Alan Pardew’s Star Rising On Tyneside

As somebody who wrote last December that Alan Pardew had nothing in his past that qualified him one little bit to become the new Newcastle manager, I am obviously very well qualified to talk about how Newcastle are doing under the 50 year-old former West Ham boss.

Alan Pardew – doing well this season – so far

Alan Pardew has proved in the time he has been manager at Newcastle – around ten months – that he has a lot of the qualities good managers must have to be successful in which is always a difficult job – managing Newcastle United.

Alan seems very good with his players and is able to inspire them – one case in point being his half time talk last February when Newcastle were 4-0 down and being mauled by Arsenal – and that will live in the Newcastle annals forever.

How did he do that,  and what exactly did he say or not say at halftime,  and what did he actually throw at which player?


Pardew is also a decent tactician, and seems able to read games well, and Newcastle have usually been much better in the second half of their games, once Pardew has seen how the other team is playing, and how he needs to adjust the play to   have Newcastle be more successful.

Pardew  also has a very good name in the way he brings along the youngsters, which is a vital part of Newcastle’s future with the new Youth Policy, which actually seems to be paying good dividends.

And Alan is not unlike his predecessor Chris Hughton, in that he is calm when Newcastle win and just as calm when they lose, because it helps to have a balanced approach to the job of a football manager.

We are hardly getting carried away with the good start Newcastle have made this season, with four wins and three draws in the first seven games, but if Newcastle can beat Blackburn on Saturday,  the side will have 12 points from their first 6 league games and be in the top four in the league – still.

With that average of 2 points a game,  Newcastle would  finish up with 76 points from their 38 league games, and that would have got second place last season in the league, but we are not expecting the good results to continue.

And what does the good start to the season mean?

It means Newcastle will be about 28 points away from safety, with a decent chance to survive this season in the Premier League, and start again next August in the best league in the world.

As we said, we are not getting carried away, like in days of old,  tell me about it!

But we are nevertheless willing to be very surprised about how well Newcastle fare this season, very willing indeed.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • danishmag

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    1 st

  • boater

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    copy and paste –

    sorry, why do we have to feel a little sorry for the arsenal fans?

    CL every season – purveyors of the most dazzling attacking, football in the country year after year – committed to signing the best young english technical players – a team full of internationals

    every blip and they are booed off the pitch – they are loathsome spoilt brat supporters who don’t deserve that manager or team… audio crowd noise pumped into the stadium to make up for the quiet supporters..

    the songs about ‘geordie scum and geordie dog women’ at the emirates each season have to be heard to be believed…

    and finally – they will return to the top 4 soon unlike us, their squad is too good to continue in this form.

    so why oh why should we feel ‘sorry for them’ ed?


    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    copy and paste -i dont ever remember anyone feeling sorry for us when our defence was laughing stock of the league for 10 F.U.C.K.I.N. years screw arsenal and their fans its someone elses turn now thats just life. felt left out sorry BOATER ha ha.

  • danishmag

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    having said that…

    Sir Bobby have my utmost respect as a person..
    But to be honest..
    If Pardew gets us a trophy this season, or if we end up in top 6, he will have to be as big a legend as Sir Bobby..
    To me anyway.
    I did not know a lot about Pardew, when he arrived, but it did not take me long to respect him.
    That respect has grown to more.. I honestly cannot see a bettet qualified manager for Newcastle at the moment!
    Think about it..
    – The youngsters coming up.. Pardew is a huge factor on that acount.
    – Bringing in some cheap but quality players is indeed some of his doing.. With alot of helt from Carr off course.
    – The nickname we earned in the 90´s, is something he wants to bring back to the club! The Villa game showed the direction he is taking the team! (without our main star, Ben Arfa)
    – He showes respect to the players.. And to the fans! Come in mind, the tragedy in Norway. He went out in public and said how sorry he and the club was for losing a norwegian fan.
    He is growing to one of the better managers in the league..

    Remember who brought Pardew in? ;o)

    Just the way i see thing, gents…

  • boater

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    BOOM – rumour is they play crowd noise at the emirates because the supporters are so quiet – any guesses where they record it from ?

  • bills-son

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve been saying since the first month of his appointment that he was looking like a very good appointment – and I couldn’t stand him when he first came.

    But, unlike many on here, I don’t allow my personal bigoted opinions to obscure the facts. Pardew has conducted himself exceptionally well from taking over after Hughton to handling the Barton situation and the club failing to sign a CF. He has also clearly had the support of the players almost from day one of his appointment and the fact that team spirit is just as good, if not better, than under Hughton is massively to his credit.

    The team from the start of this season is his team – and 7 games unbeaten with a much changed side shorn of the ‘big names’ is a great start.

    How any fan can even think of criticising Pardew is beyond me.

  • sweendog

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Very impressed with Pardew .. not only has he got us playing well but he has had to deal with incompetent bosses who haven’t helped much in the way of filling in vital positions.


    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah my bedroom when im doin the no pants dance with a couple of bitches yeah.


