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Newcastle Scour All Over Europe For New Players

9:10 am, Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

The goal right now for January – given Newcastle’s precarious position in the Premier League already – has to be to try to get up to four players brought in either permanently or on loan and they could come from all over the place.

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Graham Carr – scouring Europe

There will be reports through the end of this year of Newcastle looking at players and we have to think Graham Carr already has a remit to line up players to bring in at the start of next year.

Strengthening the squad will give us the best chance of survival but how many points we will have by January is anybody’s guess.

How many thought we would have just three points after eight games – and be out of the League Cup by early October?

We expect Newcastle to try to bring in striker Charlie Austin from QPR and center back Joel Matip from Schalke in Germany – and both players have contracts that run out next June.

Newcastle will also be looking to strengthen the full back positions with a top left back being the major target.

There’s also news that Newcastle are keen on bringing in top 20 year-old forward Sandro Ramirez of Barcelona on loan.

The club brought in five players – all from France – in 2013 when we also struggling with relegation and failed to get a sixth when striker Loic Remy – then at Marseille – preferred to join QPR instead of Newcastle – because he got a better financial deal there.

Graham Carr and his scouting staff will be very busy lining up players for January in an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

And just like in 2013 Newcastle will have to pay over the odds to get their targets through the door.

But when you think it could keep us in the Premier League it will be worth it.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TheGeordiePedro // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Its all well and good saying we will buy in January to avoid relegation, but really the current players need a kick up the arse and told that they need to put a shift in week in week out. We have 6 very winnable games in the next couple of months. Each win will give us confidence, so beating Norwich is a must, then the mackems then take it from there. We can get at least 18 points between now and the start of the January transfer window. And although its not amazing, I’d rather be on 21 points than 5 or 6 (given current form).

  • 2 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Alan Pardew was amazing, we played such nice football under him, man was he good. Miss those days man. There you go, that’s for you 😉

    What you said in that post makes a lot of sense. You understand these things: why do only one or two players ineffectively press high up. Why aren’t they all instructed to do it, periodically?
    Apparently, we cover lots of kms, so it’s not that maybe.
    ManU would manically chase the player with the ball till he gave it back, under Fergie, I believe a ‘secret’ to his success, with not always the best players. We just sit back, inviting wave after wave. Capitulation is almost inevitable.

  • 3 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Norwich have an easy target in defense. He is always an accident waiting to happen. He used to play for us.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    so another made up, entirely fictitious headline!!

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    We cover a lot of km’s, but we do it individually. There is no team ethic, or working as a unit. Colback charges around like a headless chicken at times upping the rate. If we pressed high as a unit there would be less need to cover so many km’s. We would force errors that mean Colback and Anita aren’t chasing the ball on the edge of outbox ineffectively.

    We should press and cover as a unit, it should be something we have worked on so that each player knows his role and we know where we want to force the play to. A large proportion of goals come from pressing the full back and forcing him into a hurried pass infield. Drive play to these positions by working as a team.

  • 6 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Stevie’s reactions vs. chelsea was important to me (and the players) they showed a very scared man. Really. We dominated that team for long periods, then HE told players to delay play (e.g. see when he took off Mitro), he shouted to take a short corner with 30 seconds remaining. He could’ve left like 4-5 players behind! They got two ‘ lucky’ though good goals. A win would’ve been so different. Draws get you nowhere.

  • 7 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    were not was

    Sorry for digging that game up, but,like Pardew said (see Ed?) it’s about details in this league.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM


    Give it up calling them the sack pardew crowd. No one was more daminingin his criticism of AP than you during one of AP’s regular record losing streaks. Talk about fickle.

    Yes a lot of us wished pardew out, not just because of the utterly s—e football but because he is basically a total creep.

    Certainly wouldn’t wish AP back, but i do accept we were only ever going to get someone as equally poor and so it has been proved.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    damning in

  • 10 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    3 games to save his job can this be true ????

  • 11 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    were you read that?

