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Which former Magpies manager made a Premier League ‘Manager of the Decade’ list?

February 28th, 2020 | No Comments |

Alan Pardew
Pardew – His form goes up and down like a Bride’s nightie.
I must admit I have missed the subject of this piece, not for his modesty, nor his ‘route one’ football (which I analysed in several articles back in 2012) when he was telling everybody that he was a ‘flair’ manager whose teams played entertaining ‘passing’ football in the style of Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola, nor for his legendary losing runs that seemed like they would last an eternity, or even the rather annoying way he said ‘Noocarsle’; no, I miss him because, like Joe Kinnear, he was such a great subject for blogs on here!

As for the ‘route one’ football, that certainly hasn’t changed at St James’ Park but that’s another ‘blog, so getting back to this one, in a recent Sky Sports report on the most successful Premier League managers of the last decade, Pardew scraped into the top ten with 304 points, nine places behind winner, Arsene Wenger, who won exactly double Pardew’s total with 608, but ahead of such notables as Manuel Pellegrini (11th with 302 points) and Roy Hodgson (16th with 231 points). Pardew was also ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson (13th with 300 points) and Harry Redknapp (17th with 204 points), though their spells of Premier League management ended too early in the last decade. (more…)


Who is the best Newcastle United striker? The answer may surprise you.

February 23rd, 2020 | 2 Comments |

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle – Easily Toon’s most efficient goalscorer.
It is no secret, Newcastle United’s strikers couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo at the moment. Collectively, our four strikers have scored only one goal in the Premier League in 26 games, with almost all of the goals scored by the club so far this season coming from defenders and midfielders. One in particular has been given more than enough time to prove himself and has shown woeful judgment in front of goal whilst others have only had the odd substitute appearence to prove themselves. In this piece I intend to sort the wheat from the chaff and go through their performances at the top level over their careers. (more…)


Has Miguel Almiron justified his club-record transfer to Newcastle United?

February 22nd, 2020 | No Comments |

Miguel Almiron
Almiron – Still has a lot to do to prove himself.
Miguel Almiron’s signing with Newcastle United just over a year ago was textbook Rafael Benitez, the Paraguayan’s transfer wasn’t too dissimilar to the many players Benitez signed at Liverpool, seeking to find a hidden gem while still paying a decent amount for their services. As Newcastle United supporters are gearing up for the club’s FA Cup fifth round match versus West Brom, supporters can click here to get the latest bet bonuses to wager on the Magpies when they meet the Baggies in the cup. (more…)


Bruce hopes Longstaffs will stay but contract impasse continues

February 17th, 2020 | No Comments |

Steve Bruce
Bruce: Keeping his distance from contract negotiations
In his press conference before the Arsenal game on Sunday, Steve Bruce once again faced inevitable questions on whether the Longstaff brothers will stay at Newcastle United under Mike Ashley’s notoriously parsimonious regime.

As we revealed in our previous blog, 21 year old Sean Longstaff is still receiving only £692 per week in a contract which lasts until 2022, whilst his 19 year old brother, Matt, isn’t listed and his contract will be ending at the end of the season.

Speaking on the contract negotiations before the Arsenal game, Bruce said: (more…)


Shocking secrets of the Newcastle United wage bill

February 16th, 2020 | No Comments |

Sean Longstaff and Yoshinori Muto
Sean Longstaff (£692 per week) and Yoshinori Muto (£54,000 per week)
As a Newcastle United blogger, one of my occaisional pastimes is to peruse the details of Newcastle United’s payroll and after a few seasons of this, I thought that it’s about time I wrote a ‘blog about it as it contains quite a few interesting details.

For instance, Sean Longstaff, now a fairly regular choice for the first team, and who was recently the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United with sums as high as £50 million being bandied around, is still only receiving £692 per week (£36,000 a year). This is the lowest by a huge margin compared with all the other players who have featured in the first team on anything like a regular basis. Jamie Sterry (£2000 per week) apart, the next lowest player who has played in the first team with any regularity is Isaac Hayden, who is currently earning £22,000 per week (£1,144,000 per year). Meanwhile, the hardly used Yoshinori Muto is currently picking up £54,000 per week (£2,808,000 a year), making him the second highest paid player on the list. (more…)