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McClaren Sends Important Message To Newcastle Fans

7:29 pm, Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 88 Comments

One of the things we like about Steve McClaren is that he is trying to get everybody associated with Newcastle pulling in the same direction and certainly at the games – getting the fans to support the lads no matter what happens.

Now it has hardly been easy to do that over the last year – since – let’s be honest – our results have been hopeless and that’s one reason we are 3rd bottom of the league.

But we’ve been so impressed with the fans who support the team both at home and away and they have kept right behind the team.

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These are the great fans of Newcastle United Football Club

That kind of support means point on the board over a long season and of course right now the next few games are so crucial when we look to be playing well and Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet – and maybe some other players  soon – can make a huge difference to the side.

It’s great if we all pull in the same direction for Newcastle and who knows we may even be out of the relegation zone sooner rather than later.

That would be good and eases the pressure on those frayed nerves – that’s for sure.

Here is what Steve McClaren sent out tonight to the fans via email – basically thanking them for their support and asking that they keep it up.

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over a busy period of games recently.

In the last two home matches, your support has been enormous for the players and the atmosphere you’ve generated at St. James’ Park has been absolutely electric.

On Saturday, we started well and despite moments of pressure in the second half, you stayed right behind the team.

To have the disappointment we had at Arsenal and Watford, the players fought hard to bounce back against Manchester United midweek and we made a terrific start at the weekend against West Ham.

Considering it was the third game in a week and we more or less named the same team, I’ve got to admire the players for the character and attitude they showed.

It was a tough period. The goal against Manchester United at the end, the way you responded and the atmosphere you created, it was quite an emotional point. To recover quickly and go again as they did on Saturday proves that the squad is getting better and progressing.

In many respects, we’ve been playing very well and not getting the rewards for it. It takes a lot of mental strength to keep doing that, so I’m delighted we got what we deserved in the end.

Now, we have to keep our momentum and that starts with recovery this week and the right preparation for Watford.

Maintaining our fight and spirit is also vital. That’s the minimum we expect, the minimum you expect and the minimum the players should expect of themselves.

We coped very well at Vicarage Road last time out and while we didn’t deserve to lose, we know it will be tough on Saturday. We start every game from zero and we know if we’re not right attitude-wise and we don’t put the work in, Watford can hurt us.

I was delighted to hear that we have another sold-out away end for the game on Saturday and I’d like to wish everyone who is travelling a safe and pleasant journey.

Home and away, your support continues to be hugely important to the team and we’ll be working hard to give you the performance and result your support deserves.

Steve McClaren

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88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Nice on shteve….

  • 2 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    you know what else is important to the team? getting a NEW CB, LB & RB

  • 3 Average_Contents // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:31 PM


    Nice ONE shteve….

    I like my sauces hot hot.

    Nandos XXL in the black bottle. Yummy.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:33 PM


    Yeah i don’t go to nandos that much, but when I do it has to be the really hot sauce.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    What the hell would soccer sauce know anyway, so much for the big day yesterday.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Us signing those two players are about the same odds of me running around Newcastle naked.


  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Hahahaha. They are showing clips of kirchovs debut. You can almost hear the circus music. Fat sam comparing it to vidic and ivanovic struggling when they arrived in January.
    What a tool! That was almost Bramble-esque.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    In fact if we do sign them or one of them, I will quit the blog.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Schtevie McWeavey runs his fingers through his hair.
    And is very surprised to find it is not there.
    “I need more up top” we hear him say.
    “I’m receding fast, so don’t delay!”

    There’s only one Schtevie McWeavey!

  • 10 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Please Please sign two players….. even if jus to get rid of Welshie lol

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Erm, Welshie…

    Thats a bit risky. SSN have been saying the Townsend deal is almost done. They are not often off the mark.

  • 12 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Ferk it voted for a win, must not lose.

    Although we always have this knack of ending a teams losing streak and making them look great in the process. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen this week.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Well, we will soon see, getting fed up of waiting.

  • 14 p // Jan 21, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    If the stories are true about Levy playing hard ball he wants to be careful. Players will be reluctant to join a club who act like dicks with player transfers.

    It’s one think to extract maximum cash from the highest earning club in the world for Bale who was winning games single handedly for Spurs but, dicking around for 4m over 10m for a reserve player is just being a prick.

