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Pardew Admits To One BIg Reason He Left Newcastle

10:00 am, Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 121 Comments

Alan Pardew had been very successful since he left Newcastle for Crystal Palace a year ago, and he now has Palace in 5th place as Newcastle continue to fight against relegation and are 3rd bottom of the league.

And just in case it wasn´t clear that one of the big reasons he left Newcastle was that he didn´t have control of the transfers at Newcastle – he has said it again today.

alan pardew qpr

Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle

This is what Alan has said was a big reason he left Newcastle when left for a smaller club:

“Of course I questioned my sanity at times because Newcastle is a big, big club,” “But the timing was right for me and Newcastle to say ‘OK, you go down a different road now, and let me go down a different road’.”

“And Palace Chairman Steve Parish’s assurances on the transfer situation were key to me coming here. He said I would have full control over transfers.”

“The way transfers were done at Newcastle, I didn’t entirely agree with, and I didn’t want that here. That was one of the big reasons I came.”

We did notice that in December of last year Alan was very vocal about wanting a striker brought into the club,  because we were finding it hard to score goals.

After 19 game played last season we had scored 22 goals – three more than we have scored this season so far.

And we have to believe that Alan was told nobody would be arriving in January (not one player was brought in as it turns out) and that´s also one of the reasons he took the Palace job when it opened up.

It´s interesting that Steve McClaren also has no say in transfers and a year later he is asking that a new striker be brought in this month.

We don´t think the way the club is being run works at all well – but we are like a broken record and Newcastle seem unwilling to change the way they do the transfers – with Graham Carr (completely) in charge.

Maybe if we change we can get out of fighting against relegation most seasons?

It would be really embarrassing if we are relegated and Crustal Palace qualify for Europe this season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

121 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    His words speak volumes and I live in faint hope that Ashley hears what Pardew’s said and disregards any dissenting voices from Carr and Charnley.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Nezza…but neither of them were buying championship players to save them from relegation!

  • 3 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Personally don’t care where the players come from or how old they are, so long as they are good enough. The reality is premiership proven British players are hard to come by that are actually better than what we have, better than what we can get abroad, and not stupid money. Problem is no matter which way we go with it, some will be a success some will be a failure.

    People a few weeks ago were saying what’s wrong with us not signing players like mahrez Nd kante for 400k and 5 million respectively! Reality is if we had signed them players the vast majority would be screaming and shouting going for foreign cheap imports with sell on value, then if we sign British hard working players, mclaren will be a dinosaur and any manager can battle results out but we play shite football as we have no flair.

    Guess what I’m saying is no matter what we do, who we get, us as football fans will end up complaining. It’s what we do.

    Disclaimer: not people on this blog, all of us footy fans from everywhere

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Ed…you have posted that interview before! Or at least that exact quote!

  • 5 spitfire_ // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    pardew is right, but why he didn’t quit sooner, after the transfer policy was so bad? The transfer policy was the same from his day one in the club. And why he didn’t speak that way, until he was in the club? Because he’s spineless.

    And just quick reminder – he took Newcastle in the end of 2010, he took Palace in the end of 2014. His first full season he finished 5th in a season when Liverpool and Chelsea have a bad season that year, in his first full season at Palace, he’s 5th so far with not so good Chelsea and Liverpool.

    So let’s see the next season.

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Thanked himself for incoming player at Newcastle and signs ex-Newcastle players at Palace. Chancer.

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    I thought it was cos he was s–t and in yet another awful losing streak when he left. Ed I know you, nag 52, manx and munster have a love in with the guy but please he’s gone, can you please stop dragging this vile self serving individual up, let it go man.


    Ash is trying to do the classic after the horse has bolted routine which is quite ironic given his remarks re – bolting hoses to carts etc.

    It would have been so much more beneficial to throw 15M a year at a top coach with great contacts than hoy 12M at the likes of Thauvin and 13m at an overhyped slow fat thug like Mitro.

    It’s hilarious the bs that has come out of sjp in the last 8 years like ”’ we vet a player’s character”!!!

    Truly shambolic from top to bottom

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    it must have been really hard for AP having Ba, Cisse, Ben arfa, colo, guti, cabaye, krul, santon etc all in their prime.

  • 9 croftus5678 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    transfers hmm fair enough that would excuse the ambition for pards even though he said on many occasions he was happy with it at the time but i suppose if he does not have a back bone he has to say what his boss wants to hear !

    however it does not excuse the many times he played long ball or defensive footy or taking forwards off for defenders or even like macca’s doing also in playing players out of possition !

