Gary Lineker has had another go at Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle United.

In January the Match of The Day host used his Twitter account to put out the following;

“Brilliant tactics from Newcastle board to delay appointing their new manager so they don’t have to buy any players in the transfer window.”

Amusingly, Ashley’s Managing Director actually namechecked Lineker when justifying why the club hadn’t appointed a new Head Coach after over three weeks had passed by, with United losing three matches and drawing one without a decision being made.

Lineker later revealed that hwta he’d said was simply tongue in cheek but that it appeared to have struck a raw nerve.

After the Crystal Palace line-up was announced before the Liverpool FA Cup-tie yesterday, Lineker Tweeted the following quote;

“The fact Alan Pardew picked a strong side suggests to me that his selection at Newcastle in the FA Cup may have been influenced.”

Gary Lineker referencing the fact that Pardew regularly made major changes (7 when NUFC played Cardiff last season) for the FA Cup when at Newcastle, usually leaving out most if not all of United’s best players.

Pardew did make five changes yesterday from the team that started against Newcastle in midweek, although this almost undoubtedly meant that Palace had a stronger side for the FA Cup, not weaker.

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Sanogo was injured in the Newcastle match and Campbell kept his place after scoring the equaliser against United. Whist top scorer Dwight Gayle was back in the line-up, as well as star man Bolasie who only featured as a sub against Newcastle after just returning from the African Cup of Nations.

First team regular Scott Dann also returned after injury, while new signing Pape Souare was at last received his work permit allowing him to make his debut against Liverpool.

All of Alan Pardew’s efforts were in vain of course as Liverpool won 2-1.

It was clear though that every effort was made on and off the pitch to try and get Crystal Palace through to the next round, whilst after Pardew left Newcastle, John Carver made seven changes to his team against Leicester  including pretty much all of the best players…

I look forward to hearing what Lee Charnley (Mike Ashley) has to say in reply to Gary Lineker this time.



  • mentalman

    If my memory is right the changes when

  • No Brainer

    Sue him please the smarmy get is almost as odious as …. Guess who.

  • No Brainer

    Him shearer are so jiined at the hip its like watching a pair of puppets slapping each other on the back its sickening

  • LeazesEnder

    Well said Gary…high time that those with a public profile took notice of the events at this club, I just wished that some of the gutless local journalists, commentators and ex-players said something about THROWING MATCHES….by interference in squad selection…. that the club made abundantly clear when they stated it at the Fans Forum!

  • No Brainer

    Oh dear

  • LeazesEnder

    No Brainer Old dear!

  • GeordieBri

    @mentalman…. You are completely wrong! … Cabaye was not selected because the regime knew they were selling him later in the transfer window and didn’t want him injured. In fact I spoke to him in Newcastle airport whilst he was catching his flight back to France two days before the game and I asked him if he was injured? …. He smiled very widely and replied…. Non! … Ben Arfa was also not selected despite being in great form at the time!…. Our leader Collocinni was also allowed to return to Argentina – again not injured…. These three were our best players at the time, along with Remy … our four best players deliberately left out to ensure we played a weakened team and enhance our chances of defeat!!! … I suggest you and your mate @No Brainer stop trying to re-write history and return to your days jobs within the Sports Direct P.R.(dirty tricks) Department

  • dude 1

    you will wait along time for Ashley to reply big boy

  • Well said, Gary.  It’s just a pity the FA don’t seem to realise it (or choose not to acknowledge it).

  • v0ices

    No Brainer Ashley PR department talking to each other again.

  • Cornflake

    Here’s hoping that some of these media continue on talking about the true issues at Newcastle, rather than these ‘fickle’ fan story that was getting a little much, plus poor journalism.

  • mentalman

    Completely wrong, I think you’ll find Ben Arfa played the whole game, cabaye was left out because he was in the middle of a transfer it’s common practice, Collo went home for personal reasons having played throughout Christmas and was replaced by a french international, we played the strongest team available

  • Andrew Swift

    Ashley has the look on his face that says “I wish I was at the Bridge”

  • No Brainer

    Gees thank you its the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you make things up but you end it with “…..stop trying to re-write history”
    Do a bit of research before hammering the keyboard you crackerjack it also took a wonder goal to beat us.

  • GeordieBri

    @No Brainer … That reminds me the goal that went in the middle of the net not the top corner…past the fat boy Rob Eliot as he tried to get his fat kite to it because our regular first choice keeper .. Tim Krul was dropped to ensure we were knocked out… that’s five first team regulars who were deliberately left out you muppet

  • GeordieBri

    @mentalman … How come Cabaye played the next game away at West Ham then?

  • No Brainer

    Common practice by all teams for the 2nd keeper to play cups I would not be upset if elliot replaced krul this weekend.
    Your angry tone makes me think your a really small bloke

  • v0ices

    No Brainer interesting how you resort to personal attacks to try and deflect attention from the discussions original subject.

  • No Brainer

    You should read both posts it was a response the derogation aimed at myself for no reason.
    I hope you would agree (whilst not my point of view) that the post geordiebri was written in an angry manner and seemingly without thought and deserving of a back handed quip like the one I used nothing else.
    As for a deflecting tactic I note you haven’t written about whether Noone’s goal was wonder strike personally I remember it being a belter right at the top toward left hand side of elliots net.
    It is also i believe common practice to give 2nd choice keepers a run out in cups if that is wrong again please say so.
    For that matter I think its right to say he is angry in his writing as for being small is that offensive

  • No Brainer

    further to that geirdiebri stated four were missing then was shown one of those played the game then added a keeper and made it five?????

  • GeordieBri

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25531688 ….
    @No Brainer … Here is a link to the  BBC report on the game. It states
    that …. “Ben Arfa was one of seven Newcastle changes” –
    in fact he did play, however, Pardew made seven changes from the previous game,
    in order to ensure there was no continuity and that he obeyed the ‘s orders to get us out of the F.A. Cup at the first
    attempt!….. the others, which I had forgotten  who were also dropped
    were Debuchy …. by a country mile our best player at the time and Williamson,
    who was enjoying the best period of his entire career. As well as the seven,
    yes seven changes, Santon was switched from left back (where he played
    almost his entire NUFC career) to right back, therefore changing the whole of
    the back four for an important cup game….bearing in mind the fact we
    hadn’t won a major trophy for 45 years at the  time and a domestic trophy
    for almost 60 years! 
    Not quite sure how you get to the
    conclusion I was angry whilst writing….only angry at the regime for their
    constant  undermining of the magnificent support of a once great
    football club.
    You certainly live down to your nom de
    plume…. anyway get back to work on your zero hours contract at Sports Direct

  • No Brainer

    Confusion could be yours. I point you to your original post and point abiut HBA confusionI? I will alsi point you to the 2nd top team in the championship who achieved the top position last week when they had an unchanged side fir the first time in 45 ganes continuity?the clubs agreed to a 25 man squad as that is what is needed to fulfill a season.
    Debuchy and cabaye both knew whatvthey were doing it had nothing to do with if debuchy was injured at any time jan june 2014 I’ll be surorised
    Alsso No Brainer has a completely different meaning to no brain, didn’t you know?

  • Greggy164

    Was that last comment of mine childish? I had to. Your statements and comments are pure pish. Is Engish your first language?

  • Greggy164

    No Brainer  Great advice Brains about doing research before hammering keyboard.  You should try it yourself

  • No Brainer

    No, it is not, sermingly not yours either. Of course it’s a surprise that any thought that a foreigner has a comment to make would enrage a rangers fan. I was having a hoop sorry hoot a your expense. (Was very cheap btw like the buckfast)