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Massive Support From Newcastle Fans For Vieira – Poll Results

8:49 am, Monday, June 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 140 Comments

We are trying to gauge the support Patrick Vieira has over Steve McClaren with the Newcastle fans – and initial results  – about 2,000 votes are in at the time of writing – is massive support for the 38 year-old Frenchman.

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Patrick Vieira – in with a chance of Newcastle job

There’s one vote per reader, and here’s you chance to vote if you haven’t already done so, as we try to get a full cross-section of the views of Newcastle fans.

Who Do You Want As The New Newcastle Head Coach?

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Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

140 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Previous –
    Olly is right you can’t mess about in the PL but more accurately mike has found out there’s no such thing as coasting, the PL is always moving and will leave you behind unless you keep running, no good putting the pencil arranger and the club bib washer and general handyman in charge you need pros who are up with the modern game.

  • 2 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I voted Vieira like I would for just about anyone but carver or Steve Mac.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    As said earlier (in a long post which most people probably fell asleep reading) Viera is an exciting appointment. Not necessarily because he is the right man, but because he would demonstrate a change in attitude and approach by the club.

    The more I read on his style , the better I feel about his appointment, but for me the major thing is that it is polls apart from the safety first ‘stability’ approach that many fans, myself included, now expect from the club.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    My partner has just had a 20 minute rant at me on how me supporting NUFC has largely ruined our 20 year relationship and is the root cause of all my depression!

    She says if it’ not the procession of appallingly poor managers, it’s the owners and if it’s not the owners it’s the players etc etc. You get the gist..

    In the cold light of day it’s kind of hard to disagree, especially after a weekend when the teams it would be so much easier to follow, ie Arsenal and Barcelona were sublime.

    I think I have now made a pact with her and myself that if Viera or someone of equal standing comes in and is allowed to appoint their own people etc, I will stick with it, as after 45 years supporting them this would signify a significant departure and change of direction.

    If it is McLaren with the same 3rd rate coaching staff I think it is finally all over for me. Not so much because it’s McLaren, as there are worse out there, but because yet again a great opportunity has been missed by the ”football board”’ (whoever they are!)

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Whether you want McClaren, Vieira, Laudrup or anyone else you really have to wonder how on earth Ashley can let Charmless piss about for this long!

    …in the real world ppl get fired for less. This is nothing but incompetence or negligence!

    Charmless Out!

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    RH…family comes first mate! Don’t east your senior years on some club that doesn’t care about us!

  • 7 tequilamag // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    RH pointless getting wound up about something you can`t effect mate. Not a criticism I extend far too much time and energy on the train wreck that is Newcastle myself.
    Do something nice for your partner, in reality that is more important

  • 8 Pokat // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    This could of course be one of those polls about people who will never come within 50 miles of the place of course lol.

  • 9 shaun__ // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Of course these are the results, would rather unproven versus proven failure! But put a survey that includes klopp, de boer, garde etc that would be more interesting

  • 10 jane // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    hopefully it will be none of the ones being discussed at the moment and they get the right person eventually 😐

  • 11 custurd // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Derby only took seven days to officially appoint Real Madrid’s Paul Clement as their new head coach. That’s the same Derby that got rid of Steve McClaren for being rubbish. And the same McClaren that Charnley has been stalking for five months for the still-vacant NUFC job. Just sayin’.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Thanks Jesper and Tequila, you’re absolutely right of course.

  • 13 nut meg // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    I’ve just voted for PV Iwas undecided but have been warming to the idea more & more since last night.
    What you said yesterday about PV maybe needing someone to help him such as SM. That thought crossed my mind also but I dismissed it out of hand as I thought SM is too young to quit coaching to move upstairs. Then a couple of posters later on mentioned he has been sack from about 6 jobs out of 7, I haven’t checked it so maybe they’re wrong. Anyway I started wondering, maybe he’s had enough on the front line, maybe the pressure has taken it’s toll on him & he may be open to the idea of DOF. We badly need more football people as we are so short football experience upstairs. The cost will be the decider though,as we all know.

  • 14 toon22 // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    The hold up as usual will be MA
    He cant decide if he should twist or stick.

    Rangers getting beaten has made it a hard choice for him.

    The club and the team etc dont really come into it.

  • 15 lesh // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Whether Viera or whoever comes in or not depends on the Club selling itself to the applicant.

    The likes of Viera, Laudrup et al are not exactly champing at the bit to join us and it ain’t a case of Charnley interviewing the candidates, it’s the candidates interviewing the Club to assess whether they wish to jump on the bus.

    As far as Newcastle United’s concerned, we are not in a position to pick and choose – we’re hardly among the Citehs, Chelseas or Man United types of clubs – we’re perceived as a shambles!

    This is an opportunity for Ashley to begin a project to change that perception and the best way to kick-start that is to get rid of Carver appoint a credible football MD in over Charnley and let him get on with acting as Club Secretary – doing the admin and leg-work.

  • 16 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I also see this a massive opportunity that could be missed if we play it safe.The way I see it the worst that can happen is relegation but with maclaren that’s not out the question either and it’s certainly on the cards with carver.
    We may get a rough first season under Vieira also but it would at least show we are trying something new .
    And if it comes off then we are all F@@king geniuses
    Dont know about anyone else here but I’m tired of the safe pair of hands.
    Honestly the trophies can wait ( what’s another year anyway?)
    I just simply want enjoy watching us again ,remember that?
    And as long as we are moving in the right direction then we at least progressing.
    We all wanted Garde (self included but there is no guarantee with him either, at least vieira knows the prem like the back of his hand.
    Or we can take maclaren then watch from a far at what we had the chance of but bottled it.
    It’s like seeing charlize theron in your local and dropping 12 Heinekens to get the courage up to give her a nudge only to find you missed your chance and she wanders off out of site with some complete bellend )or goes to manage Sunderland take your pic) and your left thinking woulda, shoulda ,coulda
    Be bold charlady …

  • 17 toon22 // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    We are short of people every where right from the board room down.
    The reason being fatso is thinking of selling,the accountants knew this so they left.

