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Multiple Things Have Gone Wrong This Season At Newcastle

12:08 pm, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

There seem to have been multiple things that have gone wrong this season at Newcastle, not just one, and we point to the lack of recruitment in the summer by the Newcastle Board, as one huge mistake that can be remedied a little in January, but our best players are also not playing anywhere near their best form, or their form of last season.

Alan Pardew – in happier times

And of course we’ve had multiple injuries with the extra games being played in Europe, since with a small squad players are being asked to play too many games, and that leads to players being injured, one way or the other.

And finally Alan Pardew is probably not getting the best performances out of the players he has at his disposal, although he has been hit with a loss of our top players and other players out of form and lacking confidence.

Yesterday’s starting line-up was only three players short of our best team – Colo, Cabaye and Ben Arfa, and on Wednesday night we’ll have Colo back, so we’ll only have the two French Internationals missing in what would be the best team we can field.

So the players that are available should be doing a lot better than they have been doing over the last four games or so – but they are not.

And that’s the dilemma for Alan Pardew, as the buck stops with him, and he above all others  must bear the responsibility of turning this thing around,  before we find ourselves even lower down in the league table.

Newcastle fans really need to stick by Alan and our squad of players, and help to turn this thing around, because surely we have too many good players to be in another  relegation scrap this season.

We certainly hope so.

What do you think?

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM


    that’s the worst news i’ve heard all season

    doesn’t seem so off the mark that they’d be looking at HBA

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I am with him, but he has to change is ways (my allegiance is not free ;))

  • 3 G // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I agree that we need to stick by AP right now. I know a lot of fickle fans are calling for his head already, but that would be stupid. After all, some of the names people are shouting out for us to get in are either way out of our price range, or frankly worse managers than AP. We are stuck in a rut, and worsely, I can’t see us turning it around at either Stoke or Wigan. Please prove me wrong guys.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM


    there’s a lot of things I have heard about this…and hear a lot of rumours.

    There is a little more to this than I normally hear but wouldn’t put it anywhere close to a definite.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    You could have the best players in the world and yes that would be great to replace the dross that is willo and simmo who are just not footballers period.
    But if a manager has a mindset of 442 route 1, what’s the point.

    if they can’t play a simple pass to each other what are they doing in training apart from injuring themsleves.


    1) Most long balls played
    2) No away wins
    3) have never come from behind to win a match
    4) Almost lowest scorers
    5) worst set play success record

  • 6 alex84 // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Actually felt sick reading that, Ben Arfa is wenger’s type of player, and the way Arsenal play would suit Ben Arfa down to the ground, This is where Pardew ‘s style of play worries me, Ben Arfa, Cabaye will not want to play in such a direct boring style…we need to go back to how we played against West Brom Last year otherwise we could be saying bye to these top players.

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM


    We’d look look a lot more more stupid if he did a west ham or charlton to us. hughton was doing better than this.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM


    A lot of managers people want also wouldn’t come to us.

    They are either at better clubs or equal standing. Most managers only step up, very few move sideways unless sacked and barely any drop in standard even after being sacked.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM


    stoke at home and wba away were fantastic football to watch. Why has that just been all kicked in to the long grass ?

  • 10 G // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    @ Post 7, fair comments RH, but lets look at MA / DL’s past managerial appointments. JFK is still out there mate, and frankly some of the other alternatives that are available are terrifying.

  • 11 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if arsenal had made an enquiry for HBA. Ideal Replacement for walcott, also didn’t they try to sign him along with nasri when both of them were at OM?

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM


    I wouldn’t worry….this is by no way a done deal, not even heard a real negotiation has began, just somebody posed the question and it was batted away with distain.

    Does anyone know how long benny has left to run on his contract?

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM


    I know it’s a horrible situation for a club our size to be in. we keep an underperforming manger because no one half decent would come to work for ashley.

    I like alot of what ashley has done but his failure to get a top man for a top club is really hard to live with.

  • 14 G // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    TS, about 3 years if memory serves.

  • 15 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    TS… He signed a 5 year one in early 2011 so 3 years left in january

  • 16 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM


    in all honesty, HBA has been a good, quiet servant for NUFC. It’s not his fault he’s working with a manager inferior to his skill

    I would absolutely hate to see him anywhere else but that’s a real point i’ve only heard mentioned a few times:

    stopping this rot, with AP or otherwise, is bigger than just this season, bigger than not finishing in the top five let alone the top 17. It has quite a bit to do with us being fortunate enough to watch one of the supreme talents of any generation in HBA

    say what you will about his team play, etc, etc, it doesn’t change the fact that every time he steps out onto that field in a black and white shirt, i’m honored to watch him for our team

  • 17 G // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Agreed RH, I can just picture MA/DL knee-jerking and getting in somebody completely useless like Mark Hughes or Gerald Houlier.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    thats ok

    at least if the rumours were true we would get good money which would put arsenal off (unless benny goes on strike like to did to get his move to us).

  • 19 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Also pards 2 year anniversary coming up, damn time flies. Is this what getting older is about, years evaporating before your eyes? I miss being a teenager 🙁

  • 20 alex84 // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Rotanda – agreed, we do need extra bodies (quality) to help this paper thin squad, But we need the style of play and Pardew has to really look at himself as a coach and admit his style of direct football has been found out! he needs to try and get with the times and modern day football as he has turned us into a predictable boring BIG Sam team.

