100% Commitment Is The Very Least We Expect

Newcastle gave a similar performance on Saturday at West Ham, that we gave two weeks ago at West Brom,  and both games got us a decent away point, with the Newcastle side playing well in the first half,  and then hanging on for the point in the second half in both games.

Jonas Gutierrez +Chelsea+

Jonas Gutierrez – we were committed on Saturday

But with Wigan beating West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns, we ended up losing ground in the relegation race, and 3rd bottom Wigan can now go above Newcastle – for the very first time this season – with a home win against Swansea tomorrow night.

This is what Jonas Gutierrez had to say today about the West Ham game:

“I think we showed that was a performance of a united, committed team,” “Everybody could see we were fighting for each other. It has been a difficult few weeks, and we haven’t been solid or compact.”

“No one who was here could say we weren’t playing for each other, fighting until the final whistle. If we’d played more games like this in recent weeks,”

“I don’t think we’d be talking about a relegation battle. We showed the fighting qualities we need to survive.”

The very fact that Jonas has to try to convince us that  players were committed on Saturday,  shows just how low we have sunk this season.

And some of our players seemed to give up in the terrible home defeats against Sunderland and Liverpool in our last two home games – where we leaked an incredible nine goals in front of sell-out crowds.

Those nine goals conceded at home could still be our downfall this season.

And Wigan have started their potential escape act, and have 4 points from their last two games, and were even unlucky not to get all three points nine days ago at home to Spurs, when the London side equalized with an own goal in the 89th minute.

If the Lancashire side are to just survive again – for the umpteenth time since they were promoted – they will probably need to beat Swansea at home on Tuesday night.

And if they do survive, watch them next season immediately be in the bottom three again at the start of the season, but maybe it’s this season that the slip up and are finally relegated.

Since that would mean Newcastle are safe – we hope that happens – since for a club that has averaged close to 51,000 home gates this season to be relegated – would be a complete disaster for our club.

We all know that and it’s painful just to think about it. 🙁

Howay The Lads!!

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29 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1


    i think you will find that he has the right to do what ever he likes with the club

    for what ever reason, we now have our name back,

    good thing

    our sqaud , is as good as any squad i have ever known, just need a few key players

    but while i love the club, its the football im mostly interested in, they could paint the stadium green for all i care, as long as the football and results were good,

    now if you were to go aftre DL, he is the one that has a day to day handle on the club, he should be looking at this and going what the hell is going on, but he is taking advice from pardew,

    mike is not around until match day, im guessing DL hears things and keeps them away from MA, so all apears rosie in the garden, the world is only against AP, and he is buying it,,

    we need a director of football at the club,,m someone who understands football, and what players can do and should be doing, if there not, he needs to figure out why,

    DL and AP make all the wrong noises

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    to be honest gutierrez, yes there were no tantrums etc, but i wouldn’t have said that that game proved to us that you are 100% committed, in the last 10 mins you could have gone for it a la wigan, instead you played for the draw, the commitment i expect to see trying to win every game

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    i think he needs to watch MOTD and look at what AV and Wigan are playing like

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4


    I can’t see anyone else posing a threat other than Santon going forward on the left side. IF he plays RB then he will be exposed.
    I would rather take Cisse off for Anita.

  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5


    JFA & Lilongwe

    I agree with both of those statements. Both very talented squads who have massively underachieved and shouldn’t be in the position they are in. We find ourselves where we are, one way or another, for various reasons.

    With Owen, Viduka, Martins, Duff et al, we should’ve been scoring way more goals than we did. This squad has the excuse of having one Premier League quality starting striker (sorry Shola), but the midfield should be creating far more than they have.

    But I think JFA is right….Mike Ashley is the constant in our failings over the last few years, so he needs to shoulder most of the blame.

  • Graeme

    May 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely we have a right to expect that every single game? If not, why the hell are they on the pitch?

    It is the managers job to know who is “up” for the game and who isn’t and to pick the squad accordingly.

    The bottom line is now here; there are NO hiding places – they fight till they can no longer walk, or we will be relegated. Its time for Pardew to ensure HIS team produces the goods to keep OUR club in the Premier League!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Howzabout not training for the next two weeks. what ever the training routine/regime it’s useless.

