Don’t Believe All The Hype About Newcastle


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.

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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.



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273 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Tsunki

    Really what?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Still some nuisance posts get through I see 🙂

    Wums back in! No not really just kidding.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    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

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #6

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

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

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

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #12

    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….

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    Yeah Tsunki said, sorry for being slow mate

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #15

    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!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #16

    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

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17

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

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #18

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

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  • G

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Does the TV go off at 9:30?

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki

    I prefer cribbage lol

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #26

    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 🙂

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  • G

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #27

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #28

    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?

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #30

    chancel

    dont knock cribbage i have won many a pound playing that

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #31

    More a Keplunk or connect 4 man meself

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Beermonkey

    I wasn’t knocking it, I play it myself

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  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki

    Look forward to tomorrow then 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

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

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #37

    clinath@ed

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

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #38

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

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  • clinath@ed

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #39

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #40

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

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