Pardew Coaching Skills Starting To Show Through At Newcastle

Alan Pardew was obviously delighted with the form of his team over the last two and a half games, and he has every right to be too.

Alan Pardew – his coaching skills showing through at Newcastle

The only thing that surprised us last night was the ease with which Newcastle took all 3 points from St. Andrews, a place which is notoriously difficult to get a win.

And Newcastle did that with many of their top players out injured, so it says a lot for the lads who were playing last night, and it also says a lot about the great team spirit which is now evident within the Newcastle squad.

The next game is against Bolton at home a week some Saturday, and we have a certain 5-1 score last year to put right, and Bolton are also just one point ahead of Newcastle, but with an inferior goal difference, so if the lads can win that game, Newcastle will go above Bolton in the league table.

And by then we’ll have a number of our injured players like Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Ireland and Shola Ameobi back from injury, and available for selection.

Alan Pardew was upbeat today, and that’s hardly surprising, as he will know the fans were absolutely delighted with the display of the team last night – they looked a good side, but we’ll not get too carried away – promise. 😀

This is what Alan said today:

“We could find ourselves above Bolton, who are meant to be having a fantastic season.”

“There will be 50,000 Geordies roaring us on, and we will have to make sure we start better than we did against Arsenal.”

“If you are honest, and you put the commitment and the work rate in, you will get a break.”

We have been  impressed us over the last two games Newcastle have played, and  we’ll leave the Arsenal game out for the moment,  we would need to write a book about what happened in that game – it was just completely unbelievable.

Newcastle have been well organized, and each player knows exactly what he has to do at all times during the games, and we put that down to good and thorough coaching.

And it’s hard not to give Alan Pardew most of the credit for that, because he has really tightened up the Newcastle defense, and some Newcastle players have even talked about how he had seen things they were doing wrong when he first arrived, and how he helped correct those.

In fact last night was also our 4th clean sheet of 2011, and that has to be good, and the defense is now not as vulnerable as it once was.

Indeed Birmingham didn’t come too close to solving the Newcastle rearguard at all last night, although they probably had three half chances all game, but couldn’t put one home.

That’s a big known weakness of the current Birmingham side, and why Oba Martins has been brought in.

In short, we’ve really liked what we’ve seen this year, and while we’ll not get carried away too much, we look forward top the lads putting in a solid performance against Bolton, and with any luck, and with 50,000 screaming mad Geordie urging the lads on, we could be above Bolton Wanderers after the game.

We certainly feel upbeat about the Newcastle side this year – things for seem reason seem so good today!

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #1


    Barton –Nolan–Tiote——Jonas


    As substitute use Ranger (since 70min)
    also R.Taylor for Nolan, and push Barton to the center (75min)
    and change second striker to Ireland if he is fit, or guthrie. (80-85min) what do you think?

  • cyprus

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Which top players of ours are out injured? Shola (?!), Smith (??? by the way, how do u know he’s a good lad), Raylor (never made it for us, let’s be honest), Taylor (good, but even if fit would be on the bench, W is better), Ireland (not our player really). Only BA falls in that category and he hardly featured yet. In short, generally speaking, that was our best 11 out there. Now let’s make sure we keep Jonas, Enrique, Tiote…

  • fergie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew has made us a more solid outfit from back to front. He has the strikers and midfielders all helping to press the opposition and retrieve possession as soon as possible. Also, away from home, the team are playing with excellent composure and are not afraid to pass the ball around instead of hoofing it long. It’s remarkable what the 4-4 comeback against Arsenal has done for our confidence when you compare the Fulham game with the Blackburn and Birmingham games. I dread to think what would have happened if we’d lost by 6 or 7 as could easily have happened. This is exactly the run of form we needed. If we can win the next two games then we are looking very good which will help us to not only attract better players at the end of the season, but to hopefully hold on to our best ones (Tiote & Jose).

  • ToonLegend

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #4

    i like Williamson but would start a fit S.Taylor along with collo

  • free giveaways

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m hoping Ireland plays at some point against Bolton. Wonder if Pardew will push Nolan up as a second striker or keep Best and Lovenkrands up front.

  • chuck

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Thats jus a load of bullshit Ed.
    To begin with Hughton spent most of his career as a defensive coach and was an excellent defender himself during his career.
    To suggest this moron who`s specilty is bullshit has improved the side defensivly is both dumb and insulting.
    Like Pardew perhaps you should put your brain into gear before you start typing such offensive nonsense.

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #7

    My team against Bolton

    Simmo………..Willo…………..Colo…………El Toro

    Ireland 4 Best 60 mins
    Ranger 4 Shola 80 mins
    Fergy 4 Jonas 80 mins

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    That didnt come out right

  • chuck

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #9

    More bullshit !
    The fact he plays a very high line resulted in our being four goals down to Arsenal in the first half.
    Playing a high line against a fast counter attacking side like Arsenal is asking for trouble.
    And Pardew had`nt the tactical sense to realise it and continued with the same tactic throughout the entire half.
    Puleez !

