Newcastle To Take Action – But It’s A Little Late


There was a feeling on the last day of the summer transfer window that we needed a striker and a center-back – but rather than bring them in, we let a center-back leave on loan for the season, and we let our most creative player also leave on loan for the season.

Mapou Yanga Mbiwa

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left on loan on last day of window

To most Newcastle fans that seemed crazy, and it was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa who left the club on loan, and if to rub it in, Mapou has been a star player for Roma so far this season.

So there’s a feeling that Newcastle didn’t get the job done in the summer, and we did not replace Loic Remy, and it shouldn’t be too surprising that we haven’t scored in four of the first six league games – so it’s just like the second half of last season – disastrous. 🙁

We are also short at center-back, and now have only three experienced central defenders in the squad – so we assume Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team will be very busy through the end of this year scouting players.

This is what the manager Alan Pardew has said today:

“For us, our focus is on the short-term, and see where we are when we get to January, because we really need to be away from the bottom six or seven.”

“Otherwise, in January, we might need to do something, because we want to be in the top half. That’s our focus.”

“Yes, because I believe in the squad, of course.” “If we had one game to go and we needed three points, I would still believe in the squad.”

“That’s how football managers are made – I don’t think the media quite get that. It doesn’t matter, when that window shuts, that’s my team, I have got to make it happen.”

“I have got to produce out of that team, I have got to find a way. That’s my job.”

We have been saying that Newcastle need to line up some new players  in January, and how many players we bring in will depend almost entirely on where we are in the league at that time.

If we are near the bottom there will a lot of players brought in – maybe as many as five we brought in early last year – but if we are near mid-table, there will be less money spent.

Mike Ashley only wants to spend the money necessary to keep us in the Premier League.

It’s sad to have to write that – but it’s also true.

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45 comments so far

  • kapopo

    Oct 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #1

    I been supporting newcastle for the last 20 years but tonight i am gonna cheer for Swansea… wuhoo! !

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I think many fans like myself would want us to lose against Swansea, we will in some way feel happy knowing we have been proven right.

    but a win against Swansea could see anger amongst the fans including myself because this gives Pardew breathing space.

    but honestly though I would see us relegated this season then to have these 2 and the staff staying.

    Pardew will never be given a managers job when he gets sacked and Ashley will lose out on the TV deal ( which by right it belongs to Newcastle United Football Club not Ashley ) so for me these 2 deserve nothing from our club and relegation is our savoir.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Giving it the fighting talk is just his own way of convincing himself that he’s going to wait out his salary whilst looking tough and brave in the media. Yet, all he is doing is furthermore showing his inability to inspire a style of play amongst our players by being clueless and resorting to simply ‘a fight’. An old school slog, devoid of any intelligence or creativity which our continental players have been brought up on.

    The players need clear tactical planning and training centred around making the team play fluently and effective as a unit. You need to be calm and calculated for that, which also involving the appropriate work-rate.

    Fighting talk plus his dinosaur level of football philosophy is just that. Lots of running around without substance or ideas. That is where we’re at already. Defend, be cautious, don’t commit too many bodies forward and hope something comes off, as we even did when we came fifth.

    Fighting talk is just more of the same with even more intensity. As if Gouffran needs to be run into the ground anymore…

    Just leave, Alan. You’re way out of your pre-historic depth. I’m counting down the days when you do go. The next day is always a day less of your ultra lucky contract which is based on connections not quality of cv.

    Pardew out.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Sums it up when a toon fan says ive been supportn toon for 20 years but im gunna support swansea tonight. What a tosser. Yo’ure not a real fan. Fcuk off. through the good times and the bad….

    Yohan Cabaye came out and said Pardews a good manager but apparently that article didnt get a lot of attention/comments. A world class player comes out and says pardews a good manager yet he’s still usless. Its not pardew its the TEM WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. we have a good squad, they juist havent gelled yet. we will come good, You tossers just need to wise up first and support your team insted of all this negative top 6 dreaming, which is affecting our matches. Believe it or not 52 000 deluded geordies booing the the manager and being negative effects the team on matchdays. wise up tossers and cheer your team, Maybe then we weill tart actually winning matches

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Grhhhhhhhh. Uggggggggggg. Grhhhhhhhhhh,
    Ugggggggg.Grhhhhhhhhhhh. Tosser!
    Grhhhhhhhh. Uggggggggggg. Grhhhhhhhhhh,
    Ugggggggg.Grhhhhhhhhhhh. Tosser!
    Grhhhhhhhh. Uggggggggggg. Grhhhhhhhhhh,
    Ugggggggg.Grhhhhhhhhhhh. Fcuk off.
    Grhhhhhhhh. Uggggggggggg. Grhhhhhhhhhh,
    Ugggggggg.Grhhhhhhhhhhh. Fcuk off.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Dulcinera, the last 28 Premier League managers who have been sacked all had a better record than Pardew.

