Pardew Can Take Newcastle Back To The Big Time

It’s hard to think that Newcastle will ever again have as entertaining a side as Kevin Keegan had in those magical five years he was first manager of the club from 1992 through 1997.

Kevin Keegan got Newcastle promoted in 1993 as Division One Champions

But there again, maybe Alan Pardew can rekindle those great times at Newcastle.

It was on 5th February 1992, almost eight years after his final game as a Newcastle United player, that Kevin Keegan started his career as a football manager, by taking over at Newcastle.

Newcastle were in England’s second division at the time, and Keegan was appointed to prevent Newcastle from being relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, and he managed to do that – just.

And then he had Newcastle promoted in 1993 as the Division One Champions, after the Premier League had just been established the previous year.

And Kevin Keegan’s team finished in third position in their first season ever in the Premier League, slipped back to 6th in the next season, and then were second two years later, when we really should have won it being 10 points clear of Manchester United over the Xmas holidays.

It was during those five years from 1992 through January of 1997 that Newcastle gained fans around the world with their terrific and exciting attacking performances.

With Newcastle now being 6th top of the Premier League and regularly on TV often in games shown live around the world,  we are again picking up support.

And of course that fantastic come-back against Arsenal last February was a story reported around the world,  and gained the Magpies lots of new admirers.

And how can we ever forget Cheick Tiote’s  first goal ever for Newcastle in the 88th minute of that game, shown above,  to tie the scores?

And then Kevin Nolan was only a whisker away from giving Newcastle the victory in injury time,  when his shot whistled past the upright.

John Beresford played for Kevin Keegan from 1992 through the time time Kevin left in early 1997, and he’s been interviewed today in the local Newcastle press,  and he had this to say about Kevin Keegan:

“When we got promoted, people said it was all about survival,” “Kevin Keegan never ever spoke about survival.”

“He would just say, ‘We’re better than this team’. He said there was only a couple of teams we couldn’t compete with at that time.”

“We struggled early on in the season, but once we realised we could compete, the confidence went up.”

“I don’t think any team will finish third in their first season ever again.”

It’s hard to think that Newcastle will ever have a side as exciting as Kevin Keegan’s  side of the 1990s, although they never won anything, other than the League One Championship in 1993.

And that was a feat accomplished by Chris Hughton in 2010, and with more points than Kevin’s team achieved, but unfortunately his only repayment for that seems to have been the sack in December of 2010,  when Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside.

But Alan Pardew is doing a very good job at trying to play attacking football, which is how Geordie fans want to see the lads play.

And we suffered in our last game because Alan played too much of an attacking side,  but we were just not good enough to do that against Spurs in their very top form, and we got torn apart.

But Alan Pardew will learn from that, and maybe he can have Newcastle back up there in those heady heights of the top four in the Premier League – and soon too.

We wouldn’t put it past him to be able to do just that, and he’s already proved us wrong, because we thought he’d be hopeless at Newcastle.

Wrong again, but all credit to Alan for what he’s done at Newcastle – so far. 😀

But first things first – and the only thing the lads need to concentrate on this week,  is how we get all 3 points against Wolves on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!

16 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree he has don well, but for taking 2 the nxt level we need a bigger name

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Indian – Plenty of bigger names than Pardew have fallen flat on their face up here, the same with plenty of big name players have proven to be useless

  • Dannyo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    The fact that AP dares to field a team against Tottenham that he counts as very offensive, which it also probably was, indicates that there’s a whole different mentality in the squad.
    And i dare say after that unbeaten streak at the start, we all thought we could get something from the 3 matches that tore us a new one.
    That mentality is vital, and i’m happy Pardew has that, cause it pushes people and installs belief.

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Dannyo – Agree mate, it was poor attitude and mentality that was partly responsible for us being relegated

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    the verdict is still open if he can take us to the next level. but he’s doing relatively alright for now. thankfully he has players like Ba and Krul at his disposal. too soon to say if he can take us to the next level.. we’ll see….

