Magpies Could Continue To Make Mistakes In January

We are hoping that Newcastle United and owner Mike Ashley in particular, have learned from their mistakes in the transfer market we continue to make.

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Cheick Tiote in action at Stoke City

Last January we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG and didn’t replace and still haven’t for that matter – and then with our defense already weak, we weakened it further on September 1st by allowing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to join Roma on a one year loan deal.

We are now paying the consequences of those two dumb decisions we made in the last two transfer windows, and we are 3rd bottom of the Premier League.

There is news that Liverpool will join Arsenal in going after our star holding-midfielder Cheick Tiote in January.

But it would be almost suicidal to allow Cheick to leave in January.

Even if we replaced him with a younger player, it takes time – as we have seen from players we brought in over the summer – to get acclimatized to the Premier League.

But the news in the Metro is that Liverpool are ready to make a £15.5M offer for Cheick Tiote, and if that is true Mike Ashley could be tempted to take the money, as he ‘s done in the past.

We paid £3.5M for Cheick four years ago when he joined us from FC Twente – so there’s a £12M profit – and that’s exactly the way Ashley will think about it.

If Newcastle do sell Cheick Tiote in January, don’t be surprised if we continue to struggle against relegation this season.

We’ll deserve to.

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66 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye won’t come back. Why the hell would he? He’ll have many top clubs after him and he’ll end up at Arsenal, they’re crying out for someone like him to be fair.

    And for once and for all, is it any wonder that the odious Dennis Wise thinks we hate all southerners when we’re STILL calling anyone from anywhere south of Leeds a cockney? It just shows us up to be ignorant, petty and small minded.

    While I despise Ashley for what he’s done to my club, where he is from is irrelevant. Call him fat, question his parentage but don’t put my London-born-NUFC mad kids in the same bracket as him. It’s like a southerner calling Keith Lemon a geordie.

    NUFC are actually a globally-supported club with fans from all over the world. We have MANY London mags, loads of non-Geordies who support the team so next time you call Ashley or Pardew based on where they are from, just remember that the bloke sitting next to you might be *god forbid* not from Newcastle himself. I’m proud to be Byker born and raised, but I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about anyone not from the area.

  • Wayayman

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh, except Mackems.

  • Wayayman

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3


  • Whumpie

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4


    They’re not mistakes!

    The sale of Cabaye was a very deliberate way to ensure we didn’t get into Europe, no more. Why would you let one of your clubs do that when your soon-to-be-other club (Rangers) needs to be in that same competition?

    I think it’s naive that we still discuss transfers from the point of view of a club wanting to do better. It isn’t. It’s a club trying not to do worse.

    I hope someone up there in Glassie gets to Ashley in a way that makes him want to stay wayyyy south of the border – and hopefully get the feck out of football altogether.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost….I know I should know better 😀


    I’m not on about his original intentions when he bought us or griping about his free advertising (although it is a disgrace) that’s not what I’m getting at.

    It’s a hypethetical scenario where fatty buys rangers, sells us but keeps his advertising in place for say a year or two as a clause in the buyout agreement “to aid the transition” and holds back the merchandising arm which is solely owned by SD, to keep his fingers in the pie.

  • jazzyp

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal’s Midfield partnership next season….Cabs and Tiote. And we will have ?????

  • 70TWO

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    I need to write faster….

    It took until November last year for it to finally sink in with Pardew that he needed to push Cabaye further forward in the 4231 system and it produced a month of wins. He was then unable to change the formation for the rest of the season, believing that it was a winning system and that if only he could find the right combination of players it would work again. New players have been purposefully transferred in to occupy the 4231 for the season but through injury and un-adaptability the formation has continued to produce failure.

    Hopefully the Swansea match will again for successive seasons be a turning point in a lumbersum change in strategy and we shall not have to wait until November for a change in fortunes. Over to you Mr Pardew.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Can’t remember what website I just got it from but it’s true. That’s why I’ve posted it.

    Newcastle’s PR War Is Transparent To Anyone Paying Attention
    It has been widely reported that Mike Ashley’s PR guru Keith Bishop has really been earning his wage these past few weeks.

    In response to the campaign which has been run in a professional and fact packed manner the club have been issuing baseless slurs on the protesters and messages of support for Pardew via a wide range of individuals either still on the payroll or with a lingering association to Ashley.

    Pardew’s old mates like Curbishley and Bright have been rolled out to say what a good bloke he is. Current and ex Newcastle Players like Cisse, Williamson and Cabaye have been roped in for a favour and some positive words, even older ex-players like Olivier Bernard (doing himself no harm as he looks to build links between Durham and Newcastle United) have done the club a favour and backed the sitting duck. Among all of the nice things people have had to say about Pardew though there’s one thing lacking, substance. Not one of them is able to refute any of the facts that have placed Pardew in this mess. None can point to any tangible reason he should not be sacked, beyond being a good bloke and trying his best.

