We’re Slightly Ahead Of Schedule, And Want To Stay There

Alan Pardew has said his team are ahead of schedule as they hold 4th position in the Premier League, and he’d like to stay there.

Alan Pardew – no problems at Newcastle – it will not last

But there’s nothing Alan Pardew can do about it if Newcastle can beat Blackburn Rovers tomorrow, because they will be in 4th place for at least another week.

And Alan seems guarded about over-confidence of the players, and getting carried away with the good start to the season, as he said this to the Daily Mirror:

“If you’re not on your guard and start thinking you’re a good player or coach, then the Premier League quickly comes back to bite you,”

“I think there’s one or two I have to be on my guard about, but I won’t mention names.”  “The players are producing really well at the moment. Whoever we put in the team, they seem to have a bit of form and confidence.”

“We are seven unbeaten and the points total so far has been decent. We’re probably slightly ahead of schedule, and that’s where we want to stay.”

“There’s been one or two games we haven’t functioned that well in, but we’ve still managed to get through them with our resilience. We need a bit more than that, though, and if we get a good win against Rovers, then it would be a really good start.”

So who are the one or two players he has his eye on,  who may think they are better than they are?

And we don’t think that things have gone too smoothly, but certainly there have been few player problems this season, although with Joey Barton now gone, the reporters may have to create some problems at Newcastle to report on, but that’s been done before too.

Alan Pardew was asked about the lack of problems at Newcastle so far this season:

“It won’t last.”  “I know it’s probably not too good for reporters, as you haven’t got any bombs going off. But I’m sure there will be at some point.”

“Offensively, there’s still much more to come,” “Forget about new players coming in, I think with what we’ve got here, offensively, we’re going to be showing more than we have so far.”

“What’s been forgotten is that we’re in our second year in the Premier League, which is always the most difficult.”  “I always say you never close the door, because football is like that,”  “But all I can say is that I am happy.”

Newcastle have made a good start this season, but the only thing that matters right now is that the next step is to beat Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, and if they can do that then Newcastle could well keep surprising us on the upside this season.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • mickguk

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Quick point here.
    I laugh everytime the fans say it is THIER club.
    £500 a year for how ever many years you have paid for a seson ticket does not compare to the MILLONS ashley has spent. If it wasnt for him the club could of quite easily went under.
    STOP singing your childish songs at him and GROW UP !!!

  • mickguk

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #2

    And i was first you sad O’sssss

  • Offkey

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Mickguk – Are you actually trying to incite this action…….if you are not, I must presume you have difficulty interacting with other human beings……

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    500 quid per person for lets say an average of 50 years per fan for their lifetime?considering that there are 50 000 fans per home game add that all up and it comes to considerably more than the mere millions that Ashley has spent you sad pathetic excuse for a Newcastle supporter. Do yourself a favour and don’t post on this blog again.

  • mattnufc

    Sep 24, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeh, it doesnt compare to the MILLIONS Ashley cost us by being relegated and employing and sacking countless managers

  • evildick

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #6

    great start and i have to admit i’m warming to pardew. i don’t think we’ve seen his team all firing yet. let’s hope it starts today!

    3 points and we’ll feel like we’re flying

  • thai-mag

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #7

    mickgug is talking s**t but people on here are starting to think toon are going places this season, we have played 1 good game, the rest we have been average at best, the toon are only good at letting the fans down when you think you have turned corner, just calm down and dont expect to much to soon

  • joppadoni

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #8

    ohhh… learn the spelling of the word their….

    and ruddy work out we had about 12 – 14k fans in the 80s and 70s and the fact the average ticket cost fu cking pence those days and stop moaning anyways…. everyone..

    gordon fu cking bennett.. ashley has spent more in this club than any owner or board in the last 50 years put together…. until, ofc you take in to account inflation… lawlz

  • FloridaToon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets hope history repeats itself:

    “The history of the Premier League, as is researchable via this pretty cool site, bears out the probability. Tote up the standings of the past decade and the average final finish of the fourth-place club after five weeks is exactly fourth. No club standing fourth after five weeks has ever finished lower than 13th. It’s been 12 years since a club standing fourth after five games hasn’t gone to the Champions or UEFA/Europa leagues. In fact, only five times in Premier League history has a fourth-place club after five weeks not gone to Europe, and those were all in the first eight seasons of the league, when conditions were different, including more variance in the length of clubs’ off-seasons due to the international schedule.”

    Link to full article:


  • joppadoni

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #10

    matt you’re mental what it cost in relegation is not alot and ashley stomached it with his money.

    thai… i think you have a point. though i will expand on it…. we have started with some good PREM performances and points. disregard the cup… please.


