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Senior Player Issues Rallying Cry To Team Mates

11:02 pm, Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

The Newcastle team seems short of leaders again – just like last season – but a player who has been at the club for just over ten years has issued a rallying cry to other Newcastle players.

Tim has been talking on the Newcastle web-site today and his words seem so true.

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Tim Krul rallying call to other players

This is what Tim has said:

“Everybody needs to grow now. We need to come out and show we are real men.   Chelsea and Manchester City are two massive games and we have to show that we’ve got the fight for it.”

“We need to be better than that, as a team and individually.” “Everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they gave everything.”

“If not, they have to start straight away, because what we are doing at the moment is really not good enough.”

“A couple of players put in good performances but there were also some really bad ones.” “The team we put out was more than good enough to win this game, and they didn’t really trouble us.”

“But if you don’t score, you give them hope. That’s what we did and they took advantage.” “The goal was just a long ball which dropped down and the shot got a deflection to take it in.”

“That’s their game – the Championship long ball – but we knew that and should have dealt with it so much better.”

“It’s confidence,” “We are doing alright in some areas, but the end product just isn’t there.

“You have to be honest enough to say that we are getting up there and playing some good stuff to get there, but it’s all about the final quality in the final third, which just isn’t happening.

“I’m not just blaming the forwards though because we need to look at the whole team. Defensively we haven’t been on top form yet – nobody has been.”

Those are good words from Tim Krul, and here’s one player showing the leadership and passion that’s needed to turn Newcastle’s situation around.

Remember – it’s possible we will be in a  decent place in the league by the end of the year – but it’s going to take everybody associated with the club pulling together – and in the same direction.

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80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    That’s a rallying cry for you. Where was all this rallying a few weeks ago?

  • 3 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Has our loyal and steadfast Captain spoken out yet?

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I wouldn’t blame the forwards either Tim after your attempted save yesterday. 😐

  • 5 angelswithdirtyfaces // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Colo has never seemed to show any leadership qualities either on or off the pitch Andrew. Or have I missed something ?

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    All the fine words and rallying calls in the wotld can’t magic up a regular goal threat.

  • 7 Nufc-83 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    This muppet needs to look at himself aswell he has been terrible for a long time pulling the odd great save to keep the fans who know little about football saying what a top gk he is.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    I wonder if Steve Black was brought in to massage egos and get heads right because the club recognised overhauling an entire squad would take time and effect morale.

  • 9 Belfast // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Heard plenty of these rallying calls the last few seasons. Usually followed by another rubbish performance afterwards.

  • 10 jane // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Tsunki Ashley out isn’t going to improve the results of forthcoming football matches is it?

    when Alan Pardew left half way through last season Newcastle were 9th. why is there such a difference between then and under John Carver and Steve McClaren? the most significant change in this time has been the manager, not the chief scout, MD or owner. if a manager like Sam Allardyce (but not him obviously) became manager now do you think they wouldn’t be able to turn things around?

    I’m not saying that McClaren won’t be able to because I hope there is a rapid change of results for the better but it’s not looking good with every match that goes by.

    Watford have only lost 1 match this season which was away to Man City and West Ham have had some terrific results so it’s not as if these 2 defeats were against teams that haven’t started well.

    if Newcastle had taken 4 points from West Ham and Watford and played as well as in the first 4 matches the mood would still be reasonably positive. 4 points from the next couple of games and everything changes again.

    I am pessimistic because I don’t think McClaren is good enough but taking the opportunity to push long held agendas isn’t the immediate answer. the team and players should be good enough to be doing better.

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Jane – Ashley Out!

  • 12 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Andrew , think we will all be benefiting from the sage musings of our Clown-Crowned Capitan just as soon as his English Scriptwriter comes back off his hols on monday.

  • 13 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Saying that when Pardew left we were 9th is supposed to mean something? Like we were rock steady? On the up? Cup – bound?Not likely to extend our record losses against the mackems? Not characteristically go into free fall at any time towards relegation? What. Exactly?

  • 14 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Sorry Jane that may have sounded a little petty. I should have said wake up and smell the coffee

  • 15 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Haha Tsunki I’ll await the ‘open letter ‘ (or e-mail) with bated breath! Can’t wait to hear what his translator/agent/Charnley has to say via the pen of wor Fabricio….

  • 16 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Blackley we are in full agreement i think. I have been moaning re carr for ages and like u,i dont accept his”i have to buy my third choice players”

  • 17 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I have noticed mind that every single time there’s a ‘rallying cry’ or ‘dressing room inquest’, that the team seems to implode at an alarming rate.

