Alan Pardew Is Proving Us Very Wrong – And That’s Good!

Alan Pardew will try to win every single game of the  11 games left in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew – has done very well so far

Well that’s good to hear, but we’d be disappointed if he did anything less than that.

We are not big believers in teams that go away from home, and play for a draw, because to us that’s just cutting the number of points you are playing for, and at least this season anything seems possible in the Premier League.

Those same teams probably would have just given up if they found themselves 4-0 down at home to Arsenal after 26 minutes – they would have gone into damage limitation as the  TV commentators are so fond of talking about.

Damage limitation is that you give up trying to win, but try to limit the loss to be at least respectable – how’s that for positive thinking and courageous play?

Who could ever have thought that Newcastle could win at the Emirates last year, and end up taking a full 4 points from the Arsenal? You have to think that it’s possible first,  before you can make it possible.

And it was good to see Arsenal beat Stoke 1-0 at the Emirates last night, which keeps Stoke 2 points behind Newcastle, with each having played 27 games.

Stoke could have moved above the Magpies with a win, and we still have to play at Stoke on March 19th, so that will be a big game.

By now we all know that the Bolton game is really important and looks even like a watershed game, and a win could see Newcastle really in the business of qualifying for Europe – amazing though that seems.

This is what Pardew said today:

“In most games we have been very competitive and got good results,”

“That’s what you have to do at a club like this. Whoever the opposition is. If it is Man United on April 16, I expect to win. I would expect us to win any game regardless of what team we put out.

“Best and Lovenkrands, you could argue, are our third and fourth choice when we had Carroll and Shola fit. Now Shola has a fight to get back in the team. That’s how it should be.”

As it turns out we think the lads will have a very decent chance of beating the Red Devils, because they have looked half the team away form Old Trafford this season.

And we will be a great opportunity for the lads to show what they are made of – and we should also be able to field our very best team, with any luck.

It seems to us that Alan Pardew is taking to the Newcastle manager position like a duck to water, and he seems perfectly fitted with his personality to be Newcastle manager.

He’s turned out to be a much better coach than we thought he was, and he seems to be doing some good things with the organization of the club on the playing side, and at least we’ll now have under-soil heating next season at the Benton training grounds.

We suspect he’s just like Chris Hughton before him, and he’s been inspired by the tremendous passion that is associated with the club on Tyneside, and around the world for that matter.

We hope so, because we were expecting nothing from the man when he arrived in December, but so far he’s proved us very wrong and is doing a very decent job.

And all credit to him for that.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • jettson

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    yes – i agree – performances are improving and defence at last is looking like a solid unit.
    My concern tho is still he may be just a puppet for MA !!
    If AP had any sense he would insist that Barton & Enrique are given the contracts that they want!!! time to build a strong team, not to dismantle one before it starts!!!

  • fungus44

    Feb 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    i see are saying cesspool are after Enrique annd they say it,s for 6 million ,not a chance for that i hope he don,t go

  • super bartooon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m sick and tired of hearing this puppet nonsense what has alan pardew done to being labelled as a puppet sell a mercenary and a sorry excuse of a geordie for 35m pounds who handed in a transfer request on deadline day who has not even once acknwoldged what newcastle have done for him would a puppet be granted to bring in two more technical analyst install a under heating to benton cut this conspiracy theories out and just support Newcastle United a large chunk of that 35m will be spent I can guarantee you that so until that have faith in what the man has been doing and get on to supporting this team HWTL

  • cg

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t we have a word filter on Judas? :/

  • fungus44

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    i think the pepole who say he,s a muppet think they can do a better job and tell Ashley how to run his bussnesses as they know how to do it better than a man that has saved our club being an other portsmouth ,he,s made mega million,s in what he doe,s so let them all get on with what they know best and stop slaging them off all the time

  • john_cena163

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Fk liverfool, giv us 50mill n take jose if ur desprate to get him.
    Hope we get a place in europe n nxt year we can try for champian league. Lol

  • toonturtle

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I have been pleasantly surprised by Pardew, I dont think you can fault the fella for what he has done.

  • Magforlife

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Lets judge him after the season has finished and into the next campaign. If we spend well in the summer and improve then all the credit goes to him. A lot of this team unity and spirit is from CH

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Superbartoon you should use full stops and other forms of punctuation so that deciphering your posts is a bit easier.

  • jettson

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I said that ‘he still may be’!
    we will know more in summer, wen we will accordinging to AP + LLambias spend the 35m – until then I believe the jury is out, iv had seadon tkt last 22yr but I want to see a statement of intent!! who can honestly trust Ashley + LLambias???

  • Davies

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah, this puppet business is beginning to get on my knackers as well now. The man’s doing his job and I’m happy as long as we’re playing well and getting good results. When things don’t go our way, he is, at least, communicative about it. I like him.

