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Things Have Already Changed For The Better At Newcastle

2:04 pm, Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 201 Comments

It was a compete and utter nightmare after we had beaten Aston Villa 1-0 on the last day of February,  and were on 35 points in 11th place and presumably safe from relegation, but that didn’t turn out to be the case and in the next eight games we lost them all.

After that eight successive defeat at Leicester, when we were torn apart by a team lower than us in the league table,  an emergency meeting was held by Lee Charnley and we tried to get Steve McClaren at the club for the last three games, but he refused to come and so we stuck with John Carver.

steve mcclaren nufc 5

Steve McClaren – top coach can get the best out of existing squad

Luckily we got 4 points in those last three games with a massive 3 points against West Ham in our final game in front of a sold out St. James’ Park.

And that,in a strange way, made it a positive end to the season – because we were still a Premier League side – and the feeling was that we should never let that happen again.

Mike Ashley also came out before the game and spoke for the first time in eight years, and what he said seemed quite positive, but Newcastle now face a difficult summer to strengthen their squad.

Players would be a lot more willing to come to Newcastle if we had finished in the top ten last season, but we have now been fighting relegation for two of the last three seasons, so some top players will think twice before they sign on at Newcastle.

Actions have consequences and an eight game losing streak which got a lot of publicity in England, will make it more difficult for the club this summer – that’s a fact.

It was always going to be a difficult window for Newcastle and we have to do our very best to get five or six new players in.

The good news is that a lot of the players who were simply hopeless under John Carver are a lot better than what they showed in the second half of the season.

We put that down to a very large extent to the very poor leadership skills of John Carver and his almost non-existent man-management skills, and John making that last half of the season all about himself.

Both John Carver and Steve Stone were officially fired one day before Steve McClaren was appointed – so the decks were cleared for the former England manager.

Steve McClaren is a much better coach than John Carver ever will be, and McClaren also has excellent leadership skills and terrific man-management skills.

We’ve already seen that in action with Steve calling some of our senior players as soon as he got the job on Tyneside.

So the probability is that Steve and his coaching staff – once they come in – will be able to get a lot more out of the players we already have, than Carver was able to in the second half of last season.

But we still need maybe five new players brought in, but it could take most of the summer to get them through the door, and that will be unfortunate.

But Newcastle still have time (and money) to bring those players in this summer – and we now have a coach who is recognized as being one of the best.

That’s good news in itself.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League




201 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Ashley out !

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Welsh

    Wasn’t me who brought up animal farm.

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    YCMIU surely Shaun the sheep would be more appropriate

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    And as far as the rest of your comment goes, well it’s kind of the equivalent of getting called a name, and replying with “no,you are”. Not clever, creative or funny. Why do you still come here still, you have given up all but the thinest pretence of being a nufc follower, and basically just troll everyone. I remember i used to try and talk to you about football, but it was never worth while in the end.

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    TFL

    Aye thats a good one. Except my youngest loves watching that, so i am not sure if i want to sully its name.

  • 6 John Tudor // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    welsh in then im oot
    divvy

  • 7 John Tudor // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    blog scank

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    JT

    Good call. I am off too. Got to catch a bus soon anyway.

  • 9 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    We won’t be making any transfers until McClaren sorts his staff out. Which is taking longer than expected. Don’t expect anything soon troops

  • 10 N1CK06 // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Of course things are better.. We haven’t lost a game or had any injuries in almost a month!

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Fair point YCMIU not fair on the poor cartoon sheep

  • 12 Graeme // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    The first 2 choices for his Assistant HC have both turned him down!! Its not just players who dont want to come to NUFC!!

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Bills son to star in Raging Inferno

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Ed…you are really laying it on thick with McClaren…the tone was a bit different before he signed on 😉

  • 15 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    El “No Hay Cojones” Club.

  • 16 Slank // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    bladeuser

    Must correct you.

    John Dahl Tomasson was a great striker before he came to Newcastle and after he left Newcastle. It didn’t work out for him with us in the same way that it didn’t work out for Luuk de Jong who is now doing fine knocking in the goals on a regular basis.

    I wouldn’t be too hasty in dismissing Riviera.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Graeme…can you blame ’em 😉

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Bills also to appear in Geriatric hatrick

  • 19 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    What’s your argument there Slank?
    That Riviere will also start knocking them in when he leaves?

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Slank you are right, I reckon Riviere just lacks confidence

  • 21 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    “New Supreme Leader of Great and Wonderful Newcastle to lead Brave Squad of Mighty Sportsmen into Glorious New Dawn of Victory! All enemies will Perish! All Opponents Will Fall in Terror and Quiver at his mighty Coaching Prowess! He Banishes all Foes to the land of Mist and Ghosts of their Restless Ancestors! All Hail and Kneel Before The Punishing Exactor Emperor McLaren! ”

    Bit of a long title Ed but it’s something to work with for your next one.

  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Slank I’ll hand it to you, you deliver consistently. The point even you are making is that we had to dismiss DeJong and Tomasson and logically will need to dismiss Riviere for the same reason. I mean this well, but, have a think first next time ha ha ha

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Good point nick06. Reasons to be cheerful, part….

