By Max Flinders
Wednesday 11 May 2011 09:21:00
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Before Newcastles clash with Liverpool, the Toon army seemed determined to show Ashley and co what they thought of him and his latest decision to sack the man who not only stopped the club going into freefall but united and stabilised the it for the first time in over a decade. Hughton also got the fans back onside in a regime even Ghandi would have been unhappy with. Hughton not only kept the majority of the fans coming to the games but he also tried getting the fans onside of the fat lunatic in temporary control at Newcastle. So  the "protest" had been given plenty of media attention and with a promise of cameras being there, it was a fine opportunity for the Toon Army to give Ashley the middle finger and let him know what he should already know. What actually transpired was a small gathering of about two hundred young lads outside the main entrance to the Milburn stand who came up with some half-hearted and short lived protest songs and even some happy birthday songs for Hughton. The protest was weak and would not have been heard by the fat cats sat in the directors fat seats and as people were walking round with NUFC club shop bags what would he care i.e. the boycott of all merchandise was not being observed as wished for by the most ardent fans so the fat just get fatter.


As the game approached, the fans removed their peaceful protest and sulked off to their season ticket seats to witness a terrible first half even though Nolan had put us one up. With outbreaks of "We want Ashley out" in small pockets around the ground. Pardew was lucky to escape the abuse despite being another Mafia boy and it was only Ashley who came under the cosh from the Geordies who gorged themselves on his beer before the game and at half time. Pardew will however not be able to hide from the baying Geordie public for too long as results like this will not be forthcoming every week. He is doomed to fail just like all his other clubs and most of our past managers. He will however come out of this job with a pocket full of ASH CASH. We got the first goal before half time and not long after the interval, Liverpool grabbed one back. However, it was two late goals from Barton and Carroll that swept the Geordies off their feet into no man's land as they did not know whether to laugh or cry. It surely took the edge off any real demonstrations about Ashley and co as the majority seemed happy to go along with his decisions as long as were winning. The fact is it won't be long till Pardew is a Souness, Allardyce, JFK etc. At this point, will the Geordies turn on Pardew or will they get behind him for the sake of the team? Should we get behind Ashley for the sake of the team? Is Ashley wrong for getting rid of Hughton?  Its only going to get worse with these clowns in charge and I would not forgive myself for ever getting behind them.


 have, like every other Newcastle fan, been through some good times under Keegan but mainly it's been mediocre or depressing. I've seen us go down from the top division/league twice and struggle in the lower reaches of 2nd tier of football but my support has never wavered. I have always been a proud Geordie and stood behind our club through thick and thin and under Ashley it's been no exception. Every man has his breaking point though and it seems I have reached mine. I will no longer put money into the club by buying NUFC related gear or go to the games, home or away. This is a shame because nothing will ever stop me from supporting Newcastle United. Nothing ever could; non-league football could not do that. I am in a corner now as I want Pardew out desperately but hate seeing my team lose and slip down the table but I believe it's inevitable either way with Ashley at the helm. So as much as it pains me, Saturdays are going to tough, tougher than when we had Allardyce or Souness. I will grin and bear it until we ride the storm and hopefully it won't be too long till Ashley sells and puts all the players and Geordies around the world out of their miseries.


The players deserve a mention too as they are caught in the middle of this and although they have come out in support of Hughton, they have also got on with the football. As a player it's their job but it would have been easy for them to turn around and want out especially with this soap opera. We need to keep our local heros like Carroll, Barton and Enrique (they are all Geordies). How hard is it for them to stay at a club like ours? They deserve credit for standing up and getting on with it and I applaud them for that. I sincerely hope the majority will still be there when Ashley sells up.


We won the game 3-1 and moved into 8th, papering over the massive cracks at St James' Park. This was followed up by the Manchester City game. Last time we played City we ended up getting beat 2-1 and having Ben Arfa's leg broken in two places. Penalties given or not given, this time we had a point to prove but we were caught napping and found ourselves two down after only five minutes. With that score against this City, it was never going to be easy but Newcastle regrouped and played some neat football and really deserved to go in at half-time with at least one goal. However, it took local lad Carroll until the 72nd minute to get one back. Newcastle were brilliant in the second half but as the goal came late on we were chasing the game and leaving big gaps at the back. No other than Carlos 'I want out' Tevez took advantage and got lucky with a massive deflection to get number three and put the game out of reach. The lads to their credit did not give up but carried on trying to get another goal. We can consider ourselves unlucky again against the most expensive team ever assembled in the Premiership.


With Pardews first game being played with raw passion for Chris Houghton you could hardly say it was down to Pardew who got the points against a Liverpool team struggling with form this season. So a first game in charge against City we did play well but lost and conceded three goals so a Bad start for Pardew and an away fixture at the Lane was right up our ally or it was under Houghton. A resilient display but in the end not resilient enough and pardew suffered his second defeat in as many matches. So two games into his charge for Europe Pardew finds himself with 0 Wins, 0 Draws and 2 loses mmmm not a good start.


Newcastle left Wigan with nothing over the last few years but the game on new years day the drive and commitment was there to see and we came home with the points to take us back into the top half of the table. Followed by a home game against West Ham that we won with ease 5-0 West Ham being the worst team in the Premiership by a long way put up a fight for the first five minute then let us in wily nilly. This cannot be considered a great win so to the FA cup we turn and game against a league two side. No problem Pardews level he know this kind of football its what he is used to. However it turned into the worst game I have witnessed from  Newcastle United team for almost 20 years. Pardew and Ashley are dragging us back to the bad old days and so much for Pardews crap about playing good football.


 Can Pardew hack a big club Like Newcastle United, can he hack the Premiership or is it too early to be Questioning him and his results? Southampton did not think so they got rid early doors but five and a half years seems to me like he will still be in charge next season premiership or not, Yippee.

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