What’s The Main Reason for Newcastle’s Slump – Let Us Know


There are a number of reasons that Newcastle are down in the dumps in the Premier League right now, and we’d like to know which one of them is the main reason for Newcastle’s slump in the Premier League over the last seven games – of which we’ve lost an amazing six.



Here are four possible reasons why we have had such a dramatic downturn in our fortunes over the last couple of months:

  • The club didn’t bring in enough players in the summer to fortify the squad for the extra games we play in the Europa League, and since we have qualified for the final 32 of that competition we will have more games coming up starting in February.
  • Some of our major players are out injured and certainly we’ve been hit with injuries with Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling out long term, and Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor our until February, Ben Arfa now out until next year and that mysterious toe injury that Gabby Obertan has – that has kept him out far too long.
  • A number of our top players not playing anywhere near the form they showed last season, and they include players like Papiss Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez to name just two.
  • There are criticisms of manager Alan Pardew and the coaching staff,  of not being able to get the best out of the good players we still have available.

Each reader has only one vote – and let us know which of the four you think is the major reason for this season’s dramatic slump.

What's The Main Reason For Newcastle's Dramatic Slump?

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299 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #1

    All of the above

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  • Mint

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote loosing the ball/giving away free kicks/red cards is a big chunk of our current points tally

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #3

    I dont think there is one MAIN reason more of a combination of the above!!

    Also teams have worked out our weaknesses and are also trying a lot harder against us than last season which shows a how much other teams respect us from last season

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Lack of investment, injuries, Pardews tactics, under performing players.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m not voting for this, cause i think it’s the sum of all of em.

    1. We should’ve brought in atleast 2 defensive heavy duty signings.
    2. We need to invest in medical gear, much like the deal Man Utd made with Toshiba. A wise investement imo.
    3. Many players have been off form for a longer period, some still are. Which is odd cause if anything, AP is a manager who gets the best out of players individually. I dunno what we can add here, but maybe the lack of spending got to them? Maybe it’s just the general motivation.
    4. Maybe they could be wiser tactically, but i think the main reason here is not bringing in a coach with European experience.

    Had they done that, we’d be fighting for 4th right now, cause all i say is absolute and my footballing experience is greather than anyone else.
    That is all.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    As I have said before, Ashley just wants to use NUFC as an advertising hoarding. Its pretty sickening. Funny how all the happy clappies and the mini accountants are quiet now as the shear bleakness of our summer transfer policy hits home.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Still think most of the blame lies with Ashley & co, but Pardew has played his part too.

    Playing hoofball when we look far better when we pass it around.

    Picking players every week, even though their playing crap. Playing players out of position etc etc

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Tough one to answer, but I went with lack of incomings and here is why (oh goody, an explanation….is everyone holding their breath?)…

    Players playing badly – If new players had come in, in theory they’d have to keep up their form or risk a newbie taking their spot.

    Too many injuries – We’d have more players to cover the injuries.

    Pardew & The coaches – Nothing really related here, other than they would have better options to mix things up with. Whether they would or not is anyones guess.

    There isn’t really one main reason, but if we had strengthened we’d likely be in a better situation to judge our shortcomings.

    Personally, i think the main problem is BelfastMagpie 🙂

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9

    all those reasons have played a part in our woeful form these last few months. its hard to pick out just one, we didnt buy, and pards is not up to it- they are my two major factors.

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  • MacToon

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    All of the above as has already been said but lack of investment as number 1 mistake.

    Munster, from last thread, imho I thought we gave last years champions a run for their money but they had that extra bit of class (as you’d expect) and maybe even the luck of the green too. Definitely see impovements from about 4-5 games ago AND we had Hatem missing.

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  • Davey_H

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    “Tiote loosing the ball/giving away free kicks/red cards is a big chunk of our current points tally”

    So it is not only me who thinks that!!!
    I cannot believe the amount of times he has either lost the ball by arsing about or in-completed passes. I would love to see those stats somewhere.

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  • Ashton

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew’s tactics and subs. And his lack of guts in terms of team selection is the only reason why we are in this position.

    He compromised the team and changed the 433 to make Ba happy because of his contract. You see he pulled this stunt to make Ba sign a long term contract. But he won’t and he will leave for peanuts. And Pardew would look like an idiot.

