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Pardew – Newcastle’s Squad And Team Not Good Enough

9:28 am, Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 88 Comments

Newcastle need to rebuild in the summer, and also allow players to leave who are not good enough for Newcastle, and we just hope that Newcastle can bring in some very good players this summer – because we need them.

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Alan Pardew – squad and team not good enough

And from what Alan Pardew has said after the second successive 4-0 defeat – this time at home to Manchester United last Saturday – the manager has said that neither the team or the squad at the moment are good enough.

This is what the Pardew said yesterday:’

“This run has underlined that a lack of options, my players have put in an honest performance. But they have not been good enough either as a squad or as team.”

But the players that we still have available are much better than the results we have been getting, and that is down to Alan Pardew not getting the best out of the players he still has at his disposal.

Ben Arfa is one example, and while the responsibility is shared between manager and player, you cannot accuse Alan Pardew of getting the best out of Hatem Ben Arfa this season – and fundamentally that’s how managers are judged – are they getting the best out of their players?

This run of 10 defeats in 15 league games follows on from last season’s terrible run of 10 defeats in 13 league games.

And these bad runs are happening too much, which is why there is some discontent among fans at the moment with the Newcastle manager.

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88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Transfer Sage // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Not a good enough excuse.

    We haven’t got the team to challenge for the top but we are certainly better than getting beat by 3 goals so often, the manager should at least be making us hard to beat.

    Pardew needs to look at himself too, the fool.

  • 2 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Give it a rest Pardew, we all know you’re not good enough either.
    Also if it’s true about a 25 mil kitty considering the amount we’ve generated, then that’s an absolute farce. We need heavy investment, not saying the full amount we’ve generated but 40 – 50 mil certainly.
    Why does spending money have to be knee jerk? If they’ve done their homework properly then it shouldn’t be knee jerk at all. We really are cursed.

  • 3 Rainrix // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Don’t forget to lump yourself in with that lot as well al!

  • 4 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    No sh@t batman……Why don’t ya state the obvious Ed.
    Only kidding mate but as stated previous this has been our problem for many a season that we have no depth to the squad.Last season we were decimated by injuries and that nearly cost us our status in the PL yet nothing is being done about it.
    LOAN players although remy a success is not the answer imo so where does Charnley’s 1-2 players per season stat come from when we have signed nobody on a permanent basis for over 2 year

  • 5 beermonkey // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    where has the figure of 25mill come from

  • 6 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Do you not feel that the mindset of the players has changed drastically since the sale of cabs.I know 1 player doesn’t make a team and we have nothing toplay for, But to me there seams to be a lot of internal upheaval at present

  • 7 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Mr tuff

    If people with superior social skills (i.e. people who dont resort to offensive behavior when there is a disagreement) cause you greif in some way, then maybe some sort of therapy would help you? Your apparent attitude towards football discussion is set back in the 80s hooligan days. This is exactly the kind of things the more civilized posters are talking about.
    I feel sorry for you.

  • 8 stan anderson // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Usual crap being spumed out again,blame all but oneself .
    Utterly sick of this coming out of his gob.
    He has had sufficient time to put a half decent team together regardless of the Fatmans lack of spending.
    Not expecting the title,just a tiny bit of hope for the future of my club.

  • 9 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM


    Pardew needs to get on with finding some sort of solutuon to this problem, rather than stating the obvious in the media.

  • 10 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    What AP should have said:
    “This run has underlined that a lack of [ my ability to motivate] an honest performance. [ I ] have not been good enough either [ , I have let down the team and as a consequence I fell I should leave ].”

  • 11 lochinvar // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Earlier in the season we had good performances from good players and some good results. So why does Pardew say otherwise now. Criticism like this suggests that he and the coaching team are no longer able to motivate the team and that the team are questioning their decisions. If the players are voting with their feet by not performing then a change at the top should be the starting point. Charnleys appointment may be sound commercially but players and their agents are most likely to say “who? “. NUFC is an iconic part of English football it needs nourishing not neglecting. Mediocrity is not an option!