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    4YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    And as far as the rest of your comment goes, well it’s kind of the equivalent of getting called a name, and replying with “no,you are”. Not clever, creative or funny. Why do you still come here still, you have given up all but the thinest pretence of being a nufc follower, and basically just troll everyone. I remember i used to try and talk to you about football, but it was never worth while in the end.

    How have i given up then Sherlock, so if I don’t agree with something on here then I’m a troll, life would be very boring if everybody agreed with each other, I’m always asked why do I come on this blog I could ask that question to about 90% of the people on here because they don’t get asked that question, I wonder why.

  • 25 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I must say I like what I saw of Riviere gets into good positions linked up well with Perez and led the line well when on his won (must have suffered with a bad neck with all the long high balls he had to deal with) but sadly could not finish.
    With another season in the premiership and with a new manager and coaching team – hopefully they can work on his confidence in finding the back of the net.

  • 26 N1CK06 // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Tsunki @21,

    Hahahaha that’s great but you forgot to mention the world-class, top, excellent, young, determined and valuable signings that our supreme leader will be able to offer immense support, encouragement and advice to.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Slank thinks that those North Koreans are an ungrateful bunch, they get three meals a day (most of the time) and because they only have one media outlet at least they know what’s going on in the world.

  • 28 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Charlie,

    It certainly seems the club is setting a lot of store by McClaren working wonders and sh*tting miracles with the current squad.
    I think he is the horse Ashley means to bolt to the cart.
    It me makes me wonder, then, why they had such a high opinion of Pardew.

  • 29 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Jail 🙂 sorry about the smiley but 🙂

  • 30 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    BandB to be fair, it may have been a lack of bolts that was the problem. Couldn’t get them out of Carvers neck.

  • 31 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Nick06 I would have but I designed that title to fit into the average smartphone screen 🙂

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Zanden has spoken to McClaren but doesn’t want to come!
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/boudewijn-zenden-admits-steve-mcclaren-talk-but-plays-down-newcastle-link/

    Story of our lives!!

  • 33 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    BandB
    Don’t know if Pardew was a good manager/tactician – but he seems to have been very good on the man/management side – players/most liked him but his tactics were one dimensional- thats why quite often in his second season at a club he got found out – and substitutions you could read him like a book always brought the same players off at the same time, always the 70th minute

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    TFL I think in the Dutch translation there were a few words picked out like ‘pole’ ‘ten’ ‘barge’ and ‘foot’

  • 35 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Tsunki if that’s the title how long is the article?? 🙂

  • 36 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Probably so Tsunki lol

  • 37 Thump // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    top coach can get the best out of existing squad

    Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  • 38 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Here’s a thought.
    Next time the season ticket deadline is extended, what are the chances of McClaren being cattle-prodded out in front of the media to explain that poor ticket sales are hampering our chances of paying top money for players?

  • 39 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Why do I keep reading Alexandre Pato is being linked to us? surely not true!!

  • 40 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    This Blog….Mamma Mia!!!

    https://youtu.be/G29DXfcdhBg

  • 41 cyprus // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Thanks for that Perez goal Ed. We look like Barcelona there!

    Blink and you’d miss such moments last year, but that was magnificent.

    Was there a ‘best of’ compilation DVD last year? I want to see those four minutes again. Sameobi, Sissoko, Guti, Perez… is that it?! (OK, two minutes).

    And I’d like to see a video of our won penalties of the last couple years, too. I have a bit more free time these days.

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    That was Pacinos line from Godfather 3 wasn’t bit? 🙂

  • 43 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Bit = it

  • 44 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Ed starting to sound like he’s happy with the McClaren appointment. I noticed the turning point after the polls on will SM be successful, with 90% saying yes

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    It was, a funny impersonation by Salvio that the ‘guys’ thought was the spit of AP.

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Steve McClaren – Newcastle United
    Take your time – or “Wait for the dust to settle”

    The state of Newcastle’s squad needs to be addressed urgently but perhaps without too many snap decisions. A sift through the squad shows too many individuals who appear to have been recruited through haste or a simple lack of attention to detail, whether in regard to footballing ability or character. A new broom is required but Newcastle need players of genuine, long-lasting quality and a willingness to commit to the cause. The recent link to Bas Dost, the Wolfsburg striker, sounded an alarm bell or two. Dost went on a remarkable scoring run during the winter but tailed off considerably in the season’s final months. He may or may not have been a flash in the pan, but Newcastle have gobbled up several of those in recent years and time must be taken to ensure newcomers are the right fit.

    Push the boat out to sign Will Hughes

    It did not take the most formidable of brains to link Newcastle with the young Derby midfielder upon – and indeed before – McClaren’s arrival but the rumours persist and maybe two plus two does not equal five. Hughes is just 20 but has played close to 150 games for the Rams and the time seems right for Derby, who might need the money if Paul Clement is to see through deals for Tom Ince, Andreas Weimann and Jason Shackell, to let the academy product complete a natural progression to the top. Hughes is not the finished article but has a cocktail of attributes – English, technically excellent, energetic, tenacious – that Newcastle have lacked in recent years and could be what the St James’ Park faithful have missed: a player to fall in love with.

