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Mike Ashley Taking More Of A Leadership Role At Newcastle

9:31 am, Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 138 Comments

There are signs that Mike Ashley is taking a much more hands on approach at Newcastle, after the club has been on a decidedly downward track since Christmas,

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Worried looking Mike Ashley

While it looked almost a certainty that Newcastle would finish in the top half of the table a few months ago, that’s no longer the case, with Stoke City and Crystal Palace breathing down our necks – but some would say they’ve been cheating – they’ve been winning games.

That’s certainly not the case at Newcastle, and for the first time ever we have lost five Premier League games in a row, and it seems that Mike Ashley knows this summer transfer season is going to be very important for the club.

Mike has already held a number of meetings with Lee Charnley, who has been put in place to get something done in the summer, after the disastrous tenure of Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football, which was mercifully brought to an end in early February.

Loic Remy, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton, Luuk de Jong, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan and Shola Ameobi will all very likely leave the club this summer, and there are others who could also leave.

And since it seems Ashley is planning for a big transfer window in the summer, now could be the time to bring in a new manager,  if he decides that – for the second season running – Alan Pardew has not met expectations on Tyneside.

74% of fans in our poll would like to see the now available Davide Moyes brought in – and David was thought at one time to be the perfect manager for a Mike Ashley run Newcastle.

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He got things done and had great success at Everton,  with a very small amount of money available for new players.

David’s had a terrible time of it at Manchester United this season of course, and was officially sacked yesterday, and it would seem like a window of opportunity is available for Newcastle.

But we have no idea if Mike Ashley still believes in Alan Pardew, and the news is that Mike will be back in England from Florida in the next day or two.

However, we would also expect David Moyes to be given a new job somewhere fairly soon, so he can get back into football in July and restore his reputation.

It could be exciting for our fans, if that was at Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome,



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138 responses so far ↓

  • 1 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comprehensive list of First Team Squad (x25)

    End of contract
    First team (x4) Dan Gosling / Loic Remy / Luuk De Jong / Shola Ameobi

    High possibility of being sold (x3)
    Jonas Gutierrez / Hatem Ben Arfa / Gabriel Obertan

    Potentially could be sold (x4)
    Tim Krul / Davide Santon / Mathieu Debuchy / Sylvain Marveaux

    First team squad (x14)
    Goal keeper (x1) Rob Elliot
    Defence (x6) Fabricio Coloccini / Mike Williamson / Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa / Massadio Haidara / Steven Taylor / Paul Dummett
    Midfield (x4) Moussa Sissoko / Vurnon Anita / Cheick Tiote / Gael Bigirimana
    Striker (x3) Papiss Cisse / Yoan Gouffran / Sammy Ameobi

    Returning loanees (x7)
    Defence (x3) James Tavernier / Curtis Good / Ryan Taylor (injury)
    Midfield (x3) Haris Vuckic / Mehdi Abeid / Shane Ferguson
    Attack (x1) Adam Campbell

    Promoted U21 / reserves (x2)
    Goal keeper – Jak Alnwick
    Striker – Adam Armstrong

    Possible first team players exiting = 11
    Possible first team 2015/16 = 23

    New players required = 2 (1 if Strolla’s contract is extended)
    Positions required Goal keeper & ???
    Nb. In the past few windows we keep getting linked to keepers.

  • 2 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    To be fair 74% of the fans would take Moyes over Pardrew, but I dare say 100% of the fans would take any other manager over both of them.

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    MAke Shola Ameobi the brand Ambassador of Sports Direct.

    Coach? what will he coach?
    Contract ext? can he get any worse? 42-43 PL goals. Mostly against Sunderland or penalties.

    That is the level of our club?

  • 4 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Shola plays 90 minutes for 2 games after nigerian coach says he will pick regular players for their clubs.

    Well we surrender

    Shola Ameobi Guaranteed goal scorer – one a season

  • 5 mindcompressor // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    firebug666,

    exactly! i think it is important to show anything which can be understood as acting to bring better times for Newcastle and restore our position in league next season.

    so, if pardew can be sacked, let’s do it – moyes… alright let him to try. but i’m sick of stagnation. world is dynamic organism, if you are standing still, it means that everyday you are loosing distance to others. example of crystal palace is good now – we had 20 points more and probably we will finish league behind them…

  • 6 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Forgot about Conor Newton in the squad list for 2014/15.

    Not that I think this will be the case, but it is easy to believe that on paper those in charge will not be concerned about the make up of the future squad. Lets just hope they have a little more about them than they have shown in the past.

  • 7 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Ashley can take whatever position he wants but we are still gonna be battling relegation next year unless he dumps Pardew.

    We are completely toothless and gumless.

    The fans and players know exactly the situation they are in.
    Infact other clubs know that too. Despite bad form Krul,BenArfa etc will get picked up.

    The very last thing I want to hear next year is
    “Well Ashley did spend, he did try”
    He last 2 wjndows are gonna come back to bite him,no matter what he does this time around.If You mess up the psyche, money aint gonna save you.

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    We looked good in the first half of the season mostly do to other teams looking bad!

    …there had been some good performances of course – any team has that, but it has been down to individual goals and performances in most cases.

  • 9 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Gertjan Verbeek Sacked at Nurnberg.

  • 10 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I would rather give Luuk de Jomg a contract than Strolla. Luuk is only a young lad yet and has plenty to offer this club. I know many are saying he is not good enough, but to be fare to him, it must be difficult coming into a team you do not know and who are playing very badly under the direction of a totally inept manager. When he has played he has done some good things in holding the ball up and linking play, but you can hardly expect the lad to win the game on his own. He is use to player making forward runs, we never do that these days, so he has to either play the ball square or backwards to find a team mate. IMO give him a contract, I think he will come good for the TOON.

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    artful

    I am of the opinion that if Pardew is incharge at the start of next season WE WILL go down.

    Look at Di Canio what damage he did.

  • 12 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Ferguson told Moyes to keep the coaching staff and get rid of Rooney, he did the opposite and is now out of a job. Will the same apply if Pardew does not achieve his target of a top half finish? How far can Ashley run down the ability of NUFC to be financially competitive and keep advertising SD?