  • 15 9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    p: Playing hardball is exactly what both Levy and Ashley do
    by nature. Neither will give t’other an advantage, so you can be 100% sure there will never be a deal between NUFC and Spurs until one or the other leaves. No Townsend, then. (no loss, probably)

  • 16 p // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    @9 yeah but Ashley or his regime do let players go. They drive for a good price but it’s not normally silly unless they really do not want to sell the player.

    Cabaye for 20m was reasonable for example. 8m for Debuchy was a good price in retrospect but still reasonable.

  • 17 geordie157 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    So sign Townsend tomorrow and welshie quits the blog….win win or is it…..

  • 18 9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    p: I’m assuming you’ve got more sense than to be part of the mindless “Ashley is a seller” crowd on here!

  • 19 firebug666 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:24 PM


    Tomorrow could be a very good for the blog!

    If only Carlsberg ………..?

  • 20 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    I’m just going to fix the puncture on my bike then I’m off to pick up Towmsend fyom London.

    Be as quick as I can lads!

  • 21 AncientC // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Levy likes to do his business at the very end of the transfer window, presumably because other clubs will have no idea what he is up to by stalling proceedings. He can also make himself disappear by covering his eyes with his hands.

  • 22 Average_Contents // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Bollox to that OP, we’ll have a whip round on the blog and hire a private jet mate.

    Never wanted a player/players to join so much and I personally don’t rate either but it’d be worth it 🙂

  • 23 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Wasn’t betting suspended earlier today ?

  • 24 p // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    @9 not sure what you mean.

    If you are referring to all of the people who send Ashley is just asset stripping the club and selling all of the best players, no I am not and never did.

    He would have needed his head seen to, to not sell Carroll, Ba had a release clause, Cabaye wanted his “dream move” to PSG and Debuchy was replaced with a better player.

    The issue is was really that he did not replace these people with requisite quality. He mistakenly thought he could have a young, inexperienced team with potential that would excel.

    Of course there were a bunch of other mistakes like a incompetent MD, very average managers etc but I think one thing Ashley does want is a successful, self sustaining PL club.

    That’s not easy as Chelsea for example how found this year.

  • 25 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    I’ll chip into that AC 🙂

  • 26 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Betting is still suspended, we were 1/100 to sign townsend

  • 27 Moonraker15 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Could you stop off in Brum on the way and have a word with Jeremy Peace re Saido? Maybe you could put him on the handlebars.
    It’s just occurred to me if he’s that good how come nobody’s in for him but us?

  • 28 Average_Contents // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    The more the merrier.

    Where’s this about alien heed mark two being close to joining off SSN.

    Can’t see it on transfer centre. Usually updates on that.

    Any links?

  • 29 Moonraker15 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I think Levy will be doing business well before the window closes this time after buying all those duds when selling Bale at the last minute 2 years ago!

  • 30 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Was on ssn earlier

  • 31 Average_Contents // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Oh ok

  • 32 bettyswallocks // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Well I for one hope we don’t pay 14mil. for Townsend. I don’t want us to get fleeced and Welshie baaaaaaed.

  • 33 9 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    p: sorry if there’s a misunderstanding – I agree all your comments @ 24, so my criticism certainly wasn’t aimed at you, mate.

  • 34 Moonraker15 // Jan 21, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Just to emphasise how you have to take some transfer info with a pinch of salt, SSN saying Pochetino keen on signing Bale. If you watch the interview he laughs his head off when asked about signing Bale and then says “yes, we would like to sign him” lol

  • 35 bettyswallocks // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Mind you if we don’t sign them and he’s proved right he might create a rampage.

  • 36 goommy // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:11 PM


  • 37 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    A new collective noun.

    A rampage of Welshies. 😀

    Mind the Welsh aint rampaging against Sale Sharks tonight – quite the opposite !

