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Defender Who Came In From The Cold Reveals Summer Discussions With Bruce

It was great to see Ciaran Clark make his first Premier League appearance since January. While he did start in the Carabao Cup match against Leicester City in August, appearances have been few and far between for the 30-year-old.

Clark was linked with a move away this summer with several clubs, including Crystal Palace and Stoke City, reported to being interested.

However, Steve Bruce wanted to hold onto the 32-time capped Irish international despite him making just 11 Premier League appearances last term.

Clark has spoken about what transpired over the summer that led to him staying at Newcastle. The Shields Gazette have published his comments:

“Over the last couple of seasons I’ve found myself in and out of the team. I’ve wanted to just play more regularly.

“I had a chat with the manager towards the end of the window. He said he wanted to keep as many people here as possible to assess what he had.

“It’s about waiting for my chance, and I’ve tried to stay positive until I got that chance. Luckily enough, I got the chance, and we got the clean sheet and the win.”

“It has been hard because we have a lot of center-halves fit now. We’ve not had that situation over the last couple of years. We have to keep training well – and wait for that chance.

“It was great to get out there and keep a clean sheet. To top it with the win was brilliant.

“Its all about staying in there. Sometimes it’s not just about how well you’re training, it’s about how well you do on the pitch in games.

“Hopefully, I’ve given the manager a tough decision.”

Ciaran Clark has always been a reliable player for Newcastle. He was a brilliant pick-up from Aston Villa in our promotion season in the Championship, where he made 34 appearances in the league.

His time on the pitch has steadily decreased since then, however, as he did not make a single appearance after January last year. He has just the two starts this year.

With Florian Lejeune on his way back to full fitness, the competition at center-back is going to get even stronger. However, Ciaran is a top professional and will be ready the next time his name gets called.

40 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Nufc-83, from the previous thread. Yes, it’s extremely evident that you struggle to understand things. Honestly, you don’t need to remind us.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    I like Clark and think he is a good solid squad player.

    But, Dummett can’t be happy at being dropped after one game in which the whole team were abysmal.

    I’ve made Dummett and Schar our best players this season and Dummett has had a couple of outstanding games making some great last ditch tackles and interceptions.

    One thing Dummett is not given enough credit for is his pace. In the Liverpool game he gave Salah four yards start and still caught him and took the ball off him. There isn’t another central defender at the club who could do that.

    Apart from a goal threat at corners and set pieces I just don’t get what Clark has over Dummett.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail.my one for the day re international break.
    One is it true that if you jumped of your oil rig platform into the sea from that hight it would be like hitting concrete.
    Two..have you ever thought of trying it.

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    jail telling people to post once a day , he’s got some neck he posted nearly as many as the frog …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Just a fan,
    One: Now that would all depend on the hight of the oil rig surely.
    Two: Have you ever tried posting something interesting or even relevant rolmfaootfadl.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I didn’t tell anyone to post anything, I suggested, as the blog is so quiet during international break that anyone who reads should post at least once a day to keep the place busy. That obviously excludes you though as despite your patter improving slightly it is still pretty shite 😀

  • AncientC

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7


    “What is the big deal over the sale of the land?”

    “Where is the evidence, show me the evidence”.

    “I don’t see anything in the accounts. I agree Ashley has to go, but I don’t see anything underhanded”.

    “Nobody dislikes Ashley more than me, but Ashley isn’t taking money out of the club that I can see in the accounts”.


  • Just a fan

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    You ask us to comment then chastise us for commenting.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    From Daily Mail
    Passengers on a luxury liner staged a mutiny after their cruise turned into ‘the holiday from hell’.When geordietom first walked in to the buffet bar passengers complained of the smell of shite patter … later, passengers described the two-week cruise as ‘the worst trip ever’ after the ship – which set off from Southampton on September 27 – failed to dock in Le Havre or Amsterdam, apparently because of port authorities hearing about geordietom’s unbelievably bad craic. Now they are all demanding a full refund.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry struggling to find that in the dictionary.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Clark is worthy ofhis place particularly against teams who will throw balls into the box or long balls in an attempt to by pass our midfield and back 5.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail I keep forgetting your a bon vIveur.
    Didn’t I once see you on Parkinson in the late sixties.

  • Jib

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Dummett is a great left back in a flat back 4
    Clark is a better CB
    Our best back 4 is Manquillo Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
    Our best back 5 is Yedlin Schar Lejeune Clark Willems

  • JohnJ

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Looking forward to a result at Chelsea with a bit more optimism after the win against Man United.


  • JohnJ

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    A positive result that is!

  • No.9

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    I think after a poor team performance that is the best time to involve squad players and see what they can bring to the table. It would be harsh to do it after a good performance.

    I agree that Dummett has been great so far, but, it has to be someone to make way.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    regarding the development of the Strawberry land and concerns from Nexus it was reported that Engineering and feasibility reports showed that the extension to the Gallowgate could be achieved even with some redevelopment of the St James station.

    It would be less of a challenge than building the metro under Earl Grey’s monument which at the time was hailed as a significant feat of engineering. Technology and engineering has moved on since then so even more possible to achieve the build.

