Newcastle Need More Imagination And A Cutting Edge


It seems that Crystal Palace’s defense is significantly better than Fulham’s – who have the worst defense in the Premier League and have conceded 65 goals this season, whereas Crystal Palace have only conceded 38, two less than Newcastle, but of course their problem is that they have only scored 19 goals all season, and that’s the worst scoring record in the Premier League.

But it says something that we couldn’t score against Fulham last week – so what are the chances of scoring against Palace, who will come and park a couple of buses in their penalty area tomorrow, and waste time from the first minute of the game.

tony pulis Palace manager

Tony Pulis – Crystal Palace manager

This is what manager Alan Pardew has said on the Newcastle web-site today about Tony Pulis and his London side:

“Tony’s confidence and ability has pulled that team to within a fighting chance, because now they have a fighting chance of staying up. They’ll be showing that on the pitch,”

“They were very good at Sunderland, very resilient.” “They had a good performance at Sunderland, and I don’t expect them to be much different really,”

“They will be fighting and scrapping, and Tony’s teams are always very, very sure in terms of their jobs, and we need to come up with some more imagination than we did against Fulham, and some more cutting edge to our play.”

“Most of our play was pretty good against Fulham, but the last third, unfortunately, wasn’t good enough.”

Alan used to play for Crystal Palace from 1987 through 1991, and with Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux both potentially back tomorrow, and hopefully the creative younger Adam Armstrong also on the bench, we will have more creativity in the side than last week.

Last week we plodded through the game, without much enthusiasm or energy, but still created two golden opportunities that Papiss Cisse managed to miss.

We cannot do the same thing tomorrow, and a win is what we want to see – and it will be another double this season, if we can do that.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

120 comments so far

  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Meanwhile actual pressing news is going on around us. Mike Ashley is planning to sell ground around St James Park that will ensure that the club will never EVER be able to expand beyond its current capacity.

    Newcastle United Supporters Trust seemed to be on the ball breaking this news story here’s a link to the article;

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/mike-ashley-accused-selling-newcastle-6858859

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Ciaran…I heard about this a few weeks ago, although at the time it was called a “rumour”.

    Not sure shocked is the right word for what I feel about it.

    Out of interest, do you have any idea how much this “multi million” deal actually is? Just wondering what Ashley values any potential growth at?

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh, I meant to ask, how on Earth did you manage to write that Huff article after being booted off? How very sneaky of you!

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    On thread…It is good to hear that you noticed a lack of cutting edge during the Fulham game. It is also good to hear that you realise we need to improve on that against Palace tomorrow.

    What would be interesting to know is, have you done anything different with the players this week to prepare and enable such difference to actually occur?

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza

    It is high value ground, any deal would be a multi-million pound one, but for a billionaire like Ashley this is small change and will not actually serve to make the club money in the long run.

    Having the ability to expand our current capacity by the Gallowgate – which is the only realistic place we can expand – would ensure that as clubs grow around us – Liverpool and Everton will surely be looking at new stadia in the next 10-15 years. Therefore, if this ground-sale goes ahead, the only options available to NUFC is to maintain our current capacity or move!

    Any delusions that some people have that Ashley is not gambling with the future of our club, or that he is not asset stripping are well and truly shot out of the water now.

    0
  • stan anderson

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    With regards to a post by WHUMPIE yesterday,all i am saying is i no longer have the pride in my team i used to have.
    This is down to Ashley and his yesman Pardew not wanting anything other than PL survival for the cash rewards.
    I have watched the Toon since the the late 50,s and have witnessed some terrible times,but i always had the hope of winning a trophy of some sort.
    Not even competing to win trophies now under this shower in charge of my club.
    Even the Mackems are showing ambition and spending on the team,(HA HA)
    ,

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Ibiza

    As for the Huff Post article, I begged them to take me back after I took an emotional intelligence test (apparently you need to take one of them before you’re allowed to write for Huff Post) and when I passed with flying colours the un-booted me…

    Truth is, Ian was talking out of his bottom. I was never booted off, just swamped so I couldn’t maintain Uni work, my own blog as well as writing regular articles for Huff.

    0
  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8

    ciaran

    Not sure of this but from the image the land is over a road and some distance away (as in too far for a stand to go back, i might be wrong)

    could we not expand upwards on the current land we have the stadium on without the need to go much further backward with building.

    I’m no architect so don’t know if that’s possible or even written well enough to make sense.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Ciaran…I get that it would be high value land, that is a given, was more curious if anyone had an actual approximate figure, as “multi million” is quite an open term.

