Newcastle Are Losing Ground On Other Clubs – Pardew


Alan Pardew has as much as admitted that teams in the muddle of the table like West Ham., Norwich, Swansea and Southampton – to name just four -have strengthened their sides this summer, and certainly more than Newcastle have done, since we are still to sign a senior player permanently this summer.

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Alan Pardew – other clubs have spent well

Joe Kinnear did sign Loic Remy from QPR on loan, and Newcastle did sign five French players in January, but we have never replaced Demba Ba – who was an unused substitute for Chelsea in yesterday’s 2-0 home win over Hull City – and will likely be at another club come September.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today:

“I do think that two years ago, that middle rank of teams were not as good as they are now, and that makes it more difficult for us,” “We do need to step our game up to compete with the Southamptons and West Hams who have bought well.”

“Aston Villa progressed well towards the end of last season, and Swansea look good as well. These are teams in direct competition with us.” “We’ve been actively pursuing two or three players and we would still like to get one or two in,”

“We’ve taken Remy on loan from QPR, which we hadn’t done before (what does that mean?). The figures the top clubs are paying out are ridiculous.”

“I don’t see a lot of late business from us, but I do think we need another striker in. We need to make sure we get a sound backroom in terms of strikers.

“Adam Campbell we have loaned out to Carlisle so we might get him back later in the season, but in the short-term we need another striker.”

Swansea City have signed Wilfried Bony from Vitesse for £12M and he scored on his debut against Manchester United on Saturday, with a good opportunist goal in their 4-1 loss. The Welsh club have also signed Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool for £6M and Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng for £6M.

West Ham United have signed Andy Carroll for £15M and Stewart Downing for £6M, and Norwich City have brought in Ricky van Wolfswinkel for £8.5M from Sporting Lisbon,  Leroy Fer from FC Twente for £7M,and Gary Hopper for £5M from Celtic, and some other very decent players too.

Southampton have signed Victor Wanyama from Celtic for £12.5M and Dejan Lovren from Lyon for £8.5M.

And Newcastle have signed Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, and even some of the Newcastle players have  said they want to see more signings this summer.

Newcastle have been linked over the weekend with Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who is 29 today,  and Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian midfielder Willian,  but the bidding seems to be at £30M for Willian, with Tottenham now interested – so there’s no way he will be coming to Newcastle.

So Alan Pardew probably has it right twhen he says the middle of the table clubs have strengthened their sides  more than Newcastle this summer  – and at the very least it can be said they have shown a lot more ambition than Newcastle  – that’s what’s missing on Tyneside

And it begs the question what do Newcastle want to be when they grow up?

A middle of the table side has to be the wrong answer.

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52 comments so far

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost
    101Sydney Toon // Aug 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Torq
    Welcome back! Finally another optimistic fan!!

    Would love to have Thauvin… Is his best position LW or through the middle?

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    yorky repost

    I understand what you mean, but NUFC in reality is not an attractive destination compare to others who also bid on our target and like I said maybe it’s right money for right players.
    For example players like gomis just doesn’t feel right for 10 million. PEA is worthy but dortmund is more attractive.
    who wants to play for manager who doesn’t want european leagues?

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Subtle hint Pards, Ashley and JK…..Thauvin!!!!! Stop all the talking and start walking.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    bah…
    manager with too many interviews and his excuses.
    he seems to have admit defeat before going to battle.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    This is how far the club has sunk in the last few years sadly

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  • nut meg

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s a creative player we need,we must have a consistent supply of chances for forwards to score goals.The guy from FC Twente creats chances by the bucketful .2 games this season alone…scored 3 (pens) assists 4 .He plays on LW-RW & AMF. Cisse / Remy/ Goffy WOULD score goals with this man..Dusan Tadic. Oh & the 2 pens he scored in the first game,he supplied the 2 passes to get the pens!

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Heads up lads, we still have a little while to go in the transfer window. I think it all boils down to how it goes tonight. I really feel we lack any width at all. Thauvin would really help in that area. It just seem’s the club has no urgency to spend money atm boy here’s to hoping lol. Not keen on Gomis at all, a little expensive considering his contract runs out soon and he is now 28. Thauvin would settle a lot of nerves if we were to sign the lad. I think there could be a possibility because we were linked with him pretty strongly in January it’s whether JK knows anything about him.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Losing ground? We are yet to get off the starting line FFS

    This summer is the same as the last a complete joke and we will deserve to be a lower mid table team fighting relegation this season

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  • jeff

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I think we will win 3-2 tomorrow.

    Goals: Taylor, Gutierrez, Tiote.

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  • winnynufc

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Actions not words because thats all we have! No Drive, No Ambition serious lack of! People buzzing for the start of the season & the game today i am very worried about both! HWTL.

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  • jeff

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    ps Pardew needs to get off the fake tan. Looks like someone from Geordie Shore

    (yes we get that show here in India)

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  • derekm

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    you have to suspect that Ashley is close to selling the club – his investment in Rangers is key to this theory, as they will in all probability be back in the Champions League within the next three years, are ripe for a takeover and would give Sports Direct new marketing impetus.
    His brand is close to being tarnished by his involvement with NUFC and the displeasure of the fans, with the books well and truly balanced we are an attractive platform for a foreign owner of substance, and Ashley would get most if not all of his money back. If there are genuine moves behind the scenes it would go s long way to explaining the lack of incoming players at this time.

