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Newcastle Could Miss Out On This Player Next Week

9:05 am, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 195 Comments

The Sun is reporting today that it will be Aston Villa who will sign 26 year-old free agent Micah Richards from Manchester City and not Newcastle, who are also reported to be interested in the former England International defender.

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Micah Richards – while on loan at Fiorentina last season

The Sun is reporting that when Micah returns from vacation next week he will take his medical at Villa,  and if all is OK then he’ll sign along the dotted line for Aston Villa, and it will be a first success in the summer transfer window for new manager Tim Sherwood.

Newcastle need to bring in at least one new center-back this summer, with some of our central defenders leaving the club – and news yesterday that 31 year-old Mike Williamson was getting close to joining Leeds United.

Sunderland are the other club said to be keen to sign the 13 times capped Manchester City defender and apparently have offered him £90K/week in wages to sign for the Black Cats, but Micah turned that down and will sign for Villa.

Newcastle do have some other central defender targets and we hope the Magpies  will be going after Celtic’s 23 year-old Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk.

Newcastle were reported to be close to signing the 6’4″ Dutch U21 International at the end of last summer’s transfer window – but didn’t.

Virgil was supposed to be a replacement for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who we had loaned out to Roma for the season.

That meant we had only three experienced center-backs last season, and when that was reduced to two on January 1st, when Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles.

Why didn’t we get a center-back in during the January transfer window to strengthen the squad, and we wondered why we struggled in defense this year?

That was just one of the big mistakes Lee Charnley made in January.

Micah Richrads would have been a decent signing for Newcastle, but we do have other targets, and as long as we bring in at least one good central defender this summer, we’ll be happy enough.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

195 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Remy always wanted to follow the money trail to London

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    I used to watch Bob in his heyday. He was an excellent captain. Unfortunately, it’s not that Moncur who disappoints us today. By taking the Ashley shilling he has become as complicit as the rest of the buffoons running our club.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Isn’t Bob like 70? What’s he bringing to the board anyway…coffee and cake 😉

  • 4 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    As soon as Villa came in, Richards was always off there. Apparently he’s very good mates with Delph & Agbonlahor & has supported Villa all his life. Shame though, he would have been a good signing for anyone of the 3 mentioned.

  • 5 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Missing out on Richards is a bullet dodged, too injury prone so we can’t have him and Taylor as 4 senior centre backs. Positionally he is poor especially when he plays at cb and often gets exposed. Van dijk is another I think is vastly overrated especially at the price they are looking for.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Yes. He’s the same age as Carr.

  • 7 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Rolando @ 5

  • 8 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Rolando @ 5

    Who would you be targeting as CB’s? I wouldn’t mind Shawcross

  • 9 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    How can we only need 1 CB ,the whole defence needs strenghtening as well as the strike force
    The squad needs a complete overhaul imo,this is not going to be a quick fix ,it’ll have to be over a few transfer windows or years
    If you think fatty is going to spend £60m now ,you’re deluded ,max £30m net on 8 players minimum,you can imagine the quality thats on the way
    Austins a done deal my arse,season tickets not sold yet?

  • 10 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Be interesting to ser where McClaren plays Dummett. Most agreed he makes a better CB than LB. Another player who needs the correct coaching.

  • 11 John Tudor // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    possibly we will miss out on all our targets
    we are tarnished beyond belief

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    As I’ve mentioned before, we need a number of players just to get back to the ‘small’ squad that we had previously.

    Fans shouldn’t be jumping for joy even if we sign 5 players. We need more than that just to replace the bodies who have left.

    It is very misleading, yet could be portrayed as ambitious signing, say, 5 players. In reality it is not. Don’t be fooled.

  • 13 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Ashley needs to realise a 2 minute trolley dash around shite direct is no incentive for players on £50k a week
    Splash the cash fatty
    Ashley OUT NOW!!

  • 14 aussiemag // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    ED the heading should read WE WILL MISS OUT ON THIS PLAYER NEXT WEEK. I am hearing of us looking and talking to multiple targets this window, sounds like the same old broken record for mine.

    At the end of the window we will have one new striker,one new play maker and one new defender.

    I suppose that’s better than nothing though.

    McClaren has already stated that FAT CASHLEY is wanting top 8 or higher. He wanted top 10 last season and we where nearly relegated. So on those odds that should put us around 12th place this year.

    Sorry for the negative comments lads but even though i think he is a very good businessman whilst he is running the club that’s all we will be is a business not a force to be reckoned with which is what we all want NUFC to be

  • 15 toonbrother // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    we dont need richards
    the biggest upgrade we can make to the team is sacking colo

  • 16 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Chasing rabbits at 8
    I would prefer a player with prem experience but I don’t see anyone worth getting that would actually come to us. Shawcross would be good but I really don’t seen him coming to us, hate to say it but he would prefer to stay at Stoke I think.
    There are loads of worthwhile defenders out there for us and not too expensive either. We have been linked with matip of schalke and rudiger and they would be good additions. Stefan bell from Mainz would be a good shout, he’s a big defender good in the air. Might not be a ball playing cb though.
    I would look at chancel mbemba who has really good potential but we can’t be doing that ATM.
    There’s a lad in Italy, rugani. He will definitely be a quality Italian cb, he was good this year for empoli and he is someone we should be going for as juventus are stocked up with cb and might let him go.
    Again in Italy, Torino captain kamil glik is 27 but would be a leader which is something we desperately need.
    Joost van aken, terence kongolo and Sven van beek are good shouts but not sure we could get the feyemoord pair.
    We’ve been linked with aymen abdennour, I say we have no chance of getting him but he would be great.
    These aren’t just names like fm etc lol I have actually seen these lads play. I watch football a lot of foreign football.

