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Australia’s Manager Apologizes To Newcastle United

When Australian manager Ange Postecoglou announced his squad for the World Cup, it did not include Newcastle’s 21 year-old  center-back Curtis Good, who had not recovered from a hip injury he had picked up on March 4th, when he made his debut for Australia against Ecuador, and had a really good game according to the manager.

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Curtis Good – in action against Ecuador in early March

At the end of May this is what Postecoglou had said about Curtis:

“With Curtis we wanted to give him every chance,.” “To his credit he worked really hard and did everything the medical people wanted him to.” “But we sort of had a time line in our heads and we tested him out a few days ago and he just couldn’t get back up to where he wanted to.”

“So the wise decision for him was to send him back home and get him to sort out his injury once and for all.” “That’s just how highly I rate him.”

“The next World Cup’s four years away. I think Curtis as he showed against Ecuador, if fit, he could have played a significant role in this World Cup so I wanted to give him every chance.”

“One thing we do know is that is probably still hasn’t been correctly treated,” “Even when he was back in the UK his build-up in training was good, but it was only when he tried to get really top speed at the highest intensity that his body broke down.”

“So he had three or four failed attempts which suggests to me it’s probably something he needs to deal with, and his club needs to deal with, a little more urgently now to really find out what the problem is.”

It’s those last two paragraphs that suggest it was Newcastle’s fault that Curtis was not fit enough for the World Cup in Brazil.

Ange Postecoglou

Australian football manager Ange Postecoglou

Now Ange Postecoglou has made the following statement regarding Newcastle United and our promising young defender Curtis Good:

“On 27 May, 2014, at the press conference announcing the selection of the National Squad for the 2014 World Cup, I made some statements concerning the decision not to select Curtis Good because of injury.¨

“I have been told by Newcastle United Football Club that my statements might have been understood to suggest that the Club had not provided proper care and treatment to Curtis,  who as a result suffered the injury and prevented him from being selected.¨

“If so, I confirm that I did not intend to suggest that that was the case and wish to correct the public record now.”

It seems to us there has been contact between Newcastle United and Postecoglou and that the subsequent treatment of Curtis – he had an operation on his hip which he is now recovering from – clears Newcastle of any blame in the initial treatment they gave the youngster.

And it seems that Newcastle may have asked the Australian manager to issue the above statement for clarification purposes.

It did definitely seem  – as we reported at the time – that he was putting the responsibility for Curtis missing the World Cup  on the treatment of the center-back by Newcastle’s medical team – and that seems not to have been the case.

Well at least that’s now been cleared up.

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128 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Ooop, Newcastle United dictatorship back in force. I have no doubt that it was partly down to us at all, our track record with injuries suggest probably even more than partly.


    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah Australia watch ur tone or in future we wont release our often farmed out reserve CB for ur selection

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I quite like the idiot comments. It’s like watching the opening rounds of American Idol. Watching these self deluding types who are convinced they have something interesting to add. Bit like me really.

  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Any news regarding siem’s injury??
    If it is bad,time to panic because he is the most wanted player than anyone else
    in the squad IMO..

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle United Transfers

    Summer 2014

    Completed Ins



    Remy Cabella – Montpellier -Undisclosed
    Jack Colback -Sunderland -Free
    Daryl Janmaat -Feyenoord -Undisclosed
    Siem de Jong -Ajax -Undisclosed
    Ayoze Perez -Tenerife -Undisclosed
    Emmanuel Riviere- Monaco -Undisclosed

    Completed Outs



    Romain Amalfitano -Dijon -Free
    Shola Ameobi -Unassigned Players- Released
    Mathieu Debuchy- Arsenal- £12.0m
    Dan Gosling -Bournemouth- Free
    Sylvain Marveaux -Guingamp- Loan
    Jonathan Mitchell -Derby County -Free
    Conor Newton- Rotherham United Free
    Michael Richardson -Unassigned -Players Released
    James Tavernier- Wigan Athletic- Undisclosed
    Full Newcastle United Done Deals

    As well as Loic and Ldj I think we can all see there is work still to do

  • swemag

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    When it comes to our striker search – if we don’t get a top class one I would rather stick to what we have rather than just buy for the sake of buying one.
    What I have seen so far of Perez suggests he is more than someone we will put with the development squad, he has looked very composed and purposeful when on the ball. We have Riviere and at some stage Cisse. Add to that Armstrong coming through, saying that he should probably go out on loan to get some experience.
    So bottom line, unless what we buy is better than that, save the money, Gouffran can play up front as well as it seems we will have a rather crowded midfield this year, Cabella, Tiote and Sissoko were not even with us in NZ. For that part we have new super boy Rolando Aarons coming through, We have De Jong, Collback and Anita, seems quite strong to me.
    Again, unless this new striker adds quality or some other dimension, save the money for when we have some real quality in our sights. Benteke comes to mind.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    WWSBRD – I am somebody who reads Ed’s articles and doesn’t always bother with the comments. Good is 21 and signed as a 19 year old. He had a short spell at Bradford City and a spell at Dundee interrupted by injury. He’s not expected to play again following his operation until towards the end of the year. His injury progress and footballing aspirations were recently covered in an article in the Chronicle.
    I want to know the extent and depth of views on a subject and to raise begging questions.


