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Pardew – We May Have Undercooked Transfers In Summer

2:38 pm, Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 251 Comments

Most logical people would say that Newcastle did not bring in enough new players in during the summer to fortify the Newcastle squad,  before our first foray into Europe since the 2006-2007 season, with only one new senior player arriving on Tyneside was Dutch International midfielder come full-back – Vurnon Anita.

Vurnon Anita - the one senior signing in the summer

With Newcastle currently having nine players out injured - Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan Shola Ameobi and young 17 year-old Adam Campbell – Newcastle are currently looking at what they want to do in the upcoming January transfer window.

And for the first time, Alan Pardew has said the club may not have brought in enough players during the summer transfer window:

“We have been unlucky, but we are in the process of analyzing whether we under-cooked it, and that’s what we should do. It would be silly not to.”

A little hint to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board – the answer is probably yes – and we did undercook it – we just didn’t bring in enough new players – and that was poor planning by the Newcastle Board – plain and simple.

And we are hoping that Newcastle will correct that mistake at their first opportunity – in January –  because we hardly want to be in another relegation scrap this season (it’s interesting that I missed the initial s out when I first wrote scrap), we had enough of all of that stuff four years ago.

And we cannot think that Mike Ashley wants to miss out on the big money the PL clubs will start making starting next season with the new TV deal starting for three years, which is a 70% increase on the one that expires this season.

Mike needs to give Alan Pardew the requisite money to spend wisely, and it would be good if we can bring in three or four good players in January – if they are available.

What do you think?

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251 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    sooooooo full of shit

  • 2 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    this is the first time he has had 3 first teamers out injured in one match

    idiot

  • 3 toonLYF // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Brighton away in the FA Cup, again.

  • 4 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    shit were going out again
    :(

  • 5 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Brighton again FFS. We never get home draws like. At least we can get revenge

  • 6 wreker16 // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    “MAY have undercooked”…. U tw@t Pardew, r u blind?

  • 7 Barton // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Ha’way does anyone think Cashley and owl heed will give Pardew any cash to spend this window coming up?,infact when have they ever splashed the cash so to speak?…exactly so what honestly makes fans think they will now? am not a pessimist but another season of struggle is here,its not about getting back in to the top halve of league and challenging for europe again,its another religation scrap on the cards.
    Thanks Big Mike and co,after last season you nearly had be convinced but old habbits die hard i guess.

  • 8 ToonDownSouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Having a few players out injured should not mean losing four consecutive games to newly promoted teams and ones we comfortably beat last season.

    The fans who are moaning about a lack of incoming players are just giving Pardew an excuse to lean on.

    We’re missing Cabaye, Hatem and Taylor. Taylor has been TERRIBLE, and Cabaye is dreadful in the role Pardew insists on utilising him in.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    no s..t sherlock!!!!

    Ed you say ” Roberto Martinez, who surely will manage a much bigger club one day.” How I wish that was us!
    * * * *

    Geordie Dan @46
    Is maths not your strong point? If we lose tomorow it will be our worst run in premiership history.

    WWYCD
    Ba’s a merc, – Well he does now want £90 a week
    Pards is a lying puppet, – ”Carrol will never be sold!!” Wigans got a fantastic manager – He keeps them up every year on a shoestring budget while still playing great to watch football. 4-0 ring a bell?
    * * *

    As Pardew has resisted the obvious ploy of rotating Ba and Cisse, like United do with Chicharito coming off the bench, now may be a good to get rid of Ba and just pla 1 central striker flanked on either side and supported from midfield.
    * * *

    LYF

    That would be the ideal line up but Ba won’t play left for the team and Pardew won’t grow a pair.

  • 10 toonLYF // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Surely Ba will play on the left, just for one game whilst HBA is out?

  • 11 ToonDownSouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Rotonda

    I’m sorry, but calling Pardew a liar because he said Carroll wouldn’t be sold is fairly ridiculous.

    I’d much rather we told other clubs that our players are not for sale, wouldn’t you?

    I’d rather he said they won’t be sold than the ‘everyone has a price, we’re vunerable’ crap that he spouts weekly now.

  • 12 wreker16 // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Personally, I don’t think we actually necessarily need to spend loads in January.

    If we bring bodies in like the window we bought, ba, cabs, Santon and a couple others who I forget, for small prices of say 5 mil and perhaps a couple of frees who are astute and clever purchases then we don’t HAVE to spend loads and loads. Obviously if there are no available options (but there are) then we will need to spend more to secure those who might have longer contracts.

  • 13 APBWA // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    @Kets

    Both Fergouli and Boudebouz are predominantly RW, however i just love it when Hatem cuts in from the right so this is the reason for my team layout

  • 14 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    We’re out of the F.A Cup early!! Again!!! :(

  • 15 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Rotonda>

    I’m guessing insulting people isn’t your strong point?

    For someone who talks utter b***cks with phenomenal fluency on this blog you are very quick to chuck in your 2p worth!

    And yes I’m fully aware of that statistic and no it doesn’t bother me at all. I fully expect us to win tomorrow and pessemistic fair-weather fans such as yourself will disappear behind their rocks until your next menstral cycle.

    Now go spread your optimistic joy with someone who cares about your opinion.

  • 16 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Wonder if PArdew is still in charge to watch over us get knocked out of the FA Cup again, wonder if he allows Simpson to play and let him bottle out of tackles like he did last year to see us knocked out.

    Maybe he will even sub Ben Arfa again when we need a goal, totally clueless, cant believe we have actually gone backwards.

  • 17 APBWA // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Would you people sell tiote and ba to buy sissoko, alderweireld, fergouli and charlie austin?

  • 18 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Are Wigan in a relegation battle? are Norwich? are Villa? are Sunderland? of course they are and you know what so are we, the only team i have seen worse than us this year is Sunderland, we are currently abysmal performance wise, Pardew is to blame and he should resign as he cannot get the best from his squad.

    Clueless….

  • 19 APBWA // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Anyone know how much Wes Morgan of Leicester and Charlie Austin of Burnley would cost?

  • 20 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Check>

    Out of interest who do you think would want to come to NUFC under this current regime to manage us if Pardew left?

    There will be loads of managers interested in managing our club but not with zero budget and being asked to be the public face for all of Ashley and Derek’s shortcomings- of which there are many, many, many.

  • 21 HullMag6 // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Undercooked? Understatement of the year, more like raw from an overstretching fixture list.

  • 22 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I wonder how long it took the 3 wise men at the top of our club to work that one out??

    Anything more than 5 nanoseconds and they need certifying!!!! What do they do with their time??? Its obviously not spent in forward planning; On-pitch training or tactical sessions!!

  • 23 Offkey // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Its a shame they have to analyse something that seems so clear to most. Basically a way of appeasing fans whilst not being critical of the regime.

