Europa League Has Cost Us Points And Bodies – Pardew

In some of the articles we’ve written since yesterday’s defeat in Manchester, we’ve said that we cannot allow the Europa League to get in the way of our Premier League survival.

alan pardew anzi st james

Alan Pardew – the Europa League has cost us

And the Premier League must be the priority – and that it would be a tragedy if Newcastle were relegated this season – and don’t tell us that cannot happen, after what happened four years ago.

And a number of our readers simply don’t agree with our too conservative approach to the Europa League.

Our view is based on Newcastle’s precarious position, just 3 points from safety, with just seven games to play, the injuries we have.

But after Alan Pardew had said after the 4-2 win over Southampton, that we were safe in the league, and he would prioritize the Europa League – the Newcastle manager seems to have taken almost a 180 degrees about turn after yesterday’s trouncing by Manchester City.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the Daily Mirror:

“We’ve lost bodies in our European campaign.” “It’s cost us points and without a shadow of a doubt we would not be in this position if we were not in the Europa League.

“There are too many games in that competition. I’m never going to change my opinion on that, even if we win the bloody thing.” “It needs to be looked at. We’ve lost too many players through injury.”

That sounds too much like moaning and groaning to us, but why have we had so many injuries is a good question.

Yes, we have had more games to play than since back in 2007, but we now have seven of some of our top players out injured, and only last week Cheick Tiote returned from World Cup duty fit and well – but he then got crocked in training.

We’ve had players injured while on International duty including Fab Coloccini twice, Tim Krul and Davide Santon – and on we have 9 injuries and second only to Aston Villa with 10 and third are Wigan with just six.

We used to be top of the injury league when Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were managing the club, and you could even argue they both lost their job because our better players were out injured, and of course in our relegation season, players like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith were out injured for most of that calamitous season.

To be fair to Alan Pardew, he’s always said there are just too many games in the Europa League, and we never had the squad at the beginning of the season to challenge in both leagues.

But the team yesterday should have done a lot better than they did, and that side was still a lot stronger than it was before the five Frenchmen arrived in late January.

What Newcastle need to do is to make sure we survive in the Premier League and do the best we can in the Europa League.

We certainly don’t want to hear the Europa League being used as an excuse if we are relegated.

That would be ridiculous.

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


13 comments so far

  • p

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #1

    yes, it’s tough playing football twice in a week

  • pbandj

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #2

    The problem is sadly not just Europa League. It’s the managing style of Pardew. He seems to just put 11 players on the field without any clear sense of direction. If anyone asked me how Pardew prefers to play I would have said I have no idea. There is no clear mentality in the team and thats what costs us. In addition you have a silly manager announcing that we are now clear of the bottom with only a 6 point margin. Knowing full well we were meeting teams also in the bottom and would have a lot of 6 points games. Just look at the teams around us and how many managers have been changed yet Pardew is as safe as a woman in a blue oyster bar….

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #3

    The Euro league has cost us points because we failed to prepare adequately for the rigours of the tournament and the Premier league. We cannot compete on more than one front. We haven’t even made a decent stab of either of the domestic cup competitions because of the paucity of the squad.
    Our failure to plan ahead cost us points, not the Euro league.

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #4

    But still, not Pardews fault. Maybe a victim of his success.

    If we’d got Champions league there’d be no doubt we’d have bought the players in the summer, woulda had less games and maybe done better.

    I would actually like to see us treat the Europa as our top priority. The prospective transfers would be attracted by a run of European success, ironically, despite our poor league position – we never got the players in from a 5th place finish!

    I think we’ll be OK, but it hinges on capitalizing from a derby win.

  • p

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #5

    it’s only true to an extent. we exited the cups pretty early so, we have not had that many games.

    When we have a fully fit side, we have no weaknesses and some players like Cabaye, HBA and even the likes of Marveux who can change a game.

    I believe we are just 11 decent players, never more than the sum of our parts which Man utd, Arsenal etc are.

    For that we do need a better coach.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Getting a bit tired of Pardew’s excuses week after week. Its not as if we are the only team with a relatively small squad playing in Europe

  • blew

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Why does Pardew play the Purples in Europe when PLis vital ? Risking injuries – HBA!
    AP is not the brightest, if his IQ was increased by 2 he would be a dandelion.

  • darrylwe

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I can’t think of the injuries the Europa league has cost us. In the early stages it gave us a chance to play the fringe players like Sammy, Shane, Campbell, Amal, Tav, Bigi etc and it showed us we needed to buy in January – we couldn’t rely on the reserves for the Prem. It also gave us the opportunity to give match practice to players like Gos, Ober, Marv and anita who weren’t getting 90 mins each week but needed match fitness when called upon. We lost Cabaye after Anzhi but only for one game. I think the Europa has been good for us a least we’ve been winning – If it’s affected preparation for the Prem thats down to AP’s management skills. Injuries have come from elsewhere- training, Prem, Internationals but if you make your footballers play football they all eventually get injured. No point blaming the compettion they are in.

  • YankToonFan

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Bloody sick of Pardew’s excuses. He is a poor manager and HE has cost us points.

    After that cowardly first half display against City I will never again believe he is the right manager for our club.

  • geordiemark

    Apr 1, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #10

    you dont say shurlock pardew maybe if you had any balls ud have squared up with ashley in the summer and demanded players but ohh no your a yes man always will be ill be happier when your sacked

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Bring out the excuses. It’s never your fault Pardew. We’d never have lost a single game if it wasn’t through Europa

    Souness & Roeder suffered through Sheppherds policy of signing trophy players & we could only usually get the injury prone players bigger teams wouldn’t touch with a bargepole

  • breno95

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Another ridiculous qoute from AP.
    From August to date the club have played 10 Europa matches. Thats only 10 additional games over 8 months. Not a huge number to start pointing the finger of blame.
    AP also made a significant number of changes between those who played in Europa and team that started the following PL match. In most cases there has been at least 7 changes to teams fielded in EL games.
    Its a pathetic and lame statement to make.
    A manager with real drive would have took on the challenge head first but the mentality of AP is questionable to say the least.
    He struggles to get the best out of the players – fact. Poor tactician and lacks the drive, belief and winning mentality needed to bring real success.

  • Phil K

    Apr 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Bullshit. Other so-called “smaller” teams didn’t have that problem. Stoke and Fulham coped well on that front, and “big clubs” teams like Man U Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool etc don’t spend time at the bottom of the league, just us. Doesn’t that tell you something about Pardew’s comments ?


You must log in to post a comment.