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Is Ashley Taking A New Hands-Off Approach At Newcastle?

6:54 pm, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 131 Comments

During his time at Newcastle, Alan Pardew said a few times that Mike Ashley didn’t really understand the game of football, and that the Billionaire got frustrated when the football business wasn’t like the other businesses he is involved with – and been successful in.

With the terrible second half of the season Mike Ashley got a huge shock – like the rest of us –  when on the last day of the season we could have been relegated, after John Carver had presided over the previous 10 games and we had only taken a solitary point from those games – our worst ever run in the Premier League.

lee charnley and mike ashley 987

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – at the West Ham game

John was obviously way out of his depth and was sacked in early June, the day before Newcastle announced Steve McClaren was coming in as the new head coach, and he would have his own coaching staff, and that’s a step forward from last season.

It also appears that Mike Ashley may have seen the light, and will now leave  the transfer business completely to the Newcastle Board, which is led by Managing Director Lee Charnley and has three football men on it – Steve McClaren, Bob Moncur and Graham Carr.

The last three will agree on which players to sign, with most of input coming from Chief Scout Graham Carr, and then Lee Charnley will do the often difficult leg-work to get the players into the club.

In his Sky Sports interview in May, Ashley also said the Newcastle Board would be picking the next manager, just as Derek LLambias had done with Alan Pardew.

And it may be that he has taken himself out of the football decision-making process at Newcastle.

As a refresher,  this is what the Newcastle owner said at the end of that interview on May 24th, when he was asked by David Craig if he would invest if Newcastle were relegated:

Q: Would you invest so much that it comes straight back into the Championship?

A: Yes – if there is such a thing if you can able to guarantee I would like to say I could guarantee that investment but the results is not something I can guarantee.”

“The only positive we’ve got is the club is on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight with the financial situation the club finds itself in.”

“My job is to make sure they have the maximum amount of financial resources and it is their job to get the best pound-for-pound value out of those resources.”

“Today we don’t need to be unlucky, not today, from this day forward we will be making our own luck.”

Mike has since taken himself off the Newcastle Board, and maybe he will give the Board some funds every transfer window  – and leave it to Lee Charnley and the Board to decide how they will spend that money and which players to bring in.

That’s a good way of doing it,  but then Lee Charnley and the Board will have to be responsible and accountable for how they spend that money.

That’s just like John Carver was held accountable for the terrible form of Newcastle under his management – and unfortunately for John – he ended up being fired.

That’s the only way to run a business – appoint people to do the job, let them do it their way – but hold them responsible for the results.

That’s what happens in most businesses – and that’s what may be happening with the new Board of Directors – and it seems like it’s a good move by Ashley – if it’s true.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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




131 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Hats off to Swansea

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/07/all-away-tickets-cost-22-or-less-thanks-to-club-subsidy-no-surprise-which-club/

  • 2 BandB // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Hands off his wallet?

  • 3 RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    ? Newcastle Coach’s Mantra – You’re Either In Or You’re OutIs Ashley Taking A New Hands-Off Approach At Newcastle? ?
    Dutch Report – Newcastle Could Seal Wijnaldum Deal Today
    3:35 pm, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 109 Comments

    There is a report on AD.net today with the headline being ¨Newcastle Bid €16M for Wijnaldum¨ and that’s consistent with the Chronicle report today that said they thought Newcastle had bid between €15M to €20M yesterday for the Dutch International.

    €16M in today’s exchange rate is about £11.2M – but that offer has not yet been accepted by PS – but the tone of the reports in Holland seem to indicate that’s a good first offer from the Magpies, and a deal could be made for a little more.

    Georginio Wijnaldum

    Georginio Wijnnaldum – close to move to Newcastle

    Here is the short article that has appeared today in Ad.nly on Georginio:

    ¨PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum is on the threshold of a departure to Newcastle United.¨

    ¨The club from the Premier League has a bid of €16M lodged with PSV – and the Champions seem willing to sell their captain for a few million more.¨

    ¨The expectation is that both clubs on Wednesday think it’s possible to reach an agreement.¨ ¨Wijnaldum sees himself leaving for Newcastle.¨

    ¨Steve McClaren, the Newcastle manager is familiar with Dutch football.¨ ¨Moreover, the international would be with Dutchmen Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita. already at Newcastle.¨

    ¨PSV and Newcastle are in negotiations about the transfer fee. Wijnaldum (24) last year extended his contract with PSV.¨

    ¨He wanted to be like Memphis Depay with a league title goodbye to Dutch football and PSV promised to be flexible to draw interest to the two players.¨

    Manchester United signed Memphis Depay from PSV for £25M in early May – so he’s now gone.

    No fee has yet been agreed yet between the clubs – but it looks like Newcastle have come in with a good enough offer that maybe for €2M more, and the offer will be accepted by PSV.

    If that happens, the next thing is to agree terms with Georginio, but he’s already been told what wages he will be offered by the Magpies, and it’s rumored they could be as high as £60K/week.

    So if all goes well – and that’s still an ¨if¨ – then he could be having his medical soon – and if that happens Newcastle will be very close to completing their first transfer deal of the summer.

    But Newcastle will not want to dilly dally any longer, with Everton said to be moving in to try to do a deal for the 19 times capped Dutch International.

    Comments welcome.

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

    109 RESPONSES SO FAR ?
    1scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    from last thread –

    op- at Newcastle the amount of time it takes to make a signing is not crazy….it’s called Standard Operating Procedure.

    Two weeks from now we will still be talking about identifying our needs, and identifying players to fill them, whilst mourning the fact that Wijnaldum has signed for Everton, Austin for CP, and Matip has signed a new deal at Schalke.

    2Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Think I’ll believe it when it’s a done deal. Signed sealed and delivered.

    3optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Scot

    Sop’s……. Sends a chill down my spine.

    Charnleys as much use as Choclate fire guard. He moves with the speed of a striking sloth

    4SA Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    JUST GET IT DONE FFS!!!

    5optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    I wonder if there’s any real Intrest in Van Ginkel to go with the rumours.

    6scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I am sure the interest in Van Ginkel is real op, its just that the loan deal is a backup plan to signing Wijnaldum. When that deal fails to materialize, we will turn our sights to Van Ginkel, only to find out that he has gone on loan to the Scum.