  • 24 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Docile Pardew strikes again. Slow to recognise we needed a bigger/better squad, slow to make his substitutions, slow to introduce HBA into the team last season, still waiting for the penny to drop with the Ba/Cisse partnership.

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    BPC
    Agree with alderwield over douglas was very impressed with him during the CL group stages as well as his CB partner Moisander
    Sissoko would still have a fee as he’s not out of contract til the summer but would be a great signing and if ba went would love us to get that Aubameyang from st. Etienne

    Check
    I think martinez is a decent manager but would him or any of the wigan squad be an improvement on what we have atm?
    There in a relegation battle every season and survive by like 2-3 points

  • 26 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    As for undrcooking our transfers. They have not even hit the pan IMO. Injuries coupled with Pardews tactics have pretty much turned this season into a write off

  • 27 woolerbill // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Maybe we could swap managers on monday when nobody is looking. Wigan will be on cloud 9 after winning 2-0.

  • 28 obatoyou // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Brighton away in the fa cup on jan 7/8, hm recipe for disaster :s

  • 29 Dannyo // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I think it´s a case of having too much faith in the youngsters tbh.
    You see players as Campbell, Streete, Fergy, Sammy, Abeid, Tav coming to the fore this season, then bringing in Amalfitano, Biggie and Good.
    That´s quite a few players you expect to be delivering outside the first 11. All of which was not used or very seldom at best.
    Also you want them to prosper and have a chance of getting a place in squad.
    I bet many here thought that Tav would be an improvement at CB, and having Streete coming through to back the 3 other CBs, Campbell to add the 4th cover as striker…

    We probably could´ve gone for more targets, but after missing out on the first few we wanted, maybe they thought that the youngsters would have to do as cover and challengers?

    You can´t really plan on having 11 first team players out at once…

  • 30 Dannyo // Dec 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Tav an improvement on RB, not CB…

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Geordie Dan

    For someone who doesn’t care what I think or is a bit overly sensitive and is aware of the statistics, you’ve successfully managed to contradict yourself on every single point.

    Menstral cycle – Priceless. Truly wit of the highest order.

  • 32 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Rotonda>

    Genious. Move on kid.

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Tads

    That’s the whole point we have far better players than Wigan. Think what martinez could do with our players.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Not just maths then eh Dan? It’s genius. You couldn’t make it up!!.

  • 35 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Oh dear – thats scum 1-0 down lol

  • 36 archaeomag // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Seb Basson scores !
    Great player – allways said so

  • 37 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Look Rotond.

    I do care when some stupid little mug hides behind his granny’s computer and tries to make pathetic cheap shots at me for no reason.

    I don’t give a shit about your opinion on anything to do with football because as you frequently demonstrate you know absolutely nothing so you resort to talking shite instead.

    Now if you wanted to be a man and not a little bitch with your silly little comments then I’m up for it but otherwise keep your forked tongue in that snakes mouth eh little woman.

  • 38 Tom4Nufc // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Lads, ladies and children,

    Why are we all arguing and taking swipes at each other?

    I cannot fathom to understand anyone’s reason for this- the reason we are all here and post is due to our love of NUFC.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, because it’s an opinion!

    Let’s just all get on an discuss the subject matter, Newcastle United Football Club (Note to all.. United).

    There’s no place for any tit for tat blogging on this site!

    That’s my piece… HWTL!!!!

  • 39 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Tom>

    Amen

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Geordie Dan,

    Can you please clarify the pehenomenal bollocks I allegedy talk with some actual facts.

    1) We have played more long balls than any other team FACT
    2) We are among the league’s lowest scorers FACT.
    3) We have won no away matches ” ”
    4) We have never come back from a goal behind ” ”
    5) We are on the verge of our worst ever premiership run FACT
    5) We have played route 1, 442 all season (apart from Europa league) ” ”
    6) Anyone of Martinez, Laudrup, Rodgers, S. Clarke, Jol with weaker squads plays better football than Pardew.
    7) I liked it we we played 433 last season for 6/7 matches
    8) I like some of Ashley’s initiatives, but not the fact no decent manager will probably work for him.

    If any of the above is technically wrong then yes I do talk bollocks…..

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Dan

    For a guy who doesn’t care what I think you could have fooled me. Also if insulting people is not one of my strong points how come I seem to have rattled you so badly. I do really seem to have got under your skin. First mentral cycle and now my granny’s computer!

    If insulting people is one of your strong points then it’s not exactly cutting ege is it lol!

  • 42 Tom4Nufc // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Pu the handbag’s away ladies!

    Wigan tomorrow, dicuss…..

  • 43 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Reading between the lines Geordie Dan is on his period.

  • 44 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Pointing out 8 (oh look my maths isn’t too bad after all) much publicised facts does not make your opinion, or lack of one, any different to me.

    As a person I find you negative and your attitude towards other bloggers is bordering pathetic so forgive me if I leave you in your hole and don’t interact with your good-self anymore.

    Ok, football anyone?

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Rotonda
    Yeah imagine all you want but he’s built that wigan team and they have been out of a relegation fight since getting in the league!
    In fact this season is the first season they have started playing football from the start rather than the last 8 games, the first time in what 4-5 years since agent bruce was sacked?
    Laudrup and clark well your kinda jumping on a bandwagon there and judging them on not even half a season prem Xp is that what you want from a long term replacement a heat of the moment appointment for someone whos doing alright in the short term playing under no expectations??
    Jol could be the only manager on your list worth looking at with experience after all we want to be moving forward not starting again
    Rodgers is not a great manager he’s once again inherited a strong squad and style of play

    Point 5 also we havent played 442 in the league all season we’ve played several different formations and then different variations of those formations none of which have clicked in a squad that looks de motivated

  • 46 breno95 // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Kone and jordi Gomez will notch tomorrow.
    All the praise going towards Martinez and he will go on to a bigger club. Any move from Wigan will be seen as a move up.
    Hopefully AP will send out a 5 man midfield and choose either Ba or Cisse.
    Midfield central 3 of Tiote, Bigi and Anita with Jonas and Marveaux wide.
    Back 4 picks itself and it’s Ba for up front.
    Hopefully they just get back to basics and 3 much needed points will come their way.

  • 47 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    And scum are TWO DOWN – oh yes lol

  • 48 MacToon // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Bring back Hoots ;-) , 2-0 up now against the mackems.

  • 49 Toon Tang // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    this burnley substitution gave me a chuckle, with it being crimbo and all

    22 Stock (Ings – 75′ )

  • 50 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Tom –

    Game tomorrow, i expect these things to most certainly happen.

    1. Jonas will start and play at least three positions, he will be totally ineffectual in everything he does, however Pardew will keep him on the pitch as he convinced FAt Mike to give him a new 3 year contract last year, oh oh he’s in trouble for that one.

