Don’t Blame Pardew – He’s Working Within Strict Constraints


We’re just a little surprised the Newcastle manager has come in for so much heat from some Newcastle fans.

Alan Pardew – working within strict financial constraints

Alan Pardew, when he signed on last December will have been told how things operated at Newcastle, and what he was expected to do as part of his job as manager of Newcastle United.

We thought Alan made a good start at Newcastle, and seemed to realize in January that when bids were presumably coming in for top players like Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote, amongst others, he came to the conclusion that one important thing was to tie down the best players at the club. Good call.

In January those players included Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote  and Joey Barton – probably five of Newcastle’s very best players last season.

And in January Alan kept telling anybody who would listen to him, that Newcastle would not sell And Carroll,  and then the unbelievable happened,  and Andy was gone to Liverpool – for £35M.

Alan didn’t look good, but it was not his decision to sell the player, it was essentially Mike Ashley’s decision, and £35M was an unbelievable price  for a player still unproven in the Premier League.

Alan then said he wanted Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote  and Jose Enrique tied down to long term contracts at Newcastle, but the only one to sign along the dotted line has been Check Tiote.

It turned out that Joey Barton and Jose Enrique were both turned off by Newcastle selling Andy, and they questioned Newcastle’s ambition.

As it has turned out, Newcastle finally withdrew Joey’s deal that was on the table  in early June, and told Barton and his agent that he would not be getting a new deal.

Jose Enrique balked at having discussions on a new contract, and it’s now clear he wants to move elsewhere, as he made only too clear last night via his tweets.

And Kevin Nolan seemed so close to signing a new deal but never did.

And then he surprisingly moved out last month when he could get the Newcastle hierarchy to give him a five year deal to stay on Tyneside.

In five years Kevin would be 33 years old, and Alan Pardew had said that Ben Arfa was going to play in the laid back striker position that Kevin had done so well in,  over the last two seasons,  when he scored 30 goals.

We think Kevin saw the writing on the wall,  that his place would be under severe pressure next season from both Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye.

Alan Pardew does not run the Newcastle club,  he simply runs the playing side of the club, and he doesn’t decide who gets to leave the club, or even who comes into the club.

While Pardew identifies players he wants in, Mike Ashley then decides if Newcastle will sign those players, depending on how much they will cost and what their wages will be.

And as it turned out this summer,  two players Alan was very keen on – Charles N’Zogbia and Daniel Sturridge – were too expensive for Newcastle, and that was hardly Alan’s fault.

Alan is simply living within the rather strict financial guidelines he is operating under on Tyneside, and it seems to us to be doing his very best, in what is hardly an easy situation for him to be in.

Pardew is also the only one at the club who regularly talks to the fans and the press, and he is often asked questions that should really be answered by Derek LLambias, and not Alan himself.

We remember well on February 1st, that he was left to explain to the press why And Carroll was sold – where was Derek LLambias?

We never hear much at all from Derek LLambias or Mike Ashley – well we did hear from Mike in September of 2009 as I recall, when he said he was going to sell the club,  almost forgot about that one.

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So it seems just a little disingenuous on Alan Pardew to level all the criticism at the manager, and from what we can tell, the man’s  doing his very best to make Newcastle into  a great side again.

But you have to remember he is working within the limits Mike Ashley has set for him and the club, and at least financially, they appear to be rather strict at the moment.

That’s really the way it is.

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225 comments so far

  • north east lincs toon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #1

    1St

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  • gorgonzola

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #2

    who cares 🙂

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #3

    pardew is a puppet and has not got a clue

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #4

    ashley pardew and lambiarse out the lies just keep rolling of each and every single 1 of there tungs

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  • boater

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think anyone refers to Pardew as anything other than a patsy, yes-man, mouth-piece, crony or fall guy. He is all of the above.

    He took the on certain terms, i.e. to oversee a rebuild – or dismantling depending on where you stand. He is a salary man – who won’t ask questions or upset the apple cart.

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s in danger of losing the respect of the players, some would say he already has, that’s when things become dicey.

    How can we expect the players to respect him, when he waffles falsehoods and flippant remarks, day in day out?

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  • geoff777

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    He assured us Carroll wouldn’t be sold …

    He assured us the day after Carroll’s sale the 35M would be invested on players.

    “I said to Mike: ‘Look, this money has to be reinvested in the team. All of it,'” Pardew said. “And he assured me of that. That is the most important message I can give Newcastle fans today. I talked to Mike 15 minutes ago to clarify that and he was pretty clear. The money will be Andy’s legacy to the team.”

    He’s a real NUFC legend Ed …. lying little puppet.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    At the end of the day, he takes training and picks the team. Or does he?

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #9

    AP is doing his best but transfer business is not under his control. He is far better than Big Sam, G.Souness, J.Kinear & R.Gullit

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #10

    toonruz, you have sum cheek calling others liers,, wat happend to gervinho cumn in n if he duznt youl leave the blog,, you sed you wnt be back on till he signs sooooo…. pot kettle n black spring to mind

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  • roy cropper

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #11

    spineless b@stard springs to mind!

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  • AMEOBI

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Why the hate on Pardew? Ed is right.
    Its ashley and lambias not Pardew..

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #13

    @ toonruz

    On a blog which has more than it’s fair share of idiots you stand out as one of the worst. I can only imagine that either you age or your IQ is 14.

    @ boater

    I don’t refer to him as any of those things. He wouldn’t have been my first choice for the job, but he got it so as long as he’s here and doing a pretty decent job I’ll refer to him as our manager and nothing else.

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  • TheHeyman

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #14

    After Hughton was stabbed in the back, I did not know what to make of Pardew. Keegan stated that he is a good lad and so I decided to accept him.

