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Newcastle Icon Doing His Best To Help Out Newcastle

11:36 pm, Monday, June 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 130 Comments

Alan Sharer is a legend at Newcastle United and he has a great influence in English football still, with his appearances on Match of the Day and his column in The Sun, and he’s one of the best strikers England ever produced.

Alan Shearer.

Alan Shearer – Newcastle United legend

So it’s good to see Alan via his new Twitter account asking our top striker target – QPR’s Charlie Austin – if he would consider joining Newcastle United.

This is what Alan tweeted:

And would you believe it, Charlie tweeted this back:

Well at least Charlie could try.

charlie austin and family

Charlie with his family on vacation

Charlie would be a great signing for Newcastle, and it would be good to get one of our top targets over the line shortly,  since we seemed to have missed out on Danny Ings of Burnley, Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht and Andre Ayew of Marseilles.

Here’s Charlie’s Twitter account if you want to send him a message.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

130 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Jun 8, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    If Ashley had any sense a hoddle or shearer would be there in place of penfold.

    Hopefully McLaren will delay his decision to ensure he gets Steele and Simpson on his coaching staff, much better than what we have. Think Clark would be a decent addition, was well thought of when he coached briefly at Norwich too.

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Charlie didn’t tweet it back, Ed. Charlie tweeted first. Alan tweeted back.

  • 3 lochinvar // Jun 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Press: West Ham United hope to appoint a new manager “within the next 48 hours” after interviewing a number of applicants over the weekend.

    Short list of two is rumoured to be McLaren and Carver

    Live in hope

  • 4 lesh // Jun 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM


    Ashley have sense? That’s why Charnley’s there — he was cheap and daft enough to take on the MD role in addition to his Secretary role.

    It’s proved too much for him – just like it did for Carver.

  • 5 Toon Tang // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Staying up to watch USA v Australia. Tons of flange.

  • 6 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Cmon you Aussie shielas

  • 7 lesh // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Lochinvar – if it is to be McLaren at SJP, he’s there and there’s nowt can be done about it.

    As far as Carver for WHU or anywhere else, a job interview would be a formality – before they announce, proudly, that they’ve now got the best HC in the Prem.

    Eeeh well, he’d be our loss!

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    “”Newcastle still have a fantastic history, great and very loyal  fans, and we are still a high-profile club around the world”” says Ed.

    Puts the ky-bosch on my earlier theory that any potential global supporter looking for a PL club to attach with would only be put off by the negative environment created by the current owner. 22nd will still have some traction in the fanatical stakes lottery and potentially means that a greater degree of success is capable, when properly marketed with the customer given greater priority.

  • 9 JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER) // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    hope the ausi ladies win the world cup

  • 10 Thump // Jun 9, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Carver the Hammer.

    I like it.

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

    Vincenzo Montella has quit Fiorentina!

  • 12 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    give it up. It’s McLaren. doesn’t matter who’s available. Not sure it ever mattered. Been SM all along as far as I can tell.

  • 13 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    Seb Blatter quit, lets get him. Makes Ashley look like Mary Poppins. Lol

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Canny…it seems it has taken Charmless more than 6 months to figure that out!

    …easy to get the impression they were looking elsewhere 😉

  • 15 Graeme // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Ed, you have the messages the wrong way round, check the times!!!
    Charlie Austin tweeted first, Shearer responded!!

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    I am never going to accept McClaren is going to be our HC…will be in denial ad long ad I can!

    …the last 8 years has been one disappoint after another!

  • 17 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Which as we know 🙂 was the exact impression that was meant to be given.
    they are gonna turn round next and say oh we didn’t have time to sign any players because our full focus has been on the HC role.

  • 18 Sydney Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Jesper – Sorry to burst your bubble on Montella but he will Milan’s new Head Coach, deal already done.

