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Minimum Requirements Issued For Players To Stay At Newcastle

9:40 am, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 124 Comments

Newcastle will be moving players out of the club in January if only to make room in the Premier League squad of 25 – for players who will be coming into the club.

And the way the first eight games have gone on Tyneside under Steve McClaren, there will have to be a number of new and good players coming into the club  if we have any chance of surviving in the Premier League.

It could be reminiscent of January 2013 when we brought five Frenchmen in.

steve mcclaren ian cathro paul simpson

Cathro, Simpson and McClaren on the training field

And McClaren is laying out the minimum requirements for players who want to stay at Newcastle.

This is what Steve has said about that:

“Players at every club are fighting for their futures, unless they’ve got a huge contract, but we want players here who are committed to what we’re trying to do,”

“We want people who are committed to Newcastle and the dressing room, and the whole club and fans.”

“Sam Allardyce will be making exactly the same assessments over at Sunderland – who is with me, and who is not? That’s what we’re doing here. Who is with us, and who is not?”

“Will we be making conclusions about people? Absolutely,” “We’re getting a fair idea at the present moment.”

“All of that will start to hot up the nearer the January window comes. That’s behind everything, but the most important thing is what’s in front of us at the moment, and that’s Norwich.”

“You get setbacks in games, and when we conceded three goals in four minutes at Manchester  City, it was a case of, ‘Woah’. But we have to be able to deal with that and handle it.”

At the end of last season after we had beaten West Ham 2-0 and survived in the Premier League, not many of us thought we would start this season quite so badly.

And that was after Mike Ashley had said we would be making our own luck from now on.

Well, we are but we seem to be creating a lot of bad luck – and our performances overall have left a lot to be desired.

Wonder if Ashley will be at the game tomorrow?

It´s especially frustrating after we seemed to have a good transfer windows and spent a massive £52M to bring in Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin in the summer.

They haven made much of a difference – not yet anyway.

We have to hope for a win tomorrow against the Canaries –  to lighten the mood.

In case you havc forgotten what a win is – that’s when we somehow manage to score more goals than the other side.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press · Press Conference

124 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    It was a “case of woah”, was it?

    I can see that one sticking.

    Steve, a fair few people tried to point it out in the summer. Go watch the team videos for the past 12-18 months. We call them the “woah” diaries.

    All aboard Woahs ark. 2 GK, 2 LB, 2 RB, 2 CB (who needs 3 or 4 really?), etc etc.

  • 2 optimistic prime // Oct 17, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Clear the decks!

    Start by making the plastic Captain walk the plank, off st James roof

  • 3 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    This was Biffa’s take on Sissoko’s first game for the club after that winter’s spending spree.

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Good ole Kath. Some lovely comments from footballing people…and Pardew…sorry, seemed to fit in with the blogs evening / morning theme.

  • 5 sparky55 // Oct 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    clear the decks indeed…not many I would keep for sure and he needs to hold his hands up and move on Captain not so fantastic…he’s an absolute liability for sure.

  • 6 banjax // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    October 17, 2015
    It’s only right there should be ‘intense pressure ‘ on McLaren since he is being paid £millions alongside the other under-achievers at Newcastle. Just remember he has had since last June to oversee the changes at the club and of course let’s not forget he turned us down twice before getting the Derby sack before joining us on the rebound. Lee Charnley must be embarrassed. McLaren’s losing streak stretched from the last 9 games with Derby (sacked) and has continued with 10 winless games for us. How on earth can anyone just sit by and treat this level of failure as if it we just a learning curve or something equally mild. Newcastle are up shit creek and if we don’t change things now then it will be too late.

  • 7 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Peter Beardsley and Newcastle U21 on Soccer AM

  • 8 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Channel 106 Sky

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    10toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Bad week for us though

    Krul ruled out for the season, granted mostly bad news due to lack of any real quality in the squad as Krul has also been utter pish for a good couple of seasons

    Jonas Guti has decided enough and has taken steps to start legal action against the club over their treatment of him during his cancer treatment and subsequent rehab – good on him, they were happy to coin in on the publicity of his miraculous return

    Colo – finally our captain speaks, unfortunately it’s to suggest that the club he “loves” made him choose his responsibilities as captain over his kids, which essentially confirms everything we ever knew or suspected about our captain, he’s a spineless gutless characterless yes man
    Sadly Redknapp’s assessment of this bloke is spot on

    SMC has given a number of interviews each more confusing and contradictory than the last, a mix of embarrassing ramblings, p1ss poor excuses, rehashing of expectations and even moving the goalposts on his own judgement period
    All this whilst suggesting the players left aren’t good enough to keep us up
    Well done Schteve keep up the good work

    And to top it all off poor Kath has had enough and jacked it all in, who will we blame now!

