Newcastle Manager – Momentum Has Been Lost

Alan Pardew has admitted today that he put pressure on the Newcastle Board to get players through the door during the summer transfer window

Alan Pardew – momentum has been lost

Of course Alan  was continually asked at his press conferences what the status was on bringing players into the club, and especially a top striker to replace Andy Carroll.

And in retrospect he now seems to have regretted saying he was certain a striker would come in, and that’s a mistake he also made with Andy Carroll last January by saying there was no way Andy was leaving Newcastle, and then he was gone:

“There are quotes from me saying, ‘100 per cent, we will get them in’, but I must have been asked the same question 180 times and maybe I slipped up now and again.”  

“Most times, I’m pretty guarded because of the Andy Carroll situation I had here.”  “That was a mistake on my part. But when you get asked hundreds of times a day, and the fans want the number nine shirt filled .”

” I now just hope we can fill it in January.”  “I think it’s important that I put pressure on the board in any way I can. There is a little bit of that involved. I can say that publicly.”

But I still feel the enthusiasm we have generated at the start of the season has gone with the signing not coming in.”  “I think that was very important and I’ve stressed that many, many times to Derek and owner Mike Ashley.”

 “My responsibility to my players is to make sure we use this and turn it the right way around.”  “It can make us stronger with the group that we’ve got.”

“I feel it’s very important I try to bring some sense back to where we are. We have got good players here and I need to make sure our fans don’t carry this burden into the games,” 

“We need their backing. It’s important we don’t lose them and I’ve got to make sure the team on Monday at QPR gives a display worthy of the jersey and takes that on to Villa five days later.”

What Newcastle need and what fans want to see is to keep up the good results that the lads  were getting before the transfer window closed.

Three wins and a draw in the first four games is a good start by anybody’s standards,  and a win next Monday night at QPR is exactly what the doctor ordered.

We have confidence in the players and the coaching staff that they can get the win at QPR, but of course it will not be easy, but that’s exactly what the fans need.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    “I think it’s important that I put pressure on the board in any way I can. There is a little bit of that involved. I can say that publicly.”


  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah i saw that “i can say that publicly” — mmmm so the puppet does have his words chosen for him. I know some will say its harsh to say hes a puppet when we know he gets f’d about too, but come on – he didnt do himself any favors there now did he.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Do you know, not arsed if he pressure the baord or nopt but what he has to do is get them to tell us the ferkin truth!!

    Thats the onlyu pressure I think he should be putting on the board!!

    Pardew to dick Lamearse: “Heres the list of playerws we need, I wont be commenting on them further, but if you cant get them in, when they are ALL affordable, then you tell the fans why|!!”

    That would be how it goes!


    Sep 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew is getting the standard 2 weeks wage fine now! And he will be released on a free!

    Been waiting for him to come out and speak…was expecting nothing to be said but to be fair to him hes been as truthful as he can be. I like Pardew more and more

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    One thing that is for sure, When it comes to transfer dealings in the future, Pardew won’t be making any promises to the fans. He’s surely been burned by the board too many times now. Seems to me that Mike Ashley has made the big mistake of not catering to the needs of his customers (Us Fans) and that is fatal from a business and a footballing point of view. He could have easily repaired some of the damage he had caused by getting one Quality forward in. He could even make things slightly better right now if he got rid of Lamearse and employed a football orientated Chairman in his place. I’m just being deluded anyway because we all know that he has no passion for the club and only sees the profit to be made. Rant over!

  • SaulToon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    got plenty of faith in both Ba and Best to become 15+ goals a season players. Think come January we’ll see that there is no need for a starting striker but rather more depth in our Defense.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    looking for a number 9 will put pressure on one man which is not supposed to be so.
    It would be better nufc concentrate on the squad we have and forget about that shirt.
    Anybody can have it if onee works hard to earn it.
    I feel thee shirt should be given to not just a striker but a fans favourite

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    I also feel Graham Carr must be pretty deflated by the lack of forward. The man put a list together of properly scouted forwards and the Board couldn’t get a single one of them “Over the Line.” Reeks of tight fisted incompetence on their part. Lets hope Mr Carr doesn’t feel like moving to pastures new cos that could be almost as damaging as if Pardew himself quit.

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    In the past the Number 9 shirt has been given to players before they have kicked a ball for Newcastle, e.g Alan Shearer, but Strikers of his quality are few and far between. We won’t be getting a high profile Striker of that ilk under the current regime so the number 9 will definitely have to be earned by someone.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree 100%
    I for one have never mentioned the number9 shirt in my craving fopr a new striker.
    Thinking on the need for a new striker is that, Best seems to know where the net is (Hence why i always said we should keep him) Shola keeps forgetting where the net is and indeed, how to ‘strike’ a football, Ba HAS looked absolutley terrible in pre-season and the games played so far (He Has, and time Will tell) Lovenkrands i believe is a tryer, but thats where it ends!

