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Alan Pardew Makes The Case To Keep His Job

12:03 am, Saturday, May 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

As we reported late yesterday Alan Pardew will meet with Mike Ashley as soon as Newcastle’s fate is known – and it’s clear which league we will be playing in next season.

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Alan Pardew – makes public case to keep his job

And that could come as early ass Sunday afternoon or next Tuesday night, when Wigan are at Arsenal for their second last league game of the season.

This is what Alan said in the Independent:

“My job is to manage this football club with dignity, with an honesty, which I’ve done, not just with the players but with the press and more importantly with our fans,”

“Hopefully it’ll be good enough to keep my job next year, but that ultimate decision is not mine so we could get the points we need and Mike could decide he needs to move to another manager.”

“I like to think that he won’t, that next year we’ll stay with myself, and we need to make some changes and we’ll do that and talk about that at the end of the year. We know we’ve got an uncomfortable conversation regarding the form this year, the under achievement that’s been mentioned and everything else.”

“It’ll be uncomfortable for us both, because we’ve both under achieved. Him as an owner and me as a manager. We need to find out what the reasons were and then it’s for Mike and hopefully with me to decide how to go forward.”

“I’m talking about the club, we’ve underachieved as the club, so the point is we all take responsibility. I’m trying to make the point that we’ve got to be honest. It’s about making sure when we go forward – and Managing Director Derek Llambias as well – that we put right some of the things we put wrong this year.”

“I’m confident enough that I want to be the manger of this football club. Some of the issues I’ve had this year, some of the selection times I’ve had to pick teams has been against me a lot of the time. The injuries more than anything have been a massive blow to this football club, to key players at key times, that’s something we can’t afford to happen.

“We’ve had a year where we’ve finished fifth and everybody perhaps assumed we’d roll into that season again. We didn’t. Those reasons I shall keep to myself for this time, but I have relative views on that. In terms of, are we good enough, well we couldn’t have been, because this is where we are.”

It’s clear there were mistakes made at the highest levels of the club – and the squad at the start of the season simply wasn’t big enough for a club that was back in Europe, and we played 14 games in the Europa League last season, and on a positive note we did well in that competition.

But even in January, Newcastle failed to replace Demba Ba who left in early January, and Loic Remy was that man, but he decided to move to QPR at the last minute.

That has hurt Newcastle in the last seven games as we find it hard to score goals, and have only three goals in the last seven games – and Shola Ameobi is out for the season with another injury.

For tomorrow’s game at QPR we expect Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran to be the two strikers up front – and we hope one of them can get a goal.

But bottom line the poor results of this season can be laid at the feet of the manager as well as at the feet of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.

We’ll have to wait and see what the owner decides – once the season is over or we’re safe.

We need a win at QPR tomorrow.

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 p // May 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    there were mitigating circumstances but at the end of the day, he failed to step up to the challenge

    Nice guy but nice guys do not normally make good managers

  • 2 curmon // May 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    This sounds like a suicide note

  • 3 HAZZY1 // May 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Just a thought why dont we sign some prem players that are to good to be on the bench like Steven Caulker spurs are looking for another CB he is class and scores goals maybe 10m but still young 22 I think also from spurs Huddlestone he is strong 26 and can pass also Townsend has been class for QPR and wont get much games for spurs maybe on loan also I think we should be looking at Rhodes and Austin as our ST targets any thoughts any these players?

  • 4 AndyNUFC // May 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-united-dave-whelan-agreed-1881134

    For all the Wigan haters out there. Whelan, who deemed ‘that’ tackle clean as a whistle not only passed on a chance to build up supermarkets, but got told by his wife not to buy Man U!

    After reading that, I can’t wait till he gets home after relegation, sits down, thinks of all the money he will miss out on – after JJB sports went into administration, and tells his wife that heloves her, but if she ever tells her what to do again, he will divorce the hag.