    Have you ever seen a football club with as few employees?
    Is there another prem or even first division club with fewer players on the books?
    These are things you do to make the books look good for a sale.

  • 18 tequilamag // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    RH and apologies for maybe increasing your stress levels on the subject in the past. I have a terrible take the p*ss sense of humour but it is never out of malice. Sometimes we forget it is an actual person with real feelings on the receiving end.

  • 19 WLtoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Its easy for fans to put the blame onto Charnley about dragging his heals in appointing a new HC.
    How do we know he has,nt approached Viera,Moyes or anybody else for that matter.
    Ashley has said he has nothing to do with appointing a coach, but at the end of the day if Viera wants,say 540k a wk, its not Charnley who will bank roll the contract, its Ashley.
    Ashley wants value for money,the best pound for pound deal he can get where players are concerned, and i think he will have exactly the same outlook when a coach is appointed.
    Charnley is just a scapegoat for Ashley.
    Derby have just got Paul Clement as their coach, ok so he has,nt been tried in this country yet but i bet alor of fans would of prefered him to Maclaren.
    How do we know Charnley did,nt try to bring him to our club? We will niver know bcos he,s there to take the flack instead of Ashley,just like Kinnear was.

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Ashley claims he does not take a hand in appointing a head coach, but he is misleading people (again).

    He should put a qualified and knowledgeable person in place in order to have the best chance of a quality manager. He is quite happy to have a non-football man make those decisions, therefore he is quite happy for any old outcome to manifest itself.

    Ashley out.

  • 21 optimistic prime // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Breaking news

    Dog from britains got talent enters NUFC managerial race

  • 22 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    I’ve noticed that no one has yet said that Vieira may only be playing Newcastle so as to get a better contract at City.

    If we do get him I expect it will only be a stepping stone to replacing Wenger. This must be his ambition.

  • 23 theartfuldodger // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    In summary, from point of view of many fans:

    PV = No Yes Man and Change
    McLaren = Yes Man and No Change

  • 24 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Laurent @ 20

    ‘.. misleading people (again)…’

    How do you know, have you spoken to him ?

    Tell me who was the last qualified and knowledgeable person as chairman of Newcastle ?

  • 25 davis_toons // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    “They don’t try to put something in my head. It’s about who I am as a person ” – PV

    Unless Mike could make changes or he will never accept PV.

    I dont want PAST IT Manager to manage us or bleed us on wages. I rather want a new modern manager to implement something new to our game.

    NO MORE TO WILLIAMSON HEADER FROM FREE KICKS…What do we get from that? NOTHING ALL SEASON LONG! Any Changers? NO! from the Coaching Staff. WHY? We Dnt know.

  • 26 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Slank it’s down to him how well his employees are suited to the job. He has the ability to make this club whatever he wants. Actions have spoken louder than words in his previous 8 years. Abysmal appointments.

    You don’t need to speak to him to see that who he employs signifies his intent.

    If you think he doesn’t have ultimate say, then you must be in dreamland, or simply apologetic.

    He is passing the buck to his employee because all he really cares about is his logo on the tv, that’s it.

  • 27 Chris // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Have you ever seen a football club with as few employees?

    How do you know how many employees the club has? Did you check the information shown in the latest audited accounts? No, I didn’t think so. For your information the average monthly number of employees was as follows:

    133 Playing squad, Academy, team management & support
    54 Commercial
    42 Administration
    59 Ground facilities and maintenance
    288 Total

    Since you’re such an expert, perhaps you could tell us which clubs have more than that?

  • 28 BandB // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Slank would hate it if Thatchley wasn’t making the drunken, scrounging Geordies miserable, wouldn’t you Slank?

  • 29 optimistic prime // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM


    I mentioned Viera in a power play with Citeh yesterday. There’s a piece in the Guardian which suggests the same thing.

  • 30 sickandtired // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    NUFC Board of Directors – Ashley, Charnley (Irving now departed).

    ‘Football Board’? No such legal thing and given the lack of anyone else at the Club it can only be – Ashley, Charnley, Carr.

    Quite why anyone expects anything to actually change when those are the people making the decisions is the question you all want to ask yourselves.

    PL Club with 130 million turnover is guided on football decisions by a geriatric scout.

  • 31 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Morning all, apparently Advocaat was offered toon job.

