Alan Pardew Job Safe – For Now


After the terrible performance this afternoon by Newcastle, on retrospect the side ill prepared for this game, and we didn’t look like a team through much of today’s game.

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Alan Pardew – must turn things around soon

And that does not reflect well on Alan Pardew and the coaches, but they will be given time to turn things around – but not too much time, and we would think Alan’s got to get Newcastle winning in the next six league games.

But when there’s just say 10 league games to go and we have our top players back playing ans we still cannot win then we don’t think Mike Ashley will stand idly by and watch Newcastle get relegated for the second time in four years.

We keep saying once we get players like Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye back we should be OK, and there’s a chance both could be back for the Norwich game as Alan Pardew said this after today’s dismal performance:

“Colo and Papiss missed out with knocks today, one had a slight hamstring and one had a slight thigh – you can’t take risks with them.” For Norwich though they should be OK. Hopefully Gutierrez will be back, maybe Cabaye, maybe Steven Taylor”.

So we do expect Mathieu Debuchy, Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez to be back – with an outside chance that Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye could be back – although they could possible start on the bench at Carrow Road.

But another defeat at Norwich will have Ashley and LLambias at least start thinking about who may be available if Alan Pardew cannot get us out of this terrible slump we are in – and we’ve won two and lost eleven of our last 16 games in all competitions.

Roberto Di Matteo is probably a manager who could be tapped – but only after Alan is given time to turn this disaster around, and a reason for that is that Ashley and LLambias have to take some responsibility for not strengthening the squad last summer.

And we’re sure Ashley and LLambais would be loathe to change managers, because there is a huge cost that comes with that – as we saw when Freddy Shepherd was running the club for 10 years from 1997.

But Alan Pardew did himself no good today – with a shambolic performance from the Newcastle side.

What do you think?

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115 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #1

    tick tock….

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Think you’re right Ed, questioning Pardew’s effort or desire to work with our younger players. Not like they’ve been sitting in the reserves much lately.

    Abeid though didn’t live up to the hype some have put on him.

    Having Hatem, Cabaye back and Jonas as a SUB would make a world of a difference. Sammy and Shane are not quite read to handle the EPL. Simmo as well as long as he doesn’t cross..

    Wish the Taylors were still with us.

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  • woodsee

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #3

    of course his job is safe,even if we go down fatboy slim wont get rid

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Forgot about Raylor – another ‘Championship’ quality player we could really have done with 🙂

    Abeid will never live up to the hype Ketsy has given him lol.

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  • two steps forward one step back

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t change horses in the middle of a stream

    (esp not Di Matteo)

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I am afraid that the spirit has gone
    Pardew has a massive job to turn it round
    I don’t think he can and the pragmatic Ashley will realise after a loss a Norwich and give him the bullet
    Who next is the question ,he Is a dead man walking

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  • two steps forward one step back

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki

    Your going to get the reputation as the blog’s ‘voice of reason’ if you carry on like this.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    If Pardew got his marching orders and then told the press he never got the backing of his club owner, I think everyone would sympathise with him. I wouldnt like the run of events that he has had to manage, and I doubt even the best managers would either.

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  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #9

    He should be judged when all our players our back and the next two transfer windows.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont want him out like, but it’s becoming like a broken record now. Going on and on about the injuries.

    Thank f*** he wasn’t in charge when Roeder was manager.

    That injury crisis was way worse than this one, in my opinion.

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  • two steps forward one step back

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #11

    You’re *

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #12

    davis_toons

    You ask many questions on the last thread. I like Football played on the deck, and i like wide me getting to the byline and whipping crosses in stretching the opponents defence. Atm we are not doing that. Do you expect Obertan who is average at best AND Sammy to do this? Sammy ain’t good enough and neither is Obertan. Our whole midfield has been ripped apart mann, No Tiote, Cabaye, HBA and dare i say it Jonas. We are relying on young kids who are not good enough and that is happening because we did not strenghten in the summer. How can we expect Pardew to drum into young kids who are not good enough or no ready yet to go out and beat an experienced CC side?

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  • toonking

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    what should alan do differant during the norwich game then?
    he is using this 4-2-3-1 you all want him to use
    Name me a CB who can replace willo that is not coming back from injury?
    what other striker do we have ATM not injured and unexperieced
    why should pardew force cambell to play just because he looks good in our heads when already this season we have seem that abeid, sammy and fergie are not what the heads imagined.
    the main things pardew has been at fault for is cisse out wide and subs being wrong time.
    the players on the pitch control their position. the players on the pitch are responsible for defending. the players on the pitch are responsible for creating chances not pardew.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #14

    two steps – come gather round my children ha ha ha 🙂

    Actually northernirishtoon managed to say in one sentence what it took me about 20 posts 😀

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    It doesnt matter who comes back into the side, or who we sign, we will play shite football as long as PArdumb is in charge, he has had numerous chances to change the way we approach games and hasnt.

    The whole team lacks any purpose.

    Total and utter incompetent shit. He should be replace immediately.

    A realistic appointment for Ashley could be Owen Coyle, give him a chance always tried to play good footy, just seemed to go a bit off the rails with Bolton, was once a super manager, and an honest bloke.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Seen plenty of fans moaning about the repetitive nature of comments on this blog. I’m tired of the repetitiveness nature of our performances and Pardews interviews.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Christ Ed dont start banging on about Di Matteo!

