Demba Ba – Pardew Is Good Boss – He Knows What He’s Doing

Demba Ba has come out and talked about his manager Alan Pardew.

Demba Ba in training at Benton

Newcastle took a bit of a chance on Ba when they signed him as a free agent in the summer, but the Senegal striker, who was born in France, has repaid the Tyneside club with 16 goals in the Premier League this season, and he is second only to Robin van Persie in the PL scoring charts.

And Demba  flashed a free kick only inches wide of the post in the first half, but he didn’t get much credit for that because space was taken up describing the four goals we conceded in the first half in London.

It’s very likely that Demba Ba will be offered  a new contract on Tyneside before the summer, and he has already come out and said he is happy at Newcastle and wants to stay.

While that doesn’t stop a club coming in for him in the summer, but if Newcastle do their job, it will take a big big fee to pry this player away from Newcastle this summer, which we don’t think is going to happen.

Demba Ba talked about his manager Alan Pardew:

“He is a good manager because he knows what he’s doing. Every time when we have a game-plan and we stick on it, we can have a good result. He gives us confidence.”

“We have a good spirit in the team, we have some good players with a good mentality. Most of us are young players and they just want to enjoy and show how good they are.”

“Our goal was to reach the top 10, so if we are seventh or eighth at the end of the season we have reached our goal. We’d be happy with that.”

“Pardew called me when Papiss came up for his medical and I said ‘if you want somebody who can score goals, then you have the right man because in the box he is terrible to control.”

“He is very quiet and he’s working very hard as well. His English is bad but he’s going to be good because he learned German pretty fast, so he won’t struggle!”

We saw the power of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse against Aston Villa, but the two of them were frozen out on Saturday, but they should get a lot more chances against Wolves on February 25th, in our next game.

And we need some goals to try to improve that goal difference, which at zero is only the 8th best in the league, but the worst of any side in the top seven.

If we can get back on track we can still finish in the top seven or even higher, but we have to finish above Sunderland this time around, because it would be criminal if we let Sunderland  finish above us this season.

And one way to ensure that is to beat them and therefore do the double over them this season in our game on March 4th, when the game kicks off at noon.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    In Alan Pardew we trust !

  • Dannyo

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    For once i agree brutoon, and AP and Demba Ba we trust.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    monasnyr99 // Feb 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Can’t believe some people on here are questioning Pardew, we are ONE point from 4th in mid February and you’re telling me he isn’t a good Manager.
    ilovetoon8788 Bottom 6 if it it was not for Ba. How come Ba is playing the best football of his life, nothing to do with Pardew and how he motivates and uses him?

    Nonsense. How Pardew motivates and uses Demba Ba? Have you seen Ba recent interview with Sky before the game. He’s a true professional who doesn’t like to lose. And he himself said that and that he always gives 100% on the pitch for the fans as that’s the least he can do for the club and the fans.

    His attitude is a role model and he’s a character that doesn’t need any motivation.

    Stop being blinded by the fact that we are 6th. Pardew is incredibly lucky that Ba is a true professional and a great finisher who knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. If not for Ba, we would be in the bottom 6. yes.

    We are having the luckiest season so far with so much luck and Ba on our side. NOTHING to do with Pardew tactical skills. Maybe man management or motivation to a certain extend.

    Honestly, in these 23 or 24 games, how many did we truly dominate and played like we are 6th and deserving it? At most 1 or 2. West Brom, Blackburns, Norwich, Fulham, QPRs played us off the park. FACT.

    And Pardew did nothing or did very little to change things when things are going wrong. He has been incredibly. That’s all i can say. Stop repeating that we are 6th.

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    this is what I want to see at our wings, guess what ne never tracked back…makes HBA look like Keane from utd.

    What a f*****g player what a team. I want to see this football being played so far we are lacking this ..I dont care if we are 6th, we are not playing attacking football….

    ” that goal could take Necastle to the top of the premierhsip table”

    I feel like crying…

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Thank god for Ba and Krul. Honestly. Blackburn could have put in 5 as well, if not for stupid finishing and Krul. In most of our games, we are in the backfoot riding our luck and Simpson goal line clearances to get us result.

    Our football is horrible to watch.

  • supervil

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6


    p!ss off.

  • drongo

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I think AP has done a great job this season, and proven a lit of people wrong.

