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10:22 pm, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 90 Comments

Rob Lee has written in his column in the Chronicle today, that’s he’s upbeat on Newcastle for the coming season, following the signing three good players so far for £35M – but Rob – like a lot of fans – think we still need more players brought through the door before September rolls around.

In the past Rob has often been accused of bring too negative and he admits to that, but he’s quietly optimistic we can do well in Steve McClaren’s first season in charge at Newcastle.

rob lee

Rob Lee – a fit looking Rob Lee

This is some of what he has written in his Chronicle column:

“I’m quietly optimistic about Newcastle United, right now.” Yes, you read that right!” I’ve been accused in the past of being all doom and gloom about my old club, although you have to admit there hasn’t been a lot to get excited about for a few years.”

“But as the new Premier League season approaches, I’m more upbeat about Newcastle’s chances than I have been in a long while.” I’m not getting carried away.” There’s still a bit to do and a long way to go.”

“However, the signs so far this summer look good.”

“Steve McClaren might not have been every fan’s first choice but United needed a coach and there aren’t many about better than him.” He had a career blip with England, and then towards the end of last season with Derby County.”

“But in between time, he took himself off abroad, tested himself and rebuilt his reputation.” He’s proven himself a fine coach, and he’s someone I’ve always admired.” You can guarantee Newcastle will be more organised now.”

“Whether McClaren can get them playing more attractively, with more emphasis on attack, only time will tell.”

Steve McClaren mentioned last night on BBC radio that Mike Ashley has taken more of  a background role at the club, and certainly we seem to be doing well this summer in attracting good talent to the club.

If Mike Ashley’s role now is to allocate the money for every transfer window,  as he said during his Sky Sports interview in May, and he gives Newcastle a major portion of the profits to spend on new players, we could do well in future years.

It also looks like Newcastle are also prepared to spend in January, given how we do in the first half of the season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financials · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

90 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Aug 5, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    I swear Rob Lee’s face is getting bigger and bigger.

  • 2 SUTTY1978 // Aug 5, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Sissoko’s wide play suits setting up CM, he’S quite intelligent at picking out midfielders arriving late into the box or to the edge of the box. He set Cabaye up with countless chances. After Cabs left we didn’t have anyone arriving in those positions. Expect him and Wijnaldum to link quite well

  • 3 corkypants // Aug 5, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Thump i was jist thinking the same thing about rob lees massive face!!!!

  • 4 Our Toon // Aug 5, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    As much as most believe Colback and Anita are ready made replacements for Tiote the truth is they are very different to what he offers. Time after time midfielders score against us and it’s because Anita and Colback don’t track the runners they are busy pressing them instead especially Colback, opposition teams play triangles around him and then punish us with the space he leaves. It’s why in all the preseason games we were punished by midfielders and will continue to get done in league games.

    For all the ranting of shite defenders which we have can someone explain why more midfielders score against us than forwards?

  • 5 Spotlight Kid // Aug 5, 2015 at 10:47 PM


    Insightful stuff.

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    I see that Channel 4 have been banned from tomorrows press conference. Apparently the media have to submit their questions in advance (didn’t know that). C4 said they wanted to asked about the media being banned so the club banned them.
    I had thought all this mularkey had ended but clearly not.
    Might be because of the C4 Dispatches programme.

  • 7 lochinvar // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Celtic still have two qualifying ages to play before the main part of the Champions League is reached, their next game will be against one of these teams.
    Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
    Malmo (Sweden)
    Skenderbeu Korce (Albania)
    Astana (Kazakhstan)

    Van Dijk is I think on record as saying that he will try to help get Celtic into the play off stages. That success or failure may determine when and who he then ends up playing for next. Newcastle should sign him – Colo only has the legs for part of this season and will I suspect be gone by next season. Plan ahead is called for.

  • 8 soundoid // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    I’ve worked doing press conferences for the last 12 years or so and it’s pretty standard to submit your questions before the conference. Usually they just won’t field a question from you if it’s going to be difficult. The banning of certain portions of the media are unusual to say the least and in political circles would be deemed media suicide.

