Trust Me, I Wasn’t Happy Either

Alan Pardew is under some pressure at Newcastle after the  side has been in an almighty slump since we hammered Stoke City 5-1 at St. James’ Park on Boxing Day – but of course Stoke were leading that game before the referee sent two of their players off in two minutes and also awarded Newcastle a penalty just before half time – so it’s fair to say we got some help in that game.

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Alan Pardew – last Wednesday night

But since that time we have won only one game of the last nine, and the 4-0 defeat by Tottenham on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park was a watershed game, because it seems a number of our players had even given up the ghost by the end of the game, as Spurs scored two goals in the last eight minutes.

That’s simply not allowed – period – full stop.

This is what Alan Pardew has told the local press today:

“In terms of where I am with the players – I have made it clear to them what their responsibility is to the fans and the city.” “And that needs to be reflected in the next game.”

“That’s the only thing we can do.” “I will make sure when we play Aston Villa that won’t be replicated.” “That performance wasn’t good enough for me and shouldn’t be good enough for our fans.”

“Leaving early, moaning about some of the things that went on on that pitch, I understand all of that.” “Trust me, I wasn’t happy either.”

But we also think there will be a number of Newcastle players leaving this summer for one reason or the other and they could include Fab Coloccini, Loic Remy, Romain Amalfitano, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa and perhaps one or the two of the younger players like James Tavernier.

And that’s a lot of players who could be leaving Newcastle this summer.

Hopefully the only way for Newcastle to go now is up – and that start with a home game against Aston Villa w eek tomorrow, and a win in that game would be just what the doctor ordered – and certainly Newcastle fans could do with some good news – which has been in very short supply since Boxing Day.

Job one from now through end of the season is simply to restore the pride that is Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

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21 comments so far

  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley needs to invest or disappear along with his third rate backroom staff.

  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    This guy is an absolute joke, he tells the players of their responsibility to to the fans and the city!!!

    How about having a pair of balls Alan and say the same damn thing to the man that is responsible for the whole bloody mess at the club, the very same man that saw fit to give you an eight year contract.

    And while you are at it, try having a word with yourself instead of always shifting the blame as you are just as culpable as Ashley. You excuses have worn very, very thin and still playing players who are out of form and not pulling their weight is your fault.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3


  • MA is a Bat Fastard

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    This clown needs to go sick of his lies and excuses . I have had to break my 8 year old sons heart telling him we wont be renewing our season tickets so sick of spending my hard earned money watching complete shyte .

  • mag

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew out along with his filthy rich gaffer! 15th richest man in the UK, and won’t spend a penny of the tv revenue or the Cabaye or Carroll cash he’s pugged away. And celebrates Spurs hammering of Newcastle United the oafs beneath contempt.

  • magicbus

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Seems Merse on Sky Sports thinks like a lot of us do The fat controller must sit in his office and think what can I do next to wind them all up.

  • niafron

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t want to howl with the pack, but it’s really easy for a manager to blame the player…

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Sunderland score…..and both fans celebrate!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    JB…we are going to loose millions on players because most our players are underperforming under this management.

    Long term it would be cheaper getting rid of Pardew. Laudrup is looking ay a £2M compensation from Swansea because of the way he was dismissed! Even if Pardew got £5M it would be a cheaper solution.

    Anyway I think Pardew needs to start to look at the man in mirror instead of blaming anyone else – it will not get better before so…

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Oops, my mistake, that bloke with the flag doesn’t count does he?

  • JackButler

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11


    While I totally agree with you, Ashley wouldn’t simply because he doesn’t look at the long term.

    Replacing Pardew would be the easiest thing in the world as there are literally hundreds of managers out there who would be better, but how many of them would come here for 500k a year with bonuses written into the contract to boost the amount that they can earn knowing that any player could be sold and not replaced, directly affecting the ability of the team/squad to perform

  • Jackel001

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Was speaking to Spencer Downey the other day and he told me that behind closed doors Cabaye had a huge impact on the dressing room. If the french players started to speak in french then he would go mental and tell them to speak in English and they would all pay attention and wouldn’t do it again etc.

    Cisse is meant to be away end of the month too!

  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13

    fm 8 year contract was short term fm

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    How Lovely to see 2 south American Managers taking the FACUP Seriously.

