Micky Quinn: “Who ate all the goals?”

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Micky Quinn has been trying to become the new Supermac by trying to spout rhetoric and his (often misguided) opinions – usually when things are going well. His words recently didn’t earn him any special consideration with fans but it did give us a chance to work off some fat jokes and that can never be a bad thing, can it?

Known for stating Newcastle “would get nowhere” under Kevin Keegan as his set up was “shambolic” in nature. That season saw promotion, and the following saw us finish third.

After his application was rejected from the vacant managerial post at Second Divison Burnley FC in ’96, he decided he didn’t actually know that much about football outside of scoring goals and instead went to look after horses. Good career move all things considered.

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle today, he said:

“From what I have seen, there is no-one ready to take on the shirt; maybe they can go with Shola Ameobi or one other. However, they need to sign at least one more striker, a No 9, to keep them in the league and help them progress.”

“But from what I have seen of Mike Ashley, I doubt whether they will get all the money. He came in as the white knight and saved the club to some extent. However, I always think there’s something around the corner with him. I’m suspicious of his intentions.”

Once you’ve recovered from the excitement of having “Ameobi 9″ on the back of your shirt, we’ll continue.

He is, however, spot on. We do need somebody who is capable of wearing the famous shirt and more importantly – somebody who is consistent. The chances of seeing another Alan Shearer in our lifetime is slim and even if we saw that player, the chances of that player in the black and white is even slimmer. (As much as it pains me to say it.)

Of course, we don’t necessarily need an Alan Shearer to wear the shirt as much as we need a good player who can put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis – we need excitement up front.

He’s also bang on with Mike Ashley. You can’t trust a man who simply doesn’t speak – what exactly are his intentions? He hardly has a shimmering history with us and his silence does not help his case. In fact, the more he refuses to talk, the more likely the doom mongers are of getting together and coming up with ridiculous conspiracy theories.

Lets just not talk about Llambias – isn’t it his job to communicate?

Talking about the supposedly transfer listed Nile Ranger, Quinn continued:

“I have seen a bit of Nile and he has a lot of potential. What I would like to see is him given a run of games, maybe five or six games, to show what he can do.”

A sentiment I’m sure echoes all of our thoughts. He’s plying his trade at one of the most difficult in the world – he needs time at a lower league to relax into his game and build up confidence but unfortunately it seems as if the club are tired of his personal discipline or just don’t think he can produce the goods. Unfortunate, but that’s football and unfortunately, it’s those kind of decisions that hang over our club like a black veil.

The funny thing is, all it takes is for a bit of explanation as to where the club is headed and why certain decisions are being made. A statement every other season does not a positive atmosphere make.

Disclaimer: all fat jokes in this article were completely accidental and a product of my subconscious.

avatar NUFCBlog Author: Thump Some say his bones are black and white but that is yet to be medically proven. Currently writes for a few different publications and likes to assert his imaginary authority on nobody in particular. Beware: eats children. Thump has written 36 articles on this blog.

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27 Responses to “Micky Quinn: “Who ate all the goals?””

  1. 1
    avatar scouse-scum says:

    Get lost fat quinn you’re bloody clueless! can’t beleive this fat guy actually has ajob as a broadcaster,this man think’s he’s a comedian everytime he’s on the air simply because he laughs at his own jokes. Quinn thinks by spouting the obvious i.e Ashley is scum etc etc.. this will automatically endear himself to us toon fans.

    wake up fat quinn we dont give a toss what you got to say, you’re so out of touch with us geordies i bet he aint even been back to newcastle since he ate all our pies, fat b1tch. Stick to your fat loss tv program, and leave radio for the experts. retard.

  2. 2
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    :) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Funny comment above, made me laugh!

    :)

  3. 3
    avatar chuck says:

    Sorry whats your point, i missed it? was it a critique of Mick Quinn?

    But one thing i would like to comment on which annoys the shit outta me is the myth presently being created in regard to the number 9 shirt.

    For those of you too young to remember, for many years players wore numbers to indicate what position they played.

    The standard formation at that time was 2-3-5 the RB wore the number two, LB 3, then from left to right untill the number 11, worn by the outside left.

