Alan Pardew A Very Hard Guy And Hard To Please Too

Steven Taylor has today opened the door on what it’s like to play for Alan Pardew.

Alan Pardew and Steven Taylor – in manager’s first day at Newcastle

And Steven says the 50 year-old Wimbledon born manager is the toughest taskmaster he’s ever worked with in football.

It seems that Alan is very hard to please, and he’s a perfectionist and therfore never seems fully satisfied with any performance from his players.

Well, that sounds good to us!

And Alan, like Sam Allardyce before him uses a lot of  current day technology in both the training and in games.

So it’s hard to pull the wool over Alan’s eyes, when the Londoner has got all the facts he needs after every game, and after every training session.

This is what Steven Taylor, who has been in great form for Newcastle so far this season, said about Alan today:

“The manager has shown faith in me since the day he came in. He sorted me out with a contract within a few days of arriving and that was a big confidence boost,”

“But to be fair he’s always on my tail, he’s at me all the time. It’s hard to make him smile! Sometimes when we get a clean sheet he might be happy for a little bit but he’s hard to please.”

“He’s a very hard guy. He’s got high standards and he wants perfection in games and in training.” “That’s difficult of course, but we try our hardest to do just that. As a back four we’re working hard and he’s got us playing together.”

 “He’s got everything down to a tee with his stats and stuff. You can never cheat in a game,” “He lets you know, the stats are all there in the games and training and he will single you out if he needs to.”

“He’s right when he says we can’t carry one person in this team.”  “We’re a small squad and if one of the team isn’t doing and lets their mates down, then we’re going to struggle.”

We like the fact that Alan is hard to please and a perfectionist, because that will certainly guard against Alan and any of his players getting carried away with success.

Football is like life, in that you are always learning and always trying to become better, in whatever line of work you are in.

And Pardew’s ways seemed to have worked famously since he came in last December and replaced a popular Chris Hughton as the Newcastle manager.

We hope that after today’s game, Alan has just a little bit of improvement he would have liked to have seen in the Newcastle performance, because that will almost certainly mean that Newcastle will have pulled off a famous win.

And it’s about time Steven scored another goal for Newcastle from one of those set plays, and today would be a great time for him to get his 14th goal for Newcastle,  in what will be his 196th appearance for his local club.

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Haha yesterday Taylor was on about AP nailing the back line, now hes saying AP’s always on his tail. What the hells AP doing with the defense to get them playing so well?

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    3-1 today best 2 cabye 1 defoe 1

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    First it was.

    Pardew is nailing the defenders,
    Now he is a very Hard guy and hard to please.

    Something you trying to say here Ed?

  • carlton nufc

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I cant wait to see the starting line up today dont be suprised if santon and benny start marvo get 20 mins

  • tdt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #5

    any links for the west brom v wolves match?

  • geoff777

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Bookmark this and you’ll never have to ask again ..

  • tdt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    thanks guys!

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    geoff777, I’m sick of telling people to bookmark that site. pity the sopcast links are foreign.

  • tdt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #10

    As long as wolves dont win I’ll be happy. 1-0 WB

  • geoff777

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11


    Bloodzeed was in English last time I used it.
    None worked for me yesterday. Wouldn’t buffer past 25?

    Magic & Firstrow are pretty decent quality for browser embeds.

    Quality & choice is better now than it was a season or two ago.

    Should be a great game today.
    Will he play Santon?


    3-1 easy win!

  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Adebayor, Lennon and sandro all doubts for spurs if they are all out this means less pace down the wing and less height upfront = great chance of a win!!!


    1 nil simples

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    geoff777, can’t see AP starting Santon. I think AP’s philosophy is “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it.” Santon 30 minutes second half.

  • geoff777

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14


    Understandable but Raylor is out of position and it is just a question of time …

  • toonthompson

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    satnot is much faster than ralor and has played agains spurs

  • toonthompson

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16


  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m off to the match this afternoon 🙂 shud b a cracker

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    geoff777, I think we’ll have to lose a game for AP to change the starting line up. I for one would prefer to continue winning or drawing and keep the line up as it is.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Geordie-Jake, I’m jealous mate.

  • carlton nufc

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Whats west brom score ?

  • chris_g

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    “…can’t see AP starting Santon. I think AP’s philosophy is “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it.”
    Actually, AP was recently quoted as saying that he doesn’t think that way, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Santon in the starting eleven this afternoon:

    “I’m not interested in simply keeping us in the Premier League. I want to try to win a trophy. I’m not an advocate of, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. I’m always thinking “how I can do it better?”’


  • chris_g

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #22

    West Brom 1 Wolves 0
    after 60 mins


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