    2. We will be outpassed and will have to continually chase around trying to get the ball back. When we have it somehow it will end up back with Krul, Simpson or Willo to hoof it into Ba or Cisse who will give up possession and then it all starts again.

    3. If we are playing OK but not having that much cutting edge, at half time Pardew will take off Anita or Cisse and bring on Shola to save the day, from that point on we will play even more long ball shit.

    4. You will look at our teamsheet and think you know what we have some decent players, fancy us against Wigan they have no-one. Wigan will then prove that football is not about individuals it about teamwork, passing and movement.

    5. You never know we might be lucky like most of last season and to be fair put decent effort in and somehow muster a result through a boot, flick, and shot type goal. A bit of last ditch defending mixed in with some great goalkeeping may just stop Pardew being the worst manager in our history.

    5 losses on the trott, good stuff Pards doing a great job.

  • 51 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Tom4
    2-0 to the toon with injuries were now being forced to play a set 11 and think they will start to settle especially along the back 4 which has been chopped and changed all season and there promising signs vs stoke the boys just need to up the concentration cut out these stupid little mistakes which have been so costly this season
    Oh and we need to put tiote in a cage all day and poke him with sticks anything to try and get him playing with an ounce of pride again like a lion instead of a neutered kitten

  • 52 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    poor mackems

  • 53 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    TADS – I hope you are standing on the other side of the fence when he reads that pmsl

  • 54 davis_toons // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    i think we have in fact OVERCOOKED the first 11 purple onions.. got to bring in some garlics to the dish..

  • 55 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Scum score 2-1

  • 56 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Mackems hit back 2-1

  • 57 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Graeme
    At the moment tiote couldnt fcuking scare piglet let alone the opposition!

  • 58 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    come on Pards admit it fully, no one will think any less of you.

  • 59 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    davis_toons

    You have and always will be, my favourite contributor to this blog.

  • 60 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Ruddy if you were a balloon i’d burst you with a sharp knife.

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Catchy
    Lol

  • 62 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Ruddy if you hear a loud POP and your lying on the floor, i’ve just burst you.

  • 63 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    You’re right tads – he is not at his intimidating best, not by a large margin and he hasnt been for most of the season!!

  • 64 obatoyou // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Heh why would u want to scare piglet!?

    Piglet: how do u spell love pooh?
    Pooh: you don’t! U feel it!

  • 65 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    lol kill – gallon

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Graeme
    Yup the bloke looks like he’s lost all his confidence and its showing on the pitch but a cold monday night on tyneside? Lets hope wigan feel the full force of a toite onslaught with anita mopping up the ball next to him

    Oba
    Piglet: tiote how do spell love
    Tiote: mmmm that piglet tasted good

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Have we scared Ibiza away this weekend or are our bad performances finally having its toll on him ;-) lol

  • 68 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Jesp
    He fell of his fence panel and landed in indian magpies garden…..now he’s on the darkside!

  • 69 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    should i go out and look in my garden, he may be hurt

  • 70 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Tads – nothing like a good roast on a Sunday mate lol – Pork is tastey!!

  • 71 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    IM
    Wouldnt be a bad idea

  • 72 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    no Not in my garden TADS.

  • 73 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Indian, I know its not, have just cooked it!!

  • 74 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    tads – do you like the crackling, nice and crispy??

  • 75 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I call dibs on venga bus

  • 76 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Greame
    Its bad on here when were resorting to talking about crispy pigglet and Indian magpie kidnapping ibiza to harness the power of his positivity!!!;)

  • 77 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    A stat for you all.

    Mackems have not won a PL match against 11 men since March :cry:

  • 78 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    hang on, i did not kidnap any one

  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Greame
    Yup nice n crispy!

  • 80 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    TADS, I was just thinking the same thing!! Sunday roast, I have no problem with, I love them. Kidnapping Ibiza – nah, leave that joy to Indian – although not sure Ibiza is going to be too happy finding out he’s a hostage lol

  • 81 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Thats another defeat for the scum – Agent O’Neil is exceeding all expectations.

    They are now 4th bottom

  • 82 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    graeme,

    fletcher is out too.

  • 83 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Catchy

    If you were a balloon, I’d have Llambias burst you under his armpit.

  • 84 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    So then lads how long before Martin “Crab eyes” O’neil walks out on 5under1and then ? . I reckon he will be gone by Boxing day :)

  • 85 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Pappa,

    Agent O’Neil has signed up to see his task through to the bitter end. Only when relegation is ensured can he depart to civilization.

  • 86 check the toastie // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Chelski at home for Scumderland next week, they remind me of ourselves, on paper should be doing better however no movement, straight line football, back to front, try to get the ball down sometimes but dont know how to do it as there manager has lost the plot.

    Very Similar in fact. Really looking forward to april’s 6 pointer, not one for the purist thats for sure.

  • 87 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Ruddy I will find you and burst you.You’ve been a balloon for way to long.
    A small prick with a sharp knife and it’s game over for you.

  • 88 Indian Magpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Paul Scharner coming on for hamburg against wolves. we should have gone for him

  • 89 Pushy Pardew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Catchy&
    Ruddy – are you here to collect the Lembit Opik award for not actually saying anything.
    You have such wonderful comic timing. Twinkling jest and righteous indignation. Stick to the mean and dark moody you both do it so well.
    No Ibiza I am out of here.

  • 90 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Catchy

    A small prick with a sharp knife? I’m sure I can take Antony Worrall Thompson, no sweat.

  • 91 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Pushy Pardew your another wasp for my jam jar.You just talked yourself into it.
    Your fault.

  • 92 Pushy Pardew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Catchy& Ruddy
    You play the anti football card with panache. The blog has bailed out . Your great company for one another. Your the weakest links.

  • 93 Sazzer // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Last year
    W D L
    19 8 11
    So far
    3 5 6

    5 defeats, 3 draws left.

    So even if we lose all games until transfer window opens.

    We can still turn things around if we have that pending transfer realized and ready to play Everton on January 2.

    =)

  • 94 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Im not the real Catchy.Im much better than the crazy one from norway.

  • 95 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Pushy Pardew

    There’s nothing more to be said. It’s all tautologies and tantrums here, so please do allow us to tick over with our trifling, in peace, otherwise I’ll locate you and violate your anus.

  • 96 hoppernufc // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Sunderland play Chelsea, man u, man city, spurs and Southampton for there next 5 games they won’t pick up any points and will be in the bottom 3 after those games we just need to kick on starting tomorrow.. Easier said than done like

  • 97 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Sazzer
    I like your optimism thats more like it!

    Graeme
    Aye agent o’niel is doing i fine job hopefully the bindippers can swap with borough in the CCC so we still have one derby to look forward to!!
    Anyway back to my original point before i got sidetracked with roasted cartoons and ibiza in a hostage situation i reckon we’ll be good for a win tomos even more so if the tiote we know and love turns up!

