Long Needed Positive Changes In The Pipeline At Newcastle


We put out an article  earlier today that included some tweets about the Fans Forum meeting last night from Forum member Taylor Payne, who is the Members Representative.

Rafa Benitez came in for the last hour and surprised the members and took lots of questions from them.

Since then Taylor has put out more tweets and it seems to be good news in the offing for Newcastle fans.

Taylor says it was the most positive Fans Forum meeting he has ever attended and there is some good news in the pipeline on changes at the club that have been needed for years.

rafa benitez close-up

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Notice Taylor is also being responsible in these tweets by not revealing any of the changes until the minutes of the Fans Forum meeting are released.

Hope the minutes come out quickly this time.



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100 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t tell me the fans forum has become an actual fans forum, not a wall of referral to previously made statements that didn’t say anything in the first place?

    Looking forward to reading the minutes.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Surely there has to be a point where Sissoko is breaking club rules and we start fining him. He is becoming the laughing stock of the football world with his begging.

    I would love Rafa to force his hand and name him in the squad on saturday, then if he refuses to play we start taking his wages. If he plays then just imagine the response from the fans..

    The more it goes on the more id leave him training with the kids. Keep selecting him and fining him each week so it doesnt cost us. Use him as an example.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Lil
    From previous
    I am no fan of the mag but I remember reading the article about Sissoko in that list from the Telegraph (and tbf not sure why they would make up an article)

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11662/10127202/who-has-been-the-best-midfielder-in-the-premier-league-so-far-this-season

    His name crops up in here as well (from earlier in the season but still)

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Use him whilst he’s here (sissoko) as for Aaron’s I’m yet to see him have a good 90mins, he’s played a few cameos here and there…..that’s when the hype started and was called the next Raheem Sterling, looks like an appropriate comparison because both have flattered to make any kind of impression over the last 18 months

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t have Sissoko anywhere near the squad. Did anyone see the Lascelles comment earlier in the week where he said something along the lines of players should want to play for this club, and shouldn’t be using it as a stepping stone. Would seem to suggest Sissoko’s actions and words aren’t overly popular with his team mates.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t have Sissoko in the squad, his head is not in the right place, he doesn’t want to be here, and I doubt he could stand the reception he will get from the home fans.

    The best thing for him is to be dumped in the reserves and left to learn life’s lessons while pondering what might have been.

    The first team will do fine without him, and before I would ever welcome him back to the first team I would want to hear some apologies from him to the club, staff and fans.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I wud think should be fining him. Jail wont like me reminding him but i labelled this guy a fraud a few years ago and got plenty of flak but sorry, i rarely call it wrong on players. I would take 25 mill for him to get rid. Can u remember pardew and smc talking about his physique when he walked into their offices. Serious mancrush but badly misplaced. Will always thank him fir his goal v west ham but thats about it…

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  • lesh

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    JD

    No way should Sissoko be let anywhere near the kids. He’d poison and cast doubts in their young minds. Neither should he be training with the seniors when Rafa should be giving his attention to developing other players as alternatives to Sissoko.

    It’s a pity it’s all come to this where Sissoko’s ploy is to render himself as a supernumerary and thus force the price on his miserable head, down. That then leads to attrition, who blinks first.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    LG

    Come on mate, he was apparently welcomed back by his teammates, it was reported the players had no issues with him. As for Lascelles maybe he should do less talking and more concentrating to make sure he doesn’t leave the tallest man on the pitch free to head in.

    If other players are affected by sissoko whoring himself out then maybe they should also leave as they don’t have the mental capacity for a fight. Like any business when someone wants to leave they work a notice period before they are allowed to go. Football is no different, he’ll get a bad reception from the fans and rightly so, he deserves it. We aren’t in a position where we can leave a better player out because we are bitter that he wants to leave!!

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Our Toon

    But then if Sissoko was to play, whats to say he won’t just continue to be pi$$ poor mate.

    All he is thinking about is getting out of Toon asap so we are never going to see him at his best, his head and heart are just not in it…..if they ever were.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Firebug

    If he plays piss poor then who’ll buy a player that doesn’t perform in the 2nd tier of English football? Certainly not a top club.

