Pardew On Transfers – There’s Nothing Imminent

After last night’s demolition job by Manchester City on what looked to be a frail Newcastle United side, we have to lower our expectations of how well we can do this season.

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Alan Pardew on transfers – nothing for me to add

We were shocked Newcastle looked so poor, because on paper there were some good players in the black and white shirts, but of course the withdrawal of maybe our best player Yohan Cabaye, just before the game, was hardly the perfect preparation for what was always going to be a tough game.

Most fans after the game were furious, and when I went downstairs and told my wife Madeleine that we were torn apart and we could face another relegation fight this season she said – “don’t be daft – it’s only the first game.”

Words of wisdom from the spouse. 😀

And of course that’s true, and even if we had played near to our best form last night, the likelihood was that we couldn’t take anything out of this game.

So there is no real need to panic and talk about demonstrations so early in this season, and that will not be a positive thing for the club, the players our the coaching staff.

Let’s keep supporting our players.

Of course we were all less than happy before the game because we are one of the few Premier League clubs who have not strengthened the squad this summer, and to think Newcastle still haven’t replaced Demba Ba, and there’s only 13 days to go in the transfer market is very worrisome, to say the least.

And Alan Pardew didn’t have any good news on the transfer front after the game last night, when he was asked about transfers:

“There is nothing for me to immediately add,” “But it is a situation we need to look at very closely.

“It’s fair to say that any team that comes to Man City isn’t going to look great. I include all the top teams in that.”

“City have some top talent. We had some real blows before the game before it even kicked off.”

Things were buzzing an hour before the game last night when the squad was announced, and there no Yohan Cabaye, and of course with Arsenal making a bid for the player – the two things had to be linked.

But we suppose if Cabaye’s head has been turned we should sell him – but only if Newcastle can get the right price for him.

But whether he will play on Saturday is an open question – but Pardew will probably prepare the side assuming he doesn’t have Cabaye available – so he doesn’t withdraw again at the last minute.

Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley needs to get going in this transfer market while we still have the chance to straighten the squad -0 so far this summer we’ve looked a little pathetic.

And it’s a good question as to what Joe Kinnear has been doing in the nine weeks he has been Newcastle’s new transfer supremo – because he has precious little to show for his efforts.

Get gong Joe – please – even if you have to wrestle Mike Ashley to the floor to get some money out of him.

Now there’s a thought. 😀

What do you think?

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83 comments so far

  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1


    he wont spend. If we get relegated he will pocket the 60+mil and F off but if we do manage to stay up then its a bonus and he will stay until it no longer interests him or we get relegated the following season due to lack of signings and poor management etc (the same mistakes as before and before that)

  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    well sort it out then Pardew. standup to big Mike and JFK

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s a surprise, we are in for nobody.

    WHAT A F*****G JOKE!!!

    The one good thing I thought that might come out of a drumbing like that last night was that it might prick Ashley or JFK’s conciounce and make them think, “hey, we cannot go through a season with these players and playing so bad, lets change things”, but oh no, lets just continue to stand still.


    Gonna be a long old season, and we will probably end up in a similar league position to where we sit right now.

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcaslte utd. management should all burn in hell. cockney crooks

  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Fergies left foot – And then when we put in another pitiful display at home to West Ham next week? What then? just forget it and move on?

    For me there were no positives last night at all! It was a damn shambles and I’m sick of it. We’ve been pushed so far down by this parasite of a regime that we are still looking to defend this absolutely monstrosity of a performance. I’m sorry but it is indefensible. There was no organisation, discipline or any sign at all of the basics.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Shut the hell up pardew
    Stop talking BS man up and TELL JK and cashley you need to spend some money and get some bloody players in

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    We will NOT spend.

    We will NOT have a good season.

    Come January the likes of HBA, Krul, Mbiwa, Sissoko, Cisse etc will be gone and we will limp through to relegation with a thread bare squad lacking in any talent whatsover.

    Its Game over time lads, the future is very bleak.

