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Review – Newcastle Have Done Well – But Still Need More Players

1:40 pm, Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

Newcastle have done well so far this season in getting two top players through the door – Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic – and they cost £27M for the two, and we should be able to get Chancel Mbemba signed by the end of the week once the FA gives approval for his visa.

That’s three good players through the door for around £35.5M – but we still need three more good players for it to be the summer transfer window we were all hoping for.

georginio wijnaldum
mitrovic at newcastle

Wijnaldum and Mitrovic already signed

It’s hard to criticize Mike Ashley so far for not paying out the money, with our two signings being the third and fourth most expensive in Newcastle’s history, and we are supposed to be zoning on on Charlie Austin, and according to various reports are trying to do the deal this week – maybe offering Haris Vuckic in part exchange.

So with 10 days to go before the Premier League season starts, fans will be happy enough if we get Chancel through the door to make it three good players signed this season – all starters for the team – since they are better than what we already have.

The next target has to be Charlie Austin, so we get two strikers in this summer, and then we need a top class center-back as the next highest priority.

We’ve been linked with some excellent center-backs including Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, Schalke’s Joel Matip, Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour, Ajax’s Joel Veltman and Dynamo Moscow’s Douglas – a former target of ours.

Either one of those center-backs would improve the Newcastle back four,  with center-back being our Achilles heel for a few seasons now .

It’s not just last season that we leaked too many goals, but over the last three seasons we conceded 190 goals  – which is simply terrible – and a pointer to Steve McClaren as to the big weakness with the Newcastle team.

A top center-back will make it four players through the door, and then maybe a couple of midfielders – or even a versatile right back who can play across the back four would be good.

Steve McClaren has said more than once that if the right players are not available, Newcastle will not bring in players just for the sake of it – and that seems OK.

But it does look like this January window will offer an opportunity for Newcastle to get some players into the club, although it’s more difficult to do half way through the season.

Three more good players in addition to the three we already have could make this the best transfer window seen at Newcastle for many years.

We’d also like to see a couple of our center-backs who have experience in the Premier League stay at the club – as well as Papiss Cisse.

With Papiss, that’s even if we get two strikers in because we need a strong squad this season, and we should keep some our players who can still do a job for us – assuming we can afford the wage bill.

The hard stuff then starts when we meet Southampton a week on Sunday and hopefully challenge for the top eight – and try to win a cup.

If we have Mbemba and Charlie though the door by then, it should be a sell-out at St. James’ Park, and hopefully we can start the season with all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bob // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Newcastle,have just had a bid for Thauvin, rejected from Marseille.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Out Ashley!

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    I’ve had the exact same exchanges. Many armchair fans don’t get it. They organise boycotts from other countries and have never been to SJP in their lives, never mind living through the rank bad times. What gets me, and clearly gets you, are those who slag ST holders off for giving Ashley their money.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    And now some of these boycotters are claiming credit for Ashley spending some money. Somewhat delusional.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I wasn’t having a pop at anyones age just the I’m a better supporter because I stood in the cold at Shrewsbury yarn.
    Who had to be pulled by whom on Carvers accent, I remember jeff from benwell getting particularly irate over my taking the mick over how thick John Carver came accross, I have a strong Geordie accent my self.
    You talk about the NUST like they are an anti establishment organisation where the reality is that they want the best for the club and its supporters. You are a Thatcherite and Ashley is a love child spawned from her policies and you can’t seperate him from OUR club.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    any linc’s for game tonight ?

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    You take solace in the fact that you knew Pardew would be sacked along with Carver at the end of last season and that Ashley would have appeared on TV because he felt it was about time.

  • 9 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    This concept of armchair fans not loving something as much because they have never been there, or not go as regularly amuses me………….I suppose expats are less loyal to the country they moved out of because they dont see it everyday. I suppose I love my mum more than my brother because I went round last week and he didn’t….please, come on. Is there really a discussion to be had here

  • 10 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    Yes, what he said isn’t great, but it coincides with how a lot of toon fans felt during the end of last season. Where they were saying that they would love us to get relegated if it meant Ashley went.

    But that’s what football does to you, if it feels like something is stopping the potential in your team, and that the passion and soul is being ripped out of the club-commonly used term on here- then a normal reaction to something you love is to stand against that!

