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Alan Pardew Linked With Top Management Job

10:13 am, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

It seems being a Premier League manager these days is even more precarious than it used to be,  and two managers got the sack over the weekend, when their teams lost and West Brom’s Steve Clarke is out of a job, and Andre Villas-Boas was sacked yesterday morning, after the 5-0 mauling by Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – staying at Newcastle

It’s maybe less surprising that Vila Boas was sacked after his team lost 6-0 at Manchester City recently,  and to lose by those margins to teams who are battling you for a top four places was unacceptable to Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Chairman.

The Portuguese manager lasted eighteen months at Tottenham, which is nine months longer than he lasted at Chelsea, and now Andre has failed twice in England with two big London clubs.

It was a bigger shock that former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke was sacked after four losses in a row at West Brom, one to Newcastle, but it seems owners and Chairman these days are loath to get anywhere near the relegation zone, without making almost immediate changes to management.

And Sam Allardyce has to be in some danger at West Ham too.

And yes, it’s all because of that big money that’s being handed out in May of every year – between £60M and £100M to every Premier League club.

Alan Pardew is long odds to replace Vila-Boas at 33/1, but there’s no way Alan will be leaving Newcastle – and yes – that will upset some fans who are convinced he’s not good enough for Newcastle.

And that’s after we finished 5th two years ago and this season are in 6th place one point better off than at the same stage two years ago.,

And with the favorite for the role being 67 year-old former England manager Fabio Capello, who is currently odds on for the job, why on earth did Levy ever sack Harry Redknapp, who is nine month younger than Fabio?

Harry was sacked 18 months ago, after he had Tottenham in 4th place in the league table, for the second time in three years.

Harry had Spurs doing great before he got the axe, and it doesn’t look like a good move now by Chairman Daniel Levy, with Harry having QPR at the top of the Championship with 42 points from their 20 games.

We thought it was Harry’s age, but that cannot be true if Levy appoints Fabio Capello.

What do you think?

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84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    To be honest – who cares, its not our problem what Levy does or doesnt do!!!

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Transfer,
    I get you and I often thought why Anita since we have Cabs. But, the latter (as most of the team!) did not show up for a whole year last year and this year he wants out. As a MF general he often gets outplayed by ‘lesser’ opponents. I’d rather build up a long term younger prospect than one who wants out. I guess I’m being overly critical, but Cabs misplaces a lot of passes and tackles and he often wastes attacking options with futile shots.

    Repost:
    I was critical of Anita when he came. Feather light, easily beaten at LB, easily pushed off the ball at CM. BUT, he has improved immensely, provides a reliable option, can hold the ball and dribble (which Cabs can’t) and is more committed to the team than the latter. He’s 24, by the time he’s 27 he’ll be much better than him. Same with Sissoko, in a couple of years he’ll be immense. Yaya Toure (30) was just ok for many years (Olympiakos), look at him now.

  • 3 cyprus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    LB=RB, actually.

  • 4 SuperShearer // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Was Redknapp sacked or was his contract just not renewed? Either way I was glad to see the back of him. Can’t see Spurs going for Pardew, they’ll want someone more glamorous.

  • 5 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I doubt very much Pardew will move. Spurs have major problems off and on the field. Pardew is building a very good team here where, despite what some newspapers and pundits might say, there is harmony and cooperation throughout the club.

    I see similarities between Spurs and Sunderland. Both have spent hugely and brought in a bus load of players all at once. And their clubs wonder why a mixed bunch haven’t gelled quickly in a foreign country, in a foreign team and in a foreign and completely different league. What is interesting is that Italians were instrumental in both spending sprees. Clearly beware of Italians baring gifts!

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Pardew isn’t going anywhere. Who else would give him an 8 year contract? Not sure I’d want him to leave right now either, though we are largely where we should be, given our squad.

    All my gripes about Pardew have largely been addressed even if things like dropping MYM for Colo and sitting on one goal leads for the whole of the second half sometimes still drives me nuts.

