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Newcastle After Two Strikers In Next 48 Hours

7:51 am, Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 195 Comments

We reported last night that Le10 Sport in France were saying that Newcastle had won the race to sign 28 year-old Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan and he will be a good signing for us, because he´s a natural goalscorer.

If Seydou gets a clear chance from eight yards out he is likely to put the ball in the back of the net – something we haven´t always been able to do this season.


Roma striker Seydou Doumbia – a done deal

And the Le10 Sport report also said we were trying to sign 30 year-old Bafe Gomis from Swansea and he would be in addition to Seydou so if that happens – well good – but he´s not worth £7M and £60K/week wages.

But we think what Newcastle are thinking – and this is good – is that they will do anything and everything they can in the next 48 hours to try to ensure we remain in the Premier League this season.

That´s all that really matters given where we are in the league and there´s no doubt scoring goals was a big weakness we had in the first part of the season.

And early in the month, as we were missing chances galore in our games, there were calls to sign two strikers this month.

Here´s a report we had out on January 9th – Save our Club – Sign Two Strikers – after we lost 1-0 to Watford in the FA Cup and missed those chances in the first half.

And to further that claim that we want two strikers in,  the Chronicle is reporting today that Doumbia is a done deal and that  Newcastle also want Sadio Berahino in by tomorrow night.

If Newcastle cannot get him in then they will sign Bafe Gomis as a back-up plan and then go after Berahino in the summer – assuming we can ward off relegation.

Now that sounds like a plan!

The Chronicle keep reporting that Saido – like Andros Townsend – is very keen to join the Magpies – so if that´s really  true he could end up on Tyneside this summer – and Berahino would no doubt be a great signing for us.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

195 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Is it time to panic? 😉

  • 2 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    he won’t come if we go down………. as for go-miss just a red herring

  • 3 TomaKaThor // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    All I can is I hope to god no Money is wasted on Gomis…. at most a very disappointing loan for him is all I could stomach.

  • 4 Welsh-Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Not Gomis thanks… not sure we’ll sign a striker to be fair…

  • 5 defenders needed // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Is our transfer window over now?

  • 6 cyprus // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    The club can’t be faulted for not trying.

    Now its up to these highly paid people and the coaches to deliver.

    No need to panic, plenty of games. Let’s do a Leicester

  • 7 Welsh-Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    11pm Monday 1st UK time..

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    No we have 48 hours where Charnley runs around panicking because he misplaced the memo stating the priority signings were a FW and a CB!

  • 9 nut meg // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Still time to get a striker in…but who,my guess is we’ll go back to someone who we’ve been linked with for a long time Pierre Michel Lasogga.No particular reason for naming him other than we keep going back to old targets.

  • 10 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:15 AM



  • 11 G // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Never rated Gomis, and I havent seen enough of the other fella to comment. I suspect our incoming is done.

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    He’ll probably buy another midfielder!

  • 13 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    We have three strikers we’re speaking to with an obvious pecking order should negotiations fail.

    At least we have a plan B and plan C which is a step change in itself.

    but mind you…the only reason we’re doing what most other clubs do when chasing a player to fit a certain role (as opposed to what we’ve been doing historically i.e. pick a cheap frog to shoehorn into a team) is because we desperately need goals to stay up

    This club only shows some signs of intelligence when the situation is desperate and Ashley has to intervene.

    Ashley has obviously said we need a striker….so go after as many as you like, get as many as you can on the hook and we’ll pick whichever one we think’s best early on in the last day and if plan A fails chase plan B, and if plan B fails go for Gomis.

    The same plan is being executed for a left back because watford showed we can’t play play the way we want to without one.

    All i’m bothered about is the new left back and new CF any better than what we have now? I would suggest the left back will be but only Berahino and Remy would be worthwhile getting in to take the pressure off Mitro…Gomis doesn’t give us anything better than we have now and is no doubt a signing of last resort.

  • 14 Spoof // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Doumbia seems the most likely, if he does come let’s hope he has a start as good as his two countrymen did when they joined us,Ba was good from the start and Cisse’s start was spectacular, hopefully Doumbia will make it a hat trick for us.

  • 15 Toon_Barmy // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Spoof he’s from ivory coast

  • 16 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    sparky…….spot on fella

  • 17 Spoof // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:33 AM


    Well I got that one totally wrong lol

  • 18 geordieboy83 // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:43 AM


    Spot on mate. What I will say is if we get doumbia, in my humble opinion he will be the best striker we’ve had since shearer. So he should be priority for me. In terms of the left backs I watch a hell of a lot of football but ain’t heard of either of the 2 linked so couldn’t say if they’re any better.

  • 19 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    I know nowt about the spanish based LB’s either but if there was any truth in the Gibbs story id take him in a flash

  • 20 nut meg // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    From the chronicle.another window,another gamble!

  • 21 colwell // Jan 31, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    If we sign Doumbia he has all the attributes to succeed in the prem, as well as rocket pace. Even Gomis is a good shout no one wants him here but he has still out scored Mitro this year.

    These 2 will take all pressure off Mitro so hopefully he can start putting 1 of the hundreds of chances he keeps getting if not Doumbia certainly will.

  • 22 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    We cud get two good years out of doumbia…as for gomis I wud take him but he can probably be chalked down as yet another guy chased by old man carr who wasnt a PL success. Gosh there are a few at this stage. Ashley cant be happy. We are the biggest spending club in the world this season and we are still crap with a crap scout and a manager who tends to talk horse manure. Remember we were “tremendous” v watford. Honest.

  • 23 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Doumbia does look good but you’ve gotta be wary about how long it will take him to get in the premiership groove.

    He allegedly got booed in his first game in Italy and lost his bottle.

    If that is true and he is that fragile mentally then he’ll struggle won’t he?

    I wouldn’t be too disappointed if we don’t get a striker to be honest…I think we’ll score enough to keep us up but only of we strengthen our defence.

    Lets hope all this striker talk is all diversion tactics to get a good LB and get Colo out the team so we become defensively more solid….and that I believe will be the key to staying up…not buying a striker that might not get in the groove til it’s too late.