  • 98 Pushy Pardew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Ruddy
    You have such wonderful comic timing.

  • 99 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Ha ha ha Bravo Ruddy
    I liked that one.

  • 100 Pushy Pardew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Ibiza
    Hope everything is OK mate.

  • 101 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Maybe Ibiza has already violated his anus.

  • 102 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Do we need to start a rescue mission or are we more ‘one for all and all for themself’ kind of people ;-) lol

  • 103 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    At the risk of inflaming the situation further, it appears nufcfans have leaked Pards’ game plan

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NUFC&src=hash#

  • 104 Pushy Pardew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Jesper
    Hello. What’s happened to Ibiza?

  • 105 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    ignore that. That was a rubbish attempt. try this –
    http://twitter.com/EllsLittle/status/275196588740202496/photo/1

  • 106 AMEOBI // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Anyone think that Bassong is the CB we need? Goalscoring CB and very good defensively.

  • 107 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Yea Ameobi loads of goals he’s scored about 5 goals his whole career.

  • 108 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Right, we need to get a few things straight here lads…

    1) Indian….You can’t call dibs on my bus.
    2) Being hostage…Why wouldn’t any of you b*st*rds pay the ransom?
    3) I think the next discussion should be about boundaries. What a man does with his anus over the weekend is his own business.
    4) Lastly, I’ve only fallen off my fence once…ever. I;m not an amateur fence sitter you know.

  • 109 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Pushy…he’s missing in action we think or gone over to the enemies side :-D lol

  • 110 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Ibiza has probably done the right thing and followed the docs’ advice to keep away from the blogs event horizons including Catchy 1 / Catchy 2 Fake Ruddy, Ketsy ( still doing the ‘beating Man U’ thing I see) and other woe-betide miscreants.

    He is missing all the fun though imo.

  • 111 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    WHA! I turn my back and here he is!

    What are you doing out of bed Ibiza? You know ou will relapse.

    Nurse!

  • 112 AMEOBI // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Catchy, better goalscorer than the majority of CB’s…

  • 113 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Pushy…Still about. Just trying to enjoy my weekend before the doom and gloom of reality and Monday night football comes around again.

    Not so much to be said at the minute, so thought I’d give myself and everyone a break.

    Why did we have to get Brighton away? I dislike this fixture. Regardless of our form I’d still not be excited about it….oh well, it would just get in the way of us winning the EL :)

    Prophet popped in today or was the end of the world re-scheduled again?

  • 114 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Ameobi – No. Remember how loyal he was in our last sticky patch?

  • 115 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Ibiza
    Now you turn up i’ve just finished scrapping up five quids worth of change from the back of the sofa!

  • 116 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Oh yeah I forgot to ask what happened to beatt…Prophet and his 1.12.12 thing? Nothing? No? OK.

  • 117 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Tsunki I have far more class & swagger than the other Catchy.

  • 118 89Norcal // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Good news, I just played the live fixture vs Wigan on FIFA 13. We win 11-0, Obertan, Ba and Cisse net hat tricks with Anita Gutierrez also on the board. Unfortunately, Simmo does his knee in.

    On second thought, I might have forgot to bump the sliders up :)

  • 119 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Ibiza

    A) they wanted nearly £10 and there wasnt enough 50p offers to meet the demand – I tried!!

    B You do what you like with uranus, its yours.
    C Take more water with it mate!!

  • 120 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    We should have bought Vertonghen. He would have been perfect

  • 121 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    89Norcal – ha ha I did the same doing all the required subs and won 3-1 jonas and Ba (2). I’m telling you…..

  • 122 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki
    The days not over yet still time for the world to end……or sign bramble on a free…….

  • 123 89Norcal // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Sazzer #93

    I like your logic :)

  • 124 AMEOBI // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki, yeah I remember signing him for 500k and selling him for 8M why not? I’d of sold him for 8M could get him for 2M now

  • 125 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    …and realistically, just like NUFC at the moment, I am really useless at it.

  • 126 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Jesper…Come on now, if there is one thing you should know about me is that I’ll never go the darkside…unless there is some fun to be had. The current crop of unhappy fans don’t seem to be having much fun, so count me out.

    Tsunki….Well, if you’re sending a nurse perhaps I will get back in to bed…

    Tads….A fiver? Fancy lending me a quid?

    Jacket…..More class than catchy? Wouldn’t that be a bit like saying I can cross a ball better than Simpson?

  • 127 89Norcal // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Tsunki

    Let’s be honest it IS a realistic simulation right?

    I even put the difficulty on PROFESSIONAL for maximum realism :)

  • 128 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I’m in the Toon loving it …. Can’t wait for game tomoz seriously hope we kick some Lactics ass !

  • 129 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Ameobi – 2 things, one he isnt a man to have in your corner when you are in a fix, and second I got told off by Jail today for even implying business rules over footy. Its not a good place to be…

    :(

  • 130 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    89Norcal – as real as it gets mate :D

  • 131 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Catchy 2 @117 – agreed, but thats no boast is it?

  • 132 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Ibiza…I was trying to atempt a rescue mission from the sofa ;-) lol

    …it just failed!

  • 133 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Graeme….Fair enough really, I had a few quid myself and I wouldn’t pay the ransom.

    Tads…Bramble back? I’ve only been on for 5 minutes, let me get warmed up first. Jeez.

  • 134 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Ibiza
    Its in the post mate

  • 135 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Sorry Ibiza, Its Night Nurse for me. A bottle of it. stoopid stoopid nancy girly cold.

  • 136 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Jesper….I have found missions from the sofa are rarely successful. Thank you for your thoughts though :)

  • 137 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Its like an optimists salvo BOOM BOOM BLAAAM and I am a loose cannon so I will shut it for a minute sorry.

  • 138 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    tads….You mean it wont hit my account straight away? If only there was a convenient way to get instant cash….

    Tsunki….Well, I wouldn’t expect you to have man flu. Would it make you happy to know that there were bright blue skies and sun in Ibiza today?

  • 139 Tsunki // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Ibiza that never helps and you know it.

  • 140 Sazzer // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    89Norcal
    And if we win all games from now on. We will play CL next season and maybe win the title. =)

  • 141 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Tsunki…Well, how about that even with the good weather, I still have managed to get a cold? Even as I type it this I think I already know the answer. Sorry, no more weather updates….

    In other news, I wore shorts today, got a bit nippy by late afternoon though :)

  • 142 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Ibiza
    Indeed im mean when you need some wonga and you need wonga now it would be great if there was some form of loan where a company would lend you that wonga for a shirt term before repaying the wonga to the company that gave you the wonga initially……ive got it! Rob a post office!

