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Local Lad So Proud – Doesn´t Get Many Congratulatory Texts

11:18 pm, Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 89 Comments

Paul Dummett probably had the greatest moment of his career on Tuesday night against Manchester United when his left foot thunderbolt went screaming into the net after 90 minutes to draw Newcastle level at 3-3 after we had brilliantly fought back from 2-0 down and then 3-2 down.

The fans have not questioned the total commitment of the lads on Tuesday night in what has been billed as one of the best Premier League games of the season and Newcastle take great credit out of that game – and one point.

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Paul Dummett – after scoring sensational equalizer on Tuesday night

Local lad Paul Dummett is certainly proud to have scored his third goal for Newcastle in 63 appearances for the senior team after coming through the Newcastle Youth system.

This is what Paul has said in the local press:

“It gives you more confidence.” “Even at half-time when we were 2-1 down, the manager kept believing in us, and told us we had a brilliant chance of going back out there and winning the game.”

“OK, we didn’t manage to win, but we did well.” “Going forward, we’ll take the positives, and if we show the same spirit from start to finish in every game, we won’t go far wrong.”

“We’re scoring goals again, so there are definitely positives to take out of it,” “We have been struggling recently with the defeats we have had.”

“Despite playing well, we have not been finishing the chances we’ve been having.” “So what happened against Manchester United just shows what we are capable of doing.”

“And just as importantly, shows the character and spirit in the team to fight back like that and score three goals from losing position.”

“My goal against Liverpool was pretty good as well,” “I also scored against Palace in the Cup, but both my Premier League goals have been important ones, so I’m pretty happy right now though obviously, we would have liked the three points.”

“It’s something that is really hard to describe.“ “If you haven’t done it, then it’s a weird one to describe – just an incredible feeling to score at the Gallowgate end, something I always dreamed of as a boy.“

“They were all taking the p**s out of me in the dressing room after the game saying it was an own goal! But that’s when the enormity of the situation really hits you.“

“You switch on your phone and see all the messages congratulating you – which I don’t normally get – there were about 30 of them straightaway.“

“It was a really proud moment for me as a local lad, and, hopefully, there’ll be a few more goals in the future.

“This is my team – I was here as a boy, came through the ranks and fortunately for me I’ve done it. I’ve scored three times for Newcastle now, twice here at St James’s Park, and that’s something I am very proud of.”

“We knew we were creating chances, but we weren’t putting them away,” “So it’s a case of carrying on creating chances, and if we do what we’ve done against Manchester United, we won’t go far wrong.”

Good words from Paul and of course it´s always good to have a local lad playing in the first team.

Hey, maybe he can score another goal for us on Saturday against West Ham?

The game on Tuesday night also reflected well on Steve McClaren, because he was willing to attack the opposition and not sit back and try to frustrate the Red Devils like most teams have done this season.

And it made for a great game for the neutral and in the end – a good result for Newcastle fans.

It was our first point in four games and the players simply played their hearts out for the cause..

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  • 1 Jib // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Scored 3 times as many goals as Tiote in half the time

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Beating that local lad drum a bit hard there Paul son Taylor will get annoyed at u playing with his toys

  • 3 Our Toon // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:26 PM


    If he concentrated in his job which is to defend then he wouldn’t have to try to make up for it with goals. Didn’t his attempted clearance fall to Rooney to score the 3rd?

    I’m happy for the lad but he needs to improve his game big time

  • 4 Toon_Barmy // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Ed bringing his Pardew love in into everything toon related again. Doubt McClaren is all that arsed about Tiote going. 50 odd grand a week and taking up valuable squad spaces which could be used for a star striker. Here’s hoping

  • 5 Mag52 // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Our Toon.

    His “attempted clearance” was nothing of the sort. It was a ricochet which happened to go straight to Rooney.

  • 6 Tsunki // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Aww bless it’s all nice except he’s a mediocre fb and we need better.