  • 38 Jack Root // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Guys – It’s not that simplistic, it really isn’t. Don’t bother reading any further.You really do underestimate the likes of Daniel Levy.
    Operating in the transfer market at the highest level of English football involves a little more than you appear to appreciate. It’s not simply a case of expressing your interest in a player by making a formal bid to the club. Clubs frequently contact the player’s agent – declare an interest – and hope this will unsettle the player. You can view this as a sort of sounding board.
    There was and less so but still times where a manager can improve his cv and crow over an outstanding player he bought for next to nothing. Comolli worked at White Hart Lane as director of football for three years and wrongly earned a reputation which took him to Liverpool . Levy did the negotiating and compiled the data on planned targets. He despite popular believe is a quiet unassuming individual. Highly numerate and a powerful shrewd negotiator as most in football will testify. He found Harry Redknapp out and clipped his wings before pensioning him off.
    Levy applies techniques in the football transfer market he learnt studying game theory. This is an area of applied mathematics now used in economics, political science and since the advent of FFP football transfers. It originated from a University Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Simply as possible- Game theory studies interactive decision-making, where the outcome for each participant or “player” depends on the actions of all. If you are a player in such a game, when choosing your course of action or “strategy” you must take into account the choices of others. But in thinking about their choices, you must recognize that they are thinking about yours, and in turn trying to take into account your thinking about their thinking, and so on. These are exactly the kind of interactions that Levy adopts within the window. Particularly when you’re trying to avoid an auction with numerous clubs and looking to delay finance from other sources to a club in competition with your club.
    What’s required is figuring out the motives of rivals and recognizing complex patterns do often resist logical analysis. But many aspects of strategy can be studied and systematized into a science — game theory.
    Levy is fond of saying ” If this isn’t hurting your head yet, then you haven’t got a real head” He loves mind games.
    The football transfer market, especially in a restricted time period like the January window, is complicated by so many external forces. What other clubs perceive your budget is? What other clubs think you think they think the value of the player is? What other clubs watching the negotiation or bid think you will bid so they can ‘bluff’ bid to drive your purchase price higher. Playing other clubs off against each other, increasing the market by talking to newspapers about ‘the next big thing’ he had no intention of signing. Pochettino is the ideal manager because he keeps his nerve and relies on his chairman to complete the jig saw going forward.

  • 39 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Mr Tuff understands that mind games thing.

    Composing a sentence makes his head hurt.

  • 40 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Has anyone seen the Hollis interview on Sky Sports News tonight?
    They’ve just run up the white flag.
    £50 million spent in the summer say the businessmen, and not a penny more of good money after bad.
    They are making sensible, rational decisions with relegations in mind, they say.
    Never mind those fans Hollis. Just tell it as it is.

  • 41 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Hollis addressed the fans AGM from 7pm to 8pm tonight.
    He gives the impression that Randy Lerner has brought him in to do a root and branch job on the club.

  • 42 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Hollis is at Villa.
    Just in case anyone thinks he’s Newcastle flunky, even more anonymous than most, and is panicking.

  • 43 Jack Root // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    They were thinking of signing Nemanja Vidic until the end of the season. One down two to go!

  • 44 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    No probs, I’ve got stunt pegs front and back so could take another 2 if you’ve anyone in mind.

  • 45 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    To the Blogger who was asking about the Derby

    Sky have just announced

    Toon v Mackems —- Sunday 20th March 13.30 KO

  • 46 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    One of the most crucial ‘externals’ is the playing record of the buying club – and the intense motivation for survival if they are in a relegation struggle, as we are at SJP. As Ashley has gambled with our league position several times already his sense of urgency is more difficult to predict than some.
    It is really not that likely we will get in four or five players this window as we traded reasonably effectively in summer 2015, unlike a few years ago.
    It may well be that we will not sign any CB or LB upgrades till the summer. I suspect that there will be a big temptation to gamble on Lascelles and Mbabu to cover the gaps with Dummett filling in wherever he is needed.

  • 47 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    There are 11 days to go.

    A bit premature for Tsunki to meet Jail for Ashley

  • 48 davis_toons // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    i hope we won’t do a “Typical Newcastle Stunt” on Watford.

    i hope for positive results after all the positive hype..

  • 49 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    And so the lesson according to Father Jack endeth. Let us embrace the new lessons of football trading as laid down in the Good Book of Toon Finance as if we didn’t already know all that stuff.

    The you what I learned from Steve M’s periodic missive, and that’s the Puma logo and the Wonga logo. Well they paid for it to be there didn’t they? Oh and the SD logo.


  • 50 Jack Root // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    The toon army will be out in force with the away end sold out.

  • 51 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Ah jeff, it must hurt. it’s taken you at least a day to think of a comeback from your most recent blundering debacle.

  • 52 Jack Root // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    I am going but not because of you. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man and woman healthy, wealthy and wise.
    Keep taking the happy tablets.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Jack don’t go on my account I don’t want to add blog bully to my Prophet of Doom persona :).

  • 54 geordie157 // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Qpr want 9mill for Phillips.

