Can Newcastle Hammer Pardew’s Old Club – West Ham?

If the Newcastle players need something to inspire them on Wednesday night,  then it’s that their current manager, Alan Pardew, was ruthlessly fired by the West Ham club a short four years ago.

Alan Pardew – no love lost with West Ham

Pardew did terrifically well in the  2004-2005 season at West Ham, to get them back into the Premier League from the Championship, after Glenn Roeder had been the manager when they were relegated but suffered a serious brain tumor.

And Trevor Brooking came in and took over the last few games of the season, but with no success.

And in the next season the Hammers finished in 9th place in the Premier League and got to the FA Cup final in 2006, when they were unlucky not to beat Liverpool in regulation time.

Steven Gerrard once again came to Liverpool’s rescue when all seemed lost, when he hit an amazing equalizer in injury time for Liverpool,  to send the game into extra time and then Liverpool finally won on penalties.

But we remember West Ham were just terrific in that game,  and of course were the underdogs, and they almost pulled it off.

But the Hammers didn’t start the following season very well at all, and  West Ham’s owner at the time, Icelandic businessman Eggert Magnusson, fired Pardew.

Alan talked about his old club West Ham visiting Newcatsle on Wednesday night, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There is no love lost there, I’m concentrating on the next game.”

“It is an important game for us. We have to make sure we turn up on Wednesday night and West Ham feel the real force from us.”

“And us winning like this and West Ham winning makes it a really good game,  because the confidence is coming from both camps.”

Pardew skillfully framed the game yesterday as one where the Newcastle players could prove they could score goals and still win without Andy Carroll, and of course that’s just exactly what they did,

It wasn’t the greatest performance of the season,  but it was solid when it needed to be, and the lads ground out the result easily in the end, with Wigan offering surprisingly little in the second half.

There’s not many teams this season who will out-fight the current bunch in the famous black and white shirts – that’s for sure – and Wigan were not much of a match for the Magpies yesterday.

Pardew continued:

“The most pleasing factor I think was our discipline and the fact that all of the players reacted very well to losing Andy Carroll.”

“He’s part of the team, but we decided to show it wasn’t about Andy Carroll – it was about the squad and the group.”

“I’m sure Andy was jumping up and down at home but it was a brilliant performance from the players.”

It looked like Pardew and the coaches had spent some time on the training ground, especially with the back four, who looked  strong  yesterday, and generally played well.

Alan added:

“We have focused a little bit on some our indiscipline in defending and, at Wigan, I could not fault them.” “It was an outstanding performance.”

The Newcastle defense did look well organized and comfortable yesterday, and we have to think that Steven Taylor has made a huge impact since he returned,  and probably because of his previous experience in the Premier League.

He’s now looking like he could be a top signing for the club for the  future.

And it’s interesting that Alan has gone for experience at the back by bringing back Steve Harper in goal too, and Steve looked very solid yesterday.

It was hard luck on Tim Krul to be sure, but Tim at least has time on his side, being only 22 years old.

Maybe we can get more clean sheets as the season progresses, and the defensive play has certainly been one of Newcastle’s weaknesses so far this season, with far too many sloppy goals being conceded.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully! but I can’t even see us winning as West Ham are on form now, They’ve won their last 2 games, I’d reckon a draw.

  • partizanovec

    Jan 3, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Defence must be faultless, as WHU will play for a draw, and will try to catch us on counters.
    But midfield will be the key, as always is. Keep control there, and the result will come by itself.
    Striking department is a worry thought, plenty of chances needed for scoring one goal.

  • The Power Ranger

    Jan 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Just heard that we are interested in Jamie O’Hara on loan? What do you reckon? Offers more creativity. The 1 million fee may turn out to be too much for us though.

  • MacToon

    Jan 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4


    On motd they showed the ball hitting STaylor’s arm (again) in the penalty area and how he reacted again, this time by rubbing his tummy like the ball had hit him there! Not as funny as the one where he reacted like he’d been shot but still funny. Oscars are soon!

    I feel sorry fro Williamson who’s done little wrong and also did you notice Colo covering both left back AND right back.

    Another “must win” game but aren’t they all. Looking at our fixtures to the end of the season, we’ve got a really difficult run in and every point will be vital imho.

  • warwick

    Jan 3, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeh I think Willo is just a better defender than Taylor

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    barton pickedup a yellow yesterday hes on five now does he miss west ham game if so hes a massive loss for the biggest game of the season so far.

  • sweendog

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    dublin mag steve .. nope bartons playing .. the ruling is 5 bookings from Jan – dec 2010 .. so looks like he’s playing .. 3 points and we’re then 4 wins from safety .. then we can enjoy an FA cup run 🙂 .. maybe with 2/3 extra players we’ll look like a top 8 team..

  • sweendog

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    warwick .. agreed on willo … I take it taylor is picked because he is faster than willo but willo is a better shot stopper, blocking defender IMO

  • alkinou

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    One problem with Willo is that he tends to gift the opposition free-kicks at the edge of the area. If you start paying attention you’ll realize it’s true.
    I’d say that Willo and Taylor have different qualities so it’ a tough one to say which is best.

  • MacToon

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Williamson has a better reading of the game imo.

  • sweendog

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    MacToon .. agreed..