  • 32 Lindisfarne // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Managers employed since the departure of Pardew (21):

    Alan Pardew Crystal Palace 3 January 2015
    Alex Neil Norwich City 9 January 2015
    Guy Luzon Charlton Athletic 13 January 2015
    Dougie Freedman Nottingham Forest 1 February 2015
    Chris Ramsey Queens Park Rangers 3 February 2015
    Justin Edinburgh Gillingham 7 February 2015
    Tim Sherwood Aston Villa 14 February 2015
    Dave Robertson Peterborough United 21 February 2015
    Lee Johnson Barnsley 25 February 2015
    Dean Holden Oldham Athletic 25 February 2015
    Tony Mowbray Coventry City 3 March 2015
    Neil Harris Millwall 10 March 2015
    Ricardo Moniz Notts County 7 April 2015
    Gary Caldwell Wigan Athletic 7 April 2015
    Paul Sturrock Yeovil Town 9 April 2015
    Terry Butcher Newport County 2 May 2015
    Paul Cook Portsmouth 12 May 2015
    Dean Saunders Chesterfield 13 May 2015
    Mark Yates Crawley Town 19 May 2015
    Uwe Rösler Leeds United 20 May 2015
    Vacant Blackpool 21 days
    Vacant Leyton Orient 17 days
    Vacant West Ham United 6 days
    Vacant Sheffield United 5 days
    Paul Clement Derby County
    Vacant Sunderland 3 days
    Vacant Plymouth Argyle 2 days
    Marinus Dijkhuizen Brentford

  • 33 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Laurent @ 26

    You didn’t answer my two questions but it’s your right not too I understand that.

    Ashley probably like almost all owners of Premiership clubs employ people to run their clubs. Owners manage the commercial enterprises that have generated the wealth for them that has enabled them to buy football clubs in the first place.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:48 AM


    No hard feelings.

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:48 AM


    For one club that has had it’s tactics on the pitch ridiculed more than anyone over the past couple of years or so, they sure as hell come in for none off the pitch.

    Aye, our beloved Newcastle United with the case of the ‘let’s get this appointment right but keep changing the shortlist to suit’ story.

    With nigh on six months since the well documented last official puppet in charge left for pastures new, there’s news today that another league club has had a a departure, search for a new man and an appointment. Derby are that club.

    That makes it around 30 clubs that have done it in the time we’ve been combing the land or as we like to call it. Using stalling tactics.

    For that reason and if the expected appointment of Steve McClaren bears fruition, the evidence that the club needs not to speak again as the lies and deceit stand tall.

    We know the club wants someone willing to put their name to propaganda tecniques as the departure of Alan Pardew has left them high and dry in that department and the longer this goes on, the more proof there is this corrupt business needs forced out.

    All we need in this next week is for Patrick Vieira to state he has no interest in the position here and why would he when he wouldn’t be able to do it properly without interference

    With the season ticket deadline approaching on 10th June, expect more of the same tactics.

  • 36 hibbit // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    chris ……..ground and maintenance we only 18 ground 14 maintenance but we do use a lot of contractors the other departments no idea

  • 37 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    optimistic prime @ 29

    Many thanks for that. It’s a ploy more frequently used by agents to secure a better contract for their footballing clients.

  • 38 Bambams // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    We would once again become the laughing stock if we approach McLaren after he has already turned us down twice !
    That should be enough for Charnley to delete his number from the Newcastle United pay as you go mobile !

  • 39 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    @Slank – to be fair Remi Garde would be using us as the ultimate stepping stone to replacing Arsene Wenger.
    We as a club have a choice of 2 times of manager.

    The up and coming manager yet to forge a reputation who will leave us if successful the moment top 6 job opens
    The hasbeen or never will be that comes and stays for years as we’re the best job he’s ever ever going to be offered.
    Credit to Pardew who made the rare jump from category 2 into catergory 1

  • 40 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    @ToonfromLeeds – I remember saying on here that Advocaat was approached for the Newcastle job! It was pretty well reported in Holland not sure why the news didn’t hit national gossip! Think it got overshadowed by talk of Remi Garde and such.
    Pretty sure they also offered the job to Bert Van Marwiijk (also reported in Holland) AND to Remy Garde but only for 6 months to each which is why both declined. Not sure why Advocaat said no…

  • 41 lesh // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:58 AM


    Yes, we don’t know whether or not Charnley’s approached anyone before now.

    But, let’s not forget that he is the man who said he’d done due diligence on a number of candidates and when Carver was given the HC role, said he’d done enough to pick up where he’d left off in the summer – if necessary.

    Now this is the man who’s been made MD over and his above his Secretary role when Llambias left.

    This us the man who stood by and watched Carver struggle, clearly out of his depth.

    In the meantime, he probably hasn’t kept in touch with any of the group whom he’d put on hold.

    He’s also the one whose clear lack of understanding of the game has not been able to persuade Ashley to drop this daft notion of selling players if the price is right and presenting the manager/ HC with a fait-accompli!

    He’s doing too much and the Club is under-resourced at all levels so it’s reasonable to assume that he’s lost touch with the January group and he’s had to start from scratch – trying to attract credible candidates to a club that is perceived as money driven without a hint of ambition.

    So, it’s likely we’re way off the pace in recruiting a credible HC.

    Sorry, but I still believe this debacle is down to a very weak Charnley who can’t present and win robust arguments with Ashley.

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Vieira is on a 4 man shortlist according to BBC

  • 43 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Must take more notice of you Jayphoto

  • 44 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Slank, my answer is in the statement I made. He can employ the calibre of people he wishes. He can dictate where this club will end up. Keeping Pardew, and keeping Carver is nothing short of criminal, and speaks volumes for any ‘intent’ which he has. His intent is for his logo, and money accumulation.

    As for questioning whether he’s misleading people… I can’t believe that would actually be put forward. I suggest some smelling salts as a remedy.

    Ashley out.

  • 45 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Lindisfarne @ 32

    That’s a very interesting list.

    However, there are only two Premiership clubs (QPR and Villa) if you ignore Palace whereas their are three Premiership clubs (West Ham, the unwashed and ourselves).

    I know it’s a ‘what if’ but if Hull had won on the last day Villa would have relegated along with QPR which would lead to speculation that changing their managers wasn’t such a good idea. But it’s only speculation and Villa will live another day but I suspect not for long. They have flirted with relegation over the recent years more than us and I expect them to be one of the favourites to do it again next season.

