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McClaren May Have Already Made A Huge Tactical Error

10:01 am, Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

We expect that Coloccini has been told by head coach Steve McClaren to give more interviews in the press than he’s done over the last four years, when he replaced Kevin Nolan as captain of Newcastle,  but these players are completely different in terms of the type of leadership skills they have.

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Steve McClaren – tactical error?

Colo tends to be quiet and has a David Beckham kind of leadership – he leads by example – whereas Kevin was very vocal and animated.

Kevin reminded us a lot of fiery Scot Jimmy Scoular, who was captain back in 1955 when we last won a local Cup – the FA Cup – when we took Manchester City apart 3-1.


Steve McClaren has placed his faith in Colo by keeping him on as captain and giving him another year on his contract at the club, but that could be a tactical mistake if Colo is not up to playing near his best these days and not worth his place in the team.

This is what Coloccini has said in the Chronicle today:

“I always said that Newcastle was my first option. So I am very happy.” “I look forward to the future and putting Newcastle where they should be – at the top end of the league.”

“I think this season at Newcastle what we have going to our credit is that every game is going to be important.”

“Whether it’s cup games of Premier League, every game is going to be massive for us.” “We really want to do something important at this club.”

“The years are going by but we have to be in the club’s history books now.” “I remember when I first signed and I said I would like to play in the Champions League or win something.”

“This is my dream. We did get into the Europa League a few years ago.” “Now we want to bring a trophy to this club.”

“It’s a massive club and the fans here deserve that.”

We wonder if Newcastle will bring in another top center-back this summer, which it seems we need, because then Colo the captain wouldn’t get a game.

Colo was signed in August of 2008 for about £10.3M from Deportivo, when Kevin Keegan was still the manager, and he arrived the same summer as Jonas Gutierrez, who didn’t have his contract renewed in the summer and left us.

In two years time when his contract runs out at Newcastle, Colo will have been at the club for nine years and it will be interesting to see how many appearances he adds to the 249 times he has already played for Newcastle with six goals.

How Newcastle do this season could depend a lot on how Coloccini plays under Steve McClaren – we hope he does well.

Here’s the goals in that 1955 FA Cup final with the great Jackie Milburn scoring in the very first minute with a header of all things, and you see Jimmy Scoular receiving the cup from a young Queen after the game.

My parents were at Wembley that day, and I watched the game on TV when I was just a wee lad – the first time I had ever watched anything on TV at my Aunts – we didn’t get electricity in our home until 1959.

Oh, the memories when Newcastle were great – that was our 3rd FA Cup Final win in five years.

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76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    The CB I wish we were having a look at is Kalidou Koulibaly – 6″4, 24 years old, quick, powerful and strong. Currently plays for Napoli but wants to leave. Southampton are reportedly interested if they can’t get Van Dijk – apparently available for 8-9 million.

  • 2 nut meg // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Giving him a extension to his contract & keeping him as captain is wholly undeserved imho!

  • 3 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Ed you don’t mention that after Jimmy Meadows career ending injury Man City only had 10 men (no subs in the days when men were men ) and Trautmann (the ex POW) was the MoM

  • 4 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    colo not vocal enough on the pitch..not to bothered about what said off it….one of my reasons why he’s in the firing lines now tbh……needs to be alot stronger on the pitch with the opposition and more importantly his team

  • 5 martoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Is it just me but when I search twitter for Abdennour I get a picture of some guy’s c*ck?

  • 6 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    dont agree with pulling mbemba out to right back coz he needs to try and form a partnership quickly at cb…..but ano u cant stick a youngin in at right back at old trafford…so gotta do it i suppose

  • 7 ronaldo aarons // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Koulibaly is a good shout. My preference is kamil glik if I’m honest. I’ve mentioned him numerous times before and feel he’s perfect for what were looking for. Big strong and brave. Good leadership and organisation skills, very much in the vidic and terry mould.

  • 8 nut meg // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Is it one of Frank Malony’s old pics ?

  • 9 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    hahaha…… not on twitter so cant comment!lol

  • 10 martoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    nut meg @8 – I never thought of that 😀 😀

  • 11 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    glik looked decent on the you tube clips i watched…heard koulibaly is good but tbh never seen them play….i remember a few yr ago a few people on here were hoping we’d sign sahko……what happened to him…went right off the boil!

