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Alan Pardew Now Odds On (1/5) To Get The Sack

9:42 pm, Sunday, January 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 232 Comments

Sky Sports is reporting that money has been pouring in today on Alan Pardew being sacked at Newcastle, and the odds on him have been cut from 12/1 to 3/1 after yesterday’s surprise defeat against second bottom Reading, but today the odds have been slashed even further to  1/5 on – so there may be something happening.

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Alan Pardew – odds on to be sacked

Certainly Alan’s record is not good,  and in the last 18 games in all competitions, we have two wins and four draws and 12 defeats – so that’s not too  good in anybody’s book – especially in a  results oriented business.

We had thought Mike Ashley would keep faith in Pardew for the next few games, hoping he could turn things around, but of course with a 10 day break to our next game – if the powers that be are going to make a management change – then maybe now is as good a time as ever to make it.

Roberto Di Matteo would be the obvious candidate to replace Alan, and of course he did  fantastic job at Chelsea in the last three months of last season winning the FA Cup (beating Liverpool 2-1), and the European Championship for the first time ever for the Blues – by beating Bayern Munich on their own pitch on penalties, in an amazing final.

The 42 year-old Italian was born in Switzerland and was a Chelsea great, and he started his management career in 2008 at MK Dons, but then moved to West Brom in 2009 and had them promoted in second place to Newcastle the following year – but lost his way in the Premier League and was sacked in February 2011, a couple of months after Chris Hughton was fired at Newcastle.

We would expect if Pardew goes, that John Carver and Steve Stone, two local lads would follow him out of the door, although you never know, and they may be kept on the coaching staff for the sake of continuity.

Darren Bent is being touted as a possible Newcastle signing, and Alan Pardew managed him while he was manager at Charlton Athletic, so that may suggest Ashley will keep the faith in Pardew.

But if it’s going to happen it will happen tomorrow – so the new manager – whoever that may be – will get a chance to work with the players before the important Aston Villa game a week on Wednesday.

This is breaking news, and Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer had this to say:

“We cut Pardew’s price fairly significantly after the Reading defeat but money has come in ever since, forcing us to continually move his price.”  “Suggestions that the club would only have to pay out 12 months of his eight-year contract seems to have fueled interest, while their upcoming trip to Villa Park now looks an incredibly important fixture.”

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232 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Looks like Ashley is sharpening his knife
    The bookies obviiously know something

  • 2 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Repost: I’d have him for the right price. Plus, isn’t he bucking Brucey’s daughter or something?

    Heard yesterday that Pards was supposed to be meeting with the board today. Any idea if there was any truth to that and, if so, what it was about? Supposedly it was reported on SSN?

  • 3 microbar // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Sack him now.

  • 4 AshtreeKid // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    read through a few comments and disappointed that ppl on here who obviously werent at the game are critising fans for booing – they booed the Marveaux and Cabaye sub which I think everyone agrees were ridiculous and cost us the game and the end result.

  • 5 nufc90 // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    If Pardew goes it’s going to be bittersweet for me.
    He £20 on him to go next at 50/1 after the Southampton loss. Nigel Adkins sacking has ruined that bet!
    Think we need to make our signings before we sack him if anything, although now would be a good time with a bit of a gap until villa. I can’t see players wanting to join if there’s that uncertainty

  • 6 thepict // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Sheer bloody stupidity to sack him! Wrong time to sack him and who would want to come to Newcastle and work with Ashley.

  • 7 stuart no9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    the weekend, may not be so bad after all. come on ash pards could cost you in excess of £80m if we go down. you know it makes sense .

  • 8 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    @AshtreeKid: Marveaux was a negative substitution, I agree but the Cabaye one was necessary if his groin was niggling. The sad fact is: had Pardew not subbed Marveaux, we’d still have had some level of creativity when Cabaye came off. One of those things, I guess.

  • 9 Edd Case // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    AP qill get his 3 big signings this week before the Villa game.

    If he fluffs that game and we come away from that without a win and he’s had his new players – that’ll be the end of AP.

    If we win…he’ll continue, all be it on a knife edge.

  • 10 catchy in norway // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Now is better than never

  • 11 reccerobbo // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Wonder if Ashley has put a huge amount on pardew to be next out help with the pay off he will get!!!!!

  • 12 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Bloody vultures waiting for the kill. Sad times.

  • 13 catchy in norway // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM


    If he was injured , that’s a big if

    He jogged of the pitch

    Didn’t look to injured to me

    Could have been a Pardew porky? Trying to cover his back

  • 14 check the toastie // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Not really sure how the season will pan out if he is sacked. However if he stays we are going down irrelevant of new signings.

    He must go, he cant come back from this position, lets face it his team hasnt comeback in a game since hes been in charge, whats the likelihood he can turn the fortunes of the whole club around.


  • 15 catchy in norway // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Toon 1978

    Isn’t it great, it’s like Xmas :)

    Come on already

  • 16 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Please be true. Pardew is clueless.
    How much longer are we all going to keep saying “give him a few more games”
    We only have 15 left, and he has only managed 9 or 10 points in the last 15.
    He has been on borrowed time for a while.
    Better than a signing imo

  • 17 Grafton83 // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Great but odds don’t actually mean he’s gone. All good signs though, perhaps we’ll know more tomorrow.

  • 18 hotdog // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Repost – hotdog // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Been trying to say this for a while now. It’s all gonna be too late. Incompetence of the highest order!

  • 19 BelfastMagpie // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    He will be sacked if we lose to Villa. And rightly so in my opinion. You have to draw a line at some stage.

  • 20 nufc90 // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I’m sick of this who would work for Ashley. Look on the continent, they work under exactly the same conditions. Sporting directors buy the players and coaches take the tactics and training. There’d be hundreds of candidates

  • 21 check the toastie // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Cabaye wasnt injured, its now clear Pardew made that up to try and justify his stupid reasoning.

  • 22 Geordie_In_theShot // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I want him gone, however does the fat cockney have another lined up to replace him??? If he doesnt then we’re f**ked!
    Who in their right mind is going to want the poisoned challis??? They’ve got to be brave!!!
    or stupid lol

  • 23 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder

    A lot of people asking me about Alan Pardew’s future. From what I’ve been told #nufc have no intention of changing manager.

    Mark Douglas also said the same so im presuming that this wont happen. Dont think it would be a good idea sacking him right now we’re trying to sign players i dont know how many players will fancy joining us 2 points above relegation and without a manager. Maybe if we lose the next few games, which i admit is a distinct possibility then I think there will come time that even ashley says enough is enough with pards. I’d be very worried about who we bought in though i think most of us have little faith in him appointing a top manager.

  • 24 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Dead man walking
    The only delay now is lining up di mateo or Adkins
    We will have a new manager for villa

  • 25 myoung23 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Only reason Ashley wud wanna sack him is coz he’s knocking on his door for transfer money!!! Pointless sacking him how many managers did we go through the year we went down n that didn’t help?? How many people said shut up shop against man utd wen we went ahead n pard’s got criticised for not going defensive! Sum people are so fickle!!

