What Now My Love – What’s Next For Newcastle?


After the debacle in the transfer market last month, and the humiliating 3-0 defeat by Sunderland at home last Saturday, Newcastle are at a low point of the season and maybe also at a crossroads, although one bright spot is that we are not threatened by relegation this season, as we were at this time last year.

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Alan Pardew – has to get on with it

Ashley made a good move last night by sacking Joe Kinnear, who a vast majority of the fans never liked, especially in the important role of  Director  of Football – and now Mike has a chance to replace him with somebody who will be good in that role,  and can entice players into the club.

And the owner has even received some plaudits today for the action he took last night, and while that’s rare it’s good to see, and it has certainly helped to clear the air a little.

There’s probably not much going to  happen before the end of the season, so its now up to Alan Pardew, his coaching team,  and the Newcastle players to give us back some dignity.

They all need to buckle down and start earning the huge wages they receive – and start playing well – and make up to the Newcastle fans for the double humiliation the dedicated Newcastle fans have suffered this season,  by losing twice to Sunderland.

A number of our better players last Saturday were just hopeless, and not only in the way they played,  but even worse than that they didn’t  show any heart,  and if  players don’t show heart when they play for Newcastle United they should leave the club or be sold.

All players should know that by now.

Our next two games are tough ones, at Chelsea on Saturday, and at home to Tottenham a week tomorrow, when we expect to see the lowest league gate of the season at St. James’ Park.

That’s unless Newcastle can beat Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, which is highly unlikely but possible, after Chelsea outplayed Manchester City at the Etihad last night, and spoiled Manchester’s 100% home league record with a 1-0 win, and it could (should) have been more.

Mike Ashley could help calm things down a lot, by issuing some statement to the Newcastle fans about what his plans are, but we’ve called on him to do that many times before, and he’s never done it – except when he is selling the club. 🙁

Seems like he doesn’t read the blog. 😀

We only want Newcastle to be a top four club as soon as possible, and don’t mind how we do it – either with Ashley as owner or with somebody else as the  owner.

But being a top four club in England must become Newcastle’s number one priority – it’s as simple as that.

And if that happens the fans will probably be happy enough.

Maybe.

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63 comments so far

  • lewisnufc

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    We need to keep in mind that Ashley didn’t sack Kinnear, he resigned!

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  • BandB

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    The departure of two senior executives, our top goalscorer and the “player around whom the team was built” and a relegation avoided by an egregious own goal. All in little more than a year.

    Thank the Lord we at least have stability.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    BandB

    I’d hate to see what Ashley considers instability haha

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  • Our Toon

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    JFK has fallen on his sword then, MA is the root problem, he’s the one who instructed JFK that £8.5m is the most he’ll pay for Grenier. JFK leaving has absolutely no bearing on the direction of our regime, JFK Lambias, Percy will always be bound and gagged.

    Lets not be fickle and rejoice over the departure of JFK, he was never the problem, the guy signing the cheques is the issue. One thing is for certain, Percy should never be allowed to make decisions on signings. NEVER

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  • toon22

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    The fat man is asset stripping.
    Since he cant let the asset wither and die once he has squeezed every drop he will sell for as much as he can.
    The real problems will be for the next owner since we wont have a squad or and assets left let alone the land issue.

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    repost

    We will never know if the Joeker was totally incapable, or fulfilled his targets set down by Ashley. However, if we do not have a press statement setting out the immediate future, then Ashley can be blamed for creating an even greater mess and yet again ignoring good customer relationships. Whether they improve existing roles, move someone over from SD or hire externally, it needs to be done in good time for establishing transfer targets and signing pre-contract agreements.