  • 24 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Martin Hardy the respected Sunday Times journalist :
    “NEWCASTLE UNITED are prepared to launch a club record £24m bid to land Saido Berahino. The West Bromwich Albion forward yesterday started his first game for his club since October and scored both goals in their FA Cup draw with Peterborough. The 22-year-old is eager to leave the Hawthorns and Newcastle are desperate to land a striker before the transfer window closes tomorrow evening.

    They have already spent £30m on signing Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend but Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner, has told his football board to keep buying. Newcastle spent £50m in the summer on four new players and are ready to smash through the £100m barrier as they look to sign the forward they believe will turn them into a top-10 force and banish fears of relegation. They are third from bottom in the Premier League.

    Steve McClaren, the Newcastle coach, is keen to add more English players to his squad and the club have backed his wishes, and will display further sign of their ambitions with the £24m for the England forward.”

    Berahino is believed to have intimated that he is willing to move to St James’ Park after his planned summer move to Tottenham fell through. Relations with Tony Pulis, his manager at West Brom, and his teammates deteriorated in the aftermath of that failed move. The deal now hinges on West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace. A fee of £30m has been mentioned for Berahino and it remains to be seen if Peace will hold out for that price.

  • 25 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Munster Mag
    don’t for forget mr charnley the other member of the 3 stooges they work hand in hand to f##k things up

  • 26 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:16 AM



    Newcastle target Guilherme Siqueira is on the verge of joining Valencia, reports AS.”

    So thats that then…

  • 27 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Ian toon

    With Stoke, Chelsea and Spurs all also interested I would guess we’d be last on his wish list.

    I guess all we can hang our hopes on is he’s so desperate to leave he’ll go to the last man standing who’s prepared to pay the money

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    So if Martin Hardy doesn’t get this right can we cross him of the respectable list?

  • 29 Spoof // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Ian Toon

    Indeed McClaren does seem to be getting his way with regards the English players, but why on earth did they not listen to Pardew when he was saying the same, if they had we would not be in the position that we are

  • 30 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    If we get doumbia, will we play 442 with townsend and sissoko on the wings with 2 strikers, mitro being one? I cant see mitro being dropped but he could well be sold in the summer for someone who has more than just aerial prowess. So far he has been another carr failure but gotta say i like him.

  • 31 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I think it would be fair to say the trust was never there between ashley and Pardew based on Pardew only getting the job because he was desperate, out of work and cheap and Ashley ‘owned’ him after bailing him out of a considerable gambling debt.

    Not the best foundation for a trust relationship.

    That and he was lying cheating tw@t as well.

  • 32 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Sparks- You’re right. He’s had 3-4 months out of the PL. We might just be prepared to pay an eventual asking price. I still think we will land him. Although the asking price is steep he ticks all the boxes on age, experience of PL, pace and re- sale value.
    Could well have to pay £ 22 million but that’s only £ 15 million more than Gomis. A real bargain!

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Spoof…you could also argue why on earth they didn’t appoint a manager who fitted into the transfer strategy?

    They basically scout one sort of players and play a unfitting brand of football!

    But I am glad if they have decided to let McC have a say. It easier to point finger then. And we will finally see if McC is under or overperforming!

  • 34 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Foot Mercato: Seydou Doumbia arrived in Newcastle last night and will have a medical later today. #

  • 35 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Bambams…go get that football you dropped off and have a nosey around…trust that more than foot mercato!

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Bambams…on a Sunday? 😉

  • 37 AncientC // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    If you’re going to let a manager loose with a chequebook, it wouldn’t be Pardew. Anybody remember all the links with the West Ham and Southampton players lol. Look at Pardew go now, 1 good signing to his name at Palace… he cannot afford Cabaye to go off the boil either, with what they are paying him.

  • 38 Spoof // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:38 AM


    I like him as well, and in fairness to him he has done really well in general play but a lack of confidence has prevented him from getting his fair share of goals, but that will come, I hope he isn’t sold as I see a good player when I look at him, and lets not forget that he is still just a bairn, I hope to see the man in a black and white shirt.

  • 39 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Spoof- Quite. And not appointed Carver. It’s an expensive mistake for Ashley but it’s improved Macca’s hand.
    Talking of hands Pardew is playing his very well. We’ve seen how difficult it is to operate without a goalscorer.
    Knowing what would transpire we should have paid the £12 million for Cabaye who wanted to come back. We’ve lost a lot more than £ 12 m on French wide men.

  • 40 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    I have been up early this morning and have looked at everything on the net.
    I know nowt about them but shared.
    Cheers fella I will ignore from now.
    I hope to find out when I return what the craic is for the summer. Not returning untimely next week unfortunately.

  • 41 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    I think if we get berahino in this window we’ll have him for 18 months if we’re lucky but we’ll still make a profit when we sell him so probably worth paying.

    He’ll end up in a top 5 team for sure and so long as he keeps us up it’s job done because we’ll get the money back in a flash both from selling him and from the sky money next year so a no brainer which is why WBA are holding out for so much money.

    Stoke and Chelsea and Spurs aren’t desperate enough pay that kind of money but WBA know we are…so it just might happen.

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Haha Ancient…very true mate 🙂 very true!

  • 43 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Sparky i think there was deffo something in the gambling debt. I think he said he didnt know ashley (true) but owed lambias who ran the club. It was an odd appointment. That said, i think carr hindered pardew with signings that didnt suit pardews style of defensive / counter attack / long ball play. Pardew was a tit but so are all the people in key positions at all times. Ash, charnley, carr, lambeezee, kinnear etc. As it stands i dont think ashley and charnley are our problems and havent been all this season.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Bambams…it’s next week tomorrow 😉

  • 45 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:46 AM


    Spare a thought for Charmless. The poor man must be exhausted!

  • 46 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    It will be interesting to see the side Everton turn out with our game in mind. Palace benefitted from Stoke playing during week.

  • 47 Ian Toon // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Sparks- I’ve got everything crossed.

