Alan Pardew Seems To Have Lost The Plot


It’s very hard to come to terms with what happened yesterday, and it’s probably the worst any side has performed this season in the Premier League, it was that bad, and that’s saying a lot when you look at how QPR have played sometimes this season.

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Alan Pardew – two of the worst results in Newcastle’s history

But they never lost 6-0 and yesterday’s performance will go down with the Sunderland defeat,  as two of the worst performances by a Newcastle side ever at St. James’ Park.

So if the owner Mike Ashley was ever thinking of firing Alan Pardew it should be now.

At the very least, Mike should helicopter up to the training grounds in mid-week, to talk to the players and let them know the ownership is behind them.

And he should then take Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias into a closed room – and read the riot act to them.

If Alan Pardew is to be fired – then it should be done quickly – although there is absolutely no guarantee a change in manager at this very late stage of the season will help things – and it may be an over-reaction – although it seems to have saved Sunderland.

And Mike gambled four years ago when he brought in Alan Shearer with 8 games to go – but that didn’t work.

If Ashley sticks by Alan Pardew then he at least has to come to Newcastle this week to meet with him and the players.

It seems something has to be done – because what has happened in our last two home games has been an absolute and unmitigated disaster for the club.

And Newcastle fans are hurting – and hurting bad. 🙁

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400 comments so far

  • DS_NUFC

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    still frustrated over yesterdays hammering. it really annoys me that on paper our team should not be in a relegation battle. pardew is one of the worst managers in premier league history what is he doing playing a cdm right wing??while having pace and natural wingers on the bench.how can a team look so disorganized and look so impassionatie.i believe he has lost the dressing room and the respect of the fans. i just don’t know what ashley is going to do about this situation. i just hope he has enough football knowledge to sack him at the end of the season. the players on the pitch looked frustrated with his team selection and tactics.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Best thing Ashley could do is head to Newcastle and set up meetings with the coaching staff and playing staff to get to the heart of the issue.

    He should do this independently of Pardew and then find out if he is the issue.

    The he should warn the players that he will not sell them if we go down and doesn’t care about the World Cup 2014.

    Then when he has got the opinions he should fire Pardew for the worst job known in management history.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike Ashley is far from the problem with this club.

    It’s our manager.

    They may not have invested in the summer but even with added games we should’ve had a decent enough squad to keep us around mid table. Even if we wanted top 6.

    I genuinely believe we have a first team on a par with the likes of Liverpool, Everton.

    I’ve said it before. We don’t play football. Our players could easily be coached to play with their ability. W just don’t have a coach.

    Pardews 1 quality is his man management and he seems to have lost that lately. We need a real coach now. Not a manager.

    Watch this and skip to 2mins in Giovanni Trapattoni

    via McTube for YouTube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pAt2WUlKyQ

    That is what we need in a manager.

    Cappello would be a good shout. He wants to come to England again. He commands respect and he knows the English game better than anyone else that is available, with the exception of Rafa.

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  • wreker16

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Even eds turned against Pardew, it’s clearly a sign

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  • proudtobageordie

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    stuartno9

    freddy shepard ran the club into the ground and iff ashley hadn’t bought the club when he did we would of gone bust. FACT.

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  • jordijohnty

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    try the bbc premier league predictor.Its very hard to see which permutation will keep us up.Our goal difference is now something that could send us down (I’m not including the formula that we might win a game again., cos we know that aint gonna happen)
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/predictor/default.stm

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  • Ulster_Toon

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Fire him today, get Di Matteo or another manager. Even Martin O’Neil, just to change it up. give the players some motivation. They will have all next week to get up for the west ham game. 3 points needed so badly

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Think Ashley has been conned by Parsnip, gotta say i am mystified why Ashley seems to have so much faith in him, when its clear he has no ability to get his team playing good football.

    Its all just weird, almost a conspiracy, Ashley must be gutted, he has sunk a boat load of his money into the club but the one most important employee at a football club is the manager and Ashley just doesnt seem to get it.

    You need real quality to succeed in the PL as a manager and we just dont want to pay the dough to get a top man.

    Look at Steve Bruce, terrible in the PL, however consistently a success in the Championship, out managing Poyet and Zola, but you would never have him in charge of this club. Pardew is way behind a failure like Bruce and should never have been anywere near the club.

    If it wasnt for Graham Carr the club would be up shit street.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Di Matteo and O Neill, oh my god, they surely arent an option.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone else getting sick of looking at Pardews clueless mug ?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I want Di Matteo as manager, there you have a Champions league winning manager sitting at home with no work

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Beattie

    Agreed. Unfortunately, the fact that it’s 13:00 on Sunday and there’s not even a hint of a rumour about Pardew being fired tells us all we need to know. The guy will probably be here next season relegation or not.

