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another brace for the signing of the season
(assuming Burnley and QPR are down)
Newcastle would be really fucking funny but I dislike Sunderland more
just plodding along drawing three games out of four.
They and Newcastle both have a "sleeping giant" complex - big stadiums, huge followings, mediocre form.
I'd be happy with either to go down. But Newcastle would be hilarious. (I think they'll beat QPR though).
I just think they've already just about got enough
because they are by all accounts a well run club, far better than Newcastle, but there seems to be something indefatigably rotten in their dressing room that no manager can root out. They've been dragging along at the bottom of the table for what seems like decades now, constantly getting hammered with shapeless teams yet somehow able to conjure up three clubs worse than them season after season. I could really do without seeing Seb Larsson's face again in particular.
But would be kind of sad if Newcastle went down.
Sunderland can gtf though. Pointless club.
Carver was in charge at Plymouth Argyle (along with Paul Mariner) when Newcastle relegated us from the Championship at Home Park in 2010. Whilst we are all crying into our pasties and preparing for our subsequent administration and epic fall to the bottom of the football league, the club were so gracious in defeat they laid on a giant party for the Toon fans, who had secured promotion to the Premier league on that night. Everything about it was so utterly embarrassing and while Newcastle fans hold us in high regard to this day, I've hated them ever since and it would be lovely to see Carver mastermind their fall from grace.
Sunderland, Newcastle AND Hull down??
Get rid of Newcastle, Sunderland, Villa, QPR, Burnley and Hull and let Watford, Bournemouth, Norwich, Boro, Ipswich and Brentford all come up.
fucking villa never played ball though.
how about stoke? fuck stoke.
I'm actually not minding them. Don't know what's changed, really.
Slightly naff club, rubbish kit, silly (about to get sillier) name, plodding manager, not much flair. But I kind of don't mind them now. Of all the relegation candidates it's only really QPR and Sunderland I'd be glad to see the back of.
not sure how that's come about.
toughest run, pointless club, Snoddy comes home in the summer
where the media decide Arsenal will make a title challenge next year.
and Spurs nailed on for at least a champions league spot next year
He's spending money, he's actually adapting his gameplan for the match in question (especially against City and us), if he can follow up this with buying a proper centre half and midfield bastard this summer then I think they might challenge.
I really do. Always liked their style of football.
Reality is though that Arsenal won't buy a holding midfielder or any other defensive cover, half of their brilliant players will likely get pinched over the summer and Chelsea will still win the league by nicking a result against them. Wenger has barely ever taken a point off of Jose.
We might even buy some of the players we need this summer. Maybe. Possibly. We might buy one I guess.
And we don't need to beat Chelsea to win the league, just stop stuff like drawing to Hull at home and losing to Man Utd incessantly. If Wenger can't beat Mourinho in a match, then he shouldn't try, just try to pick up more points elsewhere.
scroll to the bottom:
look where hull are!
look how many teams have failed to get 40 points!
I only wish goal difference was on there too
And no-one cares about the rest, really.
Apart from Swansea and Hull he's pretty close with everyone.
when you're making predictions week by wek
what is he thinking
he thought they were more likely to not-lose than lose, seems fair.
they'll be lucky to stay in the top 10 at this rate
And to think people were calling Bournemouth some kind of football fairytale as well.
So we've all got to wait until May 14 until we find out who will win the exciting race for 15th in the Championship.
Think any outcome other than awarding us the 3 points would set a strange precedent that if you don't like the way the game is going, get on the pitch.
A lot of our fans appear to have decided that us finishing above Leeds is more important than having football clubs run properly, by people who's interests are in the club. Blackpool have been trying to get rid of Oyston for years now, and Saturday was just the result of all their other protests getting nowhere. I hope all our fans that went get at least their tickets refunded, but most were just along for the end of season piss up anyway. The protest was probably more entertaining than the game.
was the only worthwhile thing that's happened at Bloomfield road this season
but if it was my club I'd probably do the same. It's not even as though Oyston is ambivalent towards the fans: he seems to enjoy taking the piss out of them and disrespecting the club by e.g. removing the Mortensen statue for 'health & safety' reasons. It's a shame the Fit & Proper rules don't have a clause covering massive cunts.
