Magpies Did Produce Fantastic Players – But They’ve All Gone


In his press conference yesterday it seemed that Alan Pardew gave himself a pat on the back, when he said Newcastle had produced some fantastic players over the last few years – but the problem is they have all left – or at least most of them – and that’s one of the problems at Newcastle these days – we cannot hold onto our best players.

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Demba Ba – great at Newcastle for 18 months before he moved on

The reason for that is obvious too, Newcastle don’t have the ambition we once had, and we have a manager saying it’s unrealistic for Newcastle to even think of becoming a top six club.

Try telling that to the vast majority of Newcastle fans …..

This is some of what Pardew said yesterday in his press conference:

“I do believe that in the squad we’ve got enough quality to get ourselves up this league.” “It is difficult for International players, it’s difficult for them to settle in the environment that we find ourselves in and it’s not their doing – it comes from the back end of last year and it’s tough on them.¨

“We’ve produced some fantastic players through this football club while I’ve been here, and we need to start producing a few more.¨ “It is difficult in this environment for them to flower but hopefully we can get a win and get the best out of those individuals.”

“We have to give Remy a platform for him to perform and we are trying to find a way for him to do that.” “We’re trying to find an avenue for him to get the best out of him.¨  ¨He’s an individual that is going to take time to adjust to the Premier League because it is so much more physical than he is used to.”

Newcastle have had players like Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Demba Ba, Jose Enrique, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy over the last few years – but all have left the club.

They left either because they were sold for big money, or else they fell out with people at the club, as in Joey Barton’s case and to a lesser extent Kevin Nolan, who couldn’t get the longer contract he wanted.

Or else they just got totally fed up with Newcastle’s complete lack of ambition, which was the case with Jose Enrique who went to Liverpool, and is now playing Champions League football.

That was also true for Demba Ba, who worked out in a short 18 months he was going nowhere with Newcastle United and left initially for Chelsea.

Just think what the team would be like if we still had those players on Tyneside.

The only way back for Newcastle from the mediocrity we have dropped into under Mike Ashley, is to have more ambition, and at least try for a top six position in the league – and field strong sides in the local cups.

But that doesn’t look possible when you have a businessman like Mike Ashley in charge,  who is besotted with the financial and not the team,  and a manager who keeps trying to tone down the high expectations of the Newcastle fans.

Our club is finished once our fans accept mediocrity – but that will never happen – well not as long as there are Geordies in Newcastle. 😀

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60 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed for crying out loud pack it in, you’re leaving all my good stuff trailing in the wake. 🙁

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  • mag92

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Any decent player probably would avoid Pardews circus like the plague.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Riviere looks fine physically I don’t think that’s his problem, he can shove people about when he needs to. His problem is he is not a lone striker , he needs to be paired up and alternate between leading and just behind. So that’s rubbish Alan, and I think I speak for most of us on that one.

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  • mag92

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Try playing two strikers and a winger like Obertan and drop Gouffran.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Somebody hit the pause button I’m getting confused

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #6

    The good thing is we seem to have lost Belfa…..awww…

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  • mag92

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Demba Ba had HBA and Cabaye playing alongside him.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s difficult for International players when it’s not of their doing, it comes from the back of last year.. owing to the previous International players. Alan, try not saying things. It works for Mike.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    He could be gone after tomorrow that’s for sure.

    I’ve a hunch he may stick around for a bit longer though, break some more records, and then be gone.

    Blaming Ashley’s toxic relationship with the fans for his failures.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh and the unrealistic expectations of our supporters.

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  • mag92

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    They come up here play a few games and realise their being coached by a raving lunatic and want out quickly!

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  • Graeme

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #12

    But, we have some beautiful accounts. Accounts we can all be proud of. In fact, some of the very best accounts in the Premier League!!

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Top in the Bean Counters PL. That’s for sure.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyway, further to my theory that Ashley is locked into a never ending circle of failure because he hires rubbish people, how about his OR department, how bad are they? I mean they are a total shambles. Let’s blank any paper or any reporter who asks awkward (ie pertinent) questions. When mike says something stupid to a reporter while he’s holding up a pub wall, let the idiot manager second guess what he meant. They are pathetic. Can I get a job, mike?

