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Coloccini – We Have To Play With Pride For The Club and Fans

8:22 pm, Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 185 Comments

Captain Fab Coloccini had the courage to face the press after the game today, and he admitted that although the score-line was better – the performance itself was no better than that against Southampton and Manchester United, when we were slammed 4-0.

fabricio coloccini looking depressed

Fab Coloccini – we didn’t play well

This is what Colo said after the game today, our fourth successive defeat:

“We are very disappointed because we came into this from three games where we did not play well, and then today we didn’t play well again,”

“It may have been a better scoreline but it was not a better performance than Southampton and Manchester United.”

“They were lucky with the goal they scored but we lost again and it is not good enough. We have to improve and do that quickly before the end of the season.”

“We know we have achieved our objective of finishing in the top ten,  but we are playing with the Newcastle United shirt on,  and we have to have respect for that.”

“We are trying. We are trying to win every game, of course we are.”  “We have to play with pride for this Club and for the fans.”

That’s a good last line there from the captain, but it just seems the players have not been putting their hearts into the performances over the last several weeks – that’s what’s been so disappointing and frustrating.

We need to beat Swansea next Saturday and thinks will feel a lot better.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Premier League


185 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dcdick // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Time I came back to give my view of things………

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 2 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    colo doesnt care either its all dribble thats coming from his mouth as he’s wanted out for a while now !

    only one showing fight there was anita.

  • 3 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM


    going off what you have just said about RH and his posts, what are your own thoughts on pardew and his interviews?

    my thoughts on them are they might be the same old stories week in week out but the truth is he would never want to critise his boss as that will cause him to be sacked and really this is the best team for him to manage.

    also i just think back to the greatest one of all sir alex ferguson and his excuses

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Yeah, that may be an issue, but how many people in football does he seriously know?? I can’t see him bringing Kinnear back, regardless of what many think. I have said for a while that I fully expect Beardsley to be the manager after Pardew under Ashley. I doubt Beardsley will be any good, but it really can’t get much/any worse than recent months.

    Would you take Beardsley?

  • 5 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM


    If ashley were to appoint beardsley as manager the first thing i can see being stated about is fans saying he is another yes man and that ashley is just using him as a puppet, the difference of course is this puppet is a geordie type so again ashley will manipulate fans making them think he is changing attitude like the time when he appointed shearer.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    My feelings entirely. Beardsley is part of the problem, not the solution.

    Did you see my response to your other post to me?

  • 7 Charlietoon // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Only in one game all season have we managed to come from behind and take some points. To me that says the players are lacking character and the manager has no idea what he is doing. Not once has he managed to turn around a game through game plan or react to the way the other team is playing. Surely this is the true test of a manager. The guy cannot pick a first team and cannot change it when he needs too. Hope he gets the door.

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Dummett is another Brian Tinnion,and, like him, he will end up making a good living in the lower leagues. I’ve never once called for his inclusion – unlike many of you.

  • 9 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Collo can pi55 off back to Argentina for all I care .

    Tried to ditch us when we needed him, all because he was caught knobbing some bird . Not to mention he treads water when he runs and dives on the floor in our box all of the time .

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    `Manx & Toonking,
    Will have to pick this up another time. I should be doing other things, and too many just want to fling insults than actually discuss, so I will call it a night.

  • 11 Tayls // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    It is time to change. Pardew must be let go after this season and fat man Mike needs to sell up and f**k off back to London. I can’t take my team being so sh*te for much longer.

  • 12 Tayls // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Pardew Out! Mike Ashley Out!

  • 13 sparky55 // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    i don’t think we should go down the road of appointing footballing greats as manager.

    Shearer has been lost to the club because he foolishly wanted then agreed to be manager without any experience behind him. Shearer should be in the same role as bobby charlton and should be forever revered for his achievements and commitment to the club…instead he’s now an outsider who won’t come back to the club unless a new owner wants him back.

    If we put Beardo in the hot seat, the only sure thing is he’ll be replaced then another legend is lost to the club.

    There’s plenty young talented managers out there who would jump at the chance even knowing what a cnut the owners is.

    Leave it to those who have the experience…I’d hate to see Pedro separated from the club as well

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Pardew says: “It was an honest performance but we lacked creative flair, and we lack a little bit of ability in and around the box.”

    Lacked creative flair! Take your choice, Alan. You can have hard working players or creative flair or a bit of both. If you chose hard working players only, you can’t come crying that you lack creative flair.

    And, you can’t come crying that you lack a bit of ability in and around the box when it is you who identified and has stuck by the Dutchman and has reverted to Shola.

    You’ve had three years to get in a young stand in and failed. As to Armstrong, you play him out of position on the right (like you played Campbell out of position on the left).

    You would look a right tool if the fans called it right and those boys happened to score! You’re more concerned about your neck than their futures.

  • 15 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    lilo well beardsley would be a gamble no doubt but he knows everything about the club but also he hasn’t exactly showed any real desire to manage which is a problem

    but when i said earlier about o’leary its because on sky sports they said to him that he is good friends with ashley

    so he is definatley my bet mate

  • 16 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    lilo no worries when mag n welsh are about it’s pointless speak next time

  • 17 toonicle // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Done with Pardew now, he needs to go and the sooner the better so a new manager acn come in and have a say with the transfers this summer.

  • 18 sparky55 // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    toonicle…bang on the money…get shot now…let the new manager make some judgements and ring the changes ready for next year.

  • 19 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    lil i did and my feeling are that the first few games we had the cabaye strike going on in the back ground so pardew was having to sort out who would be the cover.

    what i feel happened after that was the players finally had confidence and were thinking that finally ashley might be starting to hold onto players better. December was not such a good month but normally you see fans saying that their should be a winter break as december is a very hard time.

