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It’s Too Painful To Even Think About

9:43 am, Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 185 Comments

What’s happened this season is that Alan Pardew, the coaching staff and the players have let the club down massively – those are the facts that can hardly be argued with.

alan pardew - pensive mood

Alan Pardew – give him some slack in next two weeks
He needs to be the major cheerleader

Yes we didn’t have a big enough squad for Europe, no doubt about that, but we got five new players in during the January transfer window,  and we didn’t see any other clubs in the relegation zone invest so heavily – £31M by recent accounts.

So while there was adequate “excuses” for not doing well through January – that cannot be said of the last the last three months – which finds us much deeper in the relegation fight than we’ve been all season.

But we cannot keep going on about how negative things have neem and are – and we still have a chance to save ourselves, but one thing seems certain – at the end of the Arsenal game in two weeks time, there will be massive emotion displayed by Newcastle fans.

We’ll be delirious if we avoid relegation, and we’ll be inconsolable if we take the drop – but it’s going to be one way or the other.

And we expect Alan Pardew to be the major cheer-leader in the next two weeks, because  his job is to instill confidence and belief into his players, as Roberto Martinez seems to be able to do at Wigan with his players every year at this time.

It will be a massive blow to Newcastle’s pride and standing if we take the drop, and no doubt we’ll have people come on the site – and say that’s it – and disavow Newcastle, and say they’ll stop supporting the club – they’ve had enough – and we understand that.

Bur when you have been raised on the banks of the River Tyne – that’s just nor an option for many of us.

But we can still do it – that’s the positive side – but we need some heroes in those famous black and white striped shirts  - and we didn’t get any of those four years ago.

Howay The Lads!!

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185 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // May 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Magpies or Ostriches …

  • 2 roshan MAGPIE // May 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    is it me or is it really hard to support nufc than any other clubs

  • 3 Benji84 // May 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I will be impressed if alan still has q and a with the fans if we get relegated? But putting that aside pardew more so this year his subs are most of the time the same people and it feels that the bench are just there to do the numbers. With the position with anita does he hate him? I think he lacks a few qualities in the PL at the moment but his passing is pretty good and he always gets in there and thats what we really needed yesterday. Still if villa and wigan did not get a win and we got a point would everyone still be pissed off who knows?

  • 4 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    ED he hasnt instilled confidence in the team all season – in fact he has drained every ounce of confidence they had , out of them. even if we win the last 2 games , that still might not be enough.
    At the end of the season when he is sacked he can head off back south wit a pay off while we, the mugs , have to somehow try and get over this and look forward to the championship, great. i ve just about had enough of them i really have ,
    over 50 years i have been supporting them and it makes me vomit sometimes when i see clubs winning leagues , winning cups, winning games even, and there is us 52,000 idiots going to watch pards and his own special brnd of crap he serves up every week. we deserve better, much much better!

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I know someone working with the players and in their view Pardew is the most arrogant, downright selfish and awful man they have ever met. Treats some of the players like crap and is up his own backside.

    They usually get on fine with everyone as well, genuinley nice person, but Pardew bucks that trend.

    Do you wonder why all the clubs he manages end up having low morale after only a couple of years of him being there? As well as fighting relegation. This isn’t a one off, he brings his appalling self awesomeness to every club he drags down. It’s not an opinion, it is a fact. Look at his CV.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I grew up about a mile from the banks of the Tyne,the banks themselves are muddy desolate places and certainly not a place to raise a child.

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    From last article… Yes JFA, that is not nice to hear either.

  • 8 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Thing is, Pardew is so comfortable at being false and full of lies that he could distort perceptions in to being believable if people aren’t wise to his deceit.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Laurent ,
    Were you Troy Stavers ?

  • 10 WWYCD // May 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Stop supporting NUFC? I don’t care if we are a none league team it’ll still be my team

  • 11 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    laurent. my son used to work in a restaurant in jesmond.
    it was , and still is a favorite haunt of the players.
    My son got on famously with them all – untill pardew made his first appearance
    He told me pardew was rude to everone of the staff, even my son who was only wanting to serve him is foodand make sure every thing was o his liking, my son couldnt believe his behaviour.
    I never liked pardew to start with so one night when i was also in pardew attended with some of the coaching staff, but they took a private room, os i jusy said to my son ” any cheek off him tell me and i’ll go and sort him out ” haha and i would have too.
    the waiters and waitresses were all complaining to the managenment about him,
    If he could do his job as well as the waiters and waitresses done theirs , we wouldnt be in this mess,

  • 12 Hatem's better than Messi // May 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’ll be a NUFC supporter until I die.
    Bury me in a b&w bin bag …

  • 13 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    jail- i grew up in belmont st, right on the banks, lots of kids were brought up there !

  • 14 ian7523 // May 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I like Shola, but in very small amounts. Bringing him on every single match in the 70th minute has got to be the most inept repeated substitution in the prem. Our style really suffers- Cisse moves to the right side, and the ball just gets lumped to Shola, who holds it up successfully about one in ten times. Was at the match yesterday, and not sure if the TV saw it, but at one point Shola fouled a West Ham defender and then fell over and injured himself…..Probably his biggest contribution in months.

    Pardew comes across as alright, but he is definitely not the manager for these players. We have a great team and just need the right coaching and tactics to bring out the best in the players. Martinez would be perfect, I think.

    I’m a bit worried about Cabaye leaving this summer (though he is MA’s favourite player and I think he will feel obligated to stay for at least another year since he convinced his best mate and several other French players that Newcastle is the place to be). His body language during the second half and at the end of the match said it all- frustration. Best case scenario: we stay up, Pardew goes, we get a modern manager, and we keep our best players.

  • 15 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    WWYCD @ 10 —– wait till youve been supporting them 50 years you wont say that !

  • 16 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Hes a complete prick and im glad i will be here longer than him and i get to see the back of the cnut.

  • 17 fatash // May 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Please change the banner centre picture, a turnip or parsnip would look better.

  • 18 Jarra // May 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I watched the match yesterday live on TV and we got the result we set out for, we did not create hardly any chances and made sure they would find it difficult to score.
    What I found staggering was two clips I saw on the TV first one Jonas polaxed on the floor when we were under the cosh, just outside our area, he remains on the floor the ref stops play and he gets up all be it gobbing off but there is nothing wrong with him. How can he play this bluffer he runs in circles and is well past his best.
    So with 5 mins to go we are hanging in there and the camera moves over to Pardew, he is laughing his head off I kid you not laughing and me and my mates are seeing this all worried sick we can go down and he laughs.
    Well share the joke Pardew cause for me I do not see anything in the slightest being funny.
    Its too late now we have to hope we get the results that keep us above Norwich as for me its between us and them now, I think Wigan spoke volumes coming back from 2-1 down to winning 2-3. And that’s with a cup final coming up they are focused and play to win.
    Only good thing is Pardew knows he has to do that as well and even he can’t mess that up with his team and tactics can he?