  • 46 lesh // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:02 AM


    Advocaat turned us down because they offered a salary paid in Dutch Guilders!

    Think about it…..


  • 47 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    According to BBC the list compiles of
    1) Vieira
    3) Garde
    4) ?

  • 48 Slank // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Leeds @ 47

    My money is on ?

  • 49 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM


  • 50 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Got to love Newcastle united! Talk about a choice of 2 doors, one to heaven and one to hell….
    On one hand Garde or Vieira, progression, intent, reputation, respect
    On the other, McLaren or Carver… clowns. absolute joke.

    NUFC is like a frickin Game show isn’t it

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    I prefer the odds on ‘!’

  • 52 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Asked ‘Would you rather have John Carver, Steve McLaren, or a bloke who has never managed in his life?’ and 97% of us voted for Viera. Not exactly inspiring options, are they? Rather take a leap in the dark than the calibre of manager we’re linked with under Mashley’s New Dawn.
    Its just like that TV programme said – the sign says its a Closing Down Sale but the prices are exactly the same.

  • 53 Lindisfarne // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM


    I preferred to count the 8 appointments by both PL and Champions League clubs as we arguably were managed by that caliber of coach. The list does not include the appointment of Advocate at s’land.

    There is no right or wrong time frame but to still be having preliminary talks with possible candidates after six months is floundering of the highest order. With the probability of returning to the candidate that has turned us down twice already and does nothing to inspire.

  • 54 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Just read an article on stats and only Aguero had a better chance conversion rate that Papiss Cisse. Now we know when we played attacking football under Pardew that 3 months he netted nigh on a goal a game. Just wonder what his goal tally would be in an attacking team with support? I think he’s nailed on to leave with 1 year remaining but he might be actually worth more in goals over the season when he gets fully fit than he is in transfer fee now?
    Also if he’s got any sense he’ll dig his heels in and stay a year, he’ll get a huge contract elsewhere if hes a free transfer

  • 55 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Surprised people haven’t learnt from the Shearer episode, another player we thought would get massive respect from the players who ultimately didn’t get the new manager lift we expected.
    McClaren certainly isn’t me choice and other than a league cup ( think Wigan, Brum etc) and a title in the dutch league has failed everywhere else he’s been ( 6 jobs in 7 years)
    What a choice !!!!!

  • 56 mindshaft // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    I guess if Ed added a decent manager in there neither McClaren nor Viera would get any votes, it’s like asking if you would like aids or herpes

  • 57 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    You do realise that there is still a four man list! the “comical” has not got it right again! Guess work and sumisation. Remi Garde is still in the frame thereby can you please do the poll involving all those participating and see where consensus lies:

    Remi Garde
    Steve McClaren
    John Carver
    Patrick Viera

  • 58 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Can only really take Vieira on the way he played as a player and how he’s conducted himself since retiring.
    Heres what I know about him. (oddly most don’t apply to Carver or Pardew…)
    As a player he played with fight and heart!
    He was one of the best central midfielders of his generation. Is a winner.
    He played under Capello, Mourinho and Wenger.
    He speaks fluent French, Italian and English.
    Commands huge respect worldwide. Is most current centre midfielders idol as they were growing up.
    Has worked hard getting the appropriate badges for coaching. Started with developing Man City in the community which suggests he values the bond between club and community? Then worked hard with Cities u21 side. Hard to judge him on results as most of their players leave on loans. He set up his teams to play out from the back, on the floor and preached ball retention but passing forwards with purpose rather than backwards.
    Since he retired he’s acted with absolute decorum. Came across well in the show with Roy Keane and as a pundit.
    Apparantly has one of the biggest contact lists in Europe as a result of constant networking and ambassadorial work with Man City. Unlike Kinnear he probably can pick up the phone to most managers.

  • 59 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    If Vieira is appointed, I hope he moulds Sissoko in his image. One key attribute he had as a player that I’m not sure you can instil in a person though, is fight. To me, Sissoko has always looked best as a deep lying midfielder when he surges out from the back, doesn’t have the finesse to play as an AM and gets crowded out before he can build up a head of steam, he’s useful on the RW at times, but it’s a waste of his skill-set.

    Hahaha – I love it when people mention Shearer in relation to Vieira’s potential appointment. Shearer was thrown in at the tail end of a season, tasked with catching a grand piano already in freefall. Should never have took the job, but he did out of love for the club, probably putting him off management for life. The two scenarios are incomparable.

  • 60 jane // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    how can we really know what is going on and not going on. my guess is there is a team of staff working on it with meetings and more meetings and agents talking to agents and agent talking to agents talking to agents.

  • 61 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Jay, nice little write-up on PV @58.

  • 62 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Not promoting Vieira, he’s a risk. But he is well respected. We’ve had Carver for 6 months ffs!
    Will also say, from that French World cup winning team, some good managers and coaches have emerged! Deschamps and Blanc are highly respected managers. Zidane is apparantly turning heads at Madrid and is expected to be their manager in a few years.
    I know top players in the past have failed to make top managers but Vieira is a very different character to maradona…

  • 63 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Once Charnley drags his lardy arse and makes a decision on a manager, his next job should be to find a new conditioning coach. Our club’s injury record is appalling – top (or bottom?) of a list and almost double the number of days lost than the next worst club. Is it pure coincidence that champions Chelsea were at the opposite end of the same table?
    2 years ago Faye Downey arrived with a fanfare and left in silence – presumably another cost-cutting exercise by our glorious leader – to be replaced by some other last year. They have to get to the bottom of this as its been going on for years now and shows no sign of improvement.
    It would be typical of us to keep Tiote and Cisse throughout an ANC year – both of them injured while on international duty – and then to flog the pair of them when the calendar is clear. That seems to be the collective wisdom on the geniuses in charge at SJP. I don’t6 so much mind the corruption and self-interest, its the sheer bloody incompetence I really can’t stand anymore.

