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Star Positive About Newcastle – A Great Club Finally Moving Ahead

9:52 pm, Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been talking to the PSV Supporter and he seems to have no doubts that he made the right decision to move to Newcastle United in the summer for £14.5M – the third largest transfer fee in Newcastle’s long history.

Newcastle made another poor start to the season, but we have now won four of last 8 games with two huge successive wins against Liverpool and Tottenham and we host bottom of the table Aston Villa on Saturday at St. James’ Park – and it´s possible we could make it three wins on the trot.

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Gini Wijnaldum – positive about Newcastle future

The Dutch international midfielder has given an interview in the PSV Supporter and he talks about Newcastle United – which he says is a much bigger club than most people in Holland realize.

This is some of what Gini – who is Newcastle´s top scorer with 7 Premier League goals – has said about Newcastle and the Premier League:

“It is a great club and Newcastle United are bigger than many people in the Netherlands think.” “Only it’s not really gone well in recent years.”

“They had one season run in which they finished in fifth place in 2011-2012 and played in Europe, but some poor years followed, and Newcastle United have often played near the relegation zone.”

“Yet we are moving ahead and you notice that because of the purchases that were made ??in the summer.” “Everybody at Newcastle wants to build within the club to something beautiful.”

Football here is much quicker. In the Netherlands, teams wait patiently for opportunities or openings to play football. Here it is attack, attack and attack again, no matter how.”

“Everything is about attack. When it happens playing football, or with a long ball, clubs in England are constantly attacking each other. Therefore the pace is so quick. “

Things have gone extremely well overt the last couple of games and there;s not many who through Newcastle could pick up 6 points in successive games against Liverpool and Tottenham.

And if you read Mick Quinn´s piece in the Chronicle today – the former striker was so positive and adamant the feel good factor was back on Tyneside.

It´s true the lads have played their hearts out in the last two games and they have won through sheer guts, passion and with not a little skill – and Mick said we have been really good in the second half in the last two games and were like a steam train.

The players do look very fit these days and the way we raised our game significantly in that second half at Tottenham had most pundits believing we deserved all 3 points.

But the real test is whether we can we continue with this style of 100% all-out effort, guts and passion in a consistent way.

A potential banana skin is on Saturday at home when we play bottom of the league Aston Villa.

We need to put in a really good performance from the very first whistle in that game and get all 3 points – and everyone associated with Newcastle can then have a really merry Xmas.

That´s because it will look like we are finally starting to come away  after what has been a terrible – even a nightmare year.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Oh and another thing. We’re working on wor season high consecutive win streak right now lads. Sure a lot of you say two in a row is quite impressive….But think of three in a row!! Just think about that! Surely that’s worth a nice bit of silverware from Ashley to the club at the end of the season…..I’m just saying we have to pick up silverware wherever we can lads…..

  • 2 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Kamil Glik – IN!

    JFA – OOT!

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I’m serious lads. There’s some silverware in this winning streak for us!!!

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    If we ever got to four wins in a row I might briefly lose consciousness…..It’s that exciting…..

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Picture this lads…..You’re standing in your favourite watering hole in the Toon watering your favourite hole when a parade comes past….It’s wor players hoisting the consecutive wins for the season silverware. Don’t tell me that doesn’t raise the hairs on the back of your neck!!!

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Are you lot picturing that? Well picture it for a bit will you and then let me know how it feels……

  • 7 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:09 PM


    Ain’t going anywhere they love him too much in Turin
    Italian rap with a Polish accent Ha ha ha

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    GeordieTwo love to see you on the football pitch and play for 90 minutes, you probably won’t last 10.

  • 9 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    A lot of you have been telling me you have had your Thongs of Gloom dry cleaned and put away for the rest of the season as we no longer have anything to worry about…..No! No this is not good reasoning lads. Here we are sitting on a massive 2 match winning streak. We’re bound to get overconfident…..

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Have you got anything good to say about the club.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Good point welshie. I would agree about that. I’m 62 and haven’t played for about 30 years. Hope your dad is feeling better lad. All the best for the season.

