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Pardew Bemoans Finances And Injuries

12:10 am, Friday, April 26th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle have less than half the finances teams like Chelsea and Liverpool have available, and he has again bemoaned the number of injuries to top players Newcastle have had to put up with this season.

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Tim Krul – two major injuries this season

Alan Pardew was asked if such a poor season by Newcastle,  means that we have taken a big step back.

This is what he had to say:

“To finish above the teams we finished above – Chelsea, Liverpool – you can’t just have a good side.” “The finance we have compared to those two clubs is not even half.” “

“We did a marvelous job last year and people might say we over-achieved, but we had momentum.” “When you have a team that has struggled for momentum all year it’s difficult to reach those levels.”

“Are we as strong as last year? We’re not. But in terms of individuals, we can be, quite quickly.” “If we got a great result on Saturday, I wouldn’t put it past us to win two more games.”

“But if we lose, then we lose that little bit of momentum we gained at West Brom and suddenly you’re fighting again to try to get those three points. It’s a different pressure.”

“I haven’t got to the end of this season yet and you’ve got to get to the end to understand exactly what has gone on.” “When you throw a blanket across the division, there’s not a lot of difference between clubs that have been described as having great seasons and us.”

“It’s very difficult to assess at the moment with all the problems we’ve had. That should be done at the end of the year.” “It really has been one thing after another. For example, to lose Tim Krul for a second time, to another serious injury, sums it up.

“For Ryan Taylor to have another cruciate on top of a cruciate is galling – we keep looking at our players and cursing some of the injuries we’ve had.”

We agree with that last sentence  – it’s just such terrible luck for Ryan Taylor to suffer another ACL injury,  and we were so looking forward to see him playing in a Newcastle strip again.

But Ryan will now be out almost all of next season. :(

Newcastle have to build up the team by building up a top scouting team, and we’ve done very well over the last two or three years with Graham Carr in charge.

And it’s not until you get into the top six that the lack of funds Newcastle have starts to have an impact, and it’s hard to go from say 5th place to challenge for the Premier League title. – when you need world-class players to further improve the team.

But we can get to top six well before that becomes a barrier – and that has to be the goal next season.

What do you think?

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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Read ketsy he knows the score.

  • 2 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Ryan Taylor is clearly another Pardew fave. Now the guy is saying we are doing so poorly is because he is injured ? , gimme a break

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Shut up Alan, please for the last vestibule of me defending you just shut your fuskin mouth.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    If I could do a Bills,I could go through the quotes and prove that he said we are so much stronger than last year, am I a fuskin liar or am I reading the fuskin quotes wrong, maybe I am as thick as my moniker suggests.

  • 5 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Pardew’s right this time. Raylor was instrumental to us last season. Very influential player. Great footballer. Pace is his only downfall. He’s our Beckham.

  • 6 veto // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    talk of a desperate man .
    if he’s talking finances we are in the top 20 deloitte .. by his reasoning we should be achieving comparably ?

  • 7 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    @ Kets

    Yeah except the idiot played him at full back so he wasn’t that influential . The guy got beaten by his winger nearly every week for gods sake. The odd set piece wasn’t his saving grace IMO.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    It has to be a wind up !

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    I see that Aubameyang has has an interesting week.
    St Etienne won the French League Cup at the weekend – he made the goal which won the match.
    Two nights ago he scored twice in the 4 – 2 win over Ajaccio..
    At the weekend his house was burgled -amongst other things the keys for his cars were stolen -and then his cars were stolen – a Series 1 BMW, an Audi Q7 and an Aston Martin DB9. . All cars have now been returned to him. Clearly not struggling financially.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    How can a club not considered in the top twenty in the world amongst some internayional greats and newly rich, try and pray a mantra that we are not up there with the big clubs.

  • 11 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM


    Just, f**king stop man, for the love of all that is bloody holy shut your weasel mouth!

