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Pardew – Crystal Palace Can Now Challenge Newcastle

9:30 am, Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 140 Comments

There are probably two main reasons why Alan Pardew left Newcastle in late December – the first one being he was told Newcastle would not be spending any money in the January transfer window to strengthen what was already a weak squad.

The second was that he was getting increasingly frustrated that he didn’t have enough say on who would be coming into the club, with the main man on that being Chief Scout Graham Carr – who holds some significant power at Newcastle.

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Alan Pardew at Newcastle with John Carver
Both have now left the club

It was surprising that Pardew left for a smaller club like Crystal Palace, but he is revered there by the fans because of his  career there as a player.

Alan famously scored the winning goal for Palace in extra time in the 1990 semi-final against Liverpool, which they won 4-3 to take them to Wembley.

And they drew 3-3 with Manchester United in the final with Palace’s Ian Wright equalizing in the 92nd minute, before losing the replay 1-0.

Alan Pardew has even said Palace can now challenge the likes of Newcastle United in the transfer market:

“We could challenge Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton and maybe even Spurs. While we cannot compete with some of those clubs in terms of budgets, we can look to attract the kind of players they are also in the market for.”

“If we could add that kind of quality of player to this current group, then we have a chance to push on.”  “You have to have tactical plans to get a deal over the line.”

“I have to be involved in negotiations because players have to buy into me and what I want from them if they join my club, so all managers need to be fully involved in transfers, that’s for sure.”

That last paragraph is probably born of his frustration at Newcastle during the transfer windows.

Pardew could have also been assured by Palace Chairman Steve Parish before he joined, that he would have more say in the transfers into the club.

It’s also possible that Alan was promised some substantial transfer funds this summer – and it looks like that’s happening – especially after they finished 10th in the Premier League last season and five places and 9 points above Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

140 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    i see season ticket sales going well

  • 2 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Hate to admit it but the the more he says the more I like him as a man
    Jumping ship ,he possibly has a bit of principles about him
    Love it if he told all about the junta
    Still glad he fcuked off,don’t get me wrong

  • 3 midweek weekend // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce
    We understand #NUFC officials are meeting directly with Charlie Austin and his agent today

    Can’t see us paying the asking price

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    If he had principles he would have jumped ship when his stock was high after they sh1t on him after finishing fifth. Instead he took an eight year contract which he’d still be in if Palace hadn’t offered him a way out.

  • 5 lesh // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM


    ST ticket sales’ll doubtless pick up when decent players come in.

    However, there’s always the high risk that decent players’ll be sold when that happens.

  • 6 lesh // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:51 AM


    I can’t see Austin’s asking price being the problem – it’ll be the terms he’s offered and that’s where we fall down.

  • 7 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    my mates map said he could have any seat any where

  • 8 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Very true !

  • 9 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    re bonus scheme current betting odds at coral top 10 =2/1 european qualifing 6/1 relegation 11/2.

  • 10 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Not seen enough of Austin to judge but hes scored alot of goals everywhere and every level hes been. At 25, and being English surely if he has 2 good years in his next move he could double in value?
    Personally I prefer Berahino in ability and attributes but Austin seems to have the right attitude. Austin and Dost both are similar to Cisse in the fact they largely rely on others to create their chances. Im not entirely sure in the right set up a fit Cisse might’nt score more goals than either

  • 11 midweek weekend // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:54 AM


    Can you really see us paying say 15 million for him ,not saying he’s worth that but surely anything under 10 million would be a complete steal.

    Hopefully we can get him over the dreaded line cause it’ll be just the type of player we need

  • 12 lochinvar // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Well Pardew you talk the talk , why not sign Carver and Stone to help you walk the walk.
    Thought not.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Van Ginkel, the Dutch Chelsea player who was on loan at AC Milan last season. We have been linked with him on loan, with one outlets reporting it was pretty much agreed.

