Pardew Talks About The R Word – It Can Happen

Alan Pardew is trying to rally his players for the game this afternoon in south Wales against Swansea, and while he thinks a draw would normally be a decent result for Newcastle, he thinks a win is what is needed (he’s right there), and he’s also started to talk about possible relegation.

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini – relegated in his first season at Newcastle

The Newcastle manager is also urging his players to step up to the plate and deliver this afternoon – this is some of what Alan has said today:

“It’s important we step up to the plate now.” “Fabricio Coloccini has been relegated here,” “He knows that can happen at this football club – and that was a bloody good squad that went down in 2009.”

“Remy Cabella has to start performing now,”  “This is a much younger squad than 2009 but we haven’t got time to wait for players to come through – they have to deliver now. We can’t hang around any more. “

“It can be the greatest club in the world to play for when we’re winning but we’re not winning, so it becomes even harder to play for us and these players have to make sure they can handle that.”

“Although the pressure is concentrated on me, it’s coming through the staff, it’s coming into the training ground and, of course, the whole squad is feeling it.”

“To calm it down a little bit I have to win a game,”  “The players need the confidence of a win. Normally if we went to Swansea and drew I’d be quite pleased but I accept that’s probably not going to be enough to take the spotlight off us this time. We need to be strong.”

“This is a difficult club to play for.”

When we were relegated in the 2008-2009 season we had no stability at all,  and we had Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer all manage the side, and we finished one point short of safety.

One goal in the last game at Villa Park would have seen us draw 1-1 and get the point that would have saved us – but that didn’t happen and instead Alan Shearer was walking around Villa Park after the game in a daze, trying to come to terms with the fact that Newcastle United had been relegated for the first time from the Premier League.

It was a sad day indeed for Newcastle fans.

But this time owner Mike Ashley seems to be going to the other extreme, and wants to hang onto a manager who has not produced the results all this year.

In the last 26 league games Newcastle  have just five wins and four draws and 17 defeats – so that’s 19 points out of a possible 78 points. 🙁

And just 28 points over a 38 game season.

We have failed to score in 17 of those league games – 65% of the games – and my arm just started to hurt me just thinking about this stuff.

Any other manager in the Premier League with that record would have been shown the door by now.

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78 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Give it a break mate, it’s just me and you here!

    Tragic to be using the R word this early in the season. We sure have progressed!

    cyprus // Oct 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Nice comparison Ed in the previous post and fair enough, but even then, when we were losing, we played good football. How do I remember? Someone told me, then, ‘wow you guys are terrible, look at your PL position’, and I remember answering, ‘not at all, we play good football, the chances will come.’ They did.

    Someone here asked, after the first 3-4 games, would you swap with Everton, look at how they dropped points from winning positions… The answer is (and was) ‘gladly’. Do you think they will be in danger come May? Or, if you prefer, who is most likely to be in danger come May, NUFC or Everton? I wonder…

    2cyprus // Oct 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    On AP,
    you have to feel for the guy, imagine a whole city against you. You can’t, can you?

    BUT, I think he just doesn’t have the ability. He wants to but can’t.

    I don’t think I have EVER not looked forward for a football game as I do now, and he’s to blame. We’ve come far (down) if we are pinning our hopes on a (let’s admit it) failed player like Obertan. No offense to the lad, AP must shoulder the blame…

  • mecannylad

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve said it in my earlier post this morning : Pardew is spinning his way off the hook with the help of Keith Bishop. (look out for him in the stands today) A flooky point or three today and the SIlver Spiv will be untouchable for another month……. And so it goes on.
    What a sad way to run a football club.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Food for thought SBRs 1st full season started 6 EPL games 2 points finished the season 11th his last full season started 7 EPL games 1 point finished the season 5th

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    If he isnt sacked ,win or lose,after this game we are in big trouble.
    Just how bad is it going to get before he is pushed out the door,he hasnt walked out on a contract ever.

    When was the last time anyone here saw/watched/read about a good game of football?
    I honestly cant remember the last time we played well,yes we got results but usually down to luck/fluke/individual players winning it etc.
    When was the last time we actually played well as a team?

  • Tsunki

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    And the Stretford Ender rides again.

