Good Players Still Want To Come To Newcastle

Alan Pardew seems desperate to become a success as the manager of Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew – players still want to come to Newcastle

And that’s hardly surprising for a manager who must have thought his time as a Premier league manager were over, when he was sacked by West Ham back in December of 2006.

Pardew is looking at the summer transfer window as being crucial to his success, and he’s trying to ensure the Newcastle scouts do their job thoroughly, and that Newcastle can bring in the class of player, Newcastle fans want to see.

One of the aspects of the team he wants to improve is the speed of the team, and it’s not surprising Newcastle have already been linked with a number of speedy wingers.

This is what Pardew said today:

“It’s something I would look for in the summer, that we increase the pace of the team,” “The teams I built at Reading and West Ham were around high energy and speed and there were times on the touchline I wanted a bit more of that.”

“You have to have the kind of player at Newcastle that gets people off their seats. We’ve really, really worked hard to get the points we’ve got without perhaps having that special player to unlock the door. Against Blackburn if we’d had Ben Arfa, I think we would have won.”

“The pool isn’t big if your agenda is young players who fit into our wage structure,”  “We’ll be in the same field as Marseilles, Villa, Everton and Tottenham so you’ve got to bypass all the barriers to get somebody like Cheick Tioté. They’re out there but you’ve got to work really, really hard.”

“But the players I’ve approached would love to come to play with 52,000 roaring them on. If I’d ever had the chance to play on this stage, you’ve got to grab it.”

“You can see players who’ve got a chance of Champions League football in France, Belgium and Holland playing in front of 10,000 people week in, week out. Here you can play every weekend in front of 50,000 and you’ve got to be inspired by that.”

“I don’t think I’m going to win the fans over until they see we’re a Premier League club next year and a kind of rebuilding of the team,” “There are times when I say to Mike that he should speak to the fans, but it’s not in him. But he genuinely wants to prove he can make this a success.”

It’s interesting that Alan Pardew thinks the owner should speak more to the Newcastle fans, and if he will not, then hopefully he will give Alan the license to speak for him – and that could work.

That’s also a huge compliment about Ben Arfa, who is thankfully due back at Newcastle, ready to train with the first team next Monday, because sometimes to win a game you need that extra bit of class over journeyman sides.

But against Blackburn. both Newcastle and the home team looked like journeyman sides, and even though Newcastle had most of the play, we didn’t have the class to get that one goal that would have given us an extra two points.

That point against Newcastle is only the second point Blackburn have gained in their last 6 games, so four other teams have managed to beat Blackburn in that time.

And we all know that Newcastle fans sometimes get down on their side – and that happens after two successive defeats,  for example.


So it’s good to hear the Newcastle club still has a great name in Europe, and that players want to come to Tyneside to play in front of a fanatical 52,000 home crowd, which is only bettered in size in the Premier League, by Manchester United and Arsenal.

Those clubs happen to be first and second in the league right now – interestingly enough.

Howay The Lads!!

4 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Really, why am i not surprised.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Ed but you are going to have to modify the 52,000 bit, we have only cracked the 50,000 barrier six times this season.

    We did not even fill the ground for the game against the mackems we were officially 51,988

    I understand that was prob down to a few hundred mackems already knowing they were going to get a real humping so did not fill the away seats but it is still a long time since we have seated 52,000.

    When we get back to being an entertaining draw for visiting fans then we will be back to full houses, but at the moment we just have to accept the fact that we only fill the ground to 90% of capacity and that is something we (the club) have to work on. It is not all that long ago when we used to have 99+% bums on seats and we can get back to that.

    If it was playing in front of big crowds that players were interested in then the Bundesliga is the place to play.

  • Drona

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    This interview says alot about Ashley and Pardew. Pardew knows that the owner should speak to the owners but well, some people don’t like to talk and I think Pardew will be the voice of the club now, and not Ashley. Come on Pards ! Get us a win against wolves and villa and we’ll know what you’re made of

  • AndyMac

    Mar 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    “I don’t think I’m going to win the fans over until they see we’re a Premier League club next year”

    or, more likely, when hell freezes over 🙂

    The rest of the incompetent managers we’ve had down the years were at least less verbose. Whereas you just cannot shut this bloke up.

    I agree with Rotonda what does he say that has any value ?


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