  • 12 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    3 on the trot wold make my weekend for sure

  • 13 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    The Bairns beat Ilkeston down there 2-3 in the FA Youth cup tonight

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Thanks for asking about him but you shouldn’t have mentioned it, already had one muppet trying to have a go today, she must have had a bad hair day.

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    As you wish welshie. I’m sincere in saying I hope he gets well though.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Cheers mate.

  • 17 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Geordie Two is Sixty Three !!!!!! ❗


    I had him figured for about 15 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 18 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Sorry 62 🙄

  • 19 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    that answered my possible inquiry as to how you are….

    hands you a beer instead..

  • 20 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    JIB is 15 !!!!!! ?


    I had him figured for about sixty three !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 21 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Hand me the needle and thread
    Angels cracked a funny and my sides are splitting

  • 22 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    We all love blog humour Jeff, even the visceral stuff. I’m just too nice a guy to stoop to your level.

  • 23 lesh // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Judging by Gini’s praise for the Club and its vision and strategy, we’re in the throes of trying to fix a January deal.

    Some positive words to build up targets’ perception of Newcastle United?

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:48 PM


    That’s alright mate, getting a bit pissed off at certain people who thinks I’m using dad as some attention seeker because certain people haven’t responded and what they don’t realise is that those people I don’t care about anyway become I don’t talk to them.

  • 25 jane // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    a danger against Villa maybe over-confidence. we seem to have a reputation at the moment for playing better against the top teams. in many ways the pressure is on Villa to get a result, a draw suits us better than them. keeping it tight and playing on the break would seem a good strategy but this may go against expectations.

  • 26 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    I see the CL final is scheduled for the Millenium Stadium in 2017.

    Stevie better get his finger out if we are going to meet for a piss up in Cardiff !!!!!

  • 27 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    chin up lad…

  • 28 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Jane it should be a blood and thunder game.
    Remy Garde has told his players if they lose at SJP they will defo get relegated !!!!!

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM


    Do a deal with you, I get the first round and you get the other 10, deal.

    Ha ha ha

  • 30 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    “Everybody at Newcastle wants to build within the club to something beautiful.”

    This something you do consistently, although not regularly hear from players and management. It’s not something you can shout from the rooftops, because you leave yourself open to ridicule, but it strikes me as more than plausibly true. Newcastle have three significant problems regardless of whether it is true or not, that have made success elusive. The first is the competitiveness of the league, where every opponent puts in a shift. The second is the 50 years without a title which year on year erodes at the pursuit of a winning mentality. And the other is the strict approach to money, which is perhaps evolving, and has too. But it’s hard to believe that when players and management do say it, and say it again and again, that they don’t believe it and that the desire atlas is there, even if the task is great.

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM


    I will do mate.

  • 32 jane // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    how many Villa players can you name off the top of you head without looking them up? going to trust you here!

  • 33 jane // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Jack Grealish
    Jordan Ayoo (sp.)
    I’m struggling

  • 34 Jib // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Gordon Cowans
    Mark Albrighton
    Emile Heskey
    John Carew
    Ashley Young
    James Milner
    Ron Vlaar
    Christian Benteke

    Oh NOW you mean 😎

  • 35 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Guzan, Hutton, Agbonglahor

  • 36 Belfast // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Paul Magrath
    Dwight Yorke
    Steve Staunton

  • 37 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    I suppose all the threatened clubs will spend in January to preserve their place in this now incredibly lucrative league, which of course puts us under added pressure to do likewise, and so increases the likelihood of buying rashly.

    Staying out of that relegation shit fight is imperative for a club’s development. It’s like a cycle of poverty.

    The squad with one or two quality additions in January should have enough, but it is odd that the club has allowed itself to be drawn into the bottom third, when it was seemingly never necessary.

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    What about this lot

    Mark Bosnich
    Ray Houghton
    Andy Townsend
    Lee Hendrie
    Ian Taylor
    Savo Miloševi?
    Mark Draper
    Gareth Southgate
    Alan Wright
    Julian Joachim
    Darius Vassell
    Gareth Barry

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Savo Miloševi? He was a good player.

  • 40 jane // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    I give an inch and yous all take a mile!

