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Newcastle Player Named In England Squad

1:25 pm, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 118 Comments

Roy Hodgson watched Jack Colback play against Aston Villa last Saturday, and we pointed out Roy would have been impressed with what he saw and would you believe it – Jack is in the England squad.

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Jack Colback in action in pr-season

Jack was second in our Man of the Match poll last Saturday and this is what we said about him:

¨Jack has 24% and was as consistent as ever, and now we know why his passing rate is close to 90% – he hardly ever puts a pass astray and we think England manager Roy Hodgson would have been impressed with what he saw from the Killingworth lad.¨

It says something when you have been at Newcastle for a few months and you get into the England squad, and it’s about time Newcastle had a player in the England squad.

Newcastle is a (very) high visibility (high profile) club if not a top six club, and maybe that’s something Loic Remy doesn’t quite understand.

Wayne Rooney has been made captain replacing Steven Gerrard and that’s another good choice, and there are three other new players in the squad – Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who had a great game against QPR last weekend.

20 year-old defender John Stones of Everton is also back in the squad.

England will take on Norway in a friendly on September 3rd, and then we play Switzerland in the first European 2016 qualifier five days later.

Here is the full squad named by England manager Roy Hodgson:

Goalkeepers:  Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster

Defenders:  Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Calum Chambers, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, John Stones

Midfielders:  Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere

Forwards:  Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

Congratulations to Jack for being called up by England, and we hope he’s fit enough to play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

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118 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Well done to Jack.

  • 2 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM


    Woy said it’s not just his two games for us its his form from 5under1and too

    Sort this desktop shite out please ed as your denying the rest of the bloggers my expert posts and analysis

    Well done ginger ninja

  • 3 G // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I hope he gets a bit of 3 lions game time. Even if it’s just in the friendly, it would be nice to see it happen.

  • 4 jimmysmith // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Plays like Nicky Butt for mine, who had his critics, quite unfairly in my opinion. Clearly a good player and its a good time to get called up, with the retirement of Gerrard and Lampard and what with Wilshere not grasping his opportunities and England looking like they might be a decent side in the making.

  • 5 Slank // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Fully deserved.

  • 6 Wandering Geordie // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has agreed to join Marseille.Fee to be agreed.Virgil van Dijk lined up as replacement

  • 7 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    the important thing about having colback called up into the england squad is it means players will finally be confident enough to join a club in the north east of england without having to worry about putting risk to there international hopes. Back in 2010 darren bent was englands most on form striker going into the world cup, when the squad selection came, fabio cappello said “if you want to play for england you will need to move out of the north east” and ever since that day the north east has been viewed as a bad place for england internationals now things might be changing as we are now seeing players getting call ups when they have remained in the north east all there career.

    the other thing about this call up is now colback himself knows he has a chance of an england career ahead of him so if he wants to get ahead of players such as henderson, wilshire, ox, sterling and townsend then he knows it’s going to mean great performances each and every week at club level.

    also there are lots of players missing through injury ie walcott, Carrick , Lallana and Rodriguez. so this is the chance colback needs to take.

  • 8 John Tudor // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    if not virgil van dijk vogel von doink
    ffin no chance

  • 9 G // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    @ 7, an intelligent post. Crikey, am I on the wrong blog?

  • 10 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM


    That’s fair enough mate 🙂

    Was going out but waiting a hr…

    Pardew has said “Obertan is a important member of the squad”

    The only words if have used is “Obertan is a member”

    People wonder why people can’t be arsed with Pardew, well this sorta stuff is why. The lads bonk yet gets game after game and others who ate better or have potential aren’t even tried. So we get to watch Oba running up and down doing very little except sweat.

  • 11 geordie157 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Great to see colback called up.

    Only surprise was shawcross not being selected, he’s been consistent for a few years now. Maybe he needs to move to the north east then to make the squad. And no not that little team down the road.

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    So are we soon to be able to include Jack as another internationally experienced player that Pardew can’t get a team to play attacking football with?

  • 13 chenz7 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    that’s his reward for joining a big club …well done jack colback …of Newcastle and england

  • 14 Ethiotoon // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Glad u read it,but still doubt u don’t understand it..
    if u don’t understand what true pure fan means,go and ask ED,he’ll tell you bcoz I believe he is..
    I am still support AP though, I am his translator..
    ,does anybody have problem with that??????????

  • 15 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM


    If that’s the case I don’t care!