  • 26 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    @catchy: To be fair (and having suffered through two torn groins myself) I reckon he was. The slightest twinge and it’s time to sit down just to be on the safe side. I tore mine playing football and was out for about a year, came back for my mates Sunday League side and lasted 20 minutes before it tore again. Can’t take chances with it, matey.

    @Unbelievable Tekkers: Lee Ryder said it so it must be… true?

  • 27 catchy in norway // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Look at every team in most leagues outside the prem laliga Germany Italy , most managers have dragons to work for

    Do you think because you work for barca or real and can spend millions there not under pressure ? They all are , but they get paid for results ,

  • 28 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Is that the same lee Ryder tat said we had signed. Remy

  • 29 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hmm maybe ed should do a new blog, and something like
    Because lately there are too many Pardew fans and not enough nufc fans.
    Like someone said earlier, sacking pardew might not save us, but keeping him on will relegate us.
    Nufc always

  • 30 catchy in norway // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM


    I have tweaked it , a few times, and I don’t think he would be jogging, even with a twing

  • 31 greek toon // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I want Pardew gone, however Ashley is a businessman, he wants to stay in this league he knows now if he sacks Pardew players wont come in and we will go down. I believe he is waiting on the transfer window to end, we get our players sacks Pardew and then things change. Or so I hope lol

  • 32 irishtoon999 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I would say its a dangerous time to change him, but if we’re goin after Di mateo it wud be a great move as he is hugely respected around Europe at the moment (euro champions Manager, etc..). Allot of targets in this window never heard of AP

  • 33 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    What worries me is I dont see where our next win is going to come from…

    Villa – Away
    Chelsea – Home
    Spurs – Away

    Southampton – Home
    Swansea – Away
    Stoke – Home

    If we dont beat Villa a cant see us winning until atleast Southampton but by that time we can potentially be BOTTOM!!

    BUT, If we do beat Villa I can see us going on a run and getting results from then on especially if it a good win and players stay or get fit mainly Ben Arfa and Cabaye our main creative force

  • 34 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Freelance journalist ?@indykaila
    Newcastle fans see next tweet. Interesting I must say……

  • 35 stuart no9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    put it this way lads— what is pards going to do differently in these critical next few weeks , that he hasnt done all season?
    i am 100% certain when a new manager comes in , you will see a totally different newcastle- WITH the same players,in the very first game, pardew out.

  • 36 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I suppose Di Matteo tries to play good football aswell and atleast we have the players who will take to that straight away

  • 37 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    i think blanc would be the best choice..worked in france where teams dont have money, has cabaye (& co) here who he rates the most of french players, is actually a, euro champion..won the league with bordeaux, pardew played in fa cup final,..if we get him..remy saga would never happen again..french market would be ours..

  • 38 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    @catchy: Very true. I’d think Cabaye would be more upset about Pardew lying about it, though – especially after a defeat. Remember that he may not be at full fitness yet given the time he’s had out. There’s a load of factors that should be taken into consideration.

  • 39 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    We will thump villa with our new italian manager
    New centre forward ,central defender and midfield general
    Come on Ashley
    Do the deed
    Get rid

  • 40 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    @nightfa11: It would also mean losing Ben Arfa.

  • 41 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    interesting lol.

  • 42 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Sack AP Monday morning and we can kiss goodbye to Mbiwa and Haidario. No one will want to come to a club without a manager.

    Then we’ll have no manager and no new players and all you lot will say is its Ashleys fault. Well no, it isnt. It’ll be so called fans like some of you lot who think we’ll be better off with AP gone tomorrow. Deluded, clueless, brainless.

    I hope Ashley has the sense not to jeapodise our whole season. If he wanted rid he needed to do it before the window or after. Not during.

    God you lot infuriate me.

  • 43 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    I think we all know that nothing is certain im just going on 2 journalists who are close to the club saying that its not true….that’s why i said im PRESUMING that they aren’t about to sack him. I’ll believe lee and mark over a bookies odds as they mean nothing. However as with anything in football it wouldn’t be surprising to wake up to see that he has been sacked. As i said in my last post I just don’t see it at this moment as we are right in the middle of signing at least 1 player and I think it would be a strange move to make and would jeopardise those signings.

  • 44 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I’d say that a more dangerous time to change would be with 8 games left.
    Shearer tried mission impossible and failed but I don’t think many could have kept us up at that point.
    Doesn’t matter what position we are in we should never be trying to sit on a 1 nil lead against a team that’s been bottom two all year.

  • 45 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    See ranger is at it again

  • 46 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I completely agree, Tekkers. I don’t think he’ll be getting sacked for those reasons. On the other hand, I take everything Lee Ryder says with a pinch of salt – the man shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a football blog let alone a newspaper!

  • 47 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM


    i think hatem will go either way..

  • 48 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM


    Thanks mate lol,

  • 49 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM


    i am waiting patiently for his next tweet.

  • 50 BelfastMagpie // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    losing yesterday was a complete disaster. Qpr, Reading, Southampton have all improved & we’ve got worse. If we lose to Villa he has to go. New manager new ideas hopefully.

  • 51 JackButler // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Expect him to be gone very soon as the bookies are rarely wrong. Something must be happening behind closed doors

  • 52 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Er am I missing something?
    Southampton had a replacement in a few hours. Obviously this was thought out in advance but if Southampton can do it, I reckon we can.
    But for fans to assume we will have no manager and therfore won’t sign anyone is plain stupid.
    How long will it take Di Matteo to sign if he was interested?

  • 53 stuart no9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    check @21 how do you know that????

  • 54 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Brave heart
    I don’t think pardew is the biggest pull
    When Ashley does the necessary he will have Adkins or dimataeo in place and attracting players will be easier
    Doing nothing is not an option
    We are down if we stick with parsnip

  • 55 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @nightfa11: Probably will, but we have more a chance of keeping him without Blanc.

  • 56 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @ctt is that a fact or just your opinion stated as fact?
    if this is true how do you know?

  • 57 Roppa // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Last December I completed the Evening Chronicle Toon Survey, and I voted that I was content with AP – but I expected to see the results improve. Subsequent results have served to indicate that I, along with many others who completed the survey, were overly optimistic, and now my vote is of ‘no confidence’. My conclusion is not an emotional one, but is based upon the following facts:

    Alan Pardew’s PML Managerial Stats:
    Played W D L GF GA Pts Win %
    156 55 38 63 198 229 203 35

    Alan Pardew’s NUFC Stats
    Played W D L Win %
    99 36 27 36 36

    In AP’s 99 games, NUFC have never come from behind to win a game
    It is 67 games since NUFC scored from a corner kick
    Only 1 NUFC goal has been scored from 260 corners.
    This season is NUFC’s worst ever run in the EPL
    Coincidentally, AP managed West Ham during their worst run in 90 years & was sacked
    NUFC is the only EPL team not to have an away win this season
    Irrespective of the circumstances, the above stats should be ignored at our peril. Continued stability is all well & good, but there must be strong & positive leadership. Based upon the facts, AP is not sufficiently competent to save us, never mind take us to the next level. We need to act now, before it’s too late.

