100213111317In advance of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with FC Metalist Kharkiv, Alan Pardew has confirmed he will be “picking a strong side”.

Exactly who will be in that strong side is another matter and whether the fans will agree it is a strong starting eleven is another matter.

It would be great to see the manager throwing everything at our Ukrainian opponent on Thursday with ten days until our next league match following that home leg. With the away leg it may be a different matter but first things first.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say today;

“I will be picking a strong side for Thursday, the new lads who arrived last month give us greater depth.

It is a competition we would all love to win, it is difficult to get through the group stage so we don’t want that hard work to all be for nothing!”.

On Sunday I wrote an article  Likely Newcastle Line Up v Metalist In Europa League about the kind of side I expected Alan Pardew to put out and despite the quotes from Alan Pardew I still don’t think it will deviate much from the team shown on this graphic.

Pardew’s comments about the new players giving greater depth may suggest a debut for left-back Haidara and if that was the case then Santon may switch to the right even if Danny Simpson if passed fit for the match.

Alan Pardew is never going to say any of his squad players are weak but I definitely think most fans would judge a ‘strong side’ by how many changes we’ll see from the starting eleven that played against Tottenham.

Mapou and Tiote look sure to play and won’t weaken the side but more than one or two other unenforced changes and some fans will judge the manager harshly if the result goes the wrong way.

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16 comments
1957
1957

An interesting comment from a man who made a minimal investment in the club when he was part of the takeover and with family and fellow board members went on to make Wonga type profits through salary, dividends, dubious rental agreements and the sale of the club. Any hedge fund would have been proud to make as much money from an investment as Freddie.

Maybe he is positioning himself to take over Charnley's job when Lee hopefully goes down with 'Geordie' John.

What a dream team Mike and Freddie, things could get worse.

Adam_B
Adam_B

The problem with people saying "everything will be all right, don't worry" is that MA did not take over NUFC yesterday. It is 8 (I think) years when we have been relegated and asset-stripped, and MA has been dragged before courts and MPs and found wanting. And people like FS seem to ignore this and pretend the world starts from here and that everything in the past is irrelevant. Well, it is not. That stuff happened. The stadium renaming, the Keegan constructive dismissal, the 5 derby defeats, losses to weaker teams in the cup. And these people have the brass neck to say - oh, forget that, summer will bring in the "new caring, sharing Mike Ashley". So maybe there are some gullible NUFC fans, but THAT gullible? Do us all a favour FS and the MA apologists and propaganda machine, leap into the Tyne and swim to Norway......

ilullissat
ilullissat

@Adam_B The fans have ALWAYS supported the team .Per Capita we are probably the best supported team in Europe considering the amount of things we haven't won.Of course today's events are a culmination of the way the club has been run.Be honest,apart a fantastic blip,that was the Keegan era,it hasn't been pretty.Some might even say that we are too well supported and that can sometimes be a hindrance.

Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Dispatches -8pm Monday 27th April – Channel 4.
The Secrets of Sports Direct

About this programme

Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the secrets of the sports retailer’s success. Reporter Harry Wallop explores the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the trend on the high street, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley, one of Britain’s richest men.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Wingpaddock There probably wont be anything 'illegal' ..... just purely exploitative of people and laws..... immoral.


I've already seen the expo that BBC Newcastle did on him with Mark Tulip I think it was, where the '70% Off labels' are attached in the 'factory' at source.  Further reading concludes that his 'success in the high street and internet markets are down to distribution, 20,000 zero hours workers and a management benefit scheme that keeps everything driven.


I'd be very surprised if they find 5 year old kids making umbrellas for him in Kuala Lumpur. And having said that, virtually the whole or the clothing production of the high street is manufactured in the east.... have a look at some of the labels on your clothes.


There are a group of wealthy individuals who's influence is so great that even if they are cornered for tax avoidance they can buy their way out of prison, look at Bernie Ecclestone's as he limbo danced beneath the legal bar!


He's running our club on his business plan.... its not illegal..... just plain horrible.



Andgeo
Andgeo

Bollocks! If we don't go down this season it will be next.

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

can't believe this freddie. 2 types of people in this world freddie - people who give and people who take. i am ashamed to say you originate form biker. don't try telling us now what to do. you left us in this mess. are you the same person who had storage place down the naval yard but were charging nufc 6 times the going rate for storage?

RexN
RexN

Shepherd made tens of millions out of Ashley. He can afford to pay good money to watch a load of s**t.

Deltic13
Deltic13

Can fat Freddie remember this? the pair visited Spanish brothels, described the team's star player Alan Shearer as Mary Poppins, laughed at fans for paying large sums for the club's shirts and labelled the city's women "dogs"? SHUT YA GOB FATTY!

Bornunderabigbluestar
Bornunderabigbluestar

Ashley will protect his asset, he has cleared the club out to either sell it or more likely to give a new manager a tempting "little" kitty to start off a new team with. They took the hardnose business decision to end the season in january (again) and not spend to purely appease the fans, but you can't do that without discontent in the entertainment industry. Its going to be a rough end to the season, I think the propaganda has started with Freddy saying everything will alright, lets wait and see

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

And what exactly does Fat Freddy base his assumptions on ??

foggy
foggy

@PeterRobson  Probably after a phone call from carver.

"please Freddie say something nice"