  • steburnip

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Tiote v Parker will be a great battle,

    Anyone else wonder how enrique would do on the left wing?

    his speed and skills are super, cant be any worse than jonas LOL,

    on another note, id love bentley on loan, good right winger and a good forward is what we need,


  • sweendog

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I reckon 2-0 the toon .. we need t0 g0 for the win from the start and hopefully not let them get into a rythm .. tiote will outplay Parker .. Collo and Taylor should handle Cole .. another 6 pointer… as long as our wingers Barton and Guti get the crosses in and attack..

    Simpson – Collo – STaylor – Bull
    ——-Barton – Nolan – Guti——
    —-Ameobi ————————
    ————-Lovenkrands ——–

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Seems to me NIFC had a ton of chances vs. Wigan, but only knocked in the one. That makes me optimistic that the loss of Carroll is not as dire as one might think, as the lads found a way to get the ball towards goal with some meaning. WHU is a different kettle of fish, but I think NUFC will get their fair share of chances. The outcome will depend on getting that little bit extra of touch to put it in the net.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 3, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Best and Ranger to start for me like, yes Ranger might be abit of a tit in trainin but he’s still good enough and ready for a start, Best could do with a start to get some confidence and also will have chances to score and might get his first official goal.. also Ameobi will need a rest as he played yday and will only get injured keep him for stevenage

  • ochytoon

    Jan 3, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Carlton Cole looks absolutely shocking atm, so our defence shouldn’t have to many problems dealing with him. Our main concern should be their wingers cos they’re looking quite sharp.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Carlton Cole has never been a good striker he just had abit of luck last season, he’s only ever scored 2 goals in 1 game once in his whole career which is pretty pathetic and to say he’s worth between 6 and 8 million Ameobi must be worth tht aswel

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Will be a tough game against Westham. We have been pretty poor at home. I like S.Taylor and i hope he keeps his position. Williamson is also a very good centre back but has some tough competition.

  • Dukis22lt

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I somehow think that our best back four is Collo–Taylor–Willo–Enrique i think that Coloccini could do same job as simpson on offence and there is no doubt hes a better defender, Taylor and Williamson should have a really good understanding of one another Becouse they speak English

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Dukis – Not sure how you could put Colo in right back, Simpson’s done a sterling job there, and yesterday he acted as a wing back, crossing over with Barton down that right side. Also, he can whip in a good ball, and isn’t exactly lacking in pace.
    Right side – Simpson, Taylor and Barton speak English
    Left side – Colo, Enrique and Gutierrez speak Spanish.
    No communication problems, other than in central defence.

  • lou9brasil

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #21

    I reckon we will grab a 2 niller…. Barton and strolla, got a feeling spiderman void nick one as well though!!!

  • lou9brasil

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Void???????? WTF meant could

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Steven Taylor is a much better defender tan Williamson. Williamson give to many sof freekicks away in dangerous areas.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #24

    we need to get ray wilkins in the coaching set up

  • lou9brasil

    Jan 3, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #25

    What’s the opinions on a top 10 finish or is it gonna be a relegation battle???

  • lou9brasil

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26

    HaZ agreed with u defo

  • alkinou

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d tend to say that we won’t be in a relegation dog fight but we will always be just above it. You know those teams that aren’t really worried but which could easily find themselves in a relegation battle if a few results go wrong.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    lou9brasil // Jan 3, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Our fixtures from here on out scream bottom 8 finish for us. I think we’ll have the fear of relegation hanging over us all season. It is what it is. We’ll survive though.

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    good news i fink , hba agent checked arrived in newcastle today however no ben arfa, mite mean somet going to happen shortly ? who knows

  • sheznufc

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Will be a very tough game as west ham have had a good little run and will think they could get something, but im thinking 2-0 to the toon with tiote getting his first goal.

  • newcastle29

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    as far as bookings and suspensions are concerned, once the 31st of dec has passed you dont get susended until 10 bookings.

  • newcastle29

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #32


  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon XI,
    I don’t get this thing about our fixtures. It’s the same teams we played in the first half of the season. We are now in the return fixtures and Wigan away shows that we have improved. Yeah ok N’Zogbia wasn’t playing but neither was Andy.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Nice one craigcoozy….lets hope he signs. As we are looking for a striker to partner Carroll has anyone else seen Park Chu Young play…could be an ideal foil for Carroll….

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Shot Bru

    I think he would be a great success much in the same way lee has excelled at bolton, plus huge commercial vehicle as well.

  • Richy_c90

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #36

    GeordieGerman that’s exactly it, plenty of positives to take forward. Bentley would be a great signing for us, then we won’t always have to rely on mainly Barton with the great crosses, although his attitude is a concern. Great to see you back coozy, your knowledge is always to be trusted.

    Long time reader of the blog, first comment.
    Great blog, keep it up Ed.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Agreed Rotunda with the added bonus of commercial success in Asia as well…by the way looks like Peter Taylor could be our new assistant manager

  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Peter Taylor to be new assistant manager, He just confirmed it himself, good coach

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Peter Taylor is a smart choice…great coach, great contacts in the lower leagues and will be popular with the players.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Lads, where did you get the Peter Taylor info from?????? if true that would be awesome as he has managed England under 21 and may be to pull a few strings lol


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