Mike Ashley is a small-time, cheap, unambitious, pig-headed, clueless, stubborn fool

Mike Ashley has done a lot of things at Newcastle. Most of it inconceivable to a Newcastle fan. But his latest venture in making Rafa Benitez' time on Tyneside untenable tops the lot.

The question is why is he doing what he is doing? Why is he blatantly refusing to support him and not making every effort to keep him here for years to come?
Some say it's perhaps there is a possible sale of the club in the offing so for him to spend any money isn't in his interest, nor is the future of the club. This is wide of the mark IMO. 
Others say it's because he refuses to allow a manager with one year left on his contract to spend money on players and then leave at the end of the year, which would then leave a scenario of a new manager wanting his own players. This is closer to the mark IMO.
But even this doesn't really make sense as the ONLY way Rafa would sign a new deal is if the club back him. Not the other way round that Ashley wants it. If you sign a deal, then we will s…

Can Pardew Handle A Squad?

There's talk that Tamas Kadar could be called into the first team for the Norwich game due to our injury crisis. This seems a bit desperate and embarrassing for Pardew to totally alienate a player to the point he doesn't have a squad number (Rob Lee anyone); to throwing him straight into the first team and expect a performance from him.

Why Pardew has chosen to alienate him when we quite clearly needed a 4th CB as cover for the first team is baffling. Not to mention the kid is a highly rated youngster and full international. 

Pardew has been awesome with the first team this season, but I seriously question his handling of a [B]squad[/B]. Santon hasn't had a sniff this season. HBA is still not fully match fit which is ridiculous seeing as we are in December. Marveaux had next to no Premier League game time but then got thrown in from the start and broke down, now out for 3 month. Dan Gosling hasn't had any game time to be proud of this season, anyone know why? Its a miracle Guthrie has been as impressive as he has, but even he has a niggling groin injury. Cabaye has a niggling groin injury also. Tiote's injury is unfortunate.

Pardew has been asking for trouble with the number of players in specific positions before the transfer window closed (Full back, Centre back) and with not giving fringe players any game time to gain fitness and confidence; and now he has got it.

There's more to managing a football team then picking the best XI every week.