Pardew – There’s No Love Going On For Me At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has reflected on his very first game in charge of Newcastle, and he still thinks that’s his most important win at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew – waving to the Newcastle fans

That was the game at home against Liverpool on Saturday 11th December, which we won 3-1,  after Alan had been brought in on the Thursday to replace the fired Chris Hughton.

And Alan has reflected on that game today, since this afternoon will be Mark Hughes’ first game in charge at QPR.

But since it’s an away game for Mark on Tyneside, the pressure will not be on him as it was on Alan, because QPR are not expected to win the game this afternoon.

Pardew looked back on his first game in charge of Newcastle and his relationship with the Geordie fans:

“If I look back on my time here, I would say that was the most important win – even if I was to go on and win a trophy.”

“But I don’t think that’s so much the case for Mark in his situation. When you’re at home in your first game, it’s very important to win. I think the first home game will be that game for Mark.”

“He’s not expected to win here – and I think that’s what makes it more dangerous for us. He can probably attack it if he feels that way inclined, so I’m on my guard tactically.”

“It’s always important for a manager because that’s who’s paying the money.” “You want them to come in the door and enjoy what you’re doing.

“I think I have gained respect – I wouldn’t say there is any love going on, for me. Certainly, I like to think they respect me and what I’ve done here.”

It looks like Alan is not getting too carried away with his relationship with the Newcastle fans, but the bottom line is he’s been a huge positive shock to a lot of us.

And who would have thought we would be 7th in the table, when the league started back in August, and if we win this afternoon we’ll go above Liverpool into 6th position.

With top players like Nolan, Barton and Enrique having left in the summer, joining Andy Carroll out of the door, there was even concern at the beginning of the season about the team being relegated again.

But Alan has done just a great job in his first year on Tyneside,  and he deserves huge credit for that.

As far as love goes, well we’re not too sure about that. :D.

And it was good to see Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City win 6-0 away yesterday at Milwall, and they are now on a five game unbeaten run and in 6th place in the Championship, with a game in hand.

Chris is showing he’a a very good manager again at Birmingham City, and both Newcastle and Birmingham could be in 6th place in their respective leagues after this afternoon’s game at St. James’ Park.

We have to hoppe that’s the case.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • partizanovec

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    sometimes AP talks way too much…

  • pardew no 1

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    long live king pardew long live

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    @1 – haha ayeee

    Anyways a love you Pards your doing a cracking job dont get inconsistant or i’ll come looking

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    respect granted love will come if he keeps this up

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I love you pards you big lug ;P

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    We all respect ta pards we’ll love ya wen u sign a f’ing defender!!!!!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    my team for today

    simmo willo colo santon
    HBA guthrie cabaye jonas
    best vuckic

  • hrocks

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    has anyone read the sunday papers?
    how many players are now holed up in hotels in newcastle. is there anything realistic?

    if pardew can finish 6th or 7th he deserves manager of the season. everyone and there dog tipped us to go down. hes done a great job so far

    has everyone seen spurs next 7 fixtures. they are playing all the top teams and us ( for some reason on sky we are not counted). if we can get a good run going over the next few games we could go even higher

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    any 1 got the number for the box office??
    cant find it on

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    aye spuds will defo fall down the table over the next month or so i hope they do anyway hate the c@nts

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    0844 372 1892

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    cheers m8

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    nebotha mate

  • Lynxie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone wishing to contact Alan Pardew directly, can do so on this email address.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Can’t believe I am going to say this (hope it’s not a curse), but a good win for us coupled with a win for in-form Swansea sees us into 5th place. HWTL!

  • west-ldn magpie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    A win is a must this afternoon,we need to keep pressure on Liverpool and arsenal,and Ben arfa needs to start,and lovenkrands over Leon best.

  • Crow59Cdo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17


    Remember yesterday i mentioned about dean windass?? There an article in the people today saying that hes fighting depression and has made some failed suicide bids.

  • milk or cream

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    im not knocking what he has done here, but we wernt in trouble when he took over, and its not like he has ripped up any trees,
    we had a great start to the season, but a lot of those games we were lucky, couple that with the fact that only the clubs in manfester had good starts and the others didnt,

    i think we should all remember CH was doing a good job too, and he seemed to be able to manage the players that left, that has to say something about the guy,

    like i say , im not knocking him, but hie never took over a poor team at the bottom like MH is at QPR

  • Dannyo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Loven must never start again, besides, he’s injured.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    @16 lovenkrands is injured has been for a while n even if he wasnt cant see why he would be in for a shout for a start

  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Come on Swansea, Thrash the arse 4-0 please!

  • solano

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    I would say he has earned a lot of respect. Every manager should get a fair crack of the whip to prove himself and he got that despite the circumstances when he arrived.
    There will never be any “love” for him (unless we win a trophy!) simply because of the people he works for and the murkiness that surrounds his appointment and his relationship with those individuals whom most fans mistrust.
    His role as a Patsy in his first 6 months did not help, but he has shown on the field that he can weld an efficient team together and get more out of it than its component parts. Off the field he has shown greater circumspection in allying himself to club promises of investment – and I’m sure privately, he shares our frustrations at the lack of vision (ambition) shown by those who control the purse strings.
    Overall, he must be given immense credit for doing a good job under uneviable circumstances. What could he do with more backing?

