National Manager Disappointed With Newcastle Forward

Haris Vuckic had a very good loan spell at Rangers FC since January, although Newcastle could have done with his goal-scoring in the Premier League as we weakened the squad further in January and only just survived in the Premier league on the last day of the season.

We have yet to hear an explanation from Lee Charnley on what the heck he was doing in January, as Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic among others was allowed to leave on the last day of the window,  even though at the time we were desperately short of players at that time.

haris vuckic scores against Cowdenbeath

Haris Vuckic in Rangers colors

Haris played extremely well for Rangers and quickly became a favorite with the Glasgow fans, – and it was a pity they were beaten by Motherwell in the playoffs, so they will have to spend another season in The Scottish Championship.

Haris scored 9 goals in 15 appearances for Rangers FC, although the standard of football there is well short of the Premier League, but Haris will get every chance this summer to stake a claim to stay at Newcastle on a longer term contact – with his six year deal ending next summer.

When he was a teenager Haris was a top young player in Europe who showed massive promise, and he made his debut for the full Slovenian side  in February, against – you guessed it – Scotland – when he came on as a 61st minute substitute.

Haris played for the U21 Slovenia side just before he turned 18 in 2010, but over the last few years Haris has struggled, and various injuries have not helped his development.

Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec has obviously heard of Vuckic’s exploits in Scotland this year,  but he isn’t impressed with the standard of football Vuckic has been playing:

“Haris Vuckic played for Rangers in the Second Division in Scotland.” “I was disappointed, not just with him, but with the quality of the league he was playing in – I would have thought Rangers would have had a better team.”

Well there’s a hit against the Scottish Championship and even Rangers in just one sentence.

Rangers would like to sign Haris full time this summer or take him on loan for next season – but that’s a subtle hint from his National manager that is needs to play at a much higher level,  to be considered for the Slovenian squad again.

Haris will be given a chance in pre-season, and depending on how he plays he could be kept in the Newcastle first team for next season, or else he will be sent out on loan – but probably to an English Championship side.

That’s bad news for Rangers, but we hope they can get promoted back to where they belong next season – the Scottish Premier League – and back in Europe again very soon.

Comments welcome.

143 comments so far


    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, have you nothing better to do? Why not leave a posting on for at least 5 minutes before adding another pointless one.

    How much are you getting off all this advertising?

    Let the blog be a blog man…….

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I think its hard to judge any of our players especially the younger ones when people say such and such are championship level wait till they are properly coached not by dummys such as Pardew and Carver who are championship or league 1 coaches at best!!!

    Abeid for example came from the Lens academy which is a pretty top notch academy where possession of the football and technical skills are developed hes pretty much stunted his progress with our dinosaur tactics of park the bus and hoof it long !!!

  • scottoon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed is going too fast –

    Repost (again)

    A period of stasis over the summer allows the status quo to normalize. This is dangerous in my opinion. Look at what Ashley has tried to accomplish with one short interview. Baffle the masses into a stupor whilst allowing Charnely et al the opportunity to drag us deeper into the morass. We as fans cannot allow ourselves to adopt the exact same strategy as the regime, which is to do nothing and hope all changes for the better.

    I don’t have all the answers, but inactivity is not the right course. We need to compel a massive cultural shift in the way the organization is run. I would even accept the same people if there was any evidence whatsoever that ambition would replace mediocrity, that transparency would replace cloak and dagger, that actions would replace words.

    I doubt any of these things will happen but simply accepting our fate by inactivity makes us complicit in the outcome, and that, dear fans, is simply unacceptable.

  • almondrichie

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5



  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    from last thread, what’s the point getting these youngsters in when the people allegedly tasked with developing them are messrs carver, stone watson and woodman all 3rd rate league 1 standard at very best. llambias and pardew have left a horrible legacy.

  • DevonToon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    @ ourtoon – Ayew would be a huge signing… mercenary or not he would be fantastic in this league! Remy was a mercenary and he was absolutely class here!

    Ayew – De Jong – Cabella
    Colback – sissoko

    On paper looks class

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Yeah Demba Ba was a mercenary but always gives 100% when on the pitch !! Pay him and he performs ! A bit like Tevez but I bet everyone would have him in our team !!

