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Newcastle Displays Embarassing – They’re Not Good Enough

12:09 am, Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 140 Comments

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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Tags: Coaching · Premier League





140 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    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.

  • 2 daztoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

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

  • 3 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    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.

  • 4 Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

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

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Honkytonk Man

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

  • 6 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

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

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    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?

  • 8 Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    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.

  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    ToonDarnSarf

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

  • 10 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    The record breaker, Mr Misery.

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

    Time to look in the mirror mate.

  • 11 jimmysmith // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    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.

  • 12 Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    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

  • 13 Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    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!

  • 14 daztoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Tim Sherwood was right it could have been more.

  • 15 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    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.

  • 16 BeeGuy // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    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.

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

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

  • 18 Crow59 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    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

  • 19 daztoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    “The team balanced didn’t look right”

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

  • 20 mattnufc // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

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

  • 21 kt97toonarmy // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Has he just noticed we need more fight!?

  • 22 Crow59 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    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

  • 23 Oldgit1 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

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

  • 24 manxpie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    hello

  • 25 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    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

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    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.

  • 27 Blofal // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    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.

  • 28 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

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

  • 29 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    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 ;)

  • 30 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    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.

  • 31 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Goodbye manxpie

  • 32 Oldgit1 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    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.

  • 33 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    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.

  • 34 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    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.

  • 35 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    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.

  • 36 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    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.

  • 37 manxpie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    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 :)

  • 38 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Oldgit1

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

  • 39 daztoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    “The opposition nearly dominated us from start to finish”

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

  • 40 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Thank ferk we’ve got 37points though.

    Could you imagine having 24-27 points ?

    We would be in massive trouble like.

  • 41 HTT // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    People sticking up for Pardew need to give it a rest. You think if he resigned and helped force Ashley out that he wouldn’t get this job back with a new owner? A huge percentage of fans would be calling for him to be reinstated.

    Plus this idea he can’t resign for financial reasons? Pull the other one.

    Instead of publicly criticizing the fat man or even better resigning, he just sits there and takes this bs. Pardew may may not be the root of our problems but his lack of a spine is definitely a contributing factor.

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Belfast

    he was probably with the Spurs Fans, saying that I saw on TV a large Spurs fan with a KK wig on and a SD logo hanging of his shirt that mostly looked like a tank top ;)

  • 43 Blofal // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    MA needs to pull his finger out and bring in 4 £20 million players next window that can lift the team instead of being so stingy.

    With the TV money we can acutally afford that ffs! Or even bring forward the next seasons revenue like a lot of teams did this year and add it to the current revenue and spend £150m. We have that luxury as we havent signed anyone permanently all season like every other team. Or he could just pocket it.

  • 44 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Yeah seen you posting earlier

    Can anybody see my posts.

    Couldn’t be arsed replying

  • 45 Crow59 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    If you read my previous post oldgit what happened was today he officially lost the dressing room. Players walking out of the team talk and answering back saying you haven’t got a clue would annoy most people. I personally think he’s had enough and I’ll resign by the end of the week, that or even mashley will give him the push

  • 46 Newtain // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Regardless of what anyone says about us having a rubbish owner, losing cabaye etc, we still have a turd of a manager. How can anyone still support him?

    I personally think tonight the score flattered spurs a bit and we could have scored a couple of goals but Pardew is baffling. Santon is struggling clearly, subbing him at half time won’t have helped that. Sammy Ameobi was our best midfielfer…yet he was subbed next. Then De Jong who had linked up well (unlike Cisse) was sacrificed next. What kind of substitutions were they?!

    He continually gets formations wrong and his tactics NEVER get the best out of players. Marveaux, Anita, HBA and Gouffy are all good ‘pass and move’ players yet they aren’t allowed on the pitch near each other, and when they ocassionally are, we play hoofball.

    Yes we have no Cabaye, but this team is still good enough to go head to head with spurs. Obviously we aren’t going to win any trophies or finish in fourth, but we should be good enough to compete with a team of spurs quality and at least give them a good game. Many other managers could get that squad of players playing much better.

    The stadium looked a little bit emptier than usual tonight, hopefully that trend can continue because why should we support a team that doesn’t even want to be competitive?

  • 47 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Blofal

    he would just pocket it, the club owes him money and he wants it back

  • 48 Oldgit1 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    @blofal- there is no way Ashley will spend 20 m on a player, have you learned out whilst supporting nufc. Get a grip. He is a bargain man and will stick to his guns in getting value for money. The guy is a prat,

  • 49 manxpie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    thanks for that belfast wats up with you?

  • 50 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Newtain

    48,000 in attendance against Spurs, it actually made me sick

  • 51 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Everybody that has ever had a love affair with NU knew that the team put out tonight would get run over. I am not a Pardew hater, but seriously am baffled at some positional decisions he chose tonight. As soon as the team sheets came up , I rubbed my chin with concern. Believe it or not we haven’t got enough quality, id list Remy, Collo, and Afra as “quality” players and that’s on a good day. Sad times for the toon.

  • 52 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    just a point for those saying when pards has the players back and fit we do ok
    yes we do but is he not in some ways to blame for the injuries maybe. tiote goofy and others could and should have been rested at time especially over the xmas period he had opportunities, u keep flogging players that are tired there gonna break, funny the players we said needed a game or 2 off are all injured
    pardews inability to to blend a team is a joke,

    look at sammi ok never gonna be a world beater but for some1 that’s been thrown in when were in the shit he has done well why has he not been used more

    there is no point point playing the same 11 week in week out until an injur forces u to change then u throw a player in there and wonder why he looks of the pace

    he has been biggin up Armstrong this week so next week he will play left back he did it with cambell bigged him up the shoved him on the wing for a few time then banished him

    mention the word rotation to pardew he will start turning round like a dog chasing his tale the blokes a tawt

  • 53 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    well lads i’m off, see you’s soon.