    If he doesn’t perform he’s only preventing himself from moving away. Rafa has said he’s had no issues with sissoko or his application in training since he’s returned!! Are we now saying rafa is a liar?

    Fans get too worked up with sissoko, concentrate on the real problems and laugh at sissoko as he struggles to force a move to a “top club” it’s embarrassing for him

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon,
    Lying? Perhaps, or just saying it to maintain his poker face whilst trying to ensure a high price.

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  • so-far-king-quick

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Read somewhere madrid will offer us marco llorente and mariano diaz as part of the deal for sissoko

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon,
    Only Sissoko has said he was welcomed back by teammates.

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15

    i think sissoko will find out just what the fans in the ground think of him on saturday if he shows up /plays

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    LG

    Did you read anywhere that he wasn’t welcomed back? I yet to hear a bad word uttered about sissoko from inside the club or players. Rafa has banished people to the reserves at previous clubs, especially those who don’t tow the line, why has he failed to do this with the “disruptive” sissoko?

    Poker face or not actions speak louder than words, by putting out the 35m indirectly he planted a seed and as such offers haven’t been forthcoming because he’s not worth anywhere near that. He also made him his captain last season, say a lot about what the players think of him and what his manager thinks of him.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon

    Well for a start we are not inundated with offers for Sissoko are we? He failed to perform for much of last season, and had a couple of good games for France.

    I would never call Rafa or anyone else a liar so really there is no need to put words in my mouth mate, and I am only giving an opinion after all.

    Rafa is not likely to slag off any players in public, and we will never know what goes on behind closed doors.

    Sissoko is begging any club in the top division preferable CL to come and get him. He is going public with all of his begging statements and cringe worthy interviews. For me it is bordering on disrespectful, and I can’t help feeling that if he had kept his over large god shut he might have had his move.

    Fans IMO have every right to get worked up about his constant bleating for a move, he says he gave his all to this club… Ha… it wasn’t a lot then was it?

    I can’t wait to see the back of him mate, but in the mean time while we are stuck with each other he needs dropping to the reserves, and only brought back when his is ready to earn his crust and eventually give his all for the club.

    Bids for Sissoko are a bit like his performances for us last season, few and far between.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon,
    Does it? Or was making him captain a last gasp attempt at coaxing something close to a decent performance from him? I’d say Lascelles comments earlier this week on players wanting to be here says more on their thoughts about him than the silence from the rest of the camp regarding it.

    I never labelled him disruptive. Still, Sissoko did say he has been training on his own. Why banish to the reserves when you can put him on his own?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Sissoko? Play him still the best we have and he needs to play to get a move plus it would of been a different story at Fulham had he played imo

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    hibbitt

    I don’t think we will see Sissoko play for us now unless he is still here after the window closes, and then it will be to put himself in the shop window for a January transfer.

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    WWSBRD

    what do you think the crowds reaction will be to sissoko playing ????

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  • Very Terry

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Is he a Man or a Moussa?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #23

    More of an issue is who plays LB imo, had hoped it would be the lad from Everton but seems we will have to wait longer for him, Dummett is still yet to find his level…Gamez maybe?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    hibbitt
    Same way they have for a year+ boo him…pretty sure hes used to it by now. Or of course they could ignore him which would be the better way to go about it

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    firebug666

    i dont think he will play again even after the window closes it would be difficult for him to make peace with the fans knowing it would all start again next window best for all if he’s sold
    Hull are looking for players

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  • m1c4a3l

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Get rid of Sissoko now for 20m I’d invest that with a cheeky bid for Loic Remy (12m) keep the change for the summer.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #27

    hibbitt

    Aye he could probably find his level at Hull. Doubt we are ever going to get our asking price for him though. We all know he’s just not worth it.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    LG and Firebug

    He was training by himself as he just returned from his holiday and was well behind the rest in terms of fitness etc, you honestly think Rafa would have made sissoko captain to keep him at the club at the detriment of the rest of the squad? He’s not been whoring himself this window he’s been doing it for a while

    As for him wanting a move etc at least we know where he stands, Townsend said he was happy to stay, read through his comments he’d give the media about the club…..I’d rather have a player tell us how it is rather than a liar who’ll jump ship to anyone.

