Perfect Time For Newcastle To Shock Us All Tomorrow


Newcastle seem to be in a terrible place at the moment – we have injuries to four of our best players – Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Tim Krul – and we cannot score goals for toffee, and in our last 14 league games we have failed to score in ten of them. 🙁

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Alan Pardew – things appear black at the moment

And it’s interesting that in the four games we did score in,  3-1 at West Ham, 1-0 against Villa, 4-1 at Hull City and 1-0 against Crystal Palace – we won all of those games.

So we seem to be in a bad situation, and one of our biggest problems is we don’t seem to have any players in the side who can score goals in the absence of Loic Remy.

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 which shows real commitment.”  “For all you’d say about Man U’s performance in the week, they did show a real commitment.”

“It’s difficult when you get to an area of the season where there are 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, it 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.”

And of course it hasn’t helped that our manager has been banned for seven games,  and in the first four of those games we have three losses and have scored only one goal.

And Newcastle fans don’t seem to think we can get much out of the game tomorrow.

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But it’s in these situations that Newcastle can shock us – and because we don’t seem to think we have any chance tomorrow against Manchester United – Newcastle might pull one out of the bag, so to speak.

Last Saturday was the worst performance of the season, when it looked like just far too many of our players couldn’t care less.

So it’s time for Newcastle to shock us on the positive side tomorrow – that’s what we need – a shock result – a draw or even a win – that’s what we need.

And it would just be like Newcastle.

(Here’s hoping).

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102 comments so far

  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s having a laugh!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Alan…This is a bit far fetched, but do you reckon the clubs own lack of ambition has had an impact on the players ambition?

    Commitment to what are you expecting from the players? Whilst I agree with the principle, I always expect Newcastle players to give it their all, I can’t say I blame them too much.

    Still, I’m open to being impressed tomorrow. Show us all that we’re wrong.

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    ‘Make no bones about that…’ – is there someone out there actually making bones because it seems to be a genuine concern of our silver haired, and tongued, manager.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Ciaran…Are you suggesting wor Alan is simply a victim of being distracted by these bone makers? If so, something must be done.

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  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew captain of the sinking ship.

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    We haven’t had desire on the pitch since the sale of Cabaye really.

    Our season was over in January, and it is abundantly clear that the club will not attempt to try and go over and above their expectations so why should they expect that from the players?

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Ibiza

    He does seem overly worried about people making bones doesn’t he?
    Ashley……OUT
    Pardew……..OUT
    Bone makers…..OUT

    Sorry Tuff, I know that’s your bit.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Ruddy

    Hull away – showed commitment and at that time hope we’d got a solution to the absence of our playmaker.
    Gone seriously pear shaped since.

    Ibiza

    Yes I do think the club’s lack of ambition has permeated through all levels of the club. It is a serious problem as .. why should anybody bother to be anything other than mediocre from the groundsman to the financial director. Very poor motivational psychology by the owner – but then what does he care ? Bottom line okay = nae problem

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  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardews to thick to entertain ideas of success, in his mind why break the habits of a lifetime.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Ciaran…If we can get the bone makers out though, shouldn’t we give Pardew a season with no such distractions to prove himself?

    Now, if we can locate these desire thieves we may well win the league next season.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #11

    yo-yo…Where have you been hiding?

    I bet the players feel completely unsupported by the club. What is it they’re going to be fighting for?

    I am genuinely worried about what type of player we’ll be able to attract this summer. Any reputation we did have has surely taken a good kicking.

    Whether by luck or an actual plan, whatever momentum the club had two years ago seems to have all but run out. Still, there’s no time like the present to start a new 5 year plan.

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  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #12

    1927 was the last time Newcastle United did a league double over Manchester United, I doubt old Pardew even realises it.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Tads

    Nope can’t find it mate but I definitely read it word for word what Ian said!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Average…I think it was from a metro article.

    Just cut and paste a section of the text in to Google, I’m sure it can do the hard work for you 🙂

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza

    Totally agree – we are going to have real problems convincing anybody but mediocre players we have enough ambition to buy into the Newcastle “project”

    Answer – Rothesay Bute

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #16
  • Ciaran

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Yo-yo

    Forgot about Hull away, Nut-Gate has forced it from my mind!

    Ibiza

    Well, shouldn’t we ‘wait and see’ just to give wor Alan a chance?

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Good idea ibiza, maybe I shouldn’t doubt you in future 😉

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #20

    why aren’t people willing to do mass-protesting? 40000 empty seats would be a wake up call, boycotting stores etc?
    may aswell give it a go now while we’re safe!

    no future – u21s 2nd bottom of their league, none in the first team
    no ambition – no cup runs for years and no push for europe
    asset stripping – ashley trying to squeeze every drop out of a little as financially possible
    no possibility of improvement – no way in hell will we have a better team next year, nobody that’s good is gonna be attracted, players realise club has no ambition.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I have mentioned previously that we had been held scoreless in 13 league games this season, most of those when Remy was injured or suspended and several already after Cabaye was sold. A horrible mess to deal with this summer. What exactly does Charnley know about football? What skills does he actually bring to the people ? in charge of bringing players in? Is the summer going to be another fiasco?

