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Can Cheick Tiote Play A Role For Newcastle This Season?

3:57 pm, Sunday, October 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 127 Comments

With Jack Colback missing from the team yesterday due to injury,  Steve McClaren put in Yoan Gouffran in defensive midfield, which shows the lack of depth we have in the team at the moment.

Newcastle currently have 10 injured players out according to with Jack Colback said to be fit again on 18th October so we don´t know if Jack will make the next game at home to Norwich City in two weeks time.

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Cheick Tiote – can do a job for Newcastle?

But it looks like Cheick Tiote may be finally fit again and he came on yesterday in the second half and he could potentially play a role in turning around Newcastle´s season, which we need to do before the end of the year.

The longer Newcastle stay in the relegation zone the longer players will lack confidence and find ways of losing games.

What´s needed is a win this season maybe by a few goals to get some confidence back into this squad.

It´s a bit like last season when we carried on our poor from the previous season and in the 2013-2014 season we lost seven of our last eight games and then went the first seven games last season with only four draws and no wins.

But that´s better than we´ve done this season and maybe Cheick Tiote can come in and give us some bite in midfield and maybe the Ivory Coast International can help settle things down at Newcastle.

He´s played for Steve McClaren before when FC Twente won their first and only Eredivisie title back in 2010 so maybe he can play well for McClaren at Newcastle.

There´s  a danger that if we don’t start winning soon we could be set adrift from the rest of the teams in the league and then it becomes very difficult to get back into the swing of things.

And to think we thought after we just survived last season the club would have put things right by now.

What´s that about the best-laid plans of mice and men?

They often go awry.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

127 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    ed why do you need to waste time putting this new page up when we’ve all said it already.
    NO he can’t

  • 2 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    2-0 after 6 minutes.

  • 3 bladeuser // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Your posts r boring and repetative
    It’s the same old shit time and time again
    Get some new stories or give up

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:10 PM


    We need someone to take us in a new direction. We’ve aways played safe with a succession of bang average Brit managers such as Dalglish, Souness, Allardcye, Pardew and SM is pretty much of the same mould. Namely safety first, defensive, long ball football

    I would loved to have taken a chance with Viera or someone similar. Anyone is a gamble but we need someone who is dynamic, forward thinking with new ideas and who can attract good quality to the club.

    Some people are contradicting themselves saying we have no quality and a rubbish squad and then saying if we get relegated we will lose Mitro, Wijnaldum, M’Bemba , Perez and others. Make your minds up!

    Stupidity is SM has already got rid of Abeid and Kemen, yet kept Tiote who along with Colo and Cisse doesn’t even want to be here.

  • 5 mindshaft // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Time to drop Anita, he’s not a defensive mid nor a playmaker – I’d prefer a half fit Tiote

    there are clearly some major issues at the club , this has been going on since Ashley took over – whole mentality is wrong

  • 6 mindshaft // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Ranieri has Leicester flying , Pards has Palace flying, Southampton and Swansea are miles away from where we are , we have a team of international players and yet play like we’re non league for 60 mins a match … what happened to Steve Black – motivation coach , clearly isn’t working

  • 7 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    The trouble is the Board only want a desperate yes-man as manager.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Manure are getting hammered.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Why can’t we play like arsenal, they destroying Man Utd so far.

  • 10 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Can see Man Utd going down this season.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM


    Ha ha ha

    I will have whatever you are smoking.

  • 12 Jib // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM


    Swansea 2 Spurs 1

    Toon King and bladeuser
    Two ignorant peasants.
    If you don’t like what Ed does stay away – you will not be missed honestly.

  • 13 bladeuser // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Without stating the obvious arsenal have players who can pass tackle head move with the ball move without the ball and do I need to go on

  • 14 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:42 PM


    The trouble is we’ve caused just too much damage to our club, it’s got no spirit, players like sissoko, tiote and colo don’t give a crap, the youngsters are coming in like a player that needs to be at his best right away and the transfers themselves are random players coming in based on cash and future sell on rather that squad building but the list goes on and on really.

    viera might look like a be considered a good manager in the future but nobody not even these quality players knows this, he could be a yes man or alan shearer you just don’t know, the only thing these quality player will know at this minute in time is we’re a club who don’t give huge wages, like selling the best players and are miles away from CL competion and these issue will never be put aside just because we’re taking a chance on a hopefully future decent manager.

