New Arrival On Last Month – It’s Been Brilliant And Mad

Ciaran Clark was only too pleased to come to Newcastle and leave Aston Villa and he simply wanted to play for Rafa Benitez.

Ciaran was born in Harlow and he joined Villa as an 11 year-old and came through their excellent Youth system and when he left Aston Villa in early August, he had played 159 times with 10 goals.

We signed Ciaran for a reasonable £5M and he can play at center-back and left-back and occasionally even in defensive midfield.

We’ve always thought Ciaran was a very good player but he’s a confidence player too – when he’s high on confidence he looks very good.

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Ciaran Clark – 26 year-old Newcastle defender

He played for the England Youth sides – U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 – and he has 19 full caps for Ireland – he qualifies because his parents are both Irish.

Ciaran is currently with the Ireland squad and he has been interviewed in The Times:

“Benitez was a massive reason why I joined.” “That and the other players who have signed.” “I feel like I’m learning already.”

“Every time you step on to the training pitch, he tries to improve you as a team and an individual.”

“That’s something I haven’t had much of over the last few years.” “He picks up on everything, every little detail.”

“You would never have thought it was a club that has just been relegated.” “It’s been brilliant and mad.”

“I think it’s going to take a bit of getting used to and it’ll take a while before we get into a rhythm.”

The lads struggled a bit at the start of the season losing our first two games, but we seem to be getting into the swing of things winning four games in a row.

You could even say that in a couple of months Rafa transformed Moussa Sissoko into a top player and it showed in the Euro 2016 Championships.

But Sissoko couldn’t see that, so we flogged him for £30M – maybe £20M more than he was worth before the European Championships.

Rafa has some very good technical players in the Newcastle squad with good characters – and we expect  to be better next May after a season of being coached by Rafa and his team.

That sounds good to us.

Rafa’s been the best signing Newcastle United have made for a very long time.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    What I’d really like to know is how Moussa Sissoko figures in all this. Oh. Right, there it is 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    …nowhere near enough Townsend or wijnaldum articles either. And how’s Laurent Charvet doing these days don’t bother I don’t care.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Belfast, I know you’re pulling the plug any day now but Ians putting the pressure on for new material. Need a hand? Be just like the old times, we used to put bums on seats back in the day aghh me dentures hang on..

  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Can anyone shed some light on the structure of Sissoko’s transfer? From what was published it sounded like Spuds would only pay if he stayed for his contract. Does that mean if he has a good season and gets his ‘dream move’ that they could sell him at the end of the season only having and needing to have paid £6 million?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5


    Yeah its like the hooligan element have ruined it for other fans as you should be able to go and get tickets for somewhere else !

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Been quiet on sissoko today, come on ed you normally mentions him.

  • gaz 44

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Working in an old fellas house in Nottingham who recons he knows Mike Ashley’s personally.
    He was saying that when he first came to Newcastle he wanted to make big signings. They’d all but done a deal for Xavi for 24mill but fat Sam said he wouldn’t cope with premiership so that pulled out, then they went back in for him but guadiola had took over barca and wouldn’t sell him

    Have any of you guys heard anything of this??

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 5, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Look at Newsnow and watch the ripple effect of original journalistic writing being butchered time and again over a number of days. The Chron. and Ed are often guilty of rewriting articles that have dropped out the news cycle. Or using an old quote in a different context, which is efficient journalism. I am forever disappointed that the articles written on NUFC by all the different outlets do not value more depth of information or questioning in their content.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Geordiesteve520 a very good question I doubt anyone has brought it to mind. Thoughts?

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10


    No why on earth would Newcastle leave themselves in such a perilous situation, Tottenham may create a deal with a buyer to take over there payments to us but we would get the full amount.

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    250 should have been 520, sorry !

  • NUFCPaul

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    geordiesteve520 – not wanting to repeat everything that’s been extensively covered on here since the transfer window closed but I can tell you this much, there’s no evidence that the payment wasn’t 30M in full, and even if it was installments and they sell Sissoko early, we’ll still get the full 30M one way or another. Have a read back over a few older threads to see why that would be the case.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #13


    Do people honestly believe Ashley would let Sissoko go for cheaper if he leaves Spurs early ??

