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Newcastle Make Move For Mario Balotelli

3:43 pm, Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 215 Comments

There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in signing Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli on loan for next season.

The 24 year-old Italian International  seemed to be a lot of trouble for Liverpool last season, and Mario did not have a good time of it at all on Merseyside.

The 33 times capped International (13 goals)  scored only 4 goals in 26 appearances last season, and he was not a good replacement for Luis Suarez who had joined Barcelona last summer and ended up winning the Champions League.

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Mario Balotelli – Newcastle make move

We suppose it had to happen – that Mario is an available striker who Liverpool are looking to offload – and Newcastle are in the market for strikers this summer, but we don’t know if this story is true.

We doubt it very much.

Certainly Mario is a challenge for any manager as Jose Mourinho found out when he had him at Inter-Milan, and said at that time he was unmanageable and Brendan Rodgers found out last season he was a challenge.

The news being reported is that at the Board Meeting yesterday on transfers,  head coach Steve McClaren wants to get him in on loan at Newcastle next season.

It’s being reported in Winner Sports and a Newcastle source supposedly said this:

“Something needs to be done – and fast. The season is closing in, the players are back training yet no signings have been made. This cannot go on.¨

“Balotelli may not be to be everyone’s liking but when he is on his day he is a top player and McClaren believes he can get the best out of him.”

We’d be very surprised if that statement is true – because it suggests that Newcastle are already panicking with a full two months to go in the transfer market – that’s simply not true.

It’s more like a made-up story, and that comment is what Newcastle fans feel at the moment, which further suggests it’s fake.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle want to take on the (huge) challenge of managing Mario Balotelli next season, although he’s a gifted player.

But maybe it’s all financially motivated and Liverpool are willing to pay Newcastle money to take him on loan?


He makes managing Ben Arfa look easy, and let’s just say Balotelli’s personalty is antithetic to team spirit.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

215 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Jul 2, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    110k a week on Balotelli….he dropped 60k to join Liverpool, who were in the CL, anyone reckon he will drop another 60k to join NUFC who are fighting tooth and nail for top 12?

  • 2 Thump // Jul 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Winnersports, the most reliable source since the Daily Star.

  • 3 sweendog // Jul 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    he is a risk but i’d take that risk, quality player on his day, if we got him we’d still need another strike as you can’t always rely on him.

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Hahahaha what a crock of shite !

  • 5 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Apparently Mario’s agent is dead set against him leaving Liverpool . A compromise could be found with a seasons loan to us.
    Surely if we can pay Facundo Ferreyra 1.5 million euro for what he gave the Toon , Mario’s worth a punt at 6million euro .

  • 6 lesh // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Oh yes, you can imagine Super Mario out for a quiet cuppa and a piece of cake in Fenwick’s caff eh?

    What a handful – thank you Mr Rodgers, but another time perhaps.

  • 7 Sazzer // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Ed…when is the Evans article coming up?

  • 8 widowmagandapoke // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM


  • 9 nut meg // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    TheTyne & Wear fire chief wouldn’t have enough fire fighters to cope with MB.

  • 10 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Mario Balotelli??? Hahahahaha

    I’ve heard it all now!

  • 11 p // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    well, things have been a bit too quiet recently, no controversy.

    we clearly need someone who is going to bring some negative headlines and ensure the club continues to be a laughing stock of the PL.

  • 12 KevinLee // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:18 PM


  • 13 Szarka // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    No way! This must be a joke.

    Most overrated celebrity in football ever!

  • 14 Tsunki // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Safer – just before Ed can re-type one of his old Barberry ones, be patient it’ll come.

    Mr T – on Elliot, I thought he was a reasonable understudy, especially when you consider what happened with Alnwick. He can throw better than Krul. Actually he can kick better.

    But your Fat Tub of Lard statement made me laugh. It reminded me of the Principal welcoming Professor Klump into his office in Nutty Professor –

    “Come in, sit down – can I get you anything? Tea? Coffee? Rack of lamb?” 🙂

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Javier Hernades is a beta bet. Than that crazy man.

  • 16 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    The consensus would appear to be of a negative nature

  • 17 Belfast // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Javier Hernandez has broken his collar bone apparently, so I don’t think he will be going anywhere.

  • 18 Graeme // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    They have to get a striker from somewhere – we now have to try and compete with Bournemouth for Charlie – thats most unfair on poor Penfold!!!

  • 19 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    liking the sound of the reaction from the coach/players etc from our first training session. a lot of work on ball control/possession, something we’ve been terrible at in the last few years, and the fact that mcclaren has introduced that straight away unlike pardew who introduced ball work mid way through pre season suggests theres already a change

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Lads, it’s not time to panic yet. Harrumph. We have a lot of players who will be like new signings. There’s what his name……err Marvelous? He will be like a new signing. And there’s De Jong…. he will be like a new injury prone signing to go along with wor old injury prone signing Saylor. And then there’s Tiote…… with Steve in the Toon he will be like a new signing. So you see we already have a fabulous new squad. And you lot were worried.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Imagine actually working with a ball this early in pre-season? It’s unbelievable. Last summer we started with a week of work on the sausage rolls. Remember how good Ben Arfa looked afterward? Beautiful.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Firstly the story is a croc of shite. Secondly, why do we even need to entertain the idea of players on loan unless there is an option to buy.

