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Star’s Strategy – We Need More Ups And Less Downs

5:07 pm, Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 101 Comments

Siem de Jong continued his terrible luck with injuries when he suffered a freak eye injury last month during training and his contact lens broke in his eye and at one point he was in danger of losing the sight in that right eye.

When you consider the injuries the 27 year-old had last season ending in a collapsed lung, you have to think the Gods are against him at Newcastle.

But Siem is fit again and when he played at Tottenham and Liverpool he seemed to add some stability and experience to the side, so he still has a part to play this season in trying to ensure we are safe and don’t end up with a disastrous relegation.

Siem de Jong Liverpool+DgCVHDkw_mml

Siem de Jong – in action against Liverpool – he played well

That would be just too hard to take for most fans – especially after what happened last year.

Newcastle went 10 games before the very last game of the season with only a solitary draw and nine defeats.

🙁

This is what the fit again Dutch International has said on nufcTV:

“We played a bad game against Chelsea, and a good game before that so it’s been too much up and down.” “We need to get the ups more and the downs less.”

“It’s going to be a really important 12 games, and we know that.” “We have to fight for every point, and we need to get as many points as soon as possible to be safe.”

“That’s not what we hoped for at the beginning of the season, but that’s where we are and we have to fight for that.”

Yes – this season has been so disappointing after we started off so upbeat after spending £52M on four good players last summer and we found out that wasn’t a fluke when Ashley spent another £29M last month on four more players and had a bid of over £21M turned down for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Following on from last season it’s been a very difficult season this term – as we’ve been in the doldrums now for a year.

But hey – on the bright side of things – we will be very happy if we can just survive – and then we can start rebuilding for the future this summer, but some changes at Newcastle may need to be made.

It’s hard to say the coaching staff or the Newcastle Board of Directors have covered themselves in glory this season – and we’re not even going to mention the players.

The fans have delivered this season – but they always do.

🙂

Comments welcome.



Tags: Injuries · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press · Siem de Jong




101 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DENIro // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Is it possible that no one previously had not thought of that ??
    He is a genius !!

  • 2 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    So now all the players are being wheeled out with positive messages, to calm the masses and distract any attention from the FF minutes, and any thought of protesting or seeking answers flutter away.

    Who will be next in line to read from an A4 sheet of paper and tell the fans things are better now, we will be more consistent and the results will come?

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    We need more ups and less downs. We will be very happy if we survive. No shit Sherlock. No kidding Columbo. Good night. Last one to leave turn the
    lights out.

  • 4 Average_Contents // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    FB

    We’ve not had the pleasure of hearing from the ginger ninja for a while.

    Can’t wait.

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    The proof of the pudding and all of that!

    Time for the talking to stop.

    And so on and so on.

  • 6 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    AC

    You right, but I think the new lads deserve a chance, roll out Shelvey and Townsend, everyone will believe them surly!

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Now come mate be fair, if they can’t talk a good game what have they got left? They certainly can’t play a good game!

  • 8 bladeuser // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    and they say footballers are think
    Doh I wonder why
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 9 DENIro // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    He should explain to Steve few more things..
    If you win, you don’t lose ..
    More points, better position on the table ..
    The ball is round, the sky is blue, etc..

  • 10 Ron Knee // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Football is a game of two halves.

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Footballers’ and managers’ favourite word is “obviously”. That’s because just about everything they say is a statement of the bleedin obvious.

  • 12 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    What is needed is a sports psychologist to get their minds right.

    Oh hang on……………………………….!!

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    What Bill Shankley said!!

  • 14 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Although with our lot!!!!

  • 15 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    blackley, great to see u back on 🙂

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    “To play a final at Wembley is a special thing”, says Pellegrini now on Sky Sports. They all do it. The game needs some personalities if it’s going to justify the TV money. Global audiences will start to wither with bland shit like this. You’re in the entertainment business FFS.

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    It’s definitely time to roll Cisse out if fit. Let’s be frank here, we haven’t got any proven strikers here have we besides ol’ papiss? And tbf to him, even in his cameos he still got vital goals.

    Time to see if the pace of Townsend and the passing of Shelvey can actually bring back the guy who bagged them for fun when he first landed. We don’t have many options otherwise.

  • 18 dok - the horrid colonial // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    bladeuser, not so much….

  • 19 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-fans-forum-magpies-10955738

    Football is such an easy game
    Start winning and all the whining stops

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Hi Dok. I had noticed you were quiet for a while recently.

    I’ve missed some of the multiple stuff and can’t now follow what’s been happening beyond some banning orders. Seems like no bad thing to have missed it.

  • 21 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Jib
    Poorly run clubs don’t find it easy to win. They find it easy to get relegated. The question for the FF is “who here has any skill and expertise in running a successful football club?”

  • 22 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Jib

    I for one would be happy to stop whinging and be morre positive.

    Over to you Mr McClaren and the team.

  • 23 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Firebug, I realise it is a typo in comment 6 but seeing them giving their uplifting comments in a surly way would be amusing. 🙂

  • 24 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Just win a few. Simple. I’ll keep my end of the bargain.

  • 25 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    EGB

    These things happen, although it could have been said in a surly way.

