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Newcastle Must Now Beat QPR And Get The Job Done

10:55 pm, Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 75 Comments

On a night when Newcastle could have been in 3rd bottom place in the Premier League for the first time in four years, Swansea City did Newcastle (and Sunderland for that matter) a huge favor by beating Wigan 3-2 at the DW Stadium tonight.

alan pardew at west ham

Alan Pardew – needs to get Newcastle a win on Sunday

That good fortune had nothing to do with what our players have done over the last few weeks, and in truth we’ve been hopeless over the last seven games, and the results have put us in this tremulous position – when relegation was threatening – which would decimate the club.

But the game on Sunday – against an already relegated QPR side – is a huge opportunity for Newcastle to get our first win in five games – and hopefully the lads will get the job done.

There can be no lethargy on Sunday at Loftus Road, and the players have a chance to show the fans that they are indeed a decent side – and that next season we can have another top season – like we did last season in finishing 5th top.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did not watch the game tonight, because he said he was already under enough stress – tell us about it – but it’s a great result for Newcastle.

Before he knew tonight’s result this is what the manager had said this morning:

“We haven’t got a lot of time left, and Wigan’s result, when they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 on Saturday, has put pressure on us all.”

“Not just us – all the teams above us. It looks like at QPR we’re going to have to try to win the game and see where that leaves us. We wanted to try to get two wins.”

We don’t want to see a hesitant Newcastle side on Sunday – but they have a job to do and that is get the win – if we can do that it’s almost certain we would be safe.

That’s what we need on Sunday night, and then if we can beat Arsenal on May 19th ,we could even end up in a decent place in the league table..

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75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCarter // May 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Did anyone watch motd 2 and hear the nufc fans at west ham chanting “we love you Pardew we do”
    I couldn’t understand it there must be plenty of nufc fans under pardews spell.

  • 2 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Ha ha ha

    We get £10 million for Puma over 4 years and Arsenal have just agreed a £30 million a year deal with the same brand.

  • 3 Big Pappa Cissé // May 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Is hearing Pardew speak sounding like nails on a chalkboard to anyone else or is it just me

    “It looks like at QPR we’re going to have to try to win the game”

    No sh*t sherlock ! .

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // May 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    ” It looks like at QPR we’re going to have to try to win the game and see where that leaves us”
    Surely we have to try and win every game????
    We need to be routing QPR not turning up parking the bus and playing for a point

  • 5 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Carter

    It is well known that MOTD2 dubs in chants to give the game atmosphere when it is lacking.

    That’s why it sounded cockney. The soundbite they used was from a Reading match in 2001.

  • 6 rfcready // May 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Don’t know about you lot but I’m sweating.

  • 7 Joe Blog // May 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Quick, his traps wide open, someone shove a pair of socks in there and tape it up!

  • 8 kevymartins // May 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I think if we do beat qpr we are in for a great summer.With the financial side of things looking up the club is turning a profit. Get pardrew out and bring in a decent manager and a few big shiny stars and we are looking very strong.

  • 9 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    @6 stop beating yourself off so vigorously

  • 10 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I think the above quote proves that for some games we don’t actually go out to win. We go out not to get beat.

    Awful, awful, awful

  • 11 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    kevy, you are counting your chickens, never a good idea with the toon

  • 12 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I still believe , if we stay up – it will be because other teams have dropped points, not because we will win any.
    I dont believe we have a win in us. Swansea done us a massive favor tonight , and i think there are a lot more points to be dropped by struggling clubs.
    A win against QPR would more or less sort it out , but can anyone honestly see us getting more than a point, if being perfectly honest ?

