New Newcastle Manager Not Necessarily A Silver Bullet

Mike Ashley had said last Thursday night in London that if Newcastle lost at Stoke City last night then manager Alan Pardew would be fired.

alan pardew at stoke 1-0

Alan Pardew last night – it rained on his parade

And while the lads tried their best, we were again very weak in the final third of the pitch,  after some very decent approach play.

And in all honesty we hardly looked like scoring and a single goal – their first at home this season – was enough for Stoke to get all 3 points and move them up to 11th place in the league.

Newcastle remain tied at the bottom of the league on 3 points with Burnley, and we’ve made a very poor start to the season.

After the game Alan Pardew was asked how secure his position was as Newcastle manager:.

“I don’t know.” “It’s my job to show the players that there are a lot of games to go and I have to be strong and show resilience”

“I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer that is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to get some answers.”

“It’s my job to show the players that there are a lot of games to go and I have to be strong and show resilience.” “It’s a tough job, I make no bones about that, and it’s tough where we are at the moment.”

“The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. I looked at them and clapped them at the end to show I respect their views.”

“We didn’t create enough and we’re honest about that in the dressing-room.” “If we had got the equalizer, we were going to get the ball and go for a winner, because we knew that winning was everything.”

That was one disturbing thing last night,  that we really didn’t have a clear-cut chance until the 84th minute,  when Jack Colback should have scored but somehow hit the bar from five yards out, after great work on the right wing from Gabby Obertan.

In the first half Daryl Janmaat had a great shot from 30 yards out that the goalkeeper did well to turn around the post – but that’s a central midfielder and a right back with our best efforts – the forwards are still finding it hard to score goals.

It seems that Alan Pardew could well be fired later today, and then if that happens we’ll have to see who the manager would be – with the press indicating David Moyes is a heavy favorite.

But a new manager is not a silver bullet, and as we saw last season teams like Cardiff and Fulham still struggled even after a new manager was brought in.

The exception last season was the great job Tony Pulis did at Crystal Palace, but he’s unlikely to be a candidate for the Newcastle job – if it becomes open.

We’ll have to try to pull ourselves away from the bottom of the league just as soon as possible.

It would be very difficult if we are going to have another season fighting relegation. 🙁

On the bright side – if there is one this morning – Gabby Obertan looked great when he came on last night, and he should definitely start at Swansea on Saturday, whoever the manager is, and he is currently leading our Man of the Match poll.

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17 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    any hour now , it will happen today

  • Markaccus

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2


    I feel sorry for rivvy. Isolated? It must feel like solitary confinement   😀 He just cant lead the line. It isnt his game, and it isnt fair to ask him. The three attacking mids behind are all incorrect selections…… Socks – better in a 433. Cabella – same as socks and is too lightweight atm. Goofy – is a forward. Totally out of position as a winger. The only time he should be wide is in a front 3. All these players suit 433, yet pardew wont dare use it.

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Our new manager will have to be unemployed.

  • mindshaft

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not so sure Pard’s will ever get sacked – seems Ashley is trying to make him walk away
    Nice of Pard’s to take the p1ss out if fans by clapping them at the end – he respects our opinions hahaha as if !

  • bobby mango

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    So long as the whole coaching staff get replaced as well I feel pretty confident any other prem league set up will do a better job.
    Fulham and Cardiff both made risky choices with their replacements. Ashley could well do the same but I hope he will see the sense in getting someone who’s proven themselves in the premier league

  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    catchy in norway

    There’s a couple of songs just for you:

    ‘Wishin’ and Hopin”

    ‘Your Day Will Come’

    You’ll doubtless know them by now!

    Bet your nails are chewed down to the quick and the champagne’s on ice.

    Why? Couldn’t possibly think!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7


    He’s got the “Coundown” clock music on continuous loop at the moment. And a montage of Alan Sugar saying “you’re fired” on you tube!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I actually do not begrudge Catchy, though. Pardew has totally shot his bolt. The football is hopeless.

  • Mag52

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    In the interests of both AP and our club, it’s time for him to leave.
    He’ll find another managerial job without great difficulty. His record at NUFC, average position in the premiership 11th. over the four years, while not outstanding, is pretty fair bearing in mind the dysfunctional ownership of the club. Most commentators and pundits reckon he’s done a reasonable job in the circumstances.
    Whether we’ll get anyone who will live up to the expectations of a number of fans is another matter. If the next manager is still here in four years time I’ll be amazed.

  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    From the Shields Gazette Pardew’s realised that ‘We can’t keep getting beat – we have to address that,”

    And, he’s had the nerve to wake up to the fact that we shouldn’t be getting beat – albeit 28 games too late!

    When’s Ashley gonna bite the bullet? After Swansea I’d guess, giving him a chance to have Pardew’s replacement straight in.

    Well, I hope so anyway.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11


    here is a couple for you

    the final count down

    tonight’s going to be a good night

    oh happy days

  • lesh

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #12


    Still on the song theme – ‘Don’t be Cruel’


  • beermonkey

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13


    goofy riviere cabella all used to playing in front 3 all over it would be nightmare for defenders totry and pick them up if they kept swapping

    I don’t even know where goofy is supposed to be playing he was every where but nowhere last night

    I wont judge riviere until he has some support and like wed when he had it he scored missed a couple but then then most strikers do cisse is better with some1

    obertan to his credit started to pull there defence about last night and he created dare I say it maybe time for him to start a game

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Can’t believe chasing a game (as per) and he hauls Rivi off. Why is it so difficult to try Cisse and Rivi together and Armstrong on for Goofy too for that matter.

    Defies belief. It’s as if he genuinely doesn’t know ”how to find a process to win”

    How much longer does this agony have to be prolonged? The guy is totally shameless without a shred of dignity, milking every last drop out of his pay cheque.

    He keeps saying he’s doing the best of his ability but frankly his ability is barely off the ground up.

    The other day Beattie had a great long list of good up and coming continental potential replacements, but with our luck it’ll be Moyes or Pulis. Oh joy!!

  • LeedsMag

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Never been a Pardew fan but Ashley needs to look in the mirror.Plenty of people thought his model was great a couple of years ag but it is seriously flawed
    You cant keep finding gems at low cost and then selling on your best players for profit.Chickens home to roost.This summers signings not good enough for PL survival.January will be too late
    The only option now is an organising manager to get the best out of what we have

  • alka

    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #16

    I bet a few more oldies like me recognised the Fatmans new friend sat next to him last night Mr MAGOO. oops sorry it was our MD although for all the good he does it might as well have been Mr MAGOO

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Mag 52

    AP has broken endless unwanted records, each one of which are truly damning in the extreme.

    One good season when all the stars aligned for one reason or another. Wherever AP goes an initial decent impact is then always and quickly found out thereafter.

    Beyond that one good season, AP nearly took us down and has the longest losing streak of any NUFC manager, a feat he repeated for West Ham.

    Can you think of any other manager who has incited crowd demos against him at 3 different clubs!!

    The record for goals scored and conceded and the win percentage are absolutely appalling .

    AP’s weakness with people like Colo and Ba, while his constant self – love (it’s never your fault, alan pardew it’s never your fault) are really stomach turning. Enough is more than enough.


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