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #15

    PR Department. I don’t know what his OR Department does.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I doubt we ‘produced’ these top players Alan

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  • mag92

    Oct 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #17

    The last decent player produced was Carroll and he came through well before the cockney imbecile started.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m working with a guy who is my maintenance team leader so by no means a stupid or unintelligent man, he is a lifelong Toon fan and gets to as many games as he can, just yesterday he claimed that the last time we had a start as bad as this we finished fifth under Pardew, err no we didn’t, we went eleven games unbeaten, the day before that, he claimed that we were the only PL club not in any debt, err, what about the 130M we owe MASH holdings which makes us unsellable, if these are the thoughts of your average fan, no wonder Mikey is finding it so easy to pull our pants down.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #19

    i think many wold have stayed under a football manager

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  • Lost Plot

    Oct 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #20

    There still some good players in development squad .. 8-0 win against Carlisle Utd midweek .. What the boss gotta lose apart from his job?

    At least let us the new manager see what’s to play with over the international break!

    Headaches all around

    Night everyone .. Off on the pizz ???? Ching

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Oct 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Alreet lads! I’ve heard a bit of news through a friend that pardew ‘has until the clocks go forward’ to turn things around or he is finished… Fin… Finito… Making like a banana and splitting on Ashley’s order!

    Can anyone shed a bit of light on this if you have heard something similar?

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Oct 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22

    a lot is being made about ashley taking over rangers but you have to wonder some of them rangers fans make our fans look like pussycats.their responce to the hull game would have been a lot stronger perhaps that is why we still have pardew.after the last couple of years climbing hopefully to the top the last thing they would want is ashley ruining their team

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  • bladeuser

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Even blackpool fans put us to shame with there protests to oust the owners most of our fans would kiss our players arses if the painted them black and white

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  • Kris

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Krul
    Janmaat, Willo, Colo, Dummy
    Obertan, Tioté, Sissoko, Cabella
    Riviere, Cisse

    That’s my team for Swansea

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Team v Swansea:

    Krul

    Janmaat Coloccini Haidara

    Tiote

    Raylor Sissoko Anita Obertan

    Cabella

    Cisse

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  • north_country_boy

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Imagine if we could still field this:

    Forster
    Debuchy Coloccini Mbiwa Enrique
    Tiote
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Sissoko Cabella
    Ba

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Santon’s better than Enrique and Marveaux’s better than Cabaye.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Well I wonder what the score is going to be tomorrow.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    27Ketsbaia9 // Oct 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Santon’s better than Enrique and Marveaux’s better than Cabaye.

    Have you been drinking or smoking something you shouldn’t have.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #30

    i make stupid comments but yours that’s got to be the worst comment ever on this blog.

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  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Krul To Be Kind @21 – Presumably you mean until 26th Oct but actually the clocks go back then not forward. If it really was when the clocks go forward that would be until the next Spring 🙁

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #32

    it doesn’t matter what team newcastle put out tomorrow, I don’t think they will cope with the pace of some of the swans players.

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  • Mag52

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Krul @ 21

    I’d heard it was going to be on the next full moon (provided it doesn’t fall on a Friday).

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Krul

    That would be the 29th of March 2015 then….fcuk me that’s some vote of confidence mate lol

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t you just love it when some people especially on this blog still have a long long grudge against you.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #36

    You would think they would get overt it.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #37

    No, I’m being serious. I can’t name a better left back than Santon in the premiership. Enrique can’t even get in the Liverpool team. Marveaux produced more assists than Cabaye in a season and he played a lot less games. We haven’t got a player with a better footballing brain than Marveaux.

    We shouldn’t have got rid of Marveaux, Mbiwa and Ben Arfa on loan. We shouldn’t have signed Colback.

    Whats the point in signing Ferreyra on loan if we’re not going to play him.

    Sack Pardew, recall Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Mbiwa and play Ferreyra. We’d actually win games with those players.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Why would Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Mbiwa come back after the way they have been treated.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #39

    welsh

    where do oyur loyaltys lie on this game

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the reason why Enrique can’t get in the Liverpool team is because he’s been injured for a long time.

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