Alan Pardew Silence Coming Over Loud And Clear

If you read between the  lines of the local reports coming out of Newcastle since Wednesday’s failure to sign a  top striker, you could make the case that Alan Pardew is furious with the Newcastle Board.

Alan Pardew – less than happy with Newcastle Board?

That contrasts big time with Pardew’s mood when Newcastle signed 20 year-old  Davide Santon on Tuesday night, as Alan was all smiles and clearly delighted that Newcastle had captured such a great young player.

The news is that Alan Pardew refused to go before the press after Wednesday,  to explain yet another embarrassment, as he had done before, when Newcastle surprisingly sold local striker Andy Carroll in January, after Pardew had told everybody throughout January the lad was going nowhere.

And the Sunday Sun is reporting today there have been meetings between Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board to get some mutual understanding on where the club is going, and it seems that the next time we will hear from the Newcastle manager could be next Thursday when he gives his usual press conference.

Of course at that time he will be inundated with questions about what happened last Wednesday, but maybe the anger of the Newcastle fans will have died down a bit by then – maybe.

Pardew will have known Newcastle’s policy was to sign good young players, before he signed on last December, and that the club wanted to make good deals.

But it appears that when it came to signing a top striker, Newcastle simply failed because they were unwilling to meet the transfer price, which were a fraction of what they received for Andy Carroll last January.

It’s small wonder that some clubs like French club Sochaux as just one example, became just a little fed up with the Tyneside club.

If Pardew wasn’t so mature, he could well have thrown his dummy out of the pram, as has happened with other managers under Mike Ashley – notably Kevin Keegan – the one with the huge ego, who even walked out on England without any notice after a defeat at Wembley by Germany.

But to be fair to Keegan, he was lied to by the Newcastle Board and messed around, and the club later admitted that when they said Keegan had control of all transfers, that was simply PR.

We know there are a number of fans who think Pardew is simply a puppet of Ashley’s, but these talks, which we understand were intense following Wednesday night’s bumblings, would not have taken place if Pardew was simply a puppet of Ashley’s.

And even Joey Barton has said Pardew is a strong character and hardly  a puppet of anybodys.

Of course Alan continues to be under big constraints at  Newcastle, and the news is that he wanted to sign some older players with experience during the summer, but was turned down.

And the surprising news today from The Sunday Sun is that the potential  loan move for Federico Macheda was also blocked by the Newcastle Board.

We thought that was the fall-back position if the club failed to sign a striker on a permanent basis, but we suppose that just wasn’t the case.

And so, after going after as many as five strikers on Wednesday, the club ended up with none,  and there’ a a case  to be made that the Newcastle Board showed gross incompetence on the last day of the transfer window.

The good news would be if they follow up on some of those failed deals, and reach some agreements now, and then have the deals completed in early January.

It would be very nice if say Modibo Maiga and Erik Pieters arrive at Newcastle in early January, and maybe Pardew has got some firm agreements out of the Newcastle Board after Wednesday’s events – maybe.

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • geordiefinn

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    can see them going after barnetta in january.

  • Marco Albertz

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    More playing time for Sammy Ameobi. Obviously the board doesn’t believe in loan players.

  • LewSpi

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Good on him.

  • joppadoni

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    we could still get someone in on loan. as always time will tell

  • joppadoni

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    newcastleunited-mad are getting so bad with the BS now its bordering liable…

  • woodsee

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Obviously not quite annoyed enough to tell the heirarchy to get stuffed even though it would seem hes been lied to as many times as us.

  • mattnufc

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Looking forward to an interesting press conference. Hopefully, Pardew wont deflect too many questions like he usually does.
    Hope you’re doing well Ed.

  • cla5hb0y68

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    It must be extremely frustrating for Pardew. It’s the equivalent of a fully qualified, time served electrician with years of experience, being told by a boss with absolutely no knowledge of electrical work, how to do his job! Only in football.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    How do we get someone in on loan joppa?

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew’s silence says it all really, at last he’s learning from his past mistakes of being drawn into the propoganda spun from the heirarchy.
    Maybe the change of policy at the top to answer fans questions in the Chronicle is as a result of Pardew’s discussions with MA nd DL?
    Its about time someone made them account for their actions and explain

  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11

    As I see it there are two options 1) we are ok in January – therefore we dont need any more players or 2) We are struggling and no one wants to join – unless for a large fee / wage.

    For all of those that see the ‘support the team’ is the ulitmate you need to wake up and smell the coffee. We will necer move forward whislt FAtman and Co are in charge (we may even have a UEFA transfer ban in place due to the wreckless way we do business – AP even met Gamerio !!!!! without agree a fee is an illegal approach).

