Nolan – What The Gaffer’s Been Working On Is Fantastic!


Kevin Nolan has come out today, and waxed lyrical about the Newcastle team, but he also gives a huge compliment to new manager Alan Pardew.

Kevin Nolan – the Newcastle captain in action last night

Certainly Alan Pardew has been close to brilliant, in the way he has come into the Newcastle job, and done most things right,  in fact almost everything right, and didn’t upset the apple cart in any way – and he deserves great credit for that.

And one thing that Alan is very good at, and which Chris Hughton, bless his heart, will never be good at, is talking to the media.

Alan seems to say just about enough about what’s going on, to make everybody happy enough, and he’s careful about what he says – and in short he’s simply a very good communicator.

Alan is also calm and grounded most of the time, but the memory we will always have of Alan, whatever happens in the future – is his punching the air after Cheick Tiote’s brilliant and emotional equalizer in that unbelievable 4-4 draw with Arsenal.

Take our word for it that Newcastle United made friends around the world for their guts and courage in that game.

Nolan talked about the recent performances of the Newcastle side:

“We followed up a fantastic performance on Saturday with another one,” “I’m absolutely delighted with it. We got a couple of goals, and looked confident and solid.”

“I think we bossed the game from start to finish. It always helps when you get that early goal.” “I think they only had one chance all game, which shows what we’ve been working hard on.”

“I’m just delighted to get the three points. Four points out of the six – happy days.”  “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do.”

“What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

That’s an interesting last comment, but it looks to us that Alan Pardew is turning out to be a really good coach, as Newcastle have completely bossed the last two games, and away from home too.

Things right now auger well for the future of the Newcastle club, and we just have to hope that owner Mike Ashley backs Alan in the summer transfer window.

It seems clear now that is just exactly what Pardew wants to do, build a great new Newcastle side, because he’s already seen the fantastic  potential there is with the team he has only just inherited.

We sure hope so!

Comments welcome.



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142 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1

    I really hope he buys sensible at the end of the season I personally don’t want to see 15mill on wickham I wanna see passionate hard working players who know what it means to be a Newcastle player. Hopefully he will listen to the likes of tiote n see if there are any uncovered gems in that national team or maybe jonas and collo for maybe a skilled argentine. Shrewd buys that are going to make an impact not like luque xisco etc

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed you posted it wrong, Kevin Nolan in-fact said that last sentence between 3-6 times if rumours are to be believed 😛

    See: http://www.nufcblog.com/2011/02/16/pardew-starting-to-build-top-newcastle-side/

    From Comment 5 😛

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    there you go Chuck, king kev thinks Pardews doing a good job, you should hop on board

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle United, have.. what is in effect, a self imposed ban on themselves ever being a top club .. Why?

    Because they have a limit as to what they will pay a player ..If they just upped that by 15k per week per player they would start indeed keeping the best players

    It’s as though they have banned themselves from having top players ,and its the club itself kicking themselves up their own arses

    You have to speculate to grow. And if Ashley did up the wages.. players will stay, and Europe would be possible, hence enable paying the extra on the wages

    At the moment we are pissing in the wind

    And it is indeed a self imposed ban on becoming a top 4 club again. SELF IMPOSED !!!

    Now how stupid is that ?

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  • LeoMacedonia-NUFC

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    HOW STUPID IS U?!

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  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    stop being f**king miserable man ONLINE GUY.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #7

    If we keep losing all of our top players
    what have we as Newcastle United fanatics ever have to look forward too?

    Total disappointment in every transfer window?

    If that keeps on happening then Mike Ashley is just here to make profit on every top player we have, and is treating the club as a conveyor belt and a feeder club for the so called top 4

    When he sold Andy Carrol the first statement out of the club was that Ashley will be giving the £35 million to Pardew for players ,,Then the next statement is ..its for player plus wages !

    OK OK Accepting that …But what about what he would have spent in the summer anyway, should that not be added to transfer funds ?

    One thing I do know as a long standing supporter is that both Mike Ashley and Derek Lambias…………

    HAVE LIED TO ME AND LIED TO THE SUPPORTERS OF OUR FAMOUS CLUB.

    If we are just a feeder club to anyone who comes along with big bucks then we are a club going nowhere

    The once and for all proof will be in the summer
    if we don’t keep Tiote and Enrique

    You will all know then if the club is just a cash cow to Ashley..and watch out for the forth round of lies.

    THATS A FACT.

