Pardew Enthusiastic About Newcastle Challenge


Alan Pardew has just been given one of the most stressful jobs in English football – managing Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew – enthusiastic about Newcastle job

And his words today suggest he is more than a little excited and enthusiastic at the job that lies ahead, and as with Chris Hughton before him, he now has a chance to take one of the most famous (if not successful of late) clubs in English football forward – hopefully to success.

Chris Hughton took that chance and did a magnificent job for Newcastle United, and he will never ever be forgotten for getting Newcastle back to the Premier League in his first ever full management position – but hardly his last.

Some lucky club will be announcing Chris as their new manager before too long, we’re sure of that, and if ever returns to Tyneside as an opposing manager,  he’ll be greeted like a returning hero – and he’ll deserve it too.

We all know Chris was ruthlessly fired last Monday afternoon by the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who seems like a ruthless Billionaire businessman, and we only thought those were Americans – wrong again.

While Pardew’s record hardly points to being equipped at all to do a similar job at Newcastle that Chris managed, we have to hope he can do at least a decent job to take Newcastle forward, and at least keep us in the Premier League this season.

After all, we shouldn’t forget that Chris Hughton shocked everybody with what he achieved on Tyneside.

This is what Alan said shortly after being announced as the New Newcastle boss today:

“I’m not a Geordie, of course, but I’m a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.”

“I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”

We were hoping the craziness that is often Newcastle United was over, as the mild mannered and low key gentleman, Chris Hughton brought the players together, got the results and calmed things down significantly on Tyneside.

Alan would be well advised to reach out o the players and try to retain that calm, as he tries to get his hands around what is a monumental job, there’s no doubt about that.

But he will presumably have the support of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias, which we now know that Chris Hughton never had.

Get in well with the players immediately – and speak with them all today – and then get a game plan worked out for how to beat Liverpool on Saturday, seem to be the things on the top of his to-do list.

And after all Liverpool are having their own problems this season with a new manager, and as Roy Hodgson said on Monday, just before the Aston Villa game,  Chris had secured more points for Newcastle than he had for Liverpool this season, when Ashley fired Chris last Monday afternoon.

It’s absolutely crazy what Ashley has done this week, but life goes on – with a win against Liverpool hopefully.



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55 comments so far

  • nimo

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    seriously disgusted by this news. what a complete joke!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nimo

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    rather have souness or gullit back

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  • mattnufc

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Relegation this year, resign Hughton next year and repeat?

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Give the man the chance,ffs !

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  • mattnufc

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    He doesn’t deserve the chance; the only reason he got hired is ’cause he knows Cashley.

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  • Milzzy Rascal

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Souness was the worst manager ever to darken the St James Park door.

    Pardew’s not great but over Souness I’d take absolutely anybody

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    I should have got the job. Pardew said this
    “I’m not a Geordie, of course, but I’m a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.”
    “I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”

    I would have siad this:
    “I AM a Geordie, of course, a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.” “I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”
    Its all in the wording, I must work on my CV (and start visiting the best casinos).
    What experience has he got? Oh yes, more experienced at getting sacked. He will need that.

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  • kikgras

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    turn the page, the players need us now more than ever. someone will always get blame and credit when its not theirs to have. in the end, do you still love your club? being on this site you obviously do…turn the page and get behind the players, they have much work to do and can still have a great season. HTWL!!!!!

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 9, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    ANY LINKS FOR SSN LADS

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    @hitman: It’s all the rugby mate.

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    ANYMORE LINKS TAHT IS RUGBY ON SS1

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  • MacToon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    “I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”

    Ha ha, what about welcoming 40,000+ disillusioned fans.

    Jobs for the boys, probably owes Ashley money from gambling debts…… dark days return to SJP.

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  • fergie

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14
  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said,Kikgras.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Do people not realise, it is things like protests and pitch invasions that make a mockery of our great club?

    Does a protest instil confidence and belief in our players? NO

    Will AC score 5 goals against Liverpool because someone has grafittied over a SportsDirect banner? NO

    People talking about protests, not renewing season tickets etc. need to realise that whatever hits Ca$hely in the pocket will, in the long run, affect the team, either player sales, relegation etc.

    Do you all think that the asking price was the only thing that put potential bidders off buying the club? NO, it was that and the fact that owners soon get it in the neck up here and protests etc are not a good public rofile for big business men.