  • 12 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM


    I like Raylor too. As a player. He was a make shift LB but contributed immensely with crosses and freekicks. He has a skill and purpose.

    To be honest, the worse we play now, the better our chances of making signings in the summer.

  • 13 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM


    From a blind folded monkey with a pin.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM


    I think it has, although this bad run started with him here also.

    I think when the club sells a top player, the manager says he must be replaced then he isn’t…it not only disheartens the players but it undermines the managers authority also as he clearly has no say in how the club will progress.

    So ultimately the players then can’t trust the manager when he says he wants to build the squad, push for a certain league place, etc as it’s out of his hands.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    when pardew spouts stuff like this (and what a way to motivate your players by the way!) you just wish the interviewer had the balls to ask is the manager good enough

    pardew goes on about getting the job because he had a good pedigree. WTF!!!

    Ppardew ha chosen to alienate any flair and creative players we have so what does he expect when you stick 10 men behind the ball for 70 mins and don’t score in 11 out of 15 games.

  • 16 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Has Pardew formed a group of 4-5 players whom he asks to play badly on purpose. Conspiracy :-). There are more than a few reasons why thats possible.

  • 17 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    It doesn’t take long mate for the behind the screen hukhogan’s to appear……Ignore em mate

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM


    as you say cabaye played in 5 losing games out of 7 just before he left. We still had massive problems last season when cabaye was here fnishing 16th. it goes deeper than 1 player.

    It’s obvious no one enjoys playing whatever formation pardew is trying to play. i don’t think he even knows himself so how the hell can the players.

  • 19 North Atlantic Magpie // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Oh shut up Pardew!! You have lost the dressing room and that’s your problem. Get out of our club!!

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM


    but who is going to want to come and play for Pardew

  • 21 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM


    yeah. It is an exciting time in their tribe. They have just descovered fire, and someone has suggested to the tribal invetor that his new “wheels” may work better if he smoothes the corners off them!

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM


    sadly mediocrity seems to be the watchword for everything NUFC do these days

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM


    for me it shows once again formations are not relevant at all…it’s getting key men in the right positions, playing as a team in both attack and defence, not individual sections on the pitch.

    I don’t think pardew can do that, we have had some good times under him, i’m grateful for the 5th place and european quarter final, was a good run but for the same reason houghton was sacked (officially) the time has come for pardew…he has taken us as far as he can, time to move on.

  • 24 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Transfer Sage / jazzyp

    Pardew does seem to be highlighting his own inadequacies and shows how he was over reliant on Cabaye to motivate the team to perform and actually score a goal. Perhaps his man management is just that, he can only motivate one player at a time to disseminate his plans to the rest of the team.

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM


    sadly mediocrity seems to be the watchword for everything NUFC do these days.

    If hughton was deemed to have taken us as far as he could and in fairness he probably had, when the hell is pardew’s cut off point? It stinks of jobs for the boys.

  • 26 beermonkey // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM


    ah I see blindfolded monkey I know him well
    in fact I will be throwing faeces later so I will ask him

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    i think pardew’s ego is such it prevents him from ever looking at things objectively and where he may be at fault.

  • 28 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I think it would be better of the club just started again. Several new players. Manager and owner. Just rebuild from scratch. The way manure are having to do now. Moyes will get a chance to buy his team this year. We should do the same, but not just with manager and players, we need a new owner too. Time for ashley to sell hard and f#ck off.

  • 29 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Will be an interesting summer for Cabs in imo if Pgs do go after there top two targets in Hazard and Pogba.If they were to be successful in there quest for these players ,then wher does that leave Cabaye if he cant get a starting spot in the Psg squad now

  • 30 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM


    Yeah true, who wants to/will want to play for Ashley or Pardew.

    You said cabaye played 5 outa 7 games before he left.
    We know information about leaving when it happened.
    Players knew it much before I suspect.

    Secondly, we knew in our hearts no replacement was coming.
    Maybe the players knew it too. Maybe with more sureity than us.

