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Pardew Has Showdown Talks In Dressing Room After Game

8:54 am, Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

It seems that Alan Pardew had a showdown in the dressing room with his players after Newcastle’s latest surrender at home – this time to top London club Tottenham, who annihilated us 4-0 and quite honestly,  it could have been worse, given the inept performance from Newcastle as a team, and some sub-par performances from some of our well-paid players.

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Emmanuel Adebayor – celebrating one of his goals last night
Alan Pardew is usually quick to use any excuses he can find after such defeats – such as injuries and suspensions – but after last night’s latest capitulation he didn’t have any excuses at all – as he had this to say to the press:

“It was more than that tonight. I made my views very clear in the dressing room. That’s where they will stay. I’m not really going to say too much in front of the press, other than to give a message to our fans to say that that wasn’t good enough, and against Aston Villa, we need to make sure it is good enough.”

“For the first time, we looked a little bit unconfident, a little bit unsure what we were doing, we lacked energy in certain areas.” “I’m not going to elaborate on that.”

“Of course I’m not happy. This is a game where you as a manager, expect life and limb on the football pitch.” “As a player, that’s what I gave; that’s what I expect my players to give in every moment in every game.”

“I don’t care what the scoreline is, I don’t care what the scenario is, that’s what I expect and that’s what these fans expect.” “If you drop down from that, then you are going to suffer a game like that.”

It’s fair to say that Alan Pardew’s job is now on the line in the final 12 games of the season, because if the Londoner cannot get better performances than last night out of what is after all, a decent squad – and certainly better than last season – then he’s not the man for the job.

But Alan Pardew and the coaches know that – and we have to hope that this furious reaction from the fans – which is totally justified by the way – will let them all know that nothing but 100% effort and grit is acceptable when they wear the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle.

If they didn’t know that last night they know it now – and if they don’t have the heart or the fortitude to deal with the criticism at a club like Newcastle, after that kind of hopeless display –  then they should pack up their bags and leave in the summer.

It’s really as simple as that – and we cannot have any more of these inept, gutless and heartless performances from a Newcastle side this season – we’ve already had far too many of them.

What do you think?

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41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Herbert Chapman died in 1934, this is my point.

  • 2 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I wouldn’t care too much about the defeat if the players at least put a shift in. They didn’t, they didn’t look interested at all. That’s a sure sign that the manager has lost the team. Time for AP to go please, as this isn’t the first time we have seen it happen this season.

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I hope we keep cisse he’s been good this season

  • 4 outside the box // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    it would have been nice for someone from the club other than pardew to come out with statement. ie cashley …cannot blame toothless media as cashley would stop advertising ..unless its free like st james ….perhaps we should all buy sd shares and ask mike at shareholders meeting

  • 5 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM


    George Burley. Holy Mary Mother of Cheese and Onion Crisps!! Jesus H Bus Stop! Dont even say that in jest!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    I said the same after the Lpool and mackem disasters last year but it was just anger at the time, who else could cope with no sigings in a team short of players, a drunken half wit announcing on TV he was your boss and your best player been sold while your boss says he’s going nowhere, the place is a fuskin joke man.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM


    ah right, yeh i know we’d not get them….just wishful thinking pal.

  • 8 theartfuldodger // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Assume any 2 players tell Pardew they dont like whats happening at the club. And their form continues. Lets assume is anita and sissoko.

    Does Pardew stop playing them ? Will we sell them ? We know itil take ages to replace them…Theyl just join a long line of obertan marveaux shola gosling cisse..

    So as long as you dont spk against the regime in the press or on their faces, you know you can do what the hell you want..

  • 9 bobby mango // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Disgusting form. Regardless of losing Cabaye and the others.
    The team selection last night was stupid. Should’ve had another man in midfield and dropped Cisse.

    Was at the Fulham Liverpool match last night. We’ve missed a trick not signing Holtby. He looks a very useful player – works very hard. Would filled the Cabaye hole lovely… We’ll stay up this year. Maybe we can get him in the summer.

  • 10 stan anderson // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Totally predictable,put the onus on the players,he is the man who is there to motivate them is he not.
    He cleverly shifts the blame always away from himself.
    Blame Ashley ,JFK if he wants to blame anyone for his shortcomings.
    The man is a coward who cant get the best out of the team we have,so he should do the honorable thing and tender his resignation.
    Not much chance of that is there.