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Relegation is a very realistic possibility, every other club around us has expanded and improved their squads.

    We on the other hand have continued to stand still, and inevitably getting left behind.

    Sure, it was the opening weekend, but I couldn’t pick 3 teams worse than us, I couldn’t pick one team worse than us (hence why we are rock bottom of the table), and that has been our reliance for the last two seasons, that there are teams who will be worse than us, so they will keep us up.

  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9


    richyg01@ 42

    Thanks for the link. It sounds like a comment Ashley would make. Arsenal have so many good midfield players I wonder whether Cabaye thinks he will spend a lot of time on their bench. Not so good for his world cup preparation.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Debuchey was terrible, but he is very much an attacking fullback up against perhaps the best group of attacking players ever assembled by an English side. I think you judge Debuchey after 10 or so games, ideally ones where we are not under the cosh. Perhaps he should have been left out of this one in hindsight, but really who else did we have to play there, that would have been expected to do better.

  • DevonToon

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I see everyone’s still seething… I see two positives from last nite, no taylor for 3 games, so hopefully mapou can nail down that cb spot next to colo. Also even when we where getting hammered we did attempt to play a bit… so there has been a clear attempt to change the way we play. Id rather it all went wrong against a city/utd/chelsea than a team we should be beating. Panic next week when we lose at home :-/

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Florian Thauvin was valued at £6M yesterday.

    With Arsenal and Us meant to be interested in him, they have obviously thought well Arsenal have the cash coz they have bid on Cabaye, and Newcastle could have the cash if they sell Cabaye.

    So today, Thauvin is valued at £13M

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13


    We will loose next week.

    We have never beaten Big Sam since he was sacked.

    Not to mention, West Ham are much more organised than we are, they looked good at the weekend.

  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Richyg – I fully expect us to get relegated on performances like that. And we’ve been playing like that since December. Even with the influx of players.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Pardew yes sir no sir there bags full. YA PATHETIC PARDEW. Grow some balls you excuse of a man. Never known so much cowardice from a manager. No balls, no back bone no nothing. NUFC do not deserve the support it gets. This club is rotten to the core. To hell with the lot of them.

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16


    There is no confidence, no passion, no drive to win.

    HBA played last night as though he was putting himself in the shop window, very much a diamond in the rough.

    Dummett looked like a lad who wants to play and wear the shirt, not many others on that pitch you could say that about.

    We have lost that never say die attitude that got us back up into the EPL and then got us up to 5th place.

  • keeganjr

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    its very clear: the bord and owner really dont care. do not know what matches parwho and co are watching but we are the weakest link of the PL. we are complete shite and NO heart what so ever.. if nothing happening, we could go down very easily.. WAKE UP FOR FCUK SAKE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bambams

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    I have said it before and i will repeat….

    Ashley is using this club to promote his SD, he is a car boot salesman who buys cheap and sells at a profit, this is our club but to him it is nothing more than a vessel to make him money.

    Yes he has sorted out the debt, but to what damage to the club ? His fault for not checking the figures, but he is punishing us now.

    He will only use ‘sales’ money to buy…. Not his and history shows this.

    Pardew will not stand up to this man because he is in a job ! He will not get another like this one.


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed, I agree we do look little pathetic, but that’s not just on the transfer front. It’s just basically in the sense of the word!

    …and yes Citeh is a tough team, but lesser teams than us have gotten a result at the Etihad and at the same time looking good!

    We have a great set of players, they just don’t play as a team and our manager don’t know how to utilize them to their strength. What good is a manager with a philosophy, and what good is it having some great modern players if your manager don’t know how to play that game?

  • Toon1978

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    We need width. Don’t need university degree to know that.

  • numba9

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Joke was brought in by the fat man to buy nobody in transfer windows and keep mikes pockets fat joke is just a cheap wage to keep the heat off himself . Can’t you all see that ?

