In his press conference yesterday it seemed that Alan Pardew gave himself a pat on the back, when he said Newcastle had produced some fantastic players over the last few years – but the problem is they have all left – or at least most of them – and that’s one of the problems at Newcastle these days – we cannot hold onto our best players.
Demba Ba – great at Newcastle for 18 months before he moved on
The reason for that is obvious too, Newcastle don’t have the ambition we once had, and we have a manager saying it’s unrealistic for Newcastle to even think of becoming a top six club.
Try telling that to the vast majority of Newcastle fans …..
This is some of what Pardew said yesterday in his press conference:
“I do believe that in the squad we’ve got enough quality to get ourselves up this league.” “It is difficult for International players, it’s difficult for them to settle in the environment that we find ourselves in and it’s not their doing – it comes from the back end of last year and it’s tough on them.¨
“We’ve produced some fantastic players through this football club while I’ve been here, and we need to start producing a few more.¨ “It is difficult in this environment for them to flower but hopefully we can get a win and get the best out of those individuals.”
“We have to give Remy a platform for him to perform and we are trying to find a way for him to do that.” “We’re trying to find an avenue for him to get the best out of him.¨ ¨He’s an individual that is going to take time to adjust to the Premier League because it is so much more physical than he is used to.”
Newcastle have had players like Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Demba Ba, Jose Enrique, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy over the last few years – but all have left the club.
They left either because they were sold for big money, or else they fell out with people at the club, as in Joey Barton’s case and to a lesser extent Kevin Nolan, who couldn’t get the longer contract he wanted.
Or else they just got totally fed up with Newcastle’s complete lack of ambition, which was the case with Jose Enrique who went to Liverpool, and is now playing Champions League football.
That was also true for Demba Ba, who worked out in a short 18 months he was going nowhere with Newcastle United and left initially for Chelsea.
Just think what the team would be like if we still had those players on Tyneside.
The only way back for Newcastle from the mediocrity we have dropped into under Mike Ashley, is to have more ambition, and at least try for a top six position in the league – and field strong sides in the local cups.
But that doesn’t look possible when you have a businessman like Mike Ashley in charge, who is besotted with the financial and not the team, and a manager who keeps trying to tone down the high expectations of the Newcastle fans.
Our club is finished once our fans accept mediocrity – but that will never happen – well not as long as there are Geordies in Newcastle. 😀
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