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Third Successive League Defeat Would Mean Crisis – Official

2:35 pm, Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 175 Comments

We always remember Graeme Souness, when he was manager at Newcastle for a short 16 months when he took over the from the great Sir Bobby Robson in September, 2004 saying that two successive defeats at Newcastle constituted a crisis.

Alan Pardew pointing

Alan Pardew – must have the players ready for Cardiff City

So if Graeme was right about that,  then three successive defeats, especially all in the league,  will certainly be a crisis, and that is what could be possible if we lose at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

It would not be good if that happens,  because we have almost a full squad available, and very few injuries, so we can play our very best side these days, but the last two league performances have seen some woeful defending by Newcastle.

So there is no excuse right now that we have injuries to some of our best players,  and the good news is that Yohan Cabaye is fit and should start on Saturday, and he looked in good form on Monday night in the second half and scored a terrific goal from all of 25 yards out.

So if we do lose in South Wales  it will not be good, especially when we have two weeks of the International break before our next game which is – wait for it – Liverpool at home.

And in the same fixture last year of course – let’s just say we didn’t do very well and we put in our worst defensive display for many a season – and that big defeat was without Luis Suarez playing for the Reds – who should be available this time around.

So it would be so much better to win the game on Saturday, so here’s a note to whoever plays on Saturday.

Play your hearts out and give 100% for Newcastle, and if our lads can do that – we may be even be OK.

Here’s hoping. 😀

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175 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    “Play your hearts out and give 100% for Newcastle”

    That is all we can ever ask of players, sadly, more often than not, they don’t.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Are u saying the players should take some blame?

  • 3 BandB // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Re: Ed’s earlier article on Kinnear. Here is another take, also from today.

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    SBR…I am indeed.

    I think there are a fair few who are too keen to apportion blame to one person when really the whole thing is a mess.

    My opinion is it all emulates from one man, but ultimately they’re all falling short of expectations.

    BandB…Some joyous reading. JK the return…deep joy.

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    emulates?!? Lie down time for me it seems.

  • 6 kevymartins // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    As I said the other day we have no fighting spirit passionate players left in the team like Barton. Nolan,Simpson

    Maby it’s time to start Saylor he is the only one left and would literally put his body on the line for his beloved club, he would stand still on the line and not move a muscle if the ball was coming at his face or nut sack at 200 mph , that’s the sort of players we need in the team.

  • 7 kevymartins // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    All the French guys maby except for Ben Arfa, Remy, and sometimes gouffran, just look like they don’t even care weather we win,lose or draw.

    And that’s just a bad attitude witch needs sorted out.

  • 8 BandB // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM


    Aye, and there’s no joy in kicking the man while he’s down.
    For all his faults, he is being shabbily treated.
    I don’t know whether the article has any truth in it. But it would answer the question as to where we would find another manager as cheap and pliable as Pardew.
    Maybe the boss fears we are in for a rough old October and wants Pardew to take the flak for that rather than a newly-installed Joe.
    Pardew has bundles of self-belief. But he must be feeling the pressure now.

  • 9 VanToonMan // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Re: S Taylor – I agree with Kevy

    I think it is time to go back to having Colo and Taylor as Centre-backs and Dummett at LB and Mbiwa at RB



    —–Ben Arfa—————–Cabaye————–Gouffran


  • 10 ilovetoon8788 // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The only reason i don’t want Pardew sacked is because im fairly certain JOKE will take over.

    And that means relegation.

  • 11 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Drop Santon (our best player)? Are you mad? If we are going to play Dummett, I’d drop Debuchy. What’s wrong with Haidara? Is he injured?

    Anita has to start again. If Pardew drops him, it’s a complete joke. Marveaux should be on the bench at least. Cabaye deserves to start. He played one of his best games for us against Everton.

  • 12 kevymartins // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    @Kets he played one of his best games for us vs everton? I seen him pass it to everton players a few times and other from his goal, I didn’t really see him much, Looked far from his old self, perhaps not match fit. But that’s his fault for not getting a good pre season or start to the season for acting like a knob.

  • 13 toon kk // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    What do people expect from our squad? Of course we’re going to get ripped apart by most teams, we’re just an average squad with a lazy attitude. How can we compete?
    We are capable of the good performance every now and again but most of the time we show our selves for what we are and that’s average. Surely people saw that last season and now its happening again this season.

  • 14 wynsleap // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    ilovetoon8788 @ 10 – …… and that is exactly why Ashley brought Kinnear in, so we’d all keep off Pardew’s back as we’d be so worried about the ex-Wimbledon loon taking over.
    Ashley may be a useless club owner, a tight b*****d, disrespectful and totally unambitious but he is very shrewd and knows how to play us all for mugs.

