With Every Defeat Alan Pardew Is In More Peril

We are always impressed with the home crowd at St. James’ Park, and while they had every chance to get negative on Saturday, with another luke warm display from their side, they kept supporting the lads until the very end – but that last minute penalty winner from Wilfried Bony was too much to take, and our players again were booed off the pitch.

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Alan Pardew on Saturday – in peril

Pardew, as always, will be judged against the club’s target set at the beginning of the season, and it could be we finish 11th and don’t make it in the upper half of the table – and that would be so embarrassing for a side that was flying so high after the 5-1 win against Stoke City on Boxing Day.

This is what Alan told the Shields Gazette.

“The fans were brilliant – they didn’t give us a hard time or make it a negative stadium,”   “They were with us, and I thank them for that. It would have been easy to go down that line.”

“I’m just so disappointed that we didn’t get a point or any positive result.” “It was a cruel blow, unfortunately,” “We had a couple of early blows with Luuk and Papiss.”

“Our game plan went out of the window a little bit, and Swansea came here and just wanted a result.” “I felt for the players and the club.”

“At a professional level, that’s a cruel blow conceding those goals at the end of each half.”  “For large portions of the game, Swansea sat deep and controlled the ball, but didn’t really hurt us.”

“It was fairly comfortable. They had a couple of breakaways. For us, it’s hard to talk about, really.” “I don’t want to make excuses. I just think it was desperately unlucky that they conceded that last goal.”

One thing that is on Alan’s side at the end of the season whatever happens in the final three games, is that he can point to the sale of Yohan Cabaye in January as starting the collapse, and also the three-match bans and then the seven week injury lay-offs of both Loic Remy And Mathieu Debuchy.

But last year Alan Pardew was also fighting for his job, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does in May – especially if we finish in 11th place – which would be just terrible, given where we were at the end of last year.

And in our last 17 league games Newcastle have been the worst performing team in the Premier League with just 13 points and a goal difference of -20.


If that was over a full season, we would finish with 29 points and a goal difference of -44 – and that’s worse than we did when we were relegated five years ago.

That says it all really.

Comments welcome.

90 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Any master plan that hinges on two strikers that can’t buy a goal has my support 🙂

    Any right thinking person would think after those injuries our chances would have improved.

    Shows what we know. In Pardew we trust!

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    in today’s footballers mindset there are a few things there looking for

    the footballer with goals to achieve , ie RVP, could have stayed at ARS but chose to leave for the chance of winning things,

    these players are rare

    the players that want money , and lots of it,
    Rooney tops the bill here for me , but it can be levied against pretty much most players, these players are just leaches,

    the player that wants to go to a big club, even as a bench warmer , cabaye, Ba , these types if player , they will move to a smaller club to become the big fish there , show they have the tallent to make it then move to the big club , sitting on the bench will get a few games , more money and maybe a trophy or 2

    us as a club WILL NOT pay a big transfer fee , even with this new deal in place we will be looking for very cheap players to “improve them”

    we WILL NOT pay the going salary rates ,

    we ARE NOT wanting to win anything “cups”

    so it baffles me as to who we are going to sign, it’s ok AP coming out and saying the fans should be excited at who we are trying to sign, that is an empty statement trying too fool the masses AGAIN, players like remy cabella will never sign for us , he is at a club with more ambition than ours already, and when you have the likes of crystal palace , stoke , willing to pay more salary or teams like Everton who will offer Europe , we will be petty low Down on this type of players list of clubs to join

    we are now the white elephant in the league, good players will want to avoid us unless we are the last choice/chance for them to play in the premiership,

    right now out club is cursed , it has 3 things wrong ,
    1 owner
    2 manager
    3 fans,
    when I sit and think about it , I am more disheartend by the way the fans are just accepting it, at any other point in our history there would have been lots done about it, but right now Ashley’s mouth piece has done some sort of Jedi mind trick on them to keep turning up and say nothing, hand over your money mug, no please or thank even , and they just do it

    with this crew in charge , WE WILL be relegated next season , it’s now 2 seasons in a row where we have had relegation form for the second half of the season , I fear our better players will go in the summer to be replaced crap no fight in them type of players like Williamson Elliotte , who are simply not good enough, as long as they tow the line

    yipeeee , or baarrrr take your pick

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, and without negativity lashing down onto your pathetic management skills we still lost. Then the abuse started. He is VERY lucky that the goal came in the last minute to score.

    Talking about a game plan. He’s deluded or lying. The game plan is proven not to work. Alan, you are way out of your depth and you are awful.

    How many goals have we scored in the last minute to nick games? Loads. We’ve been crap in those games too.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Catchy…Or simply mold the two together?


  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5


    There are types of players who view clubs as stepping stones to other clubs.
    Those are the type we get. Either that or unknows of some foreign country.

