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Alan Pardew’s Somber Message To Newcastle Fans

9:30 am, Monday, December 31st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

We have just 20 points from our first 20 games of the season, and that’s two points short of where we were after 20 games in our relegation season four year ago, after we had just been hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at home in our 20th league game of that season.

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Alan Pardew – has a big job on his hands now

And we’re 13 points behind where we were last season at this time, after we had just crushed Manchester United 3-0 in our 20th league game of the season in early January, and things were looking great.

That’s not the case at the moment, and this is our worst start in many a long year – probably the worst start for us in the Premier League ever – so we know we could be in trouble if the lads don’t start picking up some wins shortly.

And Alan Pardew has again admitted we could be in relegation scrap through May:

“I’ve never looked away from the bottom if I’m honest, and I think every Premier League manager outside of the top four or five clubs who doesn’t look at 40 points first is telling a fib.”

“You need to look at that first, and we’re still 20 points short at the moment so we’ve got a bit to do. Of course I’m confident that we will get out of it. We have good players to come back and we’re going to make an impact somewhere in this league at some point.

“But we don’t want to leave it too late and my priority is to get the best team out on the pitch as soon as I can. I have got some better news coming along with Steven Taylor and Cabaye, and just one of those coming back will be significant. I hope they will be coming back soon.”

We hate to bring this up, but Alan Pardew has said quit a few times that if Newcastle don’t perform then we could see even more of our top players leave in the summer – since they signed up to challenge near the top of the Premier League, as we did last season – and not be in the bottom five fighting against relegation.

So in the worst case Demba Ba leaving could just be the start of defections, unless the players and the coaching staff at Newcastle pull their socks up – and we can start climbing that league table and make this season a much better one than it looks at the moment.

And we’re sure we’re not the only ones a bit worried about losing some of our best players in the summer – like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa in the summer – if we survive and stay in the Premier League.

If we don’t survive – I don’t even want to think about that.

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HBA better than CR7 // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    We ll finish in the Top 10..

  • 2 WWYCD // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Penny is dropping (atleast in the public eye for Pards) time will tell whether tubs fully understands the trouble he’s dropped us in again

  • 3 sirtoongospel // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I have had a bet on us finishing 8th or better. Won’t be easy but it is achievable. I just hope Pards plays a team with all of Marv, Anita, Cabaye, HBA and maybe Bigi if Cheick doesn’t improve, behind a lethal Cisse. We have great players and those boys would get us playing some lovely stuff.

    I am still confident that we can do it but Pards has to have learnt from the last few games with regards to the ability of some of our “non purple” players. Jonas cannot be in this team when everyone is fit. If that upsets Colo then tough.

  • 4 Graeme // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    The way we are performing over the last 3 or 4 games would show a great improvement over the start of the season, which has to be a good thing. With injured players returning and a few additions in critical positions, we should comfortably avoid the relegation scene!!

    Sorting out Ba’s contract, actually offering him a decent deal (by Football Standards, obviously) would also be very helpful. Unfortunately it looks like Lamearse is continuing to make a name for himself in his hardball negotiating skills, trying to screw all and sundry!! What a plonker he really is!!

  • 5 jimmysmith // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Yeah, top ten is still very much on the cards, even so, we’d have to battle hard to hold on to our best and more so to replace them, if it comes to that.

    Ash, you’re a dope.

  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Honestly I am worried but I still think we will stay up. Only marginally staying up though. It’s not Pardew’s fault we’re in this mess, injuries, lack of investment in summer and players under performing having taken it’s toll.

    I think we will end up 14th or even 16th but with a good run of results we could quickly climb up to 10th so we’ll have to wait and see.

    This Transfer window is again crucial for us.

  • 7 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Debuchy is deffo coming so that is at least something !

    Cabaye is best mates with Mathieu so i can,t see Cabaye leaving !

    Will you all stop panicking ! This piece about pardew, s doubts is at best pure media Bullshit and should not be taken too seriously! We may still lose to the toffee,s tomorrow but the season is far from over !

    Debuchy is a good start, although i feel that they should of signed in the summer, Llambs Arse and Ashley f…….up! Big Time!

  • 8 jimmy // Dec 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    i wish people would stop being downhearted about our season so far. i mean im gutted too but look at the misfortune we have had losing all them players to injuries. if any other team lost as many top players as we have they would all struggle too. i think since we have gone back to 4-2-3-1 we have played some good football. how many teams go to old trafford and emirates score 3 goals and come away with nothing?
    Danny Simpson is poor, how many times does he give the ball away from throw ins?? unbelievable how many times he does and it costs us goals. hes a championship player at best. bringing debuchy in and a quality centre back(fingers crossed) and remy (or someone similar) we will be fine once everyone is back. a starting line up of
    krul,debuchy,saylor,colo,santon
    tiote cabaye marveaux ben arfa cisse remy

    will do a lot of damage so lets start looking in the bright side. we are not going to get relegated no chance there are worse teams than us. Southampton,reading villa wigan qpr.
    As with regards to Ba. f**k him he obviously has never really wanted to be at newcastle as you dont have a release clause in contract that be activated in any transfer window during his contract his contract if he really wanted to be there. he is also very greedy. im starting to doubt if he will actually leave within next 18months as his representatives are wanting too much money. he is also partly to blame for cisses poor form. the 2 of them cant play together. i dont agree with pards with playing cisse on left/right wing as he is a centre forward as with ba when he came to england he was a left winger. we played 4-3-3 for second half of last season and looked class. ba obviously spat the dummy hence going back to 4-4-2 this season up until a month ago. put cisse back up top on his own and he will score plenty goals again the goals he scored last year arent just a one off!

  • 9 nufcusa // Dec 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    The next 5 games define our season. We have 2 home games which should reap 4 points and 2 away games where a minimum of 4 should be the target. Tough giving we have not win away from home but Norwich and Villa are winnable. The 5th game being Brighton away.

    If we can take something from Everton and beat Brighton for our elusive away win, then the platform is there for reading, Norwich and villa.

    If we lose to Everton and Brighton then I get the next 3 games will be under new management and we will back to Kinnear time!




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