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Maybe Newcastle Can Surprise Us On Saturday …..

9:26 am, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

We think it does make a difference to have the manager on the touchline during a game, but whether we could have done better over the last seven games when Alan Pardew was banned from the touchline – we don’t know, but probably not – because we have played so poorly as a team in those games.

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Alan Pardew after win against Manchester United

But when Alan Pardew makes his case to Mike Ashley to stay on as Newcastle manager at the end of the season, he will probably make the case it was because he was banned.

But that works both ways – and of course he was the person responsible for getting himself the ban in the first place – when we were winning the game easily 3-1 at the time of the altercation with David Meyler – and it was through a complete lack of discipline and decorum.

Not good.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about being on the touchline:

“It always makes a difference because we are a team and it is important the manager has a voice on the side.”

“There are a couple of times you need to control a player if he has made a mistake or done something good, to reinforce some belief in them.”

“I am disappointed we have ended up with a defeat on Monday, but I think overall we have no injuries so Saturday is an important game for us,” he said. “We need to focus on that to get ourselves a win.”

The advantage Newcastle have on Saturday is that Cardiff City maybe even more demoralized than we are, and after all – here’s a little bit of positivity I’ve managed to get into this article  - at least we will be in the Premier League next season.

But in the initial voting on the result of the game, fans are not confident of a win – with less than one in five thinking we can beat the bottom of the league side at home on Saturday.

That doesn’t sound too good.

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But you never know, maybe Newcastle can surprise us on Saturday – on the positive side?

It’s happened before.

Hasn’t it? :(

Comments welcome.



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    “We need to play more, to build more. Even if you lose you have to try and play more and lose with pride. Now when we lose we don’t go down fighting. That’s the biggest problem.” says Ben Arfa.

    Shows whats up.

  • 2 the truth will out // May 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    the expressions will be reversed on saturday with Solskaar smirking

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // May 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Tbh getting sick and tired of nothing but words from the manager and the players
    Stop putting out statements and stories and start doing your f**king talking on the pitch

  • 4 the truth will out // May 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    does it matter that fat git wont be there the press can have a field day
    scummy man seller or tat

  • 5 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Our new kit! As bland as our manager, our tactics, our owner( when it comes to us) and our bland stadium on a matchday!

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/710332255?-11058

    70two

    Yep that pretty much sums pardspew up mate

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // May 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Alan, you did a great job affecting things in those Sunderland defeats and the Liverpool embarrassment. Liar. Delusional.

    It’s unreal what he tries to spin. He is insulting everyone’s intelligence with this nonsense. Get out.

  • 7 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    I meant bland as in fatty cares not one bit (because obviously his senior appointments have been far from bland) ;)

  • 8 Laurent Robert 32 // May 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Three and a half years and he gives us this type of football still. A clueless mess.

  • 9 croftus5678 // May 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    i still think pards shouldnt have got banned for meyler when meyler started it and players never get punished for it that way when they do it a-la manc keeper the next week (same incident)….however thats all in the past i suppose.

    we need to beat cardiff no matter what to stay in the top 10 so we at least can attract players better (we have enough trouble without being a top 10 club for new signings) imo fans should consider doing the “not turn up”which tbh i think would be better as they are not still paying the club money for nothing or for us season ticket holders walk out on the last game at half time as we imo will def lose that game and will have nothing to play for anyways (leave it with an almost empty stadium from half time on our side !

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // May 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Croftus, from previous,
    You say no top name manager would join us, I agree mainly, but why do we need a top manager to get us playing attractive attacking passing football? Brendan Rodgers wasn’t a top name when he helped to get Swansea or Liverpool playing that way. Nor was Martinez at Swansea or at Wigan.

    Rodgers is the one that interests me most. He began his coaching career as a 20 year old, and as such has learned, developed and honed his coaching skills first and foremost. This has enabled him, once he moved into management to be able to impress his coaching ability, style and vision upon all at the club.

    Given our current situation where the manager has little control other than playing the hand his superiors deal, that is what we need. Someone who has dedicated a career to becoming a top coach and getting the most out of and improving players. They are out there, and most would be more than willing to take on this challenge.

    The only problem is having the faith in Ashley to actually do a proper recruitment and assess candidates on merit rather than how often they gamble, or how quickly they can see off a pint of Guiness.

  • 11 Puppet Pardew // May 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Hi Fans, Oh you’re all hot air & talk – ’cause you know you’re not going to walk! We’ll be here squeezing those pennies from you, Wonga style, again next season. Treat ‘em mean keep ‘em keen – as the big chief likes to remind his staff. Nice little earner this job’s turned out to be. Now where’s that holiday brochure gone.

  • 12 Kamikaze Koala // May 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    The only positive that i can imagine from Saturday is him at a press conference trying to explain why the ENTIRE home supports left before the final whistle!

  • 13 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    I want to win something. I am not gonna win anything here. Why put in effort.

  • 14 theartfuldodger // May 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Has this 60th min walkout gathered any momentum..

  • 15 croftus5678 // May 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    @10 lilong

    i do agree buddy and i’m big fan of rodgers myself what he’s done is awsome at puds.

    a lower league manager would take the job aswell as most managers out of work like moyes but i wouldnt expect more than one season from them if they dont get any support as no decent manager would put up with no signings for 18months and i do think esp with the way ashley runs it that we need to keep a “good” manager happy by supporting him with some funds every season to motivate those players allready at the club.

  • 16 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    We really are a joke club who continuously make joke decisions.

    Pardew’s reaction is to offer Shola a new contract when he should be the first off the rank and out the door.

    Llambias is the one I really can’t forgive for giving out the 8 year deals.

    There isn’t another club in the land who would tolerate P45DUE as a manager given his record and anti-football, but 52000 keep wearing it and Pardew has no shame.

    We know it’s not players who are the main problem. Yes a few more would be nice but what’s the point knowing they will just be ”Pardewed”, played out of position and dropped when on form.

    I am alarmed at the decline of so many of our players. It is down to coaching. Look at Simone, not a vast or amazing squad by any means but works to his players strengths and motivates them fantastically well .

    If P45DUE stays we are looking at a team of Elliots, Goslings, Raylors, Williamsons, Sholas etc…Mouthwatering!!

    Sad that the list of potential replacements are
    Bruce, Moyes, McKay when although huge upgrades on Pardew are not exactly De Boer, Laudrup, Di Matteo or any number of Spanish / French / Dutch managers with modern tactics who could rebuild us from top to bottom.

  • 17 bobby mango // May 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    How shocking is it when it will be a surprise to win, at home, to the bottom team, with no injuries in our squad.

    Is this isn’t damming enough for Pardew i don’t know what is

    P45DUE

  • 18 Sav // May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    By the way, has there been a word of criticism for sometime Freddie Shepherd buddy, Allan ‘Ollie’ Oliver who wrote an unhelpful pack of lies about Ben Arfa being ‘banished to Paris’ and never to set foot on SJP again?
    I’m all for giving credit where credit is due, and in Oliver’s case, there isn’t any. When things are as bad as they are, all we need is for irresponsible hacks to make stuff up like this. And they wonder why there’s a fractured relationship with the club?? Check your facts, Ollie. You don’t need to make stuff up about Newcastle right now. Some even say you couldn’t.




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