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    Which stands for “Laughs Uncontrolably until he dies”

    This is preposterous.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    The reason we won’t sign Austin is because he is pretty much at peak value now, if clubs are stalling at paying 15M now they will not pay 20M+ for him in two years time. Therefore despite us needing goals he’s not the right type of character.

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Have we actually got Ian Coldcuts yet? Is he helping introduce wor players to a football? Is he telling the lads what good footballers in Spain look like? Or even what they play like? I hope so. Get in there with your fongbat Ian.

  • 26 vipgreek // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Lol this article is the sad state our club is in , what is sadder im surprised we have even sold 70% of seats , im a lover of this club but next year we will be playing in the championship full stop

  • 27 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    @22 jfa

    its because they have all been playing with themselves in their offices that all our main targets are getting bought by other clubs willing to pay what they are valued at and we have very little other options !

    so ofc its avg at best players either bought or on loan that should be enough to keep us in the prem……just.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    The Book of Low Bids strictly forbids offering what the other club are asking Jail mate. We can only offer 2/3 of the asking price, max. So we have to wait until Charlie comes down in value….. and then underbid that new value. It’s all a bit complicated. I can’t go into the details but what it really means is we won’t be signing Charlie until he’s about 42 years old….Harrumph.

  • 29 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    the only think fat man has changed here is he’s got a better coaching team to increase the avg players we allready have’s value so he can line his pockets even more !

    ok…..rant over

  • 30 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Nani going for £3mil….thats a steal imo

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Now that’s not fair croftus mate. I think we all need to have more respect for wor Lee. I mean look at all the top, top players that he’s already brought to the club…….now let me see……I’ve got the list here somewhere……mmmmmm. Yes! Yes here it is. List of Lee Charnley signings:
    Feccundo Fererrya….need I say more?
    Riviere…..tremendous one goal scorer, very dangerous if no goalie in net
    You see? Now let’s have some proper comments on here about wor Lee!!! Harrumph.

  • 32 giimps // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Gotta say I’m no balotelli fan, but if it’s him or nobody, I would save the money and heartache , you could get a couple of players and wages for the cost of his wages for a year … And even if they never play for the 1st team they will probably be less hassle and score the same as Mario.
    Let Schteeve loose with the players we have (add a few new ones who can kick the spherical thing in the net more than 5 times a season) give him time and let him work his tactical genius magic ( like he did at boro , letting the opposition score 3 goals, put 4 strikers on the pitch and hoof the ball to one or all of them and get 4 before extra time finishes) can you imagine carvew or fraudew ever having 4 strikers on the pitch cos I can’t, maybe 4 strikers on the pitch in a single season but not a match.
    Anyhow i digress, give Schteeve time and players and I think he can be a relative success, maybe not win a cup but maybe one or 2 games more than he loses, he wasn’t my first choice but he’s halfway decent at coaching and man management, I just hope he don’t walk due to penfold and cashley refusing to back him

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Are we getting Nani James mate? That’s a very exciting low bid I see there. Very nice…

  • 34 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    @31 g2

    i’m sorry i stand corrected.

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Tsunki – if you could combine the attributes of Elliot and Krul – you end up with a good keeper.
    Your right that Elliot has miles better distribution than Krul.
    I just don’t think he is the type that commands the box -just the opposite.

  • 36 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    error – your = you’re.

  • 37 Sammmy // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Would be cool if we pulled it off, but i can’t see it happening

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    How about a cheeky 2M pound bid for Nani? That might be exciting. Come on Lee, have a go!!!

  • 39 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    rofl…omg…sky have suspended betting on tom ince joining derby even though nufc have reported intrest in making a move …………hahahahahahahahaha

    but derby…..derby…lol we cant even compete with derby !!! someone please slap me i’m going into hysterics here.

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    That’s all right croftus mate….Harrumph. A lot of people are failing to realize what a top, top MD we have in Lee.

  • 41 oldbobaycliffe // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    were any of the coaches supposed to be coming to nufc present at yesterdays opening training session

  • 42 TheToonKing // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    This is probably bull and Ballo is a mug. BUT I think we badly need a star player and he can be good when he’s in the spotlight. I’d welcome it.

  • 43 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    @40 only mclaren buddy no one else has signed yet !

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Coldcuts! We’re getting Ian Coldcuts oldbobaycliffe mate! I’m sure of it. Now, where was that low wage offer that Lee sent him? I have a copy here somewhere…..

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    If people are thinking the same squad will be ok because we have a better manager than we had last year then I think they’re in for a shock, there might be an intial new manager effect but when it dawns on the players again that they are expected just to finish tenth and a long hard slog is in front of them then I think we will see them give up AGAIN. God knows what will happen if we get M City away in the third round.

  • 46 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    okok lets not lose track of this (get a grip croftus)

    our main targets was

    mitrovic (still available)
    austin (still available)
    thauvin (still available)
    dost (still available)
    berehino (still available)
    abdennour (still available)
    and the other one thats still available !

    no need to panic.

    yes they have all pretty much turned us down but still they have not signed for anyone.

  • 47 Steve J // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    No No No No No
    Please not him!!!!

    This story only exists because we haven’t signed ANYBODY ?

