Newcastle Need Win Today To Lift The Mood And Morale


Newcastle’s statement yesterday on banning the Daily Telegraph and reporter Luke Edwards for two stories he had written in the last two or three days about Mike Ashley selling the club so he could invest more in Rangers, was chilling in its ruthlessness.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

And that makes five the number of papers the club has banned over the last year for reporting stories they did not believe in, or said were  simply not true and the reporters were trying to destabilize the club.

The papers are the Chronicle, Journal, Sunday Sun, Sunday Express and now the Telegraph.

How can Mike expect any good press when he does this kind of thing – and it hardly helps the club and their loyal supporters be full of joy and good spirit at the moment – does it.

The three local papers were banned because of the minute to minute coverage of a Mike Ashley protest in the middle of the City last October by about 200 fans, but that story was not written by any of the sports journalists banned.

The mood right now around the club is not good – and that’s a huge under-statement, and it makes today’s game at the Saints even more important, and a defeat would not be good – let’s just make that point. 🙁

This is what Alan Pardew has said today on the Newcastle web-site about the game today:

“We’ve done well at home but away from home, both times, we’ve been well beaten if I’m honest,” “Therefore I’m looking for a much better showing. It’s a fantastic club – the fans there are brilliant – and I’m looking forward to seeing a few old friends but, more importantly, I’m hoping my team plays with greater urgency than it did the last two times.”

“At St. Mary’s we haven’t done so well and I think there is a certain responsibility to make sure your focus is that much greater when you’ve not performed well.”

“We hadn’t performed very well at Manchester United for more than 40 years and we managed to win there last year, so that’s what we’ll try and take to Southampton – that mentality.”

“They’ve been up and down,” he said, of Southampton.” “They were terrific at West Ham, perhaps not so good the week before, so they’re blowing hot and cold, as teams do at this time of the year.”

“It’s very rare that you can bang three, four, five performances straight out of the blocks, and there are a couple of teams in that position at the moment – Swansea and Chelsea – and they’ll be looking to continue that, but it’s very difficult.”

“Southampton look slightly different, the new manager’s trying to put his own sort of tilt on their tactics and the way they play.” “Their forward line has changed dramatically, but they have good players, and players we know well.”

Newcastle’s big chance today is that the Southampton that shows up is not the good one, and the fact they have been so inconsistent so far this season, gives us some hope.

A win would be great and jt’s what the clubs needs – a draw would be OK, but a win would further sour the mood on Tyneside, from what it is at the moment.

That would not be good.

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6 comments so far

  • mecannylad

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    I wonder what Pardew is thinking as he looks at himself in the mirror this morning.
    I frankly think that he is shitting himself.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Munster and Mick, Hatem is also one one of the most naturally skilful players to come out of France. I don’t care if he’s temperamental. Bellamy was, Romario was. The best managers get utilise them on the pitch and that is what I want to see. Skils, flair, enjoyment and creativity. Already, Hatem got me out of my seat and provided some of the most memorable skill that hasn’t been with us for a number of years.

    I’ve had my season ticket over 20years and I’ve seen Hatem work harder than Robert and Ginola and I loved them too.

    Hatem has had numerous man of the matches for us and his best form came at a time when we attacked playing 433.

    Niafron said the same with his previous clubs.

    So what if Benny challenged Pardew for his crap tactics (supposedly). Thousands will be telling him today and the Hull game. He needs players to stand up to his clueless tactics. A number of other players have too.

    As for MYM. He WAS a centre back with promise and budding reputation that we asked for previously. Upcoming international player and Championship winning captain.

    Played out of position and mismanaged. He’s now back to Serie A runners up, Roma and in the Champions League.

    Pardew wanted rid of both regardless of it being Ashley or not who bring two more in. Of which he said two would come in if two went out. Another lie.

    Puppets out.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    “We hadn’t performed very well at Manchester United for more than 40 years and we managed to win there last year, so that’s what we’ll try and take to Southampton – that mentality.”

    Deary me, a poor Man Utd where the manager was sacked the same year and he’s using their name to compare to our record for the previous 40 years.

    Get out, Pardew, you prat.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Munster Mag,
    I’ve always enjoyed your posts until recently, you generally now start your posts by accusing those you don’t agree with not having intelligence or by using words that suggest they don’t, we know that Pardew wanted a commanding CB and a goal scoring CF and that his fat boss refused to supply them unless they were free and onky wanted 10K a week, the thing that is boiling peoples pi$$ is the fact that he (Pardew) has said that MYM were offloaded to improve the squad, answers to carefully staged questions along with all the other propaganda that he unnecessarily spouts not to mention the complete dross he serves up, you can counter that argument by saying, ‘is he meant to say he’s not happy with our business’ well fcuking Gus Poyet did, and we didn’t see Ellis Short reaching for the gun, a little bit more honesty from the slimy cnut might be appreciated.

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    So the team are taking ” that mentality” to Southampton. Well I’m taking sandwiches but it doesn’t mean we’re going to win.
    Pardew talks drivel – he seems to think the more he says the better it will be. This what crass politicians do to try and win votes. It doesn’t work nor does his tactics. Please just energise the team, select the right players in the right positions in the right formation and let the fans know that we plan to win. It’s not ” Strictly Come dancing”, 1.4 points is no good for a nice spin, it’s about 3 points – it’s called winning , in Pardew’s words ” if I’m honest”.!

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Mecannylad @1

    When Pardew looks in the mirror he utters these words
    “Mirror mirror on the wall
    The Telegraph is banned
    And I’m doomed to fall “

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