Newcastle Manager With Board Today In Vital Meeting

Alan Pardew will meet with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley today – and they will discuss why things went so wrong this season in the Premier League.

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Mike Ashley – wants to understand – why did things go so wrong?

Also attending the meeting will be Alan Pardew’s coaching staff, Managing Director Derek LLambias and Chief Scout Graham Carr.

Mike Ashley is not happy at what happened in the Premier League this past season, and finishing 5th bottom was hardly what was expected, after being 5th top a short twelve months ago.

We expect Pardew will keep his job as manager – although rumors have been generated today saying he’s going to be sacked – but that’s even to be expected we suppose.

Graham Carr is at the meeting because one outcome of the meeting will be who are the Newcastle targets for this summer, and it seems that Andy Carroll is stalling on a £15M move from Liverpool to West Ham, hoping that Newcastle come in for him.

Other options are Loic Remy of relegated Queens Park Rangers, and St Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and two from those three would be great as far as we are concerned.

And a central midfielder may also be a priority, and Ajax attacking midfielder and captain Siem de Jong, who Newcastle were interested in last January, may also be a target.

Scottish central midfielder James McCarthy of relegated Wigan has also been rumored to be interesting Newcastle.

Alan Pardew wants more experience in the squad, and he may also push for more British based players, and that would make Andy Carroll and James McCarthy top targets.

Another area of investigation and discussion will be how come we had over 70 injuries last season – and apparently Pardew has some statistics showing just how his players energy levels dipped following European games on Thursdays

And there will be discussion on captain Fabricio Coloccini, who has that personal problem and wants to return to Argentina, although some of his comments lately suggest he is thinking about next season at Newcastle.

It’s probably going to be a long meeting, because not only will they want to discuss these various topics, but want to come out with what to do on each one of them – including who our top transfer targets are this summer will be.

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95 comments so far

  • Le Belfast 007

    May 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Alan you’re fired !

    Goodnight chaps.

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew is a plank, for this he must be gone

  • G

    May 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I was 100% behind this lad when he was appointed, he wasnt my first choice (not even in my top 50 choices for that matter), yet I got behind him and supported him. After this last season where I have seen him continuously fail to deploy his team to the best of their abilities, fail to dominate a single game, fail to assert the team on a game for longer than a 20 minute period, and absolutely fail to convince me that he understands that football evolves every year. MA must surely see this and understand that AP is definitely not the man capable of taking things forward. Seriously, thanks for all your efforts Alan, but hand it the club gear on your way out eh?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Get your hand in your pocket Mike!

    And lets open up this wage cap a little, we need quality through the door!

  • YorkshiresFinestGeordie

    May 22, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I really do hope he plays anita more next season, he looks a class act. I bet he feels like hes been mugged off playing for biggest team ever in holland, a CL team and winning trophies every season then coming to us and nearly getting relegated. And hes miles better than perch and Guti.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6


    With respect,

    I’d be with you, if..

    We hadn’t been set up for a disastrous season through lack of planning last summer.

    We finished in the same league position last season as this one.

    We hadn’t had the huge amount of injuries and off the field problems, such as Cabaye, Colo, and losing Ba in January, our top scorer without replacing him.

    I see the blame as a collective effort, not just one man, im willing to wait up until Christmas to see if the efforts of last season can be replicated.

    Time will tell

  • Jayk

    May 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #7

    My money’s on him staying, although I’d rather get rid.

    Stop White GeNOcide.

  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    May 22, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #8

    If Pardew does stay (God forbid) he’s got until december I’d say to get Newcastle playing fluid attacking football, with the right formations and tactics. If not he can jog on and take tiote with him. Signing Carroll for 15m would be a joke as well. He’s clearly not worth that. Don’t get how english players get rated so highly. Lets dip in the dutch and german markets this summer please..

