Newcastle In A Good Place – The Owner Is Really Pleased


Alan Pardew has revealed in one of his many interviews today that Mike Ashley – the Newcastle owner – is really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment, and that’s hardly surprising since 30 points from the first 17 games in the Premier League, is the best we’ve ever done since Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

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Mike Ashley in deep thought – hey – I’m really pleased

This is some of what Alan has said today in the local press:

“I just think we’re in a good place as a club. I know we’ve some strange opinions about us from outside but we’re working well together.”

“The owner is really pleased, I’m really pleased and the players are, more importantly,  also really pleased.”  “If the players aren’t happy, you can’t get those sort of performances.”

“We sit down, we discuss and we make sure we make the right decision for the club.” “The finance comes out of course but also a selection of what I need and with Joe’s knowledge of football he knows that the manager needs certain things.”

Newcastle now have a terrific opportunity to bring in a couple of good players in the January transfer window, and we should do that – if the right players are available.,

Then in the summer we can unload a few players and bring other better ones  in – so that hopefully we’ll have an even stronger squad for next season.

And if we do manage to qualify for Europe, we should do an awful lot better in the league than we did last season.

Comments welcome.

Note – One of our readers Shaun is a season ticket holder, but is not in Newcastle for the holidays – he has a spare ticket for the Stoke game and can be contacted at s.borland@ncl.ac.uk and on twitter at sean4eva09.

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112 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Dec 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Very pleased to be where we are, but lets not get too carried away. Another 11 games and then lets see where we are before forecasting another season in Europe.

    http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/9084286/crystal-palace-v-newcastle-le-tissier

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    If we were particularly hoping to be in Europe next season, we need to be achieving 2 points per game. When we have 10 games to go at the end of the season, beginning of March, we should have around 56 points. That is another 26 points in the next 11 games, 6 wins 5 draws and 0 loses. That would be superb and well worth excessive celebration, at the moment lets enjoy Xmas.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s not get carried away.
    CL football here we come again 🙂

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 23, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    cyprus – nice one :-))

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    i think we are as much in the mix for top 4 as everton and spurs…we have some very very good players.

    Will be interesting to see Jan business…could be crucial to all the teams battling, see if one can edge ahead.

    After last season where every game was a grind, it’d great to have everyone playing well, knowing their roles and pulling their weight.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t help feeling the ugly duckling at the bottom of the table should be with the other teams beginning with ‘S’ grouped in the middle of the table. “Nahh”, aesthetics can loose out to supremacy.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Sage
    I think 1st and 2nd is between Arsenal and Man City
    3rd and 4th Liverpool and Everton favourites to me, but anyone from Chelsea, Spuds the Toon and Man Utd could make 3rd or 4th.
    Could be edge of the seat season

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    I can’t see that much happening in the Jan transfer window unless we get a real bargain – would be good to get at least 1 in and pref 2 just to keep the current first 11 on their toes

    League is wide open this year and although ultimately I think Man City will win the league, all other places are up for grabs

    Just got to keep winning, we can’t afford to let the gap to 5th get any bigger especially with Spurs / Manure right behind us…. (I never thought I’d be saying that at xmas at the beginning of the season)

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Personally I think Arsenal will need to buy a striker in Jan to keep in contention, an injury to Giroud or Ramsey and they are pretty much stuffed

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Lads n lasses
    Mind you if we are still up there at the end of the season our run in is tough bloody tough –
    Man utd H
    Stoke A
    Swansea H
    Arsenal A
    Cardiff H
    and last day A at Liverpool

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    charlie

    the good thing about that is that we have an easier run in before so could get points on the board which adds pressure to the others chasing us

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    The owner is pleased he wont spend any money in January .

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  • BuckLuck

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I must say I’m enjoying my self as a Newcastle fan these days. I didn’t think Pardew was able to turn us around, but I was dead wrong. Good job Pards, and shame on me for being too pessimistic.

    On Ashley; I think he’s managing the club like it’s suppose to be managed a few years down the line, but we’re not quite there yet though.

    To begin with he must invest in 2-3 quality players on top of the squad we have already have(add a new one for every sale). Until then we’re very vulnerable. If only he could see that and act!

    If he does the unthinkable and improves the squad the next two windows I’m satisfied and pretty optimistic.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Transfer
    Hopefully !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • davetoon

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Last game reminds me of 2003/04 when from memory we pretty much played Liverpool for the final Champions League spot in the second last game and lost. Ended up 5th

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning all
    Charlie- if that would have been our run in last season we would have been playing championship football this term. What a sobering thought to bring everyone back down to earth

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Really hope Moussa can avoid a yellow against Stoke. our right side can do real damage against Arsenal.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    i think any of the 4 teams…arsenal, liverpool, chelsea and city can win the title…none are that far ahead of each other, each has players who can win games.

