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Jones Hopes Palace Represents A Solid Platform With Plenty Of Changes On The Horizon

As evidenced over the past two matches, the takeover has done little so far to affect matters on the pitch. Newcastle were again second best at Crystal Palace on Saturday after coming up very short against Spurs last weekend.

However, there were some slight signs of improvement at Selhurst Park. Graeme Jones implemented a plan to address the porous defense. While it wasn’t exactly played out to perfection, Newcastle held The Eagles to just one goal and snatched a point despite barely threatening Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

After the match, Jones was pleased with the result and commended his players for their off-the-ball work. He also conceded that the lads are nowhere near where they need to be but the point at Palace can be a platform to build on.

Speaking to NUFC TV, Jones said the following about the importance of Saturday’s point:

“Remember the boys are on the back of a few bad results so confidence has been affected.

“I hope today gave them belief, a bit of confidence back, and the platform to build on going forward.”

Jones will take charge of our next match against Chelsea at St. James’ Park next weekend. We’ll be very fortunate to get anything from that match. The aim will be an improved display, especially in possession, and hope for the best.

While the squad won’t be improved until January, Newcastle are narrowing in on some key additions. Interviews are underway for our new Sporting Director as well as our next manager. Hopefully, both positions will be filled before the international break next month and could be announced as early as this week.

Once those positions are occupied, there will likely be two plans of action. First to strengthen the squad in January to keep the club up this season. Then the long-term rebuild will get underway in the summer.

Newcastle’s winter targets are likely to be players with Premier League experience such as Burnley defender James Tarkowski and Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard. Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has also been touted as a potential target.

All three are in the final year of their contracts and could theoretically be brought in at well below their value. Though I keep having to remind myself that money is no longer the giant obstacle it was previously.

As we reported earlier, The Sun’s Alan Nixon is claiming that Wolves defender Conor Coady is on the wanted list for January. Frank McParland, who is currently an advisor at Newcastle but in line for a senior role, is a big admirer of the 28-year-old England international.

McParland was Liverpool’s Academy Manager from 2009 to 2013. He oversaw Coady’s progression at Anfield as he rose through the Academy ranks. The 6’1″ defender only made 2 appearances with his hometown club before moving on to Huddersfield in 2014 and then Wolves a year later.

Coady signed an extension at Molineux a year ago which has him tied down to 2025. Nixon claims it would take a fee of at least £20m to land the Wolves skipper, though that seems on the low end.

Newcastle have 11 matches remaining until the squad can be strengthened. It will likely be slightly longer than that as we travel to St. Marys to face Southampton on January 2nd.

The focus in the interim is to get the best out of this squad. Graeme Jones has at least one more match to build upon. Then it will likely be our new manager to take the controls for Brighton at The Amex to start November.

After The Seagulls comes the third international break. That will be a crucial two weeks for the new manager to work with the squad. Hopefully, we’ll signs of improvement in November and December as the club prepares to strengthen in the New Year.

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116 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1


    Good shout that, not all 36 year old players are past it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I reckon Tarkowski would be a good signing despite his blunder yesterday, all players have them!

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure Madrid would be happy to recoup some money for him..

    Especially with mbappe allegedly going therethere in the summer.

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4


    Slaps own forehead

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5


    Running the Express service today? 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6


    There, There mate calm down! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Luka is another Miggy but better imo even at his age.

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8


    Great to see you back on the blog mate 🙂

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Cheers mund mate..

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Carltoon and EGB

    Many thanks to you both for your earlier comments. Much appreciated.

  • cyprus

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Some interesting discussions..

    E.g. Lascelles vs Fernandez?

    For me it’s easy. The latter is streets ahead. But how old is he?

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m sure dembele from Barcelona has been mentioned on here..

    Probably the best inside forward in Europe..

    Another out of contract next summer and with barca skint..

    Who knows

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #13

    We need a whole new defense and a midfield plus an extra ST that is not injury prone and possibly a RW.

    So that is at least 7 new players in January. I doubt we’ll get that many changes in on January. Too many changes also disrupts the squad and that’s why I think it’s essential the players we target need to have Prem experience so easier for them to settle and get stuck in straight away.

  • Onalos

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I would take Kieran Trippier & Chris Smalling in January, know the Premier League so would hopefully hit the ground running, and upgrades on what we have.

    Would have to pay over the going rate in transfer fees and wages, but thats the way its going to be with all signings now.

