Newcastle Must Continue To Win In The Transfer Market


Alan Pardew has given a good interview in the Independent where he says the Newcastle rebuilding will never be complete.

Alan Pardew with Roy Hodgson yesterday
Alan looked worried – we mustn’t have scored for 5 minutes


Newcastle have made some  excellent deals in the transfer market lately, picking up the likes of Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux for peanuts,  compared with what the other top sides pay for their players.

Those five players cost Newcastle around £15M – and of course we did pay out around £9M for a certain Papiss Cisse, who has now scored 5 goals in just 6 appearances for the Magpies.

He looks a good buy, and just wait until he can speak English. 😀

Newcastle have done brilliantly since they were promoted in May of 2010, and we didn’t do too bad before that either, when we walked away with the Championship with a massive 102 points in our promotion season.

Thanks to Chris Hughton for that, and for getting us off to a good starts least season, his contributions at Newcastle will never be forgotten.

We hope to see Chris at St. James Park soon with his new club, Birmingham City.

Alan Pardew talked about the rebuilding which will always be going on:

“Is the rebuilding complete? It is never complete, we have to try and move forward,”  “We are trying to compete with teams that have got twice our budget, twice our wage bill, have huge investment in their teams.”

“For us, we’ve got to try and bridge that gap with sometimes looking a little left field in terms of the transfer market.” “Myself and my staff have managed to pull a few gems but you’ve got to back it up and this summer.”

“We’ve got to make sure we get it right again otherwise we will never bridge the gap.” “It is important we bring in the players that will take us forward. We are making sure we don’t miss a Cabaye or a Demba Ba.”

“People say we have won with grit and now flair and you don’t amass 50 points by this stage of the season without having all those qualities,”

“All those little things are important and, when you’ve got players like we have at the top of the pitch, you are going to score goals.”

Alan Pardew has come in for some stick from Newcastle fans in the 16 months he’s been on Tyneside, but quite truthfully we’ve been amazed at how good he’s been, in many different areas.

And we were the ones who assured everybody when he came to Newcastle, that he would be hopeless.

But we’re so glad he has proved us absolutely and diabolically wrong – good for Alan.

But Newcastle cannot live on our laurels, and we cannot get carried away by two wins in a row, after going four games with only two points.

The only thing that matters now is to beat Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, that’s the next game, and winning it is all that matters.

If we win that one we can celebrate wildly again for a few days, and then we have a game at Swansea, which will again be very tough.

50 points and counting – Howay The Lads!!



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189 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #1

    @Jail
    Well, maybe i should word myself differently. It’s not that i dislike Simmo himself, i just am a bit sick of not seeing anyone else getting a chance to claim the position.
    If Tav is so good and Santon is also good, why is it like neither is pushing Simmo for the spot?
    I want to see Tav or Santon there. Tav is out atm, so be it, but he could’ve stayed and gotten the position.
    Santon tho, he’ll perform better at RB from the little we’ll seen imo.

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  • nufc786

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #2

    __________ krul__________
    ____simmo____ willo____ perch________guti
    ________________ tiote____________
    ___________cabaye___ guthrie_________
    hba____________________________ ba
    _________________cisse_______________

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #3

    why is everyone changing their names? i think ill call myself PUT THAT DOG BACK ON HIS LEASH wheres me 120 mill gone good auld kenny winnin the toon over at last ha ha ha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Danyo
    Like check said its the lack of a quality LB that’s keeping Simmo as an undisputed regular I think of Pieters had of been bought Santon would be right back,but then again would Santon have been bought had we of gotten the Dutchman.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #5

    lads what the fcuk is gary neville on about cups of tea currys holy jesus hes goin off the loaf.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Good positive words from Pardew he talks a gud game i must say, good at the old PR. However below is a little story slagging of his handling of Benny , in response to Ruddy’s continual backing of how the manager has turned our super talent into a world beater.