  • 17 cht2015 // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM


    Richards. M. Dawson (4m) Collocini. Jan Maat

    Thauvin (6m). Colback. Sissoko. Ince (4m)

    Austin. (10m) Lambert (5m)

    S. Taylor

    What you think??????? Under £30m and all attainable!

  • 18 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    The reality is , our first fixture in the States in Milwaukee is 14 July , the usual timetable is to let the players have June for their hols.The first preseason get together will be about 10th July so that is 4 weeks to get new players talked to and sorted . You can ignore anything in the press for the next 3 weeks as total guff.

  • 19 mickalfas // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Riviere,gouff,obertan,willo,collo ,ameobi,tiote,dummett,saylor, are they really good enough ?
    Sissoko wants out,let him go £15m min
    Cisse ,sell to Qatar £10m ,goog price for his age
    That’s 11 plus Jonas and raylor plus the released players
    Might be worth £35m in total plus the transfer kitty ,total spend of £60m for possible 12 players

  • 20 aussiemag // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM




  • 21 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I like dummett too and haidara but they’re showing signs that they get injured frequently. I hope it’s just down to bad coaching and management though.

  • 22 Slank // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Chasing_rabbits @ 10

    I too think Dummitt is a better central defender than left back.

    I’ve often thought that Dummitt and Janmaat would make an excellent central pairing. Both are robust and quick and can carry the ball forward.

    The real benefit of having Dummitt in central defence is that he is left footed. It’s a natural balance.

  • 23 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    I remember in jan we were linked with jorge mere and david concha. Anyone know what’s happening with them? I like the look of both lads, concha looks a good tricky winger and mere looks like a good defender, similar style to terry IMO.

  • 24 OneAlanShearer // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    What’s required to sort this mess out completely just won’t happen. That would be a huge exodus and a vast haul of signings. I recall a journo saying the exodus won’t be a big as expected so therefore I dont expect huge incoming numbers perhaps six with two or three youths. For us to go into this season without the gaps of last season we need

    a backup keeper elliot is rubbish and darlow is not it but probably will end up being it
    Two quality centre backs all of ours are flawed
    a better left back than we have on the books
    cover at right back but that won’t happen
    a playmaker to replace cabaye
    a replacement for tiote as he’s a liability at times
    a quality winger
    two quality strikers

    what I think they will do is sell sissoko and one of krul and/or cisse along with some of the squad players to fund signing

    a centre back
    a defensive midfielder
    a winger
    2 strikers

  • 25 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    ronaldo aarons
    Concha was reported as being at SJP earlier this month

  • 26 ToonTiger // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Anybody think Dawson @ Hull worth a raid for. Always been solid and good in the air.

  • 27 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Ronaldo Aarons

  • 28 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Why can’t Darlow be back up keeper? I see a lot of people say it but not entirely sure why

  • 29 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Full on doing what?

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    With due respect French players are not loyal. Never patient keep looking for better deals for their own benefit.

    Henry Viera Cabaye Sisoko the list goes on and and on. Look at Gerard Shearer Terry that loyalty.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Quite possibly the stupidest comment ever made. Did Shearer not win the the title at Blackburn and previously play for Soton? He had it in his contract he had to be the highest paid player at NUFC.

    As for Henry Viera Desailly etc they won everything and stayed a long time until they got to the veteran stage.

  • 31 davetoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    We should be bidding on Vlaar. Cmon Charnley loosen that damn cheque book

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM


    Dawson a few years back yes, definitely not now though

  • 33 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Thaurvin available on the cheap but is this another Cabella syndrome.
    Both could be massive players as they have the potential, But like Cabella..Thaurvin has had a poor season.

  • 34 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    No Dawson too old and just not good enough imo

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    It looks like old McLaren got suckered by Ash’s intervew and maybe the reality of that ” line ” is just about to hit home.

  • 36 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Rolando @ 16

    You’ve certainly done your homework. You haven’t got Carr or McClaren’s number by any chance. You can guarantee they won’t have drawn up a list like that.

    Slank @ 21

    To be honest I think I’d rather see Janmaat at RB. He was a good attacking threat last season. With the right men in the box there could be goals there. That’s if he doesn’t leave. Dummett should stay CB, but not a first choice. We need minimum 2 CB’s if Colo is going, but will probs only get 1 with Lascelles coming in.

  • 37 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Be interesting to see ‘full on week’, say in a weeks time if we have signed anyone. being sceptical cannot see it – but fingers crossed.

  • 38 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Bamford staying

  • 39 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    I would actually say yes to dawson. Hes 31. More to offer skill wise and fitness wise than Staylor. Would be more comitted than colo. There are a couple of england players who are.worse than him imo. (Jagielka, Jones). We would need another, but we could do worse.