  • 13 kevymartins // May 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    @P Just trying to stay positive keeping the faith

    The swansea win has me on a up as big chris would have said ;)

  • 14 jeff // May 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I doubt a french manager would be brought in if pardew leaves, although i cannot see pardew leaving now nless we do somehow get relegated…

    There would be too much an issue of splitting the team into two (the french and the rest)

    Also the relegation battle is now between us, wigan and norwich

  • 15 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    well, I would like to think 39 points is the least we would get.

    that is normally enough to stay up so, I guess from that perspective they would have potentially earned enough points to deserve to stay up.

    that said, it is hardly a roll of honour

  • 16 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Stuart

    On fight and determination to get out of the battle we deserve nothing less than relegation.

    I just hope that being in the relegation spaces for 30 minutes will serve as a wake up call to Pardew that this thing is serious and that we go all out to win and fight against QPR.

    He won’t though and I doubt we will win.

    I am hoping Arsenal beat Wigan and then play a shit team against us.

  • 17 Novocastrian66 // May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    We need to put our boot on the throat of Wigan. We have to win on Sunday. My only problem is whenever we have to win, we lose. When was the last time we won a game we had to win?
    We cannot give Wigan any hope, we can leave that to some other teams. Hate to wish ill on teams but it’s a cut throat sport. On e you’re cut adrift you’re gone.

  • 18 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    jeff, I don’t think the mackems are out of it.

    they are running out of 1st team players as well the new manager buzz

    a tough game against Soton + a spurs away which they should lose convincingly

  • 19 bettyswallocks // May 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Its glaringly obvious that if by some miracle we do survive then we have to do whatever it takes to get Laudrup in.

    He is tailor made for us with his measured assured approach and ability to produce modern attacking football and results.

    All this at a small club with a limited budget.

    IMO he is 100% the man to take us forward.

    Dreading Sunday and having to cringe through another 90 mins. of Pardews tactics.
    He is already saying what a tough place QPR is to go like he says about avery away game.

    Sick to the bones of that asrehole.

  • 20 rasul // May 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Can i just say something, and listen carefully.

    For all the pardrew haters, piss off. For once let us keep a manager even when we do underachieve. Lets just se how that woorks out, maybe this is Our mistake we do every time.

    And poor Wigan lost today, i was not good at half time, but that Swansea team and Wigan team deserve to be in PL for the way they play. What a amazing match !

    WE LOVE U PARDREW !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 21 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    pardews comments

    – all the teams above us. It looks like at QPR
    we’re going to have to try to win the game and see where that leaves us. We wanted to try to get two wins.”

    well i’m sorry alan, but you are going to have to try and win the game and see where that leaves us, w”’ker
    what a stupid comment- it sounds like he has got to drop all his usual sick pathetic negative tactics , and go for the win, what a bummer alan, having to go for a win , never mind , your sacked next week.- just to inform alan , millwall are looking for a manager – f..k off.

  • 22 Munster Mag // May 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Fantastic result for us. I predicted 3-2 before game, but to Wigan. I wouldnt want Martinez as a manager, not unless he had the funds to buy some decent defenders. I have always maintained that he is naive , and if he was that great, Wigan would be a mid table team , or near it, consistently. Laudrup ? I’d cut my arm off for him! Surely there are a few other talented young managers out there that we can look to. I just loved some of their play tonight – it reeked of a massive amount of touch work on the training ground.

  • 23 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    rasul

    Troll

  • 24 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Frank De Boer for me if I had a choice with Bergkamp as his assistant.

    Sorted.

  • 25 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Off topic here lads

    We have played 52 games this season. This is the games started and sub appearances.

