Pardew Concerned About This Problem He’s Identified

Alan Pardew talked after the great 2-0 win yesterday at West Brom, that he is concerned the Newcastle players are picking up too many injuries in training, and last week we lost Steven Taylor, Manu Riviere and Rolando Aarons to injuries picked up while preparing for the game at the Hawthorns.

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Fab Coloccini after scoring second goal yesterday
Question – do you think the players are happy?

It’s been a problem for a while, and we remember when we lost Mike Williamson three years ago with a broken arm towards the end of Alan’s first half season in charge – which Mike somehow picked up while doing some work in the gym.

This is some of what Alan said after the game yesterday:

“We suffered injuries in training this week and I was a bit disappointed with that.” “I met my staff today and we are going to change one or two things.”

“But we are pushing these players to the limit, we are trying to get the maximum we can. If you do that then you are going to lose players here and there.”

“But the other players you can see are super fit and we are strong, but we do need a few more bodies back.” “I think Steven Taylor should be back for QPR, I think Riviere should be back and I’m hoping Colo comes through.”

Coloccini had to be replaced yesterday after picking up a knock, and Colo has been massive for us at the back in the last three and half games, when we haven’t conceded a goal.

And you could see what it means to the Argentine when he scored our second goal – and he dedicated the goal after the game to his Argentine colleague Jonas Gutierrez, who will be returning to the Newcastle squad early next month after beating cancer.

That was a nice touch from the captain.

It’s always been a problem at Newcastle with injuries picked up in training, and we remember Graeme Souness when he was manager (Sep 2004-Feb 2006) saying he thought it was the the Benton pitches that caused the players to puck up so many hamstring injuries.

But the first step towards solving a problem is recognizing one exists  – so we hope whatever they are doing that is too much in training gets corrected.

But we agree with Alan tat our players are super fit, and they ran themselves into the ground for the cause again yesterday, and even in those last 10 minutes of the game, our lads were still closing down the West Brom players.

It was just great to watch.

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12 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #1


    Do you not think AP was possibly given some kind of ultimatum, ie to use pace, play the youngsters, drop his favourites and try to win games?

    Something must have happened because we were only going one way before and AP was in the last chance saloon.

    If the worst run in NUFC’s history finally made the penny drop that’s great but these are the same players and they aren’t and weren’t as weak a squad as made out.

    Finally playing to players’ strengths and most importantly without fear is great to see, but it’s been a hell of a long time coming and people who were critical before had every right to be, so maybe you could lose the holier than thou, ”I told you so” approach and enjoy the moment like everyone else.

  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2



    ‘…major contributing factor to recent successes has been the no fear factor of the kids in the side..? ‘

    I think it has been a significant factor but the turnaround is probably down to a number of factors, some designed and some by chance.

    The defence has been rock steady possibly due to Colo’s rediscovered form and the settling in and adapting to Premiership life of Janmaat together with the emergence of Dummitt who looks as good a centre back as I have seen.

    The midfield have benefited from Tiote’s injury and Anita’s poor form enabling Abeid to demonstrate what an excellent midfield player he is alongside Colback. The introduction of Aarons and Ameobi on the wings have enabled Sissoko to switch to central midfield alongside Abeid and Colback who with their holding / defensive duties allows Sissoko to bomb forward, which is his strength.

    It’s fair to say that Perez only got his chance because Cisse was injured and Riviere has vanished but he has taken his opportunity and deservedly so. Many on here, myself included, have said from his very first game that we thought the lad had something about him. His goals have been great but to me the really pleasing thing is he never gives up and although slight in build is not afraid to mix it and get stuck in. He chases and hounds the opposition defenders. Cabella can learn a lot from him.

    Playing Aarons and Ameobi has provided the pace and width that was very much missed. Like Perez both our wingers have taken their opportunities. Again it is the off form of Gouffran that has provided the opportunities.

