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Don’t Believe All The Hype About Newcastle

5:54 pm, Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 273 Comments

In the last few days we’ve had former players like Rob Lee and Stuart Pearce say that they expect Newcastle now to pull away from the relegation zone and even avoid relegation comfortably.

We have to say that the acquisition of two English Internationals –  Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend makes that more likely and both players have already shown they can quickly adapt to life on Tyneside and produce the goods.

Indeed Jonjo looks like he could become a fantastic signing for us and in four appearances so far he has been our Man of the Match twice.

Jonjo+Shelvey+Everton+v+Newcastle+United+Premier+V_tbcUWQfR8l

Jonjo Shelvey – could be Newcastle’s savior this season

The other positive and unlikely potential hero is Cheick Tiote who put in a terrific performance for us on Saturday and scored his third “goal” for us – but like the fantastic goal at home to Manchester City if was dubiously disallowed.

For all the negative press Cheick’s received in the last year or two, Cheick still looked like an excellent player for us – and if he keeps up his good form and helps save us from relegation it will be interesting to see what happens to him this summer.

It would be completely suicidal to let Cheick leave for China this month – but this is Newcastle and as we have found out in the past – anything is possible at Newcastle.

And if we were to hazard a guess, we still think he will leave Newcastle for big money in the summer – either to China or come here in the US to play in the MLS.

There’s no doubt that Newcastle have had a lift with the result and the performance against West Brom – a very poor side on the day – but just like at Everton – it’s just one game.

And while there are more pundits thinking that Newcastle can survive, we still have it all to do and a defeat at Chelsea and a Norwich draw at home to West Ham would see us in the bottom three again on Saturday night.

And that will be our position for at least two and a half weeks – which is another reason why we must go all out to get something out of the game at Chelsea.

A win would be almost sensational.

There’s been some hype around Newcastle since the great West Brom win – but let’s be real and keep our feet on the ground – we still have a lot to do in the final 13 games of what has been another disastrous season for the Magpies.

We must go for a win in every single game and if the lads do that, we could still be a Premier League side this summer.

And then wait for it.

We expect Mike Ashley to spend some very big money in the summer transfer market, so at the very least we don’t have to go through this stuff again next season.

In our last two seasons our run-ins have been simply disastrous – two years ago we lost 7 of our last 8 games and last year we lost nine of the last 11 games.

It’s not a coincidence that we started the next seasons with 4 points from 7 games in 2014 and 3 points form 8 games last year.

If we can finish this season strongly, there’s a much higher likelihood that we can start the season well in August – for a change.

We could even tell any potential new signings that our intent is to do a Leicester City next season  – that may help in the recruitment – and some of the targets may even believe it.

🙂

But we just have to survive this season and avoid a relegation disaster.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Here’s a rare interview I did yesterday and answered a number of questions in case some newcomers to the blog may want to read it – it’s on some of the trials and tribulations of running a blog and how this blog got started back in April of 2007.



Tags: Andros Townsend · Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours




273 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Tsunki

    Really what?

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Still some nuisance posts get through I see 🙂

    Wums back in! No not really just kidding.

  • 4 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    You didn’t know jeff was jib? After all this time of me having many conversations with him by that name? And others I should mention.

  • 5 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Tsunki

    I knew many referred to Jib as Jeff but I didn’t know if he was the old sicko. Sorry for being a tad slow mate

  • 6 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    It’s like there’s been a mass culling on the blog.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    come on boys make it 2 wins in a row and start pulling away and making a gap at the bottom.

    in the words of rob sneider “YOU CAN DO IT”

    mitro with 1 doumbia with 1 and shelvey with 1 wij with 2 assists and sissy with the other

    3-1 to toon imo.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Much better with a vast reduction of the mischief makers with their lies and deceipt.
    I think Ed has done a decent job – most of the scum has been cleansed away but there may be some more scum which will need the “Harpic” treatment.
    Some of the cockcroaches may need fumigating further.
    Aye – Ed is getting there with his spring cleaning.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    We still have alot of waste on here, but I suppose one thing at the time!

  • 10 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    I think we can beat Chelsea if we attack, if Macca goes down and parks the bus we will get thrashed

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Ed…Nice interview.

    Has Thursdays poem night been called off then?

    I am hopeful the club have done enough to start pulling away from the relegation zone, sooner rather than later. I still don’t expect it yet, unfortunately.

    We need to finish this season comfortably, with time on our side to prepare for next season. Half season planning isn’t building for the future.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Yes chancel, jib was jeff, and as jib had to be on his bedt behaviour he had obviously invented a few other names to vent his anger. JfA has a face like….

  • 13 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Jail

    Yeah Tsunki said, sorry for being slow mate

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Jail…Very trusting of you leaving that hanging out there like that…

  • 15 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Mr Tuff, you’ll have to change your name to Witchfinder General.
    Ibiza, how are you? Could you organise a roll call to see who’s left on the blog……shouldn’t take too long!

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I hope we’re not setting outselves up for a fall here, it will be a huge result if we get anything at Chelsea, it’s not a given

  • 17 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    I’d take a draw now Jail. This season is gonna be nail biting right to the last Sunday methinks.

  • 18 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    it does appear to be getting back to normal and maybe a few of the other posters will drift back

  • 19 G // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    @15, I appear to still be here, so not all of the @rse holes have gone then!

  • 20 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Clinath…All good thanks, and yourself?

    A blog roll call? Who’d do such a thing? 🙂

    Jail…On the upside, the fall wont be that great.

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Jail…we can keep that one about your face going if you like? We don’t need Jeff for that 😀

  • 22 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    So what time is it for the dominoes? Don’t want to be up too late for the towel-whipping.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    The Chelsea game will be difficult, not every game can be against WBA!

  • 24 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Does the TV go off at 9:30?