  • 19 Spotlight Kid // May 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    0-0 yesterday wasn’t a bad result (I hoping for it before the off on here) but we are running out of games and with Wigan winning survival is no longer just in our hands.

    But the fact Colo’s back in charge, and we didn’t concede is grounds alone for optimism. 4-3-3 against QPR for 90 minutes (with a solid Colo-led defence) and no matter who Pardew picks it should still be enough for 3 points.

    We know AP hasn’t a clue, and we now suspect Ashley isn’t quite Richard Branson either in the planning department, but for 90 minutes each week it’s out of their hands and at the feet of paid professionals. For that reason alone I think we will survive – Colo’s fitness permitting.

  • 20 WWYCD // May 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I’d put money down that I will. Even if am jaded as hell after those 50 year Newcastle will still be my club. I wouldn’t support anyone else

  • 21 sparky55 // May 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Pardew is an absolute shocker both as a manager and a person. He’s his own biggest fan and loves himself to death without realising how lucky he is to have landed the managers job just because he had gambling debts.
    As a manager he’s never enjoyed prolonged success anywhere he’s gone…he somehow brings a team together in the short term (god know’s how!) then proceeds to coach the talent out of the team by adopting long ball defensive tactics, the team loses faith and everything falls apart as proven time and time again.

    My biggest problem with Pardew has always been the fact he’s taken us to the brink of oblivion with perhaps the best squad we’ve had for 10 years and that’s inexcusable especially based on the fact most of his signings are players that can actually play football. They’re mostly very technically gifted and yet Pardew always reverts to the long ball game. Anita is the casing point…technically superb, quick, intelligent and can play almost anywhere on the park but never gets picked.

    Pardews tactics, substitutions, set up and resistance to going after the opposition mean we’ve scored less than anyone else and conceeded more than anyone else…the facts speak for themselves…the man hasn’t got a clue and he has to go irrespective of whether we survive or not

  • 22 Spotlight Kid // May 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Stuart No9 @ 15

    So true, so painfully true…..

    (Leafs again through Fairs Cup winning run match programs and looks miserably at 1974 FA Cup Final ticket stub)

  • 23 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    For goodness sake
    Yesterday’s results with the exception of Wigan were pretty good they brought a number of teams who thought they were safe into the mix.
    Stoke and Fulham and Norwich
    The scums game agains stoke just got harder on Monday
    True no debate we have had a very poor season but now is the time to get one win or 2 draws and we will be safe then that will be the time for blood letting to start
    There is simply no defence for the manager the owner and above all the players but we are far from doomed and Norwich and villa will have worse goal difference even than us at the end of the season

  • 24 RonVanDam // May 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I’m praying there are no more injuries between now and the end if the season esp to colo

  • 25 Black and White with an army lol // May 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    i can’t believe this has ended with me watching the mackem game on Monday to see how the results go i’m sure most of you’s guys will also watch the match look what Pardew has done to us, the sooner i see his back the better.

  • 26 WWYCD // May 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Just to avoid any confusion I wasn’t implying u are a jaded fan mate merely saying if I became one

  • 27 sparky55 // May 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I’m preying Pardew gets hit by a bus! all we need is a positive set up to let the players play like they know they can…we have to go out and attack QPR just like we did against Man U and Arsenal and we will murder them…POSITIVITY MR PARDEW…you should try it some time and see what happens

  • 28 Black and White with an army lol // May 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    also lads is Marv due back soon, iv’e missed his creativity?

  • 29 Williamsonsuks // May 5, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Ed could you do a poll for the top 10 most annoying blog posters? Catchy no1 indefinite!

  • 30 Black and White with an army lol // May 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM


    true mate, we didn’t have a strong team against Man u and we played very good, we would off draw or even a win against them if RVP didn’t elbow colo in the face that led to the 4th goal.

  • 31 Norwegian NUFC supporter // May 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I have been saying this for years. With Mike Ashley and his cheap policy of investing as little as possible in players and coaching staff is a disaterous policy for the club. We dont win anything, it is a gamble in business (if we go down all savings is lost), and the club is to big to be run like Wigan. Just look at Bayern and Madrid. They buy the best and make profit of being successful
    We need a new owner to progress, and to be a top team we need upfront investment like City and PSG. Hopefully we survive until then.

  • 32 firebug666 // May 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    We could have won it in the second half if Pardew made some decent subs; But taking Benny off for Stroller & Gouffran for Gosling was nothing short of suicide. If we were ever going to get a breakthrough it would be through the runs of Benny and Gouffran. Pardew really doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  • 33 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    If you Aunty had balls shed be your uncle
    If buts and maybe
    One win and none if it will matter
    Then Pardew can be strung out on the town moor

  • 34 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If we stay up and he keeps his job i dont know if i can keep going

  • 35 sparky55 // May 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    ED…you made a reference to Martinez and his ability to rally the troops at the sharp end of the season…this is all down to the fact his players believe in him because he coaches them to play proper football rather than hoof it up the park to a centre forward who is anything but an old fashioned target man like Pardew does with Cisse.

    Our team don’t believe in Pardew, his tactics or his long term long ball visions…the dressing room is split because in France you don’t play long ball football…it’s all about technical ability and playing fluid football which is why the french football team manager was so surprised so many good french players have gone to a team in england that play shit long ball football…he says it doesn’t make sense and of course he’s right isn’t he.

    There’s nothing wrong with our squad of players…IT’S THE USELESS TW*T MANAGER WE’VE GOT

  • 36 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    We will stay up and he won’t keep his job
    Rafa will be our leader not necessarily the greatest but on he’ll of an improvement
    My glass is half full after yesterday’s results

  • 37 toon kk // May 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Another Typical Newcastle performance under Pardew, hardly any chances created and no one to score. Its as if no one gives a sh#t.

  • 38 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    wwycd back in the 70s and 80s , it was a common remark used by everyone on a saturday getting the bus back home from the game , all youcould hear from everyone on the bus was ” thats it , ivre had it , f”k them , thats me done with , no more. next home game, geyying the bus back home again, same moans -same comments – same blokes- hahahahaha. it was a regular statement every week. a bit like the chant- sack the board ,sack the board sack the board. bloody hell, i’m suprised that didnt become a number 1 hit , everybody knew it , all over the country knew it was our favorite song.

  • 39 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM


    Rafa would be a massive improvement he has turned chelsea around they were not up to there best and he has brought them together again scoring plenty of goals and playing good football.

  • 40 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Stuart, thanks a lot for sharing that.

    I know from what I was told, that he just doesn’t treat some of those players well at all, is super rude and just generally highly impolite to a lot of people. Your story more than backs this up.

