Chris Waddle Not In Favor Of Newcastle Fans’ Protests


Former Newcastle player and local lad Chris Waddle is the latest to give his opinion on what’s happening at Newcastle, and he’s another who is backing Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew – which is a little surprising, and he doesn’t think the protests of the Newcastle fans is helping the team much either.

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Chris Waddle – commentator and analyst today

Here’s what Chris had to say about the Newcastle situation at present:

“The one thing you don’t want when walking onto the pitch is fans holding banners up with ‘manager out’. The players are still playing for Pardew so he must be doing something right.¨

¨I was at the Stoke City game and Newcastle played very well. They just couldn’t grab a goal.¨ “They dug in against Swansea and got a good result after going down to 2-0, so you can’t say the players aren’t giving it everything.¨

¨But sometimes you have to be realistic and say ‘how good are the team?’ Currently, they’re on par with the teams in the bottom half of the league.” “People might say they’re better than that, but does that mean you get a new manager in who can get more out of his team?¨

“Personally I don’t think you can. If a new manager comes in, he’d say to Mike Ashley ‘I need to bring in three or four players to make this team stronger’. Alan Pardew could probably say the same thing right now, but they haven’t got the budget at the minute so what’s the point in bringing a new manager in if he’s going to work from the same sort of line?”

You need a lot of money to compete against likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. Liverpool spent well over £100m this summer, Tottenham have spent a fortune after losing Gareth Bale, Everton are buying people like Romelu Lukaku.¨

¨So there’s a lot of  teams at the top of the league who are spending fortunes and Ashley has said he can’t compete. He’s being honest, I don’t think there’s a problem with that, I don’t think he’s ever hid from that.¨

“At the minute, the only way Newcastle can get back into challenging for a Champions League spot is if Ashley were to sell the club to someone who’s got lots and lots of money to spend.”

“But realistically, looking at Newcastle United, a Premier League club is their stature and that’s what they should be. As for a top four or top six, I don’t think their budget allows Pardew to get into that bracket. In terms of the size of the club and the size of the wage bill they should be mid-table, away from relegation every year.¨

So it looks now like we cannot compete even with clubs like Everton, who have never had a lot of money in the past.

Newcastle do have the budget to bring in new players, because this year we’ve almost broken even with our transfers in and out, once you realize that we got £32M for Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, so the net is probably around £1M or £2M that Newcastle have spent this year – which isn’t much.

The protests cannot be helping the players much, but the players do seem to have good team spirit – it’s just hard to know what real impact the protests may be having.

But we’re sure the fans will be patient a week tomorrow in our home game against Leicester City – in a game we really should be winning.

If the lads are giving their all,  as they have in the last four games, the protests will again be muted – but we also really need to win the next game, if we are to move away from the relegation zone.

The sooner that happens the better, and it’s hardly surprising Newcastle fans are unhappy with our plight at the moment, when you look at our record this year in the league.

Season         Played      Won    Lost    Drawn
2013-2014       19          5      13       1
2014-2015        7          0       3       4
Totals          26          5      16       5

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14 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #1

    PSG insiders saying Yohan Cabaye returning on loan to Newcastle in January

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  • stan anderson

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Waddle is a mackem and should keep his mouth shut about our affairs.He left for the bright lights of London and forgot about us .The team that rescued him from the sausage factory.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    We only played 19 games last season has anyone complained ?
    2013-2014 19 5 13 1
    The Mag is a crock btw

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  • MacToon

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Ex employee Wise was bad enough but the PR Guru’s obviously struggling now having to get a mackem to speak out for the owner and manager. Who’s next, Ron Atkinson, Ched Evans, Marlon King, maybe Max Clifford? Or will it be a case of more promises of favours?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Stan,
    He’s never got over the fact we pelted him with a factory load of sauages that day.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost as it’s even more relevant given the suspicious way in which this plonker has stepped into the queue of stooges to back up Pardew and his boss. –

    The pressure must really be on the Ashley empire what with all these favours being called in. The more ex players and pundits rally to Pardew’s management prowess and Ashleys sound business approach, the more I think they are being sussed.

