Pardew Looking At Options For Goalkeeper Position

How Jak Alnwick plays tomorrow afternoon could have a bearing on what Newcastle do when the January transfer window opens, because if Jak cannot do the job, then it’s very possible that Newcastle will bring in another goalkeeper on loan, once the transfer window opens.

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Jak Alnwick – still has a big chance

With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot both out for at least another four weeks – Newcastle still have eight games to play before the end of January – which is in a short six weeks time.

This is what the Newcastle manager has said about Jak’s situation today:

“I’ve certainly had a chat with Jak and I would have done that if he hadn’t made a mistake, because I think it’s important to talk to young players when they come into the first team.”

“I think he was unlucky with his mistake because he got punished severely for it.” “He’s laid-back, but he was upset and apologetic. He’s a local boy and he wants to make amends in terms of a real performance, and all my staff are wishing that happens.”

“We have to be very, very careful, because one injury to Jak or Freddie and we do need a keeper.” “So have we made phone calls? Yes. Are we looking at options? Yes.”

We are all hoping that Jak has a really good game tomorrow, as he had in that second half against Chelsea,  on his debut appearance for his home town club.

There are a number of ways this can turn out – the one we prefer is for Jak to start playing well and he holds the fort until Tim or Rob are fit again, but that’s going to be a tough test for a goalkeeper who has as little experience at the top level as Jak has.

Of course if Jak is injured,  Newcastle would qualify for an emergency goalkeeper to be brought in on loan and there are a number of experienced goalkeepers who would be available – and they would jump at the chance to play for Newcastle in the Premier League at the highest level – say through the end of January.

If Jak’s form is not good, we’re sure Newcastle will be making arrangements for another goalkeeper to come in on loan – probably on January 1st.

As we said, we hope that Jak can play well for the Magpies and get the job done over the next month or so,  but Newcastle should be planning now for the various alternatives.

Newcastle should have foreseen what could happen if Tim Krul and Rob Elliott were both injured at the same time, but the possibility of that happening never seems to have entered their heads.

That’s not good planning.

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29 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #1

    My opinion of Pardew is so low at the moment I can’t accept anything he says as sincere.

  • jimiley

    Dec 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Keep the faith in Pards and Big Mike to deliver redemption to the Toon. God bless HMS Magpie and all the happy clappers who sail in her.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #3

    The good ship HMS Mashley has floundered. It’s owner provided inadequate safety and it’s fans suffered the most.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve heard the lifeboats got flogged for a quid each without being immediately replaced, well until the summer at least. Buy in bulk is the mantra apparently.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Why would you need to replace them as a crash never happens………

  • stuart no9

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #6

    I heard today that we can’t go for another keeper coz woodman has signed pro terms so we have to play him . Is this true ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Did you hear about the signing of the magna carta ?

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8


    it’s good to be back after 10 weeks ( due to my newborn son ), hows you guys doing? and what do you’s think about the Derby tomorrow?

    for me I would say we will either draw or lose, Pardew will simply play at there strengths instead of our strengths but hey with my little 9 week old boy sitting on my lap we could destroy them 5-0 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #9

    black and white

    there is nothing like it, but be warned my 2 year old cheers when goals happen now its ok when were winning but when he watched the game last weekend and we lost to arsenal he was still cheering the goals

  • stuart no9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail ??

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Congrats on helping bring another precious little Mag into the world. May he share with his black and white brotherhood in all the sorrows, frustrations heartaches and disappointment that comes with it. Still better than being a mackem any day. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Ah. The eye of the storm I see, the eerie calm before the hurricane of the derby day blog arena of death. See you tomorrow. Sleep tight. Dont let those little red and white striped bugs bite.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 21, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Caroll had another outstanding game for West ham yesterday. Scoring a decent goal with his chipping it over the keeper.

    With Caroll probably best in the league in terms of aerial power and strength upfront and chasing Europe now, we have almost zero chance of getting him.

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Carroll’s goal was decent.

    With Big Andy and Big Mike (Carrick, not Cashley) back to fitness and playing well, what odds on the mythical team of Geordies appearing next season?


    ——–Streete Saylor Dummett

    Roberts—Carrick Colback —Sameobi



    Pushing it a bit with Streete and even Saylor, but they are adopted.

