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Newcastle Need To Cut Out This Nonsense

10:04 am, Sunday, June 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 163 Comments

When Steve McClaren was introduced as the new head coach last Wednesday night, Newcastle again caused some (big) controversy with the media, by only allowing Sky Sports and the Mirror to interview Steve after his formal announcement.

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Steve McClaren at his unveiling last Wednesday

It was very quickly big news in the press, not surprisingly, and we’re not even sure why it was done, since of course Newcastle are hardly the best at communicating to their fans and others, what they are doing and why they are doing it.

In an exclusive today with the Star, former top striker Malcolm Macdonald has pleaded with the club to stop the madness:

This is some of what Malcolm has said:

“For heaven’s sake, stop this madness and open up the doors of St James’ Park.”“Why the hell enforce a news shut-out?”  “It’s creating a venomous situation.”  “We have a free press in this country and if they are excluded, they become a dangerous animal.”

“It’s total madness banning anyone. The press are the link between the club and its supporters. No other club in the world would ever dream of doing that.”

“The media who are not the chosen few are certainly not going to be on board and all pulling together.” “This is a time when Newcastle definitely needs friends and they should be embracing the press with McClaren’s arrival.”

“I truly believe Steve is one of the top men in the country. He’s had a great schooling in the game and had terrific success as a coach and a manager.”

“I’m not speaking from the Derby County affair and the cloud under which he left.”  “And not England. He was chucked into that job before he was ready.”

“I back him totally. He’s the right man for the job. Yes, I think Newcastle have made a great decision – which is rare.”

“A new manager should be given every possible chance to do the job right.”

Malcolm is absolutely right.

Steve McClaren is a sensible man who’s well respected, and he has a good relationship with the press.

It wouldn’t be a  surprise if he’s been asking Lee Charnley why the press was restricted last Wednesday.

Newcastle are making no friends with these rather stupid and dumb actions that get us more bad publicity at the national level,  and they need to cut it out – sooner rather than later.

We need to become a proper club again and stop scoring own goals – and that means you cannot restrict the press.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Press




163 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Superman is correct. The only reason for a ban is if you’ve done something wrong and don’t want to be asked about it

  • 2 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    OK ha ha Superman = SuperMac 🙂

  • 3 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    “We need to become a proper club again” – Not while Ashley’s around!

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Can those of you all remember when the club said they’d only sign the players with the right attitude. Well that attidute had nothing to do with being a self styled gangster or wife beater, it had nothing to do with being prepared to go on strike to force a move or sit and rot in the reserves until your contract ran out. What the right attitude really means is being prepared to forsake any chance of silverware on poor wages on the off chance you’ll be picked up at a bigger club for more money while turning a profit for the club.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    JDdubai…there’s no guarantee Austin will 10 goals for us mate either. He’s done it once for QPR – would be more comforting if he had done it again before spending that much wouldn’t you agree?

    Shouldn’t matter where the player is from. It’s all about character and mind frame I think.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    *especially those that gloated because we won’t pay the going rate.

  • 7 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Francis Jeffers anyone? Be careful when raving about so called up and coming stars of the future.

  • 8 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    We’ve tried top CF’s both from abroad and locally with disastrous results. People like Rush (ok he was 72), Kluivert, Tomasson, Viduka, Owen etc, etc have all failed to make the grade.

    The CF is a strange animal, a predator who can eat but will also be eaten alive, if he shows any kind of hesitation.

    Apart from Ronaldo and a couple others, anyone (or many) could fail here or elsewhere.

    E.g. Falcao: a top drawer player who won’t make it at Chelsea. Like Shevchenko before him. And a Torres guy too.

  • 9 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I said much the same on another thread and was told to go and support the mackems. The cloak and dagger games that the hierarchy of this club plays is a window into their lack of intelligence and unsuitability when it comes to running a PL club.

