Alan Pardew Talks In Lyrical Terms About Being Newcastle Manager

From his comments yesterday about the England manager job, it appears that Alan Pardew has no plans to leave Newcastle United anytime soon.

Alan Pardew says there is still a big job to do at Newcastle

Alan Pardew made it very clear in his comments supporting Harry Redknapp for the England manager  position which is open now that Fabio Capello has resigned, that he is in Newcastle for the long term.

Pardew says he wants to complete the job he has started at St James’ Park,  and that he is very comfortable with his relationships with the players, and the Newcastle Board on Tyneside,  as well as with those passionate Geordie fans.

This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror today:

We are on a little project that is going really well and I want to see it through. As far as I am concerned my focus is very much here. I think it is important to say that because there will be speculation.

That can be very damaging to the players and staff here, so I want to make it very clear to them that I am staying, and I do feel comfortable here, comfortable in the surroundings and the fans and the board, in particular.

I am passionate about everything about this place and that is why I want to stay here.   We are having a great season and we are hoping to continue to do that. I look at the club further down and we have got young players coming through.

We are hoping to build foundations at the club, and that is the kind of work that goes on. The first team now is pretty much set and we go from game to game looking to win as many as we can.

After most of us just didn’t want Alan as the new manager of Newcastle, after Chris Hughton was sacked,  Alan has done a fabulous job in his short time at the passionate football City of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Pardew met with club owner Mike Ashley yesterday, as Mike visited the Benton training grounds from London in his helicopter.

The reason for the visit was to plan a long-term transfer strategy, and to also discuss players whose contracts will need renewing – and those players include captain Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson.

Things are going great this season for the Newcastle club, and the lads will look to pick something up on Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane, in a game that is again being televised live around the world.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #1

    alan pardew….best thing since sliced bread…

  • kenzie

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #2

    quite pleased with that commitment. like most people i didnt want the guy but you cant knock him with the season we are having so far.

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 10, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #3

    ok, imagine this as ESPNsoccernet initially brought up: Harry takes the england job, spurs come in for AP….think he’d honestly be able to turn it down? As close to guaranteed CL team as there is , the chance to work with some great players, a greater budget, all in the city he loves….

  • mra

    Feb 10, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Stop it, just stop it. every time any thing happens… a transfer window … a job opening, everyone starts in with the speculation on who we will lose, be it Pardew or Ba or Tiote. Just relax and try to enjoy the season, all our focus should be on getting points from spurs. Not the England job, spurs vacancies or any other thing that doesn’t concern Newcastle. Good luck this weekend to the lads and the coaching staff.

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 10, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #5

    @mra Finally someone who thinks like me on this blog!!! Effff all the rumours and speculation and hypothetical scenarios you all make up or fea,r enjoy the NOW!! Geez man we have a great squad atm and a spectacular season still going enjoy please!!

  • nick_9

    Feb 10, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Guys people can discuss whatever they please to. Mattynufc I don’t think pardew would jump at the chance but obviously he would consider it. Spurs aren’t exactly streets ahead of us but it is in Lodon which would appeal to Pardew. I’m not being harsh on Alan but I don’t think the spurs fans or board would want him and I wouldn’t choose him for England myself if I had a say.

    Read a few posters comment about the strain of Europe on our squad but I’m all for it if I’m being honest. Just the revenue and publicity gained from finishing in a European place would benefit us massively. If we’re in Europe ourselves then surely Pardew, Colo and ba etc are much more likely to wanna remain with us? I know the stadium name change is a really touchy subject but in an ideal world a sponsor would come forward or we would change it back to sjp. Its important we generate more revenue for the summer transfer window if we are top keep up with the top seven. We need to be selfsufficient but unless its for mega bucks like Andy Carroll I’d rather we didn’t lose key players to fund transfers in.

  • Whistler

    Feb 10, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #7


    Can’t see AP leaving for Spurs, he speaks with immense pride about the Newcastle job….this is his team now, built up from a promising core left by CH. That Spurs side will always be Harry’s team….will be hard for anyone to follow in his shoes there, if HR gets the England job could imagine Gus Poyet being in with a shout back at the lane….doing a great job at Brighton and made that poison dwarf Wise look good at Leeds; Poyet was always the brains behind their revival.

  • Klatoon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #8

    I would love it If Dirty harry left spuds because lots of their players would leave too,Modric certainly! That would bring them down a notch or 2.

  • mra

    Feb 10, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #9


    And that was my contribution to the discussion. of course you’re correct everyone is entitled to their opinion and all i was doing was voicing mine. I apologize if my remarks upset or undermined mattyNUFC, I wasn’t implying he was nuts or even wrong for that matter. Was just hoping for a little more positive and less speculative response to a seemingly positive article. Anyway once again good luck to the lads, and no one is going anywhere anytime soon….. i don’t think…. 😉

  • Dannyo

    Feb 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s some statement 🙂
    If it excites Pardew this much, we’ve got every right to be excited too imo.
    AP is doing some great work, and obviously he’s starting to get the trust and backing needed.
    I never saw this coming the day AP was hired, lol.

  • achtoon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #11

    But if he went to spurs and it didnt work out it would ruin the good rep he has built up here. I think spurs would go for a big name manager. Plenty available now. Anyhow the fa never make sensible decisuons so they will probably go for big sam.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 10, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Parwho is not going to spurs, end of story, they dont play hoofball

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 10, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Well if we are going to be in top 7 every season then i am happy to see our team play hoofball

  • Les Grossman

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #14

    “The reason for the visit was to plan a long-term transfer strategy, and to also discuss players whose contracts will need renewing – and those players include captain Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson.”

