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Newcastle On A Knife’s Edge – But Lads Can Do It

10:43 pm, Saturday, May 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 95 Comments

If Wigan had not won today it would have been a good day for Newcastle United – not a great day – but a good day, and as it turned out it was a decent day as we got an away point.

kevin nolan and colo

Kevin Nolan and Coloccini at the final whistle
A picture is worth a thousand words

There were a number of positives coming out of the game – the first one is the lads played well at Upton Park in the 0-0 draw, especially in the first half, and that will do the players’ confidence a lot of good after what happened the last time out.

Another positive is that we kept a clean sheet – Colo returns and we keep our first clean sheet since we beat Fulham 1-0 on April 7th – which was also our last win and that’s five league games ago – but Rob Elliot has to take a bow for some fantastic second half saves.

The last two games of the season are on the next two Sundays, and we need one win out of those two games – that could be enough – and to win we have to score goals – and we haven’t been too good at that in the league lately.

We’ve scored just three goals in the last seven league games – and that’s what happens when you lose a top striker like Demba Ba in January, and don’t replace him, for whatever reason.

So everything this season now hinges on our last two games, and it’s like we are on a knife’s edge as far as relegation is concerned.

We’ll know better how we stand on Tuesday night, after Wigan play Swansea, and Sunderland will have played Stoke City at home the night before.

Wigan are in good form and after Tottenham equalized in the last minute last weekend, they followed that with an excellent win at West Brom 3-2 – something that we couldn’t do two weeks ago.

But it’s now up to our players to show fortitude and courage and play well, and having Coloccini back in the side could be massive for the club.

Certainly these next two games are huge games for Newcastle,  and if do take the drop it will put the club back at least two or three years, and our current team will need to be dismantled – just like it was four years ago.

Now’s the time to stick together and support the players and the manager, and see if we can escape relegation and keep in the Premier League for next season .

At this point that would be great – in fact it would be fantastic.

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95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // May 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I’m having a meltdown so I’m going but I hope you lot are watching MOTD and seeing what Wigan are doing after they score.

    Celebrating? No!

    Getting the ball and trying to get more goals.

    That’s the difference between fight and avoiding it.

  • 2 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Transfer Sage

    my point is

    spuds, ars even man c, dont have a much better squad then ours, in places yes, but over all its the managers who have them where they are right now

  • 3 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Transfer Sage

    woodgate was ok

    could have been amazing,, never got enough games any where he played

    man c are class

  • 4 toon22 // May 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Mackems are below us,pressure is on them.
    Come on Stoke :)

  • 5 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    249daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Where were you after the Liverpool game spouting your love of Pardew nowhere to be seen and you haven’t called anybody out as your posts clearly state you know fcuk all about football

    well i left that to you lot picking that performance apart and blaming it all on pardew even though the players were shocking and as a FAN i was gutted so i wasn’t in the mood same before the game 2day that collo shouldn’t be playing let alone taking the captains armband but hey ho he was brilliant and settled the whole team down with anothert whole new defence that we’ve played this season but still no praise!!

  • 6 toonluvva // May 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Still think that despite their win today, Wigan will fall away and we will escape relegation by the skin of our teeth.

    Even Ashley will be forced to admit that just avoiding the drop is not a great situation to be in.

    £60m of TV rights are at stake for him, not to mention all the free advertising he gets for SportsDirect whenever we are televised.

    Because of this I’m hoping that he’ll move quickly after the last match of the season and replace the dead wood at the heart of Newcastle’s management.

    A win at QPR is a must! I’d rather the Toon had the points in the bag than being reliant on the failure of others so close to the finishing line.

    Tonight I’ll celebrate picking up a point away from home whilst hoping that we might have turned the corner at long last.

  • 7 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM


    yeh yeh yeh

    true hero

    what a fan

    supper fan,,

    your manager is taking us down,, put that in your pipe and shhmoke it

  • 8 Geordiedownunder // May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Is it Just Me? or do we have allocated the worst officials….
    “I saw the incident but there was no problem” or such with McManaman” and the latest
    “I couldn’t see if the ball was in as I fell over sir”

  • 9 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    ED the trouble is wigan did win today, and no, i dont think the lads can do it.
    It really p///ed me off watching MOTD and see nmartinez make that sub and within 1 minute he had scored , just like chelsea on thursday night , a manager makes a sub- and completely changes the game . Pardew made subs that that had no effect in the game at all .
    The truth is we are not good enough for this league with this manager .
    We need a good clear out and start again in the championship.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    my damning post of your treacherous behaviour never got through last thread,you are a truly horrible individual gloating in our demise.