  • 10 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Jail – I remember that upbeat idea about us not being taken for mugs and “shrewd buying” was all the rage. But it gradually turned into the realisation that it was a cynical money machine.

  • 11 JDdubai // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Jesper

    For me the odds are better on Austin hitting the ground running for us than someone new to the PL. of course anyone can do well and anyone can fail, just comes down to most likely.

    And any CF will need more opportunities than we created last year so keeping SDJ and AArons fit is just a big of a priority.

  • 12 Slank // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    The benefit to us fans in having a low number (Sky and Mirror for sure) of authorised media outlets is that what they report is more than likely to be nearer the truth than all other media outlets.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Cue Jeff/jib/jane, googling info trying to find other clubs who have banned the press or excluded them in a pathetic attempt to back the slug and say “look other clubs do it so what’s the problem”

    Yours sincerely

    Nostredamas

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Cyprus,
    And your point is ?

  • 15 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Tsunki

    I’ve said more than once I wasn’t that impressed by Austin and was shot down.
    Cisse can score all the types of goals Austin does, £15m to hold the ball up is way to much. He’d be perfect for Percy’s NUFC but isn’t Schteeve supposed to be changing our football philosophy?

    I’d much rather take a chance on Dost Mitrovich or Berihino.

  • 16 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    JFA,
    So that’s what they meant by right attitude 🙂

    I must disagree there mate. If my memory serves me, they brought in a total axxxxe with an attitude to solve the attitude problem! That was funny. Now this aforementioned axxxxxe proceeded to destroy my team.

    He also focused on a specific player (he grabbed him by the throat in order to imrove the players attitude!! lol) who, apart from being top notch, through charity and other work has proven to be a nice guy after all.

  • 17 Slank // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    JDdubai @ 11

    ‘…of course anyone can do well and anyone can fail…’

    Perez and Riviere

  • 18 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Looks like I didn’t foresee slank saying it’s a good thing.

    Yours sincerely

    Average fortune teller

  • 19 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    JFA,
    Not sure I had a point there at 8 🙂 Maybe that anyone we bring in could be a flop.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Slank!
    Yes only having selected news outlets in Russia, N Korea and China guarantees it’s citizens get unlimited access to the truth. I wish I was as clever as you Slank.

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    overrated
    You don’t like the new-look board? Two geriatrics, the Tea Boy – and SM. What worlds we’ll conquer with that team!

  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Slank you never disappoint to serve up some of the biggest tosh. How can restricting media coverage be conducive to truth? Are you a Soviet?

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    JDdubai…I just want us to do our home work before we fork out £15M. We are not going to spend like Chelsea so we better make it count.

    Austin scoring alot of goals for QPR is not a measurement for me…I think you need to look deeper than that. Wenger is usually very good at it, but even he gets it wrong at times.

  • 24 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Actually the press ban was a financial not political deal , something to do with a Sports Direct advertising campaign next Winter.
    Sky and the Mirror Group paid for their coverage , it’s quite normal in other countries .
    If you think about it , it virtually guarantees any member of the Geordie diaspora around the UK and the world will only buy the Mirror.
    Rumour has it that Mike Ashley likes to make a buck or two !!

  • 25 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Yes it was another money making idea. No less reprehensible because it killed many birds with one stone.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Absolutely unbelievable that people still think that a media outlet associated with Mike Ashley is more likely to report the truth. Slank I hope to fcuk your wife deals with cold calls from Nigeria !

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Ah, that’s ok then, only having select media coverage to line the pockets of MASH holdings and SD makes it justifiable. No wonder I dobt get this five/three/octo yearly plan !

  • 28 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    And there we go. The Google king has spoken. Fcuk me I’m physic after all.

  • 29 dantoon85 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Groundhog Day!! Just another day as stressed out toon fan. Fantastic!!!

