Newcastle Have Recently Bid For Three Players

The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle have three bids in for players, with one of them being for Schalke center-back Joel Matip.

We assume another one is for Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin,  and maybe the other one is for Bas Dost or even Charlie Austin – although that’s just a guess.

joel matip

Joel Matip – Newcastle have bid for this player

All bids have been placed within the last few days,  so if that’s true it shows Newcastle may be waking up from their slumber of the past few weeks and trying to get some decent players into the squad.

It will be helpful if we can get some players in before the trip to America – and here’s the pre-season schedule.

Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)Gateshead
International StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 1-0

So that’s two weeks before the first game is played on the US tour.

It looks like the coaching staff as we thought will include Ian Cathro, Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black.

There is a question as to who will be the goalkeeping coach – either Andy Woodman will stay or Eric Steele could come in.

That’s a (very) strong coaching team.

The main positions that need strengthening this summer are center-half and center-forward,  so getting one of those in over the next two weeks would be good – we would certainly take Joel Matip and Charlie Austin.

Fan frustrations are growing because of the lack of action, and again it appears at least from the outside that Newcastle lack the ambition and drive to get the players into the club.

Other PL clubs are already strengthening their squads while Newcastle appear to be dithering – again.

It’s Lee Charnley’s job to drive the transfer deals this summer, and he’s coming off a poor performance this year,  when he didn’t strengthen the side in January when it was obvious we were short of players.

But maybe he was given no money by Mike Ashley to strengthen the side,  and that may be why Ashley took the responsibility for Newcastle almost taking the drop for the second time, since he bought the club eight years ago.

Announcing the coaching staff today will be positive – and then getting two good players in as soon as we can will help lift the gloom currently enveloping the club.

Who do you think we have bid for?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out !

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought you rated Eric Steele

  • stan anderson

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    3 players is that the 1st of the many we need.
    We bid but probably not enough to buy.
    Its all a game they play to try and get the fans buying tickets and it usually works.
    Ashley OOT

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    With the rugged good looks of a young Harrison Ford

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I rate Eric Steele, but Woodman is still at the club, and I doubt the club will employ 2 goalkeeping coaches at first team level.

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m fairly sure Woodman is off to CP (with Tim ?)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #7

    It is taking a while to materialise if he is, and Palace till have George Wood as their goalkeeper coach.

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Do coaching contracts tend to finish on June 30th as well ?

  • DicBDownUnder

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Tomorrow we will see. Maybe they have someone ready to sign the on the dotted line. Ive got my fingers crossed but Ive also got my doubts!

  • DicBDownUnder

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #10

    *on the

  • Toon_Tom

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #11

    What happened to our massive squad overhall – rebuilding mission – ridding ourselves of the dead-wood!!!

    All i see is releasing Raylor and Jonas – Talk of Tiote, Krull and Cisse leaving.

    Fannying around over Austin (just offer the fekin £15M)

    Offering Bas Dost peanuts and a free mug no doubt!!!

    Just starting to build a coaching unit!

    It’s early days but I thought there would have been a lot more action by now!


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure, probably a similar time. Who do you think is out of contract? Woodman has 4 years left, as he was one of the 8 year brigade. Have no idea about the Palace coach.

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m of the opposite view
    We have had rather fundamental changes from 2 years ago , a new CEO , a new executive board structure , looks like a completely different coaching philosophy , why the hurry ? Take time and get it right .

    In the words of the great Sir Bobby
    “Toon fans like their football , like their coffee — instant “

  • sparky55

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I’ve just bid on six items on e-bay but it doesn’t mean I’ll get what I want because there all cheeky bids just like Penfolds.

    a bid means nowt…they need to stump up and get a stand out player over the line otherwise no-one will come as we’ll be forever associated with players saying no and every other player will ask why and all of a sudden we’re that joke club from up north.


  • sparky55

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #15


  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Woodman is staying. It was announced. Charnely is too careful with his announcements. Thats why Silence is too much at NUFC. I remember him saying its not good to put the fans hopes up and then u disappoint. So he will only announce facts.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t see what they have right yet. Charnley has been promoted above his level, Moncur does……, Carr is a scout, and shouldn’t be on the board, McClaren is a head coach and shouldn’t be on the board.

    That is a farcical set up in my opinion. We haven’t got a single person suitably qualified there to run a multi million pound sports organisation in that 4.

    If they were taking time to get it right, then they need to be getting it right, not taking shortcuts by employing people already here and making them dilute their ability to do their main job.

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #18

    I think the problem with the club moving forward is solely at the boardroom level.

    The is no finance director in there, neither a director of football, so everything has to be done by one man, the incompetent Lee (No Neck) Charnley.

    Everyone has to rely on him getting the job done, he will be doing the negotiations on staff and players, he should be the one talking to the press and the fans.

    McClaren’s arrival was so low key many people missed it, no press conference, no flashing cameras, no questions and answers, except those that had been stage managed.