  • 54 Toon Tang // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    the only way pards will get the sack is if someone asks him to literally hold a bag of king eddies. Ash wont drop him this season that’s for certain.

  • 55 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Newtain

    100% agree. Our squad is good enough to give anyone in the league a good game at SJP. Yet we are getting dominated by everyone.

    Playing 442 against a quality team playing 451 is the most retarded thing a manager could do. Especially using an out of form and rusty player like Cisse as the vocal point of the 442.

  • 56 Belfast // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Nowt manxpie.

    depressed and going to bed

    Goodnight. :-)

  • 57 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Mikey might not have been there but he’ll hear the result. He will be livid with pardew. The tectonic plates will have to move. Something radical will happen.

  • 58 Oldgit1 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    @Crow59 I can only wish that you are right. I still think there is something wrong though. Perhaps there is someone on this site that knows. Can’t understand why he would mention it during his summing up of the match. What has personal problems to do with how the team played. Ah well appears the players have a lot to answer for. Never his fault.

  • 59 terencelim // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    @Ashton Making the wrong decisions again and again, hiring incompetence Yes-man to manage the club, keeping the money into the pocket without bringing in replacement are all
    Ashley’s fault. Simple as that, even my cat knows it.

    You need to start looking at the bigger picture.

  • 60 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    The trouble is i’m the only person in the milburn stand who has a go at pardew. I don’t hear any other dissent.

  • 61 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    beermonkey – spot on about Sammy with me, he was one of the stand out players at Chelsea (if any) he’s more talented than say goffy and Ameobi his lump of a brother together, Sammy is a positive player, just needs a bit more nurture and he will be sound

  • 62 manxpie // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    i thought we were well stocked with cm’s but obviously not after losing cabeye and tiote we look very weak there
    and as for wingers we ain’t got any (apart from sammi who has done wellish)
    and then 2 strikers who ain’t scored a goal in approx 55 years
    doesn’t add up to a great team does it and certainly not a great squad (the best ever by some!!)
    then add lost confidence
    infact thats a recipe for where we are now
    all in all this 11 day break couldn’t come at a better time

  • 63 manxpie // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    ah right you’ve been around catchy to long :)
    night belfast

  • 64 kt97toonarmy // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Blackley and brownlie

    Good on you m8. I hope one day he gets the message then

  • 65 Mister Tuff // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    If it’s true that the players walked out the half time chat -really it is a position that surely cannot be recovered. Leaders of the protest will be victimised – Percy if he has any semblance of self respect should throw the towel in.
    When you don’t think it can get worse -at the Toon it does.

  • 66 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    terencelim

    Yes. Ashley leaves a lot to be desired as an owner. But Pardew is the one in charge of tactics and team organization, motivation and player selection and he is failing miserably to do his job.

    Pardew is failing as a manger more than Ashley is failing as an owner.

    He needs to go. And this is the perfect time to get a new manager. In fact I can’t think of a better time to sack that abominable imbecile.

  • 67 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    My Newcastle United balloon has well and truly been popped. but try to hold a rational head, we are further up the table than our finances display suggests. MR. Wonga give me sum cash

  • 68 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    @jamesnufc86
    sammi doin ok and could make it as a decent squad player
    but like u say needs to be nurtured a bit and given games not just covering injuries
    last year I had my doubts about him but has shown some skills at times, would like to know the distance a ran today he seems to be one of the first to get back tonight not that I watched it all I couldn’t

  • 69 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Thanks Jimmy Smith,

    Black and white with an army,

    What are you saying? Are you saying NUFC should play to a quality top 4-6 standard every single game?

    Tell me which club does that?

    Is our points total not one to be proud of at this stage of the season, given the way this club is run? And the lack of backing for the manager and players? Time and time again?

    He has done very well, if you cannot see that I havn’t really got anything else to say on that matter.

    Ashton,

    Im short on time here and this is my last post.

    If you cannot see the effect Cabaye being sold and not being replaced coupled with a lack of building (once again).

    Injuries to Tiote, Gouffran, Cisse, having Remy and Debuchy suspended.

    All this happening simultaneously is bound to have an effect on the field and right throughout the club where confidence, morale and determination are concerned.

    Of course it is.

    There is more to a football club than a manager and squad. There needs to be support and backing, a level of ambition, targets. Mike Ashley seemingly has none of those. The bloke does not even talk.

    Because Pardew is the only voice coming out of the club he is the one that has to take the flack because of the upstairs decisions that have nothing to do with him. These major decisions DO affect how we perform on the pitch. Missing Cabaye and not replacing him is a prime example.

    Personally, im very happy with the way the squad has played this season, eighth is above what I expected. But I’v always been cautious if injuries and suspensions crept in. And the last seven games is why I’v been cautious. Because our poor squad depth has shown through.

    I knew it would happen and im positive im not the only one who knew it would happen either.

    Im not Pardews biggest fan, I just know the real reasons why we are playing like we are, and it isn’t because of him. He is not blameless, managers never are, but there is alot of factors that are completely out of his hands also. I’v seen he can get are team performing when the tools are available.

    Change the manager all you want it won’t change a thing until Ashley has gone.

    Take it easy lads.

