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There Can Be No Excuses From Newcastle From Now On

10:16 am, Sunday, January 5th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Newcastle have a few injuries to Fab Coloccini and Yohan Cabaye, but they are unlikely to miss too many games since Newcastle now have only 18 league games to play in the season, given that we are out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

alan pardew stoke at home 5-1

Alan Pardew – under scrutiny following three defeats
and another ignominious exit from FA Cup


We have three games in January, four games in February, five in March, four in April and a couple in May before the season ends a couple of weeks early on Sunday 11th May, because of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

We have a bigger and better squad than we had last year when we played 14 games in the Europa League and played a total of 54 games in total last season.

This season we will play 42 games in total.

And we have eight days rest now before we take on Manchester City at St James’ Park in the Premier League – which is one reason we could have started a stronger side yesterday.

The home league game against Manchester City is a game we have lost four times since we were promoted back to the Premier League in 2010  - so we suppose Newcastle are due a win.

Then we have West Ham and Norwich away and Sunderland at home – and those are three possible banana skins against three relegation sides right there – we could slip up in each one of them.

And Alan Pardew should make the Sunderland game a top priority for Newcastle, because another defeat would not go down well on Tyneside, and that’s a huge understatement.

The positive way to look at things after our ignominious exit once again from the FA Cup, is that we are in good shape to do well in the run-in to the league.

And the players and the manager have something to prove, after somehow managing to lose three games in a short six days - and it’s  the manner of those defeats that is disturbing.

Looking on the bright side we may still do well in the league this season,  but no trophies once again for Newcastle this season - for the 45th season in a row by our reckoning. :(

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Please lads, i have one question. How is doing Mbabu and Kemen for our development team? I have no information about that….

  • 2 jimiley // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    What is the purpose of Newcastle United?
    The only competitions we can win are the Cups. We can never win the league or even Champions League place unless we get lucky and then our small squad would be devastated playing Champions league and Premiership football.
    But our manager has said he does not want Europa Cup football and the owner has dismissed the Cups.
    So what is our purpose?
    Our purpose is to get mid table security and make as many millions for the owner as possible. We could not even focus on the FA Cup when we are safe from relegation. That means playing an extra six games a season. We could not manage that in case it affected our league position.
    A team with no ambition to win anything when it is allegedly the 20th richest in Europe has lost its soul. It has sold out to capitalism and sold out its fans. I am now an armchair fan after 50 years on the terraces. I have watched some crap NUFC teams. That is not the point. I will not finance an individual who exploits the fans for personal gain and offers nothing in return except survival. It is so sad. A club with no purpose which will never realize its potential under this owner..

  • 3 bills-son // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    We have a decent squad but we only have imo two quality players who consistently produce quality pervormances and that is Debuchy and Tiote.Our midfield as a unit is far more a hard working one than a free running, creative, fast attacking unit like Arsenal or City’s and thats why we rarely look exciting or create many chances.HBA is the only real game changer we have and he isn’t consistent.I said a few weeks ago that our squad had never been as bad as some suggested at the start of the season but neither was it as good as some were saying when we were 5th.

  • 4 jimiley // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Ed,
    If you think there are going to be no more excuses from Pardew from now on, you are living in a fantasy world.

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Slank
    Deffo – I think, the FA Cup is a fading competition.
    Something has to be done to revive it

    Watched the Blackburn v Man City game before yesterdays match – half full ground – no atmosphere, another 11 a – side kick a-about game NO blood and guts.
    then just heard the report on the Aresnal v Spuds game nearly full house but again reporters liked it to low key game not a derby between ‘deadliest’ rivals.

  • 6 bishopblaize // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Our squad is in the making and yesterday showed who under achieved when it was a matter to rest players and some of the guys didn’t step up to the mark.

    Now the window is open we have witnessed where we need to strengthen and the drift wood needs to be passed down stream.

    The manager left it with those guys to make an impression and they failed!