    7optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Scot

    Hope not, he’s to good for them.

    I’d take them both and offload Sissoko

    8ilovetoon8788 // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Wijnaldum and sdj will probably compete for the attacking midfield spot.. I don’t see both playing in the pitch same time.

    9scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I still think Sissoko can come good for us, but it will take a lot of changes in the supporting cast. When he is on form, he is a beast but too often he had the look of someone who felt like he had to do it himself and he is not that kind of player. If he can run by a player or two and open up the pitch then good for him, but if he is expected to sit in the hole and to tackle then he looks lost and prone to stupid errors in judgment.

    10YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Why? Ilovetoon.

    We can just play this formation?

    4-1-4-1

    ——————Krul
    Janmaat-New Cb-Saylor-Haidara
    ——————Anita
    Sissoko-De Jong-Wijnaldum-Aarons
    —————–Perez

    I honestly think Perez would thrive in that team, he had to do so much last season on his own due to the incompetence of team mates yet with this team he would have plenty of support!

    11Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    can’t believe some people would still have saylor !!!!!!!

    12YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    I honestly don’t think we need a new striker, Rivière still has to adapt(little hope though), Perez is still improving(Already good) and Cisse is banging in goals with limited playing time.

    I believe we need more creative players, players that will create more chances with the strikers we have, In my opinion it seems like that is what the club is doing. Maybe McClaren realises that the team lacks quality in the midfield? Hence signing Wijnaldum when it seems we are sorted in that position. I honestly think we won’t sign a striker.

    The defense definitely needs sorting out though. We ship in waaaaaaaay to many goals man.

    13Blaydon-Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Rooooot roooooot !!!!!

    14jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Saylor……………OUT

    15Blaydon-Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    So we got any good news yet ? Nice to see the quay areas CB and CF BEING put on the back burner ZZZzzzzz

    16jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Willo……………………FURTHER OUT!

    17Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Danish blokes……. Out

    18YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Root ad (Rotonda, sorry I found that auto correct name to funny to leave out 🙂 )

    I believe that Saylor is our best Center Half, I don’t even think its close to be honest. He just needs a good full season under his belt and unfortunately for him he is injury prone.

    Coloccini leaves too many gaps in our defence due to him closing down the ball too much, that’s fine if your Center half partner has pace but unfortunately for us we are blessed with the immense pace of Williamson.

    Don’t get me started on Williamson!!

    At least Saylor looks good when he plays.

    Maybe we are underestimating Lascelles and Good? Who knows??

    19jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Belfast…exactly no more Danes on here! I should be enough for you !

    20Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Root: Fastest century in the first Test of an Ashes series!

    21jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley…’Saylor just need a full good season under him’…HAHAHA…you’re cracking be up ????

    22Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    munster

    you have to be the most fickle 2 faced alleged fan I’ve ever known. You trashed pardew as much as anyone in the past, so stop giving us that loony bull.

    100,000k a week is what is making cabaye go to CP, not pardew being a good manager you muppet.

    23scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Cant fault Saylor for his enthusiasm but he is as smart as a bag of hammers. He is not the answer at CB. We need two signings there IMO because Collo, Willo are either past it (collo) or were never there (willo). Dummett showed some potential but he is still just a replacement part, and Good, Lascelles, Satka are unproven. Janmaat cannot deputize there because we give away too much attack on the flank.

    24Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    burnley

    watch a video of saylor’s match against city last season. enough said, it’s just one example but fairly typical. The guy has horrendous positional sense, turns slower than a tugboat and will never play a full season.

    Granted willo is worse and colo is aging badly in football terms, but hopefully Lascelles, Matip if we somehow get him and any of Dummet, Satka and Good would be better options now than saylor.

    25YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Jesperf**kurslang- Capt’n awesome of the loony crew

    Glad my comment made you laugh, ya’know, that’s exactly what my comment was meant for. Pure comedy gold, not serious. -_-

    26optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Go Murray go Murray go Murray

    27YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Naa, I don’t think Saylor is that bad at all, yeah, that’s right! Lets look at his bad games and just block out his good games, sounds about right. Anyone remember that run of games he had when he ended up smacking his face into the post for the well being of our club? He was great then and was unfortunate to get that bad injury. Where would Williamson have been in that situation? He would have been there, yet he wouldn’t have the b*lls to stop it from going in, what about Coloccini? He would have been upfront looking for someone to pressurise. I know Saylor does some daft stuff on the pitch, but he is our best defender here, period.

    28bladeuser // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    NUFC
    Top stadium
    top city
    top away fans
    shit home fans (sheep )
    Shit owner
    shit players
    manager jury is out

    29Kris // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I’m totally agree with youngmagpiefromburnley. Saylor is our best CD. Think he does his partner far better too. Both Colo and Willo do play well alongside him. He is also good at set pieces and can score som goals. He is also one of the players who blockes most shoots in the league when he is playing. Unfair to judge him on one match Rolando Hights.

    30optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Bladeuser

    Boo hoo

    31YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    He is also comfortable on the ball, a skill needed when playing for a club like ours.

    I say that because we never have possession, so booting the ball up the pitch because you can’t handle someone closing you down from 50 metres away isn’t good enough.

    Why is Williamson even at our club? Same could be said about:

    Gouffran
    Obertan
    Coloccini

    Because no-one else wants them. That itself just shows how bad these are. Even Sammy could get out ffs.

    32scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Kris/ YMFB – while it might be OK to like Saylor, he cannot lead the line. He is simply not smart enough, doesn’t read the game well, and while he certainly puts his body on the line, it is exactly that “go for broke” mentality that puts him in the hospital bed every fortnight. Decent support cast but we need true leaders from the back with a good footballing head on their shoulders.

    33YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Scottoon

    I’m not saying he should start, I agree that we need to sign Center backs.

    What im saying is that he is the best out of a bad bunch, he would be the first Center Back on my team sheet if we go into the new season with no defenders signed.

    34scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    YMFB – you had me worried there.

    35YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Scottoon

    Apologies if I’m wrong but it seems like you’re fairly positive we will sign a Center Back this window, if that’s the case, well done to you. But I can’t simply have this trust for the club after 8 years of the same shite.

