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    Magpies go cheap, cheap.

    I went into my local Sports Direct store with the intention of buying a new pair of Speedos.








    They were online for the reduced price of €13.80 down from €20.39









    An offer too good to refuse?




    There was a loud agitated English voice in the background –











    “I had to come to Ireland to get away from those Newcastle supporters.
    There are not many who support teams outside the top six in Ireland.
    Bandwagon football supporters they are here.
    But even they can’t be as bad as those Newcastle fans.
    Hassle wherever I go, and all-over social media.
    That Rafa, has some neck saying we don’t have the same vision”



    I interrupted –

    “ It is all about getting the value players.”
    I think players are being paid too much money anyway.
    Sure, I know that from looking at fantasy football stats, and playing championship manager.”
    It is all about value and low wages”


    “Exactly”’ - barked the owner of the agitated voice.

    It was only then I knew it was Mike Ashley.








    The billionaire Owner of worldwide retailer Sports Direct, and Chairman of Newcastle United football club
















    Ashley:









    I tell you what son, I am fed up of these so-called pros, and thier big spending, waste of money.

    How about giving it to a guy who shares my vision.

    Do you want the Newcastle job?







    Me:










    Haha yeah.

    I will give you my phone number and address

    Maybe you could send a free pair of Speedos?







    Ashley:











    OK














    About a week later I received some mail.

    Inside were a pair of Speedos, a letter, and an employment contract with the Newcastle United logo emblazoned on it..







    The letter was from Mike Ashley.


    Dear Mr Fallon,

    Enclosed, you will find a pair of Speedo swimming briefs, and an employment contract, as discussed.

    I want you to sign the contract and mail it to me as soon as possible.
    Preseason starts soon.

    It is a one-year contract just to see how you do.
    However, there is one condition if you do sign it
    Under no circumstances are you permitted to sign any player for wages higher than £14,000 (€21,500) per week.
    This includes renewal of contracts.
    If they want higher than £14,000 per week you will have to sell them.

    Also, this is highly confidential you are not permitted to divulge this rule to anyone, especially to the Newcastle fans.
    If you do so your contract will be terminated immediately, without compensation.
    And you will have to return those Speedos then too.
    Or else reimburse me the full €20.80.



    Yours Sincerely,

    Mike Ashley

    Newcastle United Chairman





    I sat there in my new Speedos in shock, Ashley was for real.









    Plus, the Speedos being a size to small was not helping my mood.

    How would I be able to face those Newcastle fans and the whole city if I signed it?


    .






    They are bound to be angry a random guy who was just shopping for a pair of Speedos’ in Sports Direct shop.






    I thought for a few moments f**k it what is the worst that could happen?

    Everyone knows Newcastle fans despise Ashley.






    Plus there is a free pair of Speedos in it for me....

    And a chance to manage Newcastle United.


    The fans won’t direct their anger at me, and if I do reasonably well, I would be able to get them onside.



    I signed the contract, and mailed it back to Newcastle















    A few days later (at my own expense) I was in St James Park (Officially - Sports Direct Arena) home of Newcastle United






















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    Press conference:

















    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:


    Welcome to Newcastle.

    I must admit your appointment has taken many surprise

    How did you get this job and what are your connections if any to Newcastle?








    Me:











    Well I was, and still am a big Speedo fan, and through connections with Speedo I got the job.

    I just want to dive into the work now as quickly as possible.







    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:




    The late great Gary Speed?












    His family connections?








    Me:










    Oh....

    Eh yeah, yeah....

    God rest his soul









    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:



    What style of play do you envisage you playing with the side?








    Me:









    Well I know the Newcastle fans like a flamboyant style.

    But sometimes you must cut your cloth accordingly and build a side within your means.









    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:



    Does this mean the Chairman will not be giving you significant funds to invest?















    Me:










    I can’t really comment on the internal club matters







    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:



    What sort of formation are you likely to play?







    Me:










    Well, having looked at squad currently I think it is suited to a direct 3-5-2 wingbacks formation









    Newcastle Chronicle Reporter:



    Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best for the season ahead.
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    Good luck saving the Toon! And working with Ashley

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    This story is just ridiculous. Ashley would never give away a free pair of speedos.

