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Newcastle Announce 24 Man Squad For America

9:25 am, Sunday, July 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 153 Comments

The Newcastle squad to tour America in the next ten days has just been announced on the Newcastle web-site and the lads are flying out to Milwaukee today for their first game which will be on Tuesday night against Club Atlas at Miller Park.

The squad is as follows:

Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong, Gael Bigirimana, Papiss Cisse, Jack Colback, Fabricio Coloccini, Karl Darlow, Siem de Jong, Shane Ferguson, Curtis Good, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Jamaal Lascelles, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Georginio Wijnaldum (joining squad later), Mike Williamson, Freddie Woodman

rolando aarons in training

Rolando Aarons – will get a chance to shine again this pre-season

Here is the squad via playing position.

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman,

Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Curtis Good, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat,

Midfielders: Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Shane Ferguson, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko,  Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Georginio Wijnaldum (joining the squad later)

Strikers: Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere

Remy Cabella, Mehdi Abeid and Paul Dummett don’t make the trip because of injury, and goalkeeper Rob Elliot, Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux are also missing.

The explanation is that all of the above players missing are either nursing injuries or coming back from long term injuries.

However, it could be a decent indication of who are on their way out of the club this summer – Rob Elliot, Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux.

Here is Newcastle’s full pre-season schedule including the three games in America.

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

Comments welcome.

Tags: Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Tour

153 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbit // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    ron i was at the game,,,,,,,,,, no one had a good game just a training run out more to help the heed money wise nothing more then a evening training session in the first week back

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Those defenders will strike fear onto the heart of Americ

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM


  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 5 firebug666 // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 6 Ron Knee // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Thanks for the info. Disappointing score line, though!

  • 7 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Any tell me how Bigi did at Fullback. That wld be a revolution. May be Mcclaren doesnt see him as midfielder amd sees a fullback in him. Will wait and see where he plays in the states. if Bigi can b a RB. Then our dedefence is ok. Fergie is a good LB I remember him shutting up Anelka when we played Chelsea in the league cup. Anelka switched wings. I thought we had a gem then they started moving him to midfield and off he went off the radar.

    RB: Jannmatt, Bigi
    CB: Rudiger/Aymen, Durmett, S. Taylor, Lasaceles
    LB: Haidara / Fergie.

    Sell those old players Colo and Willo for 3m and we cut our losses.

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM


    It’s not meant to be funny anymore. It’s tongue in cheek… if you notice, it gets said once per article, then people move on to football, which is more than you have done in any of your posts so far this morning, by the way! Just saying.

  • 9 Slank // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Elliott isn’t included. On his way out ?

    The fringe players included are interesting. Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson. Does this mean that they have McClaren’s seal of approval but Vuckic doesn’t ?

    Also Curtis Good and not Satka.

  • 10 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 11 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Well done Ashley, on the lastest signing. Credit where credits due

  • 12 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I can see where this is going. The blog is a cruel place for a humour critic.

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    The Ledge Out! Ha ha only yankin’ yer chain mate chill ha ha

  • 14 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    my appolgies Ashley out

  • 15 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    YouCouldntMakeItUp Out!

    Nearly forgot that one Markaccus.. 🙂

  • 16 Ron Knee // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Looking at our ‘strike force’, I can only say: Thank you, Fatso, for all the investment you have put into our club.

  • 17 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Not bad first effort. Now let’s work on the capital ‘O’ and don’t forget your pling!

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    He has joined the dark side!

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I wonder if there will be any news today reguarding mitrovic, I mean the teams that he has been linked with none of them have made a bid, surly if they wanted him that they would have done it by now and the player would have noticed it.

  • 20 hibbit // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    ron……. to be honest we could have had 10

  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Ron it sends a shiver down the spine knowing the long ball from Willo will soon be bouncing before an open goal as Riviere bears down on it….

  • 22 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    You’re stuck with Ashley so enjoy it when we sign players of this quality, or maybe its because you said he wouldn’t buy anyone and you look dafter by the day.

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    I see Munchingballsack are our last game. Wonder what the ticket prices are.

