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Newcastle University Now Sports Direct.com University

11:13 am, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 146 Comments

Taking advantage of April Fools Day,  Newcastle University students on Sunday night changed the name of the University to Sport Direct.com University. Well would you believe it.

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The new signs at Newcastle University

Having spent three years in the late 1960s as a post-graduate student there – when it was still called Newcastle University – I know how the students can be a bit wild – especially after a few beers in the Union.

But this beats the lot.

And here’s the piece taken directly from the Newcastle Student Union, about the caper:

Newcastle has come under the spotlight today, after members of the general public quickly noticed that the University has sold the naming rights to some of its buildings, and that of the organisation itself.

Taking place under the cover of darkness on Sunday night; early commuters arrived to see a crane replacing the University’s iconic logo with that of Sports Direct. However, whilst this may be a growing trend in other industries, with the local St. James’ Park having undergone a similar path in recent years, students have been in uproar to the news that they would be now attending, and receiving their degrees from, the ‘Sports Direct University’.

Whilst an official press conference has been announced for Tuesday to discuss the changes, University spokesman Ru Jokin described the developments as “a fantastic opportunity to bring in some money, that will really improve the services that we provide our students with”.

Comments from Sports Direct were more forthcoming, as their Marketing Director Haven Alaff enthusiastically spouted “You can’t find a better advertising opportunity beyond every student having ‘Sports Direct University’ on their CV’s, for the rest of their lives.”

Changes haven’t just halted at Kings’ Gate either, as the University looks to maximise future revenue, with the announcement that several other historic buildings would see similar name changes. These include, the newly crowned ‘Burger King’s Hall’, and ‘Robinson Fruit Shoot Library’, which are likely to provoke not just anger amongst current students, but also a certain amount of laughter from rival Northumbria students.

In what the University are championing as their “Global Appeal”, they have also won the backing of a US multi-national chocolate manufacturer, as the Herschel Building is to be known as ‘The Hershey’s Building’ from September. As part of this exclusivity deal, it has been agreed that all on campus vending machines, shops, and cafes, must only sell Hershey’s products, removing the options of Cadbury’s and Mars.

It’s all an April Fools spoof.

And did you hear the one about Jose Mourinho coming to Newcastle in the summer – but from what we can tell – that one is actually true.

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146 responses so far ↓

  • 1 archaeomag // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Ed; I studied at Newcastle – and it is a joke University !

  • 2 wreker16 // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Ed, we need a poll on remy: would you take loic remy if QPR went down?

    I think I would to be honest, he would need to prove himself after snubbing us first time and I’m sure he could be made to take a pay cut that is assuming he wants to come

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    northumbria unviersity is the place to be….poly over posh

  • 4 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Please everyone knows sunderland uni is where its at, have you guys not seen the ads?

  • 5 Carryingcoals // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    archaeomag

    As did I. Do you mean it isn’t very good or that it’s light-hearted?

  • 6 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Dont bother with a POLL… hes a tool and we dont need him… why take someone who turned us down!!!

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    ichrisho

    because he scores goals, has pace and is clinical?

  • 8 check the toastie // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I just want a new manager, dont give a f#ck about Remy.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    why do people think all the french boys joined us? to win something? to live in newcastle? the weather?

    or was it because they would double/triple their income with us.

  • 10 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    @Sage – He isn’t that clinical… and we can find many better who can score goals and have a bit of dignity about them… Anyone who turns down NUFC for QPR deserves to disappear. We should look at Luc Castignos.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    4 goals in 6….hasa good record in the 2 years prior to coming to england, better than 1 in 2 for the previous 2 seasons.

    He has looked very good for QPR. If we can get him for around 5mil or less with them going down then it would be great business.

  • 12 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Regardless of wether people want remy or not i honestly doubt the club will go back to him and i doubt he’d want to come here after he’s been criticised by just about everyone newcastle related publicly.
    Can you even imagine the awkwardness in his post signing interviews on the club site etc?

    Im sure carr has plenty of striker targets lined up for the summer. We just need to wait and see.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    ichrisho

    castaignos hasn’t got a great record either….he is young and has potential but we need a striker ready to get us goals from the get go.

  • 14 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Just ridiculous, boo hoo he accepted more money elsewhere. If your not a geordie there’s no reason to prefer us when more money is on the table. Everyone in their right mind would do the exact same thing.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    rainrix

    Fair point. I can’t see it, just saying i would like too.

    Sure if we are prepared to spend we can get a very good forward. Would love a suarez/aguero type.

  • 16 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Check the toastie, Pardew is going nowhere, even if he took a poop on mike ashleys head he still wouldn’t get fired. He is easy for DL and MA to manage, like a puppet, that’s what the owners want and as much as he is tactically useless that doesn’t really matter to them hence the 8 year contract.

  • 17 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Sage… Yup just the type we need, different to cisse which would be nice, although such players are rare.

    Heard anything regarding transfers? I need transfer teasing a bit :)

  • 18 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Sage

    I know what you mean – and sure we could get REMY on the cheap… although I do think they would want some of their money back – mind you they havent a clue what they are doing down there – running QPR like an airline.. I still reckon we need a younger guy – someone who has played a good 3 years in top flight and done well… I really though VonWolfswinkel would have been it but crafty Chris has got in ahead of us… Prob because of weekly wage… by the by who is the top of our wage pile? Is it Collo?

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I wouldn’t want a player here who’s main motivation is money. While I know money plays a huge part in the modern game not everyone is like him. If he went to a top four club I could maybe understand the snub.

    With him supposed to be travelling down here after prelimenary talks and him not even having the decency to show rather to lye in bed for an extra few hrs.

    I think we owe it to the club to stay well clear of such players.