    I don’t have a problem with the people that go to games because its your money and you are free to do with what you like. I don’t buy that he just decides to change his ways after 8 years of the same shjte. I believe the fans caused a change and it was great to see us connected as fans rather then disjointed as the norm, mainly due to the lack of communication by the club!

  • 11 croftus5678 // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    3 great signings so far but i do agree we need atleast 2 more signings ! another cb and a right winger imo unless cabella shows he’s worth 12mil on the right wing that is.

    saying that if we get 3 signings of this quality without letting any of the better players go every window i will be a very very happy boy.

    sign rolando up now ffs.

  • 12 Barton // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Still waiting on my ST,contacted the ticket office and was told they were sent out last friday,well i’m still ruddy waiting lol

  • 13 Derek // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Ed reckons fans will be happy enough if we get Chancel through the door to make it three players signed this season.

    Who else agrees with this?

    How about a poll Ed?

    “Will you be happy if Winjaldum, Mitrovic and Mbemba are our only signings for this season?” Yes/No.

  • 14 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Those 3 aren’t enough, attacking should be fine but I worry badly for the defence. Chancel needs to adapt remember, not looking good! But there is still time.

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    B&B. I’ve always maintained there are levels of supporters. There’s those who go to overseas friendly tours, like the late john and liam and others. Those who go home and away. Those who go to home games, and armchair fans. We are all fans together, but like it or not, ST holders help to keep the club alive. Without fans who attend home games, there would be no club – dead simple. If it wasn’t for those fans, armchair fans – who love the club equally – wouldn’t have a team to follow. I’m a ST holder and proud of it. Why fans who aren’t ST holders feel the right to tell those who are, to give it up is beyond me completely. Nor will they ever succeed with me – or you obviously. I know my fiery temper probably doesn’t help me much, but it’s just passion, nothing more. That idiot – a milder word than I would like to use – who wants to see the club die, rather than Ashley own it, just got my goat totally. How can people who don’t go, boycott games? I’ve heard it all now 😉 Loyal fans have never been the problem. Boycotters are not the problem. Ashley has been the problem, but if he’s now prepared to pay for quality players, why should we care where the money comes from?. I’m a football fan, not a politician.

  • 16 Magpie Season // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    From a previous post:

    Palmer – ‘If we sign otamendi you guys can all shag my wife’.

    Mate, what if we win a trophy?

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Barton, if it doesn’t show up, go to the box office on the matchday with proof of id and they’ll gladly issue a new one and cancel the old one. It happened with my son once and we had no problems.

  • 18 tweaked // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I will be happy if just get another CB to partner chancel.. colo and taylor as their backup

    going forward i think we have some goals, the dutch link up of De jong and ginio could be our rijkard and bergkamp mix

    we cannot afford to hemorrhage goals like we have the past couple of seasons

  • 19 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    The 3 players we have are not enough and I think most supporters would go along with that. There is an argument we can make it to January and reassess. Whilst we tend to always have an injury crisis I think its fair to say that Collo, Taylor, Willo, Mbemba (if/when signs), Dummett, Janmaat and Haidaira would all be able to cover the relevant positions even if there were injuries and suspensions up to January…………….problem is the defence would be as bad or worse than last year and we are putting all our faith in coaches getting more from the players we have.

  • 20 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM


    Is there a reason you have ignored my post? Just wondering…

  • 21 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    When you find yourself getting furious as all genuine supporters do , remember there is no safeguard in place to stop Mackems posting on this blog .
    You must have Mackem acquaintances, as do I , that really hate the Toon ,yet have an unbelievable knowledge of our goings on and personnel.
    Again no names no pack drill but the law of averages dictates there must be some that infest this blog

    Flipping Heck Australia 82 for 5

  • 22 Terry // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Being blunt I simply don’t recognise some people on here as the type of fan I’ve been going to the match with for years.More like squabbling school girls who are trying to prove who’s dads biggest.This is a football blog?

  • 23 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM


    I’m boycotting and have been for a couple of years, I have no issues with those that wish to go to watch games etc. The only time I’ve felt let down by some of those was when they’d sit silently for 90 mins. If you go support the team, protest against Ashley etc.

    If Bobby or others wish to attend who am I to tell them not to? However if things start going south and quick then these are the very souls we will require in SJP to lift us or protest against Ashley. Both parties are right in there own ways on this, those that attend because they love the club and can see some sort of change (hopefully) and those like me who think it’s only a matter of time with MA before the circus comes back into town. We need to unite as fans!!