    If we sign Wijnaldum then that could supply me with optimism but until then in my eyes we are going into the new season with the same defence.

    36nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Taylor could well be the best of a very very bad bunch of three senior CBs, but that still doesn’t make him competent enough to be at the heart of our defence!

    37King Colback // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Saylor is utter rubbish and should be binned along with Williamson and Coloccini

    38scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Not at all positive mate. Check my first post on this thread…..

    39YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I see the blog psycho has popped in and out for a rant!

    Have we signed wino yet?

    40optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Saylor should be able to play into his forties due to the time off he’s had.

    He’s prone to a rush of blood that results in pens or red cards. You can’t doubt his commitment but due to his injuries red cards etc he’s not worth a place in the squad.

    If you look at his games played per season it’s shocking, Darren Anderton played more regular.

    IMO we wouldn’t miss him even if we didn’t replace him, except maybe his big gob and fist pumping.

    41LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Taylor is a decent championship CB,

    Williamson is an poor championship CB, at best.

    Colo is an ageing Prem CB, one whose time should probably be called to an end.

    Whatever level you think they are, surely we can all agree they’re not good enough and need to be replaced?

    42YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    England going well now. 251-4. Need to tweak that top order so that we are not 3 wickets down before we start putting pressure on the bowlers. Cook needs one of the other top four to be able to stick around and score relatively well.

    43optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Ycmiu

    He’ll be practising his angry face in the mirror as we speak

    44scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    CB is by far our greatest weakness on the pitch, and if we are compelled to go into the new season with the same old, then I truly do fear relegation no matter who else we sign. The current crop will always ship at least one or two a game and it is hard to win much when playing out of a hole. Problem is we aren’t seriously linked with anyone… Matip included.

    45YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Lew

    If you HAD to keep one, which would you choose? I am not sure personally. Probably would keep hold of taylor as the back up. Colos legs are gone,and willo, as you suggest, is HUMP.

    46YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    OP

    GRRRR. SHEEP!
    ARRGG. ICANSAYWHATIWANTWHEREANDWHENIWANTWITHNOPUNCTUATIONORSPACES
    RAAA!

    47YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    If welshie is around… This time the “sheep” comment is in no way related to you ???? . Just in case you drop in mid-convo.

    48Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    So no one is talking about Lascelles as the 4th CB so far. Satka and Good are up next.

    I think the reason that they are not being played much was Pardew (and Carver). Under McClaren we might see more youth in action and it should change the situation.

    49optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Ycmiu

    Should that not be

    I can say the same thing over and over everytime I post, arrrrrrrgh

    50LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    YCMIU

    Jesus it’s like Sophie’s choice, except the other way around, I want them all gone! Probably keep Saylor as he’s rarely fit enough to be anywhere near the pitch anyway!

    51Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Unless players are bought with a view to filling the obvious gaps in the team – I would argue another season would be wasted.
    Get all the pieces of the jigsaw -couple of CB’s, midfielder with vision, winger and a centre forward. With those positions renewed I think it would allow the coaching team a good platform to build further.
    I think this guy Ian Cathro is going to be immense. Just seeing tactics/set plays being varied will be like watching a different team.
    Mr Tubbs………………………………..OOT
    King Percy………………………………OOT
    Crowing loonies………………………..OOT
    Crowing Oz cricket fan……………….OOT

    52Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Mister Tuff.

    There you go again Mr.T. The merest mention of Pardew and you’re off covering your back by saying you expect Palace to finish above us next season ( pretty odd opinion isn’t it bearing in mind your opinion of AP as a manager ?) – shooting down anyone who respects the guy as a decent manager in case they point out the error of your ways as the season unfolds.
    The very thought that we would remind you of it !!!

    53Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Mr.Tuff.

    My last contribution obviously referring to the previous post.

    54lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Ffs Charnley!

    Stop pi$$ing about and offer PSV €17.5m then don’t fanny about with the player, offer him good terms, terms he can’t refuse.

    Have Ashley’s jet or whatever standing by to whisk him to wherever (The Nuffield these days?) for his medical then to SJP for the unveiling.

    There you go, dead easy, job done in half a day!

    Oh and typical Charnley – couldn’t even arrange a game in Raleigh NC!

    I can think of at least three Mags’d turn up to cheer the lads on.

    55Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Mag 52
    There is a reason for the @53
    Just saying like

    56lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Mag

    Tsk tsk

    Stop bullying Mr Tuff, he’s a gentle, sensitive soul who’s easily upset.

    Be gentle with him.

    57GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Why another MF when we so desperately need decent CB’s? Nothing ever makes sense with this club.

    58BandB // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Have we managed to get the Fans’ Forum minutes over the line yet?
    They did say Wednesday.

    59GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    The squad is in a shocking state and we’re moving at the speed of frozen molasses!!! Harrumph.

    60Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Yes as I thought one of the Pro Percy Brigade flushed out.
    The last time I mentioned King Percy you were on me like a ton of bricks, quicker than a rash on a wild dogs bollocks. If I recall last time it was my obsession with King Percy you accused me of by even mentioning him. You conveniently failed to chastise the poster who mentioned him in the first place.
    Here we go again – someone else mentioned King Percy -and you jump straight in – with no mention of the poster who mentioned him in the first place.
    Yet again you demonstrate that you are “playing the man” and not the post.
    A hypocritical stance, if you do not mind me saying so.
    Have no fear about King Percy – he will revert to form and eventually wreck Palace.

    61YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Lew

    I think the opposite of Sophies choice would be Hobsons Choice. I believe it’s the literary equivalent of a no-win situation.
    They are all poor.

    62ShirebrookToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Whilst bogof baggins is out there making a deal for Wijnnaldum he should get jetro willems too he gonna be a quality LB in years to come

    63Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    If Ed was to go to Cary in 2 hours he would see the Carolina Railhawks play Fort Lauderdale ,
    didn’t Rodney Marsh play for them ?

    64Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    yawn.

    65optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    BandB

    They did say all parties would have to agree with what was written before release.

    Not saying that shows it’s all bollocks, but shouldn’t everything said be reported

    66YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Mag 52

    While pardew was not to blame for everything, he was never right for nufc. He made some of the oddest changes within games, and also between games. If something worked and he got it right,you can be sure that he scrapped it next game,or even second half.

