Things Are Simply Never Boring At Newcastle United

This has been the best start to the season since the mid 1990s when the great Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.

Alan Pardew – tough job for the Newcastle manager

But after Saturday’s game there are now huge challenges ahead for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew,  as injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini have exposed the threadbare Newcastle squad.

It’s going to be difficult for the manager to put together a strong team for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City,  but Alan Pardew has done wonders at Newcastle since he arrived 12 months ago.

And we’ll just have to see what he does this week to overcome the latest challenge (crisis?)  at Newcastle.

If you ever thought being manager of Newcastle United was easy,  just let’s review some of the stuff the Alan has had to confront since he became the Newcastle manager:

  • Alan  came in after the surprise dismissal of the very popular Chris Hughton, and he was hardly welcomed with open arms by the Newcastle fans
  • After talking incessantly last January about how it was important to keep Newcastle’s best players and that Andy Carroll was simply not for sale, Andy Carroll was sold for £35M to Liverpool and to make matters worse  it was too late to bring in a replacement.
  • Newcastle were drawn away at Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and went out 3-1 in one of the embarrassing FA Cup exits in Newcastle’s long  history
  • And just to rub it in,  Newcastle’s best  four best players last January – Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton – were all sold in Alan’ s first 9 months at the Newcastle club against his wishes
  • We were told that the Andy Carroll money would be fully invested back into the club,  but Newcastle failed to bring a replacement striker on the last day of the summer transfer window,  and Pardew  never spoke to the press for a full week after that, as the reports were he was simply furious with the Newcastle Board
  • Newcastle eventually invested an  amount of around £1M in the summer transfer window
  • In spite of everything that seemed to go wrong, including an American tour that was ill-advised,  Newcastle made a fantastic start to the season and are currently still in 6th place and 3 points above Liverpool in the league,  after 14 games played
  • Just  in case Alan was thinking the Newcastle job was easy,  he has just been hit with both top center-backs – Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini injured – with Steven out for the full season and not much available in the squad who have played at center-back before
  • And so it goes

All of the above has happened in the first year since Alan was appointed on December 9th last year – 363 days ago.

But Newcastle are doing well, and whether we’re up on top, in the middle of the table,  or struggling down below, things at the Newcastle club are simply never boring.

And  being the manager of Newcastle United has to be one of the most difficult jobs in football.

Keep up the good work Alan. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

9 comments so far

  • davo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Congratulations Pards on getting through this first year. I think you,ve done a fantastic job so far.Keep up the good work.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Here are some tough work to be done

    1) Ask Perch to built up some muscle
    2) Ask Alan Smith to join the local Cheerleader

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the next few weeks are exciting to see what our kids are made of. People rave about our reserves and youth policy it’s time to see just how good they really are when they’re going to be called upon now.

  • Willo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Pards has done a great job on the pitch and in the dressing room lets not forget how good of a halftime talker he must be. Arsenal 4 Newcastle 4 ring any bells?
    Also, lets just hope Alan Smith doesn’t read this blog.

  • theleckworthbird

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d rather be bored like Manchester fans – win one win one, win one oh how boring.
    Delighted Liverpool got beaten last night. Please please please let us finish above them Mr Pardew

  • martoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    The first objective as a Newcastle manager is not to get sacked in the first year so AP can tick that box. The second is probably to get the support of the fans and I think by and large he can tick that box as well. I have noticed in all the posts nobody has suggested playing Alan Smith at CB 🙂 Many a word said in jest………

  • Toon_Jock

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Surely it’s Santon’s time to shine for us – he must be getting a start in our next game… Surely?!?!?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Great work Mr Pardew very impressed with everything you have done so far, as Ed has illustrated so well it hasn’t been an easy ride for the man, then again it never is in Newcastle.

    I think our best defensive line-up now has to be:

    Simpson —– Perch / Kadar —– Raylor —– Santon


  • Sav

    Dec 7, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m wondering if Best can adapt to playing centre-back like Dion Dublin used to do.


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