Friday, 10 December 2010
Tyneside soap opera takes another stupid twist
"People think I'm mad to take the job" I don't Alan, not at all. If anything you are a genius. You've managed to get yourself a five year contract at the most unstable football club in the country. Succeed and you are a genius. Fail and you get a lovely compensation payoff. Incredible!
Why Houghton was sacked is beyond me. You take a club back into the Premier League and have them mid table at Christmas and that’s the thanks you get? Holloway and Di Matteo must be crapping themselves.
The only way that this decision could have been justified was if they had brought in a big name, and when Martin Jol resigned from his position at Ajax, it seemed that Mike Ashley might have pulled off something of a coup. But instead they have gone for a man whose sole achievement in football management is a trip to Cardiff with West Ham back in 2006. Since then Pardew was sacked at West Ham, albeit slightly harshly, struggled terribly at Charlton and left League One Southampton under a cloud of controversy.
But this isn’t Pardew’s fault; Ashley is the man to blame here. Just when it seemed like all was quiet on the Anti-Cockney Mafia front, the owner of the world’s worst sports store has managed to once again rile up the Geordie faithful. Will he ever learn? I can understand that he is ambitious and wants to take Newcastle to the next level but this season isn’t about that. Survival should always be the aim for a newly promoted team. And if European Football is Ashley’s ultimate dream Pardew is hardly the man to take them there.
And with that here’s this week’s SS Selections. Three out of nine last week was a truly atrocious performance and this week’s games are also to tough to call.
Villa v West Brom - Draw
Villa look knackered at the moment and the baggies appear to have hit form again with a couple of good wins.
Everton v Wigan - Home win
Cos Wigan are awful really. Not much more to add here.
Fulham v Sunderland - Draw
Basically because Fulham appear incapable of anything else.
Stoke v Blackpool – Away Win
I've written off Blackpool too many times this season to make the same mistake again.
West Ham v City - Away win
The Hammers are showing signs of improvement but City should have too much for them.
Newcastle v Liverpool - Draw
Pardew won't have the same luck as Gullit did years ago against the scousers. Hodgson looks a bit clueless away from home but I don't think Pardew will give the Toon a huge lift.
Bolton v Blackburn - Home win
Owen Coyle should enjoy showing Big Sam that you can keep the ball on the deck at the Reebok.
Wolves v Birmingham - Draw
Another West Midlands derby, another draw. Brum don't score more than one a game an Wolves will be up for it after getting battered by Blackburn last week
Spurs v Chelsea - Draw
Spurs are on a high at the moment and Chelsea look so out of sorts that i wouldnt be too surprised to see Ancelloti replacing Rafa at Inter by the start of the new year. That's said Chelsea will turn it around sooner or later and they have the quality to get a result here.
United v Arsenal - Home win
I am biased and I don't care.