Newcastle Players Ordered To Sleep For The Next Three Days


The way Alan Pardew was talking when he first arrived on Tyneside, we thought Newcastle may be able to get three or four new players in during the January transfer window.

Alan Pardew – must be able to inspire his players

Following the complete humiliation of the Newcastle club yesterday, against a fourth division Stevenage team,   during which the Newcastle team were both outplayed and outfought, manager Alan Pardew is turning his attention back to the transfer window.

Well that’s a lot better than talking about yesterday’s pathetic performance – that’s for sure.   And just a quick thought – do our players still get paid when they didn’t turn up for the game yesterday?

Mike Ashley – it’s just a possible idea to  save some money.

Alan Pardew could have done a lot better after the game than to say his players were tired – if they want to know what tired means try running a marathon (26.2 miles) and see how you feel when you hit 25 mile mark – that’s what tired is.

Not playing 3 games in a week, for heavens sake, and some of our players getting paid a ridiculous £60K for the privilege of doing it.

Tired? Please think of something else Alan –  or just don’t say anything. Most Newcastle supporters actually work hard for a living – and it’s an insult to them to say the Newcastle players were tired.

Unfortunately, by saying the lads were tired because they have played so many games, introduced the idea again that football players today are nothing but a spoiled lot of softies, who’ve just had it too easy in life.

Anyway – you can see I’m none too happy with our players yesterday and the daft  excuses put out for them.

Alan talked about the transfer window today:

“I certainly need one (player) but we are working on the idea that we can get two in.”

“We had no Andy Carroll, no Shola Ameobi,our two top strikers, and we didn’t retain the ball up top at all well.”

“That was a problem for us. Fingers crossed that at least one of those, if not both of those, are back next week and that we add to the squad too.”

“This competition was important to us. I have tried to focus on that with the players and get them to understand what this was about.”

“They had a grasp of it but we just didn’t have the energy to deal with it. That’s the truth of it.”

That comment doesn’t say too much for the futures of Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best at Newcastle,  does it?

The truth about yesterday is that Stevenage simply outfought the Newcastle side, and didn’t look  like a lot of them even wanted to play in the  game.

And that’s what had got us very worried, because it reminded us of the relegation season when we would go a goal down, and then it was almost guaranteed the other team would win the game, because some of the lads, not all mind you,  would give up.

Yesterday was a game like that – what reaction did we see after going 2-0 down – that’s right – no reaction whatsoever – and that’s what so worrying.

It’s far too early to judge Alan Pardew as a manager at Newcastle, and it’s unfair to lay the blame at his feet for yesterday’s results – it’s the players we are simply furious with, because of the lack of effort.

When Chris Hughton put out a side, you just knew  the lads would fight to the death, even if they were beaten, it was because of the way they played and not the effort – which they always put in – always!.

It may have just been one of those days yesterday, but in Alan’s 6th game in charge the lads gave up and a bunch of them looked timid and scared.

And in Pardew’s 6th game in charge he managed a Newcastle side to a result that will now live in the history of Newcastle United – and not because it was a good result.

When the FA Cup comes up each year, Newcastle supporters will now not only think of a certain Hereford United, but Stevenage will also come up – and the memories of an all  too willing surrender.

Oh, and one last thing, but very important, we expect every one of our players to sleep for the next three days – that’s an order.

So whatever happens at Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, tiredness will never even be mentioned as an excuse.

Comments and any alternative sleep plans for our players are welcome.



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222 comments so far

  • boing123

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    “But when Chris Hughton put out a side you just knew the lads would fight to the death, even if they were beaten, it was because of the way they played and not the effort – which they always put in – always!.”

    Honestly, that’s bollocks. The players failed to turn up in the countless games that we lost against winnows. This was so even when CH’s job was on the line – just watch CH’s final game against West Brom. What happened against Stevenage was nothing new at all.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I think i should ring up NUFC and get one of the players to spend a week with me. Looking after children. Getting up it 4.45 am to start work at 6am finish at 6pm. Working in an Engineering workshop for twelve hours, that is hard graft. My gaffer does not say to me “well done John, go sleep for 3 days and if your feeling ok come back to work”. What a load of utter garbage. Millions of people like myself love Football and pay a lot of money to watch their team perform and the money we pay to watch that is quite expensive. To earn a decent wage we need to do overtime and i work 60 plus hours a week. Time for players and managers to get real. Show these spoilt bas…ds the real world.

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  • boing123

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I meant “minnows”.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Get them all to stay at Nolans? It worked for Carroll, why not the whole team??

