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Alan Pardew Deftly Backs Off Top Ten Target

2:35 pm, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 227 Comments

Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the Cardiff City game today, and he has said that he wasn’t given any targets but the targets we have are the ones we set ourselves – whatever that means.

alan pardew press confernce

Alan Pardew – press conference today

You either have targets or you don’t have targets, and after all we know that bonuses are paid out – so they must be based on something.

And the news is coming through that Pardew has Ben Arfa training with the Development squad – so there’s definitely a rift, and probably a big rift that seems to have developed between former star player Ben Arfa and the manager – and that’s never good for either party.

And it cannot be doing Ben Arfa’s confidence or mood any good, to be banished to training with the Reserves – and as we said – that’s not good.

This is some of what Alan said in his press conference today:

“I wasn’t set any targets for this season and the only targets are those that we set ourselves.” “Saturday is very important, we have to put in a performance that gets the stadium on our side and gets us a win.”

The good news is there are no new injury problems, and we just have to hope that a mini-miracle happens on Saturday afternoon, and that we can beat the rock bottom team Cardiff City at home, and in front of over 50,000 fans.

Is that asking too much?

That would be very good and would certainly help to lift the morale of the Newcastle fans, although not by too much.

That’s because after the very poor performances this year, a massive rebuilding is required in the summer transfer window, if we are to have a decent side next season.

And the very last thing we want to have is another relegation fight next season.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press Conference

227 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Look at Mackems

    1-0 down against City
    1-0 down against Chelsea

    Both away, still found the resilience to fight back and could have won both 2-1

    We totally collapse once we go 1-0 down.

    Where does that come from – Management!

  • 2 validator // May 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The ramblings become more desperate by the day, never mind Alan your suffering is almost over.

  • 3 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    catchy, you say it’s the lack of training getting them into trouble, well I don’t see them train so I can’t comment on the training, but I do see them play and what I see is a lack of ability.

  • 4 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Yet He gets a HEFTY bonus for Top 10. NO!!!!!!!!!!! Pardew

  • 5 wolfshead@toon // May 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM


    re your previous post if pardew does manage a top ten finish is this what will happen

  • 6 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    some people just don’t know football well enough.
    here on this page is a team being mentioned who were just like us until they got this owner they called manchester city, before him they were a trophy drought team, now they are a big team with mega stars thanks to money.

    down in london is a team consisting of french players who were once called the invincibles, that team is arsenal. now but they are hoping for an FA cup and 4th place which before was the worst thing. they still have same manager but what they don’t do now is spend money as they used that on the new stadium.

    the liverpool team today has just had itself a new owner, if they don’t make a differance why does rafa walk out and why did the old owner use daglish as manager.

    if french players were so good why does the french team have to use hand of god to get into a world cup. ireland should have beat them in that play off but because of that hand of god henry kept the ball in and scored.

    who are the french player in city chelsea united liverpool everton and spurs because i’m struggling to think of any.

    finally kevy here is this great team that these people think can get top 6 next season

    sack manager and bring in this great one

    team for next year



    then this great cover

    we shall finish in the top6 with great amounts of goals
    basically that how these fans sound.

  • 7 Rainrix // May 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Deftly implies skill on pardews part. I think backs off top ten target like a raging alcoholic screaming at traffic is a more appropriate headline.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Has everyone who can’t boycott or walk out at least joined NUST.

  • 9 Bambams // May 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    What a mess.

    P45due is not the right man for the Toon but who are we going to attract to work under Ashley.

    My only hope is Ash actually releases millions and Carr spots some great players who are so good they can’t be Pardewed.

    Eggs all in one basket. …

  • 10 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I wonder where Thorgan Hazard will end up next season.

  • 11 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    So basically he’s not starting then! Be lucky to make the bench! Fcukoff puppet you two faced egotistical cretin!

    United manager Ben Arfa was diplomatic in his pre-match Press conference today when asked about Ben Arfa’s comments, though he again insisted he would pick his team for Saturday’s home game against Cardiff City “on merit”.

    “They are his comments,” said Pardew. “My comments are the same as before – I pick the team on merit.

    “I’ve not picked the team for Cardiff at the moment.

    “The only thing I’d say to our supporters is that the team comes first.

    “This is not about me, Hatem or any individual player.

    “What is important is the team and performance.

    “The team has worked very, very well. It’ll be a strong side that I put out. I expect us to win.”

    Asked if Ben Arfa was still training with the reserves, Pardew added: “He trained with a different group to that I worked with.”

    Pardew said any club discipline for Ben Arfa would stay “in-house”.

  • 12 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Pardew doesn’t help but people must realise our current squad isn’t good enough.
    Too many over rate them.

  • 13 shearermania // May 1, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Gary Megson to replace pards…you heard it all hear first….im off to hang myself

  • 14 mag // May 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Jail, the blogs Arthur Scargill I wonder if he has his haircut like Arthurs?

  • 15 lesh // May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    By saying that he wasn’t given any targets but ‘the targets we have are the ones we set ourselves’ suggests to me that Ashley didn’t impose a target but that the target was agreed in the course of discussions with him. That sounds reasonable and the way it normally happens.

    However, if he fails to meet the agreed targets, then he’s underperformed and that should be dealt with.

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I have been thinking about joining NUST cause at least they are doing something!

    …but I am still not sure what they are working towards?

    Beats just buying season tickets and going to SJP like it’s a monkey on your back!

  • 17 Ancientcoptic // May 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Alan Pardew : “I wasn’t set any targets for this season and the only targets are those that we set ourselves.”

    Lee Charnley (after being appointed) : “Our immediate priority of course is to finish this season as strongly as possible. Our minimum target for this campaign was a top ten finish”

  • 18 Phatoon // May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    City – Clichy, Nasri,
    Utd – Evra
    Spurs – Lloris, Kaboul, Capoue,
    Liverpool – Sakho, Cissokho
    Chelsea – NONE
    Everton – Distin

  • 19 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    toon kk

    when talking about a team far too much of what is mentioned relates to the starting 11 only. even pardew himself has proved when the squad is all fit that he can do fine.

    the thing i do now is a second 11 because its when i see how many of them i don’t rate i know just how poor our team is.

  • 20 Mister Tuff // May 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Megson ——please no —please. Percy mark 2.

  • 21 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM


    Which part of on paper didn’t you get…!!

    I know de Jong has done nothing but was once rated at 13M (ON PAPER!!)

    I didn’t even list Shola, Campbell or Armstrong in that list of 4 strikers.

    It doesn’t help a striker’s cause when the manager puts 10 men behind the ball for 70 mins and hopes to nick a goal in the last 15-20 mins every match and when your whole philosophy is built on defense and pardew does such a good job of that too doesn’t he!

    Remy is top notch or close to it.

    Cisse was once wanted by city for nearly 20M.

    Gouffran was 3rd top scorer in France the season before last and was starting to score regularly but now finds himself a defensive left mid, a bit like Cisse being made a right winger.

    De Jong as I have to point out again for those with selective reading was once valued at 13M.

    Not the best group, certainly not the worst

    Toonking You are to football knowledge what Alan Carr is to boxing and trying to laud it over others with far more insight is well..just sad and you should know when you’re getting out of your depth and stop. Anyway shouldn’t you be getting along to your BNP meeting?