  • 70 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    mister tuff
    where di u get the players walked out from??

  • 71 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Beer Monkey – I fear that Sammy Ameobi has asthma, he has a strange recovery breathing, don’t know if anyone else has noticed it, but its like his jaws is doing half pipes on a skate circuit

  • 72 BuffaloBill // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    The least we expect from Pardew is that he gets them to put a shift in or else whats he paid to do.

  • 73 daztoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Yeah Ashley tells Pards to start Santon every week then sub him second half week in week out.

    Give it a rest Pardew is pure shite and another record broken.

    He’s way out of his depth and it’s just getting embarrassing now.

  • 74 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    manxpie

    You are wrong. We have MYM who has played as a DM for montipller in the CL more than one occasion and I remember him being the best player on the pitch when motpiller played against Arsenal. Anita is also very good DM/cm with CL experience, he looked bad today because he was outnumbered 3 to 1 in the middle of the park and every time he got the ball he was surrounded by Spurs players so he had to hoff it upfield. Sissoko is a French international CM. That’s not a bad back up midfield for any team.

    Also for wingers we have Gouffran who is one of the most prolific goal scoring wingers in the league. And HBA who is one of the most talented players in the England.

    As for strikers De Jong has played very well for us and with a decent service he could score a lot of goals.

    So the bottom line is; we have a decent squad and we shouldn’t get destroyed at SJP by anyone.

  • 75 Mister Tuff // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    beermonkey -somebody posted it earlier on.

  • 76 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Ashton, your beer glass appears to be half full, but Anita is not a pl midfielder. he has a pass (occasionally) but really is struggling, and if other people cant see that I find it astonishing

  • 77 Mister Tuff // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    beermonkey – crow59 posted the information.

  • 78 jimmysmith // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I think the owner is actively avoiding the Europa league and not having a real go at the domestic cups, as things stand. But how then do you hope to hold onto and attract top players and so ultimately make a serious challenge for the top 5.

    They’d have us believe we are slowly and deliberately manouvering ourselves into a position from where we might make challenge from a strongly built foundation, yet every time we get ourselves into a position to kick on we back away.

    It’s hard to stomach, and I’m all for the MAOC. The owner needs to hear a strong dissenting voice at the very least.

  • 79 lesh // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Honkytonk Man // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Pardews target was top ten was set by Ashley and Llambias – you can take that as fact. Ashley’s style is to incentivise his staff with bonus payments for achieving or bettering agreed targets.

    What worries me is that Pardew’s not given any real encouragement to succeed.

    It’s as though the rug’s been pulled from under him again by that clown Kinnear who had Ashley’s support until he cocked up by agreeing to sell Cabaye at a price that was below Ashley’s valuation.

    Furthermore, Pardew and the players would have been understandably demoralised when an adequate replacement wasn’t right in to replace him. Ashley could have brought in Messi – if he really wanted to! As was, all we got was an underachieving loanee.

    Patdew’s human and thus affected by being treat with so little respect – he’s been treat terribly and the players will have been affected, demoralised by the whole shabby performance of the owner who seems to live running the place like a cheap and tatty Liverpool crack house, relying on it’s customers’ needs to satisfy his greed.

    However, Newcastle fans do not depend on the club to feed their needs and are capable of taking their hard-earned money elsewhere. The sad thing is is that they will, having been sickened by Ashley’s sheer contempt for the loyal tens upon tens of thousands of supporters, their hearts and our great city.

    Please, please will someone buy him out and save us all from his contempt.

  • 80 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Jimmy, its exactly the same as the British society we live in. The elite exists to dictate and control what us civilians do, by what measures ? who knows, but its a very similar situation with NU, dictated and controlled, MUGS

  • 81 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Toon-Prodigy

    Pardew being the only voice of our club is the reason most of our fans aren’t calling for his head. They just assume the worse and think of Pardew as some sort of a victim who has to work for evil and is the only one who want’s to do good for our club.

    So you got that completely wrong. The fact that Pardew is the only voice of our club is the only reason why he is still our manager.

    And to even suggest that Pardew is getting flack because he is the only voice of our club is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard.

    Ashley gets much much more flack than Pardew here. Sometimes it’s even undeserved.

    I see why you’ve “ironically” chosen prodigy as your username. It’s very clever.

  • 82 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    jamesnufc86

    He is misused by Pardew. Anita was one of Ajax’s best players before joining us. In Ajax he was used as a deep lying play-maker. He was played very close to the CB”s. And his job was to play the ball from the back. Pardew has never used him in his correct position. Our tactics don’t suit him and Pardew is too stupid to know what to do with him.

  • 83 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    cheers mister tuff I read it now

    well that’s interesting if true,
    we will have to wait and see if it is

    mind you don’t blame them I aint a spurs fan but I could have told you they would shape up 451 with adabyor the focal point and hold up man, while I wanted to see cisse and ldj up front today was never the game for that, but there are a teams it would work against not spurs

    does any one know what his personel prob was that he had cant have affected the team as he tells us often enough he needs a whole week to set up a team

  • 84 magoo // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    lesh@77 – I’ve been in complete agreement with your last few posts. couldnt have summed up better how i feel and see things.
    Very few focusing on how demoralising this must be for our players, millionaires or not. When your playing against close knit teams with shared objectives and ambitions it shows.

  • 85 jimmysmith // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    It’s definitely possible that Pardew is failing to get the most out of his entire squad, but isn’t it also at least as possible that he has a squad with too many players that are struggling to handle the pace and intensity of such a demanding league.

