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Pardew – Thank God We’re Not In Europa League Next Season

11:01 pm, Sunday, May 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 133 Comments

Newcastle got their first win in six games this afternoon, and climbed four places in the table to 13th – and if we can beat Arsenal next Sunday, and that will not be easy, we have a chance to finish even higher in the league, and we could get up to 10th place – – if all the results go for us next Sunday – which would be unbelievable.

yoan gouffran scores qpr

Yoan Gouffran celebrates after scoring a great opportunist goal

Alan Pardew was simply delighted that Newcastle were finally safe after a very tough second half today, and the defense with Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson having excellent games at the back – was the key.

We had mentioned when Williamson was included in the side in place of Steven Taylor who was sick, that Mike can play well in big games, and he again didn’t let the side down today – and all credit to him.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game to reporters:

“We got an important result today,” “I don’t really care if Arsenal win 4-0 if I’m honest – I’m sure Spurs will – but I only care that our fans enjoy themselves.” “I’m very pleased.”

“It was a very important game for this football club. Particularly this year with the finance of the Premier League.”“I thought both penalties were dubious.”

“We played well after that, showed great resilience and it is massive for the North-East to have a team in the Premier League.” “Accusations of a ‘rift’ are absolutely ridiculous. Those that made them will be sobbing in their beer today,”

“I think if I put my best eleven out every week we would be a top-eight side but I’ve only been able to put it out three times at most. It’s an unforgiving league and if you look at this division, the likes of Swansea and West Brom are only five or six points ahead of us.”

“It’s been an unbelievable season and I think it’s been so, so tight because of the financial rewards at stake this year. I will make sure that we are well prepared for next season, and thank God we are not in the Europa League again.”

We must go all put for a win against Arsenal next Sunday – and who knows if we can get a win – then we’ll finish this terrible season off in style – which would be good.

That has to be the major goal now. and since we get £800K for each place in the League table, Newcastle will not do too bad if we can finish near the middle of the table this season.

And it will also help our recruitment in the summer – which is likely to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans.

We hope it will be an   an exciting time for Newcastle fans. 😀

We must try for top six again next season and turn this thing around.

But hey – we are safe – and that’s just fantastic.

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133 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // May 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Single handedly the worst comment given by any nufc manager since Pardew last opened his mouth.

    Absolutely disgraceful

  • 2 nightfa11 // May 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    sensible words for a “wee club”…fcuking retard..sack him now!

  • 3 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Hopefully we will be saying Thank god we are not in your control yah jobby pardew

  • 4 9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Obviously odious comments by our manager. But everybody (I assume) can see where he’s coming from: We’re safe now, nothing else matters.

  • 5 NUFC STEVE // May 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    RAFA OR BLANC that is the question??? What a twat of a man. Please sack him now ashely!!!!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I honestly think the man has had a nervous breakdown.

  • 7 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Thank god we didn’t finish in a european position this season, its much better fighting relegation or mid table mediocrity. It pains me to see the likes of Wigan and Swansea winning cups and Alan wishing away the thought of extra games. Why do we even bother competing at all?

    Surely he should be saying “bring europe on, we have learned lessons from the experience”

  • 8 elpaso_geordie // May 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    He must have loved Sunderland and Liverpool at home then. D*ck

    Yeah thank god we aren’t in Europe next year eh ???
    looking forward to a nosebleeding 10th placed finish and early cup exits again next year — sure as hell wouldn’t want to qualify for that Europa again….
    What a W**ker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 9 bollance // May 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    There have been some selection question marks. Anita has only just joined the club and so will not be sold soon. Tiote or Gutierez are reaching the end of their toon careers. If they do not play they are not in the shop window.

    Not such a ‘stupid’ comment anymore. It does not take a genius to realise what I implied. Next time I will elaborate to help u out.

  • 10 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    he may as well have said, thank god we don’t get extra funding, the ability to develop younger players, the chance to play great teams and players, get more ticket money, and thank god we won’t atrract many big names to us as we are DO NOT WANT ANY OF THAT, i hope he reads his comments back and leaves, what a shambolic man

  • 11 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    @Jail for Ashley
    They shared the seat 😉

  • 12 Rainrix // May 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    No one can defend these comments. They’re the hypocritical ramblings of a doomed man. I only hope he’s been told the news all of us want

  • 13 OhSholaAmeobi // May 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Yeah cos the fans are gonna be enjoying themselves if we’re 4-0 down. What an utter bellend.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM


  • 15 OhSholaAmeobi // May 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Oh and thank god we’re not in the Europa League is the killer. Ambition? Cretin.

  • 16 Spotlight Kid // May 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Someone buy ‘Arry a bottle of fizz, he must have really worked hard gift wrapping those goals.

    A bit like watching the TV wrestling in the 1960s, except without the skills. The QPR fans should have been refunded and compensated – an utterly embarrassing exhibition by all concerned. Heads should have been hung in shame rather then the air being punched.