  • 12 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    @ Ronaldo – Yeah I like Glik a lot too but I discounted him on him being 27, which is probably above the club’s ridiculously restrictive age threshold. But he is a great player.

  • 13 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    McClaren certainly mis-read the mood of the vast majority of supporters with his endorsement of Coloccini. Unless he miraculously becomes a player he hasn’t been for years it’s egg on the face for the wally with the brolly. The dismal effort against Swansea by all and sundry, players and coaches together, has put McClaren in the firing line quite properly, and another meek capitulation against Man U would raise serious questions. 12 games? Give me a break. If it waddles and quacks it’s a duck.

  • 14 ronaldo aarons // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Youtube really doesn’t do him justice, there aren’t any good videos of him. He’s more of an under the radar type of player, doesn’t get the recognition that I think he deserves. Sakho for Liverpool is no good but the sakho that plays for France is actually really good. It would be a gamble

  • 15 ronaldo aarons // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    2 goal
    Yeah I thought that too at first but I don’t think he would be an expensive signing plus, I think we bought coloccini when he was 26-27 and also debuchy. As LNG as hey see it as value for money then they would go for it I think.

  • 16 sweendog // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    2_goal_tino .. good shout too. Think its obvious we need an experienced CB who can header and is calm under pressure.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    im hoping McClaren after 6-8 games has really tightened up the defence and gest the whole team pressing all over the pitch thats what was missing in 1st two games….like i said hope…not expecting ….the players need to smartin up tbh

  • 18 Sazzer // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    There’s going to be better than what we got available once towards the end of the window when big clubs have picked the players they want.

    Do the club/McClaren want one? I’m not sure.
    Do we have the money? Well, we at least we had the money.

    So based on the answer to the second question if safe to assume that if the answer to the first question is yes then we do have money available and probably will buy another CB.

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM


    It’s just you!!!!

    SM appears to be doing a lot right, but this Colo thing is a joke, as was the decision not to sub Janmatt. Colo at his age now will only work well as a sweeper, no other option.

    If Colo leads by example then it’s not a great example at the moment.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:46 AM


    I can’t believe how much space swansea had to run into.

  • 21 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    ano you tube makes the crap look decent and the good just decent…..i think i myt of had a look at glik last time he was mentioned on here….maybe by u ronaldo!lol

  • 22 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    it was like shelvey had the cigars oot tbh…..pathetic!

  • 23 SPRINGY // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    but haidara did it the week b4 against southampton…thats why i say players need to smartin up!

  • 24 lesh // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Another year on his contract plus McClaren’s praise for Colo’s professionalism could just be a way of hiking his value up in anticipation of selling him.

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    What club in their right mind would stump up decent coin for Colo? He’s well past his use by date.

  • 26 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    So Abeid’s officially gone. Can’t help but think we didn’t get the best out of him!!

  • 27 clinath@ed // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    I liked Abied, we never really gave him a chance here. Or so it appeared!

  • 28 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    If anyone is at all curious…the club are using periscope to live stream this morning’s training session. It is Thauvin’s first session with the squad. I’ve had a quick 5 minute look and the over-riding things I’ve noticed are … a. Mitrovic is just as mental in training, happily clattering people b. Mbemba is a character, looks like he will be great for squad morale.

    Here is the link:

  • 29 Malta Mag // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Sorry Ed but how is giving Colo more air time a “huge tactical error ?” Lost me on t his one? I’m one that thinks Colo is well past his best but still t honk he could play as a right back or holding midfielder if we’re short of numbers, but if he’s been made captain and assuming he’s playing then give the lad the microphone and let’s hear some words of wisdom

  • 30 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Also Cisse is a Bantersaurus Rex – ripping it out of everyone

  • 31 hibbit // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    overrated by a lot on here was never going to make it in the prem has now found his level…..good luck with his new club

  • 32 hibbit // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    colo never has been and never will be the leader we need

  • 33 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    c. Haidara appears to be the designated translator. McClaren is literally following him around going “Sadio, whats the french for shoot?”…”Sadio, whats the french for intensity?”…

