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Pardew – It Was All Good News For Us

7:36 pm, Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Alan Pardew held his first press conference for a couple of weeks after coming off two fantastic league wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, but now we are up against a Norwich City side who we cannot under-estimate and manager Chris Hughton would like nothing better to get his first win at St. James Park since he was ruthlessly fired almost three years ago.

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Alan Pardew directs things during Chelsea game – get out wide!

Alan talked this afternoon at his press conference about the fitness levels of the squad, which have been good, and we haven’t picked up too many injuries this term, well at least not compared to last season.

This is some of what the manager said today at the Benton Training headquarters:

“We knew that at the start and our Performance Director put a program in that was really tough,  knowing that at the back of this season, they have a World Cup.”

“Their preparation has been very good and they have worked very hard, so where we stand today six months away, they are in great shape.”

“Yohan Cabaye being at the centre of that and Mathieu Debuchy playing both games for France was really good news for us, so our guys are really pleased about that.”

“Now it’s about focusing on an important game for their club. Today was about letting that one go. It’s great for them, they can look forward to the draw and the World Cup.”

“But for us, Norwich is the most important game. Hopefully they stay clear of injury and we have a good season and at the moment, the signs are good.”

The Performance Director is Faye Downey, and we wonder how much she has been involved through this season, and we assume her appointment as Performance Director is a long term appointment at Newcastle – we hope it’s a long term appointment at Newcastle.

It’s a winnable game on Saturday against Norwich, but Newcastle Achilles heel over this season has been our inconsistency, but the lads will get a chance to prove we are much stronger and more consistent side than we were last season.

And a win on Saturday could take us into the top eight in the Premier League.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DokToon // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    repost, this made me laugh:

    I think it’s because we are so close to the city of Sunderland, that it puts off any prospective buyers

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Ha, I am 1005 in agreement with you on that. Despite Tomi Ameobi’s insipid performance for the Collingwood Arms, Jesmond a few years back (check his wiki page) the Ameobi’s will hold a special place in my heart.

    The bloke could have won an international trophy this year, but chose to stay at the club as any injury to Cisse left us without a striker.

    If we do sign a centre forward or 2 in Jan I hope the club have the decency to allow Shola to go somewhere for 6 months so that he can cement his place in the World Cup squad.

    Personally, I am not interested in an Arab billionaire shelling out cash left right and centre. I liked the 5 year plan and the NUFC blueprint Ashley had. The fact is, they haven’t achieved it, and they keep moving the goalposts. Therein lies my predominant issue.

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Is it true that this blog was hacked yesterday.

  • 4 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    Shola may be a bit knackered by now so I’m not sure if he would prefer to play week in week out for another club for 6 months or be a bit part player for us and rest his body for the World Cup. Imagine if he went to a championship club and had to compete in the play-offs. He might want the rest!

    It bugs me when people slag off our players. I agree that Cabaye deserved stick when he wanted to leave but after him the player who probably deserves the most stick is HBA, yet there are plenty of fans demanding that he be put back in the first team. Why change a winning team? He’d be a great option to come on against tired defenders if we’re losing but I wouldn’t trust him on the pitch if we’re trying to hold a lead and neither do his team mates I suspect.

  • 5 JackButler // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    It’s not about having an owner who throws around money hoping it will bring success, it’s about having an owner who is willing to spend at the right time, an owner who has more ambition other than just surviving in the league, someone with a clear vision for what he wants and his able to accomplish this while treating the fans with respect

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah, rotation is important, but not so much this season. We are only playing 41-50 games. If a Barca/Real/Munich/Dortmund/Juve player played s few games you would say it had been a poor season.

    The reality is this year that we have an imbalanced squad which doesn’t have the capacity for rotation, but does allow us options off the bench. Against Spurs for example we had Anita, Colo, HBA, Obertan on the bench. Other than Colo, who is individually our best defender, they offer gamechanging options.

    IMO Pardew isn’t the best man for game changing, and they don’t suit his style.

    Apologies, that goes off on a tangent, I just got a bit carried away!!!

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Thing for Shola is that he is not a guaranteed pick. Nigeria have a wealth of young talent coming through. If he only plays a bit part he may not get the call, he would be better off playing and demonstrating his abilities then sat around as a bit part. Granted his injury problems will be a worry for him.