    When we were in 5th place everyones expectations were growing even mine because we thought finally ashley would keep hold of players and as spurs and united were looking poor their was a great chance of europe again.
    The in january we see the disaster happen and sell our most important creative player and not even bother to spend a penny instead all we saw arrive was a striker who is the sub of a german relegation battler. The minute i saw that window close i give up hopes of top6 instead i was happy to see top10.

    my opinion on the youngster is dummett is not quality but really he has only had 7 games debuchy last season was very poor but is now excellent and enrique was a very poor Lb but after the championship season we saw changes.
    really i think it’s partly down to us not having the proper wingers, if we did then he would not be taking corners or making crosses but as our wingers are jonas and obatan or strikers and selfish ones he is forced to do more creative.

    sammy i think fitness has been a problem and i do want to see him back in the team myself.

  • 20 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    on beardsley as he’s u21′s manager and doing a really really poor job of it tbh ! theres a few very talented players in our u21′s and if you think pards is bad god knows what you’d think of beardsley if he was in charge !!!

    better to go for a up and coming champ or 1st div manager imo who feels lucky to get a big ish oportunity to develop his carreer.

  • 21 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM


    I don’t hold much store by what Pardew or anyone else says in interviews.
    He has been playing the ‘short of quality’ ‘ten men injured’ cards recently. These are very similar to the comments made during the disastrous run last season.

    1. We have very little strength in depth and rely on two or three above average players to make a different and carry us through. If these guys are missing the team just doesn’t deliver. So he is saying in semi-coded language that he would like more players than the one or two he has been promised by the new chairman and letting the fans know he is painfully aware of our shortcomings. But he won’t get them.
    2. He tries to offer support to the regime that employs him because he wants to keep his job whilst making a point to them subtly that he can’t ‘take us to the next level’ (hopefully not the Championship) without having a better quality squad. Hence the critical comments about the local press. He is toeing the party line here.

    He will also know he is on borrowed time. He is not stupid and knows he is in a no win situation as he will know exactly how the players have reacted to them upstairs selling Cabaye and the various injuries and basically not having any demanding or meaningful targets for improving our performances. I don’t want him to stay but neither do I want Hoddle or any of the other also-rans. Hoddle’s career win % is only 2% ish more than APs.

    There are 20 managers in the EPL and Pardew is stuck in the middle ranking group. Plenty better, plenty worse. I’d love a top manager but can’t see Ashley going the extra distance to get one. And don’t tell me that any incoming manager won’t know our transfer record over the last five years. Hardly an incentive – unless the manager gets a % of transfer fees.

  • 22 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    as for the “who is to blame part” i think pardew at this moment has got far too much in his favour and really it’s next season when the answer will finally be shown, this season and last season he was not backed enough and he has managed a season which we came 5th.

    pardews biggest test will come next season when we most certainly will have seen ourselves with a massive amount of activity happening over the summer.

    pardew was in a relegation battle last season but ashley only got us 1 player that summer, those in january were clearly panic buyes.

    pardew has managed to hopefully finish in the top 10 but this season was a season when he had just 1 goal scorer and 2 tranfer windows without even 1 player getting bought, comparison to the sale of a great utility player-perch and our greatest creative player cabaye.

    next season however is when the money should be spent and we should have lots of attacking players coming in, so if pardew doesn’t perform well then he deserve the blame.
    If we don’t spend in the summer then why should pardew get any blame what so ever when really he is force to use a team which is getting weaker and weaker?

  • 23 toonbrother // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I predicted not too long ago that Newcastle will continue to lose to half decent teams so long as colocinni is a starter. This guy is a jinx. Beyond terrible.

  • 24 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM


    We have very little strength in depth? How did we ever manage to finish fifth? Pardew must be a tactical genius! What do you say?

  • 25 toonfan_Ew_Ew // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Normally after a loss I’d be gutted but with this manager and this team, I really couldn’t care less at the moment. If these losses push Pardew closer to the door, then keep them coming. If we had won today, it would have been guaranteed that the Pardew hate would die down.
    Colo really has been pitiful this season and these post-match comments of ‘we have to show fight’ are getting unbelievably old now.
    Until Ashley, Pardew and the majority of that passionless team are gone, then things will start to look up…

  • 26 toon kk // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The club’s in a diabolical state at moment. Its only the fans that’s keeping it alive, MA would do well to remember that. If things don’t pick up there’s not a lot worth supporting tbo.

    The only thing we can say is our club was here long before MA just hope there’s something left before he goes.

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM


    You could pick any regular player, not just Coloccini, and your prediction would be right. Don’t you see that?

  • 28 sparky55 // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    We need to appreciate and understand our reduced standing in the game…especially in the premiership…in reality we are right down there with Norwich, and West Brom and Aston Villa.

    Thanks to Ashley and Pardew we will no longer be able to attract top players and top managers…we’re stuck with stealing young in-experienced players from abroad and appointing up-and-coming managers on the cheap thereby being a club where both players and management are using us as a stepping stone.

    Its very sad but that’s where we are right now. We should not be dreaming about any good players or managers coming here for the next 5 years or until ashley goes

  • 29 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    blacklie eeeeeeeeeeeeeerm very little injuries and he didn’t have a chance to sell our best players

    but right now please explain why we only have 1 RB and no wingers at all?

    plus why it took 2 seasons to buy a CB?
    when we needed 1 at the actually time!

  • 30 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    that season we finished 5th was a season where we had very few injuries to our starting 11

    our team that season was for most part


    subs we had then were
    HBA guthrie perch santon gosling shola loven best

    now we can expect to see HBA santon gosling all starting
    guthrie cabaye loven best gone
    obatan and jonas proven no use.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Pardew has since sanctioned the purchases of Debuchy, MYM, Sissoko, Haidara, (before we signed them, you all wanted them) and the signings of Remy and De Jong. Who’ve we sold? Ba? Cabaye? It’s a tough life!

    Last year, when we flirted closely with relegation, the trouble was Europa. The side that got us to fifth couldn’t cope.

    Pardew hasn’t had that excuse this season and so has had to delve deeper into his encyclopedia of excuses.

