The Media Have Been A Little Bit Miserable

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was a relieved man at 3:30 pm yesterday afternoon, as were a lot of fans, as Newcastle broke their seven and a half hour goal drought with Loic Remy scoring a great individual goal with just a minute left in added time.

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Loic Remy scoring late winner

Alan Pardew has been under extreme pressure during Newcastle’s run of eight league games with only 4 points and one win, but all 3 points today got us to 40 points, and up one place to 8th position in the league.

That’s good news.

Alan Pardew had a go at the media after the game, as he had this to say:

“I thought the media have been a little bit miserable.” “A couple of stories were definitely aimed to put me under pressure.” “There is pressure enough in this job without having a couple of stories which were untrue. So I was telling them to cheer up and move on.”

“The recent bad run has put pressure on my staff and my team. I don’t feel comfortable with that, my staff being under pressure. “You can be very resilient as a manager but I was desperate to get a result for my team and our fans, who have had to be very patient.”

It would appear that the bad publicity has also been affecting the coaching staff and the players, and of course one of the reports in the Express over a week ago, said that Pardew had to win the game against Villa yesterday or be fired – but it was a rubbish story.

Newcastle were not great yesterday, but it was a fantastic win,  and one of those games when the result was more important than the performance.

And surprisingly enough Newcastle are only 4 points off the pace we set two years ago, when after 27 games we had 44 points and finally finished up in 5th place on 65 points.

Newcastle need some good performances in the last eleven games left this season, to restore some pride to our club.

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31 comments so far

  • kizza

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Does anyone have any idea when the Everton game will be moved to? Also when will I be able to apply for Southampton tickets?

  • kizza

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #2

    …1st and 2nd

  • beermonkey

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #3

    kizza you could have been 3rd and 4th as well 🙂

  • kizza

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I didnt want to be too greedy

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Patience huh!! We have to patient for what?? For us to eventually score a goal? Win a game? Or win a trophy for once and show some ambition?

  • beefman13

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Alan go and have a word with your boss, u are taking all the flak for him, tell him u want those bloody signings we should have had in the last few windows, his actions are in the main putting you under the cosh by everyone, its mr moneybags that is doing you in son.

  • Sav

    Feb 24, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Colo and Williamson a great partnership and it was good to see them back together. Dummet is a bit slow but gave us some decent corners and got forward often. Colo shaded my vote for man of the match.

  • Sav

    Feb 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #8

    By the way, can we petition not to have that lanky streak Niall Quinn, commentating on every Newcastle match?

  • cyprus

    Feb 24, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #9

    the media have been miserable? Did you check out the fans’ spirits lately? We’ve dropped to also runs in the last couple months, we hadn’t scored for hours, we’ve played some ugly football, our set plays are xxxx. It’s a results business mate. And, the least we expect is entertainment and passion.

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Maybe if the club had a spokesperson who gave the media and the fans the information the crave, an insight into what the plans are for the club, or news with a more positive slant on it, then the media and fans would not need to speculate, and as a result would be more positive, (maybe).

    The club are their own worst enemy, and deserve everything they get, simply because they refuse to talk to anyone, And in true dictatorship style they exile anyone who speaks out against the regime.

  • bobby mango

    Feb 24, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #11

    The media weren’t designing stories to put him under pressure – the pathetic performances were. If losing something like 7 out of 8 games, with an aggregate score of about 15-0 is not going to put you under pressure god knows what will.
    What a ridiculous comment from him. Get the team playing well and the stories won’t be bad. End of.

  • musomag

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #12

    …..or at the very least allow him to keep our better players for a change and then perhaps team morale and belief would be accompanied by us winning games?

  • stan anderson

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Tyoical of Pardew try to shift the blame elsewhere.
    He is a master of that.
    He should admit he is not up to the job and walk away.
    But would he walk away from the biggest job he ,s had or will ever have.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #14

    The media makes money by selling stories (with advertising) of interest to the consumer. If the source of the stories decides to stop giving information to a reasonable degree, they have to start deducing. When the deduction is hard to come by, they just have to dredge up old stories or simply make some up. If they dont, they will lose money and share to ther competitors.

    Two factors – The clubs’ disdain for the media in general means little pertinent and affordable information is filtered to the media. The second is, as rightly pointed out, the self-generating material in the form of the circus-like arrangement of club affairs, the ludicrous swings in form of a haphazardly cobbled team, and above all the petulant methods the owner deploys to ridicule the fans.

    In short you are right, Alan, the edia has been a bit miserable – you lot should try harder to stop them being so. Give them, and us, something of cheer.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #15

    beefman13.. @6

    You’re so right in that Pardew has had enormous pressure placed on him by the owner’s reluctance to invest in player purchases plus of course the perfectly-timed sale of Cabaye with no replacement to compensate.

    Team spirit, morale and commitment are bound result from that – and there’s no doubt it it has since Cabaye went.

    And Pardew’s got to try to deal with that and motivate the players to produce the attractive and winning football that you and many others want to see.

