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This Top Player Wants To Leave Newcastle This Summer

11:17 am, Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

We had thought when we look at the Newcastle squad, that three players who would push strongly for a move this summer if Newcastle were relegated would be Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat.

So it’s not too surprising there is a report coming out of France in L’Equipe today that Sissoko has ‘no intention’ of staying with Newcastle and helping us get back to the Premier League next season.

For a player who has continually said he should playing in the Champions League every season – that’s not surprising.


The powerful Moussa Sissoko in action on Sunday
In his last game for Newcastle – probably

There are reports today that Arsenal are willing to pay £10M for the powerful midfield player and that another London club – West Ham – are also interested.

The more clubs interested in Moussa the better, because that will help drive the price up and Newcastle would be willing to allow Moussa to leave.

His price will go up further if he plays well for France in Euro 2016.

Newcastle should let any player leave who doesn’t want to stay and be part of Rafa’s revolution – and then in a couple of years time it will be interesting to see where Newcastle are and how those players are doing at their new clubs.

If Moussa does join Arsenal, we would be very surprised if he can make the starting line-up, although Arsene Wenger is a top manager and could bring out the best in the 26 year-old 35 times capped French International.

That’s exactly what Rafa Benitez has been able to do over the last 10 games and even made the Frenchman his captain.

Sissoko could even stay if Rafa deems him a player he wants to keep on board as he build up the Newcastle team, although he may not be able to persuade him to stay.

Moussa Sissoko has played 132 times for Newcastle with 12 goals since signing for us from Toulouse in January, 2013 – and he was easily our Man of the Match on Sunday against Spurs with 44% of the vote in what could be his last game for the club.

In the second half and especially when we went down to 10 men the Frenchman was simply unbelievable and almost unplayable.

He was a great example to the rest of the players and resulted in the Magpies scoring three unanswered goals after Mitrovic had been sent off after 68 minutes when we were leading 2-1.

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  • 1 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    never been a top player in my eyes

  • 2 scout // May 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Couldn’t tie Nobles boots and wouldn’t make the Arsenal bench. The man wears a sleeping bag as a vest.

  • 3 Wayayman // May 19, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    The bloke has bottled more games than pretty much anyone else in our squad. he can’t tackle and his decision making is awful. He only gets out of 2nd gear when the games suit him and he’s definitely NOT the type of player who will slog it out for 46 games in the Championship. Sell the bloke and get someone in who gives a toss.

  • 4 stripes1009 // May 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Get rid of him before the Euro’s because if he puts the same amount of effort into playing for France as he has for Newcastle……his value will go down!
    For a long time this season, he has been a very poor player……

  • 5 scout // May 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    You reckon he will play for France? Have you been on the aeroplane glue?

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    You all know my airport story.

  • 7 banjax // May 19, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    No sour grapes over ANY player who wants to leave because those players have no sense of guilt or responsibility for the part they played in the relegation of the club to the Championship and wouldn’t perform to the best of their ability. My only concern is the NUFC and the best transfer fee we can get.

  • 8 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    The mood music this morning:

    “Newcastle are happy but they still need Benitez to rubber stamp the deal. It’s been suggested in some quarters that he may hanging on for a better option. That’s not the case, insist his camp.”

  • 9 expatmag // May 19, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    25 million and he can pick his club

  • 10 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    airport story ?????

  • 11 Rotonda heights // May 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I wouldn’t lose sleep over any of the following going:-

    Sissoko: Poor touch, poor decision making, poor shooting, poor attitude.

    Janmatt: Poor defender, wasteful attacker.

    Taylor: perma-crock and s—e.

    SDJ: perma crock

    Shelvey: 1 game in 10 performer.

    I would only miss Wijni because the potential is there, but is so lazy and maybe Mitro to a degree, but he’s a liability, has no pace and misses too many chances .

    Colback and dummet: well i guess it’s their level now.

