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All Newcastle Wins Matter – In Pre-Season Too

9:41 am, Saturday, July 27th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that he’s not worried about the fitness of Papiss Cisse, and the Senegal captain is in good shape, and will make the first league game of the season at Manchester City on Monday night, 19th August.

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Cisse and Pardew – I told you to hit the ball into the back of the net!

That’s the main thing, and it will be interesting to see who will be playing up front with him in that game, as Newcastle continue struggle to bring in their transfer targets this summer.

But at least we’ll have Papiss next season, and that was the great news on Thursday – this is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s been resolved and I am very , very pleased it has.” “Papiss is in good physical condition. So it his absence from Portugal won’t affect his season.”

“I’m going to keep four or five players back to work on fitness.” “But I’ll be taking a good team to Blackpool. I am pleased with the work we did last week in Portugal.”

“We have worked hard. We have had no injuries so far, and as the days go by the better that is for us.” “Blackpool are just two weeks away from the start of their season.”

“They are 10 days ahead of us in terms of work.” “I think that will show too. They are at a good level.” “But we are working hard and this will be a good test for us.”

The Championship start their season two weeks ahead of the Premier League, so the first game is next Saturday – August 3rd, so we expect Blackpool will be a lot sharper than our lads (do we use that as an excuse if we lose?), but we still need to see a good performance out of the team.

We keep saying the results don’t matter in pre-season, but notice we only say that when we lose. :D

We noticed Arsenal have won all four of their games on their far East tour, and of course wins breeds a winning mentality – so it’s always nice to win games, and that’s true in mid-season as well.

It will be interesting to see how Tom Ince plays against us tomorrow at Blackpool (3:00 pm kick off), and Tom is supposed to be a Newcastle target this summer, but whether that is true we have no idea – but he’s a very good young player.

And Tom is the son of former great Paul Ince, who is now the Blackpool manager, after replacing Michael Appleton last February.

What do you think?

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Tags: Coaching · Friendlies · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Pre-Season



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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Okay lets Talk football

    What are the Odds we will see Gael Bigirimana play on the right if Pardew sees substantial time at SJP hotseat

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Being made to sew labels into shirts as a five year old fourteen hours a day is too good for Ashley.

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    “They are 10 days ahead of us in terms of work.” “I think that will show too.”

    They are Championship players, surely Pl players even if they are less fitter should beat them 9/10

  • 4 John Tudor // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    football does not work like that 3-1 bpool

  • 5 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    REPOST (jesus ed you making a coffee, redbull and pep pill cocktail for breakfast)

    Oh yeah and laurent Robert 32 as usual is on the hate campaign but at least he explains himself.

    In reply to your post, no, unfortunately I only make it to about 2-3 games a season due to my work schedule and cost of travel (actually got to more last season due to Europe) I was supposed to be going to the Liverpool game but we couldn’t get tickets, so ended up in the pub watching it. Anyway.

    If you can provide me with evidence he has lied and not just speculation then fair enough mate, Ill quite happily change my tune on the subject unlike most.

  • 6 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    3 week till PL kicks off and no players in= Quality work from Kinnear and the cronies that run this football club !!

  • 7 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Indian

    Look at fa and capital one cup results for all prem teams, I think you will be surprised who knocks them out. Plus its pre season so id go blackpool by a country mile but hopefully we bring ince back with us lol.

  • 8 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Jazzy p

    You forgot the ‘I’ and put run by accident mate.

  • 9 Greebol1892 // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The fact we have released 3 players & frozen Gosling out…. No players in.
    Are we now relying on the young fringe breakthrough players as backup?
    With no.23 as 2nd choice striker…… words escape me.
    HTL!

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Sean,
    Quote,
    “i think we’ll be bringing in fourvor five quality signings in the summer”
    After a frutless summer.
    ” We sat around the table and decided we had enough in the building ”
    Mistruths,lies what ever you would care to decribe them as Sean.

