Alan Pardew So Very Good With Youngsters

Shaka Hislop, the former Newcastle United goalkeeper,  was at the club in the 1990s when Kevin Keegan was in his first management spell at Newcastle,  and he  has talked today about the Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew.

Shaka Hislop – smart looking pundit at ESPN

Shaka left Newcastle for West Ham in 1998 , and he’s now a pundit with ESPN, which is where Kevin Keegan works at the moment too, and Shaka  knows Alan Pardew very well from the time he was at West Ham when Pardew was the manager.

The former goalkeeper talked with the local Newcastle press today:

“He is very good at working with youngsters and I think that’s  the reason that attracted Mike Ashley to appoint him in the first place.”

“He’s good at getting the best out of what he has, and that is going to be vital for Newcastle at this stage in time.” “When I was at West Ham I have to say there were only a couple of senior players in me and Teddy Sheringham.”

“It was a very young squad otherwise.” “It has been a good test for him coping with the different personalities in that Newcastle dressing room so far.” “Now he just has to get the best out of them.”

“I know Alan Pardew well, I was at West Ham with him,   but in a different set of circumstances.” “It was a young West Ham team that Alan brought up from the Championship.”

“A lot of players then were the ones he bought to the club and then he made some additions like myself and Teddy Sheringham before the Premier League started.”

“Now there are different circumstances, Alan inherited a dressing room and has to build from there.” “But he’s done better than I expected because I know how tough it can be in Newcastle, I am delighted for him and the team.”

“I have to admit that I had concerns about problems in pre-season.”  “There were problems behind the scenes.”  “For the manager coming in last year there were also problems when he took over and I wondered how he would do under such circumstances.

“But he kept the team up, which I thought he would do anyway.” “Yet the start to this season is fantastic, especially on the back of pre-season and Joey Barton’s comments and the things that went wrong in pre-season.

“This is exactly what Newcastle needed, to start well.”  “If they’d been on the wrong end of a couple of defeats it could have gone the other way.” “It’s all about confidence and Newcastle are as confident as they could be after an unbeaten start.”

There’s some good points made there by Shaka, who played 53 times for Newcastle from 1995, before moving to West Ham in 1998.

Hislop had two spells at West Ham,  and in the first spell he left the Hammers for Portsmouth in July 2002 after four years on a free transfer, to rejoin former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp.

And he then rejoined West Ham in July of 2005, when Alan Pardew was already the manager, after Alan had been appointed to that position in late 2003, after leaving Reading.

It’s at that time that Shaka worked closely with Pardew, and seems to have got to know the Londoner very well.

Alan Pardew has certainly done well in the short time he has been at the Newcastle club, and it’s good to hear he’s so good with the youngsters, since that’s an important job for a Newcastle manager these days, as the club follows Arsenal’s role model in trying to bring through top  youngsters.

One of Alan’s strong points, which was also true of former manager Chris Hughton,  is that he talks to his players one on one, and they know exactly where they stand with the manager, and he seems to have very good relationships with his squad of players.

Pardew is a good man-manager,  but we’ve also been impressed with the way he has reshaped Newcastle’s defense to be so much more resilient than last season.

All we need now is a win on Saturday at Aston Villa, and all will be very rosy in the Newcastle United garden.

Comments welcome.

108 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s good to back a bit and talk to players or employees who’s worked with Pardew to get what he’s about.
    He’s working within a strict set of rules now, so it’s hard to know how and what he would do without those rules.
    I see as Pardew as an interesting character who wants to please the fans, play offensive football and seems to “like” all the right players for a team with an attack minded philosophy.
    How he is with a team, how he talks to players, etc, all that we really know nothing about.
    I’ve seen an interview with Shaka now and Matt Holland earlier in the summer, could use a few more.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2


    Terrible choice of title!

  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    On the other topic How can Tommy Smith can commented on football ?

  • DanToon

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    New sign goes up at SJP, I knew the fat tw@ would to that… Scroll half way down.,36257.1050.html

  • wynsleap

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I have no doubt Pardew is very good with youngsters but I would like to see him give them some more game time, Tavernier, Sammi, Ferguson and Vuckic should all be integrated into first team games whenever possible even if only for twenty minutes here and there.
    If not we will never know how good they really are.
    The likes of Shola, Guthrie, Lovenkrands etc. shouldn’t really be the bench alternatives these days.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Davide Santon undergoing scan after knee injury

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Always us. This club is a farce.

  • alex84

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    ffs…Santon having a scan on his knee!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFC Latest
    RT @milesstarforth Pardew: ‘Santon’s knee looked a little bit unhealthy after training, & he’s going to have a scan today.’ #NUFC

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #10

    apparently its looking like Knee ligament injury, bloody hope not

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #11

    It may not be so bad, maybe just a slight knock.
    “Knee looked a little bit unhealthy”, cannot be that bad…i hope!
    Or we better field Kadar at LB.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    hopefully its just a little knock and swelled up abit, hope its not a ligament injury but would just be our luck that it is

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Hey, international players! Do you want your career to be broken? Why not join us at NUFC!? 😀 We have a fantastic track record, almost guaranteeing satisfaction! Come on, be the next casualty!

