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A Class Act Leaves Newcastle

3:51 pm, Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 166 Comments

Mike Williamson joined Wolves last month and it’s a pity, because for the second time in three games we will be struggling for defenders on Saturday against West Brom.

We suppose Newcastle are never too keen on having too much back-up or a bigger squad and when we get some players we let others go.

Some of that is to open up spaces in the Premier league 25 list, but we have players like Sylvain Marveaux who have never played for us for over two years and are still here.

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Mike Williamson – a class act at Newcastle

Mike joined us just over six years ago when we signed him from Portsmouth for a cool £1M and he played 171 times for Newcastle with two goals.

Mike has talked about Newcastle and he thinks we will be safe, although that was probably before last night’s disaster at Everton where we put in a shocker at Goodison Park – it was hard to believe how bad we were last night.

We are still in shock.

This is what Mike said, first about owner Mike Ashley and then about manager Steve McClaren:

“They can’t knock him for the money they spent in the summer and this transfer window.”

“He came out and stated he wanted to win something and wouldn’t leave until they did, he has got ambition.”

“The fans will judge it on the consistency and how they progress from here.”

“Steve McClaren is a good guy, I learned a lot from him.”  “He creates an optimistic environment and they deserve to be higher.”

“I hope the players they’ve brought in have added a boost and they can turn it into points.”  “They will be fine, they have more than enough.”

“It was emotional to leave the north-east.”

This is the way to leave a club with a little bit of class – don’t criticize those you are leaving – don’t burn your bridges – be a professional.

Mike came in for withering criticism a year ago at Newcastle playing under John Carver, but overall he was a great buy for us at just £1M and immediately helped us get promoted playing for Chris Hughton – and he always gave his very best.

We wish him all the luck in the world at Wolves, where we expect him to be a standout for a couple of years at Molineux.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Premier League

166 responses so far ↓

  • 1 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Good luck mike!

    100% every game, proper pro.

    Wish him the best and success where he goes.

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Going to need him now as well. Oh the irony 🙂

  • 3 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Williamson give his best but increasingly not enough hope he has a good career with Wolves.

    Yes he might have helped in defensive crisis but he was seemingly only one wanted enough by others – apart from Tiote. The fact that Marveaux and others are still here speaks volumes about their salaries and what they could attract in France or elsewhere. Better to stay and take the money which can only reduce if they moved. Can’t blame them but not good for club.

  • 4 Bambams // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    I just think we have no organisation on the pitch, we seem to have limited style of play.
    Wini goes missing at away games, Perez is no loan striker, Lascelles tried to wind up Barclay and ended up with egg on his face, SMC has got to get these to realise how serious a position we are in.
    Townsend can’t be judged on one game, I liked Henri but Shelvey still not sure about.
    Doumbia has got to be the man or we are knackered.
    I am still hopeful Mitro will come good, he needs a goal – he is snatching at chances rather than relaxing and doing what’s natural.
    In my honest former premier league international footballer opinion – NOT

  • 5 lesh // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Oh yes, we could do with Willo now.

    Yet another example of incompetence from Charnley. How stupid can anyone get? Sell a defender, don’t replace him when we’re thin on the ground in that area anyway.

    Sorry, I’ll say it again, Charnley and his crew really ballsed up the last two windows when the squad’s needs were there for all to see.

    And, we’ve just got to hope that Elliott remains fit after all, he’s the only reliable keeper we’ve got. Another Charnley oversight was it?

    That man should never’ve been appointed MD but, that’s down to Ashley and water under the bridge.

  • 6 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    We were a disgrace last night, some of the worst football from every player I’ve ever seen, apart from Elliott.
    That lazy unfit bunch of fkrs managed by a clueless wally has absolutely no chance of staying up.

  • 7 NoahJ // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Why was Satka allowed to leave on loan?

    Surely, this is literally the best opportunity to break into the first team?

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM


    perez isn’t on loan lol !!

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    yes lascelles looked really stupid trying to wind up barkley.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    As well as you’re usual put downs of old Blackas, you’re now accusing me of calling you a makem. What’s that about?

  • 11 MadisonToon // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Scoreline showed me I didn’t miss much by not being able to watch, but I was hoping that there were some bright spots. Everything I’ve read (and your comments) shows me that was just wishful thinking. Were we pressed out of possession or did we just lose it on our own? We’re not very good when other teams put us under lots of pressure as there isn’t/wasn’t a huge amount of technical skill in our squad. I’m not sure Townsend will add much there, but hopefully Shelvey and Saivet will. I know they’ll need time to gel, I just hope that process doesn’t take too long.

    I suppose there’s always Saturday to start picking up points. Unfortunately, there’s not enough Saturdays left for us to say that every week.

  • 12 posada // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Good luck to Williamson. A ggod centre half and had many good games for us.
    Lacked pace, but that’s not the end of the world if you have pace alongside in the defence.
    We did’nt.
    He has had loads of stick on here so lets not start saying he should still be at the club.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    mag 52

    can we put a line under pardew please. he was c–p, SM is c–p, JC was c–p and SA was c–p. All varying degrees of c—pness but c–pness all the same. Here endeth the lesson.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Tsunki…I said I had to go and pick up the kids. Talk later!

  • 15 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    We’re playing without a striker and have since Remy left. Let’s hope Doumbia hits the ground running, I’m not sure if our lazy headless chickens will work to his strengths.