    If you think that putting SD on every angle of the ground on match day is a small thing, think again. It gets the SD brand subliminally beamed into the minds of MoTD and sky viewers in Britain, and multitudes of companies abroad who buy the satellite feed. For nothing but a fully refundable deposit of say £130m. And meanwhile a tread water manager and coaching staff can be made to run the team on tick over on TV rights money in the PL as long as nothing daft or expensive comes along like relegation, cups or European competition.

    it’s that simple, we all know it. it’s right in front of us but all the pr stops are pulled out to make us believe the big lie, that we are a competitive, ambitious big club, it’s just the fans are being unrealistic and impatient. it’s been said before, but it doesn’t make it any less true, so I hope the pressure builds up – somethings going to give somewhere.

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  • NOVA2967

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Its well said and true. The only things that really hurts is that we didn’t have to sell any off our players and if we could of just added one or two players onto the Demba Ba/Cabeye/Enrique/Debuchery squad we would be up challenging for the top 6 or 4.
    Add one or two cheap veterans who are going to cost the club a few million and boom. Books are balanced and we have a great team.
    This constant change of players is dangerous and not going to get us were we need to be.
    And then can I please just say… Colback is terrible… I can’t believe he got picked for England. I mean what he had a couple games where he didn’t turn the ball over. Yeeeaaaa. He is so average and can fit into a decent team who has playmaker next to him. But Tiote and COlback are not going to score or give us creativity and the game is won by the middle of the park. Not happening

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Im thinking the Ebola outbreak could effect the African Cup of Nations

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  • croftus5678

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #9

    at the risk of being fair ^^ your taking the stats from the first loss we had it seems and tbf you need to take all last season into consideration not just from when we started to lose if you want to be realistic !

    and another point which is going to make it look like i’m sticking up for the club but waddle was a profesional player so should know a hell of a lot more of the effects we are having on players than we do so air play to the lad i wont knock him for that.

    imo i know the players are playing for pards and it seems like we have a negative effect on the team but its hard to get your point over without upsetting the players !
    my problem isnt the players nor is it the fact thats its pards as manager but its his defensive playing which he chooses to play week in week out imo when we cant defend !!!
    if he tried to use an attacking formation and it didnt work after a few games i’ll take that as my bad but ffs pards just try for once will you !

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  • Roppa

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, even if the lads are ‘giving their all’, muted protests serve to reflect the majority’s acceptance of Pardew’s continuity as our manager. Whether we are winning, drawing, or losing, the protests should be load, strong & sustained, and above all, voiced by the vast majority of fans. How much longer can we continue to accept the unacceptable??? C’mon lads, join together for the ‘greater good’, let’s get Pardew out of our club!

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Expect these pictorial press releases from PR guru Bishop next week :
    i) A relaxed Alan Pardew, manager of Newcastle United Football Club out shopping with his beautiful wife. in Northumberland Street.
    ii) A caring Alan Pardew, manager of Newcastle United Football Club, taking time out to visit sick children in the RVI.
    iii) Family man Alan Pardew, manager of Newcastle United Football Club, helping an old lady across a busy city centre street.
    You may laugh …. and then it’ll be Thursday and Bishop will be at it again this time pulling Pardew’s strings at his weekly team press briefing.
    What a circus.

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  • nightfa11

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #12

    ” I don’t think their budget allows Pardew to get into that bracket.”

    yes…budget..not cos pardew has skills of a 3 year old..

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  • dannitoon

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s a mackem… who cares.. he turned us down for sheff wed

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  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh Mecannylad, do I get the impression you’re not impressed with Bullshit Bishop?

    Me neither pal. The pro-junta spokespersons – Waddle, Kinnear, Wise et al – didn’t exactly ooze with credibility and don’t show him in good light. He’s picked and primed those who even an idiot like me saw them as ones who’d provoke a reaction from fans. Will these dummies ever realise that supporters aren’t fools, being expected to be swayed by that lot.
    Now if Keegan were to have uttered Waddler’s words, fans might have taken notice as he speaks with an air of credibility whereas…..

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