  • 58 spitfire_ // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Freelance journalist ?@indykaila
    Newcastle officials held two hour meeting with Alan Pardew tonight, more meetings are planned tomorrow.That all information I have right now

  • 59 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Freelance journalist ?@indykaila
    Newcastle officials held two hour meeting with Alan Pardew tonight, more meetings are planned tomorrow.That all information I have right now

    Argh! Need more info than that!

  • 60 coccolini // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Freelance journalist ?@indykaila
    Newcastle officials held two hour meeting with Alan Pardew tonight, more meetings are planned tomorrow.That all information I have right now

    He is rarely wrong

  • 61 Jamesthefirst // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Forget dreams about Blanc or a proper manager. Ashely has NEVER shown any ambition with his managerial appointments. He gave us JK remember.

    New manager will be such an uninspiring choice that you will all be angry.

    He will be three things:

    1) Cheap
    2) Available
    3) Managed in the Premier League

    Someone like Steve Bruce. yes, it will be that bad.

  • 62 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Agreed thump the bloke is useless and cant write an article without there being 10 spelling mistakes but i was also going off what mark douglas stated.

  • 63 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Lol what a pointless tweet, could have been about tranfers etc.

  • 64 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Brave heart.
    People like you infuriate me.
    We are all fans of the club yet you say people who want pardew out are brainless because we want better for the club.
    It’s now been 23 games and we do look like the poorest team in the league bar none.
    Any other manager except fergie, moves and winger would be sacked, what has pardew done in his whole career to be exempt from that.
    The real person who is deluded and brainless pardew.

  • 65 stevie101182 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I think he has lost the dressing room lost the players confidence. I think he will be gone by tomorrow something is happening definately.

  • 66 John Tudor // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    more likely colo’s plight

  • 67 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    The worst we could get in is pardew…. Oh wait he’s already here. Shit

  • 68 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    This time it is different if ashleydoes nothing he losses arond £150m
    He is not stupid
    Man things but not stupid
    The sacking of pardew I think will be announced tommorrow

  • 69 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    our next manager will be graeme Taylor. from parsnip to turnip.

  • 70 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM


    Yeah, what a d1ck that freelance journalist is.

  • 71 stuart no9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    sir braveheart @42
    Then we’ll have no manager and no new players and all you lot will say is its Ashleys fault. Well no, it isnt. It’ll be so called fans like some of you lot who think we’ll be better off with AP gone tomorrow. Deluded, clueless, brainless. ——your right, pards has got everybody like him now- deluded clueless-brainless– time he moved on

  • 72 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Pardews Parsnip Bonce (69)

    Got me in stitches with that comment.

  • 73 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    …Freelance journalist ?@indykaila
    Alan Pardew has no power currently on any future signings or outgoings #NUFC

  • 74 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Completely agree. seeing the numbers makes me wonder why so many people unequivocally back him.

  • 75 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    @colwell: I laughed at that. Like he’s ever had that power!

  • 76 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    And tell me who we’re going to get in? You think Di Matteo will come? Blanc? People mentioning the likes of Laudrup havent got a clue. We’ll end up with Hughes or Curbishley.

  • 77 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    We already knew that lol.

  • 78 John Tudor // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    he has not gone yet

  • 79 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM


    so? is it worth keeping incompetent manager just so hba will be happy..who cant be..clearly..hes also injured 4 months a least…great player tho..i hope he stays..but id prefer we get a manager who clearly knows what hes doing..who can opearte on low budget..& will also make cabaye happy…who is way more important player for us..

  • 80 Tekkers29 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    he did have some say in the transfers (not everything but some say) but if he now has zero say my feeling about the club getting the transfers sorted before they sack him might be correct.

  • 81 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Brave heart
    Both better than this twat

  • 82 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I wish people would stop saying Steve Bruce is available!!! He’s not! he’s having a very succesful spell in charge of Hull and is having them play some cracking football aswell

  • 83 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    My thoughts exactly lol

  • 84 Jamesthefirst // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    The board are working out Pardew’s severance package before announcing on Monday that he has left the club by ‘mutual consent’

    Mark Hughes will be in charge for the Villa game.

  • 85 spitfire_ // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Sparky will be great for us. He did a good work with clubs with tight budgets like Blackburn and Fulham. He can’t work in clubs with money like Man City and QPR but will be okay for us.

  • 86 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    If there was a top class manager out there then it would be different, but there is no one who would come.

  • 87 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Hughes not my first choice
    But a step up from what we have now

  • 88 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Bruce, Hughes……Curbishly, no thanx. They will be no better then Pardew.

  • 89 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I’ll actually throw the towell in if we end up with Hughes or Curbishly

  • 90 Thump // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    @nightfa11: Not to play devils advocate, but Ashley would never give Blanc the money he wanted so, while I’d like him here, it’s never going to happen. We’ll end up with somebody even worse than Pardew, I guarantee it.

  • 91 BelfastMagpie // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    It will be a championship manager that’s for sure.

    But we’re stuck in a rut at the minute, actually the majority of the season we’ve been stuck in a rut ffs.
    Same old ideas & they’re not working. I think it’s best to change it now, before it’s to late.

    I’ve backed him all the way, but lost the faith now.

  • 92 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Brave heart.
    Honestly I don’t know. But I think rdm would. Why wouldn’t he? Chelsea was originally temporary as he was well liked being an ex player. But before that he was at West Bromwich. Are you telling me you think he is out of reach?
    Answer me this, after all you have seen of pardew, do you honestly believe he will keep us up? Because I don’t, I am a fan I don’t want to see the club destabilised but what good is having a stable manager who gets us relegated?
    In hindsight I think most fans will agree the last relegation was probably a blessing in disguise, but if it happens again we will lose most if not all of our best players and I’m not so confident we would come straight back up.

  • 93 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Agreed sir braveheart if we knew we were going to get a top manager then i think we would all jump at the chance but i like you fear we wont.

  • 94 Dublin_Magpie // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Plan to save the club this season and achieve what Pardew has failed to do. All it takes is an owner to spend a modest amount in comparison to others…..

    1. Based on the news that if we sacked Pardew it wouldn’t cost us more than 1 or 2 million. We sack him, he was a great man last year however since the goings got tough he’s proved his lack of tactical knowledge. Fair enough injuries, under performing players and out of their depth youngsters have gotten us partially where we are. But had Pardew a good knowledge of how to win a game rather than hoof it up and hope for the best I genuinely think we’d have minimum 10 more points than now.

    1-2 million

    2. Hire Roberto Martinez, given he’d want to come to us it may cost about 3 million. He’d keep us up, get us playing nice football (that suits our players more than the brand we’re playing now) and have some financial backing in the Summer to further improve the squad. We’ve taken a huge step back this season, but with this guy we could be top 8 again easily next year

    3-4 million

    3. Let Colo leave (it hurts to say it), let him buy out his contract and get Mbiwa in for roughly the same wages.

    6 million

    4. Sign either Alderweireld or Sakho. Either of these combined with Mbiwa is a top 4 defensive partnership.

    8-9 million

    5. Sign Diarra and/or Sissokho, roughly same amount for either and both exactly what we need. BARGAIN

    3-3.5 million

    6. Gouffran, pace and vision. We lack both.

    7-8 million

    7. Siem De Jong either now instead of a ST or get a ST now and wait until the Summer for Siem. For a ST I would love to see a number of players in, number 1 being Doumbia, but that’s just not financially plausible. I just want someone with pace and can play with Cisse. Take one on loan if we have to, it makes more sense than relegation!

