Alan Pardew Takes A Stand Against Newcastle Board?

If you read about what’s been happening since Wednesday’s failure to sign a new striker at Newcastle, it would appear that Alan Pardew has had some strong words in conversations with the Newcastle Board.

Newcastle Board will have to comment on their own actions from now on?

Pardew started things off badly last December, when at his very first press conference ever, Derek Llambias didn’t bother to turn up, which is customary when a new manager is appointed by the club.

And it meant that LLambias was not available to answer the many questions fans had,  about why exactly Chris Hughton had been sacked in the first place.

And of course Alan Pardew found himself answering questions on Hughton’s firing, which he should never have been exposed to, since he had only just come into the club and the firing had nothing to do with him.

A similar thing happened on February 1st this year, when Pardew was met with a torrent of questions about why Andy Carroll had been sold, when he had said to anybody who would listen to him in January, that Andy was going nowhere.

Those are two times the Newcastle Board sent Alan out to the slaughter, so to speak, with the local reporters.

The third time that could have happened was Thursday morning, when Alan should have answered questions about why Newcastle failed to use any of the Andy Carroll money to  sign a top striker, when that was the main goal of the summer transfer window.

But this time it seems that Alan refused to do the Board’s explaining for them, and it was then left to Derek LLambias to issue a statement last Thursday, and of course Derek didn’t have the courage to hold a press conference to explain what happened – but what’s new?

We think Pardew has been let down badly at least a couple of times by the Newcastle Board, the first time being when Andy Carroll was sold, a decision that was Mike Ashley’s alone.

Pardew could go on all he liked about keeping his best players, but once that ridiculous £35M bid was made by Liverpool, Andy was gone. It was very similar to the way Ashley sold James Milner for £12M to Aston Villa over then manager Kevin Keegan’s protests.

And then last Wednesday, when the Newcastle Board continued to refuse to bid near the asking prices for top strikers and ultimately ended up with nobody, that was at least the second time the Board let their manager down.

It seems to us, reading the tea leaves, that Alan has had enough of it, and not only will he not talk to the press until probably this Thursday, but he held urgent meetings with the Board on Thursday.

And those meetings are described as being robust conversations on Newcastle’s transfer dealings and approach.

We don’t know if Alan has managed to get any concessions from Mike Ashley, but we keep saying that since the club was close to a number of signings last Wednesday, like Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga and Dutch International Erik Pieters as just two examples, they could follow through now and try to make the deals,  that could be completed in early January.

And with Danny Simpson seemingly unsettled at Newcastle, it seems very probable the club will sign another full-back in January, and hopefully a top striker too, but we’re not going to hold our breath on that one.

But it does seem that Pardew has taken a stand, and from now on the Board will need to explain the gaffes they have made, and they’ll not get much help from the manager any more in that regard.

That’s the way it should have been in the past.

45 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Too little too late imo but continue to get results on the pitch and the fans will be right behind you 😉

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    So, Alan Pardew next to be sacked then?

  • Paul P

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    i reckon pardew has re-signed. Enough is enough for him and he has found out why kk walked now.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Pardew is probably the only member of staff Ashley wouldn’t sack.

    No way he could get a manager anywhere near Pardews quality after the way he’s treated all the managers…

  • bentoon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Let the idiots keep calling Pardew a puppet, but i think he has done a good job so far with what he has been given, and he has dealt with everything with a great deal of courage.

  • Burni

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    TDS, thats a really positive comment.

    I think, like many on here, I was a bit shocked when pardew came in as I had only heard bad things about him.


    He came in under a massive storm as the way hughton was sacked was despicable. He has continued to move things forward I feel, we have progressed as a team.

    Im also really glad that most fans are now getting behind him.

    Still think what Mike Ashley is doing is the right idea but hes not doing it the right way.

    One major signing for a striker would have had angry man and even barry venison absolutely ecstatic.

    However…. we got lots of other quality in but because we didnt get the striker its been a nightmare of a transfer window.

    I feel sorry for Pardew and even the players sometimes… and before you mention their wages, they earned em an they shouldnt have to experience such negativity.

    I do hope that more people start to turn up and get behind the lads on the pitch rather than come on here and rant about MA

    MA… .the stripper


  • bren32

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    If pardew walks we will b in loasa the gooey stuff,,,…….We will have no chance of getting any other manager,,,,,I am sure pards will have pointed this out to the fat controller,,,,,, I would not be surprised if fatty the chippendale and Dereck the streaker are both on the touchline by xmas…

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Pards has dealt with it all really well to date.