    I’d agree…

  • 12 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    sorry: Where did you read that…

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    I see Carver is saying that Wally had no input at all into the summer signings as they were already identified before he came and regardless of who was manager they were the players going to be bought.
    I wonder if he will have any input now – on the so called board. Could Wally have vetoed these prospective summer buys or not, how does the four man board actually work. Could the other three “outvote” Carr or Penfold -who has the final say.

  • 14 Teamstoof // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Hi guys,

    I need your help. As a member of Newcastle how many tickets can I buy?

    We are 4 fans from sweden that will try to get tickets to Newcastle-Liverpool game (december 5)

    Can any of you help me?

    please contact me buy mail


  • 15 cyprus // Oct 7, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Can’t help you but I’m targeting that game myself. Easy win, will be travelling about then.

  • 16 toon kk // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    We need to go down to find our level, we’re way out of our league.
    Shame but true. I still think we’d struggle in the championship.

  • 17 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    cyprus……its being reported in the evening chronicle i have my doubts but you never know with this lot panic could set in

  • 18 nut meg // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    I doubt very much SM had any input into the players who came in over the summer. The length of time we take to get players over THAT line I would imagine the deals were well under way before he came. It wouldn’t have left enough time to alter course for targets of his choice.I hope he has a big say in the January transfer business and targets players for the positions that are a priority….we all know what they are!

  • 19 martoon // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Teamstoof @14 – As a member you should have a login to the official site where you can check what tickets are available. They tend to be available to members about 4 – 6 weeks before the game so start checking from about mid-October for the Liverpool game.
    I’m not sure what the limit is of no of tickets per member as I’ve never bought more than two! You could try buying tickets for one of the currently available matches and see if it lets you buy 4 and then cancel the purchase!

  • 20 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    The trouble is the entire defence as a unit.

    Colo & Mbiwa are too small. This isn’t helped by having two tiny defensive midfielders and 2 fullbacks that aren’t too good in the air. Bad as Colocinni is, the back two get little help from Anita & Colback as neither are big powerful tacklers, and they get even less help from the fullbacks who are always up the pitch.

    We need a strong tackler in midfield (maybe Tiote or Colo for now) and at least one full back who is strong defensively (maybe Mbabu or Dummet for now), and we also need a deep lying playmaker so we’re not left with Anita’s two yard one-twos with the fullbacks.

    I’d consider Mbabu for DM as he can close down players fast, is commited, strong in the tackle and has lots of stamina. I’m not sure how his passing is, but it can’t be much worse than Anita/ Colback.

  • 21 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Surely this has to be proof enough that the entire system at the club is a total, complete failure!

    It looks like our survival will now depend on more panic buying in January, a time that all managers openly say is a nightmare to do business.

    Also, I wouldn’t trust Carr to identify himself when he stood in front of a mirror

  • 22 beermonkey // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    mister tuff

    no1 knows how our committee but not just us its clear these transfer committees don’t work
    not sure who is on the Liverpool one but they have wasted millions
    spurs I know have levy and they have had a few failures

    it works abroad because they have football people running it, cant think what it was on but I watched something with a out of work manager and he said he wouldn’t take a job over here with a transfer committee but abroad he would as he had faith abroad there are football people working with the manager

  • 23 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    the board is a sham charnley and carr run the club for ashley under strict rules…… Mc has no say he takes what he’s given and does what he’s told…… moncur is a failed taxi driver with no imput what so ever… he’s just the greeter on match days and a bit of pr work

  • 24 angelswithdirtyfaces // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:33 AM

  • 25 lesh // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Nut meg

    I think you’re right about McClaren having little or no input into this summer’s signings.

    Carver’s been giving us the benefit of his wisdom in the Chron and among other things he said he new about Thauvin and others being targeted.

    Worryingly, he also refers to spend in three consecutive seasons, not windows. So, don’t expect too much in January – it may be that this season’s budgets been spent and there’ll need to be outgoings before buying.

