Sunderland My Biggest Game This Season – Alan Pardew


Alan Pardew will be ready for his first ever Wear-Tyne derby, and of course he will never have experienced a derby like the local north-east derby – ever.

Alan Pardew – looking forward to Sunderland test

From what we’ve seen of Alan Pardew, he’s a smart guy, and is quick to acknowledge the passion of the Newcastle United fans.

Alan showed great bravery when he took over at Newcastle, and entered a club whose angry fans had loudly protested his appointment, with only 2% of the Newcastle fans in our vote, wanting him at Newcastle.

Martin Jol was the overwhelming favorite of  our readers.

Yes it’s a little strange to say that he showed courage, but Alan showed significant personal character in his few days on Tyneside, and immediately got the players on his side, with his honest and down to earth common sense approach.

And he even complimented the job Chris Hughton had done, and  phoned Chris up too, and all those  actions paid off big time for the Newcastle club, with 3 wins in his first 5 games before the wheels came off last Saturday at Stevenage.

It’s hard to imagine how he could have handled that initial situation at Newcastle any better than he did.

Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It is certainly the biggest game I will have as Newcastle United manager this season.”

“I have seen many Tyne-Wear derbies before and I know what they are – explosive.”

“I have played in London derbies, and last year I was at Southampton when we played Portsmouth for the first time in a few years. That was quite ferocious.”

“However, I know that this will be on a much, much larger scale than that. I am sure of that.”

“I am looking forward to it and I know the players are and they are determined to bounce back from the weekend and get a result.”

The Newcastle players were back in training at the club’s Benton Headquarters yesterday,  after being given a day off to recover from the distinct embarrassment  the Newcastle club suffered on Saturday at Stevenage.

Alan will now try to engineer an unlikely second win for the Newcastle side this season, against an improving Sunderland side, this time at the Stadium of Light.

And Pardew knows full well that a win on Saturday will soon bring the feel-good fact0r flooding back to Tyneside.

If Newcastle can get the win it will be 4 wins in his first 6 games in charge on Tyneside – 12 points from 6 games- which would not be too bad at all.

Alan added:

“My view is we go there confident with our Premier League form and rested after a few days off.”

“Everybody has rested up and hopefully most of the lads are back. That is the most important thing.”

“My aim this week is to get the best team available together and make sure we put in a show like we did against West Ham.”

Alan is obviously already on board on how important the game at Sunderland is for Newcastle fans, and we’re very glad of that.

Now to hammer Sunderland for a second time. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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53 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Anybody else getting the feeling that we may be unlucky in the transfer window? I have no doubt there are real targets that we are trying to sign, however, I just have this nagging doubt that we will get anybody in through the door?

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  • Davies

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    It get’s harder to put results like Saturday’s behind us when they keep getting mentioned after the event. Move on.

    Also, on a lighter note, no Ashley bashing in this article. Nice.

    I see we keep getting linked with Ziani and Victoriano. They’d be nice.

    Any word on Larsson, anyone?

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  • G

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Davies @ 2. According to .com the plug has been pulled on the Larsson deal as terms could not be agreed with the player.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    see wer after a highly rated 20 year old brazilian Lucas Pacheco Affini a.k.a Sasha.. west ham are leading chase bt wer interested aswel

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  • Overseas Newcastle - Cheik out Tiotes back pocket

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Howay the lads!!! 😀

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    @4

    Most Brazilians can’t handle the EPL

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Toonboy_84 // Jan 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM (6)

    To be fair, most of our squad cant either!

    So he will fit right in!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Alan Smith played like Xavi of Barca

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  • jj

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    It seems on this blog every single person can see that Perch and Smith are ***te so how come every manager weve had has played both of them since theyve been here??? Even little things like holding their line, positioning, pass selection they always f****k up!!! sick of carrying these **rs

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  • jj

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #10

    It seems on this blog every single person can see that Perch and Smith are shite so how come every manager weve had has played both of them since theyve been here??? Even little things like holding their line, positioning, pass selection they always fcuk up!!! sick of carrying these fcukers

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  • balubas1

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Any transfernews? Looking rather quiet atm.. But we dont know whats going on behind the scene.. When does the transferwindow close?

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    no confidence to win this game

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    http://footasmfc.football.fr/post/2011/01/08/D%C3%A9cision-ce-dimanche-pour-Karim-Ziani

    make your own conclusions you will need to open it on google chrome so it translates it to english

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  • Plasticine Pete

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not one to go bashing SAFC, I’d actually rather celebrate my own teams success than run them down. I also think all managers of our club should be given a *real* history lesson. Other teams have football rivalries and grudges against local neighbours. I guess the religious types in Glasgow have been periodically known to burn down each others churches, now carrying over ritual animosity to the football pitch; however….

    We’re possibly the only lot to have actually been at war with each other! Real soldiers, battles, sieges and everything. Fine it was a long time ago – however the rivalry does go back a long long way and it has never ceased. It’s always been more than football. Maybe it’s bad news that the rivalry (luckily more friendly these day) is still ongoing. However it’s still there.

    Defeat is unacceptable, and the only way to avoid leaving things to chance – is to take the game to them. Mr Pardew, please take note and make the Tyneside folks happy on Monday morning !!!!