    Let that sink in for a bit…

    That is what you’re backing. 5 wins in 26 games, that is what you’re backing.

    Do you also keep putting food in a broken fridge and hope that it will eventually starting getting cold?

    How about drive to work with flat tyres simply because the wheels turn?

    That is Pardew in a management position. Like running a 100 metre race in quicksand or driving a Porsche with the handbrake on as someone else said.

    Were you in the ground during all our hammerings? Maybe that is acceptable for you is it? It’s not for a lot of us.

    Wake up.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Vernon Anita on the Cardiff Game last season -direct quotes:-

    However, Anita says the players simply focused on the job at hand, and feels the noise may have affected Cardiff more than the Magpies.

    He told the Gazette: “The atmosphere wasn’t difficult for us, because we knew what we needed to do and just focused on that.
    From Shields Gazette.

    “I think the opposition was scared as well by all the noise, so it was OK for us.”

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Laurent Robert

    If you are one of those deluded weirdos who think a new manager will suddenly make us play better football, win every game we play and climb up the table with the same players we’ve had…i can’t wait till we sack pardew and find a new manager and then you realise we will still be terrible and not win any games and that our problems lie deeper than the man in charge that we are a team in transition so i can say “told you so”…. the better…. Mistter tuff is still a complete tosser stuck in the past, good to see

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Prediction:

    1) Williamson would be sh*ting at his pants against fast swansea players

    2) 4-2-3-1 formation for the next 20 years !!! (working or not it doesnt matter)

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Grrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh Ugggggggggggggg.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Dulcinera, what you fail to grasp is that we were almost relegated the season before last. The only reason we weren’t was down to Bosingwa being totally carefree and Swansea beating Wigan. We couldn’t even dig ourselves out of the mess, it had to be gifted to us. All that without the strong dissent which is being shown now. He’s a very lucky wooden boy.

    The disgusting defeats were happening long before the crowd were on his slimy back of late.

    You’re backing a proven failure as a manager, an abysmal record breaker at multiple clubs, and you’re having a go at B&W for his support?

    In the bigger picture, support can be deemed as having the club’s best interests at heart. Wanting rid of a proven imbecile as a manager and also an owner who simply runs the club as an advertisement vessel is support in my eyes, not lapping up having the micky taken out of us week after week.

    Pardew out, the sooner the better. Then Ashley.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #12

    the players have to take the blame,…they are the ones who play 90 mins, not pardew. You can plan tactics all day long but football is just pure luck and chance, you cant mind control every pass of every game, we’ve just hd bad luck… why doesnt anybody realise this? our defence is shocking i agree… getting rid of yanga mbiwa was a mistake yes… and loaning lascelles to nott forest was also a terrible decision….but this is the same defenders that took us to 5th place. other teams are just getting better every year. look at liverpool, best team to watch last season, but having a shocking season this time around, premier league getting better every year, teams getting better. look at man united for fcucksake

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I can confirm that I am not a deluded weirdo, but a fan of football with a keen interest in coaching and motivational philosophies as well as enjoying the game the way it is supposed to be played. With creativity, passion and flair. Vulgar words in relation to how pardew sees the game.

    Can you remind me how Sir Bobby, an accomplished manager, got on after replacing Gullit whilst initially using the same players?

    The transformation was immediate.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Mister tuff has a swansea shirt on right now hopeing the team he supports gets beat by a rival so his supported team can sack their manager and is watching youtube clips of the time we beat man united 5-0 trying to reinorce the misguided belief we are still a top team in the premier league. such a sad, sad invidual

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Dulcinera

    why do you always defend Pardew?

    true that the players should take a % of the blame but it’s Pardew who picks the team and sets them up to his style.