  • 7 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    He should be considered Saylor’s replacement at CB from next season. We really shouldn’t be countenancing offering Saylor a new deal at this stage. I imagine he’ll make it back for the final few games and score in one though, which’ll win him favour, seems to do that after every not quite season ending injury in recent times.

  • 8 Sazzer // Jan 14, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Board Sells Experienced Midfielder Against McClaren´s Wishes

    Isn’t McClaren on the board?

    Did they sign Pardew’s target Shelvey against his wishes as well?

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Some of you boys on here do not wear listening ears and make up any old shyte.
    What evidence is there that old man Carr is the problem in the transfer side. He might be but there is no evidence. For all we know he might have presented lists of future stars to the board – but lets say Penfold and Tubbs said no.
    We just do not know enough.
    If it was the Wild West some of you boys would give the hanging Judge – Roy Bean a run for his money :-
    “Aye we’ll give him a fair trial before we hang him”.
    I would hesitate to suggest you are cowboys though.

    In another post we had someone reporting that Mr Tubbs simply cannot have the time to run his empire and the Toon as well.
    Mmmm – I wonder why the club reported that Mr Tubbs was taking a back seat and letting others run the club – so he must have had the time to do both.

    Will there is scant knowledge of the inner working and fans are left to speculate – I shudder at the thought of the usual suspects just wanting to believe their own preposterous theories.
    (Nothing wrong with opinions though).

  • 10 Macas // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Our Toon – What a ridiculous comment. A shot was deflected at pace on to his leg, there was absolutely nothing he could do about it.

  • 11 Toon Tang // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Yeah cracking finish eh. Nearly boxed my cat when that flew in the onion bag.

    The lad certainly aint no LB though. Not in the modern day take on the role anyways

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Another point – someone posting earlier that Shelvey was as a result of Wally wanting him – suggesting no input by Carr.
    Load of bollicks – it was widely circulated in the press in 2014 that King Percy wanted to sign Shelvey.
    Some folk just make stuff up – it was the blog Google Goon.

  • 13 Sazzer // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    With so many getting Carroll back post can’t we have one for another injury-prone former Newcastle striker that have actually achieved something after he left despite his injuries.

    Anyone take punt on Giuseppe Rossi? I would if only he could pass a medical including him running faster than De Jong, Riviere and Mitrovic.

  • 14 Sazzer // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    It looks like Swansea is going to use the Shelvey money to bring in Seydou Doumbia.

  • 15 lesh // Jan 15, 2016 at 12:50 AM


    Whose back you gonna get onto now Tiote’s gone?

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 3:09 AM

    Well it seems kike the majority of the blog is happy with the Tiote sale. Personally I think it’s madness, we have basically swapped out a returning to form experienced PL DM for an untested winger/CM? in the middle of a relegation battle. Shelvey was brought in as Cabayes replacement albeit two years late and the last time we had an effective midfield was when Cabaye and Tiote were playing well together. Why could we not have stalled the deals until the summer. If this Saviet turns out to be a Cabaye, Debuchy or Sissoko we should be alright, if he turns out like Cabella, Thauvin, Riverie, Marveaux, Alfalmatino, Haidara and Gouffran we could find ourselves in deep shyte.

  • 17 posada // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:16 AM

    Toite has contributed little for 2 years.
    I don’t think he can do it at this level anymore.
    If the player wants to go to China or the MLS you can bet he thinks he can’t do it at this level anymore.

  • 18 posada // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:17 AM

    On Tow Van.
    I really do not believe the club paid 12 Million.
    Not even this lot can be that stupid.

  • 19 Santon03 // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    I don’t see where Tiote will fit if SM going to play Jonjo and Saviet, he still have Colback and Anita.
    I don’t think he will be 1st choice when they are all fit, Anita was doing very well until he got injured.
    I honestly think that Tiote should have been sold in summer but probably nobody interested, Abeid should have stayed.
    Cisse and Gouffran should be next.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    I am sorry but on what earth has Tiote had an impact?

