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“Sack Pardew” Protest

The prospect of a toxic atmosphere and a public mocking of manager Alan Pardew had most Newcastle fans mouths watering. Hopes of a reception similar to that of the last home game of the 13/14 season v Cardiff were being openly talked about around Tyneside.

The SackPardew.com campaign were the head of the snake, organising the Anti-Pardew protests step by step without any sight of a black and white coffin or a Geordie vicar. The campaign was expertly organised, with 20,000 A4 sized “Sack Pardew” posters and 100 “Sack Pardew” banners, all being distributed throughout the city centre with local pubs such as The Junction and The Goose even getting involved.

I arrived in Newcastle at 13:30 and from the second I stepped out from the metro station I spotted the first SackPardew.com distributor, with people flocking from all directions to grab one of the posters. Once sat in The Junction I scrolled through my timeline on twitter and noticed lots of people reporting that the stewards at SJP were standing on the turnstiles with black bags, waiting to be filled with all “Pardew Propaganda”. Obviously the club had heard about the mass protest which had been organised against public enemy number one, Alan Pardew.
I grabbed a handful of posters from the bar and made my way to the ground passing many others holding the same posters and proudly displaying them.At this point I expected Pardew to be in for a long day infront of 50 thousand Geordies, Little did we know Pardew must of had his thinking hat on the night before.

The game started and Pardew stood proudly in his technical area whilst the onlooking NUFC fans focused on encouraging the team. Pardew managed to figure out how to mute the toxic atmosphere by simply staying on his feet.
The 5th minute ticked over and slowly the “Sack Pardew” posters and banners starting appearing in every corner of the ground but sadly it wasn’t what we were all expecting. Despite several Anti Pardew chants the atmosphere didn’t seem to come close to that v Cardiff earlier in the year. Credit to Pardew though not once did he return to his seat in the dugout and let’s be honest it worked for him, despite him being boo’ed when touching the ball a handful of times…..he got off lightly in my eyes and I’m not quite sure how.
Was it the extra stewards within the ground trying their hardest to remove all the anti Pardew displays? the extra uniformed police who were unbelievably noticeable in and around the ground? fans wanting to focus on supporting the team after hearing the news regarding Jonas’ recovery from testicular cancer? Papiss Cissé brace? had sheer apathy hit the majority of our fans? Or do people actually want Pardew to remain in the hot seat?

We are now 5 games in and rightly so sit dead bottom of the premier league table, scoring 5 but conceding 11 and still yet to get a win on the board. Which simply isn’t good enough after what most fans, including myself called an “easy start” to the season.

I for one hope the “Sack Pardew” campaign grows stronger each week , there’s no way back for Pardew now. Hopefully the end is nigh and Ashley sees sense before it’s too late.

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The GallowgateShots Live Cast

With the popularity of GallowgateShots growing on social media and via .com we are ecstatic to announce that we are in the final stages of preparation with the launch of
“The GallowgateShots Live Cast” .

The live cast will have a set day/time each week in which we’ll be broadcasting this new platform for NUFC fans to voice their opinions on all things Newcastle United and football related.
Listeners will be able to join in with phone ins, video analysis of games, live online polls, social media discussions and much more. The show will allow fans to be a  part of the live cast by giving all listeners the chance to have their say via phone, text, email, twitter and Facebook.

We welcome you all to join us on this exciting journey and be a part of the new show.

The official launch date is Monday 20th October.

Keep an eye out on twitter and Facebook for more updates regarding the show.

#GallowgateShotsLive

 

Producer – @TuffyNCL

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The Expectation Myth

Whenever there’s a period of unrest at Newcastle United, it’s only a matter of time before the finger of blame starts being thrust in the direction of the club’s supporters.

It has become a widely-accepted ‘fact’ in some quarters that United fans simply expect too much.

It’s a view mostly held by supporters of opposition clubs, as well as many London-based journalists working for the national press.

The attitude became tiresome years ago, and remains as untrue now as it has always been.

The vast majority of Newcastle fans are deeply unsatisfied with the state their club is in at the moment.

It runs much deeper than simply the mistrust, dislike and unhappiness towards Alan Pardew’s management of the club, but he is the man feeling the heat.

