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Newcastle To Play In Milwaukee, Sacramento And Portland

6:42 pm, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 288 Comments

Newcastle United have today confirmed three game in a US Tour that takes them to Milwaukee in the far north of the country on Lake Michigan and then west to Sacramento, the capital of California,  and then north on the west coast up to Portland in Oregon.

Here is map showing the three places Newcastle will visit  – I’m hoping it will come through.

Here’s what the club have just announced about the summer tour on their web-site.


Newcastle United have confirmed three friendly fixtures in the United States in July as part of the club’s 2015/16 pre-season program.

The Magpies will face three clubs in three US cities during the transatlantic tour, with fixtures against Mexican and American opposition in Milwaukee, Sacramento and Portland.

United will first face Mexican side Club Atlas in Milwaukee on Tuesday, 14th July (kick-off 8pm local time), with the game taking place at Miller Park – the 41,900-capacity home of Major League Baseball franchise the Milwaukee Brewers.

Club Atlas finished third overall in the Mexican top flight in 2014/15, narrowly missing out on the CONCACAF Champions League but securing a place in the prestigious Copa Libertadores.

Newcastle’s second fixture will see the Magpies in California to face United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic FC; the game taking place at Republic FC’s Bonney Field stadium on Saturday, 18th July (kick-off 8pm local time).

An MLS-affiliated franchise, Sacramento Republic are coached by former Everton and Portsmouth winger Predrag Radosavljevic.

United will wrap up their US preparations against Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Tuesday, 21st July (kick-off 7.30pm local time, subject to change).

The Timbers currently sit sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings, two points behind fifth-placed LA Galaxy.

Lee Charnley, Managing Director at Newcastle United, said:

“We are delighted to have secured these three matches in the US as part of our pre-season schedule. This trip will play a key part in getting the team’s fitness and preparation absolutely right ahead of the new season.”

“It will also enable us to build on last year’s successful tour of New Zealand; helping us develop and strengthen the Newcastle United brand internationally and reach new audiences as we seek to increase our global fan base.”

“The US is a key territory for the Premier League and the huge increase in the numbers of US viewers watching Premier League games over the last couple of seasons mean this is a perfect time for us to head across the Atlantic.”

“We also know we have a number of strong and enthusiastic fan groups based in the States and we look forward to engaging with as many of them as possible them during this tour.”

As well as games in the United States, the Magpies will play a number of domestic pre-season fixtures which will be confirmed shortly.

Ticket information for all pre-season fixtures will be confirmed on in due course.

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season gets underway on the weekend of 8th-9th August 2015, with a full fixture list set to be announced on Wednesday, 17th June.


And news just coming through is the FBI seem to have been somewhat effective in their probe into FIFA –  Sepp Blatter hasjust resigned.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Tour

288 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Well it will be a good excuse when we loose our first half dozen games this coming season – jetlag, too hot, too many miles we travelled

  • 2 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Yeah, it’s fantastic we can throw together some friendly matches after having to cancel them all because we were battling relegation.

    For crying out loud, Penfold, do your bloody job.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    It’s possibly akin to saying I prefer standing in cat turd than rather than dog turd but I actually prefer welshgeordie9 to toonbotherer.

  • 4 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    If We get Mclaren Ashley should be knighted
    On the spot!

  • 5 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    BBC web site two hours ago…..Viera clearly was never in the running and was never interviewed so Lies Lies Lies all the way …Chanley isn’t fit to sweep the floor yet alone run the club.

    Patrick Vieira is out of the running to become the new head coach of Newcastle United with ex-England manager Steve McClaren favourite to get the job.
    Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Vieira, 38, City’s under-21 manager, had been considered as a replacement for John Carver.
    But both parties opted not to pursue a possible deal following differences over recruitment and transfer policy.
    McClaren is tipped to take over after being sacked by Derby last month.
    Carver had also wanted to take the job on a permanent basis after acting as caretaker since Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace in January.
    The 50-year-old, who guided Newcastle to Premier League safety on the final day of the season when a 2-0 win over West Ham gave them a first win in 11 games, is expected to stay on the coaching staff at St James’ Park.

  • 6 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    still not convinced Mc is daft enough to take this job he must no the fans don’t want him and about the club and its owner one thing that no one has brought up he is a friend of KK and often played golf at wynyard so he must have the inside track there

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Nice for the club to want to engage with the fan groups in the US because they certainly don’t engage with fan groups over here.

    Also not keen on this FBI probe into FIFA, money went through American banks so they presume it’s their right to once again police the world….typical.

    Good that Blatter is gone though, can’t do any harm. Need to stop the world cup in Qatar now, not bothered about the alleged bribes but we certainly shouldn’t award a country a world cup where workers are dying due to poor health and safety and terrible conditions….football isn’t worth it.

    I urge all people to join in writing to the FA, Prime Minister and Local MP’s to encourage England to lead a boycott of that world cup.

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Good luck marketing a team that did not win a game in nine matches, has not replaced its manager since January and has perhaps the worst relationship with its Supporters in the whole PL.

  • 9 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Great work charmless great work.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    At the current rate it is alleged the world cup stadium/infrastructure building out there will cost 2000 lives.

  • 11 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Brilliant, the balls between the holes.

  • 12 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Only daft fans would prefer a hotheaded neophyte like viera over a proven league winner like stevie mac
    Thankfully Charlnley and ashley knew better

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    On the manager front…I’m not keen on Mcclaren but he isn’t too bad. Very mixed record in his time, has won a few things and has a lot of experience around Europe too.

    Would prefer us to go for a more exciting manager, somebody who will try to get us playing a good brand of football with passion but as far as middle of the road managers go he is probably one of the better options with a better style than the likes of allerdyce or pulis.

  • 14 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Transfer sage I have a hunch when the rest of Blatters pals bite the dust the Qatar world cup will be biting the dust too.

  • 15 dazzler // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM


    Serious question. What has McClaren done in his career to earn such a high reputation in your mind?

  • 16 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Won the Dutch League
    Next Question!

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    199Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    It’s possibly akin to saying I prefer standing in cat turd than rather than dog turd but I actually prefer welshgeordie9 to toonbotherer.

    Thanks for the compliment, wow two 2 in 2 days from jail and BandB, see if i can get another 2 from average and tuff, now now welshie you are pushing it there.

    Ha ha ha

  • 18 Pokat // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Oh I see. Carver guided us to safety then. So that’s what that was.

    Well isn’t this pre season a nice little marketing jolly for Sportsy D and the Fat Girls? Meh Meh and thrice MEH!

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM


    Hopefully….it shouldn’t be ever going to a country with such appalling human rights records to begin with though. It’s terrible how they treat their migrant workers.

  • 20 geordie157 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Still think we’ll end up with garde. With the US the fan base and attendences for soccer are certainly growing but why couldn’t we have got games like Philadelphia, DC and New York. Or is the point that those cities have strong support for arsenal, Chelsea and man utd so we’ll avoid those.

    We need a football person on board, ie hoddle. I’d even take a chance on him over McLaren.

  • 21 mickalfas // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Good for Ashley,no doubt they’ll have to have portable shite direct billboards plastered all over the USA as part of the contract
    Roll on his next billion
    Makes me want to vomit

  • 22 John Tudor // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    nothing to see here
    move along now

  • 23 geordie157 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    It was Gutierrez who helped guide us to safety, only to receive a phone call referred to him by taylor to say thanks but you are out of here! Such a great image everyone has of our club now.

  • 24 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Stevie Mac will surpass Sir Bobby at NUFC
    Mark my words

  • 25 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    How about Di Matteo? He have won Champions League.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Sacramento Republic FC? Ahahahahahahahahahaha. What the h*ll? What a waste of time. The attendance for the game will be the parents of the Sacramento players at best.

  • 27 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Gutierez is a hero for beating cancer but to say he guided us to saftey is a crock of S**T

    He was a rubbish player for us most of the time he was here
    I remember most on this blog cursing pardew out for playing him so often

    Cant wait to Mclaren in the dug out

  • 28 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Dimatteo was lucky. Hence his failure to achieve anything of note ever since

    Mclaren also guided Boro to the UEFA cup final
    Everyone in the game knows he is superb coach

  • 29 Dingo†® // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I live in Portland… happy days!!!! it will be a sell out here they are football mad in this city.

  • 30 Dingo†® // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    oh and

    Mclaren is a gimp

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Six players out so far. And several more to go as well I hope (a hearty handshake or should I say phone call) to Willo, Gouffy, Riviere, Obertan, and Saylor. That’s 11 gone. Surely then it might be a good idea to bring some decent playes in? No, wait we don’t do good ideas. We’re Newcastle United. All we need is a squad strong enough to play Sacramento Republic FC. Hahahahahahahaha.

  • 32 Sleepin Giant // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Blatter finally resigns but recommends Mike Ashley as the honest broker with the in depth football knowledge and business integrity to succeed him

    You couldn’t make it up

  • 33 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    we lost all 5 of our first matches in the prem.. couldn’t get over the jetlag line

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    What do you think Dingo mate? Is Sacramento Republic FC a good club for us to play to make us a household name in the US?