    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    My views on Good in what sense?

  • deeps

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9
  • JrReps

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Remy fails Liverpool medical, if we don’t move in for him now, i will kill myself.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I bet rubber faced Harry knew Remy was crocked

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Wow this leaves Remy with nowhere to go now as Arsenal and Spurs have already turned him down.
    Unless he goes abroad then we are only his real option now, Unless he goes abroad of course.
    before we get ahead of ourselves would be interesting to see what he failed on RE his medical

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    That means he’ll probably stay at Qpr.
    Hate them kernts.

  • yo-yo

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe he failed his medical becasue Liverpool had better options and higher priorities for his position. Dunno if ‘medicals’ have ever been used to end a deal someone’s gone cold on – Anybody know ?

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Didn’t remy have some sort of heart murmur? I can’t remember the club who mentioned it but it was whilst he was still in France when he moved between clubs

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    I think he failed on a wear indicator on his front nearside


    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Howay Remy lad stop we’ve all had our fun during the summer sun flirting with others but lets get serious now…its time to come home the kids miss you and its time to rebuild those bridges

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah he definitely had a heart problem previously. Think he actually failed his medical with Marseille.

  • Blubber tits

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    If Liverpool had better options, they’d just pull-out. Why would they bother fabricating a story about a player that they could simply refute.

    Everything’s a conspiracy these days.

    Remy will probably stay at QPR.


    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Remy has a hole in his heart I think failed a few medicals since OM found it but its never stopped him

    Ba has a explosive knee remember

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Here’s where the blog comes alive 😉

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Surprised they didn’t sign him anyway. Considering the money they’ve just banked from selling Suarez. 8 million isn’t really that much when you take the Suarez money into account.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    well that’s funny about remy

    he can always go back and play for QPR

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Remy failed his medical due to a chip on his shoulder

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d still sign him like, even with his dodgy ticker.

    My money is on him staying at Qpr though.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27


    good day sir how are you

    I have to say not so sure I want remy but can we be so fussy although I think he would back to qpr before coming to us

  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I am not keen on Remy.I’d rather have lacazatte by all means. Remy is 27,Laca is 23,if he fails his medical,obviously he has
    a problem, why’d we take that risk?
    Instead of doing risky business,why don’t
    we land Grenier & use siem as a striker?
    Sounds perfect to me..

  • Sliema

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #29


    You’re completely right. At £8million there is barely any gamble attached. Not when he’s a proven goalscorer and has not had any serious medical issues that have actually impacted his career.

    £8mil for a proven PL striker us pennies. It’s even less when you just took in £75mil income!

    There’s more to this than the medical. Liverpool have pulled out. The only way to do it without legal/fine backlashes from agents etc, is to fail him on his medical.

  • Sliema

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #30


    You’re so obsessed with Grenier! You’d seriously choose him over a striker or a CB wouldn’t you?! You must have posters of him covering your walls! 😀

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Ha ha someone at Wiki has a sense of humour
    Have a look at his current club

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe a bit malicious, but good riddance if Remy end up staying at QPR (and hopefully they will be relegated again)

  • Sliema

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #33


    You wouldn’t take him back?!
    I’d snap him up.


    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Why good riddance? Hes a very good striker works well for us and scored most of our goals last season now we shouldnt want he because of his ambition?

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #35

    I’d take Remy back in a hearbeat !

    Proven PL goalscorers are few and far between. Liverpool can afford to be choosy because they have mega bucks and CL football to attract the top players. We don’t have either and need to grasp these opportunities.

    Having said that, he probably will go back to QPR which would be a terrible waste as their defence is seriously going to leak goals. (Except for their RB, of course)

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Sliema…I’ll probably let him wait, just to show him 😉 lol

    *To be honest I don’t like his character and would prefer another player. I actually think that is the reason why Wenger won’t sign him – to him the most important thing is getting the right character.

    But beggars can’t be choosers I suppose 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Yo…I know we not exactly setting the world a light but honestly I do think we has screwed us over twice (not entirely his fault of course)

    …it his character I cannot come to terms with – never could!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #38

    *we are not

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #39

    No, I think if they keep him fit they’ll stay up no probs.

    20 goal a season striker, if he stays fit.

  • Sliema

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #40


    Yeh there are better options for sure. Remy is incredibly selfish. He tries to do all the work and doesn’t look up for teammates enough imo. Wenger has no interest in people like that.

    But, he would add the guaranteed goals that we desperately need. He interlinked quite well, decent movement, he moves defenders around and creates the kind of space that SDJ would be jizzing over.

    So in summary, if hell is due to freeze over soon then we might get a better CF in. But if the forecast is correct, it won’t, and we neeeeeeed Remy!!!


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