    But, Saturday showed us once and for all that Perch is not a PL quality player. He has improved admirably, works hard, clearly does the right things in training, but he was tied up in knots for 90mins on Saturday. And to those who say he’s neat and tidy never gives the ball away, have a look at how many times he played in their attacking midfield players or tackled himself.

    I also really couldnt agree with Loverman being our last throw of the dice sbstitution, leaving our most talented player on the bench…..
    Fair enough HBA may be too flimsy to start with away to Spurs, but 10 mins to go desperately trying to get something out of the game… ? Surely he is your go to man?

    I thought Simmo was too easily pulled out of position on Sat too, to be fair to the lad he held his hands up to it on Sun and said he wasnt expecting their fullbacks to push on so much so early…

    All in all we have been pretty expose for lack of depth in the middle of the park, what is actually supposed to be our strongest department!

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a shame to have proven TV punters and other experts right: We are punching above our weight, we should be losing more games, we are lucky not to be struggling… One step forward two steps back. Thankfully we’ve got players like Ba keeping us afloat. AP, well he still hasn’t proven himself. Just like players that need to prove themselves, so does he if he wants to improve what’s on his CV.

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9


    I dont agree 100% but I understand the worry…I know what you mean there have been instances where we where spelling collapse only if the opposition could score…

    Blacburn, Villa, even that Wolves Away game they where ALL OVER us how they didn’t score I have no clue…

  • jayphoto

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    not gonna worry about the spurs result! Arguably we where without 3 of our top players in S taylor, cabaye and MR T aswell as having 1 of our most consistant out in Ryan Taylor! Think Pardews doing a great job, even if we are lucky, luck never just happens, it is always pressurised into happening with hard work! I think we can look to win the next 2 at home to wolves and sunderland and look to go into the game at the emirates with momentum! Spurs are an unbelievable side this year, they’ll turn over many a side if they play that way!

  • Lynxie

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    If AP is such a good manager, lets see what he does against Wolves then shall we? A good manager USES the resources at his disposal. A good manager PLANS for success. A good manager makes average players good, and good players great. (Ryan Taylor is a great example….. but whats going on with HBA?)
    A good manager does not make a statement noting the area where we are deficient as a reson fro a shafting, when he has the answer sitting ten feet from him for the entire duration of the game. (‘Midfield we were a little short’) The reason we were a little short was his ridiculous decision to go toe to toe with a team with a midfield comprising international footballers, using Reserves, couldnt-care-less merchants, and players playing out of position. Good management? Tactically incompetent is the words I would use.
    If we are over run and on constantly on the back foot against a team plummetting out of the league, yet somehow scramble a win, is that OK then?
    If we struggle to break down a team who are leaking goals for fun, is that a point gained?(or hopefully not even worse….)
    If he does not play his best 11 players available, and questions remain as to why we are playing sh*te, is that the mark of a top manager?
    And my favourite:
    How do you solve a problem like Simpson and Obertan?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    @gorgonzola // Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Yes. Sometimes i hate stating facts as it sucks all the joy of being 6th and i would like all of us to enjoy this. I don’t like saying what i did too. But it stands out and has to be brought up.

    But if luck were not on our side next season, we would be crushed to know we are playing at a level of a bottom 10 side at most.

    We are getting dominated in almost every game, but this guy Demba Ba scores in the very little attacks we do. Remarkable really.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Just a note to those saying the fact we’re 6th is unimportant and that we’ve been lucky etc. etc. Maybe to a point we’ve had luck go for us but we have had a few players ruled out with season long injuries and on top of this how many of those players on the pitch on saturday were playing together this time last season. I think that we’re 6th is very important, regardless of how we’ve got there, i think it proves that these players are young and are still learning each others game so think how good we can be next season with an addition or two and keeping our spine. People are far too quick to judge!

    Also what I can gather from this season from press-cuttings and my own views is that Pardew is tactically clever, even those games we appeared to be lucky i’m sure there was more at play than we can see. Secondly that whilst pardew draws up a plan (and almost every player has backed him and said the exact same thing) occasionally he gets it wrong but he holds his hand up when he does. I bet by next season he’ll also have learnt some lessons and I for one am very happy with this season and VERY excited for next.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Ilovetoon88 @ 12

    Facts are facts, you are very correct. We have only really dominated two games this season, Man utd at home, and Stoke away. We have looked Ok (ish) in a couple of games (Spurs, Blackburn at home), and most of the other games, we have been under the cosh, Krul made unbelievable saves, Simpson cleared off the line, poor finishing have led us to fortunate wins (not complaining), but perhaps these points gained have been papering over the cracks. At Blackburn (a) they had something like 20 attempts!!! Surely an alarm call.