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    BonVoyageBenny

    lol think that may be the way forward. OR send them to Iraq or Afghanistan for a few days to fight alongside our lads n lasses. That is graft.

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  • JWatson

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t understand why people can’t let the Stevenage game go. Giants are killed every FA Cup and it’s nothing new. Stevenage settled their score, let it be.

    With both Newcastle and Sunderland missing players and losing in the 3rd round, both teams will go into this derby with the ambition to win and do well. Let’s just hope Big Andy is fine for the game and Pardew resists to play the longball because he’s back.

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  • Vinicinhos

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Good Idea! Perch sleep and don’t wake up anymore…

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    JWatson

    Why should people let it go????? People paid good money to go down there and watch the team play. Its ok for the players, they are in their beds resting while the supporters are still on their way home depressed,gutted and out of pocket.

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  • JWatson

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    @Toon

    I understand that. I do feel for the people who had to spend money to travel down but it’s the way that people are going on about it. They’re making it sound that because we lost to Stevenage, we’re going to get relegated and our squad isn’t strong enough when just after the West Ham game, everyone was going on about how we could finish for Europa.

    It’s just the hypocrites that like to follow the crowd on football opinion.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    some of you have changed your opinions since wednesday night i see. absoloutley ridiculous, pardew is doing a good job.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    pardew getting a hard time on here he was in lose lose sitution with fans on here if he plyed the kids n we lost u wud of been calling for not playing a stronger team, he played a strong team u calling coz of the way we played, well lets get it straight thats not the first n probably wont be the last time we have played this season with no fight,passion n skill west brom,bolton,stoke n blackburn spring to mind until our players realise we have to play at the same standard every week we wont achieve anything, after the last derby game they come out n said the standard set then we go n play sh*te the next game

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m as gutted as the next man that we got spanked by stevenage but get over it we got beat on the day end of we weren’t gonna win the fa cup anyway ad for this season our priority is to stay up pardew was brought in to keep us up not win the fa cup…. If we finish 17th then pardew has hit his objective we then judge him next season the fa cup was just an unwelcome distraction.

    Who cares who works 60 hrs a week there football players and we know they live in a different world to us regular people, get over it! Man utd were knocked out by Leeds last year when they were a league 1 team they didn’t harp on about it they just got on with it!

    Ed I like ur blog but sometime u do make a mountain out of a mole hill!!!

    And what’s a marathon got to do with anything, Jesus Christ I have heard it all now.

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Because room1978 your rehashin and going over the match. Big deal we were one of the top sides taken out early in this fa cup. Four other sides fell. All that matters now is the scum game. Yes we all work hard yes we all pay good money and those points are valid. BUT move on for gods sake its like a scratched record. The average player runs 8 kms a match ? Doing that 5 times in 8 days including training will tire you out . Jeez yes they should be able to.cope bit they r knackered so let them rest and train hard and get their fight back.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew has done fantastic but he has to take the rough with the smooth and yesterday he got it all wrong and should take the criticism for it, after all that is why he is paid handsomely for what he does. Football is a fickle sport always has been always will be.

    JWatson

    Yeah i see what your saying but some of the players we have are not good enough.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Its hard to go to them we teams an get results..just get over it las its only the cup…we should be more worried about the scum

    The 1 thing that pissd me off was thee chants the stevenage fans were singing…Lets face it how would they like it if are 52,327 done that

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #16

    toon4EVER

    Ok then. Poor poor Footballers, i feel for them.

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  • marcos

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with you. There are no excuses for what happened yesterday. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City also play 2 or 3 matches a week and we don`t hear about tiredness. To be sincere Newcastle`s problem is the lack of quality of our reserves.

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 9, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie gerrard agreed 100 %

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19

    lou9brasil

    Respect other people’s opinion mate, if you don’t like it then tough. Yes we got spanked and yes i am gutted and finding it difficult to figure out how we gave West Ham a kicking and then get a pasting off Stevenage.

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t feel for them mate they messed up just support em for the next match. They couldn’t.do your job and vice versa. Ed I love I’d blog but sometimes your really do stir things up. You should have been an orator lol. Now any transfer news?

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    when will then news come out for tiote’s amazing tackle???

    football these days de jong breaks ben arfa’s leg and nothing is said about it..tiote make’s a amazing tackle an gets sent off?? wee should go on protest to the fa scumbags

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #22

    its been the same on here all season we win and ppl take bout europe maybe and as soon as we lose ppl go on about relegation, one thing is for sure we now kno we 10/11 who are good enough and the rest need replaced if we ever want to achieve anything

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  • baro

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Where is Craigcoozy? Any transfer new lately?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #24

    toon4EVER

    I have supported NUFC for 30 years mate, i only live a stones throw away from the stadium. Travelled from one end of the country to the other end of the country to support them and half way around Europe. I think i as well as many others are entitled to voice their opinions about the attitude of the players. Sorry if i come across harsh but i just want success for the club as you do and many others.

