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Why Alan Pardew Must Do Well In Next Three Games

11:10 pm, Monday, October 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

It’s generally agreed that Newcastle have a much better and bigger squad this season, than we had at this time last year, and because Newcastle are not in Europe this year and have fewer games, it is expected that Newcastle can do well, and finish in the upper half of the table with no relegation worries.

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Alan Pardew - must get results

But losing twice in a row to Sunderland is never good for any Newcastle manager, and it’s the first time this has happened since 1967, so that’s not a good record for Alan to have.

It makes the upcoming games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham likely to become very important for the manager.

It’s not good for your job prospects as a Newcastle manager if you keep losing to Sunderland, especially when Sunderland have been struggling so much in the Premier League, before they beat Newcastle twice this year.

As long as Alan Pardew can get Newcastle doing well this season, all will be well, but after what happened last season, when Newcastle were amazingly fighting relegation, he will likely not get a second chance if things go south.

We lost 10 of 13 successive league games last season, and gained only 7 points – starting with our 1-0 home loss to West Ham on 11th November, and ending with our 2-1 home loss to Reading on 19th January, and Alan will need to do much better  this season.

If Newcastle do start to struggle against  relegation, it could be that owner Mike Ashley thinks the manager is simply not getting the best out of what looks like a good squad of players.

So Newcastle must hold their own and do well against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham in the next couple of weeks.

We really hope that’s what happens.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Newcastle News · Premier League


47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stuart no9 // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    stuart no9 // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    i think the media should go all out attack on nufc, afterall they have nothing to lose now, so they might as well go for it, cause a war with the club – get the nationals involved and bring it on. there will only ne 1 winner , and it wont be the little fat hitler sitting in his office slugging bottles of lager down his fat throat.

  • 2 RonVanDam // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I hope we lose the next 3 games so we can get rid of AP.

    I’d rather lose 3 now or 20 during the course of the season. A manager with AP’s CV with so much PL experience should be losing 8 games or less a season.

  • 3 Rooster // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Im always banging on about our inconsistency, but we all know how true it is, one weeka re are talking about a very decent performance v Liverpool the next a dirty defeat by the Mackems, then it was a disgusting first half v Everton and a fight back second half, talk about swings and roundabouts, what a club we are at this moment in time, I still don’t believe our players have a set pattern of play at any time its all like they are playing off the cuff, I mean surely Remy should be [playing down the middle wi Benny playing the Beardsley esq role, it is not rocket science AP?!?! and how bad must young Campbell be playing in training if he cannot get a look in with Cisse (total uninterested) Shola (same old same old) Sammy (head in the clouds) if the lad cant break through this motly bunch then i8 am seriously beginning to wonder, that said, Pardew really does not have a clue at times on how to change a game, the odd time he gets it right but it is the odd time, I just don’t know what we work on at training, for me its all individuals, and no real teamwork.

  • 4 jimmysmith // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I tend to agree that Pards is now on his uppers with a squad that he has failed to get the most out of. But you’d put your money on Ashley making a dogs breakfast of replacing him, if it does indeed come to that, wouldn’t you?

  • 5 Rooster // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Jimmysmith, I cant imagine who we would go for if MA sacked AP, well I suppose i can, he would put JK in charge, and I really think the job would finish the poor bugger off, not a job for a man with a dodgy ticka!!!

  • 6 jimmysmith // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    We’ll, if you were of the view that the only way to get rid of Ashley or change him (perhaps an even longer bow) is to rouse the fans from their apathy, then replacing Pards with Joe, hot on the heels of the press ban and the march, could be just the catalyst.

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    AP can’t even win easy, simple games never mind the tough one

  • 8 Graeme // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    To be brutally honest, I would much sooner get rid of the owner and keep Pardew. The owner is not prepared to rise above mid-table mediocrity, purely because it makes him maximum return on minimum investment.

    If you are happy with 8th – 17th fair enough, thats what you will get. Do you think Cabaye, Ben10, Sissoko, Gouffy, Debuchey, Santon, Krull, Tiote, Cisse, etc, etc will be happy with that? Why do you think Cabaye went on strike? A club with AMBITION wanted him, a club that competes for trophy’s; for the League, plays in the CL.

