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Alan Pardew – We Made A Mistake

10:30 am, Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Well it seems that only one new player is likely to come through the door in January, and that to us is disappointing,  because with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor out until February, we’ll have to go at least another eight games in the league before our squad is strengthened by their return, and that’s a lot of points to play for and possibly lose.

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Alan Pardew – one new player in January?

And it seems that Alan Pardew is admitting that Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley made a big mistake when they didn’t strengthen the squad even more in the summer – but we all knew that was a big mistake at the time.

This is what Alan said today in the local press:

“It is a difficult window, but I think we would like to get – definitely – one player in and not lose anybody. It could be that we lose a player, you never know.” “Obviously I lost Andy Carroll in this window and in a situation that wasn’t too dissimilar to what I’m in now two years ago, maybe it was a bit better.”

“But if that is the case then we need two players, and if we lose two then we need three.” “Myself, Mike and Derek all agree that we should have brought one more senior player in here.” “For whatever reason it didn’t happen.”

“And we have learnt from that lesson, and that’s what comes from the luxury which is the security of the owner.” “The owner has great faith in my ability and I have to reward that with what I think when we make an error, and say we have made a mistake.”

The one player could well be Loic Remy – with news today that Newcastle are in advanced talks for the striker, but what about strengthening the defense?  If we don’t bring in a good defender in January we think that will be another mistake by the Newcastle Board.

There’s no doubt we are giving away far too many points by our defense leaking silly goals at vital times during games, such as on Saturday against Manchester City and at Fulham and Stoke City.

Surely we have to fix that in January by bringing in a top defender?

What do you think?

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MacToon // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    So Remy can cover in defence too?

  • 2 Lee Dodd // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    We Need 3 New Players in and No One out What Good is Getting Shot of Marvaux and Getting Remmy We need More Players in… !!!

  • 3 MacToon // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I put it down to not telling the media too much, no point in showing our cards too early… well I hope that’s the case.

  • 4 rainrix // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Ha it needed to be a bit more than just 1 more player Al

  • 5 check the toastie // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Pardew yet again, trying to convince the gullible fans that it will be a good window if we lose no top players, spoken like a true patsy.

    Love the way Pardew is so positive, NOT.

    He annoys the crap out of me with all this constant scare-mongering, Man City, Man Utd and Chelski are the only teams in this league who should be able to tempt our players from the club. That is what he should be saying, however he cant as he has no power in what goes on.

    Just shut the F@*k up Parsnip.

    Wonder when he mentions Demba Ba’s clause again, its been at least a week.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    if we have to play out the season with simmo, Willo
    and Jonas, I think we’re goners.

    I’m worried sick by pardew as it is, but at least with 3/4 good players, we may have seen a bit of a sea change in tactics.

  • 7 blew // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Slowly the truth is coming out, maybe 1 player. But it could be a smoke screen, a few players might be coming in or we cant get them in.
    I can see much unrest on the terraces soon.
    My hope for the new year would be a club takeover, by a Russian oligarch

  • 8 Lee Dodd // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    If We Get Beaten of QPR Then pardew Needs The Sack !!!! He wont Do as He is so Farr up Ashleys Backside !!!!! Once Again we Pay Top Money to See Top Rubbish !!!! The Majority of the side is the Championship side still with The Likes of Cabaye Tiote Ba and Cisse Santon etc We havnt Spent Big Time on Players and can Never Compete with The Man Utds and Citys Because of that. Come on Mike Get Some Players in and Get Some Faith From The Fans . Alan Pardew is Loosing The Faith That we had in Him…

  • 9 catchy in norway // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM


    only the other day he was saying he needed a few signings, and that if he lost 1 he would replace him with 2

    today seems a total back track on that statement,,

    me myself and i all agree we should have brought in 1 more senior player, ,, errrr had on,, we all said that at the time,, but i seem to recall dick lambass wanted them all for free, we had players going on strike tying to get here

    but i would have loved 5 more players to come, and i welcome them to come in jan, finaly then you will see that its pardew who has no clue in management,,,

    this season is now a right of because of pardew, that team at the start was good enough to win games, i believe it still is, good enough

    what it is not good enough for is the chalenge for the top5 again,, but this team sqaud is a top 10 team

    just miss managed

    ibiza,, you asked who would be a manager,,,

    id love to be,, but more importantly,, lots of good managers would love our club

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Hmmm…I’m with mactoon in hoping this is a case of not showing off our cards, which is hard at the minute as we all know what we need.

