It Was A Good Day To Be Newcastle Manager

In almost every interview given after the charity game last Wednesday night for Steve Harper’s 20 years on Tyneside, former players criticized the current regime for the lack of success and investment we have had in recent years, and the appointment of Joe Kinnear as  Director of Football in mid-June certainly seemed to be a backward step for the club.

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Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew before yesterday’s game

There was a banner on display at Villa Park  that said “Joe Kinnear – Director of F***all” – and  let’s just say Joe has not managed to get much support from the Newcastle fans on his return to the club.

Joe could have helped himself big time in the summer by getting some decent players through the door,  but it was another unsuccessful transfer window for the Magpies, as we seemed to lose ground to other middle of the table clubs.

And it seems that Joe has been gagged by Newcastle, and has not given any interviews at all, since the transfer window closed.

Alan Pardew has said in the Chronicle today that those former greats who returned on Wednesday night, have earned the right to criticize the club, because they have served us well in the past, in fact so very well in the past:

“These ex-players that made those comments have earned the right to have an opinion about the club. They have been brilliant servants for Newcastle United.”

“Out players can only aspire to what they achieved. We are not in a position to compete financially like they did because the game has changed dramatically.”

“Their comments, we accept, it’s OK. The only answer is to win games. My job is to get my team out there to win games as we did today.”

“When you are manager of Newcastle, it is a bumpy ride. But you just try to be consistent in your work and I try to be that.” This was a good day to be the Newcastle manager.”

Things were all gloom and doom after our Manchester City loss, because that result and performance seemed to confirm that we have a middle of the table team at best.

But the form of some of our players like Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Ben Arfa, and the arrival of the talented Loic Remy has given Newcastle three wins on the trot, and expectations are rising again on Tyneside.

Let’s hope the lads can keep it up. 😀

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17 comments so far

  • YankeeToon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    The brilliance of Ben Arfa…Guzan expecting high corner….Benny boy shoots low corner….Gouffran there for leftovers….shudder to think how Newcastle can win any games without Benny…need him in on corners and Cabaye out.

  • giimps

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    It was a great day to be a fan too Ed, I just hope we don’t fall foul to set play teams like stoke, Cardiff and hull to some extent.
    Still happy with the 3 games after the inevitable away day thrashing at citeh , can’t wait for Saturday to come around to see the protests against Cashley and then hopefully get 3points and no injuries.
    I just wish Mapou and Collo were 6″ taller, we would be a force.


  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Bills..I think after the near total disaster that was last season, coupled with the impression that we were going to be active this summer, that Ashley did himself no favours.

    If they thought that we were good enough to go forward this season with the squad we had, as we had done our business in January plus the loan addition of Remy then they should have said that. They could have said something like if we find the right deal this summer we’ll do that too, but overall we’re happy. We don’t have EL this season so we believe it’s right to wait then there wouldn’t be quite as much bad feeling.

    Truth is they’re as much to blame for this current bad feeling. It’s constant misdirection and the fans find it hard enough to trust the man and his ultimate intentions so why act like such a [insert lovely word here]?

    He does love a gamble and that is a worry. He has done some good, but some of his decisions do appear arbitrary.

    Ambition can come in all shapes and sizes, but it should be clear and consistent.

    Hopefully the players can stay fit and confident, then we can do well.

  • low fell mag

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Great performance,the lads really put on a great show .Now its time for clowns like Steve Wraith ,JFA, RML to button it,
    Get behind the team, instead of talking about boycotting games .
    JFA and the rest of the muppets should try to pull them selves out of there local boozers watching snidy Arabic channels on 50 inch plasmas and actually go to the Geordie mecca called ST James park and give some support to the lads.
    You may have some differences with the Regime, ( I for one don’t apart from big Joe ),but this side is looking good , and I cannot wait for the next game .
    Im a big northern soul fan as well as a Newcastle fan ,and as it goes Keep the Faith.

  • bobby mango

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I dearly hope we can keep it up and as lone as we keep winning I’ll be smiling. There’s a couple of things though:
    1. We definitely should’ve bought some players. Just two, reasonably priced players, whilo were the right quality, in the right position and we’d be a seriously good squad. We all know who we could’ve gone for… Bony, Lukaku, Sinclair, Moses etc.
    2. If we do start winning through the 4-3-3, playing Anita and not Tiote, nor Jonas it will show Pardew’s short fallings last season. I’ve said all along despite things being tough for him he didn’t make the most of his squad. He might say Remy is the key to being to play like that but we could’ve tried 4-3-3 last season with Gouf instead of Remy.
    3. Seeing as we won’t be getting another striker before Jan we have to try to get Cisse into form. I’m not a fan of is, even when he was banging in wonder goals I said his all round play was pathetic but I don’t think he should be dropped for Hull. On paper that’s a game that where he should have chances, so he must start and hopefully score. Then use him sparingly, in the “easier” league games and the cup games to bring him into form. Really felt Pardew should’ve done this last season when we still had Ba. Instead he ruined him by sticking him wide right.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    low fell…From what I understand, the boycotts idea has been shelved and they will sent their message through protests.