    I’ll tell you what remind me when was the last time Pardew set Newcastle up on our strengths instead of the opposition? better still tell me tomorrow because it’s late and I’m shattered.

    also tell me how many managers set there players up to play counter or contain whilst at home against weaker teams than them.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Laurent robert

    Still refering back to 10 years ago when the premier league wasnt as good as it is now,there wasnt multi billionare asian men buying football clubs, times have moved on… we didnt buy good players then when every other team was…fat freddy shehpard is to blame for this, grame souness, glen roeder. terrible dicesions made by shephard THEN instead of logical progression by hiring top class managers was our downfall.

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  • dannitoon

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #17

    No point in cheering us to lose.. nowt will change even if we lost 5 or 6… Anyhoo. . Regardless who is in Control no toon fan should ever want the opposition to win

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Dulcinera

    oh and please enough is enough with bringing in the season we came 5th ( which was on pure luck and other teams didn’t expect us to play hoofball hence the 5th place )

    I’ll chat later before the kick off so you can explain why he should be here

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  • HarriboNo9

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #19

    I am also a long term NEWCASTLE FC fan but will be supporting Swansea tonight. How has it came to this! breaks my heart saying those words.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Black and white army

    Its not that im defending pardew,..im defending my club… i believe a club like ours deserves a world class manager, someone who IS BETTER than pardew. but this is where we are at at the moment, we are not a top 4 team, we are not chanps league, who can we expect that is better than pardew? we were relegated only 5 years ago, why do we still think we are entilted to top 4 and world clasas managers, i appreciate what pardew has done for us…taking us to 5th, brough in good talent, weve bought BA CABAYE, DEBUCHY, BEN ARFA, compared to viducka, duff, owen, cacapa under the previous regime, we are actually trying to build a good team, so what if we sell our good players, were only a mid table team, at least we have good intentions

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  • cosy

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Dulcimera, as much as you name call others, why don’t you call yourself a deluded idiot?

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Black and white army

    You are a typical toon fan of this generation. Underestimating our achievemet of finishing 5th by claiming its down to pure luck and hoofball instead of realising it was a great achievement for a team who were only relegated 3 years before that (what other team can claim that?) and who had a a great transfer policy buying in top class talent for minumin feess? we over achieved that season if anything and yet the deluded toon army think it was pure luck? we played some amazing games that season. wise up, hoofball my arse

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #23

    dull – come on then put your money where your fat sewer gob is and tell us the score tomorrow.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Cosy

    Because im not deluded, i cant beleive im the only person on this blog who hassome sense of reality and logic. it frightens me.

    It seems like everybody else on here thinks cus we finshed 5th a few years ago suddenly thinks we should be champs league every year bcus of that achievemnet instead of realising we overacheived that year and we are miles off getting to that position simply bcus the premier leaague is unpredictable and is getting better every year. teams are getting better very year and we arent entilted to win every game we play

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  • Offkey

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Who can we expect to get better than Pardew? – Have you seen Pardew’s stats and the records he has broken………I think there are many better managers out there.

    Also, I doubt many are expecting Guardiola or Hiddink………a no name attack minded manager would be a start…….even one who will simply not involve Williamson in a freekick would be a start……..

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  • Offkey

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Wanting Pardew sacking equates to wanting to win the champions league……..give me a break…..where the hell is the logic in that……….you have simply undermined everything you have said and will ever say with your comments

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Mister tuff.

    I beleive we will lose 2moro, simpley bcus since the start of this seasaon we have had a deluded group of supporters who are booing the team constanly and who are calling for the managers head ( a manager who players have come out and supported , including yohan cabaye) has a negative impact on players on the pitch and which makes them play to less than their abilitly. If you played for your sunday pub team and your family and freinds and family were constantly calling for your manager 2 be sacked, you think this wouldnt have a negative impact on your teams display?

    Swnsea 2 newcastle 1

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Offkey

    Wanting Pardew sacking equates to wanting to win the champions league……..give me a break…..where the hell is the logic in that?

    You are making comments up as you go? were did i say this? i dont beleive that at al. I beleive sacking pardew will only make things worse.

    You tell me? lets say we saack pardew, in your opinion who can we sign as manager who is beterr? go on tell me, who? aye nobody, thot so.