    I’m gonna look now. what about Stephen Ireland surely he’s still not at Villa?

  • 41 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Alan Wright was about 5 foot 2, which really is awful wee and a real handicap. If he was 5 10, he probably would have won a hundred caps. He really was a very good player.

  • 42 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Stoke bench.

  • 43 jane // Dec 16, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Villa team against Arsenal last weekend

    01 Guzan
    21 Hutton
    05 Okore
    16 Lescott
    07 Bacuna
    17 Veretout
    24 Sánchez
    08 Gueye (Grealish – 78′ )
    09 Sinclair (Traoré – 87′ )
    39 Gestede (Gil – 57′ )
    19 J Ayew

  • 44 edtheduck // Dec 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Think this lad would come good… wood love to see him on the pitch the same time as De Jong… Colback to LB for Dummet, Wijni in CM with little Vernun, Perz out wide and replace Cisse with Mitro and golden… just a thought…

  • 45 manxpie // Dec 17, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Looks like gini has met Dennis twice!

  • 46 jazzyp // Dec 17, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    14 mill for Andros….ya having a laugh.

  • 47 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    You’ve got to feel sorry for Sherwood. Villa sold his only two good players (Delph & Benteke) and replaced them with complete unknowns. Some people slate Carr for some of his signings but the guy in charge of Villa managed to find about 6 French guys that even we hadn’t been linked with. So they must be bad. The Villa scout & Liverpool scout are far worse than Carr.

  • 48 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Wijnaldum and Perez swapping positions, or at least interchanging. Wijnaldum could be lethal behind Mitrovic and Perez is good at closing people down and maybe faster and a better crosser than Wijnaldum.

    Also if we buy Shelvey then perhaps Colback or Anita could do a good job at left back. If McClaren wants to play passing football then Colback & Anita are better on the ball than Dummett.

  • 49 nut meg // Dec 17, 2015 at 6:04 AM

    Looks like we’ll be priced out of a deal to bring Townsend to the toon…….I’m delighted about it!

  • 50 Average_Contents // Dec 17, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    Nut meg

    Best news of the day. Granted it’s only 06:09 but still, I don’t think it can be topped.

  • 51 Average_Contents // Dec 17, 2015 at 6:14 AM

    Unless of course the slug releases a statement in the next 17 hours and 47 minutes saying he’s selling us then yeah still the best news of the day.

    By far.

    Obertron mark 2 with a bad attitude to boot.

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Seems Heaney had a good game last night in the Youth Cup, plus another couple of goals for McNall. A 3-2 win is hardly a fantastic result given the opposition, but a win is a win and onto the next round of the cup.

    As for Townsend and Levy, wonderful news. Has brightened up my morning no end.

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Morning…it’s sadly because of these ridiculer prices that most sensible British club look abroad for new players!

    …maybe the home rule is having the opposite effect?

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I think it was Tads who mentioned beating sides like Villa was the big test for if we have turned a corner. I fully agree. Beating Spuds and Pool is all well and good, but we have often raised our game for the matches against top sides over the years.

    If we fall back into our old, bad habits this weekend, then it will start to look like McClaren and Pardew didn’t have the ability to motivate or encourage performances out of certain players, and that the players are largely a law unto themselves. Certainly it would be time for a bit of a clear out of that sort of mentality, regardless of occasional okay performances.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    I just hope they strengthen the defence in January, I can’t see any legs in the Townsend story, much better players than him have been overlooked because of the restrictions in place.

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    The homegrown rule has certainly put a premium on players developed here. We could be under serious pressure this summer. A number of our homegrown players will/should be off in the summer, and will have to be replaced.

  • 57 Ron Knee // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Morning jesper!

    Morning Lilongwe

    Do you think there will be much activity in January? If our mini revival continues – that’s a big ‘if’ – perhaps they’ll defer any decisions to later. They’re good at that!

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Defence and central midfield are the two key areas for me. I’d like a striker, and a winger who delivers regular quality service as well, but I want to see the first two areas strengthened first, and then see who we can offload and replace with upgrades after that.