  • 22 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    who gives a toss about targets, there like stats, completely meaningless, it’s what happens that matters not stupid meaningless targets which mean f*** all to anyone !

  • 23 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Im surprised Pardew said such stuff…

    I thought he would wait for season to end and say such stuff if we were outside top 10..

    Kind of interesting…

  • 24 mag // May 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Vote UKIP!

  • 25 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM


    Your right the targets for the season would have been jointly agreed at the beginning of the season, but I can not imagine someone agreeing to loosing their own job as a consequence of failing. However, as this agreement was made following the close shave with relegation last season, there must be a realisation that the agreement was made to provide the opportunity of proving a minimum standard of ability.

  • 26 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    @ 17 – nailed on

  • 27 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    @RH I just have to laugh at you. You thnk your so smart when it comes to football but you don’t know sh!t …Player valuations go up and down constantly Andy Carroll, Ronaldo Bale Mata, torres, Diego Costa, Neymar…..Not 1 of them players are worth what their clubs paid for them and Costa I mean Chelsea… LDJ got that value from Twente because he had a good season in a League witch I could probably be the top scorer in….Newcastle is not as stupid and the club that signed him and would not pay anywhere close to that. They would give him there own fair valuation like they did with Tiote.

  • 28 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Our first team is made up of half a dozen fairly good players, when giving 100% can put a decent performance in, which we seem to be refusing to do at the moment.

    But what everyone must remember non of our squad would get on a bench at a top club, apart from Remy and he’s not ours.

  • 29 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    RH, although I disagree with your resonings for De Jong’s failure, after all we always play with 2 attacking fullbacks, so you cannot truthfully say that we are defensive, you can say we are a poor side which results in de Jong getting a poor service, but we are certainly not a defensive team, however I would not be as eager to get rid of the lad as some are, different league, different country, different pace to the game, at times some players need time to adjust to that, we need look no further than Debuchy who has adjusted his game to suit the English game very well, I would give de Jong a pre-season and see what he is like next season, but without an overhaul of the squad then he has no chance, toonking @6 summed it up perfectly.

  • 30 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Also as for Gouffran 3rd top goal scorer in a very sh!t league again. Armstrong is not a Striker Campbell is still developing and Man City would offer 20million for Shola if he scored 9 in a row because as the world already knows there crazy with money.

  • 31 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Just go man

  • 32 mag // May 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Key Martin you burk!

  • 33 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Mag you twat!

  • 34 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    toonking @19

    The lack of quality in depth is an arguement that is used to excuse Pardew from being able to attain consistently good performances. I would counter that arguement with the opinion that Pardew has benefitted from this seeming weakness in the squad, perpetuated by the only mouthpiece at the club. A manager with ability should be able to utilise the whole squad and not marginalise squad players to the detriment of their form.

  • 35 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Hoofball Vs. football: (HBA 2 years ago)

    “But it’s true we don’t share quite the same philosophy. For him, it’s more crosses, a bit of a more direct style, whereas I’m more the kind of player who likes to play short passes. I like to pass and move, a little bit like Swansea when we played against them. “

  • 36 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    did you know carroll was once valued himself and actually bought for £35mil and look at where he is now, so you can’t use them as stats to back dejong being good mate.

    shola has scored more goals in the champions league than any other striker at newcastle so if goffran is so good because of being the 3rd highest in the league then why can’t shola be considered the good striker too.

    when a game kicks off if their is always 10 men behind the ball and it’s pardews fault i guess they must be puppets on a string, how else does pardew control their movement on the pitch?
    the only time pardew might demand 10 men behind the ball on the pitch is when the opposition have it and if he was ultra defensive then we should not be getting beat by 3-0 unless their is a poor defense.

    you are nothing but a glory hunter in football.

  • 37 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    spoof / toonking

    I don’t see lack of ability , I still think we have a much better team than it shows right now,
    we have a manager who instills his football into our players , defend defend defend, they look bad because most are not defensive minded , goofy is shocking in his roll under pardew , just like jonas , you can see week after week him getting worse and worse ,

    I don’t understand why everyone bigs Williamson up, he is beyond poor, the rest of our squad have sank to his and Pardews level,

    shola , I have never liked him, but under every other manager he would chip in 6-10 goals a season, under pardew , 1 every year and a half,

    our defenders used to chip in with goals, Williamson is 6-5 , he can not head a ball , sure he can get his head on the ball , but it’s not the same,

    we don’t look like we train with any goals in mind, they must play bags , or one bounce ( maybe there that bad it’s 2 bounce)

  • 38 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    70TWO @34, come on m8, have a look @6 to see the squad, have a close look, with the best will in the world you just cannot seriously believe that Pardew should be able to intergrate that lot into the first team and maintain the same type of results which we were getting with a fully fit and confident team at the beginning of the season, a miracle worker couldn’t do that, half of them would struggle to get into a Chamionship side so how the hell can we expect Pardew to get us higher than where we are, sorry m8 but you are way off the mark on this one, look at them, they are bloody hopeless ?

  • 39 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    @70two 34

    when you think about it pardew has tried his best to do that. the big problem he gets into is our defence is awful and has always been awful. the strikers we have now are rubbish and the only 2 attacking wingers are slow and forward like.

    the thing i certainly dislike about pardew is his subs. we might be short of options up front but well i would just give fans what they want and then say afterwards that he doesn’t want them players being bullied by fans.

    then it will prove to people how serious he is when making these decisions.

    fans want HBA so pardew should just ask players to speak out their own views on HBA

    fans want wingers rather than forwards and CM out wide so he could say in a press i will play obatan as a winger and HBA but don’t complain about me starting obatan and telling debuchy to remain back.

  • 40 daztoon // May 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Pardew chooses to ignore and waste the attacking flair we have in the squad.

    So yes we are a defensive unit and yes he should be able to integrate the squad players.

    Pulis has done so with a weaker squad than Pardew

  • 41 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM


    I will concede slightly if you will also acknowledge that by not successfully using the periphery players the more likely ‘first’ team players are going to go missing through injury. Unsurprisingly, due to fatigue 3 players were off at the same time and there was even less chance of halting the loosing run. Yes those periphery players may not be at the same quality, but they are still to be used at stages in the season.

  • 42 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    @Daztoon I wouldn’t say Pulis done it like, Every Palace match I seen they parked the bus picking up fluky points they tried it against us. Sat back the hole game basically done a chelsea but we undone them with Cisse on the 94th minute.

    Mourninho is another example. If he was in charge here would everybody be calling for him to be sacked? because he is doing the exact same thing with Chelsea only difference is he has better quality to pull it off.

  • 43 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Pardew is a defensive tactician first and foremost, so consequently the attacking players are subsidiary and unmotivated. There is little evidence of fast paced, pass and move combination play, in favour of a centre forward who can bring a high ball under control or make something from nothing.

