Newcastle’s Problem – Some Players Have Choked


There’s something that must have happened between the evening of Thursday 11th April and Sunday 14th April, and we ‘d love to know what it was.

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Moussa Sissoko – it’s been difficult for our five new French players

On that Thursday, Newcastle were eliminated from the Europa League and were applauded off the field for their brave efforts in going out to the Portuguese side – who have since reached the final and will contest the final against Chelsea.

And on the previous Sunday, a last gasp winner from Papiss Cisse against Fulham,  meant we had picked up 3 precious points in the league, and Papiss went mad and ran into the crowd, and manager Alan Pardew was seen to hug Newcastle fans –  and we’ll not even mention the Newcastle fans going crazy.

But all has gone so wrong since then, with just one point and one goal in our last four league games since the Benfica game.

Not only that, but we have conceded 10 goals and scored only one, so our goal difference has plummeted by nine goals, and is now no better than that of Aston Villa and Wigan – and that had always been somthing we had over the lower teams in the league – but no more.

It’s almost like we are doing everything needed to be relegated – which would be simply a cataclysmic disaster for Newcastle United Football club.

And to add insult to injury we had our biggest defeat against Sunderland since 1979 – and our biggest defeat at home since 1925 as part of those four games. 🙁

And while there were some excuses about us having some of our best players out injured this season – we had five French players – including three French Internationals – brought in during the January transfer window to help prevent relegation and steady the Newcastle ship.

But with just two games to go, we are now in more relegation trouble than we’ve been in all season (that’s bad timing to say the least), and if Wigan beat Swansea City on Tuesday night – even the perennial relegation fighters will go above us in the league table.

And there’s not much time to save ourselves – with just two games to go.

It must be hard on the five Frenchmen coming in – we freely admit that – and they are trying their best to acclimatize to life in England and playing in the Premier League all at once – and even good experienced players like Kevin Nolan had trouble when he first joined Newcastle just over four years ago.

But the teams we have put out in the last four games have been very decent – and yet in two of those games we just collapsed – and the problem is not with the players’ ability or anything like that – they are good players – it’s got to be in their heads.

Some of our players have simply choked when the going got tough – and like four years when the going got tough – some of our players have given up.

We even hope some Newcastle players will read this and get annoyed about the premise they have choked, although there’s  good  evidence of that.

We’d have one thing to say to them – prove it’s not true in the next two games and save us from relegation.

That’s all that really matters now, and the Newcastle supporters are still completely  100% behind you.

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194 comments so far

  • DS_NUFC

    May 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    KRUL
    DEBUCHY MBIWA COLOCCINI SANTON
    TIOTE SISSOKO
    BEN ARFA CABAYE MARVAUX
    CISSE

    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

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  • DS_NUFC

    May 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    with tiote and sissoko sitting back it gives the players infront of him to be more creative and attack but we will never get this under pardew

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  • DS_NUFC

    May 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    are anyone confident that pardew will be replaced at the end of the season?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d like to think he’d be upgraded after the last game of season, but who knows.

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  • Geordiedownunder

    May 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    If someone can look back in the records… I have a feeling the change in our fortune started straight after Pardew was given that 8 year contract….. since then the slow spiral down.

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  • DS_NUFC

    May 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    if he dont i can see all the players losing confidence in him. pardew will take us backwards with his playing style.we need a manager with a winning mentality that likes to play the ball on the ground

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  • toon kk

    May 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Alot of our team are over rated we lack pace, power & skill in to many areas. I know alot is down to Pardew but the table doesn’t lie. I watch other games on tv and they all put more effort in. Also I can’t see another top manager coming in Ashley wouldn’t meet his demands.

