Players And Coaches Have Let Newcastle Down This Season


This has been a shocking season for Newcastle United,  and after finishing 5th top last season and having a shot at a top four place, we have finished 5th bottom this season, and were fighting relegation – how’s that for a turnaround – in the wrong direction.

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Alan Pardew – second worst season ever in Premier league
But we suppose we have to look on the bright side – we didn’t get relegated.

Newcastle played well today – but we didn’t have any luck in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal, and it didn’t look that we had many players who could put the ball in the back of the net either.

But we managed to drop 3 places in the league table to finish in 16th position – but just above Sunderland who finished one place lower after losing 1-0 at Tottenham.

Newcastle fans are not happy with what’s happened this season, and yes – we know – that’s an understatement, but it seems that Alan Pardew will be given a chance next season to turn things around quickly – and he’ll have to do just that next season.

And in many respects this has been our worst Premier League season ever – most goals conceded at 68 and worst goal difference ever at -23, and  it was only -19 when we were relegated four years ago when we conceded only 59 goals.

41 points is the second worst points total to 34 points  four years ago, and 43 points in both 2007 and 2008.

This is what the 51 year-old manager said after today’s game, when the team failed for a second time in two years to win the game and get a £1M bonus for the non-playing staff from owner Mike Ashley:

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be the manager here.” “I love being the manager and I will be speaking to owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias this week to make sure we get a response and the right reaction.”

“It was the depth, really, and quality we need to improve on. But next year, we haven’t got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League.” “But we are not going to be foolish enough to think that we don’t have a couple of issues to sort out in the team.”

“They are not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look.”

It’s a season to forget – and we’ve almost already done that – and we have to look forward to some good business conducted in the summer transfer window.

But make no mistake – the players and the coaching staff have let the Newcastle club down this season – and we should add Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias to that list because our squad last August was simply not big enough or good enough to compete in both the Premier League or the Europa League.

It’s up to them to get us back where we belong next season – and a top six finish would be good – and we should also try to reach the finals of both the FA Cup and league Cup.

That has to be the goals for next season when we’ll have a lot less games because we are not good enough to get into Europe.

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87 comments so far

  • Eddie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #1

    A couple of days ago he was “100% certain”, now he’s “pretty confident” – do I dare to dream?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #2

    the guy talks shit

    if only that was the problem

    the problem was there today, and there was no pressure on him,,

    we had nothing in the last 3rd, oh wait,, no shola

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Markaccus

    rafa wont have many better options than us,, if he is offered

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #4

    The first half today we looked good. Second half revert to the season it was. Alan if your hear in 2014 for gods sake buck your ideas up son as you have lost it with the fans this season . You need 2 new strikers2 defenders and 2 midfieldsrs . Lets Forget this eason and Move on. We have a Good squad just need a few more players .

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #5

    season even !!!!

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa is a top class manager – no way he would come here. That I’d not going to happen.

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  • Markaccus

    May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Ok discrepancia, you be free to persicute and belittle all those people who go to every game, just because they do not behave the way you want them to. I am sure that will make you popular on here. Hell, everyone might gather in a crowd and hang on you’re every word, while you proclaim your dominion over the master ra…… oh that has been done….

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #8

    no ruddy the constant contradictions i pointed out last time it was on the way you had a go a people as dictators and taking things to serious when you always pull people up and dictate on how they should and should not post and then when on other occasions people are just having banter and you take the wrong end of the stick totally and take it personally!

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  • Markaccus

    May 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Catchy. What about the psg rumour? They seem to get anyone they want.

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Do We practice corners alan ???

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    New game Plan . We have a Plan Stevie Taylor if we get a Free Kick Tie your shoue laces up !!!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Manxpie

    I don’t take things too seriously, I know in myself how I feel about things, believe me, in the sphere of my life, this blog is not one of the things I take seriously.

    Also, I challenge you to find one post where I’ve told someone how to post, I reckon it’s you who’s got the wrong end of the stick by making stuff up to suit your own end.

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa ???? Can we get him ? Probably Not !!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    May 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #14

    And just because you “point out” something, doesn’t mean it’s true.

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  • Toon1978

    May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #15

    One more chance for Pards might be a chance to many for this club. Ashley need’s to dig deep in the summer and bring in at least 4-5 players. Two strikers, a left winger and maybe a cb and full back. If we get a good offer for Tiote then we should sell. The galling thing is we will struggle to attract the players this time around. When we qualified for Europe last summer, we should have be ambitious then. We could have brought in better players. Ashley gamble did not pay off and he is taking another gamble with keeping Pardew at this club.

