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These Six Players To Leave Newcastle This Summer

Ever since the five Frenchmen came in during the January transfer window Mike Williamson seems to be the forgotten man, and cannot even get a place on the bench.

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Mike Williamson – time is up at Newcastle?

Now Mike has played very well for Newcastle in the past, but has not had a good season and is now 4th choice at center-back – and while some players would be willing to accept that – we think Mike wants to play first team football, which is why he will leave Newcastle in the summer.

Mike’s been a good buy at just £1M from Portsmouth in January of 2009, and he helped us get promoted after Steven Taylor was injured in January of 2010, and Mike also helped us stabilize our position in the Premier League.

Mike has so far played 99 times for Newcastle but has yet to score his first goal.

Newcastle are being linked with a number of center-backs – including Mamadou Sakho of PSG, and it could be that we have both Mike and Fabricio Coloccini leave the club in the summer – and Newcastle would need to bring in two new center-backs.

And since Mike Williamson still has two and a half years left on his contract, we could demand a decent fee for the 29 year-old Stoke born player, and news today that Swansea are interested, as they build their squad for the Europa League next season – something Newcastle didn’t do last summer.

And Newcastle will continue to cut their wage bill – and that has already been helped this year by Xisco and Nile Ranger having had their contracts terminated by mutual consent.

Steve Harper will not have his contract renewed when it runs out on June 30th, and he will leave the club after a good 20 years service, and Danny Simpson, who had a poor game on Saturday, will also leave the club when his contract runs out at the end of June.

And we don’t think there’s much future for Gabby Obertan on Tyneside, and the Frenchman wants to play first team football, and there’s a good chance he will return to France this summer.

But Sylvain Marveaux, who at the beginning of the season had a lot to prove, has come through big time this season, and he now looks the player we thought we had signed almost two years ago – and Sylvain can be very useful for Newcastle in the future.

And finally we cannot see a future at the club for Dan Gosling, who signed on a four-year contract in the summer of 2010, and again we could get a decent fee for the former Everton and Plymouth player, if we sell him in the summer, which has to be a decent possibility.

The 23 year-old has played only 23 times with one goal in the last three seasons on Tyneside, and Newcastle will not want him to run down his contact, and be a free agent in fifteen months time.

So we think Williamson, Harper, Simpson, Obertan and Gosling could all leave, and when you add in captain Coloccini, who is almost certain to return to Argentina for family reasons, there’s six players who will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and younger players will be brought into the squad in their place.

What do you think?

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205 comments so far

  • magpiemover

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    the cart horse , does not have a footballing brain ,

  • yo-yo

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2


    Agree on style of play.
    I want the SAF don’t sit back unless you have a two goal cushion. Hit them harder after the first goal as its better to keep them on the back foot mentaility.

    We do have real good ball players now but the pass and stand still style is pathetic and I do not believe it is the coach who tells them to do that – it is just a bad performance.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3


    absolutely spot on. We now have some barcelona style players but the joke of a manager is the polar opposite.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4


    I am unsure what to believe to be honest. Sometimes I see pardew giving them a right shouting at on the touchline when they hoof it or when they aren’t moving.

    But at the same time, these players play a passing game in international matches, and are capable of it so not sure why they wouldn’t do it themselves.

    Even if it’s not pardews game plan he can’t get them to pass and move well so that also raises the question is he the right man to get the job done?

    I’m questioning him more and more after defending him for so long.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #5

    My main problem with Pardew is that he is way too defensive. I want to watch a team that looks like it can score every time we go forward and go for the kill when playing well so we can thump a few more teams rather than trying ti defend a 1 goal lead for 30 minutes.

    What is also worrying is the sheer lack of chances we create with the talent we have. IMO we need to revert back to the 4-3-3 and get bodies around Cisse. Why a manager would play him as a target man or on the wing is beyond me. In future I would go for.



  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #6


    First point percentage is up until the villa game away (the first game all the new players were involved). There is a significant difference, but i do appreciate there is a difference in amount of games so not a entirely reliable reflection.