    8 million

    Our main troubles are in our creativity, if we’re not up causing problems we invite them on to ourselves and with players like Willo expected to handle Premier League pressure we’re always going to struggle.

    This amounts to a grand total of 40.5 million, unrealistic?

    Granted this sounds like loads……but 35 million for Carroll? We never REALLY saw that reinvested and it didn’t just go away. Also we get a shed loada cash if we stay in the league, there are ludacrisly good players available on a free this Summer , it makes sense to invest now more than ever.

    Feels good to get this off my chest…………now if only Mr Ashley is lying in his bed right now thinking the same as I am

  • 95 colwell // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    We maybe doing a Southampton Pardew goes as the new manager is announced?

    If Pards was to go would make sense with 10 days until our next game, as long as it doesn’t drag out like our transfer dealings.

  • 96 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I’d rather have Beardsley as manager.

  • 97 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Brave heart, but by your logic, why would a top class manager want to come?
    You Say No chance of rdm, blanc or Laudrup coming but in the next post you say if there was a top class ma ager available then fair enough.
    How do you figure that?

  • 98 John Tudor // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    ashleys just in his bed lying ffs

  • 99 irishtoon999 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    where do u see us ending up so if we keep things the same oh wise one?? Relegated, thats where, AP has never had this team playing good football, inherited a bunch of lads that were really up for it and also had some talent, but when it has come to plan B, AP has none. So u think things should stay the way they are?? I hate to see clubs getting rid of managers, cause its usually hasty.. But I say on this occassion, get rid, but have ur new man (di mateo) lined up to take over..

  • 100 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Are you mad? Mark huges would be an absolute train wreck! I mean ffs we’ve just had 2 days of people non stop complaining about pardews negative tactics and how we all wanna see us ho for a 2nd or 3rd when at home and a goal up so why the hell would anyone then say yeah get mark master of park the bus football hughes in
    Worst managerial suggestion ever!!!!!!!

  • 101 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Please tell me that people are kidding? I can see an argument fir replacing Pards fine, but with Hughes? Did anyone see QPR before Harry joined- here are some stats…

    Since Redknapp took charge on the 24th of November, QPR’s results have been: 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 2-1, 0-1, 1-2, 0-3, 1-0, 0-0, 1-1.

    QPR’s Premier League record under Redknapp: DDDWLLLWDD

    Compare that to their record before Redknapp: LDLDLLLLDLDLLL

    Under Redknapp:
    Points: 11 (from 10 games).
    Goals for: 9.
    Goals against: 12.
    Goal difference: -3.

    Before Redknapp:
    Points: 4 (from 14 games).
    Goals for: 10.
    Goals against: 26.
    Goal difference: -16.

    4 points from 14 games having spent huge money in the summer. What a fantastic idea Mark Hughes is for gods sake. I cant eblieve how quickly people forget. David Moyes finished 17 one year with Everton. You lot would have had him sacked and all.

  • 102 coccolini // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    if mark hughes takes over i will cry

  • 103 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Ketsbaia would be a good choice as manager.

  • 104 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    I believe the team we have will keep us up. My worry is if we chop and change managers now we wont get the players in we need and the players we have will not pick their game up.

    Is AP right going forward? I dont know. But the summer is the time to make a change. Now would be a disaster.

  • 105 hotdog // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    It’s a results business and its plain to see they ain’t good enough
    Pardew himself will know he is under pressure but some of the bile some of you are throwing at him is bang out of order. Remember what he did for us last year if he is sacked tomorrow. You make your own luck but the boards decision of not bringing in players and particular a centre half is what will ultimately cost AP and that is very unfortunate on him.

  • 106 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    ffs i knew these rumours would start off….

  • 107 dannyhunt // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    would anyone rather have lee clark as manager? i think he’d galvanize the players with his passion and keep us up, though he’d want to bring mcdermott with him, n i doubt fat ash would have that! pardew out!!!

  • 108 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    blanc didnt have money at bordeaux & he did just fine..& considering his reputation in france..which is our main market..he would get us players on even cheaper..& remy wouldnt turn us down..

  • 109 John Tudor // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    the current crop could keep us up but without pardew

  • 110 spitfire_ // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    Am I mad? I said the FACTS and you say what can be… Can be a lot of things. After last 5 months I prefer just to win games and to be in top10… I don’t want to be thrill.

  • 111 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Also you have to be kidding me if youre saying Pards has never played good football. Such short memories- last year we won 6 in a row from Norwich to Stoke scoring 13 goals and letting in 1. Why not think about if before make such ludicrous comments??

  • 112 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    What Im saying is if there was a top manager who we knew we could get in then its an option. What im saying is Im not sure a top manager will want to work under Ashley

  • 113 John Tudor // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    hmm get rid of pardew or spend more moolar

  • 114 Jamesthefirst // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    In the past Ashley has been linked with and allegedly approached if you believe the Managers / their agents:

    1) Mark Hughes
    2) Martinez
    3) Redknapp

    Obviously 3 is not an option.

    But 2 is very appealing to Ashley because he manages Wigan. And Ashley hates Dave Whelan. He would love to steal his manager after getting his JJB stores last year.

  • 115 irishtoon999 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    if Hughes took over, I think I wud find it very difficult to go to the next game.. and every other fan of every other team laughing at us wudnt be to nice either.. but kinda used to that..

  • 116 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    luckily someones posted hughes stats tell me thats a manger that wins games!
    Mark hughes is truly a p1ss poor manager and yes worse than pardew think there would be a mass exodus of players and fans if we appointed that miserable manc reject bell3nd!

  • 117 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Unbelievable Tekkers

    I seen that. I can’t understand why we wait so long to tie up deals. Is it not possible to get the lad over as soon as his match was finished? Total madness.

  • 118 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    @taking the papiss totally agree with your posts. pardew has every reason to be sacked but some of the comments on here are ludicrous and laced with hyperbole and hysteria

  • 119 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Bh. Yes that team should keep us up I fully agree.
    However that same team should not be losing to reading, Southampton, West Ham but we are. And I think the reason for that is pardew.
    Yes it would have been so much better if ma had strengthened in the summer but can you honestly tell me you, believe ap has got the best out of his players, even with everything that’s happened. Again imo I don’t think so. There is no team in Pl looking worse than us at moment.
    And only Ben arfa, tiote and saylor didn’t start against reading.
    We should still be beating thes, teams with the players we got.

  • 120 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    carr should give players the list of possible managers & players should vote… we have technical players so they wont pick a hoof ball expert & they played or at least know many good managers..

  • 121 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    As if Martinez would come to us… he’s an honourable manager he’ll defo not leave Wigan during the season.. and the fact you said Whelan hates Ashley well that just means we’ll have to pay even more for him.. Oh and he’s sh*t

  • 122 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    For those Martinez fans…

    P 155

    Win % 27.10

    Good option? Really!?

