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Newcastle Back To Square One – Hopeless – Now What?

8:51 am, Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

We  watched the Liverpool Tottenham game yesterday, and manager Brendan Rodgers has Liverpool playing some great attacking football – it was just terrific to watch – and they mauled Tottenham – just like Southampton mauled Newcastle on Saturday.

alan pardew meets Mike ashley soton before game

Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley before the game on Saturday

It just shows that if you get a young manager in like Brendan or Roberto Martinez or Mauricio Pochettino, they can soon have the team playing some great stuff – Roberto only signed on at  Everton last summer and they are in 5th place and pushing Arsenal for 4th place,  and Mauricio took over 14 months ago at Southampton.

And it’s only Brendan’s second season at Liverpool, and he has them playing like Newcastle played under Kevin Keegan in the 1990s – and they are top of the league.

And Mauricio Pochettino has also turned around Southampton, and on Saturday his team were embarrassingly streets ahead of a pathetic looking Newcastle United side.

And while we keep hearing from the Newcastle players and managers that they are trying to get as many points as possible through the end of the season – their actions say something completely different.

Their hearts and minds are simply not in it and they were  a disgrace to the club on Saturday.

We have lost the last two games by a cumulative score of 7-0, and still have to play Arsenal and Liverpool on the road in our last six games.

And that very last game at Liverpool could be another embarrassing one for us – especially if we have the attitude the players had on Saturday – they were second best all over the field from the very first whistle, so we have to question Alan Pardew’s motivational skills – we were simply hopeless – and could have lost 9-0 but for a great display by Rob Elliot.

We’re not sure what will happen in the summer, but there are players at Newcastle who have no future at the club – like Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.

And the way Ben Arfa was hauled off at half time on Saturday, it looks like his career could be over, and of course Loic Remy is off to a bigger club.

So with Newcastle sinking fast this season,  we are still  going to finish in the top 10 – even if Stoke City catch us – which is probable on Saturday’s performance, but we will still finish 10th, because we are 12 points above 11th placed West Ham.

But in the last 14 games since we beat a 9 man Stoke side 5-1, Newcastle have been sinking fast.  and with the powers that be selling our best player in January – what hope do Newcastle fans have for the future?

At this particular time it doesn’t look good at all – and we can only hope that Newcastle bring in some very good young players in the summer and rebuild the squad.

But there are far too many inept performances taking place under manager Alan Pardew – like the pathetic home performances against Tottenham, Cardiff City and Sunderland this year.

For example, since the embarrassing 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland, the Black Cats have taken one point from their last five  games since then, and scored only two goals.

So  they got more points and scored more goals at Newcastle, than in the five games since then. :(

It just seems that every now and again Newcastle simply don’t turn up for games, and we are taken to the cleaners, and that happened again on Saturday – and it happens far too many times under Alan Pardew.

But on the bright side at least we are not struggling against relegation like another club is at the moment.

We’ll just have to hope we can have a stellar transfer window in the summer , but the hopes of having a top side in the next couple of years do not look very good – at least not at the moment.

Hope springs eternal.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Ed

    At last you’re coming over to the dark side. lol ! Rodgers, Martinez and Pochettino are the way football should be played.

    Pardew, Pulis and Allardyce are the way it shouldn’t!

    The fact we have employed 2 of them is a shameful indictment of how the club has been mismanaged for years

    http://www.change.org/petitions/remove-alan-pardew-as-manager-of-newcastle-united-nufc-pardewout

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Signed and Tweeted

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Difference is Ed that these clubs have people working with the owners to scout thoroughly potential managers and coaching who can not only progress the club and fully utilise player potential they also make sure they get managers and coaches who suit the clubs vision and philosophy of where they want the club to be and how they want the team to play

    Our owner has nobody installed to do this, no one to nurture the football side of the club, all he has is a short list of people who owe him money and need a job

  • 4 Ben3arfa // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    ASHLEY AND PARDEW ARE BOTH LIARS

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    RH
    It’s great getting Pardew out and all but who’s at the club to spot the next Pochettino?