  • 30 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    JFA

    Come on lad, be nice 😉
    Mickeys extended the season ricket renewal again and wrote to the fans, top guy 🙂

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/06/a-desperate-mike-ashley-extends-season-ticket-deadline-for-second-time-and-writes-to-fans/

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Jesper,
    Did you wait until a contract ran out before completing your homework

  • 32 geordieboy83 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    People are entitled to their opinions, bit are people really questioning austins ability? Hes as close to shearer in the way he plays. Mobile, strong, 2 good feet, good head, passionate? I dont get some of you lot, I swear it wouldnt matter what was done there would be complaining.

    JFA cheer up man, why do you insist on shooting everyone down for their observations?

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    OP
    Is that genuine ????

  • 34 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    32 makes no odds he aint coming here

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    NUFC
    Newcastle United Football company ??

  • 36 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Never Googled it

    Didn’t have to cos , I know stuff , am well travelled , read a lot , and most importantly listen.

    Just because a blogger explains something doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

    I lecture on Modern European History , I could tell you stuff about the Einsatzgruppen in the Ukraine that would make your hair stand on end , that doesn’t mean I agree with genocide.

  • 37 dantoon85 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    JFA
    I noticed that aswell. We’re a company now not a club lmao

  • 38 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    at this rate he will extend till xmas

  • 39 lesh // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    The Club fails to see the benefits of having a friendly media on board the good ship Newcastle United.

    The media have powers far greater than Ashley imagines – pi$$ it off and there could be a lot of unhelpful coverage.

    It really is time he thought about his paranoia and greed, looked after the hacks, treat them to hospitality and an on-side, on-message media could prove to be very helpful to the Club.

    Clueless, the Club behaves like a bull in a china shop!

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Jeff in bikini,
    You are a Cambridge graduate, ex SAS, forward prop for Tynedale Rugby club, taxi driver with a penchant for listening to Night owl callers with learning difficulties, you have hosted parties for the stars and claim to speak about fifteen languages. Have you read James Thurbers short story.

  • 41 dantoon85 // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    I would Send the renewal form back in the pre paid envelope ripped up into tiny little pieces

  • 42 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Jesper
    Tbf mate Austin has scored goals everywhere he has been. Price means bugger all to us fans so I ignore that these days

    He’s a good player and would significant improve our front line and has a good attitude by the looks of it

  • 43 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    pmsl @jail

  • 44 Tsunki // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    😀

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Hahahaha – well what a good laugh today -when I read :-
    “I lecture on Modern European History” – Jeff from Benwell now saying he’s a lecturer.
    Jeff – who are your students/pupils. Let me guess.
    No order of priority – your missus, the dog, the cat and the budgie.
    Hahahaha. What a knacker – you tell more lies than Ian Toon and that’s saying something.

  • 46 Sleepin Giant // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    All transfers have an element of risk – the player just might get a bad injury.. (make your own list of Toon injuries here) but Austin at say £12m is about right. He is a scorer and a grafter. What’s the fuss about ? We need a decent CF.

    I also feel Van Dijk is untested in the EPL but is also worth a punt at about £9M. He wants European football though,

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    If STaylor isn’t replaced and Willo moved permanently to fourth choice then all this talk is exactly what we think it it is.

  • 48 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    dantoon85
    From Companies House
    NEWCASTLE UNITED FOOTBALL COMPANY LIMITED 00031014
    Registered Address: St James Park,, Newcastle-upon-tyne, NE1 4ST

    Age 125 years (Incorporation date 11/03/1890)

    Always been a company bonny lad

  • 49 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Sounds like I’ve missed all the fun this morning lol

  • 50 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Jeff/jane/jib/postman/sas/lecturer/founding member of the slug fan club/compulsive liar and all round waste of skunk.

    Please stop. It’s got to the point now where it’s no longer embarrassing just pathetic.

    Go annoy your students with Google.

  • 51 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    I think we need more than 1 CB
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/newcastle-united-want-an-injection-of-creativity-as-steve-mcclaren-hails-siem-de-jong/

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    AC is that Jeff In Benwell?

