Five things: Schism, Jamie, James, Tony, Robbie

1. Rafa creates a schism Rafa Benitez is not going through anything right now that his peers haven’t already endured.  An historical look through the message boards and football websites will show many calls for the heads of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger during their teams leaner days.  Manchester United went three seasons without a title […]

Asset stripping continues at St James’

The asset stripping at Newcastle – begun on a small scale last season – has continued in the pre-season.  This week Habib Beye and Sebastian Bassong left the club for Aston Villa and Tottenham respectively for what is thought to be a combined £10m in initial fees. With Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins also departing […]

Making a bad situation worse

Newcastle are nothing if not consistent; consistently disappointing on the pitch, consistently failing to reward their fans and consistently tripping over themselves in public. The latest faux pas is a public broadside, launched on their website, aimed at former boss Kevin Keegan.  Keegan maintains that he could not manage while the board continued to interfere […]

The Bottle of Becks

THE BOTTLE OF BECKS Comedian Rob Newman ridiculed former England manager Graham Taylor in the early ninties by assuming his comical accent and uttering “we mustn’t underestimate the Estonians”.  In response to his own character assassination the funnyman countered that we must underestimate the Estonians: send out slx players, not even wearing the proper kit […]