    If your happy to see us get relegated into the championship and spend a few years in that league then he could very well be a good appointment as he’ll have the time to see the team restored with it’s more passionate players, the pressure of relegation and promotion won’t be there and he might even see ashley sell the club.

  • 15 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    your an ignorant one yourself

  • 16 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    like a one being considered*

  • 17 Jib // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Manchester United are losing to Arsenal 3 – 0.
    I wonder who is to blame , Avram or Joel Glazer?

  • 18 giimps // Oct 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    All the teams mentioned other than the tinkerman have been at there clubs long enough to Instill there own philosophy and buy players they need , we on the other hand buy players to sell when they’ve been in the window long enough
    We need to still be in touching distance of the rest of the league In January so we can get rid of collo sissoko and the rest of the deadwood, squidward goofy cisse and willo. Not one of those players would get in any other pl team other than possibly sissoko and cisse but they are too clueless to plan an attack around.

  • 19 toon kk // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Man u have one problem that we possess and that’s lack of pace.
    proves how far behind we actually are when we’re lucky to have 36% of the ball.

    I honestly think if we were playing in the championship this season we’d still be in a relegation scrap,

  • 20 jimmysmith // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Not that I have any say in the matter, being an expat, other than impotent posts on the blog, but so long as Ashley spends, I’m happy to back the transfer policy, and McC. If it clicks you have a Sevilla situation on your hands and might just win something. If you spend the same on more experienced players, you stand more chance of resembling West Ham. I think Mitro, Mbemba, Widji, Perez, Sissoko, Janmaat, Krul, Colback are excellent players. Thauvin, De Jong, Anita should be and still could be. Others are poised to break through. We just don’t quite have enough of them yet. I am not dismayed by what’s gone on, this season, and have seen enough to think it might ultimately work. Enough to stick with it anyway, as long as they continue to spend.

  • 21 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM


    “Continue to spend…” – 1 window wherein we’re still left horrendously short of where we need to be constitutes big spending in your book?

    Have a lie down mucker.

  • 22 jimmysmith // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Continue to spend as in the 50 million last window. Which they claim they will, and will need to.

  • 23 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    We could’ve had Ayew and Gomis for free. Big mistake not signing them.

  • 24 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:26 PM


    As much as I hate to agree with Kets, spending money doesn’t necessarily mean we’re solving our problems.

    Look at players who have signed for our rivals for relatively cheap or for free – all because they were too old, or demanded too high a salary or had little to no-resale value.

    We spent 12 million quid on Thauvin for a player in a position which we did not need to strengthen – at least not as desperately as we needed to strengthen our midfield, or full backs, or centre half.

    Mitrovic is a 20 year old, and much like Perez is someone with potential, when we were absolutely crying out for someone who could bag 15+ goals to keep us in the league.

    Also, if you think Mike Ashley is going to spend 50 million quid every transfer window then can you pass me some of whatever it is you’re smoking please?

  • 25 OneAlanShearer // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    If tiote can be bothered and can be taught to pass a ball I’d try him. The thing is both anita and colback need a better class defensive midfielder/playmaker alongside them and they will probably do ok but as the main defensive midfielder neither has enough class. Neither passes forward.

    We need leaders in January if it’s not already to late.

  • 26 jimmysmith // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    I think McC thinks he’s going to spend enough to reshape the squad, with good young players, which at least augers well, but yeah, I wouldn’t bet on Ashley beyond that, and of course even have doubts he’ll deliver as entirely suggested in the short term, but another few windows like the last, with the right players, in the right positions, you might have something special.

  • 27 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:46 PM


    In order to improve year on year, we need to add more players than our rivals are adding in relative terms. Even by this window’s standards, we haven’t strengthened as much as Palace, West Ham, Stoke, Swansea, Southampton or Leicester; we may have outspent some of these teams with a few 15 million quid signings. While we signed Thauvin for 12 million, Stoke were signing Xherdan Shaquiri – I know which one I would rather have.

    Brede Hangelaand and Robert Huth were both going for free/peanuts a few seasons ago – why the hell did we not snap one/both of them up? Gokhan Inler has went to Leicester City for god sake while Andre Ayew has hit the ground running for Swansea.

