Pardew Well Aware Of Massive Opportunity At Newcastle

When you are manager of Newcastle United, you can expect your fair share of criticism, however well or badly the team is doing.

Alan Pardew – massive opportunity for him on Tyneside

And Alan Pardew has had plenty of criticism since he arrived last December, and  a number of fans still haven’t yet made their minds up about the former West Ham, Charlton, Reading  and Southampton manager.

Since we expected nothing from Alan when he was appointed manager,  we’ve been  pleasantly surprised at how he’s handled himself in the Newcastle manager position so far.

But he’s also made mistakes, and we’ll see if he’s learned yet that you should never talk in explicit terms – like Andy Carroll will not be sold, or we are definitively getting a new striker in, or that all of the £35M will be reinvested into the club.

Those three examples have lost him some trust with supporters..

And those three things were also largely the decisions of  the Newcastle Board, and Alan will have learned they don’t always do what they say they will, that’s been true over the last four years,  too many times unfortunately.

The manager was asked if criticism affects him at the club:

“I’m afraid I can’t determine that.”  “All I can do is the best job I can.”  “The signing of players at this club is not my job. The targeting of players is.”

“The players that we targeted were sanctioned by me.”  “One or two of them have already been great for this football club, from what I’ve seen.”

“We wanted to get two or three of them over the line and we have – now we have to carry on getting results with the players we have got.”

“If the fans are singing my name or express some kind of gratitude then it is icing on the cake for me.”  “The most important job is that I send them home with a win – I don’t care whose name is being chanted as long as we win.”

“Myself and my staff are very focused on QPR at the moment.”

Alan Pardew is not unlike Chris Hughton in a number of ways, both are Londoners and they seem to be inspired being manager of Newcastle.

Pardew  knows, like Chris Hughton before him, that if he can bring some success to the club, he will be forever remembered by the fans.

Chris Hughton pulled off that miracle a couple of years ago, and got the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt, and then did very well through the initial Premier League last season.

Of course with the Newcastle Board we have at the moment, those achievements got him sacked, but the Board are a law unto themselves, as we’ve found out.

Don’t forget that even before Mike Ashley, the great Bobby Robson was sacked at Newcastle in 2004 by Freddy Shepherd, because 5th place just wasn’t good enough.

And the club have never been close to that position since, (we were 7th in 2006 under Glenn Roeder), and were in  constant decline since Bobby left until two years ago, when Chris Hughton came in and got the job done.

Those magical 18 months under Chris Hughton will be remembered down the ages, and Chris Hughton brought some success to the club, and the fans will never ever forget him because of what he did on Tyneside.

The same opportunity now exists at Newcastle for Alan Pardew, and he knows it.

Howay The Lads!!

24 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Stuart // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    No respect for his religious beliefs then Darlo?

    I’d assume its extremely difficult to train all day and compete in premier league matches when you can’t eat or drink within daylight hours.

    Now that Ramadan is over I reckon we’ll see a big improvement in his game, although I thought he did well against fulham, 1 assist and rattled the bar.

    Seriously Stuart i don’t come on here looking for arguements, so why come at me with that when my previous posts have absolutely f@ck all to do with his religious beliefs you absolute tool…

    go crawl back in your shell

  • MrToon

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    heated start to the blog today, Lets all pull in the same direction now lads

  • Stuart

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    I wasnt trying to start an arguement mate.

    You said

    ‘For a professional footballer to still not be sharp after this long and being paid such a huge wage is not only an insult to the club but an insult to the fans… pull your finger out you lazy b@stard or do 1..

    The bloke has the opportunity to be a star but he is choosing a lazy Ameobi path…. frustrating’

    He isnt being a lazy b@stard, he isnt slapping you in the face, he hasnt chose the Ameobi path.

    I’d like to see you playing top flight football in one of the fastest leagues in the world on an empty stomach.

    He’s obviously going to be below his peak fitness, Tiote has been exactly the same, is he lazy or slapping you in the face?

    Once again, not starting an arguement, its called a debate, they sometimes break out on this blog.

