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This Is The Secret Of Newcastle’s Success

9:17 am, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Newcastle are well positioned in the league table and even though we are 7th top, we are just four points out of second place, and a good run in December could see us in the highest placed position in the league table since the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.

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A good shot of Alan Pardew after the game on Saturday

Alan Pardew wa sunder tremendous pressure last season and we lost 10 of 13 league games in one streak, which ended when we were beaten at home 2-1 by Reading, but after that with the five new Frenchmen in the squad we just managed to survive.

The manager has said he wants to have an attacking side where every player works hard for the side, and that’s been evident in the last six games, and we have won five of them:

“I’ve tried to put in place a work ethic, a discipline and an attacking make-up of the team,” “Sometimes we get undone but we are trying to build and build each year.”

“I know what this club means to this city, particularly when you win, to go into work and have that pride in your team. It gives a real boost to your spirit.”

“It’s an area of the country that is a hard-working region. The people here are so honest and hard-working, and the team needs to reflect that.”

“If it doesn’t the fans get upset, and there were periods last season where we didn’t do that. They were right to be upset.” “It was my job to make sure we put that right this year and we have worked really, really hard.”

“We are getting our rewards for it,  but there is still a big part of the season to go.”

Those are good points from the Newcastle manager, and we have players who simply work their socks off for the side, and Yoan Gouffran is a good example of that.

And of course Cheick Tiote on Saturday simply ran the midfield for Newcastle from the first whistle to the final whistle, and he looked  a great player again, after struggling with the rest of our players last season.

Things are certainly looking up for Newcastle, and we could be the shock side again this season, just as we were two years ago.

That would be great!

What do you think?

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    For those who do not understand T4C but would like towards something, perhaps this is what you are looking for:

  • 2 Our Toon // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I’ll repeat what my sentiments were yesterday seeing as Tequila etc. think pards is doing a fantastic job. We are in exactly the position we should be at come the end of the season, no surprises there…the only reason CERTAIN fans are getting carried away is because they are comparing us to last year. Last year Pards (the 2nd coming for some on here now) got it horribly wrong with his tactics, his negligence had us fighting relegation. This season we’ve won against Man Utd (worst MU team in a long time) got lucky against Spurs (thank you Krul) and played well against Chelsea but why are some hiding behind those results to justify how good pards is? We lost to Hull at home, lost to the Scum bottom of the league & recently lost to striker-less Swansea 3rd game in 6 days, let’s have some realism!!

    I know CERTAIN individuals will refer to me as a negger but I believe in realism & I feel what I’m seeing is realistic, I wish I could be as deluded as some. Ask yourself before praising Pards…is this a top 7 side? If not then who is better? He’s performing on par for what is expected of this team, we aren’t in the top 4 if we were then by all means jump on the bandwagon & praise the man for overachieving. He’s done a good job so far but has achieved exactly what is expected from us. We all have different expectations from our team for this season but as great as results are against teams that should be competing in top 4 we are dropping points against the lesser sides. I managed to give pards credit for Saturday because he played the formation which was required against Swansea 4-2-3-1 works so much better because we have Remy up top rather than Cisse, I credited pards for the 1st season where we certainly did over achieve, but last year I rightly had a go at him because we underachieved (massively) & this year we are on par for what the squad should achieve that’s called being realistic & not a negger perspective!! So the delusional bunch are we a top 7 side?

    T4C are so much more than marchers etc. if people actually got involved rather than criticise it then maybe the undercurrent of issues regarding the club could be resolved (Ashley)!!

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    interesting little snippet in ‘THIS’ mornings Chronicle about Cabaye and his future.
    ‘Who does not want to play for PSG today’
    But I am focusing on a big season, we are well placed I feel very good I want it to be a big season to try finish as high as possible while thinking about next summers World Cup

  • 4 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Our Toon

    Being realistic is excellent and I generally support much of what you say. But does that mean one should constantly be vigilant for the next stumbling block or be more inspired to greater achievement?

  • 5 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Our Toon

    Don’t worry about being called a “negger”. It shows you care and aren’t prepared to accept mediocrity.

    Pardew is a fair-weather manager.
    Disrupt his routine with a mid-week game and he’s in pieces.
    A few injuries and Pardew doesn’t have the ability to inspire the young players or fringe squad players when they have to step up.

    A fully fit squad and seven days to have training and tactical meetings … he’s capable of doing a good job.
    Shame it isn’t like that in reality.

    He’s only finishd 5th … SBR got sacked for that! Perspective.

  • 6 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    If you want to generate transfer rumours how about Andros Townsends and Jermain Defoes comments?

  • 7 yo-yo // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Our Toon

    We played 4231 last season with poor results. If the Spanish Waiter had come here he would have played it all the time. I prefer Pards 442 and 433. You can rehash both to the 451 we need when we are getting overrun in midfield.

  • 8 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    ‘Perspective’ is the word of the day folks!

  • 9 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Love the bit about attacking make-up … it’s not just me is it that thinks Pardew is very much a back foot, defence first, clean sheet before goals guy?

    Although he does seem to have set the team up to have more of an attacking threat lately. The injury to Jonas may have actually helped us there.

  • 10 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM


    Mainly because the lone striker was so off form.
    You need a very accomplished striker to play up by himself.

    Cisse wasn’t good enough.

  • 11 mindshaft // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Basically we come undone against sides who close us down, have a lot of movement and pass it quickly – Pards needs to sort the tactics out on how to negate those teams
    Pards is hardly the best manager in the league and we’ve been extremely lucky with injuries so far but we’re doing well for a team built on a shoestring and I’m uncertain we could actually attract a better manager who would work under the conditions that Pards has – ( bonus driven wages, low funds, etc )

  • 12 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    “We played 4231 last season with poor results”
    Was that with Guiterrez as holding midfielder and Cisse constantly offside? True it needs the right players and the formation will need to change, but it was changing 2 or 3 times in a match last season. 4231 offers a better balance between attack and defense, with 2 holding midfielders there is less demand on the wingers to provide defensive cover.

  • 13 lesh // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate @3…. If you look at The Mag, you’ll find a translation of Cab’s interview. It seems very positive to me and his comment about PSG could be taken any way one wants.

    I think that if we do well and qualify for the ECL, he’ll stick around – as I think will Remy a d others.

  • 14 70TWO // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Hopefully the Joeker can cut out the dead wood and buy better quality players to support the team. All the talk of team moral can not be a bad thing for helping to hold on to players and hopefully it is not just a sign of over-inflated confidence.

  • 15 ethiomag // Dec 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    i’ve a feeling sir Alex Ferguson’ll retun from retirement to manage MU soon.
    on cabaye,i think he is our key player,interesting 2 to c how NU cop without him against sthptn.
    by the way,how many time NU and other clubs make training for the next game in a week time?

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