Are Alan Pardew’s days at Newcastle numbered? They should be.

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Watching the first half of Monday’s match between Everton and Newcastle was such a spanking that I literally felt bad for Newcastle fans.

Yes, Everton were playing beautiful football but Newcastle looked like garbage out there.

For the first 45 minutes the team had that look of constipation on their faces, frozen in fear like a deer in headlights.

They deserved to be down 3-0.

It was at that time, of course, that Alan Pardew decided he should bring on the club’s playmaker and best footballer, Yohan Cabaye.

And wouldn’t you know it?!?! Things got a whole lot better better!

Shocking how that works.

To be fair, Cabaye entered the match with a slight groin issue but if Pardew was planning on using Cabaye for 45 minutes of that game, wouldn’t it have been more intelligent to start Cabaye?

That way you can see how he’s handling the injury at halftime. If he’s holding up well and wants to press on for the second 45, he can do it. Plus, by starting Cabaye – who Newcastle are completely hopeless without – there’s a good chance your team isn’t going to be out of the match by halftime.

But Pardew didn’t do that. He kept Cabaye on the bench, waited until his team went down three goals, and then through risked bringing on his star. Absolutely ridiculous.

The move almost worked.

Almost. ‘Horseshoes and grenades,’ my Dad would say.

The fact is, if I’m a Newcastle supporter, ‘almost’ isn’t good enough anymore. The Everton match was just a small sampling of the silly decisions Pardew makes on a weekly basis that prevent his squad from achieving what they’re capable of.

Newcastle have incredible talent and should be competing for a Top 7 spot each year. Pardew helped the side to a 5th place finish in 2011-12 before barely escaping relegation last season (16th), which is the same position the club currently sits.

I recognize we’re only six weeks into the new season but in my humble opinion if things don’t improve drastically for Newcastle by the new year, Pards needs to go.

No excuses from Newcastle. Don’t want to hear about how the club tied Pardew down to a 7 year contract last fall. It was a silly move, but correctable one. Eat the contract and chalk it up as a lesson – no more excessively long deals.

And no excuses from Pardew either. Quit whining about having to work with Joe Kinnear and having communication issues due to a predominantly French-speaking squad. Pep Guardiola began learning German in anticipation of his move to Bayern Munich so the question has to be asked – how is Pardew’s french coming?

It’s not good enough from Pardew. Newcastle deserves better.

And I, for one, smell a sacking.

Europa League Preview: Everton, Milan look to make group stage

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Everton look to make it back into the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season and it has a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg of its tie.

Ronald Koeman and co. travel to Croatia to face Hadjuk Split Thursday having won the first leg at Goodison Park, 2-0. Everton is coming off a hard-fought draw on Monday with Manchester City and will be on short rest heading into the match.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, AC Milan take its 6-0 aggregate lead to Skopje, Macedonia as the legendary club looks to return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time since 2013-2014.

Here’s a look at all of Thursday’s Europa League matches, with the current aggregate scores:

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EFL Cup Rewind: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET