This Could Be Final Season For Newcastle Goalkeeper


28 year-old Rob Elliot made noises in the summer that he wanted to be the Newcastle number one goalkeeper, and in fact Rob got a lot of  playing time for Newcastle in pre-season.

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Rob Elliot – wants to be Newcastle number one

But this season, Tim Krul has played every minute of every game so far, and seems more entrenched than ever as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.

This is what the Newcastle number two has said:

“My previous competitive game was with Ireland in May,” said Elliot. “It’s been really tough, I’ve been a bit frustrated, I’ve wanted to play – I don’t want to get the tag of just being a number two keeper.”

“I believe I can play in the Premier League and I want to try and push Tim Krul as much as I can.”  “I’ve spoken to Alan Pardew about that, and he knows and he’s fine about that – I’ve got a good relationship with him .”

“But it’s just a case of waiting for my opportunity. Last year was a bit frustrating because I only got a few games.”

“It does cross your mind to leave for first team football”  “You get times when you think, ‘Right, I need to play’ and that’s the thing, the big thing for me.”

“I love the Newcastle club – anyone who has been there knows what an amazing city it is, how fantastic the fans are – but I want to play football.”

“I hope it is at Newcastle, but if it’s not, it’s not. I think after this season, depending on how many games I get, I’ll have to look at it and see what happens.”

We always thought that Steve Harper could have had a much better career, if he had left Newcastle and signed on at another Premier League club, rather than always being second string to Shay Given.

And Rob has been working with former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given with the Ireland squad, and apparently he has told Rob about Harper’s situation and that Steve could even have been an England International, if he had left Newcastle for first team football.

There’s nothing wrong at all with Rob having ambition and wanting to pay first team football – in fact we hope that some of that ambition rubs off on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

And if Rob doesn’t make a breakthrough this season he could leave Newcastle next summer and then we should see Karl Darlow come into the first team squad, and challenge Tim Krul next season for the goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle.

Rob Elliot has played 22 times for Newcastle since he signed on three years ago from Charlton, and he has played very well when in the Newcastle first team, and he has improved so much as a goalkeeper in his time at Newcastle.

Maybe Rob is also looking ahead to next summer,  and realizing there will be even more competition at Newcastle with Karl coming on board?

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37 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 9, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Slow night, might as well stick myself a quiche in the oven eh

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #2

    1 response so far ?

    There is only one bullshit comment so far … please kick the proper footy chat off by filling out the form below.

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  • NYMAG

    Sep 9, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    He should definitely leave, but when you are one of the world keepers in the league it leaves you with limited options. He should drop down a league or two and he might find his level. His shot stopping is ok but he’s badly let down by other parts to his game, especial his distribution, probably the worst I’ve ever seen in a black and white shirt. If he stays he’ll be behind Darlow in the pecking order next season and maybe Woodman as well.

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  • lesh

    Sep 9, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Ah, those words – ‘I love the Newcastle club – anyone who has been there knows what an amazing city it is, how fantastic the fans are – but I want to play football.’ – could have been uttered by Debuchy, Cabaye, HBA, Sissoko among others.

    Ne’er mind, there’s always the big screen to add to the ‘matchday experience’ – I wonder if the powers that be could arrange to have another match showing, thus providing good football instead of what’s currently being served up!

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  • TemurisBaldyBonce

    Sep 9, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh Noooooes! Everybody Panic!!!

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 9, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s interesting that Ashley invests quite heavily in the facility, and good players at bargain prices from the continent and and also promising starlets. He’s not at all reckless with the club, but we know that he just won’t compete at the top end, apparently because it’s just way too expensive for him.

    Of course with a personal fortune estimated at near 4 billion pounds, he certainly could if he wanted to, but he probably views it as simply a waste of money. I think he’ll eventually give us a solid top 8 side, a consistently good side, that might occasionally earn a European place or a domestic cup. Players come and will continue to come to be part of that St James’ Park EPL experience and maybe catch the eye of a senior club.

    We might eventually get a tactically more astute manager than Pardew. Ashley might gradually find a way to give him/her a better, deeper, more balanced squad to manage, but unless Ashley sees a greater return from Newcastle in the Premier League, we really do look destined to remain just on the cusp of where we all really desperately want to be.

