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Newcastle Star Not Sure Where It All Went Wrong

5:19 pm, Monday, May 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 91 Comments

Georginio Wijnaldum hasn’t thought too much about leaving Newcastle – yet – because he says he’s still too devastated and distraught about Newcastle being relegated.

And whereas Rafa Benitez has made it clear he would like to see Moussa Sissoko stay at Newcastle for next season, the manager has not said the same thing about the Dutch international.

Rafa could still want Gini to stay at the club for next season of course, but we think the Dutch International will want to move to pastures anew – but we could be wrong about that.

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Gini Wijnaldum – in action against Crystal Palace

One of the world’s best managers has shown everybody the way at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has fully committed himself to Newcastle for the next three years, even though that means a season in the English second division.

That shows real commitment from the man who has managed Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan, Naples and at the start of season the Champions League winners of last Saturday – Real Madrid.

This is some of what Gini has said in the local papers today::

“It’s difficult to say where it went wrong, you have to analyze the whole season and then you can say that.” “It is still difficult to say directly after the season where it went wrong.”

“The fans gave me a good feeling by supporting us.” “Especially in the Tottenham game when the club had been relegated and the stadium was still full.”

“They were still singing for us and that gives us a good feeling.” “That’s what you have to do in football (just come back), you can do nothing else.”

“If something happens you have to stay calm and have confidence in yourself and as a team.” “You have to keep fighting.”

Rafa staying at the club should ensure he can keep all the players he wants to keep – we just don’t know exactly who those are yet – and whether they will include Gini Wijnaldum.

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91 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Easy, Gini….

    Roughly around the time you went missing for away games. You and a few others.

  • 2 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    If the club wants to buy and see the best out of a quality player like Widjnaldum, players used to performing in dominant sides at the top of the league, then it needs to put all the right pieces together around him, particularly in their first year.

    A central midfield of Anita and Colback was never going to win enough share of midfield battles to allow us to build attacking impetus. It did a far better job of exposing our frailties at the back. Mitrovic was too young and inexperienced to lead the line and score the necessary goals, and McClaren not capable of convincing the club to buy, or of finding a better approach with the players he had.

    Calling Widjnaldum a shirker is apportioning to much blame in one place, and possibly entirely too much.

  • 3 lukes26 // May 30, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    i dont blame Gini too much.

    His best position is probably at #10, but we played him as a winger or DM most of the time

    the problem was that we had 4 players (ayoze, Gini, De Jong, sissoko) who’s (debatably) best position is #10 & newcastle’s formation for most the season didnt really utilize a #10

    absolute madness

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    We have players that have played at internatuonal level, who have the talent. They could and should have led by example, and taken more responsibility upon themselves instead of going missing in games. Gini was certainly not the only one ( as i clearly pointed out in the first post). Not being bothered because the less talented players are not giving you enough ball is a poor excuse for a professional player not to try. Sissoko, Gini, Cisse and Shelvey are four main culprits of this. There were games where they quite simply DID NOT TRY. Now, should we cast them all aside? No. But a serious attitude adjustment is required if they are to stay.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    I didn’t vote for Tom as I don’t know much about the lad.

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    We have seen a slight change already, in sissoko. Now that may be because he wanted to be in the shop window, but I think it was more to do with Rada making him captain, and motivating him. It shows that it can be done with these players. Maybe cisse is a little long in the tooth, and may need to move on to finish off in a “retirement fund” league, but gini, sissoko and shelvey are in/entering thier prime footballing years, and have the attributes to become excellent servants for us. Do they all deserve another chance? I would say Gini and Shelvey do. Not sure if Sissoko will be popular, due to his constant wh0ring of himself all over the place

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Tsunki

    It’s Tim’s brother.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // May 30, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Do not know what I might have started here with Welshie -a later general knowledge quiz.
    I suspect some of the questions will be of a similar standard to the below samples:-
    1. How many legs has a dog
    2. How many ears has a cat.
    3. What are the animals called that live in the jungle and were once used in the PG Tips adverts.
    4. Do budgies have feathers or fur.