  • 40 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    davetoon Vlaar is a free and I can’t see why we haven’t offered him a contract he’d do a cracking job.
    I agree, I’ve everything crossed

  • 41 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    For defenders what about Jonny Evans?

  • 42 bladeuser // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    When will u lot ever learn
    if we sign some players they will be players that nobody else wants cheap rubbish listen to your wonderful head coach
    quote! Everybody starts with a clean slate that means if there are no offers for ie taylor willo colo etc they will b part of this exciting squad that u were told of that had u rushing to the ticket office
    If there was a trophy for the most brainless fans our cabinet would b full

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Mr fkn agressive is back on. Bladeuser…. wind your neck in, lad. Stop talking as if its our fault, you ranting little lunatic.

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM


    Jonny evans not for me. Never seems to have quite made it imo. Just my view on it though.

  • 45 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Apparently Gignac has signed for a Mexican side? Another player we were linked with. Didn’t have a bad season either. Carr & Charnley have got their list of targets, but what worries me is there are no back-ups in case we don’t get them “over the line”. Or if there are, then they are probably nowhere near the same standard of our first choices. Its going to be a long & interesting week. Hopefully McClaren laid down the law when he signed up and Charnley’s going to shock us all.

  • 46 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    fair point YCMIU

  • 47 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Jib at 26
    Yes I remember seeing that but haven’t heard anything about it since, probably thought against moving here unfortunately.

    Chasing rabbits at 35
    Lol, I don’t know I’ll have to get in touch with kinnear, he can pick up the phone to anyone in football you know?

    Definite no to Johnny evans, I wouldn’t even say he’s good at man utd and if he comes here he will have more defending to do in a game and will be further exposed.

  • 48 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I can guarantee that for at least half a dozen players that you currently slag off , after a month or so being coached by SM , you’ll be saying “Sheesh I didn’t realize they were that good !!”

  • 49 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM


    I would say the may be a case for having him in as a squad utility player, as he covers more than one spot, but we run the risk of having to many Jacks of all trades, and no masters of one.

  • 50 why oh why // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    So much for all the press saying the new bloke won’t have a say on transfers
    Well seems like the Mac is on the case WITH Carr and charnley
    This gives me hope
    As for Richards I really am not arsed

  • 51 optimistic prime // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM


    I bet he doesn’t!

    He’s obsessed with slagging the fans.

  • 52 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM


    Wasting your time on bladepsycho. He blames the whole mess on everyone else in the world. Serious anger issues, that lad.

  • 53 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM


    Thats correct. But i like the way i said it better 😀

  • 54 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Remember Douglas? He’s in the last year of his contract, might be able to get him on the cheap, Carr likes him and mcclaren probably does too.

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    we want but will we?

  • 56 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM


    Yeah, but wont Ashley spot it, and quickly re employ JFK to block the deal? That was the first act of jfk, and a sign of things to come :-S

  • 57 SuperShearer // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    What’s the deal with Rolando’s contract? Wasn’t there rumours he’d be able to leave this summer?

  • 58 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM


    I worry that we will miss out because we haggle too long over the small change.

  • 59 why oh why // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    I’m excited to see many of our players next season
    We will see what good coaching does

    The Macs enthusiasm on the training pitch is second to none

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Me too that’s been our problem for a while

  • 61 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    Didn’t Kinnear put a stop to that deal over ruling Carr. And we ended up with Curtis good.

  • 62 davetoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    @TFL we may have enquired about Vlaar but I know we would have baulked at the wages demanded by his agent. We still think we can pay world class players ?50k or ?60k a week

  • 63 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Rolando @ 46

    He’d certainly be able to draw in the big names. They’d be lining up outside St. James’ with biro’s at the ready.

    It actually hurts to joke about it.

    But regarding Douglas, hopefully he’s on the hit list, because at the minute we’ll be playing a 2-3-5 formation next season. I’m praying McClaren is calling more shots than we think he is on transfers.

  • 64 ronaldo aarons // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    YCMIU at 55
    Lol, yeah. I’m actually awaiting the third coming of kinnear anyway so it definitely won’t surprise me… this time!!

    Jazzy at 60
    I don’t think so, I think we got good the year before. I could be wrong though.

  • 65 optimistic prime // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Looking at transfer targets nothing looks any different to me.

    It doesn’t look like we’re trying to push on or go to the next level, all the players were linked with seem to be the same sort (even same player) that we would have signed if Percy was here.

    To me we aren’t even trying to punch above our weight, we’re wading in the dregs that no one in the top half wants.

    Even though the majority of players mentioned are just paper talk I’m unimpressed. Not one linked player has given me any twinge of excitement or indication that things are changing.

    The fans have been used to nothing for so long a bowl of shite is appealing. I’ll hold my overall judgement on things until after the window but so far the players we are linked with are un impressive to say the least.


    Me too 😉

  • 66 LGFUAD21 // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    On Saylor who someone mentioned above.

    I think he could be good enough if he stayed clear of injury.

    Him and Tiote are two of a kind. Always injured and always take a while to get back to their best returning from injury.

    Both tend to do silly things in their first few days back from injury but when getting consistent games they can be great to have in the team.

    I think we need a tiote replacement but a dm is rarely mentioned on here.

