Pardew, Nolan, Ashley And Llambias All Pulling In Same Direction


There was good news on Friday with the great Cheick Tiote signing a new six and a half year deal at the club, and John Carver committing to be Alan Pardew’s assistant for the next five and a half years.

Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley – now in for the long haul

Stability at Newcastle is not something the club has been  famous for, and since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United in the summer of 2007, Newcastle have had Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Hughton and Pardew as their manager.

That’s six managers in 44 months – which averages out to just over 7 months each each.

So the fact that Alan Pardew is looking to the future and negotiated a deal to manage the famous club though the summer of 2016, may indicate that calmer waters lie ahead for the club – but that’s got to be a big maybe.

But Alan has certainly impressed in his short time on Tyneside, in many different ways, and has already shown he plans to have Newcastle be an attacking side. like in days of old.

Alan showed that again after 65 minutes on Saturday afternoon, when he put on two strikers to try to win the game for Newcastle, even though the lads were then down to 10 men.

But after coming back from 4-0 down against Arsenal in one of Newcastle greatest ever second half performances, anything is possible at St. James’ Park these days – anything.

Depending on which way you want to look at it – the glass is half-full or half-empty at Newcastle at the moment or as the English commentators often say – at this moment in time. (where did that phrase come from?  – it’s never used in the US).

On the half-full side there are lots of things which seem to be being done on Newcastle, which augers for a bright future.

Newcastle have built a canny squad with some stellar buys like Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Ben Arfa and Danny Simpson,  and have lots of  excellent youngsters coming though the ranks like Nike Ranger and Haris Vuckic to name but two.

And Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has even come out and praised club owner Mike Ashley and his Managing Director Derek Llambias, for signing up the two men to long term stays on Tyneside.

This is what Kevin said today:

“I hope and I think that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are in it for the long haul here,”

“We’re all working together to get Newcastle back where it belongs. It’s going to be bit by bit and we can’t get carried away.”

“But it will be nice when they get us back. They can sit and smile knowing they’ve worked so hard.”

We need to see players like Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan himself sign up for long term deals, and we think that will generally happen.

But we have that sneaking suspicion that Jose has already left Tyneside – to at least that’s where his mind is – and we’d now be very surprised if Jose signs a new contract at Newcastle.

We expect him to be on his way in the summer, but it’s just a pity the club couldn’t get him on a new deal, so they could get at least double the money for him in the summer.

That could even be possible if Jose explains to his agent  that he’ll be paid twice – one for the Newcastle deal, and then when and if Jose moves on to Liverpool or AC Milan in the summer months. He’ll jump at that! 😀

We always have to remember at the Newcastle club that whoever the player is, and that includes local lad Andy Carroll, that we only want players who want to be at Newcastle, and if they want to move on for more money or whatever – so be it.

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17 comments so far

  • Magforlife

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    calm waters at Newcastle seems odd 🙂
    I think the Titanic was in calm waters until it hit ice, with the fat man at the helm you always need to look over your shoulder

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  • Davies

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    My convern is that, when Nolan gets a new contract offer, it’ll be a shorter deal because of his age. I can see why the club are thinking this way, but they’ll really need to jkeep Nolan sweet. He holds things together very nicely for us.

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  • ascot7

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    About Enriche, he want’s to win with A-C Milan; and Ncle, will cash in. The club will now stabilise itself, but poaching top clubs, ashley will have to watch. They do not care about Ncle, only about the player they are hungry for ! also about Tayler, he may of needed another 3 week holliday, players do that you know.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think his agent needs to have it explained about double payments. Thing is Jose (or his agent) knows if he signs Newcastle can turn down every offer (no matter how stupid) for him. Without a new contract, We will accept a decent offer, rather than get nothing next year.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    So be it… No one is unchangable. NO ONE. it’s all about team spirit and will to win.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Magforlife, If the iceberg had been aft, then the Titanic wouldn’t have hit it.

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  • Sav

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    In fairness, that’s not the same case with Barton. He doesn’t want more money. Reputedly he will accept less. But he does want a little bit of security, to know he is wanted and a settled life which is probably more important to him for his own personal redemption, than for the likes of young bloods like Jose who are likely to follow the money.
    If I were a rich fat cockney, I’d give Barton a 3 year contract to get the best out of him. To me he’s at least as influential on the pitch as Nolan.

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  • curmon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Article in the daily Mail about Tiote turning down a move to Chelsea on the last day of the transfer window. What is so scary about this is the implication that fatash wanted to sell hum but the player turned the opportunity down.

    This blows a big hole in all of the supposed togetherness B******* in this article.

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Those words of Nolan’s are really a good example of captaincy, leadership and psychology….. they underline the fact that any responsibility for failing to deliver rests fully with Mr Llambias and Mr Ashley!

    It’s a nice way of saying let’s see signs of ambition, investment and further development.

    Same message as Jose’s and Jonas’ but delivered with a different spin.

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #10

    curmon, you’re assumingt that there actually was an offer from Chelsea to turn down.

    Could it not be anything more than Cheick saying that he’s happy at Newcastle and aint keen on the hurly burly of life in Lonn?

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    News tip chaps;
    Pardew is in France today, (he was sitting behind my brother, on his flight from Newcastle to Paris last night) hopefully he is discussing terms with the representatives of Gervinho at Lille. Nice to see he is actively involved, and we can only hope to get in ther nice and early ahead of the scousers etc. Quietly going about building a decent side around the better players in our squad. It is best not to contemplate losing players when big bids come in, Man Utd proved that even they could not keep hold of Ronaldo, so whats the difference. If you build it ( a strong team) they will come.

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  • lesh

    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Lynxie.

    Maybe Pards was going to Paris to watch England twank France at rugby!!

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  • bills-son

    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13

    curmon – fatash wanted to sell Tiote?

    If he had mate he would have accepted an offer and helicoptered him down to the Bridge – in those circumstances Tiote would have left whether he wanted to stay or not.

    The simply fact is MA DIDN’T want to sell him. And he has shown and proven that even more by giving him a 6.5 year contract and £50K a week.

    Why don’t the likes of you think before you post?

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    we wilss sell Tiote in about 3 years when his profit reaches it’s maximum potenial (unless we get a stupid offer like we did for AC). And I’m not moaning about this.

    As for Joey, he is playing blindingly at the moment and yes I hope he stays but the club have offered him 2 year extension (3 years from now) and he wants 3 year extension (4 years from now). The club are being sensible, we had Nicky Butt on big wages well passed his sell by date and Alan Smith now. Joey is a star but will he still be the same player in 4 years? Will he be worth £2.5m a year???? No one knows, but that £2.5m is money that can’t be spent in the future. For too long we have thought short term, the club is being sensible.

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  • lobacka

    Feb 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    stuckdownsouth,
    spot on dude, if he wants to play for us he’ll accept a 2 year extension and if he’s still playing well i’m sure he would be offered another year so he shouldn’t be complaining about not getting a 3 year

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    stuckdownsouth
    we all know contracts mean f/all in football , 2years,3,4,5, means nothing you can get rid of anybody if you want to , SO, why dosent fat tw.t give joey a 3,4,5 year deal, what differance does it make?, keep him happy for now,let him sign, sell him in 2,3years, OR is he forcing him out? i really dont know, but is that something he could do , or am i really missing something here

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  • spanishtoon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #17

    if birmingham can do it why not us? including oba’s silly grin
    http://www.nufcnews.com/?p=60

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