    For me. it wasn’t just the actual snub, but the whole saga and the disrespect shown. He dosn’t stand out to be a very classy individual at all to me. And his past and personal life is not the best either.

    Surely there are better options.

  • 20 Munster Mag // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Havent been able to log in for days….What has been the reaction re Somalia’s new manager?? He will keep them up no problem, sadly. How are people feeling – do we still have ability or is it now looking like guys like Mbiwa are not that great ?

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    rainrix

    Nothing really…not spoke a great deal so not heard any details. Only small bit I heard was that to expect a summer like january in terms of signings so that would be good…but that’s pretty vague. I’ll let you know if I hear more.

  • 22 JAMSHA // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    How Many Players Are Jst 1 Season Wonder??? Look At Cisse, Same Gona Happen With Remy

  • 23 check the toastie // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Munster – the players we have were great before they came and are great now, they are not the problem, we are signing international class players and dragging them down, it is sad to see and we need a change in our coaching setup.

    Graham Carr must be well pissed when he watches us setup to contain every team we play against.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    munster

    Still good players, in the 8 league games since they signed only outclassed once, away at city….been in all other games.

    I think the problem is we are struggling to create chances…cisse is 40/50 yards ahead of the midfield unless we are chasing the game then we get players around him and look a different team, they all come alive.

  • 25 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Sage… Cool i hope we get the same activity again. No doubt the rumour mill will pick up pace in the coming months. :)

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    jamsha

    cisse has had a very prolific career, had a bad spell this year but so has the team as a whole. He has had limited chances….i bet his chance conversion percentage isn’t much different to a lot of strikers in the league.

  • 27 check the toastie // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    In the summer i would be making our biggest signing the manager, would go and pay a boat load of money for a winner such as Frank De Boer from Ajax, just go and offer the man a decent contract and watch our football improve hand over fist.

    We have a boat load of Rolls Royce players being serviced by some dodgy old past it second hand car dealer. It is such a sad situation to be in.

  • 28 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Aye the whole team would be sold over thrice… rather than Pardew going anywhere… Imagine how Scumberland feel… Jaysus… he is going to totally deflect from how bad they are but at the same time – he’s no miracle worker… what a crazy move by Sunderland… cant wait to see what shenanigans he plays for the Derby… time at the Toon just got a whole lot more interesting… lets hope they stay up… (first and only time I will say that)

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    rainrix

    Yeh. I’m not as lucky as torq to have direct contact with football people in clubs…just a friend on the business side so just hear internal rumour and the stuff they get off friends/colleagues in the club or if they get an unusual number of calls from a certain clubs etc.

    So Torq will be best for rumours now, might have heard us scouting players or spoke to a few people out there.

  • 30 Munster Mag // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Whats been the reaction on here to Di Canio? I missed u guys!!

  • 31 robin // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    The only ones that complain about, Newcastle University, are the plebs that have to attend, Northumbria University or that dreadful Newcastle College.

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I think Di Canio will be good for them. He will get them being more attacking anyway, whether it saves them or not I don’t know but O’neil was out of ideas, they never looked like scoring, made us look like brazil.

    It certainly adds some spice to the derby, can see them going 442, seems his favourite plan so I think that will give us plenty time to hit them on the break as they will come at us.

  • 33 check the toastie // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Di Canio is a total egomaniac, however he may get some improvement initally out of the scruffs, however cant see him ever staying with a club for any length of time, the man is a balloon, reckon he would be a laugh for 12 months mind.

    Actually expecting the unthinkable and them turning us over at our place, we seem to have lost our mojo again and Pardew is now due another 10 game unbeaten run, if that happens we are in the championship. Lets hope the players can bail the incompotent fool out.

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    robin

    nothing wrong with northumbria university…very good university just without the tradition of newcastle uni.

  • 35 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I’ve got no problem with Sunderland going down, that’s one less relagation spot for us to find ourselves in so double bonus there. I don’t hate them though, I think it’s mostly pity I feel.

  • 36 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Sage… Just a shame that torq doesn’t appear as regularly anymore. Hopefully he’ll show up again come summer.

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I wasn’t too worried about missing out on Remy at the time (although I had fully expected us to land another strike target) and wouldn’t be too bothered if we ignored him come the end of the season. I’d imagine we already have a list of potential strike targets and are watching them extensively to make a well informed decision come the summer.

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    grafton

    I think it will be one of sunderland, wigan or villa to face the drop with the other 2 spots nailed on already for reading and qpr. I’d like it to be wigan or villa….i like the derby.

  • 39 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Di Canio hasn’t even had a full season in league 1 yet, although his record was good at that level it’s a big jump from successful league two and overspending league 1 manager to Prem.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if he is totally overwhelmed and completly flops.

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    rainrix

    yeh i know, this place is so much better during january i think…a lot more posters.

  • 41 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This Di Canio situation is bizaare..

    They have certaintly took a huge gamble at a very strange time. Maybe he can galvanise the club but it sure is a huge gamble.

    A gamble our very own club would be proud of haha.

  • 42 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Would love Wigan to go most after there recent stupid statements and complete lack of class. They are finding good form and annoyingly picking up good points right now though so I think they’re least likely of all of them to go

  • 43 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    There s a great article in the Guardian which has 5 former league 2 bosses who have gained promotion and have better CV’s than DiCanio saying that it is a disgrace and he only got the job as they are going down anyway and its a publicity move by Sunderland… its a disgrace that an Italian Fascist who basically is “dirt” in his own country can take the top jobs (well top league anyway) from normal, non-fascist football folk who have worked all their careers for this shot… TV MONEY KILLS FOOTBALL>…

  • 44 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    In fairness to sunderland….they have been brave (possibly stupid). Given a manager who has shown potential at a lower level a crack.

