Sky Sports Pundit Goes Against “Incredible” Newcastle

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp thought Newcastle were incredible  in the first half at Chelsea last Saturday and could easily have been 2-0 or 3-0 up, if we had taken our chances.

But we didn’t.

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Jamie Redknapp – favors Saints to win

Newcastle are still looking for a new head coach although caretaker manager John Carver believes Newcastle could announce a new head coach before the end of this month – so we hope he’s right on that.

Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven games and have won five of them including wins against Arsenal and a rare win at Manchester United last weekend – so they are in good form.

And Jamie thinks the Saints will pip Newcastle in the game tomorrow:

“Newcastle, who were incredible for 40-odd minutes against Chelsea last week and could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up, have proved this season they can produce big performances.”

“And they have a caretaker manager in John Carver who will be desperate to get a win, to show he can do the job full-time.”

“I think Southampton will just pip a tight game 2-1, though, and earn another three points towards their dream of Champions League football.”

While we expect Vurnon Anita to start the game tomorrow, Mehdi Abeid has been back in training since Thursday, and he could be a surprise starter against Southampton.

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25 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    163Transfer Sage // Jan 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    If attendance numbers didn’t matter at all why has ashley cut ticket prices to get more people to attend? If he want bothered then surely he would have left them as they were and had 40,000 there most weeks.

    The reality is it does matter. TV won’t put empty stadiums on telly (especially for a mid table side) half as much, and as 25% of the TV deal is shared based on TV time that will have an impact.

    Work it out on the basis of 52,000 at an average of £30 a ticket (tickets range from 15-90 depending on seat and category of game) so that’s 30 x 52,000 x 19 = 29mil.

    When the club only made a 10 mil profit the year before (expected to be 50 this time purely as we sold cabaye for 20 and bought none in that time) it’s still a huge chunk of the profits.

    They club would still survive but ashley might need to put his hand in his pocket to finance some of it, not what he wants, he wants a profit so he doesn’t spend a penny of his own money.

    And as others say, we’d be less attractive to players of the ground was empty, they might look elsewhere making it harder for him to get the players to keep us up.

    None of this is nice for us fans short term, but long term it would be nice.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2


    3x FFS lol

    I get your point but forget £30 a ticket, there’s loads of concessions cheap tickets etc.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #3

    optimistic——-IMO Ashley has this habbit of dangling a carrot at the start of every season to convince people to part with their hard earned cash to watch rubbish football every week . people fall for it year in year out. we will see what houdini has up his sleeve this year———————– I think redknapp is not a million miles away with his prediction , i t will be tight but for me, the odd goal will win it for saints,

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #4

    people on here arguing over how much of an effect a boycott would have on ashley sums it up.

    those who still have a season ticket, just allow them to continue going to matches this season, the thing that would prove they don’t want him in much longer is, don’t reknew a season ticket for next year.

    Those who have already given up season tickets can prove to others just how serious the are about boycotting by doing one plain and simple thing SUPPORT GATESHEAD.

    i said it earlier and will say it again whilst the distance between us and the next closest league team is 14 miles we’ll never stop getting masses of fans going, people that are season ticket holders might stop but he’ll still get all the children and lesser fans going to attend a match. however if he were to see a new club forming at a distance of roughly a mile away then he most certainly would need to start thinking about things before it’s too late and gateshead become the bigger figure.

    If we can’t do anything like that

    we fans might as well wecome a sh1t manager and hope for the worst thing, RELEGATION.
    No PL no TV money.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 17, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #5

    I think swelling up against the owner is premature, but only marginally. It is reaching a point where fans should obviously be asking where the money is going. We know it’s there, but we also know Newcastle are thorough nowadays. They could quite conceivably be earmarking the money for wise reinvestment that simply hasn’t occurred yet, in a quality coach, training facilities, a genuine centre forward, and so on. But at some point and relatively soon, this close season I would think, we really should expect to see the club act with some intent, and if not, then I think you might reasonably think they won’t, and then take on the owner.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 17, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #6


    I’m half expecting Carver announcement after Southampton match.
    Only because there’d be two weeks until next home game and it’s he usual m o

    I went for a draw, there a good team great defence and we don’t score. Can’t see us winning.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #7

    hats off to the rangers fans tonight , they showed us how to do it . get him out before he gets in . they wont stand for anyone coming in and wrecking their club specially a southerner who has already wrecked one club not too far away from them.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 17, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Almost certainly a better and more successful side would result in more expensive tickets, particularly if that side were put together through larger transfers rather than youth development. Ashley is an interesting character, we know he is milking the club for advertising and that he won’t put any more of his own money in to develop it, having already put in 130 mill of it, and 250 mill in total. We don’t know if he is milking it for profits though. Newcastle has a top ten squad, albeit just, playing in a top notch facility for relatively cheap admission, it’s hard to look at that and say categorically the owner is rotten and persuade others to go along with it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #9

    just been checking out a Rangers forum -wow there are some angry supporters up there. I think there will be further protests – the fans know Mr Tubbs is a scumbag.we certainly have not heard the last of their protests -some of these guys want to physically fight to save their club.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #10

    the Rangers forum before the protests was quite amusing with some posters warning others not to get arrested by the polis as they would have to do a “weekender”.
    Weekender must be being kept in the cells over the weekend for court on Monday morning.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Yup, Friday 16th January 2015 was the night that the Rangers support got our balls back and said Enough is Enough.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #12

    grow some and more of the same

  • stuart no9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #13

    anyone think now would be the ideal time to do our own protests, lets show the jocks what a protest is ,,lol

