Alan Pardew Reveals Distress In Newcastle Dressing Room

When Newcastle received the news at 1:45 pm on Saturday that Papiss Cisse was being prevented from playing for Newcastle because the Senegal Football Federation had initiated the five day rule, and Newcastle immediately issued their statement on the matter – we thought if anything our players would have been even more determined to do well against Swansea City.

Papiss Cisse in training last week

But apparently that wasn’t exactly the case, and Alan Pardew has said today it was a blow to the players just before the game with Swansea.

This is how Alan Pardew explained it in the local press this morning:

“To have Papiss taken away from us was hard. It was not like we took him off after 89 minutes. He went off with a bad back.” “We did everything we thought was right and we were waiting until 1-45 pm to see if we could play him.”

“It was a blow for the players in the changing room.” “There is no other way I could dress it up, but they tried to cope the best way they could with it.” “You take Suarez out of Liverpool or Torres out of Chelsea it would be tough to take.”

“You just try to keep a calm head.” “We had to accept it, there was no point panicking.” “We had to get the mentality of the group right for the game, which I thought we did.” “You can bet your life our players would have been thinking if we had Papiss we might have won. “

“We can never answer that question.” “Now we want our senior players at their best.” “We need to work hard and get the result we need.” “

It’s really time to put the Cisse affair behind us, and it remains to be seen if Papiss elects to end his International career, after what the Senegal FF did last Saturday.

But we now have two games this week which are very  important, but of the two games – at home to Maritimo on Thursday and at Southampton next Sunday afternoon – the most important game is in the Premier League, and we must try to pick up a win at St. Mary’s against an in-form Southampton side, who looked good against QPR on Saturday in beating them 3-1 at Loftus Road.

That left QPR in disarray with just 4 points from their first 12 games, after spending so much this year on new players, and they remain rock bottom of the league, 4 points behind Southampton.

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21 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Went from positive and a mike ashley supporter to a negative ashley hater because we did not get the 3 quality players we needed at cb, fb and st in the summer. We were 3 players away from having a side that could compete with the top 6 and everyone who said we have a better team and teams around us did not improve were fools. Last season we did not have many big injuries and it was clear to see we could not keep winning games with the likes of s cisse wonder goal every week. Our current side is a mid table outfit.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Laying it on thick, Alan. Think you’re trying to convince yourself to protect your own ego, from the stark reality that is, you’re floundering.

  • bills-son

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost from last thread:

    Ian Toon said – bills-son – when the going gets tough it’s not only the manager who gets going . Motivation comes from within and it’s not just down to Pardew. The fans could contribute and get behind the team . Maybe we should sing ” We only sing when were winning”. When we went behind too many threw in the towel. Pathetic.

    Ian – spot on. The days when our crowd was as good as a twelfth man are long gone. The atmosphere at many games is as flat as a fart. I agree totally that the players have to help Pardew by applying their own determination and motivation but we as fans have to do our bit as well. Look at the Celtic game against Barcelona. Their fans were unbelievable and nobody will tell me that the Celtic players weren’t inspired by the noise and support they got. How many of the moaners on here are sitting on their hands with their mouths shut until we go ahead? How many are moaning and slagging off players when we go behind?

    We are called ‘supporters’ for a reason. This belief that we are the best supporters in the country needs to be proven on match days. Fans might not like to hear it, but St James’s is nowhere near one of the loudest most intimidating grounds for oppo teams to play at. Not any more.

  • geordie157

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t like all these excuses, yes we have injury problems and players out of form. But we still have enough in the squad to at least play well, maybe a couple of scrappy 1-0’s are needed to boost confidence and then the passing football will return. Will we ever get to field cabaye, tiote and anita as a 3 in midfield.

  • shearermania

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    youre a retard..i can just imagine you last year masturbating over your pictures of alan pardew on your wall telling all your mates hes the best manager in the world……suddenly were not doing well, his picture is down from your bedroom wall and hes the worst manager in history……you sound like a kid…….a few of us still remembers how it was with souness, dalglish, gullit, fat sam etc….

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Poor excuse

    Cisse has done nothing in a 442 and I would have started him on the bench.

    I’m worried about the type of player pardew is looking to bring in when he woud rather play Mullins and Harewood over tevez and Mascherano. It smacks of work rate but no guile.

    We should build a team around Benny not ask him to constantly track back stuck out on the wing.

    If we got Corchia and that Montpellier captain and basically take out simmo and willo from the equation then great, but I’m not sure the long balls would stop there. Against Brugges Saylor hoofed it every time he got the ball.

    An 8 year contnract doesn’t guarantee stability, it breeds complacency. If Mike says we are doing
    the right things but not getting the luck we are in
    big trouble.

