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Newcastle Player Hungry For A New Contract

Danny Simpson will be leaving Newcastle when his contract runs out at the end of June, but he will still likely start tomorrow afternoon at right back – with three Newcastle full backs – Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Davide Santon all out injured.

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Simpson congratulating Tim Krul after 1-0 win in Kharkiv

And we expect Danny to put in a good performance too, just like he did when he played in the white-hot atmosphere of the Metalist Stadium in the Ukraine last month, when Newcastle came away with a great 1-0 win due to a well taken Shola Ameobi penalty, after the Nigerian born striker had been brought down in the box.

The defense that day played magnificently, with Tim Krul making four terrific saves to hold onto the 1-0 lead late in the game, and Danny at right back had a great game.

The 26-year-old defender will be keen to give a good account of himself, as he will be looking for another club in the summer, with his preference likely to be London.

This is what Alan Pardew told The Shields Gazette today:

“Trust me, he’s motivated to play well.” “To be fair to Danny, he’s trained really hard.” “I sort of tipped him off that he’s got a good chance of being involved this week, and he’s worked really hard.”

“He’s in an unfortunate position in terms of his contract, so he’s very hungry to get a new one, whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

Danny has played 133 times for Newcastle and scored two goals, since he joined us in the summer of 2009 on loan, when the club was down and almost out, and he helped us get straight back into the Premier League.

We expect either James Perch or Vurnon Anita to be left back – and who ever of the two that doesn’t start at left-back will likely fill the shoes of Cheick Tiote, who picked up an injury in training this week and will also miss the game.

The odds are against Newcastle tomorrow with six of our players being injured – Debuchy, Krul, Haidara, Santon, Coloccini and Tiote – not to mention Ben Arfa – whom Alan Pardew has said may even play against this season.

A draw would be an excellent result tomorrow – and we expect to see an all out performance from the lads – so we can collect some points to pull away from the relegation zone.

Here’s hoping.

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47 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s hungry for a contract daaan saaath with his gangster wanabe girlfriend

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    I understand Simmo wanting to leave now. He’s not Pardews first choice and I can’t see him getting many games from now on.

    Every good pro should want to play regular first team football. He is likely to get a better contract elsewhere even if it is a smaller club.

    He’s been nothing but professional throughout his time at the club and has always have his all on the pitch even though he lacks that top quality pedigree.

  • tooninspain

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Still worth keeping. Who else could we get who’s any better than Simpson, yet is still willing to play 2nd fiddle to Deduchy?

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    ibizatoon LOL, tbf when raylor comes back we will have debuchy raylor santon haidara for the fullback spots, with anita/perch/jonas able to cover in an emergency, danny is surplus to requirements

    also anyone heard the news that we may be getting nike as our new kit sponsor, 10m a year 😀

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone know whether the £11m paid back to Ashley was to pay off the £100m loan or was he still owed money when he supported the club when they were relegated and ploughed in £20m or so.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Did anyone see the pics of him knocked out in the gutter a few months ago ? Has a good attitude and has had some good performances same as willo, but we have replaced them both with quality which should have arrived in the summer. Good luck to them both but we needed more.

    Wish we could have kept Best, his hold up play was great and he kept it simple. Ba relied on him at start of last season, then Cisse relied on Ba in the same way to do the dirty work. Unlike Simmo/Willo i think he was good enough at this level.

  • bzak12

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought it was Sissoko brought down inthe box not Ameobi!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Troy – as far as I know that loan amount is everything Ashley has put into the club except for the initial purchase price. He said he was willing to put in £20m per year to keep the club going, just a shame that’s an interest free loan and not a gift like some clubs. Still…could be a lot worse, plenty of clubs have got into the smelly stuff with huge amounts of interest on loans to keep them afloat, and it looks like apart from the loan we’re self sufficient now. A few years and we could be a debt-free profitable club!

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope we do get Nike, as long as they don’t make our tops into checkered tops like how they did with the plastics ( Manu ).
    I wish we still had addidas but I can’t say I haven’t liked the last 3 home kits with puma, especially last seasons, I loved that one.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    ameobi would not have charged down the keeper like that lol

  • tdt

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    I see our lack of luck with injuries continues this season. This is the team I think will play tomorrow based on the current injury list/chat from Pardew:


    Subs: Alnwick, Williamson, Jonas, Bigirimana, Obertan, Campbell, Sh.Ameobi

    The only real changes Pardew might make to that team would be in defence, but the options do make we slightly worried (ie Simpson at LB)!


  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Why would u have Simpson at LB when Anita played their last season for Ajax haha

  • tdt

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Probably because that’s what Pardew tends to do, Ibizatoon.

  • toonicle

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Anita should be at LB with Perch taking over for Tiote. And i’m hoping to see Gouffran step it up a little tomorrow.

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye because he’s clueless and all that 😉

  • tdt

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah as I said there are several defensive options.

    Out of interest, how often has Anita played LB for us when Simpson, Perch and Jonas have been available?