  • 44 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    catchy, you see different players to me, defensively Debuchy is good the rest are poor, however if you wish to have a go at Pardew for failing to give Mbiwa a chance then I would agree with you, I’m not saying that he is good, he is error prone but even with the errors I still feel he is better that Colo and Willo, Tiote is a cracking player but the rest of the midfield are average to poor, Ben Arfa is what he is, if he could apply himself correctly then he would be world class, but the problem Pardew has is the same as every every manager who has managed him has had, application, Pardew has failed with him, but so has everyone else, does that make Pardew a poor manager ?, Marveaux is simply shocking, I will now ask you to do me a favour, forget his Newcastle nightmare and look at his record before he joined us, its terrible he had one decent season 2 seasons before he joined us entering the last season of his contract it was thought he would be sold, the only interested club was West Ham who only offered £3m and would not increase their offer as they did not believe him to be worth more, yes I accept that offers and valuations are like stats, they’re meaningless but it does give us an idea of how highly a player is rated generally, there are exceptions to the rule but he is not one of them, he was average for Rennes who are an average team in an average league.

    Sissoko I feel sorry for, his first touch is not good but then he is not a winger or a number 10, again if you wish to lambast Pardew for not allowing him to play alongside Tiote as a defensive midfielder then go ahead, I would totally agree, to play Anita instead is shocking, that lad really is woeful, apparently his pass rate is 83% which sounds good, but when it comes to creative passes then that’s wher the remaining 17% belong, he is a dreadful passer and defensively he does nothing, against Stoke he was a wing back but the space that Pieters and Anaut (whatever his name is) had behind him was without doubt one of the worst performances that I have ever seen, yes as a wingback you are expected to get forward but at the same time your expected to get back, he done niether, woeful woeful player, Gouffran like Jonas who he has replaced is what he is, a grafter, you do need them but he is nothing special, apart from those I don’t believe that there are any who split opinion, so really that is not a lot.

    By the way, why did you say defend, defend,defend when Pardew has always played with 2 attacking fullbacks, when you have attacking fullbacks you have got to have some cover, its called team work and not a defensive manager ?

  • 45 daztoon // May 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Load of crap Chelsea look anything but a defensive unit just have a manager that can set out a game plan ie: The Liverpool game worked perfectly.

    Pulis plan nearly worked at St James but for a great cross from Benny coming on as sub and saving Pardew yet again.

    Pulis doesn’t have the attacking options Pardew has but has got the players he does have playing a system that works to their strengths

  • 46 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Sunderland have a much worse squad than us,
    they now play football, score goals most weeks, go after teams like Chelsea and Man c , and got results because they were brave,
    Pardews excuse v arsenal , they were to good for us,
    Sunderland took points of teams above arsenal and hammered Cardiff ,
    we might get a point from Cardiff , but if they score first then it’s good night ,

  • 47 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    70TWO, if you were the manager what would you do, rest 1 or 2 of your better players with the knowledge that those coming in are not good enough or continue to play them in the hope that you only ever have 1 out due to injury at anyone time which with a bit of luck could hide the weakness of your squad.

  • 48 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Kevymartins you primate how do you operate a keyboard?

  • 49 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Of the 14 wins we have only twice scored more than 2 goals.
    Of the 18 losses we have only seven times lost by 2 goals scored or less.

    In other words we more often lose heavily and have to work hard to get a win. There is a lack of team ethos about our play that allows players to be inter-changable. There are plenty of examples of teams with less able individuals playing collectively with great quality.

  • 50 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    catchy, if Sunderland are so good and we are so bad then why are the tables not reversed ?

  • 51 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM


    while I will not ignore your comment as there your honest opinion , I do not share your view

    I rate HBA very highly , I think pardew has let him down, constantly having a pop at him because he is a fan fav, HBA main job should be create and score goals, help out defenders when he can , be has the second highest pass completion in our team , he scored/created more than cabaye yet always pushed to the side

    marv I rate him , but the manager has treat him like dirt,

    I do not judge our players under pars was so many have gone backwards under him,

    out poyet in charge of out team and we would fly up the league ,

    our players heads are always down, no movement , no one wants the ball ,

    we don’t create chances

    all we do is invite pressure which makes our DF look bad,

    I would not swap one of our defenders for any in Man U team , nor there MF , rodny and rvp yes ,

    pardew is poor at his job , all aspects of it

  • 52 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM


    they are for the second half of the season

    sad but true

  • 53 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    9 points out of the last 39, Shocking sack Pardew!

  • 54 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    How and why is Teflon Alan, still in employment?

  • 55 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM


    I am not a manager but how do the top ones achieve success, it is not by playing the same limited number of players and their squads are able to deal with individual inadequacies. Success breeds success, opportunity breeds desire and experience breeds ability.

  • 56 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Doesn’t work with Teflon, his views are defeat breeds defeat.

  • 57 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    @Mag same way you do you turd.

  • 58 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Kevymartins brilliantly put!

  • 59 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Opinions breed insults!

  • 60 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM


    Encouraged to hear that you are thinking about joining NUST. NUST are working towards being able to buy a stake in the club to have fan involvement which will bring with it a level of fan accountability to the club’s hierarchy.

    While at this moment in time we have an unwilling seller in Mike Ashley, that does not negate the work that is being done. NUST is committed to having a plan in place that when the club next changes hands, we are in a position to be among the negotiations to represent the fans.

    If you want more information I suggest you go to the Trust’s website: alternatively, anyone can e-mail myself at,uk and I would be glad to answer an personal enquiries you may have.

  • 61 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I don’t even know why I came on here today after being away for months. I just remembered I left because half off the blog were all negative and angry some of them (the worst ones) all must have been insecure about having baldy heads because most of the negative and angry people on here are bald…

    Mag are you bald?

  • 62 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    While we are on the subject of NUST, there will be a public meeting tonight at the Mining Institute – near Central Station – at 7.30pm to discuss the land-sale issue.

    This is a pertinent issue effecting the future development potential of St James’ Park and effectively shows Mike Ashley is willing to auction off Newcastle United’s future for the sake of a few million quid. The rewards of his exploits are small, but the damage that it will do is untold.

    So if anyone wishes to vent their spleen about this issue, or simply wants to learn a little bit more about it, I suggest you get yourself down to the meeting tonight.

    I hope to see some of you there!

  • 63 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    to perform well without have decent players in the team you need to have a team that has players like barton nolan and carroll.

    when we bought these players they all came here expecting us to be fight for top 6 using us as a stepping stone or just joining a team in the biggest league of all.

    the attitude of these players are like that of players we had during the season we became relegated.

    colo was captain last season and still is yet he was more desperate to get back to argentina.
    HBA has got lots of respect from fans but their is problems between him and the players and manager sort of like he caused at his last 2 clubs.

    remy is wanted by us fans but he doesn’t seem bothered he just wants to join arsenal.

    xisco luque boomsong smith they all are as bad as them i have in caps on post 6, the manager who had them didn’t get them to do any better they were just greedy.

  • 64 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Kevymartins as a snooker ball, I suppose you’re spouting hair everywhere?

  • 65 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    My own opinion is based on the reasoning that if I was Ashley I would be loathed to waste buying new players for Pardew to manage incorrectly. However this does not excuse Ashley and I would hope that now his number one target of self sufficiency appears to have arrived, that we may spend the profits and a little more in order to really establish a challenging football club.

  • 66 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Thanks mate!

