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Players And Coaches Have Let Newcastle Down This Season

9:30 pm, Sunday, May 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 87 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eddie // May 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

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

  • 2 catchy in norway // May 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    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

  • 3 catchy in norway // May 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM


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

  • 4 Lee Dodd // May 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    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 .

  • 5 Lee Dodd // May 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    season even !!!!

  • 6 Spuggy // May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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

  • 7 Markaccus // May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    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….

  • 8 manxpie // May 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    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!

  • 9 Markaccus // May 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

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

  • 10 Lee Dodd // May 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Do We practice corners alan ???

  • 11 Lee Dodd // May 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

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

  • 12 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM


    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.

  • 13 Lee Dodd // May 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

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

  • 14 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

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

  • 15 Toon1978 // May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    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.

  • 16 Eddie // May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    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.

  • 17 catchy in norway // May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    they sure can,,

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

  • 18 donkey // May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

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

  • 19 Zero // May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    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.

  • 20 Le Belfast 007 // May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    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.

  • 21 catchy in norway // May 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    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,,

  • 22 EatEthiopian // May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    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.

  • 23 discrepancia // May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    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

  • 24 Markaccus // May 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

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

  • 25 Eddie // May 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

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

  • 26 Markaccus // May 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    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!

  • 27 Beattie25 // May 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    The soap awards are great tonight!

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

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

  • 29 discrepancia // May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    so lose/lose situation..

  • 30 Roppa // May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    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

  • 31 Eddie // May 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    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.

  • 32 manxpie // May 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

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

  • 33 stripes1009 // May 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    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
    Games Played
    Prize Money awarded
    Manchester United
    Manchester City
    West Brom
    West Ham
    Stoke City
    Aston Villa

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  • 34 Laurent Robert 32 // May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    LewSpi, thanks for posting that info from Bobby.

  • 35 Eddie // May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    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.

  • 36 Joe Blog // May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    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.

  • 37 IrishMan // May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    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.

  • 38 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM


    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.

  • 39 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    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

  • 40 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    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.

  • 41 spitfire_ // May 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM


    Who said this?

  • 42 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    jack butler — yeah i heard that last tuesday.

  • 43 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    from previous thread
    discrep @ 211 sorry couldnt understand a lot of your post .
    The bit i did understand ,” ashley will not sack him ” is not a logical explanation

  • 44 Roppa // May 19, 2013 at 10:21 PM


    I can understand your frustration at the lethargy of the NUFC supporters. Unfortunately it seems that the propaganda, the actions, & the managerial appointments of Derek Lambias & Mike Ashley has destroyed the ‘fighting spirit’ of a once proud region of true supporters. We have become comatose, accepting whatever is served up to us, without protestation. It is tragic that we have waived the white flag of surrender, and that the Geordie nation have rendered themselves as helpless as the sweatshop workers in a Sports Direct factory in India.

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Well, im glad that season is over with. That has got to go down as one of the most problematic seasons I’v ever encountered in supporting this football club in 25 years.

    Poor preperation from the board last summer regarding squad depth and quality which pretty much wrote our season off to start with, our season was finished by January through this error alone because of the injuries sustained. The back up was never going to be good enough. We could never of expected Sammy Ameobi or Ferguson to fill the void left by a Ben Arfa or an Obertan, Jonas (even though they have been poor) a Tavernier to fill the likes of Danny Simpson etc etc. It was far too early in their development for such roles. Terrible decision from the board last summer. A one I hope is never repeated. Wasted opportunity with us being in Europe which and put the whole club under unnecessary pressure from the start in regards to the league campaign. Something had to give and it was are league campaign.

    No consistency, no continuity, no rhythmn to our play due to a horrendous injury list coupled with poor timing of the injuries. Shocking luck with this from start to finish with sometimes upto 3-4-5 of our best players out at a time for long periods with insufficient cover to come in. Players having to be fielded all over the park out of position for long spells so we could try and put an experienced fit side out at stages. No settled back four, no settled defence. Poor bench that didn’t really give us alot of options and experience up until January. By then it was too late to make anything of this season. Confidence was low, morale was down, nerves had well and truly crept in by this time.