    And picking people up on comments made ages ago on previous posts is probably one of the most irritating things a poster can do on here. Are you THAT keen to have an argument?

    67Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    You would think that Palace trying to get Cabaye would make our useless mob stand up and take notice that we actually need to invest proper money even just to stay in the division

    Have a worrying feeling we wont get Wijnaldum and he will end up at Everton or PSG and Austin will end up at Palace

    68YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Dammit! Roooooot is oooot.
    Good knock, though, Lad.

    69nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Nice video of Callum Douglas, 15 years old & 6 ft 3 inches tall on trial at the minute at nufc.
    http://thespectatorsview.com/2015/07/08/video-teenage-prodigy-on-trial-with-newcastle/?

    70Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Mr Tubbs…………………………………OOT
    Penfold…………………………………….OOT
    Argument hunters………………………. OOT
    Pro Percy Brigade remnants…………. OOT
    Other associated knackers……………..OOT

    71GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Wor defense is rubbish!!!!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!
    Wor defense is rubbish!!!!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!

    72GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    We’ll fong them on the beaches.
    We’ll fong them in the streets.
    We’ll never surrender.

    73Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Nut Meg
    just seen video – looks pretty good. If we sign him another to sell on.

    74Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    You couldn’t make it up.

    Sorry about that you couldn’t…….etc.
    It’s just that Tuffy sets himself up for a pop. It’s so difficult to resist.

    75Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    mug – your pro Percy message is redundant – get yourself away to Palace and start some arguments down there.

    76GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Still if we could just get Thorian Flavian……

    77GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Look at wor defense. Lying there on the pitch with their little legs sticking straight up in the air. Wor defense is not just resting!!!! Harrumph.

    78GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    It’s the typical Norwegian Blue Defense. Harrumph.

    79remy D // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    God haven’t been on here for 2 years and some things never change.see Mr softy is still making friends

    80YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    G2

    If we hadn’t nailed our defenders’ feet to the 18 yard box, they would be pushing up daisies! IT IS AN EX-DEFENCE!

    81Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    remyD
    Did you not know ?
    MrTuffty bought the blog for half a crown and packet of chewy
    He’s now the Blog boss.

    82YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Remy

    Not that i want to take sides,but it really wasn’t Mr Tuff to blame. Interesting that you have not been here in 2 years, and your first comment is designed to light fires. Start as you mean to go on…..

    83GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    That’s only a rumour YCMIU mate. They weren’t running about much anyway….Harrumph. As for wor strikers, they are absolutely ‘orrible. Riviere couldn’t find the net with a telescope. Armstrong needs a loan to a good team that will use him well. Cisse is the Fasted Flake in Europe (not). One bad knee, likes to spit on people but can outscore the rest of wor attack put together when available.

    84Shadow_Shearer // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Didn’t wijnaldum say he wanted champions league football

    85GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    A pestilence upon you Ashley! Sand fleas in your boxers! Camel droppings in your wellies!!!! You will be punished…..

    86YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    G2

    Please stop mentioning riviere. I get a flash back to that miss v West ham and it sends me into hysterics. The useless plum.

    87mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Shadow
    He heard Ashley’s speech lol

    88GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Sorry YCMIU mate but it needs thorough discussion!!! Where were wor Belgian midget strikers last season??? How times did they get a game?? Why put the usual knobs on when they couldn’t score in a brothel??? Harrumph.

    89Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Hahaha -remy D – rushing in from left field to have a pop.
    I thought remy D – who the hell is that – so I wasted my time and searched the blog.
    First entry I found was from another poster who was less than complimentary -it was a couple of years ago. Looks like another knacker.
    The post was Jul 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM
    …………i’m not one for slating people, but, REMY D comes across as a complete dick and his views are only shared by the very few,……….”

    Hahahaha what a clot – obviously no improvement in a couple of years.

    90JP…from The Rock // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Nut meg- believe me this kid is something special! He plays like Ayoze Perez but is much taller and much younger! SIGN HIM UP ASAP!

    91Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Wino MarkASS ? An improvement on “socks” I suppose.

    92GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Right then let’s get into it. Serious discussion time lads, followed by a new interview with wor man Schteve. I call him Schtevie Wonder now. So….where to begin. No improvement to the squad whatsoever, Norwegian Blue Defense, spitting and blind strikers, Krul’s feet to skinny, poor ball distribution, no new tactics since about 1892 etc. etc. Food for thought lads.

    93Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Not worth posting for the next 40 minutes
    It’s Canadian playtime

    94croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    i see we now have that 16 yo striker joining koks on a month’s trial.

    he looks decent and awsome stats for his age.

    95JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Italian sports journo saying he’s expecting Aleksander Mitrovic to sign for us

    96GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Well possibly I should begin then….Harrumph. What do we do about Krul’s skinny feet?? Difficult one…..foot implants??? Possibly….hmmm. And the spitting business….spittoon on the sidelines??…yes I like that. Tactics. Well that one is clearly in hand. Coming up on wor interview with Schtevie Wonder….won’t spoil it for you lot. Norwegian Blue Defense. Schteve insists they’re not dead yet. Bone of contention!!!! Bone of contention mates!!!!

    97croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    i was hoping wijnaldum would be signed by now and ivan toney but non of them so far 🙁 hope we dont leave it too late.

    98optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    G2

    Can you start posting 24/7?

    99GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Splendid news croftus mate. He should be able to take Riviere’s (now don’t get upset YCMIU mate) place straight away.

    100beermonkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    croftus

    do you know where these kids have come from there last clubs
    just wondered if there anything to do with the new coaches or carr

    101Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Apparently mitrovic is on his way to newcastle tomorrow to discuss a transfer

    102Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    http://www.alfredopedulla.com/articoli/71529-esclusiva-mitrovic-non-aspetta-pi-c-il-newcastle

    103GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Sadly not possibly optimate. Many things underway here. But I will bring you lot the stories you need, when you need them.

    104GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Looks very promising Our Toon mate. Keep calm lads. Deep breaths. Scratch them where they need it. Let’s all just take 10 and really focus. Positive waves people.

    105Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    op @98 – quick thinking!