    It doesn’t even matter how much we spend any more – our transfer policy ensures that it won’t bring in the right quality, right calibre or right experience of player to either A) bring our squad up to scratch and B) kick on to be a top 8 club.

  • 28 toon kk // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Release most of the squad, go to the school field pick a bus load of kids up, and I bet most would play better and certainly put more effort in.

  • 29 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Relegated… doubt in my mind.
    If not it will be a true miracle…..

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I would’ve signed Shaqiri, Ayew, Gomis and Van Dijk for £24m.

    We should’ve kept Kemen, Santon, Ben Arfa and Abeid.

    The club has made some bad decisions.

  • 31 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    That’s 8 players that would’ve made us better off.

  • 32 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Abeid is miles better than Colback.

  • 33 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Oct 4, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Current squad from what I have seen has 4 players I would keep the rest I would throw over the cliff…

  • 34 Nufc-83 // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Out of the main first team squad there is a handful of players I would keep: mitro, Perez, gini, Mbemba, based on first impression mbabu could stay and would like to see de Jong get more time as I believe he has bags of quality. The rest can go!!!

  • 35 jimmysmith // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Newcastle’s transfer policy has been flawed, undercooked, but if the extra money now means we get a Mitro rather than a Rivierre, a Widjnaldum rather than a Gouffran, an Mbemba as opposed to a Willo. I can see it paying dividends. Its about signing better players and holding on to themas best and as long as you can, I think. Not necessarily older, established ones. I’d take a Mitro over a Gomis every time.

  • 36 scout // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    If we had Remy and Ba up front we would not be bottom. Both proved themselves, both gone because we wouldn’t pay the wages imo.
    Colo ia finished conceded about 70 goals last year, he should have been moved on.
    What are they playing at????

  • 37 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:33 PM


    Non of that can make up for what is a team which has become so imbalanced with merc and youngsters.

    Keeping qulity players means remaining in the premier league not dropping down into the championship. You say mbemba replaces willo? I’d actually rather see willo starting ahead of that merc colo, you can’t put the entire midfield play on wiji he will need the others to do work including merc sissoko and weakling anita. Mitrovic is a good player but he gets red cards who now non other than your great statue cisse.

  • 38 scout // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Get Remy, Ba, Vardy and Dunk in January.

    Although it does sound like im drunk

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Brendan Rodgers officially sacked……

  • 40 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM


    Klopp to take charge?

  • 41 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    advocat this morning and now rodgers Hmmm who next mac morineo wenger or someone else?

  • 42 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Something has just come to my mind, why not sack mac today ourselfs and bring in rodgers because he was certainly a manager hyped by lots of blogger during the sack pardew days.

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:44 PM


    They’d be mad if they didn’t appoint either Ancellotti or Klopp. Need a big name manager with ability if they are to attract top players.

  • 44 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM


    We’d still have Ba now if we offered him the going rate for a forward 70k a week on the condition we removed the 7mil clause from his contract.

    No way would chelsea have paid 20mil plus for him.

  • 45 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    It does make the new scums appointment a bit more interesting, my original expectation was BFS but now he’s been sacked at liverpool it raises question on weather or not he’ll end up at the scums, for liverpool i’d say klopp is the new one as for us if we did sack mac i’d still have no clue

  • 46 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    had a look at odds checker and his odds in 4 hours had went from 40/1 to just 8/1 now

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 6:59 PM


    He won’t go there. He needs a job where he can succeed next to stop himself falling too far.

    Personally think he’ll go abroad.

  • 48 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM


    Can’t see then doing anything else other than unveiling a top class manager, we can only look on with envious eyes

  • 49 AncientC // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I don’t think Liverpool will be able to attract anybody top class. They have a bulging squad of overpaid players they will be unable to shift, and they must be nearly spent out on transfers by now anyway.

    I would take Rodgers here in a heartbeat… shame Ashley thinks the manager/head coach role can be filled by somebody on the cheap.

  • 50 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:04 PM


    Before rodgers was at liverpool I’d have taken him. I don’t know now. I don’t think he is fantastic, certainly not ready for a big club but might be good with us….couldn’t tell.


