Newcastle Now Paying The Price For Being Too Thrifty


It was fantastic that Newcastle finished 5th in the league table last season, and qualified for the Europa League and manager Alan Pardew deservedly won both the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Year award, and the LMA Manager of the Year award.

Mike Ashley – needs to open the check book in January

But when you are in Europe,  teams play a lot more games, and you need a much bigger squad than is needed for local competition in England, but in the summer transfer window only one player was brought in to fortify the squad – Vurnon Anita.

And with up to 11 first team players unavailable today for one reason or the other, Newcastle are now slumping in the league table, with a third defeat in a row and one point form the last four games, and if the Newcastle Board – make that owner Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – were not thinking of bringing in new players in January – they had better think again.

But with the games now coming thick and fast,  we just have to hope that we don’t sink further down the league table before January rolls around.

We have 9 games to play through January 2nd, and eight of those are in the league, so that’s 24 points to play for,  and our squad is decimated with all the games we’ve had to play this season, and it’s not going to get any easier – anytime soon.

Newcastle are now paying for the lack of vision and planning in the Newcastle board room over the summer months, when the Board penny pinched too much, and refused to pay a little over the odds for good players like Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy.

It’s fine if Newcastle want to keep doing that – but they also have to be responsible for what’s happening this season in the league, because we simply don”t have a squad that’s nearly big enough to be competing in Europe.

And it’s hard to blame Alan Pardew either, who is probably just as shocked at the rest of us of us with his squad being so decimated right now.

Although on the other hand,  we had only three starters from our best team missing today – Fabricio Coloccini, Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye –  although they are probably our best three players.

We hope that Mike Ashley opens the check book in January,  and brings in three or four new players, so we can rescue our season,  and ensure we are in the Premier League next season, even if we are not in Europe.

A win at Stoke on Wednesday would also help.

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176 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    PARDEW OUT, ASHLEY OUT

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Exactly – how is it Pardew fault we have so many injuries and don’t have the players to cover it?

    If anyone needs to go its Ashley.
    But this club is just untouchable. No one will buy it, and if Pardew goes no one will manage it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Ben3arfa
    Does it matter whos in or out if your not watching us again this season?

    Swear half our fans are somehow related to abramovic!!!

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  • nezzatoonmad

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    MA open a check book ya kidding the only thing he will open is the oven door for his pies

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Indonesia – no, players like Cabaye, HBA Tiote consistently at the same time as one example. Colo, Saylor Santon and simmo same. And yes, Gutierrez long with them. We have a decent tema when they are all fit at the same time.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Request all of you to please not put all your vitriol out now.

    we have 8 more years of this

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #7

    even with fully fit squad we r inept clueless and run by an idiot who makes money from our misery

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  • nick_9

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #8

    CONALDO – Pardew said himself he is the one he knocks on ashleys door asking for signings, he needs to get him to release more funds. He is the one who said we didnt need a defender after Perch and Raylor got injuried. Protecting the current players? thats worked well so far in the 20 games we have had hasn’t it.

    Pardew, the players…….. the hierarchy are all at fault. Again its the fans i feel for, the ones who travelled.

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  • Szarka

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Need at least 3 players, best is 4, CB, RB, LM and a sub striker.
    Pardew must leave if he cant put up a better tactic , cant motivate the players. Mostly in this season every player decreased in skills, play much worst then, last year, and that must be motivational problem. Pardew should leave, and Ashley cash in around 20 mill for 4 players. Thats not something a PL team cannot afford.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #10

    solano

    Do you really think that Ashley would care about dissent from the fans? Knowing the clubs following I honestly can’t see attendances and merch sales ever dropping low enough to make him care.

    Now that we’re in the black (or we should be..) is it not just a case of sitting steady for 8 years while slowly paying back the ‘debt’ ?

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  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    The Result Today Is Very Worrying .. We have to get New Players in In The New Year and GET THEM .. Mike Ashley and Del Boy have basicly got us into a relegation spot if there not Carefull !!!!

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #12

    last rant for a while

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Nezza and ben3arfa – why are Yous still here? Didnt Yous say you weren’t going to watch us anymore so why are you here? At least stick to your word and bugger off.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #14

    repost
    wizard exactly we had a proper settled team and we haven’t had 1 at all this season and more importantly in midfield so how all these people on HERE can’t see that as a major issue i don’t know!
    but lets sack pardew and get relegated hey!!!?

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  • toonking

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #15

    ed it’s good of you to try but i get the feeling only the likes of myself dannyo TADS and wizard, to name a few , will actually read it most think of a manager as someone who has a controler in their hand and moves the players on a tv screen.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Before making ‘Mike Ashley is fat’ jokes, you should be aware that he’s actually no longer a large man.

    Just thought I should point that out, seeing as the blog seems to be decending into swearing and abuse.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    ed

    Yeah west ham, swansea and southampton have so many better players…NOT!. It’s far too easy an excuse.

    If we had messi, pardew would still play hoof ball. It’s in his D.N.A

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  • nezzatoonmad

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    jan transfer market free players but hey since MA is a businessman bargain hunter he might get 2 free players for the price of 1, and here’s a thought in the transfer market just gone im sure there were reports that MA gave PARDEW 20 mill to spend or was that just BULLSHIT

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  • boater

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda – I completely disagree that Cisse should be kept out of the side by any one of Marveaux, Sammi or Ferguson. None have done anywhere near enough to justify a place ahead of Cisse.

    Golden rule – Play your best players at all times.

    4-4-2 doesn’t necessitate a long ball game. We have played lots of 4-4-2 formations down the years: Shearer/ Ferdinand, Bellamy/Shearer – cole/Beardo- spring to mind, none of those teams played long ball, but all had balance in midfield.