    Tsunki
    Agreed genuinly think we’ve missed raylor as an option this season we’ve certainly missed his crossing and set piece abilities and deliveries from corners not to mention the fact that despite not being the best technical player you’d never see him walking around with his hands on his hips sulking like sone the lads we played today

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Belfast – but I think that the reserve crop back then were a more workmanlike and utility bunch than our present day lot.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Next 3 games,will make or break are great club, can’t stress how big them games are

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  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Lol tsunki. Keep it short and sweet

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  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #21

    10 defeats in 12 games. Instant sack. Simples. WHY is his job safe for now?

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #22

    I repeat anybody up for Owen Coyle as manager, no pie in the sky appointment, available, an advocat of super pass and move football and seems to command instant respect off the players, perfect for me.

    OWEN COYLE FOR MANAGER.

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon king
    It makes no difference who plays and when the so called big names are back it will make little difference
    When a situation get as bad as this there is unfortunately only one answer ,it does not matter if it’s football or any other walk of life
    Change the leader
    The irony will be Chris hughton sinking the knife in

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Tsunki

    You’re right about our reserves back then. This current group can hardly handle the pace of the game in England. Too worried about fancy tricks instead of playing as a unit – Sammy being case in point.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #25

    check

    Wasn’t his main weapon Kevnin Davies at Bolton..?

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  • toonking

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #26

    out of the next 3 games i would say we can get 4 possibly 6 points
    stats say it all we have not once won away from home the weaker team most others don’t put enough effort into as i saw when city lost to sunderland chelsea lost to QPR and norwich beat manure
    so i think
    norwichA loss
    readingH win
    villa A draw maybe a win

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  • Toon73

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Would have been a lot better if Pards just came out said they meant to lose, just another Cup and a drain on our EPL relegation battle.
    Tired of his media statements, man up and just say you need players ffs !!

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #28

    If he loses the next 2 we’ll be in the relegation zone. That’ll be the last straw and I think Ashley will get rid. Im confident he can turn it around though.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #29

    TDS – no, smart arse.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #30

    For Norwich – evidently this has to be the strongest squad we can muster, cisse alone up front I am afraid, Marveaux just behind. Stuff it, if Jonas is ready he must play and I would like to see santon stay behind him and the half way. Tim kicking _ lose possession. Same with Willo. Pass the ball around from the back and if we get bogged down on one side, pass it back and round again but keep the damn thing rather than play into a corner and lose it. If we lose the ball press press press until we get it back, its knackering but it will teach you not to lose it again. Even if its a score draw its not a loss.

    Dont ask me what the solution is for the offside trap – a megaphone and a laser line?

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  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #31

    I went to the game today cos i live down here but I take my hat off to the TOON army that made the trip all the way down to be put through that dire performance, Really do think the club should refund every persons ticket that traveled down to be put through what I can describe as a complete disgrace.

    MA if you thought about trying to battle though and hope we have enough to stay in this league think again, if their is ever a time the club needs to spend money it’s NOW!! 3 to 4 players are needed urgently

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  • toonking

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #32

    @yorkmag
    follow england better they went for big name managers yet have not reach world cup semis since robson
    real madrid are 3rd in la liga despite having the next manager that will likely be at manure and they have world class player like ronaldo
    chelsea have not managed to win a premier league title since sacking jose ok they might have won the CL but with what style, of course the hoofball sitting back style which you hate so dimateo would be no use.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Just read that Ben Arfa has returned to Clairefontaine to continue his rehabilitation and could be make his return at the end of February!Pretty sure Pardew said it was just a precautionary measure and that he would be out for 2-3 weeks, so that means he was lying!If thats true,im really disappointed!

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki

    im not asking for the best manager, or one of the best managers
    im asking for a manager who is more positive in his approach to a game
    a manager who knows how to talk to the press
    a manager who understands tactics
    a manager who isnt afraid of his boss, ( there has to be respect both ways)
    a manager who does whats best for the team, not just some players

    in all honesty. why do you think he got sacked at all his clubs so far?

    do you think having cabaye back will make a difference,, he was not good before he got injured, could take him weeks to get up to speed again, same with steve taylor,, last injury , he put on about 6 stone, looked like a tank running around,

    do you think the club is more stable now, 2 years after CH left it?
    back then all us fans complained about was DL/MA, now its the players the manager DL and MA,, how is this good for the club,,

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS
    No he was stuck with kevin davis until he bought his super CF david N’gog

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #36

    You mis understand me
    I don’t want dimataeo or coyl
    Gus poyet or Martinez for me

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Sinner
    No he said feb

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  • AndyMac

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #38

    “Alan Pardew Job Safe – For Now”

    Ed I hate to say this but you’re swimming against the tide !

    He will be gone if Fatman wants to keep siphoning off the millions !

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #39

    check

    ….. smart arse?

    So when someone asks you a question, you respond with an apparently random insult?

    This blog appears to have been taken over by children, who would rather insult people over the internet than discuss things.

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  • two steps forward one step back

    Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #40

    I like and respect Owen Coyle and Martinez who would be on a short list if we are in the market for a new manager.
    Last time I wanted Jol, so maybe my judgement a little impaired there.
    Coyle was excellent especially at St Johnstone and then Burnley and Martinez is a good ball playing manager who manages to motivate players to recover from seemingly irrecoverable league positions in the run in.

    BUT…. would they want to come here ?
    Would they work with Batman and Robin?
    Would they work well with the players we’ve got?
    Could we afford them?
    Would we win anything with them?
    Wouldn’t we be opening the club up for another two years of getting ‘settled’ ?

    Don’t change horses on the middle of the stream.

    Judgement day for AP is the end of this season. If we are respectable then fine.
    I would say if we finish 16th or 17th – just winging it from relegation then he ought to go.

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