  • 48 mickalfas // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Never mind Man city ,what about Brighton

  • 49 cyprus // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Mario is a good player but too much trouble. Of course he’d be fun and get a couple goals too.

    No need to panic… Yet. Can do tomorrow

  • 50 mickalfas // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Problem is they may be available ,the club is toxic thanks to fatty so they won’t come here ,specially on low wages
    Keep crossing them off your list mate

  • 51 brklyngeordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Been mentioning Balotelli for ages this man needs a club like us that is down in the dumps kind of like his career atm but we both him and club are so much grander then what is being displayed atm I for one would love to see Balotelli in the black and white and think he would be a hit and would appreciate the love given to him by the faithful and in return would get some good football out of him this is def a player worth the risk imo

  • 52 cyprus // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Seriously though, I still expect us to buy two top players, three maybes, probably selling Cisse and a couple more after S + M has a look

  • 53 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:35 PM


    No nani’s going to fenerbache for £3m thats a steal imo could do a job for us

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I can see the fun in this as Ibiza said, but joke aside this will be a nightmare signing!

    To quote the Bee Gee:

    “I started a Joke
    That left the whole world crying
    What I didn’t see
    The Joke was on me”

  • 55 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Look, this is just never going to happen. Somebody has started an utterly rediculous rumour and certain media outlets have jumped in head first. I do not think, even with quantum theory, that this would happen in ANY of the infinite realities!!

  • 56 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    A blog needs a new topic
    1 When Adolf Hitler gets mentioned
    2 A poll is requested
    3 Someone quotes a BeeGee’s lyric

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Jib…go home to your family!

    …at least your wanted there!

  • 58 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    I hope Ed writes a new article soon. This one is so stupid it is making my brain cells die at an alarming rate! (Not blaming ed for it, just whoever started it)

  • 59 geordieboy83 // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    As a midfield option michael bradley at toronto looks a hell of a player

  • 60 Bambams // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    It is looking like the players don’t want to sign for us.

    Let’s face it we have had some negativity over the past few years.

    We need to push for a huge signing to show others we mean business. …
    Can’t believe I actually typed this. Never going to happen

    On the Ballotelli front….Andy Carroll was a nightmare in the city centre ! Could you imagine Mario !

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    How come Jib hasn’t posted for the last twenty four hours, is he banned ?

  • 62 Bambams // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Totally agree znd from a merchandise side of things it’s a no brained.
    Boy can play

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Surely the club have given Cathro etc assurances.

  • 64 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    How could I be banned
    I’ve done nothing wrong

  • 65 geordieboy83 // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM


    Wasn’t he at roma? If its a purchase straight from toronto, he would be relatively cheap surely?

    Got all the attributes in my eyes mate

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    This really hurts. The Bee Gees get mentioned but not the Captain and Toenail? Not Muskrat Love? Unbelievable. When fine music like Muskrat Love gets ignored on here…..well…’s just a very sad day. Harrumph.

  • 67 jazzyp // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    What a load of b@llocks

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Quickly have a gin fizz YCMIU mate. Gargle it for a bit and then let it slide down the gullet. Now…..a few deep breaths. You’re getting used to the whole Balotelli idea now aren’t you? You’re getting excited. You’re imagining yourself hearing the roar of the crowd as Balotelli scores on the wrong net….Beautiful.

  • 69 cyprus // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Agreed re huge signing. A statement of intent to prospects, the fans, big teams.

    Of course we have to buy carefully this time… Last year shelled out highest ever funds (38 m) and got not much in return. Of course that money balances with 18 in.

    40-50 mil. Must be spent. Skip the USA holiday if you need time.

  • 70 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Michael Bradley would be quite expensive. Designing a proper low bid for him would be quite challenging….Hmmm have Toronto seen Obertan play? Probably not. We could probably put in a low bid and get rid of Obie……Beautiful.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I shouldn’t speak too soon he might show up !

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    “And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
    Singin’ and jinglin’ the jango
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    It looks like muskrat love”
    Sorry lads, I couldn’t resist.

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    GT…Captain and Toenail has had their fair share of spot light on here mate 😉

    …let Bee Gees shine now

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Sorry not posted much today and probably won’t for a day or two I go down for surgery in 20 mins.
    hope we sign someone whilst I’m under it would be a lovely surprise 🙂

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Yes, the club have assured Cathro he will receive one of the lowest wages for assistant heed coaches in the Prem Jail mate. He’s looking for alternate employment at a KFC as we speak. Harrumph.

  • 76 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM


    I am imagining the bemusement of the crowd as Balotelli tries to come onto the pitch dragging the elephant he has somehow gotten himself chained to the previous evening.

  • 77 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Good luck with the surgery TFL mate.

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    TFL..good luck or what they say in this kind of situation

  • 79 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    ty G2 mate

  • 80 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Good luck TFL.

  • 81 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    ty Jesper 🙂

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Apparently the KFC benefits package is far superior to the Newcastle United package (well it’s more of a tiny thing the size of a match box than a package really),

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I strongly believe in jinglin’ the jango jesper mate. If the club jingled the jango more often we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now would we? Harrumph.

  • 84 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    ty YCMIU

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Yes, that might be a problem YCMIU mate. Does Balotelli have a nice set of wheels like Tiote? They could have races in the Haymarket.

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    GT…this club does not even deserve the Capt’n and the Toenail!