    Give Siem de Jong a key role

    Siem de Jong fits the mould of player McClaren relishes – a technically superb footballer whose invention and variation set him apart. His long-term absence through injury, just weeks after arriving, was one of the crueller blows suffered by Alan Pardew and John Carver; the former Ajax captain, who is at his best playing off a striker, is the kind of player to get the crowd on their feet and is also – unlike some of his team-mates – the kind who will show for the ball come rain or shine. Get him up to speed, and McClaren will have a talent on his hands that can lift an entire team.

    Try to talk some sense into Mike Ashley

    The Newcastle owner’s stance against all bar the club’s “preferred media partners” might make sense if a bunker mentality is being cultivated but in reality it has proved a significant step backwards when the arrival of McClaren looked an open goal. Alienating the media, many of whom are friendly with the affable McClaren, is not the way to approach a bright new dawn and the thought occurs that club and manager could not be much further apart in terms of disposition. It would be a loss if Newcastle’s policy meant McClaren’s early work was not reflected as it should be. Is there any way that he can tactfully tell his boss that a little openness would, in these circumstances, not be a bad thing?

  • 47 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Leeds
    Pato tried to use Corinthians holding back his image rights monies to get out of his contracts in Brazil , so far his legal applications have been rejected by the Sao Paolo judiciary.

    http://www.hojeemdia.com.br/esportes/souza-comemora-a-permanencia-de-pato-ele-nos-ajuda-bastante-1.326134

    You can bet your bottom dollar if Ashley sniffs a legal battle that can acquire him a cheap world class player he’ll go for it.

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Lindisfarne…I don’t think the club has any idea what they are doing to be honest…they just thought appointing someone like McClaren would fool just enough 🙂 and maybe it did!

  • 49 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Some of the best players in the top European leagues are South American ,do we do any scouting in that part of the world?
    Just wondering like

  • 50 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Raylor off to Belgium
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/ex-newcastle-man-ryan-taylor-talking-to-standard-liege/

  • 51 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Mickalfas probably not mate

  • 52 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Mickalfas
    Apparently both Asprilla and Mirandinha do casual scouting for us from time to time

  • 53 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Things already changed for the better??
    Suppose no backroom staff is better than what we had last season.
    Exact same players, no transfers come in.
    Only change is McClaren in.
    Fat man still telling lies, this time it’s about wanting to win something.
    Has things really changed for the better??

  • 54 toonheroes // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Does anyone think that McClaren is now realising just what a bad decision he has made again. He didn’t want to come here but let himself get talked into it. He can’t even get a backroom staff together because no-one wants to come here. Not even coaches.

    There has been so much bad publicity and false dawns that no-one trusts anything that comes out of the club.

    Even if we offer the money players are going to stay away. It’s gone too far. I can see us struggling to get anyone decent. No-one wants to deal with us. We are going to have to offer silly money or we’ll be starting next season with the same squad. Maybe a couple of cheapies looking for a chance in the Premier but that’s all.

    It’s a case of bed made..now lie in it.

  • 55 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    two of Mc hand picked backroom team have turned down the chance to work with steve at newcastle after talking to charnley one of the coaches was offered a contract of 3 years on less then half the money he was on at a championship club …….. this guy was to be one Mc first team coaches……….he had a meeting with steve on sunday and was very happy to come he had a meeting with charnley on monday to discuss a contract he walked out after reading clubs offer ……McLaren is said to be very dissapointed

  • 56 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Ashley’s reputation as an arsehole will stop anybody sane from coming here apart from the stepping stone brigade
    Sissoko,cabaye etc

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    For the millionth time, the fat man did not say he wanted to win something.

  • 58 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Ishak Belfodil
    The Algerian striker has been bumped by cash strapped Parma for about 8 million euros and not surprisingly is a free agent .
    He’s a pal of Abeid and if McClaren likes the look of Mehdi and decides too keep the midfielder Belfodil could be worth an outside bet.

  • 59 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    The problems do seem to run deep whilst they mess about with the surface issues.

  • 60 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    mickalfas even that type of player are having second thoughts and who can blame them

  • 61 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    Just that he wouldn’t leave until we did?

  • 62 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/fix-your-broken-record-content-strategy/

  • 63 toonheroes // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    hibbit.. if that’s true and it happens more often I can see McClaren walking and we’ll end up with Beardsley as first team coach. Great player but god help us.

  • 64 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Hibbit
    If that’s 100% true,what chance do we have of getting anybody of quality
    What a bunch of numptys the lot of them,you would think that SM would have insisted on his assistants before he signed on,another puppet by the look of it!!

  • 65 toonicle // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    And still no CBs on the horizon. Lascalles better be good enough for the prem cause its looking like he’s all were gonna get.

  • 66 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    hibbit…is that any where near true?

  • 67 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    i dont think many fans think river is a bad player as he does tend to work hard and always tries but much like goofy/guti they just are not the quality we need to lift ourselves to the higher half of the prem imo.

    imo we need a major clearout of avg and under players and they need to be replaced by players who can do there jobs better !

    unfortunatly a lot of our targets (if they ever was targets) have gone and again as in previous years we are dragging our feet on the better players until we run out of time and accept an avg player again in fear of not signing anyone.

