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New Signing Wants To Work Day And Night

12:02 am, Sunday, September 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Aleksandar Mitrovic has had a tough start to his Newcastle career, and in his four league games he’s picked up two yellow cards and a straight red against Arsenal – last time out.

Steve McClaren says it’s a case of over enthusiasm from the young Serbian striker, and he needs to calm down just a little buit.

McClaren has also said that Aleksandar works his tail off in training and never wants to stop.

aleksandar mitrovic recieved red card

Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off against Arsenal

This is what Newcastle’s head coach has said about his new striker Mitrovic:

“Absolutely we’ve got to revise our approach.” “We’ve spoken a lot and I think it’s the over enthusiasm and wanting to do so well.”

“From day one that’s what we’ve seen. We’ve said to him, “Don’t work so hard!”. He wants to work day and night.”

“That over enthusiasm has led to him getting a reputation in such a short time. And we’re like, “Woah, where did that come from?”

“It’s always the same when players join clubs and have a big move, they want to do well.”  “But he’s been getting himself in trouble.”

“There was no maliciousness in the tackle, it was just clumsy.” ‘But you’ve seen in his general play he’s quite aggressive anyway.”

“We don’t want to take that away but he needs to calm down.” “He needs to have the fire in the belly but the ice in the head. He needs to control his emotions and he knows that.”

“He will identify that himself but he wants to score that first goal.” “His first goal doesn’t have to be spectacular but it will come.”

“We’ve told him not to force it, which is something he’s been doing.”

Aleksandar will now have to wait three games to add to his total of four appearances for Newcastle, and we look forward to his first goal for the Magpies.

While at Anderlcht for the last two seasons Aleksandar, who turns 21 on Wednesday,  scored 44 goals in 90 appearances.

We also don’t need any more red cards from any Newcastle player this season.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Marco Boogers, minus tbe caravan. Hope he comes good, but more likely to self destruct.

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    If Alan shearer was his hero he needs to study him well. There was a player who had steel but under massive control. I know mackems who like to relate the story of how big Al got faced off by the dirty Keane but in reality he stood his ground while the idiot dog lover got himself sent off. There’s control for you. He could bully defenders all day long but they usually came off looking worse.

  • 4 G // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    I loved the cheeky little smile big Al gave Keano when he got the red. Let him know that he had been met, measured and beaten by the better player.

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 13, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    On Mike O. He was knackered in both legs before he came to us, he knew it, his management knew it, everyone knew it. He took the money that basically single handedly indebted the club beyond the point of no return. That’s why FFS pushed for the FA Compo when he got knacked for England. We needed a 90 minute man and he was in no shape to deliver. That’s why he rode out his contract with us and manure got a bargain 15 minutes game winning supersub

    A whiny scouser sponge monkey and the most awful tinnitus -inducing commentator to listen to and all round basement pundit that gives Robbie Savage an air of credibility.

    Apart from that a decent bloke though 🙂

  • 6 lesh // Sep 13, 2015 at 1:09 AM


    If only Shearer’d take Mitro under his wing and him how to be tough but subtle and more importantly, self-controlled.

    I’ve no doubt that Mitro’d respond to working with his hero.

  • 7 lesh // Sep 13, 2015 at 5:01 AM

    Shame, it looks as though the Blog turned in about 1am.

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    lesh…ppl like the clown Pennywise is draining the enthusiasm out of this blog!

    …you just stop caring!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    If you sub “I am” with “he is” then Dennis Leary wrote a song about ppl like him 😉

    …in a lack of a better word!

  • 10 Average_Contents // Sep 13, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Oi Jesperlemon

    Pennywise are a pretty decent band mate.

    Please don’t associate them with that waste of skin, that all round numbnuts and generally bad apple jibber jabber 😉

    Anyway, how’s the little munchkin doing bud? Avid nufc fan I hope, although it’s a life sentence (like I’ve forced upon my son lol) it can’t be helped.

  • 11 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Mitro surely will come good, so many were after him, there must be something there.

    Cisse: was his biggest fan, best CF debute season I’ve ever seen. Best brace i a game in the worldwide history of football. He shot, he scored. But, something happened? Injury? Wonga? Pardewed? Confidence? Reluctantly, would sell for a Perez type 3-4 mil prospect (or whatever price he’ll sell for).

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Morning AC mate…I wad thinking about the Clown Pennywise from the Stephen King novel IT 😉 Pennywise was a decent band in the 90tees!

