Shearer Seems Sympathetic To The Plight Of Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew must start to get some wins for Newcastle soon, if he is to keep his job, and the Saturday afternoon game against newly promoted Leicester City is shaping up to be a must-win game for us.

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Alan Pardew at Stoke City – still under immense pressure

Alan Shearer has been interviewed in the Chronicle again, and the Newcastle icon even seems to be sympathetic to the plight of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is under enormous pressure to get some wins.

After all Alan Shearer did have eight games in charge of Newcastle from April 1st in 2009, when he failed to keep us in the Premier League – although we hasten to add it was not for the want of trying.

Alan Pardew will be spurring his players on from the technical area on Saturday, whether or not the fans protest that they want him fired, but hopefully they will give the lads a chance to start playing well,  and hopefully taking the lead against Leicester City and winning the game.

It’s a fact that we have never been in the lead in any Premier League game this season, and we certainly haven’t been in the lead at the end of any league game – although we went close against Crystal Palace.

The most important thing on Saturday is for the lads to get a win – and that’s certainly possible.

Shearer talked about the job of Newcastle manager:

“I don’t think any job is easy.¨ “It’s a tough job at Newcastle but having said that so is every other job.¨ “Whether you are in the Premier League, the Championship or League One – every job is tough.”

“What he wants more than anybody now is three points against Leicester.¨ “Then hopefully he might get some confidence from the players and they can show us something better than what they’ve been showing us.”

This spell is not unlike the spell we had after Kevin Keegan took over for the second time in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce was fired.

It took Kevin 10 games to get a win, when we finally beat Fulham 2-0 at St. James’ Park on 22nd March, and that came after we had lost five and drawn three of the first nine league games with Kevin in charge.

And after each game Kevin kept saying it would take the first win to give the lads some confidence, and that he wasn’t too worried.

After we did get that first win against Fulham, we hammered Tottenham away 4-1 and then Reading at home 3-0, drew 0-0 at Portsmouth and then took Sunderland apart at home 2-0, with two goals from the in-form Michael Owen.

So it is a case of our players getting their confidence back – and winning games will do that.

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38 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #1

    A win wont solve our problems.

    You can’t defend what Pardew has already done and what he will do in the future the man is an idiot pure & simple.

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #2

    It may have taken Keegan 10 games but he’d just arrived and didn’t know the players or what made them tick.

    Whereas the current manager’s been in post a little longer yet ……

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Interesting to see which 1st eleven he is going to pick.I don’t think there is a problem in GK front,Elliot is as good as Tim,even better in quick ball distribution than Tim.We should play two strikers upfront in a 4-4-2 formation because it is a home game.Looks like cab will be dropped again.surprising we haven’t scored first this season,that is the main problem so far,may be we will do it this time.It’s gonna be narrow win to us,2-1 or 3-2 ,something like that:


  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Elliot has reasonable distribution of the ball -other than that he’s a tub of lard. Wobblier than a chivers jelly.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 14, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Surely Sammy needs to figure in there somewhere. AP can’t tell the lad he needs to improve then not give him the chance to do so by playing him.

    Sorry this is Pardew so I guess logic ceases to apply

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Ha ha ha..u can call him like that, but atleast he has one talent,genuine ball distribution..
    Interesting to see cabella,Aarons,Goufran and obertan fight it out for left-wing spot, together with Sammy.Atleast we enjoy spot competition now..
    No more surprises Alan,we need to see hammering outcome, or atleast reasonable win!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Shearer knows exactly what the problem is at this club, Mike Ashley and this rotten transfer structure. As does Rob Lee.

    Huge lack of ambition.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #8

    None of the new lads will settle in or become useful if they don’t get games time but with relegation looming we don’t have the luxury of letting them stuff up until they find their feet.

    Dammed if we do and dammed if we don’t.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Sammy, Obertan, Abeid have improved a lot.
    They create chances from wings and abeid was solid in midfield. They need to be played more often from the start. Cabella also need to start behind striker not as winger, he should be playing DeJong role. If pardew can drop Cabella, then he should be dropping Gouffran.
    We need Raylor to play, we need his set pieces ability. We’ve been getting corners and free kicks but nobody can deliver them so far. We need to take advantage of that situation. Last game it was Sammy who took the corners, he is like 7feet tall, he should be in penalty box fighting for the ball.
    In corners our players coming from the back including defenders, if we keep making poor deliveries then we will be open for counter attacks.
    We only scored once from corner in 3 seasons, Gouffran scored.

