This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team For Leicester


It seems that Davide Santon and possibly Jonas Gutierrez are the only players who could return to the side for the game at Leicester City tomorrow afternoon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

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Davide Santon – could start tomorrow

Steven Taylor  picked up a season ending ruptured Achilles after an hour of the game yesterday – and he’ll be lucky to be ready for pre-season if it’s completely ruptured.

Sammy Ameobi is not going to be ready for a couple more weeks so we don;t really have anybody else coming back from injury.

This could be Newcastle’s best side for tomorrow:

Alnwick
Janmaat Coloccini (c) Dummett Santon (Haidara)
Anita Sissoko Colback Gouffran
Perez Riviere
Subs: Woodman Haidara (Santon) Williamson Vuckic Gutierrez Armstrong Cabella

It’s a toss up whether Santon or Haidara start the game – and certainly Massadio deserves a start in the team.

And we would give Paul Dummett a game at center-back to see if he maybe a better choice than Mike Williamson until another center-back arrives at the club this month.

Yes – there’s a lot of hope in that last sentence.

What team would you play tomorrow?

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296 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope Sissoko is still here for tomorrow.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    LG21,You are very naive if you think what the published accounts show are what Mashers actually takes, it doesn’t have to be illegal to play with the figures, ok, I’m not a wanna be accountant or even pretend to know how it all works but as I say we were turning a small profit before the TV money increase, there was very little money spent on transfer and that debt has never decreased, where is the money going ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    I see Parsnip still isn’t confirmed as Palace boss yet. With Percy even the paperwork is slow. Good luck with him Palace supporters. You’re going to need it.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #4

    repost

    Graeme

    do you think he hasn’t taken anything out of the club over the years? Last season TV money and player sales alone equates to almost 90 million, take into account how much the club has brought in over the years to what it has spent and there’s a massive amount of money unaccounted for and there’s only one place it has gone.

    I’d be amazed if that 100 million loan was still in place and the reported price for the club is 300 million so that would be a 170 million profit from the sale alone, add on everything else that he’s taken out over the years and it’s a massive profit.

    Plus if you are looking to buy a club that already has a top class stadium, training facilities, is a mid table Premier League side and comes with no debt the 300 million is one hell of a deal for anyone wanting to get into football

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #5

    The money is still somewhere in the vaults of Mash Holdings jail mate. It will stay there and end up in Mashley’s pocket. He will recoup all his investment and more. No doubt about it. It’s the only thing he really cares about.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #6

    We look to be a decent club to sell. We have a fairly decent group of young players (Perez and Aarons in particular). If the debt is completely paid and we have a big ground with 50K coming to every home game it’s a bargain at 250M. I don’t know about 300M.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Predictions for Palace’s final place in the standings? I’m picking 18th place, right where they are now. Good luck in the Championship Percy! 😆

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  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Jack @ 4 – I replied on previous post

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Thats an awful side

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  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    From previou

    Jack, as jail says @ 38, I’m not an accountant, but I have to employ them. There is very little you can get away with that Accountants / Auditors would sign off on.

    As far as I understand it the last published figures showed the Loans in, so unless they have been repaid this financial year, they still exist.

    I understand what you’re saying and agree, it doesn’t seem to add up and all sorts of smoke & mirrors could be in play – but at the end of it, he has to account for it to HMRC!!

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  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley is worth about £3.75 billion. He owns 58% of Sports Direct which itself now owns 12.7% of Debenhams.

    Ashley through Mash Holdings now owns 11% of The House of Fraser which is now a Chinese company and through exposure to 1.3 billion Chinese he has the opportunity to make a fortune, if £3.75 billion is not already. So why bother with taking peanuts from Newcastle United ?

    Why bother is a matter of principle. You invest your money and then reward yourself with some of the profits.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Palace should make a fine mid table Championship team under Percy! 😆

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    If teams like Hull are paying 10 million plus for strikers. We have a 1 million lad from tenerife and a monaco sub.
    jelevic or hernandez would waltz in our team

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    @GeordieTwo: It’ll be fscking hilarious if the deal falls through and Palace release a statement saying that “we just couldn’t get him over the line”.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I honestlt think Asheley should be the target now for the fans to get out of the club. We will never go anywhere with him here.

    Glad Pardew went, now lets finish the job, start the protests again and get him out and find someone with even 1% ambition for the club.

    Continue the revolution!!!!!

