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This Could Be Newcastle´s Best Team For Bournemouth

10:49 am, Saturday, March 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 91 Comments

We will assume Andros Townsend is out today along with Cheick Tiote, Chancel Mbemba and Fab Coloccini for a game that Newcastle must win if we are to have any chance of saving ourselves this season from another relegation, which would be the second one in seven years.

It just shows you the problems at the club when Andros Townsend, one of our top signings last month, has picked up a hamstring injury  in training just before the Stoke game.

Andros missed the game on Wednesday night and will likely miss this game today – so what do they do in training to pick up all these injuries?

seydou doumbia 3

Seydou Doumbia – give him a start

Steve McClaren yesterday said they were looking into the injury problem, which has been a problem at Newcastle for at least ten years.

McClaren said that Yoan Gouffran is unlikely to play today because we want to win this game – presumably we didn´t want to win at Stoke (?) –  so we expect Ayoze Perez or Rolando Aarons to come in on the left wing.

And since we need goals and we liked the look of Seydou Doumbia on Wednesday night for the few minutes he was on and nearly scored in stoppage time – we´ll take a chance at starting him today, although we doubt McClaren will.

So here´s the side that could start and today and get us all 3 points against Bournemouth today with Jonjo Shelvey again the captain:

Janmaat Taylor Lascelles Dummett
Sissoko Colback Shelvey (c) Perez

Subs: Darlow Sterry Saivet de Jong Aarons Gouffran Mitrovic

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91 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    I really don’t understand why people think it’s too late to change the manager

    The chances of us staying up with this clown in charge are nil.

    The chances of us staying up with someone else in charge is slightly better than nil because you simply cant get any worse than nil.

    If you bring in someone else and tell them whatever happens they will keep their job irrspective of relegation or not then at least they’ll play with some belief and freedom rather than being shackled like they were against stoke playing a ridiculous game of roulette hoping to keep a clean sheet with no plan B should our ever resolute defence go against form and let one in.

    We basically have a choice between certain relegation and a single ray of hope and the club is choosing certain relegation.

    Utter fcuking madness

  • 2 WWSBRD // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Can anyone tell me where Tiote is?

  • 3 WWSBRD // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Howay we’ve only got a quarter of the season left! No point in changing anything, just accept our fate much easier…apparently

  • 4 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Ed…it’s not the team that matters…it’s how they’re set up and what instructions they’ve been given and how much belief they have in the way they’ve been instructed to play.

    Pumping out names is about as aimless as our coaches strategic thinking

  • 5 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    I’m not a liar
    No need for that

  • 6 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    The Guardian poll was part of a feature about McClaren so I would think the folk who bothered to read the article would be NUFC folk.

  • 7 magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:58 AM


    magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM


    Meant to add that if he is sacked then that should by no means be the end of the shake up as there are more culpable people than him but unfortunately changing them now will not effect our chances of staying up in the slightest. McClaren going could – either way unfortunately.

    On Guardian poll I did see a poll yesterday afternoon ( not certain if was Guardian or another heavy Telegraph (?) though) and as I was feeling irritated actually voted despite my tendency not to bother with polls in National papers. I was the only voter at that point and it amusingly came up with something like “100% of voters agree with you” .Pehaps that is why it was pulled – their board was being overwhelmed 🙂

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    If you go on website it gives you a update on injuries

    Link below

  • 9 magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:08 AM


    Agree changing manager has to be considered but whilst you can’t get worse than nil in a football score sense, you can in odds but more importantly you can of course equal nil.

    So make the wrong appointment and you haven’t improved your prospects, have wasted your money and on the basis that it is unlikely any worthwhile candidate would risk a short contract put us in the same boat as we are now and once again looking for another manager/coach next season.

    A change for changes sake is rarely a viable option as Shearer appointment proved and has even irrevocably harmed his management future ( not that he seems bothered).