  • 25 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Tsunki

    I prefer cribbage lol

  • 26 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    gmorning all,

    I see weve managed to stop the insanity from the last few weeks…

    also see an authentication code now on login… wow, that quality ibm tech 🙂

  • 27 G // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    I predict a defeat against Chelsea, that unbeaten record is unlikely to go this weekend.

  • 28 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    clinath@ed – do not think much of that name – scumbuster might be better.

    Think it migfht be a bit rude to chat about people who are not present – better say Hello.
    Hello Jib/Jane – how are you occupying yourself these days. Are you keeping busy?

  • 29 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Good in my world Ibiza.
    The blogs that quiet I’ve started reading Eds bit….

  • 30 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    chancel

    dont knock cribbage i have won many a pound playing that

  • 31 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    More a Keplunk or connect 4 man meself

  • 32 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    That’s tomorrow TFL everyone knows Friday night cribbage and whist drive

  • 33 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Beermonkey

    I wasn’t knocking it, I play it myself

  • 34 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Tsunki

    Look forward to tomorrow then 🙂

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Ja Jæsper, and I don’t need to use a different name to spell your name properly!

  • 36 Graeme // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Dear me – is the blog regaining a sense of normality again? Not before time mind!!!

  • 37 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    clinath@ed

    cant remember the last article i read
    i read the quotes of what people say and thats about it

  • 38 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Difficult to predict games atm what with the noobs coming up to speed.

  • 39 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Beermonkey…..they’re articles? I thought they were adverts.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Does that mean those troll hunters have gone as well, they were just as bad !

  • 41 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    so jib/jeff is banned? hows he gonna end around it this time?

  • 42 Tsunki // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    He’s disappeared up his Google hole I think

  • 43 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    clinath@ed

    poxy adverts on here drive my pc nuts
    i have had to stop flash from working on this site to stop his script from crashing my web browser

  • 44 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Jail….I agree. Got so bad I didn’t know who was baiting whom….couldn’t work out who to cheer for.

  • 45 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    who was mr observant

  • 46 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Didn’t know you could flash on this site. Now there’s a new pastime to practice…..

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    No Jail..that’s there for everyone to see…

  • 48 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    clinath@ed

    u dont even need a specialised flasher mack

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Beer…it could have been Beattie?

  • 50 mactoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    “We expect Mike Ashley to spend some very big money in the summer transfer market, so at the very least we don’t have to go through this stuff again next season.”

    Why?

    If we stay in the Premiership that is a signal to Ashley that he can gamble with the existing squad without spending money in the summer. It’s how he always works

  • 51 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Do we need G2 permission?

  • 52 clinath@ed // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Mactoon…he will have to spend just to stand still next year, assuming we’re still in the prem.

  • 53 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Wow

    Ed. 2 of my fave people are also Newton and Einstein..

    nice to see one of Einsteins theories from 1905 was proven today.

    Newton was kind of a mad genius who tried in vain to make gold. and even though he figured out gravity, the thing that got him noticed was perfecting the telescope. thats when the big wigs took notice,, quite sad really

  • 54 magscar // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Beermonkey@43

    Don’t know what browser you are using but if you “addon” Adblockerplus and Noscript on Firefox they seem to stop adverts/scripts.

  • 55 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    ps,, i like Tesla too, what Thomas Edison did to him was pure cruelty. most people have heard of Edison but Tesla was miles ahead of him

  • 56 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    some decent freebies still available !

    ivan ivanov (cb) former bulgarian player of the year 27yo
    cedric mongongu (cb) mbembas int partner 26yo
    jerry akaminko (cb) ghana int 27yo
    gia grigalava (cb) georgia int 26yo
    shola (str) 34yo int 😉
    ronaldhinio
    robinho.

    1 or 2 decent cb’s there worth a transfer esp the first 2 imo.

  • 57 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    on Tesla, , if anyone likes cars,, early in the 1900s electric cars were more popular than petrol cars,, there is a map of New york from then, it shows more places to charge your car then filling it with gas 🙂

  • 58 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    ps ps,, if tesla hadnt of been cheated out of his % contract for electricity, he would be a trillion-air many times over right now.

  • 59 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    not that tesla is alive right now OC.

  • 60 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    I use an adblocker, it used to take ages to load this site

  • 61 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    magscar

    cheers i changed to firefox as i was having this problem already narrowed it down to this site
    just stopped the flash from working with site and its seems alot better now if i have any other issues i will look at those cheers

  • 62 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    catchy @57

    is that fact of the day
    and will this be a regular thing catchys fact of the day

  • 63 mad-serb // Feb 11, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Anyone think Jon Flanagan is worth adding seeing we were talking England B team earlier. 12 month left on his contract in the summer and seems to be getting back to his best. Played well in the couple of games his been back. Can play right back and left back although he is obviously a better right back but can do a job for us seeing our injury history in defence.

  • 64 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    @63 mad

    is that the young lb/rb that plays for liverpool ?

    if so he aint too bad and worth a small ish bid if they want rid.

  • 65 mad-serb // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    @croftus5678

    exactly the one. Played in the season where they should have won the league and got an England cap until his knee injury which kept him out for 18 months or so as he was coming back they found something and decided to rather operate again. think he was out more than a season. will keep an eye out for him to see how he goes but look very decent since his been back.

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Just when you think the blog has returned to normality, catchy reveals he is a fan of nineteenth century scientists !

  • 67 Thump // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    If anybody is having difficulties with ads (especially on this site), don’t install Adblocker – install uBlock origin. It’s everything that Adblock Plus should be.

  • 68 AncientC // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Flanagan is a free agent in the summer, unless Liverpool have a 1 year extension option, which is possible.

