Carlisle Manager Jealous of Alan Pardew

The Carlisle United manager has today said that Alan Pardew is an inspiration to him.

Greg Abbott – Carlisle manager

But because of Alan’s fantastic success at Newcastle, in what turned out to be a magical season for Newcastle, he also says – tongue in cheek – that he’s  jealous of Pardew.

It was a short two years ago  in 2010 when Carlisle were in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and the other side were Southampton – managed by Alan Pardew at the time.

But very early in the next seoasn, in August of 2010,  Southampton sacked Alan Pardew and the Newcastle manager left under acrimonious circumstances, and the Saints appointed Nigel Adkins of Scunthorpe in his place in September of that year.

Nigel has since got Southampton successive promotions, and they will be back in the Premier League next season.

Southampton met Carlisle in that Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, when both clubs were in League One – the third tier of English football,  and Soutmaptom won 4-1.

Of course Alan landed on his feet at Newcastle in December of 2010, and has won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season awards this month, and you cannot do better than that as a manager.

This is what Gregg Abbott had to say:

“Alan is an absolute inspiration,” “Just three years ago we were both managing at that absolutely brilliant stadium Wembley – probably the Mecca for English football.”

“Now look at him, he’s the LMA manager of the year across all divisions and he’s done an absolutely brilliant job at Newcastle.”

“I’m pleased for Alan because he treated us very well back then and he deserves his success. I told him that he is an inspiration but of course I’m absolutely jealous of him too.”

“This is a very delicate industry and we both know how quickly things can go for you and against you. Alan should be an inspiration to all of us.”

Gregg remains in contact with Alan Pardew at Newcastle, because Carlisle will be one of the clubs that Newcastle loan out their youngsters to, and Tim Krul and James Tavernier are only two of the Newcastle youngsters who have been on loan at the Cumbrian club.

It should be a win-win for both clubs.

We hope Alan can win those two manager awards again next season, because it will probably mean that Newcastle will have won the Premier League if he does that – or maybe even the Europa League. 😀

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Greg abbott – Sir, you can do better than Pardwho?

  • Graeme

    May 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    It always pays to be on good terms with your neighbouring teams. It creates a win-win situation where we can get competitive football experience for our up and coming players and they get a player that would normally be beyond their reach.

    Man Utd has been doing this for many years with Bury etc and it works very well.

    Long may it continue!!

  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3


  • only magpie of nepal

    May 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Wow, Just watched the video posted here:

    This 19 year old is definitely not coming to Newcastle but looks like another Leo Messi. Just go and watch once.and comment.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Seems like Chelsea are set to release Kalou and Bosingwa on a free transfer.

    If we can sell Ba and Simpson, and replace them with these 2 freebies. It will be some excellent business.

  • redondo77

    May 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    again, nothing to comment

  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme Bailey ?@SkyGraemeBailey
    Reports in Germany, namely from Kicker, suggest that Swansea are close to sealing a €9m deal for loan star Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Lucus Moura reminds me of a young Cristiano Ronaldo

  • geordieinjapan

    May 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    I wouln’t mind Bosingwa, not Kalou

  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Ilove toon, who will pay their wages? 😎

  • SupaToonKid

    May 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Piss off with Bosingwa and Kalou. Bosingwa is an awful fullback, worse than Simpson so not point signing him, and Kalou is an on/off player as he’s quick and skillful but his finishing is horrendous. There wages as well will be ridiculous. I’d much rather take Debuchy and Hoilett!

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Ok maybe not Bosingwa but Kalou on a free and if he can accept about 40k/wk i think its a good deal. Kalou is fast and skillful and with Pardew’s management i think he can be a goal scoring winger. He can fight it out with Marveaux for the left wing spot in a 4-3-3.

    He can also be used to add more depth in quality.

  • graham cwarr

    May 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Who’s break out season will it be?
    Marveaux? Sammeobi? Obertan? Gosling? Amalfitano? Ferguson? Tavernier? Anyone else?

  • Tino99

    May 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Moura is ridiculous – at 19 – I wish we were in that league that we could get a player of that quality.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15


    There are so many better options than Kalou; younger players who are better, with much more potential and much lower wage demands e.g. Junior Hoilett, Matty Phillips, Ola John, Hueng Min-Son & Wilfried Zaha. Aswell i expect Kalou will after just winning the CL will want to join a side who are competing for it next season also if we have Kalou, Ba and Cisse that’s a lot of African fire power we’ll be losing for a month to the ACON.

  • toonincheek

    May 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Awesome skills from Moura, although relatively few clips led to goals.
    He’s certainly very competitive.

  • check the toastie

    May 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    We have a player of that quality, he is called Hatem Ben Arfa.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    kalou is desperately poor always in 3 minds and always makes the wrong choice. very occasional flashes of brilliance can not mask this and the chelsea fans know it.

  • mickg108

    May 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Graham Cwarr,,what about Abeid,,done great once Pards played him,,but put Gosling ahead of him,big mistake IMO,,this kid will be immense,,once up to Premier League speed..

  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty..

    May 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought about it and then wondered why I thought about it. At Porto, Bosingwa looked fairly decent but really hasn’t proved himself at Chelshit, if I remember rightly he had a rubbish first season at Stamford Bridge? I’d take Kalou, but would consider others over him. I genuinely think we could take a punt on Dan Sturridge if reports are true that Chelsea are listening to offers!


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