    Best of luck

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    Oh don't. This is too much like reality already!

    Good Luck by the way. From experience, within the first couple of weeks of taking over, Shelvey, Diame, Hayden and Ayoze demand new contracts. Others follow swiftly, Lascelles, Fernandez, Yedlin usually.

    They are all on more than you can offer so they will be out the door.

    Like I said starting to look a lot like reality this!!

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    Will be watching this

    LOVE the use of your graphics on it

    Nice restriction

    The fantasy football king on CM0102 - can he cut his teeth in management!

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    s1 Board Meeting






    The expectations were clearly laid down by the board, they expect the season to be a long and difficult battle against relegation








    Nevertheless, the atmosphere was hopeful at the start of a new regime, a new season.

    Mr Ashley was even kind enough to suggest that I sign James McCarthy (MC) from Everton, and Andros Townsend (AM/FRL) from Crystal Palace.









    The finances are secure according to Mr Ashley .










    This meant at the start of preseason I had just over £10 million to spend on players.





    I requested more development in the youth facilities, which can only be described as average.














    However, this was refused outright by the board.












    As I left the meeting the enormity of the task hit me.

    I am expected to keep important players, revamp an aging side with no flair and no exceptional youth prospects.

    Added to that there was an outright refusal by the board to develop the youth infrastructure.

    I felt that there were several things I must do –

    1) An overhaul of the squad to bring in funds and get rid of dead wood

    2) Try and get key players to sign contracts

    3) Try and give existing youngsters at the club some game time to improve them = either with first team games – or out on loan

    4) Try and sign versatile players

    5) Try and sign young players who can be brought for cheap with low wages, so the club will have a vibrant future

    6) Keep an eye out for players of all ages (preferably under 30) who are at the end of their contract that can be signed on low wages.
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    Good luck, won’t be easy. Notice you starting in 2014, is this a 1 season project or long term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Good luck, won’t be easy. Notice you starting in 2014, is this a 1 season project or long term?
    It is a long term project hoping to bring youth through, if I last long enough in the job.

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    Ashley won’t pay money to sack you. Will just let your contract run down

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    Decisions decisions!

    LOVE the graphics on the screen - great stuff

    How's £50m rated Longstaff?What about the Ginger Pirlo - can you get him back?

    Defence should be ok but you are right - lack of "x factor" is the worry - has the South American fella impressed in training?

    I heard a rumour Ayoze Perez wants out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Decisions decisions!

    LOVE the graphics on the screen - great stuff

    How's £50m rated Longstaff?What about the Ginger Pirlo - can you get him back?

    Defence should be ok but you are right - lack of "x factor" is the worry - has the South American fella impressed in training?

    I heard a rumour Ayoze Perez wants out?
    Have you been talking to Perez agent?
    (He is a terrible wishy-washy player in the game - he should do way better with those attributes)

    You will see what happened 'That South American fella' in the next update.

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    That Townsend and McCarthy thing happens in every single save. Not sure why. Townsend as a club link but McCarthy certainly doesn't.

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    Has someone chucked them in the DB as liked/favourite players?

    Had it with Liverpool a few years agi with Clint Dempsey

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    S1 The 'geet walla' (large) squad revamp1

    Looking at the squad it was lacking youth, leadership, squad depth and flair.

    So I set about changing it during the season - giving the squad a complete overall





























    Transfers in












    The first signing I made at the club was the versatile Conor Coady (D/DMRC) for what proved to be the largest outlay of the season at £6.25m.

    That was the amount Wolves requested but I did manage to negotiate then to pay it in installments over a 6-month period





    Conor Coady (D/DMRC)










    My initial idea of signing Conor was that he could be the play making centre back in the back three.
    He is a defender who is very comfortable on the ball




    Conor Coady attributes







    Coady did manage to play a lot for the club in his first season.







    In August I signed a player that needs no introduction.

    Venezuelan targetman Salomon Rondon (SC)




    Salomon Rondon











    I felt it was crucial for the sides survival to get the West Brom loanee on a permanent deal

    The price of £1.5m was a bargain but there was one problem he wanted a lot more wages than 14k per week.

    Rondon already wanted a signing on fee of £1m so how did I convince him to sign?