  • 35 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    “if” we gt mcclaren he would prob be the best manager we have had in quite some time !

    thats not hard to do though considering we have had carver /pardew/kinear ect.

    i just think most of us was hoping we would have gone for a manager who wants to win things badly and not a manager who’s got safety as a priority ! we want some silverware as a priority please.

    tbf i personaly thought carver would have seen us safe without any hassle since we was 9th and that he would have been plenty good enough but obv i was very very wrong so i’m not the best person to have an opinion on mcclaren.

    for me its always been remi garde but that aint gonna happen ! viera would have been an exciting risk that could have gone either way !

    but mc is a safe option imo no risk but no challenge either.

  • 36 Mr Magpie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Wow your really easily impressed!!
    So in your opinion is Mclaren the best manager we can get based on his dutch league performance or do you think that there are more ambitious choices we could make for our hc position?

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    well worth a read if you want a laugh…what-might-that-look-like.html

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    “Between me and the head coach and Graham, it’s a relationship that will have to develop. He will have to trust and believe in what we do.” LC 20.1.15

    I guess there is not many that have the same belief and ability to trust, that will also take up the role of Head Coach in a no win situation. IMO the policy needs to be developed to appeal and accommodate a wider selection of possible candidates.

    When I go clothes shopping with a strict idea of what I want, I can never find anything to buy. After an examination of what is available I am able to select items that I feel the most comfortable with.

    LC needs to quickly reassess his parameters about the candidate for Head Coach to confirm he fits into the ‘bigger picture’ and not just cheap and congenial.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    In mcclaren we trust, he can be our new hero replacing our ex hero.

  • 40 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    If they’re gonna interview Carver, will it be a telephone interview conducted by errr…

    And rather than pi$$ about with a pre-season tour, I’d have preferred to see some.positive movement to get a credible HC in.

    Just a thought, pre-season tour to the States and Carver’s just back from the USA…..

  • 41 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    @Transfer Sage: Here’s a link that isn’t broken 😉

  • 42 DevonToon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Why exactly has everyone got such a problem with mcclaren? He’s won a Dutch title with an unfashionable team in twente, won a cup with boro somehow and got the chance to manage England… He was unlucky at Derby as they lost KEY players in the run in. I’d be happyish with him. Be more concerned if the club keep carver… Carr always finds a gem or two or are we all forgetting some of the quality players we’ve had recently? Cabaye, Ba etc.

  • 43 WLtoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    We might be pissed off at the goings on at the club atm but i gotta say the humour has,nt gone from the bloggers.
    im fooking creased at the one liners.
    keep your chins up lads.

  • 44 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    geordie157 @20

    We need a football person on THE board, not people doing one and half roles and getting nothing right. A new voice was needed on the training pitch in January and at least a temporary consultant is needed now because it ain’t just hamstrings that are being repeatedly injured.

  • 45 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:12 PM


    It looks as though the Telegraph link’s been pulled.

    Ashley’s legals been in the case no doubt!

  • 46 Dingo†® // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:13 PM


    Sacramento are pants man….. as far as making us a household name its not likely. Most fans of the british game over here are the ‘big 4’ and gates even at LA Galaxy are around 25,000.

  • 47 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    @DevonToon: You answered your own question. Boro.

  • 48 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    @lesh: It wasn’t pulled, the formatting in the URL is a bit dodgy and doesn’t get parsed correctly. I wrapped the link and posted it a few down.

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    This McLaren will help move the players forward!

  • 50 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Thump to the rescue with Sage’s link!

  • 51 dazzler // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    He’s won two (fairly mediocre) trophies and you state he’ll surpass SBR?!


  • 52 barkel // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    yea he won the league cup more than 10 years ago against Bolton! Sure he won the league with Twente but again that was 5 years ago, surely if he was that highly thought of he would have gotten a prem job whenever he wanted and wouldn’t have failed to get Derby promoted two years in a row

  • 53 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    @dazzler: Your mistake there was reading something that toonbrother said, and assuming he’s anything other than a Mackem WUM.

  • 54 DevonToon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    @ Thump… So you’re not a fan of Colbacks then?

  • 55 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Ajax in second place scored 40 goals more and conceded less goals than Twente the year McClaren won the title.

    Obviously, no luck involved.

    1 won game and lost one game vs Stuttgart Away goal
    1 won game and lost one game vs Roma Away goal
    1 won game and lost one game vs Basel 3-4
    1 won game and lost one game Steaua Bucure?ti 3-4
    And lost final 0-4 Sevilla.

  • 56 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    What a delightful pre-season tour. Good work Penfold.

    Now, check your list, I think there is still some work to be done. You know, someone to coach the team, perhaps some players to make up a team.

    It’s the small things Lee. Trust that we’re behind you all the way. You can do it! You have Ashleys support.

  • 57 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    @DevonToon: Not really, but that’s because he’s an average player on a good day. (This is where people point out his pass completion rate while ignoring the direction of those passes.)

    McClaren is a nobody. Don’t you think if he was half as successful as people make him out to be, he’d be managing a prem side? You don’t think QPR would have chased him, or Palace? He won a cup with Boro, years ago, won a trophy with Twente years ago (didn’t do a very good job on the return), couldn’t get Derby promoted twice despite having a fairly strong squad, and, while an upgrade on Carver, he’s not the man to take us forward.

    No manager worth their salt is going to take a role in a league as competitive as the Premiership and have no say on transfers. That’s why Vieira isn’t interested, and that’s why the bottom feeders are.

  • 58 dazzler // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:26 PM


    Agreed, I figured I’d give him the benefit of the doubt for a minute but then remembered. Time for my medication…

  • 59 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    “Can we get some more biscuits Chief?”

  • 60 WLtoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    One thing that has,nt gone in all of the shannanigans at the club is the bloggers SOH.
    Great crack people.
    Keep the chins up.

  • 61 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Anyway, Devon, my point with the “Boro” comment was: anybody who comes from a rival has a lot to prove. Be it Danny Simpson, Jack Colback, Sam Allardyce, or Steve McClaren – or anybody else for that matter. Colback has came in and said “Yeah, I played for Sunderland but this is my dream” and worked his socks off to show he’s prepared to play for the club. Don’t rate him, but I have to hold my hands up and say fair play.

    McClaren already has that cynicism due to his affiliation with the Smoggies, and, doesn’t seem to care much for pressure. Could he be good for us? Sure, why not? It’s no less of a risk than putting Carver in the role, and it’ll probably end the same way.

  • 62 dave 1961 // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Our hole footballing philosophy is based on the experience of a 70 year old who’s career highlight was managing Blackpool for less than a season before being sacked.

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    If we’re honest, it’s better that the experienced Mr Charnley and Mr Carr do the recruitment and not the rookie Mr Vieira.

  • 64 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Blackley…Not the “tea boy” and the “comedians Dad” today?

    As for your “we” – who does that include, just for clarification?

    I can say it doesn’t include me, but that’s probably no surprise.

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    I remember Mclarens tactics in that UEFA campaign, they’d go 3-1 down and pile five men up front. They could have quite easliy lost each game 8-1 as opposed to winning 4-3

  • 66 barkel // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM


    on the plus side he’s only got 5 years left on his contract!

    I don’t have a problem with Carr as such, I’m sure if there was an adequate set up his input/experience would be taken on board in a democratic way.

    I do however have a problem with “jobs for the boys” when it comes to getting in a decent set up at a football club where we all pay to follow the team

  • 67 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Won the Dutch league
    Took Boro ( i repeat BORO) to the European cup final
    #stats that matter

    welcome home stevie mac

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Fans have novel ways of bringing pressure to bear. They used to spit on the comedian’s dad at Blackpool.

    Is it right that the brolly bloke’s twitter account has been suspended? Hopefully getting a load of sh1t. Enough to put him off.

  • 69 scout // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Why dont the club just get a manager in that has fresh ideas and plays a nice style.
    Its not exactly hard, LC is the biggest clown at the circus. People say sound financially, anyone can achieve this running the club like MA.
    Just get someone under 40 in with half a brain.

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    The Mr Charnley bit was a clue but it was obvious that the whole sentence was an ironic p1ss take. And Blackley thought it would be Tuff not you who’d jump on it.

  • 71 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    i tell you the dark horse is stuart pearce !

    ex player/ full of passion /has management experiance /very good at developing players / is available / isnt mcclaren / is english / good man manager / is mental enough to actually be our manager.

  • 72 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Mclaren plays attacking football
    a natural fit for the cauldron that is SJP

    Throw Colo out!
    Bring Stevie Mac in!
    top 4? Sorted

    warm regards

  • 73 Mr Magpie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Toonbrother… answer to the question i asked you @36?

  • 74 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Shame the twats don’t engage with their main fan base in Newcastle

  • 75 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    STuart pearce?
    omg lololol

  • 76 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Blackley…I thought it was obvious that most of what you say is a p*ss take?

    Did Brownlie think it would be Tuff too? I’d hate to have disappointed you both.