    I thought training was to get players FIT not F**CKED

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    while ashley is at the top, and picks who for what job, he does need to look at his roll

    but over 36 games ( this season) most of you have been fine with the guy coaiching the football out of ourt players

    thats a huge crime

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    you should have a look in your roll

    guys going to the matches , screamming pardew

    thats a crime

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    for me,, a lot of you have sat back and watched / let this happen

    thats a crime

    ED you included


    May 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe so but I don’t see Santon as a winger when we are up against it specially as he is yet to play there for us to my memory. As for Cisse he’s scoring goals they just haven’t been given am not keen on dropping him

    Actually Debuchy is able to play again isn’t he? In which case is keep Santon back and let him be fully fit

  • sparky55

    May 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    100% commitment means diddly squat if the manager has sent them out with a poor set up and negative tactics…when you’re brought up all your life to play football a certain way and then you’ve got some numpty telling you to forget all that and hoof the ball up the park to a skinny little centre forward who’s 20 yards away from anyone else then the common sense part of your footballing brain will tell you that’s not gonna work…they don’t even come out onto to the pitch at the start of a match looking revved up and ready to go…you can see them saying to themselves “here we go again…we gonna get hammered again and I’m getting paid for not playing football”

    I don’t think the commitment is the problem…it’s the lack of belief in the manager

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13


    Without Mike we wouldn’t neccesarily have the quality of players that we have. While he is far from ideal, he can’t shoulder the blame for all of this.

    He tried to pander to fans wishes with Keegan and Shearer, both were the wrong appointments, and whatever the reasons for Keegans departure, the club were proved to be in the wrong, he would have quit sooner or later as he doesn’t have the stomach for it when it gets tough. We came back up in a better position having got rid of big earners that hadn’t produced, who would have no doubt stayed had we not gone down. In the long run relegation served us well that time round. This time it wouldn’t. Mike may well be, and most likely is, all about making money, but a successful team, playing regularly in Europe and on TV across the world in the Premier league will make more than we could in the championship. A lot of this will be through his advertising and increasing brand awareness for SD, but he still needs a top side to get that coverage.

    I do think he was badly advised, most likely by a combination of Beardsley, Llambias and Pardew into thinking that some of the youngsters were ready for first team. Yes, he should have strengthened more, and should give a bit more slack when it comes to negotiations, but as DL and Lee Charnley do that side of things mainly they should shoulder blame here. When Mike got personally involved, we got 5 deals done in a month. Coincidence? Unlikely.

    Whatever his motives, he needs Newcastle to be successful to make money from this.

  • Joe Blog

    May 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh we’ll that’s just dandy isn’t it, Jonas?

    I do physical training 5/6 days a week, each time to failure, until I’m totally spent, lasting between 60 and 90 minutes with no break, and guess what, I don’t get paid for it and hold down a regular job!

    There really is a massive disconnect between these pampered gits and regular people. It’s insulting.

  • Slank

    May 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Charlie @ 7

    ‘ I thought training was to get players FIT not F**CKED

    Actually it’s tactics. The players are already fit.

    The players who are not fit, because they are coming back from injuries, don’t feature in the training because they will not feature in the next game.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    I would keep the back four
    Common sense says you do not change a back four that keeps a clean sheet.

    If you are going to play Santon play him in midfield.

  • jayphoto

    May 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Not sure QPR will be the walkover some people think! They looked good vs Arsenal and their players are playing to put themselves in the shop window! Personally would go 4-4-2 with Gouffran and cisse up top, jonas, cabaye, sissoko (tiote if mouss is out) and ben arfa in mid, then simmo, yanga-mbiwa, collo and santon in the back 4! Would go for simmo over debuchy because defensively he’s sound and if HBA is RM then he doesnt pass to the fullback anyway! Id be tempted to bring debuchy on for HBA in right mid when HBA runs out of steam as its a position he played many times for lille and his crossing is excellent!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    I also think that Vukic getting injured has been more crucial then any of us thought. He is a big strong lad, with excellent feet, and had he been fit would have been playing that second striker role for a good number of games this season. The fact he is big and strong would also allow Pards to aim long more often. He tries to do this when Shola plays, but Vukic has much better feet and technical ability so would have worked for both more direct football, and more technical passing play.

  • Beattie25

    May 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    So basically we are meant to just forget the drubbings and thank the lord we got a 0-0 against a poor West Ham team and thank the players for trying.

    I tell you something, it’s not only Pardew that needs to go, it’s these charlatans the rob a living because they give 100%.

    I’d give 100% and I’m fcuking shit. Giving 100% is the bare minimum and after that you need quality on the pitch.

    If you don’t have any quality other than determination then what good are you?