  • 6 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    TADS

    Sign the Damn Petition.

  • 7 valle // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I dont know what we can do anymore to be honest… The real cancer at the club is Ashley and I fear he will never let go of us. He is smart enough to keep us, but dumb enough to harvest the potential.

  • 8 jettson1971 // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Pardew, Just please go!!!
    Your not liked or wanted.
    You have some of the worst records ever as a Ncle manager
    Your comments and drivel lack any foundation
    your have no credibility or morals, you are spineless!!!
    no goals scored in 10 of last 14 games
    9 defeats in 14
    3 derby defeats in a row, 3 or more conceded 9x this season. its utter garbage and your to blame. Most talented players since KK and you do this?? just go back to a level u may be good at, i.e. Conference!! grow a pair and resign!!

  • 9 Marktoon // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Signed with pleasure.

    The only way forward is for both ASHLEY and PARDEW to quit.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    HD

    Good man

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Cheers marktoon

  • 12 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Immediately signed! Let’s hope it goes the distance. Need to paste that link everywhere footballing related.
    If we can’t remove Ashely for the moment, we need to at least inspire some change and show that the fans voice does actually count for something. That way we can slowly turn the tide against Ashley in the longer term. 7 years of utter dross is not acceptable.

  • 13 toonaus // Mar 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Wtf is happening to this club I just don’t understand who is actual running it. At the moment I have lost all faith in this team and can actually say that I wish we were in the bottom three maybe it would be a good reality check for the club. Being in the top flight is a privilege not a right and to play the way we have been and run the club the way it has been is a total disgrace their are many other teams who would kill to be in the spot Newcastle are.

    We would be better off fielding the reserve’s team at the moment then putting out this bunch of guy who look like they have never played a game of football before and are baffled by this thing called a ball and what to do with it.

    Seriously though we should give players Marveaux , Obertan a go they at least have more of a heart and drive to succeed then most of our squad at the moment. I honestly think we were better of when we had Chris as our coach at least he did more for the spirit of the players he had nothing after everybody jump ship when we got relegate and he managed to boost the morale of the squad and help us to gain promotion and a trophy even if it was just a 1st division one. I doubt if we were in that position right now that AP would be able to rescue the club he couldn’t even cut the crust off his own sandwich.

    May be the player Newcastle have might have a better career working in one of Mr Ashley’s fine establishments or even Mc Donald’s flipping burgers

    Time to truly have a spring clean out or yard sale everything or one must go

  • 14 cyprus // Mar 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Ed,
    More importantly, do you have a pic after the game? Yes, MA could’ve invested more, yes he has made serious errors, but, we have the 8th highest pay packet, this is a team full of internationals, some of them like Tiote, Cisse and Debuchy important players. No matter how I see it, the blame falls squarely on ONE man’s shoulders: Pardew.

    We still haven’t figured out what set plays are about, often depending on a substitute player. Not once have other players or organisation facilitated our strengths. e.g. HBA cuts to the left… has any player ever helped him do that, apart from having to open up the door himself…

  • 15 Malta Mag // Mar 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The same blog at the turn of the year was begging for Laudrup to jump ship and join us and I can still hear the cries for Poyet before he joined the unwashed? Listen nobody’s saying Pardew’s perfect but when he was injury free and not being stretched in Europe or having top players sold he got the team to 5th, the same as Martinez this season at Everton. At our club it’s never going to be easy for any coach to come in as the expectations of the city are huge and at times unrealistic. I try to be rational about it and hope Mike Ashley will see sense as he did in that famous January transfer window last year and bring in a couple of good buys. At the same time you have to question certain players on Saturday as they were given the opportunity to show their worth and they failed miserably. Like you guys I am amazed how Pardew can still come out with the same excuses as that team was a disgrace to the shirt on Saturday.




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