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Six Highlights Of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle Career – So Far

4:16 pm, Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 170 Comments

Alan Pardew was appointed manager of Newcastle United on December 7th, 2010, after Chris Hughton had been ruthlessly fired by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle United manager

And Alan did reasonably well in that season as we finished 12th top – and the next season we were 5th top and Alan won the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year and the LMA (League Managers Association) Manager of the Year, the first time any Newcastle manager had won either of those awards.

But then last season, when we were in Europe, we were struggling mightily against relegation,  and simply couldn’t cope with the extra Europa League games, when we reached the quarter finals of that competition.

Here are some highlights of Alan’s career as the Newcastle manager – so far.

  • In Alan’s very first game he came in cold, and had only a couple of days to get the side ready for the home game against Liverpool, after the management change on Tyneside, and he was successful in getting players like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton immediately on his side, and got his first win – a good 3-1 win at home to Liverpool.
  • After Andy Carroll was sold for £35M on the last day of January two years ago, in the first home game after the sale we didn’t turn up in that first half, and were 4-0 down after 26 minutes to Arsenal. But whatever Alan said in the dressing room, Newcastle came storming back to score four goals in the last 26 minutes, culminating in that  fantastic equalizer from Cheick Tiote - and Newcastle’s comeback was the greatest ever in the Premier League, and made headlines around the world. We’d love to know exactly what Alan Pardew said at half time in that game.
  • In January of last year Newcastle decimated Manchester United at home 3-0, and our lads put in a terrific performance when we were just simply too good for the Red Devils, and it’s one of the best home wins at St.  James’ Park, and our players were simply fantastic on the night, and the game plan worked to perfection.
  • As Newcastle were in the home stretch a year last May, we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in our third last game of the season, and came away with a terrific 2-0 win, which meant we would finish above Chelsea in the league table. And that game was lit up by a magnificent goal from Papiss Cisse, his second of  the game, when he hit the ball from the left wing after 90 minutes played, and the ball flew into the back of the net. After the game Papiss had said he was too tired and didn’t try to hold the ball, but simply took a speculative shot – which was one of the goals of the season.
  • A few weeks ago we welcomed Chelsea at home and suffered a difficult first half, when Chelsea had most of the game, but in the second half our lads came storming back and outplayed Chelsea and won the game 2-0 for a fantastic win. Again Alan showed he’s a good tactician and the plan was to contain Chelsea in the first half, after we had played in midweek and been taken to extra time by Manchester City in the League Cup – but in the second half we attacked Chelsea  and thoroughly deserved another famous win at St. James’ Park.
  • And last but not least is the last game at Manchester United on Saturday, which was Alan’s third year anniversary of joining the club. Alan Pardew’s game plan was excellent and simply brilliantly carried out by the players as we won for the first time in 41 years at Old Trafford – a fitting win for Alan Pardew  on his third year anniversary leading Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew still has his detractors at Newcastle, as does owner Mike Ashley,  and for that matter Director of Football Joe Kinnear.

But hey, all we want to see is Newcastle continuing to be successful,  and there’s now little doubt that our squad right now is the best we’ve had since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club about ten years ago.

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170 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Whilst we have to aplaud the current circumstances, I still can’t help but feel that he is still the wrong man for the job. Delighted that he’s having a bloody good go at proving me wrong though, and I will be happy to eat my words should he sustain it.

  • 2 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Kenzie

    We are a good club to be at but make no mistake we are lucky to have the likes of Cabaye, He has the most assists and is guaranteed to get 6 or 7 goals in our team, imagine what he could do with a CL standard team with better players around him!! Loyalty works both ways mate, as long as we aren’t in the CL we will always be a stepping stone for players of his ilk who have ambition to play at the highest level!!

    Bills Son – Every transfer window the Pards PR machine rolls into town with the usual drivel of “hope we can hold onto our key players” or “hope we don’t receive big offers for key players” that isn’t my opinion it’s a fact!! The 2 reasons we do that is…. 1: ensure everyone knows that our players have a price on their heads (inviting bids) 2: To hide away from the lack of investment and say look we didn’t sell anyone. Pards is decent but imagine what a good manager could do with this lot!!

  • 3 Stan the man // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    New member – old supporter.
    Isn’t it time we started to praise Alan Pardew for his managerial skills this season? I know this will stick in the throat of many supporters as the majority of us weren’t happy with his appointment but, credit where it is due, he deserves our backing. If the FA can award him for Manager of the Month, then surely we as “The loyalist football supporters, the world has ever had” can support our manager who is doing the best he can for our club.
    I haven’t heard his name shouted from the terraces (well, not in praise) yet but perhaps it’s time we did?

  • 4 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Our Toon, yeah just imagine what a good manager like Di Canio could do whoops hang on I meant Martin Jol no no no I meant AVB hang on I really meant Moyes.
    Get the picture all managers lauded as superior to Pardew.
    Also if we really are a selling club any manager we get is fighting with one hand tied behind his back.

  • 5 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Our Toon,

    Your opinion is he does that to try and sell his best players? Don’t be daft man.

    He gets asked questions about possible bids and he answers tham. He can’t say we aren’t selling at any price he said that about AC never thinking that Lpool would offer a ridiculous £35M.

    The better we play, the higher our position, the more our players will be talked up as transfer targets by the media. We’ll all have to get used to it.

  • 6 Spoof // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    ignorance is bliss, we are a mid table team who are doing exceptionely well due to a manager who can get the max out of those who he has available to him, we are not a good team what we have is a good manager, who is maximising our potential, and what a difference it makes, look at Man U now compared to last season, that is purely due to the manager, look at us, Pardew is doing a grand job, lets give him the vocal support he deserves

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    spoof
    well said – we are doing fine – mind you the next 4 home games will test us – Southy, Stoke, Arsenal and Shitty then the Mackems

  • 8 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Tequila

    AVB is above us in the league mate, Moyes is having a tough time but has consistently performed better than Pards, 1 really good season (highest finish of Pards career) followed by 1 really bad season (on par with Pards record) followed by our current position of 7th (I think) which is on par for where we should be with the team we have. 7th – 9th is what I said would be on par if we didn’t lose any key plays, 10th satisfactory and anything below would be a bad season!!! Do you believe he is over achieving mate?

  • 9 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    OT I think Pardew is maximising the resources available to him.
    Of course there are better managers but Pardew has done more than enough to deserve to keep his job.
    AVB is too highly strung to be a success in the PL.Fell out with the players at Chelsea, offended the supporters at Spurs by criticising them. He has also blown the Bale money on players who have consistently failed to perform this season.
    Thanks but no thanks.

  • 10 Spoof // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Very true charlie, but footballers are a funny breed, Liverpool was men v boys until Mbiwa got sent off, we murdured Chelsea, Krul heroics against Spurs, how many in side the box, I would sell him now when his stock is high, the shoulder injury he got against Sunderland has screwded him

  • 11 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Bills Son

    He answers with that drivel every transfer window and I honestly believe he is asked to do so by the owner, look through transcripts mate no journo brings up sales of players Pards answers a question like “are you looking to add to the squad?” a sort answer of we need 1 or 2 bodies is quickly followed by a “I hope we don’t lose any of our key players to a big bid, we aren’t a top 4 team and just can’t compete, hopefully we keep this lot together” that is the usual BS that comes out of his mouth.

    Fickle isn’t the word for some on here, we currently have a manager who is doing what is expected with this team, a team full of internationals which should be finishing 7th – 9th in table he hasn’t turned us into world beaters, quite a few judging us on last season.