    106scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Where is Mitrovic at the moment? How many lines does he have to cross? Border lines, date lines, train lines……it is really not looking likely.

    107Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    James Toon
    That’s promising , that guy broke the news about Janmaat last summer.

    108RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    cabaye to place what the f..k are we doing now,how many have been fooled so far in to buying season ticket,yous are going to fall flat in the shit soon with no signing,i hope iam wrong but after 8 year cant see that snake shedding its skin now

  • 4 scout // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Wait for the signings, id sooner wait and get some real quality.

  • 5 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I wish he’d get his grubby hands of NUFC

  • 6 croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    @3 runnaway

    sorry mate couldnt be a*&%d to read all that lol

  • 7 JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    so in the last day or 2, the rumours are that we’ve agreed a fee of around €16m for Wijnaldum, £10.8m for Joel Matip and €16m for Aleksander Mitrovic.

  • 8 JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Would be brilliant if we can get all 3 in the next few days.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Runaway….

    WTF,man?

  • 10 RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    dont no what happened there haha sorry lads

  • 11 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    @3

    I’ve read war and peace but I ain’t reading that.

  • 12 croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    if and its a huge if we sign wijnaldum mitrovic and matip i’ll take my hat off to them as they will surely have shown ambition imo.

    there you go nufc i’ve shown you some respect and belief now dont let me down or i’ll start crying again all next season.

  • 13 RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    dont worry iam not reading it to

  • 14 croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    @13 runaway

    lol

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Runaway

    I suspect you were trying to copy and paste your last comment, and the mouse moved that little bit too far,and you got the whole article 😀

  • 16 bobby mango // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Ashley isn’t the only one taking a hands off approach. Charnley and the rest of them seem to be as well

  • 17 RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp your so rite bud

  • 18 Moonraker15 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Ed
    you’ll need to put a limit on the length of postings mate lol

  • 19 scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    It is entirely possible that they are all just a little too hands on and as a result they cant get out to actually conduct themselves. Too busy doing the business to do business.

  • 20 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Thanks for putting that in a nutshell Runaway, however I don’t agree. And to prove it I’m going to copy and paste all of 2014s blog articles 🙂

  • 21 Moonraker15 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    If we sign Winning we’re on the way up cos others will defo come ! Ffs Charnley get him in !

  • 22 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Or… you know Runaway, something you posted there seems very familiar…

  • 23 Moonraker15 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    * Winnie

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Just have to dip this mouse in a bucket of water the scroll wheel is overheating it’s going critical.

  • 25 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    G Widdy.

  • 26 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    I agree if we actually do sign (sssshhh don’t say it) then he could be a magnet for others if they think they are buying into something here.

  • 27 AndyMac // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    “Mike has since taken himself off the Newcastle Board, and maybe he will give the Board some funds every transfer window – and leave it to Lee Charnley and the Board to decide how they will spend that money and which players to bring in”

    Ed presumably you still believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus ?

  • 28 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Yeah Ed andymac is dead right and….whoa…Hang on…What’s this about the tooth fairy?

  • 29 Noel Worst // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    If we sign Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, I can only assume Wijnaldum will be playing out wide, putting him deep in midfield is a waste of his talents.

  • 30 croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    hey guys…remember when we couldnt sign anyone as we couldnt get them “over the line”..and then…and then we bid for a player only to have them stole away from us at the last second..lol………….and then some guy named ashley had to come in and….bam….the signings came thick and fast !

    god those were the days !!!

    so…erm….where is ashley again ?…maybe its the one thing he was good at !…then again maybe not 😉 maybe its just a case of others we have in the club are worse than ashley at it ?

  • 31 croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    @29 noel

    i agree esp as wij has assurances that he’s not played in the same position as siem.

  • 32 Lynny // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Love how people love to slag Ed off in almost every post! I enjoy reading his thoughts, cos let’s face it if this was a race we wouldn’t be the hare would we? And we wouldn’t win the race either. We’re more like yo samedy Sam or the road runner! At least ed puts a canny spin on things 🙂

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Just got back into tinterweb zone and read Cabaye and Palace have agreed a fee. Shame Palace put more emphasis on what he’ll do for the team rather than his sell on value.

  • 34 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Thanks Runnaway that was great hahaha

  • 35 scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Jail – G2 will correct me if I am wrong, but nowhere in the Book of Low Bids does it say anything about any consideration given to what a player will do for the team.

  • 36 WWSBRD // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Why would Windi play out wide?

    He’s coming in to replace Sissoko by all accounts so it’s passable though on previous conversations around him implied he liked to be box to box?

    Should probably wait until he actually signs before getting excited though

  • 37 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Yosemite Sam actually

  • 38 geordieboy83 // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    How about a diamond formation to accommodate both siem and widdy

    Kruk
    Jaanmaat. Lascalles. Matip. Haidara
    Tiote
    Sissoko. Widdy
    Siem
    Mitrovic. Perez

    The 3 advance mid can all swap with each other to cause chaos. Easily switchable to 442 aswell with cabs and aarons to come on

  • 39 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Where’s these fan forum minutes ? Are they going to release them at 3 In the morning or something?

    They probably won’t release them because that bloke squeeled what happened on twitter.

    First rule of the fans forum: You don’t talk about Fans forum.

  • 40 Grumpy // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Im sorry ,what was that about a cart and horse.

  • 41 scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    gboy83 – it looks a good side. Too bad it is never going to happen. Would love to be proved wrong but I see no indication in the club’s actions to date that would suggest there is even a faint hope of pulling off all those mooted signings.