    Lastly, praise must go to Pardew for giving these younger players their chance whether by his design or through circumstances it has worked and worked well.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3


    all he has to do is stick with the winning formula and not tinker to much

    were picking up injuries and the squads coping when did that last happen

  • hibbit

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4

    its not just the way we are playing its how we are playing there seems to be some pride in the shirt which is great loved the effort and how they ran for each other no one was hiding everybody wanted the ball great

  • firebug666

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    My opinion of AP has not changed, he is and always will be a vile man. Yes he has changed his attitude in front of the cameras, but the self-righteous ego and smarmy attitude is still there bubbling away just under the surface.

    He is still not the man to take Newcastle forward, as a manager his record is atrocious. Whilst I am over the moon to have a few wins under our belt (and long may it continue) I cannot help but feel that the wheels will come off. The inept one (for that is what he is) is basking in the glory of a turn around in his fortune, and fare play to him he deserves it.

    The thing is though, most of the fans from either Pardew camp are right. The youngsters are playing without fear and getting results, our passing still needs a lot of work, and some of our positioning and awareness still leaves a lot to be desired, but this is a results game.

    We have a big test coming up next month where team selection, tactics and energy will all be put to the test, games come thick and fast over Christmas and I just hope were ready.

    I am enjoying things at the moment, but still without confidence in the manager. In youth we trust here, lets hope they can keep it going.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Not sure who your classing as the haters bar the obvious few on here, if you’re classing and those who voiced their concern over the abysmal form as haters then you aren’t just wrong but out of order, how much longer would you have give him if he never turned it round. I think a lot of credit can be given to the protesters for our turn around.

  • Mag52

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #7


    I can see what you’re getting at, and it’s possible that some sort of ultimatum was given to AP., but that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that,with a young bunch of players, mostly with little or no experience in the PL, some playing in England for the first time ( with the language problems associated with this), the manager has done one h@ll of a job, so far, in turning things around.
    The vehemence of the flack he was taking up to a few weeks ago was IMO totally unjustified, as the good sergeant says on the previous thread, you don’t change from a manager of the year into a crap manager overnight.

  • Euann Kerr

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    we seem to be a lot better without Tiote

  • nzedtoonman

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Great result , and lets not dwell too much on banging on about cashley and pardoo and how sh**e they are.

    Does anyone get this doom and foreboding when a young player starts playing well ,the EPL big boys reach for their wallets in January and test out our and the players resolve to stay at ‘ unfashionable ‘ toon !

    How do we ever keep good players for 5- 10 seasons , its always the likes of ManU, Arse, Chelski want to rob us of the talent, and cashley sees it as purely good business !

  • toonincheek

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    The tide turned, I reckon, after the ManC game where AP brought in a lot of youngsters, protecting his ‘senior’ players for the weekend game following.

    Their success (team and younsters) opened the door to giving the younsters more of a chance, plus playing Sissoko in his best position.

    Abeid may not catch the eye as much as Aarons and Sammi but he has been a major factor.
    Nearest thing we have to Cabaye,.

  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda heights
    I hear what you’re saying about Pardew’s change in approach to games and yes, I suspect that he’s been advised to change the way he approaches games by a a combination of Bullshit Bishop adn Ashley.

    Why I say that? Because fan malcontent was becoming a liability to Ashley and there may have been a situation where Pardew’s been assured that his position’s safe but under constant review but having been told to be more focused on winning games rather than not losing them – as witnessed with the cautionary, defensive, counter-attacking style he had been adopting. The heat on Ashley’s now been lowered as a result of positive play and good results

    The kids, I suspect have been played out of necessity but unlike earlier games, they and their colleagues seem to be playing more freely, possibly having fewer instructions to follow and thus, less to worry about on the field.

    If that’s so, then it seems to have payed off with the lads playing freer football – dare I say it, almost like Keegan’s cavalier approach to games and defending.

    Whatever it is, let’s hope it and the results continue.

  • kilbane

    Nov 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew is best for NUFC. All we want is to win and thus far, he’s giving us that. We won (and have been winning) in a convincing manner. I think if anyone calls for his sack, he should tell us who he thinks is best for the job (I hear Mackems saying van Gaal…lol). Armstrong also shows promise with his work rate and positioning up front as seen in the Man C game. Sell Tiote this January if you get any overseas offer.


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