A Class Act Leaves Newcastle


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.

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166 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Good luck mike!

    100% every game, proper pro.

    Wish him the best and success where he goes.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 4, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

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

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  • magscar

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    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.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    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

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    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.
    Disgrace!

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  • NoahJ

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Why was Satka allowed to leave on loan?

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

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    bambams

    perez isn’t on loan lol !!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    yes lascelles looked really stupid trying to wind up barkley.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki
    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?

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  • MadisonToon

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • posada

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Maddison
    West were an embarrassment.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    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

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Mag52

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    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……………

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #26

    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 ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    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!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #28

    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!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Or since we were promotes that five years now

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Jeff…go home!

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  • chewbaccy

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    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.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

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  • mfw13

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

    [NO. BUT THEN I’M NOT TRYING TO FORCE AN OWNER OUT. IF YOU WANT A CHANGE OF OWNER, GO AND FIND ONE. JUST DO IT.

    YOU DELIGHTED RECENTLY IN BLOWING ME AND MY REFERENCE TO CHRIS MORT AND BREWIN DOLPHIN OUT OF THE WATER BY DECLARING YOUR “INTIMIDATING” QUALIFICATION AS A HELPER TO A COMPANY OWNER. WOULD YOUR COMPANY OWNER SELL A BUSINESS HE OWNS WHEN HE DOESN’T WANT TO SELL IT? OR SELL IT AT A KNOCK DOWN PRICE BECAUSE CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FORCE HIM OUT? BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THE WAY HE RUNS HIS OWN COMPANY? IS THAT THE WAY IT WORKS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS OWNERSHIP AS YOU KNOW IT?

    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?

    [STRAW MAN ARGUMENT YOU’VE DREAMT UP. OF COURSE WE CAN BE OWNED BY SOMEONE ELSE. IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE DISASTROUS. IF YOU KNOW OF A CANDIDATE, NAME HIM NOW. WE CAN LOOK AT HIS PROPOSAL AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO SUPPORT IT.]

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

    [ASHLEY’S RECRUITMENT RECORD HAS BEEN POOR IN MY OPINION. BUT MANY BLOGGERS THINK CARR DOES A VERY DECENT JOB. JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE THE WAY AN OWNER RUNS HIS BUSINESS, AND YOU WOULD DO IT DIFFERENTLY, DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD GO ALL OUT TO UPSET THE APPLE CART – IN THIS CASE, FAIL TO FULLY SUPPORT THE TEAM AND START AN INTERNECINE CONFLICT.

    ASHLEY CAN’T BE HAPPY WITH CHARNLEY’S AND CARR’S PERFORMANCES. HE MAY DECIDE TO TRY TO APPOINT A COMPETENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL. BUT EVEN IF HE USED A PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANCY TO HELP HIM, OR EVEN YOU, HE MAY NOT GET IT RIGHT. FOOTBALL DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT. IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE, DEAR FELLOW.]

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #39

    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.

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  • toonking

    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    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

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