    However, clearly Pardew has little say on transfers and therefore believe Pardew only has opinions on what is happening at the club and so it appears he contradicts himself.

    Treat everything he says with a pinch of salt!

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    mr.T…iote

    y do u keep lying for what i said was i would admit i was wrong which i said a few times now i never ever said i would stop comeing on here u lyer

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  • TOON-CHRIS

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

    ED i agree and disagree with you here… he is a puppet to ashley and will not stand up to him n he wont beg but then he is under strict circumstances as ashley is as tight as a virgins pussy!

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #17

    mr.T…iote
    and its not the first time u said that and ive ansered u the same thing

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #18

    mr.T…iote
    so y dont u go away and stop sounding like a broken down record player on repeat u sado

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    IrishMagpie
    in what right have u got to call me a idiot at least i go to games home and away i pay my money like every body else i all so a right to my opinion

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  • hartoon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #20

    miss chriss hughton so much now …
    please for the love of the toon don’t sign erding.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #21

    @toonruz // Jul 25, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    You did say you’ll leave the blog. Your just as worse as Pardew and Ashley. A lying fool who can’t remember your lies.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe if we knew how close we have been to not having a club we wouldn’t be asking to chuck money at it.

    You can’t go from Championship to challenging for champions league in a season. Slow growth is the best way to secure the future of our club.

    We all know footballers are on ridiculous wages and it just isn’t sustainable. That is why we are trying to buy quality at the best value.

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  • Smooth moves Shola

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Temuri – that’s not the issue….

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  • MacToon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Would rather Pardew kept to basic footballing matters and avoid telling us lies, ok he may have been undermined by those above him but he’s not learning…. ie. big squad.. small squad…. etc.

    Can hardly have much sympsthy for him.

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #25

    haha yer am a lier,, wud any1 care to back me up,, did he say he wud stay of here till he signed

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #26

    ilovetoon8788
    i did not mate u get me the proof i said that and i leave but i can assure u that i would not of said that because i know what i told people , u asked me to leave and i said no i wont and i would admit i was wrong , which i did its u lot that is lying ,

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #27

    It is if you think selling Carroll for £35m isn’t good for the club. It’s one of the highest ever fees and in a time of recession. He’s played very few games in the prem and we can use it to improve the team and secure the future of the club.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #28

    and geordieGerman, you reply addressed to me was answered by geoff77:

    geoff777 // Jul 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    @GeordieGerman “allez les gars!”

    Mactoon was agreeing with my post #69
    Which wasn’t an opinion.

    So I don’t know where your venomous post #81 came from.

    —————————————–

    My point Geordie German was that people were talking about subjects they obviously had little knowledge of and therefore I called them ignorant.
    Your reply to me actually showed you had little understanding of the conversation we were engaged in about the changing of the Liverpool owners, therefore you showed your ignorance in the reply you directed at me 😉

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #29

    n toonruz,,, out of the 2 of us your the bigger sado chuk,, i dnt cumon here pretending am alan thompsons rent boy to make me think i av m8s

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #30

    mr.T…iote
    go back to school u child ive been comeing on here for years your not worth talking to

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #31

    toonruz & mr.T…iote , relax friends. we are all NUFC FANs, i know we are all digusted by the way the club being managed (lack of transfers activities & failing to keep our best players).Still we must support the team. Mr Fatshley and DamnArse are not the team.

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  • IndianapolisToon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m going to start taking a drink every time I see someone describe Pardew as a puppet or yes man and see how long it takes me to get drunk.

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #33

    mr.T…iote
    that was not a lye twit , thats the truth my mate knows thompson and thats what he said , ashley and co lyed to staff inside the club about players they were after . but am not on here to argue with any body like u childish lot

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    For those of you calling Alan Pardew a puppet, etc,, what precisely would you have him do? If he called Mike Ashley a lying sack of camel feces, he’s out of a job. No manager can simply defy the owner of the club and expect to be gainfully employed the next morning. Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United. This is most unfortunate for the club and its fans and its players and its manager. NO MANAGER can simply call out his boss. We are all under the yoke of MA–no way out except new ownership with deeper pockets.

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35

    @ toonruz

    I call you an idiot for two reasons.

    1. You seem to be negative no matter what happens, your calling our manager all sorts of names. Maybe you know Pardew personally and find him to be a puppet who hasn’t got a clue in which case i apologize. Doubt it though. Also this “Lambiarse” thing people go on about is like something i’d expect from a 10yr old.

    2. Your grammar, spelling and language skills are desperate. I can only think English is your 2nd language and one you don’t speak very often.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    IndianapolisToon, you’ll be legless by 6pm GMT 😉 because Pardew’s a puppet lmao

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  • geoff777

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    lol … everyone’s spat their dummies out of their prams today …

    Chill boys … 37 days for Ashley to spend 35M …

    Pardew’s assured us …

    “I said to Mike: ‘Look, this money has to be reinvested in the team. All of it,’” Pardew said. “And he assured me of that. That is the most important message I can give Newcastle fans today. I talked to Mike 15 minutes ago to clarify that and he was pretty clear. The money will be Andy’s legacy to the team.”

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  • MacToon

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Seriously though, Pardew is not NUFC manager, he is the coach of NUFC.

    I assume he understood this when he accepted the job but I cannot take him lying for his employers and hope he stops asap.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I see that broken record has been playing all day then?

    Surely one of you could’ve took it off the player?

    PS. Just to stick my oar in, toonruz did say he’d leave the blog if he was wrong.

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  • toonruz

    Jul 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #40

    IrishMagpie
    well dont u keep your opinions to your self and stop calling people u dont know , i live in newcastle , i go home and away i pay lots of money to watch nufc year in and out and what do i get in return lies upon lies off our stupid owner that does not have a clue , i am not the only 1 that travels to away games and thinks the same , we are fed up and we want change

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