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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

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #41

    Regan, good to see you back, ready wit and a catalogue of tunes to educate the night shift. Almost as good as Bruce getting the heave ho by mutual consent.

    Rain or not Chelsea fans won’t travel in protest at the money in and around football these days. Abramovic and Co are straight out of a Bond movie.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #42


    No doubt about it, its why he went to madrid and been a huge success.

    BUT, he would still have to get used to playing in a faster league with inferior players not on his wavelength.

    I think he is a luxury player, will do well in Italy, not the prem

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #43

    Cheers loch..

    Will have a look in my back catalogue mate..
    See what I can come up with..

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #44

    Tottenham £1.17 billion debt..Shame PIF didn’t buy them……innit ..lol

    How are they funding the interest charges on that?

    Bet their new Stadium naming rights deal was signed before the cartel decreed a ban on such activities.
    No coincidence then that Richard Masters and Levy had a luv in for all to see.

    Purely coincidence of course

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #45


    A little research shows that to not quite be the case.

    ”After winning the group at Euro 2020, he became the only manager to do so at the 2018 World Cup and at that tournament. In addition, he set the record for most Belgium wins in one spell as manager (46 from 49)”

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #46

    Wasnt it the stadium that brought Darlington to its knees..

    Now that would be unlucky…

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #47


    Ofc it is but we are better than performances are showing.

    I don’t understand why we ditched the system we finished last season on that gave us a good finish. The start of this season its been non existent.

    IMO the team is a lot better than what we have seen this season and that needs to be brought out of them.

  • Scythe

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #48

    That was some goal by Tielemans in the Leicester game. Top right hand corner for miles out. Raya had absolutely no chance of getting to that one. Two good games going on at once. It’s hard to focus on either one of them 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #49


    I remember that, a 25000 seat stadium, possibly just a tad ambitious!

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #50

    Modric not good enough for the PL? Pretty sure he has already showed he can do it in this league.

    Getting player of the tournament at the last World Cup as well and always looks a dominant force when playing.

    I’d pass on him just for his age but a great player nonetheless and one of the best CM’s that’s been around.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #51

    ‘Ah, no Mr Newcastle I don’t expect your club to spend, I expect your club to die.’

    Words spoken by an evil looking person whilst stroking a fluffy cat.

  • Regan

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #52

    There’s some kind of documentary on YouTube mate..

    Not a bad watch if you’ve got 40 minutes. .

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #53


    who said he wasnt good enough, because i didnt. I think he was an outstanding player. he could have walked into any team in the world and made them a better team.
    but like you said, at 36, he is the wrong age to come into a struggling team in a much tougher league

  • SholaShow

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #54


    Maybe more realistic, but just hoping for a reasonable best case scenario.


    Coady and Romagnoli would be excellent. Tarkowski would be fine enough.


    Two ball-playing defenders added, left-footed one on the left-side. Both captained their clubs, strong characters and some of that Italian passion for defending in the team.

    Can bet Romagnoli’s agent – the guy who represents Pogba – is looking for the biggest payday he can find for himself with just 6 months left on his client contract. Give him a big agent fee to advise him to come here and join the revolution!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #55


    Aye, a bit like Ronaldo! 🙄

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #56

    He would instantly upgrade the midfield and give us something we have lacked for years regardless of age.

    The league didn’t faze him before and it wouldn’t faze him now.

    I wouldn’t go for him because he is coming to the end of his career but 100% he could still do a job and a far better job than any of our current crop in midfield.

  • Romford mag

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #57


    Only one match I’m concentrating today mate 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #58

    Unlucky ‘arry.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #59

    Surely we can find a place for Schar; and is Fernandez injured?
    If there’s a problem with relationships they need to get over it. Schar is a top international (I know he’s a loose cannon at times) and Fedy is our best defender IMO so the sooner they’re in the squad the better!
    From a tactical point of view I think we should try 4 2 3 1 with Callum up top on his own, flood the midfield!

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #60

    What I’ve found quite funny and shocking since the takeover was announced is that a lot of bloggers are saying “nah I wouldn’t have him” when speaking about players who would instantly improve is and let’s be honest here it doesn’t take no world beaters to do that.

    Quite mad some of the names some have turned there nose up at

  • Ashingtoon62

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #61

    For those posters targeting Brighton for easy points,did yous watch their second half against ManCity yesterday? 😉

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #62


    I think Modric could do it still in this league but away mate there is a bit of distance between who Modric and Ronaldo is.

  • Romford mag

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #63


    Nah wouldn’t have him 😀

  • Mund

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #64


    Let’s be serious here mate you’d have owt 😉

  • Romford mag

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #65


  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 24, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #66

    Just saw that flag against our owners human rights.

