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Newcastle Star – I Cannot Play Champions League At Newcastle

3:22 pm, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 147 Comments

Newcastle United midfield star Moussa Sissoko seems to have been shopping himself around already this summer, with Moussa saying again that he wants to play in the Champions League – and he says he cannot do that at Newcastle.

moussa sissoko scores qpr

Moussa Sissoko – 25 year-old Newcastle midfielder

With the Euro 2016 in France next summer,  Moussa will want to play regular football next season in order to stay in the French squad and be selected in the squad for Euro 2016 which France will host.

Moussa had a good first half of the season last season but like many other players he did not play well this year under interim head coach John Carver, who was officially fired today by Newcastle along with first team coach Steve Stone – both Geordie lads.

France manager Didier Deschamps has made it clear that players selected for his squad will only be those who play regularly week in week out.

This is that latest Moussa has said to Le Parisian:

“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench” “Didier Deschamps clearly told us that he will only be choosing players who are regularly playing at their clubs.”

“With one year to go until the Euros, you cannot change club and find yourself on the bench.” “At the same time, I want to play for one of the biggest clubs and I would notably like to play in the Champions League, something I cannot do at Newcastle.”

“One day or another, my hour will come. In any case, I see myself staying in England.”

If Moussa wants to stay in England and if he wants to play in the Champions League then he would have to play for one of the top clubs in England – namely one of the two Manchester  clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal or perhaps Liverpool, who did not qualify for the Champions League last season.

And Moussa would be hard pressed to be a starter at any one of those clubs.

If he really wants to play Champions League football then he may have to go abroad – but why doesn’t he just stop trying  to sell himself every summer and just commit himself to Newcastle – and concentrate on becoming a better player for us.

Maybe we will have a very good side next season, and if we do it will be because Steve McClaren gets the very best out of the Newcastle players, including Moussa – who remains one of our best players – when sufficiently motivated.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · European Champions League · European Competition · Moussa Sissoko · Transfer News and Rumours

147 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    You won’t be playing CL anywhere else either, good view from the bench though.

  • 2 dexter53 // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Get rid. Hes constantly touting himself. Why not do something to make us a champions league club instead of just walking into a ready made one.

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    No chance of Cabaye coming back

  • 4 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Video of McClaren outside SJP been on Sky sports news

  • 5 JDdubai // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Sissoko same as Cabaye – the level of club he wants to be guaranteed first choice he isnt good enough for.

    Plus publicly doing this every other day, its as embarrassing and JC and all the crap he said desperately trying to convince everyone he was good enough.

    Let Sissoko leave for 10m, tired of having gutless people at the club who dont want to be here – Colo can do one too.

  • 6 ToonMatt // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Who can blame him? We don’t even compete for domestic cups so there is no chance of us ever competing for a european one, players are not stupid they know Ashley has no ambition and is only here to advertise his crappy sports company, Good look to Sissoko he’s a good player on his day and deserves better then this joke of a club.

  • 7 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Can’t play cl standard anyway so no harm done there

  • 8 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Honestly, just announce the manager already. How hard can it be?

  • 9 DevonToon // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    He was shite for 70% of the season… No chance anyone decent will try and sign him till he’s consistent.

  • 10 Ron Knee // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Do you think a club would pay 10 million for him?

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    So tru Swemag

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Who’s stayin and going

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM


    Do try and keep up, old Rotonda was saying yesterday I was amazed as I just couldn’t see JC getting sacked. Ecstatic that he was though.

  • 14 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Rotonda that was the best news yesterday 🙂

  • 15 lesh // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    These outbursts are becoming boring.

    I wonder if any club challenged such statements in a court of law, arguing that the player’s effectively asking for a transfer.

    The time to test that is when he’s close to leaving and by telling him there’s no loyalty bonus.

    Such behaviour’s got to be challenged at some stage.

  • 16 Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Keeping things in perspective with what we are likely to spend as talk of Martins Indi at 20 m+ & Berahino also at 20m+ is highly unlikely to happen.

    I think Austin must be the priority, would also be happy to see Van Ginkel come in as long as it is with an option to buy included.

