The Commitment To Winning Worries Me – Pardew

It was one of the worst and pathetic performances seen from a Newcastle United side for a long time last Saturday, when we were definitely second best at Southampton, from the first whistle until the referee mercifully put our players and the fans out of their misery, when he blew the final whistle at St. Mary’s – and then some of us had to actually write about it. 🙁

alan pardew behind mike ashley painful

Pardew and Ashley watch a pathetic performance

It ended up 4-0, but we all know it could have been 9-0 but for the valiant work of stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who was the single Newcastle player who could hold his head up high after the game.

If manager Alan Pardew is not worried by what Newcastle have done so far in 2014 he should be, and the fans are less than happy with the performances of the Newcastle players – who didn’t seem to care too much down south in the last game.

This is what he told the Shields Gazette today:

“We’ve got six games to go, and we’ve got to make sure we give a better account of ourselves than we did,”

“That should shock us into doing a performance against Man United that makes it very difficult for them.”

“We’re a lot, lot better than we showed.” “It was our commitment to winning the game that worried me a little bit.”

“That was a game where we looked like we had no process to win the game.” “We need to know – clearly – what our process is.”

“That’s what we’re going to have to work on this week.”

And the lack of a process to win the game is down to the coaching, so the preparation for the game must have been woeful, and Pardew has said they didn’t do much on the pitch, but only mapped the strategy out on the blackboard.

Well that didn’t work at all,  so he’ll have to try something different for the Manchester United game, and they played well last night to draw with European Champions Bayern Munich 1-1 at Old Trafford, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions league.

With Loic Remy very likely missing the game, we don’t have much hope of any success on Saturday, but of course you just never know with Newcastle.

And it could be that whip Pardew is said to be using in training this week may just do the trick. 😀

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Funny which way you read that headline

    1) Pardew doesn’t play to win every game, ie with his unsuccessful ”containing” style or

    2) The players aren’t committed under his leadership.

    Either way not good.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s the point pardew, you don’t even know what the ”process” is so how’s anyone else meant to.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    ToonDarnSarf // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM


    So nice to see a fan on here who isn’t a miserable whinger. For me, this season is just about average and sadly pretty dull…but it’s not all doom and gloom.

    We’ve had several other seasons of mediocrity too sadly, but that’s just the way football is.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    So lets get this right, people who don’t appreciate mediocrity and want better are miserable whingers!!

    That whole attitude that that’s just the way it is is exactly why we are where we are. Total apathy.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    3 year’s + to know our process! What chance have we in a week the idiot!

  • Lynxie

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    How on Earth do these people get employed?
    Any footballer knows what the ‘process’ is……..its about putting the ball in the opponents net more than they do to yours. Jesus, does he take everyone for numpties or something?
    Anyone who ever kicked a ball, knows the ‘process’, FFS.
    Imagine going for a pint and the barman saying ‘I just don’t know what the ‘process’ of getting beer into the glass is’?
    This bloke is simply an insult to the intelligence of every supporter. End of.

  • thai-mag

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    At least after last nights Man u result we will only have their reserves to face on Saturday. but they will still be to good for the shambles we will put up against them

  • Lynxie

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I saw this headline and thought ‘ Really? Its Pardew and Ashleys LACK of ‘commitment to winning’ that worries me………’

  • Bambams

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    This bloke Pardew has such an ego. How many times after a beating your hear him say ‘Thats not one of my teams’ or ‘ I set my teams up to play attacking football’…..
    The football under this bloke is a joke. Other than a few games over the years where everything clicked and the ‘team’ won the game we have had to rely on a few players dragging the team to a win or that one piece of skill (cabs, remy, gouffy, sisso) to get us the three points.
    He is not good enough.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheers for the spoiler on the ManU game I was downloading it …

  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Maybe it’s time to get the English/ French translator back.

    We seemed to do ok when Pardew was translated into French but maybe the translator wasn’t actually translating Pardew but issuing his/her own thoughts!

  • mattnufc

    Apr 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew you’ve been here three years. The ‘process’ should be second nature to them. Unbelievable.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    So their commitment to the game worried Pardew. Well it enraged most of our supporters.
    Trouble is Pardew has a safe job, issuing platitudes is all he thinks he needs to do

  • Douglas

    Apr 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    After 60’odd years at last I understand. We hav’nt been missing good players, good management, a football philosophy (attack), investment etc. No what we have missed is a process. Oh for God’s sake.

  • Blacknwhitebilbo

    Apr 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is a poor manager and if he wants to play his boring containing football he needs to get his own players cause he is ruining quite capable players. Just moved to Newcastle to catch more games live. Seen Everton and Totenham games and it was the biggest waste of money in some time. Truly awful to watch. he sets out our team so defensively i was screaming at players to get into the box for crosses in the last game. Absolutely down to pardew the donkey.


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