Chris Waddle Lauds Alan Pardew’s Unexpected Success


50 year-old Chris Waddle was born in Felling, and he started his career at Tow Law Town before moving to Newcastle in 1980.

Chris Waddle – played for England 61 times

Chris played for four years at Newcastle and appeared 191 times with 52 goals before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 1984.

Waddle also played 61 times with 6 goals for England from 1985 through 1991, when he was playing for Bobby Robson, who was then England manager (1982- 1990).

And Chris played for many clubs in his career which lasted until 1999, and he played 743 games with 147 goals, and he did just great, and since he retired from football he has become a pundit.

As of August 2009 Waddle commentates for ESPN’s coverage of the Premier League.

There’s an excellent interview he has given to employees at a Question and Answer session on Tyneside yesterday, as he was a guest of England sponsors Vauxhall.

And Chris has some good words to say about manager Alan Pardew, who is getting Newcastle fans behind him quickly, with the way he has made Newcastle into a side to be reckoned with over the last twelve months.

Alan has surprised Chris big time with the success he has quickly brought to Newcastle, who are 4th top of the league and we’re now into December – not too bad at all.

This is what Chris said:

“Alan’s come in and probably thought ‘I’m not the public’s choice’, but he’s rolled his sleeves up and got on with it, and now he’s getting his rewards,”

“You’re starting to hear the fans sing ‘Alan Pardew’s black and white army’.” “He’s done a fantastic job. He’s recruited really well, he’s got a good squad there now.”

“Whatever the background was to letting people like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton leave, and Andy Carroll went last January, to lose players like that was massive.”

“But although they’re not household names, he’s brought good players in and they’ve surprised people.” “For example, Demba Ba wouldn’t have been my choice. You’re looking for out-and-out goalscorers, which they needed.”

“But Demba Ba? Well he’s proved me wrong and scored goals.” “Leon Best has also done well.”  “Gabriel Obertan has obviously got a good pedigree and was well-respected in France as a young player., but it  didn’t happen for him at Manchester United.”

“And Yohan Cabaye has been a great signing, he’s a good player. I was told about him two years ago.”  “Newcastle got him and a lot of people said ‘Who’s he?’. But he’s fitted in well. “

“It’s very easy on football to turn around and, if Alan had had a bad start, say ‘What do you expect signing these players?’.”  “But the players have gelled. There’s not a star player and I think that’s working in their favor.”

“You need a good changing room, players willing to run an extra ten yards. You can have a lot of egos but you need the players to be together.”  “They play at a good tempo, Newcastle.”

“They’re well-organised, they get it down and play. They’ve knitted, and they believe in what Alan’s telling them – that if they work hard, move and pass the ball, and entertain, the fans will love it.”

“Realistically, if they finish eighth, ninth, 10th, they’ll have had a fantastic season.”

With Newcastle’s excellent start to the season,  with 26 points from the first 13 league game, that should almost guarantee the side a top 10 place, but of course we know there are no guarantees in the tough Premier League.

Last if took 47 points to be 10th, which is where Sunderland ended up, (sorry to bring that up), one point and two places above Newcastle who famously wilted in that last game of the season against WBA after being 3-0 uop.

That means Newcastle need around 20 points from their last 25 games to get 46 points, and even if there’s a big slump we have to believe Newcastle can reach that points total, at the very least – maybe.

But Newcastle need to take each game as it comes,  and just keep racking up those points, and that’s starting with Chelsea this Saturday at St. James’ Park, where 3 points would be just fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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38 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Only one game worries me in December. That’s the one on the 30th.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Excuse me while I put my shirt back on.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    GG – without me checking is that Liverpool away mate?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    and also Demba Ba’s goal record in all his leagues suggests to me hes a pretty good out and out goal scorer

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    1 in every 2.2 games or something

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    GeordieToon89 @ 3, that’s the one

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    GeordieToon89 @ 5, then he’ll score on Saturday.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    tough game away to them, they’ve got a good record at home mainly draws but still tough to beat..

    also about Chelsea

    The game will be very tough although they’ve been poor of late that does not mean they not capable of turning up and destroying someone, Im saying if we play our game but really get into ther faces and rough them up about and have plenty of shots on goal use Ben Arfa and the use the wingers to the full extent we can beat them

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    GG – Hat-trick mate haha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    well about newcastle transfers really

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  • colwell

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Waddle is a bell-end, everytime he commentates on our games he always backs the other team, praising them etc.

    Thank f##k he isn`t the manager then not feeling Ba was an out an out goalscorer look at his record.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    well actually its only for the first 2 mins

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I used to work with a lass who taught Chris Waddle at school – in fact she taught him English and he wasn’t the best in the class – but all the other kids used to say “all he needs to do is sign his own name on the contract as he’s going to be a footballer Miss “- bet they didn’t know how good though.
    He’s wrong about the 8th-9th-10th finish – Toon are looking for 5th-7th place depending on injuries, run of form and the opposition…

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  • colwell

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    I haven’t seen anything on Tiote this week, what are the chances he is rated doubtful again? Every week he should be fit for our next game, then its the next an so forth.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    A love Ben Arfa me liike hes fekin awesome =]

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #17

    angelswithdirtyfaces – A think he’s saying 8th/9th/10th just to maybe play down expectations then we wont be left as dissapointed if we dont finish in europe.. think it wise we play down as much as possible because realistically if we finish 10th its still a good season and an improvement off last season.. if we get into europe wer going to need to buy around 8 players if u ask me.. Look at Stoke quite a big squad yet ther struggling now because of the extra games.. weve got one the smallest squads in the league

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  • planb

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    The Barton creep seems to be getting himself in a right old two and eight about NUFC i think the penny has finally dropped that people realise hes a money grabbing little bandit playing for QPR the jokes on him the mug!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

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    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

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    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    UNITED

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    roshan MAGPIE, NEWCASTEL?

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  • jakesome

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #29

    dont know if it testiment to our massive improvments of chelskis downfall but i feel we can take him
    would love to see benny bang one in

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  • jakesome

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #30

    or chelskis*

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Roshan Magpie:
    Epic fail on 26 mate ha ha ha, defeat from the jaws of victory LOL

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Waddler can shut his red and white hole too, along with Joey ‘listen to me, I am so contrioversial, but boring everyone to tears’ Barton.
    Lest we not forget Waddles crap when he played for the unwashed at Albania on Wear. I played in the same team as him hundreds of times, and despite being a great player he is as thick as a castle wall, FACT.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    MY mistake my mob joystick IS damaged instead of LE I typed EL ya its a epic mistake a disgrace feels like i am a mackems yuck

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #34

    GOOD NEWS WILLIAMSON IS set for NUFC come back

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  • Basogeordie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Ol Chunky Waddle is a no nothing Mackem thats just starting to eat his humble pie. Hope he has more to eat come May!

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  • moonraker

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    the most embarassing thing about Chris Waddle’s commentaries is his inability to pronounce the word “PENALTY”. He always says “PELANTY”. I dont think the tv station has the guts to tell him now; either that or he’s tried and just cant pronounce it. Dim so and so. Was a good player though!

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Roshan.
    OK, so the good news is?

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  • Basogeordie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Cracking player moonraker, but a dumbass mackem none the less.

    I cant understand how he manages to get employed as a comentator hes up in my hate list along with David “the dinosaur” Pleat and Mark ” i wanna slit my wrists listening to you boring negative drone” Lawrenson……

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