Are Newcastle Really This Good? Maybe

The difficulties that Carlos Tevez and former Newcastle center-back Titus Bramble have got themselves into this week, have focused attention on today’s modern footballer.

Alan Pardew – looking up on Tyneside

But it seems that Alan Pardew knows all about footballer’s indiscretions, and he seems to have  dealt  with quite a few during his time as a manager, and we all know Alan is doing his very best to put a certain youngster called Nile Ranger back on the straight and narrow at Newcastle at the moment.

Footballers have to watch their behavior off the field and represent their club all the time, and as he has told Nile Ranger multiple times – it’s not just what  a player does on the pitch that is important.

Pardew talked about off field activities:

“You have sometimes got to be smart enough to know that it goes around, and conflict and off-field activity will stain us, I am sure, this year.”

“The way the media is, the way society is, you can almost expect it to happen, so it is just about making sure you keep those incidents to a minimum, that you try to instil in the players a discipline about their role at the football club.”

“It is not just playing, it is about representing the club, and Nile Ranger is finding out at the moment how difficult that can be.” “You have always got somebody going through one of those periods.”

Alan Pardew is rightly delighted at the way he has managed to form a great team spirit and work ethic at the Newcastle club as the Magpies have made an excellent start to the season.

But Pardew is a down to earth guy,  and football is a team game and the team and the club are so much more important than any one player.

That’s almost been proved this year at Newcastle,  when the club have arguably lost their best four players in Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton and yet have ended up with a better team,  and certainly a much stronger squad, following the summer transfer window.

Alan Pardew is clear that the group is the most important thing at any club:

“It just goes to show you, it is not about one or two players or even three players, it’s about the group,”

“The staff have all been here a long time. When I arrived, some of the staff members had been here about 15 years – we had gone through about five people like me, maybe six, even – so they have great experience of how to keep an even keel.”

“I have enjoyed working with them. That group has been together a long time and that is part of it.”  “It’s also the standards we set on the training ground and on the pitch, and what we will accept and won’t accept in terms of behaviour. It all adds to the spirit.”

“Certainly, the foundations were laid and put down by the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and people like that because team spirit is important to those types of players.”  “It’s a trait that if you are a Newcastle player, you need to have.”

“If you were looking at the game on form, yes, we should win the game, but the Premier League throws the form book out of the window at times.”

“Wolves are the type that upset that with their work-rate and their commitment to the cause. They have got good players in there, so it is a difficult game.”

Alan Pardew came to Tyneside with the Newcastle fans quite underwhelmed at his appointment. Fact!

But he’s done as well  as anybody could have possibly  imagined, in the short 10 months he’s been the Newcastle manager, with the side  in 4th position at the moment in the Premier League, the best league in the world we may add.

Whether Newcastle can keep it up over a full season is another question of course,  but so far so good.  And certainly Newcastle fans everywhere will be hoping the team’s excellent form can continue, and certainly the fan support is the best it can be at the Tyneside club.

A win tomorrow will be further proof that perhaps Newcastle are indeed a decent side, even a good side, but we’re not ready to take our feet off the ground. Well, not until Newcastle win several more games before the end of the year.

So are Newcastle as good as their record so far this season suggests? The emphatic answer seems to be  …..  maybe.

First things first though, and the next challenge for the team is tomorrow afternoon at Wolves, and that will not  be easy.

It will be a tough physical game,  and we’ll at least find out more about the side and the new players, and whether they are indeed as good as they have looked over the last two league games.

We’ll know more at 5:00 pm tomorrow afternoon, and a win at Wolves will make that maybe just a little bit of a stronger maybe.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes, we are.

    4-0 annihilation of the Wolves, this is our fate!

  • soundoid

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Ok I like Pardew……

    I said it….

    It took me a long time but i said it..


    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Who doesn’t like Pardew now is pretty down, he’s done a fantastic job really pleased for him.
    Keep it up lads!
    Doubt the 4-0 to Newcastle, be either a draw or a tight win, who wouldn’t be happy with a point away from home?

  • soundoid

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought stoke would be this season’s DARK HORSE, but as my Spurs loving friend pointed out… It’s Newcastle you T**t…


    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #5

    If anything we the dark horses for europe this season imo

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Sep 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #6

    we’re the dark horses until tiote or colo gets injured, then we may be the lame gazelles but let’s pray January comes without incident. We need to move the ball away from Karl Henry as much as poss tomorrow. Fancy us to get 4 tomorrow for some reason. 4-1 ba and best with the goals.

  • geordietc

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #7

    As a Geordie, eternal optimism courses my veins and I believe we’re on the cusp of some glory years. Convincing performance the morra – one goal victory. Henry off.

  • soundoid

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #8

    My Spurs friends pointed out how we looked like the home side at villa, they think they have 3 points nailed on v the arse and think they will be lucky to get a point at sjp. The Fans view down south.

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m down south and we’re not getting massive coverage. which suits me in a way, the more people underestimate us the more 3 pointers for us!

    hopefully noone will notice we’re a decent team until the 80th minute of games when they pick the ball out of their nets for the third or fourth time!

  • soundoid

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #10

    The Eternal Optimist,

    Yeah, some of the fans have clocked us and the media haven’t. The BBC write up is interesting about the wolves game….. hang on i’ll find a linky.

