Simple talk from Danny Simpson

Listen to the lad!
Danny Simpson may not be everyone’s favourite player on the pitch, but he certainly speaks well about the club on Twitter and is a very passionate player on the pitch.

Let’s start of by saying that I’m not knocking Danny, not at all. I feel he’s been a major part in a great NUFC defence this season, through a very tough time for him and his family which is something that needs commending. But he’s just a right back, he’s not the star man, he doesn’t get many plaudits for playing well because he doesn’t score the goals and if a goal goes in, he’s one of three who can get the blame, with Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini remaining blameless in the eyes of most.

Anyway, back to the point of the article. I’ve been following Danny Simpson for a long time on Twitter and this isn’t the first time I’ve realised how much sense he talks about the club.

After the uproar about the renaming of the Stadium from St James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena, Danny Simpson has brought up the matter which is the most important – How we perform on the pitch.

At the moment we’re up there in third wedged between Manchester United and Chelsea and still unbeaten. We could risk our whole season by protesting and causing unrest within the club. Yes, we know that it’s a snide thing to do by Ashley and it’s changing the name of our great ground, but the history is still there, it’s not all forgotten. All proper Newcastle fans will still call it St James’ Park so why does it matter?

Yes there will be fans of other clubs poking fun at us, but so what? We’re used to it. I’d rather be laughed at for the club with the crap stadium rather than the club that’s laughed at for languishing in the Championship, or fighting relegation in the Premier League. Also, just remind them that in a few years time they’ll be very lucky if their owner has done the same thing with the introduction of the Financial Fair Play rules.

If I’m honest on a personal level the decision to rename the ground disappointed me, but I wasn’t surprised. I was livid the first time, really hurt about it, but now I’m not too fussed. We’ve still been [email protected] for the past two years, and that hasn’t caught on has it?

Is it worth protesting really? What will it do? I don’t think it’ll make him change his mind, he’s one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever come across. If you look past the history this deal could make great financial sense, if they go about it the right way, but that’s a big if.

I know the club have lied to us before, and you’ll probably say they will again but you don’t know for definite and as he owns the club we’ll just have to wait and see. If we were to change the stadium sponsor and sell it along with the shirt sponsorship at the end of the season and got the 8-10 million pounds that they’re expecting it will be a great deal financially for the club.

Just think of that as a Cheik Tiote and a Yohan Cabaye EVERY SEASON. I know they’re not guaranteed but with our new scouting system I would be pretty confident giving Graham Carr 8 million pounds to spend. Once again your retort will probably be that we won’t see the money, like I said, we’ll have to wait and see.

The players know that they can’t do anything about it and just need to perform like they have been all season. The fans need to do the same and continue to back the players on the pitch. Newcastle v Chelsea will be the first game under the new name, hopefully there will be no protests and we’ll carry on our great start to the season.

St James’ Park, We’ll never forget.

53 thoughts on “Simple talk from Danny Simpson

  1. My questions are the same as Jobey: “Is it worth protesting really? What will it do? I don’t think it’ll make him change his mind, he’s one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever come across. If you look past the history this deal could make great financial sense, if they go about it the right way, but that’s a big if.”

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  2. i agree – lets just get on with what we are doing on the pitch and keep calling it St James Park – always will be in my eyes

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  3. We’re still playing at St. James’s. Doesn’t matter which sponsor is paying us money for the privilege of their name on the board. Howay Simpson and the lads!

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  4. Let’s just take it on the chin, and move on.

    This doesn’t change the fact that we are are still unbeaten, 3rd in the PL and have the best squad at the club in years.

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  5. Like the way Derek says the money from this hideous name change will buy us our striker in January, like he thought we’d all forgot about the Carroll money, it’s disgusting how he thinks he will get away with this !!!

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  6. Yeah, its pathetic what they’ve done but what can we do but add it to the list and get on with it? Lets just get behind the lads and support them for the next three big games and the rest of the season.

    And also like your support of Simpson Jobey-I think he’s done very well this season although he still seems to get most of the stick for anything that goes wrong defensively.

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  7. Simpson has looked more solid at the back last couple games aswell hes much improved and is defo happy at NUFC !!! HWTL

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  8. I don’t want any protest because if we protest and then no investment will come and it will kill the good feeling on the pitch this season.

    But imagine a new tiote/cabaye every year. Sounds good doesn’t it? Can anyone else remember the 20 mil a year of his money ashley said he was going to put in every year for players? We’ve heard it all before.