    We simply need a striker who can score goals, if they earn the number 9 then so be it, but first they need to prove that they can score goals against some of the best defenders in the world, which we have in this league!!

    A good qualioty striker, who we have to pay for and 2 centre halves would now suit me and our squad would look much healthier in my opinion. You could even sign that peters who can play bith CB and FB….would be great addition!

  • Minato

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Saul I’m feeling the positivity…I think 15 goals each might be a little optimistic but I agree that there are potentially goals in both of them..I think a loss of momentum is abit premature at this stage..I think if we notch up wins against QPR and Villa (both winable games) we could kick on to have a very good season. I expect improvements on last year in any case…

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    I believe Newcastle should pay decent money for the right Striker and offer him Big Bonuses if he hits preset scoring targets. That way, you can negotiate a lower wage at the same time as giving an incentive to want to do well at Nufc.

    Part of that bonus has to be….of course…..the Number 9 shirt!!

    And if Best becomes a regular scorer, then we have to consider him as our new number 9 IMO!

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Bless Pardew I’m sure if you checked the meaning of manager in the dictionary it doesn’t match to the role he is playing within NUFC, what he is is a coach same as Hughton, maybe a little bit better, slightly more experienced but still fulfilling the same role.

    Mike Assley is the owner, the mangaer and a prat…

    If Tiote, Cabeye or Ba have a great 3 and a half months putting in 9 out of ten performances week in week out then expect them to be sold. simples

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14


  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Agree with you Angryman, about Pieters especially, A pre-contract agreement should be in the pipeline right now so that he doesn’t get poached by some other team. Another good CB as cover and our Striker would have us looking in pretty good shape. We should really be looking to replace Joey as well but I would be happy enough with a Striker, Pieters and another CB in Jan, Yet again we will have to wait and see.

  • GS

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t get why the board don’t learn from their mistakes. They have riled up the fans before with their treatment of Shearer and Keegan and the sale of Andy Carroll.

    Isn’t it obvious that the fans would be upset. I think if they paid a couple of million extra than their valuation on a striker they would have got it back from goodwill from the fans, higher attendance and possibly a higher league position.

    You really have to conclude that they just dont care which is absolute madness.

  • alex84

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    i agree Angry(never thought id say that) we need to focus on getting a quality striker in that will earn the 9 shirt instead of just getting it filled…plus from Pards talk yesterday i believe he is genuine and said all that he could.

    it will be interesting to see BA now after ramadahn

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Hope your wrong about those players being sold in Jan Darlo, I think Colo would also be on that list of players who might go and he’s the player I would be most concerned about loosing. Tiote is probably the most wanted of our players at the minute so he’s at the most risk. Just hope he likes the more humble type of lifestyle we have in our area compared to the Capital. Man U or City would be our biggest threat if they showed an interest.

  • laurits90

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    I have a feeling that Asshley is going to mindblow us all with a superb striker… but then again, its just me being optimistic 🙂

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon fan
    We need to get rid of Smith, Perch, Guthrie.
    And replace these three also, but if we dont get that done in january, then we go with Striker, 2-3 defenders!

    We will be looking good providing everyone stays fit and Cabaye performs the way he has upto now!

    Getting Pieters on pre-contract and a striker on a pre-contract would go a long way to appease the fans, then and then only can pardew say, I am 100% sure we will have the players we need through the door in january.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Angryman Sorry mate, Guthrie’s worth keeping IMO.

    Decent squad player, great range of passing and gets a fair number of assists when he plays.

    We have a thin squad already and I doubt we could replace him with a better player that would be happy playing a bit-part role?

    The others can do one though!

  • TS -77

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Feels like its The fans and Pards against the Board. AP are growing better and better everyday. Just get us into a decent position come May and he will be glowing.. 🙂

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23


    I was optimistic once…

    then got made to look blind by the board lol, no matter hoe much i want your statement to be true it just looks less and less likely it will happen with Anne Summers in charge!!!

  • Klatoon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    From what I saw of Pieters in the 2 Dutch qualifiers,there’s little risk of him being ‘poachd’ by bigger teams. Decent not spectacular

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Guthrie surely can not be put in the same bracket as Perch and Smith


    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    You have to feel sorry for Pardew. He along with the whole Geordie Nation have been filled with false promises far to often from the current regime. I do feel with the quality of players we have brought in we are stronger in certain area’s but not the areas we have been shouting about for so long. Forwards and definately defence need stregthening. All we ever do is bring in midfielders that we are probably one of the strongest teams in the premiership with that.