  • 11 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    you my friend are worse in my eyes

    you stand back and watch this happen,, not a word out of your mouth

    at least i have been proved right

  • 12 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    You mean you had no defence for a manager that picked such a defensive side for a home game.
    Yeah today was amazing we just scraped a draw against a one dimensional West Ham side.while all around us with less talented players were away and winning games

  • 13 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    manxpie @ 5 so who do you want to blame if it is not pardews fault ? his mrs ?

  • 14 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM


    ed is just as bad as a lot of these posters,,

    he gives them hope with great headlines

    very rarely says the real truth,, more interest in getting hits than saying how he really feels

    sad really

  • 15 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Yeah a whole new defence Taylor,Colo and Simmo only played a few seasons together

  • 16 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    im no longer replying to anything manx says or asks

    he needs help,,

  • 17 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    munster but would he get us 5th!?
    i give him credit for that where sum say the whole season was luck!
    do you remember that that was a pretty much new team in the 2nd season back in the prem?
    now i don’t know how much you look in to injuries or form but we’ve had shockers on both so tell me which manager would have dealt with this season better?
    because if you are against pardew you must have a replacement that would do much much better than pardew??

  • 18 Transfer Sage // May 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    Incorrect on subs.

    Pardew does make game changing ones, just hicks what little initiative we have ourselves.

    I really am off now. Cya boys and girls and lets hope things go our way. Happy to stay up even if its other teams mistakes that keep us up.

    Pardew is gone in the summer, I’m 100% confident in what I have heard.

  • 19 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Transfer Sage

    stay safe

  • 20 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Jesus Willie mcFaul could do a better job with this lot than Pardumb

  • 21 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    ignore him

    he will go away

  • 22 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    stuart have you been missing all season!?
    so are you just blaming 1 person then?
    course you are because you can’t possibl’y take into account the fact that injuries n form and bad disicions have been the reason for this season?

  • 23 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I don’t mind mate its a blog for everyone would be boring otherwise

  • 24 toonluvva // May 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    @stuart no9

    The difference between Pardews subs and those you mentioned is all about the mentality underlying the decisions.

    Pardew’s instinct is simply to hang onto what we have got. The others are usually to try and turn the game round in a positive way. It’s as simple as that.

    There is no “last roll of the dice” lets go out and get the 3 points from our coach and I suspect as it has been the same all through the season, the other managers utilise to their advantage.

    Posters are always going on about the players not performing, but how much does tactics employed by Pardew sap their confidence and hamper their game?

  • 25 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    manxpie — so you are giving pardew all the praise and credit for getting us 5th last year- but wont blame him for getting us relegated this year ? mmm , sounds like pardew has got the best job in football.

  • 26 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Man you sound just like Pardumb and blame everything bar the fact the manager plays boring negative football and has had plenty of games that have been winnable.

  • 27 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    manxpie you tell me whos fault it is , then i will easilly be able to prove you wrong!

  • 28 blew // May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Make no mistake- we are going down, because we are the worst team in in PL. Who is going to score goals ? they are needed to win matches, something Pardew does not realise.
    The blame lies with Ashley, he got rid of Wise and Jiminez-but kept a non football man at the helm – Llambias, who backs Pardew.
    We deserve to go down with the negative set up

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Are you really a fan or would you just like to see us suffer to satisfy a perverse inner reason ,was your dad a toon fan and did he dirty you and that’s why you love and hate us.

  • 30 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    very true

  • 31 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    i have to ask do you even like football never mind nufc,,

    i read your post, and all i see is bla bla bla, to good for him

    bla bla bla, to good for him

  • 32 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    @stuart no 9
    What was your take on today’s game mate

  • 33 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    well thats a change catchy i mean you STILL aint answered my 1st ever question 2 ya!!?
    infact you just look like a twat man!
    i’ve asked you twice tonight and still nothing your actually revelling in our downfall so again i ask u 1 more time in simpler terms

    because you aint since pardews been here and you can/’t have with any manager since sir bobby!!

    so that means you’ve been this miserable arse for 9 years i feel sorry for ya!
    especially if you didn’t enjoy last season!!