  • Sack Llambias

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    It didn’t make the sports pages but did anyone pick up on David Miliband’s services for Sunderland. Following his resignation from politics his15 days work as a director of his constituency based football club was published. The Commons register showed earnings of £ 125,000.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope Anita starts getting some game time. Remember ajax coach de Boer being gutted when he left, saying he had been their best player that season. Thought he was going to fit alongside Tiote and Cabaye perfectly, bringing a link up between the defence and the forwards. Litte passes, building momentum, manipulating defences, hopefully next season he can be a star.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Simmo…Tayls…Mbiwa …Anita
    Gutierrez …Cabaye…Sissoko…Gouffran
    ………..Marveau ………..
    …………Cisse ……..

  • tooninspain

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Simpson Saylor Mbiwa Anita
    Cabaye Marveaux
    Gouffran Cisse

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #21




  • robin

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #22

    If Simpsons, playing that will mean a good hidings on the cards. Pardews, finally relieved himself of that mangy beard, that made him look like he was on the run.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23


    Cheers. 😉

    I understand him wanting his money back but he caused a lot of that debt by getting us relegated but worse of all, Llambias has publicly stated that he would not claim it back.

    Some may think that I’m not appreciating the sound fonancial footing he has got us on. Well that’s not true as he’s done fantastic in that dept.

    But why renege on his promise, unless he wasn’t referring to the extra cash he used on top of the £100m loan and that is what he is clawing back.

    He always said he would invest £20m every season. That certainly hasn’t happened. He used the market crash as an excuse a few years back cos he lost half his fortune. He has made that and more back since.

    I’m not convinced our squad is capable of anything more than a mid table finish next season. We are the 9th biggest spenders in the league over the last 5 yrs and that reflects our standing.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #24

    I see John Carver and the bloke from Wigan have been fined by the FA £1000 each for misconduct.

  • tooninspain

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Troy….if being the 9th biggest spenders relects our standing, you are assuming that every club’s buys represent the same value for money, which we all know is nonsense. You only have to look at the purchases made by our unwashed neighbours to see their value for money falls well short of ours. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of another premier league club which has bought better than us this past 18 months.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #26

    I see Kevin Nolan is slightly slagging off the Toon in support of Fat Sam. Fat Sam is apparently in contract talks and Nolan wants him at the club. He is quoted as saying that he always has a plan when he joins a club (hoofball?) and suggests that all three previous clubs he was at have become worse because of his sackings. Might have a point with Bolton and Blackburn but we are above above West Ham so his argument does not hold water. Link:-

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #27


    I accept that its not a hard and solid rule, that if you spend loads of money it results in success. However, generally, it does not work out like that.

    We certainly thought that January’s buys, on top of the previous acquisitions looked top class, however, I’m not convinced so much now. We still look pretty ordinary.

    What we see is our own perspective on all things NUFC. However, we do not notice some of the good players other clubs have brought in over the past few years.

    We look a long way off being a strong side at this moment in time and if we maintain our policy, we will continue to be a mid table side.

    Balancing the books will always bring that. Only sugar daddy clubs reach the heady heights.

    My point is, Ashley has done fantastic in stabilising the club but unless he fancies spending some of his enormous wealth and speculates then we will continue to be a mid table – top 7 side.

    If that’s what people are happy with then fair enough. I would just like to see Ashley enjoy his plaything and invest some of his wealth to see us compete for a CL spot.

    We have the scout in graham Carr which almost guarantees you will get a good player.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #28

    —- * it generally works out like that ***** ——

  • toonLYF

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    it simply has to be Anita at LB and Perch in defensive midfield

  • tooninspain

    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #30

    What brings real success to any side, is stability. We made five signings in January who have literally been thrown in at the deep end, and asked to get us out of the proverbial. Not once this season has Pardew been able to play his “best” side….whatever that may be. We just missed out on a Champions League spot last season with, on paper at least, an inferior squad to what we have now. Providing we stay up, I don’t think the side needs major surgery . Three top signings (especially a striker and centre-half) should provide us with a squad able to challenge for a top 5 place. Don’t think for a minute that I’m settling for mediocrity, as a failure to achieve a 4th or 5th place next season should be the trigger for Ashley to replace Pardew. That is, providing he has been given the go-ahead to add these 3 players.
    By the way, I hate the term “purple ” players. I think the term “platinum” should be used…..in other words, we need 3 platinum players this close season, and 5 fringe players should go to accommodate them.


    Mar 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I believe we didn’t do what I would consider all that well after Sam left… Seen to recall a relegation occurred

  • yo-yo

    Mar 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #32

    carl previous thread

    Totally agree – there is no justification for any player returning from injury not fully match fit – even if not totally match conditioned. Wasn’t it Whinger who got the Gooners eating sensibly when he first arrived on these shores and not just extra pie and chips before match day.
    A pro footballer’s body should be a temple – and I don’t mean the Taj Mahal.

  • beefman13

    Mar 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Cabaye in the paper today sayin man city are a bunch of individuals who dont play as a team, they certainly played as a team against us earlier un the season, its us if anyone who play as a bunch of individuals, at spme point 2moro i expect backs against the wall. Can we hang on lets hope so.


    Mar 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Hope Danny Stays

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #35

    I couldn’t care if he stays, he seems more interested in his chav from gangsterville. Good riddens I say

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #36


  • IITianToon

    Mar 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #37

    My reaction on seeing this post:

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah riddance *

  • Ibizatoon - back by no demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyone else watching how Shane ferguson plays against crystal palace on skysports 1

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Mar 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #40



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