  • 12 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Jail…….. It’s looking nailed on now that Rafa will be staying. I have to agree that a season in the Championship with Rafa staying on makes more appeal than a struggle in the PL with the likes of McC bumbling along.
    I know you stated that you will be buying season tickets for you and your daughter if Rafa stays and if he doesn’t you won’t be going anywhere near the place. As I pointed out earlier this is rather a vague statement as Newcastle is only relatively small in comparison to other city centres and you would be near the ground wherever you were in the city centre. However leaving that to one side and should the unthinkable happen and Rafa does leave, I was wondering if there are any other managers out there that would convince you to buy the ST’s?

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM


    He’s in the squad, so he is bound to get some game time for france. They tend to chuck him in wide right of a front 3

  • 14 jayphoto // May 19, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    12-15m would be a great deal on this for me. He has ability. Hes primarily a central player through his whole career and to be fair he played wide more than not here so out of position of sorts. I think rafa staying will signal the end of the French speaking influence at NUFC anyway. Obertan and marveaux have gone, sissoko, tiote and cisse will surely go, Thauvin, Gouffran and Riviere will go if theres any takers.
    The only one I can see staying is Saivet as we’ll be short centrally if Tiote, Sissoko, Gini all go.

  • 15 jayphoto // May 19, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    @Rotonda – I think shelvey will tear the championship up to be honest. His game at Swansea was based around strikers making runs beyond the last defender, which he hasn’t had so far at Newcastle, the players were far too static.
    Rafa at all his sides has built around a player like shelvey- a midfield 2, one a deep lying playmaker the other a destroyer. I think he’ll use shelvey this way once he can have preseason to really get the side how he wants it. I think the last 8 games were more a set up because we can’t afford to lose and theres no time to change the system too drastically and we’ll see a slightly more dynamic side come august when the work has been drilled in.

  • 16 Mister Tuff // May 19, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Generally I think the players/some of the players will be keeping quiet about their intentions -until the Rafa situation is sorted out – cannot blame them for that.
    However first out the door will be Sissoko.
    His last game – he played like a man possessed.
    He is not a natural footballer with excellent skills but relies on power and speed.

    Watched a Tinkerman interview the other day – any player having doubts about the club – are out. Best policy to maintain a united dressing room.

  • 17 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    L’Equipe actually says
    “Relégué avec Newcastle, Moussa Sissoko ne fera pas de vieux os chez les Magpies.”

    Relegated with Newcastle, Moussa Sissoko will not make old bones staying in the home of the Magpies.

    Not a saying I’m familiar with.
    I guess it means he won’t grow old at SJP (end his career there ) not that he’s looking for an immediate move ?

  • 18 Mister Tuff // May 19, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    hibbit – gist is jail bumped into him at the airport and asked him about his club intentions -cannot recall his exact reply but it was non committal.

  • 19 Wayayman // May 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    JAY@15, I agree on Shelvey. Armstrong is exactly the sort of striker that Shelvey will feed. Could be an exciting time if Rafa sees the potential in Arma.

  • 20 Mister Tuff // May 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Jib Jibberish – whilst that French phrase has other meanings in this context it means he will “not be around for long”.

  • 21 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Just a guess
    But I think apart from a few local warm-up kickabouts we may not have a pre season tour as such , which would be no bad thing.
    Last summers toby around the USA was of no benefit whatsoever !

  • 22 JP...from The Rock // May 19, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Bye and good riddance. Extremely overrated player. Can be brilliant when he actually turns up for a game . Though that only happens at a maximum of 5 games per year. His first touch is terrible and his decision making is very limited and predictable.

    I would wait out for more than 10m if more than one club is in fact interested and wait for ater the Euros to see if a daft club think he will be a top player for them and gives us more for him.

    A complete waster of undoubted talent. His engine and strength is remarkable but his, shooting, touch and passing is terrible so we can do without. His attitude is also very poor and is one of the few ‘stars’ I would be happy to see the back of.

    Bye bye Socks! Now lets get a proper trier in the Townsend mould instead!

