Pardew Backed By Board For January Signings

Some good news today that Alan Pardew already has the backing of the Newcastle Board for some January signings.

Mike Ashley – will he open the purse strings – just a little?

We have to think that Mike Ashley will be willing to loosen the purse things just a little to let Alan sign two or three good players in January, even if some of them are on loan.

The very last think Mike Ashley and the Newcastle United club and supporters need is another relegation, and we all know that would be just too hard to take.

And it’s not as if the lads have not giving 100% in every game this season, including yesterday, when they worked their socks off for the cause.

And James Perch may have his detractors at Newcastle, but give the lad some credit for giving it all he had yesterday – you can never fault this lad for effort..

But at the end of the day Spurs were just too classy and had too much skill, and against a lessor side Newcastle could have won, given the decent performance they put in yesterday.

So it wasn’t all bad news yesterday, although yes it was a disappointing result to be sure.

Pardew seems to have the full backing of the Board to bring in new players next month, as he said today:

“I have the backing of the board, and I want to put that into place in terms of taking the club forward. We’ve secured Steven Taylor this week, which was very important.”

“And there’s a no sale on Andy Carroll, which is probably the biggest and best news we’re going to have during the window. But hopefully we can add one or two as well.”

Alan’s so right that the club has done some good business in keeping both local lads, Steven and Andy at the club, and both are some of the best players we currently have, and we think Steven is starting to make the back four look a lot more solid now.

The Wigan game next Sunday now assumes even more importance, and we must be at our best in that game, and if we are – there’s no reason we cannot take all 3 points. We need an inspired performance from our boys next Sunday.

Pardew is already saying that Newcastle need about six more wins (18 points) to be safe on 40 points.

This is what Alan has reflected on the last three games, and what he thinks it will take to secure safety for the club this season:

“We’ve got three really tough games out of the way and we’ve taken three points from those matches.”

“If we’d drawn all three, you would probably have said that’s three good results.”

“I think we need six or seven more wins, and I think this team is capable of that, and hopefully a couple more on top.”

That second sentence is very important.

That’s because draws are not worth much these days, when you get a full 3 points for a win, and unbeaten runs don’t mean much at all in the current game – and a manager like Mark Hughes would do well to realize that.

Theoretically you can go through a season unbeaten and end up on 38 points at the end of the season, and still get relegated.

Wins are what really count, and that’s what we liked about Chris Hughton – he always went for wins and of course last season he got 30 of them to get us promoted.

We hope Alan will also go for wins whenever possible, although it seemed the side was set up yesterday to get a draw.

How could we possibly get any goals yesterday with the side we started?

And we’ll finish by saying that was only the second clean sheet Spurs have kept all season in the Premier League, ever since their very first game – a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City.

And it wasn’t because the Spurs defense were good yesterday.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    liverpool cant sign ben arfa as he is on a season long loan which we paid 2million deposit with the option of another 5mill at anytime we want if we make it permanent, plus he as at man city game expect him to be first signing of the window probably in the first week

  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘…and that’s what we liked about Hughton..’

    Given how this blog helped hound Hoots out and then went a**-lick crazy for a guy who is the WORST manager in the top two divisions that is really rich, Ed.

    When will sense prevail and someone end the calamity that is Pardew before it’s too late and we are in the drop zone. Doesn’t he have a probationary clause in the contract or something? FFS wake up, Mike, you got it wrong (again) so put it right.

  • toon95

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    next 2 games are so crucial!

  • MykToonFan

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    davybtoon – I know all about the small print of the loan deal and the fact that we have first option on a permanent signing, but HBA doesn’t have to join us if he wants to go elsewhere.

    Of course he seems to love NUFC at the moment, but if Liverpool offer him a better contract and the possibility of European football, his head may well be turned.

    I personally think he WILL sign for us in January. It’s just slightly worrying when news like this crops up.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    MykToonFan, Seems to me that you didn’t read the normal print in the article.

    “If Liverpool have secured European football come May and the Toon Army have not then perhaps Hodgson can convince the talent flair player to turn his back on Newcastle United”.

    May! By which time we will probably have Ben Arfa on a five year contract. So how much do you think Liverpool will be willing to pay?

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Loan – Sturridge

    Buy- Gylfi Sigurdsson Attacking Mid or winger

    Buy – Matt Taylor as LB cover or Left wing

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Why do you like Steven Taylor so much? he is an awful defender and not good enough for Newcastle. Every time he passed it back to Krul yesterday it was always to his right side which is a school boy error when he should know Krul is left footed. It puts Krul under unnecessary pressure which results in mistakes. A defender at any level should not make such a basic mistake mind in the premier league.

  • Hobs

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Elmander of Bolton has a contract that expires in the summer. They never bothered to extend his contract because he didn’t play well – until this season. He’d be perfect up front with Carrol!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t believe how easily taylor has got back in the side

    How about doing something that an average mediocre English manager woud never do, play 3-4-3 a la Brazil.


    Colo Willo Kadar

    Jonas Tiote Barton Enrique


    Ranger Carroll





  • MykToonFan

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieGerman – Like I say, I think we will sign HBA in January. Nothing is certain, however.

    I find it very difficult to predict Ashley’s actions, to be honest.

  • leedodd

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Ben Arfa Would Not be at St James if he was not comeing Back Home Now Would he . He Knows The Fans Will Love Him Here why go Elswere ?? He Will Shine Here and Score Goals !!!!! We do Need to Sell Smith Best and Perch. Keep Shola as He has Been with us to Long If he gets to bad he can Make the tea !!!! He is Worth Pea Nuts Now Anyway !!!! Also he scored against Sunderland We cant Sell Him Now Can We !!!! We do Need a New Centre Forward Maybe Robbie Keane ??