    Still one less ‘big fish’ in the Championship pond to worry about next season, eh ‘Arry?

    ,i>’…it was pure showbiz right from the start’ Jackie “Mr TV” Pallo

    Never a truer word. R.I.P. Jackie.

  • 17 dubzy // May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I tell u all now….this man is not getting sacked and he loves it….with tha 8yr contract, he got Ashley in his pocket. Simplez

  • 18 true toon // May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    “I don’t really care if Arsenal win 4-0 if I’m honest ” – AP

    OMG, we are trusting this guy to bring us trophies and challenge for Champions league spot? 8 years contract? What dumb comments .. No wonder we are just a Wee club in the North. We are suppose to be in the class of Spurs, Gunners and blues but in reality , we are closer to the likes of Wigan, Bolton, Boro according to AP .

    7 more years of relegation battles to come !

  • 19 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    These comments are as much evidence as you need that he’s toast. No coach/manager says they that don’t care about the last home game of the season being a 4-0 drubbing if they are expcting to stay in their job. It’s not simply a facetious comment – it is a public resignation. (not that ANY fan could ‘enjoy’ that)

    I was wrong earlier thinking it was him off the cuff being drunk with survival.

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    It was a relief to win today. The game was much the same as most games this season. We sat too deep and invited them on. It’s was only after conceding a ridiculous penalty that we took the game to QPR and pressed them in their half.
    Once we took the lead it was back to the usual formula. Sit an contain. I cannot go through another season of that drivel. The thing is if, and I know it’s a big if, results go our way we could finish tenth.
    Pardew and perhaps Ashley would see that as an achievement.
    I can hear Pardew now sitting on the Goals on Sunday sofa.
    “We finished fifth in my first full season. In the next season we got to the quarter final of the UEFA cup and finished tenth. I don’t know why I was sacked.”
    Facts don’t always tell the full story.

  • 21 toon252 // May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    He’s an idiot –

    A few days ago he said “last season was milk and honey, but the fans can’t expect to get milk and honey every season”

    What he basically is saying is that we are a small club and shouldn’t challenge the top 6 every year. He is a complete and utter idiot

    Now he’s saying thank god we’re not in Europa – So we shouldn’t aim for Europe? I really don’t like the guy and any fan who does is mad – He would be happy for us to finish 10-12th every year and not progress.

    He sees not getting us relegated as an achievement, no Alan it isn’t. No Alan the fans don’t want to see us get beat 4-0 at home after we have conceded 9 in our last two home games.

    Get out of our club. If any fan is happy to finish 12th every year and not have European nights again then why don’t you go support the mackems you retards!

  • 22 magpieboom_6 // May 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    What a clown this guy is.

    As mentioned before, is he happy battling for our PL status versus playing a few extra games against some top teams across Europe?

    He needs to go. Right after the Arsenal game. Gone. His talk and tactics are just utter nonsense.

  • 23 nightfa11 // May 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM


    i still think its stupid..if we got relegated we would lose 80 get 15 back for tiote & jonas..”wow” & if we got relegated anita would want out as well.. whod want to play for a clueless manager in coca fckin cola, who never gave him a fair chance..

  • 24 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Thank god we’re not in europe and doesn’t care if we lose 4:0 now after losing 3:0 to our rivals and 6:0 in the last game. Seriously cannot believe a manager would make those comments. He is more arrogant than kinnear, i have developed a strong disliking for Pardew lately so its going to take a lot to change that now. Never been one to boo but i don’t mind admitting i cant stand him

  • 25 Robin_S // May 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    To be fair he’s probably right

  • 26 magpieboom_6 // May 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    And he doesn’t care if Arsenal throttles us 4-0 next weekend????!!!! With the $$$$$ at stake for league positions, I’m pretty sure MA’s going to care.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    daztoon ,
    In their mams bedroom or Paris Disneylland

  • 28 Nojdani // May 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    A home win is unlikely but not impossible.

  • 29 breno95 // May 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    What a ridiculous statement to give to the press.
    What inspiration do comments like that give to the players.
    Its no wonder we have had trouble signing players if AP has been trying to sell his ideas of ambition. If i am mistaken after Remy chose QPR Mike Ashley dealt directly with transfers and we all know what happened then. We got 5 in 7 days.

    As AP said himself, we are a massive club and the least we should have is a manager that wants to win and play against the best at home and in Europe.

    Ashley cannot continue to allow this man to be the voice of NUFC as he is a complete and total embarrassment.

    I want a new manager, the 25 man squad i posted on the last thread and i might, just might renew my ticket for next season. If we get turned over next week i for one wont be full of joy. Plus i want a set up that has a desire to achieve trophies and europe not one that is happy to scrap year on year.

  • 30 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Disgusting comment from Pardew, almost as disgusting as the racist homophobic comment made by Mark the Mag @174 in the previous thread.

    You’ve been reported by the way, don’t ever refer to an Irish man as “a potato eating terrorist” who is “queer” for playing “gaylic” football.

