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Press All Over The Planned Walk-Out Even Before The Game

8:44 am, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

There are reports about today’s game that Cardiff City must win it to have any chance of staying up – but that’s not technically true, with Fulham one point ahead of them and Sunderland and Norwich two points ahead – but if all four sides lose, Cardiff could still avoid relegation by beating Chelsea at home – although of course that could be very difficult.

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Alan Pardew – pleads with fans

And Newcastle are rock bottom of the table in the form guide – which take the results of the last six games of the Premier League, and Cardiff have won at Southampton and have two draws and they have  scored 8 goals, while Newcastle have lost all six and have scored only two goals.

If we lose this game today all hell will be let loose – that’s almost a certainty.

Alan Pardew has spoken about not talking to Mike Ashley for up to three weeks, but Mike has been on holiday, including a short stint over here in Florida.

This is some of what Alan has said:

“I haven’t spoken to him for two or three weeks.” “He owns this club with the confidence to let the manager get on with managing the team.”

“That is what he has always said to me, get on with it. That’s what he expects me to do.” “When I won manager of the month he didn’t ring me up and say well done. I didn’t expect him to, that isn’t his way.”

“The most important thing is the group being strong as a team and we have shown in our last two games.” “You can say what you like about the Arsenal game, but I was on the touchline and they dug in deep because they had to because they were a very strong side.”

“At Swansea we shot ourselves in the foot in the last minute, but the feeling in the dressing room, people don’t see that emotion. We are desperate to win for the fans.”

It’s up to the players and the manager to get the result today – but the news is already being dominated before the game by the walkout after 69 minutes that is being urged by some fan groups – and we have no idea if the fans at the game will heed those requests.

But even if a few fans do walk out – those will be the pictures seen after the game and on Sunday – whatever the result – and we suppose it would be even more sensational if Newcastle also lost the game to the bottom club – to make it seven defeats in a row.

The press are just loving this.

This reminds us of those Mike Ashley protests in the first half of 2009, when we were fighting relegation and the marches and protests took place  just before the home games – wonderful timing – and that didn’t help the players then either – and of course we ended up being relegated.

Certainly any walk out after 69 minutes today is not going to help the players on the pitch – that’s a given – and the first thing we expect the TV commentators to talk about today before the game is the planned walk-out.

It’s already dominating the lead-up to the game, and will be having a negative impact on the home side – and Cardiff will see they have a huge opportunity to pick up 3 points.

And this could actually all work against Alan Pardew being fired, given the way Mike Ashley thinks – which is not exactly in line with the fans – and the Journal and Mark Douglas have also pointed that possibility out today.

Comments welcome.



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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // May 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Pardew OUT!

  • 2 niafron // May 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Wasn’t here for a while… How are you my english friends? Still deluded by the club?

  • 3 Oldgit1 // May 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Really hope the supporters are united in walking out on the game, it’s about time they make themselves heard.

    I hope also that the rumour that 14k supporters have not renewed their season tickets a few more please.

    It’s time for change and I’m more confident reading Pardews comments re having no contact with Ashley for three weeks could mean he is ready to get rid of him.

    I’m the eternal optimist.

  • 4 Ciaran // May 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Yes Ed, it’s called covering the news relating to NUFC….you should try it some time.

  • 5 mindcompressor // May 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    If fans really get out the match earlier it will be excellent excuse for Pardew, so he shouldn’t moaning…

    I don’t understand why actually protest can work against Pardass being fired. It will be clear message that fans still love club, but cannot accept azimuth and attitude of so-called “manager” and owner. So, if protest would make Pardass stronger on his position, so maybe they should say officially that it is better without fans for them?

    As long they are paying for tickets, buy merchandise, etc.

  • 6 Graeme // May 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Sorry Ed, but this has nothing to do with the players. They are royally paid to play football, wear a Black & White shirt, try and win a game.

    They are able to do this with a crowd of 20, or 200 but are lucky enough to have 50,000+ turning up. In return, they decided in January that it was game over, job done and mentally, they have been on holiday ever since.

    That we are blessed with an idiot owner and a 3rd rate manager, unable to lead, or manage his squad, but who cares – they still get paid, royally, for their abject performances.

    Todays walk out is for the fans, about the fans – letting the morons at SJP know, without doubt, enough, is really enough. Why should they be immune to the consequences of their dismal displays? Why should they be absolved of the consequences of their failures? Why do you believe the fans are wrong – just because it upsets P45due??

    I hope the walk-out goes as planned, hopefully an empty ground by 75 minutes played – maybe they will then sit up and take notice that the fans have had enough.

  • 7 Oldgit1 // May 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    @ Niafrom yep sounds about right. Will feel better if Pardew is sacked.

  • 8 niafron // May 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Got my answer…

  • 9 niafron // May 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    @oldgit

    A matter of time. The best moment to announce it will be during the world cup, when everyone will look elsewhere.

  • 10 Ciaran // May 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    But once more, Ed has completely and utterly missed the point. Kudos sir.

  • 11 Oldgit1 // May 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    @ Graeme spot on mate. Couldn’t have put it better myself. Just wish the fans are united in the walking out.

  • 12 Whoarya.com // May 3, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    P45due is a goner anyway I’m more worried about this trashing the name of Newcastle worldwide?

    Can you imagine what players will think? Ours? Prospective transfers? Fan base? Jesus it will cost our club millions so it’s madness.

    Results are rubbish and so is the coaching staff if you look and results and indicators like no threat at corners – ever, chaos at corners against, we get ripped apart by anyone who plays 1/2 touch football, set pieces are the same as corners and no real threat anywhere.

