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Pardew And His Players Have Lots To Prove

9:01 pm, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

There may even be a decent outcome to this season, even though we have lost our play-maker Yohan Cabaye, and that’s something that is far from fans’ minds at the moment.

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Alan Pardew – has to prove he has what it take to be Newcastle manager

But Newcastle are still in a de nt position in the league table with 37 points form 324 games played and although our next two games at Chelsea and at home to Tottenham are difficult, easier ones are on the way.

These are the games we have through the end of March:

February
Sat 08	15:00	A   Chelsea				
Wed 12	19:45	H   Tottenham				
Sun 23	13:30	H   Aston Villa				
March
Sat 01	15:00	A   Hull City				
Sun 09	16:00	H   Everton				
Sat 15	15:00	A   Fulham				
Sat 22	15:00	H   Crystal Palace				
Sat 29	15:00	A   Southampton

After the Tottenham game we have a chance in every one of the next six games with the hardest Likely to be Everton at home and Southampton away.

And after the Chelsea and Tottenham games we should definitely have captain Fabricio Coloccini back, and we hope that Yoan Gouffran can return against Chelsea this Saturday, and he’s had a good season with seven goals.

And a certain Loic Remy will also return after the Tottenham game, so if we can get some result against Tottenham that would be good, but Spurs tend to be better away form home these days.

Loic has not future at Newcastle after this season, but if he can keep getting the goals he can help us stay around 8th place in the league and we are really hoping Luuk de Jong comes good before May.

So Alan Pardew, his coaching staff and the playing squad have an awful lot to prove after being beaten by Sunderland twice this season, and giving the Geordie fans another humiliating 3-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.

And we’ve lost the last four games at home, including three league games in which we have also failed to score a goal. :(

So much for St. James’ Park being the proverbial fortress.

Time to see what Alan and the players are made of.

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Tags: Coaching · Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Loic Remy · Luuk de Jong · Newcastle News · Yoan Gouffran



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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MosesNUFC // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    What needs to happen:
    NOW:
    Sack pardew
    appoint laudrup

    SUMMER:
    Ashley sells

    We NEED to get laudrup in, he’s a top manager who had hardly any time to prove himself at swansea. Sadly i cannot see it happening under ashley, but we cannot afford to let this opportunity pass by us, he can catch us up with sunderland in terms of quality of football. He’s a winner as well.

  • 2 JackButler // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Pardew has had a lot to prove his entire career, why should he start now?

    We’ll still see Shola, Saylor and Santon starting (there’s a pattern there) and we’ll still be fed the same lame excuses he’s been spouting out for years

  • 3 asenski // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    i just want to see a manager at nufc who tries to win matches form the first min
    in this terms laudrup is far ahead of pardew
    so yeah appoint laudrup or any other who carries progressive football mind out

  • 4 Sir Braveheart // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Laudrup coming to Newcastle?

    Never. Going. To. Happen.

    Id give it the same odds as Katie Price becoming our new director of football.

  • 5 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I get the impression Laudrup has a track record of being good in his first year and then not doing so well

  • 6 9 // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Based in the South, looking forward (?) to my first match this season, for various reasons, on Saturday: oo’er missus, let’s hope we can make a fist of it!

  • 7 70TWO // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    We need at least 11 points by the end of March to average 1.5 points per game. Looking at the fixtures I would say there should be at least 4 wins and so a good target would be 12 points, anything less is poor and points to ineptitude.

  • 8 p // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I think Katie Price would probably do a better job than JFK.

  • 9 70TWO // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Seems to me Laudrup has been a disappointment at management, evidenced by his managerial career, but would perhaps make a good DoF.

  • 10 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Laudrup sacked… Come on Ashley! Get the bastard in!

  • 11 ToonBano // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Wanna know what I think….it’s pretty clear!!

    http://www.toonbano.com/2014/02/michael-laudrup-lined-up-for-newcastle.html#.UvFYuPl_uSo

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    All those games are very difficult now, these teams coming up, until southampton all have something big to play for, title, champs league, avoid relegation.

    After out gutless showing in the derby (players carry the can as much as anyone for that) then I think we will struggle to get many points.

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    ToonBano…Thought you had retired!

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    laudrup is a good manager i think, but how good i don’t know, think there are plenty out there better than him

    swansea isn’t cut and dry, his performance has dipped but also he has refused to commit and by all accounts the tension between him and board hasn’t heled

  • 15 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    van der vaart linked ! now theres a good cabaye replacement even if he is 30yo.

  • 16 manxpie // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    how is laudrup a “top manager” he’s just been sacked for winning 7 outa 34 games!? thats not relegation form thats kamikaze form!

  • 17 ToonBano // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    You can still catch me in The Mag every month Ibizatoon!

    …page 7 ; D

  • 18 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Moses
    I can only shake me heid at “Knownowts” like you.
    Laudrup fooked up at Getafe, Spartak Moskva, and Mallorca
    before being sacked at Swansea how the h”ll can you see him as any kind of improvement I cannot fathom

  • 19 Graeme // Feb 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Toonbano @11 – there is only one slight flaw in your hypotheses.
    MA has absolutely no plans to finish higher than 7th, no lower than 10th.
    Why would any young manager limit himself to a club with ZERO intention of winning ANYTHING??

    Why do you think Cabaye wanted out? He will just be the start of the ambitious players heading for the exit!!

  • 20 ToonBano // Feb 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Well all we have is hope….




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