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    nothing wrong with getting rid of willo, just tragic that none or very little of the 80m went on replacing a championship / league 1 defender with a serious upgrade.

  • 17 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    West were an embarrassment.

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    I remember plenty of bloggers painting Elliott as a second rate fatty in response to my criticisms of Krul. I reckon we may well have been in a worse predicament had Krul not been injured. Of course, that depends on whether you adopt Jib’s reasoning when it comes to measuring goal difference.

  • 19 Bambams // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Retonda. ….
    Can’t believe I wrote that cheers fella
    Loan = lone !

  • 20 toontaff2 // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Willo in! Bloody hell, that is some indication of how good our defence is! The lad was a good servant, but Bobby Moore he was not.

  • 21 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    The board have known for at least two seasons our defence is sh.t and have chosen to overlook the problem.
    We can’t defend or score and can hardly string two passes together.

    I have to say I’m pi$$ed off after watching that dross last night.

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    farewell, mike. you were slated probably a little too much, but at worst you were a decent defender, and at best an ideal servant to this club. thanks and best of luck

  • 23 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    I honestly think our problem is often not lack of quality but lack of work rate.

    Williamson is playing where he should be and always should have.

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Iron Mike
    Good luck son – the ‘best’ ‘defender’ in the old fashioned no nonsense sense – limited in passing and carrying the ball -BUT- got stuck in, could tackle, pretty good in the air -give 100% – not like the shower we have at the minute – maybe not Mbemba – bunch of prima donnas – love to attack but can’t tackle, tackle of the wrong foot, close attackers down, easily bullied and knocked off the ball.

  • 25 Mag52 // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    All eyes are on the fat man as he sits at the table.
    He’s had a tough evening, even for him, and is some £80m down.
    It’s double or quits on Doumbia. There’s a gasp from the watching crowd.
    The dice is rolled……………

  • 26 lochinvar // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Gary Neville is yet to win in the eight La Liga games he has been in charge, after being appointed as boss of Valencia in December.
    Valencia lost 0-7 to Barcelona in the cup.
    Soon after the match, #Nevilleveteya, which translates to Neville go now, was trending in Valencia on Twitter but sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch said it was “not the day to talk about the future”.
    He added: “This day you can’t explain. We must apologise to fans for one of the worst results in our history.”

    McLarenveteya anyone ?

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Is it not a testament to the rest of our defence if not team, that Willo despite everyone saying how crap he is has more appearances than any other player at the club in the last four years!

  • 28 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    I agree with the thoughts on Doumbia – here’s hoping he can play and know where the net is- otherwise we are toast.
    I just cannot rationalise Wally Blustermans first half tactics last night.
    Anyway – I think all hope rests on Doumbia -they need tactics to support him – anything.
    Interesting to see when he starts his abilities and just as important his level of fitness – could he have started last night – could he have done half an hour or an hour.
    We’ll see when he makes his debut. If he saves us with some goal he will be rewarded in the summer as per Jonas – thanks but clear off.

    Townsend – nother a problem solver, no flying winger -never was and never will be.
    His input last night returned memories of his games at Spurs and England – not up to top PL standard.
    We now know why Spurs fans were celebrating Levy for getting 12 million for him. I hear tales of street parties, Levy becoming a Freeman of the Borough. The sale of Townsend was Spurs – Newcastle United flogging AC to Liverpool moment – Spurs pulled a stroke on a bunch on knackers – I can almost hear them still laughing all the way from London.
    It’s Doumbia or bust!

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Or since we were promotes that five years now

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    The only other plan might be to sack Wally Blusterman and get somebody like Pearson (loony I know) who would frighten them into playing – throat gripping and fists in the mug would waken them up.

  • 31 Jib // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Stick to nitpicking your superior’s posts for imagined mistakes .
    You clearly know sweet Frances Adams about footy.

  • 32 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Pards always used Williamson as a target man on every corner, so poor were our striker options, not that it worked.
    Wally hasn’t that tall option not that it matters either. We still can’t score.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Jeff…go home!

  • 34 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    why sack wally
    he is all ready upstairs just bring in someone who clearly sees the short comings like the fans do.
    Some one who will have the balls to drop his mainstay favourites who continually hide in games and fail to perform.

  • 35 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Very very simple…

    80m blown on un ratted rip offs. Mosty. Lets look at our best player. Wijnaldum.

    Great on good days, last night totally invisible.
    As for the rest of the team laughable.

    In all honesty, one has to take a good look at the pathetic policy of signings at the club.

    Players we should be going for are players of skill, pace, imagination, talent.

    We end up going for overpriced, players that are getting shipped out. Perez a league 2 player that is developing not a finished product. Same goes for Mitro, I think the lad has surcome to a little pressure of the imaginary number 9.

    If only Cisse had ball control. Shelvey poor away player it seems. Cissoko, one day top class next day league 4 material. Big gamble player. To me Mbebma makes some daft decisions, young inexperienced.

    Colo had another pathetic blinder of a match. Why is he still here nobody knows. Player 4 years overdue from retirement.

    Ashley is a complete idiot. He wasted 80 million because of greed to be honest. If he spent wisely he would have spent 80 milion on well timed buys the likes of Matip, Ayew, a top stiker to be lured with good pay like Lukaku for example. A game changer we dont have one in the team. We have one sheep pulling the other down.

    Ashley got us here make no mistake. He chose the chronnies to run and manage the club. This is what we deserve.

    Start planning Championship games.