  • 24 Our Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    But no one should be chastising someone for attending and vice versa not attending. I’d love to go watch mitrovic but won’t back down until I see Ashley do a complete 180….could take the fat git some time though

  • 25 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Exactly Our Toon, agree completely!

  • 26 croftus5678 // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    @12 derek

    my view is ;

    at the start it was 5 signings min knowing or thinking i knew we would not get them !

    they included 2 strikers 2 cb’s and a winger.

    however i never expected we would actually sign 3 players nvm the quality of those 3 that we have got ! which brings me to another problem i now have.

    now that we have players that can push for europe we need a full 11 of them min to be able to get there or risk losing them !

    i’m i happy with the 3 ? yes
    do i think we need more ? yes
    is 3 enough to get us into europe ? not imo
    and will not getting into europe mean our better players leave next year making it very hard to get this much quality again ? imo yes

  • 27 Barton // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I will do/be m8.,its the grief of the Mrs thats doing my head in,she hates me “wasting” as she puts it the money,but thats what i get for marrying a makum i supose lol.

  • 28 nightfa11 // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I dont think our defence is worse then last years..

    Lescalles to replace willo (everyones better than willo, so..even if lescalles is not experienced, hes already better)
    Mbemba to replace colo..

    And also..If we start playing possesion football and not hoofball.. Our defence wont be exposed as much..

    But we do need another tall quality cb..

  • 29 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Ah well barton, self inflicted injuries lmao, 🙂

  • 30 magscar // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM


    Agree with you about level of fans but would add that the level at which you are at is governed by not only your passion. I am thinking of financial, geographical and family commitments for example which can sooner or later affect your passion.

    I admire your personal commitment given your circumstances and although I give up my ST a while ago for personal reasons I totally agree with you that it isn’t for others to call those who still go.

    On the boycott I have said previously that it IMO it was of no more than a minor impact and still wonder where we would be at if Crystal Palace hadn’t come calling after sacking Warnock. Would Pardew still be here? Those who backed the success of the boycott presumably would say he would still be gone but I am not so sure.

  • 31 Ian Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    mrtuff- I am responding to your silly and misrepresenting post because I sense your not in a good place. Is it alright for you to liken me by name to all sort of historic villains and not expect a jokey response. Well it had the desired impact because it shut you up, albeit briefly.
    It was such a proposteros claim that a reasonable person would assume it was a joke- I have no knowledge of your whereabouts and have no wish to learn. Your behaviour is mildly irritating but nothing I can’t deal with when the need arises. You are a moth to a flame with your irascible unprovoked outbursts. You are the biggest elephant in the room and your actions and ill mannered behaviour has driven countless toon football fans from the blog. Bills being one – these are people who have been bullied. This is not apparently, seemingly but actually. In the real world it would not be tolerated. You’ve simply lost any sense of fair play that you might have had.
    I more than satisfied Ed nearly 3 years ago over any suggestion of bad behaviour. Since when you and your cohort have adopted a policy of linking me with countless posters – I notice that frequently it has been shortly after they have had a disagreement with you. You pride yourself with having forensic skills but not in respect to me I assure you. Ask yourself what would be the point I believe I can support my own claims and arguments as I am required to do on a daily basis in the real world.
    Mr Tuff – I don’t eat children and bathe in the blood of the poor. Stop your silly and childish taunts and claims. You should understand human nature and that lies do not bother the self assured.

  • 32 croftus5678 // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    @27 night

    i dont think its all bad tbh as we all said colo needs a faster partner besides him as he reads the game well and tbh he now has that in mbemba and lescalles who is still a way off what he should be but as you say he’s still better than willo !

    theres no doubt our defence is better than last year and tbf i think its now on par with the mid table teams !

    however it could be on par with the top 6 with just a little more 😉

  • 33 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Jib loves to sh** stir doesn’t he……bullied my ar**

  • 34 Ian Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    90 for 6

  • 35 magscar // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Been waiting for the conspiracy theorists to link BandB and her alter ego of BobbyBee – one went quiet when other emerged on here. Only joking 😉

    All this multiples stuff plays with you head.