  • one Tony Green

    May 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Cisse was clubbing on Saturday night before the Arsenal game. Get shot of him Clacker mouth Pardew and all the backroom staff

  • Dondatta13

    May 22, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Cisse being in a night club? Meh, they guys a Muslim so wouldn’t have been drinking. The way Parsnips had him isolated on the pitch so much the poor guy was probably needing some company lol

  • cockneymagpie90

    May 22, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #11

    I really think the reason weve season is playing Tiote, Guti, Shola and not playing Anita, Marvo and Campbell.

    Its so simple to see and it is 100% the manager who has been the downfall to this season, noone else!

    And the same thing goes for the first part of this season where Pardew insisted on playing Cisse and Ba upfront.

    This did also not work!!!!!

    If only i had Ashleys number….

    Get the f*** out Pardew!

  • cockneymagpie90

    May 22, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I really think the reason weve been s*** season is playing Tiote, Guti, Shola and not playing Anita, Marvo and Campbell.

  • 89Norcal

    May 22, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree cockneymag, Pardew is 100% at fault. He obviously sabotaged Cabaye, Hatem, Raylor, and Saylor’s injuries. Then the prick had the nerve to tell Ashley not to buy players until January just to f*** with us.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Pards is telling Cisse to purposely stay offside. He already has something like 7 or 8 goals ruled out.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #14

    You know what is disappointing,

    That some fans (dare I say) come on here to cry and winge and shout hate rather than debate which is what the blog is here for.

    It’s mental really.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #15



  • RonVanDam

    May 22, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #16

    I think Pards will stay. MA will partially take blame for not investing in summer but he shouldve done well with 5 new players in Jan. Constantly fails to bring the best out of his players, wrong formations and substitution and starting 11 and INJURIES

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #17


    I think an important factor to mention with the five signings is that they were brought in to keep us up and they did. Just. The reason being because we were under equipped the first part of the season.

    They have all had spells out on the sidelines also, I think this is an important factor to mention aswell. It couldn’t of been easy for them coming to a club battling relegation, playing in a different league and also having spells out injured on top of this.

    I think Mike Ashley is a very lucky man we are still in the Premiership.

  • Novocastrian66

    May 22, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I think he will be gone. Injuries have had an impact on our season, no doubt. However with the players available to him we should not have finished where we did.
    Does anyone think Norwich have a better squad than us?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #19


    I don’t really think it really matters if we have a better squad than Norwich to be honest, because our best players have been missing for large parts of the season we have struggled to find any consistency.

    My belief is that if we had ample amount of cover through until January, and replaced Ba in January with someone of the same ilk we wouldn’t of finished where we did. We have lacked goals since January and if Cisse had took a knock we would be down.

    Two gambles by Mike ashley which have decimated our season and held us back. We have paid for those gambles once again.

    Pardew has to come in for criticism aswell though. After all he is the manager.

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #20

    novocastrian, I don’t think spurs do, with the exception of bale, i don’t think arsenal do, i don’t think liverpool do, with the exception of suarez, i don’t think everton do.
    the fact is they all have competent managers who know what football is

  • BandB

    May 22, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Let’s imagine Mike Ashley isn’t such a bad bloke.
    Let’s imagine he hasn’t got a five-year-plan to get us back into Europe.
    Let’s also imagine that seven years of mid-table mediocrity under Pardew also isn’t his plan, but fills him with some kind of dread too.
    He could just be a guy who wants his money back and wants to get out. Maybe he doesn’t want his brand associated with six-nil thrashings and horse-punching on national television. And maybe he knows he’s just not very good at this.
    In that case, he’d want two solid years of success to create a self-sustaining club that can be sold as a break-even venture.
    The descriptions of his agitation of the weekend don’t suggest to me a man prepared to drift. There’s some sort of urgent imperative at work here.
    In terms of these ambitions, the past season has been an unmitigated disaster for which he shares responsibility. I think its unlikely he will tear up his blueprint now, and Pardew seems unlikely to me to get another chance to repeat his mistakes. I think Ashley might pleasantly surprise us all over the summer. But it wouldn’t have to mean he’d had a massive change of heart.