  • 15 kevymartins // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    @Toon kk The amount of quality we have is unbelievable, the stuff them players have to offer, No doubt it’s not the lack of quality but the lack of gelling ,playing as a team that’s letting us down. A few team bonding sessions would do us a world of good.

  • 16 Laurent Robert 32 // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Ian, to counter what you’re saying about him talking to you after about things and ego… he knows he has to be very careful what he says to people near the ground, so he will come across as all positive and silver tongued to make it an easier ride for himself. A facade, if you like.

    He tries to do that in interviews, but I see right through him because the tactics and gameplay don’t lie. It’s an act for him. A lot of the interviews are pre-planned content and are generic spoon fed lines to tow the politically correct lines.

    I know of someone who has worked with him, and behind closed doors and out of the way of his media spin, he’s not a nice character a lot of the time and isn’t well liked by managers either. I’ll take that opinion over what he says to appease fans after a game, every time. Especially when I know that the person who has this opinion is well liked and friendly to almost everyone they encounter.

    Pardew pushing the linesman, what is all that about? He was smashing things up like a madman behind the scenes when he did that. The police were almost called. You won’t catch Sir Bobby behaving like that.

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I’ve seen a lot of people compare Pardew with SBR or KK in his first stint. I don’t think that’s particularly helpful though. It’s a bit like getting a new girlfriend at 50 years old and lamenting the fact that her tits aren’t as perky as the girlfriend’s you had at 20…

  • 18 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Cabaye did a lot of crisp passes to Gouffran and Debuchy etc on the wings. Looked sharp. Definitely the best I’ve seen him play in a while. He plays better when he’s further up the field. He’s wasted playing in the defensive midfield role as he just doesn’t get in the game. He needs to lpay directly behind the strikers. That’s an error on Pardew’s before. Sissoko should be playing as a defensive midfielder instead of a right winger or attacking midfielder.

  • 19 toon kk // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    You are expecting too much, yes we have a few quality players but surely Pards can’t be blamed for everything like alot seem to think.
    Think of survival as being an successful season with our lethargic squad.

  • 20 AMEOBI // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM


    That post is bang on mate

  • 21 toonin // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    The only player that doesn’t care if we win lose or draw is deffinitely papiss faking cisse!!

  • 22 Toon and Gloom // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Hi all,

    Been a long follower of the blog but never commented.

    Years ago I had the opinion that we had too many British and straight forward footballers who had the heart but lacked the creativity and flair.

    Now I just look at our team, and agreeing with many of the comments, he may too many players who like to play the nice tidy creative football but not many who carry the passion for the club or the determination to get stuck in.

    Players such as Nolan, Barton etc were key individuals maybe not because of their ability but for what they stood for and how they bought the team together.

    Both our most recent captains, one not in the right ‘state of mind’ and the other homesick, is not the type of individuals you want leading you out on a regular basis.

    We need to focus on bringing in players who want to play for the club, get stuck in and bring a bit of gritt.

    I would start by bringing in people like Dummett, SA Ameobi, Bigi etc because you see so many other teams e.g Southampton playing young, so called inexperienced players who put on a great show weekly because they care more about just the result, the wage, they care about the club

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    TDS @17 -I think you “titty” analogy is rather unfortunate. Most of us rectify the “perky problem” by either lying or using beer goggles.

  • 24 Charlietoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Kevy stats wise Cabaye had a great game. Lots of fwd passes, good retention and of course the goal.

  • 25 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Alan Pardew told the Sun today that Newcastle have to become more consistent, and he’s right there:

    “I’m not concerned.” “We’ve still got a chance of the top 10 but we’ve got to get something at Cardiff on Saturday.”
    well mr parpoof you yo wanna be concerned

  • 26 Ciaran // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    So Pardew is a saggy set of knockers? That’s about right.

  • 27 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Like I said, that’s the second decent game I’ve seen Cabaye play. Surprisingly, Mike Williamson had an ok game as well. We could do with something like Sven as manager.

  • 28 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    i compare parpoof to a soggy dog turd

  • 29 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    BandB…Whether factual or not, it’s certainly what I draw as a likely conclusion.

    He doesn’t seem to bring much to the table as a DOF and it will be an easier transition than pulling Kinnear in off the street as and when Pardew gets the boot. It’s the only viable reason i can see for him being at the club at all.

    Pardew looks like a defeated man.

    I noticed you comment on that sad young lad from the other night. I actually spoke with my mum after the game (she is where I get my Geordie connections from) and she too commented on it.

    The other point she raised was “why when we’re attacking is there never more than 2 or 3 or our players moving forward? How can they expect to score?”

