Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Sept 19, 2015 21:05:13 GMT
It seems anyone up in the boardroom is subject of an attack tonight.
Carr's signings aren't good enough. McLaren isn't getting the best out of the players. Ashley appointed them both.
What on earth can be done, to turn things around?
I asked Mark Douglas (from The Chronicle), about the transfer policy. Is it down to Carr to spot a player, pass the details on to Charnley and then try to sign them? Does McLaren then work with the 'talent' imposed on him?
Or does McLaren tell Carr about the type of player he wants?
Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Sept 23, 2015 22:58:31 GMT
Cards on the table time.
It was the 1986 World Cup what did it. I got the bug from there and have enjoyed playing and watching football ever since.
Growing up in a non-football family, it was looking in the paper one Sunday, that a team grabbed my attention. I loved looking at the stats, the attendances, the tables etc, but seeing one name and asking the folks if that was 'our Newcastle' (and getting an answer back to say it was) made my mind up. Fancy 'our Newcastle' having a football team. Everything in the papers was from down south. Everything on the telly was from down south.
I was hooked.
Even when the likes of Waddle, Beardsley and Goddard had buggered off, I was still hooked.
When Gazza diddled off, it didn't matter.
So what if I didn't like Gordon McKeag, or thought Willie McFaul looked like our milkman.
Relegation in 89. It didn't matter. Not in the grand scheme of things.
Books, match programmes, The Pink, The Chronicle on a Thursday (or whenever I went to see the Grandparents) and taped games on the telly. I would break my neck for a live game! Anything and everything to do with Newcastle, I wanted. I was never keen on my 50/50 Brazil/NUFC bobble hat and scarf though.
For years it was bad. But I hadn't experienced any highs, apart from the 89/90 season - that started so well.
Keegan came and went and came back, all in a whirlwind few days back in 92. There was the last gasp victories against Portsmouth and Leicester and then wham! The fortunes of a sleeping giant went onto overdrive. Fantastic stuff. The stuff dreams are made of. Fans appeared from nowhere, but everything that was going on, on the pitch was positive. Players giving a toss. Players showing flair and excitement. And winning! Apart from the Swindon 5-0 in a cup game, I hadn't seen victories like it.
So close to a Premier League title. European nights. I was still hooked.
Even in the dark days of Dalglish, Gullit and Souness, I was hooked. Robson may have brought the glimmer of hope back. The glory nights came back temporarily - but ultimately it brought a new false dawn, to that new generation of black and white support.
Since Allardyce came and went, I can count my trips to SJP on a match day, on two hands. They include the Bobby Robson and Steve Harper games and a Youth Cup game last season. It all came to a juddering conclusion at the Liverpool game, when Allardyce lost not only the team, but the backing of 52,000 Geordies.
I still support them. Still want them to win/succeed and still look out for the score in the paper. I just don't break my neck when they're on the telly. If I asked if Mick Lowes did the radio commentary, it would probably show how much attention I pay to the radio broadcasts. I certainly won't be rushing back to SJP.
Why? Why the apathy and lack of interest? I am not sure I could sum it up in a sentence or even a concise paragraph. All I know is - I ain't hooked. The passion, the excitement just isn't there any more. Newcastle United doesn't give me the shivers it once did. Apathy towards the players, the owners and the management? Definitely. It is as though the soul has been ripped out of the club and a tatty, sports logo has replaced it.
If I was a "Jonny come lately" supporter, I could maybe justify my lack of interest in the club in a different way. Having seen the dross served up under McFaul, Smith and the caretakers in between, I am not sure a supporter of almost 30 years can be called a "Jonny come lately".
Having read the reports of tonight's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday - I asked myself, whether my love for the club would ever come back. The honest answer - probably not. Certainly not any time soon. I imagine it to be like the missus having a fling and you stick with it, for the sake of the kids. There might be that little part of you who still cares. The other part? Well it just wants to stick two fingers up and tell the one you once loved, to f*** off!
The Telegraph and Chronicle are running pieces about angry training ground scenes. Both papers are reporting the same story, but in a different guise. The Chronicle are focussing on an increased intensity in training games.
Whilst not doubting events at Benton, I wonder which story reflects events most accurately.
Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Dec 1, 2015 12:13:01 GMT
Gazza has been in the news today.
The Mail (and several other papers) have been running a story surrounding the build up to the Raoul Moat stand-off a few years back.
Paul Gascoigne has revealed he snorted 14 lines of cocaine on the night he went to the aid of murderer Raoul Moat.
Moat had shot his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, her new partner Chris Brown - who died - and police officer David Rathband before going on the run.
Former England star Gascoigne tried to join Moat as he attempted to fend off the police in Rothbury in 2010. Gascoigne arrived at the stand-off in a dressing gown carrying a cooked chicken and a fishing rod and claimed to know the perpetrator.
He was denied access and has now told the story of the hours preceding his attempt to reach out to Moat who later shot and killed himself.
Gascoigne was speaking at an 'Evening with...' show at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre on Sunday. In quotes reported by The Sun, he said: 'You've got to realise I'm half cut anyway, sitting in the living room, I've got about six lines [of cocaine] lined up.
'I'm not realising much but a good line and me and Raoul Moat are sort of friends. A couple more lines and we are good buddies.
'A few whiskies, another few lines, I've had about eight lines and we went to school together.
'He was in Rothbury, that's where I used to go fishing so I know the area quite well. 'I'm on my 11th line so if he's in the woods he's going to be cold, I'll get my Barbour out.
'Another line and I have a couple of fishing rods and a chicken. He's going to need a drink. I've had 14 lines now and he's my brother.
'I've got my fishing rods, I've got Barbour jacket, I've got my four cans, I've got my chicken. My chicken is important because he must be starving.'
