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Newcastle A Bouyant Club Again With Some Great Players

9:07 am, Sunday, March 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Newcastle have done very well since we were relegated four years ago, and the powers that be at the club have hauled Newcastle into a very healthy financial position, and we have made some great acquisitions in the transfer market under Chief Scout Graham Carr, who joined us three years ago last month.

alan pardew smiling with beard

Alan Pardew – he can smile now but it’s been tough

Graham is a rock star at Newcastle. 😀

We were promoted at the first attempt with 102 points and 30 wins in the Championship in May of 2010, and we had a solid first year in the Premier League, even though Chris Hughton was fired and Alan Pardew came in to manage the club.

Then last season we had a stellar year and finished 5th in the Premier League – the highest position since 2004, and qualified for the Europa League.

But the wheels started coming off the Newcastle bandwagon in November, and we went into a terrible slump, and we lost some of our best players through injury.

In fact we lost 10 of 13 league games, and the lowest point was when Reading got their first and only win on the road in the league this season – at Newcastle on January 19th.

But since then there has been a remarkable revival with our five French players coming in during January, and Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor back in the side, and playing very well indeed.

Alan Pardew has talked about the revival today in the Daily Mail:

“You are not going to have a tenure where you don’t have some problems. We had some big, big problems before Christmas.”

“The side really needed help and we got that in the transfer market. We had some of our better players come back to us, particularly Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor and suddenly we look the side we were last year.”

“Fortunately for us, we have done well in the Europa League games and we have got another competition that’s suddenly made us a very, very buoyant club again.”

“We are gaining friends and fans, and that’s what it’s about. Those young people who don’t usually come to Newcastle hopefully will be our fans forever.” “That’s what you do on these sort of runs, so it’s great.”

“For sure. I have got a better team – that helps – and better players, some great players.” “There are eight teams left and I don’t think they are any better than us, so we have got a chance.”

The season has been revitalized with our Europa League success, and since January we have got through two rounds against a couple of very good sides from the Ukraine and Russia, and didn’t concede a goal in the four games, and we now face Benfica in the quarter finals of the competition.

And in the six league games we’ve played since the terrible Reading defeat, we have won four and are currently in 13th position – and today we are at Wigan, and another win there would be fantastic.

Newcastle United are a buoyant club again – and usually we’d say we cannot wait until next season, when we should again do very well.

But something big could happen this season.

Howay The Lads!!

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Tags: Coaching · Europa League · European Competition · Financials · Premier League




18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I still feel sorry for Big Mike Williamson. Remeber him? The ‘other guy’. Oh dear.

  • 2 Tsunki // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    *remember.

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Tsunki
    Aye big mike, poor bloke! The blogs sacrificial goat! Don’t mind him tbh always done a job whenever called upon could of had and have had much worse at the back!

    Think today is an absolute must win for us, especially with the results yesterday, every club in the bottom 8 seem to be in a very tight group and everyone realistically are still fighting for survival!
    The big must in a relegation battle is that you must beat the teams around so Wigan is a must win for me!
    Tough game? Yeah possibly Wigan have there days but ffs there still Wigan, relegation candidates season after season, and if we want to get back to being a force then we need to be beating teams like Wigan, villa, spuds, reading etc all are relegation fodder
    The difference for us being a force and where we are at the moment is consistency which we desperately need, starting by beating teams we should be beating!

  • 4 Tsunki // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    And while we are on the spelling, Ed, it’s ‘buoyant’ ha ha. You are so fast you dont have time to use your spellcheck :) Same as I dont have time to put the ‘ in dont.

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    We need to avoid being in a spot like qpr yesterday, brimming with new-found confidence and running riot against a seemingly clod-hopping relegation bound team. Then BAM! Lost. We aren’t that good yet – I expect Pards to play it safe and he will be right to do so, we could do worse than consolidate rather than go gung-ho against an accomplished breakaway outfit.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Tsunki…sorry if i was hugging all the blog time 😉

    …it seems Toon fans are not that talkative in the morning lol

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    …speaking about being greedy 😉 lol

  • 8 Benji84 // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I feel if we hold our shape we will win. Mr t needs to calm the hell down and all will forgiven

  • 9 Tsunki // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    :)

  • 10 toonbrother // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    pardews treatment of williamson has been appalling. His fairweather attitude to his players is similar to that of the fickle fans you see on the pages of this blog not that of a coach.

    Williamson did not play when we conceded 7 goals against Arsenal. To blame him for our poor performances is a damn joke.Our crisis period wasnt attributable to taylor’s absence. He was absent for half of last season as well and we did very well without him I just hate it when we look for whipping boys to blame for our crisis periods and canonize those -like taylor- who are “fortunate” enough to be absent during those bad spells. .

  • 11 toonbrother // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    On todays game i hope pardew abandons this wingerless formation he has used in the last two games. I watched the Everton game and Wigan will ruthlessly exploit the isolation of our fullbacks if he does.

  • 12 IITianToon // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Mr T will play won’t he? :(

    Seems to me he has sold his brain that fella. Feel more comfortable watching Perch at CDM than him to be honest. Perchy’s a safe bet.

  • 13 saxonfenken // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    If Mr T calms down he will not be nearly so effective as he is. We will never know how much his break up play and strong tackling stops teams from scoring, does his odd lapse causes more goals against than those that he stops. an impossible stat to work out

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    toonbrother…Saylor was actually more or less all of last season. Well he played 14 games :-)

    …but I agree! if it is not Willo and Simmo costing us CL then it is injuries (which doesn’t seem to be much worse compared to last season or lack of transfers.

    W just like to pin it on something rather than looking inwards and accepting we have been under par on all levels this season ( players as well as manager)

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    *played

  • 16 toonbrother // Mar 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    @jesper spot on mate.

  • 17 cestriasteve // Mar 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Toonbrother, spot on about the wingless formation and we really have to go after them from the start. I was there last year, dreadful. but we did have a period where Ba or was it Cisse hit the bar and started pressing, they really did have a bit of a wobble before finishing us off.

  • 18 Sav // Mar 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    In Debuchy’s absence, I prefer to see Siimo at RB than Santon anyway. I hope Pards noted that before we play Benfica.




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