  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #14

    ashley needs running out of town post haste

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #15

    will be cracking game agt Southampton today,really looking forward to it.Soton are one of two teams that ruined our season together with arsenal.I think we got them in good time to get a revenge. Second, the games will be a test,how good we are post pardew.We have to retain Dummett as stand by cb from now on,in the absence of staylor.we can’t afford to risk playing all 3 senior cb together in every game.Santon should be given the lb position & retain dummett.Every day I am hoping to be surprised by a new head coach but looks like JC will get his dream.
    hope I am wrong :

    My team :


    whoop! that’s a dream team..
    2-0 win for us..hwtl!!

  • JDdubai

    Jan 17, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #16

    I think 99% of us think Dummett is a better CB than LB, but cant see Carver having the balls to put him there instead of Willo. Dummett didnt put a foot wrong at CB earlier.

    Doesnt make sense with both Santon and Haidara sat on the bench, especially at home we should be attacking from both flanks instead of just with Janmaat.

    Otherwise with what is available think the above team is as close to my choice as possible.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #17

    I have to go now for a bit, but have a reply to a couple of your posts, I’m gobsmacked, you’re one poster I just can’t get my head round.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #18

    nufc are waiting for the first win under carver so they can announce that carver will take the job full time ,

    that’s my thinking,

    catch everyone with there pants down

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 17, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail, I’ll try to explain my view as simply and plainly as I can. I think Ashley doesn’t spend enough money to give us a top six side, but does to give us a top ten one and does look after the facility, and does offer cheap tickets, relatively speaking. The club, mainly Pardew, has referred to a slow burn in terms of growth and development. That may or may not be horseshit, I don’t know, but I feel how the club does or doesn’t start to spend the profits over the next six or so months, that it has and we know it’s making, will be a clearer indicator, of whether the club is on the level or not.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Transfer Sage

    exactly….. ppl are scared to see their club to go down first before it can go up…

    I think ppl need to bite the bullet….dont go to the damn games…. he will lose cash, and sell up in a bright flash.

    But ppl are stupid and will carry on filling the stadiums….
    Not having a coach as of this moment is ridiculous. Like Gary said it was a ploy all along to move us away from any possible transfers.

    We will struggle for the rest of the season. Until we get a decent owner, we will always finish nowhere, do nothing and be a market based club. Imagine the possibilities with Southampton’s mentality and our size and support…. endless…

    So so so sad.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #21

    “..whether the club is on the level or not.”

    I think most fans have already worked that one out!

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #22

    I wouldn’t know what most fans have or haven’t worked out, tuff. Nor how knowing that would necessarily make it so.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Its a lot easier for the Rangers fans as they know from our experience they are getting a tight fisted owner who will drain the soul out the club. Sadly us toon fans thought he was the messiah when he first came with his money and thought we were about to challenge the tip four. Remember when Ashley said he would put in 25 million a season of his own money for free….sacked Allardyce, brought KK back we were celebrating …. Didn’t take long to turn sour though and by then Ashley was in it yo the tune of 200 million , he’s clearly not going to walk away with a loss so he’ll just milk TV money / free advertising SD much as he can
    If we’d known then what we know now I’m sure that just like the rangers fans we would be rioting on the streets.
    Sadly we’ve been slowly worn down to a point where people don’t give a flying f##k anymore.
    Sad days indeed

  • CaptPot

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    MUGS,MUGS and more MUGS!!!!. Newcastle fans have got to be the biggest bunch of MUGS on gods green earth.

    Fortunately, I got out when Wise and Co rolled up into the toon. Since then I haven’t spent 1p on the club and financed MA, yet I’ve watched 95% of the matches, in local pubs and clubs.

    When are the MUGS on sites like this going to learn, that they hold the power at STJ but only if they DO NOT ATTEND!!!!!!!

    Forget about shouting about Ashley out or P45 out, the fact that they are in the ground, justify’s everything that MA gets away with.

    THE sooner the MUGS realise that Sky won’t show a half empty STJ on TV and MA will have a coronary when his beloved Sports Direct are not being advertised will some thing happen.

    Lineker called it last week, our search for a new head coach will drag on until the transfer window shuts = ZERO spend on desperately needed new players, Carver himself said the same when he announced that it would be sorted by the end of the month!!!!!!!!= ZERO SPEND, FFS.

    PLEASE, all supporters of NUFC, stay AWAY until, MA and Penfold realise that you/we will not take their B@llshit anymore.

    WE DO HAVE THE POWER AT THE CLUB, but only by staying away will it ever get exercised properly.

    Just watch and learn from the Rangers fans!!!!!, and please forget the b@llshit “supporting the team, not the regime”, it doesn’t wash, NOT when your sitting in the REGIMES seat.

  • G peart 83

    Jan 17, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #25

    I believe we have the weakest defence and strike force in the prem embarrassing


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