One season wonders or a genuine force?

Cabaye and Co to carry on their good form?
People who know me well will tell you I can get a little defensive when it comes to Newcastle United. I am a man who will listen to other opinions and views just as long as they aren’t ridiculous.

Last night I was sat in the pub with a couple of friends, one of them being an avid Liverpool fan. Naturally football was mentioned quite swiftly and it got us discussing last season, specifically Newcastle’s incredible season which saw Alan Pardew’s men finish 5th in the Premier League.

I sat and proudly ran through some highlights of last term and spoke of my optimism for the future. My friend Chris responded by calling me ‘delusional’ and explained that last season was ‘a fluke’ and we would struggle to duplicate such form next time out.

Now it’s been well documented in the past that not only aren’t I keen on Liverpool as a club, but I find a large chunk of their fans to be egotistical and impossible to discuss football with them from a neutral point of view. Anyone remember the View from the away end I did with a Liverpool fan last season? And they call us deluded….

Chris also claimed Liverpool would be business as usual next season and will achieve a top 4 finish, with Newcastle struggling to make the top 15. For good measure he said Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa are our only good players and we’ll struggle to keep them. Hmmm, maybe I was talking to Lawro in disguise?

Although I found Chris’ rant to be false and rather comic, it did leave me thinking what is next for Newcastle? Will we build on last years success or will we struggle to replicate it next season?

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196 thoughts on “One season wonders or a genuine force?

  1. Obertan has been one of our best players pre-season – any objective person who has seen all the ESPN matches will admit that.

    His role as a pacey striker playing off Shola seems to work a treat as opposed to sticking him out wide. His pace is nuts, use it upfront.


  2. We need to get statto to drag up some stats on all our defenders ,that would be interesting and a nice new topic to chat about . πŸ˜€


  3. I not going to write anything more about Simpson because it’s been done to death. At the end of the day he isn’t good enough, thats what the club obviously think not just me.


  4. Our support base, stadium and city suggests we should be expectant to keep it up but I worry about how demanding the fixture list is and how thin we are. A couple of injuries, which are enevitable with these amounts of games, in the wrong positions and we may have to forsake cup competitions and focus on the league.

    We are still too thin, always get concerned with this lot as they are so meticulous in the scouting and targets you wonder if they have already been priced off their ‘A list’ or whether there’s an ace up fatty casino boys sleeve


  5. DJG @ 149 theres no point in giving you an answer because you don’t like Simmo and no matter what anyone says you’ll still say he’s shite.
    I still can’t believe that you think its only the top 1% of prem players that earn Β£25 k 😯


  6. Thing is DJG, there wasn’t a plethora of decent RB’s in the prem last season anyway and that hasn’t changed really.

    Simmo did well to be fair to him but you are right he isn’t as good as others out there that we really should be buying to replace him!


  7. Dave I don’t have a laptop at the minute and I can’t stand this iphone!

    I’ll drop you a Facebook when I get on a computer fella


  8. ‘I still can’t believe that you think its only the top 1% of prem players that earn Β£25 k’

    Thats because you didn’t bother to read my post properly as usual. Where did I say ‘prem players’. Go back and read it. πŸ˜‰


  9. Moreno no probs πŸ˜‰ just on Simmo I like him but if I had the choice between him or someone better well that isn’t a hard choice to make, but knowing that we still haven’t got our priortity CB in I don’t fancy the chances of getting a better RB in πŸ‘Ώ


  10. Dave – came on at half time with Haris.
    He didn’t really do much to be honest but I think by then we had dropped a couple of gears. That said, was kinda hoping to see him take afew lower league players on. Haris looked good and Oba took his goal well. Bigi looked canny and has a good pass on him like.
    Was pretty disappointed with Gosling tho in all honesty.

    Was sat behind the dug out and Pardew never shut up. It was great to watch his passion and direction toward the players. Also Perch came over to one of the young uns and gave him his shirt when he came off, totally unexpected and the kid was buzzing – great touch I thought.