  • RonVanDam

    May 22, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Before our new signings in Jan we had:

    Won 5 Lost 11 Drawn 5 = 20points from 21 games

    GF: 28 GA: 42

    After our first signing: Debuchy in Jan:

    Won 6 Lost 8 Drawn 3 = 21points from 17 games.

    GF: 17 GA: 26

    Difference of 4 games. I dont think we didnt get any better since the Jan signings taking into account the injuries we had. Pardew has been consistently inconsistent. We’ve had so really embarrassing losses in the second half of the season and failed to find the net

  • El Sleeve

    May 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #23

    pass and stand still.

    this is pardew’s tactics. not good enough

  • RonVanDam

    May 22, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #24

    If you looking for the best British manager, i wouldn’t look any further than Rodgers. I like the way he prepares his team, gets most of his tactics right and knows how to get the best out of his youngsters. I can see him winning the league with Liverpool. We need someone like him.

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 22, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #25

    ron, yes he is a top quality manager, but liverpool win the league, no way

  • jimmysmith

    May 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Sayanara Baby!!!!

    It’s not you, it’s me. Honestly.

  • RonVanDam

    May 22, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle Brown Alien

    Pardew has been given all the tools to atleast get us in top 8. His style of play goes go well with the types of players the club is bringing in.

    Pardews style will suit Stoke or West Ham. Stoke looks like his next destination since Pulis has left.

    The style of play that will suit our current crop of players are played by : Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton

  • RonVanDam

    May 22, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #28

    As for BR he has that determination/drive for success, cant see that in Pards. Just like few other readers have said before, give Pardew Barcelona, he will get them relegated lol

  • Greebol1892

    May 22, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #29

    CM as priority??? Simpson gone, Colo gone (?), Williamson not good enough and we can’t rely on Perch to cover these positions.

    We need 2 CBs and 1 RB.

    On top of that we need 2 strikers and at least 1 winger.

    If Cabaye goes then obviously we may need extra cover for CM but not a priority. We have Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Marv, Bigi, Vuckic (class act btw)

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #30


    Sorry im at work so I havn’t been able to reply sooner.

    The point im making is the five players were brought in to secure our Premier League status because our squad was poor in depth and quality. My reasoning is that you can’t expect five players to gel, shoot us up the league into eighth within this time frame. It’s unfair on those players. What has it been 16 weeks? Players need time to bed in and settle, become accustomed to the league.

    That being said, I’v mentioned, each of these signings have also spent a handful of games each on the sidelines since January on top of that so Pardew never really had five new players at his disposal since January to the end also.

    We havn’t even had an outright leftback for the last 3 or 4 games. Add the games in Colo and Ben Arfa has missed also since the turn of the year. Our squad has always been lacking in quality throughout the season.

    The lack of goals from January for me is the boards fault for not securing Ba’s replacement or having a plan B incase Remy didn’t arrive. Gouffran is no way an out and out striker. He will be lucky to grab 6-8 goals a season in my opinion.

    I agree there has been some shocking results, but the board have to take just as much blame as Pardew.

    For large parts of the season he hasn’t had the tools at his disposal. That for me is the boards responsibility to make sure he is equipped for such a challenge.

  • toonbrother

    May 22, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #31

    i hope and pray he goes. And takes Sideshow bob with him.