  • 48 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Spoof, agree. I agree. I like his mad spirit too

  • 49 Blofal // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Gianluca Di Marzio reporting we have secured Doumbia…

  • 50 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:52 AM


    Most of us would agree the mismanagement of the last 7 years is why we find ourselves in such a pickle this year.

    Ashley is a very lucky boy…he bought us on the cheap without any idea whatsoever the sky money would sky rocket the way it has which means every single premiership club is now a healthy business that can be sustained even with numpties like Charnley at the helm…but the key is your coaching staff have to be good enough to keep you in the premiership which is where we’ve fallen down so badly over the years.

    Ashley has done the numbers…he’d have been happy to spend 130 million in these last two windows because he knows he’ll get it all back next year and can build from there to keep us safely in mid table.

    All he’s doing is saying 17th is good but too risky with so much money at stake so I’d rather shoot for 12th so I’ll splash the cash to stop me arse twitching 🙂

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Morning Ron…I’ll say a prayer for the poor man 😉

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Ron…imagine being this incompetent at your job?

  • 53 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:55 AM


    He must be dying to return to his burrow. Still, only a day or two to go, then back to sleep!

  • 54 AncientC // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Ashley thinks he can build the next Arsenal, only his version doesn’t have a Wenger, is has a Mike Ashley.

  • 55 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Ian toon…we all have mate…we keep saying this time and time again but this window is massive now because of our perilous league position and we all know it’s nowhere near complete without a striker and a defender coming in…so proper twitchy @rse time for all concerned.

  • 56 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:59 AM


    That sounds about right!


    There can’t be many other places where they make such a fetish of incompetence!

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Sparky…I think the difference between a well run club and a poorly run club is a guy like Levy and a guy like Charmless.

    Of course a great manager and coaching staff is required if you want to be successful long term.

  • 58 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM


    Dont speak italian but get the gist of it…wonder why SKY news UK haven’t picked up on it seeing as he’s SKY reporter in Italy?

    Can’t see any other mention of it anywhere

  • 59 sing in the corner // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    January…well reputed to be a rubbish month. And the transfer window is one of the top factors in that! I’ll be glad when it’s all over.
    Anyone else wondering why it’s all very quiet on Sissoko and Perez? Sissoko’s ego must be impregnable. He thinks he’s a superstar and he’s gonna be at a Champions League challenging side. But it never seems to happen. Shut the window, then he can knuckle down and focus on doing the business for the toon.

  • 60 anthc // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:03 AM
    Rather have doumbia than gomis. Think it was against man city in Europe where he was a handful and scored two. It is a gamble but age wise he’s in his prime where as gomis’s best has been and gone. We already have cisse whose past his best.
    As for mitrovic, I like the lad his work rate has improved and he’s a handful. He’s set up a few of our goals and cb’s know they’re in a game against him that’s for sure. Hopefully he can get on stones back whose had a dip in form and confidence for us to get something on Wednesday. Fingers crossed he’ll have doumbia with his pace to come on for his flick ons against Evertons tiring legs!

  • 61 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Sing…it’s very quiet because we don’t have a manager touting them about!

  • 62 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Sing, sissoko is a chancer. He cant pass and he cant tackle. Id say he was some 400 metre runner at school though

  • 63 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:08 AM


    I would suggest the difference between Levy and Charmless is night and day but mainly because levy is an owner who lives / dreams / sleeps Spurs working there full time as owner / fan of the club and Charmless is an employee who doesn’t give a fcuk and probably supports someone else.

    If Ashley sold SD and based himself at the club and ran his remaining business interests from the clubs premises and had his ears and eyes on everything that went on then our club would probably be much better ran…but NUFC is not his prime motivation and business interest…it’s probably his 3rd or fourth and he spends no time here apart from the odd party…and that’s evident by the way it’s run and why we’re in a such a mess.

    His appointments record is proper rubbish and that’s only because he doesn’t really care and has no ambition for the club despite all he says.

  • 64 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Any opunions on smc? Keep him or leave him go in the summer even assuming survival?

  • 65 toon kk // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    We’re fallen back to our usual ways, we want a striker but don’t really know what to do, all that extra cost, should we gamble and stay as we are? A very hard decision!
    If we’d really wanted a striker he’d be here by now.

  • 66 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:11 AM


    If we do stay up, McClaren won’t be sacked.

  • 67 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    According to the French press, Doumbia arrived in Newcastle yesterday. Has anybody spotted him?

  • 68 AncientC // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    David Gill on Levy.

  • 69 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:16 AM


    I’d be happy to see him go…the squad we had before the window opened was IMO worthy of a much higher league position than we find ourselves in. His tactics, substitutions, track record and lack of plan B show him to be average at best.

    The squad now is obviously much better now but not so sure will still guarantee us safety in his incapable hands.

    I’d have got rid early December so the new manager could have shaped the window signings and style of play ready for the coming months….but then again would’ve come in?

    I just don’t think he’s right and Ashley has decided to stick with him til the summer.

    May well be the right thing to do, but if we do survive I think we’d be able to attract more and better managers with the squad and another 50 million pot available to spend made available.

    I would get shot in the summer

  • 70 expatmag // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:27 AM


    As far as I am aware, Spurs are owned by some rich bloke who lives in the bahamas and Levy us his Managing Director

  • 71 JamesToon // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Sounds like we’ve got Doumbia, and Siqueira has chosen Valencia over us. If we are looking at 2 more players before deadline day, then instead of going for Gomis, try and get Gibbs and Cahill

  • 72 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Soccer sauce reporting Doumbia is in Newcastle this morning for a medical ?