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Maybe not a liar but definitely a fabricator of the truth, you claimed that the majority of fans were supportive of the team on Wednesday night, despite what Niall and Biffa said. Yet the garbage you came out with last night to defend our hapless clown’s bizarre substitutions was priceless considering you spend most of your time calling people footy know nowts.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    He’s injured? When did that happen? Missed that completely well makes sense I guess Chinese transfer window is shut after all

  • 12 catchy in norway // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Wednesday was the day i finally gave in, it was the day where we had the freshest squad out of all the teams playing over those 2 days, It totally shocked me to see us set up for a 0-0 draw, nobody getting forward to support in the way we do in our home games, its like he has given up on all the away games and hopes to fluke maybe an away point by defending for 90 mins, then hope we win enough home games to see us though.

    absolute horse shyt, we should have gone there and ran ourselves into the ground going for the win, to see him put on gouffy to help the LB was a total joke, he cannot defend or attack, and they played against one of the better right wingers in the league.

    i have lied the football for the most part of the season, but it is now very clear to me that while they have trained on passing the ball and looking good going forward, they most certainly have neglected both the defensive and goal scoring sides of the game.

    im absolutely gutted, and i do not see many points coming our way for the rest of the season, the squad is good enough IMO to be top 6.

    the guy needs to be removed from our club right now, or asap.

    but please stay away from Moyes,, try and go for Karanka or even try Neville G.

    im sure that theye are many good new managers out there who would kill to come to our club

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Shearer wasn’t a change for the sake of it, JfK had a heart attack and CH was caretaker and wasn’t very good as caretaker after KK was constructively dismissed.

  • 14 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    I don’t get your logic.

    If we stay with Maclaren we go down…that’s pretty much a dead certainty.

    If we change the worst thing that can happen is we go down…which is no worse than sticking with Maclaren.

    If we change and by some miracle we stay up….then surely thats worth the risk?

  • 15 Slank // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Nothing wrong in changing a manager at this point in the season but only if the replacement was a manager that had a track record of successfully saving teams from relegation.

    Given that Big Sam and Pulis are already employed elsewhere I cannot think of a ready replacement that I would trust.

    Maybe someone on here can come up with some realistic names.

  • 16 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Catchy, agree. I was willing to forget the embarrassing defeat to Chelsea as it wasn’t a winnable game anyway, that and a makeshift defence.

    It was all set up for McClaren to prove himself against Stoke, the opportunity presented itself, McClaren failed the test.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    the team sheet last week looked too defensive form the first second it was posted and that was not an afterthought once we had lost the game as it was said before the game started !

    we had 2 players who would realisticly have a chance of scoring and that was mitrovic (who i have no excuse for) and wijnaldum (who had previously been very very poor at home and would be playing from cm so would not be expected to be along side the striker)

    now i understand what macca was thinking with us being torn apart at chelsea defensively and with us having a very weakened defence as he was prob thinking dont let us be easy defensively and go for a 0-0 or maybe sneak a 1-0 to us but it did not work as again the players just did not want the ball most of the time.

    doumbia looks selfish and does not care about defence only about getting into that box and scoring goals/assists for himself and imo our strikers need to be this way also !

    win the personal battles and win the match imo.

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Not sure when.

    If our players, squad had belief in what they were doing, manager and his tactics we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in.

    they have the ability/skill as individuals but as a team totally hopeless, static no movement between players.

    Surely a good manager would sort these problems out or is their eos to big

  • 19 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I don’t call folk in general know nowts (although the shite spouted after the Stoke game has given me pause for thought)

    I call YOU a footy know nowt

  • 20 magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM


    I don’t think we are normally of similar mind on all matters NUFC but your post is a worrying indication that posters often polarised in their views are now coming to the same inevitable conclusion.

    …but not Neville please ( a more articulate pundit than Shearer but as equally inept as a manager – pundits are invariably those can talk the talk but not manage or are failed managers).

    This is the only obvious drawback in getting rid of McClaren now (rather than in Summer) can we actually get someone to keep us up and improve us next season – a tall order given appointments under Ashley. He has changed but it isn’t yet clear whether it is enough of one for a good manager to come in – both in terms of the scouting for one and the candidate’s credentials for what is still a unique club.

  • 21 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    McClaren played all of preseason and something like the first 10+ games with that God awful 4231, absolute stubbornness. He finally gets something from playing 2 upfront, but first game it does not work means another prolonged cycle of 4231 again. The substitions speak for themselves.

    He plays a heavy set Mitro upfront on his own, tiring him out, what is that all about.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    We have played well maybe three times for a full 90 minutes. I am not having it that the coaching of Pardew needed loads of team to be undone either. Fat Sam is a well known long ball merchant and was at W Ham for about three years but Billic has come in and made them EL contenders.

  • 23 Slank // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Ancient @ 16

    Why do you think beating Stoke away was a winnable game ?

    In a recent survey I read, Stoke was voted the hardest place to get a result.

  • 24 check the toastie // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    I have been behind McCarver all season, but Wednesday was awful, it was like watching a Pardew setup.

    very worried and he must go if we don’t win today.

    And Sissoko is a joke, should have been dropped ages ago, no end product whatsoever, bench him and put wini down the right with Janmaat, Perez in behind Doumbia, we need goalscorers in the team, currently, Misstrovic ain’t one.

    If Gouffran is playing today, he needs to be sacked on the spot.

  • 25 nightfa11 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Janmaat Taylor lescalles dummet
    ——-shelvey colback
    Perez—— Wini ——–aarons
    ———-Mitrovi? /Doumbia

    Leave sissoko out..

  • 26 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    The worst aspect of the current situation isn’t McClaren, it’s the players.
    Even if they have no respect for the manager they should have for themselves.
    No player should go onto the pitch thinking lets lose so we get a new manager. I would hope his isn’t the case.
    Pride in ones game should be the first criteria, I wouldn’t go onto the pitch wanting to be part of a relegation team, nor should they.
    Even if we don’t get relegated I think MA will make sure Mc is gone and Thomas Tuchal is bought in. The last sentence is more hopeful than credible.

  • 27 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:39 AM


    That’s exactly my point….he’s just like Pardew in that he surpresses any natural talent and all self belief by forcing tactics and set ups that are obviously extremely floored and doesn’t allow player strengths to be utilised to our advantage.

    The players will pretty much know as they’re walking out the tunnel if they have any chance of winning the game based on what they’ve just been told to do.

    …but when the manager has not had the team out the bottom four all year and they’re being sent out to try and get a 0-0 when they have the worst goal difference in the league letting in more than two games a game on average then it doesn’t even take your average thick footballer to work out that strategy is floored and therefore the belief will have been drained away well before kick off.

    You can see it when the players are warming up and how they start the game…it’s evident they have no belief in the manager or what they’ve been instructed to do.

    Change now or be damned

  • 28 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    What was all the earlier guff from McLaren about away games.
    This is sport – football in this case – you play to win – all games
    It’s about winning.
    If you win you have points that other clubs don’t have.
    If you have points you are up the League not down the pan.
    Has McLaren adopted some ” risk management” strategy from a text book or ” race management ” system from F1 to spare wear and tear on the tyres ( or players in our case ) ?
    It’s scary.
    Between Charnley and McLaren there seems be no sporting instinct – they might as well be accountants doing an audit . Boring.

  • 29 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    With McClaren bigging up being compact and things against Stoke, and about Gouffran there to defend against Shaqiri, it’s confirmation that it’s his tactical instructions to the players and the setup which is our downfall.

    Contrast that to the best we’ve played at home where we’ve pressed and attacked, it’s like 2 different teams. Philosophy and how you approach games is massive.

    I can understand being cautious when playing a top of the table team who is on top from, but the rest of them, we should be concerned with ourselves and attacking teams.

    Even when playing a top side who are on top form, you have nothing really to lose, so you may as well get at them anyway!

    The team and players have at times shown what they CAN do if allowed to to be positive. There is a basics of a decent side with a few additions, but a defeatist and cautious attitude is just making things go from bad to worse and may see us relegated

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    After 20 minutes of watching the game you could tell Stoke were there for the taking !

    They only had option which was pass it to Shaquiri and let him do something if we had an attacking winger he would have had to track back to protect Bardsley who was struggling and then he eventually went off injured !

    Hughes could see his team were struggling but brought on Diouf and Crouch to effect the game !! Gouffran was only taken off because he was injured so its likely Mclaren would have made no changes if he was fit !

    Also the annoying thing is he said he wanted to grind out a nil nil well why not bring on Saviet for someone like Wijnaldum or Shelvey ? Would then have provided more defensive cover in the final half hour and he probably would have been there to win the ball in the middle from where the goal was scored !