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  • Richy_c90

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #25

    On an unrelated note – is the Sunderland game only gonna be on foreign TV :/ it’s nearly always on Sky.
    Yeah bro, I wish coozy would come one, but he only ever does when he knows something – hopefully very soon then haha.

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Your opinions are valid and respected mate, but let’s look to future as much as we can. I think jury is still out with Pardew but there’s always positives even after last nights shambles

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon 1978

    I haven’t disrespected any ones opinion I haven’t swore at anyone and I haven’t called any one names I have simply stated facts and like you said everyone can have an opinion and I’m giving mine!

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #28

    a few of our players found there level yesterday, pearch ,and actually im starting to look at tim isnt as good enough ,

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #29

    LOU9brasil

    You said “Who cares who works 60 hrs a week there football players and we know they live in a different world to us regular people, get over it! ” i take that was directed at me. I CARE mate because i do it. I have to work to pay to watch my beloved NUFC otherwise i could not go.

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  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Are we set not interested in ziani
    In – ziani,taarabet and larson
    Out- ranger loan and airy loan

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon 1978 I work 60 hr weeks and more I’m a builder and graft as hard as I can to support the mrs and the bairn ( and be able to watch my beloved team )but like I said we got beat on the day mate!!!

    All we can do now is look to the next match why dwell on the past when we need to look to the future?

    I’m as gutted as u mate but I suppose some people deal with things differently, I respect your opinions and sorry if you feel my comment was aimed directly at you ( it wasn’t )

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  • jimmy

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    -to be honest youve got a good site but you dont half write some garbage. who cares we got beat to stevenage its the fa cup upsets like that happen. man u drew away to exter then only beat them at home a few years back bet man u fans werent saying fergie is clueless, wrong tactics etc. every manager in the premier league says there players are tired so why get on at pardew its not his fault players played sh**e! weve not got the squad to go on a cup run look when barton an nolan were out we were mince. if we end up going on a good run in the league and end up finish in the top 10 or round about there are you all gonna moan about pardew, comon grow up guys! its gonna be a long process were not gonna be able to buy loads of good players this month well need to wait till summer.all we need is premiership survival then come summer ship out players and get quality in

    Routledge
    Smith
    Perch
    R Taylor
    Campbell
    Gutierrez
    Best
    Ameobi

    there all absolutely not good enough

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    I think pardew learnt yesterday that some of the players just arnt up to it but he isnt gonna come out and say it is he. he was asked by bbc interviewer hav u learnt anything bout your players tonight pardews reply was “yes i hav but it will remain private” in other some of them are sh*t, i think sol n xisco n guthrie hav already been told to find other clubs they hav never played or been mentioned by pardew since he arrived

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  • niafron

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Bonjour messieurs!
    First, i apologize for my english. I m not actualy a Newcastle fan but rather a Ben Arfa one.
    It seems that he will past a lot of time in your club, so i m here to learn a thing or two about NUFC.
    So, as we said in my country:
    Ravi de faire votre connaissance.

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  • RoyNewcastleTilliDie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #35

    If you ask me the players have been asleep since the end of the night we beat west ham 5-0

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #36

    jimmy i wud add guthrie, xisco and lovenkrands to that list

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  • nufc7

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #37

    amen to comment 31.. not to mention last year man utd knocked out in 3rd round by leeds. upsets happen every year to big teams we just have to get on with it and what better place to put things right than at the stadium of shite

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #38

    “When Chris Hughton put out a side, you just knew the lads would fight to the death, even if they were beaten, it was because of the way they played and not the effort – which they always put in – always!”.

    What a load of crap Ed… ! Explain to me Blackpool, Stoke, Fulham and not’s let forget the “EFFORT” that we put in against Blackburn.

    You talk about consistency. One day you’re kissing Pardew’s butt, the next you’re kicking it. We lost yesterday, but it was yesterday. The next game is what counts. Get over it… !

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  • niafron

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    First question: what is usualy NUFC kind of play?
    4/4/2?
    4/5/1?

    (This maybe not the subject under discussion here, so tell me if there is a more appropriate place for such a discussion.)

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    toon4ever could do with all 3 of them this week so are team vs the scum would look like this
    harper
    simpson taylor colo jose
    larrson barton ziani nolan taarabt
    carroll

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