  • 34 lochinvar // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Abeid going looks like a mistake.
    Colo staying looks like a mistake.
    If McLaren has made Colo “Club” captain then that suggests an almost Ambassadorial role off the pitch as much as on the pitch. But that then is a problem on match days as the Match captain needs to be a leader, VOCAL and have the troops with him – players and fans. I just can’t recall ever hearing ( and I’m 10 rows from the touchline ) Colo directing the team on the pitch so by default its the Coach on the sideline who shouts the odds – that was Pardew and then Carver and we all know what happened then.
    The only hope is that Mclaren does have a cunning plan ( but so did Baldrik ) and maybe when the squad is rebuilt with another CB and RB cover bought in then maybe we will see some player rotation for Cup games and a stringer bench to minimise disruption through injuries and suspensions.
    If that doesn’t happen and McLaren thinks that Colo can cope with the number of games , intensity of games and speed of many opponents attacks them “I am concerned of Newcastle”
    Yours Sincerely
    A fan.

  • 35 lochinvar // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    * Stronger bench

  • 36 2_goal_tino // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    This is hilarious watching. They were just doing a possession drill and when the ball is intercepted the passer has to go into the middle. Dummett intercepts a Mitrovic pass so he should be in the middle. Dummett says…”I can’t give it to him, he’ll kill me.” Mitrovic has a strop and refuses to go into the middle.

  • 37 WALKER LAD // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    hi everybody new time poster

    first of all i think that keeping colo was a rediculous move for the club, not only is he taking up 60k a week wages he is also a liabilty.

    anyways her is my start up for tomorrow

    colback mbemba taylor hidaria

    sissoko dejong
    obertan arrons

    darlow- because lately ive been losing the abilty to trust krul he cant posistion himself nor does he come for crosses.

    colback- not the best choice but the only choice we have he played well defensivly against southampton and i think if we play anita he’ll give away atleast 1 penalty during the match as he has done against man city and west ham when we played them.

    mbemba- needs no explimation

    taylor- just dont like colo and taylor has more passion in his game and could battle people in the air

    hidaria- average

    sissoko- rcm could be a good posistion and hes the only one big enough/ strong enough to cope with fellani he also has a chance to get us up the pitch more quickly than anyone else.

    dejong- lcm we need his creativity some one who can pick out a pass

    wajnaldum-cam proved himself against southampton not everyone can have a good week

    obertan- player of the last two games and thats saying something

    arrons/perez- these two little fellas have trickery to spare we need some flair against a rb whos only had 2 games in the bpl

    mitovic- need to terrorise smalling and blind as long as he keeps a level head he can do a job for us


  • 38 Munster Mag // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Ed, I pointed this out a few weeks ago when Colo was put centre stage by Steve. Jail and co cant blame Ashley for this. The money is there to buy a centre half we have opted for another french winger. ( Carr can fluck right off if this doesnt work and stick him in his growing “failures” file ) . The only way , as I have said before many times, to make a success of Colo and Mbemba is to get Colo working as a sweeper, and he would be class at this. How he made a man like Colo captain is beyond me. Its not down to finance – repeat, this is not Ashleys fault money wise. We have spent loads this summer – well done Ashley.

  • 39 Munster Mag // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Thanks 2 goal Tino. Who looks technically good ? What is Mitro like ??

  • 40 Fatman_joe // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    A few on here wanting rb cover and rightly so. Jamnaat can’t play every game. But given it a little thought lascelles started his career as rb andhavingrb wonder whether Mc thinks he already has his cover? And I agree with hibbit from the last thread.. Williamson is unnecessarily attacked on here. Always gives his all which can’t be said of colo, sissoko etc. Think he’s a fantastic professional and will suit a championship club perfectly. I’d rather keep him as fourth choice over Taylor to be honest. At least he’s always available for selection.

  • 41 Munster Mag // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Sissoko should not be played unless McClaren is 100% certain that he is 100% fit. The bollocks only wont to put himself in the window and show off to Man U . Then he’ll be out for 3 weeks with the same injury.

