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This Coach Is Making A Big Difference Upstairs At Newcastle

9:43 am, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

It´s a sight we see before every game now as the Newcastle players warm up for their games.

That´s Newcastle consultant Steve Black wandering around the pitch and having a little talk to each player as he tries to ensure they are all mentally ready for the upcoming game.

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Steve Black – Newcastle consultant

Steve´s role seems to be to make our players mentally tough and positive and that seems to be needed with our lads collapsing too many times this season.

We watch the games on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the two analysts on the show on Sunday with Rebecca Lowe were Robbie Mustoe, the former Middlesbrough player, and American Kyle Martino.

The other analyst on thr show is former Port Vale and Wimbledon midfielder Robbie Earle.

Both Mustoe and Martino were very critical of what Steve was doing before the game.

They were telling host Rebecca Lowe that it was simply pointless Steve going around when the players were trying to concentrate on getting ready for the game.

Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe

Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe in the NBCSN studio

Mustoe pointed out when Black was talking to Perez the 22 year-old wasn´t even looking at Steve as he was doing his warm-up exercises.

As an aside, Rebecca is married to former player Paul Buckle, who was hired in July as coach of the Sacramento Republic of the third-tier United Soccer League (USL) – that´s who we beat 1-0 on the American tour on July 19th.

The NBCSN PL studios are in Stamford Connecticut and that´s over 2500 miles from Sacramento – so when do they get to see each other?

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Paul Buckle and Rebecca Lowe in New York

Anyway – back to NBC Sports and after the game – a great 6-2 home win against Norwich.

Rebecca brought the two analysts back to what they had said about Steve Black before the game – good for her.

Rebecca pointed out that Ayoze Perez had a very good game and scored a great goal and what did Robbie think about that now.

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Rebecca Lowe on NBCSN Premier League show

Mustoe laughed and said he still didn´t like it but conceded we will continue to see Steve Black talk to the Newcastle players before every game.

Attitude and mental toughness are so important in any sports and particularly the high pressure Premier League – so it´s good we have Steve Black on the staff.

Steve has a big job to do in preparing the lads for the game at the Studium of Light on Sunday, because too many times in the last five derby games we have simply lacked that mental toughness against the old enemy.

It will be interesting toi see how we fare against the Black Cats on Sunday – a win would be terrific.

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  • 1 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM


    Sparky –
    Turns out none of the back four that started against Norwich was under 6ft and Haidara was the only one that was under 6ft.

    Cyprus –
    I would agree with your way of thinking, I never want them to win a game but wouldn’t like to not have them in the league!


    I don’t mind pundits having their opinions, I remember last season when we played Spurs, Mark Lawrenson saying that he though Perez wasn’t good enough for the Premier League and a few minutes later Perez scored.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Oct 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    From previous….

    I agree on the options front, players have been dribbling and shooting from 30+ yards for years as limited options for them in possession as we don’t commit enough forward.

    That was the difference on the weekend.

    We were no worse than normal defensive wise, still concede chances when we sit back…so we might as well push forward

  • 3 catchy in norway // Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Pundits no just as much as most guys that go to the matches. It is so easy to look at videos after the fact and say they shouldn’t do that,

    2 seasons ago pretty much every pundit had Man U to win the league , when in reality , they weren’t even good enough for top 4,

    To me they all follow each other and are afraid to have there own opinion

  • 4 Munster Mag // Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    I will put my hand up and say I was one of the first to say the Mackems will stay up, because of Fat Sam. So I am hoping for a draw here – apparently they should have got something out of the west brom game. Sam and Sunderland going down would be wonderful, simply bliss.

  • 5 nut meg // Oct 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Pundits, are they really important? Not for me they’re not, I can certainly live without them.

  • 6 cyprus // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I’m with those pundits on this one, I felt the same, first time I saw him there. Black should do his work in the background, it almost looks like self-promotion when he struts around there.

    It must do wonders for HIS confidence 🙂

  • 7 Malackay // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Agree barkel …… I remember in that same game I think it was Owen on commentary who kept saying he (Perez) was too lightweight for the Premier League, an accusation thrown around all to lightly at young foreigners coming into the league.

    Personally I think Perez and Mitrovic will be a great partnership and will only improve playing more games alongside one another. Big question is whether we can keep them both or not……. sad but true.

    I think Sunderland will be a lot harder to breakdown than Norwich. I’d definitely start with Anita instead of Tiote but otherwise play the same 11 as against Norwich…….. I know it’s stating the obvious but we need to play the full 90mins with 11 players – can’t afford indiscipline from Mitrovic, Colback, Tiote etc.

