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Newcastle Consider Offering Troubled Paul Gascoigne A Job

10:07 am, Sunday, March 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 90 Comments

News today that Newcastle are considering offering their former player, Paul Gascoigne, a coaching role in the Newcastle Youth Academy.

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Gazza with step-daughter Bianca and son Regan recently

Gazza has had trouble over the last few months with the booze, and news today that his friends and family think it would be a great job for Paul – and help him be sober.

A Newcastle club insider said this in the Sunday Mirror today:

“He will always be a legend at this club. If he can stay on the wagon for around six months, the powers that be may find him a job here.” “Everyone here knows it’s the one thing which could keep him on the straight and narrow.”

“Obviously that could only happen if he was totally sober.” “Even if the only responsibility he had was to put out cones and hand out bibs, it would be a footballing role he could focus on.” “Just having him around the place would be massively inspirational for the youth teams,”

“At this stage it is a theory and hasn’t yet been formally discussed.”

Gazza returned last month from rehab in the USA at a £6K/week clinic paid for by his friends, but we wonder why Paul couldn’t be given the job now – since it would help him stay sober and off the booze.

Along with Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley – Gaza is one of the best players who was born and bred in Newcastle, ever produced by the Tyneside club.

Paul doesn’t have any formal coaching qualifications, so he would not be given a job as a coach, but he could still be on the staff, and hopefully could start taking his coaching badges.

This week Gaza even told ITV’s This ­Morning show that he had heard some medical staff talking about him in that US clinic, and they said:

“I don’t think this guy’s going to make it.”

And Paul made the headlines recently when he told his friend Jimmy “Five Bellies” Gardner that he had “never been so close to dying”.

It’s clear that Paul needs help – so we think offering him a coaching job at Newcastle now, could help him in his time of need – and then he could have the pre-season to look forward to, and be in a job he loves at a club he loves.

That should help him.

What do you think?

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90 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    He needs help, hopefully the club can do something.

    Just dont let him organise the Christmas party.

    Good luck Gazza

  • 2 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Davy
    Santon and debuchy yes. Krul is a goalie so he does not dictate play so no. Collocini for mbiwa or taylor-not so much.tiote with his form no. Ben arfa yes. Thats 3 players who could make a difference But not all who Are injured would. It doesnt matter if you have 10 injured players when they Are not in the first eleven!

  • 3 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    goodluck to gazza. I hope we can employ him as a premier league side. Under the incompetent management of alan pardumb we are headed for the championship. fast.

  • 4 stuart no9 // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    NO not as a coach- as manager !

  • 5 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    By getting rid of Barton, Carroll and Ranger I believed the club were hell bent on not employing people who are an embarrassment to the club with their off-field life style’s, so why give this idiot a job, he was a superb player in his day, but he was and still is a total idiot.
    Do not give him a job as he does not deserve one, all his problems are due to the life style which he chose for himself.

  • 6 davybtoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Some of u look at Swansea n WBA or Southampton n think they play great football but there players arnt as good as ours so why can’t we play like that must b pardew, he can take some blame but it’s down to the players n that’s a fact our players are better but watch there players n then watch our players game, they pass control pass they hardly take more then 2 touches b4 it’s giving to someone else our players get the ball n keep it for as long as possible b4 passing fact, there players are always on the move without the ball trying to find little pockets of space our players pass the ball n then stand in the exact spot they’ve just passed it from surely u can all see these basic things which are down to the players not just the manager

  • 7 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    @spoof i do not believe carroll was sold because he was an embarrassment to the club. Personally i hope and pray we get him back in the summer. We have nobody capable of playing with their back to goal at this point. he and cisse would complement each other

  • 8 JAMSHA // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    May b U-15 Coach

  • 9 davybtoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    As for gazza give him a job but drugs n drink test every Monday morning or he’s sacked it’s that simple but the fact someone should of done this years ago with him

  • 10 toonbrother // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    @davy, imho we have p4p one of the best 6 squads in the premier league. I honestly believe we have a better squad than liverpool and everton let alone the likes of swansea and westbrom. unfortunately we also have one of the worst tactical managers overseeing them

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Spoof,
    I take it your not a Samaritan,and I would wager that Carroll’s sale was more influenced by the 35M rather than the fact he has a pony tail.

