Manager Well Aware Of Newcastle’s Precarious League Position

Alan Pardew has admitted the obvious today, and the fact is that we are now in a terrible position in the league in 14th place with just 14 points from 13 league games, just 4 points above the drop zone.

Alan Pardew at the Benton training ground this week

In the last three league games we have not played well, and against teams we would normally be looking to win against – West Ham, Swansea and Southampton – we have three defeats in a row – and we are dropping like a brick in the league table.

If we had beaten West Ham we would have been in 6th position in the league, but now we are 7th bottom, and Alan Pardew is only too well aware of Newcastle’s precarious league position at the moment:

“To be honest, that’s the team that needs to go to Stoke – there’s nobody else available.” “We need to make sure we’re strong enough for Wednesday, and that’s why I was taking my time.”

“We’re going to have to recover.” “For Newcastle, that was a tough result.” “It’s put us in a terrible position in the league.”

After the disastrous defeat at Southampton, Alan Pardew spent a long time in the dressing room with his players, before emerging to face the press for the customary TV and press interviews.

We have to hope the same thing doesn’t happen tomorrow night, because a fourth straight defeat in the league would be very hard to take for Newcastle fans, and it would be calamitous for the Newcastle club.

And that’s an understatement.

And after all, the team we field tomorrow night will be only three players short of our very best team – and we’ll only be missing Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor.

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25 comments so far

  • Catchy In Straight Jacket

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Not looking forward to Wednesday night.

    There may be trouble ahead……

  • lewytoon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    be lucky for a draw with stoke, especially when cisse cant do anything atm, taylor injured, cabs out, and williamson on poor form

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    looking forward for every game hope we will win this one for a change

  • Catchy In Straight Jacket

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    We should be looking to take 6 points from the next two home games & any other points we pick up will be a bonus.

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    We need a new CB and RB. Desperately. Simpson and Willo will just smash it to Ba all day long and we won’t win a header all day.

    Please Mr Ashley, get us a good CB plus Debuchy. If our defence doesn’t panic then we might just get a base to play our football.

    While we smash it to Demba we can’t win games. Hopefully with new defenders who can play a bit, and possible the addition of a dominant midfielder we would turn our season around.

    This should have been done in the Summer though.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Dark ages of APs tenure. I hope we come out triumphant, but i’m losing the faith. Still early days tho. Hope for the best.

  • lewytoon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7
  • Peter Beardsley

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8


    ————-Perch—– Tiote
    Marv———————— Santon

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    We finish fifth and show no ambition in the market.

    I’m sure the squad were gutted that the club didn’t show the ambition that Carr & Pardew promised them when they signed.

    At around 1M for each league position.
    Penny-pinching by Llambias now seems like terrible management.
    If we finish 14th instead of 6th that’s 8M.
    When around 2M would have got us Debuchy and Douglas.

    But then Llambias hasn’t a clue about the football side of running a club.
    Speculate to accumulate.
    He’s fortunate so many seats are filled by season ticket holders, dwindling attendances would put pressure on him.
    He’s protected so his incompetence isn’t punished.

  • Jonny

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10


    that team should sort it out.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    @Peter Beardsley

    Can we let Guti play for Stoke – we might win then …

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12


    W e all need to up the positivity, the team is decimated, All on here who have slated Pardew for excuses etc,

    you are being counter-productive. Myself included

    Pardew was let down by the board in the summer massivley. THE MANAGER OF THE YEAR was not given any reard in terms of a decent budget and now DUE TO INJURIES we are suffering.

    This team injuries or no can beat Stoke for sure!!

    Lets get behind the lads, back the shirt and turn this around


    COME ON!!!

  • Peter Beardsley

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    @ HBTM

    Oh he is, he’s on the right wing! 😉

  • magpie6699

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    I was very pessimistic about Southampton but strangely optimistic about Stoke! Very unusual for me – shouldn’t have eaten those mushrooms I picked, but the green sky and purple grass looks very nice!

  • Wor Shearer

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Those three players out are the ones that do all the work! (two of the three, at least).

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    we are all hoping we buy some players in january but our games we have to play before the end of this year could mean we are in the bottom three so who will want to come to nufc and who will want to leave

  • shpetmeister

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Krul have made 3 mistakes i 2 games! He is the reason we have gone down in 2 matches! Krul perch willo colo santon – ameobi s- anita – tiote- biggi- ba and ciSse. That should the team but so sad that jonas will start instead of biggi:(

  • bambams

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    When all the players are back we need to put Ba where he is told to play- on the left….

    I would love to see Benny pushed up so he does not have to beat the whole team to score maybe just two players.

    We desperately need to get a RB and a CB in Jan

    We also need a playmaker to make the middle tick.

    Cant see any of the above happening, but this is just my opinion.

  • shpetmeister

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Bambas: actually ba on the left will only mean that Cisse wil start scoring again. Worked against Spurs but then actually Ba scored twice. Im a biig admire of Cisse and Know when he geta that Goal he will turn this season around for us!! Give him some crosses, give him the ball near 30 m and he will score !

  • curmon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Now that Taylor is out it means that Williamson will keep his place. WE Can Not Win with Williamson in the team !!!! his incompetence and nerves are transmitted through the whole team, he is a completely destabilising prescence. Please play Perch instead. I repeat we will not win with Williamson in our team

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Williamson is not the best but please check your facts

    We won plenty if games with him the last 2 years.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry for the ” i told u so ” , but I was banging this tight fisted = stupid approach all summer and tools like Beefman criticised me for negativity. And in fairness, an awful lot of mugs on this site bought into this argument and said that NUFC would be respected more for it because we didnt “do a liverpool” . Well guess what guys, you werent thinking straight. Ambition is ambition, and they failed the acid test. And even if we allow for Debuchy and the Dutch centre half being awkward targets, could our overhyped scouting system not have come up with others? And if they could, would we have paid up anyway ? Probably not. I have explained what I believe to be Ashleys approach previously to the player market and see nothing to contradict that unfortunately. Come on Pardew, lets get back to our aggressive closing down, and cut down on those long balls. HTL.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Curmon, not playing Williamson against the Stoke high balls would be suicidal. Not a good tactical approach.

  • seancavaz

    Nov 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Mentioned this the other day, but euro 96, venables England, 3 5 2, or 3 5 1 1 depending how you view it, but against stoke this would be my team to deal with them:

    Santon jonas Tiote Anita Fergie

    With colo sweeping we won’t have that worry of second phase, but the team us interchangeable to the point it can be switched to a 442, whether that’s

    Santon willo collo Fergie
    Jonas Tiote perch Marveuax

    Or variants of that to turn it into a 451

    I’d like to see us give it a try

  • beefman13

    Nov 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    so AP will probably go krul simpson santon coloccini williamson tiote jonas anita fergi ba cisse

    i am ok with that, he may play marveaux for fergie but i would stick with fergie just get more ball out to the lad and get him involved more and that will be better for cisse and ba as more crosses will be coming in, i would also let fergie take our free kicks, i am worried about the two african lads playing together as a partnership up front but if he is going to stick with it then they need quality service in the box cos if they recieve the ball outside the box they are awful.

    we cant be so rigid with our formation we need to mix it up, stoke will be on our heels and give us no time at all, jons will play no doubt even though i am really fed up with it as i am off williamson and simpson but they will get the nod, old steptoe moved quicker than williamson, and simpson needs to move on to another club in the new year, i suppose a game against stoke may suit the affore mentioned players a bit more.


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