    I’ve become somewhat resigned to this, and while I think the fans need to bitch and moan when the ownership and management fails to deliver on match days. I tend to think that all that will ultimately achieve is a best of the rest outcome a little faster than than Ashley would achieve were he simply left to his own devices, at the end of the day.

    Quite sadly, supporting Newcastle under Ashley is a bit like waking up one day in a nice middle class house, next to a nice middle class wife and realizing you’re never going to fulfill your real dreams. It’s not the sort of thing you really want at all from your football club, and really not like the Newcastle I have known and loved for the majority of my life, but I think Ashley’s “genius” is in knowing most people will settle for it, but really what a run of the mill even soulless way for such a wealthy person to behave.

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  • valle

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Elliot is not good enough, so if he cant accept his place in the team as a backup player, he can go to a league one team where he can be first choice.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Not sure why Harry attacked HBA, as his team seems full of millionaire disinterested journeymen. Also, he appears to have lost his magic touch. HBA’s excommunication is really nothing short of scandalous in my mind.
    On this goalie, I do understand him. Also, I wonder why teams can’t rotate their goalies more. I would think it’s much harder to rotate other positions (e.g. CB’s) as goalies are less involved.
    On the game, last year’s encounter was the worst mauling of my team I’ve ever seen I think. Granted, it was only 4 (!) but it really could’ve been double digits. Let’s hope they’re weaker this time around.
    Note: Although I’ve had enough of AP, I can’t stand my team losing. So I hope we win – no more drab draws please!

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  • cyprus

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Another note: last game was not a drab draw 🙂

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  • valle

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Regarding the big screen… Im a bit concerned for those of you who are going to sit in the stands under that thing. Knowing Ashley, he will have spared any expense possible, and the da*n thing is sure to fall down at some point due to the cheap materials used to secure the screen.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Regarding the screen, Valle, I don’t think that’s a possibility mate. I think it will be very impressive because new technology has made these incredibly effective. Screens at other stadiums will look decidedly old school in comparison. Sometimes it’s better to be late 🙂

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  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #12

    What p1sses me off is that if it wasn’t for the rugby coming to SJP we wouldn’t be getting a big screen TV. It’s not something Ashley is doing for the fans, it something he is doing for his own profit.

    The fact that it will be installed soon is simply so it can be tested on the Newcastle fans before the rugby starts.

    I think we will get beat off Southampton, I said 4 – 0 a few days back and still think that will be the case. This is one international break that has done us no favours, although England got a good win away last night. Colback injured, and most of our other internationals will claim fatigue no doubt. Tiote coming back is a bit of good news and also a bit of a mystery. Thought he was supposed to be injured.

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  • toonincheek

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Firebug – not really.
    It’s killing two birds with one stone.
    If it was only for the rugby, there would be
    no requirement for a screen as large as the
    one proposed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Jimmy,
    You post some good stuff but you continually let yourself down by including something that is the polar opposite to what Mashers is and does, you do it all the time, how can you say he’ll never be reckless, he has been nothing but reckless since the moment he got here
    from the sacking of Keegan to the hiring of JfK twice, his recklessness has had us relegated and plunged us a further 50M in debt, the reckless decision to weaken a team going into European competition almost git us relegated again, the bizarre and reckless decision to get rid of a CB and forward when the whole world was advising us to buy some could again see us struggle in the wrong half and the negligently reckless decision to carry on with a manager who has won five of his last 25 games could see us go down, would you like to change your statement Jimmy.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #15

    toonincheek

    In one of the reports I read, it was stated that they had to install the large screen tv to get the rugby franchise. No screen no rugby. I agree they did not have to go for one of the biggest, or install it so soon. However my cynical side is telling me that the have to do something now to try an appease the fans after the big let down on transfer deadline day.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Firebug,
    It’s not to appease the fans at all it’s a requirement for replay decisions in Rugby so had to be installed and the quicker it can have SD 60M square regurgitated over our heads the better.

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  • valle

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #17

    cyprus… Yah, it was a bit of humor and a dig at Ashley ;-). But you are probably right, it is most likely going to be impressive.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail for Ashley

    OK you might be a little more cynical than I am, and you are absolutely correct, it is simply for the rugby, and no doubt some tat shop adverts too.