    If you think this one scores 10/10 in terms of importance – forget it. It’s 11

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    any news from twitter people or craigcoozy

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Whereas one waited for the return of the international Algerian Karim Ziani in France, and of the side of Monaco. He/it would seem that the business is complicated more than it. According to Competition, the middle of land of Wolfsburg could finally rebound in England, under the vest of Newcastle. The Algerian site announces an agreement between the player and the English club with, to the key, a contract of 3 years and half, and a medical visit foreseen in the next days. However, this information goes in opposition to what the father of Karim Ziani declared, Rabah Ziani to DZ Soccer: «Karim has been solicited by several teams who want to tie his/her/its services during this period of mercato. I cannot advance whatever is himself, except that of Sunday, he/it will be fixed on his/its future club. » He/it even announces that Monaco would be the hottest track: «The remained ACE Monaco tracks it at present most serious, but nothing has been made. Karim prefers the sporty contest, without disregarding the financial side that remains important.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17

    toonfan09 .. that was last weeks news .. theres later info where he is deciding between us and Lens..

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  • sweendog

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda heights.. yep I posted that last week.. the title says he’ll decide by sunday.. looks like he hasn’t decided yet .. but we need a player like that for sunday..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Toonboy 84,

    I think Anderson, Fabio and Rafael are doing just fine, but then they have a good manager and good technical coaches.

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  • heyupjackie-nufc9

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    areet lads, flicked over to skysports news 5 mins ago and caught the end of the transfer centre and they said we have ended our interest in seb larsson due to financial demands :s

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #21

    aye i copied the wrong one i had two open the other one goes along with what we heard yestarday about expecting him to sign in 48 hours

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  • Aza9

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12874_6659269,00.html

    That’s pretty interesting, maybe Jonas and Colo could have a word with him!

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  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Any body else getting really sick of waiting on larsson doing nothing? fu k him if he doesnt want to come…. me should spend on better defenders ie wes brown

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  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Aza9 cant c that happening, the wages would be pretty high and he is 30

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  • Aza9

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    I know just a bit of wishful thinking, he is 30 but it would only be a loan and maybe Barca would contribute to some of his wages…

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  • boater

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #26

    We don;t need more sodding central defenders defenders. Let’s try some consistency at the back for once.

    Still think we’ll get SWP plus a loan striker in.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Dan Gosling played 70mins vs Hibs today in the 3-3 draw.

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20110112/gosling-makes-reserve-return_2281670_2264825

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  • boater

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Also, on the derby. Really hope we just button it and let the mackems do all the big fanfare press conferences. The pressure is all on them to make ammends. That suits us, just let them come out all gee’d up for the first 10 mins and hit them on the counter,, hammer them again.. ah how nice would that be.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #29

    HOOTS ON SS Goals on Sunday, they want Questions from fans:

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6659214,00.html

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  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Ah boater.
    simple fact mate nufc are the fourth highest scoring team in the league but as always the defence is leaking goals left right and center. over The years the problem has always being our defenders I cant understand why NO ONE GETS THIS

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  • toonie

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Gosling had a good run out today (70 mins) so could be in the frame for the weekend. We need him.

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  • boater

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Irish Geordie – And you think throwing money at it YET AGAIN will help. I seem to remember us spending big every summer on a new central defender saviour. At one point we had spent more money on central defenders than any other club bar chelsea, and yet the defense was the worse in the league. The reason was we didn’t defend as a unit, and left players one on one constantly, so now we have some semblance of cover from midfield (tiote) the best covering left back I can remember – Enrique , and 4 good central defenders.

    We are playing as a team – or have been in the main. Let’s not mess with it now we’re turning a corner.

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  • Dan in france

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #33

    i think personaly we need a new winger with pace and can cross well for carrol and a new striker the others just dont cut it sorry ameobi hes dun ok but hes always getting injured we need sum1 to rely on along with carrol
    bring on a repeat 5 -1 bashing i c this weekend 😀

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  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #34

    boater
    Ya i like enrique, but the other 4 wouldnt get a starting place on any top team realistically. and ya I remember a few years ago but in fairness boomsong and bramble, im talking about proper defenders like wes brown, bridge and the likes, good experienced prem league defenders. look we’ll agree to disagree (but im right)

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    My question is this:

    If we can bring in a winger/wingers who can put the ball into the box, do we need a new striker?

    Do you guys not think that Carroll/Best or Carroll/McLoven would be decent pairings with good service?

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  • Thump

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Arabi would be amazing, Ziani would be great, Millito would be out of this f’in world.

    Cover for LB is a necessity. Perch is not good enough to stand in Bull’s spot.

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  • Thump

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #37

    @Richyg: I think we would. We’re playing the Stoke City game of football – knock it up, onto somebodies head and hope. We don’t have a plan B, no clever play into the box and very little end product when Carroll isn’t on the pitch (Best may offer that but it’s early days yet).

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    a bit of topic but does anybody tho who the footballer on the front page of the sun was today? hopefully not a Newcastle player

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I have a feeling Pardew’s not being backed (bar the HBA signing) which was really just to keep fans on his side. I would be shocked if we get another player through the door.

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  • Thump

    Jan 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #40

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