    Pardew and the players keep talking about what a great atmosphere there is about the place, and the sad thing is that that’s probably true – maybe that’s the f*cking problem.They shouldn’t be happy or confident or having a laugh, they should be angry, furious, ready to give it their all and go and batter West Ham, because if the players no longer share the emotions of the fans then they shouldn’t be playing for us.

    Pardew’s clearly a great man manager when things are going well, but the second things start to go to crap it’s game over. If Anita wasn’t such a nice guy he’d be kicking up a storm and handing in a transfer request right now, it’s embarrassing that he’s not getting played – if he’s not on the pitch against West Ham, either at RB or CM, I’ll kill someone.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Beattie

    Agreed. Unfortunately, the fact that it’s 13:00 on Sunday and there’s not even a hint of a rumour about Pardew being fired tells us all we need to know. The guy will probably be here next season relegation or not.

    Pardew and the players keep talking about what a great atmosphere there is about the place, and the sad thing is that that’s probably true – maybe that’s the fking problem.They shouldn’t be happy or confident or having a laugh, they should be angry, furious, ready to give it their all and go and batter West Ham, because if the players no longer share the emotions of the fans then they shouldn’t be playing for us.

    Pardew’s clearly a great man manager when things are going well, but the second things start to go to crap it’s game over. If Anita wasn’t such a nice guy he’d be kicking up a storm and handing in a transfer request right now, it’s embarrassing that he’s not getting played – if he’s not on the pitch against West Ham, either at RB or CM, I’ll kill someone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14

    ptbg,
    Mike Ashley saved our club,ha ha ha ha ha ha ha,are you taking the pi$$,every conceivable record has been broken in the PL since this fuskin joker turned up.

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    The negativity of playing the players out of position and the general disjointed clueless performances aren’t, as a lot of people already know, just due to tiredness or going out of Europe.

    Even last year we were putting in regularly poor performances but we just managed to rely on Ba then Cisse to get us out of it as well as Krul.

    This year, we have continued to play poorly except without the points. Along the way, some outrageous tactical decisions, subs and starting elevens. So outrageous that 90% of the stadium can see them, yet a professional manager cannot?

    A manager of that standard is supposed to see the obvious problems and also go far and beyond that and implement effective tactics and strategies. He can’t even do that.

    It is abysmal and he is not learning.

    He is the perfect example of someone who talks the talk but isn’t actually capable of walking the walk.

    His ego is inflated beyond belief and with that comes blind delusion.

    Is it a coincidence that when everyone saw the starting eleven yesterday we knew it would be almost impossible to out-score (i.e. Win the game) the opposition? I think not.

    He cannot be allowed to drag us down with the last 3 games included. He literally doesn’t know how to formulate a structured attack.

    The players’ own abilities have seen us nick points so far. That is not how to base your offence on.

    In a way, Pardew is probably doing the best he can. What HE doesn’t realise is that he is just not a premier league standard manager. His CV is testament to that over the years and nothing has changed now.

    52,000 fans in the stadium yesterday and all the fans in general do not deserve this dross which is being blagged and served up each week.

    We have international players being managed by an under qualified, ego based chancer.

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  • Thump

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    The important question is: did he ever have it?

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  • proudtobageordie

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    JAIL
    its a fact so look it up. whether you like ashley or not he has done wonders for our club fact

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Di Matteo is not a good manager.

    His mere prescience as a Chelsea legend gave the squad or stupid talent an uplift.

    Tactically he is not the best. He is a rock star not a manager I. The way he acts.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    The only way I will get over this pain is if we stop up. I’ve found it very difficult to watch Newcastle this season. I must confess that I rarely stop when at the match as I cannot bear to sit and watch. It’s painful. I go to the match as a form of enjoyment and I have not enjoyed what I’ve seen this season. In fact it has been rubbish.

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  • Mag.no

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    BigKirky
    Great post!

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    to be fair we lost to a sunderland side boyed by a new manager breathing fresh life into them and yesterday was a team on the backlash after what they prob saw as a sleight against them after all the suarez publicity its too late to sack pards now ashley had the window after reading and missed it the question is who would realistically come here next season that would be an improvement ?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #22

    @ novo
    at seco
    I feel your pain. When I am at the match I don’t seem to enjoy it as I just feel anxious all the time and never seem confident of wins anymore. As soon as the second went in yesterday I took the dog for a walk , when I came back it was 5-0 and I felt myself not even caring anymore. Pardew needs to go now before it is too late. As much as it pains me to say it we need the Di Canio effect 🙁

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    20wolfshead@toon // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Good post and true about the opposition but our performance was still sub par. And the fact pardew felt we were ok against Sunderland and west broom says it all.

    Realistically I think we could tempt Martinez if Wigan go down.

    Heck I’d have big Sam back over pardew.

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  • Tommyy

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #24

    What a damn nightmare eh? We are in the worst possible situation, Pardew should have gone before, then we did ok but complacency sat in and bam we find ourselves in the worst form of the league and perilously close to the drop and it’s too late to sack Pardew.
    It couldn’t have got any worse really, if we had continued to play like this into feb he would have gone and we would be safe by now.