  • 36 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Think the lad a t Celtic, van Dyk, would be quality addition to our squad

  • 37 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Multiple posters blah blah blah

  • 38 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Ian toon – You talk crap as well….lies dont bother the self-assured……please

  • 39 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Yes officer I lied to you…..but if you were self assured it would not matter…..not my fault guv’nor

  • 40 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Multiple-personality disorder

    A rare dissociative disorder in which two or more personalities with distinct memories and behaviour patterns apparently exist in one individual.

  • 41 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    snarky crowd here today…

  • 42 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:48 PM


    We haven’t signed anyone for a while and now that Pardews not here to take the flack, it was only a matter of time before we turned on each other 😉

  • 43 Ian Toon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Off key ???

  • 44 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Dok not Dom, damn auto correct

  • 45 JamesToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Saints got caulker on loan

  • 46 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Multiple posters blah blah blahh

  • 47 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Sorry Ian I don’t want to prolong the agony but that Pushy Pardew exchange is difficult to shed. Perhaps it was a drunken misprint I don’t know. But I’ll leave it at that, I’m actually not trying to jump on any ‘ multiple poster’ bandwagon, in the end I do only like to comment on footy things and share the odd joke, I’m not really too keen on vendetta it’s exhausting. I think we’ve exchanged a few constructive posts in the past, probably time to move forward.

  • 48 JackButler // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM


    Going on previous form, does that mean that Southampton are going down this season? The lad does seem to be a bit of a Jonar

  • 49 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Ian toon – sick of seeing the bullied word bandied about, Jib slyly calling posters Mackems is fine but anyone outing Jib as being Jeff the liar…..which HE IS!!!!…..gets called a bully. Same with you to an extent, multiples would not get mentioned if the alter egos didn’t keep on appearing makes jibes but they do.

  • 50 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:54 PM


  • 51 Jack // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Multiple posters blah blah blaaaaaaaaah

    Give the blog a BREAK!

    Just saying…

  • 52 Derek // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    croftus @25,

    I had the same idea of the players we needed coming into this window, 2 CBs, 2STs, 1 Winger.

    However, I’m still sitting on the fence as I really have not seen enough of Wijnaldum, Mitrovic or Mbemba to make an opinion up on how decent they will be. Also, I’m cautious because none of them have played in the premier league before and how they will adapt. For example, they might adapt poorly somewhat like what we’ve seen of Riviere or Cabella.

    It’s definitely good to see Ashley appears to be spending more than usual (which should be expected considering last season), but I can’t say I’m happy unless we have a solid back 2. Mbemba and Lascelles have potential but also uncertain. I think for the money we have spent so far, we should be able to upgrade from Colo and move him to the bench as he caused a lot of problems for us last season imo.

  • 53 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Those fans who follow the team home and away are better fans than I am. A point I was making recently. I cant understand those who wanted to see the club relegated in order to get rid of Ashley. It suits their narrative to say their boycotts helped Ashley to open the purse strings. Nothing to do with the fact he nearly lost £100m. You just had to see Charnley’s and Ashley’s celebrations on the last day to see what a scare they had.

  • 54 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    OffKey is Overtheline
    I’m pretty sure
    Ha Ha Ha

  • 55 Offkey // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Uncle Jib being mischievous as usual

  • 56 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Sorry jack, i missed it somehow! It’s beyond not great, it’s ludicrous. Not everyone gives a toss about politics mate, some things won’t change regardless of what we do. There’s actually a hell of a lot of fans who think Ashley has been good for the club, believe it or not. Despite all the noise, the boycotters are a minority amongst the fans who attend games. Most realise Ashley will go when he’s good and ready and not a minute sooner. He tried to run the club like his other businesses and couldn’t understand why it failed. He’s now accepted defeat and given the reigns over to football people. He accepts he got things wrong and took the blame – on the outside at least! How genuine he is, only time will tell. It will take a time before any of us truly believe him, if ever. A lot of ‘boycotters’ don’t go anyway, so it’s easy for them. For us complete addicts, cold turkey isn’t an option! Once the holiday period is over, the size of the crowd will dictate if that many have boycotted. I suspect not a lot, because Toon fans are notoriously
    loyal. We may hate Ashley, but we love our football more. More to the point, we’re realistic. Change has arrived in the shape of a new coaching set up and money being spent on quality players. Will it last? Time will tell again. From my position up here, I don’t think the boycott had any effect on his thinking whatsoever, he was protecting his investment. Don’t forget, he has spent a fair whack and doesn’t want to lose that. Football is no longer ‘jumpers for goalposts’ etc, it’s big business. Don’t forget also, if Roman ever calls his debt in at Chelsea, they’re finished forever. They owe him over a billion. Times have changed and we either change with it or go under. Business is king now. Money rules. I suggest we see how it goes and then pass judgement.

