Pardew Has Sympathy for Blackburn Manager Steve Kean

Blackburn supporters are  going to protest tonight against their under-fire manager Steve Kean.

Under fire Blackburn manager Steve Kean

Newcastle are still unbeaten in 11 games this season, but this will be a tough test for the Magpies, and we expect a tough game from Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Steve Kean gets a lot of sympathy from the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and that’s because  the Newcastle manager has experienced similar situations at both West Ham United and Charlton Athletic, and Alan thinks it’s not a good position for any manager to be in.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the Blackburn situation:

“What Steve is experiencing right now is damaging, very damaging,” “I’ve had it myself at West Ham, at times when we were trying to get out of the Championship, and I also had it at Charlton.”

“It’s very, very difficult and very testing on the manager. It affects everyone at the club because you get a different reaction from your staff than you do when everything’s going well. You have to be strong enough to deal with it all.”

“As a manager, you don’t want to hear your fellow managers get stick. If the home fans are having a go at Steve, perhaps it might help us, but I try not to look at it that way.”

“I believe we can win the game without the need for that. I’m not saying it wouldn’t assist us, but it’s dangerous to assume.”

“Steve’s a good person, he understands the game, and he’s been around some good people including Chris Coleman, who is a good friend of mine.”

“He’s had some good clubs and he knows the game. But like anything when you start in management, you need a good start, and he has never really got over that testing start so it’s difficult for him at the moment.”

“He’s a battler and a fighter and will come out fighting on Wednesday.”

We don’t think that Alan Pardew will make the wholesale  changes to the side that he made for the last round at Nottingham Forest last month, and at most four or perhaps five players will be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game.

We do think  Davide Santon, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will get definite starts along with Peter Lovenkrands and possibly Danny Guthrie, and those are  the players who could  come in and not weaken the side much at all.

We wouldn’t expect Steven Taylor to start the game with his broken nose, but the news last night was that Steven is ready to play in a protective mask tonight.

Shola Ameobi is out for six weeks, after suffering yet another hamstring injury in the game against Wigan on Saturday, but we do expect his younger brother, Sammy, to be on the bench and the 19 year-old could see some action in the second half.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Twatter

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s just not good enough a manager. Simple really.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #2

    I think that’s harsh to say that he’s not good enough, these things happen, I’ll wait till after the match though before I make assumptions. DON’T SAY ANYTHING STUPID PEOPLE I’ve seen jynx’s happen…. (stevenage anyone?)

  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    As do I. He’s not a very good manager but the abuse is uncalled for. With Ashley, we were fighting against something that was his fault but with Kean it is a mixture of things. Thankfully the situation with Ashley is actually getting restored.

  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking on the bright side, he’s meant to be an excellent coach. Seriously though, he’s a puppet manager who was put in place to fail by a board who plan on fleecing as much as the club as is possible. MA could have (and very well could still) done the same to us.


    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I was just saying to my mate how on paper Blackburn’s back 4 look pretty good. Salgado, Dann, Samba and Olssen= a bit of skill, a bit of speed and a bit of experience. Why are Blackburn still losing? We can’t understand it! even their keeper is pretty decent. If it’s not bad management or coaching what is it?

  • Twatter

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #6

    If you agree that he is not a good enough manager, then why do you think it’s harsh to say he is? I’m calling a spade a spade here.

    He’s a good coach but he hasn’t cut it at managerial level and needs to go. The longer he stays the better in my eyes though; I can’t stand Blackburn for a few reasons, some personal.

  • Willo

    Oct 26, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Simpson Perch Colo Santon
    Cabaye Abeid
    Gosling Marveaux

    There we are. two forced changes. Saylor for Perch and Abeid for Tiote along with a rest for Raylor, Obertan, Jonas and Ba. Not wholesale changes but enough to get rest and WIN THE GAME.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s crap, they’re crap. We’re going to have their guts for garters!


    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been thinking a bit more about blackburn/kean. they’ve got some good footballers seriously. Pedersen,dunn,hoilett and either jermain jones or nzonzi. Summit isn’t right?

  • dazza

    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Leroi it takes more than a decent back 4 to defend. Look at B’ham last year

    Only real concern here is Samba at deadball situations and Hoilett on a more general level. Now he would be a good signing in Jan!

  • toonie

    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #11

    @Twatter I used to call a spade a spade, until I stood on one last night in the garage !!!


    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #12

    what we should do is approach Hoillett and Olsson after the game and sweet talk them into coming across to play for NUFC in January… both would be very good additions and just what we need to take that next step


    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #13

    my starting line up in Jan would be:
    Santon Sailor Collo Ollson
    Marvo Abeid Cabaye Gut
    HBA SHola

    bench: Best, Gos, Guthrie, Oba, Williamson, Sammy

  • ShanghaiMag

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d like to see Ben Arfa play first half with Ba and second half with Best to see which one he plays better with.

    Which ever pair seems better play them on Monday!

    (also Marveaux for the wasteful Obertan)

  • Twatter

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Definitely put Ben Arfa up for the start. This is long overdue. He needs to start for his confidence because it is clearly lacking on him so far – either that or match fitness, both of which will not be sorted by him simply coming off the bench again.

    Pardew needs to field a side strong enough to beat Blackburn and not be overawed by the occasion, but he also needs to rest those that need to be rested and look out for injuries. It’s a tough one…

  • brettsinsa

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Twatter seriously mate not a good enough manager, wow talk about kick him when your down…. AP was judged to be not good enough and now they are singing his name from the terraces ,it all depends on your team firing and ours has fortunatley, there are some very good teams down the bottom of the ladder at present we however have had a cracking start, Owners at BBurn deserve the wrath as like ours did hes been promised everything and given nothing…. ease up on the guy is all im saying….


  • Twatter

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #17

    I doubt Steve Kean is going to come onto this morning and see my comment and suddenly burst out into a flood of tears. You lot are getting really sentimental about it.

    Steve Kean gets enough grief from Blackburn fans as it is, and rightly so, if a team isn’t doing well then ultimately it is the manager’s fault. That is the fact of the matter. They’re put there as the figurehead so surely all the criticism with on-the-pitch performances should be burdened by him first and foremost?

  • nimo

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #18

    how can ppl say hes a poor manager.. managers at there first attempt find it hard.. leta not get this wrong blackburn are a very poor side with not much attraction for players.. we all thought pards was a poor manager from the times he was stuck at clubs were it werent going well. and was dissapointed when he took over from chris but he has took us on to nct level and with sounds of s it is a top managrr… excellent man manager.. keeps us informed.. hard task master specially with the defence qhere we need it amongst other things that have impressed me

  • Karltooon

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    @17 – Steve Kean is a bellend that looks like Paddy McGuiness’ Da

  • Pottz

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Couldn’t care less about Kean and Blackburn, their turmoil can only be good for us tonight. Plus the less Jocks as managers in the Premier league the better.

  • Kris

    Oct 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #21


  • hartoon

    Oct 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22
    apparently only radio tonight guys
    strange as how its 2 premier league teams.


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