    If we did get another manager I think we need to go Latin. watching City and Everton is a joy

  • 7 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    All depends on how Pardew feels he’s being treated by Ashley.

    Doubt Spurs will come in for him as they seem to be in for Laudrup

  • 8 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    A mis leading Headline.

    Where is he linked?

    I am sure one could get oddsfor Alex Ferguson too

  • 9 geordielad880 // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Side to play palace:-

    ————————krul

    Debuchy—–willo———-m’biwa——-santon

    —————-tiote————anita
    ————————cabaye
    sissoko———————————–gouffran
    ————————Remy

  • 10 geordielad880 // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    And would make changes after 60 mins, ben arfa for sissoko, and cisse for anita, and revert back to 4-4-2

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    jack

    I don’t mind anita and think he can develop just i don’t think the lad can spray balls around like cabaye can over 50/60 yards, i don’t see him as solid defensively as tiote and i don’t think he has the drive of sissoko.

    He is a bit watered down if that makes sense, neither one thing nor the other but he has potential to come on. As part of a midfield 3 he is ok, as a 2 i’m not as convinced by him. I don’t think he does much wrong, just don’t think he has that extra bit yet.

  • 12 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Cyprus,

    I believe Anita would get in most Premier League clubs. His problem is Cabaye and Tiote. These two are one of the top midfield pairings in the league and the way they are playing now it would take some serious loss of form from them for Anita to replace any one of them.

    However, as was shown at ManU a three man midfield with Cabaye playing ahead of Tiote and Anita would dominate most teams and would control the game at Palace if all three started with Goof and Sissoko supporting them and Remy upfront.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Ed

    You jump from side to side like anything !!!

    You mention the 5th place and now in 6th but you were as critical as anyone after our showing at Everton and our capitulation at home to Hull and finishing 16th last season, spectacularly losing at home to Reading, Liverpool and Sunderland !

    Now you’re trying to distance yourself!

  • 14 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I hope we trounce Palace this weekend. Not that i dislike them, but i can’t stand Pulis. He is one of those Mark Hughes type managers…. no matter how many they get beat by, it’s “oh, they were lucky with decisions” and “We gifted them fourteen of the 20 goals they scored in the first half” and “If the ref had given us that insignificant throw in on the half way line, we probably would have went on to win comfortably”

  • 15 Charlietoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I just had the thought that the reason he was given an 8 year contract was not because he was good or great, but because he was manager of the year a season or two ago and he will be on a list of managers for other clubs. If someone wants your manager and he has 6 years left on his contract the compensation going to the owner/club is going to be a lot more than if he had one or two years left…. Ashley really knows how to squeeze every dollar doesn’t he?

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Slank

    AVB is Portugese.

  • 17 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Jack @ 8

    All football managers (possibly with the exception of Fergie and Wenger) know that the owners of their clubs have total power over them and when they say jump it’s just a matter of how high.

    But I get the impression is that Pardew has a lot of respect for Ashley because of what he has done in his own business. There was an interesting article and editorial in the latest Sunday Times about Ashley saying that no one messes with Ashley as few, if any, get the better of him.

  • 18 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Rotonda

    to be fair though, since losing away to the Mackems this season, we have only had one bad result away to Swansea. I think this weekends draw v Soton was a good result between two very evenly matched sides. Surely we can’t be questioning Pardews position at the moment?

  • 19 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Rotonda.. sorry, i have just spotted an earlier post where you said your gripes have been addressed re pards. Humble appologies, sir 😀

  • 20 geordielad880 // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    pardew is doing a really good job, and i think i was one of the only people who wanted to stick by him when we were struggling last season, we need stability

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    slank

    thats because in his sports business he is now top dog in the UK for retail and can blow people out of the water due to his buy lots, sell cheap approach.

    He is a clever man in sports retail but not so clever at football club ownership, as can be seen by some of his daft appointments in key positions.