The ire of supporters is being directed firmly in his direction, and rightly so.

Pardew and Newcastle have been on a slippery slope for two years, so it is wrong to suggest the negativity towards him is a knee-jerk reaction based solely on a poor start to the season.

The calendar year so far has been an awful one for supporters, and it’s hard to think of another set of fans in the land who would accept such a dreadful run.

Pitiful performances have been an almost weekly occurrence – both at St James’s Park and in away games.

Among the ‘highlights’ of 2014 so far have included 4-0 losses to Tottenham, Southampton (twice), David Moyes’ Manchester United, and 3-0 defeats to Sunderland, Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal.

In 24 games in all competitions so far this year, Newcastle have lost 16 times and won just five.

That is relegation form, and simply unacceptable for a club of United’s size.

It’s not unrealistic of fans to demand a whole lot better, so it has been frustrating yet again to see the attitude of so many this week that too much is being expected of Pardew.

The problems at Newcastle run deep, and go much further than the manager.

However, the relationship between Pardew and the club’s supporters appears irreparable.

Fans have grown tired of his methods, antics and public utterances.

The reaction towards him at St James’s Park against Hull City on Saturday is likely to be as vitriolic – in fact, possibly more – than it was against Cardiff City on a deeply troubling day for Newcastle in May.

That afternoon, Pardew did not even feel able to step out of his dugout for fear the reaction from the stands would affect his team.

Again, though, the supporters cannot be blamed for their attitude towards Pardew.

They are not expecting Champions League football, or even a charge for the Europa League.

All they want is some ambition, enterprising football and the feeling the manager is getting the maximum he can out of the players.

If fans did have lofty aims, such as qualifying for the Champions League, the only man to blame for those expectations would be Pardew.

After all, this is the man who said two months ago: “We’ve pitched in and signed some players that we think give us a chance to qualify for the Champions League.”

When Pardew came out with that gem, the reaction of most fans was to scoff him.

His sentiments certainly weren’t echoed on the terraces, who could see the bones of a decent team being put together after the last one was slowly ripped apart.

Newcastle’s squad now looks extremely weak after a poor end to the transfer window, with question marks hanging over most of the summer recruits Pardew tipped to propel them towards the top four.

So who is being unrealistic here? Is it the fans, or Pardew?

Of course, there will be some who continue with their misconception about Newcastle’s supporters, and those dated and lazy opinions will most likely be trotted out whenever Pardew does leave St James’s Park.

It will be argued that he had an impossible job satisfying the expectations of United fans, like all those who went before him.

However, it’s simply untrue, and the support is completely right to expect a whole lot better than they are being delivered at present.

The blame needs to be pointed at the players, too, who do not appear to have the fight required at present.

It’s too simplistic to lay that all at Pardew’s door. Experienced professionals should give everything they have got in every game, regardless of what they think of the manager.

It’s Pardew who is in the firing line, though, and because of the way things have gone over the last two years, he can have few complaints.

2014, so far, has been one of the worst years in recent memory for Newcastle, and the evidence of the first four games of this season suggests a relegation battle could be on the cards.

Should a club of Newcastle’s stature, with regular attendances of 50,000+, ever be in a situation like that?

Should they ever feel like a 4-0 defeat at Southampton is acceptable, never mind two maulings at the hands of two different Saints teams in the space of a few months?

No. They deserve so, so much better, and they have a right to expect it, too.

They deserve a committed team with a manager who looks capable of extracting the maximum out of them and taking the club forward.

That not asking too much, is it?

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Southampton – The Circus Arrives

Another weekend, another defeat to nil. It is now a return of 18 points from the last 69 available- surely nobody can defend that?

