Pardew – The Fans Thought I Was Making Excuses

Alan Pardew is managing an entirely different situation this season than he was at the same time last season, and rather than struggling to get a decent team out for Newcastle because of all the injuries, Alan currently has all his first team squad completely fit and ready, and he has to decide who to  leave out.

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Alan Pardew – reflections on last season

And it will be interesting to see what the bench is this afternoon, and maybe we’ll see the experienced Jonas Gutierrez back, but there will be some very good players not even in the match day squad of 18 this afternoon.

Alan has talked reflectively at his press conference on Thursday about last season and this season:

“Sometimes when you sit up here as Newcastle manager and talk about injuries and the Europa League, the fans probably think you are making excuses.”

“However, it had such an impact on us last season.” “This year we do not have that pressure.” “Last year it was very difficult to select a side which I thought was strong enough to represent us.”

And as you say last year it was very very difficult to select a side that I felt was strong enough to represent the team.” “But as we set off in December we’re in great shape, and I cannot thank the players enough for their application and getting themselves into top shape.”

This is the time last season when the season began to go to hell in a hand basket, and we didn’t win any games at all in November, and in our seven league games though New Years Day, starting in December, we lost five and won only two.

So it may be a good time to reflect on the troubles we were going through last year at this time, and the difference we are seeing this season.

And just think, if the lads can get the win this afternoon, to make it four wins on the trot, even the doom and gloomers will be upbeat about the side.

Well – maybe not. 😀

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34 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Tos ee, or not tos ee, that is the question.

    Pardew…Don’t be paranoid mate, no one thought you were making excuses…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Careful Pardew.

    If this team plays to its potential, we might end up in Europa league.

    We don’t want you caught in that sort of nightmare situation.

    You can start by losing to West Brom.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Pretty surprised there is not lots of bitchy comments aimed at Pardew this morning for this post….must still be in bed ha ha

    He does have a point last season our injuries were horrendous the like of which will probably never happen again but he could have still helped a lot of things such as style of play and putting players in their correct positions like the youngsters brought in

    I think our current squad has enough depth for the Europa because last season we only played the reserves through most of the group games

    Last year felt like a lost opportunity could have got to a Europa league final if we had signed the players in the summer instead of Jan

  • Magpies4Life

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    We have gladly turned the corner. We are getting wins even when not playing well for the entire match. Could another manager have done so? Maybe, but Pardew was and still is the manager, so some credit has to go to him and a lot more to the players. As for West Brom, IMO it will be similar to Norwich but a more convincing WIN. Always looking up coz we’ve had enough of wet blankets.

  • stretchintoon

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Im rubbish at gambling,always have been.The say ‘a fool & his money are easily parted’,so for the last few weeks ive had a couple of quid on chelsea,tottenham and norwich and ive never been happier to lose my money.Today i’ll be backing west brom…come on the TOON!!

  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    would anybody take lescott from city? i would in a heartbeat

  • pottsclock

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I wonder what would happen if those clubs who qualified for the Europa league were given an OPTION of taking or could pass it on the the next team in line to qualify ? (e.g. final runner up or next position down league)
    When we play at Swansea on Weds they will have played on Thursday last and Man City tomorrow, having picked up a couple of injuries on Thursday. I cannot believe that they think it is worthwhile. If, and it’s an IF, we beat them on Wednesday then we will have established a big gap to them and will make it very difficult for them to qualify for Europe through the league position.

  • I-Am-Ahab

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Re: previous thread, Trent Sainsbury… Sign the lad JFK

  • Jamiemac

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I reckon pardew will win manager of month for November

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    He really is funny isn’t he.

    A great manager would have got more out of our squad than Pardew did.

    Yep we had injuries but that’s when Pardew could have shown us he was as good as he thinks he is.

    D- last season Alan.

    Fine weather manager.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    it also helps to have a quality striker that can put the ball in the net

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    …and no one thinks you are now making excuses about making excuses 😉

    *Pardew no one thinks who had it easy, but you didn’t have it that bad taking in to consideration what the goal was that season. Just be a man an shoulder your part of the fault – you can always throw the reat at the three stooges!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    who = you

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    should have read throw the rest at…

    Hate this phone 🙁

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15


    He had one (Ba) and played him on the wing.
    Then when he was really out of form, Pardew put him back into the centre with a strike partner (Cisse) that he couldn’t play with.

