Pardew’s Job Still At Risk – Takes It One Game At A Time

Last Tuesday morning we kept looking at the Newcastle website to see when the news that Alan Pardew had been fired would come, we had convinced ourselves that losing 1-0 at Stoke the previous night, was the death knell for Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

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Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone yesterday
Their jobs are still on the line

But we were wrong, and then the news trickled out through Sky Sports that Alan would be in charge of the game against Swansea yesterday in south Wales.

And since the lads got a fighting draw, even though we didn’t play very well, we expect Pardew to be in charge of the game in two weeks time against Leicester City at home – which is now shaping up to be almost a must-win game – as we try to move off the bottom of the league.

Bit Pardew is not taking anything for granted, as he had this to say after the game yesterday:

“I have to just concentrate on the here and now.” “I wasn’t looking too far forward than Swansea.” “Now my attention turns to the next game.”

“One thing you have analyse when you are a football manager is whether the team is giving you everything.” “I don’t think that even our worst critic could argue they gave me everything today could argue with that.”

“We would like to have a bit more confidence and a bit more flair.” “And that will come.” “We are probably a better team than we are showing.”

“I have to try to make a system here that works for us.” “We have a lot of new players.” “Some got left out.” “I feel that after this six or seven game period and have a look at ourselves and improve.”

There’s a lot of stuff going on about Alan Pardew right now, and it’s all over the media, and many fans want him out of the club – 81% in our poll want him fired as Newcastle manager.

In retrospect yesterday, we were just pleased we got something out of the game – one point at Swansea is still a good point.

But we need to start playing much better soon, because if that doesn’t happen Pardew’s job is still on the line – there’s no doubt about  that.

What do you think?

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62 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Just watched toon on MOTD Cisse took his half chances well. krul outstanding kept us in the game.

    But my oh my HOW MUCH F**IN ROOM do we give the opposition. We just let teams run at us –
    NO closing down
    NO running covering the oppositions runners.
    NO midfield cover for our pedestrian defence.
    Let opposition play 1-2s to their hearts content.

    And when we attack it is slow and ponderous and not with numbers.

    F’s sake what do they learn on he training pitch.
    If not for Cisse and Krul we would be in deeper sh*t than we are in.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Fresh articles every 10 minutes saying pretty much the same thing are hardly conducive to promoting healthy debate

  • croftus5678

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    i’ve wanted gabby out for seasons as i’m one of his biggist critics but i have to give the lad credit tbh.

    he was as he has been in a few games/pre season this year one of the best performers and yesterday imo he was the 1st half’s motm ! he gave everything and tbh if it wasnt for him trying to get forward i think i would have stopped watching before half time had finished.

    second half he had a few decent things esp defensive wise but he ended as avg as he died off.

    compare him to goofy though and yes he’s a starter in the next game imo…oh and when he does play theres normally a goal or assist from him and even cabella/arfa cant claim that.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Shearer was right on MOTD the team are still playing for Pardew therefore the next window is the best chance of improving not sacking AP

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed is really killing his own site,

    Ed doesn’t seem to get get that NO ONE likes that he posts some multiple threads with no info in them , just a lot of crap articles that he has cut and pasted from other sites.

    most come here for the banta between each other

    ED now is only here for the business not the football

  • colwell

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    4 points from 7 games, 1 win in 15 we are gone, just making up the numbers now and will finish with lower points than when we went down last time. We had more points on the board at this point and better players.

    Fcuk sake will we get back out this time????

  • JamesToon

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy bit unfair mate Ed has put a lot of work into this blog over the years

  • ash1001

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Guys, Catchy #5 is 110% right ED is only here for the ‘clicks’ this blog is a business to him, far to many posts ED, I am afraid.
    I have 15 tracking posts on this article alone, if you are using Chrome, download an extension called ‘Ghostery’ and check for yourselves.
    Sorry ED but 4 posts in a hour is too much.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    unfair, catchy. Ed keeps th e flow going and gives you a platform to vent your opinions, most of which over the last few years have not changed much.

    So, mbiwa going for half his value? There you go Mike, thats what Alan is doing to your assets.

