Coach Trying To Get Players Super-Fit


Mike Williamson is the only recognized center-back at Newcastle able to play in the derby game a week on Sunday at the Stadium of Light, and hopefully he will again be partnered by Daryl Janmaat, who had an excellent first game at center-back for Newcastle against Arsenal last Saturday in the 2-1 defeat.

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Mike Williamson – hard training sessions

Newcastle have of course famously lost our last four games against Sunderland for the first time ever, so it’s obvious we have to do everything to end that hopeless run.

It seems John Carver is getting the lads super-fit for the game  – just as long as we don’t pick up even more injuries in training – we only have 15 fit and available players including two goalkeepers.

This is what Mike has said today:

“We’ve got an opportunity to get some good training,” “The manager’s got us in, and there’s a lot of hard work before the next match.”

“We’ve got quite a rigorous schedule. We’ll make sure we’re ready.” “I think you can rip the form book up when it comes to that game.”

“It’s a great spectacle. I thoroughly enjoy playing in them – the atmosphere, the pressure and the intensity of it is brilliant. I’ve played in quite a few and I don’t need to get myself up for it – I know what it’s all about.”

So we can rip the form book up – well both teams are on bad runs – Newcastle have lost four of their last five games – and Sunderland haven’t won for 7 league games and have only 3 draws in that run.

Mike Williamson was speaking today at the launch of Newcastle International Airport’s “Give As You Earn” initiative, and it allows staff to donate directly to the charity partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and Sunderland’s Foundation of Light.

It’s great the two rival clubs are able to come together on behalf of charity.

But there will be no charity when the game kicks off a week on Sunday.

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148 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #1

    The blog is a good indication of what’s going on in our fan base!

    …sadly as it is we are not doing much to change it.

    I read some inspiring words the other day about SD Supporter Direct and what they were trying to accomplish. NUST and the supporters trust from both Spurs and Man Utd were supporting their work.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Jesper
    har de MARMITE i Danmark ?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Willo is spot on there like.
    The form book goes right out the window in derbies
    Young Colback is going to get some shit.
    Stay strong Jack stay strong youngun

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah big test for Colback, hope he plays in the middle of the park though, First goal is always huge, of course, but the toon REALLY need to score first in this one. Their confidence will drain and mackem fans thoughts will turn even more to panic about the R word. Problem is the pattern is sometimes to only get our fingers out and start playing after half an hour, if at all

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Jeff…no!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    You are SO lucky Jesper
    It tastes like what you would imagine a cow pat in a field would taste like

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Fong the unclean ones! Fong them I say!!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Jeff…I have lived in your country so I know 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    http://www.supporters-direct.org

    Look for the Football_Manifesto_Supporters_Direct!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Saylor will be good for about 5 games next season and then will injure himself again. Ashley is a fool who doesn’t deserve to own a football club. He won’t do enough in the summer because he is a cheapskate and a micronuts. No plums no glory Mike. And reduced profit as well as we slide down the league table you idiot.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #11

    How the man can call himself an owner is beyond me. He is an absentee owner at best and a fool at worst. If he wants lots of dosh then spend some to take us up the table Mike. It’s not difficult to understand. You have to spend wisely but you do have to spend. You can’t get by with 2 over the hill centre backs and a poor set of strikers Mike. It’s not rocket science.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    If it was rocket science you would explode about 10 feet off the ground Mike.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Harrumph!!!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    G2
    Ashley is a fool who doesn’t deserve to own a football club.
    If I may be permitted to divide your sentence into sub clauses
    The 1st
    Ashley is a fool.
    Patently wrong , he is anything but a fool.

    The 2nd
    who doesn’t deserve to own a football club.
    Who does ?
    Suggest a viable or acceptable owner please

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Super fit?

    I’d be happy with just fit

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  • scout

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Get Jimmy Nail in to do team talk ahead of the derby

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #17

    scout
    Get Jimmy Nail in to do team talk ahead of the derby
    Only Colback and Sami would understand him !