    Tequila – I didn’t say Pards should be sacked though (this season), I said he was a decent manager. AVB is in EL and still above us, our manager almost got us relegated and blamed that very competition for last season’s debacle, as for Chelsea player power is rife there, listen to the likes of Rafa and Di Matteo as well as AVB, Cole, Terry, Lampard have too much of a say, AVB tried to change it and it led to a revolt. Let his players settle in, judge these signings he’s made next season, most players are pants first season, there are more than enough examples of that, none more so than our frenchies!!

  • 12 clinath@ed // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Taquila…have to disagree about AVB blowing the Bale money…those players brought in have been together less than 5 months, look how long it has taken our French group to bed in.
    I think it’s a little early to judge.

  • 13 Mag52 // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Tequilamag has a good point when he says we are a selling club. As we’ve seen under the Ashley regime, if the price is right we’ll sell. There are a lot of managers out there who simply would not put up with this approach. Neither would they be happy with a ‘director of football’ suddenly appearing on the scene in charge of buying players.
    We should thank our lucky stars that we have at NUFC a manager who is prepared to put up with the shenanigans indulged in by top management. A guy who is focused and passionate for success, a top man manager, and a manager smart enough to improve in his chosen profession, which he is unquestionably doing.

  • 14 Scottiedog // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Seems T4C has shut up a bit!!! Lol!!!

    Choosing a “Good” manager is like Russian roulette as Martinez has proved to be great but Moyes has proved to be a dud, Man City now have Pelligrini who seems no better than the guy they sacked!! At the end of the day Arsenal seem to have the best formula and one we as club should look at!!

  • 15 clinath@ed // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Honestly, I didn’t copy.

  • 16 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    OT you say we should be 7th to 9th given the players we have. That is where we are. You say he should not be sacked this season, the inference being he should be sacked next season?
    Your quite right fans are fickle. It`s obvious your fallback position is he should go even though by your own statement he has got us performng to our max level.

  • 17 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    clinath@ed

    You sure you didn’t copy…haha, glad someone understands players can’t just hit the ground running, same goes for managers

  • 18 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I have to admit, I wanted him hung from a lampost last season, but he seems to be learning. I still don’t think he’s a great manager but he has been given time and thats why he is doing well.

    It’s time we praised Mike Ashley for bringing continuity and for not being afraid to stick to his beliefs when many (including me) were screaming for a new manager. Most chairmen bow down to fan pressure and sack managers too easily. Think Shepherd when he bowed down to the idiotic vocal minority who wanted Bobby Robson out. I guess these are the same idiots who run to the gates of St James to embarrass us every time we sell a player or whatever, and shout abuse at our players in the stadium, and think Ashley bought Newcastle for millions yet wants us to lose, or that he bought us for £200m just to get free advertising.

  • 19 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Mag 52 thanks for saying I had made a good point but in the interests of clarity I never said we are a selling club, well no more than any other club in the PL bar maybe Man City or Chelsea.
    Spurs Arsenal Man U Liverpool have all sold players for offers too good to turn down.

  • 20 clinath@ed // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Should set up our own elite club of know-it-alls eh Our Toon? Then again, maybe not.

  • 21 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Tequila

    “he shouldn’t get sacked this season” based on current performances however he should have been sacked last season….if he was not one of you would have batted an eye lid. Not playing to our max level because we are in a position which is expected of the team at his disposal (performing on par is not max level) I mean fickle fans getting carried away that we are 7th because we performed sooooooo badly last year….take a step back and realise this isn’t a team that should be finishing in 16th but a team that should be finishing between 7th & 9th

  • 22 jayphoto // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Still not sure Pardew is the right man for the job but he certainly deserves to continue for the time being as hes doing a good job this season! The only wonder is what could a better, more cavalier manager do with our squad! I think player for player we have a stronger squad and side than Everton and Southampton but Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, chelsea have stronger sides. Man Utd and Liverpool have similar strength sides but in each, 2 world class players set us apart (van persie and rooney, and Suarez and Gerrard) whereas we have very good players, im not sure we have a truly world class consistent performer which is something that probably sets us apart from the teams aiming for top 4

  • 23 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Mag 52

    I said we are a selling club

  • 24 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    clinath@ed

    Lol give me shout when you want to set it up mate!!

  • 25 clinath@ed // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Regarding Pards, I really don’t know which is the real one. I’ve read loads of good arguments on both sides for the last 2 seasons or so, and agreed with some…..I just don’t know!
    Decided not to have an opinion on him. He’s NUFCs manager, and I support the TOON.

  • 26 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Next Mike @ 17

    Totally agree on that second para.

  • 27 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Our Toon, I spent virtually the whole of last season arguing with Catchy that Pardew should not be sacked so my position has been consistent. And I am happy he kept his job as we are now reaping the benefit of that. The vast majority of posters pre season were predicting a relegation struggle.

  • 28 Shola Pure Legend // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    It’s got to be beaten them filth bags in squaler city.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Isn’t it a bit early for an homage for Pardew? ;-)

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Is Ruddy around?

  • 31 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Jesp perhaps but no more than it was too early to write him off last season.

  • 32 Shola Pure Legend // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    No way any real Toon fan who knows there stuff would think this season we would be fighting relegation. Look at our team man compared to Hull, Palace, Stoke, Cardiff, those paedos down the road and thats just a few, just the Pardew haters who were saying that.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    tequila…you are probably right! He is just a very frustrating individual :)

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Yes jasper it’s all a bit premature. Pardew is having a purple patch but I still maintain the Xmas period will be the barometer of his season. For me he hopeless mackem losses just can’t be overemphasised, we are one of the few teams they have beaten soundly all year, so Pardew judgement is still ongoing.

    But for now I will applaud the manager of the month.

  • 35 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Tsunki , it`s quite a puple patch though Man U Chelsea Spurs, some very big scalps there. Sunderland was horrible but take the local rivalry out of the equation then really it`s just 3 points lost against a team we should have beat.

  • 36 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Scottie

    Only a few weeks ago T4C handed in a list of questions to the club for answering, and it would appear that no answers are forthcoming from the club, however it would be remiss of T4C for them not to allow the next Fans Forum to at the very least demonstrate whether or not it is capable of providing answers to these salient issues.

    Also, context needs to be given. As someone who fully supports T4C, I have made the clear distinction that while I am delighted with the way the team is performing at the minute, I still want Ashley removed from the club. However, short-sighted fans like yourself will be primed and ready to shoot me and my ilk down as ‘neggars’ for even daring to have a critical opinion of aspects of this club while we are on such a good run of form.

    It would appear some fans have incredibly short memories indeed.

    If you expect mass demonstrations on a weekly basis from T4C, and see that as the only way they can be credible, then you are quite frankly deluded. You are also mistaken if you think that it will be the last you hear from T4C this season.

    So dismount yourself from that high horse, there’s a good lad ;)

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Ruddy my good man :)

    …I owe you an apology from last night mate – I have to run quickly, but will be back on later :)

  • 38 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Tequila – as you know I am an optimist of old but I do like things in context occasionally. Spurs and Chelsea have looked unbeatable and fragile in equal measure. The manure we beat is as Ketsy accurately predicted (I wonder if a soapy mouthwash would help…) the weakest seen for many many years, with an unfit RVP and no Rooney. The days when a manure manager would depend on players like Zaha have long since passed into history, and if you recall Moyes reticence to unleash a fantastic talent like Rooney at 17 it makes you wonder why he has changed his stance with Janujaj bring levered into his regular team. He is short of the depth of talent SAF Has enjoyed by a long way.

