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Pardew – I Know The Fans Are Unhappy

9:05 am, Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

The worrying thing for Newcastle fans at the moment is that the team looks only a shadow of the side that won seven games in nine before the turn of the year, and since then we have lost 11 of our last 16 league games and failed to score in 12 of them, and with Loic Remy and possibly Mathieu Debuchy leaving in the summer – where does that leave us for next season?

loic remy at hull

Loic Remy – back on Saturday – hopefully

Certainly the summer transfer window is going to be an important one for the club, but Newcastle are just not the force they once were, so we’ll just have to wait and see what good players we can still attract to the club.

Indeed the news Newcastle have made this year has been mostly bad – because of our very poor run and also because of manager Alan Pardew’s mad antics at Hull City.

The only thing the side can do is prepare well for the next game – at home to relegation threatened Swansea on Saturday, and it looks like Loic Remy will finally be back, although he seems very cautious to play unless he is absolutely 100% fit.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“I know the fans were unhappy that we haven’t scored, and we haven’t won.” “There’s no doubt we lack a bit of flair and creativity in the final third.”

“But it got better as the game went on, and hopefully it will improve against Swansea.”

“It was a shame they got a fluke goal, because we were starting to commit people and hurt them on the break,” 

“The goal was a real killer for us. I thought we put in an honest performance.”  “I think we’ll have one or two back for Saturday –  I hope so.”

Maybe Mathieu Debuchy is also ready to make a comeback – and both injured Frenchmen have been out since they picked up their injuries playing for France against Holland on March 5th.

Alan Pardew is under pressure also from some in the local press – especially the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – after he accused them of being against him last week and stirring things up before the 1-0 loss at Stoke.

That was a very bad (political) move for Alan to make, and a win on Saturday would be welcome – very welcome indeed for everybody concerned.

Maybe we can even get some luck in that game.

Comments welcome.



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Has debs been pardewed this season when by his own admission he has become a better player.
    Has Willo been Pardewed this season when he has become a better player
    That’s another two players in the team who have performed admirably this term,Unfortunately other team members have not.
    Santon-Colo-Mapou-Benny to name a few have all digressed this season big time.

  • 2 cyprus // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Lil,
    Agreed, but have you heard of someone being ‘Beardsley’d’ :)

  • 3 jazzyp // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Shows how much trouble the Squad is in when we are pinning our hopes on a loanee who has already stated that he will be moving on next season

  • 4 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    He does not sound convinced on Remy at all. Sensing another game he just misses out on. It’s obvious he doesn’t want to play, and who can blame him really?
    I would rather we didn’t play him again regardless of the result as he’s leaving, Pardew needs to think about the players who will be here and not just for himself.

  • 5 dcdick // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 6 Hobs // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Remy’s leaving. He’s talkin in puplic about joining other, “greater” clubs, and that he will join the highest bidder. Also he will be very aware of the upcoming world cup, and do anything to avoid injuries.

    I cannot see how a player like that will give any proper contribution to our team. Forget about him.

    The only thing that will cheer up the fans through the end of the season, is giving Adam Armstrong some playing time!

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I think most people would accept defeat if it meant getting rid of this clueless buffoon.

  • 8 TheToonKing // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I’m starting to not give a flying f3ck anymore.

  • 9 jazzyp // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Geremi’s
    I agree mate with forgetting all about Remy now and moving forward with the team and focus on next season.
    The only reason I understand Percy wanting Remy back is to try and save his own skin from another defeat

  • 10 theartfuldodger // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Remy will be back only for cardiff.
    Pardew can win that game and show Ashley that everythings fine. All that was needed was a good striker. Fans are crazy Press are crazy

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    jazzy…I’m torn on the Pardewed issue. It’s certainly clear that he can’t consistently get the best out of players. The only two that I can think of are Willo and Elliot tbh. Debuchy has “improved”, but is that perhaps more he was always good and has simply adjusted to the PL after a shaky start?

