Alan Pardew Building Newcastle Team In His Own Image


It seems that Alan Pardew has a lot of characteristics that can make him an effective and successful manager on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew – building his own side on Tyneside

Alan has a contract through the summer of 2016, and he is very keen to see out his contract at the club.

We are hoping that will be the case, because if Alan is still manager in five years time, that will mean he’s had some good success on Tyneside, and he will join Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, as the only other two managers who have had fives years as manager at the club for the last 20 years.

Those were two periods when Newcastle were very successful, although we didn’t win any trophies,  but were high up in the Premier League and in the European  Champions League and one of the best teams England.

We are really hoping that Alan Pardew can take us back to those heights,  but it will be even more difficult than it was under Kevin and Uncle Bobby.

Alan has managed to create a great team spirit in the Newcastle squad, and there are very few, if any,  trouble makers in the side under Alan Pardew, and the way the Londoner handles his players, we don’t expect there to be any either.

Every player seems to be keen to do his part for the team, when they get their chance, and that’s the basis of the modern game, where players don’t always play in every game every week and must take their opportunities when they present themselves.

Alan talked about how important pride was in the Newcastle dressing room:

“It’s important Newcastle fans see the players in their jersey are pulling for the club, and I think in the past they’ve had a few names that didn’t pull 100%,” “I look in my dressing room and I haven’t got anyone like that.”

“There’s no siege mentality, although we could have with the media coverage we’ve had. We haven’t used that and we’ve just tried to be the best we can be. Hopefully against Tottenham, we’ll control the game a bit more than on Saturday.”

“There’s too much talk in the Premier League. Actions are far more useful. We’ve said what we’ve had to say on the pitch.”  “Our fans don’t have great expectations of the team,”

“I don’t think any of our fans will be thinking of the Champions League. We’re realistic and we’re very pleased with where we are, but let’s see how far the team can go. The strength of any football club is not in the individual, it’s in the team. And we’ve got a decent team.”

“The players are not the type to get carried away, they’re pragmatic. We’ve got a decent team structure where good players will do well, and we’re getting the benefits.”

“I could watch that video of the Wolves game and probably criticize all my players for some part of it, but we’ll put that in the file at the bottom and move on – let’s just say we won that game and move on.”

Those are good words from Alan, but we also think that taking the players through the second half last Saturday, would be good to point out the things they did wrong, so they can learn from their mistakes, and be better prepared for the way forward.

It was a 3 great points on Saturday, and while we were lucky, luck has a tendency to even itself out over the full season, so we shouldn’t make too much of it. We’ll leave that to the managers of teams Newcastle beat.

Tottenham in a couple of weeks time, will be a big test, and it should be a great game to watch for the home crowd, which could be a sellout.

And a win in that game, and we’ll have to start admitting – perhaps a little more openly – that Alan Pardew is building a good side on Tyneside, and it’s his own side, with six good players brought in over the summer, and some new ones to potentially arrive in January.

That cannot be bad!

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14 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    i am nt sure what his image is

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  • TS -77

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Hate international breaks! Cant wait until next game. Would love to beat Spurs and remain unbeaten!!

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  • Stuart

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Who says we’re not thinking of Champions League football?

    I know the odds are very, very slim, but hell, FC Twente and Wolfsburg were both relatively small teams in their league, yet went on to win it.

    I know theres less money in those leagues and the gulf between teams isnt so large, thats why I don’t expect us to win the league, but hell, if we keep this up until January I’ll be getting very excited about a 4th place finish.

    I’m hoping we at least get europa league football next season.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    2 weeks international break completely sucks between did Tiote got a yellow card against wolves

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  • ballerfan2

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t believe for a moment that Pardew will be making NO reference to the second half performance. His man management style though suggests that he won’t be singling out individual errors but making strong points on how to improve in pressurised situations. One thing he is is a coach who will rectify individual and positional issues unlike maybe KK who was principally a motivator.

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  • hellothere

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    anyone feels marko arnautovic from bremen could be a possible signing?

    bad past behaviour but he has the skills. maybe he could be tamed? And he is YOUNG 😀

    definitely not a no.9 but perhaps a decent no.7?

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  • richard

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    think only krul got a yellow for us. we were unlucky last year against spurs we have a better team now let them worry about us.

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  • UTD111

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Personally, I’m not too bothered about the international break when the league table shows us in 4th! Also gives us a chance to get some niggling injuries out of the way and do some serious prep for the Yid game.
    Having said that, Stroller should take good care of that shoulder injury and maybe make a comeback around next May LOL!

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  • TS -77

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    @4 – No yellow for Tiote, Krul and Guti Though.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Long may it continue

    Once we beat the Spuds, we will loom large on the radar of everyone else tho!!!

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Pieters, Marvin and the lad from Sochaux and we are really in with a chance of a top six finish.

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  • ArtyH

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Saw an article that said Ba has a suspected sprained ankle, anyone else know different. A sprain can be as bad as a break time wise, hope its not true.

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  • Trent Toon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #13

    I said a while back if we win the games against wolves, spurs, wigan, and stoke i can believe in europe. After those games we got both machester united an city away and chelsea at home three incredibly hard games. I think alan pardew needs to break fixtures into chunks and makes goals in the way of points in each chunk. So for chelsea, manchester united and city he should aim for 3 or 4 points from all three games.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Indian Magpie – it certainly isn’t of a headless chicken 🙂 The man and his lads are doing great

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