  • The Eternal Optimist

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #12

    quite a good description of where we’re at. I think Wolves will come out looking for a fight and we’ll outclass them technically and move the ball too quickly for them. They’ll revert to nasty tackles to break up our play and i can see a lot of bookings from them. They’ll not handle obertan and jonas’ pace or tiote and cabayes ability to keep possession.

  • soundoid

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #13

    If we win this one we are on everyones radar, QPR got a good result at wolves, i think we can win this one.


  • Brutooon

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #14

    might settle for a draw

  • niffnoff

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s always one expecting the minimal. We need more optimism. Just sayin Wolves always seem to come out on top of “the top 4” being Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U, though I think they beat City last season to? But they only play when they have the “titans” against them. Maybe another 4-1 or 3-0 to us then?

  • sox

    Oct 1, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #16

    i just had to post this its mint haha

  • joppadoni

    Oct 1, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Tough one to call. this will be a dog fight in wolves back yard.. 2-1 toon with a close hard fought game for me.

  • carrollsinger

    Oct 1, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #18

    BA better then Carroll ….. at the moment yes
    Enrique no replacement playing yet
    Cabaye better then Nolan …..hell yeah scoring will come
    Obertan or marv better then Barton …. U decide

  • joppadoni

    Oct 1, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Classic malaysia there toon toon

  • joppadoni

    Oct 1, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Obertan and marveaux are different player types to barton. but i prefer either over him. ba is better than carroll always he is one dimensional. raylors better than enrique…

  • singaporegeordie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Glad the teams doing so well. Slight concern is that everyones raving about Santon but all glossing over the fact we shipped 3 goals in the last game he played…don’t know if he was at fault but still.
    I hope the Lion chops down Kelvin.


    Oct 1, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #22

    8 more hours!


    Oct 1, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Look at dis fifa 12 glitch 🙂


    Oct 1, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Messi’s broken leg n fifa 12 lol

  • BigKirky

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #25
  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Wolves defender Richard Stearman is doubtful with a bruised toe, so 19-year-old right-back Matt Doherty may make his first Premier League start

    Jonas/Marv should have a field day then….

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #28

    The match is not live in India,

  • Steve_48

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning Lads, am buzzin for today.

    Typical Mick, send your players out and 2 minutes before issue the instruction to kick every Toon player and get red cards – you mackem reject


  • Satan

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Did I read the post above from Joppadoni correctly? Raylor better than Enrique!? You’ve got to be having a laugh….for all there may be resentment towards some of the ex-players recently departed; you can’t take away the quality shown on the pitch….
    * Enrique is one of the best LB’s in the EPL and sadly Raylor isn’t even close
    * Carroll was a colossus for us, playing for his home city etc etc he’s lost his way at the bin dippers but he showed he had it all with us, Ba looks promising on his last 2 performances but you certainly couldn’t say he’s as good as Carroll yet
    * How many times did Barton pull our midfield through games? The drive, energy and range/quality of his crossing from that right flank was top drawer, Obertan has a long way to go yet to match JB…not even close yet though he’s showed promise in recent games
    * Cabaye v Nolan….interesting one as Cabaye is a much better and more dynamic player with greater flair and creativity, he just needs to stick the ball in the net to be the complete midfielder. Nolan scored goals; lots of them….and that’s the aim if football. For me though Cabaye is a revelation and I’d take him every time

    3 points for the lads today…..hard fought 1-0 win I’ll go for with Ba to score

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Tough game .i wont predict anytng. Let da lads do da work n lets get behind da lads.

    A win – rock on
    A draw – will b happy
    0pts – wont b happy

  • magpie6699

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m pleased that Pards is being so sensible. He’s said he’s not sure we’re that good and that we could still be fragile if things start to go against us – he doesn’t know. Absolutely spot on. I’m still in the mood that we’ve got 12 points and another 28 will probably see us safe. What is pleasing me is some of the football – if you watch last week’s game we looked really good at times. For that reason I enjoyed the game more than some big wins last season e.g. West Ham.
    As for today – who knows? I’m a natural pessimist and I can guarantee that even if we play well, and that’s still an if (QPR anyone?), there will be some hairy moments – and it will depend if we can get away with them or if Wolves manage to score. The bookies have them slight favourites and they are no fools. Also concerned about Wolves tactics – they may try to get at Cabaye and Tiote in their usual dirty way and provoke a backlash – just hope we keep our cool and the ref is on the ball – whoops! I’m in for an FA warning now!

  • rahul_magpie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34


  • Sav

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Pards is expecting a test today and in the coming run of games. Keeping feet 9on the ground and asking questions of his players. All good, sensible stuff. Common sense and minimal BS. Keep it up.


    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Rahul@ hea ,m 4m india to

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Too much optimism around for me, against a tough side. 1-1 , at best , with Leon scoring. Lets see how physical guys like Cabaye and Obertan are….

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Joppadoni, did you have a let night last night? You ane others seem to dismiss the input of players like Barton and Enrique so easily. Who ran the QPR game – Barton, thats who. Who is rating 7/10 in every liverpool game , Enrique

  • Davies

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #39

    magpie6699 – Bookies base their favourites on who’s geting the most bets. That’s why the odds are continually changing. I wuoldn’t putmuch stock in that. We’re a better side than Wolves, but they are a Premier League team for a reason and they can pull a nasty shock ouot of th bag.

    I don’t make predictions on matches, especially as we have a ridiculous habit of blowing games that would seem eminently winnable, like today’s match, because there’s no such thing as a guaranteed win.

    Finges crosed for his afternoon.

  • Davies

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #40

    This keyboard is rubbish.


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