Safe Pardew To Axe Many Senior Players – Including Ben Arfa


It will probably be announced later today that Alan Pardew is safe in his job as the Newcastle manager, and presumably that will come after the meeting with Mike Ashley and the Board, and so for the second time in 12 months Pardew narrowly escaped the sack at Newcastle and he will know he must do a better than 10th place next season.

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Time called on Ben Arfa’s stay on Tyneside

But the good news – if it’s true – is that Ashley will give Pardew £60M in transfer funds to bring in new players this summer, and Newcastle want to tie up their transfer business before the World Cup begins early next month, but that could be difficult.

We had reported last week that as many as 13 players could leave this summer, but some of them were younger players – but as far as the senior players are concerned, it looks like time is up on Tyneside for Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and Dan Gosling, who may be going to Bournemouth.

On loan strikers Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy will also be leaving the club this summer, and it seems touch and go whether local lad Steven Taylor will also be leaving the club.

It’s not surprising Steven wants to stay on Tyneside, and if we were to hazard a guess, we’d say he’ll be staying at home, at least for next season.

Younger players who will leave the club this summer include James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Conor Newton, Shane Ferguson, Romain Amalfitano, and perhaps Mehdi Abeid and local lad Michael Richardson.

Those are a lot of players who will be leaving Newcastle this summer, and we hope there are some very good players coming through the door, which we will need to see, if we are not going to be fighting relegation next season. 🙁

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236 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Imagine if you were at the Fans Focus tonight and they announce Pardew is staying, transfers will be coming in, Shola is not getting a new playing contract and the club are happy to have finished 10th. What three questions would you want to be fully answered?

    My thoughts are that it is useless asking about the availability and amount of a transfer budget, or why there has not been an apology for employing the Joeker as DOF.

    1 – why was Pardew not sacked for violent conduct, the collapse of the team since Christmas and his inability to fully utilise the full squad of players at his disposal?

    2 – do the board intend to remove the opportunity to expand the stadium onto Strawberry Place and why?

    3 – will the target for next season include reaching a cup semi final and improve the strength of the squad to match this requirement?

    Can any one be more succinct or be able to expose the real issues that we need proper answers to?

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  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    A victory for expediency over ambition.

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki @21 last post

    Perhaps Q1 should be more about coaching as a whole?

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  • Scottiedog

    May 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    @ 1 – Pardew was not sacked for Violent conduct as he did not actually make contact with him!!!!!!!

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Scottiedog – that is the major flaw in Q1!

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    From what I remember of the Fans Forums they seem to be quite superficial Q&A sessions where there is a lack of incisive, or follow up questions. I imagine this is because they are preselected, but if those present were not so hung up on retaining their places at trough, there could be an agreement that only three good questions would be asked by all contributors. Then continually asked until properly answered under the threat of a no confidence vote.

    Would this make any difference?

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  • lesh

    May 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Hang on…..

    So Pardew might be given £60m to overhaul(strengthen?)an already inadequate squad?

    Yet at the same time, he’ll be clearing some first team squad players out – presumably some attracting a fee?

    What’ll happen to any income generated from the sales? And can we take it the £20m or so raised by Cab’s sale will be part of the reported £60m or could it go towards making that £60m, £80m?

    Answers on a postcard please to…….

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh
    Lol that’s quality Jesper in for Krul next season!

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  • KingNash

    May 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    “and Dan Gosling, who may be going to Bournemouth.”

    Says it all really

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh
    I have no idea, asked the same last night

    A lot of the players rumoured to be out the door like HBA Tayls Marv Krul are I’d imagine some of the higher earners too

    So do there wages and fees also go back into the pot or is just here’s £60 mil and you need to replace all out goings as well as strengthening that was needed any way

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  • Spoof

    May 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    I would love to know where this £60m kitty has came from, afterall Ashley doesn’t speak to the press and unless Charnley has said something which I am unaware of then all I can assume is that it is made up nonsense, does anyone know if Charnley has made a statement indicating a large transfer fund ?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    For the amount of players who will leave, compared to the amount that will come in, we’ll have even less numbers than last season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    70TWO
    I think if you were to go rogue from the preselected questions I’d imagine the borrowed security team from dekka’s casino would hastily rush you out the exit door!

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  • firebug666

    May 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Scottiedog – 70TWO

    Q1, But the intent was there, and at the very least he brought the club into disrepute. I does not matter how it gets put, either he did or did not make contact. The simple fact is he brought the club into disrepute and lost the dressing room.

    What followed was a shambles of the team that played so well before Christmas. IMO he should have been sacked and my question would be, why was he not?

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  • JAMSHA

    May 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    fk u pardew is the one who should be axed.. if any of our top players are axed… protest

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  • one Tony Green

    May 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    What a crock. Ed you are just guessing who is leaving and have no insight to what is going at the club. As for 60 million really when did Ashley say that. 60 million Turkish Lira not pounds sterling.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    After the article was published Luke Edwards, the writer retracted the “£60million” as he had received a call from NUFC stating that it was incorrect. Check his twitter feed for the tweet about it.