  • 32 Sliema // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Pardew excelled again today, 3 at the back, Taylor back in, Anita RB, Dummett ahead of Haidara, and he starts Shola!!!

    Also, he waited until 75 minutes to change it and bring on HBA and Arma, (both of which should have started in my opinion) and when he does, he puts Arma on the wing(?!*@/!**@) and he takes off Cisse, the one player who can hit the target, the only player who can save us, he has scored in 90+ minutes 6 times for us to get the winner.

  • 33 Sliema // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    And just to prove his skill as a manager, he orders Williamson up the field as a makeshift Striker. The last ditch attempt of a very desperate man who is in way over his head. He’s useless.

    I mean come on, take off Cisse and put Willo up front?! Willo hasn’t scored a professional goal in over 6 years! It’s hilarious.

  • 34 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    If I put an amateur jockey on Red Rum in the seventies, might it have finished at least fifth in the National?

  • 35 Sliema // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    He picks Shola over him. He’s a 33 year old plank of wood. He can’t pass, he can’t shoot, he can’t cross, he has no pace, his finishing doesn’t exist and he’s a candidate for the worst player currently in the Premier League if we’re honest.

    Who’s worse? Him… Or that total idiot who’s naming him in our starting XI,ahead of our first ‘really promising’ young local lad in years, and he could be our next club legend, the first since Shearer probably, he could propel us to actually achieving something if we give him the chance.

    He plays Shola, over that kid who is just dreaming if making his mark in football and putting on his local team’s shirt and just stepping out in St. James like that. He’d be so pumped, really want to do something extraordinary. But no, plays the guy who hasn’t even hidden well the mindset he has… He’s obviously not gave a f**k and has put in zero effort for most of his career. He only ever performed when his contract renewal was approaching. He’s a pretty lame person.

  • 36 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM


    My jaw dropped when he took off Cisse and left on Shola.

  • 37 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    btw he didn’t order willo upfield for the last 10 ffs he was up there still because of a free kick that ended up as a throw in so he stayed up and nearly scored!

    if ya gonna hammer someone at least make it truthful ffs!

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM


    You don’t understand. The world was going to stop if Armstrong got on the field. That’s the kid finished now!

  • 39 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM


    How many corners and set plays has your messiah ordered Willo up now? How many times have we profited? Two figures please.

  • 40 Sliema // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM


    Even to this day, just when we think we’ve seen it all now and Pardew can’t possibly surprise us with anything stupid he does.

    He’s an achiever.

  • 41 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Ian Toon,

    Did you get a word with Pardew today?
    Did he sign your album?
    Did you pump five hollow point rounds into his back while reading The Catcher in the Rye?

  • 42 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    blacklie yes but if your so fuskin stupid to notice that a horse race is very much a game of chance then i’m very sure you’ve lost alot of money!

    and to try to aquaint that to football is seriously stupid!

  • 43 Sliema // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Apologies all, I don’t post very much, but from now on I’ll refrain from posting when I’m this wasted.

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM


    You don’t understand. It’s not Shola’s fault It’s the fault of the local press and the fans for getting taken in by the local press.

  • 45 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I hope everyone has enjoyed this season as it as good as its gonna get for a long time. We are clinging onto a top ten finish and haven’t spent anything and Ashely sill be demanding more of the same for years to come

  • 46 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM


    Red Rum won the most notoriously difficult horse race in the world three times. Just chance, eh?

    Pardew blames bad luck all the time. We woz unlucky!

  • 47 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM


    Yes that’s right. We have very few top quality players and a lot of also rans and journey men. Our so called ‘flair’ players are inconsistent at best.

    Let’s just take a look at the defence for starters in the last few years in the EPL.
    2013 GA 68 GD -23
    2012 GA 51 GD +5
    2011 GA 57 GD -1
    2009 GA 59 GD -19
    2008 GA 65 GD -20
    2007 GA 47 GD -9
    2006 GA 42 GD +5
    2005 GA 57 GD -10
    2004 GA 40 GD +10

    Now you can interpret stats anyway you like, but the average GA in the EPL is 48-50 most seasons. In only three seasons did we concede fewer than the average. Even in 2012 we were just over the average. Take a look at our GD , again only positive for 3 years.

    Are these the results of a side with strength in depth ?
    We’re a mid ranking side with mid ranking players.
    We are not perennial underachievers.

    How much do you think we’ll get for Benny, our main flair player ?
    Will it be say £10m ish ?
    Even the Scum have a player or two worth that – and tbh I’d rather have Johnson – doesn’t seem to have temperamtent problems for one

  • 48 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    back page of the Sunday sun is class

    I’m loving it

    best slap down ever

  • 49 stuart no9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I’ve said it before a and I have to say it again – people must realise NUFC can’t go on like this . A laughing stock ? No , it’s gone beyond that . This is pretty serious stuff now and I just don’t know what to say. Ashley won’t sack his friend coz he knows he won’t get another job . His career is over . The football world has Sussed alan pardew. A boycott is the only way but as everyone says , that won’t happen .it is pointless talking football or talking about players for the future – there is no future , simple as that .

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    jack Butler

    When you say we haven’t spent a penny, where do you think Remy will be playing next season? What honours will he be winning? Will he be starring in Europe and on the world stage? Mikey has spent a pretty penny for his services this season.

  • 51 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    so wat was the difference from the 1st part of the season to the second?

    same manager less players is that a coincidence?

    or is it the real reason when you think we have an unbalanced and well below full squad?

    so when injuries hit it takes an effect but also when we lose our best player it also takes effect?

    or is it down to the manager who did brilliantly till his squad was diminished without replacements or new recruits?

  • 52 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    We’ve spent money on loan signings that leave us in the shyte come the summer as it see’s us back to square one. When a club this survives off loan signings it frightening

  • 53 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM


    We have a squad thats full of holes but that does not remove the fact that we have an average manager who is always blameless

  • 54 toon kk // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Can anyone answer me what they get out of going to watch us play at the moment?

  • 55 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM


    That is class! Clearly the Sunday Sun feels as frustrated by Pardew’s ludicrous and unfair excuses as I do.

