Hughes – It’s A Shame About Newcastle

Next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Stoke City on Monday night, but we see no reason why we cannot win that game, if the lads play as well as they have done in the last couple of games against Hull at home and at Crystal Palace.

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Mark Hughes – it’s a shame Newcastle have done well in last two games

And Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is well aware that Newcastle have done well in the last couple of games, and he had this to say about Alan Pardew and the way the side had played well in the last two games:

“It’s a difficult business we’re in and you don’t like to see a fellow manager under pressure like that,”  “But Alan’s a very experienced Premier League manager. He’s been there a long time in charge of a big club with big demands and big expectations.¨

“I seem to recall he’s been through similar periods before and he’s come out the other side, so it shows he has the capacity and ability to turn the situation around.¨

“They’ve started doing that by coming back from a difficult situation in the league, and then they had a great result in midweek, so their confidence is probably higher than it was two games ago.¨

“From our point of view it’s a bit of a shame they will have had that turn in confidence with those two good performances.¨ “We will have to be mindful of that, but we just want to take care of our own business.¨

“If that adds to the pressure Alan seems to be under he understands that’s what we have to do.”

Being close to the sack when things are not going well in the Premier League will be a continuing hazard for PL managers, and Mark himself has had difficult times at both Manchester City and QPR,  so he’s been through what Alan Pardew is going through at the moment.

Whether Pardew can survive or not we don’t know – but it will not be because the players have given up giving their best for the team.

With the Premier League TV money increasing in the years ahead, it will become an even more difficult job for managers in the future.

That’s because the very last thing Chairman and Club owners will want to see is their clubs getting relegated, or even getting close to relegation and miss out on all that money.

And we know Mike Ashley is no exception to that.

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14 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1


    Sterling and Armstrong play in different positions, Sterling is a winger and Armstrong is a forward. If he hadn’t scored more goals I’d be really concerned.

    Armstrong is promising but he hasn’t had quite the affect the Aarons has had in his short time as a 1st team player. Just my opinion but its daft to compare Armstrong and Sterling….and if you are going to compare them then Sterling based on raw talent is way ahead of young Armstrong at the same stage in there careers.

  • davetoon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi my name is Mike Ashley and I’m scared of talking to Newcastle fans

  • mag92

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Hughes sounds a bit concerned and with good reason.

  • toon kk

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    You’d think we’d just beaten Real Madrid, yes it was great to get a win but had it been a premier league game we would have got yet another draw. Newcastle have a long way to go, we’re still bottom of the league with both a poor squad and a sh.t manager.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Managers defend each other.Whereas Pardew suffered sack after sack,Mark Hughes even rejected job in one of the Premier League clubs.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon KK

    Had it been a PL game we would have got beat, they made 11 changes we made 6….says it all really. I hope I’m wrong but I cant see it being a positive result against Stoke

  • mag92

    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s not the quality of the opposition that’s important it’s the fact we won a game that we ordinarily would lose especially in a cup competition away from home managed by Pardew.

  • davetoon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    well the team has a decent break to recuperate so no excuses for Pardew. We need to be be beating Stoke. The same way Leicester beat Stoke in their last home game

  • toonincheek

    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    We did have one advantage against Palace.

    Palace play in the PL on Saturday – we play Monday.
    That gave us more leeway to play more senior players, leaving us 2 days extra recuperation period.

  • bladeuser

    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    listen get a grip palace r shit we r shit the mickey mouse cup is shit u will c how shit we r come the next round and monday and the following sat we will still sit proudly at the bottom of the table then the next home game we will get a few corners and the pro pardew brigade can sing his name from the rafters cynicle this piece is its true

  • Mag52

    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #11


    Spot on Mag.(Don’t forget down to ten men).

  • AndyMac

    Sep 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #12

    “I seem to recall he’s been through similar periods before and he’s come out the other side, so it shows he has the capacity and ability to turn the situation around.¨

    Aye but only after he’s been sacked 🙂 West Ham Charlton and Saints knew what to do with this serial underachiever

  • Magpies4Life

    Sep 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Palace are a PL club, they are not MK Dons. An away win, after going behind, conceding an injury time equalizer, down to 10 men and hearing you’ll be facing City next round. No small feat. Credit is due to the players AND manager. Hughes is right to sound concerned, confidence should be several notches higher.

  • banjax

    Sep 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Mark Hughes would be a great candidate for Newcastle Manager !


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