Top Striker – In My Head Newcastle Can’t Go Down

We need some players who can put the ball in the back of the net in the final eight games of this season if we are to have any chance at all of surviving in the Premier League.

So it was good news when Papiss Cisse played his first game for three months on Sunday against Sunderland, when he came on in the second half, after recovering from a groin injury.

And Papiss seems very upbeat in the interview he has given today and says Newcastle must not go down this season and he seems committed to trying to save the club in their time of need.


Papiss Cisse – fit again

This is what Papiss has said:

“All the team worked very, very hard and did well in the second half.”  “It was very difficult from the moment they scored, but everyone knew it would be very hard.”

“We just had to keep working and try to score one goal, and maybe a second one.”

“The team needs to stay in the Premier League – that’s very important to me. It’s my objective to stay in the Premier League.“

“In my head, Newcastle can’t go down. We just need to keep working hard and doing something good in the next game.”

Newcastle probably need four or five wins in our final eight games to stay up this season.

It would be an absolute tragedy for the club if we do get relegated and with Rafa Benitez leaving in that event – it will be a very bad for Newcastle fans, who have had to put up with a lot this season.

But it’s been terrible for about the last four years since we finished 5th top back in 2012.

Things don’t look too good at the moment, but it’s nothing that say two or three wins over the next few games cannot put right rather quickly.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    we shouls def pick up points at villa and palace and norwich is a must win game for us imo.

    sunderland and norwich have to play each other also so thats gonna be something to keep our eyes peeled for.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    it’s funny in a number of games, even a few under SM, we’ve ended up with the team we should have started with, albeit when we are chasing a game.

    I think SDJ has to start now if we can somehow keep him fit and allow Wijni to play more forward.

    Janmatt has been largely extremely poor, endlessly giving the ball away with poor crosses and defensively out of position. Anita could stay RB for me.

    Sissoko at LB was interesting given his one asset, ie pace.

    Lascelles and MBemba could be quite an exciting partnership.

    De Jong behind Cisse and Mitro could possibly work.

    Lots of ifs and maybes and who am I to second guess a CL winner!

  • ascot7

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Kevin mabou, when he is fit for defence. Armstrong as an extra forward. Be nit needs every striker, cannot rely on Cisse as he is lost with offside ability. Someone please tell the manager, of Armstrong. Phone him up, I am down under.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    @3 rotonda

    imo theres no room in the team for siem and tbh i dont think he’s earnt it either !

    he had his best game for us in the prem last game but i still did not personally think he was as effective as any of are other players.

    i agree on sissy at lb (not sure on his defensive duties mind) but his strength and pace serve him well the further back he plays.

    and at rb imo we may aswell go with townsend and play wingbacks imo as its obv goals we need it will give us a chance to play 2 strikers up front.


  • Mag52

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t imagine how Ashley will go down when he’s hauled up before the select committee and he comes out with something like : ‘ SD, well I only hire the staff. I have nothing to do with running the show. I’ve more than enough on my hands dealing with NUFC.’

  • El Sleeve

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    well, in my head Papiss, I can never see you learning to stay onside!

    Prove me wrong

  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    stuart no9 // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    @5 Ian

    What mistakes hss Ashley made this season?

    Only two – allowing Charnley, Carr and Moncur appoint McClaren and not intervening earlier when it was clear that they were risking the Club’s Prem status.

    Otherwise, his hands are clean.

    pretty big mistakes though.

    or you could say – just one . he never hired a manager

  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    or you could say —Hes only made 1 mistake this season and that was to hire the board that got us relagated . nothing at all to do with me.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Some are asking where the money has gone. Charnley and Carr have pissed it up against the wall and many fans were delighted when they were doing it.

    It must have cost a small fortune to bin off Makro and his boys. Even Carr is on an eight year contract that runs until the summer of 2020 and it won’t be cheap to get rid of him.

    A war chest of £80m with next to nothing to show for it. Jib accuses James Town of making stuff up and says Ashley is wrong. Ashley’s not wrong. He’s now trying to deflect the blame when ince he said it should fall at his door. If you put monkeys in the cockpit, don’t be surprised when the plane crashes.

    And to all those fans who repeatedly say we won’t do a Leeds Utd, I can’t imagine you’re enjoying your cornflakes this morning if you have any understanding of the predicament we’re in, both on and off the pitch.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Mag52@9 from earlier
    Incisive and so very true.

    Ashley, ” I have virtually nil effect on Newcastle United” ?
    Beggars belief really – Ashley bought the club, invested in the club and neglected the running of the club. I would call that having a significant effect – for all the wrong reasons.

    No coincidence that PR goes into overdrive when there’s a belated realisation that the poop is hitting the fan .
    What next I wonder ? There’s more to come.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a great example of why Ashley rarely speaks. When he opens his gob, he invariably gives himself and others a world of pain. This is major news. Ashley now needs to explain how he is going to extricate the club from the mess of his making. He’s got a lot of explaining to do on a number of fronts.

  • Slank

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Cisse will be sold irrespective of which league we end up in next season.

    But he will not be the only one.

    It looks increasingly likely that the club will need to balance the books after the statement from Ashley.

    If we get relegated I would imagine that many of the players who we have recently bought will be sold together with almost all the fringe players.