  • 36 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    I’m not going to judge Townsend on last night, (one game) but if I had too I would say he was a British Gabby. Running up and down the pitch with no end product.

  • 37 mfw13 // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    At the end of last season, it was very clear that we needed to improve our defense.

    During the summer, we signed one defender.
    During January, we signed zero defenders, and actually let one leave.

    Result = our defense is just as bad, if not worse, than last year.

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Blackley @ 9 not do good a post. Can you list the myriad supporter bases who have run out and found a buyer for their club, and succeeded in asking the incumbent to please move on.



    Can we also have the definitive answer on how you prove that we cannot be owned by anyone else, and that if we did it would be disastrous?


    Please point out how you think Carr, Charnley etc can be effectively replaced using Ashleys recruitment record.



  • 39 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    toon kk

    No need to play any further games. Obertan 100% to fas for his feet, relatively bad control.

    Hate to say it not much pace, cant beat his man. We got robbed.

  • 40 toonking // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Pardew this Pardew that, palace this Palace that, why can you all just balance it out or plain and simply shut the hell up.

    pro parjew points
    1. he did get us europa league n get’s manager of the season

    2. He did have these long runs of victories

    3. We were able to go all the way to the quarter finals of europa league

    4. He could last a full season with just the loan of remy and coped with a few top players being sold.

    5. he’s probably the world class puppet manager

    anti parjew points

    1. his football style was very defensive and long ball but it’s only good when you doing a Leicester city not when your aim is survival. atleast mac can come from behind and get a win

    2. He’d be no use coming in now even if he wanted to come in because he was terrible in the second halves of our seasons.

    3.The europa league PL season went down to the final whistle and required other teams getting the right results for our survival

    4. he headbutted a player

    finally the netrual points in other words both managers.

    1. Both pardew and mac come out with bullsh1t

    2. They both get knocked out in the first round of FA cup

    3. They both battle around relegation

    4. They both throw away games which could have been won

    5. They both have favourites and will put players our of position, abeid wasted by parjew now arrons seems to be getting maclareaned.

    6 In the general footballing world they both sh1t managers

  • 41 Jib // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Blackley seek help before you harm someone.

  • 42 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    I agree with your P45’s and Mac run down.
    But what was/is our squad capable of?
    Imo millions either wasn’t spent or of late been wasted.
    We’re in the bottom three for a reason.
    Lazy players with a loosing attitude doesn’t help.

  • 43 Ravostag // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Will much better defender than Collo, at least he is a proper centre half, slow but then Collo is, at least Willo can win headers and clear his lines, could have done worse than keep him

  • 44 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    seek help before you harm yourself

  • 45 cyprus // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Pardew?! Who cares, he’s gone.

    We have bigger problems right now.

    We can give up, or fight till the end. We need, what, a point a game or so, we must buckle down. There are, thankfully, lots of games left.

    Let’s get to work. Surely Shelvey isn’t as crap as I think, he must start playing. Colback must be played every game, we need his fighting qualities. Even at left back. Aarons must not be played again, maybe next year, or twenty minute impact subbing. Can Gini play a blinder, then ok, rather than disappear completely? Can Sissoko do the same as above? Can a psychologist look at Perez, find out how he went from most talented back to ‘development’? Can Mitro be helped? Can Saivet be played 90′? Get that new CF in, get those visa fxxxxxs to do his paperwork now (if it ain’t yet).

    Can Steve figure out the opposition, outfox the other coaches? Can that prodigy prodigise (my word) or go train a conference team till he’s ready…

    Come on players, this is it. Fight every game. Bring in that Pearson, knock some sense into these people.

  • 46 damma99 // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Only club I know who have not sacked their manager after a pathetic run of results. Wake up Ashley time is running out. Get some in now or we are down.

  • 47 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    The majority, including Ed, were positive before the Everton game. £80m plus spent. England internationals in midfield. A new, expensive striker. A decent manager, better than Percy. The team playing great football but not getting lucky. Then one game and it’s sack the manager and re-start MAOC.

    Why don’t you simply back your own judgment that it was a successful window? But if you can’t do that, why turn on Ashley? Clearly, you know no better than him.

    I can’t believe the sea change. But incredibly it’s before the new striker has played. If the window was successful, as you claim, surely the most important purchase in it is that of the new striker. Back your own judgments, why don’t you? If not for a few months then at least for more than a day?

  • 48 bladeuser // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:42 PM


  • 49 cyprus // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Blackley that makes sense.

  • 50 nightfa11 // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    doesnt matter how good doumbia is if we cant get the ball to the final third..

    didnt know much about townsend before he came here..but everyone (except for tottenam fans) speaked highly of i was ok with him signing.. but after seeing him yesterday i..sorry, but thauvin is better..much…

    and to those whore crying about not signing any defender..what difference does it make if our 50 mio midfield cant keep the ball for more than 3 seconds..

  • 51 nightfa11 // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    *who are

    SORRY 🙂

  • 52 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    But Ashley will get 99 million parachute payment
    he couldn’t give a fcuk

  • 53 cyprus // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    don’t judge a player after one game in a shambles team, unfair. In fact, he tried more than the rest. If you must do that to a new guy, then turn on Shelvey who’s ‘played’ a couple games (that’s me being unfair now).

  • 54 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    I agree most thought we had a good window.
    But I think we all expected so much more last night, that was shocking. I don’t think anyone can understand Macca’s tactics in the first half, but our players? If I had anything to do with it i’d dock every player two weeks wages apart from Elliott.

