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These Problems Continue To Hamper Newcastle

3:14 pm, Monday, March 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 88 Comments

Rafa Benitez will not have a regular left-back to choose from for a few weeks yet,  as both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are still out injured.

Sadio has been out since late October with that knee injury of his, but last Thursday at Benton he twisted the knee in training while on his way back – and he will out for a few weeks.

Sadio has made only 8 appearances this season since he signed for us just over three years ago, the Frenchman has had a number of injuries and played only 48 times for the first team.

paul dummett scores

Paul Dummett – continues to have problems with hamstring

24-year-old Paul Dummett has had various hamstring injuries over the last 18 months and it didn’t help that he was asked to play injured in the final few games of last season – and was out for a few months at the beginning of this season because of that.

Paul must be allowed to fully recover from these hamstring problems, because otherwise his hamstring injuries will become chronic (they already are) and affect what could be a very good career.

Newcastle have a terrible injury record for over a decade now and we are always top of the injury league.

Here is the latest injury table for this season with one point awarded when on player in unavailable for a Premier League game.

injury league latest

A challenge for Rafa Benitez is now who to play at left back on Saturday at Norwich City, with Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Rolando Aarons and maybe even Moussa Sissoko candidates for that position.

There is very little chance that Rolando will play there, with Rafa depending on the more experienced Newcastle players for the run-in to the season.

Anita can play well in either full-back position and we think he could get the nod on Saturday, but it’s indicative of the lop-sided Newcastle squad caused by some poor signings and poor planning in the last two transfer windows.

Rafa seems to be only allowing players back from injury who prove to him they are fully recovered from those injuries, which is one reason it seems to be taking captain Fabricio Coloccini so long to return to the side.

Hopefully we can survive this season and Rafa will then have time to put things right – including understanding and then hopefully correcting why we pick up get so many injuries every single season. has Newcastle  with 11 injured players at the moment, two more than Liverpool in second place.

And Curtis Good has been out with his hip injury for over two years now – so we’re not sure exactly what’s going on there.

Newcastle’s poor injury record is yet more evidence of how poorly the club has been run over the last several years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome – but please refrain from criticizing other readers who have differing opinions to your own. I want his blog to be safe for people with all different opinions on Newcastle and the news to feel safe in expressing them.


Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mactoon // Mar 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    One Word… Mbabu !!!

  • 2 sing in the corner // Mar 28, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Betty (end of last thread)
    Amen to that…well said.

    On topic:
    Who needs a left back anyway? why not try 3 at the back (Lascelles, Mbemba, Taylor / Colo)
    2 genuine wide midfielders / wingers would give us good wide attacking support..

  • 3 jayphoto // Mar 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Mbabu has put in the strongest LB performance this season anyhow…
    Not much mentioned on here but Rafa has only kept a squad of 20 training and the young LB adu-peprah has been kept as one of those and not been one of the reserves or out of favour players banished away from the first team.

  • 4 hibbitt // Mar 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM


    two words…………….NOT FIT

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Forgive my cynicism Jib, but your exchanges with Ed on the 23rd do not relate to your posts on 14th, where you might note that you and Vollans who you say was posting as you, posted within one minute of each other –

    48Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    From Companies House
    Registered Address: St James Park,, Newcastle-upon-tyne, NE1 4ST

    Age 125 years (Incorporation date 11/03/1890)

    Always been a company bonny lad

    49ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Sounds like I’ve missed all the fun this morning lo?l

    You reference posts you made about Bas Dost on 23rd, strangely you made two on the 14th when you say you weren’t you.
    Also you haven’t explained this jib as having exactly the same assigned picture as you.

    Tell you what, Jib – to spare you wriggling about trying to call everyone’s bluff on what we recall, and following your fibs into the pit, why not recant your erroneous ways and just post your factoids and observations without all the insulting, calling out and sniping? Then there’ll be no need to dredge up your spotty history again. Deal?

  • 6 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Bunch of petty twats!

