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Pardew Can Still Save Newcastle And His Job

8:47 am, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

It’s hard not to get negative given the results of the last three games – one point and conceding 10 goals and scoring only one – but certainly that’s what Alan Pardew and our players need to do this week, because it’s not out of the question that we can win at West Ham on Saturday.

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Alan Pardew – he can still save things

Not out of the question, but hard to envisage, after the last two pathetic performances of Newcastle at home in the last two league games,  and remember we have one road win all season.

So obviously it’s time for another win.

Alan Pardew will be arriving at Benton in about an hour to start some serious training, in preparation for the game on Saturday where Newcastle will need to be a lot better agaonst West Ham, than we looked on Saturday, in what was one of the worst performances by a Newcastle side in recent years.

Alan Pardew seems to have lost the support of the fans, and while that may be justified, it’s hardly an ideal situation for our players and manager to be in,  with just three games to play.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Alan Pardew has been told to get on with it – and ignore all the rumors of Rafa Benitez coming to Newcastle in the summer.

For a man who complained about not getting £50M to spend every summer at Liverpool, we just cannot see him fitting into the tight financial controls at Newcastle under Mike Ashley. Can you?

This is what Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Yes. We’ve had a really, really poor month in terms of results.” “Now we have to stick together and get through it. As I’ve said before, words don’t win games.”“They’re not important any more.”

“They’re not important any more.” “It wasn’t good enough for us. We’re aware of that, and we need to put it right.” “Even after Benfica, a few of the players perhaps thought after that game we’d be all right.”

“But we’ve got one point from three league games, and that’s not good enough for this football club.” “Now we’re in a dogfight, and we’ve got to fight”

“We’ve got enough character and belief in that dressing room to get through it. We’ve got to show that now.”

Some Newcastel fans are wiondering if we do have enough character to fight oursleves out of the situation we are in, and it’s getting to be a dire situation for the club.

But the mood can be lifted big time in London, with a win in our next two games at West Ham or QPR.

But its now completely up to Alan Pardew and the players.

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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Pardew’s Job – that ship i think is sailed

    Newcstle – By luck than by choice

  • 2 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM


    I think he already lost it before january, but got it back thanks to 5 clueless frenchman, and he lost it again when Colo gone. It’s what happen when you have a leader who always blamed something or someone else and not taking responsibility for his own failure. I don’t think he has the ability to see his mistakes, he is too proud and arrogant, even now he still thinks he is the best manager and we are very lucky to have him managing the club. He keep saying that the fans are intelligent means that we should understand that it’s not his fault.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Ed…It is hard to believe that we can put in a performance based on recent games, but you are right, it is possible and it is exactly what we need.

    Not making any predictions right now about this season or even our next game.

    Two personal targets though:

    1) Avoid relegation
    2) Finish above the mackems – a small victory, but I will take any small victories right now.

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Against West Ham – NO CHANCE – whatever team we put out

  • 5 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    “They’re not important any more.” “It wasn’t good enough for us. We’re aware of that, and we need to put it right.” “Even after Benfica, a few of the players perhaps thought after that game we’d be all right.”

    WTF!!! Now he is saying that it was his players said we will be alright.


    “We’ve got enough character and belief in that dressing room to get through it. We’ve got to show that now.”

    I thought yesterday our players lack or experience?

  • 6 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I thought yesterday he said our players lack of experience*

  • 7 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    After Benfica, pardew said let’s concentrate getting through top 10

  • 8 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Charlie @ 4

    That is just pure anger talking

  • 9 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Santon03 @ 7

    Top 10 in chump-ianship

  • 10 Rainrix // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Santon… Trying to make sense of a pardew interview is like trying to translate ancient cantonese scrawled on the fat mans girth. I wouldn’t try it he’s the equivalent of a crazed hobo shouting at cats now 🙂

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM


    I am questioning whether the players are on side or not with the manager but i think they have made their point against liverpool…they did fight until 3-0 then quit…so in it from the start….just tactics cost us early then players cost us later..if that makes any sense.

    In between those 2 horrible drubbings at home we had an excellent 45 mins at west brom (who are doing well at the moment).

    If Pardew can just let them play like that first half for the next 3 games we have every chance of getting a couple of wins.

    The question is will he let that happen or will he panic and keep defensive as he has done when under pressure before.

  • 12 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    he shouldn’t be called silver fox, he should be called silver tongue

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I’m not sure whether he had lost it before recently, vocally, all the players spoke out for him. The rot definitely started when Colo and Ba confronted him and they had there fall out. Colo stopped talking to the media, his silence was the start of a rift between players. But others still came out and spoke well of Pardew.

    However, I think the repetition of tactics that aren’t working has finally ground down what support there was. I think that, like some of the fans, the players were willing to continue under Pardew if they saw some signs of change, and they, like the fans haven’t.

  • 14 lesh // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    And he still hasn’t put his hand up to take responsibility for our plight – he clearly has delusions of grandeur and needs a rest, a break and let Carver or somebody get the players’ morale and motivation up. He cannot survive beyond this awful season.