  • 53 murvar // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    This press thing is self-defeating. If the majority of the press don’t have access they have every right not to cover the club’s stated view. There are articles in the Scotsman and the Guardian dismantling the club for this approach. I don’t think either has been one of the ones Ashley has taken ie treated like those that have ie the Telegraph and the Chronicle. Ashley is very vindictive by nature and power-crazy. He actually believes he can manipulate everything – but then the Employment Tribunal (Keegan) and the new Rangers Board and the Parliamentary Select Committee and the SFA will eventually take him on. And like FIFA it will eventually all come crashing down around his ears. That’s my fantasy, anyway.

  • 54 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Tfl

    You’ve not missed much tbh. Just another pathetic attempt by Jeff who hails from everywhere regailing us of tales from his usage of Google.

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    hahaha, I wwondered where he had gone!

  • 56 optimistic prime // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    JFA

    I’ve only seen it in the mag.
    I’m don’t have the ability to check anywhere else.
    I’m still drunk from last night and I’m deciding whether to get back on it or struggle through the day.

  • 57 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    feel so sorry for Jonas
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/newcastle-united-jonas-gutierrez-criticises-release-over-phone/

  • 58 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Does Jeff work for mike Ashley?

  • 59 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    I dunno if it’s JFA but I’m becoming demoralised again, Mike Ashley is never gonna change is he? We don’t seem to be wanting to buy anyone!

  • 60 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    It is hard not to be dissolusioned by the club as we have been here too many times in transfer windows before so it is no surprise we are all sceptical.

    Let’s try to be positive as it’s only early days yet.

  • 61 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    TFL @59

    Keep ya chin up mate, at the very least we have got rid of Carver and Stone, and Watson has been demoted to the youth. There’s a positive to be had right there.

  • 62 jane // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    another jeff huh 🙄

  • 63 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Thanks Guys, I’m usually an optimist but you lot have made good arguments. Firebug True we have lost the best coach in the world lol

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Just been reading the Sun, I can’t see Liverpool going for Austin, They have Sturridge, Ings etc there’ll be no room for him

  • 65 expatmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    TFL

    I would think they would gave to get rid of any 2 of Balotelli Borini or Lambert before bringing in Austin and I dont see them able to move them on particularly quickly

  • 66 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    TFL

    You have to remember that most of it is just paper talk, papers need to sell, and so they base their stories on speculation, manipulation, exaggeration, and outright lies.

    If there is an element of truth in the story it is pure coincidence, and no doubt that reporter will be spoken to in the strongest terms. lol

  • 67 cestriasteve // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    TFL, neither do we at the moment, somebody will have to go if we are to sign a Striker, going to be an interesting summer that’s for sure, I reckon we will make 1 early signing and the the rest of the activity in and out will carry on through the summer.

    Be interesting to see if anyone comes in from Derby.

    Simply got to get a centre half absolute priority in my opinion.

  • 68 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    You guys are right 🙂
    Cestriasteve we need more than 1 CB

  • 69 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    jane
    That’s what I thought.
    This Jeff character must have rattled some cages.

  • 70 kakaobi // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Last night we were 1/9 to sign Austin this morning we are 1/3 still good odds but I do have my doubts about signing players we get linked to a lot of good players while the season ticket deadline as been extended I think in 2 weeks we’ll probably just failed to get them over the line

  • 71 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Strange we used to have Jeff In Benwell and now we have someone with same initials? JIB!

  • 72 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Kakaobi I saw that with odds but same happened with McClaren, he was long odds on then odds against and then longs odds on so looking good. He’s in Slovenia so nothing will happen to early next week!

  • 73 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Kakaobi

    Absolutely, this is the biggest gamble of all by the club, can they sell enough season tickets before it becomes known our alleged targets have signed for someone else?

    I would urge all fans to hold of until the club have shown some commitment in the transfer window that will ensure we have a team that is capable of competing this season.

