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Newcastle Star – Championship Is Trouble For Everyone

9:59 am, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

Moussa Sissoko has been a huge disappointment at Newcastle over the last two seasons and this season he has played 33 games in total and has only 5 assists and no goals – and he is one of the Newcastle players who has not earned his wages this season.

Indeed he is one of the players who will be identified as one who didn´t show enough fight in games when the going got tough.

When the going got tough Moussa Sissoko was nowhere to be seen.

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Moussa Sissoko – Championship a trouble for everyone

Moussa was interviewed yesterday and he talked about possible relegation and how going down to the Championship would be trouble:

“Everybody knows my best position is center midfield.” “This season I have played on the side and when the new manager came he used me as left-back or right-back because of a lot of injuries.”

“We have had to try to do something because of those injuries.” “I try to do my best every game. Some time you don’t play well.”

“I know when I have played well or not.” “But even if I am playing bad I give 100% for this team.”

“I want to stay in the Premier League, I know what it means for me, my family and everyone.”

“I also have the National team so if I want to be in the squad I need to give everything to be in the Premier League.”

“If we are in the Championship it will be trouble for everyone, we’ll have lost so much.” “Therefore we have to focus on staying in the Premier League.”

We don´t trust too much what the players say in these interviews – especially when we are in trouble like we are now.

They say what they think fans want to hear and the only way they should do their talking is on the field.

They haven´t done that very well at all this season – in fact too many of them have been terrible.

Along with owner Mike Ashley and the members of the Newcastle Board led by Lee Charnley – there are a number of our players who will be held responsible for our relegation this season.

There are too many of them who have not performed up to their capability this season and Moussa Sissoko is one of them.

We expect him to leave Newcastle this summer and not have to suffer the indignity of having to play in England´s second division.

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We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Interview · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News

78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    is this just a plea to his national manager

    pick me pick me its not my fault

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Bit loose with the word “everyone” there Sissoko.

    In fact, please can you find SOMEONE who thinks that’s your best position, other than you?

    “I know when I have played well or not.” “But even if I am playing bad I give 100% for this team.”

    Hmmm…Let’s see.

  • 3 Wayayman // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Centre mid? He really thinks he’s a central midfielder? He can’t tackle and has no vision, plus his decision making is terrible. He’s only good for head-down, running with the ball. Even then I’ve never seen any skill used to bear a man, just that pitter-patter style his feet move in when he’s up against a defender. He’s typical of the lad who has always been the biggest and most powerful in his age group, he’s relied on power and pace so he’s never had to use any tricks or football intelligence.
    Now, Gini is everything Moussa should be. Fast, tricky and intelligent. Shame the lad has no fight in him either! Just our luck eh? Thank his in working today and can’t sit through the torture of watching the shambles continue.

  • 4 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Funny ow Jonas wins his case, employers revealed to be shifty, as usual, but still Ashleys supporters need to have a pop a the employee

  • 5 posada // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    It won’t happen but I would like to see Aarons and Doumbia play. They are both fit and have pace. Something we lack.

    Sick of watching this lot fail – Perez, Siss, De Jong and Wini.

    They simply don’t have a position in the modern game. They all want to be the creative free role player. They don’t play when we don’t have the ball.
    Watch Perez when the other team have possession.
    Jogs about like an old lady.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    It’s because the panels are made up of leftie new age travellers who don’t like callous billionaires.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Once spent days on end saying that the clubs upper management were not professional liars. No wonder he posts on these days were no one will challenge an opinion for days on end.

  • 8 beermonkey // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:32 AM


    the whole jonas case is an odd one clubs are not obliged to extend the stay of any player
    its also the case that at most clubs managers can pick who they like so dont have to play players or offer an excuse to not play them

    i am sure i missed something as to how this got to court

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    I think it was more about the way he was treat and lied to that first gave him reason to take the matter to court.