    For all I try and defend Pardew at times, a lot of his downfalls are glaringly obvious and it is alarming that they don’t seem to be addressed. Mind, I can also see the reluctance to throw men forward when we can’t seem to defend anymore.

    What a mess and no wonder he looks defeated.

    So much for some light relief :)

  • 30 James RS // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I agree with Kets; Santon needs to be in the team but maybe not as a defender he d be better in wide midfield putting in the crosses. Saylor still worries me though even if he does put his body on the line, I always think hes going to give away a penalty or get sent off even with 2 yellow cards. What about Sammy Ameobi and Williamson doesn’t they deserve a crack too?

  • 31 yo-yo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM


    Santon is one of the main reasons our back four are failing as a unit depsite his undoubted abilities he just ain’t coping with balancing attacking and defendng duties. That’s the nice way of putting it.

    Catchy, Rotonda, etc., will be rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of Pardew geting the chop – (though he didn’t after our bad run last season.) In fact I bet there’ll be few posters on here wishing us to lose against Cardiff just to get rid.
    Be careful what you wish for lads.
    The feeling the rest of us will have about the Pardew haters when Joke takes over and we start playing reaslly stylish football is ….. schadenfreude.

    We are aspiring to mediocrity under the present regime, but that is a lot better than total failure and two relegations in less than five years, which is a fair bit worse than 16th

  • 32 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Kets @ 26, for once I agree with you about Sven.

    He has been a stalwart in the Adult retailing world and I think he can now move on and do a job at Newcastle United.

  • 33 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Its looking like those of us who had serious misgivings about Pardews philosophy on the game and his tactics etc are being proved correct, sadly. Most people who know anything about football feared a hiding from Everton and in reality that is what we got. The problem now is that Ashley wont look around for a manager that can do something for us. He’ll probably just get Joe to take over. This is what makes him a USELESS OWNER. Along with all his other ill informed decisions. Believe me, Mike Ashley cannot be considered an intelligent man, or a good owner. He may know his stuff in retail, but thats where it stops. Isnt that right TDS?

  • 34 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    yo-yo, I did not see the Everton game but in all the other games, the goals tended to come from the opposition’s left; they see Debuchy as a weak link compounded by Ben Arfa in front of him.

    Hull in particular employed this tactic.

    Santon has a bit of pace to get him out of trouble and also tends to have Collo to cover his arse. Not the case on our right.

  • 35 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Munster Mag, good luck with second guessing Mash, he has proved unpredictable on many occasion.

    Who knows what he will do?

  • 36 Graeme // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Its like watching a sick pet suffering – you know you should be kind and call the vet in to end it, yet cant quite bring yourself to make the call!!

    MA needs to grow a pair and make that call.

    JFK is probably the last thing this squad needs, but the sooner he gets in, screws up as we all believe he will, then the quicker the odds of a half decent manager coming in – always assuming that MA can find such an individual prepared to join his mid-table mediocrity of a football club.

    The future is not something I look forward to with any relish as far as NUFC is concerned. Talk about the blind leading the blind!! What a shambles it truly is.

  • 37 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Radicl changes needed on field, if there aren’t going to be any on it. Communication and cohesion is essential in defence, particularly at the heart, can’t be having meek, aerially weak Colo back there anymore and Mbiwa looked much better at fullback than he does CB; whether or not he will eventually go on to be a top CB is open to debate, but projected performances don’t serve us in the present. Debuchy is just a bang average FB, probably on a par with Simpson defensively if he cuts out the ricks which he seems to be doing, as he’s now getting up to speed, but just as ineffective going forward. Santon just isn’t a defender, plain and simple, good with the ball at his feet, but lacking end product, as robust as mist when one on one and his awareness of danger and position is non-existent. Next Maldini? Pah! Could be the next Jonas if he sticks at it. Tiote should be consigned to the reserves as he’s the biggest fraud of a PL player I’ve ever seen. Bearing all that in mind:


  • 38 yo-yo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    We’ve conceded 4, 3 and 3 this season – the second worst goals against in the Prem and Santon adds no balance to a defensive unit as his positioning defensively can be poor
    I’d like to see Dummett given a chance possibly moving Santon up to left mid. Sadly he is jut like Benny and has only one move in attack and that is cutting inside so he is too predictable and easier to defend against. Has he ever run the channel to the by line ?

  • 39 James RS // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Is Debuchy that good? its harder to play against Man City or Everton away; where he was found lacking than against some of the teams France play against. Simpson would have held his own…what is it 9 clean sheets in a row for QPR…a supporter I know says Simpson is one of the reasons for that…why the hell did we sell him..he should have been given another contract

  • 40 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    *off it

  • 41 James RS // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Anyone in the Vuckic fan club…any comments on this lad who still has bags of potential? Would he do a job for us?