    England are CRAP and have only had one world class player dice Gazza and that’s Ashley Cole arguably the best LB of his generation even though he’s a twat.
    You could argue for Scholes but that’s it!

    And rember world class means walk into any team in the world not because he’s international class because if that was the case Sholas world class!

  • 16 geordie157 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    So mbiwa looks to be going out on loan.

    Wonder if we’ll go for van dijk or just do a loan move for someone like Coates.

  • 17 geordie@bergen_norway // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    According to Sky Sports our odds of getting a player to sign for before 2nd September 2014 are as follows:

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 3/1
    Christian Benteke: 6/1
    Jason Puncheon: 18/1
    Scott Sinclair: 12/1
    Troy Deeney: 22/1
    Joel Campbell: 8/1
    Salomon Kalou: 28/1
    James Milner: 25/1
    Loic Remy: 6/4
    Danny Welbeck: 8/1
    Karim Benzema: 16/1 (LOL)
    Micah Richards: 4/5


  • 18 peterk3 // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Very well done Jack, Congratulations.

  • 19 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM


    can you not go 1 day without thinking about the manager of your dreams.

    do you really follow football?
    this is england, yes england- a team that normally is packed with manure, city, liverpool, spurs, arsenal and chelsea players even benched ones are choosen over starting teams below them.

    so for once in your life fcuk this sh1t manager and enjoy the positive bit of news.

  • 20 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM


    I’ll give you it’s better choosing English players from different clubs other than the top 5 or 6. But England have been starved of decent talent for years.

    That’s why we shop abroad as you can get a much better player for a fraction of the price.

  • 21 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    no mate i will not take any of that because if it will only need a world class manager to transform a newcastle team into a quality team then why can’t the same be said about england because they too have appointed poor managers and when sir bobby robson was manager england too had a great team.

    newcastle need to use youth and cheap imports to build the team and can expect a incredible team to be made with a world class manager, well england work just the same so them players too have just been hogsoned, cappelloed or svened.

    top class would mean they would join any club not newcastle.

  • 22 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    robson himself was not the poor manager it was the ones who came after him.

  • 23 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    toonking@19 – it was interesting looking at Ed’s piece on Jack signing on June 24 th- :

    74Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    “Determination, drive and competitiveness doesn’t just turn draws into wins. Skill, awareness of situations, movement, finishing and communication does.

    More quotes to demonstrate Pardew’s lack of ideas and plump for hard-workers sloggers rather than creativity and attacking flair.

    Colback is squad padding. Decent, but that is it. Not the type of signing we need when the squad isn’t very big and we haven’t signed anyone in the last two transfer windows.”

    He’s not alone the usual suspects show the same depth of analysis as a frozen fish finger.

  • 24 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Toonking, whilst you have been in dreamland gazing into Alan’s hypnotic eyes, I’ve had my season ticket for over 20 years, being a vocal supporter regardless of the hammerings and embarrassments we’ve had over the years.

    I keep up to date with football news daily, hence being on here.

    Now, our team who I follow daily revolve around the direction of a tubby, money hungry man and his propaganda puppet, Pardew. They direct the football which I watch.

    If, for the length of time he has been here we generally play awful football, then I will indeed comment that we’ve done just that. If I think Alan is the reason why we STILL look lost on a football pitch, then I will STILL highlight it.

  • 25 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Ian, squad padding, because he isn’t better than Tiote or Sissoko, or Cabella or Siem. He fills out the bench.

  • 26 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Good news if true, and if so would expect us to bring in Van Dyk or even better Richards, even Satko or Good at this stage I’d consider preferable to Mbiwa, who was simply woeful on more than one occasion for us, and always looked edgy, prone to error and awkward to me. Good luck to him, obviously a decent player in other circumstances, but not quite good enough for Newcastle on what he’s shown in his time here.

    ….Jimmy, totally agree with that. He always looked nervous. Never good in a centre half. I wrote a small ( negative ) critique on Mbiwa earlier aswell. Obvioulsy Pardews fault for buying him, or not developing him. Obviously.

  • 27 Big Foot // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    ‘Highlight it’ Again and again and again and again and again …………………………..

  • 28 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    jimmy Smith – I can see the similarity but Jack is a better passer. He’s probably a better athlete as well. He was outstanding in the Derby game. It’s great for him and good for the club.

  • 29 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    you only need to go back 1 page and you’ll see the same people deciding to drop our best looking player of the season so far, thats right colback!