  • 42 martoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Interesting:
    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 53m53 minutes ago
    Rumours coming in regarding a deal being struck between Anderlecht and #NUFC for Mitrovic. First we have heard and finding out more now

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 51m51 minutes ago
    If true- it suggests to us that Newcastle may have given up waiting around for Charlie Austin. We will find out more though

  • 43 Munster Mag // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Rotunda, its not my fault if you are too stupid to comprehend my position on Pardew. I always laughed at the lunatic fringe who blamed him for everything – and the Sackpardew guys were idiots and brought the club unwanted attention and made us look like Divas. But just to help you I will re-iterate:

    -Pardew is an average manager, probably below average.
    -He was not allowed manage or buy players that suited the type of football he wanted
    -He was overly defensive
    -He didnt get the credit he deserved for good results by a large number of “online” fans
    -He wasnt the cause of a lot of woes at NUFC – Ashley is.
    -He was a decent man manager, and respected by many of the players
    -He was completely correct on wasters like HBA, Santon and ponces like Mbiwa who couldnt head a ball and always looked panisked. He was never given credit for these assessments.
    -His period at Palace and high points gained showed that he did more than just have a good honeymoon period.
    -Players like Cabaye do not go to crap clubs with crap managers just for big bucks. This shows how naive and one eyed you are, and were.
    -Pardew was a bit lucky to get 5th ( liverpool and Chelsea weak ) , but thats hardly his fault. He was given sod all praise for that.
    -His long losing runs and Makems results were a disgrace
    -He wasnt inept
    -He was incredibly lucky to get the NUFC gig
    -He wont relegate Palace – at all. Remember, loads of fans on here said he wud take them down last season – they were all wrong. He has done a fine job so far.

    Finally, i hope he relegates them . So Rotunda, i never joined the sad bastard whingers brigade like you, who blamed every players missed tackle etc on the manager, becase it suited their agenda to do so. I always asked for balance in our criticism, thats all. Guys like you though wouldnt know balance in connection with Pardew if it poked you in the eye.

  • 44 WWSBRD // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    martoon
    Only if u believe a dodgy itk Twitter account

  • 45 mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    What’s happening about Aymen ,has he dropped off the radar now ?

  • 46 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Sky are reporting we havnt put a bid in for the dutch lad but we are in advanced talks. Give them the money ffs!

  • 47 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I knew all I had to do was wait until someone corrected it to Yosemite. And I knew exactly who would do it.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Hahahaha what a rant -never seen anything like it before.
    Percy -a good man manager -hahaha.
    Jonas: Boss I’ve got cancer.
    Percy: You can F*** O** and find another club -we don’t want you here.

  • 49 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Martoon

    I suppose soccer sauce are more reliable than IndyKFC, but not much….. Hope it’s tru though.

  • 50 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Still confused by that soccer sauce account. Usually a decent bullshitter on twitter can attract far more than 6 thousand followers. Their follower account suggests they’re crap bullshitters.

  • 51 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Did that even make sense ? Probably not.

  • 52 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I remember some of the ones that admitted they done it for a laugh had 20 thousand plus followers.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Munster give Pardew time he’s slowly going to turn palace into us two years ago. Just to be clear, Pardew had a ragtag budget squad to mess about with. But the killer was he was also inept, a double whammy. So he had to go as the first part of the plan to illustrate how inferior our setup was. It was proved by carver being handed the steering wheel, which he lost. It was proved by Charnley having no plan. It was proved by Ashley desperately stepping into the PR breach. Now we’re at the bottom hopefully the way is up.

  • 54 Thump // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Pardew was a decent man manager?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI1nPd7hezM

  • 55 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Itk accounts in Twitsville are the athletes foot of social media.

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    I am very thankful Pardew is gone and had hoped he had packed his bags back in February!

    …of course he didn’t! He only did it when the sackpardew.com came along and Palace offered him a way out!

    He’s Palace’s problem now!

    I don’t think the football has been worse for me than under Pardew. What a letdown that was.

  • 57 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Agent Itk that was him hahaha

    Here is the big announcement to all 35,000 followers that I have on here.
    How many ITK calls did I get right? A hell of a lot more than I got wrong that is for sure! It is finally time for me to leave you all. I started this account to prove that ANYBODY could be an ITK and I could if I so wish get 10s of thousands of followers.
    I was proved to be right.
    I am somebody who decided to show the Spurs forum I frequent that anybody could be an ITK and could easily fool the public, much to my amusement it was easier than I thought.
    What I didn’t realise is that I would be used as a “source” for The BBC, Talksport, LBC, Radio London, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Star, Sky Sports News and even The Independent. I was even mentioned on TV channels in Ireland, Australia, Spain and Fox in the USA.
    I am not an ITK yet as some of you will no doubt say you released you still followed, like sheep being led to the slaughter. My every word was hung on and retweeted and retweeted, only getting the arsé when the news I was telling you wasn’t what you wanted to hear.
    Some of the abuse that I have put up with is shocking, although it is always mainly from numptys will a small c**” who are probably afraid to go out after dark.
    I have left many hints over the last year of what I was doing, yet about 3 of you ever clocked this.
    I will not apologise, as I was proved right anybody as usual! Anbody can call themselves ITK and get away with it. Within 4 weeks of starting this account I had 5,000 followers! SHEEP, baaaa, baaaa.
    If I was you I would unfollow @backpage, anybody with “mole” in their name, @FouthOfficial_ is a complete fraud, @POTL, @JJetset, @AFCAMDEN, basically anybody that is telling you things that THEY think you want to hear!
    Good Luck to you all, I think you’ll need it. Baaa, baaaa… “

  • 58 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Italian journo claiming that Mitrovic is due in Newcastle tomorrow for talks and we’ve agreed a fee. It would appear there is at least some validity to soccersauce’s tweet.

  • 59 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Just for you Skunki. 🙂

    What a leaving speech.

  • 60 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    I think munsters right though about players like cabaye not going to crap clubs just for big bucks, I mean he’s only getting a measly hundred large a week, barely enough to buy a terraced house these days, it’s just as well palace are a forward looking outfit, going for cups and the champs league….. 😉

  • 61 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Mitrovic latest….Roma have set him a deadline of tonight, if they don’t agree terms he’s coming to newcastle to discuss tomorrow however it’s looking like Roma. Lazio have also entered the race for him

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Belfast…no one is gonna read that!

  • 63 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Belfast I sure hope in his bravado he didn’t mistakenly advertise his whereabouts. He’d be a dead man 🙂

  • 64 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Rome is warmer and nicer than Newcastle. But you’ll be looking a long time for anywhere that sells steak bakes.

  • 65 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I’m ITK, making a sandwich and brew

  • 66 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Jesper you’ll be telling me you didn’t read runaways post next! How disrespectful!

  • 67 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    A man who claimed to be a football agent working with several players in England has admitted that his Twitter account is a hoax.

