Firstly, Saturday’s result was no fluke, we were well beaten.
We have enjoyed strolls in the park in the past in this fixture, so it’s our turn to suck it up.
The manager inevitably was complaining about losing the player we’ve been essentially touting for the last two seasons.
As he is prepared to be the front man for a mute owner, incompetent executive management and a clueless, pointless buffoon sitting in the big office down the corridor playing with his pens, he warrants no sympathy.
Saturday’s shambles was a train wreck in waiting.
Top scorer banned due to an amalgamation of stupidity and amateurish handling of the appeal and second-top scorer flogged off for a nice, big profit - leaving us with an unfit loanee and a bloke who hasn’t scored in the league since decimalisation.
What a way to run a football club on the day of our biggest home game.
Get your thinking caps on there, you only have a few months to invent some more cobblers about another transfer window passing us by.
When Yohan Cabaye was obviously leaving, our much-vaunted contingency plan swung into action.
We naively thought it was ‘go and buy someone else’ when actually it was ‘put all the money in the bank’. Brilliant!
Pardew’s assertion Mike Ashley didn’t want him to leave, we can safely ignore.
The club’s official policy is to buy cheap – sell big, man.
Did we offer him an incentive to stop? A new contract? Promise of new players to supplement rather than replace?
Did we promise to stop whining like my first car when we have to play extra games?
Did we promise to start to give a monkeys about domestic cup competitions?
The participation in the cups doesn’t seem to have affected our dear friends too much, against the apparent perceived ‘wisdom’.
Maybe we’re being unfair though, and the club are being remarkably prescient here.
As we don’t buy players any more (I hope Kinnear doesn’t do the family shopping or he’ll have to take it back six months later when the deal runs out), maybe we’ve heard on the grapevine of a new competition for the ‘richest team in ninth place’?
Still, if it’s any consolation, Newcastle fans will soon be able to shop with the rich folk in Debenhams for next season’s Wonga tops.