  • DaraghL

    Sep 5, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    GeordieSteve –

    Just to clarify. Working on similar structured deals outside of football the way we would structure the deal was for £5m due up front, £5m due on or before January 31st 2017, £5m due on or before 1st September 2017 etc.

    There would be a clause inserted that if Sissoko was sold early that the full amount would be owing or alternatively that they will continue to pay the instalments. (likelihood is if the sell him on they would clear their associated debt).

    Think of it like a loan. If I lend you £6,000 with 6 monthly instalments of £1,000 to buy a car. If you sell the car in month 2 you don’t walk away.

    Quite a few people questioning this which I find startling. The vast majority of football deals are actually structured this way. Hence why it is flagged when somebody puts in a cash bid as it’s much more appealing to the seller.

    Think of the Albert Luque deal. We were continuing to pay for him years after he left. (Well done Freddy).

  • cyprus

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Looks like you’re running out of Sissoko material man, and that can’t be good. There’re like 5 articles in this: Cheers

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Re members’ details being shared among clubs, I wonder whether it might have something to do with cheaper tickets at away games for travelling fans?

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17


    That’s been done to death. Don’t be daft!

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed can you change the record about sissoko and talk about something new for a change, so tell me Ed what do you think about Charlie Austin.

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Who’s this Sissoko fella that everyone’s on about, I’ve never heard of him, have we just signed, if so he must have slipped in under the radar !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lochinvar

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Charlie Sissoko and Moussa Austin could be the ones to go for in the January window…

    and on that note I for one will cease comment in this quiet news week.

    Just looking forward to getting back to the football / footy / soccer depending on your perspective.

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Have we had a bid for PEA accepted yet, not that it matters as I doubt that he would make the grade anyway !!!!!!!!!

  • beermonkey

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #22

    fed up with sissoko chat

    I know how is ben arfa getting on at psg

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki……. Apparently there have been a few whisperings from some 3rd rate journalists that if Sissoko was to leave Spurs then we might not receive the balance of instalments due to us.

    It would require extreme naivety to sign up to such a silly arrangement in my opinion. What are your thoughts?

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Very quite at the minute, time for some Sunderland jokes, here’s one to start

    Two Sunderland fans are walking down the street and one of them picks up a mirror, looks in it, and says

    “Hey, I know that bloke”

    The second one picks it up, looks at it and says “Of course you do, you thick tw@ – its me!”

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Betty it’s a bit of a poser but tbh I’m a bit preoccupied by the news we are signing Albert Luque! Who says we don’t do big signings any more??? 🙂

  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s a rash of murders in Sunderland attributed to what Wearside police are calling “The Knitting Needle Nutter”
    He has stabbed 16 people so far.
    The police think he is following a pattern.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #27

    If we do sign this Luque guy, I’m a bit worried that we might still be paying for him even after he’s gone though
    How do we avoid that?

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 5, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki……… Do you think that if it does prove to be the case, and we are left with a shortfall of say £18m from the £30 m we are supposed to receive for Sissoko due to him being sold before we get paid , maybe Ashley would top up the transfer budget to cover the difference.

    I mean to be fair he can well afford it and we will need a hefty transfer budget if and when we are promoted to compete in the PL.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Ameobi, Carrol, Barton, Nolan and Xavi….dreamland!!!

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Betty if I were Levy and I’d pulled that sale or Return lark on Ashley I’d default after the first payment and flog sissoko asap.

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Bring back Bramble and Boumsong.

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope yedlin turns out to be a good buy, last time we signed an American didn’t turn out so well, anyone remember oguchi onyewu.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Gooch? Course.

  • Spoof

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #34

    A Geordie girl, a girl from Sunderland and a West Indian girl all give birth to boys at the same time in the same hospital. However, the nurses get the babies mixed up.
    To sort it out they decide to ask the dads to pick their own child. They ask the Geordie first but he picks the black baby. The nurses argue with him that the baby can’t possibly be his,
    but he replies, “I know that! One of the other two could be a Mackem and it just isn’t worth the risk.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 5, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki- I hope he turns out to be better than his Dad.


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