  • 7 toon kk // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    It’s going to be Very tuff picking up any points with our squad between now and the end of the season with our squad especially with all our injuries. But even with a fully fit squad we haven’t one proven striker.

  • 8 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    You know what, it’s more like a tennis match at times on here (too much of the time in fact).

    If it has any bearing on the situation I for one don’t bother reading the toing and froing most of the time, I’m sure may others don’t either. Just though I’d throw that into the court.

    As for the team selection I think Anita should get a start and perhaps even bring Sterry into the sqaud.

  • 9 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Janmaat M’Bemba Lascelles Anita
    Sissoko Wijnaldum Shelvey Townsend
    De Jong Mitrovic
    Townsend given free rein to switch wings as he sees fit with the other 4 the floating rectangle in the middle and Big AL doing his good holding up work

  • 10 Toon Tang // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    I’d stick Moussa at LB before Aarons. He didn’t do too bad in his first match there if I remember rightly but then got stung good and proper in his next outing. For me, Sissoko hasn’t offered anything offensively in ages and is seriously lacking the desired fight and drive thats gonna be needed for a scrappy relegation run in.

    Id alterate Townsend and Gini on either flank with Siem just behind Mitro. Shelvey and Tiote?? centre mid. Is Tiote back yet?

  • 11 Toon Tang // Mar 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    I want to see Doumbia get some time as well but this doesn’t look like it will ever happen eh

    Think we should give up ever seeing him in a shirt again. What do we reckon?

  • 12 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini Dummett
    Sissoko Anita Colback
    Wijnaldum De Jong

    This was the team the last time we played really well away from home v Spurs 13th December
    Perez came on for De Jong after an Hour and Mitro for Cissé 10 minutes later
    Eric Dier scored for them just before halftime and the 2 subs Ayoze and Big Al got us 2 late goals.

  • 13 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    I think Rafa has been working on groups of players being on each other’s wavelengths. I can recall Marveaux playing some clever passes into Cisse who scored a few vital goals. I don’t know if Rafa has looked that far back in the archives but apparently he’s not ruling anything out at this stage.

  • 14 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Could Haidara be yet another of Carr’s stellar signings?

    Could it be time for Carr to put his Senior Travel pass to better use than scouting for us? Maybe his time’d be better used travelling the UK by bus.

  • 15 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    I’m certainly not questioning the severity of the injuries our players seem to suffer, but wonder whether the infirm realise they’re writing themselves out of Rafa’s thinking?

  • 16 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:52 PM


    Three words – well spot ted!

  • 17 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    The best thing about Rafa and his coaching team is probably that they come with no prejudices or preconceived opinions of our players.
    If de Jong is to be believed , that was the case with SM with regard to him ,.
    He feels he was only played by McClaren when we were down to the bare bones

  • 18 Toondulkar // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    I m not sure about how many victories, but we will be unbeaten for the remainder of the season.We have already started this against Sunderland . Now only thing that can happen is us improving.We will definately play better than we did against sunderland. If we do that than we will definately get more than a point against Norwich. That Mitrovic goal i believe has actually changed the dynamics of the relegation battle, not by points but the desire,confidence and belief that hardwork with quality can do. I m sure Benitez knows now what will be his best team.
    My Team
    Anita/Janmaat Mbemba Lasc Sissoko
    Wijnaldum Tiote Shelvey Townsend
    De jong Mitrovic

  • 19 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Alright all, been a while since i was last on here. Reading through the janmaat article and i had to laugh, if he wants out then please go as hes utter shite. As for comments of him being tried out as winger or better suited as a winger….dear me, the lad can’t cross to save his life. The only person he finds is the keeper time and time again.

    Jib – i dont think any player is a mercenary, they work for a living and if someone wants to pay them more then good on them as it is a career for them. If you were offered more money to do the same job you’d take the money and run. Yes they earn a lot but they also have shorter careers, some more than others.

