YOHAN_CABAYE_POPPY_SHIRT_NUFCWhen Alan Pardew talks so regularly about our better players coming back to fitness, am I the only one whose heart sinks?

We are now getting almost daily updates and some days players are very likely to be back for Norwich (or whatever the next game is) and then the next day they might need a bit longer but such and such could be ready for Norwich…

I can’t help but feel that these public utterances are largely to do with trying to put a positive spin on Newcastle’s dire situation and each time Alan Pardew says ‘When I have all my big players back…’ it makes the likelihood of new signings look more and more unlikely.

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Every manager could talk about if only he had his best eleven available but in the real world it is rare for everybody to be fit at the same time and so it is down you deal with it and what you put in place to deal with it.

You can’t predict who will get injured and when, it is beyond your control, what isn’t beyond your control though is to have players in place who can come inn and do a decent job when those injuries come along.

Newcastle do not have those players with very very few exceptions, so it is a total red herring to suggest that players becoming available again makes one bit of difference to the obvious, we need more players who are capable of playing in the first team, now.

Unfortunately, I can hear all too well in May something along the lines of ‘If only I’d had my big players available…’.

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9 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

You need to ask how many clubs would have actually wanted them, if any, after the performances they gave in the relegation season and the wages they were/are on.  I suspect they stuck around because no-one else was interested in them and no-one wanted to pay their wages for what looked like very ordinary players in that season.  They did a great job getting us back up to the top flight so for that I am grateful, but not so sure about thanking them for sticking around...I wonder how many would have had clubs shown interest in them like they did for Given and others who did jump ship??

Opiner1
Opiner1

I think history has been rewritten with regards to Barton's time here. Out of the 4 seasons he was here he had one good season, one disgraceful season, and his contribution in the championship season was nominal as he played just 15 times. He doesn't deserve to be thanked for sticking around because there wasn't a club in the world who would have taken him off our hands at that point in time, with his reputation at an all time low following a stint in prison and his cowardly red card against Liverpool when we needed him most. Far more deserving are the likes of Colo and Enrique. Although their reputation in England at that time most likely would have deterred interest from Premier League sides, they could have easily forced a transfer or loan to somewhere in Europe but they decided to stick around and help the cause.

wor monga
wor monga

Always a solid hard worker who was more useful protecting a defensively weak fullback than as an orthodox outside left producing decisive crosses into the box…


...on Sunday he played the game of his life, and along with his character and courage that’s what we will remember him for.


...Best of luck to him for the future, and as you say he deserves a club that will give him another 3 or 4 years…but unfortunately I doubt very much that will be with us (or another club in the PL)

Belfast Toon
Belfast Toon

Personally I liked the way he ignored Carver during the goal celebration and ran on past him ! 


Says alot methinks.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Have you thought about a career writing for Mills and Boon?

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

Oh man!. That picture. Remember what the shop-keeper has done to this club, it's team and it's fans. Proper manager, proper club sponsor and JFK and Pardew nowhere to be seen or associated with us.

Broon bottle
Broon bottle

Great words on Jonas, but I have to take issue with anyone praising the players who stayed post-relegation.  I don't thank or praise any of those players mentioned for bringing us back up.  They took us down in the first place; they stayed because due to the awfulness of their performances, no-one would pay a similar salary elsewhere.  Thank Joey Barton?  FFS I remember that relegation season - he spent most of it in prison then needlessly got sent off and banned - and Shearer's comments after that match were spot on.  They corrected their mistake, yes; but the long term damage to our reputation was not erased.  If someone came to your house, pulled down their strides and proceeded to s*** on the floor, but offered to clean up afterwards, would you be i) thankful that they were so kind as to clean up or ii) annoyed that they s*** in your house in the first place? - See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/05/thank-you-jonas-gutierrez/#sthash.hGdl3r1U.dpuf

jimblag
jimblag

@Broon bottle Maybe if they accidently shat on the floor i'd thank them for cleaning it, but viduka, Owen etc pulled down their pants, squatted and let rip with an indifferent smile on their face. The likes of Jonas were getting used to the squad and club, more of a shart.

amacdee
amacdee

@Broon bottle I think the endless changes of piss poor management was more to blame for our relegation. Just as this season was hampered by Clueless Mark 2 and 3 as well. Players arent stupid they know when the bloke in charge is completely out of his depth and his gameplan's stink the place out. 

It was interesting to note that Pinocchio gave way to the players for the final home game and more or less told them to get on with it !