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This Is Not The Time To Rock The Newcastle Boat

9:23 am, Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Newcastle must now have a much better chance of the win against Liverpool on Saturday, since the Reds will be without Luis Suarez, who has just picked up another ban – for 10 matches this time – for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

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Steven Taylor – we’re behind the manager

That’s the second long-term ban the Uruguayan has received since he’s been at Liverpool, after he received an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra – when will this lad ever learn?

Steven Taylor is back in the side these days, and we always seem better when the Whitley Bay lad is at the back, and he has talked to the local press today and obviously the plan for Saturday – in the late kick-off game (5:30 pm kick-off) – is to get all 3 points – and what a relief that would be if we can do it.

This is what Steven said:

“We want these three points so bad, and hopefully that’ll happen on Saturday.” “We’re behind the manager, and he’s behind the players. We have to deliver.”

“The confidence is there, and we need everyone behind us until the end of the season. The staff and players are together, wanting to do well.”

“Saturday’s game is a big one. The main thing is that it’s at St James’.” “I hope the atmosphere is electric. The fans have got to raise the roof, and we’ve got to get after them and test them.”

“We’ve got to get in their faces. If we put the commitment in we did against West Brom, I think we can get a result.” “The fans were great at the Hawthorns.”

“Even when it was 1-1, and we had to defend, they were with us. They were always behind us. “Fair play to them at the end.”

“The lads put a great shift in – we defended so well.”

Steven makes an excellent point there – that we must all stay together for the last four games of the season and support the lads – and that includes backing manager Alan Pardew.

We know a lot of fans are not happy with him, but now’s not the time to rock the boat – first things first – and we need Newcastle to survive in the Premier League this season

And if we can do that, we think there’s an excellent chance the squad will be significantly strengthened this summer – and we could be right back up there in the top six – which is where we belong.

But in any case let’s back the team and the coaches big time – and I’ll take some heat for saying that (what’s new?) – but it’s definitely the right thing to do for Newcastle United.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Ed…I agree and I’m sure most will too. No matter what anyone thinks about Pardew, now is not the time, especially during games.

    4 games left.

  • 2 blew // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Talking the talk again.
    Taylor dies nothing but talk the
    talk. Love him to give his mouth
    a couple of years rest

  • 3 blew // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM


  • 4 Rainrix // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Dont tip the boat ovvvvvvver! Better yet can we tie some breeze blocks to pardews feet and just throw him over, thus the problems gone and the boat is still floating :)

  • 5 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    West Ham have given Carlton Cole a
    day-of-the-season deadline on a new
    contract – THE SUN
    That Could Give Pardew A boost

  • 6 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    West Brom have joined the battle to sign
    Scott Sinclair and end his Manchester City
    misery – DAILY STAR


  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Whoa Whoa
    Div’nt get to excited about Saurez missing the game.
    Liverpuddle are more than a one man team.
    Sturridge always plays a blinder up here against the Toon. he has scored for Bolton and Chelsea up here and Gerrard quite often chips in.
    I’m going for a draw

  • 8 JAMSHA // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Sturridge is another suarez… he can dive aswell need to b alert in our box…

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    56Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I was looking at when our new players were signed our ambitious owner waited until after the Norwich game and the disastrous result against Reading before springing into action,foes anybody think more than two players would have been bought had those two results been more favourable.

    This is exactly why I can’t pin the whole season on pardew
    Why weren’t these lads signed in the summer?
    Or at the very least the first week of the window? Give the confidence drained morale ravaged squad a huge boost coming into what should be 2 very winnable games? Why wait until after we’ve been shown up by Norwich and a frankly sh1te reading team?

  • 10 Krul to be Kind // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM


    I have had my fill of Pardew and feel that I have certainly defended him for long enough and now want him replaced but as you say everyone need to get behind the team with no restlessness from natives at the games if we want to stay up, I’m happy for him to stay until the season’s end and maybe the start of next season but if there is an adequate replacement available and interested then and only then is it an option to replace him, I don’t fancy another managerial merry-go-round again so I would want a well thought out appointment!

  • 11 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM


    Thats why my friend

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Krul…I am with that 100%. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t be happy with a better manager, that is a given. I just think there are factors for this season that don’t warrant changing just for the sake of changing. If we are to, it needs to be for better not frustration.

    That can and will wait until after the Arsenal game.

