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Newcastle Being Ambitious This Summer Could Be Difficult

8:50 am, Thursday, June 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 105 Comments

There has been news over the last few days that Newcastle have been monitoring Ipswich Town’s 6’5″ tall defender Tyrone Mings, with the 22 year-old able to play center-back or left back, and there are articles in all the local papers today that Newcastle are ready to bid for the player.

Tyrone Mings

Tyrone Mings – Newcastle interested

Take your pick about the fee because  it’s quoted as anywhere from £8M to £10M and Newcastle are starting to understand it’s a lot more expensive to buy English players than it is a player from the continent, but that’s our new strategy so Newcastle will have to cough up the money to get these players into the club.

Steve McClaren is aware of Ming’s capabilities from managing in the Championship, and apparently one outcome of a meeting earlier this week with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr is that Newcastle will go after Mings.

Not surprisingly if Mings is to leave Ipswich the Championship side want the maximum fee possible for him,  with Arsenal and West Brom the other clubs said to be interested in the player.

While there’s still a lot of time in the transfer market, and there has not been much business conducted by Premier League clubs yet, it’s very important that Newcastle show quickly that they can strengthen their squad this summer.

There are only two weeks left before the players return from pre-season, with the league starting one week early this season because of the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer.

Newcastle must be aggressive in this transfer market and it would help if we can get in at least two signings in the next two weeks.

Newcastle are going to have to show some boldness and ambition this summer, if we are really going to significantly improve the squad.

But that’s been missing for a while now at the club, and Newcastle may be balking at some of the fees being request for their top targets – and if that’s true that would not be good news.

Comments welcome.

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

105 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Ashley Out.

  • 2 cyprus // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Carr needs to live up to his reputation as well. We’ve had too much deification, in Carr we trust and the like. He’s supposed to be digging up gems, rough diamonds who cost less and can punch above their weight.

    The established players, me or you could go after. (and we need a couple of these too now)

    Get to work Carr, or you’re out too mate. Three Perez-like surprises or someone will be passing you the phone. Sorry, but as you see, the masses are restless and belligerent

  • 3 expatmag // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    I have seen Mings play several times this season and he has failed to impress me.

    2 million max and even that is generous

  • 4 TheIndianToon // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Dear all, check out my new write-up for the fanzine TheMag – discussing and giving my two pence about football, not the transfers or the rumors or the owner…

    Do read and comment:

  • 5 optimistic prime // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Carrs to busy playing bingo in Benidorm to scout players

  • 6 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    It works like this
    Journos try to sell as many copies of their paper as possible
    They come onto blogs like this and see everyone is screaming out for CB’s
    So let’s run a few stories on CB’s

    Curtis Good since arriving in the UK 3 years ago has only played 1st team footy15 times , unbelievably one of those 15 was a Wembley final for Bradford !!!
    He was sent to the USA in February for surgery on a persistent hip injury.
    Reports are saying he’s looking good in training
    With the arrival of Lascelles and the recovery of Saylor and Good , and the emergence of Dummett perhaps the CB situation may not be as bad as the doom mongers are saying.

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Evening Crocodile reporting:
    ‘Newcastle United have made contact with Wolfsburg over hitman Bas Dost.

    United’s hierarchy were in talks earlier this week after Mike Ashley gave the green light to spend – and the owner is understood to have told Lee Charnley to make sure the team is better equipped than it was last season.’

    Well Charmless – ball looks like it is your court – so get your finger out your ASS and get our ‘targets’ over the line.
    As someone put it earlier we are a long way behind most clubs in the Premiership with strength of squad and key players in key positions.

    I think the whole of the spine of our team needs strengthening-
    Top centre forward, central midfield player, central defender and a goalkeeper who commands the box or a goalkeeping coach who can work on Krul’s kicking/passing out and command of the six yard box.

  • 8 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    The headline to the previous blog should have read ‘Newcastle Unlikely To Be WILLING To Pull Off This Coup’.

    The money’s there and subject to investment and achievement, will be there.

    I’d like to think that McClaren’s making life hard for Charnley and Ashley. He must be wondering what the hell he’s signed up to – if the rumours prove to be right.


  • 9 lochinvar // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Spurs are talking to Cabaye anyway – London would suit him and his missus fine and just a short hop on the Eurostar back to Paris. It’s the WAGS who decide for the soft minded players. Another hint why we should go for Dutch, German, Polish players who have a stronger mentality and would enjoy all that is wonderful in the north east.

  • 10 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:06 AM


    The sooner Ashley realises that fans won’t buy in to the media pap that’s being peddled by the Club.

    Actions speak louder than words – let’s see some quality signings!

