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A Few Egos Hurt – Pardew Looks To His Senior Players

9:19 am, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday and the mantra, at least for that press conference yesterday for the Stoke game tonight was “tell it like it is – and don’t make excuses”. And we have to think that John Carver has whispered in Alan’s ear that Newcastle fans don’t like to hear excuses – we had enough of that when Graeme Souness was manager.

Pardew looking to our big players – like Demba Ba

And Alan was certainly straight to the point telling us all that top players Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are out until February, and we’d just have to get on with it – with the players we currently have.

And Al;an is now relying on his top players – who were all great last season – to start showing the form and the determination and spirit to turn this thing around for Newcastle United.

This is some of what Alan said yesterday:

“There are a few players hurting from their performances but great players fight that and are able to answer the criticism.” “When you lose three games in a row at Newcastle, it’s coming your way and you have to deal with that. As a manager I am now looking to my big senior players.”

“I am looking to Ba, Cissé, Colo, Krul, Santon, Cheick, Simpson to see us through this period.” “There are a few egos being knocked. I think that is understandable and not a bad thing. But it’s about the reaction and how you react to it.”

“We are well aware that the fans are restless for a performance, let alone a win, but so are we.” “We have had some unfortunate blows with injuries and I think the fans need to help us along the way.”

“Whatever their opinion is, if the team is playing poorly or the manager has made an incorrect decisions, we really need them because if they turn their back on us we will really have a problem.”

“They haven’t done that so far and the media criticism in today’s society and modern football world is part and parcel of what goes on. You have to deal with it.” “The criticism is warranted to a certain degree, because the performance level hasn’t been great in the Premier League.

“In Europe we have tried to find a pattern that works for us, but in doing so we have harmed ourselves with injuries and a little bit of fatigue, as much as we have tried to protect that group of players who we feel will be important for us on a Sunday.”

“But we aren’t moaning about it. We have qualified in Europe, so we have achieved something already this season.” “You can’t take that positive away. We have won three games and now we have to try and win another three very quickly.””

And that word “quickly” is very important because the longer we are dragged down at the bottom of the table, the more likely it will be that we’ll stay there,. and it’s a very sobering thought, after last season’s wonderful exploits, that we’ll be fighting it out at the bottom of the league this season.

Please let that not be the case. :(

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Lets hope his reliance on the “Senior” players is matched by a dramatic increase in the performance levels on the pitch, where it REALLY matters.

    Talking the talk is the easy part of our slump – can they walk the walk, put the grit, effort and determination in to make it happen on the pitch??

  • 2 Santon03 // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    So… Basically what AP wants is for us to cheer 442 hoofball and give him more support to play more 442 hoofball?

    FYI, I have switch side now, I’m with doom mogering side now. Thank you.

  • 3 RonVanDam // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Just because Pardew had a good season, last season. He’s expecting that if he uses the same tactics over and over again he would get a different result. This is pure insanity. Managers evolve, pardew is finding it difficult. Maybe he is a one season wonder? Does anyone know out of our 14 PL games, in how many games did we use the 4-4-2 formation?

  • 4 rainrix // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    “In Europe we have tried to find a pattern that works for us, but in doing so we have harmed ourselves with injuries and a little bit of fatigue”

    “But we aren’t moaning about it”

    Strange you’ve been moaning about europa most of the season pards
    ;)

  • 5 seancavaz // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    The positive is this: if we win, and results go our way, we’ll be level on points with Swansea who are 9th, albeit we have a -6 goal difference and there’s us +2 so we’re looking at 10th by end of play……then 3 points against Wigan on Monday night and all will be rosey coz the lads would have bled for the cause and the bruised egos will be restored to a more harmonious time where NUFC play with the ball on the deck, pass n move and create numerous chances for Cisse and Ba to burst the net! If Carlsberg did PMA :-)

  • 6 stuart no9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Whatever their opinion is, if the team is playing poorly or the manager has made an incorrect decisions, we really need them because if they turn their back on us we will really have a problem.” i really dont like some of pards comments, they have been playing poorly and we have stayed with them, and the manager has dropped major clangers , but there comes a time when these mistakes are happening week in week out . we really have a problem now- and that has nothing to do with the fans. pardew needs to get it sorted . we are good supporters- but we can only take so much.

  • 7 proudtobageordie // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    lets face it Pardew is going nowhere for a while. So instead of getting on his back get behind him and our team. With our PURPLES out injured we knew we would struggle. Pardew to blame NO. CASHLEY AND LLAMBIAS YES. To many scaremongers on this site. If you don’t like it go and support someone else. HWTL

  • 8 jimmysmith // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Injuries, suspensions, ok, but fatigue, how’s that? There’s only been a couple doubling up and one of them has been Santon whose play has been as snappy as a fresh green bean.

    Could be referring to himself I guess. He is looking a little worse for wear by his own usually extremely well turned out standards, it seems to me.

  • 9 HullMag6 // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Forget egos we need grafters

  • 10 stuart no9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    proud to b a geordie’7 one could say – if you dont like the truth – dont read!!!

  • 11 blew // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Pardew is looking to his big senior players and he names Simpson. Indicative of a man who suffers impaired judgement. Jonas selected is bad enough, but Captain! Playing Sammi and Ferguson, with the likes of Marveaux on the bench. Silence is golden AP.

  • 12 proudtobageordie // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    stuart no9 I don’t like whats happening as much as anyone else. I don’t think Pardew is right for NUFC but he is here. All i am saying is give him a chance this season and see what he achieve’s when the chips are down. Then we will see how he copes

  • 13 stuart no9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    proudtob @12 apologies – i did not intend to sound catty. i know what you are saying- we have no choice BUT to give pards a chance , coz he is going nowhere . however , that does not mean we cant voice our displeasure at what is currently happening at our club. we are all supporters of NUFC – we all think differently – some panic – some dont- some get angry – some keep calm. its called -a day in the life of a mag. lol

  • 14 Sav // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Look, we are playing poorly and there have been some reason through injuries, loss of form etc. BUT…we are still in the Europa and I don’t want to find our progress is hampered because of the league either. We were never going to to win that. Let’#s focus on winning something – The Europa Cup. I don’t care if its a poor cousin of the Champions League. Lets WIN the f***er. As long as we makle 4th bottom of the Prem, I wouldn’t be bothered if we got a cup – finally. So STOP moaning.

  • 15 davis_toons // Nov 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    In his 1st season in charge, I though we have got a “LUCKY Cham” manager, So i was thinking, like some of us, so long as we win the game, doesnt matter too defensive, not passing football, too many long ball, player dont control the ball and keep the ball, no movement, etc.

    Its fine. 5th place. AP in-charge big teams bad luck, we finish 5th. Great! to have a luck cham manager, slowly he will change the team and make it an exciting team, with movement and passing.

    But realise that luck does run out, and again we are back in the old shit hole. If he cant get this proper team of international players to play passing control and movement football like the rest of the teams.
    If this goes on, it is best he leave the job.

    Let some managers to teach this team how to control, hold and pass the ball.




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