  • 22 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Slank

    Managers are no different to players, if some chairman comes calling offering to pay them double or even treble the wages and offer them a transfer kitty they do not currently get, they have their heads turned.

    Do you think that Pardew likes have Kinnear over him?

    He has been at loggerhead with Carr for some time as well and Ashley and Llambias have both left him out to dry numerous times in the past.

    Stranger things have happened

  • 23 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Rotunda @ 16

    Yes he is but the bloke in charge of transfers is Baldini, who most pundits blame for the mess at Spurs.

  • 24 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    geordielad

    yeah i was also one who wanted him to have another season. I was hoping last year was a blip, and that he could get us back to the top half this year. He will never be a man to take us to a title challenge and i don’t think he is a champs league mananger either. But if we can get into the europa for the next couple of seasons and get some consistency, then id be happy. After that we will need a new guy to make the next step into the top four.

  • 25 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Jack

    I can’t think of anyone who would like JFK over them :O

  • 26 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Markaccus

    It’s not the mouth it comes out of but the mind it goes in to 😀

  • 27 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I wonder how many people vomited on their computers after that comment :p

  • 28 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Jack @ 22

    I suppose that if I was put in charge of an organisation in an industry I’ve never been involved with before I would be very surprised if I never made a daft decision. Ashley is not infallible.

  • 29 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Jack

    I never claimed to have an ordinary mind lol

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Slank

    Knew there’d be a catch . D’oh!!

    Good point, well made.

  • 31 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Slank

    There is a difference between “not infalible” and “complete clusterf**k”,

    When it comes to football decisions, Ashley falls into the latter imho D

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Slank

    Commolli too while we’re at it.

  • 33 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Slank

    None of us know how the relationship between Pardew and Ashley truly stands as we know little to nothing of the inner workings of the club, but Pardew, like every other manager could easily see things as being better for him elsewhere.

    For the record I don’t think he will leave us but anything is possible in the modern game

  • 34 wolfshead@toon // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    well done to pards being inducted into the racism hall of fame along with his prem managerial awards do they count as silverware? :-)

  • 35 roy // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    We aren’t that lucky and Spurs aren’t that desperate to employ Pardew. I’m waiting for him ruling himself out, that is always a sign he had no chance in the first place.

  • 36 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Jack @ 33

    Completely agree with you except I don’t see Pardew having his head or pocket turned by Spurs money. I see very little difference between Levy and Ashley.

    I suppose it’s a case of the ‘grass is always greener’ against the ‘devil you know’!

  • 37 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Look at it this way.

    Pardew is reported to be on 500k p/a
    The last two Spurs managers have both been on roughly 4 million a year and Big Sam is reported to be close to 3 million a year

  • 38 Burni // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    There’s no way he would go. The spurs chairman wouldn’t want him as he knows the negative tactics would go down poorly with the fans. Also pardew is safe for another 6 years here. Why would he leave?

  • 39 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Rotunda @ 32

    Let’s hope that Carr doesn’t rename himself Carrolinio!

  • 40 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Slank

    There’s a world of difference between Levy and Ashley

  • 41 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Wilfried Zaha…NO THANK YOU! Seeing another loan player start for us while one of the league’s most talented players sits on the bench would make me physically sick!

  • 42 wolfshead@toon // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    avb s tactics havent gone down well with the fans the only time spurs were worth watching was when ykw was playing for them

  • 43 Blofal // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The whole idea of an 8 year contract was that he can’t be poached. Its a nothing story.

  • 44 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    So many chairmen do not give managers enough time. AVB had a whole new team and non of them had premiership experience. Now a new manager will come in and maybe not want to play Lamela & co and they will not adapt. I think steve clarkes sacking was ludicrous. WBA have mediocre players. Why does their chairman expect them to do well. I think teams have seen Swansea and Southamptons success with spanish managers and will be thinking they can do the same.