    Ayew would be great if we got him mercenary or not !!

  • John Tudor

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    ffs tell me it aint so

    fcukin mclaren

  • barkel

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10


    Woah there, calm down boy. It’s an article in goal FFS. There’s not many on here that want McLaren and I really understand the need to vent but nothing has been confirmed by the club yet

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11
  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Remy was never ours to start with, he only did that so he could move onto something better. Demba Ba was exactly the same, don’t forget though both of them are forwards.

    Ayew is more of a wide player, will he be doing the donkey work required of him, no he won’t which is why Spurs have pulled out, a team that pride themselves on hardwork off the ball!!

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13


    Tevez left Citeh to join Juve for a fraction of the wages he’s was on, that lad puts in a shift on the pitch, chasing non stop and working hard. To be a mercenary you do what Remy did and pick QPR over the toon for £££, not leave Citeh for Juve for less money!!

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    McClaren has to be the worst signing at Newcastle since Albert Luque and Xisco

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Devon toon

    The problem with the team you have listed there is its lacking in a ball winner, who’s going to protect the fragile back 4? Don’t say Colback because he commits more fouls and wins less challenges than he makes.

    Cabella has no end product and will end up doing stepovers when no one is around, slowing down attacks so he can do just one more stepover!! Ayew would be great on the ball but off it he wouldn’t be much use, so in all reality we should have just kept Greggs loving Arfa as he would contribute more on the ball and the same off the ball as Ayew

  • barkel

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #16


    would you say those two were worse than Ferreyra or Pancrate?

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t think Mclaren is a particulary bad appointment. Dunno why people seem to think he failed at Derby, their squad was shocking! Made up of loan players and youth. Was a paper thin squad that was always going to drop like a stone when injuries and fatigue hit.
    When the first choice were fit they played the best football in England but the problem was the back up up players didn’t have the technical ability To maintain the style.
    Mclarens biggest problem is he likes a challenge too much. Hes taken too many jobs that had too many problems. Better managers failed with that group of england players. The wolfsburg job, to be honest there was a reason no top german took that job at that time, too many players on decline or out for themselves snd forest i think he only stayed for a few weeks, they go through managers like no ones money.
    I suspect newcastle job will fall into the list of jobs too broken though at least any nufc manager gets time.
    Hes a tremendous coach though and usually works with steve round and eric steel who have a phenomenal record of developing players and keepers.
    We have a small staff, theres room for those 2 even keeping on stone and carver. I suspect woodmans off to palace tho

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    fair point Barkel, we’ve made some clangers in the Signings department. who was that Chilean midfielder we got on loan that got injured in his first game and didn’t play for us again?

  • BandB

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Ayew is very strongly linked with Roma and there are plenty of other big names mentioned in relation to him. He’s one for the Santa Claus lists.

    Well said Scottoon!

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #20

    If given a choice I’d prefer mcclaren over pardew any day of the week but both men aren’t good enough for nufc and we shouldn’t accept it

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Bottom line is Mclaren is an improvement on Carver, Pardew, Kinnear and probably Hughton (hardly shown himself as a good manager since he left).
    He can’t really be judged on the football Middlesboro played. Derby try to play next level stuff, fast, passing and movement. Think he learnt alot about foitball at Twente.
    Hard to describe what we’ll get with him…
    At Boro he played overlly defensive
    at england, well no ones got them playing well
    At Twente he played a dutch fluid 4-3-3.
    At wolfsburg his team attacked too much. Awful defence.
    Wasnt at forest long enough to judge.
    At Derby they played 75% of the season like barca in style. But then 25% of season like 90’s wimbledon…

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #23

    If we get mclaren AND 5/6 players that go straight into the starting line up i can handle that.
    Mclaren will probably get Tiote playing, apparently he scouted him for nufc in the first place.
    Anita is the kind of player that fits into mclarens system too…
    Not sure Sissoko fits though… Could see Schteve rocking a 4-3-3 with Dejong AM and anita/colback alongside Tiote.
    He’d need 2 actual wingers too…

  • hibbit

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24

    i honestly thought a SMc had more sense then take this job just another whipping boy for ashley biggest mistake he will ever make taking this job nobody wants him now if he has a bad start god help him

  • hibbit

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    jayphoto what if we dont get the players we need and by the way 6 is not enough

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 3, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Right this is a video of the football Derby were playing before christmas

    Watch the 2nd goal in particular I cant recall us scoring a flowing move like that last season and they have much worse players than us !!