  • mecannylad

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    You are so right about the editor of this blog.
    He is past it ….. if he ever had it that is !
    As far as editorial substance goes he is botom of the league.
    I use this blog pure and simply for the livelydebate amongst users; Ed Harrison is the social media’s equivalent of Ashley ….. quietly milking it for the ad revenue and nowt else.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew’s Job Still At Risk – Takes It One Game At A Time
    Who knows that?No one.Especially now.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t agree with your analysis of the team and club. We have a mid-table team managed by a Conference League coach. If Fat Ar*e invested in a decent Premiership-level manager, then perhaps we could compete with the likes of Manure and Tottenham. Unless he makes a change we’ll be constantly flirting with relegation.

  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    So how much do you guys think he makes from this blog? This is unfair guys.

    Still, Ed, I’ll disagree with you regarding Obertan. Did you see the game? I won’t even mention his scoffed chance – I guess I did 😉 The lad is at last chance cafe, trying, but, darn it, you must be able to dribble past a player to be a winger. Bummer I know, but there it is 🙂

  • magscar

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee

    Not my analyis I was agreeing with it. Not sure what it is you disagree with in his comments. Toon Prodigy says Pardew is an abysmal manager …. and deserves to go (for his record) – seems to me this is worse than a Conference manager . Toon prodigy was just trying to put some long overdue perspective on the parlous state of our club and the one dimensional rants by most bloggers on here. I would like a decent manager as well but Ashley is not listening to any of us including – good banner yesterday though.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    and without this blog you wouldnt be commenting on it !
    it cant be that bad if you keep coming back to it and commenting all the time so i dont see the problem.

    yes maybe ed copy/paste some articles but not everyone reads all the articles from other sites so maybe he’s just bringing all the news into one place !

    i think as always ed tbh no one else can be arsed to make a blog and keep it updated but its easier for them to critisize those who do ! sterling job lad its the only blog i keep using daily so keep up the good work.

  • magscar

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Setting up a blog takes time and money (hence all the adverts etc). I also dislike starting to post only to find blog has moved on (twice sometimes!) but you can always go on The Mag or Chronic site. Alternatively if you as a long term poster and regular contributor want to start your own perhaps other bloggers will follow. I think Ciaran ( who previously posted under a different user name which I forget) tried and found it harder than he thought even though he believed he had the majority of bloggers on here right with him.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17


    I say it as I see it ,

    it’s eds blog , in the past he used to have a real input with views and opinions, now most of the articles are trype , he loves The months leading up to jan and the summer so he can link us to 300 hundred players over 500 misleading headlines , he could have one thread with many names on it , so we could have a talk about them , instead most have a glance , and you will find a few coments , then those coments get reported several times until the idea of the post is lost ,

    am I greatfull for the site ? sure , but not the articles , he proves every day it’s about hits more than content , it’s the people that are here that make the site , not the crap he posts from other crap sites , it’s like he is trying to gather all the rubbish most of us dodge and post It in one place

    good luck to the guy , but it’s no longer about his passion for us now , the almighty dollar is the real goal now

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    It was the reference to the shit players I objected to. Just think how well Cabella, Rivière and Perez could perform if the team was set up right!

  • Malta Mag

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Watched the entire game as usual here on the rock and I disagree that the team gave everything? I thought they were “dead men walking” until Cisse got us out of jail. Whoever thinks Jaanmat is an upgrade on Debuchy should watch the highlights and poor Dummett on the other side wasn’t much better. As for Collocinni, well I hate to sound like a broken record but the bloke simply flatters to deceive. We looked piss poor fellas and if we don’t wield the sword on poor Alan Pardew then I honestly think we are in for a battle to stay up. If he stays or whoever comes in must look at our strengths and in my mind a 3-5-2 is the way forward but it’s time for radical change.
    My team for the Leicester game would be
    Taylor. Collocinni. Dummett