    Really Schteve it’s simple mate

    Lose the next 2 and fans will be judging you know, not at the end of May…
    We can spin it, we can blame in factors you feel have gone against you, we can blame it on any number of circumstances

    But don’t
    Stop talking sh1t
    Start winning games
    Let the fans judge by what the see on the pitch, at this moment in time what we are seeing is embarrassing

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Someone earlier posted players would t be able to simply walk through Tiote like they do Anita….

    A) Anita has been twice the performer in midfield than Colback has this season
    B) What do you have to back this claim up? A player who’s been feigning injuries so he doesn’t have to play, a player who wants out and has no interest in nufc, a player who hasn’t played regular football to the standard people remember of him for nearly 3 years
    You need your head checking

  • 11 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    3 of our signings are our star players. In a better team they’d be flying. add Janmaat perez and krul and we have 6 players good enough for a top 8 team. then we have colo haidara Anita tiote Colback and Sissoko who are either not good enough or not interested enough. But a good manager could motivate them

  • 12 Mag52 // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    “…..lovely comments from footballing people…..and Pardew”
    Disappointed in you Ibiza.

  • 13 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:19 AM


    Agree that Anita has been the best of those 3 and deserves his place. If people actually watched the game they would see Vurnon actually gets stuck in and makes some decent tackles!

  • 14 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    The next Mike Williamson

    The key idea in your comment is motivation. That is just the problem we are struggling with. Steve Black get on and do your job!

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Mag52…You are? Come on now, it was just a little joke. You know my thoughts on Pardew.

  • 16 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Maybe we can get some discount fireworks after Bonfire night to stick up some of the players’ arses…

  • 17 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    There’s no doubting tiote is a better tackler than Anita. its not even up for debate. I’m not saying he’s a better player, but Anita has been mediocre at best for a few years and isn’t suited to that position.

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    The next Willo…Was or is?

    When was the last time that Tiote even hit mediocre at best standard?

  • 19 Munster Mag // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Smc has said woah in three interviews. Odd. I am going to nickname him woah 🙂

  • 20 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Anita disappeared against city and I think the more defensively minded tiote would offer a tiny bit more protection to coloccini. I’d prefer to replace all three defensive midfielders or that we’d kept abeid but we’re stuck with them so I think tiote should be given another chance.

  • 21 The next Mike Williamson // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    I agree he’s been rubbish for about the same amount of time as coloccini has, but we need someone to put tackles in. neither of our full backs are defensive so the midfield has to be extra solid. personally I’d try coloccini or mbabu in midfield but that’s unlikely.

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    wouldn’t play him instead of Anita or Colback – to slow to slow to think takes an age to make his mind up thus gets caught in possession time and time again

  • 23 jimmysmith // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Yeah, get Tiote in there. Show him some love McC. He might have the emotional maturity of an adolescent boy, but we f@cken need him.

  • 24 catchy in norway // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    i wonder how much she was up for sale for?

  • 25 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    What has Tiote done to warrant this support. Been naff for a long long time now.

  • 26 geordie157 // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Time for Marveaux to take Gouffrans place on the bench. He can create chances for Ayoze and Mitrovic in the last 20-25mins

  • 27 jimmysmith // Oct 17, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    I feel as though Tiote has either been largely injured or away on international duty, and perhaps more recently a little more mysteriously absent, but when fit and picked, most often a legitimate EPL quality DM.

  • 28 SUTTY1978 // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Now that Kath has gone will Charnley finally clinch that promotion to Head of Caffeinated Beverage Services?

  • 29 SUTTY1978 // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    straw poll, how many people have confidence in McClaren and how many would swap him out tomorrow of they could?

  • 30 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Will we be seeing marveaux on the pitch tomorrow?

  • 31 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Newcastle U21s showing their class there!

  • 32 lesh // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    It’s time to appoint young Kath as an executive director on the Club’s Board – at least she’s known what she’s been doing over the years!

  • 33 lesh // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    When he’s saying ‘Woah’, McClaren’s trying to pull Ashley’s horse back into the cart!