  • 23 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Thanks for that Mr Tuff

  • 24 Toon_Army // May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Makes me laugh when players like this spout such nonsense, he says he should be playing Champions League Football but he managed to prove this season that he is a Championship level player, if other clubs have any sense they won’t touch him with a barge pole and try to find a player with more credibility than just shooting their mouth off…

  • 25 JP...from The Rock // May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    I really can’t wait to see Arma play a good run of games for ums in the Championship. He is a quality finisher with pace that could very well be a huge star for us in the future. I really hope he is given a proper chance to shine now that we are in his current level.. The Championship. There’s no reason not to play him. What’s best is that he is quick and mobile compared to all our other strikers that are predictsble and slow.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // May 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Jib Jibberish
    ne pas faire de vieux os = not be around for long.

    faire is the infinitive to do or to make.
    In the article you cite – fera is a future tense of the verb faire

  • 27 stuart no9 // May 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    ED …… are you sure soko has played 132 games for us ?? .I simply cant believe that . i can only remember 2 …..against chelsea on his debut and against spurs on hopefully his last game for us.. what happened to the 130.??

  • 28 jayphoto // May 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Got a feeling if Rafa stays we may see some surprise players stay. I’ve got about 8 down as definite goners but can’t see rafa staying and letting much more than that go from the 25 man squad.
    Ive got Krul , janmaat, Taylor, Tiote, sissoko, cisse and doumbia as players that will deffo go. Along with Obertan and marveaux. That’s already about 350k a week off the bill. If colo goes that’s another 80k p/w gone.
    Got a really slight feeling we may keep hold of Gini. Not sure why, just these rafa talks are football related. He wants a side that can bounce back at the first time, and he doesn’t do that by losing more than 10 from the squad!

  • 29 Shadow_Shearer // May 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I like sissoko, & think he is a good player. I think his best position is box to box infront of tioti.
    But as long as benitez stays I couldn’t care if sissoko leave. Benitez has strong contacts in football, sissoko will no doubt be replaced.

  • 30 Shadow_Shearer // May 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    & hopefully replaced by somebody with a better attitude.

  • 31 Novocastrian66 // May 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Good riddance. Anyway, has anyone seen this?

  • 32 jayphoto // May 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    to be fair to sissoko – he had a good game against west ham last season when we stayed up so he can do it in the pressure games.
    I don’t like him, I don’t like his attitude, but when he can be bothered he’s a hell of a player. We’ve had a losing culture at Newcastle for a while and its affected more than a couple of players. Sissoko would be a good squad rotation player at arsenal/Liverpool,Spurs etc. Anyone really aside from man city/Leicester who’s styles who styles won’t suit him. For 12m or so he’s an effective squad player at a decent club. Played well more often than not since rafa came in too.
    Be funny when he signs for pardew at palace mind

  • 33 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Mr Tuff
    One learns something new every day

  • 34 Mister Tuff // May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Jib Jibberish – a further tip for you – look, listen and learn.

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // May 19, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    I changed my mind about Sissoko a dozen times a season. Incredibly frustrating player. Just when you’ve given up on him he puts in a couple of blinders. Ultimately though, just too unreliable I think, especially in a generally poor team. £10 mill. would be a decent price to get for him.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // May 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM


    in that case with shelvey, then mitro with zero pace isn’t really ideal, whereas arma could possibly be.

  • 37 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Charlie in Gallowgate’s earlier observation regarding a change in club ownership: quote, “…. my biggest worry he sells up who the F**k would come in – could be out of the frying pan into the fire!” is worthy of consideration.

    Who, from the murky world of US hedge funds or some murderous Middle East family or some corrupt General from the Far East or some African blood diamond gangster or some dodgy curry baron from the Indian sub-continent, would any of us want to replace the Fatman. 

    I suspect the only folk loaded enough to take over are villains and bastards;  at least the Fatman is our bastard … perhaps it’s ‘better the Devil you know’.

    My player of the season is Mitrovic for his full blooded performances … what a shame the rest of the players didn’t copy his example.