  • 42 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Mag52- It’s always more difficult to write a critique with a balanced assessment than a trite rant that is merely a rehash of old stereotypes and questionable stories.
    Obviously Pardew was unpopular amongst the majority of toon fans. He often lacked dignity and behaved in an arrogant manner. The pushing of a linesman, the head butting incident and insulting Pellegrini springs to mind. A North East Mourinho he wasn’t . However, he was far more competent than given credit for by the majority of fans. He also worked with a limited budget and didn’t always get the players /or in the positions he wanted.
    He scored with his man management and motivational skills and often criticised for not getting the best from defensive organisation he had 5 shutouts in the season prior to his departure. Pardew left when we were in ninth position in the league; behind Chelsea, ManC, Arsenal, ManU, Liverpool, Spurs….. . We collected 40% of our points last season in October and November. A Pardew less toon ended struggling to avoid relegation. In fact until the very last day.
    I have always thought ALan Pardew was an average Premier League manager but he is way ahead of the merry go round of managers operating in the PL and Championship.
    Your statistical average for time in charge of NUFC and a 5th placed finish, I would suggest can be favourably viewed alongside our performances over the post SBR period.

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Mag 52

    are you still banging on about pardew. ffs give it up and change the record. Even before he left, the everton game apart, we were in the middle of yet another awful run and still playing rubbish football. time to move on, please!

  • 44 toon22 // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    AP was one of the worst managers the toon has ever had,just how many record worsts did he achieve with our club?
    We had almost 4 years of rubbish football allong with those unsavioury incidents.
    He has always ended up on a club worst run at every club he has managed.

  • 45 jimmysmith // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    “……….a player who is neither tall nor blessed with electric pace. But he has appeared comfortable, using intelligent positioning and anticipation to get out of awkward situations. Perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s not often teams play with two big strikers up front any more. Providing a side has one big centre-back and other tall players to pick up on set pieces, a smaller, ball-playing centre-back can be protected and prove invaluable when building play from deep. “You can no longer deploy the old-fashioned, solid type of defender in these positions,” Van Gaal said of centre-backs in the 1997 book The Coaching Philosophies of Louis Van Gaal and the Ajax Coaches. “You have to use technically and tactically gifted players.”

    Description of Danny Blind, playing well at CB for Man U, but could easily describe Collocini alongside a quality big CB, even Taylor, if he could stay fit. The potential problem is the lack of height in the Mbemba Collicini partnership, but you have to give McClaren time to sort out his best pairing, but Collocini has the skill set to still play a significant role alongside the right partner.

  • 46 Alternative Headline // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    “Colo … has a David Beckham kind of leadership – he leads by example” lol

  • 47 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    toon22- We’ve had more than our fair share of dross managers at the toon. Dalglish, Souness,Allardyce,Kinnear and Carver .

  • 48 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Jimmy- I read your piece last night and the potential for effectively balls coming into the box causing problems to our back four.
    The Tony Green post Hereford video- observations. Aside from Hereford pitch the pitches generally made life more difficult for slick passing. Also noticeably there is far more compression of space and closing down of players today than back in the 1970’s.

  • 49 Tsunki // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Ian that’s a nice soft bristled brush you’re using to gloss over Alans record. There’s no way you could say he had any consistency, the same team could do well one week and be thrashed the next. I remember the the. Up to one derby we were looking good value with a few tidy wins, along come the mackems dragging there sorry chins on the floor of the league and what happens? Pardew’s wonder kids serve them a lifeline, completely against the form book of both clubs. And forget statistics, they just average out some pretty up and find terrain. If his history keeps getting the satin finish like this in a few years time he’ll be getting a statue outside the Nine Bar

  • 50 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Jimmy – Many would see Blind as a Manu weakness which is why they are after a CB. It will take time for our CB pairing to work in tandem.

  • 51 Tsunki // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Mclaren certainly has misjudged the popular conception of Colo the Captain. He may well be the softly spoken voice of respect and dignity, but the nufc public don’t really get that. He’s an undercover captain , no good in a town where it’s expected the captain has a bit of character and imposing stature about him.

  • 52 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    It’s a fair bet Mitrovic will be embarrassing Colo in training when it comes to physicality in the box. That will be the way no matter which beef cake holds Colo’s hand and chaperones him.