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  • Joe Blog

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS

    If you believe the sugar lump soundbites that everything’s cosy, then you’re betraying your eyes.

    Just did the predictor, on the basis Pardew stays.

    I call it like this:

    Wigan 39pts
    Villa 39pts
    Us 38pts

    Villa 3 Sunderland 1

    Norwich 1 Villa 1
    West Brom 1 Wigan 1
    West Ham 2 NUFC 1 (being generous)

    Wigan 3 Swansea 1
    Villa 2 Chelsea 2
    QPR 1 NUFC 1

    Arsenal 2 Wigan 0

    Final day

    NUFC 1 Arsenal 4
    Wigan 3 Villa 2

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail; Newcastle United were on the slide before Ashley took control. He has made mistakes granted but his is not the wrecking ball of the club.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #27

    PTBAG

    I’m sorry but you’re wrong there.

    I think you’re being a little premature with your claims Ashley is a saviour.

    A saviour doesn’t get a team relegated twice in 5 years. Hold off until the end of the season before you say he saved the club.

    The only thing he did was buy the club and put it on a sound financial footing which any businessman with half a brain could’ve done. The rest of his decisions are fraught with mistakes, errors and bizarre choices that could in fact lead us to ruin.

    He is not the saviour you talk of so proudly. He has the potential to rectify all his errors come the summer if we stay up but it’s a little soon to proclaim a positive opinion on him.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Wolfs head

    Is that a serious post?

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  • Tommyy

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #29

    An end of season switch with Martinez and Pardew sees Pardew take Wigan down and Martinez keeps us up ala Charlton and West Ham. That’s a conceivable plan.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Being honest thought thinks if we stay up pardew will stay. But I am confident that he will get the chop if we start next season poorly.

    Even last season when we finished 5th we were never a convincing football side.

    It was achieved by new hungry players not managerial influence.

    Pardew is a cheerleader and nothing more.

    I’m not even gonna slate Ashley I think his plan is good. He just has the wrong man to execute it.

    We have 2 games to get 3 points from. Not even gonna mention arsenal.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Pardew has never ever understood the plot from day 1 – he simply inherited a solid, capable team, which he then bit by bit dismantled. We now have a squad chock full of so-called French internationals, but we haven’t got anything resembling a bloody team any more. Meanwhile Ashley stands by & watches this happen, fiddling with his spreadsheet and rolling the dice with his head stuck in the sand.

    In all this debacle it is Ashley who presents the bigger problem, because he clearly hasn’t a clue about football economics – beyond trying to equate it all to the SD business model. The complete interdependence of financial generation on team management & dynamics & results is lost on him. He just sees 52,000 punters, pound signs flash up in his eyes, and he hopes the football bit will take care of itself.

    Of all people Ashley trusted AP with the very heart of this economic model – and this heart looks in imminent danger of stopping ticking altogether; or did that happen at 5:30pm yesterday?

    If NUFC were a person it would in intensive care, or the morgue at present. Yet Ashley is apparently completely oblivious to it. Da da da da-da da da da-da….. did someone just say something??? Look it works on paper, we are set to make a profit again, da da da da-da..

    Remember, Ashley-ites. Ken Bates was also lauded as a more than capable businessman.

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  • Jackel001

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Watching the QPR game and lads, if we cannot beat these then we deserve to go down. We think WE have it bad? but being our luck Remy will get a hat-trick and Jenes will get a brace too.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #33

    @LGF
    i agree about martinez he has done amazing considering the budget he has to work with only thing is his loyalty to the owner they’re like a father and son i think he would only leave if he had his blessing

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  • Tommyy

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Spotlight Kid – Awesome post. The peripheral perspective, it makes sense.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Agreeing with Beattie twice in one day – I’m probably just delirious from rage.

    Ashley gets a lot of credit for making the club turn a profit, but if that’s at the expense of relegation then it’s not such an achievement.

    As has been pointed out, it probably isn’t that hard to make a very very small profit when you’re paying low fees, low wages, and have one of the biggest fan bases in the country.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #36

    beattie 25

    i was stating when he bought the club from shepherd. we were on the verge of going under

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    ptgb,
    we were relegated a couple of years ago and are staring another in the face how is that a wonder done,we’ve our worst goal difference our most goals conceded important a game our worst home defeat the list continues,even had people discussing earlier whether Mikey might think it beneficial to take us down.

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  • numba9

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Won’t do any good til Ashley is gone.no good manage would work under him and no Geordie legend would

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  • Joe Blog

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Martinez wouldn’t turn his back on Whelan, to work for his arch-nemesis, Ashley – too much respect between them.

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  • Jamiemac

    Apr 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Realistically how much would it cost to fire Pardew considering he’s still got 7 years left on his contract?

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