Good Start To Season Absolutely Crucial For Newcastle


With Newcastle again not spending big money in this summer’s transfer window, it’s going to be extremely important the lads get off to a good start in the Premier League this season.

Alan Pardew pointing

Alan Pardew – good start is very important for the manager

And that’s what Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been saying in the Telegraph today, as he also talked about the arrival of Joe Kinnear at the club in mid-June as the new Director of Football:

“I was surprised, like everyone, with the way Joe Kinnear’s appointment was announced and the clock is ticking for transfers, as it is for every club.”

“It has actually seemed to settle down at Newcastle, but if they start badly and there haven’t been any more signings, then people will start to ask questions again.”

“Nobody knows what the relationship is like between Kinnear and the manager Alan Pardew, and what players they have tried to sign and not got, but if they are winning games it will all be forgotten. If they make a difficult start, then it could become an issue again.”

“The appointment took everyone by surprise but if Newcastle win some games, everything gets pushed aside and obviously that’s what every supporter hopes will happen.”

It’s a tough first game at Manchester City, but then we have two successive home game against West Ham and Fulham.

The Hammers game will not be an easy one, and they won 2-0 yesterday at home to newly promoted Cardiff City, with former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan scoring again, and Joe Cole is back at the club he made his debut for over 14 years ago at age 17, in January 1999, and Joe scored a good goal yesterday.

West Ham have strengthened their squad this summer, although Andy Carroll is still out injured.

And Fulham have also improved their squad in the summer, and they got off to a good 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light yesterday.

We’d be very pleased if we can get 6 points out of those first three games, and that would be a great start for Newcastle.

Our fourth game od the season is at Aston Villa, and they looked a good side yesterday in beating Arsenal 3-1 on their home turf – the first time Arsenal had lost their first home game od the season since 1995, and the fans did not look happy at the end of the game yesterday

But there’s also no doubt that how we do in the early games of the season is very important for this Newcastle side – it’s absolutely crucial

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234 comments so far

  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    Sparky,

    ‘…we’re just too disjointed… no-one play to their strengths except HBA and sissoko..’

    Like how? Give us some examples.

    Are the defenders playing in midfield or/and attack?
    Does Krul come up to join the attack when we have a corner?
    Is Cisse always back in defence?
    Does Tiote not challenge for the ball?
    Does Cabaye not pass the ball?

    Please explain.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Anything from City will be a bonus, but West Ham and Fulham are both must win games or the natives will get restless and we’ll be on a downward spiral from there.

    As much as I want rid of Pardew I’ll gladly accept him if he’s putting points on the table

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    We will beat West Ham and Fulham.

    If we are lucky we may draw against Man City. They have a new manager and some new players making their Premiership debut. Will this be to their advantage or disadvantage, who knows.

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  • numba9

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets see if we create anything as a forward line we don’t look that fearsome definitely lacking two more quality forwards

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  • JackButler

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Playing City on the opening weekend is the best time, it’s when they are fully match fit and settled that we would have problems on our hands

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  • Ashton

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Alderweireld again getting outmaneuvered by an average Eredivisie player. 0-1 to feyenoord.

    Alderweireld was also Belgium’s worst player against France. And everytime I’ve seen him play (+20 games in the last yeat) he has been nothing but an average defender in the Dutch league.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    We could just as easily get 2 points out of these 3 games or worse 0 points.

    …It is not going to be easy being Pardew the coming weeks!

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  • Slatymag

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Players on their home debuts use play blinders, for this reason, and also because City are stronger all over the field as it is, I’m not holding out any hope for a point. Would be over the moon with a goalless draw.

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  • daztoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    @JackButler

    Can`t see it myself mate they’ve had a far more competitive pre-season than us and looked pretty good,while we well just looked the same as last season

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  • JackButler

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    daztoon

    Yes mate they look good but I’d rather play them now than in a month or two, but would prefer to be playing someone else tbh

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see anything other than a comfortable 3 or 4 nil to city

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  • ash-out

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    @JackButler

    If we have a bad start to the season & Pardew is sacked do you think he will be replaced by a superior manager or do you think we will employ someone on the cheap?

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  • JackButler

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    ash-out

    Personally think that if Pardew is sacked he’ll be replaced with Poyet as he’s out of work so wont cost anything in way of compensation. No way would we bring in a big name or someone already proven, so we are looking at Poyet or Curbishley

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Daztoon,

    Competitive preseason games aren’t an accurate pointer for what may happen in the league

    Preseason: Man City 1 – Arsenal 3
    League: Arsenal 1 – Villa 3

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  • sparky55

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #15

    slank…your optimism is boundless but I guess you didn’t get to any games last year and haven’t watched what’s happened during pre-season when we took on the giants of european football and showed them a thing or two.

    Do you honestly think we’re playing in such a way we can take anything from the game tomorrow?

    Have you seen any flowing football or signs we’ve turned from a bunch of mis matched misfits into a cohesive unit??

    My only hope is Pardew sends out the lads with the same mentality he did against Man U and Aresenal last year and even if we lose 5-2 or something having a go, it’s a lot better than losing like we did 4-0 last year which was so pathetic I was temporarily embarrassed to be a toon supporter

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  • daztoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    @JackButler

    A hammering on open day is the last thing we need and i think Pards will have that in mind a go the usual defensive mentality.Looking forward to it but but then again i fear for us if he invites pressure on us again like the last two meetings

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m going to go for 3 – 1 City. I’m expecting a standard Pardew performance where we hold out for 30 mins or so, creating very little then City score and start to play as we regress to long balls, then another one to finish us off before just before half time. Then in the second half City will sit back a bit as they realise we can’t threaten them and they’ll grab a third on the break and as the games is won they’ll take their foot off the gas and we’ll nick a consolation in the last 15 against the run of play.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18
  • jimmysmith

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    I love the look of our side when fit and City have a magnificent attacking 11. I’m really looking forward to the match. An away day at City is such a marvelous footballing occasion nowadays. Good, good, stuff.