    They will never attract a top manager so makes sense to get a younger one in who could become a top manager, like swansea with laudrupp.

    Even if it doesn’t work its a brave and positive move.

    Would love us to have soljskaer….but could easily backfire.

  • 45 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Sage – I know what you mean – its brave but that is also usually a word for Stupid… Stevie McMahon did well at Swindon but he didnt get a top flight job…

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    ichrisho

    In fairness to di canio….he says the quotes from him were taken from a very long interview….we know the media like to make a meal of things so until I see the full interview he gave I won’t criticise his views too much.

    Fascism is the same as any political view….if you take the extreme view of it then there will always be trouble…but if he takes it in a very liberal approach and likes some but not all of the ideals then maybe he isn’t all bad.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    ichrisho

    Yeh but di canio is a big name…he has played at a high level….same as why laudrupp got a job…not because he had a great managing history but because he has experience as a player (better than dicanio though).

    He will also have connections and a high profile which makes attracting foreign players to sunderland easier….would brendon rogers have talked michu to swansea? i doubt it.

  • 48 robin // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Pardew, is bleating on about, Europa cup, games have robbed the team of more points in the league. Typical loser speak, maybe if the vain buffoon wore the spectacles he sported at last nights game he would clearly see what the majority of supporters see every game. That his retarded team formations, are the real reasons for the lack of points.

  • 49 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Fair enough Sage – I am not going to xastigate him anymore than he deserves – especially being Mackem manager but I do think thet it is totally incorrect to give him the job and then for everyone to turn around and say how come their is no English managers and so on… if a life-long sunderland fan cant fix what ailes them then a fascist little runt of a man isnt either… I am delighted personally as it will spice up the Derby…. was Pardew at west ham when Di Canio was?

  • 50 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Sage, long interviews or not, have you overlooked his fascist salute to the Lazio fans? That salute doesn’t make him a racist…… he reckons! I hope he gets what he deserves!!!:

  • 51 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    yeah but Sage then you are boiling down football to have nothing to do with coaching or tactics and only to do with what your name is in the game… and who you can pull strings with… its not right.. at least Pardew is an actual Coach and has played football…. Di Canio is just a mouth-piece who hides away his inabilities with “smack-chat” – typical Italian waving his hands and spouting nonsense… I think being a name is bad for the game as the focus is on them and not on the team… just like its on the players and not on the fans… Michu would never have come as no-one knew about him – Laudrup had the inside track and to be fair are Real Madrid C…

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    ichrisho

    not sure…it will have been around that time wont it?

    And martin o’neil didn’t have his usual assistant for the first time in his career…it showed big time I think. He was playing exactly the same game every week and it was only getting worse, nothing changed with them, he had to go. Bad football and bad results too.

    Di Canio will get them attacking more, will have them higher up the pitch and wont stand for laziness. However he is mad so anything could happen.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    lesh

    it makes him a fascist, as he says himself. but he says not a racist…so therefore he may share some fascist ideals but not the more extreme views….he might just support some principles on economics, shared wealth etc…not on racism and war,

    Unfair to group every fascist into one pot in my opinion…you get (less extreme of course) labour party members who’s views differ…some are more left or right of the party’s views.

    ichrisho

    Well it’s not just name though…he has done a good job with swindow in fairness, he had every chance with the money and team but still had to do it. He may be a flop but is it anymore of a risk than giving it to one of the other managers in that article? He has done a good job in his short time in management and his name/profile helps….adds to his managing skills, not just a substitute for them.

  • 54 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Serves them right… whomever said Yes to DiCanio: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2302705/Paolo-Di-Canio-Miners-Sunderland-return-iconic-banner-appointment-fascist-manager.html

    I hope he fails miserably and they go down… in fact I know they will… no matter who is in charge – they are a terrible team with no quality. Period.

  • 55 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Sage – Anyway – we can look down the road and see how it goes… poor old’ Scumberland fans will have to watch it live happening as they would a car crash.. . may be a shrewd move but I do seriously doubt that… O’Neill looked a shadow of his former self… didnt know he didnt have a coach… how come?

  • 56 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Ichrisho

    Not sure why. Only heard it on sky sports yesterday myself. Seems to have made a difference though.

    And yeh, at least he’s not in charge of our club making us worry. He has a lot of work to do to turn their season around.

  • 57 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Robin,

    Im astounded at your hatred for Pardew.

    Europa games have ruined our points tally because we started the season with an insufficient squad to cope.

    We have picked up injuries also in these games.

    As for the “majority.” I certaintly don’t think you are in the majority either.

    When we have had the squad fit and available to play which would be his consistent starting 11. I.e Krul, Debuchy, Colo, Taylor, Santon, Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Jonas/Gouffran, Cisse. We have set out to attack and even away to Man U and Arsenal with an injury ravaged squad also. This defensive football is a myth, we have only been playing to the strengths that we had available at the time. If that warrants to be cautious then be it. I’ll trust him. It’s easy to sit here in hindsight and slag off a man whose hands have been extremely tied since last summer. Our luck has been atrocious, as has been the timing of everything.

    That said, he has his faults the same as every other coach in the world does. That first team iv listed above would not be sitting in the pits of the premier league if they managed to stay injury free for more than 10 minutes. The drop in class to our standbys before January was plain for all to see.

    I really can’t understand the hatred towards him from some people on here. There is alot of factors why we are where we are, not because of one man/individual.

  • 58 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Anyone else looking forward to PSG vs Barca tonight ?

  • 59 josh // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Just wanted to say in regards to raylor on the plane and on the mend, thank god for that. It will be so nice to have him back in the squad. He’s no world beater but the lad has proven himself time anf time again stsrting or off the bench. It’s been a while I’ve looked at the bench and thought someone couod come on and actually change the game.

