Newcastle To Have Big Clear Out In Next Three Weeks

Newcastle have 18 days left in the transfer window, and as well as still trying to bring three players into the club, Newcastle will start the clear-out of those fringe players who will not be in the Newcastle first team squad this season.

The most experienced player who will be up for sale is Mike Williamson, who didn’t make the bench for the first game against Southampton on Sunday, and he will end five and a half years on Tyneside,  after signing for us for £1M from Portsmouth in January, 2010.

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Mike Williamson in action in pre-season

Former manager Chris Hughton at Brighton, who signed Mike for Newcastle, is said to be interested in taking Mike to the south coast club.

Four younger players are also cited in the Chronicle today as available for transfer this summer, and they are Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid and Kevin Mbabu.

If Newcastle cannot get a permanent deal for the players we expect the club to at least loan the players out to get them off the wage bill.

Those final four players were at one time youngsters with great promise on Tyneside, but for whatever reason they have not come through at Newcastle, and are now surplus to requirements.

Other players we suspect may be leaving the club are Sylvain Marveaux, who has no future at Newcastle, and maybe Yoan Gouffran and Rob Elliot.

Rob cannot be too happy at dropping down a place in the goalkeeper pecking order, since Karl Darlow finally arrived from Nottingham Forest.

The one player we expected to be leaving this summer, but will probably now stay is Cheick Tiote.

Steve McClaren knows all about the Ivory Coast player, and it was interesting Tiote came on in place of the injured Vurnon Anita on Sunday.

Steve managed Cheick at FC Twente for two years before he was sold to Newcastle for £3.5M in the summer of 2010, and we expect Cheick to get a new lease of life at Newcastle with McClaren now in charge.

He will have to fight it out for one of those two holding midfield positions, with Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita currently being the two men starting in those positions.

McClaren will have to name his 25 man squad for the Premier League in early September, so he will be working out if Newcastle need any more players brought in this summer.

At the very least we need another experienced defender brought in.

Steve has even said he wants a core squad of only 20 players he can draw on this season, but that seems small – when you think of all the injuries we pick up every season.

Comments welcome.

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23 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • toon kk

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Let’s just hope we hang onto our better players or transfer windows are a bit of a problem at Newcastle.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    The clear out should start with the owner. I’ve always thought it an urban myth but I got a taxi in Norwich the other day and the driver was a staunch Man City fan (from Manchester) who said the owners were looking at us first. I don’t think the fat barsteward has ever had any intention of selling us.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve said we need another centre forward, a left back and a large scale clear out as a matter of priority. So far, nothing. There’s still plenty of time. I live more in hope than expectation.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5


    he will never sell us and now the club is self supporting I expect the next shirt deal to be sports direct
    The TV audience for Premier League games is 4.7bn,
    and we cost him nothing in advertising
    he and his shop are going no where

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I didn’t want to put off potential buyers for Williamson. I’m sure he’ll do a GREAT job wherever he goes!

  • hibbit

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    ron willo has always done his best just not a prem player good luck to him hope he finds a good club

  • Alec

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I always thought that we wouldn’t have been making anymore first team signings this window, although I am now starting to think that we might be making at least 2 more. Sam Byram would be a great signing as an understudy to Janmaat, although waiting to see whether we will actually sign him.

    Was a good start against Southampton, a draw was a fair result, and I think it was made clear that the defence was the one area that was lacking in depth. It’s promising to see that the club are now looking to address that before the end of the window!

  • BandB

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    There will be some heavy pruning over the next 12 months.
    Don’t expect to see them all replaced.
    The 20-man squad McClaren is aiming for is uncannily in step with the old purples policy, and his honeymoon period is the perfect time to gloss over the continuity policy of thinning the squad.
    I’d rather have McClaren than Pardew.
    But he’s no Messiah.
    If he was, he wouldn’t have been considered for the job.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m not sure why any promising young talent getting regular first team football would want to come to NUFC to play understudy to Janmaat.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I see Cardiff want to see Sammy Ameobi stronger and fitter and think they can help him. Good luck with that then.

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    If Chris Hughton is genuinely interested in Willo then surely some sort of swap plus cash deal for Lewis Dunk is ideal for both clubs

  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    So how much longer does McClaren need to decide whether or not we need more new faces?

    Or is Charnley’s obsession with his finely-tuned budget that’ll be the key influence on the decision?


    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Not for Brighton

  • Alec

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15


    Byram is making good progress at Leeds, and without a doubt would get game time here but Janmaat is clearly the senior player. The opportunities of playing at a higher level he would get here would be clearly greater than at Leeds.

    I can understand why he might be hesitant to make a move, and would perhaps look at getting assurances towards his game time before he signed, which I would be fine with personally.

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16


    Your comment was too cryptic
    sorry me no unnerstan

  • toon kk

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Good morning, just wondering who you think is the best home grown player come out of Newcastle over the years?

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Not ideal for Brighton -doh
    Brainfart sorry

  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Sam Byram doesn’t want to leave leeds…he’s Leeds through and through just like Lee Clarke was to newcastle and he’s currently using ours and other premiership clubs interest in him to negotiate an improved offer.

    He doesn’t want to leave.


    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #20

    That’s what I was getting at mate haha

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21


    I would take sports direct as a shirts sponsor over wonga. SD and Wonga both stink the place out but being associated with a legal loan shark is the pits. Some would say Ash is a legal loan shark so I guess it’s Hobson’s choice really.

    I really hope this Dunk for Willo swap materialisies. I think Dunk has the touch of the Terry’s about him. Good ball playing, goal scoring CB, great in the air and no slouch on the deck either.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Blackley – I’ll certainly not take any advice from you, and your dubious concerns about the well being of the blog – viz being chased off another blog, and I think receiving a temporary ban on this one for your behaviour.
    I will reciprocate – for the good of the blog -I suggest that you give your opinion, and then perhaps explain finer points – highly acceptable -you need to abandon arguing, then arguing,then arguing, then arguing miniscule points and arguing further and further and further and then continuing to argue and argue and argue.
    The time you gain by not arguing could then be better spent on doing something else – perhaps enroll on a study course – could I suggest “English Law” as you are lackig in that area.
    Just stop arguing- and stop your better fan crap.

  • yoann

    Aug 13, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t feel like Abeid was given much of a chance, nor Gael. Marveaux struggled but he didn’t get many chances, even coming off the bench. I like his pace. I wouldn’t mind keeping these 3 before signing some younger, up and comers, who won’t get chances either. At least our 3 have some experience to build on.


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