    I couldn’t believe it when he blamed the press and the fans for believing the press. I’ve been baging on about it all night.

    That headline shows him up good style. That is a nail in his coffin. Do we still need a stake through his heart?

  • 56 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    jesus blacklie he was a horse ffs a fuskin horse!!!

    now i would if i could be arsed to tell you the difference between a fuskin horse!!!!!!! and a footballer but come on look at your own stupidity trying to match the 2!

  • 57 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    manx I love it when you prove your clueless

  • 58 BDin9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    When S. Taylor comes back in as the answer then it tells it own story doesn’t it?

  • 59 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    jack Butler

    Now you’re talking about the summer as if it’s been and gone and all went tits up.

  • 60 mindshaft // Apr 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Can’t understand people saying Pardew hasn’t been backed
    Diego Simeone at Athletico Madrid has lost his best player very year and has made a profit in the transfer market every year since he took over as manager
    He has Athletico playing attractive football taking them from near relegation to top of the la liga and in a champions league semi final in 3 years

  • 61 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    butler no it doesn’t but changing the manager certainly doesn’t solve the problems of the massive unbalence or holes in the squad does it?

    there is only 1 guy accountable for that isn’t there?

  • 62 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM



  • 63 colwell // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Any team with Willo in it is a shamble of shite, the guy couldn’t get a game at Pompey before we snapped him up. Look how that turned out for us.

    He is slow,no passing ability just hoofs it all the time, too nervous on the ball, out muscled by Crouch FFS, its these championship quality players that are killing us just as much as our league 1 manager.

  • 64 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM


    Pardew has been backed but he’s simply incapable of getting the best out of the players he has, but it’s nothing new as he’s done the same thing everywhere he’s been the only difference is that now he has Ashley as his boss a man who is more than happy to simply survive in this league so the pressure on Pardew is far less than it would be at any other club

  • 65 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM


    In 1966, the year England won the World Cup and The Beatles were at their height, the Personality of the Year voted for by the public in several national newspapers, was a horse.
    Not even an English one.
    Non-humans were not nominated for the BBC Sports version. But the horse might easily have won that too.
    It was not Red Rum.

  • 66 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM


    when you consider what yoyo has said in his last statement about the state of our defence their is no way a team can be expected to perform well with just 1 striker capible of goals and 2 below average wingers.
    Do you remember the days when kevin keegan and his attack cost us a title?

    our defence was poor even before ashley the thing now is we have rubbish attack as well so when we go a goal down, our main goal scorer out injured and our best creativity a below average winger or a striker put out of position pardew is going to have nightmares turn things round.

    quality teams need quality attack and defence plus some local passion, what do we have?
    A nothing apart from 1 decent loanee forward and 1 decent FB.

  • 67 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM


    it could make a huge difference getting a
    football manager in , right now we have a clown pretending

    plenty of good managers out there that would love the job

  • 68 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    mindshaft sorry but thats la liga
    and he’s got a 50 odd mill striker!

    this is the premier league the hardest league in the world!

  • 69 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM


    Clearly you’ve never ridden horses, good and bad or heard jockeys tell you that it was the horse what done it, despite the fact that there are good and bad jockeys.

    How does an orchestra grab you if a horse doesn’t? How do you think the London Philharmonic would sound if you conducted them and how do you think they would sound if you didn’t and you let them have free rein?

    Why do you think we often use the horse racing term “free rein”?

  • 70 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM


    If you think that only Ashley is accountable for where we are you are way off the mark. Pardew is average at best and always has been that. He’s simply fortunate that the man he has as his boss is someone who willingly accepts the mediocrity of simply surviving in this league

  • 71 colwell // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    If we are to become as reliant on youth as it seems we need to wait outside Southampton’s training ground and steal theirs. They constantly produce talented players we produce……….. errrrm

  • 72 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

  • 73 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    catchy you would like

    ole gunner solksjier



    that is the absolute proof of clueless haha

  • 74 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    What horse was that B&B ? 1966 was Chinese Year of the Horse anyway

  • 75 welshgeordie9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Good evening JackButler mate

    Can I just say where the hell have you been

  • 76 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM


    You ignore Cisse. Cisse has turned half chances into great efforts. The trouble is Pardew plays so defensively that Cisse only gets half chances.

    If you remember, the last time Cisse scored was when Pardew’s plan A failed, plan B (shola) failed, and plan C (Benny) saved the day. The man’s a tactical genius!

  • 77 welshgeordie9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Manxpie is there any person on this blog you actually agree with

  • 78 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    blackley well i think its you who doesn’t under stand that an animal is different from a human who understands! ffs

    and if you don’t understand that then its worrying
    infact i can’t actually believe it tbh lol

  • 79 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    nice try mate but i have got the internet and they might have made money but they brought players into their team.
    overall they sold players for a total of £70mil but they also spent a total of £31mil

    what has pardew had nothing spent on arrivals just 1 decent forward and another rubbish forward on loan.
    what has he lost perch and cabaye

    when managers are backed they see players being bought each season they don’t have to be in a relegation battle to force an owner to spend money.

  • 80 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM


    Good evening mate, I’ve been tied up with work and I’m still baffled, disgusted etc etc etc by the fact that our manager is STILL our manager even after being quick with his head :(

  • 81 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Arkle, yo-yo.
    An Irish freak. My dad loved him, as did millions.
    When the history of sport is written, he will get a few more mentions than Alan Pardew, I think it is fair to say.
    I am BandB, It is as important to me as the lower case yo-yo.

  • 82 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    jack but the point is he is ASHLEYS MAN!!! and he is ashleys man for many reasons so all the sack pardew shit is the most pointless thing you could ever do!

  • 83 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Remember that the great Colin Bell was known as Nijnsky when you compare footballers with horses

  • 84 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    how hard is it to understand?
    get ashley out we’ll move forward
    get pardew out we’ll stay the same but more likely go backwards!!