  • 15 Jackel001 // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I honestly think we will get a point at the weekend. It won’t be pretty but it’ll be a good point and if Wigan get beat then I think we’d be ok. But MUST show us, the fans, some guts and heart!

  • 16 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM


    Can u just not abduct pardew

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Open letter to Alan Pardew

    Mr Pardew. You most certainly are NOT the right person for the job. Here are just a few reasons why.

    You continually play players out of position, pick your favourites regardless of form, make bizarre and uninspiring subs, place way too much emphasis on defense and most damningly of all, given our flair and creative touch players you have had us playing more long balls than Stoke !!!

    Last years success had many extenuating factors such as an enormous amount of luck and moments of individual brilliance that masked otherwise poor footballing displays. Most crucially if the poor unfortunate Ryan Taylor not been injured when would Ben Arfa have ever got a game?

    Even then when you were forced to accommodate Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa in a 433 which worked well for 6 games, you bottled a possible 4th place finish and reverted to a 442 hoof ball to appease Ba and we have been woeful pretty much ever since as you would not rotate Ba and Cisse despite the fatigue you are always citing.

    Very worryingly you also elected to play Ben Arfa after 3 months out from the start in sub-zero conditions on a plastic pitch.

    Your CV is remarkably inconsistent and mediocre with fleeting success always followed by disastrous implosion and low morale wherever you go. Your win percentage to date hardly inspires growth and a way forward under your tutelage.

    There appears to be little to no method in our play. We look unfit, players are static and there is no pass and move or a plan B, C or D in sight. You are never pro-active but rather react too slowly to irretrievable situations.

    Please show some class as Ruud Gullit did and leave this club with some dignity intact otherwise it will be a long time before we see such a squad of talented players totally wasted by one man’s ego and stubbornness.

    In short your record suggests you are and always will be a one season wonder wherever you go as you do not possess the depth to move beyond your archaic 1980’s methods.

  • 18 Sawbuck // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Who’d be surprised to see another goal after 3 West ham? My blood pressure is a big worry for next Saturday and I need to keep off the liquor. This is getting ugly.

  • 19 Joe Blog // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Just shut up, Alan.

    Really likes the sound of his own voice. Should have stopped at “words aren’t good enough anymore.”, not continue to waffle on in his usual bungling manner “blah blah blah this club.”, “one or two players thought we were safe.” – really? Perhaps that has something to do with the manager explicitly saying we were.

    What a utter clown.

  • 20 BandB // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Substitute every “us” and “we” in that statement for “they” and “them” and you get the real message. Pardew is saying his words count for nothing now. It’s up to the players, and if we fail, it’s their fault. Taylor and Shola have been dragooned out to support the message. Player power stories being sourced to the national press. This IS the message now. Pardew has been betrayed by perfidious foreigners trying to get him sacked. And Ashley can’t have that. What will we be asked to swallow next? “Going down is a blessing in disguise. We’ll root out the traitors And let Tayls and Shola can get us back to basics.”

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    YES I AM ANGRY. I am F**kin angry at the mess we are in again.
    Pity the players and management are not feeling it like me and many other supporters.
    They can F**k off to other clubs get big payouts kiss badges of other clubs.
    I cannot support another club.

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM


    On total sport last night, bbc radio newcastle, in an interview he did say he thought he got his team wrong…it’s a step in the right direction for admitting guilt.


    i could…but i’d then have to listen to him, just not worth it haha

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM


    Shola, Saylor, Perch and Tiote spoke well of him. I wonder why!!

  • 24 Joe Blog // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM


    Yup, that’s quite a comprehensive argument, but by no means exhaustive. We’d be here all day otherwise.

  • 25 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    Gag him

  • 26 Munster Mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Unfortunately I stand by what I said before . We’ll only get one more point and Wigan will overtake us comfortably. Yesterday I looked at the run in for Villa and Wigan and it aint pretty but I predicted Villa would win against Sunderland – just didn’t expect 6-1 ! I see even Billson is now unhappy with our summer spend – well you can blame your old hero Ashley for that Billson. Mind you, who’s to say we’d have done better with more of these players!!

  • 27 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I often think

    Pardew should show some anger and miss some media committments and send carver out to do interviews

  • 28 mindshaft // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Although we have a pathetic away record, I’m glad 2 of our 3 games are away – at least the toon away fans get behind the team whereas at home the nervousness of the crowd wuld get to the players especially if we go a goal behind

    we need at least 4 points in my opinion

  • 29 Munster Mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Also, Wigan seem to know exactly what to do and don’t seem fazed by this at all. And Villa now have their mojo back. So its looking like it may not even go down to the wire – we’re just a bit blessed that some of the teams play each other. My other hope is that Sunderland are not fully safe either. We need to score first in our next game or we will implode.

  • 30 BandB // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM


    That’s very clear-headed for this time of the morning. I clearly need more coffee.

  • 31 mindshaft // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Wouldnt be surprised to see Wigan beat West Brom and Swansea who have nothing to play for and poss Villa who may well be safe by then as well

  • 32 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    This is what really happened:
    Ashley gave pardew hair dryer treatment and was going to sack him after 6-0, and the pardew beg on his knee to give him a chance for one more season, and Ashley said west ham game is your only chance.

