Cheick Tioté wants out as Pardew limps on

Cheick Tioté celebrates by sprinting to the substitutes bench

Tioté – Even he has begun to point the finger at the extremely poor manager in charge of Newcastle United

When Peter Crouch easily rose above captain Fabricio Coloccini to nod home what turned out to be Stoke City’s winner, it was all too familiar for Newcastle United fans. There wasn’t despair, no head in hands, no tears. A sense of acceptance swept through a wet Brittania Stadium. Then, as per the last few games, chants and banners dominated the TV screens as the majority of Newcastle supporters voiced their anger, and demands to the away dugout. The message was clear, Alan Pardew is finished, his relationship with the real fans of this club, irreparable. Lining out in their third kit, the eleven Toon players on the pitch tried desperately to garner an equaliser. Our right-back, Daryl Janmaat coming closest with a fierce effort from outside the area. Our forward line was blunt, a certain chemistry nowhere to be seen. Rémy Cabella tried to show his creativity by running around Stoke players, but alas, nothing gave. At half-time, in typical Pardew style, he didn’t go offensive, merely replaced an anonymous cog in the Toon forward line, bringing on an unfit Papiss Cissé for an underwhelming Emmanuel Rivière.

The men in Navy and Green battled on, desperately seeking to restore parity. It was the energetic, and clearly passionate local lad, Jack Colback that summed up the night in Stoke with a rasping left-footed strike from four yards out. It smashed against the … Continue Reading …

Hull City collapse prolongs Pardew’s painful stay

Alan Pardew paints a distressed figure on the sideline at St. James' Park

Pardew – Has publicly thanked players for helping temporarily save his job after mounting two goal comeback

The atmosphere promised to be toxic. That very word had been bandied around the offices of every media outlet covering Newcastle United ahead of their home encounter with Hull City. The SackPardew campaign had gone down seamlessly and was going nicely up until kick-off. As crowds filtered into St. James’ Park, security guards confiscated hundreds of banners and posters, despite the protesters being given a written go-ahead from the club and the local police. In true Mike Ashley style, promises were broken and in the end, the protest did not achieve its full capacity within the stadium. The 5th minute was greeted with some murmurs for the crowd, whilst at various intervals during the game, Pardew was reminded of his place. However, even when trailing 0-2, Newcastle supporters never caused huge uproar. Dare I say, it probably didn’t even reach the levels of the side’s last win at St. James’ Park, when they saw off a beleaguered Cardiff City.

Perhaps it was the true nature of the Newcastle United supporters that shone through. They urged the players on and acted as the infamous ’12th man’ when Papiss Cissé grabbed one back with just minutes remaining. When the Senegalese forward tapped home his second to restore parity, for the most part, SJP erupted. It was a spirited comeback … Continue Reading …

Fabricio Coloccini acts as Pardew’s mouth-piece ahead of crunch clash

Fabricio Coloccini looks dejected as Newcastle crumble against Manchester City

Coloccini – Spouting more nonsense ahead of a make or break day for Alan Pardew at St. James’ Park

With less than 20 hours till Newcastle United play host to what is expected to be the most toxic atmosphere in the club’s history, club ‘captain’ Fabricio Coloccini has called on supporters to come out and give the team their full backing when they take to St. James’ Park against Hull City. Coloccini, who arrived on Tyneside in 2008 under Kevin Keegan has gone on to become on of Newcastle’s finest defenders in recent years, however, over the past 12 months, the Argentine has lost the respect of a considerable number of supporters, including myself. A failed attempt at forcing a move back to his native Argentina was the start of rocky road for Fabricio, but today he has reached new levels ahead of the clash with Steve Bruce’s men at 3pm on Saturday.

As manager Alan Pardew potentially prepares for his final ever game as manager of this fantastic football club, Coloccini has taken time to urge supporters to come out in force tomorrow and provide a positive atmosphere.

The 32 year-old has called on fans to rise above the planned anti-Pardew protests and emit encouraging vibes as the Magpies attempt to secure their first three points … Continue Reading …

Alan Pardew knows he is nearing the end of his time at Newcastle United

Alan Pardew grimly watches Newcastle fall to Southampton

Pardew – Knows that his time is limited on Tyneside & relationship with supporters is irreparable

I have often felt some sort of empathy towards Newcastle United managers in the past who have been shown the door at St. James’ Park. In fact, in years gone-by, ‘revolving door’ became a common buzzword on Tyneside when talking about managers. Realistically, Sir Bobby Robson should never have been sacked in 2004 after the club drifted just outside the Champions League places. From then on, things just got worse. His replacement Graeme Souness couldn’t hack it in the North-East, although certain personalities in the dressing-room made it even more difficult for the Scot to succeed. Then came along Glenn Roeder who did a decent job overall, but inevitably he didn’t have the quality to bring the club to the next level. Then came Sam Allardyce, and then Mike Ashley appeared. He fired Sam, recruited Keegan before forcing his resignation, appointing Alan Shearer, the he was eventually replaced by the gentlemanly Chris Hughton.

Of course as you might have guessed, Hughton was sacked despite leading NUFC back to the Premier League in historic fashion. It was a move from Mike Ashley which I felt was mistimed, and showed little loyalty to a man who had saved his asset from financial ruin.

Now, it is that loyalty which is killing this football club. Hughton’s replacement, Alan Pardew has lost the support of the majority of Newcastle United fans, and … Continue Reading …