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Why Alan Pardew Is Now In Serious Trouble At Newcastle

9:58 am, Sunday, April 6th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

This season was always going to be the season that Alan Pardew proved he was the right man for the job at Newcastle, after last season we struggled mightily against relegation, and it was probably the five Frenchmen we brought fifteen months ago that saved us from relegation.

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Alan Pardew – in serious trouble at Newcastle

Of course the Europa League didn’t help us at all, with all the extra (14 of them) games, but our squad simply wasn’t big enough, and there seemed good reasons why we fared so badly in the Premier League.

This season we started off well enough, and in the first 18 league games we were sitting pretty in 6th place in the league with 33 points, after we had hammered Stoke 5-1 at home – yes they had only 9 men.

But then the rot has set in, and in our last 15 league games, its been hopeless and we have lost ten of them and taken only 13 points from a possible 45.

And it gets worse than that, because in 11 of those games we have failed to score a goal.

Yes, we have Loic Remy out – but it says nothing about Papiss Cisse, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi that we look so utterly hopeless up front, and hardly look like scoring a goal.

And last season our defense was very poor, and we conceded 65 goals – the most we have ever conceded in the Premier League.

But after 33 games played, we have conceded 51 goals, and have the  4th worst goals against record in the league, and even bottom-placed Sunderland have only conceded 48 goals.

So you can hardly accuse Newcastle of improving their defense this season.

We have four players out at the moment – maybe our best four players – Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy. Tim Krul and Moussa Sissoko, but with the players we have left we should be doing much better than the results show.

So you have to think that Alan Pardew is not getting the best out of his players – and that’s always the best measurement of a manager.

Mike Ashley will have a decision to make soon – and that’s whether he keeps Alan  Pardew and his coaching staff at Newcastle, because if the owner wants to make a change, it should be before Newcastle start to bring players in and let others leave in the summer.

We never really thought that Pardew would be replaced this summer, but with every defeat – especially 4-0 defeats – that possibility looks like becoming more likely with every defeat – and it’s based on Alan Pardew’s record at Newcastle.

Nothing more, nothing less.

What do you think?



Tags: Coaching · Europa League · European Competition · Premier League



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 theartfuldodger // Apr 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    “SUPPORT THROUGH THICK AND THIN”..If Ashley had spent 30m in the summer and landed up with crap players through hard luck and people still went to watch games, well thats supporting through thick and thin.
    Im sorry when Ashley,Pardew and players show no intent of good mgmt or footbal, what exactly are we supporting ?? The walls or the sports direct signs.
    Gather to support Arma,aarons,satka rather. Spend money to watch their games rather than first team.

    Just like The Chosen One,Then Special One..heres one for Alan Pardew at NUFC
    “THE UNSACKABLE ONE”

  • 2 jazzyp // Apr 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Artfuldodger
    I understand your frustration mate re the way we are being run….The hierarchy……….Pardew’s inept managerial skills, But fans will still go to watch matches through “THICK AND THIN” because they support the team.
    When we were relegated does that mean when we are at our lowest ebb don’t go to watch a match because of our manager or our owner

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // Apr 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    If we end up outside the top 10 target he surely must be sacked right!? Especially at the rate we’re going!

    That statistic is shocking Ed, have we really conceded 51 goals already and Sunderland that are in a relegation battle a little less on 48!
    Says it all really.

    Pardew and his dinosaurs OUT ASAP!!

  • 4 Go toon gooooo // Apr 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Pardew Alan now is not in serious trouble.He will be in serious trouble after crushing of Newcastle in next couple of games.

  • 5 Sav // Apr 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    You start out saying the squad was too small to survive Europa games. Then you rightly point out our 4 best players are injured. Plus, the best of the lot was sold in January, not only depriving us of our best and key player, Cabaye, but also a kick in the nuts to NUFC morale.
    And you expect the management to keep on winning games? With Gosling? With Shola? With Gouffran? With an overweight ‘Ballon D’Or’ Ben Arfa? With Luuk de Jong?
    We were paper-thin before. That is down to Monster Mash, nobody else. Now there are big holes in the squad. Cabaye should and could have been replaced but Ashley wanted to make a profit and not blow the full amount on Grenier so we didn’t get him and have to play out the rest of the season with no playmaker. We barely have the skill in the side to take a decent corner, let alone drop one into the top corner from a free kick like Mata. The anger should be directed where it belongs. Getting a change of manager is the cheap option and a sticking-plaster on a severed artery.