    I think there is no argument that we haven’t had our players on the pitch anywhere near what they should. Only three players have played over half our games. SHOCKING

    9 Papiss Demba Cisse 33 1
    18 Jonás Gutiérrez 32 0
    3 Davide Santon. 31 0
    27 Steven Taylor. 23 1
    4 Yohan Cabaye. 23 1
    2 Fabricio Coloccini 20 0
    24 Ismael Cheik Tioté 20 2
    – Demba Ba 19 1
    14 James Perch 19 7
    – Danny Simpson. 18 1
    6 Michael Williamson 18 0
    8 Vurnon Anita 17 7
    10 Hatem Ben Arfa 14 3
    26 Mathieu Debuchy 12 0
    7 Moussa Sissoko 12 0
    11 Yoan Gouffran 12 1
    22 Sylvain Marveaux 10 11
    13 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 9 3
    25 Gabriel Obertan 4 9
    31 Shane Ferguson 4 5
    23 Shola Ameobi 4 19
    20 Gael Bigirimana 3 10
    19 Massadio Haidara 2 2
    28 Sammy Ameobi 1 7
    49 Adam Campbell 0 2

  • 26 toonluvva // May 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    So Pardew thinks we have to beat QPR? Pardew it’s an away match! If we do win that will be our SECOND in 19 PL attempts.

    Simply not good enough by anyones standards.

    How will we achieve this magnificient rsult eh Pardew? More players played out of position? Perhaps Cisse up front on his own starved of support? Or perhaps bring on Stroller and put Cisse out on the wing. I know, you’ll let out of form players walk straight back into the starting line up.

    I ask these questions because it’s exactly how you have approached the whole of the season and is why we are rooted deep in a relegation battle.

    If we survive this season and do go on to a top 10 finish next season, it’ll only be because Ashley has come to his senses and sacked both you and Llambias.

  • 27 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    rasul, if a surgeon underachieves and kills 19 of 38 patients, during surgery, do you not think he should be sacked? especially when some of the games should have been a routine operation, e.g reading at home

  • 28 kevymartins // May 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    As much as I hate to say it but Mike could put it down to europe distraction and freak injury crisis and keep his mate pardrew…My god if he does are club will not move forward and that’s the type of mistake that would be punished by relegation in seasons to come.

  • 29 Munster Mag // May 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    If we really wanted to win, we could beat QPR. I have predicted 1 point there, but if we tear into them from the kick off and show desire and some skill, we can beat them, especially if we score early. But we know hat wont happen with Pardew, the defensive git ( and I wouldnt mind, but his team cant defend ) . Incidentally, doesnt Debuchy not look like he was worth all out f***g around last summer??? Slowish, but at least better defensively that the useless Santon. There is deffo a problem at NUFC…….Carr wants all these technical players ….but do u think Pardew wants attacking full backs ? His defensive nature suggests otherwise…..

  • 30 blew // May 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Cant relax whilst broken brain is manager

  • 31 toonluvva // May 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Quick question to all the posters tonight.

    How many players are currently fit enough to play on Sunday?

    Who is it that are out, and when are they expected back?

    Thanks, I’d appreciate some input.

  • 32 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    That’s only premier league games right enough lol. I think I will leave the stats to someone else

  • 33 Munster Mag // May 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    NorthernIrish, I’m sure other teams have had shockers too in terms of injuries. Its a rough league. Europe has been an issue, but we have played our second team for much of that. Our biggest problem lies in the balance of management philosophy and Scout philosophy…also, we should do far better with our talent pool. Pardew is just not very good, end of.

  • 34 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Get used to pardew lads cos he ain’t going anywhere

    Not unless we are in the bottom five come Christmas

  • 35 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2320978/Mike-Ashley-pay-Alan-Pardew-10m-sacks-Newcastle-manager-year-deal-Charles-Sale.html

    I thought it was a rolling contract, so it wouldn’t come to that much

  • 36 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Munster mag

    True. I think mainly it shows how lucky on the injury front we were last year.

  • 37 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Hi toonluvva – Alan here. Great ideas there, I was thinking the same.

  • 38 toonluvva // May 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Rasul, sorry but I think that you are well out of touch on that one.

    I know everyone is entitled to their opinions, but the moon is not made of blue cheese, the earth is not flat and Pardew will never move this club forward as long as he has a hole in his ar$e.

    Thats my opinion!

