Newcastle Made Big Progress In Last 12 Months – Tenerife Awaits


When you think back to Andy Carroll shockingly leaving Newcastle last January 31st – Newcastle have made some significant progress since that time.

Alan Pardew – great progress in last last 12 months

Andy hasn’t done too well at Liverpool in his first year there, but when he left Newcastle he had 11 league goals and looked to be the new face of the England team.

But it hasn’t turned out that way, and it hasn’t helped that Liverpool have not played to Andy’s strengths – which is what Newcastle United did.

It was good coaching from Chris Hughton that took advantage of Carroll’s ability in the air,  and his overall physical play in kind of beating up on the opposing center-backs.

We played Fulham at Craven Cottage on the Wednesday, a couple of days after Carroll had been sold,  and we were beaten 1-0,  and most of the players were still  upset at Carroll leaving the club, and the lads didn’t play well at all.

Carroll leaving is why we think Jose Enrique made up his mind to leave Newcastle, and Joey Barton held back on signing his new contract because of that  too – and in the end Newcastle withdrew their offer of a new contract to Barton in early June.

And in fact we lost Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in the summer, but this season Newcastle are a better side without those three very good players.

This is what Alan told the local press today on what has happened over the last year:

“You have to remember the environment we have created here in the last 12 months.” “Under the environment here Kevin Nolan did really well.”

“Joey Barton did really well – Jose Enrique did great for us.”  “But new players have come in and done well in the environment.”

“We’ve got an environment in which people can excel and do well.”  “Do we miss the players who have left?”

“Of course we do, we would love Enrique to be in the team, we would love Kev Nolan to be in and around the team and nicking us a goal – they were great players.”

“Now we have different players.” “We have Cabaye having a tremendous first season, Santon has found his feet and looks a real promising talent and a future Italian international, but we have to be on our guard.”

“We have had to work hard as staff.”   “Graham Carr, Mike, Derek and myself, and all my staff under me, John Carver downwards.”

“Everybody has done a terrific job.”  “We just need to keep it going, that’s the most important thing, you keep going because any kind of slip of concentration, it costs you.”

Newcastle have done just great since Alan arrived, and he’s turning out to be an excellent manager on Tyneside, and Alan quickly hired a top coaching staff, within a couple of months of the Londoner arriving at the club.

The news is that the lads are going away for about a four day break after the Fulham game, much like they did last year when they went to Portugal, and the destination this time is  Tenerife, and it’s for a team bonding trip and a sunshine break.

The average temperatures in the winter in Tenerife are 68°F to 72°F degrees (20°C – 22°C), so the weather hopefully will be a lot better than it was last year in Portugal when it was raining and damp.

Newcastle’s next game after tomorrow is at Brighton a week tomorrow, in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

It would be great if we can win our next two games.

Comments welcome.


216 comments so far

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Nah, we don’t miss them.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Why anyone would want a break from this weather is beyond me 😉

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    No mention from Pardew of us missing Barton.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    GG – I noticed that too mate, says a lot for what Pardew thinks of the lad does it 🙂

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  • GarageFlower

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Getting John Caver was a masterstroke by Alan Pardew.I have to pinch myself how well things are going and long may it continue!

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #6

    1 centre half in and i’d happily have the window slam shut! Can’t wait for february/March games! Cisse and Ba playing, Marveaux back fit (think he’s gonna be a huge player if he can get fit) Ben arfa getting better every game as he adapts, same with Santon! If we can keep our players fit and at the club theres no reason an optimistic push for 5th is out of the question!

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  • GarageFlower

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Carver oops!

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    JackButler, probably as Pardew enjoys having something to say in the dressing room now that Barton is gone.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    we’re not missing Barton at all! He creates negativity wherever he goes! Hes a talented lad, but can anyone say, in the 4 years he was at the club, all we had to show for it really was 5.8m lost in transfer fee, 60k a week lost in wages, the clubs name constantly dragged thru the mud and perhaps 25 good first team performances!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s strange to see that out four of better players that left on Jose is performing anything like we new he could.
    Barton has been quiet poor, Carrol seems totally lost and Nolan is slumming it in the Championship. The money may be better but the grass is definitely not greener from a footballing point of view

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  • martoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Presumably they are not expecting to sell anybody if they are all going away (or buy if Pardew is also away).