  • 13 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Shola is not getting a new contract.

    There has been talks of him being a “attacking coach” but that’s all rubbish as the “senior staff” that want him to stay is pardew, Carver and stone.

    Mike Ashley has a continued philosophy of not wasting cash on worthless stuff and Shoal is one of them.

    He gets paid £20k a week and rather then extending that he will bring in a youngster.

    As for Mike Ashley coming back from Florida, he’s back in a day or 2.

  • 14 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    firebug666

    That is like 2 new signings right there.

  • 15 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    TurkishFan101

    Will he be bring back some fine Columbian and knocking out lines in the Emirates boardroom?

  • 16 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Shola*

    And by Mike Ashley’s philosophy, the age restriction unless its a quality player like Debuchy.

    And you really think he will listen to Pardew? Just like how he doesn’t trust Parses with transfer funds, why do you think he will sign shola Ameobi on a new contract?

    Come on guys get real, it’s stupid lazy journalism again..

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Quite amusing from T.O.T.T
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –
    Subject: Re: Tim Krul

    It’s all coming together for next season I feel.

    We’ll have an avid Great British Bake Off viewer in nets, nom nom noming his fat cake hole with a Steak bake as Adam Johnson nets his second hat-trick of the first derby match.

    Taylor the Lion Tart will be back to shore up the leaky defence, complete with silken cape, broad sword and his new rallying cry of “HOOMANAHMAGEORDIE”.

    We’ll have the Hawking-esque mobility and speed of Gosling in centre midfield, controlling the game for the entire three minutes he manages to remain uninjured.

    Shola will gain a one year extension, paid for by his own personal sponsor, Stannah stairlifts, and Ben Arfa, having eaten his own body weight in mussels over the summer will be rolled on for 10 minute cameo appearances to snooker’s ‘The Entertainer’ theme tune.

    I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get down to Sports Direct Towers and get my ticket for next season.

  • 18 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    HD,

    Agreed..

    Im laughing at Ashley. Only billionaire on this planet who can get a club relegated twice. How daft can the man be.
    People on here thinks its all going acc to plan. No, it isnt.
    The only plan going successful now get us relegated nxt yr and run away.

  • 19 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    The only real thing this club should do to move forward is get rid of Pardrew, and not bring in Moyes. The players we have are good enough to be challenging top 6 with maybe 3 – 4 additions, all we need is a manager who know what he is doing. Pardrew MUST be sacked now, or we will be relegated next year.

  • 20 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Turkish

    I don’t know if Pardew, Carver and Stone pushing for a contract for him part is also lazy

    but if it isn’t tells you all about our illustrious Manaager

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    How would Moyes be in any way exciting? Manu fans expect exciting attacking football and Moyes couldn’t provide it. Someone like Fellaini would never be in a free flowing, passing team!

    The days of the Moyes, Pardew’s etc are gone. We need a modern euro coach with 21st century tactics.

    It’s shameful Shola is being offered a new contract while Krul, Ben Arfa etc are all looking to haul ass…!

    Why can’t we get rid of one s—e manager rather than half a squad of half decent players?

  • 22 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    From an Article I Just read. A short Snippet

    This was coming towards the end of a run which saw Alan Pardew and his players winning seven, drawing once and losing just one in the league.

    To be perfectly honest, Newcastle made Palace look like a Championship side.

    As Pardew walked into the cafe, the club press officer declared no questions would be taken from ncjMedia (we asked them anyway) and as I put down my tape recorder Alan and I had a moment.

    I said something like: “I think I am allowed to say well done.” He replied: “You will be saying that a lot this season.”

    I only got to say it one more time, at West Ham.

  • 23 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Himanshu Dhingr

    They are spreading like cancer…

    Pardew, Carver, Stone

    Shola, Elliot, Gosling, Dummet, Saylor,

    These people all need to stay far far away as possible from the club especially the staff and Shola.

    The rest needs to be sold cause only reason they made it at such a big club was due to Pardew (apart from shola, he’s been sucking the club dry since he was born)

  • 24 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Selling cabaye was not the loss of just 1 player.
    It was the proof of a not so well thought out plan from Ashley.

    The first proof was when nothing happened after the season we finished 5th.

    Cabayes sale was the final nail in the coffin.
    If I was a player id stop thknking abt strategy and training and how to get better. Id be thinking abt how to escape.

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    But the truth is we are not going to replace in the excess of 10 players in the summer!

    …do the math some are going to stay.

  • 26 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Rotonda heights

    As I said, no way he is getting offered a new contract.

    Pardew is getting rather too cocky for what he’s limits are for the club.

    Since Mike Ashley gone holiday he’s been trying to take responsibility for allot of stuff…

    But believe me when I say, Shola is never ever getting a contract extension UNLESS Pardew is the owner of nufc!

  • 27 Oldgit1 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    All the talk about Pardew leaving is doing my head in. Doesn’t people know how Ashley mind work yet.
    I can say that no way will Pardew leave, he will have convinced the great man Ashley that he is the man to take our team forward.

    Who else in the club has more knowledge on football matters than Pardew, who is going to argue against him, Ashley ???

    He is the safe option for Ashley. Wether we are regulated next season is another matter which I’m convinced we will be. The rot has set in. There is no one out there that can save our club. We are doomed, doomed I tell you.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Turlish

    ”Mike Ashley has a continued philosophy of not wasting cash on worthless stuff and Shola is one of them”

    What was Pardew on an 8 year contract !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Ed there is nothing to suggest that Mike Ashley is looking to
    A) be more hands on
    B) have a huge summer in other way than top players out bargain players in

    70TWO
    I’d add Taylor Colocini and Marv to the high probability list tbf they have all talked about first team football and colo has tried to leave for the last 3 windows

  • 30 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Jesper

    I agree we just could not replace 10 players, The club has always said they would replace any player who left with better quality, but to date I cannot remember anyone being replaced. This year I think the squad will be filled out with returning loan players and maybe 1 – 2 brought in. Can see 4 or 5 leaving.

