Pardew – We Can Finish Top Ten Next Season – What?

Alan Pardew said he was happy with the performance against West Brom yesterday, and said after the game that he thought Newcastle showed exactly what the team needed to show, without getting the three points

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Gouffran celebrates with Haidara after scoring

This is what Alan said immediately after the game:

“I’m really pleased with a point, it is important at this stage of the season. ” “We have got four games to go and I don’t really care where we finish in the league as long as we are in the league”

“You need to make sure you secure the points and don’t rely on other people not getting them.” “It is very important now we keep battling to the end.”

“The club is in a great financial position, we have good players and if we have them all fit, we are stronger than we were today.”

“Therefore, I would expect us to challenge for top 10 next season but we have got to stay in the division.” “The energy levels we had on Sunday were not good enough to cope with that Sunderland performance.”

“We needed to show today, after we get some rest, that we ain’t a bad team.” “The overall feeling is we have shown exactly what we needed to show today without getting the three points.”

Maybe it was all due to Europe,  but the truth is that our Premier League campaign this season  has been a disaster – fact.

So we’re not sure too many fans would be happy at only a top ten finish next season, after finishing 5th last term  – how about top six?

Note to Mike Ashley – please have your manager Pardew be a lot  more ambitious for next season  – after all we are the 20th most valuable football club in the world – according to Forbes magazine.

Newcastle  are still fighting the drop, that’s very true, so the actual results are all important in these final few games of the season.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I would rather have seen us win any way we could yesterday – and not play so well, rather than draw and play well.

It’s all about results – isn’t it? 🙁

What do you think?

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109 comments so far


    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #1

    We Can Finish Top 10 Only IF U GO AWAY PARDEW. Or Else Its Another Relegation Season With U, Nxt Season


  • p

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Well I saw the last 20 and it was appalling.

    Basic stuff like passing and ball control were beyond the likes of Sissoko etc.

    Hope they are better next weekend, that’s for sure

  • tunearmy

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #3

    The difference between Parcel Pardew and PDC are balls.
    Hitler only had one ball, PDC acts like a giant testicle and Pardew has none.
    Absolute B****cks

  • Blofal

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed sounds like you are finally coming on board! Pardew is a passenger in my opinion. I sincerely hope Ashley is looking for a new manager. Pardew has done nothing that Hughton couldn’t have done. In fact I think Hughton would have done slightly better.

    We have better players than a top 10 finish aspires to. We should aspire to top 6 keep going till we get there.

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #5

    what planet is he on? happy with todays performance? What I saw of it was predictable and at times very poor. Perhaps we will finish in top ten if we get rid of him and appoint Harry candlechops.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Chilling comment, suggests not just a lack of ambition in the manager, but also the ownership.

    Are we being set up for a quiet close season in the transfer market or even the loss of some key players?

    Or just another ill considered Pards moment?


    Apr 21, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Appointing Harry would be a mile worse than Pardew.. Harry can’t do nothing unless he’s got millions to spend. I’m behind pardew still..

  • tunearmy

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #8

    What were the ‘odds’ of finishing bottom 5 after finishing top 5?

    Has Ashley put a spare few million on this.
    Has he bunged Tiote to be a liability this season.
    Has Cisse been told to be offside and chip balls over or round the net (stoppage time is a loophole obviously)
    Is Pardew ordered to play Jonarse every bloody game.

    He wont loose money as the fans are mental and mad and loyal.

    ok lads just scrape by.

