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Newcastle United Saturday Links: Long Weekend Edition

Super Mac suggests HBA turn into Peter Beardsley.  OK.  I'd accept that.
Super Mac suggests HBA turn into Peter Beardsley. OK. I'd accept that.

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

Alan Pardew: Newcastle desperate to bounce back from Carling Cup defeat | Mail Online

So we lost for the first time in well, a long time.  Moving on.

Player Links!

Supermac: Ben Arfa should follow Beardsley’s example - NUFC Columnists - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

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.

Cheick Tiote: It's crucial that we stick together - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

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.

The meticulous Alan Pardew of Newcastle United - ESPN Soccernet

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.

Best not in the picture as Ireland bank on Long to make miracle recovery - League of Ireland, Soccer -

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.


Pardew happy with Coloccini contract talks (From The Northern Echo)

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. 

Newcastle United move in for Modibo Maiga - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

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

Tim Krul: We know what to expect from Stoke - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

"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.


Alan Pardew is keen to focus on strengths - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

"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. 

Denis Smith: Potters will give Newcastle their stiffest test yet | This is Staffordshire

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 to use protective mask at Stoke - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

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!