    If that’s the case, it’s pitiful that an MD doesn’t have the authority to be flexible and have some scope for overspend. Maybe he has but and as is more likely, Charnley’s too scared to deviate from the master plan – if he knows where to find it!!

  • 26 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    So Carr is basically playing real life football manager then according to Carver

  • 27 Reyantoon // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    No question,if he can’t turn it around in the next 2 or 3 games,never mind against Norwich,he should be sacked.Then again,who’ll come?
    Don’t tell me the likes of Poyet,Allardyce,Bruce etc etc…
    perhaps,they should try their luck with Rodgers!

  • 28 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    lesh….. he has not got the authority to order extra tea bags never mind over spend on players only one man can do that ASHLEY……… will ashley do it we dont know your guess is as good as mine

  • 29 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    “moncur is a failed taxi driver ”

    Nearly 300 games for NUFC and the last captain to lift a trophy.

    I know you have issues with the current regime but try and keep some perspective bonny lad .

  • 30 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    People latched onto what Ashley had to say before the West Ham game, all that about making our own luck and bolting the horse on etc etc

    The reality is that £50 million spend in the summer was out of pure necessity, not because of some new found ambition or desire to achieve anything. Every single club in the league has been constantly spending and improving while we have stood still for years, so purely from a business stand point the outlay of £50 million was a sound investemnt in the hope of securing the much larger return on £138 million for retaining out EPL status.

  • 31 Ron Knee // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:54 AM


    I think there’ll be panic buying in January. Ashley will want to protect his precious investment. Think of all the TV exposure he’ll lose if we get relegated!

  • 32 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    We need a manager that will excite the fans and give the players a morale boost. If Liverpool get Klopp, he will do just that. McClaren was unwanted and a total anti-climax. Fans of other teams would have been laughing when we got the Wally with the brolly. And his reasoning that he needs three years to build a team is ridiculous, and unfounded. He’s never built a team in his life.

  • 33 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Lesh, assuming the master plan included us not being in the relegation zone come January, I think there will have to be more of a u-turn than a deviation. Anyway, I’m pinning my hopes on Charnley, Carr and McClaren being gone by then. If they’re not, I just can’t see how we’ll escape this time.

  • 34 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    What happens when he is sacked and the same broken system is not only still in place, but is used to select the new manager?

    It’s a never ending cycle of cheap hope replacing desire

  • 35 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    beermonkey- Rodgers became the Liverpool coach in 2012 without a director of football. However the roles of others were elevated to ensure collective responsibility. Barry Hunter as Chief Scout, Ayre CE, a director of technical performance who’s name I forget, a Head of recruitment and a club President. And of course Rodgers.
    Rodgers did not always get what he wanted but he did not have to accept anyone he didn’t want. Importantly from a Pardew perspective nobody Could be sold without his consent. But significantly new contracts were offered even when Rodgers was ambivalent. Liverpool signed 30 players under Rodgers. At least 23 of those he was convinced to sign. The other seven he enthusiastically pleaded for – the bulk last summer.
    There is nothing radical about Liverpool’s approach. It is a perfectly reasonable, modern club structure on the continent and applied by Manchester City, Southampton and Aston Villa in the Premier League. The real question after £290million + of recruits is whether those entrusted to oversee the strategy are as good as the American owners think they are.
    That fundamentally is where NUFC are in the strategy being put forward by Messrs Charnley, Carr and Macca.
    You can take the Mr Tuff cry for source and just continue to do what he does pose questions without any answers or think that maybe that’s what’s going on behind the scenes.
    It’s common knowledge that Ashley felt he had been burnt by the Fat Sam prolifigacy and said never again. But that’s my reading of the situation.

  • 36 davis_toons // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    “Even Mclaren didn’t want to work under our shit set up but it was either that or Doncaster Rovers for his sacked sorry ar$e !.” – Jail

    Ya..he rejected us times and again..and we are begging him so hard to join us..