    ——–HBA——–De Jong——–Cabella——–


    Bench: Elliot,M’biwa,Santon,Anita,Colback,Rivierre,Cisse

    And that is without the likes of Aarons,Gouffran, Obertan, Perez and a few others .

    That is much better than we had under Sir Bobby IMO and should be pushing for the Champions league.”

    i wonder is it pardew alone they hate or do they actually hate british?
    dummett-already rubbish, just as much time as hadaira and less conceded

    colback- best looking player so far and he still should be dropped, HBA just scores 1 wonder goal and he is messi.

    mbiwa-might make mistakes but it’s pardew, willo and saylor will be at fault themselves for there mistakes.

    there are some foreign players who are not favourites but again it gets linked with pardew in some way or another.

  • 30 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    ‘Highlight it’ Again and again and again and again and again …………………………..’

    Bigfoot, yes. Whilst everyone continues to watch the record defeats tumbling, again and again and again.

  • 31 croftus5678 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    @15 op

    thank god for that i was thinking you was just really biased against nufc but you’ve restored my faith your not a troll now 🙂

    support nufc and put em down
    support england and do the same !

    your a half empty kinda guy arnt ya 😉

  • 32 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Laurent, he’s not filling out the bench now. I would suggest he will very quickly become more important to the team than Sissoko. A super signing. No credit to Pardew for any form of input to the decision though. Obviously.

  • 33 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    He will be a regular in the PL when fit. Because he didn’t cost anything you thought he was a permanent sub at best . Just admit it – just another passing wagon to jump on to crucify the manager.

  • 34 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Ian, completely agree. Well done for having a local lad in the national side. Obviously Pardew has made him worse. Obviously.

  • 35 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM


    Remind me again how many world class English players play in Spain Italy Germany etc?

    How many English players could walk into the Germany Holland Spain or France teams.

    The argument about English players not being good enough to get in those teams have nothing to do with SBR or any other manager it’s down to the fact they are technically inferior to most European country’s,

    A manager can make a team play better and help hone a players technique and skills but who ever gets the England job is already at a disadvantage due to the quality of player he has to select.

    Do you really think because Collback plays here where now going to buy English kids at hugely inflated prices?

    I can tell you now, not on Ashley’s watch.

    The only benefit Colback getting a call up for us is if the likes of Aaron’s or Amstrong get a call up there’s a chance they’ll stay here!

  • 36 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Toonking, you’re deciding a best player in a Pardew team who can barely score goals. Wake up. In a positive team your choice may well go to an attack minded player.


    ——–HBA——–De Jong——–Cabella——–


    That would indeed be my team in that formation. A positive and attacking side.

  • 37 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    that was a one made by
    Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

  • 38 catchy in norway // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    ian toon

    while I like collback, is he England quality , well I don’t know , he played in a team that struggled most of a season and now he has joined us , a team struggling,

    now if you look at England as a whole , who do we have that’s good , not many in my opinion , we seem to have a lot of bench warmers for the big clubs, smelling cleverly welbeck carnt even get into a struggling Man U team, so that’s who colback is up against,

    I’m very proud of the fact we have one our own in the England squad , but if I was to take the team back to the 80s90s these guys would not get a look in,

    I could even goes as far as your very own pardew, puts both cabella and SDJ ahead of him as how important they are to the team,

    I rate the kid, had him in my dream team for the second half of last season, but i see where lr32 is coming from

  • 39 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Toonking, I think some fans seriously overrate our players. Tiote and Sissoko are not great midfielders, and never will be. Neither would be fit to lace Rob Lee’s or Gary Speeds boots IMO. I never felt HBA would make it playing in the hole, as he doesnt have the football intelligence for that. And Sissoko will only make it in the centre for us if he has quality around him. Lovely athlete, i love his runs etc, but he may yet end up wide right and i wouldnt care, once we start to create from the middle of the pitch.

  • 40 Big Foot // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    LR32, Who says i’m happy with it? I detest the regime and am equally disillusioned with the whole set up. However i can and allow myself also to appreciate the odd bit of positive news relating to our club, they don’t come around very often granted, but at least i enjoy the little rays of sunshine when they do appear. Banging on and on about exactly the same subject obsessively, post after post is neither constructive, interesting or good for your health.

