Former Goalkeeper Tries To Quell Newcastle Fears


Steve Harper was at Newcastle for 20 years when he was signed in the summer of 1993 by Kevin Keegan and then left the club 18 months ago when his contract ran out – and since then he’s been at Hull City with Steve Bruce. But he averaged less than 10 games a year since he was the perennial under-study to Shay Given when Shay was at the club.

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Steve Harper while at Newcastle

John Gibson had a piece in the Chronicle yesterday saying that if Newcastle manage to lose tomorrow at Hull City, then we could be pulled into a relegation fight through the end of the  season.

And John isn’t the only one a little concerned about our potential plight, because since the fantastic 2-1 win at home to Chelsea, we have lost seven of the last nine games – and have only 4 points from the last seven league games – so our results just have to improve – and quickly.

We are concerned about that possibility of dropping down the league table,  but on the other side of things a couple of wins will rather quickly alleviate that fear.

This is what Steve Harper has said on Metro Radio about Carver’s appointment as caretaker manager though the end of the season:

“I think it’s a good move.” “He knows the club inside out, and the club will benefit from having the uncertainty removed.”  “They’re not in any danger of going down, they’ll be safe.” “The mandate now is for a top-10 finish.”

It’s fair to say that if Newcastle lose at Hull City tomorrow there will be more concerns about possibly being dragged into a relegation struggle this season.

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But we are also getting a lot of our injured players coming back soon,  and they include Mehdi Abeid, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Jonas Gutierrez, Rob Elliot, Rolando Aarons and Ryan Taylor.

And there’s good news about Paul Dummett who has a hamstring strain and will miss tomorrow’s game – but he should be fit for the visit of Stoke City a week on Sunday.

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195 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #1

    So,
    the bookies have them as slight favourites and most pundits (I’ve seen three) have it down as 2-1…

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
    Mark’s prediction: I don’t really know much about the other matches apart from Chelsea’s, so basically I sat with my little brothers Dave and Justin and went through it with them because they are both football fanatics, and one of them is an amazing mathematician. A lot of work has gone into these answers, looking at statistics and averages and things like that. We came up with a draw for this one. 2-2

    I am also going with a draw. Would love a win. Settle the nerves.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s a hard one to call tomorrow, we should be better mid field but with our sloppy defence and lack of goal scoring ability it will be a tuff one.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    easy win for the toon 2 or 3 nil

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    The club’s bog cleaners know the club inside out but they may not make good managers. I reckon Harper must be on the payroll.
    Funny that the Chronicle is now seeing the big boss under friendlier lenses. Low and behold they have been invited back into the press briefings.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Ashley should sell Sissoko as he would get a lot more for him than Tiote. Selling both would be good business and the boss could replace them in the summer with some Frenchies. The boss knows how to maximise profits and stay in the league. We should be grateful for his business acumen and the saving of the Toon. Every day under his guidance is a blessing.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #6

    the chronicle should know who there customers are and its not SD can see them walking on egg shells and towing the party line not asking the questions that should be asked

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    jmiley, Sissoko is shamelessly touting himself for a move but nobody seems interested which must be slightly embarrassing for him..
    I would be happy to see the back of him though I have little faith he will be replaced. I don`t see the point in keeping a player who wants away.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit the Chron has had a parasitical relationship with Newcastle for donkeys years. It`s business as usual for them again now. Ryder flits seamlessly from kissing ass( just look at how he handled the Wonga story) to critic and back again.
    I gave up on the Chron years ago

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  • Belfast

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Woof woof tequila

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    pogue mahone Belfast

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Tequila…Don’t go upsetting Belfast. He loves a bit of Ryder and his “5 things” lists.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t know where the idea Sissoka is touting for a move come from .The interviews I have read he says`I’m only 25 – flattered by PSG’s interest but prefer the EPL – will eventually move to a Champions League side (Arsenal?) but happy to stay playing regularly for the Toon until after the Euro 2016 competition .He is quite refreshingly honest and up front and mentions in particular how he told Cabaye he was dropping a bollock by moving.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Five reasons why we’re now kissing the clubs backside article would be nice.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Evening Ibiza. We all love a list mate. Speaking of lists not seen Kets about for a long time

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    That would be a good article Belfast

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeff maybe I got confused by him saying he always wanted to play for Arsenal then when they showed no interest saying it would be hard to turn down PSG. Maybe he thinks his bollocks are a but safer than cabayes though history would suggest he would be warming benches at any “bigger” club.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Nothing that comes from Belfast’s typing fingers is good. 5 key reasons why you shouldn’t let Belfast come up with a 5 key reasons article……

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    póg mo thóin

    actually

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Ketsy, Ketsy, ketsy…

    That should do it.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #22

    He wouldn’t get a game for PSG anyway. And I don’t think there’s any danger of Wenger spending that type of money especially in this window.

    So he’s staying if you ask me.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Well, how charming.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Try Alderweireld (x3)

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Scharner Scharner Scharner

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  • Belfast

    Jan 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #26

    I prefer handsome Skunki, but thanks anyway

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #27

    I think our clothes line is pretty sturdy, and quite high, there’ll be nobody going over it.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes belfast, you’ve got the perfect looks for blogging.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Tequila@25 – that’s the one ha ha.

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  • bladeuser

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Chelsea full of top players and they still buy big nufc full of shit players and we buy nobody
    our club is rotten to the core keep buying your tickets
    MUGS

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Is a new feature on the blog, ‘Ask Belfast’?

    If so, which season was the last time we reached a cup quarter final and how many more before we appear in one again?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyway, no offence to Harp’s, but shouldn’t the article be entitled ‘ institutionalised club man who still has executive seat tells Toon fans not to panic, it could be worse’?

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33

    bladeuser, brilliant example of how to win hearts and minds to your point of view.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #34

    That in line skater is never happy

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    bladeuser

    `nufc full of shit players` – no it’s not

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Nothing wrong with manager only giving suggestion rather than having final say on transfers. That’s how things work at almost every big club in Europe these days. Peopleoften use Wenger as an example but Arsenal fans have been calling for CB:s and ST for years as well while Wenger have opted for another midfield player. Wenger have also sold big players and so on.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Sazzer where the system breaks down is having a player recruited the manager does not want.
    The system has a chance to work but only if Carver and Carr are singing from the same hymn sheet. Charnley should only be involved to negotiate fees as he has no practical experience of playing or managing players

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #38

    SSN newsflash – Ben Arfa CANNOT play for Nice this season

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Jeff Too fat or too many clubs ?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 30, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    ha ha ha
    That one game for our u21’s screwed hm

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