    Mbabu & Flanagan would give us some very interesting options for the fullback slots. I know most like to state that Mbabu is a CB, but from the way he has played at RB – his natural position may be elsewhere.

  • 69 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Merse has us to lose 3-0 to Chelsea. Maybe he is right… We are dreadful away from home this season and Chelsea are on the up. This game for me is more important then the west Brom one because we really need to sort out our away form. Can we beat Chelsea? I think so, we are better then we think we are. However the finishing department is still missing.

  • 70 AncientC // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    *LB

  • 71 magscar // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Thump

    Not heard of that one but see it can be added on to Firefox so will try it instead as it seems to get good reviews Thanks

  • 72 catchy in norway // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    beermonkey

    yes it is,, and we would have had free Electricity from Tesla too,, but someone burnt his lab down,

  • 73 G // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Flanigan has had some horrible luck with the injuries, but looks a decent player. Worth a punt.

  • 74 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    catchy,
    It was probably Edison, he was a gangster as well as an inventor and businessman

  • 75 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    catchy

    that could have been tommorows fact

  • 76 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    @ancient

    erm…just to nitpick a tiny bit but er…

    mbabu is a right back ! in an interview he see’s himself as more of a cb and it’s his prefered position.
    but in the first team we play him as a lb.

    we have the same problem with a few of our youngsters for some reason ! an ideal case is to look out for mckenzie heaney in our youth system as the lad is played in a different position pretty much every week despite his obv talent and suitability.

  • 77 martoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    I have to say I use Adblock Plus with IE11 and have no problem with adverts on this site.
    Also not having a pop but I find it slightly ironic that although a lot of the blog pests have been removed about 50% of posts are still about them! Damn I’ve just fell into the same trap 🙂

  • 78 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Sunderland have terminated Adam Johnson’s contract

  • 79 AncientC // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    croftus5678 – CB may be Mbabu’s preferred position, that does not mean it is his most effective position. Thus far, Mbabu has came into the first team as a LB, and he has excelled.

    Considering that Mbabu is only 6ft tall, and his mobility is one of his better traits, he looks like more of a FB to me.

  • 80 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    I know they are our enemies but good on Sunderland

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35546894

  • 81 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Tezla was an amazing man, the Martin Peters of scientists.

  • 82 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    @79 ancient

    thats true tbh !

    i’ve not seen him play cb and he mainly plays rb for the youngsters but tbh he plays better for our first team at lb than he does for the youngsters.

    i’d love to see him play cb for us though ! he’s a class act thats for sure and we desp need quality at cb imo.

  • 83 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 11, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    And as a little plug, I have him appearing in my 3rd partially written novel as an advisor on the construction of an Alchemical time travel device.

    Which will appear at some future date as an e-book or if I can find a publisher or agent as a proper novel.

  • 84 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Croftus
    Do you remember when Saylor first broke through it was at FB. He’d get mullered at CB. He’s got time.

  • 85 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    i’m pretty sure marvaux and obertan are gone at the end of the season when their contracts expire !

    and imo vukic/bigi/sammy will be shown the door also (fergie i think has gone hasnt he ?)
    which leaves goofy and river to ship out if they can !
    but where does siem fit in now or doesnt he ?

  • 86 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Croftus

    I’d let Siem go too, he’s rarely fit and doesn’t fit in our team

  • 87 Thump // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    @magscar: I won’t get into the technical details, but it’s quicker, more effective, and you can choose what level of ‘blocking’ you want (pop ups, scripts, cosmetic, and even remote fonts). At the risk of sounding like a dodgy salesman, I have no idea how I used ABP for so many years in comparison.

    @Chancel: Honestly, it would be a poor PR move not to sack him. Given that he’s plead guilty he’ll be in breach of contract, and I can’t see Short being happy with being lied to since this all kicked off. They stood by him, and he stabbed them in the back. Reap what you sew, and all that.

  • 88 AncientC // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    I was just reading that Mbabu is actually the same height as Colo. Stephen Taylor is our tallest CB at 6ft 1, and he is likely gone in the summer. Height is going to have to be a priority for the recruitment of the next incoming CB.

  • 89 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    @84 carl

    tbh matey i can not remember lol that was a long time ago and i remember the hype and the “he’s only young give him time” but old age has set in now a days lol.

    and yep true he has time but i’d hope by 21ish they start to establish themselves to a degree like mitro/perez/mbemba ect but obv a cb has a little more time as they tend to read the game better with age.

  • 90 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    croftus / ancient

    i have only seen mbabu at lb for maybe rb as well
    for us at the moment he will get more first team games in the fullback position than at centre back

    would it be better for him to go out onloan next season as a centre back or stay with us and play back up full back maybe odd game at centre back

    next season i cant see much time for him at centre back
    with a new centre back and mbemba laschelles colo then mbabu

  • 91 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    We need a right old clear out come the end of season. Squads too big but it’s not filled with quality. Trouble is that not to many are in demand.

  • 92 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    He needs to hit the gym before pre season training.

  • 93 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Thump

    Very true mate

  • 94 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    @90 beer

    yep good point.

    with only 1 rb he will prob have to cover there and at lb we only really have hairdryer imo (dummett can do a job but i’m still determined he’s a cb as mbabu imo far outclasses dummet at lb)

    at cb like you say we have avg cb’s with experience coming out our backsides and most managers will pick exp over youth i suppose.

  • 95 AncientC // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    beermonkey, until Mbabu puts a foot wrong, he should be 2nd choice LB and challenging Dummett for the position, in my estimation. Getting Dummett, Mbabu, and Haidara all fit at the same time should hopefully get the first choice LB playing out of his skin.

  • 96 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    So carl got the PC, Ian got the i phone, Pushy died with the i phone 3, and sack llambias has to wait until he drunkenly stumbles upon a very rare internet cafe!
    That’s what I call multiple determination!

