Newcastle Must End The Uncertainty – Still A Lot To Play For


It was great to have Tim Krul back in goal at Chelsea on Saturday and he seemed to give the defense confidence because of his vast experience, and we played great in that first half, but still lost the game, and since Alan Pardew left we have one draw and two defeats in the three games we’ve played.

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Tim Krul – we have a lot to play for

And Tim has today said there is still a lot to play for,  even though Newcastle are again out of the two local Cups and it’s only mid-January. 🙁

This is what the 7 times capped Dutch International has said today:

“I’d strongly disagree with anyone who was saying there’s not much to play for now.” “The Premier League is so tight that if we go on one of those runs like we went on in November, we can be right up there with the top teams in no time.”

“We have to believe that, and the way we played in the first half at Chelsea was just about the best we’ve seen. I was really impressed with Remy Cabella Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita in midfield. I’m really excited for the games to come.”

“Gabriel Obertan is running on the pitch and Siem de Jong is getting closer too. If we can get those players back, it’ll make a difference.”

“Obviously, you shouldn’t put the expectations too high, but we’ve got players to come in who can improve us. It’s not nice to be out of the cup, but we’ve got 17 games to go in the Premier League and we have to focus on them now.”

“Siem can bring a bit of quality in the final third. He’s a great finisher, and especially when he plays just behind the striker, he’s amazing, really smart. He just takes up the right positions.”

“He’s a little bit like Cesc Fabregas in that respect, he can get on the ball and make things happen. He’s also got goals in him, and we need that.”

“If you create four or five chances like we did in the first half at Chelsea, you have to be sticking at least one of them away.”

That first half at Chelsea was the way we want to see Newcastle play – we closed down the Chelsea players when they had the ball, and we counter-attacked them at every opportunity, and it could have been the best 45 minutes we’ve played so far this season.

Certainly we had Jose Mourinho worried, but one reason we didn’t score is we are still short of a striker,  and also Papiss Cisse wasn’t playing, because he’s at the African Cup of Nations and whether we will bring in a striker this month is doubtful at best.

Tim’s right of course there is still much to play for, and we have to collect just as many points as we can and every place in the Premier League is worth around £2M on the new TV deal – so there’s a lot to play for – but only in the Premier League.

Newcastle are in limbo at the moment with no head coach since Alan Pardew officially left at the beginning of the month,  and Lee Charnley and company have to end that at some point – either by announcing John Carver is the coach through the end of the season, or appointing a new head coach.

That will end the players’ uncertainty.

We also have to start picking up some points, and we must take something out of the game on Saturday at home to Southampton – but that will not be easy.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Good comments but it’s the same this time every year, just before out 2 week break when most sides have FA cup ties to play.

    Here’s a thought….how about a winter break in football where rounds 1 to the semi’s are played in the FA cup? Teams get some rest and the cup has a focused block where a lot more games could be televised, with it being over christmas and school holidays a lot of fans/kids could go to evening games as well.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    “Obviously, you shouldn’t put the expectations too high,

    Really Tim? I would beg to differ, We should be pushing for a trophy and a place in Europe, You have your bonus to play for, the fans have nothing as yet again all expectations have been lowered.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    firebug

    Would love to know what Ashley’s five year plan when he took over the club was, sure it was about playing in europe.

    I don’t see why we can’t be a team that just looks to improve year on year, i don’t demand top 4, few here do, just want to see the team try and progress, even if it’s 1 step backward, 2 forward it’s better than just hopping on the spot with the occasional spectacular fall one way or the other before fining our spot again.

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  • Slank

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Anybody have any views on where they think de Jong would play if we had a fully fit squad ?

    Janmaat – Willo/Saylor – Colo – Santon/Dummitt/Haidara
    Abeid/Tiote – Colback
    Cabella – Sissoko – Aarons/Ameobi
    Cisse/Perez

    The defence picks itself and so too the defensive midfield partnership where its going to be Colback and either Tiote, Abeid or even Raylor.