  • 39 RonVanDam // May 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    If Wigan Lose their next game and we Draw against QPR then our survival is secured

    Hope to see our away kit for next season against Qpr

    When we enter the transfer market in summer, i would like MA get the players in early so they can gel and get used to the environment etc..

  • 40 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    northernirish

    That list is a little decieving.

    For example if there has been so many injuries why have players like Obertan, Marveaux & Anita not played more?

    Also if you minus the Jan signings and add their appearances to the original starting 11 (Simmo, Willo, Ba) then you would have a lot more surpassing half the games.

    As far as I can see injuries have played their part but the stats a very misleading.

  • 41 beddersmag // May 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Carter

    If thats true im pleased to hear they did that, and just goes to show what great fans we have. Its exactly what pardew and the team need right now, even if disingenuous.

    The constant slating pardew gets on blogs like this has been picked up on by the press, highlighted to pardew and he has commented on this numerous times.

    Quite obviously at a time of great pressure and stress this is massively counterproductive. Ashley wont sack him any time soon because fans ask for it thats for certain.

    I know it helps to vent but this groundswell of negative opinion is increasing the pressure on manager and his team. Pressure and stress leads to poor decision making. Thats not something we want to be making worse.

    Imo they were right to do it and lets support him like that for the next two games, be the best SUPPORTERS we can be, and worry about next season after that. There will be plenty of time to get that out of our systems if we go down but if we stick together we might yet avoid it :-)

  • 42 p // May 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    newcastle brown alien, that is typical daily mail made up stuff

  • 43 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    rasul—–weirdo – are you some sort of pheado ?

  • 44 JackButler // May 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    It’s got to the point where I would much prefer to listen to my wife talking all the time instead of this idiot

  • 45 Joe Blog // May 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    There are 3 certainties in life, taxes, death and Pardew twattery!

    Good night, brethren.

  • 46 AndyMac // May 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    beddersmag “There will be plenty of time to get that out of our systems if we go down but if we stick together we might yet avoid it”

    What so we can go through the whole nauseating process next season ?

    Pardwho has to go. Yes we need stability but we need a manager who can manage first and foremost then give him the time to develop his team.

  • 47 breno95 // May 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    We have been thrown a lifeline which must be grabbed by taking the 3 points at QPR but Pardew is the most negative manager i have witnessed.
    Instead of this “we will try and win” bullshit what he should be saying in his interviews is “we know the situation we are in, we know we must win and that is what we will do”.
    All this “try to win” crap is negative and does not convey great confidence by him in the players under his current charge.
    What we dont want is a stupid gungho approach on Sunday but play with patience and good use of the ball. For me i would keep the same back 5. Bring Debuchy in to the right side midfield alongside Cabaye, tiote and gouffran and play HBA up with Cisse. NO Jonas at all.
    A win on Sunday will be enough for PL next season and will mean the result to Arsenal becomes irrelevant for us except for the 50,000 attendees to make it known loud and clear that Pardew is not wanted as he is and has been shite since he came in and yes that includes last seasons 5th place finish because that was more to do with good fortune rather than Pardews managerial skills.
    And ffs those banging on about seeing Martinez, Zola, Poyet, DiMatteo in charge give your heads a shake and for the blogger who even said they would not mind seeing Big Ron Atkinson or David O’Leary in charge i hope u were only joking. If not i am only glad u dont own NUFC.

  • 48 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    @ Alien

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/alan-pardew-pay-off-from-newcastle-united-1503097

  • 49 AndyMac // May 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Newcastle Brown Alien // May 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM
    “I thought it was a rolling contract, so it wouldn’t come to that much”

    It is NBA as I’ve said would you trust Pardwho with an eight year pay off knowing his career history of underachievement ?

  • 50 Spotlight Kid // May 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Beattie@16I am hoping Arsenal beat Wigan and then play a shit team against us.

    And why would Wenger do that when Champion’s League qualification is still not settled with Spuds are still nibbling at 4th spot? There has to be a point where this team stands up and plays to win rather than simply expecting others to do the dirty work.