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    RH
    Or Shola’s previous contracts….or Obertan…..or JFK……..or Dekka……

  • 32 cyprus // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    We have to put this Moyes thing to rest Ed, because you may be inadvertently misrepresenting things. If your poll had been, do you want Cyprus as the new manager, I would get like 50%, because the discontent for the current manager has reached boiling point! Best to have a poll with competing names, like Laudrup etc. Then Moyes wouldn’t look so good in the poll.

    On HBA, keep him PLEASE and fire the culprit, AP.

  • 33 Patoon // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    2 b honest i’d rather play Saylor or Santon up front than Shola, this man is pure and utter shite, always has been and always will b, ffs wot is our club turning into

  • 34 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Firebug
    Spot on not one player has been replaced properly, most notably never in the same window!

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Sadly Oldgit has spot on @27

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Ed

    Ash just put himself on the board to draw another wage.

    Tads

    It’s hard to take how shambolically this club has been run down the years when the potential there is enormous. It really is like the club is cursed!!

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Firebug…just my thought :)

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Cyprus

    I’m listening . What style could we look forward to seeing under your management?

  • 39 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Next season we are most likely to see players like Curtis Good, Medi Abied, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana as regular first team starters. We maybe bring in a so desperately needed striker and have Adam Armstrong on the bench.

  • 40 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Rotonda heights

    Well mate you can’t just blame Mike Ashley at the time.

    It was said numerous times that it was Llambias that gave out the 8 year contracts to Pardew and Co.

    Which was why he was managing Director here… Mike Ashley was never dealing with anything club related.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, fans were crying out for desperation for long term ‘stability” the club only followed what the fans wanted and set out a blueprint if they wanted longterm stability with Pardew…

    Fans were at the time when we finished 5th were like “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF PARDEW, HE WILL MANAGE NUFC FOR THR REST OF ETERNITY”

    “THERES ONLY ONE ALAN PARDEW”

    So, now you understand?

  • 41 francesco-hba // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    I have a bad feeling for this summer

    I think most of the squad will be wanting to be sold
    And with the 2 poor seasons we made, the players will be sold for low values and we wont be able to replace all of them.

    Ben arfa, Krul, Coloccini, S.Taylor, Mbiwa, Santon, Debuchy , Tioté, Cissé, Marveaux,Rémy, are all bothered for a departure.

    Its incredible, the best players of the squad!!!

    We cant do anythg to get rif of Ashley, so the only thing is to fire Pardew.
    How can still this man has the job? seriously, he’s breaking all the bad records, made worst than Hughton who s been fired, we are the worst team since 2014 january, the players seems unmotivated, he headbutted a player, he doesnt get the best out of Ben arfa who we all know the beautiful goals he scored for us,he pardewed many good players,etc…
    How will Ashley replace all these players in a transfer window when he struggles to bring a striker in 2 years??!!

    I think there’s a big big problem between the manager and his players, they all seems lacking motivation, they want to leave the club. They are all competitors and will have the Cabaye’s thoughts.

    On Ben arfa, I think he loves the club and the fans, the only way to stay for him is if Pardew goes. If he has some problems with others players, then its different, he will leave at all costs.

    To conclude, we will not be able to replace all these departures, so the only solution is to get rid of Pardew, but I fear thats already too late, because even if pardew will go, maybe these players have already decided they will leave

    what do u think?

  • 42 banjax // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Ashley and Pardew’s biggest past failure (among many) has been not to spend on quality players and to bring them in early enough in the Summer window to get the maximum out of close season training. If there is going to be substantial players moving in / out of the club it would make sense to have new manager installed so that he can spend any transfer funds on the players he wants. Unless a new manager is brought in well continue to see our best remaining players want to leave and little chance of attracting Top Class replacements with Pardew in situ.

  • 43 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Oldgit,

    So you believe Ashley is plain stupid.
    And he is not playing a fantastic game of mediocrity with min. investmnt.
    Its not all going acc to his master plan as others think.

  • 44 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    All we are going to do this summer is start the circus all over again.

    We will lose players and move players on SO we will bring players in, it’s pathetic.

    We will not build the squad so it can compete on every level, it will be the bare minimum to keep us hovering about mid-table and safe.

    Only when we have to do we move. This is all Mike Ashley is involved for just like when we were nearly relegated last season.

    Any purples who leave will be replaced by players from abroad once again, then sold on for profit at the first opportunity and back to square one we go once again.

    It’s a poor scenario when the football and ambition does not come first.

    It ain’t much fun supporting the Toon thanks to this regime. No joy in it at all.

  • 45 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Llambias leaving was a on going thing before Joe Kinnear even came back to the club, it was icing on the cake when JK returned and both Llambias and Ashley agreed that he would leave.

    Nevertheless, its said he will return to footballing terms when Ashley buys out Rangers but that’s all squash for all we know..

  • 46 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Purples…haha

  • 47 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I miss owld dekka’s casino talk like!

  • 48 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Wow so Ashley had no idea the club was handing out long term contracts……
    Okay fella
    Never once heard a fan before the contracts say “you know what we need…..long term contracts for stability”

    Once again Turkish would love to know how your so privileged to know the inside thoughts of MA….

  • 49 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I have always defended Pardew as I feel that Ashley is the sole problem and I feel that changing the manager would hinder rather than help, I say this due to the fact that if we improved and got better we would be challenging for European spots and I do not see another manager who could improve us with the Ashley restrictions, however, what I see now is an average side looking poor because they have lost faith in the manager, if that happens then he should go, then again, as absurd as this sounds keeping could be our only hope?

    What I mean is that under Ashley with top 10 and no cup or European aspirations(nearly got us relegated last season) we have no hope whatsoever, why not keep Pardew in the hope that he has lost the dressing room which does bring about relegation, more seasons of no hope like this one is no use to us at all, it’s belittling, but as long as Sky are filling his pockets it will continue, get relegated next season with Rangers almost certainly in the Scottish Prem then he may well cut his losses and go to them where he can be assured of a CL windfall without the risk of needing to invest heavily on players to achieve that as he would have to in this league.