  • 34 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    toonluvva – what i meant by the subs is that they wernt “match winning subs” and your right , subs are made for a negative purpose.

  • 35 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Manxpie, you’re being stupid. Again. Just because I havent declared who the new manager should be, doesnt mean my argument that Pardew isnt good enough doesnt hold water. What a stupid point of view you hold! Pardew isnt good enough fpr many reasons. But the chief one, is that despite a nasty season injuries wise ( as many clubs have in this physical league ) , we should be safe by now from relagation. I wonder if Chris Hughton or Martinez would have liked 20mill to spend in Jabuary….? You havent a clue sunshine. Pardew indeed has a fine job with gullible fans like you around.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    blew .
    he got rid of Crazy gang wize and disco jiminex I really hope you’re being sarcastic.

  • 37 martoon // May 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Catchy if you think our squad is as good as Man City then you are the one who needs help. Here’s a novel idea if you call yourself a supporter then why don’t you do it?

  • 38 Big Pappa Cissé // May 4, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Its the waiting that gets me . I just want to know one way or another. Its got to the stage where I am to anxious to watch or listen FFS. I am not confident with Pardews teams at all and I can’t remember the last time I saw Pardew field a side I have felt confident about. We should have sacked the moron 3 weeks ago.

  • 39 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    daz @ 32 evening mate, we could have played all day mate and still not score .
    Totally devoid of any attacking power, idea, vision, whatever you want to call it , but the fact we have nothing up front will eventually put us down – bearing in mind PARDEW never bought a striker in jan when he should and could have.

  • 40 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    @Big Pappa
    Man it’s like a slow death

  • 41 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM


    i wish you could read

    i have said , both chel and man c have great squads

    man u , great manager, not there best squad,

    i support the team,, i only wish pardw supported it as much as i do

  • 42 wreker16 // May 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The problem is catchy you would rathe us relegated just to see you proved right.

    And leave ed out of this, if you disapprove of his blog then frankly fcuk off. So what if he’s trying to stay upbeat, is that so bad?

    Otherwise, happy posting :)

  • 43 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 4, 2013 at 11:34 PM


    It’s one thing to criticise Catchy for revelling in our demise, I agree with you on that, but it’s another thing to defend the indefensible.

    Wake up and smell the coffee, we’re in serious relegation trouble, no amount of mitigating factors can justify that. When will you drop this silly diversionary campaign to try and justify keeping AP in charge and face facts.

    This mediocre manager is going to relegate one of the best teams we’ve ever had.


    I thought there was hope for you…show some class man.

  • 44 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM


    You were calling people deluded earlier

    You need to take a look in the mirror pal.

    To think man c have a slightly better squad than ours is nothing short of delusional

    I agree with a lot of what you say but no need to stretch it that far to get your point across

  • 45 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Evening Mate yeah 1 goal in 4 games and the fact we held on for a draw at WBA yet Wigan play for a win and get one and are getting goals from midfielders too.I just can’t see where we are going to get goals from

  • 46 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM


    please go and read it again

    please please please

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    like I said earlier,show me more than three times you posted during our good period last season you treacherous pr1ck yet look at you now Lording it as if you are some kind of football oracle,you carnt even smell properly you self righteous c….

  • 48 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    stuart no i’m not or never has said that at all!!
    the players n manager got 5th last season!!
    but we didn’t have the injuries that season is that a fact or not stuart??

    also tell me another team that puts 5 new players in to the team thats not just new but new to the country culture n language n pulled it off??
    and have an extra 15 games with a small squad !!?
    thats wat pardew has had to deal with!
    is it all his fault or would other managers done the same?
    the facts are we all don’t know so you or i saying any different is pluasible but the fact is i put forward the reasons for my posts!
    tell me n show me where catchy has any reason to his argument except we play shit football but proof shows we finished 5th in the hardest league in the world we can’t have played that shit!!
    this season has many many reasons for where we are and any1 that blames one person is wrong because ofd the many many reasons!