    It’s their only option really, they need to make a statement. They also want to sack who ever is in charge of player recruitment there, they sign some shocking players.

  • 51 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Hope not, really like Klopp, would hate to see him at the bin dippers
    Can see Carlo going there tbh

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM


    I’d agree. I think they will go for Ancellotti.

    Although if they did sign klopp and allow him to set the fans up like dortmund with the flags, wall of noise, etc (one of the few grounds where that would really take off) it would be amazing.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I’m not a fan of Liverpool, but I am with Rodgers because of Swansea, but sacking him now is so stupid, considering they are only 6 points behind the leaders, really was that necessary.

  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Klopp will probably take over as he was heavily linked a few months back.

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:09 PM


    Carragher was just saying the talk from a lot of journo’s around the club is that the owners don’t fancy klopp for some reason.

    I also find it an odd time, but they have an international break to get the man in place now.

    I think rodgers has struggled there recently, wasted some money too, apparently not all his fault though. I just think with liverpool not in the champions league and rodgers not a big, respected name, they struggle to attract top talent so want to go for a higher profile manager.

    Similar to how city used mark hughes (although rodgers did better than he did at city).

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I wonder if Lpool will pay the 3M release clause for an ex England manager currently propping up the PL.

  • 57 lochinvar // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Best hope is that Scousers take Ancelotti and leave us clear to get Klopp who loves us much more

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Don’t think he’d be able to get that reaction from the bin dipper fans, heavily deluded idiots who think they should be winning the league, already seen a few of their fans claiming he’s not big enough and they should be going for Pep!

    Think they’d ruin him

  • 59 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I reckon Riviere will do alright this season. He just couldn’t put the ball in the net. His overall play was good. He should’ve scored twice against Man Utd.

  • 60 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Feel a bit for Rodgers, not sure he had a lot of say in transfers etc

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:14 PM


    I think liverpool fans get stick like we do for being deluded, most I know are fairly level headed.

    Liverpool already have the big flags, the raised scarves and signing you’ll never walk alone on champions league nights. For all they annoy me, they are a cracking set of fans.

  • 62 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:15 PM


    Yeh, seems like they had a DoF in making the decisions.

    That squad isn’t great. Missing quality CBs and they never replaced suarez or bought good cover for sturridge.

  • 63 lochinvar // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Rodgers, Advocaat and Moanrinio ( he can’t last now – or is he going to Liverpool ? ) are all with clubs higher in the League than us so maybe Ashley could take the hint.

    Allardyce for Chelsea, Rodgers for the Mackems leaves McLaren free to join up with the Scousers.

    Seems only fair to all concerned.

  • 64 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    This sacking might have Mourinho on his toes now.

    If Chelsea were considering replacing him they now might be worried liverpool take their target so every chance they could act.

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    The vast majority wanted Pardew sacked in the hope that lessons would be learned and we’d go for a young progressive manager who’d bring his own terms and conditions, we thought the owner couldn’t find anyone worse than Pardew without getting us relegated, well he did !

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Just having a look at Norwich. They are 13th, on 9 points and a -2 goal difference. They are WLD in their last 3. Surely this is a beatable side for us at home? No big goal scorers. Jerome and Hooper up front and some decent midfielders. McLaren must find a way to win this one….

  • 67 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    The way Carragher describes Liverpool he could be talking about Newcastle. The recruitment at Liverpool is poor. The recruitment team look to blame the manager for not getting the best out of the signings and the manager points the finger at the recruitment team for buying players who aren’t good enough. Owners who aren’t in it for the football.

    Rodgers nearly won the EPL with Sturridge and Suarez. Pardew had his best run with Ba and Cisse. Ungortunately, Makro has been dealt a bum hand by Charnley and Carr. But Charnley and Carr also brought us Makro, who is highly unlikely to be able to make a silk purse of a sow’s ear.

  • 68 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:27 PM


    I think what we can say is that we totally messed everything up the summer, players and manager.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    If we can sell Cisse, and possibly Tiote in January (many of our other unwanted aren’t worth anything) and bring in Austin and a good CB we might at least make the second half of the season worth watching.

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Guess it must just be a who you know kind of thing, surrounded by them down here and they make Manure fans look level headed

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    The next run of games is in our favour. We had better take advantage of it. If we had less than 19 points by January would Ashhole panic and sack McLaren? I think it’s a definite possibility.