    Is it too much to ask? I think not.

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Typical Newcastle…snail speed at doing everything that is so bloody crucial to do fast!! We will never learn. JOKE CLUB!! ASHLEY OUT!

  • 12 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    Read your Mag piece yesterday – a good, well thought out article.

    Memo to Ashley and Penfold – read, digest and act, smartish!

  • 13 cyprus // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Indian, good article, although you do break your promise initially.

    I do diasagree with your last quotation and NUFC latest slogan that we only demand a team that tries. I think that’s a myth which only sounds good. We appreciate players who try, yes, but if they are crap and lose ten in a row, be assured we’ll boo them off the field.

    It’s the nature of the beast.

  • 14 Slank // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Lockinvar @ 9

    London would be ideal for Cabaye. He and his family shouldn’t feel lonely, even with his mate Debuchy around as London is the fifth largest French city based on the number of French people who live there and if all else fails its short train ride away to Paris.

  • 15 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Don’t know how much SM earns ,but who wouldn’t sign a three year contact with a possible 5year extension ,if true,on possibly £1m a year
    If he fails he’s set for life and everyone in the football world now knows its Ashley to blame for the circus known as NUFC
    Good luck Steve ,your gonna need it!!

  • 16 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Spurs may get Cabaye
    David Ginola had a lot to do with him picking the Toon first time and Ginola of course has strong ties with Spurs.

  • 17 will die for the toon army // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Silence doesnt mean being unambitious. The media will do everything no give us a bad image.

  • 18 optimistic prime // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    I’d love to know how many haven’t renewed their season tickets.
    A club insider spilling the beans right now would be great.

  • 19 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    It has been said a few times that the new way is that staff are on low basics but with huge bonuses linked to success.
    This is how SD is run. A store manager if he/she increases turnover dramatically gets really well rewarded with cash and share options.
    Seems the obvious way to run a footy club to me.
    Reward success

  • 20 optimistic prime // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    NUFC isn’t SD

    So write your hero a letter and tell him his strategy doesn’t work at a football club.

  • 21 Toonfan8 // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    we have to bring at least one CB…van Dijk or someone like him, tall, comfortable on ball….
    one CM playmaker…Cabaye or van Ginkel…
    striker…Austin, Berahino and one winger ….

  • 22 optimistic prime // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:28 AM


    Does Ashley own Cash Convertors?

    That’s more in line with how NUFC are run!

  • 23 optimistic prime // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Jeff stands out like Ashley at a charity event.

  • 24 Toonfan8 // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Van Dijk 10, Cabaye/van Ginkel 10, Austin 15, Berahino 18….53M….but this will give us big lift

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    My greatest enjoyment is to watch NUFC play.Good or bad jst seeing men wearing black and white strips chasing e ball. Its good. Good or bad transfer. Will b in e terraces with my family. Neither Mike nor Chanley can take that away from me.

  • 26 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Would have to disagree on that one I’m afraid
    The bonus strategy would make it nearly impossible for us to sign quality players ,as atm the chances of getting the bonus is nil
    SD on the other hand they just undercut everyone else ,so it doesn’t matter how much people hate Ashley ,if its cheaper than everywhere else people will buy the shite he sells

  • 27 Toon Tang // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    The barrel is well and truly being scraped eh. Ashley himself is personally in the barrel with a utensil of some description, scraping away night and day, only coming back out to tell us he can scrape more out with a little more time.

    Fcuk off Ashley.

  • 28 John Tudor // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    how’s the season ticket sales fat boy

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    ”Newcastle Being Ambitious This Summer Could Be Difficult”

    No s–t!!!

    Don’t get this buy British nonsense. The top 6/7/8 clubs nearly all have foreign coaches and largely foreign players. It’s not a problem for them.

    Why pay stupid inflated fees for English / British players because they allegedly have more heart!!. Did Given, Butt, Owen, Barton, Duff etc save us from relegation…!

    Yes the Rivis, Cabellas etc haven’t worked out but very few technically good players would succeed under pardew and Carver. They are a graveyard for flair and creativity. Who knows what M’Biwa and Santon etc could have done with proper coaching.

    I think if we could shift Willo and Saylor, bring in Bruno Indi and one of Dunk or Van Dijk for CB, add Ginkel or Winaldjum for some invention and a quick mobile goal scorer I think we are good to go and it doesn’t have to be zillions. Just 4 players, not the promised 6 could still make a massive difference.

  • 30 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Another extension tomorrow lol

  • 31 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    If there’s any shred of truth in cabaye on loan it’s yet more worrying news that there is no intention to build a squad, just tread water with journeymen.

