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Newcastle May Be Priced Out Of Top Transfer Target

2:09 pm, Sunday, March 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 133 Comments

Newcastle’s number one striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is attracting attention as he continues to hit the goals for his French club St. Etienne.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – many clubs interested

Aubameyang scored after just eight minutes in St. Etienne 2-2 draw yesterday at Troyes, and he now has 17 French league goals this season in 24 appearances, and he stands in second place in the goalscoring charts, eight goals behind PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Newcastle have been interested in the striker for a while now, and Newcastle were reported to have bid £8M for him in the January transfer window to replace Demba Ba, who left for Chelsea but his club flatly turned down the offer.

The Gabon International is also attracting interest from other clubs in Europe, including Paris Saint-Germain, Fiorentina and Borussia Dortmund, and it seems that St. Etienne want £10M for him, but that could rise because of the number of clubs tracking the 23 year-old, and it could turn into an auction.

This is what the player has said about the interest shown in him:

“If people are talking about me then I am not aware of it. But if someone offers €12 million to the club I do not know if I’ll go or not. I am calm because I still have two years on my contract to go.”

Newcastle will do well in the summer to get this player on Tyneside, and if the price goes up we don’t think Mike Ashley will be prepared to pay more than say the £10M they are currently asking.

And that’s always assuming we stay in the Premier League this season, which after yesterday’s hammering at Manchester City is not a certainty at the moment, with other teams starting to pick up points at the bottom of the table.

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133 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I think we are in a position now that no matter who we sign come the summer a great deal of fans simply do not trust Pardew to get the best out of them as individuals or as a collective

  • 2 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Pay peanuts buy monkeys. If PEA costed £12m (not €) he’d be worth it

    There are only so many undervalued players or those at the end of their contracts. We’ve done well but we need to pay full whack for the top guys. Unless we want to be a mid table side. How much is Benteke worth now ?

  • 3 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    If McLaren does go to the Mackems he’s not exactly Mr Motivator..

  • 4 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    We’re in the bottom 6, we’re in the bottom 6…Jose Enrique, we’re in the bottom 6′.

    In all seriousness though how anyone can defend Pardew given the position we are in a talk about a future with him at the helm is beyond me and why I leave this blog all the time.

    We’re on the same points as Villa, Wigan are 3 points behind with a game in hand and Sunderland have a 5 goals advantage on us and are 2 points behind.

    Seriously, how can you defend that? If we stay up he must, MUST go!! If we go down, well I’ll let you fill in the blank.

  • 5 woolerbill // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    We will not require this young man as we will be selling as we are going down. All the teams around are fighting and winning, all we do is talk, you have to let your players play.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    It’s amazing how everyone puts this season down to injuries. We got 6 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?

  • 7 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Sunderland have sacked O’Neill and they’re only two points behind us with a far worse squad. Villa are on the same points as us with a squad of untested youths. If we don’t get anything from our next three games we’re left with a tough run in.
    I’m just praying we get some lucky results because we will definately not outplay anyone while PArdew’s in charge

  • 8 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Because the truth in the matter is.
    We have had disgusting luck with injuries.
    That is the truth.

    How can we expect to beat teams when we have to rely on these


  • 9 martoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Davybtoon – It is nice to read posts with a bit of balance and common sense. One bad defeat and we are all jumping off a cliff. 😉

  • 10 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Bang yer drums lads, Pardew is going nowhere.
    He’ll get another season to get us top 6. If he doesn’t he’ll be on his bike then.

  • 11 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Those that say ‘bring in a continental coach’.

    Do you really think Pardew is humble enough to accept he needs to change and would be willing to accept a new coach teaching the team how to play?

    No effin’ chance.

    I read somewhere that Pardew’s main focus is on defense during training sessions. We have a -15 goal difference.

    Case and point.

  • 12 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    There’s no way that Ashley, a self made billionaire will look at Pardew’s return this season and be pleased with how things have gone.

    He sanctioned big money to be spent in January and even became involved with the deals personally, I honestly think that he will make the change come the summer and employ someone who will give a better return for his investment.

    And let’s be honest here, with our stadium, fan base and squad there would be no shortage of managers who would want the job

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Can we forget about a transfers until we are safe.
    If we get relegated we will be getting no-one in
    just players moving out

  • 14 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Alan Pardew 11th March 2013 after the Stoke win:

    “That’s (Premier League survival) don,; we don’t need to worry about that now.”

    Alan Pardew 31 March 2013 after the City loss:

    ”I don’t think we were ever out of relegation fight. Until you get to 40 points, you never are & we’ve not looked away from that.”

  • 15 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    he’s really overrated, i’d want to pay nothing more than £8m for him. We should turn our attention to Gameiro. He’d tear this league apart.

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


    Oh it’s just one defeat is it? Did it escape you we are 15th and earlier in the season Pardew equalled the record for the worst run in premiership football which he had previously set at west ham.