  • 37 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Jib- it’s noticeable that Solano refers to Bobby As Concur!
    He is a yes man and I would like to see him step down – he could become a club ambassador or something.
    My father tells me he was a fine Player and captain but so was Shearer but I don’t really have any time for him as a so called expert on football.

  • 38 davis_toons // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    I do believe time needs to be given to the right manage. For now its still hard to judge Mclaren on our current plague.

    If Carr and Mclaren are good buddies then Maybe there is a way out..

  • 39 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    This “head coach” model is looking broken already. Flawed at least. It’s simply failing to deliver an effective, cohesive team. Really, it was in place in all but name before McClaren and the results speak for themselves. For it to have a chance of being successful surely you need astute people making the top level football decisions and/or a highly talented coach. I don’t think NUFC can tick those boxes….

  • 40 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    try looking off planet tw@t

  • 41 Reyantoon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Well let’s hope they don’t go British again.If he can’t turn it around in the next 2 or 3 games,
    would u still give him chance?

  • 42 Munster Mag // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Charva is only confirming what we have been saying. The maanegr has a very minor input in trav=nsfer activity , and this is at the root of NUFC’s problems. I am also guessing that Carr is a seriously big headed man and would not give Pardew the type of players he wanted because they didnt suit Carrs footballing approach. Carr needs to be told to keep focussing on players like Wini and keep his eye on the ball, rather than waste trime of soft french wingers and ball playing centre halves who dont like the physical force nature of english football. More to the point, the manager has to decree what he needs, and be allowed final say. Beyind that, I hope Ashkey gives SMC 4 more games and if we dont see points and clear progress, axe him. Sorry, but there is too much at stake. The next mgr has to quickly root out the timewasters like Sissoko, but i think the Colo captaincy issue was a political one and SMC folded under it . Colo seems little more than a barbecue party host for the boys, because he completely lacks leadership on the pitch. If we had one player now – a Roy Keane type – he would save us. Its that type of character we need, and if we need to find leadership from the january loanee pool, so be it.

  • 43 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    jib ….what else can you call him i see bobby at every home game meeting and greeting that’s it ….. out of football for forty years everything he’s touched since he retired has failed business wise has failed…… the yachts school……. the restaurant/pub………. the taxi business…… what else would you call him but a failed businessman …..his only experience in the boardroom have all failed

  • 44 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    I’ve often thought John Henry and Fenway Sports Group aren’t as clever as they think they are .

    I noticed Souness on SS1’s Super Sunday nearly on the verge of tears ackowledging that Lpool had become a selling club.

    You could say how are the mighty fallen , but even Chelsea and Man City are to some extent selling clubs , that is the modern game , which the ostriches (or plain thickos) on here refuse to recognise.

  • 45 JP...from The Rock // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I have a sick feeling that we will fail to win against both Norwich and Scumberland.

  • 46 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    carr is joes uncle

  • 47 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    the almighty self explanatory dh has spoken

  • 48 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    jib- I don’t have all the answers. But I do recognise that you have to ask the right questions. Any fool can just ask the obvious and be fobbed off with a stock answer- it’s called football speak.
    Pleased to see that your not being diverted by the usual suspects!

  • 49 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:40 AM


    As far as the taxis go he wasn’t a failure he was a committee member in Noda and sold Jesmond Taxis for a good price.

    The sailing business is still going strong

    you’d best shut your gob before you make a bigger arse of yourself.

    Ian I agree to a certain extent the modern game may have passed him by but his age alone nor Graham Carrs should not be used to criticise him , SAF was 71 when he won his last EPL title

  • 50 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    I think Norwich will prove to be very tough opponents they are very attacking and have 2 great little wingers who can cross a ball in Brady and Redmond funnily enough most people would have moaned about us signing them but they would be perfect with us having Mitrovic and Perez in the box !!!

    Also Cameron Jermoe will give Colo nightmares in the air !

  • 51 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Jib- “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone”.

