Life Could Be Better At Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said to day that life could be better at Newcastle than it is right now.

Alan Pardew – shot taken last December in Alan’ s very first training session

And very like in seasons gone by, Newcastle have been hit with a lot of injuries over the last few weeks, most picked up in training,  and we currently have Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland out injured, and that’s  in addition to long term casualties Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Alan Smith, with the Leeds-born player out for the rest of the season with his badly injured ankle.

And Ryan Taylor is suspended for the next two games, after being sent off in his first game back since last October after recuperating from his ankle injury.

So it’s probably good news that Newcastle play just a couple of games in the next three and a half weeks, so that most of our players can get back fit again, without missing too many of the remaining nine league  games.

Both Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland should be fit for the Stoke game a week on Saturday but left-back Jose Enrique remains a major doubt for that game, but should be fit for the game at home to Wolves on April 2nd.

The lads completed their training session today, and will take some time out to rest up, both physically and mentally and not come back until Monday to start preparing for the game at Stoke, and those long throw-ins from Rory Delap.

Manager Alan Pardew, who thinks there is still a lot to play for in the league this season, told the official Newcastle web-site today:

“Life could be better because the injury front is not looking too good this week.”

“But we’ve got a chance of having a physical and mental rest, and then will start for Stoke on Monday, when I hope to have a couple more bodies around me.”

“We will just have to wait and see really on the injured players. By Wednesday of next week I really need to know whether people are going to train on Thursday.”

“I am going to pick the team on Thursday. In recent weeks we have been trying to get players through Thursday and Friday to be able to play on Saturday, and it hasn’t worked for us.”

“So we will now nail our team down on Thursday morning and go with it, whatever it is.”

Picking the team on Thursday will allow the players to play together a little, and Pardew can ensure every single one of them knows exactly what his job is against Stoke City, which will be a tough test, but Newcastle just cannot lose that game, and again let a side below us gain all 3 points in one game.

That of course happened against Everton, and it was at home too.

Giving the lads time off until Monday seems a good idea, so they can all recharge their batteries and maybe be with their families a bit, because once April comes around Newcastle have a league game every single weekend until the end of the season on May 22nd.

We hope we can secure safety in the Premier League just as soon as possible, and we’ll all be very happy once we see 42 points on the board – very very happy. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

35 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    It will get better if we win some matches!
    starting with 0-2 Stoke followed by 3-0 thrashing of wolves! 6 points and we are safe – HWTL

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s better supermac, now you’re saying if we beat Stoke and wolves, not when !! It just doesn’t pay to be over confident with our lot, they’ll always let you down, like losing at home against everton, when a win would have had us talking about Europe, instead of now looking over our shoulders, especially with Pardew’s relegations CV.

    Yes life would be a lot better at SJP if we had owners who knew something about football, a chairman like david dein, a manager like Wenger and forwards like Suarez !!

  • boater

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Annoyed that Pardew is talking up the injuries so much these days. There’s only really Barton out from his usual side. Enrique missed 45 minutes that’s it.

    Ben Arfa hasn’t played for Pardew, and Ireland was brought by ambulance to his medical, so he can’t bemoan that loss.

    It still rankles that 2 or 3 players weren’t brought in during the window – especially with xisco, kadar and routledge all being shipped oot.

  • Darren Bobinson

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Here lads this is me forst time on here like so am abit nervous an am not a verfy good typer but some of yous on here seems dead clever and you maybe can answer a question for us. Cos me girlfriend wor Chardonay what a call me bag for life cos a gott her from asda like said you might help is. Only a have been reading this blog for ages but never wrote on it cos a thought ye had to be foreign or something with all of the funny names but chardonnay says no you make upo a name to hide who you are so a changed my name a bit so nobody canb tell who a am. Anyway the question got nowt to do with football well it has abit cos a was playin footbll with wor Chardonnay when a asked her this question about Libya like but she didn’t no the answer neither so her can yous help me with it

    but this no fly zone in Libya right what use is it gonna do to kill all the flies in Libya anyway eh

  • MarkO

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Wheres Kadar gone :S

  • G

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    MarkO @ 4. Huddersfield Town I believe. Love the way AP is stating injuries on form like. Got to agree with boater on this one. I believe the biggest injury crisis in the Prem currently is the Gooners, and they are doing ok, refereeing decisions asside.

