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Why we can’t predict the future of football right now

March 28th, 2020 | 3 Comments |

A long road ahead
It could be a long road ahead.
With news that a return to Premier League football on April 30th has now been further postponed, plans for an intense finish the season in what Toon manager, Steve Bruce, described as a ‘Festival of Football’ look more uncertain. In reality, the future of football over the next year, or even two is highly uncertain and all predictions may have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Not even eminent epidemiologists know for certain how long this current crisis will last, it may subside for a while, only to come back in waves like the so-called ‘Spanish’ Flu emergency of 1918-20. Any predictions of a return to football in the next few months may be completely wide of the mark, indeed, the effects of CoVid-19 may not just curtail the current season, it may also curtail the next one too; though if it does, by the time we are finished and counting the damage, football might not be so important in the grand scheme of things for a while any way, though it may be a little frustrating for Liverpool fans if they were denied their first league title in three decades. (more…)


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…)


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…)


Why Newcastle should still be concerned over final third inefficiency

February 12th, 2020 | No Comments |

Joelinton
Joelinton – Only 1 goal in 25 Premier League games
Newcastle United have managed to defy trends this season to keep themselves away from trouble at the bottom of the Premier League. Statistically the Magpies have endured an unremarkable campaign, scoring only 24 goals in their 25 matches. Crystal Palace (23) are the only side in the top flight to have found the net on fewer occasions at the time of writing, which could be a cause for concern for Steve Bruce as his team approach the final stretch of the 2019/20 season.

With or without scoring, just getting shots on target has also been the problem; once again, the Magpies are in the bottom three there as well with only 82, only Burnley (80) and Crystal Palace (79) have fewer. (more…)


What’s Going Almiwrong?

October 29th, 2019 | No Comments |

Miguel Almiron
A familiar pose for Almiron since he came to Tyneside.
When Newcastle United signed Miguel Almiron from MLS side, Atlanta United on January 31st for a potential fee of up to £21 million, the signing was met with great excitement from the Newcastle fanbase, which was partly due to Almiron’s impressive 2018 record of 12 goals and 14 assists for Atlanta in US Major League Soccer, and partly down to the fact Mike Ashley had finally surpassed the previous club record signing of £16 Million, set back in 2005. However, since a seemingly promising start to life as a Newcastle player, Almiron has now made 20 appearances in the Premier League, with no goals or assists to show. So, what’s going wrong for Almiron? (more…)