    The board have to be open and honest with not just the fans but the management as well. Pardew does his best but everytime he gets shat on.

    As they said in a well know tv programme “THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE” it is just not filtering down to the fans.

  • JackButler

    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    The chances of us getting anyone in through the door in January are slim to none.
    It’s not a question of finding the right players its a question of cost. Ashley simply will not pay the amount needed to bring in a quality striker to the club.
    Cisse, Ruiz and anyone else we care to name were simply out of our price ranger

  • toonfan76

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    You know something Angryman, How come us fans can talk together and come up with logical and sensible solutions to our clubs problems, yet the people who are actually in charge of such things can’t pull there fingers out and put a bit of thought into it. For instance Maiga seems mad keen to play for us, he went slightly the wrong way about getting the move but this kind of passion to play for us is just what we’re looking for, if he has the quality to go with it then a Pre-contract agreement should be on the table as we speak. Pieters is a must in my opinion, We then can move Santon to RB, Simmo covers for him and in a way for Pieters, If Pieters gets injured, Santon switches and Simmo gets his place. Like I said us fans can see the logic and reason but the board are either too stubborn to pay up or are too incompetent to get it done.

  • GS

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Yessss, Lawro has predicted we will lose on Monday so there is a good chance of at least a point.

    If you followed his predictions last year I think we would have finished bottom and Liverpool top.

    He is a strange man and seems to have something against NUFC.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Darlo – I think he appears to be underrated.

    You have to look at the bigger teams in the league and their back up players and they are on a par with him perhaps?

    He’s not quite a first team player but is very useful to have around the squad and puts in a decent shift.

  • JackButler

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31


    the reason the fans can see what needs to be done and what is wrong with the club, is that we are not interested in profits, to us the team/club is all that matters, to Ashley and Co its only about profit margins on how much he can take out offset against how little he has to put in

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #32


    What about young Shane Ferguson

  • Burni

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Pardew again having to pick up the pieces…. poor guy

    My favourite quote:

    “But I still feel the enthusiasm we have generated at the start of the season has gone with the signing not coming in.” “I think that was very important and I’ve stressed that many, many times to Derek and owner Mike Ashley”

    This to me shows that the guy gives a crap about the toon and he is doing the best he can with what he has.

    I also have to agree with angry… I feel if best performs why not offer him the number nine…. I feel it should be earned rather than just given. And what better way to earn it as a striker than scoring goals?

    Ollie H I also agree about guthrie, its a shame he is always injured but I reckon the guy is good on his day, very good!

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    @28 Lawro is a sarcastic little sh it, who hates nufc because we sacked him as a defensive coach when we realised he knows less about fottball than someone who knows nothing about football (couldnt think of anything witty!)

  • surreytoon

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    Re January targets, things can move on pretty quickly in football, today’s next big thing can be tomorrow’s forgotten man… that can apply to managers as well as players.

    What I’m saying is we may well have a completely different list of targets come January, someone may emerge on the scene in the next few months as well as fade.

    If we do get Pieters, then I can’t see Danny Simpson staying if Santon then moves to the right.

    I think if we get a striker and a CB, we will be doing well, as I am not convinced by Williamson.

    Derdiyok does not seem prolific enough and he has been around a while.

  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Surely he has to go up in the estimation of the fans who have slated him for being a yes man? He has laid the blame for this firmly at the door of the board and the owner, and rightly so. I think he is doing a great job, and if he walked away we would be right in the sh*t. No one wants to work for MA, no one. Pardew is doing all he can, without walking away like a child. The bloke is clearly gutted, and thinks the start we had should have convinced the board that he deserved to get his man. Instead, they blew the chance to build on the positive start. If we can get a win on Monday night, then Pards will deserve great credit.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37


    I agree. some very good points

  • ganiyu

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38

    as a foreigner i dont know how to believe wether its d fans that are unsatisfied or the owner is greedy.

    Angryman the Angry fan my point is that one player shouldnt be regard as key player.i also i think that number is raising unnecessary calls.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Of the 76 games that Simspon has played for us, we have lost only 15.

    Interesting stat and no, I’m not saying that he’s a great player/whatever.

    If we get a LB in though, we all know he and Raylor will be fighting it out for a spot in the team and I would sooner play Raylor than him on current form.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    Okay I know its wishful thinking but my wishes for January (Trying to be positive folks 😉 )


    Ranger (if not already loaned)


    A Striker (Paid for)
    A Young rookie striker (Minmum fee if any)
    2 Centre backs
    1 DCM to cover the lion for his inevitable bans.

    Can I say also at this juncture that all of these dont have to be under the age of 25………I think CB are better at older than 25 with experience of playing against top class forwards!!


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