    We are missing Anita that’s why Tiote is playing (until he’s injured he’s booked again)

    He’s not been adding anything positive for 3 years, there’s nothing mad about selling him.

  • 21 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:40 AM


    Tiote hasnt been interested for 2 years since he was denied a move to some Russian club.

    Getting 8 million quid for him and replacing him with a player 5 years younger and for half the price is excellent business all round because he contributes very little.

    Against Man Utd, he was up to his old tricks again where he put Colback under enormous pressure with another of his suicidal penalty area passes.

    It also means we gave a player less going to ACON next year.

  • 22 jimmysmith // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    Tilted was always great for us when we had a strong team out. If we were weakened he was all over the shop putting out fires. Hardly his fault. He’ll be missed, and Thauvin is an am by pamby who won’t.

  • 23 davis_toons // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    Clearing those injury players in the treatment room is so much worthwhile than selling 1 Tiote. (selling him now is not a good idea especially one that the manager find it useful and experience)

    The player have market value no matter when you list him. Unlike the other Deadwood..

  • 24 jimmysmith // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    Autocue blows!

  • 25 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    lesson from colo on turning your back on a shot

  • 26 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Mister Tuff

    Thanks for the erudite contributions above . Some wonderful ripostes to some adult reading of what little we all know about our club.

    At least we weren’t treated to a load of guff (schoolboy humour from a grown man dressed up as repartee) about eel pies and Chas and Dave with self congratulation thrown in. Perhaps we should all be grateful you have moved on but then again can we stand repeated references to the Wild West on your attempts at critiques of others posts.

    For a self declared troll hunter you wear the uniform of one so well that others can’t even see it. Watching Trumbo the other night reminded me of a point I made some months back about McCarthyism is dead long live Tuffism and you know what it is more apposite than any garbage about fishing, honey pots, eel pies and… Oh I will let you fill in the rest of the passé quips you confine yourself too.

    Oh and the first paragraph was sarcasm which I know you like but when addressed to you there is a chance you might take it as a compliment such is your self delusion.

  • 27 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    dear me cheik reads mandarin

    ni hao ma

  • 28 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Interesting that the split of views on Tiotes potential sale doesn’t follow “party lines” so to speak – a free vote with no Whips (sorry G2 for that reference 🙂

  • 29 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    like we get a say in who comes or goes

    i personally dont give a monkeys chuff

  • 30 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    go tuffo go tuffo

  • 31 sing in the corner // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Tiote nostalgia abounds. We might miss what Tiote used to be not what he is now. 8 million quid, if that’s any where near accurate, represents good business I think.
    We move on.

  • 32 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    Mister Tuff@12

    So your conclusion is that if Pardew wanted him in 2014 then it simply follows that Shelvey was on Carr’s list of the time. No way of course could Pardew have come up with that player himself. The Charlton connection and his weekly observation of actual PL football ( not French or Dutch) couldn’t possibly have informed his thinking. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 33 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:42 AM


    Yeah I agree he should go 🙂

  • 34 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    John Tudor

    Clearly, you do or you wouldnt……
    B……be so negative all the time

  • 35 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:47 AM


    I think the major factor in the retention camp is the fear of relegation. I get this but I also feel that if Tiote wants to go he wouldn’t be happy to be made to stay and miss a move. His consequent influence mightn’t be what we want in our battle in those circumstances.

  • 36 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    If people miss Tiote so much, they should check his contributions over the past two seasons regarding injuries, suspensions, unavailability (ACON), attitude, responsibility for goals conceded, fouls committed, yellow cards………..

    Once you factor these in, the sane amongst you will realise what a very good deal this is……for all concerned.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Saviet is Senalagese and will be going to the AFCON if they get there.

  • 38 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:52 AM


    He wasnt happy a couple of years ago when the club blocked his move to Russia and consequently, his form suffered badly.

