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Newcastle Have 12 Games To Restore The Geordie Pride

8:08 am, Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle’s performance last night at home to Tottenham was simply terrible, and throughout the game the Newcastle defense looked nervous and hesitant and Tim Krul, after playing probably his finest game for Newcastle in the 1-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier this season, had  a very poor game and was responsible for the first two goals conceded by Newcastle last night.

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Alan Pardew – has 12 games to turn this around

And it was the fourth league defeat in the trot at home by Newcastle for the first time since 1977, and it was the 5th defeat on the trot at home in all competitions, after losing 2-1 to second bottom of the league Cardiff City.

And in the four league games we haven’t even managed to score one goal, and we have conceded 10 goals – so even the figures and records are indicative that this is quickly becoming another disastrous season for Newcastle.

And that follows last year’s abomination – where at least we had the excuse that the 14 games in Europe were too much for the squad.

We have now gone nine games in all competitions and lost seven of them and in those nine games we’ve only managed to score in two of them.

So it really is shocking.

Alan Pardew is already on trial this season to prove last season was just an anomaly, but he is simply not getting the best out of the squad, and remember the team last night was only three players short of our best side, with only Coloccini, Tiote and Remy missing.

We want to hear apologies from the Newcastle manager and the players – and it would be nice to hear something from the leader of the club, the owner Mike Ashley – but there’s fast chance of that.

Newcastle are in a disastrous position at the moment, but there are 12 games left – 12 games left to separate the  men from the boys – and we hope to see some men in black and white stand up and be counted before the end of this season.

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tim Krul


25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Careful, Ed. You are putting some of the blame on the players. People might cry!

  • 2 dubzy // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Not interested …until MA and AP GOES ….Nothing will change…I see AP 5/1 TO BE SACKED ….DO YRSELF A FAV AND GIVE YR MONEY TO CHARITY )

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:14 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


  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Next summer will show the extent of Ashleys ambition, if he replaces all the players that leave and gives Shola a new one year deal on 4K a week it proves that he wants success why else would he offer a player a new deal.

  • 5 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Set up too defensive last night and did not react quick enough, so Pardew deffo fluffed his lines a couple of times.
    Krull fluffed his lines a couple of times.
    Cisse fluffed his lines a couple of times.
    Santon fluffed his lines a couple of times.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM


    Good assessment….santon shouldn’t be playing though, subbed off every game so why does he keep starting him? it just makes no sense.

  • 7 toon1707 // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    After the last few games I just can’t see where a win is going to come I am not even confident we will reach 40 points this season

  • 8 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    T sage.

    I am not sure what his best position is, but whatever it is, he seems to be trapped in a left back’s body. His mind is definitely not saying LB :D

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    We know he’s shite, I think there’s only manxpie that defends him, others, myself included merely tolerate him because there’s nobody better that will work for his wages, spiel constant BS to the fans and press while scratching his nose and take the constant undermining from above, who are you debating with, nobody has said he is a good manager, he is mid table, nothing more nothing less.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:23 AM


    he should definitely be a left back, left back in the changing room

    thank you, i’m here all week

  • 11 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Papiss Demba Cissé
    Centre Forward
    SC Freiburg
    10.560.000 £

    Kevin Mbabu
    Centre Back
    Servette FC
    Raiffeisen Super League
    880.000 £

    Moussa Sissoko Moussa Sissoko
    Central Midfield
    FC Toulouse
    Ligue 1
    2.200.000 £

    Massadio Haidara Massadio Haidara
    AS Nancy-Lorraine
    Ligue 1
    2.200.000 £

    Yoan Gouffran Yoan Gouffran
    Left Wing
    FC Girondins Bordeaux
    Ligue 1
    1.760.000 £

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    Centre Back
    HSC Montpellier
    Ligue 1
    7.040.000 £

    Mathieu Debuchy Mathieu Debuchy
    OSC Lille
    Ligue 1
    5.456.000 £

    Vurnon Anita Vurnon Anita
    Defensive Midfield
    AFC Ajax Amsterdam
    7.480.000 £

    Curtis Good Curtis Good
    Centre Back
    Melbourne Heart FC
    453.200 £

    Gaël Bigirimana Gaël Bigirimana
    Central Midfield
    Coventry City
    League One
    1.100.000 £

    Romain Amalfitano Romain Amalfitano
    Attacking Midfield
    Stade Reims
    Ligue 1
    free transfer

    Luuk de Jong *
    Centre Forward
    Borussia Mönchengladbach

    Loïc Rémy Loïc Rémy *
    Centre Forward
    Queens Park Rangers
    : 2.024.000 £

    that’s what has came in under pardew, some fantastic tallents, pardew has been backed, its time for him to prove he can actually coach

    Davide Santon Davide Santon
    Inter Milan
    Serie A
    4.972.000 £

    Gabriel Obertan Gabriel Obertan
    Right Wing
    Manchester United
    Premier League
    2.992.000 £

    Rob Elliot Rob Elliot
    Charlton Athletic
    League One
    101.200 £

    Yohan Cabaye Yohan Cabaye
    Central Midfield
    OSC Lille
    Ligue 1
    4.400.000 £

    Mehdi Abeid Mehdi Abeid
    Central Midfield
    RC Lens B
    free transfer

    Demba Ba Demba Ba
    Centre Forward
    West Ham United
    free transfer

    Sylvain Marveaux Sylvain Marveaux
    Left Wing
    Stade Rennais FC
    Ligue 1
    free transfer

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    The amount of people blaming JfK, for not signing anyone, was he here when we only brought Anita in during that summer bwhen most teams would have went for it, and had he been here last January, no doubt the five players would have been signed somehow, the fact of the matter is Ashley didn’t want to buy any players, we have been punished in the last two windows because he had a net spend of 11M last January. FACT.

