The NUFC cull continues…

Wayne Routledge

Wayne Routledge
Routledge set for the chop?
It seems as though Alan Pardew is pressing ahead and shaping the squad for the new season despite all of the mumblings of discontent going on around Newcastle at the moment.

It seems as though the door is going to be open to more of the fringe players as they are about to be told that their chances of first-team football are going to be limited in the forthcoming season. The message from Pardew is simple. Know your role and understand it, and there is the door if you don’t like it.

According to The Chronicle that threat is aimed at players such as Alan Smith (we know already he has been told he can leave, (yet like a bad smell he continues to linger), Nile Ranger, Wayne Routledge and so on. Players who are only ever going to be on the periphery of the squad are the targets this time around.

“There will be a couple of decisions that will have to be made,” Pardew told The Chronicle. “It is about accepting your role in the squad. We have players like Joey Barton and Fabricio Coloccini who will be expecting to play every game.”

“But we also need players who will need to make competition for places below that group. Some may not see a lot of football.”

“It is up to them if they are prepared to stay and be in that role – or move on. Those are the types of conversations I will be having with the players involved over the next seven or eight days.”

Well I guess you can’t say that he isn’t being honest with his squad.

However I’d urge caution when dealing with matters like this. Granted some of them players are useless and are about as much use in the Premier League as a chocolate fireguard, like Wayne Routledge for example, but it is a squad game and at some point we will need to call on backup players and hope that they can do a job.

Those that were around last season (so most of them) will have seen that they all ended up getting minutes on the pitch in some form or another so they’ll get chances again this time around. It’s up to then to then stake their claim for a more important role, like Leon Best did, although with the striker up for sale it leaves me wondering just what the point in trying actually is.

I also take note that The Chronicle understands that Barcelona are interested in Jose Enrique.

Quite how they’d know this is beyond me, and probably beyond many of us, but few would begrudge the Spaniard a move to arguably the biggest club in World football. Personally a good three quarters of one Premier League season doesn’t make a Barcelona player, but I wouldn’t get angry if he did end up moving to the Nou Camp. Somehow I can’t see it coming off though. Jose is a good player. but he is not a Barcelona player.

What do you reckon? Too many chnages too soon? Jose to Barca?

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110 thoughts on “The NUFC cull continues…

  1. I actually wouldn’t be arsed if they said they were going to use the Andy money to buyout some of the said ****e players contracts so we could at least have a clean slate.


  2. JG,

    Or use some of it on wages for last years player of the season and give him a new contract


  3. Pavel – 😆

    TC – Cos it’s not official yet. You know what Army gets like. He’s excitable, and you;re feeding it 😆


  4. And I don’t mean literally shot. For all you know I could have been on about shooting you with my love gun 😕 😐


  5. Sh1t the bed – given the choice I think I’d stick with the real gun thanks! 😆


  6. Over the moon with the new mobile site . Looks class! 😀


  7. @90 what’s the matter like – things get a bit much for ya when ya run out of fingers and toes? 😆


  8. @Pavel

    Class video. 😆

    which post was 90 that you’re referring to? 😉


  9. Great video Pavel. Except for the bit about Joey being a Toon legend.

    Bobby Robson is a legend. Alan Shearer is a legend. Joey Barton is a legend nowhere except inside his own tiny mind!


  10. Just read Lambias’ comments about retaining some of the cash from the Carroll transfer for January.

    He boils my p!55. 😈

    The same tune will come out in January. We won’t be held to ransom by clubs wanting big fees in January . We’ll wait til the summer to get a better deal.

    Incredible! 👿


  11. It sounds like the summer buys have been done. He states theyve got the players they wanted.


  12. bobby…sems that way….still hoping for another 2 in without any leaving but that’s the eternal optomist in me rather than any sort of logic 😕
    Him and fatboy must be off to vegas in Jan then if they need to keep some money for then 😆


  13. How heres going to watch Newcastle vs Darlington on the 15th july ????

    Think the tickets have all been sold now 😀 😀 😀


  14. Still hoping for three in, Striker eg Erdinc; LB eg Naylor, & Zog or Barnetta. will have to wait for a few fringe players to move to birmingham though


  15. The Shields Gazette headline..

    “Magpies preparing for January window”

    Hahaha! Says it all really. They must think we are a right set of mugs.


  16. Hitman…in the words of the song…
    Madness, madness, they call it madness.Madness,
    madness, they call it madness.
    It’s plain to seeThat is what they mean to me
    Madness, madness, they call it gladness, ha-ha
    Madness, madness, they call it madness
    Madness, madness, they call it madness 😉


  17. @ Toonsy: If ever there was a player you would wish could get a career-ending injury, it would surely be that prick Nigel de Jong, who almost ended Hatem Ben Arfa’s career! He’s such a thug – but thankfully we’re not like that, are we. Wishing such a thing to anybody 😉


  18. well….. are we all happy with our window then? are we content that somehow pardew says that we have actually spent the 35 million and even more?? wtf?
    i am sure that even the most blinkered fan in the world will now see that there is no 35 million, there are no players coming in unless we generate money from the sales within. ashley said ages ago there would be no more money made available for transfers and that we would have to generate our own money and he has held true, but then again he hasnt has he… cos we did generate 35 million but still none of it was spent and now they are saying its gone blah blah. its the same old crap every window, every year under fatty. AP will be the first manager sacked next season, money on it.


  19. Wait till January?
    Are they mad?
    We clearly need another striker, and would strongly benefit from a proven RW, and a pair of decent fullbacks.
    If we can find good enough players for free then great, if not Ashley should spend some of the £35m from the Carroll sale and spend it now.
    Yes, I do realise he’s fitted the most expensive undersoil heating known to man, and the money is, according to some, paying for wages until the next millenium.
    But if we don’t let some of the dead wood go and get some decent signings to fill the areas we are clearly short, then we will finish more or less where we did last season.
    Which will mean Cabaye and the other players who were sold the promise of at least trying to push towards Europe will all want to find better clubs, and the cycle of mediocrity will continue.


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