  • 14 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Season ticket renewals are at the bottom of most peoples agenda in Summer when there are holidays to be paid for.
    As soon as we appear on TV playing in the States and then pre-season in the UK kicks in and the weather turns shite they’ll pick up.
    Have to say if you have a bit of spare dosh now is the time to get one.

  • 15 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Why not Riviere, gouff and obertan as well

  • 16 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    2/1 for top 10 is a really decent bet I think.
    Reckon West Ham will have a testing season with europe and lots of changes, Stoke need an overhaul as have too many players a year older, think Palace will be on the wrongside of Pardews dead cat bounce and Gary monk is going into that difficult second season where many managers struggle.
    I expect newcastle to come 9th! With investment, we actually have better players than the sides around top 10 (when they can be bothered)
    If they stay fit and motivated krul, Janmaat, Tiote, De Jong and Cisse are probably champions league level players and Anita, Colback, cabella, Perez and Haidara can also be very good players!
    When he plays alongside a good centreback Colo can be worldclass but needs pace alongside him

  • 17 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Van Ginkel would be our best player if he stayed fit! He looked a powerhouse at the end of last season for Milan!
    Personally think McClaren is going to go 4-3-3 and id take a guess Sissoko, DeJong and Tiote will be the starters when fit with Colback and anita competing too. We also have Vuckic and Cabella who prefer central role! Doubt unless one of those leaves wel sign a centremid on loan as theres too much competition ? Can see us taking Matip because he can pla centreback or defensive centre mid.
    The investment really needs to go on 2 centrebacks, 2 centre forwards and 2 wingers.

  • 18 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    ahh i see infinite words of wisdom
    ill get one for the HEED then

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Pardew…maybe you can attract the best coach in the world while you’re at it 😉

  • 20 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    That line about ‘players buying into me’. Think that definately links to his time at newcastle. Don’t think a few of Carrs buys bought into Pardew! Cabella, Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa to mention a few! Not entirely sure Cisse did either!
    Interesting rumour that im making up but sounds likely but Demba Ba to Palace! wants to cone back to London, burnt bridges with West Ham, only really palace or Spurs he could go and Pardew loved him as a player to the detriment of papiss

  • 21 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Could the Board get away with the following:
    – Ditch a couple of players unpopular with supporters (eg Williamson and Obertan).
    – Keep Janmaat and Sissoko (We had really good offers for them but managed to fight off Arsenal, Chelsea, etc.).
    – Trumpet the arrival of the Forest Two.
    – Hail the return to fitness of Aarons and SDJ.
    – Buy a couple of cheapish players.
    – Hype the amazing new coaching staff. (They’ll really turn Rivière around!)
    Think it’ll work?

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Ron Knee,
    I’d prefer them to get shot of Sissoko…

  • 23 barkel // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM


    Do you work in the clubs PR department?

  • 24 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Sissoko’s a tough one. To get him to play well he has to be told that Wenger is somewhere in the crowd watching him.

  • 25 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I’d like a job on the board alongside Carr and Moncur but I’m not quite old enough.

  • 26 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Did you find charnleys book on the bus?

  • 27 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    ron knee at 21 if anyone could turn riviere around i would start believing in miracles or santa . it wont happen

  • 28 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    No. It was leaked by The Chronicle.

  • 29 Average_Contents // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Ah but the more pertinent question is, can we challenge palace?


  • 30 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Morning lads are we all well and up for a day of signings?

  • 31 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    You don’t think we can finish 14th under McClaren & co.?

  • 32 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    the only signings will be at the dole

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Lindegard would be a decent option as squad depth he had ability and is rapid he can also play left wing and right wing which we lack

    As much as Aarons blew me away when he first played he looked so rusty against QPR I hope his injuries have not affected his pace because he sloth like in that game

    Sammy could be decent under proper coaches and then Obertan and Gouffran dont want to be here so we need a fair few wingers if we are going to be buying Austin or Bost as they require crosses as does Cisse if we keep him

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Not so sure about all this new bonuses stuff.
    Knowing Tubbs the levels to be achieved will probably be unachievable so he has to pay nothing.
    If we knew what the bonus scheme was last season and what it is going to be this next season then we could probably make an informed judgement as to whether it is good for the players/club.
    So really what I’m saying it this is another example of “talk” which really equates to just meaningless words.
    A bonus scheme, however, for the players, would possibly be very good -if some stellar players are going to be signed.
    I’m very uneasy about loan players and I hope they are not going to hire a load of them. Temporary fix at the best.