    It’s spelt Gaelic, which refers to our culture, one of which we are extremely proud of, you inbred mongoloid.

  • 31 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    What manager can put his best 11 out every week.The man is in cloud cuckoo land.

  • 32 9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Dire comments, above, on our manager. Be brave, lads, he’ll be with us next season, who knows where we’ll end up? (Clue: he managed us all last season, where did we end up?)

  • 33 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Its nice to see managers like Ferguson and Moyes showing heart today and also bill kenwright. Last manager i chanted the name of was hughton, what i would give for a lovable manager and chairman

  • 34 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Toon 252

    At the end of last season he said the proof of success would be repeating the achievement of last season’s finish again – that is consistency..

  • 35 bollance // May 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM


    I have kept a close eye on the blog and watching all the games plus nufc news / rumours.

    Relieved we are safe. Suggested a while back pards will go at the end of the season and players will be sold so we can bring in a decent manager with a the lure of a hefty war chest.

    To be honest I am worried that getting rid of pards could take us backwards. It is not an easy decision to make and who can we realistically attract. Who makes the decision about the right man to take us forward? Board of directors, led by DL and MA. Now do u get what I mean.

  • 36 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Tired of people defending him, or his comments. I’m feeling what others felt when I was once a staunch defender of this brain dead idiot.

    He’s a disgrace to this football club.

  • 37 magpieboom_6 // May 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM


    AP’s clearly manic or delusional or an all out idiot.

  • 38 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    @Jail for Ashley
    Enjoy the Arsenal match bud rather you than me parting with cash to watch that tripe served up

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Can we now say well done Hoots over the moon for him.

  • 40 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM


    We always used to call our Irish lads ‘bog trotters’ or ‘navvies’ when I was at school 🙂

    Gaelic football is not a game for the ‘fey’ either !

  • 41 OhSholaAmeobi // May 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Spurs fans are fuming. This is probably the worst thing i’ve ever heard a manager tell the press.

  • 42 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    welcome to the dark-side

  • 43 toonluvva // May 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Pardew has demonstrated his total lack of ambition by declaring he was pleased we are not in the Europa League next season.

    Ok, lets assume we have a great season next year and look like finishing in an European League place what will he do?

    Also does that rule out winning any of the domestic trophies as they bring an Europa League place?

    The message I get from Pardew is, “we are going to aim high next season, maybe finish as high as 10th, but no higher just in case”

    My message to Pardew is “time to go” if that is the limit of your ambition.

    Mr Ashley this man will not bring you true value for money with his approach. Get shot of him now. Let him ply his trade at a club with totally limited aspirations. You can let Llambias go as well while you’re at it.

  • 44 bollance // May 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    MA is a spurs fan. A bit of spite from a dead man walking?

  • 45 Sazzer // May 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    As I said before we need to replace Pardew just to be able to sign the players Carr have been scouting for next season.

  • 46 Joe Blog // May 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Astonishing. Baffling.

    The last couple of weeks, his interviews have become increasingly unhinged. He used to contradict himself from one interview to the next, now he does it with remarkable efficiency, one sentence to the next. He speaks like Europa is a burden – if that’s his attitude, then it’s a concession that he simply cannot cope, not the players, although I’m sure it rubs off on them, as with all his other preposterous comments.

    What mental faculties he had, are frazzled.

    How does he expect these words to be received?

  • 47 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM


    Harmless casual racism is tolerated, nay expected, and we can take it in jest, to a point obviously, but insulting my culture is unacceptable, I for one am an extremely proud Irish man so I won’t be having my nation or culture be a point of ridicule.

    You’re damn right about Gaelic football, I played it for 15 years, it’s a brilliant sport!

  • 48 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Whats the point in me paying so much forking money to travel to SJP for the final game of the season having witness 9 unanswered goals the last two times if our manager does not care if we lose 4:0? Beggars belief

  • 49 toon252 // May 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    9 – Dire comments from us…

    Are you on the payroll or have you scrolled over Pardews comments –

    Go support the mackems if your happy with no Europe and a relegation struggle everey year

    Pardew been sacked from 3 of his 4 previous clubs – Relegated 1 of them from the premiership and been sack whilst the other two were in the relegation zone

  • 50 Spotlight Kid // May 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Breno Plus i want a set up that has a desire to achieve trophies and europe not one that is happy to scrap year on year.

    You’re supporting the wrong club. Get out now before disillusionment sets in! Trust me, 46 years after first passing through the sacred turnstiles there has only been occasional, sporadic signs of life – interspersed with the glory of runners up spots and long, long periods of scrapping year to year (as you accurately put it) and many, many massive disappointments.

    Trophies? Nah, we don’t do them… They went out of fashion up here in 1955.

  • 51 mattyNUFC // May 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    haha Ruddy!

