Pardew Issues Rallying Cry To Newcastle Players


With being a manger in the English Premier League quite possibly one of the hardest and most stressful jobs you can find, it pays to be positive about things.

Alan Pardew – very positive thinking from the boss

And that’s what Alan Pardew seems to be today, having had the terrible news yesterday that Andy could well miss the next two games, and even be out for over a month if he has torn his thigh muscle.

This is what Alan said today:

“Andy’s a big doubt for the Wigan game, I don’t expect him to play.” “He’s such an important character in the group, so he is a miss. I’m not going to under-estimate that.”

“I think  back to 1990 when Ian Wright broke his leg at Crystal Palace, but we got through to the FA Cup final. Everyone’s got to pull their socks up and try that little bit harder.”

“You’ve got to come up with a way so that his exit from the side doesn’t impact the result.”

Shola Ameobi is almost a certainty to return from his hamstring injury tomorrow, and we have to  hope Shola has one of his better days, in what is such a crucial game for Newcatsle.

We don’t want to see Shola running around aimlessly and seemingly not too interested or involved, as he sometimes seems in some of his games for the club.

But the in-form Shola can be great, and we’d like to see that passion tomorrow from the local lad, and he has to be ready to get some goals too.

The news coming out of Newcastle is that Pardew is again likely to play a 4-5-1 formation, with Shola up front and Kevin Nolan a laid back striker.

That means Tiote, Barton and Nolan will play in central midfield for Newcastle and that’s as good as we’ve got.

And of course if  those three can wrestle the midfield away from Wigan tomorrow, we have to have a good chance of winning the game, which would be fantastic.

Pardew continued:

“I’ve got a clear mind on injuries,” “I always think positively, and hopefully we’re going to get good news. “Who knows when the recovery time will be?”

“They tell me he had an injury last year which was meant to keep him out for a long time and he was back in seven days, so that bodes well.”

In fact there is every likelihood that the news on Carroll – good or bad – will come back from his scan before today is out.

And we have to hope that he has not in fact torn his thigh muscle.

If  it’s good news on Andy, he could even return against West Ham in the crucial game next Wednesday night at home, and could be rested for the trip to Stevenage in the FA Cup third round game next Saturday.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    One win in eight and Carroll out for a few weeks. Its just a blip. Nothing to worry about because we have Stroller and Luvver boy as back up. Proven quality. Three points off relegation place. You are doing well Mr Ashley. Pards is the man in a crisis. The season is going well.

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  • Jarra

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I just hope AP is brave and goes for a win, I really would like to see a change in tactics, think outside the box and not be so predictable.
    Try 3-5-2
    No problems with either Krul or Harper in goal.
    Back three for me would be Collo RB Taylor CB and Kadar LB
    then 5 in the middle two that can give pace and cross the balls in from the flanks then three solid midfield players.
    for me I would go Simpson RW Barton, Tiote, Nolan with Enrique LW.
    Up front Ranger with another one out of Ameobi Best or Lovenkrands.
    We must learn to play the ball on the ground the hoof and hope is to easy to defend.
    Get the ball wide and then the forwards are facing towards the Wigan goal in stead of recently where the forwards are facing the half way line.
    If we go 4-5-1 again get it out wide and the ball is whipped across rather than through the middle, the forwards must face the way we intend to go, as far too many games this season the backs are to the goal.
    ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK

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  • keegan trio

    Jan 1, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    when will transfer window close?

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  • jimiley

    Jan 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    We have the same number of points now as the season we got relegated. I know we had a terrible run in but comparatively the situation is worse this time. Then, a couple of teams were detached. This time all the bottom teams are within 5 or 6 points of each other. The bottom team is nearly on a point a game. 35 points will not reach safety this year. I bet it will be the high 30s or maybe 40 points. We need to win in the next few games otherwise we are in a relegation fight every bit as serious as the last one. Pards is either going to make or break the club and I have my doubts. Would any of you have freely chosen him to save us in a relegation fight. Big daft Mike has.

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Agree with a lot of what you say jimiley…i am worried about tomorrow’s game away at Wigan..we have a shockin record there and i would bet Pardew sets us up to play cautiously/negatively as not to lose this 6 pointer…if he does resort to playing for the draw you can bet we will lose the game.

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  • Sav

    Jan 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan as the ‘laid back striker’ alongside Stroller?

    That’s 2 laid-back strikers then?

    How about playing a striker with a rocket up his jaxie just for a bit of variety, Ed?

    You could also do a wee blog on young Tozer at Northampton, Ed, where he seems to be doing himself no harm. In fact, the cobblers are worried we may be recalling him. Sounds at least as if we may get our money back on Ben.
    He should be nicknamed ‘Bull’, not Jose.

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  • Toon XI

    Jan 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    If we lose to Wigan I fear the team morale will collapse and they will lose to the Hammers.

    I am so friggin pissed right now. This season is falling apart and there isn’t a damn thing any of us can do about it.

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  • daneevz

    Jan 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #8

    ToonXI chill out we aint lost yet! i dont think we will our season isant fallin apart we lost 2 against two of the top sides not shameful. i wish a billionaire come and buy us too but it aint gonna happen anytime swn. so we will pull 3pts out the bag as the players will know its a huge game and come up trumps.
    Harper
    Simpson..STaylor…Colo….Enrique
    Barton..Tiote….Guthrie…..Jonas

    ……………..Nolan………….
    …………..Ameobi…………
    thats will be the lineup

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  • jj

    Jan 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #9

    this is what i want to see as it gives us a solid middle, pace o the wings and movement up front…..

    ………………………….KRUL…………………………………
    SIMMO…..SAYLOR……..COLLO……..ENRIQUE…..
    BARTON….NOLAN………TIOTE………JONAS
    ……………….BEST………..MCLOVEN…………………..

    but we will play with this and lack creativity and movement

    ………………………..KRUL………………………………
    SIMMO……..SAYLOR…..COLLO…….ENRIQUE
    ROUT……….BARTON……TIOTE…….JONAS
    ………………..NOLAN……………………………………
    ………………………….AMEOBI………………………..

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