  • 35 Toon Tang // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Pardew news still clogging the atmosphere like the proverbial ‘vegetarian fart’

  • 36 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Rob Lee thinks we have no chance

  • 37 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Can’t remember a window where weve been linked with more loans than this…. Sandro ramirez, james Wilson, jesse Lingard, douglas (barca) and it’s only june!
    What happened to buying players..

  • 38 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Pardew needs to pipe down

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Pardew – Crystal Palace Can Now Challenge Newcastle and be lower / mid-table every 3 seasons out of 4

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    mister tuff

    exactly, ash is safe as houses with totally unattainable targets.

  • 41 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Headline should be
    ———- can now challenge Newcastle,
    Add whoever you like!!

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Thanks Lilo

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Some random spanish twitter page said we offered 12M for Bas Tard. Cwarr retweeted though so it is likely sh1te

  • 44 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    pmsl YCMIU

  • 45 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Sports direct policy= six strikes and out
    I guess we’re stuck with Riviere !!!

  • 46 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    We have been here before

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Does anyone even know much about Bad Toast? I have no clue at all about him.

  • 48 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM


    Hard to forget them, we have them every window 😀

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    That caption – ”Alan Pardew at Newcastle with John Carver. Both have now left the club”

    Thought I would never see the day with both of them only a little way in to those daft 8 year contracts. Now if we could just get Woodman and Watson to get lost too.

  • 50 cyprus // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Hate to pop your pro Alan baloon Ed, but there’s a third bigger reason he left. He knew he was getting the boot (by all at NUFC, fans included), sooner rather than later.

    Compared to his, Big Sam’s football seemed ingenious. Let Palace deal with him now, ususally it’s in his second year it all goes pear shaped.

    No matter. Wish them and him luck.

    I care about my team. I want it this year to woop some axx…

  • 51 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Can’t wait to see Das Boot scoring for the Toon and the fans singing Yellow Submarine

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Liverpool? dam it

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    YCMIU true

  • 54 davetoon // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Obviously Ameobis mum must have dirt on someone at the club as how him and his brother kept getting contracts is astounding.
    Sammy had 4 good minutes against all season in the game against Spurs

  • 55 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Pic of Das Boot at SJP (looking at the heating system I think)×282-33633.jpg

  • 56 optimistic prime // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    I understand the difficulties in the transfer window.

    It’s a bit like the difficulties I had buying a pair of trainers yesterday without accidentally buying them from one of the slugs many companies.

    Mission accomplished 🙂

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    I think you have a very poor understanding of how the club is being run if you think that Pardew was about to get the sack any time soon.

  • 58 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    are there any players in there

  • 59 jimbo // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    I like the seat belt on next seasons 3rd kit for when our season crashes.

  • 60 cyprus // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Sorry Davetoon,

    Disagree there. There’s something about Sammy that could make him into a top footballer. Or not. Just like his brother.

    Don’t know how long you’ve been on this blog, but I used to criticise his brother a lot. This guy can dribble, cross and shoot. And he’s the tallest winger in the world, and he can defend. Opponents do not like the look of him.

    Having said all that, he could turn out as bad as his brother.

    Still- keep.

  • 61 cyprus // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    The pressure was on.

    The web site, the corny A4’s, the writing was on the wall. He was on borrowed time.

  • 62 cyprus // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    My guess? He was out by May, replaced by SM, already arranged.

    If not, straight after our next defeat from our not so friendly neighbours.

  • 63 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Charlie Austin will be a case of “we tried but we couldn’t get him over the line.”