    AS KK said on the sale of A.Cole – you sometimes have to step back to mone forward – boycoot the club and starve teh Fatman of cash – perhaps it wont take too long – but by attending and buying merchandise you are prolomging the agony of this regime

  • ganiyu

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Do we really need a striker???what about the youth policy plan???
    Lets support the team we have and forget about new signing till january if it would matter.

  • ramboreilly

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    If pardew threatened to resign,they would just accept his resignation,it would save them money.They would then get someone who did what they were told.
    If he stays and we struggle,because we have a small squad,he will be sacked,like hughton was.
    If the p[layers play will individually and as a team they will be sold either in january or the summer.Pardew is in a lose lose situation,and pardew thought the job was too good to be true.

  • Mags

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #14

    When will people understand that we canna get loan players!

    The best is to go for a freebie!!!!!!!

  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Ok ganiyu – name one striker at hte club who you think will get us a guaranteed 20+ goals

  • peaKotrain

    Sep 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardon my ignorance here guys but isnt that the umpteenth time someones said boycott? Its plain to see it doesnt work, its a case of supporting your football team at the end of the day not the board. I would rather watch my Newcastle in any division of football and Mike Ashley cant deprive me of that at all.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    If I were Pardew, from now on I would be saying things like: “The board has agreed….”, “Mike has said…..”, “I have been told that….” etc.
    At least he wouldn’t be lying to the fans personally then.
    I’m not his biggest fan but I do feel sorry for him having to work and speak for The Gruesome Twosome.

  • CynicalasEva

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    peaK – why not – its never been done at SJP!

    The ttrouble is there are too many suckers who are prepared to put up with

    Lack of investment in players
    Selling of any player for profit
    REnaming SJP
    Removal of the singing section
    REmoval of Hoots
    Lying to the fans and managers
    REplacing sign on hte east stand

    But of course with TRUE fans like yourself FATASH will continue to treat us like dirt and pocket the money.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Peak, I disagree, both the talk of boycott and the singing section did have an effect on both Ashley and Llambias.

    This isn’t an opinion, I know it for a fact.

    Also I am not neccesarily saying there should be a boycott before I’m accused!

  • wynsleap

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    CynicalasEva – I agree – a boycott is the ONLY way we can get through to this waste of space.
    Just two games with attendances no more than 10,000 would really shock and embarrass Ashley nationwide especially if the empty seats were draped with lettering saying eg. “You don’t give a stuff Ashley so why should we?”
    (Can’t take credit for the wording as someone has said something similar but thought it a great idea)

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Get James McFadden In On A free Until The End of the Season he is Only 28 and was a Good Player at Everton !!!

  • david130nufc

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #22

    10/11 Berbatov, Tevez 20 goals
    09/10 Drogba 29 Rooney 26, Bent 24, Tevez 23
    08/09 Anelka 19, Ronaldo 18
    07/08 Ronaldo 31, Adebayor Torres 24
    Don’t know where some people get this 20+ goals a season striker from all them from top 4-6 teams, we need a 10-15 goal a season striker and i personally think Ba and Best could get somewhere near that if they both stay fit. everyone should get behind the team especially at home! we have some very winnable game coming up in QPR, Villa, Forrest (Cup), Blackburn and Wolves we could be sitting very nice by the beginning of October

  • Cardboy

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Pardew doing okay with what he has to work with, no disrespect to the curent side intended. I personally think they should give the number nine shirt to someone for this season atleast. Leon best imo. The guy is strong and could well grow into the role. If he don’t come up with the goods then we’ll probably sell next year anyway. The fans want and need to see that shirt on the pitch.

  • wallsendken

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d love to Shit in Ashley’s Kettle

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Join us in our new initiative #revolutionnumber9 email or check us out on facebook

  • toony tempah

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #26

    This is litterally all speculation. Until Pardew has a press confrence we shall not know how he feels. How are his emotions making stories. As you said Ed he was delighted just the day before and from my experience Pardew is a very positive person, I doubt he will be crying too much about it…he i the kind of person who looks at the wider picture…we bought in Ba, Ben Arfa should be fit most of this season, Best apppears to be hitting a bit of form, Samiobi is coming through

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #27

    I wish people would stop encouraging others to boycot the club. It is very simple: if you boycott you will destroy the spirit of the club and the spirit of the players. In short, you (not Ashley) will be responsible for destroying the club.

    Will all these neggers be happy when we’re down in the 2nd Division like Leeds? Perhaps then they’ll be sitting in the stands saying “Well, looks like we won”.

    That kind of victory will DESTROY THE CLUB.

    Please just stop calling for boycotts. Support the team, the players, the manager and the toon. Let’s all unite to keep the club alive.

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #28

    To all those that call for a boycott:

    Imagine those fellas trapped in the mine in Chile. One of them starts saying “were it not for the management of the mines being careless and not giving a toss about health and safety we wouldn’t be here at all. Let’s boycott the bosses by refusing to get in the rescue pod. That’ll show them.”