    Don’t think he has been the one to ‘lie’ to us about signings etc, been fairly honest about results and offered a good platform for the media to question him.

    Do ask myself the question why though but I’m glad for whatever reson it is he is sticking by us.

  • bills-son

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve said for months that Pardew has done a great job and that he’s no puppet.

    And I bet Pardew is totally and utterly pi$$ed off that we didn’t sign a striker and won’t accept any excuses made by Ashley. As someone who has supported Ashley I feel exactly the same – no excuses at all are acceptable. Bottom line is that Ashley gambled that bids for either Maiga or Cisse would be accepted on the last day – he thought their clubs were bluffing. They weren’t.

    Going in with a last minute offer for Ruiz – £1.5M more than Fulham agreed – smacked of desperation.

    Barring a striker I think we had a good window BUT Ashley has screwed most of the good work done by losing his gamble. The biggest worry is that he has lost credibility with Pardew and God hope Pardew doesn’t resign. This guy is the best manager we have had since KK first time and SBR.

    My feeling is that Ashley will be just as gutted as we and Pardew are. The one thing is that he learns fast from his mistakes and I cannot see us not signing a striker in January. Its up to Best and Ba to show they are Prem strikers and the midfield to weigh in with a few goals as well. I still think HBA can make a big difference as well once he is back to match fitness.

    The most important thing to me now is that having lost out on a striker we don’t lose Pardew – that would be an even bigger disaster.

  • WesJameson

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Cheers Alan, thanks for all the hard work mate, you just didn’t know what you had got yourself into by becoming our manager……..NUFC is cursed, no other club has so much sh!te…… FFS!!!!!!

    Pardew, walks….we will be relegated again, and this time i can promise you, we will NOT bounce straight back up

  • Twatter

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Pardew’s a good man and a good manager – he was selling the Board’s lies for too long, though. When you can’t trust your own boss on transfer dealings, it’s a massive problem… whoever makes the final call on transfers, there needs to be cohesion and communication between Llambias, Ashley and Pards.

    Very worryingly it doesn’t look that way when Pardew tells us one thing only for the exact opposite to occur.

  • liam85

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    lol, life’s never just normal when you support NUFC. If only wse had someone who was willing to buy young players and also put a few higher bids we could actually be getting somewhere. I have no issues with Pardew. rigt from the start everyone on here were just going on about how he wouldn’t be a good manager, he’s a puppet etc but I stood by him (all we can do) and he’s come out as a great manager. I’m praying for a signing in Jan but I’m really not going to count on it…

    I’m behind Pardew as much as I am the players and all us fans (the ones that want to support team not moan)

  • markmac

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Ill be impressed with AP if he has made a stand, it shows he wants to push on, and obviously he wants to succeed as a manager, it does leave you wondering what MA would do though,knowing what has happened to others who have crossed him! could really do without another management change!

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Well now… if Ed’s reading of the runes is right. then all power to Pardew’s elbow.

    He’s been undermined on a couple of occasions and I do believe that what he was telling us both in Januray 2011 and most recently aboout player comimng and goings, was a fair reflection on what he’d been told.

    If that is the case and if Ashley was shocked to hear we didn’t get s striker, then MA’s been strung along too.

    I’d have assumed that messers Pardew, Charnlsy and Carr have tried to appraise Llambias about player valuations in the real world and if that’s so and Ashley’s shocked we didn’t sign a striker, then responsibility for that failure must lie four-square with Llambias.

    Ok so Llambias has been given his brief and budget by Ashley, but as intermediary he should (and maybe he did) have brought the weaknesses to Ashley’s attention and agreed new parameters.

    Could it be time for Ashley to get rid of the man that seems to be the weak link, the club’s Achilles heel.

    If Ashley’s recieving bad advice then it’s time to appoint someone who knows football in his place.

  • Mags

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Cast your minds even further back to Shearer’s / Dowie’s appointment and Llambias was sat nearest the door? He hurriedly introduced them then to the amazement of Dowie, scuttled straight off the stage.

  • whosyadaddy72

    Sep 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Ha! Ha! do you really think that money will be spent in January? have you all got short memorys? this is what will happen in the January tranfer window.

    Coming In:-

    Forward £8million
    Full Back £5mllion

    Goin Out

    C Tiote – £12million
    F Collocini – £5million

    a further £4million in MA pockets!