  • 64 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    does my absolute head in when people mention Shearers time as a manager here! He had 8 games with a toxic squad with a losing mentality! Half the players he had knew they were leaving regardless and their attitudes were shocking!
    No shock Geremi, duff, viduka, bassong,xisco, butt, cacapa had no careers after of note and coloccini and enrique had mares that season tho perforned in years afterwards.
    8 games at the end of a season is no time for a manage to change a toxic team

  • 65 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    PV is a big risk but presents as much an opportunity as a threat.

    Carver just represents a threat.

    McClaren represents a fairy safe pair of hands but has always underachieved and imo is unlikely to break the mould or existing set-up. He would be an under-whelming appointment.

    Garde, proven track record with Lyon. Managed very well under a frugal environment. Won the French domestic cup, I believe. Well respected, plays attacking football and technically well structured defensively. Had Lyon consistently in top 5 under differing regime from before.

  • 66 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    All very impressive but has he worked with sir bobby Robson .? 🙂

  • 67 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:55 AM


    It’s just lazy thinking, or the absence of thinking altogether. They hear it, it sounds like a clever point, they parrot it. Input, output, nothing in between.

  • 68 magpie6699 // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    mindshaft – Vieira at least has been in a coaching / managerial assistant role. Shearer had been a MOTD pundit? Hardly comparable experience.
    I for one would love to see a gamble on PV. He would certainly be a name to attract players to come to the club and he would have been a role model for people like Sissoko.
    Yes it’s a gamble and gambles can fail – but would we really rather have a “safe pair of hands”? McLaren? Floppy chops?: Mrs Doubtfire?

  • 69 nut meg // Jun 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    He could add some much needed class to our club… god we need it!!

  • 70 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    The thing that edges PV for me is he could be the difference between a player signing for us or a similar sized club in Germany or Italy.
    I might be wrong because I know money was involved etc but if I was say Lacazette or Corentin Tolisso and I had the chance to join Newcastle, Spurs or Liverpool, PV at newcastle puts us in a stronger realm of attraction than john carver at newcastle.
    Same with players like Sissoko leaving… reckon he’d want a season under Vieira and it might have slowed down cabaye and debuchys departures

  • 71 ronjohno // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I was not going to renew my ticket but if Vieria gets job then I certainly will be back-like others though I think he is using us to continue his Man City contract.

  • 72 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Why do we have to only aspire to a manager who can cope with a frugal regime? We are cash rich, run by a 3 x billionaire, 19th wealthiest club in the world, stand in credit with the FFP and have just received another Premiership windfall. The policy of buying players under 26 and developing homegrown talent does not preclude buying top players under 26. If Mashley wants to convince a Sky TV audience he means business and not just empty words to get a hostile crowd off his back, lets see the colour of his intent.

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Do we know for sure that Charmless haven’t left for holidays already? 😉

    I don’t think for one minute he held any real job interviews back in January and he surely hasn’t done so far this summer…

    Speaking of pissing about!

  • 74 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    And same goes for the calibre of manager we should be hunting.

  • 75 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    I wonder if we’ll go in for Morgan Sanson this year? Looks a proper player.
    Wouldn’t be a transfer window if we didn’t have Nicollin slagging of the club afterall

  • 76 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    As for conditioning it’s not like the guy they brought in from Everton last year has changed much on the injury front either.
    Doesn’t help when you had Pardue admitting he was going against advice to play players (Aaron’s).
    The fact nufc play prob less games than anyone else due to cup policy .
    Surely they can see that the whole set up needs an overhaul but this type of appointment would be done with a very good DOF and we have er?
    This will be more vital than ever looking at the high energy pressing , short recovery game that vieira favours apparently.

  • 77 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    I still wake up in the middle of the night laughing at ‘Football Board’…who says Mashley hasn’t a sense of humour – comedy gold.

  • 78 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM


    Yes, his gravitas would be of great benefit. I said the other day, the likes of Andre Ayew would give us consideration with PV in charge, not saying we’d get him because I think he’ll end up at Liverpool if they’re interested, given he was a fan growing up, but he’d increase our chances of attracting better players, particularly from France and those closely associated African nations.

    As for conditioning coaches, we should just poach the USA national team’s 🙂

  • 79 gazzaforever // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Mindshaft mate, if the poll was aids or Carver, aids would still win

  • 80 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Well the 4th isn’t Galtier

  • 81 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Nut meg
    Can just imagine wor Patrick ‘s first day …
    Carver …” How boss I’m off on a GREGGS run. Cheese and onion alright with you.?

  • 82 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    OFD – I think its got even worse under the new bloke. They should have crime scene tape over Benton until they find out what’s going on. You’re right of course about playing players against advice but that’s just a consequence of the penny-pinching threadbare squad. Another consequence is that lads like Armstrong wasting a whole year on the bench as cover when he should be out on loan at a good Championship club. In fairness, Pardew seemed keen on loaning young players out whenever he had the chance. We only have to look at what its done for Vukic.

  • 83 bettyswallocks // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Strong rumours for Laudrup now. The plot thickens!

