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Newcastle Lining Up This Defender For The Summer

10:16 am, Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 131 Comments

If Newcastle survive in the Premier league this season then we need to bring in at a minimum three top players in the summer transfer window.

One of those is a center-back and that cannot be former target Joel Matip of Schalke because he will be signing for Liverpool as a free agent in the summer.

The other two positions we need to fill are a proven Premier league striker and a top left back.

Marvin Plattenhardt

Marvin Plattenhardt – German U21 International

One candidate for the left back position is PSV’s 21 year-old Dutch International Jetro Willems who is good friends with Gini Wijnaldum.

There is news today that a player on Newcastle´s shopping list this summer is 24 year-old Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt, who is a German U21 International.

In fact Marvin has played for all the German Youth sides and made 56 appearances in total at the German youth level, but he´s never been capped at the full International level.

Plattenhardt spent four seasons at Nuremberg before joining Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2014 and this season he has appeared 24 times for them with two goals.

Since joining Hertha Berlin the 6ft tall defender has appeared 39 times in total with two goals and he played 66 times at Nuremberg with two goals.

Last season he was in and out of the first team but he is now an established starter and has played very well this season and is attracting some top clubs.

His contract runs through 2020 at Hertha Berlin, so Newcastle would need to pay a fee for him, but don t be surprised if we are linked with a number of left backs in the summer.

We´d be very happy if we can get Jetro Willems in over the summer, because he is a top young player and by all accounts he wants to join his pal Gini on Tyneside.

This is all assuming we can avoid the drop in May of course.

Comments welcome.

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

131 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Another player with potential sell on value.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comparable players according to transfermarkt has Dummett on the list….scary

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Ah. Another Santon. Good. Good.

  • 4 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    We haven’t got enough beards. All the good teams have got beards.

  • 5 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Looking at our remaining fixtures I sadly think we’re doomed. Is there enough winable games left to save us? I’m not so sure.

  • 6 ArtyH // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    All supposition as if we go down and its most likely, the whole gambit will change. Matip going to Liverpool was a big big mistake made by the board, how did this happen? Incompetence is now the expected norm at our once great club.

  • 7 WWSBRD // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    toon kk
    Good lord yes there are plenty of winnable games left for us Stoke, Bournemouth, Sunderland, Norwich, Southampton, Swansea, Palace and Villa are all very winnable

    Leicester and Liverpool are both potentially winnable as well

    Of the last 12 the only ones who I think could be very tough is Spurs but thats last day of the season so it could mean nothing to either us or them and City

  • 8 Ron Knee // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:37 AM


    At least he hasn’t got a bald head and ginger beard like James Collins!

  • 9 WWSBRD // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    U think Matip would trun Liverpool down to sign for us?

  • 10 ToonRich // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:39 AM


    I hope they use this training week to actually sort out a couple of tactics so that we have a plan of attack – or is that too much to ask?!
    Perhaps its time for Shteve to step aside and give Cathro a chance to select a team and set them up his way…

    Can we call-back Arma?…he’s 1 of the only talent we have on the books. It may have been a stroke of genius to bring him back in Jan, or now if we can?

    From yesterdays thread RE: Cisse…Could be interesting to see if he and Doumbia can forge a partnership to save us. I’d be tempted to play 4-3-3 and give all our strikers a run with each other Mitro-Perez-Doumb/Cisse-dare I say Riv?!!! ha! You could even push Townsend and Gini into the left/right attacking positions either side of a main striker. We need to get more presence in the area and press the opponents.

  • 11 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Ron no, you’re right, that’s not a good look. But maybe just one extremist beard in the camp could fire things up.

  • 12 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    I find these speculation stories and that’s what they are Stories Of potential signings ridiculous. Our board and scouting system haven’t enough savvy to function properly.

  • 13 Phatoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    @toon kk

    I think we can get enough points from these games to stay up.

    Home games: Bournemouth, Sunderland, Swansea, Palace
    Away games:

  • 14 Phatoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    meant to say “away games: Villa”

  • 15 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    I know on paper maybe they are winable, but we’re sh.t, we have a shocking defence, struggle to score and for me our worst problem our work rate is basically shocking 90% of the time.
    We’re in the bottom three for a reason we’ve had loads of winnable games but? Yep we get beat.

