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Have the players given up on manager Alan Pardew?

Alan Pardew shakes hands with NUFC owner Mike Ashley ahead of their tie with Southampton

Pardew – Has deployed some some questionable tactics at times in NUFC career

There have been a few times this season when Newcastle United have looked a Championship team at best – no less than in our latest mauling at Southampton on Saturday. The players looked clueless, disinterested and generally lazy throughout the 90+ minutes at St. Mary’s, and it’s not the first time such a performance has materialised. At home to Tottenham Hotspur – truth be told – a pretty awful Tottenham Hotspur showed up to stick four past Tim Krul in the Newcastle United goal and leave a packed out St. James’ Park faithful baying for blood. Even a month previous our home performance against rivals Sunderland was a complete joke. Another handful of performances throughout the season resulted in marginally less embarrassing losses, in turn, posing the question: have the current crop of Newcastle United players have lost confidence in the [Read more →]

March 30, 2014   2 Comments

LIVE: Southampton v Newcastle United – follow the action

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Action – Can Newcastle United record an away victory at Southampton?

Southampton have been one of the most impressive sides in the Premier League season, if you are to believe the mass media. Well today our own Newcastle United make the trek to Hampshire looking to extend the gap above Mauricio Pochettino’s men to four points. Alan Pardew – fresh from his three game stadium ban – will resume his duties from the posh-seats in the St. Mary’s Stadium while assistant manager John Carver will be his man on the ground prowling the touchlines. NUFC’s leading goalscorer Loic Rémy will sit out yet another game with injury, while Tim Krul will also be forced to watch from the sidelines after impaling himself in the disappointing midweek defeat to Everton. The hosts will be without Nathaniel Clyne however the powerful Rickie Lambert will lead the line as the Saints look to continue their fine home record against the Toon. The Saints are unbeaten [Read more →]

March 29, 2014   No Comments

Time to judge Joe Kinnear – a verdict on the Irishman

Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear sit in the stands watching Newcastle United

Kinnear – Arrived into the director of football hot-seat brimming with confidence

I think we all remember the day Joe Kinnear announced that he was to become Newcastle United’s director of football. I heard the news and quickly assumed that his role was simply a ‘favour for a mate’ to get the Irishman back into a paying job and help him live comfortably, granted by owner Mike Ashley. Kinnear managed Newcastle in an ill-fated season at St. James’ Park in which the famous football club suffered relegation to the Coca Cola Championship (npower) and although it may be contrary to the vast opinion among Newcastle fans, I do believe that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur footballer would have kept the club in the Premier League should he have been able to stay on as manager. However, he was still a pretty brutal manager — outdated tactics the highlight of his [Read more →]

February 3, 2014   2 Comments

Newcastle United 0-3 SAFC: An honest review of the 2014 Tyne-Wear derby

Fabio Borini celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

Sunderland – Ran out deserved winners in a one-sided affair at St. James’ Park

Awful. Atrocious. Abysmal. Appalling. Just four words to describe Newcastle United’s performance against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear at St.James’ Park today. Whatever about the ‘once-off’ showing the lads put in against the very same outfit a year ago – today was on par, if not worse. I can only speak for myself when I say there was a little ‘something’ missing from the build-up to the game, perhaps the disappointing transfer window dwindled the levels of optimism. Well if that hadn’t, the first half hour most certainly did. You know, it looked like Pardew had fired up his starting eleven a couple of minutes in. We held the ball, and looked to shock Sunderland with an early goal. However, the visitors soon found their feet and began to pass the ball around, using the full width of the pitch. [Read more →]

February 1, 2014   2 Comments