THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – GET READY – 18/Aug/13

by • August 18, 2013 • TBAWEComments (8)747

The close season is over. We are starting the season after everyone else and the mistakes Joe Kinnear on touchlineof last season have not been heeded. We have not strengthened – in fact we have been weakened since the end of the season. All of the talk last May from Pardew about a root and branch review of what went wrong was all hot air. Early last season we knew we didn’t have sufficient resources to tackle a new season and going into this season nothing has changed. A farce has mutated into a tragedy.

The focus has been upon the recruitment of strikers but there are also gaps elsewhere in the squad – a winger and a central defender. Nothing seems to be imminent and the club’s name is being attached to nonsensical transfer deals that have absolutely no chance of being true (Samuel E’to and Willian) and the club is sleep-walking into 2013/14 which many supporters fear will be a repeat of last season, though without trips to foreign shores to keep our spirits up. No wonder the bookies have made Pardew the first favourite for the sack.

The limitations of the squad are so well-known that they do not warrant repeating but in the last fortnight there have been further slaps in the face that warrant comment.

I’ll confess to becoming irritated by Alan Pardew’s comments to a press-pack he appears to be on something of a charm offensive and determined to make friends with – you’d almost think he was guiding the shit that is about to hit the fan in the direction of the lamentable, the repulsive and incompetent, Joe Fucking Kinnear.

All of this crap about expectations being lowered and all the rest of it. Sorry, but the manager can take all of that and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. Twelve months ago he was talking shite about qualifying for the Champions League but now he reckons Southampton is a financially stronger club than Newcastle United and Swansea City and Norwich City have been able to organise their finances better than us. Sorry, back the fuck up there … you are the manager of Newcastle United. Not Crystal fucking Palace.

Frankly, Alan Pardew has found the level he wants to work at and it’s Boro. This is not what we want to hear from a manager of Newcastle United Football Club. It is quite simply, completely unacceptable to have the status and scope of our club, one of the top twenty wealthiest clubs in Europe spoken of in these terms. Pardew may be playing politics with an owner who seems to be as prepared to back him in the transfer market as you and I are to don Red & White scarves and get on the Cheesy Chips.

Then turning to the utter goon Ashley has appointed as Director of Football at our club, a man many of us wouldn’t let run a bath let alone a major sporting institution. In this last week, Kinnear has allowed our club to be out-flanked in the transfer market by Fulham in taking Darren Bent to Craven Cottage. This was a player wanted by Alan Pardew, who wanted to come to United but who has joined Fulham on-loan from Aston Villa. Someone at Newcastle United is taking the piss out of us.

Over this summer we have witnessed Andy Carroll, a player the manager spoke of being interested in last season, join West Ham without even the pretence of interest. Next up Wilfred Bony, another long on the Graham Carr radar left Vitesse Arnhem  for Swansea City whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, another watched by our celebrated scout without any bid going in before he moved to Dortmund where he has started his career impressively in the Bundesliga. Throughout much of this time Bent’s name has been bandied about but it never seemed likely given his wages but Kinnear has fucked around and lost him anyway. We are now in the same place with Gomis as we were with Debuchy last season but he can be added to a list involving Gameiro and Maiga plus some others I’ve forgotten about.

Indeed, as things stand, the only transfer I can see United being involved in is any one or more of Cabaye, Debuchy, Krul or Santon hitting the exits. If and when that happens we might actually understand what Kinnear’s real purpose is at United.

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Here is a selection of rumours I’ve heard this last week but I’m not giving them any back up:

  • Ashley is getting ready to sell Newcastle United, so he can then buy Glasgow Rangers
  • Some Yanks will buy United
  • Ally McCoist will take over as manager from Alan Pardew
  • Gus Poyet will take over as manager when Pardew is sacked five games into the season and after the transfer window has closed
  • Or it could be Steve McLaren (heard this a few times actually)
  • Or Joe Kinnear
  • Ashley was in Newcastle on Saturday discussing transfers with Kinnear, Carr and Pardew. No news if this was in or out.

