A bad day for Newcastle United…
Posted on September 1st, 2011 | 34 Comments |
As the post mortem on Newcastle United’s transfer window continues amongst fans, with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias failing in their attempt to fulfill Alan Pardew’s bold prophecy of a new striker at St James’, comes the unwelcome news that the FA will be charging Pardew for making inappropriate comments about about referee, Howard Webb, before the 20th August Sunderland game.
The fan’s cup of bile has also been added to with the news that the iconic Newcastle United sign has been taken down, possibly to make way for yet more tawdry and sacrilegious Sports Direct branding at the Barrack Road temple?
Firstly, on our manager, he has been informed that he has been charged by the FA for “inappropriate conduct” for his comments about Howard Webb, and former midfielder Joey Barton in the run up to our last encounter with the vagrants of Wearside. The charges centre around the manager’s comment’s that Webb would have to be “neutral” and “astute” in dealing with Barton’s treatment by the team from the Neolithic side of the North East, the offending comments being:
“The referee needs to make sure he referees the game from a completely neutral point of view because Joey has been in the press a fair bit this week – more than Joey would have liked and more than I would like – and I’m sure he’ll get a mention in Sunderland’s game plan.
“He’s a very, very good player and they’ll need to stop him but I’ve got no qualms about throwing Joey in there, no doubts at all. But the referee will need to be astute.”
This (allegedly) contravened FA regulations forbidding managers to make comments on referees before a game.
Pardew will be required to answer the charges before 4PM on Monday.
Meanwhile, in a move which has been circulating around the rumour mill for some time, it has been revealed that the famous Newcastle United sign which hung over St James’ Park’s East Stand is finally no more (see picture above), as Mike Ashley makes room for yet more promotion of his Sports Direct outlets in the worldwide shop window which is the Premier League. This step follows his move to crush dissent amongst the fanbase by breaking up the ‘singing section’ of the stadium on the pretence of making more room for families, and his failed attempt to rename St James’ Park, which was met with revulsion by some fans, and was completely ignored by the football world in general.
No doubt, there will be more to come.
According to one or two local journals, an unnamed and unqupted spokesman for the club has come out confirmed that the sign is coming down, but says it will be replaced with new, identical lettering. The pieces also add however that an also unamed, unquoted spokesman for the club could not confirm or deny whether any Sports Direct promotional signage would be added.