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Eight Year Deals And A Terrible Newcastle Slump

8:53 am, Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

When a manager and his coaches get a massive eight year deal handed to them and the security that comes with that – and then the team shortly after that goes into a massive slump – like losing five of their last six league games, the idea of complacency will rear its ugly head.

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The Newcastle coaches have just secured eight year deals

And some have said the two are not just a coincidence, and because of the eight year deals, Alan Pardew and his staff have taken their eye off the ball – and that’s why Newcastle are now in trouble, just two points above the relegation zone and with a visit from Manchester City tomorrow.

This is what the Newcastle manager said in the local press today:

“This is an area fans are getting a bit of a misconception about us. Because of the length of our deals, there is a suggestion we’re not working as hard or something like that – it’s absolutely ridiculous. You actually work harder in these periods. It’s not a question of security or money – it’s about winning.”

“We want to win. We are hurting, all of us. What you can’t do is overload the information. The preparation we did for games last year is no different. We’ve kept it very similar.” “Tactically, we’ve changed certain things about preparation, but the way we prepare for the opposition, what is said, and where our mindset is before we go into a game is very similar to last year, when we were winning five or six games on the trot.”

“For me, I have to try and not be too over-analytical. I have to try and get the balance right. That’s what you have to do.” “It’s a difficult time. A lot of the players here have only experienced good times at this club.” “This is the first time since relegation that this club has faced a difficult period like this – one or two players are finding that difficult to deal with.”

It’s a reasonable link between the eight year deals handed out and the terrible Newcastle slump, but we think it has nothing to do with it – and if you are driven in life, money doesn’t mean too much, because it all comes from within.

And from what we’ve seen of Alan Pardew,  he’s a driven man who wants to win every game – and he’s been handed far too small a squad in September for the task that lay ahead for our club, and Newcastle have paid for that with a number of injuries to our top players.

Things may not get better anytime soon either, but let’s keep the faith and turn this thing around – surely better days lie ahead for Newcastle United.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Transfer Sage // Dec 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    It’s hard to say. I think pardew is working as hard as ever, the team is playing similar to last year we are just making more defensive mistakes and more importantly getting punished for them.

    But subconsciously pardew could be easing off without intending to.

  • 2 headtheball // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    This could be an omen. Never been second before.We will win tomorrow. I wish. HWTL

  • 3 Pushy Pardew // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Transfer
    Are you suggesting Pardew is easing off because he has an 8 year contract?

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    PPB,

    what would that be, a cricket bat

  • 5 obatoyou // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    The title of this article reminds me of titles with 2 non related things connected with an and, like the tribe called quest album ‘people’s Instinctive travels and the paths of rythm’

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Transfer Sage

    I agree we are playing similar to last year but we had the luck with us.
    I remember a lot of average displays we got away with the points

  • 7 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    @Indian. old monk

  • 8 magpiedave // Dec 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    8 year deal or no 8 year deal I think what is a glaring is that you just cannot play Ba and Cisse at the same time. We are spending so much time going down the middle where all clubs see us do that and stitch us up. We need two good people out wide who can cross a ball consiistently passed the first man where either Ba or Cisse can feed to either capitalise themselves or touch it to Hatam or another attacking midfielder to create havoc. Trouble is we have no one who can consistently cross the ball and is fit to play. Look at corners and set pieces we have had over 200 without scoring a goal and it alarms me when we see our big (in height) players set themselves for a corner or set ball and are beaten to it by more determined smaller defenders. What has gone wrong with our heading ability we look like we are afraid to attack the ball. We are palying more like 11 individuals this season, and I have watched home and away games, than the blended team of last season. I know we have injuries but surely the players who are fit are introduced to each other before going out on the pitch. Confidence is in the hands of the individual it is only that person who can shake themselves into a belief that we had last season “we are going to win this game”. We are now according to the press looking for more midfielders one thing the grass on the wings will always look nice it is never used!

  • 9 wynsleap // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    “This is the first time since relegation that this club has faced a difficult period like this”?
    Hell – we’ve only been back in the Premiership five minutes.
    Are we to endure a ‘difficult period’ every two seasons?
    That’s really something to look forward to.




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