Newcastle The Most Improved Team In Premier League


Forget about the fact that we have lost 13 of the last 19 league games since Boxing Day, and that we have failed to score in 12 of them, and that we have gained only 16 points.

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A tense looking Alan Pardew

If we assume that Crystal Palace will not win their last two games at home to Liverpool tonight and away to Fulham on Sunday, and that Stoke do not win at West Brom in their last game, and we lose at Liverpool, then Newcastle will finish in 9th place.

And when you forget about what’s happened this year (yes that’s very difficult we know), the facts will show that – at least as far as league position is concerned and for teams that were in the Premier League last season – Newcastle will be the most improved side this season – because we will have moved up 7 places in the league – more than any other club.

That;s also true if we are 10th and have moved up 6 positions in the league table.

And Alan Pardew can justify to Mike Ashley that he even did a little bit better than top ten – by finishing in 9th place, even though the owner sold our best player – Yohan Cabaye – in January and didn’t replace him.

He could also throw in that we have made one permanent signing over the last tow transfer windows.

So if we do finish in 9th place those could be some of the points Pardew makes when he discusses the season with Ashley (will he use a Powerpoint presentation?), and that meeting will be very soon after the last game next Sunday.

But as we pointed out yesterday, Mike Ashley has a history of going against what the Newcastle fans want.

So we hate to be the bearer of potential bad news – but it could be that Alan Pardew keeps his job in the summer, against all the odds.

And that could be especially true if we do finish in 9th place, and remember every place in the league is worth around £2M this season, and money seems to be everything to Mike Ashley.

Of course one thing Mike Ashley needs to decide is whether keeping Pardew would be a wise decision, given the vicious displays by the fans towards the manager on Saturday – which have to be the worst scenes witnessed for a very long time against a Newcastle United manager.

Alan Pardew may have lost all credibility with Newcastle fans, and that would make it very difficult for him to continue in the job.

And if he does go, then David Moyes has to be a heavy favorite to take over.

Comments welcome.



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89 comments so far

  • munkeyboy

    May 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    We might be improved in the final standings of the PL table but our football has not improved. Our club’s leadership effectively marked the season as being over in Jan (by selling Cabaye and not replacing) so is it any wonder this has filtered down to the players?

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  • toon kk

    May 5, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    What about finishing 5th, then nearly been relegated last season, that’s hardly progress? I’d call us unstable.

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  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Anyone who has judged HBA, Marveaux, Cisse, Mbiwa, Sissoko….. on recent performances knows how to watch football and nothing more. saying HBA or Marv are no good because of their showing on few cameo appearances in badly arranged sides (usually that are already losing) is specious reasoning. These players maybe came with some baggage but like many talented players needed proper coaching, and a good team to work with. Pardew’s style is an imagined old fashioned English dogged defending style with a turgid midfield and an attacking ploy of bundling the ball in using anyone, striker, mid or defender, whoever dares to venture forward. That’s why this shapeless mess has ruined a proven goalscorer like Cisse, a good cb like Mbiwa, a box to box striding midfielder like Sissoko, and disenfranchised talent like Marveaux and HBA. I hear lots of stories about their bad attitude and laziness, petulance etc, but where do these stories originate? Maybe their frustration is borne from the conditions they work under?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    tsunki

    100% right

    some people would rather believe what they are told than see with there own eyes

    I call these people blind sheep, that no nothing at all about football

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  • toon22

    May 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    When you think about it i kinda hope Mashley keeps p45due.
    I also hope he does his usual summer transfer dealings

    Then he will get to see just what unrest looks like at the toon.
    It might just help us get rid of both of them.

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  • Graeme

    May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki – nice comment mate.

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I still think 11th is a possibility! Palace have it in their make up to win tonight at home and they do well against teams who attack and fulham are woeful, they could realistically take 6 points!
    Stokes record against West Brom verges on ridiculous, i expect them to win on sunday! All depends on tonights result but I think liverpool might be deflated seeing man cities fixtures, 2 easy home games, think the title is theirs

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  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy – as a supporter of the Ashley financial approach in the past and a backer of Pardew while he deserved a chance after the 5th place season, I have given the regime every chance to prove themselves. But Ashley has turned out to be the operator of a money generation scheme and nothing more, Pardew bring a symptomatic employee. Seems you were right.

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  • jeff

    May 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    couuldnt agree less tsunki

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Said it on here before, we’ll never get rid of Mash, no matter how much we protest! Only way hes going is if someone stumps up 300m+ …. Its hard to describe how little coverage NUFC gets down in midlands and London, If MAsh doesnt come to newcastle (which he rarely does) he would hardly realise there was any unrest!
    Hes the kind of chaaracter that would actively not sell the club to piss the fans off… In the city in business he has a history of pettiness, spitefulness and holding grudges for longer than ppl can remember…
    Best we can hope for is pardew goes! And is replaced by a manager that plays attractive football and develops youth as developing a superstar is the only chance weve got of seeing one play for newcastle

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  • BuckLuck

    May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki @3

    Spot on. Great post!

