Very Difficult For Newcastle To Finish In Top Ten

Moussa Sissoko has had a good season for Newcastle, but he was making noises in January that he wanted to join a bigger club, and we could hear that again in the summer.

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Moussa Sissoko challenges Wayne Rooney last time out

And if we do, it could well mean that this is Moussa Sissoko’s last season on Tyneside, but only if a club comes in with a big enough offer for him.

Newcastle’s way of doing transfers these days is that if an offer matches Mike Ashley’s valuation of the player,  then he’s gone  almost immediately, whether or not the club can replace him.

That kind of policy, where every player has their price, makes it very difficult  for any head coach to build up a good side.

John Carver is trying to get a top 10 finish for Newcastle this season, for only the third time since Mike Ashley bought the club in June, 2007.

But it’s now a tall order with so many players out injured, and it didn’t help that top goal scorer Papiss Cisse got himself banned for seven games last time out against Manchester United.

We are 5 points from 10th place (West Ham), and Moussa Sissoko has been interviewed today and says top ten is still the goal for this season:

“We want to finish in the top 10, so every player stays focused at the training ground and every weekend to do the best.”“People can talk about us, but we try to do the best every game.”

“We will see where we will be at the end of the season.”  “Jonas’ return was emotional for every player and all the people,”

“We all know what he has been through. I’m very happy for him and I hope he will show the best for the rest of the season.”

Newcastle will have money available in the summer to bring in new players, so once the financial results are announced we hope a sizable portion of the profits will be used to build up our squad.

And then maybe we will have something to look forward to next season in the Premier League – if not in the Cups, where presumably we will continue to field weakened sides.


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53 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle will have money available in the summer to bring in new players, so once the financial results are announced we hope a sizable portion of the profits will be used to build up our squad.Someone is clearly having a laugh.

  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    i see the ahsley effect is now kicking in on this blog the interest in all nufc is dying this man has a lot to answer for

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t get the hype over people like Armstrong, Campbell (and possibly Roberts.) The only guy from the academy who has shown anything on a consistent basis is Aarons.

    I don’t think many people want to see NUFC lose. I think it’s more a case of total apathy and the comfort that it would possibly prevent Carver becoming manager after the entertainment desert of pardew.

  • John Tudor

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    cut off ashley s cash or summit else

  • beermonkey

    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5


    it has well and truly kicked in and of course we near silly season all the agents are touting there players so daily we are linked with players
    and while its not ed’s fault there will be 2 3 a day and we all know chances are we wont be in for them

    I don’t read them and skip to the comments and see what being discussed but I can see why things are quieting down on here
    shame really

  • beermonkey

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6


    I think Armstrong has shown some good things this season when he has played also some bad

    pards said at the beginning of the season there was a few of championship clubs wanting him
    its a huge mistake keeping him here with us

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    A consistent basis? 209 minutes of football? Behave.

  • Harley

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    This top ten talk this season is surely a joke?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Arma has got 3 assists in just over 300 minutes of first team football. He should have been on loan, but the lad hasn’t done too badly all things considered.

  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    i know the home fans get a lot of stick on here but i always new it would happen this man has played us for mugs for so long but slowly but surely people are waking up to the fact that we are being played all this pr about players that were never going to come infact the club were never in for……. ed fall’s for it every time with his stories there’s about new players more chance of peace on earth then this lot buying the players we need

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    The delay in publishing the accounts is only adding to the miss trust. The amount of personal profiteering by the previous owners only adds to the suspicion of funds being misappropriated. Surely though this kind of activity needs careful planning, rather than a last minute hatchet job. So is there another benefit of the delay or is it a further indication of how badly organised those that run the club are?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Gregory van der Wiel the young Dutch centre half was dropped by Laurent Blanc on Wednesday evening for PSG’s clash with Chelski.
    He has appeared on Dutch telly saying he has to rethink his future.
    He has been linked with us many times before.
    Just saying like

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    He is primarily a right back. Would mean Janmaat was leaving, neither of them would sit around playing second fiddle here. Rather keep Janmaat at the moment.

  • toonluvva

    Mar 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    For as long as we finish above 17th, then that is all that NUFC are worried about.

    Finish above 10th, your’e having a laugh! Can you imagine something going wrong and we end up in Europe?

    No, NUFC (Sub-division of SportsDirect) are happy with anything around 12th.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 13, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15


    why do you think there is a delay

  • toon kk

    Mar 13, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    We’d struggle to get in the top ten in the championship the way we’re playing at the moment.
    I think the lads are already on their holidays tbo. The seasons over as far as they’re concerned.

    The players probably like Carver because he’s easy going and doesn’t over work them in training.
    You can tell training must be poor.

  • Belfast

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d rather we finish 11th so they don’t get their bonuses !

