Pardew – My Players Lost Their Heads


Newcastle fans are getting just a little bit sick and tired of Newcastle being humiliated by Sunderland every time we play them, and we’ve now lost the last three games, and in each case Sunderland have been below Newcastle in the league in the bottom four – it’s not like they have a good team and are in the top six.

alan pardew home to Sunderland 3-0 Feb 2014

Alan Pardew yesterday

Alan Pardew was besieged after the game by reporters and this is some of what he told them after the game, and it’s an indictment of some of Newcastle’s players:

“You know, in terms of attitude and application and winning headers and winning tackles, I thought we was pretty even. But in terms of possession we wasn’t.”

“We lost our heads today. In a derby you’ve got to be brave with the ball and you’ve got to make the right decisions, and we didn’t do that today.”

We suppose those claims of having too many French players (or too few English and local players) will come up again, but Alan Pardew has to be responsible for getting his players ready for the derby games, which are the two most important games of the season for Newcastle fans.

And he’s now the manager whose lost three in a row, for the first time since 1923.

It’s Alan’s record against Sunderland which is more likely to get him the sack from Newcastle than anything else – can you imagine the situation next year if we’ve lost five in a row against Sunderland for the first time in our history?

My whole body just started to shake. 🙁

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33 comments so far

  • Slank

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    18Slank // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Ed, Newcastle had no realistic choice when PSG came calling.

    Newcastle got a very good deal from PSG. Which Frenchman would turn down a move to the best French club, playing Champions League in a World Cup year, in the French capital where is family will be very happy to be settled?

    It’s about time everyone got over the sale of Cabaye.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Slank

    Why not hold out til the summer? Good world cup gets a few more interested and a bigger fee (i know peopel refer to webster ruling but been in place for 8 years and can count on one hand how often used)

    Get the end of the season out of him, gives us more chance to kick on, gets ashley more cash (or a poor world cup and he might have no options to move on) and cabaye would still give 100% as he needs to impress to play for france.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    TS
    Rebiuld,The only players coming in this summer will be cheaper replacements of those that leave, the team will be assessed in January if we are looking ropey then the squad will be strengthened, if we are sitting pretty Tiote will be sold in the last week of the window.

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  • dubzy

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Player lost there heads………No pards you forking lost yr head u tw@t

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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Transfer,
    I get your point, but the fans have been just as meek in the past. We have been selling our best players for ever, just when we are on the threshold of ‘the next level’. In the case of Cabaye, I don’t think this is the case. If we had invested (or invest in the summer) in TWO ten million players he would hardly have been missed.
    We are in a rare luxurious position in that we are safe and have nothing to play for. We can try all kinds of players and tactics. If players aren’t motivated or good enough, sell them en masse. If Pardew can’t produce results. get rid as soon as season ends.

    The Ashley out deal is way bigger and hard to achieve, with no day after plans. We need another football crazy billionaire willing to invest in a club which is not popular abroad. He isn’t anywhere to be seen at the moment.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Utterly woeful, insipid and gutless performance yesterday. Not sure I can see how Pardew will remedy it for the Chelsea match either, given his comments of having to go back to basics following the display and Cabaye’s departure. Back to basics says to me that we will be looking to be more workmanlike and direct, hardly signs of the club making progress.

    Another comment found worrying from Pardew before the game was his comments on LDJ being a finisher. He said that they would now have to start working on creating chances in the box as Luuk is a finisher. Sorry, but surely creating chances in the box is something that should always be worked on by any side…

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  • sparky55

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    “It’s Alan’s record against Sunderland which is more likely to get him the sack from Newcastle than anything else”

    Why is that ED…Do you honestly think that’s the most important thing any manager has to achieve irrespective of whether we are relegated or where we finish in the league or how the fans are entertained…is it really just all about beating the mackems and do honestly think it will have an bearing whatsoever on whether Pardew gets the sack. Ashley doesn’t give a monkeys if we beat the mackems or not so why would he sack Pardew over it?

