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Cissé – What Next ?

 

Despite being Newcastle’s top goal scorer last season; fans seem to be taking the shirt right off the back of the Senegalese striker and selling him off at any opportunity.

Cissé who signed for United back in January 2012 made an instant impact on the premier league as his debut strike against Aston Villa rippled the back of the net as it hit the top corner of the goal. That same season Cissé fired NUFC to fifth in the premier league table as he netted 13 goals in 14 games, including a sensational brace versus Chelsea.

The following season Cissé struggled to find the same form as he produced in his debut season but despite this he featured in 36 premier league games scoring a handful of crucial stoppage time winners which helped secure United’s Premier League status as a tiring European campaign had a blistering impact on league performances.

Cissé’s third season at the club was one to forget for everyone involved, scoring his first league goal on Boxing Day, and his second and last in April against newly promoted Crystal Palace. The striker’s season came to a sudden halt as he was substituted against Swansea in April, after the game it was revealed that he had broken his kneecap during the came and would undergo surgery.

Last season saw Cissé back to his best, netting 11 goals in 22 appearances, this was somewhat overshadowed by two off the ball incidents in games against Everton and Manchester United that Cissé was involved in. Cisse was charged with dangerous conduct and banned for a total of three games by the FA after he intentionally attempted to thrust his elbow (twice) into Everton’s Seamus Coleman’s face during a corner. Later in the season Cissé faced a yet another charge by the FA, this time missing a further 7 games as he was punished for a spitting incident with Manchester United’s Jonny Evans.

So what does the future hold for Newcastle and the Senegalese striker?

Without Cissé’s goals last season United would have surely been relegated, but his lack of discipline could have been an important factor as to why Newcastle found themselves in an end of season relegation scrap. Despite him missing a total of 16 premier league games; almost half of the season Cissé ended the 14/15 campaign as NUFC’s top goalscorer, scoring once every 105 minutes with only Man City’s Aguero and league winners Costa beating that ratio.

With the striker recently turning 30 years old Newcastle will undoubtedly be thinking about his sell on value rather than his goal scoring ability. So maybe we have seen the last for Cissé on Tyneside and the search of a replacement to wear the famous black and white striped number nine shirt begins.

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McClaren – Announcement Imminent

So the worst kept secret in football is about to be told to anyone who’s been living under a rock for the last six months with Steve McClaren set to take up the vacant head coach position at long last.

On Tuesday afternoon, news broke that interim head coach John Carver and his assistant Steve Stone has been removed from their positions at the club as the decks begin to be cleared for what fans hope will be a new era. Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman remains in his post for now but with former United manager Alan Pardew making eyes at the man he appointed in 2010 it’s a question of how long before another vacancy is created.

McClaren will arrive on Tyneside after being sacked by Derby County last month following a dismal end to the last campaign which saw the Rams miss out on not just promotion but the play-offs altogether, and after being dismissed from their rivals Nottingham Forest previously his appointment is struggling to catch the imagination of many NUFC supporters.

Whilst not my first choice, I feel that it is important to back the incoming appointment. Yes, we could have and probably should have been going for someone who is better but in my opinion McClaren is a superior upgrade on the departing Carver and the man who left at the beginning of the year, Pardew.

He is highly spoken of by many in the game, especially after his coaching role at Manchester United. Let’s not forget he is being hired as a head coach rather than a manager.

The England role will always be a black mark against his name, he probably knows he should have done better, and his club career being patchy over the last few years it’s a tough task for him to join and rebuild a mess of a football club.

Here’s hoping he is backed by the regime. He’s the man they really wanted at the end of the day. Fingers crossed we see the McClaren that won a trophy at Middlesbrough and FC Twente rather than the one who struggled in Germany at Wolfsburg.

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Newcastle United – “Your Club”

Newcastle United – “Your Club”

Earlier today Newcastle United released a statement confirming that John Carver would remain in charge for the remaining three games, three games that could play key to United remaining in the Premier League.

Carver has failed miserably since he was trusted by the club’s hierarchy to step in to replace the void ( albeit a rather small void ) that Alan Pardew left earlier in the season.

The news that Carver would remain in charge hasn’t really shocked anyone to say the least but the club made an unbelievably lack of judgement ending to the statement, one of which has left fans even more angered.

It reads;
“All parties accept responsibility for the current situation but are determined, together, to ensure this Club – your Club – retains its Premier League status.”

It has been a very along time since Newcastle United has been a fan club. Everything that this club once was is just a distant memory fading into the background of a once respected club in world football.

A stadium which once echoed chants of “Tino, Tino” as the striker netted his third goal to beat Barcelona in the Champions League. A stadium which once housed 50 thousand passionate Geordies who counted down the days with excitement until they would next walk through the turnstiles. A stadium that was the heart of a city, a stadium where there was “only one Bobby Robson”.

Now all we have left is a concrete billboard plastered with the tack brought along with Mike Ashley, now just an empty shell full of disappointment, broken hearts, pain, anger and worst of all …..apathy. All that remains is a grey building that casts a cold shadow over the city, a shadow that darkens the hopes of those that once loved the club.

This used to be “my” club, now it’s his.

Mike Ashley Out.

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No Captain – No Hope

No Leader, No Hope.

Another weekend passes with yet another NUFC defeat. Saturday saw Carver’s side lose their eighth consecutive premier league game, this one at the hands of Leicester City.

Newcastle were dead and buried within the first 40 seconds as Leicester showed determination and fight straight from the kick off and inevitably put the ball in the back of the net after just 37 seconds.

As Ulloa grabbed his first goal the body language amongst the Newcastle “players” was absolutely shocking, not one player showed any leadership skills or character; Hands on hips, looking towards the ground, a complete lack of desire and the game already lost in their eyes.
This is when your captain should take charge and try their hardest to regroup the team and sort the mess out on the pitch, but NUFC has lacked that captain figure since the days of Nolan and Barton, the two players who single handedly dragged a Newcastle the side to that famous 4-4 draw with Arsenal.

How many times have we seen this event this season though? Concede a goal and there’s no hope amongst the players that the game is still within reach, and that frame of mind certainly leaks onto the fan filled terraces. If those wearing the famous black and white shirt can’t motivate themselves on to winning a game of football then why should we remain there clinging on to any sort of hope that performances will improve?

Premier league survival is crucial over the next 3 weeks but wether we’ll be playing football in the premier league or championship next season, finding a captain and leader is crucial for the future.

An owner that doesn’t care, a manager who is blinded by pride and a captain that can’t lead.

I can’t wait for the season to end.