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I think It’s time up for Pardew. Top 10 with this squad is just not good enough. Yes, top six is a push as there are more established teams, but why Aiming low? Disappointing

  • sphinxhunter

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #10

    You are absolutely correct, at this time of the season, given the position NUFC is in, results are the ONLY thing that matters. Entertaining, quality football is only for those teams who are comfortably safe (ie have or are close to 40 pts by the mid-season mark).
    I also am surprised by AP’s selections and substitutions, many of which suggest a negative or defensive trend. It makes me think that AP doesn’t trust his current defensive players to cope without the midfielders and wingers to double back and help out, nor trust his attacking players to be able to kill off the game by converting their chances. Sounds just like this season, doesn’t it! Maybe with more purple players and less injuries, we may be able to see the creative, positive, attacking side of AP.
    The ‘tiredness’ of many of the players bothers me. I can’t help thinking that if there was more genuine competition for their spots, and a greater preparedness by AP to drop non-performers, then they may discover that they CAN find that little bit extra. Its not so much that they are not putting in at all, but that they are not putting in more than the players in the opposition team are – they are not lazy, just ordinary.

  • toonicle

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Top 10 Alan, really? We should be going for a Euro spot at least and the fact that Pards isn’t even shooting for that is depressing.

  • Jayk

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #12

    get rid of this kackass already.

    @3: That is a myth, Hitler had two balls. Don’t slander a great man.

  • ochytoon

    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Pard’s has to go at the end of the season. A couple of days ago I was thinking, give him one more season but after todays performance, and where that puts us in the table, there isn’t another option. It’s almost embarrassing to be a Toon fan this season and I would have to say that most of the blame for our failure is down to Pardew and his useless, one-dimensional tactics. The guy has to go and I’m sure we wouldn’t be that hard pushed to find a suitable successor.

  • tunearmy

    Apr 21, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #14

    the first 10 minutes the team played naturally and were having fun and it was great to watch.
    But then disaster struck as we scored and pardew panicked.
    But the first 10 min showed what they can do.

  • Jarra

    Apr 21, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I am fortunate to see every match live and once again I sat and hoped we would respond to the serious situation the club is in. The first half was a really good determined display we played well up the field and attacked down both flanks. Then we scored brilliant. You would expect a team playing at home to respond and they did but we assisted that by suddenly dropping ten meters further back. We got to half time leading after escaping a decision that baffles everyone I did not think Perch fouled the lad but it was well inside the box so we got away with what should have been a penalty if the Ref deemed it a foul. Second half becomes as predictable as ever sit back hold on and see the game out, with what tactics I really do not know. We did not defend as a team we just seemed to be dysfunctional no pattern style to even try and counter attack. They score as you know so he takes off an attacking option of Gouffron who can counter attack with pace and puts Ameobi to stand on the half way line face towards our own goal and try and keep the ball if he gets it, or get a foul to ease the pressure. He then once again makes a tactical switch can see the pressure building and brings Ben Arfa on and too everyone’s amazement takes the young full back off. This really puzzled me especially when he made comment last week saying in hindsight he should of played the full back against Sunderland and not Jonas. We got a point which we needed and if honest I would accept that. What I can not accept any more are his tactics but its too late now he has to stay till the end unless someone has already be tapped up to replace him the same day he is dismissed. Its a mess and I think I read 4 points from the last 5 matches is serious proof of concern. Can we limp up and over the 40 points. I honestly do not know and dread the thought if we do not.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Pardew is putting himself at a risky position when he says top 10.

    This words will secure him to next season but will put himself into a bigger trouble next season if he can’t attain it.

    Unless there are lotss of “excuse” for him to take cover. eg. Again New alots of 1st team players coming in to settle, lots of usual injury…. etc, FA Cup, Carling Cup run of gamesssss…

  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #17

    one-dimensional tactics..will make our player slot hard and for very little results. And sooner our players will be tired of such tactics and will not be enjoying playing football.

    Once they got bored of such football style, we will again not win games when we needed to.

    To win games, player must also enjoy in playing them. They pass around, joke around and enjoy destroying opposition teams together. That the way to go far.

    Theres No Team in the world play “bad football”, win consistent games and win trophies.

    Name me one if you know,
    apart from Stoke (have some success if you rate them), which “they are what they are” build in such a way, play in their own approach.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #18

    We will finish top ten no problem. In the championship.

  • terencelim

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle has one of the best fan base in the world, and top 20 richest club.