    Our team is set up to get the best out of Ba. Everything revolves around him and everyone is doing their best to make him happy by scoring goals. It has worked greatly so far. For Ba but for the team not so much.

    Pardew is being played like puppet by Ba and it’s so funny and absurd.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Munster….My calculator blew up trying to justify our summer spending. Hoping for a new one for Christmas, I miss being a mini accountant.

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  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew has been let down by to many top players coasting by from last seasons success. Colo, Tiote, Jonas and Cisse are all shadows of the players they were last season. Cisse can be excused since we’ve tried to keep Ba happy sacrificing him. Another massive factor we don’t have any squad players who can play anywhere and do anything asked of them. Perch and Ryan Taylor to me was as important as anyone last season and we’ve lost one of them to injury. Losing guys like Best as well who could do a job when called upon.

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  • 89Norcal

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    just saw on sky that Feillaini has been suspended for violent conduct against Shawcross at Stoke.

    His return comes just before we play Everton.

    Damn our rotten luck 🙁

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  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    none of the above. its clear to see the impending apocalypse has got the boys down. combined with the planetary alignment causing a distortion in the cosmic energy flow to pardews head, through his fantastic follicular structure, and it is as clear as day why we have been struggling.

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  • Ashton

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Our medical team is also pathetic. They should get some blame for being complete idiots and rushing players left and right. HBA?? Tiote?? Colo???Cabaye??? They all got rushed back in. And got the same injuries days after recovering from them.

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  • blew

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Lack of top players brought in, as Santon @3 states , other clubs are attacking our weaknesses and succeeding.
    I think the Pardew /Carr partnership has brought in 9 midfielders in additiion to those existing, how many are good enough?
    The pair of them have overlooked pace and heading ability, 2 major problems in the squad.

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  • 89Norcal

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Right our slump, that’s definitely all of the above, but primarily #4, when pardew inexplicably had us playing god awful football October thru November.

    Predictably, he’s now got us playing far better, except for the defense which is why we are still losing.

    I agree with some here, he’s being a puppet to Ba’s demands. just play them in a 1-1 format and be done with it!

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  • magpiedan

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Hi I’m the new guy. Followed for a while and will be a regular.

    The reasons are a few. Pardew has been caught short with players but has then used what he’s got in a poor way. He should probably have played Marveaux over Gutierrez or even slap Bigi in to create a midfield 3. If you’re good enough you’re old enough. But injuries have really hurt us. As well as Big Mikes poor ‘haggling’ over players that don’t particularly look incredible (except Debuchy big fan) and its probably now a bit to do with confidence. I’m fearing QPR as I feel if we don’t get a good 3 points, Man U and Arsenal will be tough as frozen crap.
    – Keep Calm and HWTL!

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  • Ashton

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #21

    blew

    We did bring players in and improved the team. Anita is a class act and he is one of our best players. Last year we did very well and with Anita’s arrival and us keeping everyone, well…… it’s not that outlandish of us to expect the same type of performance really. Theoretically we should even do better than last year.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew’s fault!!!!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    pardews perfect @ 16- my thoughts exactly! i just didnt know how to put it . well done! by the way – what does it mean?

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #24

    All of the above but with number one as main reason.
    We stood still in terms of transfers, none of the players we let go were anymore than squad players but Anita was the only we brought in ready for first team .Injuries have highlighted the lack of depth to the squad..

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley really messed up in the summer transfer window ..Lambarsse admitted to making fundamental mistakes by the hapless pair in the running of our football club

    ..yet at the same time when making that statement were busy making another Mistake ! our defence is the weak link in the team ..and 2 players in particular ..you know who they are .

    Saying that, the strikers are still trying to work together and failing up to now to a degree..because of tactics.

