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People Think Newcastle Won’t Be Anywhere – We Know Different

9:38 pm, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Tim Krul, like a lot of our players had a bad time of it over the second half of last season when he was not in good form and let in a  few dodgy goals in our spell of 10 games when we got just one point until we finally woke up, played well in our last game at home to West Ham, and won 2-0 to save ourselves.

That was simply a nightmare – a compete nightmare.

Note to myself – stop bringing it up – please.

tim krul saints first game 2015

Tim Krul – back to his old form now

But when Tim returned in season he has played very well and played well in our 2-2 draw against the Saints on Sunday – and in the end that was a good point, although we were hanging on a bit at the end, as some of our players tired.

We don’t expect that to happen on Saturday when we visit the Liberty Stadium in Swansea for another tough test.

Things are starting to look up a bit on Tyneside, and the way Steve McClaren has Newcastle playing it’s good to watch and we do attack the opposition.

Tim Krul had this to say on the Newcastle web-site about our very tough start to the season:

“This weekend at Swansea is going to be tough, really tough, but I have a good feeling about us this season.” “Because of what happened last year, nobody is expecting anything. We will surprise a few people and it’s great to be the underdogs.”

“Let people talk about other teams and think we won’t be anywhere – we know different.” “We have some tough games coming up, like Swansea and Manchester United away, but there have been some strange results already in the Premier League,  and we are confident that we can get results against anyone.”

“I had a great relationship with Woody.” “He has been a close pal for the last five years and made me into the goalie I am today, so it was sad to see him go.”

“But Simon is a great coach and someone I knew before he came here full-time. I worked with him a couple of times last season and he can definitely move me forward again.”

Hopefully it will be an easy transition for Tim to work under Simon Smith, who was the goalkeeping coach when Sir Bobby Robson was at the club, and Simon left about a year before Tim arrived in the summer of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.

Simon’s a good coach, and in fact this has to be the strongest coaching staff we’ve had at Newcastle for a long, long time.

Let’s hope that can be turned into some (very) good results on the pitch this season.

Tim seems confident enough.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tim Krul

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    From previous, is an excellent source of information, very few rumours and a great way of reporting the mood of the crowd. It’s funny how the likes of jib/jeff see anyone who doesn’t like Mike Ashley as anti NUFC, it would be very difficult to accuse Niall and Biffa of not being true supporters.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 cyprus // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    I hope that we are both right Time and we’ll make CL. But we’ll need some more signings. BTW, tell Steve to play Cabella and Perez. Thanks

  • 4 cyprus // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Time- Tim

  • 5 cyprus // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I admire your persistence 🙂

    But, admit it, we could do much worse than your favourite villain 🙂

  • 6 nightfa11 // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    ffs..could tehy just play football, win matches and not talk about where we will finish after 1 fu***** match (in which we drew btw)..

    just play football and shush..

  • 7 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Is this Welshgeordie9?

  • 8 Tsunki // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Old boy up in front of the beak with his hungry hound

  • 9 Tsunki // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Jail – I always use Niall and Biffa as the barometer of goings on at nufc. They dont get carried away or endorse any action, but they dont hold back on an objective viewpoint.

  • 10 toon kk // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    It just prooves how thin our squad is in certain areas when Aneta was injured, a couple of changes to the team bringing an unfit Tiote on and we converted to the team we were used to watching last season.

  • 11 sing in the corner // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Amid all the focus on our defence I was surprised to find the most concerning thing was Janmaat. I like him but for Long’s goal he was very guilty of naive ball watching, He hadn’t a clue about Long’s movement and therefore had no chance of blocking his run. Some of his positioning was poor in this game. Obviously its early days, we have a new |CB and Colo was rustier than most but still…

  • 12 HarriboNo9 // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Even with another signing we will struggle to get more than 10 points by the first game in October against City. Fans will not care who we played they’ll just see the points and anx will start all over again. I said U.S. Getting 3 points against Southampton would be so important t and should of been treated as a cup final due to the fixtures we have. If I was mclaren id be saying listen lads we have a very hard opening fixtures let’s be unbeatable at home, that way the vans will stay on our side and see fight. Unbeating at home even if draws will make st James a fortress again and will stop people talking about the bad games etc

  • 13 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Sound words from Krul- let’s hope they’re his own rather than scripted by the Club’s spin doctors.

    And, reposted from previous thread:


    I’m sure your earlier comment (McClaren’s won you over) will be endorsed by the vast majority of fans. There will inevitability be detractors (coz without detractors, farmers couldn’t plough defields! 😀 ) with a few on here no doubt.