  • 12 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Davy
    That is were you Are wrong. That is theire manager putting his stamp on their style Of play. I dread that we will bring back andy carroll This summer just because pardew is all out Of ideas and resort to real hoofball. But the same time i want pardew out i struggle to see who to replace him with.

  • 13 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    davybtoon, are our players better than theirs or do we just think they are, to me Pardew is in the same position as that of Roy Hodgson for England, both Newcastle and England fans alike believe that their players are better than what they actually are and as a result blame the manager when things aren’t going to well, at the end of the day if your players aren’t good enough you could be the best manager in the world but you would still fail, some fans need to get a grip on reality and stop living in this fantasy world where they have a team full of great players, we don’t !

  • 14 Alan Pas-de-clue // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    sacking pardew now would be fatal. however i think his position must be formally reassessed in the summer, hopefully when we stay up. david moyes finished 17th in his second season with everton, then got them into europe.

    i feel we need to give pardew a clean slate, next season should we stay up, get rid of morale sapping dead wood like williamson and simpson, and buy another striker.
    he will have no injuries, no european games to hide behind,

  • 15 davybtoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Toonbrother we do have one of best squads but like I say it ain’t all pardew fault those basis things I mentioned are don’t do, n it’s been goin on long b4 pardew even turned up, the training methods needs seriously looked in the summer, it’s little things like a man free on the wing it’s most teams 1 to 2 passes to switch play n get it to him it takes us 6-7, sissoko first goal v Chelsea is great example of what we can play like if the players sorted them selfs out, one end of the pitch to other in like 4 passes at pace n a goal brilliant

  • 16 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    TB and JFA, yes Carroll was sold for the £35m and not because he was an embarrassment, but that doesn’t alter the fact that he was an embarrassment, do we really need disruptive influences back, personally I don’t think we do.
    By the way, you guessed correctly, I’m not a Samaritan lol.

  • 17 Sack Llambias // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    jesper
    Let’s not panic. We did not realistically expect anything from yesterday’s game. With players returning for the Benfica, Fulham and
    Mackem games we can expect a whole different outcome. Watching the game yesterday it was apparent that once we had gone behind the priority was to ensure that there were no further injuries. My only criticism of Pardew was that he should have pulled Simpson off as he
    Just plain looked as if he couldn’t be asked. But although i know it’s the thing the blog does best over re-act it’s not the right time. I am with Tads and his reasoning. It’s time for more rational thinkers to come out in force; for example:
    Belfast Magpie , Conaldo, Dannyo, fray bentos, Geordie Two,Ian Toon, Ibizatoon Back By Popular Demand, JP from The Rock, Pushy Pardew, Ruddy, Super Magpie ,tequilamag, toonarmydownsouth
    And of course the ubiquitous kitchen fitter Tsunki .

  • 18 davybtoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    By the way we can set European record on Thursday night if we get a clean sheet b the first club to have 5 clean sheets in a row in the knockout stages of European football

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Spoof
    I have always thought the present day newcastlke are very much like England Football team and the rugby team.
    Boring to watch and think they are better than they really are

  • 20 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    @18, you’ve put the mockers on it now ?

  • 21 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Ouch, Charlie, that hurt, but sadly the truth does.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The commentator said yesterday that city played with a joyous freedom with their passing and moving. Something we could never accuse Pardew of.

    Everyone keeps saying we can’t do better than Pardew. Well Swansea got Laudrup and Southampton got Pochettino. There must be an absolute host of better technical and footballing managers out there. We just need one or all these players will be completely wasted in Pardew’s atrociously negative tactics.

  • 23 davybtoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Celtic drew 0-0 at home n were beat 2-1 away by benfica we have nothing to fear we can get through, no tougher than anzhi in last round

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Sack…We know it’s bad when Belfast is included in a list of posters we need :)

    Sorry, I just miss having a go at him.

