How Far Will Alan Pardew Rotate?
Will United bounce back with cup glory tonight or are the team on the slide.
Where do Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear fit in with the madness at Newcastle United? ‘East Stand Exile’ gives his thoughts on what is happening on and off the pitch at St.James’ Park.
Do you think Pardew will have total freedom to pick the 11 or do you think he will have strict orders to play a weakened team?
I don’t think the club is organised enough to actually give him specific orders, we are probably giving them too much credit…but I do think he will be wary of picking up injuries, suspensions and (in his mind) tiredness ahead of a crucial league game, so will ‘rotate’ accordingly. He knows it’s league results he will be judged on, as cups are ‘not a priority’. Sadly, I firmly believe we will lose the next 2 games, no matter what selections he makes.
Which eleven would you choose to try and get into the last 8 of the League Cup on Wednesday?
Krul, Debuchy, Colo (Mapou if unfit), Williamson, Dummett (LB), Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Remy, Gouffran, Ben Arfa. We lack options…
Which eleven do you guess Alan Pardew will actually play?
Krul, Debuchy, Mapou, Williamson, Hadiara, Anita, Sissoko, Tiote, Sammy, Cisse, Gouffran.
Who would you blame for the Sunderland defeat?
Where to start? JFK for cancelling the Douglas deal and selling Perch for peanuts with no replacements, Pardew for his ineptitude, several players for lack of fight / understanding / care for what the fixture means. Obviously all of those are down to Ashley’s disgraceful treatment of NUFC, ultimately.
Which players were weak links in the team and who deserves any credit?
Sissoko, Santon, Gouffran, Cisse were all very poor. Dummett was targeted but I don’t attach any blame to him. Others (Ben Arfa, Remy) were largely anonymous but poor tactics may have played some part. Tiote shows signs of getting back to some form, Cabaye wasn’t as bad as some others. Debuchy at least got on the end of something. I’m clutching at straws.
Were Sunderland good or Newcastle rubbish?
I don’t watch the mackems much, but they were better than some of the highlights I’ve seen from previous matches. Basically their manager picked players in the right position, showed some tactical acumen and got them fired up (all simple pre-requisites for a PL manager?). Ours didn’t do any of that and we were undoubtedly rubbish.
What do you think of Ashley’s decision to ban the local journalists from contact with Alan Pardew after the Chronicle covered the protest march before Liverpool?
It’s a pathetic, childish and arrogant decision. But it’s also very good news and a shot in the arm for the protesters. I’m surprised that the billionaire, business genius has such apparently thin skin! But now we have seen that weakness, it’s up to everyone who’s unhappy (a growing faction) to keep the pressure building.
Do You Think Pardew Will Last The Season?
Difficult to say, he will if the team stays in lower mid-table or above. I have my doubts on that, so I’ll say he’ll be gone at some point before May.
If he left do you think it is a foregone conclusion Kinnear would take over?
I would have said yes in August but not so sure now. JFK has dropped off the radar and apparently has a security presence when he does come to games. I wonder if even he / Ashley would be wary of the move now. Most likely it would be one of his mates / lackeys – Sanchez? Harford?! I am certain that no credible manager would work for Ashley though.
What do you make of what is happening at the club off the pitch?
We are told the club needs to be self-sufficient, but then we allocate loads of free adverts to SD which massively reduces advertising revenue, and apparently plug club shops and NUFCdirect into SD, which impacts on commercial revenue. Attempts to market the club are basically non-existent (see pre-season tours as one example). Fans are lied to on a continual basis, whether it’s about the adverts, transfer intentions etc. Ashley owes himself a load of ‘debt’ through his own failure to research his purchase / sell the club on for a quick profit, and actually expects us to be grateful that he’s saving loads of interest on commercial loans and maximising his tax efficiency.
Despite all the cash coming in through gate receipts, TV, transfer profits, the ‘biggest sponsorship deal in our history’ with w*nga, hollowing out of club operations and staff behind the scenes to reduce costs, that ‘debt’ never reduces, with the exception of the smaller additional one Ashley caused by his crazy decision making getting us relegated. Commercial loans would have been paid for another 7/8 years by now, with the amount owed reducing. The various holding companies and presumably some clever (legal) accounting mean we cannot and probably never will see the true picture, but basic knowledge tells anyone with half a brain that something is afoot with where the money is going.
Ticket pricing has seen some good work. If I was cynical I’d suggest that’s an opportunity for some good PR to spin fans the ‘caring’ line, while keeping up appearances of a full stadium.
Where do you think we will finish this season?
13th. Unlucky for some, hopefully one or more of the three stooges.
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