    You remember some of the tiffs we used to get into? Time proved me right, unfortunately 🙂

    Only kidding but glad that a lot of fans have woken up. I won’t get into last year….I was nearly as frustrated as I am now with everything but, like most, results were enough to pacify the utter crap play we were exhibiting. This year our results have sunk to the level of Pardew’s tactical nous.

    Will really, really be disheartened if he is not replaced soon after the season. If it drags on for longer than two weeks after the Arsenal match, I think we’ve all got our answer, and that would be a worse decision than appointing him two and a half years ago

  • 52 Novocastrian66 // May 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Ruddy. One type of insult is as bad as another. Don’t take the moral high ground then throw pathetic insults of your own.

  • 53 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM


    Seriously, give your head a shake, my mum used to say if you cannot say something nice don’t say anything at all.

    Well here is my adaptation of a well worn saying.

    “If you cannot say something sensible, then don’t say anything at all. In fact just shut up, get out. I mean it. I’m not kidding. Seriously, get off the blog. No, I’m not taking the p*ss.”

    Think I may teach it to my own kids…

  • 54 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM


    Us Celts are all the same.

  • 55 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM


    So calling him an inbred mongoloid is the same as homophobic racism?

    Well now we know where you stand…

  • 56 terencelim // May 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    That’s what happens when a club owner wants to work with a yes-man rather than a cup winning manager.

  • 57 Bearsize // May 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Our football stinks, pass and move gets forgotten when they sign for us. Tiote and jonas need replacing and 2 strikers and 2 wingers added a good pre season and all will be well. The french lads will come good have faith!!!! Oh and pardew out!

  • 58 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM


    Welsh or Scottish?


    I can’t seem to be able to avoid these little tiffs can I? 😛

    Well time has indeed absolved you and made an utter mug of me. I won’t allow that to happen again which is why I have made a pretty drastic U turn and want this idiot out of the club.

    I agree, if he isn’t out within a week of the end of the season I’ll be extremely annoyed, but we can only wait and see.

  • 59 solano // May 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    What an utter disgrace Patsy’s comments are but it maybe indicative that we have already dipped into our summer budget this January (as Del mentioned 2months ago) and there won’t be a reassessment of the club “strategy”. So more of trying to be ‘stable’ and false promises.
    More of this for the next 6 years? The club is dying slowly.

  • 60 spitfire_ // May 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Do you realise how often he start to say “this football club”?

  • 61 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM


    Both…..Welsh/Scots but family prob came from Connemara in the dim and distant

  • 62 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Laudrup – just now telling how he played 58 games with a small squad at Malaga and it isn’t about squad size.

  • 63 Beattie25 // May 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Laudrup you magnificent man.

    What we’ve been saying all season.

  • 64 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM


    Everything about him – body language, demeanour, attitude, comments – all suggest he is dead man walking and knows it.

    I just hope we get an upgrade and not another bargain basement discount deal

  • 65 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM


    You’re family are from Joyce Country!? You truly do have Celtic blood roaring through your veins! Haha

    We need to stick together against the English conspiracy, we’ll slowly infiltrate them by supporting their football teams, earn their trust and then bring them down from the inside 😉

  • 66 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM


  • 67 Novocastrian66 // May 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Ruddy you don’t know where I stand. Your right to pull someone if they have caused offence. You should not have lowered yourself to by using insulting language too. Don’t try to justify your actions by saying his was worse.
    The thing the bugs me about this blog is people think its fine to slag other people and use vile insults.

  • 68 remember69 // May 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Hi all, I believe at this point we are all absolutely relieved to have reached safety after what has been an incredibly frustrating season.

    While it is easy to blame the manager I again keep going back to the fact that AP’s peers (Ferguson, Moyes et al) voted him the manager of the year last season.
    This is based on the team over-performing, and AP getting the most out of his players. I don’t believe you can turn from being a good manager to a bad one overnight and we have to look at the season as a whole.
    In my mind the jury’s out – I don’t think you can judge any manager on a single season. If AP can get in the players he WANTS and the team isn’t performing by January, then OK, let’s per-evaluate options.
    BTW – speaking of Ferguson he was hated by fans and almost sacked after being in the same portion as AP all those years ago…..

    “For the 1989–90 season, Ferguson further boosted his squad by paying large sums of money for midfielders Neil Webb, Mike Phelan and Paul Ince, as well as defender Gary Pallister and winger Danny Wallace. The season began well with a 4–1 win over defending champions Arsenal on the opening day, but United’s league form quickly turned sour. In September, United suffered a humiliating 5–1 away defeat against fierce rivals Manchester City. Following this and an early season run of six defeats and two draws in eight games, a banner declaring “Three years of excuses and it’s still crap … ta-ra Fergie.” was displayed at Old Trafford, and many journalists and supporters called for Ferguson to be sacked.[50][51] Ferguson later described December 1989 as “the darkest period [he had] ever suffered in the game”, as United ended the decade just outside the relegation zone.[52][53]
    However, Ferguson later revealed that the board of directors had assured him that they were not considering dismissing him. Although naturally disappointed with the lack of success in the league, they understood the reasons for the sub-standard results (namely the absence of several key players due to injury) and were pleased with the way that Ferguson had reorganised the club’s coaching and scouting system.”