  • 11 Ben3arfa // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Pardew is a flop

  • 12 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    “Not much chance of that is there”

    Apparently he’s still up to his ass in gambling debt to MA, so probably not.

  • 13 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM


    I think spurs want to develop him for themselves. Hence the loan to a struggling fulham side who are far better with him in it (although they are still basically sh1te)

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Just read in Eds article that Pardews job is on the line, what can we base this on, the fact that he will only finish 12/13th after not a penny was spent on players, his biggest punishment will be his loss of top ten bonus,if he doesn’t pull his finger out, and will he say “Mike, that’s not fair, how can I get me bonus under these conditions” will he fusk, he’ll just twitch his nose and tell us we was tired.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Pardew is a legend, this time give him a 10 year contract

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    sarcasm or troll

  • 17 stuart no9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Those of you who want to blame the players then go ahead . But remember they are playing bad for a reason . They just don’t all play bad for nothing . Pardew has obviously lost the dressing room and support of the team . They want him out as much as some of us do . Not before time either .

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

    How much do we get to buy DeJong for if he doesn’t net in the next twelve games.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I was being serious

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    don’t you think they may have all lost belief in the club and given up on the season like most fans have, we’ll still see 45K+ crowds because of the cheap ST deals sold on the back of that press leak to SKY about four players.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Troll then !!!

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Or was I being sarcastic

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM


    There is talk of a sit in after the villa match on sunday, let’s see how that pans out….be interesting to see the level of support.

    I don’t expect a lot unfortunately, there seems to be much less anger than there was under shepherd….think it’s because fans know ashley doesn’t care but they knew shepherd did, and they could get to him.

  • 24 theartfuldodger // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    No matter how bad anyone plays, they wont be replaced. we still have shola gosling obertan cisse marveaux

    Pardew always has excuses. Every season he will have them. Ashley gives them to him on a plate.

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

    Imo, they all gave up when there hopes were dashed that summer of 2012, but then five players were brought in and it gave us fresh impetus which somehow kept us up, who knows what they were told in the first haldf of the season that made them look like they wanted EL football, but whatever it was they’ve soon realised all is not what it seems.

  • 26 Markaccus // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Players are playing badly for more than just the over-defensive set up. That is part of it. They are also playing badly because the club is ambitionless. Finaly, they are pkaying badly because some of them have a bad attitude. They can’t be absolved of all blame.

  • 27 joke in here // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    pardew out
    kinnear in

  • 28 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Crow, from the other thread… thanks for sharing the info about players walking off and telling him that he’s clueless.

    The players will have known this for a long time and looks like they’ve absolutely had enough of him.

    He should have gone after the Reading game and there have been many other games where he should have also gone.

    Ultimately, Ashley is to blame, because he thinks it’s ok to have this pathetic creature as a manager.

    Tottenham played with some nice one-two football throughout the game and they two had a lot of ‘foreigners’, except they wanted to play some football.

    Pardew has made our INTERNATIONAL players look lost, demotivated and clueless. It is totally unacceptable.

  • 29 G // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    @27, don’t joke mate, Paddy Power are offering short odds of that happening! Hopefully it’s just another bit of daft advertising by them.

  • 30 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    *they too

  • 31 stuart no9 // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Jail——of course you are correct . They were “tricked” IMO into signing deals with promises of European football , which we all know was never going to happen . They are going to feel cheated , as are we . I feel cheated , I bet you do and thousands other will feel cheated as well . It is the whole set up here that are crooks in their own right and they need rid of – somehow 0.