  • alex84

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    AP- It is an injury he has had before, we think it is a cartilage problem.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #15

    why do we always sign players with a record of injurys

  • laurentrobert32

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    cos you we gamble on these types of players as they are cheap. ashley likes things cheap, and he also likes to gamble…

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #17

    It sounds like a precautionary measure, so it may not be too bad.
    I HOPE!

  • planb

    Sep 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    More injury woes, i wonder if ashely gets a hard on winding me up?

  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    I said I was never coming back on here, but just to give you facts – Iwas in the treatment room when Santon was brought in, and it looks as though it could be cartilage and ligament damage. Either way forget him for minimum 6-8 weeks, probably longer. Has a history of knee problems – typical Ashley gamble bac kfires!

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Why do occurences like this still shock me? NUFC will turn me into a bitter young man.


    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #21

    U have to admit tho pardew has made the wrong call on formation a couple of times????

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #22

    couple rumours saying 3month out like

  • OttersPocket

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23


    £5m on a 20 year old full back isn’t that cheap.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Santon Injured – sent for scan.

    Ben Arfa on track to play vs. Forest on Tuesday

  • sweendog

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    ashley and co are a joke .. wheres the cover at LB if Santon is out for 2/3 months .. a team needs a squad 2 players per position .. and RTaylor is not a LB 🙂

  • boater

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    he was cheaper than the other targets – cissokho and pieters.

    Injuries happen but the total lack of squad cover for is shameful… only defender on the bench last game n’all.

  • sweendog

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #27

    hope ferguson is back at the very least

  • OttersPocket

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Now unless Ashley sat on Santon’s knee I dont see why some are blaming him for this!!
    He is not responsible for every piece of bad news at the club, sometimes players do get injured!
    And prob every professional footballer will have had some sort of injury in the past, we did not buy him injured, his purchase was far from a gamble, just unfortunate this has happened.

  • boater

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #29

    OtterPocket – give over man, you’re such a try-hard..

    1) we had 1 defender available from the bench in the last game – santon
    2) “it’s an injury he had before” from Pardew- knock down strikes again.. Ba will be next – squad full of crocks mate.

  • repo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Least we arn’r bolton they signed 2 new players and both broke there legs in training..

  • alex84

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Fergie can be our cover, did well when asked to play there last season.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    People are Blaming fat boy because he’s a tight f*****.
    Who didn’t buy another left back for cover.

    Why did we not bid for Ridgewell a few days before the window had shut???

    Instead of our usual last minute bids……

  • qtoon

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Swansea didn’t manage to get clearance to sign Darnel Situ. Hopefully we’ll actually try and sign him in Jan. On SSN

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    I guess it’s going to be more of Raylor at LB. He was horrible against QPR. Our defense is 1 injury away from disaster. If either Colo or Saylor go down we have no cover at all thanks to the powers that be. What other club would have left themselves in this state after a whole summer to get something done? Sounds like this is a recurring knee injury for Santon. That does not bode well for us.

  • OttersPocket

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35


    As I said every player will have had previous injuries and we hardly bought him on a knock down deal.
    People just want to blame Ashley Pardew etc for everything that happens. Sometimes players get injured.
    Fair enough we should of bought another defender in window but how can you blame anyone on Santon getting injured??

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #36

    We lack cover at the back, we have plenty depth everywhere else.
    To u “signing crocks” people, he’s the only one who have had an injury out of our “crock” signings.
    U dunno how the rest of the squad fares the rest of the season.
    A bit early to be doom mongering due to injuries is it not?
    Lets talk when we’ve had 8+ different players injured, Arsenal anyone?
    It’s unfortunate that Santon has been injured, VERY unfortunate, but there’s no way u can judge the whole squad on that. Pure bullocks.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #37

    repo Bolton blamed Mike Ashley too!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #38

    And we have no clue how serious the injury is. We’ll know later today. Keep your pants on a little while yet.

  • laurentrobert32

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #39

    otterspocket. i dont think 5m is that expensive for someone as highly rated as him by many in the game and from such a big club like inter. pretty much every coach hes worked with has said he will be a star in the future and hes a full italian international. not many other players u could get with that sort of experience nd rep for that money. city payed 24mil or sumthin for balotelli at the same age.

  • thai-mag

    Sep 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #40

    so much for pardew spouting on yesterday about results good because of our rigorours training regime, how many other players will get injured in training is anybodys guess, does’nt anybody remember last seasons training ground injuries. plus more players will get injured because they will now have to play every game, no cover for anybody


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