Continuity A Big Factor So Far In Newcastle’s Surprise Success

Alan Pardew has had some amazing success this  season and it’s an open question if his side can keep high up in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew – kept the same defense in the league

Pardew has had that success even after seeing three of his top players, captain Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton leave Newcastle in the summer, as Andy Carroll had done in January, when he left for £35M cool cash to Liverpool.

And the money from the sale of Nolan, Enrique and Wayne Routledge almost completely offset the money paid for the seven players who came into the squad, Cabaye, Marveaux, Abeid, Demba Ba, Obertan, Santon and Elliot.

That has turned out to be excellent business  by Newcastle in retrospect, to the surprise of many of   us.

Newcastle fans if anything were pessimistic in early September about how good the side was,  and how good the team spirit would be,  with some big personalities having left the club.

But the start to the season has been almost unbelievable,  and the team spirit seems sky high, and the new players have helped with that big time.

Newcastle haven’t had too many injuries to the side, although recently we lost top midfielder Cheick Tiote with a knee injury, but Danny Guthrie came in and has done very well indeed over the last three games.

One element of the side which has been the foundation of the success is the defense, and luckily Krul, Simpson, Coloccini,  Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor have played in every league game so far, and there have been no injuries to those five key players.

If either Coloccini or Steven Taylor are injuries Newcastle will be straggling to full the gap with Mike Williamson still out for around five weeks and only James Perch available.

So Alan Pardew has kept pretty much an unchanged side in the league, and given games to the fringe players in the Carling Cup.

But now that Newcastle are out of that competition, in their only defeat of the season at Blackburn,  it appears that Alan will send some of our top youngsters out on loan, including Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson  and Haris Vuckic.

This is what Alan told The Independent on Sunday:

“It’s certainly helped to have that continuity in the side, particularly the back four who have been outstanding together as a unit.”

“They’ve developed a very good understanding with each other. Continuity is great for confidence within the team and that has definitely contributed to our good start.”

“That said, our entire squad is of huge importance and against Everton, for example, where we had to make changes due to injury.”

“I was delighted with the way other players such as Danny Guthrie came in and fitted seamlessly into the team.”

Newcastle could hardly have done better but there are questions about whether the Newcastle squad is good enough or deep enough when the inevitable injuries come along.

But there is every indication that Ashley and LLambias will back the Newcastle manager big time in January and there is news that striker Mobido Maiga will join from Sochaux.

There was news yesterday that Newcastle are still trying to bring in Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters from PSV, and they have a center-back to come in too, although apparently the top choice is no longer 27 year-old LLiam Ridgewell of Birmingham.

Three or four top players in January will certainly help the squad become bigger and stronger,  although the players that come in will be drafted into the side over time and based opnly on form and not reputation, as in the old days.

And that’s how Alan has handled the new arrivals in the summer, and that seems to have worked out very well.

And if Alan Pardew can keep his side high in the league throughout the season,  it’s hard not to give this man massive credit for what he has done since last December, and we know the Londoner has worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause.

Things are definitely looking up for the many fans of Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Any news clues on our new shirt/stadium sponsor/s?

  • cyprus

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost: Just don’t know this guy Maiga, so no comment. Only, must be a cut above Ba, Best and that’s hard to do! On your previous articles Ed, maybe the stadium to be called ‘Nike’? Would that be the American pronunciation (ie. like Mikey) or the British (like Mike)? Confusing, but good to be associated with such a rich company. On DL comments: Wow. Was he drunk? Is that how he talks to his mum? Is he educated? But, hats off! He spoke a lot of truths (yep, including the one about wor hero) and shows he has guts.

  • cyprus

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    And of course ‘Nike’ comes from Greek, meaning ‘victory’ 🙂 In Greek, btw, it’s pronounced ‘Nicky’

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4


    Totally agree on Dl comments.


    Why is Kadar never even mentioned any more as CB back up?

    Again who is going to play on the right this saturday?

  • Klatoon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    See we’ve been linked to Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud,unlikely as Maiga seems almost a done deal. Giroud is more prolific and very technical for a 6’3 striker but not the pacey speed merchant most of you want. HWTL

  • Stuart

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Did anyone actually read the article about Pieters yesterday? It was actually the opposite of us still being in for him.

  • cyprus

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    on your q. It’s probably going to be Guthrie, AP doesn’t shuffle the pack too dramatically. BA to come on at half time I think. In any case, we’ll need his magic in the next 3 games, so, somehow, a player of his talent and range must make it into the team. But, really, I cannot criticise ANY player in an unbeaten team.

  • BigKirky

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Its a shame about Kadar not being the immediate back up instead of Perch, but he seems to be back on the right road if he was captain for the reserves recently.

    I always thought he’s looked promising and has put it some pretty good performances when he’s played for the first team in the past.

  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    pieters and magia in would be lots of cover in all postions with two of are full backs being able to play on the wings as well pieter also being able to play CB if we was to buy any one else it should be a young cb to develop

  • cyprus

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Klatoon, I’m one of those who want a pacey speed merchant, like Bellamy. Did u see what he did this weekend? And he genuinely seems a nice lad these days!! Ah, G.S., still blame you for our slide… Once, Wenger was asked what he looks for in a player. He answered, ‘speed and brains’. Cool answer!

  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11
  • kirstymc90

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Petition to fight St.James Park name change – Please sign & pass on. This is our St.James Park, we can’t take this lying down.
    We don’t need 20million signatures, we only need 10000 to at least try and fight for the history of St. James Park. If we get that many signatures, then it HAS to be discussed. If Mike Ashley still refuses to acknowledge these signatures and what they stand for, then at least we can say we tried. We as a Geordie nation can’t take this lying down, this is our history, our heritage. We can show the depth of our feelings against his decisions. We are a massive nation, the only way anything is ever going to change is if we get together and do something about it. if he still says no, then we can say we tried!

    Please SIGN THIS PETITION to fight the name change of our historic St. James’ Park, We just need your name and email address it will take you 2 seconds to do. To do away with more than 130 years’ of history like this is frankly unbelievable, and demonstrates a lack of respect for the club, its proud history, the people of Newcastle and the memory of local legends like Jackie Milburn and Sir Bobby Robson.

  • Jimay

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not sure about Maiga but have 100% trust in Carr. Maiga is off to African Cup of Nation as well right? Why not go for a striker that we can keep when BA is off in the start of next year?

  • Stuart

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    The ACN is only once every two years, if Maiga is Carr’s man, 4 games out of a season once every two years shouldnt stop us from getting him.

    We’ll still have Besty, the two Shola’s, Thuglife and even Airey at a push. Im pretty sure we’re only playing one difficult game in that time against spurs aswell so we dont have the worst run in while Tiote, Ba and Maiga would be gone.

  • Stuart

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Oh, and loven and HBA.

  • Jimay

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Well, you’re right Stuart. In the long run it might be a good piece of business.

  • Jimay

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    But maybe they use Maiga as a cover for Olivier Giroud if the rumours around him is true.


    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Continuity! A good word in anyones vocabulary.

    But our whole situation is not helped by the Pisspot of a director tanking up in a Newcastle bar and shouting his mouth off left and right so that all present can sell in principle details about what is said to the press!
    Either that or some journalist somewhere is taking the Piss!

    Pieters is still injured and in the long term with recuperation could be back playing around Christmas!
    If it would be a good move, though remains to be seen. I would,nt complain if we got him, don,t get me wrong, he would cost a lot to get though, and his agent is a real ASS, bigtime!
    In my vieuw there are much better players out there, who would,nt cost half as much as Pieters would!

    I would be really pleased with Luuk de Jong!


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