    But the detractors should consider Owen’s views like those of others who’ve worked with him, as based on first-hand experience of the man and his methods – more than most of his critics!.

  • 14 lochinvar // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Krul had a bad shoulder injury last year and that certainly knocked his confidence – even if sub consciously. And the defence around him hardly helped. Then Pardew and then Carver having their demoralising effect added to the gloom.
    New coaches, new training, new physio and new Manager are all contributing to players feeling more confident, not over trained and in better health. Just need a good Doctor such as Eva Carnerio to complete the team. Is she the ” surprise” signing that McLaren talks of ?

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    According to the resident creepy physcho, Belfast is a great source of information!

  • 16 Belfast // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    I agree with him.

  • 17 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Wasn’t it Woodman who coached Krul to punt the long ball upfield?

  • 18 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Jail….. Belfast who?

  • 19 Belfast // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    He’s a real credit to the blog Lesh.

  • 20 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM


    I’m sure your desire to bring Eve Carnerio in is based solely on her professional competence?

    Of course it is….. isn’t it?


  • 21 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM


    Who’s a real credit to the blog?

  • 22 bladeuser // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    just p@@@ off out of town u r shit

  • 23 Belfast // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM


  • 24 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM


    They’ll not shush as they’ve got season tickets to sell!

    Cynic? Mois? Yup!

  • 25 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Belfast is greater than the invention of bottled beer…

  • 26 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM


    Who’s ‘Me’?

    It couldn’t be you perchance?

    Nah, you’re too much of a shrinking violet, it couldn’t be. Modest folk don’t blow their own trumpets do they.

  • 27 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM


    Greater than bottled beer?

    Ever thought about why most (albeit bad) beer’s sold in cans these days?

  • 28 Belfast // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Think he was probably getting me and Jib mixed-up haha

  • 29 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Toon KK

    Anita going off injured didn’t prove anything other than McClaren got it wrong. Why would you name Tiote amongst the subs when he’s not had a kick all preseason, Colo also hadn’t hadn’t had a kick so to have 2 really unfit lads on the pitch at the same time against a team that had already played 4 competitive games was a poor decision by McClaren.

    Plenty of others who could have made the bench like Abeid etc. They bossed us as they were the fitter team though and they created the best chances by far

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Looks like the blogs’ Norman Bates is making some effort schmoozing around certain posters and it looks like he now has a new blog tag team.
    Mostly undesirable types.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Aug 12, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Players get match fit by playing games. Tiote and Collocini are fit. If they are central to the coaches plans, he has to play them, and the more game time they get the sooner they are up to speed. Colo is now back and Tiote that much further down the track after the minutes he got on the weekend, and both are big players for us.

  • 32 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    lesh, beer in cans is easier to carry than bottles, enabling you to carry more of it to drink necessarily..

  • 33 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    now, by my colonial deductions, if:

    belfast is greater than bottled beer, then by deductive reasoning, jeff/jib is worse than canned beer…. and blacklie is the equivalent of drink beer from a one legged hookers shoe after a day of dancing in a swampy brothel….

  • 34 JamesToon // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Reports coming out of France that we’re close to Signing Raphael Guerreiro for £8.8million. Hope we get this lad must be good if he’s keeping Coentrao out of the Portugal team

  • 35 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Mbemba s really 21

  • 36 jimiley // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    We have an average team but a great manager who should propel us into a top 6 spot. Ashley has at last seen the light. I expect another two or three top signings. The entertainers are back!!!!!

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Swampy Brothel Tag Team – mmm – has a bit of a ring to it.

  • 38 lesh // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:28 PM


    Of course canned beer’s easier to carry but it’s not as good as a bottle fermented ale.

    Or a bottle of Brown tastes far better than canned.

    Either way, if it does the job, it does the job – beer’s not there to enjoy, it’s the effects of it…. innit.


  • 39 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    speaking of, on my way to the local, have a good one all 🙂

  • 40 Our Toon // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:45 PM


    Tiote hasn’t played a game since January. He’s been out injured and has only recently returned to training. Think mcclaren should be getting these lads up to speed by playing behind closed doors friendlies.

  • 41 Fostino // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Dya no if we still had Santon …eed be in a far healthier position defensively. Dummet a better cb anyway. Back up for rb a worry.

    Townsand, van drjik and Rolan ..a lb in for goofy..marvo…bigi..riverie…Willo..saylor..Fergusion. .