  • marc

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    gosh that was hard to watch!
    we have a shocking team there are only three players from the game that can hold there head high and say they tried they are- BENNY -why take him off after all pardew said before the game he is at full fitness
    KRUL- thank god he played and not elliott
    DUMMETT- was very surprised how good he was and stopped navas getting his cross in a few times
    other than that we were very rubbish and im looking forward to reading post tryin to defened last night x

  • bobby mango

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Not saying we should stop supporting the team or players but I think something has to change.

    True demonstrations don’t help team morale but Ashley has been treating everyone disgracefully for too long. People keep turning up and not complaining (except silently on forums like this) so Ashley keeps up the same old antics.

    He has done some useful things for the club but he’s so short-sighted. Penny pinching like he does is a false economy. If he was to spend just a bit more on enhancing the squad, getting a better manager and coaching team he would make far more money from competitions, tv, gates, merchandise.

  • fergies left foot

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    tommyy, just saying it’s a bit early to judge the whole team after one game! 2008-2009 we took a point at old trafford in the first game and were relegated, last year we beat tottenham in the first game and finished 16th. two years earlier we lost to united away in the first game in similar fashion to yesterday and went on to beat villa 6-0 next week and have a solid first season back in the pl.

    im not saying we look fantastic nor will challenge for champions league but to say were going to get relegated and have the worst team in the league is just plain stupid.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    People talking about relegation are just not all there in the end. If you watched football you would have some sense. Jesus man did you not watch Crystal Palace/Hull City/Cardiff? They will go down 100% there really really bad…We lost 4-0 to City played with 10 men and bearly had any possession and still put in a better performance than what Palace did vs spurs.

    It’s the first game against one of the hardest teams in the league for christ sake give over. They will hammer half the league like that this year.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    *without a philosophy

  • Slatymag

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Even if we do get rid of Ashley I think he’d like to leave us with a parting shot. No money spent, dire coach and DOF ( the F stands for fu**knows ), and relegation with a tidy sum in his wallet. This may be the light at the end of the tunnel, as strange as that seems. I think the next time we go down he’ll be off. Oh joy!

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28


    We need:

    The ability to pass
    The ability to defend
    The ability to tackle
    The ability to create chances
    The ability to score goals
    The ability to keep 11 men on the pitch

    We are just crap in EVERY area of the game, even the basics.

  • cyprus

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Which was the worst team this weekend? I think it was us. Embarrassing to watch, really. We sure have a habit of making City look like a Barca… Arsenal, so maligned, easily beat them in pre-season…

    Now everyone is focusing on their own little pet hate and going for it, but surely a team of internationals should be able to give a better account of themselves. Surely, coach, you must shoulder the blame. Surely these people know how to control the ball, pass it and find open spaces?
    Still, hats off to the optimist bloggers. Of course calling themselves ‘sane’ (ie. implying the critics are insane) is not exactly objective. Something dramatic must happen soon as we have not improved at all since last season. Unwatchable.

  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    I predicted last week on here. city 0 4 w.ham 0 2 and Fulham 0 0. then pardew sacked and then 2days left in the window for the new manager. maybe POYETT.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Come on guys, it was a Newcastle side up against the very best in Europe. No doubt players like Debuchy and Cisse have had better games, but writing them off after one game vs superior oppsition is just stupid.

    Get behind the team, look at the ones we should compete with (7-12 spot) and we are no worse – probably one of the better sides in that pool.

    Cisse will get goals if given service, Yanga Mbiwa will become a regular in the heart of defence, Santon is coming back and we have Remy coming in soon. The future is not too bad, after all – who really thought we would get something from last nights game…

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #32


    You can only live in denial for so long mate.

    We just do not look capable of beating anyone.

    We cannot even get the basics right.

    We struggled since December to create chances and score goals, and it looks very much like we will continue down that road.

    Also, once again, you highlight our need to rely on there being 3 teams worse than us to guarantee our survival.

    Why can our destiny not be in our own hands?

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #33


    Pardew will not be sacked.

    Even if he was sacked, I cannot see any decent manager being willing or daft enough to want to come and be ring master at our circus.