    Food for thought ………..

  • 69 Jamiemac // May 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Clearly none of you actually saw the interview.

    He said the final comment light heartedly – referring to the fatigue and injuries its caused us.

  • 70 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    To be fair

    Our squad did not have enough quality.
    We had 9 squad injuries for two separate periods during the season.
    Laudrup was surely taking a dig at Pardew’s lack of managerial experience in juggling the squad mind

  • 71 Ginger // May 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM


    Some nice players you got there, however:

    I don’t know where you’re getting the idea of Shola retiring from. Cisse is a quality striker, he just gets no service. I would also keep Perch, Tiote, Williamson, Saylor, Elliot.


    Because they all do there jobs extremely well, aside from Tiote. You’re being unrealistic, you’re CB’s for starters. Colo Mbwia Sakho Douglas

    Colo will be off I believe unless we get a new manager, Douglas doesn’t want to come to us, Mbiwa is far too nervy at the back and I highly doubt Sakho would do much better either. Takes them a while to get used to the premier league. MBiwa at CB makes a mistake every match. Plus all four of those players want first team football, we can’t give them that.

    Sissoko Cabaye Anita Siem de Jong Bigiramana

    Send Bigi out on loan, with them cm’s we seriously lack steel in the middle. Especially if Sissoko picks up and injury, but even then he’s not the best at tackling. Perch is fine with being a reserve player and is pretty decent at giving us that steel. Tiote will get back too his form eventually, so we may as well keep him and then sell him when he gets back on form anyway.

    Santon whilst I believe would be good, is not a left mid. Plus they’re all going to want first team football as it’s the world cup. There’s only one spot.

    Bony Remy Kone Gouffran

    Remy is quality but I’m not sure I’d have him here. Is there really a need for this many strikers? Especially if we’re playing 4-3-3? Ideally this is what I’d have. Feel free to criticize mine as well.

    Krul Elliot Alnwick

    Debuchy Simpson

    Haidarra Santon

    Colo (I’d try my best to keep him) Mbwia STaylor Williamson (I’d get Sakho eventually as the replacement for Colo, just not yet)

    Sissoko Cabaye Anita Marveux Perch

    HBA Boudebouz

    Sinclair and Gouffran

    Cisse Carroll Gouffran Le Fondre

  • 72 9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    toon252 @49
    Please refer to my earlier comment, 4.
    AP has said ridiculous and indefensible things today.
    We all know how we judge managers, let’s all be honest, he isn’t the greatest.

  • 73 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM


    As I was incredibly insulted, given that he had insulted both my nationality and my heritage I think some would forgive me for calling him an inbred mongoloid, in fact that was tame compared to how I was feeling.

    I’m not justifying anything, as I feel I do not need to justify defending my culture against racists, so if you’ve nothing constructive to post about football can you leave me to deal with the manner in which I post as I am not currently taking any advice on the issue.

    In short, you’re wasting your time.

  • 74 Ginger // May 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I meant to put Ferguson in left mid instead of Gouffran.

  • 75 elpaso_geordie // May 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Laudrup on MOTD – That’s what a real manager would say ,keep positive vibe and attack and enjoy the competition
    From end of last season we have had Pardew whingeing and moaning about the Europa tired legs, small squad, injuries etc.
    Shows Pardew for what he is – he should be ashamed and embarrased

  • 76 jordijohnty // May 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM


  • 77 yo-yo // May 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM


    JB is Welsh too…

    Paulo could still take them down 🙂
    And with that smiley thought I’m off lads

  • 78 elpaso_geordie // May 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I do feel Pardew body language today was of someone who knows he is going

  • 79 Brutooon // May 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    what thank god we are not in europa league?

    stupid comment ever!

    the reason he got the 8 years contract is so that we be in playing europe every single season

    its his fault that he didnt strengthen the squad during summer (he got like 2-3 months to prepare tbh)

  • 80 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Remember69 – None of that take into account Fergusons history at Aberdeen though. Pardew has a pretty poor history in my opinion, nothing to shout home about at all.

  • 81 jordijohnty // May 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I felt dirty yesterday for wanting wigan to lose yesterday so help our chances in the relegation struggle. Dont ever want to feel like that about another team…shudder

  • 82 peaco1980 // May 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Yes, thank god we had such a sh1te season that we won’t be playing European competition next year!

    Utterly ridiculous comment, from an utterly ridiculous man. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill: it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Get lost Pardew, you utter turd.

  • 83 solano // May 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Jamiemac…i did see the interview, and it may well have been said light heartedly but it was also revealing of his mindset. The same mindset that has played down Europe and used it as a convenient excuse because of his failings and his bosses failings.
    the whole season was a write off because we didn’t set out to better ourselves or have a crack at the cup competitions.