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    geordieboy83…do you anything to back that up? Does buying PL proven players ensure a higher league finish?

    Could you do some research into the transfer dealings of lets say the consistently top 8 PL teams over past 5 seasons of so?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Especially how many British players they bought!

  • 12 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Right lads here’s something about today’s match.

    I was speaking to a fellow fan and about Arsenal and he states watch today’s match in anger because Arsenal are a dirty team when playing against Newcastle.

    Over the years Arsenal have taken dives around the box that leads to a free kick that leads to goals against Newcastle, she also says with SM stating he will play physical against Arsenal it would be the worse thing to do against them with them being light weight and diving like they got shot.

    Stats will show today with Arsenal having less fouls than us and probably have more free kicks than us if not double the count.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    *have anything to back that up…

  • 14 croftus5678 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    @12 nezza

    to our credit (apart from perez) our players tend to stay on their feet and dont go down anywhere near as easy as other teams do which is why we lack set pieces lately !

    look at our stats now compared to when guti was playing for us ! he won us a shed load of free kicks just knowing when to go down.

    it’s not right and not fair but we are one of a very very few teams that practices fair play.

  • 15 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Message to the Board and Owner – re player recruitment policy

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    Three quality players please:-

    ACM playmaker

  • 16 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    You just have to lookat our home game against them 29th August Cocquelin screamed like a girl and 5 minutes later was running round like a blue arsed fly

    Coloccini Cazorla

    Mitrovic (16 – violent conduct)

  • 17 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Jesper in all honesty no mate no proof hence why I said some will be work some won’t.

    Man United – scneiderlin 24mil – miss so far
    Mata 38 mil- success
    Jones 20mil – miss
    Smelling 10mil – just about success
    Shaw 30mil – miss even before injury

    Man City
    Sterling 49mil – so so
    Delph 8.5 mil – miss
    Bony 29 mil – miss

    Chambers – miss
    Ox- succes but 15 mil for league 1 llayer at the time
    Walcott – see above

    Alli – huge success
    Davies – failure so far
    Walker – meh

    Lallana, lambert, Milner, lovren all average so far

    Henderson good but not of same calibre as say wijnaldum but cost 6 million more


    Lukaku success
    McCarthy again decent but cost the same as wojnaldum

    That’s a quick skim over British and Premiership experience players the big boys have signed and MY opinion on whether they’ve improved the team, been value for money etc. reality is they’re all huge money and not many have improved the teams they’ve joined

  • 18 WWSBRD // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Tbf we don’t get fouled often because we play with no pace so there is no need to foul our lads barring Sissoko but most of the time teams can let him run on the outside because there’s no one to hit a cross to and he’s not tricky enough to get inside and shoot

  • 19 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    Aye mate but look at the other games when Pardew was here, if Arsenal can’t get the goals from open play they take a dive.

    The season they won 1-0 at Newcastle came from a dive from Mata who scored the free kick game after that we played away and another dive from Arsenal which led to a free kick which Giroud headed in.

  • 20 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Funny that as when here you were always happy with the squad.

    More bollocks from Pardew

  • 21 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Shit sorry not Mata it was Cazorla lol

  • 22 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    In 12 months Leicester have gone from whipping boys to whipping everyone!
    Not with fortunes spent or radical coaching but with a change in mentality.

    Funny what can happen when you put the work rate in and help each other on the pitch.

  • 23 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Wheres the mid season scorecard from the fat controller on the NUFC web site?

    How is he held accountable for the promises that he made during that interview before the final match last season.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    as someone mentioned i could have sworn Ap personally thanked himself for the transfers. not sure the guy could lie straight in bed.

  • 25 beermonkey // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:07 AM


    who do we play out of position and are there better players in the squad in that position not being used

    the out of position players whats there best position

  • 26 Moonraker15 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Pardew didn’t worry about not being in full control of transfers when offered the job when on the dole or when he signed the 8 year contract! Freakin hypocrite! I can’t wait for that prick to fail; and we know he will cos he thinks he’s better than he is! T@sser!

  • 27 Swoonara // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    It must have been harder having Ba, Cabaye, Remy,Debuchy etc. sold from under his feet without any say in the matter.

  • 28 Lee Dodd // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    It will be the Same wit Big Mac so Basicly Unless we get a Premier leave Striker Defender and Midfielder rather than another Mitrovich Type striker … Maybe Remy on loan again ??