    As for Pardew, he needs to get off his sulky arse and prove he has a team, rather than a one man band.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    out of interest

    how is he asset stripping

    he bought cabaye ith the view of selling him for more, he would like to do that with all the players

    that has not changed in all the time he has been here,

    under a different manager cabaye would have been worth close to double what he got, I would see it as money lost,

    and you have to look at it other ways too, what if he was not sold but got injured, surely you look at the manager to have back up plans with the squad, the season is long, yet he changed it back to long ball because he had no clue,
    shola or LDJ both unfit, but one has some talent
    santon or hidarra,

    and you also have to look at pardew, he new this was going to happen, there was a deal in place, he kind of delt with it on Tuesday but forgot about it on saturday

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  • Scottiedog

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    @Ed – You may legally want to “amend” your statement saying he was sacked!! Where did you get that from anyway??

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  • isleofmanman

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley wont go away. He can afford not to

    BUT the correct management call is to employ Damien Comolli as Director of Football

    Comolli was responsible for signing Suarez for Liverpool and selling Torres on to Chelsea. Oh – and buying Andy C with some of the surplus cash from that deal. He also brought in Enrique for £5m and Bellamy on a free

    Another signing 23 year old Jordan Henderson has just started negotiations for a new Liverpool contract from next season

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  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Llambias will be back

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  • Scottiedog

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Nicola Cortese for me!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed, it’s out of line giving Mike Ashley credit for sacking him when every other media outlet has him as resigning, your the best blog out there don’t ruin your credibility for sensationalist head lines.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Why should Ashley get ‘any plaudits’ for JK leaving?
    It may be that he has just resigned as the statement said.
    Maybe he’d had enough of the insults coming his way or having his hands tied. Maybe he’s had threats.
    Maybe he’s medically unfit and can’t stand the strain.
    Whatever the reason don’t thank Ashley. He is the reason that idiot was put into a DOF’s job in the first place.
    Whatever is wrong with Newcastle United comes back to the tight, nasty, scheming, unprofessional, greedy and disrespectful owner we have here.
    It wouldn’t matter if we had David Dein as DOF and Wenger as manager, as long as this cancer is at our club we have NO future. I fear the worst for the next few days as I’m sure the megalomaniac will have something unpleasant up his sleeve.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    llambias returning isn’t as daft as some might think…he only walked out as kinnear got too involved with jobs he was doing, like signing douglas.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15
  • stan anderson

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Just had a walk along the road this morning and everyone has a smile on there face,is it the weather i ask, no its because that totally inept DOF.has gone from our club.
    Let, hope we are,nt let down even more by the FATMAN and he brings in another useless cronie of his.
    Please sell and leave us all happier.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17
  • ash1001

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    ED get you facts sorted out who in the hell says JFK was sacked. your making yourself libellous ED – facts please and stop guessing,
    He resigned, maybe just because he was sick of it all, whereas AP hangs about, slanging off the likes of the Man City Manager, getting us stuffed by SAFC, rolled over by Hull ditched Jonas without any reason to the player, + many more, yeh theres the odd victory as well, I accept that.

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  • Coach

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    There is no way Kinnear could ever turn up at SJP again, think about what would happen to him if he did. It could kill him and although some might not agree, it isn’t worth that.

    Ashley has possibly done no more than protect a man he sees as a friend and they have agreed that he should go as quietly as possible.

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    catchy in norway……. Maybe some of our fellow posters research such topics as asset stripping, tax fraud etc, before they end up being hauled through the courts!

    Scottie dog, was Kinnear sacked? Was he given the resign or be sacked option (resignation’s kinder)?

    Read the club statement again. Can you see any of the following words: regret to have to announce: sorry to see him go; thank him for.. etc?

    No? He’s been effectively sacked!

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21

    As anything that Ashley owns, the club is available for sale at the right price. Hopefully the price is lowering and he will sell up and sod off and disappear into the sunset from whence he came.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Wynsleap

    I hear your pain, fella. I fear Ashley may do something totally mental. JFK gone is good news…but since when has Ashley managed to string two good decisions together?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23
  • geordiemark

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    the way I see it that’s 1 out of 3 gone now its just 2 to go

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  • Mint

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    This resignation CAN ONLY be one of two things:

    1) He failed to sign anyone – MA sacked him
    2) His health has took a turn when the pressure mounted

    There is NO OTHER reason why he would leave a highly paid job that takes little effort.