  • Dannyo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Thankfully? Pardew is the man who brougt in Cabs, Ba, Cisse, Santon, Marveux and more…
    We should be thanking Pardew for being a good enough manager to get that sort of caliber in 🙂 I’m well happy he’s not another Warnock, Bruce or whoever, who just recycles former big names who really are just average at best.
    Also, he said to MA to sign HBA.

  • planb's revenge

    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    this season could just be the start. we have to make a few signings and tighten up our performances in some games but we are a side with real potential.
    we have some good youngsters and we are set to improve our youth set up. these are exciting times really

  • toonincheek

    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    On the pitch, it’s been young players, carefully selected, those who have great potentiual and are out to prove themselves.

    They have served us far better than ‘big names’ who may have proved themselves previously but with us, showed they were just content with a fat contract.

    Any reason why we should not adopt the same policy with the manager?

  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo, if pardew thinks that a team with Perch as a Centre midfielder is deemed offensive then he needs to give his head a shake, the team he put out was uninspired and predictable, should have had offensive players on the pitch, but in a fourmation were we could of protected our goal and still offered a threat,

    He messed up basically, it was clear he should have outnumbered spurs in midfield but instead he matched up parker and modric with Perch and guthrie, living in cloud cuckoo land if he thought that was ever going to come off.

    However agree with the signings they have been inspired, and i dont even think Obertan has been a total waste yet, he still shows glimpses of talent. Let the good times roll, cant wait for saturday.

  • monasnyr99

    Feb 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    ndian Magpie // Feb 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I agree he has don well, but for taking 2 the nxt level we need a bigger name


    Reading Indian Magpie’s previous comments and this one in particular just confirms he knows absolutely nothing about our past, big names like Gullit, Allardyce, Souness or even the second coming of Keegan, we all know how they worked out. Pardew has done a terrific job, think about the teams above us and just below and compare the owners and your telling me Pardew can’t/isn’t capable of taking us to the next level

  • AndyMac

    Feb 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    monasnyr99 says:

    “Reading Indian Magpie’s previous comments and this one in particular just confirms he knows absolutely nothing about our past, big names like Gullit, Allardyce, Souness or even the second coming of Keegan, we all know how they worked out”

    or you could argue you havent got a clue mona if you ever thought those alleged big names would do it for this club ?

    For too long we’ve had managers (with the obvious exception of SBR) at this club who fail because they’re not truly top class either tactically or in their man management skills. Pardwho is just another to add to that depressing long list.

  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey, what do we fans know about good managers? Remember the unbridled excitement when it was announced Rudd Gullit was going to be in charge? Then remember the totally flat response to Pardew’s appointment?
    So, why keep giving the incumbent man the downer?

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    No doubting AP has done well since he came. 6th place is not a bad position to be in. We all know the football hasnt been brilliant, in fact at times it has been nothing short of 3rd division quality, by that i mean defending in certain games ie spurs. Ask most fans if they can believe we are 6th, playing the football we have been playing and imo they would say no.We all know the football has to get better.When KK was in charge all them years ago, he brought a style of football that i had not seen before at newcastle. I could not believe at the time i was actually watching newcastle united, it was that good. Ok we lost out on the title only because of fergies experience and KKs lack of. The 2 teams ( then and now) are chalk and cheese, and we still won nothing, I believe if we had a manager then with experience to take us to the next level we would have cleaned up domestically and made a name for ourselves abroad. AP has never managed at a high level , by that i mean managing a top 6 club, he has also never played in europe ( i dont believe) and has never managed a team in europe or managed a domestic team in europe.Thats why i believe AP for england is as crazy as it gets, also if we are looking to get into europe i think he should hold his hands up as KK did with england and say ” i have took you as far as i can ” not that he will , but untill he does , we wont get there- imo.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #14


    Pardwho’s European experience lasted two games (home and away legs) against Palermo in the UEFA Cup for which they quailified after losing to the RBD’s in 2006 Cup Final.

    Ironically the same Palermo side were beaten by Roeder’s NUFC with TK making his full debut before we finally lost to AZ in the same competition.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

    andymac cheers for that! i just wasnt to sure if he had or not. but i think you understand my pessimistic views of pards and his future at our club

  • Pete CFL

    Feb 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #16

    In Pardew we trust! CFL


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