  • 38 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Mr Tuff

  • 39 jayphoto // May 19, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    @rotunda – yeah, I’d be tempted to play Arma as Coventry have in the #10 role, similar to bellamy with shearer, getting beyond the striker. Mitro laying off and flicking on should link well with arma!
    Still got a feeling riviere will do well in the championship too! Hes well suited for it!
    Its all hard to judge as average premier league players can be world beaters when they drop a level ala Alan smith the last time

  • 40 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 19, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Back Door Man

    My sentiments/worry is some corrupt despot from those areas you mentioned and I would add Russia to your list – plenty of Putins mates have dodgy millions squirrelled away.

    Happier with the devil I know!!!!!!

  • 41 scout // May 19, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Fair play to the mackems got Defoe paid him a fortune and his goals kept them up. We let Demba Ba and Remy get away, after scoring goals. If your top scorer is a midfielder you dont deserve to stay up.
    We should sign Dunk from Brighton though, he really is a good hand.

    Janmatt agger mbemba mabu
    townsend shelvey colback arrons
    Arma. Mitro

    That team would smash it in the Championship

  • 42 santoonarmy // May 19, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Pardon me, but for me I never seen him as a top player

  • 43 davis_toons // May 19, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    i hope the highest paid man (80K/wk) does his job…without pointing fingers..his level as well.

    Best is to find him a new club and move him on. We can’t afford him.

  • 44 davis_toons // May 19, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    With 80k/wk Defoe will join us over Sunderland.

  • 45 Nufc-83 // May 19, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Scout if you wouldn’t start lascelles in championship as one of our first choice cbs after his quality performances this season and his leadership qualities we may aswell sell him. For me one of the first names down and it will be good to see him really kick on in the championship then hopefully be a permanent fixture for the prem next season (possibly captain).

  • 46 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Mark Douglass writing that the Club aren’t pressing Rafa because they want a few things sorted before they do.

    Those things include-

    Sorting out Carr’s future and

    The football board.

    Internal matters that could be sorted out after Rafa but that’s Penfold – priorities? Anything but the important matter!

    This reminds me of the dithering over McLaren!


  • 47 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    If Sissoko wants away he’s got to understand it’s on our terms and our time – not his!

  • 48 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    I don’t even think it’s Defoe who kept Sunderland up, the 3 lads signed in January were the difference for them. Kazri, Kirchoff and Kone if that’s the CBs name. Before them 3 players even defoe was struggling. Sam tightened it up and got them playing on counter

    Lesh – sissoko will leave on his terms not ours as we are down and need to offload players

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Any players that want to leave should be made to hand in transfer requests the likes of Sissoko should not be getting any loyalty bonuses or any other goods that come with being sold by your club !!

    On another note seen a post saying Benitez may attempt to get some premiership players who are on the fringes next season would anyone take any of Jay Rodriguez , Danny Ings or James Wilson? All of them have pace ,workrate and goals in them and would smash the championship !

  • 50 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Kirchoff and Kone were great pieces of business for under 6.5 million for both !!!

    Why the hell were we not in for Kone ?? We seem to have missed so many players from the French league that cost less than what we paid for other players ! Sakho from West Ham was another 3 million and we bought Riviere for 6 !!

  • 51 Nufc-83 // May 19, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Lee Charnley bunga party the problem is none of them players would drop a division in my opinion.

  • 52 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 2:15 PM


    Why did we miss out on Kone, Kirchoff?

    Maybe they weren’t with Mondial, Carr’s second income source….. Tsk tsk, err

  • 53 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 2:39 PM


    Saying that Wilson was playing for Brighton this season was he not? I suppose those players would need to be asked would you rather warm the bench and never play for Southampton and Liverpool or get similar wages and play for 52k a week under Benitez ?!?

    Benitez would be able to sell a long term project to certain players I am sure but we may struggle to get all the players he wants which is why we may need to sign some seasoned Championship players to get us out of the division and then get in more players the season after !


    Yeah its amazing that no journalist has ever mentioned the cosy arrangement with Mondial? We have given them over 80 million over the last few seasons!!

    I also always thought Carr doesn’t watch enough of the Toon or the premiership so wont have an idea of what players would perfectly suit the league

  • 54 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Money money money

  • 55 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 2:53 PM


    It’s not like you to post links to speculative journalism.

    With your insight, sleuthing skills and extensive contacts network you must be able to come up with something better than the Beeb!

  • 56 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    I’m having lunch at the moment with Rafa in the Ring o’Bells .
    I can exclusively reveal he had egg and chips ( huevos y patatas fritas ) smothered in Daddy’s broon saas (salsa morena de papa )

  • 57 JAMSHA // May 19, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    20 mil for sissoko u can have him arse

  • 58 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Nova, good link. Bizarre, but interesting. Empty seats are empty seats, the idea of shuffling everyone around to hide them brings up scenes from a monty python sketch! 😉
    I think the time for ‘why didn’t we…’ has long gone. We know why. We were run by incompetents. Case closed.
    As for Sissoko, let him go. Whatever he goes for will be a profit, because we got him cheaply enough. I doubt his ego would settle for less than double figures anyway. Being a Champions League quality player and all that. Give us the money and repent at your leisure.

  • 59 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Lesh, talking about Brighton, I really like the winger Knockeart, as well as Dunk. He played for Leicester the last i knew, before he turned up at Brighton. Why do we always get the wrong french wingers? (I believe he is French). Tricky feet and a wicked dead ball merchant.

  • 60 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    I’m not sure anymore about what happens when a player leaves a club.  I think it used to be the case that if:

    the club placed the player on the transfer list the player got 10% of the fee

    the player requested the transfer he got nowt

    out of contract players just left with nowt for either player or club.

    Am I correct, and if so, does anybody know if this still applies?

  • 61 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Sorry! Not lesh, lee. 😉

  • 62 Hail Wor Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    £12-15m is a fair price, any more a bonus. Same goes for Gini.

    Janmaat I expect £7m. Cisse between £3-5m to some far-flung league with more money than sense.

    £35m+ from those 4 would be great and not much loss.

  • 63 Essex Geordie Bill // May 19, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Rather he went to France, PSG should suit his abilities and ego.

    Be funny if he if he went to a club who got relegated from the Premier league, next season.

  • 64 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    BDM, that’s how i recall it as well, but not sure nowadays with the involvement of so many agents. If it was down to me, players would pay their agents and they’d get zilch from a club. Why agents even expect payment from anywhere else is beyond me. Their fee should have nothing to do with the transfer fee, but some players apparently expect it. Crazy situation.

  • 65 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Bill, he wouldn’t be the first player who left us only to fall flat somewhere else. 😉 The list continues to grow.

  • 66 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    That empty seat issue might be relevant at the Olympic Stadium where West Ham say they’ve sold 50,000 season tickets. 

    My hunch is that a sizable proportion of these sales have gone corporate and not to supporters.  Supporters will attend but filling corporate blocks leaves much to chance.

  • 67 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    BDM, the story was about Spain and how clubs will be fined if tv companies show empty seats on the box. Bizarre. Perhaps another attempt to only show Real and Barcelona games?
    As for West Ham, despite selling 50k ST’s, i suspect the novelty will rapidly wear thin if they revert to type. Can’t see that many going if they struggle, for sure.

  • 68 Shadow_Shearer // May 19, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Is there ANY decent news today?? This is really dragging!!!

    Message to benitez . . . Has it been two weeks yet??? Feel like forever!!!

  • 69 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    BDM we could have the same problem if Rafa fails to sign
    how many will turn up with Warnock in charge or someone similar gets the job

  • 70 Essex Geordie Bill // May 19, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    I don’t think WH ever got full houses so I can’t see them filling the Olympic stadium, they might need some good CGI and canned cheering, especially if they struggle next year.