  • 20 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Our Toon
    If you are thinking of my comment about Dutch players – probably mercenary was the wrong word – it wasn’t the money side I meant , more loyalty to a particular club or region.

    I sounded as if I was criticising DJ which I wasn’t .
    The Dutch tend to be more straight up about things , no phoney badge kissing for them !

  • 21 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    The likes of Janmaat won’t have a queue of CL clubs eager to sign him. He definitely gives the impression he wants away so best for both parties he keeps his gob shut and gives his all on the pitch.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    He will last a week then be back to his biting best, just long enough for most to forget and forgive. Similar to his past performances of playing innocent

  • 23 firebug666 // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Our Toon

    Janmaat would be better as a winger as he is pants as a defender, his crossing is not to bad, yes a lot go to the keeper, unchallenged.

    Janmaat runs up and down the pitch from byline to byline mate, he is bound to tire.

    As a winger he will have less space to cover, and more time to place his crosses I would think.

  • 24 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Tbf Janmatt has kept his gob shut and just gotten on has he not?

  • 25 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Wwsbrd……. Apparently he was desperate to get in the Shop window
    Via the Dutch Team as he’s thinking we’ ll be relegated. He was obviously told to shut up and given a spun statement to make about how things are better under Rafa but I think he’s looking for pastures new.

  • 26 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Don’t forget if you can get BBC 2 Wales.
    Just starting Gareth Bale vs The Ukraine

  • 27 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 6:47 PM


    Yeah they dont have any loyalty but that worls both ways, why should players be loyal?

    Colo was loyal to us when we got relegated and the thanks he gets is abuse everyday from fans, Jonas was also loyal and we dropped him as he got cancer, treated the lad with so much disrespect….shocking

    Firebug – the reason his crosses go unchallenged is because the idiot can’t cross, he floats it socthe keeper catches it. Winger he is not and a fullback hes not either, hes a typical modern day fullback who cant defend, likes to get forward. Gini 1 cross goal. Janmaat 10 crosses 8 in the keepers gloves, 1 out for a throwin which by passed everyone as it was overhit. 1 out for a goal kick. If he played as a winger then his end product needs to be on point!!

  • 28 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Well the Welsh won the battle of the anthems by a mile

  • 29 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Yo – time will tell.

    On the crossing thing, don’t get me started. I did a double take when Townsend started doing fast low crosses. We’ve been looping those keeper training balls in for years. Our results from corners and crosses is absolutely dire. I just don’t understand whose job it is to train these guys.

  • 30 Nufc-83 // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Tsunki I would agree Danny Simpson was the worst for floating crosses it really annoys me as even if our player can win the ball he has to generate all the power himself and it becomes a million times harder to score. If the ball whips in with speed then it makes everything so much easier for us and harder to defend even if the placement isn’t perfect balls like that will often cause scrambles.

  • 31 Nufc-83 // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Also I am not sure why Jaanmat is receiving so much abuse lately he is a good player overall and is on a bit of a bad patch but his defending is not as bad as people make out (pretty much similar to most premiership full backs apart from the elite). All of our attacks go down the right side as we don’t have anything on the left so he deserves plaudits for getting up and down the pitch and causing teams problems fron the right. His crossing is not normally as bad as it was against Sunderland.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I think it was common knowledge that Jeff from Benwell was a bearded lady with a penchant for Google. Not long after he disappeared Jane appeared. It was assumed that Jeff didn’t want to be called Jeff anymore and wanted to be known by his new name as he felt he’d been trapped in the wrong body for too long, there seemed to be a bit of a tranquil period until Jane got drunk and put on her old underpants one night and Jib was reborn.

  • 33 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Jail 🙂 careful you’ll stir up the hornets nest again!

  • 34 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Just because you work on a rig you don’t have to be boring all the time
    Get it !
    Boring aalll—— I’ll get me coat

  • 35 toon kk // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    You cannot pick out one player such as janmaat for being poor or decent come to that. Most of our players if not all have been sh.t, tbh if a worker had been so poor at there job in another business they would have been sacked.

