This is how I will feel if Cheik is truly definitely out for tomorrow's match.
Slowly, it now seems, THUNDERDOME™ is creeping toward us. Pass the time with a little bit of news from around the Toon Nation. Also, if you missed out on yesterday's huge day, make sure you scroll down and check it out! Without further ado, links!
"I am concerned that what we have at the end of the day are allegations of drunken aggressive behaviour at night," said District Judge Earl. The new bail condition means if he is selected to play he will now be forced to miss the December 21 home game against West Brom, which has a 7.45pm kick-off, and the Newcastle United v Manchester United match on January 4, which has a 8pm kick-off.
I clipped this story about 20 minutes ago or so, and was going to say "Don't be surprised to see Ranger on loan through this time", and in the time since then, Lee Ryder is reporting on Twitter that anger is indeed going on loan to Barnsley until January 14th. So there's that.
I think that this is a really good idea-- ultimately a gaggle of statues with Hughie Gallagher and Super Mac and Jackie Milburn... really good idea. Hopefully it takes legs. Robert, if you missed it, had some ideas on statues to add to the discussion. Do you?
"The traditionalists amongst our fans are upset. Of course you can understand how they feel, but the stadium is still in the same place, the Gallowgate End is still there and so is the Leazes End.
I probably pay too much attention to word selection and how people talk. Like George Carlin, however, I believe that people do think in language. The most troubling thing that I have read over the last couple of days is the labeling of the fans that are upset about the name change of the stadium as "the traditionalists." Labeling a group of the fans (and a section of the locker room) is divisive and a harbinger of potential increased unrest in the future to me. It could be nothing... but it's something to keep an eye on.
Tracking injuries and match availability is perhaps one of the most frustrating endeavors one can undertake. Cheik's in, Cheik's out... it's both ways, although out seems to be the more popular idea at this point. If he is truly out, it could be a tremendous difficulty for Newcastle. The Busby Babe post-mortem of the Man U - Man City match bemoaned the lack of a true holding midfielder to slow City down, and without Mr. Tiote, we find ourselves in the same place.
Obertan is less of a discussion. All sides saying he's out.
With Obertan being ruled out, it seems almost a certainty that HBA will move into the stating lineup in some manner. Here's hoping for a better outcome than the last time.
This is a pretty nice read- Antoine Sibierski walks though some of the key player v player match ups through tomorrow's match.
Jonas Gutierrez is recalling his first traumatic season at Newcastle that ended in relegation. "Sometimes we wouldn’t see a team mate for weeks if they were injured," he says. "We were not together all the time, or getting to know each other. "Not many of us ate together either..." Fast forward three years to Alan Pardew’s revitalised Toon, and Gutierrez tells of a lunchtime feast that has just been devoured at the club’s training ground.
There is a lot of quality in this one as well. Jonas covers a lot of ground from the relegation season though to today. Recommend this one for sure!
"We have to make it difficult for the home team. The start of the game is very important. "We have to get some sort of control."
Control is good. I'm not convinced that a pure ball-contol idea is what we're looking for. If we get caught in possession in midfield or our own half, it could go badly quickly. Perhaps a more Stoke-style control of facing up to the ball and covering the passing lanes is the way to exert "control".
There is some truth in this... if we lose, everyone pretty much expected it. . . it's about the lowest pressure 3rd v. 1st match that you could imagine for us, I'd think.
Newcastle take on a Man City squad that are worth a staggering £816m in total and, when asked if he was jealous of Roberto Mancini’s transfer kitty, Pardew said, with a wry smile: "Of course you are envious. Every manager would want 24 internationals in your squad. "I think we looked at their squad and they had nobody who stayed behind in the international break. So, it goes to show the quality they have. "Unfortunately for them they can only pick 11 and use three subs. We will go there with a confident team and we can put on a good show – and come out with some sort of good result."
On the day, it's 11 v 11... I'd like our 11 exponentially better if Cheik Tiote were to pass fit for the match, but still.
Positive squad attitude. . . we'll know if it helps in a little over 24 hours.
Definitely our challenge of the season so far, and it will be a tall task to take something away from the Etihad. . . but I'm cautiously optimistic that we can maybe grab a point. HTL!