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Fear of the alternative is no excuse at Newcastle United

6 years ago
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People who dislike Pardew, or are happy he is set to leave, do so for a multitude of reasons.

Some don’t like the constant drivel of excuses he continuality comes up with after a defeat – blaming the fans being a particular classic.

Some don’t like the lies and further lies he spouts off.

Some don’t like his constant selection of out of form players – Gouffran, Tiote and Williamson to name a few, or playing players out of position, being extremely negative, loaning out Mbiwa when we have few defenders, having no pattern of play, always playing one up front – even when at home to ‘poorer’ teams.

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Obviously never working on set plays, conceding lots of goals (12 times in 2014 we have conceded 3 or more apparently – the most since 1975), and scoring hardly any.

When we do win it’s often by the odd goal.  Our goal difference is shocking…

Or maybe the fans don’t like him for being swarmy and arrogant.

He never changed tactics when we were losing game after game.

Maybe it’s the terrible record against the Mackems.

And then of course there is the head butting, the swearing at opposing managers and the pushing of the linesman.

And finally, it’s his overall record.  When you look at the premiership table for the time he has been here, Newcastle are at, or near the bottom, for total games won, goals scored, points won, goal difference, goals conceded, clean sheets and games lost. 

In 2014 alone we have played 38 games, won only 12 and lost 20.  That’s a massive 42 points!!!

Or maybe you want him out for ALL of the above.

Of course, having Ashley as your boss doesn’t help.  No question that keeping Cabaye and adding other players with a bit of ambition and investment would have helped Pardew.  But he still would have persevered with the same average tactics.

For me, it’s his negativity that I dislike.  We haven’t scored a single premier league goal in the first 30 minutes of any game this season.  That, for me, says it all.

We are set up to ‘suck up’ the first 45 minutes, hope we aren’t behind, then start playing from the second half.  And if we are behind, we rarely have a plan B.

Very rarely have we come from behind under Pardew to win.   A game is to be won Alan.  And it’s hard enough having 90 minutes to score, let alone only 45 minutes.

Why don’t we, especially at home, come out flying and get a couple of goals lead by half time?  Why when we go away to Arsenal don’t we try and attack, press them higher.  Sure we might lose, but we will get more points over the course of time attacking than sitting back.  And you will be entertained at the same time!

People will argue about stability.  But why would you continue with a manager purely for the sake of ‘stability’.  You would if it was early on (first season or two), or if the manager was showing potential, but he’s not.  We are no better off four years on.

People say he should stay because you don’t know who we will get as his replacement.  It goes without saying that no one wants Kinnear back, but not getting rid of an average manager for fear of who will come in, is not a reason to not get rid.  We just have to hope Ashley appoints a decent manager.

Finally, I’m getting sick of reading the drivel on Twitter of non-Newcastle fans who are claiming we are happy he is going because we want champions league football!!!  RUBBISH.

We are a mid-table team and will continue to be so with Ashley, but you can still play attacking football, have tactics and be able to change them, work on a style of football, play in-form players.

Then why not be honest after a defeat?

Finally –  his record is terrible.  .

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