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    From Nufc.com….

    The damned United

    We don’t know Alan Pardew personally and we can’t pretend ever to have taken a great interest in his managerial career to date – mediocre in the extreme though it looks, and punctuated by rumour and gossip.

    By agreeing to become the new Manager of Newcastle United though, he’s now tainted and viewed with the utmost suspicion by tens of thousands of supporters.

    On the face of things that’s a fairly shoddy state of affairs, giving further fuel to those who accuse fans of this club as being insular, misguided, in-bred idiots.

    Pardew though has willingly allied himself to the most inept, improper set of clowns ever to mismanage a football club, arriving amid accusations of Cockney casino cronyism and desperate cries of “not Joe Kinnear” from media pals – slightly less than a ringing endorsement.

    Were he to be a proven manager with an illustrious history, the bewilderment and annoyance of Hughton’s departure would at least be replaced by a sliver of optimism – a 0.1% chance that something positive might come out of another self-created farce.

    Instead though, Pardew now arrives here with nothing but a long contract. No benefit of the doubt, no honeymoon period, no support in the dressing room and not even any Geordie/adopted Geordie “remember me” credentials.

    If Chris Hughton was rendered as dead man walking by the lack of support from his employers, then quite what shelf life Pardew will enjoy is open to question. That he doesn’t appear to have much credibility to start with doesn’t help: a chancer appointed by chancers.

    And in making the change, Mike Ashley has once again demonstrated the utter contempt that he now holds for the fans that he once sought to buddy up with. At a stroke he’s managed to successfully re-ignite the bad feeling on and off the field that resulted in our fall from grace two seasons ago. Is he trying to take us down?

    The springboard effect that a new manager tends to bring to a club didn’t happen here under Shearer and there seems to be even less chance of Pardew and his feel-bad factor pulling it off. If anything, his position seems like a watered-down version of Brian Clough’s infamous move to Leeds (watered-down in that he doesn’t have any medals to show his new charges).

    Looking back at our history, there’s a sense that Pardew arrives with a brief to impose dressing room order in the same way that messrs McGarry and Smith did, following the inclusive stewardship of Dickie Dinnis and Willie McFaul. This time however, the outward appearance is more of an iron fist in a glove puppet.

    In the absence of information, the void is once again filled by a welter of opinions and theories. Rather than briefing pliant pressmen though, why doesn’t Ashley have the balls to come out just once and explain himself; giving just a veneer of accountability to the emotional hostages that compose his public?

    But please, don’t send Del boy out to embarrass himself further with his half-baked nonsense. You’d have more credibility if you appointed Gazza as spokesman.

    Start off by outlining exactly what “experience” Alan Pardew has that Hughton lacked: winning tin pot trophies, being sacked by clubs in each of the top three divisions, or appearing in the High Court? Or perhaps it was more the “experience” of moving in similar social circles…

    And once you’ve tried to justify the appointment you’ve just made, move on to explain why his predecessor was jettisoned, after having somehow managed create an air of respectability around a club that had none. Hughton got Manager of the Month a few times here – the Nobel Peace Prize might have been a more fitting reward.

    If senior players were allowed to do as they pleased at the club and Hughton couldn’t control them, tell us.

    If Hughton refused to sanction the sale of players or differed with the contract, tell us.

    If the downturn in attendances and corporate business is being laid at Hughton’s door, tell us.

    Of course none of this will happen, despite whatever level of protests follow over the coming days and weeks – which will inevitably overshadow events on the field and supply a ready-made excuse for the dropping of points and the submitting of transfer requests.

    The emotions invoked by the loss of Kevin Keegan soon disappeared though, along with noble intentions of boycotting pies, pints and pumps. Meanwhile, the lack of information regarding Shearer’s post-relegation position manifested itself in a collective regional glumness rather than Barrack Road bonfires and barricades. Storms were ridden out.

    The real damage though is being done by stealth. Fans who don’t daub on bedsheets or voice their discontent on message boards or phone-ins, but vote with their feet, stop buying tickets, shirts for their bairns etc. as their own personal point of no return is reached.

    And with next summer seeing the extended season ticket deals for a significant number of fans expire, the decision to boycott SJP has just been made easier.

    The insular nature of the club and the way it runs its business was already having that negative effect – but this latest self-induced farce only hastens that process.

