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Wenger – Newcastle An Exciting Project – A Big Club With Stature

11:52 am, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

We always knew that Arsene Wenger had a high opinion of Newcastle United and he’s often talked about how great the St. James’ Park Stadium is as it overlooks the City and how Newcastle fans love – and live and breathe for their football.

Wenger has again been handing out the compliments in his press conference today for the game at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, which is another vital game for Newcastle.

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Newcastle are struggling in 3rd bottom place of the league table – but the legendary Arsenal manager has said that Steve McClaren needs to be given some time to turn things around at the club.

This is some of what Arsene has said about Newcastle and he starts off by talking about Steve McClaren:

“He has only just joined the club.” “Newcastle is a very exciting project because it’s a very big club and it’s a fantastic and exciting job for a manager like Steve McClaren, but it is a long-term job.”

“This club has a huge potential and in six months it’s impossible to transform a club of that stature into a club competing for the Premier League. Give him time. ”

“I know that patience is not the first quality in our society but, unfortunately to be successful, you need it.“ “After all, they had a difficult start and they lacked a little bit of confidence.”

“That always shows at home more than away from home. Away from home they have had quite good results and performances.”

“If you look at their squad, they have good players in all areas so they are a dangerous team to play at home.”

Our next two games are against Arsenal and Manchester United so things don’t look too good at the moment with just one point from three games and two defeats on the trot.

But we were saying the same thing after having two bad defeats to Leicester City and Crystal Palace and we had to face Liverpool and Tottenham in our next two games.

And we did OK in them with maximum points – one at home and one away.

We need to get some points out of these next two games – somehow.

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Dec 30, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Remi Garde is trying to get Loic Remy on loan. I would personally be gutted if that deal goes through. We paid a £2 million loan fee last time out for him, he would be worth that for less than half of the season left in the upcoming window. I am certain we could offer Remy a better chance of getting international football over Villa too.

  • 2 aussiemag // Dec 30, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Would any off you be opposed to Wenger becoming the next NUFC Head Coach.
    I know i wouldnt

  • 3 WWSBRD // Dec 30, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I think Wenger would

  • 4 spitfire_ // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Nice, even the frenchmans start to mocking us.

  • 5 aussiemag // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    For mine i think its a definite that he would.
    He has always sopken highly of NUFC and if we where to get him as HC it would be a great day for Nufc not only in the UK but abrooad as well

  • 6 Grafton83 // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Wengers comments are the highlight of my season so far, that’s how good it’s been. I also found a 20p in a urinal but I left it where it was so along with that and Elliot turning out to be half decent that’s my top 3 all sown up. Great times!

  • 7 JamesToon // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Actually, for the lineup against Arsenal, if mcclaren wants to give everyone a chance, why not play marveaux, a proper number 10, and play thauvin who is a proper winger, and move Gini centrally and also bring in Tiote for physicality.


  • 8 WWSBRD // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Do u know much much Wenger is paid bud?

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:06 PM


    Hilarious!! is the pope Argentinian. With the clowns that run our club we could only ever dream of someone who had got CL qualification something like 18 years running and CL knock out stages 17 years running.

    A manager who plays the beautiful game, develops young players, is brilliant in the transfer market and whose time are currently top of the league after winning 4 trophies in 18 months.

    We are a club whose genius powers that b have appointed Souness, Allardyce, AP, JC and SM!!!!
    If Wenger is a specialist in failure, I’d take a lifetime of it.

    I realise now you are probably taking the mick with that question or very very naive!!

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    team even, not time

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    I know it takes time to turn a club into competing for the Premier League…was that just the issue!

    …but it’s not! We are actually just talking about a respectable league position for a club like Newcastle.

    It’s no one’s right to be a PL manager. If your not cut out for a club this size then there’s always Derby 😉

    I know it always falls back to Ashley…maybe that’s because we like to moan without really changing anything (we know he’s going nowhere), but I for one won’t tolerate these opportunists like Charnley, Pardew and now McClaren. We are not a charity case for poor managers at all levels.

    Ashley might appoint this dross, but it doesn’t mean we have to take it. They are not thick skinned as the fat one. 😉

  • 12 aussiemag // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM


    I may be extremly handsome but i am not stupid.
    Yes i realise how much he is paid but did he not recomend to Dem8 Garde his padawan learner that NUFF would be a good team to take over to orove himself as head coach in the Prem?
    I dont recall him statin that AV was the place to be?

  • 13 AncientC // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Bit early for Wenger to be giving out the post match pat on the head isn’t it. He can compliment the club as a thank you for 3 easy points after the game, if we don’t rise for the big occasion that is.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:09 PM


    Do stop talking sense

  • 15 Jib // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM


    “He has only just joined the club,Newcastle is a very exciting project because it’s a very big club and it’s a fantastic and exciting job for a manager like McClaren, but it is a long-term job.The club has a huge potential and in six months it’s impossible to transform a club of that stature into a club competing for the P L. Give him time. ”

    If you see mockery there , I suggest you seek help.