  • 123 toon85 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I think the main problem at nufc stems from the owners lack of ambition. No way pardew will b sacked as he is a puppet who Ashley can control and minipulate.

  • 124 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    And how does anyone know what a top manager wants to do without asking, you are assuming they wouldn’t have ant to come.
    I am not assuming they will, but the only way we will now is to ask the question.

  • 125 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Oh and Arsenal are bidding for Mbiwa aswell apparently

  • 126 Grafton83 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    No NOT Hughes ffs, I’d rather put Ranger in charge.

    Hughes can not perform in the prem he’s been given massive resources and still failed. So no, not hughes and not Di Matteo either.

    Blanc if he would come would be best.

  • 127 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Also we didnt actually play hoof ball yesterday. The ONLY player that does that is williamson and he just smashes it forward every time he gets it. Hopefully following Mbiwa signing he will be 4th choice CB and will not play. Both Mbiwa and Taylor bring the ball out of defence. Everyone here needs to chill out and back the team and manager. The last thing we need now is a panic sacking.

    If we knew Pards would be replaed with a quality manager then fine, but we don’t know that (last time we got Kinnear then Dowie and Shearer). Even Blanc at this stage would be a ridiclous appointment because he has no premier league experience. It’s all very well making the change at the beginning of the season where he has time to work with players and get used to the pace of the league but ridiclous in middle of relegation scrap.

  • 128 Shiremagpies // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    well said hotdog

  • 129 toon85 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM


  • 130 cndrbrown // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I sure hope we some sign action on the transfer front tomorrow. pretty quiet today.

  • 131 yo-yo // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Ketsbaia is more of a nutter than Di Canio and that’s saying something.
    Di Matteo, Bruce, Bearsdley, Sparky, Curbishly Adkins would all be total failures at the Toon.
    I do like Martinez but he turned down Liverpool so surely he is off the radar.
    Blanc – hahaha

    I suspect that AP is trying to negotiate a commitment to the new signings with upstairs. If they say 1 maybe 2 he might well cut his losses and walk imo as he definitely said more than 2 a week or so ago. He has his pride and lack of backing from the Board would sign our death warrant as an EPL club and that might be too much for him to swallow.
    He may also be trying to sort out the Colo situation.

  • 132 Toon1978 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    The news about arsenal is coming from the Mirror. Not the most reliable.

  • 133 Dondatta13 // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Far far too many fickle “fans” around here…

    Sack the guy who got us our highest finish in years just last season?

    Give your heads a shake… This club needs stability.

    Key board warriors, I find the repugnant!

  • 134 North Atlantic Magpie // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Pardew will be sacked, trust me!

  • 135 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    If we knew that parts was going to be replaced with a top class manager then fine….
    That’s the second poster who has said that. Ridiculous. We don’t know anything,
    There might be a top class manager out there that none of us is even thinking of.
    Fact is though pardew has had 1 or maybe 2 good seasons in over 10 years of management.
    Usually followed by a huge downturn and then sacking.

  • 136 89Norcal // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    hot dog, Taking the Papiss

    I’m glad we have readers like you talking sense. Pardews sacking would be half his doing but half the fault of the board for not backing him prior.

    I just fear who the replacement would be. Laudrup, Rijkaard and Blanc are all pipe dreams far as I see, and Blanc was atrocious with the France NT.

  • 137 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Taking the Papiss

    why would appoining blanc be redicilous? he played in EPL & has a great CV as manager.. appointing shearer 3 years ago was redicilous…only 7 matches to go & no experience as manager..

  • 138 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    For the record Im backing Pardew until the end of the season. We’ll turn this around. AP had us playing some good football last year. Im keepi g the faith and backing the team. 3 signings will help us get over the line.

  • 139 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Fickle. I’d prefer to say we have the clubs best interests at heart.
    Don’t want the relegation we feel pardew will bring.

  • 140 toon85 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Corporate fans ruining atmosphere at St. James’s.atmosphere is shit these days. Ever since Ashley dispensed L7 singing corner. I understand football is not the best at moment but we must make more of an effort to get behind the lads.

  • 141 Harley // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    He needs to be given the striker and defender he requires ASAP and then if we don’t pick up a win from our next 2 games then he needs to go.

    I’ve been behind him all season convinced that things will turn around and defended him constantly. However, after Saturday I really starting to doubt.

    I can’t believe it has come to this. Again.

  • 142 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Toon 1978

    The arsenal news could be coming from my gran im shitting myself after the remy deal.

  • 143 GAZ09 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    So if we had to choose from either a new manager but no signings or Pardew staying but with 2 new signings, what would it be?

  • 144 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Brave heart.
    You should read the post at the top with pardews results and tell me why you still back him. Because of last season?
    I really think a lot of fans just want the stability because of what we have been like in the past with managers.
    I don’t like it either but pardew is taking us backwards and that is to the championship.

  • 145 NUFCarter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I still think Paulo di canio is worth a risk. He has
    Potential to be a class manager

  • 146 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Pardew out
    Without a doubt

  • 147 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Personally if Pardew is sacked i’m putting 80% of the blame solely onto the board for not backing him in the summer and building on the success which is what you should do in any business.. ‘Never Stand Still’ or you will be found out… and this season thats happened because the board stood still

  • 148 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    If Di Canio became our manager you can say goodbye to Ben Arfa

  • 149 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Pardew and 2 signings as long as its 1 CB and 1 ST

  • 150 yo-yo // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    i’m not sure i trust anybody blogging from mid atlantic.

    Only the next 48hrs will tell. We’re still waiting for a resolution to the Colo problem.

    And if we’re going to play the blame game
    here’s mine

    Bad Luck 10%
    Injuries 15%
    Bad Form 10%

    Bad management 25%

    Bad owner and MD 40%

    Tough on Alan but he’ll be the fall guy for Mike and Deka so he’s carrying 65% even though its lack of support from above.

  • 151 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Exactly Norcal.

    People saying there might be great managers out there that we don’t know about. You want to sack a manager that almost got us into the Champions League in our SECOND YEAR BACK IN THE PREMIERSHIP because he is having a bad season to replace him with “top class manager out there that none of us is even thinking of”.

    Also if this is Pards’ fault what about the players. Is it Pard’s fault that Santon was out of position. Is it Pards’ fault that Williamson was in front of Le Fondre but didnt have the pace or desire to get to the ball? Is it Pards’ fault that Cisse missed 3 clear-cut chances (at least). What about the Manchester United game? Lost 4-3, remember? Did we play terribly or did we lead twice at old trafford, hit the post to take the lead with 1 minute to go and then get outdone by a world class pass from Michael Carrick.

    You lot have got to be kidding me. By the time Ben Arfa is back and AFCON is over, we shoudl have the following out


    Debuchy Coloccini Mbiwa Santon

    Tiote Anita

    Ben Arfa Cabaye Marveaux


    Does that not excite people? For Christ’s sake.

