Pardew Under Big Pressure – We’ve Had A Terrible Run


I cannot remember a time when Newcastle have gone through such a bad patch in the league, certainly not over the last twenty years, and we’ve lost nine of our last eleven games in the Premier League, and we’ve taken only 7 points from the last 12 league games.

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Alan Pardew – under pressure

And over a 38 game season that would give us 22 points – and certain relegation – so the run has been horrendous and it’s hard to take for Newcastle fans – and it’s still going on after we missed another  opportunity to end the terrible run last night.

We didn’t really think we’d do too well against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, after we scraped the 1-0 win at home against QPR, and although we played very well in patches in those games, we still managed to lose all three and leaked 13 goals in the process.

Pardew has this to say after the game last night:

“Let’s be honest, we have had an awful run, but I thought tonight we gave a really honest account and we can’t ask for more than that from the players we had on the pitch.” “But in the end, Everton had a bit more guile, a bit more experience and a bit more quality, and that’s what we need to bring back.

“We have played Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, three really, really top teams without our best team, far from it, but we have to take heart from the performances we are giving.” “But that ain’t enough. We need some new bodies in, we need some bodies out of the treatment room and we need to get our best side back on the pitch because we won’t hide form the fact that we are right in it now and we have got to get out of it.”

We have to admit the result last night really shocked us,  and we thought we’d get at least a point out of the game, but now we have to wait until a week on Saturday for our next game at Norwich City and Chris Hughton, to get a win, and we are getting perilously close to the bottom three.

Football is all about results and Alan Pardew will be under tremendous pressure to turn this thing around and it needs to be soon too – 9 losses in 11 games is not good in anybody’s book – whoever the manager is.

And we cannot even think about relegation – it’s just too painful after what happened a short four years ago.

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38 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous thread:

    Papiss scored all those goals playing CF not right wing. Stop f@cking about and put him there. I was totally shocked that Cisse was not CF last night, been waiting for Ba to leave to put him back there and he goes and sticks bambi up top.

    Really was a bad decision.

    And finding a partner for Cisse should be finding a creative player to play on the wing either left or right, thats what Cisse needs, not another CF…although the squad needs a CF to cover Cisse obv..

    ALSO

    Not sure why you were so shocked Ed that we lost to Everton right now either?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #2

    frustration: tipping point

    10 losses in 12 matches. can’t hide behind much there. what is it now? 3 wins on the season? 4 maybe? if that’s not relegation form, what is?

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes, you can’t ask more from the players, but definitely ask more from the fking manager.
    AP can say losing against top teams and taking positives, but we can’t even win against stoke, swans, soton, whu. FFS

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #4

    really really thought after that great performance vs man u we’d press on. same old reversion to either negative tactics and/or sending out 11 headless chickens

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I really really feel for the fans that go to the stadium to watch the game especially to arsenal.
    Btw how many home games have we lost now?

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #6

    we have lost 6 home games

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Not only that, we have never been called a wee club from the north before.

    I don’t know why am I so pissed now. It’s a new year and I got angrier than last year.

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  • ash1001

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Problem Solving

    Show Pardew the door and get Laurent Blanc in, quickly before the season really does go pear shaped.

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  • Rock

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #9

    whatever happens, i hope pardew doesnt get fired NOW. let him clear all the mess he created…the formation confusion and all that. if at all a coach should be fired, the timing should be good. like juande ramos out redknapp in for spurs when they had 8 horrible opening games to that season.
    if we bring a new manager in now, and the mythical “new manager bubble” doesnt happen, we will be in a worse position than now.
    2-3 good signings and cabs, hba, staylor and a couple of good wins will bring us back on track…plus i feel cisse as the tip of our spear will have a very good end to the season. and if that doesnt happen we are royally screwed this time…pardew or no pardew.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Rock

    QPR starts winning under Redknapp after Hughes got sacked.
    I hope you are right, I can’t stand anymore home defeats or away games hammering.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #11

    The way I saw it when Ba was here Pardew couldnt play Cisse where everyone knew he should be playing, he was wrong to promise Ba he would play centrally this season but he had got into a position he couldnt get out of it so even though I didnt agree with it I could understand why he was persisting with it.

