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Pardew Reveals The Reason For Newcastle’s Massive Slump

8:29 am, Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Newcastle are on a terrible run at the moment, and with only five games to go to the end of the season it’s really important that we can get a few wins to raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans,  because we have lost ten of our last fifteen league games, and gained only 13 points and that’s relegation form.

alan pardew at game

Alan Pardew - in the stands on Saturday

This is what Alan Pardew has said about the terrible run:

“I think the most important thing is the injuries have had a real impact on the team, no doubt about that. You do not have to be a genius to work that out.”

“But we do need to get ourselves focused on what is ahead for us. We have had some difficult home games, and just two home games left against Swansea and Cardiff.”

“And I think they are essential for us to give a good feeling to our fans and amongst ourselves as well for the summer.” “Then we have three tough away games.”

Injuries have affected us, but the terrible results reflect badly on the players  in the side – and generally they haven’t only played badly, but have not shown much energy or fight either.

Here are the games we have left in the league and we can probably write off the away games at Arsenal and Liverpool.

April
Sat 12	15:00	A	Stoke City
Sat 19	15:00	H	Swansea City
Mon 28	20:00	A	Arsenal
May
Sat 03	15:00	H	Cardiff City
Sun 11	15:00	A	Liverpool

So we have a chance of winning the home games against the two South Wales sides, Swansea and Cardiff, although Swansea are doing quite well at the moment.

And we really need to beat Cardiff City after they beat us 2-1 at St. James Park in the FA Cup 3rd round, which means in our last 16 games we have lost 11 – and failed tops core in eleven of them a terrible record. :(

The most we can see coming off the last five games is 9 points, which would leave us on 55 points for the season, but it may be difficult to get three wins in those final five games, after we’ve lost four of the last five.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · FA Cup · Newcastle News · Premier League



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Oh The injuries! Who would have Thunk that?

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Any one know who this guy to the left of Par-poo is ? reading his name is Ben Stevens.

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Also reading Marcelo Bielsa is in advance talks with Marseille.

    LOL – Lee Charnley.

  • 4 geordie157 // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Nothing at all due to cabaye in Jan and yet again not replacing a star player.

    Pards I hear Norwich have a vacancy but unlike us they may show a bit of ambition and get someone decent in.

  • 5 Bambams // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    You just dont feel confident when Pards opens his mouth.
    He was fully aware our squad was thin before losing Cabaye never mind afterwards. All clubs have injuries but Pards always uses this as his favourite excuse.
    The only thing that will put the icing on the cake is at the end of the season away at bindippers after a hiding they parade Shola onto the pitch to sign a two year contract.
    It will be like a new signing…..

  • 6 Tim the toon // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Its time to do a proper clear of players who can’t cut it, or just don’t put in the effort – they are paid to do what they love – play football – but what has been dished up in 2014 has been a joke! While they’re busy, let’s get rid of Pardew at the same time

  • 7 Go toon gooooo // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Alan Pardew out.

  • 8 Blofal // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    I want Pardew out. But I have no idea who I would replace him with.

    Guardiola is my dream manager for Newcastle… but we will never get a top flight manager coming to a club where the owner will not back him in the transfer window.

  • 9 nut meg // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Ostrich !

  • 10 nufcursed // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    @blofal:

    in each league there are a couple of managers who could do a better job than pardew!

  • 11 banjax // Apr 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    As usual a load of verbal bollocks from Pardew. If injuries were the true cause of Newcastle’s slump then what about other teams we aspire to match like Liverpool and arsenal who still win more than 1 out of 6 games like our current run. No Mr Pardew, our form is down to poor leadership set by the manager who has been missing in post because of an FA ban for violent conduct. This abdication of duty has had an effect on the players. Next is the quality and numbers of players in the squad where the injuries are mitigated. Next is the owner who has sold Cabaye at totally the wrong time and continues to starve the club of player investment. Lastly, the players do no not show enough graft during every match. The high tempo play of the best teams gives them their results. Lack of graft is due to lack of player motivation and that is the fault of the manager, Alan Pardew !

  • 12 mfw13 // Apr 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Let’s not kid ourselves…the slump has very little to do with the manager and everything to do with the owner.

    Why should the players play hard for an owner who quite clearly lacks ambition? It’s not just coincidence that the slump started exactly when Cabaye was sold. And is it really any surprise that the team is struggling to score goals when you sold its best attacking player without bringing in a replacement? If the owner doesn’t care about moving up the table, why should the players?

  • 13 Oleg G // Apr 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    mfw13 // Apr 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    I can think of at least 20-70 thousand reasons a week.

    And they still want to show their best qualities at least to get interest from other clubs, good clubs, better clubs.
    So why wouldn’t they want to perform?

  • 14 toonluvva // Apr 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I kept reading the article over and over again, but could find any mention of the true reasons.

    Namely we have a clueless owner who has consistently made awful decisions in his choices of who to appoint in senior positions at the club. Llambias, Wise and Pardew!

    We have lost our way since the sale of Cabaye and show no ambition for the future, a fact not lost on our (paper thin) squad.

  • 15 lew // Apr 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    MA have to tighten Pardew up real-time!

    All the excuses all the time, and the so called “hard-work”, is no where to be seen. These quotes further confirm the “ambition” of top10, and it’s killing me!

    As a matter of fact I think we need a DOF, a DOF with authority who can get AP a reality-check and a real-talk!!

    I STILL HOPE MA HAS ANY SENSE OF AMBITION, AND THAT PARDEW WILL BE SACKED IN THE SUMMER!

    Lew out…

  • 16 widowmagandapoke // Apr 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Yes, injuries are one cause of the problem but whose fault is that? Fans and press alike were screaming the message to recruit and strengthen in the past two windows. Yes Ashley is a culprit but Pardew? Well if he couldn’t see this coming he isn’t fit to manage a pocket of loose change.
    Get a spine donor or go.

  • 17 AndyMac // Apr 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    “The most we can see coming off the last five games is 9 points, which would leave us on 55 points for the season, but it may be difficult to get three wins in those final five games, after we’ve lost four of the last five”

    Are the drugs kicking in Ed or have you finally lost it ????




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