    Breathe ruddy, white noise, remember, he is nothing but white noise…

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Jail – I’ve obliged on a couple of Percy quotes saying we were stronger this season. First link:-

    Second link:-

    Just shows Percy does talk rubbish -I’ve posted about him previously contradicting what he has said in earlier press conferences.

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Jail – I’ve obliged on a couple of Percy quotes saying we were stronger this season. First link:-

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Second link -forgot about posting 2 links.

    Just shows Percy does talk rubbish -I’ve posted about him previously contradicting what he has said in earlier press conferences.

  • 15 Sazzer // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Mister Tuff – Yeah, that week beats mine. Unless they qualify for CL, I think he will leave that place, especially after being robbed. Us or someone else who knows? but Remy was linked to same clubs as PEA only us and QPR made formal approaches I think.

  • 16 Sazzer // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    We are being linked with Alex Mccarty. Are we selling Krul or replacing Harper?

  • 17 Sazzer // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    2 m £ – sounds like value.

  • 18 chris_g // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    “To finish above the teams we finished above – Chelsea, Liverpool – you can’t just have a good side.” “The finance we have compared to those two clubs is not even half.”

    Strictly speaking, what Pardew said was correct. He was only comparing our finances with Chelsea and Liverpool, and our income IS less than half of theirs.

    These were the revenue figures (€ million) for the 2011-12 season:

    Chelsea 322.6
    Liverpool 233.2
    Newcastle 115.3

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    let’s all hope as Nufc fans that we will beat Lpool and the nackems will get beat off of Villa x

  • 20 mattyNUFC // Apr 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    chris g

    he was waxing lyrical about what an awesome manager he is

    this guy is so full of s***. never in my years of following sport has there been a manager or coach who’s accepted so little blame, though willing to take the accolades when times are better (a la Wigan when they went down to nine men and they still bossed possession. it was him moving Cisse OUT WIDE that one us the game! his decision!)

    for the love of god, please remove this slobbering **** from our club. how anyone could be alright with him remaining the face of our club is beyond comical

  • 21 Constanstine // Apr 26, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Even with all the injuries, we still have more than a decent team to complete for top 10 easily.

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Apr 26, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I’d settle for finishing above; WBA, WHU, Swansea, Southampton, Everton, Stoke, Norwich, Sunderland, QPR,Reading,Wigan, Aston Villa & Fulham. Hopefully we will finish above three of them.
    We have the funds to be able to finish above all of them. Using Pardew’s logic we should be miles ahead of Wigan, yet we’re not.
    I wish he would shout his trap, the press ask a question and he jumps in. He cannot help himself.

  • 23 true toon // Apr 26, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    So what AP is trying to tell us is;

    1) Fighting relegation every season is fine. After all it’s more important to be in the top 20 financially league than to be investing and challenging for trophy.

    2) Let’s not hope too much , top six is good anything else is a bonus. After all we are not gonna win the league are we?

    3) Getting a couple of wins occasionally (e.g Nufc 3 2 chelsea) shows what good team we have

    Lets us not aim too high for NUFC because we are a small club and will always be that way because we don’t have the financial power of Liverpool , chelsea.

  • 24 RonVanDam // Apr 26, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    There should’ve been two things Pardew had known about his players.

    1) Cisse isnt a winger. He’s a natural striker.

    2) Not let Santons comparison to Maldini cloud his vision that Santon is not a proper LB but a WING BACK. Pards played half the team out position this season and couldnt try Santon on the Wing and Haidara at LB.

  • 25 Santon03 // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:16 AM


    The only time Santon played at wing was against Wigan, because the situation forced AP to play him there, and the result was he scored a goal.

    I’m sick of AP, always found something to blame but himself. He is just trying to save his own skin, don’t care about anyone else or the club.

  • 26 Santon03 // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    I don’t mind playing Jonas, I like the guy, he is hardworker.
    But… if it’s not working, he has to try different strategy or players not stick with him all the time. I bet if Jonas will be quite happy not to play all the time, he is the kind of man that willing to sacrifice his own interest for the club.