  • 9 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I think this is our best team for the Championship, and Rafa would take it comfortably to promotion.

    ………………………….Krul..
    ..Janmaat……Mbemba…..Collocini…Haidarra..

    …………………Tiote…………..Shelvey…….

    …..Townsend……….Sissoko……..Widjnaldum…

    …………………………Mitrovic….

    Still allows an excellent bench by Championship standards, and a starting 11 with plenty of ability and attacking impetus.

    The defence and midfield would need an overhaul once back up, and Cisse replaced with a 20 goal striker. But lets not try to buy those players now, unless they are young and outstanding, or older and on a free, that we can sign on a two year deal, because otherwise we won’t attract the necessary quality.

    The likes of McCormack really aren’t good enough.

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I always thought budgies wore trousers that were slightly too short.

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 30, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Jimmy

    If they all stay, then i would agree with the personel. I would, however, swap gini and sissoko, but only because sissoko tends to play in a wider role for france (when he gets a game), often either side in a front 3.

  • 12 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    We didn’t use the right players in the right formations because McCarvew didn’t have any confidence in the quality or morale of his squad, that’s why he tried a holding game and maybe counter on the break which of course didn’t work because we had a shocking defensive midfield which crucially also lacked the skill to make play go forward.

    As for Gini, sorry but being played slightly out of your natural position does not result in your name not being mentioned in commentary for 15 minute+ spells during many many games.

    I disagree with you Jimmy except for the part where you touch on him requiring a dominant team, a team of creative individuals around him to give him the freedom to look good. Unfortunately we needed him to be one of those creative players, not the guy holding onto the shirt of them.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Mark oh I see well if he’s half as good as his brother…

  • 14 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Yeah, too many 10’s. You might also sell one and bring in an Agger type and a couple of top prospects in other positions. A winger certainly, to compete with Aarons, Thauvin and Townsend.

  • 15 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Aye, the blog’s not the same in the close season without Pied-billed Toon, Pied-tailToon, ToonTurkey9, Black-backed Toon, ToonWarbler, TitToon etc

  • 16 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    I wonder where BlackToon & BrownToon are these days? It’s nesting season though.

  • 17 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Actually I toyed with the idea of using Toonpole Tudor once (see what I did there, eh? Eh?) but I couldn’t raise enough enthusiasm after the Pokat debacle. 🙂

  • 18 lesh // May 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Tuff

    Welshyboy’s struggling with your questions – there’s too many all at once.

  • 19 JamesToon // May 30, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Jimmy

    Why do you want collo still??? It’s evident he wants out, he maybe championship quality but he clearly doesn’t want to be here, that goes the same with Janmaat and the likes of sissoko and wijnaldum, unless of course they commit themselves

  • 20 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Here’s a question for all literary buffs.

    Which novel relative to one of our best loved posters was published in 1960, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a film.
    It was written by American author Harper Lee.

  • 21 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Betty are you hammering your bird – centric humour to death? 🙂

  • 22 JamesToon // May 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Providing we keep Gini and sissoko and Townsend and get rid of the likes of Cisse, Riviere, gouffran, Janmaat, Taylor and Collo, I think we’ll need a commanding centre half (Lewis Dunk), a central midfielder (and a defensive mid if Tiote leaves) who could be either Hughes, Cook (£5m release clause) or Carroll. I’d get Carrick if Tiote leaves. Then a left back which I think Charlie Taylor would be a great choice from Leeds. Then finally a striker like McCormack or Nahki Wells

    …………………Darlow

    Anita…Mbemba…Lascelles…Taylor

    …………..Carrick…Shelvey…………….

    Townsend……Sissoko…..Wijnaldum

    ……………….McCormack……………….

  • 23 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Actually Jib is a mockingbird isn’t he. Or he could be a Common Shag.

  • 24 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Well done Tsunki. I wouldn’t want to see him killed though.

  • 25 carl // May 30, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Why do so many take anything The Mag has to say seriously ?
    It seems to me that they are more pro the mackems than us and took delight in what they openly stated was a lost cause to bring in a worthwhile Manager.

