End Of Term Report
By Davey Brown
Monday 27 Jun 2011 14:27:00
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So here we are, almost at the end the season. At the time of writing, we have just lost at Villa. That defeat didn't have much of an impact on our current standing in the league, but it did show how woefully short of players we are. Only time will tell if Ashley is going to spend in the summer but if he can't see that he MUST get his cheque book out, then he's got a screw loose. Pardew has already said that he's been given guarantees that he'll get the cash off the Andy Carroll transfer. That would be great if it's true, but didn't Pardew also say in January that he'd been given a guarantee that Carroll wouldn't be sold? The best thing Pardew can do, is keep his mouth firmly shut when it comes to money, transfers, etc, and just concentrate on achieving safety. His tactics and team selections have left a lot to be desired in recent games. Against Everton, he messed up big style. In the run up to that game, he announced that Danny Guthrie wasn't going to Forest on loan as he was a valued member of the squad. He also mentioned Stephen Taylor in the same mould. So, with Barton out for the Everton game, what did Pardew do? He played Taylor at right-back and pushed Danny Simpson into midfield. Guthrie would have been the obvious choice to fill in for Barton and leave the back four alone. All of our troubles that day, came down our right side and Arteta had a field day. Yes, he's a cracking player, but Guthrie would have been effective at stifling his runs and anything that did get through would have been dealt with by Simpson in his usual role at right-back. A big tactical own goal by the manager there! Then against Stoke, he brought in Sol Campbell. In a way, I can see his thinking on this one; a big lad at the back to combat Stoke's rocket launcher aka Rory Delap. But Campbell is finished and he was abysmal. He has no pace, gets caught short time after time and basically is a liability. Taylor is an able defender who has come up against the best strikers over the years and he should have played instead of Campbell. Yes, Stoke battered us but they are a one-dimensional team. We should have played to our strengths that day and let them worry about us. A draw at least would have been achievable if we'd gone out to play our own game.

 

I'm still not convinced Pardew is the right manager for the Toon. He's got some decent results but his tactical naivety has and will cost us a lot of points. Having said that, we won't get a big name manager while Ashley's in charge. The Fat Controller wants a yes man who will happily have his strings pulled while being thankful for his escape from obscurity. I sincerely hope Ashley does give Pardew a big wedge in the summer, but I can't see it happening. This season's not even over yet, but already the transfer rumours are doing the rounds. Benni McCarthy is the latest name to be linked with Toon (please, let this be a false rumour!). I can't stand Mike Ashley and the sooner he goes the better. People are praising him for the club being in a healthy financial position but is he doing it for the club's benefit or his own? I don't trust the man. He shit on Keegan, Shearer and Hughton and made fools out of all of us. He's never once spoke publicly to the fans which I think is a disgrace. I just can't get my head around the fact that Ashley fails to realise, or even ignores, the potential Newcastle United has. His arrogance defies belief. He's one of the richest men in the country and £50million is peanuts to him. So why can't he do the right thing and invest properly in the team? With the right manager in place, that amount of money would almost certainly guarantee world-class players arriving at St James' Park. Qualification for Europe could easily be achieved which would bring with it huge financial rewards. Speculate to accumulate Mike? The ground would be packed to the rafters for every game and we could reassert ourselves as one of the top teams in England. Some would see that as a nostalgic pipe dream, reminiscing over The Entertainers, but weigh it up, and it's not beyond us if a certain someone cracks open his piggy bank. I'm all for the club being run sensibly but not at the expense of the football we deserve to see. Is Ashley content with consolidating our place in the Premier League and keeping us ticking over? Or does he have hidden ambitions for the club which are yet to be revealed? My money would be on the first one as he knows that he'll get 45-50,000 coming through the gates every home game even if it is just to watch a mid-table side. That is just not acceptable. We crave success especially as we've been starved of it for so long. Just ONE trophy would set this place alight and dare I say it, all would be forgiven where Mike Ashley is concerned?

 

It's Man U up next at SJP and we'll do well to get anything from this game as they seem to peaking at the right time again. Tiote will be back but Nolan's still suspended. I hope Pardew sticks Guthrie in alongside Tiote to try and stifle their midfield. We've done ok against the top teams this season, so you never know! I'd take a draw and hopefully we can ensure safety in the games which, on paper, are more winnable; Birmingham at home and Blackpool away. This is the last Toon Talk for this season so when we come back in August, I hope we've got a few great new signings to whet our football appetites. Ben Arfa will be back and I can't wait to see this lad play again. Enrique will probably be away so how about Van Aarnholt back at the Toon? Maybe bring in Elmander and a striker in the Robbie Keane and Craig Bellamy mould to play off him? No doubt we'll be linked with every player on the planet and the papers will be full of their usual annual transfer window bullshit, but whoever we get, let's hope they are fit to grace the hallowed turf at St James' Park.

 

In the words of Jeff Stelling, sunderland are in freefall. And despite the claims of many a mackem this season, their European ambitions appear to be over. That's European FOOTBALL ambitions, not to be confused with the mackems' weekly baccy runs to the continent. Excuse me for a minute while I finish laughing! ...... Right, I'm back and I've composed myself. Seriously, were those scruffs serious when they said sunderland were genuine European contenders? Some of them even mentioned the Champions League. Here's my bit of transfer gossip for the summer: sunderland are signing an Australian international called Del Oozion. And they might get the mackems' favourite Dutch player as well: Robbing Mam's Pursey. 

 

Enjoy the rest of this season everyone, look forward to next season and keep buying Toon Talk. Newcastle United - you know it makes sense.



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