The Facts – This Is Why Alan Pardew’s Job Is Still In Peril


After we lost Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from the side this year, we were looking forward to some good signings in the summer, and it seemed we had done some good work when we recruited Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat among the seven players we signed for the first team squad over the summer months.

alan pardew - before Swansea game

Alan Pardew – not out of the woods yet

But on the last day of the transfer window reality showed through – and we seemed to shot ourselves in the foot again, when we allowed Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to move out on season loan deals, and we failed to bring in an experienced striker and center-back that we needed.

And while our defense has labored so far this season, Mapou is having a renaissance at Roma, and was this week recalled to the France squad for the two International friendlies they will play – and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if he gets another cap or two.

Add to that the fact that some of our new arrivals like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League, and we are struggling with only 4 points from seven games, one point less than the points we had after seven games in our relegation season.

In the games since that 4-0 disgrace at Southampton, the team has played quite well, but in those three league games we still picked up only two points, so it’s all relative, and the next game at home to Leicester City a week on Saturday is vital and probably a must-win game for Pardew.

It may seem that Alan Pardew is becoming safer in his job, with the players seemingly right behind him, which is good, but it will only take losing against Leicester for Mike Ashley to show that ruthless streak we know he has.

Mike is motivated to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – very motivated for business reasons associated with his Sports Direct company, and if we have only four points from eight games after our next home game, don’t be surprised if time is called on Alan Pardew’s time at Newcastle.

Here is Newcastle’s league record in 2014 – and we may even have it right this time. 😀

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

That means we have 20 points out of the last 26 games, and that would mean 29 points over a 38 game season – and certain relegation.

Alan is by no means out of the woods yet – not by a long way – and he knows it.

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27 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    It is all a big gamble and there is a divide between AP and MA. The Manager only wants to buy and field experienced players in an attempt to ensure winning performances and retain his job. The owner wants a conveyor belt of talented players to perform well and sell for profit.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    The numbers dont lie – Pardew is not getting the best from the squad of players available to him. If he doesn’t turn it around – and very quickly – there is a real danger we will be relegated at the end of the season.

    Will FCB jump in and add 4 or 5 players to the squad, including a proven Striker and a CB? Its possible, but highly unlikely. He won’t spend the money needed despite the club being awash with TV money. All we spent in the Summer was the money from players sold!!!

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I wish it were this time next week. These bloody international breaks !!

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew is so lost that I think he is now managed by another man about choosing starting 11 players,formation and all needed in the team that he can’t handle after leaving Yohan Cabaye.It’s strange that he plays Obertan in the first team after THREE years of ignoring (that is huge period of time).It’s strange that he benched his beloved player Vurnon Anita.I think these maybe aren’t his decisions.Once again,maybe.

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  • mag92

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardews management record reads like a “how not to succeed in football” the man is completely out of his depth in the premier league.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Problem is Pardew is now at the stage where he needs players he knows he can manage. His workhorses. He knows that if he gets into a solid lower midtable position 11th – 15th he will be alright. It also means that we lose quality and ability within the squad that another manager could utilise. He would have us as a West Ham Mk II if he could. That’s his level.

    I honestly can’t see anything more than 10th under Pardew regardless of who brings in etc which means we need to look to the next stage of our evolution.

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Supporting Newcastle just isn’t enjoyable anymore

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  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Ok, so Pardew goes but to be replaced by….. Good god, not Kinnear again or one of his ilk!

    What with the likes of Krul, Tiote et al shipping out in January (and who could blame them),we’re gawn, dumped, relegated.

    Mr Ashley, I’m sure all fans, all your admirers will be queuing to thank you for acting so decisively in tge transfer market and in particular, when Pardew’s talents became soo obvious for all to see – well, nearly all!

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Cabella and co have not failed to get to grips with the premiership but with pard’s style of play, similar to HBA and even mbiwa to a smaller degree they are not suited to rush around football but to tactics such as arsenal / man city where they play pass and move football.
    Creative players cannot exist under pardew’s regime – if 80? of the team I.e pard’s favourites are standing around stuck between attack and defence then the option is to boot it up to no one in particular

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  • toon kk

    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #10

    NUFC doesn’t belong in the premier league under MA. The club is not a proper football club anymore.