    I’ll have a look later 🙂

  • 67 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Of course that e-mail address is not supposed to have a comma in it ; 😀

  • 68 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:28 PM


    Is this 60 minute walk out not an officially sanctioned NUST demonstration?

  • 69 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    catchy, I also rate Ben Arfa, but in all honesty I cannot say Pardew has let him down, you could say that Pardew has let Mbiwa and Sissoko down, but not Benny as Benny has had this same problem all his career, the only person who has let Benny down is himself, which is a crying shame as he is fantastic when his mind is in the right place.

    Did you look at Marv’s record before he came here, I doubt very much that you have, please do as you will see that he has always been dreadful all his career, always flattered to deceive.

    So who has gone backwards, Anita, Ben Arfa and Marveaux have stood still, Sissoko and Mbiwa possibly have, although Sissoko will still be going to Brazil, Gosling has neither gone forwards nor backwards as he has constantly been injured, Cisse has definetely gone backwards, he was never as good as his first impressions gave us as that was incredible but even so he has suffered, but what about the positives, Ba had his best days under Pardew, Cabaye improved under Pardew but is now a bench warmer, Danny Simpson done a decent job for us but is now never heard of, does Danny Guthrie who excelled under Pardew still play or is he retired ?.

    We can all pick and choose certain players and say that a manager is good or bad, but there are more players who have improved under Pardew than what have gone backwards, to emphasize this point will you please give me a list of players who have left us whilst Pardew has been in charge who have then gone on to fulfill the potential which Pardew was hampering, you know what, I believe that your list will be tiny as I cannot recall any player who’s career has took off after they have left us, but there may be some who have slipped my mind.

  • 70 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM


    NUST has had no hand in organising this demonstration.

  • 71 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    the second string 11 he has tried using shola up front but no fans hate that.
    dummett has been getting bashed already by fans
    he made the change of willo after we went 3-0 to everton and now fans are annoyed that mbiwa is not playing.
    he did use HBA as winger and gouffran as forward in the cardiff FA cup game but that was not what people wanted they wanted the starting 11.

    70two i can see where your coming from but think about it why would managers want to player a different 11 when he knows that just one defeat and boom fans accusing him of playing weakened team.

    the only thing that is really that pardew should be starting is armstrong.
    the rest of the second team are no use because we can see from most posts than when he has been trying willo instead of mbiwa gouffran and sissoko over mrvo and HBA and weakened teams in cup games fan get furious with pardew.

  • 72 El Sleeve // May 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    i must admit, i have a life to lead which includes womanizing, gigging and paying my rent. my life has become infinitely more enjoyable since i stopped caring about the shower that run our beloved club.

    i decided to read some comments today, just to catch up and by god, there are some bloody idiots here. “Support the team, support the team!!!” i hear you scream, as if anyone who suggests going thru with any sort of protest is some kind of scum.

    listen, we were told to support the team, we have been served shite for the last few months. 5 goals in all of 2014, not a single bit of intelligent football. christ, the kids at my school are better organised during a kick about than this lot.

    that guardian article basically absolved pardew of resposibility. he is useless, a rubbish, no shocking man manager, an egotist, a tactical dinosaur. he is 70% the problem.

    if you want to influence the way our beloved club is going, switch off for a few months. no merchandise, no matchdays, and more importantly no more crap excuses.

    our club is dying and all we have in this modern world is our spending power. if ur happy being a sheep, then go to SJP and shout.

    If you want things to change, just do something and stop turning up and paying £50 quid. its all or nothing. this 60 min protest is rubbish

  • 73 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    @Mag I have a head full of hair, Probably should not have said that on here alota people will be jealous. The local area store shelf’s for rogaine will be empty haha

  • 74 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    70TWO, the top managers get success because they manage clubs who allow them to build a team and squad with quality players, Ashley does not allow this to happen so we are left with a decent starting 11 but with a Championship squad which is why with Cabaye and a relatively injury free start to the season we were 4 points off 4th spot, manager who win things have a squad who can cope when injuries come, we have Marveaux, Anita, Shola and Dummett, that is the simple reason bonny lad.

  • 75 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    No morals whatsoever! I just can’t get my head around how people still stick up for him!

    When asked in Thursday’s press conference if he will leave, Pardew said: “No, I won’t walk away. I love this job and I am going too fight as long as I can for it. That’s what I have always done.

    “I have been in tricky situations before. This is a situation where I perhaps need to dig deep, and I have got no problem in doing that. I will dig deep on Saturday and make sure I make the right decisions to get us a win.”

  • 76 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM


    I see what you mean about the likes of barton nolan and carroll and the current situation reflecting the more mercenary element. It has been attributed to Pardew for identifying the need for British players with the motivation and determination to play in the PL. It could also be suggested that a continental manager would be able to utilise a more technical method of playing.

    As with most things it is two same sides of the same arguement, we are just not good enough and something drastic needs to be done. Whether that is lower our expectations, change the manager, invest in players or change owners; who knows what the outcome would be?

  • 77 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Kevy, I’m as bald as a coot, but do I care or am I jealous of you, you hippy f***ing b*****d lol

  • 78 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM


    I’d wager most fans want all of the above apart from lowering expectations as there already low i.e stay in the league lol

  • 79 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Ruddy…I wish I could be there, but even if I caught a flight I wouldn’t be able to make it 😉

  • 80 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    el sleeve
    well if you saying pardew is 70% of the problem

    well guess what mate you are theirfore an ASHLEY LOVER.

    also you must view kevin keegan as a d1ck for walking out.

    you must be happy with this second string team

  • 81 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Kevymartins you’ve stirred all the slap heads into a rage, ha ha!

  • 82 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    @Spoof Fair play lol

    But nah I have been coming on this blog since I was 14 and 1 thing I picked up on over the years was that all the arrogant d!!ks were baldy. Through twitter and all that and i’m being completely serious.

    @Spoof Your all good so maby your one of them guys who accepted hair loss and didn’t let it get you down and prob suit it 😀

  • 83 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    toonking @71

    Slight correction: I am suggesting that players should come in and out of the starting eleven, using the squad in a more balanced way than suddenly making whole sale changes.

  • 84 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM


    If you were a NUST member you’d get your own personal e-mail telling you about the meeting :p as if you needed any more of a reason to join 😉 haha

  • 85 Mister Tuff // May 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I see Percy has banished Benny to training with the reserves and apparently de Jong could be fit for Saturday.
    I would play Benny every time before de Jong.

  • 86 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Nust like why can’t fans just get behind there team and stop hating the world pritty soon you will have people coming on here and saying the first rule of nust is, you do not talk about nust.

  • 87 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    This just in from your Official Blog Hobbit and club reporter. A statement from police constabulary of Barnet UK:
    Mike Ashley aka Mike NoNuts has been released following a brief altercation inside his home. He was found naked with a number of budgies in his master bedroom. The staff became concerned after hearing a number of shrieks and hysterical giggles. No charges have been laid pending an investigation.

  • 88 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    kevy, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, as you probably gathered, but I tell you what, me and you down the Bigg Market on a friday night and I bet you a weeks wage that I would pull more birds that you, 47 year old and bald, but I’m a handsome b*****d with good patter lol.