  • 55 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Actually the future suddenly looked brighter for one half of the West ham game. We’ve been stuffed by worse sides. I think I’ll only be truly optimistic about our chances after we have despatched Watford

  • 56 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Probably get some good news soon. Within the next 7 days.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    I think qpr have nicked those happy tablets…

  • 58 SuperShearer // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    We’re basically at that point in the window where it becomes a war of attrition. Selling club want to wait for a better offer to come in so don’t reject original offer and buying club threaten to “move on” to other targets in the hope of motivating a sale.

    In other words, sit back because little is happening between now and the end of the window because both parties are in a Mexican stand off.

  • 59 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    New Villa chairman doing a lot for morale with that interview 🙂

    You see all you lot we signed in the summer… You’re shite!

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    There is definitely a small chance we will get somebody else in during this window. Or not. I’m convinced of that much. We are dealing with Ashley after all.

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Word is out that apparently we are on the lookout for a young, brilliant, cheapish attacking player with very little interest in good wages. Interested parties please contact Lee Charnley or Graham Carr.

  • 62 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    thanks jib, twas me…

    nice to know I dotn have to start binge drinking at 5am my time for it 🙂

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    The good news was supposed to be a surprise at the end of the season but I’m spilling the beans here instead. If we stay up this season Mike is going to clap his chubby little hands together, squeal with glee, and announce “I’m staying forever! Not just until we’ve won something but forever!”

  • 64 Blofal // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Clubs know we need a striker and there are few proven options out there.

    The options are Remy and Berahino.

    Remy will wait until the end of the window and take the best offer. He is a mercenary and has a track record of doing exactly that.

    WBA don’t have to sell Berahino. They will also wait until the end of the window and likely only sell if we make a desperate silly money offer.

    And as for Townsend Spurs couldn’t care less about him by the looks. They don’t mind having him rot on the bench and will again only sell if silly money is offered.

    We are in the relegation zone in the January window and we have money to spend. All the clubs in Europe know this and we will have to pay over the odds to bring players in.

    The fact we got Shelvey for $12m is a huge error on Swansea’s part. We probably would have paid more than that if they had held out. But they are desperate too and need the money to strengthen other areas so we used that to our advantage. WBA and Spurs have no such problems.

  • 65 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Pardew has said Palace lack goals and thinks Bedtner will solve that. yh ok that’s like building a dam to solve drought!

  • 66 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Nice Stat from twitter:

    Paul Dummett has more Premier League goals since Christmas than Crystal Palace.

  • 67 Thump // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    @Chancel: First chance he had at NUFC to really make his mark and he brings in Obertan. Then at Palace he realises he’s a bit short up front, has limited funds, but needs a player with proper instinct – so he brings in Shola Ameobi.

    Now, to complete his trifecta of “top players”, he’s looking at Bendtner? Well, if it means we don’t get him…

  • 68 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Fair point thump

  • 69 jimmysmith // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Actually, I think Villa should batten down the hatches and prepare for the likelihood relegation. They’ve been poor for a while, and directionless, and the new manager is a bullet we dodged apparently. If we needed 150 million to make top eight, what them? Down to the Championship and back to the drawing board. That’d suit us very nicely too. Very sporting of them.

  • 70 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Everyone watching question time then?
    Standard! 🙂


  • 71 Mister Tuff // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Woah – Jib Jibberish have a quick snipe.
    Jib = Jack Root = Jib Rot.

  • 72 King Colback // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    With a face like a pile of baboon excrement

  • 73 jimmysmith // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:25 AM

    Jack Root @ 38, and sorry to disagree with you here Tuff, whether entirely so or not, that is a first rate post you’ve put together for us there fella, and an entirely plausible one, as far as I can tell.

  • 74 expatmag // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:45 AM

    Daily Fail quoting we are in for Sinclair from Villa.

    Would prefer him to Townsend, on a short term basis at least.

    However, I tend to believe a post from a fellow blogger (cannot remember who it is) stating the delay on further incomings is mostly related to FFP with the need to see Tiote and Williamson gone first. Salaruis off the books.

  • 75 brklyngeordie // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    Little upset that we have bid 1.2mill for the kid on Espanyol and let the kid Ajeti from Basel go because Augsburg ponied up the 1mill that made him go that way..

    Its deals like that I’m left confused to as how Ashley whom we all agree likes to have a gamble would stand in the way of transfer like that meanwhile is telling “the board to splash the cash” and they don’t see it a good move to use only 1mill of war chest on another young striker have to be missing something unless it just falls on Charnley poor communication because he’s obviously on radar if we are looking at him but slips through fingers how for 1mil?

    17th richest club

  • 76 expatmag // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:24 AM


    more gobshite papertalk.