    “if” we get dost it will imo be a huge improvement for us as long as we keep cisse/siem/perez ofc and use arma as a loan or cup games (as i think macca will get a lot more out of arma than our previous managers)

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Jail
    Do you seriously expect us, no matter who is the owner, to have made big signings by now?

    Do you think, even if we offered £15m for Austin, we’d bag him now? Sir Les would be rubbing his hands and making lots of calls to tell other interested clubs that a bid of £15m has been tabled. It’s not like Tesco. More like a Turkish bazaar with haggling, bartering, stalling, leaving and returning … And that’s before you try to persuade the player with a good deal.

    Do you want the tea boy to crack on now or wait a little while to have McClaren fully informed, involved and on board?

  • 69 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    @65 toonicle

    lescalles is imo as good as what we currently have and in honesty thats not good enough ! i’d accept him as 3rd/4th choice cb but theres no way he should be playing week in week out imo.

    i’d keep saylor as the other avg cb we have as cover also but we need 2 solid cb’s for wilo/colo’s replacements.

  • 70 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    hibbit

    I also picked up that the offer to the assistant coach was less than his previous job. Has JC actually had any previous experience of attracting candidates to a role? The view of themselves as custodians of the club seems to be very far from reality.

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    hibbit –
    I can really see that story having a ring of truth about it. just shows that the pennypinching attitude still exists. If McClarens’ first two choices of coaches have been offered peanuts and walked off – we’ll clearly be going DOWN the list for the next attempt.
    By this process everybody at the club (players) will know that whoever gets hired was not first choice and therefore there will always be an air of being a second rater attached to the coach by the players and the message of quality/success is lost/ won’t exist.
    Apart from that it’s a bit of a smack in the gob for Wally.

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  • 72 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Croftus
    Totally agree with you but your not going to see other clubs beating the door down to take them off our hands ,and fatty ain’t gonna just pay their contracts up

  • 73 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I would expect them to make a £16M offer, have a deal done and Austin happy that his future in the PL is resolved before his wedding. After all that is what can happen and I would provide examples if you desperately want them.

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Croftus
    You make a valid point, it would be difficult but we should at least try and clearout and start again. IMO if we have the majority of last seasons squad we are going to struggle. Riviere has the qualities to be a top player but lacks confidence in front of goal maybe SM can do that, he played wide left at Monaco and scored well so maybe its because he’s being played out of position!

  • 75 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Lindisfarne
    That is exactly what Newcastle should be doing, you are spot on

  • 76 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    @72 mickalfas

    agree’d

    only option we have for a fair few is to release them from contracts.

    for the likes of river that will prob not be an option !
    colo would def get an offer if free and same with williamson off maybe a lower league club as his wages are fairly low.
    obertan i think we are stuck with and same with goofy but tbh goofy has some sort of use to us anyways on that odd occasion we need a workhorse.
    vukic imo needs another chance same with tiote but fergie i’d release and hope rangers want him and also curtis good i’d release.

  • 77 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    i believe the story to be true………. i got it from a mutual friend of mine and the coach who works for steve gibson at rockliffe hall…………….. i do know the coaches name but i am not prepared to give it

  • 78 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Current situation of PL clubs: 17 days and 12 PL standard transfers, not including releases to lower leagues.

  • 79 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    @74 tfl

    fair point.

    he’s fairly fast and holds the ball very well for sure but i’ve no idea about his crossing or vision/creativity to be a winger but as you say his job is to score atm and imo his composure is poor and he panic’s a lot in front of goal so he may be a lot more effective on the wing !

  • 80 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    hibbit…you party pooper!

  • 81 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    hmmm liverpool offering 17mil for sissoko !

    he’s def one of our better players and one i think will improve next season !

    however we have lots of people to play cm and he’s def not meant to be a rw player so would we miss him at all if he went ?

    either way i’m 90% sure we wouldnt see the money for him spent back on players so it would prob weaken the team for nothing.

  • 82 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Lindisfarne
    That is exactly what they should be doing,and if they did that, it would possibly show other potential recruits that we intend to improve the squad and make it easier to sign better quality players

  • 83 toonheroes // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Hell yes we’d miss him. Especially as he won’t be replaced.

  • 84 oldbobaycliffe // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    sissoko-17million plus cisse-9 million= 26 million as near as you can get to the 25 mill transfer chest so it looks like we have to sell before we buy which also means we get the rubbish while the likes of swansea and southampton collect the cream

  • 85 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Chelsea will take £15 million for Loic Remy

  • 86 lesh // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Hibbet, Lindisfarne

    Do you get the impression that Charnley’s just out of touch with football 2015?

    Offering a man half of what he’s been getting is a bloody insult – bonus or no bonus!

    Who’s advising him on current wages for staff and players? If it’s a budget constraint, who the hell’s prepared the budget?

    They are clueless especially when one considers the amount of money coming into clubs these days, absolutely clueless

    Maybe it’s time for Charnley to be shown the door!

  • 87 toonheroes // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if we let sissoko go if we got Cabaye back. He wanted a move away but maybe learned his lesson.

  • 88 lesh // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Oldbob

    Don’t forget the £34m that’s sitting in the bank. What’s it for?