    Pardew is reacting to the fans behaviour by talking about it. Hmmmm…

    He should be complaining about players moods and mindsets and lack of ambition from club rather than injuries, quantity and quality of players

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    So basically Swansea wanted it more and you’ve got no plan B or C!

    Come to think of it Alan, have you got a plan A? I think we all know the answer to that you delusional egotistical little blurt!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    His interviews are so misleading to the casual fan or those who haven’t watched the games. He’s once again trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes with his comments. The place was a library so how was it brilliant? Just cos there was no abuse til late on?

    When he’s talking about players available and players out you’d think we’d played Anita up front by himself! Yet there were two of Gouffran, Remy, De Jong or Cisse playing at any one time plus his favourite Shola.

    All of this without Europe or cups. He’s a liar.

    Pardew you are a disgrace.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8


    Do you seriously think percy’s in peril? No chance, fatty loves him too much (peddles his bullsh!t and doesn’t moan) he’s doing a sterling job in his eyes!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Excuse bingo.

  • Blofal

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    We are lucky we got Debuchy when we did. We wouldn’t be able to get a player like that now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    From NUFC.com
    ”Thanking the fans for their backing (in reality not booing him or his side, but providing a vote of no confidence by their lack of support) was pathetic”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Ian Toon,
    If you’re after the Pulitzer prize post in the bloody Guardian will you !

  • Graeme

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail – catchy is giving him a run for his money though lol

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Does it matter if i do or not, point being finishing 11th doesn’t arm Ashley with a financial excuse to pay off Pardews contract for the sake of £800k when he would immediately save on bonuses and paying out compensation for Pardew and a new manager
    And yes i thoroughly believe he’d be jumping for joy to squeeze a few extra quid out of the club like he always does
    You don’t seriously believe he’ll be that upset at dropping one place after cashing in on our star player the second we hit 40 points do you?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think he’s going anywhere.
    Fatty: Alan what the fusk is going on ?
    AP: Mikey, you haven’t bought me anyone in a year and a half.
    Fatty: Just get on with it and stop whining
    AP: But Mikey, I weren’t.
    Fatty: Exactly

  • spitfire_

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Pardew: I don’t want to make excuses… It’s just the way I speak.

  • anthc

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Even goslings defending him blaming the touchline ban! Wonder if hes promised him a deal if he blows his trumpet.


    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    “Cheers for not booing lads” – Alan Pardew

    So the potential options coming out if Pardew leaves are Pulis (FML) and Sherwood (sounds like a cocky Hoots to me) according to the press they seem to be rather limited to the English game no?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Ian Toon,

    No one is calling for a long term boycott. No one. We are suggesting 1 or 2 max half empty stadiums is the only thing that will concentrate Ashley’ mind.

    Retail and bums on seats are the bottom line for Ashley and his ” Oim richer than yow” nouveau riche mantra. . Nothing else apparently registers.

    I would suggest no business can survive long term without the lifeblood of customers which is what we are essentially all are

    Nothing to stop you continuing away day matches but people can not really have their cake and eat it and expect the ongoing mediocrity to be engaged and arrested any time soon whilst filling SJP for another round of sub par entertainment.

    The appeal of a ST has never been so low. We now have the unedifying spectacle of a Mexican stand off with a publically failing (on all fronts) and painfully suffering manager who won’t leave and an odious oaf and little despot of an owner who won’t pay off the ludicrously long remainder of Pardew’s contract.

    The players who back Pardew are the Sholas and Goslings who have displaced Ben Arfa and Marveaux to spectacularly zero effect and are still indulged. New contract for Shola anyone?.

    In any event Ashley can’t be trusted to bring in a proper manager, D.O.F, sponsor etc so why do people still sign up to watch this circus which ain’t leaving town any time soon.

    If people are not prepared to experience short term pain then so be it. But I remember watching NUFC v Luton on the Gallowgate in the mid-seventies on a Saturday with only 12000 on the gate, so no we don’t have to be tarnished as a Geordie rite of way.

    Surely people can be more discerning than that for the greater long term good and effect change without playing the stereotype. Then again…..

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Just playing devil’s advocate for a minute but if you were Ash and you saw Shola being played over Ben Arfa, Gosling over Marveaux, Saylor over MYM, Dummet over Haidara etc etc a bit like Harewood and Mullins over Tevez and Mascherano you might feel slightly aggrieved all those wages and transfer fees were going down the drain and you wouldn’t want more of the same..

