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Pardew – I Have To Take A Lot Of The Blame For Today

4:48 pm, Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

Alan Pardew was interviewed after the game today on Quest TV, and Alan said he takes much of the responsibility for what happened in that first half this afternoon, because Alan played two young lads up front.

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Alan Pardew – I take the blame

This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game we lost 3-1 to a better Malaga side, and we were 3-0 down at the break:

¨To be honest I have to take a lot of the blame when I started two young players up front.¨  ¨Second half we were a lot better and the senior players who we brought on were a lot better.¨

¨And I protected a few today because we have a tough game tomorrow, and we will have a more experienced side out.¨ ¨I take a lot of the blame for today – but we’re getting there.¨

We suppose he’s talking about Adam Armstrong and Ayoze Perez as the two young players up front. and both were replaced at half time.

Newcastle were basically outclassed by a slick-passing Malaga side in the first half, but the lads came back well in the final 45 minutes, but the defense still appears to be a weakness,  and at times in the first half we were all at sea.

Newcastle probably need to sign at least one new center-back this summer, to shore up the defensive options – and you cannot argue with the facts – that we conceded 59 goals in the Premier League last season, and a worst ever 68 goals conceded in the season before last. :(

That should tell us something – like our defense isn’t good enough.

We want to see a much improved performance tomorrow afternoon against our German hosts Schalke 04 – but that game will not be an easy one either.

What do you think?

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Never hated an NUFC manager as much as I hate Pardew . He is a horrible person as well as a shocking manager . The polar opposite to Sir Bobby .

    What we learned today is that Sissoko is no winger, Collo & Taylor are possibly our worst CB pairing and Colback is nothing more than squad filler .

    Team for City should be:




    —HBA—————-De Jong—————-Cabella—


    Ideally I would like another CB to pair M’biwa, Quality striker and Grenier as well but I can’t see that happening in a million years under Ashley .

  • 2 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM



    Cabella did some tricks but overall he was totally ineffective. He didn’t get much service to be fair. Aarons was better than him I thought.

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    we don’t need a striker.

    we need a centre back and a new manager

  • 4 davetoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    FFS Pardew, what is wrong with you..

    Its a pre-season game. Any manager worth his sh1t would just say its good to give the new players and the youngsters a run out and leave it at that. but no – he has to fan the flames of the fans that want him gone

    God help him if we start badly

  • 5 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I dont see anything wrong with what Pardew has said here. He has identified what was wrong and has accepted most of the blame. He isnt blaming the youngsters, he is blaming himself for throwing them in at the deep end. Ffs you all want him to be honest, and as soon as he is you start moaning about it.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    “I take the blame.” So do the honourable thing and go!

  • 7 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Big Pappa Cisse

    Can’t see Captain Colo being dropped. Also can’t see Ben Arfa being picked for this and any other game this season. Sissoko will be on the right wing and Colback alongside Tiote.

  • 8 Toon Tang // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Has no one called this guy a taxi yet?

  • 9 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    You can’t criticise Perez for being up front on his own. We need more players. It’s evident. That Aarons looked decent. We need more pace in the team. Grenier, Remy and Alderweireld are needed. Konoplyanka would be a dream signing.

  • 10 jimmyxavi // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM


    This is because, Pardew played him on the left wing and had him sat in his own half for most of the game! The lad played 90% of his games behind the striker last season and wasn’t asked to defend!

    Like i’ve said about 100 times, Pardew will turn him into the new HBA – by killing his attacking threat and making him defend all game – I questioned how long it would take our fans to turn on him and judging by the comments on this blog, it took 45 minutes (not aimed at you, read comments on previous few posts)

    Giving Pardew players like Cabella is like giving me the tools and materials to build a house, pointless because the house won’t get built, why? Because I don’t know how to build a house!

  • 11 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    No manager is going to resign after losing a freindly ffs. People on here are acting like spoilled little brats and idiots.

  • 12 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    We’re short on senior players with pace. De Jong doesn’t have that and should be on the bench. Big mistake letting Marveaux go. Ben Arfa should be starting.

  • 13 davetoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    @Markaccus does anyone really GAF if we lose to Malaga or anyone else in pre-season.

    Its really about a close loss or better to Citeh, then beating Villa in the first 2 weeks. If we get pumped by Citeh, then lose to Villa – that’s when things will kick off

    But my point is, thats ALL pardew should be worried about

  • 14 Blubber tits // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM


    Your powers of inference really aren’t very strong, eh?

  • 15 JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER) // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    so cabella n perez are too young to play…mayb both will play for the reserves

  • 16 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    The only thing highlighted by the first half in particular is our desperate need for a classy CB or two. Staylor is not good enough, Colo cant do it on his own.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM


    with respect Colo and Saylor are not kids.

    This whole match just smacked of the 14 out of the last 19 games we lost last season.

    First half not one shot on goal as a mediocre Spanish team ran rings round us with their passing and movement.

    I don’ t think Pardew will ever get that just standing off people defensively and hoping to scrape something every game isn’t going to work, just like the braindead set pieces to Willo.

  • 18 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM


    I agree that Perez is too young, too inexperienced and too light weight to play the lone striker.

    We really needed a playmaker today. Colback and Abeid are workmen like but we had no one who could dictate play. Grenier would be excellent. De Jong would do as well.

