Newcastle Need Additions To Squad – Pardew

It’s becoming too obvious that Newcastle just don’t have the strength in depth that we need to survive in the Premier League this season.

Alan Pardew – has a job on his hands now

While Newcastle did well in the first half yesterday at White Hart Lane, the extra class that Spurs showed in the second half, even after the London side were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Kaboul who stupidly head-butted Cheick Tiote, was just too much for the Magpies.

So the good news yesterday, and there wasn’t too much of that  – is that it should have showed the powers that be at Newcastle – translation – Mike Ashley – that we need more top players in the squad or else we are going to struggle with relegation this season, and too soon for comfort.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“In the three games I’ve been here that is the least quality we’ve shown. I think it’s evident that we could do with a couple of additions,”

“On its day, we have a team that can compete with anyone, we’ve proved that against some of the top teams in this division. But is there that competition and quality in all areas when other players have to come in?”

“I thought James Perch did terrific at left-back, but he isn’t naturally left-footed; we maybe lacked a little bit of balance down that left-hand side.”

“We couldn’t get Jonas in the game as much as we would have liked, and little things like that make a difference. We are looking at the market, and hopefully we can bring someone in.”

“You can only stop looking over your shoulder when you win. That’s the mentality. When you win you look upwards; when you lose you look backwards. “That’s the tendency, but we’ve got three really tough games out of the way and we’ve taken three points from them.”

It’s interesting that many experienced managers – like Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa,  Avram Grant at West Ham and Mark Hughes at Fulham are struggling with their teams this season.

So it was even more puzzling why Newcastle owner Mike Ashley decided to sack Chris Hughton because of his lack of experience. It seems that he fixed something that simply was not broken – and if Newcastle now go plummeting – we know who to thank – again!

There’s nothing wrong with billionaires buying football clubs, but what is wrong is when they then try to run the clubs themselves, when they don;t know one thing about the game.

Unfortunately that’s what Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle, and rather than bring in a football man as Chairman, he has his pal Derek LLambias trying to do that – and it shows.

It’s clear that Alan Pardew will have to arrest the slide of Newcastle quickly, or else we’ll be in some trouble this season, but that can all be put to bed with two wins in our next two games against Wigan and West Ham – teams we should be beating.

But poor results in those games would not be good, and we hope Alan can put things right sooner rather than later.

And we look to the players to keep their spirits up, as they have for the last 18 months, and grind out some good results – especially against the weaker sides in the Premier League.

But it’s always dangerous to change  a manager in mid-season, because he has different ideas and the team starts to play differently – and it takes time for the  players to adjust to that.

But Pardew has come across very well so far, and we’ll support him 100% to get things back on track – and it would only take a couple or three good results to do exactly that.

A win next Sunday at Wigan would be a very good start.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t want it to happen, but I wonder if selling carroll is the only way to try and make us play some football.

    Carroll has got some skill and pace on the ground, but we just develop ” Crouch-itus” and just banging balls from 60 yards all the time with Carroll statically waving his arm in the air is really doing my head in now.

    There is no build up play or anything coming through the middle, no penetration, no runs in behind defenders, no cut or pull backs to what should be on – rushing midfielders.

    People talk about crosses, but again something like 29 out of 30 get headed away. We simply have no method at all. We are now becoming a caricature of Allardyce and a team made in his image.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    How much for a decent manger ?

  • dak76

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Anybody else slightly concerned with our form since Pardew took full control…. 2 games 2 defeats.
    True to his stats, Liverpool games was Chrissy’s team and tactics, and Pardew took the plaudits for it. Now we’re seeing HIS tactics….. I said this to my mates when he was appointed… he’ll be gone by the summer due to a mixture of results and ashley’s selling of all our major assets.
    I am probably being too pesermistic here, but it worries me tht all our good players are being signed up to long term contracts, not because the club (sorry ashley) wants to keep them long term, but, what is gonna make you more profit from a sale – a player with less than a year on his contract where you’ll flog him for a fraction of his true value, or a player on a long term where you can get full value for him??. (bit like in the shops, last seasons goods cost less tghan this seasons).

    Probably get abuse for this – normally quite optermistic about things but just get a bad feeling about what the fat one has in store for us… really hope i’m wrong as I wanna be!!