  • 31 magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:41 AM


    Making the wrong appointment in a crisis can make matters worse in the longer term that is my point. Another deadweight of a manager who is then given time to acclimatise next season in whatever division we end in leads us to a similar situation as to now and last season and…..

    Put it another way you are saying anyone has to be better than McClaren that unclear thinking can lead to likes of JFK or Carver.


    Was Houghton relieved of his job or not? So a change was made in terms of it was better than staying with him for the remaining games to give us a chance. Was anyone else in the running? Did he have a contact for longer than 10 games or whatever period ( haven’t time to look up). A short term change was made as it was thought it may keep us up. Point isn’t really worth debating in the wider context of where we are now.

    Anyway have to go out so can be back in time for match – why do we do it!

  • 32 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Set my team free.
    ” Free the Newcastle eleven ”
    Let them play football – not some Tron like version of football in a virtual word

  • 33 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Slank_ Stoke had won 5 and lost 5 at home, then played sure thing Villa before us. That does not indicate difficult to beat at home.

    Watford, West Brom, and, Crystal Palace have all beaten Stoke at the Britannia this season. Add to that no Shawcross or Bojan. Stoke were playing poorly, we were just worse in the first half. 2nd half, Stoke were there for the taking… that is when McClaren should have been signalling to the bench for the artillery and two strikers upfront.

    Not only was the team not set up good enough to deal with a poor Stoke in the first half, the opportunity to beat Stoke in the 2nd half was passed on… McClaren was throwing himself on the Mercy of Stoke. He didn’t even got 2 upfront after the goal, Perez was further back. Brute stubbornness has now became a liability.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    No excuses for the team not turning up on the numerous occasions they have been turned over this season but Wednesday night they must have been baffled on the lack of quality in attack only to see Riverie come on, like giving a painter a toothbrush and telling him to paint the Forth bridge.

  • 35 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    Why does any replacement made now have to be the long term solution?

    Surely the short term game plan has to be to survive the drop.

    If we don’y do it you appoint a manager to get us up…if we do survive you assess the man that keeps us up and make your mind up as to whether he’s the man to take you forward or not.

    We shouldn’t be planning for anything but the next 10 games and staying up.

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Most likely we will see today who’s players individually are not as talented as ours.
    THEY will – run for each other, cover for each other, move for the ball for each other, tackle for each and TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!!

  • 37 catchy in norway // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:51 AM


    come on man, the prem is a very tough league to play in, not even the so called big teams domanate many games for 90 over the season, and if you think teams in the prem are like that of spain, more fool you.
    what i like is that in more than just 3 games this season we have played football for 90+ minutes, win or lose, in fact the only game this season i think we played poor and won was against bournmouth, but we have played plenty of games where we were the better team over 90 mins and lost, this is a coaching problem, no doubt about it.


    every ground is difficult in the prem to go to, there all filled with top players, the biggest thing now in football is mentality of the players, and mentality of the coaches,
    our coach had a fit squad, that should have went out to win the game, , stoke, had only 1 option in the game, get the ball to Shaqiri, and we didnt try on stop it, and we didnt try to attack.

  • 38 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Look at the area of the pitch where Gouffran picked up his injury too, he was in the right back position at the time… after starting the game on the left of an advanced 3 behind the striker.

  • 39 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    I don’t think that Charnley sounds like the cut-throat management type who would have competency dealing with an immediate sacking.

    I think he would be influenced very easily, and certainly may be too ‘friendly’ for that particular role. I may be wrong, but that’s the way it seems.

    If that is the case, then McClaren will be going nowhere, which is sad. What I’m hoping for is that money talks and the financial carrot dangling for next year may actually make something happen out of sheer desperation.

    It also shows his appointment to be a mistake in the first place. Carr is to blame as well if he was ushering his pal McClaren in the job.

  • 40 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Sunderland brought in Advocaat last season on a similar short term deal and he kept them up

    Out of our remaining fixtures we do have enough quality in the players to beat Bournemouth, Sunderland, Norwich, Villa, Palace and then if set up properly could maybe nick some results against Leicester , Spurs or City as they all buckle under the pressure of top 4 and league title challenges !