    Of course, you can only beat what’s in front of you, but we have tests yet so I won’t get carried away that Pardew has turned a tactical corner. I am always ready though to be pleasantly convinced :)

  • 39 matias // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Really hope Pardew gets a great reception in the next home game. There may be diffucult times ahead later in the season but right now Pardew is among the biggest stars of EPL. Good supporters should show some gratitude and also try to enjoy this all.

  • 40 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Tsunki, fair enough mate, always respected your opinion and I do bang the drum for perspective rather than forming an opinion on a game to game basis..Still a long way to go and experience tell me there will be highs and lows to come.Just enjoying the warm glow that comes with seeing my team having a good time at the moment.

  • 41 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Ruddy

    “I still want Ashley removed from the club.”

    Surely Ashley will remove himself when the price is right ? .. a bit like future player sales . If you want him removed then that implies somebody eles has the power or ability to do that – which is not the case unless the ownership rules are changed. Personally I agree with your sentiment and would prefer the Bundesliga ownership rules or something similar that includes a strong element of fan ownership but sadly I can’t see that happening. It is very frustrating.
    Another billionaire owner with a similar sense of perverse whimsy and lack of love for the club is not going to be an improvement.

  • 42 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Tsunki

    Southampton will be a good tactical test for Pardew – especially after the Swans game. Those calling for 4231 or 4321 may recall we lost a lot of games with one up front last season. I’d probably stick with 433 option of 451 rather than 442 but if we play a pressing game then I’d give is a good chance of taking the 3 pts.

  • 43 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Tequila – :)

    Yo-yo fair analysis. Pardew does seem to be learning adaptability so here’s hoping he doesn’t misread it like Swansea. I think if we press teams like we did manure we can test anyone.

  • 44 wolfshead@toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    tequila

    i do admire your stamina i gave up arguing with negs(anti pards) a while ago as its pointless ie southampton is a test for pards if he passes that one tho the next test will be whomever and on and on yawn zzzzzz haha

  • 45 gmo16 // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Yet more evidence of the team spirit at Newcastle – although it’s a very different squad a lot of credit must go to Chris Hughton and the Championship team who turned this around completely after the moneygrabbers took us down. http://freshairfootball.co.uk/2013/12/newcastle-players-in-fancy-dress-again/

  • 46 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Nice one wolfshead. But I am hardly a ‘neg’. If you can’t stand realism it’s tough.

  • 47 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Wolfshead, don`t post anywhere near as much as I used to. it`s all pretty much been said a thousand times. The blog is like a dysfunctional family you don`t mind seeing them occasionally but …

  • 48 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Southampton is a massive game for us as we are about the same level right now, the play a high intensity game, closing down space and allowing no time on the ball.

    We simply cannot get complacent or we will be turned over, if we take the commitment and desire from Saturdays game into our next one we should come away with three points

  • 49 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I have been a regular on this blog for 6 years now, since I first discovered it in a hospital in Germany after getting blown up for the last time in my army career….I have been a newcastle supporter since a young Iraqi kid I met on patrol in Baghdad who was wearing an Allen shearer strip told me all about the legend and newcastle united and the greatest supporters in the world the toon army. ( Ed did a story on me back in 2009 if you care to hear the whole story I’m sure it’s in archives) my point is I am an American from little rock arkansas who has been in love with newcastle and the Geordies for ten years and in those ten years I’ve seen the ups and down, mostly downs… Lol but hey that’s the toon and it makes the ups that more special…. I didn’t marry newcastle for the trophies lol…. I know there are lads on here who live on tyneside and have spent 30 or 40 years following the toon, and new fans just in the courting fase wih newcastle from all walks of life and all parts of the globe… I used to post on here everyday but now I mostly just read eds greats stories because I can’t take the Man U like fans that come on this site, right now everyone is soaring and rightly so I’m 30,000 feet me self!!! But go back and read the comments from the match on Saturday…in the first half you had dummies calling for the gaffers head, bashing colo our flipping capo and one of the most consistent players we have bad since the drop, you had some horrible stuff being said about our lads who were bleeding black and white at old trafford and spilled their guts for a glorious 3 points that was worth 41!!!!! The point behind all this is criticism is fine and getting upset is expected during rough patches, but there is a line… Some of you lads need to take a long look in the mirror and remember what makes are club so special that a dumb ya I infantryman instantly fell in love wih it at first sight!!!! It wasn’t just sir bobby, or shearer, or the blue collar roll up your sleeves attitude of not only the team but the city, the people the supporters, mixed with the flair of ginola, tino, the class of shearer and wor Jackie…. The fire of Keegan and the entertainers!!!! Man it was combination of it all that goes in a pot and makes a Geordie stew so strong and potent and intoxicating (and lethal to mackems) that a dirt floor poor kid like myself thought, man, this is what a football club is suppose to be!!!! So lads please just think about some of what I’ve written and maybe take a trip down memory lane yourself and remember what it means to be a Geordie. Ever wonder why players like Carroll and ba can be giant slayers in the black and white and utter rubbage anywhere else, there is just something special about newcastle united that you can’t even whisper a word for what it is for fear of losing it!!!! Howay the lads!!!!

  • 50 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty

    I take my hat off to you Sir

  • 51 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    xmas has come early to any newcastle fan who likes a bet.checked the odds after picking up my winnings verses man utd on winning the fa cup outright told 33 at corals went to hills and got 40. do not be put off by ncle saying it is not a priority they will as in league cup verses man city put out a strong side

  • 52 NUFCarter // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    DJ Campbell may get done for his connection in match fixing. Wow i thought it the match fixing was happening in the non-leagues not the bloody championship. If anything is being fixed in any English match it’s sickening thinking that it may progress.

  • 53 NUFCarter // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25297600
    Shocking!

  • 54 cyprus // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Like I said, it’s a results business. With NUFC doing so well now, with how much conviction can one complain about Ashley or Pards. I’ve been critical of the latter’s tactics on occasion, but credit him now I will. Thanks boss! May it long continue.

    PS1. AP, beware of the next team. They a bit of a Swansea.
    PS2. Nice idea that, Sissoko on the right wing. Hats off,I never would’ve thought it :)

  • 55 NUFCarter // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty
    That post actually gave me goosebumps down my neck!
    Just love NUFC

  • 56 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Jesper

    Apology for what? I haven’t read any comment from you that made me think you owed me any sort of apology but I will accept your apology confusingly haha

    Yo yo

    While we as fans may lack the requisite power to remove Ashley by ourselves, what we are capable of is putting him under pressure and scrutiny. His over-reaction to the T4C march clearly puts to rest the notion that he doesn’t care what we think.

    So, if there is a sustained campaign of pressure exerted on Ashley he may think of upping sticks earlier than anticipated. Perhaps that will come in the form of MA looking for a buyer when he otherwise would not have or something along those lines. All I know is that doing something is better than doing nothing.

  • 57 John Tudor // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    fixers out

  • 58 cyprus // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Sgt.
    Good stuff man, EXCEPT when you call other posters dummies, even if you disagree, you don’t get it entirely. People like Ciaran, Toon bro (who can’t stand Colo), Catchy and others are just as passionate and good fans as Billson et al.

  • 59 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    tequilamag is for life, not just for Christmas. With apologies to Dogs Trust.