    The andy carroll money was too good to turn down IF the money is reinvested into player it was well worth it.
    The sponsorship of stadium is worth it IF the money (well if we even get any money) is reinvested in the squad.

    The common denominator is that we get f*ck all after it is touted as worth it,good value, too good to turn down because we could do this that and the other with it. But when the money doesn’t show, is it a good deal for us.

    Dekka Dolittle trying to say selling the stadium name might help getting a striker in january or replacements in the summer. What about that 35 mil? What about we’re just about to break even? We need those reinforcements before the stadium naming so now we need a new stadium name to help with it. He also said something along the lines to compete with the man city’s we need to do this…I think dekka is letting the league table get to his head if he thinks we’re 8-10 million pound a year off competing to win the title.

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  9. Jobey you make some good points there Lads 😉
    weyayecabaye spot on mate they have told us somany times that this was going to happen and that wouldn’t happen, you can watch a thief but you cant watch a Liar and the 2 muppets running the club are top class Liars.
    But there is still Fans that believe their Lies 😕 and think that the name change will bring money in and will buy us player, then their is fans that just don’t give a toss about the name change

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  10. Big D… I would say the majority of fans disagree strongly about the St James’ Park name change. I also believe the majority of fans are in no doubt that the owner and his gonk are a pair of serial liars.

    The big problem is that as fans our love for the institution which is Newcastle United is stronger than any of the kicks in the balls these muppets can conjure up. Consequently lots of fans are stuck in a bit of a quandry, either suck it and see, get on with it, or protest with your feet and don’t go to the matches, at least the home games, so that Ashley doesn’t get any financial gain.

    As an expat, it’s easy for me to sit on the fence so to speak, cos I cannot get to the games anyway. However, if I did live in the toon, I would probably fall into the category of “get on with it”, and still go to the away games at least… I just love following the toon, end of story.

    These muppets in charge aren’t going to be leaving any time soon I’m afraid. I said this over a year ago, once they get the big earners off the books and introduce cost cutting exercises, Ashley will just drip bleed the club of cash until he gets all his money back, plus some..

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  11. Would people be so receptive if we were in 17th? There are a lot if people saying this doesn’t matter because of our current run of form. Why do you think he chose to do it now? No game for a couple of weekends and our brilliant start to the season.
    There are fans of other clubs who seem to care more about what is happening than some of the people in here.

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  12. Micky Toon…

    “There are fans of other clubs who seem to care more about what is happening than some of the people in here.”…

    Do you really in all honesty believe what you just wrote mate ?

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  13. If O2 are thining about it and its a big IF, maybe they could call it St James Park O2 Arena or the O2 at St James Park, keep the fans happy and very likely that people here may start using them more. Same goes for any business really.

    I’m ready for the Stardust backlash after this one now, as much as I’m pleased that Ashley has put us on the way back to the black and a level footing, whats all this about interest free loan of £150m? He bought the club so he took on/owns the debt now, so he has loned anybody anything, if he owns the club its up to him to pay off the debts somehow or other. I accept if the story is true about him being ‘done’ by others and had to end up going in on his own, so didn’t have the chance to do DD, well thats not good for him, but regardless, he now owns the debt so has to pay it off. I think its right that if he trys to sell the club that he gets some of that back if he can find somebody to buy it and pay the price, but these are the risks you take when you buy a business.

    I’m now ready for the backlash before I go out!

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  14. MM I understand mate and I know there is nowt we can do. I just find it strange that people say either that the money will help us push on or others that just dont give a shit as if the name and history mean nowt.

    Micky T spot on mate I thought the same I have heard other teams fans that think he has over stepped the mark and done something that he shouldn’t have done and have signed petitions etc. but as I said some of our own fans dont give a fuk because we are unbeaten 😕
    My biggest gripe was that this could have been done at another time like before the season, but then he wouldn’t have shiffted all the ST.
    Or it could have been done at the end of the season, instead of ruining the feel good factor that was around which I believe was helping the team.

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  15. MM – I wouldn’t have written it if I didn’t. There are numerous comments from people saying it doesn’t matter as it’s only a name or it’s ok because we will get money from it.
    Because I’m unlucky enough not to live in the NE anymore I speak with a lot of fans of other clubs on a daily basis and they all think Ashley is a tw@ for doing what he has done. I suppose in another way I’m lucky as I don’t have to go past the new signage every day, like I did when I lived and worked in Newcastle.

