A brilliant Friday to you all! Special thanks to Robert for picking up the links yesterday... I was reading them through and thinking "This is quite a lot better than these links usually are!" Regardless, here I am back at the helm and we're coming to on the fixture at Arsenal on Monday. I say "coming to" seeing as there is not a bunch about the fixture in the media just yet. We're all just a bit like the USS United States of 19th century fame, nicknamed "The Old War Wagon" for it's notoriously slow turning ability. But hey, once it got about, you were in for it! /historyed
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Pardew told the Chronicle: "I think our fans should be pleased. "There are a lot of fans up and down the country – Port Vale this week – where you could really worry about your football club in terms of the financial standing of it. "We haven’t got that going on, we are in a good financial situation.
This really cannot be stressed enough. On a financial level, the Ashley regime cannot be considered (at this time) anything other than a stunning success. There is a bit of conversation on the nature of the £140m debt owed from the club to Mike Ashley as an individual, all of which is much smarter than I am, but it seems that @iwantcurlyhair2 on the Twitters (whose opinion I respect greatly) seems to think that this news is not quite as glittery as we're celebrating it as.
"For us we will continue to trade as we are and if somebody knocks on the door it is about the price. "It is about the player, do they want to stay. "They’ll say ‘I want to stay but what if I can get this?’"
It is going to be interesting to see how this all reconciles itself over the summer. I think that the January window showed that clubs are tapping the breaks a bit on huge transfer fees. Where will that middle ground lie between our recent success in demanding as high a fee as possible and other clubs hesitating to do so? Don't get me wrong... if we're talking about a player for which we can demand such a fee, I'm not going to cry if we don't manage to move them. Just thinking aloud.
"He had to prove himself to me," Pardew admitted. "I saw him in the summer on holiday and he mentioned it was the last year of his contract. "He said he really hoped he had a good season. "I thought, ‘I hope you do too, We’ll see how it goes, it’s not likely’. "I didn’t say that at the time. But he couldn’t have played better than he has." Taylor is the third player rewarded with a new contract in a week, although Pardew was sanguine about the need for top-scorer Demba Ba to be next. "That’s what is important for all the players here – to put in a fantastic season and earn a contract," the manager reflected. "Tim Krul, Colo (Fabricio Coloccini) and Ryan Taylor have done that.
I will always looove it when a player who demonstrably loves the club earns a new contract like this. I think I'm well on record that I (probably over-) value loyalty and love for the club, and so while I'm not quite as over the moon on this extension as I was about Krul and Colo's new deals, I'm really happy for Ryan and for the club.
Sunderland were back in it when Alex Baird rushed out to make a routine clearance but after a0 mix up with Perch connected with nothing but fresh air on 28 minutes. That left Oumare Tounkara with an easy task to roll into the empty net.
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Obertan started the game brightly causing problems for the visitors’ young defence, and opened the scoring for the hosts in front of watching manager Alan Pardew. He said: "You have got to improve and impress people to make it back into the first team. "Hopefully, I made a good impression."
I really feel like Gaby is going to come good for Newcastle United. There's enough class there... I just think it's going to take a patient hand to dig it all back out. The kid was a rock star when he was signed by Man U, but failing to crack through there damaged him, surely. I know it's reserves, but it is another goal for him... hopefully he carries this forward to create more confidence.
One last little note- I have seen the interview that Llambias gave yesterday and acknowledge it... I'm working a stand-alone piece that I hope to put up mid-day today, but it just needs a bit more polish.
Also-- Here is a little video in honor of the fun financial news of the last day :)
monty python- Accountancy shanty (via swingindoorspro)