It’s Been Tough Week – I Accept The Criticism – It’s Hard To Take


Newcastle fans are coming to the end of what has been a very tough week, a week in which we have lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG, but things could have been a lot more positive if Mike Ashley hadn’t been so stingy and refused to pay the going rate for Lyon play-maker Cement Grenier, who now may have been put off joining Newcastle – even in the summer.

clement grenier

Clement Grenier – he would have been great replacement for Yohan

And it was hardly surprising that Newcastle fans invaded the pitch a few times towards the end of the game yesterday – they are just completely fed up with all the nonsense going on at the club in these transfer windows.

And it’s very painful, extremely painful – in fact it’s unbearable – to be hammered by Sunderland three times in a row, and my late father will be turning in his grave.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“I can understand the frustration of the fans. It’s the third straight defeat in the derby and the second at home.”

“You have to accept the criticism that comes our way. We lose Cabaye, and we have no permanent transfers come in, so it’s been a tough week. We’ve had a few blows.”

“When you lose a player of Cabaye’s class you want a replacement, but he didn’t arrive and I have to accept what I’ve got and get the best out of them going forward.

“It’s a defeat that scars the season. In terms of the league position, we’re OK, but this is a blow and it’s hard to take.”

“We need to make sure we get a reaction in our next game.” “People talk about turning things round. We’ve lost a game and we’ve got 37 points.”

“It’s back to basics on the training ground this week to make sure everyone knows their role.” “We didn’t show the professionalism needed after going behind.”

There’s  going to be some reverberations in this coming week, because of this disastrous result and display by a gutless Newcastle side, but Alan Pardew and the players will just have to get on with it.

We have 37 points from 24 games, but we have only 4 points from our last six league games, four of which we have lost without even scoring – and we’ve lost the last three league games at home without scoring.

So Loic Remy being out on suspension will hurt us at Chelsea, and at home to Tottenham, which are the next two games.

But we must show we’re a better team than was on display yesterday – that’s the minimum requirement – and we don’t want to start sliding down the league table as the season comes to an end.

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214 comments so far

  • Lu-toon

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    How predictable

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  • AusMagpie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope to see a big protest and boycott for the next few weeks from you fans able to do anything in the UK. We shouldn’t stand for this and we should do something about it.

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  • Slank

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    REPOST

    TDS

    Too many Newcastle fans are looking at the situation with a Newcastle United hat on, quite understandably, but looking at from Cabaye’s view and his family it is a no brainer.

    If Newcastle had played hardball with him or gone back on a gentlemans agreement it would have sent all the wrong signals to the rest of the French players and any future recruits from abroad. In these circumstances the club did the right thing.

    The thing they didn’t do well, especially given the agreement which must have been in place fir quite awhile, is find a replacement even if not a like for like equivalent of Cabaye.

    Time to move on.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    I am sick and tired of the same sh1t going round and round every season with nufc.
    I am also fed up with the fact that Ashley, jfk and Pardew are fair targets for blame and abuse, but according to many of the people here, the players seem bullet proof. Personally, i think our players have played like gutless cowards in the last three derbys, and that part of it is ENTIRELY down to them. Over paid mincers.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I saw little bits yesterday that did give me some hope (Although it’s up to Pardew to pick up on them)

    Sammy – nothing fantastic and as usual end product not there but he was running at players, it might just give us some ability to pin them back to create space for others

    Marv – looked sharp enough for his first game in god knows how long, he kept it simple and didn’t waste the ball, think him, anita and tiote could form a good relationship in midfield

    de jong – very heavily right footed but lack of football might make him not confident to try his weaker foot, wants to impress early…looks a good player though, found some space

    hba – looking good, burst of acceleration has returned and he is making better decisions in the last two games

    and finally Dummett – crunched through the back of some sunderland player, he’s a good lad

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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    I fully expect us to be challenging for a CL spot every year. I’ve seen worse teams than ours through the years go for it. I’m not one of those fans that are happy with tenth or whatever, surely you’ve been reading some of my posts. Now, are we in a position to go for it at THIS stage? NO.