    Richards & Guidetti on free transfers from Man City would boost the squad without breaking the bank.

    I would also like to see Mings from Ipswich or Garbutt from Everton brought in for left back competition with Haidara

    Then we need to be focussing on the defence with at least two centre backs being brought in plenty of talent across Europe that would be within our budget as most English talent would be out of our price range under Ashley.

    We could get any of these from Kongolo from Feyenoord, Van Dijk from Celtic, Gouweleeuw from AZ, Rudiger from Stutgart, Badsturber from Bayern, N’kolou from Marseille, Matip from Schalke, Umtiti from Lyon, Martinez from Sociedad, Savic from Fiorentina…all much better than what we have, young to fit our policy & probably none over 10m so not overly expensive but would all boost our ailing defence…really no excuses left now to not change that championship defence!!

  • 17 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Guidetti I think would be a good one. Has size and is crazy enough to handle the Toon setting.

    I like the guy a lot. Has lost his track the last 2 seasons though, massive potential.

  • 18 Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    If as he claims Chelsea are really interested in him i’d swap him for Zouma in a heartbeat.

    If we are to sell our best players we need to change our approach & get a player from that team to improve our own squad not just money all the time then not spend it.

  • 19 Sazzer // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Let’s see what Guidetti can do in u21 championship before going after him.

  • 20 JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER) // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    sissoko is replaceble…if he wana go let him go… 15 mil good bye..we can get better players…adam johnson would be a better choice

  • 21 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    West Ham sign Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria

  • 22 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Ok, Sky sports now claiming McClaren to be announced later today.

    They usually know what is going on.

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Transfer list him and get rid.

  • 24 cestriasteve // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Moussa, you ain’t no Patrick Vierra mate in fact your not fit for any top 4 clubs anywhere mate!! Your more of a narsasist than John Carver, get a grip sunshine!! Or get out, I don’t even think Everton or Stoke would take you!!

  • 25 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    West Ham have just got someone in from Sampdoria. Pedro Obiang -Midfielder. 4.4m.

    Howay Toon get splashing.

  • 26 Sliema // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM


    If anyone pays £15mil for him they need their heads checking. He’s a lazy player with poor technique and a shocking attitude. If he already thinks he is bigger than the club then it’s already too late.

    We’ve sold a few duds before though, but we’ve been sold a ton more.

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Rangers need to hand over that 5mil aswell, that’s are full transfer kitty for the Summer they are toying with.

  • 28 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Craig Hope ?@CraigHope_DM 4m4 minutes ago
    There will be no independent media interviews with new NUFC boss Steve McClaren. Preferred partners (Sky & Daily Mirror) only.

  • 29 Tsunki // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Toon prodigy – Wow. He’s a tall lad. 🙂

  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    hahaha Tsunki

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    I want the lad gone anyway…his attitude is as poor as his ability.

    His cosistently is so poor he can’t even quoate the same team when he is trying to get a move. He’s spent his life wanting to play for Arsenal, PSG and now Chelsea…waste of space.

  • 32 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    George Caulkin ?@CaulkinTheTimes 39s39 seconds ago
    #Nufc want to control their message, but they achieve the opposite. Open, friendly, communicative, pleasant – all things they’re not. Sad.

  • 33 geordiemark // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    well for one thing sissoko is very over rated in my eyes, this last season he was a bloody disgrace maybe had one or two good games but that was it always been looking for a way out all season, for me he can go good riddance and on the cabaye I wouldn’t have him back either, never allow a player ever who has gone on strike to get a move to another club

  • 34 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    How did sky and the daily mirror become preferred partners ?

    Did they pay ?

  • 35 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Looks like Newcastle have just pi$$sed of the rest of the media. PMSL:

    Oliver Kay ?@OliverKayTimes 7m7 minutes ago
    Newcastle only inviting “preferred media partners” (Mirror, Sky) to report on appointment of their new manager. How utterly small-time.

  • 36 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    I would call his bluff, stick him on the transfer list and publicly invite bids from “champions league clubs”

    And lets see how many bid.

  • 37 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Hahaha! Apparantly he has been nicknamed Hightower by his fellow team mates.