  • 89 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Kevy- I never took you for a baldist! Let’s kick baldism out of blogging!!!! Shiny topped posters unite! 😀

  • 90 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    To join NUST you have to have a comb over or shelvey skull!

  • 91 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Ruddy…you had me at own personal email 😉

  • 92 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Tskunki has a baldy nappa!

  • 93 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    G2 – was Mike wearing his budgie smugglers at the time? Could be serious consequences if so….

  • 94 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    @Spoof Just you saying that reminds me of coakley from the movie hall pass lol.

    I’m sure you would be a blast..You from Newcastle?

  • 95 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    The following statement has been released by Mr. NoNuts in response to the police statement.
    “I deny any wrongdoing in this unfortunate situation. No budgies were injured. I admit I was recording a little interlude I was having with me beloved birds but beyond that I have nothing to say.”

  • 96 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Tunski/Kevy, I’ve changed my mind, I’m not bald I’m solar powered lol !

  • 97 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Mag first of all how do you know and second of all you are an idiot. Oh and third of all you’re still an idiot 🙂

  • 98 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Budgie smugglers and a baldy nappa, groovy!

  • 99 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    And here’s a brief comment from one of the traumatized birds: “Brrraaaaaak! Brrraaaaaakkk!

  • 100 Ciaran // May 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM


    You can even send me direct private questions for those lonely Danish winter nights…this is getting creepy now haha

  • 101 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Kevy, Beamish a 20 minute drive from St James’ Park, even though it’s classed as County Durham

  • 102 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Tskunki mag. Haha .. No shiny heads aloud in NUST. Obertan should come on here and start his own fan club

  • 103 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Tskunki its your nick name Kojack, that gave the game away.

  • 104 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    No Tsunki mate. Unfortunately Mike was naked at the time. Except for the budgie feathers that is. The police who responded are being treated for shock and trauma. Give them a week off to recover I say. Harrumph!

  • 105 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM


    Take the example of Willo who you have as a second string player, he has had a purple patch this season but I doubt he will be able to repeat it. However he did bring some success to the side, he showed the desire to keep the position when given the opportunity and has been able to show some level of ability through game time. Who is to say that others would not be able to follow suit?

    As has also been discussed by others transfer value is no guarantee of performance, so the right environment has to be created at the club. For this Ashley is equally guilty as Pardew, but a better manager would go along way to rectifying the situation.

  • 106 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    @Spoof Iv’e herd alot of people from Newcastle say they would rather class themself’s as part of scotland rather than england is that true?

  • 107 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    have you been on those pills again bonny lad ?, if so to what extent

  • 108 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Sissoko,Tiote=Above average

    Thats all we got now.

  • 109 mag // May 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Kevymartins them comb overs are the worst especially when the wind gets a hold off them.

  • 110 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Just for general information no I am not bald. Perhaps a touch compromised in the hair department and yes there could be a strong case for a Regaine application buy I still require a regular visit to the gentleman’s trimming boudoir to have the occasional hair cut. Sometimes two of them.

  • 111 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    the thing is from augest all the way up to december we were on a winning run, the last thing you want to do is change a team that has been on a good run.

    everything all came at once.
    remy gets injured
    cabaye gets sold
    we field a different team in the FA cup but get knocked out
    debuchy gets injured
    we start loosing games
    the window closes and we only see de jong
    pardew gets a touchline ban at the worst of times.
    now their is chaos with fans at war over who is the biggest to blame
    players questioning weather or not to stay
    the manager just coming out with anything in the hope he can sound positive.

    this summer is going to be one of the biggest summers i’ve known.

    i said to TS a few weeks back that if ashley does spend lots of money on the sort of players we need the most then pardew has got the time to prepare for a team and he has no excuse for bad results so if he has a run like this season and last then he will get the sack surely. If ashley doesn’t back him this window then it’s certain no manager would ever like to come here unless it’s a pulis or bruce type.

  • 112 mag // May 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Tskunki that’s a hell of parting!

  • 113 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    In response to growing concern about his mental health Mike has released a second statement:
    “This is for all the wonderful supporters of Newcastle United and purchasers of my shoddy Sports Direct clobber. In the last 7 years I have been under a tremendous strain. I have been afflicted with nutticus shrivelous which has taken a huge toll on me berries. To try to reduce the stress I have hired some of my personal friends to try to help me sort out the club. Only recently I have realized they are all w*ankers. I am going to give up my membership at Wee Winkies and seek professional help for my growing affection for budgies. Please try to forgive me all. I’ll be back stronger than ever and deal with Alan soon.
    Your Beloved Owner

  • 114 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Mag – Tskunki well ha-de-ha. Fourth of all……

    Plus did I mention you are a manure troll?

  • 115 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    maybe not augest but certainly from september

  • 116 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Kevy, not a hope in hell, I’m English and proud of it, never heard anyone say anything contradictory to that, but lets not bring politics into it as it always leads to fights as you can be assured that it will lead to either Al-Qaeda or Ireland and quite simply I will refuse to discuss it.

  • 117 mag // May 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    G2 ashleys breathing, so that’s enough.

  • 118 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    @Mag The horse shoe all the way.

  • 119 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Wasn’t that a wonderful statement mates? And yes the tablets are working just fine Spoofy mate! 🙂

  • 120 mag // May 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Tskunki frequently in fact parrot fashion!

  • 121 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    GeordieTwo if you are MrMondypops I take it you use this site to let your hair down, releasing it from the rollers and budgie smugglers whilst among ‘fellows’; rather than parading in front of all unsundry.

  • 122 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Benny and wor Alan should just go right at it. Sort it oot with a proper heed stotting contest. May the best man win. Harrumph!

  • 123 mag // May 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Tskunkis hair is going back quicker than a forest fire!

  • 124 Tsunki // May 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Meh in off its getting harder to pick a time when jeffs alternate id’s aren’t on here.

  • 125 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    toonking @111

    Its not much different to last summer!

  • 126 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Negative on that SEVENTY2. Repeat, negative on that. I am a serious, full time Official Blog Hobbit and Club Reporter. I go after the stories everyone else is afraid to tell. I flare my nostrils when necessary. And women do run barefoot through my chest hair. Read it and weep with jealousy mate! 🙂

  • 127 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    GT, good to here it bonny lad, just as well you have me looking out for you, some one has too don’t they, unless of course you turn out to be Mike Ashley’s love child, and if thats the case I will take you tablets and replace them with smarties so your brain melts lol

  • 128 mag // May 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Women don’t run through Tskunkis nappa hair!

  • 129 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    @Spoof not at all bringing politics into it just I herd a few people say that to me wanted to know.Part of myself is geordie have family over there that I have never met.

  • 130 the truth will out // May 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    backs off hah
    he needs to fcuk off

  • 131 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    GeordieTwo – a little birdy tells me that Ashley is planning a lovely romantic meal for Benny and himself where they can discuss the availability of funds for soft furnishings and dancing girls. Are you any the wiser?

  • 132 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Kevy, as I said I have not heard that myself, as far as Scotland goes with the independence vote on the horizon then I guess it’s up to the individual, all I would say is that Scotland is currently part of Britain so by rights all Brits should be entitled to a vote on it, so if not local where are you from.

