The better half is participating in a Dog Jog 5K today, and as a consequence I was up early as well. This means not much in the general scheme of things, but I am catching what has been a supremely entertaining match in Arsenal v. Chelsea. Lots of very nice attacking play, not very much defending at all, really. The weekend is an extra day for Newcastle United with our visit to the Britannia Stadium looming on Monday night-- until then, how about a few links? The Jump! Interesting quotes! Literary heros!
Not worth rehashing the mid-week loss to Blackburn, so here's just one link
So we lost for the first time in well, a long time. Moving on.
I've said it before-- I love the legends commenting on the current club, and I'll almost always link it when they do. I don't think that I would be singular in the opinion that if Hatem Ben Arfa could be Peter Beardsley... well... I'd be on cloud 9 to say the least.
It seems that this squad is not at all short of natural leaders. Captain Colo has lead tremendously well from his spot in the back. Cheik Tiote has been a little more verbal. I suppose that more than the having of leaders in comparison with last year's squad, it's a matter of leadership styles relative to squad make-up that is making the difference.
So Alan Pardew is not as much of a player these days, but he can live here anyway. I enjoyed this read quite a bit, written by a man who has extensive exposure to AP behind the scenes.
Giovanni Trappattoni would prefer Shane Long, diagnosed out for 6 weeks with injury, to Leon Best. It's his squad, he'll do what he wants.
Newcastle have sold key players in the last two transfer windows, and with Coloccini's wages of around £80,000-a-week making him the highest-paid player on the books, there are fears owner Mike Ashley could opt to cash in again if an inviting opportunity presents itself in January.
I am and will always be against this sale (which granted is completely in rumor at this point)- unless the NUFC brass can drive the price extremely out of line a la the former number 9 shirt. Colo's salary is perhaps the most compelling reason to sell him on, BUT, the club are at break-even point with this contract on the books. Any non-exorbitant transfer fee sale under the guise of reducing payroll would be disingenuous at best.
Modibo Maiga rumors persist. . . despite his want-away antics at the beginning of the season, he's stepped up and done the job for Sochaux. Not much to complain about there.
A Links Preview of Newcastle United at Stoke City
"It’s definitely not an easy game to have on a Monday night.
"We’ll have a fight on our hands, we just have to be ready. We’ll touch on that in training."
Stoke are going to do what they do... it's just a matter if we can do what we want to do better.
"Last year I perhaps put too much emphasis on us stopping what they do, and not enough on what we do. "You learn by your mistakes, and we'll hopefully be able to combat what they do and take our game to them."
Interesting admissions from Alan Pardew in this one... hopefully the new thought process works- we did lose both fixtures v. Stoke City last year.
It does not seem that some of Stoke''s support are not too impressed with Newcastle thus far this term, at least to extrapolate from this column.
STEVEN TAYLOR could face Stoke City wearing a protective Zorro-style mask
So you're telling me that we could have Spiderman and Zorro both in the starting lineup on Monday? Sign me up!