    Ashley will make the obvious changes or it will cost him millions so self harming protests bug me big time.

    I pray for another Shearer and live in hope

  • 13 mindshaft // May 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Not sure why the walkout is getting so much press, Arsenal fans walk out on the 79th minute of every home game!

  • 14 Ciaran // May 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Whoarya.com

    *Facepalm*

  • 15 Ciaran // May 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Quick question folks, who has done more damage to the worldwide reputation of Newcastle United football club? The loyal (sometimes overly so) Newcastle United fans, or the gruesome twosome of Messrs Pardew and Ashley?

  • 16 Oldgit1 // May 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    The mindset of my club is all wrong, the staying up is ok for the likes of west ham, Swansea, Aston villa etc but that is not good enough for the likes of Newcastle , it’s about time this club had a winning mentality starting with a manager that knows what he is doing and an owner that’s put supporters first.

    Not winning anything since 1969 is disgusting, the small minded mentality of people entrusted with our club have failed badly.

  • 17 niafron // May 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    @Whoarya

    Don’t be afraid, one thing is sure about football: people are plagued by amnesia.

    I don’t speak of the fans, but of everyone, players and observers as well…

    A new manager, a new project, 2 or 3 win in a row, we will be the kings of the PL.

  • 18 mindshaft // May 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I’m not sure how people think the walkout will do players harm, players know its down to results and the manager always get the blame for results.
    We’re stuck in 9th – 11th place regardless of scores in last two games
    Pards seems to have already lost the dressing room
    Players stopped playing in Jan so they can’t get any worse
    Pards is clutching at straws

    Reality is that very few will probably walk out and we’ll be a laughing stock

    If everyone did walk out it would at least show the media worldwide that we are united as a fan base if not a club

    Bizarre that people think standing by and doing nothing but support the toon is a better option – actions have consequences and in this instance poor results over the last 18 games have brought us to this not just the last 6 losses

    Pards has already written off the Liverpool game he’s quoted as saying get this win against Cardiff and they can go on hols and be able to look a fan in the eye….WTF!!! doesn’t he realise that we actually have another game next weekend against Liverpool (much as I dread it)

  • 19 southafricantoon // May 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Wow , even here is South Africa people are talking about Walkout at ST James park…. So I’ll be watching the match, but if majority don’t walk out its gonna look stupid .

  • 20 joenufc // May 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Ashley will do whatever it takes to protect or even enhance his revenue streams,how a walkout of disillusioned, disconnected and fed up fans could be spun into P45dues favour is complete rubbish. Ultimately Fatty will do whatever fatty want’s to do but the walkout will without doubt play a part in his thinking. He will know now he can’t just leave P45due to run our club, he’s tactically inept, continually breaks all the wrong records and is loosing the fans and revenue. Money is fatties god and anything that affects his normal purse filler will be dealt with, you don’t become one of the richest men in England by loosing money do you.

  • 21 Kamikaze Koala // May 3, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    @southafricantoon

    Mate they are taking about it over here in Canada too! But in all seriousness this is D day for are club, if we walk out the pressure will be immense to finally get rid of pardew, however if nothing happens we will be label as supporters as a joke/sheep/embarrassment etc…

    But I have faith in my toon brethren, justice will prevail!!!

  • 22 magoo // May 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Ed,

    It’s clear from your comments that you are against the walkout. By my reckoning I’d say about 50% of people on here are for it. As such it might be an idea to drop the first person plural (eg ‘we think…’) when stating your opinions, it looks like your stating a fact or speaking for the vast majority when in this case you are clearly not. great blog though, just sayin ! (sorry)

  • 23 MacToon // May 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    No worries Ed, you can stay in your seat if you wish, it’s not forced on people at SJP. Each and every person who HAS paid their money has the right to show their disapproval if they so wish.
    Alternatively, (continue to) stick your head in the sand and pretend everything’s hunky dory.

  • 24 Ian Toon // May 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Nufc.com

    “We’ve never sought to do anything other than inflict our own jaundiced views on you via this website, certainly not act as self-appointed spokesmen for the Geordie Nation. That’s why TV/radio interview requests in recent days were refused – as usual.

    For those who have asked though: regardless of the score, we’ll not be leaving before full time and for us to urge others to do that would be hypocritical.

    We respect the views of those who feel motivated to leave early, be it on 27 minutes (last title), 55 minutes (last domestic cup) or 0 minutes – that latter category belonging to those who have already stopped going.

    What we would urge though is that those with differing viewpoints don’t seek to intimidate each other. Setting fan against fan won’t help anyone’s cause, while interruptions to the game would only give our numerous critics – and the footballing authorities – ammunition.

    Stay, go or don’t come at all – it’s your call, not ours. If reading this helps you decide one way or the other, then we’ve achieved our objective.”

  • 25 dcdick // May 3, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Ben3arfa // May 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Pardew OUT!

    Thats my line……………………. :)

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 26 toonluvva // May 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I can’t make up my mind about P45due’s comment that Mr Ashley has not spoken to him for 3 weeks.

    Does that mean that Mr Ashley is simply totally disinterested in us now, or

    He is readying himself to issue the instruction to Mr Charnley to sack P45due.

    According to the press, Mr Ashley has always been an enigma and that’s the way he likes it. Frankly I see no reason to sack P45due before the last day of the season, providing he already got a replacement in mind.

    I expect we’ll wake up on Monday 12th May to the headlines that a certain Mr Kinnear has announced himself as the new NUFC manager!




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