  • 24 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Jail – “Ledge hhhhhh hhhhh…I am your FATHER!”

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:39 AM


    Dont tell me you’re missing the point now?

  • 26 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    20 of your lovely English pounds will do it for the big man I’d say.

  • 27 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Welsh it’s all cat and mouse I am of the opinion that Myopic will only see a nice warm country and a champions league shoe in as an option.

  • 28 funkness // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Repost due to Ed’s overload of new articles:

    Hi Nut Meg ..

    I have been watching quite a few games with him, yes. You are exactly right – he is built like a CF and can play in that role as well. He is probably more an inside forward than a winger in the classical “hugging the touchline” sense. He can cross though, due to being equally strong with both feet, which is a real plus in compared to the more one-footed wide forwards who are oftem limited to cutting inside to shoot.
    We were linked with him before he went to Rennes for a measely £3m a couple of seasons ago. At that time he was a bit of a show off, doing too many step overs and taking on 3-4 players instead of picking out a pass. He had matured a lot though, and at 23 being a full French international and still playing at one of the lesser clubs in France, I’d say now is the time to pick him up. He has one eye on the Euro’s next summer, and with the fierce competition for places in the France squad in mind, we could give him exactly the platform to raise his game to get in ..

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Ledge “Thats not true… thats impossible”

    Jail “join me, together we will rule the blog as father and son”

    Ledge “NOÒOOOOOOO” (throws himself off metal thing)

  • 30 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Im Ashleys biggest critic mate, but why not stop moaning and enjoy the signings. Dutch international for 14 million. That could have been a two bob player from Charlton

  • 31 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Slaps forehead…

  • 32 funkness // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    And another one:


    N’Tep and a CB aren’t mutually exclusive, are they? I am not ignoring the need for defensive strenghening, just pointing out that I’d rather have a LW / LF instead of two strikers ..

  • 33 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Tunski suck on my chocolate salty balls put in it mouth and suck em

  • 34 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    This is Milan Mitrovic , Aleksandar’s big bro
    He plays Centre back in the Turkish league
    He is 6′ 2″ so he is hard to miss
    Is this the guy in the alleged SJP fotos?

  • 35 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    YCMIU – throws himself off…a ledge?

  • 36 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Okay dokeys ledge. Sounds good to me.

  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:45 AM


    We are not moaning. It’s a tongue in cheek running joke. Everyone is happy with this first signing. More need to follow soon though.

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:46 AM


    Yeah i thought of that one after i posted. So it has been left on the…. shelf.

  • 39 hibbit // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    jib is he any good ????

  • 40 nut meg // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Just had a look at N’tep on you tube & as always on you tube players look good. N’tep looked impressive,have you seen him play live? He’s built like a CF, do you know if he’s played that position before ? I seem to remember his name so we may have been looking /linked with him before.

  • 41 Lindisfarne // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    The highs and lows of Club ownership, for supporters as well, good on a return to local representation.

  • 42 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Ah ne probs then, agreed we need another 3 or 4 of his stamp. 7/2 bet 365 for a top 10.

  • 43 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Yep hear hear, joking apart it’s all promising so far, if a little worryingly tedious. Just a cautionary not we still have the squad that almost plunged into oblivion last season. Mac might be a wizard at transforming players, but then again…..

  • 44 funkness // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Hey Nut Meg ..

    Scroll down a bit. I left a reply (repost) for you down there somewhere ..

  • 45 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    I’m genuinely astounded at how gullible some of our fans are. I mean seriously, with this one isolated signing everybody’s running around jumping up and down wearing rose tinted spectacles. Yes without question this is a fantastic signing, but he’s not enough, not nearly enough to make a difference to our league position. Personally I feel we should’ve had at least four new faces in prior to leaving for the USA tour to allow the team to gel and develop an understanding….but nope we have one. Fingers crossed Ashley proves me wrong and invests heavily this summer both in quality and in numbers, however until such time I will stand tall and shout from the terraces “Ashley Out!”

    Sorry ‘ledge’ but I’m with Jail for Ashley on this, if it had not been for the Ashley and Pardew out group nothing would’ve changed, even this minuscule sign of intent to do something.

