The Truth – Pardew’s Absence Already Having Negative Impact

It’s something that was bound to happen when we lose our first match of Alan Pardew’s seven game suspension to the bottom of the league  side Fulham, who hadn’t won for nine games before they beat Newcastle on Saturday with a single goal scored by Ashkan Dejagah after 68 minutes.

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Pardew’s absence certainly didn’t help on Saturday

There has been some debate about just how much the absence of Alan Pardew at the game has hurt the side, and we  think it’s hurt a lot – so there – we’ve said it.

Cheick Tiote said after the game that is was strange on the pitch without Pardew on the touchline – but of course he was quick to add that Alan’s absence had no affect on the outcome of the game.

And assistant manager John Carver has said this today:

“I have to say the build up to the week was normal, as it was for every game, but it was strange getting on the bus without the manager,”

“He is the manager, he’s our leader and rightly so. Not having him on the bus was a little bit strange but once you get to the stadium and the work kicks in it was just like any other game.”

“We had a couple of conversations on the telephone but it’s a bit strange when your boss isn’t here.”  “I don’t think it worked against us.”

“Like he said through the week he’s got a lot of faith in his staff. We’ve got a lot of experience in the technical area so the fact that he only contacted us twice meant he was happy with us.

“That was pleasing to know but I knew that anyway because I know what he thinks of us. We have got very good staff. I don’t think it was detrimental to the way we played.”

The party line will be Alan Pardew’s absence didn’t affect anything – and you’ll hear that from John and all the players – but the fact of the matter is – it’s just not true.

The players did miss the manager – and the danger is that in our next game on Saturday, we will have another poor result at home to Crystal Palace, who are 4th bottom and drew 0-0 at Sunderland.

Another poor result in that game before we play Everton at home and Southampton away would not be good – since Everton and the Saints will be two very tough games for us.

If the team does not do well while Alan is out, it’s even more reason why Newcastle need to get some players with leadership ability into the club – this is the time when we need a player like Kevin Nolan on the pitch – to get the players going – to shake them up.

Of course on the bright side if (the great) Loic Remy had been playing on Saturday we would have got some goals, but it doesn’t say much about Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong – who again went goalless on Saturday.

And in every one of the four games Remy has missed this year – Newcastle have failed to score – and that tells you something.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Mar 17, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    so really what you’re saying is with or without Pardew, unless Remy is playing we don’t score!

    Well let’s not bother turning up then for the next three.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #2


    pretty much, we have little to no threat without remy in the side, sad but true.

  • sparky55

    Mar 17, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    and did we miss him when he was on the touchline when we lost to Hull at home, Cardiff to home, sunderland home and away…aaaah…sorry…uuuuumm…no we didn’t…he was there wasn’t he.

    They’re grown men Ed…all the work should have been done before the game…the players didn’t execute the plan simply because on the day they just weren’t good enough. It was simply one of those days yet again when we didn’t turn up

  • mindshaft

    Mar 17, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #4

    We didn’t miss pard’s – we missed someone who can score s goal
    These were typical pard’s tactics, even the commentator was saying we should change our shape and move to 4-5-1 as we were being outnumbered in midfield and he said that after 20 mins and repeatedly throughout the game

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5


    look at international rugby, the manager sits in the stands with a monitor as well to see everything better and be able to make the correct changes, instead of just being at eye level.

    As you say, the plans are in the place, covering all eventualities, he can still contact carver to make a change and like you say the players should be able to take responsibility and think.

  • toon1707

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I would start Armstrong against palace he can’t do any worse than cisse and shola did against Fulham is the way I look at it

  • sparky55

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #7

    You have to ask yourself…how many other premiership teams would have gone to Fulham yesterday with a 4-4-2?

    We always get over-ran in midfield when we play this system…it’s from a bygone era.

    if we had gone for it from the off and put them under pressure and scored the first goal they would have folded like they have all year…but no…Pardew went for the holding game, the defensive ploy…the “lets no go behind’ tactic that goes wrong every single time.

    There should not have been a defensive bone in anyone’s body on that pitch on saturday…we should have steam rolled them.


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #8

    He was there overseeing the other dismal performances, so our play was back to normal after a positive blip against Hull.

  • sparky55

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #9

    transfer…you have to appreciate the average rugby player playing for England went to a private school and is generally from good stock with a lot more than the average intelligence of your average premiership footballer.

    but even still…they’re professionals that get paid a lot of money…they should be able to think for themselves but when your manager sends you out with a flawed tactic then even the best will sometimes flounder.

    Bad management is the foundation of most losses.

  • stan anderson

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Just watched M O T D.2 recording,Sherwood hurls the ball at Arsenal player and not a thing said by the panel of experts.
    Not saying they should be mind,but after the infamous Pardew headbutting incident,haha.
    Just makes you think how much they dislike our club.
    Not a lover of Pardew in any way, but i hate to see our club wronged against and we have been .
    Both incidents were not violent with the intention to cause damage to anyone.
    Pardew reacted to being violently shoved by Hull player,Sherwood just flung the ball at the player for no apparent reason,unless something had been said to him to incite him.
    It,s just the double standards shown that annoys me .

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11


    yes they are maybe on average smarter in rugby, but still they should know enough about their sport to adapt the plan the are given to the situation…they aren’t total morons on the pitch, they might be off it at times.

    and I also accept if they have to follow a bad game plan then it’s fair to blame the manager.

    But even still the manager still makes changes, can relay a message to the assistant to tell a certain player to do something, cover a certain man, mark somebody in the box etc.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Well I’m glad that I made somebody laugh on here

    I honestly haven’t heard of him, perhaps I should get out more

  • Tommaz

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think they missed Pardew, it’s just that we’re toothless without Remy. It was a nice change listening to Carver’s points in the interview after the game. I’m sick to death of hearing Pardew’s slimy BS.


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