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These Are Newcastle’s Goals For Next Season

10:57 am, Sunday, June 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Two years ago at this time we had already signed Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, and this summer’s transfer window has been the slowest since we started this blog over six years ago.

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Alan Pardew – pressure on Alan Pardew next season

Probably the reason for no transfers yet is that Mike Ashley was going to appoint a Director of Football, and nothing would happen until Joe Kinnear was in the job, which even seems reasonable.

Joe has now met with both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr,. and we’ll soon know what type of signings we will try to make this summer.

We sat “try” because in the last two transfer windows, we’ve failed to get our top striker target through the door.

Last summer it was Luuk de Jong, and in January it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who we were supposed to bid twice for, but each bid was turned down by St. Etienne.

And the failure to replace the departed Demba Ba in January cost us dearly in the second half of the season, as we found it very difficult to score goals and all the pressure was on Papiss Cisse.

So with Coloccini giving us the good news that he’s staying at the club, the number one requirement is to get at least one top goalscorer through the door, and preferably two, especially if Shola Ameobi leaves the club.

That’s why we think say £5M and decent wages for the experienced Darren Bent would be good business for Newcastle, if we can get Aubameyang through the door, which will be difficult.

So getting strikers in is one thing Newcastle have to do before September rolls around.

But than Alan Pardew and the coaches – and our players too – have to buckle down and fight like hell in the league and the cups this coming season, so we can get some dignity back, after the complete embarrassment of being almost relegated last season.

There’s no doubt Alan is on trial in the early part of the season, and while we expect nothing in our first game at Manchester City – the next four games are all very winnable, and we could get off to a decent start in the league.

Here are the first five league fixtures:

August

Sat 17	15:00	A	Manchester City			
Sat 24	15:00	H	West Ham 			
Sat 31	15:00	H	Fulham			

September

Sat 14	15:00	A	Aston Villa				
Sat 21	15:00	H	Hull City

It’s really important that we get off to a good start next season, and we tend to agree with Alan Shearer when he says that Alan Pardew has not become a bad manager in just one year – after he had taken Newcastle to 5th top in his first fill season at Newcastle, and the first time we have been in the top five since Bobby Robson had us there in 2004.

And Alan and the coaches have to improve on our set-plays which were nothing more than a laughing stock last season – so there’s enormous room for improvement.

Maybe I’m one of the few, but I still think with no European games this season, we can do very well in the Premier League and be back where we belong – say in the top eight next May – that would be a decent season.

And we must play out best teams in both cups this year – and if Wigan and Birmingham can with the cups when they are relegated – surely we should be able to win one something and not be relegated.

But we need to think like a small club and play our best team in the cups and not a second eleven – our second eleven is just not good enough, as we’ve amply proved over these last two seasons.

So a decent league position and going all out in the local cups is what’s needed next season. – hey we may even win something – now there’s a thought. :D

And if we do somehow manage to qualify for Europe again, we had better make sure we have a big enough squad, because that’s one of the reasons we were simply decimated last term.

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tommyy // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Lets face it, the fundamentals at Newcastle are all poor. It’s not a case of ‘sign 2 players and we’re golden’. It goes far deeper than that.

    - We’ve one of the smallest and least talented coaching staff in the league.

    - We’ve a tactically and technically inept manager.

    - We’ve the worst injury record on a consistent basis (which automatically voids the prospects of a fully fit team which we all envisage before the season starts as performing well).

    - We’ve the worst Dirctor of Football in the League.

    - We’ve probably got the least ambitious owner in the league (Wealth to Ambition ratio certainly have).

    - We’ve got an unsettled fan base and possibly unsettled structure.

    - we’ve got one of the weakest academies in the league.

    Compare those issues to all of the other clubs around us and it doesn’t look good and I cannot see where the optimism comes from. Bar one lucky season (injuries were ok, teams were in limbo) we’ve been poor every single season under Ashley. Why do we think it’ll change when history dictates it will not? Yea we might have another lucky season where things go our way but I can’t see it happening, teams are just too strong this year.

    We need a fully stocked coaching team with tactically and technically sound coaching to suit the players. We need stability in the boardroom. We need more investment all over (including players, coaches, youth facilities) we need communication and we need professionalism.

  • 2 Tommyy // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Disregarding the season we were promoted we were poor *

  • 3 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    August

    Sat 17 15:00 A Manchester City 5 – 0 Newcastle
    Sat 24 15:00 H West Ham 2 – 0 Newcastle
    Sat 31 15:00 H Fulham 3 – 1 Newcastle

    September

    Sat 14 15:00 A Aston Villa 4 – 1 Newcastle
    Sat 21 15:00 H Hull City 2 – 1 Newcastle

    at the end JFK & AP will say ‘ we played well and we were unlucky.

  • 4 toon kk // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Tommyy…….you have just about summed it all up. .

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Tommyy @1

    well said mate

  • 6 toon kk // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Alot of us fans are getting p……d off supporting a great club with NO ambition

  • 7 Ian Toon // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    One of the boys am I,
    That always am in clover;
    With spirits light and high,
    ‘Tis well I’m known all over.
    I am always to be found,
    A singing in my glory;
    With your smiling faces round,
    ‘Tis then I’m hunkey dorey.

