This Is What Alan Pardew Must Do In The Final Six Games

Newcastle are in mid-table and presumably nothing to play for , since we have no chance of making the top six, and we have no chance of being relegated.

But it’s simply ridiculous if our players turn out in the last six games of the season and put one more inept performance in,  like we all saw last Saturday – and were rightly disgusted at Southampton.

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Alan Pardew – a test of the manager

There’s professional pride, and if that’s not enough, each of our players should check to see how much money they earn from playing the game of football on Tyneside – the wages are just ridiculously high.

So they need to earn their wages.

Newcastle  have a bit of an injury crisis brewing at the moment, with Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Tim Krul are all out on Saturday, and they all started when we beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in early December, and also missing tomorrow is Yohan Cabaye, the scorer of the winning goal in that game.

So there will be five missing from the team that won a game at Old Trafford for the first time since 1973.

But it’s not about the skill of the side we are talking about, and the big job Alan Pardew has to do is to motivate his players to play with some energy, passion and commitment on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“I think we’re in a difficult place, I make no bones about that. We’re on 46 points, we have a few excuses in terms of injuries so it’s easy to go ‘oh well, okay, the summer’s not far away’.”

“Certainly, I have made that very clear to the players – that’s something that cannot happen. We can’t do that in front of 52,000 people paying good money to come through the door. We have to put on a performance that shows real commitment.”

“It’s difficult when you get to an area of the season where there’s no real goals for you, other than a league position. That’s something we’ve been trying to focus the guys’ minds on.”

“We didn’t combat all of that desire from Southampton, theirs was certainly greater, and I don’t think that will be the case on Saturday. When you have desire on the pitch, things fall into place.”

“The answer to a performance like that is putting in a display in the following game.” “As a professional, you’ve got to accept you get beaten and sometimes it’s a bloody long way away and you have to accept responsibility as a group and to put it right.”

“Therefore, that’s what we hope to see on Saturday. The focus very much this week is on our stability and the structure to the team, which we’re really good at.”

“For most of the season, we’ve had that right, for every game apart from one or two, but that game completely got away from us.”

As far as we are concerned, the final six games of the season are more a measure of how good Alan  Pardew is as a manage  than anything else,  and can he motivate his players?

The players and the manager failed miserably last week, and it was the complete lack of commitment that rightly upset Newcastle fans.

That cannot happen again on Saturday or in any other game through the end of the season, and it’s the responsibility of the manager (along with the players) to put this right.

And we shouldn’t forget  there still hangs a dark cloud over Alan Pardew’s head,  because of his terrible behavior at Hull City that utterly shamed the famous Newcastle United Football Club.

We haven’t forgotten that – which is another reason the 52 year-old must shake things up and get the very best out of the players he has available in the final six games of the season – starting on Saturday against Manchester United..

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23 comments so far

  • nightfa11

    Apr 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #1

    its simple..pardew need to resign..or be fired..

    – same excusses over & over & over again..
    – never takes the blame
    – players are playing without any kind of passion
    – playing players out of position
    – shit tactics
    – illogical subs
    – theres no motivation..nothing..just bullshit stories..

    its enough…time for him to go.. he might be a good guy…big his not fit..& not strong enough to run a club with sooooo much potential…

  • nightfa11

    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #2

    im is supposed to be fun..but watching newcastle these days..its depressing.. i work during week & then comes saturday..i wake up in a good mood..time for football..but after 90 minutes of watching zombies…it makes me wanna hit sth..or someone.. newcastle played way better football with way worse players.. what does that tell you? anyone?

  • beermonkey

    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #3

    you would like to think he is close to the sack with what has been goin on the field and off it well on the side line

    but alas I bet he is closer to another manager of the year award than he is to the sack

    he will trot out more or less the same team and the same tactic what ever that is and expect a different result

    while he is in the stand and on his phone will he be ringing carver nope he will be on the net looking up the excuse generator ready for his press conference

  • MacToon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Quite refreshing seeing more and more can see through the spin, the lies the club keep telling us. Getting too predictable, wonder how season ticket sales are going!

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed’summed it up quite sucsinctly.

    All, all Alan Pardew’s got to do for the final six games is motivate his players to play with some energy, passion and commitment.

    If we don’t see that, if the players don’t show some fight, some will to win, then it’s clear for all to see that he’s lost them and if that is the case, then it really is time for him to go.

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Offering some mitigation on Pardew’s behalf, I think it’s fair to say that the rot really set in was when Cabaye was sold and not replaced by someone of equal or greater quality.

    Shot ourself in the foot again have we Mr Ashley?