    But now, with Ba gone surely moving Cisse centrally was what we were all waiting for even Pardew? But he sticks Shola there and keeps Cisse out wide, this says something is wrong in his head, no excuses now, this is his choice to play Cisse on the right.

    Utter stupidity.

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  • solz tim krul

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #12

    relegation is what we are in ryt now i hate to say it but thats the truth. Bring players with a spirit of winning games.

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  • Rock

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Santon03

    We are definitely better placed than QPR, they couldn’t even defeat newcastle!!! (Sorry, that’s a rude joke)

    But seriously, at any cost, i don’t want to see another relegation…

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  • Mumbai Mag

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #14

    you seriously have to question Pardew’s tactics-

    Firstly to take Obertan off & bring on a defensive midfielder when we are chasing the game. Ok, Gabby wasn’t all that great, but atleast we looked like cresting something, when he was on the ball. Taking him off for Bigi when we r behind? How does that serve the purpose?

    Secondly, we’ve looked good these past 2-3 games mainly due to some creative play by Marveaux & Anita. But since Everton’s 2nd goal we went back to our doomed hoofball approach, taking Marveaux & Anita out of the game. For sure that was on Pardew’s instructions.

    Blaming injuries everytime is okay. Injuries are not in our hands. But making substitutions & tactics is in our hands. Atleast get those right Alan.

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  • solz tim krul

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #15

    ryt we are jus 2points above the drop zone and wat can u say abt that?

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  • solz tim krul

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #16

    the youngsters like sammy ameobi really need to go on loan now they are not yet stepping up to the plate.

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  • Rock

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #17

    someone in this blog suggested an interesting point, replacing krul with elliott. good distribution by goalie and defenders can really turn around our play…i am amazed its not addressed throughout the season. opponents dont even need to stifle our midfielders for domination. attack nufc’s ill positioned defenders and get 3 points…simple. i am afraid debuchy inclusion may not make any difference if our fundamentals remain wrong.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Clueless ba##tard. Needs to give his head a serious shake regards Shola…

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Mumbai

    I have to agree, I don’t know why we didn’t take the 1st half approach into the 2nd half. We were keeping possession wonderfully and our passing was on point.

    I’m assuming Bigi was cover for Tiote – who I’m shocked wasn’t sent off by the way with the amount of fouling he did. Anita seemed higher up towards the end. But when your chips are down, you get desperate. That’s where Pardew is right now.

    I’m just glad the City-ManU-Arsenal-Everton fixture list form Hell is done with. We honestly could not have had those games at a worse time.

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  • taker83

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew,i cant undertand why u took obertan out!!!At least he can run and create opportunities unlike shola!!!shola plays well 1 in 20 games.
    You are just a silly basta## for playing cisse on the right!!!you are just clueless!!!
    What the f are your coaching staff doing with respesct to our shambolic defense???
    arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Under pressure with an 8 year contract. lol

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Boro up and Newcaslte and the Unwashed down!!!

    Nightmare scenario – Sort it out Pardew.

    Need to be very aggressive in this window, ie wash our hands of the (statistically) best RB in the league in Simo, send Williamson to the NBA and secure Debuchy, an experienced CB and a CF at least.

    Ashley needs to splash out but wisely.

    Horrible run of form and a lack of spirit in the camp at the moment.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Also – looking foward to Liverfool making a “cheeky” bid of £40M for Tiote too.

    perfect example of hero to zero IMO

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #24

    89NorCal

    Are you from the Sac area?

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew should appologise to Cisse …He is our number 9 and is played a no 2 role to Ameobi. He was no 2 role to Ba cause Ba wanted front role to sell himself better in fact its a effing disgrace.

    Hat off to Cisse….for keeping quiet.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Things will pick up, now that the 1st teamers are easing back in, we are bringing in players, and we are playing well (offensively at least).

    AmericanMagpie

    Yeah I’m in North Sac.

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  • magpiedave

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #27

    This is the first time I have written any crticism regarding AP but last night was his chance to put some smiles back onto our faces. Unless Cisse is going to score wonder goals every week as he did last season from the left wing, surely he just has to have a look at the stats. Cisse scored from being CF and being in the right place at the right time. how is it that we can all see this and he cannot. Bambi is Ok as a sub when we are ahead and to take off your attacking force when you are 1 goal down was a stupid (yes stupid!) schoolboy error. What was he doing defending a 1 goal deficit so we did not leak anymore. I think he has given up despite his press conferences. Yes by the end of Feb we should have players back who can play, instead of potentially good players who are being destroyed by wrong tactics, but where will we be by then????
    I wonder what Carver’s role is in all this he and Stone were supposed to be top coaches and the answer to the poor back room staff of old.

