It Could Be Last Chance For Alan Pardew On Saturday

Newcastle’s form has not been good since Boxing Day, and that’s an understatement, and in our last 19 games in all competitions we have lost 14 of them, and we’ve failed to score in 13 of them.

Alan Pardew at arsenal-2

Alan Pardew last night at the Emirates

And with a record like that you have to wonder just how good the Newcastle players are for the future, since it seems the team has completely collapsed this year, and too many of the players seem to have all but given up the ghost.

And that form would in normal circumstances have had the manager fired, and last season’s run of 10 defeats in 13 league games would also have seen any other Premier League manager fired, but for whatever reason, owner Mike Ashley has kept Pardew on board.

And when you remember this season was always going to be the season that Alan Pardew had to prove he was the right man to move Newcastle forward, it’s been a terrible collapse for him since Boxing Day.

And we are sure there will be big transfer money available in the summer, if only because Mike Ashley wants to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

There’s the £20M from the Cabaye sale in January,  and a sizable payout of around £80M from the Premier League next month, and Newcastle’s finances are in excellent condition.

The transfer targets have already been identified, principally by Chief Scout Graham Carr and his scouting team in consultation with Alan Pardew himself, but if Ashley is going to bring in a new manager at the end of the season, he needs to move very quickly.

We didn’t really expect to get anything at Arsenal, although we were still hoping of a shock result in Newcastle’s favor,  and the game really went as expected,  with 89% of our readers thinking we would lose.

And we did, and it was a no contest in truth, with the London side completely in control after the first 20 minutes.

The game on Saturday against Cardiff City could be Alan Pardew’s last chance to show he should stay on as the manager at Newcastle, since our last game of the season is at Liverpool, and they will probably be too good for us, and be too motivated too. 🙁

Newcastle fans will support the side on Saturday afternoon as always, although apparently some fans are pushing hard for a walkout at the game.

But the players have to show early on they are determined to win the game, and they need to show their commitment by their actions on the field – words are just too cheap in this serious situation.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 29, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1

    This Moron was in the last chance saloon a year ago for me .

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 30, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank goodness we accumulated most of our points in the first half of the season with cabaye in the team otherwise we would be in a relegation fight right now.

    Pardew needs to go. His records speak for themselves. We struggled to score goals last season and this. Our GF and GA for last season (45/68) compared to this season (39/57) have relatively stayed the same but find ourselves in a better league position this term. We have stayed stagnant people

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 30, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #3

    No point in letting him go. We won’t attract anyone better. The team has nothing to fight for so he is in a tuff spot. Have to give him another year to get these transfers right and build his team.
    Just have to stick by the team for another year and build are solid financial ground. The time isn’t right to make a change. I just don’t watch the games anymore. Don’t know why anyone would go to a game. Have patience tho. Solid team that can be built for next year. Nothing to do but wait for the right coach and in the mean time build a strong financial club for the future

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    NOVA2967. .. Leave it till next year and again, it’ll not be the right time.

    The MD of a company I worked for, had a saying he trusted in:

    Aim, Fire, Ready!

    In other words decide what’s to be done, do it and in the meantime finish the preparations!

    It worked for him and the business by saving it from certain closure.

    What’s that to do with P45DUE?

    Ashley should not delay the inevitable any longer.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 30, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Shit sandwich for Pardew, players and fans ever since Ashley brought back JFK, and culminating in the sale of Cabaye without an adaquate replacement. He really owes the lot of us now, and can clearly can and must deliver or else suffer a massive backlash that will ultimately force him out. Watershed moment for all of us approaching.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 30, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Ronvandam….among many things that worry me for next season is the fact that we have no one in the squad that is capable of scoring goals

    What if we pick up another LDJ on loan thinking he is going to be another Remy…

    Charnley stars we are going to buy 2 players a season/year…that looks like Shelvey and Colback…2 players who have been fighting relegation all season…not much quality there…

    So that means the rest of the players will be made up of loans…

    As for the defence…more leaks than the titanic!!!

    Next season is a disaster waiting to happen

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 30, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #7

    *states not stars

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Apr 30, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I always liked pardew from an afar I like to see him at a club but just not my club :))))

    I feel he is talking rubbish everytime words come out of his mouth

    he should play ben-arfa and marveaux there 2 attacking threats and so what if there not good denfeisvly or whatever pardew says ,does it really matter ? we are shipping goals no matter what atleast if we played these 2 players we would have some sort of threat in the attacking area when you got gosling in the centre of the park who was on loan at blackpool earlier in the season you just know how bad the decline is.