  • 85 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM


    Colin grew up in the same County Durham village as my dad was born in.
    Though they were a few years apart.

  • 86 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM


    all very good managers like Martinez is at Everton

    you make your self look as stupid as pardew does , your both deluded

    good luck moron

  • 87 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM


    if pardew was turning cisse into a very defensive player he would never have been constantly offside last season.
    even my children know when they are sitting offside. The only way you could blame pardew for that is if cisse was a remote control robot or if pardew had to scream pass before a player could make that pass.

    great strikers don’t consist of mainly scoring wonder goals.

  • 88 stuart no9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    It was great to see fans at last starting to protest against Ashley and pardew . It needed to happen but we must kick on. We have to keep the pressure up . Chants , banners , boycotts must be used to full advantage and not to relent, regardless of how many wins we get till the end of season, coz once the anger finally comes out , it will get worse and worse for pardew , don’t give up – give him what he deserves and we will have a new manager next season .

  • 89 welshgeordie9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Well it’s good that you are back on the blog

  • 90 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM


    And the fact that he is Ashley little pet shows just what he thinks of this club, I am sickened by the fact that he still has a job after what he did at Hull but I’m not surprised that he wasn’t sacked

    Personally I wont set foot inside SJP until this lot have long gone

  • 91 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM


    AH! I remember now. There were two horses – one called Arkle and one Foimaven both named after mountains in the far north of Scotland. I’ve climbed Foinaven but not Arkle.

    “Arkle won 27 of his 35 starts ” That’ d be 81 points for the wins. I’ll settle for a football team that plays like Arkle.

  • 92 mindshaft // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    So Athletico have spent less than half of money made on transfers – didn’t we spent 18 million man before last and pards has already said he has a pot of cash to spend this summer – personally I wouldn’t give pards any cash but give him his p45 instead

  • 93 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    jack but doesn’t it show that everyone and i mean everyone should be aiming there hatred at 1 guy??

    but on here its the wrong guy because its aimed at a guy who has tried his best!

  • 94 mindshaft // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Athletico spent 10% of money made on transfers last season – Ashley would be well happy with that

    Players in
    Roberto Zaragoza Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    Leo Baptistao R. Vallecano Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    Jose Gimenez Danubio £1,000,000 01 Jul, 2013
    Martin Demichelis Malaga Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    David Villa Barcelona £4,400,000 16 Jul, 2013
    Daniel Aranzubia Deportivo Signed 01 Aug, 2013
    Toby Alderweireld Ajax Signed 01 Sep, 2013
    Total: £5,400,000
    Players out
    Pizzi Benfica Signed 30 Jun, 2013
    Domingo Cisma Elche Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    Radamel Falcao Monaco £52,000,000 01 Jul, 2013
    Ruben Micael Braga £2,700,000 01 Jul, 2013
    Guvenc Cenk Rizespor 01 Jul, 2013
    Jorge Pulido Real Madrid B Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    Daniel Diaz Boca Juniors Signed 01 Jul, 2013
    Joel Robles Everton £2,000,000 09 Jul, 2013
    Martin Demichelis Man City 01 Sep, 2013
    Leandro Cabrera Real Madrid B Signed 07 Sep, 2013
    Oliver Villarreal Signed 28 Feb, 2014
    Total: £56,700,000

  • 95 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM


    The Duchess of Westminster owned them both. Arkle won three Gold Cups without breaking a sweat. The handicappers still think he could have carried Best Mate and Kauto Star up the hill and beat them.
    Foinaven was a lazy shit-kicker and she sold him. He was stone last in the National the year after I was born, and there was a huge pile-up, and he picked his way through it, VERY carefully, and won.

  • 96 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    mindshaft yeah but remember the board make the desicions on transfers thats why we buy players that arent needed or at the right time!

  • 97 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Pardew has opened his big gash again, blaming the press and the fans for believing the press, and his insults have come back to bite him. He never learns. Does anyone remember who said this?


  • 98 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM


    1.delusions of grandeur - a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are

    delusion, psychotic belief - (psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary

    megalomania - a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

    …. 10 professionals out you say, Alan? Front foot is it? Don’t contain? Grass too long? Science? Too tired? Too hyped? Poor youngsters? Europe? Bringing young talent through? Ben Arfa needs goals and assists? Shola? Jonas? Tiote? The paper’s fault?….. etc etc etc


  • 99 welshgeordie9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    watching the 1st half highlights, out of all the fringe players would anybody keep gosling for next season

  • 100 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    mindshaft pardews working on minus 45 mill remember so not far off in a much much harder league

  • 101 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM


    Unfortunately it seems Pardew can say anything he likes and still escape the hangmans noose. It’s always about deflecting blame with the moron, has been for a long long time now but as sure as shit stinks he’s still here.

  • 102 JackButler // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM


    I don’t like Pardew, never have and never will and when he comes out and blames everyone and everything for what he gets wrong it simply winds me up and want to see the back of the man asap

    With Ashley alongside him they are the perfect match and it will stay that way as long as there are 52,000 inside SJP every week. People need to realise that they are feeding the thing that they hate and the thing that is slowly killing off this club and everything it once stood for.

    I have no time for people who bitch and moan about Ashley and all he’s doing but then stand in line to hand over their money to the very same man they profess to hate

  • 103 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Very sad about Colin Bell… I used to love watching him drift past players. Considering how many great footballers have been from the NE it’s a shame more of them didn’t play for the Toon. I’d have been happy with the Charltons too. Saddest was the exits of Gazza, Beardsley and Waddle in search of fame and fortune. Ah well

  • 104 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    it doesn’t matter because the fact is athletico mardid still brought in some players during these transfer windows.

    pardew on the other hand reached the europa league and was only able to get 1 player and instead ashley spends the money in january when he knows their is a relegation battle but the most important player needed however was not brought in so we end up a striker less. then comes the summer and after what happened last season, ashley decides to not spend AGAIN. then in december we looking on course for a possible chance of top6 and ashley himself decides to sell the most important player and leaves pardew with another weakened team.

    arsenal have got wenger who was doing very well but this season they have got worse and worse. what do they have in common they too were not very active in transfer windows.