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Persons shouting for McLarens head
    would any manager done any better with the players we have and the first 8 games we played…
    v Southampton not sure – stupid pre season Southy up to speed by playing in Europe
    v Swansea – not sure
    v Man utd – no
    v Arsenal- no
    v West Ham- yes
    v Watford – yes
    v Chelsea – no
    v Man City – no

    Different manager at best picked up two wins and a 2 draws so 8 points

    I don’t think so – but now is the time for Mac to start winning

  • 35 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Time to bring back ‘Iron Mike’ at least he can head the ball and not have to worry about his perm!

  • 36 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    What are your opinions on this man?

  • 37 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    agree Charlie it is now time to start winning and will give McClaren benefit of the doubt so far but SUTTY in answer to your question I don’t have much confidence in McClaren so not holding breath but hoping for the best. think he’s only 2 matches left to get a win or else but can’t think who would be a good replacement, Allardyce at Sunderland and Klopp at Liverpool seem good fits. the main problem since Pardew has been the managers not the team in my opinion which has been strengthened. if Pardew could achieve as much as he did with what he had Carver and McClaren don’t have much excuse for such a lower achievement. the right manager could do much better with our squad. but hope we win against Norwich.

  • 38 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM


    Leister city score 5 in 19 seconds but our U21 don’t even get 5 in 30 seconds no use relying on U21 for squad improvement. If beardsley wants an Excuse well i’ve got one “these are english who’ve a history of crap penalty shoot outs”.

  • 39 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM


    Not a very accurate measure. But it does tell you something like! Beardo knocked his away no bother

  • 40 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    The norwich game is a must win game, if we don’t win tomorrow i’d be worried we’ll be facing another 2 winless months. We’d have to go into the derby match under extra pressure low in confidence, sunderland will know that game is a must win themselves and whilst there confince will itself be low, they will be walking into it with the confidence of the last 6 derbies.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    It’s always a case of ultimatums at Newcastle isn’t it?

    …”you are either with me or against me”! It’s the same with every new manager here. And it works wonders.

    The people in a position with responsibility are to blame for our troubles. The reason is simple – the personal might change but the approach is the exact (flawed) same!

    Change the approach (with personal with the right credentials) and we are half way there! The owner is the more difficult one!

  • 42 stuart no9 // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Toon King— and with big Sam in charge plotting our down fall . If there is 1 game hell want to win ,it’s this one . He will have them fired right up

  • 43 JamesToon // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    You’ve just got to love Jurgen klopp

  • 44 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Smashed the betting last time out.

  • 45 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    nice site Tinman

  • 46 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    our toon tells me yesterday to go and support palace, i’m thinking myself why not change who I support, I watch soccer special each week, I try coming onto the blog each week but each and every week i”v got nothing but bad things, I’m not even that excited when soccer special starts.

    I use to enjoy F1 but got sick and fed up of watching a driver just going round and round, it not even about the driver it’s how decent the car will be.

    Ashley has drained nearly all of my spirit about newcastle and the state of football itself with fifa, TV deals and wages and transfer sizes show football to be getting greedier every year.

    Might as well turn my attention to cricket and durham.

  • 47 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Cheers Jane.
    Nice segment on Newcastle on Giilette Soccer Saturday for once today.

  • 48 peterk3 // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Even the tea lady’s had enough!!!!

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Toonking – it is always a sad day when someone falls out of love with their club of choice. It may be that in time, if the clubs fortunes change you may re-kindle your interest in supporting the club again.
    I will not be cheeky and advise you to go and support Palace where you can closely monitor what King Percy is up to.
    No – I will suggest that perhaps you just need to change your game -even for a short period – it might get you over this distressing period.
    Why not check out the Ladies Wrestling forum or indeed the Ladies Rugby forum.
    No need to reply to thank me for my understanding.

  • 50 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Great straw poll Sutty
    Fabulous response
    People clearly hang on to your every word.

  • 51 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    What’s that place in London again – erm ah yes Bow bells.
    what’s that famous club team again erm ah yes
    Brazil United.

  • 52 sing in the corner // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM


    Yeah mannn. Go for cricket! Check out Sky 2 now, you might just catch England knocking off 99 in the last hour of the game to get an unlikely win in the desert. Couple of Durham CCC players in there n’all!

  • 53 sing in the corner // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Or how about basketball. Go Eagles?

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    or how about the England Netball team – Come on you roses!

  • 55 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM

  • 56 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Jib Jibberish ( the blog pest and part time multiple)
    no point in sending out a link to anywhere in London that might have Bow attached. You said there was a place called bow bells – no there isn’t.
    Bow bells is the sound of church bells and not a place. Duh.

