Yesterday was the first time we’d head from Alan Pardew for almost a month but to be honest I feel now like I’m reliving last season’s bumpy rollercoaster and it isn’t an enjoyable ride.

Back in the groove, the manager is throwing out the quotes right, left and centre and unsurprisingly it has woken up the Newcastle reporting journalists from their summer naps.

Britain Soccer Newcastle UnitedOne of the manager’s latest  set of comments to the Shields Gazette surrounds the forward (scoring goals) situation;

“Both of those players (Remy and Bent) are on our list, I make no bones about that, but they’re under contract at other clubs. It is difficult, you have to be careful.

It is nice for our fans to hear names but I don’t want to disrupt other clubs’ preparations. We’ve a list of 4 or 5 strikers who’ll push Cisse, Shola, Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season.

We do need two strikers and last year I didn’t think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team.”

This does make me think of last season and a lot of the rubbish Alan Pardew ended up talking in the void created by a lack of action from those above him.

These latest comments contain;

A little bit of bait/hope with a couple of strike targets named – ‘Remy and Bent’.

A bit of patronising patter – how it is ‘nice for our (simple) fans to hear names’.

Spelling out how desperate the situation is – ‘We do need two strikers…last year I didn’t think there was enough competition’.

Then the more depressing usual unconvincing spin of trying to get away with thinking we are all stupid – ‘…push Cisse, Shola, Adam Cambell and Yoan Gouffran’. You cannot include Campbell as a first team player, he is totally unproven and hasn’t come close to scoring a goal on his brief appearances. That doesn’t mean I think he (Cambell) is hopeless, it just means that an untried kid can’t have that kind of expectation/responsibility put on him, anything he contributes next season must be seen as a very welcome bonus.

As for Shola…surely the game is up, this is a striker who has scored 3 Premier League goals in two years, you can’t keep going around claiming that he is within a million miles of being able to play up front in the Premier League and is in any way an adequate fill in for Cisse or any other credible forward Newcastle sign. Just answer this; what type of club would Shola end up at if somebody took him off our hands? One thing for sure is that it wouldn’t be a Premier League one.

 

14 comments
howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads 5pts

Come on Alan man, everyone mistimes a tackle or two.  What you should be saying is it was clumsy and a yellow at best.  It's not like he raked him right down the shin.  These challenges are why shin pads are worn because it happens.  Shearer should be questioning why officials have it in for Mitrovic before the games even kicked off to put some uncertainty in their mind and sticking up for his own!!!

Wayne Clayton
Wayne Clayton 5pts

It's because we are who we are and they are who they are.

No complaints within the letter of the law with the sending off but the application of the same law that was applied to Arsenal was inconsistent.

Spider66
Spider66 5pts

As soon as I saw who the referee was I knew we were on to a hiding for nowt not from arsenal but the ref I honestly thought we were capable of beating the arsenal until I saw the refs name

TonnekToon
TonnekToon 5pts

What is it with the footballing gods and Newcastle ? The ref was a bit too card "happy" today , and  as its been said, he set the tone on 3 minutes  with Sissoko and his yellow . I think all our bookings and the sending off weren't malicious , just clumsy , though Mitrovic's  sending off was coming at some point early this season , it was just a matter of time. Hope he learns from it . On the positive side , we seemed solid enough once again after a lot of sustained pressure at times , their winning goal a lucky deflected OG . They didn't let their heads drop , which was a good sign and if they can stay as solid in future games we should be ok .

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Wonder if al would have thought the same if it happened to the "united" centre forward rather than mitrovic

1957
1957 5pts

Or when Al kicked the Leicester player in the head and should have been suspended, accidental I think he claimed at the time.

Spider66
Spider66 5pts

Al would have said that was proper football then. It has got to cissyfied now Rodney Marsh was spot on what he said about it being a no contact sport before long.

AndrewCowley1
AndrewCowley1 5pts

Wasn't a red,the ref obviously had it in his mind about mitrovic before the game began.ruined the game absolute joke

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

Agree he pulled him up in the first minute for an aerial challenge for which you would rightly be laughed at if you appealed for a foul on a sunday morning

1957
1957 5pts

My issue with the referee wouldn't be over the sending off, more his approach to yellow cards. NUFC 15 fouls, 6 cards, Arsenal 8 fouls, 1 card. Similar fouls didn't get equal treatment, Anita tugs someone back, yellow, Thauvin is blocked and pushed off the ball no card.

John Rush
John Rush 5pts

And tell me why is gio booked for waving an imaginary card but its ok for sanchez and giroud to demand one verbally

howaymebonnylads
howaymebonnylads 5pts

@John Rush exactly mate, every time they're rolling around demanding a card why did the ref not give one to them...spineless

The Adelphi
The Adelphi 5pts

I agree with Rodney Marsh for once. They may as well make football a non contact sport if that's a straight red