  • 5 stuart no9 // May 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    why did we have a good season last season, and this year it has all gone pear shaped ?? IMO Pardew took over a good dressing room.
    When CH got sacked , he left behind a dressing room full of spirit , togetherness ,a dressing room where players would fight for others a dressing room where the players would kill for their manager – they loved him- the fans loved him – with his determination and hard work – he got us up.
    Mid way through his first season , he was cruelly sacked, enter pardew.
    Pardew took over the club at a good time( as far as he was concerned) he inherited, what was probably the best dressing room at the time – all pardew had to do was carry on the good work put before him, and keep together what he had, – he couldnt.
    His first full season was good , though not producing great football, somehow managing to get results., if we are honest , how many of us were suprised how well we were doing in the league , despite our mediocre performences , everyone i talked to anyway ! and he also still had the dressing room which IMO, at the end of the season was starting to show cracks in the players attitude and commitment – ending with a disgraceful defeat on our last game of the season, ( what was all that about ) the dressing room pardew had inherited is starting to look – not right !
    When this season started ,i believe problems were starting to surface between manager and players, mainly down to 2 things . 1 = pardews tactics -2 he was starting to lose the respect of the players, mainly because of his arrogance and stubborn attitude towards the players. i had read previously that players from other teams he had managed, would not play for him, that they did not really like him and they were glad when he got sacked, it took him the same length of time at newcastle to lose the dressing room , as it did every club he went too – coincidence?
    As the season progressed , we got worse, untill the inevitable happened – drubbings start coming at a premium. players dont want to play for him – players want him sacked, apart from his absurd negative tactics, what other reason is there for the players performing as they are ? i think i know the reason. get rid of pardew and you will see a totally different newcastle utd. keep him.-dosnt bare thinking about!

  • 6 stuart no9 // May 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    andy ,- i couldnt give a f;;k if whelan falls down some steps and breaks his other leg at wembley tomorrow,!

  • 7 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    “with an honesty, which I’ve done” hmm is that right, well you said the was no divide in the dressing room, but coloccini said there was?

  • 8 AndyNUFC // May 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    That would be quite fitting Stuart, though in my mind, Whelan sits daydreaming about how he could have survived the challenge, when BANG! Mcmanaman skies a chance to level so badly he hits Whelan’s nose, forcing it into his brain, and his fat head explodes all over the execs near him, and after the linesman tells a court he didnt see anything so it isnt a ban, and Martinez explains Whelan’s head exploding was clean as a whistle.

  • 9 Joe Blog // May 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Wow, he’s laying it on thick isn’t he?

    Almost feel sorry for him….almost.

  • 10 Carryingcoals // May 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    So in other words he’s going to hope Mike backs him with loads of money for new players so he can do better next season

  • 11 BarcelonaMag // May 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks that we could end up with Harry Redknapp for next season? Presumibly Pardew will be sacked (he’s almost said as much himself), so the question is, who will succeed him? I don’t know if Redknapp and Ashley are mates but there was talk of him succeeding Allardyce back in the day. And I don’t know if ‘Arry would fancy the Championship. Just a thought.

  • 12 AMEOBI // May 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Shut it, talk at end of season bored to death with the same crap! Yawn

  • 13 obatoyou // May 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    probly dont tell the billionaire he’s an under achiever

  • 14 Ashton // May 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    He is begging not to be sacked. What a pathetic loser.

  • 15 headtheball // May 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Blah,Blah,Blah,Blah………
    It’s fingers in ears time with loud humming Hmmm,Hmmm……
    Go sling your hook
    HWTL

  • 16 Ashtoon // May 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    @BarcelonaMag // May 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Harry Redknapp requires endless funds to meet his needs in the transfer market, he wont manage in the north (as previously seen over the years ) and ultimately he is a fully fledged gob shi**te knob – we already have one

  • 17 Mister Tuff // May 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Barcelona – there is no way Dirty Harry would come north. He lives on the south coast and would not move at all. He has been interviewed about this several times and prefers the lengthy commute from his house to London -rather than move house.
    So I think we can be clear he is out of the mix for us.

  • 18 stuart no9 // May 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    andy – yeah lol lol — and mcmanaman slides into a challenge on kompany who jumps 10 ft in the air to avoid the challenge , then decending from his mighty jump ,,kompany . notices the face of macmanaman stareing at the feet of kompany who, with plenty of time to change direction of his fall, makes a perfect landing , and sinks both feet into the little ba…rds face. Causing havoc on the bench and in the stands, whelan decides to confront the linesman, by jumping off his seat and heading straight for the official when he misses the step and as his legs give way beneath him 2 mighty cracks reverberate around the ground With whelan in a heap and both legs behind his back, macmanamam still munching on kompanys studs the ref plays on and awards man city a free kick for macmanaman trying to get a player sent off for play acting the ball is floated into the box , where tevez picks it up with both hand and throws it into the goal , the ref points to the centre spot and city win the cup. the players do a lap of honour with the cup , being careful not to stand on macmanaman who is still lying with kompanys boot up his nostril, martinez complains, but 1 official saw it , so martinez gets a 10 game ban, for bad sportsmanship. cant wait !

  • 19 Jamiemac // May 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Stuart

    I’ve never read as much tripe as I did just then in your first post.

  • 20 stuart no9 // May 11, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    jamiemac–thanks, glad you agree !,

  • 21 Bucks mag // May 11, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    I’d like Pardew to stay personally but I’ve been naturally really unimpressed with him after the mackems and Liverpool.

  • 22 JackButler // May 11, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Getting rid of Pardew is one thing (I honestly believe he will go after the arsenal game) but I have no confidence in Ashley bringing in a man who can take us forward. Are we going to get a Laudrup? A Rudi Garcia? Or will be end up with a Curbishley? It’s time for Ashley to step up and show some intent that he wants success on the pitch as much as he wants it on the end of year figures.

  • 23 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // May 11, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Anyone else think this is a seriously strange and unsettling statement?

    He tries to share the burden of blame several times by saying “we’ve underachieved….” etc. which I find hugely concerning a couple days before a HUGELY important game to save the club from relegation.

    This game is huge and he just talks about how it’s not all his fault!!

    What the hell is he doing? That’s hardly inspirational management!

    If I’m honest there has only been one short spell where the performances, not results, have been good and exciting and that was around around March after signing Cisse whilst we played 4-3-3.

    Despite the good results, apart from that spell I think the performances have been really disappointing and at times well, embarrassing.

    I’ve never really badly criticised Pardew before, and this is not purely reactionary as I have mentioned the problems before, but: the lack of cohesion,
    lack of creativity,
    the same set piece EVERY SINGLE TIME (Clipped/ floated to the back post to head back across…),
    lack of understanding in the back line,
    poor passing,
    lack of variation (Shola on at ~65/70 mins!),
    Constant and mindless long balls!,
    Not getting the best out of the fantastic players,
    Repeatedly playing the average performers (jonas, simpson, williamson, ameobi, obertan etc.),
    The pathetic transfer window statements (I come just short of saying he has been lying in these but it’s not far off),
    Seemingly no game plan at all except “Hope Ben Arfa does something good”,

    ahhhhhh…..
    I’m sure there are more but I think that’ll do for now.
    I only list all these problems because they are things which he pretty much did from right at the beginning and still hasn’t fixed/ improved on- it just happens week after week…..
    (sorry for length of post but there is a lot of irritation!)

  • 24 toonbrother // May 11, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Stop perpetuating this lie about failure to replace Demba Ba being the source of our troubles. Our form was arguably worse during the first half of the season when Demba Ba was around firing on all cylinders. The problem was that of imbalance in the team selection e.g. playing Ba upfront and Cisse on the right (either play ba on the left and Cisse upfront or put one on the bench and play the other).
    Bottom line. The fans aren’t buying these shameless excuses. Pardumb is quite frankly speaking out of his depth and needs to exit the stage as soon as possible

  • 25 toonbrother // May 11, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    I was holding out hope for Benitez but im beginning to see this is wishful thinking as PSG and Real madrid will be after him if they lose their respective managers. If there was some way to prise Redknapp away from QPR that would be ideal. Failing that any of the following would do:
    1. Jean Tigana
    2. Steve McClaren
    3. Rene Girard

  • 26 Sir Erec // May 11, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    After quietly reading the constant bickering back and forth about Pardew, I’ve decided to finally air my views.

    About his statements on Remy: First of all, obviously Remy was the main target to replace Ba. Ba was a quality player going out, and Remy was the quality player to come in. Almost all of the details were wrapped up and in the end Remy chose QPR due to his own greed. This is not Pardew’s fault. He is fine to say that Remy was his number one target as replacing Ba was one of the main priorities, something everyone was quick to jump on when we sold Carroll, that no replacement was lined up.

    Remy didn’t work out, and thus the Sissoko deal was accelerated from summer to January. I’ve got no problem with that. Not the same position obviously as Ba, but hey, it’s better than getting another Kuqi…

    Press Conferences: People are complaining about this and that about how what he says in the conferences can be demotivating to the players etc etc… Do you honestly think the majority of our players take the time to go listen to what he says in the press conferences? Especially the French lads who probably wouldn’t know what he’s talking about for half of it.

    The press conferences are not really relevant to the players, it’s more about what he says to them in the dressing room, on the training pitch that should truly have us worried.

    Press conferences are just entertaining journalists and throwing b.s. back and forth.

    Another thing, how come when other managers spew similar stuff to Pardew it’s considered confidence, but when Pardew says it, it’s arrogance???

    Just out of curiosity…

    I am by no means a Pardew loyalist, I just hope people make sure to try and stay open minded.

    Despite the fact that Pardew is at fault for many things that have gone wrong this season, there are some things out of his hand too.

    A player being in a different position than he is used to should not make him all of a sudden unable to pass the football 5 yards. That’s just simply inexcusable.

  • 27 check the toastie // May 11, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Although i respect everyones opinion, why are some people on here so f#cking stupid that they cant see that Pardew is a lying manipulative arrogant self trimming pr#ck. Who has no idea on how to get his team to play good football, that is fact and cannot be argued with.

    The people who back him obviously didnt see us outplayed by a managerless Wolves and a relegated Bolton at home last year. He is woeful and would take any group of players down, totally hopeless.

    Players Ashley has bought for him to use this year.
    Anita – First choice for Ajax, Like a son to De Boer – Ruined.
    Sissoko – French International – Ruined
    Debuchy – French International – Now people want Simmo
    Goofran – Great busy striker – lost his mojo.
    Yanga – French Int, Capt of French league winners. – Lost

    Colloocini will see his contract out if Pardew goes, he has fallen out with this loser (thats the dressing room split, players and manager).

    We will not pick up another point, fingers crossed Arsenal stuff Wigan, as we are in deep shit.

  • 28 Douglas // May 11, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I think Pardew will survive:
    5th last year
    stability
    Has (I hope) learnt from this season
    Knows (I hope) how to correct.
    i.e. we are alearning organisation and will grow.
    Still nice to speculate who would do a better job. Cant think of anyone off hand.

  • 29 Papiss9 // May 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Don’t post here too often. last time was after the West ham game. A lot said we are already down, and i said there are a lot of games where teams in our position meet eachother or are meeting top teams like chelsea, spurs and arsenal. And I said I thought Swansea was going to beat wigan (who’s in poor form). So please stop being ridiculous.

    I see you are talking a lot about Pardew.
    He has been here 2,5 seasons and for me solid defence is what he wants to rely on. His attacking play is dreadful. I heard in an interview that he works on the defence and leave the rest to Carver, dont think the best managers do that kind of stuff.

    This season there has been a lot of injuries, but the best managers gets the best out of players. Pardew has shown he don’t know how to handle it. Poor tactics and poor subs. Some games he has destroyed by his own subs. He has had all season to do it right. When we lost two homegames (west ham, swans) and being outplayed I got so f.. furious.

    If we buy 4/5 players in the summer and don’t sell anybody except for colo and simps and dont have many injuries Pardew would have a decent season next year I suppose, but hey anybody should manage that.

    We need a quality manager to take us to the next level. Pardew don’t have that, and is blaming injuries, EL and everything else but himself. I say SACK HIM after the arsenalgame. He has had a lot of time to make things right. Our attackingplay is the killer for me. He just relies on arfa, cisse or somebody to do something extraordinary.

  • 30 JAMSHA // May 11, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Finaly Back From Goa…. Is the Match Live In India????

  • 31 dubzy // May 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Odds on the next Newcastle manager……

    Rafa Benitez – 4/1F

    Roberto Di Matteo – 6/1

    Gus Poyet – 10/1

    Roberto Martinez -16/1

    Laurent Blanc – 20/1

    Harry Redknapp – 22/1

    Jurgen Klopp – 33/1

  • 32 dubzy // May 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Would love Rafa Benitez but Jurgen Klopp would be a good one to as he likes bringing young players and on the CHEAP TO….Which MA would love….

    Weidenfeller – free
    Pisczek – free
    Subotic – £3.8m
    Hummels – £3.5m
    Schmelzer – free
    Gundogan – £4.6m
    Bender – £900,000
    Kuba – £2.5m
    Gotze – free ..YOUTH WHAT A PLAYER
    Reus – £14M
    Lewandowski – £3.9M

    TOTAL PRICE AN THE TEAM THAT BEAT REAL MADRID IN THE SEMI OF THE CHAMPS LEAGUE IS

    £34.3M …..Priceless

  • 33 Bambams // May 11, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Pardew cannot help himself and any chance of giving an interview he takes it but like his tactics never plans what he will say.
    Can you believe he has stated the man who could sack him has underachieved !
    Well done Pards, that will do the trick….

    Blanc at 20/1 …… Daft tenner on that

  • 34 Papiss9 // May 11, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Klopp would be a dream, his team play wonderful and hardworking football. I hope Dortmund beat Bayern in the final. Maybe Klopp feels he has done maximum then(two leaguetitles and CL).

  • 35 Bambams // May 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I suppose if we do release Pards the question becomes ‘ which managers would like the job ?

    I still believe some very hood managers would be interested but because of our alleged great standing in France Blanc is the one I would hope for.

    Lee Clark would love the job so I am surprised he is not in the betting.

    Pards is that vain he would probably send in his cv to Ash hoping for a clean slate stating that he is the best option. …

  • 36 Bambams // May 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Pspiss9….

    Could you see Klopp taking the job mate ?

  • 37 cyprus // May 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    AP, AP my man,
    You don’t ever tell your boss he has underachieved, ever! That’s spreading the blame and he won’t like it. You know what you should ‘ve said, honestly? What Harry said! Last year we overachieved, this year under. Simple, dude.

  • 38 sparky55 // May 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Stuart No 9…first post…absolutely correct
    gonufc…bang on the money
    toonbrother….great assessment
    sirerec…couldn’t agree more
    check the toast…brilliant
    papiss9…good rant

    at the end of the day pardew is simply out of his depth and has coached some of our best players to an absolute standstill.

    The players who were great last year playing good open attacking football have been turned into headless chickens and our wonderful midfield are now left watching the ball being played over their heads and then watching cisse v’s 3 defenders lose the ball and then have to defend again…it’s pathetic and a joy for any opposing manager because we do exactly the same week in week out…depressing!

  • 39 Hatem's better than Messi // May 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Looks like Pardew’s got a few relatives to sign up and post.

    How can anyone want another year like this one?

    So sorry for all the fans that travel and pay a lot of money to watch a Pardew team.
    Some pilgramage from abroad to take in a once in a lifetime match at SJP, I hope it wasn’t Reading, 5under1and or Liverpool to name 3 recent disasters.
    Others travel to every away match, incredible supporters, they have spent thousands watching us get thrashed and humiliated all over the country.

    This is why we can’t risk another season of Pardew.
    It’s not fair on us!

  • 40 Papiss9 // May 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Tbh I dont’t think Klopp will be our next manager, but if he is going to leave Dortmund after this season I think our club is an alternative.

    Big and passionate fanbase, good squad (don’t need much more to challenge top), the clubs finance is pretty stable, one of the biggest stadiums in England, he knows how to buy smart and build teams.

    If he goes to a club like madrid they must win something straight away. Klopp is still young and he might fancy a longterm project in Newcastle which could be very successful.

    Having said that, don’t think he wants to leave Dortmund

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    In saying he has been honest straight away shows his dishonesty .

  • 42 bob52 // May 11, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Instead of slagging off everybody from manager to MD to owner further depressing every genuine supporter, just get fully behind the team especially for these last two games, then if the worst comes to the worst the right thing will happen.
    Moaning and groaning every day affects players, manager and supporters and gets our team nowhere.

  • 43 Sack Llambias // May 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    113Jail for Ashley // Mar 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM
    His best post to date- but he has breaking news and we
    wait with baited breath.
    You can’t compare last seasons injuries and this seasons disaster, the first half lack of form was purely down to a seriously understrength squad, we then showed signs of a revival before being hit with a fresh bunch of injuries,
    The low morale of the squad was imo directly caused by the idiotic transfer policy of last summer, the same players that had worked so hard must have felt badly let down, can you imagine a platoon being told to defend a bridge and defy all odds to do so then just when the mission is complete they get told reinforcements will be coming to relieve them only to find out that they’ve been lied to they’d all start waving the white flag

  • 44 Hatem's better than Messi // May 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    bob52

    It’s been a long spiral of dismal, often humiliating performances that has got most posters to this “moaning and groaning” state of mind.