  • 9 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Mr Tuff – SD have agreed a deal to spend 300-400k more on advertising per year with Mirror Group, they get their logo all over the training center for a reduced fee.

    It is being slagged by most of the press as an assault on the “Freedom of the Press” to report subjectively, whatever they want. NUFC only want good news projected, non f the warts and all!!!

  • 10 beermonkey // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:22 PM


    chan4 don’t have a football show
    wonder what there making now

  • 11 Mister Tuff // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Graeme/Beer – thought that with the arrival of Wally all this stuff might have stopped. He appears to be relatively upfront and seems to want to be more open.
    But clearly there are other forces at play at SJP.

  • 12 soundoid // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Yeah Mike Ashley, and I don’t think Steve is up for biting the hand that feeds him quite yet. The Media thing is a farce they need a new Director of communications fast or this will get out of hand.

  • 13 JackButler // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    I am optimistic about the coming season, but I’d be far more optimistic if we signed a few more players

  • 14 Tsunki // Aug 6, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 15 Tsunki // Aug 6, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again. it’s nice to catch the odd waves of optimism and surf the swell of Stevie Macs’ brave new Toon vision, but just keep in mind the reality of the situation – it’s still Fat Man Ash Pan and his sycophantic goons running the stall. Expect to be pulled toward disappointment at any moment.

  • 16 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 6, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    See Messi having a go at Mapou last night against Roma in a friendly? Rung his neck.

    Can’t seem to find the challenge only Messi getting a hold of him bahh!

  • 17 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Mister Tuff

    All I see is the same old NUFC under MA. Like all companies that realise the tide is turning against them they opt for the best solution of rebranding to ensure punters return. By doing this it gives them time to say look we’ve changed when in all reality it’s built on the same foundations as the company/regime it took over. Ashley has made changes to make it look like things are different but look closer and all that’s changed is the faces that tell us the same stuff we’ve heard over the past 9 years.

    3 key signings were a must no matter what happened this summer, but still leaves us woefully short. 4 players left for 3 to come in so far, MYM, Santon, Gutierriez, Raylor. We will probably sign 1 more. Things like behaviour towards media etc all indicate nothing has changed, we’ve spent a few million more on good calibre of players but the TV deal also increased massively so the fees we’ve paid out are standard increase.

    Anyway those who are optimistic I hope you remain so, I’ll sit tight until I see some real change though

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Aug 6, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Our Toon – like quite a few I am not cautiously optimistic but probably hopefully optimistic. Didn’t want Wally really but he’s making all the right noises and has assembled what I think is a very decent backroom staff. Added to that all players are saying things now are different -suggests they were wrong previously.
    The defence is still rubbish -needs sorting.
    We always seem to make forward steps and then cock things up or there is a major gaffe.
    Really hard to gauge where we are now -changes in manager/coach, new players, new style, shocking pre season preparations.
    Sunday will show us a bit – I think we may get beat but hope not.
    Tubbs is still the puppet master though -the money spent so far is not a present from Tubbs it was in the bank and there to be spent anyway.
    Answers to questions will be on Sunday.

  • 19 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Mister Tuff

    On the pitch and McClaren etc is all positive I’m not going to say that’s still the same. Behind the scenes is where I feel things haven’t changed, the way the media is dealt with, any bad press and it’s automatic ban.

    The way we can only work on 1 deal at a time, no multi – tasking. Leaving the squad short in certain areas, ensuring we do the bare minimum in the transfer market to ensure safety. McClaren can only do so much though

  • 20 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 6, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    All we need is an injury or 2 in defence and our season will take a nosedive.

  • 21 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 6, 2015 at 2:49 AM

    Or a player sale or two in January if they can’t sell this window.

    The job of head coach/managers job is always made doubly difficult at NUFC because of the board.

    We have a history of making our situation worse and derailing campaigns where the top coach has to pick up the pieces.

