Not once in the league so far at St James' Park has the team had a performance to shout about and be proud of. Not one. We have been out played and even out worked for parts in every game so far. Some more than others. Now seeing as we are on our own patch and some of the level of opposition we've faced are no where near the quality of our squad, that is simply unacceptable. We have ridden our luck for every single point gained from our home form and have completely relied on individual brilliance. Watching the team perform, to decipher an actual strategy being carried out from us to defeat the opposition is on the whole, completely non-existent. This is down to the manager.
Can anyone honestly tell me that our home form is any better than the relegation season? The only difference from that team to this is the quality of the individual. It's those individuals that have got us the points we have. It's not the way the team have played. Where would we be without Demba Ba's clinical finishing versus Spurs, Norwich and West Brom? Without Ben Arfa's genius versus Aston Villa and Spurs? Without Tim Krul coming out on top in countless one on one situations and making point blank saves in every game he's played? I'll tell you where, near the relegation zone. Just like in 2009. Now I am not saying we will be anywhere near relegation, because we wont. Joe Kinnear is long gone. But the fact we are failing to create many clear cut chances and seem to be completely void of ideas cannot be ignored. Newcastle United has famously been a momentum club over the years. When we are doing well, we do very well. When we don't, it's insufferable. If we go on a run of bad defeats than our season could get embarrassing and be over before we know it.
I have gone into the failings of 4-4-2 throughout this season and refuse to bore myself and you into going into it again. We all know 4-3-3 is the best system for our team, so Pardew needs to recognise it and have the balls to stick to it once for all Is-pardew-out-of-his-depth?. Our set pieces are non-existent. We haven't scored from one yet this season and it is well over a year since we last scored from a corner. They are a shambles. Again, I have gone into this on countless occasions and you know they are an abomination so I wont bore with this either. I have offered possible solutions here Possible-solution-to-nufc-set-piece.html and I wont be doing it again. We can talk about systems and players all you like, but if the team thats picked doesn't even have a strategy, what's the point? It becomes meaningless. I genuinely have sympathy for our fans who pay their hard earned money to anticipate watching the likes of Ben Arfa and Cabaye to show us how good they are in our team that were good enough to finish 5th last season, to be subjected to this pathetic, clueless, anti-football every single week.
I have always had a question mark over Alan Pardew. Even with the LMA Manager Of The Year award. That award was given to Pardew for the unexpected season our football club had as a whole, rather than well known tactical genius or a philosophy of football. This season is proving why I have had that question mark. Yes, he is the manager who lead our club back into Europe, but so was Glenn Roeder once upon time. Whatever happened to him? One season wonders don't wash with me. I am far from that fickle. Alan Pardew needs to get back to what he threatened to do last season and be a manager with a strategy, rather than a coach with motivation. The team don't need any more motivation they need a clear and effective strategy that gets the best out of them. Once we do, we will start to play well and win games comfortably. Seriously, what kind of a manager worth his salt would play Cabaye and Ben Arfa in a 4-4-2 midfield? Just think about that?
This 8 year deal for Pardew looks more insane with every game that goes by. He needs to be a manager with a clear footballing strategy worthy of the 21st century. Rather than a coach who concentrates on motivating his players up to the eyeballs. Average managers with average players do that. If that's Pardews standards, then that's where he needs to be. Back at an average club. We're too good for that. Far too good.
The definition of insanity: is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Also see: Newcastle United at home.
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