    @FootballAgent49 had attracted over 38,000 followers since setting up the account and often had his transfer rumours retweeted by fans hundreds of times.

    Football Agent on Twitter
    © Twitter
    Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney
    © Rex Features

    “I am writing to tell you that, no, I am not a ‘Football Agent’ or ‘ITK.’ I am infact an 18-year-old and I have been fooling all of you gullible idiots with my fake stories for the past 2 months,” he admitted today.

    “I started out when I was bored one evening and I never once thought that I could get 43k followers. I feel my twitter experience has been very successful with some of my ‘Stories’ even trending 5th in the world.

    “I’m proud to say that I haven’t had even one transfer scoop in my time yet people still say im more reliable than Sky Sports News and the BBC. Laughable.”

    He added: “Whilst I am here I can also point out there is no such thing as an ITK [in the know] or Agent on twitter, anyone with an IQ in double figures would realise this.

    “I’m not sorry for wasting everybody’s time, you should have realised I was a fake when I got all of my stories wrong and deleted countless tweets.”

    Read more: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/fun/news/a402495/twitter-football-agent-comes-out-as-18-year-old-hoaxer.html#ixzz3fKWKV2ZF
    Follow us: @digitalspy on Twitter | digitalspyuk on Facebook

  • 68 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Looks like Doumbia is off to Kiev and Mitrovic is going to Roma then

  • 69 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Breaking news:-

    OP (mitrovic’s agent) is making a sandwich and a brew in a well known newcastle hotel.

  • 70 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    I would hope people now see why I don’t believe any of these accounts especially soccer sauce. Lol

  • 71 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Nothing new there Jesper

  • 72 Munster Mag // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Tuff many of the players praised pardew and he is adept at man mgt. The problem witj posters like u is that he was damned regardless. For example if he brought on a defemsive player because we were under pressure to hold onto a point but then lost, he was blamed by guys like u even if a lazy muppet like hba was at fault for not tracking back. Crazy stuff from a lot of guys who dont in reality know much .

  • 73 will die for the toon army // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    They say we have reached agreements with Wijnaldum, Mitrovic and Matip. That cam be good work by the Tealady

  • 74 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    @Munster Mag. If Pardew actually manages to have sustained success with Palace this season I may give him more credit. As is his career as a whole has shown him to be severely lacking in the long term.

  • 75 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Munster

    Cabaye is going to palace because no one else wants him, let’s deal in facts buddy. Pardew was such a good manager he couldn’t even get the best out of Southampton in division 2 and they had Schneiderlin, Lambert, Lallana etc.

    As for former players look no further than Tevez who’s spoken about pardew openly and said he’s a shite manager who clueless. Playing him out wide just like he did with Cisse, Santon as a Defensive Midfielder and Dummett as a RB.

    I can go on of you want mate but cabaye is going to palace because no one else of any note wants him or will pay 100k for him

  • 76 Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Munster any idea who it was who new personally that Cabaye hated Pardew with a passion ? 🙂

    Let’s blame Jesper…..

  • 77 overtheline // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Pardew was not the messiah he was a very naughty boy

  • 78 Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    munster – you say I have criticised King Percy for bringing on a defender.
    I think you are wrong there – I know I’ve never said such a thing. you’ve must therefore have made that up.
    Are you related at all to Herman Munster – not wanting to start a ruck just enquiring.

  • 79 BandB // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Belfast,

    All over the blog, posters are dreaming up a theory that this hoax story must be a hoax.

  • 80 BandB // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    All of them called “I’dEatMeOwnBairnsForTheToonMe.”

  • 81 check the toastie // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Tsunki- don’t forget the yum yums, how could any decent human being turn down that temptation, hotbed of culinary food the toon….. 🙂

    Throw in a fivers worth of Griggs Luncheon Vouchers, Walla new signings, champions league, trophies, the Universe…..woooohhooohaaaahhaa….

    Quick get that season ticket bought…….Shola resigning I heard…….

  • 82 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    In the kitchen, anyone know what Dutch lads like on their sarnies?

  • 83 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    What about a canny bag of Tudor with those sarnies, I’ll get them owa the line.

    Kids climb mountains for a canny bag a Tudor

  • 84 beermonkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    prime

    this might help with the sarni making
    http://www.thedutchtable.com/2011/03/ode-to-dutch-sandwich.html

  • 85 JAMSHA(ASHELY SLAYER) // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    hahah football agent, that indaky is same shit aswell

  • 86 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Beer

    Ham and pease pud with a stottie, the lads desperate to sign.

  • 87 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    where the F are the forum minutes? how much editing do they need?

  • 88 lochinvar // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    BBC now reckons that Austin will join Pardew at Palace assuming that Palace will pay him the same silly wages as Cabaye who is still to decide.
    So if Palace pay Cabaye £100k per week then Mrs. Austin will want the same dosh to spend in her local Harrod Co-op shop.
    Don’t you just love London – no wonder Eastenders is so grim and depressing.
    Olympic Legacy anyone ?
    Fancy a challenge Charlie ( with or without the ) wife’s permission ?!

  • 89 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Sorry lads I’ll have to put my foot down, I’m not signing Austin!

    I offered him a savaloy dip but he prefers jellied eals.

  • 90 lochinvar // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    The Cabaye’s and the Austin’s of this world are being project by the media ( and therefore us ) as freeloaders just after the money and a cushty ( is that Cockney talk ? ) life.
    We need sportsmen, footballers, grafters and heroes – not has beens or wannabes . This is NUFC not the X Factor .
    Time for the real players to stand up and tell their Agents to naff off ( is that Cockney as well ? ) or do a realistic deal with a real football club.
    Cor blimey mate, how much for a taxi to Selhurst Park ?

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Fong them!!! Fong them I say!! Drag Ashley and Charnley oot in the street and fong them like the dirty dogs they are.!!!! Harrumph.

  • 92 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I’ll be glad when Austin signs for someone other than us, the lad is not what we need….massively overrated. 15m for a player in the final year of his contract and a player who had a decent season in the prem.

  • 93 jazzyp // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France · 8 hrs8 hours ago
    Atletico Madrid have bid €16m for Aymen Abdennour & provisional contract talks underway (5 year deal, €1.5m net), according to Foot Mercato

    Would have been a cracking week to have brought this lad in as well as Widdi and Hopefully Mitrovic.
    Still not sold on Matip, But an upgrade on Willo I suppose

  • 94 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Can you get tickets on the gate at the heed tomorrow?