  • 89 StevoNorthShields // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Alreet lads? I’m new on here… looking forward to a good few decent signings, and a good season coming up! I’ve supported the toon for the thick end of 40 years, so we all know that’s probably not going to happen!! We can only live in hope though!! Howay the lads!!

  • 90 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    charnley should have been shown the door the day he gave carver the job………. only any good sorting paper clips

  • 91 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    I haven’t heard Cabaye linked to Southampton yet he’s odds on favourite to sign for them
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/sky-bet-odds-of-5-possible-newcastle-transfers/

  • 92 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    All that is left of the welcome party for Steve McClaren is the jibes of those turned away, deflated balloons and the remnants of a game of musical chairs. The Party Poppers were accidentally on purpose forgotten to be released on the understanding there were bigger celebrations soon to be had and never to materialise.

  • 93 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Croftus
    Not so sure but he’d be good in a front 3

  • 94 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Does Ashley not realize that valuable players are an asset,our squads valuation hasor soon will be the lowest in the premiership
    NUFC squad <angel di maria

  • 95 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    How can you offer a success based bonus system for a club that has shown no ambition or performance recently.
    No-one in their right mind would sign that contract, until convinced otherwise.

  • 96 clinath@ed // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    That made sense in my head….

  • 97 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Hibbit

    ‘Following the resignation of Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United, Robson moved to St James’ Park in September 1999. Robson was disappointed with the club’s opening salary offer, stating “…it was miles below the going rate”, but negotiated a one-year, £1 million deal.’

    Quote from SBR’s biography

    Seems some things never change

  • 98 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    lesh…maybe it’s time?…it was time along time ago!

  • 99 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Lee Charnley’s theme song
    https://youtu.be/FRVSSwJYqh0

  • 100 hibbit // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    i believe the figure was closer to 100k + bonus

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Blackley,
    last summer every newspaper columnist and pundit said we needed to strengthen with a commanding CB. Instead we made the logic defying decision to let one of our only three fully fit CBs leave on deadline day, so yes I would have expected our owner and his team to at least announced a morale boosting signing by now even for their own sakes for ST sales, the fact that they haven’t shows to me they have no intention of bringing a new defender in.

  • 102 toonking // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    JFA
    “i’m not leaving until i win something or get CL”

    you’ve not won a trophy for over 50 year and guess what you’ll not win a trophy for another 20 years at least therefore i can STAY another 20 years hahahaha.

    you more fan go on twisting about bad performances and wanting sh1t like carver sacked the longer we’ll keep this dick at the club.

    no matter how much negativity is given he’ll still get season tickets being sold, he’ll still get fans going to matches he’ll never get a totally empty stadium, slavery bad treatment with staff all things the general public would not take kindly but they don’t care he still has the cheapest prices for sports gear therefore SD is great as far as the general public is concerned (you don’t have to be NUFC fan BTW) basically the same thing can apply to some fans, we’ve not won a trophy for over 50 years, that year kevin keegan had a great points lead over 2nd place but still went on to finish second, you could say he was a stupid manager but no he was still deemed great.

    look at the mess FIFA are having at the minute, blatter left clear signs of both qatar and russian world cups were bribed to be hosts, we still haven’t seen the new FIFA leader or a new host for them world cups announced.

    good things can turn bad over night but when things are currently in a bad state it can take much longer to recover.

    The quickest way to be assured ashley will leave is Relegation, anything else will take years.
    So instead of hoping and praying that we improve the team why not give this shite team full praise and pray he keeps it, sh1t team means relegation, relegation means less money and less money means no use for owning club.

  • 103 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Blackley,

    A few weeks ago it suited you to argue that Charnley and Carr were responsible for everything.

    Charnley has set out the way players were chosen repeatedly since the New Year, and the manager works with what the club considers good value for money.

    Only a couple of weeks ago, McClaren reiterated that he would not be choosing the players.

    And he certainly wasn’t given the time or opportunity to assess Jonas the rest of those who were released immediately.

    Are you sincerely positing he is now, suddenly, the driving force behind transfer policy?

    If he was, why hasn’t he said so?

  • 104 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    days ago……not weeks.

  • 105 magpie6699 // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Welcome StevoNorth Shields. I know Shields well.

  • 106 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    BandB
    “Only a couple of weeks ago, McClaren reiterated that he would not be choosing the players.”

    No he didn’t

    He was appointed 10th June 9 days ago and has made no statement on who does what

    Below is the January statement by Charnley
    It’s quite clear and unequivocal unlike some regular posters on this blog.

    WILL HE HAVE A SAY ON TRANSFERS?

    The new head coach will have to set out to us what his playing style is, what his philosophy is and what he looks for in his team because that then impacts on what we look for in terms of recruitment. It all works together.

    The head coach picks the team. We don’t interfere in that. If the relationship works in the right way and everyone is going in the same direction and believes in our strategy and policy then there is no point in us buying a player that the head coach doesn’t want because he doesn’t play him and we don’t get the best out of our investment.

    When someone says: ‘Does he have any say (in transfers)?’ Yes. Does he have the final say? No he doesn’t. There’s a difference there.

    We hope it’s a happy marriage.

