Big Pressure On This Player

Another defeat at Cardiff City and there will be discontent with Alan Pardew –  there already is – and also with owner Mike Ashley, and we’ll throw Joe Kinnear into the mix, because Joe is hardly a popular figure since he came back as our new Director of Football last June.

fabricio coloccini west ham modibo

Fab Coloccini – must show leadership right now

While it’s Alan Pardew’s job to get the very best out of the good squad he now has at Newcastle, its also the players’ responsibility to give all they have for the full 90 minutes of each game, and they certainly didn’t do that in the second half against Hull and the first half against Everton.

Alan Pardew talked about that inconsistency today in the local papers:

“I don’t want to earn money in terms of that scoreline at Everton, that’s not what it is about.” “It’s about 90 minutes of a consistent performance.”

“That’s what this team needs to bring to the party, like we did at Aston Villa and like we did at home to Fulham in the 1-0 win.”

“That’s what they had to do in he second half on Monday, there was no other way out of it,” “Not only that, but play. We got the right combination in the second half.”

And Fabricio didn’t exactly have a good first half at Everton either, and was responsible for their third goal, but he came back well after the break, and Colo and Williamson looked solid in central defense, with Mike actually heading some balls clear.

The leadership style of the Argentine is a quiet and withdrawn one, and it’s almost the polar opposite of that of  Kevin Nolan, who would come through big time right now,  with Newcastle in the mess they are – if he was still at the club.

Bit Colo has proved he can bring the team together, with his calm commanding style at the back, and he leads by example, and that’s what we now need more than ever at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

We think the 38 times capped Argentine International can do just that.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at

21 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1


    That article is for live Sky matches only.

    The facts are the facts anyway. We had £13M from commercial revenue last year, this year we have £8M from Wonga and then everything else on top of that. We obviously need to generate more revenue.

    An article from 5 years ago is potentially invalid because of the new arrangements with Sky and the PL.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Errr, no it isn’t as it says in the article it is for Premier league matches. Seriously mate, accept when you have something wrong, no one will think less of youfor admitting an error.

  • cjtoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3


    I have to say to a large extent I agree with most of what you are saying. I think as a fan base we are passionate and this sometimes makes a lot of fans fickle and maybe even ‘deluded’.

    I cannot actually believe what i am reading people are now moaning about MA making us buy french players as SD are moving into france. They are also moving into poland and the channel islands but I havent seen us linked with Lewandowski yet.

    For everything MA has lacked in communication he has more than made up for in the balance sheets. It is very easy to criticise the regime and everyone has the right to do that. For me though as you have rightly pointed out today, MA is not the reason the team are underperforming.

    In truth none of us know the reason to that and until we do its hard to accurately point the finger in one direction.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Only the West Ham figure stipulates Sky games. Even so, given the number of boards you seriously need to rethink your figures on this.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    The club even admitted that they need to do more to boost commercial revenue, which they do.

    Our commercial revenue should be quite a bit higher and I’m baffled why Ashley hasn’t exploited that area.

  • Slank

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    cjtoon @ 3

    Well said.

    They blame Ashley for failures on the field but don’t congratulate him for victories on the field. Strange that.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree, the club need to do a lot to boost commercial revenue. A start would be to sell advertising space being used for free!! Surely that makes sense to you?

    I’d say one giant reason for it is that SD profits benefit more for the advertising from SD then the club would make from selling the space.

    On a lighter note, going through one of the larger villages I saw a bottle shop that had the name “Grace of God Sports Direct Liverpool Fans Bottle Shop” painted above it.

  • cjtoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    In terms of the commercial revenue obviously we have work to do. I do feel if SD are using ad board they should pay for them. (I think it was stated that they do not in the meeting with lee charnley).

    If they pulled off the SD ads and nobody else wanted to use the ad space then what would we put there? I know many will argue nothing is better than sport direct but its hardly going to entice new parties to want to buy ad space is it?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9


    No I don’t need to rethink my figures because mine are actual facts, yours are just pulled from a website and interpreted!

    It’s illogical for West Ham to be about to charge £1,200 a minute for live Sky matches only and for Boro to have been able to charge £3,000 a minute for any match! That’s just plain ludicrous.

    And we don’t know if the commercial agreements have changed in the last 5 years since this article was published, or whether these LED systems were in operation at every match all the way through.

    You can’t quote some spurious facts and then make assumptions.

    Commercial revenue for NUFC was around £13M in the last accounts
    Wonga are rumoured to spend around £8M a year now in sponsorship
    The club should generate more!

    Also from 2008:
    The pitch side advertising boards vary enormously in price depending on where they are located in the ground. Are they pitch facing or crowd facing, and more importantly, will they be in the line of the cameras if the match is televised?

    As a rough guide, Stoke City offer boards from £750 to £3,500. At Wigan it will cost you around £2,000 and at League Two Aldershot, you’ll only have to part with around £1,500.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    cjtoon…Whilst there are certainly some over the top reactions and at times made up information based on a dislike of Ashley, there are some genuine issues (as well as some positives too).

    You say Ashley is not the reason we’re under performing, but then say we have no idea why we’re under performing.

    It’s probably a mixture of many factors, one likely being Ashley, the way he runs the club and the lack of ambition.

    We’ve seen a few players talk about their ambitions etc and they don’t exactly coincide with the clubs statements regarding targets.