  • mindshaft

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    # Club 2014-15 Wages
    (In £) 2013-14 Wages
    1 Manchester City 234M 220 M
    2 Chelsea 205M 190M
    3 Manchester United 184M 176M
    4 Arsenal 167M 160M
    5 Liverpool 135M 129M
    6 Tottenham Hotspur 98M 96M
    7 Aston villa 75M 75M
    8 New Castle United 74M 70M
    9 Sunderland 73M 69M
    10 Everton 69M 66M
    11 Fulham 69M 67M
    12 Swansea City 45M 38M
    13 West Bromwich 58M 55M
    14 Stock City 57M 54M
    15 Norwich city 39M 37M

  • mindshaft

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    So we’re actually underperforming given the wages we pay – however Everton pay less and show you can achieve if you have a manager who can make players play beyond their ability – something pardew can’t do

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #23

    mindshaft…Whilst a rough indicator, we all know that amount of wages paid really doesn’t show where a team should be.

    Most would say the scums squad is rubbish, but from your table they should be 9th?

    And that is supposedly with a far superior manager to Pardew.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Basically, we can take a lot of things from that table, none of them tie in with each other.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    I was half-hoping there’d be an announcement about his departure today. It can’t last forever, can it?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26


    I thought after your California adventure you had had an epiphany and seen the light re Pardew. No retrogade steps now please young man.


    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Statistically wages are the key indicator of where a team should finish according to ‘Why England Lose’ mate

  • Slank

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    I believe there will be quite a merry-go-round of managers at the end of the season. There are few managers who are safe. Moyes may go. Wenger may resign. Sherwood looks destined for the chop. West Ham are not enthralled with Big Sam. Norwich if they survive will need an experienced manager. Villa could be sold and often that means dumping the incumbent manager by the new owner. Swansea may need a more experienced manager.

    I will surprised if Pardew is still with the club at the start of next season. The problem I see is that who is available (unemployed in any other business) are not the pulling up the trees type. It would be same as before but a different face.

  • bishopblaize

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Funny ol game aunt it.

    I was backing Pardew when most of you’s didn’t AND I also had Arsenal as League Winners from start.

    Anyway I been looking around media to see AP sacked but not much look as yet

  • mindshaft

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza – in general, the more you pay, the better quality players you have.
    This is very true for top 4-6 and teams such as ourselves / Everton have to over perform to compete against those teams
    This usually means that the players who played well either want a wage rise or a move hence the next season you end up where you belong unless you have a very good manager
    Obviously if you’re a 60 – 80 million wage bill club its easier to under perform such as ourselves 2nd half of season – villa, Sunderland etc

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda…Are you saying I need another holiday? I think you may be right!

    Not slipping at all, Pardews time is as good as over as far as I am concerned, however, I don’t want to allow pure frustration to take over.

    Looking at the wages table, Pardew has more or less (at the time of writing that is) accomplished what he should have over the course of the season – now that’s a statement that needs looking at.

    Yo…What have stats got to do with being cr@p? 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #32

    mindshaft…I agree that it’s a rough model of comparison, but nothing more, nothing less.

    I personally think we’re all just getting a little sidetracked with what our issues are.

    Is it really about league positioning? Many who are anti-Pardew have said they’d rather be battling relegation if we played with style – then let style be the argument.

    If it’s about targets and league positions, then surely, within reason, Pardew is doing okay?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #33


    are you on predictive text

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Slank…I am seriously torn on whether Pardew will be here next season. I flip between scenarios.

    On the one hand I just can’t see how he can stay, on the other hand though…

  • yo-yo

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #35

    The rumour of Di Matteo in as manager and with Pardew kicked upstairs has a convincing ring to it, especially as DM would want serious investment in the playing side and we have been starved of it, so a catch up spend is overdue anyway. Would fit Mash long term thinking and short term sacrifice approach.

    So Pardew is only our ‘caretaker’ for the next three games !!


    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Haha not much mate but is an interesting book, exposes football for being behind in the times. Also has a few moments of praise for NUFC or more the fans


    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #37

    Do Matteo does stop being paid by Chelsea this year I think so he will be looking for a job again rather than sitting on a Chelsea pay day

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #38

    yo-yo…Auto-correct playing up again?

    Although how it took “care” from “piss” I don’t know.

    Yo…Praise for the toon? How old is this book?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #39


    I think the main thing with pardew is his innate ability to self-destruct time and again whilst in good positions. There is just no consistency with the man whatsoever.

    Southampton are not that far ahead of us in the league but have played well all season. Our season ended in Jan supposedly due to one player leaving.

    Everton lost Lukaku for months but had a plan B, C and D. Arsenal could win a cup and get CL again despite losing Walcott, Wiltshire Ramsay, Ozil etc for long periods or for nearly the whole season in some cases.

    Pardew ditched any creative technical playmakers (Ben Arfa, Marveaux) with flair when Cabaye left and wonders why we haven’t scored in 12 out of 16 games!

    PS Cabaye played in 5 losing games out of 7 matches just before he left.


    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Haha cheeky it refers to us being an anomaly as our crowds didn’t diminish through relegation only us, the mackems and man city can claim that which to me is a gold star

    Doesn’t say we aren’t dog muck though it’s not insane


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