Sticky Toffee Puddings! Everton 3-2 Newcastle

Lukaku celebrates
Lukaku celebrates
Another game, another 3-2 defeat and another defensive horror show ensured United left Merseyside empty handed on Monday night.

An awful firs half performance put the game beyond doubt before the interval although Newcastle very nearly, and against any odds, managed to salvage something from the match.

However if you start a game in the Premier League so poorly and give up three soft goals away from home then you’re going to struggle and ultimately that was our downfall. Alan Pardew will shoulder a lot of the blame but some of the players in that side, especially defensively, should take a good, hard look at themselves and ponder if they are doing even the basics correctly.

The home side grabbed the lead after just five minutes through on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku who was on hand to apply the finish past Tim Krul who was left with little to no chance of stopping it.

Lukaku had a hand in the second goal also as Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seemingly just ran away from the Belgian striker allowing him to tee up Ross Barklay who found the back of the net midway through the first half.

An awful defensive display was rounded off in some style on 37 minutes as Lukaku added a third after a long punt upfield from Tim Howard somehow eluded both Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul allowing the former Anderlecht man the privilege of dispatching the ball into an unguarded net.

Awful. Plain awful. All United could muster in return was a tame effort from Hatem Ben Arfa which Tim Howard comfortably pushed away and in truth the away side could probably count themselves rather fortunate to be just the three goals behind.

Half-time: Everton 3-0 Newcastle

A double change from Alan Pardew saw the hapless Hatem Ben Arfa and miserable Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaced by Yohan Cabaye and Mike Williamson respectively, and it was a double substitution which paid almost immediate dividends.

First Yoan Gouffran hit the inside of the post and moments later United managed to end Everton’s defensive robustness and score at Goodison Park in 687 minutes of Premier League action, and it wasn’t a bad goal either from Yohan Cabaye who beat Tim Howard with a screamer from outside the penalty area.

Loic Remy could have added another soon after but he was denied by Phil Jagielka before Cabaye wasted a chance from a free-kick by firing into the wall.

With time running out it looked as though Cabaye’s strike would prove to be merely a consolation, but in the closing seconds of normal time Mathieu Debuchy nodded the ball back to Loic Remy who prodded the ball home to make injury time very interesting indeed.

And the comeback was very nearly complete in stoppage time as Remy collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area before firing just over Tim Howard’s crossbar in what was to be the last real chance of the match.

Full-time: Everton 3-2 Newcastle

As I said at the start, if you give so much away so easily you’ll always struggle and that was the case here. I’m heartened by the second half performance which, in fairness, couldn’t have been any worse than the one witnessed in the first, but ultimately it meant nothing.

Unconfirmed reports surfaced after the match suggesting that Alan Pardew tendered his resignation although I wouldn’t know if it’s true and I very much doubt the people who started it all off know if it’s true either. However, much longer and I don’t think Alan Pardew will get the choice to leave.

Howay the lads!

Everton: Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Leon Osman, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku

Subs: Joel Robles, John Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Gerard Deulofeu, Steven Naismith, John Stones

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheik Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa

Subs: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

Attendance: 33,495

P.S: Apologies for the delay in getting this out. I’ve been working odd shifts starting at midnight!

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321 thoughts on “Sticky Toffee Puddings! Everton 3-2 Newcastle

  1. Ryder in the Chronicle reporting Pardew might drop Hatem for Cardiff. Now that’s the sign of a real tactical genius 👿 👿 👿

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  2. Georgio – to be fair, I’d say if he went Remy left, Cisse through the middle and Gouffran on the right, I could understand that. From what I’ve seen so far this season I think Gouffran offers a more all round performance than Benny. Benny would be one hell of an impact sub to have.

    I see the rags are reporting Spurs going for Tom Ince in January, and today’s stories reckon as little as £4m :shock:. We’d better at least be challenging Spurs at that price like!!. We could certainly offer more regular first team football.

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  3. Sharpy – you say to be fair? You want him to drop Benny and play the totally useless Cisse? We have Benny and you want Tom Ince?
    Very strange, very, very.

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  4. I want a well played 90 minute game out of our lads on Saturday against Cardiff. No more after game excuses from anyone please. Get out there and play like you can. Pardew set out a decent formation with our in form players. Is that too much to ask lads and lasses? No it isn’t.

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  5. No doubt Ince will jump at the chance to go to Spurs Kimtoon mate and they will pay him a decent wage. What is Joe doing to improve our squad or perhaps I should say what will he do in January? Is there any money available or will we still go into the red if we spend 5 pounds?

