Too Many Injuries Since Alan Pardew Arrived


It’s not hard to see that there have been a lot more injuries in the Newcastle squad,  since Alan Pardew arrived in early December.

Alan Pardew – too many injuries

Under Chris Hughton, Newcastle had a paper-thin squad, but last season, Newcastle had their lowest number of injuries in a season for many many years, and that helped the promotion push immensely.

Chris was always very careful not to play players who were not 100% fit, and he always sided towards caution, with any  injury.

And even at the start of the season, Newcastle didn’t have too many injuries, but since Alan Pardew has arrived, it does appear the club have had too many players injured in training.

Those include Leon Best, Stephen Ireland, Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique to name but four, and it’s put enormous pressure on the Newcastle squad, as witnessed yesterday when the Newcastle manager  had to have four teenagers on the bench.

Newcastle are joint top of the PL injury league with Everton at the moment, and have 7 injuries, but it doesn’t include Shola’s new knee injury he picked up in the last few days.

It’s not that Pardew is playing players half fit either, to be fair to Alan, but it has to have something to do with the training sessions, and it’s looking very like what happened when   Graeme Souness was manager at the club, from September, 2004 through February 2006.

Newcastle were always top of the PL injury league, even when Bobby Robson was managing the club, but it became almost an epidemic when Souness was manager, and ultimately those injuries cost him is job in February 2006, after only 18 months in charge.

Glenn Roeder took over, and it was good by the way, to see a very fit and happy  looking Roeder at the Aston Villa game yesterday.

Maybe Alan Pardew should go just a little bit easy on the training sessions through the end of the season, so we have enough players fit to play, so the club can get enough points to be safe this season.

But if Newcastle are going to have more injuries under Alan Pardew, then that’s even more reason the squad has to be built up in numbers in the summer, and not just in quality.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    We have always had problems with injuries, not many of them actually caused on the pitch. The main reason for them has to be the training facilities? Several managers, including SBR, GS, GR, CH and SA have cited this.

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  • ToonAndy

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    The one and only team we should be putting against Man U is….

    ………………………..HARPER…………………………..

    SIMMO………WILLO…..COLLO……….ENRIQUE

    BARTON..IRELAND..TIOTE..FERGIE..JONAS

    ………………………….AMEOBI…………………………

    That is the only chance we have of beating Man U….

    Some of you are gona comment on Fergies position but I think It would be perfect… Imagine Enrique, Jonas and Fergie drawing triangles around Man U like Barcelona do!

    Lets Have it Man U!!

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  • boater

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Unlike Pardew nearly every game, Hughton NEVER used injuries – as bad as they may have been – as an excuse. How I miss those days.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think we’ve had a fully fit squad to choose from, in a decade or more.

    With the Enrique rumours gathering pace, him not coming out and nipping them in the bud, I believe he’s gone. Fair enough. Baines would be my top choice to replace him (£10m should do it), with Wendt brought in for free, to challenge.

    This summer could be a new dawn or, a dedication to a decade of dire mediocre doldrums, time will tell. Personally, I think plans are afoot to transform our side, into a young, skilful, athletic, attacking side; based on nothing but hope, admittedly.

    Dum spiro

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think we’ve had a fully fit squad to choose from, in a decade or more.

    With the Enrique rumours gathering pace, him not coming out and nipping them in the bud, I believe he’s gone. Fair enough. Baines would be my top choice to replace him (£10m should do it), with Wendt brought in for free, to challenge.

    This summer could be a new dawn or, a dedication to a decade of dire mediocre doldrums, time will tell. Personally, I think plans are afoot to transform our side, into a young, skilful, athletic, attacking side; based on nothing but hope, admittedly.

    Dum spiro, spero. HWTL!!

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  • tynesidetommo

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Reading how AP is to blame for Ireland’s injury. That will come as a big reliexf to Villa.
    So makes perfect sense for someone to come on and talk about the possible team for Man U.
    It’s a topsy turvy world on this blog!

