The new idea for 2015 is a daily summary ofNUFC talking points. It may work it may not but here goes:

FA Cup
For once we could look forward to a cup tie without Pardew in charge. His record here was 1 win in 5 ties. Strikingly, the players who scored in that 2-1 win against Blackburn, both magnificent goals, have both been ostracised. Jonas was sent out on loan and Ben Arfa sent out on loan with his contract now terminated. 

Pardew went on to win again in his first tie with Palace. In his interview, he talked about how cup success could help winning momentum, how if you are in it you can win it. What a far cry from his stipulation in the North East, that the league is the priority and how many teams flirt with relegation on a cup run. It seems that whoever pulls his strings makes Pinocchio dance to their tune. Is Pardew the same? 

John Carver meantime kept up the new found tradition. The weakened team was due to injuries. Coloccini has a buttock nerve issue. I know the feeling, mine twitch each time I wonder what Ashley will come up with next. 

On the plus side, young Jak Alnwick made some fantastic saves – let’s hope it helps his confidence. 

Carver aligned himself perfectly with Ashley’s intentions, as articulated to the Fans’ Forum. 3rd round defeat means that Ashley won’t have to worry about investing in a squad for Europe, His hat is firmly in the ring, whether Ashley’s or the vacancy is yet to be seen. 

A few more caps were tossed in with widespread media speculation that the short list will be drawn up today (Monday). No doubt agents have been on the case and it remains to be seen who has shown closet enthusiasm. Will there be any names on the list of top coaches who have not made their interest known? 

Curiously, one name was put forward on the Chronicle web site. Those posts were deleted just as an article went up suggesting a name in the frame. 

The person in question is not currently managing, having taken time out of the game to set up an academy, in Spain, to give players a second chance at making it. This goal was set after the death of his brother who made a football career having been released by his first club. 

They did say that they would not return to management until the academy was self-funding, which it now is, allowing the candidate to take up a coaching role with QPR. Ashley has tended to favour the Spurs/Chelsea axis, evidenced by Joe F’Kinnell, Dennis Wise and even Alan Pardew who represented Spurs in their biggest ever defeat, a certain Alan Pardew. 

The academy principle, of adding value to players and bringing out the best of, what might appear to be average talent could appeal to Ashley as he maintains the status of feeder club. In case the clues have been missed, the candidate is a certain Glenn Hoddle. 

Transfer window
Last November, we looked at thoughts for the transfer window, which open today. The assessment can be seen here. 

Things change, not least with the manager. The limited central defence has been hit with Saylor out for the season. The usual way under Ashley seems to be make do and mend. Dummett has performed well in the centre, Santon is back and Raylor soon to be. Cisse is out for 7 games after sustaining elbow damage against Everton and a striker is arguably needed, even though Pardew only ever played 1 of his 7. 

Up front, Ferrerya is allegedly on his way, creating a space in the 25 man squad. Wages will also be freed up with the release of Ben Arfa, apparently on his way to Nice where the biscuits will add to his frail frame. Mbiwa will also free up some wages as well as create €7m when he gets to 20 games. Having been on loan, however, they do not create space in the 25 man senior squad. Extra cash has come from Palace. 

Delaying the managerial appointment means that there is nobody in a position of influence to block potential sales, such as Sissoko to PSG or Arsenal, Tiote to Russia or Arsenal and indeed anyone else who can command a fee. Never mind, the home draw against title contenders Burnley mean that we only need 4 wins from 18 games to be safe. 

This window looks set to eclipse the profit made from the sale of Cabaye, even if not the sale of Carroll 4 years ago. 

Other games
Congratulations go to Blyth Spartans for a valiant defeat after being 2 goals ahead against Birmingham. West Midlands neighbours West Brom also faced a challenging first half against the Heed. Blyth’s old foes, Wrexham, led for a spell against Stoke whilst one of Pardew’s former clubs, Yeovil, held ManUsa at half time. 

Was it just me or were there a lot of clashes between former finalists? The mackems repeated their 1-0 win against Leeds, the Gunners their win last year against Hull. Tonight, Spurs and Burnley relive the 1962 cup final with Wimbledon seeking to repeat the 1988 win over Liverpool. We are yet to have a real 3rd round shock! 

At least Pardew has managed to avoid a reception in Newcastle in the 4th round.