  • 29 Sav // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    If Mashley spends as much as he will need to to ensure we stay up, we may just end up with a decent team next season by default – assuming Chinless Charlie isn’t ordered to flog off half of it during the summer.

  • 30 Average_Contents // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Nobody’s arsed

    Nobody’s arrsed

    Alan pardew

    Nobody’s arsed

  • 31 SUTTY1978 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Pardew after Remy Cabella was signed

    “A lot of work has gone into his signing and I’d like to pay tribute to my staff, in particular Graham (Carr) and myself, Lee (Charnley), Mike (Ashley) and everyone on the board.”

    And people wonder why we think he is a prick?

  • 32 banjax // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    If Ashley is prepared to spend big money to keep us in the Premier League then he start by getting rid of Lee Charnley and McLaren – scrapping our failed transfer system – hire a new manager with funds like De Boer and for the perfect menu for success – Ashley gets the f@@k out our club. Maybe the last bit was reaching to far !

  • 33 Toonfan8 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Willems, Shelvey and Batshuayi would be good and Matip / Vestergaard… That’s about 50M…and give us something we are lacking, creativity, power?…

  • 34 Toonfan8 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Redmond would be bonus

  • 35 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Pardew should dish the dirt or just leave the subject alone. We all know a payrise was a large factor in his move – he must have knocked back a few offers from Palace to get the money he eventually settled for. Look at his transfers too, Ameobi, Cabaye, even Wickham was a Carr target at one point.

  • 36 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    If Gary and Phil Neville’s Valencia win , Rafa Benitez could be back in the job market by Monday morning

  • 37 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    And tried for Colo, Ancient. Possibly will try for Remy Debuchy as well. Good riddance.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Rafa would be an absolute dream. he would do a root and branch job and have a huge resource of contacts.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    toonfan 8

    that would be amazing. we’d still have sm as manager but even he couldn’t cock that up – could he?

  • 40 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    I had forgotten about Pardew’s interest in Colo, thinking back now, Bamford was another player Carr was looking at that went to Palace.

  • 41 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Not forgetting Sanogo who was apparently on Carr’s lost and was linked a lot with us. Went on loan to them as Pinnochio’s first signing I think it was. So much for choosing his own players…

  • 42 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM


    Benitez would be the right type of coach to be looking at, but we don’t do things the right way…

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    He didn’t have the money when he wanted it like last January, and fans with banners saying pardew out didn’t help either and chanting his name.

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Got rid of him with carver, that was a joke and then replace him with mcclaren another bloody joke, no wonder we are struggling, ffs.

  • 45 Scubadivingmagpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Hard away game today that everyone expects us to lose so it would be nice to try something different……


    Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini/Mbabu Colback

    Sissoko Tiote

    Perez Wijnaldum Thauvin


    Perhaps not the best team in the world but, at least it carries some attacking threat !!! To be honest just try something a little different Mr McClaren, we’ve deservedly lost the last three games doing the same thing….. Anything to freshen it up……. Howay the Lads

  • 46 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    afternoon all
    can see a “stay in the premier league bonus” being mentioned soon coz that would go a long way to help to get players to sign for us……more pardew?……bored now….!

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    I’m actually dreading today’s matches.

  • 48 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Pardew did as he was told and towed the sports direct line.

  • 49 davetoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    At least you know the players will try today on tv against a big opponent. Not expected to win so no pressure. Will likely be 0-0 for most of the game probably with arsenal nicking it late

  • 50 SPRINGY // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    your not the only one mate….. but imagine your a player whos been contacted by the toon in the last few weeks/month with regards to a possible transfer and you fancy seeing them today to check the water!…….today could disastrous on more then one front!lol

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    why’s that, your team CP are doing well at the minute

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:34 PM


    for the hard of hearing or just ignorant, not many tears shed, but Pardew walked out on us, we did not get rid, as even head butting someone wasn’t going to get him the sack here .

  • 53 mindshaft // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    whilst teams such as Leicester, Stoke and Watford continue to do well whilst spending relatively little then the fat controller will keep the transfer policy in place … we are after all not expecting to challenge for top four slot.
    trouble is that we still have a large wage bill which is wasted on mediocre players we can’t shift on
    The list is endless and we have to keep them on the books until thier contract expires

