Pardew – Both Chelsea And Arsenal Having Difficult Spells


It may be a tall order for Newcastle to qualify for Europe this season but teams competing for that 5th spot in the league this season are having their own problems.

Alan Pardew –  Arsenal and Chelsea having their own problems

Newcastle are sitting pretty in sixth place in the table, but only a single point behind Arsenal and Chelsea, and both London clubs are having big problems of their own.

It’s not that Newcastle are plain sailing either, having just been smashed by five goals in two of our previous four league games, but we are hoping for better things now we have some of our top players back.

Both managers at Arsenal and Chelsea are having troubles, with Arsene Wenger seemingly refusing to spend transfer money that is available to him,  to fix a perennially  leaky defense.

34 year-old Andre Villas-Boas is having some player problems with Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard at Chelsea, and the results of both these London clubs this season have not been  particularly  great, and certainly disappointing to their supporters.

Alan Pardew agreed yesterday that Arsenal and Chelsea were indeed  having some difficulties,  but so were Newcastle:

“Both clubs are having difficult spells at the moment, I think that’s fair to say – but so are we.”

“We have just been beaten 5-0 by Tottenham, so we have got no right to claim a Champions League place.”

“If we are still in this position with six games to go, then we will give it every go.” “But we are a long way from that yet.”

We’re not even thinking of a Champions League position for Newcastle, and that would be unbelievable if Newcastle can qualify for the top European competition.

But it will now be a disappointment if the lads cannot qualify for the Europa League next season.

The last time we were in the European Champions League was in the 2003-2004 season which ended up being Bobby Ropbson’s last full season in charge of Newcastle.

We finished in 5th place in the Premier League in 2004, and that wasn’t good enough for then Chairmen Freddy Shepherd, and Bobby was famously fired, and they went after Steve Bruce to replace Bobby, but couldn’t get him from Birmingham, and Graeme Souness came in.

And that started the decline of Newcastle, and it was only from the summer of 2009, following relegation,  that the club have been on an upward track and that has continued this season.

But with the way things stand right now, it will be very difficult to qualify for Europe, but next season the goal will probably be to be in the top six, and qualify for European competition in some way.

But first things first – and all we want to see tomorrow afternoon is a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    BENNYYYY

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    We hav a real chance of being 4th after this weekend avb has lost the dressing room at Chelsea n spurs will beat arsenal

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  • metaloverlord

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Any European place would be great, seeing as we were favourites to go down.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I have seen People dfend Shola here and they mention his qualities and may i say, that none of them are Football related.

    PPL say, he is a geordie, he is loyal, he cares about NUFC.

    these could be said abt half the ppl on here, i just hope for the sake of his career HBA leaves toon i will wish him all the best from the bottom of my heart.

    I still remember he waved at NUFC crowd at MAN CITY, when he strechered off with a double leg break

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool are hardly doing any better

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    @3 I agree If we get Europe that is such an achievement n even a top7 finish is fantastic but I want between 4th n 6th we’ve been there most of the season

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I would swap Europe (considering the fact that we have no squad depth) for a 7th placed finish, 13 good performances and a win against the Mackems.

    In all honesty I have enjoyed 3 games this season and the style of football that has become our trademark is horrible to watch.

    We really need to kcik on and show the likes of Tiote, Ba, Cabaye and Krul that next season will be even better than this one with the quality of football we play from now until the end of May.

    In the Summer we need to move quickly (as we did last Summer) to sign players and show how serious we are so that our (as Pardew puts it) ‘Iconic’ players will remain icons for the forseeable season.

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Ffs am sick of ppl spouting crap on here about players leaving

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    i agree with you INDIAN about SHOLA

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Beattie but if we get Europe we will hav squad depth bcoz they will bring in new players plus were gonna replace smith lovenkrands n xisco with better players, then I think we’re gonna see abeid n vukic n Tav, fergie n sammi all major roles next year also still think pardew wants ranger in his plans

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Also on that showing your intentions also applies to who leaves as much as who arrives.

    I for one would think that 6 players are not good enough to take the bench at Newcatle nevermind start in the first team and so I would love to see a massive shake up at the club. All done on the cheap of course but there is some amazing quality available on free’s or at bargain prices and with the current position of Newcastle we could easily get double for some of our lesser players than we could have gotten last Summer.

    To leave any of the following:

    Shola Ameobi (For me not good enough)

    Leon Best (Would be good for a team like Wolves not for us)

    James Perch (Simply not good enough)

    Mike Williamson (Less said the better)

    Danny Simpson (I do not need to say anything as I say it enough anyway)

    Rob Elliot (Don’t know why we signed him)

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  • Klatoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Official site’s got a gallery of training,there’s a great sequence of Papis striking a left full volley,awesome photography showing him watching the ball letting it come across his body then BOOM full on half-volley. Hope he nets one like that tomorrow 🙂

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Beattie agree that I think we will move fast in the summer for targets n were starting to see evidence of that already with news of that alfantino

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  • John

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Our big test came at the lane the whole of the PL were looking on and we bottled it we had a great opp to show everyone granted we were without our CM pairing, Mr Simpson and Colo were still asleep when the we kicked off and cost us 3goals and we never recovered. If we stand up like men nxt 13 games we a have a chance of getting 4th, small one but a chance.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    davybtoon

    Why should we not talk about it?