    Losing our best and top goal scorer\striker at the club and our captain wanting to leave made matters even worse in January. Talk about when the chips are down. With our luck they are well and truly down. A mistake by the board not bringing in an experienced striker in January has cost us dearly as you can see by the lack of goals. We have dearly missed Ba. Huge mistake by the board. Even though we missed out on Remy, where was the plan B? Gouffran is never a striker. A loan deal for a striker would of been sufficient. Because there was no plan B we have suffered.

    Bringing five players to the club in January was always going to be a difficult task and once again we look to the board. They did make up for the summer but it dosn’t make up for the problems sustained until January, our season was finished with regards to the league. We can’t ask for five players to bed in so easy and adapt to the premier league and shoot us up the table. They have did ok though, just ok at this point. Ultimately, they have did what they were supposed to do, keep us up. Which I thank them for.

    Under performing 1st team players due to no consistency and continuity in a settled 1st eleven through injuries and Europe. Some shocking performances from key players when they were available. We all know who they are. They just havn’t hit the standards they hit last season. Although, Cabaye has had his off the field problems. More bad luck.

    A rocky campaign from Pardew and the coaching staff in regards to tactics, subs. Not horrendously bad for me, infact not terrible either. Pardew and the coaching staff has had alot to deal with, alot of unnecessary pressure placed upon him through the boards mistakes, which eventually has taken it’s toll on an already bad season, which was destined for the rubbish bin before we even kicked a ball this season. It was always going to be a struggle this season for the club for me. He is not blameless in all aspects, he has made mistakes and apologised rightfully mostly, but ultimately he has to take the blame because that is his job at NUFC. I can see why he won’t be sacked though, plenty of viable reasons as to why he should stay.

    To conclude, a string of errors from the top down to the bottom has seen us watch a poor season of football. With last season in mind, and seeing the team do so well under the same ownership and coaching staff last season, Im willing to wait it out until christmas and measure up the whole situation then. Im not willing to write a manager off just yet who has had a great season followed by a season of unnecessary pressure. All managers make mistakes and given last season im willing to see what happens. Stability is imporatant to me, chopping and changing managers never brought us anything apart from pain. Im aware this club has a plan and has it’s limits, im also aware we have only been back in the Premier League for three seasons.

    We are no top 6 outfit just yet. We are growing, bringing better players in, the odd mistake and odd slip up is nothing to me at this present time and im ok with Pardew seeing us through this process, if he proves he can do the job up until christmas. A top four assault would need a change in manager, the challenge what we have at the moment is getting into to the top 6-8. Thats where this club is for me and im confident he can take us through this phase.

    Im looking forward and im very optimistic about next season. Players would have settled, two new strikers brought in so we can finally play two quality strikers upfront again. A good pre-season under their belts and we should be able to give it a right good go.

    Best of luck to the lads for next season and Alan Pardew and the coaching staff. 100% behind you.


  • 46 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    from previous thread

    manxpie @ 221 ok , – why was he the only one on the bench we could have brought on ? we are the 20th richest club in the world , and we have to bring a kid on – straight from the acadamy – against arsenal- to try to win the game. are you sure ? yes it may have give him a buzz , i hope it did But , i am sorry, we had a game to win , he was not the answer , as it proved, but as long as he got a buzz – thats ok.

  • 47 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM


    It was on the radio yesterday or the day before, saying that Ashley wasn’t happy with what had happened this season and that he’d been advised to sack Pardew

  • 48 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    from previous
    manx @ 199 – yes i do agree , however if you have no attack – as we havnt we will never move forward , our defence is fine – our midfield is probably the 3rd best in the country., however without an attacking system , the other areas count for nothing

  • 49 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Part 1: Certain advisors to Mike Ashley have advise him to dismiss Pardew, no decision has been made. Forget the PR from #NUFC via source

    Anyone who knows or follows this guy will know that he’s vary rarely wrong

  • 50 Alan_Pard_Who // May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    You raise a very good point.

