Ashley Must Spend Big Now Newcastle Are In Big Trouble

After yesterday’s astonishing capitulation by Newcastle at St. James Park,  when we went from a comfortable 1-0 lead to losing yet again, and this was to Reading, who started the game 5 points behind Newcastle, and are now only 2 points adrift of a seriously slumping Magpies side.

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The great Yohan Cabaye in action yesterday

Newcastle have learned only too well how to lose games from winning situations over the last almost three months – and that to us – is one of the most worrying parts of Newcastle’s play. We seem to have created a losing mentality.

And to make it even worse, it was Reading’s first win on the road all season and yes – it was Newcastle 10th league defeat in 13 games – a streak that is so hard to come to grips with.

We just point out that Chris Hughton had a bad run of two points in five games, and he was ruthlessly fired just over two years ago, and we all knew at the time it had very little to do with Newcastle’s results.

There is news today that Newcastle are close to signing two defenders, 23 year-old Montpelier defender and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and 20 year-old Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara.

And we need to get both these players signed quickly, before any other clubs come in, because of Newcastle’s very poor play of late, and low position in the Premier League, other clubs like Arsenal would be a stronger attraction for both players.

And Newcastle need to bring in a top class striker from somewhere, because since Demba Ba has left, we’ve managed only one measly goal in our last three games, and that was today’s fantastic goal by Yohan Cabaye direct from a free kick.

But just in case this lad may be our savior this season, there was some bad news after the game that Yohan has again injured his groin – and we hope it was only that he played a little too long yesterday.

It was a shattering loss yesterday – there’s simply no other way to describe it – and there are urgent pleas from players like Shola Ameobi – pleading to our fans not to stop believing.

But we need to see an all our 100% effort at Aston Villa and maybe we can get our first away win of the season  a week on Wednesday night.

But there again – I’ve been writing about that for many months now – and sound like a broken record.

We’re in trouble alright – but with 15 games left hopefully we can still get ourselves clear of relegation.

Signing three or four new players before the end of January will help.

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22 comments so far

  • Peter

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #1

    We need 7 -8 wins. We scrape that through the grit of our teeth. Just

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #2

    we could bring in the worlds best players and still Pardew wont get us out of this mess, i feel sorry for the so called new signings we are meant to be getting unless Cashley has also offered them free buy out clause when we get relegated

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Nick_9 some of the final balls were long passes not hit and hope hoofs although in the 2nd half it was all useless passes especially when we took Marveux Anita and Cabaye off god knows why??

    There was a long ball that Cabaye played in Cisse for a great chance which their keeper saved and Marveux done a similar one which nearly got Shola in as well so sometimes a long ball is fine but there was also some great little flicks and passes and another day Cisse would have had a brace

    I am a bit worried that new signings might be too little too late as we need guys who know what they are doing someone like Lescott at the back would be amazing he is a winner, a leader, is very vocal and is a great defender

    Will be interesting to see who we get as a foreign player could take a while to get used to our league Debuchy looks to have settled in quite well but you never know

    Also if Pardew does bring in new players will have the guts to drop some of his faves like if he gets a new striker will he drop Cisse or Shola taking into consideration he has probably promised Shola that he will play because he missed out on ACON?

    Also if we get a centre back will he put him right in or give the slot to Taylor or Williamson??

    Same with Jonas and Obertan who have not delivered if we get another wide forward will he drop either of them??

    Marveux and Anita as well they do not deserve to be dropped its only when those guys go off do we lose every time

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #4

    peter mate we be lucky to get 1 win this half of the season

  • Eddie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #5

    I know we all like to post up our starting elevens and subs and that this rather harmless pastime can seem a bit simplistic but isn’t it fair criticism of Pardew that his selections betray a rather basic approach to the game we love? i know, i know… last years 1st 11 was great and could mix it up etc – but show me a competitive team that doen’t tweek itself every year to avoid becoming predictable, that doesn’t have a recognisable shape or philosophy and that doesn’t have players on the bench that can fill in without a noticeable weakening of the teams effectiveness? Sure, this purple player idea is a bit dodgy but what the hell are all these carefully selected bairns there for if not to do a job. It’s got to be the manager’s call on all these counts, surely?