    I accept that this is all rather odd and fanciful, but I honestly feel that it is our only hope of ever having any hope, which we currently don’t have in any way, shape or form.

  • 50 lesh // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    If Ashley keeps Pardew, he’s a bigger fool than ever I imagined!

  • 51 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Toon-Prodigy

    That’s abit of trash you got there.

    We barely sell our best players and when we do its for big money so far only Carroll and Cabaye.

    The problem is the lack of reinvestment and last window that was entirely JK’s fault, he had no idea what he was doing a clown in making.

    This summer will determine everything about the club and where its moving.

    A few good decisions will lead to brilliant outcome such as new European manager and coaching staff.

    A few bad and we are in deep deep trouble with outcome of relegation such as keeping the manager and backroom staff.

  • 52 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    What has old Ashley got himself into this summer?

  • 53 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Ashley controls a club in decline managed by a league one imbecile who is living in cloud cuckoo land.

  • 54 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Spoof,

    For me, i think the players will be brought in to see us hit mid-table. But, that is all. There will be no great squad depth added and we will have a season of ups and downs just like this season once we suffer a few injuries to our best players.

    There won’t be a relegation regardless of who is in charge in my opinion.

    We will finish right around where he wants us too. Safe.

    Zero ambition – Ashley needs to go.

    The club is dying a slow and painful death.

  • 55 Sav // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    ‘Ashley more hands-on’ – Is this meant to be a Good News story or a Bad News story, Ed?
    The fact he’s in Disneyworld while we are on the worst run in our Premier League history should tell you all you need to answer that question.
    Monster Mash is bomb-proof thanks to the rising fortunes of SDirect. His idea of Hands-On is to inspire fear and suspicion. Divide and Rule.
    Will he listen to fans? No.
    Will he sack Pardew? No,
    Will he back Pardew with all the funds we should have invested in the past 2 years? No.
    Will he hire a proper DOf Footbal who can actually contribute to recruitment of top players? No.
    Will he oversee and overhaul of the coaching staff? No.
    Will he relent on the sale of Strawberry Place Car Park? No.
    Will he inspire those not leaving for pastures new or the World Cup that 2015 is going to be a great leap forward and a watershed at SJP? No.

    So what positives can be taken from the news that apparently Mashley is going to be hanging around over the summer. I’d rather hear he was about to hire someone competent to do the major job that urgently needs to be done , than to learn he is intending to save cash by trying to do it himself. He has no respect for football and football business. He thinks any fool could do it and consequently he is well qualified to do it himself.

  • 56 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    TADS

    1) We are all given a brain for a reason, so use it appropriately rather than seeking journalists information and media speculation.

    2) If Mike Ashley wanted to deal with club related stuff he wouldn’t have a managing Director such as Llbias as he used to do interviews and even speak to fans when he took over the club.

    3) Llambias was and still is his right man, his best friend which you should know by now from all the parties and ‘business meetings’ they have been on together.

    4) Fans crying out for stability like yourself that season we finished 5th played a very huge role in giving out ridiculous 8 year contracts.

  • 57 Slank // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Ed,

    You have provided no evidence to substantiate your claims that Mike Ashley is taking more of a leadership role.

    The club hasn’t said anything, Lee Charnley hasn’t said anything and predictably Mike Ashley hasn’t said diddly squat. Perhaps it’s the tea lady that has let her vow of silence slip!

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Turkish,

    There is no trash about it.

    Every man and his dog knows every player at this club is up for sale.

    Its been stated many of times this is our model, we are a shop window, a stepping stone club.

    The only reason we havnt sold any more of are so called better players is because they are shi*e and couldn’t do any better. They are woefully inconsistent apart from a couple.

    Any player who has did really well has been let go.

    Carroll-profit and ambition.
    Ba – Granted because of his clause. But ambition once again. We are a stepping stone club.
    Cabaye-profit and ambition.

    Debuchy and Krul will be gone either this Summer or next. I’d put my house on it.

    But, we will see.

  • 59 geordie157 // Apr 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    See dummett is getting some stick on here, I’d be confident that the ones slating are the same ones that were calling for him to get a run in the side. He’s a decent player, probably more of a back up option but think he can become a decent prem left back.

    Gouffran needs dropping, he needs a rest. Give young aarons or Sammy if he’s fit a start on the left. Or haidara possibly.

    plus with nothing but pride to play for, the likes of Colo, shola etc shouldn’t be in the squad as they are off in the summer. Give mbiwa and Armstrong starts.

  • 60 hitman // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    there will be a mass exodus this summer,and we will see very little come in,we will get the same BS we always get that the club tried but couldnt get them owa the line..when the relegation odds come out for next season bang a few quid on the toon,coz where in big trouble,theres to much rebuilding to be done.

  • 61 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I have to go, i’ll catch up with u’s later lads.

  • 62 theartfuldodger // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Let see how it all looked last summer…

    Cabaye,Remy there..
    BenArfa doing decently.
    Gosling to leave , almost left..no one cared..
    Collocini persuaded to see out contract..
    Campbell coming up, dummett coming up, sammy too..

    Immediate requirement – Another striker, winger .. not bought..

    Thers no way Ashley has forseen the mess we are in.
    Thats more worrying..

  • 63 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Turkish
    So basically your passing off assumption as fact and using that to berate other fans for not using “fact”

    If you seriously believe that anyone at the club could spend on so much as a pasty let alone 8 year contracts with Ashley green lighting the idea first your seriously detached from reality

    JFK was bought in to do a specified job and he carried it out to the letter

    You can fans deluded and idiots and the whole time your doing that your fully backing the cancer destroying our club

    Absolute hypocrite

  • 64 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Prodigy
    Good to see you back, and talking sense as always
    Hope alls well

  • 65 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    TP

    your probably right but what the fans have got to do is stop this hammering of Pardew as it is just stupidity, they really need to take the blinkers off and look at what is happening.

