Rumours doing the rounds on social media tonight involve Alan Pardew joining Crystal Palace. Some bookies have even installed Pardew as favourite to succeed Neil Warnock. Pardew’s refusal to answer questions about the Palace job before the game, and not turning up for his post-match press conference after the win against Everton have only fueled speculation about his future.

In Pardew’s place at the post-match press conference was assistant manager John Carver, who was told not to answer any questions about Pardew / Palace by Media Overlord Wendy Taylor.

Apparently there are thousands of Geordies lining up outside of St. James’s to offer Pardew a lift south.

I won’t be surprised if there’s nothing doing on this one. I will however maintain hope for a Christmas miracle.

Newcastle United Transfers under Mike Ashley

In 2007, Mike Ashley purchased the combined stakes of John Hall and Douglas Hall, effectively giving him ownership of Newcastle United. Since that time, and the appointment of Alan Pardew, Mike Ashley has continued to be accused of asset stripping the club to make a profit. Backers of Mike Ashley, few though they are, continue to push that the club is now on an even keel. Mike Ashley detractors, who seem to be in the majority, argue that if the club would spend more money on players and do more than just balance the books, the club could push for top five, or even higher.

One of the questions that remains to be answered is just how much has Mike Ashley profited or lost from player transfers alone?  [click to continue…]

Pressure’s on Pardew After Fifth Summer Signing

So after watching Newcastle land Emmanuel Riviere and complete their fifth signing of the summer, it made me think about the plight of Alan Pardew. Mike Ashley doesn’t strike me as the kind of bloke who doesn’t demand a return on his money, so let’s say we get 2-3 more players in (Janmaat, a striker, and a centre-half), and we don’t see an improved NUFC by Christmas, what then? [click to continue…]

Newcastle United Sign Remy Cabella

Newcastle United confirmed late tonight that they have acquired Remy Cabella from Montpellier. Cabella signs on a six year contract, with a fee thought to be in the region £12 Million, but an ‘undisclosed fee’ according to the club.

This now takes Newcastle’s total summer signings to four, after confirming Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, and Siem de Jong. Get more Newcastle United transfer news.

The club are expected to pursue Daryl Janmaat as a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, and Emmanuel Riviere from French club Monaco.

See Remy Cabella’s first visit to St. James’s Park and watch him launch a football onto the pitch: