Alan Pardew’s Burning Desire To Be Successful

One of the things we’ve learned about Alan Pardew since he arrived at Newcastle,  is that he has a burning desire to be successful.

6’8″ Phil Jackson – famous and successful pro Basketball coach

And it seems that he’s studied the great Basketball coach,  Phil Jackson, of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, who won an amazing 11 NBA Championships – six with Chicago and Michael Jordan and five with the Lakers.

In 20 seasons in management  until he finally retired last year, Phil won 11 Championships and was the beaten finalist in another two with the Lakers – not too bad a record at all.

John Carver spilled the beans on the influence Phil has had on Alan Pardew last November,  when he said:

“A couple of months after he got here, the gaffer gave me a book by the NBA coach Phil Jackson. He gave me his autobiography ‘More than a Game’.”  

“It’s all about being a player and stepping up to being a coach and then on to being a successful manager.”  “It’s about his methods, how he does things.”  

“It’s the stuff he says in dressing rooms, how to motivate players and how to say it.”  “He had read it himself and it was very interesting that he was taking things from all over the place, different sports and different walks of life.”

Alan Pardew made it very clear in his press conference yesterday that he wanted to win this game tomorrow against top club Liverpool.

The Reds have won the European Cup five times, more than any other British football club, since Glasgow Celtic became the first British club to win it back in 1967 under the great Jock Stein.

This is what Pardew said about tomorrow’s game:

 “We would be sitting so pretty if we win this one. Our focus isn’t anywhere else. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible for them to catch us, but it would be tough.”

“I always think that someone like Kenny Dalglish is a manager that players love. What he portrays in the media isn’t really him. He’s had a lot of criticism this week, unfairly.”

“And I think the players will be up to show they love their boss, so I think we need to be on our guard.”  “I think they’re going to come here and be in good shape.”

Pardew will have to keep the Newcastle players calm and centered, and taking each game as it comes. We’re on 50 points right now, and heaven knows how many points we can accumulate in the last 8 games of the season.

But the only thing that matters right now is to get the win tomorrow, and it looks like Newcastle will go all out and attack Liverpool – and certainly their defense is not the best in the league -0 so that seems a good policy.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1


  • check the toastie

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Reading in between the lines seems Pardew hates dalgleish and hopes he gets sacked shortly.

  • hdavid23

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Phil’s somewhat of an idol for me too. I also read More than a game, and The last season as well – I’d really suggest reading the latter. And Ed, I love you for listing Mike but leaving out Kobe. 😀

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m pleading with you, just win the Scouse louses! Secure us 6th spot and turn the heat up on Chelsea and Spurs. The added bonus being, if Everton win, they leapfrog the ‘fools. That will really agitate them 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    From all the disagreements,spats and petty squabbles on here,I’d say were all united in how much we’d love to get one over Dogleash and his bindipping followers.

  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    i really want evrrton to beat the fools in the league. us and everton finishing above a team that spent what £80million?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Unless he has a dramatic turn of fortune next season no matter what Dogleash achieved in his career he’ll always be remembered for spunking a hundred million on a load of shite.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Everything has gone for us over the last couple of weeks, our results, teams around us – can we push through to the next game and take it.

    It will all but secure 6th spot for us – WOW – if we win this we’re in dreamland really. If we manage with a bit of luck to get Europe then Pardew, the staff, the Players and to an extent Ashley deserve all the credit in the world.

    Can we get over the line against Liverpool? 😉

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Attack is sometimes the best form of defense- love it Pardew, now let’s get that win!

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail for Ashley.

    That and having to make sure Carroll didn’t misbehave at a Boyzone concert.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    everything except the 95th minute at the emirates!!!

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    If anyone’s interested, Ranger starts for Sheff Wed today, live on SS2 – 12.45 ko.

    Still think AP is going to give him one final chance, in pre-season.

  • PontiusLee

    Mar 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    im from, and i still live in los angeles california and if you guys do not know so much about NBA basketball, Phil Jackson is the greatest basketball coach ever. his winning record is incredible and his eye for talent is excellent. i think both carver and pardew could learn alot from the works of coach jackson.
    im not a fan of the los angeles lakers, i root actually for the los angeles clippers. but phil jackson, in my opinon is probably one of the best coaches in all of sports.
    only to the top we will go!

  • hdavid23

    Mar 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #14

    PontiusLee #13, i’m not quite sure he’s the best ever… he’s amongst the very best that’s for sure, but tbh, we don’t know much about his tactical repertoire… i mean he had Tex and the triangle, he didn’t have to use anything else. Not to mention he had Mike, Scottie, Shaq, etc. He’s top5 but for me the greatest coach ever is definitely Gregg Popovich.


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