    You’ve got to wonder if owl heed an Jabba take some pleasure in seeing us unhappy. We were all enjoying ourselves, so he goes and ruins it by doing this.

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  16. Big D…I read somewhere earlier the neet along the lines off..if this sort of thing were to happen in Liverpool then they would burn down all the Sports Direct Shops in the city. Now I’m not sure about that like, but as far as I can remember, I’d love to be proven wrong, but perhaps only one set of club fans has really gone radged at their owners and that was Man Utd fans. Didn’t they start a new team and stuff, and also partook in some pretty militant protests, with death threats, letter bombs and some pretty aggressive protests ?

    We all also know that Newcastle fans on the one side are united, but on the other side cannot get a concerted protest going where everyone is involved, and pulling in the same direction. Even when they get close to protest, Ashley just doesn’t give a shit anyway… Sad but true…

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  17. Dave – It seems that to some football that history and heritage mean nowt. I don’t care if other clubs may or may not be doing this in the future, that’s their look out.

    Sammy Ameobi wrote – Guess my very 1st game at St James Park was also my last.

    That is sad.

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  18. Micky Toon….

    Sammy Ameobi wrote – Guess my very 1st game at St James Park was also my last.

    That is sad.

    I wouldn’t say aggresive mate…just …..sad… 😉 🙄 🙄

    tHIS sAMMY POST IS A NEW ONE TO ME LIKE… 🙄

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  19. Why plaster that name everywhere inside and outside the ground, if you intended to take it all down? It’s staying for as long as the fatman and his cronies run our club. We will once again be left disappointed after January.
    I can’t believe some fans are falling for the usual bullshit.

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  20. On Simpson you say the cops the blame for most of the defensive errors. There is a reason for that. He usually is to blame

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  21. [email protected] tend to agree with you there about Simmo, though to be honest he has picked his game up really well over the last half a dozen games. Probably cos we’ve only had easy games I would imagine. 😉

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  22. Dave @ 12

    You have no idea if the name change will bring in money so to comment on it is pointless.

    As i have said before and i have seen many people say it will always be St James Park so what is the point of crying about it. We already know that everyone hates MA and DL so there is no need to put it in every single post.

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  23. MM kna m8 could it be that he wants away 😉 5yr deal been on the table long enough and not signed,or is that my evil mind 😀

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  24. Ice…don’t think it’s your evil mind at all mate. If the contract is on the table, then it probably aint very attractive to Simmo otherwise he would have signed it. We all know Cashley plays hard ball at contract time.

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  25. MM aye its been on offer 2/3mths,as you say dont think jabba will increase it not with santon in the back ground 😉 😉

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  26. Icedog….I can see Simpson and Guthrie boarding Troy’s bus before long….the one outahere… 🙁 …with it being there own choice too…. Cannot honestly see Guthers signing up long term just to warm the bench.

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  27. at last people seeing sense,we cant do anything about the name change,so lets just enjoy one of the best seasons we have had in a long time

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  28. Ice how have you been mate haven’t seen you about.

    N.I @ 38 ” You have no idea if the name change will bring in money so to comment on it is pointless” so what is the point of a blog is it not to make comments etc ?
    I would bet my house on it remaining as SDA, and I would say that going by their past history they cant be trusted or believed.
    As for “so what is the point of crying about it. We already know that everyone hates MA and DL so there is no need to put it in every single post.” who is that your refering too ?

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  29. DAVE ive been around mate just this SJP thing is makeing the owld guts gan so dont want to get into the shit,thought jabba was up to sumit things were going to well 🙁

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  30. Ice your right mate im disgusted but maybe its only when you get older that you start to value somethings in life. As its clear by comments on here today that there is some that don’t give a shit about the tradition and the history of SJP. Just when things where really getting positive about the Toon 👿
    By the way your on the old thread 😉

    MM @ 43 I think Guthrie is better than a bench warmer mate and I wouldn’t blame him if he looks for somewhere else 😕

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  31. I’m with you Jobey. It’s a shame but it isn’t worth all the hue and cry we’ve been hearing. It’s the same turf, the same ground, it is and always will be St. James’ Park. What they call it at a corporate level doesn’t seriously bother me. As others have said. what notice did we give to it’s most recent name change. HWTL! Let’s focus on what takes place on the pitch, not the signs around it.

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  32. Sad as it is, it’s a sign of the times. Shame they couldn’t keep the name until a real sponsor was found.

    More interested in the lads playing in black and white. If a deal can bring in an extra player, then it’s worth it.

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