    Why would Newcastle want to finish in top 10? We’ve already done that many times under Freddie…

  • cyprus

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Fascist alert at 12. Should you not be supporting another PL team?

    On the game: Great first half, bad second. Why? Should they not be able to put in a full throttle 90′ shift like most PL teams? Having said that, can’t fault their effort.

    Keeper 6: A couple decent saves, but highly suspect on crosses.
    Debuchy 8: Excellent game, all round
    Taylor 7: Not bad
    Mbiwa 9: Apart from 1 bad back pass, had a perfect game, kept us safe.
    Haidara 7: Good game, combined well with Guti
    Perch 5: Tries, but should only be a squad player if we expect more next year. Conceded a dumb pen
    Caby 7: Tried to find the through pass, helped us dominate the 1st half.
    Guti 7: Have no idea why some fans pick on him. Had a decent game, put in the shift
    Gouffran 8: Very good game, great goal. He needs more, in order to help that goal tally. Should not have been subbed.
    Sissoko 8: Some people criticizing him but he does what he does quite well. Him, Gouffy and Cisse gave their MF’s a torrid time, albeit in the 1st half.
    Cisse 7: Not a bad game really, run at least 10 k, tried, BUT… should have scored a sitter, if only he had stopped to think and see what was there. I know I could’ ve scored that!
    Ameobi (no score): The guy is big, has some skills, but you know he’s not going to score, don’t you? Good loyal squad player, not sure how long the slayer label will keep him with a PL job
    Ben Arfa (no score): had a couple of decent chances, but didn’t have opportunity to get in the game. We need a fit HBA if we are to scare other teams.

    On AP criticism. He had a good game plan 1st half with their 4-4-2, struggled with their 4-3-3. Shouldn’t have subbed Goufy for Shola. Still, I don’t blame him. Our team just needs to up its fitness training. How come other teams can go full throttle for 70+ minutes?

    This point will be pure gold come the end of the season! Who’s going down? Wigan.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #21

    We truly have the qualities to compete with some of those teams, like Wigan, WBA, Swansea, Soton, Norwich, Hull, Cardiff, etc

    (Not mention, Fulham, Everton, *Sunderland, )

    When i name Swansea, i kind of worried, they are such a prestige club nowadays.

    Will the promoted club like Cardiff and Hull and XXX, overrun us?, Should be worrying of Cardiff, they are no runover.

    Losing these games…
    Then Pardew will comes in with lots of excuse again.
    ..player is tired after Cups runs, injury of 1 or 2 key players (our backup is good enough, btw), they are too strong for us, etc

  • geordie_upon_tyne

    Apr 21, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #22


  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #23

    How will be fair against the promoted teams is a question?

    Will we be beaten by Soton, WBA, Westham, Stoke and Cardiff

    Draw, Hull, Norwich, and some promoted team.

    We no longer any power house. We are just as ordinary as Stoke, Westham, WBA, Norwich, Soton.

    Its only we can beat these teams then can we survive and be safe of worrying.

    The only hope was to watch and have individual players coming out each week to giving their Special Moments, to add to the odd special goal.

    With the best ingredient in the world, you need a good cook.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #24

    @ 20, How come other teams can go full throttle for 70+ minutes?

    Simple, : because the players enjoys playing what they are ask to.

    Read @17 for more details.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #25

    i believe that if any of the top 4 managers had our team , they would be challanging for for things, never mind trying to just finnish top 10

    i look at our team, not just through black and white specks v man u’s, and i wouldnt swap many of there players for ours
    RVP , carrick, vidic , other than them 3 there a very average team, yet i recon krul, debuchy, colo, santon sissoko, cabaye would be regular starters in there team

    ppl talk about pardew being a great man manager, well i have seen very little of that during his time here so far, treating our promising kids like shit, let alone marv and anita,
    shola jonas are total jokes of footballers now, and its a shame for jonas, because he was once a fan fave,

    with pardew at our club, we will NEVER have stability,

  • JackButler

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #26

    “The club is in a great financial position, we have good players and if we have them all fit, we are stronger than we were today.”