    After a lot of haggling he accepted another £1m signing fee on top of his already requested £1m fee, and agreed a £14k a week wage

    I also signed him on a long contract until 2020 to try and get my money’s worth from him

    In fairness to Solomon he did prove his worth for the club scoring over 20 goals in his first season at Newcastle





    Rondon (SC) attributes
















    By mid-September the next signing arrived.
    He was from even further afield than West Brom.


    When his name was announced many Newcastle fans were doing internet searches

    And asking whoskyi? Ruslan Malinovskyi (AMC)













    Ruslan Malinovskyi (AMC) attributes








    About a month later Newcastle again raided Genk for another player this time a defender, Joseph Aidoo (DC)

    At the time there were rumours that Aidoo was signed to replace the departed Ciaran Clark (DLC)

    Aidoo was described as a ‘Promising Player’ by the Newcastle Chronicle










    Aidoo proved to be a decent signing and got his first international caps during his time with the magpies.





    Joseph Aidoo (DC) attributes








    In between those two Genk signings was Stijn Wuytens (D/MLC)

    Wuytens was signed for £875k from Dutch side AZ.

    He was mainly signed for his versatility as I figured it would provide more opportunity to make formation changes in game.





    Stijn Wuytens (D/MLC) attributes









    The next signing was Robbie Brady (D/AML) who arrived on Tyneside in mid-October.








    Brady is arguably Ireland’s best attacking/creative threat.

    Allied to this this versatility means he can play in a variety of formations, and he can comfortably play as a wingback.





    Robbie Brady (D/AML) attributes







    The £2m outlay for the former Manchester United Academy player seemed like a bargain to me.




    A few days after Robbie Brady, a young Uruguayan arrived at Newcastle United..

    Gustavo Viera was being dubbed the next Luis Saurez by the English tabloids.












    The glamour of European football was defeintely Gustavo’s future destination.

    He was delighted to arrive in Tyneside.










    He was signed for a small few of just £400k, which I was delighted with as I figured he was already ready for first team football in the Premier League.

    Gustavo even received a full international cap and scored on his debut for Uruguay, only a few months after his arrival in Newcastle.

    I was confident he would be the ideal replacement for the aging Rondon (SC) when given his chance.





    Gustavo Viera (SC) attributes








    In November there were a further three signings; Nigerian u21 defender Zaharaddeen Bello (DC), England International Calum Chambers (D/DMRC), and a powerful Nigerian named Paul Onuachu (SC)




    Bello (DC) was signed for just £550k from Kano Pillars.




    Zaharaddeen Bello (DC)










    I felt that he was a player with great potential and surprisingly good technical ability for a centre back, but at the same time he has the required aggression of a traditional English style no-nonsense defender.





    Zaharaddeen Bello (DC) attributes








    This meant I felt he could either play in a back four formation but would be equally comfortable in a back three.




    Chambers was signed for a fee of just under £3m.



    Calum Chambers (D/DMRC)







    Again, he was signed for versatility able to play in a back three, or back four, midfield or right back.





    Calum Chambers (D/DMRC) attributes








    Chambers is an experienced player despite his relatively young age and proved he could do reasonably well at Premier League level during his loan spell with Fulham



    Paul Onuachu (SC) was brought from Danish side FC Midtjylland.






    He is a battering ram type forward who has power, strength and is lightning quick









    Paul Onuachu (SC)










    I was willing to ignore his level of finishing because I was only going to use him as a backup striker anyway.

    Paul was yet another who got international recognition during his time at Newcastle.

    He scored two goals on his debut for the ‘super eagles’ against Algeria.





    Paul Onuachu (SC) attributes









    Before Christmas I signed Siofane Boufal (AM/FRC).



    Siofane Boufal (AM/FRC)






    It was around this time that I switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

    And I thought the Moroccan fitted the bill perfectly in that formation, especially on the right-hand side of the front three.






    Siofane Boufal (AM/FRC) attributes








    He was yet another versatile player, but Boufal is a real flair creative player.

    The outlay for Boufal was significant £3.9m, but I felt it was money well spent






    Then in February I made the surprise purchase of veteran Shane Long (FRC) for a fee of just £700k.