    On a separate note the only reason AP was hired was so that he could start paying off his casio debts which he owes directly to MA! (nice way to treat Chris Houghton) – I have excellent links with several staff members at the club and it is common knowledge that a percentage AP wages get paid directly to Ashley.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve been praising Pardew on here for ages now – it must be the kids that slag him off – Pardpooh etc.

    He’s a street ahead of Hughton – he prepares the team more diligently, analyses the opponents and players carefully….he’s tactically better too….I think he judges talent well, and his half time team talks must be interesting. He communicates well with the press ( altghough his use of english confuses me sometimes!) and has appointed those around him well. The guy deserves our support, and i think he’ll get his new striker in january.

  • John

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    6 million for shane long will turn out to be a snip, small wages and prepared to work hes way into the first team, a team player. Yet we put our nose up at that price tag same with n’zogbia and then offer stupied money for nobodies where is the logic.

  • Big Gaz

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we also have to thank the likes of John Carver, and also Steve Stone for the good start we are having.

    2 Local lads that in my opinion have helped Pardew massively.

    Lets just hope they (the whole training staff)can all stick together and stop the rot coming down from the top.

    P.S. Lets no be too dispondant about summer signings. Some good players have came in lads. No doubt

  • John

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Anybody know when the new club accounts are out? Bet MA was desperate to show a profit on that acc bottom line maybe he is rite but a bit better haggling earlier in the window would have been better served, and all this crap going around destabblising the team wudnt be landed on his door step.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Billson, fair comment , and good to see u are annoyed too. Has anyone heard from Felipe in a while or what are his opinions on the end of the transfer window striker fiasco?

  • Geordie John

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #22

    @21 according to the guru on we can expect the accounts next March. He reckons profit will be about £50m

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Why do Bloody Ashley and Lambias Get Involved in the First Place. They Should be the Money Men and Let Alan Pardew get on with the squad . If he finds a player with Mr Carr then ask for the Money . Could you see Joe Harvey In This Position ?? Ask Ashley who is Joe Harvey he would say Joe Who ???

  • planb

    Sep 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Pardews never had it so good they,ll have to drag him out screaming if they want a new manager there mugging us off!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    1st @ bill son, you say AP is the best sinceKK and SBR, well i have to say i dony think he is any better the CH, who imo was good enough to take us to the top 6, nore is AP

    but what to expect from a part time chairman who knows sweet fa about football, never mind about running a club,

    i think everyone in football knows that good strikers are worth there wait in gold, they can win a game from nothing , thats why there so highly valued,, you dont find many bargin strikers,

    also eveyone in football knows that on the last day of transfers, prices seem to get stupid, cos most are in a desperate situation, even worse when everyman and his dog knows you got 35 mil for a striker you just sold, which in my opinion is 20 mil more than he was worth, but id take it to 🙂

    the silence to me is more pardew not wanting to look like a fool again, but he knows where his bread is butterd , he wont say to much to them,
    he is and always will be a puppet, no where near KK or SBR

  • Consett Mag

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Interesting take on Pardew’s silence that he’s taking a stand against Ashley.

    Maybe MA or DL has ordered him to say nothing for the time being.

    I’ve seen no evidence since the man became manager, that he’s got an ounce of bottle to challenge the board on any of their business decisions.

    His announcements about players 100% not leaving, and having got cast iron assurances that all the Carroll will be invested etc etc have always been proved worthless.

    Yes, I admit that I’m one of the idiots who feel that Alan Pardew, despite picking up a good start to the season, is Mike Ashley’s puppet. I’ve seen nothing to make me wonder if I’m being hard there.

    Maybe it’s because unlike many on here, I’ve seen disappointment and broken dreamsoccuring to often supporting NUFC since the 1970’s.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Pardew is measured on results and rightly so…..And so far so good.

    Ashley is measured on his business acumen which you cannot argue is bang on the money.

    Llambias or lame arse as he has become known is measured as a chief exec, and there my friends is the problem. He is too weak, cannot manage upwards or downwards and his handling of the press and fans is shambolic!

  • MacToon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #28

    catchy @ 25. I agree.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #29

    billson@9 agree Pardew can be up there with KK and SBR.

    catchy in norway@25 disagree about Houghton, he was a good motivator but tactically inept and favoured the long ball game. Praise for promotion though.
    No way on earth is Pardew a puppet.

  • AndyMac

    Sep 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #30

    “But it does seem that Pardew has taken a stand” or maybe he’s just realised what a tit he must look like to the whole world when he spouts all that BS that nobody believes anyway ?