    We need to get rid of crap before we add more crap

  • 77 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    Jimmy @73 – I cannot stop you liking a post if after you’ve read it you like what you have read. I could read a novel and think it was great – you could read the same novel and think it was crap.
    Equally you could read a text containing loads of different ideas and quotes and again accept and believe that what you had read was a well researched factual account of “attributes” and quotes from the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy.

    Equally I could read -speed read to get the gist – the same text and immediately determine that whoever had written it/researched it had really failed to correctly represent what the whole tale was about in the first place and had erroneously
    attributed a quote to Levy – (“If this isn’t hurting your head yet, then you haven’t got a real head”) – when in fact the quote was spoken by a guy called George Allwell on “The Sportscast” blog who was describing matters in a book by Michael Lewis called Moneyball about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and their boss Billy Beane who had questioned the traditional baseball draft system and established another cheaper means of recruitment after studying “game theory” an idea of using data established by the professor at Princeton.
    Billy Beane knew Comolli at Spurs.

    So nowt to do with football but baseball and a dubious link to Levy complete with a wrongly
    attributed quote.

    Now who on the blog is researching stuff like this and then makes a complete pigs ear of it – the one
    and only Jib Jibberish – Jib = Jack Root = Jack Rot.

    I dont mind folk putting some factual stuff on here – we can all learn from others. But erroneous
    stuff – no definitely not the lads and lasses who read this should not be fed shyte. I just posted about this the other day.
    Not so much a plausible post — eh Jimmy.

  • 78 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    And at that off to the pit.

  • 79 jimmysmith // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    Sorry pal, still liked the post, and still think it was well written and is all”plausible” and interesting stuff . I actually thought it might have been one of “Ian’s”. As you say though Tuff, it’s not important what others believe, only what you yourself do.

  • 80 Santon03 // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:15 AM

    I think next player coming in will be Sandro Ramirez, I don’t know about the amount of buy-back clause the same amount as we bought or many times more, I don’t know how much arsenal bought and sold Fabergas to barca.
    About Saido, so many news with too many different versions, but mostly we almost pulling out and wba only want to sell to us rather than chelsea or spurs but not sure about the correct amount.
    Time is almost running out, we shouldn’t wait for wba. We still can steal Pato, I would prefer we go for Pato tbh.

  • 81 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:22 AM

    Jimmy – definite last before the pit – that is not to say that the new method of recruitement that was established by Billy Beane is quite interesting – they won the American league – only spending anout 40 million dollars and the Yankees who matched their points total spent 3 times as much.
    If anything probably something Tubbs would be interested in rather than Levy. Out to the pit.

  • 82 Reyantoon // Jan 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    I prefer Sandro Ramirez than paying 18m or plus for Berahino.He scores goals every time he gets chances to play for Barca.He can settle well with the help of Perez.He and that young striker from Espanyol will do for me in this window.
    I don’t care about signing wingers anymore!

  • 83 Reyantoon // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    No club will pay more than 10m maximum for Townsend. Levy simply is trying to be a hero by squeezing huge bucks from nufc as he well aware that we are desperate.He got luck with the likes of Dier,Delli Alli and Erikssen.The majority of his signings are awful.The good thing is we’ll sign Townsend for 12m soon.Even that is too much for a player who has played a very small amount of PL games this season.

  • 84 Jack Root // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    Thank you. Without wishing to patronise you I have always enjoyed reading your posts and early morning make a point of looking to see whether you’ve along with a few others posted. My historic knowledge of the club for many years came from Paul Joannou but you periodically update my awareness. You’re also a good read on current activities often as an antidote to the more reactionary and unpleasant.
    For the avoidance of doubt – I didn’t say that it was a thought of Daniel Levy but that it was something he often says.
    Don’t worry on my account about detractors they merely serve to motivate me. I tend to read more than post as a form of relaxation from what’s going on in the real world where there are frequently more critics, interrogators than admirers.
    I’m at the Watford game as I was a few weeks ago. Let’s hope we keep our run going.

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Jimmy…go watch Moneyball

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    In essences it’s how Brentford is being run and FC Midtjylland who won the Danish Super league.

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    What are your thoughts about Right to Dream (the pathways group) buying Nordjæslland? Are th Dane’s happy about it?

  • 88 cyprus // Jan 22, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    So we need a speedy small CF with proven potential to score and who will bed in fast…

    Sometimes the answer is right in front if you.

    Apologise to Coventry, bring him in.

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