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:49 AM


    As I understand it, the club is at fault for not extending the time available for Jonas to potentially achieve the contract extension, to reflect the time he was unable or disabled from his professional employment.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:52 AM
    You can listen to his radio interview there.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Shouldn’t joke about anyway. Might be a regular there next season.

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:53 AM


    A metaphorical 56 bumps to all concerned, although we could discount the 32 we have already endured this season.

  • 14 beermonkey // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:56 AM


    u reckoned will shut the blog down if we go down

    i spose news will be a little harder to come from
    but with social media the way it is he could try and go a little bit more direct in trying to talk to players get little interviews do more on up and coming kids all more interesting than who might or might not buy

  • 15 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM


    You make a habit of talking shite a mile a minute?

  • 16 Jib // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Claims of unfavourable treatment and another of harassment related to disability were dismissed.
    No one denied he wasn’t picked but both Carver and Pardew who will never work for Ashley again (so have no axe to grind) said he was dropped cos he was past his best regardless of the cancer .
    Which was borne out by the number of times Hoots picked him for an inferior side like Norwich.
    I think the letter of the DDA 1995 was erroneously applied.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see an amendment go through parliament soon.
    It often needs cases like this to bring up unforeseen circumstances in an Act to get the legislation tidied up.

  • 17 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I agree. Too many times now have we seen billionaires down on their luck bring trampled on by the employees

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    I wonder why the evidence they gave was unclear and lacked credibility if Jonas was so clearly in the wrong. Surely honesty would have been the best policy. I’m sure Ashleys mind set is petrified of honesty because of the massive can of worms it would open if he told the truth.

  • 19 catchy in norway // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM


    you are a fool,

    did you watch his last game? he was our best player, and the reason he had looked so poor was because P45 used him as a 3rd DMC, and NOT the left winger he is.

    the problem was he attacked P45, or at least that’s what p45 thinks, when he openly criticised the way we played football. that’s why he was dropped

  • 20 beermonkey // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:46 AM


    pretty fair i think

  • 21 Jib // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    “the problem was he attacked P45, or at least that’s what p45 thinks, when he openly criticised the way we played football. that’s why he was dropped”
    The tribunal thought it was his cancer.
    Why didn’t you attend the tribunal and tell them that ?

    Ha ha ha

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Jib Jibberish – how was the law erroneously applied in respect of the Jonas case and what ammendments to the Act do you see being made by Parliament.

  • 23 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Team for today:


  • 24 catchy in norway // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    the cancer was the “justification” to drop him.

  • 25 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Jail, fair answer to my last question.

  • 26 toon22 // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Any other club would have made sure he left on good terms for no other reason than all the bad pr that would follow.
    Not this club.
    Do you think Fatso will sell up and buy Rangers,looks like they are going up to the top league this year.
    Wouldnt be suprised if MA decided to leave the country and sell up anything the government can drag him into the parliment buildings about,his shares in SD could no doubt be fiddled with to make him imune.

  • 27 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    When does Rafa ever start with anything other than 4-2-3-1?

    Only when things invariably go tits up does he change things and we improve. You’d have thought the ‘tactical genius’ would’ve caught on by now.

  • 28 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    The main reason why we just don’t look like a footballing team is because there is no movement. Everytime I watch I always look around at which players will actually move into good positions and ask for the ball. We just don’t have that, especially now without confidence. They all need to grow some balls and earn there wage because this is our last chance. I would much rather see pass and move rather than hopeful crosses that never reach there destination since they don’t even know where they’re heading.

  • 29 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I just don’t understand how we can be a premier league team with players that are just so inept in this league.

    Terrible recruitments by Charnley and too little to late by Ashley, who by the way doesn’t escape any blame at all. He’s the one who hired Charnley and Carr and they’re the main reasons why our squad is lacking quality and numbers.

    I wonder when they are going to sort out the training ground, way too many injuries.

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    If Norwich get too far ahead I cannot see us catching them up.
    Best result for us I think would be a Mackem victory – draw second best.
    If Norwich win it is really looking bad.