    So lets just hold of the insults in case he did actually have a health issue. Im sure JFK will blab soon if it was a sacking.

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  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #26

    What price we start stringing together a run if good performances following Kinnear’s departure?

    Why? Because Pardew’ll feel like he’s won a long and tiring battle over Kinnear and he’ll really be up for lifting the players.

    I hope!

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    ED “Ashley made a good move last night by sacking Joe Kinnear, ” Not true – Careful

    @Catchy
    I think Cabaye was “Stock”

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    It doesn’t matter if he’s been sacked, walked, pushed out the door, relieved of his duties, told to pack in work for health reasons, decided to spend most of his days down the pub….hes gone.

    Him and Ashley are still mates, auld muckas, in cahoots, as thick as thieves.

    They will be having a good laugh about all this. At whos’ expense? Ours, the fans.

    JFK was employed by Ashley to do exactly what he has done. Mission accomplished. Now off your trot, Joe. Mike will meet you in the pub on Friday. He’s buying.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh

    Who’s going to score the goals?

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  • ash1001

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30

    @lesh #20
    If MA wanted to score possibly a few brownie points, then he would have said ‘sacked’, he didn’t but MA been MA was not going to lower his management style tone by saying things like ‘thank you for your service’ remember he’s the ZERO hours contract guy.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Lesh

    to many have been watching pretty woman,

    and we have way to many sheep that just like to repeat buzz words

    nothing has changed since the guy came here , everything is still the same,

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  • Graeme

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    According to SSN – NUFC have said that Director of F’all Joking Ear will not be replaced.

    The next step? Your guess is as good as any!!

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  • onepeterb

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    A riddle wrapped up in a mystery inside an enigma. Nufc

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  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34

    @lewisnufc: We need to keep in mind that Ashley didn’t sack Kinnear, he resigned!

    Walk before you’re pushed. It looks better on your CV.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #35

    I was going to say if he doesn’t appoint anyone is it another clue he’s planning to sell?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #36

    YAY-Y-Y!!! Indeed, one down 2 to go.

    Maybe JFK’s biggest failing was not getting Pardew to walk.

    Saylor, Santon and Shola will start on Saturday. If something repeatedly doesn’t work the definition of stupidity is to keep doing it. Step forward genius Pardew.

    Cisse, Marveaux, MYM and Bigi will still not be entertained and Pardew will still bleat on about not having a squad!

    Cortese or especially Houllier for D.O.F would be immense . Houllier is highly intelligent, courteous, articulate, has great integrity and is well respected so may not fit in with Ash and Pardew.

    Pardew in charge of transfers would see us get more Obertans, Bents, Tomkins etc

    BenJohnsen

    Yes the squad is littered with many highly technical players, obviously Saylor and Willo apart, but our manager made us hit 194 long balls to Shola!

    It’s Sunderland at home we lost to, not city away, though of course we did that too.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #37

    ErnestHemingway @ 28 – think your’e spot on there.
    Who’s next to come here from Ashley’s drinking or gambling table?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #38

    thump

    come on , CV , he could pick the phone and call anyone and get a job , 🙂

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  • geordiemark

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #39

    the day I care about people like Ashley,kinnear and pardews health matter ill turn into a mackem I don’t give jack shit about there health or anything else for the simple reason they have caused nothing but heatache for the true faithfull of our fantastic club, all I care about is the 3 have to go simple as that

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  • Scottiedog

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #40

    @ Lesh – CLUB STATEMENT:

    Newcastle United can confirm that Joe Kinnear has this evening resigned from his position as Director of Football with immediate effect.
    The Club will be making no further comment.

    You can put 2 + 2 together to get 900 if you want but “officially was not sacked!! So could be libellous to say he was in print!!!

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