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Prodigy

    Can you not see robins point though? Albeit he had an extreme view I think there is some validity in what he and others say.

    Nobody expect us to get 5th again. Even with the team we ha an injuries I think 10th would be decent. We aren’t miles off it so not a huge failure in my eyes.

    My concern is when you hear carver saying we spent 4 from 5 days on defence or when we seem to offer little going forward except when we go behind, then we play some amazing stuff.

    It just begs the question why can’t we be more attacking/aggressive as a team all the time?

    I don’t want pardew sacked right not, but if he was I wouldn’t shed a tear. But next year he really does need to get us playing some better stuff.

    The last few games cisse has been 40 yards from our nearest player…he isn’t a hold up type so needs a lot more support around him.

  • 61 Munster Mag // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Prodigy, guys like you are just too soft on Pardew. Long and the short- he has a better squad than anyone in the bottom half and we are looking at possible relegation…we have to look at options in the summer

  • 62 t00ntime // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    On remy, 2 clubs in the exact same situation offer u exactly the same, one more money. Which do you pick? Of course u pick money. How do we make players love us? We cheer them on non stop through thick and then whilst there here, make sure they remember we were the best fans they ever played infront of when they retire! (unfortunatly the atmosphere has gone a bit, since the no standing, but i’m sure we can sort it out, against anzhi it was crazy.)
    Theres 2 rumours about remys relegation clause
    1) free
    2) half price (5million)

    Now 2 very similiar players remy and aub. Remy costing max 5mil, aub costing max 12/15 (quoted from newspapers). U mean to tell me MA wudnt even think about remy? No chance. If qpr go down remy will be the first ST we look at. Whether we buy him or not is a diffrent matter. I also think we will look at carroll before aub (same price and AP loves him for some reason).

    I have seen how fickle fans are on here about players (marv, carroll, nolan, cisse, ba) if remy came here and scored like he is now, he wud be forgiven and a fan favorite within the year.

  • 63 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Everybody keeps going about judge Pardew when all the players are fit.No manager can pick his best players all the time.The time to judge him is when the going gets tough and he ain’t been any where near good enough.

  • 64 northernirishtoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    It’s hard to think people on here bumming pardew up.

    I know we have been seriously unlucky with injuries etc but just think if we didn’t get that last minute goal at home to stoke, or if we hadn’t of held on by the skin of our teeth away to villa

    We would be in serious shit!

    We should be doing better with the players we have had available

  • 65 Agent Belfast 007 // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Here Here Daztoon !! ;)

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Toon time

    Exactly. If he left us for qpr that’s different. But the guy has never played in our stadium, he won’t know what our fans are like or how good the city is to live in.

    In all honesty if you have a lot of money like he does London is an amazing place to live, has everything you could ask for and with is money he can stay in a bit just out in the country if he wants as well.

  • 67 toonincheek // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    On Remy -

    W W Y C D ?

  • 68 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Toon-Prodigy – I wouldn’t take much notice of Robin he is a WUM (and possibly of the mackem persuasion). I agree with you about Pardew – I can’t understand the outright hatred of Pardew however I can understand some of the frustration with some of his decisions. For instance I was completely baffled by Saturdays substitution of Goofy – once the match was lost it was surely better to save players for Thursday and not ones who can’t play anyway!

  • 69 t00ntime // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Pardew has a better squad then the rest but injuries have destroyed us, almost every game he has to change atleast 1 player. Last season pardew said consitency was key, we kept playing the same team tweaking it a bit and we got better and better as the season went on. This season we have played our Ateam Once…. People complain about him using the injury excuse but its 100% right, cause of injuries AP has no time to work on bettering players like he did to hba last season. Also with EL he has even less time. Just to prove how unlucky we are this season, we lost 3FBs+a CDM in a week… That doesnt happen to anyone else (not that i know of) :S.

    Also fans say we need to get rid of AP he was lucky last season this is the real him.
    How do you know last season wasnt the real him and this season was unlucky? Dont say look at his past record cause keegan was world class for us (first time) and sh1t everywhere else meaning his past record wasnt right. Cud be the same for AP.
    Judge him at the end of the season. MA will, and will probably tell him to prove himself worthy next season. IMO we have atleast 1more season with him depding how well he does after the summer.

  • 70 t00ntime // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    @TS agreed, unfortunatly i think he will be booed when QPR come to us. And that wil probably seal the deal of him not coming

  • 71 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    toonincheek – I had to Google that one – but yes I probably would have done that too.

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    toontime

    I understand pardew not having his best 11 a lot of the season, not many mangers have the best 11 either but we have missed key people like saylor, cabaye and ben arfa.

    However I think his attitude to games is off. Prior to the jan signings we were useless, getting beat or drawing most weeks, so long without putting a few decent results together.

    I think the way we attacked arsenal and man utd away was crazy…can understant the attitude of we will lose anyway so lets have a go and catch them off guard. But thats the approach we should have gone for with lesser teams at our place like swansea, villa, west ham, reading etc.

  • 73 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    On Manager changes – Who here would take Pardew leaving in the summer?

  • 74 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    If Pardew has a mindset of like Saturday We couldn’t beat city with my best side what does that say to our squad.So when we play against Manure,Arsenal etc we should just go through the motions like on Saturday as there is not chance of us winning

  • 75 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    ichrisho

    I would. I don’t mind either way though. Happy for him to have another go next year but also if we could get a good, young manager in i wouldn’t complain either.

  • 76 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Munster,

    Since we added in January our form has improved. Which should of really been done last summer.

