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Simon Kelly

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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.

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