  • 16 sparky55 // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Here we are..still in the deepest sh!te we’ve ever been in our illustrious history brought about by the most ridiculous transfer policy ever adopted by a premiership team and we’re still showing intent on buying young promise rather then age and experience when we have no class or experience or anything decent for that matter right across the back four.


    Bunch of fcuking idiots

  • 17 WWSBRD // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    toon kk
    Regardless of our form this season u asked are there enough winnable games for us to stay up and yes there are more than enough winnable games. As far as remaining fixtures go we have it easy

    We also beat Liverpool and Spurs this season. If we get on a run of games we are safe and our fixtures offer that opportunity

  • 18 banjax // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    This German defender must be happy to join a Championship side !

  • 19 beermonkey // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:56 AM


    i tend to agree but mbemba has come in made a couple of mistakes but on the whole has done ok
    think we paid 8mill ???
    i dont think we will buy from the prem to be fair i cant think of any1 from the prem that we could buy

  • 20 ArtyH // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    If the right moves were made in January and we had a decent manager ” probably ” as his club would have wanted something for him, now they get nothing. Selvey and Townsend came and I know they were in a totally different place at the time, but its obvious to me the board did not try hard enough. However now, anyone with any common sense would choose Liverpool ( Klopp ) over Brolly and the toon as we have slipped so far down the league of desired clubs to play for in the last couple of years.

  • 21 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    We should be winning those games, but unfortunately Sunderland always want it more, it means more to there players. Swansea will pass us off the pitch, palace are far too quick. Bournemouth we should scrape a win.

  • 22 goommy // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    JW pls!!

  • 23 AncientC // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Bringing Willems in could be a repeat of the Cabaye/Debuchy profiteering.

    When Wijnaldum is worth a payrise, simply ignore his form and get the higher value out of him by playing him whilst underpaid. This equates to a year or more saved in the increase in wages Wijnaldum was due. Wijnaldum feeling shortchanged will sell himself to other clubs, saving Charnley the bother. Once Wiji is sold, hopefully Willems is already looking the part. Willems feeling disgruntled starts selling himself to other clubs, again saving Charnley any efforts in finding a buyer.

    The club recoups most of its netspend, then gets back to work on finding the next bargain. New signings are then asked if they have any mates who are out of contract soon.

    Quite clever when you think about it.

  • 24 Ron Knee // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:01 AM


    I think Shelvey is our man.

  • 25 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Never heard of this lad. I agree with Sparky there needs to be experienced defenders through the door. They are just starting to correct the balance with experience and potential throughout the squad, if they signed potential again what a disaster this would be. There is enough youngings at the club who may come good.

    They need to carry on in the summer buying proven players in this league and spend more big money. Then they need to forget this transfer policy all together of buying under 26 yrs with zero experience on little wages. This is why we are here to start with.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    The board probably didnt try very hard because there was no way he would join us, maybe last summer but not in January. Why would he? He had other better options

  • 27 AncientC // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Depends what kind of signing on fee and wages Liverpool offered Matip. Surely Liverpool are starting to be a bit more careful when it comes to what they are paying players. They have been Moby Dick fc for a good 10 years now.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Toon kk

    They may come here for resale value but if you don’t employ the right people to bring them on and develop, ie Beardo and watson etc, the sell on fees become negligible.

    Abeid and Kemen had massive potential but were let go for peanuts. Of the current squad only perez has really come through from the apparent class of ”wonderkids.”

    I would say a lot of our players have very little marketability for any really sizeable fees, maybe Sissoko, Wijni, Perez, M’Bemba apart.

    The list of failures /sicknotes on big wages is very disturbing. I thought Ash was king of business but when it comes to football his lack of knowledge of whose expertise and knowledge to invest in has cost him dearly.