  • 133 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I have to say I’m very disappointed in you lot. Wor beloved owner is having serious mental health difficulties. Wor club is being held together on a shoestring budget. Alain Perdue is having difficulty remembering what he does for a living. I’m the only supporter out there showing the kind of love and kindness necessary at this stage. Helping with the recruiting. Faty Papy, Shefki Kuqi etc. etc. Helping rebuild the shattered confidence of Alan and Mike. Now come mates let’s pull together here! Huzzah!

  • 134 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Anyway, things to do so I must love you and leave you, ta da

  • 135 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    @Spoof I’m from Ireland myself, my grate gran was a Geordie. So atleast I can prodly say I have some Geordie blood in me.

  • 136 Our Toon // May 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Kevy & Toonking

    I honestly feel you 2 must have been watching something completely different over the last 24 mths, yes the team lacks depth but to lose 14 of the last 19 is an absolute disgrace and the buck stops with the manager.

    How many more unwanted records is this fool going to break before you realise he’s pants? Don’t use his ban as an excuse either, even on Monday he was being blasted for his tactics and this was by neutrals who questioned his game plan.

    No attacking threat or intent, if plan A fails which is to contain the opposition and then pinch a goal the buffoon reverts to Shola off the bench and hoofball. So please explain how Pards is not to blame?

  • 137 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    A follow up on me big bird fondling story mates. Recordings of Mike singing to his birds have just been released!
    Budgie, budgie candlelight
    Doin’ the town and doin’ it right
    In the evenin’
    It’s pretty pleasin’
    Budgie Alan, budgie Joe
    Do the jitterbug out in budgie land
    And they shimmy
    And Alan’s so skinny
    Isn’t it nice that wor Mike named his birds after his close friends?

  • 138 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    basically this summer is the final straw for ashley.

    pardew finished 5th ashley decided not to strengthen the team when needed only when it was emergency.

    last summer ashley saw what happened the previous season but still opted not to improve the team he thought that is was good enough with them who came the previous winter, now he has had a full season without spending money so their is no reason at all for not spending lots.

    then pardew will have no excuse for injuries and tireness.

  • 139 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Mike is very close to budgie Alan.

  • 140 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Fingers crossed – offski

  • 141 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    @Our toon I was one for bashing the life out of Pardew. I gave him stick for a very long time. But recently I have just looked at the bigger picture and admitted defeat because the same thing happens with every manager we have and let’s face it there is completely nothing we can do about it. You see people with these boycotts and having these meeting but do you really believe MA gives a shit about that?

    I still believe you hurt him by not giving him your money and that’s why I have not spent 1 penny on nufc this season.

  • 142 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    More from Mike (get a life Mike);
    And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
    Singin’ and jinglin’ the jango
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    It looks like budgie love

  • 143 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    So long SEVENTY2. Keep it wild and wooly mate.

  • 144 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Spoofy keep it real. I’ll be watching.

  • 145 Our Toon // May 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM


    I’ve also stayed away this season, I refuse to spend a penny on the club or on anything related to MA. The issue is the “I’ve admitted defeat” problem is alot of our fans have admitted defeat, don’t fool yourself into thinking there is nothing you can do, if we all refuse to turn up the devil would leave.

    As fans there is alot we can do, its about being constructive though….bringing different ideas to the table, not sit at home sulk and say oh well I can’t do anything!!

  • 146 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    our toon

    like i say to everyone else. it’s not that i respect pardew fully. what my posts all point to is the fact that our squad is absolute rubbish.

    look at all these players in the second 11

    team for next year



    then this great cover

    if you think we can perform well when this has been our main cover for the last two seasons then fine i will blame pardew but as long as post are going to be against players like jonas obatan sammi shola and recently dummett. then pardew has got every right to be given some sypathy.

  • 147 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Alan you’re a boy make a big noise
    Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
    You got mud on yo’ face
    You big disgrace
    Kickin’ your can all over the place
    Mike will Mike will sack you
    Mike will Mike will sack you
    Lyrics courtesy of Queen. Beautiful.

  • 148 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    @Our toon but that’s the problem there is people like us who stay away and the stadium always stays full.. Even if people did stop showing up shrewd MA would lower the price so that people could not resist going anyway.

  • 149 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Pardew motivates the lads by lying to them..
    He gets found out, loses support and lads get demotivated..

  • 150 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Has wor Graham even gone and watched Faty Papy play yet? Probably not. Ridiculous. Brilliant young player. Cheap. Low maintenance. Why do I even bother?
    Sulkily Yours

  • 151 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Well I’m running out of helpful ideas and comments for Mike and Alan. Possibly Benny can help us out? I wonder what Graham is making of Alan’s antics lately? He must be so excited going to work every day. It must be like a daycare in there. Alan screaming at Benny. Benny throwing meat pies at Alan. All the French lads cheering Benny on. Beautiful.

  • 152 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Poor Pardew has had it hard, no backing by the owner, cant stop the players eating pork pies, the fans have turned on him and even the players went on vacation early, can’t be easy.

  • 153 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Are we feeling wild and wooly tonight lads?

  • 154 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    No jesper mate. We’re exhausted from our efforts on behalf of the Toon. Serious investigative reporting is very taxing.

  • 155 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    GT..a proud grey Canadian Geordie should always feel wild and wooly mate 😉

    …speaking of Geordie, did you ever come around to listening to “Geordie/Langebro” last night?

  • 156 miggy // May 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Pinocchio wasnt set any targets,no alanthats why you all get a bonus for a top ten finish,your nose is growing alan stop the lies and u might become a real boy tosser

  • 157 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Aye I did jesper. Very nice. I always liked Joan Baez’s voice. Joni Mitchell is very decent as well. Lots of golden oldies out there mate! 🙂

  • 158 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    There isn’t an easy way out for the club from this mess mates. It’s going to be a real struggle. I would start fresh with a new manager if I were Ashley (a horrible thought). Is there a single sensible football thought in Ashley’s heed though? We haven’t seen any signs of one in the last 7 years. What was the last sensible thing he did for the club? I’m trying to think? Hmmm. No, nothing comes to mind. Anybody else think of anything?

  • 159 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Well Alain Perdue says we don’t have a top 10 target. But we definitely have a top 17 target mates so don’t worry! Yes big bonuses for everyone as long as we make the top 17! Huzzah!

  • 160 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    catchy RH and the rest of you who think we will get a decent manager while ashley is in charge.

    so is this proof that we are stuck with poor managers whilst ashley is here or do you think kevin keegan is just stubborn?

    i say it’s proof we are stuck with poor whilst ashley is here

  • 161 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Good evening how’s everybody

  • 162 toonarmydownsouth // May 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    So villa have confirmed interest in Hernandez Holtby and Lescott insisting they need to spend to avoid constant relegation battles…..

    We’ve been linked with Colback and Snowdgrass…

  • 163 Spreadthetoon // May 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I’ve heard enough. Irrespective of the result Pardew must be shown the door. He’s lost the dressing room and now the fans. If Not then I’d seriously question MA. For me this is the straw that will break the camels back for me and most others.

  • 164 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM


    Its hard to know exactly what will happen as ashley is unpredictable. We only seem to buy when we are desperate but then a couple years ago he bought cisse when things were going well for decent money too.