  • 55 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    That was a bit disappointing. We didn’t look too good. At least Townsend worked hard on the wing. This whole problem with the defense is ridiculous. They could have fixed it over the last 2 or 3 windows but didn’t. How many owners destroy their own clubs by spending huge amounts of money? It’s a new one for me…..

  • 56 nightfa11 // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:58 PM


    i understand that.. shelvey was one of the worst yesterday.. he didnt even try, townsend did, but im talking about quality..not personality..

    townsend was trying hard, but was totaly useless going forward.. he should be a LB – works hard, is fast, but far from being skillful or creative..

  • 57 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Feb 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Last night was a perfect chance to get 3 points Everton were shite they had no confidence at all and the crowd were on their backs from kick off why did we not press them high up the field and unsettle them ? Where was the energy ? We just let them pass it about and then eventually they scored a goal without being made to work for it

    If we dont beat West Brom might as well just prepare for the championship this season has an inevitable feeling about it plenty of games to save ourselves but quality and effort are sorely lacking

    Mclaren has lost the plot he has totally buckled under the pressure was not my first choice but I expected him to be better than he has been

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    We still need 6 more wins (and a few draws would be nice) to stay up. But 6 wins from our last 14 when we have 5 from 24? What a pickle. And a clueless owner leading us….. Sound desperate?

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    We didn’t get the ball nearly enough to Shelvey in the first half to get him going. His passing was off again. Saivet started well but faded badly. Mitro can’t hit the net. Perez is too small to be a CF. Doumbia had better be hell on wheels for us to survive now……

  • 60 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Team for the championship…


    Not getting back up with that.

  • 61 reilly // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    we had 10 days to set up for this game (everton played a few games in that time)and we looked like a team lost of any ideas.
    thats down to 1 man mcclaren.

  • 62 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    I have no confidence in this lot,
    let them get on with it.
    As Douglas MacArthur said
    i shall return

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Sissoko seemed to give up in the second half. Fairly typical for him but what is the attacking plan McCarver? Everything we do is far too slow and we usually end up petering out down the wing, trapped in the corners.

  • 64 nightfa11 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    getting 6 wins will be hard.. i think fatigue will kick in soon, considering mclaren doesnt rotate – colo, janmaat, sissoko, wini, perez,..maybe even mitro & could be a disaster..

    i think we need a new manager – players need a boost.. but a top manager every player respect..

  • 65 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Cathro as manager.

  • 66 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    DEFINITELY not Cathro

  • 67 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:10 PM


    What is the point in your account? You must be really really bored with your life.

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Toon kk
    The bairn has got in from school and has put the highlights on TV. I’ve just watched again the moment when Sissoko gets caught in possession about 30 yards in front of our goal. The ball gets played out to their right, and they have a spare man waiting in the box. Uninjured, Sissoko gets slowly to his feet and stands and watches. He has ages to get back and make up for his mistake but shows an attitude of “couldn’t care less”. It was as if we were 3 – 0 down in a game that didn’t matter. It was 1 – 0. On that evidence, Makro has lost it. I see why Tuff suggests Pearson.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    What do we do at the back now? I would think the back four for West Brom would be:
    Janmaat Saylor Colo Colback
    Haidara, injured, Anita injured, Dummett, injured, Willo sold, Mbemba injured, Lascelles suspended (red), Mbabu injured.
    Brilliant to get more defensive cover in the window wasn’t it?

  • 70 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:12 PM


    I respect your opinion, I hope you know that when I say ‘cathro as manager’ I mean in the championship.

  • 71 sparky55 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    We won’t beat West from because they know how to defend and we don’t.

    We’ll only have 2 recognised defended in the team and West Brom specialise on set pieces and corners…it’s just how they play.

    The West Brom players will be told to draw fouls and we’ll be bombarded with high crosses and I can promise you this…we’ll be seeing 2 or 3 slow mo vides pieces of a West Brom player towering over a cowering Colocinni and scoring with ease.

    It’s o so predictable it makes me peuk.

    Maclaren won’t have a clue as to how to break down West Brom’s defence and it’ll be a sh!te game to watch because 6 west Brom players wont even venture into our half whilst the rest draw fouls for there well practiced set pieces.

    We’re fcuked because Ashley wouldn’t pay the going rate for a good premiership level manager and has completely wasted all the 80 million he’s spent in the last two windows and thrown away another 550 million by getting relegated. SERVES HIM FCUKING RIGHT!

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    So you’re not keen on our survival chances then sparky mate? 😆 Just clarifying…..

  • 73 cyprus // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    The thing is, what if we play west brom like we did that other west (ham). We had 23 shots, pummelled them. If that Newcastle shows up, it’s easy. Then again…

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Your comment @73 is absolutely spot on by the way sparky. That is always the core of a Pulis team. Draw fouls, excellent set pieces, especially corners. Bring the big boys up from the back to knock a few in and stot some heeds…….

  • 75 sparky55 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Hahahahahaha…sorry bout that Geordie two…did I come over a bit neggy there??? 🙂

  • 76 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Jib Jibberish – as for not knowing anything about football – from your offerings on here I think it would be very reasonable to state that I’ve probably forgot more about football than you’ll ever know.
    You are a Johnny come lately rugby player who does not know the simple basics of the game. (as well as being a complete knacker and tool).