  • 57 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Would even have taken him on loan as well !!

  • 58 Magpie Season // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Bloody Jimmy Anderson!

    What if Rogers missed this test…

  • 59 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Bobbybee – “Most REAL fans couldn’t really care who owns the club, because there’s nothing we can do about it. ”

    Really? I think you do yourselves, the REAL fans a disservice. The half hearted boycott antics of a reasonable section of the paying public got Mike to heavily invest in PR and it’s associated stunts. As a former Season Ticket holder, or former REAL Fan you might say, I do believe that ignoring the issues is not the ideal way to see your club being a success. In days gone by we were unsuccessful because we were woefully underfunded. Hence rubbish and in lower Division football, in an era where the revenue was almost entirely funded by club receipts. This is a completely different era and financial climate, in which a billionaire owner with a sizeable cash cow with much more diverse revenue streams has been running the sporting institution down while maximising profit, with little focus on the team as a football entertainment concern. It’s in the power of all those with disposable income our grandfather’s would never have dreamed of to vote with our wallet.

  • 60 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    All these newspaper inches devoted to Armstrong being the next big thing!!

    He Aint, he will never be good enough for the PL, totally overated, another Adam Campbell and wouldnt be surprised to see him benched at Coventry before the month is out.

  • 61 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Magscar, whilst i willingly accept to being a total schizophrenic, i assure you i am not a multiple poster. Are we? No we damn well aren’t! 🙂

  • 62 bettyswallocks // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Vuckic in. Multiple posters oot!

  • 63 Jib // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    110 for 8 Bugger me !!!!!

  • 64 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    JB, well said..

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Jib………didn’t realise you were that way inclined.

  • 66 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    by the way, for blog information, I am outing that check the toastie, is actually toastie the check..

    just saying 🙂

  • 67 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Tsunki, did i say real? Sorry, i meant fans. If you believe it’s making a difference, I have no problem with you carrying on. Myself, I don’t, but that’s what opinions are all about. Hartlepool have a hardcore of fans who would love better, but they still turn up bottom or not. I get that. I’d be the same if we were down there. The majority of boycotters arrived with KK and feel cheated that is no longer the same. I get that also, but I’m 58 and we haven’t won a domestic trophy in my lifetime. Bizarrely, if this change is for real, our first trophy might well come under Ashley! I’ll take that as well! Honestly mate, i’ve no time for politics and the majority feel as I do. There might have been 30% less ST sales. That still leaves 70% who have renewed. Some of those who didn’t renew have done so now. I just want to see my team do well, but accept that we might not. That’s football. We go into this season stronger, not just from the three terrific new signings, but also with De Jong and Aarons fit and flying. Cliche i know, but they are like new signings because they didn’t play last season. You do it your way, i’ll do it mine. Nobody is 100% right or wrong, just different matey.

  • 68 croftus5678 // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    @51 derek

    thats fair enough and some good points in there.

    having seen mitrovic/wijnaldum and a small amount of mbemba then tbf to the scouts ect they would be the perfect fit for the prem imo and if they dont work out then it would prove myself wrong also and i could not be a critic of the club when i could do no better myself.

    i wish we would play just one game as what macca wants to play with so as the fans can see what the team may be like in all areas for the season ! obv mbemba still has issue’s but i hope he and colo can get a game side by side before the season starts so we will better know if it will work or not.

    so far its 100% williamson with whomever will not work and the same goes for satka.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Ian Toon – wading my way through that crap you wrote I detect that you are now admitting to being a liar in respect of your slurs – although you could not say it in as many words.
    In respect of bullying people off the blog and in particular bills -what a load of tribe -bills is robust enough to look after himself – he did himself say there was illness in his family which caused his absence – but you obviously know better -being an intellectual professional with a high IQ. It is a robust football blog not a shelter for little tinkerbelles like you.
    You still remain a spiteful trickster, looking at any angle to cause friction -and a psycho as well -they never admit guilt either. Be off with you – a scoundrel if I ever saw one.

