Alan Pardew’s Nightmare Pre-Season Almost Over


Alan Pardew is almost at the end of his first pre-season at Newcastle, and we think he will be very happy when he leads the lads out for the first Premier League game of the season against Arsenal on Saturday evening.

Alan Pardew – terrible pre-season for the Newcastle manager

That game will be televised live around the world but it will also signal the end of one of the toughest pre-seasons Alan Pardew will have had in his management career.

If Alan Pardew ever thought the Newcastle manager job would be easy, he will now know it isn’t and it remains one of the toughest jobs to have in football management in Britain.

Just look at what’s happened in this pre-season for Newcastle:

  • In Newcastle’s first pre-season game at Darlington, the Magpies  had both Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson injured in the first half and out at least five weeks
  • In the second half of that game,  Newcastle fans invaded the pitch after Sammy Ameobi scored, and Newcastle were in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons
  • Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Nile Ranger were denied US visas
  • Newcastle undertook their American tour in the midst of a heat wave, when temperatures were around 100 degrees F
  • Ben Arfa was injured in the first game at Kansas and was again carried off on a stretcher to the distress of the fans
  • Newcastle had to play in Orlando on a plastic pitch,  after the newly laid grass pitch was deemed too dangerous
  • Jose Enrique criticized the Newcastle hierarchy after the Orlando game and was fined two weeks wages
  • Newcastle failed to bring in their top two striker targets of  Kevin Gameiro and Mevlut Erdinc
  • The game at Leeds United saw Joey Barton initially refuse to play because he was not made captain, and he argued with the manager, and then he give a dressing room lecture to the side after the game for not being good enough
  • Joey then tweeted criticisms of the Newcastle board in the team bus, and was put on the transfer list the next day on a free transfer, and subsequently fined two weeks wages
  • Newcastle’s final game of the season had to be abandoned after 64 minutes due to the pitch being water-logged

And yes I may have missed one or two other things.

Alan has been trying to bring in good players on a restricted budget, and the news in February that the £35M from the Andy Carroll sale to Liverpool,  would be completely re-invested in the club, has turned out to be inaccurate.

But Pardew has still done quite well to bring in Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba, Mehdi Abeid and possibly Gabriel Obertan today, and hopefully at least one more player before Saturday.

Alan continued:

“It has been a weird pre-season for us.”  “The £35m tag has been at the top of the agenda.”  “Then there has been the situation with Joey.”

“Through it all the players have worked really hard and we have good players here.”  “We are putting out a team that has to excel because it is the only way we can compete.”

“Any player who I put out on that pitch has to play above themselves.”  “We did that last year, we lost Andy Carroll and we played above ourselves.”

“And I don’t think anybody can deny that.”  “That’s what I will ask people to do against Arsenal.”

“You want your top players in your team like Jose Enrique and Joey Barton and they need to be in a position where they play above themselves.

“And if they don’t we will have to go with other players.”

It seems that in general,  apart from Joey Barton’s Twitter antics,  the squad has done well and got down to the business of getting fit for the Arsenal game this coming Saturday.

A win against the Gunners will go a long lnmg way to raising the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and that’s what we look forward to on Saturday.

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296 comments so far

  • oscar j

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew needs a striker – this will make his pre-season all fine.

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  • h-train

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    well done on being first. I’m very impressed and hope that one day I may have the talent and skill to be just like you.

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  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Hehe, We could actually get a result against Arsenal!

    Fabregas is willing to pay a few mill to Arsenal toforce a move to barca

    RVP possible Knee Injury after Benfica Game

    Wilshere doubtful.

    and they still havent sorted out their Defensive problems!

    Howay we might get a decent start afterall!

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  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Btw. No chance of Sturridge now. He scored two in a 3-1 Win over Rangers. Villa Boas Impressed.

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  • boater

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Of course the 35mil was at the top of the agenda – seeing as nowt was spent of it.. divven’t beat around the bush.

    The team battled on manfully over the finishing line after Carroll left but we had the promise of capitol in the summer for investment.

    We have now been outspent by WBA, Stoke and West Ham – and they didn’t have a £35mil treasure chest.. joke.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    “It has been a weird pre-season for us.” “The £35m tag has been at the top of the agenda.”
    I wonder why. Maybe because you promised that we would spend it on new players on numerous occasions. One would have thought that we would have signed the strikers needed by now. Ba was a good start but now were 5 days away from Arsenal and at the time of writing we’ve actually earned more funds than we’ve spent in terms of transfer fees.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Really fed up of retards associating spending ridiculous fees with squad improvement. Our squad has imporved majorly, though we do need a striker and a LB but there is still time. Still need to ship out Perch, Smith, Xisco and a few others though.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    You need to read to what has actually been stated.
    People complain that we haven’t spent £35 mill on transfer fees, but neither Pardew or Llambas never said we would.

    They said that it was going back into the club, the club has numorous holes tho put money in.
    So they were’nt lying, but people ASSUMED they ment transfer fees.

    With that said, i dont mean i agree with the way they’ve gone about with it, but you can’t say they have lied, cause they haven’t. The money is there, it’s just not been used on players.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Mario Gomez anyone? Could be a snip at £18m 🙂

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  • premier

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    nightmare soon be over–but reality may be worse than his dreams

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    tom toon – ya so ryt the squad has improved majorly, but bcoz its been done cheap ppl dont see it.

    on gary hooper i said last season when he signed for celtic we shud of signed him, id b happy with hooper

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  • twgp

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Arsenal (hopefully) should be a good result.

