Standards At Newcastle Much Higher Since Alan Pardew Arrived


It’s apparent that the standards at Newcastle have been raised fairly substantially since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle almost a year ago.

James Perch congratulates Colo on late winner at Nottingham Forest

After Pardew assessed the squad in his first few weeks on Tyneside, and he seemed sure that Wayne Routledge, as one example, would not make the grade at Newcastle and he loaned the winger out to QPR, and then Wayne was sold to Swansea for around £2M in the summer.

And that seems to have been a good call because Routledge is not a starter at Swansea this season, and Newcastle have some excellent wingers in the squad like Gutierrez, Obertan, Marveaux and young Sammy Ameobi, to name only four.

We expect to see some clearing outs going on in January, but it’s the summer when some players will be leaving Newcastle.

Players like Kazenga LuaLua will leave Newcastle in January, with a deal already struck for the winger to join Brighton on a permanent basis.

And Fraser Forster could also join Celtic permanently in January if  Celtic will cough up the money.

Other players we expect to leave in the summer include Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Tamas Kadar, and perhaps Nile Ranger, with the first three having their contracts  run out at the end of June.

And Alan Pardew will bring in some new players to replace them.

Another player who could well move out in the summer is James Perch, who is an excellent professional, but may not be able to quite cut it at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has used James in the last two games as a defensive midfielder, and he is the first choice as replacement  center-back should either Fab Coloccini or Steven Taylor be injured before Mike Williamson is fit again from his ankle injury.

James came on for the last 15 minutes in place of   worn out Danny Guthrie on Saturday, and he did quite well, and certainly James seems to be upbeat that he has made a few appearances lately for the Magpies:

“It’s brilliant,” “I’ve been coming on in midfield, in the anchor role to break up play, and to be honest it suits me down the ground.”

“It’s not as if I haven’t played there before. I’ve played there earlier on in my career and I know I can do it.”

“And the gaffer knows that too, so it’s been good to be involved and to help gain a great result last weekend.”

We hate to be the bearer of bad news,  but we just don’t think James will get too many games at Newcastle in the future, as Newcastle will no doubt further enhance their squad next summer.

Ir would also be in the best interests of James to move to a lower league Premier League club or a Championship club so he can play more games.

But we’re very willing for James to prove us wrong on that, and start showing everybody that he can play well in the central midfield position, but it’s doubtful he can do that.

In any case we look to see the Newcastle squad improved and expanded  in the two upcoming transfer windows.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


170 comments so far

  • geordieupontyne

    Nov 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #1

    quite true quite true….we haven’t had such a good run since KK days.it really is possible that by the years end we could be 19 games 40 points…really..!!!

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  • boater

    Nov 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #2

    A young, willing, hard working English pro who can play anywhere across the defense – or in central midfield, happy to step in and shadow the senior players when needs be. Why the hell get rid? Perfect squad player. Plus, without Perch, who would the mob use as their scapegoat?

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  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    We Need Players For Europe Next Season and We are Now A Farr Better Attraction than we were 2 years ago !!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Here’s hoping we do improve in the January window because as it stands we are very thin indeed. A centre back and a striker are musts. As usual it will come down to money though. The owner has turned the club’s finances around but still has the extra funds from the Carroll sale in his pocket. A very sly man indeed. A net positive of over 50 million pounds in the last 3 years for him. The money has not been re-invested in the club as he promised. If we are really to contend for a top 7 spot we will need more players. Pardew has been hinting we will sell one of our best players in the January window as well. My bet is on Tiote for at least 20 to 25 million. Where will that money go?

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Steve Bruce sacked! Gutted

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Ameobi I just heard that someone called Bruce has been sacked by some club or other!

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    . . apparently he was a Premiership manager

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Gutted honestyl haha, mark hughes would be a better option for them

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry should have but up what the link is about:

    STEVE BRUCE SACKED.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Matin O’Nelly will be called for – as this traditional on these occasions.

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  • boater

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    GeordieTwo – He’ll be replaced by Brown or Ki of Celtic, for a small fraction of the money. And the rest will be massaged into the accounts towards recouping losses.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ameobi
    Me too – I thought Steve Bruce was destined to take the scum down

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  • geordieupontyne

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @geordietwo…
    the problem with mike arsely is that he really cant seem to figure out that there is a certain amount needed to be invested for a team to be strong.i mean tiote may get MA 50m but who’s gonna replace him.MA doesn’t sometime realise that it is players like tiote that are gonna get us to top 6 and the fact that we are no.4 is because of such players.spending is actually a kind of investment.MA seems more interested in getting his personal fortune back first that making sure the team is doing well.imo our stay at the championship should have opened his eyes but it seemed it hasn’t.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Very sad to hear of Agent Bruce’s departure well before he had achieved his mission – relegation.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #16

    David O’Leary sited in Sunderland.

