer anger and frustation being at the end of our tether watching a guy tell everyone ” he plays on the front foot” when on the evidence of yesterday nothing has change at all.

    We’ve had nearly 4 years being told he learns from his mistakes but again we see no evidence of that. there is still no pass and move, no cohesion, no fluidity.

    We’ve got some cracking players who deserve a far better manager who actually does know what he is doing.

  • 146 Mr Random // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Will ferreyra be able to play in today’s game?

  • 147 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    If Pardrew was any real sort of manager and could crawl past his own ego, he would admit his inability to create an attacking team and bring in an attacking coach to help put things right. Even when every man and his dog can see where we are having problems on the pitch, Pardrew doesn’t, he seems to be convinced that our defence is ready for another premiership season, and that it’s the midfield and attack letting us down.

  • 148 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Rotonda heights

    save your breath mate Iv’e been saying this for years and no-one listens

  • 149 ToonFromLeeds // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Newcastle’s game today is on TV channel Quest as it was yesterday it’s free to view

  • 150 ToonFromLeeds // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Rotonda I couldn’t agree with you more mate

  • 151 check the toastie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Just watched yesterdays game, no real surprises, two centre midfielders glued to centre halves, no pressure on the ball, no midfielders supporting the forwards, no energy in any respect, total disinterest and pride for the shirt. A total and utter disgrace.

    How long will this nightmare continue.

    PARDEW MUST GO. GOING DOON.

  • 152 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    firebug666

    spot on mate

  • 153 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Black and White with an army lol

    spot on, that’s what’s so frustrating, in good positions down come the shutters and he gets over cautious and we surrender all initiative.

  • 154 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    cheers toon from leeds

  • 155 Klatoon // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    What shirt number was Cabella sporting yesterday?

  • 156 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Rotunda, Ben Arfa has fallen out with every manager he has ever had! I don’t see a queue of teams waiting to sign him now ? Do you ? Raylor was in fantastic form btw. After we finished fifth the team was never sufficiently strengthened, we were playing really well up to Christmas. (How did that happen Rotunda?), despite only one loan signing, then Cabaye sold, remy injured and we struggled. These are facts. What you are stating is an opinion.

  • 157 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Aye mate and for AP to be a defensive coach he doesn’t know how to set up defensive positions, I personally think Pardew has set up Newcastle like it was back when Pardew was a defender himself ( and not a good one at that )

    staying back and never look towards the box

  • 158 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I would love to know how Pardrew managed to pass his coaching badges.

  • 159 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Mickalonius

    we played well up until Christmas? who against? I can only think of 3 games.

  • 160 Black and White with an army lol // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    firebug666

    I said this a few months back, my guess though is that he knew someone deep within the FA

    or he slept with someone ;)

  • 161 check the toastie // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Cabella is a poor mans Benny, may come good though but will never be as good as Ben Arfa, he has been destroyed by Percy.

    Have vowed after last years derby I will not pay to watch a Parsnip team anymore. The crimes he has committed to Newcastle Utd Football club are truly outrageous.

  • 162 sparky55 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    now funky has signed it sets us up perfectly to go 3-5-2 like all the good teams.

    goalie

    taylor collo mbiwa

    Sissoko tiote anita remy gouffy

    SDJ CHUCKY

    This gives us speed down the wings for breaking fast, both these ‘wing backs’ (sissoko and gouffy) have pace going forward and know how to tackle back, a great midfield three (one destroyer and two playmakers) with SDJ just behind / alongside chuck.

    no more getting overran in midfield, no more long punts, good footballers in the middle where we need them, good outlets out wide with pace and power and who can track back, finishing off with two great strikers…what more could you ask for…

    …but the thing is Pardew is in charge…so dream on!

  • 163 kilcline // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Richards is a must now!!! Be happy with the transfer window then (given how tight Ashley is)

    ———————-Krul

    Janmaat——Richards—-MYM——–Hairdara

    Ben Arfa——Sissoko—Tiote———-Cabella

    ——————–De Jong

    ——————–Riverie

    Obvs Ben Arfa won’t play but here is hoping.

    Heard Wickham is on his way, cant see it myself.

  • 164 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Black and white some more facts, just for you ;-)

    23 November 2013: Rémy scores for a third game running as the Magpies beat Norwich City 2-1 at home with Yoan Gouffran also netting.

    30 November 2013: A Gouffran header and a wonder strike from Moussa Sissoko help Newcastle to their fourth consecutive Premier League victory, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at home. With this win, the Magpies moved up into the top 5 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

    6 December 2013: Newcastle take both monthly Premier League awards for November, with Pardew named the Manager of the Month after leading the Magpies to four victories out of four, and clean sheets against Spurs and Chelsea see goalkeeper Tim Krul picking up the Player of the Month award.

    7 December 2013: Cabaye scored the winner and Tim Krul posted another clean sheet as Newcastle won 1-0 at Manchester United F.C.’s Old Trafford stadium for the first time since February 1972.

  • 165 Ian Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    tequilamag- Just passing through but read enough to see that your on fire- rapier like.

    I feel pre season that you should not expect too much and treat success and failure the same. I didn’t start off with the intention of quoting Kipling. Your words of wisdom on the purpose and ambition of a successful pre season are sound. Looking back on pre seasons past, respective fortunes were not indicative of how we subsequently faired when it mattered. I once raised the whole subject with Alan Shearer who candidly admitted that watching him at such times was not worth the admission money. I have seen few such games live ever since.

    In short things are not as bad as many seem to think. However, I must confess that I would feel a good deal more relaxed about what the season has in store for us if we were to buy a creative midfielder, a brute of a CB and a proven goalscorer.

  • 166 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Mick, the abysmal runs of record breaking magnitude have been a regular occurrence for Alan. As have demonstrations and sackings.

    It was the first time near fifth. Surely if he was really capable of it without the luck he got, he could reproduce it again? He can’t.

  • 167 Rotonda heights // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Mickalonius

    you need to take your girlfriend out more.

  • 168 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Laurent, I’m not disputing the bad runs, I am just suggesting that despite what some here believe, you must look closer at why these runs happened. Joe Kinnear did not deliver, we never (and still have not) replaced Cabaye and with the resulting injuries led to a complete capitulation! This was not down to the manager. Mike Ashley, yes. Kinnear, yes. The fact that we had not strengthened in TWO windows, yes.

  • 169 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Rotunda, poor response really, I think you can do better. If you can’t win an argument… no need to get personal. :-)

  • 170 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Right, I’m off to take my wife out :-(). Good luck all !!!

  • 171 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Er last comment is meant in a totally non-mafia way….:-)

  • 172 MacToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    lol

  • 173 newcben // Aug 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Team

    —————–Krul————–
    —-colo—staylor—mbiwa—-
    Janmaat—————-santon
    ———-sissoko—-tiote——-
    ——Cabella——–dejong—-
    —————-riveria————

    I still feel we need Grenier to play make




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