    Maybe they should start doing only video interviews so we can hear and see them speak. 🙂

  • 26 Dime Bar // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    More positivity from the players but they need to start showing up on the pitch

  • 27 Fostino // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Janmaat Taylor colo dummett

    Sissoko shelvey wini townsand

    De jong Perez

    Doumbia..Aarons ..cisse to cone on

    Shite team

  • 28 Graeme // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    By the time we play Stoke we will be UNBEATEN for over 3 weeks, having played one and WON one!!! Positivity abounds!!!

  • 29 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    100% win rate!

  • 30 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Fostino I concur.

  • 31 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    The pic of SDJ above was taken shortly before his boat of epilepsy brought on by seeing black and white stripes when pulling his shirt on. Back to the drawing board for poor Siem.

    Meanwhile, the 3d printed eyeball seems to be functioning well.

  • 32 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    News just out
    Marseilles have activated Cabella’s buy out option

    http://www.foot-sur7.fr/302019-om-mercato-cabella-sait-il-jouera-la-saison-prochaine

  • 33 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki

    How about a 3D printed Messi?

  • 34 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Essex the 3d printer is occupied with printing out Lee “toffee apples” Charnleys Plan B, no discernible shape visible at this time though.

    Printing…

    Printing…

  • 35 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Bye bye Cabella. The footballers Thauvin.

  • 36 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    A Different type of Messy then.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Come on Wales beat the French tonight.

  • 38 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    One under the radar
    Last week Filip Dmitrovic a Serbian 19 year old goalie who plays for SKAustria Klagenfurt (Austrian 2nd division ) was here on trial ( he left yesterday ) PSV also interested.

  • 39 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Welshie
    This game could well be the most entertaining of the 6 nations this year

    Allons enfants de la Patrie,
    Le jour de gloire est arrivé !

    Sorry Welshie I’m shouting for the Frogs tonight (you shout for them when they play us – so don’t complain)

  • 40 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Jib- I read today that Freddie Woodman is likely to go to Arsenal in the summer. A couple of weeks ago I chatted to his dad Andy on the train – he works at Palace- and he said that Freddie is soon to be nineteen and wants to sort out his future. No mention of him leaving the toon but it seems highly likely as his contract will be up.
    He spoke highly of the dilsh – Rob Elliot- who he thought would be our player of the year. He was joking about Pards doing us a favour when Palace come to SJP. I said I wasn’t proud, three points is three points.

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Jib

    That’s alright mate.

  • 42 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Ian
    Pride goes out the window at this stage – we’ll take any points from anywhere

  • 43 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    If you got points for singing the National Anthem .
    Wales would win every season !

  • 44 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Oh dear Welshie the ref is Wayne Barnes !!!
    Yer skrooooed

  • 45 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Looks like Welsh is giving up on his lawn. and giving up on his girlfriend.

    https://www.gumtree.com/p/lawn-mowers/ride-on-lawn-mower/1154787121

  • 46 Sav // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    The Chronic asks: “Gabriel Obertan has essentially become the forgotten man at Newcastle United. But has he still a future at the club?”

    Mwaahaaahaaaaahhhaaaaa!

  • 47 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Olineguy
    Don’t hide behind a username
    Tell us where you come from so we can take the piss out of your nationality

  • 48 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    JIb , that was just a bit of fun ..lighten up man

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Online Guy

    Don’t give up your day job, that’s if you got one of course.

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    17 minutes gone and still 0-0. Ffs.

  • 51 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    HI Welsh , I know you like the odd bit criac on here always telling jokes ..Hope you dont mind my post on the sheep thing ..no harm meant BAAAAAA!

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    why do they take so long taking a penalty in rugby.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    It’s like reading one of jails comments, start falling asleep.

    Ha ha ha

  • 54 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    3 – 0
    Lucky Wales 😎

  • 55 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    JIb

    as for hiding behind a user name ..why don’t you say who you are and tell us how many user names you operate under ..

    Also the welsh Lawn Mower is rather funny ..have you had a sense of Humour bypass?

  • 56 davis_toons // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    “We Need More Ups And Less Downs”

    We Need More Left And Less Right.

  • 57 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    JIb , my Nationality is British ..feel free to try and take the piss ..

  • 58 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Wales received the benefit of a Waynes Barnes mystery decision there !

  • 59 Graeme // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Stupid penalty given away by wales – now leading 6-3

  • 60 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Online guy
    What’s green and look’s like a bucket?

  • 61 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Do tell me Jib

  • 62 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    I must say I thought it would be a much more open game

  • 63 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    A green bucket – you stupid British c@nt

  • 64 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Jib

    Your a trouble maker , I also think you have mental health problems …seek help kidda …

  • 65 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Online Guy- Are you in the music business.

  • 66 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Ian Toon , howdy

    I am….just time to answer you as I’m off for a pint 5 mins .

  • 67 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    The guy who posts an pic out of the blue insulting the Welsh calls me a troublemaker – DOH

  • 68 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Then stop injecting intravenously.

  • 69 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Offline- Don’t let me keep you.

  • 70 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Tremendous French defence

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Allez les bleus.