  • 32 DanToon // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM





  • 33 catchy in norway // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    “I don’t care what the scoreline is, I don’t care what the scenario is, that’s what I expect and that’s what these fans expect.” “If you drop down from that, then you are going to suffer a game like that.”

    someone slap the guy

    all you care about is the result, FACT

    hard work + a good plan + talented players = good results

    he takes a short cut and uses talented players to get wonder goals, and it kind of pleases the fans , its something good to talk about,

    in 150 games from him I don’t think I can count on 1 hand where I think we have played well win or lose for 90 mins

    that’s sad

  • 34 stan anderson // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    What was the point of the recent break in desert,team building,really worked did,nt it.
    More likely winding down from a hard season,when they had exceeded the expectations of the owner and Pardew,so got to slow them down and p them off somehow in case we should get into a Euro.position.
    Oh and we will cash in our top asset to kill off any chance of that happening.
    Hope the come a cropper and dont get the points required to stay in the P.L.
    Thats it i,ve said how i feel and believe it would be for the best if we were in the Fizzy Pop league.
    55 years watching the toon through thick and thin this is the lowest i remember feeling about my club.MY CLUB.

  • 35 Transfer Sage // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

  • 36 Slank // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Ed, it’s not fair to say that Alan Pardew’s job is on the line.

    Most fans at the start of the season said that we would finish between positions 7 – 10. Well that’s exactly where we are. I thought we would finish at 8th.

    If the owner said that we had to finish within the top four then sacking Pardew would be wrong as he hasn’t been given the players to achieve that by others whose job it was and it also ignores the strength of the other clubs around us.

    If the team finishes below 10th then yes his job is on the line as we are far better than those currently below us.

  • 37 tweaked // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Yeah AP has to go, rather now than 7 games left… think laudrup should be brought in to change our style and build team morale

  • 38 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Agreed the players seem to be just going through the motions, and that doesn’t reflect well on them as professional players. (Still chuckling about that “professionalism” comment from Pardew I am too). But I think you need to ask why, and the answer is not hard to find. Most of them have come to the club having been given the “big club, great fans, huge potential” routine. And they get here only to find an owner totally devoid of any passion or ambition for the club. A businessman first and foremost. It must be as obvious to them as it is to us. And then they’re saddled with playing for a puppet- manager who saves his best work for the press conference. So really, fundamentally, the club in its present form is rotten to the core. In one way or another everybody’s to blame including the “junkie” fans who keep turning up to get their “football fix” and in turn keep Mike Ashley, wheeler and “dealer” counting out the fivers. Sad situation, it really is.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Feb 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Was so hoping to wake up to headlines Pardew had been sacked or walked.

    Can’t think of any other walk of life where you can consistently perform so poorly week in week out and still keep your job, especially after breaking all those all time records for all the wrong reasons!

    No dignity from Pardew, no interest from Ashley. Total stalemate.

    4 straight home losses without a single goal. That takes some doing and against the mighty mackems mixed in there too.

    In context we’ve lost 7 out of the last 9 and scored a measly 4 goals. Incidentally Cabaye played in 5 of those games.

    People like Laudrup and AVB have been sacked for far, far less.

    Psychologically Fans and players seem demoralised in equal measure and Pardew clearly looks to have lost the dressing room even more spectacularly than last season. They are just not playing for him, despite Pardew’s ” shape up or ship out” BS.

    Pardew stopped so low he even brought up Carver’s dad as an excuso to deflect yet another totally tactically inept display. The guy just has no shame.

    We had 1 good season of collective individual brilliance from Ba, Cisse and Benny when Pardew was forced to field all 3 together and they were on fire. That seems an awfully long time ago now and every decision since then has seen us regress further and further.

    Not every manager is high maintenance and blames everyone but himself. Would happily take Hoddle or the Burnley guy just to see some decent attacking football
    and players putting in a shift. Laudrup, AVB and Di Matteo all available too.

  • 40 Hughie_Gallacher // Feb 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I doubt Pardew will get sacked, regardless of the results for the rest of the season. Newcastle are just about safe from relegation now, and that is all anyone at the club is bothered about.

    Are they even worried about fans’ reaction? Unlikely, the hierarchy can handle quite happily the glum, passive resignation now reigning at SJP – walking out 15 mins before the end etc.

    The only thing that would worry them would be a mass boycott.

  • 41 Phil K // Feb 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Lets not forget the main cause of the currect disgusting underperforming is the monumentally lunatic decsion to put Kinnear in charge of transfers. He’s been a nightmare and FAR worse than ever we fans thought he’d be, and we thought he’d be a disaster. But Ashley brought him in to sell players and not to buy. He’s even done that badly. Selling our best player and destroying the team

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