  • 97 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Love the comments on Tesla. So many folk got their discoveries and inventions nicked or suppressed. Oil companies were buying up patents for photovoltaics just to suppress them as an alternative a few years back. Rosalind Franklin did a massive amount of work on DNA but never got the Nobel prize she deserved.

    IF we turn up we will beat Chelsea. The lads still have it to prove. A heroic failure is not good enough. Playing with style is not enough. We need the win. The effect it would have on team confidence would be worth 6 pts.

  • 98 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Phillips of Eindhoven bought and still own the patent to the everlasting light bulb, can you imagine if everyone had of bought six in the thirties, they’d wouldn’t have sold another light bulb since!

  • 99 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Doumbia was spoken of by McClaren as a striker who can score goals, play on the shoulder a bit and stretch defences. Well we might see something of him on Saturday at Chelsea . He’s played Champions League football and scored against Manchester United and Manchester City. He’s got a big-game mentality.

  • 100 cyprus // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    So a few people got kicked out of the blog eh. Me too, but I sorted it out with Ed. I mean, ok, I thought Shelvey was cxxp game before last but is that a crime?;)

    Anyway, this place got a bit out of hand, too much bitching and moaning and nasty arguing.

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    cyprus,
    We’re you using a VPN to sign in with?

  • 102 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    If you wonder why the blog is dull and boring just look at the reet dinosaur. I reckon a number have chosen not to post. Just look at the garbage you post boning lad and calling all and sundry out.
    I’m busy just noo.

  • 103 cyprus // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    VPN?

  • 104 Toon Tang // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Dont d d dont, don’t believe the hype…

  • 105 beermonkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    croftus / ancient

    i would be happy with mbabu to be back up to both fullbacks next season
    i would ship hadiara out and bring in a first choice left back
    we would still have dummet to cover if mbabu is needed at rb and we also have anita who can also cover both so we should be ok

  • 106 carl // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Just give me the full list and I’ll run them through Ed, bonny lad.
    Can ah ignore yee next time.

  • 107 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Adidas cut all links with Adam Johnson as it’s deemed inappropriate for him to be wearing predators

  • 108 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    cyprus,
    The blog has been bitching and moaning since day one and even at the height of it all we had over a thousands posts a thread quite regularly, the rot started when deliberate trolls appeared in their mulriples, I remember one month when welsh and jeff from Benwell had the blog to themselves after six oclock with sometimes as few as nine posts between them, It picked up again after jeff got banned and his alter ego Jib had to be better behaved, but he couldn’t restrain himself and the blog has been flooded since. Shame that Pushy Pardew and his mates started it all off a few years ago and carried it on otherwise people might have never known about it.

  • 109 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    eaststand

    Hahaha

  • 110 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    carl,
    yer yu can, your good value and an upgrade on sack, Belfast is such an all round funny guy as well!

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Cyprus,
    It’s like an IP blocker so that people can access websites that are banned in certain countries.

  • 112 John Akomfrah // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Has welsh gone now?

  • 113 cyprus // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Ah, no idea what that was. Ed said something about trolling and others using my address, maybe you know about this kind of stuff. Anyway, all sorted.

    1000 posts? That is impressive. Through the years I’ve seen people come and go, yes it gets bitchy, but generally it’s good value here. Among the best football blogs around, I think. Some major teams have ‘dead’ blogs. Many posters here provide good stuff, even when I disagree.

  • 114 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    What’s a VPN ?

    Visible Pantie N ?

  • 115 John Akomfrah // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    visible panie nuance

  • 116 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Cyprus,
    Now and then someone will post a link to another fans blog and there seems to be posts some times every other day with a new thread once a week, just down the road at .co.uk they don’t get a new thread for days. TDSarf can spout his opinions all day long and there’s no one to challenge them, just how he likes it.

  • 117 cyprus // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Was wondering if some people got accidentally banned, like I did. Ed, maybe you want to look into this?

    Anyway, off for now.

    Dear players, if you are reading, Chelsea are quite beatable as you almost found out last game against them. No fear, they ain’t what they used to be.

  • 118 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    we are partly to blame for the trolls tbh !
    if we ignor them and dont give them the attention their mummy’s should be giving them they would soon get bored and have their temper tantrum in some other corner.

    @cyprus

    yep i agree ! you know we have a good chance against them when their fans are not looking forward to playing us nvm our fans about them.

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Cyprus,
    What made you think you were banned?

  • 120 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Ah what’s happening on the blog tonight oh oh – see carl is having a strop.
    Carl – what is your relationship with Ian Toon – has he denied knowing you.

    Last night Jane (Jib) commented on the Adam Johnson case – blaming the girl. Endorsed as a good poster by you know who. Really.
    Person who abuses children is a criminal and a paedophile. Johnson has admitted his guilt -therefore is a paedo – yet there are a couple on here who blame the victim a child.
    You make my stomach churn – and those who converse with you.

    The blog will recover and get better once all the trash has been thrown out.

  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Croftus,
    How do you know they’re not looking forward to playing us?

  • 122 Mister Tuff // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Good on Sunderland for sacking him – correct decision!

  • 123 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    @122 jail

    i work with 2 chelsea fans and they dont have great faith in their team.

  • 124 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Johnson should’ve been suspended until the case once the CPS charged him.

    Hope he gets the jail time he deserves.

  • 125 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Has there actually been a clear out of the wums/trolls or are they just having a day off.

    I ain’t keep upto date for a cpl weeks, popped in here and there but it was fkn nuts at times.

  • 126 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Johnson should get a minimum of 10 in the slammer and it serves the dirty sod right

  • 127 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Kept

  • 128 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    OP

    Yes Ed has cleared a lot out

  • 129 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    @op

    i honestly dont know but its being suggested they have been booted and tbh there are a fair few regular posters who seem to be missing today when normally they would not be !