  • 51 JackButler // May 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I wonder if Pardew will now see a draw at QPR as a good result for us after tonight’s result

  • 52 Mister Tuff // May 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I see one or two of the “Blind Faith Brigade”/”The Silver Supemo Supporters” are slowly emerging from behind their women folk with their support of Percy.
    I hope some of the reports a couple of days ago about Percy being here next season are false.
    It would be madness in the extreme if he keeps his job. At any other club he would be out the door. The bloke is a poor football coach and his persona suggests he will never “change his spots”.
    PERCY OUT.

  • 53 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Beattie

    It’s misleading to say the least yet it doesn’t hide the fact that Ben arfa and Anita have only played a third of our games through injury and bad management. Marveaux has only played a fifth of our games

    And as I said earlier, it shows how vulnerable we are up front. Imagine cisse had an injury and missed 10 games or so. We would of been royaly fcuked

  • 54 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    @ northenirish

    Here are the official games played:

    Tim Krul 31
    Rob Elliot 15 (1)
    Steve Harper 6 (1)
    Fabricio Coloccini 26 (2)
    Davide Santon 38
    Danny Simpson 25 (1)
    Mike Williamson 27
    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 15 (3)
    James Perch 29 (8)
    Ryan Taylor 2 (1)
    Massadio Haidara 7 (2)
    Mathieu Debuchy 12
    Steven Taylor 29 (3)
    James Tavernier 5 (3)
    Yohan Cabaye 30 (3)
    Moussa Sissoko 18
    Vurnon Anita 27 (9)
    Hatem Ben Arfa 16 (4)
    Yoan Gouffran 12 (1)
    Dan Gosling 4 (5)
    Romain Amalfitano 1 (4)
    Jonas Gutierrez 35 (3)
    Gael Bigirimana 12 (13)
    Sylvain Marveaux 20 (15)
    Cheick Tiote 26 (3)
    Gabriel Obertan 14 (9)
    Haris Vuckic 2 (1)
    Papiss Cisse 42 (3)
    Shola Ameobi 11 (24)
    Adam Campbell 0 (4)
    Sammy Ameobi 6 (8)
    Shane Ferguson 7 (7)
    Paul Dummett 0 (1)
    Mehdi Abeid 2 (1)
    Demba Ba 22

    I don’t know where you got your facts from?!

  • 55 jordijohnty // May 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    just been on nufc.com, looking at the seasons fixtures/results…very grim reading. 1 win in the last 9 games. if wef ail to beat either the mighty QPR or arsenal that will be 1 win in 11. worse than in 2009

  • 56 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Mister tuff

    He ain’t going anywhere that we can be sure of

    He will be given a chance to redeem himself next season. The best we can hope for is a lambarse getting the boot

  • 57 beddersmag // May 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Andymac

    Imo pardew baiting season can commence full tilt after the next two games have been completed. Until then id suggest there can be no positive result from that kind of thing. Anyone that has ever been through a period of severe stress will tell you that decision making is affected by it. I know this from personal experience. This also translates to the team. They are more likely to respect him less, make him the scapegoat and pass accountability from themselves. Are there any positives you can think of?

  • 58 kevymartins // May 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    @northernirishtoon

    Yes we had injuries but really santon was injured he played jonas at lb instead of an actual LB haidara…He has been playing sissoko and gouffran on the wings really like? Players have basically played everywhere there not suppost to this season….And if cisse got injured then maby he would have played gouffran upfront simply because he is a STRIKER

  • 59 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    The numbers in brackets are not additional appearances they are how many of those appearances were subs.

  • 60 Beattie25 // May 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Ignore that last post hey are additional appearenes alongside the starting ones.