    Anyway, I respect everyone’s positions, especially yours Lil, so your critique is accepted as such.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    You accept all the criticism because you know deep down it’s your fault and you’re happy to take the flack in exchange for your wages which even if they are amongst the lowest in the league you are still a vastly overpaid moron you arrogant self righteous pr!ck

    you put the team out, you decide the tactics, you set the mood, you’re supposed to get them up for it, you get the half time talk to sort stuff out, you can change the tactics at any time, you think shola is good enough to be on the park for 90 minutes, you think Santon is good, ITS ALL YOUR RESPONSIBILITY YOU CNUT

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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Markaccus,
    spot on

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank

    Well that’s another own goal for me, they shouldn’t have put the January agreement in place with him, it should have been end of the season (unless PSG offer crazy money like 30mil plus).

    As I have said, he wouldn’t have continued to strike as he’s miss out on the world cup.

    Even with the January agreement they could have said 20mil doesn’t match our valuation, we said we would for the right price but that’s too short of our top offer.

    and to say how would going back effect other lads…could flip that and say we now look like we give into the demands of players….it works both ways.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Markaccus
    Spot on the players should take all the blame for yesterdays pitiful gutless display. Neil cameron in the Sunday Sun is laying into the players today no one spared – too right.
    Taylor pumped up shest beating numpty and Stroller couldn’t give a toss Ameobi should never where a TOON shirt again

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    sparky

    I agree….he might not have the resources at his disposal to push top 4 but he has enough in the changing room to beat that rabble from down the road.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Cyprus,
    It wasn’t really meant as a critique. I agree with the point that our season is effectively over, and that there is nothing really left to play for. It was more just an observation on the wording and how Ashley would probably consider this a luxurious position, and settle for it every year.

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  • Slank

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Ausmagpie

    ‘..I hope to see a big protest and boycott for the next few weeks from you fans able to do anything in the UK. We shouldn’t stand for this and we should do something about it…’

    Easy to say when you don’t live, I assume, in the UK and haven’t bought your tickets in advance.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    charlie

    I think our general problems with lack of quality pass and movement comes from the manager.

    The lack of depth comes from Ashley.

    The lack of ability to pass 5 yards, get the corner more than 2 feet off the floor, hit a free kick on target, bust a gut getting forward or back…that comes from the players.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    this is what i don’t get we have two read it two playmakers at Newcastle first one was of course Cabaye second Marvuex.

    so why didn’t marv to take up Cabaye’s role?

    we can’t really say he’s out of form since he hardly played but when he came on yesterday he controlled his passing long and short and they reached our players.

    C’mon Alan explain yourself!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    The thing with pardew is if something doesn’t work and hasn’t done over considerable time why keep re-visiting it?

    Who else starts saylor ahead of MYM or plays Shola for 90mins instead of trying something different like Marveaux.

    Poyet is light years ahead of Pardew in every department.
    Sunderland lost Henderson for 20M, arguably their only player who would have got into our team other than Johnson.

    Ashley appointed Pardew and JFK and the abhorrent Wonga so yes the buck stops with him.

    How can Manu sign a billion dollar kit deal and we get a pittance from Wonga and nothing from Sports Direct?
    You’d think at least Ash would cash in on shirt sales in the far east etc.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Was releived that the fans anger yesterday was mainly in and around the ground, and aimed mainly at those responsible for the state of the club, rather than smashing up the city and engaging in equine fisticuffs.

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  • GeordieoftheSouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I have to say I don’t blame the board for selling Cabaye, the guy obviously wanted to leave and after his sulking back in the Summer, is that really the person you want at our club!? I felt a bit sick when I heard our fans chanting his name yesterday, if it wasn’t for us he wouldn’t be the player he is now.