    Belfast…Come back and take some abuse ffs, you must be missing it ;)

    So then, yesterday, have to say it was a giant pile of you know what. There were 5-10 minutes in that second half that showed some fight, apart from that little commitment from anyone on the pitch, except maybe Elliot who despite conceding that many did put in a great performance.

    Not trying to belittle the situation, however, we can not alter opinion too greatly off the back of an away game to Man City (who incidentally looked back to their best). Not saying the game should have been a write off before we started, but nor should anyone have been expecting this game to provide the difference for the outcome of this season.

    We clearly have other priorities.

    There is an argument that this is the beginning of the real struggle and whilst a possibility there isn’t really anything to suggest it’s the more likely scenario.

    We have the Benefica game coming up and more importantly some needed players. We may not be favourites in this game, but we haven’t been in many games. They haven’t been pretty, nor do I expect them to become pretty this season, but we did get through and we can get through this as well.

    Then we do have some winnable PL fixtures coming up and Pardew and the players need to have their heads in them and get the points.

    Busy fixture list coming up and players coming back, that is my mantra as of now. I can get past a game like yesterday if the response is right.

    Don’t write anything out yet. This is the business end of the season ;)

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Oh and happy Easter everyone.

  • 26 Sack Llambias // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    A Happy Easter back By Popular Demand. Belfast was included to ensure you keep your edge and don’t let an imposter cover for you.
    Away to tuck into the chocolate eggs.

  • 27 One comment a day // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    What a great idea, what a superb role model for young kids!

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Sack…. :) Enjoy the chocolate. I may have to go and see a man about a bunny.

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Rotunda,
    You’re missing the point,of course there are better managers out there are but we have an owner who appointed Wise,Kinnear and of course the not so recently sacked Alan Pardew.

  • 30 Tommyy // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I’m just utterly sick of watching us. We’ve shown no sign of improvement over the last 18 months,
    If anything our game has regressed. Don’t care if its Pardew out or whatever just get these internationals playing bloody football. It’s the same old same old, we buy in these promising players to help take us forward and somehow we sap them of any ability. It’s wearing me out.

  • 31 Tommyy // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    If we can’t do better than Pardew then God help us, we might aswell give up now and volunteer to play in the championship each year. I’d rather see us competing and winning games in the championship than see us perform like we have this year and a lot of last year, year in year out.

  • 32 Tsunki // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Sack @17 – I think that post is like the blog coming round from a blow to the head, sense and reasoning gradually returns ha ha :-)

    Ok lets have perspective – we knew at full strength citeh at home = no. Now, We have the winnable games. Rejoice! Mackems are rudderless in a storm. We are NOT going down.

  • 33 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The single biggest difference between this year and last is that last year we had a settled team for long periods and this year we haven’t.

    Injuries, suspensions, the Europa and five new players in Jan have meant the team is constantly being chopped and changed and any fan with a grain of fototball sense will understand that getting consistent performances from an inconsistent line up is beyond most managers – Pardew included.

    Fans can rage on all they like and blame Pardew but he proved last year that with a consistent team he can get decent results – 80% of our problems this year have been down to circumstances beyond his control.

    I don’t think Pardew is a great manager but I don’t think he is a crap one either. He has got one helluva decision to make about who plays at Benfica and that IS in his control. If he plays our best team and we aren’t sharp and fresh for the Fulham game and we lose – he has to accept responsibility. Because of that I couldn’t give two fks about the team to face Benfica or the result.

    We HAVE to beat Fulham – and Pardew has to do everything possible to give us the best chance of doing that. Picking the team to face Benfica is Pardew’s biggest decision of the season. He has to call this one right.

    Relegation would be an absolute disaster because no way will Cabaye, HBA and the likes play in the Champs. The fall out from relegation would be horrendous.

    For me, none of the injured players should come back against Benfica and Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse and one of STaylor or Mbiwa should all be left out. We cannot afford injuries or tiredness to affect any of that lot for the Fulham game.

  • 34 Tsunki // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I am still in London btw. I know that means nothing but just saying. :|

    Sack – interesting expression – ‘can`t be asked`. :-)

  • 35 Tsunki // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Where IS Belfast?