  • 54 Munster Mag // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Rotunda, re Pardew ( as opposed to other stuff, where yyou are perfectly fair ) you are beyond stupid. I actually enjoy it when he loses ( doesnt happen all that much ) – partly because it stops mates laughing at me cos we hounded a manager who was perfectly ok. Remember – People said she would relegate palace and he did a stunning job there – now and last season. Yes his game plan is limited but its got them to 5th or wherever. All I ever said about Pardew was that he was not as shit as guys like you and Catchy and Tuff ( low hanging fruit) said….I only ever said he was a middling manager, which is 100% correct. Guys like you have been shown up to be wrong and it must annoy you, after all your screaming about him. He has done a super job at Palace. He will probably end up 10th this season, and 12th next season. That makes him a middling manager. I dont particularly like him, but he was villified here by a load of screaming toddlers and website developers. How long will it be before Dimwit Tuff fails to read the fact that I dont love the man, and start talking about jellied eels ? 🙂 . I give it two hours…two mins if he is logged on. 🙂

  • 55 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    I think it would be a big mistake to play 4-2-3-1 against Arsenal, they play that formation themselves… we are not going to beat Arsenal at their own game.

  • 56 Munster Mag // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Rotunda – why do you shout about Pardew ” walking out on us” like a jilted lover. Fair pay to him for walking away to abig payrise and few website boys abusing him . Who are they playing today anyway ? I do hope they lose and expect them to fall down the table a bit when they lose their wingers but he is doing a great job there and only the churlish would not admit that.

  • 57 Toonfan8 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    A lot of their midfield players missing, we have to play smart, stay strong at the back and go for counters.. I don’t know how is anita, but if he is ready I would play him…
    Janmaat, mbemba, Colo, mbabu
    …….. Sissoko, Anita (colback)
    Thauvin… Wijnaldum.. Perez…
    ………?…… Mitrovic. ……

  • 58 Lindisfarne // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM


    I already put Dummett in and used Colback as he is left footed and able to do the wing-back role. As has also been said we need to control the central channel, make the opposition play down the flanks and stop anything coming into the middle. If they can’t shoot directly it is harder for them to score.


  • 59 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Will a week ever go by without some talk about pardew.

    If it’s not catchy it’s mag, if it’s neither of them you’ll get pages of pardew quote.

    face it he’sa crap manager for top teams but world class puppet manager and pupppet managers are all we seem to get.







  • 60 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    How long will take before mac becomes a big talking point after his sacking and another puppet?

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    1-0 to the hammers

    Ha ha ha

  • 62 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    If Sissoko is fit we him central along with Tiote and Wijnaldum give us a bit of physicality

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Are you in a bad mood today.

  • 64 geordie157 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Hopefully Williamson goes to wolves, marveaux, obertan, ferguson, vuckic all leave on frees in the summer.

    Gouffran seems likely to return to France.

    We should be in for byram, he’s not signed a new deal yet and is out of contract in the summer.

    Any raids of derby players will cost a fortune, as all their star players signed new deals in the summer, so Thorne, Hughes, Hendrick, Martin, Ince plus a few others are all signed up long term.

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Anyway, I’m getting a little worried about us signing players, if one player have said he’s not sure to sign because we are down the bottom then every player is going to say that.

  • 66 Munster Mag // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Lindid, the problem with Thauvin is that he will not give you the work rate needed. We need to play Mitro if we are going to keep the ball up top a bit. I still think there is potential in Mitro and Perez.

  • 67 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Come on Ed you haven’t mentioned Charlie boy yet.

  • 68 geordie157 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    As for today start thauvin, give the lad a chance against the current league leaders.

    Mbabu left back, the pace of bellerin/campbell/walcott will see dummett struggle.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    King Percy inventing new excuses every week – nearly as boring as that mischievous leprachaun – Moanster with his continual King Percy love fest.
    Moanster you are infauated by the bloke – you need to get an appointment with your doctor – and get some tablets prescribed to rid you of your obsession/infatuation/man love.

  • 70 Munster Mag // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Geordie, i would also like to see Mbabu but McCLaren isnt going to see it that way .

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Mr Tubbs ……………………………………………OOT
    Moansters Man Love……………………………..OOT

  • 72 toonking // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Given the amount of injuries currently held in the team the only thing i see with any hope of giving a change would be putting wini into the centre to play along side colback whilst thauvin is put out wide, wini always seems to like playing further in and was a CAM at his previous club, dummett himself isn’t as decent with forward play as jammett is so he needs a winger to give him that help.

  • 73 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Tuff, Munster didn’t bring the pardew topic up, Ed is the one who brought it up.

  • 74 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Dummet has to start today as the defense has looked far more solid since he’s been back in plus colo can concentrate on his part of defence more instead of babysitting as he has to do with hiadara and Mbabu but I’d try thauvin on left for a good outlet today

  • 75 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Fool from the valleys – I don’t think I said Moanster originated the King Percy discussion – please pay attention!