    I can think of a few that I’d suggest might fall into that category and maybe Anita just isn’t quite ready to play a prominent role for a top side in this league, although I wouldn’t be giving up on him, far from it.

    I would be happy to see a few of the others moved on though, and some better brought in before I’d be happy to see the manager canned.

  • 86 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Ashton – I know what positions Anita used to accommodate when he was with Ajax. Anita isn’t fit to be a defensive midfielder in the pl, its a completely different system, I like every Newcastle player, and hate to point fingers, but the wee lad simply cant compete with the physical nature of this league, he is technically sound, but cant cope with the pressure of other midfielders, he needs Tiote next to him, tonight he looked like that

  • 87 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Ashton – sorry, but just because Pardew plays him in a slightly different role and you say that he was a “deep lying play maker” in Holland, Its not pardews fault. What shall he do then ? stick Gosling in? I cant see where you are coming from mate. Ive Watched and been to every match Anita has played for us to know hes either lacking in confidence or utter shite.Utter Shite absorbs my mind

  • 88 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    jamesnufc86

    Tonight he was outnumbered 3 to 1. Sissoko was miles away from him and whenever he had the ball he was smothered by Spurs players so of course he would look bad. I remember last season he had a period of starting regularly for us and he played very well and was our best player but was dropped as soon as an out of form Tiote became fit again. I think he can make it in the PL with the right manager.

    Pardew is too stupid to know how to deploy him properly.

  • 89 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    jamesnufc86

    u aint wrong tiote and anita compliment each other , when tiote picks the ball up he look for the simple pass to anita, tiote not the greatest passing the ball, the two of them together works. tiote been a miss as he has been in good form this season

  • 90 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    ashton

    does pards know where to play any of our players

    mbiwa is no full back and yet pards puts him there left or right and put taylor back in the middle of def
    when pards took over taylor came back from another 4month injury spell and pards put him at right back last 3 games of the season taylor scored in all 3 from right back (I might wrong) why not put taylor there instead of breaking up a partnership that’s not conceded
    its the same all over the pitch it took him 18mnths to realise cabaye was no dm
    players tactics subs most of the time its baffling

    he has made me scratch my head so much I am bald

  • 91 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    beermonkey

    Precisely. MYM was finally starting to blossom for us when Coloccini was injured for the first time this season. He was forming a great partnership with Williamson and looked really good. As soon as Coloccini got fit again he dropped MYM and put Coloccini in his place. It was just sad to see such an injustice and blatant stupidity from Pardew.

  • 92 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Ashton – I think maybe more we should look at the whole of our midfield, Sissoko runs around like a man on crack and Anita plays like a man with no confidence, although im not saying he doesn’t have technical ability, because he has, just not when he is under pressure. Sissoko plays his heart out, and as a big player like him , sometimes I can emphasizes with what he is trying, because I do that , I play for Culter in the highland League, of course im an idiot compared to him! but his bursts of power, it cant beat everyone

  • 93 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    just not professionally !!!

  • 94 toonincheek // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    “You can’t win with a losing hand” (Dylan)
    and that’s what Ashley has dealt Pardew.
    Plus injuries.

    That being said, Pardew’s job is to get the best out of his players, to motivate them, and he isn’t doing that right now.

    As has been siad, thank goodness we have enough points (almost) to avoid the drop – you have to give Pardew credit for that.

    A bit more time is justified to allow Pardew to come up with a new formation/balance, and I don’t think now is quite the right time to change manager.
    Soon, maybe, but Pardew has to be given a bit more of a chance to re-establish a balance after the departure of Cabaye.
    Yohan, after all, was the player who made us tick.

    There are better managers than Pardew but I don’t see any of them coming to NUFC given the financial controls and the requirement to act as Ashley’s mouthpiece.

    I would like to see MYM and Anita as CM.
    Socks should be the ideal player for CM, but he hasn’t shown it so far, so give MYM a chance.
    Obviously when Tiote returns, he’s going to replace one of them.

  • 95 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Toonincheck – its a terrible state of affairs where all of us feel like this, I everyday read this blog, and generally enjoy fellow supporters enthusiasm about our club, fu£ck fat C”nt taking the piss

  • 96 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    ashton

    what does it say to the players on the fringes when pards has his fave 11 out there

    pards has lauded the fact that willo has been good and improved and deserves his spot yet when others have come in done well there shipped out as soon as his fave is back

    benny cisse marveax all must know by now that no matter what they do as soon as goofy remy are fit there back on the bench even if they do well,

    whats there motivation knowin that if I were them I would be on the phone to my agent and getting my move
    i just picked those 3 players i don’t wanna start a mass debate on the pro’s and cons of those 3

  • 97 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    jamesnufc86

    Sissoko was played as a box to box midfielder last night. But he spent more time attacking than defending. Playing him like that is just wrong because we were playing 442 against 451 so we were already outnumbered in the middle of the park to begin with and with Sissoko’s lung bursting runs to their sex yard box, the battle in the middle sometimes was 3 against 1 !!. That’s just suicidal and down right stupid.

  • 98 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    beermonkey

    Again I wholeheartedly agree. It sends the wrong message to the players. Take HBA for example. No matter how well he play’s he always gets benched as soon as everyone is fit. I remember him being absolutely brilliant and getting voted motm in our match against Stoke and in our next game he was benched. It’s demoralizing and it totally ruins players. HBA doesn’t seem like he cares anymore because he knows he will never be a starter for Pardew.