    If Rafa had any issues with sissoko he’d have fined him at the very least, he’s a tough task master and takes no $hit, the fact he hasn’t says a lot.

    As for Lascelles he comes out and says all the right things and things that he knows the fans want to hear, wasn’t long ago lascelles was putting in half arsed performances for forest when returning on loan, this resulted in him being dropped and blasted by forest fans!!

    If sissoko was causing problems then rafa would have dealt with it or told him not to return to the club as we will sell him, fined him, chucked in the reserves etc. Nothing as of yet…..I hope he leaves but if he doesn’t I’m not arsed as we will have him and Diame in midfield. If he leaves in January then it’s worked out for us

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Hibbit

    Fans can be very fickle, sissoko will get booed no doubting that, but if he scores (big if) are fans going to sit quietly? Will no one cheer the goal? Plenty of players have been booed after not getting a move and then performed…..the tide changes!!

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Has the money run out? Are we not going to buy unless someone leaves?

    Main targets should be forresteri and Knockaert, make the moves rafa

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  • firebug666

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Our Toon

    Just because we don’t hear about players being disciplined does not mean it has not happend, who said Sissoko is training on his own because he is behind the others?

    He is likely training on his own as he is wanting away, and Rafa will see no point including him in team training if he is not going to be playing.

    All of this is a mute point anyway as none of us know what is going on behind closed door, all we can do is speculate.

    At the end of the day Sissoko should keep his gob shut and concentrate on his football leaving his agents to find him a move….. he can’t seem to do that so should be dropped imo.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Transfer merry round.

    City grab stones off everton while everton waiting for kone off sunderland while Sunderland get mcnair and love off man utd..Newcastle bottom of the food chain as we wait for galloway until all above is done

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Firebug

    It obviously annoys you that he’s whoring and you aren’t alone in this, I honestly don’t have an issue with it and find it humorous that he’s so desperate to get away and as of yet hasn’t gone. Why would I get worked up by something like this? What does annoy me is someone like shelvey being on 80k and not justifying it at all with his lazy attitude.

    As for not knowing about discipline etc, stuff gets leaked all the time, it’s very rare that information doesn’t come out about a player being disciplined these days, maybe 20 years ago it was different but with today’s social media etc pretty much everything gets out.

    For all we know these latest reports could he a rehash of a previous article. I said a while back that players signed and promised CL or challenging for things and using us as stepping stones have been lied to so don’t he surprised when they behave like sissoko. He won’t be the first or the last to act like this!!

    I’m more concerned by the lack of activity in bringing in much needed creativity then to worry about comments a player makes weekly about leaving!!

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    So do we all agree this talk of Insigne is just his agent trying to get him more lira from Napoli? No way he would ever consider us surely, even for 80k a week for a year with increase if/when we get promoted?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Real Madrid he he he

    He’s going to Palace or West Bromwich he just doesn’t know it yet. 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #36

    JD

    Yeah it’s all rubbish mate, I can’t see Insigne coming here, even when we were in the prem I wouldn’t imagine it. Would be nice though

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  • Slank

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #37

    As far as I’m aware (because it hasn’t happened to me !) clubs don’t go looking for players just because a player is advertising himself in public.

    Moreover, I’m sure they tend to be a bit wary of such player as that player is showing disrespect to his employer and that employer could easily be them in the future.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #38

    As far as Sissoko goes he’s a Newcastle player, one of the players who contributed to our relegation. If he’s sold so be it. But I’m in a minority, he should be kept and used in our promotion attempt, after all we need him. No doubt he’ll move on but I think Rafa should use him if he’s fit enough in the meantime.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #39

    I would wet myself if Real Madrid issue a statement saying they’re not interested in him and never have been.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #40

    our toon

    given sissoko’s scoring record i don’t think that will be an issue.

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