  • 53 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Tsunki – it’s a more balanced account than provided to mag 52 by Leon Robert. You lived through it – if you provide a lazy trite condemnation then I felt Mag52 just needed some more ammunition.
    I am not expecting a 5 th placed finish just yet or a place in the Europa.

  • 54 JamesToon // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Anyone seen the lads training on periscope. Seems they are all getting on really well, nice to see. Highlight has to be dummett being terrified of giving mitrovic a bib in one of the drills!

    Changed my mind about are lineup a bit, hope we keep the CB partnership of mbemba and colo as it is going to take time to gel and don’t want to break the partnership already so start anita at RB

  • 55 spaghetti bandit // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Re 2 goal tino
    I think tht is a great initiative by th club,, wonder if we are th first?? Mitro is going to be eventful to say th least

  • 56 jimmysmith // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I’d be very happy with the option of an Abdenour Collocini pairing, with Taylor and Mbemba as alternates. I imagine Mbemba could also play well at rb, and provide some competition for Janmaat, and at twenty shouldn’t necessarily be a walk up start.

  • 57 B1GSTEVE // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Has Tiote ever played right back?

  • 58 lesh // Aug 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Ahhhh a little trip down Ed’s memory lane (“My parents were at Wembley that day, and I watched the game on TV when I was just a wee lad – the first time I had ever watched anything on TV at my Aunts – we didn’t get electricity in our home until 1959.”)

    Ed’s house didn’t get electricity until 1959? He’s lucky – the electricity board cut ours off in 1960 and still haven’t reconnected. Mind, the bill’s still not been paid!

    Hey ho

  • 59 Munster Mag // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Ian, good analysis of Pardew. I am glad he’s gone, but you are reflecting what every balanced journalist around the Uk said about him. Guys like Tsunki just want to write off the 5th as an aberration but thats just not possible. There are loads of fair things that you can say which are negative about Pardew but you wont convince, even though Im sure u know that. When we were doing well under him it was all a fluke according to some. And if we stop being all parochial about it, whilst the Makems games were a shocking disgrace, when are people going to blame the players and not the manager for what goes on on the pitch. The makems games have to be included in the whole league results, including the 5th place. Believe me, i am sad enough to want him to mess up at Palace because he is a bit of a tit, but to call him a total failure at NUFC is just plain silly. And no, i dont want him back, but am having concerns re Steve Mc !

  • 60 Toonfan8 // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    We should quickly offload Williamson,Gouffran,Vuckic,Marveaux and bring Abdennour, Rolan and in winter transfer window bring J. Willems and Byram….and it would be ouverhaul for this year and we will see what we need in next summer when our squad should look like this:
    GK: Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    RB: Janmaat,Byram
    LB: Willems,Haidara
    CB: Abdennour,Mbemba,Collocini,Dummet,Lascelles,S.Taylor
    AM:De Jong,Thauvin,Sissoko,Aarons,Obertan

    I think next summer we will offload Tiote, Cisse and Riviere and bring one great holding CM for big money and one striker

  • 61 Tsunki // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Fair enough Ian tbf I do tire of the tirades that overstate Pardew’s damaging tenure but in perspective with the previous post-SBR incumbents, they were awful for specific reasons. Trying to fix a team wholesale that wasn’t really that broke, wars of personality, or a percentage & stats man who used to be a mackem defender. And mostly all who wanted to be somewhere else but this paid better than the dole. Pardew was totally different, a terrible tactician whose only saviours came in the form of whether his players wanted to turn up on the day or not.

    I hope with Mclaren that we see first of all stability in working practise, a properly disciplined defence and defensive midfield who can press constantly off the ball and restrict better opponents. Proper speed, control and service from any attacking midfield. And opportunities at goal. it’s not asking too much of such an experienced man. And in at least the top eight I expect by year end. Of course his bosses can throw him under the bus. But we will at least know by the end of the season if he tried.

  • 62 Tsunki // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Munster thanks for the thorough blow down, but guys like me do blame the hot and cold players as well. I don’t see the 5th as an aberration, I can’t recall saying that, what I do think is that season was an oddball. I think Pardew’s ‘style’ only lasted so long, and the killer blow for his capability is he couldn’t bring himself to demand his team not be messed about with by transfer deals and opportunism or he would leave. Neither could he fashion his team to be a busy, fogged, defensive unit and bang the averages out. No, he took the money and because of that accepted the responsibility of being the front line chump. Thus he deserves the criticism, one way or another. Let’s see how many times he takes Crystal Palace into Europe shall we?