    I also feel alan pardew was very lucky to be in charge of the team that came 5th I feel that squad at the time was about to do great things with the spirit flowing from the squad I feel if we had an astute manager at the time we probably would of made the top 4 I feel heavy defeats at wigan and spurs wouldn’t of happened on another managers watch.

    I think david moyes would be the right choice he is a top class manager abit out of place at man united but was always going to be the worse job to take after sir alex I feel he would do very well here on financial restraints and shouldn’t be judged on his tenure at man united but on his overall contribution.

    everton might be playing more ‘sexy football’ under Martinez but most of the players were made from moyes the likes of howard jagilka barkley etc etc….also if he had lukaku at his services when he was at everton I feel he would of got them at top 4..

    anyways im sure some will disagree with me but anything is better than pardew at the moment he is in the same league as glenn roeder for me but not as bad as souness 🙂

  • headtheball

    Apr 30, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Never, in the field of sporting endeavor, have so many, been deceived , by so few.
    I get to watch via satellite in Oz and I can assure other supporters it doesn’t appear any better for the extra distance travelled.
    BandB I’m glad someone noticed Winnies famous rallying call. We have an enemy but where is the leader to guide us through this mire. I’m too old.
    You have my vote.

  • Blofal

    Apr 30, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #10

    It is Pardew’s job to convince the owner he needs more strikers/defenders etc.

    What makes everybody furious is him sticking up for Ashley after every player sale and failed transfer window.

    He would have a lot more support if he publicly came out and told the fans that results are suffering because of Ashley’s lack of support. Though I do not agree Pardew’s tactics at all and want a new manager regardless.

  • Blofal

    Apr 30, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I am not supporting Ashley here but from what I have observed so far I think his plan is this…

    He has put money into the Academy and facilities because as a business it is his aim to bring players through the Academy on the cheap.

    He will continue to sell players, and hold off on incoming transfers only recruiting younger profitable players as necessary until the club has enough money to start challenging near the top of the ladder.

    In the mean time he will personally offset any investment of funds into the club via the free advertising he currently enjoys.

    I personally think this strategy will eventually have us sitting around 7th place every year and that just isn’t good enough for me. Though it may be good enough for him if he can find the right buyer.

  • lgnufc

    Apr 30, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #12

    NUFC playing in new zealand this summer everybody – news just broke

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh… I get it and it can work but far to often in the EPL is doesn’t. I mean look at the Tater Tots, Harry gone and AVB with new approach and players didn’t work. Why, because AVB didn’t have a say on transfers. Same here if we get a new coach, the same system with Ashley will keep us at mediocre.
    I mean Martinez was available for the last 5-6 years all the way back from Swansea but we failed. I just don’t see a coach out there we can get that can work with what he would work with here. So why rush it.
    Are team lacks upfront and we have no true wingers. Yet the main problem is finding a perfect fit next to Tiote which can scare teams like we had with Cabeye. What coach is out there?

  • ramajama

    Apr 30, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #14


    It was in the pipeline for a while and i was on here a couple hours ago fizzing about it once it was confirmed!

    Im a kiwi lad so bloody stoked that i finally get to see the lads play.

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 30, 2014 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #15

    @lgnufc + ramajama

    Im not surprised NUFC is playing Wellington Phoenix who seem to mirror us in terms of results. Hope Roy Krishna gets scouted, very under-rated player. Shouldve been a Phoenix player 4-5 years ago if it wasnt for Ricky Herbert

  • Santon03

    Apr 30, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Everyday when I open this blog or watching or reading the news I’m hoping for headlines like “NUFC sacked pardew” or “good bye pardew” or “pardew resigned”. I thought today is the day, but… WTF???!!!! he is still here. FFS!!!!

  • Santon03

    Apr 30, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #17

    when is enough is enough?

  • Toonmania

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I was told that the Cardiff game would be his last if we hadn’t secured a top 10 position so maybe they was right.
    Pardew and some of those players don’t deserve to wear the NUFC shirt no Pride or Passion from any of them

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #19


    I’m hoping for that too when I open this blog. Have been hoping for that a couple of years now.