    For hell’s sake, will some people ever accept the fact that despite his shortcoming, Pardew and the players are mere mortals, human beings who react to negatives as well as positives – like us all!

    As to the timing of Cabaye’s departure, one can only assume that January was the time agreed by our former and most-wise Director of Football (remember Cabaye’s comments after his August absences that if we want to know what’s happened, we should look to Kinnear?)

    And Kinnear failed to sign a replacement – that is the man who had the ear of Ashley and would present football rather than financial arguments to persuade him to invest!

    And as for Remy…. ok he’s had a cloud hanging over him and we couldn’t sign him outright in the summer, but why no pre-contract? And as it’s clear he’ll be gone soon, can we take it that Kinnear;s had the wit to negotiate a commission, a percentage of his much increased value since he’s been with us? Not a chance!

    fee over


  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Simply the results put him under pressure, these results for a lot of teams would have cost the manager the job, rightly or wrongly, so he is a lucky boy.

    Yes we had injuries, lost a player midway through the run and had out top scorer out suspended but you still need to make yourself difficult to beat when you can’t score.

    Hopefully we can go on a run now, we play 5/6 games against bottom half teams now, time to make out quality show.

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #17


    I agree with you. in short, if you give nothing then you should expect nothing in return. The club as a whole give us nothing, give the media nothing, and for the most part produce nothing on the pitch. Why should AP expect a positive return for that. Rather than use the media to it’s advantage, the club has and continues to alienate itself from the media. If they don’t like what is printed they impose a ban. Talk about pushing the self destruct button.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #18


    Exactly…papers have to write stories and if the club are silent on near enough every issue then the stories must come from somewhere.

    This is the same problem fans have with the clubs ownership, they have little respect for us and don’t communicate…90% of the problems could be solved with better communication.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #19

    thinking back to Remy’s goal celebration yesterday – not sure if Remy wants to be away – the way he took his shirt off and ran to to the Gallowgate to get the crowds cheers – looked like a man that loves playing at the TOON.
    after the game took his shirt off and jumped into the crowd to give it to one of the fans – looked like he is leaving.
    Also Debuchy did the same thing a little later.

    Mind you all-in-all a good result and never seen the Gallowgate jumping, hugging each other when Remy scored for a long long time – relief all-round

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t Remy point at one of the kids during his goal celebration, then run over and gave the kid his shirt at full time. Maybe the kids asked him for it or said something Remy liked. I don’t think it was because he is leaving.

    I don’t see him staying like, Why would he?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #21


    Remy will have plenty of interest, could see him at liverpool or arsenal….both sides could do with him but neither would give him definite first 11 football, but then again at big/champions league clubs very few are.

    I think whether he stays or not depends entirely on whether other clubs fancy him or not.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #22

    As if the press weren’t 100% justified along with the fans to criticise what had after all being a truly awful, awful and appalling run of results and performances.

    Pardew goes on like we won the cup or something against a woeful villa team by a single goal in extra time!

    Why did it take him so long to drop saylor and santon?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23


    Remy has given his shirt to a kid a few times this season, think it’s just something he does.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #24

    pardew’s signings will be tomkins, bent, noble standard. Not sure where that leaves carr.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #25


    I doubt he would sign those guys, linked before but never really serious interest except in bent, but he’ll be too old now.

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #26

    A lot of player have this season, inc, Sissoko and Tiote. Your right it’s just something they do (if we win) lol. It’s hard to believe anything from the club these days, even with the recent resignations, all we got were one sentence followed by the club will make no further statement.

    I mean how the hell can they expect any sort of loyalty or support with this sort of attitude?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #27


    And also carr is just a scout, he recommends players, is given the task of finding a certain type so he will have to scout what/where he is told to scout.

    For me he will continue to work abroad and his players will just go with the ones pardew wants, just a combination…like most clubs do.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Not sure he’s Arsenals type of player – mind you Wenger likes Bentner.
    Liverpool – most likely be used as a sub – can’t see him ousting Sturridge or Suarez.

    whatever happens going to be a interesting summer

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #29


    Exactly….it’s very difficult to know anything about the club when, like you say, they only issue very short statements and nothing in depth.

    I think they just need to be a bit more open….not with everything but just with things where there is no need for secrecy.

    If people are left in the dark it’s only natural they will start guessing what goes on and before you know it rumours are started.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #30


    Yeh but with most of the top clubs unless you are a top top player like suarez, rooney, ronaldo etc you are always in and out of the team as you have a squad of at least 20 very good players.

    I think that’s something remy would need to accept if he went to one of these teams.

    Then again though looking at arsenal and the amount of chances they create he is bound to score more goals than he does with us, and if he does get more than he has here he’d not be far off their top scorer.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Aye Charlie in the Gallowgate @19

    You could be right and I noticed the same thing with Remy and his shirt.

    I honestly think he does love playing for us and he won’t have experienced the same crowd passion anywhere else than with us.

    But, heart doesn’t always rule the head and by the time his agents stick their oars in, that’ll be that and he’ll be off – sad to say.


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