    All in all what we knew Jan 31st, they knew in November,December ?

  • 31 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Pardews drinking in the last chance saloon.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    sad days artful

  • 33 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I agree mate but for a time this season we were looking good for European football.We were robbed against Man city with Mr t’s wonder strike, Beat Chelsea-Manure,Were unlucky against Arsenal and have just collapsed beyond belief.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM


    sadly I think he’s safe as houses. I really think he is unsackackable

  • 35 Whumpie // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    If would be nice if just one he said “I’ve not done well wroth either”. Starting that particular bit of the bleeding obvious would perhaps help his credibility.

  • 36 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    The pathetic set pieces of sending the immobile Williamson up to challenge for knock downs that he never wins are the hallmark of Pardews tenure at Newcastle United. The club needs to accept that Pardew has ran his course and appointment a manager to take the club up another level.

  • 37 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    We need to find a way to get the message accross to Ashley,Pardew etc that the 50K ppl attending the games dont really want them (if true)

    Protest, prematch poll, demonstration..just about anything.
    So that these mugs can stop gloatig about attendances and see that as a sign of acceptance.

    Ofcourse all this is if the fans going to games do think like the ones on the blog.

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Charnley is a terrible appointment if no one is being bought in to work along side him
    The bloke was the club secretary ffs, what knowledge does he poses about football?
    How the hell are we supposed to see progression on the pitch with no one upstairs with any football background
    This bloke is Ashley’s purse string man, the signings will be the same, who’s the best bargain as opposed to who’s needed
    For god knows how many seasons we’ve needed width, an actual number 10 and have failed twice to replace prolific goalscorers, but have signed defensive minded midfielders and FB’s then the club complain we have no attacking threat, well what the hell do they expect ffs!

    1-2 players a YEAR, peachy, all those quoting the 5 we got in in January, was that through any other reason other than blind panic that his investment was going down to the fizzy pop? No

    We need at least 4-5 players this summer before anyone leaves!

    But no as bloody usual we have our manager saying we need a major reshuffle, the squads thin etc then the club saying hey were mid table no problem here, we’ll grab a player in the summer and we have to we’ll grab one in Jan

  • 39 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Ashley knew way in advance about cabaye wanting out last summer, And apparently had a gentlemen’s agreement.Yet still could not sign a replacement when we had 5-6 months to get one over the line.Instead leaving it until the final few days of the jan transfer window and offering a pittance for Grenair

  • 40 Go toon gooooo // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Alan Pardew out.

  • 41 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM


    It is the way EVERYONE has just given up. I dont put everyrhing onto the players, or pardew, or even ashley. Its the fact that none of them seem to give a flying f#ck anymore. I know that the main reason is how the club is run, but the manager and players are professionals, they should all just get on with it instead of moaning about it. Earn their wages.

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    No Pardews drinking in Totteridge with his feet planted firmly under the table

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM


    dream scenario red Bull come in for us. seriously ambitious people.

  • 44 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM


    Go ape and gather the opinion of your whole peer group, what is being ‘heard’ down the vine and what is being ‘said’ in Jes(t)mond.

  • 45 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Apparently Charnley can’t stand Pardew so something will have to give and why has Ashley promoted Charnley if he’s anti Pardew?

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM


    i think people think it would have to be a long boycott, but couldn’t be further from the truth. 2 or 3 max half empty stadiums would send a message like nothing else

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM


    charnley’s instantly gone up in my estimation

  • 48 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM


    Talking about the players, not ashley/kinnear.
    Dunno how strong the player grapevine is.
    Do you think players knew abt cabaye leaving before nov/dec…?

  • 49 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM


    That would be canny. Ready made shirt sponsor, and probably a rather fetching away strip :D
    They are certainly the type owner that would invest in success. Fantasy land though. We are not that lucky

  • 50 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM


    I think Cabaye will be moved on to Roma in the summer.

  • 51 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM


    All I suggest is for ppl attending games to show that ashley/pardews ways are unacceptable.