    Rafa will have his work cut out motivating the lazy ******.

  • 36 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    We’ve had worse than janmaat. But we’ve always entertained Gill backs who think they are great wingers. We haven’t concentrated nearly enough on specialist wing players. We’ve basically experimented with all sorts of out of position players.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Grow up Jail.

  • 38 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    What’s a Gill back btw? I’ve never heard of those. Some kind of genetic experiment?

  • 39 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Jail…. Now I’m really confused. Are you saying that Jib is actually transgender?

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Our Toon,
    I wouldn’t say Collo was loyal at all by sticking around in the Championship, Ashley panicked and tried to sell everyone he could and the only players that left were those that could better deals elsewhere with the rest prefering their lot in the Championship than taking a paycut and moving elsewhere. Damien Duff professed his loyalty very shortly before scarpering to Fulham. Where was Enriques loyalty when he jumped ship to Lpool a season later, not blaming them just don’t think those that stayed in the CC was out of a sense of loyalty but financial.

  • 41 Tsunki // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    What’s worrying is when you see the work rate, speed over the ground and technical ability in the England game against Germany, and the professional outlook and organisation displayed all round by what are, by definition, a largely disparate bunch of players, it would suggest that our archaic coaching practices this season have been left behind by the rest of the PL if not the footballing world. I hope Rafa has enough time to stick a band aid over it if not fix it.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    I’m saying jeff from Benwell liked to wear womens clothes, take from that what you will.
    I though you had an aversion for a$$ lickers ?

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:48 PM


    Funny you should say that as I’m the first one to call people that on here years ago and you are using that against me, you can’t make it up.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    It is hard to reason with you because you are so stupid, don’t you see man! I’m using it against you BECAUSE you were the first person to call people that you halfwit.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    jail, have you read comment by Ed.

    Last Paragraph.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Again with the stupid!, You came on and told me to grow up welsh, did you read the comment?

  • 47 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Maybe Jib is a hermaphrodite, but I for one won’t be judging him on his sexuality.

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    You just don’t get it do you, i told you to grow up because for once, it’s been quiet on here this evening.

  • 49 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Just noticed this
    On nufc.coms site

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
    Wed 23.03.2016 Poland (a) FR Lost 0-1
    Mitro watched from the bench in Poznan, as the procedure for concussion recovery was followed.

    Surely the best treatment for concussion is to stay in Newcastle do some light training and not go jetting all over Europe

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    You might be right, there was never a stranger sight in the streets Benwell than Jeff with three days stubble being thrown out of every pub dressed in his flowery dress on a Friday night.

  • 51 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:10 PM


    Colo took a paycut for getting relegated with us, at the time he was linked with the likes of Sevilla etc but he decided to stay and help get us back up. I dont like the bloke or the player that he is but will not try to rewrite history mate. As for the likes of Enrique, why not join liverpool? They are a bigger club than us, as much as it pains me to say so. Enrique stuck around and realised the lies from management and left. As for Duff he was always going to look to jump ship, I dont blame him either, he only had a few years left in his career so playing in the championship was never going to be an option

    On Janmaat, i wouldnt mind if he tried to get more first time crosses in, what pisses me off is when he has it on his right foot, he’ll check back and cross with his left, when the ball gets turned over he’ll jog back leaving us open. I’d rather he didnt go forward and concentrate on defending. No respect for running up and down a wing as he produces very little in the attacking half and creates danger by streaching the defence as he’s never in position

  • 52 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    bettyswallocks // Maybe Jib is a hermaphrodite

    Nope I was born in England

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Our Toon,
    Maybe I’m wrong but I thought it was common knowledge that none of the players had relegation clauses and got their full wage while playing in the CC, where did you get your info.

  • 54 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Jib….. At least you can take it as well as give it. Or is that a bit too near the knuckle?