    Anita is not a dm. He plays a withdrawn role but more to be a link up player in a possession based team. That is his strength and that is what he did in his best performance for us against West Ham. For some reason he has been pigeonholed as a dm since his arrival.

    Abeid is not strong enough and doesn’t have the necessary read of the game to play the enforcer role for me. Though he is a talented lad.

    When Colback plays it, it limits his ability to press or when he does press he leaves a hole open.

    We all want fast counter attacking football in a 433 (or a lot on here do)

    I say we need a proper destroyer in the middle to a provide more protection for our defence (which we didn’t have last season) and b to break up play.

    Give him simple instruction: win the ball, release to a more attack minded player.

    This is what tiote did so effectively when he had Cabaye next to him.

  • 67 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Thauvin Again?? old ground

  • 68 LGFUAD21 // Jun 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    I actually have faith that for once we will have a manager (sorry head coach) that will set out a clear system and more then likely feed back to the brain trust what type of players he needs to do it.

    It seemed that pardew just accept what he was given and didn’t have a clear idea of how he wanted the team to play.

    I agree with op that the calibre of the players we are linked with doesn’t seem to have stepped up but I’m hoping that at least we will be getting the round pegs for the round holes rather than square pegs in round holes.

    Mcclaren in the past has always favoured consistency and I have faith that he can set the team up properly with the right type of players I in the right position with the right instructions.

  • 69 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM


    As I said earlier Thaurvin is a massive talent but like Cabella has had a very poor season.
    Can we really take a chance on having these sort of players in the squad if we are to move forward.

  • 70 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Jazzy can McClaren get the best outta this kind of player though?

  • 71 mindshaft // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    The players we are rumoured to be going for are good enough. Some of our current squad are good enough – it’s down to the head coach to get a system together that they can play in and then try to improve as a team
    ManU under fergie had some very average players but he seemed to get 10% more out of them

  • 72 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:19 AM



    ….and some of those average playes performed better in the team that a couple of the lone-wolf super stars. Look at Veron. Ok, he never looked a BAD player, but he also never seemed to hit his apparent hights while playing at man u. Not a team player, so often looked jaded.

  • 73 Mr Magpie // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    We need 2 tall quick ball playing cb’s in to start our attacks off as opposed to hoofing it forward like Williamson does.

    I like the look of Van Dijk from Celtic Terrence Kongolo from Feyennord & when watching the Dutch league on Sky Jeffrey Gouweleeuw for Az Alkmaar has impressed me.

    De Vrij from Lazio & Martins Indi from Porto would probably cost more than we would be willing to pay.

    It is the Dutch way for cb’s to bring the ball out & start the attacks off by playing the ball out from the back which would certainly help in our retention of the ball.

  • 74 hibbit // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    mindshaft that’s why Mc getting the right staff is so important if we get the right coaches and they play a system that suites the players we have then add sum we can improve it will take time so the sooner we have the people in place the better……….. the thing to remember 99% of what we read in the press is made up

  • 75 lesh // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Of course we’ll miss out on Richards. As we will with others with Lee (why do today what can be put off until tomorrow) Charnley on the job!

  • 76 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM


    McLaren if he’s as good a good coach as what everyone says then hopefully he can turn Cabella into a top talent.

    As for players linked with Nufc. Are you seriously trying to tell me that if Austin or Widjanum were to come to fruition that they would not enhance this current squad ??

  • 77 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Richard Keys makes a fair point

  • 78 kilcline // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Austin is 110% not coming he wants to remain near Bournemouth.

    We should go for the following:

    Last ditch for Richards

    Centre mid:
    Van ginkel
    Leeds youngsters

    Reading youngster

    Bamford loan

  • 79 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Austin and Wijnaldum would improve us 10 fold

  • 80 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Kilcline you can’t know that

  • 81 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM


    Sorry mate that last paragraph was for OP

  • 82 banjax // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Richards when fit, is a good defender, but his injury record does him no favours, that and the reported £70k-£80k per week wages. Remy again £90kper week wages plus wants London based club. Both of these players are late late 20’s in age – so my choice would be to leave well alone and recruit players with their years in front of them, not behind them.

  • 83 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    I know Jazzy I was backing you up

  • 84 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France ·
    Chelsea close to straight loan deal for Falcao, according to @DiMarzio. Mario Pašali? could go the other way on loan with a €15m option.

    hopefully this rules Chelski out of chasing Austin

  • 85 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Jazzy that’s what I was saying, Costa and Falcao would Austin get a look in?

  • 86 why oh why // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    How do u know this

  • 87 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM


    Not a chance mate and now Austin has broken into the England set up, he wont risk going backwards with his career by just being another bench warmer.Look what happened to Ba and Remy !!

  • 88 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    precisely Jazzy.
    Kilcline I would also like to know how you know this nugget of bull?

  • 89 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Austin will play more here than at any other club probably

  • 90 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    On Twitter Steve black has been wished the best of luck for joining up with Steve McClaren

  • 91 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Kilcline @ 78

    Apart from Shawcross & Van Ginkel, they’re all Championship players. I thought we were meant to be punching above our weight. Those are the sorts of players I’d expect if we were relegated. Surely we can do better than that.

    Banjax@ 82

    Richards would be a gamble because of his injury record, but Remy is a goal scorer. He’s proven that at 3 clubs in this league. The only thing that puts me off him is his attitude.

