Should Pardew Play His Strongest Side At Metalist Kharkiv – Poll

Alan Pardew has a tough decision to make on Thursday night,  as to which team he puts out in the second leg against Metalist Kharkiv, after we drew 0-0 in the first leg at St. James’ Park last Thursday.

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Alan Pardew – unhappy with officials’ decisions last Thursday

And of course one problem is that we have to play Southampton at home on the following Sunday,  and the Saints are level on points with us on 27 points after 26 games played.

If Alan Pardew does play his strongest side – there could be some tired legs against Southampton in that important game and that could cost us points.

But on the other hand if we can get through in the Ukraine,  that will further lift the mood in the Newcastle dressing room, and confidence will be high.

It’s a tricky one for Alan – so when we say should he play his strongest side – it could be the one he played last Thursday night with maybe even the fit-again Ben Arfa also starting the game.

Let us know what you think.

Should Alan Pardew Play His Strongest Side Possible On Thursday At Metalist Kharkiv?

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15 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I voted yes but that’s as I didn’t have the option I wanted.

    We can still rest 3/4 players and have a very god team out…bring in the likes of obertan, marv, anita, mbiwa etc.

    I think thats the point of a squad…we have a good squad which means we can bring in players without worrying too much about lacking quality.

  • walton1984

    Feb 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Thursdays Team would be

    Simpson MBiwa Colo Santon
    Tiote Anita Cabaye
    Marv Shola Obertan

    Reasons for Shola….He Bossed that big Centre Half when he came on & Mbwia coz Taylor i dont think he can play 2 games in 4 days


    Debuchy Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye Sissiko

    Then forwards Depend on fitness
    But if fit i would play
    HBA Gouf Marv
    but if not fit
    Gouf Cisse

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not Pardew bashing but all I want to know is what exactly his fans base their faith on him on, given his exceptionally average CV to date.

    In 13 years he’s won the Johnson Painter trophy, had 2 promotions and 1 relegation I believe, plus 3 sackings and 2 worst runs in both West ham’s and NUFC’s history. We are currently 16th. We came 5th last season.

    I think it is brilliant the way Carr has brought in all these French players and if Pardew had a hand in that too, then fair play to him.

    Personally I find Pardew a total enigma. He’ll do some great things but then he’ll do equally bizarre things and press the self-destruct button when caution and ego get the better of him. I guess those flaws are what has stopped him otherwise ever really hitting the heights.

    I guess the question is will they continue to do so and what can we realistically expect to achieve with him in charge long term?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Give our first team the first half, try and wrap up the game. Then look at hooking a few.

    If we drop points on Sunday it will put us back weeks.

    We have to start getting some rythmn and momentum going in the league with a consistent starting 11. This is why we have suffered so much to date.

    I want 11 fully fit first team players for Sunday.

    Although Im hoping Ben Arfa wins this on his own.

  • murvar

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    At the Bobby Robson concert last night, Pardew announced from the stage that he intended to play his strongest team as he wanted to win a trophy. Big round of applause!

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d like a team of




    Cisse had plenty chances, he is bound to put one away. Jonas can play this match and be rested in southamtpon when gouff and ben arfa can return on the wing.

    Marv can fill in well in the attacking mid role and sissoko is a very good sub with his pace and drive for the last 30/40 mins if needed.

  • northernirishtoon

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we have to mix the squads up a bit and only play the likes of santon, collo, cabaye, sissoko, tiote, cisse in both games

  • IITianToon

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Mental Pain >> Physical Pain
    Easier to lift a depressed leg than a depressed mind.
    Having said that Id play,
    same back 5.. Anita and Marv instead of Tiote and Sissoko.

  • yo-yo

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9


    A lot of football managers are enigmatic.
    Look at Wenger – Gooners getting p-d off they’ve won nothing for 7 years but the previous 7 he won loads. He played 11 internationals in the FA Cup and gets slagged for playing a weakened team. Basically his team just aren’t performing well enough just like ours didn’t first half of the season. Its not always the manager.

    As there are very few trophies and half a dozen clubs win stuff every five years – more down to money spent than managerial skill – then only one manager in 20 will win anything in their careers.
    Did SBR win anything with us despite his record ?

    I’m amazed that people till think its Carr signing the players and Pardew just has to put up with these real quality ball players and would prefer a side of Johnstone Paint Trophy quality hoofers – crazy idea

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10


    I agree Pards does make some decisions which are truly bizarre at times.

    I suppose it could be said this is his biggest job to date. The highest profile cub with the biggest gates and expectations.

    It takes time to for people to learn how to handle that. Some take weeks, some take a few years. What’s important I think is that it seems like we are progressing and over the best few months the standard of football has improved.

    Some managers are very special, they could get somebody like williamson playing a passing game (he would be limited still but would pass better than he currently does). Pardew can’t seem to do that with him but what he can do is get good players playing a good style of football I think.

    Hopefully as his time here goes on we see less and less mistakes and more positive football that we can enjoy and get results from.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Carr said himself that he gives pardew a list of a 7/8 for each position then they discuss the pro’s and con’s of each player then pass 2/3 of them on to llambias and charney.

    So pardew has some say in the players. But most good managers, who work on a tight budget, have a scout doing most work as they can’t spend all their time searching for hidden talents.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    No manager was a world class manager straight of the bat, no mangager has never made poor decisions that cost games. Or made baffling decisions. Everybody learns as they go, this done through experience.

    Pardew got us to fifth last season and proved with a fully fit squad he can do a job here. This is why he hasn’t been sacked during our bad run. The board have held their hands up and stated that the squad was never adequetly covered to fulfill such a campaign like this season.

    That has been rectified and Pardew has been backed to the hilt. With our players back and good quality added we our back to where we were last season. Playing good stuff, and grinding out wins.

    Forget looking for a scapegoat/scapegoats, there were problems alot bigger than playing Guti on the wing or playing Ba and Cisse upfront.

    Pardew deserves the fans backing. And the sooner everyone does that the better.

    Just because he has no premier league title under his belt, a champions league winners medal or a big cup is totally irrelevant. We would never get anyone through the door with such a CV to start with.

    I back Pardew because of the finish I witnessed last season and the determination also. Along with the excellent man management I’v seen with certain players. Ben Arfa, Perch, Santon.

    Cabaye, Sissoko, Gouffran, Debuchy, Mbwia have all hit the ground running under his stewardship.

    There really is alot to be pleased about when you look past the “scapegoat” scenario.

    Have faith lads, where on the up.

  • nufc 11

    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    HBA might get game time to lads id bring him to ukraine throw him on if needed warm him up to start sunday

  • Toon_Army

    Feb 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    We have pretty much invested our whole season in this Competition (Half Halfheartedly I might add) now it’s time to have a real go at this competition, It will be really sad to see the team go out and on reflection say we could have won that gave with one or two more senior players in the side.

    The influx of new players has stopped the rot and I feel confident we can now climb up the table regardless of the team we play in the Europa League.

    HBA will be a big + when he is finally back.

  • thepict

    Feb 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Voted no, it is imperative that we win on Sunday.


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