  • 41 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Munster, he’s not filling the bench, because we have a manager almost petrified of getting bodies forward, so he does nicely for Alan with his work-rate. As we’ve seen work-rate alone does nothing if there is no great attacking play.

    Jack has played fairly well so far. I’ve said that and mentioned after the match. When he has that many players helping him stifling the opposition, it will be a big help for him as well. Would he play as well when the game is stretched and when the flair players are allowed to expressive themselves? Maybe he would.

    He would be on the bench for me as I’d want a more attack minded side than Pardross plays.

  • 42 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    the point is if people like you think it will just require a top class manager to come into newcastle and turn us into a excellent premier league team then the same can happen to england mate.

    both managers would need to follow a simular policy of bringing players through from the youth and as we are both based in the same country that means it’s england players.

  • 43 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Munster – I admit it. I was wrong about Yanga. With his pace and agility I overestimated his likely impact clearly overlooking a suspect temperament. I suspect he’s been playing for a move away.

    I also was wrong about Shane Ferguson who likewise played at SJP like a rabbit in the headlights of a car.

    However I would ask you to reserve judgment on Davide Santon on the grounds that he has not been fully fit for quite some time.
    You’ll recall our 4-2-3-1 chats of the past well Pardew believes he’s got the two key CM to make it happen in an efficient way. You know me I am the eternal optimist.

  • 44 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Croft us

    No mate I haven’t been slating Nufv I said our players aren’t showing masses of improvement like some suggest. I think we have some decent players who under right coach/manager could be a decent side.

    But yes I am slating English players and England, the teams crap and players are no where near as good as the fans make out and are severely lacking in technique and temperament compared to European equivalent.

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Clearly Colback has improved his footballing skills under the tutelage of Percy. Quite amazing really considering he’s only been here a matter of weeks.

  • 46 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Catchy- Have you seen him play?!!!

  • 47 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I said Colback is decent, but that is it. Don’t over -hype him.

  • 48 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Mr Tuff – if nothing else it shows that Pardew can pick a player , just as he did with Dean Ashton, Lallana, Lambert……
    Quality as apposed to dross which many of the ” usual suspects” recite.

  • 49 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Big Foot, that’s fine. Enjoy the rays.

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Ian Toon – what about Obertan -on your list -did you forget him.

  • 51 croftus5678 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    colback has added a huge amount to us that we never had before even when he’s replacement for tiote in the starting line up (who remember is an international in almost every game)
    he’s added great delivery from corners and free kicks good reading of the game and a great tackle aswell as keeping the game very simple and all this every bit as good as tiote with the added bonus of set plays.
    the main thing i love about him though is his energy in every time he plays he makes the midfield look fuller with his running for 2 men.
    his forward play apart from set pieces though has not been seen yet though but i’d have him in my team anytime and like said if tiote is an international why shouldnt colback ?

  • 52 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM




    You still don’t get it do you?
    English kids are always massively overated and simply aren’t good enough to compete with with their European equivalent.

    Yes a manager could turn those players into a team but he isn’t going to be able to turn players world class because they don’t have the ability!

  • 53 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM


  • 54 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Mr Tuff – how many duffers did Ferguson buy. Just think of the goalkeepers. There isn’t a manager who hasn’t bought an occasional duffer. Pardew’s record is good in terms of value for money.
    We can all spot the established stars.

  • 55 AmericanGeordie // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    The Ginger Pirlo!!!

  • 56 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    im.already colbacks fan…. played better than sissoko… i would sell sissoko now an get an cb an a striker

  • 57 martoon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Like others I thought Sissoko’s best position would be in the center of midfield. However he had a dreadful game last Tuesday so now I’m not so sure.

  • 58 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Tuff, Obertan was a poor signing by Pardew. he was duped into it by Fergie, around the time they were discusisng players like Barton on twitter. Not good value at 3 mill

  • 59 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM


    but don’t you see my point?

    this is what it’s like at newcastle.
    france are not better than england themselves and that is what most our team is made of, not spanish german or south american players it’s made of french and dutch.

    So what difference is a manager going to make coming here when we won’t be able to see them spanish, german or south americans come due to ashley still the owner?

  • 60 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Ian, hope you are well mate. Dont worry. I’m not the pessimist you make out. Never was as bad as you thought! Santon – not convinced. From day 1. Moveover, he doesnt actually contribute much going forward either , in real terms. I am not certain that 4231 will work, unless the 3 and 1 really attack, and get support from wide players. Who are Pardews two CM’s ?