    Is Mclaren going to announce once again that he is ‘happy with the response from his players’ in his pre-match interview, only for them to plunge to new depths of incompetence?

    As long as he keeps the grinning to a minimum then personally I’ll be grateful for small mercies.

  • 18 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Tsunki nobody outside of newcastle agrees with all your pardew bile. I dont want him back but we were overall a mid table team or a bit lower under him.

  • 19 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Now the rose tint is being applied the window on Pardew’s history. Looks like he did better with less support. Did better with a worse team. I swear some people think we are all goldfish. Pardew has had way better players than we have now. Way better. And I call not sacking an abusive and head – butt – attempting mackem -saving self -styled monarch of the dressing room pretty good support.

  • 20 Shot Bru // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    The players don’t play as a team.
    The club is divided from the dressing room to the fans.
    There’s absolutely no connection anymore between the club and the fans which affects the atmosphere in and around the club.
    The club is insipid, soulless and drifting aimlessly without passion, direction or leadership.
    And we’ve been saddled with the dream team of the Wally and Cashley.

  • 21 Munster Mag // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Andrew the boozy faced grin is starting to grate..

  • 22 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Munster – nice to see you stick by facts. Nobody outside of Newcastle eh? And it’s not bile. it’s observation. For the record, I don’t care what he’s doing now, but rewriting his time here is beyond a joke when you’re trying to persuade those who remember it well.

  • 23 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    It’s been an amusing read on here today.

  • 24 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    There’s something fundamentally off key. Surely pro players would play well to safeguard their value and careers? You’d think a reasonable proportion of them would at least.

  • 25 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    I’ve found it funny.

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Amusing to think that some imagine that replacing Carr will immediately mean free spending on top flight proven players and subsequent success under the glorious rule of Ashley and his pup Charnley. Sorry I meant to type Amazing, not Amusing.

  • 27 jane // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Tsunki looks like you are being backed into a corner!
    good night 😉

  • 28 andrew84 // Sep 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    My personal take on Pardew is that he was never a particularly likeable character, and a very average manager.

    Pundits and neutrals alike were disgusted by the way he conducted himself on the touchline, which makes the current Pardew love-in all the more bizarre. By that I’m not talking about the praise regarding his current stats at Palace, it’s the “Look at how you treated poor Alan” sentiment that just smacks of hypocrisy.

    He’s being given relatively free reign to do what he wants at Palace and good luck to him. Maybe he could have been successful at Newcastle, unfortunately he was shackled by an ownership which he was more than delighted to be shackled by.

    I suppose the endless batterings by the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, City, our great local rivals etc didn’t really help things either.

    But that’s by the by. Pardew’s gone, and a line just needs to be drawn. It’s only because Carver was a billion times worse that we’re even looking at those days as if they were glory years.

  • 29 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Jane what are you looking at?

  • 30 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    If If was being backed into a corner jeff surely you would be sticking around to observe? Sorry, I meant jane

  • 31 Munster Mag // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Tsun, no matter how hard you try to spin it, it doesnt matter. I have rarely/never come across a neutral journo who agrees with your rants. Pardew was a v er age….! He got us 5th and nearly relegated. He did ok in europa. Yes he cow towed to “the regime”, like many employees. Now he is highly respected at palace. So many screamed here that he would relegate them. All wrong tsunki, aaaal wrong. Yes i too hated the Readings etc but his remit here was compromised. You guys must hate that he came 5th. Yes we were a bit lucky but 5th is what happened along with the crap. As i saud, neutral journos just dont see your point. We

  • 32 RonVanDam // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Anyone think Brendan Rogers is worth a punt?

  • 33 Munster Mag // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Tsunki your analysis of carr is tainted by your anti ashley and anti pardew bile. Carr chose the manager. Carr chooses the players. Yes ashley is the overlord and he is a prik but carr is behind all the football machinations. He needs to improve big time. Or maybe mitro’s flawed character is pardews fault? Nite fellow NUFC fan, htl.

  • 34 Munster Mag // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Ron.. No.

  • 35 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    72 people need to be hospitalised for a brain tumour if they think we will win come Saturday.

    What a joke…..only question is by how much will we lose…

  • 36 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 25, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    Rallying cry again. Game after game and then we are served up shi*.. Just Shudup already..

  • 37 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 25, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    Diego Costa up against coloccini. Hahaha… He can’t even handle ighalo and deeney.

  • 38 RonVanDam // Sep 25, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Munster Mag
    BR seems to play a similar style to KK. Weak defence, tries to outscore the opposition and plays attractive football

  • 39 RonVanDam // Sep 25, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    As long as he stays away from transfers haha

  • 40 John Tudor // Sep 25, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    is a schtevie mac
    a new burger from mcdonalds full of stuffings?

  • 41 terencelim // Sep 25, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    ashley OUT!

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2015 at 5:01 AM

    The world according to Munster !

  • 43 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 25, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    Andrew84 @28. Good post. Too much Pardew revisionism going on. Agree with all you said. The 5th place finish was a fluke and unfortunately has given his apologists ammunition. His overall record was simply poor.
    Tsunki @26. I agree that Charnley is as much, or perhaps more of a problem than Carr. But Carr’s incompetence cannot be overestimated. I really don’t buy this line that we are signing “his third or fourth choices”. It was him surely who recommended that we bought Cabella, Riviere, Thauvin etc at the prices we had to pay? They were simply poor business, and that falls on his head. Getting rid of him can only be a step in the right direction. One domino at a time…

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    So we are only willing to pay between £40-50k a week in wage for a player…has that been establish or is it just opinion?

    …the first I have heard of it!

  • 45 Santon03 // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    The problem with this team is too much pressure.

    Pressure that has been building up since last season horror.
    SM need to put players who want to play, playing a player like Cisse will just add the pressure since he already got big pressure from unable to score and he doesn’t seem like he wants to stay any longer. SM need to play players like Janmaat who has the hunger and desire to win.

  • 46 Tsunki // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Munster now you’re revising my posts. There’s no bile. Pardew was rubbish, getting a new rubbish manager doesn’t change it, and I concur with Pardew’s past history that it has a habit of repeating. He’s gone now, and he’s just done bloke. You want care gone, but replaced with who, and with what result?

  • 47 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    On Pardew, I don’t think people are apoligists, they simply seen the bigger picture at the time that it didn’t matter who the head coach was at the club, nout will change until the recruitment side is sorted out.

    Every manger/coach is fighting a losing battle working under those circumstances, throw in horrendous injury records over the course of every season also and we are doomed. Apart from when we were lucky and finished 5th.

    Personally, I have always held the belief Ashley causes more problems than any coaching staff with his poor policies in the buying and selling of players. There was always a worry also that if Pardew did leave we would end up with worse which has came to fruition in JC and very nearly seen us relegated last season.

    I don’t think anyone seen him as an amazing manager, just mid-table/average, they just didn’t blame him for everything at the club like most on here did.


    Ashley rid of all the top earners at the club. Nolan, Barton, Smith, etc etc and started buying abroad on the cheap, coupled with cheap wages. He sussed he could get 2 foreign players in wages wise instead of buying a proven Premier League player on high wages. Well, that’s what I think anyway. He also thought by the look of it we could make a profit on every single player also which has failed miserably. Lots of deadwood here now.

    5 years down the line here is where we sit with these policies. Brilliant! The French and dutch are on peanuts compared to the Premier League. It’s surprising we are up there with our outgoings on wages as a club, problem is it’s going to alot of deadwood and bang average players instead of proven quality for this league.

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    I don’t Carr is the problem it’s our whole setup!

    We scout players randomly with any disregard to what we need or who our current HC is and what he represents.

    We buy as randomly as we scout and who ever is HC speaks as randomly!

    …everything at this club seems to be just that…random!

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM


  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    TP…I am sorry you just named three English players I would happily drive where ever they wanted to go myself!

    …what’s your point actually?

  • 51 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    I was commenting on your post at 44 about wages.

  • 52 Ron Knee // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    It’s because Ashley is trying to do things his way – and it isn’t working!

  • 53 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    I’d have Nolan and Barton back tomorrow me!

  • 54 jimmysmith // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Santon makes a good and often overlooked point regarding pressure.. Pardew had a favourite saying.,”it’s a heavy shirt.” It’s surely very true of Newcastle, so long without any success. It’s a manifestly tense play to play your football and to watch it. The last seven or eight years hasn’t provided any relief, and this year almost unbearable, and we have one of the youngest, least experienced sides in the league.

  • 55 chicousa // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Article on The Mag, claims Rolando Aarons is being made available to go out on loan…..WTF??? Is it even posible that SMC could be that blind? Is this proof that the man has lost touch with reality?!!! Or is this all part of a play to get Aarons to sigh a new contract in some sly way? Aarons is one of the very few NUFC players who could very well be a superstar in a couple years. Course Oliver Kemen was another and SMC let him slip thru his fingers….this manager is starting to freak me out. McClaren out!!!