    Marv – injured
    Obertan – injured
    Gouffran – always played out of position
    haidara – injured and not good enough
    Thauvin – disaster from the get go
    Cabella – ditto
    Rivi – injured and can’t hit a barn door
    De Jong – injured and too slow
    Saylor – nearly always injured and as Chelsea showed he turns slower than milk.

    Nearly a full team on the sick. I dread to think how much this lot cost in maintenance a week for little to absolutely no reward and I can’t believe there isn’t more internal investigation in this farce.

    In any other walk of life if my homework on players was so negligent I would have been strung out ages ago. NUFC under Ash is a rest home for inadequates and incompetents.

  • 29 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    So we are back to trying to figure out the monetary logic behind our transfer policy because the world + dog can see that we’ve bought all the wrong players for the wrong reasons. I get that we needed some mobility in midfield and push up the wings, but the situation with the defence looks very much like negligence from a footballing point of view.

  • 30 beermonkey // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:18 AM


    i dont have a problem with this buy to sell policy our problem is we dont do it in the right way

    look at all the players southampton flogged a couple of seasons ago but they invested some of the money but they had almost all the replacments in the squad already

    this is where the club falls down on what says it wants to do
    i think half the problem has been that pards was never interested in bringing players through so there was never a laid out plan for players to leave onloan and have a a shot of making it in the first team
    what i will say is the first team has steadily been shrinking for years so there is no proper cover outside the first 11 so any player that has shown any talent has rotted on the bench

  • 31 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I haven’t been on since the debacle at Chelsea. However before this match the blog was quite upbeat and now it’s all doom and gloom. We were a disgrace at Chelsea but this match is not one I would have expected any points from. As mentioned by Phatoon earlier it is going to be the home matches against Bournemouth, Sunderland, Swansea, Palace and the away games at Villa and possibly Norwich that decide our fate!

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Toon prodigy

    many successful clubs on the continent have the same policies and brilliant youth scouting and coaching programmes in place, it’s just we choose not to employ properly qualified people to implement them.

    If ash really wanted to be the arsenal of the north he would have got a top manager of wenger’s standing or not far off and thrown money at that, but instead lets a man in his 70’s dictate that 14M goes on Thauvin for example.

    If ash was in way shape or form a half decent individual you’d kind of feel sorry for him that he’s surrounded himself with woefully under qualified and inadequate people in situ, but it’s all of his own making.

  • 33 jordijohnty // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Just been out looking for our escaped dog. Can’t seem to find any news on who MacTufts replacement is.

  • 34 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    And these polls on McClaren out, it would be more fair to have a poll on who is to blame for bringing the club to this point. It’s not the managers why we have had to rush out and spend money and fix a broken club with a squad as a whole that just hasn’t been good enough to compete in this league once injuries occur. It’s lacked quality, experience and leadership for a long time. Throwing alot of signings at managers for past mistakes is not ideal either, it takes time.

  • 35 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Martoon I don’t think anyone expected us to get a point at Chelsea but the manner of defeat bodes ill for any other teams we face, including the mighty mackems.

  • 36 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Like many others on here I’m really not sure McClaren is up to the job. However I think replacing him at this stage in the season, with the window shut, would probably throw the club into more turmoil than it’s already in.

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM


    it wasn’t the losing, it was the manner of the losing and if you had seen that debacle and had 18 days before your next game to act, you would.

    I don’t mean yet another boring appointment like Moyes but someone upbeat and exciting, even if only on a short term basis who the players could get motivated by.

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I see bloody Tigger’s bounced in this morning after bouncing around yesterday full of pent up energy after his break in Spain, only to disappear when a serious question was put to him.

  • 39 AncientC // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    beermonkey – Ashley seems to think he can run a club like a budget Arsenal.

    For Arsenal, if the quality isn’t out there in the transfer market, they have been known to just wait.

    Unfortunately, as we are the budget model of Arsenal, there are no bristling young players that can fill positions whilst awaiting for the right ‘budget’ signing to come along to fill a role. No state of the art training complex etc.

    In the Arsenal model, they would rather wait for the right recruit, sometimes risking the winning of the league. In the Newcastle model, we would rather wait for the correct player to become available that fits the strict transfer policy, sometimes risking relegation.