  • hibbit

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    you continue to try and pass yourself off as some sort of city high flyer with a sound financial knowledge, when in fact if you had any of these credentials to fall back on you would stop making silly references to the published accounts, why on earth do you think company’s spend huge amounts of money on forensic due diligence, is perhaps the don’t believe everything that’s in the published account ???????

    from yesterday
    geordietom @13

    to do that in a professional manor you would need a team of forensics accounts and access to the accounts and the data room, its not something that can be achieved with any degree of accuracy with the information that’s in the public domain,
    it would need a deep and thorough due diligence at the very least

    oh and one other thing approximately £250k to cover the cost of it ?

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #19


    Shola seems to have fallen on his feet having been rewarded for saying nice things about Ashley.

    I’d have thought the role of loans coordinator would be arrange secondments that will help players develop. In other words the LC role is a training and development function that’s intended to identify and address players’ particular development needs.

    From what we’re hearing of Sorensen’s experience (or lack of it) at Carlisle United, one must ask the questions – why was he sent there, what commitments did Shola seek from CUFC, what commitments did that club make and who’s reviewing the lad’s development against his developmental needs? It clearly ain’t the Loans Coordinator if he’s happy for Sorensen to have to fight for his place – at a League Two club!

    Given Shola’s praise of Ashley and Ashley employing only those he trusts, is it reasonable to assume that Shola’s one of Ashley’s place men and his role to get players off the payroll, if possible, gives little hope to loanees such as Sorensen?

  • Jib

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    A visit to the two stations would show you that Monument
    is a much deeper station than SJP

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Well after the Leicester debacle let’s hope we don’t revert to a flat back four for the foreseeable future.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    How much deeper Jib, those escalators at SJP are probably the steepest in the country.

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    might of know JAIL jumping on the patter’s shite band wagon how original …

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    jail …

    you said that the beds are comfortable on the tanker well i hope they are full of bed bugs but you’ll be ok from bed bug bites you’ll bore them to death with your BS …

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    hibbit #18 …

    think it was like 3 days ago which i answered mate got your days mixed up …

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Hibbit …

    you put the £ 250k comment in not me mate think your getting mixed up some where down the line …

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27

    jail …

    got to go out but before i go hows your ” JARRA MARCH ” coming along ??? …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    Unfortunately your slightly improving patter has regressed and it is now as bad as ever. Back to the drawing for you.

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Any sign of that auditor yet JIB ?

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30


    Why do you suppose Jabba can’t get an auditor for SDI ?
    Imho is due to whoever it is will need to be willing to play along with Jabbas version of the truth

    Something the HMRC are very interested in

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    lesh “Given Shola’s praise of Ashley and Ashley employing only those he trusts, is it reasonable to assume that Shola’s one of Ashley’s place men and his role to get players off the payroll, if possible, gives little hope to loanees such as Sorensen?”

    I don’t know the answer to that and I think we should be careful to judge based on Sorensen as a sole example. Certainly Freddie Woodman is a complete contrast at Swansea and others such as Dan Barlasser are doing well at their placements.

    I really hope that Shola can be successful in his role – we’ve had too many kids go on too many fruitless loans over the years, while we’ve helped other clubs to develop their talent kids continually.

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Anyone who takes the job risks getting involved in the circus created and risks ending their company going down with SDI

  • Just a fan

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Escalators at saintJames deepist in country.your having a larf.
    The ones at the Haymarket are deeper than them.

  • geordietom

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    jail …

    some more shite patter for you , heard a rumour from the Strawberry when you you go out with your mates your the last one in and you hide in the toilets when it’s your turn to get a round in …

    and the tanker your on, your the only person off the rig who’s been moved because you stank the rig out with your BS …

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35


    Jabba refuses to invest in the youth system
    Something that’s always baffled me
    Yes there’s no guarantee of a return but it fills squad spaces with locals
    We’re players like the Longstaffs have emerged

    Fans love it and it’s cheap

    Why won’t he fund it ?

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36


    Why do you bother posing as JAF ?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail, at the risk of being accused of sh!t bants, but in the interest of providing some (barely) interesting info.

    Until 1992, the steepest escalators in the country were indeed in the North East – in the Tyne pedestrian tunnels.

    I haven’t been through since the tunnels were (finally) reopened. Not sure if the escalators are still there.

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    The blog regulars know it’s you so your not making your point any more valid lol

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 11, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #39

    toon22, all good questions. If Ashley’s determined to extract all the value he possibly can, both in (alleged) money stripped directly from the club and in future sell-on value, why on Earth would he not invest in the club and the academy?

    Apparently he’s an astute businessman, but we all know that he’s never done anything remotely astute when it comes to his handling of NUFC.

    I’m pleased with the way the academy staff has been restructured, placing Ben Dawson in overall charge is a good move and we’ve needed a dedicated person looking after the loans for a long time. The appointment of Neil Redfearn is also very good. Just wish he’d invest in the actual infrastructure, too.

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40


    Yes, we should be careful not to judge Shola based on Sorensen as a sole example. Yes, Freddie Woodman and others’ loans seem to be working but could that not be down to them being loaned to clubs who had a particular need and the loanees meeting those needs?

    Looking at Sorensen’s situation and lack of playing time, one must ask the questions – why was he loaned to Carlisle? What did they say they’d offer the lad? Why, if he’s not been getting meaningful experience, is Sorensen still there?

    Apart from picking the phone up and asking clubs to take players on loan, what is the Loans Coordinator doing? Yes, I know, we won’t really know but in a well run business that’s keen to invest in developing its employees, surely even the LC’s performance should be subject to ongoing review?


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