  • 16 Belfast // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Quite interesting you don’t label Ashley an “opportunist” Jesper ? He’s probably one of the biggest “opportunists” in Britain.

  • 17 WWSBRD // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    I neither called u ugly nor stupid bud, relax
    My point being Ashley had Pardew as the lostest paid manager in the league…Id be surprised if McClaren is on a great deal more and ur suggesting we poach one of if not the highest paid manager around….from a team playing CL football every year and regularly fighting for the title?

    As for Garde telling a young manager to go to a club to cut his teeth is a little different to applying for the job urself

  • 18 aussiemag // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM


    I respect what you have posted for a long time now.
    I have been a member of this forum for since i can remember and i dont really comment that much as you probably are aware.
    As for my support for NUFC it has not waivered for nigh nearly 20 years straight now.
    But when it comes to the crunch i am not naive i am hopeful for a skillful manager such as the likes of Wegner to take the reigns.

    Arw you not in like?

  • 19 catchy in norway // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Sorry guys, I have went for a win , even though all logic and everything else says no , we will lose this game. I think of how we have performed against the top clubs and thought it could happen, 10% chance at best.

    But I have to say I have lost patience with Shteve, and he is reverting to using the same ideology that P45 used, square pegs in round holes.

    We are not getting the best out of several of our players due to the simple fact Shteve is playing them out of position, Gini at LW is lost for 90% of the game, which then leads to more pressure on the LB because he has no cover, Gini plays better with hidarra because hiadarra likes to over lap allowing Gini to come inside more.

    Perez and Mitro do not link up well together , ther miles apart on the pitch for the most part, Perez would be better playing with SDJ looking to make intelligent runs , SDJ is a link up player.

    Anita is our best MF player by a mile, yet is always subbed first.

    And then there is subs, he is leaving them way to late to make any impact on the game.

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    WBA were not gifted their goal by Darlow. Colo, Gini, Colback, Sissoko were not marking anyone. They were ball watching. They said to WBA “Go on then. Queue up in numbers in the middle and if you can get the ball in from wide, you can have a free header at our keeper from seven yards.”

  • 21 martoon // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    I have to say realistically I think we’ll get beat at Arsenal but I’m more hopeful we can get a result against Man U who are not in the best form themselves.

  • 22 Mag52 // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    New Year resolution time guys.
    Mine for 2016 is to stick to my pessimistic outlook on all things to do with NUFC (I slipped up on a couple of occasions in 2015 ).
    In this way I might get one or two pleasant surprises – but I doubt it.

  • 23 lesh // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Despite his seeming supportive words, Wenger’s trying to incite our fans to get on McClaren’s back.

    He’s a shrewd and mischievous man and his words should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • 24 WWSBRD // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Dont be daft it was all Darlow and he was only in goal because Elliot was ill and he was only ill because of our bad luck so everyone is blameless…be crass (to the extreme I might add) to suggest blame at this point or any point. Upbeat is the nature of our club because of secret reasons that we cant air in the open

    Maybe u have the same learning difficulties I have when it comes to this…maybe there is a support group we can join

  • 25 lesh // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:39 PM


    Word has it that Pardew’s after Remy too.

    Meanwhile, Charnley’ll be waiting for instructions…… or shuffling bits of paper about his desk!

  • 26 Jib // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Big Sigh
    Blackley sometimes the defence have done their job by leaving a player no option but to try a speculative shot. That’s why we have goal keepers – DOH!!!
    I would imagine that Fletcher was pretty surprised when Darlow spilled it.

  • 27 manxpie // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Gini was missing when he played in the middle earlier in the season a box to box midfielder he certainly isn’t
    Have a look at the squad and then ask ya selves why players are played out of pposition
    That’s bbecause the squad as a whole has been massively neglected over years now
    without proper planning i.e buying players
    We don’t need at the time but they are cheap and neglecting areas that are needed because there too expensive at the time

  • 28 SUTTY1978 // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    “This club has a huge potential and in six months it’s impossible to transform a club of that stature into a club competing for the Premier League. Give him time. ”

    What he should be able to do though is maintain the status quo after having £50m thrown at the team. It’s not like the fans are whinging because we’re not sat in the champions league places, we’re in the bloody relegation zone!
    Other managers want him to be given time as they know how hapless he is and it will be three easy points when they play us.

  • 29 Our Toon // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Different day same old Blackley, blaming all but the main culpable man in Darlow. I’ll send you a 101 of defending as a unit mate because your lack of knowledge shone through yesterday!! Think that’s 7 so far who have blamed Darlow, and good old Blackley who blames everyone but the young keeper.