    Also, I don’t blame the board for not replacing him. They had a couple of targets which didn’t work out, personally I felt as if our season was finished when we went out of FA Cup, we have enough midfielders who can come in and show what they can do until the end of season(all be it not Cabaye quality) and so we can target a creative midfielder in the summer rather than panicing in Jan.

    Won’t I don’t agree with is Pardew lack of confidence in our midfielders yesterday with the long ball to Shola every chance we got…it doesn’t work unless we had Carroll back. It was a disgrace to watch yesterday.

    Our season could be a hell of a lot worse (think back to last season) I know we are all angry but it’s time to move on from Cabaye, its boring…This is just my personal opinion on it all!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Black and White with an army lol

    if truth be told marveaux is a creative type and not a water carrier which is what pardew prefers

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  • NUFCarter

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Back to basics? We are a premier league football club. Everyone should know their role and how our team plays. The manager should be getting that across from the beginning.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    geordie of the south

    please don’t tell me pardew ” made” cabaye.

    Cabaye had won everything in france and played regular CL football with Lille.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda heights

    simply because Man U were in the CL every season this will boost sponsors, even us when we were in Euro we got Wonga as a new sponsor we all can’t stand the tw@ts but it’s the highest sponsor we’ve had so far

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  • jimiley

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Why is he still talking as our manager. Has he no shame?

    Where are all the Ashley lovers and the talk of financial stability.

    Ed, it has taken you 5 long years but the scales have fallen off your eyes at last

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    he’s a god awful coach that get’s embarrassed by good coaches working with inferior squads.

    Poyet has embarrassed Pardew every time he has come up against him, we’ll get mullered down at southamption, even Bruce for christ sake beat us with his quad of misfits, McDermott when he was in charge of Reading last year, Swansea this year…the list goes on…the bottom line is he an inept manager whose real level is way below the Premiership and it’s obvious he’s an arrogant pr!ck who does things his way as opposed to the way all these good young coaches are attempting to play the game.

    He is THE worst manager in the premiership IRRESPECTIVE of who he’s working for because that squad has good 6th or 7th place written all over it in the hands of a decent coach IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO OWNS THE CLUB…IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO OWNS THE CLUB…IRRESPECTIVE OF WHO OWNS THE CLUB AND HOW IT’S BEING RUN.

    he is simply sh!te at what he does and from a by-gone era.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Markaccus, if Poyet hasn’t given you a hint of what can be done, footballing-wise, with vastly poorer players, then I don’t think you can realise grasp the impact and importance of coaching and management in football.

    They were, for a lot of the time, looking comfortable and calm in possession as well as patient, playing nice triangles and decent movement for each other. That is drilled into them by Poyet. Just like Martinez has done at Everton, and Rodgers at Liverpool.

    Passion for the shirt doesn’t just appear from nowhere. A lot of the players aren’t local, so what do they know, really? Remember, they had a lot of non-local players as well. Didn’t affect them, as they were coached into playing a system. A system which brings the best out of the players.

    They should be excited and motivated to play because they are doing what they love doing, and that is playing good, calculated and positive football. That is what the manager should be honing in on as well as explaining the passion of the match and the area. If they then fail to grasp the importance of the occassion, they have planned and positive football to fall back on.

    We don’t have that to start with as we rely on wonder goals and long shots, so when we take those outside of the box shooters out of the team, like Remy and Cabaye, we will hardly score. The team is not based around scoring goals via teamwork so it is no wonder we lost AGAIN.