    Even if we take Ashleys personal wealth out of the equation for a minute, it’d be interesting to see how this amount of money compares to his current investment in the club. My guess is, it doesn’t even make a dent and this should seriously make those not already questioning, start to question what he is really up to at Newcastle.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Sage

    According to those who are in the know about issues like these, if a high rise building (office blocks, university accommodation, casino etc) was built on that land, the Gallowgate stand could not be extended.

    Stadiums do not simply go straight up, they have stanchions which come out and I would believe that is where the issue is.

    In simple terms – if this sale goes ahead, we will never be able to expand the Gallowgate.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    I’ve spoken to a number of people with more expertise in this area and they believe that it will be millions but way under tens of millions.

    So from that I gleaned that it is more than 1 million, but most likely less than 5 million. In the grand scheme of things what exactly is NUFC getting from this sale of land – if anything!?

    0
  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/702819286?-11058

    Well no arma for awhile at least, but let’s give benny a chance and not 15 fcukin minutes like usual the arrogant silver tongued t**t

    Ciaran
    Totally agree mate, as I said earlier if they didn’t have proof enough that the man is a cancer in this club then nothing will open their eyes!

    0
  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    ciaran

    Thanks. Obviously I knew something had to go out to balance the going up, but just didn’t know how far or if it could be done on existing land.

    I’d like to see the land kept as the value is chicken feed in the grand scheme of things but it’s importance is high.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Ciaran…Why couldn’t you maintain all of those things? Honestly, I expect more from you 🙂

    TS…If only we knew an architect on here….I have no idea about this particular bit of land, but there will be a cap on how high the current structure is allowed to go and it may well be that the current stadium is at maximum capacity. I would imagine the previous plans would have been to do exactly that if it were possible though.

    0
  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Ts

    As we said earlier he is not arsed in the slightest and is willing to gamble Nufc’s future potential in order to make a quick buck, it’s this short sightedness that has been his downfall with us fans in my opinion nit that he’s bothered one bit

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza

    Well truth be told, I could maintain all those things, but I’m in Newcastle and the night-life is too good haha Seriously though, have my fingers in many pies (not a euphemism…) and sometimes certain things must go by the wayside.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Ciaran…If it is under £5m, then I really want to know the thinking behind how getting that cash in is beneficial to the club in the long run.

    No doubt the issue can be raised in the next fans forum and then dwelt up until the land is already sold.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Ciaran…You best not have your fingers in Ashleys pies…that’s a big no no 🙂

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Transfer Sage

    I hope given how active NUST appeared to be in breaking this story I hope this is them thrusting themselves back into the forefront of fan’s issues and championing these causes in order to become relevant in the eyes of the NUFC support. We need people from all angles who are willing to fight Mike Ashley.

    We need these fans groups to continually make the point that the future of our club must be protected, because it will be us who are left to deal with the consequences after Ashley has gone.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza

    I wonder if the issue will be raised at the next Fans Forum – it should be but unfortunately I fear that the question can be raised, swept under the carpet and forgot about.

    You know that everyone on the Fans Forum for this season must give up their seat and allow new people to sit on it next season? Seems like a good idea, but all it does it create a new set of supporters whom the club can hoodwink and deceive all over again.

    0
  • eric

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    The way the club is going down sizing would be a better option.

    0
  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Ciaran, from your own link, a commenter George Boyle makes a point worth considering:

    “To be Honest, i don’t’ see a problem with this? If the money is invested back into the club whats the big deal? There is no way we can expand the stadium into that land anyway! There is a main road, and a metro station in the way! No council will ever allow any expansion plans of that section of the stand. Making a mountain out of a mole hill here”

    Any answers for that?

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Ciaran…You would expect, or at least hope, that as these fan representatives cannot sit again next year, then they will have nothing to fear about asking an important question such as this.

    I didn’t think it was everyone involved in the forum that would change, but only certain seats, but most certainly could be wrong on that…there has to be a first time for everything 😉

    0
  • guvnor

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Old Ashley is a proper villain flogging the clubs future as well as its present, the geezer needs straightening out big time.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Andy…Two things, the first being “if the money is re-invested” and the second being, who is this person that made the comment? Do they know or are they qualified to know what the council will or wont pass?

    It may well be the case and if it is, I’d expect the club to release a letter from the council explaining their reasons for such refusal.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Andy

    I refer you to Ibiza’s answer. “IF” the money is invested back into the club? IF it was, and that is a big IF, the money is barely enough to buy one squad player.

    Are you telling me you would happily gamble with the future expansion of our club for the possibility of signing someone like Obertan?

