Some of us (most of us?) grumbled when the Toon struggled this season and we remembered that Alan Pardew has an 8-year contract with the club. Well, there's a method to the madness. NUFC managing director Derek Llambias says he thinks Pardew could emulate Sir Alex Ferguson and says a long-term manager would bring some much needed stability to the club.
Llambias gave a lengthy exclusive to Chronicle Live, which they broke into several parts. Some of the more notable ones include Llambias saying Newcastle had to act in the January transfer window, or face a three or four year set-back in terms of their goals. Plus, he has no regrets about the Demba Ba departure, saying NUFC offered him a nice deal. Lots of good stuff in there, which I'm sure we can dissect over the coming days.
Pardew is "banishing thoughts of relegation" and wants to attack the Premiere League.
Now that Newcastle has bought all of France, it turns its attention to Holland. NUFC scouts will be taking in The Netherlands' U-21 tilt with Ireland, plus several Eredivise matches this weekend.
The Mag asks the Jonas Gutierrez question.
NUFC was mentioned at the EU Parliament. Apparently, France has a rather high tax rate.
Fabricio Coloccini says his future is not clear, and he's unsure as to if he'll stay Tyneside.
Cartilage Free Captain takes a look at Emmanuel Adebayor. He may be filling into the striker role with Jermain Defoe's injury.
The US Men's National Team lost their opener in 'The Hex'. Stars and Stripes FC breaks down the loss to Honduras.
Manchester United and Real Madrid are getting set for a UEFA Champion's League tie. The Busby Babe chats it up with Managing Madrid.