  • 84 Lindisfarne // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Is the consensus that PV would be a gamble on both parties but if done properly could bring great success?

    The idea being that he would be attracted by the stadium, the fans and a blank canvas in so far as coaching and training. Whilst the club get an inspirational figure head that can push the marketing, attract positive publicity and potentially good experienced players.

    The risks being the board shaft him with their current policy of selling players with limited replacements and making it impossible to establish a team. Or the club having higher costs with no improvement of match performances and an insular coach without the experience to make a difference.

  • 85 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Also interested that Graham Carr has scouted Anderlecht this season. Mainly because of Mitrovic but there is so much youth and potential in their squad. Easily the best side for me outside of the top leagues of eng, ger, france, spain and italy. I count teams like Porto, Ajax, Psv etc and the russian sides in this. Anderlechts youth program is phenomenal! Theres easily 4 or 5 players in their squad that is a mile a head of the player of same position at nufc.
    Dennis Praet, Defour, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Tielemans would strengthen areas of our squad massively!

  • 86 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Wenger works on a frugal basis so I’m not sure I understand your point. Look at Rodgers…… Spending money doesn’t always translate to quality. For instance £34m in the bank account would qualify us for 1world class striker and another 2 players. We all acknowledge that NUFC are well thin. So 5 players out already.,… How many players do you think we need and how much money do you think the “horse” represents? Let’s say £50m with 11 players needed that’s £4.5m per player. That’s still a lot considering how much we got Janmatt for. So how many players and what’s a reasonable budget. Besides this is all irrelevant unless we get a top quality manager/ head coach

  • 87 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    @Riviere Run Dry – Those conditioning coaches go right through the MLS! All players in this league are super fit! Its maybe because they train 75% of the time without a ball as athleticism is seen as most important. (probably why ball playing mexicans and central americans are able to look class tho)
    Interesting to see how Lampard and Gerrard do. The MLS is faster and more physical than the premier league but without the technical ability! The goalkeeping is possibly as bad as Africa! If either think they’re getting easy retirement they’ll be in for a culture shock. Depends on mentalities tho, its a league where Brad Wright-Phillips is a super star and Jermain Defoe was a dud…. Defoe couldn’t handle the workrate, whereas beckham embraced it!

  • 88 sickandtired // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Some more info regarding PV for those who question his ‘experience’:-

  • 89 DisillusionedMagpie // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Actually even if hull had won on the last day, they would have gone down. Villa were safe the week before.

  • 90 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Garde’s odds dropping now

  • 91 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    You’re our horse correspondent. Has there been any strong rumours on the type of horse the tat man is bolting on?

  • 92 stripes1009 // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Just looked up Steve McLarens career on Wikipedia…….do you realise it nearly 10 years since he managed a Premiership team! That’s got to say something.

    Think PV will be more ambitious than Steve McLaren. He is currently working in a TOP premiership set-up and the guy has worked under probably one of the best Premiership managers…..Arsene Wenger !!!! He will know the Asrenal blueprint inside out and no doubt Manchester City’s…..the guy was a leader on the pitch at every team he played for……it’s a no- brainier really…..Get Patrick Viera before another team does!

  • 93 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Let’s hope it is case of PV interviewing NUFC then.
    Maclaren turning us down so publicly along with Garde may be a blessing .
    It may make them actually reevaluate the current business model and maybe be prepared to compromise
    PV could well hold the cars here and if he plays it right can get a few assurances on budgets and transfer policy etc.
    Surely ash can see the benefits of being connected with this whirlwind of optimism sweeping through the fan base and beyond .
    And surely he can now see grabbing the cash in January cost him far more by falling down the league like a stone.
    If only they read this blog….

  • 94 DisillusionedMagpie // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Viera talks have been hugely positive according to twitter. Must be true then!

  • 95 midweek weekend // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    1m1 minute ago
    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce
    News in from our man on Tyneside. Vieira talks have been ‘hugely positive’ and he could well be in pole position for the role #NUFC

    It’s looking good

  • 96 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    It is indeed a no brainer .
    As with all things in the big top @ nufc there lies the problem.

  • 97 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce
    News in from our man on Tyneside. Vieira talks have been ‘hugely positive’ and he could well be in pole position for the role #NUFC

  • 98 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Not since sir bobby have I been so excited about a new manager just hope it’s real

  • 99 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Think Garde rejected Carver as no. 2 and wanted his own staff who were not available until this summer. I don’t think Garde has rejected NUFC otherwise he would have said so. The mirror isn’t a credible source, just sensationalistic headlines to sell papers. Garde is still in the running, if he wasn’t he would have said so. Hence all quiet from Remi.

  • 100 Sav // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Spreadthetoon, if we spend 50 mil net of any sales, I’ll be happily surprised. But every club will be splashing cash this summer, so, to haul ourselves up the table it may take closer to the 60 mil Ollie Bernard is suggesting.
    As for Arsenal, they spent net 65 mil last year and bought Ozil for 42 mil the season before. If that is frugal, bring it on.

  • 101 bettyswallocks // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Just heard a few whispers that The Horse might be Danish. Problem is he doesn’t want to be bolted on too tightly, he prefers a free rein.