    I would love to see a backroom of Lee Clark, Steele and Simpson, along with Woodman & Stone, I think adding to the staff setup will create more flexibility across the squad, I would like someone of Meulensteen’s quality, perhaps David Platt to assist on our attack.

    In terms of signings, I see a likely sale of Riviere difficult because of his long term contract, nonetheless the way he was played was not to his strengths. I do see Cisse, Tiote & Williamson being sold which may only raise $12m but it free’s up money on the wages. With Lascelles and Darlow coming over, Elliott moves to No.3.
    My top targets would be:

    Charlie Austin
    Will Hughes
    Virgil Van Dijk
    Sam Byram
    Florian Thauvin

    Giving us a potential full strength line-up (4-2-3-1)

    Van Dijk


    De Jong


    Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Abeid, Anita, Hughes, Aarons, Ayoze

    Squad Depth: Elliot, Woodman, Byram, Dummett, S Taylor, Satka, Ameobi, Armstrong, Riviere,

  • 19 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 1:40 AM


    Smart set up. the optimist in me says totally doable. The pessimist says we won’t get anything resembling it.

  • 20 theartfuldodger // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    So Ashley thinks he can One Fine Day get up and say NOW we will spend. Its hillarious
    1. Prospective players wouldnt believe him
    2. Their doubts would be ratified by the clubs age old bargaining methods.

    I simply cannot see this transfer window being successful.

    Thers only one thing we have to offer – Guaranteed First Team Football in a thread bare squad.

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    On reflection of the USA v AUS game. Australia didn’t deserve to lose it

  • 22 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:32 AM


    In order to attract McLaren, he would have to make certain promises about financial support or else he us leaving himself open for another keegan like constructive dismissal case which could prove costly to Ashley both on and off the field.

    I have to admit that I dont think there has ever been a season in recent years where we have suffered from so many season ending injuries early on and the lack of discipline in certain players resulting in long term suspensions.

    When you factor in the loss of Pardew, Mbiwa and Santon and the failure to replace plus the bad luck in having both our first choice keepers injured for a lengthy period having to play an untried kid in goal definitely didnt help matters.

    McLaren is a top quality coach and not a dinosaur as some might think. He is heralded in the game by a lot more qualified people in the game then some of the clueless numpties on this blog.

    Hopefully, our long term injured players like De Jong Aarons Tiote and Taylor are back for pre season along with the promised new signings.

    Hopefully he will gave his preferred coaching staff appointed and he can use the friendlies to assess who stays and who goes.

    I personally think he will surprise a few on here given the support he deserves.

  • 23 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:35 AM


    I thought we were the far better team in the first half and played the better football but the USA had the luck with the early goal whilst we hit the bar and their keeper brought off some great saves.

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    We just need a team to go with it

  • 25 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:38 AM


    Some nice signings there but my fear is that our underhanded negotiations with other clubs will see us lose out on most of those targets on your other lust to other clubs particularly Austin and Flauvin.

  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    expat deffo, If it wasn;t for their keeper you would have won comfortably.
    You should beat Sweden but Nigeria is gonna be close

  • 27 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:41 AM


  • 28 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:44 AM


    I dont think our girls really believed they could get a result against the yanks. They need to work on their finishing but we rattled them and that will give us some confidence.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    Expat…to quote Sissoko once again “I don’t know who that man is”! Priceless!’

    You couldn’t make that up!

    McClaren soul only be a top quality coach to a Brit! It’s so deflating to think he’ll be our next coach!

    There’s just no point in it…at least our expectations can’t get any lower.

    Montella is going to Milan
    Bilic to WHam
    Laudrup is staying put
    And we are getting McClaren! Harrumph!

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:47 AM

    *soul = would

  • 31 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:48 AM

    Lust/List, where’s your head at today.
    Injuries, suspensions, bad luck, Blah blah blah. All I heard was Our regime is pitiful and couldn’t run a flag up a pole.
    Hinny 😛
    Injuries – Should have had depth in squad to cover
    Suspensions – Better run club inspires discipline
    Bad Luck – you make your own luck and we’d have more of it if it wasn’t for all the negative ions flying our club.