    I dislike Pards, but well done to Ashley for giving us stability. When it comes for time to replace him, other managers will want to work for Ashley as he will give them time.

  • 45 tequilamag // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    @44 one of the big gripes from Spurs fans is he never played Lamela.

  • 46 Burni // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Tnmw…..

    U really think managers would want to come? Most need a war chest every transfer window…..

    Most have an opinion… Wouldn’t work with ash

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Fellow bloggers
    Do you not think the Spuds will have someone lined weeks ago (Man City Game) before they got rid of ABV

    Anyway Saturday I would play the same team that started at Man ure

  • 48 toonincheek // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    J-B,

    I am not privvy to APs salary but if the resports in the press are close to the truth, maybe only £500 p.a. basic but there is a significant extra dependent on final league position.

  • 49 martoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I could see Spurs being attractive for Pardew.He is supposedly the lowest paid manager in the Premiership so obviously he would get a pay rise, he would get a bigger transfer budget and apparently his family home is still in the South so that would have obvious advantages. However saying all that I really can’t see Spurs being interested 😉

  • 50 JackButler // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    toonincheek

    The 500k p/a will have big bonuses written into the contract but even with that it will get no where near what the other managers are being paid and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Spurs and West Ham managers also have bonuses written into their contracts as well

  • 51 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Toonincheek

    I heard that most of the playing and coaching staff’s wages were heavily performance bonus supplimented. This was ages ago, like, but cant see much having changed.

    Morning Martoon, hows things?

  • 52 sweendog // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Zaha looks to be a definate .. I think we have used all our foreign or non british based allotment of players .. this olympiakos guy sounds promising though but who would have to be left out.

  • 53 martoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Hi Markaccus – winding down slowly for Xmas -I guess you must be too hence your re-appearance on the blog.
    Football must be one of the only occupations where the workers are paid far more than the managers!

  • 54 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Pardew for spurs.

    Spurs have a chairmen and owner who want their team to do well.

    They know football.

    As well as pardew has done. he is not good enough for us. Nor spurs, not that i care

  • 55 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    * Chairman and an owner *

  • 56 Markaccus // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Martoon

    yeah trying to wind down, but some people at work like to wind us up instead 😀

  • 57 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “I wouldn’t want to loose him and any offer would have to be a lot of money”!!!

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Pardew to spurs is a non starter, they will go for a big name again like they did with AVB I think.

  • 59 croftus5678 // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    if someone offers pards that big pay day and a transfer kitty to challenge the top 6 he will go i have no doubt about that !

    he first came and was great for us then last season he was very poor and this season again things are going well for him but we showed him what we can be like if he starts to lose games with the majority of fans not supporting him and wanting him sacked (so far he’s proved us wrong) but can we expect loyalty to us if we are not loyal to him ?

    i’m not going to worry or speculate same with transfers (what will be will be) and nothing wrong with hoping for what we want but wether we get it is another matter.

  • 60 DokToon // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    good mornign all,

    mark @ 14,

    spit coffee laughing at that :)

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    croftus

    i’m not sure pardew is proving people wrong, many would argue he is doing what any decent manager should do, i certainly wouldn’t say he is over achieving this year.

    but as with all things judge at the end of the season, its the best way. I think he is doing a decent job this year, good but nothing out of the ordinary with the team he has. But can’t criticise a guy for achieving what he should, he is rightly being praised now

  • 62 martoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Markaccus @56 – I’ve a pretty good idea who that is 😉
    This topic has reminded me at the match last Saturday was the first time I’ve heard chants of ‘Alan Pardew’s black & white army’. I would really love Ed to do a poll on Alan Pardew – who wants him to stay and who wants him to go.