  • kww

    May 22, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #32

    i fully agree with prodigy’s assessment.
    of nufc poor season, board should shoulder at least 50% of the responsibility. pardew maybe 15% for tactical blunders, and another 15% for not utilizing the squad fully enough.
    players themselves should shoulder 5% for poor form, however at this level, manager usually take the rap for players poor form. last 15% for bad luck (how many goals cisse got disallowed?) all in total, that’s probably 10 to 15 points on the league table, and we should b finishing comfortably 8th on the table.
    on top of injuries, there are 3 additional unforeseen players problems we have had:
    1. Ba ongoing transfer saga – while ba maintained his goal contribution, his insistence on playing as main striker caused a tactical inbalance – pardew maybe should not have gave in, but then again ba maintain his goals contribution
    2. cabaye’s depression – pardew should have rotated anita more and dropped cabaye instead of crossing his fingers for cabaye to pick his form up like last year
    3. colo’s family problems – pardew dealt with this decent

    as i pointed out, it has been fire after fire after fire this season, and pardew merits some credit for the europa run; we would have been in the semi finals if not for poor refereeing decisions. most observers describe the return leg as a tactical success

    it’s probably unfair to pardew if he’s sacked but there have been plenty of unfair sackings, chris hughton sprang to mind.

  • kww

    May 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #33

    just saw news that benitez is linked with PSG job.
    again for those posters linking benitez to us, wake up to reality.
    PSG – high wages for managers, massive war chest for squad investment, massive budget for player wages
    NUFC – lowest premier league wages for manager, minimal funds for squad investment, minimal budget for player wages

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #34

    I think 2.5 seasons is long enough to assess a manager’s capabilities.

    I don’t want another season of defend, defend, defend.
    It’s negative and it isn’t Newcastle.

    Pardew Out!

  • cyprus

    May 22, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #35

    My concern is, in January we brought in not 1 or 2, but 5 new players and the performances (even results, generally) were just as bad.
    So, with so many internationals and with much larger budgets than other teams (e.g. the entire Wigan team cost less than Colo and Cisse), we still have been outplayed in every single game, home or away.
    Something has to give…

  • cyprus

    May 22, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #36

    In truth, Chelsea fans have a point that their team has not played very well under Rafa, despite the successes. For example, did Chelsea give a better account of themselves than us, vs. Benfica? And they did lose to one of the poorer sides in the league (us).
    On the other hand, Jol sounds like a good idea. Although he hasn’t won match, he wants NUFC, he set Spurs on the right track and his team play attractive football.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #37


    Five players who were brought into a relegation battle who don’t know the premier league, who have also had injury problems since being here.

    Internationals who have missed near enough half the season. Ben arfa, Colo, Cabaye, Tiote. Are best players.

    Long lay offs for both the Taylors and Krul.

    The squad was never sufficient and we can’t judge Pardew on five signings who have only been here 14-16 weeks.

    Bedtime for me, later lads.

  • cyprus

    May 22, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #38

    On players, what are we missing the most?

    Despite conceding 678 goals, we have a pretty good defensive set up, in terms of individuals. Debuchy, Mbiwa, Colo, Santon sounds pretty solid. If Colo leaves, we need someone of equal status, Taylor is not it, in fact Williamson is slightly ahead of him!

    So what’s missing? Movement, speed, width, goal scoring…

    Movement: that’s largely up to the coach. Kids in High School learn that movement off the ball is as important as with the ball. Do they do that in training? Doesn’t show.

    Speed and width. Gouffran and HBA can contribute to this, we do need two real wingers, which we haven’t had for a while. Obertan must unfortunately go – now.

    Goal scoring: AC would be great, as he’s always a danger and destined to play for his home club. Really though, we need a Bellamy-style South American!!

  • cyprus

    May 22, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Granted, all legit points, except the two Taylors. They are only good enough as squad players…

  • sparky55

    May 22, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #40

    I don’t get it ED…If the decision hadn’t already been made to keep Pardew why would all the coaches and alan carr be going to the meeting as well.

    If this was a meeting to decide whether or not pardew goes surely it would be a one to one meeting or possibly lardarse and fatboy v’s Pardew.

    If what you’re saying is true then we’ll definitely be starting next season with pardew which is nothing short of a nightmare and will no doubt result in a player exodus.

    How can cashley be so fcuking stupid when if fact he’s one of the shrewdest operators on the planet…it beggars belief!!!!



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