  • 73 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    See below.

    ownership of stock in a business always focus’ the mind

    Between 2001 to 2011 shares in Tottenham Hotspur F.C. were listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM index). The majority shareholder was ENIC International Ltd, an investment company established by the British billionaire Joe Lewis. Daniel Levy, Lewis’s partner at ENIC, is Executive Chairman of the club. Shareholding by ENIC was increased over this period through the purchase of the remaining 14.7% holding of former chairman Alan Sugar[32] and, in 2009, the 9.9% stake belonging to Stelios Haji-Ioannou through Hodram Inc. On 21 August 2009 the club reported that they had issued a further 30 million shares to fund the initial development costs of the new stadium project, and that 27.8 million of these new shares had been purchased by ENIC.[33] The Annual Report for 2010 indicated that ENIC had acquired 76% of all Ordinary Shares and also held 97% of all convertible redeemable preference shares, equivalent to a holding of 85% of share capital.[34] Following an announcement at the 2011 AGM, in January 2012 the club confirmed that they had been transferred into the private ownership of ENIC.[35] In April 2014 the Club reported net profits of £1.5m for the financial year ending June 2013.[36]

    In 2001 ENIC bought a controlling stake in Tottenham Hotspur F.C. from Alan Sugar and Levy became chairman of the club. Later in 2001, ENIC’s listing was transferred from the main stock exchange to the AIM index.[5]

    In 2003 Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy, who controlled 52% of ENIC shares, formed Kondar Ltd to buy out the remaining shareholders. A cash offer of £40m was made to take the company back into private ownership.[6] Following the buyout, Lewis and Levy controlled 70.6% and 29.4% respectively of shares in ENIC, which was delisted from AIM and renamed ENIC Group.

    In May 2006 ENIC transferred 61% stake in SK Slavia Prague to Czech brokerage firm Key Investments.[7][8] In January 2008 Key Investment breached the contract with ENIC and increased the equity of SK Slavia Prague.[8]

    Following its purchase of Sugar’s remaining shares in Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, ENIC continued to build up its stake, taking its shareholding to 85%. To fund this investment it disposed of its stakes in other football clubs as well as many of its media and entertainment businesses.

  • 74 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Why does smiley face icon turn into a question mark on my postings ? Is it Ed being cautious haha HWTL

  • 75 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    would be very pleased to get Doumbia. have wanted him in for about 3 years now.

    Still have mega doubts re – carr, charnley and SM when the problems we face have been blindingly obvious for so long.

    I guess long term if wouldn’t be so bad if SM went upstairs and Cathro was eventually manager.

  • 76 Blofal // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I think SMC has made some wrong decision but has also not had the players.

    Pre-season was an absolute joke so he needed the first few games experimenting to find what formation and starting 11 best suited the team.

    Then in the first few games we had players sent off and lost those games… shattering whatever brittle confidence remained in the squad. Add to that Mitrovic was leading the line when he was completely unproven, inexperienced and ill disciplined.

    SMC also tried to impliment a possession based style of game then found our players weren’t good enough and we continued losing games. We then reverted to 4-4-2 and a more direct style of play to try and stem the flow. He has slowly built the squad back up now to play more to his style, instilled them with confidence (hence the tremendous statements) and we look much better. But none of this papers over the fact that the squad wasn’t good enough.

    SMC also seems to have had an effect on the board and our transfer targets. We are going for much more appropriate players this window. There is no way, Berahino, Shelvey and Townsend are Graham Carr picks.

    So I think SMC is doing ok. The jury is still out but the club I think was in a far worse position than anybody initially imagined.

  • 77 expatmag // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:40 AM


    Hope its true. We should gave signed this guy a few years ago. He is a lethal finisher, pacy and great movement. His game us well suited to the EPL and with the likes of Shelvy Townsend Sissoko and Wijnaldum creating and in support, we should fly up the table.

  • 78 expatmag // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:41 AM


    I stand corrected mate

  • 79 JamesToon // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Sky saying we’re after 2 strikers and a left back. Just hope the second striker is Berahino and not gomis

  • 80 JamesToon // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    For left back would love either Gibbs or Willems. Not so sure about Orban

  • 81 Average_Contents // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Definitely no to go-miss.


    We understand Newcastle want to bring in three players before the window closes tomorrow night – two strikers and a left back

    Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis, West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Roma’s Seydou Doumbia are three strikers at the centre of their efforts

    They’ve also not given up hope of signing Berahino – although at the moment we understand they’re not prepared to meet West Brom’s current valuation.

  • 82 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    if we get him and i hope we do lets hope he hits the ground running and we pull away from the relegation zone sooner rather then later…….just hope this heppens

  • 83 toon kk // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Have faith lads and lasses, I’m sure a striker will come through the door at some point.

  • 84 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Ashley will deal with Carr and Charnley in the summer. Anyone can make a mistake but taking Thauvin and missing Payet!!! Unforgivable !! Bye bye boys .

  • 85 Average_Contents // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    That’s from SSN

  • 86 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    As my dad used to say to me “it’ll be aalreet son, divn’t worry” haha

  • 87 nightfa11 // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    I think doumbia is probably the Best striker we can get atm..especially on loan.. So not much of a gamble..and if it works out, hes not too old and still has about 4 years in him..Very good record, pacy and strong.. Remy is out of form, berahino is quality but hes a gamble, and others are too similar to mitro.. I wouldnt mind selling Sissoko to sign berahino to replace him as right winger /forward..

    I must say im impressed with our board..

    We have a Very good squad now, but if mclaren cant keep Us up now, hes totaly incompetent..

    Janmaat colo mbemba colback
    Saviet shelvey

    Berahino Wini townsend

    Mitro for doumbia
    Perez/aarons to replace any of those 3
    Anita/colback for saviet or shelvey
    Dummet/Taylor/lescalles/haidara for defence

    Rivi, obertan, cisse, marveaux, goufrann can all leave, as for tiote.. It might not be a bad idea to keep him till summer..
    And Sissoko.. Hes alright, but wants to leave and..hes not really producing.. Easilly replecable..if we get a 20+ offer..

  • 88 check the toastie // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Personally think the club is light years ahead of where it was two years ago.

    Insipid negative manager unbacked by a chairman and owner who clearly wanted him out but didn’t want to pay his stupid contract up. Crystal Palace saved us by taking the charlatan away, gamble on Carver was unforgivable but even the most pessimistic of fans would have struggled to envisige the slide to relegation that happened.

