Decisive Action Needed From Mike Ashley


BBC pundit Alan Shearer said the obvious on Match of the Day last night, when he said that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is under huge pressure at Newcastle following another 4-0 defeat at Southampton yesterday, for the second season running.

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Alan Pardew during yesterday’s humiliation

In truth Newcastle looked almost completely hopeless yesterday – especially in defense – and the side were just no match for Southampton, who were dominant in the game almost throughout.

This is what Alan Shearer told Match of the Day last night:

“He is under huge pressure.”   “Results have not been good enough since January. From the very first minute, Southampton went after Newcastle and they could not cope with it.

“Having said all that, I am led to believe they spent nearly £40M  – and on players that come in and go out, the manager does not have a say in that.”

“It might work for a year or two but inevitably, in the long run, that does not work.”

Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League on goal difference – which is  a massive -6 after only four games – and we have conceded 10 goals in those games which are two draws and two defeats.

Newcastle conceded 59 goals in the league last season and a worst ever 68 goals the season before that, when we fought against the drop, and we haven’t done too much to strengthen the defense since then, with central defense again looking poor yesterday – and Mike Williamson had a bit of a howler.

Alan Pardew offered few excuses for the terrible display of the Newcastle side yesterday to BBC five:

“All I can do until told otherwise is plan the group for next week at home to Hull.”

And Pardew seemed to shift some blame to the fans, as he told BBC Match of the Day:

“The scrutiny is not going to help because the performance from the start put us on the back foot,”  “The fans were on us from the start, on me in particular. That didn’t help the situation.”

Newcastle fans are now waiting to see whether Mike Ashley will take any action and possibly fire Pardew early next week.

Unfortunately, if Alan is given a chance against Hull City next Saturday, there will probably be demonstrations against him during the game, and that atmosphere will hardly be one that is conducive to help the players get a win – which is sorely needed.

We lost this same fixture last season 3-2 against Geordie Steve Bruce’s side.

We don’t think the Newcastle owner can let this situation go on for too long before some action is needed – and it needs to be decisive action.

At some point – sooner rather than later – we all need to get behind the lads and start to pick up some points.

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15 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Steve Bruce…..

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  • Bambams

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Or Pulis….
    or Moyes
    or De Boer
    or Beardsley
    ……Just not Pardew. Had enough time and is not good enough

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost from previous thread

    Watched MoTD and our performance was lacklustre to say the least.

    Defence was all at sea, disorganised, effortless, spiritless and when we did go forward, Riviere seemed to be only option, being expected to deliver from hopeful punts into the box.

    I’m afraid we’re seeing three things in play and they are:

    A weak and demoralised squad;

    A manager who’s clearly lacking any flair and

    An owner who’s been so focused on the finances, paring costs down to the minimum, that he’s forgotten (if he ever remembered) that in exchange for fans’ hard earned cash, he’s expected to deliver an entertaining product.

    Ashley must take ultimate responsibility for our failure to deliver his part of the deal and in persisting with a manager and top-to-bottom coaching structure that’s failing the players and clearly not fit for purpose.

    It’s surely about time for Ashley to bite the bullet and get rid of a manager who’s won something like 18 points from about 72 before we’re in deep relegation trouble. Conceding goals as we is unacceptable and surely putting Ashley’s investment at great risk. Surely he must see that.

    I have been one to mitigate for Pardew especially as he’s had little say and choice in maintaining the squad, but I can’t deny that with the players he has available to him, results and performances should have been better.

    Pardew’s done himself no favours in the world of football and if he were to move on, soon I hope, he’d have little prospect of securing another job in the top two flights. Maybe, and for his own good, it’s time he did the honourable thing and resigned. I’m sure Ashley could agree a face-saving departure.

    We live in hope that major changes will come soon.

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  • Bambams

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I have calmed now…

    Touching on what Shearer says re manager not having much say in who we bring in. I dont recall any other clubs fighting us for our signings. Maybe they are not as good as we fans think they are.

    I rate Janmaat, Remy looks a little lightweight but so was Scott Sellars !

    I believe a manager like Rogers or Jose or KK or an offensive minded manager would do so much better with these players.

    Pards is supposed to be good at setting up defences (according to himself). The defensive players we all know have been our problem for two seasons !