  • 87 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Just one last thing before I go
    Someone earlier mention Hernandez had injured himself they are right.

  • 88 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM


    I think they both must be permanently banned by now. I think they could have a sledge-race on the town moor in winter, though. After they have both appeared on “Pimp my sleigh”

  • 89 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Don’t be like that jesper mate! We deserve the Captain and Toenail. With our lovely management group and our employment policies and our Theory of Low Bids. Doesn’t it remind you of another company out there? A company that sells sports tat? I don’t want to give out too many hints.

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Actually Hernandez hurt himself falling over while laughing at a sneaky low bid submitted by us. That’s really unfair Hernandez, you haven’t even seen wor benefits package yet. Harrumph.

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    I like it in concept YCMIU mate. Pimped up sleighs, Balotelli dressed as Santa, Tiote as an elf. Possibly we could bring in Gazza as well to officiate?

  • 92 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM


    Yes! And Gazze would present the prize of a frozen chicken, four cans of spesh and a fishing rod to the victor.

  • 93 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Gazza, even

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    And now for something completely different, the incomparable BB King:
    The thrill is gone
    The thrill is gone away
    The thrill is gone, Mikey
    The thrill is gone away
    You know you done me wrong, Mikey
    And you’ll be sorry someday
    Oh yeah baby….

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    You see what supporting Newcastle United has done to me? Do you see? I don’t know how much more I can take!!! Sob!!!! The thrill is gone Mike and it’s all your fault!!!!

  • 96 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    GT…don’t make me say the name!

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    GT…how’s Barnaby at this time a year?

    …do you get any wild Bears down there…or is it up there 😉

  • 98 north east lincs toon // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Why hav’nt we signed anyone well that’s obvious soon as we sign them they start getting paid so last few days of transfer window we will get 2 players a CB & aCF total net spend a poxy 6-8 mil Ashley you first class twat leave our club now! Aaaarrrrrgggg

  • 99 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    I’m with the member for Brooklyn on this one.
    Supermac would get goals out of Supermario.

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Come on jesper….you can do it……say that magical name……you know you want to mate. 😆 And where is the White Wizard Ibiza these days? Are they actually making him do some work?

  • 101 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Burnaby is just fantabulous jesper mate. And yes we do get bears. They are wild and wooly as you would expect. Never carry food when you’re near a bear or Mike Ashley. I’m not sure which is more dangerous when hungry.

  • 102 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    When I was just a wee bairn I used to get confused between Ben E King and BB King ( each great in their own way)
    Blow me down if they didn’t go and die within weeks of each other !!!

  • 103 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    GT…he hasn’t worked all year mate! …so my money is on him googling the bikini girls from a café sipping a pink drink 😀 lol

  • 104 Mr Magpie // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Hope all goes well tfl

  • 105 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Quite understandable jib mate. Still have a listen to some Captain and Toenail to calm you down until we get this narsty transfer window over with.

  • 106 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Googling bikini girls or oogling bikini girls jesper mate? Possibly a bit of both? Tell him to get his lazy butt on here and explain himself. Harrumph.

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Now, as for this narsty transfer window who are we REALLY in for ? Come on then. Out with it you lot.

  • 108 Graeme // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    From “90 Minutes”

    “Newcastle though are frantically searching for a new centre forward, and have switched their attention to Balotelli because their approaches for QPR’s Charlie Austin and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost appear to be stalling.

    McClaren and owner Mike Ashley believe a marquee signing would attract the club’s fans to snap up the remainder of the season tickets on sale – with 30 per cent of those tickets yet to be sold.”

    There you have the reality of it!!!

  • 109 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Mr. Tuff, you’re in the know. Who are we REALLY in for mate?

  • 110 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    GT…probably a bit of both…since the girls are already there he might ad well be oogling them!

  • 111 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Charnley was spotted at Pristina airport
    Who comes from Kosovo ?
    JANUZAJ !!!!!!!!!

  • 112 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Graeme…who’s the marquee signing again?

  • 113 Jib // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    It was either Charnley or Felix Magath

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    I’ll need more than that to cheer me up Graeme mate. What else have you got? Come on then, no holding back. The really, really big signing we’re going to make. Is it……dare I say it…. Robin van Persie??

  • 115 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM
    I’m just worried that if Ibiza keeps oogling the girls he’ll end up looking like this jesper mate.

  • 116 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    I knew it!!! It’s Robin van Persie isn’t it? That’s why he’s been sulking so much lately.

  • 117 Mister Tuff // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    G2 – God knows – one thing the Toon are good at is keeping their plans secret.
    Got no doubt that cash will be spent – even before Tubbs gave his interview -we were going to spend. So I fail to see how some of the more gullable translate this into Mr Tubbs changing his ways.
    As for Balotelli – I would sign him up in a flash -as has just been said – we need a superstar – it would gee everybody up.

  • 118 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Hmmmm…..well said Mr. Tuff. It’s just we’re a bit desperate you know? A bit on edge. People are all tense and whatnot. Could we manage Balotelli and Robin van Persie?

  • 119 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Mario signing would certainly perk things up,in a number of ways. But I am sticking to my feelings on it, it’s media poppycock designed to sell papers. This is truely a backside-well known city centre department store window moment

  • 120 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Dear James,

    I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you directly to thank you for the warm welcome I have received since I arrived at Newcastle United.

