Newcastle Must Play for Respect Against Stoke

Caretaker manager Pearson was not at all happy with the way the Newcastle team allowed Manchester United to score three of their six goals in the last five minutes on Saturday, as Newcastle crashed to their heaviest Premier League defeat ever.

Nigel Pearson – must inspire the players tomorrow night – somehow

Nigel Pearson and fellow first team coach Steve Round have been asked to do a very difficult job since Sam Allardyce was sacked, and will be uncertain of their own positions at the club, once the new manager is announced.

Pearson survived the sacking of Glenn Roeder who brought him to Newcastle, and we have always thought that Nigel is a good coach. He will need to inspire the players tomorrow night, but they also need to inspire themselves and be true professionals. For the wages they are picking up at the club, we can at least expect 100% commitment tomorrow nigh, or so you would think.

The game against Stoke will provide Emre with a rare start as both Alan Smith and Nicky Butt are starting a two match ban and are not available. Emre didn’t have many chances under Big Sam as his style of play hardly suited the way Sam likes to play the game.

While there were noises earlier that Emre could leave in January, there is not way the Turkish International will be leaving Newcastle in January and indeed he will be looking forward to see who the new manager will be because he will be in the mix with Newcastle owner Ashley wanting to play attractive and attacking football. There’s no doubt Emre has loads of skill and has always been committed to the club.

Some of the fans’ frustration at Sam Allardyce was that he would play Smith in every team, in any position he had to. Even if it meant he was out of position on the right wing and Milner was on the bench. He seemed to prefer Smith to even Emre in Emre’s position of central midfield – enough said.

That’s all Newcastle history now and most of us are waiting for a new era under a top manager that will help ignite the Mike Ashley era at Newcastle United. But Mike has to move quickly when he arrives back from Hong Kong today.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont care about the stoke game at the minute. there are many more important issues going on…………for instance, us being a losy six points above relegaion. they need to get the right man in now, mort is talking out of his arse saying they will take as long as it takes to get the right man. if he keeps on dithering we will be sucked right into a relegation battle with sunderland etc. get your f,ing cheque book out, get mouriniho, give him a top salary and 100 million to spend as he so wishes. he will come i am sure, he likes challenges, theres none bigger than our club. stoke you ask, who cares.

  • Midjew

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2


    Just wish it was for longer.
    They used to fit WHOLE team round him, STUPID.

    He is a good player but he is better as a striker as he is so strong and dertermined, but HOW many times does he give away free kicks, CLASSIC example Man Utd FIRST GOAL was cos of his SLOPPY Challenge.


  • b3v

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    i have a feeling that we will know who the manager is by tomorrow nights game, and he will be sitting in the stands. 🙂

  • Cyprus Mag

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m a bit concerned at this headline, “respecting” inferior teams is FSA’s style, we should go out and blow teams like this off the park.

  • Karl

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s not about the Stoke result, but the players getting a turnaround performance. To get that, they have to WORK! If they don’t, put them in the reserves team, regardless of price or salary. Let the young ‘uns, have a go, it’s still 6 points down to mackems.
    Put the players to work against Stoke, and we will se who is worthy. In that sense the Stoke-match is important

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I see no reason why Pearson doesn’t just let the team go out and enjoy themselves. There’s nothing to lose and we might as well go all out attack. With the donkeys both suspended, I expect a midfield full of good movement and deck passing. I don’t usually make predictions, but how about 3-0?

  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    stoke are going to fancy their chances , and we are going to have the eyes of the country on us waiting for us to fail .
    i hope the lads know they are playing for their nufc wage packet for a change , hopefully our new managers eye will be fixed upon the game , and hopefully he will come in and be ruthless with those who quite frankly dont seem to give a shit about this club .

  • Edd Case

    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we’ll win.

    Though Im certain we’ll concede at least one.
    I’m going for a 3-2 home win.


    Jan 15, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m sure it will be HUGHES by the end of the day…why? He has to prove himself on the next level, not only with small cash transfers!!

    This would be the perfect opportunity for him to step one step ahead of his MANU dream in about 3-4 years! And for us this will brighten up future – also european experience is needed for the next manager at MANU, isn’t it? 😉

  • George

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    What i would point out to Nigel Pearson is that the game against Man U was about the best way to sum up most of our play and players since the arrival of Sam Allerdyce. yes SA may have vacated his position,but unfortunately the damage done by SAs ideas will take a bit of getting rid of, so i for one am not surprised at the outcome of this match, in fact i was more than happy as things could have been a lot worse.


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