    5 new players and we are still s…e with Pardew’s tactics. If Swansea have Laudrup and Southampton Pochettino then surely we deserve a technical, progressive and footballing coach with the players we now have. Our players seem to go backwards under Pardew.

  • 17 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Guys, some of you are talking BS.

    After the Jan signings – and before the latest spurt of injuries – Pardew quickly got the team playing well amd we were dead unlucky to lose the away games to Spurs and Swansea. Wigan was a joke of decisions against us, especially the handball.

    We had two full backs injured in the Wigan game, another on international duty and then Tiote gets injured on top of Krul, Colo and HBA. Then we play City with a patched up defence and midfield.

    Pardew can only work with what he has fit and and how the hell does he get a settled pattern of play with all of these injuries + new players still settling in? Slating Pardew is a cheap easy shot that ignores the reality of professional football.

  • 18 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    ah Beattie, we’ve really missed your pessimistic views and your negativity. Christ.

  • 19 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM


  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    villa 1 pool 1

  • 21 LewSpi v2.0 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Good afternoon Gents.

    I think an assessment on Pards will be made at the end of the reason, MA has made the mistake of sacking a manager at this stage before, I doubt he’d do it again.

    Out of curiosity, should Pards be sacked at some point, who would you have to replace?

  • 22 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    Thanks, I’ve missed being here.

    I just like to give a reality check to the pro Pardew brigade that have hated on me since he was wooed you all with his sly wit and creepy charm, he is a slime ball, a cockney car salesman.

    Anyway I’m not saying we’ll be relegated, just saying there is a big chance we might be.

    Even if we are not, why should Pardew stay? Because we’ve had injuries? No chance.

    Our depleted team has never been so bad that we should be in this relegation fight but when you send out Ice Skaters to do a bricklayers job, you’re going to struggle.

  • 23 daztoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    It wasn’t just a bad defeat it was the manner of the defeat it was a hammering we were set up ultra defensive yet never got near them.They walked through yesterday and Pardew did nothing about it.Cissie is totally wasted playing for Pardew only Sissoko gets near him and that’s via a 50 yard run.

  • 24 AndyNUFC // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Im ashamed to be reading fans that want Pardew gone. If Ashley has done one thing correct all the time he’s been here, it’s to not listen to the fans.

    The only clubs in the league that have not only maintained success but grown in stature are those with the long term managers. Now we’ll see City change their manager every time they don’t win the league – just like Chelsea did.

    And excuse me, but even with a poor league position, can’t you credit Pardew with getting Europa quarter finals?!

    Our biggest culprit this season is Llambias for not getting the players in the summer. We wouldn’t have been playing kids and forcing Pardew to risk injuries to beat team. No wonder our football has suffered, if you watched the game yesterday the commentators said we have used the most players in the league = 31. How can you get a team playing together and challenge the top 5 when the rhythm is always disrupted?

    Stop blindly shouting the ‘easy’ way out, stop being delusional, and stop and think about our teams progress since 3 years ago.

  • 25 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Top managers who could replace Pardew in the Summer:

    Laurent Blanc
    Alain Cassanova
    Rudi Garcia
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
    Lucian Favre
    Lee Clarke??
    Vincenzo Montella
    Frank De Boer

    There are many more of course.

  • 26 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    liverpool pen

  • 27 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    We have had an appalling amount of injuries this season and so have lacked continuity and consistency but has Pardew got the best out of the players he has had available to him?

  • 28 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    1-2 liverpool

  • 29 daztoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Progress we are in the same position fighting relegation playing one decent game every 10.We play negative boring football.Have a striker who can score goals but is isolated and never gets any service.The only excitement is when Sissoko goes on a run but 9 out 10 his final pass is poor or a bad touch and he loses the ball

  • 30 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Football is a funny old game….. Great reading so many differing views about all things related to the club. Noticeable thst not one blogger has stated they are happy with how we play on the pitch. Wonder why ?

  • 31 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Would anyone have oneil as manager?

  • 32 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM


    Simply put………………………………NO

  • 33 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Andy NUFC @ 24, absolutely spot on.

    31 players used this season tells it all.

  • 34 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Sunderland would……

  • 35 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I’ve always rated oneil highly as a manager apart from when he’s been at sunderland. But who could do a good job at sunderland ??

  • 36 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    JB@ 12, he sanctioned big money in January, rubbish m8, a net outlay of £10/12m is not big money nowadays, even Derek Llambias has stated that the team and the squad needs strengthening in the summer, the club know that at present we are not strong enough, so ease up on Pardew, what do you expect from a man who’s own bosses are saying we aint strong enough

  • 37 ToonAndy // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Here’s a game lads…. U have to choose ur best premier league team but you’re only allowed 1 player from any certain team…. My team would be…





    ———————VAN PERSIE—————-

  • 38 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM


    You say we have used 31 players but that shows that most of the time the manager has not had a clue what to do. The injuries have been bad but not bad enough to warrant 31 different players.