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Expat they deserved it

  • 33 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    I mean the Aussies deserved the win

  • 34 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    McClaren needs to get Tiote back to form

  • 35 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM


    A suitably qualified and experienced coach who has coached european champions, won titles and cups at unfashionable clubs, coached at international level and plays a decent brand of entertaining football.

    Pardon me if I prefer the opinions of seasoned professionals at the highest level like Sherringham Defoe and Owen to a blog member who has probably played at a level no higher than a danish sunday afternoon park game.

    Just saying ….. like

  • 36 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:01 AM

    Alright Article. Personally tiote did his dash for me with that Arsenal shirt thing. Gone. Top player when he manages to stay on the pitch like. Solid.
    Interesting tweet to the top right from that Jamie kid. Would kill me if Cabaye went to Palace!!

  • 37 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:02 AM


    Like it or not, these issues all impacted greatly on the overall performance last season.

  • 38 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    the man you describe sounds quite smart, correct?

    Then that rules us out. Nobody remotely like that would want a bar of us like!! We all entertain these delusions of some European hot shot sailing to drag our club to Champions League Glory and wot not but deep down we all knew what and who was going to happen.
    Lets now move on to all the wonderful players we are linked with that never arrive!!

  • 39 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    All those issues could have and would have been muted to an extent at a better ran club. It all comes back to that, whichever way you slice it. Even the fact that HC’s and players don’t seem to want to come.

  • 40 dexter53 // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    Getting proper sick of these constant pop ups on here.

  • 41 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    to which pops ups do you refer. the one where you sit on me knee. Sorry just came out. lol

  • 42 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:15 AM


    Mclaren is infinitely better than Pardew as a coach and also as a man manager. He will have us organised and we will play a better style of football than we have been used to since SBR days.

    The youngsters will also get a chance to shine which us something that rarely happened under Pardew unless a last resort.

  • 43 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:19 AM


    Apologies for the lust error. You know you always bring the worst out in me…. lil

  • 44 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:19 AM

    I’m not slating SM
    I hope you’re right.
    Either way it has to be an improvement on the end of last season.

  • 45 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:20 AM

    Do I even want to know what LIL is.

  • 46 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:22 AM


    No dear. Just another typo…..LOL

  • 47 dexter53 // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:23 AM


    Ooh matron!!

  • 48 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Yeah was surprised Ed let that through. Get away with a lot more when you’re a lass, obviously. ;P

  • 49 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:32 AM


    Too many people on here were spouting the virtues of Viera, Laudrup etc based on what they achieved as players and yet no consideration was given to their coaching achievements, if any.

    You can go back to the huge mistake if appointing an inexperienced Shearer in 2009.

    Furthermore, look at the current past and high achieving manager/coaches and very few had success laden playing careers.

    Look at Mourinho, Wenger, Ferguson, Pelligrini etc. They were hardly world reknowned players.

    McLaren had a limited playing career but he has proved to be a highly regarded coach at the very top level.

    And for those who prattle on about McLaren been sacked at clubs, just about every top manager gas experienced that.

    Look no further than our own SBR. Sacked at Fulham, Porto, Barcelona, Newcastle and yes, England as well.

  • 50 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    I wish I could disagree even just for the sake of spirited debate but I can’t really. Except to point out that whatever his attributes if he’s not given licence the end result shall be the same

  • 51 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 3:53 AM


    Yes. Too true. If he gets his own coaching staff and the club bring in some decent players in key positions, I think we will certainly be a top 8 team next season.

    Add to that the return to full fitness of the likes of De Jong Tiote etc, we should have a reasonable squad.

  • 52 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:03 AM

    Yes that all should happen. Logical and practical football 101. Which is why it won’t. It should but it won’t.
    101 is obviously the level above where our regime currently sit. CIT anyone?