  • 130 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Chelsea are drawing a lot of games at the minute so I suspect a 2-2, they’re beatable definatley, our away record is shabby.

    Draw.

  • 131 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Wow, can’t say I’m upset.

    I enjoy the debate but some of it’s ridiculous, I’ve been drawn into a few heated disscusions, a few just peeved me because 95% of the time it was a wind up or to stir.

    It’ll be a good thing and with a bit luck draw back a few of the old posters, there’s a few who are a miss!

  • 132 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    so is predicted hiddink is going to play 4-2-3-1 with costa up front and willain and hazzard supporting attack from the wings.

    think our defence will struggle with the pace of willain and hazzard tbh but if we can attack them imo their defence is very weak atm.

    could be a high scoring game if we get our act together.

  • 133 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    I see the Chronicle are running a article asking if Steeve should drop Gini.

    It could be a could idea, give him a rest.
    I also wouldn’t mind seeing a 442 with Mitro and Doumbia upfront.

  • 134 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    @134 op

    ye i can not wait to see doum myself but he looked very unfit according to report on the u21 game!

    and ye gini is a tricky one isnt he lol he’s a game winner for sure but not so good away from home ! however knowing our luck we’d drop him just when he’s due a great away performance.

    think i’d start him then sub him with perez if things went pear shaped myself.

  • 135 lesh // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Liked the interview Ed. Who interviewed you?

    But and seriously, I think that there are many honest posters visit the Blog and they understand your motivation in driving it – despite the frustrations that must make your blood boil at times.

    It’s just a pity that the trolls and troublemakers who visit haven’t anything better to do or go. Maybe you could persuade the senior politicians of California to open up Alcatraz and house the clowns who derive much pleasure from their stupidity.

    Oh and Ed, maybe you could fix it for Lee Charnley to join them as Chief Executive – Alcatraz rehab centre. I’m confident he could make a fist of that role without ever leaving the island (Alcatraz that is).

    Keep your chin up.

  • 136 Average_Contents // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Fret not dear OP, I’m here lol 😉

  • 137 lesh // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Chancel – Jib is/ was Jeff in Benwell among others.

  • 138 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    I would rather drop Sissoko than Gini tbh

  • 139 lesh // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Chancel

    We seem to do well on your birthday – you must be due another one this weekend?

  • 140 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Lesh

    Like I say I saw many call him Jeff but as I don’t remember the original Jeff I can only see people say he was vile.

  • 141 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Well my birthday is the 14th of Jan but I can change it to 14th of Feb if you like lol

  • 142 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Croftus

    It would be our luck, he maybe struggling cos he’s used to a break at Xmas.

    Ac

    How’d you escape?

  • 143 optimistic prime // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Chancel

    I’ve wanted to drop Sissoko for about a year, sometimes off the Tyne bridge!

  • 144 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    OP

    I know Moussa is a tough one, when he wants to he can be a force but when he cba it’s like playing with ten men.

  • 145 croftus5678 // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    @143 op

    hmm good point never thought of that.

  • 146 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    SUNDERLAND FOOTBALL CLUB STATEMENT:

    adam johnson is a nonce!

    we will not be making any further statements

  • 147 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Johnson will have a new feat first Sunderland player to go down twice in the same season

  • 148 bladeuser // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Cleansing the blog how pathetic it’s a democracy ed your a sit on the fence pc pleb
    Without bitching this blog is full of boring ASH LICKING SHEEP who talk banal crap
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 149 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Johnson is technically not a paedo, that word denotes fiddling with children up to a certain age, I believe pre-teens.

    I’d Google the proper term, but I might be accused of being Jib by those with an agenda to rid the blog of anybody that disagrees with them, to make a blissful echo chamber for themselves.

  • 150 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    With the impending trial, the FA should cancel out all goals scored by AJ and deduct Sunderland points accordingly

  • 151 Thump // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    @Hail: The term you’re looking for is ephebophile, but legally there is little to no difference. Sexual activities with a minor (defined as somebody under the age of consent – 16 in the UK) is very much illegal and carries similar punishment. It’s effectively statutory rape, after all.

  • 152 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    In a way Ed has just completed his very own ‘gravitational wave’ for the blog. The black holes have merged and KABOOOM .. blown away..

    Might not make Ed Einstein but I remember when the blog rarely fell below the level of banter – occasionally keyboards at dawn but no concerted malicious campaign by posters to big themselves up by trying to humiliate and wind up other folks.
    Yeh we’ve got our obsessives – Kets and Catchy, JfA ‘n’ all.. but they’re OUR obsessives, and are as often right as the rest of us pathetically normal people. 🙂

    I do hope BandB hasn’t got mixed up with Blacklie and Brownlie.

  • 153 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    although we obviously hate the scum its not there fault he wont get another team in this country thats for sure
    wonder wat the manc fans have in store for them on saturday?

  • 154 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    bladeuser

    It was Jeff in particular who backed The Regime at all times, so much so that several people wondered if he was on a retainer.

    There are loads on here still who have a full range of opinions.
    For one I think the guy is a disaster area and we are in an era of damage limitation. I hope Macca can do it and we can win something – his influence is showing as this last window was the first for years where we seemed to be recruiting guys to fit into a team, and not just tradeable assets.

  • 155 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    “their”

  • 156 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    21st,

    perhaps MA realized finally, that the higher up the table you are, the more cash you get… youd think an astute businessman wouldve known that already… and youd also think, that if that is indeed the case, wouldn’t you want to challenge for the top, to make the most?

    what do I know anyway …

  • 157 Offkey // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Hail work ashley – shut up……I couldn’the care less about technicalities when he has done what he has.