THE HOLY GOALIE
HE'S FUCKIN MENTAL
people are so weird when it comes to newcastle
what an excellent quote (although I did enjoy England losing the 6 nations this year)
any club with a unique-special-snowflake complex gets ripped into when they do badly (leeds, man u, liverpool are the main ones). Why Newcastle being shit is funnier than Villa (for example) being shit is difficult to explain, but it's definitely true
feel really sorry for Newcastle now, everything about Saturday was miserable, I've always had a soft spot for them for their 90's teams and having lived there briefly but all that aside, those very passionate and excellent fans don't deserve what's happening to their team
they were total dicks about Pardew. He was doing a pretty decent job with a squad that's average at best and rarely invested in. Happy for Pardew that he's somewhere that he's appreciated and doing a great job.
that I'm happy for Pardew, his relationship with Palace is a joy, he wasn't *that* great at Newcastle as that article points out, but either way I think the fans quite rightly have more of a beeve with the absolute nut job who owns them
until I lived with a Newcastle fan. The bad loser, and an even worse winner. Most aggressive about other teams and players and was the most guilty of schadenfreude out of anyone I know. Made me start to enjoy Newcastle losing.
actually made a couple of points on MOTD which *almost* counted as analysis.
to a goalie attempting a cruyff turn?
Would be surprised if with us next season with his wages at the scummers though.
is Pires running away from him
everyone stays stony-faced because it's totally not at all funny
but for a whole variety of reasons, Steve McLaren being a big one
was at the iPro on Saturday, and Derby's performance convinced him once and for all that they needed to get him in immediately
over the weekend. Never really bought into the idea that he would go, and glad it has been sorted in good time so he can get to work in the transfer market and sort out our defence.
of Paolo Di Canio.
so much threat and penetration. could have been 6 in the first half alone. hull are absolutely fucking dreadful mind you, only other time i've watched them properly was when west ham carved them apart in the last half hour at upton park. how they're that open with a 5 man defense (in the loosest definition) is just....
to touch on the discussion about our chances next season:
i think chelsea have to be decent favourites over everybody. they're already so strong, they're going to strengthen, and i'd imagine that they have another gear in them if anyone actually threatens to run em close over the course.
i think after them we're probably best placed to challenge. we have a really strong, settled core of players and there's good depth throughout the squad. there's also the exciting thought of what a fit again wilshere and chamberlain might add to the mix (before being ruled out for half the season, obviously).
in terms of signings i don't think we need anything more than a centre midfielder- schneiderlin or someone of that calibre- to upgrade on coquelin who can then be a great rotation option, and a keeper- cech would be incredible. i think its a shame, cos he's potentially amazing, but wenger's clearly lost faith in szczc (sic?) and ospina is nowhere near the top level of keepers, so a signing there is a must.
other than that only thing i can see being potentially necessary is a replacement for walcott if he doesn't wind his neck in and accept the money on offer (not much more than his current 100k, i expect). there's no way he's worth what guys like alexis and ozil are getting paid and i think we're already starting to see that clubs continually going mad with inflated wage packets is disastrous in this new age of ffp, because it essentially leaves players completely stuck at clubs. i dont really want a situation where walcott's a heavily paid squad player we have no chance of selling for a reasonable price because he's on mental wages that only a handful of clubs (who likely won't need him) can afford. if he won't sign take the 15m or so he'll bring in and get somebody else, we can now afford to do that with the other options we have.
we also really don't need a defender, unless we send chamberlain on loan which could be a good idea if a premier league club will give him a lot of minutes. mertesacker's fine so long as hes next to koscielny, and gabriel looks promising. we have four great full-backs.
outgoings will likely be flamini, maybe rosicky :(, and jenkinson for a few mill to west ham hopefuly (IRONS!).
exciting times for our club for sure.
whenever I've seen him play he's looked pretty great.
You'll be nowhere near winning the league again next season
surprise there's been no HYPE but maybe I got the date wrong
highlight for me is Clive talking about how Ronaldo 'can change a game in a second' after nodding in a brilliant team move from a foot out
in line for a £60 win. might cash it out now instead though
nearly lost all my beer tokens. Great game, 2-1 to the home team's always the best first leg score too.