    Its nice to be talking about who we are signing rather than our manager hawking our best players in press conferences. I have my doubts about McLaren but he’s a good guy who I feel has our best interests at heart sincerely. I hope he comes off and gets us playing decent stuff and breaking top8 next year.

    If we stay up that is…..

  • 89 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    toon kk
    as long as it’s not Go-Miss complete waste of money

  • 90 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    sparky…Levy is a MD just like Charmless 😉 …or his title is Chairman.

    Spurs is ownws by ENIC International Ltd. ENIC is owned by Joe Lewis (through Tavistock Group) and Daniel Levy. ENIC is controlled by Joseph Lewis. Daniel Levy is an minority shareholder.

  • 91 Average_Contents // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Doumbia on loan with an option to buy in the summer would be a cracking signing.

    Just hope it’s not all the usual bs rumours and paper talk.

    Who’d want go-miss now? A few years ago he might of been worth a punt but not now at 30 with a shite goalscoring record especially in the premiership where he’s proved he’s shite.

    Carr does like going back to previous targets though doesn’t he. Hopefully not this time and hopefully this one is just bs and paper talk. Please.

    Not sure on Berahino tbh. Didn’t think he was all that when he burst on the scene. Overhyped and I think he’s believed it and got above his station.

    Still, I’d have him here, just the kinda club for him atm I think but not at anything over £15m. He’s not THAT good, yet.

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Basically give Charmless some shares and we have a match 😉 lol

  • 93 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    According to the Chronic, Doumbia “is believed” to be on Tyneside. Couldn’t one of those hacks find out for sure?

  • 94 toon kk // Jan 31, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    I have a horrible feeling it could be.

  • 95 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Having a striker who thinks he’s “gods gift” is not a bad thing. They need a certain arrogance and I can’t think of any good ones that were shrinking violets. Supermac had it right and how he raised our profile as well and Andy Cole was arrogant so bring on Berahino he needs our stage as everyone loves it when Newcastle are performing!

  • 96 geordieboy83 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    We could have a hell of a team with these lads. 352 would work well

    That’s a scary team to defend against berahino, ayoze, Townsend, de Jong, colback, saivet, dimmet, anita that’s a squad

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Ron…that would imply those so-called journos would have to do some investigative journalism 😉

    …and they would have to leave the comfort of their desk!

  • 98 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    …it’s easier to trawl the internet and make predictions. Some are bound to be true 😉

  • 99 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    jesper…if you think 24% is a minority shareholding then you’re mad. 24% of a business worth 600 million quid is worth shed loads more than 100% of sweet FA.

    If you honestly cant see the comparison between managing your £150 million stake in a football club by running it to your utmost ability as opposed to being an employee with no stake-holding then you’re just being awkward for being awkards sake

  • 100 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Sparky…they were bought at much less than that that.

    Joe Lewis own Spurs if you can talk of an owner.

    The discussion we were having was not about the stacks, but the comparison between Charmless and Levy and what defines a well run club and a poorly run club.

    I think my comparison stands wouldn’t you say?

  • 101 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:11 AM seems others can see my point!

  • 102 JDdubai // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Check @88

    Agree with all that mate

  • 103 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:15 AM


    Hardly. ENIC does not just own spurs…it has other business interests under that entity and Joe Lewis can’t sell Spurs without Levy’s consent.

    In fact you’ve just backed up my argument but hey…I’m not going to start a blog war over it.

  • 104 toon kk // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Is he coming??

  • 105 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    According to some reports on the web ARSENAL now showing an interest in Doumbia FFS

  • 106 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    If Saido wants to go to Spurs then i dont want him. I want players who want to b here not stepping stone s#@t we are building a team.

  • 107 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Your youtube video link. Lol ?

  • 108 LGFUAD21 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Fair play to Peace for standing strong and not letting the bigger clubs pick off their talent.

    Personally I still think £24m would be about accurate.

    At the same time I don’t understand Peace’s strategy. It’s like he’s cutting his nose off to spite his own face.

    If he is worried about West Broms league position then I’m sure he could’ve invested that £20m to help them out rather than letting the negotiations ru their course so late in the window.

  • 109 OneAlanShearer // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I have never seen soccer sauce report anything before it has been posted elsewhere eg. Foreign tweets or websites. They have posted incorrect predictions though. The info on doumbia being in nufc was tweeted last night by a french website.

  • 110 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Berahino is now old new. Doumbia is here.

    That Brazilian LB next and we r done.

  • 111 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    I followed the debate on age and mental capability after I left the blog as my arguments were being misinterpreted and just blasted back at me with no reasoned counter-points at all. I concluded that you simply are not capable of accepting a nuanced point of view, so left.

    ” I’m linking age to performance.” – NO ifs NO buts.

    Subtle differences and variations in meaning, qualifications, reservations, rebuttals or counter arguments, , response, etc. were all totally lost on you.

    SO it is is all black and white with you.

    Please excuse me for not trying to argue a point with you in future. It won’t mean I agree with you, just that life is too short to argue with people who accept nothing but their own points of view and then just shout that back at you if you differ.

    In the model below, which is one way of looking at it, you do not accept that stages 3,4,5 & 6 exist.

  • 112 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Doumbia is here
    Chronicle reporting that Doumbia arrived on Tyneside ready for hies medical

  • 113 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:44 AM


    All you’re doing is feeding the beast mate…let it go 🙂 tomorrows fish and chip papers and all that.

  • 114 colwell // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Doumbia has scored 6 goals in 5 Champ league games against City and Utd he will be a perfect fit for us. Front 4 Wini,Sissoko,Townsend and Doumbia WOW. pace and power at long last.

  • 115 yorkshire_magpie // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Its Official SSN reporting aswell Doumbia has arrived for medical. Whoopee!!

  • 116 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    what kind of ship/boat does 6 hour watches ?

  • 117 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Alright Sparky you cannot see my point!

  • 118 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    We lose Siquiera and we get Orban not bad.

  • 119 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Really not much you can do about Berahino. That’s between WBrom and his agent.

    I am not even convinced we have bid for him.