  • 49 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    im gutted

    some ppl acctually think today was a good , today, both wigan and villa showed what they need to do,

    we started as if we were mid table, nothing to play for

  • 50 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    clearly i know way more than you

    go and prey to your poster of pardew,

  • 51 Joe Blog // May 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Give Catchy a break, it’s obviously a rare occurrence when he’s correct, as that’s all he bangs on about to all and sundry. This is a pent up release for him – it’s cute.

  • 52 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM


    ‘even man c, dont have a much better squad then ours,’

    That’s what u said

  • 53 ErnestHemingway // May 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    “Spuds, ars even man c, dont have a much better squad then ours”

    Explain this comment catchy? I’m struggling with it.

  • 54 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM


    You don’t seem gutted, although you may be, you actually seem to be enjoying this capitulation.

    It was a better performance defensively than in recent weeks but it wasn’t as good a result as it may have been given the results Villa and Wigan got, but it was still a good away point.

  • 55 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    manx pie

    please look at these

    sorry to every one else

  • 56 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Who knows, Arsenal can be a bit flakey and if Spurs lose, and they qualify for the CL, we can nail them at home. Catchy, if you wpuld rather us go down , than be incorrect, then you shouldnt be an NUFC fan. We are ALL in this together, whatever our views about inept managers, defensive tactics, luck, or whatever. But one thing is true, there isnt a football analysty ON THIS PLANET , who would have said that a “group” with KRUL _ TAYLOR _ CABAYE – CISSE – BA – SISSOKO – ANITA – HBA – etc etc ( allowing for the fact that some are new etc ) , would face relegation. Staggering stuff. Steve Bruce anyone , if we go down…?? ( Shock horror !! )

  • 57 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  • 58 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous


    i dont care what you think im feeling

    we do have some idiot fans ewho think players like jonas will save us

  • 59 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Ruddy, today was indded a good result. I reckon I know a bit and predict well ( i guessed 0-3 to makems , and plenty of other scores this season ) but I thought we would lose today, and lose well. We can beat QPR, but only if we attack them. I reckon Cisse could get 2….or is that the can of Guinness speaking??

  • 60 Kazzy // May 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    On a positive note if we do stay up (hopefully) who wud be our new manager if pardrew gets sacked (hopefully)
    My guess is Laurent Blonc or Gus poyet wudnt mind ny of them tbh

  • 61 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM


  • 62 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    ruddy well i find that very obnoxious of you thats my belief!
    this season is definatly not all down to pardew! do you agree or not?
    now the fact we got 5th last season with a pretty new team!
    was that the team or pardew or both whichever you pick pardews involved !
    this season has been horrid for many reasons but since your so superior ruddy tell me who would have done better in the same situation??

  • 63 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    games we lost or drew, against teams where we are right now
    with almost full squads

  • 64 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM


    We are all cut from the same cloth

    We re all deluded in one way or another that’s why we are newcastle fans

    Manxpie thinks Pardews the bees knees, you think our squad is nearly as good as man city’s, I think we are gonna stay up, Beattie thinks he is the oracle and jail blames Ashley more than pardew

    Let’s all have a big group hug

  • 65 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM


    looooook and tell me we where injured, or space ships took our best players in those matches

    please ad to the fact that we have only won 1 game all season,, now the worst in the prem

    waaaaakkkkkkkeeeee uuuuppppp you deluded man

  • 66 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM


    i have never said our sqaud is any where near as good as man c

    but think what you like :)

    hey, who am i to get in the way of your facts? regards where u get them from

  • 67 nick_9 // May 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    5 points from the last available 21, not good enough in reality. Now sunderland and wigan are capable of going above us with their games in hand we are right in the 5hitter. Looking at the fixtures i think Norwich could be the ones to go down but we face a real danger.

    If we do stay up would we take any relegated players?

    Remy, Kone, Benteke if villa go down? Benteke would be the most expensive but might still be relatively cheap compared to some

  • 68 Shearer260 // May 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Well done catchy. You’re the only one on the blog who’ll be smiling if we go down. The rest of us will be thinking what a shame it is that this great club had reached that point while you think about how you ‘were right all along’. The only true fan on here.