  • 22 Reyantoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 4:28 AM

    While i’m happy whoever comes in,i’m also happy with the current squad.I think all the injured players are back.Mark Douglas claimed couple of days ago that he was told Newcastle will make another big signing between now and end of the current transfer window.I will be happy if that is a cdf,a mf or a wgr.I also agree with the claim they only sign if the right players are available because we don’t want to see another flop.The starting elevens against Bmg were good.If colo,mbemba and Tiote are fit,i will slot them straight in.Obertan looked great last time out,so deserves a start at left wing.we will have plenty options on the bench too,so… hope McLaren ‘ll use them wisely.First game is always important to have bright season!!

  • 23 jimmysmith // Aug 6, 2015 at 4:31 AM

    Very good pundit on Newcastle Rob Lee. Thoughtful plain dealer. Once played footy against him when he was playing for Charlton Athletic, then of the old first division, before sky invented football and when they toured Aussie on an end of season jolly. We kicked lumps out of them, and they took it philosophically, even in good spirit and won 3-2 in driving North Queensland rain.

  • 24 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 4:34 AM

    Obertan always looks good in preseason, always has done. It’s competitive games where he has a problem

  • 25 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    Many people thinks we should go for Xherdan, I don’t think we will sign him, and I hope we don’t.
    I watched Inter games and he didn’t really create much. He likes to cut inside then shoot from distance rather than crossing, that’s probably why he didn’t play much.
    If we are going to sign a player from Inter, I would recommend Nagatomo, he can play lb/rb/rw/lw. His crosses are good and he has tendancy to pop out from nowhere to score goals and he is very quick. He scored more goals and made more assists than Xherdan, and he is a WB.
    Another we should consider is Santon 😛

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Aug 6, 2015 at 5:09 AM

    I think our transfer window is done our squad looks crowded. You say we have quantity not quality but I can go with wat I have now. Top 10 can be achieved. The big question is can Wijnaldum and De Jong play on e same team.

  • 27 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    will die

    according to SM interview, yes they can.
    Moenchen game, Gini played alongside Collback and SDJ in front of them.

  • 28 jimmysmith // Aug 6, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Yeah, I think that’s the way we’ll line up on Sunday. Colback holding. Wijnaldum box to box, De Jong in the hole, most likely behind Cisse, Sissoko on the right and perhaps Obertan on the left, at least until Aarons or Cabella usurp him you’d imagine inevtably. Taylor alongside Mbemba, until Colo is match fit, if he doesn’t start in the place of one or the other. Tiote to go toe to toe with Colback for the holding role when fit, and probably win, forcing Colback into a more covering role.

  • 29 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    we will have great long distance shooters in the team, good free kicks. Not sure about who will take corners, SDJ didn’t take corners at Ajax, probably Gini.

  • 30 nut meg // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Final Position 9th
    Total Points 53
    F.A. Cup 5th Rd
    L.Cup 5th Rd
    1st Team Signings 5
    Ist Team Leavers 3
    Top scorer Mitrovic
    T.S. Goals scored 13

  • 31 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Final position in league: 14th
    Number of points in league: 44
    League Cup round: 3rd
    FA Cup round: 4th
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 4
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 11

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    Final Position 13th
    Total Points 47
    F.A. Cup 4th Rd
    L.Cup QF
    1st Team Signings 4
    Ist Team Leavers 2
    Top scorer Cisse
    T.S. Goals scored 12

    Could be tougher choosing the starting eleven for Sunday

  • 33 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    is there any news on the mbemba visa the longer he is out out of the uk the less chance he will play on sunday……. i still think we will start with taylor and willo only 2 with any game time

  • 34 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Didn’t he have to leave the UK this week to apply for his visa?

  • 35 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Mbemba already played against Moenchen at SJP.

  • 36 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    he still doesn’t have work permit?

  • 37 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    F**in hell never mined West ham getting Wembley Stadium for nowt
    they are getting the us the Tax Payer to pay for the maintenance and policing of the ground

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    The board said mistakes were made…the gave us a new manager and his own backroom staff!

