Alan Pardew Has Done Good Job On Tyneside

We’ve noticed that Alan Pardew has been severely criticizes by some of our readers following the 5-0 humiliation at Spurs last Saturday.

Chris WaddlePardew has built good side on Tyneside

But Newcastle are not as good a team as Spurs and we didn’t play well, and Spurs on the other hand were at the top of the game,  and the result was a severe defeat for the Magpies.

Bit in the five league games before Spurs we had won four of them, and we fully expect Newcastle to get back on their winning ways in the remaining 13 league games left to play this season.

When Bobby  Robson left the club in late August of 2004, we had finished in 4th place, 3rd place and 5th place in the Premier League in his last three seasons in charge, and this could be the highest position we’ve finished since then.

But it would need to be better than 7th place, because  Glenn Roeder performed miracles from February of 2006, when he took over as manager from Graeme Souness.

Newcastle  won six of their least seven league games in that season, and finished in 7th place in 2006 with 58 points.

We have to remember that Newcastle are still just one point out of a Champions League position with a good 42 points, and Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are having their own troubles this season, and are not particularly the excellent sides they once were.

Chris Waddle, born in Felling , played from Newcastle from 1980 through 1985,  and played 191 times for the Magpies with 52 goals.

“Alan Pardew has put a good team together at Newcastle – on and off the field.” “You have to look at his staff as well.”

“Johnny Carver has done well too, he knows the club very well and worked under Bobby.” “He was a young pro at the club there himself and I remember him being there as a kid.”

“There’s other good former pros in the background, people like Steve Stone and Andy Woodman.” “They’re all focused on what they want to achieve.”

“Alan Pardew has been pushing his squad to the limit.” “Leon Best and Ryan Taylor have been injured and Yohan Cabaye was suspended.”

“The two Senegal players have been back and Papiss Cisse scored a fantastic goal last week against Villa and Demba Ba is doing very well.

“The squad has been really tested though for me.” “Coloccini has became a knowledgeable centre-half who knows how to play Premier League.”

“He knows how to play now.” “At first he looked like a fish out of water to be honest.” “But he’s settled now and knows the game – he’ll be huge in the run-in.”

The coaching staff at Newcastle seems first class, and Alan Pardew was wise to bring in some local lads like John Carver, who did  so well when he was Assistant manager to Bobby Robson.

But of course it’s never easy when the side gets hammered 5-0 in front of a  watching world TV audience, but it’s  perhaps best to keep things in perspective,  and a win against Wolves in our next game should settle things down.

And then we have to face Sunderland at St. James’ Park in the next game.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha nightfall touched a nerve too did I?

    You sir are an idiot. Every player looses the ball no matter how talented.

    I gaurentee that on average a player will loose the ball 10-15 times over a 90 minute period. It is then up to the team to win possesion back. Something that without Tiote we are not very good at.

    Putting Ben Arfa in a forward position and allowing him to express himself without having to worry about tracking back is the only way we can get the best out of one of our best players.

    It is the responsibility of the forwards players to move forwards not back. Your lack of knowledge at that basic principle astounds me.

    Go back to cracking one off over the Stoke City and their amazing tactics you half wit.

    Oh and by the way, it is not a comparrison of skills but Messi gives the ball away more than any other player in Spain yet the ability of the team to win back possesion allows him to continue to show case his magic.

    Benny is not Messi, but it goes to show you that loosing the ball isn’t the be all and end all of football.

  • nightfa11

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2


    yeah right.. fill up your ego.. u didnt step on any nerve..ure just an idiot… not the first one ive met…belive me.. todays just stand in the middle of the pitch and wait for the ball to come to you so an attacked can “express” himself (yet he loses 20 balls per match, but hey..10 other players should fix..cos hba might score in 20 attempts) that is not enough… thats what they did in the 90s.. Ba runs all over the pitch..but hba cant cos he was class for lyon?

    give me a break junior..

  • Partizan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    HBA has more skills,heart and passion than 80% of the whole starting line up,,so don’t anyone give me that c**p he doesnt track back etc etc.
    He tracks back every time he looses the ball,,more than enough for me…regardless if he’ll win it back or not.