  • balubas1

    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13

    All I want is Ben Arfa.

    I wonder why Ferguson can’t play 2nd fiddle on the left back? To be honest, I have only watched him for one game against Chelsea, but he had a very good game.

    We also get Gosling back in not so long.. hopefully.

    Dont get me wrong; I would love to get in some new faces that could lift the 1st team, but that is very unlikely except for Ben Arfa.

    So when looking for cover and depth we are already set in most of our positions.

    GK- set
    RB- set (Simpson, Colo, S.taylor, R.taylor)
    LB- IMO set! We have Shane Ferguson!
    CB- set
    RW- set. Barton, Routledge
    LW- Could use some cover if Ben Arfa not signed. Ferguson also maybe an option
    CM- Would like to replace Smith with some younger talent, but all in all we are set when Gosling returns
    CF- Carroll is our man. Ranger coming along fine. Lovenkrands is decent cover, but maybe we could get in something with more future potential.

    These thoughts are of course made by considering how much capital we might have available.

  • balubas1

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14


    I have totally slated you for insane posting in the past, but this time I’ll give you the thumbs up. A clever CF like Keane could fit in fine with Andy, and Ameobi deserves our respect for what he has done for the club.

  • lewman

    Dec 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    ben arfa has a big ego and wants to be the man, why would he join a club with 2 of the best outfield players in the world(think reina is one of the best gk but irrelevant to this) so he can get overshadowed by gerrard and forgotten about like babel.

  • toontrific

    Dec 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Spotlight Kid nice negative attitude. WORST manger in the top divisions? wheres the stats to back that up? From listening to national radio call ins all of Pardews previous clubs fans have loved him and from what i’ve seen so far he hasn’t put a foot wrong. In fact when he left Southampton the fans protested in not so disimilar fashion than when Houghton was sacked! 3 great team performances so far, very unlucky against Man City and Tottenham are just a better team than us. He got team selections correct in my mind for all 3. Williamson Vs Taylor is up for discussion but i watched all 3 games and i can’t say taylor has made any mistakes. Even Perch played well yesterday which isn’t something that Houghton achieved. The real test will come aginst the likes of Wigan where Houghton couldn’t get anywhere near a decent performance out of the squad. If we play well against wigan and west ham then i will think Pardew is an improvement. Give the man a chance. Going on your poor comment rating hopefully most other toon fans are giving him a chance.

  • davcon22

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Spotlight kid wot u been smokin??

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    ad imagine pardew will hav the team well drilled for when west ham come to st james he will want to absalutly hammer them to show the fans who didnt like him..we MUST get 6 points in next 2 games absalute must

  • Steve_48

    Dec 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed I have a daily ritual to read your blog, but for God’s sake take off the rose tinted spectacles re James Perch, a fish out of water if there ever was one, he was truly appalling the other night against Spuds, something they exploited really well, and no amount of efforts makes up for lack of ability and experience

  • al

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #20

    To say we could have won against a lesser side is ridiculous cos we couldn’t even get the ball. There defence wasn’t good? Their team defended well by not letting us have or keep the ball and limiting our chances to nothing. They completely bossed us all day. Why sugar coat it with “dedicated performance” and “could have beaten a lesser team” we won’t prepare for lesser teams like we will spurs so it’s irrelevant trollop. Can’t you even constructively criticise Ed? It doesn’t mean you aren’t supporting your team

  • geordie101

    Dec 30, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #21

    oh come on. We know the fat B**TARD wont but out much cash in January. They’ll be bargin basement buys, as ever. CH or whoever helped him, got us our moneys worth, Pardew will not. Unless he raids Southhampton haha – sadly possible. Ashley is and always will be a complete and utter _____(u can decide u own slur). We’ll probs get Ben Arfa and then he’ll be counted as a new player, even though he’s on our book for season already. Oh my if i ever meet Ashley i’d smack him. CH what a guy what a way to go. Pardew, i have more faith in scientology or any other religion than you. Wish i wasnt an athiest, i could do with something to pray to when i think about toon. oh my oh my oh my.

  • mwiller85uk

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22

    well lads to be honest i agree we need to tie up the ben arfa situation make him permanent asap. But i’d like to mention somthing else from what ive seen this season jonas is getting worse and worse especially in the effort department i was at the man city game and he was at least 3 seconds behind the pace which is fatal against a team like man city which is why jose had alot on his plate which is why city took full advantage of that fact i think we need a pacy skillful left winger seen as though the right is pretty much sorted with ben arfa and joey barton. We need to get much needed pinpoint crosses into andy carroll.

  • mwiller85uk

    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    matt taylor was a good shout cos theres cover for jose but they can also play in same team together. Striker wise i think robbie keane is a must move cos he’s premiership proven and andy carroll getting all the attention i think keane would shine and become a great acquisition for the toon. My ideal team for newcastle united would be:

    Jose, Colloccini, Williamson, S Taylor
    Barton Nolan Tiote M Taylor
    Ben Arfa/ Keane Carroll

    because don’t forget lads ben arfa can play as a forward he’s played there for france and been very effective

    I think S Taylor would be better as a rb than in the middle and he’s still a threat on corners

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #24

    How much will the fatty give Pardew in the window that’s the question, I’d say about 20 million and then extra when we sell players so about 25 million or so!


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