    Right finally. He has not yet been sacked so maybe he is staying. …

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  • jazzyp

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley has 2 choices as I see it, Championship football or get rid of Pardew.
    Its bad enough to lose a game but its the way we are losing games and its a just an extension of last season.
    Our defence is woeful and the goal difference is shocking already. Colo-Willo-Taylor are championship at best which is where we are heading im afraid unless The man upstairs doesn’t change things

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  • sparky55

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve just watched Pardew’s post match sky interview and just picked up on the fact he said we were 2-0 down to two good early goals!!!!

    WTF….the first three goals we all down to us being complete and utter sh!te

    What fcucking game was he watching???? and then suggesting the chants of Pardew OUT made things worse…FFS man…do the right thing and jump off a cliff you pathetic cockney tw@t

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  • jazzyp

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I bet Aldeweireld regrets coming to us now after yesterday’s performance.
    Again I harp on about how crap the defence was.I just cannot understand how the powers that be couldn’t see how desperate Nufc are for a CB

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  • RyanMagpie

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is he still not sacked?

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  • Slank

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I watched the match on my laptop and although not crystal clear it was nevertheless quite clear there didn’t appear to be any desire (other than Haidara) and any leadership from the players.

    They looked like a team playing at the end a long season knowing that they are relegated.

    If the players looked towards their bench they would have seen their manager devoid of passion and motivation. He looked defeated. He looked like he had seen the writing on the wall.

    Ashley is a maverick and very often confounds and outsmarts people by his actions. He has remained loyal to Pardew but the shockingly poor run of results after Christmas have continued into the new season despite an infusion of (on paper) talented and skillful players.

    There is a deep malaise that Pardew, Carver and Stone cannot overcome, perhaps because they are part of it.

    The situation needs a complete change with a new manager and new coaches who can enthuse and motivate a very dispirited group of players.

    My pick would be Tony Pulis. He did a great job at Stoke using the players he had to great effect. He rescued Palace from almost certain relegation playing a style of football totally different to that at Stoke by recognizing the players strengths and weaknesses and adapting a style and formation accordingly.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Even if Ashley wants to keep Pardew,even if fans want to keep him,his biggest problem and every manager’s problem in the world is that PLAYERS does not want to play for him.Because of that Alan Pardew is 100 % out.Nobody can save him.Roberto Di Matteo in.Now or never.Benitez is old PL warrior too.But he is imo lower grade than Di Matteo.Every other available manager at the moment is either risky or classes below.

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Sep 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Lesh – Why on earth would Pardew do the honourable thing and resign, losing 6 years wages? I wouldn’t, you wouldn’t and no manager in recent times has (only Gullit and Pulis come to mind.)

    We don’t just need a new owner, and manager, we’re secraming out for a ‘captain with a voice.’…….Colloccini is just not that person (and never was!) He was made captain just to keep him here – ie for the wrong reason – a bit like Owen.

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  • Sav

    Sep 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    The club – Ashley? Charnley? Pardew? Carr? didn’t invest where it was needed – up front and at centreback.Everybody knew it. We’ve been hoping the hype about Cabella and de Jong might be true but it doesn’t look like it now.
    Its not just that Shane Long is overpriced at 12 million (he is) but that if this is the price of decent strikers and we pay 5 million, you are going to get what you pay for. Sooner of later the chickens are coming home to roost. Saints were the very side to show you can sell your best players for big money but you must spend a hefty amount of that cash to stay in business. I can’t see a change of manager have a great effect with this lot. By January it may all be too little, too late.

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  • djproof

    Sep 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #13

    I lost faith on transfer deadline day when a CB was not bought, and to top it off we let one go out on loan. The fact we have conceded 10 goals in 4 games just compounds that fact. After supporting my beloved toon for 30 years this is the third worst feeling I have had for a long time.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 14, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley has got to act even though a lot of the failure lies at his door. Pardew is simply not good enough to manage NUFC regardless of who owns the club. We need to strengthen the Geordie leadership at the club in order to stimulate fan support of players and management. AP is now beached and time for the knackers yard.

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  • thevirus

    Sep 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashley and Pardew should be tied to lamp posts in Newcastle City centre like piñata,s and beaten with sticks by every Newcastle fan for what they are doing to this club ( I’d be there in a flash with a lead pipe) that’s my opinion anyway. Ashley’s got no interest in Newcastle united and Pardews just a brain dead no opinion moron.

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