    Jonas has 1 goal and no assists. That’s as a LW/ It is ludicrous.

    Pardew needs to go as do the triers. I’d rather have players like Ben Arfa than Jonas.

    The reason is that Ben Arfa gives 100% in his own way. His attacking intent is 100%. People think that by tracking back Jonas has a high work rate. It doesn’t work like that. He doesn’t work any harder than Ben Arfa. Hatem works at trying to unlock the defence and Jonas works at trying to be the defence.

    It riles me up . I am fed up with fans who want players because ‘they put a shift in’. If the manager can’t make all players ‘put a shift in’ then he needs to go. The n when we have a manager who can make all players ‘put a shift in’ we can concentrate on quality and get rid of Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch and Jonas Gutierrez. Players who offer little than determination.

  • Beattie25

    May 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    @ 18

    What the hell are you talking about?

    Almost putting the bad season down to Vuckic being injured.

    And to top it off you say the long ball system would’ve worked with him in the team.

    My God what drugs do some of you take?

  • catchy in norway

    May 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    well said beats

  • Slank

    May 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Lilongwe Geordie @ 13

    I agree with your assessment. Mike Ashley probably has little involvement with the club on a day to day basis. He has more than enough to deal with in managing a very profitable multinational company.

    If there was a risk it was bringing in a lot of foreigners into the club in the December transfer window and hoping they would all gel and hit the floor running coping with a league they were totally unfamiliar with in a country where many didn’t speak the language. But it was a situation that Ashley would be damned if he didn’t bring them in. It is arguable that we would have been relegated by now without those new players.

  • sparky55

    May 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    don’t worry lads…pardew’s just come out and said “it’s not only us that’s in trouble you know!

    Pardew is a proper knacker…one thing’s for sure…we’ve got the best squad by a street mile of those down the bottom along with the worst manager…any other manager in the premiership would have had us a lot higher up the league than pardew has…he’s so bad it’s just not funny

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24


    Where did I say that?? I said it has had more of an effect then we might have thought. At no point did I put the bad season down to him. I think you need to stop taking the hallucenogenics. If that is what you saw in my post.

    I also never said the long ball system would work, I think if you re read it that I said that he would use Vukic in that system instead of Shola.

    Actually read the post rather then just reading what you then want to see.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Yeah it’s meant to be tactics but the Toon don’t seem to have any tactics.
    Sissoko wasn’t coming back from a injury and I dont think Marvo was.

  • Slank

    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    jayphoto @ 17

    I believe QPR will be very difficult as all the pressure is off them now whereas all the pressure is on us.

    I fear the worst.

  • Assam Toon

    May 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Nolan surely fancies a return to the toon. He has been very “meaningful” in his recent quotes about how the toons should be brave and about the English core.In one of his quotes he almost tried to inspire the toons to stay brave and float around. He liked the crowd here and we need someone like him,if not him…and he knows it. that would mean competition for our existing midfielders. Anita,tiote,moussa,hba,marvs and Nolan can take 4 places between the six of them on rotational basis…with two strikers up front. It will do a lot in terms of psychology. But for now its just me building a new castle in the air.

  • ErnestHemingway

    May 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    I agree to a certain extent Lilongwe, Ashley can’t shoulder 100% of the blame. Mistakes have been at all levels; Boardroom, Management, Coaching, the playing staff and the casino.

    Pardew has made a few errors this season. The players have totally unperformed. the coaching set up needs looking at. And I think Ashley needs to take a long hard look at himself and the way he is running the club.

    It started in his very first summer at the club. Sanctioning the transfers of the likes of Alan Smith and Joey Barton and sticking them on humongous contracts wasn’t great. Barton had a court case looming and a probable jail sentence, so that wasn’t the brightest idea. I totally agree that bringing back Keegan was pandering to the fans and trying to win us around, bring us onside. Ashley is a shopkeeper and shopkeepers love nothing more than a good promotional offer, something that will entice the ‘customers’ in. He knew fine well Keegan was box office in this part of the world and enlisting him as manager was going to go down pretty well. What he failed to take into the account was Keegan wouldn’t work under the conditions Ashley was going to put in place after Keegan had come in. Appointing Dennis Wise was a dreadful error. The next summer was even worse. In came players based upon super scout Dennis Wises’ recommendation. I won’t name them as thinking of some of their names gives me the shivers. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Keegan left at being made to watch a video of a newly signed player that he hadn’t seen play before on youtube and in came JFK to use his masterful man management and coaching techniques to really bring out the best in these players. That didn’t work. He had his 987th heart attack and in comes a caretaker who had never managed a club before to help us avoid relegation. You couldn’t make this up. Then, when that isn’t quite working out as planned, the shopkeeper has another amazing promotional offer. “I will bring in the one person who is more popular as Keegan in these parts”, (other than Ant n Dec, Jimmy Nail and George Stephenson). Mr. Shearer. Great! He will save us! That didn’t work either. Damn!