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    toon kk,
    And yet only two teams in the bottom half of the Prem have picked up more points than Newcastle in their last 10 games.

    I think you maybe need to re-evaluate in your head how good the Prem actually is, rather than constantly saying all our players and performances are of Championship standard.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Apathy! Apathy! They all want to laugh at me.

    Hope is redundant, the spirit has gone
    We play for nothing, winning is wrong.
    Toon supporters are languid, full of despair
    A crowd full of passion, is just not there.
    Apathy! Apathy! They all want to laugh at me.

    An inflated expectation that misses the good
    I asked “Will you swap?” But no one would.
    A bloated business where cash does not stop
    The profit league has us at the top.
    Apathy! Apathy! They all want to laugh at me.

    Why am I distraught? What should I do?
    Who would be the Manager and his number two?
    Can things get better? Can they be worse?
    When will the club make use of its purse?
    Apathy! Apathy! They all want to laugh at me.

    No more moaning, about the football we play
    Meet with my friends and enjoy the day.
    Geordie Boot Boys, the best the world can see
    Black ‘n’ white united, Newcastle FC.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    beermonkey @15

    Are you repeating my question that there may be an alternative reason or asking for validity that the accounts are actually being held up?

    If it is the former, I don’t know hence the question. If it is the latter, I suppose I should no be persuaded by newspaper stories but I thought it had been announced that the accounts would not be published as expected before the Fans Forum. As it would be a distraction / allow too much direct scrutiny.

  • geordie157

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Janmaat potentially is the best full back we’ve had in a long time.

    Would like someone as Bryam to come in and provide cover, he could learn a lot from Janmaat but with Byram still developing the defensive side of his game he could also play right wing. Giving us a good combination down that side.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22


    Agreed. 10th would require West Ham to continue to flop, while NUFC would need a 40 or 50% win rate. Looking at the two clubs’ fixture lists… Nah. Nice if it happened – that would be an exciting end-of-season match – but I can’t see it.

    Meanwhile, there are two or three teams with as much chance of catching NUFC as we have of overtaking the Hammers. If we lose to Everton, I’d really worry that they will catch us. If we beat them, I’d guess we’re most likely to stay in 11th (unless Pulis manages to pull out all the stops).

    Carver talks as if he has been given a target. If so, presumably it’s top half, and if he gets it, he will be given a contract as head coach. Still can’t see it happening.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #23

    How’s the blog been doing the last few days?…and how about its people?

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Didn’t Pardew have a top 10 target during our EL season? Ultimately it doesn’t appear these targets are actual conditions in which the coach stays in emplyment.

    We’ve already heard the lines about injuries and now Cisse being out, which are true, I can’t imagine that not getting 10th will be the decider when it comes to Carver.

    He’ll be commended for only slipping one place after losing our manager mid-season, as well as all the injuries and suspensions.

    I see nothing but Carver starting the season as our head coach. I really hope I’m wrong and the club shock me, I just can’t see it other than in hope.

    As for Everton this weekend. Tough game to call. I have had a friend pass on a message to Mr Barkley that I’ll discount him a holiday in Ibiza for every own goal he scores.

    Not sure he’s gone for it though.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25
  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #26

    gloom and doom jesper we all woke up this morning and found we had be mugged by a fat man

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Cor, that’s one depressing video. Granted the title isn’t exactly cheery either, but still.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Well Ibiza…that’s probably very fitting 😉

    …missed your comment here the other day – been so busy the last couple of weeks. I guess I didn’t miss anything?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza…I was never offered that discount!

  • Belfast

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #30

    The blog and it’s people are muggy jesper as per usual.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Hibbit…that’s how we have been feeling the past 8 years;

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Belfast…there are some muggy people on here no doubt…but a few if them frequent on here less and less. That’s a small victory 🙂

  • Nattfare

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Regarding Armstrong, it’s a bit hard to accomplish anything when your team mates just keep lumping long balls at you all the time too.

  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #34

    jesper the ball is moving now and picking up speed fans are turning and more and more can now see the lies and the pr play on words that we are being fed daily

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Holy Island
    Was your pome inspired by this ?

  • DokToon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    gmorning all…

    hope all is well with everyone..

    jesper, hows the little one faring? I hope well, and not yet disappointed with the toon 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Jesper…No worries mate, was just saying hi and checking to see how the little one was 🙂

    I haven’t been on the blog too much. Can’t really be bothered. No plan, too many people wanting to wait and see (which is their right – not complaining). We’re just cruising along, waiting for something to happen.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper…As for not getting that offer…I didn’t know Newcastle had played against you mate!

  • DokToon

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #39


    hows bikiniland? gimme some good news, been raining for a week here

  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #40

    ibiiztoon a lot are waiting for the ship to sink


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