Carver – Pardew’s Like Bobby Robson – An Outstanding Coach

John Carver has been talking to the press today,  and the inevitable question has come up – how  does Alan Pardew compare to the great Bobby Robson?

Bobby Robson – shown with his statue at St. James’ Park

It’s not since the mercurial days when Bobby Robson was the manager of Newcastle, that the Magpies have been so high up in the league table, and all credit to Pardew for turning things around at Newcastle so very quickly.

John Carver was asked if Alan Pardew was similar to Bobby Robson as a manager:

“No, not really,” “They are very different personalities, but what they do have in common is outstanding coaching ability.”

“Everyone knows what I thought of Bob, but Alan’s attention to detail is ­second to none.” “I’ve been in this game a long time and never come across anyone so thorough and meticulous. “

“Every Monday he comes into work having compiled a defensive report on the opposition.” That’s his project, working with our video analysts to provide players with the best information.”

“This week, for example, he will talk about Manchester City’s angles of attack, their set-pieces, their movement, as well as focussing on individuals.”

“The lads will be made aware of ­Dzeko’s strengths and weaknesses, the best way to nullify Silva, Milner’s ­incredible work-rate, everything.”

“That takes care of Monday to ­Thursday. On Friday it’s my turn when we look at ways to get at opponents. Put simply, Alan concentrates on how not to lose and I then find ways to win.”

That’s a good insight for us by John, as to how the coaching is done at Newcastle for each and every game.

Alan Pardew will do an excellent job as Newcastle manager if he can come anywhere near emulating one of the best English football managers ever born.

Bobby’s record at Newcastle over the five years he was manager was 255 games played, 119 won, 64 drawn and 72 lost- for a win percentage of 46.67 and a loss percentage of 28.2.

Alan’s current record at Newcastle is 37 games played, 15 won, 13 drawn and 9 lost – for a win percentage of 40.54 and a loss percentage of 24.3.

So Alan’s record is already quite good, given he’s only been on board for 11 months, and that the team is now a lot better than the one he took over when he first arrived.

It should be a great game to watch tomorrow, but the first 20 minutes or so will be so important for Newcastle not to concede,

And we expect to see the lads get off to a fast start, as they did so well at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City, in their last away win.

There can be no slow start for the lads tomorrow, as we are up against one of the best sides money can buy, in Manchester City.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments always welcome.

17 comments so far

  • toonruz

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    tiote is not injured , ashley will sell him guess what people the same happend to carrol this time last year ASHLEY OUT

  • geordiejohn42

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve got a feeling that we could suprise them and get a 3-2 win with Ba with 2 and fancy Saylor getting the winner.

  • Wigham33

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Put 20 on Captain Colo to score. He is Due for it….

  • Phatoon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4


    I assume then that: Obertan, Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Williamson will all be sold as well as they are all “injured” as you make out…


    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    0 points from the next 3 games, I’d still be happy

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Alan Pardew came in and we all thought he was Ashleys Puppet but he has distanced himself from the Evil 2 and got the team to fire on nearly 6 Cylinders. The Team of Carver – Pardew works great so farr . Bobby would not have put up with Ashley ….

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Also We need to Shut up about Carroll… Judas is Gone to The Red Scum to hash them up with Suarez !!! We have the £35 million on a player worth what £7 ??? So lets see how High we can get This Season !!!!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8


    After Llambias drunken tirade to fans in a Newcastle bar we have a better picture of what occurred in Carroll transfer.

    During his drunken rant on the bidding for Carroll at no point did he mention Carroll was the one wanting to leave.

    The transfer was all Ashley & Llambias with Pardew on board at 35M.

    Andy Carroll never wanted to leave, like he said at the time.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Re-hash. Carroll was under contract and didn’t have to go anywhere!

  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    ‘Mercurial. Adjective.
    1. (Of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind’

    I wouldn’t describe Sir Bobby as that!

  • Mc-Toon

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11


    Pipe down simpleton.

    What was the reason for Carroll’s absence from the Liverpool team for over a month after they signed him then?

    Was he play acting to keep up with Big Mike’s game.


  • ash-out

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    @ toonruz – Its a ruse that you support the toon. Get back on the ALS message boards you goon.

    @geoff777 – No mention of Andy Carroll’s stance during Lambias’ tirade regarding the transfer. You are simply speculating. Any way who cares, he is gone and getting slaughtered by the scousers.
    I never heard of it taking ten security men to force him on to Mike’s helicopter and I could,nt see the tears running down his cheeks at his press conference with Dogleash.
    Please move on .

  • Sav

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Magpiebop (9) if you want to buy the line the club peddle, that’s your affair.
    Here’s a scenario, You are AC on 25k. Llambias calls you in. “Liverpool have bid 30million for you and are offering 80k wages but we’ve turned them down”
    “Wow! Fine, but … does that mean you lads are going to give me a bit of a raise?”
    “No chance”.
    “That doesn’t seem very fair.”
    “Suit yersel, I’m just letting you know.You are under contract unless you wanna put in a transfer request…?”
    “If you put it like that, ok then, up yours!”

    “Hello, Damien? heh, heh. Make it 35 million upfront and Mike says you’ve got a deal, “

  • toonincheek

    Nov 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #14

    To say Carroll was under contract and could have refused a transfer just ignores the real situation he was put in.

    Yes, he may have mentioned an increase in salary, but if the club eanted to keep him, the complications could easily have been explained and an increase put on hold.

    If there had been more time to think about the transfer request he was asked to put in (no doubt in my mind about that), Carroll should have offered the option of no transfer request but offered to give up the extra he would have been due from a transfer he didn’t request – what would Ashley have done about that?
    I’m sure Ashley was just thinking about the money he would save if he had a transfer request.

    I don’t suppose that option would occur to Carroll in the limited time available, but if he had foreseen some supporters attributing so much to a transfer request, perhaps he would have done.

  • BoomBoom

    Nov 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Yawn. You lot need to stop living in the past. What does it matter who left and who pushed who out. We got a great deal and our club is better off.

    Give it a rest I’m bored of it now.

    Let’s hope Pards and Carver get it right at the weekend and the boys make some history.

    Toon toon. HWTL

  • hotdog

    Nov 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Great insight from JC

    I wonder who get’s the Mars Bar for doing their job right after the weekend. You can just see the patter afterwards if it’s 0-0 “Fookin hell JC, i did my bit, pull your finger out next time” 🙂

  • Davy Craig

    Nov 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I think that Alan Pardew and John Carver along with the rest of the coaching staff deserve full credit for the way the team are playing at the moment.

    They seem to have placed the players right in the eye of the storm around them and allowing them to concentrate on the football. The way they work together with their scouts and video researchers is like reading about the way General Lee worked in the American Civil War. The next battle is tomorrow against Man City and win, lose or draw I hope we come away covered in glory.


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