    Arsenal and Newcastle, like polar opposites at the two ends of the table, one risking glory, the other risking annihilation.

  • 40 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    even if McClaren was sacked who would this bunch of tossers bring in ?……. none of the names being put forward on here

  • 41 beermonkey // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:49 AM


    given the run and the way we played first half of last season and hearing that charnley and co never thought of sacking pards and never had a plan when we flogged him to palace

    they wont have any1 lined up the only time they could have sack him was sunday if they had some1 ready so they could have this break to work on stuff, so we are stuck with him

    i bet leicster have a plan if ranierie gets poached in the summer same for spurs

    chelsea seemed to be able to get hiddink at the drop of a hat
    and i bet man u have options open to them

    i was thinking maybe we could change the club crest to an ostrich cos our lot have there heads buried in the sand

  • 42 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Oh so that’s what “your comment is awaiting moderation” looks like. Is it because I said ‘mackem’ or ‘Chelsea’, Ed? 😐

  • 43 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Ed. I suspect few of us are interested in this player or that player for next season. We’re more concerned about where our team will be playing. And if we’re going where it looks like we’re going, the squad will be unrecognisable next season.

    I suspect most of us were tired of your Matip speculation ad nauseum. So I don’t know why you keep having to tell us that Matip won’t be coming. Repeated news that repeated speculation was wide of the mark? Howay man.

  • 44 beermonkey // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:55 AM


    have ur little fan club been telling tales again

  • 45 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    When Jeff said he’s been away opening up the property in Spain, he meant to say he’s been barred.

  • 46 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Rotonda heights – I agree if we brought in an exciting and imaginative appointment but like hibbitt and beermonkey say there will be no plan and we’d probably end up with somebody like David O’Leary 🙁

  • 47 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Beer I might have yet another admirer 🙂

  • 48 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:57 AM


    I agree the whole board could be upgraded, but it’s the policies in place which are killing the club for me. It seems they are trying to rectify this now and have changed direction. I hope so.

    Im not clued up on the whole youth set-up and coaches apart from knowing Watson and Beardsley are kicking about over there. Mbabu, Armstrong, Sterry, Arrons have all did ok, I think young Barlaser is coming on OK at the moment aswell.

    I think we will stay up and hopefully next season we will start to see these new transfer policies take effect when players have settled. Few signings in the Summer aswell. Experienced defenders and a natural experienced goal scorer.

  • 49 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Maybe my comments about facial hair were a little beardist. Sorry everyone.

  • 50 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Can anyone shed light on moderating post 35?

    Jeff? Anyone? 🙂

  • 51 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Ah. David O’Weary. Belfast forgot about that one didn’t he?

  • 52 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Regarding that pic up there- I think Prince did that look some time back didn’t he? Purple rain an all that?

  • 53 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Tsunki @50 Yes because you we disagreeing with me (I have a special button) 🙂

  • 54 kimbo // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Which players will want to play in the Championship as we are relegated already!!!!!!!!Only Villa are worse than us.

  • 55 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    I can’t match Jail’s misspelling and unintended humour on the ” Hapless Tuff”. But unlike Jail with his comb over look I like that island of hair on Macca’s forehead, which also serves as his own personal metaphor for his career. It’s been ridiculed by many so why is it still around? Why hasn’t it faded away never to be seen again? Because it’s a survivor and has a unique quality about it. Just like Macca. We’ve got to hope so and that Macca is a survivor because we remember the Shearer brief flirtation as a manager. I personally would review the situation post Stoke and have someone in ready and probably a Tim Sherwood who has unrealised quality and would relish the challenge.

    Back to Macca’s hair it’s hardly like his teams. At least it’s not Strong at the back, but is sparse in the middle and isolated up front. At least after the Chelsea game.
    I see that one of our fans has already declared Seydou Doumbia is a Knacker. That’s after not having played since the end of November and a brief appearance on Saturday. It takes all sorts.

  • 56 hate // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Don’t worry, our squad will do wonders next season! (in the Championship…)

  • 57 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Ian Toon @55 – I’m not sure the logic of employing a manager that has been sacked by one of your relegation rivals!