    I can’t sit and tear into a bloke as easy as others your right. But only because I look at everything over the course of the season from last summer. It’s been shocking and is not down to Pardew, not blameless but not his fault solely. I don’t understand the full on hatred/criticism to the lengths I see on here.

    From last summer i’v witnessed:

    Shocking transfer window, ridiculous gamble.
    Injuries to key players throughout, coupled with
    terrible timing.
    Inadequate fringe players being fielded through lack of numbers.
    Players having to be fielded out of position through lack of numbers.
    No consistent back four or midfield for that matter.
    Players having to be rushed in and bedded in through January.
    No rhythmn or consistency found.
    Lost are top striker and a failure to bring someone in.
    Poor 1st team players all over the park failing to hit the standards expected.
    Even Cabaye has been ill suffereing from depression lol. This is unheard of to me.

    If it could go wrong, it has.

    My belief is that no coach/manager could of did anything to withstand such luck. If we are not relegated it’s a miracle in itself.

    Transfer,

    I’d love us to go out attacking every game, I grew up watching keegans sides. We can only work with what we have though and some games need different approachs than others. And that all depends on the players you have available.

    Are we really expecting Obertan, Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi to fill Ben Arfa’s boots while out injured. This was the case before January. Or how about a James Perch or Bigi to step into Tiotes form of last season? The step in quality is huge when are 1st eleven are injured.

    January closed those gaps in quality but while we have injuries we will always be limited to what we can achieve on the football pitch. Im frustrated as everyone, this season has been one thing after another, im certaintly not expecting much. And certaintly not slagging managers off or wanting them sacked. All it takes is to look right across the board from last summer and you can see why we are where we are and the real reasons behind it. It’s not down to one individual and I think it’s unfair to the bloke in all honesty to blame him as he is being by some posters.

  • 77 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    prodigy

    I fully understand that injuries and the players we had filling in were not the same quality. But the team that played against man utd and arsenal was one of our weakest we have put out (except for brighton).

    So if they could attack those games then why could stronger teams not attack in the games against lesser opposition earlier in the season?

    I don’t think we have the dominant team keegan had so can’t attack every game full on as it will be difficult to prevent goals too.

    But player for player is our team much worse than spurs? other than bale i think we are evenly matched.

    our points have improved though. taken 50% since jan but only 22 point from 69 possible before before the villa away match.

  • 78 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    well its the big name Sage or a younger lower-league manager… I wouldnt envy anyone who managed our Toon army… Pardew seems to have ridden through this year on last years grace… now it the 3rd season syndrome for me… he has to get top10 as a matter of fact and then a good run in one of the cup competitions… but first has to rid of Obertan, Willo, Simmo, Vuckic and Gosling… (especially the last one – he is NO footballer)

  • 79 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    ichrisho

    I like vukic…get him on loan all season and see what happens…he is good just needs games and fitness, if he can’t play a full or close to full season on loan cut him loose, others i agree on though.

    Prodigy

    I am not solely blaming pardew, want to make that clear. He has been limited by the situation he has found himself in, he is just a part of the problem not all of it.

    I’d like a coach to work with him on the passing/technical side of the game. I like to give people every chance to succeed before sacking them off.

  • 80 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Look at Routlege now at Sawansea looks a totally different player 10x the player Obertan is.We showed second half at Swansea we have the players to take the game to them.Yes we were unlucky but Laudrap made an attacking sub and won the game didn’t settle for a draw

  • 81 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    ichrisho

    And i dont mind, big name who is good if we can get him. If not a promising younger manager, british or foreign, not bothered as long as they have talent. i like soljskaer but can’t spell his name and not seen enough other than off game and good reports.

  • 82 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    daz

    I’ve been critical of pardew for being cautious but a point away to swansea in our predicament wouldn’t have been too bad after a couple home wins.

    Swansea had a trophy by then and also safe in top ten so no pressure, can easily risk 1 point in their position.

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Ichriso,

    I’m happy for Pardew to go this summer. However if he shows some improvement and learning over the last 7 games then I can also accept him starting next season and seeing how things go. I have no idea who we would go for really. I think it would have to be from the continent. Probably someone who has shown limited success with a small budget, so one of the poorer top flight clubs of the elite leagues, or a successful manager from one of the lesser leagues. I would imagine the next manager would probably also require a reputation for helping young players develop to suit Ashleys masterplan.

    Solskjaer is a possibility, also, is Bilic still a National team manager? Lothar Matthaus? Preferably someone tactically astute who can also bring technically astute staff.

  • 84 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    TS…you spell it the way you pronounce it “Solskjaer” or the scandinavian way “Solskjær” :)

  • 85 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Sage – We’d all be the first to say that managing Newcastle is not easy… if not the hardest job in the Prem… Pardew has done well with the Media, with old boys who have a say in the Toon, with the FA, with other managers, the players seem to like him (bar Simmo) and he is getting them to play OK… what I do think is that we could play at a higher level… we just dont seem to gel at all well even when we came 5th last season… a lot of that was us the fans pushing them on in the last few minutes to get a win or hold onto it… 2-1 here, 1-0 there… I would say give Pardew 2 more years and if he cant get us to a stable position in the league and doesnt seel Cabaye to Chelsea or Manu – I think we should stick with him. and yeah Vickic may have been a tad harsh to put him with the unwanted… but he still has to show us what he has in his locker…

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Personally I think the best thing for Newcastle would to keep Pardew until we have some sort of identity and football philosophy because then we would know what or who to look for!

    Swansea are really a great excample to follow.

    But in the end if Pardew don’t improve rapidly then I would assume something will happen in the summer!

  • 87 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Add Colo into the mix aswell, our captain fantastic decides to up and leave in January and add to an already tormented season while where floating round the bottom.