    If he can’t be polite to even restaurant employees who are just doing their job, then imagine how obtuse he’ll be in the pressure cooker of the changing room when the heat is on.

    I was told months ago that the morale was low then, so lord knows what the dislike for him is now. I think we’ve seen it in the decline on the pitch. Complaints at tactics and general frustration from the players as well.

    JFA – maybe, maybe not.

    I’m Laurent Robert 32, the freekick and assist maestro of yesteryear :-) Oh how I would like to see the team attack like that again…

  • 41 GeordieDan // May 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Stuart No9>

    If you’ve supported NUFC for 50 years then you’ve seen us win something!

    99% of us don’t have that to cherish and might not for another 50 years the way our teams looks right now.

    Success or failure isn’t why I support our club. In fact I’m a true believer in your club chooses you, not the other way around.

    I was born a Geordie Newcastle fan and I’ll die a Geordie Newcastle fan-top of the Prem or bottom of the conference they’re still my team.

    The fact we play crap football and are in serious danger of being relegated again under Pardew’s and Ashley’s mis-management is heart breaking but won’t effect my loyalty in the slightest.

  • 42 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    spotlight @22 yep been there mate! what supermac was going to do to liverpool was nobodies business ! did he get a kick ?

  • 43 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Did you know that lino yesterday is the same one pardumb pushed and missed the haidara tackle??

  • 44 Slatymag // May 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    @ eastendgeordie

    Is that true is it?

  • 45 Big Pappa Cissé // May 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    The fact that he would rather play Gosling & Perch over Anita tells me everything I need to know about the guy. Vurnon was one of the first names on Ajax’s teamsheet and a product of their academy yet can’t get a look in even with all of the injuries we have had.

    We all know that he plays Perch or Gosling because they are like him in his playing days, nothing special but puts a shift in. And it is arrogance & sheer stupidity like this that will send us down. Thanks Alan you clueless Prick

  • 46 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM


    Just had a txt off a mate im not sure, you couldnt make that sh1t up

  • 47 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Also, when he pushed that linesman (assistant) in the Tottenham game

    he was giving it the sorry card etc… What was really happening behind the scenes was that he was trashing things. They thought the police were going to have to be involved he was that enraged.

    What a prat.

    Urban dictionary:

    1. prat

    Basically someone whos a major idiot, or is delusional and dumb. Acts against logic and thinks hes self-righteous. AKA: Major dumbass.

    5. prat

    An English term for “ass”, also used to descibe someone as stupid and arrogant.
    “No, I lose all bets to the bookies. You can’t change fighters at the last minute, so no, I don’t have my fight do I, you flamin’ prat?”

    -Alan Ford as “Brick Top” Polford in ‘Snatch’

    This is probably my favourite one as like the other descriptions, is Pardew to a tee:

    7. Prat

    An overly pretentious person. Someone who is so obviously into themselves that others notice and they fail to realize it.

  • 48 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Thats not the same lino in the pic. Must just be the same as that tackle then

  • 49 Rotonda heights // May 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Not me but how true is this from tott

    Pardew himself.

    The man who sanctioned and defended the sale of Nolan is now basically saying that we need his experience. the man who was satisfied with the squad at the start of the season is now not satisfied at the level of experience.

    The longer this excuse for a man is in the hot seat, the more insulting to our intelligence he becomes.

    Sorry if you feel that is “heavy handed” Alan. you have been responsible for our joint biggest home defeat against the mackems in over 100 years. You have also been responsible for our joint biggest home defeat by anyone over the same period.

    The only thing worse than your absurd excuses, which have dogged your career, is the total insult to the intelligence of tens of thousands supporters who care more about the club than you do even about your reflection.

    Failed before Christmas, failed in the FA Cup for 3 seasons, failed with a satisfactory squad, failed with a squad boosted by purchases in January and failed to produce a half decent style of football.

    Just go now you excuse of a man let alone manager. Sub standard, ignorant, pathetic. You stay any longer and you might just induce mass nausea with your mendacious slime.

  • 50 Le Belfast 007 // May 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Who the f*** votes for Jonas every week, in the man of the match poll ?? This has bugged me for ages. lol

    Are you doing it for a laugh or something ??

    It’s got to be a wind up like.

  • 51 Le Belfast 007 // May 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    18 people this week. Head cases every single one of you

  • 52 Greebol1892 // May 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Treatment of Anita is absolutely scandalous. HOW the fcuk is Gosling ahead of him????!? Somebody somewhere is having a laugh! After a couple of MOTM performances he can’t even get a sniff of 1st team action anymore. And guess what? Pardew just CANNOT change his ways. Cabaye is just getting more & more frustrated every game because of the non-existent attacking play. HTL & hoping for some luck in next 2 games!

  • 53 sparky55 // May 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Big Papa Cisse…well said! a great squad that’s not being utilised as it should and playing like a team from yesteryear with nothing but hard tackling grunts in the middle of the park watching the ball being fired over their heads and who only take part in the game when the opposition have the ball and we end up chasing shadows as they pass the ball around us.

    I’m getting angry again…best get doon the local before the dog gets another kicking

  • 54 yo-yo // May 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Is that minger on Mature Dating in a black and wihite top ? Must be a St Mirren fan…


    I seem to remember the reason Mash didn’t keep Nolan was his wage demands for a lengthy new contract, given his age, so in typical Mash style he got cashed in on. I doubt AP had anything to do with it as he doesn’t have that much influence. And he’s toast anyway.

  • 55 Big Pappa Cissé // May 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    If this moron takes us down God forbid I ever meet him on the street.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Gosling is a liability who has spent far more time on the treatment table than he has on the bench yet gets the nod over a guy who has played regularly for one of Europe’s top clubs,there is something going seriously wrong at our club.

  • 57 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    roshan MAGPIE @ 2

    ‘ it me or is it really hard to support nufc than any other clubs..’

    No it’s not you. If successful equates to trophies then NUFC is probably one of the least successful teams in England that play in the top flight.

    We last won the league in 1926/1927
    We last won the FA cup in 1955
    We last won a major European cup in 1969 (I was there!)

    Since 1969, we have changed owners, changed directors, changed managers, changed coaching staff and changed players but nothing has changed with regards to results and trophies. Zilch.

    When Sir Alex had a point when he said ‘a wee club from the north-east’. What he really meant was that Newcastle United were insignificant in terms of being a successful club full of honours and trophies.

    The only thing that has not changed has been the support by the fans for the club. You are not in a minority of one.

  • 58 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    There is alot to work on the training ground, in terms of playing.

    Live matches will show what pardew have been doing during training.

    Again lots of us have ald mention about our 1-2 passing, where is different changes to the setup to set pieces and lots of tactical deployment and changes.

    We are not seeing any of these. Its always left to players to make up by moves themselves.