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Also worth noting that down here people that arent nufc fans don’t watch the toon games! They just see we are 9th, a big improvement on last season and made a significant profit and think MAsh is running the club well and pardew is managing out of his skin! For some unknown reason people think pards plays attractive attacking football too… You’ll probably find that in his circles Ashley is getting loads of plaudits for this season….

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  • toon22

    May 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Hope he keeps pardue and hope he has the usual summer of inactivity.

    We will get relegated there will me massive unrest,once we go down he also will lose the fans.
    Last time we got behind the team.If we go down next season i think he will find it wont happen again.

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  • SportsDirectFC

    May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    I have been reading this blog for a while but don’t usually comment.

    I would like to say well done to the fans that campaigned in any way they knew how at the game. We must view this as the start of something, and whether it was as successful as people may have wished for doesnt matter.

    The important thing for me is that people are realising the extent of the situation we have at our club. The day Lee Charnley released that statement was the day i stopped supporting the team because it confirmed all my reservations that we have no long term ambitions to finish any higher than 9th.

    Its hard to know how long people will tolerate this. But i do feel that once any fan has realised the extent of the situation at the club, they can’t accept it. This way numbers against Ashley can only grow. Whether this discontent translates into a visible impact in terms of united protests, reduced season ticket sales and genuine pressure on Mike Ashleys regime is the key question.
    Supporting Newcastle should be exciting more than anything else- this is my biggest concern with our stagnating club. When you aim for 9th in this league its impossible to do much better, I have to believe that the supporters will only tolerate this for so long before they are bored.

    In a nutshell, I am not deluded, I dont expect us to compete for Europe, I DO expect an owner cares about the club, and that’s all I want.

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  • toon22

    May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    He will lose a massive amout of money and revinue.

    It will turn into a massive white elephant.

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Think MAsh is helped by owners like Venkys, Tan, Khan etc
    You can wait for Leibherr to asset strip southampton this summer too. They make his ownership look sound.
    Kinda ironic weve waited years for a chairman that would give us stability and give a manager time snd when it happens its bloody Pardew!

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  • cyprus

    May 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    “He’s the kind of character that would actively not sell the club to piss the fans off… In the city in business he has a history of pettiness, spitefulness and holding grudges for longer than ppl can remember…”

    Jay, how do you know this? Hearsay or more? (Because I thought he tried to sell but there were exactly zero serious offers.)

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  • cyprus

    May 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon22,
    So you are hoping we get relegated??!!

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Anyone find it interesting yesterday Pulis dropped to 4/5 to be next newcastle manager with paddy power?? Paddy power were the only bookies to have pardew as favourites months before he was manager when other bookies had him at 33/1..,, they also called the Keegan appointment first

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    @Cyprus – 1) I’ve met him a couple times through work. Actually liked him tbh, seemed a genuine toon fan at the time too
    2) one of my main clients is based near shirebrook in derbyshire and knows MAsh as an acquintance. Same client grew up with Peter Coates and they are life long friends and PC loves telling stories on other chairman and football related things. My client relays the nufc stf to me because he knows im a big fan.
    Regarding his business dealings in the city, hes well renound for underhand dealings, pettiness, toys out the pram behaviour. Im sure you’d bring up dozens of stories even on google about it

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  • Slank

    May 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Jayphoto

    You are absolutley right about how little coverage Newcastle gets. The football world is not interested in Newcastle United. The walkout may be headline news in The Journal and Chronical but it doesn’t make a ripple elsewhere.

    Newcastle United is a mid table club with a reputation of having failed to win any domestic trophy for over 50 years but still have some of the most devoted fans in the country but also many fans with illusions of grandure.

    Before the start of the season I said on here I thought we would finish between 8th and 10th, which is looking like where we will end up. Some pundits thought we would be fighting for relegation but others thought that a top ten finish was possible.

    Ashley will sell when he feels like it and no matter how many people walk out or display bed sheets he will not be moved. He does things on his terms, history has shown this and yes he does hold grudges and he nearly always wins.

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  • toon kk

    May 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    One of the most annoying things at Newcastle is we can see what pardews mistakes are but he can’t, he’s just set in his own ways and nothing will change him.
    But he’s not all to blame, our squad aren’t giving 100%, there not even fully fit which has shown for a couple of years now.
    Also Pards hasn’t the biggest or best squad to choose from.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew – There Are Problems And We Will Put Them Right

    You are the problem Pardew and everyone knows you’re just staying for the pay-off for failure. No class, no dignity.