    This is not a hard club to play for or manage, Alan. Any more than any other Pl club. The hype that we expect too much is getting really old now.

  • Mag52

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    If Ashley’s lackeys aren’t slaving away 24/7 behind the scenes to get hold of another manager, any manager, at the moment, I’ll eat my hat.
    Big stumbling block – Ashley. Who would want to work for this man ??

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7


  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I wonder since he thinks the whole city is against him why that might be so?
    Its not the first time its happened too him is it.

    Do you think he might realize its the brand of “football” and the whopping lies people might not like.


  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki // Oct 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    And the Stretford Ender rides again.

    This is not a hard club to play for or manage, Alan. Any more than any other Pl club. The hype that we expect too much is getting really old now

  • mindshaft

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Why are people comparing starts to a season – this is about 1 win in 15, no doubt 16 after today
    Even Barton who likes Pard’s ended by saying he should go based on results
    People who think we can’t get a better manager are crazy, we aren’t going to attract a current top 4 manager but that still leaves a lot of talent.

    I can only see relegation under pardew although it now looks like he’s going to blame cabella

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Why would anyone want to watch a good game of football anyway?

    Its just asking too much.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    90% of fans are against AP – do you not ho out in Newcastle !

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I often ho out in Newcastle

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14


  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15


    Do you not agree though that although pardew may suffer from bad decisions about (only signing Anita after coming 5th, not replacing Ba right away, not replacing cabaye, etc) that he seems incapable of finding short term plans to fix this?

    I know when losing your best player it’s not possible to keep up the same form (or very rare) but surely he should at least put some basic plan in place which makes us hard to beat, giving us a chance to grab the odd goal?

    I’m not demanding too much I don’t think, instead of 40% defeats being by 3/4-0 after jan last year, surely he should have just made us solid and got a few more draws, snook another win or two by keeping it tight?

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Should say suffer from bad decisions above (not about)

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Comparing SBR and the king is like comparing landing on the fcuking moon to deep sea diving.

    There is simply no comparison to be made and whoever uses one as such is quite clearly grasping at straw’s.

    Very very sad indeed.

  • spitfire_

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18


    At the internet maybe… but not from those who goes at SJP. I was shocked what a saw at Hull’s game… at one TV shot 10 people sing against pardew, the other 50 or 60 just observe. There wasn’t more than 4-5 000 banners at Hull’s game also… Meanwhile at the away game agains Stoke there was a lot banners per person than at our home games… At the away game, where the most loyal fans goes.

  • headtheball

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    I wonder if Percy is going to dedicate our loss at Swansea to Jabba

  • davetoon

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    What a great man manager. “Remy Cabella has to start performing now,”

    Way to pile the pressure on. He should be saying that privately and publicly saying that Remy is a great player who will terrorize defenders once he gets the pace of the game.

  • toonbrother

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    I thought his name was FAB colocinnin? Why have you suddenly reverted to his full name Fabricio? lol

  • toonbrother

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    “To most Newcastle fans that seemed crazy, and it was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who left the club on loan”

    This is a blatant lie. Most fans including the blog writer could not care less when Mapou went on loan.

    In fact you justified the loan move when the news broke. this is what you wrote :

    “Mapou cost Newcastle £6.8M in January of last year from Montpellier, and it’s unlikely that a club will come in for him with that amount of money, after he hasn’t played particularly well for Newcastle over a season and a half.”

    Far from thinking it was a craxy move to let him go, most fans were happy to see him leave and thats because most fans are just as dumb as Pardew.

    I -TOONBROTHER- was the lone voice on this blog pointing out what a great player Mapou was. after I his excellent showing against Chelsea at SJP

    Most fans disagreed with me claiming Coloshitty was better and look at where we are now
    We are getting exactly what we deserve for being such DUMB fans

  • mecannylad

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    Stepping back from my blinkered obsession to help hound out the ‘bad blood’ from my beloved NUFC I do conceed that social media such as this blog is guilty of blindly manifying support from like minded supporters such as myself.
    Make no mistake about it ; we are up against it in more ways than one ….. the club administrators; the silent majority at SJP etc.
    All is not as clear cut as it seems unfortunately.
    …. we will prevail nevertheless …. but at what cost and when?