  • 52 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I think we all realise deep down that Ashley has no intentions of leaving and neither has he any intentions of throwing money at the club from his own pocket to try and buy success.
    What he could well sanction is the spending of most of the money generated by the club itself. He doesn’t want us to flirt with relegation every season for obvious reasons and I think the buzz for him would be to win something with a self sufficient club.

    This money if spent wisely by the right team of people could be sufficient to create a successful side if the coaches are competent and gel with the recruitment team.

    There are only three teams that don’t need to balance the books so we might one day be able to compete with the others with good recruitment and a bit of luck.

  • 53 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Well said sweaty !!!

  • 54 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    meanwhile whilst battling back from oblivion

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    When will people realise that Mike Ashley doesn’t give a fcuk if we win anything or not, he wins every Saturday and Sunday and in world wide sports shows beamed throughout the week when his tacky logo gets beamed out, the Championship isn’t so big in Austarlia to Zambia so he better start to rethink he runs his advertising hoarding.

  • 56 El Sleeve // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Repost, because I’m sick of reading the subtle jibes at fans who wanted Pardew gone:
    Ed, seriously mate, please recognise how awful Pardews record actually was in the 2.5 years after the 5th place finish.

    I suggest the Pards n Palace partnership is similar to Keegan in the 90s for us, right club, right time, nothig more.

    Im getting tired at reading these little digs at the disgruntled fans who rightly spoke out against Pardews rubbish 12/13 and 13/14 seasons.

    so, as for us being careful what we wish for, we were in a relegation battle anyway whilst he was still here!

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Johntudor…….. What do you suggest in the short term?

  • 58 Reyantoon // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Jackbutler…..I still believe we have a good squad with very good players.I always have/had big doubts on the abilities of British mgrs.I’m sure u do too never picked McLaren to be our next coach? I’m sure,u like me,just gave him a chance to see what he can do based on his past experience.I sill have a considerable doubts on SM whether he will turn it around but let’s hope everything will come rosy for him starting in the Norwich game.Starting to spend 50m is a sign of a step in the right direction.But if the coach fail to take the best out of it (the players ),i don’t see a reason why he should be kept.Sorry but he looked just like a man who just passed his days,
    unless he proves everyone wrong soon!!

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Jail……… I agree that Ashley’s first love and priority is SD and the free advertising he gets. I’m not saying he is interested in the club winning a trophy above his main objective.

    I’m suggesting that if he gives the club the money to spend that it generates and he doesn’t have to subsidise from his own pocket then why would he choose the team to lose rather than win something.

  • 60 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Nobody is suggesting that Ashley should be given a clean slate. Ashley hasn’t yet fulfilled his promise for us to punch above our weight financially. Then there’s the providing us with a team with which we could win something. This was rather vague but not a short term goal.
    Certainly in my book the recruitment so far has been positive but there needs to be a lot more particularly defenders but the soundings to date suggest were already looking ahead to January. With the emphasis upon Carr meeting the requirements of Macca which in itself is real progress. Meanwhile Ashley still has it all to do to overcome the long term objections of the many.

  • 61 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Iantoon…… The punching above our weight financially does suggest spending more than we generate. As we know Ashley doesn’t advocate running the club in the red, so maybe he will get a rush of blood to the head and chuck a few quid of his own in.

  • 62 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    who knows i washed my hands of the club after cashley bought it
    the man is a tw@t and as long as he remains i wont give a penny

  • 63 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Bets- These are changing circumstances. I envisage somewhat similar circumstances to when we secured 5/6 players in the January window a few seasons ago. Next season is a bumper tv earnings season and this will undoubtedly be Ashley’s primary motivation.
    The fact that Carr is already targeting is a very good sign. I personally feel Charnley and Carr have got off lightly to date. Macca had little time in the summer other than to follow plans already made. Charnley had put together a ridiculous schedule for pre season which left players short on fitness and generally tired. Behind the scenes Macca has made it very clear that he is to be personally involved in such plans going forward.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    I’m not suggesting that he would want us to lose just disagreeing with the suggestion that he would get a buzz from us winning something !

