It’s Been Utterly Hopeless Since We Beat Stoke 5-1


Alan Pardew is under fire this week, after the five game she has been banned so far we have lost four and scored only one goal – that last minute winner against Crystal Palace.

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Alan Pardew – we need a result

And the manager is clear that we need a result at Stoke City on Saturday, but that’s not going to be easy with the form the side has been in of late.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s a week where we going to have to take the criticism that comes our way,” “But most importantly, we have to work between now and Stoke and get a formula to get us a result.”

“That’s really what we need – a result and a goal or more.” “We’ve got to make sure everybody’s available,” “Maybe we’ll have Loic back, maybe Tim will be back.”

“Loic’s not far away – it will be a boost if we can get him back in and around us.” “Hopefully, we can for Stoke, because that’s a big game for us.”

We should finish in 9th place at least in the league but at the moment Stoke are only 6 points behind us so a defeat at Stoke would mean Stoke can catch us.

And if we continue our dire results in the last five games of the season, that could happen and then we’d finish 10th – and our form in the final 20 games of the season will have been  relegation form.

And that doesn’t bode well for next season.

So we definitely need some top players brought in over the summer.

And since we beat a 9 man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day, that ended a run of seven wins in nine games, and in the 15 league games since then we have lost ten and gained only 13 points, and failed to score in 11 of those games.

And we also lost 2-1 in the FA Cup to Cardiff City in January, who are second bottom of the league.

It’s not good. 🙁

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85 comments so far

  • the truth will out

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    apathy reigns supreme

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    “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.” Alan Pardew, this week.

    Could this be the same run that started after the transfer window closed? The transfer window in which Pardew stated that he had his strongest ever squad with cover for all eventualities?

    I am confounded that anyone continues to respect any of this man’s utterances. He contradicts himself with such bare-faced, brass-neck, it seems that he must take us for fools with the attention span of goldfish.

    In the instance above, he is guilty of either shocking bad judgement, or of making a statement he knew to be untrue for reasons of rank expediency.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    You could issue Parsnip a carte blanche and nothing would really change!

    …would just be a waste of money 🙁

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    BandB

    I would say it’s a bit of both as his lack of judgement is non existent, coupled with the fact he is clearly complicit in cashleys Web of lies and deceit

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  • Sav

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    I fear Stoke are bent on administering retribution.

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  • The way I see it, he’s relying and blaming it all on one player: Remy not being available.
    That is just not an excuse, Cisse was a 9m striker who should be more than adequate for us to score. How can he simply ignore that and say he’s got no attacking options!? Buck lies with him. He got Cisse into his rut, therefore he takes the blame. Terrible manager, even worse coach.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Today’s Pardish

    He’s now saying that after his superlative coaching players who leave NUFC hardly do better !!!

    Really? Who would have Routledge back instead of Obertan? Enrique is with possible league champions, Harper is in a Wembley semi final.

    FROM T.O.T.T
    – – – – – – – – – – –

    A Champion’s League quarter final with 2 former players against each other tonight, with one putting through the ball of the night only for the striker to fail, and the other scoring the winning goal.

    It’s a shame they met so early in the competition. A competition Pardew could only dream of keeping the opposition scoring less than ten per match.

    I noticed John Terry talking tonight about the three different scenario’s they practised on defence in training, dependant on the score. Trying out different formations and working through it again and again, so that they all knew their job, and could defend in a manner which changed the options of the attackers.

    Contrast this with t-t head features, who probably practises nothing but whatever b—s—t excuse he’ll use when we go 3 or 4 down.

    He’s gone by half one in the afternoon to look in the mirror whilst imagining s—-ing someone’s wife, whilst the very rich Chelsea players practice drills.

    Has anybody seen any evidence of our players having practised anything during the week, other than the summer holiday defence?

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    BandB – right on!

    Pardew has lost his own respect, evidenced by the ‘head but situation’, by only saying what he thinks people want to hear. He should refer to the old moto, ‘if you cant say something honest say nothing’ and he may regain his own and others respect.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Tear up LDJ’s loan contract
    Get Shola to give Cisse a lift when he leaves
    Search down the back of MA’s sofa and get big Demba back in black and white

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    70two

    ”trust me” and
    ”to be honest with you”

    are his 2 biggest catchphrases! only someone who is the polar opposite would keep saying it.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda heights

    Didn’t Pardew say that for the Southampton match they went through their tactical formation(s?) on a white board only? I presume because they had a midweek match they were unable to do the ‘normal’ body programming scenarios. Now that is literally taking it one match at a time, no wonder he picks the same team again and again.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    I see he is churning his excuses already. What is this guy on. I’m sick of all the dribble that comes from his mouth. Infact I’m sick and tired of all the lies, deceit that are being fed to the supporters of this fine club.

    I’m slowly losing the will to live, we seem to go from one disaster to another. I can’t imagine what we are going to end up as a team next season. Ok if we get new players in, do anyone think they will hit the ground running or as usual they will need a season to bed in. We appear to have lost the spine of the team.

