Newcastle Scour All Over Europe For New Players

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.

85 comments so far

  • TheGeordiePedro

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    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).

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

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

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    so another made up, entirely fictitious headline!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    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.

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    were not was

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

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8


    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    damning in

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

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

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    were you read that?

    I’d agree…

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    sorry: Where did you read that…

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • Teamstoof

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    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


  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

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

  • toon kk

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

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

  • nut meg

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    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!

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    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!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    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.

  • JackButler

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    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

  • beermonkey

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #22

    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

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    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

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    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!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

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

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    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!

  • hibbit

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    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

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    “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 .

  • JackButler

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    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.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31


    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!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33

    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.

  • JackButler

    Oct 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34


    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

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #35

    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.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #36

    “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..

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    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..

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #39

    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….

  • John Tudor

    Oct 7, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    try looking off planet tw@t


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