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4


    fair play my bad been a long day…

    just recently this blog has turned into a right bitch fight maybe if everyone turned their attention on getting Fat Mick out of the club it may be a bit more preductive..,.

    If he scores 15 goals this season ill be joining the other realists eating hay ey…

    Get Ashley OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone else watching the rugby??

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Hi Darlo, only saw All Black in bits and pieces yesterday. Will see a bit of Argentina game but you know as an Irishman i’ll be cheering for the poms, especially since your ugly manager disrespected our president when he was a player. Anyway, whats not to love about the Argies ? Told Thatcher to f off, great steaks, class women, nice red wine, great footballers and what a classic footie jersey. The Irish and Argies hate each other on the rugby pitch but we have a lot of bonds with them off it dating back in history. All I want to do is shag a few of their honeys mind…..! 🙂 HTL !

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Darlo – av got it on mate how bad has wilko’s kicking been man 1 in 6 pens :\

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    2 from 7 then haha

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    anyone know what time the chronicle website gets updated?

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10


    Yeah man the whole game has been very bad but you expect nothing less from an English team playing any other sport but cricket lol…

    Nah nerves just nerves thats all

  • Dannyo

    Sep 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Any predictions for the QPR game?
    Just saw the guardian team sheet yesterday. QPR looks a bit stronger, but then again, they bought A. Ferdinand, he couldn’t hack Ameobi at the Sunderland match.
    Good for us.


    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Fifa 12 team ratengs

    arsenal 4.5 wolves 4 wigan 3.5 west brom 3.5 spurs 4.5 swansea 3 sunderland 3 qpr 3 norwich 3 newcastle 3.5 manure 4.5

    Wolves 4? wtf

  • kingkev9

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Answers in the chronicle just about sum up the state of the ownership at NUFC, a complete joke. Get out Ashley


    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Smith,colo,harper,krul,perch, jonas, loverboy, willo,best,s.taylor,arfa,toite,lualua,vuckic,ranger,fergi to hav real faces n fifa 12? 🙂

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    JAMSHA will FIFA 12 be released in PS2

  • Dannyo

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone else read the answers in the EC?
    Some shite, some interesting stuff, nothing really new.
    The only part i guess i didn’t already know was the wages going up 7% this season.
    Fair player to them for agreeing to answer the questions, i was surprised when they actually agreed to do that.
    Again, DL made some good points, but also some complete bullocks. Mostly political answers and nothing too reaveling.
    The answers are basically what u expect.
    A good read all in all, not much more.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    does any one know anything about FIFA 12 releasing in PS2

  • bevas

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Not really sure what people were expecting from the answers in the chronicle, no real surprises, no breaking news but at least the questions were answered. Some will believe the comments others won’t but at least a little progress has been made!!! although it’s taken time some connection has been made between club and fans no matter how tenuous, long may it continue.

  • jimiley

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Whats the point of targeting players if the owner will not buy them? Seems to me that you are wasting your time and the owner’s money. Stay at home and watch Corrie.

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Just read the EC answers what a load of shite as usual from this mob.@ 16 the wage bill only goin up 7% if we finish in top half.and as for not makin a new singin section to spread the atmosphere round the ground what a load of bs.if that the case why were stewards tellin us to keep the noise down and stop shouting.we weren’t standing or swearing just trying to get a chant going

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    when talkin bout level 7 he also failed to mention why the number of away seats has gone up so much

  • toonarmyuk

    Sep 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Just read the answers from Llambias on the Chonicle website and wanted to put in a quick word before Ed makes a new article and there are 20 million posts.

    I agree that the club screwed up big time by not putting in enough effort to acquire a new striker, but some of the comments by “fans” under each of the article questions are the best examples of negative, thick-headed morons I’ve ever seen.

    Some of the responses were vague, but it was an easy get out to ill thought out, non-specific questions. That said, some of his responses were perfectly reasonable and honest, including the ones about the Carroll sale, re-investing the Carroll money, standing fans….most of them actually.

    I really dont understand how some of those commenting underneath can live their lives being so negative! It must be a horrible existence they have!!


    Sep 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #23

    My gf left me 🙁


    Sep 10, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Roshan ya its for ps2 also


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