    Next season will be a non event or we will struggle to beat the drop. Mark my words.
    We need a management change but who would want to come to a team that is run by the owner, what power has the manager got, none!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    geremi plf

    everton were without Lukaku for 2 months !!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    oldgit

    at least a proper manager could bring a different style and we wouldn’t have to suffer pardew’s endless garbage and verbal diarrhoea.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Sav

    In the metaphoric world of ‘already on the beach’, Stoke will be kicking sand in to our players faces at Britannia-on-sea.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    70two

    it’s alarming isn’t it.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    GPLF

    One of Pardews concerns about the stadium ban was that ‘he wouldn’t have those off chance, face to face moments to for example say to Cisse “today is the day”.’
    Now that is either an example of fine man management or proverbial clutching at straws. Where is the training pitch routines that would provide a player with the confidence that he will score?

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda heights

    it’s nuclear.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Oldgit1

    It is surprising that Pardew does not realise how much he digs his own hole. OK the quotes are taken out of a more extended interview, but reading again what he has said above he is reliant on individuals returning and has no consistent ‘formula’. No matter how much he would like to blame players coming in for not performing, that is only a reflection on him.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    toonarmydownsouth

    I would not be sure Sholla is leaving until we see the back of him, then again Carlton Cole still came back!

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  • GEORDIE69

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Lets not forget that Stoke were dominating the game until the sending off. We can not have another season of this. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD PEOPLE, or be sit back and shut up.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Perhaps a new manager is what needed, but can’t see anyone coming in and work with the restraints imposed by the owner.

    Going by history the manager has to be a known friend of the owner, ie JFK, Pardew I don’t believe he knows too many potential ex players or managers except Hoddle, perhaps there is something in the reported rumours going round that he may have some involvement with the club. Can’t see him becoming the next manager though.

    There is also the so called 8 year contract of Pardew to consider, can’t see the owner writing off the remaining term of his contract.

    Can’t see any improvement in this club league position Infact I only see a downward spiral to the championship and beyond with this current set up.

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  • martoon

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m not making excuses for him because it is Pardew’s own fault but it must make a difference him not being on the touch line. I’m sure you lot at work skive a bit when the boss is out the office and work harder when he/she returns – it’s human nature.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Oldgit1

    I am certainly fed up with false dawns, but we shall no doubt have to wait and see what investment is made in the squad over the summer and whether Pardew slips up again next season. Once the proverbial hits the fan Ashley may be inclined to fire him and install a local like Steve Bruce to appease the fans. The remaining value of Pardews contract can not be that high in comparison to being relegated.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    martoon

    Thanks for the reminder, better get gone.

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    It should read utterly hopeless since Pardew took charge of Newcastle United and tried turning them into a larger version of Charlton athletic.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    martoon

    he was on the touchline when we finished 16th, when he virtually relegated west ham and did relegate charlton down to the bottom 3 of the championship.

    pardew should carry a health warning – this man can seriously damage your club

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew supposedly coaches the squad all week so him being missing on the touchline should be negligible. The facts are he’s not good enough for Newcastle United.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Just one last point, it seems from the interviews with Pardew and players alike that it is all about the result. We are intelligent enough to accept not winning if the performances were any where near good enough and the squad was being used better. Completely missing the focus of fans anger again.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    oldgit

    i wonder if the compo we would have to pay is really that much. if he is on a rumoured 400k per annum, then 6 x that is not the 10m being bandied about and probably just one bad night at the casino for ash.

    i’d take hoddle, intelligent, good football not a constant b—-s—–r etc.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda,
    point taken about Pards @7, but don’t some Chelsea players also practice shxxxng? 🙂

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  • nut meg

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Process & formula’s,most people just have a game plan……..or is it me?

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  • cyprus

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Hoddle? Sure. Laudrup? Definitely.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    Oldgit,
    Were Shearer and KK MA’s friends? Don’t think so.
    No, he went with ‘popular’ choice and got burned twice. Now he’s just getting burnt with his man.

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Losing in the 3rd rounds of the FA cup every season to inferior opposition 3 straight defeats to Sunderland a team that has conceded 11 goals in its last 3 games without reply. Taxi for Pardew!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    apparently being let back in the stadium was going to give the players the benefit of his ”winning mentality”. where pardew gets this delusional notion of himself ever being a winner or that his teams play on the front foot is hilarious.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    cyprus

    i know one who does!!

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  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Once we’re relegated at least we can compete both financially and on the pitch. Next season will be our last in the premier league perhaps it’s for the best. I can’t bear the way things are, no money, no ambition, poor squad and diabolical football.
    Something has to change.

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  • mag

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39

    Someone should pull the moron up short and impress on him Newcastle United fans realise that they won’t win the Premier league but a decent cup run is the least we expect.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Hoddle? We don’t have fond memories of him here in DK as a manager!

    As a player he was often a discarded by the National side because he was a Maverick – Brits don’t like their Mavericks. And when he became a manager he did just the same 🙁

    …and don’t we have enough eccentricity as it is?
    Why would we want a manager like that?

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