For whatever reason, this week is flying by. Wednesday already... but don't worry. The Monday match v. Arsenal will feel far enough away by the time it's all said and done. It's another run through today, and then we will have a special guest host for the links tomorrow- be sure to check it out! Today in the links: Geordies, HBA, Cabaye, summer tour and crickets. Click on, Macduff!
"It is a man’s game and you get on with it – you do not sit and nitpick your way through it two days later, you move on to the next game. "Martin has played and managed through battles during his career and knows the game. "To be going through it with the press and looking at who kicked who and who did this or that is silly. If Alan Pardew has chosen to keep his thoughts to himself he has done the right thing. Why add fuel to the fire? "The Newcastle fans will be happy to see the manager preparing for the next game."
Bob Moncur had some pretty strong words for Martin O'Neill- Joe Allon also had things to say in this article. At the club level, however, I have to mention: This silence is the only appropriate response.
Back then they got the chance to see their team in action in Kansas, Orlando and Columbus and rub shoulders with the players, Alan Pardew, John Carver and the coaching team. The Chronicle understands that while the Toon Army would be welcome across the pond by a host of Major League Soccer outfits, it is believed that other destinations are currently being considered, with invites from the Far East and around Europe all landing on Pardew’s desk.
I of course would welcome another US tour with a stop in Seattle or Portland, but who knows where they'll ultimately end up.
Cabaye – who has already starred for Lille in the continent’s premier competition – told the Chronicle of United’s assault on the European places: "We hope it’s not finished yet. We have to keep going and finish the job for us and for the fans. "From the start the fans have been behind us. Every home game we have played with 12 men. "We owe it to them to finish the season in style."
The remaining schedule has enough challenges to make the Quest for Europe interesting... but it is splendid for that to be a going concern.
HATEM Ben Arfa remains committed to English football despite a second frustrating campaign on Tyneside. While the playmaker’s debut season was ruined by a broken leg, this term has provided its fair share of frustration too. At times they have spilled out, but Ben Arfa insists he has no intention of walking away. "I have no desire to leave England," he said. "They play real football here with passion and the fans are great. "I have already played at Milan, Madrid and Barcelona, but it is in England that I feel the best when I am on the pitch."
Pardew told the Chronicle: "I don’t want to keep buying players from France and Germany. "I want to buy somebody from here. from say Hartlepool – or bring our own on from the Academy.
This really is a wise plan... a Newcastle United team bereft of Geordies will be loved... but a Newcastle United team with a new generation of Geordie Heroes will be revered.