  11. DJG as usual your trying to back out of it because you don’t have the balls to admit you got it wrong

    Kim said ” How much was Simmo after ,wasn’t it Β£25k a week ?”

    You replied ” Yeah but it’s a buyers market and at the end of the day you have to be in the top 1% of footballers to earn that sort of money.”

    we are talking about us and we’re in the EPL we wern’t talking about lower leagues or Canadian, Australian, American etc etc 😳

    Sharpy sounds like you had a good night mate, i’m not surprised about Benny with it being his 1st game, and maybe Gos was a bit off cause he had that niggle πŸ˜•


  12. Dave,
    I believe we have had ample time to scout, enquire and sign someone, or put faith in Danny and sign him up. We’ve done neither.

    Then again I have been proved wrong so many times with a surprise signing out of no where so here’s hoping…oh wait, now it won’t be a surprise…I’ve gone and blown it!


  13. At 117-

    Pards on Bigirimana a couple of weeks ago: β€œThis is a guy who is armed to threaten the players we have in our first team at the moment.”

    Pards on Amalfitano: “However, he is coming into a great environment and I’m sure he’ll settle very quickly. That’s the beauty of the French market. He plays across the midfield, a bit like Sylvain Marveaux.”

    Won’t be the first time Pards has spoken out of both sides of his mouth mind. The guy likes to hear himself talk I think


  14. Moreno @ 167 aye I think he might have been πŸ˜€
    reet thats me outta here catch you’s sometime tomorrow,
    Moreno don’t be a stranger πŸ˜‰


  15. Rumour has it (well, I’m trying to start it) that Shola faked injury tonight so that we’d be down to two senior strikers and Ashley would be forced to delve into his pockets for a striker back up PRONTO


  16. Typical of you Big Dave, trying to put words in peoples mouth and predend they said something they didn’t. Have you gone back and read my post at @142 yet?? You havn’t answered, where did I say ‘prem players’? 😳 since when did ‘footballers’ mean ‘prem players’. Do you think all sportspeople are olympic athletes and all musicians are rock stars??


  17. i couldnt get to game ,but mate went,fantastic play and passing ..never mind the goals!!!! he recons amal ,tav and marv were fantastic ,gona give the silver fox a megga headache!.its great sharpey mensioned a player passed a young lad a shirt,….its nice a lot of us mension that …the majority of footballers are nice blokes and not the trash some people portray them as.


  18. A nice scoreline. It seems as if a few players had a good run out as well. At least it appears that we’d be a genuine force in League 1. πŸ™‚

    But I guess we already knew that.


  19. Newkie…you’re right. Never seen a player go from hated to loved in the span of a year as perch has. And im guilty of it myself. Good on the lad. He’s earned his place


  20. Troy Stavers says:
    August 7, 2012 at 16:14
    So you really didn’t have a point to your question.

    And Troy you still haven’t answered my question….. what a gimp…… πŸ˜‰
    I just cant see how you expect us to finish above chelsea and/or liverpool again when we have only done this once in recent memory…. πŸ˜‰


  21. @aussie

    I don’t actually believe you read my posts. You are so intent on getting your own back on me, you end up in a boomerang spin and unfortunately it ends up hitting you on the napper. πŸ˜›

    I’ve always said Chelsea would take over us. They have the finances and spent to strengthen.

    So far, Liverpool haven’t really done that so their is no reason to suggest we won’t end above them.

    It’s been many years since we ended above many of the premier teams. Does that mean we can’t expect to finish above those as well. ?

    Now think before you write. πŸ˜‰


  22. We have had 7 top 6 and one 7th place finish since being in the PL and 7 posistions of 13th place and one at 14th. plus 1 relegation and 1 fizzypop title.


  23. Kim πŸ™‚ thanks for figures.

    Troy, So who will the top 5 consist of, with us there next season? ?

