This Is What Pardew Is Saying About His New Players

This is a critical season for Newcastle United and certainly a critical one for Alan Pardew, and at the very least Newcastle will need to finish in the top ten if Alan is to remain the Newcastle manager next summer.

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Critical season for Alan Pardew and Newcastle

Alan’s job is in danger not only because of the poor results of the last two seasons, but also because of his antics on the touchline which culminated in a long stadium ban after he head-butted Hull City player David Meyler

Unfortunately, whatever he does in his future career,  that’s what a lot of people will remember Alan Pardew for – whether that’s fair or not.

And Pardew has not been shy in telling everybody he has been delighted with this summer’s transfer window, when we have brought in nine players so far:

Ayoze Perez£1.4MTenerife
Jack ColbackFreeSunderland
Siem de Jong£6MAjax
Remy Cabella£8MMontpellier
Emmanuel Riviere£6MMonaco
Daryl Janmaat£5MFeyenoord
Facundo Ferreyra£1.6M - Season LoanShakhtar Donetsk
Jamaal Lascelles£4MNottingham Forest
Karl Darlow£3MNottingham Forest

But when you think we got around £32M for Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy this year that means it’s still only a net outlay so far of about £3M, although there may still be a couple of signings before September 2nd, and on the other hand if we sell Cheick Tiote this summer,  we could actually make money this year on our transfers.

Newcastle now have some good players in the squad and Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Manu Riviere and Jack Colback all made their competitive debuts on Sunday against Manchester City, and debuts were also given to 18 year-old Rolando Aarons and 21 year-old Ayoze Perez, and all six played well.

Pardew talked about his new players today:

“They were solid – and they will get better too. It’s difficult to settle in the Premier League.” “They had to come in at champions level against Man City.”

“I think they did very well.” “The 2-0 scoreline somewhat clouded it but the fans had enough to see.”

2-0 was never reflective of the game, and if we could have equalized in those last few minutes with a couple of great chances we had – who knows – we could maybe have even won the game.

But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – it didn’t happen and we lost 2-0, but the display was good – especially in that second half, and now we have to go all out for a win at Villa Park on Saturday.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardew out!

  • G

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I cant believe Kets is starting the Rojo rumours. Class. Just out of interest, has anybody actually watched him play, other than a decent world cup?

  • G

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Rojo that is, not Kets… obviously

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #4


    I seen the dig at me in your reply to OT, bit in called for really ,

    I’d love it for you to find stuff that I have put out there that you find unfair on pardew , I fully accept I may get on peoples nervs with how much I go on , but everything i say on about him is backed up by facts

    1 I don’t like the football he has us playing , people are saying it was man city, yeh yeh , no matter if it was burnley we play the same football , contain and counter attack,
    2 we don’t look fit when we play , I watch most other teams running and making space for each other, our teams are filled with individual tallent , that would rather shoot than pass ,
    3 we do not support the forwards / forward,

    4 excuses , boy oh boy the man can give you a reason for any occasion, my all time fave is we was too hyped, pure class,
    5 free kicks and corners , we have one variation of bang it up to Williamson , and that’s it.
    6 subs , 9 times out of 10 it’s a defensive one first, this week it was obertron, the man is worse than useless, we went down to 10 men when he came on
    7 man management skills or lack of them, take HBA , he hates the fact he is a crowd fave , and treats him bad in my opinion, but HBA splits fans , but take jonas, his treatment has been shocking , take all the kids , pardew hung them all out to dry after a cup game

    it was pointed out on the last thread, the teams fielded last season nufc v man c , , man c were faves for the title same as this year , yet we gave them a better game, had shots on target, this game , not one shot on target , but pardew says we were unlucky ??? I simply don’t get that, to be unlucky you have to be close , and we wearnt,

    Munster please come on and give some solid valid reasons as to why pardew should be cut a break , if not be quiet

  • Scottishmag1

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s been a while, ref the last post, we always remember what we paid for a player e.g. Tiote £3.5m, we forget that the club has invested circa £45k a week over 4 years, circa £9.3m in wages on top of his initial transfer fee + Contract left. £8m would not cover it….

  • Scottishmag1

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Call it Total Aquisition Cost if you like!

  • Vagabond of the Western World

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Edward!!! Chill out man.
    What you just bombed some speed or something?

    Mike Hoops Hooper – Correct me if im wrong but if my memory serves me right, he once returned from pre season training about 3 stones overweight.
    Keeganmeyer was furious (obvs) and put Hoopsy on a strict diet – No chips!

    He was told to slimmer-down or face the sack.

