Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Adam Smith, a Sports Journalism Student and Newcastle United Fan, Wonders When It Is All Going to Come Right

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Blog; THIS Week, Adam Smith, a Sports Journalism Student and Newcastle United Fan, Wonders When It Is All Going to Come Right

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NO More doom and gloom for Toon? When I think back to last season and remember all the bad times, bewilderment is what springs to my mind.

How did Newcastle, with a squad full of international players (albeit the French national side) avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth? I have tried to forget about it but it hurts.

Our style of football last season was dull.

We lacked flair and we lacked verve.

We also struggled to score goals once Demba Ba jumped from our sinking ship.

I felt like I had travelled back in time and was watching Big Sam's Newcastle side again.

An obvious problem was the lack of depth within our squad, when the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye are out injured for long periods, you need players to step up and fill the void - and unfortunately last season we did not have that.

I am, however, sticking by Alan Pardew. I feel the criticism aimed at him this season has been harsh.

His position over the summer must have felt untenable following Joe Kinnear's arrival at the club, but Pardew has stuck with it and I respect him for that.

I don't have much to say about Joe 'Best Director of Football in England and World's Best Manager' Kinnear because the whole thing is a farce.

However, I do hope his tenure at Newcastle is not a prolonged one.

I will never forget Kebabgate and the embarrassment it caused us fans.

Despite all the turmoil of the summer and the predictable disappointment of our lack of signings, I do feel slightly less pessimistic about this season.

We have had an okay start, nothing special, but I feel like we have our spark back.

We are playing a 4-3-3 and that is formation the fans want!

With the midfield we have, Newcastle have the quality to dominate the middle of the park.

Since Yohan Cabaye has returned, he has come back with something to prove and slotted in nicely alongside Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote.

I do, however, feel sorry for Vurnon Anita who has been dropped in recent weeks despite being one our most consistent performers this season. …

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