  • 99 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    im drunk now, so at 28 I need to not let Newcastle affect my life. Im sorry but I shouted at Krul for every goal. Ozil under rated la liga , over rated pl , Krul over rated

  • 100 Ashton // Feb 13, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    dat Freudian slip…

  • 101 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Ashton = I agree, But Sissoko doesn’t have any technical ability nether does Anita , we will get battered by most, I watched that game tonight and for the first time in ages, I had no hope, nobody has quality. nobody invents, Sissoko tries, Anita tries, Debuchy is with out doubt our best player, I love that man , he has genuine talent, and that is it unfortunetly

  • 102 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    “Pardew being the only voice of our club is the reason most of our fans aren’t calling for his head. They just assume the worse and think of Pardew as some sort of a victim who has to work for evil and is the only one who want’s to do good for our club.”

    OK, first off. This isn’t true. Pardew took us to fifth and proved with a fit ample squad he could compete within the top 8-10 that season, this is why he is still in a job, he did well and won manager of the year. He deserves his chance. I think the majority of the Toon Army agree.

    A lack of building to the squad and added games decimated our league form last season, but we did get to the quarters of Europa at a price. Our top players missed more than half of last seasons Premier games through injury mostly simultaneously, not to mention having to bed five new players in through January who could not speak a word of English and expect us to stay up. He did that just. Bravo. With losing our top scorer also.

    Pardew is a victim in a number of ways here.

    1. Lack of backing and support.
    2. Being constantly put under unnecessary pressure and constantly being undermined. Basically being hung out to dry.
    3. Having our better players sold without adequate replacements brought in. It takes an eternity to replace our better players or even second string for that matter.

    So no, I don’t agree. He might aswell be working for evil Ashton. I can’t see any good being done from upstairs which has a positive effect on the pitch, just turmoil being created which causes him more and more problems. He has been dealt a very poor hand, right from the start. This is my opinion. Who knows where we would be with adequate support and the money spent which WE as a club earn. Correct decisions being made from upstairs and a more ambitious structure and we would see a whole different scenario.

    “So you got that completely wrong. The fact that Pardew is the only voice of our club is the only reason why he is still our manager.” “And to even suggest that Pardew is getting flack because he is the only voice of our club is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard.”

    Got what completely wrong? Idiotic? Hold on..

    He does take unnecessary flak from people who don’t LIKE to look further up the chain and realise how these monumental decisions they make impacts how we play on the park. Alot of supporters aim their frustration and knee jerk reactions at Pardew with problems that have nothing to do with him. They see a performance just like last night and automatically look to pull apart the manager. All this when there are alot of other factors that need to be seen and understood which impacts how we play. Like I’v mentioned above.

    I don’t see how that is wrong at all. It’s a fact. He is the face and words of the club, HE has to face the music after poor decisions that have been made upstairs. At times I’v actually felt sorry for him. But, he is payed very well and whatever morals he has are his own. I won’t judge him on that. It’s a big club to manage I can see why he may not want to leave. And then there is the financial aspect on top. Would I leave if I was him? No.

    “Ashley gets much much more flack than Pardew here. Sometimes it’s even undeserved.”

    This is not the entire Toon fan base rememeber. I beg to differ also. Were you around when we went through a bad spell with injuries last season over the christmas and New year? When we failed once again to build the squad. It does not come much better than that and it wasn’t just on this blog either. I fail to see any criticism aimed towards Ashley as undeserved, he is ruining this football club on the football side from the top down. He shows no empathy, he gets the same treatment in return. Im sure he doesn’t complain.

    “I see why you’ve “ironically” chosen prodigy as your username. It’s very clever”.

    This user name was chosen on a whim many moons ago with no thought put into it so I can’t take the credit. It does have a nice ring to it I think though ;)

    Pardew is not blameless. He is just a mediocre manager doing his best under difficult circumstances. He is hitting the targets set for him, why would he be sacked?My opinion is a new manager would have no impact on the structure which this club runs from. We will have the same problems just like we have now.

    I don’t buy into the notion we have a very decent squad. I’ll be brutally honest and go as far as saying we’re sh1t apart from 13-14 players out of the 25 that is listed.

    I believe that is why we are poor once suspensions and injuries creep in all at once. The quality is not there. So for me, tactics, subs and the starting eleven is irrelevant. Because there sh1t to begin with.

    That’s being brutally honest.

    It’s been good chatting Ashton, a canny debate.

  • 103 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Freudian slip…. I haven’t said cu”t yet ? have I

  • 104 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    ashton

    hba amongst the fans is marmite but i think we would all agree he is a talent and at times has made the stadium stand and applaud but with 1 year left on his deal he will be of in the summer if he chooses the right club with the right manager he will be a star if pards aint completely ruined its a shame i think in the beginning he had real affection for the club and fans,

    toonincheek

    i cant think of any manager that would wanna work for the toon not one we would want

    i think if we sorted out decent football man upstairs some1 that understands that the club needs an identity a style of play, yes we have a history of attacking football flair and all that but its gone one you establish that from the top the club can employ the right staff i think carr is already finding the right players and then we can hire the right manager for the job

    laudrup went to Swansea ok did well but was told to build on what rogers and Martinez had done before him
    he couldn’t go in there change to much its the same at barca and other clubs makes it easier in the long term

  • 105 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Toon-Prodigy – what a spot on, relevant and current statement to poste

  • 106 jamesnufc86 // Feb 13, 2014 at 3:15 AM

    post :)