    Everyone could see that combination of Debuchy – HBA/Marveaux and Haidara/Anita – Santon will be much better than with Jonas. But nooooo…. according to pardewt

  • 27 Marty-Toon // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Weve added some great individuals to the team but Alan you keep playing players out of position and sticking with Jonas when he can’t pass the ball 5 yards to a team mate after 45 mins.
    Tiote this season is a write off-didn’t impress at all.
    Cisse -although scored a few goals has been offside more than a 10 year old would be and has missed a lot of chances.
    Alan -were wondering what you lot train during the week when we watch the tripe you deliver at the weekends
    Corners,free kicks etc ….useless most of the time

  • 28 RonVanDam // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    I always wondered how pardew will fare if he played Fifa Manager………lol

  • 29 cyprus // Apr 26, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    My immediate reaction was, no, we are stronger than last year, but, in truth, last year’s moments of brilliance (which effectively won us games) really came from BA (gone), Cisse (out of form, a bit and unlucky-scratched goals) and HBA (out this season).

    On last point, somehow this guy must be fixed. He’s our only true world class player, some others are pretty good, but this guy could play anywhere – if fit.

  • 30 RonVanDam // Apr 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    The other thing I want to mention that’s missing from the team is flair and passion that we showed last season. This season it looks like it has been sucked out of the team

  • 31 Santon03 // Apr 26, 2013 at 6:45 AM


    If all fit, Santon on the LW and HBA on the RW, Cabaye and Marveaux as MC will be plenty of flair.

    Pardew should learn from his player, this is what I found when browsing about Santon’s stats and injury:

  • 32 jimmysmith // Apr 26, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Novocastrian, that’s a good yardstick for the Toon – consistently finishing above all that lot, jostling with Spurs and occasionally punching above our weight.

    Geography is against us of course, that and feet of clay!

  • 33 Ian Toon // Apr 26, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    13Ian Toon // Apr 26, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    From previous
    Jail- @332 Good Morning. As I said yesterday I am a fan of empirical evidence but not your means of determining whether Ashley’s way is the right way. ( I’ve deliberately not followed my usual paint a picture style because it bores you rigid-Lol). As you chat to different people in your move around the ground I assume your chatting for the first time! Therefore as in any study/ questionaire it depends how the subject/question is fashioned/ raised and whether the other party wants to be seen to be agreeable. At times of poor team performance or whether we’re in sight of victory when you engage in the conversation. Or indeed whether you’ve given the fan an ear bashing and he just wants to watch the game(LOL). Assuming you’ve read this far and not fallen asleep let me tell you what I have observed. That is that the younger fan ( 35 and under) is less positive and supportive, of Ashley than the older fan. I’ll not go into why that might be. Many football issues are time related- with the you can only ever have one scapegoat at any one time. Very noticeably post mackem defeat the flack Pardew has had. Asking your fan at the game after Ashley failed to dig deep and then after he has you’ll get very different answers. As in the constant regurgitation debate on Pardew very little new is discussed. Certainly when statistics are increasingly presented by Catchy and Beattie you know they’ve lost the debate. As with most issues there’s shades of- not everything is right about Pardew or indeed wrong. Ibiza is right, to summarise simply a more cogent argument , Pardew hasn’t done enough wrong to justify being sacked.
    The Jury are still out as indeed they still are with Ashley.

  • 34 toonbrother // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Ryan Taylor? lol this man is deluded. What has ryan taylor’s injury got to do with anything Nothing against Raylor but we have 2 left fullbacks who are much better than he ever was. And at right back even Simpson was a better player. Pardumb is just shameless with his excuse making

  • 35 NUFCarter // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    This will be pardews excuse if we lose,
    “I think today my team was shattered, yesterday we had a hard training session, carver and stone really pushed the lads to their limits. The tiredness today really shown and we could tell they took from training right into the match. But based on that I think it was a really good performance, losing like we did with our problems against a fantastic Liverpool side isnt something robe sniffed at and I’m really proud of the lads today. Next week we will do a light training and go all out for the point at west ham.”