    It was he that chose to play the likes of Sammy Ameobi instead of Marveaux.

    The main injuries this season have been Cabaye and Ben Arfa, both a result of not looking after them well enough.

    The main reasons for the crap this season have been tactics, motivation and a lack of continuity in the middle of our injury crisis.

    All as a result of Pardew.

  • 39 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Bam bams

    The way we have played this season is the same as the way we played last season. The only difference is the results.

    It is Pardew’s hallmark as a manager.

    It is what the team has become.

    Pardew should be sacked at the end of the season not just for this years performances but looking back at the past and ahead to the future what can we really see for our club.

    If anyone can say that under PArdew we can play good football and challenge for silverware in the 8 years we expect him to be here, please tell me what gives you that impression.

  • 40 ToonMauritius // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    J. Heynckes
    To replace AP
    What you think mates?

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Never ever
    Never ever ever!

    If, a big if, we do sack pardew I don’t think it should be until the end of the season now, all the clubs who have bought in managers have had a good long look at them first, laudrup they had all summer, Southampton had been lining up Adkins replacement since the start of the season!
    If we sacked pardew now we wouldn’t get a top manager or even a decent manager from another club at this stage of the season they simply wouldn’t let a manager leave so it would be along the lines of all the cr@p the scum are being linked with!
    Also don’t think it’s just pardew are coaches don’t seem up to much, not do our medics tbf and you have to ask where the drive and commitment from the lads is, the whole club needs to shoulder the blame for our league position not just one man

  • 42 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM


    that kind of out lay for us is big money, we brought in top quality players in january and now have a far stronger squad than we did last season and yet performances and results could see us going down.

    Is Pardew the only man at fault? no he’s not but it’s gone beyond that now as a large amount of fans simply don’t believe he gets the best out of our players.

    do I want to see him sacked……..not unless we can replace him with a far better man, but he has to change how he sets the team up and get away from being so negative every game

  • 43 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    31 players and a few more frightning Premiership statistics for this season
    Only won 1 away game
    Only kept 4 clean sheets
    Only won 2 times when Cabaye has not played
    Won by more than 1 goal 2 times
    Not scored a goal from a corner all season
    5 times lost by more than 1 goal
    Only won 2 games in a row 1 time
    Lost 4 in a row 1 time
    Lost 3 in a row 1 time
    Lost 2 in a row 2 times
    Scored a last minute winner in at least 3 of the games
    Only Reading have lost more games than us
    Used 31 players so far this season

    We don’t seem to do shocks like other teams – take Southampton for example.

    Has anyone seen us outclass/outpass a team for a game this season.

    Not me – just 45 minutes a couple of times.

    Been lucky on more than one occasion.

  • 44 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    My team would be

    Cameron kompany Williams baines
    Hazard cabaye tarrabt
    Suarez benteke van persie

  • 45 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM


    How many times under Pardew have you seen NUFC out pass and out play anyone.

    I reckon 5 times in over 100 games.

  • 46 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    ToonAndy…My team would be…






    although that was much harder than i thought…

  • 47 JAMSHA // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM







  • 48 LewSpi v2.0 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    That’s a good question;

    Fabio –Huth–Vidic – Baines
    —-Wilshere — Cabaye
    Hazard — Suarez — Bale

  • 49 LewSpi v2.0 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Nah Mata for Hazard, much harder than I thought that scenario.

  • 50 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    all good teams that have been suggested, but why Fabio guys? He’s garbage?

  • 51 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    That’s why I threw Cameron from stoke in mine, he’s quality

  • 52 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM


    Cisse in that team would score 30+ goals a season. Its Pards that plays him as a target man.

  • 53 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Amazing eh, we finished 5th last season and we hardly ever were the better team according to Beattie and others.

    Work that one out.

  • 54 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    Because he is the best of a bad bunch once you’ve taken the best from other teams.

  • 55 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    beattie 25

    might be 5 or 6 NOT MANY

  • 56 LewSpi v2.0 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I was left with QPR, Stoke, Villa West Brom, Swansea, Fulham, West Ham, Southampton, Norwich and Reading.

    And I had a CB and RB to fill, was a toss up between Williams and Huth but I’d say Fabio is the best RB from them teams

  • 57 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    JB, we the fans and Pardew were left high and dry in the summer, we all knew that we needed strengthening, we failed to sign Debuchy, Douglas and De Jong, with those 3 we would not be were we now are, Alan Pardew is not to blame for that, we signed a few in January but they joined a squad which was very low in confidence, some still are, Cisse, Tiote, Colo, Jonas and even Cabaye are still not playing as they did last season, confidence may be improving but its not back just yet, this is due to Ashley and Llambias who failed to support their manager last summer.
    A manager, reguardless of how good or bad he is will fail if he is not supported by the owners, now Llambias has stated publically that the summer was a big mistake and it will not be repeated this summer, by that we can assume that Pardew will get the backing that we wish for, if he does get the backing and fails, then fine, get rid of him, but not now or in the summer, the man has not had a genuine chance to show what he can do, you and all those wanting Pardew sacked are blaming the wrong man, if you don’t believe me ask Derek Llambias, as he has already told us who is to blame for this season, and it wasn’t Alan Pardew

  • 58 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM


    I’ll say it in words even you could understand.