    All NUFC wanted was maximum return on his transfer fee – he is nothing more than a piece of meat to NUFC.

    Europe is a non-starter, we cant cope with Thursdays AND Sundays, almost got us relegated ffs!!! Mr Ashley had to spend a fortune to keep us up and thats not what we want. If Europa is a no-go area, then winning the FA cup or the League Cup would be an absolute disaster for NUFC as it puts you back in the Europa!!!

    Nope, Mr Ashley wants 8th – 17th; it produces a good return, takes little financial input. Mid table mediocrity is what he wants, no matter what the players think. Thats why Cabaye tried so hard to leave last summer and why lots more will try and leave in January and this coming summer. NUFC are set up to stagnate, set up to achieve nothing at all; EXCEPT produce a very handsome income for the owner.

    NUFC now equals dead men walking – all ambition drained, all expectation removed. The club is nothing more than a zombiefied money extracting system to the benefit of the illustrious owner!!! NUFC RIP.

  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM


    i’m with you on that mate

  • 10 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    just imagine MA could of been our local hero and legend to NUFC he has the money and power to make us great again but instead he keeps to his own agenda first, i couldn’t give a sh!t what reports say or ppl for that matter on him putting 200 million into the club and wanting it back because i honestly think he’s made more profit than we are made to believe and he just wants more.

    MA – out
    AP – out
    JFK – out

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    as i am to believe reports a few years back the Man city owners put 400 million on the table to buy MA out but MA rejected and he wanted 500 million even though he had the club up for sale for 260 million.

    what a way to lead the vultures to the corpse and leave them with no meat at the end!

  • 12 usmagpie // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Sorry Alan but the tactics you sometimes use are just not good enough, How the hell does Gus have your number on every club he has managed. Why the hell did you take Remy off this weekend, when I saw that I went nuts, Remy could have scored two goals out of nothing later on in that game. As for Ben make this kid a winger and nothing else don’t let him have a free run around the park as he gets lost and is out of position tons for us. Get it right Alan or your gone.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    For all those that would like the Chronicle to highlight the pettiness of this ban a little e mail from a few people wouldn’t do any harm
    Or you cant march take five minutes to send an e mail

  • 14 RonVanDam // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    To me, this looks like MA’s logic.

    *Use current crop of players and finish inside the top 10

    *Hope one of the big teams in the top 5 get caught out in the FFP and hope other teams above us are in the red and we get in Europe.

    The squad we have is good enough to challenge for top 6. Our major obstacle is AP, he cant seem to gel the players we got and get the best out of them.

    Looks like the players on International duty come back in better form then they left, AP takes credit of being a “top manager”, good form lasts 3-4 games then we head into another downward spiral.

    I hope MA is smart enough to realize after the last season and the direction we are heading right now that AP isnt the right person for the job. I hope he opens his wallet and spends extra 2m on a progressive manager who will return whats put into him and the squad with interest.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    For all those that would like the Chronicle to highlight the pettiness of this ban a little e mail from a few people wouldn’t do any harm
    darren .thwaites @
    kevin. dinsdale @
    If you cant march take five minutes to send an e mail

  • 16 RonVanDam // Oct 29, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    AP’s another flaw is he doesn’t play the team to players/teams strength instead, he plays everyone out of position except the keeper. Bottom line is, AP cant get a team ready for battle. He sends team out there and hopes for a miracle.

  • 17 RonVanDam // Oct 29, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Maybe its not entirely AP’s fault that the team is under performing. Carver has a part in this as well and so does MA. If MA wont spend and gives AP unrealistic/insulting objectives (such as winning the League Cup is not important) this will cause a dip in morale and affect performance on the field.

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Oct 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I’ve just sent an email to Thwaites at the Chronicle -supporting their stance -note there should not be a space in front of or behind the @ symbol.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Oct 29, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Have also sent an email to the Chronicle in support of a more thorough investigation into the way Ashley is running our club.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Graeme…I know what you mean but this is not a question of either MA or AP!