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Excellent post @13 Jeff. The owner is a fool. In terms of his leadership ability, and judgment of good football management (Wise, Kinnear, Charnley etc.) he is a fool. I don’t care what kind of businessman he is. He doesn’t deserve to own a football club. I am not an expert on who does but I certainly recognize a man who doesn’t when I see one.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Mike Ashley is in the same mould as the Oystons of Blackpool or the Venkys, he’s obviously not an idiot in a business sense, I don’t know what the word is for someone who would rather be loathed than loved.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #20

    The name for someone who would rather be loathed is Mike Ashley Jail mate. If you look in the dictionary for the word loathsome you see a picture of Mike.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #21

    masochist

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Interesting that Janmaat has as many assists (6) as Hazard. Shows his quality in a weak team (Janmaat that is). He has guts as well. A very good player. Hope he stays with us but with Mike in charge who knows?

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  • Dingo†®

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #23

    a little off topic but is it just me or do others see a blossoming understanding on the pitch between Cabella and Raylor?

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Scout

    I’ve got it! Never mind Jimmy Nail doing the team talk – how about playing him at Centre Half? We are short, and well, he’s a local lad! And obviously that is important.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Yes I see it as well Dingo mate. A pity Raylor is getting on a bit and has had serious injuries. His set pieces have improved us enormously as well. It’s shocking how poor many of our players are at crossing and corners.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #26

    If you take Janmaat, Sissoko, and Cisse out of the side we would have collapsed this season. The 5 game winning streak in the first half was more than half of our wins to date! It’s rididulous. Any owner who can’t see how poor his club is and do something about it is not a fit and proper owner. Two wins in our last 10. Nine wins total. A goal difference of -15. Shockingly poor. Nothing done about it in January either.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m pleased I asked that question
    I now see that the people known as the neggers are suffering from a basic misconception.
    It was JfA referring to the horrible people who own Blackpool that pinned it for me.
    To compare Ashley to a convicted rapist and wheeler dealer of the worst sort is laughable and probably actionable.
    You silly man

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #28

    One of the hardest things to take for me was having Crystal Palace pass us in the table. Another one would be another loss to Sunderland.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Steady Jeff. You’re back to being a WUM again son. You can do better than that.

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  • scout

    Mar 25, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Classic Jeff haha

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Based on our goal difference we should probably be sitting 15th right now. That’s pathetic as well. Hopefully many of our sad sack players will be gone in summer. But who will come in? A few under 25’s with no Prem experience? And what decent manager would come to be our head coach then? It’s laughable in a pathetic sort of way.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Steady Jeff steady
    (bangs head on table)

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #33

    If it restores some sense Jeff then by all means.

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  • Dingo†®

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #34

    GT…. it is laughable … Keystone Geordies….. whilst ill be baying for blood against the makems I’m starting to think Alan Pardew will be snickering at MOTD next week.

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  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #35

    I have to speak (or write) as I find and I have to say if you debate with Jeff he has strong opinions but argues his case well. However if you give him stick he gives you it right back – I don’t have a problem with that!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #36

    No doubt you’ve met Jimmy Nail Jeffrey at one of your parties on Penny Lane.

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #37
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Ashley makes a great stooge as well optimate. Curly that is.

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #39

    armchair fan – earlier. I agree with your sentiments. In the real world most of us don’t get involved in email battles. We pick up the phone or meet the party face to face. I personally believe in a free press and a free blog.
    I have the belief that you should play to the strong suits and ignore the negative. Forever in our shadow (FIOS) is an acronym that Arsenal fans frequently use to taunt Spurs fans. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and you should be able to determine whether its spiteful ness or constructive criticism.
    This blog can be a nasty place for grievances and there will always be some people prepared to dislike you because they’re driven by emotion and will attack you for their own reasons of insecurity.
    I have discussed in the past – blog content with Dr Harrison and we did agree that you should not ignore criticism as long as it’s educated and adds something to the discussion. It might be wasted on some but you can always take the view that we’re all in the playground together.
    Finally, it’s better to amuse than to bore the living daylights out of fellow bloggers with clockwork predictability.

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #40

    G2

    I’d love to see some one poke him in the eyes and kik him in the ass

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