  • 61 croftus5678 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    @57 martoon

    if i’d not seen sissoko play for anyone else i would completely agree with you but because i have and seen how effectie he can be in the middle (not that he isnt on the wing or that i have any problem with him on the wing either its just i think he’s slightly more effective in the middle) ofc i think like i do with mbiwa though as they need a good run of 10 or so games in that possition to know where and how to play there !

    we cant afford 10games of mistakes but non the less i believe thats what they need.

  • 62 John Tudor // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    its not how many duffers parplump bought(as he dont have a say)its what he fails to do with them

  • 63 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Munster Mag- just like the old days . Proud to be a Geordie.
    I would like some more firepower and a CB who could go straight in but generally looking forward to a good season.
    Good talking to you.

  • 64 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    One that always brings a smile to my face is when the is when the Space Cadets talk about Jonas,everybody hated him when he was in the team but when they talk about him now it’s “poor Jonas,what has he done to deserve this treatment from Pardew”.Classic.

  • 65 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Croftus, I would imagine that if Mbiwa was looking like a young Alan Hansen or Paul McGrath for the reserves or in training he would be on the team more often. Its not as if the guys we ahve are flawless? As for HBA, i dont hear him talking about Messi now. Does anyone think he would get within an asses roar of either Spurs or Souythampton under Pottechino , with that work rate. NOT A CHANCE. Smell the coffee boys .

  • 66 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Tiote is out Saturday

    I thought parsnip said it’s only a minor injury? And since has said before every game “we hope he’ll be ready for the next” you seem to do that alot don’t you alan. Keeping him safe no doubt for the sale more like you bullshitting cretin!

  • 67 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM


    i think sissoko’s position is wide right, he was playing out wide in the world cup for france.

    the CM is the place for tiote and colback, tiote is there for the defensive duty and colback is there for the attack and set pieces.

    pardew himself has said he doesn’t want to loose tiote so i think he knows sissoko is better out wide.

    my starting 11 when all fit





    subs- elliot_obatan_anita_perez_mbiwa/CB_rivere

  • 68 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    “He’s not alone the usual suspects show the same depth of analysis as a frozen fish finger.”

    It’s funny really, Ian. ‘We’ are describing why our team has gone through some of the joint worst set of results through, lack of organisation, innovation, movement and positioning. The manager has broken similar records at other clubs, and you’re questioning our analysis?

    It looks like fish fingers can think for themselves after all.

  • 69 smiler // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    All you lot that are questioning weather jack is England material are so blind of course he’s England material he’s better now than old man lamp arid and old man Gerard at least you’ll passion and pride to wear the shirt than any of those that played at the World Cup FACT.

  • 70 bills-son // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    This must be a different Colback to the one we signed from 5under1and who most on here thought was sh1te and a cheapskate free squad signing by Pardew and Ashley.

  • 71 lesh // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Now Colback’s caught the attention of Woy, his value will have rocketed and Ashley’s fertile, profit-centred mind’ll be spinning at the prospect of more money.

    What price young Jack’s sold on next summer?

    Maybe if Remy, Lacazette and Grenier were to come to SJP, then they may even get an England cap!


  • 72 toonLYF // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    this may be a bit controversial, but i think we need to drop Sissoko in order to see the best out of this team and to have the most effective players in each position. I’m well aware this will definitely not happen as Sissoko is Pardew’s new utility man due to his immense stamina, but really what does he offer over 90 minutes?

    My answer…not alot, not alot at all.

    Right wing? not nimble enough and has little end product when it comes to passing. He can strike a ball but not in the composed and clinical way an attacker would be required to do imo.

    Centre mid? whilst i believe this is his best position, i’m still just not sold on him here either, i feel pretty much every game he has played for us has been 10-15 minutes flashes of involvement, and for the most part despite his stature he is completely anonymous. Is it his footballing brain that causes premier league matches to pass him by? Is he not technically good enough? well he’s in the French team so he obviously has technical ability.

    Anyway, i don’t know the answers to the why’s and how’s, but i believe a midfield pairing of Tiote and Colback is our best option. Balance is the key in midfield, two men who both know exactly what their roles are and will not get in eachothers way – i think Colback and Tiote offer this, whereas Sissoko paired with any of Colback, Tiote or Anita, doesn’t have the same solidarity – in theory anyway.