  • 42 yo-yo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    The odds are very heavily against any ‘half decent manager’ coming in and that’s the trouble. At least we know that Pardew can over-achieve a 5th finish. Better the devil we know than Joke at the mo

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Graeme…Ughh, do we really have to hope that JK takes over and falls ill again to look to brighter times?

    I would bet in that circumstance Ashley would still unearth another uninspired choice to keep up the, ermmm, good work.

  • 44 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    James RS

    I was been generous in my appraisal of Debuchy. In reality, Simpson was a stalwart of our defence and the only time he was ever left really floundering, was when coming up against somebody that could cut inside and strike it. I think us letting him go and getting a French international FB, is more to do with MAs expansion of Sports Direct into France!

  • 45 toonicle // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Dummett should get his chance to start against Cardiff, however i’m not sure who deserves the benching more between Debuchy and Santon. I’d also like to see Sammy start on the LW with Remy up top.

  • 46 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    You know we are always having different variants of this discussion on here; play Marveux, play Campbell, don’t play Jonas, don’t play Williamson etc etc

    It rarely makes much of a difference, we still look shite as a unit. It’s the coaching staff we need to try to “freshen up”, not the playing staff.

  • 47 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM


    But we know that’s not going to happen! Stability don’t forget – stab stab stab stab stability!

  • 48 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    That’s what stability feels like.

  • 49 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    it would be odds on kinnear lasting 6 games if replacing parpoof his ticker will explode will ashley be done for culpable homicide

  • 50 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Again, guys have to fess up. Who were the guys that wanted Simpson sold?? I certainly wasnt. He may not have been creative, but he could defend and was rarely shown up. I genuinely believe that loads of geordies , or guys on this site, cant see the wood from the trees in terms of players.

  • 51 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    We’d probably jet in Joe’s EDL supporting, former lieutenant, Vinnie Jones, if Joe had another funny turn.

  • 52 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    can we get on some frenchie sites to slag off spurts indirect

  • 53 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    who is this wood can he defend?

  • 54 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    if Pardew gets sacked I would expect a Joe man to come in like Mick Hardford rather than Joe himself (at least in the longer term). God help us in that event.

    As I said before though, Mash is unpredictable.

  • 55 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    What I do find is good news is that Arry is looking to offload Remy. It’s not a given that he will sign permanently for us but it seems very likely. That would be a very good signing!

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I remember a lot of people commented that Simpson gave attacking wingers far too much space. And he did. It wasn’t all excellent play from him and his crosses went routinely to the opposition’s keeper, just as Debuchy’s do now. He was a decent squad player but didn’t want to sit on the bench. Can’t blame Simpson for that. He made a lot of goal line clearances as well. Definitely a mixed bag.

  • 57 scitoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Simmo was never a stalwart of the team. Distinctly average player and anyone who says otherwise is looking at the past with rose tinted glasses. Granted Debuchy looks a liability but i would rather him than Simmo back.

    On other matters, whoever mentioned Sven as a replacement has made a good point! That could be ideal esp if he brings in his staff to replace Stone and Carver. What is he up to at the moment, does anyone know?

  • 58 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    g2 @ 55, I agree with that summary on Simpson

    In hindsight, Debuchy has not really demonstrated he is in a class above Simpson but hopefully he will.

    I think there are mitigating circumstances such as HBA in front of him, getting used to our league and, generally the team playing medium to poor since he has been here.

    I do think he is generally busier (and thus put under more pressure) than Santon because as I mentioned before, a lot of teams have specifically targeted that side.

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Sven is now the manager of Chinese club Guongzhou according to Wikipedia. I’m sure he would be happy to leave but not for low wages and Ashley for a boss. I think we can forget that one. Does anybody know a good manager who likes to lick the bosses butt and work for about 50 pounds a week? Apparently we’re looking for just such a person.

  • 60 ToonDarnSarf // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Munster Mag

    I don’t think many people wanted him sold but plenty of people wanted a more attacking modern full back (which Debuchy is). I wanted Simpson to stay as an alternative to Debuchy because as it stands there really isn’t a proper alternative if he gets injured or is off form.

    If Simpson and Perch were that good though, surely they would have gone to another PL team?

    Perch wouldn’t have played a minute this season if he was still here but Simpson would have been much better up against Everton for example.

  • 61 Maladoni 69 // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Sven would do wonders for morale at the club, its about time we had a first class tickler.

  • 62 Ted Bundy // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Ah well, for all Simpson’s pluses and minuses, he did provide the best pass done by any of our players last season, against Benfica. Now that was a bolt out the blue.