    It’s been a horrendous season to date. A one I certaintly won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

    I prefer to look at next season with the exception of our Europa League efforts this season. As far as the Premier is concerned, the sooner it is finished the better for all concerned at NUFC.

    We are alot better than what we have witnessed this season.

  • 88 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Wasn’t saying we settled for a draw we should have won and was the only time I saw Pardew actually angry at the players first half and got them going which I gave him credit for.Saturday however he was like a rabbit in headlights gave up the game before a ball was kicked

  • 89 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I think whether you like or hate Pardew – one of the long term goals is to bring stability to the club – hence the 8 year contracts. Therefore sacking him is not going to bring stability. I know Pardew has his faults but surely he deserves another season at least – I look at Everton where Moyes has had some difficult seasons but overall they have done pretty well.

  • 90 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    jesper

    The thing is you don’t just develop a philosophy by waiting. It requires either a chairman or manager to get the owner to buy into a system long term then appoint the right manager/players to fit the bill.

  • 91 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Lothar Matteus is a good call… Seems like we could get a number of people more interested if we did well in the Europa League… I think we can get past Benfica but it will have nothing to do with Pardew’s tactics…

    Are you on the blog from Malawi by the by?

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    TS…if that’s the case are you then advocating we sack Pardew?

  • 93 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Martoon – 2 yrs I’d say… we will have to get the players and I do think youre right he is buying in “his players” – build trust from day one with them… look at Sissoko – talk about waxing lyrical… pardew practically lauds him every game… and for me – since Chelsea he has looked a little all over the place… am I too critical of Sissoko?

  • 94 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    martoon

    Moyes has done ok, nothing special though. One or two seasons in europe but other than that nothing spectacular…..he has had money too, a lot of those players he has weren’t cheap…he does buy pretty well and the flops are the cheap ones….but thats more his scouting than just him, he cant do everything.

    I want us to be more like spurs than everton if i am honest…they dont spend much more than they bring in but buy and sell very cleverly, like we do.

  • 95 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    incredible carroll scores 2 which takes his tally to 4 in 21+ games and suddenly hes the messiah and all is forgiven!!

    carrol is a massive step back. He’s proved he can’ t play in a passing team

    All pardew has to do is stop playing cisse as a target man and go 433. But Pardew is a dinosaur and loves hoofball so carrol is probably his first target if he’s sadly still here in the summer.

  • 96 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    @Transfer
    At Newcastle Routledge was never seen as first team regular because wasn’t seen good enough to fit our style of play.So was a back up.Just goes to show how a manager can make a back up player into a purple having the the right system

  • 97 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    jesper

    It’s an option but not the one i would take myself (although not unhappy if it happened).

    I’d like to get in somebody to improve pardew. Sit him down, say we want to play a more continental style but if he can’t implement it then he can have a coach to work with him and bring new methods into training, give him somebody to learn and share ideas with.

    Then if that doesn’t work replace him.

  • 98 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    jesper – no-one is advocating that as that is old Newcatsle United tactics… no more Kinnears here.. BUT and its a big one… Pardew has to improve his tactics and his game plans… they are not working and the team is suffering – we looked like a league One side on sat – it was the saddest performance all year… truly sad – no fire, no passion, no fight… what the hell is going on? Did he tell them – dont bother on this one lads – we’ll get nothing… lets keep it for Benfica who to be honest are technically better than Man City by a serious long margin… I am worried for Thurs night big time… Cisse better stay onside for once in his life…

  • 99 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    daztoon

    Thats not because of the manager in my view. I used to watch routledge a lot, liked the guy. I remember the boxing day game vs city where he had clichy or kolorov, not sure which was playing, in knots, he beat them every time. After that though he couldn’t out in a good cross and his finishing was woeful.

    the difference in him now is that he has improved his end product. Thats down to him putting in more work on it, whether the coach down there told him to or showed him a few things i dont know, but the difference is purely end product. He could always beat a player with us and find space.

  • 100 toonLYF // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    would like to see this team on Thursday if possible…

    ————————–Krul————————–

    M’biwa——-Taylor——–Perch——-Santon

    —————–Cabaye—–Tiote——————-

    Marveaux———————————-Sissoko

    ——————Shola——-Cisse——————

    I think we’ll come under alot of pressure, hence having Taylor and Perch at centre back to ensure maximum communication. It’s a solid looking team with plently of strength, height and pace. Very much a team set up to defend and hit them on the break, which is probably the most realistic approach for this game. It would also make the inevitable long ball more of a threat.

    …and then on Sunday…

    —————————Krul—————————

    Anita———-M’biwa——Taylor———Santon

    —————–Tiote————-Sissoko————–
    ————————–Cabaye————————-

    Marveaux—————Cisse————-Gouffran

    I understand there isn’t much interchanging going on, but it is a quarter final, and an important Premier league game afterall, and i really struggle to see why the lads can’t cope.

  • 101 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    TS and Daz – Where can we find the next Solano??? Now that was end product… Shearer even said that Solano got so good – he nearly didnt have to look when he crossed… although we dont have the quality in the box anymore… there’s no point in getting at wingers… we dont have anyone in the box to cross it into…

  • 102 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    TS…I wouldn’t definitely say that if MA sticks by Pardew they cannot just waste time.

    My point was that we are a team without identity and without a football philosophy and if we do sack Pardew it is like starting all over again.

    I woud prefer if Pardew developed some kind of philosophy, a template if you will that would be the way forward for Newcastle.

    And when Pardew do leave then we would know what or who to look for.

    Bringing someone in to help him then you might as well replace him I think. An assistant manager is the guy to help!

  • 103 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    sage

    it would have been worth persevering with routledge as a second striker. In the uk if you’re fast you automatically get shifted out on the wing regardless of whether you can cross a ball or not.