    That part was a good move, but it does address why those mistakes were made and it seems we are willing to make ’em all over again.

    I don’t believe Wally was the right choice – don’t think he’s a great manager. The backroom staff is the good part – the saving grace maybe!

    What can Wally bring to this great club…better football I would hope, but that will probably be it. I am still not convinced of the big changes between Pardew and Wally (little more possession based football, same formation and the reluctance to stray from core of what he think is our best 11 😉 )

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    *does not address

  • 40 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    ron he was due a meeting in brussles at 2pm yesterday to apply…….. thougnt one of the papers might of pick it up……… he cannot re enter the uk without it

  • 41 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    santon he played 28 mins on loan……….. till he gets a visa

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Created a new fantasy football last night!

    …not sure why though 😀 I really stink at that game.

    Always forget to make match changes and get stuck with injured players…but this time I have stayed clear of Newcastle players (well almost)

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    hibbit…is your name a ode to the late great Terry Hibbitt?

  • 44 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I wonder if it’ll take long to complete the formalities.

  • 45 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Speaking of whom:

  • 46 Santon03 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:01 AM


    I see, thanks.

  • 47 cyprus // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    I get the doom and gloom. Years of crap can do that. But you, me, the PLAYERS more importantly, must believe we are CL material if we are to overachieve. Much smaller teams have done much better in the past. Result? They grew, they BECAME big teams. That’s how it works. Seemingly massive, invincible teams (and firms), make a couple wrong investments (or the opposite for small companies)and they go down.

    If I was Steve I would tell them: This… IS… NUFC! We will make history!

    Self-fulfilling prophecy man.

  • 48 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    jesper my man used to live next door to terry and his family

  • 49 nut meg // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    I seem to remember something about the visa taking next to no time once all the paper work is in place.All the same it’s time away from the training pitch that he can ill afford.

  • 50 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    ron if everthing is in order less then an hour but this is newcastle i worry they have’nt done there homework plus the never let us know one way or the other

  • 51 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    The general consensus among fans a couple of months ago was that £50 mill was the bare minimum that needed spending, and on 4 players.

    We have spend £35 or so on 3, and that looks to be it. It’s a failure, no two ways about it. We needed more and we haven’t got it.

    Willing to retract that if it happens, but not looking good.

  • 52 the broons // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    i know this doesn’t really concern us anymore but you see messi go for mbwias throat last night?

    Never thought i would ever see messi be in a situation like that, mbwia must have really riled him up.

    Ah and by the way yeah it was just a friendly.

  • 53 Ian Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Forecast outcome

    1. Chelsea
    2. Arsenal
    3 ManU
    4 Man C
    5 Liverpool
    6 Everton
    7 Stoke
    8 Spurs
    9 NUFC
    10 Swansea
    11 Palace
    12 Southampton
    13 WBA
    14 West Ham
    15 Villa
    16 Bournemouth
    17 Sunderland
    18 Leicester
    19 Norwich
    20 Watford

  • 54 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    nut meg
    Let’s hope he plays on Sunday.
    How not to organise a pre-season!

  • 55 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    We’ll have to watch for sightings!

  • 56 Transfer Sage // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Ian toon

    Here is my prediction for the league table this season.

    1 Chelsea
    2 Man utd
    3 Man city
    4 Arsenal
    5 Liverpool
    6 Stoke
    7 Spurs
    8 Southampton
    9 Newcastle
    10 Palace
    11 Swansea
    12 Everton
    13 West brom
    14 Villa
    15 West Ham
    16 Leicester
    17 Norwich
    18 Sunderland
    19 Watford
    20 Bournemouth

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:24 AM


    I wouldn’t describe this window as a failure, I think it’s done the bare minimum but done that quite well (if that makes any sense).

    There is still time for it to get better or worse but I’m ok with it now, not what was promised by Ashley though (or what people perceived was promised by him).

    We need another CB with good experience, around their prime. (I’d take williams from swansea if possible) and ideally a goal scoring winger.

