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International Manager Considering Return For Newcastle Defender

A week ago, Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy named his provisional squad for next week’s internationals. Ireland have a friendly against New Zealand next Thursday before a massive Euro qualifier with Denmark.

Both Ireland and Denmark are on 12 points with Ireland having the better goal difference. However, Denmark and third place Switzerland have a game in hand on Ireland.

For his provisional squad, McCarthy picked Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark. It’s been over a year since Clark has been named to an Ireland squad, and his last cap was in September of 2018 against Wales.

However, his recent play for Newcastle has now possibly opened the door for an international return.

Speaking to the Republic of Ireland website, McCarthy noted that Clark may have played himself into contention for the upcoming internationals. This is what he had to say about Ciaran after his goal against West Ham:

“Ciaran Clark did his chances no harm as well on Saturday. His goal was one of the highlights for Newcastle, but he played well throughout the game and looked settled in their defense.”

Clark has been outstanding since his return to the team against Manchester United last month. The goal he scored was a familiar sight for Newcastle fans as Ciaran has an eye for goal. He scored three last year despite only playing in eleven Premier League games.

Clark has made 32 appearances for Ireland since his debut in February of 2011. McCarthy will make the final determination of his squad for next week’s internationals tomorrow.

83 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Asi Fish,
    People complain about the lack of football chat on here but unfortunately due to the owner the football seems secondary to what’s happening at the club, he has no interest in the quality of the product so there is less interest from the stands. When we were in the Champo we thought Ashley had finally seen sense, well a lot of us, BandB (gawd bless her) called it right, there was very little complaining, Rafa bingo was in full flight. To be continued

  • Asi Fish

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi Jail,
    Your right about the lack of quality product – any stand out parts will be flogged and replaced soon enough.
    Depressing thoughts that the football is second and interest on all sides is rapidly waning.

    It’s the hope of positive change that kills us.

    I still support the team and will no doubt go to SJP when I’m back but i hate the fact I have accepted what we are under him.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Could The Toon play all 6 central defenders starting a game
    Full backs Dummett and Clark
    Central defenders LeJuene, Lascalles and Fernadez
    With Schar playing in central midfield
    Leaves picking the rest of the team a puzzle tho

  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4



  • posada

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Obnoxious Poison.
    Well, at least you know your name.
    At least you know how to spell Moron.

    You didn’t know how to spell Cretin.
    BSIB had to tell you it was Cretin not Cretan.

  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6


    Why bother with alts like Posada and Just a Fan ?

    Why not just post this on JIB ?

    Hiya JEFF

  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Spelling lessons from a paid shill ?

    Its NEVER Jabbas fault

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    by Ken Greenwald » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:08 pm

    [The subject of cretin (fool/idiot/jerk) versus Cretan (person from Crete) is one which many folks including myself have gotten tripped on. It was recently discussed in the Addict’s Corner forum in the posting Is this a lie?. But it seems that this topic is deserving of a posting of its own in the Word Origins and Meanings forum. So I have extracted the following from the earlier posting. — Forum Moderator]:
    [h] Posted – 16 Nov 2007 : 17:50:26[/h] The Liar Paradox is sometimes referred to as ‘Epimenides’ Paradox’, after the sixth-century B.C. Cretan who asserted that all Cretans are liars. The apostle Paul makes reference to Epimenides in Titus 1:12, writing, “It was one of them, their very own prophet who said, ‘Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.’” . . . This leaves Paul asserting that Epimenides truly said that he (and all other Cretans) are liars, . . .

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Has anyone else mentioned that Sunderland were beaten by Leicester U21s last night?

    You have to chuckle….


  • martoon

    Nov 6, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #10

    RobLeenio did you see your namesake was inducted into the nufc Hall of Fame last night?

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    martoon, I didn’t mate, but it’s well past time. He’s an absolute legend in my eyes, a stand-out performer, inspirational leader and beating heart of four teams under four different managers. Thanks for letting me know.

    Players like him should be still involved with the club in some capacity, you always hope that the Hall of Fame may be an attempt to build bridges, but it never seems to happen.

    I’ll never forget him scoring for England on debut, too. He actually scored more England goals than Andy Cole, which I reckon probably gets mentioned fairly often when they see each other.


  • martoon

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Hibbit Im not sure how they get that figure of £2124 with only 5 away games. An ST is about £600 plus Magpie Mover £30 which means each away game is costing about £300 each – can that be right?

  • Just a fan

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Re Cretans.
    I would say all people are liars.
    Some more than others.
    Some for gain.

  • martoon

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #15
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Ganna kick off on BBC Newcastle Total Spott tonight
    Mackems not happy with last night!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Aye, Andy Cole scored 1, Rob Lee got 2. Neither one of them were troubling Bobby Charlton’s record as it stood then, to be fair.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Asi Fish,
    Aye, Rafa bingo was in full swing and Ashley wasn’t even getting a mention, everyone was talking about formations and players rather than that fat tw@t, maybe that’s what upset him, it was his football club and nobody was talking about him. It’s good that Nicky and a few others try to ignore what is happening and try and maintain the football chat but I’m fed up to the back teeth with the way the club is being run. Yet I still find myself travelling down to Burnley on a cold and probably wet Saturday afternoon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #19

    What happened with the mackems like?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Because they got beat off Leicester?

  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Just a Fan

    A boring alt of JIB

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #22

    They reckon they were awful last night and the reporter for BBC Newcastle has ripped into them for not trying wanting to wear the shirt – plus it is fan forum night when a fan from The Toon and the Mackems are in the studio!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Wondering where to go on holiday next year – always fancied going to Crete – to check out the historic places.

