Joey Barton Key To Getting Charlie Austin To Newcastle


Newcastle are starting to bring some stability to the Tyneside club – at least in the coaching area – with Steve McClaren to be appointed as the new hard coach, and he will be bringing his own people in with him, after Newcastle cleared the way for that by sacking both John Carver and Steve Stone today.

charlie austin and family

Charlie Austin – to be married later this month

And it turns out that our number one transfer target Charlie Austin, has been continually asking former player Joey Barton what life is like at Newcastle, and Joey is positive but with one caveat – there’s instability at the club at the moment.

But once Steve McClaren is announced as the new head coach, maybe later today, then Newcastle will look a lot more stable than we were in the second half of the season, and maybe we can persuade Charlie to join the club.

Certainly it would be a very popular signing since Charlie looks like a goal machine.

This is what Joey Barton has said in the Shields Gazette:

“I spent four years up there at Newcastle and it’s a fantastic place to ply your trade.” “There’s a great support base who support their team home and away.” 

“The only issue for him is maybe a little bit of instability going on, in and around the place.” “Will they be the best opportunity for him should he decide to leave QPR? “

“Will they provide a more stable environment for him to kick on to that next level?”  “He gets married towards the end of the month and no doubt I’ll have a conversation with him.”

“He’s always asking questions like ‘what’s it like there’.”

Those are actually good words from Joey in that he wants Charlie to make the right decision for himself and his family – it’s an important next move for the 25 year-old.

And Joey’s right that Newcastle have looked unstable this year and in a bit of a mess if truth be told.

We almost accompanied QPR down to the Championship, and they also beat us in the second last game of the season 2-1 – even though they were already relegated.

If Steve McClaren can persuade Charlie Austin to sign on a Newcastle, it would be a great start for the former England manager at Newcastle.

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86 comments so far

  • swemag

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Bilic takes over West Ham. Inspired choice. 55% win percent. Not bad.

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Bilic is rubbish. Done absolutely nothing in club football. Won’t see the season out.

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  • shaun__

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #4

    From last thread as there’s too many!! – Not tough at all Ed, clearly the new head coaches call (I’m still hoping it’s not mcclaren) and the cynic says this is to buy goodwill. Either way they are gone, I’m glad but they shouldn’t be a scapegoat either, part, nowhere near all, of the problem

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I think they may have been a large part of the tactical problem. And Carvup was certainly the main part of the man-management problem.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Bilic manager for Croatia when McClaren was managing England.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton can shut his big trap! He may be right about the instability within the club but that’s not helping us sign him one bit.

    I would have loved for us to sign Ings but Austin is of the same ilk and Shearer rates him highly too.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Good to see that McClaren is being allowed to bring in his own staff. Hopefully he will be after some proven quality. Not sure why people seem to be keen on Paul Smpson coming in, his record is far less than stellar. I’d be much happier to see Steve Round come in to work with him.

    Eric Steele would be a good appointment as a new goalkeeping coach, and for those who like to maintain local staff, he is a local boy.

    Steve Black would be another interesting and forward thinking appointment.

    Those are just based on who he has worked with in the past. If he pulls a few other well qualified and talented coaches in then even better.

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster,

    Charnley himself said the managerial situation would be reviewed at the end of the season “if the need arose.”
    Clearly the need has arisen.
    I couldn’t believe he could possibly get the job after the record losing streak. But nor do I believe McClaren has been signed up since Christmas.
    The job was Carver’s to lose and he lost it.
    Until he was definitely ruled out I was always going to have a sweat on. He remained heir-presumptive and was still second favourite for the job with the bookies.
    I myself have never suggested Carver would get the job.
    I wondered who would be the first to play the recriminations game.

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  • richyg01

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #11

    God help us if we have to rely on Joey to get us our top target!

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Can we get Garde in as assistant manager just in case big clubs like Palace comes for McClaren midseason?

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  • hibbit

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    looks like Mc has won he wanted his own staff now lets see if he takes the job ………. said for weeks Mc and carver were not mates …………. have been told nufc are now looking for a director of football to work above Mc…..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Not sure why people are getting worked up about what Joey has said? HE hasn’t talked us down at all here, he has sung the praises of the fans and just queried whether it is right for Austin at this time. For all we know, when they chat the pair of them may come to the conclusion it is.

    He hasn’t said anything out of the ordinary here in the slightest. Austin and Matty Phillips would be a good start to the window. Follow that up with a commanding centre back all in the next 2 weeks and the summer will have started well.

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  • richyg01

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit.

    Thats probably where the Rene Meulensteen link came from then

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Excellent news that Carver has gone along with stone, praise seems to be going to penfold, I’d be surprised if he actually made this decision. I think it’s probably Steve McClaren who’s asked for there removal!! Either way this is excellent news

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #17

    On a personal note im happy for the change but still remain cautiously optimistic, as I felt over the Ashley interview also.

    I’ll never be truly optimistic until I see these transfer policies ripped up. Only then will I know the club are serious about pushing the club on.

    While we sell the club as a stepping stone, show a lack of ambition and don’t possess a squad capable of fighting all year round, I can’t see any manager pushing us on.

    Fingers crossed for me this manager is backed otherwise it will be more disappointment im sure.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #18

    No to Lee Clark, he always looks as if someone has nicked his dinner money. Has an awful record as a manager, Blackpool were worse under him than Carver with us.

    Don’t know if Joey has his coaching badges but I reckon he would make a fantastic assistant to Steve. Has a lot of clout with his team mates, I mean empathy not villainy.