    Jail – I never took you for a Winkingsmileyfaceist. How you have fallen in my estimation! 😉

  • 32 midweek weekend // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Anyone know what the hold up is on appointing our Assistants, everyday it seems like just nothing is happening terrible really

  • 33 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Is Des Best the new PEA?

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Midweek – problems with ‘The Line ‘ apparently. Can’t seem to get anyone over it still. Really needs someone to take a look at that line.

  • 35 expatmag // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    The club us laughable although they have time to redeem themselves

  • 36 John Tudor // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    cant believe people still think ashley is trying to compete
    he is just continuing to bleed the club at your expense

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM


    “blockhead – I need no atlas to check where Burnham on Sea is.” Hahaha. Good Old Tuff Checks His Atlas. G.O.T.C.H.A.

    Old Blackley sees you’re still trying to make out you understood the Percy incident when you made a chump of yourself with your off point essay. Don’t forget Professor, it was Old Blackley who had a half hour conversation with the police officer in charge at Humberside. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 38 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I’ve no problem with incentivised reward schemes – provided they are based on a good salary with a reward for success!

    A poor basic will not attract good players and that means the team won’t achieve the target threshold for bonus payment – and players and their agents especially, are not stupid.

    It really is time that Ashley replaced Charnley with an MD who knows Prem football and has had past success in running a big business.

  • 39 John Tudor // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    third person twaddle you sound ridiculous

  • 40 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    Who’s Burnham on Sea? Is he a potential signing?

  • 41 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    It’s definitely not a coincidence that the fat tawts net worth has shot up since he took over here ,as they say there’s no such thing as bad advertising !!

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with being cynical, we earned it didn’t we? We still get the odd poster who derides his own fanbase for being overly critical and impatient, well don’t fall for that.

    Yes, the club may well be hiding it’s radical new plans for ambition very expertly, and they might even spring some pleasant surprises, but in the meantime just remember, a good percentage of so-called moaners used to belong to a group of optimists who defended Ashleys plans for years. And we’ve had to eat humble pie and admit some of the prophets of doom, way back when all things seemed to be going well. we used to berate were actually right all along.

    I think in light of recent years it’s sensible to be sceptical, and believe the hype when it actually gets actioned.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    That’s a shaking angry fist icon……

  • 44 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM


    What’s holding up the back-room guys’ appointments?

    A low wage/ high bonus structure no doubt!

    How can Ashley hope to incentivise coaches etc when the players they’ve got to work with aren’t up to achieving the set targets!

  • 45 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Charnley is just operating to the remit set by Ashley. If he needs to go, as Pardew did, because he just absorbs criticism that should be aimed at Ashley then fair enough.

    Charnley got more players over the line last summer then we have managed in a summer transfer window since promotion. Average, low cost players because that is what he has been tasked with, low cost, and therefore likely to be average.

  • 46 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Tsunki @42…Yeah, you were an optimistic pain in the backside. Bit like that Ibizatoon.What a naive tw@ he was.

    But hey, Mike has spoken, let’s all jump back on board. It’ll be different this time.

  • 47 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Fatty will be top of the Forbes list before we get some silverware ffs!!

  • 48 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    😈 ?

  • 49 musomag // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Richards to Villa, Ayew to Swansea, Austin looking increasingly unlikely now.

    Same old sh1t all over again from the fat clown.

    Ashley Out

  • 50 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Jail…No angry fist. But an angry face, if it’s any use to you.

    : twisted :

    No spaces.

  • 51 Spreadthetoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Good article but disagree re: formations. I think nufc can play attacking football with 433 or 4231 but it is dependent on wingers.

    Imp we need the following in this order:
    2 cb
    2 wm
    2 St
    1 rb
    That’s 7 first team players needed, not general squad players. Club need to spend £60m anything less will be a joke!
    After that we need general squad players.

    People talk about attacking midfielders and it’s bull as we have:
    Mahdi Abied
    We have plenty of cover. We need CB and then wide players! They are the minimum and most needed areas of strengthening.

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM


    can’t really argue with that, but laziness and obsesity seem to have become indemic in society now and many won’t get out of bed unless it’s all handed to them on a plate.

  • 53 midweek weekend // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Well it’s bloody ridiculous, everyday at work I check the news or lack of news should I say, and of course there’s none just more silly rumors I.e yohan kebab it’s just lazy journalism, it’s Thursday we need our coaches sorted out by at Least next week, and oh yeah we still need what 8-9 new players? We are soooooo slow at everything we do its a joke

  • 54 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Actually my comment was in answer to one on SM’s wages .
    The staff to which I referred was stadium , office, and coaching staff.
    Players salaries are another kettle of fish altogether.
    Unusually for him/her , OP missed the point altogether (deadpan face).
    OP goes into attack dog mode very quickly.
    Very sad

  • 55 Spreadthetoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Capella should read Cabella and misspelt Abied?!