  • 107 arpeco19 // Feb 13, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    14 games (wed 4th dec 2013- wed 12th Feb 2014) including 1 FA Cup game, 14 goals scored, 22 goals against, 4 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses, 8 games scoring ZERO goals. Scoring 5 goals in 1 game against 9 men… In 720 minutes of football we have failed to find the net at all… A record breaking 4 home defeats in a row is a 1st for us in premier league history 360 minutes without a goal in those games. There is also the fact of losing 3 derbies in a row.. Alan Pardew is way out of his depth now, he’s got a plethora of talent available yet he says HIS team were unbalanced??? How many internationally capped players do we have, yet coached like they’re in an under 15 team? 3 years in, no structural changes to the youth teams, if they’re no good get rid, simple as, get Graeme Carr to watch them, if he thinks they’re good enough, keep them, is the Under 21′s playing the same formation, tactics etc so that if a player is injured in the 1st team, a reserve can jump into that position seamlessly? It’s common sense, these guys are paid a fortune to do a simple job, the hardest part of a managers job is facing the press, Pardew likes to talk and spread bullshit so it looks like he’s doing a good job, he’s still living off the fact he got manager of the year 2 years ago. Do YOU think he’s right for this club? PARDEW OUT!!!!!!!

  • 108 toon62 // Feb 13, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Pardew is out of his depth and has been found out. Seriously how can anyone who has really watched us since he came in say that he has ever had us playing consistently good football. The players are not backing him because they know it and morale is rock bottom. To say they need to fight harder etc. etc. is nonsense and shows a lack of understanding what modern day football team spirit and leadership is all about. With injuries we still have a good enough squad to compete with most teams, IF the team understand what they need to do and are motivated. Pardew is not the right person to manage this or in my opinion any club in the top flight. He consistently plays square pegs in round holes, plays baffling formations and is unable to change tactics during a game. To play an average right footed player at left back blows me away. The reason he looked bad today was because Sherwood and co. Did there homework and knew that he would always cut inside and they snuffed him out. I am not an Ashley fan, but come on how would you feel, bought a club, made some mistakes, front the money for a good squad (Pardews words) and then get abuse I know what I would do. Would you have turned down 30 million for Andy C, Cabaye wanted to leave, and can you blame him. Ashley could fix everything by making one hugely important make or break decision, get rid of Pardew and pay for a top manager that can take the club forward. Will he do it? I doubt it because why should he make the lives of 50000 folk who abuse him happy? We are fecked!

  • 109 toon62 // Feb 13, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Arpeco19, could not agree more, spot on!

  • 110 savio // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    I think its not fair to blame pardew alone for this mess….Ashley is the main culprit….but the players are hopeless…I see people saying Anita is a good player….I dont think he can ever make in premier league…Sissoko cant make a simple pass…The whole team is not cared about result anymore….the only god players inour team are krul,debuchy.colo,tiote and remy…really hard time to support the team…

  • 111 theartfuldodger // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Im not sure we shd get Grenier here..he has played in CL (if im not mistaken)..When we start loosing he wont give a crap…

    Look at cabaye
    1st yr – Looking to impress,did well
    2nd yr – No players got in and we are midtable..looses form and motivation
    3rd yr – Probably refuses to play but comes back into form when told he needs to play well and sell himself..

    If you cant guarantee good players an ambitious project, then its better to go for the likes of Fer,redmond,hooper,ince,rhodes etc. I expect them to fight and add some punch, even lying in midtable.

  • 112 Santon03 // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    We only sell Cabaye and we become sh!t. What if we didn’t sell but he got injured? Same outcome.
    Before transfer window, we were challenging for 4th only 3 points away from 4th. This isn’t one man team, I definitely blame pardew. Fair enough that we can’t only blame him, but majority of blame will be on his shoulder. He is in charge of his players and how the team perform and we perform like sh!t because we lose 1 player. Every player on the pitch doesn’t want to play anymore.
    When we bought these players, they weren’t as bad.
    Regarding Santon and probably most players, I think he has similar case when he was Inter player. He was great when Jose was in charged, because Jose didn’t stuck on one player. He made every player work hard for his position in the team. When Rafa took over he became useless and sent on loan. When Stramaccioni in charged, Inter became sh!t, then Mazzari took over every player become great player again.
    Managers have big impact on each player and the team. We definitely need a new manager to change things and hopefully we will get one that has good and modern football philosophy soon.

  • 113 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Course last night wasn’t just Pardew’s fault. Of course a portion of blame can be put at Ashley’s door for allowing Cabaye to leave, and failing to invest. Of course a large portion of blame can be laid at the players door. Gutless is a good word for most of them. Lacking any desire or fight last night.

    BUT that doesn’t absolve Pardew of blame or mean that fans should feel sorry for the bloke because of the hand he is dealt. Tactics last night, familiarly absent. There doesn’t seem to be any plan for the game, or to deal with the opposition.

    Santon, why he keeps picking the lad when he has been going through his worst spell here over the last month/2 months is beyond me. We have wasted a sub in most of our last 10 games because Santon has under performed and been replaced. Drop him, take him out of the limelight for a bit. Sammi did most of his defending. I think it was Sammi with Adebayor at the back stick for the first goal, where was Santon?? Sissoko was also weak as a kitten being brushed off by Bentaleb for the first.

    De Jong and Cisse showed one moment of link up play, and then……zip. Sissoko races about like a headless chicken. Sammi seems to start well and then gradually disappear. Stamina issue? Debuchy and Goofy at least showed a bit of desire, Debuchy unlucky not to score with his header.