  • 55 beermonkey // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    jail our toon

    didnt pards on various occasions mention the fact that ashley put his hand into his pocket and kept the better players to make sure we came back up

    i always thought they kept there wages if they didnt have a clause

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    From the independent
    ”The aftermath of relegation is likely to be even more mind-boggling with at least 15 first-team players thought to be on £50,000-a-week or more contracts with no provision for a cut in the event of relegation.”

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Ashley lent the club 50M to pay the players he couldn’t get rid of, this set him up nicely to be thought of as a benefactor by some and had a good few people forgetting that it was his ridiculous decision making that got us relegated in the first place.

  • 58 beermonkey // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    some classy girls in newcastle maybe we should use this when trying lure players here

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    I think relegation will be a complete disaster as we will be back at Ashley’s mercy yet again and left to wait and see whether the clubs latest, wasteful spending spree has cured him once and for all from buying players At the going rate.

  • 60 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 8:50 PM


    I wouldnt believe a word pardew says, ashley dug deep to make up for the losses of not being in the prem.

    Jail – it was left up to the players to take voluntary paycuts, the ones that stayed on high wages agreed, the ones that didnt left. It’ll be the same again if we go down this season, believe the source was SJH

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Our Toon,
    Voluntary paycuts? Really, nothing at all about that except SJH suggesting they should, I think you’ve got a bit mixed up there OT.

  • 62 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Sorry took me so long but had other things to do but…

    I read it different the quote was from the Dutch manager not Janmatt himself, and the idea of it was he wanted to play for the shop window incase we went down (pretty sure most think that’ll happen) and he doesn’t want to play in the championship

    I don’t have an issue with that most of our squad will be out the door if they can if we go down and everyone knows it. Janmatt has worked his backside off for us and not hidden imo can hold his head up regardless over his black and white career

  • 63 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Colo took a pay cut in the Championship? I think that’s news to me

  • 64 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:34 PM


    I dont think i have mate, duff was on big money but nowhere near the likes of Barton Nolan and Colo, Yet we kept them and the others jumped ship. People are hardly going to come out and say….yes i took voluntary paycut to stay and the last people they’d inform is journos.

    No doubt bonuses were paid for getting straight back up which meant the hit for players themselves wasnt that great. We could have got rid of Colo and that wouod have covered 2 players wages. Both Deportivo and Sevilla were options, doesnt make sense keeping him unless he agreed to a paycut. He’s also got Ashleys ear as they’ve dined together and Ashleys eyes and ears in terms of team ethos etc. Could it be Ashley respects him a little bit more and trusts him more as he took a paycut?

    This is why I believe the likes of colo took voluntary paycuts, Nolan and Barton got kicked out after a dressing room revolt regarding bonuses so that culture was rife within the club, both sharply moved out though and replaced by Colo as skipper!!

  • 65 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Our Toon
    Do u know they took wage cuts or are u speculating that they did? Everything I’ve seen says no one took a wage cut and the ones that stayed did so because they couldn’t get a move to anywhere who would pay them similar level

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Our Toon,
    You can’t go posting as fact something you believe is true. Hard links on the voluntary pay cuts or it never happened

  • 67 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Newcastle have slashed their wage bill this season from touching £80million to less than £40million by selling some high earners. But they had no relegation clauses to cut wages and protect themselves against the drop last summer.
    Boss Chris Hughton has admitted that despite the cuts Newcastle still carry a “massive“ wage bill compared with their Championship rivals.

    From a Mirror article about Guthrie

  • 68 martoon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    As I understand it Ashley originally loaned the club £111m and when we were relegated increased the loan by about £29m but always said he wanted the further loan to be paid back. So far he has been repaid £9m (I think) but not taken any more (so far). I believe it was the further loan that funded us while in the Championship – wages and all. I’m not saying this as an Ashley lover just stating the facts as to how we managed to maintain the wage structure while in the Championship!

  • 69 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:14 PM


    I do believe you’re right about Ashley funding our stint in the Championship. Didn’t he advance another loan to pay and keep the players on their Prem wages when the income from the Championship wouldn’t have covered them?

