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.
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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