Surprising Comments From Peter Beardsley


Peter Beardsley’s job is to bring the promising youngsters through to the first team, and now would be a great time for some youngsters to be given their chance and to take it – with Newcastle having so many players unavailable through injury and suspension and we’ve never ever had a big squad under Mike Ashley.

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Peter Beardsley with Rolando Aarons – at least he’s ready
When he can get fit


But after the youngsters were well beaten 3-0 at Brighton last night, means the U21 side are still looking for their first win this year.

But Peter has said some surprising things to the Chronicle:

“When you look at the job John Carver has got, he hasn’t got many players through no fault of his. Our big job is to get these younger lads up to that stage.”

“None of them are ready for the first team yet, not one of them, they have a bit to go. That is our job and why results beneath the first team don’t matter.”

“Adam Armstrong is not ready yet and I know that sounds harsh, but there will be a time when he is ready.” “He is a lovely kid, he is down to earth and loves the game, he loves shooting and will shoot on sight.”

“To be fair you can’t fault him, he’s a brilliant kid. I have said before he is not ready yet but he has got a brilliant chance of being a first team player.”

Those are surprising words from Peter, especially about Adam Armstrong who we were told a year ago after he made his debut that he could become a big player for us.

But it’s a year later and he hasn’t seemed to improve all that much, and that’s worrying.

We suppose P{eter is not talking about Rolando Aarons – who is still out with that hamstring problem of his – and whether he will be fit for Saturday’s home game against Arsenal – we don’t know – but Aarons has been out months with the injury.

Mehdi Abeid is ready – but he’s out for a couple of weeks with his thigh injury, and Lubo Satka was held back from the game and he’s been on the bench the last couple of games and he may even get a game at right back on Saturday – maybe.

And it’s not exactly true that John Carver’s has no responsibility for the squad being decimated, because he agreed with Lee Charnley in January that Newcastle didn’t need any new players brought in.

And it’s very obvious now why Alan Pardew left – that’s when he was told Newcastle were not going to bring in any players in January, and we suppose the Crystal Palace job opened up at the right time.

It was the time around the Christmas games when Alan was talking in his press conferences about how we needed a striker brought in, and that’s what we suppose Lee Charnley was talking about when he said Alan went off message a bit towards the end.

Off message means he didn’t agree with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – and of course Alan was right – we should have brought some new players in during January, and we wouldn’t be in the rather desperate state we find ourselves in now.

We just hope we can get a couple of wins – sooner rather than later – but that may not be possible given some fixtures that are coming up.

What do you think?

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43 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost:

    Geordie, if there was more pro-active group/s about, I think it would help.

    MacToon, can any of your contacts not publicise a half-time walk-out, which leads to full-time boycotts? (As easy as I’ve just made that sound).

    I’ve said it a number of times, but there needs to be group involvement, not just individuals giving up the odd season ticket. It needs a voice to direct specific action for similarly minded supporters to act upon.

    The Sack P%*#@w campaign picked up unbelievable momentum in a very short space of time.

    Yes, we need a buyer, but we could all certainly make him sell it a bit faster and make him very uncomfortable in the process.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Who’s mactoons contacts?

    Paddy Conroy?

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  • toon kk

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #3

    We’re not a football club we’re a business that plays football. MA has a team who provide a game for silent fans to watch while he banks the money.
    Everything is done on a strict budget, so even the players are poorly trained, a major issue Mash doesn’t understand.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #4

    The way things are goingthey are simply going to have to be ready. Not a whole lot of cover in defensive positions, or attack.
    Veering off,,,, I have looked at that first goal for Everton a few times after letting my head settle. I can’t for the life of me see what Tim Krul was trying to do, or how the ball ended up through him. A ‘good shot stopper’, apparently?

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  • MacToon

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Laurent, there are protests on the cards mate but without the fan’s support they will continue to p against the wind.
    A lot of fans have just quietly walked away over the last few years, a lot are as we speak. They are being replaced though by cheap tickets and premiership fans rather than the old school die hards.
    Timing is everything too, plan a protest and there’s 2 comfortable wins beforehand will reduce any protest to a whimper. Involve egos and then they won’t even agree on a time.
    I walked away (from the protests) because there’s too much politics/egos involved.
    A spontaneous protest like the one before the Hull game many moons ago is what’s needed but I don’t think SJP attracts the same clientele nowadays.