    Ruddy – remind me, when did Benny win that penalty to get a draw at old trafford, who was our most dangerous player at Man City, when did he score that unbelievable goal against Blackburn that stopped us going out the cup in a MOM performance, months ago,

    To think that pardew is the reason Ben Arfa is worth a place in our side is insane, he has won many trophies in france is a full international and is thought of as the best talent to come out of france of his generation, if anything Pardew has potentially gave Ben Arfa an excuse to get sick and f#ck off.

    If anybody seen Benny’s debut at Everton were he ran the show and pretty much was responsible for gaining 3 points knows that the boy has always had the game to be a permanent starter for us, the fact pardew enjoys playing full backs in front of full backs and was for months having a luv affair with Shola even though he was playing absolute sh1t was the reason he wasnt being picked.

    It is an arrogance to think that Pardew has carefully cultivated a gud player, my god the boy is potentially the biggest talent we hav ever had in our history up their with Gazza, and he couldnt get a game for Ryan Taylor, yep great management skills. phew that just blows my mind.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Boom
    Never thought I would admire Dogleash but what he’s doing to Lpool at the minute I’m brimming with pride 😀

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    santon cant nail down a place and were still slammin simmo why is that?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #9

    wont be long b4 ur changing that name to key of the city for ashley m8 the way things are goin then again im sure youll be only too happy to do it if the toon are back in europe

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Toastie I responded to that post in the last thread. If you know me you will know that I am an ardent Pardite, the silver haired lothario can do no wrong in my mind. I also put results in front of performances in the hope that we will see both in the long run. I also put the needs of NUFC before the needs of HBA. Now you know my manifesto, what is important to you?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to sit and watch a game with Simmo and Santon both playing. With all the Simmo neggers and Santon lovers and let them point out exactly why Santon should replace Simmo at RB this season. Because at this point in time, I will never understand that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Ha ha Boom,
    Na he’s not getting off that easy,maybe probation for Ashley or community service for Ashley.:-D

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  • magpie6699

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    I said yesterday, I am just thrilled to reach 50 points – especially with 8 games to go.
    Level points with Chelsea – paid £50 million for Mr Tower (Torres) and 8 points ahead of Liverpool – £35 million for Carroll, £15 million for the racist, how much for Downing? Fantastic!

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  • magpie6699

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #14

    PS – a point against Liverpool would be a much better result for us than them!

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Was it not something more like 23 mill for the racist? 20mill for Downing and Hendo…they are literally pissing money in the wind! 😛

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #16

    @BoomBoom
    Good to see u back 😉
    I suppose i’ll never manage to say it right, but i’ll say it anyway. Santon looks to be a bit more comfy on the RB, and given Simmos long and average run in the side, without any breaks. I think he was subbed off once in a cup after he got his baby. Santon deserves a shot, and Fergy deserves a start, despite all his injuries.

    It’s about getting in fresh legs and giving the team a slightly new and fresher feel.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #17

    6check the toastie

    Dont think anybody is saying that about Pardew.

    Ok HBA should’ve been played earlier and not kept out of the side but I think you have to credit Pards a bit with his handling and how he has developed HBA into more of a team player here.

    He’s always had that skill. But he did need to learn that He cant get away with it as much as he was able to in France.

    Just wait and I guarantee there will be a few games you will be pulling your hair out over him because he will be at fault for goals also.

    Pards made a decision call and he clearly felt at that time, with Saylor having been injured and defensive issues, that Raylor was a safer option to play.

    Now you can debate all you want about Pards being gutless in that situation, but at the end of the day he’ll get stick if he makes the wrong decision, you wont. Pards clearly felt it was better to play an experienced player he trusts over an unpredictable and new to EPL HBA. He had a great debut, but there was no guarantee HBA would come into the form he has recently.

    Hindsight is a wonderful gift isnt it. And one I feel you are not appreciating in your statement.

    Also, like the patient few have been saying all season. Pardew’s team and tactics are a work in progress. To be in this position is a fantastic achievement considering its a new, inexperienced (EPL) squad.