    Not beyond the realms of possibility, especially as I can see Sissoko and Janmaat leaving.

    Anyone else think Janmaat is nailed on to join Van Gaal at MU? Dutch, playing really well, would make an excellent wing-back… Carrick coming the other way?

  • Thump

    Dec 21, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #15

    A loss today would be unacceptable. We have players who know what this fixture means to us, and I’m sure Pardew has been made aware of being the first manager to risk losing 4 games on the bounce. It’s unthinkable that he could balls it up again against our most bitter of rivals.

    Do the right thing, Pardew.

  • Chris

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #16

    “Newcastle should have foreseen what could happen if Tim Krul and Rob Elliott were both injured at the same time, but the possibility of that happening never seems to have entered their heads”

    Well, not quite.

    The possibility of having two keepers injured at the same time clearly DID enter their heads, which is why they kept Alnwick as cover, instead of sending him out on loan, as he had requested.

    The point is that they chose to rely on a back up keeper who was a bit of an unknown quantity – Pards even admitted at one point that he didn’t really know if the lad was good enough. It’s a bit like the lifeboat analogy that somebody mentioned earlier – the club did have a lifeboat installed, but nobody had tested it to check whether it was seaworthy!

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve been up ages / can’t sleep!!!
    Naturally people are worried about Jak given the events of the last few weeks but it shouldn’t be the biggest factor if we start well…for a change! Pardew must set up to attack them hard and we will get them on the back foot, they’ll be more worried about keeping us out. My mouth is watering at the prospect of Colback v Cattermole, thats gonna be tasty. I think we’ll really see Colback’s mettle today, and whether he can be the huge player for us he has the potential to be.
    Sissoko, if he’s on it today, will be the difference and our driving force.
    Please AP, don’t ask them to sit in, wait for / invite them in to the game, or the crowd will get restless and we could make our own problems.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Colback to score today!? The script is written….Priceless! I want justice today, and to see what Niall Quinn makes of it in his red and white striped co-commentator’s chair
    Hope the pitch is a Williamson-free zone today. Don’t mean to bang on about him being kept out of the side, he seems like a willing pro and generally nice fella but his selection is synonymous with our defensive set up and panic stations defending. Its a mistake to play him if he thinks he has aerial power / strength to counter Fletch and Alti barn dore.

  • shielsy_83

    Dec 21, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #19

    my team for today


    —————————-cisse if fit if not arma———-

    the reason arma is cause riviere is yet to show up or perez uptop with cabela in the middle gouffy on the right

  • shielsy_83

    Dec 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #20

    2-1 is my prediction

  • cyprus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Agree. 0-1 followed by comeback!

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #22


    Haha, I thought it was just me. Only had about 4hrs kip mate after a monster of a day yesterday taking the kids to gullivers world to see santa.

    Worst nights sleep a man could ever have. Ain’t really been worried about the derby surprisingly, must be subconsciously and my brains ticking over while I’m trying to sleep. Not impressed.

  • cyprus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Also like your line up, except goalie, but what to do

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Ffs man pre match bloody nerves. Went to bed at 4 and ive just got up because of them. Now im going to be a nervous wreck till 1:30 whilst being rough as hell. C’MOOOOON THE TOOOOOOOON!!! Lets ‘av ’em.

  • cyprus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Lawro and his guest predicting a draw.

  • shielsy_83

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #26

    nowt ya can do (cyprus) only other option is woodman bet the rueing the decion not to put a call back clause in darlows loan lol

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #27

    I wouldnt be in this state if it wasnt for Pardews shite record against poyet and the scum, as well as having this bloody goalkeeper crisis. I can already tell that sunderland are going to put plenty balls into the box and taking multiple shots from long range. Poor Alnwick, this is the game that he needs to show more in. No more 4 goals conceded. And im talking about the whole team aswell for that matter.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #28


    Ha ha ha you win the 1st prize in the insomnia stakes man. Thought I was bad but it seems I have had a lie in by your standards!!
    Cisse for impact sub for me today, Perez to start, run rings round their big lumps.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #29


    Haha, I guess waking up in the bath tub with booze scattered everywhere wasnt the comfiest thing to do.

    I love how you describe there defenders ‘big lumps’. Why dont we send willo over to that car crash of a place? He will fit right in…

    I think your right about cisse coming on to score, hes normally good at that.


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