    Making the center forward the no.9

    Of course whoever played center forward regardless of who he was, wore no. 9.

    With the event of formation changes, 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1, etc
    the numbers became irrelevant, with each player now having his own number, resulting in a necessary expansion beyond the previous 11. (getting it so far ?)

    Well at NUFC of late there seems to have been some move to make the number 9 into a venerated number of mythical proportions, with absolutely no reason.

    Hey we have had a few good center forward/ strikers, but certainly not any better than most clubs, so why this nonsense about who wears numbr 9 ?

    All it does is put undue pressure on the guy who is allocated that number, I say enough of this nonsence and ask that those writing these blogs do their part in ignoring it, ok!

  4. 4
    avatar workyticket says:

    “After his application was rejected from the vacant managerial post at Second Divison Burnley FC in ’96, he decided he didn’t actually know that much about football outside of scoring goals and instead went to look after horses. Good career move all things considered.”

    He also had a TV career on ‘Celebrity Fat Club’ when he won the title ‘Mr Fat Club 2006′ after losing about a ton or so. How could you forget that Thump! :-)

  5. 5
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    July 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    “Well at NUFC of late there seems to have been some move to make the number 9 into a venerated number of mythical proportions, with absolutely no reason.”

    Aye, it gets me gannin’ as well Chuck.

    It also suggests that Geordies have a rather quaint, simplistic, one dimensional view of football, where the whole game depends on hoofing the ball to one gadgie at the front who gets all the goals and all the glory. I may be wrong, but I seem to recall that the number nine revisionism gained momentum in the John Hall ‘Geordie Nation’ years and the Alan Shearer signing.

    Very good point about the change in formations from the days of ‘inside lefts’, ‘inside rights’ and so on. Back in the early fifties, George Robledo used to score more goals than Milburn and he wasn’t a ‘number nine’ or a centre forward, he was an inside forward.

  6. 6
    avatar Munich Mag says:

    “It also suggests that Geordies have a rather quaint, simplistic, one dimensional view of football, where the whole game depends on hoofing the ball to one gadgie at the front who gets all the goals and all the glory….”…..eh ?….A rather unendearing reference to us fellow Geordies I would say. How can you come to that conclusion Worky ?

  7. 7
    avatar Porciestreet says:

    You guys must be reading my mail. I have posted several times about the fact that we have to get away from this super duper centre forward idea.
    Aiming everything at your centre forward is surely far too one dimensional for the modern game where tacics dictate the passage of play. Is it not better to have as many goalscorers as possible on the park at the same time or have messers Ashley and Pardew not already beaten me to it with the influx of fast, clever striking midfielders who have arrived from France lately.
    I certainly hope I’m right and we get some exciting stuff to watch this season. Just a thought. !! HWTL.

  8. 8
    avatar workyticket says:

    Munich Mag says:
    July 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    “A rather unendearing reference to us fellow Geordies I would say. How can you come to that conclusion Worky ?”

    Munich, I think you’ve totally misundertood the point I was making. Read it again.

  9. 9
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Best bet is retire the No. 9 shirt, as was suggested after Shearer retired.
    It could be reactivated once everyone’s forgotten about it.

    But also,
    myths have to start somewhere too.
    :)

    Ta for the line-up lesson chuck, fank thuck that way of lining up ended.
    Although the vestiges of it still permeate the english game to saddening effect.
    Internationally & to some extent nationally, teams still try to employ & hold too much stock in the wingers getting down the side & lobbing it in for CF’s to head home.
    We live in a world of mid to long ball, superfast football that, while exciting at times, it’s also boring, breathless & frustrating sometimes.

    Cough!

  10. 10
    avatar chuck says:

    Worky
    Yes i agree with you on that one, as it is tied into the no 9 point, which suggests Newcastle fans have no emphathy for todays more sophistiated tactical game and can only relate to as you stated one gadgie who either nuts the ball in or wellies it in.
    Having watched Barcelona’s revolutionary system of playing the game, im sure most fans are totally aware there’s more to the game than relying on one goalscorer.