    But really with Liverpool so aggressively pursuing him, we have zero chance. Austin will join Liverpool. Bas Dost might come.

    But we’ll end up with patrick Bamford.

  • 64 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    When are we bolting the horse on and making our own luck ?

  • 65 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    We’ll sign top players

  • 66 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:22 AM


    I don’t believe we’ll sign any quality players. Probably one but no where enough to significantly strengthen.

  • 67 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I think SM has been lined up for ages and Pardew got wind .
    One of the reasons I think this is as follows –
    The 2 Forest lads being signed last year was totally left field and hard to understand and seemed to confuse Pardew as much as anyone.
    Lascelles was signed by McClaren as a 16 year old and Darlow was given his first game by McClaren.
    So if I’m right Carr and McClaren had discussed him coming to SJP at the very least last Summer when Derby lost their playoff game to QPR at Wembley.

  • 68 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    bamford says no

  • 69 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    It’s funny how many people said that boycotts and not re-newing ST’s would have no affect as there was so much TV money.

    Ash must have gambled on a surge of interest on the underwhelming SM being appointed, which has completely backfired, as we now see from the further ST extension deadlines and begging to re-new letters being circulated.

    Have finally NUFC fans seen the light? Probably not, a crocked AC will be enough to convince them. YCMIU.

  • 70 mickalfas // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    To get a positive answer we need to sign the man from del monte
    He likes to say yeeesss!!!

  • 71 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Up to date this morning,,10278~13786091,00.jpg

  • 72 hibbit // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    rotonda andys on 100 k a week with 3 years left on his contract and you think he is coming here on a pay if you play contract think again

  • 73 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:34 AM,,10278~13786091,00.jpg

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Andy’s missus has just had another bairn, he’ll be going nowhere

  • 75 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Try this

  • 76 Average_Contents // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    I’m beginning to think the editor of nufcdigest isn’t actually an editor at all.

    Those last two links are exactly word for word what the chronical put out this morning.

    Plagiarism much?

  • 77 Average_Contents // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Player recruitment one

  • 78 Average_Contents // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    The transfer saga one

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Do you honestly think Mike Ashley gives a fcuk if we get beat off of our lowly rivals or receive regular hidings from everyone.

  • 80 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    JFA (Captain Pious)

    How tall are you?

  • 81 Rotonda heights // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM


    i know but that’s all it would take for some very gullible people


    That broken link could be a framed footnote for all the shoddiness that surrounds SD and by association NUFC.

  • 82 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    i bet taller than your dad

  • 83 Whumpie // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Sadly, Pardew is pretty much right. Unless I’m completely wrong (PLEASE!!!) and Ashley isn’t just stringing us along to sell season tickets, any club that actually tries to do well can out-do a team that’s only aiming for survival. Just look at who finished above us last season.

    If we don’t get anyone in by pre-season I think that pretty much tells us what we need to know. Same shite as for the past 8 years; lots of rumours, lots of “couldn’t get him over the line”, lots of excuses.

    The only thing that’ll save us is: lots of empty seats. That appears to work in making Ashley take note. So keep that up, people. No season tickets sold until we see him come through and start recruiting players who don’t look like mid-table survival fodder.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Here’s a brain teaser,
    How many teams under Alan Pardew never scored more than three or more goals against us.

  • 85 Ron Knee // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Great photo at AC Milan protest: BASTA!

  • 86 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    can we fit in R and D

  • 87 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Can see us signing Carroll on loan! If West Ham don’t want him it’s probably the best deal they can hope for is that he spends a year back at Newcastle, stays injury free, gets back into the England squad and maybe someone will come in for him! on £100k a week for 3 more years theres no way anyones taking him permanently unless they give him a free transfer and even then its unlikely.
    A loan move with NUFC paying 60% of his wages is probably the most they can hope for though with Bilic coming in theres no knowledge on his plans. He might decide to build a team around Carroll yet. Lets be honest when he’s fit hes a devastating centre forward.
    Those 4 months before the Liverpool move he absolutely dominated each defense he played against. Remember Liverpool and Arsenal having no clue what to do with him and him giving a prime John Terry absolute nightmares. Hes only 26 and doesn’t rely on pace so in theory could be as effective till about age 33 similar to Ibra (im not comparing the 2 by the way)

