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Newcastle Proving Einstein Was Right In This Definition

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 · 11 Comments

When Alan Pardew walked out after the last game of last year – a 3-2 home win over Everton – it was thought by most that his time at Newcastle had come to a natural conclusion and it was time for both Pardew and Newcastle to move on.

It was an excellent chance for Newcastle to get in a top manager, even though it was half way through the season, but that didn´t stop Newcastle from letting Pardew go.

We got some compensation from Crystal Palace for Pardew and the club took it and then thought who they may bring in – in that order.

Lee Charnley even unwisely admitted at the time that Pardew leaving was a shock and he had no plans to fill the vacancy.

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Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
We must have been winning the game

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Players Want To Put Things Right – But Next Few Games Tough

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 · 17 Comments

We like Dutch international Daryl Janmaat and it´s a brave player who puts himself  for an interview after the last two displays which have shocked Newcastle to the core because of their lack of passion and the very poor play we have seen from Newcastle as a team and as individual players.

McClaren and his coaches were on the playing field all last week preparing for the game at Palace against former manager Alan Pardew and a good question after the performance is – what were they doing?

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Daryl Janmaat – stunned after Palace disaster
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Newcastle´s Response To Current Crisis Is Comical

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 · 23 Comments

One of Newcastle’s preferred media outlets is Sky Sports so when they report on something at Newcastle we assume it´s fairly accurate – although that´s still an assumption.

With the way things are at the moment – Newcastle are in  another crisis and second bottom of the league table after 14 games.

We certainly didn´t expect Newcastle to take any decisive action – simply because they haven´t done that for years.


Lee Charnley – Newcastle´s top executive
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Poll Results In On McClaren – They´re Not Good

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 · 17 Comments

We put out a poll after Saturday´s game – the second disaster in a row – to ask fans if they thought   Steve McClaren could turn things around at Newcastle.

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Steve McClaren – can he turn things around?

It turns out the vast majority of fans doubt that he can do that.

Can Steve McClaren Turn Things Around At Newcastle?

  • No (87%, 6,426 Votes)
  • Yes (13%, 987 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,413

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What Steve and the coaching staff have to do now is get some results in the next three games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa – and more pathetic and embarrassing displays like the last two would not be good – and that’s an understatement.

We don´t think Mike Ashley will allow Newcastle to get too deeply into relegation trouble before he will take some action – but there´s still time for Steve to turn things around.

Comments welcome.

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No Sympathy From Pardew – It’s A Tough Job For McClaren

Monday, November 30th, 2015 · 129 Comments

Alan Pardew was under enormous pressure a number of times when he was Newcastle United manager and we always thought his biggest asset was that he was so tough mentally and also so single-minded.

And if you are a Premier League manager these days there’s no room for weaklings in the mental health area – that’s for sure.

It’s a gruesome job and even tougher at an iconic club like (the famous) Newcastle United and we haven’t done well for over three years now and we’ve been pretty hopeless since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked back in 2004 for only finishing in 5th place.

Freddy Shepherd will never live that down.

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Alan Pardew – while on Tyneside
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