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Former Player Sure Newcastle Will Get Better Soon

2:46 pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

Loic Remy had an excellent season for us on loan from QPR in 2013 – 2014 but he didn´t want to sign for Newcastle full time and after failing a medical at Liverpool he eventually signed on at Chelsea last year, but he hasn´t played too many times for them.

However with Diego Costa having been banned for three games earlier this week, he may get a chance to play against Newcastle on Saturday – in what is an important game for us,  after losing our last four games.

loic remy at west ham

Loic Remy – while on loan at Newcastle

Here´s what the French International striker has said about the upcoming game:

“I just want to feel better and now with the games coming, maybe I have the opportunity to play more, we will see.”

“It’s my old club, so it’s always a pleasure to play against them, but the manager will decide the best team and pick 11 players so we’ll see on Saturday.”

“I’m surprised at what is happening at Newcastle because they are quite a big team, strong. I am sure they will get better very soon.”

In January of 2013, when we were trying to recruit players to help us fight relegation, Remy was the one that got away although we did sign five Frenchmen that January.

Newcastle were given a verbal yes from Loic and his agents, when Loic was still at Marseille,  but then they changed the location of the medical to London.

And while in London they talked to QPR and he surprisingly ended up signing for them – they were bottom of the league then – and finished bottom of the league in May, 2013.

Newcastle went after Loic in the summer of 2013 and got him in on loan for the following season.

While at Newcastle he had an excellent record – he played 27 games for us and scored 14 goals.

He would have been a great full time signing for us.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Loan Moves · Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Premier League




52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    This next run of games could be very painful for us as we are coming up against two sides that are more than capable of tearing us apart when we at our best and we are a million miles from our best right now, but if, somehow, we are able to get anything from either game it could go a long way to kick start our season. Fingers, toes and everything else is crossed if only to delay the inevitable

  • 2 croftus5678 // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    whats clear from last night is that only janmaat and perez care about the club and that colback is a million miles better than anita.

  • 3 loonie-toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Apparently we’re a boogy team for Jose he never won at st James park lets hope that carries on on Saturday win against Chelsea could b the start of are season give are players right confidence boost hopefully kick on

  • 4 croftus5678 // Sep 24, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    @1 jb

    yep next 2 games we be bottom of prem after big losses but tbh i was expecting that anyways even before the prem kicked off when the fixtures was released.

    i wasnt banking on how poor we play though or that we would lose in such a way !

    my assesment is we would start winning points after the next 2 games but now tbh i cant see where any points are going to come from with performances like that.

  • 5 JackButler // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Croftus

    I look at the players and it is obvious that there are so many that simply don’t care, they have no pride in the shirt they are privileged to wear but they are a direct result of the way the whole club is being run. We spent a massive amount in the summer and I honestly don’t think we are any better for that investment. We have no pace at all and we still have a squad made up of poor players.

    But saying that, it’s very hard to point the finger of blame at the players when it’s obvious that it’s the likes of Carr and Charnley that are to blame but Ashley is the true cancer that is killing this club

  • 6 loonie-toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Don’t get y we dint try 4-4-2 last night with Perez and Toney up front would been wOrth a try not liking the formation we’re using we ant got the pace or. Creativity for it I fink shearer should give a team talk tell players wat we exspecting from them

  • 7 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Sick and Tired.(previous thread)

    You’re absolutely right that Pardew was not a true manager here in the sense that his hands were tied regarding who came in and who were sold.
    But he was, above all else, a very good motivator. We had some poor results under him that’s for sure, but very rarely two in succession. He had the ability to rally the troops after a bad loss for the next game. Not every ‘manager’ can do that. Let’s just hope and pray that McClaren can.