    Sometimes the best “inside knowledge” about somewhere can be gleaned from speaking to the locals.

    Jib/Jane/Just a Fan – any holiday tips for Crete.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Premier League table if we were living in a world without VAR (with the points difference from the real world in brackets):
    1. Liverpool – 31pts (-)
    2. Manchester City – 27pts (+2)
    3. Chelsea – 24pts (+1)
    4. Leicester City – 20pts (-3)
    5. Arsenal – 18pts (+1)
    6. Wolves – 17pts (+4)
    7. Sheffield United – 17pts (+1)
    8. Bournemouth – 15pts (-1)
    9. Brighton – 15pts (-)
    10. West Ham – 15pts (+2)
    11. Manchester United – 14pts (+1)
    12. Aston Villa – 13pts (+2)
    13. Crystal Palace – 12pts (-3)
    14. Tottenham Hotspur – 12pts (-1)
    15. Burnley – 12pts (-)
    16. Everton – 12pts (-1)
    17. Newcastle – 12pts (-)
    18. Norwich City – 7pts (-)
    19. Watford – 5pts (-)
    20. Southampton – 5pts (-3)
    With apologies of Four Four Two

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Ahh Jail the weasel at it again you want to try and twist the words again to fit your narrative. You used the blanket statement that I said we don’t sell players for profit when you know very well the discussion wasn’t about that! It was the club is not a selling club that actively looks to sell its best players for profit and that is why I suggested only Carroll as fitting into this bracket with the others such as Perez leaving for other reasons. I also wrote a post that was almost identical to Lee charnley’s bunga a few posts back in the model of selling players to improve your team gradually being able to compete at the top. The general opinion I can see is most people agree with this as a lot of people commenting similar things over the past few posts.

    The weasel back to his old tricks I see.

  • Prestonmag66

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Mr Tuff,

    Sorry nothing about Crete but can highly recommend Croatia. Trogir is a beautiful town to stay in. On the coast and easy to travel up and down the coast and inland.

  • stan anderson

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill’s son is certainly a Bell End

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    So are we playing the “Teams worse than us” game properly this season? I’m assuming we can pick three from Southampton, Norwich, Villa, West Ham and Watford?

    For me –

    West Ham

    The latter because they’ve been getting away with murder for years now they are well overdue a drop. However if we swap places with West Ham….

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Nufc83 well then I can help out there. We are a club that actively looks to sell its most profitable players. It sees that as a primary objective over retaining high value players for the purpose of winning anything that’s for sure. As the model has been patently exposed over the last decade as being one of maximising revenue rather than squeezing the margins by trying to break into the competitive “top band” of clubs, I think that we will continue under this regime to be one that scouts players with a view to flipping them when they accrue appreciable value, rather than trying to fend off top clubs coming knocking with wad in hand for players that catch their eye. We will NOT be winning anything competitively. That has been conclusively demonstrated as the policy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Nothing weasel-ish about the post at all, you clearly said the words I posted, how on earth can words you wrote be twisted. Basically you and Munster write shit which I pull you up on, when you realise you’ve been called out you claim I’ve twisted words.
    “Tactical genius my ar$e” how on earth can that be twisted in any way, yet he said it and was so miffed at being called out on it that he said I twisted his words and was a saddo for bringing it up. So what, posters have a carte blanche to say what bollorx they want and can’t be called out on it.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’t disagree the policy is to find players who will be worth more in the future which again I am not totally against as it means they are doing well and can be a decent model (if wise investments are made).What I do disagree with is we are actively looking to sell players as there is no evidence of this apart from Carroll in my opinion anyway.

  • jane

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #32

    “However if we swap places with West Ham….”

    i give up what’s the end of the sentence?

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 6, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail don’t play dumb. The conversation is very clear as I followed it up with multiple posts explaining that I didn’t believe the club is actively selling players just for profit. To then write the statement the club doesn’t sell players for profit without the context (which you clearly understood) is the very reason why you are a weasel.

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #34


    You referred to my so-called political response to Online the other night. Two things – the first being my response was just that, a response to questions. The second, they were about the way the media, whether paper or online, affect peoples’ opinions and perceptions. As you’ve said many times you don’t read the papers or follow the news. Answer me this then, where do your political leanings and opinions come from, what influences them – targeted ads and features courtesy of Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart, LBC for example?

    None of us are beyond external influence whether we’re aware of it or not.

    Just a thought and there’s no need for a response.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Anyone from Batley on the blog?

    Or Sirius?

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #36

    “what’s the end of the sentence?

    – a full stop

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Referring to the craic about Ashley’s model for NUFC in relation to other clubs. He wants to buy cheap and sell high and if he gets some football out of such purchases, fine. But, unlike the so-called bigger clubs, when they buy cheap, they develop said players so that when they sell a big ticket player, they’re got someone who’ll slot straight in having been part of a kids to seniors training system where everyone’s playing to the same way.

    Ashley’s got the club running on the bones of its backside and when say Perez was sold, there was nobody up to taking his place and making an impact. Yes, he brought in Joelinton and Max but they’re still adapting.

  • toon22

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #38


    Funny how it’s just you n Munster who bang on about that utter rubbish

    Hiya KBA

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Your point is the same no matter what guff accompanies it, you have claimed the club don’t believe the club actively sells players for profit, you said it again above, how on earth have I twisted your words.

  • jane

    Nov 6, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    “– a full stop”

    another one?


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