However they were recruited, the thing Mike Ashley has most definitely got right is the appointments of Graham Carr and Alan Pardew

The perceived wisdom is that Graham Carr goes out and does the scouting, then Alan Pardew is part of the process of deciding if that player is right for Newcastle.

In an excellent piece on Newcastle by Jim White for Eurosport, it is revealed that maybe Alan Pardew has a more hands on role in identifying players than we might have imagined.

Joe Cole, who is playing at Cabaye’s old club Lille, reveals that he has seen our manager at least half a dozen times. A revelation that suggests a couple of things, one that Pardew must be over there an awful lot if he has seen Lille alone half a dozen times and/or that Newcastle are seriously interested in one or more of Yohan Cabaye’s old team mates.

At Newcastle…..Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse: everyone has seen their value rise exponentially this season.

The source of such investment gems is pretty obvious. Most Geordies credit the scout Graham Carr for finding them over in the French leagues. According to Joe Cole, the one Englishman currently playing in France, he has seen Alan Pardew at matches at least half a dozen times this season, checking out targets identified by his highly knowledgeable colleague.

And Cole reckons the seam of talent is by no means exhausted. At his own club, Lille — from which Cabaye was bought last summer — Cole thinks there are plenty with the ability and temperament to thrive in the Premier League. And he is not simply referring to Eden Hazard.

But buying well is only the start of it. Clearly Pardew has been able to mould his recruits into a potent mix, developing a team spirit that is second to none in the division. The upward mobility may have taken the regulars by surprise, but there is clearly method on the training ground.

Read the whole Jim White article here.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

Write it anyway you can to make the club look bad, and all the posters on here who see nothing in the club worth supporting (like that one below, and mickey mouse), and yet still want us to believe they’re Toon supporters, will be your best mate.

...The way I see it is…we have a new coaching set–up…trying to coach out a primitive method that the team has used for years…until it was so bankrupt of ideas it nearly entered the pit from where I doubt it would climb away from anytime soon…that seemed to be what a lot of your misguided mates on here last season, were hoping for though.

...Our 4 new signings who are trying hard to adjust to the harder PL conditions have had to be thrown in against 4 of last seasons PL achievers, and going down to 10men twice didn’t help them and  us to go forward, as the games went on…

...but we weren’t disgraced, and it’s still early days so dry your eyes...because hopefully things can only get better.. 

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave 5pts

After a point against Southampton there was an article on this site saying'its just like watching Brazil".

Hughie 5pts

No criticism of McLaren or his tactics to date. Players need to understand the responsibilty which goes with the shirt. If they are irresponsible they should be dropped for at least one additional game after their ban if not more--eg Janmaat . Send the team on an anger management course. After Mitrovic was rightly sent off against Arsenal for a clumsy naive challenge, three or four others could have gone with him for stupid challenges. Colback, Anita and Flauvin spring to mind for needless challenges from behind guaranteed to earn at least a yellow. Yes Arsenal were diving like swallows but that is the name of the game and players know it, so that is no excuse for pointless rash challenges. Tackling is an art and we are bad at it, like we are amateiurish at many basic skills --corner and free kick delivery, Krul's goal kicking etc etc 

Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose 5pts


his tactics are appalling every single game he plays 4-2-3-1 and we`re over ran

our average possession over those 4 matches amounts to 30%


Bearsize 5pts

Think we all knew these first 4 games were going to be very hard. Fancy us to get 5 points in the next 4. Dont think we should read too much into steve's comment as a fighting performance is what we have been after. 'We dont demand a team that wins, just a club that tries' and so far since the ashley interview there cant be too many complaints. It will all fall into place soon enough. Hopefully.