AlanPardew2I don’t think there was anything more that Alan Pardew and his team could have done last night, I really felt sorry for them at the end of the match and especially Pardew when he had to face the cameras afterwards.

The manager had put his best team out, they’d got the better of a very good team over the ninety minutes and only poor match officials, bad luck and the odd bit of poor finishing meant that Newcastle won’t be taking at least a two goal lead to the Ukraine.

Alan Pardew post-match;

“I can’t play all of the team on Thursday and then all of the team against Southampton, we just aren’t going to have the energy.

I’m going to have to make changes, either in the second leg of this, or in the Premier League game.

I need to get that right because I’m really desperate to go through, even more so with those two decisions going against us.

The last thing you want to do is look back at the end of the tie and say we should have won two nil”.

Sadly I think that is exactly what we will be all saying because even with our best side out, the visitors looked very dangerous.

Alan Pardew  has said he can’t play the same eleven in both matches and the Europa leg has to be the one to suffer. Maybe if Newcastle had sneaked an extra 3 points at White Hart Lane they could have had made the match in the Ukraine the priority.

However, if you want to argue the point then I can only suggest you look at the league table, end of story.

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nev fur
nev fur

Surely though a more successful NUFC playing in Europe would be more beneficial to ma so is the sd expansion into Europe not a good thing for NUFC? I'm not supporting him btw just saying what appears obvious from this article

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@nev fur To compete in Europe takes an obvious investment in a squad capable of that and domestic football at the same time.

Why invest in the team (which he plainly hasn't and refuses to do in real terms) when you can get Euro exposure just because of the televised PL games. 

Forget the bollix about FFP. Under the FA FFP we could be using commercial revenue to strengthen the team, but of course that is severely hampered by the free advertising and retail deal SD was given which deprives the club of income.

UEFA FFP only applies if we are competing in a Euro competition. 

We can't even field a chosen first team right now and all this should explain everything about Ashley and his 'ambition' for NUFC.

None, except for the profit and tv exposure for SD.




nev fur
nev fur

I agree, I wasn't supporting ma like I said just posing the thought that comes from the suggestion of the article

1957
1957

There would be little or no tv exposure for SD in European games. UEFA rules state that the clubs must provide a 'clean' stadium 2 days prior to a game, that is free from all advertising other than UEFA's partners. That includes branding placed on scoreboards and other parts of the ground visible from cameras, so the SD logos would have to be covered. The exception to this rule seems to be where a non UEFA commercial partners name is associated with the name of a ground, SportDirect.com@St James' Park for example?

So it seems to advertise SD would need to become an official partner of UEFA, perhaps a reason why competing in Europe isn't a priority.

Steve1221
Steve1221

Worthwhile contribution as usual moose

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Makes more sense than your obsequious dribbling Steve.

terriertwo
terriertwo

I used to believe in god but it looks as though the devil is taking over. If there was any justice in the world Ashley would bugger off somewhere hot to spend the rest of his life away from Newcastle

KevinBrown11
KevinBrown11

The truth is the greedy man won't let all the sky TV money go to anyone else it goes against the grain for him to pass up the chance to make money for nothing, he's not that stupid is he...

1957
1957

This is a story that did the rounds in December, when Ashley's people supposedly hinted at mergers with foreign companies with the rider that if these companies wouldn't play nicely, SD would use the tactics they used in the UK to dominate the market.

SD already have around 270 stores in 19 countries so they have a foothold for expansion already, do they need the tv coverage of NUFC to get what they want...I doubt it.

SD were mentioned on tv on the Daily Politics today over zero hours contracts, and they have had the publicity of MA not going to Parliament recently. Every article on this site or in a newspaper regarding Ashley appears to give them a mention and by default publicity. As is often said the only bad publicity is no publicity.

In truth SD is successful not because they get free advertising through NUFC, that just saves their marketing budget, but because they provide affordable sporting goods across the country, albeit of dubious quality. It's also why protests in our small corner of the world against SD will never be effective, if parents in Wolverhampton want cheap sporting goods for their kids they will go to SD, they don't care about us.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@1957 Clearly, the UK's equivalent of Howard Hughes see's nothing wrong in the 'no publicity' angle. Every time he gets some it's all of the negative variety, which is no doubt we he and his minions are almost religiously tight lipped.

I'm sure Llambias was well and truly roasted over his gaffs here and at Rangers and why no one talks off message, or if they do they are ditched.

SD by the way take pride in spending (themselves) minimal amounts on direct adveising. That's where we and his other footballing interests come into play, both domestically and in Europe (undoubtedly behind his move for Rangers).

Sorry, but I agree with the direction of this article. The fact that SD are involved in a war of attrition with Decathlon (France's sporting goods empire) I am pretty sure influences where Ashley wants many of his players bought from.