    99 out of 100 aerial crosses just get headed away by big CHs facing away from their own goal. Cut backs on the deck or through balls are way more effective.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Routledge was plain and simple poor for us!

    …What ever Laudrup has done to him works, but it didn’t work out here. That’s footbll.

    We have the same problem with Obertan and who is say he wouldn’t evolve somewhere else?

  • 105 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    jesper

    thats what i mean…an assistant to help him, not another manager. A bit like alex ferguson had carlos quiroz in to help him when he started bringing in more technical players…he learned and improved and as a result they passed the ball much better and that was spread through out the club.

    I agree sacking now without a plan of how we want to go forward is silly. If we say decided to sack and then only appoint managers in a certain mold/style that would make sense…but at the same time i feel like pardew does deserve a crack next year with this team.

    picking up 50% points 12 from 24 since the lads arrived just before villa away compared to only 22 from 69, 31% prior to that shows the new players have helped him.

  • 106 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    jesper

    swansea have had martinez, sousa, rodgers and Laudrup and the template is still good football no matter who comes in and the stability certainly hasn’t been lost whatsoever.

    Pardew hasn’t the wit or imagination to develop a template for us, other than more mind numbing defensive and previously hoofball which he would go back to in a heartbeat with carrol.

    Would you seriously want this clown in charge for another 7 years?

  • 107 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    rotonda

    you always use that statistic 99% headed away…i’d be interested to see the actual percentage success from lofted crosses compared to cut backs or crosses along the floor. I don’t think it is hugely different but i have no stats to back up my claim haha.

    And routledge is doing well just behind the striker but also doing better out wide. I think he has just got better with age, he has kicked on this year and thats purely down to practice i think.

  • 108 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Transfer Sage @94 – I was only citing Moyes as an example of sticking with your manager in rough times but yes I would agree I would expect us to do better.
    toonLYF @100 I like your teams but I can’t see Pardew playing 2 up front in the away leg of the EL!

  • 109 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Ichriso,

    Yeah, live and work in Lilongwe. I was born and raised in Newcastle, lived there till I was 29, had a season ticket for most of that time, but moved out here for work, and sunnier climes a while ago.

    I’ve started to lose faith in Pardew, following recent non performances, interviews, and his absurd statement regarding it not being our fault that we aren’t getting quality service in, other teams keep stopping us from doing it. That to me smacks of a lack of ideas tactically throughout the coaching staff.

    I think we could get past Benfica, but it is probably as tough a draw as we could have. There are bound to be managers who would be willing to ‘test’ themselves in the premier league, and there will always be managers interested in managing a club like Newcastle. However the thing that may put them off is the constraints in the transfer market.

    Whether he stays or goes is largely down to the remaining games. (As is who comes in)

  • 110 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    @ichrisho
    If Solano had pace he would have been even better

    @TS
    My point being in a pass and move system Routledge game has improved as a whole more a modern game player.Any good manager can find a system to suit the players he available and there strengths.
    We have the players just the wrong system

  • 111 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    martoon

    Stability is great with the right person. Otherwise it’s just stability for stability’s sake not necessarily an improvement but a stagnation with someone who doesn’t have to prove anything as they have a long term contract. SAF never got an 8 year contract. it’s pure madness.

  • 112 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    TS…difficult to say what has been the difference, but you usually see an impact when you either sign new players or appoint a new manager.

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we wil hve to see how it all adds up add the end of the season.

    Do we have 6 or 7 gaes to go? That’s 18-21 points.

  • 113 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    *will have to see

  • 114 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    martoon

    yeh moyes is a good example…he has kept his side safely in the league every year and flirts with europe which isn’t too bad really.

    rotonda

    Yeh stability for the sake of it is silly. Success breeds stability….stability does not necessarily breed success.

  • 115 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    @ 109 – Sunier climate indeed… I’d say its a good few days sun down your way for the summer!!! :)

    I cant see us ridding of Pardew at all even if we go down to League One… he is here for 8 years and thats it… 2 down and 6 to go… maybe he will have Obertan playing by then… “Sir” Alex had us on that one… he took Pardew for a mug there…

  • 116 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    jesper

    Yeh we have 7 i think, played 31.

    I agree…it looks promising early on but, i made this point last night to you but think you had left, its too early to know if it’s just a good run or a permanent improvement in the team results.

  • 117 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Also guys – I did a stat check on all interviews and pardew’s top three things to say were:

    1) If I’m honest
    2) Trust me
    3) We needed a lift and the fans… (blah blah blah)

    Straight out of the conman’s workbook…

  • 118 toonLYF // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    yeah i highly doubt we’ll see either of the teams i posted, probably not even close, but i am the procrastination king, and doing that was alot more appealing than staring at photoshop doing this boring piece of design at the time :)

  • 119 toonincheek // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    martoon –
    I had to google that to see what you meant.
    Not sure.

    My post was a reference to our blogger ‘WWYCD’.
    As in – What Would Yohan Cabaye Do.

    In other words. I would see what Yohan thought of Remy
    and take his opinion seriously.

  • 120 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    toonincheck – do you really want a money grabbing serpent like Remy ruining what we have at the club now… he is just a french speaking Barton…

  • 121 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Hilarious!!!!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/quiz/2013/apr/02/brendan-rodgers-david-brent-quotes-quiz

  • 122 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Rotonda – you obviously have a deep dislike for Pardew so will never agree. I can remember back to dreadful managers such as Gordon Lee and apart from SBR we have never tried stability and never won anything so surely it is worth a try?

  • 123 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    C’mon Sage @53, fascists aren’t necessarily racists????