    Anybody who knows me well has known for a long time that I’ve wanted to be Head Coach of this great club and now that I’m here, I’m relishing what is ahead.

    My time here so far has been spent meeting a lot of people, both inside the club and outside. At any club, you have to absorb as much information as possible, adapt quickly and then put your own stamp on things. Planning is key.

    On the surface, things can seem quiet, but beneath it, I want to assure you that we are striving to be prepared for the upcoming season. The hard work needed to push us where we want to go is well underway.

    That was no clearer anywhere than at the training ground yesterday as we welcomed the players back for the first day of pre-season training. There are some very tough days and weeks ahead for all of us in terms of hard work but the players are applying themselves fantastically and they will need to maintain those high standards, especially as we add to the squad this summer.

    I know the anticipation is already out there and that you want to see new players coming through the door immediately. That is natural. For me as head coach, however, it is so important that the right players come through the door. However long that takes, I want to make sure that we have just the type of people who can come in and force us forward.

    I have certainly got that in my newly-appointed backroom team and I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming them to the club. I’m sure you will extend the same warm welcome to them as I have received.
    Paul Simpson, who I know very well and have worked with for many years, has joined the club as assistant coach alongside Ian Cathro, who is rightly regarded as one of the most promising young coaches in Europe.

    In addition, Alessandro Schoenmaker has joined the club as fitness coach and Steve Black, who many of you will know following his time here and at Newcastle Falcons, has returned to the club as a consultant. I have worked with both Alessandro and Steve before and, alongside goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman who remains at the club, their expertise will be hugely beneficial.

    The plan we have as a club excites me. It isn’t a quick fix, it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take patience and ups and downs, knocks, highs and lows, but we have got an opportunity over time to really make a statement. I’m looking forward to being with you on the journey.

    It is our intention to update you directly on a regular basis and we hope these direct messages will provide you with a greater insight into the club.

    We will be in touch again before our first game at Gateshead next week, shortly before we depart for the US.

    Best wishes,

    Steve McClaren
    Head Coach

  • 121 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    So the club have basically confirmed the back room staff by emailing on the members…

  • 122 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    We could splice both those players, G2,mate!

    Creating Robbin vans And-tellis

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Right then, no more messing aboot. I will take full responsibility. I’m officially starting the rumour that we’re now, officially speaking, after……..ROBIN VAN PERSIE!!!!!

  • 124 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 6:59 PM



    WOW. What Low-bid are we putting in for him. This is so exciting!

  • 125 Ron Knee // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    “It isn’t a quick fix, it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take patience and ups and downs, knocks, highs and lows, …” That sounds ominous!

  • 126 firebug666 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I’m excited too, any minute now there will be a knock at the door and my beef curry and egg fried rice will have arrived.

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Dear JamesToon, or can I call you JimmyT from now on mate? Those are very exciting words of encouragement indeed. It’s exciting to know that wor club has actually got a coaching staff now. And we’re only 2 months behind every other club in finally putting one together. And some clubs have even signed numerous top players. So it’s with great excitement we look forward to our next low bid being turned back. Tell Schteve ta so very much for that letter.
    You’re mate
    Official Blog Hobbit

  • 128 sing in the corner // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Don’t want loan signings anywhere but if we were gonna loan a centre forward I’d rather enquire about Lambert than Balotelli

  • 129 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:04 PM


    Sounds canny. Thinking of whipping up a smokey-sausage chilli-pasta. If i can be bothered.

  • 130 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Harrumph….well, I didn’t REALLY want to get into the specifics of wor latest low bid YCMIU mate. It’s quite complicated…….very tricky wording in paragraph 3. A lot of incentive clauses etc. etc. but needless to say this will be the lowest bid ever submitted for ROBIN VAN PERSIE!!!!!

  • 131 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:06 PM


    Wouldnt worry. Hell will freeze over before Grabatelly signs…..and i don’t even believe Hell exists 😀

  • 132 Graeme // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Jesper @ 112 – not a bloody clue mate; I dont think they know either!!

    James Toon @ 120 – Damn, I thought it had been sent specially for me – You mean, everyone got one?? I’m gutted!!

  • 133 will die for the toon army // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:07 PM


    Nice one hahaha

  • 134 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM


    Will it cause headlines like “Insanely derisory bid for ROBIN VAN PERCY by nufc”?

    Thats ROBIN VAN PERCY everyone!

  • 135 firebug666 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM


    Wow sounds great, I love making anything with chillies, but tonight we just got back from my sons new school, so ordered in.

    So is the new way of communicating that Charmless was waffling about only available to members via e-mail?

  • 136 geordieboy83 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:10 PM


    At yhe risk of looking like a helmet, is that letter legit mate?

  • 137 ShirebrookToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Percy bin Robbin is his younger brother and he’s a future star

  • 138 belgrade fan // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    So actually SM said nothing is going to change. We need time to sign players etc etc. One more season I m going to skip

  • 139 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    RVP is washed up garbage. hes gonna leave the EPL if he leaves united. The only reason hes on that team is because Van GHHAHAL is dutch.

  • 140 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Yes!!!Yes that’s absolutely spot on YCMIU!!! This is a completely insane derisory bid!!!! But really what do ManU expect??? Robin is so old now… very, very old. It’s all there in paragraph 3 mate.