  • 88 davetoon // Jun 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    @Cyprus not sure what you like about sammy mate but he is def not consistent and should be squad player at best
    and when aarons is back I would start him ot sub him in ahead of sammy
    as for the blog. Been around for years mate. Just dont post that often cos the subjects and arguments rarely change

  • 89 davetoon // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    @AC I thought TFL was the editor 😀

  • 90 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Anyone know about this kid?

  • 91 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Davetoon I’ve explained millions of times, It’s my fav source, I have nowt to do with it

  • 92 stan anderson // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Mackems in for Carroll haha,
    Hope he signs for them.
    True Geordie eh.

  • 93 Toonfan8 // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    I agree with you on AC, he was beast before his transfer to Liverpool. I would take him here on loan with option to buy him. I think he wants to come home and has his best years still ahead of him.

  • 94 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Rather Carroll than the Dutch Crouch,.

  • 95 Average_Contents // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Looks like it wasn’t a fake.

  • 96 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    @RiviereRunDry – if you’re referring to Dost he doesn’t play like Crouch in the slightest. He’s more similar to Edin Dzeko or a pre man utd Falcao in style (though nowhere near as good as either)! He’s a really really good finisher on the ground and makes intelligent runs and Wolfsburg rarely play high balls.
    My problem with signing Dost would be he requires players on his intelligence level than can read his runs. Possible De Jong could be this player?
    He’s been playing behind the 3rd best player in the world for me this year in De Bruyne. I think I’d get 20 a season playing with De Bruyne feeding me!
    He won’t have that kind of level behind him at Newcastle. His run of form also came with the signing of Schurlle who’s pace means defences had to drop deeper against Wolfsburg meaning Dost found himself able to be closer to the penalty box in games and he’s a player who only plays in the box (similar to cisse)

  • 97 jayphoto // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    asides from the Wonga I think that shirts dead nice! Is it only for the cup competitions? Might only wear it twice like…. (maybe never depending who we draw and what kit they wear)

  • 98 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    It’s not fake look

  • 99 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Is this MA trying to tell fan’s we are definitely gonna try and win in cups?

  • 100 davetoon // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    yeah shirt looks alright but how f*****g huge do they make that w0nga badge. It ruins the shirt
    Bad enough they are loan sharks although I dont see a lot of difference between loan sharks and betting companies

  • 101 davetoon // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    yeah shirt looks alright but how fkin huge do they make that w0nga badge. It ruins the shirt
    Bad enough they are loan sharks although I dont see a lot of difference between loan sharks and betting companies

  • 102 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    The quote underneath makes me laugh, hide it under your pillow we won’t judge

  • 103 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    its $90 in US that’s about £58 jesus wept

  • 104 Graeme // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    TFL – Ashley like to make a profit mate lol

  • 105 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    true Graeme lol

  • 106 Offkey // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Not many season tickets left! 😉,,10278~13786091,00.jpg

  • 107 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:51 PM,,10278~13786091,00.jpg

  • 108 Thump // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    “cup kit”?

    …righto, then.

  • 109 Oldgit1 // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Dear Newcastle United Company, I am afraid I will not be renewing my season ticket until I see some positive signings over the coming weeks.

    Eight years of lies, penny pinching, Mike Ashley enjoying free advertising of a tacky company, the unsavoury sponsor known as Wonga have all contributed to my decision to stay away.

    I’m concerned that your statement re not selling the club until we win something, suggest we are going to have you owning our club for many years as there is not a hope in hell that things will the mindset of the club is deliberately not to win anything. I hope you will reimburse all those supporters that travelled away at considerable cost to them when you now admit it was never your intention to make an effort.