  • cyprus

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #10

    KK’s case is not the same Ed. This AP guy has been with the team 3+ years and he has not taken us forward. In fact, we haven’t played much football at all with him. The best moments I remember are flashes of individual brilliance by people like HBA, Cisse, Ba etc.

    One thing going for AP is he’s got nine lives. If he hasn’t used them up, he may save himself and NUFC once more. Sadly, anything above the bottom 3 will be success this year. Thanks for educating the fans, AP.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #11

    MA’s biggest mistake is being patient with pardew.
    That’s pretty much it.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #12

    IF we have good manager and play good football and getting results with this squad, anything else wouldn’t matter.
    SD ads, TV money, Wonga, etc wouldn’t matter.

  • cyprus

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Exactly, Santon

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #14

    We need someone with alot of confidence in the middle of the park to make things tick. A cabaye like figure with quality.

    De Jong is a huge miss, Tiote as hard working as he is is thinking about his next club. Anita and Colback dosn’t have that X-Factor either. Neither has Sissoko if we shift him in there.

    We are desperate for a quality leader and playmaker in the middle of the park.

    If Cabaye was in that starting 11 right now we wouldn’t be where we are. As always we are lacking quality.

    Ben Arfa would of been the perfect replacement and cover for De Jong. To shift Ben Arfa and Marveux out is bewildering. Obviously Mike and Alan didn’t foresee this long term injury to De Jong so early in his Toon career but to shift on any sort of cover incase he did is quite frankly pathetic. Again we see the problems of an unbalanced squad and lack of quality in depth. Poor decision making.

    All to save money on wages.

    Classic case of profit before footballing ambition and intelligence.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #15

    We have similar problem with Milan, they had Allegri as manager, the players can’t play even Honda was really awful. Now they have Inzaghi as manager, the attitude of the whole team has changed. They are playing great football and fight to win every game. Honda was awful last season, now he has scored 4 goals in 6 games and create 3 assists. Managers have biggest effect on how we play not owners.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Top 5 teams managed by pardew will be bottom 5.

  • cyprus

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon I’ve challenged Ed not to use the word ‘Cabaye’ for a month, so no comment mate 🙂

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #18


    Our players are already giving their all and showing fight, It’s quality that is missing. This is what I see anyway.

    AC Milan have an owner who backs their manager and wants the best for the footballing side of their club, atleast this is what there 25 man squad list represents.

    A new manager could well see us play better football and galvanise the squad in the short term but the lack of quality in cover will always prevail under these constraints.

    We are, as usual, top of the injury table once again with a mid-table squad lacking in quality cover.

    I still fancy us to beat Leicester but I don’t think we will really kick on until De Jong and Santon are back in that starting eleven. We just arn’t good enough as a squad at present to cover such losses.

    We are missing a quality confident playmaker in the middle of the park for me. It would make the world of difference to have an excellent player and leader in there, someone who could grab games by the scruf of the neck and score goals and thread passes.

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #19

    If MA is stingy, then you should see Milan.
    They made 36 million from sale and invested 11.5 million. They got Van Ginkel, Torres, Armero on loan, Essien, Lopez, Menez, Alex for free. They only bought Bonnaventura for 7 million and Adil Ramy for 4.5 million.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #20

    This is the second time Krul has returned from a Dutch squad with an elbow injury – WTF IS GOING ON? – QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ASKED

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #21


    Even if we bought Messi, Ronaldo, Costa, Kompany, etc but still have pardew, we wouldn’t play any better. On the contrary, we will lose a lot of money paying their crazy fees and their value will go down, all thanks to pardew.
    I think Cabella will be good enough to be our playmaker if he’s not playing as winger. Have you noticed in open play that we are lack of players in the box everytime our wb or wingers already in the position to cross? We only have Riviere to aim at against 2 or 3 defenders, sometimes we have noone in the box.
    Also set pieces are horrible, I wonder what are they doing in training.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #22


    But still, they pay the wages for top players to be at their club. Their is ambition there from the owner.

    Not only do we hamper ourselves by selling are best players, we try to grow potentially good players from other leagues as a fix then start all over again by selling them. That’s Ashley.

    We are never progressing. Just gambling.

    Cyprus, lol!!