    I also believe that as a result of his behaviour he was banished to the bench. Presumably this is when we brought Pav back into the starting XI.

    Hoops didnt get a chance between the stix again until pavel was sent off against Spuds.

    Hoopmeyer runs onto the pitch and immediately saves a penog from Jurgen Klinsmann with his huge tree trunk legs.


  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Aw, Scottishmag1

    Your creative accounting concepts are on a par with Ashley’s.

    Surely you don’t expect a buying club to cover a player’s wages over the time on our payroll?

    Or Scottishmag1, do you?


  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9


    I would hold your breath for a response, I gave facts earlier to some that claimed we played the champions what more do you expect and they fast disappeared.

    These are the stats from last season when we played the eventual champions.

    54% possession
    13 shots and 5 on target (excluding disallowed goal)

    14 shots 6 on target and 46% possession.

    That was against the champions.

    Toon team:
    MYM, Taylor, Williamson Santon
    Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Gouffran

    Cisse, HBA and Haidara came off the bench for Anita, MYM, Gouffran

    Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichalis, kolarov
    nasri, toure, fernandinho, Silva
    Dzeko, negredo

    Toure came off on 61 mins for Garcia, nasri came off for Milner on 79 mins and Dzeko came off on 52mins for Navas

    looking at them facts against the eventual champions I think it’s safe to say we didn’t play better than we did last year with arguably a better team for us and a weaker team for them this time round.

  • Scottishmag1

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Now now Lesh, you should know better than that………

    It is a fact I am afraid LOL

  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Ey, up, Catchy – a thread where I can’t moan at you for Pardew bashing! 🙂

    Just for the record, from your list I do agree with points 3, 4 and 5.

    But that’s about it.

    This assertion that we always play defensive, counter-attack football is just not true. We were no more defensive than Citeh were, and a quick look at the analysis maps of player movement show that. It was a very evenly contested game in terms of posession and pitch position, and neither team played particularly offensively or defensively.

    The fitness one is interesting; I thought we looked like the players haven’t yet built that 3rd-eye understanding of where their team-mates are yet. Which I’d expect at this stage with so many newbies. I didn’t think they looked unfit particularly, but it’s hard to quantify.

    Substitutions defensive 90% of the time? You’re having a giraffe, mate – check some history. To be honest, he’s normally throwing on forwards out of desperation because we’ve been chasing the game so much!

    As for man-management – has it occurred to those with their tongues wedged between Benny’s ample arse cheeks that it is specifically down to GOOD man-management that Pardew has banished him? We have a great and much evident spirit in the squad – unlike last year when Benny did all he could to kill it.

    From my point of view Pardiew has done exactly the right thing with Benny: cut out the cancer and let those players who don’t think they have a devine right to play get on with playing as a team.

    (No idea what’s going on with Jonas, though…)

  • Vagabond of the Western World

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #12


  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Our Toon – those facts also harpoon the assertion that we always play defensively and make defensive substitutions!

    Honestly, Catchy – if you don’t have a serious drug problem, I recommend you go and get one as soon as possible. It can only help. 🙂

  • kevymartins

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    @Our toon I doubt that. There new signing bascally won them that game. Did you see the 2 blocks he made? 1 on Cabella and one on perez.

    He had an outstanding match fernando I believe it was.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #15

    If Tiote goes his replacement will be that lad from Montpeliier who Ed did a article on last week. Think his name was Vincent de Stefano. Reason I say this he’s free next year, pals with M’biwa and Cabbela, free next year, young with at least 5mil sell on value, and free next year, won’t be big wages and free next year.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    How much will the Motpellier lad cost again?

  • Mickalonius

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy, your arrogance is astounding, its not only your opinions (and thats all they are) are not backed up with any real facts, it is the manner in which you dismiss any contrary opinions as absurd or irrelevant (Baaah). Its ok to express an opinion (ad nauseam), it is another to antagonise other posters. If you are going to dish it out, expect a response. After all we are all Newcastle United Fans and want the best for our club (As I am sure you do), we just differ on how we get there.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #18



    Fattys favourite price!

  • manxpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Ourtoon last seasons game did we have 4 players making there premier league debuts? All attackers btw
    Can’t see wat your point is with them stats

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #20


    Did they only create 2 chances and both led to goals? Look at Perez shit again from the angle behind the goal, it was aimed well Ousden the far post (going wide) the deflection took it closer to the goal. Would he have got enough swazz on it to find the corner….most likely not. FYI Dzeko missed a sitter at 0-0

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    I think that of all the games so far, excluding the Chelsea/Burnley game which I did not see, and taking into account it was the first game -I thought that the Stoke v Villa game was really poor. If their poor brand of football continues I think we should bag three points from Villa at the weekend.