  • 46 Ron Knee // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    There were cameras there, I think. Pity it wasn’t screened.

    The Shape of Things to Come!

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:50 AM


    Yeah ladbrokes have the same. They also have us 11/2 for the drop.

  • 48 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Ha ha ha
    I was thinking the same
    Give him a trial

  • 49 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Nut meg

    That’s one.

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:53 AM


    Erm… who is running around with rose tinted specs on? If you read carefully over the past couple of weeks, most are still not holding their breath until more evidence of change is seen. Cant understand why you would think we’re all sold all of a sudden???

  • 51 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    That’s about the fourth time you have spelled “regarding” – reguarding – which reminds me of rear guarding – is there a subliminal message in there ?

  • 52 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Fog on the Tyne , I want him out just as much as the next man , and charmleess and quozzy and fat Woodman but no one want to hear that every time they post.

  • 53 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:56 AM


    He shouldn’t be too worried what you shout, as long as he has your money.

  • 54 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    You’re moaning again. Tsunki. Give it time . I think we will get more players. Good ones too. Ashley has made his statement, now let him live up to it. I think the club is changing. To be fair looks like pardew was right on marv aswell as mbiwa and hba. Marv doesnt lift a leg like hba. Mbiwa looked panicked in the prem

  • 55 nut meg // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    repost….after connection problems

    cestriasteve @ 18
    I know we need at least one CB in as a priority, I’ve been on about long enough but I wanted to know what funkness knew about N’tep. I got the answers to my questions.He has seen him play live a few times, he is built like a CF, we have been linked with him before…a couple of seasons ago.Mission complete effortlessly.
    Thanks for that reply,he’s worth watching.

  • 56 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I think I’ll change my name to:

    “Foghorn Leghorn on the Tyne”

  • 57 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Jib I think I will change mine to jip

  • 58 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Munster… ffs. No one is moaning. However,It’s been explained twice so like sh1tw am i doing it again. Just read back a bit

  • 59 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Has Aarons signed a new contract yet?

  • 60 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:02 AM


    Yeah! Give it another 8 years, you nasty, moaning, impatient poopy-pants!

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    I think i read that he had (aarons). I might be comfusing it with something else,though.

  • 62 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Ycmiu can’t find anything on it

  • 63 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I really don’t see NUFC selling Williamson for £1.5-2m only then having to go out and spend £6-8m replacing him. It’s never going to happen. Furthermore, he certainly doesn’t look like a chap who’s about to be shipped out. Everyday I see him dropping his daughter off at school, never any effort to mix or chat, nope instead (despite being forbidden) he flaunts his I’m a pro footballer status and pulls his black Audi 4×4 into the next door school car park with his loud music playing to avoid the crowds. Complete opposite to Riviere who makes every effort speak in his broken English. Nope Williamson looks like a man with his feet firmly under the table.

  • 64 Ron Knee // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    nut meg@40
    Ntep: Too self-effacing, surely! Now if he could only develop a greater sense of self-worth …

  • 65 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Of course its moaning ffs. Jail was moaning that the squad needs 4 players since the championship. So no matter what good players we get it will only be catch up….Tsunki aswell because we have same squad as last season. So do most. Give it a chance will ye?

  • 66 firebug666 // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM


    Why not mate you have used every other name.

  • 67 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Very nice of you to take such an interest in willos early morning activities. Doesn’t surprise me he’s doesn’t wanna chat, probably sick of being abused by no marks.

  • 68 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Can’t understand why people are saying we need 1 new CB. We need 2.

    Get rid of Colo, Willo, and Steven Taylor. Just get rid of them, anyway possible, they’re holding the whole squad back.

    Then break the bank for two 6 foot 4, Eastern European meatheads. Spend £30million giving the team a solid foundation at the back, an impenetrable wall from which we can advance, all good teams have one.

    That would leave us with…

    Meathead 1
    Meathead 2

    …as our CBs. Priority number 1 as far as I’m concerned.