  • grantasss

    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    To many Makems on this web site me thinks. P!ss Off and get a lobotomy we’re doing well and all you can do is complain. We aint top 6 material anymore so on that basis we’re doing really well. Winge F**king Winge. MAKEMS. HWTL

  • wynsleap

    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    I think too many players have been believing their own hype lately and on Saturday they all got a firm reality check. Some of them should look at themselves and realise they aren’t as good as they think they are.
    You can’t fall asleep for the first quarter of an hour in any Premiership games because if you do you’ll soon be behind and go on to get a hammering – especially playing against the likes of Spurs (who were quite breathtaking).
    Hard work and commitment allied to a highly acceptable degree of skill and vision is what makes a successful player.
    Unfortunately some of our performers have one but not
    the other and rarely both.
    Coming out onto the pitch in a semi comatose state will mean we will result in more beatings like the last one.
    We keep hearing about the great spirit of this team – it’s time they got back to it. Surely we haven’t got to wait for Tiote to come back and raise it all on his own?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    grantass @ #15. Couldn’t agree with you more okay we got it wrong at Spurs but at the moment they are probably the best team in the PL. We are 1 point off 4th place & can still make it in to Europe. Even if we finish 7th or 8th it’s still been a fantastic season. We do need to but a couple of defenders and midfield players but we have really good youngsters coming through.

  • murvar

    Feb 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    All the usual nonsense on here! Beat Villa – we’re going to be in the Champions League! Lose to Spurs – we’re useless! The only real evidence is the trend – after two-thirds of the season we are one point off a CL place. Something we would have laughed at had it been suggested in August. Over two thirds of the teams in the PL would like to swop places with us. That doesn’t happen by accident – only by shrewd management and a lot of hard work. We’ve missed key players and still maintained our position. We are not in a crisis – far from it. We must see this as long-term project and it simply cannot be denied that if you look at what’s happened on the pitch over the last 3 years we are going in the right direction. Off the pitch? Well that’s another matter.

  • davis_toons

    Feb 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    In the video, there is not wastage, Alan Shearer fick on, Lau Robert Finish it off with a long range shot.

    But our wingers now in THE 1st TEAM cant do any of that, and players that can do that are either injure or “BAN” to play.

  • davis_toons

    Feb 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Players like Robert, Hatem are arrogant. They are just like that. You know AP? Bar them from playing will not help.

    Hope HAtem Leave Newcastle for other Football club at his age he can do more then sittting on the bench.

    Those benches are for utilities players like *guthier, Rtylor, Simpson, Spidie, *Obtan, Williamson

    (These players most are hardworking and clever but doesnt have too much talent, expect * but are still better to be on the bench)

  • davis_toons

    Feb 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Just like in the situation with Nicky Butt, his mates was already to retired and backing up players in ManUtd and there we are using BUTT for every game and forcing his to run his sock off.

    Cant we just get in a better younger player and make Butt a better quality backup. We just dont have the previlage.

  • davis_toons

    Feb 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Robert was lucky, he was playing with a good player upfront. Alan Shearer. And when both good player meet. They score beautiful goals.

  • stephen1971

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #23

    so much doom and gloom after a big defeat , what games you,s guys been watching when you say if it was,nt for BA we,d be 6th bottom, so guttierez, raylor krul, collo cabaye , tiote don,t count ? wake up , theres been some good solid team efforts and you can see the players are all happy, well done pardew lad

  • Jinky Jim

    Feb 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Simple really, we had 5 players in the starting line up who are not EPL players,we subbed with 3 who are not EPL players. We played the form team in the EPL who had 14 Epl players, simple maths shows it was 6 against 14. Now with all the good luck we have had this season (and there has been plenty) it had to run out at some stage. Simple really !

  • BoomBoom

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Well that’s a sh!t way to start the day, what a depressing feed.

    We are sixth in the league. Put any stats up you want there’s only one that matters. If I could be bothered I could probs find some stats that make it look like we should be getting relegated this season. But I really don’t want to.

    Stats can be used to say anything you want.

    We don’t have a full team together yet, and we’re missing keys players from the squad we do have. 2 years ago we were in the championship. Give your heads a shake all you neggers.

    Still got work to be done all over, don’t get me wrong. But just enjoy it please. I doesnt happen that often anymore!!



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