    Belfast, shut-it.

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  • p

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #6

    MacToon , well the facts are we have not won anything in a long time.

    My opinion is that is because we have been a shambles if a club in all of that time.

    Your far off the mark comment I assume is with respect to the Keegan season when we were clear of MU and maybe the couple of cup finals we got to. Honestly though, in my opinion we had losers written all over us.

    The tone of your post came across really arrogant by the way, again in my humble opinion.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Can you get me any cheap tabs mactoon?

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  • MacToon

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Gave up, maybe some good Russian vodka though 😉

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  • stan anderson

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Sounds like Pedro is making excuses for J.C.s inadequacies if you ask me.
    J.C.said when he got the job he was happy with what he had and was’nt looking to rock the boat then.
    Now HIS staff haha are making excuses for him.
    So sad a once hero becoming a yesman along with Moncur.
    They should be ashamed.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Jeff – ccouple of good shouts today displaying your knowledge of football.
    1. Colo was going to get off.
    2. Arsenal were going to win.

    Really you need to study the game -probably at a level comensurate with your inate knowledge/intelligence.
    I’ve therefore provided you with a link to a suitable book to get you started and improve your knowledge of the beautiful game. No need to send your thanks.

    http://books.littleoak.com.au/boys_annuals/beano/beano_1957.JPG

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Mac, I thought that’s what your stance on it was, yes, after reading it a while back. Just wanted to see if you’d heard anything more for recent times.

    Everything is so flat now. The sad thing is that Ashley uses that very lack of emotion to expand his capitalising.

    Disgusting.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #12

    This is what a lot of us have been trying to say about Adam Armstrong for a while now, but will some of you listen???

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #13

    BoyDoonGood…one cannot seek to have two things which are mutually incompatible!

    …I am on Our Toon’s side on this one!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14

    …well mean Rotonda (I am probably on Our Toon’s side as well 😉 )

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesper
    Which two things do you mean?

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Results below the 1st team don’t matter? Errr….ok.

    Nothing at all to do with you getting them relegated last season then peter? I thought the club were all for youth and obviously if their matches do not matter what’s the point? Very narrow minded and a very simplistic view on the situation.

    Does anybody at the club actually give a fcuk? Apart from johnny boy of course because ya know he was bezzy mates with Sir Bob who’s looking down on him yet somehow in the dugout too. He’s a geordie ya kna.

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  • Bri

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Who was the last local lad we brought through that was actually any good and i mean proper good?

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  • MacToon

    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Laurent, if anything is planned I will promise to pass on the info. As far as I know there “might” be something for the end of the season.
    By the way, I agree with you about the sackpardew mob, they made a lot of noise and made many friends very quickly. I was told who was behind it and if that was true then I’m not surprised by their initial successes and popularity. A website based on Ashley like their sackpardew site it what I’ve recommended but so far it’s fallen on deaf ears.

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  • Sav

    Mar 17, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Results at U-21 and youth level may not matter but by all accounts we weren’t robbed. Just like the seniors at Everton, Brighton deserved their win which was comprehensive. Not only that, but the various youth sides have had a string of draws and defeats since January. Is this to prepare them mentally for life in the first team, Pedro? I bloody hope not.

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  • Pop n Wyn

    Mar 17, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #20

    If Rolando Aarons is classed as one of the kids then i think he is definatly ready, must be the longest layoff in history with his hamstring problem, just weird.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #21

    that tackle deserved at least a 9 game ban
    lennon could have been killed
    the fa are a joke

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #22

    ….”The Magpies are currently third in the second tier of the Premier League’s reserve team set-up.”….
    ….“None of them are ready for the first team yet, not one of them, they have a bit to go. That’s our job and why results don’t matter.”….

    How are these interviews conducted?

    I can understand that developing players technique and application is a priority, but what the f##k! Isn’t it obvious that if your not playing against good players that the level of ability is restricted?

    How can an article be published without even attempting to develop Beardos’ reasoning and why has he not been able to get them promoted?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #23

    http://www.whoscored.com/Articles/0cc1gbgmhe2xgijlbuh_3a/Show/Team-Focus-Palaces-Positive-Attacking-Approach-Under-Pardew

    When he becomes the England Manager we will be saying that AP turned his career around at our club!!!