  • 53 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:05 AM

    And how sad is it that top 8 sounds great. We used to be challenging so much higher up.

  • 54 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:13 AM

    And proven coaches still don’t always produce. Remember Gullit!!

  • 55 Chris // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    Sydney @ 18

    That’s a great looking squad and it ticks all the right boxes – 27 players is just about the right size for a first team squad, and your list meets all the requirements for the PL/homegrown player rules.

    I think this is how your 25 man squad would shape up:

    10 home grown
    Ameobi, Austin, Byram, Colback, Darlow, Dummet, Elliot, Krul, Lascelles, S Taylor

    12 non home grown
    Abeid, Anita, Cabella, Coloccini, De Jong, Haidara, Janmaat, Perez, Riviere, Sissoko, Thauvin, Van Dijk

    And I think these 5 would all still qualify as U21 for next season:

    Aarons, Armstrong, Hughes, Satka & Woodman

    So you’ve got a great squad, and you’ve done it by only bringing in 5 new players. But just look at the number of players that you’ve had to leave out:

    1 Alnwick
    2 Bigirimana
    3 Campbell (U21)
    4 Cisse
    5 Ferguson
    6 Ferreyra
    7 Good
    8 Gouffran
    9 Jonas
    10 Marveaux
    11 Obertan
    12 Streete (U21)
    13 Ryan Taylor
    14 Tiote
    15 Vuckic
    16 Willo

    You can just imagine what Ed would say about that, can’t you? He’d say how disgraceful it was because we’d lost 16 players and only brought 5 in. He would tell you that you had decimated a squad which was already far too small, and he would keep on saying it over and over again, wouldn’t he?

  • 56 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:35 AM

    Unfortunately, with that squad, it us unrealistic to expect Ashley and Co. to let go many of those players all at once.

  • 57 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:36 AM

    How is Krul home grown. The lads Dutch?

  • 58 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:37 AM


    We can only hope, pet

  • 59 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:39 AM

    Aye Pat, seems like we need an endless supply though eh?

  • 60 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:40 AM

    the time of the tweet seems Charlie twitted first then Shearer replied.

  • 61 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:40 AM


    Krul is classified home grown because he was developed through our academy. Same will go for Satka, Kemen or any other foreign youngster who was brought into our academy set up. I believe there is also a time frame involved too. Maybe 5 years at the club.

  • 62 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:42 AM


    It doesnt matter who tweeted first. I would be amazed if he signed for us.

  • 63 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:42 AM

    So.. why Austin said that? Does it mean he already signed a deal with us only need to wait until transfer window open to be official?

  • 64 Sydney Toon // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:45 AM

    I agree that McClaren is a very good choice, I may want someone else however I would say his appointment is definitely not a step back from Pardew. I think he has been calling for that redemption card for a while and perhaps there is something great brewing. Plus you have a man with a strong relationship with Carr and has continental experience, and would have the tactical nous to get our squad playing a good system with balance. Hopefully he can bring along Will Hughes.
    On my list of targets, they’re ideal and type of players that would suit our current squad. However when you look at it, we lack a 25 goal striker with a good fitness record like Austin. I think if we can nab him along with a few defenders then we seem to have a capable squad. In the end, it comes down to McClaren and the system he brings and he seems best suited. It may be conservative to most and to me, however if we brought in Vieira it would have been a high risk. I think with McClaren he can give us a steady platform of a top 10 finish as a minimum and perhaps give us a stepping stone onwards.

  • 65 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:47 AM


    As far as I am aware, Shearer was Austins favourite player and English TV has been replaying goals he scored for England.

    Shearer has no direct involvement with NUFC so there is no influence to sign for us.

  • 66 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:54 AM


    I would like Austin but I feel we will drag our heels as usual haggling over the price and eventually lose him. I actually think we will sign Andy Carroll instead as well as a young striker on loan from the continent.