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Johntudor……. If you have washed your hands of the club since Ashley then they will be staying clean for the foreseeable future.

    Some of us are still living in hope that things may improve so morbid negativity with no solutions doesn’t help.

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Family members tell me that KK was a bit of a player, I think mum even fancied him a bit (chortle, snort) although I’m told Ashley is a cnut I’m only here to talk football !

  • 67 bettyswallocks // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Jail….. I think he may have A smug, feeling of self satisfaction at having done it his way and got one over the big spenders. Mind you its all hypothetical at this stage as we don’t quite look ready to win something just now.

  • 68 beefman13 // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Thauvin has skill there is no question about that, but has he the temperament was he worth 13 million i have to put a huge question mark over this buy, is he the sort yet again at this club who need their hand holding and am around the shoulder every 5 mins to get something out of the kid, it is just to annoying for words.

    His season with Marseilles was a disaster, yet we went in for him again, surely that should have given some idea as to his mindset and nature, we cannot afford anymore inconsistency, but he just does not look like the sort of kid who will give you 100 per cent every week does he, it must boil everyone’s pi$$ to see him swanning around on prob 40k a week and not even giving his all on a weekend, he is not the only on is he Mr Sissoko!!!!!

  • 69 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:35 PM


    To be honest mate, sacking him would only see another drone brought in to take up the challenge of working with a broken system.

    Sooner or later Ashleynwill realise that it’s the system AND the people working within it that are the issue.

    Until ambition is put back into the club we will continue to see this cycle of failure

  • 70 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Thauvin was a long term target for Carr, but at what point over a very, very poor two years did he reevaluate the need to sign this player? A player who stood out for his poor performances in a far weaker league?

    His addition to the squad is proof enough that it’s Carr who decides who comes in and not the manager, but it’s then the manager that puts his neck on the line by what results and performances he gets out of these players.

    Carr’s remit has always been to bring in players cheaply and sell them at a profit, and without a doubt he has failed his brief, as the vast majority of our players couldn’t be given away never mind sold for a profit………………and yet he has an eight year contract and place on the board, ensuring failure continues

  • 71 mindshaft // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    In truth the only really disappointing result was the home defeat by Watford – I pretty much expected defeats in every other game apart from West Ham where I thought we would possibly get a draw
    Then again I thought ManU and Chelsea games were certain defeats so in reality we’re a point or two from where I thought we would be
    Next few games are crucial as I fully expect a win from those games
    Man City 6-1 Newcastle
    Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea
    Newcastle 1-2 Watford
    West Ham 2-0 Newcastle
    Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
    Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle
    Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
    Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

  • 72 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Last window Everton and The Toon both put in concrete offers of €12 million to Werder Bremen for Jannik Vestergaard the giant Danish CB .

    Everton presumably to replace John Stones , us for obvious reasons.

    I think we’ll go back for him in January

  • 73 Reyantoon // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Jackbutler @69 spot on fella.I gave the same opinion as urs on another site couple of days ago but no body gave a f*** about it 🙂

  • 74 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 1:58 PM


    Low balling clubs with offers for their players when we are left desperate are the actions of fools, sometimes you simply have to pay for the quality you want, perhaps if they had taken some of the £12 million they wasted on Thauvin they could have got the right player in, the player we’ve been desperate for for years

  • 75 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    boycott till it improves

  • 76 John Tudor // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    enough is enough empty seats on tv is not good for shyte defect

  • 77 Jib // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Jack Butler
    The article says that Werder were delighted with the offer and would have accepted it with alacrity (they only paid 4 million in January 2015) it was the player didn’t want to move (his mum is German) I think we’ll offer him personal terms he can’t refuse.

  • 78 Ian Toon // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    It’s good to learn that Charnley is under real pressure from Ashley to ensure that transfer dealings are relevant to the needs of Macca. In my book Charnley was responsible for landing us with Carver and going forward early indications appear to suggest that his job is on the line. He clearly is being seen as the one to blame if things don’t improve on the football side. Macca has made it very clear to Ashley that we’ve been in decline for some considerable time. This is a view shared by the majority of supporters apparently sounded out over the past week.