    …think clown not band; lol

    Alfred just woke us up half an hour ago (he’s not a morning person luckily) He’s great and I am sure he is in for a life long pain ad a Nufc supporter. Villads just got his first jersey 😀

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:01 AM


  • 14 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:02 AM


    On Cissé: it was all the things you noted – plus those complications with Ba.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Ed’s favourite C—- A——!

  • 15 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    On the West Ham game. So hard to predict, given that team’s results, our team having not played too much with 11, and generally the PL this year!

    Look at Chelsea. Same team, different results. Watford beat the supposed team of the year? Which team has really been impressive, apart from the erratic Swans? Palace rattled City.

    Conclusion: with today’s money, most teams can afford their share of 10 mil. players, meaning anyone can beat anyone. A shrewd coach, a few ‘lucky’ signings, good chemistry, can spring surprises.

    West Ham themselves talked of CL football and everyone laughed. Why not? Swansea is knocking on the door and they only recently became a PL team.

    NUFC must start to believe. The eternal underdog / loser label must be shed. Expect to win!

    PS. I put us for a loss

  • 16 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Mitro NEEDS to work day and night too. That’s the answer…work all that excited-puppy-energy out of him then he’ll stop charging round like a bull in a china shop. Think he’s gonna be a great finisher when he gets into his stride.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Only really liked Cisse that first season…

    After that he’s just been a thorn in our side…a reminder of what is wrong (on the playing field) with Newcastle!

  • 18 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Now you’ve alerted ED!

    Forgot about that Ba thing. Really had thought they would be smashing together. But it was either or..

  • 19 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Ed…maybe Mitro needs a proven British strike partner, to show him the ropes like… Can you think of anyone who may become available, to follow up this article? 🙂

  • 20 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Oops Cyprus…

    Should read before I post! I see you were wondering too!

  • 21 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:17 AM


    Cashley is the source of our woes: we’re still stuck with his flawed business plan of gambling on foreign talent with high re-sale potential.

    I like the signings we’ve made but Charmless needs to start buying some players with PL experience too.

  • 22 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    You guys are trying to say ‘Austin’ to Ed, right? 🙂

    Ed, I myself don’t mind mate. My campaign had been to stop you saying the word ‘Cabaye’ (oops, reminded you) every third article, so go ahead and charlie yourself out.

  • 23 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    BTW, the Palace n.7 looks a decent player Ed.

  • 24 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:26 AM


    To mix my metaphors, I would have prepared the fatted calf for Cabaye but that ship has sailed!

  • 25 Ian Toon // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    An article from Martin Hardy ( a quality investigative journalist in my opinion) in today’s Sunday Times 13/9/2015) which every toon fan should read:

    ALAN PARDEW headed down the tunnel at St James’ Park following victory against Everton on December 28 last year, informed his Newcastle paymasters that he wished to leave and discussions began about the compensation package that would take him to Crystal Palace.

    When, two years earlier, Graham Carr emailed his resignation to the Newcastle board, owner Mike Ashley began a fight to keep the now 70 year old chief scout.

    Everyone is expendable at St James’ Park – everyone that is, except for Carr, the club’s de facto director of football.

    Tomorrow night at Upton Park, after five and a half years in the position, London will see the team that Graham built.

    Nine of Newcastle’s 10 outfield players will be those scouted and sign under the watch of Carr, the captain Fabricio Coloccini being the only exception.

    It is a staggering show of faith from Ashley. Carr, has outlasted Chris Hughton, who handed him his role, initially as chief scout, Alan Pardew, with whom there were differences over the players he signed, Joe Kinnear and Derek Llambias.

    It was the appointment of Kinnear in 2013 as director of football that led to Carr’s attempt to leave. By then he had already been invited to Ashley’s holiday home in Majorca, and was stunned to be offered an eight year contract. However the arrival of Kinnear, and the barren transfer windows that his arrival coincided with, had Carr ready to leave. Llambias, who was the then managing director, instead left. Ashley kept his man.

    Carr’s power has risen since. He was appointed as part of a four man board at Newcastle in the summer, along with managing director Lee Charnley, club veteran Bob Moncur and head coach Steve McClaren.

    Newcastle signed five players this summer, at a cost of more than £50 million according to Charnley. They were all chosen by Carr, the most powerful figure amongst that quartet.

    “Kevin Keegan rang me and asked about taking on Chris Hughton as a coach,” said Carr. “I’d worked with Chris at Tottenham and I said he was a very good coach. When Chris got the job he asked me about coming as chief scout and I worked with him, and then Alan Pardew and then Steve McClaren.”

    It is the eye for bargain hunting that has made him the power behind Ashley’s throne.