  • 102 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    With 50m to spend it’s not impossible to create a very decent side with this money.
    I’d say 10m minimum needs to go on a striker. And 10m on a centreback.
    Say we spend 10m on Charlie Austin, and 10m on Jan Kirchoff or Bendickt Howedes. That hugely strengthens 2 core areas.
    That leaves 30m –
    Ayew on a free, Sandro Ramirez on loan.
    Daley Sinkgraven or Van Ginkel – 6-8m
    Mbaye N’iang – 5m
    Chancel Mbemba – 6-8m
    Gerard Deulofeu – thought to be available for 8m

    For 50m we could easily go into next season with a squad of:
    Krul, Darlow, Elliott
    Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Kirchoff, Lacelles Dummett, Haidara
    Ayew, Cabella, Sissoko, Colback, Sinkgraven, Anita (utility, covers right back), De Jong, Cabella, , Deulofeu
    N’iang (can also play right wing), Austin, Cisse, Perez (can cover wide or #10) Sandro (Can also cover wide or central)
    Thats a decent squad for probably a budget NUFC could easily have

  • 103 WLtoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Lesh @41
    You make some good points and i agree with alot of your views but we are not privy to what is said behind closed doors and like the journalists, we can only assume what has been said.
    The new shortlist of apparently just 4 candidates for the HC job now for example. where did that bull come from.? Has Charnley publicly came out and showed us the list?. of course not.
    You may be right when you say Charnley is,nt the right man for the job but what sort of boss does that make Ashley,when he can sit back and do nothing.
    I think once again he has took a cheap option and gambled staying up and got away with it by the skin of his teeth.
    We wont even compete with Swansea and Southampton in the transfer market. is that Charnleys fault? i think not.
    Ashleys greed is there for all to see and soon it will bite him on his big fat arse.

  • 104 beermonkey // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    could be that players are snubbing us
    due to the way we are seen and run
    maybe players like André Ayew and Aleksandar Mitrovi? have said no when they have enquired as to who our manager is to be

    as some1 pointed out McLaren has not managed in the prem for 10 years
    with the internet its so easy to look up fans opinion and there record

  • 105 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Reason Garde hasn’t said anything is that to even talk to newcastle you have to sign a confidentiality clause. Its been rumoured that the club actually pays a small goodwill gesture of cash to candidates they talk to in turn for them signing said agreement….

  • 106 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    It’s well documented that Arsenal have pretty much already repaid for the Emirates stadium. They had plenty of frugal years under Wenger albeit no where near the same scale as NUFC! We’ve got £34m in the bank + £18m profit this year + £4m for Pards + £7m for Santon & Mbia. So that’s £63m. Then I’d also like Ashley to put his money where his mouth is and put in say £30m ! Of course I’m dreaming but it ain’t half fun!

  • 107 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Hearing it on really good sources that John Carver hid Charnley’s short list behind the sofa before he went on holiday.

    Also, hearing Carver went into Charnleys phone and changed Laudrup and Garde’s number to his own. Lee keeps trying to call them but John just answers the call each time saying ‘gis a job lee, go on mate, am a geordie and a knew sir Bob….

  • 108 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Nikola Maksimovic is another player we should have looked at.
    Serbian Centrehalf. Him and Mitrovic would be like bouncers if we signed them.

  • 109 JackButler // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock.

    Gonna start a rendition of “Why are we waiting” before long

  • 110 nut meg // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    The talks are planned for tomorrow so forget about twitter !!

  • 111 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    You would have thought with Garde he would have insisted that carver n co make way for his team .
    And after the second half of the season surely ash and charnley would have agreed carver needs to go .
    So then why isn’t Garde back in the mix?
    Something not adding up .. Mt guess was RG said what he wanted and rightly wanted his own team and wasn’t going to budge.
    He has kept a dignified silence since ,prob at the request of nufc. ,so maybe they told him they’d consider his proposal.
    Any incoming coach who comes in with carver in place is on a hiding to nothing.
    Maybe they offered Garde DOF ?.
    In turn he agreed and told them to get PV in as head coach .. The arsenal connection and all that ok dream over even bishop wouldn’t even dream that one up.

  • 112 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Praet, Najar, Defour and Tielemans are good players that could be good buys depending on price. Mitrovic is overvalued and not as all round as I would hope. And Mbemba is an alternative but I prefer us go for taller guys for CB:s.

  • 113 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Any chance of setting us up for a meeting! I’m a bit hard up and am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement no questions asked 🙂

    Seriously why does it take NUFC so long to make a decision! If the saying goes that all good things comes to those who wait, I can only hope and prey for a miracle!

  • 114 lesh // Jun 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM


    Very apt that the ‘horse’ might be Danish.

    So they’re possibly buying a Danish horse to sell the meat as bacon?

    To quote Francis Bacon: “the serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself”


    You are correct that we don’t know what’s said behind closed doors. However and given clear incompetence over recent years, we can only speculate that it remains as there’s been no introduction of fresh ideas or faces in the upper echelons of the Club to bring professionalism into its direction.

  • 115 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I think Carver and stone etc retention as coaches depends on what kind of manager comes in.
    A training ground tracksuit wearing type manager that oversee’s all of training sort of makes Carver and stone relegated to cone placers as they will be working under complete orders. In that respect its thought that Carver is a very good coach and is the reason Sir Bob employed him. No idea about stone, i don’t even know what he does…
    The problem will be if they take on a Ferguson style manager that leaves training to the coaches but highly doubt that will happen.

  • 116 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    @sazzer – yeah Mitrovic price is intriguing. I think it doubled because of his performance in champions league although I think Fellaini and Lukaku cost 16m from this league and Benteke close to 10m. Heard mitrovic attitude is questionable?
    Tielemans is a serious player. I’m shocked Chelsea haven’t snatched him up like they did de bruyne and Lukaku

  • 117 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Like Nikola Maksimovic, Virgil Van Dijk and Niklas Sule.