  • 31 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Out of all the players bought this season who has been a success?




    I don’t even know where to put Mbemba. Great first half and awful second.

  • 32 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:42 PM


    Agreed, if Norwich win it’s game over, even though I think it’s already over.

    I bet when we are mathematically relegated we win a game.

  • 33 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Mitrovic hasn’t been a particular success either. Suppose his last couple of matches are fresh in the mind and not the endless missed sitters beforehand, that had he scored a few of, we’d be in with a much better shot at survival.

  • 34 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM


    That’s the Saddest thing, I was clutching at straws for successes. Says alot about our recruitments this season.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Stop whining. Do you want Pardew back so we can exist as a non life form in the PL.

  • 36 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:53 PM


    You really have no room to tell others to stop whining. It’s literally all you do aside from that 2 week spell when you became weirdly positive.

  • 37 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Is young Mr Vollans on his latest parole outing? 🙂

  • 38 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Our whole team/ squad has not been a success, either not good enough or lack of effort.
    We’re the worst team in the premier league and if anyone thinks we’ve got a chance to stay op think again.
    Our team would struggle in league 1 fact.
    What amazes me most is people paying for the pleasure of watching defeats and dross.

    You can’t blame the board for that.

  • 39 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    If I was a manager and one of my players had or had had testicular cancer, given that football is a physical sport with a kick in the b*llocks being a real possibility, I might be very reluctant to field that player.
    It could even perhaps be something the player (any) could use against the club (again any) to sue them.

    Having said that Jonas should have been given the opportunity to prove he is still up to playing in the EPL or as I have already said the club should have had enough savvy to see that a testimonial would have been good face saving PR.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    You have not stopped whining since we hired one of the best managers we could possibly get, it’s like Ashley has let you down by finally doing the right thing, thinking about another name change are you?

  • 41 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Only chance we have today is Mackems to win…..
    Then mackems and Norwich to not win again.
    If we do not win today even I will admit we are down
    I am upset at our current plight, but as Ed has shown with his highlighting of a charity request re Little Poppy Mai….It’s a game of football.
    Also the way Charnley and Ash have ruined our great club…Keegangate, Hootsgate, Kinnear debacle, naming rights, Jonasgate, fans treat with contempt. ….List is endless.
    They deserve to be ruined but we fans do not deserve this.
    Only problem is even if we are relegated Ash will remain. He will slash wages and cut posts so he is hit financially as little as possible whilst others will lose their income.
    Players walk away to other clubs !

    I will end this with great words from SBR re a club is about the fans ( you all know it) but also from Keegan himself ‘Charnley could not fill the back of a stamp with what he knows about football’
    How right he is.

  • 42 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Howway it doesn’t matter if Norwich win or not we can’t catch them with our flops.
    We’ll go down in 19th place, we’ve had all season and we’re going back over if anything.

  • 43 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Nah, I was initially very happy, but that dissipated with the derby and disappeared completely after Norwich. Rafa’s past glories evidently count for zilch.

  • 44 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    I see that the Telegraph not only have us down (which is fair enough) but they also predict that we will be doing a Leeds cos we don’t have the scrappers we had last time.

    Personally I think we”ll have better players and with the right manager whether if be Rafa or Monk (?) even with Ashley at the top we’ll bounce straight back up.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    toon kk,
    Jeezus.H.Christ, you’re another one, at least get todays match out of the way. We might hump them 4-0.

  • 46 damma99 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Come on the Mackems.

  • 47 Ron Knee // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Good attacking spell from SAFC.

  • 48 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM


    If that’s directed at me I don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • 49 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    People have been saying that for at least the last two seasons, “we might just win the next one”

    We’ll be thumped mate, its the easiest prediction of every game played this weekend.

  • 50 Goofy // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    I’d rather Norwich draw with Scum. We need 3 wins to jump Norwich anyway (7 points, possible 2 wins and a draw) and if the Scum win we’ll be 5 behind them with their tails up. 0-0 will suit me fine.