    Another pearl of wisdom from ED to get the rants going…well done ED…you’re a proper wind up merchant who has dumbed down the debate to it’s lowest level with that one.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus,
    “We are in a rare luxurious position in that we are safe and have nothing to play for.”

    That sounds like it is straight out of Mike Ashley’s vision for the club speech.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank
    Why have we?
    There’s still half a season to play, they sold our star player whilst we were 5 points off a champions league spot and 12 points of the clubs in the bottom half
    With a real chance to show some ambition we chose not too

    You say we had no choice, he’s contracted to the club we aka ways have a choice
    He trained and played for the club, if the club had showed even the slightest hint of ambition in the previous 3 weeks of the window it would of shown at the very least some plan to move forward

    So were now cut adrift from the clubs above us 10 points above the clubs below us camped well and truly in mid table with no signs of wanting to actually do what every sports club in the world should do as a matter of principle, compete
    So explain how this was a good deal for Newcastle United

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    TS,
    Maybe his value might of soared but then again he might have been injured, in Malevolent Mikes eyes the only logic in trying to keep onto him would be to try and secure an EL spot and we know now what the management think of that number.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    I’m not sure what you mean by that

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    jail

    that’s my worry, any player can be sold for a top price, i appreciate that (RE: andy carroll).

    But it’s almost like they wanted to cash in on cabaye and took this opportunity as come the summer PSG might go for the next flavour of the month and then we’d just be left with a good player instead of a pile of cash.

    Cyprus

    I’d replace pardew but with Ashley in charge there is nothing in his history to suggest we’d get anyone better

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  • Slank

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Sage @ 2

    Newcastle didn’t have a hope of convincing Cabaye to stay.

    Professionally his heart and head would have been to return to France. His family would have had no second thoughts about returning to their home country and their own culture.

    As I said, time to move on.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    “Cyprus
    We are in a rare luxurious position in that we are safe and have nothing to play for.”

    Possibly the most awful comment written by a football fan, still a possibility of 7th spot being a European spot, were only 3 points off that, nothing to play for? Ok JFK

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesper from previous
    That’s what Lovenkrands said, so how’s that my fault exactly?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    slank

    I agree we need to move on now it’s done, got to look forward.

    But we didn’t need to accept the bid and he can’t move unless we do. Shold have just said no, play here til the summer, not leaving us mid seasn, especially for just 20mil

    he wont refuse to play unless he wants to watch the world cup from his home

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Cyprus,
    What he meant is that to say that having nothing to play for is a luxury simply because we are safe is something that should never be uttered outside of a meeting of the three lying stooges.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Look up the table: are we in a position (under the current regime: players, coach, ownership) to challenge for a higher position?
    Realistically, no. That’s all I said. Why are you so fast to label positions and people? Pro and against whoever, I don’t give a s—.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Cyprus,
    I meant that that is exactly what it appears Ashley wants the club to do. Be safe but don’t threaten to do any better than that. No danger of relegation, not looking to push for Europe etc. If that is what we have to look forward to, season ticket prices should be halved as we only will be playing half a season competitively.

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  • Lu-toon

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    “You know, in terms of attitude and application and winning headers and winning tackles, I thought we was pretty even. Basically i motivated my team
    But in terms of possession we wasn’t.” Basically once they are on the field there is not much i ca do about it

    “We lost our heads today. In a derby you’ve got to be brave with the ball and you’ve got to make the right decisions, and we didn’t do that today.”
    Basically its the players fault.

    Q:Why is this man so arrogant an unanswerable to all that goes wrong on the pitch.
    A: Because he feels untouchable thats why. He knows he is not going anywhere.

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  • NUFCarter

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s going to be very hard to get 7th place come the end of the season llooking at Manchester uniteds, ours and Southamptons next fixtures

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    cyprus

    if we had kept cabaye and added cabella (or somebody like him) and got luuk in as we did then we had a chance, even if small to really give the top 7 spots a good go, even if we are the outside bet.