  • 39 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    The other evening JT broke the habit of a long blog life to treat us to his resume of his NUFC credentials. He is of my era and slightly before yours so has seen a lot of water under the Tyne Bridge as we have. His approach to blogging is clearly different, unique even and I must admit I struggle to understand why a contemporary adopts the stance he does. Seems more of an angry young man. At least his comments don’t take too much reading even if as you point out they can seem contradictory

  • 40 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    This was something I posted last evening. Most people don’t seem to understand that activity in the transfer market is constrained not by Scrooge Ashley but under FFP our League Wage Bill : relative to August 2013. Charnley is all important in running the numbers and assessing the various options to meeting compliance requirements. Mc Claaren (as Pardew with other players) probably doesn’t want to lose Tiote. It does however serve to highlight Carr’s ability( or otherwise) not to land us with high cost wages /non performing assets ( players). OK the coach / manager has a role to integrate players with the right formation etc but Carr clearly has failed in a number of cases since Cabaye to fulfill his role adequately. Not popular with fans but football needs to be run like a business. Simply put McClaren must prioritise and choose along with Charnley those to go in order to buy in this market window.
    Posted last night:

    Financial Fair Play has and does affect us!
    It was introduced in August 2013. One of the key areas that has been influential in buying players is the FFP regulations regarding Premier League wage bills. Basically, any club in the league with a wage bill of more than £52 million can only increase their wage bill by £4 million per year for the next 3 years. In our case additional corporate money can be used- the Wonga deal- but only by the amount added on top of a current deal and spread out over the terms of the current contract ( wef 8/2013) . What it means for NUFC is they can only actually increase their wage bill from somewhere between £80k-£100k per week for the 3 years until 8/2016.
    Looking back. Departures of for example Perch, Harper and Simpson totalling around £70k per week enabled us to sign Remy on between £70-£80k per week. Following its introduction a number of clubs played a waiting game including us. Note that transfer fees aren’t/ weren’t taken into consideration just wages.
    At the time clubs that did do a lot of trading got their top earners off their wage bill . This explains the mackems buying and selling an
    entire squad. It appears that they actually decreased their wage bill in the process. Villa got rid of Richard Dunne and Darrent Bent’s entire wage bill In order to do new business. We didn’t have that but our top earners were the likes of Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa and Sissoko. It explains one of the reasons Sissoko and Gouffran were brought in 6 months early as other signings may not have been possible at all. Those two were initially signed on pre contract deals to come into force in the next window. A mix of FFP and our situation I am sure played a part in those 2 deals.
    Swansea, Southampton, Norwich, the promoted teams were able to use the TV money much more freely as they could get their wage bill up to £52 million per year and actually afford to do so. It’s also allowed promoted clubs subsequently to play catch up and compete unlike in previous times – that was the Premier League’s intention and it has worked.
    Maybe it explains the 2013 pre season at Newcastle. The Kinnear appointment made no sense. Our wage bill was at that time one of the largest below the top 5 clubs in the league and that is what arguably restricted transfer activity.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Could we name many players worthy of praise over what has been the dullest period in the last twenty five years.

  • 42 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:57 AM


    That was my understanding as well which is why I feel the time is right (and the reported fee!) to allow him to go.

    His influence has waned but last few performances have been nearer his heyday yet I can’t shake the feeling they would diminish if here in Feb and possiblyin a bit role.

  • 43 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:58 AM


    I saw that and read with great amusement. I started following the club in the early 60s.

    By the way, I notice your spat with TUFF, also with amusement. I know him very well personally and you are not far from the truth…….lol

  • 44 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 6:59 AM


    Re Saviet……apologies mate. I thought I read somewhere he gad played for the french national team. Must have been someone else.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Whst has deliberately exiting cups at the earliest possible chance got to do with financial fair play.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    I believe he played for the U21’s. Was probably born in France but opted to play for Senegal.