    Would love to see Aarons make the bench as he could be a game changer from the bench.

  • 8 catchy in norway // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM


    You are right, it has been like that ever since p45 took over, and is one of the main reasons I have backed HBA, most of the time he had no options in front of him and had to do things alone, he was our only hope of winning games.

    It is a travesty that he was forced out of our club

  • 9 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Plonk in the middle of this article comes this little pearler, as Ed digresses to the female presenter and her partner: “The NBCSN PL studios are in Stamford Connecticut and that´s over 2500 miles from Sacramento – so when do they get to see each other?” Hahaha.

    Howay man, Ed. Once you’ve written a piece, take your red pen and be brutal. If you really can’t resist, put little things like that as a footnote. Your blog is read worldwide by serious people like Jib, Tuff, Jail, Ian, Bobby, Ibiza, BandB, Tsunki, me and many more. Is it meant to be taken seriously? You couldn’t make it up.

  • 10 nut meg // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Why is it such a big deal ? Blackie knows what he’s doing,if he feels it’s the right thing to do then he can carry on for me.

  • 11 cyprus // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    I definitely agree on that, but the subject splits fans, so I won’t stay in that discussion. Anyway, he’s gone, so it’s all speculation. I say he could’ve been the beginning of the entertainers, when with serious support at his level; they say he would’ve been sxxxe.

    Neither can prove his point. We’ll never know.

  • 12 hibbitt // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    i want to beat sunderland every time we play them but i want them there to be beaten …………i dont want our derby matches to be man u or city i hope they stay up and boro come up 12 easy points ha ha!!!!

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Carragher says, “Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal was a great finish and since himself and Ayoze Perez have become a partnership up there, they have looked like a different side.”

    It’s only modern top notch coaches who don’t play two up front. It’s only the fans who long to see a quality strike partnership. That’s why the fans are fans and the coaches have badges.

  • 14 cyprus // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Maybe you’re right. For me, it looks wrong. Then, the physios should do a cameo, along with the tactics coach, the goalkeeping coach, the tea lady, etc. They’re all important, don’t get me wrong.

    But, do all that before the game. We ain’t babies, don’t make us look that way, if you know what I mean

  • 15 catchy in norway // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM


    I don’t come on here for the articles that ed rehashes from other sites, I come on for the good crack with the guys and few girls that come on.

    Mind you there are a few on here that I cannot get my head around there thinking, like Manx , Munster ,Jimmy , they spout lots of jibberish and never back anything up with evidence or facts,

  • 16 martoon // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie @9 – Not every article has to be serious football – I actually found it quite interesting and entertaining!
    On the subject of pundits they have to say extreme things otherwise they would be boring. I hated Robbie Savage as a player but find him quite entertaining as a pundit!

  • 17 kakaobi // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Even though he’s a good fitness coach we still seem to be getting a lot of injuries but think we’re still strong enough to beat the mackems
    Footnote:- got bloody soup again for my dinner not any soup but cup a soup that’s everyday for 2 weeks now I know I know but I can put a footnote in as well if I want

  • 18 catchy in norway // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM


    No , I agree , he is gone and I wish him good luck. He seems to be enjoying his football right now,

  • 19 hibbitt // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    cyprus ….we need all the help we can get if blackie thinks it needs to be done there and then who cares what the pundits think

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    We have still failed to stop conceding free kicks near our box. We can’t defend them so why do we do it? It’s often our downfall. I’ll be furious if it proves to be on Sunday because it’s one thing that can be sorted fairly easily on the training ground.

  • 21 Ron Knee // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Rivière on the way back:

  • 22 lesh // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    Don’t be concerned about Rebecca and Paul Buckle being 2500 miles apart- it sounds like the basis for a marriage that could last forever, perfect!

  • 23 Jib // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    I think Sparky was referring to 2011/2012 when we lost 2-4 to Norwich and we had a makeshift back four of :-

    Ryan Taylor

    Ba got 2 goals right against the flow of the game otherwise we would probably got battered 6-0

    Not one of Pardew’s finest moments

  • 24 cyprus // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    if we win most games, for all I care he can walk around the pitch with a sign ‘I am the guy who inspired them!’, after the game.

  • 25 cyprus // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Off for now. Nice chat

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    If it’s not ordered correctly, it detracts from the read. You’re reading a serious piece, then suddenly you find yourself musing on the love life of some blond tv presenter in a red dress. Then it’s back to the point. Why not stick those things at the end for anyone who likes to indulge a lascivious imagination?