    Then, as the leader breathes his last breath he declares “Well, looks like we won.”

    Bollocks! This is our club. We should unite together and BE POSITIVE. Support the players, the manager and the toon. Forget about Ashley.

    C’mon lads.

  • hartoon

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #29

    sad thing is if the board had the balls to sign either cisse or maiga then there could have been a chance to whitewash the past and for them to try establish a more public image with the clubs fanbase; thus bringing in alot more money into the club. ah well lets just keep hoping we get bought by some rich buisnessman oh wait screw that give me bill gates.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #30

    plastic Geordie-your name says it all.

    The spirit of the club is already being destroyed by Ashley. Us fans ARE the club not MA, not DL, not the transient players, us fans who represent the geordie nation-we are the only thing Newcastle that is left at NUFC, and the only thing that will always remain. Did protest destroy liverpool? These fans united to rid themselves of their own oppressive owner. The fact is Ashley is risking our top flight status anyway by using the club as a conveyor belt, selling for profit and undercutting on investment. It therefore stands that those who inject more wealth into his pocket are the ones who maintain this detrimental hold on our club and in effect contribute to our demise. There are ways and means though, those calling for boycott don’t always mean not going to the match-but compromise is possible, boycott his pies and shirts, merchandise and SD shops-Ashley will notice, he talks the language of money so the only way to talk is through this kind of boycott-we as fans need to keep our self-respect rather than relentlessly feeding the beast

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31


    Mate, my name is a joke based on the fact that I went to uni in London but other than that have spent my whole life born and bred in the toon and North East. My mates take the mick because of the London thing.

  • estechco

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #32

    As much as I’d like shot of the fat f**k, the simple reality is that if we can’t get a small number of fans on this blog to agree upon a way forward e.g. boycott v support the team, then you’ve no chance of pursuading the rest of the 50,000 matchday fans.

    Just look at the #bringbackthescarves campaign. Seemed to be gathering some momentum and yet I saw only a pitiful handful of them around me. The prawn sandwich brigade are all around us and too lazy to do anything controversial. Sadly MA has figured this out long ago.

    Well done AP for maintaining a dignified silence. Speaks volumes to me!

  • evildick

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #33

    this is football not neighbours! grow a spine or start supporting one of the top four.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #34


    Maybe so but the irony is almost amusing. No response to the real content of my comment?

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #35


    why do morons like you insist on telling your fellow supporters to ‘support the top four’ blah blah blah. We are all fans of NUFC on this blog and though we mostly disagree it is in the interests of NUFC, not any other team. Try holding a dignified argument or don’t contribute at all if all you can come up with is ‘support the top four’ #shortcuttothinking

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree that it would be better to boycott the gear than the games. I can’t support the latter in any shape or form. It’s cutting off noses to spite faces behaviour.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37


    you’d be suprised mate. There is a large amount of fans who stay away from SJP-the attendance at Fulham was indicative of this growing number, and most of them tend to be diehards as oppose to the prawn brigade who you rightly point out as being the biggest tolerators and feeders of Ashley. Also, there are many from this blog and beyond who are currently involved in ways in which to combat Ashley and his policies, you should check us out mate, drop me a line at if you are interested in opposing Ashley in constructive ways. Don’t give up hope that we can rid our club of this despicable slob, it is possible, and at best redeem some self-respect by actively opposing him rather than lying down and taking it up the sh1tter.

  • bren32

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #38

    If Alan pardew was to resign from this club at this stage ,I think it would be a total disaster,,,,I dont think anybody would take the job,,,,Alan was a very underwhelming appointment for Newcastle fans,,,but at this moment in time he is certainly the best man for the job,,,,,I have total confidence in him and his new look team,,,I cant say the same about the board though,,,,and if they do something to make him resign I believe this will have been the biggest mistake they will have made to date,,,,and thats saying something.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #39


    There are some encouraging movements going on with regards to actively opposing Ashley without necessarily missing out on the football. Check us out on facebook, email and we can forward you to our pages. Our latest initiative is to dig out your old number 9 shirts for the Blackburn match, your MacDonalds, White’s, Shearer’s, Ferdinand’s, Cole’s etc. A fun way to show disapproval at the vacant no.9 for the coming season. Doesn’t it speak volumes about MA’s level of respect and knowledge of Geordie culture when he is willing to leave our legendary no..9 shirt empty for the first time in history. #revolutionnumber9

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Sep 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Stupid regime, even pards are having none of it and the best thing is pards was one of them! I love hughton, the way he brought the club back while handling the nonsense he have to dealt with, going about doing his job without much attention. What piss me off is why does shit like this always happen to us? Its a pity the way we are being run.


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