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Pav seems hopeful
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/now-that-steve-mcclaren-is-in-place-its-time-for-newcastle-united-to-look-forward-by-pavel-srnicek/

  • 75 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    For me the odds mean nothing, they can be manipulated by one man placing a large bet, and imo are a poor guide.

  • 76 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Sky bet is the one where charlies odds are up and down! Hmmm Newcastles media partner!!!

  • 77 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    That’s what we are worried about steve
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/steve-mcclaren-says-his-place-on-newcastles-board-shows-all-at-the-club-are-in-it-together/

  • 78 cestriasteve // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    TFL, I think we will be ok if we can move on either Williamson or Taylor and be left with Dummett, Collo and a new top draw CH. haven’t got a clue who that is like, we haven’t seen a great CH at the club since Woodgate, what a player he was!!!

  • 79 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Cestria we have put up with bargain basement too long it’s about time we start buying quality

  • 80 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Whilst I am a little optimistic about this new season, it doesn’t do any good building your hopes up.

    If you expect the worst to happen, when it does you don’t feel so disappointed.

    I do however feel that Austin will come to us, maybe there is an agreement made and they are just waiting for him to return to finalise things.

  • 81 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    I hope to god you are right firebug

  • 82 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    JIB
    I wouldn’t concern myself with certain comments from some of the knackers on here. Does it even matter if someone’s a doppelganger? A post stands or falls on its content. As Pokat proved, sometimes the doppelgangers are better than the original.

    As for NUFC, it’s got to be Club. The “company” is the vehicle that owns the “club” allowing for share ownership.

  • 83 firebug666 // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    TFL

    There are more positive signs of Austin to Newcastle than anywhere else, and at least one of the media partners claims it’s a done deal.

  • 84 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    does it come with provenance

  • 85 jane // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    “Strange we used to have Jeff In Benwell and now we have someone with same initials? JIB!”

    that’s an unfortunate coincidence and my name is 4 letters starting with j 😐

  • 86 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Fair point Firebug

  • 87 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Yo…I do think it’s a bit naive to disregard all together what a player cost just because we are fans!

    Seing as we won’t spend endlessly I find it rather important. You say Austin is great others say he’s no better than Cisse. Regardless he has only been scoring goals in the PL for one season so I do think it’s fair for me to ask?

  • 88 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    From Twitter
    Anfield Chat ?@TheAnfieldChat · 4m4 minutes ago
    Please ignore the links with Charlie Austin. Absolutely nothing to it, it will not happen.

  • 89 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Can anyone remember (back in the 80s I reckon) a player who looked very like Kevin Keegan and modelled himself on him? I seem to think he might have played for Swansea in div 2? Don’t know why he’s come to mind.

  • 90 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Blackley do you mean
    David Giles?

  • 91 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    David Giles
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTMxWDQzNQ==/z/oBUAAMXQyY1TURLT/$_35.JPG

  • 92 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Blackley
    http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDk1WDMxOA==/z/k1gAAOxyXDhSoNg1/$_35.JPG

  • 93 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Leeds
    Snap lol

  • 94 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    jesper
    Its only makes a difference if we know the budget, NUFC could spend 200 mill this summer or nothing at all…who knows

    I dont care how much a player costs, can be a 20 mill player and be crap can be a free player and light the world on fire, the player is what matters. Austin gives more to a team than Cisse seeing him play shows that its all about opinions but Cisses general play is poor

    As for scoring goals in the PL plenty of players come in after never playing in it and do well so 1 season is better than none, proves he can do it

  • 95 Sav // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Our PR needs PR. Things haven’t really changed. Its easier just to tell fans (yet) another lie and stay the same. Change takes effort. This is just rebranding like Wonga did in the wake of their disgrace. As Jonas says in a recent interview ‘(Newcastle United) don’t care about anything’. Such a shame.