    You Sir disgust me in the way you have acted on behalf of a much loved club tearing out the heart and soul of the loyal supporters..

    I will give you two weeks to make some very good signings or I will be booking up a 32 night cruise so you can say goodbye to my money.

    Regards Oldgit1

  • 110 West Lancs Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Why do we persist in splashing these big names about & nothing ever happens. If we are serious just get the money spent (if Ashley is honest about winning things) & bring in some quality players. Austin isn’t going to come now if Liverpool are interest. Anyway theorise will have gone up as a result. We need to get two quality centre backs in e.g Van Dyk from Celtic (& beat the Mackems to him)
    Stop airing our dirty washing in public, stop talking to the press & let’s see some quality brought into the club. We’re sick of it!!!

  • 111 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    So Liverpool sign trippier and Southampton sign Jaunmi?

    I hate it sometimes when I’m right!

  • 112 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Sam Byram won’t come here either I bet

  • 113 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:02 PM


    We are not even linked with him mate, it’s all speculation.

    Austin to Liverpool next and Berinho stays at WBA.

  • 114 West Lancs Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    All we ever hear about is Saints beat Newcastle to International Striker,Swansea edge out NUFC for striker. Are they really bigger clubs than the Toon. After how Gutierrez played in the last match after what he had been through he deserved another 12 month contract. & that’s not being sentimental. We need players who show pride & passion something that’s been sadly lacking in past few years.

  • 115 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    10-1 by next week we will be linked with Tyrone Mings followed by Hughes the week after.

  • 116 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Austin will go to spurs if he doesn’t come here

  • 117 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Nezza mings as already been linked lol

  • 118 Riviere Run Dry // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:05 PM


    Crouch with a less proficient header. Switch the Crouch of 5 years ago in for Dost last season and you’d have similar goals tally.

    He’s sub-standard and too flimsy a build for a PL target man, if he was a good technician that would make up for it, but he isn’t. Luuk De Jong written all over him.

    A ST that brings something more to the table other than finishing we need, because Cisse for all his mins/goal ratio stats, if anything is a negative contributor when trying to join in build-up play, the amount of times he loses possession either through a crap touch, an inaccurate layoff or being shrugged off it too easily, no more passengers. That’s why for me there’s still only one true NUFC ST standard we’ve been linked with – Austin.

    Would be good if we could genetically splice Cisse and Riviere in a lab.

  • 119 West Lancs Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Tom Ince for me. Has pace, can score goals & is English. We certainly don’t need defenders from relegated teams like Chester (Hull) . We may as well stick with Willo the Weak!

  • 120 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:06 PM


    I know mate but Newcastle are running out of English players so the same old story will come out again

  • 121 West Lancs Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    The only player we ever bought without him being on the radar first was Cisse. We need to do deals legit behind the scenes but this isn’t the Toon way I’m afraid

  • 122 West Lancs Geordie // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Same old, same old – come on Ashley prove us wrong please!!!

  • 123 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:11 PM

  • 124 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Newcastle have no ambition to sign players yet, what I’ve heard is that Newcastle might not sign any players because SM wants to use the players we have atm and to see how far he can take them until January.

    ( hope I’m wrong though )

  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Cisse was on the radar right up until Freiberg got into financial difficulty

  • 126 one fine day // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Shirt reminds me of the PSG one .
    Can easily see cabs drifting round in that … Oh hang on.
    If it is just a special cup shirt they could have left the wonga off.
    And replaced it with the “bobby Robson foundation “would been a good move .
    Bit of feel good and connecting with fans again …. Oh hang on .
    When Ashley was speaking about bolting on horses I was thinking thoroughbreds , seems so far he is looking at stuff destined for the knackers yard .. Maybe his sweatshops are short of glue.

  • 127 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    I’m quite sanguine about SM and his team taking their time to assess our squad.
    It would be foolish to buy players that are no better than what we have currently just to appease the impatience of some supporters.

    The first weekend of the new season is 8th August that is in 52 days time.