A 4-0 defeat is what I witnessed down the South coast on Saturday. I will not go into much detail of what happened on the pitch as it is just grim, so here is a quick summary. We could have, and probably should have, been 1-0 down after 20 seconds when the hapless Coloccini played a horrendous pass back to Krul and Long nearly punished them. It did not take long for Southampton to take the lead with Pelle heading in after six minutes. Pelle got his second after a defensive howler from Williamson fifteen minutes later. In his pre-match press conference Pardew mentioned that they knew a lot about the former Feyenoord man; clearly they had not bothered to learn how to deal with him. After the break, Cork made it three with the help of another defensive error. In added time, and after thirty-something passes, Schneiderlin scored the goal of the game curling the ball past Krul. 4-0 was kind on us, especially when Krul should have given away a penalty in the first half. Yes, Sissoko, Riviere and Colback had chances but there is no need to go into depth on them as a big zero was sat next to the name Newcastle United yet again.

It was a pathetic display. Coloccini and Williamson have partnered each other in the heart of the defence since 2010; it looked like they had never met each other never mind played together before. The constant use of this 4-2-3-1 formation is not working either, the gap between the midfield and the lone striker grows wider; I am not sure if Riviere has even had a shot on target so far this season. Cabella was anonymous. Tiote entered the fray at half time, surely it would have been better to start with your best team instead of bringing on the vice-captain when the game was over? If he is fit to play 45 minutes then playing him from the beginning would have worked better to try to get off to a good start as he is hardly going to change the game at 2-0 down but I guess Pardew was looking at damage limitation in the second half instead of attempting to get back into the game.

Pardew once again pointed to the supporters when looking for an excuse for such a lethargic display. Defeats hurt but being told that us the fans are at fault makes it hurt even more. I must have missed being told that it was our responsibility to take training, form a game plan and pick the team..

The atmosphere in the away end was poisonous towards the inept manager who was glued to his seat in the away team dugout. I did not witness what happened with John Carver in the warm up but he allegedly had a go at fans for unveiling an anti-Pardew banner; at the time of writing there had yet to be an apology issued by the assistant manager. Banners appeared throughout the game whilst Pardew’s head was called for from the 2,500 strong away following. At one point the supporters asked for the manager to show his face instead of hiding behind his backroom staff; of course this came to no avail as Alan Pardew is a coward of a man who should be long gone from working at this football club.

It has gone beyond the point of no return with the manager and supporters; I would argue with the players and manager too as Saturday’s performance was not a one off. Many of Pardew’s sympathisers in the national press do not get that this fury is not based on the opening four games; it stretches back much further. I am sick of being told that we expect too much. If expecting more than five wins since Boxing Day and to see a team actually bother to put up a fight instead of losing 42% of our games since February three or four nil then I give up.

We currently sit bottom of the table with Hull City up next at St James’ Park. Unfortunately the change needed in management and coaching staff looks to be no closer. Mike Ashley should really remove Pardew from what he is about to face on Saturday. A storm is brewing like no other in the lead up to the game; if you thought Cardiff City at home was bad in May this will to be worse. If he does not leave we will be relegated, he needs to leave before the damage he is inflicting becomes irreparable.

Krul 3; Janmaat 3, Coloccini 0, Williamson 0, Haidara 3; Colback 5, Anita 3 (Tiote 4); Cabella 3 (Perez), Sissoko 4 (Ameobi), Gouffran 3; Riviere 3
Pardew: -100000

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Nolan’s Homecoming

It’s finally here, after 14 weeks long weeks I can finally announce that my son Nolan has made it home.

As many of you will already be aware after reading “Nolan’s Story” or by following my twitter account, that myself and my fiancé have been spending the last 14 weeks living in Newcastle’s RVI hospital ( and a fortnight in Leeds General ).

Nolan has been progressing unbelievably well over the last few weeks, faster than any of us including the doctors and consultants could of possibly imagined.

I woke up to a phone call off Sammi earlier this morning to say that after a long emotional 3 and a half month that Nolan was finally well enough to be discharged from hospital.

I’d just like to show my appreciation towards every single person who has followed Nolan’s Story from day one, the support we have recieved from family, friends and even total strangers has been overwhelming and we wouldn’t of been able to cope without the support we have received.

We have learnt one crucial thing throughout this journey and it is to Never take anything for granted and to try and be positive during any difficult obstacle that life throws at you.

During our time in the RVI we have made some friends for life in the nurses who have taken care of our son, and we can honestly say that the work they do is second to none.

Once again thank you so much for your kind messages and generosity throughout.

Love

Kris, Sammi and Nolan.