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Seriousy, why are we rehashing old ground on Pardew? He did not do well for us for the majority of his time. Yes, he was hamstrung by the transfer set up, although he was happy to claim that he should be praised for the signing of Cabella.

    He has gone, however he does at Palace makes no odds to me. I hope he keeps them up. I like Palace and Selhurst Park, saw Beckham’s halfway lob there as a kid, and it was a great pitch to play on as a youngster with the stands so close to the pitch. Whatever he does there doesn’t make him any better here though.

    Time to move on for all those who are into continually bashing the bloke and for all those who still love to sing his praises.

    McClaren is struggling, as many thought would happen, but that doesn’t make Pardews record better. It makes them both what they are – McClaren a sacked Championship manager, Pardew a sacked League 1 manager.

  • 57 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM


    Aye, I read that yesterday aswell, seems Thauvin and Obertan are before him. I think it’s an emergency loan though if he does get sent out which is just 3 months I think.

    Still though I’d rather keep him with our injury records.

    Knowing our luck he will go out on loan and Thauvin will end up with a double fracture.

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    I’d have had Barton back in the summer. Sadly, it would never happen. That sort of on pitch character and bite is exactly what we lack in midfield and in defence.

  • 59 Bambams // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Our recruitment process suggests players know if they sign for us, play well, spotted by a bigger club….SOLD

    So with this in mind are players ever really going to embrace our club.

    BA Debuchy Cabaye Who next Janmaat Sissoko. …..

    I also do not recall any other clubs taking us on head to head for the players we signed. Could it be they are not as good as we believe.

    Mind you I genuinely believe Mbemba and Wini will be excellent. …eventually

    Not good and my glass is turning ‘half empty’ again

  • 60 toon kk // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Nearly everyone blamed Pardew for our dismal displays, what was he supposed to do with our squad?
    No one can do anything with our current duds not even Jose.
    These poor performances haven’t happened over night, it’s the result of many years of a flawed transfer policy.

  • 61 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:23 AM


    Aye, without a doubt. Sad to see the lad at Burnley actually, he could still do a good job at a mid-table club in the Premier I think.

    Im sure he has took a wage cut aswell.

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    If Aarons isn’t going to start then he is best off out on loan. He won’t develop in the development squad under Beardsley.

    Sign him on a new deal, then loan him out if Obertan, Thauvin, Sissoko and Perez are all ahead of him for the wider attacking roles. Goofy is still here as cover as well, and it is a better position for Riviere as well.

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

    2015 has got to be amongst the worst in our history. I have to say that what does concern me most, about our current predicament is that long time fans, who’s football knowledge I respect say that this team are among the worst they’ve seen. They say they display little determination, they’re disjointed and simply don’t look like they are going to score. Further Macca has that haunted look that I have seen in a few of our managers before- I remember Fat Sam, for all his bluster at Stoke and just knowing he had a taxi in waiting. His heart was not in his cursory chat with fans and that he knew he was on borrowed time. I haven’t spoken to Macca but he is a good coach and he seems a likeable guy who’s been good to his mum; but he already appears I am told shell-shocked.

    Carr should feature here, when talking about mums! – wasn’t it the double winning European Cup winning manager Clough and his sidekick ( Taylor?) who used to snoop almost on players to see if they were good characters. Questions have been asked on a number of our signings in this department in recent times.

    I am glad to have purged myself of all that baggage. Who was it who said its good to talk!
    It won’t be news but the pain doesn’t go away.

  • 64 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:25 AM


    I agree aye.

  • 65 stan anderson // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    How can anyone talk about Patsy Pardew as anything other than totally inept at his job with us.
    He had all the unwanted records of defeats and never even tried to get a cup run going.
    His remit was to keep the club in the P/L,nothing else mattered to his bosses.
    He duly toed the line and took the flak that should really have been aimed at his bosses,but he took his money and told us many untruths along the way.
    Good luck to him at Palace,while it lasts.
    Ashley OOT

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    I said it when McClaren was appointed. He can’t handle pressure, I hoped he had learnt to cope better, but evidence here and at the business end of the Championship season seem to be proving he hasn’t. He already has a look about him that this job is too big for him.

    He has a history of walking, if things don’t pick up soon, then it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. Having said that, if he walked from here, he would likely never be seen again at this level of management.

