A few, I don't know which way the majority hangs on this, seem sad that Alan Scott Pardew has left. Each to their own I suppose. I won't miss December Alan Pardew, or August Alan Pardew telling the gathered media that X is a player we wouldn't like to lose, but if the right offer came in we'd be forced to sell.
Nobody forces you to sell, Alan. It's money not an AK47 held to your head. You say "no", or you go tell the bloke who's selling these players "no", you want to take this football club to a higher level. One befitting that is earning £60m+ in TV revenue a year alone. "Thank you for your kind offer, PSG. But we're going to have to say no on this occasion. Have you lads considered resigning Fabrice Pancrate?"
I will not miss the, at times, hysterical Pardew backers. People still stuck at that day we lost at Everton and finished 5th. The same day Yohan Cabaye executed that ballboy, and Tim Cahill ran away at full time. Very weird.
Pardew did alright here. Alright. For bits of it. There was a hell of a lot of hopeless towards the bitter end. But it's still the best job he'll ever have. Even if he becomes head boob inspector at the Playboy Mansion, he'll never have been so fortunate in life as to manage this club. Aye, that's pompous. But that bloke is beneath what we should be looking for. If you look at some of our past Premiership managers we've had inspiring figures, whether it be as a manager or as a player. European Cup winners. European Championship winners. World Cup winners. European Footballers of the Year. Sam Allardyce fitting his massive backside into one of those "Recaro" seats they have on
the bench is at the very least commendable. Who wants to play football for Alan Pardew? Asides Rob Elliot. Alan Pardew was evil Glenn Roeder. He stifled the talent we had in order to play in his system. A system which looked dull and outdated for long spells. The great moments coming through individual skill breaking through against the tide of rigid negative football.
Ultimately it might be rocky for a bit until May, but I reckon we'll be better for this in time.
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Pardew's mates in the media have been keen to get attention out of all this. I'm genuinely concerned for some of them. Ian Wright, Paul Walsh, Paul Merson, Tony Gale, Stan Collymore to name a few have all given the impression Alan Pardew couldn't leave the house up here. That he was the victim of fan expectation. We aren't demanding the title, we just demand the basic effort. A club that itself admits that it doesn't wish to try as hard in domestic cups is always going to have the fans on it's back, and the manager with it when he dedicates success to the man at the top making these calls.
Anyway. Enough about that champion of mediocrity for now.
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Steve Bruce mentions those Geordie roots of his every fucking time there's a job opening up here.
He's not interested though. Oh no..
Similarly, down the road and through the time portal Poyet is telling the Mackems they've been shit for 20-odd years. He's basically saying what you or I would if asked the question. Fucking weird, that. I don't know if this is reverse psychology but it's fucking weird.
Apparently foreign in the way to go when appointing a manager. Now I'm not going to bore you with talk of tactics, stats boards lifted from The Guardian or general intelligence on the matter. But it seems these Dutch and moreso the French coaches are comfortable with scouts above them picking players to bring in.
Sometimes with Pardew it seemed he'd never seen the lads we brought in. Facundo Ferreyra is probably better than Shola. If he goes to Serie A and scores a hatful I won't be surprised. Ferreyra or Shola.
Now that winter is here and Shola is back from covering for Didier Drogba in Turkey, he's free to offer his skills to those in trouble. Somebody was saying to me today that Shola might go and join Brighton. Shighton.
Shola will be Newcastle United Manager one day. But for now I'd predict it'll be Carver until the end of the season. We will be told there's no need for signings while a temporary is in control at the club around the 28th of January, plus there'll be better bargains to be had in the Summer. Still haunted by
first transfer window will ultimately end with frustration. But buoyed by the fact that there'll surely be better options available come the January transfer window. Moussa Sissoko is well gone by then, and Chiek Tiote plays in the Middle East. He's just turned on the ball and lost possession 30 yards out from his own goal. Foul. Booking. 8th of the season.
Here's to hoping for effort.