It’s A Worry How Newcastle Get To The Next Level


Newcastle fans were used to the club being in Europe fairly regularly, but all that ended once Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in late August of 2004, and since then Newcastle have been in decline, and Newcastle United have also lost their ambition under owner Mike Ashley, who has been the owner for almost seven years now – but there is precious little to show for it in terms of the team doing well on the pitch.

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Alan Pardew – how do we get to next level?

It’s obvious the summer is going to be an important transfer window for Newcastle, but manager Alan Pardew has talked this morning about how difficult it is for Newcastle to catch those top clubs.

They are the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – who have invested big money over the last several years  – and of course Newcastle haven’t.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“All that investment now is starting to impact on those teams and the teams below have not had that financial push.”  “They’ve had it for six, seven, eight years, Chelsea ten or so.”

“It’s a worry, particularly for a club like this – how do we get to the next level? How do we impact on them? That’s a big question for us in the summer.”

“We have to be even shrewder in our transfer recruitment. We have to be clever with how we utilize players.”  “The size of our squad has to be almost detailed right to the last full stop because three or four players this year have been over-used.”

“And I think that has been a concern for us. That’s something else we need to put into the mix for the summer.”

Those top six clubs are ready to rule the roost for the next several years in the Premier League, so it will be very difficult for Newcastle to qualify for Europe, as it has been over the last seven years.

And other teams such as Everton and Southampton are coming up these days, so Newcastle are in danger of staying as a middle of the table team for the foreseeable future.

And the fact the owner seems to be happy enough just to be in the top ten – that’s a huge concern in itself – because if you don’t reach for the top you wont get there.

Newcastle can have a very good transfer window this summer, but it has to go almost perfectly for Newcastle to be challenging for a top six or even top eight position in the league next season.

What we’d like is for Newcastle to be challenging once again for a top four position and the Champions League, but that’s simply not going to happen anytime soon – maybe as long as Mike Ashley owns the club.

That is so sad. 🙁

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    A blind man on a galloping horse could see our season was over at xmas
    that is why we sold cabaye – We will rebuild in the Summer around a new shape midfield

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  • the truth will out

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    repost….
    it will be a decagon midfield

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  • Blofal

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Jeff we are also going to sell Krul and Debuchy by the looks of things.

    Even if we do bring in good players they will take a season to get used to the premier league. And now all foreign players know our aim is NOT champions league the best won’t want to come.

    Next season is a write off already. I predict we will be hovering above relegation.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I think he’s taking a closer hold of the club, maybe, and I think that’s a good thing.” “He’s obviously been at the games, and he’s seen for good or bad what we are at the moment.”

    As if his stranglehold on the club wasn’t tight enough, it’s now got exponentially tighter to the point where he will eventually squeeze all remaining life out of NUFC without batting an eyelid!

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    10mill is a steal for Krull if this is true.Would try and bring back Forster who we should have never sold in the first place.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Because he has made many mistakesin the past Ashley is seen as being permanently hopeless-if you look at his track record away fro Footy he is quite brilliant I think NUFC is still a work in progress

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    blofal you are assuming we will still go for foreigners

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  • Blofal

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Jeff I think Ashley won’t buy many English players because they are generally priced at what they are worth. There aren’t many bargains in English football.

    The only English players we will have under Ashley I suspect will come through the academy.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew didn’t rate Forster. He gave him 45 minutes in a friendly and hauled him off at half-time after an error. Then he brought in Elliot from his old club who he thought was a better keeper.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Bla bla bla bla bla…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Jazzyp…we couldn’t keep Forster on the bench! We had to sell him Krul is and was far better.

    …Krul is having a off season like most other players sy this club 🙁

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    *sy = at

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    The Dutch National coaches think that much of Krul – they never select him

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    With Anita in the first team,Sissoko up front,Mbiwa right back,Ben Arfa and Marveaux on the bench does not exist next level for Newcastle.And don’t forget Williamson is a Championship player.Pardew out.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Jeff…Krul has been injured and off form this season.

    Who else is getting picked these days?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Mag52, you must also be taken in by what the silver tongue comes out with rather than seeing what is happening on the pitch in the form of lacking team cohesion and any clue of passing moving and creativity.

    He got the managers award because he came 5th, fair enough, but they just see a league placing, not the performances every week on the pitch. That was once in a blue moon for the chancer and a heap of luck attached to it as well as many posters have pointed out.I said at the time that I’ll hold off on my opinion of him until the start of the following season to see if the picking up points when playing poorly chances to picking up points by playing well.

    Last year, well, it tells its own story. ONCE AGAIN poor and disjointed, yet this time no points. What a surprise that we’re on an abysmal run now. It is not. Look at his career long underachieving and sackings.

    I think you’re deluded that you believe everything is ok with management because we get a lucky goal or three, yet the foundations behind it are awful. If you can’t see that now, you’ll never see it.

    Try looking at the wider picture. Ashley is at fault for employing Pardew and not sacking him more than the outlay on players in a way.

    Pardew is ruining players all over.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    In the long list of mistakes by the club, I’m not sure how we can consider letting Forster go as one of them.

    Krul was clearly and rightly our No.1 at the time and Forster didn’t want to stay on the bench and try and take Kruls spot.

    What were the options?

    From what I understand we have a good couple of keepers coming through the academy and we got in Elliot as immediate cover, who to be honest, despite not being a top keeper, has done himself and the club proud when called upon.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    If Pardew has any input in transfers I can see us buying Mark Nobel, Jack Colback, James Tompkins, & Rickie Lambert. 4 no-nonsense english grafters. Ryan Taylor will keep Haidara, Dummet, & Tavernier out of the squad.

