The Newcastle United team basically picks itself when we are at full strength. That isn't because we have a set of 11 players who are on such red-hot form that picking anything other than those 11 players would be sheer madness. No, it is because our bench/fringe players are so lacking in quality that Pardew has no other choice but to pick the same players week in week out...
Athletes and sportsmen appear to strongly believe in momentum and the powerful psychology of streaks - winning causes momentum and momentum causes more winning. If the same is true of losing then, this should cause a chill in any United supporter...
Never has a Premier League season began with so many managerial changes at such high profile clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at the age of 71 started a chain reaction that saw David Moyes being given the unenviable task of following in the greatest manager's footsteps.
It's a good time to assess how Manchester City's five summer signings have settled in thus far. The quintet of Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo all joined the Blues and have played some role in driving City towards the top of the table, but how has each one adapted to the club?
Directors of football are the norm in Europe and are as much a part of the game as the manager. However, in the Premier League it simply doesn't work. Directors of football aren't in the Premier League thought process, and the thought 'oh he would make a great Director of Football', would never cross any Premier League fans' mind.
Unfortunately, for Tan, things didn't quite go to plan. Football fans everywhere will be well aware that Vincent Tan was the person behind Cardiff City's hugely controversial rebrand but until a week ago, aside from achieving a degree of notoriety for alleged interference in playing matters, plus a degree of lampoonery for his sartorial choices, Tan appeared to have ridden the storm.
Who can be trusted by an English top flight team once again despite their previous failures in the Premier League? The following managers are currently clubless and it could be argued that they deserve another chance to be successful in the Premier League.
From the moment a new manager is appointed we expect, in most cases, almost instant results. When these results don't materialise mass panic ensues in the media and the boardroom.
We see it year after year. Sides newly promoted to the Barclays Premier League have one goal - safety. Just to survive in their first year seems to be the holy grail and is at the forefront of most teams' minds. The quest to become an established Premier League side is a great one, fraught with danger, but there are several shining examples of how it can be done.
After seeing his side held to stalemates in their first two away fixtures, David Moyes was skeptical of Manchester United's trip to the BayArena to face Sami Hyypia's free-flowing Bayer Leverkusen, sitting second in the Bundesliga and unbeaten at home since March.
The amount of players that Hodgson has used in his England sides has been well documented and the number is now a staggering 53 since he took charge in May 2012. It is clear that like Moyes at United or Mourinho at Chelsea, Hodgson doesn't know what his best eleven is at the moment.
Unfortunately, it's never been easier for an English player to get called up to the national squad. With the large amount of cheap, foreign imports being snapped up by Premier League clubs, Roy Hodgson has an astoundingly decreasing pool of talent at his disposal to pick from...
Come 5 o'clock and Final Score on a Saturday I know where my sympathies lie and if MKD have lost, it feels like another small triumph, another dig in their ribs has been applied from all those 'real' fans who wish they weren't there. Childish maybe, but so is much of life as a football fan.
The standout surprise name in the squad announcement is Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez. Whilst the 24-year-old may well be a wildcard pick ahead of the World Cup, West Ham's Ravel Morrison can feel hard done by not to be included.
There have been many great clashes between these two nations, but here are the top 5...
I am no longer just a football fan. What Mike Ashley has successfully achieved is to make pseudo-accountants out of many Newcastle United fans. Instead of pointing to silverware as a barometer of progress and success.