Pardew Understatement – We Need Some Freshening Up


It was really bad news this morning to read that it looks like Loic Remy is a real doubt for the home game against Manchester United on Saturday, because his return to the side could have provided the big spark needed to get a result against the Red Devils, who are nothing like the teams that Alex Ferguson created over the last twenty years or so.

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Yes – it was very painful

Alan Pardew must make some changes to the side for the next game,  and it’s certain that neither Ben Arfa or Yanga-Mbiwa will be in the starting line-up having been hauled off at half time, and as far as strikers up front go – Shola Ameobi couldn’t do much worse than Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse have been doing over the last several games.

Newcastle are now ninth in the league, 6 points above Stoke and 9 points above West Ham United, who beat a woeful looking Sunderland side last night at the Stadium of Light, and an invigorated Andy Carroll ( we wonder why), scored the first goal with a great header from a corner, and had an assist for West Ham’s second and winning goal.

Sunderland have to start winning soon, if they are to avoid the drop, but they have a really tough run-in to the season, having to meet both Manchester sides, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham in their final eight games.

And in the six games since they whipped Newcastle 3-0,they have only one point and three goals, and almost a quarter of their points (24% to be exact) are from Newcastle  – and that’s another disastrous stat for manager Alan Pardew.

Alan Pardew talked about the game last Saturday:

“We certainly looked like we needed some freshening up,” “I will have to look at that against Man United.”

“We don’t want our season to fizzle out. We have ourselves in a position now after two big defeats where we have to have a big response.”

We don’t want the season to fizzle out, but that’s just exactly what’s happening unless our players get a shake up and a kick in the behind – and they are reminded of the huge wages they receive for playing for Newcastle United.

Professional pride alone should have them playing at 100% effort, but that’s just not happening.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Did somebody mention groundhog day before? 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    we have failed to score in 10 out of 14 games. well done pardew. *applause*

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  • ToonMauritius

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    hi lads,
    we need a new manager, time for Pardew to move on.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew ” we some freshening up ” – well get some painters in !
    Probably would do better than the team..

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    This will be the third season in a row where Pardew has failed to make a positive impact on the team towards the business end of the season. There is little chance of ‘freshening’ the team up when the whole squad is in such bad form. I hope Ashley is asking himself how can he sell out of form players for a profit?

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  • anthc

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Aye pardew including yourself you know where the door is. Another drubbing on saturday yet he may get a bonus nevermind the sack! I’m fed up of getting spanked with sh1t performances. We need someone with fresh ideas and knows how to get the best from our players as we do have some good ones.
    Theres a rumour colback is signing on a free in the summer too, anyone heard that?

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  • levithefish

    Apr 1, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Gotta laugh Benny & Mapou taken off at a half time as stated by Pardew for tactical reasons, yet we let in a further 3 goals? Great tactics Alan! Just how many times can he come out after a drubbing & say we can never let this happen again? If never means 5 or 6 times a season he’s dead right! These aren’t bad players just bad management/coaching!

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  • toonluvva

    Apr 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Of course we need “freshening up”.

    The problem is that Mr Ashley will not agree. In his mind everything is fine and dandy, we are in top half of the league with little being spent.

    When the sh1t hits the fan next season, he will be too slow to react and once he does it’ll be a drinking buddy that will be appointed and not a decent manager.

    I’ve been a fan since the 70’s and a long term season ticket holder, but next year will be the last if I don’t see any signs of improvement off and on the pitch.

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  • Sav

    Apr 2, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Saddest thing is that lack of serious ambition from the top has so clearly transmitted to the players. Ashley likes to cut his businesses to the bone but that is not what a football club should be about. Even Monster Mash must see that a threadbare squad at the end of the season gets found out. This is by no means the first time he’s witnessed it.

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