  • 158 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Offkey

    well said

  • 159 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Evening all, Glad to see Sunderland have sacked that thing that was playing for them.

    Chancel

    How you doing tonight marra? Hope all is well.

  • 160 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Firebig

    not bad thanks mate

  • 161 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Chancel

    Have you been spying on me? “Firebig” PMSL:

  • 162 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    FireBUG

    Typo pmsl

  • 163 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Chancel

    Yep I know, typo’s happen, but in the absence of Jib I thought I would point it out. lol

    So what have I missed today?

  • 164 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Evening/Morning all

    Yet anorher beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne.

    So, whats new? More pains in the arse appearing on the blog.

    Ignore him, JFA

    Who has a feeling we might just pull off a win on the weekend at Chrlsea?

  • 165 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Firebug

    Been quite, apart from the odd wum that seems to have been missed and Johnson being sacked

  • 166 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Expat

    I think we will win if we attack

  • 167 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Morning FIREBIG……

  • 168 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    firebug it seems in this crazy age (or is it just football?) you have to cover everything before being able to sack someone who has admitted to such a crime
    i also hope the nice nest egg he’s been saving up over the last few years will be taken of him by the scum who should be able to sue him now as he’s cost them about 15 mill

  • 169 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    expat

    I have a good feeling we will get a positive result mate.

    Chancel

    If Ed is on the ball the Wums won’t last long, they’ll have to run crying to wummy!

  • 170 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Oh lovely it’s gotta snow this weekend

  • 171 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Expat

    I can’t even have a go back, it’s the truth lmao.

  • 172 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Chancel

    Agreed. Pace and power on the break because Ivanovic and Azilawhatsits like to attack high up the wings.

    However, we must not give free kicks away close to our own box because Willian is lethal.

  • 173 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Chancel

    I don’t mind the snow mate, not that we ever get that much where I am, it’s always more inland.

  • 174 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Firebug

    Haha

  • 175 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Rhys Boyd

    Why dont you just do one and jog on?

    You are not impressing anyone here.

  • 176 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Expat

    We must play Tiote. I agree we to stop the needless freekicks.

    Firebug

    We always get it bad in this part of Leeds

  • 177 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Wonder if WelshGeordie9 is on tonights question time?

  • 178 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Chancel…Something about that line of text seems wrong.

    “We must play Tiote. I agree we to stop the needless freekicks.”

    Can we have one without the other?

  • 179 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Offkey

    Do you always get hostile when somebody gives you some new information? Would explain your obviously stunted learning.

  • 180 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    I see what you mean about the WUM’s Chancel marra, It’ll slither back into it’s cesspool soon enough.

    Expat

    Keeping Chelsea pegged back, and pressing the ball all over the pitch should nullify there passing game (I hope).

    If we keep pressure on them, then they have to fear our own pace, and Shelvey’s passing.

  • 181 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Firebig

    Obviously you have a rather large inglenook at your place, mare…..lol

    Chancel

    Same team as last week for me.

  • 182 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Ibiza

    I see your point but Tiote has been stella lately

    expat

    I would drop sissoko

  • 183 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Firebug

    Thats how I see it too.

    plus I want to see Janmaat clatter Hazard and Tiote clatter Fabregas/Oscar early just to let them know we mean business.

    wouldnt mind Taylor winding up Costa too

  • 184 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Chancel

    Lot’s of people say drop Sissoko, but I think we will need his strength on the right, Perez is a little to lightweight, and I don’t know who else could fill in.

  • 185 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Chancel…Tbf, he’s done pretty well. Not sure what that says about our recruitment mind. How many new midfielders since Tiote signed? He’s still favoured and a player the club are happy to let go…Bit weird really.

  • 186 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    we’ve been shite away for ages so we’re due a win
    but i’ve probably thought that for ages too
    they haven’t lost in ages either so they’re probably due a loss
    so in reality it could be a win, draw or a loss

  • 187 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    expat

    Taylor winding up Costa is a good idea.

    firebug

    fair point

  • 188 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Chancel

    Not this game. Sissoko will want to play out of his skin to impress a future possible employer plus we ned his pace on the counter

  • 189 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    We have to watch out for Chelsea, all good remaining up beat but remember they are unbeaten in however many.

    I reckon they’ll play slowly against our high pressing at the start and slowly start to control the game.

    1-1 me thinks

  • 190 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Expat

    I we talking about football, or murderball?

    Would be nice to see a couple of Chelsea player going down in pain for real rather than just throwing themselves to the ground when near our players.

  • 191 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    manxpie…Do you know what, I think you might be right there.

    It could be a win, loss or draw. I think that brings blogging to it’s natural end. We’ve got it all sussed now 🙂

  • 192 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    expat

    hope you are right

  • 193 Belfast // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Really sticking your neck on the line with that prediction manxpie.

    A win, a loss or a draw ? You might be right.

  • 194 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Manxpie having a Michael Owen moment

  • 195 Belfast // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Get off my path Ibiza

  • 196 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Belfast

    What you reckon the stakes are on that blinder

  • 197 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Firebug

    Nothing wrong with a bit of muscle against these cockney play actors and fairies……lol

  • 198 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    He’s going for the red into the top left corner, and for those of you watching in black and white, that’s the one above the pink.

    PMSL

  • 199 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    lmao manx, Ibiza showed you that old fence of his, did he?

  • 200 Belfast // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Who ever scores the most goals will win??

  • 201 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Joking aside and without stating the obvious, “who knows?”, my mind goes with Chelsea.

    Neither team can be predicted. However, we need to play at our best and have Chelsea not at their best to get a result (not allowing for some good ole fashioned luck), whereas Chelsea can still get something not playing their best, if we don’t turn up or play a full 90 minutes, which happens far too often.

