Getting rid of the old guard?

Player committee undone?
With the news that Steve Harper has joined Brighton on a month long loan deal it raises the question: have we got rid of the old guard?

Harper along with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton have all departed the club in one form or another over the last few months.

With them firmly out of the picture it has allowed Alan Pardew to build his own foundations of a classy team which has been evident throughout the nine games we have played. The old guard has been replaced with the French revolution and this has certainly seemed to pay dividends for the Toon.

It seemed that when the likes of Nolan and Co were around there was a sense of clique within the team. They were very much the ones who spoke out with any decisions that Mike Ashley made last season. I for one feel that with the likes of Nolan and Barton gone the team actually has players who are really playing for their manager. You can see that in the games that we have played, they truly want to give their all whenever they pull on a black and white shirt.

There would of always been the attitude from Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton that Chris Hughton should still be at the club and so on. They were huge supporters of his methods and very publicly spoke out after our 3-1 win over Liverpool at St James’ Park; with them gone Pardew has been able to build his own side with players that understand his motives and the ambitions he has for our club.



Now I’m not saying I’m glad that Harper has left, albeit for only a short period of time, but it signals to me that he is going to find his opportunities at the club very limited. Does that signal the end for him? I think it would be a shame if that was the case as he has been a huge servant for us over a number of seasons and was an understudy to Shay Given for such a long time. I would like to see perhaps Harper to stay around in the club perhaps in a goalkeeping coaching capacity to offer his valuable experiences to the goalkeepers we have at the club.

The squad seems to be in a much better dimension than it has been ever before, there is a definite determination not to give up even when we have been outplayed. The team spirit has been very clearly demonstrated throughout and this current crop of players really know what it means to play in a black and white shirt.

The remnants of the old guard appear to have been dismantled, the revolution under Alan Pardew is truly under way and it bodes very well for the future.

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

40 thoughts on “Getting rid of the old guard?

  1. Harper is defo gone in my opinion, he won’t go back to being number 2 and who can really blame. Thanks and good luck in the future.

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  2. Yep I’d say that Rich. It was kind of backed up last night when Harps said he backed the decision to let him go.

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  3. aye just read that toonsy ,thats 1 good thing aboot the players we have they arnt much for partys 😉 alot fitter team 🙂

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  4. Batty – The dog chewed through my charging wire once and PC world wanted £75 for a replacement. I got it off eBay for £20 in the end.

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  5. toonsy aye i just got a battery for 23 quid and a laptop charger for 12 quid of amazon 40 with express delivery ,dell wanted 180 for both robbing [email protected] 😯

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  6. On topic, I never really thought we’d be in a position where we seemingly wouldn’t miss the influence of the players that have left. Luck or judgement I don’t know, but it seems to have worked so far. Long may it continue 🙂

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  7. zoe i think the fittness levels the team have are better than we have seen for a good few years ,not many piss heads in the team 🙂 its like playing with 11 shearers or beardos 😉

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  8. Bit of both Toonsy I think, it doesn’t matter how well you scout a player you can never know for sure whether they can play in a different league or whether they’ll settle in a diffferent country, so far so good though 😀

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  9. Well i think we will beat blackbum, draw with stoke and manure, lose to city and beat chelski.
    So thats 5 points and a fifth round tie. Not too shabby. 😛

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  10. Its quite good tho as we are under no pressure from fans or press to get any results from those games, so IF we actually do manage a few points, people will start to take us seriously.
    I like Pardews one game at a time thing. He’s still finding out about the strengths and weaknesses of the players we have.
    I think Stoke away is a bigger test than spuds at home.

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  11. Thanks Batty and I agree with the fitness levels. The team seem to be able to run for longer and cover the ground a lot quicker than we did last season.

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  12. hopefully getting my new season ticket today :mrgreen: although i’ll have to be a billy no mates and sit by myself 🙁 not too bothered though, winning the league this season will make up for it 😉

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  13. zoe i think it the culture what most of our players have argies french and muslims not much for the drink are they 😉

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  14. Batty with the french it is more of a culture to have wine with a good meal but not to go out and get hammered like the culture we have here. It is more about the taste etc in france and quality of drink. Can’t see simpson or the taylors as big drinkers or anyone else for that matter.

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  15. Lads just met up with a chap at work and he is a brighton season ticket holder and was at the game last night and said that harper was brilliant he made the defence better just with his confidence and dominance of the box. True legend of the game he really is. Really hope he comes back to the toon.

    I also asked him about Rob elliott and suprisingly he said that he is a canny goalkeeper with a lot of know-how so maybe he might not be too bad after all!

    On the old guard I think its more pards is building a team that he wants and with an ethos of pace and technique.

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  16. Ha Ha Nobby, dont worry fella I think he was always gonna be rested for the Blackbum game, and will be back for the Stoke on Monday. Nay worries, its just a knock.
    😉

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  17. The question is will Santoon play LB or RB?
    Will Marveaux replace Jonas or Oberton?
    1 up front or 2?
    Elliott in goal or Krul?
    Guthrie or Gosling alongside Cabaye?

    Who’d be a manager eh?

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  18. BB – Elliott is goal – no point in him being here if we are not going to trust him for the occasional match. Santon in for Simmo hopefully, Gosling for Cabeye (we need to see what they guy can actually do)…
    Marveaux to replace Guti (need to rest him at some point)
    Hopefully we will keep Colo in the team, rest Saylor and give Kadar a game to show what he is about, but if we play both Perch and Kadar we are going out as they are not sharp enough, dont have the required experience and wont be good enough together…

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  19. Agree Shamrock….. don’t replace both Saylor and Colo at once!

    Would rather see Abeid than Gosling though.

    Really hope it’s just a wee knock to Tiote 😕

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  20. Susan – I think we will see Abeid in the team replacing Tiote… Somebody mentioned Abeid being the regular repacement for Tiote a few eeeks ago and I think I called them crazy to be honest. However, based on what Pardew and fans that have ssen him play recently, it seems he could be cut out for the role… Be interesting to see the team sheet and what they can do against a Premier League team. It will MUCH harder than many readers seem to think it will be…I’m slightly worried actually as Blackburn will no doubt be full strength and desparate to get something positive to cling onto after their poor start in the League… 😕

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