    If Cabaye was operating in the middle of the park though for us, do you think we would of been as poor? Do you think we would of went on such terrible runs since January?

    It’s a lack of quality for me which we are missing and too many players bedding in. I don’t buy into the notion another manager would get these players who i think are mediocre playing alot better than present.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Quotes from Simon Bird who claims to know a close friend of MA –––– Q – Has Ashley actually done any good at Newcastle?

    Most fans will say no, fearing the ambition and excitement have gone.

    But the £129m loan is interest free. A commercial loan that size would cost millions a year in interest. Just ask Manchester United and the Glazers.

    He instructed staff to keep the stadium full with well-priced ticket deals. Ashley also told them he hates “overpaid freeloaders” such as agents who demand the going rate of 10-14 per cent of a deal in commission.

    “Just because that is the way football has always done it, isn’t a reason to keep doing it for Mike,” says one source. “He’ll want it done differently.”

    Q: But what about the current plight? Why won’t he listen to the fans, check the terrible 2014 results and sack Alan Pardew?

    Perhaps out of loyalty. Pardew has gone along with all Ashley’s policies, including selling players such as Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye, and never taken his boss on in public.

    There’s a theory that Ashley can’t be bothered with the upheaval of finding another manager. “Patience is the word,” said one source.
    Q: So does he not care?

    Ashley has been a regular at games this season, sometimes flying into the city in the business helicopter with what is close to a personalised reg: G-MAOL.

    This could be support for Pardew, or to check out how poor the team has been, ahead of making a decision on his future.

    Q: Attempts to sell Newcastle have failed and now he is snapping up nine per cent of Rangers. Surely this comes at a price to the club?

    Renaming St James’ Park the Sports Direct Arena to “showcase” it for future sponsors, and bringing in pay-day lenders Wonga as shirt sponsors, show cash wins over sentiment, tradition or business morals.

    Ashley has also ordered Newcastle to put survival in the league over cup glory, which the club argue risks relegation. That has infuriated supporters.

    The Magpies owner made this public through a fans’ forum because he wanted the message out with no PR flannel, typical of his brazen, controversy-courting decisions.

    “Mike makes decisions from his gut instinct,” says a close business pal. “It is hard to argue because he has built up a huge empire.”

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #24


    So you won’t have any problem getting older players or rejects from other clubs like Milan does?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #25


    Could we possibly be any worse than at present, seriously what kind of transfer structure is that if only not to make money for which we rarely see.

    I wish we had an owner that would go out and get Torres, Honda, Van Ginkel, Essien, Nigel De Jong. Established quality Pro’s.

    We wouldn’t pay their wages and it is distressing to think we may never get top top footballers at this club again. Im tired of potienially good players on the cheap arriving here.

    This club is crying out for experienced Pro’s with experience of this League I think.

  • firebug666

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #26

    1. There is no team cohesion, the players just don’t seem to know each other and therefore cannot anticipate each others movement, passes are played either behind the player, or too far in front.
    2. There is no confidence in the team. Players are playing out of their natural positions and asked to do jobs that do not suite them or their style of play.
    3. There is no leadership either on or off the field. Coloccini should be rallying the players on the pitch, but his leadership skills are a lot like his defensive skills these days, simply none existent. Off the field, well….Apart from telling everyone to get back behind the ball, or nutting the occasional passing opposition player the inept one continues to write his shopping list and not much else.
    4. There is no variation for set plays. All the players on both teams know it will be hoofed to Williamson at the back post. Nothing to see here.
    5. There is no organised defensive structure, players in our defence are simply run ragged because Williamson and Coloccini are usually standing about ball watching, especially at set pieces. They are slow, misread the game plan, and totally incompetent at the back. This incompetence stops the team from getting forward, and has left Krul totally exposed at times this year.
    6. There is no game plan, the players do not seem to have any sort of tactical plan to follow, the formation is poor and does not suite the players we have. The inept one has no ability or technical knowledge to change a game. When the opposition manager knows your every move, and who your subs will be and when they will come on you should know you have failed. The inept one cannot see this.

  • JamesToon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Imagine if we still had this team
    Debuchy M’Biwa Coloccini Haidara
    Cabaye Tiote De Jong
    Ben Arfa Ba Cabella

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #28

    spot on…we need playmaker like cabaye.I don’t know siem much but I think he was brought here to take cab’s roll.If we continue swimming in the RZ or in that close area till Christmas, I don’t think mike will just sit back and watch that to happen.hopefully he will bring that french wonder kid or shelvey,the best from most I can pick ..

