Pardew’s Success At Newcastle – In His First Year In Charge

Alan Pardew is talking about stability at Newcastle United today.

Alan Pardew – has generated almost instant success this season

The word stability was never used in the same sentence when Freddy Shepherd was Chairman of the club,  from late 1997 until the summer of 2007, when Mike Ashley purchased the club outright.

And since Mike Ashley has owned Newcastle over the last four and half years, Newcastle have had a total of six managers in Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.

So it’s hard to say the club had been stable under Mike Ashley either, as the Londoner has twice tried to sell the club with no success.

Alan signed on for five and a half years last December when he replaced the very popular Chris Hughton, and he said then that he wanted a long term contract, if he was to take the hot-seat at Newcastle.

Alan got that contract from Ashley, in the last year Alan has done extremely well in almost all aspects of the job, and currently has his team in 7th place in the Premier League.

And that’s after a poor run of results too, and a win tomorrow night at Liverpool and we’ll be back up to 6th place,  one point out of 4th place.

Alan is right when he says it’s important to have stability at a football club, but it’s something we haven’t had on Tyneside for a while.

Not since the great Bobby Robson managed the club from September 1999 until August of 2004, when we were 3rd and 4th in the Premier League in successive seasons.

And before that Kevin Keegan was manager from February 1992 through January, 1997, when he created The Entertainers and brought great fame to Newcastle United and second place twice in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew has a good chance to be in charge at Newcastle for a few years yet, especially if he can maintain the success he has generated in his very first year at the club.

And this is what the Newcastle manager told Sky Sports News today:

“The biggest progress we have is stability at the football club because the results and the way we have conducted ourselves here at the training ground have suggested that hopefully we can have a period where the manager stays in place and we can build a team,”

“We have brought young players to the club – Davide Santon,Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, people like that, young players who we can build on.”

“That first game against Liverpool was a daunting game because in terms of how I came to the football club, it was important I won it.”

“It will always be right at the top of my list of the most important wins at this football club until such time as we get near the big prizes. But we are not there yet.”

We think Alan is an excellent front-man for Newcastle United,  and he certainly knows what the Newcastle fans want, and he has been true to his word in producing open and attractive football on the pitch.

We just have to hope he gets backing from the owner and also from Chief Executive Derek LLambias, because we may not be too far off having some real success at Newcastle.

If Ashley and LLambias support Alan next month and in the summer, by strengthening the Newcastle  squad, we may be pushing for a top six place next season.

And that cannot be bad.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #1

    27 consecutive life sentences for crimes against humanity is too good for Ashley

  • G

    Dec 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Top 6 might be a bit ambitious. I stated before the season that top 8 is realistic, and I would be more than happy with that. Agreed, that AP is doing a great job, I didn’t want him, as I thought he would fail, but he has made me eat my words, and I am quite happy to eat them. Nobody I would rather have running the club now than him.

  • Mancgeordie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Wasn’t my 1st choice at the time but i hold my hands up and say well done Mr Pardew you’ve had good 1st year and you have not only brought some stabilty but also progression keep the good work

  • toonthompson

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Mark lawrensen has us down to lose again

  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #5

    27 laughs in the face is far too few for the stupidly named Jail for Ashley.

  • phizzyJ

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #6

    I just hope we keep parses not. At the end of the day swapping managers all the time has never shown to be of any use. You gotta have stability, something which liverpool dont have (king kenny?!? A worst newcastle manager ever!) and which is why united will struggle when fergie leaves( hopefully) . Fair play pards!!!

  • toonthompson

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #7

    If tiote or collo get yellow cards tomorrow they miss the man united game

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #8

    toonthompson – They dont mate the cards dont get carried over from the 1st jan all cards will be wiped clean unless its a red card a think

  • toonthompson

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Gt89-oh didn’t realise

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #10

    i wonder if there are any female posters on here. im not trying to pull or anything.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    toonthompson – Could be wrong mate but am sure they said if Colo had been booked against Bolton he woulda been banned for Liverpool but anything after tht it would be okay because the cards get wiped

  • dmac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Well done Pards good first year! Like most i expected him to be dire and was happily proved wrong. Hope he gets some backing from MA because with the right tools and the team he has started to build i think he will do alright.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Jason Prior move to Eastleigh Football club is not taking place.

    The club are awaiting developments in the interest being shown by Newcastle United.

    Watch this space for updates on this matter.

    Thats on the Bognor Regis website

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    funny Bognor Regis have got a striker called Steve Harper

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #15

    I read through Pardew’s quote twice. I had to because I thought there was something missing. Anyone else see it?

    “We have brought young players to the club – Davide Santon,Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, people like that, young players who we can build on.”

  • Mac

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail for Ashley. U about?

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #17

    @10 Toon Tang- there’s only me, pet lamb, and I’m 75!

  • achtoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Great job so far and god I would love it if we beat crappy kenny. What away to end the year. I might change my name to knighthood for Ashley just to wind up jail for…

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #19

    GG – The fact he didnt bring Vuckic in?

  • achtoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #20

    @10 and 17. GILF??

