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Top Ten Was Always A “Minimum” Target For Newcastle

9:14 am, Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

When it came out that Newcastle’s target was to finish in the top ten it was met by fans with some derision, but to be fair that was always said to be a minimum target this season, and if we could finish top six – great.

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New Managing Director Lee Charnley made that clear when he was appointed as Newcastle’;s top executive at the club, and that;s the point at which bonuses would be paid out – and the higher above 10th place the team finished the more the players would get in their bonuses.

However if we don’t make the ten, and allow Crystal Palace and Stoke to overtake us then no bonuses are paid out and Newcastle have missed their minimum target.

If that happens Alan Pardew could be facing an inquest on the season for the second time in a year, and if he misses the minimum target set for Newcastle by owner Mike Ashley, does that mean he will be fired in the summer?

We don’t know the answer to that, but it’s a decent reason to sack the manager, especially when we were fighting relegation  last season,  and finished 5th bottom twelve months after finishing 5th top.

So we also missed out target last season.

There is no doubt that the last three games of the season now take on great significance, for both meeting the target and Alan Pardew keeping his job.

So to say there is nothing to play for at Newcastle through the end of the season is nonsense.

We don’t think Alan Pardew would agree there’s nothing to play for – with his job now being on the line.

But whether he can arouse and inspire his players to show they actually care, when wearing the famous Newcastle United shirt – is another matter.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League


30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Neville says he hasn’t enjoyed watching Man Utd this year.

    Well, Gary, thank your lucky stars that you haven’t been watching a Pardew team this year. You’d never watch football again.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The Newcastle United Supporters Trust, or the NUST, is a supporters’ trust consisting of fans of Newcastle United (NUFC), an Englishfootball club. The prime role of the group is to “represent the interests of and provide a voice for the fans of Newcastle United”.[1] The group was set up as an initiative by thefanzines True
    Faith and The Mag, and the fan website, aiming to be independent of but maintain a working relationship with the owners of the football club. A later stated aim was to achieve stakeholder representation on the board of the football club[2]

  • 3 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Pardew has already said he will be doing everything he can to get us to win one of our last three games………………….ooohhhhhhhhh the ambition

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Sorry repost from yesterday!

    As long as we’re not in relegation trouble Pardew is here to stay imo

    Ashley has had the means and opportunity on countless occasions to give him the boot and he’s somehow still here

    A lot of people seem to think finishing 11th will see him gone for financial reasons, last season the prize money difference from 10th to 11th was £800k, if we finish 11th imo Ashley will being doing the chicken dance naked around his office at the thought of the millions he’s just saved in not having to pay out performance bonuses!

    I 100% believe Pardew and the club in there eyes were handed the excuse of dropping out the top 10 gift wrapped with sale of Cabaye

    JFK’s apparent “failing” in getting the wanted sum and a replacement combined with an injury to our only goalscorer will be wheeled out and paraded by Pardew with the insistence that Charnley will see the right type of players in and a huge push to break the top 10 next season

    The club have never and imo will never explain or layout there true intentions
    It was only a couple of seasons ago that we were being told that Ashley wanted NUFC to be a global brand and the only way to do that was to threaten the European places each and every season, ruffle some feathers with the PL heavy weights and break the top 6
    One season later and the realisation of how much would need to be spent and the mission statement changed completely
    I doubt they’d think twice about changing it yet again

  • 5 Patoon // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Wer’s turk 2day, want 2 kno if he’s heard anythin more 2day

  • 6 nzedtoonman // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I feel sorry for Man u , their directors have to choose a new manager who can safely spend 150 million on new players in the summer , golly what a conundrum to have ?
    Or you could have Cashley saying I’m giving Pards loads of dosh , and then not buying anyone but scraping players on loan instead as usual !

  • 7 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    The top ten thing was already a lowered expectation which most people, myself included, were angry that such low targets were set.

    In the scheme of mediocrity it is what they want though. And it gives Pardew the equivalent of the bumper lanes in bowling to aim for with the players we have. Lose the last three and we may not even get that.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • 8 thai-mag // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    with Moyes gone, Pardew must be the favourite for the Man U job, in his own mind anyway

  • 9 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Moyes gets the sack Pardew gets a bonus for top ten finish.
    pardew would have been sacked ages ago at ANY other club.

  • 10 Average_Contents // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM


    I was just going to mention that too, I couldn’t believe my eyes lol but here it is anyway!

    Pardew is understood to be concerned at a lack of leadership in the squad and had proposed a contract extension for Shola Ameobi, with the possibility of the striker being given a coaching role.

