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Newcastle Man Up For Player Of The Month

Newcastle United’s 22 year-old full-back James Tavernier has been on loan at Rotherham United since late November in England’s third tier, and so far he has played 12 games with two goals, and he has recently been nominated for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award.

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James Tavernier – up for Player of the Month

James joined Rotherham on 28th November 2013 on an initial short-term emergency loan deal, but he has done so well that the loan deal has been extended until the end of the season, at which time James will have one year of his three-year contract remaining at Newcastle.

During his time at Newcastle James has been on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons and Shrewsbury Town and has played 64 games with two goals while on loan, and he has 10 first team appearances so far for Newcastle.

James is on a four-man short-list of the League One’s top-performing players for last month, with the other three players being Nicky Ajose of Peterborough, Scott Cuthbert of Leyton Orient) and Marcello Trotta of Brentford.

This winner will be announced on Friday, and let’s hope the Newcastle man wins the award.

James will have a chance this pre-season to show how much he has progressed while being on loan at Rotherham for more than half a season, where he has been very impressive.

21 year-old Haris Vuckic is also on loan at Rotherham, and has played 11 times with one terrific goal for the Millers, and he has 18 first team appearances for Newcastle so far, with one goal.

Rotherham are currently 5th in League One, with 51 points from 29 games and are in a play-off position, and 10 points off an automatic promotion spot.

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92 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1


    as far as the spelling is concerned, you may notice words ending or containing utterly irrelevant letters. This is becaus my fingers are too big for the screen keypad on my s3. I hope that placates your spelling nazi urges

    Your reaction to what you see as disrespect to JFK is stupid, considering the disrespect he himself showed to the job and the players. At least the fans were united for once in their oppinion of JFK, although you seem to have scuppered that.

    Well done.

  • jasper

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Online, TADS, others
    It was Ciaran/Ruddy who took a swipe at Torq as ITKS although it was done obliquely and without direct reference.

    He then had another go later.

    59Ciaran // Nov 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Ironic how you are indirectly slating Indykaila saying as you are about as a reliable source of information as he is.

    Torq, who I perceive as someone who has better things to do than get wound up by immature WUMs, has been reluctant to participate since.

    Which, in my opinion, is a loss to all of us.

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #3


    Torq Toon paid the price for his many copyists.
    They saw the way people hung on his words, and thought they could do the same.
    Except that they were very quickly exposed as complete arses, which Torq isn’t, by a long way.
    I wish he would come back too.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #4

    You have to hand it to Mike Ashley, if there surely is a conspiracy afoot – he is covering all the angles.

    Hires Pardew: based on gambling loans that must be paid back.

    Gives Pardew 8 year contract, so as to dilute that contract via repayments to himself.

    Engages in selling off land surrounding St James’ park… declaring none of these moves in the books.

    Uses free advertising around the stadium, not only to gain market control of the sports material sector, but to also stall the loan repayments of the club, back to himself. (maintaining debt to himself)

    Pushes JK out of the club; reasoning being a drop in season ticket subscribers. (Club Propaganda which JK was possibly ‘in on’)

    Ashley uses a source to tell Sky Sports that 4 signings are possibly on the way, at the start of the previous transfer window.

    JK is used as a sacrificial lamb, over the sale of Cabaye, to which not enough money was raised from the sale. (We are to believe Ashley does not sanction with signature – buys/sales)

    Llambias resigned over the hiring of JK. (A ploy to stall the buying of a certain centre-back)

    The sale of Milner.

    The buying of Rangers.

    The Wonga symbol pushed not only onto the strip, but now forced all over the stadium, only circumvented by Wonga paying for St James’ park to keep its name.

    Last but not least… Kevin Keegan hired to give the club some form of hope, only for Keegan being forced into constructive dismissal – Keegan then pursuing the club for finances to buy out his contract… which he won. NUFC as a club paying for compensation for Keegan, which does not come from the pocket of Mike Ashley, but the club itself.

    All of this, whilst the club is allegedly ‘for sale.’

    All of the above has its merits, it would not take much for Ashley to come out and appease the fans somewhat, with a statement about his direction.

    I think Ashley wanted to be seen as a cult of personality by taking over Newcastle… it all went wrong when we were relegated, now he has assumed the role of dictator.

  • MosesNUFC

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we need to make an agreement with Michael Laudrup, that we will sack pardew the day after the end of the season and appoint him, that would give us stability in management as he’d bring a new philosophy of football that every geordie craves. He won a trophy in his first BPL season which IS the sign of a good manager. And i think we should give graham carr a higher role, maybe as a DOF, and get Cortese in as managing director or whatever.

    I think cortese, carr and laudrup is an amazing combination to get in players within ashleys low budget, Michu 2m, cabaye 4m, think who we could get, and it suits all parties, including ashley.