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    It’s funny how a lot of those who continually harp on about Pardew but class anyone who disagrees with some of Mike Ashleys decision as a neggar ,well Mike Alley in his wisdom appointed Pardew so put up with it.

  • 37 spitfire_ // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Fantastic news! He need a job to keep him busy and he have a lot to give to the youngsters. It’s a win win situation.

  • 38 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    bills-son, I disagree m8, this idea of resting players to keep them fresh for the league games gives you a life time of certain failure (unless of course you win the league), as you would always play weakened teams in cup games which gives you know chance at all of winning a Trophy, successful clubs try to win every match they play, we should do the same, telling players that they are not good enough, fit enough or strong enough to win two consecutive games within three days is not the way forward, lets be brave and go for it, cowards never win battles

  • 39 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Jail, Pardew go us to 5th last year.

    It’s amazing how some of those who slammed Ashley for appointing Pardew never gave Ashley any credit for that.

    Works both ways pal.

  • 40 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Spoof – normally I would agree with you – but this isn’t a normal situation.

    NOTHING is more important than avoiding relegation – it would be far worse than last time and could set the club back years.

    We are definitely in a relegation battle and losing to Fulham would be another nail in the coffin – I wont accept any excuse of tiredness or injuries picked up in the Benfica game as the reason for a loss to Fulham.

    And neither should any fan.

  • 41 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    As soon as we Are safe we should let pardew go. I just hope it is not to late by then.

  • 42 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    bills-son, excuses for playing a weakened team can always be found, will Chelsea or Spurs play weakened teams on Thursday claiming that the fight for a Champions league spot is more important, did Man U play a weak side against Sunderland saying we have already won the league so keeping players fresh for Monday’s replay against Chelsea is the way forward, will Chelsea who as already mentioned play on Thursday play a weakened side against Man U to aid a top 4 finish, and is it a coincidence that these are the clubs who succeed, its not a coincidence, they succeed because they try to win, your recommending that we do the opposite and that we try to lose, dress it up any way you like, but playing a weakened team is trying to lose, and if you do that then you will never win

  • 43 Owldman // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Please dont let him anywhere near the young players too many bad habits, great footballers dont always make great football coaches, dont know where this story started,never thought Ashley was noted for his charity

  • 44 robin // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Gazza, another Geordie, who could not leave the area quick enough for Spurs. So let them give him a job now he is a has been.

  • 45 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Find it kind Of funny that 5under1and is in massive trouble but we are not? If we go down it will take the club back at least 5-6 years. Then suddenly we will be begging the likes Of danny simpsons to sign a new contract. Please dont let that happen.

  • 46 El Sleeve // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    i lay all this firmly at pardews door. he could help himself by having a few more coaches and ppl around him.

    if we want to progress as a club, he needs replacing,

    next

  • 47 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Spoof – there are loads of times when managers, including Ferguson, have rested players ahead of a big game.

    It doesn’t mean you are playing to lose.

    I remember back in the 80’s Brian Clough putting his full first team out for Derby against their great rivals Leeds Utd a few days before a European Cup semi-final game. Leeds had already won the League and Derby’s chairman implored Clough to save the best players the cup game game. Clough ignored him, Leeds deliberately kicked Derby all over the pitch, injured three players and won the game.

    Derby, needless to say, lost the cup game and the tie.

    Football is all about opinions – mine regarding the Benfica game is exactly as I stated in my earlier post.

  • 48 robin // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Now that the mackems, have led the way and sacked their manager, lets hope NUFC, get rid of Pardew. After yesterdays debacle, surely his job is under threat.

  • 49 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Give Pardiola another year I say.
    Then we’ll truly find out if we are a top 7 team with him as manager or as a bottom half team.
    If we are bottom half team then replace him with Roberts di matteo or someone of his continental style of play

  • 50 GeorgeNUFC // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Has anyone seen Shane Ferguson’s free-kick yesterday for Birmingham, it was class. :O

  • 51 WWYCD // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Belfast makes the grade as a rational thinker and I don’t…painful truth to take right there

  • 52 dmac // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Gazza must have some coaching badges – didnt he manage a number of low league clubs kettering boston utd? I cannot recall which clubs for certain but surely he needed some certification.

