Gary Neville Explains What’s Gone Wrong at Newcastle United [VIDEO]

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville sat down tonight and explained to viewers why he thinks Newcastle United have fallen apart this season, saying that “The soul and identity has been ripped out of the club.”

In previous weeks when Neville has shared his wisdom, it’s been by analyzing replays of matches and pointing out things that are often overlooked. This time, though, he gets on the soap box and argues that there are two many foreign players at clubs like Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers, which is one of the reasons why those clubs are failing.

While I often agree with Neville, this is one where I think he’s got it wrong. To me, it gets down to the manager and whether he’s able to prepare and lead his team, as well as communicating with them to ensure everyone is on the same page. Yes, there are obvious language barriers but all of the clubs have translators to help players make sure the messages get across.

If the manager does all of the above correctly, and gets his tactics spot on but the results are still poor, it’s either a case of the footballers not being good enough or they’re not trying hard enough.

In the case of Newcastle United, I believe it’s more down to Alan Pardew, not the foreign players.

Watch the video and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

10 thoughts on “Gary Neville Explains What’s Gone Wrong at Newcastle United [VIDEO]”

    1. It does that every once in a while, but I haven’t been able to figure out what the glitch is. It’s not happening for me, but it has happened in the past. Sorry.

      The Gaffer

  1. Amen Gaffer, after all – Hughton got the sack for supposedly not having what it takes to manage Newcastle in the top flight, yet he has done just that, with a Norwich side with far less talent than what Pardew works with, and the Canaries are comfortably out of any relegation battle to boot.

    If Pardew can’t give the Magpies a top ten finish or a cup next season, granted they survive this one, perhaps he should be held to the same standards as his predecessor.

  2. Odd thing… When Pardew managed West Ham, the majority was either English, Scot, Welsh or Irish. He also wore a track suit… The only non English speaking player was hold out Tomas Repka. After promotion, ( and remember he left Reading to manage West Ham) There was Yossi Benayoun and Shaka Hislop as the only non Irish or UK full time players. There where a few loan players from other nations, but most never made the pitch. This was 2006, and the year WHU made the FA cup final. The next season, Pardew brought in two players that no one thought West Ham could ever land…. Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano. Mascherano wanted no part of the plan- to softly move into English football’s mega money, and Tevez was thick enough to play along, and the fans loved him for it… But Pardew took what should have easily been a top 10 team and nearly got them sent down. And according to some, they should have… The point being. that is where cracks that have been open wounds became public. Under Pardew, players lost months wages gambling in the club house. Pardew himself slept with a player’s wife. He encouraged a bling culture, and let players stay out late and party. Aaton Ferdinhand even flew to Georgia for a all night party with Reo-Coker and was never fined or lost pitch time… In short, in his drive to be one of the team, he lost his respect. I can imagine after a brief glimpse of success at Newcastle he reverted to Bro Culture vs. being god damn manager who sets a man down if need be.
    That is just my perspective from what I went through with this man. But Phil, “I don’t try to grow my mustache or do I” Neville alludes to…

  3. Perhaps it’s a case that he wants the sack. He now has that massive contract and that could be a nice payout for him. Look at how he tactically bungled that match on Saturday and the number of players he played out of position.

    I agree that it’s not a case of the number of foreign players being a problem. Plenty of other clubs have large numbers of foreign players and don’t play this poorly.

  4. There is something to having too many foreign players in a team. Too many nationalities, language difficulties and historical divisions between countries can be very difficult to manage. I assume clubs take a long hard look at how a foreign player will fit in to their system. It’s comparatively easy to get a player in the club than to find out later you’ve bought a troublemaker and try to unload them.

    I’ve played in mixed nationality teams (obviously not at PL level) in embassy leagues and I can tell you our African players went hell for leather against opposing African players. A Turk on our team set about trying to maim a Greek player and any mix of players from the Balkans on the pitch and it was like trying to keep a lid on a volcano. Let alone the players from Argentina and Brazil making fun of Bolivians. But all things being equal the mix of styles made for a great time!

    So I think it can be a problem if not managed and controlled. Fergie leaves his players in no doubt who is the boss. Any trouble and you’re out (although I often wonder how some of them understand him). Pardew seems a likeable bloke but perhaps he doesn’t command enough respect? He has some very good players but a manager cannot be everybody’s mate.

  5. I usually agree with things that Neville has to say, but I think he’s a little off on this one.

    No one was complaining about Newcastle’s French signings when they were coming in and producing right off the bat. I was very surprised that some of their players were performing so well after coming over from another (some would say “weaker”) league.

    I think a few things are going on here:

    First off, the players who were brought in may have caught other teams off guard with their skill and athletism. But now that there has been more time to scout them properly, they are being exposed.

    Also, Pardew’s coaching style is being dissected by opposing managers. One of the things you need to do in management is adapt. It’s good to have a “plan”, but if teams are finding ways to beat you, you have to tweek your plans and find a way to combat that.

    Lastly, maybe the Newcastle players have just lost focus. It happens from time to time with any team/club/professional organization.

    No one could blame Newcastle for their early season losses. They were hit pretty hard by injuries at key positions. They also saw one of their prized players snatched out from under their belts because of a loophole in a contract.

    But the team they have fielded lately SHOULDN’T be losing games 3-0 and 6-0 at home.

    1. One last thing…

      It also takes time for a team to “gel” when injured players return from injury. Communication and trust on the field can be worked on during practice, but game experience is the only thing that can really stengthen a team’s cohesiveness.

      I’m not making excused for Newcastle. I just don’t think the easy answer to their problems is the fact that they have foreign players.

  6. I believe what Gary is trying to say is that these players have no connection to the communities and therefore they see no reason to “fight” for the badge.

    I happen to agree with him on that one, most of the QPR players showed zero fight for the last 2 months and are already plotting their exit.

    He might not have articulated it clearly but he is right on quite a bit of this statement.

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