    The idea was to sign Long as backup for Boufal (AM/FRC).

    Long’s work rate compliments his pace and he will create chances for others with his busy style

    Unfortunately, the Irishman did not get the game time at Newcastle for various reasons.

    Chief among those reasons was injury problems.












    Shane Long (FRC) attributes









    Towards the end of the season I made my final signing the highly rated Englishman Dwight McNeil (FLC)





    Dwight McNeill (FLC)






    It was a significant outlay of £3.7m, some even said I overpaid for the player

    However, I felt he would prove that energy on the left side of a front three in a 3-4-3 and he would also be able to play as striker if required, or high on left wing.





    Dwight McNeil (FLC) attributes






    I thought that would be the end of the transfers for the season, but I made one more transfer


    Younsgter Wilson (DMC) was brought in on a free









    Ian Wilson







    The Welsh teenager has excellent pace. decision making, determination, stamina and strength.




    Ian Wilson (DMC) attributes









    At the start of the season former Newcastle player Shola Ameobi described the transfers in as ‘interesting’








    Shola Ameobi:




    We should get behind the new manager and these new signings

















    Transfers out























    So how did I fund all these transfers?

    Through the sale of Ciaran Clark for £26 million pounds?

    Not exactly, I sold 12 players to fund the acquisitions of the 13 new signings.

    Ten of these players which left Newcastle left for transfer fees.

    I got rid of players for various reasons, high wages, wanting first team football, not good enough for Newcastle United, or simply not fitting into my plans.


    The two major fees received were for Almiron (AMC) and Mutu (FLC) for over £7.25 each to Wolfsburg in Germany.





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    Both players wages were high, and I felt like it was worth cashing in they never got the chance to play for Newcastle.



    I also off loaded Barlaser to MK Dons for 275k Bringing the total transfers out to 33m














    Loans in


    I got in one loan signing Tahith Chong (AM/FRLC) from Man united.

    Signed in November he proved to be an ideal player on the left side of the front three.








    The talented young Dutchman certainly enjoyed his time on Tyneside








    His finishing is not great but his trickery bamboozled defenders




    Tahith Chong (AM/FRLC) attributes














    Loans out



    Hayden (DMC) and Darlow (GK) given game time






    Both players were in and out of the first team squad during the season.

    Hayden (DMC) impressed when give his chance.
    There are too many keepers of the same standard at the club though. Three is too much.



    Newxcastle legend and former player Steve Howey described Newcastle’s transfers as a “litany of broken promises”



    Steve Howey:








    Now Newcastle are scrimping and saving.

    A profit of 7 million on those transfers according to the papers.

    Many of the high earners at the club have been sold by Fallon

    Yet, Newcastle have the highest priced replica shirt in the league!

    We all know how difficult it is to get money from the owner.

    It is not really competing in the premier league, and that is why it frustrates the fans.






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    Not a bad squad you did there, I guess next update is how you did but looking at player stats guess you had a pretty decent season

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    Awesome work, both with the transfers and the report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Not a bad squad you did there, I guess next update is how you did but looking at player stats guess you had a pretty decent season
    The way I plan to do it is give an update on the tactics I used tied in with the fixture list.

    I will give an update of how the season went in about 10 game blocks and/or when something of note happened.

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    Made some solid transfers there. No absolute stars, but probably players that Newcastle would reasonably sign in real life. It certainly looks like a stronger squad.

    Excellent work to make money on the deals
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Made some solid transfers there. No absolute stars, but probably players that Newcastle would reasonably sign in real life. It certainly looks like a stronger squad.

    Excellent work to make money on the deals
    I tried to make 'Newcastley' type signings to see what would happen.
    But then in real life they splashed the cash and go Joelinton (FC) in from Hoffenheim well after I started this save.
    I did player comparisons between:
    Rondon and Joelinton
    And Viera and Joelinton
    The save has them all as the same kind of level of striker (as of season 1 June)
    So I suppose I am on the right lines standard wise.

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    You are doing what Mr Ashley is currently doing.

    Everyone is falling for the fact that we spent £40m on Joelinton when in fact he's barely spent anything as that money has come from the Perez and Joselu sales.