    Obertan. Sissoko. Tiote. Colback Ameobi

    Armstrong. Cisse

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Football is 11 man game not Maradona dribbling time.That time is over.This is powerful football and no one or very rare will let to be dribbled past.Sissoko dribbles one player and runs and loses 10 balls per game.Respect the effect Obertan had on the game.For now he is the future on that position.He is the only right winger at this club and act like that.We don’t need goalkeeper or defensive midfielder on that delicate winger position.Even HBA was not right winger.He was left winger but Parde played him as a right winger.
    And don’t forget Obertan lost his place inthe starting team to his mate Hatem Ben Arfa and we all know who HBA is.When HBA is not here that position is Obertan’s again.Simple mathematics.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    @20 go toon

    i have the same view tbh !

    i think we as fans get carried away with the flair players like cabella/marv/arfa ect the ones who can weave past 20 men and put a 40yard ball into the net (once in around 20 games) and it makes us feel good as we see them as world class !!! but in truth world class can do that every day and players like obertan who dont excite tend to look very boring but get those assists/goals more regular.

    do we go for effective or flair ? at this time i’ll go effective untill we pick up confidence and points enough so we can afford to give cabella a proper run.

  • martoon

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Can you Pardew haters explain this to me. There was a time when he played nothing but 4 4 2 and he used to get crucified on here for using 70’s formation and tactics etc. Now when he is trying 4 3 3 or 4 2 3 1 he gets crucified for not playing 4 4 2 – go figure?

  • magscar

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Ron Knee

    Think problem isn’t as simple as how team is set up as those players ( as do most other foreign imports ) would struggle to hit the ground running in a settled and winning side. I beleive they will come good given time as long as their confidence isn’t destroyed by the minefield they have unwittingly strolled into.

    I think Toon Prodigy was directing comments at the lack of leaders and ready made Premiership players Pardew has to pick from. Everyone including pundits thought Southampton were for the drop before a ball was kicked because of the no of their imports but a good start settled them in quickly. Where would we be if we had beaten Villa ( entirely possible on chances we had) and not conceded a very late goal against Palace ( albeit sloppy defending). Good runs and bad runs have one thing in common – they breed more of the same.

    I am not trying to defend Pardew but feel constantly sniping away at him is a waste of energy. Ashley has his own agenda which Toon Prodigy has set out well and unless and until Pardew falls foul of this he won’t sack him no matter what you, I or ( Brainless) Savage think of him. Ashley does his own thing in business not to snub his nose at his critics but because he thinks he is right – simplistic but borne out by numerous events over the years.

  • mecannylad

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Supporting this blog is becoming strangely rather similar to supporting our beloved NUFC.
    The respective owners are milking our passion for a quick buck from advertising.
    I would have a lot more understanding for this blog’s editor if he shared his advertisement and hit revenue with his users by at least telling us how much it is worth …..and preferably donating a substantial amount of his profits to a good cause related to the Newcastle United wider community.
    I frankly think that Ed Harrison is guilty of double standards rather like Mike Ashley is.
    I am however a mug …and cannot resist contributing to both gentleman’s profits !!!…… just like you who is reading this right now.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Obertan deserved his place in the Newcastle team now,whether we want him or not.He will be in the starting 11 many times.Patience was the key and reward.Remy Cabella is a must in our team.Just replacing Sissoko for Cabella and we have winning team.And Obertan was once French National international.I’m sure he’ll be back there soon.

  • stan anderson

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    I would think his job should be under massive threat with his history.But we are following a club like no other thanks to Ashley and his band of clowns.
    Would,ve lost his job many times over at a proper football club.
    Disgusted with the whole shambles.

  • Tayls

    Oct 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Papiss at the end there puts all our problems in perspective. He is surely a legend in the making, great mentality.

  • magscar

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Ron Knee

    Meant to also say that whilst Toon Prodigy would have to qualify his own thoughts on which players he was referring to, it is possible he meant Colo, Williamson, Tayls etc. rather than the new imports. Frightening to think that we still have the same choice of First team centre backs as when promoted – not by pardew’s choice I bet.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    I agree. The problem is at the back rather than the front.
    And how soon before Janmaat gets his first red card?