    Dale Foster writing in The Mag before Benitez signed a 3 year contract accused the fans of being deluded and questioned the believe of ever getting a worthwhile manager under Ashley. Anybody can see they have learnt nothing he stated.
    “I’m not sure who is more deluded; the Newcastle fans who really believe David Moyes, Rafa Benitez or Brendan Rodgers could be the next NUFC manager, or the newspapers who run the articles and expect the punter in the street to believe them?

    After almost nine years of Mike Ashley have Newcastle supporters really learnt nothing. Ashley’s first managerial appointment was Kevin Keegan and the fans were elated, both because of the anticipation of the football that would be played and also the fact that they trusted him. If KK had taken the job then obviously Ashley had accepted that he had to trust somebody who knew what he was doing and would let him get on with the job….. .

  • 26 Belfast // May 30, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I see the ahem comedy acts are still as poor as ever ahem.

  • 27 Belfast // May 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Time for retirement skunki.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    What is a female swan called.

    No cheating people.

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Can’t believe Mister Tuff didn’t know my elephant question.

    Seriously, you could not make it up.

  • 30 G // May 30, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Why does everybody think signing Carrick would be a good thing? Few years ago, yes, now when his legs have gone, madness.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Welsh
    Elephant question. What’s the difference between a post box and an elephant’s arse?

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Blackley

    I take it that you didn’t do well in school because they put people like you at the back of the class.

  • 33 carl // May 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Belfast
    And what’s with Back Door man? He seems fixated with Tsunki.
    This used to be a football blog with humour but it’s long been in short supply. A number don’t post but from the voting still read.
    You and a number rarely post these days.

  • 34 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    G, i had the same discussion the other day mate. I can’t see how Rafa would even consider Carrick as a step forward. He’ll be more interested in building a team capable of stepping seemlessly back into the PL. Carrick’s never wanted to come here for starters and he’ll be another year older when we step back up. Personally I think he’ll go for a younger option, or hope to improve Shelvey. Talk of Carrick or Gerrard is just that – talk imo.

  • 35 Belfast // May 30, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Like many others skunkis bad comedy is driving me away Carl lol

  • 36 G // May 30, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Bobby, I can’t see Rafa even considering a player whom has less than 20 games a season left in him who limps off the field after he plays.

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Welsh
    You don’t know the difference between a post box and an elephant’s arse? No wonder they don’t send you to post letters in your village.

    BTW, do you know where ToonyPandy is these days?

  • 38 Mister Tuff // May 30, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Welsh it is called a pen.
    A male swan is called a cob – as it has a large knob on it’s beak.
    This does not mean there is a big tadger on the swans beak – just a large bump.

  • 39 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    You and me both G, but the usual suspects managed to turn it unto a row. 😉 Then again, that might have been because it was me and nowt to do with the subject. The guy’s well past his prime and couldn’t live with sat-tues-sat games – not a chance in hell. I see our future as bright and forward thinking now, with Rafa in charge.

  • 40 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    You have to feel for poor Gini like. Most of us that really care – the fans – have managed to come to terms with relegation, but the poor lamb is still devastated. I’m sure he’ll recover once he gets the move he craves for. 😉

  • 41 Spoof // May 30, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    What will happen to Haidara this summer, personally I think that Rafa will sell him, Rafa does like to keep it tight and compact and as far as he is concerned a defender must be able to defend, Haidara can’t and I think he will be sold as will Janmaat as he can’t defend either, Dummett is a good defender so he will be a mainstay for Rafa.

  • 42 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Spoof, to be honest, i like Haidarra. Before Mcmanaman nearly broke him in half, he was possibly our best player that season, but his recovery has been hampered with further problems. Not sure what Rafa will make of him to be fair. Agree about Dummett. Bit of work on his distribution – nothing good coaching can’t handle – and he’ll be solid.

  • 43 carl // May 30, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Bobby
    I like Dummett defensively but he’s not very good going forward. His game has certainly improved under Rafa and he played with a lot of confidence.