    We want someone who sees the bigger picture because my thinking will always be medium to long-term. When people talk about what we’re going to do in this transfer window, I am looking at the next transfer window and the window after and what impact it will have on that. Are there better opportunities if we wait three or four months rather than committing now?

    It’s trying to find that balance but also an individual in a head coach that trusts us. If we say ‘You aren’t going to get that now but you will in the summer’, it’s someone who is prepared to say ‘OK’ and trusts us to do that.

    It’s also someone that for example, if we were to get an offer for a player that is at a value that we want to take, isn’t nervous about getting a replacement. There has to be a trust.

    We want to make things better and improve things but sometimes our timelines might not meet. His requirements might be short-term but our view on some occasions may well be we’d rather wait because we can get better options and better value. Between me and the head coach and Graham, it’s a relationship that will have to develop. He will have to trust and believe in what we do.

  • 107 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Jib B&B did correct himself

  • 108 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    on dates anyway lol

  • 109 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    It’s the last two paragraphs that show where it all goes wrong jeff. They think they know what is better value than the head coaches choice. Cue not getting any players in for a couple of transfer windows. Very nearly the complete suicide.

  • 110 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    TFL BandB is a herself. Although she is kinda one of the guys 😉

  • 111 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Tsunki we are in deep sh1t if we don’t get anyone in!

  • 112 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Jib

    I corrected it to days immediately, as it was a mistype.
    And he spoke on the subject a few days ago in an interview. Which I will try to find later.
    And I didn’t ask if he had all the say or no say in transfers. I asked if he was now the driving force.

  • 113 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    And B&B is someone else. Entirely.

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    JfB,
    As already pointed out your point is moot as BandB already corrected herself, probably without the help of Google as well.

    How was your candlelit vigil at Bruce Jenners house ?

  • 115 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Nobody worried that we might have a ‘good squad’ already? Imagine Willo trotting out of the tunnel first day of the season anyone? Anyone?

  • 116 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Yes indeed B&B is not BandB but is Blackley the Blockhead.

  • 117 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    You see Jeff? Always looking for a confrontation using your Google Axe as a weapon. That’s why you are soooooo cuddly!

  • 118 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Tsunski

    I too am wishing Pokat would come back. Are you in the huff about the poor reception to your experiment or something?

    You have come back a snidey tosser. And I don’t like your implication.

    Are there no professional women with a view on football in your world, like?

  • 119 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Tsunki
    Thanks mate

    B&B I do apologise

  • 120 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    ‘How was your candlelit vigil at Bruce Jenners house ?’

    😀

  • 121 croftus5678 // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    @115 tsunki

    (shivers) i think someone just walked over my grave lol.

  • 122 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    BandB I do apologise

  • 123 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    TFL no no no mate wrong way round ha ha

    BandB whoa whoa whoa sorry just joking didn’t realise the ‘guy’ thing really got to you it was meant to be self deprecating if anything. And I think your views on football are as sound as anyone’s, gender immaterial. But for the record I miss Pokat too. I liked him better than me tbh ha ha.

  • 124 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Snidey tosser though. Sheeesh. That was harsh.

  • 125 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Tsunki
    I can just imagine McClaren has converted willo to striker and will be upfront next season lol

  • 126 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I thought he was already! I think that’s what Pardew was doing..

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    BandB,
    A bit harsh that like !

  • 128 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    I get confused with usernames especially as Jeff has 15 and welsh has 2

  • 129 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    BandB
    Sorry I’m so sharp I’ll cut melf one of these days.
    Again
    Sorry

  • 130 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Sorry Tsunki…..

    That was more to do with my little lad smearing himself in sh*te from arse to tit. Him and everything else.

  • 131 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    meself even

  • 132 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    getting better????????

    Ed…What fcuking planet are you on ?????

  • 133 sparky55 // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    transfer policy going a doozy…we’re 7 down including Sissoko going before we fcuking start…well done Stevey Boy…you’re going great guns…the fat B@st@rd loves you already

  • 134 Jib // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Tsunki
    There’s a lot worse things than being a snidey tosser..
    .
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    I should know

  • 135 BandB // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Jeff,

    I hope you cut yourself to death, then.

  • 136 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    BandB that made me chuckle 🙂

  • 137 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    A complete knacker and blog pest is much worse than a snidey tosser.

  • 138 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Death by a thousand Google cuts.

    How that’d work I’ve no idea but I wish it was so 😉

    In fact I’d pay for it.

  • 139 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    BandB
    My take has long been that the tea boy and the comedian’s dad are responsible for recruitment, but as JIB states, McClaren will now play a major part. I can’t believe the number of flappy birds on here. Some of the comments show sheer panic. Don’t you think it would be wise for Steve McClaren to get his feet under the table and give some constructive input? Do you want us to offer £20m for Austin in a take it or leave it final offer just to get him over the line? How do people think player recruitment works? Like going into Tesco?

  • 140 mickalfas // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    NUFC has finally cured me from my low blood pressure !!
    It’s not all bad following them

  • 141 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    See the mighty Swans have signed another quailty player whilst you wankers drag your heels!

  • 142 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    See the mighty Swans have signed another quality player whilst you w*nkers drag your heels! Monks Army!