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  • Eddie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Lee – corners! I know the game has shifted over the last few years with the amount of blocking and holding that goes on but you’re absolutely right to point out that we’ve done naff all from corners.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Markaccus

    they sure can,,

    but i thought he wanted to stay in the prem and in england

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  • donkey

    May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Rene Girard is perfect for us i think dont now how realistic it is in us getting him thou

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  • Zero

    May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #19

    see Manxpie this is why i hate pards lol he really fails to see his own short comings. Every time he opens his mouth i cringe but nvm lol if we are stuck with him we are stuck with him, he’ll only have till christmas to make things work, so only six more months at worst. If i proves it was lack of investment and gets some new players and makes things work, we have no right to complain either way.

    Lets just hope reading between the lines of ”a few things” doesnt mean we are only looking at one or two new players cause we need about five.

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  • Le Belfast 007

    May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s turning into the Jeremy Kyle show on here.
    Think a few people need to get some aftercare once they leave the show.

    I don’t think he’s going anywhere to be honest. He’s blagged himself another season, injuries Mike, Europa league Mike, wont happen again Mike. Blah blah blah

    Ashley & Llambias have bought it, because they no very little about football in my opinion. Think any other premier league job apart from Man utd/ Arsenal/ Everton etc he would be out on his ear.

    So he should count himself very lucky to still be in his job.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Lee Dodd

    why not ?

    we are the biggest club out side the top 4,
    a true sleeping giant
    a fantastic sqaud that just needs a few players

    its not like we need a total rebuild,,

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  • EatEthiopian

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #22

    i am a long time follower, but rarely post but I had noticed a few things this season
    1. The season we did well in the team was prepared to battle relegation and as such fought hard in every game… this season they started thinking it was just their skill that got them 5th and never had the fight and guts
    2. The season we did well in there was a firm focus on the next game, this season was always talking about not just the next game but dismissing it and focusing on the game after.. Europe, cups etc…. no respect to the next opponents
    3. Now Injuries are key for any team but we are all dealt a deck of cards and we have to learn how to make the best of it and our team failed at it miserably.

    Having lived in Massachusetts and supporting the Patriots american football team you learn how a winning team thinks, you look at them and regardless of how bad the opponent is they always paint them as the biggest thereat for their season. Newcastle have to learn that, no team is below us and if the manager and players believe that then they will play with same guts and gallor as last season.

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  • discrepancia

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #23

    markaccus
    I’m not pretending to overtake any1.just trying to defend my position with behevouir i would take. And i suppose that if pardew stays and the team continues to produce these football..there will be protests among the fans. I just don’t understand what is the difference of not protesting now, but later, when probaly will be soon.
    p.s about dominating among fans- if you have already attendet continental game (not british) would know that there is alway a sector among the fans at the stadium where everything begins and when they take the lead of the others.
    I am also a fan of schalke , we also are 60 000 people every week , every match and I’m sorry but when someone explains me that there is no point of fans’ voice to the board direction, i just cannot understand. I’m sorry

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  • Markaccus

    May 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Well, as much as i dislike him, his brand of footy would be beter than anything we have had since probably SBR.

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  • Eddie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Good words Eat. And well said discrepencia – criticism keeps everyone honest.

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  • Markaccus

    May 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Discrepancia….. The current board at Newcastle DO NOT GIVE A FLYING FK what the fans think. Even the people i argue with here will probably back me up on that. Protesting has never done any good what so ever since mike ashley arrived. He only got rid of dennis wise because he cost him premiership football and therefore lots of money, not because the fans protested. In fact, he has been known to diliberately do the OPPOSITE of what protesting fans want!

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  • Beattie25

    May 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #27

    The soap awards are great tonight!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Markaccus
    Not sure about rafa to PSG they have confirmed that they have denied ancellotti permission to speak to Real Madrid

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  • discrepancia

    May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #29

    markaccus,
    so lose/lose situation..

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  • Roppa

    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew has consistently used the excuse of player ‘tiredness’ due to the additional exertions of European football. To put things into perspective, Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Oscar, has played 79 matches for club and country this season.
    If tiredness played any part in the NUFC players pathetic performances, it was in their minds only, and it was put there by our very own Mr Motivator – Alan Pardew

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  • Eddie

    May 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #31

    It simply can’t be true that owners and directors don’t care what fans think – maybe they don’t care very much but that’s another story.

