Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Does Every Win Cost Newcastle? Ashley May Think United's Squad Is Now Good Enough

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Does Every Win Cost Newcastle? Ashley May Think United's Squad Is Now Good Enough

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EAR Santa, forget it.

DForget the January sales too.

Because while it is great to see Newcastle United doing so well just now, I fear their current form could inadvertently be creating a rod for their own backs when the time comes, when the transfer window opens, to attempt to prise a few quid out of Mike Ashley.

I repeat: it is great they are in such good form.

The Magpies head to Swansea City tonight - another terrific bit of scheduling by the Premier League - FIFTH in the table!

They have won their last four in the league, including magnificent victories - and clean sheets - against Chelsea and Tottenham.

They have even started to score from corners!

There is your Christmas miracle. Yet seriously, it has been an impressive response to defeat in the Wear-Tyne derby.

By the end of the week, Alan Pardew could even be proclaimed Manager of the Month.

He certainly deserves some credit.

It took me by surprise when I heard the other day that, after Arsene Wenger, he is the longestserving manager in the top flight.

Three years this week! That just about says it all about modern professional football and the managerial game in particular.

Yet fair play to Pards.

Given everything he has had to deal with at the club throughout that period, and especially over the last 12 months, for the club to be in the position it finds itself is incredible and great testament to his managerial abilities.

What has probably most impressed of late has been the steely defensive resolve he has added to Newcastle's attacking flair.

So long as Loic Remy is being prompted by Yohan Cabaye, United will score goals.

Even better has been the team's defensive resolution.

All those hours on the training ground working on shape and organisation look to be paying off. …

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