Bobby Robson Had Newcastle Playing Well Twice A Week

Ever since Newcastle were eliminated from the Europa League, Alan Pardew has taken some of the training at St. James’ Park, so the players can get used to the pitch – and it’s something he was not able to do when we were playing on Thursdays in the Europa League.

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John Carver and Bobby Robson
Successfully navigated two games a week

It simply is not possible when you play two games a week, and the Newcastle manager was also unable to train with his players, as much as he wanted to this season.

But this is what the top teams do every season, so when we get into Europe the next time, hopefully we will have learned from this season’s experience,  because surely the aim is for Newcastle to be in the top six and in Europe every single season.

Alan Pardew was asked why he trained the players on our home pitch:

“It’s about getting comfortable with the stadium. When you’ve had a shock like the Sunderland game then it’s important.” “I would have used the stadium a lot more if it wasn’t for the Europa League.”

Pardew has bemoaned that fact that he was not able to work with his players as much as he wanted to when we played in the Europa League, but he’s been able to do that over the last two weeks, so we are expecting a good performance against Liverpool tomorrow.

After all, playing two games a week was something Bobby Robson, and John Carver as his assistant, were  able to do when we played in Europe, and he still maintained Newcastle as a top four side, when we played in the Champions League.

Bobby used to challenge the players to win the league game after a European game, and more often than not – the lads did just that.

So if Alan Pardew is to take Newcastle forward and back into Europe, and back to being a top side again,  it’s something he will need to get used to and not use as an excuse in the future.

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22 comments so far

  • Sack Llambias

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Toon talk are backing Pardew but want Llambias out. Post game should be interesting.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    “…I would have used the stadium a lot more if it wasn’t for the Europa League..”

    A Fact or an excuse? The basis of all Pardew arguments… We shall leave it at that… No more Pardew mentions from me.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Ichrisho…After that last line the temptation to quiz you on Pardew is tempting…

    Sack…What’s your prediction for the game?

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4


    yes we lost

    but look at the players we had on the pitch, almost our strongest side,

    still should be fresh,

    even reading beat us at home this season, they have only won 1 game away all season, and drew 2,,

    i dont care what anyone says, under pardew we are a soft touch, with no style, we can not play football for 90 mins,
    the guy panicks when we score and shuts up shop

    its got to the point now where i dread scoring early, as i know it will be a tough game to watch,

    i hate when he leaves it late, cos we end up not scoring

    ppl think his tactics were spot on v benfica, this baffels me, we coasted for 70 mins, trying not to concede, then went for it with 20 mins to go, yes we played football for 20 mins, and we got nocked out, he should have gone for it from the start,


  • Rainrix

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza.. Yes that was weather related HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    ichrisho…. Ibiza has had a fair few laughs at my expense in regards to the horrible snowy weather we’ve had this year, So im simply returning the favour 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Catchy…I get what you’re saying and given the amount of times we’ve been left short of results it’s a hard one to defend. It’s not always just as simple as having the best players on the pitch if they don’t perform. Granted, tactics play a huge part too.

    My point on the West Ham game, is that style aside, it appears we were more dominant from the stats (which could be misleading) but didn’t take our chances. That is the difference between winning and losing. Even with Pardews negative approach we could and should have won more games this season.

    I also get that Pardew does have a tendency to protect small margin leads, however it’s not quite like many make out. Look at the West Brom game, when we scored after 10 minutes, did we go defensive? No, we looked for more goals and should have got some in that first half, which was 35 minutes after we scored.

    Benfica is an odd one. Hard to say tactics were spot on as we didn’t progress or actually win on the night. However, on the basis that they only managed to get a goal once we went full out attack might indicate that if we had from the start, we may well have found ourselves out of the tie before HT and that wasn’t an option.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Every now and then a football club advertises in the mail for a vacant managers spot,it would be interesting if you applied for one of these positions and kept us bloggers up to date with how you get on.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8



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    2 DF Andy Griffin
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    7 MF Jermaine Jenas
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    9 FW Alan Shearer (captain)
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    11 MF Gary Speed ((vice-captain)
    12 GK Steve Harper
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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Rainrix…Do you know what’s really funny, despite it being horrible, I can still see some sun and blue sky…it may even be sunbathing weather this afternoon.

    To gain some perspective, I’ll give you some Winston Churchill 🙂

    Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
    Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail for Ashley



  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    or like Shearer, full of opinions but unable to deliver? Sorry, easy chance, couldn’t resist.

    Shearer! Shearer!

  • Topbanana

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Please plase how can we compare the two. Bobby was a real professional who managed at all top levels. Pardew can and never will be in Bobby’s league. With the same players Bobby would always finish higher than Pardew. Nothing more to add.

  • Rainrix

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza…. Well if your internet can be knocked out by a bit of bad weather than you really are living in 1997. Knowing you have dial up internet makes me feel better to know end!

    Little victories…… 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix…Little victories indeed 😉

    It’s actually a radio connection, which sounds rubbish and in comparison to the UK it is, but it’s the best internet I’ve had over here and have no shame 🙂 Okay, a little shame.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    and before you answer,yes if I was the worlds 526th richest man I would have bought my team a RB and CB last summer.

  • Rainrix

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza… Wow radio connection, very vogue i didnt realise ibiza was stuck in a time warp 😉

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17


    west ham stats,

    hmmm this is where i feel pardew plays football, with stats, as long as he can say he had possesion, shot from 40 yards, passed the ball to death in his own half, he feels like he is doing good,
    around this time, he was saying we were a passing team, when the stats said we were a long ball team, the most long ball in the league,

    west brom

    we are talking about a 45 min spell, where he new his job is on the line, he needed a reaction, and over 90 mins, he didnt get one,

    benifca,, for me its not hard,, its a cup game, score more, if you do you go through, leaving it to the last 20 mins to go for it, when you know you have to score 2 was madness,

    benfica, sat back, they were winning the tie, we went at them, and they came back at us when they needed to,

    pooor pooor game plan


    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    After reading what Catchy, Beattie25, Rotonda and the guys from “that clan” writes, i actually think those are the most realistic guys on here.
    Then you can debate if a fan should be more of an optimistic kind of person. In the stadium YES, of course! But this is a blog and i kind of like the realistic views on tactics, the manager and the players.

    My main problem besides extremely boring football under Pardew is his lack of motivating skills. How many times have we seen our players not turn up at all, or just last 45mins?

    I would love a new manager, but i think Ashley will give Pardew one last chance and prove that the 8 year contract wasn’t another big mistake made by him self.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Rainrix…Something like that, amazing how the simple things are accepted when you normally have a bit of sun.

    Anyway, shouldn’t you be outside enjoying it?

  • Rainrix

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza… I would but work and that. Plus theres ahem a bit of wind so its not that warm but it will be later dammit! I think *sobs*

  • ichrisho

    Apr 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Bossman at me – See ye in a while… Arse… Ibiza – Ask away – Mr Pardew are quite close these days 🙂

  • scout

    Apr 26, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Not a chance the current squad is better than Sir Bobby Robson players above. Why do people on here think that if you’ve got a handful of caps at International level you’re a world beater.
    Cabaye is the only world class player in the team. On money spent we are about where we should be, when pardew said top 10 finish everyone gets upset. I don’t really see the problem. Give the bloke a break.


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