  • 69 dembademba // May 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Disgrace that Elliot was the one who spoke to the press. People are shirking responsibility, no surprise we’re doing badly, there’s no leaders. Elliot is great tho and a prem level keeper.

  • 70 catchy in norway // May 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM


    what ever

    you can ooooopps i f*****d up,, never mind there is always next time

  • 71 manxpie // May 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    so simmo willo n fergie sammie is our best team then catchy come on fella youy really do post shite tell me how them posts show our best team!!?
    plus ober was playing them games!
    you say you wan’t to see good football now tell me looking at them teams would you expect to see good passing attacking football from that?
    thats your argument isn’t it??

  • 72 KevinHann // May 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Guys, we can only deserve relegation after 38 games are played. You can argue who deserves it more or less now, but there is still football to be played.

    Look at Hull today. They had it in their hands, leading 2-1 and getting a penalty 20 seconds before stoppage time runs out. Only to end up missing it and conceding a penalty in the counter. Could you argue they deserved to miss out on promotion for that alone? Yet they didn’t. Everything happens.

  • 73 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Simpson,Willo where part of our so called great season finishing 5th

  • 74 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    manxpie— first , we are not the only team to suffer injuries, you blame injuries ? we have back up . if those backups are not good enough, why ? its the players on the pitch that get you relegated, not the injured ones.
    second, you mentioned putting 5 new players in, ! what idiot would put 5 new players into the team at the same time and expect miracles , why did pardew put them in if they were new to the country and culture ?
    third , 15 games with asmall squad in europe. players who played on a thursday , not all played on a sunday so your argument that i presume you make that they were tired is way off the mark.
    ok pardew may not be responsible for stupid mistakes , like missing pens or missing sitters , but at he final whistle win lose or draw , he is accountable , as manager of NUFC

  • 75 Williamsonsuks // May 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hope Swansea do us a favour on tuesday! Sack pardew after final game of the season and emplay Michael Laudrup. He wouldn’t expect big wages and would suit our squad with his style of management.

  • 76 bringbackemre // May 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Catchy why do you bother coming on the blog if the posters and ed dont know what there on about
    what do you get your enjoyment from

  • 77 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Manxpie i see your back after a week off, the rest done you good?

    how did you feel about pards tactics for the Liverpool game, the team selection was bizzarre wasnt it?

    How about all this talk of war, we’ll prove it to the fans blah blah blah…. then the team coming out with lack luster performances, its not all his fault but he shares a large portion of the blame.

    Sure the French lads are new to the league, but christ its not like we are playing world beating teams its west brom, west ham and sunderland ffs.

    In stead of just slagging the team members like Anita, or blaming injuries, form and the dust in the players eyes…. please you call everyone else out so im calling you out, answer this.

    What are Pardews good managerial points that you believe lead him to be worthy or continuing in his post beyond this season? please back these up with examples.

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    ja ,
    catchy you are the biggest fan on here because of you wanting relegated for the greater good shows his much you love the club.

  • 79 Williamsonsuks // May 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM


  • 80 KevinHann // May 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    If Pardew goes I’d like Rafa Benitez. We could really do with a high profile name to show some intent and keep the big guys around for another season. Pretty sure he still has enough drawing power to convince potential transfer targets to join. And he could mix the French policy a bit to get the balance right. One thing that can be said about him is he gets the freaking balance rather than talking about it.

    Plus our games with Man Utd will be extra spicy.

    Up for some twitter talk? Join me @ColdInTheNight

  • 81 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM


    What’s your problem? Don’t get so bitter and entrenched that you take every opposing view as a personal attack.

    I didn’t personally attack you so you’ve no justification for doing it.


    I know you don’t care, like I said, you probably are gutted, but you do seem like you’re enjoying it.


    It was a good result out of context, put in context it’s still a decent result, but it would have been an excellent result had Villa and Wigan lost.

  • 82 manxpie // May 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    were they daztoon really but who were there back ups or heaven forbid after a season like that who were our upgrades?
    oh yeah pardew wanted one of the smallest squads in the prem with a euro campaign coming up!
    its not as if the board eventually admitted they were wrong was it??

  • 83 northernirishtoon // May 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM


    Don’t want to argue but u did say the following

    ‘even man c, dont have a much better squad then ours,’

    Don’t want to dwell on it. Just saying as a newcastle fan, delusion is customary

  • 84 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    manxpie, heres another for you.