  • 27 Jib // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I see managed to blame your current hate figure Senor Coloccini for coceding our first goal on Sunday.
    I thought it was Janmaat’s fault , but you were at the game so I kept me gob shut.
    Biffa was at the game and this is his take on it :-

    Daryl Janmaat’s failure to occupy the right back slot gave City the freedom of that wing and he was the nearest man to Brady in a central position as he knocked the ball out to Martin Olsson on the overlap.
    With Sissoko giving up on an attempt to track back and Tiote ambling across the box to no obvious purpose, a low centre was swept home from close in by Mbokani Bezua, Chancel Mbemba missing what seemed an easy opportunity to cut out the cross 1-1”

  • 28 lesh // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM


    If you don’t care to read about Rebecca and her hubby being 2500 miles apart, it shows what a heartless soul you are, you must have no romance in your soul!

  • 29 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Jib –
    That makes more sense! Apologies to Sparky if I took you up wrong.

    Also have to agree on the first goal on Sunday, I can’t see how Colo can be blamed for that. Janmaat was too narrow and sissoko hadn’t tracked back. Mbemba was the CB on that side and looked like he could have got to it in front of Mbokani

  • 30 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    So Biffa has spoken, has he? Is he your authority on these matters.

    There was a lot wrong with the first goal. Nobody covered himself in glory. However, it was never ever in the history of NUFC.COM going to be a goal unless Norwich”s big powerful centre forward piled in to redirect it. The man who could see both the cross and Mbokani was Colo. He has to get goal side with a big physical presence and challenge for it. He never does because he’s a soft shite with no physical presence who would rather flinch than take one for the team.

  • 31 one fine day // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Sure Steve black is doing his best but if any player needs to be motivated for this weekend I’d have massive concerns .
    How about sh
    Howling a vid of the grass stained italian bell end to show how good winning this game feels ?
    Oh and hears a thing. 2013 we got rolled 0.3
    Managed by. Percy
    In the line up
    Cabaye sub after 60 mins for HBA who did SFA
    Krul injured replaced by Elliot
    Food for thought?
    Give me mitrovic/Perez / gini anyday

  • 32 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM


    I think that you’re being harsh on Colo, Mbemba was goal side so Colo had to stay the other side in case the ball ran across Mbokani. I think the midfield are more to blame than Colo for this one.

  • 33 the broons // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    I would generally just be ecstatic if we got that matip in to be honest. He will significantly improve the team with one strong centre back that i also quality that also fits the age that Ashley likes.

  • 34 Tsunki // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    If Steve Black wants to pogo round the pitch in a sparkly spandex power ranger suit reciting haiku in Klingon to the players he can if it makes them winners.

    I don’t know why pundits open their mouths at all sometimes… ok I do, it’s because it a comfy few bob for saying just anything that pops into that vacuum.

    If this is the modern approach to sports psychology, so be it. All due respect to the footballing goliaths like Mustoe, but times have changed and now you’re in a suit and a nice warm studio watching it on the telly like 90% of fans 🙂

  • 35 Tsunki // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Nice to see jeffs been keeping away from the pound shop cider today.

  • 36 Tsunki // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Anybody seen Belfast btw? I think we’ve misplaced him.

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I’m sorry but I have to day that goal was the result of rank bad defending. Of course, the midfield could’ve done better, but still the defenders could’ve stopped that. If you ever watch on a Sunday morning, you often see the commanding captain and CB bawling at his defenders to get back in position; they’re simply not allowed to fall asleep. In this case, as is do often the case, Colo is marking nobody. He prefers to mark space. Your Sunday morning captain in that situation would be barking to his Mbemba, in no uncertain terms, “You’ve got to make it”. As a failsafe, he would get goalside of the one big threat and put him off with sheer strength or a tackle. Can anyone who exonerates Colo please name the Norwich City player whom he was marking, the next big threat? The fact is the biggest threat by far and away as that situation developed was Mbokani and Colo should’ve been the failsafe. This has been happening for years with Colo. He gets bullied by big centre fowards. Drogba used to rub his hands and eat him on toast for breakfast.

  • 38 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:07 AM


    I get your point and see where you’re coming but I still disagree with you, for this particular goal. I agree he isn’t vocal enough and that he probably shouldn’t be captain but the other defenders should be cutting that ball out.

  • 39 Jib // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    the Broons.
    Schalke are going through turmoil at management level at the moment .

    Big Joel is still refusing to sign a new contract .

    Things are looking very promising

  • 40 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    So name the Norwich City player who was the second biggest threat as that ball from the wing was delivered? The player who Colo is thinking is going to score if Mbokani doesn’t? Jib, you’ll have watched the game six times, perhaps you can tell us. Alternatively, check with your authority on football, Biffa.