  • 58 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    If you recall that fateful night at wembley against croatia where SM insisted on banging long balls to Crouch for 90 mins, while we were undone by the technically gifed croats’ pass and move game and a plan B was never in sight, it is not difficult to square with this current scenario being on the cards.

  • 59 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Nuno would be a great shout right now, he’s available , well liked and respected and did wonders with cathro at valencia

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Ian Toon – returns to have a pop complete with daft comments about Wallys hair.

    Ian Toon – what is your relationship to Carl?

    You have stated I am being moderated for bullying -what exactly do you mean. This is the third time I’ve asked you to explain you comments.

  • 61 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Seydou Doumbia looks incredibly unfit

  • 62 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Hapless/Mr Tuff- What is your relationship with Ronnie Pickering?

  • 63 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    martoon- I rate Sherwood as a manager. He has a lot to prove but is a strong character. He wouldn’t just come for the money but see it as an opportunity to establish himself. Villa were beyond redemption and Lerner didn’t want to undertake Sherwood’s proposal. Not unlike Ashley’s reaction to Shearer post relegation.

  • 64 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    If we stay up we need to buy a commanding centre back who will slot in alongside Mbemba and a decent left back. Possibly a new keeper too

  • 65 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Mr Tuff- I want to come on here and talk football. In your case I was responding to your random unpleasant bullying messages frequently left for me. Give it a rest or take a long walk off a short pier.
    You know it makes sense. Oh and Stop using my material – I don’t find it at all flattering.

  • 66 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    You also want to come on here and talk thin and wispy hair Ian. Admit it. 🙂

  • 67 martoon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Ian Toon @63 – I think he’d be OK as a short term appointment to keep us up as he is a good motivator. Long term I’m not so sure – although he is a mate of Shearer from their Blackburn days.

  • 68 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Tsunki- I prefer your comedic posts. Who’s writing your material since the split. I was tired last night and reading your exchange of posts with Blackley saved me having to dig into War and Peace.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Ian Toon – you still fail to answer the questions – I can only suggest you are displaying a brazen attitude to mask your lying and trickery. Come clean -the game is up -………….IT”S OVER.

  • 70 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Ian same writer I think you’ll find Belfast has dried up. Well good for you reading all that I was bored to hell with that marathon but there you go it takes all sorts.

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Ian Toon @68 – yer good football post – not.

  • 72 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Ian perhaps you’d like to espouse your views on the lad in the article, how does he compare with McLaren in the hair stakes? Pretty favourably I’d say..

  • 73 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    I sense that Eds flamethrower has finally run out of fuel and the brief calm has now been officially declared over. The WUM window is now open again 🙂

  • 74 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    I think war and peace had a better ending though. You may have missed out there Ian.

  • 75 Mister Tuff // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Ian Toon perhaps it would be more appropriate to use Wallys tuft of hair as a metaphor for yourself.

    Thin with no substance.
    So sparse it is easy to see through.
    A comb over does not conceal what is underneath.

    Now that’s much better.

  • 76 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    It all boils down to us being a poorly run club, from the wrong staff, training, management, scouting and even the players not willing to better themselves by not giving 100%.

  • 77 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    The Blog Police dipped in for a few minutes yesterday, pulled one or two of us over and gave us some words of advice about what content ranks as acceptable topics of conversation. She then returned to HQ to see a Matip about a Doumbia (or something like that). But she is a top surveillance operative so make sure you’re on message. She is watching YOU.

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    i think what gives the lie to sherwood is look at where spurs were and where they are now under a far superior mananger.

    Only decent english manager is howe

  • 79 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    manager even

  • 80 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Blackley I think Ian is a DI for the blog police actually. 🙂

  • 81 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    We need to be looking at managers who are comfortable managing in the championship…oh…wait….

  • 82 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    The Guardian apparantly saying McClaren has two games to save his job. Not sure whether to believe this or not.

  • 83 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Toon-prodigy Erm when was the article dated?

