What is left to look forward to?

Posted by Lee Ryder

Newcastle PA PhotosAdam Armstrong, left, and Tim Krul of Newcastle United look dejected.

If Newcastle United were given the option to end the Premier League season right now in ninth place, Alan Pardew would not need to be asked twice.

The season is spluttering and stuttering to a halt and, after 90 minutes in which the Magpies produced just one shot on target at the Britannia Stadium, there was little surprise when the fans vented their frustration as Newcastle slumped to their fourth defeat in a row.

It's now just three wins in 16 matches in all competitions. Continue Reading...

Stumbling Newcastle head to Stoke

Posted by Marc Duffy

KrulGettyImagesTim Krul is set to return for Newcastle, as Alan Pardew's men try to inject some life back into their season.

Newcastle head to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday looking to end a woeful run of form that has seen them concede 11 goals in three games without reply.

It won't be easy against a Stoke City side who are very good at home -- the Potters have lost only two games at 'The Brit' all season and they've conceded just 15 in 16 games there. Their last home defeat came against Liverpool in January and you have to go all the way back to September to find the next loss (Norwich). Newcastle will once again be backed by their incredible support -- the away allocation is sold out and as ever, the fans will make a great deal of noise for a team who look to have given up on this season after they reached 46 points some weeks ago. Continue Reading...

State of Newcastle future in question

Posted by Lee Ryder

Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesAll signs point toward there being little spending from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the summer.

The main story in the Evening Chronicle on Wednesday night is about Freddy Shepherd refusing to rule out a return to Newcastle United.

In it, Shepherd talks about current under-fire owner Mike Ashley's plans for the future and how nothing is certain in football to suggest that his seven year tenure will go on forever.

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As Shepherd points out, Ashley will leave Toon when he's good and ready but that doesn't mean to say he's open to offers. Continue Reading...

Keep or cull? Newcastle stars in the firing line

Posted by Marc Duffy

Newcastle UnitedGettyImagesHow many of these Newcastle stars will still be there come the start of the new season?

Newcastle United face a summer of upheaval both on and off the pitch as yet another season descends into nothingness.

Despite the club's small squad, several players will leave with contracts expiring and numerous transfer links to players across Europe. Which players should be granted a stay of execution and who should be sold?

The keepers

Tim Krul: White Hart Lane aside, this hasn't been a great season for the Dutchman but he's only just turned 26 and has his best years ahead of him. Continue Reading...

Enough is enough: It's time for Pardew to go

Posted by Marc Duffy

Alan Pardew watches on from the stands during his side's defeat to Manchester United.PA PhotosHow much longer must Newcastle fans suffer under Alan Pardew?

I've had enough. Enough of the thrashings. Enough of the excuses. Enough of the obvious lack of heart and complete indifference from the 'professional' footballers employed by Newcastle United.

Manchester United's comfortable 4-0 win at St James' Park on Saturday was the fifth time this season that Newcastle have conceded three or more goals at home. That hasn't happened since way back in 1978-79 -- another unwanted record for hapless manager Alan Pardew.

Saturday was the 19th time that Newcastle have conceded three or more in just over three years, and the sixth time it has happened in 2014 -- and it's only early April! Continue Reading...

Pardew can win back fans with victory against Man United

Posted by Lee Ryder

The ticket says "Newcastle United v Manchester United", but unlike days gone by, this doesn't have the big match feel to it.

There will be no live TV coverage or change from the traditional 3pm kick-off time. And there's not even a guarantee that it will be first game on Match of the Day on Saturday night.

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With Man United in unfamiliar territory in seventh spot and the Magpies in a position that is comfortable but far from exciting, two sides who once battled it out for the Premier League title go into the game with an end-of-season feel to things. Continue Reading...

The excuses behind Newcastle's Pardew-era thrashings

Posted by Marc Duffy

Newcastle Fan Pardew BlogAllsportNewcastle fans should be sick and tired of hearing Alan Pardew's excuses.

Newcastle United's terrible start to 2014 has been well publicised recently, as has the fact that under Alan Pardew's leadership they've lost by three or more goals no fewer than 18 times in just over three years.

When you compare that to the fact that they've won only eight times by the same margin, you have to wonder why.

Here are a few of Pardew's post-match reasons for these performances, taken from interviews with him after the games:

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"I was happy with the first half, but in the first five minutes of the second we just did not perform. Continue Reading...

Going back to basics

Posted by Lee Ryder

Loic RemyGettyImagesIt's time to let Loic Remy play with strike partner Papiss Cisse.

Former Newcastle striker and now TV commentator Michael Owen hit the nail on the head the other night when talking about the attacking intent of Premier League managers and the reluctance of top bosses to play two strikers in their starting lineups.

Once upon a time, this was a no-brainer for managers during the 1960s, '70s, '80s and early '90s, but now it appears too risky to go down this road in fear of being picked off. He was talking about the winning combination of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge -- whose goal tally enough to put them top of the table -- and the efforts of Brendan Rodgers when he said: "Not many of the modern day managers are brave enough to do it. Continue Reading...

Newcastle played off the pitch at Southampton

Posted by Lee Ryder

Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesIt was a dismal day at the office for Papiss Cisse, left, Paul Dummett, right and the rest of the Newcastle squad at St Mary's.

By the end at St Mary's, it was easy to see which side deserved the plaudits.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew felt his team hadn't had enough praise from the media compared to super Southampton before the game. However, as depleted Newcastle ended the game looking out of shape and lacking ideas, and fielding THREE left-backs on the field, the Saints fans were partying in the sun.

And you couldn't blame them. Southampton played some superb stuff with a range of passing and one-twos, some great individual displays and created a host of chances as United just weren't at the races. Continue Reading...

Excitement mounts ahead of battle for eighth

Posted by Marc Duffy

Newcastle and Southampton benches clash on the sidelines.AllsportNewcastle and Southampton brawled during their last meeting in December.

Hang on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, the thrilling battle for eighth place in the Premier League will be in full swing at St Mary's on Saturday. I can hardly wait to see who snatches such a coveted accolade.

Anyway, now that I've got the sarcasm out of the way, I fear for Newcastle as they head to the south coast without Tim Krul, Matthieu Debuchy and top scorer Loic Remy. Southampton also have problems of their own on the injury front with Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama all facing late fitness tests. Continue Reading...

Newcastle outclassed by Everton

Posted by Lee Ryder

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew boldly challenged Newcastle United to grapple with Liverpool and Everton just 10 months ago.

But should Liverpool win the Premier League title at Anfield on the final game of the season, a guard of honour could be as close as Pardew's side get to one of the Merseyside powerhouses.

Unfortunately, the chances of rubbing shoulders with the two sides from Liverpool won't be happening this season. Liverpool are 19 points ahead of the Magpies, and Everton made it 11 on Tuesday night. Continue Reading...

Newcastle and Everton: big clubs or "also-rans"?

Posted by Marc Duffy

Julian Finney/Getty ImagesNewcastle and Everton renew their middling rivalry on Tuesday night at St James' Park.

Whenever Newcastle play Everton the supporters of both clubs front up on Social Media arguing over who is "the bigger club", who has "the best fans" and it usually descents into petty insults and name calling.

In reality neither club has won a thing in quite a long time, with Newcastle's last trophy coming way back in 1969 and Everton's more recently in 1995, although Newcastle have enjoyed far more playing time in the Champions League, but that means little.

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We could talk all day about history -- both clubs are rich in that regard, but how do the two clubs compare if we look at the last ten years? Continue Reading...