  • 92 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:52 AM


    That story was reported last week mate and its up to you if you believe it or not.
    The story was based on the fact that Southampton were the favourites to sign Austin as he lives that way

  • 93 Blofal // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 12m12 minutes ago
    Update: We understand that Steve Black joining Steve McClaren’s coaching team is crucial to Charlie Austin joining #NUFC

  • 94 WLtoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    We are targeting this one, are in talks with someone else, or, we have made a bid for ?
    You know what,all this is total bullshit. nothing has changed.
    Charlie Austin does not want to come and wants to stay in London ,and my guess is that when Manure sign Kane , Austin will be on Spuds shopping list,and lets face it, they will offer him better wages.
    Van Dyke is a so called TARGET for us but if Sunderland want him and are prepared to offer him above 50k a wk then we are screwed.
    The mackems were prepared to pay Richards 90k a wk so van Dyke is well within their budget.
    This is the sort of competition we are up against and although we are probably bigger than both Villa and Sunderland ,we dont think as big
    This stinks of old hat to me and it,ll take more than a board reshuffle to convince me that things have changed for the better.
    oh sorry,i forgot Carver has gone..

  • 95 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:57 AM


    Please let it be true mate. Get him in next week and lets kick off this summers transfer kitty

  • 96 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Blofal that’s true because Steve Black admitted it himself on twitter

  • 97 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Looks like he’s been saying some goodbyes too. Hope the news on Austin I true too.

  • 98 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    I hope so too Chasing

  • 99 nut meg // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    A very good move by SM
    Steve Black retweeted
    Paul Goffy Gough ?@GoffyMedia Jun 11
    @B1ackie Every good wish to you & Steve Mac.Two top lads who I have the greatest of respect for. Always grateful for your help in tough days

  • 100 Sleepin Giant // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Van Dijk is ambitious, talented and is a box to box CB, as he is pretty mobile. Untested in EPL maybe but a good signing surely. Celtic will really miss him. He is real quality.

    I get the impression Mac has something to prove and is putting together a set up at the Toon which will work at all levels. If Black comes then its a sign of a much higher level of ambition. Mac is saying and doing all the right things and given good football men round him will get things moving.

    Can’t understand the Bobby bashing on here the man has real stature as a player and for his commitment to the Toon.

  • 101 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:07 PM


    I understand your frustration pal on what has gone on in the past transfer windows as we all have felt mugged off by the club.
    But hopefully The appointment of McLaren and the start of the clear out will bring in fresh faces.

  • 102 BandB // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    I think whether he’ll work for £40k a week or less will decide whether or not Austin comes to Newcastle. Same as anyone we are linked with.

  • 103 kilcline // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:08 PM


    Know this as I lived in swindon for some time and know Austins horse racing partner. He said Austin wants to remain down south.

    Sorry. He’s a quality player but not coming.

  • 104 WLtoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Van Dyke IS ambitious so he,ll bypass the North East and choose Swansea or Southampton

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    If I knew you personally I’d bet u £20 u are wrong Kilcline

  • 106 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Yeah I think the television money is going to be difficult for us to compete for players all London clubs have as much money as us but are more ambitious and the majority of foreign players would rather live in London !

    When you hear about Sunderland and Swansea offering 90k a week for decent players then it starts to get very worrying for us because those are the teams we now compete with !! I cant see us breaking the 100k a week wage barrier this summer which means we will probably struggle to get real quality in

  • 107 kilcline // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    If I knew you personally I would bet £200

    If you remember I broke the news ranger was going to swindon years ago before it happened.

    Not all sources come from a readers digest mate

  • 108 firebug666 // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:15 PM


    I will be optimistic, I think Austin will come to us, I also think he will get the iconic No9 shirt, and I think it will be “confirmed” next week.

  • 109 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM


    Are we talking about Paul fisher ??

  • 110 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM


    I’ll back that. Soccer_Sauce are usually spot on. Hope they haven’t got this one wrong. It all seems to be setting up nicely for the transfer. Just need the announcement that Shearer has taken the attacking coach role now before we can confirm Austin!

  • 111 firebug666 // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Great new…

    Carroll drop hint he’s staying at West Ham….Yeah!

  • 112 firebug666 // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM


  • 113 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Gutted lads Carroll has quelled rumours of the a Nufc return by pledging his loyalty to west ham.
    McLaren failing already some would say……Wink wink !!

  • 114 WLtoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    @101 JP

    You are spot on as far as being frustrated,this is not funny any longer.
    The only thing this transfer drivel has done is build up the hopes of the more nieve fans who,quite frankly must be pulling their hair out, thats id they have got any left lol.
    Im too long in the tooth to get carried away with the shite that gets banded around, i just hope that for once we actually do get good players over the LINE, and not 3rd or 4th choice alternativesbcos we were,nt ambitious enough to get the ones we wanted in the first place.
    Honestly this is a fooking joke.

  • 115 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    sounds good to me

  • 116 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    hahahaha Jazzy well said

  • 117 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Mr Magpie

    You are spot on re – Dutch ball playing and quick defenders. There’s a reason why QPR with Clint Hill and Dunne and Hull with Dawson and us very nearly with Willo went down. They’re so slow and not comfortable on the ball! Speed and good technique is king in the PL these days

    Our real achilles heel is Willo and Colo being the slowest CB pairing in the league, plus perma crock Saylor who turns slower than a tugboat and has no positional sense to compensate.

