Southampton Fan – Newcastle Players Didn’t Seem To Care

My best man many moons ago was Terry,  a former IBMer and still living in Hursley near Southampton, and he’s been supporting the Saints for around 50 years now – and of course they have been through some tough times over the last few years, but they have come roaring back into the Premier League last season, and Terry was more than pleased with Southampton’s performance on Saturday against an insipid Newcastle side – and of course he was at the game.

alan pardew meets Mike ashley soton before game

Alan Pardew greets Mike Ashley Saturday before the game

And we exchanged emails before the game, and my point was I couldn’t see who was going to score the goals for the Magpies, and the weakness at Southampton was their defense.

And earlier today I finally got the courage up to send him a note about how good the Saints were on Saturday – and the fact that Newcastle’s performance was so bad (insipid?),. that it is causing waves among the fans.

And this is part of an email I received from Terry this morning:

“The worst thing about Newcastle’s performance was their lack of effort throughout. They didn’t seem to care. “

“I can’t see Pardew lasting much longer. He hasn’t done well since getting a reported 8-year contract.”

Terry, who was brought up in Aberdeen, hit the nail on the head there with that first sentence – and that’s what’s really terrible about Newcastle’s performance – the players didn’t seem to care.

Newcastle fans can be very critical of their team and their players at times, that’s part of the territory at Newcastle, but when they see 100% effort and commitment from the players, as we’ve said before,  they hold back their criticism of the players.

And the opposite is also true, and a lack of caring, energy and effort on the pitch, has to be the manager’s responsibility as well as that of the players.

If they cannot put 100% effort in for Newcastle in these last six games, then we should get rid of them in the summer – whoever they are.

Far better have players at Newcastle who want to be on Tyneside, and will always give their all for the team.

And as far as Pardew is concerned, we think he will still be here next season, but it could be the season he has to have Newcastle be successful and maybe in the top eight, for him to continue as the manager.

And something in his favor is that we lost our most creative player in January – Yohan Cabaye – and that was Mike Ashley’s doing.

It’s certainly a very difficult time at the moment for Geordie fans everywhere, but maybe a miracle will happen, and we’ll see a great performance from the team on Saturday – it could happen – couldn’t it – maybe? 😀

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Apr 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    It wasn’t lack of caring it was lack of quality.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #2

    “Newcastle Players Didn’t Seem To Care”

    No s*** Sherlock.

  • How are we not at least interested in Richards!? We need players, they can’t seriously believe strikers and a winger is enough (alongside the obvious cm).

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    The worst thing is each year Pardew’s style becomes more and more dated. Everybody’s bringing in managers who play a short fast attacking passing game. The only thing saving us from the championship is that Pardew doesn’t choose the players. But I’ve got a dreadful feeling that might change this summer. Expect more Obertan’s and heartless cast offs from the big 6 and a few talentless no-nonsense players that can run 8 miles a match.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Richards can barely motivate himself for a team challenging for the league; he won’t give a sh*t once he signs for a smaller club. We’ll be left paying his huge wages for 5 years. Avoid at all costs – this is a Shepperd signing

  • Sounds like pure speculation Williamson, he’s had Injury troubles and is most likely dissilusioned with his role, rather than it being a motivation issue. We should at least be testing the waters with his agent see where his heads at.

  • validator

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ll struggle next season if we don’t spend and bring in some quality and let most of the cheap inferior present squad go this summer

  • Sazzer

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    At with lack of quality I don’t only mean the players but those responsible for bringing in and bringing out the best of them.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    why was Richards frozen out the England set up he is better all round player than Johnson

    also hogson has not bought him back in either
    he has had a few injuries but 16 games in 2 years he has not been injured all that time I think there is more about him attitude wise
    but I don’t know for sure
    from what I have seen when he has played I would say yes but I feel there is more to him not playing

  • mfw13

    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Of course the players don’t care….they play for an owner who also doesn’t care! As long as Ashley is happy with mid-table mediocrity, the players will be too…

    And selling your best player (and the linchpin of your attack) during the January transfer window without having a replacement lined up is always great for team morale!!! Is it really any surprise that Newcastle have only scored in three out of eleven matches since selling Cabaye?

    Let’s be honest…all Ashley cares about is staying in the Premier League…he’s not willing to splash out the cash needed to compete with the big boys, so mid-table is fine by him. And don’t forget that when he sold Cabaye, we were in 8th place, 12 points clear of 10th place. Even after our horrible since then, we are still in 9th place, 6 points clear of 10th….so from Ashley’s perspective, selling Cabaye was a good, low-risk, move.


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