  • 56 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Jail – 🙂 ok I’ll stop.

    I tend to agree on your bonus theory. Strange how that desire to win showed up on the last day.

  • 57 nufcrich21 // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Still no signing, backroom staff or anything else. Have no faith whatsoever in this regime. ‘devided we Are weak’ ‘United we are strong’. Season ticket sales must be ridiculous. Extended the deadline 3 times putting captions like that with the new third kit reveal. We can spend money yet we can release new kits and hound supporters to renew. All take take take with cashley. I won’t renew untill I see ambition and fatso living up to his interview. Compulsive liar

  • 58 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM


  • 59 John Tudor // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    no ticket sales plenty cheapo tickets to watch us get get stuffed
    over to you noggin the nog

  • 60 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM


  • 61 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    You’re just embarrassing yourself Tsunki 😳

  • 62 toonheroes // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    What’s this talk of bolting on the horse..? Bolting on a mule more like. I can image board meetings going something like this. McClaren and Charney…

  • 63 ZIPPIE57 // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    we cannot even appoint back room staff ,most managers appoint the staff the day after so it looks like there are major difficulties even getting coaches etc in place . Ashley your pathetic staged interview with Sky before the WHFC game was nothing more than empty words and now we are beginning to see how empty they were
    We will buy nobody of any note and check out the odds on us being relegated already
    I bet we even barter with the ball boys

  • 64 martoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Hi Guys,
    I’ve been away on holiday but tried to follow events – it’s difficult to know if we are being conned like many of you think or we really are negotiating. If we really were interested in all the rumoured players we would have to have a transfer team of about 50 people which somehow I think not!
    Incidentally is the transfer window actually open yet? Normally it is 1st July but is it earlier this year because the season starts earlier?

  • 65 Sazzer // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Wine ladys says Van Dijk to Scum.

  • 66 Sazzer // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM


  • 67 Sazzer // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Bas Dost song lol

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Burnham on Sea will be beating us before long if the tea boy doesn’t get his finger out.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    How about trying to bring through these kids ourselves or at least buy ’em alot younger! It just seems a wast of money buying these overpriced Brits!

  • 70 Sazzer // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Or Bad Boys one.

  • 71 BandB // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM


    We might be being conned into thinking we are being conned so that when we are only marginally conned we are delighted about it.

    The break is the shortest ever but the window is the same length. Though it is mooted to end at 6pm on the final day.

    I don’t want to see hope drying up already. It’s the club’s job to kill our hopes, not our own.
    I think we’ll sign Bad Toss to get us going…though I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • 72 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    This is rubbish. it’s like a smiley desert. 🙁

  • 73 Munster Mag // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    This lack of transfer action is beginning to worry me. But please, can the little englanders row their necks in please? As Rotunda said earlier, most of the top clubs are populated by foreigners and we think Johnny English ( or Irish etc ) is going to develop us? Dont worry yeomen like Troy Deeney and Lewis Dunk ( two pals of mine who support teams in that league didnt know him! ) will save us. Ashley you lying toad, start spending.

  • 74 barkel // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    There is absolutely no way that we’ll be getting 7/8/9 first team players. I think it’s ridiculous people even suggesting it, I can see max 3 first team players coming in, centre back (that can cover RB), winger & striker.

    We need to sort out our players fitness/discipline issues to start with. And then play players in their natural positions. For example, Gouffy should never be a defensive winger, it’s not his game and he gets absolutely slated for playing like that.

    I think we have a decent(ish) squad, if we get them fit and playing in the right positions and finally sort our a formation that works for us, with about 3 additions to the starting line up we can be top 8 easy next season.

    I’m not happy with being top 8, I would love to see us challenging for top 4 but I think after the year we’ve had top 8 would be acceptable next season

  • 75 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    The fact that the fans forum is the 6th July fills me with hope they may have some players signed up the week before to deflate fans ire.

  • 76 Mister Tuff // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Blockhead Blackley – still whinging about the King Percy incident. booohooo booohoo – speaking to the officer in charge only resulted in what I told you would happen.
    You need to accept that you have a lack of understanding of the law – that is not necessarily a bad thing – it’s just that your knowledge is not comprehensive.
    You need to move on and stop whinging like a spoilt tart – you need to chill -go out and mow your lawn with your ride on mower or learn how to repair a puncture. You would probably find puncture repair a beneficial exercise – especially if any of your blow up dolls get a puncture.