    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #9

    sorry that was for boater comment 5

  • Jimay

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    What Pardew actually threw and at which player?

    He must have been trowing one of those fake silly mustaches around the dressingroom(for some reason) and must have hit Joey Barton with it.

  • theleckworthbird

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on Ed. I do think you can gauge a manager by the second half (informed) performance. Like most people I am warming to the man after being bewildered by his appointment at first.

  • sammydolan

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    The key turning point for me was when I realised he wasnt Ashleys puppet, he is his own man, he wants to win & he wants to be the best. That for me has earned my respect.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    ok lets be realistic about AP. YEP he has had a decent start to the season, ok if we had played stronger teams than what we have done, maybe we would not be in the position we are now, however full marks to AP as we can only beat what is in front of us.How did he manage to turn it around against arsenal last season? IMO he didnt! i believe the players seen an opportunity when the arsenal defender got sent off , inspired by joey barton. i believe AP was as gobsmacked as EVERYBODY else.You say ed ,”you are not expecting the good results to last”why is that ed? have you no faith in the managers ability to carry on getting results? or is it because we havnt played any strong teams yet? or do you think where we are in the league now is a bit of a fluke. i dont know the answer to that one , but is was an interesting comment! however full marks to AP for where he has got us in the league up to now.

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14

    More importantly to me, is that if we have a good first half of season lets say top 7 in Jan than we are MUCH more likely to get funds in Jan AND more likely to attarct top players.

    I am getting over the summer…. Marveux was different class on Tuesday…..

    If we are top 7 come January and still in CArling and FA I will be delighted!


  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #15

    he still has a lot to do before il be a fan of his,

    we are in forth, for one reason, we havnt conceded many gols in the league, which is not like us,

    but, to stay there, or even in the top 7 , we need to score goals, and sorry, i dont see goals in our team,

    imo, these regular first teamers are not good enough, but he keeps them in the team or bench to come on,
    sh ameobi
    and to some degree best,

    none of these players would get in any team playing for a top 6 side, or prob even there benches

  • planb

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Before everyone starts getting carried away lets see how this season pans out first its still only september we havent done anything yet or played any decent teams lets see how we handle the big hitters and the english winter before we start canonizing pardew.

  • geoff777

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #17

    The list of transfer request Pardew wanted were scary … Crouch, Defoe, Konchesky … luckily we have Graham Carr.

    Pardew needs to make better and earlier substitutions.

    Pardew needs to realise Shola isn’t that good and Smith should never get on the pitch again.

    If the formation isn’t working don’t wait until the 71st minute to change it …

    There are signs that we could become a very good team, it really depends on Ashley & Llambias and their book-balancing act. Will they sell or will they invest?

    Pardew needs to distance himself from that pair.
    Signs are he has.

    He’s doing better than I thought he would.
    I’ll admit I was far from impressed at his appointment.

    Walkin’ in a Pardew Wonderland … not yet, but I liked what I saw against Villa.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Give the man the credit he deserves!

    If we carry this form through the season we will be top 6 for sure.

    test will come against the mancs and chelski and if he can come through them with credit…He’s a Geordie!

  • woodsee

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Lot of talk on arsenal fans,mostly bunch of tossers but at least most of there fans are southerners not like scumchester who i detest with a passion.
    Whenever we have played man u in big games by the way,cup final and charity shield etc,the one thing that stuck in my mind apart from losing was how many more toon fans there was than them even though there the biggest club in england,makes you proud

  • bills-son

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    geoff777 – The list of transfer request Pardew wanted were scary … Crouch, Defoe, Konchesky … luckily we have Graham Carr.

    Who said Pardew wanted those players?

    Not Pardew – never said a word publically on one of them. Aahhhh yes – it was the Daily Mail, The Sun and supporters on this blog. In other words utter bo££ox.

  • BillBurch

    Sep 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s the way some of you! Don’t give credit where it’s due, just keep sticking the boot in!!

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Billsoson , completely agree. geoff, we cant beieve all we read. So far, guys like Billson have proved to be far more correct than all the “neggers” , pre season.

  • ocorious

    Sep 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #23

    I think it’s informative to look at the statistics though. There was a good Blog put out here.

    No team in 4th after 5 games has finished lower than 13th ever.

    No team in 4th after 5 games has finished outside of Europe in 12 years…

    Statistic only point to probabilities which isn’t much better then possibilities and its still technically possible to win the title…soo…here’s to finishing top 10!

    Howay the lads!

  • Premiership Manager

    Sep 22, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24

    I would hope that he will play Guterez at left back and Marvaux on the wing, leave Shola on the bench and let Best play up front with Ben Arfa on his shoulder.

    This would give us a very strong midfield with excellent attacking options across the field.

    Marvaux is showing his class and since Guterez plays at LB for Argentina he should be given a chance in the position for Newcastle as he is better at tracking back and attacking than Ryan Taylor and this would give us a lot f attacking options down the left.

    I’m happy with the players we have but hope we get a good striker and CB during the window.

    Although we are doing very well we still haven’t played a decent on form team so we need to be careful and not carried away


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