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  • BournemouthGeordie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I just wish ppl would get off Mike Ashleys back sometimes, alright he has made mistakes but we have a wage cap at this moment to stop us going into anymore debt plus we are not safe from relegation yet and the last thing we wanna do is sign players up on high wages and then get relegated. If we stay up this season which is looking very likely at moment maybe just maybe Ashley might increase the wage cap to bring in better quality players but if he does’nt im not that fussed cos as a club all we want these days is players who are good and just wanna play for the club and not just thinking about money.

    The boys are doing well so far and i hope it continues.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    LeoMacedonia-NUFC

    And Stuart

    What’s wrong ..cant face the truth?

    and if you want to call me stupid and make childish comments . I can do that too

    But will refrain on this occasion because you are both a couple of Ar+eholes

    And your both in Denial

    You started it . Sad Bas**ards ..

    Lets see… you can give it out but can you take it?

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  • nicolnj

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    LOL at online guy

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  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Im not in denial at all, I know we could be in a better league position, I know we could have better players and I know we could have a better owner.

    But I also know I have absolutely no say over the running of the club so instead of insesently going over something I can’t change I’ve decided to actually get behind the team we have.

    If you want to whinge and moan that is up to you. But I couldn’t support a club if I had your negative view on it.

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  • Carl92

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Stuart i dare say you have just stunned him there haha

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  • laurent roberts left boot

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    youth cup game tonight deserves a mention ed?

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  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I doubt it would take much Carl.

    He seems like one of those supporters who would still moan if we won the prem, signed messi and developed a new #9 legend.

    I’m sure he’ll post something else whinging on ‘Fat ash is a spurs fan, he’s trying to ruin/milk the club, blah, blah, blah’

    I dont see the point myself.

    Just get behind the team and hope for the best.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Hi Stuart , thanks for your comments , good or bad

    Im just a realist and its just my view of things

    If we keep selling ..whats the future ? just a feeder club?

    Also I am so so passionate about Newcastle
    you can catch me on Talk Sport ..you can catch me on Real Radio.. you can even catch me fighting Newcastle’s corner with Editor’s and Journo’s in national newspapers..Iv had many a scrap with all of them..
    I will fight Newcastle Uniteds corner with anyone who slags us off . Mick Horseswill is next

    I respect your passion … Please respect mine
    Its not negative..Its keeping things out in the open so Mr Ashley will know we are all aware

    IM all for the guy if he does the right thing cheers mate.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    The way i see it is if enrique goes then i think it will be because he really wants out and his contract will be running low so we will have no choice but to sell. If tiote goes who has recently signed then i will be gutted and the club will be moving in the wrong direction we will see i suppose.

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  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re not a selling club though, wheres the evidence?

    Which big players have we sold over the past few years.

    If you take away the players that jumped ship when we got relegated you’re left with Milner and Carroll. Milner was pushed as we needed the money to clear debts, and Carrolls head got turned.

    I couldnt care less about routledge as he’s CC quality, and Xisco is useless, the quicker hes gone the better.

    You’re basing the fact that we’re a selling club on rumours and hearsay about players maybe being sold in the summer. They havent even been sold yet, and may not be.

    I’m being optimistic(deluded?) and hoping next season is the season MA really backs the team and provides significant investment.

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  • arcarius

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    well said Stuart, well said

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s a pointless argument . Of
    Course if you pay more money you keep or gain the better players.
    Noone wants to see the club paying stupid money again, but we need to be competitive and the salary cap will hopefully be reviewed once we’ve survived this league and our balance is healthier!

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  • Tiote4PM

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Agreed Stuart.

    Online – keep selling?

    We sold AC for a ridiculous fee, that is absolute profit, no club has ever made that much from a youth player they have brought through the ranks. It’s not as though he is even match fit.

    Lets get the best out of a team that is doing well and see what happens. MA may buy no one – but if we keep developing then who knows.

    I believe MA has made NUFC into a business, that means my children will be able to watch the black and whites in 30 years time. People say he is greedy, and he is, but he makes enough money to be greedy. He has taken zero out of NUFC at this point and invested heavily + made us one of the only clubs in the Prem on sound financial setting.

    Getting relegated was shite, 100%, but getting rid of the cun*s who played for us is great. Now I see a team each week, and that makes me happy. Really happy.

    A

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m of the belief that there is method to Mikes apparent madness, he isn’t just making decisions willy-nilly. I expect real investment in the summer. If anybody thinks Mike is actively trying to sabotage or to a lesser degree stagnate our club, you need to find yourself a padded room quite frankly, being so insecure and all. Yes he’s made mistakes, yes sometimes his ego has got in the way of common sense, but remember it’s his first shot at owning a football club, which is entirely different to any other business, in so far as the fervour of the customer. Mike’s learnt this the hard way, but I believe he’s taken it on board, would just be nice to have an annual public statement, would quell the tension.