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    That’s very cruel on your part Taco mate. He’s the target of wor latest derisory bid. And Schteve loves working with the Dutch!!! It’s a win-win mate. We get an old crafty striker and ManU get next to nothing!!!

  • 142 nearly // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    jamestoon @19

    you say you like the sound of the way they have started pre season due to them starting ball work straight away,players will have 7-10 days of real hard fitness training and ball work allways been the case,you say pardew introduced it half way through pre season,dont no where you get this info from but its not true,possesion (keep ball) is something that a footballer will do allmost everyday

  • 143 ShirebrookToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    So all that says is basically schteve gold member mclaren has been brain washed by bargain bin baggins(aka MA) BOGOF penfold baggins and graham golem Carr

    Good times HWTL,HWTF

  • 144 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM


    My thoughts too as soon as I’d read it lol.

    Haven’t we had that exact yarn from pardew ever since he slivered up?

    Be patient, ups and downs, it won’t happen overnight, long process. Blah fcuking blah blah.

    Same shit different day. The warning is clear, if you fail to heed it then more fool you.

  • 145 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Lads, your Senior Official Club Journo, moi, will have his first heed to heed with Scteve in the coming days. Stay tuned for exciting updates on the progress of the club.

  • 146 GeordieTwo // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Excellent thoughts Shirebrook and A_C. These are exciting times indeed. But we need more dirt. Let’s continue to dig. There’s bound to be gold down here somewhere…..Harrumph.

  • 147 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Whilst we are mentioning deceased superstar singers I see Val Doonican has died.

    RIP Val

  • 148 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:32 PM


    Er…..pardew admitted it himself. Can’t be arsed to find the quotes as it was ages ago but he basically said he phased the ball work into training after a few weeks and most definitely not before they’d been flogged and run into the ground and most definitely not before the piggyback 😉

  • 149 Ron Knee // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Fasten your seat belts. We’re in for a bumpy ride!

  • 150 Ron Knee // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    If Val was a superstar, Carver is/was greater than Mourinho!

  • 151 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:39 PM


    Lmfco @ Bogof baggins. Their all fcuking creatures who belong in a fictitious land. Horrors.

  • 152 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM


    good luck mate.

  • 153 davis_toons // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    He will never come to Newcastle. Welcome him anytime base on our current situation. I wont mind him at the bench.

  • 154 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:46 PM


    Pardew didn’t actually introduce ball work until a few weeks into pre season, this was reported by the chronicle and nufc interviewers who asked mcclaren “why introduce ball work so early compared to recent years”

  • 155 JamesToon // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    AC 148

    thank you 🙂

  • 156 Lindisfarne // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Of the following three who would you rather get?

    1) Mario Balotelli
    2) Robin van Persie
    3) Michu

  • 157 nearly // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    average contents

    er…. think you,ll find he was referring to things like set plays practice matches between 1st team, reserves during pre season players will train morning and afternoon,once pre season is over they only train in the morning or the afternoon do u really think there is no ball work involved just run run run for a few week,s, come on man

  • 158 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Rom Knee slightly tongue in cheek comment but he was very popular with t blue rinse set. I hasten to add I aint one.

    Watched Glastonbury on the Beeb and was impressed with Hot Chip also The Slaves (or is it just Slaves). I’m pretty eclectic with my musical likes.

    On the football side of things I watched Portland Timbers on Sky and was quite impressed with them, Although I haven’t finished watching the recording as yet so I don’t know the full result.

    Ballotelli is a Shola clone full of promise but never quite seems to get there.

  • 159 Graeme // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    This makes soo much sense – Its high time NUFC woke up and ENSURED they will be in the Premier League next season – whatever it costs. ANY team getting relegated at the end of this season could take years to get back in again.

  • 160 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    whoohoo coaching set up confirmed by nufc. 🙂

    thats a huge weight off now we need signings.

  • 161 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:58 PM

  • 162 Ron Knee // Jul 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    I was a Beatles fan back in the sixties & I remember when Doonican’s album knocked Sgt Pepper’s off the no. 1 spot. The horror of it!
    I wouldn’t like to see Balotelli – or Thauvin – come to Newcastle.

  • 163 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM



    Straight from the horses mouth.

    No ball work.

    Running, strength, stamina and piggybacks. Run forrest run.

  • 164 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Balotelli is an enigma, toon are enigmatic… match made in heaven!

    If we could get him on loan with option to return or buy at any time for £8m on £60k p/w it’s a steal, we would then have a very motivated player with something to prove.

    At 24 Drogba was a talented pick too!

  • 165 nearly // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    james toon

    well maybe thats why there was so many injuries then,players never had any ballwork for weeks just run run run ,then straight into pre season friendlies without kicking a ball,trust me players get ball work in pre season some managers like to run players harder on the physical side of things but there is always ballwork

  • 166 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:08 PM


    Your welcome mate. It was widely reported at the time.

    He said it himself.

    I don’t know how to make it any clearer


    Capital letters maybe?

  • 167 Belfast // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I wonder who drew the short straw and had to give Rob Elliott a piggyback ? Andy Woodman probably lol

  • 168 nearly // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    average content

    thats right he said it himself ,he was always honest mr pardew so i must be mistaken your right it was just run run run for a few weeks

  • 169 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Oh and who mentioned the order of training sessions? Or when they took place?