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Apparently Suarez is considering quitting English football, he feels he’s discriminated against, although I can’t think of too many footballers who in a 2 year spell have admitted to diving, racial abuse and biting an opponent!
    I think that with this threat Liverpool will appeal the decision at the latest point Friday lunch time as a show of support to the cheating little rat purely because they know
    A) he’ll go for pretty cheap if he wants out
    B) they will never replace his ability for the money they get for him and prob won’t attract another player of his calibre

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn out against us Saturday

    Either way Stevie Taylor needs to stop talking, he spouts more than pardew, and do his talking on the pitch

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    tads…If they appeal it does he get to play on Saturday? Surely he has to serve a minimum 3 games anyway, so why wouldn’t that start now whilst it’s investigated?

  • 15 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    How could Suarez be out against us on Saturday? He can only appeal the added 7 games Liverpool have accepted the standard 3 match ban to my understanding

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Lmfao!! Got a horrible imagine of ash dancing round in his tidy whities and a pimp coat with £20 notes raining down from the celling!

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Not sure mate because he was never actually given a red and the 10 match ban was because the standard 3 match wasn’t sufficient so surely it’s a 10 match as a whole not a 3 match and a 7 match?

  • 18 Rainrix // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Suarez cant complain even if he is partially discriminated against. Who’s fault is it if he gets discriminated against? Surely not suarez with his past actions?

    Ah well at least we dont have to see him again this season and hopefully never again in the PL :)

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    That’s why I’ve had so much patience with him,Dirk Dastardly has been surprisingly quiet since our recent slump,seems like he only sings when he’s winning.

  • 20 Krul to be Kind // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I don’t dipute that this season has had its ‘extenuating circumstances’ but the options that we had have not been fully utilised to the best, also the unwillingness to change a formation that obviously doesn’t work is what is really rocking my boat! If Pardew can rectify these in coming games then I might just settle again… never say never! 😉

  • 21 ichrisho // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Morning All… I think there is flash behind the comment box and when you click into it – it triggers the malware… anyway… Seems like UEFA are going for an all German final in Wembley (They do love themselves for that) to say sorry for Chelsea beating them last year… (Anyone ever see Platini’s face when handing over the trophy – he is raging)

    Anywho… Just a question – If we had finsihed 13th last season and were known to be rebuilding – would we have had such an adverse reaction to this season… did we all genuinely think that we would build on the top5 finish and move up…?

  • 22 Joe Blog // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Can somebody do a win/lose/draw percentage comparison of this season, between pre/post spending spree? Would be interesting. I would but some of us work for a living :)

  • 23 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Haha it wouldnt surprise me…though it would turn my stomach haha

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM


    Taylor – got as many brains as a heed of lettuce.

    Can’t see what Liverpuddle are complaining about – didn’t Barton get 12 games for violent conduct.

  • 25 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Krul…I don’t see much changing in these last 4 games to be honest, maybe it’s a bit too much to expect in the midst of a relegation battle. I know players are coming out and saying confidence is fine, but do we expect them to say anything different? Some improvement now would be grand, but I think unlikely. Time to see if anything has changed is pre-season and the start of next season. Not sure many fans can or will give him that time, rightly or wrongly.

    ichrisho…As in expectations were raised prematurely? Certainly an argument for it. I guess the flip side to that is if Pardew had got 13th, a similar position to the year before would people have been calling for his head then anyway?

  • 26 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Joe…I think there is a site, where you can put in the time frame and it calculates a table…basically a form table with changeable perimeters.

  • 27 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Lol nothing would surprise me this season mate!
    Not sure how it works because the FA technically bottled it and handed it over to an independent committee!

    Oh well hopefully Liverpool will shows some class and bollox for once and tell him straight, what you done is inexcusable, it’s your own fault, you’ve got a lot left on your contract so shut up serve your ban and for once in your career act like a professional

  • 28 Generic Commenter // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I agree with everyone saying Saurez not playing isn’t going to make Liverpool an easy team, they’re a fantastic team. But you have to admit it is an advantage, he is their top scorer by far (30 goals compared to Gerrard’s 15).

  • 29 John Tudor // Apr 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    if pardew retrained as a chef and got a job in a fancy restaurant how long would he last if all he served was crappy beans on toast

  • 30 martoon // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Is it just me or is Ed having a pop at Beattie and his sack Pardew crew 😉

  • 31 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Ed talked sense but some will knit heed that wisdom. Rocking the boat ain’t clever at this stage of of our season. To those who are on the Pardew out bandwagon, get off it and support the lads and the manager.

    Ashley’s neither blind nor stuupid and you can rest assured he’ll do what he thinks necessary to protect. His interests in Newcastle United.

    And Ibiza, you’re a reet stirrer lobbing the pebble into the pond and counting the ripples! Enjoy your day.

  • 32 John Tudor // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    no ed must remain a neutral

  • 33 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Aye Barton did, the difference was his included kneeing someone pushing someone attempting to headbutt someone and was there a push too?
    At least QPR didn’t act like idiots, they laid it at the feet of Barton instead of letting the player hold them over a barrel

  • 34 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Well going by their comments they accepted the instant 3 match ban but it was the added 7 on top that they had the problem with and they were waiting until they were given the reasons (today I believe) before they decided whether or not to appeal

    I agree with u that they should just tell him to pipe down and get on with it. He did it, it was clear as day and its not the first time he has been in trouble…not sure how they could appeal it with any real confidence

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    John Tudor
    Nout wrong with beans on toast mate, especially with a bit of grated cheese on!

  • 36 John Tudor // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    everyone is behind the team at the end of the season is the time to call for his head

  • 37 John Tudor // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    pardew would leave the cheese off to use his favourite jonas sauce

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Because there Liverpool, the most arrogant outfit in the PL, who whenever something is done to there club its through jealousy and spite nothing else, who seem to think CL is a given right to them despite not qualifying for what must be near on 6 years now!

  • 39 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    John…I think it was Beattie himself who made a comment the other day asking what Ed actually though about things.

    It would seem by Ed’s comments in articles of late that he is like a few others, not pleased with this season, can see why we may be here and is wanting the club to back Pardew this summer and see what he can do.

    Lesh…Just bringing some balance mate. Seems only fair to challenge facts etc that support the anti Pardew, as much as it is that people challenge a positive spin.

  • 40 Rainrix // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Lesh… To be fair even the most ardent pardew basher is behind the team 100% when the match kicks off even if we are being served up a borefest. And to be honest its not like theres been mass protests and chants of “you dont know hat you’re doing” etc. Its mainly on these forums that most of the bile comes out.

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    John Tudor
    Yeah not to sure I want a plate load of jonas juice…..

  • 42 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    @31. knit= not *.

    Surely Suarez said he’d accept the three but would appeal against any more? If that’s the case I think the FA’d want an immediate suspension pending any appeal against the extra seven games.

  • 43 ichrisho // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Aye Ibiza – I do think that if we had finsihed a more realistic 10th or 11th last season… Pardew’s head would still be on his head nad not as we have assisnated him (me included) leaving his head rolling the carpark at St. James’… He is an average man-manager, average coach, bad technically and has a strange mindset when it comes to results as if he is just lucky to be talking on MOTD… odd sitaution – I bet he couldnt believe his luck last year… now the honeymoon is over and a quicky divorce is all that seems to be the right thing to do…

  • 44 WWYCD // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hahaha aye fair enough

  • 45 ichrisho // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Jonas Juice – Jonas Sauce – where can we get such things? :)

  • 46 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Ibiza @39, agreed otherwise the Pardew out brigade’d feel as though they’re right!

    Re my earlier typo (knit = not), seems I’ve got my Rene (Allo Allo) head on tudoh!

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    ichrisho…Can’t help but smile, I was agreeing with the whole comment until right at the end :)

    If we want to use the marriage example, how about some marriage counselling after the first bad period where maybe both parties can look and think they haven’t helped each other?

  • 48 lesh // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Fair dos Rainrix @40.

  • 49 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Lesh…And they may well be, but that article doesn’t really prove anything at the end of the day.

  • 50 ichrisho // Apr 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Aye – OK I admit… I just popped in quicky divorce as it seemed like the done thing nowadays in real life and football… I think that we do need to sit down with him and ask what is the funkin’ craic? What has happened this year and what can be done? The fans can do no more on match days… or during the europe campaign… apart from that crap at the Sunderland game… speaking of which – Did anyone know that loads were arrested outside a taping of WWE Smackdown in newcatle this week? .. Mental.

  • 51 Greebol1892 // Apr 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Aye charlie when Sturridge played for Bolton & scored against us he absolutely ran us ragged and could’ve had a hatful. Gerrard ALWAYS plays mint & scores against us!
    SO as long as we just do the normal thing & try and defend for the next 4 matches, we’ll scrape through and can gladly forget this horrible season. In my 25 years watching The Toon I have to say that Fat Sam was the worst football I saw in that time but Pardew is a close second but with worse result record! Get us safe then get out.

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