  • 84 kelykos // May 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Happy not to be in Europa League next season !!!! It puzzles me that the manager could say anything like that.

    Hopefully, he won’t be in charge next season. He’s clueless, when I watch our match, the players have no idea offensively, they are nervy at the back, the pressure is erratic. To sum up, we are really poor collectively.

  • 85 Jamiemac // May 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM


    Its llambias/ashley/carrs fault we didn’t strengthen not pardews.

  • 86 jordijohnty // May 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Phew! Thank god our manager is so inept he didnt bring us champions league football, which is what some of us hoped we would be trying to aim for. To many games I guess

  • 87 nick_9 // May 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    If we had a manager who has won trophies prior then i could perhaps see a reason to stick with him. Look at what ferguson had won prior to his Manchester united days, now look at Pardews record.

  • 88 Jamiemac // May 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    To be honest I’m happy we’re not in EL next year. Will be nice to have a good go at the league and cups.

  • 89 yorkymag // May 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I will enjoy myself on the gallowgate giving the spineless git full blast .he s simply a disgrace pease get him out of our club

  • 90 sparky55 // May 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I hate Pardew with a passion and every time he opens his mouth I hate him even more.

    He’s a shameless self promoter who always forgets to engage his brain before opening his big fat gob

    He should be fined by the FA. Even if you think it (which just as bad) you can’t be seen to say it…spurs should make a complaint.

    If Ashley had half a brain he should sack Pardew now to show some intent.

    If Pardew stays Cabaye, Debuchy, Cisse, Anita, and Ben Arfa will all go for sure…the only thing that can keep our great squad together is a new manager with a history of playing proper football who can convince them to stay.

    Pardew yet again reverted to type today and parked the bus having gone 2-1 up after 30 minutes and jeopardised our slender lead for the remaining 60 minutes of the game which if that strategy had gone pear shaped again like 20 times before this season, we would not be safe tonight and we would have had to get something from the game against Arsenal.

    He can’t help himself and it also shows a complete lack of trust in his players…how would you feel if you’d gone 2-1 up after 30 minutes and then told by the manager you have to defend for the next 60 minutes when you’re fighting to fend off relegation.

    The sooner he goes the better

  • 91 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Yo yo

    We could form an army comparable to William Wallace or Wolfetone, boom bringing in the Celtic Warriors here haha

    See ya later lad

  • 92 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    To be fair to Pardew he is good at breaking records

  • 93 Joe Blog // May 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM


    Please channel me too, as I can’t make it. Leave his ears ringing!

  • 94 mattyNUFC // May 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Lee Clarke

    those’d be my choices and I wouldn’t be disappointed with any of them. Rafa would never come and don’t think I’d want him anyway. He’s never worked under restraint so it’s difficult to tell how he’d do at a club like ours. Di Matteo COULD do well, but he can be pretty defensive-minded

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // May 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    solano ,
    Only about one in ten fans I ask about Mashley seem to think he has done any good whype has this blog got a disproportionate amount of Mashley fans..

  • 96 yorkymag // May 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Will certainly do
    But let’s hope by then Ashely has given him the billet
    Come in Rafa we nee you

  • 97 mattyNUFC // May 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM


    clearly you haven’t seen any of his other interviews, much less a match this season

    also Ole Gunnar would be alright by me…..hell, anyone

  • 98 iggystinger // May 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Martinez or Benitez in the summer take us to the nxt level pardews done his best but we need a manager to take us to the nxt step for me that would be benitez but would he come to newcastle, iv just got a feelin pardew will be a gonner come the summer.

  • 99 beefman13 // May 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I find it highly offensive that our manager can say thank god we are not in the Europa league next season, and that he is not bothered if arsenal win 4-0, totally scandalous, no regard whatsoever for the fans and it just shows how selfish those comments are.

    Every single week this season this man pardew has managed in some way to wind me and I suppose a lot of others with his daft statements.

    Michael Laudrup was different class when asked on motd about how he managed the Europa campaign with Getafe, he just said we dealt with it we had a small squad but enjoyed it and got to the quarter final and were very pleased with that, Pardew just moaned his t-ts of all the time about it, it has shown me all the excuses he makes are all about his own ego not getting hurt, these comments today are an insult to every fan supporting our great club, DISGRACEFUL.

  • 100 solano // May 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    JFA..look at JamieMac’s comment @ 88…..he may not be an Ashleyite but does he not realise we didn’t play in Europe for the previous 5 seasons and failed to get beyond a 4th round in any domestic cup? This is what you’re up against. Blindness. Buffoonery and utter tomfoolery.
    Fans still haven’t worked out the motivation of the owner and his minions….it has nothing to do with real footballing achievment.

  • 101 Jamiemac // May 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM


    what do you base that on?

  • 102 Novocastrian66 // May 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Ruddy; fine by me just don’t judge me because I find all types of insults pathetic.