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #22

    @Online Guy: You’re hilarious.

    We will see an increase in revenue starting next season, and at that point we can think about increasing the wage bill. Right now it’s about solidifying our position in the Premier League and keeping people who want to be here. If a player, like Bentley, decides that they don’t want to come here because they won’t get that extra £10,000 on their already extravagant salary – to hell with them. We don’t need mercenaries, we need able players who are playing for the fans, the other 10 lads on the pitch and, most importantly, the badge on their breast.

    If we qualify for Europe, we’ll see a huge increase in revenue and will therefore see the wage budget lifted again to compensate for this.

    We haven’t put a ‘self imposed ban’ on ourselves – we’re putting ourselves on a sound financial footing for the future.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    HI Stuart

    You know thats what Im saying.. re: we will know in the summer Tiote and Enrique

    Also we could have kept Milner ..remember he was sold against Kevin Keegan’s wishes ..the manager wanted to keep him..Ash sold him ..to pay debt’s you say ?.. Is that not making my point ? sell our best players to make money ..

    Keegan used to say

    “get it right on the pitch and everything else will follow ”

    So really I am not going on rumour . And selling Andy just showed me and a few others that he will sell our best players

    But like you I fear the worst with certain players and there is an argument that all this comment i s just us lot worrying too much…And like i said we will see what transpires in the summer …Good debate anyway Stuart…cheers mate

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  • Tel

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    To all of the above comments, I think we all have concerns about the way the club is run, Its great to be on a sound financial footing, not so great if we are one of the few clubs trying to reign in unrealistic wages and therfore unable to compete in an unsustainable market place. Apart from the odd veiled comment the silence coming out of St James is deafening, the owner an MD have as yet failed miserably in communicating with their customers (us fans) however Love him or loathe him ashley is a highly successful business man, maybe just maybe he has a long term strategy, but thus far his track record doesn’t support this. He or more accurately the club have made a profit in the last four windows, and is consequently mistrusted by the fans, this is further fuelled by media speculation of who we are supposed to be signing, again not backed up or denied by the club. Then the more gullible fans are disapointed when messi fails to materialise at the stroke of midnight. Sit back and take a realistic view, above what your heart wants. We all want a succesful team and only another couple of windows will determine in which direction we are going as the finances come under control.

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    The real fact is We cannot do anything about how to run the club. All we can do is try to support our player and our beloved NUFC. HWTL !

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #26

    I believe we will hold onto tiote myself but am concerned if somebody like united city chelsea arsenal or maybe even liverpool as they look like investing heavly again in the summer come knocking with enrique he may get his head turned and we dont have much ground with him having a short contract hope he really loves it here and will be happy with around 50k which i guess will be offered.

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  • Burni

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve never been torn between two posters as much as Stuart and online guy! Both make valid points but I’m edging toward Stuart. A lot of online guys points are much like my friends, I feel some people are very much about Ashley ruinin the club and turning into a selling club. I have to agree with Stuarts points regardin selling coz I don’t feel we are.

    But online guy rightly says that ashley has lied to us in the past and that he is just expression his opinion with other points.

    Not trying to be ‘that guy’ but both of use will have to wait till after the summer to find out exactly what’s goin on and there’s no point in stressing until then. So for now, just get behind the team coz I think theyre doin well under pardew and ultimately we all love NUFC

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  • jj

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Since the new year weve looked good in pretty much every game, Fulham was a funny game but the rest i think weve been great over the 90 mins (minus arsenal 1st half), you can see where were lacking and it is a proper right winger with a bit of skill maybe HBA, a big striker to hold the ball up and feed the runners, were missing a little finisher in the box and possibly even a top CB, i think Kadar and Ferguson are good enough for cover for the Bull.

    My targets would be…..

    Elmander (free) hes a good player for nowt
    Gervinho
    NZogbia (if he can become a team player..if not…fuck him) but youve got to admit hes a tricky lil git and creates chances
    Samba hes quality in both boxes and so composed
    Whickham (hes a quality youngster who can play and if pards uses him like he uses Ranger bit by bit he will mature nicely

    ……………………………HARPS………………………….

    SIMMO……….SAMBA………COLLO….ENRIQUE

    HBA…………..BARTON……TIOTE……..JONAS

    ………………..ELMANDER..GERVINHO………….

    Krul
    Saylor
    Willo
    Nolan
    Gosling
    Ranger
    Best/Shola

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #29

    HI Thump you say,

    “Right now it’s about solidifying our position in the Premier League and keeping people who want to be here. “.