    Even a prematch,inmatch or postmatch poll(Ashley out) or something of that sort with published results shd wipe the smug smile of mgmts faces.

    We dunno how many watching there want him out though..

  • 52 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Charnley helped remove llambias from the club.

  • 53 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I would almost definitely say yes mate to that question.
    Cabs and Debs are best of friends for a start and if memory serves me right didn’t Sissoko let something slip on his twitter account.
    Red bull would be Fantasy football mate.Investement beyond belief. Just look at what they have achieved in F1 for a start

  • 54 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Everyone I sit around in the ground thinks the same as you do mate, But getting that Boycott to happen and the logistics of 50,000 staying away even for 1 game is a massive task to upheld

  • 55 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    IMO Lee Charnley will only become a credible Managing Director when he has appointed a more progressive Team Manager. Because the club are making a profit and with greater TV income there is an opportunity to sack AP and employ another similarly inexpensive manager. However it is not like Ashley to waste money so as long as AP achieves the targets that are expected it will be a case of wait and see.

  • 56 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM


    If thats true then we shd puzzling abt why we were motivated at the beginning of the season rather than thinking why we arent now. Hehe…

    Or was that all a combination of cabaye and remy and luck.

  • 57 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    or players simply expected a replacement…

  • 58 martoon // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    jazzyp @29 – Maybe we could get Cabaye back on loan next season – it fits the NUFC transfer policy :)

  • 59 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    here’s an interesting fact mate just to show how fickle fans are. Everyone is saying what an excellent season Remy has had for us notching up13 goals. Yet cisse scored the same amount last season and was considered a disaster ???Everyone has there own views and thoughts buddy

  • 60 yo-yo // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    It’s true – we are more than a few sandwiches short of a top class picnic. If the players have been ‘pardewed’ – not a term I have any respect for – they are supposed to be professionals after all – the
    Pardew has been well and truly Mashed whatever way you look at it. No workman can function with half a toolbox. Of course a bad workman blames his tools too – and he is no crafstman.

    Having said all that why are the Gooners – only 1-2 players short of a really good squad – struggling with as dire results as we have had – and they’ve got a 58% win manager ? Even the very best sides have bad patches – our trouble is that AP can’t get us out of them.

    The biggest problem is we are no longer Newcastle United Football Club we are now Newcastle Direct Football Club.

  • 61 Whumpie // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Ok – time to annoy a few people, but home truths:

    1. No it’s not down to not having Cabaye. But it IS a lot to do with selling Cabaye. That action destroyed a team built around him and accounts for the lack of shape or integration we see now. Should AP have been that dependent? Given the contains does he have a choice? Secondly, selling Cabs told the players that they were no more than cogs at an advertising machine that has no intention of challenging for honours. How is any player supposed to feel motivated or loyal?

    2. Flair players – particularly fat, moody ones like Benny – are NOT what you need when you’re haemorrhaging goals. Benny is unfit and leaves the defence wide open – something the stats back up. His best use is as a late impact sub. He’s not quick enough against fresh legs and after 20 minutes he needs a lie-down and a pie.

    Go on then – get stuck in…

  • 62 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    As much as I would love for that to happen mate,Cabs would never come back to this shambles.He wanted out far to long to even consider coming back. And who can blame him for wanting to achieve things in his career rather than lurch from one season to the next with no hope in sight of actually winning anything

  • 63 martoon // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Rotonda & Markaccus – Red Bull would be good but they would probably want to change the name of the club to something like Newcastle RedBulls – how many fans would accept that? I personally wouldn’t mind if it meant decent owners funding the team but look at the fuss at Hull!

  • 64 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    well here’s another name to chuck into the pot lad’s “Oscar cardoza”.apparantely we are interested but cannot see it happening myself as the guy is 30 years young

  • 65 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Whoever is in charge at the end of the season has a massive rebuilding job on his hands, with players at the end of their careers and out of contract.

  • 66 Thump // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Think you’re on your own with that one, martoon.

  • 67 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Cabaye would rather retire than play under Pardew again!