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew no saying that we need to step up our game to compete with Southampton and west ham. That’s how far we are falling behind now.
    To be fair to pardew on this one he would love better players to work with but Ashley has the money and its pretty obvious he is not going to invest much more in the squad.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Is it me or everyone has the same thinking that pardew is chewing JK’s @ss? He seems to be shifting the blame to JK if he fails this season and takes the extra credit for doing well if JK didn’t manage to bring new players.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Must admit i am NOT looking forward to the match tonight. Pards keeps saying that we can’t compete with City but in fairness, we can’t compete with any club in the EPL and we have a very wealthy owner, granted not as wealthy as some but wealthy enough. Come on Mr Ashley, the supporters have dug deep to buy season tickets and merchandise, Ashley need’s to dig deep to entertain his customers. 1 or 2 signings in the right areas will be sufficient.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Yet more getting his excuses in early and lowering expectations from Pardew.

    If Newcastle Are Losing Ground On Other Clubs, it’s because we have an out of his depth manager who has been found out and has nowhere to run.

    This squad with an actual football manager is top 7, maybe higher. With Pardew who knows but it can’t help the players hearing his rants about clubs spending more all the time. Other clubs just have better managers, we have possibly the worst in the division.

    Our squad may not be as expensive as some but that’s only because some numpties go and waste 36M on Carrol, and 20M each on Downing and Henderson.

    We have made some very clever buys with SIX players in Jan and now Remy replacing Ba. Pardew doesn’t have the problems Palace, Hull and probably the bottom 10 clubs all have in terms of quality.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Lets say say pardew ends up out a job, who would people be happy to see in his place?

    I dont mean a mourinho, I mean that people can genuinely see being at Newcastle that mike ashley would pay.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Wish Pardew was a bit more like Ian Holloway and just said what he felt rather than sucking up constantly.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Man City lost to Wigan last time they played, we can do it.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights

    We have a very strong first 11 and we have a few decent players who will sit on the bench. We just need a little tinkering in the correct areas and if we do that we will have a team capable of finishing in the top 8.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Pards has been bent over and penetrated that many times he is just a company yes man now.

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  • RonVanDam

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    @3 Santon03

    Someone needs to send pardew a copy of “The Art Of War” so he can the team ready before a match and stop with excuses

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Sean – I know it’s improbable but I’d try and bring back Hughton. Hard now that Norwich are a better side than us of course! Aside from him I wouldn’t know where to look now, would love it if Wenger was sacked we could give him a project I think he’d take.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    What about Holloway? Think he could do a job?

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    why we can’t compete in EPL? we have players that big clubs want and we have international players.
    Cabaye, Colo, Sissoko, Cisse, Debuchy, Santon, Vuckic, Mbiwa, HBA, Krul.
    We have good squad, even Shola also in Nigeria team. Tbh the other teams may spend a lot of money but they didn’t buy better players than ours, they may seem to be showing ambition with their transfers but we stilll have better squad maybe not in the same level as MU, MC, Chelsea.

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  • Ashingtonexile

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26

    I think the squad looks fairly reasonable on paper and if we can just get one or two more signings then maybe we can have a better season than last, better tactics, better fitness, less injuries then who knows but Supporting this team has never been easy but with the wife threatening divorce if she has to put up with my miserable moods from the end of last season I am hoping we can lift our game. Come on lads save my marriage!!

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  • Ashingtonexile

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Poor sentences forces repost
    I think the squad looks fairly reasonable on paper and if we can just get one or two more signings then maybe we can have a better season than last, better tactics, better fitness, less injuries then who knows. Supporting this team has never been easy but with the wife threatening divorce if she has to put up with my miserable moods from the end of last season I am hoping we can lift our game. Come on lads save my marriage!!

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  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Santon03 @14 – I agree Pardew is definitely saying I want more players but I am being blocked.
    SeanNufc87 @17 – That is the problem if we sack Pardew I can’t imagine who MA & JFK would conjure up as a replacement – Tony Pulis is available 🙂

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #29

    RVD

    He seems trying to get the fans on his side, trying to feel pity for him just in case he fails and see him as mesiah if he is doing good.

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  • Toonacious T

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #30

    So basically, reading between the lines, he is saying we just can’t compete with the Swanseas, Southamptons and Norwich Citys of this world. Talk about keeping expectations low. By the sounds of it 13th would be an achievement, according to AP!

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Martoon

    No! Bad Martoon! Dont mention his name again!

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Sean @17

    Luigi Del Neri or Delio Rossi

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  • jeff

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #33

    btw Ed, Ki was bought by Swansea last year.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #34

    How the hell can Pardew complain. We have a team full of internationals who under anyone else we would see how good they were.

    Krul

    Debuchy, Colo M’Biwa Santon

    Sissoko Cabaye Anita

    Ben Arfa Cisse Remy

    10 full internationals just there, not counting :-

    Marveaux, Tiote, Jonas, M’Babu, Gouffran, Bigirama,
    Haidara, Dummet, etc etc

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #35

    i would take poyet in a heartbeat at least we’d see some football played

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  • RonVanDam

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #36

    If we cant get players, we should do what swansea are doing. Keep the ball on the ground and play a possession based game and play wide. Stop with the aimless high balls and getting counter attacked

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  • toon kk

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    What a mess within NUFC all built around penny pinching and poor management

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  • boater

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda – Have you seen Jacob’s Ladder? The one where the main character is caught in an ever-decreasing psychological circle of spiralling madness? Think you’d like that one..

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda @34

    exactly! definitely need new maanger, the one who doesn’t whine and moan too much, with much better variaton of tactics.

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #40

    Thauvin at €10mil is a bargain!

    He is a superb talent and has everything our midfield needs. He us quick, skillful and is more than comfortable down the middle, or on a wing. Wide left is my preferred position for him, but wide of a front 3 would be unreal.

    Can’t see how €10mil is too much. He is 20yrs old, raw, and one of the best prospects in Europe.

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