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November to Christmas will define Alan Pardew’s tactical prowess

Alan Pardew looks on from the sidelines

Pardew – Deployed the correct tactics against Chelsea last Saturday

Tactical awareness is not something most Newcastle supporters will attribute to Alan Pardew and rightly so. Some of the decisions the 52 year-old has made over the course of the last two seasons have left the majority – including myself – bemused. Regressive tactics, alongside some bizarre comments about his side’s style of play would pose the question whether Pardew is completely out of his depth in the Newcastle United hot-seat. Such an accusation would be a tad harsh on the ex-Hammers boss who guided the Magpies to a quite unbelievable 5th place finish in the league two seasons ago, a season which saw the men in Black and White play some the best football at St. James’ Park in many, many years. Fast [Read more →]

November 8, 2013   2 Comments

Calm Coloccini saves Newcastle United’s dire season

Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson celebrate at Loftus Road

Coloccini – His collected performances saved Newcastle from relegation

You might have noticed there has not been a huge amount of activity on this blog in the last month or so, as I have been extremely busy with college exams, but I felt today was as good a day as any to post. Goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoann Gouffran helped Newcastle United to a 2-1 win over QPR and in effect, secure our status as a Premier League club for another season. Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias watched on from the stands at Loftus Road and were visibly very relieved when the final whistle sounded marking an end to a truly horrific Premier League campaign, and indeed the guarantee of tens of millions of pounds in TV rights for next season; a crucial part to this club’s long term plan. I think it is fair to say that every NUFC fans is delighted this season is practically over, and the threat of relegation has ceased, but there has be change over the summer and [Read more →]

May 12, 2013   No Comments

Derby day passion lost in translation as lifeless NUFC surrender

Alan Pardew looks on during a Premier League game

Pardew – Worst moment of his entire tenure at Newcastle United

If you told any neutral across Great Britain that Sunderland would romp to a three nil victory at St.James’ Park on Sunday many would have laughed off the suggestion. However, when David Vaughan popped in a ridiculous effort from the edge of the area, you just knew that it was one of those days. High up in St.James’ Park, the travelling Mackems could hardly believe their eyes, a three nil victory away at their fiercest rivals. When the final whistle sounded around a packed out stadium, reality set in. From the European Quarter Finals to the lowest of [Read more →]

April 15, 2013   1 Comment

Newcastle United 2-0 Benfica and Pardew’s men are in European semi-finals

Papiss Cissé celebrates after scoring the winner against Stoke City

Cissé – How suiting would it be if he popped up with a last gasp decider

When Newcastle United began their European adventure away in sunny Greece against Atromitos, not too many would have guessed that just months later the north east giants would be a stones throw away from a European semi-final. Having dispatched of the Greek outfit at home, we were then handed a hardish group but excelled when we needed to without flexing our muscles that much. Then came Metalist Kharkiv which Shola decided to sort out in Ukraine on his own. Moneybags Anzhi soon followed and Papiss Cissé put paid to the Russian’s [Read more →]

April 11, 2013   No Comments