    Personally I think it’s a much better way forward. There is an issue at the club where they don’t seem to really want to push on and are more than happy to finish anywhere between 5th – 16th, whichever requires the least investment and works out with luck (or not).

    These people you mention do want the team to do well, even though they have no confidence Ashley. Do you not think it would be beneficial if we all stop grouping fans together and taking their views to the extreme?

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Ben Arfa is a special talent and he clearly loves the adulation given by our fans.

    How’s the tine to take advantage of that and set the wheels in motion to get him tied up – smartish!

    And to give any chance of signing up, keep Kinnear well clear of any discussions – he’ll probably manage to pi$$ Hatem and his agents off with his less than genteel demeanour!

    In fact, better still, get him out of Newcastle United and replace him with someone who commands some respect among players, agents and club officials.

  • geordie157

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Cisse does seem to be out of sorts still, the goals will come, if they don’t then Gouffy, Remy, Ben Arfa is a good front three.

    If he’s not done much come Jan, Cisse out, maybe bring Ba back, Remy, Ba and Ben Arfa sounds better!!

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9


    How’s = Now’s

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh…Did you see Bennys interview after the game yesterday?

    Clearly loves the encouragement he gets from the toon army.

    I think I read that the club has started contract talks with him, 2 seasons should be enough time for JK to sort it all out?

    Does he know what sorting it out means though? Is there an idiots guide to agreeing contracts? I mean, a geniuses guide to…

  • bobby mango

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Low Fell Mag – I disagree. It would be far too fickle to say everything is rosey because we had a decent 20 mins vs a poor Fulham side and one good away game.

    I’m fully behind those who want to protest against the board. They definitely should spent, nothing too dramatic but 10-15m total outlays on transfer fees and we’d all be buzzing. Is that too much to ask?

    Agree the team should be supported but the board need to know they’ve done wrong and the fans are happy about it and won’t keep standing for this bulls*#^

  • toon kk

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Great to see us playing like a team. Great win.
    Down side is Cisse, he’s all legs and offers little. He must learn the off side rule and probably build on his confidence.

  • Owldman

    Sep 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Like all genuine supporters I am disgusted at the attitude of some so called fans who hope we get beaten or even relegated just to get rid of Ashley, I never critisise any players on this blog or the management, my one criticism is on the appointment of Joe Kinnear we can manage well without him and whatever he is being paid could be better spent,as for yesterday I thought at the start of the second half we going to revert back to our old defensive ways of last season, but I think Ben Arfa & co had different ideas & we got the three points we fully deserved

  • doonundertoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    to the people saying the club should tie up ben arfa’s contract for longer in order to make him stay, clearly dont understand modern football.. all a contract extension does is increase the players value in the transfer market, the longer the contract, the higher the value of said player.

    if a club like barcelona, madrid, psg, monaco, man city, chelsea, shit, even tottenham these days.. came in and offered $30-40 million for ben arfa, it wouldnt matter if he was on a 10 year contract, he will be gone, regardless of contract length..

    the last thing we want atm is ben arfa thinking about more money, or better contracts, just need him focusing on football, and that is it.. the lad has played two cracking games in a row, dont need to cloud his judgement with pound signs and dodgy agent talks, just be happy he is playing well.

  • low fell mag

    Sep 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibizatoon, agree with you on most things ,but some I don’t.
    Im quite happy with Ashley,he has dropped some clangers though.
    But the main issue is ,you don’t bite the hand that feeds you .What I mean by that is ,Nobody and I mean nobody wants to buy our club,so until some Mega rich Arabian or Russian comes forward with loads of Wonga, why P@ss off the man who is keeping our club a float.
    It also amazes me how the likes of JFA complain that Ashley doesn’t slash the cash ,when he doesn’t put a penny into the club. He would probably need a Sat Nav to get to ST James Park.

  • Ciaran

    Sep 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16


  • usmagpie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I feel that everyone on this page is missing the biggest point of all. SUNDERLAND ARE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE. Geordies are smiling everywhere we win at Villa and Sunderland are bottom. No need for negative posting this weekend ED.


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