  • 103 iggystinger // May 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I know I said Martinez or Benitez would be a good choice of manager if we decided to change but I was just thinkin what about Frank De Boer what u guys think dont think we’d pay Benitez’s wages.

  • 104 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM


    Message read, understood and discarded. On that note I’m off.

    Night folks.

  • 105 Zero // May 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Well ive just come back from the pub, beautiful sunny day in Chicago celebrating the hell out of our survival, having second thoughts about pard sacking thinking maybe next year give him a chance buy some qualitity attacking players…..then i read these comments from AP …. seriously WTF this is beyond disrespectful to our club, our fans, the europa league and even the EPL.

  • 106 spitfire_ // May 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I read one interview with Benitez around the time when he move to Chelsea… he say something like he didn’t work 2-3 years because there is was no offer to him from club which match his ambition… I don’t think Newcastle will match this.

  • 107 solano // May 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Iggy… you are starting to sound like the Mackems when they talk never endingly about “the next level.”
    Sorry, bud, but his is what the club has been re-invented into. The new Sunderland. We’ve forgotten what good football is about.
    Benitez and Martinez are highly improbable for many reasons, but Mike Ashley is probably the most toxic reason.

  • 108 beefman13 // May 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Solano I made a comment earlier saying if MA is just happy to hover mid table as long as we are in the premiership just to promote the sports direct brand then I would be disgusted, I know quite a few have that view, I am not one of them but I will say if he sticks with pardew for next season and does not at least bring in a top notch foreign coach to at least work along side Pardew then I will start to have the doubts build in my mind about his reasoning.

    I will state that we will make decent buys in the summer window I believe that, I hope the like of big daft shola and obertan and Williamson and simpson are shown the door and replaced with quality, trouble is I doubt even know if any prem team would want any of them so it may be difficult to move them on.

    Pardews stagnant negativity has to change because we have got away with it by the skin of our teeth but it has stunk the Cathederal and many other grounds out to the max this season.

  • 109 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    So you aint buying into Ashley rolling 5 year plan shame on you

  • 110 Zero // May 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    i carnt see why chelsea are letting benitez go, sure id have him here in a shot, over mourinho, over blanc…. mainly because hes the only one who would be able to take the crap the owner and club would through at him…. he aint exactly had a supportive manager at chelsea and he’d face the same at newcastle probably.

    But its like the transfer window, we can list managers or players all day long on how they could bring forward our club… but 2 things need to be considered 1) can we afford them
    2) do they even want to come to this club??

    if pards inst sacked this week or after the final game then he probs aint getting sacked and itll be better to talk of players we can get in who will prevent him f*****g games up

  • 111 jayphoto // May 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    @mattynufc – benitez actually worked wonders with zero transfer budget at tenerife! He also won the league at Valencia with a director of football buying all of his players leaving him to just coaching and managing! Hes a great coach, a good manager put poor in the transfer market! I think tho liverpool is the only job hes had where hes had complete control!

  • 112 irishtoon999 // May 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Sunderland have us to thank for premier league football next season.. My god their hopeless, and yet they hammered us in st James, disgraceful!!

  • 113 KevinHann // May 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I was under the impression Pardew was talking about not having to worry if Arsenal beat Wigan 4-0, not us?

  • 114 Zero // May 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    i carnt see why chelsea are letting benitez go, sure id have him here in a shot, over mourinho, over blanc…. mainly because hes the only one who would be able to take the crap the owner and club would through at him…. he aint exactly had a supportive manager at chelsea and he’d face the same at newcastle probably.

    But its like the transfer window, we can list managers or players all day long on how they could bring forward our club… but 2 things need to be considered 1) can we afford them
    2) do they even want to come to this club??

    if pards inst sacked this week or after the final game then he probs aint getting sacked and itll be better to talk of players we can get in who will prevent him messing games up

  • 115 solano // May 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Beefman…ok. I have always thought of you as being a little slow on the uptake but at least in the last 3 months you have tried to construct semi-sane arguments instead of obtuse abuse. Keep trying.
    Maybe 6 more years of Ashley will enable you to differentiate an arse from an elbow.

  • 116 remember69 // May 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    @80, @87,
    That’s exactly my point. If a proven winner can have a bad season due to injuries etc then why should we expect less of others? Let’s give management a chance allow them to prove themselves. We need some sort of stability, and Rome/ Man Utd was not built in a day.

  • 117 Sawbuck // May 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Bearsize @57

    I’ve had my doubts about Jonas as well but have been happier with him lately. I’m leaning on keeping him.

  • 118 iggystinger // May 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Thats what I meant not so much by nxt level meaning if we get a new manager in we’ll end up in the top four and winnin trophies all the time, but the brand of football we should be playing needs to change that has put us in more bother than anything else this season I think long balls back to front bypassing midfield, we need a manager who can play neat passing football have us playin as a team a solid unit pass and move players creating space to be able to receive the ball no this static hoofball shite and for me pardew will not bring that bud just my opinion.