    I’ve heard around that they have Van Persie, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Walcott, Wilshere, Koscielny, Diaby, Nasri and Fabregas who are injured or in negotiations.

    That’s pretty much their entire first team squad.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Btw, Obertan is having a medical as we speak, at a private city center hospital.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #15

    @Dannyo – I am sure the new pitch which was water logged yesterday cost a pretty penny.. and the new dug-outs. Someone mentioned it was £5m – £8m…. Thats a lot… but I agree with you. The money has been used just not in the way we have grown accustomed to… like that Shearer Signing day!!! Boy oh boy that was day!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #16

    wtf r sky on about saying hes havin a 2 day medical since when does a 2/3hour medical now take 2 days there ryr fools on ssn sometimes

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    @ ichrisho

    Oh, dont that bring back some fond memories. We’ll have those days again at some point in the future, just have no clue whatsoever when.

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #18

    gomis from lyon please !!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    jus seen pics of orbertan at training ground come on, as long rvp n walcott r out bcoz they usually hurt us, fabragas defo out n hopefully nasri is sold b4 then

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  • Andy

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20

    he was just at the training ground on SSN. Where is the private hospital in town? I thought there may have been one in jesmond?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    @davybtoon – their seems to be a new ruling now whereby a club can take a player for a 2 day medical to ensure that when they sign him – he has gone through the correct testing. The old one day (2-3 hours) is well gone and only for players who have passed a monthly medical with their clubs!!

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Why must the 35m be spent in one transfer window?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    @ Andy
    Aye, nuffield jesmond.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @Dannyo – I know I know Sorry. It was a weak moment when we had some spirit and balls to get who we wanted. There must be something in Danny Graham that we can sort out. He is a local lad and he is a fine goal scorer. 2m back-up.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25

    @SwedishMagpie – Good call – he could be a right player…

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  • liam85

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #26

    What I question is.. If they say they’ve used this £35 million from fees and underground heating etc… if we didn’t have that £35 million would that mean we wouldn’t of got any players.

    To be honest I don’t care if they are all free and cheap. Tiote was a fantastic deal and I think our team will be good.. I don’t think the fans care how much is spent on a ST and LB we just want to see some quality on the pitch.. not much to ask is it really!?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #27

    @ OttersPocket

    Good point, however, Llambas adressed this too, but no one listens to him anymore.
    He said something in the lines of; “We’re distributing they money so we have something to spend in January aswell should something happen. If we spent everything now, we wouldn’t sort out anything in January.”

    Don’t quote me on that, but he said something in that area, could probably google it and find out yourselfes if u want the quotes.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Spend money on a striker, a left back and a CB/RB and everyone will be fairly content. Does it need to equal 35mill? No, but we shouldn’t be unable to sign untested foreigners due to a lack of funds.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Llambias is a snake and nothing he says is to be believed. NUFC would have about £5-10m to spend anyway based off Revenue by this coming January anyway. Here how I think the money was spent:

    1) Cabaye, Ba, Marveux, Abeid (Fees for Agent and Signin-on plus Wages packages) – £13m
    2) New Dug-outs and Pitch Alterations – £5m
    3) Contract Renewals – £5m

    Leaves us with what – £9m.
    £3m on Obertan and we have 6m left. Striker for this amount?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Right, im gonna mention the money thing a bit, just want to say, doesn’t mean i agree with MA, but if we’re trying to be self sufficient this is how it goes.

    Expenditures:
    Player wages
    Manager/Coach wages
    Electricity
    Insurances
    Equipment maintance
    Other employee wages
    Building Maintance
    Various rents
    Transportation
    Promotion
    Greater building improvements
    Food

    Now, these are just some of the expenditures that goes on in a football club. And imagine, when u run a club with a First team, reserve team, academy etc etc, those costs become quite vast.
    If u’re gonna cut costs, the easiest is through player wages.

    Incomes:
    Player sales
    Sponsorship
    TV-Revenues

    It’s not gonna be quick to sort out. And tbh, the fair play rules gives u 2 years to sort all this out. For many clubs, it won’t be enough.
    I’m sure i may have missed something, but if u havent managed a store/restaurant or whatever, u’ll probably wont be aware of the cost it takes to manage something as monumental as PL club.
    It goes far beyond our heads, and it’ll be interesting to see the 2010 accountance.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh, and we played Boro reserves today at a behind closed doors session. We won 8-2 😛

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #32

    @Dannyo We shouldnt have to worry about what expenses we have I dont think 🙂

    Sports Direct Accounts for 2010:

    Revenues: £819m
    Profit after tax: 42% of that which is about £380m – Forget talking about a measily £35m which scumpool gave us as they are desperate for any english player – what about big man cashley dropping his own club and business a few bonuses…

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  • Eastander

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    @31 how do you know the score?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Eastender

    Bradden Inman said so 😉

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  • G

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Dannyo, gate receipts too, missing from the list. Compared to the other income we are talking a drop in the ocean like.

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #37

    @ 18 – Tom Tom.. Couldn’t agree much more. We finished 12th Last season and would finished 9th if we had held on to our 3-0 lead over WBA..

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #38

    @ ichrisho

    Lol, well, maybe it could’ve been more if he didn’t have to spend anything at all on Newcastle. Tbh, i think we’ll be there once the summer transfer window hits next summer. Completely self sufficient. Which is a good thing tbh. Ashley gets stature for having managed that at a PL club and free advertisement all year around.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39

    @Dannyo – You know him?

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #40

    The clubs/teams we are competing against haven’t strengthen as much as we have so let just save the postmortem for just that… after games have being played.

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