    You are also second guessing the council. NUFC owns the land, and even if it meant waiting until the rest of the 125 year lease was up before being able to expand at least we’d have the option.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Also, the Gallowgate can expand up. Not outwards on to the road. I’d have thought that level of thinking was implied…

    0
  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza firstly, any money Ashley makes is good for us long term as it either means if we go down again he would have to pump money back in to make us an attractive, top flight prospect for buyers.

    Secondly, it’s obvious for anybody who has been at the ground that a main road, above a Metro station. On top of that, the council have a stance against Ashley noted by the street signs still displaying SJP when he changed the name, with some public letters opposing him.

    Anyway we get 52,000 regularly, is anybody actually surprised or even angered by the revelation Ashley isn’t here long term and doesn’t want to give another 8,000 fans a chance to chant against him?

    0
  • guvnor

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Somebody should organise a protest march against this geezers lack of respect for Geordieland and its affinity with the club. The geezer is taking the club and fans to the cleaners with his cheapskate attitude.

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30

    SHOCK NEWSFLASH.
    Futuristic technology has been discovered on the continent -it is understood the same technology does not exist in the UK.
    Link is to an image of Athletico Madrids’ Calderon stadium with a road (motorway) going underneath the stand. Wow -space age technology:-
    http://i34.tinypic.com/mszd0.jpg

    0
  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Ciaran if it was built up then we wouldn’t need the land anyway – you’re contradicting your own opinion.

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Andy

    Do a little bit more reading on that exact point that Transfer Sage raised before you, little bit of a scroll and then come back to me.

    0
  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza, Ciaran – the land was help by NUFC which was bought by Mike Ashley through a “Holding Company” which is ultimately owned by Mash Holdings which is Mike Ashley’s personal company.

    The land was transfered from NUFC to Mash Holdings and is now up for development; Mash Holdings will take the profit, NUFC will get nothing whatsoever!!

    Yes, its Asset stripping from the club, but MA owns it and obviously doesn’t think he should pay NUFC for the land it owns, as he owns the club!!

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Andy

    So Ashley is selling the ground so that more NUFC fans can’t chant against him? The 52,000 who trudge into SJP don’t seem to do much chanting against him so I’m afraid, with all due respect, you’re chatting bollocks.

    Feel free to try and justify the actions of the man who is asset stripping your club and gambling with its future. I’ll take my stance of fighting him every step of the way. It’ll help me sleep better at night.

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #35

    FURTHER SHOCK NEWSFLASH.
    Looks like these bloody continentals are at it again with their “fancy dan” technology – having roads under a stadium. Well not a road in this case but a multi- lane motorway. Well whatever will they think of next. Link is to a photo of the Parc des Princes -PSG’s ground in Paris. It is one of Paris’ main routes.
    http://soccernet-assets.espn.go.com/design05/images/2013/0424/parcdesprincesgeneralviewofmotorway_275x155.jpg

    0
  • Ciaran

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Graeme

    I’m not disputing the logic, but that ground is a part of NUFC. It has been a part of our past, and could be a part of our future but Ashley is crassly flogging it to make a quick buck.

    Why should we sit back and let him do this? When will we say enough is enough? What will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back because I cannot see it happening with such a seemingly apathetic group of fans.

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Andy…Are you for real? Getting in an extra, say, £5m is useful in case we get relegated? If we get relegated Ashley will have to stump up the cash again to protect his investment. We might as well sell Krul this summer, so we have some extra cash to protect ourselves against any future relegation too.

    It’s obvious that what “that a main road, above a Metro station”? Can’t be developed? I’m not overly familiar with the land at all, but as someone who is involved in land development, there are usually ways to deal with council refusals. Granted they’re usually expensive, it depends what the objections are.

    This isn’t about the councils objections to Ashley. It’s about Ashley selling off something that could potentially be extremely beneficial to the club in the future for an amount of money that in the scheme of things, makes little difference.

    No one is asking him to expand the stadium now or during his tenure. Just to not take the clubs chance to do so at some point away.

    0
  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Andy NUFC – to build the stadium out over the existing road is a basically simple engineering problem – in as much as it simply isnt a problem. There is also nothing to stop Strawberry Lane being diverted around the Stand.
    The only thing for sure in all of this – NUFC will receive no benefit whatsoever from any sale and development – it will all go to MASH Holdings!! Times must be getting tight for the poor boy eh!!!

    0
  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Graeme thanks very much for the previous thread comment, but I managed to sweet talk wor lass into a different place and later time, so full match is on for me!

    0
  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Tuff…Bit handy with a bit of photoshop are we? Next you’ll be posting proof that aliens exist!

    Graeme…I remember reading that when this surfaced a little while back, it may well even have been you!

    Basically, it stinks.

    0

You must log in to post a comment.