  • 69 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Nah jib change it to jip or jibjob or blow jib

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    If truth be told we as fans are all fickle, all have our own agendas to push, all like to moan, it’s human nature. It doesn’t make any of us right or wrong.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Let’s all bow down to the silver haired wearer of silly glasses visionary assessment of players abilities, Cisse on the right wing, Mbwia at LB, Gouffran at wing back… Tevez and Mascherano anyone..

  • 72 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Scout, and if his kids were not there he would deserve more than abuse thrown at him

  • 73 Reyantoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    The Mirror reported last night that Mitrovic is set to sign.His agent,zahavi,was here and already held discussion.Now reported his family landed in Tyneside.It’s not coincidence,it’s real.No one made a move for him so far other than us.
    Remember the “Mirror ” is the first site(outlet) that broke the wijnaldum story,just like the one that reported above Mitrovic.

    On another note,interesting vision regarding possible swap deal between Cabella and Thauvin.Don’t know Thauvin well but more or less,they are same type of players.I like cabella and i like to be given a chance,but If Thauvin is better in some sorts,like dead balls or freekicks,
    the swap deal may make sense!!

  • 74 scout // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Whys that, its not his fault he’s crap is it. People like you will never understand. What do you want him to do refuse to play?

  • 75 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Scout I couldn’t give a hoot about his morning or afternoon routine, I do however care very much about the fact he purposely uses next doors car park dispute this being forbidden on safety grounds for the first school. I mean all other parents are able to follow the rules so why not him.

  • 76 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Well who fault is it then that he is shit ,if I was that out of my depth at my job I wold quit ,fans hate him carver even said he was shite , and that’s bad coming from him

  • 77 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:24 AM


    Is there a hole in the wall at Azkarban?
    Lots of snarling people around. The Dark Lord attracts some charming followers.

  • 78 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    the ledge
    If you hang around until tea-time a poster called Geordie 2 will be on . You and he will get on great.

  • 79 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Thought sterry would be in the squad and get a chance to show he can be janmaats back up

  • 80 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Nah jib job u de man

  • 81 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    blog pest —- you talk about Willo following the rules – you need to practice what you preach – you break every rule on here.

    Talking about having a stiffy on a Sunday morning, the Lords Day – disgraceful behaviour.

  • 82 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    The eighth place target may be reasonable after last season.
    The problem with our targets is that they have often seemed maximum targets rather than minimum ones.

    And as Blackley said, the higher you aim the higher you are likely to finish.

  • 83 Lindisfarne // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    “”good on a return to local representation””

    Is seriously meant without a hint of irony.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Pointing out that the squad needs four players at least is not moaning, it’s an observation and imo stating fact.

  • 85 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Finishing as high as you can should be the target in sport.

  • 86 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Mr Tubbs………………………………….OOT
    Ian Toon…………OOT (preliminary strike)
    Those with Sunday morning stiffys’….OOT

  • 87 awaydays // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I think selling anybody is counter productive if we sell cbs (taylor willo colo) and sign two the new guys could either be poor and struggle to strike a partnership and if one gets injured we only have dummet and good for cover both younger lads more likely to make mistakes
    Cisse scores goals and moan about him all you like he still puts them in if we were only to sign mitrovic and sell cisse lets not forget mitrovic is still only 20 while its good hes young he doesnt have bpl experience and will take time to adapt i wouldnt sell anyone having our lesser players as squad players will remind the first team theres always someone gunning for their spot selling players will drop us in a hole when the injuries come as they always do

  • 88 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    At least Atlas from Mexico think we are world class

  • 89 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    He was correct on those players jail. As i said i am glad he is gone to palace but the numpties on this site hounded him for flogging that lazy bastard hba to hull. And in one game the keeper ran more! He lasted a week and not one decent team came in for him. Of course the FIFA players on this site know more. If we sign 3 more players ( good ones ) will you stop looking for attention then?

  • 90 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Hold on now misster tuff stay away from the Sunday morning transfer stiffy ,we don’t get many as Newcastle fans and my woman is lovin it.

  • 91 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Reyantoon is that correct? Mirror was first re wijnaldum? Interesting if so. Are u sure?

