Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bring out the bunting, Wigan are down

Satisfying as it would have been to have seen the Mackems and their mentalist of a manager relegated, particularly in light of events on 14th April, it was never likely once Wigan lost at home to Swansea last week, and the newly crowned FA Cup winners' slide through the trapdoor was confirmed by last night's pummelling at Arsenal.

While the media will no doubt eulogise their silky football and plucky determination, you won't find anyone in Newcastle prepared to shed a tear - not after that succession of miserable away defeats early in their Premier League tenure, Delusional Dave Whelan's frequent pronouncements about our club and, of course, this season's extremely controversial defeat and Callum McManaman's unpunished assault on Massadio Haidara. Last night was all the sweeter for the fact that McManaman, man of the match in the FA Cup final, was stretchered off injured.

Enjoy life in the Championship (and in all likelihood without Roberto Martinez), Dave. We'll take Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney off your hands, if you're offering.

The result also means that Arsenal's bid for Champions League qualification remains in their own hands ahead of their now televised trip to St James' Park on Sunday - they're one point ahead of Spurs and have a significantly better goal difference so only need to match their north London rivals' result. That said, given Spurs are at home to the Mackems we could still find the Gunners in the mood for a Liverpool-esque demolition job.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Gooner, delighted Newcastle are staying up as they're a big club and Wigan aren't. Although Pardew is a plank and maybe you agree too, and doesn't deserve to be your manager - he should be scuttling around at Crewe or Doncaster, 'cos that's his level. Anyway, after the 4-4 nightmare of a couple of years ago, I think we're due a win at yours, although that comeback will never be forgotten.

3:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pleased that a footballer was stretchered off injured? Your club must be so proud to have a supporter of your intelligence associated with them.

4:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never heard such a bunch of bleating, whingeing fans as those of Newcastle.

Yes, it was a poor tackle by Callum. Yes, he should have been sent off. But it wasn't deliberate and there are countless tackles like that each week that could easily result in something similar but for some luck.

You should be ashamed of yourself - celebrating that another player gets injured - pathetic.

Also, don't forget it's not long since your manager was on the touchline screaming at Newcastle players to "foul him".

Grow up and get a life.

4:46 pm  
Blogger DomMan said...

Unfortunately it appears that some of us Newcastle fans have adopted a the same snobby attitude to Wiagn that a lot of the southern press have towards us. When did we become so elitist?!? You can't blame a club for fighting their corner - in fact I wish we did it more.
Hopefully we see sense and use this opportunity to get rid of Pardew and play some entertaining football under Martinez.

12:33 am  
Blogger Ben said...

Sorry DomMan, but there's nothing elitist for celebrating the demise of a team that has been a thorn in our side for the last few seasons. If anyone's elitist, it's the media who continually patronise them as plucky underdogs - Saturday's victory over Man City only came as a massive shock to those who haven't noticed what a good team (in terms of attractive attacking football, not defending...) they've become under Martinez. While I'm not joining in the calls for Pardew's head, I also wouldn't be averse to seeing Martinez at St James' Park and have a lot of respect for him (though less than I did before he defended McManaman).

As for McManaman, it was a career-ending tackle pure and simple, and was condoned by both Martinez and Whelan, the latter claiming he won the ball "clean as a whistle". In his post-match interview Martinez said that Wigan are the kind of club where players would immediately apologise for such incidents, and yet a fortnight later Pardew told reporters an apology still hadn't been forthcoming. That's appalling, quite frankly. Even if it wasn't deliberate, McManaman went in in a manner which always ran a high risk of causing injury - and hence deserved all the criticism he got.

1:39 pm  
Blogger DomMan said...

Ben I think the fact that they were a thorn in our side says more about our failings than their occasional successes.
As for the Macmanaman affair I agree with you entirely and Martinez and Whelan didn't do themselves any favours with the rubbish they came out with after that tackle.
Onwards and upwards next season!

6:04 pm  

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