  • 71 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Shadow, horrible innit? I expect it might drag on a while yet matey. The two weeks might well drag out to just that, unless Ashley agrees completely to Rafa’s demands. No doubt he’ll try for a bit of wriggle room and stretch it out. To be fair, Rafa is asking for Ashley to hand it over lock stock and barrel and needs to convince him it’s the only way to go. As long as he signs, a few days is worth it. 😉

  • 72 Essex Geordie Bill // May 19, 2016 at 3:53 PM


    Yeah, DeBuchey, Enrique snd Cabaye spring to mind although Cabaye could easily win a cup winners medal soon. 🙁

  • 73 Mag52 // May 19, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Sissoko wanting out ? Best news I’ve had so far today. Just hope there’s some manager out there prepared to pay for a footballer who appears interested in playing about once in every ten games.

  • 74 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Bill, i think they’ll fill the stadium at first, with the novelty factor, but like i say, that will soon wear thin if they struggle. As you say, they sometimes struggled to fill upton park at 35k, so 60k is really pushing it. Good luck to them, would be nice to see a new force in London and the seats are seriously cheap for that city, so you just never know.

  • 75 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Bill, i think manure might have something to say about that. It’s a no win situation really. Either manure win another trophy – yuk – or we prepare to be bombarded with pardew bollox and how we should never have let him go. Not sure how they’ll manage that if Rafa signs though. 😉 Pardew? Rafa? Such a difficult choice! 😉

  • 76 loonie-toon // May 19, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Saying wat we all no already

  • 77 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 4:09 PM


    Would rather Man Utd won the cup than Pardew getting it its already bad enough on forums and chat shows with pundits saying we should never have got rid of him !!

  • 78 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    One thing we really need to do next season is turn SJP back into the fortress it used to be. Now might be a good time to press for the reopening of the singing section on level 7. For some teams, SJP will be their wembley and we need to make it really uncomfortable for them, instead of letting it inspire them.

  • 79 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    There are people all over various fb pages (mainly mackems) laughing at newcastle and saying “Raffa isn’t even a world class manager”. Says it all, really.

  • 80 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Lee, sadly i’m thinking the same myself! 😉 Normally i would want ANY team playing them to win, but this is a tough one. I actually don’t dislike Pardew, but just the thought of what would come our way if Palace beat manure, makes it difficult! Under any other circumstances I would be cheering for Palace, but maybe next time eh? 😉

  • 81 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    I think that, if you would rather have hippo-heed than Raffa, then maybe you should consider a change of sport.

  • 82 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    YCMIU and hippo heed is? Lmfao! Goes to show what limited knowledge the possess when it comes to football. They only embarress themselves and any neutral will be laughing at them, rather than with them.

  • 83 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Pardew was dull and over cautious, but not as bad as many made him out to be. I was sick of his craic, and wanted him replaced, but not for WORSE!(Carver and McWally were miles worse) He might win a cup, but is a mid-table mediocrity machine. That being said, it would be funny if man u lose and end up out of european competition.

  • 84 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    A couple of those appearing on posters’ shit lists deserve some recognition for being faithful servants of the Club, namely, Coloccini and Taylor. 

    Their failure to become standard bearers to our cause this season shouldn’t warp memories of their contribution over the years.  Getting old, getting crocked, must affect what they’ve been able to offer lately.

    I’m reluctant to heap them with the rest of the discarded wet-wipes but I agree with most here that their time is up;  but let’s not jeer too loudly.

  • 85 willowdalerez // May 20, 2016 at 3:17 AM

    “Moussa Sissoko has played 132 times for Newcastle with 12 goals since signing for us from Toulouse in January, 2013”

    12 goals in 132 games… all that needs to be said (except maybe that he had more goals than good service to strikers) and glad to see the back of him. He never wanted to be here, he never played with heart and never lived up to his oh so touted potential! Let him ride the bench at Arsenal which is as close as he’ll come to “playing Champions League” except maybe in the exceptional case of mass injuries or as a late sub.

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