  • 36 toonbrother // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Truth is cabaye is far more crucial to our fortunes than HBA Marveaux or Cisse.When he;s injured or fatigued we are shite when he’s on form we are on form.

    We have a better team overall than we did last year. The main difference is last year we coped with cabaye’s absence well because we had Guthrie to deputise. Pardumb in his infinite wisdom saw it fit to sell him and then proceeded to overuse Cabaye causing him to get injured. What a moron

  • 37 jimmysmith // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Fuggen ell, now Jail and Ian Toon are enjoying some sort of freaky deaky online flirtation.

    Whatever next. The Newcastle United blog, so cool!

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Morning all,

    You may well be pleased to hear that it’s raining like never before in Ibiza, I feel closer to many of you than ever before…I even feel close to a “[name] Out!” 😉

    Anyway, on thread, what’s the issue now? Doesn’t say we can’t compete with other clubs, he says we have half the revenue (which I believe we do) of the teams he mentions and says that last season we gained momentum, something we haven’t done this year. Other than that, it’s a case of this season has been one problem after the other and he will fully evaluate at the end of the season – outrageous!

    Honestly guys, you do remember that a lot of the time he is responding to a question?

  • 39 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    toonbrother…Didn’t Guthries contract run out and wanted first team football?

  • 40 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Lawro has us down to win 2-0, his guest, Steve Harmison, a 3-2 win, we may now all proceed with panic mode.

  • 41 davis_toons // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    “Pardew’s right this time. Raylor was instrumental to us last season. Very influential player. Great footballer. Pace is his only downfall.

    He’s our Beckham.” …?

    I wouldn’t say he was very influential. Rtylor is not Becks. Maybe useful for last season. I do have a video clips which focus on how many mistake he have made when playing at Left Back.
    ..Yes, LB.

    eg. poor passing, giving the ball away, slow as usual,could not catch up with the wingers.

    @22 “2) Let’s not hope too much , top six is good anything else is a bonus. After all we are not gonna win the league are we?”

    ANS: Not in another 6 years of this kind of management. Not even Cups success btw.

    If we can get into top 10 i think everyone should be glad, that Pardew made it with a small and injury pro squad. Maybe we should ever thanks and encho Pardew name.

    Swansea have a different philosophy on the game, it is setup to play in such a way and is continuing to progress so far. (be it signing non-branded players, cheap players like wayne routledge.

    “Its how the chief does the cooking, it is not always abt the ingredient. Stop blaming on the ingredients when you cant even cook well”

    “So what if you have the best ingredients source from the whole world.”

    -In a branded restaurant/ famous eating place it is the chief that makes the food good/ better. Be it how the place was run-down or upper class.

  • 42 catchy in norway // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    ian toon

    please have a look at this match,

    wwe were at home, we had a very strong team out, and we lost
    now this would be ok if it was an isolated incedent, but it wasnt, we have struggeld against nearly every one, home or away, regardless of our team fielded

    the facts that you say we present and lose our argument with,
    hmmm , i find it very strange that now there is a lot ov ppl now starting to say the same as me, check, beattie have been saying for a long time,
    so are we, were wrong?

    the group that wants him replaced, is huge, and getting bigger by the day, check various polls, and its up over 70 %
    still a few fence sitters, (IBIZA no offence) and only a few want him to stay,


    are we really the 19th worst away team in the league ? YES

    can we not score from a corner? NO

    do we really have the 3rd worst deffence in the division, YES


  • 43 bills-son // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    So Pardew was a lucky sh1t to finish 5th last season and he’s just a sh1t this season.

    That just about sums up every anti-Pardew argument on here.

    I hope he rams it down your throats next season.

  • 44 sirjasontoon // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Shut up Pardew you Tw@T.

  • 45 PAULNUFC // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Ibiza would u belive its sunny here in the toon.

  • 46 davis_toons // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    When we ask for top 6 or 7 are we asking too much for next season, when you know that teams like Hull , Cardiff and XXX are coming up?