    And even selling cabaye why was grenier our only option? do we not scout more that one at a time? I guess Ashley won’t pay two train tickets for Mr Carr in a weekend.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    The Champions League has caused a huge divide in the league. There’s nothing little teams can do. Maybe it’s time to get rid of the january window.

    You have to be stupid to think we can compete with these teams, or think that by getting rid of Ashley we’d automatically get a better chairman. Shepard had us permanently near bottom and in Leeds style debt. He only ever done well when he was lucky enough to get Robson in. And then he sacked him for Souness.

    It’s worse in Germany. every year Bayern buy the 2 best players from whichever team comes 2nd, destroying any competition they might have.

    Most leagues are now becoming as predictable as the Scottish Premier. Eventually fans will stop watching.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #24

    lilongwe

    To counter tha…ashley might say the half season he wants us to play competitively will be at home, so season ticket prices will double as that’s when you’ll see our best football….haha

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  • Slank

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    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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  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Dude,
    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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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    With Pardew saying that having LDJ and us needing to change to create chances in the box, if this hasn’t highlighted the much reasoned argument that we look clueless in the final third, then I don’t know what else does.

    That’s why he jusr relies on long shots, wonder goals and errors from the opposition.

    The man is a joke, and is a leech to Ashley’s money and diabolical plans.

    I would gladly not turn up to St.James’ to force him out, however it needs thousands to do the same AT THE SAME TIME. No good me not turning up and everyone else does. I’ve just wasted pre-paid tickets.

    It’ll take organisation and planning to get everyone to do it. Things can still be done, such as everyone just watching the first half then leaving to a near empty secomd half. Even turning up outside the ground to sing, leaving empty seats inside.

    It is way beyond happy clapping and thinking everything is rosey.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Losing 3 derbies games in a row and the man responsible us still here . Just proves that nufc are no longer a team with a ambition. P- 6 L-4 D-1 W1 is not acceptable at this club or any club for that matter, the big 4 would not accept it , why should we . Get this man away from this club , he dosnt get the meaning if a derby game , come out of poyets pocket now it’s Sunday

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  • Lu-toon

    Feb 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #29

    And still people don’t get it

    Pardew is here to stay

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    I think 7 th place is very easy achievable . In fact no problem I would put stew quid on it . 7 th bottom not top .

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #31

    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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  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    We all know that Mike Ashley is after free transfer players this summer. All French aswell. He plays a game every year or so Called how can I stab the fans in the back and make them look total fools. Ahhh I know lets sell our best player for silly money and get no one in and then get battered or The sunderland Scum … Enough is Enough Ashley The Fans Detest you so Do us a Faver Find a Buyer . Cardiff did it leeds did it also Liverpool so get it sorted as your not wanted here …

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  • toonluvva

    Feb 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33

    So Cabaye has gone. I don’t blame him. He took a good look at what SportsDirect FC had to offer him and thought he was destined for better things.

    Goodbye Cabaye, thanks for the goals and memories you have left us with.

    Your departure has highlighted the glaring problems at SJP. It seems we knew that you were going but no-one bothered to source a replacement, even on loan. That’s your job Kinnear.

    Many other players will be agitating for a move soon, especially after the world cup. You can guarantee it will be the better players who will looking to move on, Krul, Hatem, Debuchy etc. Strola will want to stay and fight for his place, and our manager will be delighted to keep him on top wages.

    Of course, Remy will be away for the same reason as Cabaye. A$h£ey will instruct Kinnear to try and buy cheaply, or bring in players on loan only in the summer.

    Relegation next season will become more likely due to mismanagement of our proud club. A$h£ey will probably sell off as many players as he can before looking for a new buyer.

    The futures bleak, the futures SportsDirect FC.

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