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  • fray bentos

    May 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    @catchy

    I am not the reason we are in this situation, how could i possibly be

    Ive always liked to have a balanced view while looking at our club and football in general, understanding the view that i don’t know everything that goes on at the club and understanding the fact that every manager and coach knows a hell of alot more about the game than i do

    Ive never though Pardew was some sort of genius manager but he has his moments and i was willing to give him time to sort issues as im not a fan of the conveyer belt system of managers and idealy we need stability, the all the most succesfull reigns at club come through stability in manager, but as the season went on its became more apparant that his negativity can get very much in the way sometimes. he can be good manager at times, the 2 games againt Benfica proved this and i think he has alot working against him, the board, too many foreign players, too many new faces, injuries, possible bad coaching stsyem/team instilled at the club for year, but obviously alot of the blame has to be held accountable to him, i jsut don’t think he deserves the pettu name calling and contsant bashing, where not in a good situation but he will be trying to sort it out, maybe he just doesn;t have the right tools, its not his fault, blame the board instead

    I would love to have Laudrup or someone like that as our manager but i can’t see it happening, Pardew will have to do

    Get behing the team and support rather than the continuously bashing the manager

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Can`t we just choke Pardew that would solve a lot of problems

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    catchy,
    blaming individual posters for our demise is as ridiculous as your spelling of the word carnt .
    Just picked the Sunday mail up who claim Schalke are after Rafa and that word coming out of Newcastle is that the owners will stick with Pards regardless of our status.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Geordie downunder ,
    The spiral downwards started when the transfer window closed and our superstars with CL ambitions realised they had been sold a dummy.

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  • chuck

    May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #12

    ED.
    Looks like you are reaching here.
    You become a psychologist lately, it’s now in their heads, sounds like a Pardew sound-bite.
    We, that’s apparently everyone but yourself, have figured out the problem and it turns out to be Pardew.
    Not to say Ashley does’nt bear some responsibility.
    We will know following the seasons end, where I think Pardew has to be fired and replaced

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  • Douglas

    May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    What I have not been able to fathom is Pardews philosophy to football. Keegan = attack. Rogers = short passing. Pardew = ?????????. I think he sets his teams up based on defending against the opposition as priority and then see if we can nick a goal. Well, reach for the sky and you may reach the ceiling, reach for the ceiling (Pardew) and you’ll get relegated. Sooo as a fan of stability I still think Pardew will have to go. Mind you, what advisory role (culpability) does the rest of the coaching staff have?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Free your mind from the dreadful thoughts for a second and revitalize a bit watching how football should be played at the highest level, with positivity and attacking flair.

    Zinedine Zidane:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7mXGMcpA0g&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    What a joy to watch.

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  • carl

    May 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #15

    fray bentos
    You talk a lot of sense. At the game yesterday you could see Coloccini organising the defence something we’ve missed. Given recent performances it was good to see a much improved showing.
    A game not to lose first and foremost. By far the better side first half we lost momentum with Cabaye and Hatem struggling in the second half. Behind the goal we all thought that Cisse had scored.
    Ian Toon
    Did you get Danny Simpson’s shirt it looked like you? I am at the QPR game will look out for you!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Carl,
    Did Ian Toon introduce you to Pushy on your visit to the capital.

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  • carl

    May 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail
    I live in London. Given that I did not meet Ian! Do you have to work at being thick or does it just come naturally. Nothing personal .

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  • chuck

    May 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    FRAY BENTOS

    How is it you are the only one who doesn’t get it ?
    That old, “get behind the side and the manager” is ridicules.
    We have talent in the side, but no one to direct them.
    There were differences between Ba and Pardew over tactics, not to mention Collo. and others.
    Pardew has admitted to a lack of communication, due to language differences.
    Plus all you have to do is look his record, he has failed and been fired just about everywhere he’s been.
    But then what does Llambias know about football, the guy who recommended him ?
    Less than nothing if you are to believe KK.
    And what does the owner, who in fact runs everything know about the game?
    There’s blame to go around.
    The thing is, Pardew costs half a million a year, while most managers earn around three million on up, while Llambias is the lowest paid GM in the league.
    Plus both are happy to just be employed, who else would hire them..
    That and they will “yes sir” you to death.

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  • IITianToon

    May 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry for this guys but just thinking very very negatively, but if we do drop our Championship team:
    Elliot
    Tavernier-Saylor–Willo–Ferguson
    Perch–Inman–Gosling
    Campbell–Shola–Gouffran

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  • IITianToon

    May 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #20

    And would be good to have Girard managing us; possibly.