    I’d like to concentrate on two of the most pernicious interviews to gain some traction in recent days though. First Pardew himself has been sent out by the club and attempted to gain sympathy for himself.

    Alan Pardew’s friends and family were not part of this debate until Alan Pardew made them a part of it. In a disgusting attempt to elicit sympathy Pardew has used his family to emotionally blackmail people to lay off from making perfectly justified criticism. I’ve never witnessed anything like it in football before. A manager hiding behind his wife and kids. [CORRECTION, I have seen it once, from Mike Ashley himself, and it was a lie then too] I have seen very little personal abuse for Pardew, a “sack pardew” sign is not abusive. If Alan Pardew’s family are in any way distressed by the reaction that his performances as manager have generated, then he is the only man in any position to do something about it for their sake. Either improve performances or be a decent man, husband and father and walk away.

    Next Up Dennis Wise has crawled from beneath whatever rock he was hiding under to defend his old employer, twice. Trite claims that Newcastle fans hate southerners play well everywhere but the North East, where the list of players and managers from the south to have been embraced has been so often recited it doesn’t need repeating. The fact that they’re entirely baseless claims is neither here nor there to Wise, Ashley and Bishop. Wise followed this up with the outright lie that Ashley has cleared the club debt and is honest, just look at the history of this blog for evidence to the contrary. Wise conveniently forgets his own role in growing the debt, throwing £5m+ at one of the worst signings in the history of the club, Xisco, against the wishes of the manager who left soon after. Xisco barely played a game under ANY manager at Newcastle.

    These tactics come as no surprise to those of us who read the findings of the Keegan tribunal. Ashley and his employees in the club are liars. Keith Bishop wasn’t linked to that sorry saga though, for an idea of the kind of man he is, read this report on his involvement with the Cheryl Tweedy case.

    Mr Bishop, who was never called to give evidence, arrived within hours and began a debriefing session on the dance floor with those staff who had been involved. Of all the witnesses in the case, it was only those at the debriefing who claimed that Tweedy had used racist abuse.
    The victim of the assault did not make any mention of racism in her first statement to police while she was being treated in hospital. It was only after she had returned to the club and met the PR agent and then spoken to the Sunday Mirror later in the day that the allegations emerged.
    Mr Endersby, who has since left the club, admitted he thought Mr Bishop had been paid for arranging an exclusive deal with the newspaper. Tweedy’s barrister, Richard Matthews, said this was clear evidence of “a decision to put a certain story forward”.
    Philip White, the bouncer who first intervened in the row and was one of those to make the allegation of racism, said he was told only to speak to the newspaper. He has since left the club.
    Tweedy said she did not even know what some of the words she was alleged to have used – most notoriously jigaboo – were supposed to mean. She always maintained that she had not used the crucial word black. No other witnesses in the case, including other women in the toilet and VIP lounge, and a doorman, mentioned racist abuse.
    Bishop is working for a man with a history of lying, with his own history of getting people to for the sake of PR and is currently pushing a web of lies to prop up one of the worst managers ever to have darkened the doorstep of St James’ Park.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Every transfer window seems like a mistake, everyone knows the World Cup pushes up the price of quality players but NUFC were forced to replace a large proportion of the squad in an inflated market. The lack of quality signings in favour of cheap and available, selling or loaning players and not replacing, are all calculated gambles forced on a fragile squad by a stubborn owner with a narrow view and questionable judgement.

  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Wayayman @1 – I wouldn’t get too upset about it – I’m not saying it’s right but when people name call they tend to prefix with a descriptive noun e.g. ginger ****, fat ****, bald **** etc. So Cockney is not really being used as an abusive term in this context. Like you I’d rather people didn’t use the term at all but this is an adult world.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Doorstep darkener…. 😀

    Funnily enough I heard that lastnight on the west Wing lol.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Average, good post. I read that yesterday I think it was.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s from mikeashleylies.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14


    I agree. I find it strange so many people are refuting Dennis Wise by mentioning Rob Lee etc. Imagine Wise had said we dislike Mackems, and we refuted it by saying we love Mackems (Venison etc.) This is picking out exceptions, and proving nothing more than we love mackems if they do well for us, but on the whole geordies don’t say many nice words about mackems, and the same goes for cockneys. A cockney has to prove himself to get in the good books of a lot of people. Unless I’ve been imagining things I’ve heard lots of negativity towards cockneys over the years although it’s usually from the morons who’ve never left Newcastle.

  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    AC – That is a good post. I wonder where bendy Wendy fits into Bishops new PR world. Look out for a resignation, soon, I would suggest!

  • mag92

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    The good ship Nufc, is happily sailing off into the championship with captain Pardew at the helm.

  • mag92

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Tiote and Cisse going to the African cup of nations will put another nail in the relegation coffin.