  • 60 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Cyprus

    I can see why people may have less of a leg to stand on regarding criticism of Pardew, but what has Ashley done in the past few months that has made him less susceptible to criticism? He doesn’t pick the team, or set up tactics, or make substitutions, or give team talks, or manage the squad.

    As far as I am concerned, Ashley is as open to criticism as he was when the transfer window shut.

  • 61 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Cyprus

    I am being lumped in with Catchy and Toonbrother?!?! What?

  • 62 cyprus // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Sorry,
    No insult intended. No, I don’t think you can be lumped :)

  • 63 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Football light!

  • 64 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Ruddy… D:

    …just felt bad the other day when I made I comment to you and tequila and I just left you both hanging (had to leave suddenly…)

    *was trying to cheeky, but I might just have been rude ;) lol

  • 65 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    ciaran at 35 you are obviously a student with your like of marches and protesting.having read in the chronic chronicle about the list of questions submitted i read them .the arrogant self important time 4 change ought to have checked them first.your question about ma as a buisnesman is a statement not a question.the question about being able to put up a banner is actually stupid.where else can u put up inside any orginisation a banner protesting against them.i feel anyone wanting to put up a banner in support of the chronicle needs to seek help.the chronicle have not replied to the clubs statement on banning them as far as am aware as they have no answer .there coverage of time 4 change was over the top and they minimise any positive things the club do ie supporters away deals praised everywhere else and the work they do in the community which was even shown on match of the day the other week.typical of the chronicle was their article shearer supports the chronicle, all he actually said was that it was a shame the club and papers were not talking but he did not know fully the reasons why .you could also take that as shearer supports the club .i believe that chronicle group have shot themselves in the foot over time 4 change .the article about a local mp bringing up about clubs banning the press and freedom of speech seems to have gone unnoticed apart from the chronicle group.

  • 66 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty- Good on ya, mate
    Spot on, on a number of fronts.

  • 67 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Ruddy

    Sadly I think the man is incredibly stubborn and cares less about a little adverse publicity – which, as you say, he can try to stifle to a degree – than he does for his accum,ulation of more money. It’s not a mindset we can understand.
    There was a time when demonstrations were an effective means of protest but sthose days are long past and something a little more contemporary may well be more apt – SD boycott etc.,

  • 68 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    @65

    The T4C march was attended by people from all walks of life and of a varying age range, so you’re attempt to pigeon hole me, or other marchers has failed.

    Whether you agree or disagree with the questions posed, questions have been put to the club, and it will be interesting to see if the club will bother to answer some of the concerns raised by its fans.

    I also notice that you are simply repeating the excuse given by Wendy Taylor, which would indicate to me that you take what the club says as gospel and without question or scrutiny, which, at your age (if indeed 1949 is an indication of your age – could be a reference to something else) is very surprising.

    Do you not think that questions pertaining to the club’s finances, and whether money spent on merchandise does indeed go into the club is a relevant question that needs answering?

    Cyprus

    More shock than offence. Toonbrother has an unhealthy hatred of Colo, while I adore the man and think he is the finest centre half we’ve had since Woodgate, and Catchy is, erm, well he’s Catchy!

  • 69 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    yo-yo – But your a grown up!

  • 70 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Yo yo

    I agree, however, demonstrations are a clear way of trying to accumulate support more than anything else. If T4C were to hold another march, I would reckon there would be many more at the march, even if we are comfortable in top half as more and more and beginning to separate the good things that are being done on the field with the lack of ambition to progress off the field.

    I do agree that in order to have more of an impact on MA, something like a boycott of SD stores would have be pushed forward. This is something that I would like to think that the T4C organisers have in mind in the future.

  • 71 roy // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    While Pardews stock is so high he should be telling Ashley he wants more players in January. Another Striker and a decent centre half to replace the ageing Coloccini and it will be onwards and upwards for NUFC.

  • 72 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    You’re

  • 73 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    The big part Ashley has played this season is not sacking Pardew and not cashing in on any players.

    Those two factors are totally glossed over by those who were screaming for Pardew to be sacked and forecasting two or three big summer sales.

    We should have signed another forward in the summer and probably another CB but slagging Ashley for that and giving him no credit for sticking with Pardew and not cashing in is typical of the anti- Ashley lot.

    To paraphrase Keegan I’d love it just love it if we were top ten and signed a couple of first team squad players in Jan.

  • 74 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    F”in hell we have won five out of the last six games beaten Chelsea the Spuds and Man Utd sitting sixth in the Premiership and people are still moaning and whinging on Pardew out Ashley out.
    Get a Bloody life !!!!!

  • 75 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Good evening just been catching up on the blog and I have to say SGT HEAGERTY you’re post was excellent one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading … The constant sniping (no pun intended) of others detracts from what on the whole is a good read ! Certain posters seem to enjoy being controversial for the sake of it and continually bang on about the same thing over and over ! Wy can’t we all just enjoy our good run and see where we end up

  • 76 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    @cyprus didn’t mean to offend anyone by calling anyone a dummy just making the point that the fickle nature of some people on here aren’t what newcastle united and the toon army are about!!! You can’t call for a managers head and bash the 11 lads spilling there guts in a well played first half at old trafford that hit the break at nil-nil with us holding out own if not on top, and then we go on to win, if I offended anyone by calling them a dummy for that I apologize but then again if your offended by that you might be who I’m talking about and have said much worse about the players and club we all support… I just love newcastle united and the people, players, city, and worldwide supporters who make it great and want people to remember why it’s so great…. Thanks for the honest and respectful criticism and I wasn’t saying you personaly when I was talking about people being offended… Hwtl

  • 77 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Charlie

    So because we have won 5 out of 6 Ashley is suddenly a good owner? Please explain.

  • 78 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Ian Toon if your still about saw the post about earlier about match fixing and the suggestion would be better to just put a bet on Cattermole to pick up a booking.
    Had a genuine lol at that one.

  • 79 cyprus // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Sgt,
    Like I said mate excellent post. It’s just that different people, vent their frustrations in varying ways. As long as it stays civil, it’s fine by me. Like Voltaire said, “I will defend to the death your right to talk bxllshxt”.

  • 80 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Ciaran
    we have had countless owners dipped their filthy hands into the club took money out 32 managers stand in managers player managers since I first went to St James to see my team Newcastle United in 1961.
    All I want is continuity and I think we are on the right tracks and I am backing Pardew and Ashley even if the latter has done some stupid things.

  • 81 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Sgt H

    really enjoyed your post

    Ruddy

    The ultimate judgement on Ashley’s custodianship will be success on the pitch. It’s difficult to run the campaign you’re involved with against a backdrop of a good run – that’s just how it is.
    I’ll reserve judgement until we win something

  • 82 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ruddy,

    A bad owner would have sacked Pardew, sold Krul, Cabaye and two or three others in the summer and appointed Curbishley.

    Instead. …

  • 83 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    So instead of looking at the evidence of Ashley’s ownership and judging whether he is good or bad, you are neglecting the evidence for the sake of continuity?

    Success breeds stability, not the other way around.

  • 84 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Bills

    A good owner would have properly invested after we had finished 5th, would have properly invested last summer after a season finishing near relegation, would never have renamed one of the most famous football stadiums in English football.

    Instead….

  • 85 tequilamag // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Re the Chron, I used to post the odd comment there, usually when Lee Ryder wrote something that was even more idiotic than usual. Don`t anymore as you have to login to facebook to do that now. I emailed the Chron to ask why they only accept comments by that method and they never bothered to reply. So much for press freedom and right of reply.