    Also if we get Mbiwa in, our two transfers in so far have been exceptional. Debuchy is a french international and was captain of Lille (he will also help us keep cabaye). Mbiwa is 23, captained his side to a massive upset to win ligue 1 and is also a french international (rated as one of the best CB’s of his generation).

    The above is more than enough justifiaction to back the team when times are tough!!!!

  • 152 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Appointing Blanc is ridiculous because amongst everything else he was a total flop as French manager with an extremely talented team. We need someone that has premier league experience and doesnt need time to settle to the area etc.

  • 153 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Taking the Papiss – We all know that Marveaux will be dropped for either Jonas or Shola though

  • 154 northernirishtoon // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    How can anyone say blancs record for France nt was crap. They had a couple of bad games at the euros but their record going into was second to none

  • 155 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Taking the papis
    Who made those substitutions was it not parsnip
    Just get rid
    He is awful
    And got lucky llast year
    Don’t forget he did not pick a team for the first 15 games

  • 156 NUFCarter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I just can’t see mbiwa coming to nufc with arsenal and spurs showing interest. I don’t want to get my hopes up; I did that with remy.

  • 157 Peter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Laughable how people think we could get blanc di matteo and that more likely Steve Bruce god could you imagine

  • 158 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Taking the papiss.
    It’s hardly just a bad season is it?
    Worst ever run in premier league.
    Worst for team at moment.
    Lost at home to a bottom 2 side whilst only being 3 players away from full strength.
    Stop living in the past man. We are all nufc, we just don’t want to see us go down.
    On current for we will only pick up ten more points, no just get pardew out.
    Nufc fan always, pardew fan no more.

  • 159 GAZ09 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    @ Sir Braveheart

    Thats the option i would go for 2 new players and the whole team gets a massive confidence boost plus the defense would be much better and some much needed competition for the ST position. Changing manager right now would be a huge gamble for it to pay off and more than likely it wouldn’t pay off.

  • 160 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Worst for team*

  • 161 lewytoon // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    NEWS: been a two hour meeting with pardew today, another one arranged for tomorrow and apparently he’s on last legs! He has absolutely no control over transfers anymore.

  • 162 Mint // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Theres no chance they will sack AP before end of transfer window. any deals are done based on trust (and money) and the manager plays a big part in that. No manager – no signings.

    Ever seen a temporary coach sign multi million players?? and dont say Benitez!

  • 163 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Laurent Blanc:

    177 Games

    106 Wins

    35 Draws

    36 Losses

    59.89% Win percentage

    289 Goals scored

    169 Goals conceded

    +120 Goal difference

    That is Boadeaux and France combined

    For France:

    PL: 27 – W:16 – D:7 – L:4 – Sc:41 – Ag:16
    Win Percentage: 59.26%

  • 164 Twatter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Gus Poyet anyone?

    By the way, bookies narrow the odds when there is an influx of bets – it doesn’t necessarily mean there is any insider information that’s been leaked etc.

    We will see, won’t we? But I think Ashley’s going to keep hold of AP for a bit longer yet.

  • 165 northernirishtoon // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Taking the Papiss that is a mouth watering team but santon doesn’t have the defensive qualities to have someone like marveaux in front of him hence the reason jonas plays

  • 166 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I’m sure going into the euros France was on a 20 odd game unbeaten run, but then had a bad euros.
    Shows how much these people now saying he done crap with very talented players.
    Get your facts right.
    Yes I’m talking about you taking the papiss

  • 167 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I back AP because with the right players available I believe he can get results. Because he man managed well last season. Because you dont finish 5th out of luck as some people suggested we were. Because I dont think its fair to blame him for the boards lack of investment. Because Im sick of people being unfair and not giving AP any credit at all.

    Take your pick

  • 168 Twatter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Ha, when did Pardew ever have control over transfers in the first place?


  • 169 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Last year we had our best ever run in the premiership. We are turning into a joke knee-jerk sacking managers. The quality in our team will mean that we don’t go down.

    The destabalising effect of getting rid of Pardew will be far worse than the benefit of replacing him.

    This week is a key week whatever happens. IF we get Mbiwa, agree that Colo stays tll the end of the year, get a striker in and beat Villa (all possible). We will be in a far better position come this time next week. IF all of those things go against us it could be much worse. However to put this all squarely on a manager is ridiculous when we have been top of the injury league all season. Players are coming back now and therefore I expect to see a change. If nothing comes of it, fine then get rid but by then the window will be over and all the players we need to et in will be in

  • 170 RuperttheBastad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Don’t want to worry you guy’s but Alan Curbishley and Dennis Wise have booked into the Radisson Blu .1 hour ago.

  • 171 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    @Mint 162

    Thank God someone else sees that too

  • 172 stuart no9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    i firmly believe ashley has been back in touch with mourinio and told him to name his price- identify the players needed to get us to the CL- with a 5 year plan to make us great again .
    should happen in the off to bed now , cant wait.

  • 173 lewytoon // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Stuart, your drunk 😛

  • 174 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Well done to whoever posted those stats on laurent Blanc. That obviously means he was brilliant for France. Here are some more stats:

    Jacques Santini-

    France- P:28 W: 22 D: 4 L: 2 %78.6

    Sign him up.

    His average with Tottneham:

    Tottneham – P: 13 W:5 D:4 L:4 %38.46

    Those stats give NO indication of how he will do in the premiership

  • 175 89Norcal // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    France did poorly vs England and Sweden. I.e. the games that mattered. He also lost the locker room (which most of you believe pads has done). He would likely do better bit let’s not label anyone as a savior, not with this board.

  • 176 m1c4a3l // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    If we loose to Chelsea Parsnip has to go! Seriously I can’t bare to watch that sh!te anymore!!!

  • 177 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Sorry by the way for my last post. I didnt mean to be rude, I just get frustrated sometimes because stats can generally be used to prove wahtever you want.

  • 178 Twatter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM


    Transfers are done on money, not much else. You can say trust, yes – to win the player over perhaps – and I’m not denying that can play a factor, but we’re rock bottom of the form table staring at relegation with a manager supposedly in charge anyway. If I was ever in the position of a professional football player, I would never join a managerless club, but I’m not! I’m a rational human being!

    Plus, even if these rumours about AP were true, which I doubt, there’s no reason not to suggest that Ashley might have someone lined up to immediately replace him.

    Or maybe I’m being too kind on his organisational skills there.

  • 179 jonobbad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I never said he would actually be good. You said he had a bad time with France and most people have proved you wrong.
    Now you’re trying to twist your point. Just go back to the mackems please

  • 180 Joe Blog // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Fabian Barthez for manager.

  • 181 Sir Braveheart // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Mourinho!? Either you’re drunk, stoned, 10 years old or a different kind of “special one”.

  • 182 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Taking the Papiss – Agree with you on the stats side of things but Blanc has played in the premier league before with Man Utd so he knows it and would have a better idea than Santini had when he came over… He’s also very well respected Ben Arfa had a little fall out but they made up straight away and that was said in an interview aswell it was all forgotten about with Benny

  • 183 Supa Mag3 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Gus Poyet anyone? Attacking passing football

  • 184 gndtoon // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to have medical on Monday ahead of €7.5m move to Newcastle. Set to sign a 4yr deal #bbcfootball #nufc @bbcsport_david 30 minutes ago

  • 185 m1c4a3l // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Roberto Di Matteo for manager if we don’t get anything from Villa or Chelsea!!!!