    However, that is understood to have been knocked back, with Newcastle’s hierarchy preferring to refresh the squad in the summer and bring in new talent.

  • 11 nzedtoonman // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I stand by my comment from yesterday as well tho, Ashley is more than happy to keep pards on his contract, he has not rocked the boat, or demanded more money for players, he will take on loan players , and keep cashley happy , as jack butler stated yesterday, why get rid of pardoo , and get a manager who wants to start spending money, NO cashley would lose control of his funds and his power , over a puppet manager !

  • 12 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Unless Utd replaced sir Alex with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp or José Mourinho any manager going in there was on a hiding to nothing, but if people think that Ashley will now replace Pardew with one of the highest paid managers over the past 10 years, they are deluded

  • 13 TurkishFan101 // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Well lads what did I say on Saturday about Shola Ameobi?

    He scores a goal at the end of every period when he’s contract is about to go up and Pardew has just offered him another contract extension and coaching role at nufc…


    People say he made Everton a good team, playing wise and budget wise.

    Not really, Moyes sets the team up as negatively as Pardew and struggled as bad in not getting players motivated and there own squad criticised Moyes for the way they played.

    He’s good on budget? You funny or something? He spent how much on Fellani £30m? He wanted to spend another £25m on Baines..

  • 14 Average_Contents // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    It begs the question, why does he love stroller so much? It can’t possibly be his excellent goalscoring record or his excellent hold up play whilst allowing other players into the game or his excellent work rate! So what the fcuk is it?

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Garde was Montpellier manager when they won the league wasn’t he?


    Very good point about having a lot of financial backing wasted on poor managers, ie Dalglish.

  • 16 TurkishFan101 // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Sorry for Moyes in fans but he is never and will ever come to NUFC looking to claim £4-5m a season and try to bring Fellani with him for another £30m.

    We can attract good managers that are on financial restrictions but overrated and overpaid managers with a 17th century philosophy football will not sever work here.

    I’m sure the 55k+ fans that turn up week in week out wouldn’t want to witness another negative style of football on the pitch and spend huge amounts of money on overrated players.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    You are number one ITK

  • 18 Average_Contents // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    What the fcuk? He’s favourite to join us? No thanks!

  • 19 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Is there any truth in Shola being offered a new contract and a coaching role???

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    No more truth than Remy Garde coming in

  • 21 Average_Contents // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM


    It was in the chronicle I think

  • 22 Average_Contents // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Obviously that doesn’t make it true, but parsnip does love ol stroller lol

  • 23 hitman // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    WOW the moyes theres better out there laudrup better option imo.

  • 24 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM


    If it were to happen then the we may has well pack up and all go home now mate

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    David Moyes 11 solid years at Everton 10 bad months at Manure (whoever went in after Fergie was going to be hung drawn and quartered with the ageing unsettled squad he left behind)
    No go steer clear

    Michael Laudrup
    Managerial journeyman sacked from Swansea for a poor attitude and creating a disruptive atmosphere among players, one good season on a ten year inherited ethos then broke that up and watched them turn awful
    Get him signed up
    Fan logic!

  • 26 bobby mango // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Almost want us to finish below top ten, so Pardew is sacked

  • 27 lesh // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    And presumably Pardew’ll volunteer to explain why none of the backroom staff will miss out on the bonus – if there are any who’d qualify for it!

  • 28 dcdick // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 29 toonfan // Apr 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    I get virus warnings on nearly every link on this blog recently and I can’t access it at all from my mobile it just takes me to the app store to download some random app. Just FYI as might need looked into.

  • 30 banjax // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Arsenal must be rubbing their hands at the thought of an easy 3 points next Monday against Newcastle. As supporters it’s bad enough wasting our hard earned cash travelling to North London in the sure and certain knowledge of returning home miserable as sin, but to have the loss broadcast on Sky Sports really heaps on the misery. Which really puts everything into perspective about the club we love and how far it has fallen. Mike Ashley doesn’t show anywhere near the sound judgement he has with his other businesses to invest for larger profits and success at Newcastle a United. He chooses his management to run a £multi- million football club seemingly on dodgy recommendations and off the back of fag packet. Ashley tolerates a manager who finds it difficult to resist verbal and physical abuse to others in the football world and drags the worldwide reputation of our beloved club lower than a snakes belly. How is it that he is still here ? Does Assault not warrant immediate dismissal without taking into account the bare facts of a manager who has over seen a disaster in match results. At least Manchester United have waited 10 months before sacking Moyes and by Newcastle not sacking Pardew, Ashley is saying ‘Carry On Pardew’!

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