    As for George Robledo, yeah you know the way he and Millburn played was somewhat revolutionary at the time, it being a twin striker role , rather than Robledo playing the normal fetch and carry inside left role.
    Probably why he got so many goals, but he was better in the air than Millburn another reason why he was used up front.
    And when Millburn was’nt playing, he wore the No 9 shirt of the center forward.

  11. 11
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    There’s nowt ‘revolutionary’ about the ‘tiki taka’ system employed in spain, it’s just there version of ‘total football’, made famous by the Netherlands teams of Rinus Michels but started by the english, & more especially a North Easterner, one Jack Greenwell.
    ;)

  12. 12
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    *their version

    He was actually one of the first Barca coaches, possibly second.
    All the way from sunny Crook, Co. Durham.

  13. 13
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    July 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    “Having watched Barcelona’s revolutionary system of playing the game”

    I would say Ajax’s Chuck. That’s where the Barcelona team we see today was born.

  14. 14
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Then there’s Jack Reynolds, a mancunian. One time coach of Ajax Amsterdam.

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    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

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  16. 16
    avatar Charlie says:

    Is the two use of the words slim the fat jokes?? You can do better.

  17. 17
    avatar Munich Mag says:

    Worky…as you pointed out at 8, I have reread the article, and unfortunately cannot understand your point…maybe I’m just thick ?!

    It seems to me, judging by the headline and the picture of Micky Quinn, the main point of the article is to deride the opinions of Micky Quinn, who by the way was a great “number 9″ goalscorer for the toon, “overweight” as he was.
    Personally I think he made some good points, he just meant we need a “traditional” goalscoring number 9 at the club. Nowt wrong with that though surely ?

    Chuck@3 then redirects the point of focus to the number 9 shirt…and the “supposed” Geordie fixation with the shirt. Actually, this fixation if at all has only came about in recent years due to the legend Alan Shearer…perhaps Supermac in years gone by also filled this role…

    Regarding Ranger…you state..”unfortunately it seems as if the club are tired of his personal discipline or just don’t think he can produce the goods. Unfortunate, but that’s football and unfortunately, it’s those kind of decisions that hang over our club like a black veil.”…
    How can you deride the club over Ranger’s indiscipline…”a black veil”…? they offered him a five year deal, and then have obviously had enough of him. How far are the club supposed to go ?

  18. 18
    avatar TROJAN 69 says:

    i think people are being harsh on quinny,a lot of what he says is honest.most of what he said was true about ashley etc,but because he isn’t in the “middleclass, we love mike ashley brigade”,he gets slated.another man who played for newcastle vilified,because he has a different opinion.we have a history and a tradition of number nine’s at this football club,but hey lets do away with all our traditions and history,to suit the new breed of fan.this is all getting a bit familiar now,the heart,the soul,the tradition,everything is being ripped out of newcastle utd football club.now we are being accused of being narrow minded bigots,by some fans because we dare to have traditions ffs.we all need to be careful what we wish for,and dont forget”A CLUB IN FATBOY’S IMAGE”.

  19. 19
    avatar scott says:

    I reckon this number 9 business is over the top.

    Nobody can argue that we’ve had some really excellent players wearing number 9 on their shirts, but for every great, we’ve had at least one none-starter. I think it starts to get dangerous where a number on a shirt is so revered that players deliberately aren’t given it in case they’re not some sort of sensation. Sure Alan Shearer wore it and he scored umpteen goals, but before him it was never held back from players cos of some mythical tradition. It was in use almost all the time, and sometimes it was worn by greats, sometimes by not-so-greats.

    If you gave it to a player now, say Erdinc, since he seems to be the next striker were trying to sign, and he only ever scores 1 goal for the club, and is a total flop. Does that make Shearer, Milburn, Gallagher etc any less iconic to the club? Does it diminish their achievements or qualities in any way? I’d have to say not at all.

    Other clubs have a history of great players wearing a certain squad number, and the number is just as revered as the number 9 at newcastle, but it stays in general use, even if there’s not a huge name superstar to fill it at that time, because placing so much importance on whats on the back of a shirt is unnecessary, and if a player is a quality player, then he’ll be quality whether he wears 9 or 99.