    Only flaw is, ashley just won’t do this.

    tiantoon, i think laudrup would make a good connection with geordies because of his style of football, we’re the best fans in the world, welshmen more into their rugby than football. I think laudrup would come here if he had the offer, because he’d want to prove himself to everyone

  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #6
  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #7


    I’m no fan of alan pardew, but after heaping praise on laudrup i’m not 100% sure he is the manager i thought he was.

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #8


    May I just add, I was sceptical myself about how much of an inside line Torq had. Though I think he heard genuine stuff.
    For me his real talent was to read the tea leaves, and come up with sometimes very accurate insights.
    That is in lots of ways a better skill than just reporting gossip.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Torq is missed by most. Never claimed to be an ITK but his job allowed him to hear certain things that “bloke doon the club” did not get to hear. He does pop up occasionally but he doesnt provide us with the tip bits he used to.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Repost in response to repost,
    Jeff,Have you resovled it ?
    Moses,It’s been pointed out that Laudrup has seven wins in thirty odd games despite being backed in the summer, as you probably know I’m not a fan of Pardew but it would be interesting to see how he would have fared if Bony had of been signed along with a decent winger.

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Jasper ? Cousin of Jesper maybe ?

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Ancientcoptic // Feb 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM @4

    Of course, only the sale of Milner is true. The rest is conjecture. My personal take on it is that most of the things written here and other places about Ashley, Pardew et al are all bull. The problem lies in that with Ashley being adverse to making any comment, leads to people just fabricate stories. Eventually they become the truth” as they are repeated often enough and he will rarely if ever rebuff them.

    I think you’ll find hell freezes over before Ashley makes a comment. Go on, can anyone tell me – does he sound posh, a southern softy or a bit of a barrow boy. Very few know. My lip reading isn’t that good so I haven’t a clue about what he may have said or is thinking.

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13


    On your laptop, use Malwarebytes anti-malware or some high rated programme. You will get one free sweep out of it without signing up.
    It will find PUP’s. a regular cause of re-direction, and dispose of them.
    On here, don’t stay logged in. Log-in to post. Read offline.

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Torq could still be here among us, though under a different name.

    He was and nice bloke tbh

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Small world,
    He sounds like a camp Joe Pasquale on helium so therefore doesn’t speak in public.

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Why have you changed your name to small world Bills son ?

    Your picture is the same on the mobile site.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Should I Google malware fixer ? How to go about it, not really my forte.

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Small World,

    You forgot to say: “first time poster,but regular reader.” before launching into that. Chump.

  • Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Big fan of the blog a long time yet never got round to posting.. I’d like to echo Bandbs sentiments and ask Torq to share his views again as I always found him upbeat and worth a read!

    I’ve never been a big fan of Pardew in his time at the club, don’t like his football philosophy of defending and relying on individual brilliance for a goal. In his tenure nothing has really changed all seasons have been similar, really close games which easily could have went either way with two or three decent performance thrown in.
    In all of the campaigns he seems to have only have faith in a limited amount of his squad, the changes made at Cardiff would have worked out a lot different if the players brought in had some sort of form or fitness by being rotated into the 1st team for at least two or three starts each with sub appearances too. Young Sammy hasn’t really looked a world beater but looks like a different player when there’s more 1st team players round him, Where’s Haidra Dummet Mbiwa starts and there’s more than them that don’t get a sniff when the teams flying and should be being refreshed not only to save players but also make them know their place isn’t guaranteed and to try different things.

    But for me the Stoke game said everything that needs to be known about Pardew.
    We all know what happened but in his post match interview he said something along the lines of “I knew things weren’t working and was hoping to get to half time and change things” .. So in reality instead of changing what he knew to be wrong left it hoping for the miracle he got in two players being sent off for stoke.
    We get to half time at 1 1 and I think come on lad their down to 9 men you’ve goat give Cisse a half this is what he needs for his confidence, and what happens Shola Ameobi… Was he kidding, why? If we need to hold up the ball against 9 men where in trouble and out of two players who can’t score I’d take the chance on the one that moves..

    But at the end of the day the buck stops with Ashley he shows his ambition by his choice of manager dof etc.
    In my eyes I think Ashley just sees us as advertising and that’s it, in the news good or bad free publicity an it ******* stinks.
    What boils my sis is the way were told ?e can’t compete yet he stops revenue streams into the club with his free adds, out sourcing the catering from the ground etc etc.
    I can’t say I see everything he does but what I do I dislike and he’s shady as f**k…

    Problem is what can we do, scream and shout a bit but unless we affected his other business he won’t leave why should he even with a empty ground he’d still be raking it in with tv money alone.
    It’s a sad day when the main talk of your club is money and not a match..

