Pardew – One Player Can Change The Team’s Character Quickly

Alan Pardew has a delicate task at Newcastle now, with the squad seemingly full of very good players.

Alan Pardew – at Molineaux on Saturday – sun tanned?

And of course not all of them can start each game, and there’s only 18 that can make the  match-day squad  for each game, and we’ve already seen some top players not being able to make that final 18.

But that happens at the top clubs, so we’ll take that as a good sign that the squad is much better than it’s been for quite a while, and certainly better than last season.

And the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has pointed out that he will always have a juggling act when it comes to selection, but he also knows that one player can make a big difference to the team.

This is what Alan said today:

“That’s always going to be compromised somewhere along the line, and there’s no doubt that one or two players coming into the team can change the character of it quite quickly.

“That was evident at Nottingham Forest, when we conceded three goals – and two of them were quite sloppy ones.”  “You have always got to be adaptable and always got to be ready to understand that one player can make the make-up of the team very different.”

As soon as Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle last December,  and let’s be straight, he was not really welcomed too warmly when he first arrived, he’s told the Geordie fans he would build a team that would get  them out out of  their seats.

And the players he has brought in over the summer are certainly not only good players, who were brought in on very good deals for the club, but they are also skillful and exciting players to watch.

Alan so far has been doing exactly what he said he would do – and he’s been good to his word – and as far as we are concerned, long may that continue.

And if Newcastle keep up their great form this season, who knows, we may end up higher up the league table than any of us has imagined in early August.

But we’ll stick to saying that Newcastle in the top eight would be just great this season, and that a stretch target would be to somehow get into Europe for next season – that would be just phenomenal.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Oct 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1

    nial quinn steps down as sunderland chairman to be replaced by elis short… north east news

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Oct 3, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    back on topic with regards to the team i would say if it aint broke dont fix it same line up for spurs HBA needs a good half hour if he is going to get match fit

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #4

    This is the e-mail I sent to the PL show (Fanzone), which they read out around the world:
    When will you take notice of NUFC? You keep saying they have no depth but a very talented player ( Ben Arfa) is still out, same with Marveaux, Santon, Gosling, Guthrie, etc., etc.
    When we beat Spurs will that turn your heads?


    As a result, they spent 2-3 minutes discussing the team, showed the Jonas wonder-goal and talked positively of the team. Cool huh

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #5

    there a joke they never giv us credit ,it was as if jeff stelling was gutted we where 3rd same as that jumped up av got a chip on me shoulder coz am little charlie

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #6

    if the toon can fit benafa n santon to the attacking line and keep the back four the same think well trounce tottspur

  • stephen1971

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #7

    definatly got more excitment in the team now when they play fast atacking football, i hope santon gets a shot against spuds, he,s an international player so i,m sure he,d adapt very quick to the epl, and hba gets a shot for at least a half

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #8

    had it been stoke they would of been masterbating over them

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    cyprus – Well done mate. That’s really cool and good work, you made them take notice. I’ve been trying that with Sky Sports for years but it just falls on deaf ears, them bastards.


  • Grievous

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Really hope we bring in Eren Derdiyok from Leverkusen, especially after seeing his wonder-goal in this video. About 40 seconds into the video.

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #11

    @cyprus: Bit arrogant, isn’t it? “When we beat Spurs”? Honestly, we’ll be lucky to get a point out of that game =/

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    @Grievous: Haha I swear Germany is stuck in the mid 90s. Plaid shirts, plain straight leg jeans and Backstreet Boy haircuts.

    It’s like being in Byker metty in 96 haha

  • scottoon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I have seen a number of posts selecting the best 11, and for those including HBA as the withdrawn striker, the tendency is to include Ba ahead of Best. I have to disagree. I think Best has superior hold up play, is better on the turn, and can bring more players into the attack. Sure he hasn’t exactly had his shooting boots on the last couple, but overall I think he brings more to the side than Demba. Love what Ba is doing at the moment, but can’t wait to see HBA in the side in an attacking 4-5-1. I would also move Raylor right and give Santon a run. Simmo has admittedly been joining more attacks, but just about everything we have created of late has started on the left. In defence, Simmo still concedes far too much ground. Watch as he makes no real effort to close down Jarvis (or is it Hammill?) on the Wolves goal.

  • cheikmate

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Listen to this podcast to see what these thick cockney pundits actually think of newcastle. Calling us fortunate and an unlikeable side, they claim to hate us in fact. never heard such bullshit is my life: Skip to 37.50 of the podcast.

    makes me hope we thrash the journos sweetheart spurs whilst live on sky !!!

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d love to listen to that, cheik, but I noticed “”

  • PompeyJohn

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #16

    It seems some people are getting carried away again. Six weeks ago we were rubbish and now we are great. The truth is we are somewhere in between. We were very lucky against QPR and Wolves and the game v Spurs will be very difficult. Lets just be glad that we seem to be trying to play a faster more stylish type of football, enjoy it while it lasts and not get too upset when it goes pear-shaped!