  • 11 John Tudor // Jul 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    you see if ince scores a couple.
    we don’t buy him,
    off he goes to whoever
    ends up scoring a few against us
    ……………………..sods law

  • 12 toon kk // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I don’t know why MA didn’t buy a Championship club, he and his cronies haven’t a clue. Mind the way things are going he may well own one.
    MA doesn’t understand you need the right management and investment to move forward.
    I fear for the future of our club.

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    JFA
    I think that comes under the label of backtracking painfully after being royally shafted by fats n dekka in the summer

  • 14 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Jfa

    Surely YOU of all people know who thats down to? You really think pardew expected no significant investment? He even said that was down to your favourite person n dekka

  • 15 John Tudor // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    don’t know why he didn’t buy a fleet of taxis……
    oh yes i do he would run them at a loss then they’d be broken for spares

  • 16 fog on the tyne // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Hi lads, aint posted for a couple of weeks, been sweating me balls off in the north sea, offshore. Was expecting bent in by now like, looks like this gomis is our priority now tho. Seen him play psg a couple of year ago, on a trip with the wife and he lookef top drawer, from what i remember!!!! Be over the moon if we get him. Managed to see match on tues on one of lads laptop, shocking first half but think whatever he said at halftime worked, much much better after the break!!!
    Vuckic is looking really good and seems like the player i used to go watch on freezing monday nights all over the place, really think he’ll srep up to the big boys table this year, expecting big things from the kid personally. Has always stood out for me in reserve games, hope he builds on it and turns out to be the player i expect him to.
    Anyway good to be back for next fortnight lads, and cant wait for the abuse to start again!!
    Cant believe how much a plank jeff has been, always had him sussed but jus let him get away with it cos he just a bairn!!!
    Howay the lads
    KTF

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    There are reports today that FSG are trying to sell Liverpool for £350mil
    That’s like £40 mil less than the fat man wants for the toon
    Just sell up to cover your £130 mil, you fcuked up, take it on the chin, move on
    Please

  • 18 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Le Progres are claiming this morning that the player does not want a move to England and has set his heart on a move to Lyon’s French rivals Marseille. No contact from OM is known of as yet, however.

    On the other hand, the reliable RMC, are claiming that Gomis prefers a move to Newcastle. We are working hard to find out which report is truthful.
    Believe what you will lads but reports he flew over last night are far from the truth me thinks

  • 19 John Tudor // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    he is more of a botty man when he has to take it

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Sean, I’m only on mobile so I can’t search and post multitudes of his nonsense but, before that Liverpool game he said we need goals and will be looking to score goals, along those lines.

    Before kick off, they were warming up, Gouffran and Ben Arfa were warming up away from the main guys, my heart sank as I knew we had no chance of scoring. We get drubbed. How can you expect to get goals packing the team with midfielders and defensive midfielders at that. Lies from Pardew.

    He said his teams play on the front foot… more lies. His teams sit back more than any in the league I think. More lies.

    He said, what was the quote, that we were the best team outside of the top 6 in the second half of the season was it? What a prat. More lies.

    I can go on and on.

    Quote from that ex-player saying along the lines of that although he tells people he players carpet football and attractive play he just plays long ball.

    Telling us in the West Brom game that the subs made a real impact? We had about 1shot I think it was, mainly down to us drabbly sitting back again.

    I can’t stand the bloke and I knew of someone in the players and coaching staff and he says he’s and arrogant idiot as well. Treats some of the players like crap.

  • 21 John Tudor // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    what i meant to say was a good ar53 kicking………..
    hey ho and all that tomfoolery

  • 22 gaz 44 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Bless been reading through some posts over the last few days and people honestly believing Hernandez would come to us is pretty funny

  • 23 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    If Percy comes out and says we have managed to tie shola down to another year-BE AFRAID,BE VERY AFRAID

  • 24 Luque // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Jesus Christ he’s already making excuses in preparation of a loss to a Championship side

  • 25 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Sean, basics of team coaching need to be put in place before overloading with new players. We have a good squad but they are playing football which is alien to their technical abilities. Good players just paper over the cracks of Pardew’s career long inability to manage at the top level.