And in other rumour related stuff, here are some more:

  • Joe Kinnear thinks Wikipedia is a brilliant data-base of players for him to use. He hadn’t heard of it before we “signed” Remy.
  • Joe Kinnear doesn’t know how to use the internet or how to send an e-mail
  • Joe Kinnear told a punter at Central Station he was keen to get shot of Shola Ameobi
  • Joe Kinnear spoke to a parent of a lad at the Academy and imagining he was on the coaching staff spike about various transfer targets and let on he didn’t rate Aubameyang.

We aren’t saying any of this is true in the slightest but this is the kind of stuff swirling around the Mag ether at the moment. None of it is positive but this is where our heads are at right now.

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On the subject of the website and associated doings, I just wanted to let on what we’ll have lined up for you this season.

Most importantly, we have decided to really up our coverage of games and in the run up to every Premier League game at least we’ll have a new and improved match preview, a History File on each fixture, an interview with a fanzine-head from the opposing club, a full match report from one of our correspondents at every game United plays and we’ll also have a new TIFOSI section, in which five rank and file, match-going Mags will give their view on the latest game.

Not only but also, we’ll also have the long-running Thru Black & White Eyes weekly editorial (nudge: what you are reading now) as well as young Mr Harrison’s weekly Video-Blog and what we hope to be a fortnightly Podcast with yon Taylor & Besty with what we’re hoping will be invited guests and all the rest of it.

Every single bit of our content will have the facility for you to agree, disagree and add your own two pennorth. Access all areas.

We’ll also have the Twitter and Facebook stuff available for you again as well.

Regular readers will know we are keen to bring in contributions from the Black & White diaspora and add something of an international flavour to our doings here. Thus we’ll have John continuing his Blog From Brazil, Tony picking up the reins of the Real Spain, Graham roaring back from his life and times in Greece, Neil keeping us up to date from Germany, Andy detailing what goes down for a Geordie in Malawi whilst Chris prepares to do likewise from Senegal. I’m about to put someone else’s arm up their back on this score as well and hopefully I’ll have news for you soon too. These international Blogs are intended for our fellow-Mags to give us a flavour of what is going on all around the world and where our comrades are getting their football fix, what their lives are like and what Newcastle United looks like from distant shores.

(Cough) And because we are well-rounded individuals we have extended our coverage to Cricket this summer with Tom and Alex laying stuff down from Durham CCC and England Cricket respectively. We think we’ve got something sorted for The Falcons and The Eagles as well as the England football team too.

Whilst we always listen to what you tell us about the true faith output we’d like to think we don’t just ride the latest populist wave and keep to the principles we have for true faith. We’ll continue with our Political Blogs just as we will with our music stuff. We realise this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you don’t like it, don’t let it spoil your life and just blank it. We are what we are.

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So then, Man City and West Ham this week to get the season up and running. I don’t think I’ll be controversial but anything we can get in Manchester on Monday night will be a bonus. We are a million miles behind Man City and only getting further away from them as they continue to invest in the best players on the planet and we do fuck all and go backwards. What will not be acceptable will be another spirit-crushing hiding of the type that became a little too regular last season. We were appalling defensively last season and we’ll look to see how things have been improved on Monday night. A Saturday 3pm KO sees those Happy Hammers make their way up norf and whilst they have added Carroll to their ranks, the tale is he won’t make it to Gallowgate this weekend. Kevin Nolan will though and I expect him to be a handful as he always is. Allardyce has a good record at SJP (well, part from when he managed us like) but frankly anything less than 3pts from Pardew’s men and B&W balloons going up may be sighted in the vicinity of Barrack Road at 5pm.

Well, here we go again, the least anticipated season I can recall in many, many years with a large swathe of us wondering what the whole point of our club is any more. There may be apathy at the moment but a few defeats on the spin and the atmosphere will turn toxic. No-one wants that but there’s only one way to prevent it – be ambitious for the club, sign some players and win football matches. Simple as that.