  • 13 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Does AP still work for us? I had a dream last night that he walked out. I’ve woken up devastated.

  • 14 stan anderson // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Why do goalies always palm the ball away now ?.
    When i played we were always catching the ball and holding on to it,except when it was a blistering shot going into the corner and it was impossible to get 2 hands on the ball.
    The number of goals that are gifted to the opposition is crazy,just because goalies dont seem able to do the basic thing.
    I think Tim Krull has won us more points than lost us,but the 1st to goals last night were in my opinion avoidable.
    Not putting all the blame on Tim mind,the rest were just rubbish including Pardew and his coaches and Ashley because he put the idiot in charge of our team.
    TDS is JFK

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM


    Who would you like to come in? I have a few i’d try.

    Realistically as well, not a mourinho or wenger.

  • 16 Jeff from Benwell // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:28 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.

  • 17 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    @14, I don’t mind too much if it’s the only option to palm away, however, we were always taught to get on top of the ball, and take it out of play completely. Still, palming the ball isn’t as bad as keepers punching the ball. Frankly, if I were coach and my keeper punched the ball he would receive a punch from me for that.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    I do see most now see he is poor,

    but I think there is plenty of good managers that would work for Ashley, and do a better job,

    implying that he is a mid table coach when he has a top 8 team and he will struggle to finish top 10 suggests he is a very poor manager

    but jail please do not take this is me sticking up for Ashley, im not, I think he has to take the overall blame for this

  • 19 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    TS – Sean Dyche for me. That man has talent, and I would love to see him have a crack in the top flight.

  • 20 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    2 that are free right now

    and laudrup

    I think we have a squad they could both work with

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Of course players have been bought, football clubs can’t get by without them, but he has been backed sporadically and not when it was time to push on, had a CB, RB, and decent winger/striker been brought in that summer of 2012 along with the momentum of the season before and EL football it would have been fair to judge him, however we have always been five decent players short and remain five players short of a squad capable of pushing on, lets see how Mick Harford or Brian McDermott gets on with Cisse and HBA.

  • 22 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Sean Dyche

    I know nothing about the man, but checked him out yesterday,
    I think he is a great choice too

  • 23 mindcompressor // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Yeah, so Pardew will do some changes – welcome back Shola and Gabby. My father who doesn’t bother at all is keep saying since Arsenal game that we have no players who can shoot a goal. Still I think that our best striker could ne Gouffran. All of his goals he made when he was playing just in front of goal. So, looking at the time he spend on that position he has got far more better % than Shola and Cisse together. I’m sure if he would receive 1000 minutes to show himself, we wouldn’t have such infamous record like now. It looks so badly even for person who doesn’t follow football. What was a chance that Cisse would start shooting just yesterday? I wish that Armstrong didn’t have a chance – if he would do nothing – that’s fine but experience would play on his account for the future. He is not getting better because of sitting on the bench. So if we are dragging him out of youth squads let him play at least something because in that way we are killing talents. Pardew needed to put Santon once again in first line-up to see how irresponsible he is and without form? We lost one change for that stupid move, Dummett could play since the beginning and Armstrong could come in instead of Cisse… Sorry for another long comment, I just cam believe that people who are in the club and in the football for years are making the same shit decision and tactics choices week after week after week…

  • 24 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Pardew is not a top level manager.
    While he is not to blame for EVERYTHING that goes wrong on the pitch, i would still like a more attacking manager (but not a gung ho crazy man) to come in and make us play on the front foot. I would also want someone who can do it for more than one season. For me this rules out Blog favorite Laudrup. Also, if Pardew goes now, or in summer, we have to remember that Fat controller is still here. Can he be relied on to bring in a manager, rather than a drinking buddy?

  • 25 sparky55 // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I think a fair way to judge Pardews performance as newcastle manager is his actual record…2nd worst in the last 30 years and he’s broken every bad record the book had to offer….so we all know deep down he’s a duffer irrespective of how many protect him based on the ‘regime’ above him.

    Putting that aside…(all ancient history and all that) I think we have to judge the current squad in relation to other premier team squads, create a league table for squads then see where we actually are in relation to the strength of the squad.

    Only real issue with this is we got 37 points with Cabaye…and now we don’t have him.

    My Squad strength league table

    Man City
    Man U

    The rest are immaterial as we defo have much better squad than the rest.

    So that would suggest Martinez is punching above his weight, so to is Potchy, so to is Rogers…whereas Pardew and Moyes are doing pretty sh!te.

    But it’s not just the fact we’re under-performing as a club, IT’S THE WAY WE PLAY FOOTBALL…and that my learned friends is the problem…with the squad we have we should be higher up the league…and the reason we’re not has nothing whatsoever to do with Ashley…and everything to do with Pardew’s coaching abilities. He picks the team…he draws the names out of the hat and plays them in all the wrong positions and plays those who are obviously out of form…he decides on formations and tactics…he has total control of the training ground and everything else to do with actual footballing matters…so that being the case why are some people on this blog still protecting the worst manager this club has ever seen.

    I think deep down we all know if Pardew had this record anywhere else he would have been sacked a long time ago so the the big question is why…and please don’t come back to me saying ‘continuity’ because that’s just bollox

    I really don’t know the answer…but one things for sure…something is very bent here and one day I’m sure it’ll come out…and in the meanwhile we the fans are made to suffer and will continue to suffer.

    …but at least we know if relegation threatens the owner will spend to preserve our premiership status…but if progress threatens then he’ll sell our best players to bring us back into line with the plan

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