  • 63 sweendog // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Looks like from Mercato PSG will move for Cabaye .. just hope he is replaced well ..they’re saying either a big bid in Jan or in the summer .. based on that I reckon it’ll be Jan, teams like PSG don’t hold back when looking a top player

  • 64 croftus5678 // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    @61 ts

    agree

    pards imo has always been an avg manager but i do think he is slowly improving but still has a hell of a way to go imo.

    but saying that we are an avg team and a fair way from the likes of chelsea/manc/arsenal/liverpool and with manu/tot taking a step back imo maybe we have closed the gap a little.

    i said at start top 10 finish so no matter what happens from now (even though i prey for highest place going) top 10 and i will not think we have underachieved.

  • 65 Novocastrian66 // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The thing is with Spurs is their business plan has to be based on Champions League qualification. This looks doubtful, that is why AVB has gone. Their summer signing spree was largely financed by Bale’s transfer, what would not have been financed by the move is the salaries of the ten players signed.
    No doubt Bale was on a canny wack at Spurs, but not enough to pay for ten players contracts, which will no doubt be very lucrative.
    If Spurs fail to get into the Championd League they could go into meltdown.
    Looks like they have gone all in on a pair of two’s to me.

  • 66 martoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Novocastrian66 @65 – Good analysis but probably getting stuffed 6 – 0 at City, 3 – 0 at West Ham and 5 – 0 at home to Liverfool didn’t help either 😉

  • 67 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Hello All!

    Lots to weigh in on today….

    Pards to Spurs? Never going to happen. While Pards may well have his head turned by the prospect of a bigger pay packet, it will never be on the table for him. Levy has to placate a restless group of supporters and the only way to do that is to find a proven winner. Remember how we all felt about Pardew’s hiring?

    Zaha? Bad move for me. He may turn out to be one for the future but he looks absolutely drained of confidence. Why would we want to place a mercenary that belongs to someone else over one of our own. Please stay away from this lad.

    I was thoroughly impressed with our formation and style of play against Man U. With Anita and Tiote holding, it allows Cabaye to push further forward. For me, this is a better option than Shola in a 4-4-2 (although I must say that I thought Shola performed better recently than he ever has)

    Finally….making my first ever trip to Newcastle from Canada. Flying out on Saturday with the family. We have Christmas in York, then up to Newcastle for Stoke and Arsenal. BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!!

  • 68 bills-son // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Novocastrian66

    100% correct.

    Champs Lge for Spurs is a must, the problem is it is also a must for Arsenal, City, ManU and Chelsea and Lpool are need it to keep Suarez.

    That’s 6 must qualify teams for only 4 places. If they don’t qualify the fall out financially and in losing or not signing players can be huge.

    That is the problem for Ashley or any new owner. If you spend big to challenge the top 6 that’s now 7 clubs for 4 Champs Lge places which increases the risk factor further again.

    The Europa Lge just doesn’t generate enough income to make it worthwhile as a fall back position. I might not like it in some ways but I reckon Ashley knows exactly what he is doing with our transfer strategy.

  • 69 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    bills….

    Good thinking. This is a classic risk-reward scenario. An owner like ours will be looking at the situation and saying we can’t afford to try and buy a top four finish. If it happens by chance with what you have, then so be it, but a roll of the dice is not the same as an investment. He’s likely saying we have a nice squad to challenge as high up the table as we can. We’ll take the increased Premier League payout without wagering on it.

  • 70 sweendog // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    bills-son .. yep but ashley needs to invest ..he’s messed up year on year without buying players at the right time to push on .. I hope Jan is not another wasted opportunity ie. if they know Cabaye is leaving get the replaement in, we need a striker, and if Collo is away a good CB .. we’ll see but so far I’m not impressed
    The difference between us and Spurs is that Spurs are trying to push on .. just they bought the wrong players

  • 71 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I don’t think spurs need champions league, remember there is an extra 20-30mil for TV money for the prem league alone, thats equivalent to a good champs league season last year.

    So spurs will have the money to cover it I would have thought.