    If Ash is remotely interested in exciting, attacking football, as claimed, why such interest in Moyes?

    Moyes is very competent but hardly one to get the pulses racing, just ask Manu fans or Everton fans if they’d have him back over Martinez.

    I don’t want any more Brit B listers : Bruce, Pulis, McKay, Moyes etc. There has to be an army of Euro coaches out there with modern tactics, like de Boer, Bielsa etc.

    If Pardew is still here in August I will relinquish 44 years of supporting NUFC. The level of players Pardew could attract and that Ash would pay for make me shudder.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    slank

    sadly you are correct. Ash parks his tanks on people’s lawns and is not a paper triple billionaire for nothing.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda…”The level of players Pardew could attract and that Ash would pay for make me shudder.” – You must have missed Ed’s earlier article about Frazier Campbell!

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  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Jeff – that assures me that I am reasonably correct 🙂

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  • BuckLuck

    May 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda heights @22

    “If Pardew is still here in August I will relinquish 44 years of supporting NUFC. The level of players Pardew could attract and that Ash would pay for make me shudder.”

    The last sentence is gold. It sums us up very efficiently!

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  • dantoon85

    May 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    I live in shirebrook Derbyshire and if anyone is willing to donate some cash towards my Rocket launcher fund, next time the fat cnut comes to visit SD here in his swanky helicopter I’ll be able to shoot the fcuker down haha

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  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    I think everyone realises now that Ashley has the capacity to dig in like a tick for the sheer sport of it. It’s only when the revenue dries up that he will feel like moving on.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #30

    tsunki @ 3

    first class

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  • dantoon85

    May 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Toons front 2 next season will be Troy Deeney and Fraizer Campbell. You heard it here first 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    cheers buck,

    it breaks my heart though that it’s come to this.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #33

    ibiza

    no i caught it. frazier campell almost makes shola look prolific!

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Pulis is actually playin decent stuff at Palace getting the best out of possibly the worst squad in the league. Palace play better stuff than us with poorer players!
    Hes also got Chamahk performing, something Allardyce and Wenger failed at…
    Not saying I want him at NUFC, just giving credit where its due!
    On moyes, seen a few reports saying he wouldn’t let his fullbacks overlap? Remember Baines overlapping constantly for moyes at Everton tho?
    Wouldn’t want moyes myself though he is a marked improvement on pardew if of a similar old school. Things that concern me about Moyes where his record for youth development is pretty damn poor, he wasn’t willing to give Barkley minutes last year and prefferred Hibbert over Seamus Coleman. Always found at everton and man utd i guess he was wasteful whenever given decent money…. 11m for bilyaletitdnov, 17m for fellaini, 28m for fellaini, 37m for Mata when they didn’t need him….
    Problem is these managers all set up rigid teams and i think nufc now needs fluidity and dynamism

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    RH

    Come August, mate he will do irreparable damage if he is here for Pre season and presides over transfers.

    I am done if he is not sacked by May 20

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  • Tsunki

    May 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Jay photo @15 did we really wait years for stability? I don’t recall it that way. If you mean financially we only got the notion FFS was gambling on a high roller budget when Ashley finally bought out the old crew. And then Ashley turned over a few managers before he got to Pardew. I think stability is the key though, in the sense that Pardew is the man who will sell his footballing soul to bend to the financial whims of his master.

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  • Slank

    May 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    The problem is that the revenues will not dry up.

    In any normal company if revenues do dry up one of the consequences is that the business goes belly-up. The staff are made redundant and the assets sold off.

    Is there anything that would prevent Ashley doing this?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki at 3

    No Wonder Shola is his favorite then.

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  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    @dantoon – the absolute sad part of that joke is that Campbell and Deeney (deeneys a good shout tbh good player) are probably an upgrade on the strikers Nufc own! (Remy aside obviously) id take both over Shola and Cisse. And Gouffran (tho hes not played up top hes a striker)
    On gouffran, hes actually been one of our very worst players since november and it seems to have gone under the radar a bit

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  • Graeme

    May 5, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki – but even if the current levels of revenue were relevant, it would make no difference to him. As long as the club isn’t costing him more than a few million a year, he will be happy.

    The Premier League Payments are at record highs; the TV money is at record highs – the money that fans pay to attend a match is small by comparison. The “World Wide” exposure the TV coverage gives him is the obvious main objective.

    How many tat-shops are advertised on BBC? Non. But on MoTD, the repeats etc, his tat-shop is on almost daily. Then add in the Satellite Channels, all buying in to take the BBC and Sky feeds – MA is getting World Wide Advertising, effectively free of charge.

    He will recoup his initial outlay when he decides to sell up, in the meantime, as long as we stay in this league, his ONLY priority, he will be a very happy man indeed.

    We, as fans, are little more than an irrelevant inconvenience and he treats us as such.

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