  • 73 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Munster – Pardew I suspect thinks he can play that formation simply because he has the 2 out of 3. Tiote , Jack, and Sissoko. Previously he was impacted by Tiote’s absence and Cabaye playing deeper. We at least have options now but still lack a proven PL striker.
    Sunderland would like to offload Wickham and he would be ideal. He has a presence in the penalty area which we currently lack. and he is young which would appeal toAshley.
    I have watched Wickham on TV end of last season and this and he is worth a £5 million bid.

  • 74 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM


    Can you explain to me how Lamela gets into Pochettino team at Spurs please? You had a dig at HBA but Lamela is lazier.

  • 75 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    John Tudor – categorically Pardew identified Colback as someone he wanted.

  • 76 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    One that always brings a smile to my face is when the is when the Space Cadets talk about Jonas,everybody hated him when he was in the team but when they talk about him now it’s “poor Jonas,what has he done to deserve this treatment from Pardew”.Classic.


    Mojo, losing a place through poor form is not the same as banishing a player from the first team when he’s put the effort in that he has. Maybe I’m not surprised that you can’t see that.

  • 77 lesh // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM


    Don’t you worry as your sage-like posts are getting through to all and aren’t we sooooo soooooo lucky to be able to ponder your wisdom, nay honoured.

    It’s almost comparible to casting pearls to swine!


  • 78 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM


    England are better than France

    I just nearly choked, are you kidding?

    The starting 11 of France would wipe the floor with England!

    Remind me how well England did in the World Cup?

    One point wasn’t it? And they were lucky to get that.

    I’ll give you a little advice stop being guilable and believing everything you read in the tabloids.

    Majority of our teams French?

    Krull Tiote Williamson colo Janmatt Colbeck Anita santon or Dummet

    That’s 8 of what will probably be our starting 11

  • 79 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    For those unaware Pochettino said this about his forward thinking player:

    “Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create movement and rotate – they rotate. We work a lot on the training ground but it is important thay the players are free in their minds because they are creative players.

    You cannot put players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free”

    Amazing the difference in mentality.

  • 80 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM


    that does seem to be the big danger we are facing having him called up by england.

    england players are much more expensive than foreign players and you never know liverpool might see that carroll mistake as being a one off so decide to come in for colback and offer £30 mil.

    i hope it doesn’t happen but it will be a risk we face.

  • 81 Mister Tuff // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Ian Toon – well obviously there are no gaureentees when buying payers -some are good and some are bad.
    In respect of Percy having a good record of signings in respect of cost. Well currently if any of our signings turn out good -they will be value for money -that is unavoidable -because of the low fees we always pay (ie fees authorised by Mr Tubbs).
    I think since Percy was duped by red nose into signing Obertron -Mr Tubbs is cautious -and certainly will not give Percy sole access to the cheque book.

  • 82 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    John Tudor – categorically Pardew identified Colback as someone he wanted.

    Do you want to continue that with the Obertan telephone call as well, Ian.

  • 83 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    @Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    if that was pardew he would slate all the players mentioned for not putting in enough defensively.


  • 84 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Happy for Colback. but if a player like Colback can get into an England squad shows just how poor England is really.

  • 85 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Colback is an decent player but is a poor man’s Allen. He’s a local lad so he get hyped up a heck of a lot. The fact the woy referred to him as a Pirlo type of player is laughable and the reason why as a nation we have blind faith. Won’t be long till the fans realise we have a player who is a serial sideways passer that runs a lot but doesn’t actually do anything of note. Wasn’t long ago people were comparing that Allen to the likes of Xavi because of his high passing percentage….bonkers.

  • 86 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Germany 1724 1
    Argentina 1606 3
    Netherlands 1496 12
    Colombia 1492 4
    Belgium 1401 6
    Uruguay 1330 1
    Brazil 1241 -4
    Spain 1229 -7
    Switzerland 1216 -3
    France 1202 7
    Portugal 1148 -7
    Chile 1098 2
    Greece 1091 -1
    Italy 1056 -5
    USA 989 -2
    Costa Rica 986 12
    Croatia 955 1
    Mexico 930 2
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 917 2

    FIFA world rankings

  • 87 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    The point i was making was,when he was playing he was Pardew’s pet,you’s were all calling him worse than sh1te,now it’s convenient for you to say “poor Jonas terrible way he’s been treated”.Can’t you see the humour in that?