    Just a few months ago we had that whole thing with a large portion of spectators booing a certain ‘political’ act, then saying they were only doing so as ‘politics has no place in sport’ or anywhere if by politics you mean the act in question. Anyway how come there wasn’t a sizeable chunk of drunk yobbos booing this clearly political flag? Shouldn’t all these Palace etc fans be booing? At least half these people complaining about Saudis human rights are the same ones I’m talking about. Have they changed their mind, did they have a road to damascus moment when they suddenly became human rights protestors, or forgot their previous views, or is it that with either one or both of their opinions, they weren’t entirely truthful about their motives?

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #67

    Tarkowski, Trippier, Gallagher, Jon Swift from Reading, and a young striker. With Gallagher and Swift we could become a tip passing team.

  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #68

    spurs owe 1.17 billion no wonder they jumped over to saudi arabia and asked pif to pay 3.5 billion, I thought joe lewis the owner of spurs had 4.5 billion so why is his club in hock to that amount

    I would love to see all the clubs with debts, the chelsea owner had the bbc after him a few years ago asking how he got his fortune, hes great mates with putin and we all know if you cross putin well your gone, think the so called top clubs in the league best get rid of that so called rule they have brought up to stop us from advertising ourselves how ironic, if i was pif and co id do it sod them what they going to do chuck us out the league ?? points deduction good luck with that in a court of law

  • sparky55

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #69

    Joe Lewis is a property tycoon…his money is in bricks in mortar…not liquid any way shape or form whereas our owners wealth is very liquid…oil and hard cash!

    Te he

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂

  • Pottsclock

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #70

    It’s not just about the ability of players coming in in January that needs to be considered. It is also their motivation. Who wants a team of players who want that last big payout on the way to the elephants’ graveyard and who have nothing to lose if we are relegated? And on stupid wages that will disrupt the squad.
    I also don’t think our CBs are not so bad as individual players. Clark and Fernandez at 32 should not be past it. 18 months ago, CB was the strongest position we had in the squad. But no CB is going to relish or feel confident behind the weak midfield we have and our complete inability to retain the ball, even at set pieces. That said, we are completely inadequate at LB.
    So yes we would of course benefit from some fresh legs at CB, but more important for me is to fix LB and get the defense organised behind a midfield that can win and retain the ball.


    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #71

    I think ASM should be brought on as an impact sub around 55 minutes.
    Start with Wilson upfront with Almiron on the left of him and Murphy on the right of Wilson.
    Need people with pace and can put the press on fully committed, not like the press we saw so often under @#£&%.
    – – – – – – – – Darlow – – – – – – – – – –
    Manq – Lasc – Fern – Lewis – –
    – – – Fraser – Hayden – Joe – –
    Murphy – – – – – – – – – – Almiron
    – – – – – – – – Wilson – – – – – – – – – –

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #72


    It’s not going to happen anyway but I reckon we’d get two good seasons from Modric if it did.

  • toon22

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #73

    I’d agree about ASM
    He shouldn’t start every game

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #74

    That’s correct wealth is often lumped with assets in calculations, I reckon most of us on the blog are probably worth over half a million in assets but haven’t got anywhere near that in ready cash. 🙂

  • sparky55

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #75

    Essex…thumbs up emoji.

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #76

    Anyway we should stop looking at English teams for potential signings, although there’s always the Conference League! 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #77

    Points now,
    Performances Later.

    Top management priorities. Get it done.

    Let’s have an immense dose of honesty here, whoever we get as manager, or as players and certainly as DoF (having not had one) will be a big if not massive upgrade on what we’ve been used to. 🙂

    Thought for the day (as it’s Sunday) 😉

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #78

    Man Y need to get a wriggle on if they want to sign Bruce when Ole gets the heave ho after the Liverpool game.

    Spurs could be after him if Nuno survives the West Ham result in the making.

    Could be quite a battle to get their top man according to their fans.

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #79

    Bill, I can tell you live in Essex mate, houses up here (in the main) aren’t anywhere near that in value 😉

    Although Westoe Village will set you back £300k for an apartment and £600 – £900k for a house! 🙂

  • Tonyd3b54

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #80

    It’s a tough position for any manager coming in here. There’s talent here yes. Wilson, asm, miggy, joel, schar, fede in particular have played in more offensive styles and done well. Lascelles, Hayden can definitely do a job in a decent team be it one of the weaker players or from the bench.

    The problem is they’ve all had their form, aggressiveness and tactical awareness bar ASM and Wilson pretty much drained out of them. It’ll take a while before they’re brought back to where they should be. Even with an outstanding manager it’ll be ugly up until mid December at the earliest.

    If Fonseca or Favre are brought in well probably see more cohesion in defense. But what we’ll also see is a lot of players losing the ball, putting our D in difficult situations because these players haven’t played real football in a couple years. Just pass it back and hoof it up.

    It’s gonna be a tough couple months. I just hope we can get a couple wins and gut out a few draws by the transfer window


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