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM


    And this is why I want Ashley gone.

    I couldn’t give a damn about money spent, who the manager is, who we sell, who we buy, etc….that’s hit and miss with any owner.

    What annoys me is how he acts like it is his club to do as he pleases. He may own it but without the fans he’d have nothing to own.

    I just want clarity, a clear message, an owner who listens to fans (can’t give us everything we want but can do more), somebody who cares about the local community and overall a decent person.

  • 39 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    What is all this with just inviting those 2?

    What are they afraid of?

  • 40 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    The Telegraph have also spit their dummies.

    Luke Edwards ?@LukeEdwardsTele 1m1 minute ago
    Luke Edwards retweeted Jason Burt
    Couldn’t agree more, it has done him no favours and already looks weak #nufc Luke Edwards added,
    Jason Burt @JBurtTelegraph
    Steve McClaren needs to put his foot down. Newcastle cannot prevent media from going to his unveiling. Thought he was better than that.

    Still the red tops don’t seem to bothered. But then again they will just make something up.

  • 41 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM


    Couldn’t agree more mate. He has upset a lot of media with this, hopefully they will now go after him for revenge.

    George Caulkin of the Times is spitting blue feathers. Just tweeted this:

    #Nufc should be a beacon for the city: proud, connected, open. Instead, they’re cold, dry, aloof. An idyll for payday lenders & tat-hawkers.

    Sometime the press do get it right.

  • 42 hibbit // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    bt are not going to went or games after that slap in the face

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM


    Well that’s always been my issue with him, it’s the main thing I have posted about for years.

    I enjoy my local non-league team as they are open, everyone knows some of the lads, good family deals, do a lot of work with local kids and summer training for all.

    it’s the connection which is why we love the club, not the quality and the players.

  • 44 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    I really don’t understand why the press cannot be their, surly this is an opportunity to build some media bridges, and offer some positive news to the fans and the rest of the waiting world, to show themselves in a better light…..

    Oh wait, Newcastle United!

    From the banned man….

    Luke Edwards ?@LukeEdwardsTele 52s52 seconds ago
    For those suggesting this is sour grapes, I’m banned and Daily Telegraph is banned. I wouldn’t have been there but a free press should be

  • 45 Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Whats the betting David Craig is asking the qusetions at the press conference for sky!!

  • 46 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Im just wondering what the thinking is behind it.

    Upset a lot of media that. Like me, they have probably been sitting around all day waiting, only they got a kick in the stones saying they arn’t getting in! Can’t believe I have wasted a full day sitting infront of the TV. 9:30 this morning I’v been sitting since.

    Why can’t they just release a statement actually telling people when the bloke will be unveiled. Everything is so secret and closed off with the Toon.

  • 47 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    David coverdale the sun
    “Steve McClaren gagged from speaking to any media outlet other than @SkySportsNewsHQ and @DailyMirror – #nufc’s preferred media partners…” –

  • 48 nut meg // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Mr Magpie
    Well it certainly won’t be Jeremy Paxman,spoon fed Qs only.

  • 49 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Oliver Kay ?@OliverKayTimes 29m29 minutes ago
    Not expecting much sympathy over how media are treated, but the clubs who treat media badly are generally those who treat their fans badly

  • 50 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    @TFL: I’m not sure if I’m surprised or if it’s just trapped wind.

  • 51 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Ah, no, there it is. Trapped wind.

  • 52 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    So how does one become a preferred media partner of mash holdings ?

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    pmsl thump

  • 54 lesh // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM


    Listing Sissoko’ll get him his loyalty bonus if he moves on.

    I’d be inclined to tell him and the world at large that he’s going nowhere! If he doesn’t want to play for us, then so be it – make him train by himself!

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Daily Mail
    Craig Hope ?@CraigHope_DM · 51s51 seconds ago
    Approached by free press, McClaren said he wasn’t allowed to talk. ‘Let dust settle first’, he said. Wasn’t any dust until this PR own goal.

  • 56 Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Exactly nutmeg, we can’t have anybody asking questions about the real issues at the club.

