Pundit Identities Players Newcastle Need And Don’t Need


Harry Redknapp is out of work as a football coach at the moment,  so he’s filling in as a pundit and he has today talked about Newcastle United and yes – we are in deep trouble unless we can start winning some football games soon.

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Harry Redknapp – Newcastle need more British players

This is what Harry has said to BT Sport today:

“I’ve worked with Steve McClaren, he is very, very good, enthusiastic and a good coach.

“It is massive – Tim Krul’s injury – massive.”

“Whoever has brought the players in, that is what they need to look at, he hasn’t brought those players in.”

“It is about time they started looking to bring in some British players as well, it is a club full of… it seems to be a French club almost.”

“They seem to come from everywhere but here.”

As far as British players go we had none starting in our last game at Manchester City although Jamaal Lascelles did come on for the injured Kevin Mbabu after 53 minutes.

We don’t have many British players in the squad and we really seem to rely too much on players from the continent who cost us less in transfer fees, but they are also higher risk and take some time to settle into the English game.

And some don’t settle at all,  like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere who were both signed a year ago and haven’t made it.

As far as French players we had two starting at City – Sissoko and Gouffran – but Yoan is not a regular at Newcastle – so we really have a lot less French players than we used to have.

Players like Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran and Manu Riviere may be leaving the club in January too.

We did buy Florian Thauvin in the summer from Marseille, but he’s struggling to make any impact so far.

It will be interesting to see who we sign in January because we need those players to make an immediate contribution to the side – if at all possible.

What do you think?



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78 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #1

    thjs is not even a story , so why post it ED.

    the man just likes to hear his own voice

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Arry we ad 1 French lad start vs Chelsea so fack orf

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Harry come and save us and replace mcclaren, then again Pardew should still be here.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Catchy
    Winless in 8 apart from Chelsea, and a few minutes vs Arsenal, possibly 45 vs Manure we’ve been absolutely f^*king atrocious
    Can’t accuse people of being table watchers but say we’ve been “not that bad”
    We’ve been worse than relegation fodder playing a majority of matches stubbornly using for some reason Pardew’s tried tested and failed 4-5-1 formation, not that bad?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Stupid comment from Redknapp as you’d expect.

    We have too many weak players, not too many foreign players.

    Very few have a natural self belief or desire to win at all costs. That includes the British lads.

    We need a good manager, commanding CB and midfielder and some real pace added to the team.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Sadly mind, ‘ol ‘arry’s right
    We need more British steel

    Never be in this mess if had more players like Willo Taylor Colback and Elliot
    Buy more Brit’s let’s relive arry’s vision of a mid 80’s team come on!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Balls to arry, I’d take a Cabaye over a Colback everyday of the week

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    People are confidently predicting we will recover to finish mid table.
    I am inclined to think that we won’t be able to close the gap with any of the present top 12 before the season ends.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Who’s more relevant or pointless ‘ol ‘arry or welshie

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Enough to overtake them, that is.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    toonking
    Didn’t FDB do an interview a couple of weeks back saying he’d love a job like the managers gig….

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  • toon kk

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Tads from previous,
    Colo was given a extension, which most including myself think was a ridiculous decision. But remember Macca has filled Pards and Carvers shoes by being a yes man. So the decision would be made for him.
    Look at most of the squad its simply not good enough, and Pardew and now Macca knows it.
    And anyone honest with themselves knows it too.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    See the Alwick brothers Jak and Ben were playing against each other today Port Vale v Peterbrough

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  • davetoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy – you were a big advocate of getting SMc into the club. What is your review of him after 8 games. Surely he is performing below what you expected?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #15

    BandB
    Depending on the next six games we could struggle to close the gap on the top 17…

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  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #16

    catchy in norway // Oct 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Ibiza

    i think his record speaks for itself. then its backed up by the strange words that come out of his mouth

    Ashley’s records also speaks for itself and whilst bad start might be accepted, suffering the same thing for 8 years is certainly one step too far, therefore ashley’s records speak for themselves too.

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #17

    TADS

    It took us, hardly able to score a goal never mind register a win, months to fritter away our 10 point cushions in recent seasons.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon KK
    Surely your post has just answered your own question like

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Redknapp line so many others have really misunderstood this discussion!

    …not to course offense but it seems it’s only Brits who can make this about nationally!

    McClaren is good, enthusiastic and a good coach. I had one like that when I was a kid playing football. Maybe we should bring him in 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #20

    *line = like

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    didn’t harry take qpr, soto and pompey down?

    the last lot of brits saylor, owen, butt, barton + given and duff (non british I know) etc didn’t exactly keep us up

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Now now you lot, Steve has asked to be judged in May, so what’s all this chit chat about? Our season is just starting, so we have no way of knowing where we’ll finish. All we know is that the rest of the league got an 8 game head start.