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Beattie all them players can’t leave there all home grown, I wudnt want best n Guthrie to leave anyway

    But I do get ya point about getting better quality in all honesty I would build ya hopes up for any big name signing but they will b quality signings

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    davybtoon

    We may well sign some decent players to add to our depth but I wouldn’t be too sure it will be enough.

    Competing in 4 competitions, possibly playing in the inter toto cup, we could be looking at 50-60 games.

    We will need some additions but we will also need replacements for some of the poorer players or we may face a long, hard season.

    We need additional cover and added quality and I doubt we will sign anymore than 4 players.

    That is not enough IMO.

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Beattie for starters No one knows who will leave its pure guess work for the past 2 windows I’ve heard how colo n tiote n jonas r all gonna b sold n they ain’t gone anywhere, yes players will leave but why speculate jus wait n see then discuss it

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  • ballerfan2

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    “We finished in 5th place in the Premier League in 2004, and that wasn’t good enough for then Chairmen Freddy Shepherd, and Bobby was famously fired”

    Hey – don’t just blame Shepherd. A lot of fans (pretty much like a number on these blogs) were unhappy with 5th and made their feelings very clear, demanding SBR’s “retirement”. Shepherd went with the flow and the decline of the club followed. Don’t allow the delusional element who want Champions League football NOW to force the same mistake again.

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    ““We have got players, who have been underused this year but I think they are going to come to the fore, like Ben Arfa and Ameobi, who haven’t featured lately.”

    Jesus H Christ the more I listen to him the more I loose respect for him by the minute….

    Shameobi vs Benny give me a break…. such low blow talk its sickening…

    Now I am 95% certain he will leave in the summer and I will be devastated.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t want Guthrie to leave either davyb. He is a good squad player but I think he is holding out to see what other clubs will offer him knowing full well he will only be on our bench most games and that he could earn more at another team. I would be frustrated if he left on a free but not devestated.

    As for Best, he is a good player, but there is nothing wrong with cashing in on him whilst the going is good.

    At the start of the season we may have got £1 million maybe. Now? Who knows? I wouldn’t put it past a £3 million price tag.

    Selling him and using the money to bring in a young striker with bags of potential (Rhodes, Rodriguez etc…) would be good business.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    I am not guessing that these players will leave davyb, hust putting accross my opinion of who I think should be allowed to leave if an offer comes in.

    Their individual prices will be inflated due to our sucess this season.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    i think addition of marveux wd be big nxt season, i think guthrie will leave, he feels he could do better else where, which shola ameobi does not, addition of decent players will never help us beating big sides, and if and when we do it will always be classified as an upset.

    we need to after players like de jong brothers, who dont feel yeah we got beat by spurs so what like some of the squad would have felt, no one expected us to beat them

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Beattie agreed but we need players like abeid vukic ranger fergie sammi Tav n moyo they all gotta start stepping up to the first team that is how we get squad depth, also don’t b surprised if a load of 17/19 year old talent will b brought in bcoz alot of reserves being released n I’d expect what comes in will b the standard of vukic n abeid

    I also reckon u will see try for knockaert n Mayuka ppl like that also maybe likes of mariappa n Rodriguez from championship

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Has anyone seen the training pics from nufc.co.uk?

    Looks like Ranger is back in training.

    Also when did Ed Sheeran sign for us?

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  • philippealbert

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Let him get on with the job. He’s earned that.

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  • davybtoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Glad to see ranger back I still think he has a big future here

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    ballerfan2 @19 I also remember all the criticism of SBR on MB’s similar to this. They said he was too old. the players laughed behind his back, his tactics were from the 70’s etc. I think any of us would be pretty pleased with 5th place this season. One thing that is different now is I don’t think MA is going to take any notice of what us fans think about AP – he hasn’t on anything else 😉

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    beatie25@11 i agree 100% with the six players to leave . you can add a couple more to that really- lovers and -imo raylor.
    davybtoon@10 – if we do get to europe , and if the players you say will have major rolls, then we wouldnt get past the first round mate to be honest.IF we get there, and that is a massive IF, we will have to invest- and keep.

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #30

    For me the summer is going to be very interesting
    I would like 6-8 players in
    Get ride of the deadwood eg.Perch,Smith

    This is what I would do

    In
    Sign a decent back up striker Maiga prehaps £5m
    A good Right Winger Hoilett on a free
    Maybe this youngester Knockaert like £500k
    A Centre Midfielder prob going to be Romain Amalfitano
    A Left Back in Cissokho £6.5m
    2 Centre Backs Douglaus Free and M’Bwia £5m
    A good back up keeper Kuzaska from Man Utd Free
    £17m

    Offer Contracts to
    Krul a new long term contract same for Ba Simpson and Guthrie
    Coloccini a 3 year contract same for Ryan Taylor
    Loverkands a 1 year extension for Back up decent squad player

    Sell
    Forester £2m
    Ranger £1m
    Xisco £1m or so
    Smith release to whoever
    £4m

    Reasonible and could happen

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