    Not a great confidence booster though.

  • 11 Beattie25 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    If we only make one signing then I don’t think I can carry on.

    What an absolute joke.

  • 12 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I would believe that that extra centre half cover was so needed, they know that and have held their hands up on it, the right back situation was different as we had anyone of 5 players who could play there at the start of the season in simpson raylor perch anita and tav we atill have three options there again at left back we had fergie perch anita and tav again, all players who have that versitility.

    Its been the centre half position were we have not had adequate back up, and that has been the crux of our problem, hands have been held up for that now and again this is all in highnsight, nobody expected us to get in europe last season with our squad, we did, this season we were still expected to be at this stage top 7/8 but it has not happened for various reasons, extra player brought in suspensions and injuries.

    Maybe always expect the unexpected at the toon and we can calm our passions a bit more, we go way over the top.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I hope that article was with Lequipe and has been taken completely out of context otherwise we are in for a very long eight years.

  • 14 ajcrawfs // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    screw strikers we need to concentrate all our efforts on getting a CB and replacing danny simpson our defense is shocking!

  • 15 Ben3arfa // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Pardew is a tosser .. Our team cant defend set pieces and and struggle to go forward yet he is talking about one signing .. -_-

  • 16 Beattie25 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM


    I’d be with you on that but we learn from history that we do not learn from history.

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    catchy…Actually, I was responding to someone elses comment about who would be a manger, I did offer up your name though!

    His lack of consistency in press talks is frustrating, but I have always felt the club use the media to manipulate, it’s what the media do, so use it to your advantage. Question is, who is being manipulated? The fans? Selling clubs? Pardew himself?

    Submit your answers before the January 31st deadline, the winner will be revealed February 1st.

  • 18 Novocastrian66 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    If we don’t sort the defence out in January we’re finished. It saying we don’t need additional firepower, we do whether Ba leaves or not.
    If we do not strengthen at the back we are down. We played quite well against Man City but gave away poor goals as we did against Fulham. The whole of the defence is culpable too.
    The problem is as plain as day.
    Also at the start of the season we were poor and losing, now we’re playing well and losing. I’m worried. No new defenders in January? Goodbye premier league.

  • 19 Phatoon // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    People need to ignore what they say with regards to transfers. We’ll never know the full truth behind what goes on.

    Also what is he going to say?

    “Oh yeah, we need a new CB, FB, CM, WF and a ST and these are the names of the players we want…..”

    Then sit back and watch the prices rise, or other clubs swoop in.

    Best to just sit back, hide under your bed sheets and then wait til Feb 1st. Then we can moan 😉

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Beattie….Shall we book your blog goodbye for 11pm Jan 31st then?

    I’m still hopeful (and possibly still a mug 🙂 ).

  • 21 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    We still have the right buying policy at the toon imo, A rsenal as well and fruition is only a few years away as the fair play will get stronger and stronger over coming seasons, just watch the arabs/ruski pull the purse strings in in the coming years they have just recently admitted that they are going to have to.

    I believe we will still get quality in to this club as we have previous three seasons Graham Carr will see to that , cazorla at arsenal is terrific but we got ben arfa cabaye cisse and Ba for what he cost, we are still growing, a mistake was made in the summer hands again have went up, and

  • 22 Krul to be Kind // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    For every window pardew has been here we have done the total opposite of what he has spouted before the transfer window opens, I’m hoping that 1 net new face is really meaning the 3 net signings we undeniably need, solid cb, dictating cm and second striker… I’ve deliberately ignored fullback because I think we are waiting on some very promising fullbacks emerging from development squad, tav, Fergie, dummett

  • 23 bambams // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    are the management team ‘doing our legs here’….One more player – its a bloody laugh !

    I am not even going to state which positions need strengthening…We ALL know where we are poor.

    Pardew grow a pair !

  • 24 shearermania // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    come on for gods sake,,,cut the man some slack…
    he took us to fifth last season and now hes rubbish…soo fickle..
    true players like simmo, willo, raylor probably played out of their skins last season and cant produce it that with dip in form off tiote, jonas, collo …injuries to cabaye, taylor we would always have a struggle on our hands….
    we didnt strenghten in january, we got cocky…thats all! b the football has been appalling but its getting better, i can see us having a good second half….
    but come on last season pardew was the messiah now hes the villain….try to lay some blame on the players – they are the ones who arent producing…you can put cisse, ba right, left or centre but if theres no supply theres no end product..the board made big mistakes thinking they could walk it but i believe in pardew…i believe in stability – hes just a victim of his own success last season.