  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    I have absolutely had it with this Newcastle United. in this day and age what professional sports team does not strengthen there squad. Its total and utter suicide. just being a premier league team in 2013 is a license to print cash. Look at swansea, southampton, cardiff. Even Hull to an extent have strengthened because they have a sound management team that prepares for injuries suspensions etc. it is now 100% clear that ashley has given up on his playboy hobby and is taking the money until by some miracle a new investor takes us off his hands. This will only happen through relegation or blind luck. Im prety sure he knows he will make a loss on his investment so im sure Cabaye is just the tip of the iceberg. Its laughable, Pardew comments like ‘WE CANT COMPETE WITH SOUTHAMPTON FINANCIALLY’ why not? the whole Ashley regime stinks and has stank since the very day he took over….strap yourselves in, things can only get worse..its an embarassment to the club, fans, area and people of tyneside. I have never been as angry or frustrated in my life. Gordon mckeag now seems like father xmas in comparison.

  • archaeomag

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Last night did I hear
    “We’re not for Kinnear
    We’re not for Kinnear”

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    if im honest, we are under cooking it a bit, just a bit,

    our biggest transfer we need

    NOT a forward

    NOT a defender

    NOT a goalie

    NOT even a midfielder

    it has to be our manager, square pegs round holes and he carnt see it

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Well I managed to find a place to see the game last night.

    I was impressed until Taylor’s red card. We looked to zip the ball around and get a couple more men forward compared to last year and pre season, we looked much better. Sure city carved us apart at times but they will do that to better teams than us this year.

    Once Taylor got himself sent off it was difficult and we seemed to give up a bit, not nice to see but understandable.

    Not sure why cabaye couldn’t play just because a bid was made. Only two reasons

    1. He refused
    2. Ashley doesn’t want to risk an injury when he can make some money

    Both reasons are terrible and he should have played.

  • fergies left foot

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    tommyy, of course there werent many positives yesterday, and my post was not dead serious, but let’s wait til saturday. if we lose to west ham the alarm bells will ring but until then i think we should be just a bit sensitive about it. the performance was lacking guts but when city have one of them days no team in the premier league will beat them or even snatch a point

    knowing this blog a new striker and a good win on saturday and the place will be rocking again. i just wont look to much into last night. i’ll give it two more games. call me deluded or naive but thats me.

  • Slatymag

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #39

    Here’s the plan. Sell Cabaye. Pocket the cash. Sell HBA. Pocket the cash. January, sell Krul. Pocket the cash. Sell Tiote/Sissoko/ insert name. Pocket the cash. Sky money. Pocket. Relegation parachute money. You guessed it – pocket. Then club for sale and off!

  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Seriously? Relegation? Let’s take a look shall we…

    Crystal Palace – pinning there hopes on a £4.5m kid who went AWOL at the weekend

    Hull City – Danny Graham leading the line and a team that are nowhere near Premiership quality

    Sunderland – Have a shoot on sight policy it seems – but only when you’re at least 30 yards out. if they play like they played against Fulham they’re going to be in the mire come the end

    Cardiff – Not a Swansea City – they will be the plucky battlers this season, a decent start but ultimately a lack of quality.

    West Brom – No Lukaku, relying on Shane Long and Anelka for goals, one of which lacks the clinical finishing needed and the other one lacks the effort

    Stoke City – Will be hard to break down but unlikely to score many either. If you see a Stoke player about to shoot in the box the best thing you can do is foul them, they’re less likely to score from the spot than anywhere else on the pitch.

    I predict these teams at least will be below us. Do any of them have a Ben Arfa who can create something out of nothing? A Tim Krul in goal?

    It’ll be a long hard season and we’ll get thrashed on more than a couple of occasions, but I don’t believe for a second we’ll be relegated.

    And those calling for Pardew out, do you really think Ashley wont put Joe Kinnear in charge as a “temporary” measure and then just stick with him? You should all know thats what will happen, so think long and hard before you call for his head. We’d all love a world class manager, but lets face reality.


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