  • north east lincs toon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Palace fans and most other prem fans ,I can’t believe how Jealous they are it wasn’t like that when Man City were bought by mansour or at Chelsea from what I can remember , stuff em all

  • cyprus

    Oct 24, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Yesterday’s game was appalling, no doubt. We stole that point.

    BUT. What a goal! Just hope he can stay fit…

  • Romford mag

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17
  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    From the Sun
    DAVID Beckham will be unveiled as the face of the Qatar World Cup next month — netting £150million.
    The former England captain, 46, nicknamed Goldenballs, signed a deal worth £15million a year over the next decade to become the country’s ambassador.

    A Country that’s reported to have seen 6,500 deaths of immigrants recruited as cheap labour involved with building infrastructures and world cup stadium.

    Links with FIFA and corruption allegedly surrounding the awarding of the World Cup.

    Clearly money talks.

    Wonder what the Guardian and the likes of Lineaker have to say and will they decry this news ?

    Beckham and Man U are forever tarnished goods.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Lochinvar- I bet we won’t hear a peep and only good things about the work Bekham is doing. It all stinks to the high heaven.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Onalos – Great shout on Trippier. Would love to see him here. Doubt he’ll come though as we’re in a relegation battle and he seems happy in Atletico Madrid.

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Apparently Trippier wants to come back to the PL and Man U were quoted as interested. Would be unreal signing if we could pull him in and wouldn’t be that expensive I’d imagine.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #22

    If Trippier wants to return then we should go all out and get him. He would do wonders to our defense and attack and is a great player.

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Tottenham £1.17 billion debt..

    Shame PIF didn’t buy them……innit ..lol

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Focus on the now tho and getting as many points as possible then get to January and make a dent in the transfer market.

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Probably get Luis suarez from athletico for about £10m..

    At 34 could do a job short term..IF you could stop him biting people..

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Poor old spuds

  • geordietom

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    welcome back Regan mate …

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Cheers Tom mate..

  • nufcursed

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #29

    PIF if you’re reading: NOT Martinez please!! He’s not good enough, couldn’t get the best Belgian generation ever to win a single top match

  • WLtoon

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #30

    The performance yesterday was a bit of a let down but at least we got a point.
    Decent result down there, Palace look decent.
    Watford beating hapless Everton didn`t do us any favours though i still think they will struggle. I think Norwich, Watford and Burnley to go down,
    We will buy our way to safety hopefully.

  • SholaShow

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #31

    If I had to pick one of Tarkowski and Coady it would be Coady.

    More familiar playing as 3CBs, better on the ball and by all accounts great in the dressing room and good leadership qualities.

    We need a minimum of 11pts before the halfway stage.

    Brighton away

    Brentford, Norwich and Burnley at home are the obvious target matches to pick up points.

    Leicester away we’ve tended to do well in recent history too.

    If we can be on 15-16 pts after 19 matches. With a new manager and January to come I’d be confident with all those bottom half teams to play again, we could get the requisite 7 wins and a few draws.

    No getting away from the fact we’re already in a tight spot though thanks to Bruceless.

  • hibbit

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    surely the main target for any NUFC fan at this moment in time has got to be staying in touch till JANUARY when we have a chance to refresh and reinforce, it really doesn’t matter how the points are gained just that they are otherwise we we will end well and truly Goosed and all this moaning and groaning about the quality of football will count for nothing in the championship

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #33

    There was trade fair shown on TV in Saudi Arabia last week and I was disappointed and surprised not to see any Toon tops or B and W striped thobe’s being worn!

  • Romford mag

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #34


    They’re probably all still waiting for the order to turn up from dhgate mate 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #35

    I think being on 12/13 points is more realistic leaving the new manager and signings with around 28 points to achieve.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    I dont think Modric Would be any good in the Premiership.

    He plays right now in a very easy league where its a bit more pedestrian in comparison to the premier league, he also has a lot more time on the ball, and players that understand his game and he know their games.

    I also think that our league is a lot more physical and will not get the same protection from the refs as he would in spain.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Martinez from Atlanta would be a good acquisition!

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Forecast to lash it down next Saturday in newcastle. .

    We usually do ok in adverse weather conditions at home..

    Can’t see Chelsea liking it..

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #39


    Modric was brilliant for Spurs (who nicked him from us 🙁 ) and from what I’ve seen of him he’s still a damn good player, be a great buy, imo.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #40

    How about Tarkoski and Coady, why not?


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