  • 186 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    He did have a bad time with France! He failed at a major tournament, that is the definition of failure for large international teams. Half of the matches he won will have been in friendlies/qualifiers against European minnows. For goodness sake think it through.

    Capello’w win percentage for England was 67%. Would you say that he was a success as England manager?? I would truly love to hear that when England got knocked out of major tournaments time and time again you were saying o Fabio Capello has been a great success as England manager…I thought not and his record was better than Blanc’s!

    As to going back to the Mackems…what a brilliant idea, turn on the fans that are backing them team. Your an ideal supporter aren’t you?

  • 187 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM


    I understand your point and there is an argument for it. However, I would be a lot happier with that at the beginning of the season rather than halfway through when you are in a fight already. I think it puts too much presure on a manger that would have to settle in.

  • 188 RuperttheBastad // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    That post on Curbishley in Durham Hotel..Its ok Lad’s they are just here for Sports club dinner ..My brother checked the date’s for the dinner and it’s correct ..not coming to Newcastle. Defo not here for any Toon bizz.

  • 189 GeordieToon89 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Yeah I agree, IF Pardew did get sacked we need a strong replacement who knows the league and will be happy to just manage us until the summer

  • 190 Twatter // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Blanc would never work under Ashley.

    Come on.

  • 191 Ben-Arfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    According to a very reliable source we will sack Pardew in the morning and replace him with paul tisdale from exeter i can confirm this is 99 percent true.

    All i know about this guy is he seems well dressed and has taken exeter from the conference to league 2 and are currently in an automatic promotion.

    to be honest dont think this is the way to go and another cheap appointment by tight ashley hoping a young hungry manager could turn into the next big thing.

    very disapointed indeed i would of gone for martinez

  • 192 irishtoon999 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    we’re not playing villa this week and ur stating the injuries, we only were missing Tiote (who has been poor anyways) and the excellent HBA against Reading.. we had loads on the field to beat them, but the team did not apply themselves and needed direction from the sideline.. this wont change if AP stays im sad to say..

  • 193 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM


    Fine by the end of the Villa game, you know what I mean. Also if you look at my post I didnt mean people were injured this weekend, but if Cabaye had a couple of games in him, he wouldnt have come off and that would have been the difference.

    It’s really sad that I am the only one on here defndeing a team who finished in Europe last year. We are in a terrible run, but have faith they can turn it round rather than turning on them. They finished 5 last year, they are obviously good enough to stay up this year

  • 194 Seba29072 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Pardew isn’t getting sacked, its just Skybet playing it safe…..lets face it, he’s the only one who is in threat so they don’t want to risk it!

  • 195 thespecialone-ameobi // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Ben arfa 11

    Your source is a complete idiot and that will never happen I can bet my mortgage on that,

  • 196 irishtoon999 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Yes TtheP, i agree, but the players always must take some of the blame as they are below par from last season.. or maybe they played above themselves, Krul was been talked up as the best stopper in the PL, his a shadow of himself now.. This is why at tims like this u need a manager who can motivate these players and lift their confidence.. AP just doesnt seem to be doing it, and I just hope if we do get rid of him, we put in a credible replacement…

  • 197 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Isn’t this a little chicken and egg.

    People bet on it, therefore they lower the odds, lower odds make more people bet on it etc.

    It doesn’t mean anything at all, it’s not the “bookies knowing something” or being “almost always right”.

    It’s just people’s (perfectly fair) logic.

    Still don’t think ashley will sack him though.

  • 198 Ben-Arfa11 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Did anyone see Joe kinnear coming to the club ?

    Did anyone see dennis wise come in and do football manager by buying xisco

    never underistmate mr.ashley

    i can confirm that tisdale will be the new manager i wouldnt joke about such a depressing thing if it wasnt true

  • 199 bemba da // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Pardew had a great season last season no question, that was however with a near enough full strength squad all year. This season we’ve had injuries, as we normally always do, and he’s struggled big style. If he stays, and IF he keeps us up, inevitably next season we’ll have injuries again, so will we just be in the situation this time next year, and the year after etc, until we have another miraculous injury free season?

  • 200 Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I genuinely am not sure its motivation though and none of us can know that for sure. Cabaye has come out and said that we need to back the team! He is right and I fear that the booing etc, given what we achieved last season, is going to fast track the exit of our best players who may otherwise just hgave seen it as one bad season.

  • 201 nick_9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    We’ve got an excellent track records with in the knows on this blog.

    Best get some players signed during the break before the next game, hide colo’s passport as well.

  • 202 Mister Tuff // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Ref Ben-Arfa11’s post re the manager of Exeter replacing Percy Parsnip -apparently this bloke was considered when CH got the chop. Link to old news article about this:-,19528,11661_6562517,00.html

  • 203 nick_9 // Jan 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Ben Arfa your full of it you

  • 204 Colo-Sus // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Makes no sense sacking him now! We need players and Ashley know that’s his fault, signings won’t come in if we have no manager at the helm FACT! So those calling for Pardew’s head need to think about that.

    I agree his subs were poor yesterday and he needs to drop Wilo and Jonas with immediate effect but, give him January and maybe 2 more games. To get some points and players in.

    All this talk of Blanc, Di Matteo haha you idiots make me laugh with your delusional views…those two wouldn’t touch Ashley with a barge pole… We’d get somebody shite again like JFK

    Careful what you wish for

  • 205 Colo-Sus // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Ben arfa 11: you sir are a complete moron….what a load of utter drivel

    Haha honestly

  • 206 noladonna // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM




    —ben arfa————cisse————–marveaux———

    this is what i wanna see this would be awesome if we go down go down with a bang i say

  • 207 RonVanDam // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Arsenal are weighing up a last-minute move for 23-year-old Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Newcastle have already agreed a fee with Montpellier for the France international.

    Full story: Daily Mirror

    I bet alot of teams wait on players that we are after, one a fee is agreed (which are fairly low for top class players) – other teams move in and offer a higher wage and steal players under our noses.
    I hate this vulture tactics used by other teams who cant even negotiate and have a business model they follow
    I agree 80/20 that Lambias has very good negotiation skills, dont know why some excellent ones dont fall through. Maybe MA also has a incentive based wage on Lambias to spend xx amount on a player, if he gets the player for cheap, he either keeps a difference or gets a certain percentage of it.