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    martoon – Pardew does not have to be present for deals to take place and anyway its only a two hour flight in skinny Mike private jet

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  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    I have a question to raise, it’s opinion based but id just like to get people’s view points

    As we are finivacially wary and sound nowadays thanks to the efforts of Ashley as well as the income generated from players over the seasons would you keep the current stature and foundation we current have in charge with Ashley in charge being wary of his money and using it for success and proving to be influential with outcomes SMS not fork out these 20 odd million bids for players OR

    Let’s say Sit Richard Branson wanted to buy the club and would fork out larger sums of money in transfer windows etc under the current managerial team in place as well as the current scouting network we have.

    It’s just a thought and was seeking people’s views aboit it

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #14

    That was a cause for great delight on Tyneside, but O’Neill said: “News was filtering through here that he had turned us down – I’m afraid we hadn’t made any enquires for the player at all. Good as he is, we hadn’t done so.”

    On the prospect of closing the gap to the high-flying Magpies, O’Neill admits his side are focusing on their own battles rather than what their neighbours are doing.

    He said: “Newcastle are doing brilliantly and of course, that might not please every Sunderland fan – it might not please any of them – but we can’t do anything about it at the moment.

    “We have to look after ourselves, and we will try to do that as best we can in the next couple of months.”

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15

    OoAhDembaBa – Like him or loathe him, Ashley’s plans are working. We’re 7th in the league, paying good money in wages and transfer fee’s but not being held to ransom or signing primadona’s that want massive money but have not passion for the shirt they wear.

    If there was more communication between the club and the fans and no more players were sold for profit purposes, I think most people would be happy with Ashley at the helm.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Bloody ‘eck Ed, I pop down the train station to buy a ticket to London (I’ll be at the Fulham VS Nufc game, can’t wait) and there are 2 new threads! The man’s on fire!

    re Perch, I’ve never thought he was good enough but someone pointed out to me the other day that he has potential as a CDM. They may be right. Obviously Pards sees something in him, and those comments he made were really good to read. Sounds like a committed Toon player, and that’s all we really ask. Hopefully he’ll improve over the next few months, if not then I wouldn’t be surprised if we sold him in the summer.

    @ JackButler

    Spot on. More communication, less Llambias and no more top players sold, eg Tiote, Krul, Colo etc, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find a Nufc fan who still hates him!

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  • alec6247toon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    I personally think that the way MA is running the club at the moment, is the way every other club will end up doing over the next 10 years. Football is evolving, and clubs are beginning to have to be self sufficient. The financial fair play rules come into effect next season, and that is going to damage a lot of the ‘bigger’ clubs all across Europe. The only way that clubs can go is become more self sufficient, and we are leading the way to do it, so I say keep going the way were going, it’s working for us. Why fix something that isn’t broke?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Jack

    We’re 6th mate 😉

    *Pinches self*

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    TDS

    🙂 So we are 🙂

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    @ alec6247toon

    Yeah I fully expect all PL clubs to adopt a ‘buy young and cheap’ philosophy, battle to keep their wage bills down and even possibly consider selling their stadium naming rights. I think it’s the way modern football is headed, and it’s nice to see Newcastle at the forefront of that (bar the bloody stadium name). As I’ve said before, I just hope to see a balance – eg not being a selling club for years to come. The way we’re going there’s no reason to presume we will be. I just want to get out of January without losing a great player or a fan’s favourite. After all, Llambias said that selling the naming rights would prevent us from having to continually sell top players, so I’ll be disappointed if we do both.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Does anyone actually believe UEFA are going to enforce the ‘fair play’ rules?

    Seriously, like UEFA are going to tell some of the biggest clubs in Europe that they can’t enter. That’s how UEFA make their money!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Mark Schwarzer, Moussa Dembele and Orlando Sa all out of Fulham game

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  • Zebras4Life

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    If Tiote leaves at $25m+. Shaqiri ($10m), Cisse ($9m), Cloyne ($2m) and mbiwa($5m) in. That about balances the books and I would be in much favor of seeing something like that. Jonas, Guthrie, Abeid, and Gosling all have ample ability to fill the void in the middle. Thoughts?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Rowan

    To be fair we haven’t actually managed to sell the naming rights yet – as far as we know anyway

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS – I think it takes around four years for all the rules to come into effect as they are being implemented bit by bit, but according to one sports financial expert, there are dozens of loop holes that clubs will be able to work around, which he states makes the rules pointless

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    @ TDS

    True. Getting ahead of myself there! So what exactly is going on there? I assumed Virgin Money would get it. Hope it’s not a devious ploy to take Sports Direct on for the foreseeable future.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Nightfa11 – I genuinely believe MoN when he says they didn’t even try bidding for Cisse – the player himself said he turned down ‘Bigger Clubs’ to come to Newcastle. That DEFINITELY puts the unwashed way down his travelling plans. The only reason Cisse would turn up at 5under1and would be to ask how to get back on the A1 northbound.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    @ JackButler

    Like Man City have you mean? With that ridiculous £400M they managed to get. You’re probably right, teams will exploit all the loopholes. UEFA will have to put their feet down firmly.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Zebras4Life – Shaqiri would be closer to 20mil if not over 20mil. all the top clubs in Europe are monitoring him.