    I presume the players were left feeling left out to dry after that 5th placed finish and I would imagine they feel, like many fans, that the winter signings were more reactionary to our dire situation at the time rather than a view to consolidate our position after all of their hard work the season before.

    He is not solely responsible for every single problem, but ultimately he is the man to bring change. If the manager is not hitting his targets or doesn’t have the faith of his players as has been speculated, then it is Ashleys job to deal with this. He may well have been told he has a limited time to get things back on track, but once again we’re speculating.

    Truth us, I have seen very little since our 5th placed finish to show any form of ambition from our owner, so no wonder people fear the worst.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m happy to congratulate Ashley for the good he has done at the club, it was only halfway through the summer that I decided the bad points outweighed the good. I have been on both sides of the discussions, and can see the benefits we have had from him. The advertising isn’t one, the playing staff is in the main a positive, his choice of key personnel has been poor since day 1, I’d say only Mort and Hughton, who was more just stumbled across have been decent appointments. Financially, excellent he paid off the debt with an interest free loan, excellent he is making the club more financially stable, excellent the ticket pricing strategy. Poor his inability to be flexible on recruitment issues, etc. Poor his lack of communication, poor his decision making. Poor his inability to make good key points on the 5 year plan.

    On balance he has now pushed me to being more against him than for him. I can still see some logic in some of his bad decisions, even though I think it is flawed by the outcome of his thought process.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Read this:

    It shows us as the joint 7th highest in terms of commercial revenue.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Yours are actual facts? Hahahaha. I guess you have a copy of the advertising price list, and relevant information for Boro and West Ham for those seasons to be saying my info is wrong and yours is factually correct?

    You are becoming more ridiculous by the week. You used to make sensible reasoned arguments, but to state that your figures plucked out of the air are facts is ridiculous.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    So cjtoon and Slank,

    You expect big positive changes from Ash to improve the football ? Cause when he has the chance to take such decisions he doesent do so.

    He dint sack pardew,dint invest in players and its not his fault ?
    Trow he will hire dicanio and even then ashley wont be blamed.

  • cjtoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15


    I dont mean to antagonise you but do you really think SD benefits a great deal from the Ads at SJP?

    They are a mass market chain with a huge international retail network. They sell branded goods at horrendously cheap prices. The percentage of their custom that comes as a direct (get it :-p ) result of people seeing Ads at SJP would be close to none.

    For example when you watch/go to a game. How often do you see a hoarding and think “oh i better go and buy some SD fine sporting wares”

    Commercial revenue for me would only be worthwhile as a company looking to invest if you were going to be shirt/stadium sponsor. Or the club you were looking to buy ad space in were a huge global brand ala Man Utd.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d say that as a global brand it would increase brand awareness. Do you think there would be a bottle shop, effectively a bar/off license here called Sports Direct without it? It doesn’t make you think, okay, I will go out and buy stuff, but when you do need stuff the Brand comes to your mind.

    Do you think there is no correlation with the increase in growth and profits of SD internationally since its marketing partnership with Newcastle began, showing SD advertising throughout the world to huge audiences??

  • cjtoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17


    “So cjtoon and Slank,

    You expect big positive changes from Ash to improve the football ? Cause when he has the chance to take such decisions he doesent do so.

    He dint sack pardew,dint invest in players and its not his fault ?
    Trow he will hire dicanio and even then ashley wont be blamed”

    This is what i am saying What is a positive change from MA. Sacking the manager for me is not positive. I agree if it were my choice i would have sacked pardew at the end of last season. Now he is here, with a squad he knows and lets not do the whole “who would want to manage us” debate.

    Didnt invest in players, well actually he has. Although as IBIZA said most considered this reactionary but the fact is we have spent money on “good” players.

    If we can get to a financially sound footing without dipping into the overdraft. I genuinely think Ashley will invest a decent proportion of the new TV revenue into transfers/wages and staff. I would say £20mil per year would be reasonable. Obviously this is just my thoughts and we will have to wait and see but i think this was his idea.

    And finally he wont sign di Canio. Oh dear

  • cjtoon

    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18


    sorry got a lot two answer for here it appears.

    Yes i agree with most of what you have said. I think as a business orientated individual MA is rightly or wrongly focusing on the financials first. He is so close to having us as a profit making business (which we are). Yes we still have the Big loan to pay off but we have by all accounts been saved from a leeds/pompey situation. That in itself should earn the man some respect and more time to show us what he can do.

    Obviously with the little to no knowledge he has of running a club he has made numerous mistakes. Particularly with personnel. Yes we should have strengthened after finishing fifth.

    I said MA isnt the reason the players on the pitch are not performing. If anyone can pin this on him then he must be special!

    Obviously i can hazard a guess e.g. staff, tactics, team selection, poor attitude, language barrier, new league, etc. what i mean is realistically we dont know as fans why the players are not performing.

    When you see them not even seemingly giving 100% then clearly there are serious issues that need addressing. If this is Pardew then yes MA needs to do something about it.

  • derekm

    Oct 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Our top players have the motivation to do well for us this year with regard to their world cup ambitions, but what happens next summer after the tournament ends in Brazil? The likes of Cabyae,Sissoko and the rest will surely get their agents to try to move them on whilst the club constantly lurches from bad headline to bad headline.

  • fatman

    Oct 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20


    the reason we have a commercial revenue of £13m is sports direct run the club shop and web sales also.

  • ende

    Oct 4, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed, you gotta cut it out with the “This Player” headlines. Driving me nuts mate.


You must log in to post a comment.