  • 51 andrew84 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Our Moussa demonstrating the ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’ philosophy there.

    I cannot bring myself to cheer Sunderland on today. It’s just not in my nature. I find myself wanting them to lose because that’s always been the case with me. Newcastle only have themselves to blame for relying on other teams to help them out. Especially our fierce local rivals.

    There’s no dignity left.

  • 52 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Pen to Thunlun

  • 53 geordie157 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Sorry Sissoko I’d drop you today….can’t afford passengers

    Mbemba, Lacelles, Dummett
    Townsend, Tiote, Shelvey, Colback, Aarons
    De Jong

    Although Swansea’s strength is the pace on the wings…I think Townsend and Aarons could get them on the back foot.

  • 54 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Scored it!

  • 55 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Sun 1 up

  • 56 g.s.tooner // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    feels wierd supporting the mackems.. hopefully they can get 2 or 3. Can’t hold a lead to save their lives

  • 57 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    It’s a very important game to Norwich and Sunderland, they are fighting it out for survival. Our players gave up on our second game of the season.

  • 58 JamesToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    My team for today would be:


  • 59 JamesToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Actually I’d have SDJ playing off Mitro

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    have always disliked fat sham in the same way as AP, ie both delusional, defensive long ball managers, but have to admit Sunderland do look very organised and together, in a way we could only dream of.

    very strange wanting sunderland to win!!

  • 61 bettyswallocks // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Young Magpie……… If you don’t know what Tsunki’s talking about, why would you consider his comment was aimed at you and jump to your defence?

  • 62 Ron Knee // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:40 PM


    They have a functioning defence. It helps!

  • 63 Derek // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    my team:

    _________De Jong_____Wijnaldum______

  • 64 geordie157 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    If Mbabu is fit then back four, if not then back three.

    I don’t mind Anita but I don’t want to see him at full back…ever!

  • 65 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    still can’t believe carr spunked 13M on thauvin when a LB and CB were so desperately the priority rather than a weak little diva.

    how carr and charnley are still in the building for their many many gross demeanours defies belief. seems no one is ever accountable.

  • 66 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    To pull this great escape off we really need to be a bit like an F1 car trying to overtake and be right behind them in their slipstream within a win preferably. Once they drop that win and we get 3 points, we’ll overtake them.

    Duff this game up again today and we’re barely driving forward in a strong head wind.

  • 67 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Don’t want either of those teams getting confidence from their game today.

  • 68 Our Toon // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    It would be a disaster if we played with 3 cbs today, especially as Swansea as soon strong down the wings.

    I think he will shake it up though.

    Sissoko, Las, mbemba, dummett
    Colback, shelvey
    Obertan, gini, townsend

    Not my ideal line up but what I think rafa will go with

  • 69 Derek // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:51 PM


    agreed. I haven’t heard any news about Mbabu so assuming he is still out. So would prefer 3 at the back.. If we are going down, I hope some attacking football is what we see in our final games in the Premier League

  • 70 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Both of them look so much more fluent and methodical than us. They’re obviously all pulling in the same direction and all understand the tactics. We still look like a collection of individuals that have only just met. The only time we don’t is when SDJ is on the pitch.

  • 71 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM


    Because some multiple account kept calling me this bloke named ‘insert first name here’ Vollans’. So I just assumed he was talking to me, I didn’t want to seem rude and ignore him.

  • 72 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 1:58 PM


  • 73 Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Absolute cert that now Sunderland have thrown us a lifeline with their performance against Norwich here we will spurn the great opportunity to close the gap with another insipid performance at home to Swansea. If this is the case we deserve to go down and the team can have no excuses.

  • 74 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Now need Defoe injury….

  • 75 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    No Mitrovic or SDJ – what a pillock!

  • 76 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    No Shelvey either.

  • 77 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Cisse starts….
    Mitro on bench….

  • 78 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    ..tbh, i think our win today is very slim. Shelvey will perform poorly today.

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