  • 96 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    TFL @ 88

    Also from Twitter:

    “@T_Clements

    Charlie Austin will have Liverpool medical tomorrow at England training camp.

    #lfc #nufc #qpr

    12:29 – 14 Jun 15”

  • 97 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Strictly speaking , with 3 year contracts ,and a sensible wages structure . An estimated £50 million in the bank , with some return on outgoings , could allow the club a warchest of nigh on £200 million without effecting Mike Ashleys precious “wipe its own nose” policy.

  • 98 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    And:

    “@T_Clements

    I understand #lfc will pay the £60k p/w wages that #nufc were reluctant to do so. #previoustweet #charlieaustin

    More as I get it

    12:18 – 14 Jun 15”

  • 99 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    That’s him. Cheers. It was bugging me.

    Memories of NUFC and their opponents in the 80s. Alan Biley. Remember him?

  • 100 davetoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Need Ed to sort this sh1t out. He should publish an article with multiple posters using same IP

    Have one person having a conversation with themselves

  • 101 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    I Think its bull Chasing

  • 102 sing in the corner // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Just another theory but i sincerely hope this dithering over Austin (or our failing to make an attractive enough offer, whichever) doesn’t have the end result of us eventually having to make a more and more attractive offer to Carroll and his advisors, the more desperate we appear to get given that we are missing out on a succession of available striker targets..?

  • 103 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    we are being led by boat anchors

  • 104 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    oh yes John

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    One Newspaper “The Sun” prints a rumour and everyone follows suit

  • 106 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    The board understand that because of events last season that were out of the boards hands the boards plans were disrupted despite the best efforts of John Carver. The board would now like to give those same players who played so well in the first half of the season another chance. This is another step by the board to show that it rewards loyalty and due to the heavy investments made a few Januarys ago and last summer the board feels we have enough in the tank to achieve our goal of a top eight finish and a cup run. The board now feels that January gives the most value in the transfer window and The Board would like to announce due to popular demand that the season ticket deadline has been extended to February the first.

  • 107 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I’d take Mario Balotelli me
    Apparently he and Jordan Henderson hate each others guts , which makes him alright in my book .

  • 108 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    TFL @ 101

    I hope so, but wouldn’t be the first time we weren’t willing to pay somebody’s wages…

  • 109 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    sitc,
    They will be absolutely loathe to pay money for a player in the last year of his contract, they will wait until the very last minute or until it’s too late.

  • 110 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    its sunday and mr bishops team are hard at work dishing out there bullshit to our new found best friends sky & mirror group

  • 111 Belfast // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    I think all those claiming to have inside information on twitter should be sent to North Korea !

  • 112 sing in the corner // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Jib

    Personally I wouldn’t let Mario sweep the changing rooms out

  • 113 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Belfast I agree with that

  • 114 hibbit // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    i would rather have henderson than that clown

  • 115 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    I cant think of a better English CM than Henderson

  • 116 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Mario Balotelli would want too much money and Shola Ameobi scores more than him!

  • 117 nightfa11 // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    I dont know what people see in austin.. Hes ok, But 15 Mio?

    Anyway..If austin is 15, berahino is 25..way better, quicker, agile, good finisher..

    Id take carroll on pa as you pay and berahino and that malaga guy..oh and sell cisse..

    Strike force of carroll, berahino, perez and malaga guy sounds pretty good to me.. And with selling cisse, we could have it for 15 Mio?

    Austin is ok, But ali he really has is his finishing.. When such type of player is not in form, he contributes zero..so hes too big of a risk..

    Id also try to trade sissoko for cabaye..

    And we need a cb..a quality cb.. It should be our priority..

  • 118 Ibizatoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Belfast…What a grand idea. Can I nominate you to be in charge of overseeing that they make it there safely? Perhaps make sure they stay there?