  • 86 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Yo yo

    Define success on the pitch. A decent run of form for 6/7 games? Finishing in the top half, or actually winning a trophy?

  • 87 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    @blahdon-toon thanks for the support mate!

    @ian-toon thanks mate

    @ nufc carter and jack butler thanks as well!!!

    Look lads thank you all for the support I use to post all the time on here some of you lads who have been around a while remember me, the year we went down and then the next we came up I was here everyday, all the way until last year and things just spun so far out of control I couldn’t take it anymore! It was hurting me and taking away from my passion for the club to listen to the crap on here…. I’m hoping my statement will remind everyone that regardless of owner, manager, etc out loyalty is to the club…. And win lose or draw if our gaffer and players are giving 110% I can’t complain cuz sometimes in football you just get beat…. I’m a huge pards fan cuz he has come to the toon under horrible circumstances and put up wih more then any manager would from Ashley and still kept us relevant!!! Lets not forget the famous victories, leading us back to Europe, and the new renasance we are experiencing now and the fact he won gaffer of the year which no newcastle manager has ever done…. Is he sir bobby? Of course not, but he is getting better each week and who knows maybe be will go down as the next best thing when it’s all said and done… Bottom line newcastle united is where my loyalty and love is, I’m not like most other yanks just now discovering football and jumping on Tottenham and Liverpool bandwagons, or man city and the rest, those aren’t football clubs those are huge businesses that throw money at the game not passion!!!!!

  • 88 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    The Club has indeed done well.

    But Ashley has to go.

  • 89 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    @cyprus I understand brother and thanks for the support, thanks yo-yo as well…. We all just want the toon to do well and become relevant again and I think we are on our way, we just need the Ashley to pony up and back the gaffer and keep all our players in January and maybe nick a couple in

  • 90 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Ruddy,

    But we have the best squad in years, the stadium is back to SJP and we are 7th just 4pts off 2nd.

    I prefer to talk about the present. You just keep harping on about the past.

  • 91 geordieboy83 // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Sgt hegearty

    Carlsberg don’t make speeches for a supporters blog, but if they did they would use yours . Read it a few times and you out into words the emotion of the toon army, the life that is toon army and the black and white blood. The huge lows but the massive highs when In reality we ain’t done much haha but we treat every win as a title win and every loss as a kick in the nuts . Bit I wouldn’t change it for the workf

  • 92 geordieboy83 // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    World! My bad

  • 93 Schwefelberg // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Bills-son

    I have been against Ashley for years.

    But I never said the hammer should be held against Pardew’s throat.
    I never even said that he should be scalped after the apocalypse against Sunderland.

    But Ashley will never see Marley’s Ghost!!!
    He will never walk The Road to Damascus!!!
    He will never be Calabash Cousin again!!!

    But he will sell players!
    He will encorage dreadful sponsors!
    He will do some new terrible thing you never expected!!!

  • 94 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    HD,

    Ashley has to go?

    To be replaced by who?

  • 95 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Geordieboy well said mate, I win over man ure at old trafford doesn’t mean much to Chelsea, arsenal, Liverpool, does to city but not even as much as that win ment to the toon!!!! That’s why we love it… Pure passion!!!!

  • 96 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Ciaran

    I am interested to know what T4Cs’ ultimatum is? If it is ‘Ashley out’ is this really achievable and would it not potentially lead to another money grabbing business type?

    I support the call for ‘change’ in the fact that I think currently those in charge at NUFC act very unprofessionally. However, I also have some sympathy when continuously faced with gross and childish name calling. The Fans Forum seems to be a bit of a white wash but I would encourage those taking part to act with maturity and keep asking the relevant questions.

    The change I would dearly like is that Ashley would embrace the fans, not as he did when he first arrived but allowed some sort of representation at board level so that decisions were not made and passed from an oligarchical stance. Then at least the process to employ a Director of Football may have been properly conducted. Further to this I would look at the Swansea model, but I would not like to start from the bottom of the entire league and close to closure.

  • 97 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    In a perfect world Ashley would be punished for his crimes against the toon, but think about what all the darkness he brought to club did? It made the light that much better, winning In his spite all most!!! Every hero needs a villain I guess lol

  • 98 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Bills

    Any one do? Preferably by a man who cares nd not a JFK fan.

  • 99 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    ciaran at 68 you are right i was born in 1949 first ncle game 1957.i am also right that you and probably quite a few others on the march were students .the club probably had a laugh at some of the questions.i take an open mind on most things but believe the club is right with regard to banning the chronicle for their over the top coverage.how many would have marched with normal coverage 20.you can always get someone to protest or strike but will people who say they support you turn up doubtfull especially against a club that has won 5 out of the last 6 ..

  • 100 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Man I m eating a lot of words that i should be writing.

  • 101 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Bills

    Positions in the league table are transient and mean nothing if it is not backed up by an owner who is committed to making it a consistent sustainable occurrence. What is the point in finishing 5th, qualifying for Europe only to have an owner to undermine that with no signings which directly contributes to a relegation scrap.

    Your blind defence of Ashley is nothing but mind boggling.

  • 102 wolfshead@toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    if assley put his hand in his pocket esp as we are doing well like he should have done when we finished 5th his sins would be forgiven and who knows what we could achieve but he seems happy to be on the fringes of the top 5 strange man

  • 103 wolfshead@toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    me and ciaran singing from the same hymn sheet lol

  • 104 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Are you really saying a good owner is someone who splashes the cash and lavishes new players on high wages on the club?

  • 105 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    For a man in his 70s, I find the fact that you are so set in your ways to such an extent that, without even being at the march, you can safely ASSUME that most people there were students.

    Take it first hand from someone who was ACTUALLY there, that there were men, women, younger supporters, as well as season ticket holders at that march. So your choice to deny that as truth is a choice of denying the facts – something that will also come naturally to you in your defence of Mike Ashley.

    As for our recent form, Ashley has nothing to do with that, so I have every confidence that there will still be support for a movement to rid the club of Ashley. While fence sitters are more easily appeased in times of good form, those who are fed up with Ashley are not so easily swayed.

  • 106 wolfshead@toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    he got ba on a free but wouldnt give him a pay rise and let him go before securing remy counted his chickens….

  • 107 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    70TWO

    Pretty sure nowhere in what anyone has said has alluded to that fact. A good owner backs up his manager with smart investments in areas that need strengthening.

    Since promotion we needed a new centre half. We got promoted in May 2010, we got a new centre half in January 2013.

    We needed a new right back when it was clear Danny Simpson would not sign an extension. That became clear in early 2012, yet we did not sign a new right back until January 2013.

    We needed a striker to replace Andy Carroll. We sold Andy Carroll deadline day Jan 2011, yet only signed Ba in the summer of 2011.

    We sold Ba in January 2013, yet only signed Remy in summer 2013.

    We finished 5th and could have capitalised on that fantastic season with 3 solid first team players to provide an ability to rotate our squad. Ashley did not do that and we were faced with not only failing to keep up that momentum, but nearly getting relegated.

    No one is asking for crazy money to be spent, just sensible investment and backing of the manager.

  • 108 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Ruddy,

    Your blind hatred of Ashley is far more entrenched than my blind faith in him.

    I’ve criticised Ashley for the SJP name change, failing to sign players and the JK appointment. However, I also see what he has brought to the club – on field and off field stability, a transfer policy that has given us an excellent squad for a fraction of what we’ve spent under previous owners and no debt other than to him.

    Fans like you who paint Ashley as the devil in disguise and the worst of owners are somewhat deluded.