  • JamesToon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    I see Tom Fox is on his way to villa. He has so much potential with us and Ashley. He made Arsenal one of the top 5 clubs in the world on largest revenue generated.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    @Ourtoon we had just as much chanches as them what was it like 14-13 chances or something?

    And that perez one was going in. And you simply cannot sit and argue when the 5 guys on sky sports 1 all said it was going in to…The 2 commentators and the 3 in the studio bit and they where there.

    On a different day Sissoko shot would have went in as would have gouffrans.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24


    4 players making there debuts means we cant get a shot on target? Did they have a LB playing at RB last season in this game?

    Did they have 2 CB’s who had just returned from a holiday less than 14 days before the game started? Did they have Negredo instead of Jovetic?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #25


    find a replay of it and watch it again, the deflection takes it toward the goal I’ve watched it 7 times since.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26

    On a slightly different topic about managers. Assuming that KK was a manager now -as well as Percy. If I was a promising young footballer from the continent and got a call enquiring about my services from both my initial response would be “Percy who”.
    Receiving a similar call from KK – would have me attracted to any offers immediately.
    Percy does not have that appeal/charisma.record/standing in the football world that someone like KK has.
    The quality of the manager could be the deciding factor in getting top players at SJP.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #27

    I do think Catchy was right on one thing, although I expect that to change once we have SDJ back: the front man was left way out on his own. We need our midfield 3 to get themselves into danger areas far more or the poor bugger at the pointy end is always going to struggle. So many goals come from 2nd or 3rd phase strikes, and we just didn’t get enough people into the box to take those on Sunday.

    I understand why that was – needing to keep our shape a bit more for the counter-attack against that kind of quality – but it was frustrating to watch.

    I will be very annoyed if that gap doesn’t close a lot against Villa.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #28

    @Our Toon why find a replay? I watched the match on my 50″ tv and seen all the replays. It was curling into the top corner and he came in and got the touch witch lifted it a slight bit up and to the right… Go look at the angle the player came into it to clear it.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Mr T promising young players from the continent would probably have to google KK he has not been in the game for years

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Some comments from Luis Suarez:
    “I’m really pleased to be here in Spain. I’m going to focus on what I do best…..bite people. I’ve already given my new manager a little nibble just to let him know I”m around. I bit Messi on the left buttock just the other day as well. It’s all going well so far!!!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31


    Us: 12 shots 0 on Target, 44% possession

    Citeh: 13 Shots 5 on target, 56% possession

    They were on par for what they produced last season and we were supposed to be the HOME team. Our performance wasnt as good as last seasons, I think its clear from the stats!!

  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #32

    JamesToon – I saw that about Fox. Gutted; he’s exactly what we need. For me, people like him, Carr and our fitness and conditioning staff are every bit as important as any player.

    I still don’t get why we’re so crap at building commercial revenue! It’s not as if our owner is crap at it!

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #33



  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #34

    GT…did you enjoy the commentary on the bit about the honey badger yesterday? 😀

    …it still cracks me up!

  • tequilamag

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    OT stats wtihtout context are pointless. The overwhelming majority of opinions on the game, not just Newcastle supporters thought the performance was good. Obsessive Pardew haters apart of course

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    I think we’ve got to find the right level of intensity. We’ve got to think like honey badgers. We’re lean, mean and we don’t give a sh*t what others think. We’ve got to tear the testicles off of Villa on Saturday! Grrrrr!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #37


    Glad you watched it on your 50 inch telly mate, for starters the ball wasnt heading into the TOP CORNER and was defo starting out wide before the deflection took it closer to the goal. I pointed this out to someone a couple of days ago on this blog and they conceded it wouldnt have gone in.

    If you were watching in 3D on that 50″ telly maybe you just didnt put your glasses on? Watch it or dont watch it thats up to you but I pretty certain 100% will agree it wasnt heading for the top corner and around 75% will agree it was heading wide before the deflection took it closer to the goal

  • kevymartins

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Btw Our toon you where trying to say it was just like last season?

    Take a look a this when they beat us 2-0 man they cut through our defence like a knife going through butter.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Our Toon – I think it also shows that there was only a narrow margin between the teams, and that that margin was basically the quality of strikers.

    Who’d have thought that just half a billion quid would buy a better strike force than ours, eh?

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #40


    We’re shit at it because that’s what Ashley wants, otherwise he can’t claim we can’t compete.

    We get as much arguably more press than the top five teams, we are a advertisers dream!

    And we are advertising, it’s the only thing that Ashley cares about SD

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