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    If I were Bishop or whomever, I’d plant a few (many?) people on this and other blogs to provide plenty ‘another’ view, throw Ed’s and newspapers’ polls, etc.

    Sorry Mike, I’m already gainfully employed 🙂

  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    keith bishop is by far the best in this field and as such will demand very high fees this shows how big the club think the problem is and that there people cant deal with it the pr will build up by the day

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Aye Average, Ashley’s got a real star brushing up his PR.

    The acknowledged to man (man?)Max Clifford’s in the slammer and had he been available, I’m confident Ashley would have hired him rather than Bishop.

    It’s a murky world they live in but rats thrive in sewers!

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #21

    * The acknowledged to man (man?) = top man (man?)

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Mag 52

    It never fails to amaze me how you have the gall to keep trying to take the mick out of fans who are totally p—-d off with Pardew.

    Have you actually seen the stats for 2014 and read them back slowly. Yes by the law of averages of course we will win 1 or 2 here and there.

    The negative elements as you call them are people who are not afraid of change and are a bit more discerning about the weekly s—e we have to endure.

    The far more negative elements are the ones who lap this BS week in, week out with their ”better the devil you know” rubbish.

    We can blame Ash all we want and I do for Llambias, Wise, JFK, Pardew and Wonga but AP has/had 11 internationals he could start with and should do a hell of a lot better and at least make it good to watch.

  • martoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    cyprus @17 – A lot of people have suggested pro-Ashley posters such as TDSarf are plants but personally I have always thought this was rubbish.

  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    ashley used bishop even when clifford was free

  • Barton

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Will he ever learn ?……..will he hell as like,he has never changed his policy since he got here espec over the last 4 years,he does not care if we religated or not (losses are coverd by the amazing vanishing tv money),after todays news of wat he has planned for Rangers,he has 1 eye looking out the door,us religated (that will show those daft geordies for calling me attitude) and as i have said any financial losses coverd by the tv coin.

  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    barton the money is not important to him but sd are so he will not wont us to go down the prem is world wide he has his company seen in 200 countries round the world

  • Barton

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #27

    wont want us to go down ? are you sure ? i know it sounds stupid and it is a ridiculas claim to make,how ever i look at his actions and i am not to sure,i honestly think when he walks away he wants the last laugh.

  • mag92

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardews never given a straight answer when dissemblance is a plausible alternative.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    I’d imagine bendy Wendy will continue doing what she does best – interjecting and throwing her daggers at the king when he decides to answer a particularly hard question.

    No doubt some coaching has occured from bishop regarding her attitude/body language.

    All hail king alan and his pardulites..

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    You don’t really believe that, man, I’m sure.
    Martoon, TDS a MA plant? I’d think of a more Geordie-like name, nah, he’s clean 😉

  • mag92

    Oct 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Pardew should have been sacked for the miserable second half of the last season, which is carrying on into this season and he’s still here, because operation relegation is on the cards.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Classy Letter from @SackPardew



    Note that a couple of people tried to take the banner.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    I must correct the title of this post”Magpies Could Continue To Make Mistakes…”
    When mistakes are made on a regular basis they are not mistakes anymore.They are NORMAL thing.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 8, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Dennis Wise comes across as an odious little weasel. What has he ever done for the benefit of NUFC? Why does he imagine his comments will find any sympathy with NUFC fans? He is just a bitter pixie who is still smarting from his time here. I suggest the media doesn’t give him any more time.

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #35


    Reverting to the Ashley/ Rangers thread, here’s a piece from the long-established and respected publication ‘Management Today’.

    You’ll see there’s more to come and the prospect of give his desire for outright ownership is not a given.


  • c-dog

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Sell nobody and invest at least 40 mil in a CB, CM & FW and we might just avoid relegation. There’s no spine to the team and the likes of Sissoko etc are nothing without the real difference makers.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #37


    I reckon he will look to challenge the Scottish fa over ownership in the end

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38


    I will give it a read. Will it upset me more so? If this is the case I’ll have to swerve it like I do the kings press conferences 😉

    Go toon

    You are correct in that they are no longer mistakes and now the norm but it’s clear to see they are part of some kind of plan or agenda. What this is I have no idea but it’s sure to involve getting one over on us and bending the club and it’s fans over the proverbial barrel.

    Fcuking fat slug.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #39

    lesh – there was an article in that same magazine last week or the week before -where one of their award winning journalists did a piece about Tubbs -the twist on the story was positive for Tubbs. The author even put some images up of kids clothing that he had bought for one of his kids for only £20. Wow -an obviously wealthy journalist making a good saving there. Needless to say there was no mention of far east sweat shops or zero hours contracts (if my memory serves me correctly).
    I’ll see if I can find the article and put the link up.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #40

    link for that other article in Management Today..
    Mr Tubbs merchandise does apparently sell -to all types of folks.


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