  • 143 Mancgeordie // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    2-0 win tomorrow Cisse both goals n pardew no need for any analysis or maybe’s you under cooked by about 3 players

  • 144 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    This catchy goes to church every Sunday, while other catchy has dinner with the devil.
    Im good catchy, he bad catchy.

  • 145 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    tads…Well nothing else comes to mind. If there was such a company you would think they would advertise to the mainstream, you know, like football shirt sponsorship.

    Oh well, down to the local correos for me, where did I leave my pitchfork? I wonder if Nile wants to come and help me, probably more his area of expertise.

  • 146 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Ibiza…yeah it’s the thought that counts :-D

    …but it is good to see you are fine! I got worried there for a moment lol

  • 147 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Dinner with the devil? So you’re telling me Catchy eats with Pardew? So why doesn’t he whinge to him instead of us?

    Pardew is the devil incarnate, no?

  • 148 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Jesper….Enjoyed some good time off, but I’ll be back up the crows next tomorrow cap’n, fear not ;)

    Have there been any player updates? Anyone due back, dare I ask any new players injured?

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Ibiza
    In short no no ones back for tomos maybe benny next week but steven cheesestrings hamstring taylor is out til feb

  • 150 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Ibiza…I think it is a bit status quo at the moment (but I guess that is good )

    …news is Pardew thinks he might have gotten it wrong when he said our team was good enough back in august :-D

  • 151 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Have to leave, feeding the homeless tonight.While other catchy is robbing pensioners.

  • 152 jimmysmith // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    This admission by Pards promises nothing.The transfer policy didn’t take into account getting into Europe. Now that playing in Europe again next season is remote, why then should anyone expect them to change their transfer policy now. Business as usual seem at least as likely, bargain buys and promising youngsters only and hope like feck we don’t go down this season. Which to be fair, is quite unlikely.

  • 153 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Jacket….You’re my hero. Right up there with Pardew ;)

    Jesper…Seems a lot of fans are angry that he said it was good enough. I don’t really know what people actually want him to say?

    “Yeah, I’ve been let down and will have to make do with what I have I suppose”

    Not exactly inspiring for players, fans or anyone really.

    tads….mmmmmm….cheese. Well, still 24 hours for some last minute surprises :)

  • 154 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Ibiza…I good strategy in my book is to never say too much and don’t put yourself up on a high horse just to be taken down again :-)

    …Pardew should probably just had said we tried to sign a few players but it didn’t pan out so we’ll have to due until January and have a look again…or something like it!

    There is no point in beating around the bush cause people don’t forget and it will just come back and haunt him!

  • 155 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    *I = a

  • 156 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Everyone still hating life around here? People still envious of Wigan? :/ Just want to know if its worth it before I get involved

  • 157 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Yo…I can always sing to you the ‘the lemon crew song’ ;-)

  • 158 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    YO
    No you would have to be a mug to be envious of a team who are in a permenant relegation battle and whos only objective us to not get relegated

  • 159 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Yo…Envious of Wigan? Hmmm…. :)

    Jesper…I still don’t think it’s worth the criticism it’s receiving, well over the top imo. He could play it smarter though, seeing as there is an apparent issue with people being p*ss*d with what he’s saying.

  • 160 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    tads….But they fight relegation with style :)

  • 161 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    jesper
    I feel I may regret this but…go on then :)

    toonarmydownsouth/Ibiza
    I dunno plenty are willing to flash their eyelashes at the Wigan gaffer

  • 162 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Ibiza
    So thats where were going wrong fcuk all this europe buisness its about survival style!

  • 163 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    WW ..
    I know its a bid sad but it made my day the mackems losing especially as I was sitting with a SMB as that disallowed goal went in :-)

  • 164 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Yo
    As i said earlier this is his fourth season with wigan he’s signed most the squad and built a solid team of relegation dog fighters! Lol
    Only joking martinez is a decent enough manager but theres no way our fans would give a manager 3-4 years to put his stamp on our team!!!

  • 165 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    JfA
    Didnt see their match mate but it did raise a smile to see them lose, normally dont care about their results but least its all the north east thats in the footballing trouble

    Plus I cant stand Marty with his ‘party’

  • 166 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Ffs ,
    Please get ya blinkers off Martinez the guy has showed so much loyalty by staying where he is,he obviously has some type of affinity with Dave Whelan do you honestly think he would come and work for Mike Ashley. !

  • 167 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Hes a decent manager I agree but I dont think he is much more than that tbh plays some decent football but has very little fight in his teams and barely any constant attacking push

    But ur right he would never get the time he’d need to stamp his style on NUFC plus he turned down Liverpool in the summer cant see him considering us a better option

  • 168 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    JFA
    Not only do i think he wouldnt come here i dont think we’d go for him if we sacked pards (which we wont) would martinez be a step forward? I mean ffs there fans on here saying moyes would be a sideways step but then calling for martinez and di matteo

  • 169 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Yo – and do you think our team has “fight”??
    “attacking push”??

    We are as limp as a damp lettuce leaf, left in the sun for a few hours!!

  • 170 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Hey guys!
    Can you PLEASE cut the menstrual cycle equals madness bullshit. If you think that’s valid, why the hell should anyone care what you think?
    It’s not about being precious, or not able to take the crack. But his sort of stuff would, rightly, draw criminal action elsewhere. Ed take note. Because I’m not joking.

  • 171 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Graeme
    I think we have always been a more attacking team than defending fair one this season has been troubling but thats just recent form imo rather than the teachings of our manager

    As for fight I said when we lost Barton/Nolan we had lost a big part of that which we still suffer from for me but with Tiote, Cabs and Saylor in the team I’d say they always show fight in their performances (misguided at times but its there)

    Just my opinion like

  • 172 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Graeme
    At the moment well no
    But we know the fight is there somewhere still confident we will turn it around
    Redknapp gave an interview today say QPR aren’t in a relegation fight and wont even reassess that util after december personally think the same of us won’t consider us a in a relegation scrap til feb we got a whole transfer window to go and tgat could change are season for better or worse until then we just goota concentrate on getting it rifgt on the pitch we know who’s missing so we know who’s basically starting they need to gel quickly

  • 173 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Yo…I got stuck in a moment I couldn’t get out of, so I’ll have to get back to you with the song ;-)

  • 174 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I’d quit this blog if I could…

  • 175 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    jesper
    Haha U2 lyrics? Howay man

    JfA
    U dont mean that mate, its not that bad…just wait til Jan when we spend bugger all and see it all kick off haha

    Speaking of Jan isnt that Russian wonder kid Alan Dz something on a free?

  • 176 jimiley // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    In August he said the squad was fine. He speaks with forked tongue me thinks.

