Newcastle Simply Not Good Enough – First Survive – Then Fix It


We never ever said it was easy to be a fan of Newcastle United Football Club – in fact the club may be one of the hardest clubs to support in the world.
Fact.

mike ashley and Derek LLambias

Ashley and LLambias – fix things this summer – please!

Newcastle have become the perennial under-achievers in football, having not win a trophy since way back 1969 – and when we looked like we were putting a decent side together – like it looked like we were doing last season – we get a season like this one.

Let’s face it, we’ve lost most if not all of the credibility we built up for our great exploits last season – and we are almost back to square one. And to think we thought it was going to be great being back in Europe and fighting again for a top six position.

How wrong can you be?

Yes – we’ve had a lot of injuries this season – far too many – and yes we played 14 games on a Sunday following a Thursday night game in Europe – often in far away in places like Moscow and the Ukraine.

But that is what the top clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have done for most of the last few decades – and that’s what you do if you are a top club.

And I just watched Lee Ryder on his video in the Chronicle today talking about last night, and he’s 100% correct and speaks for all Newcastle fans when he says we shouldn’t have to rely on teams like Wigan losing to save our skins – it’s simply not good enough.

So we are still fighting relegation with two games to go – and we had to rely on Wigan Athletic to lose – so we are now three points clear – and remember – it was nothing Newcastle did to save themselves, and a Wigan win would have seen us 3rd bottom today.

And after we were fighting for a top four place last year at this time.

But thank goodness the season is nearly over and this morning I woke up feeling a lot lighter and seemed to have lost some weight overnight – but then remembered what happened last night – a lot of Geordie fans will be feeling a lot lighter today too.

We have one big job still to do before the end of the season – and that is to ensure our safety – and maybe – just maybe – our team can actually get a win (remember what they are – you actually get 3 points from them) on Sunday against an already relegated and supposedly despondent QPR side.

And if we can do that – then great – really great.

But then Mike Ashley must clear out the dead wood, decide which manager he wants to lead Newcastle forward, and then build up our squad this  summer.

A club that has average home gate of over 51,000, deserves a better team than that which is fighting relegation right now and over the last four games have been smashed 3-0 by Sunderland – and 6-0 by Liverpool – and at the Cathedral on the Hill too.

Fact. 🙁

My father will be turning in his grave.

But hope springs eternal – and we already have high hopes for next season – always assuming we are still in the Premier League.

Howay The Lads!!

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341 comments so far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Evening ladies and gentlemen, how are we all?

    First and foremost I’d like to say what a great result that was for us last night, I really thought Wigan would have gotten at least a point so to see them be beaten was fantastic, however I still don’t doubt their capabilities of getting 4 points in their last 2 games so we need to pick up at least 2 points in our last 2.

    However, Pardew should be telling the lads to go hell for leather for the win, don’t let QPR relax, get in their faces, half these players will be leaving in the summer so if we get in their faces they will lie down and surrender in my opinion. We have been handed a golden opportunity to save ourselves, however I fear that Pardew won’t take it, he will more than likely play for the point and then try to contain Arsenal on the last day of the season.

    It’s in our hands, and if we get relegated it will solely be Pardew’s fault, given the fact that we are currently not in the bottom 3 and we are playing a team who are already relegated.

    Forget everything else that has gone on this season, we have 2 games to save ourselves, if Pardew cannot even manage that then he deserves to be sacked.

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    We could still lose against QPR and have another week of misery.

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  • hibbitonthewing

    May 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    From previous article – repost.
    Lots of angst and soul outpouring today…

    Hardly surprising. Our team is on the verge of relegation/salvation and you want to SCREAM at something to take notice.

    Some pretty clear facts about performances last year – some pretty clear opinions about the quality of football this year and last. And then there’s our league position and goal difference.

    One particular thing intrigues me about Pardew and his coaching ability.

    Under him there have been NO partnerships built through the team. Even Taylor/Colo is just one passionate guy under instruction. Where is the midfield duo, the strike partnership, the wide midfield/full back combo? Great teams – even good ones – have examples of these all over the pitch. A good manager should bring them out. Even with the injuries excuse, I’d expect these partnerships to have been developed through the last 2 seasons.
    Our players are good enough. Something else isn’t.

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    At least 80% of fans want PARDEW OUT

    FACT

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    ben3arfa

    And your survey data please ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    mojo

    from last article

    I don’t agree we played good football last year. I think we were effective, but for that style to be effective everything has to go our way, which it did last year.

    This year things went against us, injuries being the main one, and Pardew had no answer, tried the same thing with players out of position and it hasn’t worked.

    This year has shown he cannot adapt his tactics and that is what makes me think he isn’t right for the job.

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  • spitfire_

    May 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle Simply Not Good Enough – First Survive – Then Fix It

    … with Alain “The wrench” Pardeaux.

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  • obatoyou

    May 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Teams like man united spend 50 million on players, were lucky to spend 5, it’s hard to come to terms with but unless we spend 100 mill in a summer, we will never have a shot at it~

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #9

    ruddy

    evening sir

    It was a great result and a one we needed as i don’t think that we will get two wins we would have possibly needed if they had won.

    Hopefully wigan lose to arsenal and we can get a win at QPR then we are safe (even a point but much prefer a win).

    I think QPR will play well if we let them, they will relax, under pressure as you say they won’t want a fight and will just leave us to dominate and we should win.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Transfer
    Ok bud,we’ll have to disagree but didn’t most pundits call us”The Entertainers” again last season.And you know yourself how bad a time we have had with injuries,how are you supposed to answer the problem of your star players being injured?,They get injured and not 1 of the young lads who replaced them have stepped up.

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  • jonobbad

    May 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I cant believe that some fans are willing to potentially write off another season just to give ap a chance.He had his chance this season and blew it big time.Regardless of injuries and lack of backing in the summer he should have us playing better. These are the same fans who said, in december to ‘give him the transfer window and see how he does’.Guess what..he has done nothing any better. Did we get spanked by the scum and liverpool earlier in the season when our injuries were at their worst? NoImo someone like laudrup/de boer/my nan would have us in a much better position than pards.There is no debate over it really as he isnt good enough for us. At all.

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    TS

    Yeh we did play some good football last year but also some atrocious stuff too. Defensive collapses at Fulham and Spurs fr’ instance.

    This is Pardew’s real problem and I’m sure he is aware of it – consistency (he has mentioned it in interviews). The main reason I’m becoming convinced he is not going to succeed for us is that you just don’t know what side is going to turn up for any game. Total insecurity for the fans and no wonder people don’t like it. He just can’t motivate the players week in week out.

    I don’t put this simply down to tactics, because its a more general attitude problem. If he can’t sort this out – and he hasn’t either last season or this – then he is not of sufficient quality as a manager. I’ve racked my brains and read everything other bloggers have put up and am still not satisfied we have sussed out the real reasons. I’m more in the sports psychology school over form – but whatever it is, he has to go, though I suspect he wil be with us for a while. Rafa is no touchy feely guy but he gets the players working hard and in a system so he must be able to motivate them.

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  • Joe Blog

    May 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m just watching Ronaldo (the original and best) and Zidane videos, to remedy myself from the apathy Pardew has infected me with and remind myself why I love this game.

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew and The entertainers in the same sentence
    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. That is the funniest thing i have ever heard

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  • cyprus

    May 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #15

    For the avid blog readers. My prediction stands, draw vs West Ham (check), loss to qpr, leading vs arsenal and then losing it. Wigan finishing on 36 or 37, newcastle on 38…..

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    mojo

    I don’t think we entertained much last year to be honest, think it was a lazy tag by journo’s who dont watch much of us…just saw wins and put that old tag back on. (Plenty times this and last year it shows how little we were watched when commentators dont even know what foot people in the side are or where they normally play etc).

    I do get the injuries, i really do. I think it made it difficult and that coupled with a poor transfer window i lowered my expectation of 6th (possibly pushing top 4) to 8th which i think is fair, seeing west brom are there now.

    I just think games we have lost at home to reading, west ham, swansea and the draw with villa are what cost us. Those games were before christmas (except possibly reading) so no relegation pressure on us then and we had strong teams out.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20196343

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #17
  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18
  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry for all the links, just saves the post getting moderated to spread them.

    just shows we had strong teams out and we still didn’t offer a lot to those sides, which we should have done.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20

    …and in order to survive we either gamble on other results or fix the problem at source – ie sack Pardew NOW! Just was is it about 1 goal scored in the last 4 games and 10 conceded that is so difficult to understand?

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  • sparky55

    May 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #21

    well said ED…bang on the money…simply just not good enough…but that needs qualifying…the squad are no doubt good enough whereas the manager is simply nowhere good enough. This squad is the best squad we’ve had for at least 8 years and Pardew has coached them to a standstill…his set up’s are awful, his substitutions (Ameobi after 70 mins) are awful, his defensive mindset is pathetic, and he’s always the first to blink in a match and go defensive even if we’re losing…he’s f*****n’ useless and all we can do is hope he gets sacked because none of the team will stay even if we survive if pardew remains manager…it’s plain to see the players don’t want to play the way Pardew wants them to play and who can blame then…they’re all technically good skillful players who are being asked to play defensive long ball…where’s the skill factor in that and how the hell must Anita be feeling watching Perch get a game in front of him! PARDEW OUT!

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #22

    yo-yo

    not sure what we do to be honest, there are tons of things wrong with this side.

    – poor set plays, worst by far
    – poor fitness
    – lack of link up play between most players
    – players out of position
    – players out of form always starting (even when other options)
    – sit too deep
    – cisse isolated

    Not sure how much of this is pardew but as manager your job is to get the best out of your staff. I don’t think he gets the best out of his staff (that includes coaches, players, etc).

    He is also not willing to stand up to his superiors and fight for what he wants, just rolls over. (or at least that what impression i get from the stuff he says).

    Whether the players are at fault, the owner or injuries/luck the manager still has to find a way to get the best from what he has. He hasn’t got the best from us as i believe even with everything that has gone on we should be around 8/9th. But mainly the issue is the style we play not just points, i don’t think it suits the squad we have now. It might have done last season but he hasn’t adapted to get the best from he new boys.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Transfer
    If you look at the match stats for that link,we had 14 shots 9 on target with 11 corners to their 4 and 8 fouls for us and 14 for them.That tells me we should have won the game,we didn’t score,it happens.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #24

    mojo

    I don’t like looking at shot stats, they are misleading i think.

    I remember one game this year, can’t remember who we played, but we had 20+shots with a good number on target but in that game we only had 1 or 2 actual chances where you would back us to score.

    And i accept sometimes it does happen, but it happens far too often under pardew.

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  • sparky55

    May 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Well said ED…simply not good enough but that needs qualifying somewhat…there’s no doubt in my mind the squad are more than good enough but the manager is the one who’s simply just not good enough…He’s absolutely useless…his set ups are useless, his substitutions are useless (ameobi after 70 mins), his mindset is pathetic and he’s always the manager who blinks first and goes defensive even if we’re losing. He has to go in the summer because even if we do stay up the good players will leave because they don’t believe in him any more and quite rightly too. We’ve got some very skill full and technically good players who have been coached to a standstill…just look at Anita…an amazingly good gifted technical player who has to watch Perch get a game in front of him…an absolute disgrace and PARDEW HAS TO GO or we’ll lose all the good players.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    might have been the swansea match actually

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Sage

    Evening lad.

    We seem to have been preaching the topic of “intent” for a while, yes I know that others have been critical of Pardew on a number of issues, but for me the crux of the problem is Pardew’s lack of attacking intent which puts us under considerable pressure.

    If we press QPR high in the first 30mins, keep the ball on the ground in the midfield and stay tight at the back then I really can’t see QPR getting into the game, but I have been crying out for a sharper intent in terms of how he’s been setting out the team since Stoke at home, yes others have been calling for it a lot sooner, but it’s ridiculous how he still hasn’t taken heed and still sets us out to “Not lose”, which ironically, almost ensures that exactly that happens!

    But as I said, given how going into the last 2 games we have our fate in our own hands, if we go down I cannot see how we can blame anyone but Pardew.

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  • mattnufc

    May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Along with underwhelming tactics, I think it must be mentioned that the quality in depth of our squad is very limited. This has of course improved since January, but has been exposed when we have missed Ben Arfa, for example, and it has been Obertan or Jonas to step in most of the time who can barely score between them; When Cabaye’s been injured we have lost most games; when Coloccini’s out we have looked incredibly fragile, when Cisse’s unavailable, the next choice is Shola; players like Gosling, Sammy Ameobi and Campbell have also all had to be involved too much for me.

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  • Joe Blog

    May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s had the opposite effect – I’m sick as a parrot now.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #30

    mojo

    also using the logic of we had more shots so should/could have won in the 1-1 draw with villa they had a good few more shots on target so could/should have won that game

    works both ways.

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  • yo-yo

    May 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Ruddy

    If he goes into the QPR game with the same mindset as Gooners away and Manure away then we could do very well and turn them over. I just feel he’s lost confidence in his own positivity and that is makeing him even more cautious just when we need to play the pressing game. Catch 22 as somebody saiod yesterday.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #32

    mattnufc

    no doubt when we missed big players we struggled, i can live with losing games where we have 3/4/5 kids or poor squad players in the team, i think it’s always difficult so won’t complain too much about that.

    I do think that we have lost too many games where we have a 90/100% full team out though.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Failing to sign a few strikers has cost us this season. If we would’ve had Ba and Remy, we would’ve got to the Europa cup final. We’d be in around 7th place at the moment if they were here. Sissoko hasn’t been performing well, but when on form, he’s as good as anyone.

    Marveaux and Santon would be my players of the season.

    Tiote, Cabaye and Gutierrez would be my underperformers of the season.

    I feel sorry for Anita, as he should be in the team.

    Pardew does not pick the right team. We can’t keep playing 4-5-1.

    We could sell Cabaye and Tiote and bring 7/8 quality first team players in.

    I’d like to see us appoint a European manager that decides to utilise Marveaux and Anita more often.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Transfer
    http://www.statto.com/football/stats/england/premier-league/2012-2013/table/2012-12-11
    That is a link for the premier league from Dec 11th 2012 to say we were in trouble before christmas.
    And if we have had 14 shots with 9 on target that means the opposing keeper or players have cleared 9 shots off target,that is a fact unless i’m am missing something?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Cisse has had a decent season. You can’t blame him as he’s had no support. Hopefully we’ll address these problems in the summer, but if anyone has to go, its Cabaye, Tiote and Gutierrez. These players can also leave:

    Gosling
    Shola
    Simpson
    Williamson
    Tavernier

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  • sparky55

    May 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #36

    ruddy…you’re absolutely right…we have to press but will Pardew commit to doing that for fear of letting one in. Floppy chops will know we’re gonna go after them and will no doubt try to get us on the counter but that doesn’t matter…we have to go after them for sure

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #37

    ruddy

    I just want to see us attack teams. I get how this time of the year nerves creep in so managers/players are naturally cautious but look at teams around us.

    Wigan, villa, sunderland, norwich….might not be doing great either but all going for it to make sure if they go down they couldn’t have done anymore, wins are what gets you safe and we don’t see like we want to win, jut draw and bank on results going against us. (might turn out to work but rather not chance it).

    Pardew has been too negative in our play during his whole time here for me, defending single goal leads or playing for 0-0 too often.

    I think when you look at all teams with similar squads to our they attack sides, keep the ball and press high up, keep the ball as far away from your own goal as possible, not invite teams into your half to play before you consider closing them down.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Transfer
    Your missing my point,with those stats i was proving the point that we were playing attacking football but just couldn’t score.14 shots with 9 on target is a decent amount.If we were playing boring defensive football they might have been lower

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    We haven’t beaten a team by 5 clear goals for ages. Its about time we thrashed someone.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Yo-yo

    I agree, and it seems to me that you have just described the perennial bottler, and as far as I am concerned we cannot have a manager who is going to bottle it when the going gets tough and retreats under a veil of arrogance while patronising the very fans who he is letting down.

    We deserve more than that do we not? And let’s face it, if this season is not evidence enough for some fans about how poor AP is under pressure then it never will be.

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