    Mistakes happen but you must learn from them and never make the same mistake again, almost 2.5 years ago we were doing well, we kept what we had and bought Cisse in January which propelled us as major top 4 challengers, however in the summer we did not capitalise and assemble a squad large or deep enough to cope with Europe, as a result we nearly went down, Ashley has learnt that lesson and this year he made sure that the same mistake would not happen again, without Europe we are ok, but after we beat Stoke 5-1 we were in 6th place and only 3 points away from the top 4, we were challenging again, but Ashley has learnt his lesson, rather than improve us as he did with Cisse 2 years earlier which nearly got us relegated the following season he made sure that would not happen again as he sold our best player which assured him that European fotball would not happen again, so anyone lambasting Pardew need to take their head out of the sand as the best manager in the world could not get the club to be where we fans believe it should be.

    Where we are is exactly where Mike Ashley wants us and he will not allow us to get any better so changing the manager could only ever weaken us.

  • 66 Ibizatoon // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    My feeling is that Pardew wont be fired this summer. My thinking is he has hit his targets for the season (More or less) with no investment and actually having his squad weakened. As many people have pointed out, if Ashley wanted him gone, he’d have done so after the headbutt that was felt around the world.

    I imagine we’ll be “active” this summer. There are a few freebies, probably a few deals to be had and the rest that may “buoy” us, will probably be difficult to get over the line due to the WC – But no doubt everyone would have tried their hardest and we’ll have enough to get by.

    Then, depending on how we’re doing is where Ashley will think he has a decision to make.

    If things are going well, ain’t Mikey a clever boy, if not, which is probably the most likely of scenarios, either more players come in January or a new manager will be appointed.

    It will be good timing for Ashley as he’ll be able to appoint a second rate, out of work manager, one who is likely to be grateful for the opportunity and as such willing to sacrifice any self dignity they have and the cycle will start again.

    All the while Ashley is still finding his feet in this confusing football world, but rest assured, he is hands on and trying.

    He wants football to be played on the front foot and wants to try and compete with the big boys some day.

  • 67 thejokethatisnufc // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    If i was Pardew id go back to sports college and learn how to manage a half decent squad in the summer and how to get the best out of them

  • 68 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Ibiza
    Aye the big boys of championship!!’nn

  • 69 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Jonas will have a big part to play next season!

  • 70 Rotonda heights // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Sav

    that is so horribly and depressingly true and not a damn thing we can do about it.!!

  • 71 lesh // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Let’s hope Ashley considers Sunderland’s current position and sees the folly of having a manager that can’t manage and motivate his squad coupled with wholesale changes to it.

    Time to follow ManU’s example, get rid of Pardew in now and get a quality replacement in for July…… err this July Mr Ashley, if you can manage it.

  • 72 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Ed, as you keep pointing out about Benny not being here next year if Pards is, would you do a poll on who the fans would rather still be here next season? As I for one will be livid if Ben Arfa goes, how Pards calls him lazy when he puts him out ont he right wing of a sh1te 4-4-2 is beyond me, bring back KK!

  • 73 spitfire_ // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Oh, we are blessed. The man without football brain will be even bigger leader for the club. This is the recipe of success.

  • 74 jazzyp // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Turkish
    How come all of a sudden you have become our resident ITK……….Be careful mate, We don’t want you stepping on Torq’s toes

  • 75 lesh // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Tads… One of comments to Turkish included ‘…..JFK was bought in to do a specified job and he carried it out to the letter’

    Which specified job was that?

    Surely even Ashley wouldn’t consciously employ a deluded drunk whose job was to make the club an even greater laughing stock than it is?

  • 76 jazzyp // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Hd@69
    Last thing Nufc need is another Bench warmer

  • 77 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Pardews got to be the worst manager in employment, no goals scored in 71% of matches since the 27th of December, just 10 goals scored since January 1st, 5 straight defeats the first Newcastle United manager in its premier league history to achieve that . Taxi for Pardew!

  • 78 Toon Tang // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    lesh, to get us through a window without spending and then take the flack for it

  • 79 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    at the end of the day regardless of how much Monopoly money MA will put into the club in the summer Pardew will still f@ck everything up.

    I wonder how MA would feel coming end of next season when he got a few players in then BOOM relegation strikes once again.

  • 80 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I am sure we all heard/Read the story about the goose that laid the golden egg.

    Ashley is the guy that will not kill the goose, in fact he will be happy if the goose kept laying the golden egg even if it was a smaller egg every time. compared to other gooses.

    As long as it lays.

  • 81 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Jazzy

    Dark dry humour it was.

  • 82 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    guvnor

    don’t worry mate we have Arsenal, Liverpool and Cardiff to come next so that will be 8 straight defeats and another bad breaking record for the almighty Pardew

  • 83 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Williamson

    Ben Arfa is an extremely talented footballer, but he is lazy, 1000′s upon 1000′s of fans can see this as can Pardew and every manager who has managed Ben Arfa, so if this is beyond you then so be it ?

  • 84 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Three straight defeats to the makems. The first Newcastle United manager for 90 years to achieve that feat and he’s still here. Sack Pardew!

  • 85 nufc_eire // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    We have roughly 15 players who could/should go in the summer.

    Def: Coloccini (Argentina), Debuchy (PSG), Williamson (not sure if he has another good season in him), Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor

    Mid: Gosling, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Amalfitano

    Att: Remy, DeJong, Shola Ameobi, Cisse (although his injury might put an end to that)

    Even if we hold onto 6/7 of that list that we would want to keep it still leaves us with around 8 that will need replacing (although I won’t hold my breath)

    Depending on who we lose, we could potentially replace them with

    Def: Caulker (10m), Richards (6m), Kaboul (Free), Lascalles (5m), Byram (6m)

    Mid: Badelj (8m), Menez (free), Hunt (free), Redmond (5m), Cabella (14m), Grenier (12m), Belhanda (12m)

    Att: Lukaku (20m), Remy (I think his clause is 10m now?)

    Also replace Pardew with Moyes. I dunno who of a higher calibre we could get really apart from Laudrup and he should be able to attract a higher calibre of player than Pardew

  • 86 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    These points need to be stressed out about our management, as there are still some that believe in him and his tactical genius.

  • 87 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    TADS and for fans that still attend to games

    Firstly, I am not backing the owner, you have serious psychological issues if you think so.