    You have to accept that Pardew needed that time to figure out what works best with this club. He insisted on 4-4-2 probably because it worked so well against Manure. He continued with it probably being smart enough to realise that just because it doesnt work 1 week does not mean that it is never going to.

    The team is in the process of developing. That unfortunately involves making the mistakes in order to learn from them.

    This is why I have always questioned Chelski’s persistent firing of managers. And in fact we saw the same thing in the past. You need to give them time and allow for mistakes and blips to get to the end point.

    Thomas Eddison wouldnt have invented the light bulb had he not found 99 ways not to make a light bulb my friend

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  • magpie6699

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #18

    GHOSD – forgot about Henderson – but then that’s hardly surprising as most people have! When he comes on the field it feels as though someone’s just been taken off!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Boom boom just got in and turned sky sports 1 on have they talked about the toon game? Neville always seems to talk about us in high regard

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    A point would keep most people happy but a win I think would pretty much guarantee us 6th at least I couldn’t see us losing three without Lpool dropping any points at the same time.

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  • magpie6699

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    LGFUAD21 – sensible post. We are not yet CL material, in my opinion. Funny how we suddenly are after a “good” win over WBA but were near-relegation fodder after a “poor” win against Norwich last week!
    When you think how many players are in their first season in England or in the PL (or both), our results have been astonishing this season and let’s hope that the team will improve and gel even more when they have their first season under their belts.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    magpie6699

    Indeed.

    I think I was one of the few people that did actually see a lot of positives in the Norwich game though and put the fragility down to the new formation that was in place with players in unusual positions.

    If you look back a week you will find my comment about how the same formation with a weeks training to iron out faults and refine would work against WBA

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Well said as usual Ed. I had serious doubts about Pardew as we all had. But as I looked closely at how the team was performing under his leadership at the beginning I predicted a top 8 finish keeping in mind that we narrowly missed top 10 last season by only 2 points lost at the death. Therefore I knew it was a realistic target. I also placed a slightly ambitious bet on us finishing on 6th. Now although I thought it was possible I knew it was ambitious and an injury to Ba for example would have ruined that completely. The Cisse signing has allayed those fears but the Colo injury is a huge blow to us and for going after Cisse we now have no proper defensive cover in Colo’s place. I can’t complain as I never thought we would go after Cisse after all the strong Maiga rumours running round. We signed him and I was buzzing as not only was he my dream striker, but he also proved to me that Ashely IS serious about this club and it’s not just a hobby. I am really ecstatic at the tremendous effort the lads, Pardew and the board have done these couple of seasons to put us in such a strong position to seriously challenge the top 6 and clinch that Euro spot that has been so elusive for the past 6 years and exceed everyone’s expectations of this season even mine.

    Pardew deserves immense credit for all that he has achieved in the blink of an eye. What Hoots started, Pardew took over and during the disruption he made matters worse for himself by selling Carroll. To think it has all worked out to our huge benefit and we’re now level on 5th with Chelsea is nothing short of remarkable.

    Just wait till next season when Cabaye, Obertan, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba, Krul have a proper grip on our league and perform to their best as it’s very easy to forget they are all still adapting to a new league or position.

    I am buzzing about out position, our powerful team and the future. It’s all looking so positive it beggars belief to see some blind idiots moaning like a bitch.

    Onwards and Upwards from here and long may it continue.

    Pardew is even being bandied about as a future England manager!-a measure of the amazing job this honest man has done at this great club.

    HWTL

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  • alip123

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I have to say, at the end of August if you told me that we’d be 6th, 8 points ahead of Liverpool, level with Chelsea and 5 points behind Champ’s League, with Willo, Guthrie, Perch, Ryan Taylor playing a huge part, with Demba Ba scoring for fun and Ben Arfa looking quality with a £9m striker signed in January (and flight paid for by the mackems!) hitting the gas and Pardew proving to be a genuine candidate for the England job, I would have smiled in a patronising manner and dismissed you as mentally deranged.

