Pardew – We’ve Had A Difficult Year – Here’s Why


It’s that time of year when you look back and see what’s happened in the last twelve months, and it’s not been a very good year for Newcastle United.

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Alan Pardew – looked like he was in mourning yesterday all in black

At this time last year after 18 games played we had 33 points and in 6th place, 10 points more than we have this season,  and if we had 33 points now we’d be 4th top.

The second half of last season was abysmal – almost a disgrace – and we’ve been up and down this season.

Down when we couldn’t win one of our first seven league games and got only four points, up when we had six wins on the trot in all competitions, and down again, because we have lost our last four games.

That’s included our fourth successive defeat to Sunderland for the first time ever, and they weren’t good enough yesterday to beat a poor Hull side at home, and went down 3-1 for Hull’s first win in 11 games.

It seems the only team they can beat is Newcastle.

So it hasn’t been good.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford:

“We’ve had a difficult year.” “We were well short in the last window when we lost Yohan Cabaye and didn’t replace. We had a very difficult end to the season and then lost Loic Remy.”

“I think we should have been stronger than perhaps we were when we started this season, but with new players, I think we’ve done well, particularly with the young players coming through.”

“Ayoze Perez has been a real highlight for us, and going into the second half of the season, with Siem de Jong to return in January to pair up with Perez, that’s a mouth-watering prospect.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing those two as a pair, and we’ve had some really good performances this season from Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko in particular.”

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to in the New Year, but I don’t think two wins will cloud the fact this has been a difficult year for Newcastle.”

“I said in the summer we needed another striker, but we didn’t manage to secure one,” “In this window, I think it’s important we bring another striker in.”

“If you look at us as a team, we need to score more goals. It’s as simple as that if we’re going to make any impact in the Premier League.”

“We need to get some of the injured bodies back, and then maybe in January we need to get one or two in to make sure we can push on in the second half of the season.”

The January transfer window is out of Alan’s hands – he can only request new players as he did last summer – but it’s essentially up to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to bring in new bodies.

Usually they move quickly if we are in relegation trouble but we’re not there yet – but at the very least we need a new striker brought in- that;ls the very least and even that may not be possible in m id-season.

And who knows – when Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Gabby Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Rob Elliot are back fit again – we may even do quite well in the second half of the season.

Maybe.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1

    We’ve had a difficult 4 years IMHO…..and I can’t really see how Pardew will make it any better.

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    its same old story we need to bring in new players since 4 yrs… wen we bring players pardew is happy..an den we hit low he moans again we need new players

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  • scout

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    beat everton tomorrow thats it Pardew. Dont waffle on about why we’re so bad.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    He hyped up cabella and he turned out useless so far.

    Now he’s hyping up Siem return. I think he’s gonna be pants as well. Got a feeling.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    De Jong will not have the impact Pardew is looking for and here’s why;

    He has absolutely no pace whatsoever. We are not anywhere near good enough to dominate and dictate games in order for De Jong to have any effect.

    He will be isolated and counter productive.

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  • JDdubai

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Really dont think we will see the best of De Jong this season.

    New to the pace of the PL, just back from long term injury, he will need the rest of this season to build up and then a full preseason to be ready.

    Sadly we have Cabella and De Jong who are both 10s, never understood the point of getting both at the same time.

    Just wish he would start Haidara, we need to offer a fret from any position as we cant score, he attacks well and if he will give the width then it would allow Cabella or whoever to tuck in and link the play with the width still there.

    Dummett is a CB, never put a foot wrong and gets moved out for the old boys. Very similar situation to MYM last season, playing well, team is getting results, then Colo and this time Saylor come back in automatically and he gets moved out.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew just needs to freeking do his job and Learn to keep his Trap shut !

    Verbal Diareahh keeps coming out !

    We are a mid-Tabel Club who have so much Potential to do better than we do every year but will get no-where with the Present People in charge?

    Sorry but there is only one reaction to the above Piece about our Beloved Club :

    BULL !

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  • lesh

    Dec 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    We need and needed new players says Pardew.

    Then follows that with:

    ‘With Siem de Jong to return in January to pair up with Perez, that’s a mouth-watering…..’

    And he expects Ashley to spend money??

    What a clown the man is!

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