    I would love Hughes as well but I cannot see Derby selling him especially to us.

    Flauvin will stay in France. He has already turned us down once.

    I like Van Dijk but I think he us aiming higher than us unfortunately

  • 67 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:56 AM

    Oh, so not about where ye born. Cool, didn’t realise that.
    Tweet thing = Just lads shoot’n the shit. doesn’t have to be anything in it.
    Any HC coming in will be a risk. No telling how some one will settle in to a new place. Especially some where like us with such an unusual set up compared to other places they would have worked.

  • 68 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 5:08 AM


    yes, I know. I’m just hoping he already signed with us, he just wants to outscored shearer. I hope he’ll do that with us because Shearer goals mostly with NUFC.

    Anyway we really need a player like HBA skills, it will help the strikers a lot. Defenders will be drawn to him, I watched the video again mostly 2 or 3 defenders surrounding HBA which means more space for strikers.

    I like his goal against blackburn the most.

  • 69 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    I hope Cabella can step in HBA shoe this season.

  • 70 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    Skills yes. attitude, not so much
    You mean “Stepover” lol

  • 71 cyprus // Jun 9, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Still in bed? Like others said, you got the tweets’ order wrong man.

    Santon, how about HBA himself coming back, with a real coach? Yes, yes, look at his record, bad boy and all that, but we dealt him a nasty hand. We had us a gem, we left it rough: Pardew…

  • 72 theartfuldodger // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    The shocking thing is that we still consider injury prone players as key players and have no backups. And then we talk about injuries !!!

  • 73 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Bruce couldn’t do anything with him either though. He was one of my faves so I’d love to see him back how he was on full form but the “Diva don’t play” attitude is a bit old and certainly not what we need right now.

  • 74 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:14 AM

    By “injury prone players” you mean the whole squad! did anyone manage the whole season? I still think that’s something to do with the training schedule and it needs looking at. Something not right there like!

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Expat…I think you like to over exaggerate to make a point!

    Them praising McClaren means nothing. Even Mourinho has praised Carver. That is what they do.

    What you just described is your profile was yesterdays man and that is exactly the problem some of us have with him.

    Excuse me if I take the gut feeling from someone who actually have played higher than the Danish Sunday league over a bunch of x-profs who are in the business of praising one another!

  • 76 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    *is = in

  • 77 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Someone on here mentioned a month or more ago about Austin. He said something (can’t remember exactly what) about a “do” of some description in Ireland. I think it was Austin himself that said if Liverpool don’t come in for him he will probably take up NUFC offer of 80k a week. Now I’m not saying this is true or not but I’d like to think it is true…..I’m hoping for the best but preparing myself for the worst. I hope the guy who posted that comes back on & tells us again as to what exactly he did hear.

  • 78 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    80K! Weren’t the powers that be baulking at paying 60k a week for whoever?

  • 79 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Don’t know whoever is /was but maybe Austin is a better player /goalscorer. I hope the guy reads my post & comes back on to explain fully what he heard.My fingers are crossed for good news anyway.

  • 80 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Yeah, it was Jonas and yes as much as I love the lad he isn’t worth it but don’t think Austin is either.

  • 81 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:03 AM


    To offer your opinions on a coach you have neither met or studied his coaching tactics and techniques leaves yourself wide open for criticism, wouldnt you think?

    There is no over exaggeration of comments in my post when I choose to take the opinion of ex professional and international footballers of note who have little or nothing to gain by passing their opinions on someone they have worked with at the highest level as opposed to a blogger from europe with little or no, if any, experience in the professional game at a higher level.

    Or maybe you are really Laudrup, Schmeichel in disguise?

    Now put yourself in my position. Who would you believe?