    I also do not think there is anything other than sacking the inept one that could appease the fans now.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #19
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy,
    You have to donate via laptop as there seems to be a problem via mobile devices, I trust everyone on here moaning about Pardew will be donating a couple of quid.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #21

    We better act quickly……sell Krul and tell Darlow he will be number 2 to the mighty Rob Elliot…….pfft. I took a dislike to the mighty one with his alleged ‘We all hate Hatem, he doesn’t do as Pardew tells him, he should be playing right back…..blah,blah’……..well it was something like that.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Donations will fund campaigns aimed at removing Alan Pardew from his post. Anything extra will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. For complete transparency we will always display a running total.

    Why are they asking for money?,you don’t need money for a campaign to oust a manager,you just need your voice.And a lot of people said they donated last night but the counter hasn’t moved.Be wary.

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  • lesh

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #23

    firebug666

    I’m puzzled: why should you be suspicious about Tiote’s injury?

    Of course he was injured!

    And what better time for an injury to a top player than in the early stages of a season?

    Any clubs interested in paying a lot of money for Cheik or any other player would be put off by the injury, wouldn’t they!

    And, Cheik’s obviously using the international break to ensure that he’s on top form for us so we can crack on for a top four finish.

    (The above was taken from the newly-published Pocket Book of Pardewisms which is available at all Sports Direct stores now!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Offkey,
    If it was that article in The Mag I would be very susceptible, that was one of the poorest attempts at Journalism I’ve ever read and should never have been published, The Mag done it’s self no favours there.

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  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Cynically yes we had to get the screen because of the rugby but alternatively you could say by getting the rugby this has self funded the screen – depends if you are a glass half empty or full kind of person 😉

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Tiote got injured during a match,i don’t understand that theory,it’s not like he got injured behind closed doors.Am i missing something?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Mr Mojo,
    I went to donate a fiver last night but it highlighted in red and asked me to donate more funds into my paypal which was strange as I have a balance of £ 114 this was after I had entered my e mail and password, it had me worried.

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  • Offkey

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail

    Yeah, I think it was that one. The guy apparently bumped into Rob who just basically stated everyone hated Hatem and Rob loves Pardew. It didn’t seem particularly believable when I read it but I feel perfectly justified relying on it to exhibit my dislike of Mr Elliot. 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Mr Mojo,
    I thought by your first paragraph you were an organiser obviously not, money is needed for flags, as in the Time4change why should a small group pay for something everyone will benefit from.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Offkey,
    That’s ok then ha ha

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  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #31

    lesh

    pmsl.

    you forgot to mention the price and the free tat shop mug.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail
    Ok bud,i’d still be wary,especially after what you said.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #33

    The Mag is laughable now. Anyone can write content, and there doesn’t really appear to be any monitoring of the articles. It is generally sensationalist garbage, with very little to back any of it up. It used to much better when it was just the print version and there was editorial consideration put into it.

    As for the Sack Pardew website, I’m not sure what they need money for, their previous campaign surely didn’t cost anything. It was just people sending in photos. I’d want to actually know in advance what they planned to do with the cash before I even considered donating!

    Their are far better causes to give money to, and if I was to donate money to an NUFC related cause, I’d be much more likely to support the trust who are active in the community and working towards better football governance all round.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Mr Mojo,
    It is a genuine paypal account when accessed by a lap top, if the lads motives aren’t genuine a couple of quid isn’t going to break the bank.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Just had a look at that site and it seems to be ok on my computer and there is a running total:

    Donations will fund campaigns aimed at removing Alan Pardew from his post. Anything extra will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. For complete transparency we will always display a running total.

    Starting Funds: £560.22

    Although I’m still a little sceptical I am willing to keep an eye on how it goes and if it is legit I will gladly make a donation.

    Hopefully one of the site organisers will come on and clear up any worries.

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  • baloo

    Sep 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Another one who talks the talk but cant walk the walk.Why is it the crap players are the ones that make their gobs go,another gobshite and awful keeper

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  • Owldman

    Sep 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail for Ashley.dont go anywhere near Pay-pal I recently had a phone call from my bank some one had hacked in to paypal and had attempted to pay for 2 tickets to Dubai. Cost £300,000 quid another attempt to transfer £600 quid to another fictitious account fortunately my bank blocked these payments & temporarily close my account until they could ammend my details so beware.when I notified pay-pal about this they didnt even reply I have now closed my accont with them

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