  • 120 lochinvar // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Sky reports that Doumbia is here and having his medical and surely his signature follows – especially if it’s a Loan with an option to buy then that can’t be too difficult, surely.

    Also that Ashley will out bid Spuds for Berahino – so maybe Mike is now looking to protect his investments. I believe .

  • 121 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    In summer, we got:

    Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba, Toney, Thauvin.


    Now i have:

    Saviet, Shelvey, Townsend, Doumbia, Berahino??, Ordan???



  • 122 reilly // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Berahino will leave in the last few hours of the window,the west brom owner dosnt want pulis getting his hands on the money.

  • 123 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Doumbia having medical before loan deal according to Sky sports.Two from Orban,Gibbs Cahill & just maybe Berahino last ditch big deal & job done.

  • 124 Jib // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Confirmation (if it were needed) from Italy

  • 125 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Dumb and Dumber sign Doumbia.

  • 126 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    If only we can atleast get 10m back for Thauvin.

    Doumbia Berahino and Mitro that pushes Mitro down the pecking order. I dont want that.

  • 127 lochinvar // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Will die for the toon @121
    That’s eleven players ( even without a new keeper ) – looks like Ashley bought a whole new team – now we should have a squad that competes with all the others

  • 128 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I am off to watch the Falcons later but I will be glued to my mobile for updates ….
    Don’t want Gomis but Doumbia and the LB followed by Berahino! !!!!
    Could it happen ?

  • 129 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    I agree Reilly. He thinks WBA are in same position as we were when we sold Carroll but we only just survived. It’s a dangerous tactic .Berahino will be the last big deal of the window but whether we get him depends on how much Cashley is willing to gamble. Think he will end up at Spurs

  • 130 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Canny shout, never thought of that.

    Wait until the summer for West Brom

  • 131 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:04 PM


    I’m just hoping that carr is subtlely having some power taken away. Thauvin was his pet project for years when we could have got him for 3M. That maybe is Ash’s fault that we returned later and paid nearly 5 times as much.

    We seem to be finally addressing things with Shelvey and hopefully townsend who I’m sure weren’t on Carr’s radar (ie Mondial agency) and I’m wondering who is pushing for Doumbia and others now, because only really Gomis has the Carr stamp about it.

  • 132 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Doumbia on loan looks a done deal and I reckon we will be in a battle with Spurs over Berahino cos we’ll be in a good position to leave it late and put the shits up Peace who must sell this window otherwise Saido leaves for nothing in the summer! As Doumbia deal is a loan we can still pay top dollar for Saido and I think this will be personal with Ashley having paid out 12 mil to Spurs for Townsend ! Bring it on !

  • 133 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Hmmm. . . . spurs or us. Poch or SM, top 4 or bottom 3, still in the cup or not, etc, etc.

  • 134 reilly // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    GFN reporting that Lille have re- open negotiations for Emmanuel Rivière and Yoan Gouffran has been offered to Marseille.

  • 135 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    will die

    i’m worried for perez too. Mitro not so much.

  • 136 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    With Mcca being in board, he has his links too and remember we keep in contact with some of our trusted agents

    It looks like the FrenchTOON has collapsed. Goufrann and Rivere are being chased according to French news.

    If MA said that he will get Berahino then we will, Mike is a very proud and arrogant man.

  • 137 Jib // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Marca is the most reputable of the Spanish media outlets .

    They say it was Valencia’s sporting directorJesus Garcia Pitarch who persuaded Gayá Siqueira to join them (he has had his medical at Valencia)
    Lucas Orban is thus surplus to their needs and is choosing between NUFC and Celta Vigo.

  • 138 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Perez is taken as a WF by Mcca so he will always b the first sub for Townsend or Sissoko.

    Mitro is what scares me. Mitro has been outstanding.

  • 139 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:13 PM


    Great to have shifted willo as a start, but still have


    Perma crocks

    De Jong

    all on big money taking up squad places

    The only good french players, ie Cabaye, ben Arfa and potentially Abeid and Kemen we let go or in cab’s case forced a move.

  • 140 yorkshire_magpie // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Moonraker15. I think Saido’s contact runs out end of next season. I can see them holding onto him until this summer because they can still get a decent price for him in the summer plus Saido can help them fight relegation!

  • 141 reilly // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    aye macca has his work cut out shifting the shite bought by old man carr.

  • 142 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    If we now have Doumbia then the 18 million we bid in the last window for Berahino should be left to stand. There’s no point over paying to 24 million if we’re not desperate any more and it will give us more time to pursue other opportunities.

    Bera can go to spurs for free in the summer so I can’t see why he doesn’t just sit it out for another 5 months. He’s young enough for 6 more major championships so if I were him I’d just sit it out.

    If he wants to move because he’s desperate to play in the Euros and will come to newcastle to get his football then that’s great…but I somehow doubt it and don’t see why we should over pay now we’re not desperate for a striker.

  • 143 Slank // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Rotonda @ 131

    It is far too early to compare the signings of Carr with the (supposedly) signings of McClaren as Shelvey has only played two games, Townsend hasn’t played any and Saivet has had probably one game.

  • 144 LGFUAD21 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    Berahino has 18 months left on his contract so they can still sell in the summer. But you’d think it’d lower his fee. Especially with only two parties interested.

  • 145 cestriasteve // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    doumbia, I’ve been wanting him to play for us for years, if he signs it will be the signing of the year for us.

  • 146 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    will die

    I don’t think even jail for ashley could complain about the money being spent now , even if it is for slightly dubious reasons and long overdue.

    In the summer, hopefully a good CB or 2, SM goes upstairs and who knows a top manager finally, or an up and comer like Cathro.

    That sort of money is a huge investment if not being handled by competent people

  • 147 Novocastrian66 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    What’s happening with Tiote? Is he going or not?

  • 148 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:23 PM


    yes never knew why we didn’t go for him 2/3 years back.

  • 149 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:25 PM


    I previously supported carr a lot, but you have to admit just reading that list of 7 failed Frenchman, it’s a damning indictment for the money spent.