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #32

    ruddy i can’t be arsed looking back but i’ll let ya know when you do again so see ya 2mora:)

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  • stripes1009

    May 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Hi, Just found this on this on the Daily Mail pages. Financially this season has been a disaster and the owner’s don’t do something, we might get even less next season.
    THE PREMIER LEAGUE PRIZE MONEY TABLE (Based on 2011-12 figures)
    Prize money awarded to each club depending on their Premier League place, based on the current standings. This money is added to other revenue such as funds from the league’s TV deals. Exact figures are taken from last season’s totals, but this year’s prize money will be very similar.
    Current Position
    Team
    Games Played
    Points
    Prize Money awarded
    1st
    Manchester United
    38
    89
    £15,101,240
    2nd
    Manchester City
    38
    78
    £14,246,178
    3rd
    Chelsea
    38
    75
    £13,591,116
    4th
    Arsenal
    38
    73
    £12,836,054
    5th
    Tottenham
    38
    72
    £12,080,992
    6th
    Everton
    38
    63
    £11,325,930
    7th
    Liverpool
    38
    61
    £10,570,868
    8th
    West Brom
    38
    49
    £9,815,806
    9th
    Swansea
    38
    46
    £9,060,744
    10th
    West Ham
    38
    46
    £8,305,682
    11th
    Norwich
    38
    44
    £7,550,620
    12th
    Fulham
    38
    43
    £6,795,558
    13th
    Stoke City
    38
    42
    £6,040,496
    14th
    Southampton
    38
    41
    £5,285,434
    15th
    Aston Villa
    38
    41
    £4,530,372
    16th
    Newcastle
    38
    41
    £3,775,310
    17th
    Sunderland
    38
    39
    £3,020,248
    18th
    Wigan
    38
    36
    £2,265,186
    19th
    Reading
    38
    28
    £1,510,124
    20th
    QPR
    38
    25
    £755,062

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2327063/Premier-League-prize-money-table-final-game-2013-season.html#ixzz2Tm4RrL8G
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #34

    LewSpi, thanks for posting that info from Bobby.

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  • Eddie

    May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Anyway, was anyone who was at the match today close enough to spy on Ashley? How was he looking? It amazes me that in this era of smart phones, smart cameras and god knows what else, we don’t get a post-match lip-reading transcript of Ashley and co.

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  • Joe Blog

    May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m sure the tiredness excuse will wash with the tea lady and kit man, who won’t be getting their slice of the 1m bonus, again! Rewrites history and get’s tangled in a web of his own weaving, this schmuck.

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  • IrishMan

    May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Not just corners, but all set plays have been dire this season – pretty basic stuff on the training ground, wouldn’t you say?

    Best of luck to Steve Harper – great guy.

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  • yo-yo

    May 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    catchy

    We are NOT the ‘biggest club outside the top4’ – i think spuds, toffees and fools might think they have a claim too but basically it’s good to see you agree with Alan for once. He says:
    “we … have a couple of issues to sort out in the team.”
    You say:
    “a fantastic squad that just needs a few players – its not like we need a total rebuild”

    I disagree with both of you two football gurus here. My list of what is wrong at the toon includes the following:
    1) Abysmal defencc and it has been for years:
    2) Poor development of new players:
    3) Poor fitness and conditioning of players:
    4) Much too high injury records;
    5) Poor skills and drills coaching (includes set pieces, movement off the ball etc.,)
    6) Unbalanced squad: we need at least two scoring forwards and 2/3 AMs 1/2 of whom needs to be playmaker quality

    There are more but the main issues are there, I’m sure you can add your own.

    We completely disagree on the manager, (not because I rate Pardew – I’d really like to see Rafa in, or at the very least a new continental first team coach who would be assistant manager) but because I think the truth is far more complex than you do.

    I think it’ll take at least two years to sort out the long term problems at the club – and I don’t believe a change in manager will necessarily make any difference as Mashley has been owner for long enough to sort out the defence and youth development but as we know didn’t get us the three defenders we needed last August, let alone a year earlier and has faffed about with the development squad without getting us any young players coming through.

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  • JackButler

    May 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #39

    There have been reports that advisers to Ashley have said to replace Pardew as he doesn’t get the best out of the players we have…………….which is impossible to disagree with

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  • stuart no9

    May 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #40

    evening ! just back from the game. not going to go into it too much, but would just like to say – the highlight was the 1 minute applause for harps , who i think was the plus for us today. sadly he is no longer here , so that brings me back to reality. newcastle 0 sunderland 3
    newcastle 0 liverpool 6
    newcastle 0 arsenal 1.
    no shots on target in 90 mins
    no attacking options
    bringing adam cambell on at 0-1 down to save the game, i must add – no way am i critisizeing cambell in any way. can some one now explain to me why pardew deserves to be here next season ? , and please keep your reasons logical.

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