  • 53 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Pardew’s job is NOT under any threat.
    I think we’ll avoid the drop (just) and then AP has one more full season to prove he can take us to top 6 level. He needs more tactical coaching input to help him out for sure – ideally modern continental style of play.
    Our pass and stand / pass and walk style of play is relegation standard.
    But as said above – he ain’t a great manager but nor is he useless.

  • 54 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Leazes end
    Are you sure you want another year with him in charge? He will either make us stand still or backwards. He unfortunately will not take us forward.

  • 55 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    @fridge

    It’s the only way we will know whether he is a good manager or not, because this season has been ridicously plagued with injuries, and that is no fault of pardews is it.
    I can’t help but think that if we buy at least 1 more first team regular and with more lick with injuries that, he’ll have us cruising in the top half of the table all season, just like how we were last season.

    Or if we have great luck with injuries and we are in the bottom half in January then get rid, and bring in someone else

  • 56 Transfer Sage // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Pardews problem is easy to spot as is the cause.

    He wasn’t a technically gifted player and he didn’t play in a continental style team. He has never coached or managed a modern, passing side with players able to do that fully until now.

    Therefore he hasn’t the experience to do that job. You couldn’t walk into a new role in a job and be expected to do it with no training.

    To learn this he either needs to go away and manage a team which plays that way and get used to their system with the coaches and players they have or he needs to bring the training to him.

    I personally believe that he needs somebody to appoint a couple first team and youth coaches who play the “modern” way. It is the only way he will learn how to implement the style properly.

    Players do as is instructed and if he tells then to defend they do, if he lets off the leash more (our 6 game winning run last year this time) they do that too.

    He needs somebody to teach him the modern way. I know I want our team to play like Madrid but as I have no top level experience I’d have no idea how best to go about making it happen if I was in charge and with Pardews background in playing and managing he doesn’t know much either about that style.

    Options are coaches to help him learn and develop or replace him if that’s the wanted style.

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Phew -might have been a close call earlier, being on “somebody’s” list of rational thinkers.
    Bit like a list of who is on the Yorkshire Ripper’s Christmas card list (everyone hopes they’re not on it). Wow – a close call, looks like I must be on the list of irrational thinkers.

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Mar 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Leazers

    It is the only way we know but even when doing well last year (very much credit to pardew for that) we still never played exciting football consistent with teams in the top 4. We ground out all results which can’t be repeated every year, it’s too much hard work and too much luck involved in it. Need the little things to go your way which they did most time last year.

    This season most of these little decisions and moments in games have gone against us. The odds aren’t in your favour in that style.

  • 59 robin // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Anyone who thinks Vurnon Anita, is a better player than Tiote, forever hold your mouth!

  • 60 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    bills-son, of course it about opinions, I’m not saying you are wrong and I’m right, or vise versa, and yes I accept that even Fergie rests players, but when it comes to the big games he puts his strongest sides out, and at this stage of the season there are always plenty of big games, so now, imo is not the time to rest them, I can see your point of view, and I do understand where your coming from, only a fool couldn’t, but resting against Benfica would be too negative, play our strongest side and give us a chance in the return, as we did against Anzhi and let the momentum take us into the Fulham game like the Anzhi momentum took us into the Stoke game.
    Don’t forget that for the Fulham game Gouffran will have played 1 game in the previous fortnight, Debuchy even less if he is fit, and Tiote did not play at the weekend, so we will have plenty who should be fresh for Fulham, including Krul and Colo, is there really any need to rest any, I don’t think there is, yes they can get injured, but that can happen in training, like I said, I understand your view, but I really do believe that we can play full strength against Benfica and still beat Fulham

  • 61 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    TS

    Bambams, myself, Leazes (I think) and a few others have been saying the same thing for a while. Keep AP as manager but improve the quality of first team coaching and pass and move drills.
    If mediocre sides such as Southampton and Swansea can do it and get top ten side of the table then it is the way forward for us too

  • 62 Fridge // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Well Robin. Anita is a weird buy for me. He is the type Of player who plays the modern game. And if pardew dont know how to play modern game why buy Anita who in our team look out Of his deapth. He is a short passing player and pardew will have nothing Of that, unfortunately.