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  • boater

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    By the way – Ed,

    you’re now not even sourcing these stories from the club anymore. It’s become your own never ending flow of whimsy and opinion. Reign it in man, and show a little class.

    God bless America! Howdy doody sport fans! That’s for sure! Wooo hooo!

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  • boater

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    coolcarter – why on earth would Baines want to come to us – a lower placed team? And Why would everton sell even for 10mil?

    Left-backs aint my specialist area – Van Aarnholt was decent, knocking around on loan these days I’d take him back… sure there are others out there too.

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  • Davies

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    If Eneique goes, I’d love to see van Aanholt come in, though I expect Chelsea are grooming him for Ashley Cole’s spot. Would probably be quite expensive as they don’t need to sell. Saw him on the football league show last night (I can’t remember who he was playing for), but he looks a damn fine player. Likes to get forward. I remember one of the first times he touched the ball for us he took a shot that rattled the cross bar.

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  • JGreaves

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    It MUST have something to do with the training, its always the story each season. The coaches must be doing something wrong cos it seems to happen to us a hell of a lot more than any other team.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    boater – If we bid for Baines – £10m would severely test Evertons resolve, due to the financial implications of their bank loans, the decision could even be taken out of their hands – then we’d be showing ambition and would obviously share your plans, with any potential recruit.

    On PVA, he’s another player I wouldn’t mind filling the void. He did a Q&A session on Twitter a few weeks ago, a Toon fan asked him: “Would you be happy to return and play football for Newcastle?” His response: “I loved my short time at Newcastle, they have great fans. I’m contracted as a Chelsea player at the moment, so it’s difficult to answer this.”

    That’s a resounding YES! Note, out of the hundreds of questions he got, he didn’t have to answer that one.

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  • Darling27

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Team Vs Man Utd

    …………………………..HARPER…………………………….

    SIMMO………WILLO…….COLLO……….ENRIQUE

    ………………………….TIOTE……………………………

    JONAS………………GUTHRIE……….FERGUSON

    ………………..IRELAND…….BARTON………………

    ……………………………AMEOBI……………………………

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  • Darling27

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    12 players whoops!!!

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  • Darling27

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    …………………………..HARPER…………………………….

    SIMMO………WILLO…….COLLO……….ENRIQUE

    JONAS………………….TIOTE……….….FERGUSON

    ………………..IRELAND…….BARTON…………………

    ……………………………AMEOBI……………………………

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle injuries been there since 10 yrs ago?

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  • Toondoug

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    It was not only injuries that cost us yesterday, but also suspensions. Guthrie and Colo(no offence to Colo, man out of position) would not have been playing those positions yesterday had Nolan and Tiote been available.

    Discipline is also key to a successful squad.

    I understand that players do get booked, but its my opinon that had Nolan and Tiote been on the pitch yesterday it would have been a different result.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    makes you wonder what the hell pardwho is doing in taining !!

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  • Bucks mag

    Apr 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #18

    boater – He’s dealing in facts that we all know about and offering an insight, why do you have to be so negative? Be thankful he’s writing an article, which imo was though provoking. If you didn’t want to read his opinion you wouldn’t come on this blog would you?

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  • thepict

    Apr 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Regarding player injuries:
    1 A re players picking injuries in training.
    2 Are players picking up further injuries through coming back to quickly.
    If they are picking injuries up in training, then surely he needs to look at what they are doing in training sessions and change what’s causing the problems.
    3 If it’s the training pitches , then change the pitches.

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  • PrinceMonkey

    Apr 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #20

    At least we don’t have Carrol here anymore to break anyone’s jaw!

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #21

    “At least we don’t have Carrol here anymore to break anyone’s jaw!”

    Yeah thank the Lord we dont have anyone to put the ball into the net now 🙁

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  • PrinceMonkey

    Apr 11, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #22

    He can only score 2 in 1 half for liverpool. Better off without him 😉

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