Newcastle Displays Embarassing – They’re Not Good Enough


Something that’s unacceptable as a Newcastle player is not giving 100% for the team and worse still, if you give up while wearing the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.

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Alan Pardew – must get improvement from team and quickly too

But at the end of a 4-0 hammering last night at St. James’ Park against a decent Spurs side, yet another humiliation, which was our fifth home defeat on the trot, and a number of Newcastle players seemed frustrated and disheartened at the final whistle.

Alan Pardew had this to say after the game to Sky Sports:

“The opposition completely dominated us almost from start to finish really and I felt that the team didn’t look balanced or right.”

“I will certainly have to make changes for the Aston Villa game and expect us to do better.” “Obviously Loic hasn’t been available because of suspension but I don’t think that had a major impact on tonight.”

“We looked a little bit unsure at the back and nervous and for the first time for a long time we didn’t look confident so I have got a bit of work to do.”

“It’s certainly a worry because of the manner of the defeat. We have got to have a lot more fight on the pitch for these fans.”

In the last several weeks Alan Pardew had not got the best out of the players available to him, even though we have been missing players like Coloccini, Tiote and Remy – but the performances are simply not good enough – given the quality of the players still available.

After all,  tonight we were missing only Coloccini, Remy and Tiote – and every other senior player was available.

The last eight league games have been very similar to last season’s demise  and we have only 4 points out of those games, and haven’t scored in seven of them so really – it’s even worse than last season.

Alan Pardew cannot afford for Newcastle to crumble in the final 12 games of the season, he’s now skating on thin ice, because last season the manager was (very) fortunate  to survive, after losing 10 of 13 league games.

Now he’s lost six of the last eight league games, so he has to improve – and the players have to improve too.

There’s still time to turn this thing around, but it’s starting to get just a little scary – especially after what happened last season.

But at least we are safe from relegation.

Aren’t we? 🙁

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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140 comments so far

  • Honkytonk Man

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Tds

    Both qpr and Soton have owners that back their manager. Granted,the managers of qpr have wasted millions, but they have been backed.

    Ashleys tenure has been an unmitigated disaster, stumbling from one disaster to the next.

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  • daztoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    He should clear out his desk order a taxi and never set foot in the home dugout again.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Black and White with an army lol

    WHAT????!!!

    Any NUFC fan who wants us to lose the next 12 games just to get the manager sacked is not the kind of fan that I associate with my club.

    You set a manager a target and if he hits it, he keeps his job, if he doesn’t then he’s sacked. Pardew’s target was top 10. End of.

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  • Honkytonk Man

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4

    If Ashley were Sotons owner, Shaw/lallana/Rodriguez or another player would’ve been flogged in January with no replacement.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Honkytonk Man

    Different type of backing. Our wage bill is much higher than Southampton’s and we’ve signed more top players.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyway…I’m gone. Night all. And keep the faith (if you still have it)…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon-Prodigy

    “Pardews tactics and performances in the first half of the season has been excellent”

    you got to be kidding me with that statement, we had good games against Liverpool, Chelsea and a epic performance against Man U, personally i would say we were extremely lucky scrapping out results, did you watch the other games?

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  • Honkytonk Man

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Tds

    Pardews target was top ten? Says who? Kinnear? And you believe everything he says? If pardews target were top ten, why sell cabaye with no replacement coming in.

    Premier league safety is all Ashley wants.

    Don’t be taken in by the club propaganda.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #9

    ToonDarnSarf

    if that what it takes to get Pardew out then i’ll stick by it 100%

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #10

    The record breaker, Mr Misery.

    Not my fault, always nowt to do with me, pass the buck.

    Time to look in the mirror mate.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #11

    An excellent post that sadly came as a new thread appeared, so have taken the liberty of reporting on the authors behalf.

    209Toon-Prodigy // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Ashton,

    Could a lack of desire and commitment not be down to playing for NUFC at present under such an owner? Low moral because we have not built on the squad and left them hanging once again? Players and Coaching staff?

    Pardews tactics and performances in the first half of the season has been excellent, everybody would of taken eighth right now. With victories against Man U and Tottenham away Chelsea at home. 6 away wins is good for NUFC especially at this part of the season.