  • beermonkey

    Apr 4, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #7


    do the players wanna play for him

    I don’t know

    I think signs of the rot have been here for a while
    cabaye sale just exposed it as being worse than it looked

  • banjax

    Apr 4, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #8

    We will get hammered again on Saturday by Man U if there is the same effort shown at Southampton. But with more injuries to the likes of Sissoko joining Debuchy, Krull and Remy, it looks like our only option is to play with some guts for a change. We’ll be lucky to draw but more likely we will be beaten badly again. Time for Pardew to walk!

  • beefman13

    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I seem to remember Sissoko going missing at the end of last season when he did not fancy it, the lad is good ball bad ball sort of player who shows no real consistency during games IMO, it sounds negetive but how on earth can any of us feel remotly positive about this weekend, even facing a very ordinary Man Utd side, i honestly cant see us getting anything however much we make a go of it.

    No Remy, Sissoko, or Krul, meaning wor Shola and Cisse up front maybe with Gouffran???? maybe even young ARMSTRONG, but i dont think AP has the bottle to do it, as he will think it smacks od desperation, not for me as he is a quality kid who can do no worse then the bunch we have playing at the moment.

    We have to show more heart for sure, this is our second biggest game and while i do feel we will try to battle for a time, i cannot see anything else but a Man Utd win as much as it pains me to say, i would also say without the aforementioned players we are no better than those crooks 12 miles down the road, we are utter pants.

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 4, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #10

    thats fine then… let just forfeit the rest of the season.. ill concentrate on me studies… franch and focus on the french and rest up…
    there is no reason we can’t buy
    jenkinson caulker lascelles
    delph and hughes a little tougher
    morrison and welbeck

  • thai-mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #11

    just goes to show how low the toon fans expectations have become when 82% think we will loose on Saturday, I think next season will be a disaster the same as Leeds a few seasons ago

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #12

    “For most of the season, we’ve had that right, for every game apart from one or two, but that game completely got away from us.”
    M City 4-0
    Swansea 3- NUFC 0
    NUFC 2- Hull 3
    NUFC 0- mackems 3
    NUFC 0- Spurs 4
    Fulham 1- NUFC 0
    Soton 4- NUFC 0
    Fuskin Liar.

  • seancavaz

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m sure Ashley’s thinking the same lol but we all know the season has effectively finished so why not blood the likes of Armstrong, Streete and bring back Bigi? Remy is gone, Sissoko won’t want to rush back and fear for his WC place, Colo is still non committal so what have you to lose? The time is now

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #14


    You just took the words outta my mouth so to speak, he’s either deluded with alzhimers thrown in or says it that much he believes it to be the truth!

    Didn’t he also say something along the lines of Southampton aren’t that far ahead of us in playing terms as shown by beating them 1-0 earlier in the season? Make of that what you will lol

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Could the mackems be in further trouble for fielding a ineligible player in Dong-Won for five games. Got away with a fine but if other clubs at bottom complain – i.e Hartlepool got deducted 3 pts and fined

  • Wandering Geordie

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I saw signs of discontent on sat amongst certain players arguing amongst themselves.krul ,debuchy “sitting it out” before the world cup.

    The passion that was once there has now evaporated.

    All is not well and I expect a huge shake up to follow, the glazier will go followed by a few purples

  • Ginger

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Personally I don’t mind getting hammered as long as we give it a go. When Arsenal beat us 7-3 that was one of the best matches I’ve seen in a while. Just less of the negative football and attack them.

    Our season is over, the least you can do is provide some entertainment.

  • Patoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Can c Pardew go with this v Utd and personally think we could get another hammering

    Santon Williamson Colo Haidara
    ————-Anita Tiote—————-
    Ben Arfa————————Gouffran

    I’d like 2 c us give young Armstrong a chance for 90mins and i’d rather c us not play Ben Arfa just isn’t good enuf

    Anita Williamson Colo Haidara
    ————-Gosling Tiote————-

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #19

    This Is What Alan Pardew Must Do In The Final Six Games


    Never heard so much endlessly repeated bull. Always manages to get an excuse in, in almost every sentence!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #20

    wandering geordie

    if only i had your faith, I think our suffering will be a lot longer yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #21


    Would love to see Armstrong, Streete and Bigi but really fear for their development under Pardew. He could really ruin and straitjacket them as he has with so many others.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail @ 12

    Spot on

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #23


    we had another losing run where cabaye played in 5 of the 7 games. Too easy an excuse.

    Ironically pardew sets us up solely to contain and yet we can’t!

    Not scoring in 10 out of 14 games, ie more than a quarter of a season is surely a sackable offence and many of those games were against poor teams, ie sunderland twice and fulham.


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