  • 109 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    60s, I do apologise.

  • 110 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Bills

    How can suffering 1 relegation, 1 near relegation, 2 midtable finishes and 1 top ten finish be classed as stability?

    You also neglect to mention that we are under more debt to him than we ever were to the banks and that Ashley has attached that debt to the sale price of the club scaring off potential buyers.

  • 111 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    tequilamag- Breaking News: DJ Campbell has confirmed his availability for this weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Millwall.

  • 112 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Ciaran

    Change implies ‘to make different’, removing somebody from the equation does not constitute a concrete conclusion, rather a libo. How will removing the head of a corporate structure change the corporate structure? Surely the action you are describing is miscalculated because it does not suggest a change for the better, but the creation of a void which is potentially harmful.

  • 113 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    70TWO

    If you think I am justifying that comment with a reply then you are sadly mistaken.

  • 114 Schwefelberg // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Devil in Disguise he is!

    When Ashley arrived at SJP he wore a Sheepskin.

    We laughed and ran forward to greet him. Then we saw the fangs and the Wolf! We ran away screaming but some fans stayed on the spot. And are we supposed to flush away their blood on the carpark???? Get real here.

  • 115 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    70TWO,

    Exactly.

    Unless we are guaranteed an Abramovich or Sheik type owner who is prepared to gamble a few hundred million to challenge Arsenal, City, Chelsea and ManU getting shot of Ashley could lead to a QPR or worse Blackburn type owners.

  • 116 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    cairan for someone who is impressed by his own intelligence you cannot even count .by not answering directly you are a student although obviously not maths.the chronicle have not replied to the club statement banning them because they have no answer.a lot of the stuff they have to put in the paper is plagiarised directly word for word from ssn or other sources.they must regret not being able to speak to the club over such a small percentage of supporters.

  • 117 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    QPR or Blackburn type owners? Get real Bills!

    Under Shepherd and Hall – whom many claim had dirty mits – we were pulling in twice as much commercial revenue, and over 10 million more a year in match day revenue. The only reason we make more revenue under Ashley is because of the TV money – which he has had no part in!

    If Shepherd and Hall may have been awful owners in your eyes, or the eyes of other fans, but it would appear that they were better businessmen than Mike Ashley!

  • 118 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    1949,

    Being impressed by his own intelligence is not too difficult for Ruddy.

    It doesn’t take a lot of IQ after all :-)

  • 119 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Ciaran
    I was playing devils advocate, but it refers more to the demands of T4C. The only message I am receiving is that they want ‘Ashley out’. Is this really achievable and how does it necessarily resolve the issues you raise?

    I agree with what you are saying in regard to transfers and am looking for some (better) players to come in this January ahead of WC fever and to replace those at end of contracts.

  • 120 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    1949

    I corrected my mistake, take a look @ comment 109. If I was to be pedantic, I would say that my name is spelt Ciaran, not cairan – which cannot be hard for you given that my name is right there on the screen, but I won’t be pedantic.

    You agree that the Chronicle should be banned for covering an event that was happening? They were reporting the news, which is their job!

  • 121 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Bills

    I am surprised you even bother with me, I am not a real fan anyway because I don’t come from Newcastle. Isn’t that right?

    70TWO

    None of us have the ability to know Mike Ashley’s intentions for this club. He may intend to own it for the next 20 years and continue to take money from the club to pay back what he feels he is owed.

    On the other hand, he may simply be waiting for a buyer to come in in order to get shot of it. We simply do not know.

    As for the aims of T4C, I cannot speak for them as a group but I am sure I read that they are geared towards change in direction as well as stewardship, though I would reckon many of them want Ashley gone. Is this achievable? Let’s put him under pressure and find out.

  • 122 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Ruddy,

    Aye and we still won sweet fa and ended up squandering the lot on the likes of Marcelino, Guivarch, Boumsong, Luque, Owen and the like.

    Some great business decisions there eh.

  • 123 Schwefelberg // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    I will say something positive about Ashley..

    English Premier League
    English Manager
    English Owner

    At minimum there is some consistency there…

  • 124 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    bills-son

    I don’t want a mega rich benefactor, a very well run business that supports its own costs is all I am after. Ciaran is right that revenue in certain sectors is down and in addition income from player sales has evaporated whilst player costs have not significantly increased.

  • 125 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    The day the promises had to stop
    by Denis Cassidy
    Amberly Publishing, £9.99
    Reviewed by Mark Brophy
    From When Saturday Comes

    As calls for improved governance of football clubs continue to be made, Denis Cassidy’s experiences after being appointed a non-executive director of Newcastle United in 1997 give an illustration of just what can go wrong. He remained in position for 20 months, during a period which spanned the removal of Kenny Dalglish and appointment of Ruud Gullit as well as the News of the World undercover sting which forced the owners Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall to leave the board for a short time.

    Despite the inside track he can provide, the book itself is a mixed bag. Though it’s styled as an attempt to show how the creation of the Premier League has affected the game in England, much of the book sets the scene for the section describing events during the short period Cassidy was on the board, and concludes with a run down of his thoughts on how to ensure success. Alex Ferguson’s views on success might prick up a few more ears, ?of course.

    That’s not to say that there isn’t interest in the rest of the book. Cassidy’s insider knowledge isn’t limited to the period of his tenure on the board and his excellent contacts mean the reader is often left wanting to hear more. At one point, he reports meeting Lord Taylor just after the delivery of the report which changed English football post-Hillsborough, frustratingly without any record of the conversation.

    It’s that 20-month period in the boardroom where the book comes to life, however. Though current owner Mike Ashley doesn’t escape criticism, Cassidy clearly disapproves of the way the Shepherds and Halls ran Newcastle; he calls them “vandals” at the point they are trying to force their way back into control of the plc board. He suggests John Hall used the club first as a promotional vehicle for his own regional interests then later as a cash cow for his other businesses. Cassidy points out that Newcastle abandoned corporate governance best practice when they removed independent directors from the board in favour of the majority shareholders’ nominees. The Shepherds and Halls are painted as draining the club to the point of financial chaos, to their own personal benefit.

    The final implied criticism, left to an appendix on the last page, is both the largest and via its format least open to argument. Without commentary, it’s an account detailing how much was taken from the club by the Hall and Shepherd families in their time at the club between 1996 and 2007. The total comes to nearly £144 million. As Cassidy succinctly puts it earlier: “Did their performance over that period justify such rewards?”

  • 126 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Bills

    Some of the decisions made were absolutely shocking, but they were geared towards attempting to get the club among the top tier in English football.

    Some signings they made were terrible, yet they still managed to attract better paying sponsors than Mike Ashley. They still managed to make more money on match-day than Mike Ashley. In fact, despite television revenue increasing from around 26 million under Hall/Shepherd to 56 million under Ashley, we only have increased revenues of 8 million pounds.

    Surely if Ashley was such a great businessman, and the ‘saviour’ as many laud him to be, he would be capable of attracting as much money, if not more, than Hall and Shepherd?

  • 127 jeff // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    ciaran u have a big gob dont ya?

    cant u say less then 200 words every post lol.please dont make me fall asleep hahahaha

  • 128 geordieboy83 // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Boring lol it’s like loose women on here sometimes . It’s all just tit for tat pointless exchanges of sarcasm, petulance , and pig headedness. Ciaran In my mind is a huge toon fan and guess what bills son is also a huge fan. You have differing views on things. Big deal! Life would be shite if we agreed on everything.
    Cracking run of results people start with where are the neggers now, and bad run if results and the neggers start with the “where’s the Ashley love in brigade”

    Both sides are criminal for the fact you accuse each other of what your both doing. Rant over. Thanks for listening : )

  • 129 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Nice to see the Sarge back it’s been a while, nice post as well.