    Yes we need goals, not sure a big taget man is the answer, although Das Bost plays in a passing team so it could work, but until that shambolic defense is moved on and replaced then major problems remain.

  • 118 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Rotonda I agree with you the defence needs major upgrade

  • 119 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Not averse to Black coming at all but he hardly worked his magic at QPR if he was there this last season

  • 120 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    And Kilcline I’d take your bet

  • 121 WLtoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:34 PM


    Frustration is,nt the word mate.
    This is not funny anymore.
    We might of had a boardroom reshuffle, AND?
    It looks as though fatman has got his allocated season renewal figures yet again just by spouting off in an interview.
    Honestly,some people,sorry, no, alot off people are so gullible or nieve,i feel sorry for them, constantly being let down by this shambles of a club.
    Bloggers might think im jumping the gun and i need to be patient, but ive had enough of this bullshit and im too long in the tooth to be fooled by this lot.

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    WLtoon….not really mate!

    …I am all with you on that one.

  • 123 Essex Geordie Bill // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    I think I’ll just go off to sleep till something actually happens.

    All of this wild speculation gets tedious after a while.

    whether we sign Austin, Messi or anyone else is fairly pointless imo till McLaren has had a chance to look at what we already have.
    this could take several weeks so I’ll hibernate till that is done.

  • 124 NezzaNUFC // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    QPR have accepted Newcastle offer BUT Newcastle pulled out for some apparent reason, could be the reason Austin tweeted on twitter.

    Berinho might have a 25 million tag price, Newcastle enquired about him but soon turned away.

    Newcastle never approached AC nor Richards.

    But there are strong links with Ince.

    Newcastle want to set up the coaching staff first and foremost before approaching players and it could take 2 weeks until we approach players.

    This is what I’ve been told so far but it could be rubbish.

  • 125 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Haha fcuk faces guess whos back

  • 126 nufc95 // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Reading the discussions people have on here is better than reading the actual articles! Come on the toon this has got to be a good season!!!

  • 127 NezzaNUFC // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Apparently Newcastle are trying a new tactic to unsettle players at certain clubs so they will ask to be transfer listed, this will mean there valuation will drop.

    Austin could be the first one and see his valuation drop from 15 to 12 million.

  • 128 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Welshie…what’s your deal anyway?

  • 129 kilcline // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Add me on Twitter kilcline1


  • 130 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Agreed WLtoon – nothing has fundamentally changed. New coach. Big deal. Same scumbags pulling the strings and pulling the wool down.

  • 131 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    And is it really a new board? To me it actually looks the same!

    They have added the new HC, but I am not sure I see that as a plus!

  • 132 nufc95 // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Newcastle needs a geordie running the club it’s no good having a Cockney running us all he is doing is using the club to advertise sports direct this is noway to run a football club, we have got the potential to be a top club in europe if we have got the right guy pulling the strings

  • 133 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Jesper @ 129

    Would you rather Carver still be in charge?

  • 134 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:12 PM


    How could we of agreed a price for Austin but then be waiting to approach players because we want the backroom staff sorted? Slightly contradictory I’d say mate 😉

  • 135 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    “Let the dust settle first”

    Our new club motto?!!

  • 136 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    NezzaNUFC @125

    Nothing new there

  • 137 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Lindisfarne, was rather scathing that article

  • 138 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Haha its itk time again

  • 139 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    go on Steve

  • 140 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Rotonda heights @116

    Fully agree and you would hope SMC can also see the problem too. He seems to only be linked in person with trying to attract Ince and Bost at the moment which would indicate a quick breaking, counter attacking side. A good defence is crucial and I would hope a couple of CB and back up FB would be coming in, but using a deep lying defensive line would also suit Collo.

  • 141 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    & S.Taylor

  • 142 Shot Bru // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    I agree with Jesper and a few others.. And there’s not many of the others, considering the overwhelming majority of voters think that the Wally with the Brolly will be a success!

    What qualifies the Wally being a success?

    An improvement on Crazy Carver or P45Due?

    Same Shite different season.

    Ashley out!!

  • 143 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:28 PM


    I get the feeling it was a journalist sticking up for his fellow journalist, having been snubbed. Otherwise fairly true, how successful SMC is depends on getting the right players not the right value player and developing the squad over the next two seasons. In the hope of attracting the better players that want a stepping stone but end up staying for glory (I am still intoxicated!).

  • 144 geordie157 // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    double raid for PSV’s Wijnaldum and Narsinhg please!

    Another good thing about McLaren is that from watching a lot of Derby last season on sky, the players were played in their best positions, no forcing Will Hughes to be left wing or Hendrick right wing. The side had good balance so hopefully he’ll develop Dummett as a centre back play Cabella in a no.10 role etc.

  • 145 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Steven Taylor could be good if he stays fit…how many more times must we read that

    People don’t want Carroll back because of his s injury issues but want to keep Steven Taylor despite his?