  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24

    spitfire the stewards were taking a4 s and banners at every opportity during the game at the stoke game there stewards wernt interested

  • Santon03

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    I really think pardew needs to shut up, nothing he says can help right now, he should concentrate more on the team how to start winning games. When he starts winning games, he doesn’t even have to say anything to defend himslef, nobody is going to attack him.

  • spitfire_

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26


    Ah, yes… the stewards. Because was hard to figure it out that this will happened. You must have a master degree to think to hide the banners until the time has come. And the banner protest was after 5 mins… not after 50. And the most of the fans take their seats 5 mins before the game.

  • spitfire_

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Also a coulpe of hundred stewards against 50k people… fair fight if this was a Frank Miller’s novel.

  • mag92

    Oct 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardews had four years in charge and it’s about time his management team were moved on as they’ve became complacent and fat around the arse especially Carver and Woodman.

  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    spitfire most stewards seen at none derby game ever

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Same old.

    Pardew has already started picking Cabella out for criticism, wow, didn’t see that one coming at the start of the season.

    Watch how he reverts to type today, and the long-ball football comes back out.

    Why pick out Cabella and say he has to “start performing,” and ignore the rest of the side.

    Where is the criticism of Gouffran & Riviere. How about Colo and Williamson, who have marshaled a back line that has slipped something like 150 goals in 2 seasons + a few more games.

    Anita isn’t in the team, I don’t recall Pardew having a bad word for Anita’s performances before he dropped him.

    If Pardew would stop scape-goating 1 player as per usual, and just stick to making puppy eyes on the sidelines trying to get people to feel sorry for him, he may not bring as much heat on himself.

    There is little wrong with Cabella. A bad workman blames his tools, and I don’t buy Cabella as an excuse. Cabella looks like a slick player to me, he just needs to be coached correctly, and more importantly, the players around him need to be coached how to get into the right positions so that Cabella can do the link up play to find them in goal scoring positions.

  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    spitfire have ever been to game at sjp its no good trying to fight the stewards they just put you out of the ground if you have a season ticket the first thing they do is take it off you and then they push for a banning order

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #32

    1) Pardew, instead of evoking the Dunkirk Spirit, blah, blah, blah, here’s an idea: why not allow the team to play good attacking football? Why not play Perez? Did you know he scored 4 goals recently?
    2) I think the length of P45’s blight on Newcastle will depend on HOW we lose today. If the team seems to be playing for him and we lose narrowly, then we’ll be stuck with him for a while longer. But if we get hammered …

  • stuart no9

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #33

    for a guy who never critisises his players , hes doing a bloody good job on cabella., the guy must be really pi”ed off now . so its all his fault is it -next one out the door. once a manager starts talking relagation , thats it. the belief is gone .a manager should never talk about relagation , ever .

  • Thump

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Can anybody remind me of a SBR team which only took 22 points from 28 games?


    Good. Now let’s stop comparing apples to oranges and prepare ourselves for the dross.

  • Thump

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #35

    @spitfire: The problem wasn’t hiding them, the problem was that people were unaware that they needed to hide them. I was chatting to one of the lads handing them out and he told me that they were taking them away, others handing them out seemed more interested in getting rid of them/were unaware they needed to inform them.

    On a completely unrelated note, thank God toonbrother has arrived. I was afraid he had misplaced his Newcastle shirt in his Sunderland cupboard.

  • Belfast

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Jeff stop sniffing your petrol can first thing in the morning

  • spitfire_

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #37


    Yes, I was at the SJP a lot of times, and who talk about “to fight with the stewards”? In fact two things comes to mind. Firstly, they didn’t do strip search so you can hide your banners below your clothes and to get them out when the time has come. And secondly… told them to f*** off because nowhere is said about a ban if you bring any banners at the stadium.

  • spitfire_

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #38


    After so popular anti pardew campaign in the days before Hull’s game, the most LOGIC thing is this what happened with the stewards. As I try to say with sarcasm, isn’t that hard to find that you better hide the banners… after all we talk about a A4 sheet… not 30×50 feet banner.

  • ganiyu

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #39

    pardew needs to reshuffle his starting 11 especially
    the attacking players.. he needs to give the likes of Perez and overran a start

  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #40

    spitfire dint think they had to be hidden most thought they had been aproved the guys handing them out said they were


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