It’s Like Being On A Roller Caoster With Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew had a great first full season in charge of Newcastle, and we finished 5th top of the league and qualified for the Europa League.

alan pardew at tottenham 4-0

Alan Pardew – like being on a roller coaster

That was our best season since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked when we only finished 5th top back in 2004 – that wasn’t good enough for then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.

But what happened in the next season in 2012 under Pardew – we literally struggled against relegation and only just survived,  although we managed to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Our squad for that season was pitifully small, and we just didn’t prepare adequately enough for European competition – the squad was far too small.

Last year we were not in the Europa League, and in the first half of the season we found ourselves in 6th place on Boxing Day with 33 points from the first 18 games played – and we had just smashed Stoke 5-1 at home.

OK – so they had only 9 men for half the game. 😀

We were flying a year ago but then what happened?

We sold our best player Yohan  Cabaye last January, and in the final 20 games of the season we lost 14 of them and only picked up 16 points, with five wins and a draw.

And this season it’s already been up and down.

We went our first seven games in the league without a win, then went on a six game winning streak and we now have three defeats ion a row.

One thing Alan Pardew needs to do is to get some consistency – at least in his results – and not have bunched of games when we lose all the time and then games we win all the time (we’re all for that).

It’s like being on a huge roller-coaster and what happens when you’ve been on a roller-coaster too long.

Yes – you get sick.

And an awful lot of Newcastle fans are feeling (very) sick today – not just because we have lost three in a  row, but because we have lost four in a  row to Sunderland for the first time ever.

How many fans think we will get anything at Manchester United on Boxing Day later this week?

And then we have Everton  and Burnley at home.

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20 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Dec 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew was clueless yesterday,bringing on Armstrong was proof he doesnot deserve to be in a job.When will Newcastle learn that our little dwarfs should be at the Theatre Royal and not on the pitch. We need a big striker!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Armstrong and Perez are kids.We can’t rely on them everytime. They can shine in one game,but won’t next.Cisse can’t play 90min every time,he has that knee issue.Reviere,which my faith on him dashed as of late,is not good enough. So if we able to get atleast one striker and a playmaker in place of Anita or goufy,we can cope the rest of the season with the defenders we have and could still end up in top eight. Otherwise we screwed yet again!

  • hibbit

    Dec 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    thank god they played whickham on the left and not down the middle

  • beermonkey

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4


    while I have no real desire to stick up for pards
    we don’t have a big tall target man at the club

    all we have fit or half fit is cisse Armstrong perez

    he cant bring on what we aint got,

  • kimbo

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    One more thing,how can Pardew smile whilst doing his after match interview.He has spoilt, no destroyed my xmas and I am now waiting for our next two games and can see us conceding a minimum of 6 goals. So Pardew how are we going to score 7?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Most admit I am not one bit impressed by Armstrong. Yes he is only 17 but he needed to be out on loan – chances are he will be just another wasted youth at this club.

    We have the forwards we have – Pardew had made his bed and it seems we have to lay in it. Use a system that fits what we got instead of trying to go the other way around!

    Sometimes it is as simple as that!

    Merry Christmas everyone ????

  • ToonMatt

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s simple, Stay away from St James’ park and Ashley will sell up and go? Then Pardew will follow, It’s the fans who attend games that are keeping him at the club, I’m sick of being a laughing stock and equally sick of this club having no ambition, It’s time for a change.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Connor Whickam proved why he’s pants yesterday and why he doesn’t get a game through the middle for them. Another overrated English man!! If them chances had fell to fletcher we’d have lost by 3 or 4.

    Pardew fell into the local lad theory trap, he catered to all the locals by giving Armstrong a run out before 2 proven internationals. As for Cisse, news is that he is fit however he was still recovering from hos midweek cold…..much like Giroud yesterday. Pardew wanted to win with 6 local lads on the pitch so he could say look at us we are producing young talent and winning by doing so!!

  • beermonkey

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9


    I watched most of the englands under 17 tourney earlier this year I think it was was cos I never to see our under 21 matches and I had heard a lot about Armstrong

    thought the England kids played really good football but Armstrong was the one that made the attack tick he was good

    the lad needs to get out onloan but he is stuck warming our bench
    same thing happened with Sammy when he was younger its the same for most of our talent it needs to go out onloan yet sits warming the bench cos we cant keep our players fit

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Beer monkey

    Who could Sunderland bring on? I keep hearing this “we don’t have alternatives” from fans. Which of the unwashed players would get into our starting 11? Whickam a lad that gets raved about on here was utter shite and missed 2 sitters as well as a very good chance which he put wide outside the box.

    We already have the 2nd best mins to goals striker in the league…..bench warming as young 17 year old get thrown on. What more do you want? Riviere can hold the ball up but he’s the poor mans French Heskey!!

  • hibbit

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    flatcher could not score in a brothel ask any mackem

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Why are people so harsh on Armstrong?

    He is 17, he’s played 3/4 games mainly from the bench and got himself a couple of assists, worked the keeper a fair bit and made good runs.

    None of our forwards can score, it’s the lack of support and creativity, Armstrong would be banging them in for a team where they have players capable of setting him up.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13


    Cisse can score but he preys on half chances and has been coming on as the game is stretched.

  • hibbit

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    our toon give up on cisse he is not fit

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Armstrong like many youngsters at our club get massively over hyped. He’s decent and may well develop into a half decent championship player, I’ve seen nothing to indicate he’s going to be very good….unlike Aarons!! The step up from youth level to senior level is massive, that’s why many talented youngsters struggle to make that step.

    I hope I’m wrong but I’ve not seen 1 game where the lad has come on and had a very good affect. One could argue Palace in the cup but is this lad really one of the best we have coming through? If he is then it doesn’t say much for the others.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    By the way, not defending pardew. He played a system which did not suit all the players on the park yesterday, especially gouffy

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Our toon

    What about Spurs? Arma came on and had a couple really good chances which were well saved and made clever runs to make space.

    Remember he’s getting his chance when the team is playing badly, it’s hard to make an impact on those situations for even good players.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18

    With the way things are could we see Pardew moved upstairs as Director of Football and McCoist installed as Coach ( only £750,000 so a snip )
    At NUFC nothing would surprise me

  • beermonkey

    Dec 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #19


    arma came on at 60 mins I think if cisse aint fit for the last 30 of a match he shouldn’t be on the bench

    cisse should have been first sub goofy shouldn’t be anywhere near the team let alone starting yet there he was starting

    I am sceptical whether certain players had colds illness as I think we threw the cup game

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #20

    The bunches of good games (i.e. “good” = a win) are few and far between. Most of the time we are bad under the Inept One.


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