ALLON
By Steve
Wednesday 13 Apr 2011 10:11:00
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The departure of Chris Hughton came as a huge shock  to me as I’m sure it did to a lot of you. I’ve known Chris personally for many a year and we played together at Brentford. His achievements at the club over the last 18 months have been nothing short of sensational and he deserves all the plaudits for pulling the team together after relegation and helping create a team spirit that helped us bounce back to the Premiership at the first time of asking. I wish him well and am sure he will land a big job at a club very soon. The subsequent appointment of Alan Pardew was another bolt from the blue. He must be the only manager to be sacked by a lower league club and land a job managing one of Englands elite clubs. He has been given a five and a half year contract which sounds good, but let’s face it, contreacts aren’t worth the paper they are printed on these days. Just look at Darren Bent ha. I’m sure Mike Ashley will have an agreement in place with Alan a bit like the pre-nuptial agreement clauses that Jordan allegedly  has in place whenever she gets married. I think the thing that got most peoples backs up is that the club issued a statement saying that they were looking for a manager with more experience. I think we were all expecting a Martin O’Neil type, not somebody with a couple of months more experience. Still having said all of that he is the man in the hot seat now and we have to back him. His first game against Liverpool was a tribute to the work Chris Hughton has done at our club and wherever he was I bet he had a wry smile.

 

The defeat to Stevenage in the FA Cup was a disaster. I was embarrassed to be a Newcastle fan that day. We always seem to be on the wrong end of these type of cup exits and I’m sick of it. There were a few players who had a bad day at the office and I’m sure those goals will be played each year now alongside Ronnie Radfords screamer for Hereford. Fast forward a week and we are playing in the Tyne Wear Derby at the dark side and bossing the game from start to finish whilst Stevenage are being rolled over by Chesterfield. Newcastle United, you just couldn’t make it up! We played the game without our talisman Andy Carroll and midfield general Cheik Tiote and lost Alan Smith early on yet nothing rattled us. Joey Barton was once again on top of his game and Kevin Nolan will never have to buy a drink on Tyneside again after rattling in 4 goals in two games against them. The makems were lucky to get that last ditch equaliser. Our team stood up and was counted and we have taken 4 points out of 6 against the supposed top dogs in the North East. We have the local bragging rights again we just need to win our game in hand and get above them before the end of the season. Two more dropped points against Spurs was disappointing but let’s face it I think we would have all settled for 2 points out of those two games. If we can put a little run together I still think this team could have an outside chance of Europe. Let’s face it we have more chance than Sunderland of qualifying. The last time they were in Europe their fans got banned for throwing cannons over the side of the boats. 



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