  • 82 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    If you want a regular goalscorer you first have to pay a lot of money to buy him & secondly pay him a good wedge.Strikers come at a cost and have to be paid accordingly, you’ll certainly not get a 15m (?) goalscorer coming here for much less than 80k a week IMHO.

  • 83 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:08 AM


    QPR have a reputation for being hard negotiators and you know what our penny pinching lot are like.

    My worry is that words mean nothing until the contract is signed sealed and delivered. Our experiences with Remy should tell us that.

    If we gaggle as we normally do to get the price down, my fear is that someone like Villa (who will sell Benteke), Southampton or Everton will nip in and nab him.

    It has happened so many times in the past.

  • 84 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Nut meg…80k a week might be a stumbling block!

    …don’t take a “Sunday league footballer’s” word for it though 😉

  • 85 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Guess we won’t be getting one then because there’s no way (Whatever he says) Mashers is gonna pay that. Hey maybe I’m wrong. We certainly need some one. I just can’t see it.

  • 86 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:09 AM


  • 87 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:11 AM


    Stop acting like a “danish pastry”……lol

    You’ll get no sympathy from the likes of Canny and me.

  • 88 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Don’t drag me into ya scrag fight! thank you very much.

  • 89 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:15 AM


    If he doesnt pay up for quality, then we may be in trouble in the goal scoring department.

    I cant see Cisse Perez or Riviere being another 20 goal a season striker.

    It could be another relegation fight and a season of fan discontent all over again.

  • 90 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM


    I am only.picking on him because the Danes pinched our “proud Mary”…… lol

  • 91 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Canny – lol

    I think there are players similar to HBA, I hope CAbella can do the same job. It’s impossible to get HBA, he already signed with french club. I don’t know why he didn’t do well with Hull.

  • 92 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    What’s Tina Turner got to do with it?
    Spot on about the striker like. that doesn’t mean it’ll happen though as we know.
    BTW – how do you know Jesper doesn’t play for Madtylland?

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    I think you’re missing the point of why fans would like to see someone like Viera, it was because he is not an unemployed failed Championship manager looking to get in to the PL at any cost and would demand concessions. If reports are to be believed, he did and didn’t get the job. However, McLaren who is desperate to get a shot in the PL and a ride on the Premiership managers merry go round rather than the one in the Championship will do anything to prove he can keep a club under Mashleys ridiculous restrictions in mid table and secure his place at the table with Pulis, Hughes and Allardyce rather than rather than sitting down with Warnock, McCarthy etc.

  • 94 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Maybe he thought Hull wasn’t glamorous enough. Shame it didn’t work out with us like. He could have been something amazing. What a waste!! Cabella has flair true enough but I don’t see the same sort of playmaker imagination in him as HBA or even a Paul Scholes floating midfield.

  • 95 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    I agree, QPR v NUFC haggling over transfer fee, now that wouldn’t be sorted over a cup of coffee! I’m not too confident about getting Austin just hoping really, I’m willing to be surprised or shocked even lol.
    The bottom line is how much are we prepared to pay a goalscorer,every team needs one that’s why they’re so expensive. If he scores 18-20 goals we climb up the table @ approx. 2m a place he just gets cheaper but also his value will increase….come selling time a huge wedge for Ashley.

  • 96 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Expat…I am not in business of sympathy I am just above childish comments to settle an argument!

    …you are too old for that my friend 😉

  • 97 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Nut Meg
    We keep rolling the dice and getting deuces instead of Aces though with these apparent strikers. Wasn’t Cabella some high scorer at Monaco and Goofy and Obertan both came on board as front players. And yes you can argue that Pards was playing them out of position I guess but with the exception of Ba and Cisse no one has really shone oh and Remy

  • 98 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    …and Mary came willingly 😉

  • 99 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:32 AM


    I would rather judge him on how he actually performs rather than basing my judgements on perceptions and heresay.

    We may well be pleasantly surprised assuming he is fairly backed by management.


    Apologies if my comments offended but I hope you understand where I am coming from.