    Not his fault, he just don’t have the coaching brain high enough for it. Most long balls in the league with our small side. They weren’t Zidane esq to feet balls either. Williamson and Simpson the main advocates although after they went we continued to do it to a lesser extent. Awful. Record defeats all round last year, with good players. Bad work Pardew.

    Although when Shola comes on for his 20mins – 30mins of strolling, it’s systems hoof.

  • 26 Spellcheck // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Saturday morning & the Indian magpie begins by spouting his usual negativity. Is their no teams in your own country 2 follow. You’re such a BORE!!!!!

  • 27 jazzyp // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    We have Shola and Gouffy for the start of the PL so we are well stocked in that department.
    a typical statement from pards if we fail to get anybody over the line.

  • 28 toon kk // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    MA seems to get a kick out of getting one over on the fans. Everything he has done has been diabolical from getting us relegated to Pardew and the joker coming in to renaming the stadium among others.
    There’s one way of putting it and it’s called a JOKE club.

  • 29 jimiley // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Percy has done an interview in the Times stating that his ambition for the season is top 10. That means he is aiming for 10th. That is another way of saying avoiding relegation. The difference between 10th and 3rd bottom is about 6 points. That is flirting with relegation. A few injuries or some bad luck can easily amount to a loss of six points. I think its going to be another bumpy ride with Percy and Joe Knowall.

  • 30 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Another weekend arises, another week where we have seen players leave are training facilities for another.

    Do football clubs actually work weekends? Serious question because I cannot recall anyone we have signed over the wkd before. Memory is shite like.

    Saying that, we dont work through the week either do we? Haha.

  • 31 yo-yo // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    If I am forced to settle for Gomis, Remy and Bent incoming then it’ll be an okay window but it still won’t show us that MAsh is committed to us being anything more than mid table.

    LR32, Indian Magpie etc.

    Repeating the AP hate mantras every post really doesn’t get us very far does it ? It doesn’t stimulate debate, we already know your opinions – and repeating them on every thread just makes you look like you have some strange obsessive disorder.

  • 32 HullMag6 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Anyone else notice Remy didnt play last night and Tony Fernandes was tweeting about players going and some coming in and some fans wont like it but thats the business of football in a nutshell.

    Us, West ‘aaaaam on a n other club.

    Where’s (im not an itk) sausage? Or torq?

    Is there a light at the end of the tunnel or is it joke with a mirror reflecting the light we left behind?

  • 33 Joe Blog // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I’d rather Indian Magpie quit ‘supporting’ NUFC, too. What a drag he is.

  • 34 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Lr 32

    We need goals – true
    Packed with midfielders because Liverpool are a good attacking side I suspect, im not saying pardew got it right, the 6 goals are proof he got it wrong, but he may have told the team to attack, nothing to say it wasn’t lack of confidence, and our defence was very poor that day.

    If you saw the team in 5th finish season we were very attacking. So the front foot thing could go either way.

    This post is already too long, im not saying he is innocent of lies but no more than other managers.

    I dont love pardew btw, and if the te play the same as last season then ill be casting the first stone at his head.

    What do people think of Holloway as a manager? Reminds me of clough

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Some of Cabaye and Tiotes passes last season were shocking when available. They can count themselves for alot of poor long balls. Diabolical they were, the pair of them.

    Alot were crossfield passes aswell.

    People shouldn’t forget, just because we knock long passes does not mean we are playing route one football. And it dosn’t mean it’s coached into them.

    Are midfield and defence last season were nervy and showed atrocious form.

  • 36 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Sean, you’ll be casting that first stone I’d imagine :-)

    The Liverpool game wasn’t just down to bad defending. Defending is from the front if we keep the ball and make good rins and have good movement, we are defending at the same time.