    MA is here to stay for the time being regardless of how we finish or play for that matter. Nothing we can do about that other than giving him a hard time while here. AP on the other hand is removeable and this is dreadful more or less each week. So bring on a new manager – change would do everyone so good I would think :-)

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    *some good

  • 22 lesh // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Here’s a good article by the Guardian’s Louise Taylor

    She reminds us that our very own Mr Football scouted the Swansea – Sunderland game and provided a report that must have had some bearing on how Pardew played the game on Sunday. Given our performance and the result, I have no doubt that Kinnear will have instructed Pardew to play to if. But will he, Kinnear, believe he’s responsible for out tactics? Not a chance!

  • 23 scout // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Why must we do well????
    He’s never gonna get that sack, he’s spent nowt we should get beat convincingly by city and Chelsea.
    That Sunderland game was a joke, how slow was the build up play.

  • 24 catchy in norway // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:25 AM


    du er helt correct

    while I think the club needs a huge shake up from top to bottom we have to look at what are what I call priority

    no1 AP and all his coaching staff gone , the reason is simple ,3 years hear and the club have gone backwards regardless of a 5th place finish , the football has been terrible throughout, like I mentioned yesterday to TDS we play with the players still out of position , and instead of lumping it forward to BA we keep the ball in MF and pass it more , and shoot from distance,
    players still look lost out there

    no2 JFK and Wendy Taylor need to go, both for different reason are PR nightmares, JFK grrr , got us relegated once , he is is a total moron , and I cring at things he says,
    Wendy was brought in to get the club closer to the fans , iv never seen a bigger divide between the 2 than right now,

    3rd and lastly MA ,
    as I have said many times , I don’t have any problem with his business model , buy cheap sell high, make as much profit as possible, what I have a problem with is the way he is implimenting it, I have never met a self made man that lets idiots run his business , let Alone a billionaire, if there is a wrong choice to make ,, he will make it

    now out of those 3 MA is the most difficult to change , we need to find a rich guy to buy him out , the has to have taken a lot of money out if the club already to take back some of the debt ,

    the easiest to change is JFK and bendy Wendy , pointless people

    but it should not be so hard to replace AP/JC/SS, if these 3 are replaced by the right men, our club would go from strength to strength on the pitch, just about every player ( not obertan) has proven to have something to his game that is good, if we did play on the front foot, we could do some damage to teams , I’m not saying we are a top 4 team right now , but to often we look like a team in the bottom 3 , when we should easily be a top 10 team, get it right on the pitch , I believe half of MA problems would diss appear

  • 25 John Tudor // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    i hope ison lands on ashleys head

  • 26 geordieboy83 // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:53 AM


    Morning, I have to say I agree, all this talk of too many foreign players is ridiculous considering the squad we had when relegated. So I’m with you that Pardew needs to go he is the underlying problem. For all Ashely’s faults he has provided him with a good squad.

    Would you though, rather sojdkjaer, Zola
    Or a Geordie combo of lee Clark and Beardsley?

  • 27 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 29, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    good read that, thought this was a brutal summary of MA’s incompetence at actually boosting revenue and raising the profile of the club
    We’re getting left behind!

    “This cornering of the cut-price Ligue 1 transfer market should not obscure the reality that Ashley runs Newcastle in a strangely parochial manner for a club that Freddy Shepherd, the former chairman, used to boast possessed powerful global reach.
    These days they no longer participate in those long-haul summer tours so beloved of Premier League merchandising departments; signing up with Wonga smacked of limited marketing horizons.
    It is particularly telling that on the very June afternoon Kinnear announced his Tyneside return, Jakaya Kikwete, the president of Tanzania, toured Sunderland’s Academy of Light training complex with Short, whose desire to gain a commercial and scouting foothold in Africa has led Sunderland to help fund a football academy in Dar es Salaam.
    These two simultaneous yet unconnected events served to emphasise the growing contrasts between the north-east rivals and their respective visions.
    Granted Ashley has, creditably, placed Newcastle on a sound financial footing but he now needs to forget about feuding with local papers and start securing the club’s long-term future by putting it back on the international map.
    Along the way he might even find a buyer for a once amusing toy he seems to be fast tiring of.”

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Catchy….the thing is I gave seen plenty of teams in the course of my short lives life with bad ownership, who have done remarkably well regardlessly.