    But if away from home we are going to keep setting up the way we are we will be down before we even play Villa away

  • 41 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:54 AM


    I think Mc must have had some strange sort of road to Damascus moment when he was trying to get a flash of inspiration where players who have shown no form will suddenly ride into town to save the day.

    We all know what happened next!!!

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Not sure if a caretaker can be relieved of his job or not?

  • 43 magscar // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    Heading out .. but yes make a short term change IF there is a viable candidate at short notice. Knowing our Board chances of getting a wrong un and compounding problem is greater than at most other clubs 🙁

  • 44 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    The last time McClaren sailed close to the wind, the pressure intensified, there was a training ground bust up with Colo, then the results turned around. After that, back to big smiles on the training ground and the same string of results. Is this a cycle that needs to be repeated over and over again to get results.

    Maybe we need somebody who will act like McClaren under pressure, only without having to lose and be on the brink of disaster to start taking things seriously.

    For me, Pearson would be that man. He isn’t the future of Newcastle, but if he could save the club and leave some workable foundations for a successor, that would be as good as it gets for now.

    I am sure McClaren positive reinforcement approach works within some squads that have a different dynamic, but it’s not working for this one.

  • 45 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Although Cathro doesn’t seem to be an inspiration character, the fact that his philosophy is to press high up the pitch coincidences with the setup we’ve used when playing our best stuff this year – and it was good, I enjoyed it.

    Could it be worse than McClaren’s cautious attitude?

  • 46 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:06 PM


    …and that’s because if you have belief in the coach and he has belief in you and extracts the best in you then you’ll be happy and do all the things you’ve mentioned

    but if you have no belief, and you’re being played out of position and you’re spent all season in the relegation places and nothing seems to be changing…then you get the sort pf performances we deliver week in week out.

    It’s not rocket science but Maclaren really thought he could he make newcastle play the way he wanted to play without taking into consideration the strengths and weakness’ of every player.

    Fat sam did the same thing…Newcastle were full of talented skilful and attack minded players when he took over.

    He then said right lads…forget everything that’s gone on before…you’re going to play like Bolton used to. The problem there was he bought players that would fit the ALLARDYCE way of playing and bought them to do certain jobs so the whole team was in harmony with the approach and style of play he had decided was right for Bolton.

    Not one newcastle player was suited to the way Allardyce wanted to play when he game here and that’s why he failed so miserably.

    Maclaren has failed miserably because

    a) He’s fcuking clueless
    b) He’s failed in his last four jobs so obviously has a floored approach
    c) He’s failed to find an approach the players believe in and one that works for the players at his disposal.
    d) When it was obvious to everyone what he doing wasn’t working he chose to stick with whatever it was he was doing wrong in the hope it would change. Great strategic thinking if ever there was.

    fcuking clueless tw@t will kill this club and the management are just watching the ship take in water and doing nowt about it.

  • 47 hibbitt // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    sack the clown and go and get Rafa Benitez long term / short term contract what every it takes we have to get rid of this clown………………off to the match unlike some i could wish for the toon to get beat but i must be honest i am coming close

  • 48 Our Toon // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    I’d stick both doumbia and Mitrovic upfront, away from home I’d drop the golden child Shelvey……utter shite that lad when he’s not given time and space

  • 49 hibbitt // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    never !!!!!

  • 50 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:09 PM


    So we say to Pearson come in and save our season then we will sack you, yeah I reckon he’ll go for that. 🙂

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    He knew the whole set up was flawed when he took the job but was absolutely desperate to manage in the PL, what sickens me is that they knew his heart wasn’t in after he kept turning us down but the similarities to Pardew made us desperate to land him.

  • 52 Slank // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Managers can be brought in on short term contracts with specific objectives. However with the very odd exception (Mourinho) the only good managers are currently employed. The logic is that those managers who are available are therefore not good and by implication not worth hiring on a short term contract.

  • 53 sparky55 // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM


    You don’t think rafa is better than Maclaren?

  • 54 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    I reckon that CH will have a bit of a smile on his face if they get promoted and we pass him on the stairs on the way down.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Take your pick.

  • 56 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    It’s raining
    Does that give McLaren another excuse ?