    I personally doubt we’d get a better manager but who knows what he might do, could change his direction.

    I honestly don’t think we could get many more boring or inept than pardew. He has shown time and time again how he relies on on one or two players to do something individually and dig him out of hole, not so much to do with team work.

  • 165 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM


    i’d take all 3 of them. But in fairness it’s one thing to declare interest and another to go out and get them, villa have been poor in the transfer market too recently

  • 166 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    No backing from owner ??????? That doesent seem true today.

    If Pardew is in a relegation fight…Ashley buys
    If Pardew is in top 12 or so…Pardew stays irrespective of how we play

    He is there for 8 years WITH NO TARGETS AMD NO FEAR OF SACK..he gets help in transfers if there are relegation fears…


  • 167 toonarmydownsouth // May 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Very true but non the less that is a massive massive sign of intent to want better than simply tread water in the league

    Certainly a bigger statement of intent than “1-2 players per calendar year”

  • 168 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM


    I agree, but lets see what they do. We have supposedly bid for players like aubameyang, cabella, grenier, etc…..but they came to nothing.

    Lets see what these sides have come september the 1st.

  • 169 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    We’re all terrible welshie mate. We keep losing games and we haven’t even signed Faty Papy yet! Unbelievable! It’s a new low for us. 🙁

  • 170 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Also on the previous article i’m sick of reading financial fair play….there is nothing fair about it.

    All it means is rich teams who were at the top when these rules came in can continue to spend their huge revenues and teams below them have less to spend and ultimately won’t be able to catch these sides….nothing fair.

    Imagine telling any other business they couldn’t spend money to compete with established companies…’s going to fall apart soon anyway.

  • 171 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    G2, Spoof and other regulars, have you joined NUST, it costs 19 pence a week !

  • 172 TurkishFan101 // May 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM


    Something that will interest you.

    We have the 7th highest turnover in the Premier League, which means all this cr@p which some fans believed about how we could not compete with the likes of Southampton, Everton and even Norwich..

    Everton are 9th and we are 7th!!!!!

    This means our miniumum target HAS to be 7th with constant Europa league season in season out.

    These lowered expectations and ambitions are here because the fans did not react pro-actively and let them get away with setting such stupid targets.

    Pardew chatting cr@p before and many times how we cannot compete with the top half of the table and clubs no more is all BS.

    These accounts are only for summer 2013, imagine the them now with all the big money getting pumped in and the new BT deal..

    NUFC: Turnover: 7th in league, £96m (up from £93m in 2012)

    EFC: Turnover: 9th in league, £86m (up from £81m in 2012)

    SFC: Turnover: 14th in league, £72m (up from £23m in 2012)

    Spurs: Turnover: 6th in league, £147m (up from £144m in 2012)

    As long as fans take everything from the regime and let them lower the expectations, there is no one else to blame but yourselves if you still attend games as well.

    No point complaining about regime but same time buying new season ticket and new away shirt.

    No point attending games if you want a change but complain about the regime.

    If you was going to something at all, you would stop going completely and take protest/boycott.

    Everyone has to make sacrifices but it will turn out to be good for the long-term.

  • 173 toonarmydownsouth // May 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Given how desperate Villa are to turn there fortunes around, i can’t see them low balling on the offers to much!

    Personally i think this summer is going to be a disaster for this club and the wrong decisions will be made for the wrong reasons
    Still think Pardew will be manager next season with no improvement made to the back room staff and a few less big players that have been replaced with the player equivalent of the Tesco value range

  • 174 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM


    After yesterday with our talk about women’s trouble I’ve have been listening to puddle of mudd come clean album in the car and I have just found my favourite song it’s called she hates me.

    Ha ha ha

  • 175 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Ashley is up to some huggermugger business with Pardew.

  • 176 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM


    people go to games, some have had the same seat for 30 years, friends they only see on match days and they just want to go and watch their team….it’s not backing the regime directly. There is more than one way to support the club and as i’ve said many many times here can anyone give me an example of a sustained boycott from a football club?

    I think you are over simplifying it too. Turnover isn’t the be all and end all….what about costs? We have a crap academy and have to buy all first team players, southampton have a great set up and get a good 6/7 players into the first team so need to spend less buying and probably paying these players.

    I completely agree we could spend more than we do, the club talk rubbish on that, but it’s not so black and white.

  • 177 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Welshgeordie, you need to brush up on the art of seduction.

  • 178 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Mike will Mike will sack you!

    I like that :0

    And Queen wrote it so many years ago eh. Prophetic

  • 179 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I have definitely considered it Jail mate. Do you consider it to be worth it? Are they making any progress?

  • 180 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM


    I’ll go alone with that, it’s what i sadly see happening.

    Villa were in this position last year and did very little in the summer, their owner has no interest at all either, they are pretty annoyed with him.

  • 181 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    That’s the spirit welshie mate @174! And yes Cyprus they are incredible with their prophecies. Amazing band. That naughty Freddie Mercury though. He was probably doing it with budgies way back then before Mike had even fondled his first bird. Harrumph!

  • 182 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Kevin Keegan, was giving a talk in South Shields, and he didn’t paint very good picture of life under Ashley at Newcastle United. Keegan would like to return as manager, but not until Ashley leaves the club.

  • 183 daztoon // May 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM


    That isn`t proof.

    That`s Keegan saying he won`t return under Ashley for obvious reason`s

  • 184 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Well said Turkish fan @172. All right lads, you’ve all been begging me for a short break to scratch them where they itch. This is it! Take 5 mates.

  • 185 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM


    personally wouldn’t want keegan back, his time has been and gone really….there are much better options we could get if we had a better owner.

  • 186 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Ashley must know if the club loses one or 2 games in a row there will be same festering.

    I think Pardew must be shown the door. For the better of the club.

  • 187 Big Pappa Cissé // May 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Not sold on Keegan ever coming back but I still think he is a better manager than Pardew .

    All I want is a manager I have confidence in and that plays attacking football . Imagine going to places like the Emirates and not dreading it ? .

    Not thinking “how many are we going to concede this week” .

  • 188 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Is everybody finished? Tsunki, you take far too long and seem to enjoy it far too much mate. Colour me concerned.

  • 189 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Sage, we’ll agree to disagree on the subject of keegan, I personally think at the age of 63 years old, keegan with his wealth of experience would be great for Newcastle United, especially in its current state.

  • 190 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I like this song

    Met a girl, thought she was grand
    Fell in love found out first hand
    Went well for a week or two
    Then it all came unglued

    In a trap, trip I can’t grip
    Never thought I’d be the one who’d slip
    Then I started to realize
    I was livin’ one big lie

    She fuckin’ hates me
    Trust, she f****g hates me
    La la la love
    I tried too hard and she tore my feelings
    Like I had none and ripped them away

  • 191 Big Pappa Cissé // May 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Like when we went to Highbury and beat Arsenal 1-3 and went top of the league under Sir Bobby .

    That poor bloke is probably turning in his grave watching Pardews shocking football .

  • 192 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I believe I’m going to have to re-think my whole Toon recruitment plan for the summer. If we’re not going to make a move for Faty Papy I’m going to have to come up with some less well known names. Hmmmmm. This may take some time.

