Pardew – We Lack Experience Of Players Like Nolan


Kevin Nolan left Newcastle almost two years ago, as did Joey Barton, and we certainly didn’t miss them last season, when we had a terrific season and finished 5th top of the Premier League, and just missed out on a Champions League place.

alan pardew after the game today

Alan Pardew – lots of reasons – but not many results recently

At that time we had only five French players in the squad, and now that’s been increased to ten with the January transfer window, and against Liverpool in the second half,  seven of Newcastle’s team were French.

We say that because there was a distinct lack of Premier League experience in the side, and we should see more of the experienced players in the side tomorrow at West Ham.

And don’t forget that when Kevin Nolan joined us in January four years ago, he had already played over 300 games for Bolton in the Premier League, yet still struggled mightily in his first four months at the Tyneside club.

So it’s even harder for our five new French recruits, who came in with  no Premier League experience at all.

And it seems that Alan Pardew is now saying we miss Kevin Nolan a lot, and that there’s no player like him in the current Newcastle side- but bear in mind we didn’t seem to miss him last season.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“What Kevin has is a real knowledge of how to win games in the Premier League. Kevin used to find positions on the pitch just through his own nous, he is sniffing chances out.”

“He is a worry for us. In terms of leadership in the group we have got that but in different ways.” “I wouldn’t say Fabricio Coloccini is like Kevin, I wouldn’t say Yohan Cabaye is like Kevin, or Shola Ameobi is like Kevin, but they are kind of our leading group and we look to them now.”

“One of the problems I faced in this group if I am honest is not a language problem, not a cultural problem it’s been inexperience. We still have a lot of inexperience on the pitch.”

One way to look at success or failure is that you either get the results – or you get the reasons why you didn’t get the results – and we’ve heard an awful lot of reasons from Alan Pardew in the last three weeks, and most of the season for that matter

The time to get results is now – and if we cannot tough out some results in our last three games, we probably deserve to be relegated.

It’s really as simple as that.

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15 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    May 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #1

    just play some footy and win a few games. piece of piss

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we upgraded our “purple” – Nolan, Barton, Enrique, Carroll with Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Ba, Santon/Debuchy.

    The trouble is the sale of Ba. The lack of a physical striker who can, maybe not compliment, but compensate Cisse and his weaker side of holding the line.

    Gouffran / Marveaux are our answers to a 4-3-3 return. But Ben Arfa has been missing when the important games have been played, and now we’re stuck with a midfield and defence low of momentum and form, with no clear plan to exploit a single striker.

    The hope is we start Ben Arfa tomorrow as it’s our most important game, let Sissoko run next to Cabaye in the middle, and use Gouffran next to Cisse.

    I wouldn’t have any of those English ‘purples’ back, its our bench going forward that needs rebuilding.

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  • hugotoon

    May 4, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Going to be physically battered tomorrow, our only hope is that our Frenchies put their technique to good use and Pardew doesnt put out another moronic line up.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 4, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #4

    “he’s a worry for us” but Alan you say we play on the front foot(????) we should be fine… Shouldn’t we??

    Or is that the go-ahead for 10 men on the 18 yard box again nervously waiting for the next attack from West Ham and their danger men?

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  • imre-varadi

    May 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Then why on earth did you get rid of him. Just the sort of player we are crying out for, a midfielder who scores goals. May not be flash but the lad can play. Also not afraid to get stuck in.

    Just hope he keeps his head down tomorrow and has a quiet game as he proved his point when at ours earlier in the season

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  • Twatter

    May 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #6

    No one, absolutely no one, could tell me that it was some big error to sell Nolan. Can we not pretend that there was even a small minority worried when we sold him? Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but let’s not make out like it was some big mistake to sell him. Our problems lie far deeper – the heart of the defence is the problem first and foremost. I’ll say it now: for all the protestations vollied against Willianson and Simpson when they were in the starting line up, I doubt we’d be in such a dire position had we kept them in and launched all of our faith in Debuchy and Mbiwa. Let’s face it – they’ve hardly sparkled.

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  • nightfa11

    May 4, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew – We Lack Tactical Knowledge

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  • El Sleeve

    May 4, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #8

    v true that simmo and willo gave it their all, despite their shortcomings.

    if they were somewhere like portsmouth in the past, or wet brom, harry or roy would make those kinds of players stand 10 foot tall. mcauley and kaboul as prime examples.

    debuchy and mbiwa are better players but as a unit, they dont work

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 4, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #9

    AndyNUFC – Spot on mate.

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  • stuart no9

    May 4, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #10

    so alan – what your saying is , you sold a great leader like kevin nolan then put 7 inexperienced frenchmen on against liverpool???? great ! – you just couldnt make it up could you,??

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  • Constanstine

    May 4, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I bet Arsenal and Man United can play their Reserves and will still get top of us. It’s your knowledge Alan, not experience.

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  • Premiership Manager

    May 4, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #12

    There’s been a combination of errors, poor decisions and misfortune.

    Yes we’ve had injuries however we’ve been grooming our reserve team for how long? Where is the natural progression and kids coming through? What has happened to Ferguson, Tavernier, Vucik and even young Sami all who showed bags of promise?

    Who’s decision was it to buy so many French players in preference to proven EPL players who know the game.

    Cabaye despite being a good player is no better than Barton, however despite his moronic tendancies Barton could inspire the team and score goals as could Kevin Nolan.

    Why are we not scoring from set pieces and why is there a distinct lack of goals from midfield?

    Why does our defence leak so many goals?

    The answer is in the management of the club, players and coaching staff.

    In any given situation there has to be a semblance of balance and for some reason at Newcastle that balance has yet to be reached. Pardew and Lambias have a lot to answer for because they both have input in identifying and acquiring the players required to re-enforce the club.

    Ashley also has input as he needs to provide the funds for this activity.

    With regard to coaching, the lack of young players coming through, the lack of defensive skill and lack of co-ordinated passing and attacking highlights bigger problems in the club whereby if we do not have the correct coaching staff that will lead to bigger problems on the pitch.

    Most businesses learn from lessons learned however for some reason we seem to be making the same mistakes time and time again. It’s about time that there was a major shake up at the club and unfortunately it needs to start with management.

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  • toonbrother

    May 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye won the a major title with lowly Lille in France, Tiote was a central figure in Twente’s title winning season in Holland

    The fact that Pardumb has players of Cabaye’s and HBa’s quality and is yearning after a lumberjack like Nolan says everything really. The man is not suited to manage the type of talent we have at NUFC

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  • NKOTB

    May 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not sure that AP bigging up Kevin Nolan will promote much confidence within the Newcastle team today.

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  • AndyMac

    May 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton and Nolan were troublemakers and Pardwho didnt want them disrupting “his team”. Now Nolan is the player to make things tick apparently ?

    F.F.S this season’s end cannot come quick enough. Pardwho has to be shown the door and expect to never have another managerial position again. Unless he’s hired by a clueless halfwit who met him in a betting shop 🙁

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