  • 59 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    geordie dan @ 41 – as i said in an earlier post – ive been saying enough is enough – and , no more thats it since 1970.

  • 60 yo-yo // May 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I’m off as everyone is getting real wound up.

    Pardew is toast whether we stay up or go down, so a waste of time slagging him out.
    The side has too many mediocre and unproven players so we have overestimated their abilities.
    There is a crisis of confidence which AP is blagging to try to keep morale up enough to get 3 pts.
    We should be okay with 41pts, but might need 42.
    We are good enough to stay up.
    We are bad enough to go down.

    Even a draw at QPR and we might just stay up.

    The big question is will there really be three teams worse than us after 38 games ?

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Kevin Nolan has kept a very dignified silence over his treatment at the club all we have to prove that he demanded a five year contract are the statements of proven liars.

  • 62 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Slank // May 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM


  • 63 yo-yo // May 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM


    Don’t you mean TAD ?

    Toon Affective Disorder

  • 64 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Didn’t Nolan say the contract was all but done but the terms of the deal were changed last minute.

  • 65 solano // May 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    DEL: “I have a plan – so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel”
    MIKE: What’s that then, my Smeagol?
    DEL: We get rid of Frodo Pardew [annoying turd who clings to your ring] and embark on a new 5 year plan
    MIKE: Really? Haven’t we tried that before?
    DEL: Yes, but we don’t tell the deluded masses, when we actually embark on the said plan, so we can adapt any statement/interview and spin it to our advantage.
    MIKE: Haven’t we tried that before?
    DEL: Yes! That is why it is so cunning! The deluded fools will think we couldn’t possibly try the same ‘jam tomorrow’ tactic.
    MIKE: We need another Patsy, though.
    DEL: Yes, difficult. But we’ll send Graham on a top secret mission to France, whilst dressing up Frodo in a droopy tache, a striped shirt and a string of onions and change his name to Alain de Pardeau
    MIKE: Genius, Derek! Send out the multi-year season ticket renewals and get my 7 year old Hindu boy to stitch up some clothing for the fat, horse punching fools!

  • 66 StevoNorthShields // May 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    First time I’ve been on! Any win against a poor QPR should just about do it. I can’t SE Norwich getting more than another point from west brom or manc city away, and I fancy villa to do Wigan on last day, so should be ok. Nobody should panic, even though its a horrible situation where we are. HOWAYTHE LADS

  • 67 cestriasteve // May 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I want to make a couple of points:

    I’m amazed at these posts about Pardews behaviour from peoples first hand accounts, the bloke sounds a complete knob!

    Secondly does it all come down to Wigan vs Swansea on Tuesday as I dont think they will get anything from Arsenal or perhaps Villa, regardless if we get another point?

    Thirdly, isnt it amazingly shameful that the 3rd best supported team in the league and probably the biggest supported by a population of fans within a 10 mile radius of the ground are battling it out with a team with a support who have had to send back some of there allocation for Wembley, a town which is such a whole I was glad to see the back of it!!

    Forthly why have we adopted this hold on tactic in the second half from??? Reading ( pardew subs Cabaye and Marveaux), WBA and now West Ham. Surely it must be Pardews team discussion at half time??

    Finally, surely he must go at the end of the season, straight away so that we can get a more tactical minded coach from France/Germany or Spain. Surely this is the obvious thing to do.

  • 68 boater // May 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Slank – I just read your comment about our problem being the defense, not the lack of goals. This old chestnut seriously winds me up.

    If a team struggles to score goals and generate meaningful attacking play, eventually the defense will creak as pressure at the other end becomes intolerable.

    What do you envision? A team that bats away opposition attack for 90 minutes, without ever playing the ball out of their own half? Part of defense – in fact the most important part – IS attack

    Jeez louise..

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // May 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Getting beat of the Mackems is looking a lot worse than it already did. We would have had 41 points and the mackems would have had 3 less :(

  • 70 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    solano — hahaha – nearly soiled myself !

  • 71 jackson0022 // May 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Really hard to imagine the situation now…though I was strangely an optimist towards our process this season and always have faith in the team that they will finally escape from relegation, sorry that I have no faith anymore towards AP. Though many people may say the two recent home defeats have cost our season, I think the away match in WBA should be the match that led to our present plight. We were really good in the first half with Gouffran scored early, but Cisse wasted the chance and sadly we did not turn up in the second half while almost any idiot can expect WBA will fight back…we should have won that game and be a lot safer today…but we did not. Sad.

  • 72 catchy in norway // May 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    the game v ARS

    i would make sure every minut pardew stood up , would boooo as loud as i could,
    i would make sure DL /MA gor the msg,

    ppl say the players have let the club down, how can they have if they are following pardews instructions to the letter,
    they would get slated if they went against him and played the game they prob wanted to

    they carnt win :(

  • 73 jackson0022 // May 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Initially I thought we should keep AP in the final games in the season to have stability to fight against relegation. But after yesterday’s performance, I think that we should make a bet and throw AP away and have anyone else to lead the team in QPR and Arsenal! I really think that anyone can bring a win in QPR, but not AP…sadly.

  • 74 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM


    You have cheered me right up.

  • 75 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    cestriasteve —- agree to all your comments.

  • 76 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    boater @ 67

    I don’t disagree with you but the stats don’t lie.

    Arsenal were noted for their one nil wins to clinch the Premeriship and I believe Chelsea did the same under the Special One.

  • 77 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Pardumb ‘s football tactics are equivalent to Boycotts for batting in Cricket
    defend,defend,defend,defend,defend,defend, Lunch
    defend,defend,defend,defend OUT

  • 78 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    jackson @ 72 — i thought that all along.
    We need someone to give them a good talking to before the last 2 games , pardew cant do it.

  • 79 Spotlight Kid // May 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM


    Did SuperMac get a kick? Well from where I was (stuck behind a Wembley structural pillar and dodging my head to the left and right depending where the action was) he certainly did get a kick. If memory serves me correctly he seemed to be aiming to be the first no9 to boot the ball clean out of the stadium.

    When even Cockneys joined with Scousers in offering commiserations afterwards (in the manner of patting a lame dog) on the tube or back in London, you know something went badly wrong. That painful day in May ’74 when many of the team failed to bother turning up remains forever etched on my memory, and erased all the previous joy from the ’69 adventures.

    Things haven’t really changed that much since, to be honest. Certainly the trophy cabinet is much the same, ha ha! I felt sorry for Joe Harvey that day, he was essentially a good manager. People tend to forget we were up to 2nd place behind Leeds in November of that same season. Then the wheels came off, as they have doing ever since……

    And here we are again, staring into the abyss.