  • 47 firebug666 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:02 AM


    He did play for the French youth sides upto U21’s I think mate, but then changed to his native team.

  • 48 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:03 AM


    Some fair points but you cannot deny his influence and age is on the wane and 8 million quid is a great fee for him.

  • 49 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Thanks lads……didnt know that.

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    I don’t think the timing is right, and I explained my reaso s why above.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    8M won’t seem much if this Saviet is pants and Shelvey gets unjured.

  • 52 Toonfan8 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Saivet is a direct replacement for Tiote, I saw Liverpool vs Bordeaux and he played DM (holding midfielder), he had very good match and he is very good defensively…I think him and Shelvey could make very good partnership, we need to buy Berahino now and I think Townsend may bee good too….

  • 53 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:10 AM


    Yes I know but the club has reinvested the money unlike previous seasons and they are looking to add even more players.

    I am not unhappy about this sale

  • 54 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Jack Root

    Interesting points. Did see it last night but was caught up in other discussions. Haven’t read up much on FFP but do know that wages are a major factor but understood that it was on the form of % of turnover more than a fixed sum.

    2 points occurred to me Sunderland seem to sign many players towards end of careers and presumably on top wages ( often no transfer fees) so will usually have hjgh % of wages to T/O which means regular loans ( not having on wages bill for more than a season) which leads to uneven transition. Other was whilst I wouldn’t dismiss your wages equation re Sissoko etc those deals were seemingly driven by relegation fear and I dare say FFP was not in Ashley’s thinking at time .

  • 55 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    the point being i do care about nufc
    what i don’t care about is who comes who goes its ashley kin club the followers who still go are supporting ashley

    and they just lap up his decisions

    and its my right to be negative whats going on that instills me with positivity

    absolutely nowt

  • 56 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:14 AM


    I doubt we will get Berahino now that Chelsea have thrown their hat in the ring. It is not a bad thing really because if they sign Berahino, then Remy would become available and I would rather him at this stage.

    I dont want Townsend certainly not st that price

  • 57 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Good to hear. I have not seen him play but it seems he could be versatile which is just what we need. Atmosphere should be great tomorrow just like last game of last season. Hopefully with the same result.

  • 58 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    You were too busy putting hats on straight.

  • 59 expatmag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:20 AM


    like most on here, we voice our opinions on what we read/hear in the mass media and 99.99% of the time, this information is either heresay or downright speculation based on rumour.

    I learned a long time ago not to get stressed over anything to do with NUFC or else you are heading to heart attack country.

    Chill out sunshine

  • 60 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:21 AM


    I recall we had a conversation about Tuff a year or so ago when you let me in on his Mackem antecedents (haha) can’t help but think that despite the closeness of your families in those times (as I believe you mentioned) putting a few thousand miles between you when there was no internet was still a relief.

    As for my sparring with him I find him irritating especially as there are glimpses at times that deep in his blog persona there is a personality with some interesting points to share if he could only divest himself of the troll and multiple nonsense. Disappointing that he can only blog in his faux outrage mode in most cases.

    He has his audience and doesn’t like to let them down -easy money

  • 61 Lindisfarne // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Jail FA

    You are right about Tiotes experience but in the individual case I can not believe he would play a significant role to the end of the season at NUFC. Whilst I can not know for sure what goes on in his head, I do believe he is playing for a move and forcing him to stay will be of no benefit to anyone.

  • 62 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    When you examine a number of bizarre happenings and appointments at the club they can be accounted for in no small measure. Just think about Llambias who actually screwed up over FFP hence Charnley who despite what’s said on here is good with numbers. Can’t bring myself to say he’s an accountant.
    For me the major thing Ashley should do is to have a complete overhaul of our scouting network. Since Tuesday much has been made of Dummet being an academy Graduate but there should be a lot more. The British market is not covered adequately we need ex players maybe who can negotiate and land . If necessary using some imagination in meeting selling clubs needs as well . Just as Spurs did with Ali.