    By its nature, fascism is extremely right wing and because it’s based on superiority, then those perceived as inferior to the ruling party’s supporters will inevitably be targeted or scapegoated as detrimental to the the success of the state.

    I think it’s fair to say that Il Duce was racist and that as a supporter of Mussolini’s doctrines, then Di Caneo must therefore be considered as harbouring such tendencies. Lazio does have a bit of previous for the racist views of some of its fans and for Di Caneo to give them the fascist salute, does I think confirm his empathy with them as racists.

    Of course he’s going to deny he’s a racist, especially these days and he knows he’d be committing footballing suicide if he didn’t.

  • 124 lewisnufc // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    my team for the benfica game would be

    krul/ santon(rb) taylor mbwia anita (lb) / perch cabaye/ jonas sissoko marv / cisse

    anita played left back for a full season, surely more adapt then jonas there. jonas at rw will do the graft back and keep the shape aswell as linking up well with santon.

  • 125 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I`d take Remy for a reduced fee there aint any loyalty in football either way since the Bosman ruling.The only people loyal in football are the supporters

  • 126 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Whats happening with Marveux – how come he is seen as a impact player all the time? He should be used from the start… Obertan was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo RUBBISH on saturday… I have seen 12-year old’s play better against adults than the way he minced around the park… he truly is awful – in fact – I would go as far as to say he has been the worst player to play for the TOON in my time supporting the Toon (Since 1989 by the by)

  • 127 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    @lewisnufc
    That`s a good point so why wasn`t Anita put in a left back on Sat and leave Jonas in midfield

  • 128 robin // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Martoon, how come i’m a mackem for voicing my concerns about Pardew? Is this how you stifle the debate and criticism of Pardew, with “Take no notice he’s a mackem” then you are a bigot plain and simple. If your quite happy to see NUFC, fighting relegation. Then your not only a bigot, you are an idiot with no ambition.

  • 129 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Rotonda…I believe if we stick by Pardew it should only be because we are trying to create a brand of football here in the mold of Swansea!

    …it has not been the case so far which has been my beef with Pardew. I would prefer to keep him, but only if the evolve rapidly.

    I am not pro giving him another year if it doesn’t suit a purpose other than stability.

    If he cannot turn this around with the players we got and give EL a real go, then I think we might have to think about another manager!

    Still prefer it won’t happen just yet :)

  • 130 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    *the =he

  • 131 beefman13 // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Ed, we are not safe yet, remy may go down but, no tempting fate, we should have been safe by mow, we should not be talking about it, we finished 5th top last season, maybe 5 th bottom this!!! Carastrophe so far!

  • 132 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    @ichrisho
    I think with Marv he looks better when we are playing a high tempo game usually second half playing catch up.He goes missing in a first half defensive set up.

  • 133 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Official Squad for Benfica lads,

    Shola Ameobi , Vurnon Anita , Gael Bigirimana , Yohan Cabaye , Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse , Rob Elliot , Dan Gosling , Jonas Gutierrez , Tim Krul , Sylvain Marveaux , Gabriel Obertan , James Perch , Davide Santon , Danny Simpson , Moussa Sissoko , Steven Taylor , Mike Williamson , Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

  • 134 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    TS…I saw your post the other day – a bit late though and wasn’t sure what you meant at the time :)

  • 135 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    @Robin – Get off the site – you mackem baaaaaaaataaaadd… .

  • 136 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    lesh

    I’m not saying it’s good, far from it, not something I support at all.

    Just that he may sympathise with some fascist ideals but not all or even the majority and may not fully understand what he has said. He might not see the difference between agreeing with some policies and actually being a fascist himself.

    If that makes sense? he could be a very very very liberal fascist and only take some ideas on board.

    Then again he might be full on right wing extreme but doesn’t seem likely. He has had no history of showing any racist acts or remarks throughout his career so for people in the media to label him racist is unfair.

  • 137 lewisnufc // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    @daztoon

    been asking myself the same question mate

  • 138 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    daz – yeah I know what youre saying – he does seem to stick on the wing and get lost but so do all of them… I think we need to play him in to the Number 10 role that Sissoko has at the moment….. play 3 in the middle with Sissoko license to run through the middle… and then we have Marv to make the clearing runs… and someone better than Cisse up front to slot them in…

  • 139 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    @lewisnufc
    maybe he needed the excuse square peg round holes.Seems to make sense anita played a full season at LB and up against a pacy attack like city.But that would make common sense something Pardew lacks

  • 140 ginola_tonic // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Hello. Just saw this blog. Don’t normally comment but I seriously don’t think we are going to get past benfica. Just been looking at their stats. Played 24 won 20. Lost 0. Goals for 60. Just praying for a 1-0 to get us through.

    Falcao would be nice if we had £40 million. Cracking striker.

  • 141 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Robin – I said possibly a mackem not because you don’t like Pardew but because you come on here to wind up everybody

  • 142 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    robin – I said Mackem as I know you are…. ScumB@g

  • 143 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    @ichrisho
    maybe but unlike Sissoko he needs to start his runs on the edge of the opposition box not from ours.I would like to all the front players mix it up a bit change positions now an again.We might as well be cardboard cutouts were are that static

  • 144 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I think this di canio thing has been blown out of proportion really. No doubt the scum are trying to emulate our past exploits of baffling decisions. Still i wont object if di canio takes them down :)

  • 145 robin // Apr 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Martoon, since Lee, managed us and got us to a cup final by the way. We have had some real beauties, Dinnis, Mcgarry, Smith, Ardiles, Daglish, Gullit, Souness, Roeder, Pearson, kinnear and Pardew, all terrible!

  • 146 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Robin @145 – Obviously I disagree with you about Pardew but as for the rest of your list – yep some real crackerjacks there.




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