  • 95 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    The king of clowns
    He makes believe with a smile
    As he hides the lonely teardrops that come down
    But the king of clowns is crying all the while
    Here comes Ashley, king of clowns
    Here comes Ashley king of clowns
    Beautiful.

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I don’t care if he’s crying on the inside, fong him!!!!

  • 97 mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    The arsehole known as Sissoko should look at Cabaye and realise the grass is not always greener
    Sitting on the bench in Paris now Palace,what a dcikhead
    Austin to Palace ,possible end of the England career
    Get Mitrovic in NOW !!

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Let’s go on a rampage of fonging!!! A fongpage!!!! They must pay dearly!!!! Harrumph.

  • 99 Partizan // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Cabaye chose Palace for three reasons
    1-Palace is the only London club interested for him to be with his old friend Debuschy,,Tottenham aswell but not as concrete as Palace.
    2-Money
    3-Pardew

  • 100 JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Various reports going around that Mitrovic is due for a medical tomorrow at nufc as roma’s deadline to make a bid is tonight

  • 101 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Am I missing something? Where does it say that Austin is going to Palace on bbc.

  • 102 jazzyp // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Still think Sdj if he can stay fit will be an immense player for us next season.
    The perfect foil to link the midfield and attack together.Will score goals and create them for “Mitrovic”. And could see him being long term captain of the club.

  • 103 beermonkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    any1 know when the squad fly out to the states

  • 104 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    partizan

    debuchy is at arsenal

  • 105 will die for the toon army // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Mcclaren is so Calm with the transfers so am hopeful though boring.

  • 106 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    This just in mates:
    “Schteve requests emergency meeting with Mike after finding Lee Charnley locked in his own office closet. Lee was heard to be whimpering “it’s not fair. It’s just not fair. They won’t accept our low bids.”
    More on this as it becomes available mates. 😆

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I think the team fly out on the 15th of July beermonkey mate.

  • 108 Partizan // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Rotonda…and Arsenal is in London right 🙂

  • 109 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    @beermonkey. Either Friday evening or Saturday morning.

  • 110 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Mick

    I understand you are not happy with sissoko touting himself around but in all honesty can you blame the lad? He’s at a club that has no ambition and he has no affiliation to. I’m a lifelong toon fan and even I’m boycotting all things which put money into the owner of our clubs pockets and that includes going to games….I’ve given up my season ticket and did so 2 years ago.

    Why do you or anyone else expect better from a player who has nothing but his own career to think about? Sissoko wants out and fair play to him, like Cabaye, ba remy etc I wish him all the best…..at least he’s wanting to achieve something, by staying here all he achieves is lower to mid table mediocrity at best!!

  • 111 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Munster

    do you come with a label saying ”can cause drowsiness”

  • 112 beermonkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    if we are going to sign any1 its going to best if there signed and on the plane with the rest of the squad

    polarboy

    don’t we play Gateshead friday

  • 113 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Partizan, sorry i thought you thought he was at palace

  • 114 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Beer

    This weekend

  • 115 Partizan // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Its ok Rotonda,cheers 🙂

  • 116 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Lol, yeah got my weeks mixed up there mate, Geordie two is most likely right. We play our first game on the 14th so presumably we’ll head off on the 11th.

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    We play Club Atlas a Mexican side on July 14 so I’m wrong as usual. We play Gateshead on July 10th, so we must travel over on the 11th or 12th?

  • 118 Polarboy // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Not being able to edit is quite annoying, sorry yeah we are playing Club Atlas in Milwaukee on the 14th so we won’t be leaving on the 15th as Geordie two said. Whether we will leave on the Saturday after the Gateshead game or after I don’t know.

  • 119 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Did I mention I want people fonged? I want justice for the long suffering supporters!!! I want honey badgers dropped down underpants!!!! It’s the only way forward…..and very entertaining as well… Harrumph.

  • 120 jazzyp // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    If you are a registered subscriber of Nufc. Check your emails tomorrow as the minutes of the meeting will be published

  • 121 JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    @NUFC_Stats: Mitrovic’s representatives also manage Cabaye, Sissoko, Debuchy, Riviere, Thauvin, Cabella & Ben Arfa. (via @GallowgateGroup)

    Interesting!

  • 122 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Another email from the club to members about an hour ago. Lots of stuff and a promise of the FF minutes tomorrow

  • 123 mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Our toon
    Fair point mate ,just hope the fat parasite starts investing,this idea that we’re a stepping stone club to bigger and better things pisses me off
    Swansea for example ffs !!

  • 124 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Here’s a thought. Why don’t we bloody well sign somebody decent Lee? Somebody drag his sorry arse out of his closet and make him do his job!!!! Harrumph.

  • 125 Jail for Ashley // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    mickaflas,
    Sat on the bench for a bit, picked up a medal or two and pocketed several million pounds before landing an 80-100K a week contract. What would he be on here, 40-50K a week and a bonus for finishing tenth ?

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    The club are stalling, waiting for the section that asked the most probing questions to publish the minutes first so they can ban them from the next meeting.

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Would have loved to see Newcastle play the Whitecaps while over here. The Whitecaps are a young up and coming side but it’s hard to judge their quality since they play in the MSL. I rate them as a very decent side for North America, with an outside chance to win something. My guess is they would beat the current Newcastle side by a couple of goals.

  • 128 GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Whitecaps play a very aggressive 4-2-3-1. It’s interesting to watch a side with real pace play that formation. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the defending team, especially on the quick counter attack. If we had decent players I would recommend it.

  • 129 mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Jail
    Good point mate ,but it can’t be the same when the kids ask what did you do for that medal
    I sat on my arse for x amount of games ,watching
    He’s a millionaire anyway ,there must be a point when they want to play football
    Pride !!

  • 130 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    G2
    Can you spot Pedro ?

    http://rayhankin.weebly.com/uploads/6/9/5/5/6955881/7869876.jpg?1303292087

  • 131 will die for the toon army // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Matip, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic. Good for me. Keep Cisse and Colo. Sell Tiote, Willamson and Obertan




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