Can Newcastle End The Nightmare Today?

Even though the results since we were eliminated by Benfica from the Europa League have been simply terrible, 5 points from 7 games, it doesn’t seem that the team spirit at the club has been impacted too much – despite some newspaper reports to the contrary.

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Yoan Gouffran – after scoring against West Brom

But after the season is over, Newcastle must look into what happened in general and one game in particular – the 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool at St. James’ Park – where we looked like a schoolboy side, and we wonder what the team were doing the week before in preparing for that game?

If we do take the drop that’s the game that could send us down – not because we lost it – but because our goal difference got hammered.

With a shortage of strikers right now, French forward Yoan Gouffran is one of the main players we look to for goals, with Shola Ameobi in his usual situation of not being available through injury. 🙁

This is what Yoan said today:

“There are no problems as far as I’m concerned,” “We’ve all settled in well, the players and the backroom staff regularly come up to us to ask us what we need, and they’ve really made us feel welcome.”

“It’s been really difficult, there was a feeling of sadness in losing the derby among the players for the fans, and we were ashamed about the way we lost to Liverpool.”

“We gave a bad image to the fans and to the rest of the country against Liverpool. But we spoke afterwards in the dressing room and said, ‘That can’t happen again’.”

“We understand the situation we’re in, the manager’s talked to us about it at length.” “We knew it’d be difficult when we arrived in January but we didn’t expect to be in this position.”

“All we can do is go and beat QPR on Sunday, and try and beat Arsenal in the final game and start next season in a positive manner.”

“We’re not nervous, absolutely not. We’re trying to stay calm and concentrate on Sunday’s match. We’ll go into it and treat it like a cup final.”

“We’ll be better next year in the Premier League, we’ll know how to approach games and avoid silly mistakes, and possibly without Europe, we’ll be a bit fresher.”

“We know it will be a difficult match because they’ll want to end the season on a high on their own ground.” “But we want to come away with three points.”

Those are good words from Yoan, but it remains to be seen if Newcastle can turn things around at Loftus Road this afternoon, and anything but a defeat would be a decent result, with all 3 points meaning we have avoided relegation.

A win would be only the second time Newcastle have picked up all three points on the road, in what has become a disastrous season for Newcastle – and we are mimicking four years ago.

In 2009 in our last nine games we picked up only 5 points, and in the last seven games we have a measly five points and two defeats in our last two games could see us relegated again if Wigan, the FA Cup winners yesterday against money bags Manchester City, can get one win int heir last two games.

Let’s hope we can get 3 points today and end the nightmare, but we cannot see who’s going to get the goals for us to win the game.

But hope springs eternal.

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33 comments so far

  • yorkymag

    May 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardewis damaged goods not just in terms of this years well document disasters and there are so many and they are to painful to list again,but more importantly in the players perspective ,it’s a small world ,they all talk to each other and they laugh at Pardew his reputation is mortally damaged .
    Not only do players not want to play for him he will never get another job in the top division again .
    He is plain and simple the problem and we can’t move forward with him as manager ,all the talk about who will come is a waste of time
    The only thing for certain is if he stays all the talk will be who gets out

  • cyprus

    May 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    “the players … all talk to each other and they laugh at Pardew”

    Where have you heard that?

  • catchy in norway

    May 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    my dream

    we beat QPR today , scrappy 1-0 own goal will do,

    sack AP

    go and play with freedom v ARS and beat them, i know they can do it

  • cyprus

    May 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    On Yoan,
    good signing.

  • yorkymag

    May 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    26yorkymag // May 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    It is absolutley fact ,belive me on this on

  • cyprus

    May 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Catchy, nice dream!

  • davetoon

    May 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    less talk, more action

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8


    It’s really not worth it haha. People hate Pardew so much they genuinely invent things, then convince themselves it’s true.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9


    They are hardly going to come out and blab to the press we have a c..p manager etc etc

    Don’t think language is the problem as it’s predominantly just 2 languages: French and English, not a multiple of people from all over. Last year we had Cabs, Benny, Cisse, Tiote, Ba etc all speaking French

    Lame excuse. Never did Arsenal any harm, but that’s where we fall down. Arsenal have a very good continental manager. We have a very poor English one.