  • 8 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Sick and tired- see overleaf as well.
    On managers. The problem wasn’t Pardew and isn’t Macca. It really is Ashley and the all powerful Graham Carr. Ashley has strongly resisted the sort of manager we largely were looking to be appointed .
    The type of top draw manager you want won’t be attracted to managing the toon under the Ashley edict. They would inevitably want a high degree of control over transfer policy. Ashley, on the other hand, can be forgiven for continuing with his head coach/chief scout model.
    The usual suspects frequently argue that he simply wants to deflect attention from himself onto the manager. Thereby to function under his own business model at the expense of the toon. With a football head coach being no different to a Sports Direct manager.
    The pendallum of massively increased TV money next season could well mean Ashley reviews the existing transfer policy sooner rather than later. Let’s hope were not beyond help come the January window. Be careful what you wish for!

  • 9 jayphoto // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    think against Chelsea we need as much pace as possible down the flanks! Ivanovic especially has been terrified by any pace so far

  • 10 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Am glad the english media is finally cottoning on to my long held opinions re carr, his recruitment choices and influence at the club

  • 11 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Wud be concerned re giving an early goal to chelsea

  • 12 toon kk // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    I said before the season started we had the worst team not necessarily the worst players but the worst team in the premier league. Where’s the pace? Aarons who doesn’t get in the team for what ever reason and Obertan, well say no more! Who’s the creative players? Is there any? Who’s the goal scorers? Is Motrovic we’ll have to wait and see, but he’ll have to make his own chances. What about our defence? I like Janmaat but he’s had to almost become a striker.
    people are starting to blame Macca, maybe he has his faults but Jose couldn’t motivate duds.
    50mil may not have been wasted but it wasn’t spent wisely.
    But our poor form is a result of very poor scouting over a number of years along with sales of our best players.
    There’s only one outcome, RELIGATION.

  • 13 toon kk // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Mag52
    Can anyone motivate our lacklustre squad, maybe they are giving 100% but just can’t cope with the pace and quality in English football.

    Many fans have over rated our players for a long time, maybe some are beginning to think differently.

  • 14 go toon goooo // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Janmaat bench.
    Moussa is poor up front.Poor.Or new manager and different positions for these two players.
    Nothing more nothing less at the moment.

  • 15 terencelim // Sep 24, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Ashley OUT!

  • 16 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Ian good post re pardew in previous thread. As i said the sack pardew guys made geordies look stupid, or more to the point, pardew made them look stupid when he revived palace in a hurry. Carr and his control is the central issue at nufc now

  • 17 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    JB
    There’s pride in a toon shirt? A privilege? Can I ask why?

    As for this Pardew craic HA

  • 18 Belfast // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Ian I’m not enjoying this brave new world.

  • 19 JamesToon // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    What we are lacking:

    – PL experience
    – Pace
    – Physicality
    – A proven PL striker who will guarantee goals
    – A playmaker
    – A ball winner
    – a decent left back
    – A LEADER AND COMMANDING CB

  • 20 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Belfast – Geezer, your not a usual suspect. It’s tough at the top.
    Catchya later!

  • 21 LeedsMag // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Pardew wasnt the whole problem but not the solution either.OK manager but not as good as his ego thought.My main issue with him was his politicians stance of supporting the regime whilst trying to tell the fans what they wanted to hear – only works for so long.
    The scouting is the real problem.Please no more lightweight French wingers who look like they couldnt give a toss! Read in a link from the mail sport today that Thauvin got 1/10 and was voted by readers of L’Equipe into the worst eleven of last season – if so, how the hell did we pay 13mill for him.WHU got Payet for ? 5mill – nuff said

  • 22 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Messi would have been a great signing for us as well but somehow I can’t see him wanting to come to us either..

    Most of the players who we would have liked, have gone to the other ‘top’ clubs and are doing well with them. The ones we signed would probably also be doing ok if they had gone elsewhere.

    It’s probably those malaise again at fault!!

