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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Farewell Freddy?

And thereby, good riddance? The news that Mike Ashley has already bought 41.6 percent of the club, and must now offer for Freddy's nearly 30 percent stake, has warmed TDH's heart. Perhaps, with a new chairman in charge, the madness will finally end.

For TDH, the most important thing is to stop the nonsense and get a bit more scientific about our football. Perhaps Sven would have been better than Sam for that job, but that particular die has already been cast (and TDH is always leery of someone who has as high an opinion of himself, without anything to show for it, as Sven).

We need to be more scientific about our transfers, our fitness regimen and our style of play. And TDH doesn't mean mad scientist scientific - Duff up front again, anyone? - but something more along the lines of what Rafa's done. We don't have the players to tinker like he does, nor might we want to if we did, but he always puts out a lineup where the players work well together.

Yes, TDH will miss Freddy's bordello blather and Land Rover rants, but at some point we have to care about the football. It's possible to be colorful, sleazy, infuriating and downright hilarious while still winning football games, as many others have proved.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

hi TDH. No mention of Milan's glorious triumph?

Perfect antidote to Istanbul. This time we played like dogs and won. Beautiful.

8:49 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

oh, and a new Ramble is finally, finally up...

8:52 PM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Well, unfortunately I was on a plane during the Euro final. But to be honest, when I landed, I didn't have an overwhelming desire to hunt down a taped telecast. I got the news from an Argentine expat friend. Honestly, I think it's pathetic that England sent three teams to the semis and didn't win. I think Maldini must be getting blood transfusions from newborn babies....

1:01 AM  
Anonymous Palms said...

You know, I'm beginning to think we pulled off a masterstroke appointing Big Sam. I Can't see anything bad in Ashley's hostile takeover. If we can keep Owen we may be in for a bloody good season. Or am I just getting that period of temporary insanity that befalls a Newcastle fan every close season.

8:37 AM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

yeah no need to watch the match. It was quite poor. I blame Craperpool. Lots of possession because of their harrying and closing down and not one moment of genuine quality.

Re: Newcastle: palms, it's insanity. Man U just signed three really, really quality players. If the other teams play catch up effectively (Liverpool, Arse, Chelsea, Tottenham even), Newcastle will be lucky to get a UEFA spot.

I like Allardyce, but he needs to get moving and sign some defenders before all the decent ones are taken.

9:13 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Agreed, insanity. The Times of London says we are thinking of selling Scottie P to West Ham. If that happens, I shall lose all hope and be pleasantly surprised if we aren't relegated next year.

We also have the secoond largest transfer budget, apparently, with 45m to Chelsea's 50m. Yet our top target is reportedly Viduka. Sounds like Toon business as usual.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Palms said...

Hmm, not sure I agree. The players Sam's been linked with are all fee transfers. I think it's a good precedent to set. Too many times Newcastle have missed out on decent players because of an out-of-date belief that we're still able to compete for the attentions of various 'superstar'. A more prudent approach to the transfer market probably would have saved us a lot of heartache too. Adding Viduka to our strikeforce can't hurt. He is a good player. A Martins, Owen, Viduka strikeforce can't really be sniffed at. I'll be delighted if we get Hyppia and Ben Haim. If we get some fullbacks surely we'd have a team capable of competing with Spurs and Everton for that 5th spot (Oh I was never insane enough to suggest we'd crack the top four)

8:33 PM  

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