130213231634Heading into the home match with FC Metakist Kharkiv, I have to say that until the last 24 hours I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it.

That though has been swept away with the revelation that Newcastle United are actually going to try and win this cup-tie and…the actual trophy.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say about Thursday night’s match;

“I think it will be probably the strongest team that I have ever sent out to play a knockout match while I have been Newcastle manager.

I have been a bit unfortunate in the previous cup competitions when it comes to injuries but I have no complaints this time – the team will be the strongest it can be.

Even if we got injuries now we could cover them, whereas before we did not have that luxury.

We can enter the rest of the competition with a strong hand, though it is tougher now with Champions League teams falling into the Europa League”.

To be honest I think the manager would be hard pushed not to name his strongest ever cup eleven, considering what has gone before.

You need look no further than the fourteen players involved at Brighton;

Elliot, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch (Dummett 46mins), Santon, Bigirimana, Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid (Ranger 46mins), Obertan (Marveaux 70mins), Shola

Layout 1I remember watching the match and Santon’s frustration growing by the minute, in the end he was lucky not to get booked. The Italian full-back though is the only one of those fourteen players who would be in the team if Alan Pardew picked his strongest possible eleven.

With Ben Arfa the only key player missing it will be interesting to see whether the manager picks his very best team.

I have a feeling he will, considering that we have no league matches until Southampton a week on Sunday.

With the likes of the Chronicle reporting as fact that Sissoko, Cabaye and Cisse would all play, then you had Krul alongside Alan Pardew at the pre-match press conference, plus Tiote and Mapou seemingly certainties to start, there aren’t a lot of possibilities to consider.

I fancy Marveaux to get the nod as he seems first choice offensive substitute now and I can see Santon swapping to the right to accommodate Haidara’s debut. Maybe the biggest decision for Pardew is whether Coloccini or Taylor partners Mapou on his first start.

Newcastle United, always expect the unexpected.

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10 comments
Deltic13
Deltic13

It's dosnt help when you have the likes of lee ryder in the paper. He's more interested in having geet big photos of himself and his name in lights than anything else. The mans an embarrassment to himself.

Capricorn2049
Capricorn2049

The local press and N.U.F.C. have been operating as a cartel  for years, i.e. the club sells newspapers, and the papers sell the club, thereby both parties benefit. What has the truth got to do with this seedy and unpalatable fact. Who was it that said decades ago "Don`t let the truth get in the way of a good story" and this story has been going on for decades regarding Newcastle. The local media has been as guilty as any party in perpetuating the myth that N.U.F.C. is a big club. It is not, it is no more than a massively over supported club, with those fans constantly being fed half truths with a positive spin.

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

Id be amazed if the like's of Lee Ryder and Miles Starforth know more than their dim looks suggest

wor monga
wor monga

Ashley runs it like a business, and he keeps any of his (or Charnley’s) intentions secret…so we won’t get wind of any transfer moves until they actually happen and then the invited media (paying for the priviledge) will be the first to be informed!!...


...so in the meantime the media will make up anything that they can invent…just to keep the likes of us who they know take their papers and switch on every morning hoping to see some good news, interested.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…


...Ashley is not in this to appease the fans…his business model is based on the Sky TV yearly bonanza, and staying within the parameters of picking that up each time…that’s the reality  we have to live with!!...


...the majority of the clubs in the PL run successfully with much smaller gates than we do…they also seem satisfied in the knowledge that they stand no chance of winning anything, but that’s the way it is now…so if you don’t like it then look around for alternatives, before it’s too late.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

There's only one real source and that comes from the Club . Unfortunately they're not saying anything as usual . Until the Club announces signings  anything in the papers is pure speculation .The local rags are cut and paste merchants at best , they know nothing because they seem to be kept on the outside of the  Club anyway .

1957
1957

Like all newspapers the Chronicle create stories to fill column inches. These originate from other publications from home and abroad, rumours leaked by agents, and sometimes they react to what they see as public opinion. The one thing I'm pretty sure of is that the transfer speculation they area printing isn't coming from inside the club.

At one time they were the place to go to find out what was happening at NUFC, but those days are gone. Now the Chronicle is filled with 'surveys', 'answering' queries posted by 'fans' and most annoyingly publishing opinions from 'pundits' who generally live outside of the area and merely tell us repeatedly what we as supporters already know. I couldn't care less about the opinions of Quinn, Lee, Pav, Solano et al..., the saddest thing is they often get an airing on this site.

In short don't believe any newspaper, especially the copy and paste merchants at the Chronicle.

Toonbadger
Toonbadger

All made up stories because as we all know the "club" doesn`t talk to the Ronnie Gill and Ryder and chums only know how to copy and paste.

The club is a joke and Fat Mick is a tight@rse

Ryders_English
Ryders_English

I'd suggest that Lee Ryder actually knows LESS than he's letting on.

Grrrbby
Grrrbby

@Ryders_English They all know nothing. None of the papers do. They write utter tripe, everyday a new player is linked. They change their minds about Austin every other day, we're signing him, now we're not etc, etc. Boring.