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Interesting piece in the Teegraph by Luke Edwards, he said :-
    “Despite his place on the board, McClaren was repeatedly over-ruled in the summer by Carr and Charnley, most notably on the signing of QPR striker Charlie Austin. When he asked for an experienced international centre-back to be brought in, Newcastle decided to extend the contract of captain Fabricio Coloccini instead.”

    Interesting if true – no mention of what Moncurs’ position was.

    Amazed at the number of the discreditted pro Percy Brigade popping on with their rants.
    Also not many bwave supporters about promoting Maccas’ bwave new world, clearly not very bwave.

  • 24 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I thought it was me who mentioned the Brave New Season (not world although I was alluding to it) unless I missed someone else’s post.

    Anyway I’m too depressed to really care.

  • 25 Belfast // Sep 24, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    You could appoint a fashionable foreign manager tomorrow and I genuinely believe he wouldn’t do any better.

    The players aren’t good enough. You could count the ones that are on one hand.

    3 managers now have had the same problems. The latest manager having a reputation of being a good coach and he still can’t get anything outa them.

    Ashley, Charnley and Carr put this mediocre squad of players together so the blame lies with them.

  • 26 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Belfast – Good post. Let’s hope for miracles and Goals from Mitrovic. Winning and losing has got a lot to do with confidence or the lack of it.
    Ashley tends not to pull the trigger early but if this run continues he might. Then unveil Fat Sam – joke. The nerve of the bloke.

  • 27 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Ian
    Why would he pull the trigger? He never bothered with Pardew

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    So how’s the xenophobic attitude been today?

    …it was very refreshing yesterday – and the Sam A article just brought back memories!

  • 29 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Belfast – it’s stretching it a bit to describe Carver as a manager! He has trouble managing his short change.

  • 30 Belfast // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Well hopefully the big Serb can do business because nobody else will 🙂

    Think there’s far more chance of McClaren walking than being sacked tbh

  • 31 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Are we generally saying that the whole club is in transition?

    “Carrying out a major overhaul of the squad in the middle of the season, in a transfer window that is still more than three months away is a gamble, but it will suit McClaren if he can persuade his squad they are playing for their futures, even if it is to earn a move in January.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/11888647/Newcastle-United-owner-Mike-Ashley-to-back-manager-Steve-McClaren-despite-dreadful-start-to-the-season.html

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    If Carr is pulling all the strings then why does he not become the manager himself and if it is true that Mac was over-ruled by Carr and Charmless – then he is a bigger fool than I thought for taking the job.

    The fans like me pay the money and if Carr is pulling the strigs I think I should have right to know along with another 50,000 what the F**k is going on and who picks the players managers.

    I got some stick on here for sticking up for Pardew who I thought was a decent manager who had his hands tied behind his back. His weakness was he did not walk out earlier/or was someone holding a smoking gun to his head and tell the fans what/who was running the club/transfers etc.,

  • 33 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Pardew had a track record of managing deteriorating situations.
    Allied more to lose going forward, from loss of increased TV money.
    You judge a manager on results and spending well in the transfer market. If results don’t pick up why would you continue to back the coach/ manager financially in January.

  • 34 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    I will admit McClaren looks more like a firefighter than a Head Coach at the moment, being forced to proclaim that all is hunky-doory whilst everything is crumbling around him with no sign of being extinguished. How many of the players is he actually forced to play in order to potentially guarantee a significant transfer fee?

    Sissoko, Cisse, Tiote and ven Williamson are all struggling to demand a fee that the club are happy to accept. Yet the ‘Board’ let younger players hungry for success like Abeid go for trivial fees.

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    Don’t you mean bi-xenophobic?

