This Is Why Newcastle Must Keep Improving Every Season


Things are buzzing at Newcastle right now, and we just hope the team can keep getting some good results, and we have five games through January 1st, and every side except Arsenal are current;y below Newcastle in the league table, but that probably means they will be more difficult games. 😀

alan pardew vs west brom at home 2-1

Alan Pardew – keep players’ feet firmly ion the ground

The five games we have next in the league are as follows, and it starts with a tough game against a very good Southampton side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Sat 14	15:00	H	Southampton
Sat 21	15:00	A	Crystal Palace
Thu 26	15:00	H	Stoke City
Sun 29	13:30	H	Arsenal
January
Wed 01	15:00	A	West Brom

We’d be very happy with 10 points from those games.

And as well as keeping up Newcastle’s good form and results this season – who knows where we could finish up – the manager is keen on keeping things improving at Newcastle, and certainly the announcement of the new state of the art training facilities to be built at the Benton training grounds was great news.

Alan Pardew has talked in the local press today about what we used to call “continuous improvement” at IBM:

“The most important thing is that you have to have your finger on the pulse. The Premier League is changing every year and you’ve got to be right at the cutting edge of it.”

“I like to think we are and we have really improved with some fantastic stuff on the training ground, the fitness of the guys and the condition they are in. I’m really pleased with that.”

“As a manager you want to take a few steps forward every year – it makes you a better manager and makes for a better team.” “Hopefully our fans can see where we are trying to take the team.”

Newcastle is a business whether we like it or not, and it’s always important for a business to keep improving and getting better, as it’s all too easy to rest on your levels and slip back.

In business, you are either improving or you are falling back – it’s one or the other – and the former is what Newcastle should always be doing.

But the club fell back in the summer of last year, when we didn’t take the opportunity of building up the quantity and quality of the squad, after we had finished a fantastic 5th in the league and before the Europa League .

And we nearly paid for that mistake with our Premier League place. but hopefully. the hierarchy will have learned from that past experience, and bring in say three good players next month.

That would be a good start.

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74 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    What is the English equivalent to the German ADAC? Is it the AA?

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  • yo-yo

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Can anybody remmber the time when the first poster on a new thread got quite self chuffed ?

    Is there anybody out there ?

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  • bills-son

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Yo-yo,

    I think I’ve got the record for being the last poster on the previous thread.

    Real pi$$er that my words of wisdom often get missed 🙂

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t wait until we win the next 3, then turn over Arsenal plonking us right in the midst of a title race! 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Ah yes… 1st! I really miss thise days, don’t you Indian? Oh, yes, I see…

    I remember harping on about how lack of fitness was affecting us last seaon rather than tactics or even the well-worn ‘too many games’ tack. What a shock that getting a proper fitnes regime going has meant our biggest successes have come from relentlessly clsoing downand running off the ball. Big shock that.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #6

    hats defo the AA there Jesper, same livery….

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Thats….

    Only of course I dont understand the relevance of the question at all? Dont you have any questions about the cost of hiring a marquee in Macedonia or how many litres of water a camel can drink from empty?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Post-fest! get in ha ha! Better than 1st!

    🙂

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  • nufc786

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #9

    damn tsunki

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  • nufc786

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #10

    killing it without me… 🙁

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki….I thought we needed a change of scenery 😉

    now could you please tell me the cost of hiring a
    marquee in Macedonia?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Its like a blog time machine!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesper, No, No I cannot. I was fearing that you would ask me that question, my double-bluff backfired on me.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki… 😉

    I think you have killed the blog. again (and just as you did look who appeared)

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Foghorn Leghorn ——–cluck cluck – cock a doodle do -cluck cluck cock a doodle do.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Talking about fitness, I must say the biggest unsung hero of nufc has gotta be Faye Downsley

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Will someone start bitching at someone else about anything, quick…..

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  • DokToon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    wonder if there’s an award for fitness guru of the month, like the manager of the month….

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  • swemag

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Everybody just happy and harmonius in here these days? Must be xmas coming up.
    Or is it 5 wins out of 6??!!

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #20

    I put ‘wallow’ and ‘pleasure’ in the search engine and this came up first:
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a354784/nigella-lawson-covered-in-caramel-i-want-to-wallow-in-pleasure.html

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  • scdoty

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    I can tell when I enjoy coming on here (and I read his blog everyday)
    Because I read what bloggers have wrote, normally read article then go to next one, as there is a lot of oxygen thief’s on here.

    But 5 out of 6 & people are happy.

    HWTL

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Keeping the mood. It turns out there’s a clause in Arsenal’s Cazorla’s contract stipulating that he doesn’t have to play Boxing Day fixtures.

    It’s called the Santi Clause.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Breaking News: DJ Campbell has confirmed his availability for this weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Millwall.

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  • tdt

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Evening all. Which team is Pardiola going to pick on Saturday considering Cabaye is out? I’m thinking something like this:

    Krul
    Debuchy-Williamson-Colo-Santon
    Sissoko-Tiote-Anita-Gouffran
    Ameobi-Remy

    Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Jonas, Obertan, HBA, Cisse

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  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #25

    tdt @24 – Yes I would agree with that team – only other possibility is to put Sissoko in the middle and play HBA on the wing.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    tuff

    have you dropped acid? 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Ian Toon – whist you may be trying to bring some Christmas cheer onto the blog – please no more attempted jokes. Leave the humour and gags to me.
    Don’t give up your day job -please – you know it makes sense.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #28

    tuff

    sorry lsd wouldnt be your thing more likely a bottle of mouton rothschild haha 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Im lost with the foghorn leghorn reference, wha ah say what do you mean boy?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Watching Man U’s downfall is entertainment at its finest 🙂 .

    Off topic, but has anyone seen the new Godzilla trailer ? :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECUbuBrbP1g

    Looks unreal .

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Mr Tuff- You’re right I’ll stick to what I am good at. Erhm. Yes well erhm…….

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #32

    wolfshead -evening – dropped acid? I presume this is a slang expression inferring I have sampled some chemical mind altering substances.
    My good man I’ll have you know I do not need to resort to such practices.
    I presume your query was in relation to my post to Foghorn Leghorn – the crowing cockerel.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #33

    tuff

    indeed i thought you might be tripping lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Ian Toon – @ 31 -excellent. Indeed -stick to what you are good at -definitely. When you’ve established what that is – be a good fellow and report back to the blog. I think 2 years should be sufficient time.

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  • yo-yo

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #35

    As our sat dish blew away last week I have only just enjoyed the online MOTD coverage of our little jaunt to the ‘Theatre of Nightmares’ – Tiote really did look immense… Janujaz is a bit of a diver methinks. Does bring us a wry smile.. but no emoticons as Ibiza doesn’t like them

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #36

    I know it makes sense!!!

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  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m watching the Bayern Man City match – it is a cracker 2 – 0 down, 3 – 2 up.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #38

    I would like to as well but I am out voted. Maybe it’s not surprising that some people like to watch the Mancs struggle. I had enough on Saturday- hee hee .

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  • manxpie

    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #39

    must be annoying for moyes having to look at that massive “sir alex ferguson stand” stand all game!

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  • pottsclock

    Dec 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Mister Tuff
    Licensed by Nintendo
    http://www.snescentral.com/article.php?id=0862

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