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  • Assam Toon

    May 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle will be a perfect platform for Rafa to show he is up at that level. Its not about us choosing him but will he choose us though. In fact Girard on the other hand might take time to soak in the English game and even lose a few opening matches in the process, next season. Pardew’s position is like Mark Hughes when he managed city. An average guy in charge of a far more talented side than he could ever dream of managing…Mancini came in and was far better in handling characters like balotelli or tevez, in the long run. And pardew couldnt handle ba’s stubbornness. And now he is wasting Anita and Marveaux. He plays gosling,perch out of embarrassment for his old arsenal xenophobic comment. Jonas is fit only if u r defending two goals in last ten minutes..for his pointless time killing runs and attracting fouls.
    Everyone is saying go swans and potters…but I will breathe easy once the baggies give Norwich a hiding. They wont lose again surely, and that will be enough for us.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    So Carl,
    Ian Toon is an acquaintance of yours whose wife you keep in touch with yet you didn’t meet for a pint on his visit to the capital.

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  • carl

    May 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail
    There were 2,000 fans there and many more were in the West Ham end. Good atmosphere and support for team and Pards. Simpson played well defensively and threw his shirt into the crowd at the end. Cabaye did the same and publicly later thanked us for travelling.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Assam ,
    Managers like Rafa Benitez want to add CL medals to their already bulging trophy cabinets not prove the are adept at getting mid table teams into the top six.

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  • carl

    May 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail
    I T is not married. Your boring mate! You need to keep working on your theories!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Carl,sorry my mistake I forgot Ian is gay and it’s Pushy whose married but doesn’t like being called gay.

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  • fray bentos

    May 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27

    @chuck

    jeez, don’t think you read any of my post but the last line it seems

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  • Marty-Toon

    May 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #28

    I can imagine its tough on the French lads
    Especially when the likes of
    Debuchy,Cabaye,Mbiwa,Sissoko are used to being top of their league or there abouts
    We’ve had a lot of injuries at crucial times.
    Players have been put in wrong positions on the pitch.
    Quality like Anita left on the bench instead of Tiote,Gosling who haven’t a good pass between them all season.
    Pardew will be gone even if we stay up,actually he might only stay if we go down

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    If we can beat QPR I think we will stay up. Hoping for Swansea to get atleast a draw on Tuesday

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  • do the hatem shake

    May 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #30

    i think anita is absoultly quality but my opinion doesnt matter because its pardews and he has went full retard on us

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Wish We had a player like Howard Webb

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Its pretty sad that everyone is talking about if we can beat QPR we can stay up.We should never be in this situation if Ashley had woken up and seen Pardew is a total fcukwit and sacked him on his record losing streak

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    daztoon ,
    Ashley was never going to sack Pards as he is making a statement that he is doing things his way what ever the disastrous consequences are.

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  • naptoon

    May 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #34

    where does everyone have us finishing on bbc predictor i had us finishing 12th on 42 points norwich down on 39 by a 1 worse goal diff to wigan. arse pip spuds to fourth by +1 goal diff. cheered me up we are lucky so many teams around us have to take points off each other.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #35

    5.2 The club admitted to the tribunal that it repeatedly and intentionally misled the press, public and the fans of Newcastle United. 
    This is still happen and will continue to happen,Mike Ashley and his cronies have absolutely no interest in the good of NUfC.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #36

    @Jail for Ashley
    Dont we know it and years down the line he is still making the same mistakes.He should have made it a 25 year plan

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  • toonluvva

    May 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    There is a worrying report in todays Mail on Sunday that even if we get relegated then Ashley will not sack either Llambias and Pardew.

    I hope it’s just PR spin from SJP and that come 20th May the axe will fall on the “indynamic duo”.

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  • yorkymag

    May 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Not a hope in hell that lambias will go

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Hopefully Mike Ashley will sell up and somebody can sack the pair of them for him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Who in their right mind would actually weaken an already threadbare squad before a club embarks on an EL campaign,it really does seem like he wanted to fail.

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