  • 72 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Barnes is spoiling this game.

  • 73 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    The French pack have it sussed – Samson Lee is flawed and Gethin Jenkins is past his sell by date . A George North jammy break out try will not be enough.
    Mark my words

  • 74 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Jib , it was not to insult anyone it was just a bit of fun ..welsh blokes and sheep jokes abound , just like Irish and Scottish jokes are long standing rep for stand up comedy and British humour ..you know that right ..? but you like an argument so you thought you would pour scorn on a harmless bit of fun about a welsh lawnmower .

    I cant be bothered with you so I’m off for a beer or 2 in the knowledge you are stuck in your wide chair sitting in front of the telly scratching your balls.. ready to come back with some pile of shite remark to me that really does not matter as its all you have to do..and senseless really ..if you give it some thought ..

    I mean , what are you achieving you Knacker ? You sound frustrated ..shame ..get out more man have some fun ,,think of what your missing .

    Wont see your next stupid comment ..lighten up man.

  • 75 Graeme // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Cracking try by Wales and converted 16 – 3

  • 76 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Interestingly enough Online’s sheep pic is titled Springwell – which is actually near Sunderland. So a normal Mackem Friday evening’s entertainment

  • 77 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    21st erm…spring well near s*nd*rland? What, like the ‘heed?

    😐

  • 78 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    it’s not the arguing that pits people off the blog it’s the rugby commentary.

  • 79 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Ian Toon , I will deal with you later ..your comment about injecting oneself seems stupid ..why do you say it ?, because I’m involved in Music ?

    .I’v also taught music in educational establishments .. Newcastle and Durham .

    Not all musicians take illegal drugs and you throw that at me …have I got that wrong …your comment is absurd .and seems childish on the surface

    I’m hanging back just so you can explain your comment to me .. go ahead………..

  • 80 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Onlineguy
    I’m loving the Bernard Manning defence.
    It was just a bit of fun
    Some of my best friends
    etc etc

  • 81 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    kidda

  • 82 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Got to dash JIb ..take it easy .

  • 83 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Tsunki

    Technically within Sunderland….but I’m only assuming the sheepshaggers there are Mackems. But if you know better.

  • 84 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Well it seems the usual jolly fun has erupted so I am off.

  • 85 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Online- Just stop behaving like the victim. You were offensive and abusive without any provocation . Since when does suggesting someone has a mental health problem put you on the right side of any argument. You seem to me ill equipped to make a judgment on anything.
    As for dealing with me later- ha ha-

  • 86 Graeme // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    What amazing defence by Wales – We could do with some of that!!

  • 87 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Ian toon

    you never answered the question ..why did you cast the shadow of me Injecting myself intravenously with drugs ?

    Answer ..

  • 88 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Thank god Wayne Barnes cannot ref England games – what a prima donna !!!!!

  • 89 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    I’m sympathetic to any one with mental health problems ..for real and I meant well … there is help out there ..

    And Ian Daft Toon… since when does a joke about the welsh and sheep pass as offensive and abusive ?

    Are you going to answer ?

  • 90 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Well done Welshie
    Your boys have won
    I don’t think I’ll take up forecasting proffessionally

  • 91 John Akomfrah // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Absolutely

  • 92 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    So Gethin is past it ? hahaha

  • 93 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Thanks for that Jeff. Barnes loves the attention, missed pens by both sides and has royally f-ed up the scrums. I thought it was players who time-wasted.

  • 94 Online Guy // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Ian Toon

    I’v got to go out now but your not getting off the hook ..I will deal with you later ..I laugh at your pathetic wordy drivel and your multiple (caught out Again ) shite ..

    If you do not ‘apologise about the injecting Intravenously with drugs comment ..I will !, deal with you later ..you wont like it . your such a pedantic little twerp

  • 95 Ian Toon // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Online- You adopted the classic bully cheap shot . You can dish it out but can’t take it – but I’ll explain. You thought you were calling the shots and on the front foot with your puerile plain boring humour at someone else’s expense. Someone who was clearly just interested in watching the Welsh game. As I said you were plain offensive and for no good reason. I thought I would teach you a lesson – on the question of mental health it really isn’t something to joke about. Maybe even in the music business bubble. You only suffered a dead cat bounce but you were in position to set the parameters as to where I would take the conversation. Think of it as a form of shock therapy.
    Don’t bother to respond further because I start work in 5 minutes.

  • 96 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    That means England are the only team that can win the Grand Slam !

  • 97 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Ian “You can dish it out but can’t take it”

    So another ‘big softy girl’ for not accepting criticism ?
    Yawn.

  • 98 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Sorry Gethin 🙁

  • 99 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Infantino’s appointment as Fifa prezzy seems to please no one.

  • 100 Graeme // Feb 26, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Infantino is the least worst of a total shower of shit.
    Thank God Sexwale had the decency to withdraw.

    The best thing that could happen now is to completely disband FIFA and start again. The corruption is so endemic they think its normal.
    Completely unfit for purpose.

  • 101 jane // Feb 26, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Gianni Infantino seems a reasonable choice. speaks Italian, French, German, English, and Spanish fluently!




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