  • 143 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    BandB I had a few of those days with my own but most notable was when stranded in marksys with my toddler niece she did such a complete job I had to buy an entire new outfit to dress her in although I did get some sympathy in the changing area ha ha what a nightmare that was. Industrial cleaner job.

  • 144 dexter53 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Welsh person. Why are you referring to us as w**kers?

  • 145 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    dexter53,
    If you didn’t know already, welshies sheep is a regular poster deprived of attention or who is ridiculed everytime he posts under his regular name, this is his way of thinking he is getting his own back while trying to remain anonymous.

  • 146 JP...from The Rock // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Boring zzzzz… These articles are becoming a real drag these days. Where the hell is the backroom staff?? Where the hell are those desperately needed players!???

    So fed up of this club taking ages for everything.

  • 147 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Welshie’s Sheep

    Can you explain to everyone and tell them that we are not the same person, in fact can you sod off.

  • 148 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Jail go boil your head

  • 149 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    In fact use the name that you used before whatever that was.

  • 150 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Welshie you are talking to a long term hidey and member of the “No Hay Cojones” Club. He won’t come out.

  • 151 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Don’t you think people will get suspicious that you are arguing with yourself?

  • 152 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    WS that was the most inane attempt at implicating Welshgeordie you could have made. You must have practised a lot to become the perfect idiot. I suppose we should realise that billybobted would have had to finally break through puberty.

  • 153 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Welshie’s Sheep

    If you are me then answer this question when I had my comments moderated about 2 or 3 years ago who were the other people that was involved.

  • 154 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    I’d just like to point out the reason I say brainless is because the two welsh’s posted in the same minute. Don’t think it’s probable to log off then on in that time.

  • 155 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    This is fascinating.

  • 156 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Tsunki

    I know that i mess about but this clown is starting to get on my nerves.

  • 157 Pootle2118 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    It’s blatantly obvious to anyone with a basic grasp of what football is that we need a thorough cull of deadwood and mediocre players. However, I can see two major problems with this….
    1. The sheer amount of players that we need to move on is rather high IMO and the fact that they are either not PL standard, getting to their last legs stage or still at the will he/won’t he stage of potential, the likelihood that we’ll get a transfer fee for them is slim. That means the FCW would need to take a hit in the pocket to pay them off
    2. Because we’ve had a slow and steady fall from the heights of the Hall/Keegan entertainers days (not counting the brief renaissance under Sir Bobby) into the realms of relegation fodder, the likelihood that we could attract the passionate grafters and flair laden dribble wizzards that we had in yesteryear is microscopic.
    With this in mind, a clear out would only result in a new batch of potential world beaters, cheap Euro league position fillers with maybe a chance at a mid 30’s superstar that is coming for a crack at the EPL for a year before a big payday in the states.

  • 158 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Most people have a phone and a pc!
    Talking to yourself and asking yourself questions is a sign of madness

  • 159 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Just goes to show that you don’t know the bloody answers.

  • 160 MacToon // Jun 19, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    😆

  • 161 dexter53 // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Jail
    I quite pity him actually. To regularly insult us on a forum for our club,he must lead a very sad lonely life.

  • 162 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Jeez whats going on? I log off for a bit and the blog turns in to the Jeremy Kyle show!

  • 163 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    This is rather amusing I must admit. Either Welshie is a complete and utter tosser or is just a tosser. I’m going with the former 😀

  • 164 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Mac

    Are you being mischievous.

    If it isn’t him I’m finding it highly amusing he’s getting trolled after trolling us for nearly 3 years lol

    Roll up roll up, history in the making folks.

  • 165 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Of course I know the answer, I wrote tje question!!!

  • 166 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Welshie’s Sheep

    I’m already in people’s bad books on here and you my friend are making things 10 times worse for me so thanks for that.

  • 167 MacToon // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Nothing to do with me A_C, just find it extremely amusing.

  • 168 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    not connected but a welsh company has been offering guaranteed tickets to Swansea’s away games the company is called “Wonky Sheep Events” 🙂

  • 169 optimistic prime // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    A flock of welchers, someone ring rentokill

  • 170 why oh why // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Look u bunch of idiots and Mackam ,monkey hanging smoggy trolls
    This is toon blog to talk football not a bloody playground

  • 171 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    It has got to be one of the high five gang that’s behind this, i wonder let’s see.

    Average maybe
    BandB could be
    Optimistic prime maybe
    Jail possibility
    Mister Meldrew is my guess

  • 172 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Calling himself friend now! Jekyll and hyde or what!

  • 173 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    welsh w**nkers and taffy trolls …….OOT
    jib -the blog pest………………………..OOT

  • 174 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    fool – don’t accuse me -I post using my original name – have no need to invent a persona to slag you off -I’ll do it anyway.

  • 175 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    “Let the new Head Coach get his feet under the table”

    We have needed central defenders and strikers for at least six transfer windows and we have the cash in the bank to spend. If it were only true that we are self sufficient and no loan repayments are necessary in exchange for free advertising.