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  6. Don’t worry I can’t rant for long on here today. Just having a few last thoughts before getting to work mates. 😀

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  7. Georgio – Benny and Cisse play in totally different positions. Cisse wasn’t dropped against Everton for Benny, he was dropped for Gouffran. Cisse was dropped to move Remy into the middle, but I feel he’s most dangerous on the left. Cisse at this time is still the best option through the middle (whether you like it or not) because we didnt strengthen there.
    I’m talking about him playing Gouffran in place of Benny, coz I think work rate wise Gouffran gives more and also offers an offensive threat.
    Benny generally offers a greater offensive threat, but doesn’t work hard enough when we don’t have the ball. His decision making isnt great either in my overly critical opinion. I think sometimes he’d be better off passing the ball when he tries to beat his man and we loose the ball.
    Gouffran for Benny wouldn’t be my preferred choice, my preferred choice would be Benny upped his work rate and improved on his decision making. Against Fulham and Villa Benny was excellent, but against Hull and Everton he was very poor.
    My to be fair comment meant, if he plays dropping Benny to play Gouffran then I could understand that coz Goof has done well so far this season. But if he dropped him for Jonas or Marv then I couldn’t understand that decision.

    As for wanting Tom Ince. Big deal if we already have Benny?!
    Ince would provide strength in depth and at £4m he’d be a great buy. There’s nowt to say we will defo sign Remy yet, and Benny hasn’t been offered or signed a new contract yet, so theres nowt to say he will commit to us!. But Ince would provide the competition that Obertan doesn’t at the moment.

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  8. This is another big test for Pardew because the games coming up are so difficult. Even away to the mackems will be a test of sorts because they will get up for it. Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea all coming soon. Where are the points coming from to save Pardew’s neck? I have to think he will be gone by early November no matter what we think. Joe will step in temporarily and then who knows? I think that plan is already in place. The only chance it won’t happen is if we spring some surprise wins on a few good teams.

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  9. Kim – they may see Ince as a replacement to Lennon. I know Lennon is only mid 20’s but he doesn’t play regularly and I think he’s suffered a few injuries over the last few seasons I think.

    If so I could live with signing Lennon as a replacement to Obertan and for competition for Benny. He’s more of an out and out winger than a wing forward like but if he’s creating goals I could live with that as well

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  10. Fine Sharpy – devils advocate again. I’m just pissed off about our situation. Benny has a poor half against Everton ( apart from Gouffran they all did) and he’ll drop him. We just watched 40 odd games of a piss poor Cisse and he’s going to bring him back.
    For me Benny right, Remy up top and Gouffran back to the left. That’s our best attack with all 3 a threat. I do think Remy is a good CF much better than anybody else we’ve got and he’s brilliant in the air.

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  11. I would absolutely love to have Lennon in place of Obertan Sharpy mate. Is he likely to want to come to us though? Possibly with a wage of 50K a week and regular playing time I suppose.

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  12. Georgio – what I couldn’t understand is that he stuck with Cisse when he could score, then he nets against Leeds and probably does his confidence wonders, then drops him?! 😕

    Personally I’d keep Remy on the left, Benny right and play Goof through the middle. They could all interchange but I think Remy is the answer to our left flank. He looks so comfortable in that position that Ba didn’t want to play in. Goof played through the middle in pre season and looked good enough to me like. I just think Benny has so much more to give than what he’s shown against Hull and Everton. It’s like a smart kid who’s capable of getting A*s only getting a B – you know it’s still good but it’s not their best.
    I played CB to a good level during my playing days and gave 100% every game. I score a canny few goals from set plays and hit double figures one season. But I had nee tricks and little pace. Good positioning, but if I tried the Cruyff turn I’d be on my arse!. It used to piss me off watch the lads who had that game not applying themselves, coz I knew it was a gift. Benny frustrates me in the same way mate.

    Geordie – if Lennon wasn’t getting game time at Spurs I think he’d leave mate. But his wage may be a problem for us. If QPR get promoted I reckon Defoe and Lennon may end up there.

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  13. Georgio – to be fair, I was equally frustrated with Colo and Mbwia against Everton in the 1st half and was probably one of the few pleased to see Williamson come on :lol:. From what I’ve seen there isn’t actually that much work needs doing with the back 4 IMO – although it may not look that way. They just need to focus on the basics and get those right – the rest will quickly follow I think.

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  14. Too many people been up Ben Arfa’s arse.

    He’s been terrible the last two games. Both in possession and tracking back.