  • 177 Dannyo // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    @wwycd
    A free player in russia? Need to remind Carr then, at his age, one tends to forget things :P

  • 178 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Dannyo
    If am right am sure he is well aware of it but I could have my wires crossed tbh he had a impressive Euros but seems to be little news about him recently which is unusual if hes on a free in Jan

  • 179 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Yo, tads,

    The grit and determination of last year seems to have been diminished. Is that by lack of fitness? Lack of effort? Players carrying injury? I really dont know the answer – maybe a combination of all three.

    It’s fairly obvious now that Cabaye has been carrying an injury since pre-season – what’s up with Jonas?

    Williamson is a loyal servant and a great stand-in when needed; Perch has been missing. We are no longer a force greater than the sum of our parts, which we were for so long last season!!

    That spark, its diminished, without doubt!!

  • 180 toonbrother // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    they dont callem pardumb for nothing

  • 181 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Yo everyone.

    Yo seems to be the in word on the blog these days.

    Yo !

  • 182 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Yo
    alan dzagoev???

    Graeme
    It certainly has! We need something to spark that fight in CM hopefully 3 points tomos noght will do that i get the felling that when we get a few points on the board performances will follow

  • 183 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Belfast
    Lol
    Yo for wwycd fool!

  • 184 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Yo

    Cant believe it took them all this time to realise we didn’t sign enough players.

    They’re about 3 months behind everybody else.

  • 185 beefman13 // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Our squad has been ravaged with injuries this season more so than most, we have qualified for the Europa last 32 with virtually our fringe players as AP calls them????? And while our prem form is shaky to say the least I still believe we have the players to do the biz it’s just the way the manager sets us up and the old chestnut of 442 but it isn’t working the two deem as together is a no no as most know, why are we not doing what was successful last season maybe deem a is havin to much of a say????????

  • 186 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Graeme
    Hey I was just slating Wigan not promoting Newcastle ;) I dont think its all down to Pards and I dont think bringing in Martinez would help us at this point was my opinion

    NUFC this season has had a lot of issues but I still think we have the potential to get back to the level of last season but only time will tell

    Belfast
    Dont hate me because am popular ;)

    toonarmydownsouth
    Thats the bloke…is he on a free when Jan rolls around?

  • 187 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Yo Pardew
    Why u no realise this in august ? Yo.

  • 188 Graeme // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Tads, yes, I think you could be right. ONE good game, where it all clicks together right through the team. That small 3% extra, that little bit of umph – and suddenly we become a team again, greater than the sum of its parts.

    If that is to be tomorrow, then I have to feel sorry for Wigan and Martinez – they could come seriously unstuck!! Oh, how I wish lol.

  • 189 89Norcal // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Just found out we are strongly linked with 23 year old Striker Pierre Aubemeyang from St. Etienne, along with Pool and of course, Sunderland.

    Ironic, since I bought him in FIFA 12 career mode…this must also mean we are getting Neymar :D

  • 190 WWYCD // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Belfast
    I reckon the managing team knew we hadnt signed enough players exactly when we did mate higher ups prefer to gamble on it though

  • 191 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Yeah they f**** up big time.
    At this moment I’d settle for mid table.
    Sorta half expected a struggle after that summer window,with the extra games etc.

    We were never gonna repeat last season,unless we signed the players to push on.

  • 192 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Yo
    Dont know if he signed a new contract or not but was due to be up in jan

  • 193 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Come on catchy no 2 your shitting in me wen I’m not here , your not the good one I am ;)

    Wigan will come and leave with at least a point

    It’s a sad state of affaires when you know you have to score first to stand a chance of winning a game, and even if we do score first we just sit back and try and close up shop,

    But all you Pardew lovers will just say hey, we played better we will get them next time, jolly good show Pardew, we are right behind you

    I’m not angry, just speaking the truth

    He needs slapped and told to wake up, he is scared of his own shadow,

    Evey time I see him , I think of Harry Enfield , he is only a puppet lmfao

  • 194 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    The only reason they gamble on it,is because Pardew takes all the flack & they answer to no one.

    That’s why Pardew will be here for a long time.

  • 195 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Yo Catchy
    Y u no start your posts with Yo?

    New rule : everyone starts post with Yo.

  • 196 darrenfletcher88 // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    What’s the team the mora then lads

  • 197 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Can I, as negger, state a few articles of faith with me.
    1 We are are big club, as opposed to a little club, unable to compete with big clubs like Spurs.
    2 We are a rich club. £32.6m profit out of the Premier League’s total club profit of £150 million last year. (despite paying no Corporation tax, while the rest of the city flounders under cuts). The “debt” is a paper tiger, much America’s fiscal cliff.
    C We have gates of 50,000. Considerably larger than several “big clubs.”
    D That the “positive” argument is that we are, in truth, a small, impoverished, debt-ridden club, with delusional fans, who should be grateful for Cockney realpolitik.
    These, of course, are surprisingly exact repetitions of southern media talking points. As you’d expect, given those who they are coming from.

  • 198 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/9255617/Revealed-the-financial-health-of-the-Premier-League-laid-bare.html
    We are not the smallest but hardly up with the big boys.

  • 199 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Yo Belfast

    Just for you ok

    ;)

  • 200 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Yo

    Band b

    Quit being a realist, it don’t matter how many actual facts you me or anyone comes up with, your always wrong, didn’t you get the memo, we didn’t invest in the summer , and that’s why we don’t pass, or cross the ball,
    Please know your place , we are low life for trying to want our team to play a little bit better

  • 201 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Looking for another recruit for the crusade Catchy, bandb is as entitled as anybody else to express an opinion just as I am within my right to challenge it.

  • 202 BelfastMagpie // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Yo Catchy

    Much better. lol

  • 203 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Tequila, Hello,

    The income figures are interesting. Our gates are big, but no the these days is “big” solely on the grounds of the punters on the terraces. The “biggest” boys are big on the basis of trophies won and European and World exposure since the television age begun. Though it’s not like we were never on the telly in Europe, is it?
    The wage figures exemplify how far wage trimming can go. The debt figure is what Ashley publishes. I take it with a pinch of salt, though it drives all the indicators down, as it’s meant to do, for the benefit of thickheads like you and me. We are, I believe, by other measures, the 16th richest club in the world. Hard, then, to believe we are mid-table in the Premiership. Now, who would want us to buy that?

  • 204 Ian Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    BandB- The Independent on Sunday mentioned 5 clubs , us and including Spurs and Man U that did not pay Corporation Tax. We offset previous years losses. Many fans almost see it as a crime that were close to break even . There is plenty of cash around at SJP with Deloitte’s showing us as 7th in money league. In. PL we have 13th biggest wage bill at around £53. 5 m so finishing 5th were punching above our weight. There is little excuse for Ashley not digging deep to
    spread the cash and receive the love.

  • 205 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    But no club, I meant. Sticky keyboard. Time of the month.

  • 206 Ian Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Catchy etc etc- Speak for yourself your low life.