    This was the perfect opportunity to put out a strong message that the club is heading in a new direction, the start of a new era, put themselves for once in the spotlight for all the right reasons & show that they really mean business….another wasted opportunity.

  • 57 nut meg // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    We must be plumb out of respectability by now.

  • 58 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Pav and steve

  • 59 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Unveiled in the next hr.

  • 60 Carryingcoals // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Evening chaps, check this out..

    Peruvian bar and restaurant to open in the toon. If only the fatman hadn’t changed the name of Shearer’s Bar, you could have crossed from Solano’s to Shearer’s…

    New Peruvian restaurant to launch in Newcastle inspired by NUFC favourite Nolberto Solano

  • 61 hibbit // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    well Mc has found out very quickly the type of people he has signed for scumbags of the first order

  • 62 m1c4a3l // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Apparently Charlie Austin is the most likely summer transfer of this window according to Swiss academics. Valued between £7.9-9.5m. But which club???

  • 63 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    That was fast mate. beat me to it lmao.

  • 64 davis_toons // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    “Maybe now we will see different set-piece tactics instead of the old and useless ‘lump it long to Willo’ tactic!”

    Yes very true. I really hope that this can be the first change.

    Not productive at all from those “OLD COACHES”..they so reluctant to change.

    Set-piece can be a 50-50 game against top sides or gain points when we needed to..but NO Coaches wanted to make the Change. Just can’t believe it.

  • 65 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:07 PM


    I know mate, right sad act today haha. Sprawled on sofa with SSN on and fone in hand. I can’t wait until it’s over and then it’s a few drinks out in the back with what is left of the sun.

  • 66 nut meg // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    So what’s the next step, getting the media done for trespassing ? classless!!

  • 67 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:09 PM


    I done the same thing but in reverse, been in the sun all day, had a couple of beers, now chilling in my rocking chair with Newcastle’s preferred partner SSN and keyboard on my knee.

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM


    I gave you credit for holding your hands up. Unlike a few others:

    “Old Blackley predicted months back that we would get relegated. He was wrong and admitted it. He also criticised the tea boy and the comedian’s dad for being incompetent, but in sacking the cones guy, albeit as part of the new manager’s terms, they shown an element of competency.

    A good few people on this blog said Ashley would never get rid of the cones guy because he’s such a tight bastard and wouldn’t pay compensation. I think Rotonda’s said he couldn’t see it happening but I haven’t seen anyone else hold their hands up and say they got that wrong about Ashley? Is there anyone who needs to speak up now?”

  • 69 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Come on Leeds make that offer for Williamson…..Any offer.

  • 70 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Media are as classless as the club.
    Couldn’t give a single fk about the on-going media feud. Let the babies argue.

    All i care about now is getting the coach finalised and getting some good players in. There is still a lot of important stuff to do on the football side, fk the media.

  • 71 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM


    Why should people hold thier hands up just because Ashley did the right thing for ONCE? Get over yourself.

  • 72 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Martin Hardy ?@mhardysport 2m2 minutes ago
    Spent 3 hours in SJP car park waiting to see new NUFC manager. McClaren ushered out of side door. Can you speak? ‘I can’t’. What a shambles.

  • 73 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Same old self-important blabber every time i come on! Honestly, why should everyone have to suck you off just because you have an opinion like everyone else? Jesus H teapot.

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:24 PM


  • 75 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    So….unlike any normal club who hold a press conference to announce a new head coach and for any media to attend if they so wish, nufc decide to limit it to two.


    Open and honest communication eh penfold. You’ve limited the very thing you claim to do. By allowing only two media outlets in it looks like it’s staged and any and all questions are going to be vetted first.

    As much as I dislike the chronicle (especially honest john’s mate) them being the local paper and all I think they should be their.

    Alienating an already pushed to the limit fanbase by limiting exposure isn’t the way to go if you want to be viewed without suspicion and negativity.

    Spectacularly bad own goal. Woodgate esk on his debut for real.

    Fcuking jokers.

  • 76 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    McClaren’s statement will be on SSN anyway so why all the kerfuffle?