  • 68 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    We have had representatives at Bafe’s last two games so maybe he is still an offensive target.Also Younes Belhanda has said Newcastle utd interest him as we have been linked with this player before

  • 69 south coast toon // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    im amazed at how the club is going,
    we have a team of international players, somee of whom look like they should be playing sunday league with the effort they put in
    cisse cant score now to save his life why
    santon has collasped
    hba our most creative player why would you want him to defend, nobody ever asked mike tyson to stop going forward and defend…
    myw and willo was great cb pairing
    grouff great work rate….
    players out of position
    why blame the players when they alredy deflated
    i think the players have become disalutioned with it all being dropped when playing well, being played out of position, being asked to do things that you arent that good at
    there are too many players not performing the blame is with the poeple who should be motovating them and training them
    if we sack the manager who r we going to get to come here and what players are going to want to come hereand half the team want out, the owner wont buy any real proven goalscorers
    the money we got for cabs should be going on getting luckoo but he wont come here and we wont spend that money
    a fed up fan who knows nowt about football so just imagine how the players feel they know a damsite more than us

  • 70 mag // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I can’t see Gomis joining his age doesn’t fit into ashleys criteria of buy young and hopefully sell on for a profit.

  • 71 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Maybe it was Lacazette who we were scouting but we definitely had scouts there.Gomis to be fair is having a decent season but agree is the wrong age under Ashley’s criteria

  • 72 JAMSHA // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Ohhhhh Pardew Frankly Ur the The One Whos Not Good Enough For Newcastle Not The Players……. Always Blameng The Players When Ur Tactics Are Shltttttttt & Playing Players Out Of Poss

  • 73 Sazzer // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    That PR statement is just terrible. A blueprint how you run a business backwards, pound for pound.
    JFK did nothing so it was Charnley running in his disguise.

    At least Pardew is on the page with rest of us that squad is not good enough. Probably an attempt to save his job or does he know he will get sacked an doesn’t care anymore?

    Cardozo old. Gomis old.

    We are only going to buy one or two young players that needs a year to settle in PL. When they do we get a year if we are lucky before we sell them.

  • 74 gazzaforever // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    French news say tha Pardew and Ben Arfa insult eachother on the dressing room, Ben Arfa wont play till the end of the season, Pardew Blamed Benny on the loss At MU, fcking idiot sht manager clueless cnt.

  • 75 oldbobaycliffe // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    pardew back tracking at the end of the last two transfer windows he has boasted that he had a very strong squad that was his excuse when we didn,t buy anyone

  • 76 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Pardew and his bust ups !

  • 77 Sav // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I’m sick of all this cynical sh*te from the club. Charnley’s is a miserable appointment and says more about what Mashley thinks of Managing Directors, Directors of Football and the future of the club than anything else. I have nothing against Charnley personally. I’m sure he’s a decent accountant and administrator but am I happy he’s the new man in charge of getting transfers in and influencing decision-making at the club? – No, I bloody well ain’t.

  • 78 Ginger // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Personally 1 or 2 players a year is fine for me, IF we had a squad that was good. But quite frankly we don’t, not to mention we have one of if not the worst manager in the league.

    Judging by the statement it looks like Pardew is staying – pathetic.

    I’ve always said I don’t mind Newcastle being run as a business. So long as it’s done properly. If a sports direct store had the potential to collapse due to weak structure of the building (the squad for us) you’d invest money into fixing it.

    Same thing applies with a store manager in a Sports Direct store, you want someone with fresh ideas that will push that particular store. Yet we’re here with Pardew?

    It’s not being run like a business. It’s just another way for Mike Ashley to make money for Sports Direct.

    He doesn’t even have to pay out of his own money, just spend our profits.

  • 79 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I don’t think anyone would mind 1 or 2 additions improving the squad IF we were starting from a position of strength. As it is, we need major surgery in the summer, and 1 or 2 first teasers wouldn’t cut it.

    That method also requires a regular conveyor belt of youth talent coming through to help, but there is no evidence of that as of yet either.