  • 88 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    @Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    exactly the reason why i said if Colback with all due respect to him and i find him decent, can get to England squad, shows just how poor England is on international level.

    a player like Colback if he’s french will be nowhere NEAR the french squad.

  • 89 lesh // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Aye, toonking, Ashley’s calculator finger’ll be near blistered by now – greedy tw@!

  • 90 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM


    It’s crazy how far someone of the pards brigade will go to compare him to others but then not check there facts.

  • 91 croftus5678 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    i <3 siem but i hate that we have to play with 1 upfront for him to play 🙁

    i'd go


    use river/perez/cabella as impact subs

  • 92 pedro // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Think Colback has been decent so far but the call up is more of an indication of how lacking in quality England are than anything else.
    I see the mackems are signing Ricky Alvarez from Inter. Not really a signing we need but a coup for them.
    And I have just read that Liverpool have been told that they can sign Eder Alvarez Balanta for just over £4 million. Absolute steal in my opinion. Hate River but think the lad could be a top defender

  • 93 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    L Robert – His agent phoned Pardew to ask whether we would be interested in signing him because he had no intention of signing a new contract with the Mackems. Pardew watched all of our signings in competitive games before giving the go ahead. Ashley has been in contact but it’s Pardew’s show. You might not like it but that’s it.
    I can’t comment on Obertan but as I said to Mr Tuff show me a manager that hasn’t made a mistake in the transfer market.

  • 94 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Mojo, not really, because being dropped is nowhere near being banished and is quite disrespectful after the hard work he’s put in.

    As I’ve said before, hard-work alone doesn’t get you in the team.

  • 95 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM


    read it again because i said french AND DUTCH.

    just because a team is not better doesn’t mean it has to be worse,

    there is a thing called average and that can be what i mean too, in other words they both have poor teams.
    england had a poor world cup in 2014 i accept that but just 4 years earlier did you see how the frence were?

    france get into the world cup 2010 via a hand of god against ireland.
    then in the group games they can only manage 1 point in the group stages so get knocked out
    euro 2012 england finished above france when we were in the same group.

  • 96 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Awwwwww thanks Lesh I feel much better knowing that 😉

    Speaking of knobends, percy thinks obertron has lots to offer and it’s the home fans fault for him not showing up in games, nothing to do with him being utterly shite though alan!

  • 97 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Toon King

    I’m a geordie first and a English man 2nd but can put my hand on my heart and say our English players are so over hyped is ridiculous. Mainly because of the premier league. Not 1 English player has cut it on the international stage. We hype these decent / good footballers and then talk about them as if they are world class superstars.

    The french are ahead of us in technical ability. Passing, moving, manipulation of a football, control of a football. Understanding of the game. The list is endless mate. France are way better than England.

  • 98 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM


    I read that quote made by Pardew. It’s cringe worthy to think he refers to obertan as an important player and basically blames the home fans for the shite displays of an incredibly shite player. Dont they say thay Shite understands shite

  • 99 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Average @ 66….your contribution just about sums up much of the drivel that you and others spout on thsi blog. Well done. Our Toon, I’m nir sure Lamela is lazier. Anyway, maybe he has a better disposition. HBA has had this issue with other clubs and i dont hear a whisper of support from the players. I’d like to see him make the grade, but only if he works and respects team ethics. Beautifal footballer at times, but head dowm and selfish on the pitch at others, and little work rate overall. Did you see the work rate of the World Cup winners? The were running more Km’s than any other team. What would they know eh ?

  • 100 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Our Toon, have you ever heard of the concept of managers trying to build up their players in public ?

  • 101 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Laurent – stop sulking like a small child. Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

    You and fellow usual suspects didn’t like my comments re HBA……..
    “. …. If he isn’t in the team or on the bench he is simply a distraction.
    The point is that the fans should be getting 100% behind the team on the field and supporting them.
    You could argue that Pardew is managing HBA very well by motivating him to get in shape and care about the end product. I didn’t see his showing earlier in the week and discounted all the hype but he
    Looked like he was bothered. that’s how it was mentioned to me.
    Is he playing against Ashington?

  • 102 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM


    I have heard of the concept thanks for bringing it to light….could be why them players at Spurs are enjoying there football and showing results on the pitch. Now do you want to answer the question rather than side step like a politician

  • 103 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Toon king

    Last post on England

    The FA the players the tabloids and the fans ignorant arogance that just because their England means their automatically better than x y z is the reason why England have only had one semi appearance since 66.