  • 77 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    It is reported by The Chronicle that Steve Round, Paul Simpson and Eric Steele could all follow him to St James’ – the names Pavel Srnicek and Steve Watson were also mentioned. Be great to see PAV on the coaching staff – may help our keepers to be more positive and command the six yard box

  • 78 Novocastrian66 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Personally I couldn’t give a monkey’s which media outlets are given access to Newcastle United. Over the years the press have had unlimited media access and done nowt but slag the club off at any opportunity and not just since Ashley took control. If theyy have to pay for the privilege, so be it.

  • 79 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    @firebug: I’ll make an offer on their behalf.

    Bidding starts at 5p. I know, generous, but still.

  • 80 Belfast // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    I’m the same, couldn’t give a ferk about the media boys tbh

  • 81 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM


    Don’t know why you’re bothering mate. Definitely not worth it.

    It’s minutes, possibly hours of your life you’ll never get back 😉

  • 82 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:30 PM


    Because all the questions will be stage managed, and we will only get the information they want us to have, usually that means we get nothing.

  • 83 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    You couldn’t make it up
    Because when people come on and are adamant in arguments that Ashley is the devil and he won’t sack anyone because he’s too tight to pay compensation, they should be prepared to say I got that wrong. What’s your problem? If you’re one, show some humility. Some people can’t show humility or laugh at themselves. It’s nothing to do with points scoring.

  • 84 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Fair point Firebug

  • 85 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    YCMIT @ 71 & 73,

    you sir, deserve a case of your favorite beer for those perfect posts!

    thank you!!

  • 86 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:34 PM


    As much as that????


  • 87 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:34 PM


    Yeah i know. Just needed to vent about it. I should try and ignore it sonce none of really applies to me. (Altiough i thought carver would not be sacked). I certainly wont be appologising to anyone for thinking it 😀

    Hows you, anyway?

  • 88 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:36 PM


    hope pav can also teach them how to distribute a ball, instead of blindly punting it to the opposition…

  • 89 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    £1.5 mil, we’ll take £20

  • 90 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    blackley talking about showing humility is like the pope saying he prefers to date a protestant girl….

  • 91 Mister Tuff // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Wow there’s one or two folk on here who do not think of the ramifications of restricting the news to only those who pay for the privilege. Next they’ll want to dictate what the message is.
    Mirror and SSN must be paying the club for access.
    Not a good start I’m afraid -I thought they held some imprtance to improving communications – clearly only if you pay.
    Look at the FF debacle – the club has not even replied to them.
    PR own goal.

  • 92 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    yeah I forgot about his distribution – and he was also very good on he ball could dribble and kick off both feet when under pressure

  • 93 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:40 PM


    would he be like a new signing then? lol

  • 94 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Let them spit their dummies out, I couldn’t care less tbh.

    My issue is it now looks like a stage managed Q&A session because the club don’t want any direct or potentially difficult ones so have decided to not allow it.

    Open and honest they most definitely are not.

    Funnily enough just like the slugs interview.

    Nothing has changed.

  • 95 p // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    storm in a tea cup – even if there were people there with the specific purpose of asking hard questions, the club would just deflect them or answer them in a non committal or vague way.

    people are treating this as some kind of free speech, media restriction issue, total bollox, it’s up to the club as to what questions they want to answer and they want to answer them.

    people might not like that but the notion that all media has a right to be at some press conference is nonsense and more faux outrage

    I am more worried about the appointment than I am how it is reported…

  • 96 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Humility? Its a football blog, if everyone expected congratulations for being right, and give a written appology when they were wrong, there would be no time to discuss anything ffs. Now be quiet. The grown ups are talking. I have said my piece and i wont discuss it further. Happy to talk about other things, though.

  • 97 Bambams // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Just got in…

    Has he been announced. ….Read a few posts about only couple of scribes at press conference.

    Has it been or do we know what time

  • 98 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:48 PM


    I see what you mean, and i accept it as fact tbh, but the feud between nufc and the gutterpress is something we have no power over. I would just prefer it if the club made steps to be run correctly. If Tubbs can only manage that by using his gargantuan arse to block the media and help him concentrate, then so be it.