  • 57 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:09 PM


    “So we say to Pearson come in and save our season then we will sack you, yeah I reckon he’ll go for that. 🙂 ”

    Tell him whatever he wants to hear, it is called diplomacy. If he keeps the club up, then offer him the next season to prove himself and earn a longer contract.

    Or we could go your way of ‘thinking’ of course? 🙂

  • 58 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    The ex Porto guy has a good record.

  • 59 Slank // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:24 PM


    Thanks. I looked at the first page and it’s fair to say that the majority are foreign coaches with no experience of the Premier League.

    The remaining Brits (Sherwood, Moyes) don’t fill me with joy !

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    What’s up with that Rudi Garcia, is he out of our league. We’re richer than Roma?

  • 61 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM


    Not sure what my way of thinking is, it’s a bit like the In or Out dilemma.

    Very confusing for my old brain. 🙂

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Offer Benitez a million a win, the money and long term damage that relegation will cause is priceless.

  • 63 Munster Mag // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Sparky i have always rated your logic. Catchy, pardew wud have done better with this improved squad than SMC. Not much mind! I dont think itmatter what team we choose any more under smc. I wud like to see two up top though.

  • 64 mindshaft // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    McClaren should be sacked full stop, he’s had money, signed who he wanted and has somehow got the team playing worse than Carver or Pards did.
    Surely Ashley should be looking at Charnley position aas well – the whole thing is a joke and Schteve is taking us down for sure

  • 65 mindshaft // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Benitez would at least give us a chance of avoiding relegation – under McClaren we are doomed for sure

  • 66 Ian Toon // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Jib – I share your positivity and why sack Macca. Fans at the ground will be behind the team.
    Typical Jail and his lack of a historical perspective and a lazy eye for detail.
    Ashley bankrolled a spending spree soon after taking over the club. Unfortunately Allardyce did the spending. Allardyce was not the manager to spend money and break through football’s glass ceiling. His buys he made in his short time in charge saddled the club with players who couldn’t be moved on except at a loss, who cost a fortune in wages, and worst of all were almost to a man a dead loss on the pitch. Ashley did the right thing by sacking Allardyce. Soundings of fans were taken for a couple of weeks leading up to the Stoke replay and Fat Sam telling us we should be happy with his brand of football.
    Followed by a mistake in hiring Kevin Keegan. It was a populist appointment, but not wrong for the reasons normally quoted. I watched those games after he took over and Newcastle improved, slowly at first but they got better. Keegan had been out of the game for years. Maybe his fire had gone out. But he was a success on the pitch in that second spell in charge. No, the mistake in making him manager was that the famously emotional and headstrong Keegan was never going to be walked all over by Ashley. The appointment itself contained the inevitable meltdown.
    Now the mistakes started coming thick and fast. I can’t think of anything you might want to do involving Dennis Wise that wouldn’t automatically be misjudged purely because of his presence. Surely there couldn’t possibly be a worse appointment as Director of Football? Oh, wait….
    That whole season following was one long catalogue of errors. Deadline signings of Xisco and Nacho, not appointing a proper manager straight away with the status to grab the squad by the scruff of the neck and turn the season around while there was still time. When finally appointing a full-time manager, choosing Joe Kinnear, a never-was who shouldn’t have been within a million miles of the club, a poor man’s Allardyce. Someone who was medically unable to withstand the stress of the job, sadly for him and his family. After Kinnear’s health waned to the point he couldn’t continue, in a final desperate and of course unsuccessful gamble, Ashley appointed the untried Alan Shearer and 8 games later we were down. If there’s a positive to that at least we’ve lanced that particular boil. Shearer’s no longer a Prince across the water, forever waiting to be called upon.

  • 67 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Pardew talks about consistency to Perez and then plays Sissoko game after game.

    Absolutely pathetic from Mcclown.

  • 68 Macas // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    ilovetoon – Sissoko is consistent though. Consistently rubbish.

  • 69 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Something new must be done, but McClaren doesn’t have it in him to make big changes to shape, mentality and personnel:


    Miyrovic dropping deep to hold up, Perez and Doumbia allowed to attack the space in behind as it presents itself, whether that’s out wide or through the middle – give the players some damn freedom and quit shackling them.