    (I was only scanning but Jib/Jef/Jane was up to his old tricks)

  • 36 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Ian
    Pardew has a track record of being poor and he should of been sacked multiple times while at NUFC and Ashley did nothing about it

    McClaren is safe until he walks

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Lindisfarne – we’re told the club is in transition and that there are lots of things happening behind the scenes – as to what is happening exactly -who knows.
    We’re told that mistakes were made and these would be rectified – but we don’t know what the mistakes were -I think one ad tried to ask the question of what mistakes were made and who made them -at the Fans Forum -but was answered by something along the lines of the did not want to dwell in the past -or something like that.
    So if similar mistakes are being made we’ll have no idea at all what they are and who is making them.
    I think Wally is trying to be more open about things, as far as he dare, but clearly there is a malaise about the place.

  • 38 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Why the hell did we let Abeid and Jonas go? They would have provided height, pace , bustle and passing ability as the 2 in this 4231 formation that we are desperate to play every week

    Was this Mclaren’s decision to let them go ? Jonas spoke out about the club so they let him go and Abeid has an opinion so he went

    Also lots of clubs chased Kemen why did we let him go he would have got lots of game time this season

  • 39 Mister Tuff // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    ad = lad

  • 40 BandB // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Pardew did have a skill for managing deteriorating situations.
    He’d had a fair bit of practice of managing deteriorating situations throughout his career 🙂
    He managed to produce the low-ambition survival football which was the only metric his boss was interested in.
    If fancy football wasn’t on his job spec, why bother? Especially if finishing fifth was going to lead to your boss sending you out to sheepishly explain that you got ahead of yourself and that it was never EVER going to happen again.
    Pardew left because he got a golden ticket out of Groundhog Day. He could see the way the wind was blowing, and that was in the direction of decline he couldn’t manage. Smart man.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Lindisfarne…is that a thing 😀

    …if the blog clown was involved then anything applies! lol

  • 42 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    I make the counter argument of mitigating circumstances. Which Macca is also faced with. If you recall Pardew made a case of not being judged on transfer policy. Carr should have been in the dock
    on that count. Pardew at Palace has bought well and the locals are
    appreciative. He describes it as a blessing being the manager. I wish him well.

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I think knew he used his 9 lives more or less anyway…so of course he would leave!

    …like BandB says it was his golden ticket!

  • 44 Toondulkar // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    This should be the team against Chelsea
    Krul
    Janmaat Collo Mbemba Haidara
    Sissoko Colback Wijnaldum
    Perez Cisse
    Mitrovic

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    After clearing out the dross from the squad, I just hope the eventual transition is McClaren to DoF and a more forth right Manager appointed. The less we see of Ashley the better.

  • 46 BandB // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Pardew always managed to sound happy with the transfer dealings, even when he’d said we needed three or four signings and he got Sweet Fanny Adams.
    It was always a strong squad when the chips were down.
    Pardew is out of the pit and McClaren is in it.
    He puts the cream on, or he gets the hose.

  • 47 WWSBRD // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Ian
    So McClaren has no mitigating circumstances

    Pardew inherited a team in a better place and they had just been promoted and Pardew captained it to 1 good season then basement battles and pathetic cup showings

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Having a football club where some head scout is just scouting players randomly and a under qualified GM is buying randomly while the HC coaching randomly is not necessarily a good thing!

    …at least Pardew us buying his own players so to speak! Not many English clubs works well the Swansea way!

  • 49 Toondulkar // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    With Cisse Perez Mitrovic changing position.If cisse not fit than in his place Siem De jong,Thuavin or Obertan.We need something different.

  • 50 Mag52 // Sep 24, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Mr Tuff.

    Discredited ? I don’t think so. Getting more credited as the weeks roll by in fact.

  • 51 BandB // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    All sorts of theories and suggestions about how we tweak things, but THIS is the plan.

    Mitrovic will come back from suspension with several kilos of Semtex magically vanished from his head. The lion will lie down with the lamb, the existing formation and players will click into shape. All we have to do is wait and see.

    How will this happen?
    As Geoffrey Rush said: “I dunno…it’s a mystery!”

  • 52 Ian Toon // Sep 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    WW- I didn’t say that. If you can be bothered read my earlier posts. Ju have presented a critique.




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