  • 77 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    We were never going to get Klopp, Benitex or Mourinho if thats what you’re asking?

    I honestly dont see the point of your question
    Mclaren is the best option for us given the alternatives

  • 78 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Bit harsh…

  • 79 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    OP…It’s more or less the same for us as it will be for our American brothers and sisters.

    They say they want to engage with local fans too.

    “As many as possible” – I’m going to call that they talk with 10 fans. Nice round number.

  • 80 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    If how you won doesn’t matter then Di Matteo winning then Champions League, F.A cup and Championship promotion is a lot better than winning the Dutch league and getting thrashed in UEFA Cup Final.

  • 81 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Blackley…Is it? I’m serious, I’d hate to have disappointed you both.

  • 82 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Steve McClaren is better than Stuart Pearce. I give toonbrother that one.

  • 83 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Oh sorry, did you mean the “p*ss take” comment?

  • 84 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    What a jamboree of jessies!

  • 85 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    The more old Blackley reads from you and BandB, the more it reminds him of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. Salmond was the leader; Sturgeon his able Deputy. Now Sturgeon’s star is in the ascendancy. Her superior rhetoric has sidelined Salmond.

  • 86 Mr Magpie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    The question was a genuine one trying to get your view on the hc position. You seem very happy if it is to be Mclaren.
    Just wondered if he was your first choice or preference to Carver?
    Honestly would have chosen him as your first choice for our hc position?

  • 87 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Blackley…Funny enough, the more I read of your posts, the more I realise I don’t really care what you think of my posts.

    It’s a funny old world. Anyway, to move on to football issues.

    I think I read yesterday that you said they were all incompetent? Who did you mean by “all” as it wasn’t clear to me?

  • 88 investinyouthtoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Basically im hoping that this Vieria thing was just a smoke screen for something much more audacious.

    Though I will not hold my breathe, as it is Penfold in charge of appointing the next head coach/ manager/ puppet on a string. Deep down I think it’ll be Steve McClueless, and what a show of ambition that would be, NOT.

  • 89 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Mr Magpie
    Virtually anything human or inanimate would be preferable to Carver
    the man has set a new bar for incompetence

  • 90 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Mclaren is shite, end of.
    Sacked from 3 jobs and left on mutual consent from the other 3.
    Mutual consent doesn’t mean resigned it means GO NOW before we sack you.

  • 91 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Is is not more accurate to say McClaren is the best we can expect?
    Rather than the ludicrous claim he is the best available.
    And even he is sweating on finding anything better that’s going.
    Which means just about anything, if he wants to be anything beyond the status of shop manager within the Sports Direct empire.

  • 92 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    The tea boy, the comedian’s dad, and the cones guy are all incompetent. That makes the tat man incompetent because their employment is at his door. I don’t think I could have been clearer. Sensing a change coming about at the top of the First Armchair Division.

  • 93 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    BandB…I’m still holding out hope for Viera personally.

    I’m sure when Lee calls Mike to let him know what HC he wants to go ahead with, Mike will let him know that he was excited by the Viera link and he should go for him. Of course he’ll end it by saying “You’r choice though Lee, as per usual”.

  • 94 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    if mcclaren has turned us down 3 times i’m struggling to understand why anyone would still want him !

    surely there are a lot of other avg managers out there who would want to come to us ? isnt there ?

  • 95 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I thought Vierra was to be announced at 5?

    What happened sausage?

  • 96 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    No wonder Alan Sugar was laughing at Ashley.

  • 97 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Blackley…I did want to dive in to that further, but I am intrigued by these changes you sense. For now what I will say is thank you, that made things much clearer for me.

    Now, these changes you sense…

    Something in the water? Antennae picking something up? Do tell.

  • 98 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    OP…Did he specify a time zone? Don’t lose faith yet.

  • 99 Spreadthetoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    The truth
    People have mentioned the 10th probably coz’ that’s when McClaren is back. Lee Charnley has already given him the job. Think about it?
    Steve breaks holiday to hold talks with the Rams. Got told to resign but refused and got fired, hence compo.
    Goes back on holiday with his future already assured by NUFC. NUFC send out messages about Carver or Lee Clark as potential candidates. So we have a compare and contrast between very poor and average, making average looking more like a good candidate. No doubt will please those with low ambitions. More lies and spin and manipulation.
    MA ooot!
    LC ooot!

  • 100 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    To be fair, the press have been all over the shop, most of it speculation based on hunches.

  • 101 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Dinner time! Catch you all later.

  • 102 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Blackley…Only most? Speak soon no doubt.

  • 103 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM


    I haven’t lost faith, I fully expect to be protesting on the first day of the season.

    Mclaren, Bamfird Thauvan and Chester lol such ambition.

    Ps I’ve never had faith in Ashley unless it was to do the wrong thing.

  • 104 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    You are what? Your going to renew your deason ticket.
    deadly silence and then a huge series of histerical laughter follows.

  • 105 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    What!!!! You are going to be protesting on the first day of the season.
    This is beyond my comprehension, are you insane?

  • 106 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM haha interesting name

  • 107 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    The fact Mclaren is still linked with the job is a massive slap in the face to NUFC fans.

    Knocked us back twice but he’s still no1 target because our ambition has a ceiling of 10th place.

    Shows how far our dreams and hopes have fallen when fans big up the average grey man that is Steve

  • 108 Mr Magpie // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    I wonder if it is Mclaren that they bring in as Hc that they think if Lee Clark is brought on board too as his assistant it will appease us all as they have relieved Carver & Stone of their duties?

  • 109 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Some of it is nonsense.

    That article is by Bob Cass. There’s a bast from the past. I thought he was dead.

  • 110 Bambams // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Secretive Sausage must be McLaren. ….
    Or Jonas
    Or HBA
    Or Raylor
    Or Barton
    Or Shearer….

  • 111 Mister Tuff // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Blockhead Blackley. I was alarmed at your post yesterday that you could had to wait in a queue to use the lavatory in a coffee shop yesterday, and you ended up having to go elsewhere – most distressing indeed.
    However, I presume that what occurred will not cause you alarm or distress as you will be well used to these types of situations -probably because your full of shYte.
    Hahahaha. Get in!

  • 112 Rotonda heights // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM


    ”Took Boro ( i repeat BORO) to the European cup final”

    It wasn’t the European cup final

  • 113 Sleepin Giant // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    The more old Blackley reads from you and BandB, the more it reminds him of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. Salmond was the leader; Sturgeon his able Deputy. Now Sturgeon’s star is in the ascendancy. Her superior rhetoric has sidelined Salmond.

    Old Blackley stirs the pot again in his usual venomous style.
    Straight out of your WUM handbook – but you are evidently as ignorant of SNP politicians as you are about so much else.

    Salmond actually resigned from the leadership. You’ll find out soon enough how ‘sidelined’ he has become.

  • 114 Rotonda heights // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    If we’re honest, it’s better that the experienced Mr Charnley and Mr Carr do the recruitment and not the rookie Mr Vieira.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    WTF!!!!!! Viera probably has more contacts, knowledge and more appeal to scout and bring in good players in his little finger. Pretty sure we wouldn’t have been seeing too many more Gouffrans and Rivieres.

  • 115 jazzyp // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    My god Steve F@ckin McLaren is looking like being the new manager. Well done Charnley…..Lets settle for the same old same old. Lets make do with settling for nothing we haven’t already had over the last 6 year of bringing managers in that are simply “yes ” men.
    If McLaren is so highly rated I don’t see The unwashed after him or West ham for that matter.
    Its looking like Mashley is going to hang by his own words at this rate

  • 116 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Geordieland = state of dismal desperation

    Here comes a bloke with a brolly to put the shine back into our lives. If he thought he had an up hill struggle at Forest and Derby he is in for a surprise. McClaren might be a very diplomatic man but being a patsy will not get the squad or the supporters on side. The best thing he can do is move JC away from the first team as soon as possible.

  • 117 Rotonda heights // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    If We get Mclaren Ashley should be knighted
    On the spot

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Picking him off the dole queue will be a hell of a challenge!!! Oh wait….

  • 118 ronaldo aarons // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    I asked yesterday if anyone had heard form toonbrother and if he felt the same about mclaren as he did in jan. Lol, so wish I didn’t now…
    He likes to list the positives eg. Win dutch league, win league cup, uefa cup final.
    How about we list the negatives eg. Despite his success at boro the majority were glad to see him go, failed at England, failed at Wolfsburg (who won the title 1 year before Steve came), failed at twente the second time, failed at forest, failed at derby after starting well, other than at derby his football has been terrible and he is the wolly with the brolly!!

    Some positives maybe but mostly negative.

  • 119 Pokat // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    I’m all for free speech but what’s the fraud with engaging toonbrother he’s an obvious airhead who proves his idiocy by stating he’s “smart” ha ha what a hoot he obviously hasn’t seen a football doesn’t even know what shape a ball is. Just about everything he says goes,against common sense. Has to be a wind-up account. A bit like me ha ha

  • 120 Pokat // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    What’s the fraud? Stop it Sepp, I meant what’s the craic..

