Mad dogs and Newcastle fans go out in the midday sun…at least that is what it feels like at the moment.

I had hoped against hope that the return of Alan Pardew would belatedly bring a bit of sanity to our football club on his belated return.

AlanPardew43Some hope! Unfortunately, we are just getting more and more of the same, with Alan Pardew once again a dream for reporters looking for a quote but no explanation demanded when the manager makes sweeping comments.

Have a look at what Pardew has said below to the Shields Gazette;

“We are one of those clubs who find it difficult to move early, if you are Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United; you are sure you can do your business now.

You like things done sooner rather than later but if I have to wait a bit longer than I have no problem with that.

I could put a team out at Manchester City on the opening day that could win with what we have got, but we need to strengthen, and I need to strengthen this squad to make it ready for a 38 match season.”

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So why exactly do Newcastle have to wait for everybody else to have their turn in the transfer market before United feed on the scraps?

Maybe it is an alphabetical thing and so Arsenal get first pick, then Chelsea and through to Liverpool, the Manchester teams and so on. Hold on though, that can’t be the case either as West Ham buy Carroll for £17m or so, Swansea are currently tying up Bony for around £14m or so and even Palace (bit of artistic license there) have spent over £8m on a striker.

Yes we all know that the club are trying to spend (as little as possible) money carefully but the signings we do end up making are almost exclusively ones that have been set-up long-term. The ones that very rarely happen are those such as Remy where the club try to react quickly to a situation – Demba Ba leaving. So what I take from that is if decent signings are going to happen then it will be ones that have been prepared way in advance, as was the case with Sissoko, Gouffran etc.

So…logic says that if signings are going to happen, the deals will already be in the pipeline, and the question would be then if that is the case why not sign them NOW instead of waiting until we’ve lost our first few matches?

Of course we do have the option of repeating last year’s farce and wait until January, that plan worked out really well didn’t it?!!!

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Trev Davey
Trev Davey 5pts

Buying only 4 young untested foreign kids at this level, was never going to be enough to paper over the massive lack of quality in this squad. All Ashley has done is penny pinched again, when his and the club coffers are overflowing with cash. when I saw the line up, as last season, I just thought, GOUFFRAN = DEFEAT. What with us and the rugby its been another sporting day to hang yourself by !!

NatTurner 5pts

No win Steve, you fool. I thought we had half a chance at another point until I saw you selected Anita and Gouffran as your defensive midfield. Then I was just depressed, and even our goal didn't cheer me up at all. Complete moron with a clipboard. How long will you be allowed to be winless Steve and not get the sack? Eight is noteworthy. Ten would be ridiculous.

desree 5pts

Great first Half like the chelsa game and every other this team crumbles under pressure. I can't see anything other than relegation.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones 5pts

Oh my God! You must be joking. Encouraging?

Mark Robson
Mark Robson 5pts

"Encouraging"!!?? Are you winding me up.

GToon 5pts

The problem is that we are the record breakers. Any player who hasn't scored for ages, has never scored, team hasn't won away, team hasn't come from behind to win, team that needs to extend a record. Well they just need to play us. The record breakers. The team that makes every opponents wish come true. Not sure if Mcclaren will get the sack. Ashley isn't even very good at that either as the previous two clowns should have gone before they did. Will he wait until the next transfer window when not even I would sign for them? Still apparently the first 8 games have been tough. Was he expecting other teams or something. We play them all twice, home and away. No problem. The order doesn't matter. The effort and attitude of our players does though and it's a million miles away from being acceptable at the moment. See Chelsea are busy losing at the moment but they managed to nearly win against us last week. I think Carr Ashley and co need to have a few serious conversations about the impending relegation. Maybe they need to speak to that Steve Black bloke.

magpie9 5pts

1st week of oct. All we have to look fwd to is a relegation battle. With this defence it will be a battle of enourmus proportion

Jezza_NUFC 5pts

@magpie9  I can guarantee we won't be involved in a relegation battle. This shower are going down without battling.

Timptoon 5pts

@magpie9 I think it is safe to say that with Charnley, Carr, McLaren, Ashley and a pi55 poor squad we won't be involved in a relegation battle. We will simply be relegated - no battle. The utter ineptitude is startling.

Dogg1892 5pts

McClaren, Penfold and old man Carr, are merely symptoms of the problems at NUFC. The principle cause of the issues at our club is Mike Ashley. He may be a sucessful budget sports shop owner. However the model he has set up to run our club, is purely short term profit based and as such isn't fit for purpose.

Until he sells up the problems will remain, irrespective of whether McClaren is sacked.

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

@Dogg1892 So true it will never get better, McLaren will end up as the scapegoat, I actually feel sorry for him as he is in a no win situation.