    My heart however thinks about recent seasons and how we’ve managed to get the better of Chelsea, despite the odds. I remain hopeful. Love beating Chelsea, a lot of my friends are Chelsea “fans” (“blue through and through” – Err, yeah, course you are 🙂 )

    Perhaps it’s time for a Cisse wordly or two.

  • 202 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Howdy IBIZA

    Are you still in the States?

    If so, thats good. We dont need your kind anywhere near us in Oz…….lol

  • 203 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    ‘in reality it could be a win, draw or a loss’

    was that a quote from JFK or sir bobby?

  • 204 firebug666 // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    expat

    Aye alls fair in blood and football, rough them up in the first half and win the game in the second when they refuse to come out of the tunnel.

  • 205 Belfast // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    I would say if manxpie sticks his money on all three options Armchair he might get one bet up. 🙂

  • 206 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Ibiza

    Isn’t Cisse injured

  • 207 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    well i’m glad to help ibiza i think i’ve officially took ya fence 🙂
    seriously tho i havent got a clue wat it could be as its against a top team on the telly and we have done well recently in that situation
    but we have been shocking awayand they seem to have turned the corner so could be an absolute drubbing
    but again we might actually convert all our chances and win 3-0
    put it this way i’d be going for a win if we were home

  • 208 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    If we can’t score we won’t win

  • 209 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Belfast

    What about the famous one:

    “For the benefit of those watching in black and white, Liverpool are in the red strip”……..lol

  • 210 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    game here stateside is at 1130 am, so ive got the family planned to go to the local, have lunch and a drink, and see how many fellow Americans I can annoy with my perpetual yelling….

  • 211 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Belfast…If we’re going to talk ownership of something (the path), would it not be mine, seeing as I was there first?

    Quite honestly, now you’re there, I wish I wasn’t.

    I like this idea of whoever scores the most goals wins though. See, as soon as the wums go we really get in to the important stuff.

  • 212 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Doumbia will score a hat-trick

  • 213 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    The final score was 0-0

    There was no score at half time

  • 214 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Firebug

    Gladiator stuff mate……send out the tigers

  • 215 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Manx those are gold

    Any more fun facts

  • 216 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Manx…At home, yeah, I’d say a win. I’m not confident about this one though. Enjoy the fence, you’ll share many great moments together.

    Chancel…Even better. That goal came from him being out of energy and ideas. We need a weak Cisse to get the best out of him. I’m sure of it 😉

    expat…I am in the States still. I’m also delighted to not be in Australia. Nothing personal of course.

    Okay, here’s my Australia joke.

    What’s the difference between a pot of yoghurt and Austarlia?

  • 217 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Ibiza

    Like your thinking

  • 218 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Ibiza

    There is more culture in the yoghurt?

  • 219 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    haha that was in jest btw although i will be right so

    https://youtu.be/LoXfiSU_wqE

  • 220 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Ibiza, still in cali?

  • 221 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    IBIZA

    I see you gave your “arse” the wrong way round in the lucky country, mate…….lol

  • 222 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    expat…Close enough, you spoil sport.

    If you leave a pot of yoghurt long enough, it’ll grow some cluture.

    Dok…I certainly am. Have about another 3 weeks, then back to Ibiza. Sigh. Poor me.

  • 223 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    IBIZA

    As if we would have you, mate…….lol

  • 224 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    expat…Leave that one with me a second, I may get it…maybe 🙂

  • 225 Blofal // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    So do we bench Wijnaldum? He has gone missing away from home all season and would be a brilliant impact sub.

  • 226 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    IBIZA

    Would that be “clutching” at straws nate….lol

  • 227 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    expat…I hear ya, the only country where immigration says no because you might bring something to the country.

  • 228 Hail Wor Ashley // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    We’ll go 1-0 up within 30, they’ll get a cheap pen and score it before half-time. We’ll come out 2nd and play well again, have the bettr chances, only to be heartbroken after 80+ minutes.

    There’s some conviction. Seems like one of our classic go-to scripts.

  • 229 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Ibiza

    The way you spelt AustARalia, mate…..lol

  • 230 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    anyone see asprilla’s video earlier random and funny as fusk thanking fans for their messages?

  • 231 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    expat…Ha ha…oh alright. Tripped by a typo.

    Actually, its the culture of cluts. Possibly.

    Still not got a clue about the “arse” joke though.

    Blofal…Potentially. Not sure it’s a case of do we drop Wijnaldum, but who do you play and where? If it works without him, then why not? Worth trying, no doubt he could use a rest and as an impact sub against tired legs he could be lethal.

  • 232 expatmag // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Ok guys…apart from the welsh goose stalking JFA, its been a canny crack on here hut the sun us shining here and the dogs need walked

    Uuur ruuu till later

  • 233 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    expat…Oh right, another typo trip. Note to self, must bother to proof read before hitting send.

    Manx…Nope, do you have a link?

  • 234 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    blofal i think he needs a rest he wasn’t great against west brom either imo
    but he’s kind of untouchable at the mo if we had a fit de jong who was more on form then i’d swap em tbh maybe perez could play there instead

  • 235 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    expat…Thanks for littering your goodbye with typos.

    Have a good one.

  • 236 BandB // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Ibiza,

    Cluttering…..surely?

  • 237 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    BandB…Sounds good to me. Balderdash never really was my game.

    All good with you?

  • 238 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    its on twitter ibiza and i dont know how to link it of there
    it’s him with a horse and a footy goal behind them need i say more!?

  • 239 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Hail WOR Ashley

    Jeez I feel like I’ve saw that episode many a time

  • 240 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Manx…Ha ha, of course there’s a horse in it.

    I’ll see what I can find.

  • 241 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Ha ha…let’s see if this works Manx.

    https://twitter.com/TinoasprillaH/status/697807018992734208?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet

  • 242 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    In a word, no.