  • 67 chicousa // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    I guess McClaren and Carr have invested a lot of their credibility in Thauvin, so at this point they HAVE to keep playing him ahead of young Aarons and hope he works out. But I would love to see Aarons start and be given a full match, even if at LB for Haidara.

  • 68 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Lilongwe – Good morning. Pardew was somewhat like the curates egg good in parts. He did have a resilience that was admirable. Concern in the past has been raised in this aspect of Macca.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    TP…we have signed players on bigger wages than they were on mate!

  • 70 Ian Toon // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Lilongwe – Sorry I posted on the very point before reading your post.
    I am out of the door but hope for something tomorrow to feel positive about.
    Enjoy your day.

  • 71 firebug666 // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Fans have to understand that Ashley has his own agenda for the club which has nothing at all to do with football.

    He needed a sandwich board to advertise his tat shop, whist also taking control of all merchandising in and out of the club.

    As long as the club is safe in the premiership he is a happy man, but when things are not going so well (like now) he panics.

    Last season was dismal, and Ashley knew if he did not breath new life into the club is would die and drop out of the premiership if that was to happen his other paradisical companies would not be able to feed their greedy insatiable appetites of it.

    So in desperation he sanctioned an (allegedly) massive overall of the club.

    New staff, some new players, and a new philosophy (apparently) with the aim of winning a cup.

    Charnley and Carr were charged with bringing about these changes, and with getting the fans back onside, their aim to finish around eighth in the league and go for it in the cups.

    The have failed in colossal style, and Ashley has failed too, he failed to see that Carr should stick to scouting players, and that Charnley should go back to making the tea.

    If we were to have an overall at the club it should have started at the top with the MD.

    I suspect that work is now going on for January to save our skins, a club in the Premiership is worth millions to Ashley’s other parasite companies, while in the Championship it’s worth sweet F all.

  • 72 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Lets not get not Pardew. His overall record here was poor, his actions pretty embarrassing and his demeanour not likeable. He has gone, good. It is a start. The whole club needed looking at, as I said numerous times for the last couple of years, nobody should be escaping blame at the club. They are all culpable to some degree.

    Thanks to Ashley’s interview, the club bought some breathing space that should not have been afforded, and they used it to make cosmetic changes. In reality little is changed and it is sad that so many fans bought into the promise of a brighter tomorrow by Ashley, rather than waiting unit it was delivered upon to ease off on the pressure at the club.

  • 73 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Ron…it’s definitely not working!

    …nothing as random as this would ever work!

    It’s always about the resell value which by itself alone is flawed, but this is also flawed at so many other levels.

    How many players have we sold with a huge profit? How much money have lost by underperforming?

  • 74 nut meg // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Toon -Prodigy
    Wages were not the only reason & probably not the main one either as to why Ashley got rid of Nolan,Barton & Smith. They were leaders of men,leaders on & off the pitch. Along with Steve Harper who was part of the players committee who were responsible for advising the rest of the players not to sign a form regarding the players bonus.They were seen as trouble makers,also Chris Hughton (was accused at the time )paid the price for not controlling the players.. Ashley wanted rid of them & they all went out the club.He doesn’t seem to like leaders on or off the pitch….something which we are in desperate need of.
    Out of that group of Nolan,Barton,Smith & Harper, I for one would have either one as captain over Colo, the harp playing pantomime artist.Players look at the captain for leadership etc etc etc on the pitch especially when things aren’t going well…..atm things are definitely not going well.

  • 75 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Sorry, good morning Ian. I’m fed up of the Pardew chatter utterly irrelevant to our club as it is.

    *onto Pardew.

  • 76 lochinvar // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Ron….. Rodgers… no no , but thanks for the offer
    Papers suggest Moyes in waiting – that’s another disaster waiting to happen.
    Ashley needs to change the record – old style Managers are history – we need someone with ” Energy ”
    We can’t wait until Xmas – well I can’t – I want new toys now

  • 77 Harley // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Do we know why arrons wasn’t in the squad yet on Wednesday? Anything been said?

  • 78 chicousa // Sep 25, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    The only thing I have read is Aarons had a knock from Tuesday training. But nothing official. And now this loan story appears…

  • 79 hibbit // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    when the going get’s tuff Mc will walk the next 3 game’s should be fun

  • 80 Shearer.Milburn // Sep 25, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    OK, so we haven’t won a game all season and still 13% of fans reckon we’ll beat Chelsea… Any wonder people say we are deluded fans.

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