    I agree on HBA, he doesn’t deserve to waltz back in against Norwich. I’m not sure it is the trust from his fellow players when holding onto a lead that is the issue. For me, whenever I have played, you are more likely to make a run, or create space IF you think your teammate will actually play the pass. Players don’t think that when HBA plays, which leads to less movement and poorer team play. It is a vicious cycle that is only solved by HBA proving himself. Starting with, imo, the final half hour against Norwich.

  • 8 70TWO // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Pardew said HBA had to use better decision making, which results in slowing down his natural game.
    Pardew played HBA in midfield/wing which means he has to more often pick the ball deeper and carrying the ball forward, which creates more potential for him to be dispossessed.
    Pardew doesn’t pick HBA for the team, he becomes labelled a liability.
    Pardew must pick HBA for the game against Norwich as a second stricker.

  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM


    We all get the issues surrounding our current owner and of course there were some serious issues with our previous chairman too. Apart from SJH, have we actually had any decent chairmen?

    It’s all a matter of perspective really. We all agree that Mike Ashley should have better engagement with the fans for sure. As for spending, well virtually every single club in the PL thinks that they could have done with 1 or 2 more players this summer, that’s just the way of things. Even Man Utd are shy of a creative midfielder, Man City are shy of a central defender and Arsenal are short of a striker. Bendtner as second choice makes our striker options look world class!

  • 10 bills-son // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM


    Yep, the blog was hacked yesterday morning.

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Every manager that has ever managed HBA has never picked him as a regular. In his final season at Marseille he only played 7 full games.

    He is a liability because he plays for himself and doesn’t play as part of a team.

  • 12 70TWO // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I might be wrong and it did take 80 some minutes for him to score against Fulham, but I expect his team mates love HBA as a forward and loath him in defense. There is no balanced decision to be made, he plays up front where he can turn a defender and shoot.

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM


    You’re right in the attacking sense. HBA doesn’t always seem to look for the pass to one of his team mates because he believes (and is probably right) that he has more ability than them. There were players with more ability than David Beckham around at the same time as him though but he achieved what he did by combining it with great work-rate and intelligence on the field. HBA needs to play those passes more.

    But I also meant from a defensive side of things. If HBA has the ball in our own half, do the players trust that they can run past him and that he will either play a good ball forward or pass it back to the defence? No way! Because he’s more likely to try to dribble past 2 players, lose the ball and suddenly the opposition have a break on.

    If we’re defending a 1-0 lead, HBA is just as likely to give away the ball leading to the equaliser as he is to score the second goal. I don’t like those odds, so I’d rather keep him off the pitch in those circumstances until he can learn to keep possession at crucial times.

  • 14 JackButler // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:13 PM


    I simply do not care what players other clubs need or want but evry single one of them invested quiet a bit of money this summer, Ashley failed to capitalise on our 5th place finish but adding to the squad in the summer with only Anita coming in and that course of action almost lead to us being relegated which pushed him into finding the 18 million we spent last January.

    This summer again we failed to do anything other than get a loan player in who will return to his club next summer to be sold on and we will again be back to square one

  • 15 70TWO // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    I am have not said he should play every single game, only that he should start against Norwich. A team with a shakey defence, workmanlike midfield and sporadic attack. A back four that stays a back four will sort out their offence and Cabaye / Sissoko / Gouffran / Remy / HBA will score, is there any need for a big CF, or offside CF?

  • 16 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Team for Norwich :






    Why let Collo straight back in the team when M’biwa & Willo as a pairing have kept clean sheets against Spurs, Chelsea & Man City for 90 minutes ? .

    I do like Haidara and think he looks much more comfortable on the left hand side . For me he is also a better defender than Santon .

    I still think HBA’s talent is wasted on the bench as he can win a game for you with one moment of magic, whereas Shola doesn’t . Also with him in the hole if he loses possession it won’t be in a dangerous area .

    As well as that HBA has had a fire lit underneath him recently and he knows he has to improve his game if he wants to be in the team . For me Norwich would be the perfect game for him to come back, I would even maybe start Shola and bring Benny on at 60 minutes .

    Thoughts ? .