  • 44 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Carl, couldn’t agree more about him going forward mate, his distribution needs working on, but Rafa’s coaching can improve that. Defensively he solid as a rock. Plenty of pace against fast wingers and times a tackle well. Pity we can’t combine his def work with Haidarra’s forward work – an ideal defender! 😉

  • 45 carl // May 30, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    I see that Adam Armstrong picked up 3 awards at Coventry’s end of season award evening. His goal at Millwall got him the goal of the season award. He chipped the goalkeeper from 25 yards. Also young player .
    I remember he also got into the PFA team of the season .
    Let’s hope he can reproduce with us.

  • 46 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    I think the Carrick and Gerard banter is indicative(?) of what the fans believe we need. That is a strong, experienced character in the middle of the park holding everything together.

  • 47 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    I do believe you did Arma will be a revaluation for us (if given a chance) next season. I’ve said this many times over the last few years, but every time I see him he just shines as a footballer. The way he moves across the turf, the lad is a natural.

  • 48 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I think everyone on here knows my opinions on Arma! 😉 Watched him play for the Academy and U21’s and he’ll be a legend. First time i saw Gazza play i knew he’d be big and i got exactly the same feeling about Arma. Movement off the ball, electric pace, great vision and such a natural finisher. His finishing puts everything else we’ve got to shame. You can’t coach that either, it’s purely instinctive. He’ll score at any level as well. Can’t wait for him to silence his doubters. 😉

  • 49 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Carl, it was 35 yards at least. 😉 Did you see the goal he scored in a Coventry practice game? Picked the ball up in his own half and touch one touch into their half and launched it. Dropped just under the bar, with the keeper flummoxed. I put a link up for it, but can’t remember what it was now.

  • 50 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Bobby put it a lot better than I did. Needless to say I agree 100%

  • 51 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Clin, had a bet on him when he was 16/17 that he would break Charlton’s England record. Only got 500/1, but I’ve got it tucked away for a later date. 😉

  • 52 Tsunki // May 30, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Belfast joins Back Passage Man in the Tsunki bashing then. Just need Ian Toon to jump in with some Belfast Back Slapping and we’re all set.

  • 53 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Best of luck with that bet. The sad thing is, he’d need a transfer to a London club of Manchester, to get picked for England regularly.

  • 54 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Clin, that’s why my bet was about England. As much as i’d love him to stay here, once he gets noticed – and it’s already happening – someone will make a silly money offer. I feel better with Rafa in charge though, because he won’t cash in on him, whereas when i laid the bet, i envisaged Ashley rubbing his hands. I’d love him to stay his whole career but know he won’t! 😉

  • 55 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Sadly, true.

  • 56 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Still, until that dreadful occasion, let’s enjoy his skills – starting this coming season. I can’t see his size being a problem either. As Tony Mowbray described him “a teenager in a man’s body”. Nobody bullies him, that’s for sure. In fact, the season gone one of his goals comes from him chasing a CB down along the touchline, physically knocking him off the ball before cutting in and scoring. 😉 People who haven’t seen him play, just highlights on youtube, are in for a treat, despite them writing him off. He’ll change their views in quick time though. 😉

  • 57 Bobbybee // May 30, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Well, eulogies done, I have to move on. Thanks to all for the input, it has been fun. 😉 Later lads.

  • 58 Belfast // May 30, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Sorry Skunki hard to resist a bit of skunki bashing. I do remember a good post or two from yerself a few years back to be fair. 🙂

  • 59 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    First came to my attention at WBA U21 game (around 2013/13). Got there late and asked directions from a bloke outside the ground. Started chatting and it turned out to be his Dad. Very down to earth, with only the best wishes for his lad.
    Paid more attention to Arma during the game and you could see the difference in class straight away.

  • 60 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    2012/13

  • 61 Thump // May 30, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Roughly around the time we hired Schteve, Gini.

  • 62 Belfast // May 30, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Apparently Carrick has signed a new one year contract but they haven’t announced it yet. So that should put that one too bed then.

  • 63 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    One would guess that Jonjo Shelvey still has that footballing je ne sais quoi that Rafa spotted when he bought him for Liverpool as an 18 year old from Charlton Athletic !
    In Rafa we trust !