  • 70 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Magscar @. 29 there’s no doubt in my mind that the protests if not solely the boycotts would have gathered momentum had Pardew stayed and the status quo remained. Even more if we had gone down the pot to the championship. I think the club may have had to sack Pardew by season end and do what they’re doing now to avoid a half empty ground for most of their championship matches.

  • 71 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Check, Arma is going to be a star. I’ve watched him grow. You can’t judge on his cameos, when he had the ball lumped up to him. He’s only 18 ffs. He’s a truly natural. U18, U21’s, England U17’s and U18’s – goal after goal after goal. Most of them crackers. Loads of talent to burn. Enjoy that humble pie in a couple of years 😉

  • 72 lesh // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    As Caulker appears to be out of QPR, it provides an option to offer Willo as a makeweight in the Austin offer?

  • 73 check the toastie // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Bobbybee – no humble pie for me, not quick enough, not strong enough and not technical enough.

    Not Good Enough. 🙂

  • 74 lesh // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    So it’s harder to buy players in January?

    Given our record in the January sales, it’s easy for the other 19 Prem clubs!

  • 75 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Check, none of the above mate! Check out his goals, they speak for themselves. Fooking AWESOME!!!!! 🙂

  • 76 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Check, behave ya sen, he’s only 18 and still growing on every level. Check out his goals on youtube, they speak for themselves. He’s AWESOME!!!!! 🙂

  • 77 Tsunki // Jul 29, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    it’s probably a difficult one to call on all but the obvious culprits, but there’s probably a case for giving some of those virtually written off under the previous archaic regime a chance to see if further development is possible. In Armstrongs defence, he’s probably frustrated at the cameos he has struggled to make an impact in, given he was shoved into a badly organised and truly awful side most of the time. I can’t see the likes of Ferguson making that much headway, but at least you can’t say SM hasn’t had a look at them.

    I still can’t quite get my head round not offering Jonas at least a year option though. SM didn’t seem to have much say in that.

  • 78 Bobbybee // Jul 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Gotta go chaps. Thank you all for a truly entertaining day, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself. Take care all of you.

  • 79 magscar // Jul 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM


    You may have been right if things had panned out as you surmise with a boycott growing.

    However I remain of the view that the major and overriding factor in Ashley’s world is the SKY money and it is/was putting that in jeopardy that would lead to the sack sooner or later.

    Boycotts are of course a nuisance to him because any business likes to maximise their income and empty seats are not wanted. To combat this he would reduce prices, make it difficult to buy tickets just for the biggest games. This has been done. Sacking a manager simply because of a boycott didn’t seemed to have worked as he backed Pardew when the Sack Pardew campaign was at it’s height.

    His statement before West Ham game amongst other things indicated to me that even if relegated that day he was not selling. Why say that then unless he meant it? He couldn’t influence ticket sales or the match outcome at that stage. It seemed to be a defiance of the boycotts.

    This of course is all hot air as they are only our varied opinions formed on our interpretations of the partial facts which are available and other information (including any club propaganda).
    None of us are privy to Ashley’s inner thoughts and even the business world in which he has immersed himself more can’t always fathom out.

  • 80 SuperShearer // Jul 29, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    What’s the deal with Memba? Still waiting on FIFA to get back off their holidays?

  • 81 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Afternoon guys, hope we are all well, after catching some morphine induced sleep I woke and caught up with the blog. I see more biting and arguing going on, as Vicky Michelle used to say “I shall say this only once”
    It is blatantly obvious the Jib is Jeff and even more blatantly obvious that Ian is Pushy Pardew, the evidence is there in black and white.

    On football, Nicolas Otamendi is a non starter for me, mashers won’t spend the money

  • 82 catchy in norway // Jul 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    I think Arma could be a decent player, along with Vuckic, Harris has just been unlucky on 2 fronts , injuries and p45 not know how to develop players, Adam also falls into the P45 category.

    from what I have seen in Adam is a busy type of player who likes to shoot, he works hard for the team.

    Harris for me is quality all round, but people are judging him on poor performances in a team that was not playing well and playing out of position,

    Harris’s big game for us was vs Liverpool, and he fluffed it, P45 expected him to do it all by himself :(,

    give them a quality coach and time , they will both do well

  • 83 JamesToon // Jul 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    The last of pardew’s clan is set to leave:

    @CraigHope_DM: I’m also hearing that goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is now set to leave NUFC & will be replaced by Eric Steele.

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