  • 77 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Sat is a must win and west brom are a bit of a bogey team for us. Next 5 games are crucial but can only see 3 points max.

  • 78 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Makro has to play Mitro with Dumbo. It’s a no brainer to me. If Makro doesn’t think Dumbo’s ready to start, there has to be some further serious questions asked about our recruitment.

    I might be wrong but I got the impression watching the highlights that Shelves might not be a player who is popular with his team mates. It just takes one or two to upset the apple cart and undermine team spirit. A good recruitment team would have all these bases covered.

  • 79 chewbaccy // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    should have employed a what if man
    you scrote

  • 80 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    It’s impossible to see what team is going to turn up, at the moment you can judge it on being home and away with the latter being the most usually worse performance. That is normally determined on Wijnaldum’s form which is pretty poor away. I just hope we turn up on Saturday because if we lose this game that is it for me, the signings can’t be on a negative straight away.

  • 81 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Hear hear Senor Tuff…you show that knacker!

  • 82 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    West brom may not have the best team but they’re a very hard working side . Our work rate is basically poor 90% of the time so they’ll over power our lacklustre championship candidates.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Yes sparky mate you were a bit neggy there…. 😆 Harrumph. Get behind McCarver. He’s the man for Mike. This is a manager who can lead us somewhere. Yes……errrm somewhere dark and nasty by the look of things……

  • 84 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Oh we all follow Sunderland wherever we play,
    We don’t care if it’s home or away,
    Coz we are Sunderland, and we’re proud of our name,
    So we’ll all bounce around and we’ll sing it again
    La la la la la la la la la la la la la Sunderland!
    La la la la la la la la la la la la la Sunderland!

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    I actually love being positive about the club when I can. I love the Doumbia signing but we will have to give him service to put the ball in the net. I’ve hated our approach to bringing in defenders for years. I can’t help it. Our defense is terrible. Statistics over several years don’t lie. We give up far too many goals to ever be successful in the Prem or in the domestic cups.

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    GT…who needs defenders mate? It’s all about scoring more goals than you leak. We just need to score alot of goals!

    It was always Charnley’s brilliant master plan. Harrumph

  • 87 sparky55 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM


    I think Perez is the right man in the right game in the right position…but it’s not as a centre forward.

    I think getting the ball up to Mitro / Winji quickly with Doumbia / Winji knocking in will work fine.

    On that basis I would drop Sissoko to theach the lazy tw@t a lesson and play a midfield of

    Perez, Shelvey Winji Townsend

    and Mitro / Doumbia up front with Saivet coming on for townsend once we’re two up! 🙂

    fcuk nose who’ll play ind defence…last man standing I guess

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Let’s think now, what else is positive at the club? Carver is not in charge, Joe Kinnear is gone, Llambeezee works elsewhere, Mike is busy looking at the accounts book and sobbing quietly wondering why he ever bothered with football…….

  • 89 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    We are the Sunderland boys,
    We’re the cock o’ the North,
    We hate the magpies and Boro of course,
    We only drink Vauxies, we never drink brown,
    The Sunderland boys are in town

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    But we’re also masters of the reverse clean sheet jesper mate! It’s hard to outscore other teams when we actually don’t score any at all… 😯

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Off to practice guitar now (I’m terrible at it but love it anyway). As for our current team, eventually we’ll either get it right or finish up in Division Two with Ashley a broken man. That’s not a bad thought at all…… 😆

  • 92 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    So sparky who’s going to win the ball in that midfield? No tacklers in there… And can’t see anything productive coming from the wings just feel Townsend’s another obertan and Perez would be wasted on the left wing of a 4-4-2… Got no cover for the defence there atall… Still wouldn’t do any worse than the team at everton at least they might get a goal!

  • 93 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Masters of the reverse clean sheet hit that bang on… Goes both ways though our defenders do their best each game to make sure we don’t keep one!

  • 94 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM


    What is the point in your existence? I’m not going to lecture to you why you have no life, however surely you must know that you are wasting your time on here… I mean, what are you achieving? I’m just very interested in why you continue to switch accounts and troll this blog.

  • 95 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    The team on the Wear, full of history,
    The greatest cup final, was seventy-three,
    The bank of England, the Roker roar,
    A red and white army, like nothing else before…

  • 96 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Toonsend must be SUFC… Am I right? He finally gave up on being Sunderland United I guess…… 😆

  • 97 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Good grief Blackley to used to be entertaining – I’d get that anger management course booked up quick before your eyes pop out. 🙂 what’s the caps about? Argument reinforcement? I’d say you are assassinating your character, such as it is, quite well on your own. Seems like you’ve abandoned the ” laugh at yourself” tenet as quickly as the ” playing the nan” one.

    Let’s slide over the fact that your tea boy jibes don’t provide any answers but your own shaky opinions and leave it at that before you burst something. 😀

    Victor E. Jig ha ha.

  • 98 nufconceandfuturekings // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Well said, Dr Ed.
    MW always gave his best for our club, and it should rightly be acknowledged. I heard about a section of fans booing this guy at one game; drongos.
    Loyalty’s a two way street, albeit rare in football these days. So, true fans recognise and appreciate hard workers, particular us long suffering Toon fans, till the greatest set of fans ever. And that’s a fact!

  • 99 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Can we get Williamson back on a emergency loan.

  • 100 lochinvar // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Toonsend might like to reflect on the League Table.
    If it gives him a headache understanding it he can always take another Paracetemol – after all Sunderland is top of that League !