    A Leeds United scenario awaits the club if we are relegated.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Winning games
    It ain’t going to be easy and the TOON have got to buck recent trends with the clubs/remaining games if we are going to stay up

    A Norwich City – Not won there since 1993-94 season drew last two time 0-0
    A Southampton – Not picked up a point at St Mary’s since last win 2004-05 lost last two 0-4
    H Swansea City – decent record – lost last year home and away
    A Liverpool – Not won since 1993-94
    H Crystal Palace – decent record drew last year
    A Aston Villa – decent record but lost relegation season – deja vu
    H Tottenham – lost last 3 at home
    H Man City – not won home or away since returning to premiership

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    I wonder whether the fans who thought appointing Makro was a good move, are the same fans who were delighted with our dealings in the transfer windows, and are the same fans who used to run around wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “In Carr We Trust”? Stop, Jib. Ill save you some time. You won’t find the answer on Google

  • cyprus

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    In my head we are in the CL.

    Reality: Yes, if we are relegated we’ll be lost in the Championship wilderness for a while. We are clearly in the same category (or worse than) of these promoted teams.

  • Slank

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17


    Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Truly shocking record. Let’s face it. We’re deep in the shite. The only saving grace is that we’ve been shite for so many years, we’re used to the smell.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Foresight ain’t too bad either.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Football governance and fan engagement seems to become higher in profile with communities and thereby politicians. NUFC Supporters Groups historically have obsessed about individual egos – we know only too well from visits on here and the preaching – everything but winning hearts and minds. The Mag and True Faith , commonly called the clarion for the loud and self promoting – what a shocking reference point for fans. They’ve simply been a vehicle for all things anti -Ashley. Simply having know modus operandi, terms of engagement ostracising all and sundry in their wake.

    However there are supporters in Parliament where yet again the talk is of the idea of Community Shares as a vehicle to aid fans groups and to gain a stake in their clubs. Post the election though there does seem to be a fall off in talk and little activity for the introduction upon clubs / owners to ensure this happens.
    In any event fans would still have to finance operations. Personable, competent and financially astute individuals would be required to organise and gain buy-in from the rank and file fans . Given, it would be imperative that the club provide some benefit to inspire and justify all the painstaking effort required. Achieving success on the field is something not assured .

    Always assuming you’ve read this far you must be feeling thoroughly depressed! Well something Ashley did bring us is austerity or on- going self-sufficiency. Reinvesting the profits to improve the team might make you feel a whole lot better. Together with the pride we might have in our club and knowing we were reliant on no-one to make it happen.

    If it’s all about pride then how we operate would be all-important. How much more pride would be involved if we didn’t have sponsors whose business was impoverishing many in the north east. A club my father remembers from the 1950’s -1960’s, which reached out to the community, grassroots football and helping the disadvantaged. A club which promoted a positive image for the region. Think how proud we could be of our club.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22


    I don’t think that’s right, I think a lot of fans could see carr making disastrous moves like Thauvin when a goals corer, LB and CB were desperately needed.

    We certainly weren’t enjoying seeing that money wasted, happy some was at least getting spent but largely underwhelmed by the choices of the relic that is carr, who incidentally was an exceedingly poor manager back in the day.

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Calm down dear
    Someone pass him the smelling salts.
    Those hot flushes are just the change of life don’t worry.
    Jamestown was babbling on about Ashley selling his 8.7% shareholding of Rangers which was never even mentioned.
    You should understand babbling you’re a grand master of it.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Your last paragraph makes my point. “…happy some was at least getting spent but largely underwhelmed by the choices of the relic that is carr”. What bouled my piss is that too many fans were just happy that money was being spent. Where it was spent was of lesser importance, although many were impressed with the signings. What they seemed to miss was that it is their club’s money. They should think of it as the money of a loved one, as they would as if it were their own. Would they like it if some knacker was pissing it up against the wall? They seem to have the mindset that it’s Ashley’s money do what does it matter if he blows it.

    It’s very easy to make bad choices and mistakes in business that can suddenly bring disaster. Even easier when the business is football.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    It ain’t funny is it
    To be honest going to take a bloody miracle to stay up and after the first hour on Sunday I didn’t see much to be optomistic.

    I just hope whatever happens that Benitez stays and demands a whole new way in running the club starting with getting rid of Carr, Charnley
    then Beardsley and the rest of the coaching staff and bringing in new.

    Because it is not just our first team that are poor but their is a loosing mentality throughout the club

    A malaise that runs throughout the club that needs disinfected


  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    The knackers in charge took longer to court and chase Macca than the time they gave him before they belatedly sacked him. Ashley recognises they’ve screwed up and they’re still pulling the strings. You couldn’t make it up.

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    While theres life theres hope

    Leicester had 9 games to go

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #28

    Ashley will be looking at this mess thinking that the money spent has been wasted and has achieved nothing. As he said , he allowed “Them” to spend some money and have a real go. He is hardly likely to sanction another real go as he hates money being wasted and we are doing no better than when we spent nowt.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Now your manager Makro, whom you supported till the bitter end, has gone, we’re going to have to rely on the Jib system of ignoring goals conceded in order to stay up. Once NUFC have been relegated, you’ll probably disappear anyway and go and support Brazil United.

  • beefman13

    Mar 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    So Big Mike says the coffers are bare, its all been spent, surely, Charnley cannot survive if we go down, Mclaren should not ever have been at this football club, Mike did say the buck stopped with himself didnt he last May, the bank is empty, what next, here we go again, what a fcuk on again as usual.


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