    We all started the season with dreams and expectations, which have sadly evaporated.

    I can’t change the way I feel about the state of the club because it comes from somewhere deep inside.
    If I tap that part of me … at the moment its a miserable place to visit.

    I blame Pardew for this not the team. They’ll always have my full support.

  • 45 Blofal // May 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Toonbrother – Steve Mclaren is the worse than Pardew! How could you possibly suggest him?

    Nottingham Forest sacked Davies (who like CH was doing well) to bring in Mclaren and he almost had them relegated from the championship within half a season!! They bought Davies back and now they are up near the top and will likely be challenging for promotion next year.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    sack Llambias,
    Apologies for making it sound like I had breaking news when all it was,was the most ignorant and clueless supporter of our club I have ever encountered happened to be sitting next to me on the train last night.

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    So a Chelsea win vs Villa today and 3 points for us tomorrow and we’re safe, even if Wigan beat Arsenal.

    That would leave it standing at:

    Newcastle – 41 Points
    Villa – 40 Points
    Wigan – 38 Points

    And Villa play Wigan in their final game.

    All I’m going to say for now then is go Chelsea and please for my own Sanity, Newcastle, please please please beat QPR like we know you can.

    Nothing else matters at this point. We have 2 games, 1 will more than likely be enough – finish this torture now.

    Oh, I should say go Man City. Don’t want to see McManaman lifting no trophy this season and nor do I want to hear Whelan bleating on for weeks and weeks.

  • 48 magpie6699 // May 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I’m really not sure about the Pardew issue. I think he’s on borrowed time but how long should that be? Till next Xmas – see how we’re doing?
    As for suggested replacements, I REALLY don’t rate Di Matteo – and I would not like to see Harry Redknapp in. He’s achieved nothing at QPR despite spending a load of dosh when he got there – I wonder if he’s past his sell-by date as an effective manager. Quite like Benitez but not so sure Martinez can really hack it. I remember the days of Ozzy Ardiles and I know things don’t truly compare but we tried to play good footy as we sank towards Division 3!

  • 49 Papiss9 // May 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Regardless of the results I want to see a team with desire, energy and attacking mindset. We have good enough players even with the injuries to make problems, a lot of problems for QPR, who has a very bad defence. Clint Hill says it all. Yes I know arsenal only won 0-1, but our desire to win has to be a lot bigger than QPRs.

  • 50 Hatem's better than Messi // May 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Ibizatoon

    After watching Wigan’s defence v Swansea, Man City could set a scoring record today.

    Adrenalin from the build up, the Wembley pitch, tiredness, threadbare squad all adds up to a hammering.

  • 51 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    magpie…I’m holding off on the manager discussions until after the Arsenal game for now. He’s clearly not going anywhere at this minute and all I want to see is survival, then planning.

    Papiss… Some desire would be nice, but tbh, I’ve written this season of, just want it to be over a.s.a.p. Be nice to end on a bit of a high though and instil some belief in something before the summer.

    Hatem…I hope so. I imagine City will be well up for it, it would be 3 trophies in 3 years under Mancini, which isn’t that bad. They’ll be well up for it imo.

  • 52 tooninspain // May 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Trash……are you sure it wasn’t your own reflection in the window?

  • 53 LeToonARMY // May 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    This is my team for Tomorrow. What you think Santon and Marveux on the Wings Ben Arfa and Cabaye in the middle.
    ___________________ELIOT___________________
    ___DEBUCHY__TAYLOR__COLLO_____YANGA_____MARVEUX__BENA ARFA__CABAYE_SANTON__
    ___________CISSE_____GOUFFRAN_____________

    Subs
    Anita
    Simpson
    Perch
    Tiote
    Guttirez
    Campbell

  • 54 toonluvva // May 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The fact is that the reason for our poor season can be laid the door of Ashley, Llambias and Pardew for a variety of reasons.

    Ashley for not investing in the summer.
    Llambias for not guiding Ashley properly.
    Pardew for his tactics, or lack of.

    However, the owner never sacks themselves, the blame is just passed doen the management chain.

    Hopefully, Llambias and Pardew will get the bullet. The only problem is who will Big Mike appoint to replace them. I fear a “out of the frying pan, into the fire” scenario.




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