  • 19 Novocastrian66 // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I normally don’t get to vexed about preseason games but that was pathetic and the biggest concern was; the overall performance was typical of last seasons shambles.
    Players isolated in possession and defensively. Ponderous passing and zero movement off the ball. No sustained attacks with no real chances created. Malaga could have played without a keeper.
    It’s a bit disingenuous of Pardew to blame the lack of experience as the reason for the poor first half because it was simply a rerun of everything that was wrong last season.

  • 20 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Blubber tits.

    Stop being pathetic. His statement is clear. He blames himself for picking the wrong side. Reading any more into it than that is insanity.

  • 21 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM


    But he did habe kids up front, who were inefective. You know as well as anyone that an inefective front line puts more pressure on the defence. I agree his tactics are too negative for nufc, but if you ask someone to be honest, and shoulder responsibility, it becomes rediculous to tear into them when they do it.

  • 22 Blubber tits // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM


    No it isn’t, not where this muppet is concerned.

  • 23 dcdick // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    When is he going ????????

    Pardew Out !!!

  • 24 Shearer the leg end // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    There’s some right moany twats on here like. He’s admitted he played a young side and he blames himself. Yous ask for honesty from a manager and when he does you still fecking moan. No pleasing some people like.

  • 25 WestJez // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    The two young players he was referring to were perez and arma. He took both off along with sissoko and cabella at half time.

    …controversial opinion time: Obertan wasn’t bad in the second half… got some crosses in, won a couple of corners, and scored a goal… :-O

  • 26 Shaker Shakrah // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    the problem is not with the 2 young players

    Colback and Abeid were shocking and they didn’t hold
    the medfield and close the gaps and the space
    Colo & Taylor are very poor also >

  • 27 JP...from The Rock // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Although Pardew might be right in that he started with two kids upfront it is not the reason for that pathetic display in the first half. Our defense and midfield was all over the place in that period, the forwards had nothing to do with it as they barely had a sniff. Any striker up front would have a hard time in that half as we were useless defending as a unit and had no shape whatsoever, it’s not the strikers fault as even if we had Messi there he wouldn’t have helped that much with the rest of the team playing so poorly.

    And once again this tool of a manager doesn’t learn from mistakes and can’t mix it up in set-pieces yet again he played the long hopeful ball to Willo to make something happen, something that never has had any success in 300 times he’s tried the same bloody move!!

    If after 5 games in the new season we have only amassed a point I really hope Pardew is sacked at long last.

  • 28 catchy in norway // Aug 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    looking forward to the start of the season,

    same old fools expecting things to be different because of all the new players,

    it won’t take long until you turn on the new or young players , blaming them for not being good enough,

    pardew must go if we are to finish in the top 10, Southampton will still finish above us , even with all there beat players gone

  • 29 Mickalonius // Aug 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I see the anti-Pardew brigade are out in strength, I suppose you would be happy with Joe Kinnear back or maybe big Sam or how about Gullit ? Just give it rest, it’s a pre-season match FFS… SOME OF YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. I on the other hand am quite positive about this season.

  • 30 Malta Mag // Aug 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I would like nothing better than Pardew to be a success but you have to say he’s on borrowed time because if we don’t hit the ground running the pressure will be on and he’ll be hounded out. I’m optimistic about this season as I feel realistically the top 5 places are spoken for but I think Spurs, Everton and ourselves will be in the next 3 places. Optimistically we should be looking at 6th but realistically 8th is where we will probably end up. One good defender could make the difference I fear.

  • 31 puretoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Mickalonius@29 and why are you so positive about this next season when we’ve got the same dirge manager who couldn’t manage a Sunday morning football team ( no disrespect to Sunday teams). Pardew’s lack of man management is appalling, as is his management generally, infact he’s crap! we know it’s a pre-season try outs, but Pardew stands there as if nowts wrong when we can all see the players running around like headless chickens!

    Yes, we’ve got a right to be anti pardew and always will be and you’re talking the usual rubbish about having Kinnear/Gullit back-what a small minded comment.

    We need a decent owner and new manager and we’re sick of saying that. There’s nowt wrong with most of ours players ecept a decent manager who can actually manage.

  • 32 dannitoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    U can’t blame the two young lads for the crap defending… no different to last season

  • 33 Big Steve // Aug 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Cabella spent more time on the floor than a well worn carpet. Looks very lightweight to me and will get found out in the EPL. Defence? We haven’t had one for years. Needs a complete clear out. Janmaat must be wondering what the fu#!ck he has done. Colo is finished and saylor never started imo (liability). Pardew needs to be afraid. Very afraid.

    C,Mon the toon.

  • 34 Brutooon // Aug 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    even if we sign C.Ronaldo and Messi, AP will:

    1) Play C.Ronaldo at Defensive Midfield

    2) Play messi at left back

  • 35 Sav // Aug 3, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    We all took it for granted Steven Taylor was out the door at the end of last season, yet here we are and he’s still puffing his chest and standing like a policeman directing traffic as forwards tear us apart. With him and Colo our CB pairing I fear for us this season.

  • 36 dmhomag // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    It’s a bloody friendly. This is the time for trying out new formations, blooding young players; when winning and losing does not matter. I’d be worried if the coach starts his first eleven, go for a win and learn nothing.

  • 37 MonkseatonMag // Aug 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    It is the players themselves to blame for failing in Pardew’s master plan. Specifically, I agree with Pardew that Perez and Armstrong are totally to blame for the defencive frailty and the innefective midfield. The service they received was obviously first class These two young lads ought to be ashamed of themselves! They should be banished to the reserves with Beb Arfa until their contracts expire.

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