    Nufc used to have a fanbase made entirely of hardcore supporters, the type of people that bleed black and white and always demand better than average.

    I don’t know what’s happened but the majority of hardcore fans seemed to have either gone away due to their anger at the club or have simply given up.

    In their place has arrived part timers, armchair supporters and people happy to be able to watch the club every week without too much focus on the future.

    These people are the ones that just roll over while the owner pats their bellies.

    I truly is a dire situation. Their voices used to be but the chatter of mice amongst the thunder of progress and now it a thunder of its own and a thunder I am scared off.

  • 51 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    JB @ 46

    sounds like wish fulfillment

  • 52 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // May 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    only one defender has scored this season and that’s Perch with an almighty 1.

    This just shows how little thinking, creativity or variety there is at the moment in the players/ coaches.

    Every single set piece: floated to the back post. Ingenius.

    The idea that the problem was from new signings not gelling is utter rubbish. The team’s been terrible all season- no cohesion, passing or discernable game plan whatsoever.

  • 53 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM


    Our defence isn’t fine – they conceded 68 goas;l this season and over 50 last season
    Our midfield isn’t fine – we only have one established playmaker in Cabs thoiugh I hope Aniat will get mor time in the starting 11. We have a lot of DMs but few AMs let alone wide AMs.
    Agree our attack isn’t fine – only one first rank goal scorer

    but imo the whole side is unbalanced


  • 54 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM


    I really hope so mate as I can’t face the thought on another season with Pardew at the helm

  • 55 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM


    be prepared to be disappointed – but the compromise of new coaches might be enough to turn our ‘pass and stand still’ style of play into ‘pass and move’

  • 56 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM


    apologies for the typos. my typing screen is tiny

  • 57 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Imo any good manager would think the toon are a decent option.
    We have ,on paper at least,a decent team.
    And expectations are so low most people today thought the game was ok even though we got beat and ended the worst season in ages.
    In fact he could become a fookin legend if he won the leage cup ffs,most teams dont play htere first team for the leage cup.

  • 58 Tsunki // May 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    toon prodigy – a long but worthy post sir!

    Fair appraisal of the current status quo and I admire the determination to support Pardew and staff should he be given an extended run. I agree that there’s no mileage in bitchin’ if he does start the next campaign, but if there’s no visible improvement a few months into the season with the supposed new players he is getting, it would be logical to assume his position would be untenable. I will be surprised if Mike doesnt find someone else in the summer but if he doesn’t it will take some resolve from the Mag faithful to stay behind him.

  • 59 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    I’m not really worried about the coaches tbh as coaches only implement what they’re told to by the manager and no amount of new coaches will ever get Pardew to improve his tactical knowledge or grow a pair big enough to drop Jonas, Tiote or Cabaye

  • 60 southerngeordie // May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    While not wanting to pick a fight with the more senior bloggers I find it truly staggering that some people agree with Pardews verdict that no major issues need to be addressed.

    It’s not simply a case of adding one or two to the squad, the entire set up needs evaluating. Injuries have taken a toll but that is no excuse for every time we are in possession, our first instinct is to look up and pump the ball long. It doesn’t matter who you’ve got on the books or who you decide to bring in, if the plan remains to hoof it long and stay with the same ridged tactics with no creativity then it’s redundant whoever we bring in.

    There’s an argument to say that we’ve been forced to resort to this as a result of the players we have available. Rubbish.

    If there’s an ethos in the squad to play a certain way, it doesn’t go out the window with the odd layoff. Pardew comes out with comments that he knows what we want – well I guarantee if you pick 20 fans at random the last thing they want to see is the ball hit long and sitting back on a one nil lead. If he believes that all is needed to repair the damage being done this season is a nip and a tuck, he is vastly mistaken.

  • 61 Roppa // May 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    As the season has progressed, the bull—t excuses of Mr Pardew have become increasingly patronising to the NUFC fans. His synopsis of our games usually leave me wondering whether we had been at the same game. What disturbs me is that he must think we are absolute idiots if he thinks we are taken in by his reasonings. I truly think that our comatose state has led the ‘Axis of Evil’ (MA, DL & AP) to believe that the Geordie public are easily manipulated, and that they can say/do whatsoever they want, with barely a whisper of discontent. The passive stance of us Geordies will only serve to strengthen their resolve.