    I doubt that’s true. I think they will stick with him down the bottom of the championship this raft of buffoons.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    We’ve got another fifteen days with nowt to talk about except who we can’t bring in, who we’ve missed out on and who we might be after depending on what division we’re in, yet another self made disaster of a season.

  • 85 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Maybe Charnley is going going to spend the break brushing up on his Procrastination Techniques. I hear he already has an HND in Dithering Technologies.

  • 86 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Jail – and hair. Don’t forget hair.

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Why your reluctance to blame these second rate managers we’re bringing in. Just because we know that it is the ridiculous policies pointed out by so many that are a major part it does not absolve this grinning ginger tw@t of any blame what so ever !

  • 88 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM


    It’s from today.. Express are running with the story that seems to be originally from The Guardian.

  • 89 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Yes it’s going to be a fun fortnight all right. I reckon plenty of beefy arguments to come 🙂 we could talk about debentured loans though….


  • 90 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    I can’t believe that story simply from the knowledge that Mr Charnsworthtonshiretownsvillebury-all-at-sea hasn’t got a clue who to replace him with. Right now he will be ringing up Johnny Carver if he ever came across that Plan B.

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Forever the victim you slimy creep. You’ve been found out, ever three times a week blogger knows what your all about, the more you say yer and post under you’re different names the worse you make it for you’re self.

  • 92 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Your telling it like it is, Jail. Your not wrong.

  • 93 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Lee, Lee….

    What is it Stevie B?

    Stevie M’s done a runner. I just saw him drive off across the Redheugh in his Kombi

    No no no no NO! He knows I’ve got no plan! You fancy being coach then, Stevie B?

    I hmm well I er.. dunno I don’t think I’m good enough to be honest.. no sorry…..

  • 94 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM


    Beardsley will steady the ship! Hahaha.


    You know my opinions on the manager subject. The club has been ran poorly where the first team are concerned for a long time. I really don’t think any manager has a fair crack at actually succeeding here it’s always been an up hill battle. With poor to very little cover in positions and an injury list that’s unheard of season after season were always doomed for failure. Im not even going to go into leadership and experience throughout the squad.

    Sign more experience in the summer and i’ll be happy. And stay up of course.

  • 95 LGFUAD21 // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Im slowly starting to think relegation is a certainty.

    I remained calm all season as I could see signs of improvement but its just been 1 false dawn after another and with the number of games to go now you have to be worried.

    I said before the Chelsea game that playing Aarons as a LB was suicide. The number of mistakes in the team in general was unforgivable.

    Anyone who was at the West Brom game would tell you that our Aarons wasnt flagged up because he had nothing to do at LB.

    Sissoko couldnt give less of a nugget on Saturday.

    What worries me is that, last time we went we had some fighters to stay. This season i dont think players care (some I suspect would rather us go because they’ll get nice cut price moves)


    These guys will be gone easily. Looking at what we’re left with and there’s Colback and Elliot.

    If we go down (looking more likely) We sure as hell are staying down and fading into obscurity.

    If by some miracle we do stay up we still need to spend another £40m to have a complete squad.

    Then Schteeve either needs to hit the ground running in pre-season ( a risk) or we need something in with a full pre-season to work with.

    Rodgers or Benitez would be my choice.

    I think Rodgers style would suit our players. He wasnt doing terrible at Liverpool when he got the sack. I think Klopp since has proved that their squad is not as good as the fans think it is.

    Benitez is the one with experience.

    Moyes would flop with these players, they have too much skill and not enough of a work rate for his system. He had a few decent seasons with Everton.

  • 96 posada // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    If Carr is lining him up he must be bad.

    I can’t accept that SM is still our manager. At two nil down the players were looking at the bench for some direction, only to be met with blank looks.
    Shameful. This idiot will walk away smirking when we are down. The smirk will say – can’t believe they gave me the job in the first place.

  • 97 Ron Knee // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    If that report is true it would mean – at least – a point against Stoke and a win over Bournemouth to save his job?

