Newcastle Players In Fatigue – Mentally and Physically

Newcastle have five players out with injuries, who may be doubtful for the next game a week on Saturday at Stoke City.

Alan Pardew – players are worn out

And you add those to our long term injured players, Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Alan Smith, and add in the suspended Ryan Taylor, and Newcastle have 9 players out at the moment – so what’s going on?

Alan Pardew says the Newcastle players are just exhausted,  and that’s both mentally and physically.

This is the rather surprising statement the Newcastle manager made today:

“We’ve got a lot of people in trouble with fatigue injuries. There is tiredness in the camp and probably mental as much as physical.”

“We did think about taking the players away again this week but may be a complete break from the game wouldn’t be the worse thing for this squad,  so we’re going to give them the rest of the week off.”

“Some of the guys aren’t local so we’ll let them fly off and see their families, spend a bit of time away. Then we’ll all be back on Monday for a week’s work to prepare for Stoke.”

It’s good the lads have only a couple of games over the next four weeks, so that should give them a big chance to recharge their batteries.

And Alan suspended training yesterday until next Monday, and allowed the players to join their families for a mini-break – which seemed like a very sensible idea.

It will be important to curtail the injuries for the run-in,  since we’ve already been without Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling for almost the whole season, and they are two very good players.

The mini-goal is probably to be in the top half of the table – 10th place or better – by the end of May – and above Sunderland of course, who have only taken one point from their last 5 league games, so that’s good news. Newcastle have taken 6 points from their last 5 league games, one win and 3 draws.

Currently Newcastle are in 10th place after Everton picked up a point against Birmingham at Goodison Park last night in a 1-1 draw and the Magpies dropped down one place.

This break in games seems to have come at a good time for the Newcastle squad, which is just too small for the Premier League, and hopefully we’ll add to the squad in both quality and quantity during the summer.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be nice getting a week off work and getting 50 grand for it ey?

  • sammydolan

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Bloody hell… I’ll tell you what fatigue is….Working with people based on Australia all night, a teething baby and working in the day running on 4 hours sleep!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    2 hours training in the morning, 2 hours after lunch. 2 1/2 hours on a match day and this for 20 – 70 thousand a week. And they are worn out? My heart bleeds. It can only be the amount of recreation time they are getting and how they spend it. Fast cars, fast women, flash casinos, horse racing. They should try a real days work for a real days pay.


    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought these guys were supposed to be professional athletes ! I work 15 hours a day,6 days a week, suffer from diabetes and have two slipped discs , add to that two year old twins who are teething at the moment. Oh by the way I earn a pittance of a wage. Mental and Physical fatigue f##k off Pardew.
    Keep the Faith

  • daneevz

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    is abit ridiculous they prob only do some work for 22.5 hrs a week

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Once upon a time, players would do a full shift down the pits or at the shipyards. Train in there own time Have a game and get paid a shilling a week. Makes the players of today look like real softies.

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Our Squad is Just To Thin – We are Going To Find It Hard to stay In This League. Forget Europe top 12 is the Target. if we were to have european or cup games still we would be in the bottom 3 . Ashley Needs to get The Wallet Out and Buy 6 New Players and Keep what we have apart from Smith Campbell and a Few others . We cant loose Jose and Joey that’s for Certain and gawd we dont want another bloody spanish centre forward look at the last 2 – Luqi and Qisco 2 chumps – Mind you after all the crap that plonker N’Zogbia at wigan caused us we wanted to pay double to get him back so thats how daft we are if transfer targets. The Players Need to Shake themselves down . What would Jacki Milburn say – Oh I am tired I need £50 Grand and A week of or I will say I am Injured !!!!! No Way !!!!!! He must be turning in His Coffin Today !!!! He worked down the pit all week and a Saturday morning before he turned up at St James Park for the game. can you see the Likes of Gutierrez or the rest of them doing that Today ??

  • Ericles

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Fully in agreement with the comments on this topic so far. I work a full day at 67 after having had 2 bypass operations and a heart attack. Cannot afford to retire. I will have to work till I drop not play till I drop. Wor Jackie did shifts down the pit before training or playing. Come off it Pardew – you are in the wrong part of the world to push this softy crap!

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Send the Lazy Gits Down The Pit For a Week That will Shut The Buggers Up !!!!! 7 Days down The Coal Mine !!!!!!!!!!!! Bread and Driping and a Mug Of Tea with Black Bits in it . Not Champagne and Prawn Sandwidges Cut into 4 and an Iced Bun !!!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I hate it when a Manager says this sort of thing. Wenger said it about Arsenal before the Barcelona game. It’s as if they are telling us not to expect to much. If they are knackered now how are they going to be by the start of may?


    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieGerman, Real softie is not the way I would describe footballers, more overpayed lazy bastards!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    No FA cup, No European football and they’re worn out. Pardew makes me sick.

  • NorseMag

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    And still we all pay our hard earned money to see these softies play. They must be thinking we are mad.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    In my day we lived in a cardboard box had no shoes a big tin bath in front of the fire, worked down the pit for 14 hours a day still played football twice a week and only earned 1’6d a week. Those were the days. Bloody molly coddled footballers of today don’t know how lucky they are

  • Toon XI

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    With this weak, negative mindset of our management we’ll be lucky to finish 15th in the table. It is becoming harder and harder to support this club with the idiots we have running it.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon XI, 15th? well it’s 2 above what we were hoping at the start of the season.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17


    15th…I still don’t think we’ll get relegated, but I think the dream of finishing the season in the top 10 is over due to the mounting injuries and lack of 3-point results as of late. My guess is we’ll finish somewhere between 13th-15th. Which I’ll take as we’ll be safe.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Mar 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #18

    When I was a lad, I had to get up 2 hours before I went to sleep to do an 25 hour shift doon the pit 8 days a week, get bathed in a puddle doon the street and got paid 2 potatoes and an ounce of beef dripping. All that and had to feed a family of 15. Aye those where days allreet.


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