  • 77 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Bas Dost
    Bas Dost
    Whatcha gonna do
    Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?

    Or it could be done to Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb. You’d like that welshie wouldn’t you?

  • 78 Munster Mag // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    I was happy with McClaren on the basis that we got rid of Charva, but the worry about the guy is now that the players he knows about are not in Germany or Holland, but places like Watford and Ipswich. Not good.

  • 79 whatsup // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Transfer window doesn’t open until 1st July

  • 80 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Didn’t you just know Romelu Lukaku wouldn’t be with Everton for long – he’s Man Utd. bound

  • 81 Sazzer // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Anyway Dost probably going to turn us down and head over to Sunderland to replace Fletcher.

  • 82 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Jeff well I’m sure you’re full already. Not with hope though.

  • 83 ZIPPIE57 // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    We need to sign up some other Scouts and get rid of Carr
    look at Southamptons set up getting bargains who always turn out to be decent all over the place

  • 84 Mister Tuff // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    jib/jeff/jane – if you do not mid me saying you have become the blog pest. I find it most annoying that you take it upon yourself to comment about everything under the sun. Really annoying.

  • 85 The Great Valerio // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Calling the owner fat? Might work.

  • 86 martoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    BandB @71 – Sorry I should have said “Hi Guys & Gals” 🙂
    I think I just about followed your con logic. I was really interested when the transfer window opens rather than close?

  • 87 Munster Mag // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Barkel, interesting post. Thank God for another reasoned contributor on the blog in addition to the 20 ( at most ! ) normal guys! The big question is though: Are the players as good as you think? The answer is probably no. Pardew is not that bad a manager , as can be seen at Palace already, but he couldnt raise a gallop from our lot. And yes he is not great either! My issue is this model we have – we fatten players up and sell them on – but the players have little incentive to do well by the jersey – they have zero ownership of whats going on and it leads to a lack of fight once things turn against them.

  • 88 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Could someone help here .
    Could they tell me if Mr Tuff has ever posted a proper footy related comment on this blog.
    You know , an opinion on tactics , or thoughts about a game.
    I cannot for life of me recall one.
    He reminds me of the disruptive bullies you used to get in class at school.
    The ones the teachers would love to clip but knew he would go running to his even more bullying dad.

  • 89 martoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Cheers whatsup @79.
    I’ve only just realised who Jib is – hello Jeff how are you?

  • 90 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Jail…I’m trying mate. Let’s see what happens with this…


  • 91 BandB // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM


    Isn’t when it officially opens a bit of a red herring for those who would like to offer an excuse for inactivity?
    It is an undeniable fact that deals are being done left, right, and centre.
    The opening of the transfer window doesn’t fire the starting gun for people being allowed to talk to each other and strike deals, as seems to be being suggested.

  • 92 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Maybe not then.

  • 93 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Martoon -. Not sure about that, it’s sounds too much like “how’s about that then, Guys & Gals!” followed by a yodel. 😐 Stick to “Guys” mate, it’s gone gender free anyway now 🙂

  • 94 Mister Tuff // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    jib – you remind me of the disruptive pest who has nothing original to say – you know the type of person who tries to join the conversation in the pub and pee’s everybody off constantly until he’s told to F*** O**.

  • 95 BandB // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Hello Ibiztoon,

    Is smiley tips to be the topic of your brief intervention today?

  • 96 John Tudor // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    only to register their signature

  • 97 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Oh and jeff isn’t budging even though he’s been sussed yet again.

  • 98 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM


    You can’t remember Mr Tuff posting a football related comment?

    But you’ve only been posting for a few weeks and that’s no basis to ask such a question – unless you’ve been posting under other pseudonyms!

    Jeff, Jane and other names, I’m sure, you’ve been catches!

  • 99 BandB // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    No it hasn’t Tsunki.

  • 100 BandB // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    “It” is ignoring the ignorant sexist tripe.

  • 101 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM


    You carry on trying to resolve the riddle of the ???? emoticons.

    It beats sitting on the fence anytime.



  • 102 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    BandB…I would like to think I haven’t peaked for the day.

    Has anyone got a link to the announcement about the set fans forum meeting? Was there any explanation about why it didn’t get moved to before the West Ham game as originally stated by the club?

  • 103 Ibizatoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Lesh…I can only imagine that Ed has settings that only allow the classics.

    A bit like he has with posters accounts….

    I guess we can all move on.

    I liked that fence. Shame it was rotten to the core.

  • 104 davetoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Tsunki @42. Great post. Sums it up foe the ignorant and the insiders

  • 105 KevinLee // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    No Money must be Difficult, u fxuking fat pig mike first day being a human?

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