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Newcastle United – ‘Get Safe And That’s Your Lot’

8 years ago
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Well, that’s it then – 2013/14 over and done with and 2014/15 to ‘look forward to’ at Newcastle United.

Earlier this week, the minutes were published from the latest Q&A between Fans Forum and club officials and they basically confirmed (‘reiterated’ being a popular word from the club) that the Premier League is priority (how far up next season, we don’t know) and that Cup competitions are not.

‘Safety – Get In There!’

That’s that settled then. Get safe and then that’s your lot.

How the club propose to do this is anyone’s guess. Especially when the club have also backed Alan Pardew as Manager for next season. And why wouldn’t they?

He toes the party line, doesn’t slate his employer, doesn’t seem to mind if his squad is wafer thin, head butts opposing players and remains in post, doesn’t have a high wage, dedicates wins to his boss and STILL hits the clubs minimal target for the season. If you did that at work, you’d probably be entitled to a bonus. Oh wait . .

Interestingly, when we were last a great side, (Circa 2001-4) we seemed to have a go in ALL competitions. We were knocking on the door of the top two in the league, having a cracking (and lucrative) run in the Champions League and then UEFA Cup, we got reasonably far in domestic cups, with a squad that was no bigger in terms of depth, had the odd workshy tart and fair weather dozer in it, but still managed to give us some memorable days/nights along the way.

Also to hit the airwaves this week was an interview/chat with a certain Kevin Keegan. In the video, Kevin was reiterating what we already knew, but it was insightful all the same. It was an insight into the alleged buying tactics of Mike Ashley and the previous club directors. Kevin also defended Alan Pardew somewhat, in the fact that he is probably suffering the same constraints that caused Keegan to walk out.

It’s gone too far for me now with regards to Alan Pardew and no doubt many, many others feel the same in that a new manager is sorely needed and who could get better from a decent bunch of players.

My personal choices would be Michael Laudrup or David Moyes, but this is all pie in the sky as these wouldn’t be able to work with Ashley and the problems would still be there.

Plus, as has been stated, the yes man currently in charge is doing a near perfect job.

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