    28% – 20 points from 69 possible

    50% – 12 points from 24 possible

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I just want a manager who plays to our strengths and goes out every game to give it our best to win for 90 mins.Not sit on a 1-0 for 30 mins against a poor Reading side.A manager who fires his players up and makes them believe they can beat any side.A manager who can make subs to make a difference for the good not make us worse.Someone who worries more of what we can do as a team not about our opponents.

  • keeganjr

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope Jonas says Farewell also.. Need more creativity

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d like to see us offer a lot more attacking

    possible go for a line up like this





  • Toon-Army

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    willo – will make a good championship defender, but not mobile enough to be anywhere near our 1st team.
    simpson- would want him as back up, who else will play no2 to debuchy? but every pro wants 1st team. Can see him leaving for a wigan etc team.
    Obertan- cost nothing, ok as back up, good in europe, but if we really are pushing for europe next season then we need better.
    Gosling- out, been here for a few years now and done absolutely nothing, was a hot prospect when younger but never produced, guthrie was better by far.
    Harper- unfortunatly now no3 choice and will stuggle to get no2, let alone top stop. would love him to join the coaching team, but think he wants to continue playing. would walk into most championship teams.

  • darrenfletcher88

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Who cares we should be thinking about the next two prem games, people don’t relise how big they are,forget transfer forget all that rubbish!! We need to concentrate on the here and now, do people think mbiwa sissoko cisse cabaye hatem will go down to the championship?? I don’t bloody think so!! We need to think about now!!!!! End off

  • lesh

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Troy, from previous thread @36, I agree with you wholeheartedly about adopting the Keegan philosophy of football.

    As you said, Keegan’s training, we are told, was based on 5 a side and keepy up with quick and accurate passing and positioning as the focus of attention.

    Now we have Pards concentrating on defence for most of the week;s training and Carver on attack for what remains of it.

    Perhaps that may go some way to explaining our lack of cavalier spirit in our games while standing off the opposition….. playing as though the aim is not to concede goals rather than scoring more than them!

    KK’s approach was much more focused on winning rather than not losing games and it’s noticeable that our recent French imports who showed so much fire in their initial games seem to have gone off the boil. Could that be a result of our training? Has our approach to the game knocked the football out of them?

    Maybe Pards needs to seriously adding some attack-minded coaching to the first team squad….. what’s Beardsly doing these days, what’s Ginola up to?

    Do we need a Sir Les type on the training staff, someone who knows the club and what winning really means?

  • BandB

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13


    I’d like to see something like that, everyone fit. Except with Haidara for Santon, and with Tiote playing behind Anita, Sissoko and Cabaye. Cisse up front and Ben Arfa given a shot at the trequarista role. Though maybe our tacticians think a trequarista is a key who serves you coffee.

  • BandB

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #14

    guy not key. Stoopid fingers.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I think width is very important to create room for key players in the middle to pick a pass and get space but our wingers/wide players aren’t great.

    gouff nd hba do a decent job wide but both better in the middle I think.

    then obertan and guti are both pants going forward when used wide.

  • Sack Llambias

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Let’s put this to bed. Last summer Pardew was concerned that he might lose some of his ‘purple’ players. Llambias told Pardew that this did not need to happen but the trade off was that there would be few ‘ purples’ coming in. Pardew’s reservations were stiffled by Llambias convincing Ashley that we had youngsters who would come through this season. This was done I would suggest because Llambias knew it would appeal to Ashley and seen by him as part of his plan coming together. Matters came to ahead when after the Brighton cup game Pardew had an almighty row with Llambias. Pardew in know uncertain terms that our time in the Premiership was at risk. This revolved around Llambias being also told that Tavernier, Abeid, Sammy, Ferguson and another just not being ready to feature regularly
    in the Premiership. A series of meetings followed between Llambias
    and Ashley and Ashley, Llambias and Pardew. I believe that following a subsequent meeting between Ashley and Pardew that it was decided that Ashley would personally become involved in securing transfer targets. In any event Ashley told Llambias to get on his bike.