  • 105 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM


    I can’t remember anything but his name. But I think Stan Anderson was my Santa Claus for a few moments.
    And of course there was that drunken encounter with miss-keepy-uppying afternoon drunk JIMMY SMITH who lobbed my ball into the not-so-safe keeping of grumpy old Mr McConachie and his poker of doom.

  • 106 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM


    I understand a human is not a horse. My analogy is of one sporting thoroughbred with a novice on its back with a team of sporting throroughbreds with a buffoon in their backs. No more than that.

    It’s a bad job when everything needs to be spelled out to you. You’ll never get it.

  • 107 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    I wish Mikey hadn’t sold all our players that took us to fifth. Why does he think Remy is better than Ba? Why does he think Sissoko, Debuchy, MYM and Haidara would be an improvement?

  • 108 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM


    Minus £45 million! OMG! You talk about me not knowing the difference between horses and humans. You don’t seem to know the difference between pound notes and humans. Our squad has gradually improved year on year. If you think not, let’s see your comparison.

  • 109 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM


    haven’t you learned

    all of these players are defensive apart from the player who is on loan and that mate is not here next season.

    the best wingers
    obatan and jonas
    the best CAM non.
    the best strikers
    cisse gouffran armstrong and sammy
    the best number 10
    greedy and selfish HBA or marvo.

    tiote sissoko anita
    only 1 should be needed in the starting 11
    dummett hadaira +utility mbiwa and santon
    debuchy santon
    colo mbiwa willo good and saylor

    i might have missed a few but its clear that this shows pardew has not had the proper backing as ashley doesn’t want to spend lots of money on one player which is the thing that happens when they are attacking players.

  • 110 BandB // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM


    You deserve a nod for a very smart post.
    I just thought I’d squeeze that in before Blacklie runs up a sequence of posts longer than an Ashley/Pardew losing streak.
    Goodnight all.

  • 111 welshgeordie9 // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie and manxpie give it a rest you like two women arguing

  • 112 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM


    I don’t get your point @ 108. We’ve got talent everywhere. You might not think so because Pardew’s tactics have knocked the belief out of most of them.

    The way you talk, you would think Stoke have a wealth of options and a better squad. Would you swap our squad for theirs? Remind me of their quality players? If we had Crocuh instead of Remy or Cisse you’d be happy? If we’d swapped Tiote or Anita or Benny for Adam, you’d be happy?

  • 113 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Blackley are you seriously trying to say Ashley bought these players just to better the quality of the squad? And that’s what they have done in your eyes?

  • 114 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:59 PM


    Do a comparison of our top 15 players with Stoke’s.

  • 115 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:03 PM


    Debuchy is a respected international right back. You saying we shouldn’t have signed him? Were you saying when we bought Montpelier’s highly regarded captain, you were saying “no, he’s crap”? Same for Gouffran and Sissoko?

  • 116 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM


    I just skip your posts because they’re boring. Do the same with mine. It’s dead easy.

  • 117 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Fcuk me!

    Here are the facts!

    Fatty’s shite!

    Puppets shite!

    The team’s shite!

    It’s all shite!

    There, chew in that!

  • 118 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    On* shite phone!;)

  • 119 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    When Mikey sold Carroll for £35M were you saying “no, bad business”? When he bought Cabaye for £4M , got great value from him on the pitch and sold him for £20M were you saying “no, Mikey got that all wrong”?

  • 120 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    you don’t watch football match because that is total nonsense
    chelsea lost to villa and palace
    sunderland were very good against city last year
    we beat manchester united
    liverpool could only get a draw when we had just 10 men
    and in all these circumstances the loosing team had much better attack.

    what you go off is the league table and overall we are way behind arsenal everton city united spurs liverpool and chelsea

    those team have all got much better forwards line than we have apart from everton. but unlike everton we3 have our forward missing they have still got lukaku starting.

  • 121 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Actually blackley, would you class it as good because we never got a replacement in? Thus leaving the,squad bereft of any attacking impetus bearing in mind pardews reluctance to play benny or marv?

  • 122 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Pardew Out:

    Alan’s earlier clubs love him don’t they?

    Great job he does.

    Look at their comments underneath. Sound familiar?

    Pardew out.

    There’s more from his previous clubs on their as well.

  • 123 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    A good price yes I’d agree on that but good business overall? No where near I’m afraid because if you sell your best player and don’t replace him is that good business all round? I beg to differ

  • 124 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I’ve never questioned how he earns his money on traffics no. But don’t make out he does it for the benefit of the team. He buys cheap sells high that is his one and only remit, not for the progression of the team and club.

  • 125 Toon Tang // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Coulda swore i saw a tear rolling down wesley’s cheek then hahah

  • 126 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Traffics = transfers

  • 127 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    that’s it from me tonight as now manxpie lil and yo-yo have all gone so i will follow them out as now the blog is full of them who insist ashley is a great owner and pardew has destroyed the great team he has created

  • 128 Marty-Toon // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    We had a huge attacking threat today ;-)
    Armstrong did alright.
    Pretty even game says Alan,3/4 chances that were blocked on the line or whatever!!!
    Did anyone see those close chances?

  • 129 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Your other point about the 35 million “we” got from Andys’ sale and 22 million “we” got from Yohans’ sale. You ask if it was good business god no dreadful business for “us”, fantastic for Ashley yes. Both sold without replacements? You gonna tell me you applauded those sales and still think it was great business for Nufc.

  • 130 Marty-Toon // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Ben Arfa could learn how to cross a ball from Amilfitano
    In fact I think many of our players could learn from many PL players that aren’t full internationals.
    Even Palace and Norwich players know how to put a ball in the box better than our crowd

  • 131 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:29 PM


    Benny is played out of position. Only pardew would ask a player like benny to play as a box to box midfielder. He’s a no 10 who creates for a no 9.