  • 25 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    We still have the right buying policy at the toon imo, A rsenal as well and fruition is only a few years away as the fair play will get stronger and stronger over coming seasons, just watch the arabs/ruski pull the purse strings in in the coming years they have just recently admitted that they are going to have to.

    I believe we will still get quality in to this club as we have previous three seasons Graham Carr will see to that , cazorla at arsenal is terrific but we got ben arfa, cabaye, cisse, and Ba, for what he cost, arsenal have been doing it this way for maybe 15 years we are only three years inn we, we are still growing, a mistake was made in the summer hands again have went up, 20 games to go let them put it right i believe they will, that is no boast ,it is a genuine belief.

  • 26 check the toastie // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Pardew the yes man, currently all he is interested is trying to keep his job, he is hardly the man to make a stand and say we need new signings, he owes Ashley everything for giving him a chance to manage this Great club.

    Hope we outplay QPR at the weekend, with Perchy Anita and Tiote driving us on i pray we can do it.

  • 27 jimiley // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    We do not need more than one player. If Ba goes, we need cover for his position. We are a well run club and will not be held to ransom by players demanding excessive wages. If we get relegated, so be it. We are not a big club with a right to stay in the Prem. Alan will bring us back up again. It would be a welcome relief to see us play fluent football in the Champ again. better than the hoofball guff in the Prem.

  • 28 Krul to be Kind // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM


    Tip off the hat, last post was right on the money lad!

  • 29 Graeme // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Only one player coming in during the next window would be tantamount to negligence in the real world.

    Failure to strengthen the defence would be confirmation of a serious lack of ambition from the Illustrious Owner and deadly dekka!!

    All we can do is wait patiently for the arrival(s)!!

  • 30 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Jail, put a contract out on MA get him done in, that will get you life for being a direct accsesory to murder, that will see you of the blog for a good 8 years suppose in a way that would suit the and the pozziezs and the mozzies ha ha

  • 31 TorqToon // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    This could be the time to step away from the blog for today. Not sure what people get out of bashing Pards all the time. But each to their own. Just glad the supporters at SJP are always vocal and behind the lads ! Lets hope the club don’t read this blog as some of the doom mongerring is crazy ! We are Newcastle United – not man Utd / Chelsea or Citeh !! Everything takes time and those who bash Pards now – we very quiet last season! Don’t forget it was until the last 7 games we really pushed on for Europe ! There’s plenty of time to turn things around and as long as Pards gets the financial backing he needs – I 100% believe we will do just that!

  • 32 JARRAMAG // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    If 1 player comes in then it looks as if Simpson is signing a new contract(it will just sum up the ambition of the owner-just stay in the league every year with no expenditure and take the extra tv money)

    I think will be Cissoko for a couple of million because i think these clowns will put up with Williamson until Taylor returns.

    I have no doubt Pardue has asked Ashley for extra players but is told to Just keep spouting his folked tounge bull to the fans

  • 33 JCT // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    MADE A MISTAKE…. come on…. we all knew the squad wasn’t big enough. Even without the Europa cup we needed more troops onboard.We were lucky with injuries last season and it’s hit us big style this time.I agree with most we need at least 3 new players in…
    full back…
    centre half…
    striker… ( if somebody pays Ba his £90K pw..
    No point sacking AP as we tried sacking the boss when and we got relagated

    Must win against ARRYS mob.

  • 34 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Torq, we were in the champs league until the final seconds of last season in reality, how well did we do it was remarkable, all this flak this season is way way over the top, none are happy were we are but the bitterness is truely disgusting by the majority on here.

  • 35 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    One player in – the guys a tosser.


  • 36 beefman13 // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    JCT we have qualified for the europa last 32 and were the first english team to do it and that was playing mainly AP`S fringe players, not another team in the prem has had anywhere near the suspensions and injuries we have had, we would still be up there within touching distance with our squad as it is now if we had been a bit more fortunate that way.

  • 37 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Alan Pardew – We made a mistake ..

    … sacking Chris Hughton.

  • 38 bambams // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I am not knocking Pards for what he has done, i never wanted him but ate humble pie…what annoys me is he appears to be a yes man. we have heard him a few times state we should have signed more players and that was when we lost players early in the season. but now is totally different, ba is acting like a greedy sod so hands tied there but Pards needs to man up and tell ash we need a commanding CB, a midfielder that can boss a game with ‘pace’ and another striker at the very least.