  • 146 magpie6699 // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Am I the only one who gets fed up reading about players we’ve missed out on. I’ve “missed out” on buying lots of things – that I never actually wanted in the first place and had no intention of buying.
    Nobody yet knows who we actually wish to sign but apparently we have possibly “missed out” on re-signing Carroll, missed out on Andre Ayew, missed out on Micah Richards – the list goes on. I reckon we’re gonna miss out on Raheem Sterling too.
    We all know that we need strikers and defenders in particular but every time one of the other 19 Premier clubs signs somebody it doesn’t mean we “missed out” on them.

  • 147 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    Apart from being a sicknote, if he wasn’t a geordie people would see Saylor is really championship level at very best.

  • 148 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:34 PM


    I hope he does manage to get the best from Cabella. It’s true his best position is the No.10 behind the strikers, and he produced some real good moments at Montpellier, but we also have de Jong to come into that position (assuming he stays fit) both were very good at previous clubs so hopefully there will be some good competition for that spot between those two.

  • 149 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    chasing_rabbits …would you rather SM than Garde, Laudrup or any other more than decent coach we have been linked with?

  • 150 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Personally think we should go back in for Remy and Cabaye. 18m for both together, top 6 quality players. If kurt zouma is available for loan we should go for him as well.

  • 151 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:44 PM


    really do hope SM brings that pass and move 4-3-3

  • 152 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    putting two and two together.
    The southern press yesterday announced yesterday that (Same as Kilcline) Charlie Austin wanted to stay down south and then Charlie put the #bull status. Maybe I’m thinking or hoping too much but I could be right

  • 153 expatmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:53 PM


    Charlie Austin will more than likely sign for the club who offers the most money. Nature of the beast these days.

  • 154 expatmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:55 PM


    Errr. no to both. They both pissed us around so much and they are both getting towards 30.

  • 155 Toon Tang // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:55 PM


    So pretty much any other club but ours hahaa

  • 156 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    The club has to sign Austin if we miss out on him its going to put such a dampener on the rest of pre season especially if he goes to a more ambitious club like Sunderland or Palace !!!

  • 157 toonbrother // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    carroll = austin * 10000

  • 158 kilcline // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Hope Austin does come as he is the number 9 we need.

    If Ashley had any ambition he would go for Benteke, shawcross, Walcott, Garbutt and give us half a chance of top 6.

    Unfortunately we will probably be bargain basement shopping again

  • 159 Lindisfarne // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Chronic poll on the current playing squad in order of preference.

    De Jong
    S. Taylor

    R. Taylor

    Not surprised the most respondents want Willo out but am surprised Obertan is more respected than Gouffran and also that S.Taylor is a keeper (not with gloves!)

  • 160 expatmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:06 PM


    Probably. However, it is early days and I hear Crystal Palace have released Shola

  • 161 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:06 PM


    Not at all, I was hoping for Garde since we were first linked with him. The point I was trying to make was that, which ever was it’s looked it, surely McClaren being appointed is a plus? Most of us were convinced that Carver would be given it full time, or at least revert to his previous post. Sacking him & stone was the first time the clubs shown any balls for a long time. And I hope they did that because they want the new coach to be able to coach his way.

  • 162 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Oh dear

  • 163 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    chasing_rabbits…surely after Ashley’s interview something had to give!

    …Carver would leave or so would Charmless (both would have been better). I didn’t think Carver would stay, but that doesn’t mean I am going to except “crap” Ashley is going to throw our way.

    I am not overly please with the appointment of SM nor that he’s on the board. See more concerns with that to be honest.

  • 164 expatmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Chasing Rabbits

    Take it as read, a new coach or manager who has been stalked holds all the cards.

    I would be surprised if McLaren hadnt laid down the conditions on staffing, budget and transfers knowing how long the club have been persuing him.

    I just hope he is man enough to tell them where to stick their job if Ashley and Co. renege on any promises.

    As I see it, he will have a hard enough time convincing players to come to the club due to the adverse reputation gained during the Ashley era.

  • 165 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:21 PM


    Shawcross yes, but I cant see him leaving Stoke for us.
    Walcott?! Are you serious?! I’m sure we’d all love to see that, but he would never leave Arsenal for us. Garbutt is another unproven player, we need to strengthen with experienced players at the back. Whoever comes in at the back needs to be able to shoulder the blame when things go wrong. Benteke isnt going to leave to take a step sideways. His ego wouldn’t allow it. Especially when clubs like Liverpool express interest.

  • 166 expatmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Realism seems to be going out the window today with some of the players being mentioned…..makes me laugh.

  • 167 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM


    The letters embarrassing to say the least with the added bonus of it also looking like it’s been penned by a 10y old.

    Please come back, we’ll be better we promise.


    They claim to understand the fans are vital but past actions over a period of 8 years point to the contrary. More recently the contempt with which the fans forum have been held in also say bollox and are just playing upon our loyalty. Again.

  • 168 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    chasing_rabbits …we will see how much will change soon enough 😉

    …as of now nothing has really changed.

  • 169 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    AC it’s horrendous isn’t it?

  • 170 toonbrother // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    charlie austin is a fox in the box type player
    he and cisse arent that different
    if you play him as a lone striker as pardew often did cisse he will score very few goals
    personally i think cisse is worth holding onto if he is interested in staying that is
    what we need is a different kind of striker a targetman who isnt easily outmuscled by defenders and can hold on to the ball
    someone like andy carroll, chris martin or troy deeney to complement cisse

  • 171 Criminal // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM


    you are chatting utter shit.