    Secondly, do you know what a hypocrite means or you want a clear dictionary definition?

    IM BACKING THE CANCER MIKE ASHLEY LOL

    Says who?

    The fans that attend games week in week out pocketing the guys wallet while hes at holiday with his family at Florida?

    The same fans that argue they want the “cancer” out the club?

    The same fan that calls me a hypocrite because I apparently somehow pay Mike Ashley while I’m posting on a blog website?

    Someone has lost his mind.

    You are correct about me calling the fans that attend games are deluded idiots, want to know why?

    1) The majority of the fans yes over 50k attend games week in week out complain about ambition and wanting the owner out but yet they pocket him and still buy season tickets for next season. Logic please?

    2) The same majority that say “But I paid for my tickets and season tickets already so I might as well go.”

    We all have to make sacrifices so sacrificing a short term boycott will make hella of a difference in the longterm and give bad publicity which Mike hates rather than attending these games and looking like a bunch of ambition less clowns on TV.

    3) The same majority that still want Pardew in as he’s doing a great job keeping a big club “mid-table”. Chanting “Pardews Army” at games even at the Swansea game.

    4) The same majority that want Pardew out but keep attending games to witness more disappointing displays and no motivation from players.

    Majority excuse “But I came here to support the team not the regime”. At this rate there will be no team left with technical players, you majority then can chant for likes of shola and gosling.

    There is as much excuse or even more from fans then Pardew.

    We will see a “Fans book of excuses (Better than Pardew’s bingo fiesta)”.

    The fans are feeding the cancer, the majority that are sheep’s.

    But I would like to thank the fans that have indeed boycott the club from every way possible. It may have been hard and is still on going pain but it will be for the good when we are at the good old days.

    You can still support your team by watching live streams, they may not hear your support but from the heart no one can deny you love the toon to the end.

  • 88 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Spoof

    the problem is, is that HBA is being played in the wrong position, he’s not a winger nor a striker he’s an trequastra.

    this role depends solely on attacking nothing more nothing less but Pardew has instructed him to track back and defend so for any player who plays that role and gets told to do the opposite thing will drive them mad.

    can you see any manager to tell Messi to track back and to tell him defend first attack later?

  • 89 jazzyp // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t see how Ashley is going to get away with another fruitless transfer window myself.5 players are out of contract come 1st june and wont be renewed.Hopefully we will finally get rid of the dead wood that we call fringe players.
    But who will want to come to this Joke of a club and unless to use us as did Remy-Cabs and Ba

  • 90 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    TurkishFan101 @40

    Yes we all wanted stability and congratulated the team for finishing 5th, but no one thought Pardew was worth an 8 year contract as we could all see his limitations. The expectations of the masses can be a difficult thing to pin point as there is always a surface hysteria obscuring very practical reasoning. For example do the majority of fans really want Moyes as manager, or is that they actually want rid of Pardew?

  • 91 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    nufc_eire

    that’s £108m, give yourself a shake for pities sake.

  • 92 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Belhanda we’ve already got Bellender Pardew.

  • 93 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    When did HBA did his best?

    In a front 3

    The Idiot Pardew has never played that system. in fact he abandoned it that season after we went 4-0 down at Wigan b4 half time.

  • 94 Black and White with an army lol // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    TurkishFan101

    very well said mate, Iv’e been saying this for months now but do they listen!

    people come on here and say the club and staff have no ambition but they always forget to mention the attending fans also have no ambition.

    actually I think from now on attending fans should be called MA puppets or Muppet’s

  • 95 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    MARCELO BIELSA to OM done deal I see.

  • 96 mindshaft // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I agree with dropping gouff for rest of season – he has looked knackered or totally uninterested since cabs went and prob knows debs and Remy are off come the summer

  • 97 nufc_eire // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Spoof

    Sadly that’s probably around how much we’d need to spend to compete. Realistically we’ll probably spend the Cabaye money on 2-3 players and hold onto most of the deadweight (including Pardew) for next season

  • 98 Slank // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    nufc_eire @ 85

    Clubs which have mass movements of players (in and out) in a single transfer window rarely, if ever, do well immediately afterwards especially if many of the newcomers are foreign players and/or players with no premiership experience. Ask Sunderland and Spurs.

    I don’t think there will be a lot of movement this summer.

    Some players who have not been first choice in the starting eleven (Marveaux, Obertan, Gutierrez, and Amalfitano) can be jettisoned but Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling could stay as they still have a role unlike Shola whose time is up. Abeid and Tavernia will be welcomed back but not too sure of the others.

  • 99 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    B & W

    give over m8, he is lazy, plain and simple, working hard doesn’t always mean tracking back, Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer never tracked back but they did close down defenders and make them rush their passes they were always chasing and closing down, that is what is meant by working hard, another player who does this religiously which makes him special compared to Ben Arfa is the player you mentioned, Messi, he never stops working and trying to hassle opponents, the same can be said for Ronaldo and Suarez, this attacking role only where you don’t work does not exist for the top players, but it does exist for some fans wanting to defend the likes of Ben Arfa !

  • 100 jazzyp // Apr 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Ma’s Muppet’s……..kind of got a ring to it,Glad im one of them !!

  • 101 BandB // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Spoof,

    I think your post @65 is as good an explanation of how it has worked and how it is intended to work as I have ever seen.
    He took too hard a pull last year and it nearly crashed. Are you sure he is smart enough to fly this plane?

  • 102 70TWO // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    toonarmydownsouth @29

    Who knows really? A lot of stuff gets generated in the media and is regularly regurgitated. It is difficult to have a clear understanding of what is going on, let alone what may or may not happen. NUFC is not in a good condition, but how much is being blown out of proportion and how quickly can it be rectified?

  • 103 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Slank it depends on the foreign players a team recruits, Chelsea seem to find a big turn over of players beneficial.

  • 104 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The limited coaching techniques Pardew promotes also have a lot to do with how the new players adapt to the premier league.

  • 105 TurkishFan101 // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Black and White with an army lol

    Mashley puppets- that’s a good one

    Jazzyp

    Well it explains why last time I brought this up, you got upset and wanted me to apologise to you and Mash key Puppets.