  • 63 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    He preaches to the converted. Somewhat like Jeremy Corbyne and is a switch off to everyone else.

  • 64 John Tudor // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    ha ha hah

  • 65 catchy in norway // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    im not sure how true the Tiote story is, but if we selling him for 8 million , that is fantastic news for both the club financially and playing wise, 8 million is about 4 million more than he is worth IMO, also from a playing point of view, he only has one use, kicking players, he never uses his brain as to where he is on the pitch, all he ever does is dive in, he gives far to many suicide balls away to his team mates which are nearly always sideways, then gets yellow cards for fun, on top of all that, we are luck to get 15 games out of him a season, which in turn means we never get a fully fit tiote.

    Thank you for your time, but good luck with you future..

    at least the club have made the replacement signings before he was sold.

    well done NUFC

  • 66 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:30 AM


    Seriously how have have you survived your NUFC ride as we both know from the 60s on we have had mostly crap to feed off let alone our current owner. Were you mellow in your youth and grew angrier in you later years. I had the opposite journey I think. If this is you mellowing dread to think what you are like in the 70s and 80s 🙂

    Anyway have always liked your blog name – an under rated player of his time. Having said that you might have been the bloke near me in the Leazes giving him stick (along with Gibb and Clarkie) and it is your ironic your at play in you choice

  • 67 Toonfan8 // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    one of them must come here Remy or Berahino, I think Remy is better for now, but Berahino would be better solution for the future…

    Jack Root
    I think Tiote want to leave for 2-3 years now, he isn´t that good he used to be and isn´t available on a regular basis, so I think we have now 5 players for 2 places and even Wijnaldum can play there, so one has to leave and that is Tiote, his wages compared to his performances is sky high….

  • 68 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Your=way sorry

  • 69 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    I agree. Though watching him recently bought back what a powerhouse and influence he was in 5th placed season.
    Looking forward to seeing Shelvey who’s got a lot to prove.

  • 70 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Jack Root@62

    If we can’t get rid of Ashley (unil he reckons the gig is up in my opinion) the best thing he could do if he is serious about making his own luck is to bring in a good footballing voice that he trusts. All will flow from that hence my attempts at humour on the point last night.

  • 71 Reyantoon // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Who are Jack Root and Spoof?
    Though Spoof debates & sounds like Ciaran 🙂

  • 72 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    I am a long time reader and the senior contributors are the mainstay of the blog . In football knowledge terms Jimmy Smith regularly walks us youngsters down memory lane. I often research names on here to fill in my history of the club.
    Who was the graduate footballer who replaced JT and I think played in the 1976 League cup final. We would have won but for a flu outbreak the week leading up to the final. It’s folklore mate.

  • 73 mindshaft // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I’m usually loathe to post early in mornings as by the time I’ve finished writing it and clicking publish , Eds posted a new article !!!

    Don’t mind Tiote going, he clearly wants to go and although he’s played okay in last couple of games , he’s never going to be the player he was a few seasons ago … also think McClaren is happy enough to let him go – at end of manure game he put his arm around him and seemed to be saying you will miss this ( not that I’m a lip reader like )
    Think Sunderland buy older players for cheap and on high wage short term contracts as a: they want prem experience to assist in relegation battle and b: don’t want them in wage bill if relegated !

  • 74 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I am not Ciaron. Please apologise.

  • 75 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM


    Meant to add that I for one welcome posters attempts to analyse and put forward their take on all things NUFC. Whilst I may not always wholeheartedly agree with all offerings I firmly believe the Blog is a better place and read for it. Even been encouraged by last few days to trouble to post rather than simply read and wish for some fresh thoughts. Recent purchases and potential sales have been the driver for wider topics hurrah!

