Posts Tagged ‘newcastle fc’

An absent manager.

September 12, 2017

Rafa Benitez missed Newcastle’s win over Swansea whilst recovering from surgery. A manager missing a game is pretty rare but it does happen. Having said this I do remember Rafa missing a game as Liverpool manager after an operation for gallstones.

It does beg the question, which Premier League manager has missed the most games that their team were taking part in? I must confess I don’t have the answer. You can give your suggestions via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev

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Why would Alan Pardew leave Newcastle?

January 10, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’ve heard pundits, journalists, experts asking why Alan Pardew would want to leave Newcastle. Do these people not remember that a couple of months ago a sizeable number of Newcastle fans made it clear that they wanted him gone. If we’re being honest he wasn’t that popular with the Geordies before then either. He was also the Premier League’s lowest paid manager (basic pay) whilst at Newcastle. Having said that, with Mike Ashley as your boss Pardew was lucky he wasn’t on a zero hour contract, just ask the employees at Sports Direct.

Talking of managers, it’s interesting how quickly fortunes change. Last season, Roberto Martinez was seen as a genius, bringing a brand of football to Everton that David Moyes could only dream of. This opinion was renforced  with Moyes struggling at Man Utd. At the time  of writing Martinez can’t buy a win (illegal) and people are questioning his credentials, whilst Moyes’ Real Sociedad just beat Barcelona.

And Finally…. This season there were FA Cup 3rd Round games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I can’t help thinking that if the FA were braver they would put a tie on everyday until the Final itself.

Til next time, stay safe!


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Higher than a quenelle

March 2, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

A good game to play, is how many games will Alan Pardew be banned for?

We know Nicolas Anelka got 5 matches for his quenelle gesture, Luis Suarez got 10 for biting an opponent, Paul Ince as manager of Blackpool got a 5 game stadium ban for abusing officials, so how long for a manager who headbutts a player?

It’s a modern day, football version of ‘Play Your Cards Right’. I could see Bruce Forsyth saying, “Higher than a quenelle”.

If I’m being honest I didn’t think it was that bad. I’m not saying Pardew didn’t do anything wrong but it wasn’t a proper headbutt but as my friend said, “Do that at work and see what happens”. As I work in a school, I wasn’t sure if he meant I should do it to a teacher or a pupil. I’m still waiting for further instruction.

Til next time, stay safe!



What did Joe Kinnear do?

February 9, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Newcastle is an interesting club. For example can anyone explain what Joe Kinnear did in his 7 months as Director of Football? It seemed from an outsiders point of view that he came in with a lot of bluster, mispronounced player’s names, claimed he could pick up the phone to any top manager in Europe, brought in a couple of loanees, sold Cabaye, then left.

Sticking with Newcastle and I admit what I’m about say won’t be the most pressing thing on their fans minds but Shola and Sammy aren’t equal names for 2 siblings to have. Shola is quite an exotic/rare name whilst Sammy is well Sammy. Not that I’m suggesting in any way that their parents favoured one above the other.

Feel free to let me know if your name is not equal to that of your siblings. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!



Kinnear vs Wonga

June 19, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

There’s been some good stories in the world of football in the last few days.

I’m going to start with Newcastle Utd. Just when you think they are on something resembling an even keel, they do something to uneven that keel but I’m not sure many people thought that thing would be to re-employ Joe Kinnear as their director of football.

Usually the role of director of football is given to a person who remains in the background and has a network of contacts across Europe and beyond, not a sweary bloke who can’t correctly pronounce the names of his own players, Cabaye /Kebab. Maybe just maybe on the way home after a night out Joe Kinnear pops into an eating establishment for a Cabaye.

In the recent history of Newcastle, I wonder if the appointment of Joe Kinnear, is worse than taking the Wonga sponsorship money? Feel free to answer via the comments button.

At Man City, they reckon they may have been a victim of industrial espionage. They believe a fellow Premier League club have managed to get into their transfer target data base (maybe they should change the name of the document). I think the most shocking thing about this story is that with all their resources, Man City are still scouting players. I thought they just write a list of the best 5 players in each position and then pick one. The story did however make me wonder, have you ever spied on someone or an organisation and what were the results?

Over at Millwall some of the fans are upset by the appointment of former West Ham captain Steve Lomas as their new manager. I do hope they’re not going to fight amongst themselves, or do they only do that at Wembley.