  • 63 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    NUFC_LE I totally agree with that about Pardew, give him at least next season, last year I thought we were a mid-table side who through good luck on the injury front over achieved due to having a settled side, this season I still think we are a mid table side, but due to an injury plagued season we are struggling at the wrong end of the table, but I do feel we will survive and hopefully strengthen in the summer which could possibly turn us into a regular top 6 side

  • 64 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Spoof @ 60, good post.

    I understand your point and I hope if Pardew goes for it at Benfica we get a decent result and beat Fulham. That would be the perfect – as long as we get the extra 4pts we need to stay up from the remaining games.

    I would love to see us stay up and win the Europa – but I would hate to see get relegated and win the Europa or get to the semis/final. That’s where I’m coming from.

  • 65 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I just hope we do stay up, I mean just imagine the feeling of going down again!
    The thought of being relegated turns my stomach.
    The thought of 1 step forward 2 steps back.
    The thought that we may not be so lucky in returning back to the premier first time, and end up as a mid table side in the championship like Middlesbrough. :(

  • 66 stuart no9 // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    the reason why we only have 33points on the board is down to pards – no one else. he is the manager – he makles the decisions . if a department store were down on their profits who would get the sack? the manager or the employees ? their head is on the block -thats what they get paid for.

  • 67 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Yeah
    Its about opinions and priorities
    And my priority is staying in the premiership and I don’t think we don’t have the personnel to play a full strength team in Benfica then 3 days later play Fulham
    I know its a hard decision but in the predicament we are in I would play a understrength team in Benfica
    here goes if these players are fit.

    v Benfica
    Elliot,
    Simpson, Perch, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita
    Bigirimana, Sissoko, Gosling, Jonas
    Ameobi, Campbell
    Subs: Krul, Cisse, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Marveaux, Taylor

    v Fulham
    Krul
    Santon, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara
    Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Marveaux
    Gouffran, Cisse

  • 68 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We aren’t a department store though are we, and it’s not entirely down to pardew.
    Did pardew injure krul, colo, raylor, debuchy, haidara, santon, marveaux, Ben arfa e.t.c?

  • 69 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    We need to beat Benfica cause if we go out I think it could actually affect our morale imagine getting knocked out and then getting beat off Fulham and the Mackems? We would be pretty much down as they are our easiest games

    Need to stop this chopping and changing as its been one of our main problem Spurs do not change an entire team for europe Bale plays pretty much every game home or away unless he is suspended for diving

    Also this 4 2 3 1 we are playing now does not really work Gouffran is wasted out wide he should be playing upfront with Cisse as his movement would pull defenders all over the place the formation is leaving us far too isolated up front but I worry Pardew is going to stick with it till the end of the season and hope it clicks it just does not suit the players we have

    Sissoko is lost in the role he is as well teams are onto him like a flash whenever he gets the ball now so he cant get a run on goal at all as well

  • 70 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Today is a first for me as I actually want Liverpool to win

  • 71 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    McLaren in talks with Ellis Short. :)

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Yo yo

    I’ve Been banging that drum since November. It seems to be what a lot of people want and it makes sense to do.