    On current form Cabella, Sissoko and Perez would all start. Possibly Ameobi too.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Sage

    Well his five year plan was to have us as a regular CL team, which would mean challenging for the top four. This though was really just a pack of lies, as all he really wanted was to market his tat shop, as stated in the John Hall interview.

    He never really had a plan for the football side of things other than to keep the team in the premiership, which he failed to do on one occasion, and strip the club of any saleable asset to swell his Mash Holdings account.

    Now we are exactly what he wants, a super advertising board that cost him nothing in outlay, but brings in vast amounts.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    TS,
    Don’t ever think there was a five year plan, just a plan, and that was to get SD and his other companies as much publicity as possible while spending nothing at all on the club, that initial spending spree was to get the fans onside at first before dividing them to such a point they can’t even agree on which way to protest.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    @Slank – potentially drop Sissoko back into Tiote’s position, it still allows him to make his powerful runs beyond the front men with Colback anchoring the midfield. Tough though, good problem to have IF it arrises.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer, yes, there are ways of reducing the effect although it won’t be a strong as it once was.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Krul

    Janmaat Colo Dummet Santon

    Cabella Sissoko Colback Aarons

    De Jong

    Perez

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  • Slank

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    TS @ 1

    My views on restructuring:

    League Cup qualifying games should be completed before Christmas. The final should be played in the mid winter break after all the Christmas league fixtures have finished.

    FA Cup should be the first game, all played on a Saturday, after the mid winter break. All games should be win or lose. No draws. All subsequent rounds should be played on Wednesdays leaving the weekend for the league. All Premiership clubs should be ceded away on the 5th round to provide competition for lower league teams and gave their fans an opportunity to see the elite.

    The summer transfer window should start the day after the last game which should be the FA Cup Final and close the day before the first Premier League game. The winter transfer window should be abolished.

    Sin Bins should be introduced to penalize the team during the actual match.

    Red cards. A player would go off the field of play and review TV monitors with the officials to see whether the ‘sending off’ was justified. If it wasn’t he returns to the field of play. If it was justified the Red card stands.

    Newcastle United should be given a bye on the first round of the League Cup and FA Cup !

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  • sweendog

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    who reckons we’ve a good chance against Southampton this weekend .. they have no alderweireld and no Yoshida .. if there was ever a time to attack them its now ..

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  • banjax

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    If the transfer system at Newcastle works as they say, then bringing in new players shouldn’t stop because our system of player transfers is one where they are selected or sold by the executive and the coach has no say. So there is no excuse NOT to bring in some much needed reinforcements, and bring them in now. So Gary Linker’s tweet, laudable as it was, is not remotely close to the policy of transfers at Newcastle. More likely any lack of incoming signings is simply down to the simple and bloody mindedness of Mike Ashley and the club policy of feeble ambition to invest and win trophies and get into European competition because God forbid, we might have to finish top six in the league which would mean spending money. These days it takes a super human effort to support Newcastle United but it may not be always like this because people can only take so much of the crap that’s being dished out by Mike Ashley’s Dictatorship and one day he might find that his customers vote with their feet and he is the captain of a once proud football club that is relegated and losing money.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    From Ed’s previous post. Who knows, we might start winning a few matches in February!

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    i think our next 4 games will decide or give us a good insight as to where we will finish in the league. i keep saying it but i think we are going to strugle to stay up.
    No manager , A replacement who is incompetent, ot knowing which players are still going to be here come feb, and 4 vital games—soton home- hull away, stoke home , palace away- forget man city, that wont happen again. Apart from soton , all teams below us . if we struggle against those 3 all of them will make ground on us – stoke will over take , so could palace although that is unlikely at this stage , but it could just drain any confidence left in the team and feb and march could prove very difficult to gain momentum to survive . any thoughts lads ????

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Laurant

    Not always true, Usain Bolt recovered from various hamstring injuries/tears and has ran a world record time since.

    But obviously some, like torres for example, just couldn’t get the pace back

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  • cestriasteve

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    SuperShearer,

    Spot on with Sissoko dropping back alongside Colbeck, de Jong behind Perez… That will be brilliant

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