  • 101 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    I think our squad is missing a flair player. A Shaquiri/Ben Arfa type player. Marveaux is a quality player but he’s never going to get a game here.

    We need 2 left back, 1 right back and 2 centre backs. Berhaino/Batshuayi/Lacazette will be signed in the summer.

    Mbabu deserves his chance.

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    One of the biggest positives we have going for us is that we’re still only 2 points out of 17th place and Norwich are a horrible club to watch. They have 6 wins to our 5 and far less talent (at least on paper). Surely we can pass them before the end of the season?

  • 103 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    So this is how it feels to be geordies
    this is how it feels to be small
    you say five-one
    we say six in a row! six in a row! 🙂

  • 104 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Why do you keep banging on about Marveaux ketsy? He’s always injured or just not good enough to get into the side. He’s destroyed his career coming to us. Should have stayed in France like many others……

  • 105 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Look ymfb I understand you probably need to distance yourself from these accounts and try and really convince the whole blog that i’m barking up the wrong tree after I accused you of being involved?yea fair enough?but c’mon at least be suttle about it.You’re actually going out of your way to have a go at them now and therefore looking even more suspicious than before and please don’t label me a wum or a troll for just being more observant than other people who comment on the blog.

  • 106 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Look ymfb I understand you probably need to distance yourself from these accounts and try and really convince the whole blog that i’m barking up the wrong tree after I accused you of being involved?yea fair enough?but c’mon at least be suttle about it.You’re actually going out of your way to have a go at them now and therefore looking even more suspicious than before and please don’t label me a wum or a troll for just being more observant than other people who comment on the blog.

  • 107 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:09 PM


    Why are you replying to me when I’m talking to Toonsend? Interesting…

  • 108 geordielad880 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Side for our next game:-




    assuming dummett and colback are fit, colback should be, not sure about dummett, if dummett is injured colback left back with sissoko out of right, and wijnaldum in centre


  • 109 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Here’s to Willo. He worked hard and gave his all. Colo works hard as well and added a bit of class to the back four but he gets overwhelmed and is too small for the Prem. Not his fault. Another class act though. We should thank him for his service at the end. 263 appearances so far. He’s outlived quite a few managers as well. And still he plays on because the owner was too cheap and stupid to bring in his replacement so he could step down with some dignity.

  • 110 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    I’m not replying to anyone. I was commenting on your embarrassing attempts to distance yourself from the accounts which was completely over the top and made you look more suspicious.

  • 111 geordielad880 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Shelvey is better further forward, than sitting deep, as he is weak defensively

  • 112 NoahJ // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Mclaren said 3-0 flattered everton.

    It literally could have been 8-0; 3-0 flattered us massively

  • 113 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    You’ve had enough of Sissoko geordielad I see @115. 😆 Oh and Dummett is out with a hamstring injury. No return date.

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    We just couldn’t be bothered signing a LB in January so this is the price we pay. Playing Aarons there yesterday was a complete farce against a player like Lennon. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

  • 115 Jib // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Yeah Blackburn
    Be SUTTLE about it !!!!

    Ha ha ha ha ha

  • 116 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Distance myself from other trolls? You see I don’t need to do this…

    This is a Newcastle blog, it never asked for someone to ‘hunt trolls’. Ironic since the person who claims to be ‘the blog troll hunter’ is most likely a troll themselves.

  • 117 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    The Blog Troll Hunter

    Is this your first time on here or have you changed your name.

  • 118 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Jib talking like I’m one of his cronies… Laughable.

  • 119 damma99 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Fcuk off you shit

  • 120 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    So you accuse me of calling you a makem but you can’t find where I said it. You had best ignore that point then. I see you have.

    I answered your best questions and put to you some of my own. All you can do is complain about the capitals letters I used and claim a victory like battered boxer trying to convince the judges.

    Incidentally, I used capitals to distinguish my comments from yours. I wouldn’t like anyone to confuse what I say with anything you say.

  • 121 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Someone with decent footballing knowledge please start discussing Nufc before we are overrun with trolls.

  • 122 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    unsure were the next win is coming from, conceding goals guaranteed, scoring goals anything but.

    Very concerned, hope we beat an awful West Bram side like. But Cello Centre Back is a constant man off..

    The biggest mistake of the season was keeping him and not replacing with a towering centre back. such a shame.

    Last night the amount of just simple football mistakes were unreal, passes amiss, bad touches, lack of positional sense, lazy tracking, was unreal.

    Sissoko is clueless like, would take 10 million for him, he’s not a footballer for sure, sick of him just standing in front of Janmaat, might as well have the same pair of boots, what the foook is he doing… would drop him and play wini out there.

    —————–Doumbia or Misstrovic—————

    Drop Sissoko….. well before time……….

  • 123 geordielad880 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    I thought janmaat was also very poor yesterday, shelvey looked lazy but was frustrated because nobody showed for the ball at all, and everyone saying wijnaldum is a different player away from home, it because of mcclaren’s tactics, for once I would like to see our approach to be, we have better players than them, lets get at them, get 2 strikers on the pitch, doumbia and mitrovic could work well together

  • 124 Jib // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    I’m not talking as if I’m one of your cronies you silly little boy – I’m mocking Troll Hunter you cretin.

  • 125 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM


    If only you saw it the way I did. I get it now though. No need to be vile, although that is what we’re used to.