    I’ll keep trying. He’s not happy with Shearer and Lee.

  • 243 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Let’s try again.

    https://twitter.com/TinoasprillaH/status/697807018992734208

  • 244 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    thats the one ibiza lol they must’ve been giving him some stick like

  • 245 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    nah the first one worked just took a while to load
    how did you do that btw?

  • 246 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Only I would try and correct something I’d already done successfully. Prat. Anyway…

    Yeah, it does sound like they’ve been giving him some stick. Did you read the SS article the past few days discussing whether Tino was responsible for us missing out on winning the PL?

    How did I do it? I cut and paste the link from the browser on to here. I think they have classes for such special skills 😉

  • 247 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    nah i didn’t see that will look it up sounds a bit sensationalist tho so i’m in!
    ahh right well you do learn something new everyday then, i am shite with computers i thought the “right click” was the answer to everything obviously not lol

  • 248 Ibizatoon // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Manx…If you highlight the url and then right click you’ll be on your way 🙂

    The article concluded that no, he wasn’t responsible. Never really knew there was a theory that he was, but still.

  • 249 bettyswallocks // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Hiddink seems to have got em playing with the hand break off and they look like they’re enjoying it again. I’m not too hopeful of a win with our cautious approach away from home.

  • 250 manxpie // Feb 11, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    you’ve lost me at url lol only messin cheers for that tho
    but not for giving me a spoiler alert i havent read it yet! 🙂
    anyways i’m off
    but tomorrow is gonna be either wet,cold,sunny,snowy,thundery or windy or all of them

  • 251 Ibizatoon // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    manx…Ha, sorry about that. Well, to balance it out, in the comments section, someone completely blames Tino. There could yet be more twists 🙂

    Enjoy the “wet,cold,sunny,snowy,thundery or windy or all of them”

  • 252 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Does anyone know if Sunderland will have to swallow the loss of Johnson as a saleable asset now. What happens in an instance like this?

  • 253 Ibizatoon // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Betty…No idea really. Not sure who they would seek compensation from, other than suing Johnson?

    I suppose it depends on his contract, what he’s said to them to date, etc.

  • 254 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Ibiza…… I would have thought there are safeguards built into players contracts for most eventualities and covered by insurance policies , but this is a tricky one. It just seems unfair that the club should lose out when he’s been playing and getting paid since he was charged.

  • 255 Ibizatoon // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    betty…Firstly, if it had to happen to any club…Still, insurance is probably the avenue.

    As for the wages he’s been paid, as you say, he’s been playing, so they got the services. Obviously they don’t need to pay him anymore wages, so that’s not an issue. So really only the loss of possible transfer fee, that I can see.

    How much did they pay for him in the first place?

  • 256 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    turns out its pissing it down over here so there’s a surprise
    betty i’m pretty sure they’ll sue like chelsea did with that player who got coked up and had an orgy
    can’t remember wat actually happened payment wise but they won
    he’s probably paying a fiver a week tho

  • 257 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Ibiza …… Exactly, can’t sympathise with the inbred , we’ve accused them of this sort of stuff for years. Seriously though, I think they’ll have to write him off as an asset. I can’t imagine any insurance company giving them cover against this stuff. I may be wrong , don’t know what he cost.

  • 258 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    plus i don’t think “incase your a peado” comes into contract’s lol but must come under some kind of extreme law so in other words he will be paying out for a very long time
    the fact they sacked him so late after his admission means imo they have lawyers working over every detail and as i said earlier its cost them at least 15 mill!!
    you aint gonna write that off like

  • 259 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Manx….I remember. What was that kid called? Was he Slovakian or something.

  • 260 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    just googled it came up with 2 lol those southerners!!!
    but mutu was the 1 i was on about he lost but it still seems its ongoing unbelievably so he still owes them 14 mill!

  • 261 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Manx….. Well done, Adrian Mutu that’s him. Not a bad player until he went on the Charlie. Where did he end up?

  • 262 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    juventus and chelsea seemed to try to get money out of them aswell so it seems in the world of football you can get away with anything
    i must add it was fifa who ruled that mutu owes chelsea money lol

  • 263 bettyswallocks // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Thanks Manx….. I’m off to bed now. Cheers

  • 264 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    totally off topic but i’ve not long bought shelvey on fifa and his first goals were against swansea and he does the old ex team “celebration” hands up and all
    fifa still amazes me

  • 265 manxpie // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    shit away from home aswell!! 🙂
    no worries betty i’m sure tuff will have a more clear and exact post on the situation which i will look forward to for once lol

  • 266 Jail for Ashley // Feb 12, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    I hope auld blackas isnt banned, I wish Ed would publish a list!

  • 267 brklyngeordie // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:09 AM

    Anyone besides me think Lascelles could be our own Ashley Williams? Think we might have something on our hands here and may not need that CB we all think we do

  • 268 Jail for Ashley // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Brykln,
    I don’t think we’ve seen enough of him yet, but he’s been st fault for a couple of goals and been sent off in his brief appearences, so the jury is still out.

  • 269 brklyngeordie // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    Jail

    Yea I know what your saying but feel like the kids got spine and actually wants to be the leader of the back line and have some say which IMO all good CB must be about

  • 270 expatmag // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    JFA

    want me to report this prick for you?

  • 271 expatmag // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    I got a good feeling about tomorrow.

    Must be because I have done all the chores. It is 6pm and O am sitting in a wine bar on the sea front, in the sunshine on a lovely 26 degree evening, dipping on an ice cold glass of sav.blanc.

  • 272 expatmag // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Sipping , that is

  • 273 TroubledToon // Feb 12, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Well, well, weeeelllllll… Look at u all celeb like with your interview 😀
    Good on ya Ed. I enjoyed reading ur interview




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