    Not sure if pardew would be keen though. If he thinks his style is 100% the way forward can’t see him asking or accepting help. Mind you he might want the help, I don’t know either way

  • 73 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Is anyone else watching this entertaining game of football displayed particularly by villa agains Liverpool?
    Imagine if we played that sort of football with the squad we have??!!
    I think Anita would thrive aswell playing this sort of game

  • 74 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    bills-son @64, we would all hate to see that, even as close to the drop zone as we are I just cannot see it happening, QPR and Reading are already doomed as far as I am concerned, this is not local prejudice (well it might be a bit) but Sunderland will follow them, I was watching the Man U game, Conor Wickham scuffed a shot which trickled to De Gea at a snails pace in the 90th minute, that was there first and only attempt on goal, they are in a really bad way, they are down.
    We were bad against City, but at nil nil we did hit the post and for a breif time in the second half we looked as if we could get back into it, at least we showed that against weaker sides we could do something, but Sunderland, well, nothing at all, and this was not a one off for them, this is week after week

  • 75 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if come the end of the season Pardew was sacked by Ashley. Our business model is in excellent shape now with serious money being invested in the last window we have the basis of a very good squad, but results and performances are still very poor with Pardew at the helm.

    Everything is now in place for us to push on as a team and club, everything that is apart from the manager

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    jail

    My only problem with Ashley is his appalling choice of managers. However, having put in the money he has, even Ashley must have a tipping point. I’ll be furious if Sunderland get Solskjaer or Poyet.

  • 77 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    villa 1 up

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    leazes end

    Couldn’t agree more

  • 79 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Let’s be brutal here

    If we do not take three points from the Mackems we do not deserve to stay up.

  • 80 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    have said all season pardew is eminently qualified to get us relegated

  • 81 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    That’s the problem with our tactics with pardew.
    We don’t pass and move well. It needs to he worked at in training.

  • 82 daztoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    It’s easy to say we will beat Fulham and the scum on paper we have the better players.We thought we would beat Reading,West Ham,Everton,Swansea at home but we didn’t.Looking at the players yesterday they were expecting to lose from the first minute.Only Gutierrez showed any passion or fight

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    It’s amazing how everyone puts it down to injuries. we got 5 new players in Jan and strengthened more than anyone. Just look at Pardew’s CV. Last season apart it is an incredibly mediocre record.

    Pardew has an ultra negative mindset and has players playing in straitjackets who should be expressing themselves. That is a trait that will never change. Do people really want another 7 years of that?

  • 84 ronjohno // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Instead of talking about keeping Pardew in the hope that he might come good why dont Toon go for someone who actually is good?? The only defence I will offer Pardew is that just when he seems to be getting a bit of it right he loses key players to injury. That still does not excuse our pathetic play yesterday.
    Total lack of concern shown by some players.
    I was also amazed when Pardew said a couple of weeks ago that we were safe.
    I dont think the O’Neill sacking us good for us because they will be on a high (new manager impetus) when they come here.

  • 85 stuart no9 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    NUFC @68 we may as well be a department store . ashley would rather run NUFC as a business , NOT as a football club. on the injuries, no pards didnt injure them , but if i was in charge of the club i would have bought quality as replacements, then we wouldnt be in this mess- sorry we would still be in this mess as pards is still in charge!

  • 86 stuart no9 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    NUFC @ 68 so – who do you blame then for our plight ? the tea lady ? bless her.

  • 87 Ericles // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I agree with Rotunda Heights. As for Gasgoine – yes give him a job with the academy with the obvious provisos. Surely Harper deserves more consideration?

  • 88 JToon21 // Mar 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Said this to a few mates a few weeks ago that Pardew got extremley lucky last year, with regards to have an injury free team and being able to pick a settled 11 each week. For a team that finished 5th last year I can’t think of a result where we truely tore a team to parts, but I can think of numerous occasions that teams tore us apart. Pardew is a very poor manager and it is being shown, each week he has lays us with another excuse. If we survive I think Ashley needs to seriously rethink Pardews position , given we have a team that is top 8 quality the weak link is AP

  • 89 JToon21 // Mar 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Just look a few results last year, loosing 4-0 to Wigan, conceeding 5 at Fulham and Tottenham. In my previous post I said Pardew got lucky, If he wasn’t so clueless we would have had bettter runs in the Cups and this may have reflected in our final league position. The guy’s only notable highlight in his career is loosing an FA Cup final please we need a new manager.

  • 90 Owldman // Mar 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    If Gazza needs charity let his fairweather friends give it to him he had the good life now let the leaches who bled him dry help him no sympathy from me, he had everything but blew it big time




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