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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Newcastle fan on re-signing Carroll, Europe and Tiote

After Alan Shearer lead Newcastle to the Championship before Chris Hughton brought them back up the following season, there really was a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the North East club. Mike Ashley was an incredibly unpopular owner and there was uproar when Alan Pardew was given the manager’s job.

However, thanks to some great signings and good leadership from Pardew, Newcastle had a great 2011-2012, finishing above Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as being just four points short of the top four.

Ed Harrison, from The Newcastle United Blog, has shared his thoughts on next season.

Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class this as a successful one?

Ed Harrison: To finish in the top six in the league table would be great, and if we can have long runs in the FA Cup and League Cup – and do well and have a long run in the Europa League we’ll be happy enough. The priority is the League, so finishing in the top six and qualifying again for Europe would be success.

STR: How do you feel about your club’s business in the transfer window this summer?

EH: We’ve brought in three very good younger players in Romain Amalfitano from Rennes, Gael Bigirimana, an 18 year-old from Coventry and defender Curtis Good of the Melbourne Heart in Australia, and Curtis is a 19 year-old
Australian U20 player. They all look excellent prospects and could be challenging for the first team next season.

We haven’t yet brought in any senior players, although we are supposed to be close with Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita, although a fee has been agreed as I write this. We would hope to sign Mathieu Debuchy the French international right back from Lille, and maybe even Andy Carroll back on loan, but only at a decent price. So at this time it’s been disappointing we haven’t signed more players – but there’s still three weeks left.

STR: Who do you think will be your most important player this season?

EH: Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Fab Coloccini and Papiss Cisse are all big players at Newcastle. If I had to select from these five great players I’d go for Papiss Cisse, and if he can keep up his goal-scoring prowess he showed in the second half of the season, Newcastle will have another great season.

STR: How do you rate your manager’s ability to take your club forward?

EH: Very highly – Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job since he came in to replace the very popular Chris Hughton, and Alan has a contract through 2016, and we hope he stays at Newcastle through that time, because we will have been very successful.

STR: Would you take Andy Carroll back?

EH: Yes – Liverpool never ever played to his strengths and if Andy returned to Newcastle we think he would be as good as ever. It seems that owner Mike Ashley wants him back and Alan Pardew rates Andy very highly. But Mike will only take him back if he can get a good deal – Newcastle do not overpay for their players.

STR: If you could pick one United player to have in your squad who would it be?

EH: Wayne Rooney – next question?

STR: Who do you think will win the league this season?

EH: Manchester United.

STR: Good man. Cheers.

Read The Newcastle United blog and follow Ed Harrison on Twitter.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Fred says:

    I would luv it if they finished in the top four, LUV IT!

  2. kanchelskis says:

    I guess they must’ve been relieved in a way to miss out on 4th. The frustration of Chavski unfairly robbing them of a spot in the CL would’ve really hurt.

    I maintain that unless you finish in a qualifying position, you shouldn’t be able to defend your CL title. Who cares if you won? You didn’t qualify. Tough shit.

  3. philco says:

    I would love it if we could give them a game this time round.

  4. kanchelskis says:


    To be fair, not taking 3 points at OT was a travesty.

    SJP game was harrowing though.

  5. Fred says:

    He’s mentioned five top players there but let’s not forget the X-Factor – no, not Cheryl Cole, Hatem Ben Arfa! Great talent. Could take the geordies to even greater heights this season if he fulfils his promise.

  6. United Till I Die says:

    Hate to admit it but Alan Pardew has done the business up there, as has their owner, who is rivalling United for signing bargains of the century recently. Where would Ed Harrison’s club be if they boycotted games and forced out the owner? I wonder.

    Also lads, look at that list of 5 players considered to be Newcastle’s best and imagine the combined re-sell value? Just because we’ve got the financial clout doesn’t mean we should overspend a PENNY on fees and wages if we don’t have to.

    Lets rely on our scouts and our Managers decision. Leave pissing up the wall on short-sighted buys for mugs like Liverpool! By rights Newcastle should finish above the Spurs and the Scousers with the squad they’ve got. Wouldn’t surprise me.

  7. philco says:

    Harrowing works for me. Disbelief was an early reaction, swiftly followed by a sinking feeling iny gut.

  8. kanchelskis says:


    Ba’s goal was quality – don’t think Rio was at fault.

    Cabaye’s FK was slightly flukey (wind) but was sweetly struck.

    And Joner’s oggy was a howler.

    I would now go on to mention the chances we created in that match … but as far as I remember there weren’t any.

  9. Fred says:

    Would be hilarious if they got Carroll back on loan. Would put the icing on the cake of the biggest transfer rip-off in the history of football. Apparently they were pissing themselves in the offices of St. James’s Park when the fax came through from Liverpool. Must have been a great scene. :)

  10. samuel - united WE stand says:

    One of the most painful defeat was the one suffered at newcastle. They battered united from the get go, demba ba ran jones ragged. Rooney looked disinterested and we looked toothless up front. Newcastle are a threat now in terms of taking points off united, we better be ready for a battle, home and away.

  11. kanchelskis says:


    Fax?! Was the deal struck before Andy Carroll was born?!