    “Therefore, I would expect us to challenge for top 10 next season”

    And some people are still wondering why we want rid of this idiot.

    With a better manager in charge we would have been safely inside the top 10 this bloody season.

    For God’s sake Mr. Ashley, cut this man lose and employ someone who knows what he;s doing

  • valle

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Already spinning and managing expectations for next season makes it sound like the man have already giving up fighting for that top 6 which were our target not so long ago… You have lost another supporter in me AP and you now need to go in my opinion. I can deal with an off season that have been draining, but that negative tactics and the excuses I cannot, and if our 2nd half against Benfica didnt show him how much more dangerous and controlling we can be with the players we have, if we play attacking football, then im afraid nothing will.

  • toonheroes

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #28

    With comments like that i don’t care if we win every remaining game this season, I still want him out. he has let us down badly the arrogant self worshiping idiot.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew in last mid april: “We are not one season wonder”
    Pardew on sept 1st: “I’m happy with the tranfers, we can attack the CL places”
    Pardew couple of weeks back: “We can finish in top10”
    Pardew today: “I don’t care where we will finish… and top10 are our aim for next season”

  • cyprus

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #30

    I was among the first to criticize AP’s tactics and statements, but now I refuse to climb on this swelling wave, especially since a lot of people (only a few weeks ago) were saying ‘look, manager of the year, we finished 5th etc.’…

    So, one good year, one bad. Keep AP for one more year. If we have a similarly bad year, fire him.

  • check the toastie

    Apr 21, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Pardew has no redeeming features at all, we are a club going downhill fast as long as he stays. We need a new manager NOW.

    Having no manager would be better than this loser. Let Carver and Stone take the reigns for the last 4 games, Sack Pardew now before he gives Shola a new 2 year contract. pffffffffttttttttttttt.

  • check the toastie

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Our league position last year was false and based on incredible acts of individual brilliance. It had nothing to do with Parsnip, we were outplayed so many times last year and Pardew is lucky he has been supplied by Graham Carr a squad that has so many top4 players in.

    We would have 10 points if he had Wigan’s, Norwich’s, Villa’s, Scum’s squad to pick from. The man’s a clown and is so out of his depth its unbelievable.

  • cyprus

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #33

    Check, you have been among the early critics, like me you pinpointed our lucky position last year when others couldn’t see it. So, I dig you. Still, stand by #30, unless there’s a big “R” this season.

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Looking at the league table, teams between 11th – 18th, anybody can get relegated. The next two games will separate who will survive and who will be in a relegation scrap.

    I think that caught my eye was how bad our defence is, we’ve leaked 60 goals, second worst equal with A Villa and Wigan, Reading has 65.
    To me it feels we will survive but just. Something tells me we will have the same number of points as the 18th placed team but edge out on better goal difference. I really hope it doesnt come to that.

  • wreker16

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Ed, i would rather us play well at all

  • stuart no9

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #36

    its amazing , but everything pardew says is wrong. his postmatch interviews – are wrong – his ambiitons for the club – are wrong – then when he tells he thinks we want to hear – that is wrong , i have never known 1 person be so wrong . wow.

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #37

    @ check the toastie

    I completely agree with you. The game that painfully sticks out from last season was the game against Swansea. We took a beating for 3/4 of the match and Cisse scored two brilliant goals out of nothing

  • tweaked

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #38

    time for a non english manager, someone that can get the best out of benny, cabaye, sissoko

    AP plays to many crap tactics which i clearly dont understand with the amount of quality footballers at his disposal

    plesae let it be wenge, rijkaard, blanc or even benitez

  • JDdubai

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Well with ambitions like that why would any purple come to us?

    With the players we have, plus the alleged 3 new purples to come, with no european games, how the heck are we not aiming for top 6??????

    Only thing negative for us is the tactics. Add a purple manager OR purple coaching team to what we have and top 6 should be minimum aim. Not saying we will get it but the aim should be there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m f****n lost for words.


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