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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 12:16 am

Normally I don't have much time, for the guys articles, but this seemed to make a bit of sense.
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Neil Cameron: Newcastle United make writing good news very difficult

Good news sells. Always has done and always will do.
This is true for newspapers, magazines, online and even in the future when all you’ll have to do is take a pill and all the information will be processed directly to your brain.
On the strength of Sunderland making the Capital One Cup Final last season, we sold a lot more newspapers than normal.
Folk are far more interested in parting with their hard earned pennies to read about a such a match rather than a drab 0-0 at West Brom.
When Newcastle United beat Manchester United we put more than a few copies on. Much more than when they went on that run when they seemed to lose by three or four every week.
We would do more business on Teesside if Middlesbrough could get their act in gear and win promotion back to the Premier League.
Oh sure, the odd disaster isn’t that bad for business on the back pages.
When it all went bonkers with Paolo di Canio and whenever Joe Kinnear did or said anything, people take more notice than any run-of-the-mill football stories of which there are plenty.
I would much rather write about the fun times. It’s, erm, more fun. Both for me and my army of readers - and a big hello to both of you.
Given the choice between analysing why Newcastle sold two players and brought in none on deadline day, and how on earth they managed to sign Zlatan Ibrahimiovic, I would take the story with the Swede popping up in the Bigg Market every time.
Sunderland have gone about their business quietly and for me effectively. It didn’t make banner headlines, but it’s always nice to hand our praise when it’s due.
And I honestly think Gus Poyet knows what he’s doing.
Newcastle always give the media plenty of reasons to have a go at them, however, here at the media organisation that writes more on the club than the rest put together and then some, we have been full of praise this summer.
Seven signings were good, although I am not sure how much we are going to see of Facundo Ferreyra if I am honest.
One win, a draw and a defeat over the first three games was an encouraging if not sensational start - and we said so.
Then came Crystal Palace and 48 hours later the first team squad was two players down. There are only three senior centre-halves. Siem de Jong could miss the rest of this year.
And us scribes put on our black caps once more. Aaaaaargh.
There will be many inside St James’ Park who believe that we love sticking the boot in, some supporters as well.
And while it can be satisfying to take someone to task, it’s much better writing about Yohan Cabaye and his team being brilliant than another knocking piece.
But last week was spent mostly criticising Newcastle and rightly so.
I have no real problem with the sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who never looked settled and even Hatem Ben Arfa, a talent but it says much that there are a fair few inside the club glad to see the back of him.
But not replacing them is criminal.
From last season’s first-team squad, Loic Remy, Mathieu Debucy, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Cabaye, Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa have now left.
That’s seven that needed to be replaced plus one more striker and another centre-half at least were also needed even if nobody else moved on.
Ayoze Perez is only a kid and I’ll repeat what I’ve said about Ferreyra; I just don’t see him as a regular this season.
Newcastle are short and a bit lightweight. I am told that is something that has been talked about behind closed doors.
I hope I am wrong and I often am, but I can’t see there being too many good news stories coming from St James’ Park over the next few months.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2014-09-08, 5:23 am

My only question would be if Newcastle are weak on cover, and they probably are, how can Sunderland be doing fine with our CB and striker pool, no better than Newcastle's to me.

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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 9:40 am

all eyes on January...... LOL...
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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 6:43 pm

silvers wrote:all eyes on January...... LOL...

Silvers, please stop wishing our lives away, Cos as always, we will be left feeling cheated, Again.
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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 11:05 pm

.. of course we won't......

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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 11:07 pm

silvers wrote:.. of course we won't......

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Rather have that time, in my back pocket, like a cat with nine lives, I never wish em away.
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Post  Guest on 2014-09-08, 11:09 pm

..nor do I ..
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