  • 121 ronaldo aarons // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Pokat @118
    You’re saying toonbrother is carver then??

  • 122 Pokat // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I think toonbrother might be Steve.

  • 123 Spreadthetoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    It history repeating itself..Pardew mark I I
    We’ll be convincing the masses and a couple of wins which are like gold dust will bring out the fickle fans telling us the ills of our ways!
    Not disastrous but if MA had any genuine interest in backing his words with actions then the club would not be appointing McClaren. Of course he’s already got a get out of jail card again coz’ hell claim he had nothing to do with the appointment when it all goes south! MA must go! Enough

  • 124 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    We dodged a bullet not signing viera
    take it from me
    after i was the only one brave, intelligent and discerning enough to point out what a liability colocinni was
    i dont always gets it right
    but more often than not i am spot on

    Welcome to SJP stevie mac

  • 125 Bambams // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Right….It can’t be anything to do with Carver.

    No chairman/owner would ever appoint him

    They even stated the new man had to have the abilities to bring on young players….Come on man, Carver. NO WAY EVER.

    Leaves us with McLaren or a dark horse …..

    Carr will be pushing for his mate.

    Done deal.

    We have so missed the boat here just because Penfold is out of his depth and our owner wants to play real life fantasy football

  • 126 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I bet the fans that wanted pardew out wish he was still here now knowing carver could remain in charge or mcclaren taking over.

    Ha ha ha

  • 127 investinyouthtoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    If Penfold does as many expect and appoints SM, then it just goes to show what he knows about football you could write on the back of a stamp, or maybe he’s as clueless as the Fat Controller.

    Who goes on TV, and tries to appease the fans and asks for calm, whilst he has a guy in charge of appointing a new manager/ head coach, who is shooting both MA and LC in the foot with a loaded rifle by being totally out of his depth. LC should go now, and MA needs to bring in somebody with some footie experience to try to sort it out before this all escalates.

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    The talks Carver is being brought in for are whether he will work under Steve McLaren which the answer of course will be ”Aye, definitely, al de owt me’

  • 129 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I cant believe this, is welshie trying to communicate? Does he believe his opinion matters? That’s cute. The only reason he comes on this blog is to be controversial. He’s probably here to help TDGITR(the dumbest guy in the room) rule the world. They can worship McClaren and Pardew together, make a shrine for them. Oh… I forgot… They already have shrines made.

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    wtf does anyone think it will be Churnley doing the appointing without Mashleys blessing.

  • 131 armchair fan // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Don’t be surprised when McDonalds (no typo) as it is going to happen.

    However, look at Blatter – appointed then resigned. Shows change can happen if it is forced.


  • 132 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Hull City slap huge £10 million price tag on James Chester defender amid Newcastle United interest.

  • 133 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Ah Professor
    Lord Justice Blackley is pleased to note you follow his progress so closely.

    He hears you offered your vast legal knowledge, gained from studying documents, to the US authorities investigating FIFA. Given its complex international dimensions you thought your atlas would come in handy. Have you heard anything since you sent them details of your accreditations from the Uganda School of Law? Not even a referral to Action Fraud?

    Good old Tuff checks his atlas. Gotta love old Tuff.

  • 134 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:20 PM


    Get off your high horse, it’s just a comment, controversial my arse.

  • 135 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Sleepin Giant
    You remind me of Tuff. You should read what’s written. “Sidelined” She has eclipsed Salmond and hence we are where we are.

  • 136 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    It was sarcasm.

  • 137 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    toonbrother he turned us down 3 times what happen if its 4 …………..your other choice would be ?????

  • 138 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    jail or tell him he’s out……Mc wants his own staff ????

  • 139 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Oh welsh don’t give me that s**t!

    “I bet the Newcastle fans that wanted Pardew out…”

    That is just asking for a bite from fans. Well done! You’re getting one. Everytime you comment it is ALWAYS something controversial, nit just today. You see, you are the saddest WUM of them all. How dedicated to the job are you? Been doing this now for a long, LONG time. How about you find a life, yeah? Or maybe, contribute something on footballing matters, instead of your crappy ‘i told you so’ paragraphs and one line football talk. Maybe then you will gain some respect.

    “get off your high horse”

    No mate, you see, im not on a horse… Im on a level ground with most people. It’s just, your in a deep hole. Going nowhere.

  • 140 Our Toon // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I see the optimism didn’t last long, we’ve all come back to reality with a bang

    Welshy still has a HARD ON for all things pardew!!

  • 141 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Why exactly did we dodge a bullet on Vieira toonbrother?

  • 142 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Our Toon

    Well that’s just it. Any sign of optimism or excitement from the fans is quickly diminished by the club. Got to be realistic now havent we. We have to realise how low our expectations should be.

    “not selling till we win something”

    Yup, he’s in it for the long term. T**t!

  • 143 Sleepin Giant // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Old Blackers – still demonstrating an unusual form of dyslexia by misquoting yourself ?
    You really do make it up.

  • 144 Sliema // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Viera was never a risk, where is is the risk when you’re in a situation like us? Worst case scenario we are in another relegation battle. So what? We already are about as bad as we can get. Every pundit and neutral fan in the country saw how bad we were. The embarrassment is already at an all time high.

    Shtevie Mac has a shocking managerial record, especially since leaving Boro. One dutch league title ain’t changing my mind on that. He failed as we all know with the greatest England XI we are ever likely to see in our lifetime to qualify for the euros. Is that not bad enough? Sacked by Wolfsberg within a few months, sacked by Twente 4 months into his return, sacked by Derby after failing twice in 2 playoff attempts.

    This guy really is a specialist in failure. Even his collapse in the uefa cup final with Boro was shocking. He goes missing when it counts. He’s a mid table manager brought into a mid table club turned that way by the fat man upstairs. Maybe he was a half decent manager 10 years ago? Not today.

    Toonbrother. I now understand why the average IQ is clocking down around 100 these days. You’re really not as wise as you think you are buddy. Who will you berate when your nemesis leaves?

  • 145 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Hibbit you’d hope that McLaren would have the swingers to demand his own staff, but I doubt it. Carver will probably be retained new staff or no new staff anyway.

  • 146 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Mcclaren is one of those managers who always does the rounds, does nothing spectacular but is fairly safe-ish.

    Very much like Allardyce, Pardew, Pulis, etc etc…the only difference is he seems to play slightly more entertaining football than others in that bracket and has won a couple of things….but ultimately he fails a lot more than he succeeds and stays at lower level clubs for a reason.

    So much for Ashey changing, the tiny bit of hope he had given me in that interview has now totally gone.

  • 147 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM


    Take a chill pill and relax will you.

  • 148 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:52 PM


    Blackley didnt think they allowed you Internet access on Shutter Island. Now go back to sleep before they put you back.

  • 149 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    tbf to everyone no one knows the future so we could get mcclaren and we could win the prem with him ! then again we could get relegated with him ! same goes for viera ect we only base things on our best guesses and i’m pretty sure everyone doesnt know everything.

    i was a pards out fan because we was not going to win anything with him at my best guess which was based over all his years spent as our manager which i believe was long enough to make that call.

    however i would have thought that when you lose a cog you replace it with a new stronger cog that does a better job than the cog that keeps breaking and needing to be repaired.

  • 150 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    He didn’t really say anything transfer sage in my opinion.

    I still think the interview was done just to stick two fingers up to those who wanted him out. The club is not for sale at any price. I won’t be selling it until we win something. I’m going nowhere basically.

  • 151 toonking // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    If ashley does prove to go against his word, then i’m afraid we’ve only got 1 way to ever get rid of him, RELEGATION, i repeat RELEGATION.

    the facts are he’ll remain with us for years whilst we remain in the PL, knowing a live interview will likely lead to even more extreme protests proves he can easily handle abuse, having seen the way cashley has been with his sports direct treatment, he still manages to get masses of people going into his shop to buy things, so it will be no different with toon fan because you’ll still have the families who are just going to matches as a day out with there kids and some life long fans who’ll still go knowing bad things like this will have happened in the past, it’s as simple as that.

    think of it like this, england fans everywhere are twisting about foeign players whenever an england especially when they lose “too many foreign players” but then come the tranfer window and during the club matches, they can’t stop praising and getting hyper over foreign players, basically that’s how it is, we hate cashley but love the club too much to do a boycott.

  • 152 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    If Mclaren does not agree to join us , Laudrup will be my second choice
    but it is what is

  • 153 Transfer Sage // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM


    I think he did say a lot. Said we now how the financial power to punch above our weight (when before we’d been saying we can’t compete with souhampton or swansea), he also said that he’d like to win something (either cup which against current plans or champs league which requires significant money).

    What he has done is back himself into a corner, if things don’t change significantly he and the club will be under so much fan pressure.

  • 154 Moonraker15 // Jun 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    The “sleeping giant” is fcuking dying!

    If they retain Carver in any capacity it’s a disgrace!

    If they give him the HC role it will be an absolute travesty.

    How could we employ a man who’s turned us down twice already?

    19th richest club in the world? Bring back FFS I’d rather go freakin bankrupt than be a part of this!