    ‘We play shit, we win match, we get lucky.’

  • 59 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Paolo di canio travelling to sunderland to talk about the managers job!!!!! Not liking the sound of that

  • 60 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    RB is probably the hardest one to choose, but imo Fabio ain’t even in the top 10 in the league. He can’t defend, like at all, and he isn’t even particularly good at going forward. If his brother wasn’t Rafael Da Silva he wouldn’t be in this league.

  • 61 t00ntime // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    @beatie thats bull hump. AP wud rather play with an unchanged team, like last season good players didnt get a game cause he didnt want to change the team. The fact that he has used 31players is all to do with injuries+europa fatigue.
    All season we have used our Ateam once. Ateam being:
    And before jan,

    After jan 0times
    Before jan 1time.

    We have 2 creative outlets. 1has been injured since november (hba) the other has been depressed+injured and only coming back in to form around january (cabaye)
    We now also have sissoko.

    Atm all our creativness comes straight through the middle meaning other teams can cut it out with ease. If hba was fully fit things wud be completly diffrent. The other team wud have to block sissoko+cabaye+hba and that is alot harder than just blocking the middle. With more space cisse wud have more chances and even though he isnt as prolific as last year he is a finisher who would score.
    Also since ba left we have been trying a new formation, the whole team has to adjust. Not making excuses for AP but we have been very unlucky this season.
    AP will still be manager next season so we will have to trust him.

  • 62 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM


    Sacking Pardew now would be suicidal, just as it was when Shearer was brought in. The point I made was that I really think that Ashley will look to replace him come the summer not now as I think we will survive this season and will have time to appoint the right man in time for our pre season

    But just look at David Moyes, he has had little to no backing in the market season after season and look at what he has been able to do with them!!!

    A top manager will always get the best out of his players something that Pardew cannot seem to do this season

  • 63 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Worst team using the same formula (first team players only).

    ———————-Vaz Te—————

    I know there are a lot worse but for me these are either over rated, carried by a half decent team or just promise so much and offer nothing.

  • 64 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM


    Welcome back.

    The point I was trying to make was all fellow bloggers have opinions whether Pards goes, stays or we bring in someone like Blanc ( my choice and just an opinion ) to help out with more attacking side to our game. But not one of us are happy with how we play.

    I think we all liked the idea of stability but whether Pards is that manager is up to Ash. He would not be mine and I am basing my decision on his whole career not just whilst at the Toon.

    I think there are several managers who would get more out of these players, Blanc and our own Beardsley come straight to mind. But this is just my opinion.

  • 65 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    JB, and what exactly has Moyes done at Everton, season after season they either flirt with relegation or flirt with success, David Moyes has never won a Trophy for Everton after 10 or so years, and he won’t this season either, do you really want to go another 10 years before we even challenge for a Trophy

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Stability with the right coach is great. Stability for stability’s sake is plain foolish when it is with a mediocre person co-ordinating the club’s future ambitions.

    Given his CV there is no way Pardew should have been manager unless he had an ” in ” with Llambias and Ashley.

    It’s obvious as there weren’t even any other interviews for the job. So we have ended up with firstly FJK and now Pardew. You could give me a list of 100 managers and Pardew’s name would be nowhere near it.

    Ashley obviously isn’t stupid. Naive maybe as far as football is concerned, but I think he will only stand for so much as he said he wanted to be ”entertained.”

    I love Ashley’s Arsenal of the North vision, but this manager’s tactics are not fit for purpose and don’t fit our players.

    As I say I will be really annoyed if we miss out on an up and coming footballing manager like Solksjaer or Poyet, especially to Sunderland.

    Yes Pardew is experienced but experienced at what exactly because his record, last season apart just does not bear comparison.

    After 5 new players you wouldn’t think we would still be having these conversations!!

  • 67 JackButler // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM


    do you really honestly believe that we will win something under Pardew???

  • 68 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Toon andy
    For me would be
    ———————JULIO CEASAR——————–





  • 69 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I can honestly see us getting spanked off sunderland on derby day if they get di canio or di matteo as manager 🙁

  • 70 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    The problem 5under1and will have is no matter who they bring in wont heal Fletcher.