    If we are relegated, do you still think pardew is the man for the job? he seems ineffective with the team we have against physical teams…this is no doubt what he will face week in week out if relegated. Do you really expect the team to gel more over the close season? really…. i believe we will have alot of goings and not so many comings if relegated. that surely will disrupt the team more than quality additions to heal weak spots.

    Are you not concerned about the teams lack of drive…this is kinda the managers job to put the fire in their bellies.

  • 85 stevie101182 // May 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I really do think Wigan or norwich will go down.

    We will win next week and I think comfortably QPR are shocking defensively even worse than us. I really do think 3 more points and we are safe even if wigan win against swansea (Which I dont think they will)

    Lets just wait and see what happens if anything the last day of season is going to be exciting especially if Wigan do win

  • 86 manxpie // May 5, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    so ruddy this isn’t a personal attack?

    Wake up and smell the coffee, we’re in serious relegation trouble, no amount of mitigating factors can justify that. When will you drop this silly diversionary campaign to try and justify keeping AP in charge and face facts.

    i think i’m allowed to defend myself against that thanks ruddy!

  • 87 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    When have I mentioned a small squad and as for Simmo and Willo they were part of your award winning team that finished 5th and yes was some luck in that and the football bar a few games was just as dour as this season

  • 88 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM


    It’s not a personal attack. I think you’ve gone too far in defending Pardew, but I’ve nothing against you as a person. Also can you put the exclamation marks away, makes me feel like you’re shouting and there’s no need.

    You’re defending him and using a lot of thin justification to support him, refusing to acknowledge his own failings in your blind faith in him.

    I acknowledge he’s done well for the club in the past, he got us 5th, but he has been found wanting this season, been shown as tactically naive.

    I don’t see how, when all is said and done and all factors are considered, how you can still support him.

    If you’re going to shout, slate me, or be unpleasant in any other way shape or form please don’t respond as I am in no mood for it.

  • 89 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    the truth is pardew has been here nearly 3 years , last saturday and the week before that , and today was the best team he could put out ? this would not have happened with CH in charge ! , the man who was sacked for a better manager to take us to the next level ! , well he has taken us to the next level , just the wrong way thats all !

  • 90 manxpie // May 5, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    zero now i’ve said that i’d welcome an improvement on pardew but go ahead and tell me the person that would have done better this season with every thing thats gone on
    plus you dismiss other teams pretty easy don’t ya west brom with there best ever points sunderland who are currently under us btw and west ham who’ve had a pretty settled team!
    i’ve said many a time this season that this has been a shocker and imo injuries are a massive part of it i know other teams get them but the facts are this season we’ve had the worst with an allready very small squad so please tell me again this manager (and remember that ashley will pay for) that will have done so much better??

  • 91 Zero // May 5, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    You fail to answer the question mearly skirt it with more BS…. and ask me a question…. ill answer that when you answer yours :)

  • 92 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM


    Any number of managers could have done a better job? Are you so arrogant and tunnel minded to think that Pardew is the only manager, in the entire world, who could have coped with the situation that developed at our club?

    Also, I’d like to add, he hasn’t coped with the situation. We’ve capitulated and rolled over. Seriously, are you Pardew because I cannot believe some of the things you are saying.

  • 93 manxpie // May 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    When will you drop this silly diversionary campaign to try and justify keeping AP in charge and face facts.

    ruddy if you can’t see how this would offend me well then there really is no point in talking to ya!

    but how can you say i’m blindly following him when in every and i mean every argument i’ve had on here i’ve put very valid points across more than just calling him a clueless moron and last season was all luck n shit!!

    but again obviously your oppinion and others are far better and more factually correct than mine hey???

  • 94 AKB // May 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I was there yesterday, we were never gonna score in that second half, or really the first, toothless isn’t the word.

    Bringing Gosling on to shore up midfield with 20 to go when we weren’t really under tha much pressure says it all.

    I fear we are going down.

  • 95 fatash // May 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    You should all go to the bookies and back the toon to get relegated 5/1 and hope that you lose but either way you will get a positive from the season. My thanks to our master tactition for such an abyssmal season

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