    I’m no particular SM fan either, just noting that maybe he’s getting more say now.

  • 150 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:29 PM


    Newcastle’s loan move for Atletico Madrid defender Guilherme Siqueria have broken down as play fails to arrive for medical

  • 151 cestriasteve // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:31 PM


    He’s the man to score the goals!! Also point out that McClaren has got some serious muscular mid field and forward line now, I can see us bulldozering a few teams.

  • 152 optimistic prime // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Is GFFN sponsored by NUFC this weekend, there’s around 5 links on news now

  • 153 MassiveG // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Looking at our fixture list it may get worse in Feb before it gets better and then March and April we have some nice ones.

  • 154 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Just hope we don’t balance the books by selling Perez or Sissoko.
    We need a strong squad to keep us up.

  • 155 OneAlanShearer // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    I’d go 442 versus everton


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Dummett

    Sissoko shelvey colback townsend

    Wijnaldum Mitrovic

    Keep doumbia to come on 2nd half ease him in.

    Subs darlow doumbia perez aarons saivet lascelles toney

    It’s obvious berahino would displace mitrovic or compliment him so just a left back as well and we are good to go. Pace and creativity with a goal scoring edge surely we can start getting 3 points from here on.

  • 156 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Doumbia really looks like a world class striker in youtube videos. i really hope he hits the ground running and we need him to score between 11-15 goals to fire us to safety.

  • 157 Jib // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Apparently right until the last moment Thauvin was assured he would be given more pitch time in the 2nd half of the season , but he just didn’t like the UK for various reasons.

  • 158 Jib // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    We need the Carlisle game to turn into an energy-sapping slugfest.

  • 159 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    WBA will definitely sell Berahino this window otherwise they would have stated he’s definitely NOT for sale which they haven’t done! He’s now cup tied so Spurs can’t play him in the cup. Peace doesn’t wanna sell to Spurs and I have a feeling Ashley is gonna make a huge statement by signing him for 20 mil plus add ons ! And he will pay cash or a large cash up front which Spurs don’t do ! All of a sudden it’s looking much brighter with Doumbia who is a beast!

  • 160 sparky55 // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:45 PM


    I was just thinking exactly the same thing and the exact same two players because Im not sure where they will play if all these newcomers come into the team…maybe they will blame lack of squad places for all the incoming players so someone will have to go…but can’t help but think someone important will go.

  • 161 expatmag // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I seem to remember comments made by management in the summer that we were going to spend 50 million pounds in each of the next 3 windows.

    So far, they are almost as good as their word and if they pull off Berahino, then all we really need after that is a quality centre half and a decent left back to gave a quality squad

  • 162 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    a good team yes but a quality squad not sure on that still far to many very poor players in the squad

    Perma crocks

    De Jong

  • 163 dannitoon // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    LB failed to arrive for medical….

  • 164 belgrade fan // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Is Lucas Orban our next LB target or there is somebody else?

  • 165 dannitoon // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Hopefully Everton have a suspension n injury crisis during today’s match

  • 166 Bambams // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:58 PM


    Hopefully Mac will have made it clear we can’t lose players.
    Long term I am not so sure

  • 167 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    i would try and get gibbs on loan with a option to buy…. we need a lb

  • 168 JDdubai // Jan 31, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    It all depends on us staying up. I really believe we will have another window like the last 2, just need to stay up.

    What they said last season, they have stuck to.

    Strong teams in the cups(ok they played crap vs Sheff Wed and just couldnt score vs Watford but the managements intention was there).

    Put the money into the team – clearly this has been true and I think the summer will be the same.

    the change for all of this was Pardew going. No-one trusted him with the money basically, that he wouldnt get the best out of whatever was spent. his signings for Palace back that up – only Cabaye is any good and that was hardly unknown.

    Just Stay Up!!!!

  • 169 JDdubai // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    It s also good to see that the players they are looking to move on are the right ones. Gouffran, Obertron hopefully when he is fit or is here out of contract in the summer?, Riviere, Tiote(debatable), Willo, Saylor in the summer.

    With the deadwood moved in the summer and further investment we could be really well placed for August. Just dont do another stupid pre-season trip!

  • 170 Jib // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I wonder if McClaren is more of a fox than his simple North Yorkshire manner indicates.

    He’s given the players he was handed a fair crack of the whip , some will more than suffice , others are not fit for purpose.

    This window can be the only one he can be expected to take full culpability for. He can hold his head high and say “I did the best with what I was given – now let me show you what can be done”

    He may have just moved up the footballing pecking order in the club.

  • 171 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:05 PM


    Where you see honouring a promise, I see desperate panic-buying to ensure PL survival!

  • 172 JamesToon // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:06 PM


    i agree mate, gary cahill would be nice as well if its true he’s fallen out with hiddink

  • 173 JDdubai // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:11 PM


    McClaren said in the summer they would spend money(50m?) over the next 3 windows – it wasnt just because of the situation we are in now tho Im sure that has notched it up a bit.

  • 174 Ron Knee // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:12 PM


    I think it has concentrated minds!

  • 175 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    I never thought we’d get Doumbia after his scoring record with CSKA. Thought he’d be picked off by one of the top 6 . Dounbia will be a canny signing even on loan – leaves more of the player investment pot available for one.

    But – where does this leave Mitro ? Would a 4-4-2 with him and Doumbia gel ? I reckon its only a matter of time b4 he starts knockin them in but we don’t have the luxury of time. He has a huge future at the Toon IMO and his confidence and attitiude will need careful managing if he is second fiddle to Doumbia.

  • 176 JDdubai // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Its all guesswork right now, but Doumbia and Wijnaldum could be one hell of a partnership!

    Has anyone seen Doumbia at the ground? Normally there are photos etc but havent seen anything..

  • 177 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Dummett against Westham looked like he was attacking. Thats why I thought he got a hamstring.


    With Aarons, Perez, De Jong, Mitrovic waiting to come on as Subs.

    Mcca better not mess this up.

  • 178 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:24 PM


    I was going to ask the same.

