I started this blog exactly a year ago, in response to the Mike Ashley shenanigans at SJP and an outlet for my crappy photoshopping. The first post was:
Along with these range of wonderful images:
Mr Pardew, I understand you’re coming in to difficult circumstances today and every micro-movement will be judged and analysed ad nauseum. However, results and performances is what will count. If you turn out to be the tactical, managerial genius who Ashley is making you out to be and will make even the Special One look like Phil Brown, then hats off to you. But, if its JFK v2.0, you’re going to have a very rough ride, and we’ll be rightly judging your position as harshly as Ashley did of Chris Hughton. So, mate, apparently 12th place or less and you’re out.
So, how has Pardew done in this time? One year on, we have 26 pts, are 6th in the league and have one of the best defensive records too. Don’t think any of the doubters can fault that. Furthermore, last season with 1/2 of it in charge, under Pardew we finished a respectable 12th last season. Also, we have what genuinely looks like a team spirit going that players seem united once again, which has a lot to do with his management style.
Well done Alan, lets hope to see more of the same. Makes me glad we have him in charge than that mackem reject Brewse.
Yes, its true, Mike Ashley has renamed St. James’s Park again. Another period of calm on Tyneside shattered by the fat man’s greed. Tonight in a midnight released press statement, the club announced that St. James’ Park will become the “Sports Direct Arena”. Just a matter of days over 2 years to the date since the awful “Sportsdirect.com @ St. James’ Park” rebranding was announced, yet again we have another change.
According to the words via Ashley’s Arse Lips (Llambias):
“When we initially launched our plans at the end of 2009, we invited sponsors to attach their brand to that of St James’ Park.
“However it has become clear that in order to make the proposition as commercially attractive as possible, a potential sponsor must be given the opportunity to fully rebrand the stadium.
“Naming the stadium the Sports Direct Arena helps us to showcase the opportunity to interested parties. We are now actively seeking a long-term sponsor wishing to acquire full naming rights for the stadium.”
However, this came after promises in November 2009 that there would be no way that the “St. James’ Park” bit would be dropped:
Newcastle United have renamed their ground the sportsdirect.com @ St James’ Park Stadium for the immediate future
“We will showcase Sports Direct until the end of the season,” chief executive Derek Llambias told BBC Newcastle.
“I’m sure we’re going to get a sponsor in for next season.”
Asked if the name “St James’ Park” would always remain amid an angry response from fans, Llambias said: “Absolutely. In our reign, absolutely.
“It’s adding to it, and if it brings in a good chunk of money to the club, that goes straight to the team, then do you know what, it’s a revenue we should look at.”
So the major questions to ask right now (THAT MEANS YOU MEMBERS OF THE PRESS), are:
First things first though, does this company have much money?:
Quite fitting really that Barclays bank sponsored award goes to Roberto Mancini for the Premier League manager of the month award for October. No taking away from Mancini’s work, you would expect wins over the likes of Wolves/Villa at home and Blackburn away, for the sheer size of investment made in the squad (+250 million pounds of spending by Mancini alone).
Taking a look at the table of EPL spending since 2006, and Man City are streets above anyone in the spending department.
Now, compare at the other end of the table, Newcastle United who have not only spent less than 1/5 of Man City, they’ve sold more than they’ve spent. Taking this into account, Newcastle’s record in October become even more remarkable and hence makes a strong argument why it should be Alan Pardew holding the award:
This was the run of fixtures where we “hadnt played anyone yet”. However, closer inspection will reveal each of these to be very much key games/results:
1. Wolves vs Newcastle; away at the slugfest that is the Molineux Stadium. 3 points massive. 2nd half team faded a bit, but 1st half total dominance and 2 goal lead.
2. Newcastle vs Spurs; the “1st test of season” for Newcastle. Fantastic flowing game, silencing the potent attack of Bale, Modric and VDV. At end of game nearly took the full 3 points. Tactically spot on by Pardew
3. Newcastle vs Wigan; Wigan gave Newcastle a run for their money and were by no means a role over. Late in the game substitution by Pardew of Shola Ameobi and HBA save the day.
4. Stoke City vs Newcastle; the anti-football team of football. Beaten only once in 2011 at the Britannia Stadium. Tactical masterstroke by Alan Pardew playing Stoke at their own game.
Well, Pardew may not have gotten “MOM” award, but perhaps some consolation can be taken from the LMA Manager of the Month:
Yes, would have been a hattrick of awards for Newcastle United related management if Pardew had won. Well done Chris Hughton and Lee Clark. However, the award has been in the past though to be cursed as winners go onto a terrible spell. Lets hoping that begins on the 19th November for Mancini.
P.S. Dont even get me started on Demba Ba for player of the month…