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    You are talking about the same thing. Wherever he picks up the ball, he is more likely to try and run with it then play it, regardless of what is the better option. If he picked it up in the opposition half, and our centre mids plus Debuchy belted on expecting the ball to be played and he ran with it and lost it we are in just as much trouble. Players don’t make runs as often when he has the ball, because they have it in their minds he is unlikely to pass and if it is lost they look like they are out of position.

  • 18 70TWO // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    You are talking in the negative all the time, you are right in your descriptions but surely it is up to the manager to utilise his brilliance at getting past a player from a standing start. You have 9 other players on the field for passing, but when you have 10 men defending what then?

  • 19 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    But you’re assuming a negative here. Remy may well sign a permanent contract with us and he may not. Players are signed and they move on, that’s part of football.

    We signed the most players in January and then the least in the summer, again that’s football. Sure, maybe if we’d signed 3 players in January you’d have said that was an ok window and then we’d have signed an extra 2 this summer then you’d say that was an ok window too. But it wasn’t that way.

    It’s not just about transfer fees either, we’ve been getting players in for low transfer fees but decent wages.

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    “but surely it is up to the manager to utilise his brilliance at getting past a player from a standing start. ”

    Not any single manager who has managed HBA has ever been able to get this from him
    Benny’s worst enemy is him and his attitude
    At some stage potential has to become more than just potential, and Ben Arfa is not a youngster anymore

    For all his talent and as much as some fans love watching him he’s the kind of footballer every footballer loves to play against and hates to play with, only plays for himself, not the team around him

  • 21 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM


    Exactly. Hence why I think he’s a liability when we’re winning. If he starts against Norwich and we are 2-0 up after an hour, I expect him to be hauled off to keep the lead. Some fans will still complain as they want us to keep going on the attack though.

    It’s no coincidence that we’ve ground out some good results since he’s not been playing.

    I hope he bucks his ideas up and plays for the team again. Actually quite interesting that we’ve heard nothing from him at all.

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I’m not being negative, I’m simply describing it as I see it. We are a far superior team when HBA isn’t playing at the moment. Why sacrifice the team for an individual who can produce on occasion but has never throughout his career, in more dominant teams then Newcastle,produced consistently good performances.

  • 23 JackButler // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM


    Come off it, we all know that Remy will be off in the summer to a side that will match his wage demands and that has ambition.

    There’s a reason we signed the most players in January and thats simply because we were threatened with relegation which if it had happened it would have cost Ashley untold millions, something he was never going to allow to happen.

    And it has nothing to do with the amount we spend as we have shown that we do not need to spend stupid money to bring players in, but we have also shown that we are incapable of bringing players in at the right time as shown by him spending 18 million last winter to make up for his summer failings

  • 24 70TWO // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I would most love it if HBA showed his full potential for a few games and then Liverpool payed £35M for him in January.

  • 25 JackButler // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM


    the problem with HBA is that he’s never been able to show his full potential consistently, if he was able to play at 100% every single game the like of Barca and Madrid would have come knocking a long time ago

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    He is probably feeling quite sheepish after his Balon D’or comment and the fact that this years probable winner has nearly surpassed HBA’s goal tally for his entire career.already this season.

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM


    No. We don’t all know that. If a CL club comes in for him then he’ll be gone and who can blame him. As far as we know this was always his intention and he could have refused to sign a permanent deal with us for that reason. We just don’t know.

    We’ve got a pretty full squad and we’re doing ok in the league. We don’t desperately need players although I’m still concerned if Remy is injured and Cisse remains off form then I don’t see where our goal threat is coming from. I don’t think we need lots of players, we just need to sign the right ones.

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I would love nothing more than HBA to prove me wrong, but look at his entire career and he is inconsistent and in and out of the team. Wherever he has been. H has not realised his potential in dominant sides, under managers of a different ethos. People hoping he will do it here are doing exactly that, hoping. It isn’t based on career progression, it is just based on hoping he finally realises his potential.

  • 29 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM


    Possibly true! HBA needs to realise how much effort the likes of Shearer, Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi have put in on the pitch. Ok, Messi isn’t the tallest, but the other 3 can/could be found making defensive headers in the 89th minute to maintain a lead.

    He’s nowhere near that level. Look at the ability that Taraabt has! He can do incredible things but he’ll never progress with that attitude.