  • 80 solano // May 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    daztoon@76 to be fair to Geoffery Boycott, he did score runs and achieve success…he also knew how to treat a woman real proper ;-)
    A word of advice too: you should never use the ‘B’ word around these parts – it really annoys the one’s who don’t live within 5oo miles of the ground.

  • 81 ErnestHemingway // May 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Stuart no9

    I presume you mean Jesmond Dene House? My friend is a chef there too and he has met Pardew. My friend isn’t a Newcastle fan, but he reckons Pardew is a total gent, really nice fella. Speak as you find, I suppose.

  • 82 low fell mag // May 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Looking for a lift to Qpr on Saturday or Sunday,has anybody got a spare seat ,as i will chip in for petrol money.Thanks Steve

  • 83 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Yes was being unkind to Boycott to compare him with the loser that is pardumb I will go to the naughty step for 10 mins

  • 84 Spotlight Kid // May 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Ass much as I might not like old Geoffrey as a pundit, he was a solid source of runs for Yorks and England for many years. To compare him to our silver haired charlatan is an insult too far. Even when GB defended, he did it well. Look at his batting average – and that was against some top, top bowlers at the time. Put Cook in against the Ozzy and West Indian bowling attack of the 60s/70s without a helmet and he’d run away.

  • 85 geordie157 // May 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Another failure by Pardew for me, was not giving Campbell more time off the bench in the Europa league, the squad was stretched and it would have been a good chance to give him 25mins off the bench. Then if he did well he could have been doing the same now in the Premier league.

    And what’s Amalfitano doing, has he not developed as hoped? He should have been loaned out straight away to a championship or decent league 1 side to adapt to English football.

  • 86 solano // May 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    low fell@81…bring your boots, pal. We’ll pick you up on Saturday morning outside the Cannon – we’ll be in the big posh trip bus, with a load of French guys looking moody and shrugging their shoulders.

  • 87 Dennis Twice // May 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Team for coca-cola?


    subs. Ferguson, Tavernier…..

  • 88 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Steve @ 66

    ‘… more tactical minded coach from France/Germany or Spain. Surely this is the obvious thing to do….’

    Perhaps. There are as many foreign coaches in the top half of the Premiership as there are in the bottom half.

    Longevity in the job (Fergie, Moyles, Venger etc) and/or money (Mourinho any Chelsea manager) seem to bring success.

    As we sack our managers on a regular basis and will not / cannot not pay top dollar for a manager we must hope whoever is next is better than Pardew although having said that nearly everyone thought he was brilliant this time last year.

  • 89 solano // May 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Spotlight…Boycs is a top pundit!
    Who else would come out with gems like these ?
    “Botham has a golden arm – he could take wickets with an orange!”
    Pure genius! :-)

  • 90 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Spotlight @ 78

    ‘Then the wheels came off, as they have doing ever since ‘

    Yes, they came off but they have never been put back on since then.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they found the undisturbed fossilized remains of Elvis and Lord Lucan in our trophy room as it’s been so long since anyone unlocked and opened the door to see what’s inside.

  • 91 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Martinez would be perfect for us and his firmation would suit our team.

  • 92 cestriasteve // May 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Slanks@ 66 you are completely right, however I havent enjoyed watching our style of football for a long time and we have some very, very talented players for the first time in donkeys years.

  • 93 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM


  • 94 TimKrulFan // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    When pardew was at charton my dad helped to up the training ground and he said pardew was an arrogant pr*ck he said last season he would get us relagated.

  • 95 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    eaststandgeordie1982 @ 90

    Are you assuming that Martinez will stay up and we will be relegated and he will then want to ply his trade in the Championship or is it the other way round?

  • 96 AKB // May 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I was at the match yesterday and it was like it a kick about on the beach, West Ham weren’t arsed and yet we still never went for them.

    We look down.

    Jonas was utter shit as usual by the way.

  • 97 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    The thought of not supporting this club would never enter my head, no matter what league we are in. This club gets into you blood and it’s not an option to turn our backs on it and not have it in our lives

  • 98 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Don’t know if anyone heard what Danny Murphy said just then on Goals on Sunday about Martinez and his ability to make his players stay positive even under pressure and after a defeat.

    He always expects them to believe that they will create another chance to score a goal and pick up points. Which they did yesterday. THREE points, whereas Pardew is over the moon with a point (in usual circumstances a point going there is good, but when our Premier League status is hanging in the balance, we should be set up to get maximum points!)

    Completely the opposite from Pardew, where he relies on a bit of brilliance to pick him up some points instead of a collective team strategy.

    Murphy was saying what that must be like to play for, knowing that the belief is there to pick up points no matter what has just happened on the pitch.

    We score, “let’s dig in….” Dreadful.

    I’m not necessarily saying we should be getting Martinez at all by the way, but his positivity has to be admired.

  • 99 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    ernest – no its not the jesmond dene house, it is a restaurant on osbornre rd . it is owned by the northunbria hotel.

  • 100 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Martinez would be an upgrade on what we have for sure

  • 101 Slank // May 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    TimKrulFan @ 93

    You can be an arrogant pr*ck when you are successful but you cannot be an arrogant pr*ck when you are a failure. That’s Pardew’s problem (and ours!).

    You possibly cannot get a more arrogant person than Jose Mourinho but he has earned it. Pardew hasn’t.

  • 102 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The Rene Girard link isn’t going away

  • 103 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    West Ham were there for the taking another 2 points dropped

  • 104 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    @daz – Pardew seemed more interested in talking about the dressing split story and offering that the performance proved everything was ok with the players, a great way for him to skirt the fact that we created very little and dropped more valuable points when those around us continue to win their games.

  • 105 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Colin W@nker should be available next season,an expert at getting teams back up before we get one of these fancy foreign managers your all on about.

  • 106 Marty-Toon // May 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Watching sky news report on the German clubs that are doing so well,talking about
    Low ticket prices
    Fan owned clubs-no oil barrens or billionaires
    Friendly atmospheres
    Top quality outh coaching with 5 first teamers at Dortmund are from the city itself.

    We’ve got lots to learn-hopefully one day we can own the club and have a say in who is manager and how the clubs run

  • 107 Novocastrian66 // May 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    We’re down.

  • 108 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Mate i`m sick of hearing his voice and watching predictable tactics that an eleven year old could work out and beat.
    I`m sure if he had put young Campbell on that would have surprised everyone including Big Sam

  • 109 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I was hoping we’d be safe by thebArsenal game so we could give Pardew and Alley pelters but that’s not going to happen now so we have to get behind the team.

  • 110 northernirishtoon // May 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    This time next week we could be safe and pardew could be sacked. Now there’s a thought

    On the other hand, if results go against and say Norwich beat west brom 1-0, we could be left having to beat arsenal by 2 clear goals

    Pardew is a cotton headed ninny muggins

  • 111 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    And we have the attack minded Pardumb to get us the results we need

  • 112 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    @daz – Mate he’s so one dimensional it’s scary how blind to the obvious he is. Anyone of us could name the starting 11 for the last two games and the way we will set our tactics. So if it’s so obvious to the like of us then opposition managers must be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of playing us.