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d like to see Gutierrez stay as a back up player.I think the lad has played that many different positions he doesn’t know what to do anymore bar fall over.I think it’s the Same with most players they are told to defend first and we lose all our attacking options

  • BandB

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #18

    The three in the middle can provide a surprising amount of width, especially on the break and with the insurance policy of a destroyer in behind them. If Tiote were to suddenly decide destroy something other than his reputation.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Would anyone else take Sinclair from City to solve our left wing problem ? . Doesn’t get a look in for them but is miles ahead of Gutierrez.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #20

    big pappa

    yes. they paid 7mil and he hasn’t played a game so that value can only have reduced. I’d have him straight in.

  • Toon-Army

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #21

    here is a good topic of debate: CISSE?

    we have the creative midfield players now but still he is not producing his old form. he has had glimpses, but not consistently.

    personally think that a quick striker alongside him will do him wonders,

    would love PEA, or hernandez (i know it wont happen)

  • yo-yo

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Chelski are 1-0 up with not much time to play.
    Manure are going for the equaliser.
    Do Chelski now hope to hold on or get forward in numbers to press Manure back. Do they look for the second goal on the counter and flood the midfield ?

    Not every game we have tried to hold a single goal lead has it been the wrong decision – the other side are also trying to exert pressure and equalise and you can’t always keep pressing – especially with CBs with not much pace.

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    He needs some service and support the guy is up top alone most games.If Sissoko started his run on the edge of the opposition box instead of our own would help.

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #24

    There’s yer answer bring on Moses and Torres

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25


    we now have a pacey defense though, debuchy, santon and mbiwa are all quick enough.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    A few players to look at in the summer depending on who leaves

    Abdul Rahman

  • davis_toons

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Ba got his 1st trophy 1st medal. Not with Newcastle in 1 year time. Maybe another few years later..

    He is a quality player that can score lots of goal.. but played out of depth with AP using him.

    With him there will not be Torres. 1 man upfront.

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #28

    We have two attacking fullbacks and no real wingers so why not play them as wing backs and use a sweeper system

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Gotta love Ba remembering his time at NUFC. Guy is a class act and you can tell he has fond memories 🙂 . Gutted he went to Chelski but thats life.

  • Sack Llambias

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    What an ignorant itv panel. It was just like Ba’s goal last season against Man U against the same startled Ferguson.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31


    Agree – we can at last try to play the high line with a bit more confidence. Once the team beds in I think this will be a more frequent tactic – hope so anyway

  • davis_toons

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32

    BA again mention Newcastle when he score the goal.

    Which he says it was similar goal which he score against ManUtd when he played for Newcastle Utd.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Sack Llambias // Apr 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Yes, mention it!


    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Has anyone else seen this injury http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2UtLAOfLNM the worst injury I’ve ever seen

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #35

    @ leazes

    Yea thats nasty m8 but I’ve seen worse. Type in Corey hill leg break into you tube. During an MMA fight, worst I have ever seen by far

  • daztoon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #36

    The bench reaction says it all frightening injury


    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #37


    this is the only one I could find this is sick aswell though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9avT0e5KPPU


    Yeah the reaction is ridiculous

  • chris_g

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #38

    “I’ve now got the luxury of having four centre-halves, three of whom are really playing well. The other guy (Mike Williamson) isn’t really going to get a chance now because the other three are playing so well”
    Alan Pardew, Feb 2013

    Season to date:

    # 1 The Other Guy…Average Rating 7.34
    #12 Coloccini………..Average Rating 6.74
    #13 Steven Taylor….Average Rating 6.67
    #19 Yanga-Mbiwa….Average Rating 6.56

    source: http://www.whoscored.com/Teams/23/

  • Guj NUFC

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #39

    We seem to be playing ‘Win your home games, lose away games’ 🙂

    If QPR go down I would look at Adel Taraabt or (hate to say it) Loic Remy as a Left Winger for the team if we do go 4-3-3. Gouffran could be the back up striker with bringing another top striker in to compete with Cisse. Anita-Cabaye-Sissoko in the middle. Hatem RW when he’s back.
    And I’m pro Pardew. We will be better next season.

  • robin

    Apr 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    The main problem with Pardew, is he is useless, clueless and a loser. He should have been sacked at Christmas, the fact we are in a relegation scrap, is a total disgrace. It beggars belief, that Ashley who is a born winner employs this loser to run his club.

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