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    The usual suspects turned it in to a row, so disagreeing with someone is turning something in to a row. What a deluded joke of a man who went into full rant mode because someone said Carrick slagged Mashers.

  • 65 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Rule nothing out
    This wonderkid loves Rafa
    http://www.90min.com/posts/3270190-real-madrid-s-mateo-kovacic-admits-anything-can-happen-this-summer

  • 66 blacksmith // May 30, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    It’s very unfair to criticize Gini. Individually, he had a good first season. People point to him “not turning up” for away games. The lad scored 11 goals from midfield in his first season in a much more competitive league. His name should be the last one called for criticism. Had other players stepped up in the same way we wouldn’t have been relegated.

    As for him wanting to leave? I don’t blame him. He deserves to be at a top club. Hopefully we can make a sizeable profit on him and build the squad we need to achieve automatic promotion.

  • 67 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Shelvey was promised a more forward role by McC which he seems to prefer. Maybe he was sulking after he left.

  • 68 stuart no9 // May 30, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    i voted for Bob Elliot., saying that , i hope Tom stays at the club , we have a tradition of hving canny keepers at the club .long may it last

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    blacksmith,
    It’s easy to make excused for him but there is no excuse for not trying no matter how much or how little you get paid. A bit can be put down to the clubs mentality of not wanting to win anything but surely Anita, Jaanmat and Krul would have told him this already.

  • 70 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Jail……. What are your thoughts on Armstrong as the answer to our striker problem?

  • 71 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Jamestown, I am happy enough to keep Collocini because he’s among the best CB’s currently on our books, and assuming he’s fit and focussed would certainly be among the best CB’s in the Championship and by far the most accomplished.

    One last season out of him then released, for a top notch commanding EPL CB in his early to mid twenties.

    I don’t know who does or doesn’t want away, so I’m assuming no one does, and that Rafa will have the players ready to go from the off. If anyone does want away, that will become apparent.

    When the job of gaining promotion is done, we can then reshape the side for the different challenge that awaits us in the top tier with more clarity and in a better position to attract the right players.

    We face two very different challenges over the next two seasons and it seems to me we already essentially have the players to handle the first, with perhaps one or two changes.

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    betty,
    Like I said his next step was a loan to a Championship club, there’s no need now, if he bangs them in during preseason and August then he could be the answer but if he doesn’t make it in this team with players like Townsend supplying him then he’s probably not going to make it.

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Jimmy,
    I think opinions are split concerning Collocini

  • 74 Sazzer // May 30, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    I would start working on deals for Jordan Graham, Nahki Wells, Charlie Taylor , Lewis Dunk and Reece Burke.

    After that I would look to add players like Nathanial Chalobah, Will Hughes, Cyrus Christie…

  • 75 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Jail….. The problem is he won’t thrive on crosses into the box from a wide player like Townsend. He prefers a ball he can run onto using his pace and finishing skills. It just depends how Rafa wants to play. If he uses 2 wingers then he’ll use a more traditional centre forward. I can’t see him playing with two strikers but we’ll see.

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    betty,
    Rafa might adjust his game in the way SBR done for Shearer

  • 77 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Jail….. SBR got Shearer playing more like Arma plays now , running onto balls as oppose to playing with his back to goal. I don’t think Arma will score as many as Shearer with his head though.

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    As long as he scores betty, that’ll do.

  • 79 Sazzer // May 30, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    I see now that Jordan Graham is out injured, so that’s no go in this window at least.

  • 80 Yo-yo // May 30, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Jib // May 30, 2016
    The more I think about it the more I’m convinced there will be minimum activity the window.

    Remember this JIB ?

    Jib // Dec 27, 2015
    I don’t think we will be relegated…… Anyone he thinks the club will sign anything other than loanees and short termers is living in a fools paradise.

    You already know your track record in making predictions is total shite – so why do you waste your keyboard finger on making new ones ?

  • 81 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Yo-yo

    It’s easy to say that now when the season is over, So you knew from January we was going down, wow you should be a fortune teller.

  • 82 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    So what he was wrong about his prediction, if that was one of the stooges you wouldn’t have said anything.