  • 57 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    “Mister Tuff // Mar 17, 2015 at 10:18AM
    Show me another football team that has dodgy dealings with a sportswear firm.”

    To which I responded.

    At which you jumped up and down and said
    “I said football club – I did – I did – did did did – so there !”

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Most of us know that there is an area of London named Bow, however your Googling skills can’t cover up for the fact you are thick as mince without a search engine this time, you said yesterday that Pardew wasn’t born in Bow bells, it should have said within earshot of THE Bow bells, if you weren’t so keen to ram typo’s and mistakes up other peoples noses then people wouldn’t make such a big deal out of your numerous glaring mistakes. Thick as two short planks, you jeff !

  • 59 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    test cricket is boring, The entertaining matches i’d watch is one day and T20 but might as well say even the test matches have more fun than toon matches as durham would win.

    One thing I do know is those fat b@stards blatter and ashley will never remove my spirit totally and unlike the older people i’ve still got years worth of support to come.

  • 60 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    “Jib // Oct 16, 2015 at 9:35 PM
    Pardew born in Wembley miles away from bowbells”

    I thought I hadn’t said it was a place.

  • 61 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Jib…Was that a cut and paste of Tuff’s post?

  • 62 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    If I said “Sting (Gordon Sumner ) was born in Wallsend near rivetters and jackhammers” would you think they were places ?

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    No, jib, your post clearly says bowbells and not The Bow bells, you thought it was a place because you are thick as mince !

  • 64 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Ibiza the blog nosey parker . Every community has one.
    We are building it up quite nicely
    Jib the hate figure
    Welshy the comedian
    Ibiza the pryer
    Jail the one policy MP (aka our answer to Nigel Farage)
    B and B the blog sage
    Mr Tuff the village idiot.

  • 65 Ibizatoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Jib…Apologies. I hadn’t realised it was a private forum.

    Come on Jib, it doesn’t need to be this hard, does it?

    Anyway, I cannot seem to locate that post you attribute to Tuff. I was most intrigued earlier to see you say:

    “Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    People should make every effort to watch and listen to stuff first hand and then judge , not pay attention to someone’s edited highlights .”

    With than in mind, do you have a link? Cheers.

    By the way, I don’t hate you.

  • 66 sing in the corner // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Bowbells schmowbells…

  • 67 Mister Tuff // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    jib – stop thrashing around like a beached whale – you were wrong – simple as that – put your hands up and say – ok I goofed.
    What about Percy being born in Wembley – no he wasn’t – Wimbledon actually.Take a deep breath and then a swig of your cheap cider and repeat ” duh I goofed again duh” then go for a lie down.

  • 68 sing in the corner // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Total bells

  • 69 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    So where do we poor occasional posters fit in to this grand company of misfits? 😉

  • 70 lesh // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    If McClaren’s expecting to show the same commitment to the success of Newcastle United on the pitch as Ashley and Charnley, then we might as well keep the players we’ve got.

    If he wants players to emulate Ashley’s greed and Charnley’s spinelessness, then there’s plenty of mercenaries’d who’s be happy to move to SJP!

  • 71 Jib // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    In which direction lie your skills ?
    Let us know and we’ll assign you a role.

  • 72 JamesToon // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    I believe the coaching team need to work on team’s pressing, work ethic and fitness, pochettino/klopp style, you can’t play a possession game without pressing which is what we haven’t been doing a lot.

    Gonig up to the game tomorrow all the way from dorset hope we can get our first win HWTL

  • 73 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 2:54 PM


    where do i fit in

  • 74 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Pretty sure Pardews from Wimbeldon
    Not sure the relevance of this mind, is this a study to see if there’s a direct link between where he’s from and what a sh1te manager he was for us?

    Or is this another sad attempt at some strange blog persona ego stroking that has f**k all to do with anything?

  • 75 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    might be lower league but certainly worth a mention as stevenage has just went 1-0 up against wycombe due to a goal keeper scoring!

  • 76 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    actually we’ve just lost our keeper perhap we should chase after this one

  • 77 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    it hurts watching Cabaye score goals in the premier league

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    It’s very annoying when a couple of —- like Mag 52 and toonking still bleat on about pardew. He is being measured against carver and the wally. Most people are going to look half decent up against those 2.

    I would never want pardew back but equally i never wanted his replacements. This club doesn’t do progressive modern technical coaches.