    So yes, Alan Pardew will take a lot of stick for it and yes ultimately, Ashley is the problem because he limits incomings and thinks it’s OK to hire and keep a lower level dinosaur like Pardew in charge of the one way ticket to mediocrity.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #26

    black and white

    They say wonga is the highest but then the figures are lower than what everyone reported for the virgin money deal

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  • jimiley

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    STAY AWAY

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    T sage and Charlie

    I think its fair to blast the players for the on-feild display. Neither Pards or fats are to blame for the headlessness. It is also fair to say Pardew has selection issues. Fair enough his squad was thread bare, but Rotonda is right when he says why not try something different. Drop Staylor. Give marv a go ( i dont rate him but it cant be worse). Finally Sage is spot on with our horrendous lack of depth being fats fault. Jfk too.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #29

    if MA was this so called genius businessman, then why are Newcastle not pushing for CL football?

    everybody knows the higher you get the more money you will receive!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30

    atchy in norway // Feb 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    it bugs me to think that most of you are getting at players like santon,

    2 seasons ago he was nearly our best player week after week, and now he has falling out of favour,

    he is just a kid with potential , he has not moved forward with his progress one bit,

    we can all see he is not having a good time of late , so what does pardew do, there you go son take more flack for me, take free kicks and corners,

    it bugs me to think sunderland now have gus poyet, and he is working wonders with a bunch of jrney men, he has them playing football, and it is not even his team yet,

    he has took adam johnston and make him look a good player again,

    i can only dream of what he could do with the quality we have , it just amazes me how many fans are quick to point the finger at a player

    make no mistake, i see the big picture, i see that ashley is the guy at the top and has no clue, but no one can knock the quality of players he has got to our club,

    but its what is not getting done with them that hurts me,

    long ball football or shooting from distance, there is no difference, it means you have no clue how to move the ball into the box with movement,

    it also bugs the life out of me when you say look how well we played against norwich, we got a 0-0 against them, at the end of the day they got a point and had the better chances,

    by all means start at the top, get ashley out, but for me, we will be relegated before he goes, i think its easier to tackle the football side of things first, then go for the top

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    for a supposed good man manager I would say pardew has effectively destroyed Ben Arfa, Cisse, Marveaux and MYM.

    Hoof ball to shola for 90 mins shows what a total balloon he really is. One player leaves and we get that s–t

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Larent.

    the skill of the players is irrelevant. Their attitude stinks and that is totally down to them. You cant blame pardew for this, that and the other, then give the players a free ride when they play like fairies.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    black nd white

    Well we broke even last year, this year we get between 20-30mil extra tv money (closer to 30 with out position an tv time) and we get 20mil off cabaye…so thats 40-50mil more than last year, so surely all profit.

    Why spend the extra 30/40/50 mil to only give ourselves a chance of champs league and the extra 20/30 mil that gives when he can just safely plod along mid table and make a killing with this new tv deal.

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  • NUFCarter

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #34

    Poyets record against us is disturbing.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #35

    if we where to aim for CL and got into CL we would get higher sponsors and more sponsors, i just don’t get it!

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    OK Pardew is not the best manager in the world (and in fact not even in the North East) but we all know who the REAL problem is at the Toon.
    I find it amazing that the Sports Direct News website is carrying a big article now saying how the fans turned on the manager yesterday at the derby game. How’s that for deflecting things!
    Got nowt to learn this ba****d.

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #37

    well said catchy…i’m too angry to write well written posts…ut well said…can’t wait too see your fan club react to that one!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #38

    markakkus

    isn’t a manager’s job first and foremost to motivate the players, especially in a home derby.

    yes it is and he didn’t. End of.

    poyet with a far inferior team had his players running through walls

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Transfer Sage

    my point exactly, we would all do this if we had 30-50 million to improve the squad, we are not asking MA to provide this sum of money every season just in 1 season and develop from there

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Markaccus, I totally disagree. Yes, the players should have pride to play, but they aren’t individuals, they are a team of players working together. The manager is the one who needs to fuse those players together. He’s making them look a shambles through a like of attacking cohesion and planning. Hence the long shots, very evident yesterday.

    They don’t know what they should be doing in relation to the other with simple passing and moving. Again, Poyet ahowed this yesterday, with much poorer players.

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