    This season has been memorable for the right reasons. Except for the renaming thing, which has died down a lot and our small centre back crisis everything has gone right. Really proud to be a Newcastle fan, and a lot of the credit has to go to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias. Despite their flaws they have restructured the club into one that could potentially finally fulful its potential.

    Just hope we can win a trophy soon (!)

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  • supatoonkid

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #25

    @nufc786 i agree with that line up, cos i don’t think Santon is defensively ready yet but he’ll definately be much better next season also Jonas looked quality vs Norwich at LB also i don’t want to dislodge Guthrie just because Tiote has returned but believe Tiote should come in to man mark Suarez or Gerrard as if we keep them & Bellamy (if he starts) quiet we should win quite comfatably as they seem to be Liverpool’s only viable threat.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    LGFUAD21 // Mar 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM 17

    6check the toastie

    Dont think anybody is saying that about Pardew.

    ——————————–

    I think you’ll find someone did and that was why check the toastie replied and imo he’s been best contributor today, sorry votes are counted, decision is final 😉

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Ruddy – You ask what is important to me? i would have just liked pardew to have tried and got his side to play like they did at the weekdend 3 months ago, could hav if he had took the handbrake off.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Dempseys a gud player eh, hard working technical and scores goals, bit too old for us though, old codger.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Thanks mactoon, thats 2 votes for me then, in Eds pole that would be 100%. get in first time ive won anything.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Slowly but Surely springs to mind every time I think about NUFC. If we keep this great progress up and continue to build correctly in the summer we will eventually become the latest team to enter the Top 4 in recent times and claim a Champion’s league spot.

    I tend to compare us to Tottenham as we are very similar-team wise.

    Spurs were on a downward spiral before Saggy Faced Redknapp came in to sort them out. When he came in he immediately improved results and signed quality players in Van der Vaart etc and now look at them.

    We have done similar, we signed quality signings in HBA, Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote, Santon and Ba and now look at us. We have to keep it up though so we don’t fall behind after our tremendous start.

    If we sign like we have been doing for the last 3 windows we will have a very, VERY good chance of qualifying for Champions League even NEXT season, and that’s not being unrealistic. We do have to sign a quality winger and quality defenders at least though.

    If we do sign well I am confident we can push Liverpool and Spurs all the way for that final Champions League spot. Then we will have strength in depth, something which we are now missing greatly in Colo’s absence.

    We are just a handful of players short of being constantly pushing them two teams for a Champions League berth, and one quite frankly we deserve after years of painful inconsistency and from our drop in division to our incredible rise.

    It can be done and PARDEW IS THE MAN for the job.

    Imagine we get another manager in, then he will obviously pick HIS team, not meaning he will pick out favourites but his. The rebuilding process will have to start nearly from the beginning again as he might not favour Cisse nor Colo and sell them both and replace them with crap to average at best – it’s happened to us countless times, it could easily happen again- there would once again be disruption we would lose our team spirit and the manager might play dull football or not be good as all the hype proposed he will be, like Gullit remember that clown?

    I am a Pro Pardew fan after being nothing but impressed with the man since he took on the job that if you remember- no one dared take.

    Credit where credits due and Pardew, the players and the board deserve bucket loads.

    Only slight disappointments of the season have been the annoying name change ( it will always be known as St James’ for true fans) and the fact we didn’t sign a much needed defender in January.

    sorry for the long post guys 😛

    Onwards and Upwards
    HWTL

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Just like to put on record that i think pardew has and is still doing a gud job, and the club is destined to go far if they continue to improve at the current rate, the scouting team and the sale of Andy Carroll is mainly responsible for that, and the backing of our much maligned owner cannot be played down IMO.

    I was a staunch critic of Pardews handling of Ben Arfa months ago and because now he is getting more game time doesnt make me forget all the times he was stuck on the bench. Pardew is allowed to be questioned and will continue to be so by supporters who want to continually move the club forward. However very appreciative of what he has already achieved.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #32

    check the toastie –

    Pardew knows the players inside out, and if he thought this was the best way to manage and handle the team, after this amazing showing this season- I will not stand in his way and question his judgement.