  • henock1989

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #7

    @ supermacnumber9
    we will loss 3-0 to stock
    a draw aginst wolves
    we still need quality defence …we are 5th in the lauge scoring but we consided 22 at home and 19 away..we have the 5th worst record by considing goals..
    there need to be a fu88n decipilin in our defence …like colo always taking fu88n time when passing it …lack of comunication that alwasy seens to happen between nolan and the defence …jonas lack of passing the ball straight…williamson and smipson dont have any pace at all…

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #8

    a empty physio room would be nice!

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    henock 1989 a correctly spelt word wouldnt go a miss like!

  • G

    Mar 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    sniggers @ post 8

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    henock1989, Why don’t you go out and get Pi55ed? I’m sure you’d feel happier.

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    lol G3rman l1k3 1t!

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #13

    1 mo thing then ill forget it henock what is decipilin sounds like names of tablets?

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #14

    any links for the reserve game?? ill have a peak at kuqi??

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #15

    daneevz, Haven’t mate but we are 1-0 up. Tims made a couple of blending saves and Kuqi has missed a penalty.


    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Didn’t take Ashley & Llambias’ lapdog long to start making excuses. Only we would sign crocked players in Ireland, Ben Arfa and Gosling, not to mention a 17 stone striker to replace our star forward. You couldn’t make this up!!! The quicker the cancer that is Ashley and his incompetent side kick is cut out of the club the better. I’m going for the following players to be sold in the summer, Enrique, Barton and Tiote. Expect replacements from the championship at under a million, and bargain freebies. Anyone expecting any players with ambition should prepare to be disappointed…still sign up for your season ticket anyway, that’ll show Ashley how angry you are!!! The sight of your money will really show him you mean business!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #17

    ASTORIA, was Ben Arfa crocked? don’t think he was. I think you will find he got crocked playing for us against Man Citeh. Course I could be wrong as you seem to know all about what has and will happen at Newcastle.

    In summer the blind will see and the seeing maybe blinded.


    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #18

    GeordieGerman, I am sure he was injured when we signed him on a permanent basis in January, although you may know better??? Forgive me for also having an opinion. We’ll agree to disagree until the summr then?!!!

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I would just like to see Barton given the three years he is looking for, as I think he will give us a good three years and be worth keeping for the three.

    Then we can get onto signing up the other maybe’s as this will consolidate the squad and give us a good platform for the 11/12 season

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #20

    ASTORIA , Agreed.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Beautiful reading….1990’s newcastle memories

  • superclivemendonca

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Okay people, boiling pish time.

    Fact 1: At the start of this season would I have taken the clubs current position
    – Answer: Dislocated my shoulder raising my arm too vigorously.
    Fact 2: Would Newcastle still be solvent without MA’s intervention
    Answer – probably be in a similar position to Portsmouth (at best)
    Fact 3: Will we be a premiership club next season
    Answer – Yes (end of)
    Fact 4: Would I have been happy with premiership survival this season?
    See answer to Fact 1.
    Fact 5: What does the future hold?
    Answer: Sky money will evapourate soon, they are paying over the odds for a monopoly which does not exist – viewers can buy their premiere league coverage from ANY COMPANY IN EUROPE. This meansd that clubs will need to be solvent with player wages at max 75% of club turnover. This means most clubs, Blackburn, Bolton, Stoke, Sumderland et all will struggle. NUFC run along current buisness model will prosper due to 50k + fan base and prudent wages policy.
    Fact 6: NUFC successful, european competition cup win, top 7 etc within 3 years, me happy suporter.
    Time to get used to the glass being half full.
    End of rant, goodnight!

  • superclivemendonca

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Astoria. Barton signing was a gamble. Undoubted ability, temperment questionable. Result NUFC win.
    Gosling signing = gamble Undoubted ability, questionable recovery ability.
    Ben Arfa signing = gamble ditto the above.
    At the stakes required to spin the wheel both Gosling and Ben Afra deals represent good value and the chance to win big for minimum outlay. Should we go back to Kluivert (and more other examples than I care to mention) which = certain loss?
    you question the current strategy and I use the words carefuly because at least there seems to be a plan. Whats your alternative?

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 10, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #24

    It doesn’t need rocket science to figure out that injury crisis will mount to a team that has a paper thin squad. Wait a minute, who went out injured in the last few weeks?

    AP has been doing okay since taking over, but he must understand that not signing enough enforcements during the transfer was his own mis-judgement.

