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It’s Not The Time To Panic – Not Yet Anyway

9:07 am, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle United striker Sammy Ameobi came on at the beginning of the second half yesterday, and the local lad has apologized to Newcastle fans who traveled all the way to Southampton, to witness the 2-0 defeat, and it cannot have been a pleasant journey back home for those fans.

Alan Pardew – has to turn things around – and quickly

Immediately after the game a disappointed Sammy Ameobi, whose brother Shola is out for a couple of weeks with a groin strain this time, had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:

“We can’t apologise enough,” “It was an unacceptable display and if I had traveled all the way down to watch that I would be devastated.” “Everyone is so disappointed. We weren’t good enough and that is hard to take.”

When people apologize, we often think of big John Wayne’s words in that old movie She Wore A Yellow Ribbon – when he said “Don’t apologize – it’s a sign of weakness.”

And we’d much rather our lads play their hearts out on the field, and then they wouldn’t have to apologize after a game, even when we are beaten.

We’ll look for that kind of spirit on Wednesday night at Stoke, and it’s certainly not the time to panic about Newcastle’s position in the league table – not yet anyway.

We need to start playing close to our best form, and although we had Fab Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Xisco and Adam Campbell all out yesterday, only the first three would make the first team when everybody is fit.

And Xisco and Adam Campbell are not current first team players at the moment so they can be discounted, and with Coloccini now back for Wednesday night, we only have seven first team players out injured, and not the eleven Alan Pardew kept talking about last week.

We need to stop the rot and cut out the excuses – and get something out of the game at Stoke on Wednesday night, and then we need to hammer Wigan at home next Monday night.

If we don’t get anything out of those two upcoming games, then it may be the right time to start worrying about this Newcastle side. 🙁

It’s never been easy to support Newcastle United in the 64 years I’ve been following the side, through thick and thin (mostly thin), and that’s proving to be the case this season too.

Howay The Lads!!

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    better be proactive than reactive.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    looking at pardew’s record I would say it’s exactly the time to panic.

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM


    Yes, and that is true. but any manager will always go with what he believes. look at wenger

  • 4 spitfire_ // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    After December the panic will came naturally.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I really hate it when people say it is not time to worry; when is it? when it’s too late I guess!

    …the point is that this should be taken very seriously because it affects everyone. I wouldn’t be worried if I could see it was being taken seriously by those in charge.

    If I can spot Pardew’s tactics before game why would anyone think our opposition can’t! Is this really down to club agreeing to play certain players in certain positions or is it just a reluctance to make changes?

  • 6 obatoyou // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Let’s buy some awesome players

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    one thing that pardew said in a BBC phone in that totally and utterly bewildered me

    “Ameobi is my favourite player”

  • 8 Toonacious T // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Don’t see us getting anything at Stoke, which makes Wigan at home a huge game as our fixtures over the Christmas period are ManU, Arsenal and Everton, followed by Norwich, who apparently have a decent manager!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Indian…something has clearly clouded his judgment 😀

    …or maybe he’s just confusing personality with ability? I guess you could make the mix up 😉

  • 10 Les Grossman // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    “Is this really down to club agreeing to play certain players in certain positions or is it just a reluctance to make changes?”

    So essentially jesper, your saying that Pardew is going out to lose thes games and does not give a stuff about winning anymore?

    With his threadbare squad, that he now has no choice of who he picks, he has to pick the fit players with a modicum of experience!!

    Ludicrus man.

    He would give his left arm for a win, of that I am sure.

  • 11 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM


    if we sack pardew (not saying we should, although why not) no one will be available to manage NUFC. that for a club like NUFC is an incredible insult

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    If a a manager has lost the dressing room which the last number of performances suggest then it is very worrying. Will pardew be immune to ashley’s ruthlessness?

    Les and jimiley you keep missing the point. Yes we have a few injuries and maybe didn’t buy any more players but do west ham , swansea and southanpton have any of the quality players we do? Pardew’s system is choking the life out of any flair football and doesn’t deserve to succeed.

  • 13 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Lost the dressing room where has this come from? No doubt some idiot on here speculating randomly 😐

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    indian that’s the tragedy. Someone stays as manager by default because no one but pardew and JFK would come here. 50000 home fans dictated to by the whims of one man.

    There you go solano and Jail, I said it!

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Les…I am not saying anything!! But I don’t know what you ask yourself when you see us play!

    …certain thoughts go though my head because clearly something is not as it appears; you can make your own conclusions I was merely asking a relevant question.

  • 16 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Rotonda @ 12

    May be that’s why he keeps playing Jonas, may he hasn’t lost him

  • 17 Indian Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Jesper @ 9

    Surely he meant in terms of playing, and what is that lemon crew does exactly? 🙂

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM


    How would messi fit in to pardew’s up and under tactics?

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I’m sure pardew is picking the team on what he thinks will get a good result. I dot agree with the team selection but I’m positive pardew is doing it for the right reason.

    I think les is right that the owner and llambias carry a lot of blame for not improving the squad. I think Anita will be good but it will take time for him to settle as we play a totally different system to Ajax.

    The main problem is the performances. We haven’t even looked like winning in our last 3 games. Their has been very little fight other than the odd few minute spells.

    At least at Everton and reading we kept going and going, might have been poor to watch but at least our players fought.

    The points total isn’t a disaster yet, we are only 6 off arsenal and spurs. The problem is I genuinely cannot see where our next point will come from if we continue to play like this.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM


    not a good idea to call people idiots when feelings are running high. I wasn’t the one who said it first by the way, but a blind man can see something is not right with the players, but as they say ignorance is bliss I guess.

  • 21 The_Toon // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I call for Andy Carroll, Debuchy and Douglas in January If that’s possible… Not sure if Andy can play for a 3rd club this season though, but honestly we need more competition!

  • 22 bambams // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Now is not the time to sack Pardew, we are short of players and we all knew this in the summer but hey…ashley knows better!

    I am not being negative here but past seasons show Saylor cannot last a full season, he is out again.

    The thing that really bugs me is the £35 mill we got that is obviously in a ‘high interest account’ and unless the players we are targetting have a bright green tag showing 70% off….we will not sign anyone.

    Players are down, when this happens small injuries are exaggerated, players dont want the ball as much and pressure builds.

    Mr Ashley, you have been warned….

  • 23 obatoyou // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Watched the game last night, not sure we do have up and under tactics. We was outplayed by a brilliant soton side!

  • 24 south coast toon // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    obatoyou your dead right southampton looked brillant but didnt we give them alot of help, when have you seen us play up front like they did, they had kids on the pitch 2 one was 17,we didnt pressure them atall and looked like we couldnt be bothered this season, my god surely we can play better than that, dress it how you want, we were beat by a newly promoted team, whos squad is smaller and whos players are no where near the quality of ours, they wanted to beat us they wanted to play for there manager and fans,nodody minds loosing if they have tried but if that team is going to play with no heart why not just give em the points.we playing sh.t and everyone we meet knows it and try extra hard. pards needs to say sorry ,tell us the truth and say we gonna sort this out, and if i cant get em to do what they are paid for, we will find someone in that position that will. if anyone who works with me or for me worked like most of them on that pitch they wouldnt of wanted to come off the pitch at the end. i only expect them to try and put in a good proformance who cares if we aint top of the pile etc.theres no excuses they have been worse than sh.t this season. how many of our players played as good as any saints players yesterday…….exactley overpaid lasy bast..ds who are sulkin like whipped 6 yr olds

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