  • 99 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Sky expect it to be very shortly

  • 100 RUNAWAY777 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    still dont want a season ticket as they still acting like tw/ts no change there f//k the lot

  • 101 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:51 PM


    I’m good mate. Hopefully starting the new job on Monday. Depends if they can oust the Welsh troll from under the bridge 😉

    How’s you?


    Do you not think that even if a few supposed hard questions were asked and still weren’t answered it would (the stage managed interview) lend more credibility to itself instead of just pre-vetted ones that we all know are such? They’ve no need to hide behind anything if they intend to be open and honest have they.

    All they’ve achieved as far as I’m concerned is more ridicule and secrecy (something I thought not possible with the slug still here)

  • 102 swemag // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    I bet Sky thinks it will be shortly because they are editing the interview that they recorded 30 minutes ago…

  • 103 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Has anyone in the press been asked to pay? Have they mentioned anything on twitter? Or is this a staged Q&A where they have chosen the easy route?

    I’d like to know the truth in this.

  • 104 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:53 PM


    I’m canny thanks. Congrats on the new job… its a good job you got one before Carver was sacked. He’s the best Coach on JSA now.

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    you could be right swemag

  • 106 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:55 PM


    You want the truth from NUFC…..The Truth…..You can’t handle the truth!

  • 107 Our Toon // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Ahaha why so much hatred towards Sissoko? Is it because he wants to achieve things? He’s showing ambition by wanting to play at a higher level. He wants all the things we all moan about with our club.

    How many times have players signed for us and come out and talked about getting I to CL? Don’t blame players for wanting to play at a higher level blame the owner for not making us competitive enough to keep these lads.

    Newcastle United first signing looks like a loan deal for a Chelsea youngster…..yay ambition!!

  • 108 p // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    AC – no, I think it doesn’t matter.

    Those guys need to do more than answer a few hard questions or have a non staged managed press interview to get people’s trust or respect.

    At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words.

    It’s like politicians, it’s not what they say – they all talk in a stage managed kind of way – it’s what they do.

    As I say, I think this detracts from the fact that we are about to appoint a washed up has-been.

    I could be wrong, he may do well for us but everything points to continuing, tedious Pardew like mediocrity.

  • 109 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM


    Does this mean Jack Nicholson is the new incoming dof? 😀

  • 110 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 5:59 PM


    The truth hurts aye! I hope it’s scheduled for 6. They are saying anytime now for the unveiling. Lets here these questions.

    First drink going down nicely Ahh.

  • 111 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM



  • 112 Mr Magpie // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Toonfrom leeds@105

    Is that a mini he is in when leaving St James Park…lol

  • 113 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I know shit pic isn’t it?

  • 114 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    now official

  • 115 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:01 PM


  • 116 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Our toon

    Some of what you say is fair re Socks.
    However, i think fans get annoyed because his form since xmas is not worthy of a CL club, and also he is (in a small way) partly responsible along with others for the position we finished in.

  • 117 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Manager managed

    Steve McClaren was at SJP on Wednesday afternoon to complete the formalities of his appointment as the new head coach of Newcastle United.

    Interviewed by the club’s own communications staff and representatives of Sky TV and Trinity Mirror, McClaren then departed without speaking to anyone else.

    No press conference was staged – hardly an encouraging start to a new era of communication and openness….

  • 118 mickalfas // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    We maybe a stepping stone club at the moment,but the players have to be good enough to be moved on
    Sissoko ,watch some of the games from last season ,I believe your punching a Ove your weight now ffs
    Get a grip man,have your best season ever next year ,then please leave

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I wouldn’t worry about Steve not realising who he’s working for, he found lying to The Derby fans as easy as lying to his Mrs.

  • 120 firebug666 // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Hard questions? Easy questions? What fusking questions?

    crap; crap and more crap.

  • 121 Graeme // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    McLaren has signed a 3 year deal, with an option of a further 5 years

  • 122 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Ok. Sorry peeps, off out for a few beers and a chinese. See you all later /tomorow /sometime 😀

  • 123 toonking // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    offically announced
    mclarean is now manager

  • 124 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Well. There it is.

    Top 8 and a trophy. That’ll be the day.