    Interesting bunch of signings.
    I'm loving the graphics in this story though. They must take you an age.

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    Great effort with the graphics

    Some decent, if unspectacular, signings! McNeil looks better than I thought he would, could be a steal.

    Surprised you let Almiron go so easily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    You are doing what Mr Ashley is currently doing.

    Everyone is falling for the fact that we spent £40m on Joelinton when in fact he's barely spent anything as that money has come from the Perez and Joselu sales.

    Interesting bunch of signings.
    I'm loving the graphics in this story though. They must take you an age.
    Fair point on the spending.
    As for the graphics I have gotten used to doing them now over a few different saves - I kind of have a system at this stage.
    Plus it is the nearest thing I can do to drawing/art considering I cannot draw!
    I feel it brings the game to life a bit though as I get more into it.
    The only thing is doing it that way the story can go on a long time, with inconsistent levels of updates.
    That is why I decided to it in blocks of fixtures to see how that works.
    I still have not planned how I will structure it yet to make a template. So it is neat and tidy, easy to follow, and not all over the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riise View Post
    Great effort with the graphics

    Some decent, if unspectacular, signings! McNeil looks better than I thought he would, could be a steal.

    Surprised you let Almiron go so easily!
    You will see later on that I kind of regretted getting rid of Almiron, for various reasons.
    Manquillo (DRL) was another who I maybe should have kept.
    I let Manquillo go slightly cheaper than I should have.
    But at least I got overpaid on the cash for Almiron.

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    Graphics :hail

    Good haggling there - Almiron was a surprise but him and Muto brought in a good wedge

    Some good players brought in - Coady should be a cracker and Vieira looks beasty already

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    S1 New Era on Tyneside

    Tactics








    At the start of the season I envisaged a direct 3-5-2 formation





    For the first three games I played a direct 3-5-2 wingbacks formation.

    With one forward given a licence to drop off the main striker – without the ball in a free role (in the example below it was Perez)













    Season 1 Fixture List first 10 league games











    The bad start with two jaded goalkeepers was my fault – forgetting to take the goalkeepers off intensive complete training.

    It meant having to play a defender in goal for the West Ham and Watford games following injuries to the jaded keepers.



    Premier League Match 1 West Ham (a)








    S1 PL Match 1 West Ham (a) result









    The goalkeeper gloves were handed to on loan defender Antonio Barreca (DL) who did surprisingly well as stand in keeper.










    S1 PL Match 1 West Ham (a) player ratings









    But in the next game the Italian defender played like he was a defender playing in goals.








    Premier League Match 2 Watford (h)







    S1 PL Match 2 Watford (h) result




    Watford ended with a convincing 4-1 victory at St James' Park















    PL Match 2 Watford (h) player ratings



    Having no recognised goalkeeper for most of the game was definitely a factor in the result.











    Nonetheless we did manage to get back to back wins against Wolves and Chelsea after that, despite my initial stupidity.



    The Wolves game was a fortunate 2-1 victory, and this persuaded me to switch tactics









    Premier League Match 3 Wolves (a)










    S1 PL Match 3 Wolves (a) result








    Wolves did not take their chances, but thier 3-5-2 wing-backs formation definitely created problems against our 4-5-1 formation








    S1 PL Match 3 Wolves (a) Match Stats









    Karl Darlow (GK) was a main factor in keeping the shots at bay.




    Karl Darlow (GK)













    S1 PL Match 3 Wolves (a) player ratings
















    Premier League Match 4 Chelsea (a)






    By match 4 against Chelsea I switched to a direct 4-5-1 formation with the two wingers pushed up.

    And a defensive midfielder screening the back four.







    Tactics









    It gave the team more balance and allowed Ruslan (AMC) the opportunity to get forward from deep, and it also allowed Rondon (SC) to play to his strengths as the loan target man.

    It also played to the strengths of attacking midfielders Kenedy (D/AML) and Richie (AMRL) on the flanks.

    Fortunately Coady (D/DMRC) was able to fit in as right full back, instead of the centre of a back three as I had planned




    4-5-1 tactics direct normal mentality. Against Chelsea










    This was the one that got the victory against Chelsea Rondon excelled as the loan striker and it really suited the two wide men Kenedy (D/AML) – on the left and Ritchie (AMRL) on the right.