  • 118 Spreadthetoon // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    NUFC always keep us guessing and they work in an almost clandestine manner. My gut tells me that there’s something in this….just a feeling.

    WOW Garde & Viera would be a real signal of intent, yeah didn’t see that as a possibility!

  • 119 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    not heard of Sule! Wheres he from?
    Definately need a bit of height on the pitch!Think we need 3 6″2 minimum height players

  • 120 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I wonder if Jan Kirchoff is available? His loan is up at Schalke and can’t see him breaking the Bayern side with Benatia and Martinez…

  • 121 one fine day // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Just a day dream
    I think if we did get GARDE /vieira I may even think of forgiving ash for the eight years of sh@te we have endured.
    Then again maybe not
    But if was serious about champions league in his heavily scripted interview then he could do far worse.

  • 122 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Lukaku and Bruyne worked out economically for Chelsea but perhaps the new kids from Anderlecht have learned to be more patient because of them. Also size might be the issue both Tielemans and Praet have been late in that department.

  • 123 Wayayman // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Will Charnley cock this up after all, and appoint an old-school English manager after all? He really should know better, but i have a feeling he doesn’t. For all his faluts (too many to name) Ashley needs someone with either a football brain or a sports buiness brain running the club. Sam Rush at Derby has shown time and time again some excellent -and very brave- choices. The first thing he did was sack Nigel Clough who was idolised there because of his obvious connection with the club. He appointed McLaren to get them to a higher level which he did, and they almost got promoted in both of the last 2 seasons. He’s also shown that he is no mug and realised that McLaren has taken them as far as he could, and as soon as they looked unlikely to get into the play-off places he set about thinking his next steps -not least because he thought his manager might just ship -to us- as soon as he could.
    Now look at who Derby have, and I shudder to think we might end up with their cast-offs.

    Also, who on earth tries to persuade a manager to take a job that he’s already turned down not once but twice? The last step is to slip a rohypnol into Shteve’s drink and get him to sign that way.

  • 124 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    been amazed by De Bruyne this season. Really didn’t realise just how good he was. For me, he is the best player in Germany currently, including any of the Bayern stars.
    Amazing to think what the Belgian national side could be with the right manager! Apparantly Advocaat is taking that job. For such a small nation to produce a pool of players like they have is incredible

  • 125 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Sule is next very big thing coming out of Germany and still of the radar of most people.

  • 126 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Derby actually played cracking stuff under McLaren up until february! Best football of any team in any division.
    Really no clue what happened to them. Very Young side got tired maybe? Very small squad too! The talent was all in the starting 11 with very poor players covering the decent ones.
    I want Vieira to be honest, its an exciting appointment that suggests a change of mentality and direction.
    Not really a Laudrup fan, i’d expect Laudrup, McLaren and Garde to all perform similarly. Garde is a worry because if he thought lyon was stressful…..

  • 127 Barton // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Wont be PV,would like to see it,but jst car’nt,they want somebody who will sell there propaganda,the truth prob is they are having trouble finding a big enough mug to do it,thats wats taking so long,i can see us starting pre-season with Charver still in charge.

  • 128 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Just had a guy around wearing a NUFC jacket. He’s particularly interested in one of my Exmoors.

  • 129 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    @Sazzer – cheers. To be honest the bundesliga is a great source for centrebacks! The lad Stoke signed (despite being the slowest player i’ve ever seen) looks great, really went under the radar too!
    Huth at Leicester was just inspired after january. No coincidence their winning streak came with signing him. Leader and a warrior and played out of his skin for them!
    Mertesacker at Arsenal too, slow as a post but Arsenal really don’t concede many (though Koscielney the best CB in the league so probably helps that)

  • 130 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I’d take Vieira or Garde

  • 131 belgrade fan // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:31 PM


    It is Serb not Serbian. Serbians are people who live in one part of Serbia. We don’t rate Maksimovic here

  • 132 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Belgrade fan
    It’s a Sub on Tyneside but a Serb in Ashington.

  • 133 jayphoto // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    @Belgrade – really? Sorry mate didn’t realise there was a difference!
    Howcome you don’t rate him?

  • 134 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    And Bayern is one of the teams that have a lot of hidden talent in their squad and striking up a partnership with them would allow us to bring in some of the most talented players in Germany.

    Jan Kirchhoff is good example of player they probably could let go with a buyback clause.

  • 135 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Are we talking about Danish Horse bacon? 😉

    …not a fan. They tried to put horse in our mince meat s few years back…cheeky bastards!

    Laudrup? A huge fan, but wouldn’t want him to come here. Never mix things you like too much…will end badly for one 🙂

  • 136 belgrade fan // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM


    we don’t rate Mitrovic too. People don’t believe here somebody will offer 15m for him. Overrated player. Austin is much much better.
    Don’t worry about Serb-Serbian people never know the difference. But if we buy Mitrovic and Maks you will need to know :))

  • 137 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Bad news from BBC
    “Caretaker manager John Carver, previously Pardew’s assistant, is expected to be retained by the club in some capacity.”

  • 138 Jail for Ashley // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Very good. You are a turtle disaster !

  • 139 Sazzer // Jun 1, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    We were linked with Wollscheid that went to Stoke.

    Rudiger is another guy that we have been linked that I would like to get.

    Not CB but Jonas Hector recently got called up for German national team.

    And Badstuber might be become available depending on what Bayern do this summer.

  • 140 BrightonMag // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Chris @ 27

    West Ham – 609
    Man City – 314
    Arsenal – 539

    However, there are plenty with less….Everton, Southampton, Swansea, Leicester (133!)

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