  • 126 Jib // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Calls me laughable then cries like a baby when he gets slapped down.
    Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it softshite.

  • 127 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM


    Look at you showing your true colours, how am I not surprised?

    As for ‘slapping me down’, get over yourself. You corrected me in a vile manner, I hope your proud of yourself.

  • 128 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Oh shjt, I better correct myself. You’re*

    Don’t want to get ‘slapped down’ again.

    Ha ha ha

  • 129 SUTTY1978 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    I’m really surprised that Gary Neville is struggling so badly with management. As much as I disliked him as a player I thought he was excellent as a pundit and had a great analytical and tactical eye for the game.
    If he had been appointed as Newcastle manager last summer I would have been excited about what he could bring. Think he would have been better going to an English club first. Still his failure shows its easy to misjudge someone.

  • 130 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Who the hell is this blog the troll hunter, I’ve noticed, average, tuff and john tudor haven’t been on here for a whole.


  • 131 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM


  • 132 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Sell a player for peanuts to ensure the loss of millions, good business and another nail in the coffin.

  • 133 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM


    We have enough people on here trying to be detectives, trolls and not trolls. Do we need more? 🙂

  • 134 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Well if we don’t win this weekend then it’s bye bye mcclaren, and welcome to Newcastle Mr P from selhurst park, first signing in the summer Mr A from Southampton.

    Happy Days

  • 135 Goofy // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Bye bye Williamson.. shut the door on the way out. Now only Goufran and Obertron to follow.

  • 136 welshgeordie9 // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:58 PM


    How about you change Toons to bell.

    Ha ha ha

  • 137 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    For those who have any interest in football and not internecine warfare or pratting on about trolls or some little town in Durham there is a good piece in Chronnie tonight which is about spot on and a good read

    Sorry can’t copy as link for some reason so just cut and paste in browser

  • 138 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Jib Jibberish is so thick it is unbelievable. A while ago he had thoughts about joining the Army and went to the premises (shown in the attached image) and enquired whether he could join the Army as he thought it was the local recruitment office in Pennywell.

  • 139 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I’ve just watched 10min of Geordie Shore,

    and now I realise why we have warning labels that say “do not drink” on bottles of bleach.

  • 140 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Oh good it has appeared as a link once I submitted post 🙂

  • 141 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Worst bit is I watched the Sunderland game the night before and they look up for the fight Allardyce has finally got the players to play the way he wants 5 centre halfs with height and pace ! They bombarded City with crosses into the box I seriously doubt our defence will survive that kind of onslaught

  • 142 Goofy // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:03 PM


    Heard that last month under your pseudonym SUFCsunderland. It was hilarious then and even funnier now… oh some tumbleweed.

  • 143 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM


    Great link, finally something decent to talk about. Wijnaldum’s form is so critical to our team, imagine if his home form was the same as his away form? We would be dead and buried by now.

  • 144 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:06 PM


    Yeah I just watched match of the day. To there credit they look to be in a much better mental state right now. I’m seriously worried about our club. We’re just not good enough.

  • 145 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    do not let it be said that modern conveniences have not yet arrived in Sunderland.
    Attached is a typical image of a mackem outside his home in Pennywell.

  • 146 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:12 PM


    unfortunately it isn’t as simple as Gini’s form – it is how we set up away and don’t utilise what he is good as i.e. a No 10.

    Some one posted earlier that he isn’t really a midfielder. Problem is we have too many similar players more suited for the No 10 role – him, Perez De Jong.

    The other points in article are also all well made.

  • 147 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Family photo of Jib Jibberish and his brother Toonsend at their home in Pennywell. Jib is the better looking one on the right.

  • 148 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:18 PM


    I understand that it isn’t all down to one’s form, my point was that without Gini, we would be already down. But yes, the bigger picture comes down to Mcclaren, how he is going to get this team relegated is beyond me. Everyone knew he wasn’t good enough from the start, why not our board?

  • 149 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Lmao Mr Tuff. 😀

  • 150 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Some threads over the last couple of days must include the highest concentration of WUM and Troll posts anywhere in football blog- land.

    Unfortunately, some of them lay claim to be Toon fans and are frequent posters.

  • 151 G // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Last night was laughable, nearly as laughable as the mackems new defender, or pretending Kevin Kyle was a pro footballer. Hows about another song? Wearside Jack, Celebrity Fan is a good one?

  • 152 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    That’s me for now I’ll come back when the idiots are off.

    Sorry Ed but this blog is copying the team its supposed to support.

    Too much garbage!!

  • 153 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Someone mentioned de jong was wondering what’s up with him at the moment is he just not being picked? Or injured? Got a cold? Chipped a nail? Ebola?

  • 154 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:26 PM


    Unfortunately they are always on, but I guess today has been absolutely ridiculous.

  • 155 Toon_Tom // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    we should have kept ahold of Santon, MBiwa and even Williamson simply due to the lack of resources in our back line.

    We should have made a CB and LB our priority in January.

    Now with Lasc suspended, Mbemba and Dummet crocked as well as Mbabu our back line is going to start leaking even more.

    Id rather give one of the young kids a crack at LB than put Aarons or Colback there – square pegs and all that.

    If Ashley is reluctant to remove Shteve then he should instead demand a change in captaincy to see if that changes things on the pitch.

    If we get done off West Brom something drastic needs to happen IMO

  • 156 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    I got talking to a Geordie lass in the pub last night. After a while I said, “How about I take you to the zoo tomorrow?”