  • 62 spitfire_ // May 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    This guy speak about Ashley are in talks to sell the club to some asian pr!cks… speak about the actually offers to Carroll… He can be accurate but not so much… Even so I hope he is right about this and Ashley to NOT bring the next British manager.

  • 63 yo-yo // May 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    Naw – if the runours are right then Mash will be looking at how the side performs and even something as basic as better fitness and conditioning will make a difference let alone a few passing drills. New blood will improve things.
    I don’t think the coaching staff are up to what we need at all.

  • 64 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I think we could attract a better manager than we have,AP was appointed and at the time iirc Newcastle would have struggled to get anyone better.
    Times have changed.
    I think a good manager would see that expectations are so low winning the League Cup would be trumpeted as a miracle.

  • 65 Ulster_Toon // May 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Does anyone know if pardew has been told about his job yet? Or when is the meeting to be held? He doesnt even seem sure himself

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // May 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Fantastic post mate

  • 67 lesh // May 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    So, Pardew’s to talk to Llambias and Ashley and hopes he gets a result? What’s he think he’s playing at? Does he plan to confront them, point the finger if blame at them?

    Let’s just hope that whatever comes out of this review are changes fir the best, changes that will bring a vast impovement on this dogs breakfast of a season.

    16th? Terrible.
    It’s over and thank goodness for that.

    16th? Terrible!

  • 68 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM


    I agree with you mate to a certain extent, it’s just that under Pardew little to nothing will change.

    I honestly believe that our injury crisis is down to poor fitness and conditioning of the players as most injuries are either muscle pulls or strains, something that’s dogged us all season long and nothing has been changed.

    Passing drills should be a given already and should have been changed already as our passing has been woeful all season long.

    Our set pieces haven’t changed from the first game to the last, on every corner it’s exactly the same movement and positioning that we see time after time after time.

    The same players will continue to be played regardless of form or contribution.

    The coaching staff may not be what we need but any coaches that come in will still be working under Pardews rule and will do things the way he wants them done, ergo nothing will change unless Pardew is sacked and replaced by someone who has a proven record at this level

  • 69 Munster Mag // May 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Not one person has identified on this blog how Pardew is going to bridge the gap between Cisse/Striker , and our midfield. It doesnt matter who we buy, if Pardew is teh wrong coach to fix this attacking deficit. And he is the wrong coach for this “group” (as he likes to say himself) …he’s the wrong coach all day long, and we can do much much better. But do we have the ambition , or is NUFC just a jobs for the boys club. After all, how the the hell did he get the job unopposed? The same people who appointed him are still in charge. They have improved and learned, but have they learned that the figurehead of a club is the manager – and everything has to be controlled by him????

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // May 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Disagree there mate, do you really think carver has a vast continental football knowledge that most these players are used to from there coaches?

  • 71 Tsunki // May 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    is there a list of ‘senior bloggers’

    no such thing as seniority on here ha ha its every man for himself. Although Ketsy is considered a touchstone of sanity, reason, and Paul Scharner.

    I think the reason Alan Pardew didnt get booed today wasn’t because Newcastle fans didn’t blame him for anything and still want him here – I think its because in all honesty they dont think he can do much better, and probably expect it to be a matter of course that he will be gone soon. Underwhelmed would be the best way to sum up the crowd today.

  • 72 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I would think they plan to try n get Carrol,so the hoof up feild reaches someone who can win it.
    Sad isnt it,the team are set up to defend with the attacking part bodged onto AP tactics.
    Its a bodge job and its there for everyone to see.

  • 73 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM


    I’m not saying that he does, but even if we were to bring in the most experienced coach in the history of the game, he will work the way that Pardew wants him to work.