    What Ashley and Pardew has managed to do with my passion for Newcastle is criminal. I’ve put my self on autopilot. It seems like they have done that to 50.000 at SJP too, because it’s dead quiet there compared to what it used to be.

    Until Pardew is sacked or Ashley sells up, or one of them die in a freak accident(god forbid…?!), I’m afraid we’ll continue to be a graveyard. Nothing to shout about here at the moment.

  • bobby mango

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #20

    We are definitely going to lose to Liverpool. So if Cardiff beat us, by the end of the season, we’ll end up equaling the most premier league losses in a row!
    Surely we’re better than that?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #21

    STOP….?NEWS?FLASH !!!!!!!

    The EASYBEATS are playing at St James’s this Saturday.
    hits include:
    Who’ll be the One
    Saturday Night
    The Land Of Make-Believe
    (Who Are My) Friends
    Made My Bed, Gonna lie In It

  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #22

    So interest in Remy from Bayern Munich and Krul from Athletico Madrid this morning. Replacing them both would only be a tiny part of the rebuilding process. If we had a new manager and new coaches in place before the transfer roundabout starts then at least Krul and HBA could be reborn as toon stars with new players encouraged to join NUFC and buy in to the vision, flair and passion of new coaches and managers. Why the Cardiff game is deemed to be the deciding factor in who is in charge next season is beyond me. A win against the leagues worst side shouldn’t be the key factor – performance over the season and recent years and how to go forward should be the criteria. Ashley needs to show vision not indecision.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Come on Alan we’re all willing you on, fill that cardboard box with the stuff in your desk…..

    Its mostly Ashley’s fault but not all. Cabaye leaving was a symptom of Pardews lack of application, not a cause of it. He left for much greener grass because that was the deal all along. Ashleys determination to crunch the numbers and apply his tacky SD model to the club would cause us to be an also-ran mid table outfit normally, but with Pardews preference for workers over skill, he sticks with a side filled with players who run around a lot, but have little vision, few passing skills and no confidence in any outcome. I used to thnk the likes of Marveaux, Abeid and maybe HBA were petulant and lazy, but its not all that is it? He seems to resent creative players because he sees a wasteful percentage of defensive stats. He demoralizes them by putting them on the margins of the team, then they get 10-20 minutes sub duty to try and pull back from a defeat. Only the carthorses appreciate that they are getting a run in the side. Look at the CB pairing at the start of the season – Willo was partnered with Mbiwa and it was looking great, Mbiwa gets dropped out for no other reason than Colo could walk unaided again and since then Mbiwa has been at best a shambles when he has appeared. Man management? Pfffft!

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #24

    O wonder who’s copying who on pre season? Us or west ham! Or maybe parsnip wants to get some pointers off big sham! Dear god kill me now

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Do you get the feeling Mike wont sack Alan while we are all calling for it? He’ll wait until he’s just about to get on the plane to NZ when we are all resigned to him staying.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Just read that our illustrious owner is to release funds to strengthen the team in summer but Pardew might not be the one to spend it,Whow.Think i might go and purchase a season ticket now and some club merchandise and some of Mikes pies.Whoopee i really think he means it now,he,s seen the light.
    Cant wait for the new season to start another top ten finish is on the cards i think and no trophies but at least we will be safe by January and be able to put our feet up and relax,Eh!
    Also just seen one of them flying pigs on the tree at the bottom of the street.
    You could not make these stories up it must be true.
    Here we go ,Here we go ,Here we go.Hahahahahahaha.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Illustrious,i meant .
    I am so excited i cant hit the right keys on my laptop.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki…I am so happy that what I have been trying to say for a few years is finally sinking in with some 😀

  • tequilamag

    Apr 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki, yeah we are all obviously a bit thick. Congratulations on being one of the first to learn from Jespers wisdom

  • stan anderson

    Apr 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #30

    Ticket sales will likely start to go up now as the faithful get the full propaganda of the Fatman and his S D.expreience.
    We need to be strong and not succumb to the temptation and the bribery that will be thrown in our direction.
    Dont buy his tickets or merchandise is a start to make him aware that his P-ss taking days are over and we will not just lie down and take up the back passage anymore.

  • toon kk

    Apr 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Mash wont sack Pardew. He’s not going to part with his puppet.


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