    To be fair to Pardew he does seem to get the best out of championship players (Willo, Perch, Raylor) although he is clueless with players good enough to play in europe (Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cisse, Tevez, Mascherano)

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Forster didn’t wanna stay as Nr.2

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Everton don’t need to spend big this summer,they will however need to loan Lukaku or replace him with like for like.
    They also need to keep Coleman and Baines or they could struggle to reach the same heights.
    They’ve a great coach with great tactical wisdom and classy style unlike our skinny version of Fat Sam.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    We need to forget about the top 6 for the moment as they have much better squads and managers than ours and will continue to build with the money they receive from merchandise,PL position and top sponsorship while we will be looking for a few bags of lucky dip.
    Our next managers are lined up as Graham Taylor,Curbishley,Woy Hogson and the likes.
    Should be fun to hang in there 🙁
    In case ye didn’t notice,I’M FECKIN FED UP.
    Weekends are ridiculous expecting to get beat and realizing its gonna happen and that it’s not gonna get better anytime soon ,AAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH

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  • mfw13

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    1) Find owner who is actually interested in taking the club to the next level.
    2) Find owner who is actually interested in taking the club to the next level.
    3) Find owner who is actually interested in taking the club to the next level.
    4) Find owner who is actually interested in taking the club to the next level.
    5) Find owner who is actually interested in taking the club to the next level.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    All the same lads if we were to sell Krull……….Which personally would be a mistake,Would think Forster woujld make an ideal no 1. And has personally stated that he would love to come back.
    Ibiza
    Morning pal
    Personally I don’t see Elliot as a no 1, More as a harper type squad player.But as you say has done nothing wrong in his stand in games

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  • the truth will out

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    ashley is taking us to a lower level which is shit

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  • deang004

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    If pardew was to be sacked and we got a decent amount to spend from Ashley to spend in summer (a big if) which managers would you all look to bring in and why? What kind of players do you reckon they will look to bring in as well? Personally think pardew is definitely not the right man to take this club forward and Ashley is not the right owner

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  • sparetheman

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Every comment Pardew makes is designed to lower expectations, which they do with great success. It does make him sound like a boring, negative metronome though.

    He always seems more concerned with what other teams are good at rather than what we are good at, this comes across in his media interviews and his team sheets every week. The teams who have made the most progress in recent times – Liverpool, Southampton and Everton – have shown the best way to improve in the modern league is with attacking, positive football, religiously focusing on your own team’s strengths and not fearing the competition. This seems to apply to wider football as well (see Dortmund and Athletico.)

    Football is moving on and Pardew is showing he cannot keep up.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Ashley has his plan being executed perfectly.
    We are in top half, we have no fear of relegation.
    We have made another Club Profit.
    We have made yet another Profit on player transfers
    We will receive the biggest payout in club history from the TV.

    He is a happy man; His manager even stated we have the strongest squad he has ever had.

    As a competetive Football Team – we are shite.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #28

    I honestly don’t care whether Parsnip gets his way and we buy the likes of Mark Nobel, Jack Colback, James Tompkins, & Rickie Lambert, they are going to look mediocre any way 🙁

    …Parsnip will just make sure he have someone like Benny anyway to take the blame (the unsackable will never blame himself)

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Assaidi ,Huth and Etherington are out for stoke today,not that that’ll make a difference for us really.
    Will be glad that Assaidi doesn’t beat our right back all day

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    Did this seriously need a new thread after the last one !!

    LR

    It’s amazing how people still dine out on Pardew’s only top 6th finish in nearly 20 years management. By the law of averages he was going to have 1 good season somewhere.

    We all know that season we came 5th there was a perfect storm of poor Raylor getting injured to finally give Ben Arfa a game, Cisse, Ba and Ben Arfa scoring goals of individual brilliance rather than any team goals, exceptional refereeing decisions going our way and Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs all having an off season.

    These same people championing Pardew, and, like him, blaming everyone else, never mention the fact he nearly relegated 3 clubs, had record losing streaks in the history of 2 different clubs and has gone on to break nearly every record going for the wrong reasons @ SJP, while playing the most mind numbing negative, defensive, containing anti-football ever seen at NUFC .

    Could you imagine with exactly the same squad Pardew doing the job Martinez has. It’s not just the players it’s the mindset and style. If Hughton had taken us as far as he could and in fairness he probably had then pardew has outstayed his welcome if he ever had one massively.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Has our back line scored 2 goals between them this season?
    Anyone know if we’ve got the lowest scoring back line in the PL?

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda
    The same people Championing Pardew.Dont think ya will find anyone on this blog mate with that agenda

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    graeme,

    On one day pardew says it’s the strongest squad ever, even stronger than when we came 5th and then on another day we get all the endless injuries and squad not good enough excuses.

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Marty
    Debs and Dummett mate and that’s ya lot. Shocking pal aint it

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    My biggest concern about Pardew is that he cannot see it himself…he will drag us down if has to, but he will never walk 🙁

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Jazzyp

    Sadly we still get the Mag 52s and Manxpies etc

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    *he

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesper
    Stop with all this Pardew nonsense……We all know he’s your hero !!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #39

    …don’t get started on manx – it has been so quite on here for a while 🙂 (and I have been happy coming in here again)

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  • jazzyp

    Apr 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda
    I think they have even given up the chase on that debate bud lol

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