  • Dannyo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #23

    @milk or cream
    Not ripped up any trees? Mate, u’re usually quite decent in your oppinions, but that isn’t a very good one.
    Here’s some of the things he’s done.

    – We’re 7th with the net outlay in summer transfer = £1 mill
    – Sorted the bonus for all the players
    – Convinced MA to install underground heating
    – Targeting far better players than Perch, Routledge, Simmo (no offense) than Chris ever did, with all due respect
    – Helped make the board slightly more communicative
    – Getting the best out of players like Guthrie, Saylor and Raylor
    – Man managing HBA quite well so far
    – Beating Man Utd 3 – bloody – 0

    Cmon mate, the man has done flipping wonders, if this continues i’d start calling him Jesus.

  • mag1519

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #24

    stupid question time: can you take bags into SJP? and if so is the only rule no booze?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #25

    &18 its not where we were its where were going hes taken the team broken it down got rid of the spine and rebuilt a younger stronger looking core to the squad thats now looking to move on and progress rather than just bieng happy surviving

  • havanaclue

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Best manager since SBR, I think he is exactly what we need @ The Toon.

    BTW the football is soooo much better than under Chris Hughton

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Yea Must Admit he was on A Hideing to Nothing after Chrisy Got the Bullet But he has Done us Proud so farr . Win a trophy Jezzzz he Will Be God on Tyneside if he did that !!!!!! Today is a Must Win Match !!!!!! We have the Fire power and Quality to Do it So Come on Newcastle united !!!!

  • stuart no9

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #28

    first of all, lets show a little bit more respect for CH. Pards came on the thuirsday and we played liverpool on the saturday. Lets be honest , pards never won that game-all the tactics were sorted out already , the team was already picked every thing was in place ready for the game- credit must go to CH. You wont hear of a player coming on as sub in the 95th minute when we are winning, playing for a couple of minutes, then taking all the credit for the win will you? so why give pards the credit for our liverpool win.He is correct though when he says there is no love for him , but he certainly has gained a lot of respect for his achievments.

  • ConsettToff

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #29

    AP has done a fantastic job given the circumstances. However respect will only turn to love when he breaks down the communication barriers inherent in the club’s ethos. For all his talking, and he does talk a lot, there’s very little content delivered. I like him, I respect him, but I could never be passionate about him or declare my love.

    Might be tempted to change my mind if we saw Champions League football or domestic silverware at Newcastle though!

  • milk or cream

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    like i said , i dont think he has done a bad job,

    but to be fair to CH, mike was never gona give him any money during his first season back in the prem,
    but he did bring in tiote

    you can add best to that group to 🙂

    he is doing good, i just wanted to say that he didnt start from a bad position, he had a good platform to build on,

    and to be fair, if he breaks into europe then he has done great, but mostly 7th is not a great achievment , and in my honest opinion is that the board will have let him and the fans down if they dont bring in the good players to push us on for the rest of the season, europe is just right there

  • shielsy_83

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    am ganna be a

  • Krul Blow

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #32

    I love him!

  • Faddj

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    i love Pardew.

  • shielsy_83

    Jan 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    am ganna be a bit out spoken here in order to get my point across, why shouldn’t we love pardew for woy he’s done because it wernt to long ago when we were kissing hughtons arse sayin he done mint to steady the ship and were happy just to co-exist now look at us where in a strong potion in the league playing good football and all you’s is just saying love will only come when were playing in the champions league or winning cups e.t.c come on be realistic the bloke has been outstanding.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Jan 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I love you, Alan Pardew.

  • geordieal

    Jan 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Milk or cream…
    7th not a great achievement? Really? In a time of the premiership when teams are splashing millions on players, the likes of man u, city, Liverpool, Chelsea, then arsenal and spurs, look at the money they have all spent in last couple of years, look at what we spent, if the league was based on value for money, we would be top, to be seventh, (or sixth as it stands while I write this) is a quite remarkable achievement considering, I liked chris hughton, but tactically he was useless, didn’t know how to change things when it wasn’t going well, questionable substitutions, we weren’t doing great when he was sacked, personally I would give manager of the year so far to either Paul lambert or Brendan rogers, but pardew is right up there.

  • Phil K

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #37

    He’s certainly won me over.
    And look – even now after what seems hundreds of trophies, Man U fans start calling for Fergies head if Man U go 2 games without a win.
    So his relationship with Newcastle fans is hardly poor.

  • ullswatermag

    Jan 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Alan Pardew has done a brilliant job for NUFC from the day he walked into the club.

    Take a bow son. I love ya.

  • Sav

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #39

    If Mashley and Llambastard reckon we are collectively getting mushy about Pards it will only hasten his dismissal,


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