  • 41 catchy in norway // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Sorry but I fail to see what colo did wrong with any of the goals on Sunday , for me the 3 at fault were jannmat, sissoko and chancel , and or there second goal it was sissoko dummet jannmat and Gini.

    Colo seems to be an easy target on here ,

    And I agree he is not captain material.

  • 42 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM


    Couldn’t name them unless I was watching again and I can’t do that right now. Mbemba should have gotten to the ball before Mbokani, Sissoko should have tracked back so Janmaat wasn’t left defending against 2 and if he had’ve tracked back they would have stoppehe cro coming in.

    I know you don’t like Colo and you have your reasons but that goal is not his fault.

  • 43 Slank // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Ed, when I saw your headline of ‘making a big difference upstairs at Newcastle’ I immediately thought so this is Kath Cassidy’ replacement.

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    The one big threat in the middle and biggest danger from that cross was Mbokani. If Colo didn’t know that before, it must have become apparent to him as the ball was flighted across. Towards which Norwich City player was the ball travelling? Could Mbemba see Mbokani? Of all the NUFC players who could see both the ball and the Norwich player to whom it was heading, who was the nearest? How near was he? If he wasn’t going to challenge and try to put Mbokani off, what else was he doing that was more important?

    It’s basic defending. That goal typifies why our defensive record is one of the worst in Europe. And yet some bloggers can’t identify the biggest problem.

    Yes, I was at the game Jib. I saw Colo continually worrying about his hair and putting it back behind his ears. His hair is all over the place like his defence. If he spent as much time organising his defence as he does getting his hair in order, we wouldn’t be in this predicament.

  • 45 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    One more thing. The flip side of this. Colo goes up for our corners and freekicks. He never gets anywhere near them. Bloody groundhog day. What is going on? Surely, someone, anyone, would tell him not to bother. He lacks the physical presence. He’s not suited to the EPL.

  • 46 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    I think that the Black thing could have different outcomes on players’ mindsets.

    However, I wouldn’t necessarily automatically write it off. For me, it would be down to the individual relationship which Black has with the players. If he is generally held in high regard, which he seems to be portrayed, I would absolutely advocate him having a few words with me prior to kick-off.

    Managers have been known to do that for years. This is just another angle of motivation. Terry Mac was seen as a similar person and was dotted about conversing and communicating with the players as well.

    If Black wasn’t held in high regard, then for me it would be contrived and false. From the outside, people seem to speak well of him, so I think it’s a good thing. If I was a player and got on really well with him, I’d look forward to a little mental boost before the off.

    Again, telling you what you CAN do not tearing into you for what you can’t…

    I place a huge importance on confidence in sport. Getting the best out of the players to make sure they play to their maximum strengths.

  • 47 barkel // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Ah come on man, to get to that ball Colo would literally have to go through the man probably giving away a penalty and getting himself booked or worse! Mbemba could see the ball coming in, he’s quick and more agile than Colo, and knew where his man was so should have got their first.

    We can go back and forth on this all day or we can agree to disagree. You think Colo is at fault, the majority don’t so lets leave it there shall we?

  • 48 hibbitt // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    love him or hate him colo days are numbered will be gone at the end of the season

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Report from the Arsenal CL match:

     Fans show solidarity over ticket prices

    A sizeable chunk of the visiting enclosure had been empty at kick-off time, as Bayern’s fans voted with their feet and boycotted the opening minutes.

    Which makes me think what NUFC fans can do to improve solidarity?

    The need for protest is not a priority at the moment but this should not scupper supporters forming concensus on the issues that effect us all.

  • 50 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    i agree with the pundits too. Steve black shouldn’t be wandering around on the pitch. the only one who benefits is steve black from self-advertising.

    i prefer to just let the players be and get on with their game and not intefere in their thought process just before a game starts. his job should have been done before the players step into the pitch.

  • 51 Bobbybee // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Let’s just accept that the entire defence was to blame. Allowing the cross was criminal and the lack of any attempt to get in front of the striker, by any defender was bordering on comical. The defence is, at best, a work in progress.
    Nightmare scenario is me having to turn down a ticket for the SOLowlife because I’m fooked. Gutted doesn’t cover it. Devastating. 🙁 (not posted!)

  • 52 Lindisfarne // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    How about a ‘Sorry your leaving’ Party on the terraces, singing “Show me the way to San Lorenzo” and an Argentinian flag.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    I thought it was odd to see Black wandering around but if it’s something’s the players want/benefits them then crack on and do it.