  • 92 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:37 AM


    Only allowed 25 in the squad mate, we have about 27 at the minute, someone’s gotta make room somewhere.

  • 93 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Ledge get ur sister out of the bed. Sorry cudnt resist a joke mate 🙂

  • 94 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Cabella jst had a bad season for one season. Cabella made more headlines than Thauvin in France. Cabella is a far better player.

  • 95 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    She is only my step sister so no harm

  • 96 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    No, we need four more, CB, ST, RW and decent back up to Jaanmatt.

  • 97 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I agree cabs is a better player than thauvin and less trouble

  • 98 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    If we said we were going to try to finish in any kind of European place then finished eighth after giving it a genuine go, that would be a good effort.

    No-one could rightly then accuse the club of trench dodging.

    What’s more it would demonstrate genuine new thinking at the club….and among the fans.

  • 99 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Awaydays i agree. I dont think we will see many leave. I dont think cisse can lead the line ( he doesnt even understand offside ) but wud rather keep him as he is fine finisher when fit and relaxed

  • 100 Reyantoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    funkness – Spot on re Paul-Georgis Ntep.I’d take him whole-heartedly than Austin.Improved a lot lately and became French regular selectee.
    I’m sure we go after him if we fail or if we offload the likes of Reviere.We should have been snap him up last season,instead of Reviere!!

  • 101 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    I would be happy to let cisse go if we get mitrovic and rolon

  • 102 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM


    We submit the squad on September 1.
    No-one has to “make way” for new signings until then.

  • 103 lochinvar // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Arsenal are deciding whether to make a surprise move for £10m-rated Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, who is also wanted by West Bromwich Albion. (Sunday Mirror)

    I would suggest he goes to WBA – much closer to home – in fact within spitting distance

  • 104 Fog-on-the-Tyne // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    @Mister tuff – Blog pest….really.?! Because I offer an opinion. I think you’ll find that we’re all entitled to offer our opinions, it just happens to be that mine is the correct one.

    To be fair calling somebody ‘blog pest’ is a silly statement given that this person has been a member of the blog since day one along with the likes of SirJasonToon and company yet has never received any warnings or negative communications from Ed. So really I don’t get where you’re coming from.

    It’s this simple, we need at least 4 quality signings, until then I will continue to voice my displeasure with the regime and shout for Ashley Out. Once we have a minimum of 4 ‘quality’ players I will stand up and apologise and admit that I was wrong. In my opinion Ashely has cried wolf too many times.

  • 105 Munster Mag // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Jail i think we will get more players and two or three cud be v good . I reckon most clubs below 10th wud say they need same though. By the way to show u i am not a pardew fan, a reminder of one of my fav excuses…the senegalese FA for messing them about re cisse. It spoiled nufc game plan and training. I wudnt mind but cisse was in worst form of his life 🙂

  • 106 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Dream team:
    Sissoko…………De Jong………………Widjnaldum
    Darlow, S. Taylor, Abeid, Aarons, Cisse, Cabella, Perez

  • 107 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Players left behind – Tiote, Cabella, Abeid, Elliot and Marveaux could they be on there way out.
    Dummet – most likely needs more time to recover from injury.

    If so need players in as we are going to have a small squad

  • 108 Reyantoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Munster Mag…..Yes!!

  • 109 magpiesi // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Anyone know what position birminghams Demarai Gray plays there are a few stories in papers today Saying smc wants to win the race for him.

  • 110 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    would love to see shawcross join or rudgier

  • 111 Lindisfarne // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I dream of Gini with the short brown hair
    Floating like a vapor on the soft, summer air.
    I dream of Gini scoring lots of goals
    Shooting like a viper and drill the net with holes.

  • 112 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    gray is left winger can play on both flanks likes to cut inside,would be a good signing

  • 113 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    There is also no restriction on the number of under-age players we use.
    They need not be included in the 25-man squad.

  • 114 the ledge // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Lindisfarne ha ha ha

  • 115 magpiesi // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    The ledge

    Cheers I remember brentford trying to buy him but got a 5m price tag put on him I think he would be a better option than berrahino as he sort of plays on the left up front and gray is a flying machine would be set up to counter if we signed him.