    Just look at Man U for example and the history of their number 7 shirt, through Best, Robson, Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo. Once Ronaldo left, there was no talk of how they should retire the number 7, even temporarily. There was no talk of how they couldn’t give it to anyone in the squad, it just goes back into rotation, because even if it goes to a complete dud, it doesn’t retract from the history of it at all. Michael Owen had it on his back last season and likely will this season as well. Everyone knows he’s gonna do nowt for Man U, and his best days are LONG behind him, but nobody bitches about how he can’t have it cos he’s not Best or Ronaldo or Cantona, it just goes back into use, and if a legend gets it in future, then it’ll add to the tradition there, and it’s exactly the same at our club with number 9s.

    As the late, great John Candy said in Cool Runnings:

    If you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.

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    avatar Munich Mag says:

    Trojan69 & Scott…both spot on imo…

  21. 21
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    you’ll have to excuse me if I am remembering this wrong but surely not only were shirts numbered 2 to 11, don’t think the GK had one but there were no names on the shirts. Therefore when the teams took to the field if someone didn’t play for some reason after the programmes were printed we then had to listen to announcements to see who was actually playing and change them accordingly. You could spend half a match wondering who was playing at a given number!

  22. 22
    avatar chuck says:

    Some interesting points made and some based on a misunderstanding of Workeys post.
    He in no way states that NUFC fans ARE simplistic in their view of the game, but that the Myth of the No9 shirt leads to that conclusion, even i got that !

    And yes there was something that evolved in the seventies called total football and yes there has been a number of coaches who attempted an evolve the game even prior to WW11 both English and Irish.
    The famous Hungarian side, that thrashed England @ Wembley in the early fifties was obviously ahead of the Dutch and owed their tactical and football skills to a forgotten Irish coach, though both Ggreenwell and Reynolds and possibly others deserve a great deal of credit for the games developement, sadly enough which in most cases was outside a hidebound English FA.
    But then the English are a nation who thrive on tradition good or bad and seem to find difficulty in accepting things new.
    And as Trojan 69 says, “we have a history and tradition of no.9′s at this club” sorry thats not true it’s a myth recently concocted by people like tourself.
    The fact is I have been a fan for more years than i care to remember and in no way wish to rip out the heart and soul or do away with genuine traditions, whatever they may be.
    As for calling those who worship at the church of the number 9, narrow minded bigots, no, i would’nt, just missguided.

  23. 23
    avatar chuck says:

    Grumpy old-toon

    Absolutely ! it all changed when the line up’s evolved from the traditional 2-3-5.

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    avatar workyticket says:

    Munich Mag says:
    July 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

    “Worky…as you pointed out at 8, I have reread the article, and unfortunately cannot understand your point…maybe I’m just thick ?!

    It seems to me, judging by the headline and the picture of Micky Quinn, the main point of the article is to deride the opinions of Micky Quinn, who by the way was a great “number 9″ goalscorer for the toon, “overweight” as he was.”

    Munich, I didn’t write the article, Thump did. Anyway, you were quoting from one of my comments originally, not the article itself. Make your mind up! ;-)

  25. 25
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    July 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    “you’ll have to excuse me if I am remembering this wrong but surely not only were shirts numbered 2 to 11, …”

    Grumpy, Chuck, you both know the score but for gadgies who divven’t, here goes!

    The 2-3-5 numbering system from days of yore:

    1) Goalkeeper (whether they wore it or not)
    2) Right Full Back
    3) Left Full Back
    4) Right Half Back
    5) Centre Half Back
    6) Left Half Back
    7) Outside Right
    8 )Inside Right
    9) Centre Forward
    10)Inside Left
    11)Outside Left

    From http://www.englandfootballonline.com/TeamUnif/UnifNosNames.html

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    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Aye,
    that’s why the term centre half is out of date, it’s centre back now.
    Typical example of pundits et al not moving on or even allowing anyone else to move on.
    :(

  27. 27
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Bottom line is the centre forward or No. 9 is a figure head !

    If the team needs to focus on their principal target of winning matches they have to provide opportunities for their No. 9 or goalscorers.

    Alternatively we could try allowing all 25 players in the squad to have a go at CF on each match day :)

    Here we are at SJP and today’s CF is ……..Alan Smith :(

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