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We Want To Entertain And Make The Fans Proud

9:46 am, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

48 year-old Carlisle-born Paul Simpson is an experienced coach, and has worked with Steve McClaren for the last couple of years at Derby County, and Steve has said Paul is an excellent organizer.

Paul’s also been talking to the press quite a lot since  he joined us earlier this month and gives good interviews.

It’s hardly surprising that he is impressed with Newcastle’s terrific fans, and it’s good that he mentions the torment the fans have been through – especially in the second half of last season, which was as close to a living nightmare you will ever get.

Paul simpson Steve McClaren

Paul Simpson with Steve McClaren

In fact at one point after we were hammered 3-0 at Leicester and finished up with nine men on the field after Williamson and Janmaat had been sent off (our 8th defeat ion a row)  – I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t died and ended up in hell.

At the time it really looked like it was written in the stars that with only three games remaining we’d lose the lot and be relegated – thankfully that didn’t happen and we got 4 points and only just survived.

Paul Simpson is getting acclimatized to things at Newcastle, and he had this to say in the Chronicle today:

“The fans are fantastic.” “When you are on the outside at other clubs you know what the support is, magnificent.”

“When you think what they have been through it is incredible they are so loyal.”   “We can’t promise the world and a big shake-up but we want to entertain and give them something to be proud of.”

“We want the players to be proud to wear the shirt like the fans.” “Hopefully over time we can do that.”

“The spirits are very good.” “This has been a good part of the camp for us because we have had a few days and we are in a settled state.”

“We had a really good session considering the heat.” “We did find there was a bit of lull day because we are halfway through the trip.”

“But the players responded well to what we asked.” “We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel but it is slightly different to what they are used to.”

“We are hoping that once we get back and come into the last few games like Sheffield United and York, we will have a more settled pattern.”

It’s really chalk and cheese between the coaching of John Carver and Steve Stone, and the Steve McClaren team who are professional and are already changing the mood at Newcastle.

But we need five new players brought in this summer and then some of the current playing squad can be sold.

We have brought Wijnaldum in, and in the next day or two if we can get Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba through the door from Anderlecht, we’d be on track to having an excellent transfer window.

If that happens Newcastle will have spent £31M on transfer fees for three players – around £14.5M for Georginio, £11.5M for Mitrovic and £5M for Mbemba.

Once Newcastle have completed the incoming transfer business, we can let a few players move on and recuperate some money in the process.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 north_country_boy // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Anyone think we are trying for Mbemba for right back with the possibility of looking into moving Janmaat to centre half? He looked decent there last year but it would be a big step to change the position of an accustomed full back

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Buying a CB to play RB in order to play our RB at CB…am not sure I think ur right mate

  • 3 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    North country boy why would he do that when mbemba is a centre back lol

  • 4 J.M // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    I thought Mbemba was a good centre back?

  • 5 Nufc-83 // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    WWSBRD said it all!! North boy stop taking the meds or drugs you are on please.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    ” recuperate” some money! Is the money ill !!

  • 7 Nufc-83 // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I heard if we sign mitrovic he is going to be playing GK and Krull will be moved up top. Anyone else heard this one?

  • 8 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Apparently it is a work permit for Mbemba is the hold up now
    With the Congo being ranked 60 in the world they cannot use his caps as a lever.the club has to plead special circumstances (usually his income tax contribution is enough) but this transfer has more twist and turns than the Zambezi river.

  • 9 north_country_boy // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Apologies, made the mistake of checking Mbemba’s position on Wiki and it said right back…lesson no 1 – never believe Wiki! Suppose if we do get him it’s good to know he can play both positions as can Janmaat at a push if we are struggling with injuries in both positions

  • 10 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    nufc 83 i heard that mitrovic was going to do the owners job and mikes starting up top alongside charnley

  • 11 WWSBRD // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Now now tbf a load of people wanted to move Janmatt to cb

  • 12 lesh // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM


    Mbemba and twists and turns?

    The Congo river might be a more appropriate synonym don’t you think?

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Old Bobbybee sounds like old Blackley. At last a kindred spirit on here.

  • 14 stestickle // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    While we are talking to Anderlecht why not try and nik there head scout could save in a few years to come

  • 15 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    rotonda……. charnley did not turn down 2m from boro that was the asking price….. boro never followed it up

  • 16 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    what times are the flights from brussels today?