  • 179 Toondulkar // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I know few hundreds of people in India who support Newcastle United FC.I would really like to know the reason why they support the club.Newcastle in last 50 years has won no major trophy.Why would someone in India support club like this with nothing to brag about.In last 25 years suffering multiple relegations,Newcastle United is actually the last club you will support Living in India.I would like to know from the Newcastle United Fans outside the city of newcastle,around the world as to why they support this under performing,laughing stock and so called Sleeping Giants of English Football.Is 50000+ Geordies tirelessly screaming in support of the Newcastle United Week after Week,Year After Year,Decade after Decade without any rewards a good reason to support this black and white club.Newcastle needs some massive changes in its structure from top to bottom to bring about the change.They have the potential to be one of the best team in the Best league in the world,but something is stopping them from rising to their so called true potential.Sometimes potential is just not enough,it can end badly.There are still few adopted Geordies around the world who still have hope that one day Newcastle United will fulfill its true potential and give its few dwindling fans around the world reason to support and love it much more.If there has to be an opposite of Glory hunting and Plastic supporters than you can call them Newcastle United Fans.But still why would anyone around the world,outside Newcastle Support it unconditionally?

  • 180 Moonraker15 // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    OMG just watched video of Doumbia at CSKA ! What a player he looks! and If we go down with this team SMC should be hung from the Tyne bridge! But seriously Doumbia looks a beast! With teeth !

  • 181 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    will die for the toon army
    De Jong out for another 2/3 weeks with eye injury

  • 182 Munster Mag // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Sounds like congrats to ash and co. Charnley is able to do the deals if the purse is their. As i have carr has had too much power for too little in return. I agree with Jib, smc is probably growing in power. Either way the club has been good to its word in investment terms.

  • 183 hibbitt // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Munster Mag
    still a few holes to plug at the back though !!!!

  • 184 manxpie // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Doumbia should be a great signing he still looks closer to 40 than 28 tho

  • 185 Pitmatic // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    This guy Doumbia looks old enough to be Obafemi Martins’s dad, but hopefully he has the pedigree to get the job done. Someone chipping in with four or five big goals will probably be the difference between us staying up or going down.

    If we get him in today, it could also strengthen our hand with regard to Berahino. I’m still not convinced at the prices being mentioned, but a record breaking signing could be tactically astute from Ashley, in helping to clear away the bad smell that’s surrounded the club for the past few years. Most of it of his own making of course…

  • 186 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:41 PM


    Now everything is in Mccaz hands. He has ti be excuted if we go down. He both has starting players and back up.

    Except at the fullback. With Lasceles and Taylor here we will b ok at CB.

    Sick notes Mbabu and Haidara make the fullback positions vulnerable

  • 187 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Very difficult to gauge Doumbia. I don’t think he’s as fast as folks are making out, like Mitro found out he wasn’t as strong as he thought he was when coming up against PL finely tuned athletes. He’s definitely not Vardy quick or Walcott quick, but he will be our quickest ST easily and does play on the shoulder.

    He linked well with Vagner Love at CSKA, Gini shares a lot of the same qualities as Vagner Love, but again, difficult to compare.

    Don’t know why people are so concerned about shoehorning Mitro in to the line-up. So far he’s proven to be a donkey when it comes to finishing. With some time out of the spotlight, he might come good, though I have my doubts. Away from home in particular, he doesn’t seem to have the temperament.

  • 188 WWSBRD // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Decided I am going to be excited by Doumbia

    Hope he does the business for us and we can sign him at will despite his age

    Where’s Berah and a LB though? Orban is it?

  • 189 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Janmatt, Mbemba, Colo, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic, Shelvey, Colback have no injury history so that gives me alot of confidence

  • 190 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Norwegian here. I chose to support Newcastle after watching a Keegan interview back in 92. Loved the commitment and the personality. It’s often the smallest things.
    Now I have recruited three sons and a brother, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t done them a favour 😉

  • 191 firebug666 // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Just been watching Doumbia’s goals for CSKA Moscow, He looks like if we sign him the job is his, Always looks hungry for goals and fights for the ball in the box.

    He reminds me a little of Faustino Asprilla, with his clever feet and the way he muscles defenders out of his way.

    Looks strong, seems very quick, and has good vision.

    Wonder why CSKA didn’t sign him?

  • 192 Rotonda heights // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:48 PM


    I am 54 and constantly ask myself that question. In my case I was 8 when my dad took me for the first time to SJP. 50,000 geordies creating an unforgettable atmosphere and I was hooked.

  • 193 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Getting Berahino would be a bit overkill. Not convinced by him in the slightest, really has done nothing to warrant a £20m+ price tag, especially given the circumstances. After Doumbia, if we have £20-25m to spend (where the hell has it all come from?), I’d rather get a top LB or CB, or a good quality one of each.

    Gonna be some clear out too in the near future. Hopefully spells the end of Carr’s obsession with France. Might have realised there are only so many hidden gems to be had, before you’re being roped in to paying hidden gem prices for a lump of rock.

  • 194 Pitmatic // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    It’s a very competitive field, but is Thauvin now officially the worst signing in the club’s history? All things considered – the long courtship, his miserable form for 18 months, and the ridiculously inflated fee – you’d have to say so. I can’t remember any major signing being greeted with such unanimous scorn from the fans, but no one could have imagined how quickly they’d be proved right.

    Having said all that, we’re still well in credit with our summer transfers, so maybe some of the stick now being handed to Carr is over the top. I often console myself by imagining the fees we paid for Perez and Thauvin the other way round; you feel better quite quickly…

  • 195 almondrichie // Jan 31, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    @toondulkar 179

    i am an Indian and my connection with nufc leads back to the season that we got relegated…the very first match that i saw was newcastle vs sunderland…guess it was a 2-2 draw…more than anything its just the name of the club that caught my eye and the colour of their jersey…they both combined together made me believe that this club is gonna be the champions…but my dreams never came alive….now i believe newcastle fc is my life…win or lose or how much i hate the players when they fail to deliver, nufc will always be my club till i die..hope happy times are ahead…cheers lads

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