 

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8 Responses to THRU BLACK & WHITE EYES – GET READY – 18/Aug/13

  1. Paul Whiteman says:

    Good piece, well written as always….I’ve never been so underwhelmed in over 30 years of supporting Newcastle. At the moment I just want to punch Pardew in the face with all the drivel he’s coming out with at the moment. Grow some balls mate…….

  2. Mick Dixon says:

    Most prem clubs have backed the manager with £££ to strengthen the squad etc.
    We have not done so that speaks volumes.
    Please dont mention us in the same breath with Southampton, Swansea, W Ham and Fulham. Are we that low?
    Good luck to the lads I dont expect anything so you never knaa!!
    Sorry I wont be going it will kill me but Im not paying the wages of J F K or the gobsht Pardrew. Back the team not the regime will not work if you pay out and are wearing Wonga!

    Mick

  3. steve McGill says:

    aye. lets have no more embarrassing chants of Shit club shit fans. You’re a bunch of morons

    thats my big hope for the season

    (costs nowt to be civil like) 🙂

  4. Jamie Whelan says:

    It says so much about our club when your stood in the boozer and the bloke next to you asks “What team do you support fella?”. I reply, under my breath nowadays “Newcastle mate”.
    To be met with the response “Ouch, fucking hell… I feel sorry for you mate, what the fuck is going on at your club?!”

    Exactly what the fuck is going on at our club?! It’s fucking scandalous… Rotten through to the core. From that FCB right at the top. Through to that complet inept fucking waster JFK and right down to the utter spineless twat Pardew at the bottom!

    One display like the likes of Sunderland or Southampton last season, to name only two and my fucking sky box is going through my telly!

    Never in my life have I looked forward to the start of a season less… Never before have I questioned my level of comment to continue to support our club and never before have I ever felt so disgusted at that fact other fans feel sorry for me. It’s fucking wrong!

    Still I will stick a tenner on tonight for us to beat City 1-2 HA! I’m clearly fucking mental but hey… You have to be to support this club!

  5. Jamie Whelan says:

    It says so much about our club when your stood in the boozer and the bloke next to you asks “What team do you support fella?”. I reply, under my breath nowadays “Newcastle mate”.
    To be met with the response “Ouch, fucking hell… I feel sorry for you mate, what the fuck is going on at your club?!”

    Exactly what the fuck is going on at our club?! It’s fucking scandalous… Rotten through to the core. From that FCB right at the top. Through to that complete inept fucking waster JFK and right down to the utter spineless twat Pardew at the bottom!

    One display like the likes of Sunderland or Southampton last season, to name only two and my fucking sky box is going through my telly!

    Never in my life have I looked forward to the start of a season less… Never before have I questioned my level of comment to continue to support our club and never before have I ever felt so disgusted at that fact other fans feel sorry for me. It’s fucking wrong!

    Still I will stick a tenner on tonight for us to beat City 1-2 HA! I’m clearly fucking mental but hey… You have to be to support this club!

  6. Keith says:

    It seems to me like Pardew is setting it up for an Allardyce style “it’s not my fault it’s those thick geordies and their high expectations!” sympathy fest when he exits, and so far the press are lapping it up! Predicting us mid-table but the bookies have him first to go? hmmm, something funny going on there definitely.

  7. Tom Bates says:

    If Cabaye goes then that really shows the extent (or lack of) our ambition. Cant see us selling for 10 million but 15-20mill might get him. Or is Wenger going for a few bids that he knows wont come off to kid the fans that he wants to spend money, a tactic Newcastle have done in recent years.
    I can see us picking up a fair few ponits in our first few home games before tailing off when injuries and malaise set in, like last season. Our first 11 is still a half decent side though.

  8. Mikey says:

    HA! I’m clearly fucking mental but hey… You have to be to support this club!…Jamie..so fucking true