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  • magoo

    Oct 4, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #29

    @3 great post.
    The ‘better the manager you know’ argument is now irrelevant. Newcastle fans will be a laughing stock if they lie down and take this indefinately after all that’s gone on now. It’s also about pride now

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  • Offkey

    Oct 4, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #30

    Dulcinera – Thank you for quizzing me on my Knowledge of Managers names throughout the world……….unfortunately, or fortunately, I have both a job and missus that take up a fair amount of time……this limits my ability to scout managers from other leagues or abroad.

    Secondly, if you read your comments at both 20 and 24 you are are clearly commenting that

    1. People on here are deluded and believe we should be in the champions league (admittedly not win it, error on my part that).

    and by chance these people who believe we should be in the Champs league are of course the same people that disagree with you……….and believe Pardew should be sacked.

    ergo

    you equate the wish for Pardew to be dismissed with a belief we should be in champs league……

    But thanks for making me explain that……………..hope you enjoyed it……….no one else did………….

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 4, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Offkey

    I love your excuse of having a missus and a dayjob the reason you can’t name me a suitable replacement for pardew… bcus you don’t have the time…. which is really just a get off the hook line.

    The real reason is bcus you know yourself there is no suitable replacement, therfore i am correct, Pardew is the best we can do with for now, until we actually start playing to the best of our ability and be deserving of a top class manager

    I also dont beleive if we sack pardew we will be in champs league, we are nowhere near champs league regardless of pardew being in charge or not. It will take a lot more than pardew being in charge for us to be competing for champs league, on that i agee with you.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #32

    1 boiled egg can be pardews replacement twice as good and better results hwtl fcuk off parclott

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #33

    go stick your head back in the sand

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 4, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #34

    dulci no-one has booed the team divvy they are booing ashley pardick and the rest of the crap in tow with this once great club

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Expecting CL fooball and not wanting to be in a relegation battle are so completely far apart then anyone accusing us of expecting to be in the top four is talking sh!te, I do believe however, being a one club City, a city which is the fifth biggest in England to at least be challenging for the top six.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 4, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Swansea 0-1 Newcastle United.That is the best result for today’s game.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #37

    So, AP, hoping for the next January window to get new players to save you? Thought this was the best bunch you’ve had. Mate, we’ve been down that road and you HAVEN’T got anyone play like a team. You have been saved by individual brilliance (HBA, Cisse, Ba to name 3) but we do not play like a well drilled, tactically oriented team.
    That platform you want to give to Cabella, you should’ve given to the most talented player you’ve had, but ruined it on a tantrum: HBA

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  • paul6257

    Oct 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Dulcinera, you appear to have insulted just about everybody on this post with personal insults. Everyone has a right to an opinion even when it doesn’t coincide with yours, which by the way is the most deluded of the lot. It appears to me that you, like a lot of moronic pundits see the problem as being the last five games whilst in reality it has been few years. Look past the close season and at the results the previous season and even beyond that (minus one good season).
    If you feel the childish need to hide behind your key board and insult people at least do it properly. So put down your wank mag, get a job, lose some weight, switch off world of warcraft, lose your virginity and move out your mothers house

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Despite the groundswell of reality there’s always someone with a weird slant on things. Bad luck lasting two seasons? There’s a saying in footy that you make your own luck. I’m not supporting Swansea tonight but it could be like elective surgery to lose, it might be worth the pain if the result is a change in the coaching setup. The gelling idea is redundant btw because a proper manager would have enabled pro footballers to integrate to a much better degree by now. Other teams are able to do it which is why we are at the bottom. Also, the team remains well supported, 50k don’t turn up at sjp to boo the lads, and away support is still one of the best in the league. Also. Are we saying this planet does not contain enough managers to replace Pardew? Please. Nobody is expecting more than top ten, but with the potential to get into Europe or a cup would be a realistic goal.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Part of what dulc says is true. To be balanced we have to give pardew credit for 5th. We cant blame him for near relegation ( and yes we shud have gone down ) and not give him credit for 5th. Thats illogical ) . We are a mid table team under a middling to poor manager. I do think pardew has to be replaced soon but the screaming loons on this blog need to start arguing their points rationally. We could easily replace pardew with a crap mgr like big eck or someone which would be a bigger problem.

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