    What has Charnley been fcuking doing since Pardew left?

    Unbelievable! Even my missus has commented and she has no interest at all!

  • 155 Sleepin Giant // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Isn’t Shutter Island that place where people who address themselves in the third person go to try to solve their deep inadequacies ? Pity there’s nothing that can sort out your malevolence issues.

  • 156 Moonraker15 // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    One thing I can’t get my head round! Ashley didn’t have to give that interview, so he was rattled and wanted the fans back onside.

    I think he wanted to change things but he’s delegated to Charnley who is way out of his depth. With all Ashley’s other huge interests he can’t be bothered to sort a relatively small part of his empire, so we are suffering with an incompetent fool in charge basically running NUFC on his own.

    It’s shameful that he’s allowing this to happen!

  • 157 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Fundamental differences! I bet Viera asked for real footballers and his own coaching staff. Cheeky Barsteward.

    Patrick Vieira – Newcastle talks fail
    Newcastle United’s talks with Manchester City’s Head of Development and former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira over the vacant managerial position have failed.

    The BBC confirms that there were fundamental differences between the two parties when it came to transfer policy and player recruitment. Steve McClaren is expected to be appointed Newcastle’s new manager.

  • 158 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Watch out for the loan deals and ancient journeyman players.

  • 159 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Why are you talking about “malevolence issues”? Sadly you are not cured and the white coats will have to keep you on Shutter Island a fair bit longer.

  • 160 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Oh we really do believe you mike.

    Mike Ashley has pledged that Newcastle United is not for sale “at any price” until the club win a major trophy or qualify for the Champions League.

    Shortly before kick-off against West Ham United at St James’ Park the usually determinedly non-communicative Newcastle owner astonished aides by striding into a television interview suite and speaking to Sky Sports. It was the first televised interview the billionaire Sports Direct owner has given.

    If the fact that the customarily casually dressed Ashley was wearing a collar and tie came as a shock, his words proved equally startling. After accepting responsibility for the fact that Newcastle began the game possibly requiring a win to avoid relegation he promised significant investment next season.

    “I didn’t anticipate we would be anywhere near this situation,” said a nervous-looking Ashley. “After the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked about where we find ourselves today.”

    Asked where the responsibility for their slump down the table lies, he replied: “At my door,” before vowing to start spending. “I will continue the policy of investing in the football club,” he said. “We’ve got the club on a very sound financial footing so we are able to spend, and punch above our weight thanks to the current financial situation the club finds itself in. We may have the cart but we now need to bolt the horse on and we are going to.”

    The owner then made a startling volte-face: “Now [my intention] is definitely to win something – and by the way, I won’t be selling it until I do,” said a man whose previous policy had been to instruct his managers not to prioritise cups. Although Ashley did not count a possible promotion back to the Premier League as winning something he did include Champions League qualification.

    Asked whether the club could be for sale, he said: “Not at any price. And when I say ‘win something’, if we ever get into a position of being in a Champions League place, that also qualifies as winning something.”

    Pressed on his plans, he stated: “To be categorically clear I am not going anywhere until we win something.”

  • 161 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Old Blackley’s just spent two days learning to spell Vieira. Now he’s got to get used to McClaren. Has he got it right this time?

  • 162 armchair fan // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:24 PM


    He gave the interview because he had to. The fans are kicking off big time and he had to give a very structured and just about euphemistic enough to give the idiots some hope.

    Someone referred it to him being like the evil boss in a game, and the fans being a character who are completing the levels to getting him out and they’ve reached the stage of him giving out interviews.

    I think we’ll be close to getting the level of getting him out if he appoints McDonald’s and the fans show outrage

  • 163 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Well is steve going to get the 53 million, is he shite.

    The motorway warnings offer stern reminders. “Tiredness Kills” and “Don’t drive tired”, the signs urge as vehicles hurtle past.

    In many ways Newcastle United are a bit like the driver who opts against taking the suggested rejuvenating service station break.

    The miles are clocking up, the hours passing and, suddenly, he is struggling to keep his eyes open. With three games remaining and eight straight defeats immediately behind them, Newcastle have finally come to and belatedly realised far too many corners have been cut and they are confronting potential catastrophe. The possibility of averting relegation looks touch and go.

    The determination of their owner, Mike Ashley, to cut costs at every opportunity and gamble on everything somehow being OK, threatens to land John Carver’s team in the Championship. If so it is understood Newcastle will have to continue paying Premier League wages as the contracts of several key players lack relegation clauses.

    Many clubs routinely stipulate that remuneration will drop by 40 or 50% if the team exits the top tier but it appears the St James’ Park board neglected to do this with some signings.

    Similar complacency meant Ashley and Lee Charnley, his managing director, turned a deaf ear when Alan Pardew repeatedly told them the squad was dangerously thin and desperately needed at least one new striker and one new defender in January.

    That was before Steven Taylor, Newcastle’s best defensive header of a ball, ruptured an achilles tendon and it became apparent Papiss Cissé would require a second knee operation to correct the limp the forward carried as a legacy from earlier complex surgery.

    When Pardew learned Ashley intended keeping his money in the bank – Newcastle’s latest accounts revealed an £18.7m profit and the presence of £34m reserves for “cash flow purposes” – he duly jumped ship to Crystal Palace in January.

    The hierarchy identified Steve McClaren as the ideal successor but he was keen to remain at Derby County until the summer (and might now stay in the Midlands much longer) so Carver, Pardew’s assistant, earned a six-month gig at his home club.

    Eager to please, Carver immediately allowed Newcastle to send Davide Santon to Internazionale on loan which swiftly became a £2.8m transfer. The reasoning was that, with Newcastle safely in mid-table, Roberto Mancini was welcome to the Italy left-back.

    What, though, is £2.8m next to the countless millions the Tynesiders stand to lose in television money alone if they go down? Technically assured, Santon could also operate at right-back and across midfield. How Carver could do with him at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday when his only fit left-back, Paul Dummett, will be relocated to centre-half to cover for the suspended Mike Williamson and there is no specialist right-back to replace Daryl Janmaat, who is also banned.

    In the world of football at least, Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct, has never seen the point of speculating to accumulate but, with a gargantuan new Premier League television deal on the horizon, a modest January expenditure would have surely guaranteed Newcastle’s place at the party.

    Replacing Pardew with an experienced short-term firefighter – a man such as Dick Advocaat, who was brought in as Sunderland’s worldly interim replacement for Gus Poyet – might also have offered the club and their eclectic, heavily francophone and sometimes downright difficult dressing room more insulation against a relegation skirmish.

    While the scale of the present fiasco is such that many experienced managers would struggle in Carver’s shoes, his often naive public statements and painful honesty have set him on needless collision courses with various players including Williamson and the captain, Fabricio Coloccini.

    The board acknowledge the head coach has been betrayed by a woeful lack of dressing room leadership and, with the failure of their attempts to poach McClaren for the season’s end, they have no option but to back Carver.

    With Derby sources adamant McClaren’s mind has changed and he now no longer even wants to join Newcastle next month (although, perhaps significantly, the former England head coach has, so far, refrained from publicly confirming this) the air of uncertainty on Gallowgate is both palpable and paralysing.

    Much depends on which division Newcastle end up in when the music stops but should it turn out to be the Championship, Ashley will have reason to recall an old nursery rhyme: “For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the rider was lost … ”

  • 164 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    hope it is McClaren and Carver as that will be so entertaining and probably entertaining on the pitch as well as McClaren’s sides aren’t dull. this season only Bournemouth’s matches had more goals than Derby’s and their last 3 matches were 4-0, 4-4, 3-3 and 0-3.

    McClaren and Carver comedy gold dream ticket!

  • 165 armchair fan // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    What he’s done with the interview is very clever, but not many people can see it.

    He said the responsibility falls at his door, but then said that it’s Chazza who appoints and sorts out all the footballing side.

    So how is it his responsibility?

  • 166 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    What!! this will mean Mike will invest 100 million plus the 53 million he is going to give steve to win a cup. Christ we will be as good as Barca.

    Billionaire Mike Ashley adds £100m to fortune as Sports Direct shares rise after election

    The market reacted well to the news staff can continue to be employed on zero-hours contracts following the defeat of Ed Miliband
    BEN TUFFT Sunday 10 May 2015

    The billionaire owner of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, has seen his fortune increase by almost £100m as a result of the General Election result.

    Shares in the sportswear retailer jumped 4.5 per cent at the news that Ed Miliband, who had promised to ban zero-hours contracts, would not become the next prime minister – adding £95m to the founder’s share value.

    Sports Directs employs 15,000 of its roughly 23,000 staff on zero-hours contracts, which Mr Miliband said had become an “epidemic” under the previous Coalition government.

    The former Labour leader wanted to see workers given the right to a regular contract after working for 12 successive weeks.

    Despite David Cameron admitting he could not live on a zero-hours contracts, the Conservatives have no plans to limit their use.