    Pardew has dug himself into a hole of sorts by guaranteeing Ba that central slot – as the 4-3-3 did work well at times last season. The only formation I can see addressing the main concerns is 4-3-1-2… not without it’s problems (namely lack of runners out wide) but it’s the closest thing to a solution with the players he has.

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #20

    It has nothing to do with lack of investment, outside of six teams we have the most talented squad in the league, no excuses, the football served up has been shit since he took over.

    No Clue and No Progress under Pardewasaurus Rex.

    We should try and get Martinez, he would have this squad playing some great stuff, migt concede a few but we will give it a go.

    If Pardew is still here in Jan to preside over us getting knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league club, it will be the final straw, and i will be forced to hunt him down and use my particular set of skills on him.

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  • nick_9

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #21

    If Ashley was the big gambler everyone makes out he would have gambled on a few extra plyers to help us push for europe again. Instead he took the cheaper gamble in the hope the players could still finish highly not effecting revenue much. Pardew is at fault for not getting the team paying and not doing what he said and thats trying to get more players. If his judgement was true that we didnt need another defender in the last window then he is as clueless as our stupid set pieces, if he was protecting Ashley then he is a muppet for being a yes man and deserves no respect for putting himself in that position. Its going to get really tough now and even more hostile….. so angry right now

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  • nezzatoonmad

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

    conaldo when did i say i wasn’t going to watch them ive always watched them regardless of how we play so i think you need to get your facts right.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    TDS get the pitch fork ready.

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  • boater

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think missing players is that relevant. It’s not like we’ve just lost three to Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd. We have been outplayed by three newly promoted teams. What’s more we were woeful with Ben Arfa and Cabaye in the team.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda

    You keep repeating that same line again and again and again. I’m not saying I disagree, I just don’t understand how it’s productive.

    I think you’re exagerating though. There were times last year when we played some lovely football. Stoke at home and West Brom away spring to mind. We had more possession than Swansea at home last December and completely dominated the game, despite it finishing goalless.

    And at times in the EL this season we’ve played really nice stuff – however it’s usually just for the first half, before we (Pardew or the players – I assume Pardew) panic and resort to time (see Bordeaux and Maritimo at home).

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Nezza
    Thought you were off too after flogging ya season ticket?
    OH and putting certain words in CAPS LOCK doesnt mean your posts are any better like!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Actually come to think of it , Pardew getting the sack wouldnt be the greatest decision ..

    Knowing Ashley, hed most probably hire Steve Kean and then even the biggest nancy pants here wouldnt stick around the cockney circus ..

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  • Robbanufc

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #28

    What our team needs at the moment is at least 4 new players in january. Debuchy, cause Simpson is not good enough. Douglas (or some other top class centre half), cause Williamson doesnt make the cut. A top class creative winger, cause Jonas isnt a winger anymore, and we dont have any other capable winger then Ben Arfa. And we need strength in depth in central midfield. We need a Sissoko-type player.

    What our team should look like after January:

    Debuchy – Douglas/S Taylor – Coloccini – Santon
    ——————— Tiote—————————–
    ————Cabaye ——- Sissoko ————–
    Ben Arfa ——————————— A solid improvement
    ———————–BA ——————-

    Today was absolutely disgraceful, Swans and West Ham at home should be at least 4 points. Stoke away next, the way we’re playing at the moment wont give us anything..

    Our squad just isnt good enough.

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  • nick_9

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    sacking the manager after giving him an eight year deal send out the wrong message and i cannot see Ashley doing that. This man hates admitting he made mistakes and would rather Pardew Walked or see it out. He is this great business man who cannot be seen to be making wrong decisions. Mug.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #30

    tonytoon!

    love when you’re around

    what’s your take on all this?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    type* not time.

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  • Sawbuck

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Non of us wanted shed of Hoots. Now look at this.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Tonytoon
    Alreet mate how ya been?

    Nezza

    Nezzatoonmad
    Nov 25 – 5:20 PM
    well ive sold my season ticket today for £250 and also won my bet £75 on sky bet and i also have NEWCASTLE to be relegated on a £10 bet to 250-1 since the beginning of the season and its looking good for next year im also considering making bets on who goes as-well im thinking all our so call star players, PARDEW wont be sacked and ASHLEY wont sell out

    Worst kind of fan you make catchy look like he has the patience of a saint!!!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    matty just sit back and laugh mate. Ha ha

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Nice to see us help Southampton get out of the Relegation zone.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Last season, we were blessed to not have nearly as many injuries, and also our key players were in form in Ba, Cisse, and Cabaye (I think being new to the club helped their confidence in ways).

    we have catchy from norway spamming that 42 man list, someone should remind him how many of those players are injured or youth level. Not to mention it disregards the fact that European matches detract from preparation from PL games, IN ADDITION TO the injuries and extra fatigue.

    Being too tight fisted to put up another 500k in the window is just making the coaching staff’s job that much harder.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Looks like I missed another great performance.Haha

    Im getting very good at doing this.

    Did anybody lose an eye after the match?
    All them pitchforkš & that. 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Even GG’s back!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #39

    tads sound mate. Hows the bairn?

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  • solano

    Nov 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS… merchandise sales/ attendances etc have dipped significantly but not nearly enough to counteract the increase that tv revenue will re-motivate MA to stick around.
    Are you really suggesting sitting back for 8 years and ‘going with the flow’ is a viable option? If it is then NUFC fans will get what they deserve….nowt!
    The fans, far from being powerless, actually weild quite a lot of power but they are frightened to use it and are continually battered by misinformation from club PR machines and their propensity to trust in blind faith and call for fellow fans just to ‘support the lads’.
    Managerial merry go rounds don’t help, but the fans had an opportunity to exert their power back in 2008-9 and bottled it. The opportunity may be coming around again.

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