    At the end of the day, the slide we are all witnessing at the moment is not down to Pardew. You can pull him apart all you want, pick faults about this and that (after the fact mind) but the main reasons are a lack of quality in depth and injuries. Players missing.

    Performances would of been alot better with those players available. No one can argue with that because we have all witnessed it first hand in the first part of the season when we were lucky with injuries.

    There is not one Toon fan who can say we perform better with Tiote, Cabaye, Remy and Gouffran out of the team. We are shocking without. This is a fact.

    Remy, Cabaye and Gouffrans goals is why we are in eighth, hence the lack of goals the past few games.

    Tiote and Cabaye’s battling qualities and talent of breaking down play, Cabaye’s eye for a pass.

    All have been very sorely missed.

    Pardew is not in charge of recruitment or the selling of players. But with him being the only spokesman for the club he has to take the flack when he is faced with problems he shouldn’t have to deal with as a Premier League manager. That in itself is pathetic.

    He could see the problems if we faced injuries, so could everyone else. He screamed for players until he was blue in the face, he always does, and on TV also so everyone can recognise it!

    He should walk not be sacked, but I can understand why he won’t if there is financial rewards in it for him. That is football, that is business. His financial future.

    He has already proved with a squad that is free of injuries, a one where our best players are available he can battle amongst that top 8. He’s got nothing to prove there. He has did it twice now.

    You take his best players away from him without the quality ready to come in and he will struggle. It’s that simple. That’s the downside off not building your squad and having no quality of the same ilk ready to come in.

    It’s the structure and the way things are run at NUFC that is the biggest problem here. Any other manager would have the same problems.

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  • Honkytonk Man

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Our club has been systematically destroyed by Ashley.

    Soton have spent a lot more than us over the last two years. Frigging loads more.

    One word. Ambition. Other clubs have it, we dont

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  • Honkytonk Man

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Actually, that’s not true. Our ambition is to remain a premier league club without ever becoming competitive. If we do become competitive, the owner will do all he can to put a stop to it.

    It stinks and we need to do something.

    AMBITION!

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  • daztoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Tim Sherwood was right it could have been more.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Honkytonk Man

    we are probably the only club in the PL without ambition, Pardew knows this, Coaches knows this as do the players.

    imo things are going to get worse before they get better.

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Tonight I saw Ap fail as a coach. He has had several weeks to put in some system to use since he loast Cabaye. All I saw tongiht was players vcoming back for the ball, or kicking it away. AP needs to find something, becuase he is fast losing his team & willbe flooded with transfer requests. NUFC may end up having to find 10 new players next year, hardly any chance of cohesion with that. Essentially, next year would be his last, even if they escape relegation.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m just preparing myself for the worse summer ever, we all think this last 2 seasons have been bad wait until next season.

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  • Crow59

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Today I heard a 12 year old sat behind make the point that we have brought in world class players that on arrival were amazing but a few months with pardew and they are useless, cisse arrives bangs them in and now what?? Sissoko arrives, first game v Chelsea….. Now look at him. Mbiwa, Ben 10 need I go on.
    I speak regularly to some people close to the club and have it on good authority that players walked out of pardews half time team talk and went to the players bar until the start of the second half. One player that’s been at the club a while laughed and said they’ve never seen anything like it at the club and that not one of the players has any character or leadership skills.
    So yet again we are a fooking laughing stock, I remember when’s st james was a fortress but to get beat in the manner we have in the last few games is a joke, no more of my time or money will go into the club until something changes. If pards has lost his head and the dressing room he needs to go. Personally I think under Ashley he will stay put where do you point the finger??
    On a side note though I was told that there was Malaysians at Benton last Thursday so you never know

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  • daztoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #19

    “The team balanced didn’t look right”

    So his first change to correct that was to change a LB for a LB.

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  • mattnufc

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #20

    @ BeeGuy
    AP can’t even get the team up for the derby, or should I say derbies.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Has he just noticed we need more fight!?

