He said that using Pro Zone and other statistics was really of only limited use when preparing a team for a game. Statistics may not lie but can be very misleading – 15 shots may sound good but if they all flew wildly over the bar then it is irrelevant.
With the third highest crowds in England and every Premier League club predicted to get around £30m extra from broadcasting as from next season, Newcastle can progress, especially if Graham Carr has another couple of Sissokos up his sleeve.
While attractive ticket packages and incentives help to pull people in, when you consider the state of the economy, especially in the north east, it is a cracking statistic – especially when you take into account the constant moving of fixtures for both TV and the Europa League.
Nothing happened then and nothing is likely to happen now either, especially as it is claimed that the Italians have now pulled out after being ‘quoted’ 10m euros by Newcastle United which equates to around £8.5m.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Swansea, the manager has confirmed that Hatem Ben Arfa is very unlikely to be considered for the trip as he is not fully fit and needs ‘conditioning’, it could take a couple of weeks to get him up to speed.
In fact, wait for it, you have to go all the way back to Sir Bobby Robson in October 2003 for the last time a Newcastle manager won a Premier League monthly award, I think that tells us a lot about what we’ve mostly watched over those years.