    I will give him time (this window) to see if he is a ‘manager’ or ‘coach’.

  • 39 stuart no9 // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    mmmm dosnt exactly fill you full of confidence really. 1 player wont keep us up! and that 1 player could be in exchange for BA,. i hope alan is talking his usual crap for a change.

  • 40 archaeomag // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Big mistake was getting into bed with W@nga

  • 41 Munster Mag // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Beefie, I hope you’re not feeling as smug as you were in the summer when me and others railed against our cheapskate owner’s buying policy. Fess up time mate.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM


    that has to be the most naive comment I’ve seen. who will still be here in the championship to play fluent football?.

    How about trying to play it now while we’re still premiership and get the 2/3 quality players we need to ensure that.

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM


    when we played wigan they had 9 players out. At most we’ve had 3

  • 44 Spuggy // Dec 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    The bigger problem is attracting good players and holding on to our big names. We had our chance to attract 2-3 top quality signings and seal our place as a top 6 side, especially with Europa to contend with.

    Which top players will come now for small wages to join in a relagation dog fight, with Manu and arsenal to come before jan we may well enter Jan in the bottom 3.

    Qpr is such a massive game.

  • 45 Munster Mag // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Beefie, you are falling for the old injuries chestnut. Pardew and others keep mentioning guys who are not first teamers ffs!! Obertan and Vukic etc dont count….

  • 46 WorJordi // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    You have to feel a bit for Pardew
    He carries no authority as everyone bellieves MA pulls all strings.
    DL is just MA eyes and ears when he is not around.
    SO we should get shot of the Grass DL first.
    MA and DL care absolutely nothing for NUFC only MONEY
    If a new owner came in and stood by Pardew with a fighting fund for transfers and development perhaps we would see a change in his apologist attitude that annoys everyone. He could grow a pair and bite back.
    That aint gonna happen no time soon as there isnt a new owner around the corner.
    It may jsut help if Pardew just stopped the constant excuses and held his hands up and admitted he is wrong.
    He would probabaly gain a lot more respect from the fans.
    We need to beat QPR soundly and then look forward to nicking points off Man U etc.

  • 47 Mint // Dec 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Buy buy buy, that will work right? One word – Sunderland.

    Its all Tiotes fault!

  • 48 JCT // Dec 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Thats my point Beefman, we have not been fortunate this season our luck with injuries & suspensions has run out thats why we should have brought some players in when we were in a great position to attract some quality players. Not some many will fancy a relagation scrap in January me thinks???????

  • 49 numba9 // Dec 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    1 player???? are you totally blind mr pardew, i would say we need at least 4 top quality players, not only did we loose established players which were usefull to the squad in the last window, we didnt replace them and have a injury prone squad. and i dont mean sign more children for possible future sell on, how are we going to grow and win without stability and experience?

  • 50 lesh // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Do, will these people ever learn and realise that the cash position will be made worse if we suffer the drop than if they spend now to reap the Prem monies next seaso?

    If not, they do not deserve to be in charge of any business!

    Let’s just hope that Pards is managing expectaions down – after all, the arrival fo Cisse caught us all by surprise!

  • 51 lesh // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    And if we lose players on January 31 Mr Pardew, what then?

    Please explain where and how we’re going to get replacement(s) from or could it be a repeat of the Carroll debacle!

  • 52 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 18, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Well there,s more absolute twaddle being written on here again in response to the above !

    Some of you do have a point, however, there were times in the past when absolutely no information came out, about Transfers about the players bla,bla,bla !
    Most of you were bitching about everything then too !

    Pardew does tend to contradict himself every time he gives a press conference though, but i think this is all part of the master plan to confuse the hell out of you lot and the rest of the plonker agents out there ! Would not surprise me if we wallop QPR this weekend and manage to get at least a point from the Manure and Arsenal fixtures too !

    A few words in Dutch to confuse you all even more than you are already:

    Wij wil onze Prem status goed vast houden kom het einde van het seizoen ! De kan wel gegarandeerde worden door minimaal een CB en een Striker binnen te halen in Januarie !
    Rot op alle mensen hierop die zeggen dat dat anders is !

    Lay off Pardew you complete Plonkers!

    Keep the Faith and HWTL!

  • 53 NorseToon // Dec 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Okay, but seriously, we need a CB. No fukcing around this time. I’d love Remy but if only one player in, it has to be a CB

  • 54 obatoyou // Dec 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    If he is being serious about ‘one’ player then all hope is lost

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