    As for Cabaye, he wanted to be away in the summer to play for PSG. It was a coup to get him here and we did well to keep him until January. We made a £16M profit that can be reinvested this summer.

    I too am blaming Pardew’s for not play Benny and Marv. He complains we have no creativity but he is the one who prefers to play grafters. Does he want to play 13 or 14 men so that he can have everything he wants? Even if he did, he’d still get them all behind the ball when defending and we’d still never score from a corner.

    But don’t worry. We’ll be working on the training ground all week to put it right.

  • 132 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:32 PM


    Mikey hasn’t taken any money out of the club. It’s all there. You would be justifiably aggrieved if he was paying himself dividends and salary like the last bunch of live for the day bandits did.

  • 133 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Williamson back post, nobody will know it’s going to him.

    Good work, Alan. Another piece of genius from that sewage brain of yours, not only directing that ghastly tactic, but never changing it.

    What a guy.

  • 134 Toon Tang // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    john motsons blinder than a bastard, he sees stuff on the 5th repay that everyone else has seen in realtime

  • 135 Toon Tang // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:38 PM


    Could do wi getting my viewing balls looked at also

  • 136 Mister Tuff // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Blacklie – you posted earlier :-
    Does anyone remember who said this?


    was it Mr Ed the talking horse.

  • 137 Toon Tang // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I reckon BBC are probs edging ever nearer to taking him out to a forest somewhere (on the promise of a trip out) and shooting him/leaving him and returning back to the studio without him.

  • 138 jimmysmith // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Surely Ashley is skating on very thin ice now. The St James Park crowd is full of season ticket holders who can’t at all be imagining they are getting value for money, which is probably the biggest incentive people ever need to start considering why, which can only lead to them being more likely to fail to renew or even disengage entirely.

    That Ashley’s solution is to lower prices so as not to have to greatly improve the product is quite unnerving, given some thought.

  • 139 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM


    Sir Alex Ferguson, his good friend, was the target of our great man-manager.

  • 140 joenufc // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:55 PM


    You say the money is still their ie in Nufc. Ashleys owns Nufc he doesnt have to take it out or pay himself dividends to benefit from it . If he had ploughed 25-30 million of the Carroll money and 10-15 of the Cabaye money back into the team i would agree with you yes great business. But he hasnt and wont if his past record is anything to go on. You admit yourself Cabaye was long gone before we even sold him , the galling thing about that was Ashley knew he would get at least 18-20 million for him but refused to cough up for a suitable replacement even though he had 5-6 months to scout one out. Thats not how a supposedly top flight club is meant to be run.
    Your other point about HBA and pardew tottally agree but for one small piece , i personally dont see any kind of tactics or strategy pardew enforces on the team , to say hes defensively minded in the way he puts out his team is bigging the fool up and giving him more credit than he deserves. The man is a complete moron masquerading as a manager.

  • 141 lewytoon // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    If Newcastle are serious about this window they have to go for Steven Caulker, Lewis Holtby, Remy Cabella and Rhodes/Austin from championship

    Do people agree this would be successful as all are realistic signings?

  • 142 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Still blackley, the simple fact of the situation is: we sold our best player and brought no one else in! No ifs, no buts, no we were lucky to have him and keep him, no excuses! He got sold and your mate mikey let it happen without adequate cover!

  • 143 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM


    You seem to think it’s fairly easy identifying the right player and then persuading that player to join your club.

    Who said this in January 2013? “People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.” “We now have a strong squad.”

  • 144 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Rhodes and Austin no thanks, Holtby will be back at Spurs or too expensive the other two possible but not top quality are they really for the amount they would cost. To be fair mate im not expecting a huge investment into the team by Ashley full stop.

  • 145 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    relegation next season lads, oh and toonking for stating in the other thread that Pardew did a excellent job for half a season you are now the dipstick of the week mate.

    but don’t worry though mate the weekend isn’t over yet.

  • 146 jimmysmith // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Blooding youngsters is one way of Ashley buying time too, just quietly.

    We all want to see kids given a chance, but you have to be patient with them, and they have to be good enough. Dummet, Campbell, Tav, Vuckic, aren’t genuine premiership players, Armstrong likely not either, although you hope otherwise, but I’m sure Ashley knows that you’ll get a greater period of grace from fans seeing a youngster try and fail than a modest more seasoned pro or little known young European who flatters to deceive, which is the more likely alternative given the financial constraints the club operates under, if Carr doesn’t unearth a gem.

    Ashley wants the kids brought on, I’m a little suspicious of his motives.

  • 147 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM


    No one said it was easy but other clubs manage to do just that! Sell a player and bring another one in of similar or better quality

  • 148 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Who was our great man manager calling the other guy when he said this?

    “I’ve now got the luxury of having four centre-halves, three of whom are really playing well. The other guy isn’t really going to get a chance now because the other three are playing so well.”

    I’ll give you a clue. He’s probably played better than all three mentioned.

  • 149 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    The three mentioned were MYM, Colo and Saylor

  • 150 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM


    he’s been our star player this season, who would of thought ey ;)

  • 151 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    It’s either really hard but other club’s can achieve it or fatty doesn’t like reinvesting money from player sales! Mmmmmmm wonder which one is true (apart from when relegation is near of course)

  • 152 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM


    That’s what we’ve been doing. Getting better players in. I’ll only call Mikey for lack of team investment when we stop doing that.

  • 153 Mister Tuff // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Blackley you posted:-
    Who said this in January 2013? “People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.” “We now have a strong squad.”

    Was it Mr Ed the talking horse.

  • 154 Average_Contents // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Anyway I’m off to bed it’s calling me ever so sweetly

  • 155 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    AH come of it , hard to find the right player are you kidding me ? We have one of the best scouts in the business , the problem is we wont pay the going rate for the players. Money. Thats why footballers join clubs ,and thats the only reason we dont “get them over the line ” .
    Quoting Pardew isnt the wisest thing to back up any discussion ,i dont believe he would know if it was a stronger squad or a weaker one . He only spouts what Ashley would have him say mate . Pinch of salt me thinks.

