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The F3 derby: Bringing back the passion

This 30-something bloke had lost it. We’d got him. The Squadron Newcastle fans had tried his patience to the point where his blood was boiling and he just couldn’t take it anymore. His body was rigid, his right arm outstretched, finger jabbing wildly in the direction of the baying Squadron.

Some interesting points there. The left back situation has been baffling and frustrating for fans and I’m sure for Burns and maybe even Koutrombis too. I have a theory and stress it’s only guesswork on my part that this left back conundrum maybe the straw that broke the camels back. After all Burns was a McKinna/Griffiths acquisition.

Newcastle Jets part ways with Ernie Merrick

The last time we sacked players was a disaster. That was surely our lowest point then. Injuries, possibly budget constraints ( but I think they’ve always been there) has led to the current situation. Ernie Merrick is the best coach we’ve ever had. Sad to see him depart but interested to see who replaces him. Can we bounce back against those big time Charlie’s from Sydney FC. Come on Newy!!

Newcastle Jets part ways with Ernie Merrick

Surely we’re due a couple of upsets. Phoenix to beat Sydney and the Jets to have a massive turnaround in form and best Perth.
WSW western utd Draw
Phoenix to beat Sydney
City to beatVictory
Newy to beat Perth
Coasters Adelaide Draw

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Draw,draw, Sydney, Glory, Jets
Everybody still writing the Jets off… we love being the underdog. Caught a little of the Jets training this week and it’s all about goals. Every player was practising hitting the proverbial onion bag. I even caught one of the coaches burying one into the corner past a flailing Italiano. It’s a big day Topor-Stanleys 300 th , Ugarkovic and Ridentons 100th games.Newy to score 3 Thurgate, Ugarkovic And Topor all to score.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 10

Oh the frustrations of being a Newcastle fan. Chance after chance and an inspired performance from Adelaide keeper Izzy. Now we hear that Arroya May well be out for 6 to 8 weeks, not 4 as originally reported. Kaine Sheppard is back though with a point to prove I’m sure. All said and done we will beat City on Sunday and I’m confident we’ll make the six.

My wrap-up of Round 9 of the A-League

Yes of course . Some teams get written off before a ball is kicked though.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

At last some are believing that Newcastle could well be contenders. If we beat Adelaide that’ll be 3 wins in a row and that hasn’t happened for nearly two years. If Adelaide perform like they did against Phoenix and Newy replicate their recent form then obviously it’ll be a Jets win. I’d expect a big reaction from The Reds this week but firmly believe that this Newcastle team will be difficult to beat.
City to beat Perth
Sydney to beat Brisbane
Phoenix to beat WSW
Western Utd Victory draw
Adelaide Newy draw
BREAKING NEWS Arroya our injured Kaine SHEPPARD named in squad. Still stick with a draw.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

I think Ernie will be patient with Arroya. He’ll be back on the scoresheet before you know it. Yes that performance had echoes of two seasons ago . Loving what Thurgate is doing.

Reasons to be cheerful for the re-energised Jets

I was only just discussing Kantas best season and I think he’s heading that way again. I agree I think Ernie will still start Arroya and Thurgate will enter the fray late in the game. It’s worked recently so if it ain’t broke..

Reasons to be cheerful for the re-energised Jets

I’m hoping for a return of those big crowds. I think we’re heading in the right direction. Yeah agree we’ve become a tourist destination but we’ve still got the busiest coal port in the world. Still think other teams view us and to a lesser extent WSW as battlers or underdogs which I don’t have a problem with.

Blue collar boys versus the fibros: Battle of the A-League battlers

Good comments there. One thing I have noticed with the RBB is that they are very absorbed in what they are doing, which is fine. You’re right they don’t seem to react to what’s happening on the field. I even think they don’t sing negatively about the opposition which in itself is almost unique. Agree with the later kick offs. The A league should stop the mid day games. Better for a high intensity game and better for the fans.

Blue collar boys versus the fibros: Battle of the A-League battlers

Adelaide are on a roll(4 wins on the bounce)and are right up there in the attacking stats, 3rd in total shots and 3rd in shots on target. Bizarrely Victory have the joint(with WSW) most clean sheets. And yes the Bye is a pain.

Who’s hot and who’s not in the A-League?

I was thinking about that youth brigade game. Just not sure how many Ernie will throw in for the Western United game. I’m just going to keep repeating the Joey rumour enough in the hope that it happens. Football Fans…we’re only a little bit crazy!!

Should Ernie Merrick be feeling more heat at Newcastle?

Tough week ahead too with Arroyo, Ridenton and Burns all away on international duty. Kantarovski will come back into the side( a better defensive mid in my opinion than Ridenton). I am hoping Jackson stays in the side, even if Boogards fit, a back three even? Thurgate will get promoted and Hoffman will probably play up top. Yes our owner does want out(if a buyer comes along), but I disagree that Newcastles squad is a poor one. I’ve watched them for a long time so I know what a poor squad looks like. For the record we don’t have a marquee. Hoolahan is here on a relatively cheap deal(250K) and we’ll be a better prospect when he’s back. With Sheppard back in the New Year and Joey Champness too(yes that’s the HOT rumour) Newcastle will be again punching above there weight. The rumour that Ernie Merrick is learning Spanish isn’t true, the club can’t afford it!!

Should Ernie Merrick be feeling more heat at Newcastle?

Agree with most of the article and the comments below are pretty close as well. There is no way that Newcastle should sack Ernie Merrick though. This would be disastrous, he deserves at least another season. Ernie and the club have obviously got to decide wether to keep the likes of Jair, Vargas and O’Donovan. To compare Ernie and his football to Stubbins tenure is way off the mark though. Some of the football this season has been really good, but too often without the end product. goals, The type of football that was served up back then was some of the worst I’ve ever seen. I’m a long time Newy fan , including back in the NSL. I’ve also watched a great deal of football back in England including the old 3rd and 4th Div. So I’ve had plenty of matches to compare.

Ernie Merrick's chronic case of second-year syndrome

Yeah I’d like to see him utilised as a number 9 more. I suspect this may happen more next year. Could well depend on who gets signed, resigned etc.

Kaine Sheppard - the Socceroos' unlikely striker solution?

Just to clear up any ambiguity I asked the question on which international team Kaine would pick IF they came knocking. He did not hesitate in his answer and he has a real affinity for Australia. His Mum was born here and he spent time living on the Gold Coast as a kid. I’m guessing this was when The Socceroos Golden Generation were strutting there stuff. The Socceroos unlikely striker solution just to be clear was an Editorial pick, I’d gone for a completely different headline, but did suspect that might happen. Just because Kaine is 25 and hasn’t broken into any European Leagues means little really. Jamie Vardy was 25 years of age when he was ‘discovered’. Anyway glad to see the comments. Here’s hoping for a good result for Newcastle on the weekend.

Kaine Sheppard - the Socceroos' unlikely striker solution?

I’m never really sure how they calculate these figures. That does seem incredible low. Are recorded games calculated for example. Both clubs combined membership would be more than 15 k. I record the game even if I go to it. Also Newcastle are not a bottom side, there’s still hope of s finals breath.

Jets slip on the Mariners' banana skin