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:25 AM


    Also have you seen the offer at William Hill? If you place a £2 bet predicting the prem league they will give you odds of 25million-1……it’s worth a shout really.

  • 59 martoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Morning – I now have predictions from:
    Take a Chancel on me
    Yorkshire Magpie
    dok – the horrid colonial
    Noel Worst
    Our Toon
    english yeoman
    check the toastie
    LewSpi v2.0
    Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t
    Jail for Ashley
    ronaldo aarons
    Small World
    toon kk
    nut meg
    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Have I missed anybody?

  • 60 Lindisfarne // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    “We’ve had long, long talks. “He (Colloccini) wants to stay here so I am delighted,”

    In other words he wants to run down his contract and return to Argentina.

  • 61 firebug666 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Well if we forget about Ashley now that he has ruled himself out of any blame at the club, in order to protect his parasitical company that is feeding freely on NUFC.

    We have to look at the board and wonder why?

    Why have we not addressed our poor defensive situation properly?

    Why does it take them weeks or even months to bring in players when other clubs do it in days? Especially as we are always informed we spend years scouting the right players.

    We were promised a summer clear out, did this only extend to the staff?

    I cannot understand that we have three football men on the board who seem to be blind, as they cannot see what the fans can, we still need to ship out the deadwood and bring in at least three more players.

    I think we might see an improvement in the football, but sadly no so much in the results. This is looking like a bottom half finish for us if things stay the same.

    I don’t think our results will improve much, but at least we will lose playing prettier football.

  • 62 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    You missed me, I think.

    Final position in league: 14th
    Number of points in league: 44
    League Cup round: 3rd
    FA Cup round: 4th
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 4
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 11

  • 63 Lindisfarne // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Transfer sage

    The bare minimum was/is 2 central defenders and a 2 forwards (CF or WA), on this count they are one down. But I agree the three first team signings are quality players and with the added ‘extra’ of a dynamic midfielder.

  • 64 firebug666 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM


    Finale League Position: 15th
    Number of points in league: 42
    League Cup: 4th
    FA Cup: 4th
    Number of first team signings: 3
    Number of first team leaving: 4
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top scorer 12

  • 65 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    A fellow optimist I see!

  • 66 mickalfas // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    If no more signings are made ,I really think there’s been no change to the clubs strategy
    1, sell on value
    2, bare minimum signings to ensure EPL survival
    3, to maximize season ticket sales
    The quality of the 3 signings is 100% better ,but for me its only keeping up with the opposition, not progress
    £35m in the premiership is peanuts ,for example Stirling

  • 67 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM


    Finale League Position: 14th
    Number of points in league: 43
    League Cup: 4th
    FA Cup: 4th
    Number of first team signings: 4
    Number of first team leaving: 4
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top scorer 12

  • 68 firebug666 // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:56 AM


    I really did try to be optimistic early in the transfer window, and buy into what the parasite had said on Sky TV.

    But having watched this transfer window so far I just feel we are well short of what we needed, There is no horse bolted to the cart, Charnley is pulling it himself, and the wheels are ready to come off.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think we have done enough, and with players yet to be outed there is still plenty of room for a disaster.

    On the bright side, I think we will avoid relegation.

  • 69 stan anderson // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Ron Knee,i remember Terry Hibbit supplying Supermac with the long balls for him to latch onto and knock in the goals.Burnley had a good central defender Colin Waldron and i remember Supermac carrying him on his back as he latched onto Terry’s pass and scoring in the FA CUP semi at Hillsborough,1974.Happy memories and a trip to Wembley ,not so happy though.I’ll never forget those players,shame we did’nt win anything .We need another trip to Wembley and bring back a trophy,
    Ashley OOT.

  • 70 jasper // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Final position in league: 8th
    Number of points in league: 58
    League Cup round: Final
    FA Cup round: 6th
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 5
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 1 (not counting Ryan/Jonas)
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 19

  • 71 cyprus // Aug 6, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Here’s what the experts predict. We WILL prove them wrong.