    The window doesn’t close until Tuesday, September 1, at 6pm – because the Monday is a Bank Holiday.

    That means 4 weekends of footy before the window shuts , so don’t be surprised if we don’t sign some players until comparatively well into the season.

  • 128 toonheroes // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Nezza I can’t believe that. If we don’t get defenders in we are screwed. Even Guadiola couldn’t get the defence we have sorted.

  • 129 lesh // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:41 PM


    What a cracking letter!

    With a little tweaking to take out possibly legally contentious words like ‘lying’, ‘lies’ etc, a copy to the press might be of interest to those organs omitted from press conferences etc.

    It might just helo

  • 130 toonheroes // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    one fine day. That would be a great bit of PR with the Bobby Robson Foundation on the shirts. Would show real class from the club.Like Unicef on the Barca shirts. Oh hang on.. I forgot. Mash doesn’t do class..just cash.

  • 131 Jib // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    The sweaty socks have voted to bump big Mike

  • 132 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM


    we let Trippier go to Liverpool for 3.5 million?

    Newcastle are cheap merchants and 3.5 million is in Newcastle price brackets.

    But instead we waited and now he’s gone to another club the same with Juanmi who was sold for 5.1 million again Newcastle missed out on.

    2 players on our so called short list which one is a RB which we need in asap and another is similar to our Perez but instead SM wants to keep Gouffran.

    Where’s the logic in this?

  • 133 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:51 PM


    We have Collo, Willo, Taylor and Lascelles, there’s 4 defenders in our squad.

    As much as we all will dread this but no defenders will come through unless we sell one or two or all of them.

    Mbiwa in my view was sold on because of us having 4 defenders.

  • 134 John Tudor // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    taken for mugs again

  • 135 LGFUAD21 // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:52 PM


    Dont think the fee has anything to do with Trippier. He’s a bargain for that price but we have Janmaat and like it or not we are not able to have the luxury of someone of Trippier’s calibre on the pitch.

    Even if we went in for him, why would he come to sit on the bench just as he is breaking through and reaching prime age.

    He has a better chance of playing for Liverpool than us on a regular basis while Janmaat is here.

  • 136 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM


    Good point mate, but rotation players is the key to success, with Raylor gone and no competition for Janmaat for RB his form might drop and also with Newcastle injury history only time will tell when he gets injured on long periods of time.

    Plus I wouldn’t be surprised if Janmaat gets sold on for profits

  • 137 LGFUAD21 // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:58 PM



    Even Barca had to give in to the money that comes with sponsorship.

    They couldnt afford to not be receiving it.

    Do you really think we can afford to drop our paid sponsors, give the space to charity and still be in the premier league?

    We are not a rich club. We have a lot of money this year because we have been frugal for the past few. Once that is gone we’re back at square one if the players dont perform.

    Mike Ashley shouldnt have to put any of his own money into the club. He already saved the club from going bankrupt. It is not an owners responsibility to bankroll a club.


    I am not defending Ashley’s incompetent management of the club (poor appointments, lack of ambition, lack of investment with funds available)

    BUT I will maintain that Ashley should not be expected to put his own money into the club. We’ve never had an owner do that. Why demand this one to.


    The clubs funds (the £40m or so we could spend) IS NOT Ashley’s money. They are separate pots and sadly people fail to distinguish between NUFC the company and Mike Ashley the person. 2 Separate legal entities. Two separate bank accounts, two separate pots of cash.

  • 138 toonheroes // Jun 16, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Nezza I know what you’re saying but Taylor is a perma crock so say we have 3 and a half. If anyone else gets sidelined we’re back to the bare bones. We have to get at least one top class defender in or it’ll be same old story. No competition for places. God I hope your wrong about that.

  • 139 NezzaNUFC // Jun 16, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    I’m in the next thread guys

  • 140 lesh // Jun 16, 2015 at 3:33 PM


    Be as sanguine as you like but nobody can deny that the squad lacks numbers and quality in certain positions.

    We have an urgent need for a striker and a CB at the very least.

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