    What a bunch of Whingers
    The window opens tomorrow, let’s not right off our season just yet!

  • 8 beddersmag // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Cheers lads im off to slit my wrists…..

  • 9 BandB // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    TDS..

    You say….

    “And as I’ve pointed out before, many of those clubs lined up their transfers months ago. There are two reasons we haven’t:
    1 – we brought forward at least 3 transfers to January
    2 – we didn’t know what league we would be in until fairly recently.”

    Wasn’t the January spree preceded by an admission by the club that it “undercooked it.” in the previous summer window?
    The club was given credit for trying to correct the previous mistake.
    Now you argue that we were actually bringing THIS summer’s transfers forward. It is either one or the other, surely?

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Bills son,

    No, But you can coach movement

  • 11 Levi // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Guys cheer up. The transfer windows opens tomorrow so don’t think we have had a bad window already. We have just got a new director of football so things will be slow for the next couple of weeks

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Ian

    Who’s righting it off, some people may be lefting it off!!
    WRITING. The grammar police! xx

    We’re mired in mediocrity, Carr excluded. The Wonga shirt sales and season tickets are selling like …erm..well NOT hot cakes. A ranting madman is in total charge of all things football, Pardew won’t do the honourable thing and foxtrot oscar, we have no MD, Colo doesn’t want to be here, Cabaye is / was depressed and our owner couldn’t give a rats. Shall I continue….!.

    Oh what it must be to be so easily pleased and blindly gullible.

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Levi
    That’s kind of the argument mate, it’s another screw up by the board, if your going to appoint a DOF do you not think it should of been say after the jan window so he can work out targets etc, not a fortnight before the window?

  • 14 yo-yo // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Rotonda

    SO the glass is half full – or half empty ? :)

  • 15 wynsleap // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    In short, Tommyy @ 1 – Agree, we need a bloody miracle.
    Only a REALLY mega-rich owner with pride, ambition and a desire for the club can turn the Toon round.
    Does one exist? We can only hope.

  • 16 woodsee // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The reason theres not a lot happening at the toon is that jokin ear has been trying to phone alex ferguson for the last 3 weeks,and he cant work out why theres no response,i hear hes next call will be to ron atkinson

  • 17 Tommyy // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I don’t want to negative, but I’m having an excruciatingly hard time (when taking a step back and looking at things objectively) of deriving any positives at Newcastle aside from ‘we won’t do a Leeds’.

    I’m just sick of every year getting my hopes up knowing full well it’s going to be as crap as the last give or take a few variables.

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Rotonda
    Don’t forget the most bizarre and random mini statement of pre season, whilst MA isn’t actively looking to sell he might if the right offer comes along!
    Seriously how random was that!!

  • 19 toon kk // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    The top and bottom of it is after the season we’ve just had most fans want a little feed back from the club. We know we’ve been let down in the past. Getting our coaching staff sorted would be a good start

  • 20 wynsleap // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Forget the hope for possible feedback, a change of manager, new coaches, an improved playing style, a better and more moral, refined choice of sponsor etc. There is only ONE thing wrong with this club and it doesn’t need a genius to work it out.
    I may be having more of a depression than usual today but I really see no future for the Toon while this devious, uncaring, unambitious, disrespectful, greedy, spiteful and thoughtless individual is in residence.

  • 21 Alaine Pardeaux // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Tommy
    Getting your hopes knowing full well the season is going to be just as crap/even worst than the last is all part of being a Newcastle fan! If we didn’t get our hopes up then there would be 1000′s of us, all holding hands and collectively jumping off the tyne bridge like lemmings before the season started. Your right what you’re saying mate but Christ on a bike! Let’s try not to piss on everyone’s cornflakes first thing on a Sunday!

  • 22 Alaine Pardeaux // Jun 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I agree with Ed though we can get a good amount of points out of the first four games iff we make some a couple of additions.

    It’d be worth signing PEA just to hear how Kinnear pronounces his name

  • 23 headtheball // Jun 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Who wants to RIGHT OFF our season and how is it achieved? Perplexed!

  • 24 blew // Jun 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Is Pardew really on trial, it will be apparent to him the club wants him out, but he is in a no lose situation . An
    8 tears contract has seen to that. He will have to be pushed. Lets be optimistic and hope we get top talent starting tomorrow, we did not do too bad in January!
    A few similar additions will do and to play in their proper positions.

  • 25 toonluvva // Jun 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Realistically, our main goal is to try to maintain our Premier League status.

    Next is to hang onto Cabaye, Hatem, Cisse and Krul.

    We might manage to stay up after a long and tortuous season. Knocked out of the cup competitions early doors as we will be close to the bottom of the league for most of the time.

    Keeping our decent players will probably be impossible. JoKe and Pardew will really p1ss them off with their combined lack of ability and ambition.

    I’ve renewed my season ticket, God knows why, I suppose it’s because NUFC will be here long after JoKe and Pardew have been sacked and Ashley has sold up.




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