  • 80 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    teamers, not teasers…

  • 81 Sazzer // Apr 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Correct Ginger – Newcastle Direct Commercial Ads.

  • 82 Mister Tuff // Apr 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Markaccus – earlier post. I fail to see how you suggest that those who do not resort to offensive behaviour when there is a disagreement cause me grief, also that my attitude towards football discussion is set back in the 80′s hooligan days.
    I would be really intrigued to learn to know how you arrived at these “opinions” or by what process any of my posts can be “twisted” (or more to the point invented) into what you spout.
    You suggest propriety – but do not adhere to it yourself viz. suggesting others (in your invented argument) have superior social skills, you suggest I’m a 1980′s hooligan and that I’m not civilised.
    Hypocrite comes to mind -clearly with a sprinkling of pseudo psychology. Better to have honest held beliefs than making stuff up.

  • 83 Ancientcoptic // Apr 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Pardew complaining about his squad is exactly why some of us wanted him to play his younger players, when there was nothing left to play for this season.

    We are likely to lose Remy, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez and possibly Marveaux – that is going to create a vacuum of creativity & goals from the side. As Charnley has indicated we will get 1 or 2 players in the next window, and I think it is fair to say, let’s forget about players like Grenier and Cabella.

    Pardew will be taking a team into next season with no spark, and no idea where the goals are going to come from – straight into a relegation battle. It is going to be too late to blood in younger players next season… a golden opportunity has been missed to find a 1 or 2 younger players that could have been hidden gems.

    When is the last time we had safety so early, then got ourselves into a position of having a long run of games, with nothing to lose by playing younger players. Scenarios like that happen maybe once every 10 years. A beautiful opportunity – wasted!

  • 84 theartfuldodger // Apr 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Should we all mentally start preparing for relegation next season ?

  • 85 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM


    It is a fact that you believe that we should all accept abuse from people who do not share the same opinion, rather than simply debate it. You piped up earlier by pouring scorn on those who took a break from the blog to avoid this abuse. It is possible to disagree with someone without the insults and names. I don’t deny that my comments to you were intended offensively, because i feel you would rather differing oppinions were expressed this way, rather than discussing them sensibly. My PERSONAL oppinion is that people should discuss football and everything else calmly and without scorn. I also believe that, if someone does take steps to avoid abuse for a while, then they should not be met with comments such as your earlier tirade. If you think they SHOULD be treated like that, then we will have to agree to differ.

  • 86 davis_toons // Apr 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Ben Arfa cannot leave Newcastle United. We need this kind of player. He need to play.

  • 87 mindshaft // Apr 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    hahaha the sign of a desperate man blaming everyone but himself for results and performances.
    Notice that he says the effort has been there ( not that I’ve seen it) so his job of motivating his players was done correctly…

    I give up on Pards, his ship has sailed but he has somehow missed it – can anyone give Ashley a timetable so he can get him on the next boat sailing down the tyne

  • 88 arpeco19 // Apr 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    2012/13 (all of last season) out of 38 league games, we had 13 league games of which no goals scored in 90 mins, 2 games of that, a goal scored in 90+Mins. 34% of our games we did not score a goal in 90mins. 3-0 was our biggest margin win (once), although we won ONE GAME 4-2.

    2013/14 (33 games played) 16 league games, no goals scored in 90 mins, 2 games of that a goal scored in 90+Mins. In 48% of our games we have not scored a goal in 90mins. 5-1 is our biggest win (versus 9 men), 3-0, 3-1 & 4-1 are a highlight out of 33 league games. That means 4 out of 33 games (12%) have been ok.

    **2011/12 season when we finished 5th 23.6% of the games played we didn’t score a goal in 90mins.

    2011/12 – 23.6%

    2012/13 – 34.2%

    2013/14 – 48.4%

    Imagine next season, judging by the stats we might end up not scoring a goal in 90mins in 63.1% of our league games… That’s 24 out of 38 games. We will be relegated. No doubts.


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