    Pardew can’t seem to play our attacking options in the right positions and formations.

  • lesh

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Are we making excuses about making excuses?

  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Think we’re going to be in danger of falling to complacency today, given the managers comments and some of the fans – seem to think we’ve made it.

    Who am I kidding? We’re gonna batter them and then sweep aside Swansea, leaving us with no pressure going into the Man Utd match!

    Howay! 3-0 The Toon – Shola, Gouffran and Remy!


  • toonincheek

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Ted B,

    I’d take that – but I’d like HBA to get a couple of assists for those goals.

    He won’t get on until the hour mark, so I guess he won’t be able to assist with Shola’s goal!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    I can see it is a late game today so maybe I can make it after all!

    Anyone taking in a game this afternoon?

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    there are no such things as problems, only solutions.

    tangus toonus of 47 AD wrote that in a sacred parable somewhere

  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Well I think HBA is going to start either today or Wednesday in place of Shola. Even though Shola only plays for around 60-70mins, I can’t see him doing that Saturday and Wednesday, or if we get a positive result today and he can eek that out, HBA will certainly get his crack against Man Utd from the start, because there’s no way Shola can do Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday.

    However Pardew plays it, HBA will get a shot from the start over this next week, no doubt.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    pardew is being disingenuous here.

    Swansea are coping just fine with the demands of the europa league so why couldnt we? Maybe its because he insisted on playing the same team midweek as he did on the weekend. Overusing the likes of cabaye and benarfa resulting in both players getting injured and underusing people like marveaux and bigirimana.

  • bills-son

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23


    Pardew isn’t a great manager in the Ferguson or Mourinho mould so what’s the point of saying a great manager would have done better last season?

    Also, saying a horrendous i jury list is no excuse for poor performances is just being totally anti-Pardew. If Remy, Cabaye, Tiote and Goofy were out today would that make a difference? Of course it would.

    Pardew imo is nowhere near as bad as you keep on about and alot better than may fans give him credit for.


    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    I think the biggest mistake Pardew makes is failing to keep Stum, and spouting crap !

    But then if he kept his gob shut there would be some here who would still slate him, because in some peoples eyes he can do nothing right?

    It will only take a lost game or two for some people to be Doom merchants again?

    The difference is if Pardew is right then there are excuses going in the other direction!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #25

    i think for today’s game we should go back to the 4-3-3 with Gouffran leading the team as the sole striker, we should also have Remy on the left and HBA on the right with Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita in midfield with Debuchy, Willo,MYM,Santon as our back 4

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    WBA will probably play a 4-2-3-1 counter if we play a 4-4-2 and it could lead for an upset since no doubt Clark would of seen how we play a 4-4-2 and use Shola as our main outlet which they will counter.

    Shola was solid in our last game but i honestly think he will be exploited today if he starts

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #27

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew@19

    i’m there today mate for my birthday and i’m hoping for a good win.

    but this is Pardew, and he’s an record maker ( and not in a good way )


    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Reported yesterday that the Squad is fit and raring to go?

    The only one i can think who is,nt there is Ryan Taylor, but thinking about it in our present form would Raylor even get a game?

    Norwich were a potential banana skin, but The Baggies are a much better team than Norwich ?

    Mmmmm !


    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #29

    @27 :

    Happy Birthday! Lets hope you thre points as a prezzie!

  • JackButler

    Nov 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Alan Pardew make excuses?…………………………the thought never entered our head 😀

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Glory on Tyneside while Gloom our the Wear .. Expect nowt less than a Win

    MA, Pards n Kinnear .. HwTl LoL

  • bobby mango

    Nov 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Frankly he was making excuses. As someone said above he should’ve made more from the limited resources.

    No doubt injuries knocked us and Europe didn’t help. But to talk about Europe as poison really doesn’t sound ambitious.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 30, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33


    Cheers there’s a surprise … you being pro-Pardew despite last season and the constant humiliations.

    My opinion is that he should be able to fire up fringe players to play their socks off when they are needed. History shows that he can’t.
    I’d be surprised if I was in the minority but then who cares about public opinion. Bills?

  • fatash

    Nov 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew doesn’t need to make up excuses he has his book of them from last season


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