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Slank
    If you knew what he pays for holidays in Barbados you’d understand that the Newcastle United adventure is just a bit of fun for old MA

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Thump

    A classic mate, that would be karma

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t want to get into accounts etc but since he’s a billionaire, he can get away with what he wants with Hmrc as is the case for all rich people in this country. Plus look at how much he was worth before he took over and now have a look what he’s worth now.

    Regarding pardew, I guess you can say that he isn’t “over the line” yet 😉

    With the team above, I think carver will play cabella for the full match.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Thump

    You got there before me lol

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #20

    9million ?
    lol arsenal love taking the piss
    hes worth at least 15million

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #21

    can we swap anwick for a conifer

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #22

    ronaldo unless he’s got it offshore he want get away with that much there’s a lot of people like you work hmrc

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  • Slank

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordie Two @ 6

    Decent players and size of ground I suggest don’t come into consideration when someone buys a Premiership club.

    People who buy Premiership clubs rarely have a profit motive in mind, the Glazers being the exception, as clubs within themselves rarely make a healthy profit. Vanity is probably the main reason why very rich people cough up.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #24

    It`s a matter of public record – Ashley has taken not one penny out – http://companycheck.co.uk/company/06861426/MASH-HOLDINGS-LIMITED/financial-accounts#company-accounts-table

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    of course size of ground comes into it, youd want a big stadium to attract world class players. Why would Ronaldo wanna play for Hull

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  • anthc

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Its a dangerous game as we know selling our best players. This transfer window alao falls within the cut off time for cancelling season tickets on direct debit schemes. If we sell our best players without replacing then it could be the final push for fans to chuck them as i will be considering it.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    usa market is the place to be soccer is fastest growing sport in the usa… prem games are on every tv so many old players working out there

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  • firebug666

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #28

    I suppose a lot of the money is being spent on the academy and training facilities upgrade, then there will be the usual bills for power, heating etc and staff wages. Not saying all money will be spent in this way, but the running costs at our club will be high.

    I also remember the inept one saying that money was available if the right player came along.

    Like the rest of you I want to see the back of Ashley, and firmly believe targeting his SD empire and getting them poor and negative press will have their directors wanting out.

    But the clubs finances will never be fully disclosed to us, so in that event were just flogging a dead horse.

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  • colwell

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Why the fcuk have we not signed a GK on a free yet? Sooner Alnwick is out of goal the better.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #30

    there are buyers out there

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  • scout

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    yes mate I see Warren Barton has snaked in over the water. Although I like Barton he was one of the good guys when they trained down Maiden Castle in Durham.
    Always had time to chat and sign autographs etc

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #32

    JFA

    My guess is that it’s sitting there unspent as capital reserve. You are right creative accounting could have gone on but you are making an accusation based on hunch. No proof at all. If you are so sure why not do some digging and report the guy to Johnny law?

    We also invested a lot in new training facilities. But people like you love to forget that.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t remember all this fuss when Shearer decided to retire .

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34

    PissoffAshley.com

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  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    the main thing to remember is there are only 20 prem clubs if he wants to sell there will be buyers

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Slack is also spot on.

    Any profits from us he could be getting into are not worth the legal risk. It’s peanuts compared to what his other businesses reward.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #37

    I think the stadium and support does help. Newcastle is a ready made Champions League Club for any investor. Just lacking the final capital spend to bring it to fruition. Who else is there? Villa, Everton, Sunderland, hardly better placed to go. West Ham become much more likely candidates to push on when they move into the Olympic Stadium. He might have found someone interested, and the exposure he’s generated can be transferred to Rangers, which he picks up for a relative song. Plausible.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #38

    I see Paul Merson is sticking the boot in. He thinks Pardew is a top manager yet Wegner is clueless and tactically naive. The bloke is a pillock.

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  • Small World

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    @10 Graeme // Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM
    @11 Slank // Jan 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Thank god for that. I got into a long discussion one here about how you cannot cook the books, or you go to jail! Step up Jail For Ashley !!

    It ended up discussing how things can be done for tax benefit, but taking money out of a business hand over fist without accounting for it is impossible.I run my own business and know only to well the reporting / accounting restrictions placed on an owner

    It is clear Ashley hasn’t taken any money out of the club (though may have in the last financial – we don’t yet know). Until very recently NUFC were making large losses, started to turn in a small profit and now only in the last year have hit pay dirt with the New TV deal. It will all come out in the next financial year end.

    Profits could be retained in the club for investment this year they or may have been used to reduce the loan from MASH. It takes a year to find out these sort of things, and I guess most folks think of their own circumstances with weekly, monthly pay packets

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    LG21,
    Although we don’t agree on subject matters I’m always quire polite to you, don’t be so bloody facetious !

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