    Last season we played well for 6 games in 433 when Raylor was injured and benny came in that zoomed us up the league. In 442 we got a lot of draws and huge amounts of luck at places like Wolves etc.

  • bills-son

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Got to say I agree that Pardew should shut up about Cisse. If the team were peed off with him not playing why has Pardew left him out of the first team already this season?

    I’ll accept a lousy run of injuries and suspensions to Tiote and Colo as reasons for our poor performances but I’m not wearing the Cisse lark – that’s a feeble excuse and it isn’t winning Pardew any brownie points at all.

    The time to judge any manager, or any person for that matter, is when the inevitable tough time arrives, as it always does. Making excuses doesn’t motivate anyone.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Twquila…the Laudrup comment was just tongue in cheek 🙂

    …just think in general we are complaining to much about injuries and suspensions. That’s part of the game and every one else goes through the exact same.

    I agree we were grinding out draws and wins last season playing no better or worse 😀 (actually been trying to say that for a while, but to deaf ears)

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    There’s a lot of shouting going on here today.

    Catchy and Rotonda… repeating the same post or same with minor variations does nothing for your case. It just becomes boring.

    I am amazed at the increasing number of bloggers who just know they can see exactly what is wrong with our team and know exactly how to put it right.

    There ain’t much difference between being critical and hysterical with the anti AP brigade. If only he’d take time out to read this blog he’d know how to put things right.

  • lewytoon

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    ive been reading the danny simpson – tulisa articles in the sun newspaper the last few days, and noticed that he said to stephanie ‘why are we having another kid, i dont have a club as their not renewing my contract in may’, sounds like he’s on his way. probs to london to be with tulisa.

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Not being argumentative Jesp but my comment about grinding out results was about this season not last. And whilst I agree that teams have to cope with injuries and suspensions it is still a factor which is worth mentioning, Colo has only started 5 games out of 12 this season and is arguably our best defender. Both Taylor and Willo look much better players when they are alongside him.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Get rid of the wally Williamson. Nothing that destroys morale and belief, like having a klutz in defence who can undo all the good work in an instant.

  • dcdick

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Same old lack of commitment, same old excuses.
    Cisse is not exactly in sparkling form this season, so hard to see how much he was missed.
    Yes we should have strengthened the team in the summer.
    But if ALL team that is picked to play does not give 100% we are always going to struggle.
    West Ham, Swansea, Southampton away….. no danger of Alan Pardew getting manager of the month for November then .


  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Jesus Alan give it a rest will you? If you are hanging on for Cisse to inspire a win or lift the team you deluded. In reality I think Pardew is playing for time here, and knows the many people watching Sky etc will think he’s right. He’s a very very very astute media player is Pardew. Its a shame that he wont get us to play any more attractive stuff than West Ham though, from what I can see.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Magpies fly high

    but it’s ok to keep hearing your opposite point of view eh?

  • Wandering Geordie

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    We are running out of the purples in the box.When that happens there is the S*** ones left in there that no one wants

  • Shearer260

    Nov 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m not going to bother to read any of the comments here anymore. Used to be interesting to see what other fans thought, who they wanted in, what formations they’d play. Now all I see is people saying Alan Pardew should go, a manager who got us back into europe, won awards last season and got us to finish above CHELSEA and LIVERPOOL. Sick of it, let’s bring in Steve Bruce, get relegated 2 divisions in 2 seasons and all sit around crying and patting each other on the back because “WE WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG”. Pathetic.

  • woolerbill

    Nov 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Cessi,this plank is your latest gaff, your are out of order. You should be run out of town. You have failed as a manager and a PR man.
    Please go home Mr. pardew

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Nov 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Well we’ve only got what we feared when Ashley & his cronies decided not to strengthen the squad in the summer. A few injuries & a few suspensions & now we are back to playing the way we did the season we were relegated. The squad is big enough BUT has insufficient quality cover. It’s going to be a long six weeks to the window by which time we could be in a spot of bother. Williamson, Marvaux, Gosling, Obertan, Perch & Amalafiano are just not good enough & if we don’t sign the likes of Debuchy, Douglas, Sissoko & Carroll & hold on to ALL the current stars in the window then hold tight for a bumpy ride. Message to Mr Ashley clear the crap & replace with quality if you have any ambition at all for our club

  • woolerbill

    Nov 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Cisse has lost the gift of goals, so he is of no use to us. He has no actual football ability, he can’t pass, he can’t tackle. So why would the manger use him.

  • nufc 11

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Not one for bad omen’s but since AP got the 8year deal how many games have we won?


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