    I don’t mind ITK’s so much, but if it saves us from you, I can’t imagine there will be too many complaints…

    On thread….”Nonsense”?!? That’s nonsesne Ed. This is the new look NUFC – It may look a bit like the old NUFC, it may act like the old NUFC, but this NUFC has ambition and wants to win things…honest.

    Why wont people believe it?

    *Stamps feet*

  • 119 sing in the corner // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Jail

    Anyone thats available that you fancy us getting in as CF? Its hard to know who really is available but I would like us to have a cheeky go at Lambert, He’s been out of favour and think he would be a good partner for Perez…

  • 120 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Belfast,
    It gives me a better understanding of people’s mentality when self confessed Tory boy Slank who is considerably more richer than yow says we have more chance of the truth now that only paying members get access to club secrets.

  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    sitc,
    If we were prepared to pay 160K a week we could have Remy and Ba up top.

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Yo…you know just as well as I that we won’t spend endlessly so you cannot say it doesn’t matter. The money we spend on one player will ultimately reflect on other purchases.

    So to me it matters if we spend £15M on a player like Austin.

    I never said a free player couldn’t outshine a marquis signing. Don’t think that was my point either.

  • 123 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    According to both Spanish and German newspapers Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost is considering a bid from Newcastle.

  • 124 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Why would Carroll sign on for a pay as you play contract?

  • 125 sing in the corner // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Jail

    Ha ha yeah. And oops…didn’t think Lambert was 33 til i just checked…!

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    WW…,
    Because he’s a treacherous money grabbing big time Charlie if he doesn’t.

  • 127 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    It’s beginning to look bleak

  • 128 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    jesper
    It doesnt matter to me, the player matters more than the cost and u arent going to get a decent striker with proven record for cheap and 15 million is really not all that much. The club have money sat in the bank, is making money year on year, gotten rid of players already and has a huge cash injection from TV so no the clubs spend wont be endless but bugger do I know how much they intent to spend

    So who should we sign for 15 mill mate? Haha Berahino (who scored less in a better team with far worse attitude) asking price is 25 mill, Mitrovic is unproven with a large attitude problem and question marks over his professionalism, Dost is hot and cold with many on here saying he is a average buy, Carroll cant stay fit and Juanmi is the cheap option potential is there but who knows how he’d develop. We need a striker who is going to score goals of all the ones we have been linked with Austin is the best imo

  • 129 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    JfA
    Haha genuine laugh I might add, I liked that!

    But really what person in their right mind would trade 80-100k a week guaranteed and living in London for a pay as you go for 40-60k a week where even if he is fit he may not play and living in Newcastle?

  • 130 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    WWSBRD well said if we let Austin slip out of our fingers we may as well all give up and go home

  • 131 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Why would a player consider a bid, he’d consider an offer of employment by way of a contract, thus considering an offer? surely Jeff?

    Wouldn’t it be his club who’d be considering a bid?

    Yep. More guff from Pennywell.

  • 132 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Wish there was a like button for comments on here lol
    AC very eloquently put 🙂

  • 133 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    TFL
    Cant tell if ur being sarcastic or agreeing with me….very hard to gauge in written form

  • 134 NezzaNUFC // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Told you’s that Newcastle have pulled away from Austin!

    AC, Bas Dost, Berinho, Juanmi – we haven’t approached them nor do we plan too.

  • 135 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    I’m agreeing WWSBRD

  • 136 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Well a couple of journos on talksport just said they reckon Austin n berahino to Nufc will happen

  • 137 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Yo…I object to spending £15M on Austin not on spending £15M on a forward all together.

    I am not sure I can follow you as to why the money spend on a player – and who that player is, doesn’t matter. I can read what you write so no need to repeat it 🙂

    Bas Dost would probably be a better signing
    Harry Kane would probably be a better signing
    Marco Reus would probably be a better signing
    Lucas Barrios would probably be a better signing
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would probably be a better signing
    Christophe Mandanne would probably be a better signing

    I just don’t see Austin as a £15M signing 🙂

  • 138 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    http://as.com/

    According to Spanish publication AS, Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg are intent on re-signing Mario Mandzukic as a replacement for reported Newcastle United target Bas Dost. The Wolves’ top scorer wants to try his luck in another league and is considering a bid from Newcastle.

