Surely, for the derby game at least, a new byelaw ought to be introduced prohibiting the live broadcast of the match at any licensed premises in or around the city centre. That way it would at least limit the numbers in town and it might also help a good number of hard pressed pubs and clubs in outlying areas to keep their heads above water on derby day into the bargain.
Unless we qualify as holders for next season, the likelihood is that by the next time we get into Europe, the Fairs/UEFA/Europa competition will be history. With a bit of luck they’ll change the name to the Intertoto – and we always seem to do quite well in that!
It hardly seems possible that it’s only 10 months since I was writing an article trying to dissuade Alan Pardew from even thinking about taking the England manager’s job. Now the odds are falling faster than the leaves off the trees, that he could be the next manager to enter the sack race.
A Champions League group stage to line the club’s coffers (and maybe persuade Mr. Ashley to invest), ending with an honourable third place and parachute entry into the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
A warm welcome to Papiss Demba Rodney Cissé and just as welcome, at a rumoured fee of close to £10M, is the fact his arrival seems to have ‘broken the mould’ in terms of Mike Ashley’s commitment to squad building – although we might have to wait a few days yet to confirm that!