Layout 1In each issue of our magazine we ask a fan of another club to give their views on Newcastle United and it makes for interesting reading, how somebody outside our circle see our club and fans.

In the new issue out this weekend we talked to Stoke City fan, Jez Alcock, and here we give you a snapshot of what he had to say about Newcastle United, events at Stoke City and the football world in general.

To read the full interview and the rest of our 44 page relegation fight special, The Mag is now on sale in our online shop - buy a copy for only £3 (plus p&p) or a subscription from only £23, copies also now on sale in all Tyneside newsagents.

Do They Mean Us? Stoke City

What do you think of Newcastle…

As a club?

In my view, you can no more choose your football team than you can choose your parents. You may not want to see them, they may embarrass you, you may even want to disown them; but you can never change that reality! Football allegiances should be determined by your roots and not by consumer choice. My father was born in Stoke in 1929. He still goes to Stoke City with me as do my two sons. NUFC is a team rooted in its own community with a long and proud (underachieving) history much like Stoke City in essence. Hence I have real affection for the club.

The Manager?

I’m unconvinced by Pardew. It may be something prejudicial on my part to him being a Southerner. It may be due to the mistreatment of Chris Hughton (not Pardew’s fault) but I think the 8 year deal will be a proverbial albatross around the club’s neck. Pardew’s scouting network has signed some impressive players (note Demba Ba would have signed for Stoke had he not failed his medical) and his team (when fully staffed) play with verve so I don’t know why I’m ambivalent.

The fans?

As stated, you’re passionate and loyal (and long suffering). My Middlesbrough friend says you are all delusional and to point out that his side from a town of 130,000 population has been to two Domestic and one European Cup Final whilst you have been huffing and puffiing! Leaving that on one side, that passion led to the misguided second appointment of the Messianic Keegan in my view.

Our team?

As I’ve said, I have affection for your team, leaving tribal feelings aside. You’re too far away to have any regional rivalry playing and despite your supporter base being much larger than ours I think that we have more in common than that which divides us.

I see Michael Owen is still earning his money…?

Tony Pulis becomes occasionally star struck. Last season he dismantled the formidable Huth/Shawcross centre back pairing to accommodate an unfit Woodgate. This meant periodically playing Huth or Woodgate at right back: an unmitigated and entirely predictable disaster. Owen hasn’t been fit (surprise!) and whilst his deal will be largely performance related, I’m guessing he’s probably on a £10K a week deal which, if so, is half a million quid wasted. What is galling is the quality of Cameron Jerome who consistently comes on late and changes games. He did that against you and you will have seen his wonder strike against Southampton but had Owen been fit, Jerome would have been pushed further down the order.

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19 comments
Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

When he does get sacked, he'll never be able to go to St James again.

RexN
RexN

Supporters have been proving £25m of gate revenue every year and are getting very little back from the club. his "proper fan" comment is odious. There is a difference between supporting the team and supporting the long term future of the club. You wouldn't really expect someone who can only get 2 wins in 10 games and 1 goal in 6 games to have the wit to appreciate the difference.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

He must the be the only 'fan' on the planet who doesn't understand what is going on, and why. Say's it all really.

howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads

"... I can assure the people out there that I am giving it every single minute of my time.” ...apart from when you spent 6 hours on the golf course before the mackem game!!!!

Peter Nealon
Peter Nealon

Was a fan till he decided to continue to spew out Ashleys lies!!

Peter Lamb
Peter Lamb

Wonder if JC ever paid at the turnstiles

Andgeo
Andgeo

John if you were a genuine fan of the club you would pack your bags. The only reasons you could have for staying on as head coach is that you are delusional and believe you are good enough or you know if you weren't there fatty still wouldn't appoint a manager ANC we would be stuck with shola as player manager or something equally as bad. The biggest problem here is the continued denial in what is going wrong at NUFC and acknowledging the obvious reasons why supporters are upset, 1) getting ripped off to the tune of millions of £'s 2) being dished up pathetic displays on the pitch for nearly years now. 3) real concerns for the future of our football club. We are all understandably devastated with what is being allowed to help with our club. As a fan how could you stand by and condone what is going on??? CARVER YOU ARE NOT A FAN

ilullissat
ilullissat

So who actually has been turning up at the games for decades and winning nothing.That wouldn't be the fans by any chance would it?Maybe some of the fans could get a game 

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Then the answer is easy John, pack in your job ( very honourable) and watch from the stands, let someone else have a go at being Ashley's puppet!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

Let´s face it "Geordie (I worked with Sir Bobby Robson don´t you know) John", you´d pull your pants down and grease your arse cheeks if the boss told you to !!!


Until you´ve got something worth saying, I suggest you keep your inane comments to yourself !!!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@Demented_Man @PeterRobson I´m working on a class graphic mate, but old dog new tricks syndrome is taking it´s toll lol


I wouldn´t be surprised if it got me sued by the fat man when it´s finished, but as I´m always skint anyway, good luck to him !!!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@Sickandtiredstill Are you going to visit me in prison mate lol


I´m still working on some good ones but like I said: old dog new tricks syndrome is taking it´s toll lol


Feel free to nick the pics and use them if you want !!!

vin1892
vin1892

I think the toon would have a better chance of winning is Carver joined the boycotters in Leazes Park with Ameobi, Obertan, Gouffran, Williamson and Riviere.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

It might get closer to home when the 'Corporate Clientele' who cant give away their hospitality tickets, then start to jack in the private boxes.


We do like football.... but this isn't it.....Charnley is an Accountant who doesn't like football, he likes figures.

NottsToon
NottsToon

We do love our football, not seen much of it being played by the current crop of cowards though.