  • 139 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    TFL
    Ah haha good I like people agreeing with me! Happens far too irregularly if u ask me 🙂

  • 140 NezzaNUFC // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    TFL

    would that be the same Talksport people that said that PEA and Zouma to NUFC will happen?

    I don’t trust them.

  • 141 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    What I don’t understand is the sky mirror agreement
    Surely it make more sense for a sky sun agreement as they are both owned by Murdoch

  • 142 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    jesper
    So u dont think Austin would make our team better?

  • 143 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    TFL
    The Sun cant sell a paper to a Liverpool fan they wouldnt risk losing out on the Newcastle fans as well

  • 144 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Austin would make our team much better but we need defenders too

  • 145 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    ah right WWSBRD

  • 146 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    not strictly true WWSBRD my dad is a Pool fan and he reads the sun lol

  • 147 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    TFL
    Well u should tell him off! Haha but yeah I was being a little ott but I know a lot of Liverpool fans wont read the Sun after the whole Hillsborough story

  • 148 Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    We were supposedly going to pay 8M for Gomis and maybe 40K a week but then wouldn’t have him for free on 80K a week, somethings not right

  • 149 bladeuser // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    What is all this austin crap we r not even in for him and never have been if we had any intention of getting him the bid would be in but its not liverpool do it the right way they have ings already NUFC are a pathetic amateur club who are destined to flirt with relegation every year until there luck runs out one season and they drop like a lead balloon and as for Sm we have put our faith in somebody who was sacked by a championship club take a mo and think about that fact

  • 150 nut meg // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Jesper
    Are you seriously suggesting that Harry Kane could be bought for 15m ? I don’t know the value of any others you mentioned but guarantee you won’t get Kane for 15m.

  • 151 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Yo…I won’t spend £15M for him 😉

    …that was my point!

    There are two things here that walk hand in hand:
    a) level
    b) value

    Those need to be in line. In Austin’s case – if you ask me – they are not!

  • 152 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Ha ha ha
    Isn’t the world a funny and often ironic place

    The Times has an article slating the Toon off for its preferred media partners concept.

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/article4467180.ece

    However you can only read the first paragraph then you have to pay some dosh to read on.
    Ha ha ha
    You truly couldn’t make it up

  • 153 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    nut meg…I don’t know what he’ll cost. In the end a players value is a case of supply and demand.

    …I thing you are missing the point of Yo and my discussion.

  • 154 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    jesper
    But thats his value

  • 155 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    A player we want who will make our team better and has a proven track record of scoring everywhere hes gone and a full season under his belt scoring in the PL with a poor team around him finishing 4th top scorer in the league who is young and English with qualities which would fit our squad and we have a realistic chance of getting

  • 156 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Rooney is urging Man U to meet Spurs asking price for Harry Kane
    £40 million !!!

  • 157 Mr Magpie // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Just when i thought things could’nt get any more depressing on the blog today….the ultra positive, ever the optimist bladeuser arrives to give us all hope!!!

  • 158 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Yo…and I won’t spend that

  • 159 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Yo…and I think what you mean is that £15M is QPR’s asking price for Austin and not his value

  • 160 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    We are just going in circle here I think

  • 161 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    We are just going in circle here I think

  • 162 WWSBRD // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    jesper
    No I mean thats his value, QPR would be foolish to ask for less than that, in all honesty hes value is more than 15 mill but they are relegated and he wants to leave

    How would a English 25 year old striker who finished with the 4th highest goal tally in the league (besting strikers with much higher reputations) who just got called up to the national team be worth less than 15 mill?

  • 163 John Tudor // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    deja vu




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