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Away from Football for a tad here’s the latest on the Strawberry place Sale

    There is no latest ! up to date no one has bought the land lease.

    Newcastle United Holdings still have the title .

    Reg as TY344775…Official.

    There has been no application to this date today to transfer…. Friday.
    There is no search pending as yet.

    Newcastle United holding’s have the head lease and could well be selling the under lease ,thus retaining the rights of time and length of any under lease..That’s from the Durham Land Registry, today, but could be an outright sale .

    The proper title of the freehold owners is ,
    Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive

    The sale could have actually been made, but as normal practice, there is usually a lag with solicitors, and Legal team informing Durham land Registry if a sale had been achieved within last few days ..Doubtful though..

    I’m speaking to Mick Ashley’s PA on Monday.. so will report back on this, and any other issues I might raise with her .

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Well done that man lol

    Sorry it seems petty but why make out they are your own words, surely he would of said I took this from metro

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  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Just watched the Ashley out campaign on look North, at least their committed.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Yo-Yo…Indeed. Should be a fun fulled summer!

    Average…Let’s not get carried away. Even Pardew manages to come out looking good sometimes!

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  • Bambams

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    After Cabs sale which followed Ba sale which followed the Carrol sale I dont think the players want to play for Pards.
    Whats the point… As far as they are concerned we are not ‘building’ a team.

    I genuinely think he had lost the players, those good enough to attract other clubs or going to the World Cup are allegedly unable to play making sure they dont pick up any serious injuries that would prevent a bid.

    We allegedly have a transfer kitty ‘for the right players’ according to Pards…. So we will offer £2mill for Messi…. well he was the right player but agents wanted a Merc and we wont be held….

    Players know this club is treading water and I dont think they want to waste their time at our brilliant club.

    I hope I am wrong and we sign some internationals in the summer.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Stay strong while watching wor club tomorrow mates. Grit your teeth and prepare for some horrible football from us. Time to clean house from the top down. Ashley is a horror story and I can’t really stand the thought of another chapter this summer.

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  • Duffeh

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #28

    We cant offer 2 million for Messi, I’m sorry to dash your hopes but Barcelona are under a transfer ban :P.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Duffeh…However, we can say we’re not spending as we’re saving the money to buy our No 1 target (Messi), who isn’t available until the following summer!

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  • Duffeh

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Given previous transfer budgets we may well be saving until Messi is 67

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza / Ruddy

    Pardew is a mediocre manager imo – he’s not the worst thing since sliced bread. But how can he possibly motivate the team or the coaching staff if he’s royally shafted by the owner ? Even if he is an apologist for the regime he still has to try to get a performance from the players..
    There ‘ve been a few comments about him ‘losing’ the dressing room but I think the whole ship is going round in circles. How the hell does even AP keep up a level of motivation given the successive hands he gets dealt. I don’t rate him but I do sympathise at times, and I doubt anybody else could do better – and promising but relatively unproven managers like Laudrup could no way get on with a regime like we’ve got.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Ian Toon – that is a bit naughty plagiarising a newspaper article and posting it without making reference where it had come from as they were not your words.
    I had detected a change in tone -but now I realise why – very very naughty indeed.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m expecting some very tricky play from us tomorrow. A lot of jinkiness in their box. We’ll go serpentine in midfield. We’ll run circles around them and make them look silly. Shola will score from 40 yards out with a lob, Willo will actually score from a set piece, and De Jong will hit a howitzer. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    He is naughty isn’t he Mr. Tuff? Perhaps he’s looking for a session with Mike and the dominatrix. Horrible thought but it had to be said. Snap out of it Ian Toon mate!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #36

    yo-yo…That is a perfect explanation of where I am with Pardew. For sure there are aspects of his management which drive me insane, but I really don’t know what manager who would be an actual improvement would firstly come and work for Ashley and then secondly last any time at all.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    The scoreline could be embarrassing tomorrow, if Moyes goes for it because Pardews gave up.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Alan has my full support, as next tea lady when Joe retires. He’s got all the required qualities. He loves Mike, he knows when to retreat into the tunnel quickly when things are going bad, and his excuses are getting more creative all the time. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza mate welcome to the insanity train! I’m already onboard waiting for you. We’re rushing headlong into a madcap, zany summer mate! Huzzah!

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  • guvnor

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #40

    No wonder he got a stadium ban and a touchline one so he doesn’t have to suffer his own football tactics.

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