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Pardew’s Balancing Act Through The End Of The Season

11:33 pm, Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Newcastle have 33 points form 30 games and Wigan have 27 points from 29 games in 3rd bottom place, so if they win their game in hand Newcastle will be only three points above the drop zone.

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Alan Pardew – difficult last tow months of the season

That’s some of the outcome of Wigan’s 90th minute winner on Sunday, and if we had managed the 1-1 draw, and the referee had rightly disallowed the winning goal for hand-ball, then Newcastle would be 9 points ahead of Wigan and in a better position than we are now.

So with eight league games to go we are not safe from relegation, and of course we are in the quarter finals of the Europa League and meet Benfica, and we have to have a decent chance of reaching the last four in that competition – at least.

So the question will become what does Alan Pardew prioritize – the Europa League or the Premier League.

In the last round after beating Stoke he said we were clear of relegation and would prioritize the second leg against Anzhi over the Wigan game,  and we won the Anzhi game – but the very worst thing happened when we lost to 3rd bottom Wigan on Sunday.

Some will say the Wigan game was an anomaly because Wigan should have been down to 10 men after McManaman’s terrible foul on Haidara, and also their winning goal should have been disallowed for hand-ball.

It;s a problem Alan Pardew will have to grapple with,  and he could be helped by how we do against Manchester City and Fulham, which are the two games before the ties with Benfica.

Two defeats in those league games and we will be in more trouble than we are in at the moment – although our way to safety could be by winning our home games.

It’s an interesting dichotomy, because on the one hand we are fighting to stay in the Premier League, and yet we have also a chance of glory by winning the Europa League.

These are some of the challenges Alan Pardew will have in the next two months – and it’s so far been a tough season for the manager – and for the fans too.

Comments welcome.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM


    yeah ive noticed that, he just seems to get caught in two minds. Instead he should just pick a spot and go for it, that’s the same reason im not really confident on him for penalties if he did have to take one, hed be a nervous wreck.

    I was was watching som clips on youtube of wilfried bony, and hes a bit of a tank imo, I presumed he was just like a aubameyang a little skinny pacey striker, turns out hes a strong lad, hope we get someone like hhim. :)

  • 2 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I will happily sign that petition ed, I hope every single member will join me in signing it ! :)

  • 3 Alan Pas-de-clue // Mar 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    petition signed, lets hope everyone does the same!

  • 4 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    good lad, there has to be at least a few thousand members off here that will sign it

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I was really surprised when AP actually came out and said we were safe. With 9 games to go and hovering just above the drop zone with Wigan away and Man City at home.

    My only conclusion in regards to this, is that he predicts we will hit the magic 40 quite easily with our remaining games.

    The league has to be the priority, far too much money involved next season to miss out on. We have waited a long time for a trophy, another year or two won’t matter 😉

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    *Man City away sorry

  • 7 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM


    I get what your saying like, im crapping myself knowing that we aren’t exactly safe yet but on the other hand, its not very often we go this far in a competition, just thinking that we are 2 teams away from a final in Europe, its very much mouth watering :)

    heres hoping raylor omes back a bit earlier, cabaye, debuchy e.t.c wont be out too long, and see if we can balance the teams right so we have a strong chance of accomplishing both task in the premier and in Europe 😛

  • 8 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM


    I’d love to see it!

    It’s going to be a real task though juggling our players over this period, we can only hope for the best and support to the max.

    Im not expecting anything at City, I’d love a draw, it would be a very important point. Fulham and Sunderland at home is our six points I feel.

  • 9 lesh // Mar 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Must be a doddle being manager of Newcastle United and Pardew deserves all the support we can give him at this tricky and crucial stage of the season.

    To his critics among us (yes, you know who you are), an intellectual challenge even you should be able to cope with:

    Rearrange the following:

    His off back get!

    If you need any help, put your hand up. Don’t be shy now.

  • 10 Sav // Mar 21, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Sorry Ed, but it won’t make a blind bit of difference signing a petition to the FA. I listened to an FA lawyer guy on Talksport last night who defended to the hilt the decision to do nowt. ‘Can’t go changing the rules mid-season etc.’

  • 11 obatoyou // Mar 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    We gOt key players out man, krul coloccini Ben arfa debuchy santon
    What’s the go bro, imagine if we didnt

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