    Nearly 90 per cent of Sports Direct’s staff are on zero-hours contracts (PA) Nearly 90 per cent of Sports Direct’s staff are on zero-hours contracts (PA) Mr Ashley, who also own Newcastle football club, is the UK’s 22nd richest man, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, worth an estimated £3.5bn.

    The share price rise is also related to the £44m sale of the company’s head offices in central London to the University of Westminster.

    After a Dispatches investigation into the use of zero-hours contracts at Sports Direct, Steve Turner, assistant secretary at Unite, branded the way the company’s practices “a throwback to the Victorian era”.

    “Mike Ashley and Sport Direct’s shameful business model, which is built on low pay and exploitative zero hours contracts, where workers are treated with contempt, has no place on the high streets of 21st century Britain,” Turner added.

    It has been estimated that Sports Direct accounts for a fifth of all zero-hours contracts in the retail sector.

  • 167 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Armchair Fan
    It’s straightforward. The tat man says the tea boy runs the club. If the tea boy balls up, the tat man says he, not the tea boy, is ultimately responsible. That’s got to be right. He puts his trust in the champion brewer.

  • 168 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    “One reason for this might be that, within Sports Direct itself, Ashley prides himself on his employees working conditions. He has been slated in some quarters for using zero-hour contracts, though against that, Ashley is set to hand out 34 million shares in the company to 3000 of his workers if profit targets are reached in 2015. Staff turnover at Sports Direct is unusually low, implying employee satisfaction, and one factor for it is believed to be Ashley’s generous share-bonus schemes.”

  • 169 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    The Rangers fans are fighting Ashley , What the F++k are we doing. No wonder the Geordies are called Scots with their brains kicked out.

    RANGERS last night refused to give a definitive position on Mike Ashley’s demand for a general meeting at which he intends to ask shareholders to approve immediate repayment of the £5 million loan he provided earlier this year.

    The Ibrox club have until next Wednesday to provide a response to Ashley’s requisition letter, which came to light yesterday.

    Mike Ashley wants his loan repaid and has called for another EGM. Picture: Getty
    Mike Ashley wants his loan repaid and has called for another EGM. Picture: Getty
    In it, the Newcastle United owner, who has an 8.92 per cent stake in Rangers, called for the meeting. He is also seeking answers from the board over the club’s delisting from the AIM stock exchange.

    In addition, Ashley wants clarity on the nature of the failed pursuit of a nominated adviser (Nomad) – a development that followed Dave King’s insistence on the day that his group wrested control of the club from Ashley that one had been lined up.

    A spokesman for Rangers stated only that “the board have received the request [for the meeting] and are considering it with our advisers.”

    Repayment of the Ashley loan would mean the club regaining securities over branding, the Murray Park training ground and a 25 per cent stake of the club retail rights currently held by the Sports Direct billionaire.

    “If [the Rangers board] are, in fact, are happy for Sports Direct to have security over the club’s assets they will vote down what Mike Ashley is proposing”
    Source close to Mike Ashley
    Ashley’s move has been presented in some quarters as calling King’s bluff. The South African-based businessman has yet to commit any funds to Rangers following the general meeting more than two months ago that brought the ousting of Ashley allies Derek Llambias and Barry Leach, and so allowed King backers Paul Murray and John Gilligan to lead up a recast board.

    In order to meet last month’s payroll, the club accepted a £1.5m loan from the Three Bears consortium comprising Douglas Park – now also a Rangers director – George Letham and George Taylor and Ashley also wants the terms of this loan to be explained at a general meeting, which would require to be held before 17 June. King has given his critics, and the Ashley camp, justification to pursue the current course of action. He has failed to meet his pledge of providing supporters with “accountability and transparency” .

    That was true over the abortive Nomad appointment. In addition, though, the impression now being given is that his investment proposals could be impacted upon by whether the SFA deem him fit and proper to be a Rangers director again.

    •?Celtic’s forgotten man Holmbert Fridjonsson admits he could leave Parkhead this summer – just 18 months after penning a four-year contracts.

    The lanky Icelander is yet to make a first-team appearance since joining the club from Fram Reykjavik in a £100,000 deal in January 2013.

    He has spent this season on loan with Brondby in the Danish Superliga, scoring once in 13 appearances during an injury-hit campaign.

    Fridjonsson is in the dark regarding Ronny Deila’s plans for him when he returns to Glasgow.

    He said: “I might return to Celtic, but I do not know for sure. I need to talk to the manager about it.

    “It was Neil Lennon who signed me and now there is a new manager [Deila] who I have not spoken much with.

    “He has his own system and its own players and I need to find out whether I fit into, or if I should find a new club.”

  • 170 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    love this quote on MA’s Wikipedia page

    “He likes to park his tanks on peoples’ lawns”, said one banker.

  • 171 Average_Contents // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    If those two posts from Jeffrey do not confirm he is infact a twat and on the windup nothing ever will.

    Jesus wept what a w@nker.

  • 172 Average_Contents // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:44 PM


    *Three posts.

  • 173 Average_Contents // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    How is it possible to state that their last 3 matches were exciting then go on to show 4 scorelines.

    Google playing silly buggers again?

    More confirmation for those who needed it.

  • 174 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I need help…

    I just can’t grasp why anyone would think McClaren is a good option?

  • 175 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Click on the link and find out how many companies Charnley has his grubby hands on and take note he is worth 100 million.

  • 176 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Part of me wants to believe that all of this is a smokescreen to create media frenzy and gain publicity.

    Then, after the McClaren and Vieira stories have got old, we then get a totally different manager.

    I think it will be McClaren though, what a disaster.

  • 177 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Same as above but this piece of s++te is worth 3 billion.

  • 178 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    And you are going to renew your season tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 179 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Paid for my ST a while ago. Looking forward to the new season.

  • 180 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Kiss my Ass.

  • 181 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM


    That represents the value of companies in which he has a nominal role, not his personal fortune.
    Charnley is a salaried employee. He holds no shares in NUFC for example, and officially didn’t get a bonus this year.
    He was a middle-manager until last year, and I doubt he was being paid much more than a middle-ranking copper for that.

  • 182 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    AC McClaren and Carver would be entertaining because they are figures of fun and McClaren would probably be entertaining football.

  • 183 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Will you be buying a ST?

  • 184 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    “Lee Charnley holds 30 appointments at 30 active companies”

    30 companies?

  • 185 BigB75 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    ITUNDER – Is that the new HC?

  • 186 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    course MA knows most people will renew their STs.

  • 187 Canny in Canberra // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Howay lads its not set in stone yet. Something still might, Nah I can’t even muster up any reasons for hope right now. Hopefully toonbrother is right and SM is going to surprise us all.
    Really hope we put on a good show in US although we should start with a disclaimer letting them know they shouldn’t become a NU fan if they have a weak heart or a nervous disposition. This game ain’t for people who struggle with stress that’s for sure.

  • 188 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    So Viera knocked us back due to transfer and recruitment differences. (Five live)

    NUFC knocked back by Citehs youth coach so back to Steve, 3rd time unlucky.

    Who’d bother to make it up.

  • 189 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I tend to think it will be McClaren with marginally better squads than Pardew was given, and a brief to compete in the Cups and knock the ball around a bit more agreeably. I don’t see that at odds with Ashley’s interview, or how he has been attempting to run the club since we came back up. I don’t think we’ll be given anything radically different, but I would expect more care taken to deliver a better product, after the debacle of last season, and the fans reaction to it.

    Carr at 70 is surely a big problem for us though. He seems to have a great and individual influence, not entirely warranted, and surely can’t go on for too much longer, and yet, if McClaren is the guy, then his authority and importance is made more integral, when surely it should be being transitioned to another or others.

  • 190 89Norcal // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Woooo coming to my hometown, that’s an awesome surprise! I’ll definitely be at the Sacramento game!

  • 191 Canny in Canberra // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I don’t even think PV was really approached. His name was thrown about like so many others are. Nice little publicity stunt to make us think things were going to change when it was SM/JC combo all along.

  • 192 dave 1961 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:19 PM


    Have you downed a couple of bottles of the red stuff your drooling over the Fat boy again.

  • 193 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    dave you are being less rude.

  • 194 Canny in Canberra // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    OMG this just in.
    “Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to come out of retirement as a personal favour to Mike Ashley and lift Newcastle to top four finish”
    What? You couldn’t make that up!! Well ya can cos I just did. 🙂

  • 195 89Norcal // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    You guys doubting Sacramento – this is a fast growing football town, Sacramento is a rapidly growing football town, bolstered by the fact it’s one of the most diverse cities in the US AND has some of the fastest growing communities in terms of real estate and population.

    Plus the region is a lover of underdog teams, which is a big reason I damned myself to supporting Newcastle 🙂

  • 196 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Can’t really blame PV for knocking us back under that transfer structure, he won’t be hung out to dry or be humiliated. Sounds like LC has just wasted PV’S time.

    Smoke screen? Whip up a media frenzy to show some intent and sell some season tickets? Hmm, debatable. Maybe.

    The worrying thing for me here, is that it looks like the transfer model is remaining which is not a good sign at all. It leaves us with a small pond of fish that will only come here if they are desperate and out of work.