    As for Benny, I think Pardew has tried. It’s clear he admired the player, but I guess his patience has run thin. Of course he probably could have been handled better, but there has to be something to Bennys record and attitude…it’s followed him everywhere he has gone, not just under Pardew.

    On Marveaux I can totally see why he hasn’t been given more of a run, but then can’t help shake the feeling he should have been given the same chance as say Obertan who had a good long run in the team. Bottom line is, for all of Marvs faults, he has and does provide some creativity and last year got some really important assists.

    From reports it would appear cliques are in force in the dressing room. Whether this is because of Pardews views or the players I am not convinced. Who do you believe?

    Ashley has a decision to make, either way, it cannot be ignored as the writing is on the wall. Change is needed, but which change will the big man chose? I wait excited like a child on Christmas day, although I expect to be left like the child who has found himself on the naughty list…yet again.

  • 12 theartfuldodger // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Pardew does not know how to play wingers.

    He Pardews them by having them track back more than attack..
    Gouffran,Jonas..
    Sold routledge..

  • 13 jazzyp // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I know we all can obviously see major flaws in our attacking prowess but for me our defence is just as much of a worry.It says something that along with debs….Willo has been our star performer this season

  • 14 nut meg // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    “It was a shame they got a fluke goal, because we were starting to commit people and hurt them on the break,”
    I doubt any of our players are capable of hurting any team on the break,to do that you need pace & guess what……….WE DON’T HAVE PACE.

  • 15 sparky55 // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I know the fan’s are unhappy?!!

    bit slow on the uptake there old son!

    even worse for you mate is the players are too and they’ve lost all faith pretty much like the fans too.

    All we need now is the owners formal and public backing and we’ll know your fcucked

  • 16 giimps // Apr 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Nothing will happen, we will stutter and fail through to the end of the season, get a couple of players in for say 3-4 mil, pack the team with kids and u21 league players and Ashley will review in the Jan window.
    We will more than likely be struggling big time, and Ashley will gamble on getting players in to save us from the drop (this has worked in the past).
    In my mind, the only way we will get rid of Pardew is if he has another incident like Meyler.
    Ashley will be hoping this will not happen as it will be difficult to replace Pardew with someone as cheap (ability comes second im afraid), either that or Ashley sells the club (doubtful due to the publicity and free money he is getting) and takes total control of Rangers .
    Ashley out

    Pardew out, along with the other dinosaur coaches and assistants.

  • 17 joenufc // Apr 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Our problem is the week long gap before each match. Like anything else after a few days the anger, feelings of contempt dissipate into apathy. Then the home game roles around again and we as fans think let’s just get behind the team at St James. Hence all Mr Pardews and Mr Ashleys previous weeks wrongdoings escape any sort of punishment from the fans, and because the crowd remains around the 50,000 mark it looks to everyone any wrongdoings have been totally forgiven. The atmosphere at St James on a matchday however is awful and has been on a steady decline for some time now. Things will come to a head eventually but unfortunately it seems only one man has the power to instigate the beginning of that, yep you guessed it Mr Ashley. And I for one can’t see him changing anything, why should he? Money rolling in, global promotion of his real love SD and staff willing to bare face lie on his behalf.
    Im not even sure the expected decline in season ticket sales is going to be enough to force his hand, it may turn out to be that fans merely pay on the turnstiles, ironically pumping more money into his pockets because it’s cheaper to buy season tickets. Slime ball that he is you gotta give him credit he really does cover all the bases in a business sense, those billions in his bank account didn’t just fall in their.
    Next transfer windows for me is crucial, probably the most important in my 35 years supporting the Nufc. It’s gotta be about QUALITY not cheap deal wholesale buys, like he has done. Players to build on not to surrogate for a season or two for teams with higher ambition than ourselves. Can’t see it myself but like most Nufc fans here’s hoping.




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