  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Small World – I would be very hesitant over interest in Laudrup.

    Muelensteen would be a very different story. (If as reported he may become available)

    I do not view Laudrup as an improvement on Pardew.

    I recall Dalglish getting us to a cup final, and my worst memories as a Newcastle fan, are under the management of Dalglish.

    We can at times play football under Pardew, I would keep him for now.

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21


    Surely you can negotiate your way from this?

    You are flying to CHINA tomorrow, FFS.

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Belfast // Feb 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM @16

    Sorry to say, You’ve got that wrong. Bill Son is some one else. I’ve got my picture as a Gravatar and it is a real one – unless of course he is a dead ringer for me!!

    Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM @15

    Hadn’t thought of that one, and it’s just as likely as all of the rest. Infact the more I think about it – it’s how I’d prefer to picture it :0)

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #23

    You’d probably need to change your email address if you wanted to start a new life as small world

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #24

    BandB // Feb 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM @18

    Maybe posted about a dozen times. Does that make me a chump? Maybe I should just should up and leave all comments to some of the loud mouths.

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #25

    should have said *shut up*

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Small World,

    Sniffing out rats is my job. Be honest about what you are doing

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Middle aged man with grey hair ?

    It’s the exact same as bill sons.

    Sorry if I’m wrong

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ll try that, yes China tomorrow, for a month

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Belfast // Feb 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM @22

    Trust me you’ve got the wrong end of the stick or your spreading an untruth. I hope not the latter. I’ve read a lot of the stuff you, others and indeed Bill son have posted here. I’ve posted maybe a dozen or so times. Gravatar does not lie it has been tied to my email addy for a long time. Maybe there is a caching problem at your end.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #30

    BandB – “sniffing out rats is my job” LOL

    You do not believe that NUFC has sockpuppets, do you?

  • John Tudor

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #31

    proper shan

  • BandB

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #32

    It seems we may have the latest in a very long recent line of randomly generated pro-Ashley clones trying their not-very-great powers of deception.
    Why is each more extreme than the last?
    How did they get to be such arseholes?

  • Small World

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Belfast // Feb 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM @26

    Middle aged guy with grey hair. That covers about 50% of the season ticket holders at SJP. I know – I am one. It is a sad state of affairs. Lots of folks have been priced out of going to the games. Look up post by Bills Son and I’ll guarantee he doesn’t use my gravatar.

    Now tell me why you have it in for him, and now apparently me?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Small world
    Did you used to have a link to your own blog on you user name?
    Can’t remember (lots of blogs for the toon!) but remember a blog that used to be a good read but the user hasn’t been on and I can’t remember the blog name

  • Harley

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Vuckic the attacking midfielder who scores 1 goal in 11 games in league 1.

    I really hope people aren’t still pinning their hopes on him.

    On Laudrup, he always had to be judged on his 2nd season. I know they won a cup but they had bloody Bradford in the final. Pardew got Liverpool and got it to penalties.

    I know Saturday was a horror show but I stick by pardew. I think he’s a decent manager.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Its a Bills -son after allllll….. 🙂

    Shut it Belfast -get you hair cut.

    Jail its a java hoax using..would you beieve it..javascript. Its a fault with Ed’s site, or rather one of his slightly more seedy advertisers using their airtime to deliver the dodgy payload. I dont get any probs with firefox on android, but on a pc you can go into your browser settngs and turn java off to go on Eds site. Bit extreme I know. I had probs with it on the stock browser on my BB Z10 so downloaded a secure browser just for the blog!

    In the end, Ed’s eithernot diligent or advertising money talks, if its not this its porn redirects which have very neary made me walk away from here for good, which is what I will do if ever one of these nasty things takes hold.

  • Belfast

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Could be my mistake.

    I just remember thinking one time, is that an actual picture of bill son as his picture.

    That’s why I remembered.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Sock puppets, very much so
    However my understanding is there only used by pardew to explain tactics to stevie t

  • Thump

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #39

    @Ancient: You’ve lost me here, mate.

    Pushes JK out of the club; reasoning being a drop in season ticket subscribers. (Club Propaganda which JK was possibly ‘in on’)


  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Laudrup has done little to nothing to improve Swansea… the only improvement being the signing of Michu.

    Swansea are still passing the ball around as they were trained to do under past managers, this is probably down to a recruitment process of players that were passers.

    The longer Swansea play under Laudrup, the more toothless and clueless they look.

    Laudrup has Swansea mixing between high ball and wing play into the box… he is totally reliant on Swansea’s old style of football, with no clue in how to unlock defences. (I guess Bony shooting from 20+ yards is a start, even though he is motionless at the best of times)


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