    Our forward line is pathetic if we are to compete. They can be blamed for lack of service as our 1st eleven are class going forward.

    I’m sure if board pull it together (I have faith) then we’ll have a canny season!

    HWTL

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    there’s one thing that SBR & KK gave Newcastle that AP couldn’t in a million years give Newcastle

    and that’s HUNGER

    back in the day the awaken giants where hungry for success fair enough we didn’t win any silverware but we were in the Champions league, cup finals, the players were so determined and hungry.

    but now though it’s gone until we find a proper chairmen & Manager who are hungry for success.

  • 8 Douglas // Jan 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Anyone else realise we are on target to achieve almost all of our seasons ambitions? Out of the cups early, no European football, no relegation, top ten in the league (heaven forbit 5th or higher). Club serves its purpose of supporting SD profits.

  • 9 Jarra // Jan 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Just gutted one step forward two back, I am not for or against Pardew but I do believe he. Has one game plan sit back work hard stay tight and if we are still in the match with twenty minutes to go let’s grab a goal. Its not what I like but it is what we do. Great tactics I guess against the likes of Man City who knows we might get a draw or even a win if we can stem the flow till last 20 mins. Against West Ham and Norwich must not lose games so we know he will again keep it tight and might get the draw or the one nil win. Unless we get the man in the middle of the Stoke match I honestly do not think he will set out to attack the opposition until they are reduced to 9 men. My prediction for the rest of the season is we will bounce between 7th and 15th and that’s the season over. I will always follow the lads and support them long and hard difference is now, I am not really enjoying it.

  • 10 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Toonfan8

    http://www.nufc.com/2013-14html/acad-apps.html

    https://twitter.com/Kevin_Baboo

    Two links for you

  • 11 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    to hear him whinge about injuries to collocinin and suspension to debuchy before the game was sickening. we’ve only had one injury all season. does he not think other teams are playing with depleted squads?

    i don’t like it when he prepares excuses before games as we always follow them up by losing

  • 12 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Thank god we have an experienced and sophisticated owner in Mike Ashley who thinks long term and seems quite able to deal with the knee-jerk hysteria of your average Toon Army fan.
    If this was the era of fat Freddy and the Mackem supporting Hall family we would have spent about 65 million on glamour millionaire wankers (Owen etc.?) and gone thru 4 or 5 shit managers

  • 13 fatash // Jan 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    We are where Ashley wants us and it is very unlikely we will bring in any new blood this window, I hope I am wrong. but so long as we get the 7 or 8 points we need for safety he will regard anything else as a plus. Pardew lost us the match on Saturday, wrong team selection and wrong tactics again. I think we will finish the season on 53 points so we are not relegation fodder but we should do better. Before anybody asks I am 100% against Pardew he had a good run in november and december he found a formation that worked but that is showing signs of cracking up

  • 14 hadthetshirt // Jan 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    No Excuses.Well sorry but pardwho wrote the book on excuses.He even gets them in before kick off some times.It’s entitled “We wuzz tired”

  • 15 lesh // Jan 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    jimiley @2

    Any money made by Newcastle United is made for Newcastle United. The owner has only taken out a small part of the money he loaned the club.

    It appears that Ashley, the individual, makes nothing from Newcastle United.

    In fact, it could be argued that his loan to the club is actually costing him money as it carries no interest charge. Had he put that money into say a Post Office savings account, he’d gain interest on it.

    When will this myth be laid to rest.

  • 16 Bryan // Jan 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    @2 Your spot on. We have our best squad for many a year but it is being dragged down by a totally clueless manager who is incapable of getting very good players to put 2 passes together. I think how these players would perform under a manager like, Luardrup, Matineze, Bergkamp etc Either one of these managers would transform the way we play into a team worthy of our support. Unfortunately it will never happen under Ashley. Sad,sad,sad.

  • 17 isleofmanman // Jan 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I’m weary of this manager slagging his own players off in public and I’m weary of the Club being operated by savvenars




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