    Krul, made up for his stormer at Spurs by pushing 2 back into the danger area, and totally misjudging the third.

    HBA did okay for about 2 minutes, then couldn’t be bothered. Marveaux may as well have stayed on the bench.

    If, and for me it is a big IF, the players walked out at half time, they should all be shown the exit door. Massive disrespect to the manager, but more importantly, the fans. If they don’t have the decency to apply themselves, or be prepared to discuss where it is going wrong then they can all go. Start a fresh, new players and the kids, new manager, new coach, and maybe in the near future, a new owner.

  • 114 theartfuldodger // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Also gouffran is a good footballer – he is average at everything passing,shooting,holdingup,strength,crossing,nicking goals, work rate. He isnt fantastic, but if we had other players as good as him overall, things would look different.

    After yestrrdays performance Im not sure whether everyone in our squad can do the simple things consistently – Pass , Hold the ball, cross, stop crosses and shots,work rate etc..

  • 115 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Santon,
    People seem to connect our bad form and Cabaye leaving. We were already well in to this bad run before he left. We haven’t scored in 7 out of 8 league games and lost in the cup. We still had Cabaye for all but 3 of those.

    Blaming Cabaye’s departure is a cop out. WE had a good spell before this bad run, but played well in maybe 3/4 of those games. Even if heads have dropped due to Cabaye’s departure, Pardew has to lift them, that is a fundamental aspect of his job. If he can’t because he isn’t up to it, or because his head has dropped, then he should go, either pushed, or walk.

  • 116 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Interestingly, according to the commentator on Supersports last night, we haven’t won a game after being behind at half time since 2006. That is a shocking record if right!

  • 117 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Okay, possibly not that interesting, but still a shocking record!

  • 118 jeraziah // Feb 13, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    I say he should let Mbiwa play. MYM has had his ups and dows. But honestly it almost always takes a season for CB’s to get a grip of the PL.

    I remember the day when he was presented as a nufc player. I was so happy, I really thought we did a great transfer getting him over the line. Arsenal wanted him, AC Milan wanted him, but we got him.

    He was massive at Montpellier and could be for us aswell. Williamson and Saylor does not cut it im afraid. When they play their best ball, sure they are really really good. But sadly they are too random, with their lows being below Championship. MYM has alot of potential and we should really try and play him every game so next season he will come forth and show us why he’s considered one of the best CB’s from France.

  • 119 Greebol1892 // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Ashley is going nowhere until he sells for a profit and 52000 “MAD-SCREAMING GEORDIES (?)” / “BEST FANS IN THE WORLD” (?) / MUGS keep buying tickets.
    Pardew is going nowhere whilst Ashley is here. He won’t be sacked as long as we stay in Prem, and he won’t resign because he’s a stubborn tw@t in his dream job.

    Why don’t some people realise this? Welcome to mediocrity.

  • 120 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Collo was a bigger miss than cabs imo, we miss an experienced leader in a time like this.

    We need a couple more like him to help the other players.

  • 121 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    today

    let there be good news

  • 122 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Like what, the last 4 games were a bad dream?

  • 123 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Catchy,
    The campaign to stop modern football has managed to stop football altogether? I can’t see a light at the end of this tunnel yet I’m afraid mate. Even if Pardew goes, I’d expect the cheap option, I still think Beardsley is right up there with a shout, would be replacing him. I don’t envisage Beardsley doing any better.

  • 124 davetoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    question: If Cisse and Adebayor were on opposite teams, would the result have been different?

  • 125 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Too deep davetoon for this hour

  • 126 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Trick questio right, they were both playing for spurs?

  • 127 davetoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    maybe. just so frustrated at how we missed some easy chances and Spuds got 3 easy tap ins off Krul saves and half saves with no defender ready to mop up…

    As for Pardew, i think the writing is on the wall.

    Ashley can’t sack himself and Pardew is the only man left standing

  • 128 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Davetoon,
    No. The score may have been different, but the result the same. Adebayor is good, but he was hardly the person dominating the game. They ran the show as an 11, not just the 1.

    Also, swap Adebayor with Cisse in the same scenario as we have at Newcastle, and Adebayor would be agitating for a move, and would not be playing for the team.

  • 129 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    he could be gone if there is another humiliation against villa but, i kept thinking he was on thin ice last season and the team kept losing

  • 130 davetoon // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    @LG you are most likely right with that one.

    Heard one the tv pundits say in review of todays game that players in NUFC dressing room would be thinking that if they want to achieve something in football they need to get out of this team

  • 131 p // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    You wonder whether tgis will finally be the trigger for ashley to get it together and run the club in the way it should be.

  • 132 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Davetoon,
    At the minute, that is the way it looks. But at the same time, if any of those players want to achieve something they’d also have to pull their fingers out of their backsides and put in a shift. The lack of application is startling. If I was still scouting, and at that game there would be just Debuchy I would look at and say yeah, he could cut it at a higher level.

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Out of the hundreds of posters on here it seems only a handful blame Pardew alone and a handful blame the players only, but it seems the majority know Pardew has his limitations and is a midtable manager in the same mould as Allardyce and Curbishley but realise that he is constantly been hamstrung by the owner who seems to delight in throwing spanners in to the works, it really is incredulous now that the conspiracy theories of Kinnears appointment have been put to bed and it seems like Ashley actually hired him to work in the role described, please God does this not say it all about the man, maybe Pardew has had enough and has thrown the towel in and is waiting to be pushed and get a couple of Million till one of W Ham, Norwich or the like, offer him a three year deal and 20M to spend.