    I didn’t.

    Did you Jamestoon?


    How hard is that to get to grips with.

    Perhaps it seems so unbelievable and you think in this day and age it seems archaic that it’s not possible. It was.

    Straight from his own gob.

  • 170 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    We all know he was a master bullshitter but that was more to do with towing the line and the excuses bingo. Why would he lie about pre-season training methods he used.

  • 171 WWSBRD // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Krul To Be Kind
    U dont want much do u? Why would Balotelli take less money to play for a worse team?

    And why would Liverpool, whilst he was on loan, pay 50k of his wages?

    Also why do u think Mario would be motivated? I think the opposite tbh, Id still have him no doubt just for the fun of it but I dont think he would try very hard

  • 172 Average_Contents // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    I’m sure if you looked it up you’d find the articles regarding it.

    I can’t be arsed and it’s tea time.

  • 173 Spellcheck // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    You Couldn’t make it up.

  • 174 overtheline // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Given the lack of pass and move it is really unsurprising Pardew worked on fitness and conditioning at the expense of skill.

    Please can we have fewer speculative features with “we very much doubt it” as a rider – much better to find a topic which is plausible.
    They a re getting wilder and wilder. Will the next one be “Can the Toon get a loan deal for Shrek ?” – as we are short of gutsy Englishmen in the side, only for the last sentence to be “We very much doubt it as his wages are too high” Why bother ?

  • 175 Toon-Barmy // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:36 PM

  • 176 nearly // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    average contents

    as u say he said it so im mistaken,your right NO BALLWORK

  • 177 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    tfl website down for maintenance?

  • 178 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    whoa erm hold on mclaren has just sent another email to fans explaining the situation so far reguarding transfares !!!

    i’m er feeling kinda dizzy ! i’m not used to this communication malarky.

  • 179 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM


    he took a pay cut to go back to Milan and another for Liverpool I believe, imo he needs adulation and we as fans can give him that with our love of number 9’s.

    I think he has another pay cut in him to hit rock bottom and Liverpool want rid.

  • 180 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Lads ball work started very early this season, Charnley has been playing with his balls since May wheb the season finished…..rumour has it mcclaren is so impressed with his ball work skills that he says we need no further signings. Bob Moncur stands and watches

  • 181 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM


    You mean Wendy sent an email on behalf of McClaren to explain…..nothing!!

  • 182 Belfast // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Great newspaper that Croftus lol

  • 183 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Another week gone by then and still no further in regards to new players….are people still feeling optimistic? Would you all like the fat liar to come on TV again to give you false hope? I honestly can’t believe quote a few fell for that bullshit pr stunt at the end of the season!!

  • 184 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    wrong link 😉

  • 185 optimistic prime // Jul 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Like I said this morning when I posted the link to Baloteli, I’d take him just for the shits and giggles.

    He’s a class act when he’s in the mood.

    On the coaching staff, Woodman? Really.
    He must be as thick as a doorstep not to have noticed the weaknesses in Krulls game, if he has noticed he’s a shit coach.

    Blacks a consultant, I wonder if that’s his choice or the clubs.

    Been out all day and haven’t had time to catch up, appologies if this has all been said.

  • 186 croftus5678 // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    @185 op

    just to throw a spanner in the works !

    would you think woodman wouldnt advance certain people with the view of helping his lad break through quicker ?

    like you say a blind man can see krul’s weakness and that goes for his national teams coaches also but i’m amazed after so many years his kicking hasnt improved at all.

    i’m starting to think krul himself is a bit slow.

  • 187 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:02 PM


    He would certainly be a firework (sorry) I do think he would spice us up a bit

  • 188 usmagpie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 189 WWSBRD // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Krul To Be Kind
    He took pay cuts to go to good teams mate

    I think u are dreaming haha but if it were to come off I will hold my hands up

  • 190 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    It would seem the only reason Woodman is getting kept on is because his son is a proper prospect who might try to leave us if his dad has to leave the club …..

  • 191 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM


    We can but live in hope and dream.

    Cassano was the same he ended up at sampdoria to kick start his again after Real Madrid

  • 192 Bri // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    More garbage, how many players have we been linked with on this blog. Are we after anybody?

  • 193 lochinvar // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Ballotelli – haha , no way. He’s an idiot and will make the club subject of even more ridicule. Why not get Ranger back and they can run riot together.
    Laughing stock – we would be.
    Sign some footballers not night club prima donnas.

  • 194 lesh // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Frankly, I think it’s disgraceful that McClaren’s name’s on that email.

    Charnley’s used McClaren to try to take some of the heat out of next week’s Forum but it just shows what an inadequate Charnley is. I’d bet he doesn’t show at the Forum.

    On a positive note, it’s a long-awaited update but nevertheless, necessary.

  • 195 Toon Tang // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Whats all this Balotelli bollocks? The lads an absolute bogan. Wouldn’t want him anywhere near a the toon.

  • 196 overtheline // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Looks like the bindippers are replacing Balotelli with Benteke. Too ambitious for us of course.

  • 197 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    I have a funny feeling we will have a player or 2 signed on Monday to take the sting out of the fans forum

    Really worrying though that Palace are trying to get Cabaye and Stoke trying to get 12 million play makers it just shows other teams want to compete and stay in this league no matter what the money next year is insane !