  • 83 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    If you so good then can you give me the winning Lottery numbers this week.

    Ha ha ha

  • 84 davis_toons // May 31, 2016 at 3:42 AM

    Krul is still the best..

  • 85 davis_toons // May 31, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    I hope Georginio Wijnaldum stays and he will improve on his away game and overall.

    I believe time is needed for foreign players to settle but some will click with environment, culture and teammates right away.

  • 86 davis_toons // May 31, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    and..Steve Bruce should start getting Hull to win the League then talk about English Managers in Top Teams.

  • 87 Gary Collett // May 31, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    Greetings Chaps

    Ive been following the blog daily for years but have never brought myself to registering since most comments have either voiced my opinion, explained what I needed to know or simply added to my experience as a Toon supporter. However, I now find myself in unchartered water and therefore request a solution to ease my current dilemma. My gran and pops are geordies and when they set off abroad after the war, I was raised as South Africa’s number one Magpie supporter. However, i am now deeply concerned as I fear I may no longer be able to watch the game next year as it wont be televised. Does anyone know if there are any great apps or live streams (dont mind the subscription fee) to stay linked up with the lads’ progress? I would apologise for steering the topic slightly, but im well aware that as true fans you will all understand and empathise with the prospect of a one year blackout ?

  • 88 Jail for Ashley // May 31, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    From NUFC.COM. com

    Divided loyalties?:
    Same old, same old

    Interviewed by a radio station in his native Argentina last week, Fabricio Coloccini has once again spoken of his desire to rejoin former club San Lorenzo.

    Echoing previous comments, Colo confirmed that he had a verbal offer from the Buenos Aires club and wouldn’t consider joining anyone else but needs to “respect the people of Newcastle” (or at least the ones on Barrack Road still paying him).

    The 34 year-old defender remains under contract at Gallowgate but hasn’t featured since the arrival of Rafa Benitez – officially sidelined with calf trouble.

    This latest declaration of love for the club he played at in 2001 hasn’t been universally reciprocated by their fans though, especially those witnessing his fading powers via Premier League matches on TV:

    “Stay in Newcastle and eat fish & chips” is probably our favourite response from them so far….

    Colo’s comments came as San Lorenzo faced Lanus in the final of the Argentine Championship. Given that San Lorenzo were thumped 0-4 though, it sounds like he’s already signed for them….

  • 89 Jib // May 31, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Slow news day
    Wijnaldum telling everyone who will listen he is distraught at our relegation and cannot make his mind up about his future.
    Hatem ben Arfa (who failed to make Les Bleus final 23 ) whinging in several different countries papers about his humiliation at NUFC and how they lied about his weight (he looked overweight to me )

    And this:-

    http://www.infobae.com/2016/05/28/1814207-para-volver-la-premier-league-newcastle-utilizara-una-remera-similar-la-boca

    We pinched the design for next seasons away strip from Boca Juniors apparently !

  • 90 carl // May 31, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Jib
    I am a long term member of the blog and so many quality posters had stopped posting because of silly hounding like Yo-yo’s above. He should learn about opinions and facts. I can’t understand why someone would come onto just to have a pop. No football news or opinion just a pop. Give me the likes of you and Bobby anytime to those looking backwards and for a fight. Reading you see who are the trouble makers. Just my opinion.
    Don’t let those like Yo–yo and the Back door man drive you off the blog. You are a constant source of football news and quite often exclusive news well at least for me.
    This is a football blog and we want different opinions. Here’s hoping Townsend is in the England squad he would be an impact sub for me.

  • 91 giimps // May 31, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Gary collet,
    I’m not sure which tv services are available in South Africa but if you install kodi onto your computer or android box ,then add a front end like the beast 1.6!or cc pulse from ares wizard ( just google how to do it, it’s quite easy, I f I can do it anyone can) they have streams on there that show virtually any football match shown anywhere in the world, they say who is showing the match so if you feel the need and it’s available in SA, you could pay for the subscription, if you want, it’s not ideal but it’s a workaround until we know for definite…….hope this help




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