Steve Coxon: As a life long Newcastle fan you get used to crazy hirings and even crazier firings. Was it to take the pressure off Pardew or to put more pressure on him? His one contribution in the transfer market was Luc Remy on loan. Newcastle did spend a decent amount in the January transfer window and it seems to be the new norm for the club - sit quiet in the summer and wait till January to make a splash.
SB: Will Alan Pardew last the season? What position do you see Newcastle occupying in the final league table?
SC: 30 managers in 38 years and not one trophy to show for it! Isn't the definition of insanity dong the same thing over and over and expecting different results? I for one was glad they gave Pardew a lifeline after last season. We desperately need stability at this club. Europe took its toll on us last year and selling Demba Ba at a critical time made Pardew's job almost impossible. A top 8 finish this season should keep him there for a third year. If we avoid too many injuries and a sale of Ben Arfa we are good enough to finish in the top 8.
SC: As a closet Liverpool fan, I hope their run of good form continues. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, in that order.
SB: Which three teams will be relegated?
SC: Sunderland, Sunderland and Sunderland!
SB: What is your all-time Newcastle eleven during your lifetime?
SC: In typical Newcastle fashion we never worry about defending so attack, attack, attack!
Ginola, Beardsley, Waddle, Ferdinand
Milburn, Asprilla, MacDonald, Gascoigne
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