    Pardew’s defending is literally just sit back and stave them off and repel attacks. That’s not the way to defend over long periods.

  • 37 HullMag6 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I think Cisse’s grandstanding cast a shadow over the club causing us to miss a few targets. My gut is telling me by September he will be gone I hppe its wrong or we have top quality (for us) replacements. If cabs goes aa well how about a front 4 of

    BenArfa Gomis Hernandez Remy

    Pace skills and goals

  • 38 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Prodigy, the coaching should be drilled into them to focus on passing and moving. A lot of the time the movement isn’t there so they have no other option, with a player closing them down, to knock a longer ball.

    Nothing wrong with spreading play and doing it quickly, as long as we have overlapping players and great awareness off the ball. I believe our technical players can do this but they are instructed to play a different way. A way in which is limiting their productivity greatly.

  • 39 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    hey guys i’m back, iv’e been busy sorting my new place out with the enemy so i haven’t had the net for over a week, so i suppose we still haven’t bought any 1 in yet just more BS rumors, we have just over a month to bring players in and gel in but like i said over and over again we won’t bring any 1 in this season and it’s looking that way atm.

  • 40 SeanNufc87 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    LR 32

    Not trying to start an argument or even worse a long drawn out debate but whats your reason for the 5th place finish? And if the team for the most part stay fit where would you see us finish under pardew?

    Also were you aware that last season, we only had our strongest defence out twice and were defeated? That was chelsea and Tottenham.

    I should explain that includes krul and its my personal choice of strongest defence. Krul, santon, colo, Taylor and Simpson until January, then krul, santon, colo, mbiwa/Taylor and debuchy.

  • 41 numba9 // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    On about scouting portuguese league we should be lookin at every league any way very tunnels visioned, I mean even Wigan seen to cover small south American countrys . We need players at this moment not scouts

  • 42 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Laurent,

    There is a hell of alot more to add into the mix than just coaching.

    No one knows what is done on the training field on this blog.

    There is certain other factors to take into consideration, such as confidence, player availability, fitness, morale. These all affect the performance on the park.

    We were lacking in all of these departments vastly last season due to injuries, player recovery times getting back after long lay offs, poor quality off the bench, poor squad depth, losing strikers, players out of position.

    Pardew admitted plenty of times when he got tactics wrong in games. For me, that’s all you can ask of him.

    I’v personally got alot more to complain about upstairs than the coaching which I havn’t got a clue what they do to start with. Im not going to try guessing it or complain.

    Watching managers being hung out to dry season after season is more my cup of tea and I keep seeing it every window which is annoying me something rotten.

    I just want to see a plan and everything done which would give us our best shot. Im still yet to see that with this regime and it’s painful as it’s been 5-6 years now and still we don’t have a capable squad of even competeing in Europe if we are playing Premier games aswell.

    Just looking at Swansea right now and then looking at what our regime did last summer is frightening to say the least. It’s very wrong to me.

    At the end of the day, it’s called ambition, and we lack it greatly.

    Bedtime for me mate. Catch ya soon.

  • 43 magicbus // Jul 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Dont see the point in even thinking we can get Remy as we cant afford his wages and he wont drop them just to come to us.

  • 44 lesh // Jul 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Repost from previous thread and pitched at those who are slamming Pardew for lying!

    SeanNufc87 @ 18.

    I agree with you that Pardew’s much in the dark about things. I’d imagine that Joe’ll be keeping things close to his chest and as Pardew’s been away, he’ll only have known what he’s been told, having had to ask for information!!
    I’d imagine Kinnear to be of the knowledge is power school and keeping Pardew out of the loop.

    I feel for the guy and can understand that he has to sound positive fir the sake of team morale. So, despite Pardew’s weaknesses, I think that given support and players, he’d be better than a partnership of Kinnear and Harford who would probably piss players off, big time.

    For hells sake, just look at Kinnear’s results when he last managed us.

    Better the devil you know and he, Pardew needs support in what must be an awful situation for him, an information vacuum!




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