  • 71 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    leazes end

    o’neil is even more old school than pardew if possible

  • 72 robin // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Pardew, has been found out. Trying to playCisse and Gouffran two strikers as wingers, Sissoko, as Demba Ba, ridiculous! One away win all season, thirty goals conceded in the last thirteen games, he has used thirty one different players this season,thats more than any other manager in the Premier league. The guy is a chancer who is clueless and the job is to big for him.

  • 73 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:45 PM


    If Pardew had played Marvauex more often, brought better out of Obertan and been able to kick Simpson, Tiote and Santon up the arse when required we wouldn’t have need to look at injuries.

    If Newcastle took any manager in the top 12 and gave them the following team they wouldn’t be bottom 6:


    The fact is that Pards chose to play anyone but Anita all season unless forced to, he has played anyone but Marv unless forced to and he has failed to get the best out of the team. It is down to him, nobody else.

    Injuries have only amplified his weaknesses, not added to it so to speak.

    I’m not saying we should be 6th, but we should be much higher regardless of the fact we’ve had injuries, no investment and Europa league.

    If we we’re 12th I’d happily say, poor season, bad injuries, let’s concentrate on the future. That is the level of things, Pardew has not helped, only hindered and that makes his position untenable.

    If this were any other team, the fans would be 90% in favour of his sacking. The best reason we at this club can up with to save Pardew from the sack is ‘because we don’t know who will replace him’.

    What a mockery of the club if that is the only excuse to keep a vastly overrated and criminally below par manager.

  • 74 daztoon // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Pardew is the manager he’s praised and loves the credit when things go well.This season when it’s tested him as a manager he’s failed big time.Had he just got on with the job he’s got of managing and getting the best out of what players he’s got instead of moaning about refs,injuries,bans and luck then maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess.He didn’t have his best players at manure or arsenal but we looked creative and went down fighting not like yesterday’s inept and cowardly display

  • 75 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    JB, last season we were a mid-table side at best, Pardew got us 5th, this season due to no backing and extra games a good league campaign was never going to happen, we are in the last 8 of the Europa league, we still have a chance, remember Alex Ferguson at the start of his Man U reign, the fans wanted him out, a good FA Cup which they eventually won kept him in a job, if it can happen to him then why not Pardew.
    Last season Pardew was great in achieving as much as he could, that was in the league, he is trying to do the same again, this time in the Europa league, you tell me which manager could have done better, who would be prepared to work under the restictions that Pardew has so far suffered.

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM


    works for me, but with the French connection and Laurent Blanc being available seems a no-brainer.

    If Pardew was the answer what the hell was the question

  • 77 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I like that game lol





  • 78 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    Do you think SAF just walked in to Manu without a very good CV !!!!

  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    What? Mate Di Canio is league 2 manager and done fcuk all with Swindon compared to the amount he spent and the huge debt he racked up, Swindon were over the moon when he got the boot, managers like Di Canio being linked are EXACTLY why we should wait til summer to find a replacement instead of snapping up the first unemployed sh1te manager living off his reputation as a footballer, if the scum get him there’s only one way there going in the league, down and quickly
    Jeez next people will calling for Steve maclaren!

  • 80 bills-son // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Beattie, I’ll put it in words even you will understand…

    Settled team last season…… 5th top

    Unsettled team this season……5th bottom

    Same manager…….different circumstances.

  • 81 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    If we got blanc benny would be turfed out before the first day of training

  • 82 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    My best Prem 11





    Ashley get your wallet out 🙂

  • 83 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    If you get bored there is a decent write up re Laurent Blanc on

  • 84 robin // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    You could give this guy millions, and he would still be faffing round in a relagation scrap. Look at that dogs dinner he served up yesterday. Joe Hart could have sat in the stands, as we never threatened their goal at all. So all this garbage about a top ten finish is pure drivel.

  • 85 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Beattie @73, is that a joke, Simmo, Colo and Willo are championship players, possibly premiership squad players on a good day, Santon as a defender is the worst I have ever seen in a black and white shirt,he’s great at going forward but time and again he will not chase back to defend when we have lost possession, Marveaux is lazy who occasionally shows glipses of being decent, Jonas is now woeful, he has lost his pace and no longer has the energy to help the fullback as he used too, which possibly makes Santon look worse than what he currently is, and Cisse can’t hit a barn door, so that leaves Krul, Tiote, Anita and Ba for half a season, so you tell me who could keep such a shower up

  • 86 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    So last year we didn’t have injuries and every game was wonderful.


  • 87 newcastle10 // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Beattie 25

    agree with you 100% on pardew. The quality we have in the squad he should be doing a lot better. pardew said man city were too strong and even with our full fit team we would struggle. how disrespectful is that to our players. look at pochetino for example plays attacking football no matter who the opisition is and gets a result eg chelsea man city. pardew is so negative and cannot get the best out of our technically gifted squad. cabaye is a great passer of the ball and does not play to his strengths. we should be playing quick fast short passing football.