    Well lets just say Enrique and Tiote do want to be here, but Ashley wont give them what they are worth …

    We loose them under those circumstances? great players who do wear the shirt with pride ..Agreed ?

    And Ashley wont give them the going rate and we loose them ?

    Now that’s Hilarious..

    Get your stupid head out of the sand ….

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  • shabunkin

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    arsenal have a wage cap …they manage to attract / keep top players , they also sell when the moneys right (anelka. henry …) , i think we need to keep to the wage cap and introduce performance based bonuses

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #31

    i reccomend we get a new left back

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  • geordiehammer

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Does anyone know exactly what the salary cap is?? I for one, dont want to see the club throwing money away on the likes of Michael Owen and the like! (100k a week).
    Look at the top clubs now, they are either seriously in debt or owned by billionaires with money to burn.
    As much as i hate Ashley for the lies hes told, he has stablised the club financially.
    The sale of Carroll was bad timing, but it looks like one hes gonna get away with, again!
    I’ll be waiting for the summer transfer window with a lot of interest, like all Nufc fans.
    We must hang onto the likes of Enrique, Tiote and Barton and add 4 or 5 top class players with the money in the kitty. I’m sure there will be a few out the door at the same time.
    I’d love to see young connor wickham through the door for the right price, this kid has bags of potential and an eye for goal.
    My only worry is that Pardew wastes the money on average players who arent gonna take us forward, i mean N’zogbia for 12 mil ??? why?
    that said i still think pardew is doing a decent job and the players are adapting to his style of play quite well.
    The summer is gonna be an interesting time for the whole club, and for me its gonna be the time when Ashley can finally prove his doubters wrong, nothing would suprise me as far as hes concerned though!

    HWTL

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  • i_hate_mike_ashley

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #33

    hey bro…any update or news for Ben Arfa?

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  • nicolnj

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    @GANIYU:
    we have ferguson and tamas kadar who will be able to cover the left, end of

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #35

    shabunkin;

    Arsenal do not have a wage cap. Fabregas and Van Persie are paid close to 100k a week. No team will ever get into the top 4 with a wage cap of 40k a week.

    Now is not the time to judge whether we are a selling club or not. This summer will be the time to judge, when we’ll see if we can hang on to Tiote and Enrique.

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  • Jimay

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #36

    I’ve liked Alan since he came into the job and he has done a fantasic job in not change everything as all new managers likes doing. He kept more or less everything as it was. However, a team with much belief in themself is easy to manage but what will happen the day when the self belief is low. As when Chris took the job when we went down in the championship, he manage to put together a core of players that turned everything around and made a looser side a new winning side.

    Would Alan be capable of handling a team that have had a bad run and the self belief is low? I certainly hope so cause I really like this man.

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  • AndyE93

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    free giveaways do you really think that our wage cap is as low as 40k a week yet Ben Arfa a player with the potential to be world class is on 40k. The wage cap is in place so we don’t pay over the odds in wages for squad players like Seb Larsson meaning there is more money to spend on the big players

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  • Smithy

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew has surprised me. He came in when the fans were in revolt over Hughton getting sacked, wore a brave face , and has done nothing wrong. His half time talks seem to be working, and i actually think we are playing better football.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #39

    the super rich clubs are going to have to change their wage structure to match their gate receipts under the new uefa rules – either by a cap or by having an elite of 3-4 players. There will be a limit to what those zillionaires can pump in to their pet clubs – so things will level out a bit and most wages will stabilise to the advantage of clubs like NUFC with our huge gates. There will emerge a group of 6-7 top clubs and we will be a member of that group!
    HWTL

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  • Thump

    Feb 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Well lets just say Enrique and Tiote do want to be here, but Ashley wont give them what they are worth …

    Enrique has openly stated that he will negotiate a contract when we are safe in the league. Tioté is happy for the time being.

    You mentioned something about selling Andy Carroll being indicative of becoming a ‘selling club’ – total bull. If you were offered £35 million plus extras for something, would you say no? Keep in mind the player has a likely serious injury, may not play for the rest of the season and may never fully recover from that injury (it’s supposedly the same as Woodgate’s old injury). We got the better end of that deal, it’s that simple.

    Oh but of course, we also sold Andy Cole all those moons ago and we became a selling club then, right?

    What is the “going rate” for a players wages, by the way? It’s entirely objective and is based on what the chairman wants to fund, and what the player, and agent, wants.

    The wage limit is there to say to average players “if you think we’ll give you £80k a week for warming the bench, the door is behind you.”

    You’re either a mug or a wum if you believe what you’re saying. You’re the kind of fan who gives the rest of us a bad name.

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