  • 33 nimo // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Going to west ham game not been for a while always used to find it one of most intimidating grounds but I’m gonna be trying to get the away end bouncing the team need supporting perhaps playing away from home is what they need away from the pressure pot of st James First time I’ve said it all season thou pardew needs to go such as catchy and Indian may of been saying it all year but this is the first sign for me he’s lost the dressing room, really don’t want Benitez thou unless he brings Torres with him

  • 34 Sawbuck // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Where the hell is Llambias? If we had a proper chairman he;d be boosting morale and backslapping the players and bigging them up for the fight. That could make a difference. But look at what we have with him. He runs the club as though it was parking lot in Lapland.

  • 35 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Ed, please change the banner. I don’t want to see that silver glowing @sshole there in the middle. I think everyone feels the same way

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM


    don’t lose hope…QPR have no fight so we could win that, battle of the 2 worst sides at the moment.

    Also sunderland now have no sessegnon and they have an inform stoke, hit and miss southampton and spurs fighting for top 4. Not easy, could easily lose all 3.

    Wigan still have to win one before thinking of overtaking us so don’t panic to much.

    Genuinely think wigan will go down, west brom is a huge game for them. They do have 4 games and an FA cup so hopefully they aren’t 100% in all those games.

  • 37 Sawbuck // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Gazza would be a better chairman than Lliambias and I mean that.

  • 38 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    btw who is our football director? I don’t think Llambias is. His job is more lon the business side. Milan has Baresi, Bayern has Bierhoff or Beckenbauer.

  • 39 Jackel001 // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM


    You reckon it was a red card?

    I think the mackems will get beat off stoke but will beat southampton so I think we will HAVE to beat QPR!

  • 40 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    We’re in a dog fight … and our dog is a French Poodle with depression.

  • 41 Munster Mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Transfer sage, thanks for your words of encouragement. I was kind of thinking that way till I saw Villa. As you say hopefully qpr wont turn up. Mind you what have West Brom to play for v Wigan?

  • 42 Owldman // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I have just read a very interesting article by Gary Neville, in it he does not critical of Toon, he does use us as an example.because we now have so many french players there is now cliche growing in the dressing room which divides players not just at Newcastle, but at other clubs, and he added that this is a his big worry as to future of football in this country, the influx of foreign players is having a bad he effect on local grown talent.He also cited an instant which went totally unoticed by the press Crewe Alexandra fielded a whole team produced by their academy. Could anyone actually see that happening at Newcastle, we are about to dump about a dozen young players who may have made it if given a chance, but they never were. We are not the only ones.As reported in the press this morning Man U.are about to do the same.

  • 43 jordijohnty // Apr 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    surprise, surprise its having all those froggies in the team as to why we are so abject. well, according to some knob on talksport. Pardew is as popular with the media as ‘arry. If the lazy journos took the time to see our starting line on sat, then they would see who is at fault. I suppose to them tw@tts in london, its us as toon fans who are knee jerk reacting to getting rid of this loser. Still angry

  • 44 pbandj // Apr 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It’s only Pardews fault we are where we are. I’ve said ages ago we needed to focus on the league and not EL. but high and mighty pardew was blinded by the chance of european success and sacrificed the league. Thats why we are where we are. If we stay up and Pardew remains at the helm i fear for the club. We will prob see him sacked in 10 games and a utter turmoil would start next season.

  • 45 toonluvva // Apr 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Good morning all.

    I posted this last night.

    Wigan have 4 league & 1 FA cup final to play between May 4th & 19th. 2 of those matches are away 4th May at WBA and Arsenal on the14th.

    Their home matches are against Swansea 7th (i.e.3 days after WBA) and then Villa on the last day which is 5 days after Arsenal. Hopefully, they will be relegated before the match kicks off. I’m not a Wigan hater, it’s just rather them than us.

    To get level on points they need 1 win & 2 draws. To go above us on points they need 2 wins. Not taking into account goal difference.

    The question is, have they got the “legs” to play these matches in such a short period of time.

    Remember, if they drop points at this stage of the season they aare even less chance of staying up.

    According to Mr Pardew, our players couldn’t cope with a regular Thursday Europa League match followed by a Sunday PL followed by an other Europa League match etc etc.

    If Wigan do manage to pull out enough points to relegate us, then we have deservedly gone down.

    Frankly I don’t think they can pull it off, but it needs the Toon to get a result at West Ham and to beat QPR to make certain that whatever they achieve is not enough.

    I’m past caring about where SAFC end up, above us below us, it’s all the same in the end as neither team have had a good season.

    What’s important is that come May 20th we are still a PL side, and that we have parted company with Llambias and Pardew.

    If Ashley fails to move on these 2 clowns, then we will be back near the bottom of the pile this time next season and may not escape.

    I hope you agree with this analysis.

  • 46 toonluvva // Apr 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Forgot to mention in my previous post that Wigan have not shown the ability to go on a long run of wiins throughout the season.

    They may come good in the next few weeks, but somehow I doubt it.

  • 47 Bucks mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Despite everything I’d quite like Pardew to stay, provided we stay up.

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