    I have absolutely no faith that he will get us out of the mess he’s landed us in

  • 113 Jail for Ashley // May 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    All the Ashley apologists blamed our over paid over aged mercenaries last time we got relegated whilst our hugely ambitious owner seemingly was the victim,this time were blaming our underpaid foreign mercenaries and the clueless manager our hugely ambitious owner put in charge.

  • 114 BandB // May 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    This is Alan Pardew explaining to the Northern Echo what he is “learning” from the relegation struggle.

    It would explain why he turned to Gosling yesterday. It also explains where his heart lies, and what is in store for us if he stays. Experienced Premiership players cost a lot of money. Unless they haven’t made the grade, a la Obertan and Gosling. So we can presume the Jay Spearing route is the way he wants to head.

  • 115 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

  • 116 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM


    Thats if we stay up

  • 117 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Ernest – 80.

    I’m sure your friend did think he was a gent. Anyone can be nice, even the worst people. He lies and comfort of being deceitful on a regular basis on the media is diabolical. The key is how many times can you limit being not nice at the same time.

    As you’ll probably agree, a quick meet a greet doesn’t wash over the experiences a lot of people have had with him and I’ve been told about his character from a day to day basis point of view.

    Arrogant, pompous, impolite and rude are commonly attributed to him by the bucket load.

    Even his selections show his arrogance. Playing the same poor form players week in week out, because he thinks he knows better, when thousands can see otherwise. You can see it in his body language and nasal snarls and posturing.

    “I have a strong philosophy of how I think the game should be played and we’ll try and fit in that motive for the next three games.”

    - Lies – his philosophy is based on relying on individual player brilliance to score a goal then actively sit back and protect a lead. We have failed miserably at this, yet he persists with reluctance of playing the more technical and creative players. He was overjoyed with the 90 minute performance against West Ham, even though it was the same old negative second half as usual. Yet Villa and Wigan have picked up 3 points from going for a win.

    “I have just conceded six but sometimes if you are threatening the goal a little bit more you don’t need to defend as often and you can defend with a little more confidence.”

    Lies – he started the game with 4DM and Jonas who has 3 assists in 69 games, leaving Cisse isolated, so who is he kidding by saying this?

    I could be here all day night highlighting more lies from the silver tongued footballing spiv. His CV tracks his path. That failure, is imminent decline and destruction at which ever club he’s been at.

  • 118 solano // May 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    JFA@112…in a nutshell…it’s happening all over again but the self-proclaimed ‘proper fans’ won’t recognise the cancer in the club.

  • 119 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Laurent Robert 32

    You’re right with everything that you say, but…………Pardew actually believes it, and thats whats so damn scary the man is delusional as he’s being doing the same damn thing all season thinking that it’s gonna change the resluts.

  • 120 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    There is so much rubbish being spouted on this site without looking carefully at the numbers there are so many different scenarios about who will get what thatvtonsay we at down is a simply daft comment .yesterday the results brought so many teams in it is hard to predict
    Whatvlooksnpretty clear is that a win for us and it will be hard to see us dropping out of the league .
    Stoke lose atvsunderland they are in the mire ,sunderlandlose they are to their neck ,Southampton and Norwich are looking dodgy with so many games against each other it’s anyone’s guess.
    But please poster stop making daft comments with no fact other than the very understandable highly emotional frustration of a very poor season

  • 121 noladonna // May 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    anybody on this blog believe in divine intervention cause we need a miracle

    i have to believe we can go and win at qpr even thou all the facts tell me we cant, i worry that if were relegated percy will still be in charge in the championship

  • 122 cestriasteve // May 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Laurent@117 3 assists in 69 jesus!!!!

  • 123 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Bola doña
    We don’t need a miracle
    One win or possibly 2 draws should be enough
    Cheer up

  • 124 noladonna // May 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    2 draws wont be enough in my opinion think 3pts might just be enough someone will be going down with 40pts

  • 125 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    If a man walking down the same street everyday and trips on a raised paving stone, the next day he may trip again, forgetting what had occurred the previous day.

    Even if the person forgets for a third day and trips on the same slab, the following day he must realise this and take a corrective measure or risk damaging his foot and body by eventually falling.

    He could, raise his leg higher to clear the protrusion, he could step side ways to avoid the obstacle, he could take a completely different route via another street. The man could even lift the slab further, remove the debris underneath and replace it so it lies flat.

    Pardew is that man tripping in the street. He thinks by keeping on doing what he is doing as per his usual routine of negative tactics, poor choice of player selection, the pavement will return to a safe and positive position, when in fact his lack of a proactive change could lead to him falling over.

    He walked down the same street with the other clubs he has managed. This is his norm now, but it shouldn’t be ours.

  • 126 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    2 draws will do
    Have a look at the other games for the other contenders
    But agree a win would be better

  • 127 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    the sad fact is that two wins could still see us go down because of goal difference

  • 128 Munster Mag // May 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Would people please stop talking about benitez???? Guys like him manage teams like inter and Chelsea, not NUFC…..idiots!

  • 129 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    God jack
    And the world might end tommorrow

  • 130 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Isn`t Jay spearing another Guthrie type showed lots of potential but will never make the grade at Liverpool

  • 131 fray bentos // May 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Laurent Robert 32

    “Even his selections show his arrogance. Playing the same poor form players week in week out, because he thinks he knows better, when thousands can see otherwise. You can see it in his body language and nasal snarls and posturing”

    jeez think your getting a bit OTT here like

    Calm down a little and try some deep breathing techniques exercises

    Granted he’s not doing a particularly good job this season but your making him out like some evil devil man from the deepest darkest depths of hell, im sure hes trying his best to get our team winning, it just isnt working, doesn’t mean hes some evil villain

  • 132 Munster Mag // May 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Interesting comments about Pardew and restaurants, players etc….gotta say he seems like a very nice guy on the TV….anywhere a manager is sacked, morale will have been lo. It goes with the territory…..can the poster about the restaurant ( Stuart 9 ) say faithfully that this is the case…??? Ie that he is arrogant etc in private???

  • 133 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Benitez wants to stay in the uk
    He does not have too many options

  • 134 fray bentos // May 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    “He could, raise his leg higher to clear the protrusion, he could step side ways to avoid the obstacle, he could take a completely different route via another street. The man could even lift the slab further, remove the debris underneath and replace it so it lies flat”

    because managing a football team and setting up tactics against opposing managers who are also trying to outplay you is just like walking down a street avoiding paving slabs, come on lad, have a word

  • 135 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM


    Mate, it’s simply down to having no faith in Pardew whatsoever and the reality of our position plus the fact that side’s like Wigan and Villa are winning games and we are not.