  12. philco says:

    Kanchelshis , its not often we say that now.
    Thanks be to Fergie.

  13. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Another thing is, newcastle were weak at home against city. Never turned up as they would if it was united in a crucial game, shows you shouldn’t place hopes on another team. I hope city face that next season, every single team playing their skins out against them.

  14. Corea says:

    Newcastle game away was just a bad day at the office. And it happened in the middle of the season.
    Unlike Wigan.

  15. Fred says:

    kanchelskis :lol: We’re talking about Newcastle here, don’t forget. They still don’t have the internet.

  16. kanchelskis says:


    You’d hope that that will be one slight positive to take from City’s title win. Teams will want to beat them.

  17. Corea says:

    “I hope city face that next season, every single team playing their skins out against them.”

    no chance. they would have to win things for a couple of decades in order to encourage opposition teams for the fight of their lives like United do.

  18. Fred says:

    kanchelskis – don’t kid yourself. United are still the team to beat, while City are the team to roll over for.

    Look at those worthless scumbags Everton. Had an FA Cup semi-final against the worst Liverpool team in living memory and rolled over like the shitbags they are. Next up, a practically meaningless game against United at Old Trafford and they went fucking hell for leather to take points off us.

    We are every team’s cup final, sadly.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Kanchelskis – hope so. With all their continuous extravagant purchase, teams will notice they have to step up more often than not. We’ll see if that benefits united.

  20. Corea says:

    “We are every team’s cup final, sadly.”

    @Fred – “sadly” ? no way! ;) It is fine with me.

  21. Fred says:

    Corea, I know it’s something to be proud of, but it puts us at a serious disadvantage in title races.

  22. kanchelskis says:


    Everton’s a weird one. I don’t mind them as a club, but every fucking season they play their best games against us. And to make it even more infuriating, they invariably spread their cheeks for ‘hated rivals’ Liverpool.

  23. Corea says:

    @Fred – we can’t control other team’s desires and effort. but can control teams’ attitude towards playing against us and it speaks volumes about what he have achieved, what Sir Alex has achieved.
    Your hate makes us stronger. (c) It’s the way to be.

  24. Fred says:

    Newcastle fans will agree with me. Teams used to roll over for them all the time back in 95/96, which is why it touched a nerve with Keegan when Fergie pointed it out.

  25. Fred says:

    LOL kanchelskis – completely agree. Those handful of Reds who advocate replacing Fergie with David Moyes might be interested to know his record against Liverpool: played 23, won 4, drawn 6, lost 13.

  26. Fred says:

    Anyway, back to the geordies.Looking for big Papiss Cisse to win me plenty of fantasy league points this season. Top striker.

  27. ssj4gogeta says:

    would love to see newcastle in the top 4 cause they do not spend big but have a great squad and play beautiful football

  28. Fred says:

    Let’s not exaggerate!

  29. Northwalesred says:

    Off topic,but has Angelo Henriquez signed or not. If he had his medical yesterday, I would have expected an official announcement by now. Any info?

  30. Marq says:

    Newcastle have made some inspired signings like Cabaye, Tiote, Ba, Cisse, Coloccini, Ben Hafa, & their goalkeeper. And even Carroll was out of no where. I give them much more respect than the likes of Chelsea & City. So of course hope they do well, except against us =)

  31. Eric keane says:

    Northwalesred : he has signed, maybe fergie is going to unveil two signings at a time.? Like kagawa amd powell were announced together

  32. Fred says:

    Carroll was a graduate of the fabled Newcastle academy, which has produced the likes of Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Jimmy Nail in recent years.

  33. Northwalesred says:

    @ Eric keane,
    Thanks mate, I couldn’t find diddly shit on the net.

  34. Chambers says:

    Nice boot-licking interview!

  35. United's Shaikh Re'd'volution says:

    That Ben Arfa Goal Against Bolton was class.


    If they get Carroll from Dippers for less than the half price, We’ll have a good laugh even before the season starts.

  36. CedarsDevil says:

    Never had a problem with Newcastle, although some of their fans are deluded and think they are bigger than they actually are………..Was great going head to head with them for the title, which was ended with that Cantona goal at St James, epic. And of course who can forget that Keegan rant, funny as fuck…Sir Alex totally ruined him

  37. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    Some United youth team player tweeted RVP was at Carrington lol. He’s not there, obviously! The lads getting abused now. ;)

  38. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    now, if had have said Bridgewater hospital….

  39. United's Shaikh Re'd'volution says:


  40. Ugandan Red says:

    I am wondering how no one is bidding for any of their players because they played fantastic football last season.

  41. 50 Shades of WillieRedNut says:

    Newcastle were the surprise package last year. Played some good stuff. We’ll see if they can continue this season!

  42. YorYor says:

    Never liked Newcastle ever since they had that French twat who disrespected our King. Or something like that. Only player who really stuck in my memory is Faustino Asprilla. One heck of a left winger.

  43. YorYor says:

    Suddenly remembered his name. David Goondula.

  44. ganninalng says:

    could struggle against the mags this season with this creaking back four,especially rio on last legs


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