    Ok, Cardiff can be another Swansea, lets forget about them. They can pass better than us, i won’t be surprise but how abt top 8?

    That means anything below 8 is a failure!

    We really need to go deep and examine which are those club that can finish above us apart from the usual top 3 or 4.

    Top 8 is really not asking a lot if we strenght again this season.

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Cathcy…No offense taken, opinions can be formed from a middle ground view, they just tend to be less extreme.

    Those 3 points are completely accurate and something all fans want to see addressed. I think most peoples point is that last season that was not the case, what could be the difference last year? You say manager, we can accept a part of that, but there have been other factors to and we’d like to see those addressed and see how we get on.

    Paul…It has to happen sometimes :)

  • 48 Rainrix // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    davis… I actually get what kets means by our beckham. Obviously he’s not talking in terms of influence but rather in terms of attributes. E.g good set piece taker good crossing but slow and not much in the way of trickery. Obviously raylors not got the skills of beckham but he has a very similar set of strengths.

    At least i think thats what he means, you can never tell with kets 😉

  • 49 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    or Catchy*

  • 50 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Catchy…What is that West Ham link supposed to show, except we lost by a goal?

    The stats, which can be misleading, have us on top of everything (except shots from within the box).

    Player ratings suggest our lads underperformed.

    What did make me laugh was the following

    ” Anita On ’24

    Little impact”

    “Ameobi On ’45+5

    A handful late on”

  • 51 davis_toons // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    bills-son // Apr 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I hope pardew was being defensive when he said top 10. Maybe he thought he might lose some of the players and shortage of addition.

    He really got to get it going by the 2nd half of next season if not much changes but addition to the squad, no more excuses even if good cup runs.

    And there was no excuse for his poor substitution and setup most of the time.

    “He is just a poor chief to me given the ingredient” It is just a matter of whether he can improve or not.

  • 52 toonbrother // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    @ibiza thats even worse!!! We let a perfectly capable player go for free all because he had the temerity to ask for more first team football! With all the Europa league games we had this season we could have easily kept both guthrie and cabs happy without overusing either of them. Noone does dumb with a capital D like Alan Pardumb

  • 53 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    toon…Not so sure on that mate. I’m sure he was told that he would get some opportunities, but he wanted to be a starter, which he could not have been promised. Other than that, it would have been a question on money and that’s the boards department. I get Pardew has and is winding up a lot of people right now, but we can’t just blame him for everything.

  • 54 Black and White Blood // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Fergie had a crap season with united where they went on a losing streak and lost 5-1 to city. Managers learn from their mistakes. Let’s keep it positive.

  • 55 davis_toons // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    On Rtaylor,
    Rainrix, i would take it as quite similar set of strengths and a nice chap to have in a club a “correct guy”.
    But if given a choice on footballing expects, i would take ‘insomnia” back.

    “Zog on the Tyne” at this current age he is mature ald and our club have stabilise. And no more names calling manager.

    Sir Bobby Robson later said of him: “N’Zogbia could go to the very top with the right coaching and motivation, and I hope it is with Newcastle. I signed him as a teenager and he was one of the most naturally gifted players of that age I’d ever seen.”

    oh..he is french btw.. :)

  • 56 Spotlight Kid // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    A very perceptive article in The Mag on this very subject, from which I quote:

    ‘If you agree that turnover should be a major factor in how you perform on the pitch then the two big failures this season are Villa who are 17th but 9th highest in terms of turnover.. ..and Newcastle, who at 16th in the table are nine places below their turnover position of 7th.’

    Might be worth fans having a read of the whole article complete with the turnover table before firing salvoes back and forth. More to the point it might be worth the genius manager having the article explained it him (in words of no more than one syllable) before he opens his mouth again.

  • 57 Spotlight Kid // Apr 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    ..oh, and bills-son @ 43, your defence of Pardew is so ill deserved I think you should be applying for registered charity status.

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