Pardew – It’s Been Held Against Me

Newcastle’s policy since Mike Ashley arrived at the club in 2007 has been to buy good young players cheaply from countries like France and Holland, and we’ve had some huge successes – like Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Demba Ba – but on the other hand we have also had some failures, and after seven league games without a win so far this season, the new players we brought in over the summer are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League.

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Alan Pardew – still under pressure at Newcastle

Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat, Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferrerya are all playing nowhere near their best form, and of the five Janmaat and young Perez have shown up best so far.

Jack Colback had Premier League experience at Sunderland before he arrived over the summer, and Jack has produced almost immediately at his home town club, and Siem de Jong is currently out injured  – probably until January next year.

Newcastle have four points from their first seven games, and we still haven’t got our first win – and that’s one point less after seven games than we had in our relegation season six years ago, so not surprisingly there is huge cause for concern at the club.

Alan Pardew has talked again about Newcastle’s policy of buying young:

“Our policy here has been the same since I’ve been at the club – we have bought players we think have good market value and that means mainly the younger players.”

“I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had.”

“I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that’s been held against me that I’ve been making excuses. But I just felt that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of Cabaye.”

“This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team. For Swansea we are a big scalp. Forget where we are in the league.”

“We need big players and our big players need to stand up. We also need to create more big players and that’s what we are trying to do.”

Our next game a week on Saturday is huge – and it’s a home game against newly promoted Leicester City – and if we cannot get a win in that game, (even) more alarm bells will be going off at St. James’ Park.

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10 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #1


    Poll from the Daily Mirror.

    Newcastle fans! Would you boycott matches to try to drive Mike Ashley into selling up.

    YES 81%
    NO 19%

  • magscar

    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Nothing too much to get riled at in Ed’s quoted section. Point that struck me was the reference to Cabaye’s non replacement.

    Does this truth indicate bravery on AP ‘s part, a slackening of the reins under PR guru, a feeling he is currently relatively fire proof or simply a giddy moment?

    For those out there looking for signs he realises he may be on his way, could it be he just doesn’ t care. Sorry to raise hopes but that definitely isn’t the reason for the implied criticism of Mike.

  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #3

    We won’t have to wait long before the ‘anti’s are out in force going on about Pardew making more excuses, but what he says about the buying policy is, at best a gamble by Ashley, which, so far hasn’t come off.

  • magscar

    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #4


    Pointless poll unless it was a requirement that you were a season ticket holder. The attempt at Hull match to reflect popular opinion on here was only a limited success.

    Some will recall a campaign against Freddie to “Save Our Seats” and laudable as it was it didn’t fire up most of my fellow season ticket holders. That’s right before Ashley there were Owners who sought to maximise their profits. Bloggers and match goers aren’t always of the same inclination – just an observation.

    Similar to Chronic’s polls but then again there are in the Mirror stable.

  • firebug666

    Oct 9, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #5


    He said pretty much the same last week, he is just re-rolling out old excuses in the hope of beguiling some gullible fans with his poor me excuses.

    Might have well have just said, everyone’s picking on me and it’s not fair.

    The man is a manipulative servant of a greedy greasy slug and while spouting the rubbish to the masses is raking in vast amounts of money and laughing at those filing through the turnstiles.

    He is the man in charge of the team, and it’s his job to motivate them, give them a game plan, set them a winning formation etc. Simply put; he has failed.

    Swearwords omitted.

  • firebug666

    Oct 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #6


    I agree on the poll, I just forwarded what was there mate.

  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #7


    Have you ever considered the idea that, actually, we don’t have a squad amongst the fit players, who are better than 3rd. bottom in the premiership ?

  • bobby mango

    Oct 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    So he couldn’t cope with the loss of one player?
    Sorry, cabaye wasn’t that important to us.

    Stop making excuses

  • Mag52

    Oct 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9


    Loss of one player ? Loss of three key players in Cabaye, Loic Remy and Debuchy.

  • bobby mango

    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Read the quote

    “I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that’s been held against me that I’ve been making excuses. But I just felt that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of Cabaye”

    We still had Remy and Debuchy for the period he’s talking about.
    He’s saying that poor period has been held against him, the period where we had only lost Cabaye.

    I stand by my comment completely.

    And it’s utterly ridiculous for him be surprised or annoyed it has been. Of course we’re going to hold it against him when there’s been no upturn in form. Until there’s a break and we start playing well and getting results this is one long, awful run.


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