We Have Confidence In The Players And Manager

Newcastle have a very important home game a week today against Leicester City,  and the result of that league game could determine Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle, and a defeat could even see him fired from his job as the Newcastle manager.

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini – we are a tight group

From what some of the Newcastle players have told the press recently, the team is still right behind the manager, who has a terrible record in the Premier League this year, and our results have been poor with only 20 points from our last 26 PL games – relegation form

This is what the 32 year-old Argentine has told the Shields Gazette today:

“We have to improve and look forward,” “It’s a difficult time for us. But we have confidence in this group and the manager.” “We have a tight group and we’re staying positive.”

Under Freddy Shepherd and in the first two years of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club, we replaced managers regularly when they didn’t do well and didn’t get the results.

But Newcastle now have the second longest serving manager in the Premier League in Alan Pardew, who has been in charge close to four years, but who has a terrible record for the year and we still don’t fire him.

In the ten years Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman (1997 through 2007), we had seven managers and one of them – Sir Bobby Robson – was at the club for five of those years.

And in the first two years of Mike Ashley we had five managers. 🙁

So things have changed somewhat, and the fact that Pardew still has the confidence of his players is probably the major reason he hasn’t already been fired at Newcastle – it cannot be because of the results.

Let’s face it – any other manager in the PL with Alan Pardew’s record of this year would be out of a job now, so it’s a little bit of a twist for Newcastle.

And Coloccini and Mike Williamson at the back have not been good so far this season, and if we had kept Yanga-Mbiwa instead of sending him out on loan to Roma, he would have been given a chance in central defense by now.

Colo can help Newcastle by starting to play close to his best form, and rallying the players, and he can be one of the senior players to lead us back up the Premier League table.

That’s what we are hoping for, with the emphasis at the moment on hope.

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8 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    MYM said to the Italian press that the EPL frightened him and his game is more suited to Le Ligue and SerieA

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Toonarmy down south

    On last thread I am happy to try to understand what is going on and you prefer to simply label a decision as ridiculous. Room for both I think and no reason to fear Blog is going to be worse off for it. Given lack of any open communication from club guesses are best we can do. Opinion that Ashley does it to annoy us and\or to deliberately put us in danger of another relegation is quite simply breathtaking in it’s simplicity. Not saying you subscribe to that but some on here seem to.

  • hibbit

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    this myn thing did he get enough game time here no…….. it took coloccini half a season to adapt to the english game mym was never given the time

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    The year i the fizzy pop league was the making of Coloccini

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    On whether or not time would have meant Mbwia would have been ready ala Colo the coaches were presumably of the opinion that he wasn’t going to make it. Poor or not that is how things do happen.

    Years ago I was told by someone close to the then coaches that Chopra who hadn’t yet played in PL wasn’t considered as a realistic prospect. Shock to me as I wasn’t alone in thinking and hoping we had our next Shearer on his way through. Still went on thinking they would be proved wrong but we all know the ending to that one.

  • Blofal

    Oct 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Hibbit I agree. I think the hardest postion in the EPL to adapt to is CB.

    Even Debuchy who everyone now raves about had a pretty average first season. Mbiwa needed a season to adapt. Instead he played a handful of games at CB, LB and RB and was used as a scapegoat the moment he made an error.

    I maintain that Mbiwa and HBA were made scapegoats for the second half of last season. The real scapegoats should have been Ashley for not re-enforcing the squad and Pardew for not publicly standing up to Ashley and persisting with failing tactics and players.

  • sa80teur

    Oct 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    MYM looked like a deer in headlights at times last year but you can see he has quality. With NUFC struggling to score goals, I can understand why we didn’t risk giving him more game time in his best position. This is the trade off with buying talented kids but who have little/no EPL experience.

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8


    You can try to understand goings on at the club ’til you’re blue in the face and you’ll arrive at one of two conclusions about them: Decisions have been made on impulse, recklessly or they’ve been made on the platform of greed and an obsession with the financials.

    Either way, they cannot be condoned.


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