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  • archaeomag

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    18.19 pm and Martin O,Neil name is mentioned on BBC Newcastle Total Sport – yawn – Joe Kinear still available . .

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #18

    If we got into Europa – then that’s probably worth £5-10m in TV rights – plus another £3m for finishing 5 places above last season. Then there’s gate receipts. CL and you’re looking at £25-30m increase in revenue. It’s a no brainer. Finish top 6 with your best players or flog them off and finish outside the top ten. Over two seasons that’s a net gain of £25-30m and that just from Europa level finish. Money talks – lets hope the fatman is listening.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Aaaaand apparently DL has hit back out at Barton, lol, wish they’d both just shut up.

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  • Widowmaker

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Now we have lost Agent Bruce, GUTTED as he is certainly world class!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Dannyo, apparently NUFC (Ashley and Llambiais) are looking at the legality’s of suing Barton.

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  • MacToon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Damn, agent Bruce has been found out… 🙁

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #23

    @GG
    Aye, well, i suspect it’s due to Joey revealing maybe too much of the bonus system?
    I dunno, i don’t really see Joey revealing anything too spesific, dunno if they could make a case of it?
    What u reckon?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Dannyo, I think they could make a case out of slander.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #25

    @GG
    Aye, well, probably due to the “cretins” remark, and the fact that he never wanted to work with them, but he loves NUFC and the fans, sadly they can’t be separated atm.
    So might be something to get there, aye, but then again, i reckon the statements in court and whatnot could turn out ugly…

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Who deserves more blame for Bruce’s sacking: Steve or his players?

    Running around like mad little red ants on the pitch isn’t exactly “managing to your talent”, but you might think that with all the money spent someone would trot on out and make a damn play.

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  • geordieupontyne

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #27

    with the way the lies have been told,all three could be sued for slander….as for the bruce thing:he has the two worst defenders in epl history,bramble and brown.need is say more??

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  • Spike

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Yep, Brucies gone.

    He’ll be back in work in no time. Pantomime season approaches and there is a shortage of Pantomime Dames and Ugly Sisters. Wonder if he’ll appear at the Scumderland Empire?

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  • spitfire_

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Joe Kinnear, Steve McClaren or Gordon Strachan for the unwashed. Next stop for Brucie is Middlesbrough.

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #30

    angel—

    Wouldn’t relegation of the formerly Steve Bruce led squad be a bit of a mixed blessing? No more derby hat-tricks? No more Ryan Taylor rockets? No more sad “Tombola” wearing faces?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    NEWCASTEL UNITED HAS released a statement about payments to agents

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  • geordieupontyne

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

    if Mark Hughes is called in then its the 4th manager in a row with a ManU connection and the 5th with a Manchester connection.can’t they see its not working???

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #33

    geordie 2

    net positives yes but we were / are still way in debt.
    it’s funny how people like spending other people’s money

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34

    How about Tom Bradley for SAFC? Short and Bradley both Yanks

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  • CAToon

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Whaat…Steve Bruce sacked!! But his model for building a team is exactly what the naysayers of AP, Ashley and Co. were harping about last year and over the summer. SB was given the go ahead to bring in the players he wanted, and boy did he ever. How many NUFC critics said SB was building the right team, NUFC was destined to be relegated. The results speak for themselves, the NUFC model has the team 4th, the “correct way” has SB’s former employer 16th. Come on all of you who hate the owner and manager at NUFC, Bruce is the model you supported…. stand up and be counted.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #36

    MTOON ARMY9

    I can live without hammering them for a season – Mackem humiliation will do 🙂

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Surely agent brucy would be a good youth coach Sign him up

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Or brucey for blackburn?

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Time to bury the Steve Bruce thing and welcome him home to Newcastle.
    I for one hope he brings his family to the Chelsea game and shouts his head off like the rest of us.

    Anyone who gets £3m out of a makem deserves a medal!

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  • mattnufc

    Nov 30, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Hats of to agent Bruce, great effort.

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