    Yes it’s depressing, but it’s where we are

  • 136 Munster Mag // May 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I like the way Pardew said Colo made such a difference……the clear inference being that this injury cost Pardew points and that we might be fine if he had been fit…..cudda wudda shudda Alan. We’re going down, and have probably been relegated since Sunderland took us apart.

  • 137 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Wigan and villa can’t both win against each other neither can Sunderland stoke or Sunderland Southampton and there are more
    I too dislike turnip and his negative tactics and brainless subs as much as anyone but string him up when we are safe
    I have a good feeling for the first time in 6 weeks after yesterday’s results

  • 138 Bambams // May 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I can share s little about the arrogance of Pardew.

    I know one of the scouts/under 17 coach at the club. I was told by him two days before Pards took the job he was to be the new manager.

    The first thing he told us was how arrogant he is and it ALWAYS has to be about him. He loves the limelight, the tv interviews and any attention.

    He also said the coaches believed it would all end badly as he is not a good coach….

    Time will tell.

  • 139 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    I think it’s between Wigan , Sunderland and ourselves.
    I hope I’m am proven wrong and that Pardew does manage to pull us away and see us safe, but after so much rhetoric of what he’s going to do, (where he’s ended up actually doing nothing other than offer excuses), I know longed believe anything that he say’s and simply can’t trust him to get us to safety

  • 140 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    *no longer*

  • 141 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I think we are going to have to rely on Wigan to get beat rather than us winning games

  • 142 fray bentos // May 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I also know one of the cleaners at the club, they also agree that Pardew is arrogant, they were really upset when they tried to advise him on tactics but Pardew wouldn’t listen, sounds like a right evil so and so

  • 143 Bambams // May 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Benitez would be three times better than Pard’rue’ …..


  • 144 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Jack – 119

    I agree, that’s the worst thing, that he believes it. So deluded it’s untrue.

    He bangs on about stats, but here’s a stat (From ESPNstats)

    18 Jonás Gutiérrez

    32 0 1 21 5 0 23 57 7 0

    32 starts

    5 shots on goal

    ZERO assists.

    Now look back to Pardew’s quotes… he says we need to score a goal. Tell me where the assist are coming from when 4 DM are in the same team and Jonas as a supply line against Liverpool at HOME?


    I feel sorry for Cisse. He misses some, but his runs give him those chances in the first place. Many strikers don’t even make those runs. He has played well over half the season the right wing due to Ba.

    Even after Ba left, as soon as Shola plays he is forced to play there again. Shola has started 4 games and being a used sub in 18. That’s even more minutes where Cisse is forced to play in a position which he doesn’t suit and spend his time defending anyway. Saying that he hasn’t scored as many this season is one of the biggest illusions going at the club.

    He doesn’t get anywhere near the quality in to him that he should. He would bang loads in for Man Utd.

  • 145 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Norwich,and Southampton and villa have a look at the bbc predictor
    Yo will be surprised how many are now in play even Fulham and stoke

  • 146 yorkymag // May 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Just watching Bradford city in play off
    This is there 55game of the season what energy and passion and they have a reason o be tired not like our lot

  • 147 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    I know mate, everything is riding on the QPR game for us, three points there and we can hopefully breath a little easier, whatever happens there needs to be a major shake up of the coaching staff come the summer or we’ll be facing the same situation next season

  • 148 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    @daz – and thats what I hate, having to rely on others to mess up

  • 149 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Fray – believe what you want to believe, doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I know what I see week in week out when I go to the games or catch them on a stream if I can’t make it. I know what has been said from people who have regular first hand experience with him.

    Anyone can hope he seems like a nice guy, that’s what he’s there to portray when the cameras are on him. Politicians talk a good talk as well, but they are indeed there simply to support ‘the system’ of monetary gain which society revolves around and is controlled by the media.

    And yes, the walking down the street story is an analogy, a different angle on it, and a good one at that, because it shows he’s not learning from his mistakes.

    He doesn’t learn from his mistakes, and hasn’t in all his time from management. He thinks he knows better with his “strong philosophy”, but he obviously doesn’t, as that is what is continuously getting him AND US in the mess which we’re in now, with low team morale thrown into the mix as well.

  • 150 Jackel001 // May 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Norwich have West brom home, and City away tbh I cannot see them picking up another point. IF we get 3 points on sat then I would go out on a limb and say we are ok going into the last game of the season against arsenal, which I think we’ll get a point! But its all down to wigan, if them and the unwashed win this week the I think the pressure will cripple us.

  • 151 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    If Ashley sticks with Pardew what ever the outcome then he has no intention of success at the Toon and is just happy to use us as a giant advertising Board for Sports Direct.

  • 152 solano // May 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    What we need is Mike Ashley’s best mate to come in and show us how dreadful he is as a coach and manager. He will reference everything he says to his former friend and boss, Kevin Keegan -whose wife and children he insulted in 2008 after he was spouting shite about his real love to me – (not Sandra, but Liverpool).
    Step forward, former playing Legend and new 5 year plan Patsy……Mr Peter Beardsley!
    [accompanied by delarious and deluded roars from assembled strip wearing blind people]

  • 153 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @daz – For me, Ashley has this summer the prove his intentions for the club. He put a lot of things right in the January window and with a few more additions in the summer we could be set for a real push for top 6. But we need a major overhaul of our coaches starting with a new manager who is capable of getting the best out of the quality we have.

    If things do change then we will be in a far stronger position going into next season but if we continue with Pardew, then Ashley’s intention to use us as an advertising tool for his grubby little retail company will be without question

  • 154 solano // May 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Jack…time for your tablets. Jam tomorrow?

  • 155 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    solano // May 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Jack…time for your tablets. Jam tomorrow?


  • 156 Bambams // May 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    QPR game will be so much harder than I think people realise. They have some great players that can turn it on within a second.

    I cannot comfortably see where the next point will come from and just know pardrue will be hoping for two draws and not going for the wins.

    Even considered putting some money on us going down, might need a holiday to soften a massive blow.

    Hated this whole bloody season ! Lack of investment, Ba debacle, Remi debacle, Injuries, Football standard and now Relegation battle….

    You have to be mad to support our club

  • 157 fray bentos // May 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I hope for your sake you didn’t actually consider betting against your own team

    Fans should never bet against their own teams, even if they did think they were going to lose, its goes against the whole principle of supporting a team, stupid lad

  • 158 solano // May 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Jack..January was a panic gamble – and they didn’t bring in the goalscorer we clearly needed. We’ve had 6 years of lurching from one window to the next wondering what MA’s intentions are for the club.
    Good grief, even if he was good intentioned – he clearly isn’t up to fulfilling that ambition. He has to go – hounded out if necessary for overseeing such a pathetic record.
    The line has to be drawn…’No more!’
    They’ve turned us into the new Sunderland!