  • Mag52

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Matron @ 22

    It’s really quite simple. There are a number on here who will find fault in anything that the manager does or doesn’t do, and I mean anything.
    For quite a few of them it has become very personal, almost an obsession to get him out of the club, and they will use any means, including even character assassination, to achieve their end.

    Obertan. Full credit to this guy. He didn’t play much of a part in things last season, but has come back, clearly having spent quite a few sessions in the gym, a fitter and more confident footballer. He is proving to his manager that he deserves to play, and is quite a contrast to a certain ex- squad member.

    Ed. Keep up the good work. Most of us appreciate what you are doing.

  • Mag52

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #31


    Sorry to call you matron. You know what I mean.

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Let’s just be realistic about Pardew’s situation – Ashley’ll not sack him if he can possibly avoid it – which manager that’s any good or even half good would work for him with his current profit-driven approach to running the club.

    Hr works on the basis that it’s profit that counts more than points or trophies and Pardew must be only one willing to work under such constraints.

    It’s well known that Ashley has a small circle of trusted associates and he’ll only work with people he knows and trusts. Mind, his trustee footballing associates beg questions about his ability to assess peoples’ characters and judgement. Basically, Ashley is insecure.

    Ok, Hoddle’s said to have dined with Ashley but whether he’s in the inner circle of Wise, Kinnear, Pardew et al, I’m not sure. And whether he’d work without any influence on football matters is open to question.

    The only way Ashley might change would be if his investment were really threatened by relegation and Pardew were to threaten to walk and leave him without anyone to run the football side without being demanding. However…..

    Sorry guys, but I feel we’re stuck with Pardew or suffer an even greater incompetent as manager.

    Another fine mess!

  • martoon

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Mag52 @30 Agreed, I often get accused of being a Pardew lover but I just believe in fairness. I accept Pardew has his limitations but he does get things right sometimes. I’d be quite happy to see an upgrade on Pardew but in reality I have a horrible feeling we’d end up with Curbishley or O’leary!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #34

    I wouldn’t be worried about which manager would work for him. Many managers work under constraints similar to these throughout Europe. Also, most managers would relish the challenge of trying to re build this club. It has the potential for a manager to become hero worshipped if they get it right.

    My worry is more that who would Ashley realistically go for. Most of the people I would look at to replace Pardew will never have been heard of by Ashley. Plus as we have grown to know, he prefers to work with people he knows/trusts. This really does narrow down the options.

    Still, I can’t see any doing worse than Pardew currently, and if he is allowed to continue till January then we could well be done for. Ashley will sack him when he feels he has to, I think that may come in the next 4 or 5 games if our fortunes don’t improve.

  • spaghetti bandit

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    I dunno if anyone caught phil thompsons view of the game yesterday after he covered it on sky but he said tiote was immense,, he spoke really high of him and it reminded him of his first great season,, a didn’t catch too much of the game yesterday but I think if tiotes form is like tht first season we will have no worries..


    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #36

    will anyone tell me who could be worse than pardew please don’t mention
    J F K

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #37

    the form of cisse was good in the first season , he did his job, but I would say a few players made him look a superstar ,

    Jonas , played as a 3rd dmc

    cabaye played as a 2nd dmc

    Ba and Cisse

    and HBA esp the second half of the season

    hmmm just about all our best players gone

    I also remember this Jan , pardew wanted cabella to fill cabayes boots , right now he couldn’t even do his laces never mind fill his boots, 2 very different players , pardew may have just figured that out,

    janmaat , got to say , right now PD at left back is twice the player he is

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    shoot , I meant tiote not cisse

  • mindshaft

    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39

    I seriously doubt eds making any money from this site, what little he gets from advertising would barely cover the hosting costs – for him to earn money you have to click on the adverts and I doubt many do

  • mindshaft

    Oct 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Martoon – simple , playing 4-3-2-1 is clearly not working as we don’t have anyone who can play the lone striker role – yet pardew insists on setting us up this way despite the glaringly obvious
    People have long been advocating 4-3-3 bit would happily goto 4-4-2 to give Riviere or Cisse help up front


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