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    ash-out @ 12

    We are a mid table team who haven’t won anything for 50 years and as such we don’t attract superior managers, unless they are desperate.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    daztoon

    A hammering on the opening weekend will set the tone for us, confidence will be damaged and I don’t think Pardew has the ability to deal with that.

    If we do sit back and allow them to come onto us they will tear us apart, but if we go after them and take the game to them and lose I can handle that, a defeat is one thing but accepting defeat without trying to win is not acceptable

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  • daztoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    @Slank

    Never said they were i said they had a more competitive pre- season than us ie Milan,Arsenal,Bayern Munich as apposed to Motherwell,Blackpool and St. Mirren

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    What I’d love to happen is for the lads to just forget about the fact we’re playing City and knock the ball about and not go for the long ball, just keep it and try to pass and move and generally attempt to enjoy their football. Run the channels and make themselves available. I’d take a 2 – 0 loss if it meant we played some good football and created a few chances.

    As long as I enjoy watching us play I’m happy.

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    sparky55 @ 15

    ‘slank…your optimism is boundless’

    That’s nice of you to say so, thanks.

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  • Slatymag

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    @jesper

    Good article that.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    🙂

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    daztoon

    Apologies, it’s the way I read it.

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  • daztoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    @JackButler

    For sure mate last season Pard`s didn`t learn from the home game and set us up exactly the same and they took the piss.

    would be nice see us having a go like the Manure (A) last season.

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Tommy @ 23

    ‘…As long as I enjoy watching us play I’m happy..’

    Me too.

    I’ve been watching them since the early 60s and over time I find that you build up a type of immunity to the doom and gloom merchants, as I’ve seen it all before umpteen times, and if you let it get to you then what you end up as is a miserable sad old git.

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  • Steven

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Folks u will find we play t ball on t ground and not just lump it up to sisse (cisse)

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  • daztoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    @Slank

    No worries bud thanks anyway.
    How do you see us lining up at City?.
    Do you think we will sit back like last season or give it a go as imo sitting back and we will be lambs to the slaughter again

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Alderweireld is one of the top defenders in the world. Can’t wait for him to sign for us.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashton @ 6
    I’m trying to watch the same game but I’v missed the goal & most of the match because my bloody phones never stopped lol. Do you see a lot of Dutch football & if so have you seen much of Dusan Tadic at fc twente & what is your opinion of him if you have ?

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  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Daztoon,

    I think we will line up as:
    Krul
    Debussy – Saylor – Colo – Mbiwa
    Ben Arfa – Cabaye – Tiote – Sissoko – Jonas
    Cisse

    I think Jonas is fit. If not then Goofy.

    It could be the above 4-5-1 but if Pardew is daring it could be 4-3-3 with the same players.

    I think the problem for Pardew is that this Man City team may be quite different in style of play than in the previous two seasons. In the past it would have been odds on that Man City would win. Their home record was superb. They have added some great players (Navas and Fernandino) to an already great bunch of players. It is no wonder that they are, in many pundits eyes, favourites for the title.

    We will be exceptionally lucky to come away with a draw but I fear a win for them more likely.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Slatymag…I think that article says alot about our predicament and leaves alot of questions!

    …it doesn’t really make sense how we go about our business (something is up or at least not right)

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Kets

    I rate Toby too but he would be a luxury as we are not thinking of bringing on a replacement for Colo yet. That means we have three decent CBs – not all top quality and a bit slow and get turned yes all that but they will have to rotate anyway – assuming Saylor doesn’t get a long term injury this season so Willo as No4 isn’t too bad an option – and we need the left sided forward and another striker / playmaker more than anything.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Afternoon chaps (and chapettes) how are we all today?

    Was just watching MLS this morning, gulf in class is shocking. Any league that allows Robbie Keane score a hat trick must not be up to scratch haha

    Anyway, on topic, I would say that anything other than an annihilation would be a bonus, if we were beaten 2-0 but put in a good shift I wouldn’t be too downhearted, but the emphasis is on giving it a real go. Last season we went to the Etihad and accepted that we were going to get beat and ended up getting a tanking.

    Obviously, if we managed a point I’d be delighted, but like everyone else, I think our season starts against Fulham and West Ham.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

    I recommend that people take an hour out of their lives and listen to the most recent true faith podcast am curious of opinions on it. The editor of the fanzine and two blokes talking NUFC with quite a few interesting points made about apathy towards our problems

    If u don’t agree fair enough everyone’s entitled to their opinions but its something to think about

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    yeah, we’ve got Buckley’s chance probably, but so what, turn up, have a dip, play your part in hopefully a top game, that’ll do for openers.

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  • ash-out

    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #40

    @JackButler @Slank
    We could attract a manager like Curbishley as hetheuld be happy to manage any club. Poyet’s relationship with Brighton began to fall apart because they would not give him funds to secure promotion last year.
    No way he or any upwardly mobile would come to NUFC under Ashley to be told their is no funds.
    We are a third rate club and as a result and hire accordingly. I believe Pardew is doing the best he can and if the fans turn on him at matches he will be replaced by someone even worse.

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