  • 193 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    how is that not proof

    kevin keegan is a manager who is very passionate about newcastle and loves the club.

    in the whole of the premier league era i can only think of 2 great managers kevin keegan and bobby robson both of who loved the toon deeply.

    all these great foreign managers, they don’t care about newcastle, they will see us as nothing more than a one club city. when they are manager of a team they want to see progress being made and in the premier league they see that happen through money being spent.

  • 194 Big Pappa Cissé // May 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Compare that to Monday’s joke of a performance :

  • 195 Transfer Sage // May 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM


    I just think other than at us keegan has done very little as a manager, i can’t see any real reason to bring him back other than a fan favourite. Much rather somebody more modern

  • 196 daztoon // May 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Would take Keegan back as DOF.

    His passion and knowledge for the club alone is a massive selling point.

  • 197 cyprus // May 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Big Pappa, in fairness we hang on a bit in that game as well 🙂 Great goal Robert! And SBR stated they sure don’t know (hate?) how to lose

  • 198 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Keegan is a living legend who commands respect throughout Europe and his brand of football never dates.

  • 199 toonarmydownsouth // May 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Lol why the hell would Keegan ever come back why Ashley is here!

  • 200 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Will pardew get sacked this week end if we don’t win

  • 201 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Pardew’s team talk on Monday

    “They are Arsenal, Make sure you don’t get beat by 5 or six, I will take it from there.”

  • 202 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Newcastle United fans should accept the fact that the club isn’t going anywhere, but sideways until Ashley leaves.

  • 203 daztoon // May 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM


    Do i have to spell it out for you

    Saying an article that Keegan wouldn`t work under Ashley is NO PROOF , that any other top manager wouldn`t take the manager`s job.

    Nobody has had the chance to turn the job down so that`s hersay.

  • 204 Big Pappa Cissé // May 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    In my dreams we are one of the greatest clubs in the world challenging for quadruple’s every year, Sir Bobby’s cancer goes into remission, is still alive and manager, Keegan is his assistant, we play like Liverpool currently are, have a team full of local lads mixed with some Solano, Cabaye & Asprilla types, our home strip is similar to Juventus and the SBR foundation is our Sponsor .

    If only 🙂 .

  • 205 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    You know lads, I think it’s time we sympathize a bit more with welshie. It’s very important that women understand us. We’re sensitive, and yes sometimes even delicate. We need space to scratch. We need time for wor footy and wor refreshing beverages. How can they not understand that? Shocking really. 😯

  • 206 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    for tonight we should all forget about newcastle and instead show our passion for the team across the tyne bridge.

    go gateshead bring some happyness to us newcastle fans.
    hartlepool haven’t had that good a season nor have middlesboro
    the toon and sunderland have had awful seasons so do us all a favour and get yourself promoted

  • 207 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    How many of our players will score if put through on goal…Little distance to run and 1v1 with keeper..

    I dont have confidence in any1 to do such a simple thing…Perhaps sissoko..

  • 208 Big Pappa Cissé // May 1, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    And Shearer is DOF 😉 .

  • 209 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I mean, now that I think about it more I’m actually quite upset! We have needs! All that whinging when we forget their birthdays, wedding anniversaries etc. etc. I mean it’s so selfish of them! Let’s show them who wears the thong in wor relationships lads! Harrumph!

  • 210 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    1-0 gateshead
    come on keep it up

  • 211 validator // May 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Women need to know that you’re worthy to squire them.

  • 212 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Benny would score artfuldodger mate. He would just have to put his meat pie down for a minute and focus on his footy.

  • 213 wolfshead@toon // May 1, 2014 at 8:01 PM


    i put our poor performances down to their diet especially the french lads fancy cuisine is no use in the harsh northen climes a plate of fray bentos pie and chips washed down with builders tea is whats needed to get them firing on all cylinders 🙂

  • 214 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Oh I’m worthy validator. My chest hair is always available for lasses to run barefoot through. My nostrils flared, my eyes bright. It’s lust at first sight mate.

  • 215 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Spot on wolfie. What are that lot eating? You can see it in their lack of manliness. Croissants and caffe latte before a match? Ridiculous.

  • 216 validator // May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I’m very glad to hear that G2, and the fillies are beating their way to your front door.

  • 217 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    In my dreams we’re owned by wor Mike Big Pappa mate. We play footy like wee girls. We sulk and head butt. Well they’re more like nightmares I suppose.

  • 218 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    No, I don’t like fillies validator. Too horsey. They eat too much. Sometimes they’re gassy. No, definitely not.

  • 219 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM


    If you can get a petition going then I can give it to her and the petition

    Ha ha ha

  • 220 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    She Fxxxxxg hates me


  • 221 validator // May 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Yes there’s nothing worse than a gas filled bowel.

  • 222 validator // May 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Welshgeordie ask her if she’s ever seen a naked man in his naked shaggy.

  • 223 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    This just in from Alain Perdue to all Newcastle United supporters:
    Do you really want to hurt me?
    Do you really want to make me cry?
    Do you really want to hurt me?
    Do you really want to make me cry?
    Well lads? I hope you’re proud of yourselves. Look what you’ve done to poor Alan.

  • 224 welshgeordie9 // May 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Is that what pardews says to Ashley when they are in the showers

  • 225 Blackley and Brownlie // May 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Cardiff are in that scenario where they’re fighting for their lives, a little bit, and that showed today if I’m honest.

    Those goals were four wonder strikes from them. You don’t tend to see those type of goals in football anymore if I’m honest. They were a bit of a throw back for sure. I don’t think any team could have defended them.

    We’re not in the mix with them and it’s to our credit that we’re seven places better off than last season. I think that gets overlooked a little bit.

    I was pleased with the way we kept going after their third went in because, as good as that goal was, there was a definite hint of offside about it, 100%.

    We showed fantastic commitment today, if I’m honest, because it was a difficult atmosphere out there for sure. We’ve not won for a few games now so we’ve got to be resilient. We’re in that resilience mode now at this football club. We just need energy to go with that resilience and we

    Its a tough job here, I make no bones about that. The fans have been fantastic all the time I’ve been here even when things have maybe not been going so well at times. But there was one or two signs, “p45due” signs, which I think got to one or two players from the start, maybe out the corner of their eyes they picked up on it. That sort of thing don’t help when you’re in a little bit of a rut.

    But I don’t blame the fans for that because that’s something that’s been whipped up by the local media, who have a certain agenda out there for us, for sure.

    I don’t think it helped today that our groundsman watered the grass. Perhaps its science against me but I think the Welsh are more used to the wet than we are on the east. The Welsh are carrying the luck against us this season and that’s something we need to increase the discussion mode on. I’ll be taking that up with our head groundsman for sure as one to look at for next season.

    I’ve said for some time that we just need one win and we’re targeting anfield for that. We’ve haven’t scored a goal for a couple of games now which is unusual for us

  • 226 GeordieTwo // May 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    B&B mate 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 227 andrew84 // May 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Top drawer B&B!

    Although you forgot to include the classics “trust me” and “really and truly I think we’re in a strong position going into the summer, Mike and myself are on a level with that”

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