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    There’s only one manager who is good enough for the toon and he’s available and that’s hoots

  • kimbo

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Play Alan Smith , we will get beat, simple as that.Can someone tell me how many games we have won when AS plays.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I dont think Alan Smith was at fault for the first goal nor the second goal.Alan Smith had a decent game,Hes always puts 110% for us.Just shows how stupid you’re if your blaming Alan Smith for yesterday game,The whole team wasn’t so end of,Kimbo.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    i agreed with kimbo, i think majority our game we lose when Alan Smith is playing.

    forget about his attitude or his 150% commitment for us, his football skills wasnt that good enough – and he is neither a midfield nor a striker

    60k per week just to “jog” around the pitch, Alan Smith must got the best job

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    How can you blame one player while playing a 11 man game……Thats is beyond me.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    To me just putting your 110% for game is not enough, yesterday lost i not blaming Alan Smith alone but Alan Smith make many mistake and th big mistake he make useless tackle and passing. So what you think?

    Don”t you see Alan Smith tackle during Simpson push Modric?

  • balistik

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    I saw the game yesterday and to be honest, it looked liked we were playing for a draw. carol was all alone up front, it looked like we were actually scared to play spurs, we should have started off with a much more attacking strategy, somthing tht spurs were not ready for, maybe starting with ranger and lovenkrands and carol, after scoring a few goals maybe until the 50th minute then switch back to 4-5-1. but bringing ranger and lovenkrands when the game was already lost doesnt make much sense. its true, we were just crossing hopeless balls into the box and hoping carol would do something, well it doesnt work that way, we need build up, we need to run with the ball into the box, we need to go past defenders, but what do we do? cross balls in, that too useless crosses, and they are simply headed away, carol is human, you cant expect him to be doing three players job all alone against a team like spurs.

    we also have to realize ashly is on the right track, he is trying to develop a young team, but he can only develop young players when they are playing with true proffesionals by their side and they (the youngsters) dont become stars overnight! the last thing we need is to bring in decent players from the lower divisions, because thats where we will finally end up! we need to sign 4 very good players, one for carol to partner with, one very good creative mid fielder and 2 good defenders. the mid fielder along with ben arfa when fit and barton can provide ammo for carol and party up front, and the 2 good defenders can cope well at the back so that everytime there is an opposition corner carol and party dont have to come back and defend and waste energy as well as leaving a counter attack option for dead. how many times this season have we thrown points away because of simply horrific defending, we should have been fifth in the league by now if we had just managed to stop the stupid goals that we have conceeded this season.

    so ashley, spend some money, around 30million get 4 very good players and next year i honestly can see us in europe, we have the team spirit, dont let that fade away, we are a massive club, dont give that away and we have hope, please dont take that away, you have the power to take us places, please try to do so.

  • sweendog

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Smith wasn’t that bad .. I agree with Pardew that as an attacking team we were well short ..
    mind you pardew is slightly at fault .. we should have played 4-4-2 .. ranger alongside Carroll .. instead of 2 DM.s

  • singamagpie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    The past two defeats are against teams we were favorites to lose… will only judge Pardew against Wigan & West Ham.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Alan Smith only did one good tackle and thats it.

    Other than that he is not defensive nor attacking, and then remain anonymous for 90 mins.

    If u guys watch back the trashing 6-0 of Aston Villa at home, Alan Smith was even anonymous during that match.

  • austoon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda heights i agree with you, except for the part about us selling Carroll. When Pardew first took over he told us he would get Newcastle playing attacking football and playing 4-5-1 with a long ball tactic ain’t exactly attacking. Even CH was better as we played 2 up front against most teams. No matter what happens I think we will survive this season though, even if we don’t buy any new players.

  • geoff777

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    The wings seem to be the major problem.
    Only Enrique is quality.

    Perch and Simpson are both young and need to be given time to develop.

    Jonas has no end product. Great runs but he always cuts inside, can’t shoot and can’t cross very well.

    Routledge has pace but I’m not convinced he’s good enough for a team looking to finish in the top half of the Premiership.

    I’d would have liked to of seen Ferguson come on the left wing and Jonas switched to the right. When we were 1-0 down.
    Ferguson looked promising in the cup games.
    I hope he gets a chance this season.

    There’s no point in Pardew buying Championship players and hoping they’ll do better than Jonas and Routledge.

    Lets hope Hatem Ben Arfa makes an amazing recovery and can start threatening from midfield. Gosling too as his goals/games ratio is decent.


    If Pardew was a football genius he’d of done it at WH, Charlton or Southampton.
    His CV is bloody awful.
    If we lose the next two games I’ll be very worried.
    He’s 0-2 as the Liverpool game was Hughton’s team and tactics.
    Not the best way to show Toon fans he’s bucking the trend and is going to move us forward.

    2 more games Pardew … then we’ll know

  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #16

    we just played tottenham and man city and didnt get embarrassed by either(embarassed ourselves early in man city game), these games where within 3 days and against strong big sides, is it just me or does anyone else think that it is a bit much to complain about losing these two games.


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