  • Rotonda heights

    May 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10


    Our captain Colo, top scorer (still) Ba and best player (Benny) have all spoken out at Pardew’s tactics


  • Spotlight Kid

    May 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    ‘Arry WANTS US TO WIN, he don’t want us as competition in the Championship, so he’ll gift us this game on a plate – just watch the u11 team he’ll put out.

    Problem is we’ll still have to score – even from a penalty. But ‘Arry knows our problem with scoring, so QPR have probably been working on sneaky own goals from our corners. ‘Cause it’s the only way we’ll ever score from corners!!

    In the bag!!!

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12


    Players only start talking to themselves when they have something to moan about,

    french players would have started talking to each other once they were unhappy.

  • terencelim

    May 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Maybe yes, but with owner like Mike Ashley I can guarantee he would soon start another.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14


    How in your view does one good season albeit due to many extenuating factors mask such a poor CV and career as Pardew has had.

    He relegated one team, took West Ham perilously close before being sacked and but for Wigan running out of games could quite easily have taken us down going by the appalling form guide.

    Add in our horrible negative, defensive hoof-ball style and his 2 record losing streaks at 2 different clubs, plus the fact he’s never won anything bar the Johnson Painter trophy and even got sacked at Southampton for low staff morale, why do you still rate this guy off he back of one good season when he blindingly has never been consistently good anywhere.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    if pardew were celtic manger this season, they would not have won the title. guaranteed

  • stuart no9

    May 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    any new poo coming from pardews vicinity this morning? or did he spout enough yesterday to last us a life time ?

  • donkey

    May 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    the thing i worry about is are the big stars really going to care if we get relagated if we dont get the result today they just move on to a new club higher wages there agents will benifit aswell all the qpr players i going to be so up for this game to get there self in the shop window there already relaged so they will be playing without no fear god im really not going to like today

  • colwell

    May 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Spotlight kid

    Harry wants us to win? Really?

    If we were to go down no way would at least 8 of the players that start today be there next season. We’d have a worse squad than the last time we were there. We wouldn’t exactly be hard competition would we.

  • yorkymag

    May 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    There is none so Blind as those that will not see
    TDS is simply unable to see I respect his view He is entitled to it ,but it is impossible to have any rational debate on the issue of our manger it is best to agree to disagree and move on

  • jonobbad

    May 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew is on a par with george burley.
    Why are certain ‘fans’ still making a case for him.
    Get rid and good riddance.

  • toon22

    May 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Fact is we have an owner who prefers to buy players from abroad as they are cheaper.
    That means the manager has to be able to control the group and get the best out of them.
    Imo AP just cant do it,as soon as there is a sniff of unrest he lost the team.
    We either get rid of alot of the players and buy English ones or replace AP with someone who can manage a team like ours.

    MA isnt dumb the team or the manager?

  • Spotlight Kid

    May 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22


    Compared to the average club in the Championship our squad would be probably still the most expensively assembled. Even if we shed 50% – the value would be over £75m – more than enough to breeze to automatic promotion under a half decent manager. That plus 45,000 crowds intimidating those clubs used to under 10,000.

    That kind of competition is a risk ‘Arry will not take. He needs a direct path back, so Pardew will need to be especially hopeless to manage to lose it today.

  • toon22

    May 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Just look at last time we went down,we walked the league.
    Iirc with a record points tally.

  • yo-yo

    May 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    All you jokers listing new managers might want to take a look at this list.

    The only name in the frasme who has a significantly better record than AP is Rafa.

  • colwell

    May 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Spotlight kid

    We would be left with Elliot,willo,perch,bigi,shola,Oba,gosling maybe Jonas,gouffran. Not too good of a team with youth included and not much moneys worth either. By no means guaranteed promotion.