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  • Crow59

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Today I heard a 12 year old sat behind make the point that we have brought in world class players that on arrival were amazing but a few months with pardew and they are useless, cisse arrives bangs them in and now what?? Sissoko arrives, first game v Chelsea….. Now look at him. Mbiwa, Ben 10 need I go on.
    I speak regularly to some people close to the club and have it on good authority that players walked out of pardews half time team talk and went to the players bar until the start of the second half. One player that’s been at the club a while laughed and said they’ve never seen anything like it at the club and that not one of the players has any character or leadership skills.
    So yet again we are a laughing stock, I remember when’s st james was a fortress but to get beat in the manner we have in the last few games is a joke, no more of my time or money will go into the club until something changes. If pards has lost his head and the dressing room he needs to go. Personally I think under Ashley he will stay put where do you point the finger??
    On a side note though I was told that there was Malaysians at Benton last Thursday so you never know

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew stated that something personal has happened today, anyone have any ideas what he meant by this

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #24

    hello

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #25

    daztoon

    yeah mate what a dumb statement from Pardew, he can’t even assess his own players and play at there strengths, he played a 4-4-2 against another 4-4-2 with natural wingers whilst we have none

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Look at Pardew’s performance. Forget your excuses for him. He says himself the team didn’t look balanced or right. That’s his department. He’s meant to sort it out but he stands with his hands in his pockets and pads around like a zombie. And after all the promises following previous humiliating defeats that he’s going to put it right on the training ground.

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  • Blofal

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #27

    I agree. Im not a Pardew fan and don’t agree with his tactics but when he has the players we have been decent. Not world beaters but decent. Without depth he falls in a heap.

    My main criticism of him is his reliance on individual moments of brilliance to score goals rather than good link up play.

    In saying this any manager including Pellegrini and the “Special One” would be doing just as bad working under an owner that sells your best players and only buys at bargain prices when a transfer target is at the end of their contract.

    I think only Hiddink and Fergie have the capacity to make a good squad great. Hiddink has proven this through tactics and Ferguson through sheer fear.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Be interesting to know what they actually do in training, because they just seem to look worse game by game.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Oldgit1

    yeah mate it means he wanted MA to be happy so he let Spurs hammer us since MA is a Spurs fan so he got a bonus for it 😉

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Mikey will not be happy. But he better get his finger out and sort this mess out now. Surely even he cant take any more and we’ll see pardew go within the week.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Goodbye manxpie

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Now that wouldn’t surprise me. But I did get a feeling that something was up. Perhaps the club is being sold and he has been informed that his contract won’t be honoured. Nice thought.

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  • Ashton

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Toon-Prodigy

    How is the lack of desire and commitment from the players is Ashley’s fault?? So what we lost Cabaye. He wanted to go and we got a good deal for him. The players have been absolutely rubbish recently and it’s not because they miss Cabaye. It’s because the manager has no clue how deploy his players and use them correctly. The players are confused and lost they have no idea what they are doing. Tactically they are all over the place. That’s not because of Cabaye it’s because of our imbecile of a manager.

    Our players are constantly played out of position. The likes of Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Santon, MYM have no idea where they are going to play next. Within 20 minutes he changes HBA position three times!! That’s crazy!!

    Tactically we’ve been rubbish and that’s not Ashley’s fault. Getting dominated at SJP by inferior players is not Ashley’s fault. Lack of team organization and nonexistant team spirit is not Ashley’s fault.

    Pardew is out of his depth managing this football team and the squad we have.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Mikey’s second biggest mistake is destroying the singing areas. Unfortunately, he probably doesn’t realise what an own goal he scores every week with that one.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #35

    Blackley and Brownlie

    we can only hope MA sees this and think like us, i think most fans would be very chuffed if AP got the sack by the end of next week.

    but then again there’s some dipstick on this blog who think AP as a great manager would i won’t mention names.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Mikey probably wasn’t even at the game, so I doubt he gives a stuff tbh.

    He’d maybe take notice if we lose the next three.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #37

    haha belfast that was because about 50 posts i’ve made today haven’t got through except that 1 and ironically “can anyone see my posts”!!
    so was just testing with a friendly hello 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #38

    Oldgit1

    don’t EVER EVER get my hopes up like that again, I won’t be able to sleep all week 😉 lol

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  • daztoon

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #39

    “The opposition nearly dominated us from start to finish”

    So why the hell didn’t you do something about it.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Thank ferk we’ve got 37points though.

    Could you imagine having 24-27 points ?

    We would be in massive trouble like.

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