    I’d prefer a coach coming in with the full package, experience, potential, ability, hopefully on the younger side. Heading in a different direction, new and fresh ideas.

    I don’t see a problem with NUFC doing that if they really wanted to. But who would under these policies and setup? It’s a struggle.

    That said, my major concerns and hopes are with upgrading the squad and showing a major intent towards the playing staff. Hopefully by the end of the window we have a squad of 20 experienced Pro’s so we can compete for the full campaign, hopefully without our season being derailed.

    No more crocks or cheap bargains that are just there to fill up the cracks in the squad. We need some quality through the door and competition for places.

    Maybe then we can have a season where we compete all year round and on all fronts, hopefully without our season being derailed mid-season through weakening the squad.

  • 197 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:24 PM


    Leave the jokes to yours truly will you.

    Ha ha ha

  • 198 dave 1961 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:25 PM


    yes a had a few glasses myself to take the stress away.

  • 199 Fostino // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    The only positive I can see in mcclaren appointment will be his ability to communicate fluently with the Dutch lads……not

  • 200 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    “Hello Ryan this is your mate JC , put Jonas on for a chat ”

  • 201 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    “Sacramento Republic FC is an American professional soccer team based in Sacramento, California. Founded in 2012, the team made its debut in the United Soccer League in 2014.”

    Republics are going to be my US team now.

  • 202 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM


    I doubt/doubted he was aproached but that was the report on the radio.

  • 203 Roppa // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    It’s ironic that Ashley refuses to change the policy of Carr deciding which players are bought & sold.

    These are the same players that Carr brought into the Club, yet Carver said throughout his interim HC period that the very same players were not good enough!! The fans / pundits also recognised that the players (as well as the HC) weren’t good enough, yet despite this, the same 70 year old pensioner is given the full responsibility to pick & choose who comes into the Club.
    Whose judgement would you trust Carr’s or Vierra’s? It’s a no brainer!

    The system is clearly flawed, yet Ashley continues to persist with it!

  • 204 Canny in Canberra // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Mine are better though. And you’ve been quiet of late.

  • 205 jane // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    you’ll be as mellow as me dave 🙂

  • 206 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:37 PM


    Alright you win, your jokes are better, i have been quiet well apart from earlier on when Irishgeordie9 trying to have a go, anyway haven’t had a chat with you for a long time, how are you these days.

  • 207 Our Toon // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:40 PM


    If it was really upto Carr as to which players come in to the club we’d have Bony, Gervinho, Sakho etc. The fact remains Carr has lists of players and we choose between 5th and 10th best in that list per position because we penny pinch. Carr is nothing more than another person for Ashley and Penfold to hide behind!!

  • 208 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Newcastle To Play In Milwaukee, Sacramento And Portland
    6:42 pm, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 204 Comments

    Sorry Ed but you were misled by The Club PR spin Doctor, the correct Press Release States that
    “Newcastle to Play in Milwall, Sacriston and a Poundland Store.”
    That’s about our level.

  • 209 89Norcal // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Pretty sure i know where the manager job is headed. Wish I could bet easily here on football in the US. I feel like an inside trader sometimes supporting this team 🙂

  • 210 beermonkey // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    holy cow 208 comments
    can some1 tell me whats happened

  • 211 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Rodgers to stay as Liverpool Manager.
    Another one bites the dust.
    McLaren to West Ham and Carver to Hull as Brucies new assistant.
    It’s the only hope

  • 212 JackButler // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    “Helping us develop and strengthen the Newcastle United brand internationally and reach new audiences as we seek to increase our global fan base.”

    Is this guy for real?

    What about all the fans back home that are sick to the back teeth with the way this muppet and his mate are running the club!!!

  • 213 dave 1961 // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM


    yes for today but remember i was brought up in a sand paper factory.

  • 214 BlackWhite and Red // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    I can’t stand the idea of McClaren. I might be less upset with the idea if he was to bring his own staff, but he’s not.

    I hope puts out a statement as soon as he is appointed to let them know we see your intent and will see you at the start of season protesting, if not sooner.

    PS – I’m a Toon fan. I live in the states, but I don’t even have a desire to see them at this point. FFS

  • 215 dave 1961 // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    It will all end in tears the only wonder about Stevie is how boring he will be. i have been right about all our bad managers and this one is as bad as we have had, and that’s in advance.

  • 216 Dingo†® // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:13 AM

  • 217 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Hey Welsh Still there?
    I’m good. I’m at work so have to actually pop away and do stuff.
    Got a new job to start in 3 weeks and doubt that i’ll be able to get on here through the day.
    Can’t believe that we are now reduced to begging some one who has knocked us back twice. How sad we have become!!

  • 218 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    the big man must of had lap band surgery, he’s looking pretty svelte in that shot!! Classic. Should’ve switched the donkey out for Carver though. lol

  • 219 Dingo†® // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    aye he’s shed a few pounds like…. not sterling ones though!

  • 220 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Ain’t that the truth!!
    I said right from the get go that interview was lip service to placate the lads. No fun being right like!

  • 221 Dingo†® // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    aye… t’was total bowlocks

    i live in Portland and apparently one of the lads that I drink with knows FMA pretty well. He’s one of the Nike fat cats…..

    how revered would I be back in the toon if i chivved the fat cnut in the bogs

  • 222 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Cool, do you know the Grimm. Sorry big fan!!

  • 223 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Legend status with some but if that’s who we were we’d have done it by now. Fun to imagine though, lets off a bit of steam.

  • 224 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    The grimm aye. Wish he’d visit Newcastle and dispose of our monster.

  • 225 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:07 AM


    I hope you’ve been putting in the graft and laying the groundwork bud.

  • 226 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    MA might be a Hunjeager and that would make Carver and crew those beaver things

  • 227 Dingo†® // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    Canny I am a location manager for Grimm…

    Average….. foundations are all set mate!!!

  • 228 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Yeah right!! You so not, really

  • 229 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Yes definitely. Penfold and the band of merry beavers are indeed Eisbiber. Shithouses lol. The slug is one of those ogre thingymabobs though, take a three barrelled shotgun to bring him down the fat twat 😉

  • 230 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    You should come to Canberra. I reckon I could do a Hexenbeast minimum make up required. Lol

  • 231 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:45 AM


    Start sowing the seeds of change then lol.

    Are you really? Love that show.

  • 232 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    three barrels you say. Let me grab my lathe.

  • 233 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    The wife does a good hexenbeast, just like her mother 😉

  • 234 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Break over back to work 🙁

  • 235 Dingo†® // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    Aye really… for the last 2 yrs. I work on other stuff too like the Librarians and Leverage and adverts and wotnot.

  • 236 headtheball // Jun 3, 2015 at 2:16 AM

    Now that two of the self proclaimed leaders in world football have resigned, aka Splatter and P45due, shouldn’t honest John consider his future?

  • 237 headtheball // Jun 3, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    If you arrive at the scene of an accident shouldn’t you try and help the injured and call for assistance? Newcastle are haemorrhaging and neither Radar or the matron can find a band aid.
    Jam tomorrow?

  • 238 BURNLEY FOOTBALL CLUB // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    I feel sorry for America. They have to watch a team as shite as Newcastle. 🙂

  • 239 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:06 AM

    Back under you’re bridge Burnley.
    I feel sorry for you having nothing better to do and obviously bitter. No wait, yeah over it 😛

  • 240 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:18 AM

    Do these journalists have magic crystal ball or mind reader or sixth sense or something? I fail to find any official statement from the club about the manager shortlist. where do they get these lists from?
    Bunch of BS made up by journos.

  • 241 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    Slow news day they just make so something up I guess

  • 242 p // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:37 AM

    This stuff gets out Stanton. is reliable and don’t generally say stuff unless they trust the source. They are saying McLaren is the most likely so unless something drastic happens we are stuck with that loser.

  • 243 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:43 AM


    Yes, they like to stir up a hornet’s nest.
    I guess it worked, now all back to Ashley out again.
    I think the club is trying to find someone good who is not attached to their own coaching staffs since we still have contracts with current staffs. Patrick Viera is one of them but probably need more candidates and interviews before making the big decision. they are really trying not get it wrong this time, they will not go for fans favorite because even if they get him the slightest thing gone wrong, the fans will turn against them again like what they did to SBR.
    I still think they want to get someone from Serie A who has worked with limited budget. Serie A managers/ teams usually do 50-50 on permanent and loan transfers which cost less money.

  • 244 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:44 AM


    I thought the official website not .com

  • 245 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    Nothing set in stone yet lads so lets not panic too much.
    We’ll never know whether all the names bandied about were actually genuine targets or just to make it look like they were trying to do something different. Lets not forget they hired a bunch of spin doctors for this very purpose and they’ve never played straight with the fans this whole time. It would be naïve to expect anything more.

  • 246 p // Jun 3, 2015 at 4:56 AM

    Yeah but will only announce stuff that h a s happened and is the mouthpiece for the club. .com is a reliable source prior to stuff being official.

  • 247 theartfuldodger // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:05 AM

    So how long will it take after McLarens announcement for protests to restart ??