  • 26 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Yeah we unearthed a gem from France with Cabaye. Debuchy made us a few bob.
    Trouble was we also picked a lemon or two hailing from that country around the same time.

  • 27 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:34 AM


    Then the counter-argument is: the board didn’t pick Carr’s first/second/third choice. And so it goes.

  • 28 cyprus // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    This is Carr’s team. If we fall short, he must walk or be shown.

    How much money has he spent on purchases? Like a hundred?

  • 29 Ian Toon // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Last part of the same Martin Hardy article 13/9/15 from the Sunday Times:

    “I used to go to France through the Channel Tunnel,” he added. “It was quite easy to get there. I had seen Yohan Cabaye years before the opportunity came to buy him. I saw him when he was 18, 19, 20 and 21. I saw him getting better and better. I watched him play under-20s and then under-21s for France and I knew he had a get out clause in his contract.

    “We paid £4m for him and sold him for £19m to Paris St Germain. I got [Cheick] Tiote from FC Twente and I got [Hatem] Ben Arfa, who has a bit of an ego, but I see he’s got a couple of goals for Nice this season. The timescale we watch players for varies. We can watch them once or twice, or for months, and keep going back if we like someone.”

    More recently Holland has become his destination of choice. Siem de Jong and Daryl Janmaat arrived last summer for £11m from the Netherlands. During the last transfer window Georginio Wijnaldum signed for £14.7m from PSV Eindhoven.

    But there have been failures that are often overlooked.

    There was increasingly consternation from Pardew and his staff that players like Manu Riviere, Remy Cabella, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and even Vurnon Anita arrived (costing more than £30 million) and could not impact upon his side. Most could not even get a game. It did not matter to Ashley.

    McClaren was shown the list of names Newcastle were chasing. It is his team to coach, but it is from a squad picked by Graham Carr. Newcastle have yet to win a Premier League game since the former England manager took control at St James’ Park. They have not scored since their first game of the season. It is not a backdrop McClaren envisaged when he took over at Newcastle. Tomorrow at Upton Park, he must find a way to arrest the slump with the players Carr has given him.

  • 30 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:39 AM


    Aye there’s always that… Who knows where we might have been if the financial shackles had also been a shade looser back then. Aah, memories of French day at SJP… (Cringe)

  • 31 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:42 AM


    No shortage of cringe-worthy moments when you support NUFC!

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Ian…see how readable it gets when you split it up in paragraphs?

    …pennywise the clown will probably give us his thoughts now even though I didn’t pay a penny 😉 lol

  • 33 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:49 AM


    This is the team that Carr built, but it’s always going to be in accordance with the parasite’s business model.

  • 34 Ron Knee // Sep 13, 2015 at 7:50 AM


    My thoughts too!

  • 35 Munster Mag // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Good to see focus on Carr. I have been banging this drum for a while now. How many bargains has he dug up? Plenty of failures and guys like mbiwa are classic Carr signings. The dog should not have power over the mgr. Pardew has the type of team he likes at palace. We shud have tried to get him the pacy powerful players he likes. The managers football vision shud dictate, not the 70 yr old scouts fancies. How many gems?

  • 36 Jib // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Good article that.

    Unfortunately he suffers from that basic journalistic flaw of having to close it with a flourish and tries to give us a dramatic final paragraph which misses several salient points.

    He doesn’t mention the closeness of the Carr/SM relationship which goes back years.

    You can clearly see McClarens input into some of the signings this Summer.

    He evokes a doomsday scenario because we have only scored 2 goals and yet to win a game
    It’s the middle of September!
    Stoke the scum and Spurs have yet to win a game
    Soton Watford West Brom Villa B’mouth and Chelsea have all just won one game

    It really is very early for doom and gloom.

    Norwich are above Liverpool will they be in May ?

    One other point.

    Because we look for bargains and occasionally some flop on the football front (that happens at all clubs btw) it doesn’t mean we flop on the financial front – we will pretty much get our money back on Remy Cabella for example.

  • 37 toon kk // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    To succeed in the Premier league you need power and lots of pace, just look what Pards has achieved in a very short time at Palace.
    We have no real pace apart from Aarons or and Gabby. We’ve Scouted 57 varieties of player but always over look Real pace.

  • 38 Jib // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Crystal Palace’s star signing was Yohann Cabaye Pardew would never have met him let alone signed him if it hadn’t been for the dog Carr as you charmingly call him.

  • 39 hibbit // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    i see the turd from pennywell is about early this morning dishing out his condescending krap WUM

  • 40 sing in the corner // Sep 13, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Munster and Jib 35 & 36,

    Good football points / posts

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