  • 130 geordieboy83 // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Jeff hush now little man bit late for a 12 year old to be up. At least ciaran and bills have some valid things to say. Best get to sleep now

  • 131 lesh // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Sgt. Heagerty….. @76

    Your apology was totally unnecessary and those that you called dummies deserved it.

    If they had the character of that young lad in Baghdad, wearing his Toon top, proud to be sporting Shearer’s name, they could be regarded as strong.

    That kid wouldn’t have known whether the day he waxed lyrical about his team, Newcastle United, would be his last but and despite all of the killing abd hate around him, he got on with it. That kid was a hero.

    Can anyone say that those who seen to thrive on the negatives are heroes? No chance.

    It’d be nice if that young Iraqi lad could be traced and brought over to SJP on match day and meet his hero, Shearer.

    I wonder if he’s traceable, if in fact he survived all of that shit which is really shit compared with the fare that the whingers post about!

    Get things into some perspective eh, ut could be worse!

  • 132 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    IanTOON
    to add to your posts here is what the Halls and Shepherds took out of the club when they floated it – Scary
    rom big spenders to big earners

    Since Newcastle United were floated on the Stock Exchange in April 1997 the Hall family and Freddy Shepherd have earned from the club as follows:

    Sales of shares by Cameron Hall, Sir John and Douglas Hall’s company:

    December 1998 Sold 6.3% to NTL: £10m

    December 1999 Sold 3.26% to NTL: £5.28m

    December 1999 Douglas Hall sold 0.39% to NTL: £0.57m

    June 2003 Sold 11.4% to Newcastle United itself: £4.5m

    Total earned by Hall family in sales of Newcastle United shares £20.35m

    Sales of shares by Freddy Shepherd Nil

    Shepherd and his brother, Bruce, have increased their shareholding, via their company, Shepherd Offshore, from 7% at the time of flotation to 28% now

    Dividends paid by Newcastle United plc to shareholders 1998-2005

    Total to Halls: £13,698,280

    Total to Shepherds: £5,489,239

    Salary packages paid

    Year Hall Shepherd

    1999 £23,533 £23,533

    2000 £35,000 £75,000

    2001 £110,000 £232,868

    2002 £524,257 £591,639

    2003 £591,667 £668,920

    2004 £635,465 £717,145

    2005 £495,951 £552,954

    Total £2,415,873 £2,862,059

    Totals made from Newcastle United 1999 to 2005

    Sir John, Douglas and Cameron Hall: £36,466,153

    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

    Total £44,817,451

    Figures compiled with assistance of Ian Ferguson from http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk

    Totals made from Newcastle United in a 6 year period

    Sir John, Douglas and Cameron Hall: £36,466,153

    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

    Total £44,817,451
    That equals over &7 million per year

    AND

    In summary what Shepherd left was a club that was losing over £30m a year, had debts of £70m, had no assets they could borrow more money against, and had a set of players on long, lucrative contracts. Ashley can get rid of the debt but the £30m annual losses with over paid players will take longer to sort out.

    READ?THE?FACTS at http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk
    if the above website is styill viable

  • 133 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Lesh

    While that sentiment can be shared, you also need to put into perspective that this is a football blog, and is designed for discussions, both negative and positive, about NUFC.

    If we begin to compare Newcastle United with war, politics and religion, then this entire blog, not just the views of ‘neggars’ loses all credibility and we all may just as well stop commenting.

  • 134 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Pertinent points from book review pasted by Ian Toon

    # calls for improved governance
    # promotional vehicle for his own regional interests
    # cash cow for his other businesses
    # abandoned corporate governance best practice when they removed independent directors from the board in favour of the majority shareholders’ nominees
    # draining the club to the point of financial chaos, to their own personal benefit
    # £144 million

    Still has a lot of relevance.

  • 135 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    How on earth did Swansea beat us, they were nothing short of pathetic against Hull.

    Laudrup has be one of the most overrated managers around… the Rodger’s influence is starting to wane away, and what is being left behind is not looking good.

  • 136 John Tudor // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    fixer out

  • 137 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Ian Toon @ 125,

    Very interesting.

    Hall and Shepherd took out £144M.

    Ashley has put the same in as an interest free loan. Bit of a difference.

  • 138 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Ancientcoptic

    Laurup is so overrated that he was able to achieve something at Swansea that the 99% of us on here have never seen…………………….and thats us lifting a trophy.

  • 139 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Ruddy @ 86

    Read my post @81 properly to answer your own question.

  • 140 Ciaran // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Bills

    Of which he will take out…

  • 141 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    bills-son

    He may have given the club a £130 million interest free loan, but he will get that money back one way or another if not more

  • 142 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Ashley has every right to take his own money out.

    Did Hall and Shepherd have every right to take out £144M of fans and sponsors money?

    That is the question.

  • 143 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    ruddy

    There is a very strong case for change in club ownership and not just the Toon, to be more inclusive of the supporters – as per Bundesliga model – but not just for change’s sake. Another billionaire owner just equals more oligarchy – which is scarcely an improvement.

    When you defend previous owners whose cockups and misdemeanours have since come to light you do your case substantial damage .

    As does your attack dog mode of posting. We can disagree and argue the points with equanimity and you would be more persuasive as a result.

  • 144 mindshaft // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    To be honest I find this whole Ashleys in it for the money a bit pathetic – of course he’ll get his 130 million back, it was a loan
    Shepard and Hall took 144 million out of the club without putting anything in – thats quite a difference!
    I’m not an Ashley defender and he’s done more than enough wrong but to try and paint Sheperd and Hall as saintly is rewriting history, they were terrible chairmen who basically raped the toon of cash for themselves, put none of their own cash in and any players bought were just put onto the debt of the club
    They also still made a pretty profit when they sold to Ashley

  • 145 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    bills-son

    It’s a moot point as until Ashley is long gone we will have no idea what he has taken out of the club.

  • 146 mindshaft // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    good result for toon tonight – keeps a nice gap between us and bottom half of table

  • 147 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    A high point of Pardews career for me was a cold and foggy monday night game in 11-12 season at Stoke where we out stoked them. Showed the grit and determination to close them down, pressure them into mistakes and Ba had a hat full of chances. I think the final result was 1-2, very tense and but exhilitrating. There has been more glamorous games and games with more amazing goals but for some reason it sticks in the mind.

  • 148 yo-yo // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    mindshaft

    Aye good result – but puts our poor showing at the Liberty into sharper relief. Hull aren’t that bad an outfit – I reckon they’ll probably stay up this season

    Share your views on Shepherds and Hall too.

  • 149 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    JB,

    True, but Hall and Shepherd never got the scrutiny or criticism when at the helm that Ashley does now.

  • 150 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    bills-son

    Come on now mate, Hall Jnr and Sheppard were slaughtered over a multitude of things during their tenure. Sir John may have been spared but I’ve seen more demo’s outside SJP through those two idiots than Ashley has ever received.

    I don’t think we’ve had a good owner in either Ashley or Sheppard/Hall Jnr to be honest as all of them are/were only interested in what’s in it for them.

