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Pardew Doesn’t Sound Too Confident Today

10:42 am, Sunday, November 25th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked to the Sunday Sun today, and in all honesty we cannot say he seems too confident about the game today, and goes on about how his players are tired after the European games on Thursday.

Alan Pardew – hardly inspiring words form the Newcastle manager

With GPS (Global Positioning System) coming out, teams can now measure how far players run in a game, and you often see that distance on the TV screen when players are replaced during games, so it’s a fairly instantaneous measurement.

And it seems the Newcastle coaches have looked at the statistics of  the Sunday games, following our Thursday Europa league games, and the stats are down from what our players do normally.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“It’s the intensity you need from the players to play on a Thursday night then again on the Sunday.” “That information wasn’t really available to us until three or four years ago when GPS became the norm, and we began getting feedback on players’ performance.”

“You’ve only got to look at that to know there’s a dip.” “Unfortunately there’s going to be a dip mentally as well. For Southampton it will be a lovely training day for a couple of days. We don’t have a chance to do that and the levels of my players will be a little bit lower, so it will be tough.”

“I have mixed feelings about the competition. The Europa League format makes it difficult for a Premier League team, there’s no doubt about that. Thursday to Sunday is too tough at this level. The Thursday night is probably the bigger problem. We recovered on Friday and will still be recovering on Saturday.

“Then we’re straight into a game and there’s really no work I can do on the training ground for the Southampton game on Sunday.” “I’m talking about the energy level we get on a Sunday after playing Thursday compared to a free week. We can measure exact distances players cover, the intensity they work at. It’s the high intensity work that’s the bigger deal rather than the mileage.”

“I thought it would be a good feeling in the changing room after qualifying on Thursday, but it wasn’t. It was an angry feeling because of the last 20 minutes when we were disappointing. You have to get rid of that feeling and get into Sunday.” “All these things are impacting on the team.”

“It’s all different to us. It’s all new – and we’ve got to cope with it without 11 senior players.” “Even Manchester City would struggle.” “We will now put it to bed till February. The squad was very, very stretched on Thursday night, more than we’ve ever been since I’ve been manager. I hope in February we’re not stretched.”

It may just be us, but those comments from Alan are hardly positive ones before a vital Premier League game for Newcastle United, and believe me,  if you convince your players they will be tired during a game – guess what – they will be.

So it doesn’t seem like good psychology for the Newcastle manager to be almost making excuses for his side before a big game.

That’s not good – and what our lads need to do today is to go out there today and get the win – tired or not.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davybtoon // Nov 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Pardew stop with excuses, even with Europa n injuries are team should beat Southampton these are pro footballers they should b fit enough to play 2 games in 4 days

  • 2 Super Magpie // Nov 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I agree with him. But like you said, telling the players that they will be tired will just give them an excuse to not play well. And as for not hoping the squad is stretched in February; get on the phone to Llambias and Ashley and tell them you need players brought in and no f**king about either.

    I would seriously consider resigning if I was Pardew and was not allowed to bring in any players. I wouldn’t blame him either because I couldn’t work with those two in charge.

  • 3 Lew Davies // Nov 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Ever more clueless from Pardew
    Dont hear other managers coming out with this crap

  • 4 Graeme // Nov 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Rather negative comments from a manager who, by all accounts, should be building his players up for what would be a game we fancy ourselves for 3 points.

    Playing 2 games a week – 180 minutes of effort, for a bunch of totally pampered, professional (allegedly) football players is hardly pushing the boundaries of physical exertion.

    I would imagine every fan is expecting nothing less than 100% commitment from every one of our players, for the full 90 minutes. If Pardew can actually get them to start playing when the whistle goes, rather than 20 minutes later, it would be a distinct advantage to our chances of getting something out of the game!!!

  • 5 hazzy // Nov 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    pardew says even man city would struggle
    Has he noticed they’re undefeated in the league and play on wednesdays and saturdays which is the exact same time between games as us.
    pathetic excuse

  • 6 wilko // Nov 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    reverse psychology possibly being used

  • 7 giimps // Nov 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Hazzy,
    to be fair, Citeh have a hell of a lot more depth of quality than us so suspensions and knocks can be replaced easily enough as they have 25 purples, with probably 18-20 available every game.
    We ,on the other hand have possibly 6-7 “purples” available at the moment, the rest is either squad players or kids.
    Cashley cannot afford for the team to drop though as he will lose loads of revenue next year when the new tv deal comes in.
    We should see a few additions of “purples” to see us get to the end of the season in the top half.
    Hopefully, high enough to encourage better players to come in during the summer.
    HWTL

  • 8 GeordieDan // Nov 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    hazzy>

    They’re also out of the Champions League mate.

    Just sayin’ :)

  • 9 nightfa11 // Nov 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    pardew seems like an ok man..but who wants a manager whos always looking for excusses..seriously.. youre in europe..fixtures are as they are..now stop stealing BSA tactics, play football & results will come..

  • 10 MacToon // Nov 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Pardew needs to wait for all the stats to come through for the game before his preperation for the next….. he could always use his eyes instead!

  • 11 HamarMagpie // Nov 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    What a prat. He sounds like Souness making excuses before the game is even played. Is this the mentality you want to put into the players before an important game? I don’t think so

  • 12 davis_toons // Nov 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Poor Ref, is not a free kick at all.

  • 13 davis_toons // Nov 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    What is the Newcastle Free Kick all about? I dont get it.
    Always target to Williamson, then william headed it inwards then…..NOBody was there to head towards goal.

    What was that every week? Was it a very good technical play during training? Goals every week using this method during training games? Maybe.

  • 14 Szarka // Nov 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Wasnt everybody talking about strengthening the team? U and MA should have put in 20 mill, and buy 3 men, so wouldnt be such problems.

  • 15 Szarka // Nov 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Damn, just fire Pardew, buy 4 men, and hope for a miracle. This season is over :/
    And most of the time its wasnt because of ref, we were sh.t.

  • 16 sula // Nov 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    szarka i agree with you what a waste of time pathetic. shit performance once again cant keep the ball hoofing should be learnt from this team. Get rid of this Pardew before we get dragged into that bottom three and spend the rest of the season fighting for relegation. Yes you have a few players out but come on the team he had out today was strong enough no creativity boring shit football you would have thought he would have learnt after west ham nooooo he didnt swansea nooooo he didnt and the same old shit newcastle performance get out pardew you have run out of ideas and i for one am tired of your nonsense.




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