  • 119 jayphoto // May 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Whats with the drop in odds for Clarkie?? Id love it as hes a family friend and itd be amazing to have such an inside track to the club but hes way more cautious than pardew! 4-5-1 defense is his usual! Couldnt get huddersfield promoted with the highest budget and wages in league 1 and has had a bad season with birmingham who whilst gave him no money to spend have a whole squad of premier league experience, apparantly the future of england goalkeeping and in Zigic the highest paid player outside of a top division in europe! Ever! Clarkies also a headstrong argumentative so n so! Cant see him playing patsy for dirk n mike

  • 120 solano // May 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Iggy,,,fair enough and in part, I agree. But will HBA, Cabaye and Colo be here next year?? I doubt it. So we will be starting off again on a new Baldrick Plan. It’s almost comical how some on here buy into it!

  • 121 Ashton // May 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Players like Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Coloccini, M’biwa won’t stick around for long with this rambling idiot as the manager. And we won’t be able to attract the caliber of players that will take us forward when they look at how retarded our manager is.

    Europe would have been great not only financially and status wise ie helping the club with it global brand, but also it would have helped so much to attract decent and ambitious players.

    Pardew is the cancer that will destroy our club in the long run.

  • 122 Sawbuck // May 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    We’ve Laudrup to thank for this.

    Nice to see Hoots topside too.

  • 123 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    would take Benitez but first choice would be Laudrup.The man is class and a winner things Pardumb can only dream about

  • 124 sparky55 // May 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    well said ashton…cancer is apt

  • 125 solano // May 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Ashton…wrong! Patsy Pardew is just a symptom of the cancer. It runs much deeper than that. I’ll repeat…no point cutting off your toe when the gangrene is right up your leg. Delboy and Fatboy are the real cause and are killing this club.

  • 126 iggystinger // May 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    To be honest out of the three players u mentioned I dont think cabaye will be here nxt season for me theres sumthin not quite right with him and has been for a while
    looks like hes got the weight of the world on his shoulders the way hes been playin recently I might be wrong could just be a confidence thing but since the rumours of a move to UTD and Spurs at the end of last season hes been a shadow of how he was last year.

  • 127 Sazzer // May 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I don’t feel we need for Le Fondre. When we have Gouffran and Campbell.

    I’m not big fan of Sinclair and I don’t think City will sell him for anything less than they sold Andy Johnson.

    I don’t mind getting Carroll back if the price is right.

    Boudebouz is in my book a must buy. He won’t be to expensive since his contract is out next summer. We might but I hope we won’t wait for January like we did with Sissoko.

    If we ever can buy Sakho I would do it. I don’t see why PSG would let him leave.

  • 128 Ashton // May 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM


    Ashley is doing fine. I would rather have him than Fat Freddy. We are doing fine with scouting and signing decent and promising players for low amount of money. We’ve done a lot of amazing deals and it looks like we will keep that up.

  • 129 remember69 // May 13, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter what AP says his detractors are going to use his words in whatever context suits their own agenda.

    After struggling this season it seems entirely practical to me wanting to focus on strengthening the squad and getting back to playing the football we did last season. Why would we want to revisit the exact same problems and struggles we witnessed this season?

    Do you REALLY believe that AP does not care if Arsenal hammer us? Come on, you’re more intelligent than that. I’m 100% positive that his remark was made out of the relief that we are safe even if we are beaten.

    I think the only way that AP can win certain ‘fans’ over is not to communicate with the press – hold on……. Isn’t that thenSAME complaint ‘fans’ have of the guy that is paying for the team ?

  • 130 mainemagpie // May 13, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    So after our win today to make us safe in the EPL for next season our manager says this
    “I don’t really care if Arsenal win 4-0 if I’m honest –”

    So the manager of the team does not care that we lose the last game of the season, which could be the difference between 13th and 10th and almost 4m pounds bonus…no wonder we don’t play with any enthusiasm under Pardew.

    “I will make sure that we are well prepared for next season, and thank God we are not in the Europa League again.”

    So the manager will prepare us well for next season but if we get close to a position that will qualify us for a European place in the 2014/2015 season we will do everything to avoid it. So Pardew’s ambition for next season is 8th in the league and not win FA Cup or League Cup, because god forbid we play more than 40 games in a season.

    These 2 statements are enough to get Pardew fired. And so they should. Goodbye! good riddance!

  • 131 Sav // May 13, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Thank God we’re not in Europe? That’s like saying Thank God we didn’t win a cup, or we’d have to buy a new cupboard’. Eeejit!

  • 132 Greebol1892 // May 13, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Agreed – ridiculous comment from so-called manager.
    But the persistent name-calling & aggression on this blog is becoming tiresome. Too many horse-punchers spoil the broth!

  • 133 The next Mike Williamson // May 13, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    If you take excuses into account then Man U didn’t win the league we did. when you add the excuses in we finished with 38 wins. what a great manager pardew is

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