  • 125 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    BBC Radio Newcastle having a phone in with John Anderson

  • 126 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Shite picture

  • 127 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:08 PM


    Totally agree. Long long way to go in order for them to trusted if at all.

    I’m not saying this would of been the catalyst or it’d happen overnight for trust to be garnered by the club but it surely wouldn’t of hurt and been a good start to the “new approach” so many interpretated after the slugs interview and what penfolds few statements have alluded too. Open and honest.

    Also agree on shteve. More of the same. Much like the staged unveiling and secrecy.

    Nothings changed.

  • 128 toonking // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    my view of the appointment is he’s probably the best of the rest, great assistant manager at manure, got league cup and final of eufa cup, might have been a crap england manager but lets be honest who the hell could do a good job with such a sh1t national team and squad? Fc twenty won the league, had a bad time at wolfburg and forest, as for derby, i believe most would have went down hill once injuries occur in the championship, 10 teams can compete for first place not 4.

  • 129 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Anyone think Mashers talks like he’s got a cold?

  • 130 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    I’v waited 9 hrs for that, dear me.

    That was bizaare. Locked in a room, one bloke asking the questions, not one mention of transfer targets or how much he has been backed with. What were they so paranoid about today?

    Not one difficult question.

    Well am off to get drunk and enjoy me last night off for a month.

    Enjoy debating that until the early hrs haha.

  • 131 toonking // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    great managers like garde would be my preferred choice but tBH they would never come to newcastle until cashley has proven he’s changed his attitude.

  • 132 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Can see why the media are carrying on what a terrible interview

  • 133 p // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    toonking, who has been a good England manager in recent times to be fair?

    he is experienced, he is qualified but he is very inspiring (and he is &%^&)

  • 134 Bambams // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Bloody missed it….

    Backroom staff mentioned ?

  • 135 Our Toon // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:13 PM


    Think from the players perspective though, last Jan 2014 it was cabaue thay was sold and the season went belly up, Jan 2015 arguably the best CB at the club was sold amd arguably the best LB gone….why should sissoko or any other player graft hard and give 100% when the regime keep derailing the season?

    I’m not making excuses for them but if the owner doesn’t care then the players will not give a toss either.

  • 136 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    #nufc appoint Graham Carr, Bob Moncur and McClaren to the board.

    I guess swemag was right last night.

  • 137 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Bob Moncur as club ambassador

  • 138 toonking // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    breaking news
    newcastle have just made changes to the board appointing maclarean, beardley and carr onto the board

  • 139 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    McLaren also on the Board of Directors with Carr, Charnley, and Moncur

  • 140 toonking // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    not beardsley ,moncur*
    mixed up the names

  • 141 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    @BamBams: “coming days” according to SSN. Rumour is that Steve Watson and wor Pav will be coming on as coaches, with Paul Simon expected to be assistant.

  • 142 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Whoever said it’s a 3 year deal with the option of 5 years I thought you were joking. WTF is that all about? Usually a year option or two but 5? They do love their 8 year contracts for management don’t they! Fcuk me.

  • 143 Thump // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    @Average: I think they’re doing it on the basis that if he does well, they can activate the clause. They’ve learned nothing.

  • 144 Mister Tuff // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    The club declared we want better communications, we’ve made mistake (not that we’ll ever find out what they were and who was responsible) – all change at the Toon – great thing suggested -Hoorah>

    Wallys’ first day in the job -gagged by the club.
    Should have been all the press there -open question session – no fear if there is nothing to hide.
    Wally says objectives have been set – what objectives.
    What a set of useless knackers.

  • 145 Bambams // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    So the HC is also manager is also board of director ( McLaren )

    Club ambassador is also board of director (Moncur )

    Chief scout is now also on board of director.

    Charles obviously on board

    I hear the tea lady is also assistant coach….

    Likes his money’s worth does ash

  • 146 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Bob Moncur? You mean the same bob who’s been licking the slugs arse since he’s been ambassador? Lol.

    Footballing man yes.

    In the wrong century though.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  • 147 Average_Contents // Jun 10, 2015 at 6:28 PM


    Nothings changed. Never will.

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