  • 76 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    But only one of his signings has done anything and that’s Cabaye, one of Carr’s findings. The rest have been flops. He’s very similar to Ranieri & Bilic in that they have took over teams with very organised defences thanks to Pulis, Allardyce and Pearson and then gave the team some attacking threat that the three mentioned managers always fail to do. Maybe we should get Moyes. Let him build up the defence and then replace him with an attacking manager.

  • 77 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:15 PM


    Mbabu is good at going forward and a much better defender than dummett, how he is not getting the nod is shocking he was outstanding just before his injury dummett has never been anywhere near that.

  • 78 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Well it was an excuse for a cheap dig, anyway 2-0 win today against Arsenal and the same score for Swans against man utd.

    Come on the toonjacks.

  • 79 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Is it better toonjacks or jackstoon.

  • 80 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Tuff, welsh supports:-

    1) Swansea
    2) CP
    3) us ??????

    SM will play safe again so no plan B, no Thauvin, no creativity, sit off for 70 mins and hope to nick 1. Sound familiar?

  • 81 welshgeordie9 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Actually my dear friend, there’s only two.

  • 82 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM


  • 83 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    —Whoever is fit & can be bothered—-

  • 84 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    hoddle ” he does great”.

    can cockneys not speak proper like what we does

  • 85 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Said it before Eds posts are repetative and the same boring statements
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 86 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM


    you sure about that

  • 87 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Nezza on the last thread you said don’t play the wings as the last few seasons our goals Coke through the middle… Whaaat! I can remember very few of our goals coming from play in central areas most of them come from scrambles due to crosses into the box I can’t remember the last time we played a nice through ball to a striker who was on the last man or a pile driver from 20-30 yards out. I have to question if you have watched Newcastle in the last two years??

    Also you say Leicester are a championship team when that again is utter rubbish.

  • 88 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM


    i wonder if you see the irony there as don’t you say this every post

    SHEEP ? Out

  • 89 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    I am expecting McClaren to go back to 4-4-1-1 with De Jong back in the side. McClaren will not be ignorant of the fact that we have got our best results with De Jong in the side – so I am fully expecting De Jong to play as McClaren’s lucky charm.

  • 90 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    that said, hard to argue.

  • 91 Nufc-83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Eatendgeordie mbabu definitely is not good at going forward he is a CB by trade and looked really clumsy however saying that he is 10x better than dummet who I honestly think I am a better footballer than that kid.

  • 92 Mister Tuff // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Arsenal 2 – Toon 3. – my prediction.

  • 93 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:34 PM


    i expect sm to be totally ignorant of the fact

  • 94 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    It doesn’t matter what team we put out today, well be totally out paced and passed off the pitch.
    We’re in the bottom three for a reason, it wouldn’t make a f-ing difference who our manager was our squad isn’t premier league standard. Unless we get investment on the correct players we’ll go down.

  • 95 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Oh, Ed, you little tinker! Just to prove Ed doesn’t mind a bit of controversy and fighting to boost the clicks, he rehashes a well spent Pardewism.

    Transfers, Schmansfers, Alan you raked in the cash while the going was good, jumped when you saw where the going was good-er ( ererer).

  • 96 catchy in norway // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    2015 was a shyt year from start to finish, but the best thing that did happen is P45 leaving, it cost the club nothing to get him out, infact they made money on him,, best transrfer business all year..

    While it is not going well for Shteve, i still think he plays better football than we ever seen under P45, and its not working out for Shteve,, and most of it is down to him not putting players in the right places.

  • 97 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Goalie whoever

    Janmaat, Mbiwa, Dummet Mbabu

    Winji, Colback, Sissoko, SDJ, Thauvin


  • 98 AncientC // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Rotonda heights – soon find out. My money is on De Jong getting the nod.

  • 99 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Crowd, crew, Mob, collection, rabble, throng, gathering, oafs….

  • 100 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    2-1 to us

    This made me chuckle, some scary odds

  • 101 optimistic prime // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:43 PM


  • 102 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:44 PM


    It was my happiest day in years when AP walked. you my friend who carries on bleating about how harsh and unfair we were to him sound like the one who’s lost the love of his life.

  • 103 nightfa11 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    f*** pardew.. bitc*ing about transfers, yet hes trying to sign our targets..moron..

    anyway..we need a leader in central midfield.. i dont care if thats the only player we bring in..but we need a leader there badly.. right now we have 2 second fidles in midfield.. colback, anita and tiote are all little helpers to the main guy we’re missing..

    we need santa, not more dwarves..