    You can say Pardew has played him out of position, but then you can argue against Everton he should never have been played in the first place.

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  15. Also,
    Mbiwa clearly hasn’t fully adapted to the premier league. Taylor is the better of then two when fit, especially against powerful strikers like Lukaku.

    His strength when playing next to Colo is underestimated.

    Also, Michael 12, are you ready to admit that Cabaye is our best midfielder by some distance. If not our best player by some distance.

    In the time he has been on the field, we were 2-1 up Hull (lost 2-3 when he went off).
    We were 3-0 down to Everton, came back to 3-2 and almost got 3-3 when he came on.

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  16. Pardew drope benny ❓ …ha ha ..what a funny clown…he destroyed him his mind his legs all.. when he get him on right wing ❗ 👿
    What is the message… 😕 banes is too strong for u…u cannot pass him and i know u are a no 10 preference behind remy..and i know u r not a defender player ❗ but i m the boss and prefere sissoko semi midfield defender …poor pass and vision… 👿 great great mistackes ❗
    If some of bech pardew droped hba now…after his higher very very good performances since august… 👿 ❗
    I think it is very very injustice and not correct…and it mean he s a big poor manager ..coz he can t talk with him ..yes i m sure if he do that he lost him seriously clash… ❗
    And i m 100% agree with him if that happened…
    Shame and **** pardew …**** off ❗ and get out ❗

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  17. Spurs playing very well against Anzhi who are a weakened side admittedly but Spurs are also bedding in a lot of new players. We had better be prepared for them.

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  18. chebbs @246 Pards is trying hard to find his best lineup and formation mate. That’s about all I can say in support of Pardew. Cisse has been a disaster so far this season with no goals in the league. That makes it difficult for a manager like Pardew who likes to develop trust in certain players. Benny can look poor at times if the game isn’t open enough and we aren’t in the attacking half. But that is up to Pardew to solve. I’m not saying Pardew isn’t at least partly to blame. Gouffran appears to be growing in confidence to me. He was our best player against Everton (and the only positive for us in the first half). He must play in my opinion. Cabaye is a must when fit, as is Colo (despite the Everton game), Remy, and Anita. Cisse is iffy for me as is Santon. We have some real problems to solve and I’m not sure Pardew is up to it.

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  19. The fight back against Everton was a very good sign but it has to be followed up with a good performance against Cardiff. If we collapse for even a half again it will look very grim for Pardew. The inconsistency of our play is probably what is going to get him sacked. I hope Ashley regains his sanity and hires a good manager. Last chance Mike.

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  20. G2 If Pardew gets the sack after defeats to Cardiff and Liverpool then so be it. I just hope it’s not Kinnear but it will be. He won’t improve matters on the pitch, the players won’t respect him. We could end up getting relegated again, so for that reason I would stick with Pardew. Ashley won’t employ a descent manager. He won’t spend big on players and sometimes I ask myself why I bother supporting this club with no ambition

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  21. All we can do is hope STEM @251 mate. Hope that Ashley sees his current method isn’t working either for him or the supporters. He’s got a 16th place team again, not a mid table one. He’s in danger of losing his money. The method clearly hasn’t worked. You can’t go half way. Buy foreign internationals and then have a mediocre English manager who has never managed a series of decent seasons with anyone. And Kinnear obviously isn’t the answer either. Stop with the lackeys Ashley before it really is too late and you lose your money, the only thing you really care about.

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  22. http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/671500102?-11058

    So Pardew DID speak with Ashley and Joe after the game!. Didn’t the Chronicle write the other night that he hadn’t?.
    I wish he’d shut his trap tho, 0-3 at Cardiff – I doubt it like. But even if we did I wouldn’t be thinking we’ll win the league like. My first thought would be, if we can beat Cardiff 0-3 – what happened against Hull and Everton!.
    My 2nd thought would be, I bet Pardew thinks we can win the league now!.
    My 3rd thought would be, I wonder how many goals Liverpool will beat us by 😆

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  23. And Spurs have allowed 2 goals in all games played so far Sharpy mate. Seven clean sheets. Dafoe has 5 goals from 7 shots!! How are we going to do against them? It’s very scary looking ahead.

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  24. Geordie – everyone says WE are a selling club, but look at the players they have sold and where they are as a result. Simply because they have an outstanding Chairman in Daniel Levy IMO. They have reinvested every penny and grown the club globally. Them and Swansea should be our blue print IMO.

    Football aside mate, Pardews chat to the media is terrible as well IMO. Other managers don’t come out with **** like this!. That’s another reason why I’d like Di Matteo. Good coach and good with the media. Pardew is a divvy!.