  • 207 nick_9 // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Ladies tomorrow night is the night. Out first win since October, what a torrid month November was. Us fans will do out bit and the team will respond and score two goals…… Yes two goals

  • 208 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    BandB I think the figures are interesting as it demonstrates that gate receipts alone are a small part of overall income. I would agree that outside of the usual big 6 suspects we should be more than equipped to compete with anybody else.
    I am sure you know as well as I that published accounts are open to manipulation. You only have to look at Starbucks et al to see that. Perhaps the figure for worlds 16th richest club says more about the relative wealth of the PL.
    What I do think is that in terms of finance we are in a pretty healthy situation. Time will tell whether or not Ash pockets all the extra tv money. I suspect that wages will rise this time as it has every other that extra money is brought into the game and he will see little of it.
    Only time will tell on that one.

  • 209 catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Yo

    Ian. I always do :)

    It’s not so far away , Pardew getting sacked,

    That will be a happy day, we will move forward

  • 210 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Ian

    I can’t understand why he chose to give up the ground won in the last two seasons. On both occasions we over-achieved, by any measure. Perhaps his businessman brain calculated that he’d twice over-invested. But my point is, that you can’t chose to retreat a few places because you got landed with a European campaign you hadn’t planned for. It’s but business, bad politics, bad war, and bad football. I wish he’d just enjoy himself. How much fun can a grown man get out of discounting shoes?

  • 211 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Tequila,

    Only time will tell. I hope your optimism is well-founded. Sometimes I’m just reacting to positions I have a gut opposition to. Sometimes, I admit, I’m talking through me pocket. Sometimes, I’m just pee-ed off for me freezing-cold and bored bairns. I only come on here to talk to people about Newcastle. I hope you’ll continue to disagree with me, in the way you have.

  • 212 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    The wasp
    Ian the pain has entered the building.

  • 213 toonbrother // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    they dont make dumb like pardumb anymore

  • 214 Ian Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    BandB- once bitten twice shy. Having a giant size ego it was more than the financial impact in the early year major errors. He basically doesn’t understand football and remains afraid of being ripped off. Hence his fail safe employing of a transparent down to earth Graham
    Carr. I have to say he’s hard to predict because it seemed inexcusable
    that we didn’t invest in the summer. Having learnt a bitter lesson with relegation I believe we’ll bring in at least 3 players to go straight in or
    Seriously compete. Having DL as our prime negotiator is an obvious flaw but the spotlight will really be on him to protect Ashley’s. investment. We’re one of the best run PL clubs and just need to match it on the field. It is frustrating be ause the owner could speed up the whole improvement process and enjoy himself on the way.

  • 215 Ian Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Catchy and Strait- Two stupids don’t make a smart.

  • 216 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Ian,

    I’ve made similar points about Ashley myself, though my reading is more personal and less financial. If he hadn’t been a Londoner, he’d have made a great pitman. But he’s Mike Ashley, FFS. In every other field he’s been involved in, he pushed his advantages with extreme prejudice. If I’d had it in me to clamber to the top of a dunghill like football, I’d have wanted to cock-a-doodle about something more than my extreme prudence.

  • 217 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Love you too wasp x

  • 218 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    BandB, current form is a shared pain. Nice to have you back.

  • 219 amoeba // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Scratchy from No Place must be living too near the Wear as he is more Mackem Troll than Toon fan.

    Agent O’Neill is doing fine just fine, s’pose you’d prefer him to Pardew ?

  • 220 tequilamag // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Nice to see ex Newcastle superstar Seb Bassong torturing Sunderland on MOTD

  • 221 Ian Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    BandB- I agree. I don’t think it’s solely a financial issue with Ashley. His spats with Dave Whelan and the embarrassment of buying Xisco types and losing a lot of money in his early years as owner culminating in relegation bruised his ego . Here is a man who is a winner who was openly told by media and fan alike that he’d screwed up. He has resolved for that not to happen again. The. Mirroring of an Arsenal style development from the grass roots he believes is the way to go. He wrongly believed that there would be a natural progression this season without overly spending. This did not factor in additional games and being as lucky with injuries. Last season only Saylor was a long term injury. Ashley again believed we had the youngsters to step up to fill any gap not filled by signings. He tried the fan’s friendly owner bit in the early days and he got too much flack. I don’t know whether the hairs stand up on the back of his knock when he enters the stadium of 52,000. I really don’t understand what his motivation is other than slowly improve the product. That contradicts is usual business practice. On the football front let’s get back to winning ways.

  • 222 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Pissed in the Toon :-)

  • 223 ToonDownSouth // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Chance of Pardew being sacked at any point this season: Zero.

  • 224 amoeba // Dec 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Ian BandB

    Its a matter of cojones for MA. He has miscalculated the risk factor in not strengthening. However if we don’t see serious intent during January then we certainly ain’t going to win anything and he has to be concerned about the strength of his brand as it does rub off on the shirt selling.

    Possibly his interest in Rangers might seem better value for his investment .. remember they’re still getting 40k+ crowds and will be back to the 50,000+ .. and Rangers are at least as high profile as Toon if not higher worldwide. (big fish – small pond syndrome). He certainly isn’t going to need to out in anything like as much dosh for the same outcome.

  • 225 BandB // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I don’t know whether you’ve seen Bigi close up. I don’t know what his stats on Champ Man say. He’s really not very good (yet). And while I have great affection for Guti, he’s largely of nuisance value now the ref’s have started to point out that running into someone and falling over isn’t always a foul. Did you see you many players Swansea had running into the box yesterday, compared to us? One of the people who tries is Anita (though we’d be up all night watching him and Jonas tackling each other in training). I have to go…….

  • 226 Robiatti // Dec 2, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Evening all! I’m a regular reader but have only ever put comments on here a couple of times. This is off topic but found this great article about how the fans run and own their own club in the Bundesliga. Basically they beileve football’s soul should be preserved by keeping huge standing areas full of cheap tickets, therefore keeping the atmosphere that’s lost with all seater stadiums. This is well worth a read:
    http://m.guardian.co.uk/football/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2012/dec/02/ermany-bundesliga-noisy-fans

  • 227 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Dec 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Blog closed by Catchy.

  • 228 brian kilclines pony tail // Dec 3, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    for all of you who want pardew sacked can you tell me who would replace him?
    joe kinnear maybe?
    morons

  • 229 Sav // Dec 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    “We have been unlucky, but we are in the process of analysing whether we under-cooked it, and that is what we should do. It would be silly not to. It’s increased the discussion mode on that, we’ve obviously had an idea where it was going to go but it probably is going to change before we get there. It is very important to just keep our eye on the ball”….???
    This sounds like something Pards might stammer if he was caught with his strides down in the wrong bedroom. And now apparently Mashley and Mutley are ‘almost asking’ what can we do to help? ALMOST ASKING??? wtf is THAT? You’re too bloody late to do anything, you smug tightwads. Your chance to shine was in the summer and you blew it.