  • 98 bladeuser // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Nufc v Liverpool comparison
    Let see there are none
    Difficult to say but pool beat us hands down on everything at this mo nufc stink out the Epl,the owner the manager the players the fans where we are are all to blame

  • 99 posada // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Collo. So slow he is a complete liability. Every team in the league know it. All of our players know it.
    They won’t admit it cos they gave him a new contract. The worse decision in years.
    Remember when we gave Sol Campbell a contract when he was 3 stone over weight. Our manager was sacked shortly after.
    Perhaps they fear something similar if big Mike ever realised what an absolute joke that decision was.

  • 100 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Strange why we wouldn’t give Kevin Nolan a new contract but we give Slow old Colo one.

  • 101 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Roy Orbison I claim the £100.
    Blackley- You’re right. Reading all the clap trap comments about why we’re in the mess we’re in! We are where we are and any right minded fan has to be focus sing on just what we have to do to survive in the PL.
    A complete overhaul will follow whether we survive or not. Having made such a massive investment in two transfer windows then Ashley has a right to expect a return. For me it’s more a question of which heads should roll. Someone earlier was suggesting that Charnley and Carr are almost certain to fall come what may. I would favour a DOF that understands football at the top level and someone who can work with the manager / coach. For me you build a team from the back and the defence. In any event we need a complete overhaul of the players from academy to PL . The process needs to start as soon as the season is over. In the meantime we can’t afford to wait too long whilst not picking up points. Starting at Stoke and then building some momentum like Leicester did last season.

  • 102 Ian Toon // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Jail- You’re confused.

  • 103 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    if McClown is to be sacked then now is the perfect time it would give the new world class manager (they have one lined up) time to work with his squad of world class players mr charnley and mr carr have assembled…….. just waiting for the breaking news on sky of this resent development

  • 104 lordy_geordie // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    What happened to the fan forums?

  • 105 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    You could be waiting for a very long time.
    Tbh at any other club Mc would have been sacked a while ago. Such is nieveity at our club.

  • 106 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Why give that useless oaf McClaren 2 more games sack him now and bed a new manager in!

  • 107 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    toon kk
    no other prem club would have employed him !!!

  • 108 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Hopefully the penny has dropped with them and they now know no top manager would work under those policies and that kind of neglect of the first team.

    A manager has to have some say I think and if you sell players they should be replaced in the same window. Now that the squad is being overhauled and the manager seems to get some imput we may attract a top manager.

    McClaren was probably the only one willing to take the job.

  • 109 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    i think McClown was the only one they asked !!!

  • 110 Slank // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    ‘..The other two positions we need to fill are a proven Premier league striker and a top left back…’


    You are out of touch and out of time.

    No proven Premier League striker and top left back can or will move to a club teetering on relegation.

    Only the players currently at the club can save the club from relegation.

  • 111 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    I’ve just been reading over the articles just before, during and after Pardew left and the article on Carver being possibly lined up. Tears in my eyes looking at some of those comments. I had a few decent predictions on there, and a couple of lousy ones too ha ha especially the ones where I couldn’t believe Ashley would roll the dice on lasting to the end of the season with Carver. But I did qualify that I expected him to balls it up which of course he just about did 🙂 here we are again, then!

  • 112 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:37 PM


    Possibly! Didn’t Viera knock us back because of the policies?

    Haha. Wasn’t there 80 applicants apparantly aswell? Baahahaha. What a laugh.

    Only at NUFC.

  • 113 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    as jail put it Carver nearly took us down but there’s no relegation on Carvers CV but it wont be nearly with this man will it he’s hell bent on taking us down

  • 114 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    I would love to punch Lee Charnley in the face.

  • 115 jordijohnty // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Just got back from the chemist. Sky sports news does not have any announcement about who is taking over at SJP. Can someone keep me up to speed with the developments

  • 116 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:05 PM


  • 117 toon kk // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Ooo fighting talk!!! Charnless does have the type of face you want to punch, I can’t argue with that!!!!

  • 118 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Sack the lot

  • 119 Dal // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    This is not helpful speculation. The window is shut and alot will be decided by whether we stay up, who is the owner and who is the manager. All planning in the last window was thrown away as no LB wanted to come.