  • 63 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Spot on P @57 but I think both our full backs get targeted. Santon also pushes too far up the field too often and then gets caught out of position leaving Colo to look daft as Jonas is no longer there as cover. It’s a big mess on both wings and nothing has been done to correct it by Pardew.

  • 64 Maladoni 69 // Oct 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    GeordieTwo @ 58. I think you have the wrong Sven. If I’m right we are talking about the one who had the dirty mag shop on Westmorland Road.

  • 65 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    @63, I think it is the same guy – football manager, porno magnet and international playboy extraordinaire

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    So far our full back play hasn’t worked out well. Debuchy has had difficulty adjusting to the Prem and Santon seems to continue to have defensive liabilities. They really don’t attack well either in my view. Most of Santon’s attacks end up in turnovers not shots on goal. He should watch some film of Baines at work. Debuchy is soft on the tackle sometimes then usually gets carded when he goes in hard. He really has been a disappointment as far as crosses are concerned also. Pardew needs a whole new plan for wing play for us. We have a long way to go because teams are feasting on us down our wings.

  • 67 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Maladoni 69 @63 :)

  • 68 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    P @64 :)

  • 69 VanToonMan // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    You guys read this link this morning?

    Don’t think Remy is going back to QPR – whether we sign him permanently or not is another question – but we definitely have a stronger chance now.

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM


    With respect whats with all this be careful what you wish for routine.

    what we have now is horrendous, sub par and not fit for purpose. how can JFK be a lot worse, nothing could be much worse.

  • 71 boater // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Frank De Boer and brings Sigborsson with him.

  • 72 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    willy wonka and his umpah lumpahs

  • 73 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    we can ask for anyone .it aint happening

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Have we got a new manager yet?

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    The English FA is at it again! They are almost as big a disgrace as those running Newcastle!

  • 76 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Who killed the blog?

  • 77 lochinvar // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Apart from needing a “shouter” at the back ( in the style of Gerrard, as maybe Colo and Cabaye’s personalities don’t fully show this ) is it not a case that ” we have all of the right players but don’t necessarily play them in the right order” That’ s Pardews job and he must show more leadership in picking a that wins any specific match . We have dropped some 5 or 6 points this squad should be delivering, consistency of winning at home and maximising away points is the positive way.

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Saw news that Zaha would like to come to us on loan in January. What do people think of him? Is he an automatic first teamer in front of Cisse if Cisse continues to struggle?

  • 79 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Usually the last man standing Jesper :)

    Whoops, that’s me now isn’t it?

    Come on people, post away.

  • 80 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM


  • 81 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    G2…He said Newcastle? Do you have a link?

    I haven’t really seen too much of him tbh. Thought he was more in the Remy mold of being an attacking player, but not a fixed ST like Cisse?

  • 82 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM
    Here it is Ibiza mate. I hope there’s some truth in it.

  • 83 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Ibiza…last man stading you say?

  • 84 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    “…Come see a living, breathing spectacle
    Only seen right here
    It’s your last chance in this lifetime
    The line forms at the rear
    You won’t believe your eyes
    Your eyes will not believe your ears
    Get your money out, get ready
    Step right up, yeah you, come here”

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM


  • 86 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    GT…could we send Pardew the other way then? 😉

  • 87 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    G2…Not sure I believe that article. It says that we have made enquiries….that can’t be right :)

    Still, I wouldn’t say no. Not sure whether he would be an automatic starter though, but that’s solely as I haven’t seen much of him.

    Jesper…You know what you can do with your Bon Jovi lyrics mate 😉

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    That would be very nice Ibiza @85. We could even throw in Kinnear to complete the deal.

  • 89 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I don’t really believe it either Ibiza mate. But we may as well dream. Pardew might ruin Zaha within a few months anyway. Would Man U want that? Remember that last young Italian striker we got from Man U on loan? I think it was with Roeder. He sat on our bench but turned out to be a fantastic player once he went back to Italy.

  • 90 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    G2 @87…Now don’t you go starting another multiple user saga!

  • 91 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Ibiza…I would sing ’em to ya if I could 😉 just for the fun of it! lol

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Ibiza…shoot – we are busted Ibiza 😉

  • 93 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Ibiza…I mean I mean Ibiza…AHHHHH….

    If I could punch you in the face for singing ’em I would…just because they’re awful 😉

    G2…I like the plan. Loan in all of the PL’s promising stars, Pardew them and then send them back. We may not progress, but at least we’ll take everyone down with us [Insert evil laugh]

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    That is truly a cunning plan Ibiza @92. A new verb, to be Pardewed. Beautiful :)

  • 95 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    G2…I’ve already found a problem with this plan. No way is Ashley funding all of those loan fees and wages.