    Somebody has been taken in by CWarro tweets i reckon!

  • Les Grossman

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #15

    roshan Magpie
    is that the sum of your ambition? Getting into the top 7 every season?

    Some people are easiliy pleased!

  • NorwichToon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Pards on Talksport now. I’m sure it’ll go up on their website soon after.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Off topic

    Does anybody know who’s running

    He seems to have the same problem admitting we’re 5th mainly down to luck or others misfortune just as the so called “lynch mob” on here… 🙂 lol

    Lets kick ‘Arry’s ass tomorrow afternoon 🙂


  • Sir Braveheart

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Redknapp for England
    Mourinho for Spurs?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Should have got poyet instead of wise, everyone knew he was behind leeds doing well back then.

    Just a final thing about Benny.

    After a year out and having played far fewer games than anyone else, he has scored 3 fantastic goals (game changer at Bolton, best ever v Blackburn and cracker v Fulham) won a penalty at Manu, set up Ba’s goal v WBA, set up Ba v city (Hart saved,) set up Guthrie’s goal v Fulham, set up Shola’s equaliser v Spurs.

    What have Guti, Best, Obertan, Shola and Sammi done in that time? Can we really say Benny gives the ball away more than any of them. I guess his face just doesn’t fit with Pardew. I’m really hoping Pards is playing mind games to get the best out of him, because if someone like Sameobi had come in and done what Benny has we’d be raving about it. Just hope Benny doesn’t become another victim of English football. I do admit though like Shola and maybe Obertan he should be an impact player, but every game for at least 20 mins.

  • Klatoon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #20

    We all want HBA in the team but not at the expense of defensive solidity which has been the blueprint to our success. Major dilemma.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Let’s not do the HBA debate again, if he plays, he plays, if he doesn’t, he doesn’t. As Klatoon so well expresses in two short line:

    “We all want HBA in the team but not at the expense of defensive solidity which has been the blueprint to our success. Major dilemma.”

  • toonincheek

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Let’s all remember, again, that HBA did not get his few games recently until we were without Tiote and Ba. That reduced the threat of our attack and put the defence (without Tiote) under more pressure.
    So, a solid defence became more of a team effort.

    I look forward to having our full squad available again and some more open, attacking football, hopefully with HBA getting plenty of chances to show what he can do.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    Actually, I would rather have more possession and spend more time on the last third of field, than “defensive solidity” since we aren’t that good in the back.

    We would be better of keeping the ball as far away from the first third of the field…HBA or no HBA..

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24

    toonincheek, the paradox for me has been the fact that we keep playing with 4 midfielder when we are without Tiote and Cabaye. As you say, the defense is under more pressure.

    So why not relief the defense from some of the pressure???

    I know we’re not allowed to question AP on here by the “lynch mob”, but don’t care 😉 lol


    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew buys into Ashley’s vision for our club. He sees the logic in bringing in top class players who will play for sensible (relative to footy not the real world) wages.
    They have also done this very effectively at very, very low cost.
    The aim is to generate talent from within the academy and reserve team to save even more money and this is Ashley’s next major project within our club hence the announcement of the drive to increase its scouting network and development of players below the senior squad.
    Pardew and Ashley must be having laughing fits when they think about the prices BIG CLUBS pay for talented players, Liverpool have blown 100 million this season are still below us in the table.
    Their owner must be papping himself with worry and if they dont reach the CL which is highly unlikely are likely to implode and Gerrard and others could leave.
    How about a bid for Enrique in the summer 5 million might do it?
    The press know Pardew is in for the long haul and are doing what they love to do and that is destabilise our club. IT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.


    Feb 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    People need to remember the club is rapidly being turned into a self financing powehouse in English Football.
    It will take time and the current senior squad needs to be improved and expanded, but do you think they don’t know that? Next season you will see a completed squad and as long as we develop below the seniors should be in the position to clear off all debts and looking to develop the ground to hold more supporters.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    jesper @24
    not sure if you are suggesting a 5-man midfield or an attacking 4-3-3.
    And/or where would HBA fit in?

    Perhaps with Ba and Cisse up front, and certainly when we have Tiote and Cabaye back, HBA may have a role to play, though he would have to play wide, unless we played a 4-3-1-2 formation.
    That could be great attacking football.
    Attack the best form of defence.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    toonincheek, I wasn’t talking about been HBA, but I do think we’re limiting ourself by assuming that we have to play with a two men strikeforce; and that it has to be Ba and Papisto.

    Man Utd. has Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov, Welbeck and Owen to choose from and you don’t see them playing 4-4-2.

    Both 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 can be comprised of a 5-man midfield depending on the eyes of the beholder 😉

    Both would give us a better midfield so both would do it for me.

    On a side note, HBA would fir in nicely in both formation either in a #10 position or part of a 3-man strikeforce; again depending on the eyes of the beholder.

    But to sum it up, the point I was making to you was about taking pressure of our defense, not about HBA 😉 just so we’re clear.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Having 4 top strikers (+ Owen) does give you a few more options, though.
    We are more limited.

    With two outstanding strikers, any formation other than those two up front would be like playing for a draw.
    Ba could always drop a bit deeper, though, as Ameobi has done before, to good effect.

    Even with two up front, there are options. They could both move wider, drag the CB towards the L/R backs, leaving a bit of space in the middle.


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