    A new low – 40 days after the high of winning the derby. The suspicion is that we’ll be in the wilderness for a damn sight longer than that though.

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  • MacToon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    do you still love your club?

    Don’t think I do tbh!

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  • mattnufc

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

    I wouldn’t love Sunderland either MacToon.

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  • ilde2551

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Sky Sports News at 2:30 pardew giving his first interview. Ought to be interesting…

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  • petejh

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Im disgusted by all this and I feel betrayed …. yet again by that fat wanker and his mates! what do we need to do to get this tit out of our club ???
    Pardew …… F***k Off Home Mate we dont want you here you will NEVER be welcome!
    and take that fat twat and his dick head mates with you! I wish nothing but terrible things on all of you!

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  • benishiryo

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    and i tot women r hard to understand. hw the hell did mike ashley think that pardew’s betta than hughton?? they must be gay lovers

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  • MacToon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    mattnufc Rick with a silent P

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  • alex84

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    well thats it for me! we have sunk to the lowest we could ever go when its come to a manager.

    say goodbye to, tiote, arfa, enrique, jonas! and possibly carroll!

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Still no SSN links? And before anybody gives me that bloody footymad link – it’s rugby. If I wanted to watch a bunch of men touch each other up I’d watch a bit of wrestling.

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  • thepict

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    I support the 11 players on the pitch and don’t give a flying f**k about Ashley. Can we please give Pardew a chance . If I remember correctly CH wasn’t exactly a popular choice.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #27

    @ alex84 // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Liverpool are linked with Jonas for £8m today, I would drive him there myself for that!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Common sense from thepict // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM (25)

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  • kikgras

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    let it out people…let it out…nothing you say or do will change a thing. no one expected any of this, but its here….let it out, get it out of your system….then get behind the players…for the love of frigginn god, get behind the players!!!!

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  • kentonmags

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    ANY SSN LINKS ANYONE

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  • MacToon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #31

    “If I remember correctly CH wasn’t exactly a popular choice.”

    CH wasn’t given a 5 n half year contract!

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  • kikgras

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #32

    8m for jonas…do the deal and bring in johnson from man city

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    http://www.skysports.com/radio

    Best there is kenton

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Everyone seems to think that Ca$hley is only here to bum-rape us.

    Think of it this way, he is never going to sell the club at a loss – never.

    The only we he can ensure that he does not have to sell the club at a loss are:

    1. Keep the club and, if relegated, make up financial shortcommings.

    2. Make the club a success by ensuring PL football, balancing the books and pressing on towards the top half of the table.

    Now, to me, any businessman will see the second option as the only option.

    So that said, I cannot see why there are so many people thinking that MA has just come in here to fcuk us over then do one, he cannot do that because he will suffer the most.

    No Im not saying I like Ashley, what I am saying is look at the bigger picture.

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    The cheeky little b***ard!

    “I wanted to be quite harsh on the contract length because I wanted to give the club some stability – which the club hasn’t had with previous managers”

    WE WERE FINE BEFORE YOU CAME ALONG YOU STUPID C**T!

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    He thinks he’s got a good record in the premiership…

    Ten minutes lads, I’m just ringing round my mates at Charlton.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #37

    there is only 1 way forward
    DEMO, DEMO, DEMO,DEMO, there is no other way to get these gangsters out of our city for GOOD All those people who dont agree , have a quiet moment, get yourself a pint , and think back to all the cups we have won, all the titles we have won, then theres european cups , right , now look at all the big names that , without doubt, will be flocking to come to Sjp to play fof this great club , then when you have thought about all that, (probably before you have had that first sip of your beer) and realise what we have had to put up with for nearly 50 YEARS , dont you think its about time SOMETHING has to be done? EVERYBODY TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THE STUDENTS BOOK (parden the pun) and i am sure ash s days will be numbered , for the sake of every one concerned with NUFC

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  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    …this is just pissing me off. He’s just outright said that Newcastle’s goal this season is to consolidate an survive. Wonder what Chris’s target was.

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  • hitman

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #39

    hes going to knock on ashley door to get as much cash as he can..you have to laugh

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  • TheToonKing

    Dec 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    I don’t support Ashley but demonstrations are definitely not the way forward.

    We need to get behind the team and Pardew, they have done nothing wrong….yet…

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