    Like you say it’s about prioritizing and maybe even baby steps, as long as there is plan and we are moving in the right direction.

    The impression I get on this blog is that alot of posters live in fear of what we might get – so they don’t want change! If that’s the case then I think you have already lost. And that is just sad!

    Another think is that alot of posters are season tickets holders and have been all their lives – they might even have paid for years to come. Those people are not interested in giving up neither their seat not their money. I know this is easy for me to say cause I don’t even have a seat!

    But if we are not willing to give something up for change then we are not hurting enough.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    *gave = have

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    geordieboy…I could be tempted for another UK manager like Clark or Howe, but I think it’s time for a foreigner.

    …regarless it needs to be someone with a modern approach tactically and training-wise.

    But the main problem we face is that we don’t have a blueprint of where we want to go like Swansea. We might end up making the same mistake again :(

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Its the whole structure that is wrong not Alan Pardew. He’s just a broken cog.

    We are set up poorly. That performance was terrible.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Prodigy…Pardew wouldn’t do differently in another setup mate!

  • 33 geordieboy83 // Oct 29, 2013 at 7:34 AM


    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head completely. I believe the original blueprint was to to stabilise us financially which he has done. However now it’s time for the next stage of the plan and unfortunately there appears to be no clue whatsoever as to which way he wants the club to go now. We can only hope there’s a master plan undercover somewhere but I doubt it .

    I would love to see clarky get a chance to manage us, but not yet I believe the way forward is an up and coming foreign manager. The reality for me is if you’re good enough I couldn’t care less where you’re from

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    The reality is there are a lot of managers working around europe who have poor squads, with very few international level players, where the owner sells them all as the club has no money, only buys kids and have a DOF make all decisions on player incomings.

    No reason a manager like that wouldn’t want to try his hand in the prem league. Granted they wont have aproven record of winning but they might be average/up and coming with the skills they need to succeed and the philosophy to work with our players.

  • 35 Edd Case // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    I’d love to see the back of AP.
    One decent season and he’s been trying to ride that for a long time now….you’ve been found wanting Al.

    The bigger problem is who’d be daft enough to come in while MA and the court jester Kinnear are there?

    We can all dream of having a top French manager or another top European manager or even the best, young Brits on board but MA has surely made Newcastle a ‘no-go zone’ for top managers.

    Sad but true.

    AP for another 6 1 /2 years folks.

  • 36 beddersmag // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Toon prodigy

    Where are you getting that from. We had the better of the game and their goal was well against the second half run of play. Given we only had ten men (hba didnt turn up) and lots of individuals had poor performances (tempted to say bottled it) eg sissoko, dummett, remy, gouffran, cisse, then i think pardews tactics must have been literally awesome. As usual no blame for the players who are obviously all above reproach. When in reality mental weakness runs through the entire team. Until we get some top drawer players, or at least some with grit (british ideal) then this will continue to happen no matter how technically proficient they seem to be. You need to win the fight first in the premiership

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    edd case

    look abroad, there are tons of managers who work under much more limited conditions than AP and accept it as it’s part of the culture in some european countries to have people above make decisions and for the manager to just work with what he is given.

    No reason we couldn’t attract a manager like that.

    We might not break the bank but we spend a lot more than most clubs in europe, so therefore we could probably attract a decent manager.

    It wont be a top name but we dont need that, just a somebody who knows how to play modern football.

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM


    we had a bit more of the ball but we did very little with it

    the second half we got the goal and then only had 2/3 shots from distance, hardly looked like winning it.

    I think it looked like being a draw.

  • 39 bills-son // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Beddersmag has it right.

    No matter what you think about AP or MA these are the same players who put up an excellent performance against Liverpool.

    Yet, when the tackles come flying in on Sunday, when the oppo are chasing every ball down as if their lives depended on it – every player bar Tiote failed miserably to match Slands effort.

    The players should be ashamed.

