Why Do So Many Newcastle Players Go Backwards Under Pardew?
Now a lot of fans will say it’s been fickle but to be honest I just don’t care anymore, I want Pardew out!
We have had some excellent results this season but how many of them have come in games where we have forced the issue?
Pardew is excellent at putting up a team that can be compact and play on the counter attack. However, when the push comes to shove can we really take a game by the scruff of the neck and force a victory?
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I would say the majority of the time no. Victories against Man Utd and Spurs were great results but how easy could we have lost those games. We didn’t batter their doors down and we did an excellent snatch and grab.
Another issue is the lack of creativity or natural goal threat we have. In my opinion this is no coincidence given that Pardew is more concerned in keeping it tight rather than going for it.
The list is endless of players who have either come into the club or first team with a hunger or flair, then disappeared.
Cisse: Perhaps the biggest example – 13 in 14 in his first 5 months as a Newcastle player. Linked with likes of Real Madrid and couldn’t miss if he tried. Fast forward 2 years and he couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door.
Ben Arfa: An enigma by anyone’s standard. Often in and out of team and for a player widely acclaimed as been our biggest match winner, surprisingly can’t find any consistency from persistent 20min sideshows.
Sissoko: Now here is a player we all thought was the new Patrick Vieira when he destroyed Chelsea playing in a role behind the striker. Fast forward a year and he’s no more than a one dimensional winger who can’t cross.
Remy: A player we long hunted and finally got, with immense success early in the season. Playing with huge confidence but now a player who looks often lost and seems to spend the majority of the time on the wing, supplying a striker with 1 league goal in 18 months – Shola.
Now I could go on all day about players like Marveaux and even the likes of Sammy and Obertan, all who had something too when they first came in.
Of course winning the derby or doing well in the fa cup isn’t everything but what is the point in aiming for 8th, this guy has failed to win any of those games and for a mid-table team these are rare moments to savour.
The reason I love Newcastle so much is because we are like no other club in the country. It’s never dull, rightly or wrongly, but I fear our soul is being taken away.
I don’t want to become a team that needs to play music after we score, or start chants through the speakers, or bring out a DVD that shows that famous 1-0 win at Spurs! We are better than that!
Forget Ashley, forget Kinnear, this is about the guy picking the team, the day to day man who runs the club in the eyes of the supporters.
Pardew has a duty to make us dream, otherwise what is the point. How can we chant “don’t sell Cabaye” when we have no ambition! Let him leave and achieve something then.
How can we dream when our manager tells us we can’t.
In Pardew we rust!
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