    I wonder if he even meant May 2016? I wonder if I’m allowed to think that as perhaps it falls under judging Steve? I best diarise May 2017 to be safe and hope for the best.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    toonking
    In regards to Pardew and the squad
    Let’s not forget this squad is Pardews legacy
    He took over a squad that got us promoted, had us mid table but most importantly a squad which had a bit of fight and character
    Over the next few months he systematically under orders weeded out and disposed of anyone at the club with spine and spirit
    He left the club a battered wreck

    F**k Pardew, he’s as culpable as Ashley in this whole embarrassing 5 year sage

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    *saga

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  • davetoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #25

    dont worry about May, if we are bottom 3 at Christmas, Mashley and the Charmless will be sweating like Snow Lions in the Sahara

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza
    Aye, but 8 games ago he was asking us to judge after 10 games
    This claim that the season starts now is frankly embarrassing

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #27

    I am reminded of that old song “Three Wheels on My Wagon.”
    Every time we survive, comfortably or otherwise, Ashley has takes another wheel off his wagon and says “there you go lads, see if you can manage with that.”
    This year we are running on one wheel.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesper
    Fully agree, nationality has nout to do with it
    Take wor Jonas last season
    His fight and spirit dragged this sorry excuse of a team kicking and screaming to the end of the season
    No surprise to see him discarded….

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    I hold my hands up, some of you are right, why should we have Pardew or Redknapp, Mcclaren is doing a fine job isn’t he.

    Not.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    We need 2 centre backs, a defensive / holding midfielder, a left back and a winger.

    With the 4 players we bought in the summer that means 9 players out of a starting 11 will be new…and you wonder why we’re in the sh!te!

    You can’t make silk purses from duffer french / dutch pigs ears…not even the chosen one can do that never mind Stevie Mac…the man with the worst managerial record of any premiership manager over the last two years

    We’re sh!te from top to bottom

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    toonking – I would guess that a majority on here did not want King Percy AND Mr Tubbs at the club.
    Because those posters who might have mentioned one of them in a critical post probably did not mean that they absolved the other.

    the whole lot of em -from Mr Tubbs downover have wrecked the club and made us a laughing stock =- and continue to do so.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    BandB
    Fully agree, the owner seems hell bent on self destruction
    This is highlighted by forming a board of a MD who’s not fit for purpose, a scout who’s looking to keep himself in gainful employment and a manager who got the job because he was unemployed….

    All 3 share only one interest, self preservation

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  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #33

    TADS

    I can’t remember myself weather he did a one or not but there was gossip going about when pardew was sacked that he might come to newcastle, I think he was sometimes second favourite, klopp himself was one i think got mentioned one or twice as having the love to manage us. The question always go back to cashley really and after what he at the end of last season, it begs the question why a decent manager of any type isn’t appointed.

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #34

    TADS

    Despite the fact he was happy to spend the TV money that dropped into his lap this year, he wasn’t prepared to change the basic operating parameters.
    In his dealings with us he behaves like the classic miser. He knows what he wants. And he’ll happily have it. Provided he can get it for the price he wants. Otherwise he’ll do without.

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  • davetoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    If Charnley was the appointed CEO of Sports Direct – Ashley and the board would have sacked him after one reporting period. Yet he has allowed him to stumble through years of this dross.
    The only explanation is that Ahsley has no funkin clue about football

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    BandB
    Sadly there was no one on the board who could decide how to spend it
    The whole running of the club is a joke think it will all come home to roost this season, think tbh were down and the club and all involved seem to accepted that

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  • BandB

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    TADS

    It reminds me of a starving man turning his nose up at a piece of bread because its 10 pence when he only wants to pay seven.
    And he will never employ a manager outside his blueprint as long as he has the proverbial hole.

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  • toonking

    Oct 17, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #38

    TADS 23

    We can describe manager as the main blame, owner as the main fault, charnley, carr and players or even fans no matter who is the main fault as far as I see it we are just a mess from top to bottom with a collection of greedy men.
    The best route now relegation

    We don’t get any entertainment football, european football is not a thing seen nor is the bigger name players and as for the cups we’ll still played them in the lower league. So why not go down into the championship see the greedy ones leave and ashley get another cheap league whilst we watch more entertaining football and a team containing more of the spirited players

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  • davetoon

    Oct 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #39

    This is literally the worst year in the premier league to get relegated

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #40

    BandB
    Fully agree
    Sadly not sure Ashley evens to sure what his blueprint is anymore other than sell sell sell!

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