    Next on the hit list it seems is Carr as the same supporters apparently have been highly critical of a number of his signings. Whether this extends to his chosen manager is unclear but it would appear that the majority are prepared to give Macca time.

    Carr for so long has been widely seen as the only good thing about our club. His star has waned of late which accounts for why he’s prepared to allow Macca to influence his scouting programme something which Pardew did not enjoy. Certainly good to see some action and progress on one front and Macca’s root and branch review taking shape.

  • 79 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    jib …..moncur has had nowt to do with BMSAILING since the year 2000 as far it still going strong its ran as a part time business ……….jesmond taxi’s a good price dont make me laugh………what you dont know you make up ……he could do the same job for BQ meeting and greeting just a yes man looking after himself

  • 80 Mister Tuff // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Has “Macca’s woot and bwanch weview” got anything to do with “Macca’s bwave new world”.
    What is the evidence of a “woot and bwanch weview” – come on Norman answer the question no dilly dallying or have you just made this up.(yet again).

  • 81 lesh // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    John Tudor

    Your boycott talk is premature and more to the point, a sure fire way to the Championship.

    Your namesake had a habit of running backwards and the crowd would often shout for ‘Somebody torn him roond’

    Think about that.

    Now, it seems that Rednapp’s dismissed all talk of joining Sunderland. ‘What, manage them? I saw them at Bournemouth and they were rubbish. Who could save them?’

    More to the NUFC point, he referred to managers always getting the blame for poor performances and never the people who buy the players they’ve got to get results with.

    Maybe it is time for a shift in the way players are bought and why they’re bought. It’s time for Carr’s role to br redefined as scouting players for positions am HC thinks need strengthening.

  • 82 JackButler // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:19 PM


    Who the player is doesn’t really matter does it! We spent the better part of thirty million on two midfielders when you, I, and everyone else knew we needed a commanding, proven centre half.

    Now Winni is a very good player and no doubt will come good and be sold off! Thauvin I seriously doubt will come good, infact I’d be amazed if he doesn’t end up in the exact same position as Cabella next season,but you have to ask yourself did we really need either of them at the expense of that proven centre half?

    Personally I don’t think we did, so much so that the club will now panic into spending big at the worst time of year to get the players in we have needed for years and were again overlooked in the summer so Carr could continue his broken agenda of signing the wrong players at three wrong time.

    Not since Nolan and Barton were sold off for having the audacity to stand up to one of Ashley’s hair brained bonus schemes have we seen anyone capably of wearing the captains armband, we are leaderless from Charnley down and that’s just the way Ashley wants it, no questions, no opposition, just shut up and get on with it

  • 83 hibbit // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    so did we sell cabella or loan him……..if they don’t want him do we get him back ????

  • 84 Mag52 // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    El Sleeve.

    Sure El we were in a relegation battle at the beginning of last season under Pardew, before we started on a five match premier league run which catapulted us up the table, leaving the Pardew Out brigade with considerable egg on their faces.
    This, incidently, with a squad minus the four good acquisitions during summer.
    Does anyone seriously envisage us going on a similar run this season to get us out of trouble ?
    Pardew at Palace is, I agree, a match made in heaven, but this is in large part due to the fact that he is given a far less restricted role in managing by the Palace owner than he was ever given at NUFC by big Ash, and it’s at him that all the present bile should be directed. At SD he might be some sort of genius, but here he is simply cr@p.

  • 85 beefman13 // Oct 7, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Cabaye Perez n Janmatt for me are the only Carr signing that has was truly consistant, every other one is hot n cold at best, Janmatt for me does give 100 per cent every game for sure and is the best of the recent signings imo, Debuchy started poorly then improved, then the champs league patter came in(just like Sissoko) jelly spined git, oh and Colo try taking on for the team instead of turning your back for the millionth time, your ar$e must be black and blue.

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