    I think it’s shaping up to be the best season for a long while. And all it took was sir alex leaving…who’d have thought getting rid of that miserable guy would be good ey.

    Has anyone seen the messi to man city news? Zabaleta says he asked about them all the time, aguaro and toure want him to join them. They have former barca technical directors and also messi has fallen out with barca and their club president. I really hope he comes to the league.

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  • NUFCarter

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we can stop looking behind us in the league and just look forward. Its a shame Everton had won yesterday and ideally a draw tonight would be a good result for Newcastle.
    We are only 6 points off the top, so we cant have these teams winning above us if we want to push on in the league, hopefully the evertons, Chelseas and liverpools lose their for pretty soon.

    I believe with our current team and form we can challenge that top 4. Just need to keep doing what we are doing, no big changes and hopefully we can avoid any injuries.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Dave toon

    It was the last game. second last game was against Southampton, drew 3-3

    Had to win both to qualify drew both. 🙁

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  • NUFCarter

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    I reckon the their will be a few yellows from each team against Stoke. Stoke are bottom of the fair play league so with their disciplinary record the game could get quite heated. Is Sissoko the only player with 4 yellows?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I can understand people being excited about the up and coming window but you’re just setting yourselves up for a fall, a push for top four would probably need a 20M investment without a guarantee of even making EL, nothing short of disaster will see us outside the top ten and that won’t require any investment at all, not suggesting by any means that Ashley doesn’t want us to do well, but he’s not bothered if we just hover about that mid table.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    jail

    I don’t know…i don’t think he has places in mind for targets, other than being comfortably safe.

    But what I think he will do, is add one or two a window to improve the squad. We now have depth and decent bench so don’t need the mass 5/6 players signing…can just do with one or two quality ones.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    jazzp
    yeah
    last season I was predicting the scores and worrying how many points we needed to beat the drop!
    This season
    Could it be predicting the scores and worrying how many points we need to get in the Champions League!

    You can only dream.

    And
    At the beginning of the season it was all DOOM and GLOOM and the Mackems rubbing or faces in it and how many more points than us they were going to get than us!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    jail

    if that was the case surely he’d want us to finish 6th, more prize money but no Europa

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    I am with JFA

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotunda,
    I’m sure he’d like us to finish sixth every season but what Im saying is he’s not going to spend 10M in January to get the extra few million for finishing sixth when he could invest nothing and finish 10th.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Every one can see UCL is a real if not a remote possibility.

    Ashley should do at least a small investment. to test the waters.

    You can see other teams doing business.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s best to wait and see what happens, it might be a bad or good window, the last two januarys have been good.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    HD

    brilliant test match just down in south africa wasnt it

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    TS

    It was great.

    I was rooting for SA.

    I hate Dhoni

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #32

    HD

    haha why don’t you like him, sure you told me once but its been a while.

    It was a great end, seen dhawan not done much in the game though, i want to see him kick on a bit more in test cricket…had such a high on debut

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #33

    TS

    any titbits for Jan? in or out?

    England have all to do to avoid a whitewash.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #34

    TS

    yeah great debut against AUS. broke his finger in that match.

    I am surprised he has done this well?

    SA at Jo’burg can be tough.

    I personally think he will do well in one dayers and T20 but just above average in tests, abroad particularly

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #35

    HD

    yeh will be hard to avoid it now, been outplayed and never taken advantage when in a good position…and now swann has retired.

    and just the bit i posted a month ago….links with gomis, matuidi, younes kaboul, then some talk of valbuena too

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Been
    England chasing 4 hundred plus would of thrown the towel in.

    See Borthwick has just been called up into the England squad.

    Should of been there at the start with Onions

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    HD

    I agree with that, don’t think he will go down as test great but can see him averaging mid 40’s…he’s a good player and even when with us in an amateur set up would train so hard.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #38

    Cook is a dour, defensive slow scorer and his tactics kind of mirror that.

    Clarke is a far more positive player and captain.

    We need a clean sweep. we had a good run but time to move on. Would love Tom Moody as coach.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #39

    charlie

    so true england would never go for it.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #40

    charlie

    onions should have been there 100%, he is a class act…borthwick is good but think he needs a bit more time to develop his game, leg spin is hard to get right at an early age. also the way england play, very conservatively, I don’t think they are brave enough to go for leg spin as even the greats like warne would go for a good few runs.

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