Alan Pardew – What Crystal Palace fans can expect from the self-proclaimed king

Alan Pardew watches on from the Newcastle United sideline

Pardew – Leaves Newcastle United for London after four years of high-speed carnage on Tyneside

I’m not going to lie, it brings me great pleasure to be able to write this article at the start of a new year. Alan Pardew has finally packed his bags and left Newcastle United after four years in charge. I think most NUFC fans were beginning the accept the sad fact that Pardew was not going to be sacked, especially when the club enter a truly horrid period of form at the start of the season. I say fact because that is what it was. There was no chance Mike Ashley was sacking Alan Pardew unless the club tinkered on the edge of relegation from the Premier League, and in all honestly, it looks be a fairly comfortable ride from now until the end of the season in avoiding the drop. So when news filtered through that Alan Pardew had not attended his scheduled post-match press conference after defeating Everton 3-2, rumours spread like wildfire about his imminent departure to Selhurst Park, the club where he is most loved.

Whilst many Newcastle fans began to vent their excitement, I was weary. Being perfectly honest, I didn’t think AP was going anywhere, and his behaviour before, after and indeed during the match did not resemble a manager taking to the home dugout for the final time in four years.

The surprise was not just limited to supporters though, assistant manager John Carver didn’t think anything of Pardew asking him to take the press conference after the match, but before we all knew it, Pardew was in talks with Palace. Within 48 hours, a … Continue Reading …

Cheick Tioté and Yoan Gouffran deserve to be dropped

Cheick Tiote and Yoan Gouffran in training with Newcastle United

Gouffran – Continues to merit a starting role in Alan Pardew’s recent line-ups

Another trip to the Emirates Stadium and another pitiful performance. As per usual, the trip to Arsenal saw Newcastle United beaten by a three goal margin. This time Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla teamed up to tear our defence asunder – the former seemingly finding world-class form against us Magpies to chip in with two top quality goals. Cazorla’s first was a thing of beauty, delicately piercing the top corner from an acute angle, leaving NUFC’s third choice keeper Jak Alnwick stranded, a position in which he remained throughout the remainder of the 90 minutes. It wasn’t the awful defending or the poor goalkeeping on show that really caught my eye when watching the game, rather, the incredibly poor standard of passing on show from a certain Cheick Tioté, and the lack of contribution on display from Alan Pardew’s best friend, Yoan Gouffran.

Pardew’s decision to start Gouffran had most Newcastle fans shaking their head before a ball had been kicked in London. The Frenchman, who arrived on the scene in considerable scoring form this time last season has been transformed into a defensive winger, or a full-back when in his element.

November’s Manager of the Month opted to bench Rémy Cabella in favour of a more conservative approach from the first whistle. Although Papiss Cissé and Ayoze Perez both started, the were both assigned different roles, with Perez also given … Continue Reading …

Newcastle want Serbian starlet ahead of January window

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring for Anderlecht

Mitrovic – Scoring form for Anderlecht has been attracting admirers from across Europe

Newcastle United are ready to strengthen their forward line with the signing of Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic for a fee in the region of £10m – according to the Telegraph. Our senior striker, Papiss Cissé, has enjoyed a mixed start to the 2014/15 season, with injuries dominating the headlines. A recurring knee injury has kept the Senegalese international out of action for the past month, and although young Ayoze Perez has been filled the void more than sufficiently, head scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew want another striker in the door as soon as possible. The number one target, according to the aforementioned publication, is Mitrovic, who has been in fine form with Anderlecht since joining last year. However, as with any player NUFC look to sign, there are a number of other top European clubs keeping tabs on the Serbian — hardly surprising considering his goal scoring form in Belgium.

The club failed to strengthen a weakened forward line last summer, with priority target Alexandre Lacazette agreeing to stay put for another season at least, despite a number of bids from Tyneside. As anyone will know, unless they’ve been hiding under a rock the past three months, Lacazette has been blistering form for Lyon, and our chances of … Continue Reading …

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 …

What Arsenal fans need to know about Mathieu Debuchy

Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy celebrates scoring against rivals Sunderland

Debuchy – Medical completed with Arsenal ahead of big career move for Frenchman

Back in January 2013 when Newcastle United completed the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille in a £5m deal – I wondered how the club had pulled it off. It wasn’t the fact that he had been linked with a switch to Newcastle for months previous but such a deal never materialised, nor was it the fact that player was eager to join. Even with all that going in the favour of NUFC, it still surprised me when he signed the dotted line at St. James’ Park. Why? Debuchy was a consistent starter for France at the European Championships in Poland Ukraine in 2012 and was one of their stand-out performers, just behind Yohan Cabaye. The French were finally eliminated at the hands of eventual competition winners Spain in a narrow 0-1 loss, but they went home with a sense of pride having put a strong tournament performance in comparison to the embarrassment of 2010.

Weeks after the tournament I was sure that a really top club would make a move for Debuchy. He had all the attributes of a world-class full-back. Surging runs, aerial dominance, a credible delivery, and an engine that saw him motor up and down the wings for an entire 90 minutes.

It took a few months before Newcastle fans got to see the real Debuchy, naturally enough. He needed time to adjust to the Premier League like many have in the past, and to be fair, he was thrown in at the deep-end with … Continue Reading …