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #6

    iv’e always believe Newcastle could go up but with Pardew in charge i dont see us getting out of this mess so basically what im saying is as long as he is manager we will by all accounts get relegated end off.

  • El Tino

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #7

    whoa…….this ganja is heavvvy. didi hamann knows his sh*t

  • nick_9

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    STNM – I was a little frustrated with some of the long passes in, a lot lf the passes seemed like arial hit and hope and I don’t think it gets the best out of cisse. He did have one headed chance from a cabaye ball if that’s the one your thinking of? Debuchy played a cracking ball in for him as well that he should have put away so that was disappointing.

    In an ideal world we all would of wanted the new recruits in at the start of jan so lets hope they get off to a flier. A cb might help iron the mistakes out immediately if we are lucky and if we can get some options in attack we might be ok, tiote and Ben Arfa should return in a few weeks (Chelsea?) so they will add much needed competition.

    Again I don’t want to knock Jonas but if everyone was fit he wouldn’t be in the team for me. Cabs, Anita, hba, Marv and tiote should make a pretty fearsome midfield 5 if we don’t get a striker but like you say it’s getting later and later in the season, no guarantees cisse will find form or any signings settle immediately. I think our best way to avoiding relegation is if Pards can actually get the best out of this lot

  • true toon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #9

    We should just concentrate on getting the most $ out of

    Ben Arfa – 8 million
    Cabaye – 6- 10 million
    Cisse – 10 million
    Marveaux – 4 million

    and get some good player in next season for promotion back to EPL the following season .

    Here are some good players that could do well for us next season in the championship

    David Ngog – good striker and only 23 – 2million

    Rickie Lambert – Good striker and if Saints relegated we could get him for 3 million.

    Park ji sung – dynamic midfielder and approx 2 million

  • terencelim

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #10

    You can hire the best manager in the world but he won’t win you a cup with an owner with no ambition and keeping all the club’s profit into his own pocket (and mark my word, self-sustain is just a BS from Ashley, he did not pay the debt of the club and time will prove this).

  • veto

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #11

    dejong from ajax please , we are crying out for a decent number 10 and he can play that role really well , and another captain of his team too so a leader .
    mbiwa , another leader/captain
    and if we can get another flair type player in that would be nice too

  • cockneymagpie90

    Jan 20, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #12

    If pardew goes the problems will too, its f*****g simple!!!

    Iv hated his style of football for so long now and his starting line ups are too negative and defencive!

    He concentrates on defending the game and getting lucky at the other end.

    Every game this season iv named a better line up that has people playing in their actual positions.

    I said at the start of the season to rotate the two dembas but that never happened!!

    Dont even get me started on his subs!!!!

    The amount of times hes had a couple big names out and has used that as an excuse makes me sick!!

    What people dont realise is we have a better squad than what he makes out, even with our injuries our fringe players are still good enough to step in!!!

    Its pardews system and clueless decisions that are ruining this club, knowone else!

    Im including ashley in this, i think hehas done wonders for this club since going down and has no part in these terrible performances.

    Yes he could of bought in the summer, but even with the squad he decided to go with, which was the same as the year before with anita an added addition, you would think we were destined for mid-table or higher finish even with the added injuries.

    Think about the teams that make do with what they have and still stay up comfortably…

    Pardew has to go.

  • dcdick

    Jan 20, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Quote on MOTD that just about sums things up here at the toon.
    After Jonas shamefully turned his back on the play because a ball was heading his way


    Put me on the pitch & fire the ball at me as much as you like for £50,000 a week what’s the problem ….. they should have been around when the balls were made of leather with laces & picked up 1/2 a stone of mud after a few minutes play.
    You never see the red “zig zag” on the center halves forehead these days 🙂

    Overpaid, underachieving, prima donna’s with no heart playing in defence what chance have we got of surviving the winter…..