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  • KingNash

    May 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Re: Tony Green

    It was in the Telegraph this morning mate.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    No point second guessing what is happening at The Toon. Papers linking us with players who Chelsea and Man City are looking to buy is paper code for we have no chance.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilo
    I have it on good authority there was an error, it wasn’t £60 mil, it’s 60 million tic tacs that Pardew has been given to ensure he goes into the season with the squad as fresh as possible

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    toonarmydownsouth – I have no idea who are members of the Fans Faorum, but they appear a bit soft, disparate and easily lead by NUFC agenda. Are they so daft that they do not think to have a pre-Fan Forum meeting, get themselves organised and ask the real questions that we need answers to? Despite the personal consequence and imagine the media embarrassment and potential UEFA sanctions. This is the only real portal fans have and it is being wasted.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    @lilongwe so much misinformation is put out. The Club could do itself huge favours if it communicated properly with the fans.

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  • Big pec

    May 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Money should already have been spent, promises promises, we winged it big style, looks like
    MA and AP have taken the heat again and are still in the kitchen!!!

    When does the next bomb get dropped on Baghdad FC, something ill be in store wont it, the owner thrives on upsetting the apple-cart dosnt he, Shola no doubts getting a new contract or shiffted to the coaching side of things, oh bloody hell, just waiting for that one, also Luke De Jong has done squat all to get a deal at the Toon, forwards with no pace are not clever at all, had more than enough chances hasnt he.

    Whoever we bring in MASSIVE DAMAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE, THE H BOMB HAS BEEN DROPPED ON OUR BELOVED CLUB WITH THIS LOT, the radiation is choking us.

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  • TurkishFan101

    May 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    What gets me is who has given pardew the “green-light” the go ahead without even meeting Mike Ashley which he is supposedly doing today and a official statement out as well.

    Looks to me there is going to be a U-Turn and we will see Parses sacked?

    Here’s hoping..

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    firebug666

    I agree, but may be Q1 should be about the quality of coaching throughout the club matching the targets set and delivering players who progress technically. But for that there would need to be an overall philosophy and mission statement, things you do not find in a bargain bin.

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  • Spoof

    May 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    @15, even that amount is wishful thinking lol

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  • jimmysmith

    May 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #28

    What on earth is Ed babbling on about?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Tads,
    Maybe they misunderstood when they read blogs and local journos saying they were lacking tactics.

    Spoof,
    I’d imagine there is £60 million to spend, the thing that was wrong was that it was for transfers. Most of it is for Mike’s Yacht parties over the summer.

    OTG,
    It is a massive issue the communication, but then I think the distrust is so entrenched now that it would take a long time for us to believe what they say anyway, even if the problem was addressed.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Empty,half empty or so St.James’ Park is the answer.Ben Arfa to leave.That is unforgivable.

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  • TurkishFan101

    May 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    🙁

    http://m.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/sport/football/newcastle-utd/hatem-ben-arfa-has-kicked-his-last-ball-for-newcastle-united-1-6613438#.U3HmpN0mPQQ.twitter

    I pray to god that it is a U-Turn and we indeed get rid of Pardew.

    What is the point to sign 6+ players for them to get pardewed and risk profit.

    Surely Mike you can’t do this? Please sack Parses!!

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  • Spoof

    May 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    LG, that’ll be right, he has yacht parties whilst the club is sinking !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Spoof,
    One day we will get our revenge, and we will have a party while his yacht sinks.

    (Disclaimer: No lives were lost in the sinking of the yacht)

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  • Spoof

    May 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    If anyone read the Luke Edwards report you would have seen that the expected drop in season ticket sales has not materialised, yet last week many were saying that sales are well down, do we have any figures or actual knowledge of how ticket sales are going, I would never criticize anyone for getting a ticket as that is what supporters do, but if ticket sales are not down then that would be a blow to us wanting rid of Ashley.

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  • firebug666

    May 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    70TWO

    Yep, I have said in the past that if this club is to have a clear out of deadwood then it should start with the coaching staff and then work on the team.

    At this moment the club appears to be in disarray without anyone actually standing up and giving fans or the media any sort of information this only leads to speculation.

    The fans have not only turned on the club, but it seems we are turning on each other (another point for Ashley) and not many can agree or agree to disagree with what we speculate is happening at the club.

    This is where the Fans Forum should step forward and drag the information from the NUFC reps attending the meeting, All the fans now need to united and look to getting a just and proper line of communication going between the club and the fans.

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  • BandB

    May 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    It will be interesting today to see whether the statement has the nerve to claim that the season is a success because we hit the 10th place target.
    The 10th place target Pardew claimed didn’t exist a few weeks ago when he thought he might miss it.
    Odd that the new MD didn’t contradict him then, even though Charnley had himself re-stated the target just a few weeks before.

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  • Spoof

    May 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Band B, I think we read too much into the top 10 target, even failing to meet the target wouldn’t necessarily mean dismissal, finishing 11/12th and just failing would have probably meant a must do better telling off, I don’t see Ashley looking at 10th as being successful but 11th as being a complete failure which meant dismissal, I think it was the fans who were hoping that 11th would make sure dismissal would be the outcome, I doubt that it was set in stone so to speak.

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  • FNUKLNUK

    May 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    The £60 million war chest statement has already been withdrawn from the same journalist on the request of the club.

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  • 70TWO

    May 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    firebug666 – well said

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  • BandB

    May 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    If my MD says “this is your target” publicly, then I would be very foolish indeed to gainsay him publicly a few days later.
    That we accept this kind of blatant manipulation as the norm at Newcastle United is very sad indeed.
    The targets were for public consumption, and blithely disowned when they became inconvenient.
    I bet they don’t set a target for next year. “Pardew knows he must do better.” says Ed. I would wager he knows no such thing.

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