Newcastle – Entertaining Everyone Except For Their Own Fans

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Absolutely right about Shearer. My stepfather gave up his season ticket at St. James’s a few years ago, and one of his most significant reasons for doing so was the cult of Shearer that has had the club and its supporters by the nads for the last ten years. If you read any story about the Mags since the middle of the Robson era, the subtext was always that Shearer had the last word on any decision. Though I’m no fan of Allardyce either, the best thing Newcastle could do at the moment (albeit not the most popular in the eyes of their largely deluded fanbase) would be to distance themselves from Shearer until he’s proved he knows more about man-management than the bare essentials needed to deck Keith Gillespie outside a nightclub…

  2. Brian says:

    Great post. My first thought when the news came down was Didier Deschamps (relatively proven, wants to coach in England, probably wouldn’t consider himself too good for Newcastle) but it’s hard to see how he’d be an improvement over Allardyce. I think Jol might be out of their league, frankly.

    The only way I can make sense of this decision from Newcastle’s perspective is to think that Mike Ashley never wanted Allardyce in the first place, and has been looking for reasons to give him the ax. Allardyce’s worst failing, when all is said and done, may have been taking a job at a club that was bought by a kooky billionaire only a few weeks after he signed on.

  3. Ed says:

    The answer to the problems is simple: Steve McClaren.

    This way will ensure the Newcastle United show keeps on entertaining the neutral for the forseeable future.

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