I Don’t Want To Hide Behind Four Successive Defeats

Alan Pardew has held his press conference, and he has talked about the terrible run the Newcastle side is on, and the manager wants to see a good performance from the side on Saturday, and especially in the first half, and that should help to get the crowd behind the team.

ben arfa in action at soton 4-0

Ben Arfa – struggling for Saturday’s game

This is some of what Alan said during his meeting with the local journalists today:

“Of course it’s been difficult because I have to wear the defeat of this football club and it’s not comfortable.”

“I want to win more than anybody, and for our fans to be seeing the three of four games that we have had, and not been at our best by any stretch of imagination – we could be better.”

“We need to put that right on Saturday hopefully with a performance that brings a bit more harmony back to the fans, the players and the group.”

“If you lose four on the trot, as the Newcastle manager it’s difficult – and I don’t want to hide behind it – I think we all shoulder responsibility, no more so than myself  because I’m the manager – and I ‘ll shoulder that.”

“But I really hope they will give the team the great backing they always do on Saturday – we are not playing with super confidence – and hopefully we can put a performance in, that helps that.”

“Because it goes hand in hand so we need to put a real good first half display in and hopefully we can.”

We really do hope that Newcastle make a good start in the first half on Saturday, and then hopefully that will get the crowd behind the lads, and we can press on to get our first win in 5 games – since we beat Crystal Palace 1-0.

Alan also said he didn’t like the demonstrations of last week., but if there’s one thing that can be said about Alan Pardew – whether you love him or hate him or are neutral on him –  he’s very strong mentally.

And given the amount of pressure the manager is under right now, that’s a very good personality trait to have.

We really hope the lads can break out of their very poor form and do three things on Saturday – play (very) well, score at least one goal – and win the game.

That’s what we’d just love to see.

And to end on a good note – Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy are both back in full training, and Moussa Sissoko is back running – but it looks like Ben Arfa is a doubt for this game.

Comments welcome.

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15 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry for all the links, just list of players available on a free transfer this summer, here are tons.

    No reason we can’t replace most out going players with free players and spend the money on some quality in key areas.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #7

    @Transfer Sage

    Would take Diouf and Hunt from the foreign leagues one the rest are too old for Ashley or not very good

    The British one would not surprise me if we had not snapped up Colback, Pilkington and Brunt already seeing as Pardew wants more British players…..

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #8



    But we need so many british players anyway, so might as well have a few of those as fringe players, get in the likes of hunt, diouf, even Gomis on a free to pad us out then spend 20-30 mil on a few very good players.

    I know it won’t happen, but shows we could get what we need even on budget..

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Jut don’t and never will get it, Alan.

    Here’s an interview with someone that did! King Kev being interviewed by another Geordie NUFC fan Steve Harmison – can just feel the warmth Keegan still has for the club when he speaks about us. A far cry from puppet Pardew, his forked tongue and transparent demagogy.

    We know a wrong ‘un when we see one, most have never being entirely convinced and now the mask is slipping.

    Anyway, that interview – http://www.nufcblog.com/2014/04/17/i-dont-want-to-hide-behind-four-successive-defeats/

    KK could still have another crack here, under a different aspirational owner, that I firmly believe; still has unfinished business, I think.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Ahem, wrong link 🙂

    Here it is, think it’s a very recent interview too – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsxLFMvsnMQ

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #11

    mike’s iron curtain

    Personally think keegan is done, too much in the past, doesn’t seem to have the preparation to deal with opposition you need now, can’t just go out and play that easily any more.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #12


    Pretty sure Menez signed a new deal at PSG? Either way I think he is out of our league possibly Gomis as well I think we would struggle to get them

    Even with Pardew I would love us to try for this kind of window (Budget as you can get )

    Hunt Free
    Diouf – Free
    Colback – Free
    Gomis – Free
    De Jong Brothers – 6 for Siem and 1 pound for Luuk lol
    Lescott – Free
    Ince – Tribunal 1.5 million

    Bargain hunting galore

  • dcdick

    Apr 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Pardew Out !!!

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #14

    dcdick… Sorry pal, but ‘Pardew Out’ before or during the game won’t help anyone at all.

    Like you and many more, I have misgivings about Mr Pardew but first and foremost, the lads on the pitch need to know that the whole Geordie nation’s behind them, not just the 52000 in St James’s Park are behind them, willing them to win, and win handsomely.

    Hawayyyyyy bonnie lads, hawayy, show thim what ya myed of!!!!!

  • Lew Davies

    Apr 18, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh – are you saying we haven’t been behind the Lads in the 12 scoreless defeats this year ?
    I think you’ll find we have.
    Tomorrow will be no different until we go behind as per usual.
    Don’t need to be told by Pardum to get behind my team.
    He’s an idiot. A clueless buffoon.


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