    The core of people who haven’t taken to him seem to be those whose blind, seething, volcanic, idiotic hatred for the owner gives them the energy to stay awake and make continual complaint about something he did to annoy them around three years ago or something.

    I think we’re being pretty well run at the moment, though I admit I have my concerns about the next transfer window.

    Just to clarify, for anyone that wants to ask; no, I’m not Mike Ashley, I don’t work for him and I’m not a mackem.

  • scdoty

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Superbartoon & jetson

    Agree with both your comments, im sick of hearing people moaning about AP.
    I dont care if he is a puppet for MA, if he is then MA clearly know a bit abouot football now.

    I dont care is MA is only trying to make a profit then sell on. (At least he will be gone).

    The reason for both of them is, for the first time in a while im really enjoying watching us play. I look forward to the weekends. (which i used to dread). And everybody seems to be pulling in the same direction. And that includes MA. Love him or hate him, were looking good thanks to him and AP.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    fungus44 that Liverpool angle’s the one that appeared the other week – they’re obviously a bit slow in recognising yesterday’s news!

    Trouble is though, the more that pap appears, the more credence it gains and it’s really up to Jose to commit himself and kill the rumour stone dead!

  • nufc_mad

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    we need to get behind this man, and give him the toon support, he’s doing a good job, at the end of the day none of us really know what’s going on behind the scenes, we can only speculate, and does this really matter what goes on behind closed doors, what we care about about is how we play on the field and the results let them do there job and for us to do ours which is being the toon army.

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Really echoing what is said here…but nice piece Ed..

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    scdoty steady up there we are playing good football but before you go throwing any bunches of flowers in his direction wait and see what effect all this is having on barton come saturday cause for a club who only communicates through a media officer there sure is a lot of shit getting leaked.

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    MA THAT IS NOT AP pardew is doing a great job not so sure about cashleys desire to improve the club football wise i think hes looking for a good buisness model

  • nufc_mad

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    how do we know that any of this ‘Barton problems’ have any truth behind it, this could and most probably is the press just trying to make money by publishing false articles, like the other young lad who also name is Barton from a lower league that had interest from other clubs, but just because he shares the same name it was linked with joey Barton. just so that the story could hit more hits.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    we cannot judge Pardew this season, as by his own admission he did not change much, the time to judge is this time next season, and anyone that has an opinion that he’s a puppet, that will become clear in time and those opinions are not a problem, the more intelligent on here will not have a problem with that, as being called a puppet will not affect Pardew’s carrier, or the Newcastle job, what could be a problem if everyone starts to talk him up to levels he’s not likely to reach, we have to keep a balanced view on things, Pardews doing ok he’s steadily moving forwards, next season will be the time to make up minds as all the preparation’s will be Pardew’s, and hopefully we will keep our best core players and add some new ones, my hopes are for a repeat of last year, and the major part of the money invested in attracting the best young kids, as this is the way forward, for me Pardew’s done well so far by not making changes to quickly, he’s never been a world beater, HE’S NEVER BEEN AT A TOP CLUB.

  • bills-son

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    The Pardew puppet brigade are the real muppets.

    If anything AP has too much too say not too little. I don’t doubt he has agreed with MA how he will manage and what he will and will not accept from MA.

    On player transfers … if a player wants to stay and is happy with his wages I have no doubt Pardew will have the final say if an offer is made. If the player is not happy and/or wants bigger wages and/or wants a contract that takes him beyond the age MA has agreed wit AP – MA’s rules will apply.

    Thats not being a muppet – its understanding that you don’t own the club and have to accept working conditions like any other salaried employee.

  • hadthetshirt

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    @ bills-son spot on.

    I think Pardew has done a decent job in the short space of time he has been here.I would rather have him than Souness or Dalglish,who have been at big clubs.I’d rather have him than Big Sam,Bruce,or Joke in here.As for this being CH’s team fair enough but would CH’s team talk have got us a point v Arsenal I somehow doubt it.Give the guy a wee bit of credit,and what if he does a good job next season some will still call him a puppet.

    ps Ed nice to see none of the charva’s saying 1st well done.

  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Doubt if we can hang onto Enrique, the grass is greener at Anfield and the paycheck larger.
    We should have extended his contract six months ago, before he had his head turned.
    What does that say about management ?
    Not Pardew, the two top football genius`s.
    Next to go will be Joey, they will force him out by offering a two tear contract, there`s no limit to how these guys can screw up.
    But hey whadda ya expect, what does a retailer from the rag trade and a Casino refugee know about football ?
    They look at Arsenal and think, hey we can do that, yeah right !
    It`s in the details that they lack expertise and should have hired a football guy long ago, not a threadneedle money guy or a casino oddsmaker, it`s football, which has it`s own expertise.
    but hey whadda i know !


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