    Well I have nothing to apologise for.

    You are either a Mashley Puppet
    Or
    You can start boycotting so the club can actually get its heart back.

    You pick.

  • 106 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Love this song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9We2XsVZfc

  • 107 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    BandB

    Fine!

    Still no one ordered excuse laden dinosaur of a manager

  • 108 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    HD – Thankyou! people moan about him being lazy and not defending when he’s constantly played out of position! If we stuck to that 4-3-3 I’m sure we’d be a damn sight better off now, and that wigan match you speak of, was when Pards first dropped the 4-3-3 and played a 3-4-3 with santon on the right wing, after that it was 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 until we were nearly relegated, even when pards has claimed to play 4-3-3 its been with sissoko on the wing tracking back covering the fullback when the DM should be doing this.

    Spoof – you can criticise him all you like, I’ve seen games where hes ran his socks off trying to get back and help out, only to be dragged off for shola, or to be dropped the next game, and incase you havn;t noticed, when Bennys attacking, the rtest of the team doesn’t present any options, or try and get into space, or help him out in any way, its nbot just Arfa its the whole team that’s lazy and unfit, and this is down to the way Pards has treated the players, look at marveux and anita last season, they come on, get a MoM for 3 games in a row, and then get instantly dropped for Pards favourites, why collocini is still first name on the teamsheet is beyond me because hes been terrible in a lot of games and doesn’t want to be here anyway! Think about it, if you were playing, would you still work hard for Pards? I doubt it! And if pardew wants him to track back and defend from right wing and he doesn’t, why not play him as a striker, which ive only seen happen once when he was still injured on a plastic pitch up top on his own! he cant do any worse than shola de jong or cisse! hes our best player ffs how have you lot been so blinded by pards bull!

  • 109 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    On the subject of boycotting the stadium, would anyone frequent a restaurant that Ashley owned and which served up the same wallop as Pardew ladles out?

  • 110 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    BandB

    thank you for the compliment, and yes I do believe that he is “smart enough to fly that plane”, putting personal feelings to one side he has got be very intelligent and have a good idea of how certain decisions can affect future outcomes, and in all honesty you don’t really need a vast footballing intelligence to realise that selling your best player would not only weaken the team on the pitch but also dampen the enthusiasm and the hopes of the remaining players, where he might come a cropper is when it comes to building the same players back up again for the following season, but a new manager or more likely a host of new players might be his answer to that, we cannot underestimate the man as he is obviously very very clever and astute, he probably has more knowledge of football than what most fans believe as well, but why let that be known when all he wants is money.

  • 111 Slank // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Guvnor

    Yes, Chelsea does have a big turnover of foreign players because very few of them make the grade to the first team.

    The Chelsea first team (take last night for example) is generally quite settled. They introduce a very low number of new players into the first team but avoid wholesale changes.

  • 112 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    People say how lazy ben arfa is, I don’t recall seeing any of our other players closing anyone down in a hurry or trying to find space for an attacking move, the fact is the whole teamcannot be ar5sed and hes the scapegoat! bt then why tr and score when you know youre going to get told to defend a 1 nil lead!

  • 113 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    The worst players for closing down or the two dummies at centre half, shocking!

  • 114 Spoof // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Willianson

    he is talented but he is lazy, get over it !

  • 115 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Spoof we don’t have a player called Willianson!

  • 116 hitman // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    so rumour has it where in talks with a mid fielder from benfica who hasnt played since november and isnt getting a look in,that will dee onwards and upwards..in ashley we trust..

  • 117 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Newcastle in talks for Benfica starlet

    Portuguese daily newspaper O Jogo has learned that Newcastle are stepping up their efforts to sign Serbian midfielder Filip Djuricic from Benfica.

    The Magpies had attempted to sign the talented footballer after cashing in on Yohan Cabaye, but their €12 million proposal was rejected in January.

    Nevertheless, Newcastle look ready to make a fresh assault on the 22-year-old, having already met with the player’s agent last week in London.

    The Eagles may decide to cash in on Djuricic in the summer given that he is currently not in the first team plans of boss Jorge Jesus.

    Djuricic joined Benfica from Heerenveen with a reputation of Eredivisie star, but he has managed just nine league appearances for the club this term.

    And having last started a league game back in November, the Serbia international is likely to be tempted by the proposal from English Premier League.

  • 118 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Yippee! Another nobody for Pardew to toy with.

  • 119 BlacknWhite Fifer // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    howdy peeps..

    first post, heres hoping there is a change in manager, knowing ashley he’ll recruit someone down the line of steve kean, with a club statement of there being a massive futute with kean in the thick of it lol,

    tbh i can even see kinnear crawling his way back into the team for the second time

    hers hoping that ain’t the case

  • 120 jazzyp // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Turkish
    Was it the fans fault when we finished 5th that go to the games and were they being called then ……….answer no.
    When we were riding high in the league and 3 points off champions league, Everyone was optimistic and the fans were boyed…..Even optimism on here for a change.
    Go back to that time on the blog,There was no slagging off of the fans then just because they chose to go to the games.
    Im all for some sort of One game Boycott just to make Ashley listen.And am as p@ssed off as the next fan with the way things are going.But iff Ashley is here for the long haul say another 5 or 6 year.Do you really think fans that have been going for many years are just going to stop going all together.
    wake up and get down off ya high horse it will never happen.You don’t have to apologies to me mate, Your as entitled to your opinion and views on here as anyone is.
    I just choose to be more respectful to my fellow fans

  • 121 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    He has 15 caps for Serbia and scored 4 goals. Under the leadership of Pardrew he will be our best CB :D

  • 122 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Pardews got 3 caps all flat!

  • 123 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    It’s sad because I really liked Pardew as manager, and I still don’t think he’s the worst we could do by a long stretch, but tehe man just never learns! he’s got to be the only person I’ve seen do a job for 3 years and get progressively worse! It’s asif he ignores what goes well, and sticks by what clearly doesn’t work. I don’t understand how 50,000 fans can remember that 4-3-3 but how he’s forgot, even the players have criticised his tactics and training!