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  25. Pardew’s comments were embarrassing.

    “We have the same amount of points as Man U” – is this how he justifies himself?
    There are 15 teams above us Pards. Including Hull, Cardiff, Southampton, Swansea, Norwich, West Brom, Fulham.

    Since when did we struggle to compete with sides like these???

    The teams we should be on par with, Everton, Liverpool, Spurs etc are so far ahead of us now its scary!

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  26. Spot on Sharpy mate @255. I agree with all you say there. Spurs are a successful club and getting better. AVB is a good manager and learning the Prem now. We are not a well owned or managed club. We are floundering thanks to a very poor owner with no real idea how to improve things short of hiring another flunky.

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  27. Spot on JJ @256. And another scary thing is that West Ham and Fulham may pass us as well in the next few games, mainly depending on their schedules versus ours. It’s ridiculous but we might be 18th come early November. Would Pardew still be with us then? I certainly hope not. Maybe the men with the butterfly nets will have come for Ashley as well.

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  28. GeordieTwo,
    Even if we were 18th you’d still get supporters saying how crucial stability is… 🙄

    Swansea have steadily improved despite several changes of managers, because they keep making good choices.
    Everton are having their best season after 10 years of stability came to an end.
    Southampton fired a manager that was doing okay, for manager that could take them to the next level.

    Its not always about stability. Sometimes its about getting the right man for the job and we do NOT have the right man for the job. Ashley must take the blame for that. It’s likely that he’ll make another mistake by employing Kinnear.

    If he does employ Kinnear, he’d basically be signing his death certificate. He wouldn’t last six months.

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  29. Again spot on JJ @259. You’ve got it sussed mate. If only Ashley had. He just hasn’t learned from last season and the beginning of this. Hiring Kinnear was a disaster as was keeping Pardew after last season. He can’t seem to correct his failings in any way. His lack of football knowledge will mean it will be very unlikely he’ll get all his money back. I won’t shed a tear about that but the state he leaves the club in is a very different thing.

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  30. Let’s see how that looks Mark mate. Hmmm. We’re 16th and they’re 1st in the league. I’m so impressed with the 7th year of the 5 year plan. It’s going swimmingly.

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  31. Everton target ben arfa 2 or 3 player on him all the first half ❗ he can t do evrey think up front evry game…it s impossible ❗ ❗
    What other players do ❓
    How many simple pass sissoko or anita missed …
    Remy and goof are they better than hba on first half ❓
    Do u see the goals ❓
    Is hba faults if the four back are failed like that ❓
    Howard make an assist for lukaku 😯 😯 ❗ and colo was on the moon ❗
    Santon is a joke of a defender and debs too ot everton ❗ 👿
    We can talking about mistack all the team ❗
    But hwo scores vital goals and make 7 points alone and keep us to botom and troubles ❓
    I heard here on this blogs after fulham and villa it s hba save ass of pards ❗ 🙄 no ❓
    It s too easy and too simple to accuse hba all problems ..he s the best and he s the problem ❓
    What a **** simply mind and idiot mind belives that ❓
    Please ..pardew is the ****ing problem…no tactics plan..no hard speech ..never offensiv team…no carism..no good managment …no honnor …he s a looser.. ❗
    Again a scary season wait us ❗ 👿

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  32. Benny has to be in the side for me as well chebby mate @265. But he has to used properly and those around him must know how to play with him. Most teams that are successful against him use a 2 or even 3 man trap before he can get going. Open space is what he needs so we have to get him the ball in open space for god’s sake! Have him stay wide if necessary but get him the ball with a few yards clear. If he’s caught on the ball by two or three players it’s only possible to pass safely out of it or lose the ball. Haven’t we learned anything?

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  33. JJ – bang on the money in both posts for me as well mate. The second post in particular is a very good point – Southampton being the best example. Nice one buddy.

    Geordie – I honestly believe that we are 3-4 players shy of having a squad more than capable of securing 7th spot with a gap to 8th. But that would require a competent manager/coaches and a chairman/DoF capable of clearing the deadwood and getting those 3-4 players needed.

    That leaves me with a dilemma though. Who gets the credit for the squad of players we have now? – is it Ashley? – or is it Lamby, the bloke I slated and wanted out?

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  34. Agree with both you and JJ Sharpy mate. We need huge changes at the club. It’s been obvious for quite a while. Hiring Kinnear was the action of a sad sack who can’t be bothered. It won’t work in football Ashley. Hire some competent people or prepare to lose a huge amount of money.