  • 120 jimiley // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    7 points out of 60 away from home in the last 20 games. Struggling would be an understatement. In Tufty, Tubbs, Penfold and Scargill we trust!!!! I cannot think of a better management team.
    37 points from safety and 12 games left. Reporter “Schteeve, can you escape relegation?”
    Schteeve (grinning manically) “Absolutely. Every games is a cup final. We need a reaction after the Chelsea blip. Not worried about that game. Too good for us. Judge me after 10 games. No judge me after 20. Oh, Judge me at the end of the season.”
    Rep “What will happen when the club gets relegated?”
    Schteeve ” Mike will give me a 8 year contract.”

  • 121 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Given that the other threatened clubs’ll have played two games before we play again after Stoke, we’ve a chance to we well adrift near the drop.

    Giving McClaren, or any manager two games to save his job at this stage of the season’s absolute madness – but to be expected of this shamblolic lot.

    If there was to be change, it should’ve been before Christmas. But oh no, common sense doesn’t prevail with Charnley. Ashley must be the only one who’s employ the useless wazzock.

    Come to think of it, I wonder if Ashley’d employ Charnley, Carr and Moncur as senior managers in SD? I doubt they’d even get a job as a picker at his Shirebrook gulag.

    I continue to believe that they’re in the jobs they hold because they were expected to achieve nothing more than scraping fourth bottom at worst. If Ashley wanted to demonstrate his commitment to winning things and achieving eigth place as a minimum, he would have replaced Charnley, reduced Carr’s influence and employed a manager who could to the job.

    His May ‘commitment’ was just hot air to suppress fan unrest.

    Nothing changes, nor will it ever as long as Ashley’s holding control of the Club.

  • 122 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Could it be time to dust off the old McKeag era ‘Sack the Board’ chant if we lose at Stoke?

    That chant’d be a catch-all without aiming at McClaren in particular but catching the other three placemen.

  • 123 John Akomfrah // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    no just sack the lot lesh

  • 124 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    We are in dire straits we need someone to come in and change things

  • 125 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    As I am reading it Big Mac has 2 games to save his job.

    That would probably give us just enough impetuous to stay up. If that was to happen he’ll probably get ten games next season to prove his worth again.

    Deja vu or Ground Hog day?

    Dunno why Ed is speculating on new players, pretty irrelevant as things stand.

  • 126 Jib // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    The article in the Grauniad referred to earlier about McClaren being given 2 games was written by the lovely Louise Taylor.
    As a noted Sunlun supporter she has as much access to the inner thoughts of the NUFC powers that be , as Mr Tuff – namely zilch.

  • 127 Moonraker15 // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    This is the last thing on the agenda ! If indeed there is an agenda as we sleepwalk into the Championship.
    I dread to think what fun and games Wally and his team are up to at La Manga.
    A freakin week down at Whitley Bay would be more appropriate. They will all have totally forgotten that defeat at Chelsea by now and be into golf or whatever they do.
    Wally is such a soft touch it’s almost criminal ! He’s had 26 games and now saying we need a rethink ffs !
    I’m still fuming about that ridiculous friendly at Sunderland ! What was that for please someone explain how we can lose 6-0 and not be affected by it against the Mackems!
    Our great club is truly in the sh1t with this lot !

  • 128 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM


    As I previously explained that was a cunning plan by Macbaldric to lull Big Sam into a false sense of security.

    We’ll not lose 6-0 again!!!!

  • 129 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    As an incidental aside did anyone see the Tyneside port prog. on the BBC

    I was gobsmacked to see that coal is being imported into Newcastle. It’s not just our team that is in a state.

  • 130 jimiley // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    The fans have screwed this great club by allowing Ashley to pillage the club. Look at Rangers re Ashley or Liverpool re price of tickets. Those fans act decisively to stop the rot. We (myself excluded) have turned up week after week for years to put up with this rubbish. The fans are condoning what is happening to the club simply by their presence. They deserve, as a consequence, all the ….. that is served up. Next stop the Champiuonship.

  • 131 nufc 11 // Feb 17, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Mark my words if MacFarlane gets the door charnley will make Colo player manager you couldn’t make it up.

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