    Funny how after our debate the very next article was Colo voted as MOTM by 41% of fans and Mbemba in 2nd place….Both played well.

    Arsenal game is one I’m dreading though, could be a cricket score

  • 30 Our Toon // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:53 PM


    Pardew is after remy? Seriously? The man who complained at having his hands tied at this club in terms of transfers in is going about things in an odd way. Wanted Colo, signed Shola, Signed Cabaye and now wants Remy!! Ahahaha

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:55 PM


    I’ll grant you bad buys have been made by Carr, but our squad is the like the 7th most expensively assembled and highest paid, way in excess of teams like Leicester etc.

    As with AP and his old tricks like playing Cisse as a RW, no one is forcing SM to play people out of position or
    to continually play his favourites regardless of form, or
    come up with a plan B and continue to play negative long ball football or
    put out the same team for 2 games in 3 days, or having the fear to attack, or
    the fear to try 343 or 433 or anything different when things aren’t working,
    it is all totally of his own making and just like AP never left.

  • 32 Munster Mag // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Manx, i agree fully. Catchy, haidara is irrelevant if he is injured although it would be nice to see Mbabu. I think SMC plays Dummett because he knows he is a simple defender, pretty much, and we lack those ! SMC is a bigger spin meister thanPardew ever was, just watch him crank it up over the coming weeks 🙁

  • 33 Mick // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    What Aussie suggests sounds ludicrous, almost as ludicrous as someone in 1981 telling me that Kevin Keegan would join us next season as a player, what happened in 1982 ????????.

    All Aussie did was ask a question and then give reasons why he feels it could happen, personally I don’t believe it will happen, for the same reasons why I never thought that KK would join us as a player, but there you go we all get things wrong, and ludicrous things do happen, Leicester top at Christmas, in August that would have been a huge joke, but now it’s an historical fact as it did happen !

  • 34 JP...from The Rock // Dec 30, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Want to be our manager Arsene??

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    The only plus point, well maybe 2 if we get relegated is not having to see the wonga and SD signs in my face so much and continually waste 90+ mins of my life I can never get back watching utter s—e nearly every week.

    The circus may finally leave town after almost 10 years of never ending disappointment and misery.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM


    KK and SBR had past connections to the club.
    Why on earth would a man like Wenger with 5 degrees come here.

    We are the other end of the food chain where a neanderthal (JFK) suffering with vasuclar dementia rocks up here not once but twice!!!

  • 37 manxpie // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Rotunda it doesn’t matter Wat it cost or how much there payed it’s the fact that it’s such an unbalanced squad where as other teams have squads that are equipped properly in fact that just shows even more how useless the recruitment side of things are
    look at villa again a massively neglected squad over the last few years and where they are
    It’s not rocket science 2 players for each position
    1 winger is Wat he have at the moment and one that was well under form when we bought him it’s a joke of a set up but we constantly hear that it’s not gonna change when I and quite a few others can see that it’s the main problem on the football side of things

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:10 PM


    I would be insanely and deliriously happy if Wenger came here.
    I wanted to say something more original than saying I would show my backside in fenwick’s window if that happened but we are talking that kind of scenario.

    Don’t get me wrong Wenger for NUFC would have me walking on air with a permanent grin.
    But sadly as likely as Pep Guardiola coming here either.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:17 PM


    Just saying we have far more resources on paper than your Leicesters, Norwich, Bournemouths, watford’s, etc etc.

    Yes it may be an unbalanced squad but I’m sure many of us can suggest alternative line ups to the same one SM puts out with seemingly no idea of rotation or experimentation.

    It’s the sum of the parts, ie Clough back in the day and Ranieri now that identifies a good manager, not always about money, just look at Manu and Chelsea this season.

  • 40 manxpie // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Plus Wat plan b is there really?
    Swap a defensive LB for a rookie CB/RB
    put gini in the middle who doesn’t ttackle or track back and stick an under performing LW on
    maybe try goof there that will go down well
    3 at the back maybe but with our luck wwe’ll get 2 injuries to CB’s and we’ll be fusked for the rest of the season
    The squad is shit

  • 41 Spoof // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Who holds us back the most, Mike Ashley or Graham Carr, tough question, Ashley, we all know that all we will ever do is survive as that is all he wants so he continues to fill his very deep pockets, but this summer he realised that we were so poor that investment was essential to safegaurd survival, £50m should have been enough but then Carr was largely responsible for that spend, oh dear what a catastrophe,

    12 months ago we were top half of the table but rejoicing as we had got rid of what some classed as being the main culprit for holding us back, the one and only Alan Pardew, from a very comfortable position where we were looking up to see how high we could climb we have since kept all of Pardew’s first team intact and strengthened it with another £50+ worth of talent and where are we now ?