    New era, bring it on!!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    WTF HAS THIS GUY BEEN SMOKING??..(I hope he doesn’t represent the majority of fans, way off the mark)…

    Steve Wraith, of supporters group NUFC Fans United, said he was personally sad to see Carver go it was “the right decision for the club.”

    “John’s a good friend and to be honest it’s sad to hear news like this as he took the job on when Alan Pardew left and essentially gave it his best shot with limited resources and a diminished squad and no chance to buy anyone in January.

    “He was left in the lurch and ultimately suspensions and injuries cost him dearly.

    “Obviously we hoped he would get the five points needed to stay up quite quickly but they were a long time coming and ultimately that led to his downfall.

    “It’s hard because John Carver is black and white through and through, but football is a results driven business and ultimately over the games he was in charge they were not good enough for the football club.

    “I think this is the right thing to do for the football club, and I think for John he would have found it quite difficult to go back to being number two with a new manager coming in.

    “I wish him all the best and hopefully he will not be remembered by Newcastle United fans with only bad feeling. Hopefully people still respect him for what he did under Bobby Robson, because that was a cracking job, though under a different regime and owner.

    “And we must remember that he was brave enough to take the top job when offered. He could have said no and let someone else try to come in and perform miracles.

    “It was a very, very tough time for Newcastle and I don’t think Jose Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson could have taken that team and done better. And ultimately he did enough to keep us up, and that’s what he should be remembered for.”

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    LG

    I think Joey is spot on with what he’s said, if anything he’s been reserved in what he’s said. Joey has given Austin a toned down bit of advice and we complain daily about the regime!! Why should a player whose on the up throw it away by joining us at the age of 25 when all we want is 10th or below!!

    Truth hurts, Barton is spot on….A poor start to the season or a poor transfer window could spark off all kinds up here!!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Will die for toon et.c…

    From last article…

    You are going to miss Carver!?!? WHY?

    I think you are the only one! How bizzare

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  • one fine day

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Not sure if carver and stone will be too worried .
    They will have a few years of pay left on contract .
    Wonder if Ashley will attach a gag order to the pay out conditions ?
    A bit like when Jose was fired from chelsea .?
    Can’t see carver being able to not mouth off though not in his nature

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    hibbit,

    With a head coach almost in place, a director of football is the next logical step.
    It needs to be a football person.
    Lee Charnley isn’t a football person, and he never has been.
    That will hopefully be a credible appointment who can take on some media duties.
    I would hate to see McClane sent out to field questions on all and sundry as Pardew was.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Jp.

    Its almost as if JC wrote that himself, isn’t it 😀

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Finally some good news

    Bye John bye Steve, won’t be missed

    In there 5 years here as integral members of the coaching set up has any player actually improved?
    All I’ve seen is players coming in looking full of potential only to steadily decline

    Woodman seems to be walking before he’s pushed

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Also heard that an experienced DOF is being sought. Surely they’re not going to restructure things in an organised way.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Whoooooooooo Hoooooooooooo!

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #28

    JP

    I’m shocked to read that from Steve wraith…personally thank fcuk carver has gone. The self proclaimed best coach in the premier league is no more!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki
    OurToon was making a case based on “evidence” X. I was making an opposite case and criticised his use of “evidence” X. I felt he was adding 2 and 2 and coming up 1000. It’s perfectly reasonable to make that point. Other bloggers can make their own minds up having heard both sides. That becomes the end of it and we move on.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30

    MA got Charnley to get on the phone to Carver and get him to give Jonas and Ryan the boot before dismissing them

    Let’s hope now Charnley’s got shot of Carver and Stone he’s next out the door

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  • BandB

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

    OFD

    I imagine the delay in an official announcement is partly to do with the terms of the pay-off deal…including those all important gagging orders.
    John may be a bit miffed….and he does have a lot of friends who will be happy to listen if he is feeling talkative.
    And McClaren isn’t confirmed yet.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #32

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp – Lol exactly! Word for word, good riddance.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #33

    TADS @30

    Oh that would be the icing on the cake. Wow such positive feelings, I think (just like AC) I need a lie down.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster from previous

    Given the shambles of last season and the ridiculous appointments and board decisions don’t really think it’s accurate labelling people as negative, downtrodden and disillusioned maybe but can understand why

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  • one fine day

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty @ 26
    A new DOF? Really? Where you hear that .?
    If so today is just getting better and better

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Firebug
    Would love to see Penfold hoyed out right behind Carver, no sympathy for any of them, inept at every level

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Our Toon/JP,
    Steve Wraith is an absolute knacker. For some reason people give him a platform to spout utter drivel.

    I don’t dislike Carver, and appreciate the difficulties of his situation when taking over, but he hasn’t done the job. It really is that simple. It is a shame it has ended like this, but his actions, words and results made his position untenable, and for that he can’t complain about the decision.

    As for it being brave of him to take the job, it would have been far braver to admit he wasn’t good enough for the role.

    More guff on his work with SBR, the fact his only redemption in his own and certain people’s eyes is his role with SBR speaks volumes. Funnily enough, Wraith doesn’t mention that Carver was also part of the Ruud Gullit coaching set up when Big Dunc and Shearer were left out one fateful night.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    TADS

    With two new directors to be appointed it could happen. Just so long as it’s not Llambias and Leach.

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  • giimps

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Be quite ironic if Charvew and Neanderstone found out they had ben sacked by twitter…..Kama !!!!!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 9, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #40

    André Pierre Gignac on André Ayew, per France Football: “A motherf***er, he should get lost. With his brother, all they did was moan.”

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