  • nattapol_d

    Jan 20, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #14

    I hardly believe we will play better if we sign more players in Jan. Even you got world class player like Messi or Ronaldo, with long ball style you will never get better. It was proven the match against Manu and Arse that short passing was score producing regardless poor defending.

    If Pardew still insists to keep playing with this doggy style, sack him or see you in the Championship.

  • messi_is_king

    Jan 20, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #15

    lol this league is overrated isnt that hard to adjust look at remy

  • messi_is_king

    Jan 20, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #16

    That team today was good enough to beat Reading at home, manager takes the blame

    We have got good players, okay not the deepest squad but any less so than the teams around us? no

    The board last 3 years have brought really good signings

    They tryed to get Remy , got debuchy and are going for mbiwa. all good players

    Thing is we haven’t got the manager to get the best outa them


  • johnhoy

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #17


    Exactly mate- 100% agree with you on that point. The players we fielded yesterday were more than enough to see off a woeful Reading side that we made look better and better as things went on yesterday. There’s no point in Pards whining about injury yesterday.

    We realize that football is a confidence game first and foremost and it’s not much use saying that these players are on so much money that that really shouldn’t come into it. Unfortunately the players are human and phsycological barriers can be built or broken down on the strength of results. We’re playing like a side with no belief and for all of the talk of formations, ill-timed substitutions and a lackadaisical transfer “policy”, what I truly believe is the issue is motivation of men. What made Keegan and Robson great was the manner in which they could take a player by the shoulder and fire their morale up. Last year I believed that Pardew was a master at this by squeezing more performance out of players that on paper you’d expect to be possible.

    It is not a foregone conclusion that we are relegated and the bottom three will have nowhere near 40 points come end of season. We can get out of this and push on next year. Have faith in Pardew till the end of the season because he earned it last year. If Ashley fails to bag reinforcements this window it should be him and him alone who gets the criticism.

    You can only piss with the knob you’ve got

  • hazzy

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Everytime I see Jonas and Willo on the first tean sheet I know were probably gonna lose we would be better off playing two mannequins

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Your post makes too much sense and is far too reasonable. Please leave the internet at once.


  • sparky55

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20

    the set up was wrong from the start yesterday…his 4-4-2 was designed not to lose but the muppet hasn’t learned that with a defence like ours you can always lose irrespective of the formation in front of the back 4.

    he should have played taylor (if he was fit for the bench he was fit to play) and they should have had Anita, Bigi and Cabaye as the middle 3 (simple as ABC!) and marveaux and Obertan out wide with Cisse up front.

    That team would have murdered Reading and we would have scored more than 2 for sure as proven by how well we did against Man U and Arsenal going forward playing proper football.

    That team is better than most of the teams we put out last year and we miraculously got to Fifth…fifth bottom will do me this year!

    I’ve been saying for weeks we should sack Pardew but who will come in if we sack him today??? No-one of course…so we have to let him keep the job til we’ve signed three more players and then sack him on the 31st Jan and then move on from there with a manager who knows what he’s doing.

    His initial set up and then subbing Marveaux for Perch showed me beyond doubt he’s clueless and has lost the plot

  • toon kk

    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    If Pardew had been at any other club he would have been sacked by now. Just proofs he was brought in as a yes man. This is a very frustrating situation. Same old story should have invested in the summer. Also I don’t think the whole squad were match fit when the season kicked off. Championship here we come and we struggle there. Ive supported Newcastle for 35 years and never seen so much shit on and off the pitch. Hand in your pocket CASHLEY its the only chance we have.

  • toonluvva

    Jan 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    In my opinion telling MA that he “must” do something is an invitation for him to do just the opposite. He’s the sort to believe that everyone else on parade is out of step.
    Our long term solution is for MA to sell up to someone who has genuine ambitions to promote the team. We might not get into the Champions League, but if the team is playing attractive football and putting together a set of decent results, then the new owner will be rewarded with a full house at St James’ Park every week. MA will also probably cash in on the replica strips that people will be buying.


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