  • 159 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    There’s only one issues in getting rid of Ashley!

    And thats finding someone with a spare 200 million

  • 160 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I don`t mate i have more of a feeling Ashley only spent to make sure we stayed up and the lure of the premiership pot was to much to loose.I hope i`m proved wrong and he sacks Pards and backs a new manager.
    Ashley has had more than enough time in charge and we are at the same point as when he took control

  • 161 Bambams // May 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM



    I said it tongue in cheek. Only stupid people would believe a true fan could bet against their own club.

  • 162 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Pain? Looking at how Everton took control of Lpool and attack them every now and again really show how far we have drift apart.

    Still recalling when both Newcastle and Everton were on equal terms.

  • 163 fray bentos // May 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  • 164 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    laurant — very intelligent and logical posts !

  • 165 Bambams // May 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    As you should.

  • 166 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    ;-) Cheers Stuart. As you know, just stating the obvious.

  • 167 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    We need to give youth players some time to adapt, can that also means the manager?

  • 168 stuart no9 // May 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    i was going to file my nails today , then i thought – naa , why do i want to keep them?

  • 169 solano // May 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Jack @ 159…fans have to stop feeding the monster and start realising where the real blame and responsibity lies – at the very top.
    Then MA will start making his exit plans and interested parties will come forward. As it exists at the moment, he will be here forever because fans are still thinking he will come good after 6 season of turmoil.
    If you keep tormenting a dog, it will bite you eventually. Yet I meet so many fans who moan and groan about what has happened and then they tell me how much they saved by buying a 10 year season ticket. FFS we are right on the brink of a second relegation and the deal doesn’t look so attractive when Brighton away is looming on a Friday night.

  • 170 scout // May 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Qpr cant beat anyone but im certain theyll beat us. We are terrible, not outing pardew was a crazy crazy choice.

  • 171 catchy in norway // May 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    you have been backing against the club for a long time now, your support for pardew has us in this position,

    supporting the team , yes , but backing pardew , noooooo

  • 172 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Pardew style, if anyone remember would to leave it to the Biggest match and try to do an All Out Attack.

    It Arsenal that Pardew will Set the Team Up and do a all out attack.

    For QPR, we will be defensive because it not a bigger match then Arsenal.

    Pardew Style.

    I just hope that Arsenal will not do a 8-0 on us.

  • 173 Laurent Robert 32 // May 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I’m all for supporting a manager and have done since being initially gutted when Pardew took over. Even when holes could be spotted in Pardew’s tactics and selections, I gave him the rub of the green. This season the points haven’t come with the continuous disjointed defensive performances of last season and my patience has dwindled after each game since the first home game (but my support remains on every match day of course).

    I’m as positive a supporter at the games as there is in the ground, regardless of scoreline and opposition, with encouragement, scarf waving, clapping and singing. If, after the game, those holes I spoke of are ever widening though, then it must be highlighted before we fall into the mess below, which we are perilously close to doing right now.

  • 174 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    If QPR wants to Break some club record the best chance is against us.

  • 175 DS_NUFC // May 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM


    How on earth is this side battling to avoid relegation with the right manager in charge we can challenge for the top 6 no problem

  • 176 JackButler // May 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM


    We are not feeding the monster mate, it’s the TV revenue that feed’s it, that along with commercial sponsorship and advertising. Even with empty stadiums Ashley will still get 100+ million a season, as season ticket sales and merchandise returns are a nominal amount in comparison.

    Do I want him as owner owner?
    Not if it meant us having someone who could finally take us where we are all longing to be.
    But can we actively get him to sell up?
    Not a chance in hell, simply because as long as there’s money to be made he’ll be here or unless someone comes in and offers him the amount to buy the club from him.

  • 177 beddersmag // May 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Jail & Beattie

    Last night you accused me of being greedy for backing the toon to go down a couple of months ago. How could a gamble at 20-1 be termed greedy? Surely the likelihood was that i would lose my money?

    Negative perhaps, or realistic as it turned out. I saw this coming in Nov when i looked at the festive fixtures and didnt see us picking up 2 wins until mid Jan. I placed a bet which would act as a silver lining for me should the worst happen. However, as i said i would prefer to lose an amount i was comfortable with losing if the toon stayed up. I made a private financial decision which was not publicly advertised and im comfortable with the rationale behind it.

    What i mean by fan negativity is the constant slating of the manager on this, and other blogs which has been picked up on by the press, highlighted to the manager and he has commented on this numerous times. There may not have been many predicting our relegation in Nov, but there was a lot even then asking for pardews head.

    The problem with this groundswell of negative online opinion is that it has now increased the pressure on pardew and the team twofold. Pressure and stress leads to poor decision making. We need to stick with the manager for the remaining games and trust him to get us through this. Surely you can see hes not going anywhere for now so there can be no positive results from constant abuse? Ashley wont sack him because we ask for it, that much is obvious. So dont waste your time is entirely counterproductive imo

  • 178 toon kk // May 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    The trouble is to many supporters think we’re better than we are and its all down to Pardew, though I agree to a extent but the team are poor on to many occasions. The table doesn’t lie

  • 179 davis_toons // May 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Simple we need more quality signings.

  • 180 solano // May 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM you do nowt! There is such things as self respect. People should stop moaning, then.
    It’s like ‘Dr Strangelove – Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the drop’
    6 more years! 6 more years!

  • 181 solano // May 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Jack…matchday revenue and merchandise has always made up 20-25% of income – this may well decrease due to the new tv deal, so maybe relegation wouldn’t be that bad????
    At least the Fat Barsteward won’t get to pocket the extra money…what do you say?
    It’s dealt with in ‘Dr Strangelove’ and in actuality existed in reality as the ‘MAD’ theory – mutually assured destruction. You like?

  • 182 scout // May 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Something is without doubt wrong at the club, why dont the players just ignore the daft tactics and play how they want to win games ffs theyre useless at the minute

  • 183 ErnestHemingway // May 5, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    It’s all mike ashleys fault. And llambias. And a little bit Alan pardews. And a little bit more the players.

  • 184 Spotlight Kid // May 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    We are not feeding the monster mate, it’s the TV revenue that feed’s it..

    So why pay more than, say, a tenner a game to get in? It worked in Germany.

  • 185 Lynxie // May 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I just can’t help thinking that maybe if we had signed Paul Scharner……………
    And given Obertan a free role.
    And Played Shola wide right, to make better use of his workrate and first touch.
    And Dan Gosling should take all of the free kicks and corners and throw ins, coz he’s just mint and everything.

    Anyway, back in the real world. Fire sale commences in two weeks time. Everything must go.

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