    How can anyone have confidence in a club that is run by a skeleton crew, and where it is left to one man who IMO is totally out of his depth to do all the negotiating?

    I still done see any light at the end of the tunnel, Charnley has been given too much power at the club, I expect a derailment is not far away.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #19





    None of the above will happen sadly.

    I am more upbeat now that cathro is allegedly on board though. An actual modern progressive and technical coach has been an awful long time coming.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley has had years to get it right, but outside of Carr as a Chief Scout has failed to employ anyone with the credentials inside the football world.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #21

    All I can imagine about the announcement of the backroom staff is that our preferred media partner to coin the phrase, didn’t think it worth sending a Journalist to cover it coupled with the fact the club didn’t think it worth the expense of setting it up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #22

    will die for toon army,
    Is the important announcement of hiring backroom staff not fact ?

  • Toon_Tom

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib @ 13 – I agree we have had fundamental changes but none of these changes give me any optimism…

    The new board (esp with Moncur) is laughable in my opinion. There are only a handful of teams yet to make a signing in the EPL and I honestly thought that we would have secured at least one optimistic signing by now due to our awful season and also Cashleys bold statement prior to the Wham match.

    I can be patient – but we dont need patience here – we need action!!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #24

    It doesn’t need to be a major announcement, we don’t need a press conference or anything. One phone call to the preferred media partner with an official statement saying;

    “We confirm the appointment of Messrs Cathro, Simpson, Schoenmaker and Black to the back room staff at NUFC. They will work with Head Coach Steve McClaren and existing goalkeeping coach, Andy Woodman.”

    Maybe nobody in the PR department had any change for the pay phone.

  • BandB

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #25

    I can’t ever remember the appointment of coaches being a press conference affair. They are back room staff.
    Sky and the Mirror won’t be holding the back pages for it. It is side column stuff.
    The reason people are expecting more is that they are so desperate, that ANY news is greeted with hysteria.
    We’ll be expecting a bank holiday and an eight-page pull-out if a new finance director is appointed.

  • BandB

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #26


  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Sorry I was away making porridge for the family.
    At the moment that’s all it is , your opinion versus mine.
    Clearly your coaching experience lends yours more weight.
    All I’m saying is it’s something new and a pleasant departure from Llambias , Kinnear and Pardew and we should give it some time before the usual suspects start the gnashing of teeth , tearing of hair out by the handful and bewailing our fate to the heavens , begins .

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #28

    – begins

  • thevirus

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Neither of them will arrive at Newcastle, the lack of ambition shown by the club since Ashley took over is taking its toll now,10-15 years ago we could of signed these players easily,transfer deadline day raid on the championship here we come

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #30


    So how long should we wait before the usual suspects start the gnashing of teeth , tearing of hair out by the handful and bewailing our fate to the heavens.

    Eight more years perhaps?

    This time bomb has been ticking for years now, it’s actions that speak louder than words, and we have seen no action from the club. Going on our history most are expecting none.

    Any other club would be trying to reassure the fans, our club offers that some old wall of silence, so it’s no wonder the fans are anxious and ST sales are down.

  • terencelim

    Jun 30, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Ashley OUT

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 30, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #32

    If Charnley was made of the right stuff, he would have given us a big signing by now. That would have settled nerves, given fans some confidence. As it is, the same poisonous atmosphere from last season (and those before) lingers around the club. McClaren was the (relatively) risk free, completely unimaginative appointment we all expected, but still felt deflated by. A decisive, quality signing would have been an antidote, but Ashley, Charnley and co. are obviously quite content to see Newcastle supporters continuing to writhe in pain…..Ashley out.

  • andrewsneill

    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    If you take Mike Ashley’s interview at face value then the failings of the Manager, picked by Charnley, and getting players ‘over the line’ is not directly his fault. However, appointing Lee Charnley is his responsibility and that is where Ashley is right to receive criticism. We need someone who can make a judgement as to whether it’s better to not up our £10m bid for a player to use the money elsewhere or whether upping the bid and then having a bit less money to spend on other players represents a better use of resources. My feeling is that someone tells Charnley that, say Austin is valued at £10m and then he will not go beyond that figure no matter what. That is what Ashley needs to change and sharpish

  • WLtoon

    Jun 30, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Even if we did put serious bids in for any player,would that player want to come to the club under this set up.
    Plyers are no different to fans,they have their views on everything and they,unlike us are more in the know about what goes on at football clubs.
    I doubt very much that ny prospective signing would want to join a club which,lets face it,is criticised nationwide for the cheapskate attitude towards everything to do with football.
    We have got the money,more money than the Swansea and southamptons of this world yet season after season they beat us tp potential signings.
    Its all about ambition and unfortunately Fatboy does,nt have a jot of it,unless it concerns making his forever bulging bank balance even bigger.
    Forget about the new backroom staff, the buck stops with Ashley at the end of the day, he is the one that puts the value on players,not Charnley.


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