If You Don’t Perform – You Don’t Get In The Team

It’s clear that with Newcastle now having a very strong squad nobody’s position in the starting line up is safe, and as one example Cheick Tiote will be pressing hard to replace James Pardew for our next league game against Southampton, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will have two Europa League games against FC Metalist Kharkiv, to show the manager just what he can do at the heart of the Newcastle defense,

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – gets a chance in the Europa League

Steven Taylor is fairly unique at Newcastle because he’s a local lad who has come through the Newcastle Academy, and we don’t have many of them these days, the Ameobi brothers being the other two, and Steven has talked today in the local papers about competition for places at the club:

“We have had injuries, suspensions and it has probably affected us because we had a very small squad.” “These new lads have increased the competition for places and the gaffer has made it very clear if you don’t perform you don’t get in the team.” “There is excitement again because of the new signings. Just like there is in the Tottenham squad, you can tell.”

Three big players that have been missing for us this season have been Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa –  and we have really missed all three players.

And there’s a good chance that Ben Arfa will be back for the Southampton game, so Newcastle could be full strength for the first time this season – in fielding their strongest starting eleven.

And it was pretty obvious on Saturday that Gareth Bale was the difference between the sides, and without Gareth Tottenham seem very hard pressed to score goals – and that’s their real weakness, should Gareth become injured during the run in to the season.

Steven Taylor certainly thinks Gareth Bale is some player:

“To me Gareth Bale is a world-beater.” “He is a complete player, he is like Ronaldo because when he is coming at you and you have to be on your toes all of the time.” “You have to pray he doesn’t score a goal – and he scores two. You could see what a great player he is.” “Yet we are all disappointed because but for his two goals we felt we could have won.”

Alan Pardew summed up the game well – when he said it was a very good performance but it a poor result – and we really should have taken at least a point out of the game.

But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now – so we now have to try to beat Southampton – that’s all that matters now.

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16 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    An excellent policy to adopt, and nice to have the luxary of some depth in order to implement the policy for the first time in a couple of years.

  • outsidethebox

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    for the first euro game paardieu imo has to put out strong side so he can rest majority for second leg before saints game…
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    tiote cabaye
    marv sissoko cisse obertan

  • G

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Hey Ed, who’s this James Pardew you mention? Any relative?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    This is what we lacked early season. Players knew they could under perform and not get dropped.

    I don’t think any of our players did that intentionally but in the back of your mind you might not but 100% into every training session and if absolutely shattered might gamble and not track back etc.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5


    agree m8 and i think thats the place were cisse is atm (not that he’s playing bad atm but he’s lacking that edge to his play through complacency)

    also think our youngsters apart from bigi let us down also and not because of there skill ect as we all know its too soon and they need to go out on loan but the fact that they had a chance to play in the first team and there was just not much motivation from them (thought they would be trying till there legs fell off)

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6


    why should we always look to the future and say lets judge him on that,,
    why can we not look at the wreck that he has been driving all season, and judge him on that

    if we looked at it the way you say, no one would ever get fired, as we all be singing little annies song, the sun will come out tomorrow,

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7


    Well why can’t we say he got a decent (but not brilliant) team to 5th last year even though we struggled to dominate games and play well we still managed to grind out results consistently, by luck or crook we did it.

    Why does 5/6 bad months (results) mean he should be sacked.

    Why can’t we see how he does now he has the squad he really wanted. Lets see what he can do with this team til the end of the year.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy the reason we should look forward in judging Pardew is because he has for the first time this season got a decent squad to choose from.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy….I don’t think I made myself clear. I originally asked you for your thoughts on the last three games, not just the Spurs loss. You then said we shouldn’t be judging him by how we play against the big teams. So, since Pardew has been backed by the board, something he asked for in the summer, we have only played one lesser team in Aston Villa…and we won.

    I only said about the next four games as it’s the first time this season where Pardew would have the players he wanted against lesser opposition, which is you say, the teams in which we should judge Pardew by.

    I’m not saying forget this season to date, just as I’ve never said forget last season (or does that not count?). However, managers and teams do have bad runs or form, luck and decisions, it does happen. If Pardew can turn it around then surely that’s a good thing? Apart from the obvious that you would still dislike him.

    You can take the p*ss out of my optimism all you like, after all, “it’s a hard knock life” and I can deal with that, if we looked at it the way you do, we’d just look at half of one season, when the man has been managing us in excess of 2 years, that doesn’t seem very balanced either.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10


    The criticism of pardew is getting less and less all the time.

    Results- seem to be turning round so one less point
    performance – played much better past month or two
    formation – got 4231/433

    so there is little things to cling onto to criticise pards now….yes we had a poor start but we had a good season last year, we had injuries this year in a small squad but over all players and manager still let us down.

    Water under the bridge though if we can turn things around now we have the players.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    TS…Everyone is open to criticism and I don’t mind that. It’s the end of the World, can’t turn it around stuff.

    Anyway, things are improving and so will the mood.

  • vibroguy

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    the links dead ed

  • nufc 11

    Feb 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    What happens if you dont and havent performed all season, ur the captain and your undroppable Waht then?


    Feb 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    James Pardew?????

    Never mind Ed ! I think you mean James Perch ( Perchino ) !
    I mostly check everything i write before i Post, maybe a tip from a pure amateur for you there, hope you don,t think i,me being cheeky!

    Perch is not the only one whom he should be looking at! I would seriously consider giving Jonas a break too, there are not many players i think who are unmissable?

  • lualua17

    Feb 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Hi guys I have read the articles on this site for quite a while and noticed a debate between Catchy and others on the performance of Alan Pardew. I thought I would get some stats together to try and find a way to gauge is current performance to date. Below is the win ratio of most of our recent managers;

    Chris Hughton 55.71%

    Kevin Keegan 54.98% first time and 28.57% second time

    Bobby Robson 46.67%

    Glenn Roeder 45.83%

    Graeme Sounness 43.37%

    Alan Pardew 37.25%

    Sam Allardyce 33.33%

    Joe Kinnear 20 %

    Now the majority of Chris Hughton’s games came in the Championship so that could explain his impressive ratio however I thought he did quite a decent job in the Premier League before he was sacked. As far as Alan Pardew’s record goes I think that was badly effected because of this season for multiple reasons such as players missing through injury or Cup games, Not having enough squad depth and even to some extent I believe tactics. The reason I say tactics is because I believe we dropped a lot of points this season through negative an example of this is Sunderland away. I believe we were scoring a goal and then dropping too deep too early trying to defend a 1-0 win which often resulted in us drawing or losing games. Personally I think sacking is extreme and I would like to see how he does with the extra players we have assembled. Signs are encouraging since we have signed the new players however I feel the Spurs and Aston Villa games showed instances of those negative tactics I was talking about where we were great first half but tried to defend the rest of the game in the second. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season pans out and I hope we are comfortable come the end of the season and have a proper go at the Europa league. Personally I think we have a good chance of possibly winning the Europa if we take it seriously. Anyway just thought I would offer some input into the debate.

  • check the toastie

    Feb 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    More like if you do perform you dont get in, in Anita’s case.


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