  • 63 Our Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM


    Pardew is his own biggest enemy, we finishing 5th any sensible manager would continue with the system that made him successful, the striker who took us to 5th was cisse and he got pushed out to the wing so pardew could keep Ba happy. Ba left in January leaving us with an out of form and unhappy player in cisse, add to that HBA, injured playing in a EL game when we’d already qualified and the bought back on a plastic pitch.

    Pardews biggest enemy is pardew, he starts believing his own hype and things go tits up, Dummett at RB, Santon as DM, Cisse as a RW. Then look at his man management skills, the way he treated Jonas when made aware of his situation, his favourite player outlasted because he questioned the kings training methods.

    He’s a manager who needs time to prepare his teams, give him limited time and things go belly up for him, hence why the 2nd half of the season is so much harder than the 1st half of the season for him & his teams. If he makes it there

  • 64 Toonfan8 // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    imagine this
    ………………new DM…………………….
    …… jong……..colback…………
    we are 5 players from this team and it should be done in this and next two windows…It looks really promising, with some great talents there….

  • 65 will die for the toon army // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:18 PM


    We DARE to DREAM.

  • 66 Our Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    It’s a shame to see Abeid go, he offers more centrally than Colback and Anita but they are both versatile players.

  • 67 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Munster- I have to say I do read Tsunki’s material. Much is incomprehensible but I knew what he was getting at this time- LOL.

  • 68 LGFUAD21 // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with colo being captain.

    He’s certainly not vocal but that doesn’t matter as we have other players that will be. And they can rally the troops without an armband. And the Dutch players willow that.

    So in some respects. Taking the armband away could risk doing more harm than good. It’s not a “I’ve got the conch” in Lord of the flies situation.

    That said. I worry that with being the captain we have damaged ourselves at the back. Either cool plays with a tall CB like we want. And I think he is capable but limits mbembas time who ends up being another Mapou or we have a captain in the bench.

    I do think it’s more of a figurehead position.

  • 69 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Munster- Being serious it’s the random rants which are often puzzling. I think I’ve missed something so I look back again reading posts. I suspect it’s a substance induced / alcohol – or pixxed as in angry.
    Not all of us can look forward,
    It’s a bit early to have issues with Macca- he and the squad need time.
    I was in support of the suggestion yesterday for just that.
    Good your still socking it to them.

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    our toon

    would much rather have kept abeid than colback. i just don’t see what colback he creates at all, especially on set pieces.

  • 71 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Munster- the 5 th placed finish led to Europa football which was a further drain on an already small squad. Where managers don’t have faith in certain players to “do a job” you are left with square pegs in round holes.

  • 72 Ibizatoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Ian…Can I ask what you aim to achieve with these poster critiques of yours?

    Is it part of letting Ed deal with it and moving on, or are you hoping people may see the light?

    It seems off to play the victim and make calls to “move on” and then persist with these constant criticisms. If you don’t mind my saying.


    TPFOI (The popular front of Ibiza).

  • 73 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 2:09 PM


  • 74 Ian Toon // Aug 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Ibiza – I don’t understand.!

  • 75 Ibizatoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Ian…As you will be aware, there is some history surrounding you on this blog. Many times you have claimed it to be made up, which you say Ed has confirmed.

    At the end of it, you always say you don’t want to get involved and wish people would just move on.

    Yet, you then seem unable to stop giving these blog critiques of blog posters. I’ve had one, Tsunki, Belfast, even Jib recently.

    My question is why you do them? What is it you expect to happen? Surely you aappreciate it’s hard for people not to move on, when you mention them?

    I just find it amazing you come on here, preaching that people should be focused on Newcastle, yet you persist with the personal.

    You’re not alone, but for someone who claims to be emotionally and intellectually advanced (perhaps not a direct quote there), should you not be leading by example?

  • 76 dazza // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Shame we got rid of Abeid?? Please stop with the fantasy. He was pants. It’s a miracle we were able to offload him. ‘offers more than Colback and Anita’?!

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