  • sinicols9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Chuck if you cant see we have a game plan for every team we play i really dont think you have been watching. Take away fulham and arsenal first half because of the carroll effect and we have more than matched our opposition. I really think Pardew sees each game differently and gives the players roles accordingly…we have become more solid and alot harder to beat under pardew…If we had just cut out individual players errors Pardews record would look even better

  • boater

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Cyprus – you’re such a moaning minnie. Like it or not Shola, s taylor and ben arfa are first teamers every time.

  • fergie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12


    Stop being one of the few idiots that gives our fans a bad name. Pardew has done very little wrong since taking over yet you are unwilling to give him a chance. I doubt Pardew told the players to play a high line against Arsenal. There isn’t much he can do when you go 1 down within a minute and then 2 in two minutes. The players were shell-shocked in that first half and if you’re going to judge Pardew’s tactics on one manic half of football out of our last 8 games where our record is 3 wins, 4 draws (3 against top 7 teams) and one loss then you’re saying more about yourself than I need to.

  • fergie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Not to mention if we’d held on against the mackems and spurs our record for the last 8 games would read: 5 wins, 2 draws 1 loss and 6 clean sheets. Although no doubt our late slip ups in those two games were Pardew’s fault.

  • Drago

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Finally Jonas has delivered something 🙂 Troleibusiukas uzsuk i neblogai butu dar vienas palaikantis Newcastle 🙂

  • matty monk

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #15

    @chuck you clearly have no idea about football, how else were we meant to play? Sit back and let Arsenal come at us?

    We have one quality player to come back and thats Ben Arfa

    The most insulting thing for me is Best and Lov saying they can fill Carrolls boots, neither are good enough. I hope we get shot of both of them in the summer

  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Fergie

    spot on

  • chuck

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Fergie & Monk
    Niether of you presented a valid argument in regard to the Arsenal game..
    Are you saying the team just went out and played without any tactical instruction from Pardew ?
    If so I dont even want to discuss it with you as you obvioyusly know nothing about the game.
    If in fact the team has improved of late , it`s probably down to Carver`s coaching or familiarity .

  • fergie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    obvioyusly not.

  • NUFCmagpie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #19

    @ chuck

    have you heard nothing of what happened at the arsenal game? the players were upset about their sh*t performance at the Cottage and Pardew gave them an speech that i wish i could’ve been there to hear. i heard a commentator say that it was so loud the arsenal players could hear it in their dressing room. i think Pardew has done a fantastic job and am glad he talked to Fergie and the scot told him to come up north east.

  • fergie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #20

    The Arsenal game was a freak result. If you’re going to slate Pardew for the first half then you have to give him credit for the second half. Personally I don’t believe he had that much to do with either. The players got themselves into the sh*t and they got themselves out of it. But you’re blinkered and obsessed with the Arsenal game. How about all the other performances of late or are you really so narrow minded that your opinion on a manager comes from 45 minutes of football?

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Mielai užsuksiu, Drago. Gaila, kad nedaug lietuvi? palaiko NEWCASTLE UNITED.. BLACK AND WHITE 4 ever!

  • sinicols9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Chuck….you need to wake up mate..if you can honestly say you havent seen a marked improvement in our team since Pardew took over then your obviously watching a different team….All local press reports say that the players are loving working with Pardew and that the hard work he puts into preparation is paying off. Stop being so narrow minded and give him and the team credit they deserve

  • Robson Wonderland

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I have a bit of sympathy for chuck in that I do think Pardew got it horribly wrong first half against Arsenal. We tried to squeeze them when most teams have had joy from sitting deep, congesting the middle and making them play down the flanks. However, you have to give him huge credit for the half time team talk as it worked a treat!

    I also think that we have reaped the benefits of Pardew’s thinking regarding the full backs. He has clearly encouraged them to get forward more and as a result Enrique in particular has looked sensational in the last 2 games. I think he’s a weapon we didn’t use enough prior to Pardew and now we’re getting the best out of him.

    So on the whole I think he’s done pretty well.

    Still early days though 😉

  • supervil

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Chuck & Cyprus are the kind of fans we can do without.

    Nice to see most of you’s are having a go at them. Let’s keep up the positive vibes, give the lads proper support and, most importantly, time! Loven and Best showed that last night, all they need are games. Pardew also needs time… so far, he’s done very little wrong.


  • lekech

    Feb 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Let’s not forget the contribution of a certain John Carver.

  • chuck

    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Who the f*ck made you judge and jury as to what kind of fans that can be done without and who the f*ck is “WE”
    In fact it`s morons like yourself that show no respect for opinions , other than your own , THE BLOG can do without.
    And should`nt you be doing your homework anyway?


    Feb 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #27

    What has happened to Jose? he has learned how to cross the ball, keep up the good work and well done the front two for proving their worth to our cause.
    Next job for Pardew is to help Ranger find the back of the net and move on to the next level of his development.
    Will we be in Europe next year (amazing) and if we are how much money can we earn.

  • Davies

    Feb 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Chuck’s right. It’s not for anybody here to say who should or shouldn’t be accepted as a fan, no matter how much of a knob end they make themselves look with their ignorant and UNSUPPORTIVE comments.

    I think there’s been a very clear improvement this year and it would appear that the players are behind the manager.

    If you haven’t noticed, perhaps you haven’t been watching.


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