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  • WesJameson

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #28

    @ Rock // Jan 3, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Couldn’t agree more, i’ve been telling my Manure supporter mates, that forever now, Kruls distribution and kicking in general is absolutely shocking, good reflex keeper yes, but lacking a lot in other areas…..let me not even get started on this defense, well they call themselves that anyway…our one decent defender has gone awol this season, what the hell is happening to Colo? Is it because Tiote isn’t protecting the back four like he should, or is it because he has to play next to that donkey Williamson? If we dont get Cabaye back to proper form, another centre back, and if Debuschy doesn’t have an impact from the start, not to mention a proper replacement for Ba ( would love Geordie Carrol back here, different player in the black and white )

    For me, it appears we are up shite creak without a paddle lads!!!

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #29

    89NorCal

    Small world. I used to live off of Watt ave and El Camino a few years ago. Also lived in Rio Linda for a year. I’m in downtown now.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #30

    AmericanMagpie

    Nice, I’ve lived all over this damn city so I know it well.

    I’m a Kings and Raiders fan, so it’s only natural I’d be a NUFC fan and torture myself further 🙂

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Yeah. I’m a Raiders fan too. When I was choosing an EPL team to follow I found out Newcastle and the Raiders have a lot of similarities. A big reason why I picked them.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Rock

    It’s been a symptom when AP is in charge. He has no power over the players and he is affraid of change even when things have gone horribly wrong.
    He is affraid putting Eliott instead of Krul even when we conceded 11 goals in 2 games. Even DeGea being #1 got relegated to the bench when he wasn’t good.
    Now with Shola, he played full 90mins and Cisse as RW when we all know that Shola can’t play for full game, he is good as a sub but never as a starter.
    AP put 11 players on the field, only 11 that he wanted to please not tactically to win.
    I don’t mind bringing Bigi on, but for Shola not for Obertan. Obertan has speed, Shola doesn’t and Shola doesn’t have the stamina for 90 mins, but seems like he wanted to please Shola for staying with us.
    I really don’t know how AP manages this team or his tactic is anymore. I definitely want him gone.

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  • Rock

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #33

    When u r picking shola u r basically hoping for a miracle…he should be kept for europa and cup ties imo. and last 10 min maybe.

    well i am hoping for a miracle too now, overall.

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  • HullMag6

    Jan 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #34

    I’d listen to bids for tiote after another batch of unnecessary free kicks in dangerous areas. Bring in sissoko and use with either cabs or anita as the centre pairing in a 4231.(2 from 3 in rotation). Or bring collo forward to dmc and build a new SOLID back line. My thoughta for the day, get debs signed up and push onto next target with vigour.
    HWTL.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Analyse the game? Aren’t you getting tired of it? Anyways:
    Agree with Rock, Shola should be used as a last twenty minutes sub. Ranger had no chance to do anything in a minute and a half. Cisse down the middle.
    Obertan is not a PL player. He cannot dribble and that’s a wee problem. Out now.
    Like I said months ago, we need 3 game changing players now. Lampard would’ve been good, but he’s back in the mix in Ba’s team. And Ba: Thanks for all. Best of luck in your new career.

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 3, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardew is not under pressuer and that’s why we had poor run. He just know that whatever happend with the team he will not get the sack… even if his compensation is only the salary for 1 year. Ashley must be crazy to fire his ‘yes man’.

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  • Pilly69

    Jan 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #37

    I agree with ash1001 get Lauren Blanc in Pardwho is clueless, I also think we need 2 cb and I would push Colo into dm position he seems to have lost the plot at cb most likely trying to cover for Williamson.Ashley KNOWS he HAS to spend this window or he will lose out on the big pay out in the prem next year,I also think a lot of fans will jack their season tickets in if we go down

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #38

    The warning Signs are There . We are Playing a Very Dangerouse game here . Wallet Out Fat Boy Decent Striker Needed . 2 Midfielders and a Centre Half as Williamson is Crap.

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