    I cant see Ashley paying out 10mil on Cisse to take us forward only to sell an established player which would take us backwards.

    Come the summer I think there will be quiet a few fringe players leaving which will free up money on wages and generate some money on transfer fee’s

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  • planb

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Strong rumours linking us with Samba and Reece williams

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #31

    UEFA have to be seen to be doing something but at the same time they are worried about a break away European League, so it’s a case of telling the world that they are doing something but in fact nothing much will change

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Off to work. Hoping for all 3 points tomorrow, howay the lads!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Jack / TDS –

    We are actually joint 5th guys :p

    “pinch yourselves”

    🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon_Tom – I’m black n’ Blue from pinching myself so much 🙂

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    haha me2 – i have had to up my Valium doseage by 100% just to be able to sleep at night!!!!!!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #36

    When the silver fox arrived as just Alan pardew 12 months ago, I, as well as 90% of the toon army was pissed. Hughton had just been sacked unceramoniasly and shortly after Ashley sold our top player, a Geordie center forward the pride of tyneside. We were at rock bottom. Nobody wanted pardew and every key wanted Ashley gone. But we were all wrong and I’m man enough to admit it. Ashley has made mistakes but sacking hughton and bringing I’n pardew was not one of em. Pardew can take us where hughton couldn’t. Hughton will turn out to be a great manager and will alwYs have love from us but he didn’t have he experience. Pards has experience, tactics, man management, he doesn’t let players run him over they know he is the gaffer and so does Ashley for that matter. As for Ashley he has saved our club. I hate to admit it but he has. We were on the brink of financial collapse thanks to Freddie Shepard. Ashley has balanced the books and has let Pards and graham Carr build us a top 6 side and he deserves Alot of the credit. I am only 28 and fell I’n love with the toon back I’n 2004 so I never got to see the European nights at sjp. When a little Iraqi kid introduced me to the toon we were already sliding down. This is by far the best year of my life seeing the toon doing this well. I know 8 years isn’t along time supporting the toon but it has to prove my loyalty since most of those 8 years have been tough to deal with and included a relegation. Anyways we need to show mike Ashley all the support the too. Army has so he will continue to build our club. Same with Pards Hwtl

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Sgt. Heagerty – that is quite an emotional post mate and well written.

    I have to agree that I was part of the MA lynch-mob last year, but i can see what he has been trying to achieve now and he has put us on an excellent finiancial level and Pards is creating a historic team!!!!

    HWTL

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  • Itoons

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #38

    This is great, only live 40 min away from tenerife, gonna hope on a plane and go find them 🙂

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    I see the unwashed are trying to say they weren’t I’n for our number 9 to try and save face…. Laughable….. What’s the latest news mates?

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  • rwpoynter

    Jan 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Ashley has always been an enigma to me. One has to ask why a successful businessman would want to buy a struggling premier league club? The few successful ones usually have a big ‘sugar daddy’ (Chelsea, Man City etc:) for whom money is no object, but Mike is not one of those. Did he want to prove to the world that he could run a successful team without spending obscene sums, which would satisfy his ego as a businessman? Did he just want a club as a plaything? Was he just football mad and wanted to be part of the huge media hype and razzamatazz, which would bring as a side effect free publicity to his existing businesses? There could be an answer ,yes, to all of these. But if he really wants the yes to be to the first question, then if he pulls this one off, and the signs are good if he doesn’t ruin it by selling any of our best players for a big sum, then it could just be that the prize of Platini’s or Blattners jobs in FIFA could come his way in a few years. Football has come a long way since the removal of the maximum wage, but has gone hideously over the top in the opposite direction. The real question is what does Mike want to do? Does he want to recover his losses asap as he made a mistake in getting involved in the first place, or does he want to take the long term view and sell the club for a huge profit once his policies have made it very successful which means winning something (or several somethings). I sincerely hope it’s the latter because if he does this ‘bete noir’ will become the toast of the town(or should I say toon).

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