    I kinda would like to see abeid and vuckic get another chance

  • 42 jimmysmith // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    I think if Anita is unfit for Swansea, and Mcclaren rates Tiote, as you imagine he would, then he’ll pick him to start knowing he’s likely to need the competitive minutes to get up to speed, and he’ll hope he’ll adjust to the increased tempo sooner rather than later,

  • 43 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 13, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    @30 and 37 No football craic. Never happier though.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Aug 13, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Blockhead – as I suspected you’re just on the wind up -trying to cause a ruck -replicating your previous disorderly behaviour.
    I do believe that you have posted quite a few non football posts – the pathetic I’m at Costa coffee series.
    also quite a few posts from others today with non football related topics -surprise surprise you do not criticise them -shows how duplicitous and hypocritical you are.
    Clearly looking for confrontation and arguments. Yes you are back to form -but no surprises there.

  • 45 RonVanDam // Aug 13, 2015 at 5:08 AM

    On a side note, looks like Marouane Fellaini doesnt have a future at Man U. Would be a good punt to take him in and ship Tioti out

  • 46 expatmag // Aug 13, 2015 at 5:23 AM


    His height would be useful but I doubt we could afford him at in excess of 20 million quid

  • 47 RonVanDam // Aug 13, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    I think 10m should do it since the team is stacked with superstars, stumbling block would be his wages unless he’s willing to take a cut keeping in mind he’s 27 and will try to get the final contract to see him through the rest of his career.

  • 48 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Jimmy – Tiote was embarrassingly awful and should have been nowhere near the team. Ridiculous selection and nearly cost us a point, cost us three as he contributed less than nothing. He’s awful and should be shipped out.

    Playing him in the first team to get fit, madness.

  • 49 nut meg // Aug 13, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Jummysmith @42

    I don’t know if you seen Tiote on Sunday but he looked like he’ll need half a season to get fit & up to speed. I thought he was carrying a ships anchor around on his back he was a country mile off the pace!! If SM plays him & Collo in the same team against the Swans I would expect a thrashing as it would be open season again As OurToon has just said,Tiote should be playing games behind closed doors to regain match fitness.My money will be on the Swans @ 10/11 if Tiote plays……easy money.

  • 50 Average_Contents // Aug 13, 2015 at 6:15 AM


    Depends what manure wanted to sell him at (if they want to sell him at all)

    Look at dzeko. Cost citeh £25m+ and he’s got a decent goalscoring record in the prem but he’s gone on a year’s loan costing Roma £2.9m (think that’s the number) with the option to buy at the end for £7m+. Bargain.

    He’s done more than fellaini imo and Roma have themselves a cracking player.

    Obviously like I mentioned above, it’d depend what they’d want.

    I personally wouldn’t like him here because he’s just a twat lol

  • 51 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    not sure were people are coming from having ago at niall and biffa ( just because the tell it as it is….. they know a lot more about nufc and have been to a lot more games then google

  • 52 toon kk // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Our toon
    Stevie did get it wrong bringing an unfit Tiote on but after our first team we still have no real strength in depth. Southampton would have been to strong whoever Mc brought on.
    As soon as Shane Long came on I new we’d struggle with his pace and quality. I would like him in our team.

  • 53 firebug666 // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    I hope this is true like:

    07:00Thursday 13 August 2015
    Chris Hughton is keen to be reunited with Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson at Brighton and Hove Albion.

    Williamson is among the Championship club’s defensive targets. The 31-year-old, also linked with Leeds United, is available for transfer this summer.

  • 54 Ron Knee // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Would you wish Williamson on Chris Hughton?

  • 55 firebug666 // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Ron Knee

    Yes I would, I think it’s high time Chris manned up, and remember it was Chris who brought Williamson here. 😀

  • 56 Ron Knee // Aug 13, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Fair do’s!

  • 57 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    repost ………toon kk you took that the wrong way i ment from home grown player quoter limit not that he is a geordie

  • 58 hibbit // Aug 13, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    ron willo is well thought of in the championship and would do a good job for most clubs ……….please don’t put buyers off…….. LOL

  • 59 davis_toons // Aug 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 13, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    firebug… Haha 😀

    …that’s how I feel about Obertan and Man Utd. I wish they would send their apology and take him back! Is was a cruel joke!

  • 61 OneAlanShearer // Aug 13, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    There’s no real evidence we are in for anyone else. Apart from outgoings I expect the window to pass without anymore incoming. All hot air to sell season tickets. I bet they say we don’t buy in the January window when it comes around too. Let’s hope we don’t get key injuries again.

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