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  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #24

    this blog at the minute is at civil war, whilst pardew was manager, it was more easier to accept both parts of the arugement but what has happened now is pardew has now left, the manager basher have lost their battle in believing that ashley could give the job to a great manager, so now it’s time to target them who go to the games.

    i bet most those who created the sackpardew.com were fans that didn’t attend games, anyone that did support that website you could call them sheep because they’ve saw proof now that we wouldn’t be getting a decent manager, so instead of giving ashley the freedom and demanding fans abandon games ow about getting off their backside and creating a SACKASHLEY.COM website?

    anyone who really knows football will know that you are never going to see completely empty stadiums, yeh lots could leave but it will not stop the parents and children going as they will just be having a day out. Also no matter how many games get abandoned, it will still not prevent cashley getting the biggest money TV MONEY. The best way to really get rid of this owner is RELEGATION and TBH even if we were to loose him, you can’t guarentee it being replace by a better owner.

    villa themselves have been searching for an owner for years.

    QPR got this arib owner and they still can’t create a team.

    Manchester united are still owned by glazers and now that alex ferguson has left, i can see things getting more and more worse.

    liverpool themselves didn’t really get an owner thant much better than the one they got rid of.

    best example of all VENKIES out, CHICKEN FARMERS in

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  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #25

    the truthly best thing newcastle could do is have a simular event to southampton, drop all the way down into league 2, restart our full youth set up and build up a team from the youth and academies whilst we steadily build our way back up into the PL.

    the truth is we are not known as a club that wins thing, the thing that makes newcastle well known is the attitude and support of it’s supporter and the best thing we would want in our team is playing with great passion.

    foreign players are far too arrigant andwon’t be bothered how well we perform because all they’ll do is move to a different club.

    It’s players like Nolan barton and Carroll that will give provide newcastle the best team as they had great leadership and always wanted what was best for the club.

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  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Too kk

    Newcastle United is not even a business that plays football anymore. It’s a business that buys and sells livestock – of the human variety in the form of players.

    At least that’s the way Ashley runs it. Football’s the show-ring

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Toon King

    I must have missed the part where fans asked for every single person to boycott. Rather than sit in silence be vocal and make a difference. No vocal support for the team and no vocal discontent towards the owner….just 50k mutes watching, waiting, oh and drinking!!

    A few other points that you seem to be completely oblivious to, QPR owner is not an Arab, he’s from Malaysia…he owns air Asia not air middle east.

    Liverpool, Man utd etc don’t try to destabilise there seasons in January every season, they actually want to WIN things. They want to COMPETE. Liverpool new owners only went and bought in Brenda, a young and up coming manager, they even backed Daglish, spent big money got into the CL and almost won the league last year.

    Man utd have released a statement to say we don’t want cup runs and don’t want European football as it leads to relegation….oh and they bought big names….They have ambition.

    I don’t understand how anyone can think that the only way to get rid of MA is by getting relegated, haven’t we been down that road? Did we not get relegated when MA owned the club? All he’ll do is loan us another 60m and ensure we get promotion. So you won’t try boycotting but instead believe in something that’s already happened as a way to get rid of MA.

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  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Too kk

    Newcastle United is not even a business that plays football anymore. It’s a business that buys and sells livestock – of the human variety in the form of players.

    At least that’s the way Ashley runs it. Football’s the show-ring!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Shearer thinks too much of himself but an ex player like Rob Lee would be an excellent addition to the board for two reasons. To apply a bit of football logic in the decision making and also to communicate with supporters.

    If the customers were actually appreciated, the hostility towards the board would not be so vicious and perhaps greater understanding could be allowed to thrive. Whilst the club is run in secret with decisions being taken that are detrimental to the clubs performance on the pitch, the fans have no outlet for their dissatisfaction or the opportunity to seek any consolation. The arrogance with which we are treated only serves to exacerbate the situation and with little indication of any attempt to improve the attitude towards fans there is no reason why the atmosphere around the club will not deteriorate further and have a knock on effect upon the performances of the club.

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  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #30

    Reading between the lines, Beardsley’s pissed off.