    We really need to push the boat out and just pay the going rate

  • 198 lochinvar // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    McClaren also confirmed his backroom team in the email.

    The 54-year-old, as previously reported, will be assisted by Ian Cathro and Paul Simpson. Alessandro Shoenmaker is United’s new fitness coach, while sports psychologist Steve Black has joined as a consultant.
    Andy Woodman remains Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach.

    Well at least that’s clear.

  • 199 scout // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Ballo and perez a lethal combo

  • 200 Our Toon // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    I might be wrong here and if I am please point it out but Balotelli hasn’t got into trouble for any off field antics since being at Liverpool, in fact I can’t remember a single negative story except for the usual bollocks peddled by Phil Thompson and his pals about Balotelli being a bad apple and to blame for Liverpool shocking performances last year.

    A lot of the rubbish said about the lad on here is from when he was at citeh, the lad himself has said he was immature then but all the reports were exaggerated. It’s funny isn’t it, most read about a player we are linked to and say bollocks, yet them very people believe sensationalist articles about fireworks and parties for the homeless etc for the very same papers.

  • 201 lochinvar // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Toon Tang@195
    I feel enlightened now – I thought you had misspelt bogie !
    Clearly one can see how Balotelli would be better suited to a London club, West Ham anyone ?

    Bogans generally reside in the outer suburbs of larger cities, have teeth that haven’t had braces or other orthodontia or dental care due to cost, have an anti-authoritarian stance, nationalistic pride, home-done tattoos, a love of classic rock and Peter Brock, hooning and drinking alcohol to excess.[10] A bogan attitude consists of a lack of pretense and a willingness to be very honest.[10]

    Certain types of clothing are stereotypically associated with bogans, including flannelette shirts, monkey hoodies, Stubbies shorts, King Gee workwear, thongs, ugg boots,[11] jeans and black leggings.[12]

    Vehicles such as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, particularly modified or poorly maintained examples, also have similar associations.[13]

    A bogan, for various reasons, refuses to conform to middle-class standards of taste, dietary habits, leisure activities, styles of dress and ways of speaking.[14] Bogans are sometimes looked down upon by some groups due to their implicit biases.[15] These implicit biases can often make the lives of disadvantaged people much tougher.[15]

    Mel Campbell argued in a 2006 article in the Sydney Morning Herald that bogan (including “cashed-up bogan”) is a nebulous, personal concept that is frequently used in a process by which “we use the idea of the bogan to quarantine ideas of Australianness that alarm or discomfort us. It’s a way of erecting imaginary cultural barriers between “us” and “them”.” Campbell argues that though many people believe they know exactly what a bogan is and what their characteristics might be, there is no defined set of characteristics of a bogan: the speaker imagines the denoted person to be different from, and less cultured than, themselves. Campbell considered “cashed-up bogan” to be a “stupid term”.[16]

  • 202 Sir Eric // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    If you lads want to see more photos of what’s been going on, including pics of our new staff, here you go

  • 203 OneAlanShearer // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    I wonder if we are delayed in signing a defender and possibly a midfielder because man u haven’t bought ramos and schniederlind however you spell it yet. Because evans and llingard would make good signings for us.

  • 204 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM


    Yeah I dont think we will be after Evans but I think you might have a point we may be waiting on someone from one of the top 4 to be available once they have who they want

    So basically waiting for the crumbs to fall off the top table

  • 205 Lindisfarne // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    “Crumbs Chief!”

  • 206 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    ched evans

  • 207 mickalfas // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Carr is probably scouting the sick rooms of the championship clubs as we speak ,a couple of cheap knackers will be ideal
    If they can play 10 games a season ,bonus,better than a lot of the dross we have now !!

  • 208 Tsunki // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Balotelli, Balotelli
    Yes today it’s Balotelli
    Lighting fireworks
    Hobos parties
    Massive wages
    But still moping…

    To the tune of “the Work Song” from Disneys Cinderella, children.

  • 209 Tsunki // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Carr is touring third world sanatoriums and leper colonies for prospects probably. Anything without the full complement of limbs.

  • 210 Lynny // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Reet here we go. It wouldn’t surprise me if we have tried to get him on loan. Just to say were trying! Glad to see the coaching team is in place. Well it’s a start anyway. Happy to see Young Haris Vucikc in the no 23 shirt. Although I’m canny concerned the official site hasn’t been updated to reflect this! On the plus side I’m reading the bull Shit times in my head. Former notts forest duo straight into first team squad – more than up to the task! Marvouex is like a new 5m signing. De Jong is like a new 10m signing. Bla bla bla! Horse Shit! Ive lost interest. Lastly I’m sick to my back eye of the pop ups on this blog taking me here there and everywhere ed! Get a grip Mate. Seriously I’d rather pay a fixed yearly fee than come within inches of smashing the living Shit out of My phone 20 times every day!

  • 211 Tsunki // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    …pet cemeteries…

  • 212 toon22 // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Add Block Plus

    No more anything thats anoying.

  • 213 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    mcclaren to try tacky tacky football

  • 214 Noel Worst // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Sure Janmaat will greet him with swiping legs.

  • 215 tynesidetommo // Jul 3, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Car crash club want car crash player – sounds a good fit.

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