    Pardew relegated one club and very nearly relegated 2 others.

    jayphoto // Oct 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM
    @one fine day – The Pardew/Austin articles are always frustrating. Sometime’s feel like the only one who remembers Pardew’s time here and how god awful it was. Williamson over Yanga-Mbiwa. Gouffran and, well anyone over Ben Arfa, Cisse (who’s only talent is one touch finishing) playing right mid. Defense camped on the 18 yard line…. Long balls to 5 ft strikers…. Don’t give a monkeys what he’s doing at Palace, he’s been lucky enough to inherit a team with a very set solid back 4, rapid wingers, a minimum expectation fan base at a team that he was a cult hero at as a player ironically because he was so bad but scored an important goal.
    At Newcastle he was dire.

  • 79 JamesToon // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    totally agree with rotunda/jayphoto

    really cannot stand the amount of people who are all of a sudden pardew lovers when they used to be calling for his head

  • 80 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    @Rotonda very harsh assessment of Cisse. He has done a lot for this club over the past 3 years.

    Its no wonder players go into their shell when fans rip into them after they carry the club on their backs and still bear the brunt of misdirected fan anger

  • 81 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Mag52 and Munster had a Pardewthon yesterday and tried to “prove ” Pardew was a middling/average Manager by use of statistics and…….Reputable Journalist ( yeah, I know!) appraisal. Statistics are Satan’s tool to blind the unwary that bouncing up and down the table by luck rather than judgement like zebedee on a bungee meant overall middle place finishes every year. Ha. Ha. Ha. And of course said journos are rarer than the Snark.

    My counter was, and remains – Pardew, Schmardew. Time will out that charlatan. We’ve got bigger Canaries to fry.

  • 82 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    It hurts watching cabaye score because I dropped him from this week’s fpl team 🙁 not as bad as my lad dropping Aguero the other week. And he was his captain!

  • 83 lesh // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM


    Cabaye cost Palace £10m or whatever and he’s scoring the goals that’s keeping ’em out of the relegation-risk positions.

    Assuming Cabaye would’ve come back if offered the opportunity, the fact was that in Ashley’s eyes he would’ve cost whatever, demanded decent wages, wouldn’t have offered the opportunity of a profit on leaving us – so now he’s at Palace and we are in the schitt!

    What price economy? Ashley doesn’t seem to get it that points mean millions of quid – much much more than a £10m fee plus wages.

    Sooo short-sighted and Charnley’s either too thick to see it or too frightened to challenge Ashley.

    What a plight, pathetic

  • 84 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    On a brighter note, guess who my lads bumped into in Marylebone Tesco last night, just after he was being selfied with a taxi driver? Pedro! Apparently he was a nice guy and a bit of a laugh.

  • 85 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Luckily we no longer have to worry about the prince of dross
    Glad he went, still glad he’s gone
    Nothing will change that

  • 86 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Tads – Prince? I thought he was the King? 😀

  • 87 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    @Lesh I am yet to meet a fan who cares about the clubs balance sheet. We want to see open accountable leadership and good football.

    Watching PEA provide 2 assists for Dortmund yesterday I wondered where he would be today had we somehow been able to buy him 2 years ago. Would he be the same player or would we have broken his spirit like what appears to have happened to Sissoko

  • 88 welshgeordie9 // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Welshie the comedian, thanks jib.

  • 89 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Jib has got his role spot on even if he was way off on the others, especially welshie. I think it wouldn’t have hurt to insert the word ‘aspiring’ between ‘blog’ and ‘comedian’ 🙂

  • 90 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    already looking at 4th bottom this season so eyeing Sunderland, Villa and Bournemouth losing as these are probably the best hope of finishing higher than 3 teams.

  • 91 terencelim // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Ashley OUT.

  • 92 welshgeordie9 // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:41 PM


    Now now jealousy will get you know where.

  • 93 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM


  • 94 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Tsunki do you feel bitter you are not the blog comedian?

  • 95 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM


  • 96 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Only in his own mind!

  • 97 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    I think you are funny though 😐

  • 98 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Jane I never said I was. I only know who isn’t.

  • 99 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    bad luck pardew 🙂

  • 100 Tinman // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Ivan Toney really starting to make a name for himself

  • 101 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Why thank you, Jane. Depending of course how you meant the word ‘ funny’. Although to be fair I would accept any version 🙂

  • 102 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Good point Jane made up there – who are the three teams worse than us that we can count on for next year PL status assured?

  • 103 jane // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    it was a post a few weeks ago 😉

  • 104 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    @Tsunki. If we lose tomorrow, there are no teams worse than us

  • 105 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Claudio Ranieri

    If there is any manager out there who would do newcastle proud it’s this fellow. 2-0 Ht and what do we see another 2-2 draw. This is a manager who shows each and every week you should never give up that no matter how poor things might look.

