Pardew’s Challenge To Win Over Players’ Hearts And Minds

Alan Pardew seems to genuinely respect Chris Hughton, because of his efforts for Newcastle United over the last 16 months, and has also said he admires the man because he is such a gentleman.

Alan Pardew – must get the players behind him

Of course when you look at Chris Hughton’s record and then note the way the Londoner conducts himself all the time, through thick and thin,  it’s hard for anybody to come up with any other conclusion.

Chris has now become a folk hero on Tyneside.

But it seems that Alan is also not daft, and he has told captain Kevin Nolan the very last thing he wants to do is to damage the team spirit which has been so strong at Newcastle since Chris took over 16 months ago.

Alan could do nothing better than to take Kevin into his confidence,  as Kevin is not only a terrific player, but he has a huge influence in the dressing room, and we have to think that he’ll have a good career as a manager in the years ahead, although he has lots of years playing in front of him.

It’s the same with Joey Barton, but we have to hope this terrible week has not sent Joey back to drink,  because we  all know how combustible he can become after a drink or two – but Joey is also another very important player right now.

Today will be a huge test of  Pardew’s management skills and particularly his man-management expertise, which friends at clubs he has managed tell us are very good – and he tends to be a rather straight forward guy, but he does have an ego of course, unlike Hughton.

This is what Alan said today:

“My most immediate task is the dressing room,”  “I’ve only spoken to Kevin Nolan briefly on the phone, but it’s obvious the players had a lot of affection for Chris. He was well liked.”“I can’t think of a player in the group I’ve managed so I’m going to be something of a mystery to them.”

“I have to make sure the players understand I’m a fair manager. It’s a tough challenge but I need to make sure there isn’t a massive impact on the team. Obviously this week there has been, and that is not good for any group of players.”

“It’s important I bring some stability back to the dressing room and calm their fears.”    “It is obvious the players and the fans had a great amount of respect for Chris Hughton and the fact he has gone has caused a stir,” he said.

“People are upset about it and the problem I’ve got initially is with the players and making sure I get my message across with clarity and quickly. I hope they don’t carry any resentment towards me.”

Those are good words from the manager and Pardew did a good job yesterday in laying out what Mike Ashley’s vision is for the club.

And it’s very much bringing young players through the club, and we’re sure players like Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson and youngsters like that,  loved what Alan said about how important youth is to the club.

And it will be part of Alan’s job to help bring these players through so his coaching skills will be very important.

Of course he will be completely judged by the first team results and he has no room for error – because if the club starts sliding down the league table he will be replaced- it’s as simple as that.

The very last thing Newcastle United need is another relegation season, and a change of manager at this stage of the season is hardly a positive thing  to reach that goal, especially since the team has done so well.

But it also seems like Pardew has no doubts at all about what is being asked of him.

We wish him luck today, and he will need it, but we also hope the senior players will be very professional and we also know very well people are still upset about the goings on of this terrible week.

But whether the players like it or not they are employees of the club,  and it’s their job to get ready for the Liverpool game.

The fans are not employed by the club and basically can do what they like, and it  looks like that’s exactly what they plan to do.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah right, didn’t stop him though !

  • sweendog

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    hope the team try and win it for hughtons b’day ..
    Mon the LADS.. do it for HUGHTON..

  • Oleg G

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3


    5.5 years? you gotta be kiddin’ me !!!

    Ashley – you think this is a food stand? its a football club (at least it was until you came here) fat C##t!!!

  • Toonkistan

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    hi ED…i wonder what was the hurry to replace CH with AP in your headline banner 🙁
    Anyways cant wait for Saturday
    Howay the lads… my lineup would be

    Simpson Taylor Campbell Jose
    Routledge Barton Tiote Jonas

  • alex84

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    do it for hughton!!

  • hadthetshirt

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    He respects Chris that much he couldn’t even pronounce his name right,Tosser

  • geoff777

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s just embarrassing – absolutely clueless PR.

    We keep hearing that “The clubs being run as a business”.

    So why are the customers (fans) treated so badly?

    All other businesses see customer relations as being of vital importance.

    We are dismissed as being irrelevant, mugs who love the club so much we’ll turn up week after week to cheer the team on.
    Until this changes we’ll continue to be treated with contempt.

    No season tickets.
    No merchandise.
    No shopping in Sports Direct.

    Watch in the pub or at home.
    Or just go to big matches you really want to see live.


  • leedodd

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Bolton Changed manager Mid Season So we will Be ok If they were !!!! Lets Batter Liverpool for Chris !!

  • cartoonie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone heard any rumours of the takeover?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    pardew hasnt wronged anyone here!!!
    Tthe fat controller and his little rent boy have done the damage here!!

    some people seem to be losing sight of his fact.

  • hadthetshirt

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle United is like church,many attend but few understand.Most of all them muppets running our club

    (borrowed that saying from elsewhere.)

  • Carl92

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think we should take it out on Pardew because its not his fault. I think we should get behind him because if people stop turning up to matches that wont help the players at all. Even though I do hate that cockney c##t.

  • alex84

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    im here to be proved wrong, hughts will always be remembered for the great work he has done, but there is nothing we can do to get him back as much as that pains me, im right behind the players! you can’t just turn off being a Newcastle fan!
    we need to get behind the team!!
    lets destroy liverpool!!

  • Lynxie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    If Pardew manages to get points on the board, and we manage to survive this season, Credit must still be given to CH for the magnificent victories and performances we were given this year. the mackems mauling, Villa spanked, Arsenal away (I should live long enough to see that repeated ha ha ha ). However, if AP does a decent job, we can move forward. It took Hoots a long while before they were singing his name, lets not forget that.

  • kunal

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #15

    well i can’t seem to think about anything to write about
    here’s to hughton
    the manager who was tailor made to mange NEWCASTLE UNITED
    but the fat guy doesn’t understand, does he?

  • rwpoynter

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    There is more to this saga than meets the eye. Ignore the media unveiling hype. Pardew was in on this long before Hughton was sacked. Never believe the ‘establishment’ line, it’s usually lies. Protests, even violent ones ,unless they are a true revolution, i.e. backed by 95% actively, rarely achieve anything. To get rid of Ashley (essential) the only way is to hit his pocket, the only driving force in his life. Reduce his income and you will destroy the man. So, don’t go to the matches, don’t buy the merchandise, and don’t touch Sports Direct with a bargepole. Believe me , the players will understand and this is the only way we will get rid of this man.

  • kunal

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17


    you are soo right mate

  • kunal

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    either that or someone buys the club
    is there not single newcastle supporter who’s a multibillionaire

  • kunal

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    mind you we don’t need too much money the squad’s quite good
    we just need an owner who can bring stability,
    and someone who has a bit of common sense

  • Lynxie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Boycott the club shop.
    Boycott the concession stands at half time (over priced shit in any case)
    Boycott SportsDickhead (direct). I am sure there are other sportswear establishments that you can get Toon tops etc. (Toffs is excellent)
    Buy the kids NUFC DVD’s (ebay) or boxes of Chocolates or something else. If the club shop is empty, that will surely bring home our contempt in a few weeks when Fatty looks at the shop takings?
    Money is his God.
    Money is not the root of all eveil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
    Fatty is a perfect example. Look up greedy in the dictionary, and there is a photo of a fat ugly smarmy cockney there.


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