For those of you who haven’t come across her, Louise Taylor covers north east football for The Guardian and has had many past indiscretions of finding any excuse, valid or not, to stick the knife into Newcastle, while on the other hand waxing lyrical about sunderland at any opportunity.
The Guardian are previewing the new season for every Premiership club and she has just ‘done’ Newcastle.
Through gritted teeth she has accepted;
‘This, after all, is a season that Newcastle are looking forward to with optimism rather than drawing solace from past glories. With the outstanding Tim Krul in goal, the fabulous captain Fabricio Coloccini at centre-half, Tioté enforcing in central midfield and Pardew coaching meticulously the team are in their best shape for ages’.
There are those in football who, rather unfairly, regard Pardew as rather too full of himself and believe he and Newcastle could be poised to fall flat on their faces.
Who are ‘those in football’ and why mention it if you then claim it is ‘rather unfairly’, unless you want to mention it but also distance yourself from that put down.
Amusingly, Louise clearly hasn’t done her homework, probably too busy watching the mackems’ last season highlights dvd, yet again, as she comments;
Come January, Ba, Cissé and Tioté will almost certainly be bound for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
That will of course take some doing seen as some time ago Senegal were drawn against Ivory Coast in a pre-tournament qualifier!
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