    Likely short lived but we may have until Feb until recrimations resume in earnest 🙂

  • 76 archaeomag // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    BBC gossip ..I quote.
    Sadly, no mention of Austin today ED.

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants sign West Brom’s England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino. (Daily Mirror)
    But Albion say the 22-year-old is not for sale and have warned Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United not to make any bids. (Telegraph)
    Newcastle are ready to make a £12m bid for Tottenham’s 24-year-old England winger Andros Townsend. (Sun)
    Marseilles are close to re-signing Florian Thauvin, Newcastle United’s unsettled 22-year-old France winger, on loan for the rest of the season. (Times – subscription required)

  • 77 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Yes a proper DOF that the football community at large respects.

  • 78 Mister Tuff // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Tudor – I cannot be bothered to go after the multiples this morning (Mugscar and Jack Rot) when they turn up it is quite apparent they are up to their normal blog mischief and divisive tactics.
    Charlatans and tricksters – easily spotted – they have the same bloggers in their sights and used the same terms/phraseology.

  • 79 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Good talking to you.

  • 80 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54 AM


    Similar reading of Tiote and Mac’s hugs as mine. Also agree with you on Mackems transfer approach which is of course enhanced by the regular changes of managers with a start again result.

    Now if only Ashley could see the attraction of such a wasteful business model on his doorstep and in need of resuscitation he might go there and solve all our problems in one fell swoop 🙂

  • 81 nut meg // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Jack Root @ 72
    Alan Gowling …I think.

  • 82 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    I see what you mean . Infantile and obsessive not a good combination.

  • 83 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Jack Root

    And you but helmets on for multiple claims haha

  • 84 sing in the corner // Jan 15, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    On Dummett I am so pleased for him this week. Sadly he has his limitations, mainly lack of pace, but still think he can improve a notch or two with the right guidance and more importantly the right personnel in the team around him.
    It could end up a battle with fellow Geordie Colback for one spot at LB.
    Anyway I’m unashamedly chuffed to see a couple of local lads in and around the squad. It’s tremendously important to many local fans, and even more so to local kids coming through grass roots football to see normal local fellas come through and make it in the first team. Gives them something to aspire to.
    And also keeps a bit of soul and local pride in the club, which is on the wane these days as the global game moves on and footballers have realised, they are commodities, naturally morphing into mercenaries.

  • 85 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Mister Tuff

    Let the real you show through stop playing to the gallery -you surely know it makes sense.

  • 86 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I would keep Carr but have the Coach sign off on his recruitment scouting programme. The coach has a vision of the sort of team and formation he wants to put on the field. It shouldn’t be the tail wagging the dog. The Coach can then be held fully accountable for transfer activity both by Ashley and us fans.

  • 87 Jack Root // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    As a long term reader I have seen countless good contributors driven away by the aggravation.
    I don’t wholly agree with Hail Wor Ashley but he’s a good contributor . He has a view on football which gets you thinking.

  • 88 nut meg // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Today’s chronicle on Townsend.

  • 89 magscar // Jan 15, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Jack Root@86

    I don’t necessarily want shot of Carr but am firmly in the camp of he has too much influence exacerbated by his elevation to the Board.

    For the benefit of the doubt (Tuff there lurking) that isn’t simply an opinion from reading the tea leaves but an educated assessment of last summers changes.

    I asked months ago for anyone to name former chief scouts here and also in any PL clubs witjh a similar standing at their club without googling and had no takers. Wasn’t surprised because even the secret googlers would have struggled to identify such a person.

    He isn’t of a wide enough experience notwithstanding his scouting credentials to offer a full blown football advisory service on the Board. Moncur favourite of mine though he was can offer little in these times despite him being a former manager. Carr is the long standing man in the shadows at Ashley’s court (sorry in my view Tuff). Have to wait for Jack’s view as I haven’t thought of it yet haha you couldn’t make it up. Sorry to take your name in vain Jack but I am sure you get where I am coming from

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