  • 100 expatmag // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Must have been duped by that Copenhagen ice cream. Couldnt gave been that little squirt of a prince you have…. lol

  • 101 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:35 AM


    I think Rivi need time to settle, he’s lack of confidence right now and he didn’t get much support
    apart from great chances that he missed last game.
    He was one of the top scorer in France, maybe because the whole team sucked last season.
    Cisse probably can be good this season too but sometimes he did stupid things that get him suspended.
    I heard there will be no AFCON this season, so it will help a lot everytime they played in AFCON they became useless after that.

  • 102 Angryman the Angry fan // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Over 10m ? We can’t compete! He’ll go to Bournemouth

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    The team was an absolute broken shambles last year with a coach for best part of it that didn’t realise that Sameobi could take a corner. What chance did Cabella have in his first year.

  • 104 Santon03 // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:38 AM


    They need time to settle, different style than ligue1.
    Some players can settle quickly like Cabaye, some need more time especially when the whole team really messed up.

  • 105 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    McClaren is a good coach. All the jobs he has failed at has been when there is a lot of pressure. When he has been able to go in to situations where people aren’t expecting him to pull up trees, he more often than not does okay. My main issue here is that he will be under pressure – not just from the fans, but there will be media scrutiny following last season as well. I see him as a steady hand on the tiller, and a continuation of mid table aims, with an very outside shot at a top 8 spot. An improvement on the likes of Pardew and Carver, but nothing to suggest the club and owner is willing to increase its ambitions.

    On the likes of Vieira, I did a bit of digging on his methods of training and coaching, plus style of play, and it all seemed very promising. But even if we hadn’t got Vieira, a statement of intent by getting a similar big name would have demonstrated a change in philosophy from the board. You could liken it to a more boom or bust strategy, but at least it would have an ambitious aim, and would excite the fans. Whether it works is another matter, but very few (none) would guarantee success.

  • 106 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Very hopeful concerning Riviere actually. Shame we had a break cos I think he was starting to hit his stride. Hopefully Ashley will keep his promise and spend to bring some quality in. I think that will give the other lads a lift in spirits. Ye know if they can see that things are looking different and they might have a shot at some silverware. Really it must be depressing as F@ck to be trying to play every week knowing it means jack because the club has no ambition. then us lot on their backs over it. Shitful situation to be working in if you think about it.

  • 107 Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    jesper is above childish arguments to settle an argument. Ha ha ha ha ha . PMSL. LMCO. pi$$ed in my pants and spat my coffee all over my keyboard, stood on my hamster and sat on the Mrs Shitzu when I saw that one.

  • 108 nut meg // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Austin has scored goals this season in the PL. Cabella came from Montpelier as a midfield player who can score a few goals. Goofy came in as a squad player who played up front / wide left.As you say Pardew & Carver played him everywhere but his proper position. Obertan the less said the better, but both he & Goofy were 3m & 2m ? Austin is a CF who scores goals.

  • 109 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    QPR aren’t really in a position to haggle too much over players fees. They will already be facing either a points deduction, or a hefty fine from the Football League for their earlier FFP misdemeanours. With the wages still on their books they need to offload players and re balance the squad.

    Personally I’d look at getting both Austins and Phillips in a joint bid. The press have put Phillips at around £8million, a bid of £20 for both would likely be taken into serious consideration by them.

  • 110 carl // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Well done cobber. Gatsheed is proud of you. All without abuse and insults. Your only mistake was in feeling the need to apologise to the less enlightened. SBR was a one time mentor to Steve so expect a tribute or two from our new man – to be appointed tomorrow I hear.
    Hope your fellow countryman don’t put up as good a showing as you have with the early risers, when they pay us a visit next month. We’ll root root them owt!

  • 111 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    I don’t think Vieira would have been such as risk considering how been able to bring in better players than McClaren and considering he’s knows how Mourinho, Wenger, Mancini, Pellegrini others does things. And that he didn’t just jump straight into it like Shearer.