  • 104 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Strange how everyone thinks mbabu is great going forward and great defensively after 1 and a bit games seriously?
    Dummet is a defender and stops crosses and puts great hard but fair challenges in arsenal don’t like that
    if Dummet had an option on his side to pass to it wouldn’t look so bad going forward but look how far away the midfield is every time on that side
    that’s why thuavin should be there give him an option

  • 105 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:47 PM


    You’re a great keyboard warrior aren’t you, calling people all sorts and taking the high moral ground all the time. God forbid anyone has a different opinion to you.

  • 106 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Rotunda your the one who brings him up as well as watching CP constantly this season it seems, you really do have a problem lol

  • 107 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:49 PM


    Dummet as a CB yes, as a LB no. Haidara is not better either, so on balance I would have MBabu LB purely for his pace.

  • 108 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM


    I have to say I 100% agree.

    Sure Mbabu had a great game against Chelsea but it’s one game.

    I think dummet is a good cb in the making (he’s still very young for a defender) maybe test Mbabu against lesser opposition but I don’t see why everyone is calling for him to be thrown in against arsenal (who I think will win the league)

  • 109 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 1:52 PM


    I would love to put a lid on AP

    I was merely responding to someone who said AP was forced out which is just not factually correct.

  • 110 firebug666 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Rob Elliot fit to play

  • 111 manxpie // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Two right footers on the left isn’t great is it especially a rookie and someone who constantly cuts inside
    dummet isn’t that slow either btw
    it’s the midfield that needs changing up we’ve been defending ok but get easily walked through in midfield
    Hopefully tiote can get back to his best that’ll open up more options for us

  • 112 firebug666 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic

  • 113 bladeuser // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    SHEEP ? Out

  • 114 Mag52 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Mr.Stuff (and nonsense)

    You refer to Pardew’s ‘excuses’ but that only goes to show that you still don’t get it do you Stuff ?
    What you refer to as excuses are, in fact, the primary reason we find ourselves where we are at present, that is the fact that the manager of our club cannot choose which players to buy.
    So long as that situation exists, we’re going to get round pegs which our unfortunate menager has to try to fit in to mainly square holes, plus, if it comes to changing the manager, few, if any good managers would take on the job under those conditions.
    Who’s to blame for all this ? Read the Mike Ashley book of football club ownership to find out.(It’s not a long one).

  • 115 toon kk // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    What a header off Carroll to put w ham 2-0 up

  • 116 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    It’s face it.

    We need a left back. We’ve never really sorted the issue since Enrique left.

    Santon cam full of promise and I still think could have done well if coached properly. His confidence issues were never secret when he arrived. He seems to be doing better at inter.

    Really don’t understand why we sold him. I think Pards liked dummet because he was mouldable and it seems like he was more receptive to what pardew instructed him to do.

    In general though we are not signing players to plug gaps or improve in positions. We are just picking up bargains (on paper) when we can.

    Worries me that we keep getting linked with attacking midfielders when we already can’t get both de Jong and Gini into that role which is their best role. Yet we have one specialist winger that is fit and he sits on the bench.

  • 117 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    I myself have always laughed off the links to carroll but when he’s fit he’s always performed for West Ham.

    I think they’d be silly to sell him this window. Maybe in the summer but he certainly adds something to West Ham when he’s fit.

  • 118 LGFUAD21 // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    I missed the west briom game. But just saw the penalty shout on sky

    Shameful reffereeing

  • 119 Tsunki // Jan 2, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    There’s one thing Munster likes to state as if it’s a fact, even though the bloke denied any knowledge of it himself, that the King was forced out by the boo boys (Pardew Out! Mob, crew etc) .

    it’s not true, Munster.

  • 120 isleofmanman // Jan 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    NUFC has had management failings for as long as Sir John Hall hasn’t been in charge

    I dislike Pardew lots – but I dislike Charnley the Bag Carrier more because he will never be capable of running the club successfully in or out of Big DFaddy’s pocket…. My Mam could do a better job

    Having Charnley involved in acquiring footballers – to the exclusion of quality seasoned pro’s – can be likened to having Trump as US President

    Chaos and disaster

  • 121 mactoon // Jan 2, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Nice to hear Pardew finally say the transfer policy doesn’t work. Now let’s see the new puppet McClaren come out and say it too, then leaves. With any luck NO new manager will come to the club unless it is changed

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