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Puppet in tangled strings?

Puppet in tangled strings?

Debate has raged this season over the quality of Newcastle`s current caretaker. Rabit 71 has compiled a list of events to suggest what this has cost the club.

Before delving into Rabit`s table, here is a quick reminder of some of the more obvious moments.

Sunderland scored a late equaliser at the Stadium of Light. Newcastle had been winning 1-0 until central midfielder Gosling came on fior Gutierrez. Jonas`s defensive responsibilities include covering the opposing right back on the counter, with Gosling taking up his more natural defensive role in the middle. Bardsley`s shot caused mayhem and the goal.

Spurs, Perch replaced Guthrie later in the game. The balance of the side had been changed. Harry Redknapp reacted by switching Lennon from the right to the left. The space allowed Lennon a run - and the equalising goal.

West Brom were 3-0 down on Sunday. They pulled one back before Pardew made 3 substitutions, bringing on 3 players back from injury and arguably not match fit. On came Lua Lua, Smith and Best. The rest is history. Pardew described the lost points as being down to players losing focus. It`s a good job this wasn`t the manager`s fault.

Rabit 71`s list of Pardups:

28/12/10 - Perch at leftback Vs spurs.

Result before decision: 0-0,

Result after: 2-0.

Points lost: 0-3 (0-3)

8/1/11 - 2 right footers on the left

wound up Tiote sent on and sent off

Result before: easy cup game win.

Result after: humiliating 3-1 defeat, cup exit and Tiote suspended for 3 games

Points lost: 0-7 (0-10)

16/1/11 - subs against the mackems, putting unfit right footer on left (where the equaliser came from

Result before: 0-1

Result after: 1-1

Points lost: 2 (2-10)

22/1/11 - bizarre positionings and subs against spurs

Result before: 1-0

Result after: 1-1

Points lost: 2 (4-10)

5/3/11 - saylor at rightback against arteta

Result before: 0-0

Result after: 1-2

Points lost: 0-3 (4-13)

19/3/11 - 5-3-2 against Stoke

Result before: 0-0

Result after: 4-0

Points lost: 0-3 (4-16)

10/4/11 - colo in midfield against villa

Result before: 0-0

Result after: 1-0

Points lost: 0-3 (4-19)

23/5/11 - subs against West Brom

Result before: 3-0

Result after: 3-3

Points lost: 3 (7-22)

Pardups have DEFINITELY cost us 7 points this season, placing us 8th in the table

Looking at the decisions, it is probable that Pardups have cost us at least 10 points, and this isn't even including the shambolic half time talks he must make. those 10 would have put us in 7th.

note: the Tiote red card 0-7 is inclusive of the Spurs and mackem draws and Fulham loss, so the other 2 Pardups involved in those games do not add to the potential upper tier points lost in brackets.

Just to add a cost to this, with every place worth £800,000 in prize money, Sunday alone was worth almost £2.5m. If Rabit is right, the total cost is up to £4m. If this is down to Pardew, then ultimately, it is down to the men who appointed him, Ashley and Llambias. Will they cover up for the mistake by reducing the transfer budget?

Was Pardew inspired or stupid to play Coloccini in midfield against Villa, to play Simpson in 3 positions against Stoke? Is he a good manager or should he have played the leading male opposite Miss Piggy? Do you have a view? Come and discuss it on our message boards

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday May 23 2011
Time: 6:33PM


Well done Rex and Rabit.. A jovial view of our manager's cluelessness....
23/05/2011 19:00:00
I love it when people highlight how clueless our management team is, starting at the very top.
23/05/2011 19:07:00
Time and time again we bring in a manager who is just not fit for purpose. We then compound that error by assuming that all managers need two seasons to show their worth so we give them some money to build their "own team". Then, surprise surprise, two years later we sack him because we think we've given him enough time and he shows no signs of bringing anything like a trophy to SJP. So the cycle continues with Clueless Mark 3 !!!
23/05/2011 20:25:00
Good observation Mac. Just for what it is worth, Pardew was sacked in his 2nd Premier League season with West Ham when in the bottom 3. He was also sacked from Charlton in his 2nd season on the way to a 2nd relegation in a row. Southampton had the sense not to give him a 2nd season. Ashley and Llambias on the other hand ...............
23/05/2011 20:46:00
I'm all for giving managers time, just like i did with the inexperienced Hughton. Anyone with an ounce of common sense or football knowledge, knows this muppet hasn't a clue
23/05/2011 23:15:00
Officemonkey kept his remarks clean and without profanity Well done young man - more of the same please Oh - and Pardews management on Sunday was pitiable
24/05/2011 08:06:00
This article is absolute crap, for one thing you have no idea the reasons that all of these subs were made was just tactical and the west brom part is wrong. 23/5/11 - subs against West Brom Result before: 3-0 Result after: 3-3 Points lost: 3 (7-22) Points lost should be 2 and not 3 as we did still draw no? I'm no fan of pardew but like any other manger he deserves a fair crack of the whip. If you look at hughtons first half of the season mistakes then i suspect it'll be just as bad.
26/05/2011 16:03:00
Welcome comments Osminovski. Whatever the reasons, some of the decisions were also highlighted in the article. OK, so Rabit might have made a couple of slips. You are welcome to have a go at writing articles too, unpaid on a voluntary site. Having said that, when the subs were made against West brom, there was a 2 goal cushion. Pardew had a fir crack of the whip at West Ham, who sacked him when in a relegation position, and Charlton, who sacked him before getting 2 relegations for them. For what it is worth, I more tha agree with you about a fair crack of the whip, and would go further. Pardew should be flogged to within an inch of his life for being so sycophantic towards a Chairman who is ripping the club apart.
26/05/2011 21:45:00
whoops. that slip got through the net, sorry osmo, but the general issue remains - pardew makes poor decisions which cost us points. Your point about subs not being tactical holds no water as it is still Pardew's decision who to play in what position. He doesn't have to put players on the pitch in the wrong positions, and before you point out that maybe that was all that was available to him from the bench, i'll just mention that Pardew picks the bench and he is poor at that too - he picks players that have no chance of getting played. You raise an interesting point about Hughton, but the main issue most fans had with him was that was his inability to make decisions and leaving subs til it was too late. Maybe he wasn't the greatest tactical mastermind, but he knew it, and as the saying goes - better to keep your subs on the bench and be thought a poor tactician than to throw them on and remove all doubt. Pardew was supposed to take us 'to the next level' and he is no better than Hughton.
29/05/2011 13:00:00
"Pardew was supposed to take us 'to the next level' and he is no better than Hughton" Let's all agree (even Osminowski) that Pardwho wasnt brought in to take this club to the next level. However he was mates with that football supremo, Derek (Which team are we then ?) Llambias and was happy to take all the shlt coming his way from the Fatman. He's a puppet who does as he's told. He looks the other way while players are sold, transfer listed or bought in. He has no say about who stays or goes (I've tried to talk to Jose but he wants to move to a bigger club/We're offering Jose the contract of a lifetime) and pretty soon he might find someone picking the team for him as well. If it wasnt so sad I'd be laughing at this whole sorry saga. Read more:
30/05/2011 16:59:00
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