    The majority of our squad would be far better suited at other clubs where a decent manager would get something out of them.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Toonkk; as much as it pains me to say this I agree with your assessment of our club. On second thoughts it wasn’t that painful. The truth used to hurt, but not anymore.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #12

    novo thats the problem for a lot of fans it dont hurt anymore its more of a joke then worry

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Why so much gloom. We have a good manager who is trying his best and have picked up couple of good results. Including a very tough Swansea.

    Cisse is picking up form. Obertan Is decent again. Aarons will come soon. Pardew is dropping useless players like cabella. We are on the up.

    We can avoid relegation. Why all the doom here. Cheer up lasses.. These pardew bashing is doing us more harm.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Under-fire Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace is set to be awarded a £160,000 bonus. Wallace, who pockets more than £300,000 a year, is entitled to a discretionary bonus of 100 per cent of his salary – but the chief executive has instead accepted a scaled-down payment of £100,000 in cash, while another £60,000 will be awarded via the purchase of normal Rangers shares.

    The board is yet to accept the latter request, but has ratified the £100,000 bonus payment. Rangers fans are expected to be dismayed that Wallace has paid himself any sort of bonus given the club’s seemingly perilous financial state.
    This is why Ashley wants shot of Rangers Executives

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #15

    ilove toon,
    Good manager ???

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Former Rangers and Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard has backed Mike Ashley’s involvement in the Ibrox club after the Sports Direct owner upped his stake in the side. Bernard, who now owns Durham City, sought to assuage fears that Ashley would bring success back to Rangers and propel them to the Champions League.

    He said: “Rangers fans must have been envious seeing Celtic take on the likes of Juventus and Barcelona but they’ll be able to get their passports out again for the big games once Ashley’s worked his magic.

    “He will make sure he has the right people around him and Rangers will become a major forice again if he gets his way and that’s great for Scottish football.”

    He added that the Newcastle United owner is not popular in Tyneside because “he runs the club on business lines rather than put the club’s future at risk in search of glory

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Points win prizes people…

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew’s poor performance as team manager poses a significant risk to the NUFC owner being able to maintain his business model for the club.
    One of the golden rules of business (so others tell me!) is to never engage in brinkmanship when you could be at risk of having to change the model of your core business.
    Ashley is a gambler … but he is no fool.
    He can best protect his business model at our club by firing Pardew sooner rather than later.
    The Silver Spiv will certainly be gone if his team loses against Leicester and he will only ever be one defeat from the sack each game this side of Deember.
    Bring it on.

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  • nightfa11

    Oct 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #19

    why d fcuk are s many people (former players, etc) publicly defending pardew? how? why?

    the guy talk craps..we all know it..we all heard it..
    cant adapt game style to players at his disposal..
    is publicly criticizing players..
    broke every negative record at the club..
    hes the worst manager & man manager out there..
    its so weird..especaily cos he cant adapt..so he sells players which dont fit to his “style” and then signs players who..yes..dont fit to his style..weve signed over 20 different players since he got here (to match his “style”), yet he doesnt know how to use them.. its a joke..we all know that..yet there are public figures who defend him.. how can that be?

    nufc won 5 matches in 10 months..yet hes still here..and has the support from the board..and from public figures.. how d fcuk!?

    ok..if those public figues would support nufc, they probably wouldnt say those things, but still..its..shocking really..and i dont get it..

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  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    @nightfa11: Maybe the spin doctor is working on them.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Roy Keane wi that lengthy unkempt 2tone beard hahaha looks like some crazed bond villain gone wrong.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder what’s in it for club owner and entrepeneur Olivier Bernard to big up Mike Ashley and underhandedly dismiss the Geordie faithful as not being able to see the bigger picture, that is the bigger picture of how Mike Ashley would like painted.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail – if you’re going to paint a picture of FCB then its bound to be a “Big Picture”!! There’s a lot of him to get in!!

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  • Sav

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #24

    You’re not going yo restate the bleedin’ obvious right throughout the international break though, are you, Ed?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #26

    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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  • moonraker

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle under Ashley’s ownerhip and Pardew’s management are not fit to be in the premier league as they are not competing to full potential; ie not trying to win cups, get into Europe or CL

    It’s pathetic! we haven’t won fcuk all for 50 years but at least we were trying ffs.

    First time in my life I don’t want them to win so Pardew has to go and I’ve supported the toon since the 50’s 🙁

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