  • 72 geordie157 // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:32 PM


    Don’t under estimate Norwich, very hard working but with some good players, Jarvis and Redmond can definitely hurt us, as can Hoolahan and Jerome isn’t the striker that would worry me, its Mbokani who they signed on loan.

    But saying that I do think we’ll finally get that win, just hope he sticks with Perez and Mitrovic up top.

  • 73 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:33 PM


    I’m not sure. It would be interesting to see.

    Usually Ashley doesn’t sack a manager but Pardew always used to have the points on the board going into Jan, i was after that we’d lose near enough every game and plummet down the league.

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Reading about Sunderland’s problems reminds me of us. We haven’t quite matched them in managerial sackings but other aspects sound familiar. Bringing in the wrong players, an owner who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Yes….that sounds very familiar.

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Makro, as you call him did not want to come anywhere near us and our terms and conditions laced model back in January and if it wasn’t for his Carveresque like collapse with Derby he still wouldn’t have been anywhere near us, basically we put all our money on waiting for a guy to spectacularly fail to hire his services, what type of client in their right mind would sit and hope that I wired up all my lighting circuits the wrong way round so that they could get me on the cheap to wire theirs, you’d be fairly inviting disaster, no ?

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Aye 157 mate. We’ll have to see. We need good performances from everyone, and not just for a half. I agree Transfer mate. This is where McLaren must turn it around. October and November were usually good months for us under Pardew. If we fail to make up ground in the next 4 games I think McLaren may go before the window opens.

  • 77 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Ashhole might be realizing now that the money was spent in the wrong areas. Stop chasing French wingers and midfielders Ashhole. We are a disaster at the back. Until that is fixed we will languish near the bottom. That can’t be fixed by bringing in a new manager/head coach.

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Not a chance mate, if they hadn’t thought of back up plans for Pardew and his near misses they won’t have a clue what to do about Steve, they thought he was nailed on for mid table mediocrity for years to come and can’t have forseen this !

  • 79 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Sunderland away will also be very tense. They will have a new manager by then and a point to prove. They are poor at home and we’re poor everywhere. It will probably be handbags at ten paces…..

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    The thing is this. Most of us said it. Not many thought Makro was the real deal. If Ashley was going to bolt the horse to the cart, some of us recognised that he’d have to empty the cart of the tons of deadwood and enlist more than four players, including a flop swap. We also knew that Charnley and Carr should not be left in charge to mastermind it.

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    But Advocaat is available now Jail mate! Surely he’ll jump at the chance to come save us? 😆

  • 82 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM


    That seems to be a constant problem.

    The people in the positions of Director, DoF, Manager, etc change but the same type of people always get the job.

    It’s a terrible cycle which repeats under Ashley.

  • 83 toonking // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM


    He needs more time had he come to newcastle now it would be going out of the frying pan into the fire.

    His time as swansea manager was a great one but it came with a helping of knowing fans weren’t going to get too critical of drops in form but at Liverpool it would not be the case, fans still expect and want CL battling not a team who’s intent is finishing in the top half. Whilst suarz was there he had that piece of luck but the minute suaez leaves he discovers how hard it would really be and things begin to turn he’s getting a lot of pressure, fans are turning on him leading him into a lot of panic and to make things worse he see sterling getting sold this summer. Pardew had that here, that first season was a great one thanks to the great goal scoring of Ba and the skill in midfield from cabaye but then comes the sale of Ba followed by cabaye a season later and now he’s stuck between a rock and a hard point, thing decline more and more then he walks out.

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Steve McLaren at the latest secret meeting in the bunker with his coaching staff:
    “Now listen lads, we’ve got the 3 point base we need. Now we have to pick up a few points from the next 4 matches. Then I’ll speak with Mike. Tell him it’s all under control. That’s the ticket. Somebody wake Cathro up back there!…” 😯

  • 85 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    I’ve never speculated too much on that. I got the impression Makro had simply made his mind up to see Derby through to the end of the season, hopefully with a promotion to add to his c.v. He could then leave with job done and a feather in his cap. Carr and Charnley loved him that much that they’d hold out a few months for him. Perhaps they put his eventual slump at Derby down to him having his head turned.