    He’s clearly frustrated that he’s said this to Charnley before and as usual, Charnley, the CEO that one would have expected to have gained some insight into football by now, has brushed his comments off.

    Pedro’s effectively gone off message and spoken out offering some support to Carver when Charnley’s assumed that the under 21s are there to make the transition to the first team.

    It’s clear that Charnley’s too keen to show that he can run the show as Ashley would like it. He’s pi$$ed Pardew off when he’s ignored his public pleas for signings called off the HC search when he new Carver was naively keen to take the post on and jumped at the chance to save a few quid, and now he’s done the same to Beardsley. Bear in mind that he’s been a vocal supporter of Ashley in the past and has never criticised the regime.

    Ah well, that’ll be Beardsley off in the summer – if not sooner!!

    Between Ashley being the piper and Charnley dancing to his tune – what’s Carr the supposed football advisor doing in all this? – Newcastle United’s in big big trouble.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #31

    BoyDoneGood…you cannot both be the first to buy tickets and the first to complain!

    …it simply doesn’t work that way. You all know exactly what you are paying for! End of! Suck it up or do something constructive about it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #32

    LR…we do need group involvement and even a figure head, but as long the majority of the ST holders are sitting tight on their hands – and some are moving to better seats, nothing will change!

    …their seems to be no drive to get involved unless you know for sure leaving your seat will have an affect. That is just not how the real world works.

    At least this is only about football…imagine if it was something big!

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  • scout

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Where else would Lc get a job in world football? He’s a glorified tea boy. What he knows about football he could write on the back of a stamp.
    He should grow a pair and get a proper job.
    Tell MA what he doesn’t wanna hear.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #34

    Ed,
    AP left because he was cxxp. He didn’t complain about how things were done. In fact, this year he said he now had a very strong squad.

    Can ‘we’ drop AP? He’s gone man. If you want reminding, just visit ‘his’ site. We don’t talk about Cabaye anymore do we?

    On Beardsley and his comments re Arms, he seems about right, given what I saw. And Aarons… so young so often injured. Say no more… Think Saylor.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #35

    scout i get your point but what about the clowns who gave him the job they could not run a piss up in a brewery its not just carver what about charley and carr they gave him the job

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  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #36

    MA out and all that…

    I get the frustration, BUT:

    – Do the coaches get no blame? The owner can be blamed for hiring the wrong coaches, staff, agreed. For instance, we’re owed a mea culpa for bringing in Wise, JFK, PARDEW. And, if the players are that bad (I don’t think so, but I may be wrong), Carr too.

    An owner must be judged not on day to day decisions (we’ll end up blaming MA for playing Obertan FFS). Our wage bill is 7th highest, it’s hard to complain about that.

    – Who comes in if this guy goes? Obviously another billionaire, right? Show me one who might remotely be interested, I’ll be the first in the queue to oust the current billionaire.

    My treacherous suggestion? Try this for a couple months, we have nothing to lose since there is NO ALTERNATIVE. Show this guy some love. Get him to wear that shirt again. Have a pint with him. Get him excited again, so that he can throw in his own money (he’s done it before), bring in a Keeganesque type coach again at the end of the year.

    Getting relegated and all that is like making yourself so undesirable that your husband / wife don’t want you no more and he/she walks away. Cool, right? The problem? Nobody else will want you either because you are now ugly and poor.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Human nature is a funny old thing isn’t it?

    Here we are, all supporting the same football club, a club in decline, where those that sit in the power seats hold themselves aloof from the rest of the footballing world.

    Us fans (with little information from the club) are following the dog eat dog scenario and fighting with each other over the scraps from Ashley’s table.

    Of cause Ashley is sitting there lapping it all up, we are doing exactly what he wants us to do. Squabbling over the scraps he throws to us so as to divert our attention away from him.

    Only as Newcastle UNITED do we stand any chance of getting at Ashley and his cronies.

    Will it happen? Will the fans unite?

    Well that’s up to us isn’t it.

    The choice is simple, we continue to fight with each other for Ashley’s scraps, or we united to fight Ashley, SD and his cronies.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #39

    carver can only use the tools he’s got………it’s a shame so many are of poor quality

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Mar 18, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #40

    while kids at age 16-17 are ready at other clubs…n kids at age of 18-22 with pontential are not ready hea an when they turn 22 they join a lower league club

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