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  35. Kinnear will be boasting if Remy scores the winning goal against Cardiff. I can just imagine him taking all the credit for it.

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  36. Dennis Wise could be our next manager G2. It will be someone crap. Dont get your hopes up thinking Ashley will hire someone good because he goes backwards not forward.

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  37. Ashley brought back Kinnear and no toon fan wanted him back! Dennis Wise would be the cherry on the cake. I would just give up till Ashley’s gone if he did something like that.

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  38. I can’t disagree based on the evidence STEM mate. 🙁 I think Ashley might catch us a little by surprise with a new manager though. I think Curbishley will come in. Didn’t Curbishley rescue one of Pardew’s previous teams? Kinnear’s health just can’t handle the manager position anymore.

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  39. Curbishley been out for sometime now. I like him as a manager and thought he did well at Charlton and think he would one of Ashley’s better choices. He deserves another chance and Charlton have suffered without him that’s a sign of a good manager G2

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  40. We’ll see STEM. It may end up being another stopgag if Ashley finally does decide to give up and sell. He has to do something soon though. We’re hanging on the edge of a precipice as it stands.

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  41. Curbishly? Pardew, Kinnear = all the same.

    We don’t want an old school English manager. They will all fail miserably.

    We want a continental manager that can handle the continental attitude and harness the continental talent.

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  42. JJ I know we need a good continental manager but Kinnear will probably have a big say on the matter. Kinnear will advise Mike on his number one choice and then appoint him as manager. Wise, Curbishley, Pearce, Poyet or someone even worse! Someone that takes orders and is desperate for a job. Cheap and cheerful

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  43. G2 I wish he would sale the club. He has no idea how to run a club. He should of bought a league one team instead of us ? Birmingham has a bigger population than Newcastle. He would probably earn more for sports direct there and keep them above relegation and the fans would love him for it. Maybe worth considering Ashley ?

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  44. @Aussie

    I’m loving the fact you have jumped on board the Reality Train. You are really singing from the same hymn sheet as me now. 😉

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  45. Twoy..

    will you be buying your bezzies book when it comes out.

    Wraith has been talking to some of the Gremlins.

    Was reading about Mark Menim (gremlin), hes had a **** life for the sake of a few fights. 2 heart attacks, lost family etc. He use to work in the pub up mine, the Runnymede, was a canny bloke, he admitted he hated football, as do most gremilns.. 🙄

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  46. I really dont see the point in changing Pards for another very average manager, or unproven at prem level manager Ie Poyet and his sidekick Wise 😯 .
    I would like a new manager as I have always believed we deserved one, a proven top quality one

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  47. Big Dave, thats pretty much what i have been saying all along.. good to see you are finally on my wave length 😉

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  48. Aussie you mean you have finally seen the light and agree with me.
    Remember I have always said the same and have never jumped up and down calling for Pards head because I firmly believe that Jabba wouldn’t pay the wages required or give them the say they would want.
    But I can remember some were jumping up and down calling for Pards head at the back end of last season, can you remember them aswell 😆

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  49. Yeah, i can remember them too mate.. it would be an interesting read for someone to troll back through.. i wonder if someone could find a comment by me stating i want him out no matter what 😉

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  50. Georgio I dont think there is any top manager prepared to work under Jabba in the current set up and I dont think there is much chance of Jabba wanting a top manager either.
    The only one that I called for was Rafa before he went as I do think he wanted to stay in the Prem, but I never believed it would happen.

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  51. Dave, ban hammer Georgio please, he is calling us fickle because you agree with what i have been saying.. 😎

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  52. Aussie I could find you a few of your comments where you made it clear that you wanted him gone, even though you knew the regime wouldnt go for a quality replacement

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  53. I still want him gone BD, so do you… i have stated this but i have not called for his head.. you can look back if you wish.. you will not find any posts calling for his head.. the only manager i have wished for Hiddink which is a pipe dream…

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  54. Aussie – everybody makes things up on here anyhow. I know you do in your rather fickle heart 😆

    New manager – we’ll all be horrified when it happens. Can they be worse than Pardew? Yes they can.

    As I can only think of guys like Hoddle or Coppel they’re as old school as me – or Pards. It will take a leap of imagination to get anyone good and the regime don’t do anything but downsize.

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  55. Can we all just agree that everyone wants someone instead of Pardew, most would take Pardew in place of Kinnear, a fair few would sack Pardew for his equivalents (Curbishly/Wise 😯 🙄 ) and that none of us can do anything to actually influence Ashley on this matter anyway?

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