    Coaches don’t set the tactics, coaches don’t select the players, coaches work to a remit set by the manager.

    i know that our coaches are not the best but if we want to progress then changing the manager would have a far greater impact that just adding or replacing the coaches

  • 74 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    A thing a good coach will do is instil repetative actions,so when your under pressure you act out of habit.So when your under pressure on the ball you keep your cool,when infront of goal the same.
    You repeat actions so many times you out of habit will respond the way youve been shown.
    Ive read strikers in some contries practice without a goal keeper,they have to hit the target and forget about the keeper,as under pressure they have to instictivly hit the target.

    Something we might benefit from….

  • 75 WWYCD // May 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Choice of strikers to bring in this summer Lukaku or Hernandez. Realistically Balde, Carroll or someone I’ve never heard of…I do wish we’d mark our intentions early and bring in a proven goal scoring name though

  • 76 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    Wilfred Bony 😀

  • 77 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    If you were a striker and had seen this season would you jump at the chance ?
    We dont really create a great deal do we.

  • 78 stuart no9 // May 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    yo-yo @ 52 ok i will rephrase that! the players we have to play in defence are good , we just need a manager , who knows how to get the best out of them, as with our midfield!

  • 79 WWYCD // May 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Aye could be him meant to be decent though dont know much about him other than scoring numbers

    More money, better league and huge fan base…yeah I think a few would

  • 80 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    One last word on the new coaches thing from me

    This season we have seen;

    *The most goals conceded in a single Premier season
    *Most long balls played in a season
    *Biggest home defeat in our Premier history
    *Biggest home derby defeat in our Premier history
    *Most losses in a single Premier season

    It’s gonna take a hell of a lot more than a few new coaches to sort this mess out

  • 81 JackButler // May 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Laudrup’s agent was at the Chelsea game today???

    Does that mean Jose is coming to us 😉

  • 82 toon22 // May 19, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    It was also our 2nd lowest points tally

  • 83 Marty-Toon // May 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Well to be honest lads,I’m just glad that season is over.
    We’re actually very lucky that there were 3 teams relegated before us,Wigan actually weren’t worse than us for much of the last 3 months.
    We’ve been useless even when we got players back from injury.

    Jonas has gotta go but that won’t happen with Pards in charge- he gives his all and wins free kicks but very little end product.
    Simmo,Gosling,maybe shola gone too
    Rayls out for season
    Need serious strengthening in key areas.
    Thank God were not in Europe again although as fans we deserve to see our team in and around those places but our squad ain’t up to it and our manager certainly ain’t up to it.
    Thankful we got another year in the PL so let’s hope it’s someway better than this one

  • 84 SupaToonKid // May 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    What is this rubbish of needing 1-2 new players Pards? We need 3 at least (4-5 if a couple players leave). As well why do people keep suggesting we need two new strikers. Do you really think 2 top CFs will sit on the bench on small wage contracts? We need 1 new CF and 2 new wingers (my picks: PEA or Bony, Ince or Redmond & Chadli or Mertens) as our creativity out wide has been pitiful. I’d sign Douglas for CB as well because even if Colo stays both Saylor & Willo are far too inconsistent so 1 of them should be shifted back or out.

  • 85 AndyNUFC // May 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    So nice to be able to speculate on targets knowing we will be premier league next year.

    I would love to see Sakho, Townsend, Taarabt, Lukaku and maybe Aubameyang or even Carroll. The problem is Llambias was jumping for joy that we made a profit this year and was upset our wage bill was high. So do we get some real quality, or keep punting on a Tiote, Marveaux, Gouffran signing to come good?

    Whatever we do, I hope we have some quality on the bench. It is ridiculous Campbell is our 3rd striker when he should be playing every week down a league or 2 at his age.

  • 86 Laurent Robert 32 // May 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Florian Thauvin named Ligue 1’s best young player.

    Just shows the quality Carr is highlighing for the club. The misuse of these lads for a 16th finish is terrible.

  • 87 Brutooon // May 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    1) playing a 4-2-3-1 which is NOT effective
    2) playing a long ball strategy which is NOT effective
    3) When it is not working then still repeat no 1) and 2)
    4) keep playing jonas when even a Blind person notice he got no output

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