  • joppadoni

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #11

    florida pack it in you are making my balls tickle… 😛

  • joppadoni

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #12

    anways toon army fellas and lasses lets sleep in well tomorrow hope Ed is getting better and lets wait for tomorrows game. if, like me you cant get there then i hope ya sleep until kick off. otherwise lads and lasses enjoy your drinks prematch and lets get a fu cking win against the burn! NN sweet dreams all 😀

  • FloridaToon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #13

    I say 2-1 to us tommorrow:

    vs. Fulham 2-1 ( I predicted 2-1 us)
    vs. Villa 1-1 ( I predicted 2-1 us)

    A bit superstitious I guess.

  • the_besty_show

    Sep 24, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Massive game tomorrow, pumped like hell. These were the games we didnt win last season so just hope for a performance and hope we dont lose. We should be favourites though although we have no record against them. Same starting 11 as Villa i reckon, marveaux will get half an hour off the bench, reckon ben arfa will be unused sub

  • evildick

    Sep 24, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #15

    i’m off to a wedding now, but should be back just before kick off!(midnight downunder)

    damn i love that red foxtel button!

    Arfa to score off the bench…

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 24, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Cabaye to hit the Framework/Score today,

  • ToonMauritius

    Sep 24, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #17
  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 24, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #18

    @ToonMauritius // Sep 24, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    It pleases me to see those type of news about Carroll. His greediness. But i have to say, he looks terrible at Liverpool. He’s just like a slighter better version of Shola Ameobi at Liverpool.

    And to say we got 35million for him! Ever since he left us, he looks a totally different player. I think the pressure of playing at a club like Liverpool got to him. He just can’t cope.

    And i won’t ever want Carroll back unless its for less than 5 million pounds.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 24, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Carroll’s only goal this season was in the league cup to Exeter. His only other goals is a double at Manchester city last season.

    But its his all round play that is shockingly poor. In 5 games this season he has 12 shots on goals and has 0 assists.

    His biggest career mistake. His loss, is our 35million gain!

  • Satan

    Sep 24, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #20

    And what do you think would happen if there were no fans? You tool! MA owns it, but the club will always ‘belong’ to the supporters; you clearly don’t understand what that means

    To say we had 12-14 thousand fans in the 70’s and 80’s is garbage; the ave. attendance only dropped below 20,000 on 2 occasions in those 2 decades (start of the 80’s) after relegation to the old division 2 when we played some of the worst football imagineable; I know because I was there in the 70’s and 80’s. Outside of those 2 lean years our attendances were around the 32-34 thousand Mark in the 70’s and around the 23-26 thousands in the 80’s. Of course there were odd games when we had 14000 show up but then I could point to a game in the 90’s in the AI cup where 4500 were there; there will always be some instances of low attended games but in terms of averages; this 12-14000 notion is a mackem myth.
    Also, just to clarify re: Ashley’s spending; he hasn’t actually spent that money in the true sense….he’s loaned it to the club ie,. Intends to get it back and has in fact already recouped about 12.5m with another 16.5m due by the end of this season.
    I don’t want to get into an Ashley debate when the team has started so well (results wise) but you need to get some facts right.
    Also, our PREM performances to date except Villa have been well below par….have you actually seen any games??? Results are good though and the Villa show was encouraging; looking forward to 3 points today and I’ll go for a 2-0 win HWTL

  • Satan

    Sep 24, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #21

    By the way, for the 2 seasons we had sub 20k attendances the averages were 16500 and 17500

  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Whats the point of that comment u nob!
    The Fans ARE the club, without us, there would be no NUFC in the PL.

  • Slank

    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #23

    ToonMauritius @ 17

    Can you imagine the screams, demonstrations, outcry and ‘sack the board’ chants from the Toon fans if the club had spent ‘their’ £35 million on a single forward who had the same almost total lack of success as Carroll at Liverpool. The club would be an absolute joke. As it happens we are now starting to get a grudging respect eg Lauro on MOTD.

    The money is still available and I’m sure Carr and Pardew will find a cracking striker or two if the quality of previous intake are anything to go by.

  • bigdan1980

    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Have to say I agree with joppadoni and the rest here, give the anti-Ashley carry on a rest, most of the t!ts that sing the songs are a collection of teeny boppers sat in level7 anyway, f@ck sake “stand up and support your club” I’ve been on nightshift all week and I just want to rest my old legs and watch my heroes, I don’t need some little f@ckwits still in school dictating when I have to stand or sit, your twelve years old! Also if I hear you swearing in front of my 7 yr old I will be “standing up” alrite and slapping your legs you little sh!ts

  • ToonMauritius

    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Hope Leon Beast turn out to be prolific because there are not much good striker available on the market. All the good ones are already in big clubs.Also hope Carr & Pardew find a new gem.

  • Minato

    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #26


    Simmo Saylor Colo Raylor

    Spider Cabaye Tiote Marv

    Ba Best

    HBA to come on at some point for Ba..normally I’d start him but i think it will take 3 or 4 games to ease him back into the fold. 2-0 to the toon.

  • Minato

    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Might have to wait to see Santoon back before we can really see Marveux on the left..switching Spider to the right over Obertan I hope to see at some point too.

  • ToonMauritius

    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #28

    We must gather maiximum ponits because the month of december will be very tough


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