If Newcastle’s win, lose and draw ratio after Europa league games was translated to all our games we would be sitting on 45 points after 37 games – more than our current 41. Perhaps we need to play more Europa League games, not less, though that is not likely happen again soon – “God willing”.
Liverpool make the list for the 1974 cup final, Man City for the 1976 League Cup final and Man Utd for the 12 point comeback. Even more for the wasted trip to Cardiff for the FA Cup semi-final hammering, which memorably featured Nicky Butt’s last game for Man U despite wearing a Newcastle shirt at the time.
A lot of people are genuinely ‘disappointed’ with the manager’s performance this season but I think I’d believe ‘Arry Redknapp before any of you trying to claim that you really believe Alan Pardew doesn’t care if we get stuffed by Arsenal.
With criticism by fans having come to a head with the Sunderland and Liverpool debacles, instead of trying to quietly calm the fires, the manager has ordered wholesale quantities of oil and chucked the lot on.
Whether the plan is to wear it against Arsenal is a mystery, a bit like why Newcastle United aren’t trying to actively flog the new kit. Whether they want a low key launch with the Wonga controversy/debate is a possibility but not mentioning it at all is all very strange.
As we all know St.James’ Park benefits massively from its unique and iconic position in the heart of the city, something often taken for granted. The other huge positive for Newcastle United has been the excellent initiative operated by Network Ticketing. Their ground breaking ‘Magpie Mover’ scheme has proved a great help over many years in getting fifty two thousand people to a city centre location.
With safety assured after Sunday’s match, there does appear to have been moves behind the scenes as to Pardew’s position, that is if you believe the newspapers. It is being widely reported this morning that it is understood Alan Pardew will remain manager next season.