Third Successive League Defeat Would Mean Crisis – Official

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 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    “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.


    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Are u saying the players should take some blame?

  • BandB

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3
  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

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

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • BandB

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8


    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.

  • VanToonMan

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    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


  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

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

    And that means relegation.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    @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.

  • toon kk

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    @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.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    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…

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • toon kk

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    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.


    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20


    That post is bang on mate

  • toonin

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #21

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

  • Toon and Gloom

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #22

    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

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

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

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #24

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

  • John Tudor

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #25

    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

  • Ciaran

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #26

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

  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #28

    i compare parpoof to a soggy dog turd

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #29

    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 🙂

  • James RS

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #30

    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?

  • yo-yo

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31


    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

  • p

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #33

    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?

  • p

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

  • p

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #35

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

    Who knows what he will do?

  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

  • Ted Bundy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #37

    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:


  • yo-yo

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #38


    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 ?

  • James RS

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    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

  • Ted Bundy

    Oct 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #40

    *off it

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