  • 59 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Exen when we were struggling I said I only expected 1, thought 2 was the minimum requirement and 3 would be about right. A lot will depend on offloading the garbage like Rivi, Marv, Willo, etc. They won’t want to overfill the squad with players that they have to pay, but can’t name in the 25….

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:19 AM


  • 61 Santon03 // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Everyone has the right to be overconfident, it’s normal since we beat liverpool who has been unbeatable away form and put end to spurs unbeatable run at whl.
    Although we are in the same headlines as bournemouth but our opponents are tougher than theirs, chelsea just above relegation and manutd can’t get a win from their last 5 games and they have no threat going forward.
    As long as we show the same work rate I think we will win comfortably.
    The players attitude seems to be different this time, they have the confident that they can beat any team as long as they work hard and their hunger to win now is starting to show.

  • 62 Ron Knee // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:24 AM


    Whatever they decide, it’ll be the path of least resistance!

  • 63 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    We have seen this attitude before – Pardew’s winning run around 12 months ago – but then see the players collapse again once the exciting ties are over. Hopefully there is a different attitude now, and they can maintain it. There are too many who have disappeared too often for me to be getting overconfident regarding the match.

  • 64 Mag52 // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM


    Agree about the winger.
    Remember Routledge ? We shipped him out a few seasons ago and he’s still cutting it in the premiership, as is Simpson at Leicester.
    It’s not just who we buy that should be looked at, but who we sell.

  • 65 Ron Knee // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:33 AM


    Why didn’t they persist with Abeid? Why did they persist with Coloccini? A puzzle!

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    I don’t have too many complaints about getting rid of Routledge. He had failed to cut it at a number of clubs before he joined us, and had never really shown himself as a Prem player. He has now found an environment that suits him and enables him to play in a way he rarely managed anywhere else. Pleased he is doing well for him, but I don’t see it as an error in getting rid of him when we did.

    Simpson on the other hand was solid defensively, and I felt got a rough red from many on here. He was need flash, and often frustrated when he did go forward, but would certainly have been a very good squad member for us now.

    I wanted Redmond when he left Brum, and would still take him now.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Shame about Simpson, he’d have had plenty of game time but they didn’t want to pay him a proper wage.

  • 68 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    We have that incredible new centre midfielder Yoan Gouffran! Why would we need Abeid blocking the path to first team action…..

    Speaking of young midfielders (I know, we weren’t) Heaney turns 17 early January, would be interesting to see if the club look to loan him out, as they should have done with Arma as a 17year old.

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Loved Routledge in the Championship, couldn’t fault his commitment play, one of my favourite players that season but couldn’t seem to do it at PL level with us, glad to see him do well though.

  • 70 Mag52 // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:42 AM


    On your earlier point of the players being a law unto themselves, I thought it was quite revealing when Macca said in a press conference that it was not what he said in the changing room at half time during the Spurs match which got the players up for the second half, but that the impetus to get out and take the game to the opposition came from the team.
    I may be totally wrong, but I don’t see him as a manager either to inspire or to fear, and these are two qualities which successful managers over the years have possessed.

  • 71 Ron Knee // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:44 AM


    That Gouffran! He’s like the bad penny that never seems to go away.

  • 72 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Yeah, I saw an article talking about that, and some ex pro was saying that McClaren mustn’t have the dressing room if the players are lifting themselves. I’m not sure that is quite the case, but I agree, he isn’t inspiring or intimidating. For some reason I think McClaren angry and shouting would actually look more comical than intimidating.

    I don’t think he is any great shakes as a manager, he has admitted in the past struggling to cope with pressure – which was my biggest worry when we appointed him – but he is a good coach, better than Pardew in this department if not necessarily in others. I don’t think the club will fare any better (or worse) then we did under Pardew with him at the helm.

    There would need to be a further change for me to really kick this club on, if the board and Ashley ever decided that was what they wanted.

  • 73 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    I feel sorry for Gouffran to be fair, he was never a very good player or goalscorer. Even in France, playing for a decent side he wasn’t prolific, but he worked hard, and made the most of his limited ability. I won’t fault any player for that.

    He should need have been as regular a starter as he was, but lack of squad building meant he played far more, and rarely in his main position for us.

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