    I think there is fuel leaking into your bloodstream from the rocket lodged in your anus Troyster. It is rotting your tiny brain and making you look like a fool when you post πŸ™‚ woo hoo hoo


  24. @Aussie

    I’m loving reading your daily balls up! Woo hoo hoo hoo πŸ˜›

    I’m refusing to name the 5 again that I expect to finish above us. I’ve done it so many times that I could do it again and you still wouldn’t get it.

    I’ve really rattled your cage lately Faussie. πŸ˜†


  25. You can name the teams Troy, and when you get it completely wrong, you can back track and deny you made the call like you have done so many times before πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ when you look up the word ‘ wrong’ in the dictionary, it simply says – Troy Stavers. And when you look up Troy Stavers is says – one who is constantly wrong – one who back tracks from previous statements πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ woo hoo hoo poor Troy, this is too easy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  26. [email protected], I met and had me photy taken with most of the players after the Monaco friendly. They were all brilliant lads, taking time out to crack on with the fans. Perchy especially came across as a real nice lad. We’ve got a great bunch of lads, and a great spirit. I reckon it is all down to Pardew, and his back room staff.


  27. aussie magpie fan, you should take it easy on the caffein big man… πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  28. @aussie

    Woo hoooooo hooooo hoooooo πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    I’m lovin the chomping by you. πŸ˜†

    This is like taking the man sausage pie off the fosters guzzler. . πŸ˜›

    You feeling ok Aussie? πŸ˜•
    I feel like you are throwing your boomerang and it’s walloping you in the mouth repeatedly. πŸ˜†


  29. I knew he would have to bite! Dangle the line, be patient and the dopey eyed troy fish will come a sniffing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    At least my foot isn’t in my mouth Troyster, which seems to be the case with you more often than not πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ woo feckin hoo hoo hoo πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Seriously tho, I have noticed you never answer a question when you know it will contradict all your grand statements.. bit of a character flaw that you may need to work on πŸ™‚


  30. Interesting argument from Troy: Criticise those who accept we may not finish equal to or better than last year, then predict 5 teams will end up above us.


  31. Vegas πŸ˜† I noticed that, I asked Troy for a top 5 this season with us included and he couldn’t even give an answer.. Now it seems we won’t even make top 5in his estimations 😯

    Troy spouts shit like it is going out of fashion and when some one calls him out on it he simply ignores the questions…. poor form πŸ˜‰


  32. Woooooooooo hooooooooooo hooooooo hooooo πŸ˜›

    My bucket is bursting to the brim with Ozzy snappers. πŸ˜›

    I have stated time and again who I believe should finish above us. I’ve stated time and again that we should expect no lower than 6th. I have stated that the majority of times that finishing 6th is good enough to qualify for Europe.

    If you’s two keep jumping in my bucket instead of reviewing the teams I’ve named then it’s in the bucket you stay. 😎

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  33. 9 smilies in a row, wow, I think I must have rattled Troysters arse roocket.. woo hoo. I will take it easy on you now mate… sorry about firing you up like that.. πŸ™‚


  34. Wooooo hoo hoooo hooooooooo πŸ˜†

    It doesn’t get any better than this. πŸ˜†

    I used to think you could take the banter but now I’m worried you are seething behind the smileys. πŸ˜›

    If you reply to this Aussie I know you’ve blown your stack.
    If you don’t then I know you are seething. πŸ˜›

    Which will it be? Seething or stack blown?! πŸ˜€


  35. Wow, Troyster is flying off the handle.. he is trying to hide behind his stage smiles like the late Anna Nicole Smith. Troy, please don’t become our Anna Nicole, we love you mate.. I’m sorry for winding you up and igniting a long dormant rage deep in your heart… I’ve gone too far with this one……


  36. Wiooooooooooo hoooo hoooooo hooo πŸ˜†

    He’s blown his stack πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Sorry Aus, you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously tho. πŸ˜†

    Surely not another bite coming up is there. ? πŸ˜›


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