  • 230 RonVanDam // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Lets give Pardew some time. 1 reason i think he keeps playing 442 is that we have a thin squad, this formation allows us to defend more and also allow ourselfves to go on the offense and also protects us from getting thrashed in the process. We could play 4-51 or 5-4-1 but that would make us boring and have very little offense. We would be playing for draws.

    If we played 4-3-3, this means we have to play a more expensive running/attacking game and could lead to players burning out or more injuries.

    What he could do is change formation to 4-3-3 late into the game when he’s making subsitutions maybe around the 70th mark for more attack. Our team is mostly stacked with midfielders than defenders so why not use them to attack?

  • 231 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Man Utd have come back 6 times, we have zero comeback victories since we came back to beat WHU at Upton park.

  • 232 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    OMG I really hate AP now. I bet if he can’t get erection, he would find excuses to blame his wife or players or MA.

    It will be interesting what will happen if we get 6 or 7 players in January and we are still crap. Will AP come up with more excuses? He should use the time he spent on making excuses and interviews to figuring out on how to fix this problem.

    I would rather see AP gone now than later, because he doesn’t seem to be able to change or understand that this is his fault and responsibility, even if he is in charge for full 8 years it will be the same. I saw many people ask who would want to come or capable to replace AP, the answer is a lot. Magath, Ranieri, Blanc, Dellio Rossi,Van Marwijk, etc.
    With many international players we have, we should be managed by French or Dutch or Italian.

  • 233 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Santon,

    Rudi garcia

  • 234 check the toastie // Dec 3, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Doesnt matter who we sign now, i feel Pardew has lost the plot and should be given the bullet.

    Never liked him anyway.

  • 235 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Look at Lazio, they bought in a coach from Switzerland, a club called Priory of Sion, look how well he is doing. Joint 3rd.

    Not saying Sack pardew but, please don’t say we cannot get anyone.

    Dastardly does not want any one who is not cheap.

  • 236 Ian Toon // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Check – So like Brian said youv’e learnt nothing. No cause and effect analysis then!!

  • 237 Ian Toon // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    The day of a game what a pathetic bunch. I suggest you revisit the role of a supporter . Along with Catchies hang your heads in shame.
    HTL

  • 238 Ian Toon // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Jesper- good morning. Have a good one.

  • 239 jimmysmith // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Wahey! Wahoh! Another match day and with it, that first step back toward redemption – or not, as the case may be.

  • 240 Ian Toon // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    BandB- fans have bigged up Bigi. From day 1. He’s not ready for the cauldron of the PL just yet. Cameo roles will help his development. I have to disagree with you on Jonas he still has much to offer. We don’t get enough players into the box but we haven’t been creating of late. I am looking to Anita to play a big part in our victory this evening.

  • 241 karasu // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    The entire North East is in deep **** with regards to football. How queer is that? o_O

  • 242 catchy in norway // Dec 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Ian

    What is wrong with want to watch football,

    You wil find my gripe is with the fact we do not play football and the guy runnin the team would have us believe we do, his statement he uses regular is, ” if I’m honest , we never got our passing game going today”
    Other than about 5 games last season football under Pardew has been very poor, this was masked over by the fact we finished 5th last season,
    Ppl are saying that it was much improved at stoke, I would love to see where . I seen more effort from the players, but was gob smacked when he took Anita off and left jonas on, Anita was out best player,

    Normally you leave your better players on

    It’s things like this why I don’t like Pardew

    I have to ask you Ian, is Pardew better than CH ?

  • 243 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Best wrap up for the match tonite its going to be freezing, hopefully it will make wigan stiff

  • 244 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Morning Ian & everyone else of course!

    …been a hectic morning so didn’t have time for my usual morning rutine on the blog :-)

    Been reading up on my 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 the past few weeks – I am trying to get my head arounf what’s going on on the field and more importantly of the field since clearly something isn’t right.

    We tend to look at the bigger picture differently on here, but I think we all have something valid to offer!

  • 245 Pushy Pardew // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Catchies- I agree with Ian Toon you should hang your head in shame.
    Contrast your flaky flip flop support to those travelling fans. Having been drawn away in the cup again to Brighton we will complete round trips totalling 1380 miles come January for two cup games. By contrast your sitting in an armchair criticising. By contrast also no sooner had the draw been made and you were announcing that we were going to lose again. I’ll let the blog decide whether your a supporter or not. I am not going to compare and contrast managers. Chris is doing a great job . Pardew will take us to a higher level and you have to consider that during the course of a 5 year plan there will be peaks and troughs. Ian Toon is a quality blogger along with Solano to contrast.
    They exist in harmony because they respect one another. I have no respect for you or your point of view. Hang your head in shame.

  • 246 Rotonda heights // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Ian

    I’m all for the Arsenal of the North, but I do think you need a continental manager to work with continental players to get the best results long term. It’s a cultural thing which is far easier to implement if the manager shares the same approach and ideals as the players.

    How ironic is sacking Chris Hughton now! I didn’t particularly like his style at the time, although he seems to have them playing football at Norwich these days. Everyone was up in arms when he left but it worked out ok in the end.

  • 247 Rotonda heights // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Pushy

    Not that old chestnut – you’re not a real supporter if you don’t go to all the games. He lives in Norway !!
    Not going to all the games doesn’t blind you to what’s wrong or make you any less of a supporter. It’s all opinions. I don’t get where all the abuse comes from
    if someone calls it differently. There are some pro Pardew but equally many not so.

  • 248 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Indian

    Many times I mention Lazio, seems like not many people knows about them. Our players probably slightly better than them, they don’t spend big, they have smaller if not the same squad size, and they have less fans than ours.
    They also play 3 games in 8 days like we do, but they have done very well so far.

  • 249 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Gotta run!

    …now keep it clean and fight fair – until we meet again! (probably a few hours ;)) lol

  • 250 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    “Alan Pardew will tell you that he tries to play good football – That’s rubbish, he plays long ball football. It’s very direct, there is no creativity in midfield, he just wants to play route one football. Every time I’ve seen his teams play, they play that way but he’ll say in the Press ‘we play good football.’ At times he can be a conman.” –

    ex player and pundit Stewart Robson when Pardew was appointed as Newcastle United’s manager.

  • 251 davis_toons // Dec 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    03/12/12 H Wigan Athletic – DRAW / LOSS
    10/12/12 A Fulham – LOSS / DRAW
    15/12/12 H Manchester City – LOSS
    22/12/12 H Queens Park Rangers – WIN / DRAW
    26/12/12 A Manchester United – LOSS
    29/12/12 A Arsenal – LOSS

    If cant cant get a Good result at DW then, we should be going down hill…




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