    PL Match 4 Chelsea (a) Result








    It was a superb all-round team performance







    S1 PL match 4 Chelsea (a) player ratings














    Premier League Match 5 Bournemouth (a)









    Newcastle were then brought back down with a bump after the great Chelsea win with a narrow loss to Bournemouth.

    It was game that could have gone either way based on the stats which made the 2-1 defeat worst.










    S1 PL Match 5 Bournemouth (a) match stats








    Although Ritchie (AMRL) only scored in the 83rd minute so we were never in the contention for a result.

    Bournemouth scored just before the half hour and the hour mark.

    The same formation was kept for the win against Oxford in the cup and the rest of those first 10 team games.

    The next league game was against Man United





    Premier League Match 6 Man United (a)






    I set out with a defensive mentality trying to grind out a result against Man United’s 4-3-3





    Tactics













    it looks like a good performance at first glance.

    Only losing to the Red side of Manchester 1-0 conceding in the 83rd minute.





    S1 PL Match 6 Man United (a) result











    But when the statistics were delved into it was a very one sided 1-0 win.

    Newcastle got no shots on target the entire game




    S1 PL Match 6 Man United (a) match stats










    There were several poor performances from the Newcastle midfield two of Mohamed Diame (MC) and Ruslan Milanovskyi (AMC).


    Some did not take kindly to being warned about thier poor games

    After the Man United loss Ruslan Malinovskyi (AMC) requested a transfer.

    It was after I disciplined him for his poor performance in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Man United








    It was a reason for concern as it could cause disharmony within the squad

    I was hoping it would not be a regular occurrence.

    He seems like a very tetchy sort of fella.


    At the back Jamaal Lascelles (DC) had to be subbed just after 45mins..

    It was hardly what you could call an inspirational captain’s performance.





    Jamaal Lascelles (DC)














    Premier League Match 7 Liverpool (h)






    After this the Red side of Merseyside taught the Magpies a lesson winning 4-0.





    PL Match 7 Liverpool (h) player ratings








    In truth it was lucky to be just four goals.

    Again, the midfield central two let the side down - this time Perez and Shelvey.

    Even though I played Jonjo Shelvey (MC) and Ayoze Perez (FRLC) there.
    I nstead of Diame (MC) and Ruslan Mailnovskyi (AMC) who were poor in the game prior against Man United

    Not only was there this poor midfield performance.

    Dubravka (GK) also showed his infuriating inconsistency with another poor showing.






    Martin Dubravka (GK)
















    Premier League Match 8 Spurs (h)






    Then suddenly the first league win after three straight losses Dubravka came in a great performance against Spurs.

    This time Dubravka (GK) was immense and received the man of the match award







    S1 PL Match 8 Spurs (h) Player Ratings







    Dubravka really won that game as Newcastle were down to 10 men for the last 12 minutes or so

    The match stats showed that game was a tight one.


    Also, Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi (AMC) got his first Newcastle goal





    S1 PL Match 8 Spurs (h) Match Report











    S1 PL Match 8 Spurs (h) Match Stats
















    Board Confidence






    Straight after the spurs win the board informed me, they were pleased











    Of course, there was a but…. The fans enthusiastic support was waning




    This started a run of three games undefeated a fortunate win against Southampton that could have gone either way.

    Considering the fact, the Magpies only got five shots on target in the match I was grateful

    Dubravka (GK) got his second Man of the Match award in a row keeping the clean sheet intact

    And the solitary goal from Matt Ritchie (AMRL) proved to be enough







    Premier League Match 9 Southampton (h)









    S1 PL Match 9 Southampton (h) player ratings












    Premier League Match 10 Leicester (a)






    The draw against Leicester was a last-minute leveller from Rondon so it felt like a mini win




    S1 PL Match 10 Leicester (a) Result








    Despite this we were still holding our own in midtable in the league after 10 games.





    League Table










    But still the most wins in a row were only two. And the most games unbeaten were only three.

    However, wins against big sides like Chelsea and Spurs did give signs of encouragement.
    Last edited by fry78; 07-08-19 at 06:10 PM.

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