    To score a goal like that against Blackburn or any other team in the world takes a world class talent to do that.
    I guess we’re just too old fashioned team for HBA.
    He should go.

  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I am, for one, in the neggar camp at the minute but I think all the anti-neggars have misunderstood some of our complaints.

    I for one have no trouble with Pardew and think he has done a good job at NUFC, my problem is the style of football we are playing. We have the talent and the players to play attractive football yet with the out right arrogance of the manager to not play the best team and set up in each match to counter attack a threat rather than create one is negative football.

    We have done well to reach top 6 and it hasn’t been pretty but the Tottenham game is more of an accurate representation of our current ability rather than the leauge position.

    I hope that Pardew can start to pick the players based on ability and form rather that his affiliation to some and I hope his tactics can compliment the quality and potential of the team rather than being set up to ensure stablility. I would saccrifice a top 4 position this year to find an exciting formula that can propel us forward next year because we are under strengthed and lacking tactical versataillity.

    If we can find the right formula, style of football and add quality to the team in the Summer I have no doubt that Pardew can challenge the top 4.

    He just needs to turn his attention to making us a quality footballing team rather than a resoloute one. We have the players to play football. We are not Wigan, Wolves, Blackburn etc… so we have no need to play like them.

  • newcben

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5


    did you not watch HBA last games he ran after the ball like a mad man, the only trouble is his postioning defensively wasnt the best. Thats why im saying he needs game time to learn this.

    I agree with you no1 has the right to just stand up top and not chase (except shola as well, he is pure class and an absolute goal machine, he needs to chase nout him). But for the other ‘mer mortals’ in the team they need to work off the ball, i felt HBA was getting better at that.

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Nightfall how many times does Jonas mess up with the ball?….And how many times does shola mess up with the ball….And how many times do you see Shola chasing around trying to get the ball back?….Shola does not even run to get his head on the end of a ball in the air….if its near him he will grapple with the defender to try and win it but do you think he would have moved into position and headed the way Ba did last saturday, which friedel saved?

    Yet….Shola has been played so many more times than HBA…and why is that? Its hilarious that HBA has scored more goals than Shola and played less games this season….and don’t forget it was HBA’s run that won (combined with a bad linesman) that won us the penalty at Old Trafford. Do you think Jonas or shola would have done that? Breezed past 3 man utd players and force Rio to have to slide in the box?

  • Partizan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Best possible line up against Wolves


  • Beattie25

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Wow nightfall you really are stuck in the past.

    The modern game has evolved but it seems some are still stuck in the ice age.

    Benny does work hard, a lot harder than people give him credit for, but defence is not and should not be his priority. His ’20 attempts’ isn’t shooting at goal you moron, it is creating chances, opening up pockets, dragging defenders away, finding space, changing defence into attack and the occasional attempt on target.

    You are obviously part of the hive mentality rather than being able to consturct your own thoughts and opinions. One person says ‘he doesnt track back’ and everyone jumps on the wagon and turns it into the major point.

    Having 11 solid players gives you Stoke. Having 10 solid players and 1 magical player (inconsistent or not) gives you that bit of something different.

    Ginola & Robert anyone? Yeah we were frustrated at times but we attacked teams in those days. When did we ever get hammered 5-0 with those 2 in the team?

    Maybe 5-3 or 4-2 but at least we were excited and used to stuff teams.

    I can only think of 4 or 5 teams in the leauge that are bothered about their forward players tracking back so much other than us. And those teams are in the bottom half of the table

  • nightfa11

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    hba complicates too much..he wants to do everything..probably trying to prove himself that he can still do it…but hes gambling to i said..he wants to go past 3, 4 defenders everytime he gets the ball.. no wonder he fu*** it up.. he should learn when to pass & when to dribble & shoot..

    nothing wrong with passing it back & trying from a different angle is it? its a team sport after all.

  • newcben

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    That run and past threw to best for example if that was three up top and was Ba coming through onto that pass……one outcome!

    He offers something no1 else does in our team and few players do in the league. Hence why Ba, Cabaye, Simmo, Tiote. In fact any player that has talked about him in the press or i have heard speak about him say he is different class.