  • 134 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    P,
    He hasn’t got a clue how it should be run, it is a gamble that we stay in the league, all calculated moves that knowingly could go wrong, I have said this so many times on here that he is prepared to gamble and lose with our demise but not with our success.

  • 135 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Lilongwe

    I found last night we created some very good chances, 3 which could have easily been goals but yet again we didn’t finish then as soon they scored again we just quit, the players should be ashamed, the manager must carry the can for not getting them motivated (and I don’t just mean Pardew, he can say what he likes but if the fat man up top keeps selling and not buying nobody will be on a high and think we can achieve….he has written off the season in Jan and left pardew/the players to pick it up.)

    But as you said, any many others the tactics were awful/non existent again. The starting 11 was fine with me, plenty of quality in it, just nor organisation, no game plan.

    Santon is wasted starting, he needs to be sheltered for a bit as he is all over the place, just take him out of the limelight. HBA had a good 5 mins and marvoux i’m convinced didn’t even come on the pitch.

    Anita and sissoko were outnumbered in the middle and outclassed and outmuscled by a young kid in bentaleb.

    Overall it was horrific to watch.

  • 136 Ron Knee // Feb 13, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    AP has failed in all departments: as a trainer, tactician and motivator. Will he do the honourable thing? I know, stupid question.

  • 137 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    This week brought about yet another nonsensical comment from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

    “We like to think we put down the right foundations here for success.

    “All the players that have come here have improved, I can’t think of one who hasn’t.

    “That is the most important thing when you are looking at your coaching strategy.”

    This statement is not only incorrect, it is completely the opposite of what is actually happening at Newcastle United these days.

    Let’s look first at Papiss Cisse. No one could have expected him to continue his immense form of his first season at Newcastle (14 games, 13 goals). However, during the seasons that have followed, we have seen a marked decline in Cisse’s belief, talent and instincts. Cisse’s 29 goals in 65 appearances, on paper, does not look bad but his performances have been nothing short of woeful in the past 18 months. Drained of confidence, he consistently drifts offside, misses chances and lacks any real presence to survive in the Premier League. Is this down to the player? Perhaps. Is it down to the coaching setup at United? More likely. What is clearly evident in Cisse’s play is that there is no one putting their arm around him and telling him he is the best striker at the club — a £10 million fee would demand that surely? Instead he has been cast aside for a loanee from QPR who himself hasn’t been in the greatest of form recently.

    With Cisse, the tip of the iceberg is his huge problem with getting caught offside all the time. This is easily fixed yet seems to happen time and time again until the fans frustration has leaked down to the player and hammered his confidence. Has Cisse improved in his time at Newcastle? No.

    Another example of a footballer who has declined in form at Newcastle is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. When he joined Newcastle just over a year ago, he was seen as one of the most talented young centre backs in Europe. Captain of his championship winning side, Montpellier, and edging his way into the French squad, he seemed to be the real deal. What has subsequently happened is that of a complete player implosion. No longer considered for the French squad, he’s now a bench warmer at St James’ behind Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor and often played out of position when eventually called upon. Much like Cisse, Mbiwa’s confidence has been shot. It would be wrong to say Mbiwa has been entirely blameless for this decline. Stupid decisions like last weekend’s when he hauled Samuel Eto’o to the ground for a penalty have littered the 24-year old’s United career thus far. However Newcastle’s coaching staff must also shoulder some of the blame.

    What exactly is/was the plan for Mbiwa? Was he bought as a ready-made replacement for departing captain Coloccini? Was he supposed to be former Watford defender Williamson’s understudy? I do not think so. His decline has hastened so much that I would not be surprised to see Mbiwa pack his bags and head back over the channel in the summer. That was definitely not the plan. Has Yanga-Mbiwa improved at Newcastle? No.

    We could go on forever dissecting each player’s progression at St James’, the likes of: Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana and Dan Gosling. A number of those names could still be huge talents. Not under this stewardship though. Has every player really improved Alan? No is the answer

    Read more at http://worldsoccertalk.com/2014/02/12/form-of-newcastle-united-players-is-declining-under-alan-pardew

  • 138 mindcompressor // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Without Colo we have no true leader on the pitch. I don’t remember which was the first game where Tiore was the cap. He played very well that game and I was thinking that band is giving him more strength and responsibility. Pardew is poor manager and we are playing the same tactic s*** another year, but problem is ambition an attitude of players. I can understand that morale are so low because fatso decisions. Nobody expected that by coming to this club. I think some of them like Debuchy will do his best to show himself to leave us on summer, so maybe, just maybe they will improve because they will want to change a club.

  • 139 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I think everything that has happened since the end of 2013 should hearten all those who wish to see the back of Ashley
    .Every action since Xmas bears all the hallmarks of an exit strategy.
    I just feel the fanbase has missed a trick.
    If relations with Ashley had remained cordial the fans may have had a say in the new ownership with MA assisting in some sort of fan buyout , he has a record of doing this sort of thing.
    Relations are so soured now that we will probably just end up as another billionaires plaything.

  • 140 Roger // Feb 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    So much bla bla in this blog. No one do anything,
    only bla bla. Pardew out, Ashley out, players out.
    If you supporters do nothing, this club will be
    relegated in the next season, because this owner don´t
    bring any good player in.
    Supporters must go on strike for the next game.
    No supporters in the stadium, brings a bad press for
    Ashley. Or go in, stand up, and show Ashley and all
    the players your backside, the whole game.
    It`s time to set some signs. We love our club.
    Ashley love only the money.




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