  • 70 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:15 PM


  • 71 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Jail, Jib, wws

    Its speculation on myside and yours. I obviously cant provide links, can you provide links that categorically state no one took a paycut?

    Anyside that gets relegated into the championship will have a higher wage budget than those that have been in the league. As for the wage bill, have a look at the amount paid when in the championship compared to that from previous season in the prem. The figures dont add up if no took a paycut….hence the speculation that these high earners took a cut

  • 72 lesh // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:17 PM


    Didn’t see your post @68. If nowt else, I’ve endorsed your comment but I’m sure Jib’ll come up with chapter and verse.

  • 73 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Next season teams in the championship get 10m, the loan paid was to cover wages because the tv money from the prem wasnt available anymore. Now compare that to the amount we got when we played in the competition, which would have been around 6m. That wasnt going to be enough to cover wages, and we dont get much from advertising thanks to SD so he needed to dig deep

  • 74 WWSBRD // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Our Toon
    Sorry bud not remotely buying that they took a wage cut or really why they would, I doubt I would of if I was in their situation and I love NUFC

  • 75 beermonkey // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    and i bet if we go down again the same thing will happen again

  • 76 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    It is not “correspondence between Ed and I”. It is “correspondence between Ed and me”. And you being the grammar police too. Tut Tut.

  • 77 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    She’s lucky not to fall in the river, that wouldn’t have been very funny.

    Again we are back to the club owing him money, its his club and his money so essentially he owes himself.

    I would think he’s paid himself back many times, but I’m no accountant so what do i know.

  • 78 martoon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    No problem lesh we’re both saying the same thing. I may not have the figures exactly right but the gist of it is we maintained wages etc. with a further loan from Ashley.

  • 79 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM


    I’m not asking you to buy it because i’m not selling anything for you to buy, the conversation all started with players being called mercenaries and not having any alligence to the club, i stated it should work both ways as we treat those who stayed to get us promoted with complete distain….me included in that of my opinions on colo.

    Looking at the figures I cant come up with any other conclusion than players took voluntary paycuts, if they didn’t then someone fiddled the books….which again wouldnt come as a surprise with this mob in charge!!

  • 80 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    From OED
    the pronoun I, together with the proper noun Ed, forms the subject of the sentence, so you need to use I rather than me.

  • 81 Our Toon // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    The reason why they’d take a cut is to get the money back in bonuses if we got straight back up

  • 82 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Did anyone know that a Pyramid has been excavated in Egypt and they found a mummy covered in peanuts and chocolate.

    They believe he was ……………….Pharaoh Rocher.

  • 83 Belfast // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    None of them took wage cuts from what I can remember. This was because it wasn’t written into any contracts. The wage bill obviously dropped significantly because a lot of high earners left that summer.

    I do remember one opposition manager moaning that one of our players (Coloccini presumably) earned more in one week than their whole squad put together.

  • 84 Belfast // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    They’d probably be shouting it from the rooftops if they did. I wouldn’t take one myself either to be honest lol

    I do think most of them only stuck around because they where on big money and couldn’t get the same contract elsewhere.

    The likes of Enrique at the time would never have commanded that type of wage anywhere else.

  • 85 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Me and the wife had a huge row last night, and she got so mad she told me to pack my bags and “get out”. As I walked to the door she said ” I hope you die a long, slow, painful death”
    I turned around and said ” So you want me to stay”? !!!!!!!!

  • 86 bettyswallocks // Mar 28, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Jib……. The fact that you’ve disclosed that you’re married should dispel all the uncertainty regarding your gender, there again you know how cynical some people can be. Maybe if you post a wedding photo that will shut them up once and for all.?

  • 87 beermonkey // Mar 28, 2016 at 11:09 PM


    i saw something on enrique the otherday he is liverpools 7th highest earner

  • 88 Jib // Mar 28, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Betty – That’s me on the right ( losing my religion )

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