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 …

Mike Ashley unwilling to sell Newcastle at ANY price

Mike Ashley takes in a Newcastle United Premier League encounter

Ashley – Has no desire to sell after claims of the club being up for sale in a recent publication in the Telegraph

Newcastle United have today released a statement on behalf of Mike Ashley dismissing a recent claim by the Telegraph that the English billionaire is looking to sell the club. In a relatively brief statement released on the club’s official website, the publication informed the public of a banning order imposed upon the Telegraph newspaper, and indeed the author behind the articles, Luke Edwards. Mr. Ashley quite clearly did not take well to the recent releases in the age-old newspaper and has decided that Edwards and all staff at the Telegraph are no longer allowed in the grounds of St. James’ Park. As many Newcastle United fans will know, the club’s hierarchy and decision maker (Ashley) has no hesitation in banning media organizations as the Chronicle found out a while back.

However, whatever about the banning order, there is more pressing concerns with the actual content of the statement, and … Continue Reading …