  • 17 mickalfas // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    If they want to entertain please give Willo a red platic nose ,and a blue curly wig ,so he can get used to his true vocation !

  • 18 Jib // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    I see Sunderland have set up an expat blog similar to this.
    You wouldn’t believe the number of hits they get from Peterlee and Hartlepool.

    Ha ha ha

  • 19 kakaobi // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    On Austin if we really want him we have no choice we have to offer £15m after all QPR are not short of a bob or two or we could wait it out and get him next season but when compared to other strikers going for about £30m think Austin is a bargain

  • 20 the broons // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    is it just me that thinks that mbemba just has the appearance of a good centre back. I remember when Blackburn signed Samba and I had never heardof him but the first thing i thought was “the guys a beast”. It’s them type of defenders that strike fear into the forwards which is half the battle.

    I still say to this day Fergie might have knew Jaap Stam and Vidic were both good centre backs, but I also think he intitially thought when he first laid eyes on them “they look scary”

  • 21 geordie157 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Mitrovic and mbemba would be great additions. Hopefully we’ll get two or three more after that but imagine some players will need to be loaned or sold first.
    Shame about Good being injured yet again, think he’ll end up being released then heading back to Australia or doing what streete is and trying to work back up the leagues.
    Connor Newton has signed for Cambridge, back with his old friend Ryan Donaldson.

  • 22 the broons // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I really can’t see all these transfer stories being true. I mean when has Ashley ever spent anywhere near 30 mil never mind 50-60. Unless of course a team is ready to bid near 20 million for sissoko.

  • 23 terencelim // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Spend money and get players in. Words are cheap.

  • 24 Nufc-83 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Broons maybe I’m gullible but I do think we will spend over 30m including any outgoing fees.

  • 25 north_country_boy // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Tbh I think Mitrovic would probably do a better job as owner than the current incumbent! Either him or Krusty The Clown!

  • 26 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Rémy Cabella not part of Newcastle manager’s plans
    According to L’Équipe, Newcastle United’s Frenchman Rémy Cabella is not part of new manager Steve McClaren’s plans for the forthcoming season.

    Unfortunately, after suffering a tear in his quadriceps, the player will now miss 6-8 weeks, and it will be difficult for him to find a new club as a result of this.

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    I’d be surprised if there is no sales. They will be just holding off selling until they can bring in as many season tickets as possible. They have alot of convincing to do.

    Im sure the Toon have told interested clubs it will be next month for any departures.

    One thing with Ashley, if he is spending alot of dosh he will be making it aswell. For Mike Ashley to spend 40-60 mil and not make anything I’d pass out.

    That would mean he is actually building something on what we have.

  • 28 switch365 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Daily roundup –

    Mitrovic … the deal that’s off and on again more times per day than a Smoggie prossie’s knickers, appears to be back on … believe it when I see it.

    Bad news for Good … well actually the way I see it is bad news for Good but possibly good news for the Toon Army. Out of our current cb’s we have the following:
    1 perma-injured Good,
    1 perennially injured Saylor,
    1 liability Williamson,
    1 headless chicken Colocini
    1 Greener than freshly laid turf Satka
    1 Green as the Jolly Green Giant’s pubes Lascalles

    Requirements – 4 x P45
    3 x experienced cb’s THIS window, followed by 1 in January or before the start of the 2016/2017 season..

    Penfold needs to grow a pair of breasts and learn how to multitask on the signings/negotiations front.

  • 29 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Its little wonder our heads are done in eith ll tje rumours.
    Mitrovic is being chased by Chelski and could blow us away if they really mean business.
    Austin is only a day or so away from signing APPARENTLY, yet absolutely nothing has happened for a fortnight.
    Do suggest we are going for the 2 strikers in one transfer window is nuts tbh.
    How many bloggers actually believe that Ashley will spend near 30M on one position.?
    Its one or the other for me,and i hope i am yotally wrong,but i would,nt hold your breath on getting either of them over the LIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNE

  • 30 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    And so the bullshit continues.
    Chelsea are to persuade Mitz to join them.
    Could see that coming a mile off.
    All the bull about a double transfer from Belgium coming to us is just what it is ,TALK.
    All mouth no action ,that is NUFC.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:21 AM


    sorry my bad

  • 32 remember69 // Jul 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Ashley IN!!!!

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