And Finally…  Javier Mascherano whilst on International duty got sent off for kicking a medic who was attempting to remove him from the pitch after he picked up an injury. I don’t think there’s anything I can add to that.

Til next time, stay safe!


Read the small print

October 11, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

Just when things seem to be levelling out at Newcastle they do something that gets them noticed. Normally it’s sacking their manager but on this occasion it’s agreeing a sponsorship deal with, the money lending company with ridiculously high interest  repayments. (There are other ridiculously high interest repayment lending companies available)

I’m sure the Newcastle board must have known this decision would prove unpopular in many quarters but must have felt that the money on offer was too good to turn down. Wonga also added a sweetener by saying they will forgo their right to have their name attached to the stadium, instead they will allow the stadium to revert back to St James’ Park. I would suggest no Newcastle fan calls it the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ so wouldn’t be calling it the ‘ stadium’ (or whatever the marketing men had in mind).

There will be those that say, this is just business and that people should get on with it, plus Wonga already sponsor Blackpool and Hearts, so what does it matter if they sponsor Newcastle as well. You could counter this by saying that Newcastle are bigger than the other two clubs mentioned (no offence Blackpool and Hearts) and so their association legitimises what Wonga do.

Others may ask, is what Wonga do any worse than companies that produce alcohol or gambling firms, who are already shirt sponsors of other Premiership clubs. I would say that although people have had their lives destroyed and their families through being unable to control their drinking or gambling, for the vast majority of people it is a good way to relax/escape the stresses of life. Whereas if you are contacting Wonga, you’re not doing it for a bit of fun on a Saturday night, you’re doing it because more than likely you are in a desperate situation and what’s more they know this.

However before we lay all the blame at Newcastle’s door, the question must be asked, why do Governments allow companies like these to exist in the first place?

Til next week, stay safe (and read all small print)


Snood wearing Prima Donnas

December 22, 2010


Hola. Hope you are well and gearing up for Christmas.

I’m not one to exaggerate but I think I’m writing this despite the onset of Swine Flu. Although as a trouper I will battle on without moaning.

It seems a lot of things have happened since my last blog post, mainly involving managers.

Firstly, Mike Ashley in his wisdom decided to sack Chris Hughton and replace him with Alan Pardew. I’ve still not found a man, woman, child, animal or alien who thinks this was a good idea. I heard a report saying Pardew’s first job was to convince the players he was the right man for the job. I would have thought his first job would have been to convince himself, he’s the right man for the job.

Having said that it’s funny how quickly things change in modern football, as illustrated by Pardew’s first game in charge against Liverpool. At the start of the game Roy Hodgson must have looked over to the opposition dug out and thought it’s nice to be facing a manager more hated by his own fans than he is. By the end of the game and Newcastle’s 3-1 victory, Alan Pardew must have looked over at Roy Hodgson and thought it’s nice to see a manager more hated by his own fans than me.

Another manager in the news was Sam Allardyce, who got the boot from Blackburn. I’m not a big fan of Big Sam, but I was surprised when he go the heave-ho. Some of Sam’s fans in the media and Mr Ferguson tried to make out that this decision shows the Indian chicken people running Blackburn don’t know anything about football or running a club. Maybe just maybe, if you’d just invested your hard earnt money in a football club then you wouldn’t want the brand of football Big Sam serves up.

Another manager I have sympathy with is Roberto Mancini. For starters, the view of Man City seems to change game by game. If they win, they are potential Premiership winners, if they lose, they are a bunch of snood wearing prima donnas, surely the truth is somewhere in between these two extremes. Another reason I feel sorry for Mancini is because he has to deal with snood wearing prima donnas, the likes of Tevez, Balotelli, Yaya Toure etc… Ive not seen as  many toys thrown out of the pram at Eastlands since I was last at a toy throwing out of a pram convention. City don’t need a manager, they need Supernanny. I for one would like to see Carlos Tevez on the naughty step.

The last manager I’d like to talk about is Rafa Benitez. I’m a big fan of Rafa, but I also realise he’s a little bonkers. With Inter struggling in the league, they go and win the World Club Championship. At this point, most managers would enjoy the victory, maybe use it to lift moral, Rafa on the other hand decides this is the perfect time to give his boss an ultimatum of back me or sack me. At the time of writing it looks like Inter president Massimo Moratti will choose the latter option.

And Finally….All that is left to say is, I hope you all have great Christmas and New Year and thanks for your support throughout the year!

Til next time, stay safe!