    I’m going to put my neck on the line here, and say I’d still support pardew, and think he could win the fans back, but he needs to swallow his ego, and really take a look in the mirror and at his time here.

    For me, to keep his job and regain fans trust, he needs to do 3 things;
    - Come out and apologise to the fans, accepting responsibility for our poor performance and tactic’s, and taking it on the chin like a man, cutting out the drivel, and telling everyone that he wants us to win for the club, not for his sakes.
    - Sort out his issues with ben arfa, as this could cause a massive backlash, and do whats best for the club by putting thingd behind them, and appointing a foreign coach to help him tactically, and to integrate arfa and other players into a successful system.
    - Play this team and formation for the remaining games, telling them to go out and score as many goals as possible, win or lose, as I personally feel goals and entertainment is more important to pardews job at this point than points secured.

    ————————-Krul———————–
    Debs—–MYM—–Taylor/willo—-dummet/haidera
    —————–tiote————–sissoko—————–
    ————————–anita—————————
    Ben Arfa————-gouffran—————remy

  • 124 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Pardew should play a 4-4-4 and he’d still lose.

  • 125 Ancientcoptic // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise – comment 108. 2nd Paragraph. — This is the difference between people who actually watch Ben Arfa, and those that carry on the myths surrounding him, eg ‘not tracking back’ or ‘not closing down’ or ‘lazy’ – head scratcher for me.

    The best one is people parroting the ‘Ben Arfa is overweight’ myth, because he came back from an injury many moons ago, and it took him 2 weeks to get back into shape. You only need to watch him, or, google a recent picture of him to see he isn’t overweight or slow. Sometimes I wonder how people can come up with some of these ideas about Ben Arfa – I have seen him busting a gut and pretty much raping players for pace, then you can come on here, and somebody will say Ben Arfa is lazy and slow lol. No offence to anybody, nothing personal – but I just don’t understand some of it.

  • 126 firebug666 // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    jazzyp

    Well said mate, there is too much name calling and abuse on here just because points of view differ. We are suppose to be Newcastle United, but for the past couple of years we have been more divided than ever. Must be Ashley spreading his kind of love and peace around the world.

  • 127 Ancientcoptic // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Just to add, if Ben Arfa put in a shift like Anita… covered the same amount of ground, and played similar stray balls – he would be absolutely slaughtered for it by some section of fans.

  • 128 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Colocini is the laziest player at the club.

  • 129 wynsleap // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    If anyone thinks next season is going to be any different from this season they are seriously deluded.
    Ashley isn’t going to sack Pardew – we may as well just accept that. Why fire someone who is happy to take the s**t from above, be a mouthpiece to defend that s**t and keep the club in a mid table place with minimum effort – but with maximum income for Sports Direct?
    No there isn’t going to be a big spend in this window Ed – what proof or justification have you got in spreading that ridiculous lie?
    Neither Ashley or the directors have the nous, football contacts, experience or more importantly the inclination to spend money on around 10 good players (which is what this club really needs for the next campaign). I dread to think what must be going through Carr’s head as he must feel that he is banging his head against a brick wall when he’s out scouting for recruitments.
    Forget players, forget coaching staff and forget managers – much as we’d all like much better ones – as long as this owner is in charge we will have NO future.
    The last home game this season MUST be one in which the supporters clearly get their dissatisfaction over to Ashley (and Pardew). banners, constant chants etc. must be done to leave him in no doubt as to what they want.
    Sitting in silence will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
    Except take us further into football oblivion.
    Do we really want all that?

  • 130 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Anita is the most overrated at the club.

  • 131 DokToon // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    g’morning all….

    i see the poll says 74% want moyes in… im curious to know what percent simply wants pardew out, and does not care who replaces him… myself, i dont want pardew, but i dont want moyes either…

  • 132 guvnor // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Dok assault him with your rolled up newspaper, you clown.

  • 133 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    We could always get JFK back, he did win the world cup with England in 2014 afterall, don’t you all remember kebabs wonder strike? and he could give fergie a bell to see if he’s got any decent players to loan!

  • 134 wolfshead@toon // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    selling krul means ashley must be going for the bottom line assemble a team that can avoid relegation unless hes trying to loot as much money as he can before he sells the club a bit like the nazis at the end of the war when they knew the gig was up :-)

  • 135 lesh // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Slank… I think you may be wrong if you think there’ll not be a lot of our in-contract players wanting out this summer.

    As long as Ashley retains Pardew, there will be. He’s clearly got problems with sone players and getting the best out of them is impossible for him.

    Players need to see signs of ambition from the club, a club that sees players as assets to be sold rather than assets to be used to their greatest advantage in the team.

    But, sacking Pardew won’t be enough if he’s replaced by another journeyman such as Pullis.

    This is an opportunity for Ashley to make a statement with action to bring in top class coaching staff, major investment in the squad and an ambition to move the club forward.

    Will it happen? Something’s got to be to be done to arrest the club’s decline otherwise Ashley’s investment becomes worthless!

  • 136 martoon // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I try not to comment on here too often but I cannot let pass the utter b*ll*cks written by Turkish. How dare you sit behind your keyboard watching the match on a dodgy stream and then call the fans who attend the matches. We simply want to support our team and watch them play football (admittedly not great at the moment). We are not giving our money to Ashley we are putting it into the club to pay player & staff wages and hopefully a bit left over for transfers. If people think a boycott is the way to go then fine but don’t name call those of us who wish to support out team – I know who the muppet is!

  • 137 Ancientcoptic // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Pantilimon is likely to be 3rd choice at Man City next season… I would swap him for Krul in an instant.

  • 138 isleofmanman // Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Ashely + Leadership + NUFC – all in one breath???

    I don’t think so

    I’m the first to acknowledge that he must be a very busy bloke

    Which is why a top flight MD appointment was essential while he looks after Sports Direct – now a FTSE 100 company with a current market cap/value of £4.7 Billion !!!

    Instead he has appointed a genuine lap dog and will continue to use the club as his boy’s toy




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