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  • sula

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #26

    PEOPLE ITS CLEAR PARDEW DOESNT WANT TO BRING SEXY FOOTBALL BACK TO ST JAMES PARK. HOOFBALL IS THE MOST BORING WAY TO WATCH A GAME ITS SO SAD TO SEE THESE PLAYERS NOT ABLE TO GET 5 PASSES TOGETHER BEFORE PANICKING I JUST CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT DO THEY DO IN PRACTISE REALLY PLEASE CAN SOMEBODY JUST TELL ME. I SEE EVERY WEEK IN THE PREM TEAMS PASSING THE BALL BETTER THEN US DOING EVERYTHING BETTER THEN US AND I SIT AND WONDER WHY OH WHY IS IT ALWAYS NEWCASTLE WHO HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH THE SIMPLE THINGS. PARDEW DOESNT SEEM TO HAVE AN ANSWER AND THIS IS WANTS WORRYING ME GETTING BETTER DOESNT MEN ANYTHING WITHOUT COLLECTING WIN HERE AND THERE CAUSE I REALLY CANT SEE WHERE WE WILL GET OUR POINTS FROM. QPR ON SATURDAY NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING TO CHANGE.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    I think the coffee machine in the players lounge is broken or only serves that crap vegetable soup. That is usually the cause of discontent in 90% of work-related disputes. No I refuse to vote, I think its a compound of all the above and a few more behind-the-scenes unknowns. Which is good really because law of averages says a few of these should naturally resolve soon anyway.

    Stuart – I agreed with Big Al, I just made a side note that Al the pundit is a far cry from Al the player, he doesn’t actually have to broadcast discontent – as an old boy who used to front the party line with steely determination he now feels compelled to rehash common knowledge, to the end of doing no good really. Its bound to upset the fans and/or further irritate a stubborn MA into digginmg his heels in imo.

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #28

    It is obvious that we didn’t strengthen enough in the summer. All the fans could see it. We just need to replace the championship quality players of Simpson, Williamson and Gutierrez. If we do that we can the otherside of the league again. This may be a blessing in disguise and make Ashley realise we need to sign a few players to progress. The most annoying thing, you look at every signing we make and they are great. Anita was the best player on the field at the weekend! I hope and think we will sign a few good players. We know the club have alot of targets ready as we are linked with 10 players every week, just need Ashley to open his wallet up!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Sula, (cue clinking of change) – here’s a couple of quid – go get your keyboard fixed 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Here we go again – ‘championship quality’ – What? No ‘at best’?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #31

    January window ..no good buying potential for the defence ,,we need the following to climb the league..this is fact this will happen with the following players..

    Alderwield ..Brilliant ..like Colin Todd in his heyday

    A top top right back , Debuchey?

    And the best signing we could make? .

    .Shane Long, he will be perfect to work with Cisse if Ba leaves .

    We missed out on Vertongan after Ashley totally ignored the fact we could have pitched for him….Spurs showed ambition..We did not.

    Shane Long
    Toby Alderweild
    Debuchy.

    iTs no good signing potential when you are facing a relegation fight. Experience is key in our situation not some up and coming kid.

    Ashley will still make the mistake of shopping at Aldi or Lidl…We are shagged .

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  • sula

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #32

    LOOOL TSUNKI CANT BE BOTHERED JUST LIKE PARDEW I ALSO WANT AN 8 YEAR CONTRACT AND DO NOTHING AND THEN JUST SAY WE GAVE A GOOD ACCOUNT FOR OURSELVES I AM PROUD OF THE LADS LOOOOOOOOOOOL.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m not going to comment on this thread for fear of sounding like a broken record.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Sula…Easy mate, catch your breath.

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #35

    @Tsunki Well Gutierrez wins alot of free kicks, Williamson can kick the ball far and Simpson is getting the shittest blowies off his life every day so i thought i would give them a break and say “Championship”.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Sula – does that mean laugh out out out loud?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki….I hope you’re not taking the p*ss out of someones stutter.

    Yours

    The blog police x

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  • sula

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    YEAH TSUNKI THATS NOT VERY NICE OF YOU LOOOL.

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  • 89Norcal

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Those of you still complaining about Pardew’s “hoofball” need to watch the games more closely. We haven’t played like that in the last 3 games, save for when Shola is subbed on towards the end of the game.

    And you know why we do that? Because it worked so well for us last season as a Plan B.

    It’s all about defense, defense, DEFENSE right now. When we concede so often it deflates the team and makes fighting back that much harder.

    I for one am proud of the display we showed vs. City, we even had city backed into their own goal in the 2nd half, but poor defense on the counter cost us big time.

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  • wreker16

    Dec 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Great poll ed, good call

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