  • 156 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    I think we need to get relegated, this could be the only possibility to get rid of Ashley & Pardew along with the other pathetic yes men’s

  • 157 geordie157 // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    well Gosling I thought played well, he’ll get a decent move in the summer and good luck to him. Tiote and Anita tried, the rest hhmm, Gouffran is now undroppable, he definitely needs a rest can’t we play Haidara left wing???

  • 158 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    what happened to Sissoko? is he injured or just fed up?

  • 159 geordie157 // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    sissoko is injured. marv isn’t but doesn’t even make the bench, Sammy I’m guessing is injured

  • 160 AaranD // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Injured is Sissoko.

  • 161 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Not sure ask Mr Ed the talking horse he seems to be proper clued up ;)

  • 162 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM


    It’s not so much the transfer fees, but the cost of wages. We’ve got a lot of good players on very decent wages. Compare our wage bill to the Mackems’. That’s why we had to get certain players out before we got new ones in: Alan Smith, Niall Ranger etc. We always do.

    We’ve been gubbed three times by the Mackems now.

    We’ve also bombed in the cups and flirted with relegation.

    We’re getting stuffed almost every week.

    Nobody understands Pardew’s tactics or why he plays Shola and De jong.

    Or why he doesn’t play Benny or Marv when we have no creativity.

    Or why the world will come to an end if Armstrong plays.

    After three years he says the players don’t know the “process”.

    He says the fans need to be educated.

    He criticises his mentor Sir Alex.

    He calls Willo, the other huy and ranks him an outsider.

    Now he blames the Sunday Sun for his woes and the fans for believing the Sunday Sun.

  • 163 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    What exactly did the Sunday Sun print?

  • 164 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    He says Southampton have intelligent youth players because they have a middle class catchment area and we need to get intelligence into our youth.

    Paul Gascoigne couldn’t be Gazza in today’s game, according to pardew. Well he could, but he’d be sitting next to Benny and Marv on the NUFC bench playing pranks.

  • 165 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    joenufc, this mate and it’s epic ;)

  • 166 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:28 AM

  • 167 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    I honestly think Pardew lies to the wife and kids too. I cannot believe some of the tripe he comes out with on such a regular basis. I reckon his head is messed up good and proper , pathological liers normally have a traumatic childhood event that triggers the illness maybe thats the case with Pardew?
    Wonder if he ever went on Jim’ll Fix It ?

  • 168 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Anyone enlighten me on the 10 senior pros that would of made a difference today?

  • 169 mattnufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Santon, Debuchy, Sissonko, Marveaux, Remy, Sammy, anyone else?

  • 170 jimmysmith // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Well played The Sun. Fantastic back page. Wrote itself. Our hapless club and ragged manager have been almost begging for it. It’s made my day!

  • 171 joenufc // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Thats as far as i get but only 3 woulda made the starting 11 surely?

  • 172 Schwefelberg // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    How there can be Pride in the minds of any Player when he knows he wears a shirt sponsored by a sleazy credit vulture that aims at poor areas? Sick Sponsor sick Team ?? No??

  • 173 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Quote of the day would have been:
    “I think the local press up in the North-East have been damaging for us this week, they’ve come for us, they’ve been banned from the stadium and that’s reflected in the fans today. “

    Until I read:
    “Did you pump five hollow point rounds into his back while reading The Catcher in the Rye?”
    Never fail to amuse :-)

  • 174 MacToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Got to add, Pardew is now a dead man walking.

    Replacing him might help the team and club short term but Ashley’s lack of …. err well lack of (full stop) will remain!

    I’m tired, I have been for best part of this season at least and can sense more following into the new season. Not before time imHo.

  • 175 Schwefelberg // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Yes we are all tired.

    Ashley injected Lidocaine into the club. Fans are numb and can not feel anymore now.

    Prepare for the nasty Extractions!!!!

  • 176 cyprus // Apr 13, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    What’s the excuse this time Mr Pardew? Try our random excuse generator:

  • 177 theartfuldodger // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Ashley is simply arrogant. He thinks whenever he decides to buy players he can get the best ones. This summer will prove him wrong. Infact Jan did as well.

    Lets not think Ashley is a messiah who can save us when he wants to.
    Even if he decided to spend 40m on 1 player, think which 40m player would come to us.

    Ash has a summer of frustration up ahead.
    Players know that the only reason he is getting us is to avoid relegation which is dead on next season.

    Ashley can be on the board all he wants. He will have no success unless he brings in nevr heard of players with no choice.

  • 178 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    another week. another defeat. another pardew excuse.

    good to know it’s still business as usual.

    he now blames the press.


  • 179 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    So Pardew have no blamed Benny this time?

    …well I have never ;)

  • 180 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM


  • 181 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    apparently pardew said we have 10 players out who would have the difference?

    who are the 10? he includes the gardener and chief cook?

  • 182 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    I have always been thought that you should think before you speak! It seems Parsnip has not been thought that!

    …would one be out of order to suggest to fine him sprouting all this nonsense?

  • 183 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM


  • 184 TorqToon // Apr 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Can’t believe people on here are consigning us to relegation next year, before any of us even know which squad / manager we will have to take us through the season!!?!

    Simply ridiculous.

  • 185 sparky55 // Apr 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    And yet he still has a desk where the great SBR once sat and he still has the nerve to sit in it and spin it round and round thinking up the next great excuse to be used after next week’s resounding thrashing whilst looking in one of the three mirrors in the hope of catching his best angLE.

    This man would eat himself if he could, he’s devoid of any coaching ability, he ignores what every other coach in the world is doing still believing his way is the best, he has no class, he’s addicted to himself and gambling, and without any shadow of a doubt has now completely lost the dressing room.

    his only saving grace being he still owes the owner some money. How about that for the worst ever reason for keeping your manager.

    This club is well fcuked

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