    And we have a Certified Duffer in ALAN Pardew

    Trust me

  • John Tudor

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    is parclueless a hypnotist as he must tell the players to play shite

  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    “In terms of where I am with the players – I have made it clear to them what their responsibility is to the fans and the city.”

    You’ve made it real clear alright, blaming Marvo and Ben Arfa for the defeat because you expect them to do some kind of vodoo magik and score from nothing. Put them on last 15min on Defensive midfield then tell the media that it s all their fault.

    Benching Ben Arfa slowly till the fans can only blame Ben Arfa and forget about him while you try to sell off our flair players and rot them on the bench. Bring back Marveaux from out of sudden air, tell the media that Marveaux/Ben Arfa/Obertan are replacements for Cabaye.

    Fu*k off you tosser, he makes it up as he comes along. Never blames himself or has the courage to come out and say ” I completely got it wrong and will need to do my homework starting from tomorrow for next game”.

    “Those were the days when Pardew’s planning was meticulous, but senior players noticed a change in the manager when they reported back for pre-season training.”

    “Flushed with success, some of the squad felt that he was operating the team by remote control.
    He earned a basic salary of £1m last season, but that was inflated – along with his ego – to £1.6m after their extraordinary success story.”

    Does this ring any bells to fans? Remember the season he finished 5th, and got a massive ego which makes him think hes suddenly the best manager in the world. Then next season sees him nearly get us relegated.

    “After hailing Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez as “world class players” when they signed, he told friends he “wasn’t sure if they are for us” within days of their full debuts in the 1-0 defeat against Palermo in the UEFA Cup.”

    Doesn’t this ring a bell as well, hailing Ben Arfa and even Marveaux as well before then suddenly faults them for the loss of the matches and blames the players.

    “Some of the players were still squabbling among themselves in the dressing room when the manager walked in and told them to “Shut up and listen to what I have to say”.

    Seriously its happening here now, its all over the media after the 0-4 loss to spurs.

    “Pardew vowed to go back to basics the following weekend against Blackburn and it was Teddy Sheringham, who had waited to patiently for his chance on the sidelines, who inspired their first victory since they beat Charlton on the opening day of the season.”

    Finally, this is the most important which I believe out of all of them, confirms his clueless and thinks his own ego of thinking he knows how to manage a team and use tactics effectively has been exposed. He said this same thing after Cabaye got sold and not getting a replacement which he said we were then next day denies he ever said that but he clearly did..

    Here is a quote to prove this which he said earlier this month.

    “I look at the team today and it looks like I’m going to have to draw it back to basics and find a game plan that’s going to work for us,”

    Any pro Pardew fans step forward, expose your mackem cheesy dipped chips.

  • yo-yo

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17


    I think the impact of Cabs leaving has undermined Pardew much more than we can know.
    The obvious – not replacing the player – we all can see has hit the side but he must have been a real leader in the dressing room and anecdotes like you posted just show how much he is being missed and how it is affecting results.

    Pardew has had three poor winters with long losing streaks and unable to get the team up for matches. I think he is basically a top 6 manager and not a top 4 manager but having the ground cut from under him in successive Januarys which is when the injury list shows how weak we are in depth just makes his job even harder. Toon manager is pretty tough anyway but having no strength in depth and a side of maybe only 14 good enough players for the Top 6 can’t help. Lack of movement from development has caused us major problems – and KK didn’t help that one at all. Wish we had an owner who took a long view.

  • jasper

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Those who want Ashley gone need be careful about what they wish for.
    ThE devil we know is still an improvement on the Venkys, Tan in Cardiff and the clowns who destroyed Leeds and Portsmouth.
    MA may be unwilling to compete with the Sheiks or Russians but at least he has demonstrated that he will act to protect his investment in our club and keep us in the PL.
    Given a gamble on a new owner or A new manager I know which I would prefer by a country mile.

  • beefman13

    Feb 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #19


  • lochinvar

    Feb 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Saw a comment in press that £30m investment in players would take Rangers back to Scottish Champions and Champions League. Seems cheap deal if you ask me,maybe it could also appeal to Ashley, I do hope so.
    And don’t think that new adverts for an outdoor sports company at SJP is new revenue, they’re just another motley part of the Sports Direct emporium.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #21



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