Archive for the ‘Thoughts and reflections’ Category

Will John Carver be told who to play at Newcastle United?

Posted February 5th, 2015 by workyticket | 220 Comments

By his own admission, Rangers’ current caretaker head coach, Kenny McDowall, has been told not only that he has no say in the players they sign, but also that he will only have a limited input into team selection too. According to McDowall himself, he has been ordered by Mike Ashley and his henchman at […]

Why Ashley leaving Toon for the Champions League with Rangers is nonsense

Posted January 27th, 2015 by workyticket | 32 Comments

With Mike Ashley’s recent attempts to take over at Rangers, and specifically his problems with the Scottish FA for having an interest in both clubs, it has often been said recently that Mike Ashley would be willing to leave Newcastle United so he can take over Rangers completely. There have been several hypotheses put forward […]

Newcastle United and one of the greatest blunders in football history

Posted January 8th, 2015 by workyticket | 64 Comments

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. Said […]

Don’t judge Pardew on 10 games, judge him on 176

Posted November 21st, 2014 by workyticket | 531 Comments

“Judge me on ten games” pleaded Alan Pardew as media and fans alike called for his silver head. It was only a matter of weeks ago, but it seems like a far away memory now. Indeed, it has only taken half that many games to take Alan Pardew from the mire to the sunlit uplands […]

How Alan Pardew’s return to route one is saving Newcastle United’s season

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by workyticket | 155 Comments

You don’t even have to be a Newcastle United fan to notice that Alan Pardew and Newcastle United have done very well in their last four games, all wins with three against top sides Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool. Credit where credit is due, Pardew and the team have gone some way at least to […]

Bashing the Bishop: Newcastle United, Derek Llambias and the Z-list PR guru

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by workyticket | 120 Comments

Most Newcastle United fans are now familiar with the sight of Newcastle United’s PR consultant, Keith Bishop, who seems to have become a permanent figure at the right hand side of Mike Ashley. But who is he? And how did Keith Bishop PR get the job despite being a small celebrity PR company that would […]

Is Ashley planning Udinese style selling club network at Newcastle, Rangers and Oldham?

Posted October 16th, 2014 by workyticket | 23 Comments

Is Mike Ashley using Giampaolo Pozzo’s selling club network of Udinese, Granada and Watford as a model for Newcastle United, Rangers and Oldham? To begin at the beginning though, let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane. In the aftermath of Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious departure from Newcastle United in 2008, an under fire Mike Ashley […]

This ridiculous Cisse farce has been going on for too long now

Posted November 26th, 2013 by workyticket | 114 Comments

In case you missed it, Papiss Cisse had yet another perfectly good goal ruled out as offside against Norwich on Saturday, yet another linesman seemingly judging Cisse on his reputation, rather than what he could actually see. Luckily for Newcastle United, they still won 2-1 and got the three points so all was well that […]

What was Newcastle United’s £498,000 payment to Sports Direct for?

Posted November 21st, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments

Firstly, I should declare that this piece was originally inspired by another, one of several on Newcastle United’s finances by a brace of accountants who also happen to be Toon fans in the latest issue of fanzine, ‘True Faith.’ It’s a very good read. Of course, it has been known for quite some time that […]

Have ‘Time4Change’ lost their chance to seize the day?

Posted November 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 74 Comments

My latest piece on metro.co.uk was published earlier today. Entitled ‘Have two Newcastle United victories cost ‘Time4Change’ their momentum?,’ as you might have guessed from the title, it takes a look at the Newcastle United ‘Time4Change’ movement. In the piece I ask if they are now in danger of losing their momentum after their first […]