It’s been all change this week, with the sacking of Chris Hughton and then the hiring of Alan Pardew as the new Newcastle manager.
Since Chris had the players locked in the dressing room for an hour after last Sunday’s game at West Brom, we would have said we would see an all out guts and glory effort tomorrow against Liverpool.
Chris would also have realized that Liverpool’s weakness, like Arsenal’s, is their defense and we would have seen Newcastle going all out for goals against Liverpool tomorrow.
But it’s hard to know what Alan Pardew’s take on the game will be tomorrow.
But since Alan knows Newcastle fans like to see open attacking football, we don’t expect to see Alan play as though he was imitating Sam Allardyce.
So let’s hope we see an all out committed display from the lads tomorrow, and if we can get that we could even get a result.
A win against Liverpool on Chris Hughton’s 52nd birthday would be good to see.
After such an emotion draining week – a win would be a fantastic result for the Newcastle side, but there are a few key points for the game, which are different than if Chris had still been on board.
The players must turn up for the game tomorrow, and put all the upheaval of this last week behind them.
The lads must play as though this is a game in which they have a chance of saying thank you to Chris Hughton, for all he did for Newcastle United over the last 34 months, and in particular over the last 16 magical months.
That’s on the attitude (mind) side of things, and as far as the playing side goes our defense must be 10 times better than it was last week, when Sol Campbell looked so uncertain.
So we have to hope it was just one of those days for Sol, because in the previous game against Chelsea he played very well indeed.
Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini are still suspended, and Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Steve Harper and Ben Arfa are still out injured.
We should be able to welcome back two of our best players tomorrow, in captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, and both will be vital players in tomorrow’s game, just as they are now important players for Alan Pardew.
This is the team we would expect Alan to filed tomorrow in his debut as Newcastle manager
Simpson Campbell Taylor (S) Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Subs Soderberg Perch Kadar Guthrie Smith Lovenkrands Ranger
Notice that Xisco and Leon Best are not in that side at all, and they may be expendable in January, if Newcastle can get any takers.
The good news for Newcastle is that Steven Gerrard is not yet fit, and that’s good news, because in this same fixture two years ago he was magnificent in the 5-1 Liverpool mauling of a poor Newcastle side.
And the day after that hammering, Shay Given had just about enough of Mike Ashley’s antics on Tyneside, and requested a transfer and was shipped out to Man City the next month, even though Joe Kinnear at the time did everything he could to keep the Irishman.
If you recall, Mike Ashley had just taken the club off the market on the Sunday morning of that game on 28th December, 2008, and we think that was why Shay finally wanted out.
If Chris had been around this week, we would have said how much more stable things were at Newcastle these days, and then Mike Ashley dropped the bomb on Monday afternoon.
It would be a tough game at the very best of times, against an improving Liverpool side, but it is even tougher now, and we’ll be very happy with anything out of this game tomorrow.
After such a tough and emotion draining week, a win would be absolutely fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!