  • 88 toonLYF // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    tads – Walcott and Wilshere are both of Arsenal FC

  • 89 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM


    Perfectly put.

    There are managers who say ‘their team is much better than ours’ and there are managers who say ‘we can be equal to all teams if we do our best and give 100%’.

    I know what type of manager /i would have and think we deserve.

  • 90 newcastle10 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    also tiote was class under hughton and when pardew came in his form started to dip.

  • 91 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Bills son
    Agree that this season is incomparable with last season completely different circumstances for the season, barely any injuries no europe and some players seemed at peak form where as this season we’ve been absolutely ravaged by injuries, with a more congested fixtures list and some players form has been in the gutter
    Said it before but sacking pardew now would be suicide, if the board feels a change is needed then fine but do it in the summer when you can have a good long look at your options which I seriously hope are a lot better than the panic appointments that alot on here are suggesting with the likes of Di Matteo Di Canio Martinez etc

  • 92 beefman13 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Sure we have injuries, but only debuchy of all our summer and winter signings was missing, on paper it was a decent team apart frim jonas who AP would play in goal if he had to?????

    Thar performance by us stunk the place out yesterday, it was cowardly and with not an ounce of passion, Pardew has moaned about injuries and yes we have had them but this fella in charge of us has done nothing but bemoan all season, we gave played nothing short of awful football for most of the season, you take each season as it comes and last season was goos no denying, this season has had more than enough let downs already, in a lot of ways i have been more disappointed then when we went down, i hate this negative one up front at home its bloody sacrilidge, his away tactics are proven not to be working this season and last we used up all our luck, we need a fresh thinking manager and coaching staff who have more tactical nous, maybe a foreign coach as nearly all our players are foreign but are being stiffled by the systems our manger has us playing.

  • 93 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    I’m not saying it’s a good team just saying a better manager would have gotten more from that starting 11. If you take those players and compare them to those in the bottom 8 some are a cut above our rivals.

    I would say we should be at least 10th even with championship standard individuals. When you have poor players you rely on the manager, when you can’t rely on the manager you end up in a relegation fight.

  • 94 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Doh! Okay scrap Walcott, mata out wide and David silva through the middle!

  • 95 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    My best prem XI has to be

    Johnson kompany vidic baines
    Wilshire toure
    Ben arfa
    Suarez van persie bale

  • 96 carl // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    In the blame culture , that from time to time breaks out on here when things appear to go wrong, it is always the fault of one person. I am all for accountability but is it always Pardew’s fault. Llambias has had his questionable knee jerk moments and periods of sleeping at the wheel. But catastrophes are in the past were a tightly run club with stability. Ashley has recognised that the lack of transfer activity last summer was a mistake. The squad though as a result are still settling in and players like Simpson who should have been moved out in January unduly impacting on performances. Supporters do have memories of relegation but rest assured this squad is made of resolution, skill and the ability to win the games that will matter at home. Let’s get real and put the Beatties, Rotonda, Catchies talk of Pardew’s demise a thing of pure fiction as Jail has spelt out it just is not going to happen. After a few victories at SJP with talk of relegation and a focus on the Europa League they will yet get disappear. Let’s hope so!

  • 97 ToonDownSouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Can someone explain to me why I keep reading that we should appoint Beardsley as manager..?


  • 98 ToonDownSouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Also, does anyone really believe Pardew will be sacked?

    It’s not going to happen, no matter how many hours a day you spend sat on a blog winging. He’s the man Ashley wants, and he does not know enough about football to know that the fans are unhappy with the football being played.

  • 99 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM


    I am not suggesting we appoint Beardo as a manager, I am guilty of suggesting he be more involved in coaching the offensive players similar to the job Sir Les does at Spuds. Imo

  • 100 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Di Matteo was in the right place at the right time with Chelski.
    He’s nothing special.

    Does anyone remember Mashley’s quoted comments on Pardew getting sacked after the January window ? He said that if anyone thought that he doesn’t know how I work – or words to that effect. He is a maverick businessman and does’t always get it right -but he brings in people and stabilises things and puts them on incentives for performance rather than doing the quick change act – where heads roll. He does it his way. He doesn’t panic and he takes gambles – which is par for business. He thinks longer term. He will not sack Pardew this season. He will give him another year to get us top 6. They do have a master plan. It goes wrong so they try to put it right. Doesn’t mean they sack everybody and start again.
    Beattie25, Rotonda, Catchy etc and the Pardew haters are all back in panic mode again in spades – and there is some truth in the criticisms of where we have gone wrong. Endless Pardew out rants with some very selective “facts” to back them don’t move us forward at all. Even Llambias has said we need 3 class players in the summer. That’s an improvement on the apologies we had for the dismal failure last summer so better hope we get the players.
    And don’t forget – there is barely a player who hasn’t had good words for the manager – Bestie when he left, HBA, Cabaye, Colo etc., you almost never hear a bad word said so if the players are happy and well motivated you can build stability but you have to start with the foundations.
    The grass is always greener for a lot of youse on here and it ain’t necessarily so.
    We do need strengthening on the eoaching team – new ideas – and it may well happen. Pardew doesn’t really care how we play he is a results man – so get used to winning ugly – better that than this season where we haven’t really won at all and have been hostage to bad luck, shite reffing and injuries to our best creators and we lost our best striker. Even a top class manager would have struggled – and Pardew isn’t the best but he is very far from the worst.