    My bad

  • 61 JackButler // May 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Can’t see anyway that Pardew will be in charge next season. He has failed at every turn and Ashley will want a return on his investment and people can talk about Ashley not being a football man but anyone with a pair of eye’s can see what a complete and utter failure our manager has been

  • 62 breno95 // May 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Just win on Sunday. Hope the gunners beat Wigan and to top it all just sack the useless sack of shite so the conversation can change to who should get the job.
    Simple stuff this foitball malarky. Even i could have done a better job cos its not bloody hard is it?

  • 63 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Beattie

    I know as I said mine were only premier league appearances. I will leave the stats to someone who knows what they are doing!

    Interesting though that santon and cisse are the only two players to play over 70% of our games (36).

    This is a big factor why we are where we are.

  • 64 manxpie // May 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    beattie sissoko has not played 18 games for us so i don’t know where u got your stats from like?

  • 65 beddersmag // May 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Mistertuff

    If your blind faith comment was aimed at my post im afraid your wide of the mark. I dont remember suggesting i wanted to keep pardew, only the team including him needs our backing now more than ever. I have no doubt there are many options out there who could do a better job, i have just got better things to do than spend my team slating him on a dialy basis, and believe it to be adversely affecting his performance levels- judging by his recent decision making

  • 66 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Kevy

    I’m not defending pards with them stats. Injuries or not his tactics, team selections, substitutions and failings in the press are there for all to see. Just making the point that our best players haven’t been on the pitch enough this season

  • 67 LeedsMag // May 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Christ ,what an unspeakably miserable season,worse than when we went down – at least we knew for ages then that we were crap and going down to rebuild was a blessing – this time it would be a disaster. Man for man our squad is probably better than most of the teams in the bottom half, yet the team is less than the sum of its parts – some bad luck,some bad injuries,yes but this can only come down to the manager -tactics,motivation,management,team selectionn etc
    I’ve been looking at the run ins for all the teams for weeks,knowing we have been depending on other results to keep us up.
    The buggers even ruined my holiday when I landed just in time to hear we had been humiliated by Lpool
    Preferred team for the drop – Wigan due to the reaction of that twat Whelan.Its us, them or Norwich – but I hope Chris Hughton stays up (not ahead of us of course)

  • 68 northernirishtoon // May 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Manx

    He has. 12 in the league and 6 in Europe.

  • 69 manxpie // May 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    i apologize i thought that was prem!

  • 70 stuart no9 // May 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    beattie @ 47——— i thought ashley wouldnt be that naive as to not have some sort of clause in the most ridiculous contract in world football !

  • 71 manxpie // May 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    northernirish 1st of all jesus i’m apologising to beattie :(
    but that previous post shows wat pardew has had to deal with now i’m all for a better manager but them statistics you posted says a hell of alot and beatties even more really?
    remember before the january window we ALL new we had a SMALL squad!

  • 72 Mister Tuff // May 8, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    northernirish – I hope you are wrong, but there is a good chance Percy will be retained. If that is the case I really cannot see us progressing to a high level of entertaining football. It will be an interesting summer. I think El Gourdo will be buying in half a team -at least 5 players. We’ve been thrown a lifeline and we need to make use of it at the weekend. Interesting times ahead.

  • 73 Mister Tuff // May 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    beddersmag – bit touchy – my post was not aimed at you. However I do find your suggestion the comments on here are “represented” in the press and this effects the players/manager subsequently. I really do not think that is the case. You are certainly entitled to your take on the situation though.

  • 74 Owldman // May 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I watched the first half of the game last night & along with a few other customers at my local pub we thought that Swansea were not really bothered, whatever Laudrup said to them at half time certainl did the trick looked a totaly different team, but you have to admit Wigan do have some decent players.

  • 75 GenralHez // May 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I still believe we will survive and Wigan will go down, no thanks to Pardew.

    Next season we need a manager who plays the players in their best positions and tries to win games. Pardew is probably responsible for more stress and heart attacks on Tyneside than all the cigarettes and kebabs put together.




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