  • 86 GeordieTwo // Oct 4, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    We need positive waves now lads! That’s how we’ll persuade Advocaat to come save us!!!

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    We’ll never know !

  • 88 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Lads even with SMC unemployed it still took us months after the season ended to appoint him, there’s no chance they’ve got a plan b in place

  • 89 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Maybe Ashley will realize now what happens when you let amateurs or under qualified people spend your money ir picking their coaching team!

    …would any of you let someone like that invest your money?

    Ashley need to wake up soon and get a professional board and some real coaches!

  • 90 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    My worry is the time it’s going to take Makro to sort out the defence. Has he even realised yet that Colo has to go? The fact that he’s backed him with an extended contract and the captaincy is seriously concerning. A top manager would have sorted it out on the training ground with a radical change of personnel.

    What the hell is Costco doing anyway? He’s getting an easy ride, which is as well for him as he looks shell shocked.

  • 91 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM


    I certainly wouldn’t entrust that money to these idiots.

  • 92 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    G2 I noticed you disappeared last night to catch the bbc2 Honey Badgers scandal documentary. I always thought there was something suspicious about them.

  • 93 RUNAWAY777 // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    a friend of mine who is a sunderland supporter has just put £30 at 28/i allardyce to sunderland and rogers to newcastle told him good luck with that one cant see our manger walking or getting sacked

  • 94 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    What is it now? The fifth time in a row that the mackems have sacked their manager just before playing us? Bizarrely I predicted this before the season kicked off – it’s what they do. Get a new manager in just before the derby and enjoy a short honeymoon period where things go right. Now they’ve done it again.
    Our plight might have been helped if referees knew the law like. You can only be offside when the ball is played forward – which is why you can’t be offside from a corner. I know it might seem like clutching at straws, but at two up… who knows?

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    I did not mean to spell your name wrong last night, I’d had a few sherberts !

  • 96 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Or if Mitro was a natural goalscorer and with a cool head had stepped one side of the goalie instead of blasting it at him …

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    I think Allardyce would be a perfect manager for them lot but they don’t seem to like him !

  • 98 Graeme // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Surely Liverfool will appoint the “Best Manager in England’!! Carver must be a shoe-in for the job!!!

  • 99 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Allardyce is an ex mackem though. I thought they liked that sort of thing. Old uncles turning up again after a long time away and all that.

  • 100 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Do you know I just thought about this article title ” Can Cheick Tiote Play A Role For Newcastle This Season?” and you know what? I think he’d make a jolly marvellous Othello.

  • 101 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Anyway where’s BandB and Belfast these days? Have they scared each other off?

  • 102 jimiley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    We need to keep the faith in Schteeeve and the team. Ok, Schteeeve has only won three games in 2015 and the lads are struggling on one win in nineteen, but what is the alternative? We could sack the manager and get Rogers but surely Schteeeeve is better than Rogers or Klopp?

  • 103 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    B&B, true enough, he should’ve scored, but i refuse to blame one player when the whole team crumbled. His history of goals shows he’s no mug. It just amuses me – and far be it for me to cast aspersions – that the teams who could genuinely afford to bribe officials – Madrid, Barca, Chelsea City etc – are the same ones who continually get bizarre refereeing decisions go their way. 😉

  • 104 jimiley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Does anybody seriously expect us to be relegated under Sc teeeeves brollyship?

  • 105 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Tsunki, set fear raging through Pennywell with that remark mate! ‘You old unçle is coming back. You know, the one who looks like your sisters bairn. 😉

  • 106 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Ha yes “Guess who’s Uncle” is a popular mackem game I hear 🙂

    Is it time to refer to this again?

  • 107 jimiley // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    The media claim the Toon have high expectations. Nothing could be further from the truth. One win in 19. The brolly has three wins in 23 games. No mention of our manager copping it. We are the only club in england who would consider keeping the manager after such a run. Our ambition and expectation is zero. We are Premier League muppets.

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:42 PM


    I never did but now I’m unsure. I can see us winning but when under pressure from any team we crumble.

  • 109 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Jimiley ask again at Christmas if we’re still down the bottom

  • 110 Tsunki // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    We’re the media whipping boys thanks to Mike. No friends there I’m afraid.