Gascoigne, who took a taxi to the scene, added: 'I've got a chicken on my back, powder all over my face.
'He says "Gazza where are you going?" I said" fishing, where do you think?" He said "OK then, where?" I said "just drive".
'I'm excited now right, we are going fishing. Oh, I've forgot the tent, but never mind.
'We drove past Newcastle, the airport and everything and see signs for Rothbury.
'He went Oh f*** me Gazza, are you going where I think you're going? 'I went yeah! You should have seen him, he was shaking.
'I said just drop me off and wait for me, I won't be long, I can help him. I've been to rehab so many times I'm a connoisseur".'
Gascoigne then explained how he was turned away from the incident.
He said: 'This copper comes over he said where are you going, Gazza? I said I can help him, I've been to therapy.
'He said just go home. I was devastated because my chicken was getting cold. So anyway I make it back home, I fall asleep with a bottle of whisky.
'You know in the morning when you panic the first thing you do is look at your mobile.
'I've got 250 missed calls, I was like — what have I done? I've got a chicken by my side, fishing rods, a Barbour, I'm like f*** me I must have done something.
'I turn on Sky News — Paul Gascoigne was there last night.'
Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Dec 10, 2015 12:43:32 GMT
Lee Ryder and The Chronicle are running a story about Debuchy possibly coming back to Newcastle.
Newcastle United could have a couple of big decisions to make when it comes to the January transfer window, with Arsenal duo Joel Campbell and Mathieu Debuchy both up for grabs.
The pair could be punted the way of United in the next few weeks.
Both names have been mentioned around the football circuit by scouts and directors with Premier League clubs starting preparations for the next transfer window.
United have been offered the Costa Rica international striker before and the January window could be the last time he will be available at a knockdown rate with his contract up at the Emirates Stadium next summer.
Arsene Wenger knows that it is decision time for Campbell who, at 23, feels it could be time to move on and look for regular first team football after starting just three Premier League games.
Wenger has been linked with a winter move for Dynamo Moscow and Russia striker Aleksandr Kokorin in January, a signing which could seal Campbell’s fate.
United were linked with Campbell after his successful World Cup with Costa Rica back in 2014.
The 23-year-old has been back in the Arsenal team recently but his long-term future is unclear, with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray already considering a move, according to reports in Turkey.
Wenger gave nothing away recently when asked on Campbell’s next move and said: “We had offers from Premier League clubs to loan him out again but I’m very keen to keep him here.”
Debuchy is desperate for a move in January and is panicking about his chances of being in the France squad for Euro 2016.
It is believed that his representatives have been told to start looking for alternatives in January, with Newcastle mentioned as a possible destination.
Newcastle picked up a huge £12million fee for a player reaching the latter stages of his career 18 months ago.
And while the full-back is available on loan or for a significantly cheaper fee, United’s Daryl Janmaat is one of the first names on the team-sheet these days.
Newcastle do have problems on the other side of the field due to Massadio Haidara’s long injury lay off, but have cover at right-back with youngster Jamie Sterry stepping up to the senior squad recently and Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita also able to fill in if needed.
Speaking on his future, Debuchy told French media: “I need to have several games under my belt to be at the Euros.
“You can’t be in the French squad if you play a game once a month or less than that.
“You can’t be fit, and can’t be mentally focused.
“And if I have to leave permanently or on loan to play, I will.”
Debuchy has spoken of his love for Newcastle in the past and would jump at the chance of a return if the opportunity came his way, but United have other priorities in the transfer window.
Didn't Tino mention his love of the toon recently? Seeing as we are struggling for goals someone needs to get an article written up!
Post by thehalftimeporkpie on Jan 5, 2016 15:25:05 GMT
Things have been quiet on the 442 front over the last few weeks - due to family needs and Christmas goings on.
One thing that I thought we should write about/comment on, was the unfortunate death of Pavel Srnicek.
Pav definitely falls into the 'cult' hero bracket as far as I am concerned. To be honest, he is way ahead of anyone else and has been for a long time.
In the days of foreigners in English football usually coming from the continent or Scandinavia, I must admit to being a little confused with the purchase of a goalie from what was then Czechoslovakia. Even more so, with my various pronunciations of his surname.
Early memories involve listening to an away game and the tones of Charles Harrison seemingly repeating the lines 'Srnicek has dropped it again'. Or words to that effect.
Needless to say, the big fella grew in stature and confidence and although never cementing his place in the starting XI, he certainly fought off the competition time and time again. Just off the top of my head, I can recall Tommy Wright, John Burridge, Shaka Hislop and Mike Hooper all leaving well before Pav did. The latter two came and went during Pav's time at the toon.
I can always remember Keegan sending Pav off during a training day at Maiden Castle, after a seemingly innocuous tangle with one of the Appleby's. Nothing in it, but Keegan wasn't happy - sending Pav to the showers. I never understood the decision. There was certainly nothing malicious in it. Whilst Pav may have been annoyed or embarrassed - the crowd of people there were certainly behind him.
His apparent love for Newcastle seemed to grow over the years and when he came back for the initial short term cover spell, I was over the moon. The atmosphere and reception given to him for those final few minutes at home to Spurs, was incredible. Even if he did mess up his first goal kick! Given was in goal that day and I am sure he could have managed for those final few moments, with whatever injury he had that day. I am convinced the substitution was one of those favours we often see in testimonial games.
Moving on to more recent times, getting his autobiography was definitely a priority.
The unfortunate events to follow his trip back to Tyneside, to promote the book was gutting. To then hear about the circumstances and the irreparable damage, even more so.
To then read through his twitter timeline and see comments he made prior to his cardiac arrest and the plans being made for a trip back to Tyneside in May along with the comments he made about the future, in his book - Poignant is the only word I can think of. Pav's restaurant will have to wait for another day.