  • 70 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    “Followed by a mistake in hiring Kevin Keegan. It was a populist appointment, but not wrong for the reasons normally quoted. I watched those games after he took over and Newcastle improved, slowly at first but they got better. Keegan had been out of the game for years. Maybe his fire had gone out. But he was a success on the pitch in that second spell in charge. No, the mistake in making him manager was that the famously emotional and headstrong Keegan was never going to be walked all over by Ashley.”

    Yes, it is a mistake to appoint a manager that will not be “walked all over by Ashley”. Sound logic.

  • 71 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    McClaren should be praying on Cisse’s fitness. It was Cisse that got Pardew out of a similar pickle.

  • 72 Mister Tuff // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Sacking Wally Blusterman has to be the order of the day after todays game. A change may well inject something positive into the side.
    An offshoot would be that we never ever ever hear about “Maccas’ Bwave New World” never ever ever ever ever again. Can only be a good thing.

    Jib -you mentioned earlier that you were scolded by your old man for making mistakes – well somethings never change. Nothing like having constants in your life.

  • 73 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Imagine if Ashley had not screwed us over and had let Keegan sign Schweinsteiger , Modric, Hyppia and Ivanovic that he wanted to sign with the strikers we had at the time we would have been back challenging the top 6

  • 74 reilly // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    mybe a bit strong calling you a liar.
    i should of says you speak with a forked tongue.

  • 75 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Coloccini: “I am hopefully not too far away from being fit. I will visit the dressing room to talk to the team”#nufc

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM


    not really rocket science why we lose so many on the road. We only play for a point and it bites us on the backside most times

  • 77 mindcompressor // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    my team woud be:

    janmaat – taylor – lascelles – colback
    wijnaldum – de jong – shelvey – perez
    mitrovic – doumbia

    I wonder how shelvey and de jong would cooperate. Mistrovic would score more goals if he would has a partner in attack. Otherwise he spends 85% of game back to goal trying to catch long balls.

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:51 PM


    not really rocket science why we lose so many on the road. We only play for a point and it bites us on the backside most times


    the top 10 cubs are virtually all foreign coaches who had no previous EPL experience. they haven’t done too bad. All the english coaches seem to be in the bottom reaches of the table.

  • 79 Rotonda heights // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:53 PM


    benitez, nuno, garcia, sampauli for a start

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    You angling for the job as the blog historian? Old Blackas’ glass eye is snoring. I’ve had to give it a shake in preparation for the match.

  • 81 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Has Jib given us his assessment of what’s wrong at the club?

  • 82 lesh // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:56 PM


    Where’s Tiote?

    Charnley’s probably sold him and he’ll be in China.

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    the thing is we could win today and even play well but you know next home game it’s park the bus time again and try and get a point when 3 are availablle. go figure.

    i need a lie down after ian toon’s war and peace effort

  • 84 lesh // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    I’m sure ‘arry Rednapp wouldn’t turn his nose up at say a million plus £10m if we avoid relegation.

  • 85 toonheroes // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Not long now ’till we know the team for today. If Sissoko is in the starting 11 I’ll be furious.

  • 86 MAUTITOON // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    How do u people feel lascelles is performing lately?AND don’t u feel that ELLIOT should stop uselessly pumping those long balls upfield as everytime there is no one who can efficiently deal with those balls inviting unnecessarry pressure on oue defense.

  • 87 colwell // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    OMFG Riviere starts

  • 88 reilly // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Dummett; Colback, Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez; Riviere

  • 89 NYMAG // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Anyone suggesting we should bring in Redknapp is completely out of touch. He didn’t want to come to us when he was relevant and was content with his life on the south coast so why would he want to come now? Aside from a fat paycheck.

    We should have sacked McLaren before the 18 day break and brought in either Moyes or Rogers who both would be out to prove something. Other than that Rafa would be a good choice, he’s a winner.

  • 90 Ian Toon // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Blackley- I am a fan of Paul Joannou our history is safe in his hands.
    I do though recall games I’ve seen in person as you clearly do. Hope you’re in good voice. I didn’t have you down as someone who goes missing when the chips are down.

  • 91 NYMAG // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Rivière starting is probably the final nail in his coffin. He couldn’t buy a goal. Looks like desperation to me.

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