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 14, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Chelsea are still paying a large part of MvG’s wages and Torres. Couldn’t tell you for sure on the others, but AC Milan regardless of their past, are currently run on a shoestring, and a much tighter budget than NUFC. Milan are reported to have decreased their wage bill over the summer, and made a huge profit on transfers.

    However, our squad is short of quality. Obviously I would have liked Cabaye to stay, but he didn’t and by now we should have moved on. We were linked with Delph over the summer, and he would have been a good signing for us, and would not have broken the bank. I have no issue with Marveaux going, he just wasn’t cut out for the intensity of the Prem, a decent 20 minute impact player, but not a regular 90 minute player. He went missing most of the games he started.

    We also lack any real quality up top, although if this really is a return to form for Cisse then that problem is lessened. Weak at the back, out wide…

    Ashley is a massive problem. Most agree on that.

    Pardew is also a major issue. He can’t get the most from this squad. I don’t think this squad is great, 10th – 12th is where we are on ability and depth. With Pardew I see us finishing much lower because he doesn’t seem to get the best out of them, or have them playing in a way that suits. Who we get in next is a major question, but I don’t think the fear of the unknown should be used to make us stay on the current trajectory, which is relegation.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #30

    how can we win when we got a mike williamson who is worst than Boumsong and Marcelinho COMBINE

  • Santon03

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #31

    I’m not sure Torres goal scoring record is that great to be categorized as great goal scorer.
    Essien rarely play and Van Ginkel just played 30 minutes and then injured.
    They don’t have playmaker like Cabaye (Montolivo long term injury), but they have Honda who is similar as Cabella. They always play 4-3-3 with 3 defensive midfields Muntari, DeJong and Poli, but the difference is they always have like 3 to 4 players in the box when the cross came. DeSciglio and Abate maybe WB but they are more wingers than FB, they have old and slow CB Alex, Zapatta, Bonera, Ramy, Mexes, but DeJong always stay behind and covering them almost like 3 CB. They often scores from corners and free kicks as well.
    These differences due to different method of coaching and training imo, not players.
    Inzaghi said that he wouldn’t play el Shaarawy until he plays with his spirit like others even though he is fit and great player.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #32


    AC are still bringing the quality in. They obviously pay good wages while still being run on a shoestring. They atleast show some ambition and have a decent footballing outlook. Their is certain ambition being shown by the owner. We can only dream about bringing a Torres or Essien in and paying those sort of wages.

    I agree we sit about 10th ability and depth wise. The point i was trying to make was that we wouldn’t have been so poor with a quality player as Cabaye still here running the show in the middle of the park. These records would not have been broken. De Jong has never featured and is a huge miss.

    I don’t think we will be relegated, i think we will finish mid-table. Once De Jong and Santon come back in results and performances will improve. Ashley will spend in January if we are looking dodgy and floating about down there. Ashley always gambles from Summer to winter with the playing squad.

    There is money to spend and their is players to sell. Do you think Tiote is away in January?

  • stan anderson

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #33

    No defence for Pardew,the man is being well paid to do a job he can not handle,its beyond him to do anything other than be a puppet for his master.
    Any self respecting man would walk away and tell the truth about the running of the club and the methods used by his paymaster.
    Sell his story to the press and am sure he could earn a few more quid,haha.

  • anthc

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #34

    Even a win will leave us in the bottom followed by spurs liverfool, chelsea. With regards to quality in the middle of the park I’m not convinced with de jong either. I appreciate hes had little game time but he was woeful against palace. The bigger picture to me is that we spent what we made, replaced out going players with new ones so no further forward. Im not convinced yet either whether the replacements are better.

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #35


    The only thing Ashley thinks about is the bottom line, the financials – he cares less about which players go or stay or the risks attached to running a squad that’s paper thin.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Agreed Lesh,

    I’v been pondering over something this last couple of days and it’s to see Steven Taylor back into the starting line-up.

    What are peoples thoughts on this?

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Jeff from Benwell

    Just when did Bullshit Bishop take you on as assistant Ashley puffer?

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #38


    Even if Pardew slipped Saylor on the pitch as a twelfh man, we’d still ship goals.

    As long as the players have neither tactics or confidence, we’ll continue to throw points away!


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