  • 72 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Sween….I’m certainly no fan of Ashley, but here we are sat 6th top without significant investment. We have a first 11 that is top notch and competition for places. While our transfer policy (or lack thereof) is extremely frustrating, it is hard not to acknowledge that for whatever it is, it has got us to a decent place. Yeah, last January was a panic round of buying but look at the quality. Bottom line is I doubt we will be all that happy come the end of January, but I doubt we will lose anyone. Ashly will price players out of range and then cash in after they have a good show in Brazil (Cabaye in particular)

  • 73 G // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Off topic, a mate of mine is suggesting the Mike Williamson is in line for an England call-up. Based on form and current opta ratings, apparently he is currently the best English centre half in the land. Who would have thought it possible? To make this more bizzare the mate who suggested the England call is a Manyoo fan.

  • 74 isleofmanman // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I’d have taken Steve Clarke in a straight swap. No bother.

  • 75 G // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Also off subject Ed, just read your ‘Health Update from 25th July 2013′, the final line of it states ‘Hopefully by then Newcastle will be in the top six ‘. Two questions, when do you go for your next tests, and also, can you give me 6 random numbers between 1 and 49?

  • 76 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Willo is making believers out of a lot of us, but he won’t get an England call up. He is heart and passion but simply not enough technical skill for the international stage. Having said that, I would love to be wrong and would happily applaud the big lad if he gets the call.

  • 77 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    G

    Willo for England, well I never, as much as I admire the man for how he is playing this is going ott, I realise that this is not your suggestion and that you are only bringing it to our attention, but this is rediculous, but then again England are so poor that it would not surprise me at all.
    As far as Willo goes, yes he is doing a good job for us but he is still the same player that he has been for years, the only difference is that he has had a run of games with Mbiwa as his partner which has brought the best out of both of them, but now that the hopeless Colo is back in Willo does not look as good as he did, Willo has been cursed and has had the misfortune to have the hopeless Colo as his partner, with a decent partner like Mbiwa we see the true Willo who is ok, not brilliant but ok, but what we must not do is over hype what he is doing as we tend to do, Perch to many was superior to Tiote and should have had Tiote’s place in the side, that was pathetic as Perch was only ever ok, as is Willo, personally I would get rid of Colo and replace him with Lescott and have Willo s back-up as that is what Willo should be, we need to be careful that we don’t big him up too much as he is not that good.

  • 78 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/psg-target-3-players-in-january-paul-pogba-yohan-cabaye-juan-mata-lequipe/?

    includes Football Focus interview 30/11/13

  • 79 theartfuldodger // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    It would be absolutely amazing if Willo went to brazil.

  • 80 sweendog // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    scottoon .. yep agreed is not bad but a team the size of ours with our turnover we should be top 10 .. currently we are a top 10 team .. not really a top 6 team as yet IMO .. to be top 6 maybe a striker .. winger and new CB cover for Collo .. then also preparations for anyone leaving .. ashley could definately improve by approving more spend but as ever he is only really a reactive owner .. or tight would be another word for it.

  • 81 sweendog // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    scottoon .. agreed on formation .. playing cabaye highup the pitch is where he plays best .. tiote and Anita are great DM’s with this formation ..

  • 82 kevymartins // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Aidy Mgeady the celtic reject. Give me Jonathan Biabiany quicker any day.

  • 83 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    theartfuldodger @ 79

    ‘It would be absolutely amazing if Willo went to brazil’

    Nutty comment

  • 84 croftus5678 // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    @77 spoof

    i think you have a good point with reguards to willo playing with mbiwa as opposed to collo/saylor !
    willo tends to me the organiser and more vocal player (leader if you like) when he plays with mbiwa but saylor/collo seem to supervise him when they are his partner (maybe willo still thinks himself inferior to them both) i still believe williamson/mbiwa are our best cb partnership though.

    and with willo for england ! well tbh england arnt that great at the back anymore or anywhere across the field tbh so i dont see why not esp if they have a pensioner as a striker.




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