  • 116 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    the ledge

    Ryan Shawross I like but we have never been linked to him. I think NUFC isnot interested so I gave up on wishing

  • 117 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Young 19 year old winger

  • 118 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    Not in the squad and not listed as injured.
    The only player not to get on at Gateshead.
    Getting on at Gateshead!
    There’s a new one.

  • 119 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Lee Clark was the guy that brought him on so probs his recommendation

  • 120 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    There is no doubt that some players need to shifted, but it would be a shame if it was those lot rather than Obertron, Willo and Gouffran, Marv excepted.

  • 121 Jib // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Nottingham Forest were considering a bid for Vuckic – so the club could be keeping him out of the firing line.
    He is training

  • 122 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    I have given up on Cheick guy is no lomger that good and he is in a sick bay. A friend of mine who is agood spotter of talent told me that Cheik wont last and I bet he didnt.

    Colo – 2m
    Willo – 1m
    Cheik – 6m
    Vickic – 3m
    Marvuex – 2m

    Aymen – 20m
    Widjna – 14.5m
    Mitrivic – 13m

    NET SPENT – 33.5m Thats the money we have in bank.

  • 123 lochinvar // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Players left behind – Tiote, Cabella, Abeid, Elliot and Marveaux could they be on there way out. Dummet – most likely needs more time to recover from injury.

    We have new coaches and fitness regimes so it would make sense that the long term injuries are gradually evaluated and coached back to fitness- whether or not so they can be sold or rejoin the squad remains to be seen. Abeid might get loaned out as he could yet make the grade and needs playing time to boost fitness and maybe confidence. Elliott probably no room for so on his way ? Tiote – just don’t know. Marveaux might get used in a player deal in France ? Cabella – just needs time on the gym to get more physical ? Dummett – strengthening after injury ?
    Time will tell

  • 124 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Will this mean Vuckic is definitely gone?

  • 125 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    GK – Krul, Darlow, Woodman.
    RB – Jannmmatt, Bigi
    LB – Haidara, Fergie
    CB – Aymen, Durmett, S. Taylor, Lasaceles
    CM – Anita, Abeid, Widjnaldum, Colback
    RM – Sissoko, Obertan
    LM – Cabella, Aarons, Goufrann
    F – Mitrovic, Cisse, De Jong, Perez, Rivere, Arma

  • 126 Offkey // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Pics on twitter of Mitrovic’s brother being at St James park…..they compare two pics and it seems like him

  • 127 check the toastie // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Unsure why his brother would be in toon, reckon it would be more productive to actually come yourself.

  • 128 chasing_rabbits // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    BandB @ 98

    It’s ok to say target European place finish then that way we have a better chance of reaching our actual target of 8th, but do you not think McClaren will be going out to try and win pretty much every game?!?! I’m almost certain that’s what the other teams in the league do too! I don’t think they just aim for 8th and if they accidentally move up to 7th drop a few points the next game.

    I cant imagine his pre-match talk: “right lads, with abit of luck we’ll be 3 down by half time, then Tim you can swap positions with Ayoze for the 2nd half. And don’t be afraid to stick it in our own net if they don’t look like scoring again!”

    But @ 85 you say the aim should be to finish as high as you can in sport, so we should be trying to win the league then, not just the European spots?

    Reminds me of a similar conversation I had earlier with a different BandB…

  • 129 Slank // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate @ 107

    I’m wondering whether Woodman, Ferguson and Bigi are only in the US trip because Elliot, Cabella, Tiote and Abeid are not fully fit otherwise they would be back on Tyneside.

    I can understand Woodman being included as he clearly is a great prospect. I always liked Bigi but somewhere along the lines he hasn’t progressed although I watched him in the under 21 game that was televised and he was excellent and stood out. As for Ferguson there are far better left wingers and better cover at left back to consider retaining him.

    I’m not sure about the future for Tiote, Abeid and Marveaux. Both Tiote and Abeid can do a good job in midfield but I don’t see them as first choice. I believe Colback, de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum will be first choice. As for Marveaux he needs an attitude change. He has the ball and possession skills that McClaren wants but not the commitment and attitude that McClaren wants.