  • 111 Dingo†® // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:48 PM

  • 112 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Tsunki, that’s why I predicted they’d change manager just before the derby. Like I said, it’s what they do after all. Not sure who’ll go there like, but it is becoming a chair of doom as far as managers go. I hope everybody turns them down, but they won’t. Most managers have a strong self belief in themselves and believe they can perform miracles where others fail. I’d like to put Carver in their hotseat, but even he wouldn’t stoop that low… would he? 🙂

  • 113 RUNAWAY777 // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    conspiracy team told not to win but put a show on in the first half then let city and other teams win when we have lost say 20 then start winning game we stay in the bottom half job done

  • 114 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I do reckon refs favour the top teams. But I think it’s the pressure that comes with the top teams that rubs off on refs. The manager’s are bigger personalities in higher profile jobs and are always ready to slate the refs when decisions go agsinst them. That said, I wasn’t convinced Janmaat wasn’t offside when he overlapped. I’d like to see it again.

  • 115 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Mitro is one of our better players at this time. We’re going to need him to keep playing as he has been. The worry is that, with the game he plays, he’ll take too many knocks.

  • 116 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    B&B, the flag came as the ball was played across though. Had he passed it forward, then they were clearly offside and I’d be calling them idiots, but the ball came across whilst the passer was clearly ahead of the targets in the middle. That’s not a linesman misjudging who was on or offside, it’s a linesman not understanding the very basics of the offside law – and that’s what angers me. It’s like flagging offside from a throw in, or a corner. A Sunday morning ref wouldn’t make that sort of error, which is why I’m so baffled that a pro ref could that so wrong. It reminds me of the Tiote goal v City – just looking for any excuse to chalk it off.

  • 117 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    B&B, you ain’t wrong there marra, he will take a few knocks but that’s his game innit? He gets stuck in and I wouldn’t want him to change his style, so let’s hope he’s tough enough to take it in his stride. You’re bang on when you say how important he’s going to be as the season progresses and we need somebody similar bought just in case. These next few games are crucial to our season – future even – and we need to not lose any of them and win most of them. We need the big lad fit and hope he’s learned his lesson.

  • 118 lesh // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Klopp recently said he’d break his sabbatical if the right job came along.

    Liverpool bound I’d say, in within the next few days?

  • 119 The Newcastle Armchair // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I’d much rather have his brother Klippity managing us

  • 120 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    We did – we sacked him rejember 🙂

  • 121 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Rejember? A new month invented on this very blog. Of course, I really meant to say Remejer 🙂

  • 122 lochinvar // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Moyes for Liverpool.
    Imagine the Scousers reaction !

  • 123 Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Lesh, I reckon you’re on the money there. He put that message out when it became clear Rodgers’ time was up. I can think of no other club that comment was aimed at, can you? Unless he’d had a quiet word with Dick! 😉 Hope they take Pearson – he’s turned into a right nob heed! On second thoughts, he’s a decent manager as well as being a heed, so maybe not. De Canio’s available I suppose. 😉

  • 124 jane // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    that will come in useful if the earth takes longer to revolve around the sun.

  • 125 lochinvar // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    116Bobbybee // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Didn’t dare watch the match ( blood pressure ) but tell me did Colo or any player kick up a fuss with ref with the offside decision ? If it was Chelski or Manure they would have done.
    Have our lot no fire for a fight ?

    B&B, the flag came as the ball was played across though. Had he passed it forward, then they were clearly offside and I’d be calling them idiots, but the ball came across whilst the passer was clearly ahead of the targets in the middle. That’s not a linesman misjudging who was on or offside, it’s a linesman not understanding the very basics of the offside law – and that’s what angers me. It’s like flagging offside from a throw in, or a corner. A Sunday morning ref wouldn’t make that sort of error, which is why I’m so baffled that a pro ref could that so wrong. It reminds me of the Tiote goal v City – just looking for any excuse to chalk it off.

  • 126 welshgeordie9 // Oct 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Rodgers would do an awesome job with Newcastle.

  • 127 loonie-toon // Oct 5, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Seen summit over weekend been linked with a move to bring debuchy back from arsenal and surprised van gaal and Jose and gone after there games this weekend to. Lol

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