  • 30 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    It’s nice to see a football discussion breaking out on this accountancy blog :-)

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    In JB’s defence, he never said we needed lots of signings, he aid we needed the right ones at the right time, something that we have failed to do.

    On Remy, if he goes elsewhere, he goes elsewhere. There was no point signing him permanently this summer with the allegations against him, and even if we had/have agreed a fee their is no guarantee Remy would agree to join us anyway. The bloke has said he is waiting till next summer, so lets relax and see what transpires.

    If he doesn’t score another goal all season, we will be the only club in the running, but would we want him? If he scores a hatful, we have a successful season, but he goes elsewhere.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Taarabt is a good comparison with HBA, frustratingly talented, but selfish and a show pony. I like to think HBA has a better attitude than Taarabt nowadays, but he still has a long way to go and is no longer a bairn.

  • 33 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 8:56 PM


    I completely agree on Remy and I don’t understand why people get their knickers in a twist about him. It just seems like it’s any excuse to slag off the people running the club.

    I know what JB is getting at. He’s right. But my point is that every fan of every club could have the same gripe about the transfers this summer. Ok Southampton are probably delighted because they are seriously over-achieving but could any club be completely happy with their squad?

    I think we’re a striker short from a top 8 squad for sure. We might get top 8 anyway if we’re lucky with injuries and form of our strikers but another striker would make us complete in my opinion.

  • 34 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Is a football team/squad/cub ever complete? Course not, no matter who you are there are always players who can improve you.

    I’d say a striker (by summer that could be 3 strikers which is a huge worry), a centre half, and possibly a wide midfielder/winger, probably a right back as well.

    But that wouldn’t make us complete, that is what is required to have a competitive squad in each position. They could all be upgraded though, so not, and never complete.

  • 35 JAMSHA // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM


  • 36 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM


    Yeah, never complete. There’s always a weak areas compared to the rest of the squad..

    I think we have cover in all areas, but up front is definitely the weakest in my opinion. Sure, a young right back would be good, as would tricky winger, but another striker is a must for Jan.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I’ve never associated you with humour or wit, is that a wind up (practical joke) ?

  • 38 JAMSHA // Nov 21, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    nope nt a joke serious lol

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    No wonder some people think the job is real then !

  • 40 bollance // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Just realised something about the potential Ince deal.

    Liverpool will receive a 25% sell on fee therefore if we make a second deal with them, ie sell them Gosling then less money goes to Liverpool.

    Porto did something similar in the summer except they sold two player to Monaco. The player with the sell on clause was sold for less than €1m and they other something daft like €50m. Porto therefore paid very little to the team with the sell on clause and pocketed nearly everything.

    Expect to see one or two go for peanuts to blackpool and us getting Ince for peanuts as well. This means less money leaked out of the deal to Liverpool.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    bollance, you know the score, there won’t be any first team signings in January. If of course we have mid table assured.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM, my favourite Newcastle United site until I discovered this one in 2007, I presume everybody on here reads it !

  • 43 jimmysmith // Nov 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I’m happy enough to see us sign Ince, but we are talking a guy Liverpool let go and who is not a walk up start for the England under 21’s, nor has any top flight experience, so, really nothing to get too excited about, even relative to the wide men we already have.

    Zaha, in comparison, you’d think would press for a place, which would have an immediate impact, even if only for the rest of the season. Ince is more one for the future, fine, but no big whoop when we really probably need one or two that are good to go.

  • 44 stan anderson // Nov 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    TDS @33 What is complete?,a team to win something or a team to stay in the P L .What.s your expectations then?

  • 45 Sav // Nov 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Now Williamson is being touted for England, are we going to do a spot of Hatem bashing now? The lad may not have looked entirely fit this season and he may have had a couple of anonymous games, but he has also had games for us where he has worked hard and wherever he plays, the opposition are always going to leave an extra man to deal with him. And when he’s in the mood, that won’t help to stop him.
    I’d rather see fans support the lad and help him get through this period. H is still the most exciting player we have had in years. Lets not boot him out prematurely. He’s no Luque or Marcellino. He wants to play and do well, so give the kid a break.Its bad enough with Sports Direct undermining our players. Let the fans stick up for them.

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