    When I go to Tesco I look at what I am short of in the kitchen, write a list and go to the shop. I look on the shelf for the item I am after and compare the different brands that are available, if there is an offer, is it good value or a marketing trick, what are the ingredients and provenance. I then make a choice, pay and take it home. Sometimes along with the receipt there is another slip that tells me how much money I saved in comparison to other supermarkets, this makes me laugh as it has little effect on my shopping habits. I buy what I need, bring it home and combine it with other ingredients, some of which I already possess.

    There are elements within the transfer market that would have it become an auction but the secret is to know the true value of an item and not get roped into bidding excessively. However the current NUFC way is to massively under cut, agitate, threaten to buy elsewhere and if none of those work, walk away. There is room for a little of both but unfortunately the club has lost any prestige, has little attraction and still continues to believe that Players (and Coaches) will be only too pleased to be paid less than they would get elsewhere for nothing more than being potentially sold at a profit.

    My Club should not be taken for suckers but should also do what is morally right and do business in a positive and respectful way. Just as much as creating a positive sporting and spectating environment.

  • 176 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Jeezus H Christ, it’s like the bloody Gremlins, a dim half witted troll spawning another one, hope you never had your first bath welshgeordie9 or we’ll be fcukin overran by them !

  • 177 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Mister Meldrew………OOT
    High Five Gang………OOT

  • 178 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Same here tuff. I just call it a twat anyway so why bother eh

    Jfa

    Lmfco

  • 179 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Whatever tuff and average, couldn’t give a rats arse what you say to me as for welshies sheep not very good in covering your tracks i say out not oot.

  • 180 firebug666 // Jun 19, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Think I might have to pull up a chair for this one, what’s this movie called?

    Spawn…The welsh Dilemma.

  • 181 ronaldo aarons // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    So ayew got an 8 million euros signing on fee from Swansea.

  • 182 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    I’m off to watch rugby better than watching a Welshman with SPD

  • 183 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Lindisfarne
    “There are elements within the transfer market that would have it become an auction but the secret is to know the true value of an item and not get roped into bidding excessively. ”

    That is the trouble faced by recruitment teams. These deals rarely get done quickly and often get done on the final day. It’s the same for all clubs. With transfer deadline day weeks off, why so many flappy birds?

  • 184 optimistic prime // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Black heed

    What a crock of shit

  • 185 Lindisfarne // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    We all want NUFC to be successful, we all have a pretty good idea about what needs to happen to achieve success and equally all know that very little will be done. Passing off a new era with a new Head Coach, with some kind of assistance, a new player or two with potential and a “lets get behind the the team or the new era will not be a success”. Roll on 2016.

  • 186 beermonkey // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Ronaldo Aarons

    is that right 8mil signing on fee

  • 187 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Flappy bird wearing multicoloured chicken suit……………………………………..OOT

  • 188 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    And what did we supposedly offer? €2m wasn’t it lol

    Fcuk me it’s embarrassing.

    We truly cannot compete.

  • 189 Average_Contents // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Well we can, we just choose not too because our best owner ever decreed it so.

    Minimum outlay, maximum profit regardless of how it effects the team.

    Fcuking jokers.

    Ashleyout

  • 190 KevinLee // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    What better huh? no money is better? bull shit!

  • 191 ronaldo aarons // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Beer monkey at 185
    Yeah 8 million euros that’s about £5.7 million lol, not included his big wage packet he’s on. It’s reported on get French football who are very reliable on all things French related.

  • 192 cestriasteve // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Ayew is not worth an 8 million euro signing on fee.

  • 193 Pootle2118 // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Lindisfarne

    I agree, transfers do take time to “get across the line” but we’ve apparently had months of discussions about our targets. Southampton, Liverpool, Leicester, Villa and Arrogant Utd have all made signings already. I know we’ve only just appointed schteve but even a blind man on a galloping horse knew we need a sticker and CB at least. Getting Austin, Deeney, Dost, Berahino or any other striker we’ve been linked to (or not…Hernandez anyone) was a no brainer and any coach coming in would’ve been more than happy with one of those coming in, without being consulted first.

  • 194 Pootle2118 // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Striker not sticker…my bad

  • 195 Our Toon // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Ayew won’t be on more than 50k so if you add up the fee and his wages for 1 year if he turns out to be successful he’ll repay that immediately as Swansea will get more money the higher up the table they finish.

    Blackley

    We’ve needed CB’s amd Strikers for almost 4 seasons now….that was almost 8 transfer windows ago.

  • 196 Our Toon // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Are we the only team not to have bought anyone so far out of all the prem teams

  • 197 beermonkey // Jun 19, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Ronaldo Aarons

    a lot of money for an untested player

    when you looked at what they paid gomis who scored 10 in 37 games I think there a little over paid

  • 198 ronaldo aarons // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    I though he was on around 70-80 thousand a week. Some sources have it spread around 50-90 with most having him towards the 90 thousand a week mark.

  • 199 Our Toon // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Ronaldo

    90k a week….that’s what Colo is supposed to be on, anyway with the new TV deal if he is on that much which I doubt then it’s covered

  • 200 ronaldo aarons // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Colo on 90? That’s the first I’ve heard that. He was supposed to be on around 70 tops a few years ago.

  • 201 Our Toon // Jun 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Ronaldo

    When Colo first signed he was supposed to be on 90k, in time relegation contract extension means this has reduced slightly




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