Here’s The Verdict On Newcastle And Their Sensational Fan Base

Sky Sports pundit Stuart Pearce joined Newcastle near the end of his career and played two seasons for us from 1997 when he played 56 times with one goal for the Magpies.

He’s also been in club management, most notably with Manchester City, but he also managed Nottingham Forest in the Championship so he knows all about how thick and fast the games come and what really a really difficult league it is to play in.

Stuart has talked about Newcastle’s promotion chances a few times this season and he usually has been hesitant to go all out and say we will definitely be promoted.

Stuart Pearce – former Newcastle left-back

But he seems to have convinced himself that the way we have come back from not  a little adversity this season – losing two games at the beginning of the season and then having a poor festive season – means we should be able to grind out the wins that will finally see us promoted this season.

This is what Stuart has said on Sky Sports:

“They have got the squad, probably the strongest squad in the league. The fan base is sensational there, we know home and away they take absolutely massive numbers.”

“But it’s an unforgiving league, you’ve got to keep going and keep going, there are 46 matches in this league – it’s a tough league to keep winning in, and there are no easy games.”

“But they’ve got the tools to get out of this league without a doubt, and I think they will go up automatically.”

Let’s hope Stuart is right but starting Saturday we have three tough games in 10 days at Wolves and Norwich and then at home to Aston Villa.

We need to win every one of those games if at all possible.

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18 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Tiote – good luck to him – overall a good player for the club. Put his heart and soul into his game.
    Tried 100 % when others didn’t.
    If I’d been a footballer I would have hated Tiote chasing me down.
    Yet we have some on here who have called him a money grabber, and some offensive terminology direct from the gutter. Others saying he was just hanging about for his big wages.
    I think it likely that perhaps the club were at fault in not moving him on quicker – lets not forget they have to agree the fee.
    So I am at a loss to work out where this hatred for him originates from – clearly from those with hate in their hearts.

  • Macas

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote in current form is still better than Hayden or Colback

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    The above exemplifies how much respect Tiote had for Newcastle and its fans.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I had thought we would have bought a couple of players in the January window – but now reflect that it is probably the worst window to do business – if any decent business is to be had at all.
    A couple of players – who could step up would have, in my opinion, eased the frantic period that is going to occur this summer when we are going to have to upgrade half a team -to ensure we do not go straight back down/avoid a relegation dogfight.
    But if no-one of the right standard was available so be it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Those who invent stories about Graham Carr without much evidence should ask themselves who failed to agree Carr’s recommendation to sign Aubamaeyang.
    PEA is worth a fortune now and wil probably get signed up by Klopp or maybe City.
    PEA is a superstar – another one Deli Alli – weho knocked that one back.
    Carr had been scouting him for yonks, we thought we had him but could not agree personal terms.
    NUFC even had a press release prepared saying we’d signed him. Who knocked that one back.
    Another superstar lost.

  • G

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    My only issue with Stuart Pearce is that we let him go 2 years too early. He played on to a very high standard after he left us.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    @Mister Tuff

    Carr also missed out on Matuidi, Varane and a few other belters on the top of the list !

    But have to admit in the last few seasons his cosy relationship with signing players pretty much from Mondial agency was what let us down !

    Have no problem with him recommending players to Rafa as long as the manager thinks they will be able to cope with the league too many times we have bought players who look great in France but are too lightweight in England.

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Carr was tracking both Zouma and PEA at the same time. I remember when Carr was tracking Eden Hazard at Lille too. Some great players have been linked with Newcastle, only to be passed up, presumably for cheaper options.


    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye Ive stuck up for Carr over his signings etc but I do think it was a mistake for Rafa, in hindsight, not to push for a full clean slate this past summer. Hes a good scout but his relationship with Ashley was always going to trump Rafa’s pull

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10


    Get over it.

    It may not be wise to get caught but newsflash mate.

    There are about 3 newcastle fans in our squad. Most french speaking players support Arsenal in the premier league.

    They are professionals, they play for us and are paid to.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Wont miss Chiek as he was always out injured or suspended,a bit of a liability IMO.
    Thanks for a good season and a great much did that cost overall ?

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #12

    LGFUAD21, Perhaps all of the Newcastle players should be allowed, even encouraged to wear shirts of other clubs in the same Country/Division.

    Tiote wasn’t “caught” with an Arsenal shirt on, he posted it to his Facebook page. It is a clear sign of disrespect to his employers and the fans. Not that being “caught” wearing the shirt of another English club in the same division is an excuse.

    Clearly you and I have different ideas about how a player should conduct himself when playing for Newcastle. I guess loyalty & respect are virtues you are not familiar with.

    If you disagree, I can only suggest you take your own advice and get over it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    if i was carr i would have been upset that invariably we appeared to sign the 5th or 6th options on his recommended lists and would have left because of it.

    ironically if rafa or someone of equal stature had been manager previously, instead of ap, jc and sm, maybe those more celebrated names mentioned would have come

    carr hanging around now though, under a new manager who undoubtably has his own legion of contacts doesn’t sit easy.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    How about a bit of Bingo?

    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Ritchie Hayden Diame Gouffran

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Interesting how Sissoko got pelters for acting the same way as Tiote, only without turning up on social media wearing the strip of a club he wanted like to join.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    rotonda – a combination of Carr’s contacts and Rafa’s contacts is surely beneficial to the club -joined up resources. More players to view -hence better options of not getting duds.
    During the summer we are going to have to spend some mega loot to get up to standard.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone know the total cost of employing Tiote over 6 years? I reckon it’s between £12 and £15 million. I dread to think how much per game!

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Alright, who voted Sels?!!


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