    She said, “That’s an unusual place for a first date.”

    I replied, “No, not a date. It’s just they’ll be wondering where you’ve got to by now.”

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    He has an eye injury Willo mate @179. It was the only body part left that hasn’t been hurt with us. Apparently he’s going to wear an eye patch and say Aaaaarghhhh mateys a lot. 😯

  • 158 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    What’s the difference between newcastle united and the Bermuda Triangle?

    The Bermuda Triangle has three points.

  • 159 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Toon_tom agree santon and m’biwa were highly underated, hence why they both went onto much better champions league teams, both made the scapegoat for our defensive problems now they’re gone and the defence is even worse… Santon always used to clear the ball of the line and take the ball out of defence and up the pitch, and m’biwa and Williamson were the cb pairing the last time we kept 3 clean sheets on the bounce… Only to be dropped when Colo returned… Think he had alot more to those twos presence in the team and Ben arfas situation than the club let’s on.

    And agree totally on the change of captaincy, but that won’t happen as apparently Colo is Ashley’s curly haired golden boy, would at least explain what he’s still doing here..

  • 160 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Geordietwo – ta for the info, and wouldn’t surprise me sounds like the sort of tactical plan macca would come up with… Apparently our lack of possession in the everton match was down to a tactical plan to play counterattacking football, which I’d of been all for had we defended as a solid unit and not forgotten the counterattack…

  • 161 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Fire the entire management staff at the end of the season. That means Charnley, Carr, and McLaren out the door. Hire a proper Director of Football. Get rid of the players who can’t even be bothered to make an effort. That list is frightening by the way. Sissoko has to go I think (he’s probably already planning his leave taking anyway). We already know who the dead wood are and there are about 7 or 8 of them. A modern manager. I would give Rogers a chance because I just can’t stand the thought of Moyes. But Ashley has to grow a set first.

  • 162 toonking // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    toon KK 42

    what do you think point 4 of the pro pardew means?

    I’ve always said myself this squad is poor overall, no leadership, no passion, no attitudes, no motivation just a bunch of mercenaries and hospital lovers. That post was to try and point out to the pardew brigade (pro and anti) about where both sides are right and that we’ve not changed since.

    Ourtoon and maxpie were squabbling on earlier about english and foreign, I could have jumped in between the two of them if I really wanted to because again they act like the pardew crews and get too one sided. Ourtoon is right when he says forieign players are playing a far more modern game than the english players are but in a way maxpie is right in that english players are just as important as the foreign ones the players we’ve missed most of all are two english players thenselves, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton two players with an excellent leadership attitude and motivation. Pardew’s general record at newcastle and the anger over the sale of carroll would make it sound impossible for 4-0 to finish as a draw but we still had that great leadership attitude and motivation from nolan and barton so despite all that anger from the carroll sale the players were still ale to put it to one side and get back on track.

    Pardew’s 5th place finish is a finish that probably did have it’s fair share of luck not luck like that you’ll see catchy point out but lucky to have saylor remaining fit for longer than normal. Kevin nolan and joey barton were both now gone but thankfully saylor remained fit for longer than normal, we went on a 11 game unbeaten run always had than leadership in saylor and could go on to stay confidiennt.

  • 163 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Is Wijnaldum’s poor away form simply down to him not playing in the no 10 role, as some have suggested. He needs to be a big feature in all of our remaining games if we are to avoid the drop. He was anonymous and not for the first time in away games seemed disinterested when early on he was closely marked in midfield.

    For me Colback is a must when fit to start as the ball winner and to provide the more creative Wijnaldum and Shelvey with more possession. Colback and Shelvey we have seen are a good pairing. Townsend played like a headless chicken and needs to calm down when in possession. As he gets fitter he will contribute more quality and get behind defences. I am hard pressed to recall anything worthwhile that Sissoko contributed and he doesn’t currently merit a starting slot. Saivet looks promising and merits more game time. With the midfield being so ineffective this increasingly presented problems for a stretched defence and for Perez who was totally isolated up front. Surely Mitrovic would have been a better option with Pérez coming on as a sub.
    Yes it’s appropriate to blame Macca with such a bizarre team selection presumably designed to pressurise Everton in midfield. We had no ball winner which in away games is a must in the PL to disrupt the opposition flow. Shelvey looked unsure what his role was and Macca did little to sort out tactics and formation.
    Aside from Elliot I thought Janmaat deserved special mention because with little support down the right side he showed determination to try to get forward.
    Macca has to do better with tactics and team selection. Did we have a game plan and why were we so disjointed? Bedding in new players is not an excuse as he could have gone for the tried and tested; played to our strengths and made changes as the game progressed. A poor performance and it was a surprise that we were still in the game until the closing madness. Elliot clearly our mom.
    WBA is a must win game and shades of the West Ham game for the crowd who have another big part to play. Let’s be up for it.

  • 164 vlojo // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Toonsend … Misogyny, Racism, Stupidity … STFU

  • 165 OnceaGeordie // Feb 5, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Makes me laugh every time i read this site.

    People now sorry to see him go when they were calling him worse then shite! last season.

    In all fairness Willo was ok, stand bye at best, nothing special but was at least often fit to play.

  • 166 willowdalerez // Feb 5, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Classy exit. Would have kept him for the balance of the season as he wasn’t getting replaced but he was unremarkable and is no great loss.

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