  • 101 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    “Di matteo was in the right place at the right time” ………………hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • 102 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    The same reason as Di Canio Martinez Adkins etc keep getting mentioned, because there so intent on blaming one man they think anyone will be better, even if they absolutely zero managerial experience! Someone even mentioned carver a few weeks back
    I understand wanting to see a top manager here but why are all those wanting a top manager naming managers who are either at best a sideways step or tbh a backwards step?

  • 103 Spoof // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Beattie, are they a cut above, or do we just think they are, the defence you mentioned was woeful at best, phsically weak, no pace and dreadful in the air, the midfield has no creativity at all, so even the best 2 strikers in the world would struggle, how Ba done what he did was amazing really, gernerally the side you mentioned had relegation written all over it, so no I do not think another manager could have done any better than what Pardew has, you’re kidding yourself if you think that the team you mentioned was a decent one.

  • 104 newcastle10 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    remember when we attacked man utd we were class. we were a match for them all over the park and lost 4-3 and we would of won it only for the my opinion pardew is afraid to attack because he is to defensive minded. imagine what we could achieve if we actually go to win games by 2 or more goals. he sets out he team to win by 1-0 and sits back for the rest of the match which causes pressure on our players. he has our players running around like horses on the pitch and this tires them out.i really dont know what he does on the training ground because we cannot attack,defend,score from set pieces, pass,link up play our nothing. we need a manager who goes to win every game and knows how to pass and move

  • 105 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Very well said, I am in agreement.

    Standby for those not……

  • 106 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Yo yo
    Spot on mate

  • 107 Beattie25 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Llambias and Ashley had no footballing knowledge but they seem to be growing a little into the game and that has been shown by Dereks heightened communications with the fans.

    Whilst we do not agree with all their decisions we are starting t understand why they do them and we have seen progressive growth in the last few years off the field and now we are back in the top 20 richest clubs.

    With Pardew he has 30 years of footballing experience and by now should fully understand how to manage a football club.

    Over that past few years I have no growth withing the footballing team that goes out on the pitch. On paper it looks amazing but the quality has regressed us to a 1980’s south London hoof ball team. I have seen nothing of Pardew to think that we have thins to look forward to.

    Even during the bad times we all knew that Llambias and Ashley were very successful in all they have done pre NUFC, can you say the same about Pardew?

    As someone put above so wonderfully, stability for stability’s sake is ridiculous. Stability like respect is not awarded, it is earned, and for me Pardew has earned neither.

    Why should he feel so comfortable in his job?

    Ferguson had to earn it, Moyes had to earn it, Wenger had to earn it. Yes each of these have had bad times where they could have been sacked and have not, so that should perhaps rule Pardew out from being sacked?

    No because under Ferguson, Wenger and Moyes all teams had started to see a change in style of football and a evolution to something better than previous so the managers had earned respect and short term stability.

    Pardew has given us nothing guys. All we have achieved could have been achieved by Hughton in my opinion.

  • 108 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    So who managed the Chelski side Di Matteo – or his prima donnas ?
    He indulged them and got lucky in the CL (not every day Messi misses a pen)
    What did he do that was above average at WBA ?

    “Di Matteo was sacked yesterday morning by the West Bromwich board with the club now two points above the relegation zone, having lost 13 of their past 18 games, leaving them with a goal difference of minus 17.”

    So how is he possibly an upgrade on AP ?

  • 109 carl // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    They’re not to be taken seriously or mackems who would like to reduce us to the state their in! If you were going to get shot of O’neil then do it at the beginning of the International break smacks of desperation. Most of those seeking change at the toon have long had their own agenda or are just muck raking and should not be taken seriously. Beardsley was a terrifically talented player but not suited for management.

  • 110 yo-yo // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    newcastle 10


    If Pardew set us up to always go for the second goal like SAF we would certainly do better – “hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way” oh hang on … that’s for my Rock On blog

  • 111 BandB // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Credit to the club for a brilliant 2012 season, which I will remember happily for the rest of my life.
    But in the summer, statements were made that stunk of complacency and hubris.
    “We’ve decided to finish eighth next season. We’ve budgeted for it,” was the gist of it.
    There was a group of people that got up on their chairs and saluted noisily, smashing up the windows of anyone who disagreed. Sticking badges on people.
    Unpleasant, it was.
    Their very foundations were utterly blown away in the winter, when the club conceded it had royally cocked up, and said so.
    You’d think these folks would have a bit of shame.
    But no. They are still broadcasting. Still got their clubs out.
    Horrible, really.