  • 106 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    A lot of fans on here wanted Thomas Tuchel who is now performing so well at Dortmund just like all those years ago we wanted Ottmar Hitzfeld years back.
    But we will never have a true world class manager as the hierarchy here are scared of giving away any power especially after the way they mismanaged Keagan so we get stuck with JFK, Pardew, McClaren

  • 107 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Dave Toon I was about to say I would name my three tomorrow night, or not at all 😉

  • 108 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Who was that youngish French bloke we were heavily linked with earlier this year ?

  • 109 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM


    through out the pardew times you considered pardew the worst manager in the world, so no matter how poor we might be doing you should not be complaining about macclarean.

    clowns like you might as well call yourself an ashley believer, you’ll still be thinking now that ashley will appoint a decent manager even if their was a 100 awful appointments.

    people such as myself munster and mag 52 don’t consider pardew a great manager, he’s just the best of what we call the ashley type- managers who are yes men and take the chance at every oppotunity provided. we’ll never truely know just how good or bad he really was because the transfer movement at the time was attrocious and that team you consider top 6 will be gone by the time we get a fcuken decent manager.

    You might have faith in cashley but i’ve given up he’s just this greedy b@stard

    RH- ashley truster
    toonking- ashley untruster

  • 110 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    just praying we can find a performance from somewhere. This is a must win even though its so early in the season.

  • 111 Ron Knee // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Rémi Garde

  • 112 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    SMC said at the start of the season to judge him after 10 games, 8 winless games in he wants us to judge him at the end of the season

    Says all you need to know about his confidence over the next 6 fixtures, which under competent stewardship would be seen as very very winnable fixtures

  • 113 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    I certainly didnt want McClaren although a lot on here did and let me know as much when I was speaking out against him (before he was signed)

    Now that hes here though, I will support him unless we are in the bottom 3 at Christmas – when you think about how Houghton was treated.

    I reckon McClaren has only recently started to realise just how funked up the club is and how much work has to be done on every level

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    I was definitely not in the camp of keeping Pardew in fear of who could be worse, the status quo could not carry on the way it was, the football was shyte, the crowd was morbid we were existing to survive toll 40 points and to what end, no end game just a continuation of dross to line Ashleys pockets, now they have replaced him with what’s definitely looking like a worse appointment it is showing up Ashley and his cronies for what they are. Did you enjoy the last three seasons ?

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Ron Knee,
    Cheers, I know nowt about footy !

  • 116 Tsunki // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    We also have a camp that fears Ashley leaving in case we get a worse owner.

  • 117 Ron Knee // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    That puts you on the same level as Charnley, then!

  • 118 davetoon // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    @JFA I know someone who could give you some tips on using google mate

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    It’s easy to be an expert if you look up everything you post, makes you look a bit of a tw@t though when you forget 😀

  • 120 toon kk // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    What people have to ask themselves is where would we be with a different manager?
    Imho exactly the same. I don’t know what people expect from our squad? Yes we have half a dozen decent players, what about the rest? The majority of clubs have quality players so we can’t compete with our pace less, league 1 defence and unfit lazy bunch.

  • 121 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Been saying for weeks now, this next run of 6 fixtures is massive for us, fail to get a decent points tally then we’ll be cemented to the bottom of table come Christmas

  • 122 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    toon kk
    Can’t think of many managers who after the last couple of season would not only kept Colo, but given him a contract extension and let him keep hold of the armband

  • 123 toonking // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM


    for a person with a name like that you certainly seem to have more faith in ashley that me.

    answer to you question well the first season was a decent season which give me some positivity after what we’d just went through.

    The second season wasn’t a good one but i didn’t see it going as good in the first place knowing only 1 player was brought in summer time and the saga with ba was happening.

    The 3rd season i’d describe as decent as far as results go having seen another decent player sold yet nobody brought in as a permanent signing. I didn’t like the action off the pitch with pardew and fealt he got off lightly but when suaez was biting players it made his headbutt not as much of an unusual thing.

    When saying you were a one of those people who still had belief in a better one coming in you must have some faith in ashley because although it was a boring game pardew still give ashley the assurance of remaining in the premier league and if he’d wanted to replace pardew for a better manager he’d had done that during the second season because he certainly showed panic with the transfers.

  • 124 Rotonda heights // Oct 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    toonking @109

    WTF are you dripping on about now you gormless drone!!!!!

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