  • 40 catchy in norway // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I’m thinking that DL got fired for given pardew a crazy long contract, and that the only reason JFK is back is to wind pardew up so he quits

    I’m thinking the players are suffering just as much as us, this is a World Cup year and we have top players that would normally be on the list to go, but a bad season and that’s 4 more years to wait, some may never get a chance again , Pardews football is hurting them too

    ps good morning

    also whilst I love the idea of Clarke being our boss , I’m not sure he is good enough :( the best thing he has done is an unbeaten run of 40 games or something around that number,
    he would be a huge step up from pardew ,

    I’m really thinking ole gunner , season is almost up here , 2 more weeks to go,
    that’s only 3 more defeats for us

  • 41 nufc 11 // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    The scary thing who so we replace ap with? Everyone can forget di matteo Ashley doesn’t like to work with non English managers so who could come in and get this lot into shape? 1st up jfk god help us all Stuart Pearce no way Tony Adams maybe Or even shearer unlikely tho so are better keeping ap or what he making it harder.

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM


    I personally don’t think the performance was that different to liverpool though.

    Liverpool had only a few chances, maybe a couple more than sunderland but we were down to 10 men, but either way they got two goals.

    We struggled to create much in terms of clear cut chances in either game, even with 11 men, and most efforts we from distance.

    The only difference was that in the liverpool game the cabaye long shot went in and in the sunderland game the ball went wide.

    The problem is the same in most games, we dont create any clear chances and as a result rely too heavily on individual goals. If we could add team goals to our system with all the individual talent we have too, then we would be a force.

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    why wouldn’t ashley get a foreign manager?

    he has moved on the english players so that might be the next step? foreign managers often work under tight budgets and difficult conditions so it would make sense to go that route.

  • 44 catchy in norway // Oct 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    bills son

    in a lot of ways you are right

    but please look at it this way

    Liverpool game, players gave 100% in that game and that is no less than they should every game , but the tactics were wrong IMO , we were set up not to score goals , but not to concede goals,
    I have a huge problem with that , we got a lucky point against them

    then what makes it worse for me is the fact he used that very same defensive tactic against the worst team in the league, no impetus on attack at all

    and your happy with that

    you may be a nufc fan , but your not a football fan

  • 45 jackostoon // Oct 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Bedders, Bills, Tds,
    Lads, you’re weeing against the wind my friends, I said straight after the game on here that I thought the better team lost, unfortunately, many see the defeat as a chance to band together and hammer the club, as they prefer to do, you rarely see them after a good win, with regards to the chronicle, imo, they’re a bunch of toss pots anyway, couldn’t believe the coverage given to the march, many on here who was in favour of the march, never had a good word to say about the chronicle, but now want to give them a big cuddle and tell them it’ll be ok, the club, again, imo, acted a tad hasty and childlike, but the saying, fight fire with fire rings true.

  • 46 beddersmag // Oct 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM


    The thing is i dont think we have the talent. There is more to talent than control, speed, touch etc. Part of talent is being able to perform consistently due to mental fortitude. And we lack that quality across the park. Neville summed it up a few weeks ago. Pards doesnt know what hes going to get from his players. We need 7/10s not 9/10 one week and 5/10 the next. Its what you get when you buy cheap with no premier experience.

  • 47 lesh // Oct 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    @ 27.

    toonarmydownsouth, it is a good read and although we know that Louise Taylor is a Sunderland gal, there’s no indication of that in the article. She has been objective of late and when she’s using Sunderland’s approach to marketing and developing abroad, it’s only because Sunderland’s on our doorstep but light years away from us in terms of foresight.

    Ellis Short has shown and acknowledged that he knows nowt about football, but he certainly has an eye for marketing opportunities overseas.

    Ashley knows nowt about football and his vision for the club appears to be non-existent. But will he appoint capable people to help take the club forward? Ok he prefers to employ people he knows and trusts it’s when you look at some of his appointments – Wise, Llambias, Jimanez, Kinnear et al, one must wonder about the circles he moves in.

    It appears, as Louise Taylor says, that he’s not Pardew’s greatest fan at the moment, that he’s being manipulated and moved towards the departure lounge and out of the club. I don’t believe for a minute that Pardew’s part of the inner circle but a victim if its conspiring and short term approach to running the business.

    The sooner Ashley and his cronies get bored and get out, the better as they’re never going to change their ways.

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