    I too wanted to see what we did against WBA ages ago but those things take time and when we have a chance to reclaim a Europa spot in years I don’t mind playing it safe for now and next season try and play like we did against WBA every game.

    I am desperate to see more of HBA every time and I am always gutted to see him get subbed or not starting. But Pardew has proved to me he knows exactly what he’s doing and he knew Ben Arfa had some issues and a slight attitude.

    He has now turned him into a team player eager to impress but not only with his undoubted talent but also with his work-rate and team spirit.

    Pardew has turned an incredibly talented and cocky Frenchman into an Incredibly talented and flawless attacker.

    We now have OUR Modric in Ben Arfa, our slice of magic on the pitch and a game changer.

    HBA has to keep this standard up now and always try and play like he for the last two games.

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  • NewEnglandGeordie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #33

    (First Time Posting)
    I think pardew’s doing a great job, my only criticism is that we don’t push for goals late game. Over the summer I think we need a cheap, young striker with work rate enough to chase down the ball in the opposing end late in the game, that pardew can sub in to finish our games stronger (especially against teams lower in the table so we don’t drop so many points). We had that in Ranger but aside from putting him under house arrest after every match I don’t think he’ll be sticking around. Anyone agree?

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh my dear fellow countryman Riise, what are u doing….

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #35

    JP – you might have a bit of a point, but even a lazy Ben Arfa(IMO he never has been) was better than an unfit Shola or a one paced Raylor, but yes rumours are he p1ssed about in training and even before matches when the lads all go thru their team warmups and stretches he seems to mess about, with Oberloon most of the time.

    Seems like currently Pardew has given up on his little obertoon project, think hes fell out with him after his non turnup verse arsenal. Defo think Benny is fitter and is clearly giving pards the stats and figures he wants, but earlier in the season he was still our biggest creative threat (when not missed out by Krul hoofs).

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  • Vask

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #36

    I warmed to Pardew almost straight away, I think it was after the Arsenal match when he said “balls” in his MOTD interview. Crackin’ stuff.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Marathon not a sprint lads, love Pards and the job he’s done.

    Didn’t realise we were operating on the notion that there are better posters and worse posters, I was always of the belief that this is a public forum where we can air our opinions regardless if they conflict or differ with each other.

    In my opinion it is down to Pards’ man management skills that have got the best out of HBA. He has got the best out of players like Perch, Raylor, Shola and will get the best out of the technical maestros like Cabaye and HBA and it is all down to him!

    Pardew is the man to lead us into a golden era of NUFC and some of you are too stubborn to appreciate the job he has done.

    Some fans cheered when SBR was sacked because we missed out on 4th, please do not dismiss the input of our greatest manager since the late great Bobby because it could be another decade of mediocrity before another glimpse of the good life eh?

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  • seantoon

    Mar 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Haven’t been on in a while. I never thought I’d say this but since Christmas I have been absolutely gobsmacked by how much Shola has improved he has been playing brilliantly in his limited appearances! Holding the ball up, passing, dribbling defending and I think people need to take note. Just a shame we have a fantastic strike force at the moment because I think shola has just about reached his best! Keep up the good work lad

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Btw check the toastie I wasn’t referring to you as one of the stubborn fans because I know you have appreciated the job Pards has done, but I just find it baffling how people can question him considering where we are in the league and how we are moving forward as a club

    He might make mistakes with regards tactics at times and might make certain subs too early or too late but the one flawless facet of his management is his ability to get the best out of player, to get that extra 10/15% out of each and every one of them.

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  • Vask

    Mar 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #40

    I still remember the day Bobby was sacked, proper shocking it was, that Sheppard. It was back when I didn’t speak to many supporters so I am disappointed to find out that some folk were calling for his head. Shameful. For christ sake he rescued us from Gullit, and we went on to appoint roeder. Where was the plan in that? At least when they sacked Chris they already had a planned replacement and a plan to move things forward. It seemed senseless at the time but as many people mention, it turned out to be quite the savvy move.

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