  • 130 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    check the toastie

    Mitrovic is still 20 yrs old. He is still a young boy. Perez came with his family too.

  • 131 ronaldo aarons // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Where’s all this talk of ntep coming? He’s a good young player, rapid, can bring the ball up the pitch in no time and is great for counters. He’s not really a striker though and usually plays his best on a left of a three. We do neet wingers though but I would think a right sided one would be more useful considering us having aarons on left, providing he stays fit.

    Rudiger would be a very good signing but I can’t see him coming to us, can see a big team coming in for him if he was to move. Erg. Chelsea or bayern. I keep saying this but we need kamil glik a real dominating cb in the terry and vidic mould. He is 27 but for me that’s the perfect age for me. For thos who haven’t seen him, he’s a leader, organiser, big and strong. Very under the radar type of player. Torino fans sing a song about being hardcore like kamil glik lol, so I guess that tells you he is solid.

  • 132 Ibizatoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Nice to see some photos of Wijnaldum with a Toon shirt – actual news rather than speculation.

    I wonder if any photos were taken of the mystical line? They best not have lost it again.

  • 133 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM


    I’m not sure I follow your logic.

    Are you saying we should say we AREN’T trying to win the league?

    Ashley mentioned Champions League, not me.

    The door of your hutch is open. And you still dare not even think of going outside.

  • 134 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    So we need an rb, cb and striker.
    Ideally add another cb and striker too.

    Byram, Rudiger, Mitrovic
    Veltman/Van Dijk, Austin

  • 135 will die for the toon army // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:41 AM


    Toite and Abeid are good but Toite will stop the development of Abeid. Sell Tiote.

    Biggy is being drafted as a RB

  • 136 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Great short video of Gini walking into SJP for the first time.

  • 137 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    I don’t think we’ll sell Tiote and I hope we don’t sell Marveaux who needs to be given a chance. Mcclaren may think he can get the best out of Tiote.

    Thought that Jamie Sterry was gonna be given a chance to prove himself this season now that he’s signed a pro contract

  • 138 nightfa11 // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Id keep vuckic..not cos im a slovenian.. But the guys probably on 5k/w..and he has potential..

    Our squad is quite big we need to sell colo, willo, marveaux, goufrann, tiote, cisse,saylor, rivi, ferguson,elliot,obertan ..their wages must cost our club ALOT..400k/w?..X 52 = 20 mio + per year..and we just dont get anything in return.. so get rid..

    Krul,darlow, Young gk
    Haidara,Janmaat, dummet, lescalles, new cb x2
    Colback,sissoko, Anita,winaljdum, abeid,sdj, cabella, bigi, vuckic,aarons
    Perez,mitrovic, berahino,armstrong

    Colback and Anita can also play as fbs
    Bigi can replace tiote with an ease..considering tiote form..

  • 139 Ibizatoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    BandB..I heard recently that rabbits throw one of their young out first, in case any predators are out waiting to pounce.

    I suppose risking one of the lowly members is big picture thinking, but it doesn’t sit right with me. The b*st*rd creatures. They’re so cute too.

    Then again….someone could have just made it all up.

  • 140 funkness // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    @Ronaldo Aarons

    I was the one mentioning N’Tep, as I do not quite understand, why so many want us to sign 2 strikers when only one at a time will play.

    1 striker and a wide forward makes more sense, I believe. Apart from Aarons, who’s fitness is a worry, we don’t have anyone of real quality for the LW / LF role ..

  • 141 expatmag // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM


    Then why is his brother here when he apparently plays for some turkish team?

  • 142 Belfast // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Ibizatoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:39 AM

  • 143 Belfast // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    That was an exclusive picture.

  • 144 Ibizatoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Belfast…That can’t be it. I’m sure our line now says “Please let us buy you, we’re desperate to spend money and win things now – Cross me baby!”