  • 208 chris_g // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Taking the Papiss // Jan 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Also we didnt actually play hoof ball yesterday. The ONLY player that does that is williamson and he just smashes it forward every time he gets it

    That’s total bullshit. These are the stats for the Reading game


    19..Tim Krul
    15…Fabricio Coloccini
    9…..Michael Williamson
    8…..Vurnon Anita
    5…..Yohan Cabaye
    4…..Mathieu Debuchy
    3…..Gael Bigirimana
    3…..Davide Santon
    3…..Sylvain Marveaux
    1…..Shola Ameobi
    1…..Papiss Demba Cissé
    0…..Jonás Gutiérrez
    0…..James Perch
    0…..Gabriel Obertan



    7.97 Yohan Cabaye
    7.68 Michael Williamson
    7.41 Mathieu Debuchy
    7.04 Sylvain Marveaux
    6.94 Shola Ameobi
    6.90 Fabricio Coloccini
    6.88 Jonás Gutiérrez
    6.77 Davide Santon
    6.49 Papiss Demba Cissé
    6.34 Gael Bigirimana
    6.28 Vurnon Anita
    6.15 James Perch
    6.11 Gabriel Obertan
    5.92 Tim Krul


  • 209 headtheball // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    As JOJO would sing Too Little Too Late to save our football club but I’m sure Moe Larry and Curly will provide a few more laughs before the seasons end. If the pain persists consult your doctor.

  • 210 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Ashley give me two months with Newcastle and i could easily get them into the top 8 by the end of the season

  • 211 northernirishtoon // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Them stats would nearly make u think Williamson was a good player lol. It was harder for him to fooking miss the ball for the first goal than it was to clear it

  • 212 mattnufc // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Were those ratings given by Pardew or Llambias?

  • 213 GAZ09 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Nile Ranger gave them ratings!

  • 214 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    gaz09, lol nice 1 mate

  • 215 Tekkers29 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    chris g

    those long ball stats are bulls**t as they class long passes as long balls.

    if you watch the match again you will notice colo played a lot of long passes out wide to santon and guti which is in those stats where as williamson just hoofed it and krul does not count as he kicks it from back passes or if he’s under pressure

  • 216 nick_9 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Chris g – and despite all that colo had a 92 % pass accuracy against reading.

    Shots on target in that game, cabaye 3, cisse 3, obertan 1 and that’s it! Shola had three and all off target and he also had the worst passing accuracy.

  • 217 Taking the Papiss // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM


    Another ludicrous stat on long balls. Doesn’t mean we played hoofball. If you watched the game you’d know that. You know that incredible flighted ball that cabaye put through to cisse who almost headed it in? Yeah that would count as a long ball. Would you count that as hoofball?

    Just for that record if would also include the ball over the top that debuchy put through that put cabaye in down the wing when he should have crossed and also the one a note put over for debuchy who crossed it in for cisse to smash straight at Frederici. Those stats show absolutely nothing

  • 218 GAZ09 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM


    Reading only had 2 shots on target all game!

  • 219 RonVanDam // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    @ 188
    If Paul Tisdale, comes in, I wont have a problem with him. He is a smart manager, very pep guardiolaseque. He’s a manager with ambition. If you look at his track record – they speak for themselves. 3 Promotions with Team Bath in 3 seasons in charge and 2 with Exeter and they are currently 3rd in League 2. That’s incredible. Tell me you wouldn’t sign a manager of his Calibre. He’s our alternative to Pep

  • 220 nick_9 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Gaz – yet managed two score two goals, it’s crazy. They’re passing accuracy is shocking as well and averages about 64% all season. We should have beaten them

  • 221 nick_9 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Rvd – you want us to or would disapprove of a league 2 manager coming in? Wow.

  • 222 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM


    Managing in the top flight with international players who have huge egos and coping with the pressure of 50,000 fans is a lot different to managing in the lower leagues. But im not taking away the success he has had you can only do the best where you have had the opportunity and he has done very well.

  • 223 dazza1980 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Were doomed for sure with the names ppl r wanting in here marteneZ darren bent whats happening to our club

  • 224 gfp13 // Jan 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    As much as I would like to see a manager from a lower league come in and do well. The do well being the key part. I do question whether bringing 1 in during a transfer window would be wise as he would probably like to bring in a striker from exeter and other league 2 players to ‘strengthen’.

    Also somebody posted a 3-4-3 formation(sorry didn’t take not of name)…. Martinez in and play that is a possibility as that’s the formation he had been using last season, not sure he’s been using it this season or not. But I would quite like to see that. The way we are going we are going down. I do think we can and will stay up but maybe change is needed

  • 225 RonVanDam // Jan 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Im just saying, he has enough experience as a player and knows about having a healthy team environment, his success as a manager dictates that.

    Lets look at Brendan Rodgers, didnt have much experience as a manager. Coached Watford, Reading in a space of a year, Went to Swansea, got them promoted and secured their survival in the PL. Went to L’pool, see how well they are doing.

    Some managers have the ‘IT” factor and Paul Tisdale is one of the rare ones.

  • 226 hadthetshirt // Jan 21, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I am far from pardew’s biggest fan and have been quite vocal about his selections,substitutions,and tactics,but it’s crazy at this time of year to sack him.Unless of course the likes of Remy didn’t sign because of him(which I doubt)
    the time is to stick together and fight this out.Arsenal gonna hijack Mbiwa now that would be a blow

  • 227 Zero // Jan 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Its interesting the points of view getting battered back and forth, the whole crap of ”we carnt sack pards because we are mid transfer window, noone will come” is complete horse crap… how about this for size ”people wont come to a club with an useless manager and a team in complete free fall”.

    Seriously new players wont matter now, pards has lost the dressing room, ffs if we keep him HBA has even said hes gone in the summer, i much rarther get Dimattio or Le Blanc, people who know football tactics than Mr ”ill play my favourite players even if theyre sh*te”

  • 228 Crow59 // Jan 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Firstly pards grow some bollocks and drop Strolla and Guti (squad players at best), secondly ensure that this mbiwa deals signed, sealed and ready to play at villa park (gets rid of williamson). Also Marvs itching for 90 mins with his french buddies so let the boy play. ST in before the end of the transfer window preferably someone with pace thats versatile and that should just about keep you in a job.

    Martinez to the toon??? dont make me laugh he turned down the bindippers to fight at Wigan so weve one hope and thats no hope.

  • 229 tweaked // Jan 21, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    reckon villa will be AP’s curtain call if he loses or draws, I would like to see di matteo given a chance but doubt that would happen

    I really think we need a continental manager that can teach us some European style of play cause this long ball crap just doesn’t cut it in the EPL

  • 230 Sir Braveheart // Jan 21, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    As much as Id like to see AP given til the end of the season I think lose to Villa and he’s out. Ashley will get too nervous having lost to our two relegation rivals.

  • 231 karasu // Jan 21, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Sick of discussing useless F***dew. Lets discuss Darren Bent instead. Personally, I think Bent might be too overvalued for his talent. Not saying that Bent is bad. But I’m concerned about his wages. Christian Benteke is also another option, but one advantage Bent has over Benteke is that he can help fulfill our home-grown quota.

  • 232 looizallan // Jan 21, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Pards will not get sacked, we all know this isn’t the right thing to do just because Newcastle haven’t had the best run of games and could go 5 points behind Southampton today if they beat Everton. But we’ve had injuries, misfortune, and potential signings run for the money last minute which hasn’t helped. If Pards gets the sack it would be atrocious. Keep him at toon, sign Darren Bent and Mbiwa ASAP so noone else can get their hands on them, easy. Keep the faith lads, I’m trying my best!

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