    That plan was Pardewed quickly!

  • 96 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Ibiza…did you read my suggestion list of music from earlier? there has bound to be something for you there 😉

    The Lumineers
    The Avett Brothers
    Of Monsters and Men
    The Tallest Man on Earth
    The Head and The Heart
    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    Jake Bugg
    ohh and Choir of Young Believers

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I think we have all been Pardewed :( …and Kinnered!

  • 98 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Jesper…I did and will check them out. The only one I have heard of is Jake Bugg, who to date, I have not been able to get in to.

    Not sure why, but I am intrigued by Edward Sharpe & The Megnetic Zeros.

    To the internet I go!

    How about new TV shows?

  • 99 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    So let’s set it up like this. We get Zaha on loan and send Man U Pardew as a first team coach, and Kinnear as director of all football operations to Man U to help Moyes out. In no time they would be sitting below us in the table and Sir Alex will have had a heart attack. Then we begin our next cunning plan. A direct swap of Cisse for Aguero. Beautiful.

  • 100 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Jesper…To be fair, being Kinneared isn’t that bad. The side effects are minimal, much like his input at the club. Just the occasional swearing outburst. It’s basically a bit like tourettes.

  • 101 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Ibiza…that is because that name is way cool 😀 lol

    I have sadly hit a dry spell with regards to TV shows, but I am hoping Community will be back on soon. Should be some news from the Parks and Rec camp soon as well; and not to mention the greatest show ever “It’s always sunny…”

  • 102 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Ibiza…I have one for you, but it’s Danish! Do you have netflix?

  • 103 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Jesper…I have already started the new season of It’s always sunny…still brilliant.

    I assumed Community was over for good? Really liked that show.

    G2…Are we going to replace Pardew with anyone? Not criticising, it may prove better not to :) (for the avoidance of doubt, I am playing and don’t for a second think we’d be better with no manager at all…although I’m sure there are some that do).

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM no Community has been renewed for at least a fourth season and Dan Harmon is back on as creator and writer. Chevy is gone I think :(

  • 105 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Jesper…No netflix, but I imagine there are other ways around such things. What’s it called?

    Seeing as no one has started shouting at us yet for steering away from football chat, can you let me have some recommended songs from those artists you listed?

  • 106 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    …or is a fifth season? cannot remember!

  • 107 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Jesper…Have you been in hibernation mate? Community season 4 has already been shown…it had 13 episodes.

    Don’t want to say much, as it seems you haven’t seen it, but the way it ended doesn’t really leave much room for a return.

    Once again, to the internet I go!

  • 108 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Well I never…

    A fifth season!

  • 109 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Yes we are going to replace Pardew with someone Ibiza mate. Picture the most horrible choice you can think of in your mind. Someone with no record of winning anything or managing foreign internationals.. It will be someone worse than that.

  • 110 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    G2…Hmmm….Is it Kinnear? Oh wait, Kinnear has won everything known to man. Can’t be him.

  • 111 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Mick Hartford and JFK to replace Pardew after the Cardiff game

  • 112 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Hold up G2…If we’re sending Pardew to ManU, how will we be able to Pardew the loan signings?

    This plan has Newcastle written all over it.

  • 113 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    JB…So no need to give up all hope just yet then? :)

  • 114 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM


    Well can it get any worse?……………..Christ, shouldn’t have said that as no doubt under Masterful Mike it can get a lot worse :(

  • 115 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    We are planning to Pardew the Prem one team at a time Ibiza. He will be our cruise missile of football destruction, moving from club to club with his excellent coaching qualities. Beautiful.

  • 116 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    JB….I know where we’re at and how grim it all looks, but yes, it can get worse.

    I am all for change, but I am definitely not at the point where I feel any change would be better.

  • 117 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    G2…Oh right….yeah, that seems workable :)

  • 118 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM


    I think change would be better but I, like most, have no confidence that our illustrious owner will take the necessary steps to approach the right man.

    Everything on the cheap is his mantra after all

  • 119 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    hey guys i was just thinking can JFK actually take over from AP as being the manager, because i’m sure having a pacemaker you can’t allow to much stress & strain on yourself meaning he couldn’t become a manager of Newcastle caliber.


  • 120 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Black and White

    I don’t think Kinnear would take over to be honest, but he’d be the one choosing who would and thats a scary thought as no doubt he’d go for one of his mate’s like Hartford or someone of a similar quality.

    Anyone who replace’s Pardew would either be a backwards step or at best of similar standard

  • 121 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    JB…Agreed, so not sure where that leaves us other than to direct our frustrations at the man at the top. That is where the problems are coming from.