    What I can’t understand is he talks of controlling the game, now how can he bang on about that on and on, when we dont keep possession of the ball , not because we cant but because Pardew wants the transition from defense to attack in one long direct pass to the forward, which then turns possession to 50-50 which we lose coz we can’t hold the ball up, We need to link up the play all round the pitch.

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM


    I think mark hughes did well at blackburn and fulham, just didnt get the best from QPR and man city.

    He might be the type of manager who does well with players he already has and building slowly but struggles to knit together a bunch of players who all arive at once.

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    us labelled pessimists brought up that without a good season this year, right now, we stood the very real chance of losing some of our best players

    it seems to be unfolding that way. ok, we didn’t get the investment we all wanted, what a lot of us felt was requisite to keep us punching with the big boys, but it’s a bit comical how it’s all unravelling now

    i think i’m cracking. I really don’t think i can stand AP too much longer, but his sacking wouldn’t resolve anything. the owner will not change so we need a real, actual, experienced MD and a manager with a set of f****** balls to stand up to him and the owner and say ‘look, this is what we need’

    to all nufc fans buying the excuses about the injuries and suspensions that pards has been spewing for weeks: don’t you ever forget he was as happy as anyone on deadline day not to ‘lose anyone’ at the last minute, and that our squad was well-equipped to deal with the demands of four competitions

    i still believe that, he’s the one that doesn’t all of a sudden

  • 23 Ian Toon // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    boater- why bother with the football philistines. Catchy, Rotonda and
    mattyNUFC could be the loud mouths at the game who haven’t got a clue. They probably sit near you. They just keep repeating the same garbage about what should be done and which players should be substituted. Never considering that to play a high line requires that players are technically proficient with the ball. Pardew has signed 5 of the 9 players with good technique in the squad. We were poor yesterday and more effort and focus is required. I watch the Toon enough to appreciate when so called fans are spouting rubbish. If Pardew was a failure at the Saints how come he got such a warm and loud welcome from both sets of fans.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Ian toon

    When one person complains, you can let that slide, but when it’s closer to 90% of the blog who are less than enamoured with the antics of our silver supremo you kind of need to shut the f..k up, stop calling people idiots and garbage and listen and respect other people’s points of view, because frankly what you say doesn’t really offer anything except getting a sore arse sitting on that fence. Is that pithy enough for you sweetie?

  • 25 danuneek // Nov 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    There is no point sacking Pardew as who else is there to replace him? And the new man would want time and money etc … We may as well give Pardew time and then look at things at the end of the season.

    I don’t think we will get relegated once our better players return. And at least this is given Pardew a chance to really evaluate our squad.

    But for me the problem is simple. We can’t really see Pardews tactics working because our players are so poor. I think motivation, tactics and training can only go so far, but ateotd if you’re forced into using players that can’t cross, control, pass, dribble, create and lack pace then your in trouble.

    We were relatively lucky last season with injuries, but this season we have had injuries and suspensions to key players.

    For me, Sami, Ferguson, Abeid, Obertan, Vuckic, Amelifatano (whatever) are not ready for the first team. Then you’ve got Jonas, Simpson, Williamson, Perch and Strolla that are not good enough. Cisse needs to spend time on the bench and start pushing Ba for that ONE starting position. Cabaye needs to understand if he’s not performing he’s on the bench.

    We need 5 players in January to create competition for places. If a player isn’t performing they need to know nobody is guaranteed a starting position. Surely it would cost Cashley more to be relegated than spending £25m in January. Particularly with the new deal coming into effect next season. For me this problem has arisen because we didn’t invest when we should have. We need some more attacking/creative players.

  • 26 cockneymagpie90 // Nov 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    None other than Pardews fault.

    Why would it be stupid to sack pardew?

    He plays the shittest football i have ever seen!

    This line up would win games if we were playing passing football along the ground and keeping possession.


    Are u telling me if he swithched to this formation with and played exciting passing football, we would be in this situation right now?

    No! This is why people are calling for his head because its not bloody rocket science and its fecking me off!!!!!!

    Sort it out Pardew or leave our club becaise ur style of football is ruining us atm!!

    Rant over.

  • 27 cockneymagpie90 // Nov 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Do you think we would be in this situation with tjis line up…


    If he played this line up/formation with attavking passing football, we would see better results.

    This is why people want pardew to leave beacuse he doesnt have a fxckin clue!

  • 28 yorkshire mag // Nov 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I think the major issue has been the inability to have a consistent selection usually out of Pardews hands with injuries, suspensions 3 or 4 changes every match means there is no fluidity to our game, but this is really not helped by the lack of a clear formation which really came about when cisse arrived and banged em in for fun last season meaning pardew feels he can’t leave either him or ba out , but we need a front three of benny either ba/cisse – ba on current form and someone on the left which I think was hoped to be marveux when he was signed or switching benny across and playing obertan on right but neither have turned up yet . I think also some of our big players from last season should take some of the blame I mean tiote, cabaye have both been out of sorts when played, cisse can’t hit a barn door and Ben Arfa like last season is a fantastic flair player that we are much the better for but he can easily get lost in matches.

  • 29 yorkshire mag // Nov 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I think the criticism of squad depth is true particularly at full back and cb and also up top why we let besty go I don’t know fair enough he ended up with a major injury, but not till after he was sold. But in midfield I think we were hoping that gosling or vuckic would fill the guthrie role when cabaye not fit but both got injured again!!

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