  • baro

    Mar 10, 2011 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #25

    He looks like the type of player we would be after by his age and position. But, i have never heard of this guy before in my life.

  • toon_shy

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #26

    bla bla bla bla bla bla

  • terencelim

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Buying top class players but who are injured for long and stay out the pitch = certain loss.

    Buying medium level players who are fit and stay on the pitch = better option.

    Buying top class players who are fit and stay on the pitch = best option.

    Joey Barton isn’t a top class player either =) To be fair he has cost us at least 6 points this season due to his lack of stamina and given the ball away after 70th minutes.

    But I still like him as a player, and hope he can stay longer for the club.

  • henock1989

    Mar 10, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #28

    @daneevz ,,..well first of all a club like newcastle doesnt belong here…we only manage to win 4 games at home the whole season, and we have games against liverpool, man u and Chelsea…and wolves are going to fight us and they always do….we have a week defense we consided stupid goals last month , we have to learn that ..and we are still concentrating on strikers…i know we need 2 strikers , but we need some one who have a presence in defense …with the exception of jose…or defense need to improve.

  • john_cena163

    Mar 10, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #29

    NUFC RUMOURS, Word is we are looking at glasgow celtic striker gary hooper but by all accounts the scouts have been impressed with holding midfielder barim kayal [Israel international] so expect a serious bid for both the players! I wouldn’t know how much we would pay but i think in the region of 5-6m for each player would get them. Also a bid for rangers goalkeeper mcgregor around the 3m mark should be enough with forster moving to celtic for around 1.5m. These are just rumours around st james park and from some of the youth coaches

  • solano

    Mar 10, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    superclivemendonca (post 21) and your “fact” rant………..your “facts” are mere opinion, conjecture and blind hope……We hear a lot about your “fact 5” and you will be right in the “fact” that because Sky’s monopoly has been broken, the money they subsidise the Prem with will decrease, but don’t kid yourself that turnover/wage caps etc will be regulated in order to “socialise” the league, where awards will go to those with the best balance sheet…The FA and UEFA are toothless and have no will to regulate, when they have built up their wealth by being in cahoots with the top Euro clubs…the “big” clubs will get bigger (and that means the Man City’s as well – there is nobody to enforce how their billionaire owner spends his cash, just like there is no law that forces our cash to be spent by our tight billionaire!) I’m afraid the main effort at Newcastle is not to buy exciting young talent to win things but to continuously sell on for profit and forever rebuild…with that “plan”, we are more likely to be scratching around with the Blackburn’s and Dunderland’s of this world.
    Yes, we would all take no.6…but it’s unlikely to happen given our stated strategy above.
    My studied analysis over, Good Morning!

  • daneevz

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #31

    ok henock1989 its conceded!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Interesting comments on signing injured players and awarding pay rises and long term contracts.

    Barton has had one good half a season in 4 years at huge cost. Every time he has a run of games, he’s inevitably injured and out for ages.

    At nearly 29, why should Barton get a new 3 year deal when his injury and suspension record is horrendous. Barton just looks after himself.

    Barton’s greed forced us to pay him a exhorbitant signing on fee on top of everything else and he promptly disappeared for 3 years either injured or at her majesty’s pleasure. If Barton goes I can live with that as long as we get a good younger, fitter and more creative player in.

    Ben Arfa – well I hope this is a risk that does come off and that signing him permanently wasn’t just a reaction to the goal he scored against Everton, but yes we did sign another injured player.

    On Gosling, everyone in football seemed to know this was a very serious injury and with our record on injuries, we’re probably the last place he should have ended up. Again he was bought on the assumption he could get back to what he once was. As you see with Smith, this is rarely the case.

    On Ireland, it seems he was virtually bought here on crutches again in the hope that he can reproduce what he once was. The guy’s already a multi-millionaire at 24 and you’ve got to kind of question his motivation levels.

    Tiote has come her with a lot of hunger and desire, but ever since his pay rise, he has started to make a few costly errors.

    Ranger’s 5 year contract has made him act like he’s now cracked it.

    Bargains are only bargains if they are fully operational , in full working order and totally focused and hungry. Apart from Tiote, how many of the above mentioned really are.

  • Sinner

    Mar 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Seems like we’re interested in another midfield player! 😮

  • daneevz

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #34
    great story that sums up our newcastle

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #35


    Superb article that


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