    Black and white…Maybe, maybe not. Still, if it’s not Kinnear, it will be someone else to keep peddling Ashleys plan. Not sure how it will be much better, maybe a little more pleasing on the eyes at times, but I really don’t think that features on Ashleys to do list.

  • 122 nufc786 // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

  • 123 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM


    i thought so mate, but saying that what about that former coach at Man united Rene? something, iv’e heard good things about this bloke and when i done some research on him he seems the type of manager we need plus he’s an technical & attacking coach which to sum it all up is what we seriously need.

  • 124 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Ashley doesn’t approach anyone JB @118. Someone who is interested merely approaches the castle and asks permission to be allowed into Mike’s magnificent presence for a few precious moments. If that person is a weasel, is full of himself, tells outrageous lies about his qualifications, and can’t pronounce any of the players’ names then he has a strong chance of getting the manager’s job with us.

  • 125 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    i wonder which manager would leave there post and come to Newcastle, my hopes are on laudrup from Swansea 😉

  • 126 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Oh wait, no, those are the qualifications for DoF with us. But still I think many of the same qualities are highly prized in a manager by Mike.

  • 127 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Unfortunately my money is on Mick Harford

    Things are still going to get worse before they get better

  • 128 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    i don’t think Mick Harford would come hear, especially if he knows what us fans are like, imo i think MA need to think long and hard who to bring in instead of going for a cheap option, MA is already on our last nerve and any more mistakes from him well i can safely say he may enter my beloved NUFC but he’ll be watching his back when he leaves ( if he leaves )

  • 129 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    As I said yesterday, Mash does not care what anyone thinks including the fans.

    He will do what he thinks is the right thing to do regardless of what conventional wisdom/the rest of the universe says

  • 130 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM


    it’s only a matter of time before someone confronts him, and when it does happen he’ll be sh!tting bricks and sell out asap.

  • 131 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Replacing the manager is not the big issue we have, it’s replacing the man who replaces the manager that we have to look at.

    As long as Ashley and Kinnear are at the club we will be replacing like for like

  • 132 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Mick Harford winning percentages look fairly horrific lads. He should be perfect.

  • 133 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    What we really need now is to bring in some really cheap Polish, German, Italian, and Spanish players and hire Mick Harford. Beautiful.

  • 134 toonbrother // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    “willo – will make a good championship defender, but not mobile enough to be anywhere near our 1st team.” – Toon-Army

    “I’ve now got the luxury of having four centre-halves, three of whom are really playing well. The other guy (Mike Williamson) isn’t really going to get a chance now because the other three are playing so well”
    Alan Pardew, Feb 2013

    “Ever since the five Frenchmen came in during the January transfer window Mike Williamson seems to be the forgotten man, and cannot even get a place on the bench. Mike Williamson – time is up at Newcastle” –Ed

    More damning fairweather comments to come

  • 135 fatman // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    the news sheet for the weekend taking the pepe out of all at the club & loads of anti welsh articles as usual a downloadable pdf feel free to email it on to your friends

  • 136 toonbrother // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    ” I know it’s only a friendly but Williamson’s up to his same old tricks in causing yet another penalty! same old, same old…..he’s not good enough and never will be” – puretoon

    “Obviously Williamson should be out of the equation as we
    have 2 better players available in Saylor and Mbiwa and both have advantages” – Graeme

    “What we could do is send Mike Williamson the other way, and Mike’s probably worth around £2M, but Steven is worth a lot more than that” – Ed

    “If Taylor goes we will back to having 3 CB’S aswell and Williamson isn’t exactly the quality I would want to come in if we suffered injuries” – Toon prodigy

    “We need a big centre back who isn’t a moronic log like Taylor, or a Championship quality player like Williamson. It” – Overrated Frenchman

    “3m for Williamson HA! If anyone was daft enough to be interested, we’d be lucky to get 1.5m. Certainly not a PL player.” – Greebol1892 /

  • 137 wolfshead@toon // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    lmao @everyone on here that wanted shot of pardew
    as the likelihood of it happening draws nearer there cacking their panties at lot on here would say i told you so haha :-)

  • 138 IITianToon // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Pardew should make our players listen to Ylvis the fox. If that doesn’t inspire them nothing will.

  • 139 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Joe Hart should be on stage at the local Comedy Club

  • 140 dcdick // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Pardew out !!!

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Who is cacking their panties wolfshead @137? Aside from Pardew I think most of us will be pleased to see the back of him. Now if we had a decent owner we could even look forward to finding out who his replacement would be mate.
    PS cacking their panties just sounds horrible. Something Joe might do?

  • 142 fatman // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    just been on the news about the cancellation of Sunderland new iconic bridge its rather funny when its a feature of my friends newsletter, wonder it they read it.

