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Some Conciliation Badly Needed At Newcastle

3:02 pm, Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini lay into his team mates and manager Alan Pardew in the dressing room, after the fourth successive defeat on Saturday at Stoke City, who looked a very ordinary side on the day.

fabricio coloccini at stoke 1-0

Fabricio Coloccini – in action on Saturday

With the press seemingly ganging up on Alan Pardew big time after Newcastle’s latest terrible run of eight defeats in 11 games, we have no idea if there’s any truth to this article – but all this bad press is not doing much good for Newcastle United – that’s for sure.

Fabricio did talk to the press immediately after the game on Saturday,  and what he said was fitting for a Newcastle captain, and he reminded the players of what it means to wear the famous shirt of Newcastle United – and they should listen carefully to what the Argentine said – because there seems a number of our players at the moment who seemingly couldn’t care less.

There is nothing in the Mirror report that goes into any detail at all of what Colo was supposed to say to his manager, but it’s good news that at least one Newcastle player understands this type of form and attitude is simply not good enough for a Newcastle United team.

What you really need in these cases of extreme stress and dysfunction, are the players to pull together and to start to play for each other – and what you don’t particularly need is all the press coverage  going on  right now – mainly against the manager.

Maybe it was the manager himself who started it all – and his reference to the press coverage of last week by the banned journalist aftre the game on Saturday was inappropriate at best – and probably dumb – and it all become very personal now because of what Alan said:

“In terms of the pressure building from the media. I think they whipped it up, for whatever reason. I know one or two of them are banned from the stadium and they probably used that as a bit of an agenda, which is a shame for us because we want them to support us.”

And that particular comment has caused things to explode on Tyneside and in the press in particular, as the local press feels they have to fight back – and it’s all becoming far too personal.

Alan Pardew could well be fired at the end of the season – and his last two seasons have hardly been good, and he should have no complainants if he is fired.

But while the team is on the field – even though we are playing very poorly at the moment – terrible in fact – shouldn’t we at least keep supporting the team?

Maybe I’m the only one – but what’s going on at Newcastle at the moment seems like hari-kari, and maybe, just maybe,  some conciliation is necessary between the manager and the local press.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Eh see eds fine everyone, calm down calm down :)

  • 2 jettson1971 // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Lets keep this simple pls.

    PArdew is not liked, not wanted, not respected.
    Pardew has no credibility no tactics no nous!!
    Pardew is a dinosaur in the world of fottball, we are slowly being strangled to death watching his ‘brand’ of football.
    The man is deluded and actually believes himself, i struggle to find words to describe how bad this man is to NUFC.
    He has destroyed the BEST SET of players since the KK days!!!
    GET OUT PARDEW NOW!! GROW A PAIR AND RESIGN

  • 3 Rainrix // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Oh and nobody comment i sense we’re about to get our barrage of articles now ;)

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Looking at the bigger picture finishing fifth probably done as much damage as that relegation.

  • 5 GEORDIE69 // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    F… football make money, follow oasisracing on twitter. Tweeted 5-6 winners. I think I love them more than the Toon. Pards oot!

  • 6 toonicle // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    We were worried Ed, good to see you back on this morning! Must be draining having to write about our loss every week now

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Thank God Ed is back :D

    …you had me worried there for a moment. Order is restored…well sort of!

  • 8 Dragon64 // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    words can’t describe the hate i feel for the 2 cockney twats. how a manager can still be in a job after the results we have had and the head butting at hull is beyond believe. what else does he have to do for him either to be sacked or resign. there must be someone out there with the billions in the bank that can come and save us. we are not asking for millions to be spent on players just a team and manager that will give us the football we want to watch. how much longer does this club have to suffer under this shambles

  • 9 onepeterb // Apr 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Anybody else heard that lawrie Sanchez to replace Pards?

  • 10 calvinho // Apr 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I think Pardew’s contract is preventing him from being sacked. However, there must be clauses in this contract and it wouldn’t surprise me that if we fail to finish in the top 10, he will be sacked. If Crystal Palace finish above us…….he should never manage again.

  • 11 dcdick // Apr 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Now will people believe me

    Pardew out !!!

  • 12 Sav // Apr 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    According to the Chronic, most of the rant was about Ben Arfa being named on the teamsheet and getting 17 minutes run-out. So much for the opinion of fans chanting for Ben Arfa from the first half – it certainly did not concur with the captain’s view.

  • 13 Sav // Apr 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    As for the vitriol against the manager, he ain’t resigning and the owner isn’t about to sack him. And if he did, just who exactly is going to come in and work miracles under this regime? Not Laudrup, not Martinez, not Poccetino. Cabaye was not only our best player but the key player to getting performances out of others. That sale and the injuries to our 3 best frenchmen is why we are losing. If we had invested in a decent squad when we should have, they could have been replaced but we didn’t and now there’s not a damn thing the manager or anyone else can do about it. Pure and simple, there’s your answer. I couldn’t give a toss what excuses or none are trotted out in post-match interviews Anyone who believes a word of any of those is a fool. They are cliche-ridden PR and good managers never blame players in public. If you know your club and just watched the game, you don’t need to be told what went wrong or why. You have a brain and eyes to tell you. Now put your bedsheets in the wash for the next 4 matches and lets get behind the team for a win because the owner is deaf and bomb-proof and couldn’t give a sh*te.




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