  • hibbit

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #27

    lee what about the games after christmas when the wheels came off and no plan B

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #28
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #29


    They dont really have a squad to play good football once the injuries hit they had the likes of Darren Bent as back up !!

    When Pardew had a fully fit team last season we did not win in the first 7 or 8 games it was only when he had to play the youngsters did we start winning !!

    I am not championing Mclaren by any means but he would be a major major upgrade on what we have had recently in that he would be able to use the players that Carr has picked Pardew and Carver would just play them out of position

    His success all depends on who we sign and if we can keep our best players from being sold or injured !! Siem De Jong , Saylor, Aarons , Cisse and if he could get Colo and Tiote bothered to turn up with about 6 or 7 players of a similar level we could be quite good

    Its a big if though

  • WLtoon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Intersting to hear Ayewe is available on a free.
    Apparently 3 prem club are interested,no doubt we are one,and the other 2 are Everton and West Brom.
    Guess which club out of the 3 wont get him
    You would think Ashley would maybe ease the purse strings and offer Ayewe what he wants as there is no big transfer fee to pay out, but no.
    Hell end up at either Everton or Italy.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    @hibbit the 6 player is the must! Its what shows the true direction of the club!
    McLaren would be a 7 out of 10 appointment for me. Better than average (id class pardew as a 6) but not a klopp or above
    Personally i just want the club to be successful, can’t stand to see the club suffer as it did this year. Mclaren might be the best placed to work within the structure!
    Not saying i agree with the structure, i don’t at all but it looks like its not changing, Ashleys not selling neither! Id take mclaren as chances are wed play decent football and he wouldn’t be the national joke that carver made himself and the club.
    Mclaren really isn’t as bad as some make out

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    For me aswell, hiring Mclaren will probably see Aarons have more chence of fulfilling that potential! Might see Vuckic kick on too! He focuses on youth alot. To be fair in Haidara, Lascelles, Aarons, perez and Armstrong we’ve got 5 players that could be internationals if developed correctly.
    Not mentioning abeid coz hes off Apparantly.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Lee Charnley is the BEST…GO McClaren GO…

  • jayphoto

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Id take Stambouli! Apparantly the club have heavily scouted Morgan Sansom from Montpellier! Reckon he might be an incoming! Its not a transfer window if we don’t annoy Louis Nicollin at some point!
    Gotta wonder, has ashley got some kind of deal for cheap flights to montpellier ir has Carr got a holiday home there?

  • WLtoon

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont know if anyone has seen the headline about Cignac possibly signing for West Brom.
    If that does happen its just another indication that Ashley/ Charnley have got no intenton of competing with even the smaller clubs in the prem.
    Do they deserve to be mentioned with anything to do with the top flight.> Do they Fcuk
    I wonder how long it will take Shteve to realsie just how tight fisted this lot are.
    Time will tell

  • hibbit

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #37

    if it is SMc so be it but he must be allowed to sort the coaching staff out bring in his own people or there is no change no one improves and some go back not good enough

  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Worry not folks.

    We know what Charnley’ll be doing – what he’s been doing since he was appointed MD.

    What’s that? Shuffling papers on his desk, looking for his to-do list, frightened to look at his emails or pick up the phone, trembling, shouting at colleagues (if there’re any left!), trembling, suffering cold sweats, hitting the bottle – all the signs of stress!!

    If I were to advise Charnley, I’d tell him to get out get out before he’s carried out in a box.

    It’s clearly too much for him.

  • John Tudor

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #39

    the toon only interested in the dogs bollock

  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #40


    If that’s our Lee Charnley, he looked as much of a tw@ then as he does now.


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