I now understand why my Dad was more grounded during the Robson days and, while he always wants us to win, has away days of the old division two and a fear of being relegated further stuck in his mind, to cause a more realistic approach. It is interesting to talk to people and their memories of Newcastle United.
Sissoko too, a natural holding midfielder, has been deployed as an attacking midfielder ‘in the hole’ behind Cisse. This had initial success, scoring or assisting in his first four games. However, after these games his returns took a turn for the worse; one assist and no goals in eight games. Pardew, however, left him in this position.
However, fast forward two and a half years and ‘Perchinio’ has transformed his Newcastle career in remarkable fashion. Currently taking this transfer rumour with a pinch of salt but serious questions must be asked if one of our more consistent performers this past season is sold.