  • 143 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    It has been brought to my attention that our very own Jesper has been prevented from posting on the blog.

    Just wanted to say well done to Ed. Let’s keep the riff raff off the blog!

    Jesper…Something like that? :)

  • 144 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Apparently Joe Hart just cacked his panties. :)

  • 145 theartfuldodger // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Everyone at Newcastle is CLUELESS. Fans,Manager,DoF and players.

  • 146 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    So there’s no hope for any of us artfuldodger @145? Please say it isn’t so. Can we turn it around in your eyes? How do we begin? Have you got a self help manual or something for us?

  • 147 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I know Mike thinks the future lies with Polish footballers. The cheap ones. And if they’re youngish even better. He’s fed up with these English players who clearly can’t play. You know who he means. The ones who expects a decent wage. Since Remy probably wants a decent wage to stay permanently he’s had it with us as well. I know he’s not English but still. The nerve of him.

  • 148 Rotonda heights // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Black and white

    pardew is too arrogant to bring in a technical assistant like the dutch guy Moyes let go

  • 149 mattnufc // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    All apart from you, eh, AD? 😉

  • 150 Ibizatoon // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Rotonda…Did you see you’ve been quoted on today?

  • 151 stuart no9 // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    ED – nufc have been in crisis ever since the cockney robber and the silver haired excuse for a manager took over the club. this has been on the cards , as everyone with a brain and knows a little bit about our club , have been trying to tell people for about 6 years.

  • 152 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    stuart no9

    the accounts are looking good though 😀

  • 153 theartfuldodger // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Need to get a modern football manager like laudrup ,rodgers, martinez who know abt pass and move.
    Someone with a philosophy and a way of playing unlike pardew who is clearly experimenting leaving everyone clueless.

    But Ashley wont back the manager so there is not far we can go.
    Yes its depressing but a new manager = temperory relief.

    As I said earlier, if Jonas was in the transfer market, we wouldnt buy him. But cause he is here,he plays every game. Its strange for me.

  • 154 stuart no9 // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    jack butler – yeah , sorry mate forgot about that . that makes up for a trophyless 6 years, glad you mentioned it , i feel a lot better now, Who needs cups and medals when youve got brilliant accountants and business genius’s

  • 155 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Apparently some of our French players’ conversation was recorded and translated from a recent practice. Some of it follows:
    “What the f*** did that gonk say”
    “He wants me to do what? What a f****** idiot.”
    “Have you ever seen a more useless twat Hatem?”
    Just a few of the more polite comments.

  • 156 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Oh and one more:
    “I’m about ready to tear him a new one Yohann.”

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I would completely agree with you artful dodger @153. If Ashley doesn’t see we need a proper manager by now…. Well we’ve been saying it for a few years now so what’s the chance of it happening?

  • 158 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    The French are so shy about expressing their opinions.

  • 159 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    For all their technical ability, the work rate of the Munich players is amazing to watch

  • 160 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Brilliant play by Bayern. Not so much by Man City. What’s happened to Joe Hart?

  • 161 JackButler // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Hahaha Mr. Hart beaten at his near post twice

  • 162 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I wonder if Bayern would accept some advice from Pardew about their attack? Scoring and then not sitting back??? They’re clearly not doing it right.

  • 163 theartfuldodger // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Why doesent pardew make the players wear chicken suits without the heads and run around saying “Pak Pak Pak” ..

    More entertaining than the football…

  • 164 JAMSHA // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    bayren passng game is top notch betta dan barca…

  • 165 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    In all fairness what team in the world could beat Bayern right now?

  • 166 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    There could be a modern manager called Pellegrini available pretty soon

  • 167 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I would leap at Pellegrini vs Pardew. He’s losing to the best club side in the world. Man City still isn’t ready to compete well against the best.

  • 168 p // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    especially when they can’t beat Cardiff

  • 169 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Beautiful turn and shot by Negredo

  • 170 JAMSHA // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM


  • 171 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    The game has turned a bit but too late for Man City.

  • 172 JAMSHA // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    lol bayren fans celebrating just the ways shity fans celebrate

  • 173 John Tudor // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    im shaking in my boots at the thought of parpoo leaving and the grand ffin entrance of everyone fav dumpster diver
    he would last 6 games tops

  • 174 Bearsize // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I want Beardsley as manager!!! Pardew, shola, mbiwa, colo, tiote are Poo with a capital P! Pardew has taken the team as far as he can. These players need a clean slate so does alan.

  • 175 GeordieTwo // Oct 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Wonderful football to watch. Now it’s Cardiff vs Newcastle. A slightly different level I’m afraid.

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