  • 72 jasper // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Reposted as forgot Martoon’s name


    Final position in league: 8th
    Number of points in league: 58
    League Cup round: Final
    FA Cup round: 6th
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 5
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 1 (not counting Ryan/Jonas)
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 19

  • 73 martoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Sorry Ron Knee but I have your predictions now and firebug666 & hibbit!

  • 74 coatesy17 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM


    Final Position 8th
    Total Points 54
    F.A. Cup Quarter-final
    L.Cup Semi-Final
    1st Team Signings 4
    Ist Team Leavers 2
    Top scorer – Mitrovic
    T.S. Goals scored 14

  • 75 coatesy17 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    And mine Martoon? 😛

  • 76 martoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    and Jasper 🙂

  • 77 mickalfas // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Let’s hope the attacking side of the team works really well ,as next summer all funds will have to be spent on defence,to replace the out of contract donkeys
    We’ll be starting next season with a whole new defense,another bad start to the season
    It seems like a long term mediocrity plan ffs

  • 78 martoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    and Coatesy17

  • 79 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I saw Terry play against brother Kenny in 73/74, I think. Good match.

  • 80 Mag52 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    My contribution:

    Final position 15
    Total points 41
    F.A. Cup round 5
    League Cup Q.F.
    First team signings 4
    First team leavings 2
    Top scorer Mitrovic
    Top scorer’s goals 12

  • 81 jimmysmith // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    I think the three signings are a big step in the right direction. Not revolutionary, but more in line with where we really should surely have had more quickly, a deeper more balanced squad, that can realistically compete for seventh and the Cups, and more immediately bring back the noise and passion to the terraces. That as much as anything else has been the greatest price we’ve paid for Ashley’s austerity measures. I look forward this season to some decent football, regular home wins, a Derby victory, the odd bloody nose delivered to the big five, and a noisy St James’ Park.

  • 82 Ron Knee // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    In terms of policy, I don’t think anything has changed. Bare Minimum Rules!

  • 83 mickalfas // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Ashleys austerity measures lol
    Like that !!

  • 84 Bambams // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Final position in league: 11
    Number of points in league: 50
    League Cup round: semi final
    FA Cup round: semi final
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 3
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 15

  • 85 Mag52 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    For all those who had a go at AP for his ‘head but’ on the Hull lout, take a look at the pics of the one Messi gave Mbiwa in yesterday’s ‘friendly’ v Roma.
    That’s what a head but looks like.

  • 86 lochinvar // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Spurs are keen to make a move for QPR’s England striker Charlie Austin, 26, who would cost around £15m. (Daily Mirror)

    ” Keen to make a move ” ? Who writes this drivel ? I’m keen to win the Lottery but thats hardly news.
    Even if they do make an approach its more likely that its Mrs. Austin who will sign for Spuds than Charlie who is ” keen to join Newcastle”, apparently.

    Austin is increasingly sounding like old news, as we have Mitrovic and there are others out there to sign. Rolan for instance, who is a Cisse replacement you would think.

    And the Chronicle has a feature on Barton wanting to play for us again ?
    Get real.

    No news day clearly.

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM


    There’s two people I can think of who haven’t done their predictions.


  • 88 firebug666 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM


    I agree, This is all going to come down to the new coaching staff, they will have to get more out of the players, or should that be more value pound for pound out of the players we have.

    We all know the club will only spend money reluctantly, and that success will not be bought. The motto should be “Profit before Ambition”.

    I know we have brought in three very useful players, but we brought in five a few years back and raved about them too, they saved us from relegation but did nothing more.

    same old same old mate.

  • 89 will die for the toon army // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM


    Am with u. It is a step forward in many ways.
    1. We get new signings and keep our better players.
    2. Cabella Aarons Rivere and De Jong are yet to hit e ground running.
    3. A new coaching staff.
    4. A new Football Board hence this is a new regime. Same MD different board members.

    There is a lot to hope for. Can’t wait for e season to start. I think we shall make Top 10.

  • 90 welshgeordie9 // Aug 6, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Just thought of another two

    Optimistic Prime

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