  • solano

    May 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    I’ve just read BS’s comments on a previous thread, claiming that Ashley “sure as hell won’t put up with another season like this one.”
    Really? It maybe so, that they strive for mediocrity so that the dream of buying in cheap and selling on high and pocketing tv riches can truly be fulfilled. But this is a total insult to the supporters and shows a lack of foresight and ambition for a club the size of NUFC.
    We have never taken a domestic cup competition seriously, simply because of our lack of depth and fear of the drop – never past fourth round of any cup since Ash took over. Meanwhile, footballing giants Birmingham, Swansea and Wigan have all put themselves on the footballing roll of honour.
    No team or club has a God given right to success but we won’t even attempt to compete at the top level. That is down to the top brass who exist just to leech off the loyalty of the fans and the profile of the club. Not only is it shameful that we strive for mediocrity, we can’t even achieve that as 4 out of 6 season’s were spent trying to survive and 1 season was spent in the lower division.
    If we don’t beat QPR today, we deserve to be relegated and I wouldn’t have any complaints. What I would want to see though is a total backlash against the dicks who are running this club into the ground and an admittal by many deluded contributors on here, that they placed their faith in false prophets and have been proven wrong time and again. No more defending the indefensible…there is no ‘jam’ tomorrow if we give them more time. Stay up or go down, we will see an exodus of good players (though the scale will vary depending on our league status) – it’s a crying shame, that it has come to this…..AGAIN!

  • Greebol1892

    May 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    One of our best players in recent games. Good work rate, pacy, good passer, eye for goal (all for less than 1mil). Play him up with Cisse please!

  • Bambams

    May 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew cannot motivate players and this is one of the skills you must have to be a good manager.

    Add that to the biggest problem he has ‘ Blindley overconfident ‘ and it does not bode well.

    I have supported him as much as I could during this season and I know several other bloggers saw his weaknesses earlier than I did, but he cannot be allowed to take charge whichever league we are in next year.

    Its good to read other bloggers suggested managers (Benitez, Poyet, Matinez, Blanc…..) but it rests with Ashley. If he does not want to look like he ‘got it wrong’ we will be stuck with AP. The other option is after we survive. …. After their postmortem of the season. .. It’s agreed to bring in a continental coach to ASSIST Pards then state that this was the long term plan all along. Pards then is ousted more and more.

    Or Ash is brave and holds his hands up and sacks him.

    Hopefully this afternoon we will all be so much happier and we are safe, still think we need the Wigan to lose all their games for us to stay up. Please Pardew play to win with two attackers !

  • Bambams

    May 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #29


    Well said

  • donkey

    May 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #30

    SOLANO ashly has has already been down that road of trying to pls the fans with KK and AS and look how that turned out hes backed pardew in the window with 5 new players and yes mayby he should have backed him in the summer but they had faith in the youth comming thru bringing in pardew was a mistake and giving him an 8 year contract was an even bigger one but im sure MA will sort out new manerger in the summer and i think he would be the first to admit hes learning every day to become a better footbal chairman

  • Lee Dodd

    May 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    We will win today quite simply because the Newcastle players want Premier League Football. QPR will loose as there players dont give a toss and are ready for there holidays in 10 days time in the sun.. Remy wont score as he will come to us in the summer .

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    I honestly believe that our move for Remy now is a ploy by Pardew to distract him and make him think twice in scoring against us as he would then send his possible future club down and he doean’t want to play on the Championship. It could work and we might not even go for him after the match. His attitude is a bit suspect but if they offered me double the wages at another club that i could leave with no problems if relegated I think I would have done the same too.

    Come on lads get us these crucial 3 points and we’re safe at last!!


  • toonluvva

    May 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #33

    We will be linked with a whole number of potential transfer targets between now and the close of the window. Paper talk most of it.

    Carr will have indentified targets for the new management team at Newcastle and lets just hope we can get them ito our team quickly.

    As for today, of course we can win. Trouble is Pardew will be eyeing up a point away from home and hoping that Wigan are exhausted after their FA Cup success. Not my idea of how we should approaching the match though. Ho hum, will next season be the same, or will Ashley see the light?


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