    They don’t have the mentality to change and it won’t any time soon, they get a club name on their top and think they’ve made it and the money over last twenty years has made it even worse. The odd anomaly comes through but the rest think their the bee’s knees before they’ve achieved anything!

  • 104 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Says munster who just slags off other posters

    Your doing a sterling job, please continue….

  • 105 optimistic prime // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM


    And because of that I’d take a foreign player everytime over a English one!

  • 106 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM


    This is what you said:
    As for HBA, i dont hear him talking about Messi now. Does anyone think he would get within an asses roar of either Spurs or Souythampton under Pottechino , with that work rate. NOT A CHANCE. Smell the coffee boys .

    This is what Pochettino said:
    “Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create movement and rotate – they rotate. We work a lot on the training ground but it is important thay the players are free in their minds because they are creative players. You cannot put players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free”

    Can you please explain to me how Pochettino plays a lazier player than HBA in Lamela because what you said above clearly is a made up opinion that you just plucked out of your head to make your argument seem to have a basis when in all fact it’s foundations are just full of Munster bullshite

  • 107 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Croftus, with the best will in the worls, that team has little width. Not slagging you off mate at all but I think Cabella has to be in the team somewhere. I do agree that Ferrerya may be a nugget for us. Ceryainly, with Pardews pronouncements re Cisse, i dont think we will be getting a striker. Lets hope we get some other player instead.

  • 108 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Jack Colback in the England squad, Jamaal Lascelles in the under 21’s and Rolando Aarons in the under 20 squad.

  • 109 70TWO // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Looks like Colback is fit for this weekends match:

  • 110 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    So he’s trying to build a player’s confidence? Why is that when the player in question is quite clearly not good enough and never will be

    Here’s a suggestion, why don’t you start a fan page for your hero parsnip….I’m sure there are others out there that are as deluded as yourself! Buffoon

    Here’s another, if you don’t like the posts then don’t read them….pretty simple really but I’m sure you’ll struggle still, why don’t you get your friends off the parsnip fan club to assist

  • 111 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    our toon

    but surely that is all the fault just the manager’s?
    this england team was an england team who back at the start of this millenia was getting into semi finals every world and european cup, the same time this newcastle football club was getting into europe.

    people here state that it’s pardew’s fault for creating such an awful team, england haven’t had good managers you know, they too appoint rubbish so why can’t it be the managers fault for everything that happened to the england team like what it seems to be some peoples opinion about newcastle.

    at the end of the day both use a simular style of policy, we buy cheap players and try to improve them, england are like that themselves they produce youth and build it up.

    look at how good the U21 and U18 are doing then you’ll see how good england can be.

  • 112 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Munster “HBA has had this issue with other clubs and i dont hear a whisper of support from the players”


    “For me, Hatem remains an extraordinary player with enormous quality,” said Cabaye. “He’s one of the highest quality players I’ve played with. He will bounce back with a new club. If he comes back home, it will be good for French football.” – Cabaye

    Quite a nice whisper I think.

  • 113 Mickalonius // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Very good news for Jack and NUFC, you would want to be completely mad to find a negative spin in this……oh wait….

  • 114 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Our Toon, have you seen the workrate of Spurs? If Pottechino doesnt get work rate, and creativity , the player wont last. HBA wouldnt get in his team. Its quite simple really. Anyway, where are all the offers for your talented but lazy and troubled french star? And wasnt this the french star who praised Pardew and the team and set up and life etc when he was in the team? If HBA ups his workrate and his overall actual contribution he’s play for far better than NUFC. But is that likely to happen ? He aint a kid you know….

  • 115 Average_Contents // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I can’t help the fact our manager talks tripe I just put it on here! Blame him if you don’t like it!

  • 116 Go toon gooooo // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM


    ——–HBA——–De Jong——–Cabella——–

    Excellent formation and perfect selection of good Newcastle players.Fear for every team.And do not forget the other 5 football players in the defense.Also can drop Sissoko or Tiote and adding another striker.

  • 117 Munster Mag // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Average, if you are too stupid to see the pro’s and cons of various situations, go back to your Football Manager and let some of us discuss football intelligently. If you can open both your brain and eyes, at the same time, please see that I have criticised Pardew both today and before. However I dont sit screaming like a spoit child trying to gain every bit of potential bad spin out of every second Pardew quote.

  • 118 toonking // Aug 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    quarter finals*

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