  • 145 chasing_rabbits // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Yeah he didn’t say we were actively trying to qualify for it. I think he said something along the lines of, if we do qualify for the CL, that also counts as “winning something”. Not quite the same as actually winning something though. It would be a tremendous achievement, but it wouldn’t get me to Wembley.

    No I didn’t say that, you did. Well actually first you said we should be aiming as high as possible (I.e. 1st place) them a few posts later you changed your mind and said we should just target European places because that way we have a better chance of finishing 8th. I was actually just trying to understand YOUR logic.

    What I’M saying is, they’ve set what I would say is a realistic (maybe even slightly ambitious) target for their first season in charge, which if they achieve it gives them the foundations to build for the following season to climb the table again and work towards the CL qualifying places. The league is too competitive now to jump straight in and say, “right champions league this year then” when we’re still a way behind even challenging for 8th at the minute if you ask me.

  • 146 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    This largely anti-ashley blog wants to give the regime more time to challenge for a champions league spot. 8th wins you nothing. No cup. Not even a badge.

    Ashley said he was going to bolt the horse to the cart and go for a Champions League spot. So, whats stopping him spending big this summer and going for it? He’s already got his own choice of manager and back room staff that he believes can take us there.

    His biggest critics on this blog are the ones most vocal in saying, “Hang on a minute. Top 4 is too ambitious. We can’t realistically aim for that this season. Give Ashley a break. If we aim for 8th and get it, I’ll be happy. It shows progress.” You couldn’t make it up.

    Mickalfas says to me, “… if you think we’re going to catch the top 4 ,your deluded.” That completely misses the point. I’m not predicting we’re going to catch the top 4. I’m the one who keeps saying the squad needs a massive overhaul. I’m not getting carried away with one signing, getting excited snd writing starting line ups and team formations. I’m simply saying that with real ambition, substantial investment in the transfer market, and canny coaching and stewardship, it should be the target.

    You rarely get what you want in life by aiming lower than your target. I don’t hear motivational speakers saying don’t be ovetly ambitious in your first year.

    Of course, it might be that Ashley was paying lip service. A top 4 shout is just grandstanding. Many of you appear to be happy to take the gradual approach and give your anti-hero plenty of time. Already the news of a decent signing has brought a change of attitude. A few more signings and the protests will disappear. I said as much at the end of last season.

  • 147 ronaldo aarons // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM


    I do agree we need some wingers, I’ve been saying this for ages. Like you say we have aarons but have no one else in case he gets injured. We have no one at all on the right. This is why I think we keep being linked to thauvin who is generally a winger and plays a little more on the right. Cabella is not a winger. Also we’ve been linked with rolan of Bordeaux who I rate a lot. He is not a centre forward, like those who haven’t seen him play say, and usually plays on the right of a three. He too is worth looking at. He has a knack of ghosting in from the right to score goals and is clever in his movement as he is usually not picked up. Very good player. Quite Suarez esque in his movement actually.

  • 148 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Okay rabbits…

    I can see I’m way out of my depth with you……..


    “His biggest critics on this blog are the ones most vocal in saying, “Hang on a minute. Top 4 is too ambitious. We can’t realistically aim for that this season. Give Ashley a break. If we aim for 8th and get it, I’ll be happy. It shows progress.” You couldn’t make it up.”

    Which biggest critics are these then?

  • 149 Ibizatoon // Jul 12, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Blackley…Seems a lifetime…

    I thought McClaren was Charnleys and Carrs choice?

  • 150 BandB // Jul 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM


    For years I have been asking Ashley to change his ways or do one.
    Now he just MAY be changing his ways.
    If he finally gives me what I want, why should I be embarrassed?
    Surely, it would be him that has learned a lesson?

  • 151 chasing_rabbits // Jul 12, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Perfect timing Blackley, its almost as if you knew!

    I’ll be honest, I can’t even be arsed to read that so i’ll respond with this, and I quote: “Its all about opinions”

  • 152 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    ledge at 97

    cabaye went on strike!!!

  • 153 bigmike23 // Jul 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Why are we not trying to sign Javier Hernandez? He would be a great striker. Great poacher who would scrore plenty of goals for us. If he travels to america maybe wel try our luck while we are on tour out there

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