    You lived in Swindon? I live in Hampshire, Bournemouth is 95 miles away from Swindon. Austin has never had a stable/horse in Swindon, had you said the outskirts of Salisbury you would of been right.

    I play Sunday League with a lad who knows the QPR kit man and won a game of golf with Rio Ferdinand (Rio didn’t show because of the passing of his wife). He has a lot of ties with QPR and even he doesn’t know what is happening with Austin, so I’d love to know how you do.

  • 172 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM


    I made a comment earlier that I hope he laid down the law before signing. It sounds as though he will have more influence on signings, for now anyway. And he’s been allowed to bring his own coaching team. As for attracting players, it cant be easy to sell the club to any player who’s looking to develop their career, especially with all the negative press over the last few months. But everybody to come out & speak about McClaren had good things to say, so I’m hopeful he can still convince people to sign. We’ll see!

  • 173 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Chasing rabbits @158

    Well put sir. Something had to give after the disaster of last season and mistakes were made at all levels by the board.
    getting rid of Carver and stone was a plus point. Releasing the dead wood is a positive. transfer listing the likes of Gouffy and Obershocker has definitely got to be a step in the right direction.
    We all would have liked to have had a top notch manager like De boar come in, he probably would have attracted a lot more players as would a viera.
    I wasn’t over the moon with McLaren appointment but will get behind him rather than jumpingon his back labelling him a yes man. And there fore starting the vicious circle we have had before with Percy and carver

  • 174 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    How many seasons have we been told told top 10 was a minimum requirement and seen no consequences for that delivering?

    …hot air and false promises is what it is!

  • 175 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    NufcNews ?@NufcNews9 · 43 mins43 minutes ago
    That Charlie Austin tweet, was about him joining #CFC not #NUFC deal should be done when returns from England duty

  • 176 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Mr Tickle is he having a laugh?

  • 177 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Jazzy…are you using some of my post to highlight how much you agree with post #158? 😉

  • 178 lesh // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:39 PM


    That letter to ST holders fails to grasp the point that folk’ll be prepared to fork out their cash only when top players are actually signed, to add to the appointment of McLaren and his entourage.

    If they think that a new HC solves everything for the fans, no way Jose does it.

    Phase two of the package is get new players actually signed, without selling our top players) and when that’s actioned, ST sales might pick up.

    Fans are hardened to the speculation about players and wary of more ‘couldn’t get ’em over the line’ excuses.

    Austin’s a case in point – get the agreement firmed up and get him signed!

  • 179 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    @joey7barton Cautiously optimistic, best coach and tactician NUFC has had for a long time, I wish him well.

  • 180 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Lesh couldn’t agree with you more

  • 181 Criminal // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    He did used to have horses in Lambourn, which if you lived in Swindon you will know. However that was a while ago.

  • 182 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:44 PM


    Afternoon mate
    Nah mate it just makes me smile how people on here and who support the club can see things so differently at times. But that’s what makes the blog so interesting when you can challenge others opinion. So long as it doesn’t step the boundaries as some have done on here when the trolls and Wums were in abundance on here

  • 183 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Criminal doesn’t Charlie have a couple now with Tom Dascombe? and he’s based at Manor House Stables in Cheshire but he used to train in Lambourn

  • 184 Criminal // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    I have no idea ToonFromLeeds

    I was just stating that Kilcline would have no knowledge of knowing Austin’s intentions with the facts he stated (which weren’t facts tbf)

  • 185 Thump // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Heh, people still want to sell Jonas and Raylor. They’re gone, via a phone call from Honest John.

  • 186 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Oh no Criminal I know, I had already suggested Kilcline was talking bull

  • 187 Criminal // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    I know you did : )

  • 188 Jib // Jun 13, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I see the Gloucestershire press corps thinks we’ll get CA

  • 189 Sliema // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    Crazy desperate letter to send out. They’re probably going to blame a lack of enough investment this year on fans not renewing season tickets.

    The truth is that if we are actually aiming for all that is being claimed then the first step is buying players to allow that to happen. If we do that the tickets will sell and the stadium will be full every week.

    Totally unnecessary to beg for season ticket sales like that. And pulling on the heart strings of the fans who are already making a tough decision by giving up their seat!

  • 190 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Totally agree sliema its despicable

  • 191 JDdubai // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Austin and Shawcross should be the 2 players we pay top money to get in this summer – of the CBs around he would be the no1 choice for me, tough, no nonsence, would organise the others and proved it in the PL.

    Realise it is a long shot but he would be worth paying 10-12m for just to finally get that leader at CB that we have needed since forever.

  • 192 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Austin has horses? No. Just no.

    Another Owen in the making 😉

    Too interested in his fcuking horses and not enough football was that little blurt. Plus his voice is one of the most monotonous I’ve ever heard.

    All the passion of a dead fish.

  • 193 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    AC Tom Dascombe is Owen’s trainer too 🙂

  • 194 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Jib = jane = Jeff = ????

    I’ve got a few ideas but I’d get banned for the mere mention of them.

  • 195 MrMojoRisin76 // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Then Jane must stand for Jeff,Ambassador,NarniaEast.

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