    Tell you what, I dare bet that if Pardew was allowed to spend that £50m on his players rather than Charnley taking the rap for Ash as he is, based on Leicester and Watford doing as they are, as are Palace, once again we would be looking to see how high we could climb rather than hope for other teams losing to keep us up as we are currently doing.

    We had a damned good manager there and we done as much as we could to get rid of him, he went and we have since spent almost as much in one summer than what he was allowed throughout his entire stay with us, and what has happened, we have went from 8th to 18th and Palace have went from 18th to 5th, boy oh boy oh boy, I would have Pardew back tomorrow without a moments hesitation.

  • 42 manxpie // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Tin hat on spoof lol in fact maybe make that a reinforced steel one!

  • 43 manxpie // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Looking at the 4 next fixtures for the teams directly above us we have the toughest set Bournemouth should pull away as they have to play the scum and Norwich
    Swansea have a toughish set too apart from the scum again
    But it looks like it’ll be us or Norwich who’ll be in 18th place by the end of January and probably quite a few points behind the rest in mid table
    we need shelvey and an inform tiote in the middle would give us a lot more options upfront for me but he’ll be to expensive and not the right time to buy

  • 44 JamesToon // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Next summer, presuming we are still in the prem, we need a total clear out in terms of playing staff, and thats including players like Sissoko, Tiote etc. the reason being with sissoko, he’s too inconsistent and its clear he just doesn’t want to be here, i don’t care if he’s one of our best players and has x amount of assists or goals, i want players who are going to turn up every game and do their job first and foremost, not ones that can’t put in a lot of effort in smaller games e.g. the league cup because they don’t have a clue who the other team are.

    Bring in players who we know because of the scouting work done on them, are going to consistently turn up every single game, and know what it means to put on a black and white shirt.

    The likes of Steven Naismith, i don’t actually think would be that bad of a signing, he’s underrated, always puts in a shift, and has a prolific record in recent years, give him a chance and he’ll score.

    its the domestic based players that clubs around us have picked up where they’ve actually done well and have proven to be good signings, are ones we need to make. I’m talking players who wouldn’t necessarily consider that would “boost shirt sales” look at who southampton have bought in over the years and have massively improved them, Jay Rodriguez who they bought from burnley, Steven Davis who i think is a very underrated midfielder, Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Wanyama. These are all players that would walk into our team right now.

    I do think though in the back of my mind, that if mcclaren was given a squad with the likes of cabaye, ba, ben arfa, m’biwa etc. he’d do well and get us playing some decent footy, and nobody would be complaining

  • 45 Spoof // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM


    I’m ready for the onslaught, but in fairness cutting through the crap the basic facts are laid bare for all to see, we were top 8 and have sold no first team regular and spent another £50m+, and where are we now, when the facts are as blatant as they are, it will be difficult debate against, I say debate rather than argue as I do like to be civil, anyway I work nightshift so I will leave this DEBATE as it is until tomorrow morning.

  • 46 catchy in norway // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM


    look at AP’s buys at palace, not that good really..

    Cabaye would not join Palace if he had other choices, he chose them because of 3 things that he put before the club, he needs to be playing regular football to play for france in France next year, he wanted to play in London, and he needed a club to pay him the money he wanted,, step forward Palace and Pardew

  • 47 JamesToon // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Mcclaren has to make changes for the arsenal game

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    There’s a lot could be tried, 3412 for example with Colo sweeper and Sissoko and Aarons wing backs, MBemba pushed forward as a midfield enforcer


    Colo (sweeper)

    MBabu Lascelles

    Sissoko (RWB) Wijn MBemba Aarons (LWB)

    De Jong

    Perez Thauvin

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM


    Did you enjoy all those hammerings and hardly any goals scored under AP too. It’s horses for courses. he was awful here for the most part, 1 season apart, and terrible at WHU and Charlton too, he upset people at Soto, was good at Reading and now doing well with CP.

    But never by any stretch of the imagination was AP a consistently good manager and I would hate to see him back here, even if occasionally ” we woz a fret”.

  • 50 posada // Dec 30, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    I wish folks on here would stop the nonsense of speculating about players and formations.
    We aren’t a club anymore.
    Ashley put in place another puppet in the summer.
    Another failed manager who was desperate enough to work for him and within his daft set up.
    He was just a credible appointment and no more.

  • 51 posada // Dec 30, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    This is how it is.
    Remember, Ashley is a gambler.
    Gets free advertising for SD.
    Does not want to give any control/influence to a real manager with vision.
    So, controls it himself with Graeme Carr selecting signings.
    Puts a stooge in charge to coach.
    The money spent, that is where the gambler comes in.
    Each signing is a speculation, buy cheap sell dear.

  • 52 posada // Dec 30, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    No thought to a playing style or system.
    No thought to how the signings will fit in, just a hope that they will make money/profit.
    Result we don’t have a team.

    But, we still persist with opinions on this and that.
    Why, we are shafted full stop while he owns the club.

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