    The following year, after trying to sell the club and having no takers for a club who had just been relegated with a massive wage bill, he appoints the caretaker that didn’t perform quite as well as one had hoped the previous year and somehow, everything works out fine. The squad – it turns out – was more than capable of bouncing back at the first attempt. Lovely.

    The first season back in the top flight, we have a young buck who benefited from a season in the Championship, to hone his raw talent; Andy Carroll, who starts the new season in spectacular fashion, is touted for an England call up and a successful career plundering goals in the top flight. But he is flogged in the first transfer window. Great price, can’t argue with that. But the shopkeeper made a massive profit. Simples, innit. The replacement for the 35 million pound Van Basten from Bensham was a free transfer. A canny good free transfer, but that’s what Ba was. A nice 35 million profit, eh? This shopkeepers doing very well. Meanwhile, he sacks Hughton who is doing a cracking job, and brings in a manager no one wants and ties him into an 5 and a half year deal. Always thinking of the fans, he has frozen season ticket prices for 10 years, another fantastic offer from our fantastic owner.

    The new manager that no one wants, actually does pretty well for the remainder of the season and we play some good stuff. In the summer, more high earners are sold and cheaper foreign imports are brought in. As all good shopkeepers do, he sourced the market for the cheapest, good quality products and stocked up with a few. This works really well and Newcastle finish 5th, exceeding expectations. Everyone is over the moon. Pardew gets an 8 year deal. It seems Ashley may have learned from his mistakes and might actually help the manager to achieve something pretty damn good on Tyneside. We thought wrong, chaps. Last summer was a shambles. The biggest failing by Ashley in my opinion. With the added burden of Europe and the raised expectations, we didn’t just not add to the squad, it became smaller. Out went first team members Guthrie, Best, Lovenkrands and an injured Ryan Taylor and in came Anita, a young fellow from France who hasn’t had a kick all year and a young lad from Coventry. Madness. Utter, utter madness. It should come at no surprise that we hit a shocking run of form in November / December when injuries and suspensions mount up for all clubs – not just ours, so i’m not making injuries an excuse – but what I am doing is saying that other clubs are/have been better prepared for the inevitable injuries.

    Come January, our shopkeeper owner has a problem. A big dilemma. We have just been beaten by Reading at home and look like we are in serious relegation trouble. So what does our illustrious owner do? He raids the very same market where he sourced the cheap, good quality products from that were so successful last year. France. In my opinion, he totally panics, rightly or wrongly, I don’t know. But good football club owners do not panic. He went out, like the good owner he is, as bought lots of cheap products who will more than likely make a profit down the line. He didn’t think of the hear and now. Which is why we find ourselves where we are now. Add in the fact that we sold Ba and didn’t replace him- as well as not replacing Best or even Lovekrands last summer – we are several strikers light. Strikers win games. We don’t win many. No surprise at all there.

    I’m a match going Mag – and I’m not saying this gives me any more insight than anyone else; that is simply not true. But I must point out that no one that I mix with on match days blames Pardew. It’s a perception that Pardew has been badly, badly let down. And he certainly isn’t the first to have been by let down by Mike Ashley whilst employed by him at this football club. I understand not everyone shares the same view, but I don’t believe Pardew is as universally disliked as he seems to be on here. The bigger picture needs to be taken in to account.

    To sum up; we have an idiotic owner who doesn’t understand how to run a football club and keeps making monumental errors.

  • sparky55

    May 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    totally disagree…any other manager in the premiership would not be flirting with relegation with the squad we have. The only club that have spent any money in the bottom 8 are QPR…the rest have had next to nowt so lack of investment is not an argument…Pardew is clearly to blame because every manager has issues with his owners, some bigger than others. Pardew has always said the running of the club has nowt to do with him and it’s his job to get on with it…well that he hasn’t and that’s no-ones fault but his own…his tactics and substitutions and set up have all been appalling this year and losing to reading showed how shit he is…we went 1-0 up, he blinked first and bought on Perch and tried to defend the lead and we lost…tosser!


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