  • 112 newcastle10 // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    pardew is quick enough to blame everyone else for defeats.injuries,refs ,too many games etc but not once did i ever hear the man say I hold my hands up I got this wrong today

  • 113 dmac // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    DI CANIO ? Hahahahahahahhahaah

  • 114 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Here man, when do matteo took over from chelski they were in turmoil, they were on the brink of being put out of the champions league, but it was his tactics that beat Barcelona, and barren Munich. If you tactically outclass pep guard iota with 10 men then does that not say something??

  • 115 AndyNUFC // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Its pathetic that at the time 5th was enough to warrant Robson being sacked. Bet you wish he’d had longer now eh? Just give Pardew time – he’s brought us the closest since Robson to top 4, so to forget that and judge only this season, nevermind Europa quarter finals, is completely naive.

  • 116 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Autocorrect on this is a pisstake

  • 117 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Don’t mock di canio, his philosophy on how to play the game could take sunderland places

  • 118 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Parking the bus isn’t tactically outclassing guardiola!
    So it’s okay for Di Matteo to play negatively but not pardew?
    What about tactically “outclassing” hiddink then surely that says something about pards?
    5 clean sheets in europe is it?
    Double standards are in full flow on here today…..

  • 119 Bambams // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    We need a new thread…… Come on Ed something upbeat….. Di Canio ‘ cantio’ or ‘ View St James pk expansion plans ‘ …..

    We have done Pards and his position to death…. imo

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    And again with Di Canio!
    What philosophy? Punch your players when they question you? He didn’t take Swindon anywhere after spending a fortune so where will he be taking the scum apart from down?

  • 121 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Well said mate

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Band B,
    All those who defended not buying last summer did so purely in defence of Mike Ashleys policies,anybody with an inkling of football knowledge knew we needed new fullbacks and a centre half,we may or may not have been pushing for a CL spot but we certainly wouldn’t be in a relegation battle.

  • 123 carl // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    You have not changed still talking nonsense. Moyes has the distinction of being in charge for 11 years at Everton- longer than any other manager not to win anything at the club. If Pardew doesn’t manage a club going places at the top end of the league by the end of next season then I could understand some dissent. Try talking to Everton fans a large number want Moyes out. It’s the nature of the fickle football fan – try chatting to away supporters in the pub. Quite an eye opener. Man Utd fans are worried that Fergie will hang around only for Moyes too be a shoe in. Wenger is absolved because he transformed the whole structure of the club which is what Ashley seeks from Pards. Everyone seeks academy generation as fair play kicks in hence an 8 year contract. It’s only the fans who are yet to buy in but given time they will. End of next season we’ll see where we are .

  • 124 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Abdul?? Sorry meant andy, my phone had other ideas! 😉

  • 125 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM


    Is it not?
    So your saying if Chelsea had of played Barcelona with AVB’s tactics that he was using, then Chelsea would have still beat Barcelona and barren Munich?? Don’t think so.

    And there’s a difference between beating a great manager with world beaters in their side ( messi iniesta xavi ), and beating a great manger, with overrated overpaid players in their side ( Eto’o zhirkov diarra )

    And at what point was I criticising Pardew? Can u find a quote for me please!

  • 126 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    Have u even watched a game that di canio has been in charge of?

  • 127 BandB // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM


    Their views have been disowned and discredited by the very people who they cheer-lead for. They dishonour themselves in their gracelessness.

  • 128 dmac // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Di Canio is shocking! Honestly – Swindon fans were glad that he went. The guy punched a player and then when he was sacked he broke back into the offices. The guy is an absolute nutter. More importantly he is a shocking example of man management.

  • 129 dmac // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I hope he gets the job haha.

  • 130 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    What I’m stating is people are slating pardew for playing negative tactics then calling for Di Matteo who is equally as negative if not more
    And hiddink is a world class manager mate and anzhi have some top top players
    I never said you were criticising pardew but the sudden need to name replacement managers certain seems to suggest so!
    As for watching Swindon and Di Canio, yes I have seen games and there’s nothing to suggest that after getting the club to hemmorage money in players they couldn’t really afford, getting them to play half decent football but go nowhere I’m failing to see the link in how he’ll be a great manager by jumping up 3 leagues

  • 131 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM


    swindon loved him but don’t let the facts get in the way

  • 132 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Spot on mate the bloke is an absolute idiot!

  • 133 toon kk // Mar 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Watched the highlights of the game and I’ve never seen a premier league team play so I can’t be bothered football, no fight and no care by most of the players. I sometimes think they’ve been on the piss the night before!!! It seems they thought we can’t beat them so why bother trying. As for Pards he won’t be sacked as he fits in with cashleys running of the club

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