  • 6 Taff the Mag // Apr 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    It seems that we have really reached rock bottom now although a better performance than against Southamton, but the vast gulf in class from a bellow strength Manure was there for all to see , we were lucky that Rooney and Van Persie are injured or I shudder to think what the score would have been. Why are we not giving some of our youngsters a game, there nothing at stake, and let,s face it I am sure that they would show a lot more commitment then what we are putting out there now. We have given De Jong a good run, so it is just as well that he was on loan “try before you buy” how the lad was ever rated at 15 mn I will never know. But having said that look at the Spurs signings Soldado 26 mn 26 appearances 6 goals, Lamela 26 mn 9 appearances no goals, so throwing money about does not seem to be the answer. Maybe scouting the Championship league would be a better prospect, there are some cracking British born players there, but whether our manager would be able to get the best out of any signing is questionable

  • 7 Crawfordladd17 // Apr 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Taff the Mag you are right even League 1 there is some good players too, like Westwood and Delph are doing well at Aston Villa, Pilkington is decent for Norwich, or the Championship there is Nathan Redmond, Bridcutt at the scum is a good player, Scott Dann I rate highly. Then the biggest ars*hole in English football at the minute is at West Ham but on loan to QPR Ravel Morrison he is a very good player and will play many times for England and has a release clause of like £5m. Jordan Rhodes I would buy very good player, Sam Bynam from Leeds, Lascelles and Lansbury from Nottingham Forest ust to name a few. Then we will buy 3 or 4 Ligue 1 players anyway which at least a couple will be good and the world cup were we found Tiote, and also Kagawa costed like £300k for Borussia Dortmund and he is a good player but flopped a bit for Man Utd.

  • 8 isleofmanman // Apr 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Six games since 1st February where we lose by 3 or 4 goals WITHOUT SCORING

    In the last 3 months we have won only 13 points

    I’m weary of being embarrassed by our mostly disorganised and indisciplined play against beatable opposition

    This is no accident. This is a management issue. First second third and last

    Liverpool and Everton sorted their issues out by appointing quality managers so no excuses for Pardew

    Fact is his style (such as it is) and team selections are unacceptable

    Pay him off ASAP

  • 9 ende // Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    The love child of Mourinho and Fergie couldn’t manage this team to under Ashely’s brutal regime. There’s no point in discussing any other aspect of the situation than M.A.

  • 10 destoon // Apr 6, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Pardew has no vision,he sends Campbell on loan (to St Mirren why) but keeps SH Amiobi, he continues to play DeJong and Cisse when he could be giving Armstrong a run out. Guffram hasnt turned up for a month or more, perhaps cos he is being played as some kind of midfield player when he wants to be supporting the striker I dont think he is up to managing a premier club in this present age , He seems to be light years away with his tactics (whatever they may be, cos i havnt seen any) Time for a change Manager and assistants

  • 11 boltonmagpie // Apr 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I have always supported Pardew and felt Ashley was the problem. But when teams like Crystal Palace (no disrespect) can keep clean sheets and we can’t there is something seriously wrong.
    At home we should be capable of beating anybody. Our fans should be worth a goal at least. Yesterday was a bit better. Cisse could have had a hat-trick (again!). How many chances does he need to score a goal?
    No team should fall apart when their key playmaker has gone and the main striker is injured. We have some technically gifted players but they don’t seem to be up for a fight. Why is Gosling playing when he will prob leave in the summer? We need a spine of 4-5 British / Irish players with never-say-die spirit. Too many French players = give up too easily.
    I’ll be the laughing stock again tomorrow.
    Mr. Pardew – Why not give a youngster a chance?

  • 12 tartangeordie // Apr 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Sack Pardew and get in Neil Lennon. Used to working with a limited transfer budget. Produced players playing all over the premier league. Would be quality especially if Ashley is going to buy Rangers. Unsettle the old firm rivals.experience of setting sides up against much better opposition. Only problem is could we get him?

  • 13 Knacka // Apr 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Does Ashley not want to give AP the funds, because he doesn’t trust him with the money?

  • 14 benjohnsen // Apr 7, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    I have always defended Pardew with that he should be evaluated over time. I believe any new manager need 2-3 years before an can say success or failure. However, that time is up. He only get good results when we have injury free squad. His team seem to collapse as soon as two players are missing. This tell me 2 things. 1. The roles within the team can not be clearly defined. 2. He doesn’t know how to adept his team for his different players. Newcastle has some great players and some interesting young players, but Pardew is not a great teacher.




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