    Without knowing the players views, which I dohbt we ever will, then what’s the point in worrying about it.

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Oct 21, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Don’t think Steve Black needs to promote himself at all – well known in sporting circles. I accept it’s a bit strange seeing him on the pitch – but if it re-enforces his work – that’s fine by me.
    Colo – we tend not to forensically look at defensive problems after a massive win but the win should not mask our crap defence. Colo is still poor – chasing out of defence on a wild goose chase – leaving the rest in panic and disaray.
    Blackley points out him concentrating on getting his hair sorted out – which I noticed on Sunday several times. Looks a right tart with permed hair – I’m sure he’s just trying to copy Puyol.

    Other matters is it the FF tonight or tomorrow – hope we see a decent line in questions – follow ups etc. Bet Wally doesn’t turn up.
    Simpson reports no post match injuries.
    And lastly Lesh supports a bit of romance on the blog – LESH noticed the start of a bromance you were involved in a couple of days ago with Victor Vile – it was surprising. However if you want a bit of romance get yourself to WH Smith and buy a couple of those Mills and Boon – (romantic granny novels)

  • 55 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    I’ve always wanted all of the NE clubs to do well and would be very happy to see Sunderland and Middlesboro in the EPL along with Gateshead, Hartlepool, Darlington and possibly Carlisle.. With the proviso that we always beat them and finish higher in the league.

    Not too much to ask for, is it?

  • 56 Rotonda heights // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Hola Jail

    Hay una manera usted puede rastrear sus XPs?

    No yo se cuantas puntas tengo ahora en este momento. Hay muchas, pero no estoy seguro exactamente.

  • 57 Tsunki // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Ilovetoon – but it’s not what YOU prefer that matters is it? If it’s another component of Black’s motivational process then that’s what’s happening. If it made the lads score 6 goals then I think it’s hard to criticise. Now he just has to motivate them to defend. 🙂

  • 58 the broons // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:28 PM


    That is music to my ears. Just got to hope there is no other team sniffing around him, (which is highly likely with him having less than a year to run on his contract)

    Was just thinking of the players we could have had for significantly lower prices that they now demand… Bony, Lacazette, Aubamayang and I’ve heard a few rumours we were actually in talks to sign Griezman.

  • 59 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    No he wouldn’t have to go through the man. He could’ve challenged fairly and put him off. Seeing the danger, he did absolutely nothing. He turns his back on the ball at the best of times FFS.

  • 60 Blackley and Brownlie // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    I’m not even asking Colo to tug the CF’s shirt as many a cute defender does.

  • 61 Munster Mag // Oct 21, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I have no issue with Black on the pitch. I do have issues with guys like mustoe spouting nonsense. Catchy what are u talking about??

  • 62 manxpie // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Alrite catchy so please explain wat my mindset is then?

  • 63 manxpie // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I wonder if shola will be the guest motivational speaker in the dressing room on Sunday would certainly make the newbies know Wat it’s about!

  • 64 jimmysmith // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Ha, I’m delighted to be lumped in with Manx and Munster. Both excellent reads.

  • 65 manxpie // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Cheers Jimmy you too but remember “we know nothing about football” 😉

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Is this another alternative thinking separatist group appearing on the blog. Will you be starting a breakaway movement.

  • 67 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Oct 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    the broons at 57 i think we will sign lacazette . he fits in with carrs french signings .1 we have watched him for a period .2 he is overrated . 3 he is overpriced.4 he wont fit in at ncle does not like the cold.5 he is out of form which he admits himself , only scored 3 goals in a lot of games one of which was a penalty but he has missed 2 others.

  • 68 manxpie // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Nah tuff but we will actually talk about nufc and football ya should try it sometime

  • 69 the broons // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:32 PM


    hmm, I disagree. 1. I actually think he’s quality and his pace is well suited to the prem. 2. He will demand a high fee which is the exact reason why i think we will stay well clear now.

    However one thing I hope you’re right with is that you think we will sign him, personally can see someone like Chelsea going in for him.

  • 70 jayphoto // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    @1949 – agree about Lacazette! I watch alot of french football as work in paris alot and he’s massively overrated IMO!
    Nabil Fekir and Clement Grenier would be decent acquisitions from Lyon, Fekir especially is a livewire!
    Not sure France is the right place to shop, its been very hit and miss! Very impressed with how the 2 lads from Anderlecht have settled! Praet and Tielemens at RSCA are possibly better than mbemba and mitrovic too! Also feel players that graduate through Ajax and Feyenoords youth academy’s usually seem well set up for adapting to england

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