With Newcastle coming off the back of those two excellent but vital wins, it would have been a sick joke if say when Colo came on for Argentina in the 87th minute of a meaningless friendly he’d suffered some freak injury.
As a ‘business’ this is where football is so different, so precarious, anybody who watched those matches against Villa and Chelsea knows there were crucial moments when the results could have turned the other way. That is the very reason why we all love, and hate(!), this sport in equal measures at times.
At the time pro-war congressmen in Washington went so far as to have French fries in Capitol cafeterias renamed “freedom fries” so politicians and staff wouldn’t have to refer to France on an empty stomach!
One thing we can be pretty certain of is that when the gravy train ends at Newcastle I think Ranger’s days of driving around in a £120,000 motor will be numbered and he’ll be spelling his name out with the contents of his piggy bank.
If we have a good season next year, Pardew will get the time off the fans. If he has one like this year, the fans will rightfully call for his head and give Ashley and Llambias a decision to make. If he actually manages to win something like Alex Ferguson did in his third full season, then he can stay as long as he wants.
Yoan Gouffran; “It isn’t going to be an easy game (Spurs) but you can sense the spirit in the dressing room. There aren’t any big egos at the club, we’re all on the same wavelength and the most important thing is to fight for each other”.
Alan Pardew; “The stereotype of the French player who does not fight enough and lowers his head when he is behind has taken a hit. You never know the character of a player when you buy them but I can tell you this: these guys are competitors”.