    Especially compared with McClaren who while things work out for him can get teams playing decent football but when things doesn’t work out can have teams crash despite having great players at his disposal.

    There always risk involved. I would have preferred Garde based his ability not go into freefall when their owner sold their best players and bought no replacements in and Vieira as assistant manager.

    Anyway let’s hope McClaren doesn’t start in free fall mode.

  • 112 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Is that the Phillips that played for Sunderland? Sounds alright for 20. Lets hope they go for it.
    Nut Meg – Point conceded re Austin, make it happen!!

  • 113 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Rivi was definitely not a top goalscorer in France. Only once did he manage to get double figures in a league campaign, and that was with Monaco who finished second in the league. He just made 10.

    46 goals in over 180 appearances in France, including a stint in the second division.

  • 114 sing in the corner // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Jail @93
    Good, if somewhat depressing, points! I know this gets me hammered but I believe we have to start with a slightly less crappy slate even if the general consensus is that little has changed and most are disappointed with SM being appointed. A few games ceasefire surely – to see how we set up, who comes in and who goes?

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    What is actually considered a risk these days under Mike Ashleys stewardship.

  • 116 Canny in Canberra // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Well thanks for helping pass another day in Boresville lads. I’m off home. Will no doubt have the McLaren appointment confirmed by the next time I log on. Tomorrow here, later today over there. Stay Calm, all will be well in the lands of Toon. HWTL.

  • 117 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    No, never at Sunderland. He was at Blackpool before QPR.

  • 118 JamesToon // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Mcclaren flying into Newcastle today. Sorting out backroom staff is number 1 priority, looking to add Paul Simpson, Steve Black and Eric Steele

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Jun 9, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Unfortunately after eight years of Mike Ashley my posts are very rarely cheery and tend to veer more on the side of melancholy.

  • 120 croftus5678 // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    there is no better scout of what it takes to be a star striker than the prem’s best striker himsely
    if shearer believes he’s the man for the job imo his price tag has just raised by 5 mil by him just saying that !

    no doubt we need him now ! shearer should be our striking coach.
    woodgate our defensive coach
    and nolan our midfield coach.

  • 121 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Expat…haha 😉

    That squirt of a Prince is the equivalent to a Navy Seal!

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Jail…fun how that remark got your attention! Well not really…your the king of that!

    …that should be common knowledge by now and if not we always have on print!

    Common throw in a dig…you know you want to!

  • 123 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:09 AM


  • 124 Sazzer // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Riviere wasn’t top scorer in France. He have never scored more than 10 in his whole career and when he scored 10 goals it was with top quality delivery behind him in James Rodriguez, Moutinho and Carrasco the rest of the Monaco team.

    Cabella scored more goals than him last season (14).

    Perez scored 16 goals with Tenerife and Cisse scored 22 goals in his best season at Freiburg.

  • 125 DicBDownUnder // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Guys and Girls, I don’t want SM, and by reading some of the comments, a lot of you dont either. BUT, IT COULD BE WORSE…. Wor John could be given the job permanently.

    Glass half full!

  • 126 davis_toons // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Steve McClaren was badly hurt be he Media when he carried the umbrella for the England match.

    But did notice 1 thing that he does have different ideas and do things kinda different taking this incident on account.

    Something different is just what the team needed.

    NO More the same old set pieces which did not work for Seasons.. hopefully he can come out something different.

    With that .. Ashley OUT! …. Ashley OUT! …. Ashley OUT! ..

  • 127 DicBDownUnder // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Does look to bad now…

  • 128 davis_toons // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    The World is so BIG and Newcastle United Mindset is SO SMALL.

  • 129 optimistic prime // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Are people expecting Schteeve to sign up today?

  • 130 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    It’s the other way round Ed… Austin tweeted first then Shearer replied.

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