  • toonLYF

    Oct 3, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew will not play Santon agaist Spurs, it would be stupid to do so, however i would start Ben Arfa, if Newcastle show early on that they’re going to attack Spurs, it will help us get a result so much, if we let them come at us it could be 3 or 4 nil by half time. Really genuinely do think we can get a result though…….

    really think we could do spurs 2-1 or 3-2

  • davis_toons

    Oct 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #18

    ..Spurs is next. It is a real test at home so Newcastle suppose to be in a slight advantage.

    Bale (Stronger) Vs Simpson
    Lennon (Stronger)Vs Rtaylor
    Adebayor (Stronger)Vs Coloccini
    Modric Vs Cabaye
    King Vs Best

    Btw, John Bostock is a good young player

  • Thump

    Oct 3, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Just watched the Wolves highlights on NUFCtv. It really hits home how truly lucky we were with some of those calls. I still don’t know how that second goal was disallowed or why but whatever.

  • nimo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #20

    we were so lucky but hoe many times havr decisions gone againsy us.. its football its what makes it so entertaining.. overall a draw would ptob of been fair but hay whos complaining

  • Toonboy_84

    Oct 3, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21


    That pod cast is a disgrace. Hate’s this toon team and pardew is an idiot. What a pair of t**ser’s they are.

  • woodsee

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Was Barton tweeting over the weekend about taarbaats runner or there 6 0 drubbing,dont take long for the poison to spread mark my words,we are well shot.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #23

    That podcast was an absolute disgrace, how people like that are allowed to air such ridiculous opinions and be paid for it is beyond me, the only person that gave us any fair comments was the spuds fan who at least said that the next game will be a fair assessment of where the team in 4th and 6th are in relation to each other.

    On a side note, yeah we were lucky, but we still dominated the first half entirely and had sitters in the second half, so let’s not overstate the luck element, we have no control on what decisions are made for or against us, does no one remember the goal that howard webb disallowed against fulham in our relegation season which cost us a point or the corner that wasn’t a corner form which stoke scored at brittania which if u looked at it cost us all three, so luck is a fickle mistress let’s enjoy the good fortune but still realise that we were the better team that deserved that result

  • Dannyo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #24

    My word, how completely and utterly bonkers can u get?!?! Anyone read what Trapattoni said about Best today?

    Someone go over there and give the man a good slap. Best lazy?! Little work rate?! Waites for the ball!? The wanker has never watched him, what a complete load of bull. Pisses me off real good clueless comments like that.
    Get the italian national managers out of Brittain. Lazy good for nothing piece of clueless mental cases.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #25

    My word, how completely and utterly bonkers can u get?!?! Anyone read what Trapattoni said about Best today?

    Someone go over there and give the man a good slap. Best lazy?! Little work rate?! Waites for the ball!? The to**er has never watched him, what a complete load of bull. Pisses me off real good clueless comments like that.
    Shows how clueless foreign national managers can be. Who hires a person like that?! Pfff…

  • nickfish90

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #26

    What’s all this about from Trappatoni, his reasons for not picking Besty…seems a strange one, some cryptic message here, hmm. Besty always gives 110% for the cause unlike Keith Treacy at the clubs he’s been at.

    “We cannot afford to have players standing there waiting for the ball. Leon knows why he is not here. We are also missing Keith Treacy and he knows. The players understand why. I tell them to their face, not through the newspapers.”

    Read more:

  • nickfish90

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #27

    @Dannyo – haha, you got in there before be mate.

  • nickfish90

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #28



    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Leon ‘Goal machine’ Best isnt good enough for the Irish squad?

    Fine by me, you stay in the toon and score goals that mean something lad then when Ireland comes knocking tell them to jog on

  • nickfish90

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Besty seems as baffled as all of us, here are his comments from a couple of weeks back. It is as though Trappatoni thought he was faking injury to pull out, yet he had surgery! Clueless…

    “I don’t know what is going on with Ireland, not got a clue. I just know I was not called up last month.
    ‘They called me up in May but I got injured and I was having an operation on my ankle so I couldn’t go to camp and since then I’ve not been called up.

    “It is strange because when I was playing at Coventry I was called up so may be if I was just playing there, it might not have happened, but I have not had the call.

    “As long as I keep scoring he’s going to have to call me up again, that’s what I want. Me playing for Ireland opened up the window for me to move to a club like Newcastle.”

    Read more:

  • Sav

    Oct 4, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Maiga from Socheaux could be the one to change the team’s character – for the worse.


    Oct 4, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Best might be better off not going on international duty anyway! Just think if he went and got crocked! Everyone on here says that we are short of strikers! Besty,s answer to Trappatoni should be to score more goals for us!!

    And the artikle is right! One player would change the character of the whole team!
    Lets not sign any more bloody idiots then! and we,ve had our fair share of characters over the years!!!

  • redondo77

    Oct 4, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Best not playing for Ireland is a good news, so is Colo.
    They don’t get injured playing for their national teams.

    NUFC vs Spurs : If we could play like Bayern when they kill Mancity, then we will win. IF..


    Oct 5, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Here,s a thought—— !

    Totenham have players on International duty too! v/d Fart is playings for the Dutch this weekend!
    Not sure about the rest,however?


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