  • solano

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Bills-Son@9…”My feeling is that Ashley will be just as gutted as we and Pardew are. The one thing is that he learns fast from his mistakes and I cannot see us not signing a striker in January”
    Really? Are you serious? He learms from mistakes!! It’s the same old story of a transfer window let down and then trot the old “wait until the next one” – do you ever learn from your mistakes, Bills? You’ve given your hero Ashley, so many chances and he forever betrays your big gob and bold predictions. Ashley has about as much credibility as you – NONE!
    Dobbin’s looking for you by the way 😉

  • thepict

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    I think the reason AP gets so much stick is 1: he isn’t KK and 2: he isn’t AS.
    I think in the 9 months he’s been here he has done an ok job considering the owner and chairman with whom he has to deal with. Who’d anyone on here want to work for these , I think not. If he has refused to make excuses for these two good for and he deserves support for this.
    Anyway, the players seem to like him.
    HTL Newcastle United will never be defeated.

  • bills-son

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #33

    solano – you can crow as much as you want, Iv’e already admitted MA has fcked up big style not buying a striker.

    But – you are actually talking bo££ox tho that ‘its the same old story of a transfer window let down’. We’ve signed 7 players in the window and not getting a striker – whilst bad – doesn’t mean that the whole window was a let down.

    I reckon Llambias has had more to do with c%cking everything up than Ashley – but the buck still stops with MA. You and I will never agree tho – unless we win a trophy under Ashley. But even then you will probably say its in spite of Ashley not because of him.

    One last point – I’ve been saying Pardew was a good appointment by MA from the early days. I see plenty fans are now of the same opinion but most – like you – would never give Ashley credit for that.

  • wattos

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    The Striker situation is not good, however our Central Back situation is a crisis. Beyond Colo and Steven Taylor the onlt fit Centre Halve we have with a Squad Number is Tamas Kadar and he’s been told to buck his ideas up or he’s out!

    Given the clubs transfer policy (young players, good value remember) it beggars belief that the triallist Centre Halve, Darnel Situ, who has captained France up to under 19 level and scored twice in a recent reserve game, was allowed to go to Swansea for a meagre £250K because Newcastle quotes “couldn’t agree a price”. This just proves their stated policy is actually “we’ll make it up as we go along”.

    One more injury to a centre halve and we will live to deeply regret this mistake….

  • Irie-Magpie

    Sep 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #35

    @Bill-Son, well said AP is not to be blamed and i think most people are only seeing this now, who’s to say that when he was hired he wasn’t promised backing (getting players needed within budget) only to have the MA and DL fall back on their words.. No striker doesn’t mean the end of our season!!

  • Kevsy123

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    I feel sick at the moment at some newcastle fans negativity over the summer deals. I think we have bought some brilliant prospects so far and fair enough we didnt get the striker we needed but we did not want to pay overinflated prices which is perfectly reasonable. Anyone who thinks anything to the contrary is a joke. I think if we struggle this season it will be because of the complete and utter lack of support from idiot fans that I am becoming more and more embarrassed to be associated with. F GET BEHIND THE TOON AND STOP LIVING IN A F BUBBLE! it’s not your money and if you were telling me how to spend mine i’d tell you all to F RIGHT OFF AS WELL. I for one think cabaye has looked an absolute touch of class and I think the mood around the club at the moment is taking away the limelight that should be thrust upon such an intelligent/quality player but I’m one voice and there seems to be many more who are distracted by the lack of a striker. It really is depressing!

  • craig bell

    Sep 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    pardew signed a 6 n a half year deal so you really think the fat man is going to pay all that compensation and sack him. cant see that happening myself

  • bills-son

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Craig Bell – Pardew is only on £500K a year basic thats why he got a 5 year contract (not 6.5). It means in exchange for a low basic he gets a decent pay off if he were to get sacked early. He gets bonuses based on where we finish in the Prem so you can image how pi$$ed off he is at us not signing a striker.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #39

    im with consett mag on this one , untill AP proves to me he has what it takes to be good manager , and on our side ne gets no sympathy from me , thought it was a bad appointment at the time still do , its also about trust .what i have seen and heard from the man dosnt fill me with enthusiasm to be honest

  • Gav00Toon

    Sep 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #40

    A tick or leach will only suck blood, if their is blood to suck. MA is sucking the blood out of the club, if you remove the blood I belive he will have no other option, but to leave.
    You want rid of this blood sucking parasite from the club then BOYCOTT!
    You want him to stay, Keep giving him your hard erned cash.

    Ex season ticket holder (very bitter).


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