Having just returned from two weeks holiday and back to my desk on a Monday morning, reading all about Joe Kinnear attempting to assemble what looks like some sort of ‘management / coaching team’ and the doom and gloom that surrounds the club, I thought to myself –  lets look deep and hard into Newcastle and see if there is any light & sunshine.

vurnonanita1First of all, after all the JFK quotes and buffoonery since his appointment, Coloccini opting to stay for at least another year has gone under the radar. There’s no debate on when he came back from injury the defence improved no end, so that’s a good thing.

Secondly, Benny’s fit and ready to go, as you can see by the name I use I’m a big fan of the flair players we have had down the years and without injury this guy is one of the best we have had on his day (Blackburn, Bolton, villa and his first against Everton). It’s not just his goals, the second he gets the ball the St James’ crowd stands up not knowing what’s about to happen and you must admit he can’t half turn a game on its head when he wants to. He also seems to love all of us too (every little helps).

Pardew in the two pre-season games seems to have changed his mind about Anita (started both friendlies); the lad’s class in the making in my eyes. Our midfield had a bad season last year, of that we all have no doubt, but most of them are world class – it’s just about getting it out of them on the day.

I’m not going into a Pardew debate as it’s pointless, if he was going to go he would have gone by now and with JFK or Poyet the only real obvious replacements, Pardew has got my backing and support. Tiote first season was immense, same as Cabaye, Ben Arfa I’ve already declared my love for and Sissoko aint no lump.

Forget JFK, forget Wonga, forget Ashley and Pardew and anyone else that makes you nervous (Obertan!).

This is our club and will be here for many, many years after they turn into dust and push up daisies

Our club, Our Passion, OUR TOON!!!

10 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Think it is taking longer than expected to iron out the kinks, specifically getting the players used to actually playing football again rather than Pardew's patented hoofball!

It's also worth noting that we are playing completely silly lineups.  The defence against York will be nothing like it will be against Southampton come opening day.  It definitely shows our lack of quality in depth,but when you look at it, we had no Colocini, Taylor, Krul, Sissoko, Gini, Colback or Cisse playing and i'm pretty sure De jong, Aarons and Mitrovic are all just playing to get fitness levels back to where they need to be.  

If we get Mbemba on board and perhaps another defender and a creative player (or another link up forward) I suspect we will have a reasonable first choice team for the season.  

The vast majority of fans also need to realise this is a rebuild season, and that three players aren't going to suddenly see us vying for the title. 

PhilYare
PhilYare

if people dont think this is alarming they are clueless. pre-season games are an excellent indicator of how you are going to start the season... at the moment we are arent better than lower league sides

Nic Mayer
Nic Mayer

I wouldn't risk our big names at York two weeks from the start of the season

mactoon
mactoon

He can use this fixture to see players he hasn't seen in a game situation. He is new to the club and doesn't know what his squad can do. I can't see any problem with playing fringe players and Mitrovic before the weekend game when he can play a stronger 11 close to the ones he will start with. What is the problem?

PhilYare
PhilYare

@mactoon but york city are in the same situation in their preperations yet they can still easily beat us. everyone is trying out new players, formations etc but we keep losing - problem

1957
1957

Another non story telling us things we already know, mainly Carver was an idiot.

But seriously clubs often play 3 games in a week at the end of pre season, it's about giving as many players as possible game time with the intention of sending as near to your best team out in the final one.

geordiedave53
geordiedave53

Its a good idea to play fringe players, especially in a friendly gives McClaren another chance to asses everybody

Hughie
Hughie

Stupid article once again. Mclaren and co are still assessing players, and particularly some of those underused or not tried by the previous managers/coaches. Some people want to latch onto the least glimmer of negativity!! Give up John and stick to the day job if you've got one!!

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin

More whining, they are playing games to get match fitness for the whole squad. Man u & Chelsea are still in the US, still playing the whole squad over there. 


The people who write this have seemingly never seen a pre-season game not played any level of football

jimblag
jimblag

Why didn't SM just play reserves and a few sub appearances for first teamers against sheff United to rest them then play a stronger team tonight? It probably isn't ideal but there's no point in blaming what can't be changed. JC is an idiot but we should just be glad he can't inflict further damage upon us.