    Ashley would be spared most of the negativity aimed at him if he were just a little more open, honest and transparent with his aims for the club

  • 151 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    watched quite a lot of french and german football on friday and sunday on bt sport and espn .what a contrast .german football is more similar to us.the french is slower less fans and you would think any player there would jump at the chance to play for us. gomis came on as sub after playing midweek and scored a very well taken goal in the 20 mins he was on he looked good as well. thauvin looked good for marseille but not many others.it was strange watching monaco .after spending so much money to win 1 0 against a bottom team who were smaller physically and had a player sent off and in front of about 5000. nolan roux who we were linked with a while ago and is a close friend of one of the newcastle players played well an old fashioned center forward but was booked for diving in the box when he was fouled twice and there was certainly more contact than with chicarito or some man u free kicks. lille who roux plays for are not good for a team who were second in the league before sunday

  • 152 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    70TWO – we won 3- 1 and Ba scored a hat trick against the club where he had failed a medical. Funnily enough it was at this game that I felt Pardew was going to do a good job.

  • 153 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    JackButler – as I said, the longer time goes on… the more Brendan Rodgers’ effect wears off.

    Go take a look at Swansea’s last 20 games. Then tell me Laudrup isn’t overrated.

  • 154 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Swansea won 1 game out of the 10 last games of last seasons Premier League…

    They have won 5 out of the first 15 this season, and the football is slowly but surely switching from La Liga style football, to badly executed high balls.

    Forgive me if I do not gush over Laudrup for making ONE good signing.

  • 155 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    6 wins in the last 25 Premier League games. Impressive LOL.

  • 156 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Ian Toon
    Thanks for clarification, it was a point of upward trajectory certainly and there have been a few more grinding wins since! I suppose the depressing losses and tactical failures, have been balanced out with some considerable wins along the way.

  • 157 Ian Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    yo-yo- having reviewed your posts. Your main point – not change for change’s sake, I agree with and for the reasons you state. The biggest failing of the T4C action group, is that they don’t have a mission statement. As a result your left with the devil you know type scenario.
    Too many egos and not enough strategists.

    My father compares it to the ” Sack the Board” ineffectual chanting during the Gordon McKeag era which went on for years before Sir John took an interest.

  • 158 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I get the impression from contributors that just before SJH came in local fans started to buy shares in the club, then under the influence of the local press sold them back to the club. Does any one have more precise details?

  • 159 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    If the best thing people can say about Ashley is look what Shepherd and Hall took, then it doesn’t really paint a good picture, good results will always make for less complaining, there wasn’t many haing a pop when we finished fifth, but that decision not to strengthen in the summer we qualified for Europe was nothing less than gross misconduct.

  • 160 jimmysmith // Dec 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I don’t feel a shred of embarrassment over those who marched, far from it.

    Although I do admit to having winced more than once when the odd voice in the crowd has turned viciously on its own, but again, don’t imagine those who do that to be largely representative of T4C, or even likely to be actively in support of it.

  • 161 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    If good results carry on and investment is made in January then Time 4 Change has done it’s job,if however we qualify for Europe, and Collo, Cabaye, Remy and Shola leave without being replaced a whole new wave of protest will begin.

  • 162 Greebol1892 // Dec 10, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Sir John Hall was a very astute businessman AND had passion about the Toon.

    However, he went down in my estimation after his terrible rendition of “We Are The Champions” during our promotion celebration…. shocking!

  • 163 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Greeboll,
    It’s a shame he took so much money out of the club, he did turn us from a corrugated shed into one of the finest stadiums in Europe but I don’t know how he justifies taking so much.

  • 164 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Alot of people have seem to take to my post man ure speech so I will repost it so more can read… It excites me that so many of my Geordie brothers feel the same way! Hwtl!

    I have been a regular on this blog for 6 years now, since I first discovered it in a hospital in Germany after getting blown up for the last time in my army career….I have been a newcastle supporter since a young Iraqi kid I met on patrol in Baghdad who was wearing an Allen shearer strip told me all about the legend and newcastle united and the greatest supporters in the world the toon army. ( Ed did a story on me back in 2009 if you care to hear the whole story I’m sure it’s in archives) my point is I am an American from little rock arkansas who has been in love with newcastle and the Geordies for ten years and in those ten years I’ve seen the ups and down, mostly downs… Lol but hey that’s the toon and it makes the ups that more special…. I didn’t marry newcastle for the trophies lol…. I know there are lads on here who live on tyneside and have spent 30 or 40 years following the toon, and new fans just in the courting fase wih newcastle from all walks of life and all parts of the globe… I used to post on here everyday but now I mostly just read eds greats stories because I can’t take the Man U like fans that come on this site, right now everyone is soaring and rightly so I’m 30,000 feet me self!!! But go back and read the comments from the match on Saturday…in the first half you had dummies calling for the gaffers head, bashing colo our flipping capo and one of the most consistent players we have bad since the drop, you had some horrible stuff being said about our lads who were bleeding black and white at old trafford and spilled their guts for a glorious 3 points that was worth 41!!!!! The point behind all this is criticism is fine and getting upset is expected during rough patches, but there is a line… Some of you lads need to take a long look in the mirror and remember what makes are club so special that a dumb ya I infantryman instantly fell in love wih it at first sight!!!! It wasn’t just sir bobby, or shearer, or the blue collar roll up your sleeves attitude of not only the team but the city, the people the supporters, mixed with the flair of ginola, tino, the class of shearer and wor Jackie…. The fire of Keegan and the entertainers!!!! Man it was combination of it all that goes in a pot and makes a Geordie stew so strong and potent and intoxicating (and lethal to mackems) that a dirt floor poor kid like myself thought, man, this is what a football club is suppose to be!!!! So lads please just think about some of what I’ve written and maybe take a trip down memory lane yourself and remember what it means to be a Geordie. Ever wonder why players like Carroll and ba can be giant slayers in the black and white and utter rubbage anywhere else, there is just something special about newcastle united that you can’t even whisper a word for what it is for fear of losing it!!!! Howay the lads!!!!

  • 165 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    From last story on cabs…

    I think there is quite a bit of truth to that interview…. I think last year took a toll on cabs if I’m honest and for a lad who is used to competing for titles in France not playing to avoid the drop and with the shananigans and horrible summer window from our owner he probably thought like the rest of us that this season may be more of the same when we got started…. I think he was down and got his head turned by Vanger the biggest hypocrit who is the first to cry foul if somebody does something to arsenal, but he waits until the day before the season opens to rattle cabs in hopes we would rid ourselves of the trouble and let him to on the cheap… He is as bad as the bloody bindippers!!!! I think now that cabs sees we have a squad fit to compete and we have something to play for and how well he is doing with France he will at least see the season out!!!

  • 166 Greebol1892 // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    JFA

    Agreed – still no defense for taking so much out but it’s happened.
    Even though we came from a shed, would still love to have a standing section….even though I can’t get to the ground anymore (exiled) …. ah… heady days of mediocre/canny football, boardroom-siphoning and pi$$ing in a few pockets.

  • 167 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    One last thing, it has been wrong of me to not hang around and post on this blog over the last year… Even if I think some people get completely insane with their remarks I owe it to the toon and to the toon army to stay and have my say and support out club so for that I apologize and I will commit my future to nufcblog as long as Ashley will cover my weekly wages of 1 American dollar(which isn’t much these days)… He prob won’t pay so ill stay for free!!! Hwtl

  • 168 John Tudor // Dec 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    all owners are greedy beggars some more greedier than others

  • 169 John Tudor // Dec 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    you have to fight for the right to party

  • 170 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    JT…I think either you are more greedy. or just plain and simple greedier?




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