    Will the Ashleyout website become active again soon?

  • 248 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:09 AM

    I think we should give who ever gets the job a chance first not get the knives out straight away.

  • 249 Reyantoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    I’m glad that atleast it’ll not be carver.
    Something that inspire me to look for 2015/16 season.I slagged McLaren so many times, but now I found him the better option compared to some.Experience is the key for a club like nu.And McLaren gain enough experience that will help him do better here.Haven’t seen his team playing after boro.when he left Twente for the 2nd time,he said I learned a lot during my time out of my country. It’s great experience, that will help me do better if I return to PL.Nu job is a dream for him.Something that he dreamed of for a while.If u think he will knock it back,then u don’t know him well.
    All that remains is he is on short holiday.
    When he comes,it’ll be him and John as his assistant..

  • 250 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:14 AM


    If this was a dream job for him, how come he’s knocked it back twice!!

  • 251 Reyantoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    Failure is a platform to do better in the future. It’s a lesson.McLaren did failed in his 2nd return at twente but when he return,those best players that won the title with him were sold to other clubs.He had to start from scratch.While at Derby, his team was the most goal scoring team
    in 2014/15.So he plays some attacking fb
    With the right signings,I think he might do well more than people expect.So I think he deserve respect and backing..

  • 252 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    I’m not arguing his credentials and like I said earlier, I think we should throw our whole support behind who ever gets the role. If anything I’m questioning his commitment and you saying that its his dream job.

  • 253 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:37 AM

    It’s all about the players coming into the club for me.

    This manager thing has taken a back seat as far as im concerned, if we don’t strengthen enough then it really dosn’t matter who is managing us, we will struggle as usual.

    Get some signings in!

  • 254 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Very valid point. By the time we mess about with the manager thing we will have ran out of time to sign anyone and absolutely we will struggle without fresh blood.

  • 255 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    looking forward to Juve vs Barca, I hope Juve will win. The return of Serie A!
    Next season will be 2 Rome teams in CL with Juve.
    Amazing season for low budget team Lazio, total cost last season transfers under 13mil euro.

  • 256 Reyantoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    The first knock back was back in Jan I think.Derby were well positioned to return to PL.So he has to concentrate.The timing was too bad for him to leave Derby in the middle of a season.He was on the right track to please his fans & the club.
    2nd knock back was late on,when there was only 3 games left in the PL.So why’d he damage his reputation for the sake of 3 games.He wanted longer contract,they offered him less.So…

  • 257 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    What is all this about Sissoko aswell, didn’t he just nail himself to the cause just last week? Sorry if im behind with the news, sleeping all day and working all night here. Is he joking? How keen is he to leave? Dear me!

    Who else will try and sell themselves this window from the club? My bet is on Tiote and possibly Cisse.

  • 258 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    the most successful and cheapest team award goes to Fiorentina again LOL
    Spent 7.5mil and getting 31.5mil, still finished 4th.

  • 259 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 5:58 AM


    latest news was Sevilla and Cisse, I didn’t hear about Tiote.

  • 260 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    theartfuldodger…hopefully not long mate! They shouldn’t have stopped in the first place!

    The whole AO just like sackpardew are a strange thing. It just comes and it goes…makes you wonder 😉

  • 261 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:05 AM


    Tiote has been very quiet hasn’t he? I think that has alot to do with him saying we were sh1t on camera a few months back. Probably been warned to shut his gob.

  • 262 Mr Magpie // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Toon prodigy
    Sissoko was committed when he thought the club was showing some ambition with him saying he signed a 4 year contract, happy here but must do better next season season, excited by Vieira.

    Next thing looking like club showing absolutely no ambition he is keen on Chelsea or Psg. You can’t really blame them for wanting out they’ve been told stuff, promised stuff & it hasn’t happened, they’ve seen the way Guti & Raylor have been treated not surprising that the players are dissolusioned with the club.

  • 263 Reyantoon // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    “He knocked it back” talk is just a rumour, u have to remember that.It’s not 100% that certainly happened.No one knows that actually happened,except him and Newcastle ofcourse..

  • 264 John Tudor // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    wa*k owner=wa*k prospects

  • 265 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:13 AM


    Can’t blame them can you really.. I agree with that.

    He does seem to be speaking out quite alot though Sissoko, you can tell he is itching away, always mentioning other clubs. Arsenal, PSG now Chelsea.

    He shouldn’t really be saying this stuff if he is commited though if this is how he feels truly. I don’t think it can be anymore obvious now that he is itching to play Champions League football and wants to leave Newcastle.

  • 266 Ron Knee // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    But with the disastrous business model now in place the head coach has little say on transfers. It’s up to Charnley and Carr to buy and sell players. God help us!

  • 267 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:16 AM


    I guess he doesn’t have anything good to sell atm. He’s been “injured”, poor form, drink driving, etc.

  • 268 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:21 AM


    Bit cheeky of him really isn’t it? Out of the team for half of the season, in all of the papers for all the wrong reasons and he decides to slag the players and club off who pays him huge amounts of money a week. What he should of been doing was slag the owner off.

    Get him out. He obviously is detached from reality and far to much up his own ar5e.

  • 269 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    I wouldn’t worry about Sissoko, he is just stating the fact and normal responses from any players. It will be big money to sign him.

  • 270 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    I guess Cab will join Deb again.

  • 271 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    Would Cabs get in Arsenal’s midfield..

    That’s the problem with all these players wanting to play CL. Ba, Cabs, Remy, they waste good years of their careers. It can’t be fun sitting warming the bench at clubs.

  • 272 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:30 AM


    he is overrated, I doubt we get more than 5 million for him, not many interested in him anyway.

  • 273 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    If Tiote played in Serie A, he would probably get 8-10 red cards in a season

  • 274 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Blatter resigned today. We’ll be linked with him next! that would be interesting!!

    TP – Hadn’t heard about Sissoko? Where did that come from. got any links?

  • 275 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Santon has just put a link up above Canny..

    He was talking about PSG last week, then nailed himself to the cause here and now he is on about Chelsea.

    It is typical of players wanting away like, I get where Santon is coming from with it.

  • 276 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Santon, I think we would be very lucky to get 5 mil from Tiote given the carry on with him this season and his lack of form.

    Hopefully someone will fly in for him stupidly though. It’s a shame about him, I think he had good potential at one time.

    I think his top four dreams have long gone now though.

  • 277 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 3, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Fan’s aren’t excited about McClaren! iw onder why!

  • 278 Canny in Canberra // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Used to really like Tiote until that whole Arsenal shirt thing. Quite happy if he never wore the Black/white again after that!! hope we get good money for who ever goes so we can buy decent replacements.
    Won’t be long before Ed posts another Carroll story. We should be due!!

  • 279 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Joel Matip anyone?

  • 280 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:08 AM


    probably same deal as Mbiwa and Santon, loaned out and then permanent move for Tiote, but all depends on the new head coach.

  • 281 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    I’d fall ill if we went in for Andy Carroll like!

    I don’t care how cheap he is, we need players who are fit and who are going to stay fit. He dosn’t keep himself in decent enough nick, another Kieran Dyer for me. Likes the party lifestyle too much it’s no wonder he want’s to be back here.

  • 282 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Bedtime for me lads, catch you’s later

  • 283 lochinvar // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    If you were a bride in an arranged marriage and got McLaren you want your money back before you even started married life.
    If it was Carver you would run away.

    Probably how most fans feel – can I have my money back and then run away to Gretna Green

  • 284 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Ed mate,
    your map shows one place, or one thousand and three places 🙂 It’s ok, I know your adopted country pretty well. My son’s in Portland, so there’s one fan, at least, there.
    BTW, that team beat Bayern last summer, so they aren’t exactly pushovers.

    I think it’s better to stay away from tournaments, so this arrangement is good. Tournaments are often televised and there is pressure to win them. So, coaches put out what they think is the strongest team and ‘easiest’ way to win. The summer is NOT for that purpose. It should be to experiment, to try different formations and tactics, to give chances, learn and then apply. These can imply losses, which should be immaterial.

    Think about AP’s wooden and monolithic approach.

  • 285 cyprus // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    you’ll be that sad if we get an amazing player, eh. I know what you mean. Your Owens, Taylors, Dyers, do ruin progression and consistency. But…

    No, I’d be thrilled. Still, I’d include a very small detail in his contract: most of his salary (in bonuses) based on appearances.

  • 286 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Can we sort a manager please before talking about which players we can’t get over the line !

  • 287 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Problem there is if we go and lose the games it doesn’t increase our appeal to new fans in the US which is the stated aim of the tour. So winning is once again a key factor.

    I’d much to see us play a handful of under the radar friendlies in Europe just for fitness and development purposes then the increased exposure and push for a wider fan base and subsequently increased commercial revenues.

    I understand why clubs do it, but it is far better doing it when you already have the first building blocks in place, a good team and coach. We should be starting with development, and then once we are in a better position look to improve the commercial side through tours such as this.

  • 288 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    An amazing player? TP was talking about Andy Carroll.

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