  • vic

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #21

    6 Managers for 4 years…
    Attempt to sell NUFC twice for the same 4 years…
    Rename St.James Park…
    No ambitions – creates selling philosophy-Carroll, Jose, Tiote…
    Abusive to fans with no communications at all…
    Shadow Board with no transparency…
    Looks like he represents Black Cats in NUFC…

  • achtoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Vic you forgot 7th in the league, only a few points of CL spot and one of our best every points total by christmas.

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordie Matriarch – haha if ya look anything like Dame Helen Mirren i could be tempted.

    I was wondering really, would be interesting to know how many posters were female.

  • alip123

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #24

    @19. By ‘we’ I think he meant the current regime, not pardew himself specifically

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #25

    No Cabaye and no Tiote. Hope it’s only that they are over 24.

  • YankeeToon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26

    AP has done great given the circumstances. He has been talking about the strong foundation and I believe it points to his ambition of moving to his prefered 4-3-3 sometime down the road, possibly next year if we can get the right additions to our starting line ups and for depth. Need that new CB this January and in the summer a new left or right back depending on where he see Santon future position and one more defensive minded midfielder along with a pacey finisher at foward.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon Tang, can’t imagine any women here and if there is they ain’t ladies.

  • paulmurph272003

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Looks like Tiote/Collocini will miss a game if they get booked…… This is from the FA handbook;

    (i) If a Player accumulates five cautions in FTCM between the opening day of the Playing Season and 31 December (including any FTCM played on that day) in the same Season, he will be suspended automatically for a period covering: – One First Team Match

    Let’s hope it’s not the case!


    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew has done well as he has us up near the top of the league and playing real football with skilled players, no more hoof and hope football.
    We have Sammy and Harris on the fringes, improving all the time and Benny about to show us just how good a player he is.
    We do need a centreback and he is our Christmas present from Ashley. The striker will not come till next summer when they can see how Vuckic and Sammy are doing and decide on a replacement for Loverman.
    We also have Abeid, Tavernnier and Ferguson who will be a bit older and closer to a first team place.
    Its a gamble not bringing a striker in now but l think he wants Benny to lift the roof off St James’ Park
    l know one thing we are going to be a formidible team soon.
    Happy Christmas and a not too merry a New Year to all and sundry.

  • hector riva

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Now mr pardew you have seen vucic in action and he will do a splendid job for us whenever called for, lets not freeze him and ferguson who is of equal ability when guthrie gosling comes back these need to be in every squad they are quality young left footed lads and a left footed left back is gold dust and that is young ferguson and vucic is a natural leftie, it gives so many options having to left footers in your team, i think they should have been introduced earlier in my opinion if they played 5 full games each there value would sore 5 fold they are that good.

  • hector riva

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Hi everyone a quick post to say alan pardew has done as good a job as any could have done under the circumstances, also for me we can bring a centre back in in jan and another free signing forward, in the summer we can sign another 3 players and loven guthrie simpson and smith should leave, thanks for the service but we must move on, ferguson left back santon right back would be great you cant beat a proper left footed left back and with colo and s.taylor when he comes back it will be a very strong forward thinking defensive back 4 , cabaye tiote in the middle and i would love a good left winger jonas has his moments but needs to be more direct as does obertan, so plenty of compitition would be really healthy in them positions and ba and ben arfa up front with another good forward brought in in the summer would be tops, lets see what happens but there are good feelings for next season, this is hector riva saying adios!

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #33

    This is ghost town tonight. Feels like the stadium of shite on match day.

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Tomorrow’s predictions?

    2-2 draw. Cabaye to score.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #35

    He’s done real well.
    Not easy when you have to face the media and answer questions about your employers cause they’re hiding upstairs.
    Good team at the moment but change too much of it and it can unsteady the ship a bit.
    We need some additions and to get rid of dead wood but the club is goin in the right direction for sure

  • gonufc

    Dec 30, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I don’t normally get involved in any of the non- football stuff on here but this:

    “Jail for Ashley // Dec 29, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    27 consecutive life sentences for crimes against humanity is too good for Ashley”

    is, I think, THE most moronic, short sighted, unperceptive, plain retarded thing I think I have read on here. Yes, it is written in jest and I’m a long, long way from an Ashley supporter, but that by no means redeems it.

    F***ing ridiculous.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #37

    1) i don’t think we can make it to top 6. realistically around 7-10 spot.

    2) He get rid of championship player like Routledge. Soon players on high wages like Alan Smith and Xisco

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #38


    There are loads of retards writing pro FCB stuff on here so don’t knock it – it’s called irony.

    BTW ever read any of Angry’s posts ?

  • nickfish90

    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #39

    XISCO promising goals goals goals in 2012 for Deportivo. I really do hope that this is the case and he kick-starts his career, but I can’t see it happening somehow.

  • the_besty_show

    Dec 30, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #40

    just me whos brickin it about beellamy tamora, reckon if he plays central and colo is like he was against wba could be in for a torrid time, not as worried about ac9 weve handled height well enough already this season


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