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Completely agree Beattie…what about the team that finished 3rd in the Premier League?

    How often did Robert, Kieron Dyer or Solano track back?….Speed was the holding player and we smashed teams with the pace of Robert Dyer Solano Bellamy and the clinical finishing of Shearer.

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    And you’re telling me HBA should learn when to dribble and when to pass….has Jonas learn that?? haha no chance!

  • newcben

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13


    Even stoke have Pennant, Wolves Jarvis, Sunderland McClean.

    Every teams needs a player who is a bit more of a risk but can produce something out of nothing with the ball at their feet.

  • Partizan

    Feb 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Jonas needs some time on the bench,he’s frustrating to watch lately.

  • nightfa11

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15


    read all of my comments from the day ed started with this blog..before starting with such judgements.. i was the only one who wanted for us to sign colo..i was the only one against signing smith..& been hearing crap from all of you football experts..for the past 5, 6 years.. i see all nufc matches & i actually look at players..what they do on the pitch..
    & i tell u..hba is doing shitty job exploiting his talent..& until he starts playing as he can, he should be on the bench..

  • Irie-Magpie

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    From last article.
    // Feb 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    My fear is i hope this is not turning out to be another Tevez/Mascherano handling of a good player.
    I’ve said on here some time ago that Benny’s time will come but after our last 2/3 games he has not gotten a proper look in with Perdew fielding a defensive starting XI..

  • newcben

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17


    hw can he play to his ability without playing?

    Imagine if fergie did that to Ronaldo in his first season? Flair players need faith and game time.

  • cestriasteve

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I dont know about HBA. Dont know how he is going to fit in to the structure of the team.
    Nightfall I agree with you, do you think he has adapted to the english game yet ? he has certainly been here long enough.

    Equally I too long to hark back to the days of Ginola and Robert but I think those days might be long gone in the modern prem league.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Beattie25 @1
    does your first post relate to anything in Ed’s blog?
    Maybe post in in the right place? wherever that may be.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Boys, I think if HBA was as CONSISTENTLY talented as you make out, then a man of such genius would not be at NUFC. I would give him more chances, but I’m afriad if he isnt willing to work harder to shore up his right wing ( assuming he plays wing ) then – tough. Bizarrely, half of you lot think we play like Stoke. We dont – we play like Everton, QPR and a lot of other English teams. It aint poetry in motion, but its pretty normal. Moreover, I think Pards knows where he wants to go, but has to be given time and resources to do it. Many of you cslag off Guti, but there is hardly a winger in England with his work rate, and i’ll bet you dont slag him when he is double marking tracking back a winger with Santon in the 88th minute ? A bit of balance gents please. Thankfully 90% of NUFC fans are probably not like the moaners on here.

  • wynsleap

    Feb 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Beattie25 @ 4
    Well put sir – couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • lukes26

    Feb 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    I think the problem that Pardew has had with HBA is that his tactics require Newcastle playing a high line and keeping possession.

    Cheaply giving away possession (which HBA does quite often) opens you up to counter attacking.

    Playing HBA would require Pardew changing tactics entirely…which he might not see as being beneficial in the long-run (there are so many hours in a day to prepare your team for this)

  • stuart no9

    Feb 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster mag – sorry for getting off topic , but you perceived my comments on a earlier topic regarding Alan pardew as a load of tosh.i said he couldnt change a game when we are getting a tonking. You said what about arsenal ,and had I forgot that game. No I hadn’t forgot ,however I have forgot master stroke he pulled at half time to come out and score 4 in the second half What exactly did he do ? And what did he change to pull off that 2 nd half performance?

  • Jonty

    Feb 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    This site seems to have a fair amount of HBA groupies. I would say all NUFC fans can see he has talent but it needs to be utilised to proper effect. We all hope he realises his potential but at the moment a few flashes of genius is not enough. Get the blinkers off lads and trust Pardew/Carver etc.

  • rwpoynter

    Feb 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    It seems Huddersfield have sacked Lee Clark today. The chairman of that club needs his head looking at. When ever are we going to get some quality leadership in football clubs?


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